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Pastel Beach Elopement Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


There isn’t a whole lot prettier than a stunning rainbow of pastels and today’s pastel beach elopement inspiration marries the soft golden tones of the sand with pretty pinks, peaches and lilacs to create an utterly romantic air, setting the scene for a ceremony design that is reminiscent of an overgrown Spring garden (on the beach!).

Our couple ties the knot with a silk ribbon, upon which is written a bible verse, the ribbon tying the two souls together.

Once the formalities are over, the newlyweds enjoy an intimate dinner for two on the sand, surrounded by flowers and the prettiest of floral adorned cakes- fresh flowers sprinkled everywhere.

Photographer Marie of  Lil Elements dreamed up this beautiful collaboration (and styled it too!) along with beautiful florals from  Lime Tree Bower, a three-tier gilded with gold cake designed by Cordy’s Cakes, a beautiful calligraphy stationery suite by Teresaling Calligraphy and Design, dreamy silk ribbon from  Songbird Silk   and of course, the finishing touch of a  The Mrs Box ring box.

Our bride, with hair and makeup by Niki Simpson was dressed in a delicate gown from  The Barefaced Bride, completed with pieces from Asos and Samantha Wills.

Photographer: Lil Elements / Styling: Lil Elements / Flowers: Lime Tree Bower / Bride's Dress: The Barefaced Bride / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: The Barefaced Bride / Bride's Crown: Asos / Hair & Makeup Artist: Niki Simpson / Wedding Cake: Cordy's Cakes / Calligraphy: Teresaling Calligraphy and Design / Ribbon: Songbird Silk / Ring Box: The Mrs Box / Models: Rebecca and Michael / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills
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Christina & Ze’s Intimate Urban Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Christina & Ze

There was such a sense of celebratory joy when Christina & Ze tied the knot – from the bride’s stunning  gown that was replaced by a gorgeous fluffy short red dress for the reception, to her never-ending enormous smile. The day was captured so beautifully by Anna Taylor.

Christina and Ze live in America, the groom proposing twice before the bride said yes – the pair wanting an Australian wedding and all of their 24 guests flying out from China and Singapore to celebrate the day.

The bride chose her first gown, a tulle-skirted BHLDN number based on her love of the brand’s designs, She tells “My dress was absolutely gorgeous. It was from one of my favourite line of clothes. In fact, we ended up buying two dresses, one for a pre-wedding photo shoot and one for the wedding itself”

Christina and Ze married at Collingwood Children’s Farm telling “Collingwood Children’s Farm is the first wedding venue we ever visited. It just feels like the farm is for us and could be the setting for such a special wedding.”

Of their photographer, Christina tells  “Anna is amazing. We are so glad she agreed to help us with photography in the first place. We so loved her style and the photos turned out to be exactly like we wanted them to be.”

The Farm Cafe  styled all of the florals for the day, the bride noting “We wanted native, wildflowers and they turned out to be gorgeous.”

The newlyweds honoured their heritage with the bride changing to a red dress for the reception that she purchased in Bangkok, and gifting each guest a candle – as is the tradition.

The couple opted out of a first dance, opting for a night long karaoke party! Christina explains “We ended up doing a karaoke party with all the friends singing instead of dancing, it was equally fun if not more.”

Congratulations on your marriage Christina and Ze! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your stories with us. A big thank you to Anna Taylor for sharing today’s beautiful photographs!

Photographer: Anna Taylor / Bride's Dress: BHLDN / Bride's Reception Dress: 798 District Beijing / Bride's Jewellery: Tiffany & Co / Bride's Shoes: All Saints / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: BHLDN / Hairstylist: In Style Hair for Brides / Venue: Collingwood Children's Farm / Catering: The Farm Cafe / Flowers & Decor: The Farm Cafe / Wedding Cake: Mad About Cakes / Wedding Registry: Envelope Registry / Guestbook: Etsy / Transport: Fisch and Co. / Band: The White Tree

Cathleen Jia’s ‘Moon River’ Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Melbourne wedding dress designer Cathleen Jia has just released her romantic new made-to-measure capsule collection, ‘Moon River’. The familiar title comes from the tune that Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golighty, dreamily croons in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. May we convince you that it’s also a charming song choice for the first dance at your wedding reception?

“Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me”.

Indeed, Audrey Hepburn was the designer’s muse for this collection (worn here by Nicole Mitrov of Vivien’s). Cathleen says, “when I was doing one of the dresses I was a little bit stuck on the details. And then I watched the movie that afternoon and it came to me what I needed to do. Then the song came on it made sense…as soon as that happened, I thought ‘it’s a sign!'” It’s easy to envision the style icon wearing Cathleen’s elegant silhouettes; 1950s belts, gleaming pearls and demurely rounded necklines contribute to a sense of vintage glamour across the six wedding gowns.

Pleating is an atypical new star of the ‘Moon River’ collection. Cathleen was mentored by Simon from Specialty Pleaters in Williamstown in this nearly lost craft. “I just wanted to challenge myself. I went into his workshop and hand pleated the pieces with him. There are only two surviving pleaters in the whole of Australia,” says the designer. “It’s actually amazing going to be able to do that, just understanding the work that’s involved; they mould each pleat by hand. It was insane – my fingers were so sore!”

This kind of custom handcrafting continues to be at the core of Cathleen Jia’s philosophy. The petals of Her 3D flowers are hand-cut, pearls are individually sewn on, belts are customised and even belt loops are made special by the addition of teeny, gleaming pearls. Detailing on dresses is often layered; lace is accented with glinting beads which are in turn topped with hand-dyed flowers. It took three people, eight days just to finish the hemline of Cathleen’s ‘Lulu’ dress.

The ‘Moon River’ collection, made by artisans in Australia, is available for fittings now.

Photographer: Jessica Abby Photography / Bride's Dress: Cathleen Jia / Hair & Makeup Artist: Sophie Knox Makeup Artist / Accessories: Jeanette Maree

Vendor of the Week – The Wedding Nest

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We’re well and truly into 2018 now and boy, isn’t it shaping up to be amazing?

School holidays, fun in the sun, and endless opportunities to meet up with family and friends are great distractions when your wedding planning all becomes a bit much. But when you do want to plan, be sure you squeeze in a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who would love to help you with your wedding day. We have Bridal Gown Services, we have Wedding Gifts & Registries, we have Styling and Hire and Catering – we even have Cinematography and Jewellery! We have such great vendors who are keen to help you design the wedding of your dreams.

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


There’s something about styling your first home together and choosing just the right pieces to create a style that is uniquely ‘yours’. Katie of The Wedding Nest bought the online wedding gift registry from the original owners a year ago and since then has introduced more beautiful pieces to the range. She has carefully chosen quality handmade and designer pieces so that you know each item will be a special piece to treasure. From leather chairs, to gorgeous bed linen, pendants and prints – each item is grouped under category or choose a style – contemporary, beach, French or eclectic. Katie brings a background of interior design and for Sydney couples she can provide a customised styling consult.

We asked Katie of The Wedding Nest five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite reward after a big working day? 

Hopefully being able to tick a lot of items off my To Do list. Also definitely a nice glass of red and even a Magnum ice cream, mini of course!
Your favourite weekend getaway?

Terrigal on the central coast of NSW. It has great cafes and restaurants and beautiful beaches that are dog friendly which is a must for us. We have 3 dogs. Two boisterous pugs and one sweet little sensitive Jack Russell. Relatives have recently acquired a unit here which we can use whenever we choose which is fantastic.
What is your most prized possession?

Besides my electric blanket, my most prized possession is my engagement ring. It’s quite unique and I got a lot of comments from strangers, nice comments. My partner selected it himself which I love as he really knows me and he is very brave!
Favourite restaurant?

That is a tough one! So many to choose from. But I can’t go past Chiswick in Woollahra. The setting is gorgeous amongst the gardens and the slow cooked lamb is to die for.
What do you enjoy most about being in the wedding industry?

There are so many beautiful aspects to wedding, it’s quite special being a part of one of a couple’s best times of their lives! I also love seeing all the photos at the end and admiring everyone’s unique tastes.

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