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GWM Wedding “Flawless” 2018 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


We love nothing more around these parts that discovering a brand new designer and spending hours pouring over their creations and today? We’re introducing you to the brand called GWM Weddings .

Born out of Melbourne’s Hawthorn, The GWM team with Lily (and her five years of bridal experience under her belt) and Thao work to create beautiful gowns that give each of their brides their own piece of paradise.

The “Flawless” collection features thirty beautiful gowns and was inspired by the muted blues and greys of the garden of Eden. The adornments of lace and beading bring to life details of nature – flowers, butterflies, each making their way into the collection. Blooms are appliqued veils are adorned and the little, crafted details add layers of craftsmanship to the gowns.

My favourite “Audrey”, is a classic A-line silhouette, featuring a chic bow detail at the waist, reminiscent of everybody’s favourite Audrey classic, feminine style.

The team also offer one-off creations for brides to be looking for something a little more customised. The collection is available now via the  GWM International website.

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Win The Italy Issue Prize Pack

by | Bride, Competitions




Italy Issue Giveaway
We have had so much fun exploring all things in Italy this month as part of The Italy Issue that we thought we would celebrate with a fun giveaway that celebrates our favourite things about Italy!

First up? The scent! We’ve been partnering with Glasshouse Fragrances during our special issues and this month, we’re giving away their limited edition “Sistine Chapel” candle.

The “Sistine Chapel” candle, with Myrrh, Patchouli & Cedarwood, is a deep, romantic scent that speaks of mystery, and it’s just the ticket for your Winter blues. The candles, as with all Glasshouse Fragrances are tripled scented and handcrafted in Australia.

And what better way to round out our Italian prize pack than with all that you need for our favourite classic Aperol Spritz?.

The winner of this prize pack will also take home a bottle of the classic Italian apertivo Aperol, to infuse a little Summer into their cold Winter days and of course, the much needed complementing ingredient, a bottle of one of our favourite Italian proseccos – Ciao Bella!

The Prize:

One lucky winner will take home our “The Italy Issue” prize pack with all that you need for a night of Italian inspired fun! Your prize pack will include

  • One Glasshouse Fragrances Limited Edition “Sistine Chapel” Candle
  • One bottle of Aperol
  • One bottle of Ciao Bella Prosecco
  • One pack of white and red paper straws

How to enter

  • Fill out the form below and in tell us all about your dream Italian honeymoon
  • Follow us on Instagram

Terms and conditions

  • The winner will be chosen by and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup.
  • The competition is open to Australian residents only. Shipping address must be within Australia.
  • If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
  • This prize is not redeemable for cash.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner.
  • No late entries will be considered.
  • The total value of the prize is AU$83.95
  • The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
  • The entrant must be over 18 years of age.
  • This Competition closes 13th July 2018, 5pm
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Vendor of the Week – The Hitched Collective

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It is so bitterly cold here at the moment, but the clear blue skies have taken away any Winter blues!

Have you loved Italian month on Polka Dot Bride? With all things Italian in the spotlight, some of those ideas might be just the thing to include in your wedding. Stay tuned for Winter month in July as we explore how to make your Winter wedding really special.  Check out the Polka Dot Directory where we have vendors who’ll love to help you with that Italian touch! We have Bridal Gowns, we have Jewellery, we have Master of Ceremonies and Entertainment – we even have Stationery & Paper Goods and Celebrants! Great vendors who are happy to assist you!

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

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The Hitched Collective

Put a couple of dedicated and talented photographers together and you have The Hitched Collective. Meeting in college, Amanda and Peter have formed a strong working relationship where wedding photography is their passion and visual storytelling is their style. Looking back on your day through your images telling the story, brings back all the memories of the best day captured forever to enjoy.

We asked Amanda and Peter of The Hitched Collective five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

Amanda: A great big glass of wine! I love sitting back and having a wine while I look through all of the images from the day.

Peter: Depending on if it’s summer or winter, after a big day I love to kick back with a beer and relax for a while, or jump into a hot shower and wash the day off. Then it’s catching up with the family and hear about their days.

Favourite weekend getaway?

Amanda: Camping at the beach! I love getting out of the city for the weekend and if there is sand a water I’m even happier!

Peter: I have a couple of different favourite weekend getaways. Sometimes my wife and I spend a night or two in the city. It’s amazing how different it is when you’re not working. I also absolutely love getting out of town, and heading down to the south Gippsland area. My parents moved down that way back in the 80’s, so I’ve been travelling down there for ages, but I never get sick of it. It’s a magnificent part of the world.

What is your most prized possession?

Amanda:  My engagement ring and my camera!

Peter: I don’t really have a prized possession, but if I had to pick, I’d say it was an old 1997 RAV4 we bought new. We’ve spent so much time in it as a family, and it always conjures up incredible memories whenever I’m in it. It’s been handed down to my Daughter, and she’s now creating her own memories in it (as well as a few dings and dents!)

Favourite Restaurant?

Amanda: Da Noi in South Yarra. I went there on my first date with my fiancé.

Peter: My favourite restaurant could be any one of a few local suburban places. We’ve been to some amazing places over the years, but I always love the intimacy and friendliness of the small local restaurants. Probably though, it would be our local Chinese. We’ve been greeted by the same smiling manager for over 20 years, and he always spends time chatting and asking about our family, as we do with him.

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

Amanda: The people! I love weddings, the emotion, the fun, the speeches, everyone is so happy that you can’t not have a great day.

Peter: The best thing about being in the wedding industry is the relationships we make with the clients. You get to be right in the middle of what will be probably the biggest day of their lives (other than the birth of their first baby, but they probably wouldn’t want us there for that …), and feel all of the emotion of the day. It’s hard work, and a very long day, but everyone is in a great mood and you get to feel a part of the family, if only for a few hours. Then we get to re-live it with them when they see the finished images for the first time. It’s an amazing feeling !

Visit  The Hitched Collective’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. The Hitched Collective is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.

Snapshot Sunday – In The City

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays