Houghton Spring Summer 2018 Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


When a brand is renowned for pushing the bridal gown boundaries you expect a lot, and the Houghton Spring Summer 2018 Bridal Collection certainly delivers.

With lead designer Katharine Polk describing the collection as “Sexy, curvy, strong” the collection is filled with gowns that honour the female figure – hugging curves showing off skin and giving that modern edge that Houghton is so very well known for.

Designed so each gown accentuates a different part of the female’s body, the collection uses details of feather, pearl and embroidery to contrast with sleek, modern silhouettes – high necklines, waist set cut outs, and corset style bodices.

The new collection is all about honouring women’s voices and the strength that comes from putting words to personal struggles.

Houghton is available in Australia at The Bridal Atelier.


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Vendor of the Week – Darin Collison Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It has been such a blustery weekend that I am very thankful to be snuggling in the warmth today!

I’m an early riser and like to start the day with some quiet time and a hot coffee to gather myself for the day ahead. Just sitting quietly at any time of the day allows you a moment to breathe in, to process the details of the day and gather your thoughts – particularly important in the lead up to your wedding day when everything can start to crowd in on you. We have many fabulous vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory who have many ideas to make your wedding day unique. We have Flowers, we have Transport, we have Styling & Hire and Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering – we even have Wedding Planners and Entertainment! Our vendors are keen to help you.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Darin Collison Melbourne Wedding Photographer
Darin Collison Australian Country Wedding
Wedding Photography By Darin Collison

Darin of Darin Collison Photography notices the littlest of details with a true photographer’s eye. The looks between people, the hand holding, the beauty in the small moments. The details, that you will surely miss in the blur that is your wedding day, are right there in images. Your wedding day has stories embedded in it like no other, and just looking at your photographs in the years to come will bring back many memories of this most special of days.

We asked Darin of Darin Collison Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

Cognac. And a hot spa.

Favourite weekend getaway?

Weekend getaways? Oh yeah. Weekends. I remember them… Every time I go to Castlemaine to shoot though, I make a mental note to go there with the family for a couple of days – it’s quite lovely.

What is your most prized possession?

Hmmm. Tricky. Probably my small collection of insanely sharp Japanese knives. I love cooking, and these things are ridiculous. Taught myself how to sharpen them too – it’s kinda the same mix of craft and feel that photography has.

Favourite restaurant?

So many great restaurants. Cicciolinas in St Kilda will always be my fave though. Because, memories.

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

Being a wedding photographer is ridiculously fulfilling. I can’t think of another creative career that lets you use so many different photographic skills, that pushes you and rewards you in equal measure. I still get nervous before every single wedding, but the moment I put my eye to the viewfinder I can, well, not relax, but just let myself be in the zone. It’s a good feeling.

Visit Darin Collison Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Darin Collison Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

Priya & John’s Surprise Blue Mountains Proposal

by | Bride, Engagements


Priya & John

It was as the sun set over the magic Blue Mountains that John asked his girlfriend of five years to marry him. Little did she know that her husband to be had spent months setting up a trip to celebrate her 30th birthday, coordinating with a fake email account to enlist Sarah Moore to capture it all unfolding.

Sarah explains “John organised an entire weekend in the Blue Mountains for the two of them while I came up with the idea of a private lookout at sunset over the Blue Mountains for the proposal itself. When it came time for John to propose (and he was seriously nervous!!) the Mountains didn’t disappoint and put on a spectacular show. Priya had no idea, was completely surprised. I was honoured (and a little teary) to be a part of such a special occasion.”

John tells the story of how the pair came to meet. “In my first year of University, meeting lots of new people for the first time, I added Pree on ‘Facebook,’ thinking she was a similarly sounding classmate. She subsequently approached me at a party to find out how we knew each other – and on meeting such a suave and beautiful woman, I panicked, pretended she added me and pretty much fled! Thankfully she’s a forgiving person and we properly met 4 years later, and despite the initial faux pas, we hit it off and have been together ever since.”

John tells “Mountains have always meant a lot to us – together we have climbed in Wales, New Zealand, Jordan and most recently up Mount Mulanje in Malawi (Africa) – so it just felt like the perfect place to take the next step. There’s something ethereal and timeless about mountains which we can’t get enough of.”

“We had been together 5 years by the time we finally got engaged. Priya had been losing patience with me and I knew it had to be special.

Luckily I had Sarah Moore, photographer extraordinaire who was on hand to help me plan some very special locations, and I ended up asking for Priya’s hand on a cliff as the sun descended over the hills behind, surrounded by 360 views of pristine Australian scenery – waterfalls, greenery and trees. The look on Priya’s face is one of my most precious memories. I then had a meal for her prepared with a few more little surprises.”

On what he loves about Priya, John notes “To say so many things is corny but nonetheless absolutely true. I love Priya’s smile, her sense of adventure, wit, sense of loyalty, her writing, as well as the fact she cannot even cook cornflakes (yet ironically loves Masterchef), is terrified of spiders making Australia an interesting place to live, and is possibly the worst person at lying I have ever met…”

Photographer: Sarah Moore

Urban Wine Bar Elopement Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Styling, Wedding Inspiration,


The back streets of Brunswick set the scene for this urban wine bar elopement inspiration shoot.

With wine and cheese flowing freely, photographer Jenna Fahey-White  teamed up with floral designer Make It Beautiful, hair and makeup artist Makeup by Inèz  and cake designer Kitchen Diva  at wine bar Cult of The Vine  to create a shoot that was all about ” laid back urban elopement set in a super cool wine bar and the back streets of Brunswick ”

With Simone D’angelo and Itziar Dualde Llanos, a real couple, playing the newlyweds. Cathleen Jia dressed the bride in a chic slip, with chunky black boots from Windsor Smith playing up the understated cool.

With the wine bottles and glimmering candle light, all one needs to create a sense of magic, our couple gets ready at home to their favourite tunes, before heading to the urban wine bar, stunning dahlia bouquet in tow,  to tie the knot. With a decadent course of cheese a delicious chocolate cake (with added raspberries) for dessert, the couple enjoys their very first meal as a married couple before wandering Brunswick’s famous laneways in the quiet of their first day of married life.


Photographer: Jenna Fahey-White / Bride's Dress: Cathleen Jia / Bride's Shoes: Windsor Smith / Flowers: Make It Beautiful / Hairstylist: Makeup by Inèz / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Inèz / Invitations & Stationery: Kitchen Diva / Wedding Cake: Kitchen Diva / Venue: Cult of The Vine / Model: Simone D'angelo / Model: Itziar Dualde Llanos