Bridal Market Fall 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I have two favourite times of year when it comes to bridal fashion- April & October. Each year I eagerly stay glued to my computer screen and wish of New York (positive thinking moves mountains). Every season produces a beautiful array of new and inspiring gowns and the October New York Bridal market was no different with designers unveiling their Fall 2012 gowns. Most of these gowns will not be available until Fall next year, but give a good insight to what you might find!

Here I’ve collated four of my favourites from (just some) of my favourite designers.


I loved the different necklines from Amsale this season- the boat neckline is something I haven’t seen for a long time and paired with a fluffy, soft skirt is a modern take on old Hollywood glamour.

Anne Barge

I love Anne Barge’s use of colour this season and the detailing of the first gown with raisin lips? So different!


Carolina Herrera

The grace and elegance of Carolina Herrera rarely fails to stop my in my tracks. Graceful, softy lines, elegant silhouettes and nothing short of classic beauty,


I loved the different necklines Christos uses this year and the beautiful laces introduced into the collections. They were romantic and ethereal with a hit of glamour.

Claire Pettibone

Claire’s vintage style is always amongst some of my favourites and this collection didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with Claire’s overlays (especially the hints of colour) and the soft feminine styles.

Jenny Packham

The beading, the draping, the golden lustre- Jenny Packham did such beautiful gowns this season! Jenny used such amazing antique detailing on her gowns and could they be any more elegant?


Marchesa always makes my hit list and it’s not hard to see why- thick laces, different materials and interesting shapes and patterns always make the gowns just a little bit different but still wearable and beautiful.

Monqiue Lhuillier

Full of secret garden glamor, Monique’s collection was whimsical but pulled together so elegantly. Soft tulle, sweet embellishments and beautiful lace made Monique’s collection a show stopper.


I couldn’t get over the different nature of Rivini’s gowns- latte coloured lace designed into sleeves, soft layers floating off the shoulders and feathery short styles. I love the unique style Rivini delivered this season and the beauty of the gowns.

Legends by Romona Keveza

Romona Keveza has a grace to her designs, a wear-ability and they were so soft and beautiful this season. The Legends collection is incredibly wearable but has a traditional, classic elegance to each gown. I love the neckline on the first and fourth gowns- both different but both fresh and stylish.

St Pucchi

St Pucchi was one of my picks this season with the ruffly texture used. I love the idea of such gorgeous texture on the skirt of a wedding gown  and the over the top volume on some of his shorter gowns would look fantastic on a fashion forward bride.

Vera Wang

As is Vera’s want, not a single white gown appeared on her runway. Instead rich coppery golds, nudes and plenty of bold blacks made their way down the runway. I love Vera’s different use of volume with her fabrics. Her controversial choice not to use any white or ivory may have had people talking but I loved it- the second gown in particular is my favourite!

What do you think? Did you see any designs you loved?

Photos from Brides

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Vendor of the Week – Flos Florum

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dotties! We have an action packed week planned for Polka Dot Bride this week! I’m mighty excited because one of my favourite people in the entire world is in town today and I’m going to try and snaffle her for some drinks and chats tonight!

Let’s kick off our exciting week with a peek at one of our excellent & fantastic Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members!

From  bridal gown designers to stunning wedding venues to incredible stationers to talented hair & makeup artists and of course photographers! We have so many fantastic vendors for you to choose from and we’re adding more every week. Step right up, it’s spotlight time!

I think I continually mention how much I would love to play with flowers all day long (really though, it’s peony season and I am dying to go and find a bunch, or perhaps Mr Polka will take the hint!) Of course, florists do so much more – like get up at a ridiculous hour, deal with rose thorns and choosing the very best blooms for your wedding day and yet somehow, they always manage to pull it together into something crazy beautiful.  This week’s vendor of the week Flos Florum is amazing at what they do – creative colour palettes, beautifully structured and unstructured designs. They seem to understand the style of the wedding and create the most amazing arrangements to enhance it.

To learn a little more about Flos Florum we asked Emma five questions in five minutes!

Favourite after five drink?

Pink sparkles from the lovely Yarra valley winery, Dominique Portet. We always have a bottle handy for our brides on their big day, but often find an excuse to kick back after a long day and indulge ourselves.

Weekend getaway?

We don’t get many weekends away as a florist, particularly through the height of the wedding season, so winter getaways are the way to go. My favourite weekend is to escape the city and head to the high country, magnificent scenery and local produce is such a draw card.

Favourite Restaurant?

Has to be Hellenic Republic. We set-up a beautiful wedding there and the staff and food were so impressive I had to try for myself. It has the whole experience of sharing great food in the perfect atmosphere. Loved it and find any excuse to go back.

Breakfast on Sundays?

Must be local for me and worth the wait for a table is my most favourite café, Coin Laundry, Armadale. I keep it simple with a good strong coffee and whatever the special of the day is. You can’t beat the staff’s recommendation.

Favourite wedding story?

There really are too many. A real classic favourite of ours is a bride who wanted to incorporate her grandmother’s and mother’s bouquet for her wedding. The bride came in with a definitive concept and together with our designers we created a bouquet which was a beautiful reflection of three generations. In her words:
“I brought in old photographs of my grandmother’s and mother’s trailing bouquets and I was thrilled with what you made. The bouquet was one of my favourite parts of the wedding and it went beautifully with my very simple gown.”
Our philosophy is that no two people are the same, so your flowers should be the perfect reflection of the bride and groom and what they want from their big day. We customise the flowers to the individual, delivering the personal touch and attention to detail that every bride and groom deserves on their wedding day.

Visit Flos Florum’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Flos Florum is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – It’s Like Rain…

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Stewart Leishman

Sharon and Andre’s Sunny Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Sharon and Andre

Oh how I love today’s engagement session- the bright summer colours, the soft golden light and the very in love and happy couple! Yena of Sugarblush sent over this engagement shoot, which took place on the Gold Coast. Yena explains, “Sharon and Andre met in 2007 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

They were introduced by Sharon’s friend who also worked in the same office as Andre. Actually Sharon’s friend was the one that has a crush on Andre. At the time nothing happened between them and she only saw him every now and again whenever she came by to visit her friend. After nearly a year her friend requested Sharon to come and help him out at work for a short while, but there’s still nothing between them, they’re just workmates. Life went on later that year for both of them until mid 2009 when Andre and Sharon came back in contact and they finally starting to get to know each other. Andre finally asked Sharon on a date on 8 January 2010 and after many dates and getting to know one another, Andre told Sharon That He Loves Her and proposed to her!

They went on a family trip to Australia last August and decided to take two days off their tour to do pre-wedding in Goldcoast and Brisbane. We were worried before the session because its been raining the whole week and the forecast was not looking good either. But luckily it didn’t rain during the two days and we had great sessions, followed by rain the for rest of the week!!”

Photos by Sugarblush