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Little Bow Tie

by | Accessories, Bride, Grooms


I wondered last week why Australians don’t seem to really “do” bow ties at weddings (except for black tie). Are we too laid back? Is it because it’s so often a “Southern USA” thing? I love the look of  a sweet bow tie, it’s such a fun, quirky touch to add to your wedding day outfit. I remember when I was growing up my father had a red bow tie with tiny silver polka dots (oh gosh, seems the love of polka dots was present even then!) that I just loved and always liked to look at when he got dressed up to go to a ball.

I love these Etsy offerings from seller Xoelle.





Bowties from Xoelle.

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Tablescape Inspiration From it’s A Date Event Design

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


Oh I love seeing fresh new tablescape ideas! These are from the lovely Lyndsay at Bendigo design company It’s A Date Event Design. Lyndsay put these tablescapes together in the Balcony Room at Bendigo’s GPO with her friend Miranda Burgoine of The Eternal Vase.

First up is crisp apple green, white and black. I love the use of granny smith apples as place cards and the vibrant glass green bottles in white wicker baskets.





Next up is wintery chocolate brown and gold. Full of decadence don’t you think?





The last tablescape is all black and red! Very moody, very dramatic……





Photos from It’s A Date Event Design

Alex Perry

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Nobody quite does a formal gown like Alex Perry.

I’ve always been in awe of his gowns- the corsetry (known to make a waist two sizes smaller) and classic yet sensual designs make the wearer’s best features stand out in pure glamour. There’s a femininity in his designs that doesn’t cross over into “girly” but rather embodies the grace and elegance of a woman.

Oh, “Arabian Princess”, his latest collection debuted a few weeks ago at RAFW, worth a look!

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Photos from Alex Perry.

Vendor Of The Week – Janine Kaye Photography.

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Monday! It’s time for this week’s Vendor Of The Week! Each week we pick a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and give you a little insight into their great businesses!

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This week’s Vendor Of The Week is Janine Kaye Photography. Janine is based in Wollongong and describes her business as “photography for happy people”. Janine’s photos are full of life and colour. Each shot has a clean, crisp feel and her candid ceremony shots are full of emotion. Her website always fills me with sunshine when I visit it- it’s full of bright colours and to me, captures the joy Janine brings to her work.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Coca-cola..anytime of the day! I am a sucker for a hit of caffeine and sugar all rolled into one!  Sad but true.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I am a bit of a homebody. I love to potter around the house with my hubby and kiddos. I would consider anywhere with a beach and sunshine a great way to spend a weekend too.

Favourite restaurant?

Thai. anywhere, anytime!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

You would find me eating toast and coffee…but I would love you to find me eating blueberry pancakes or eggs benedict.

Your favourite wedding story?

I love everyone’s story but I suppose my favourite would be my first wedding as a photographer. My very good friend married her soulmate and trusted me enough to capture it. I was hooked on weddings from that moment on. I love that their significance, the coming together of two people in love and the beginning of a new adventure for the couple…plus it’s a great excuse to have a fabulous party with all your family and friends!

Janine Kaye Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. You can check out the Janine Kaye Photography website here. You see more of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members by visiting our directory! You can also visit our Vendor of The Week at any time by clicking our “Vendor Of The Week” button in the right sidebar!

Update 2013: Janine Kaye Photography is now based in Perth WA.

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