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Win Over $600 In Vouchers From Colette By Colette Hayman

by | Bride, Competitions

When it comes to wedding day accessories, we do love a bit of sparkle and shine over here at Polka Dot Bride and today we are so excited to partner with Colette by Colette Hayman to celebrate the launch of their brand new bridal range.

From fun wedding day clutches in sweet tones of blush, rose gold and silvers to classic ivory and white, to fun slogan pieces, sparkling hair pieces and delicate crystal jewels.  There are cosmetic bags just right for your maid of honour, photobooth props of white, hangers for your special gowns, robes for getting ready in and even eye masks for a little shut-eye.

The collection is designed to add a little playful fun to your wedding celebrations while being completely on point.

Known for their trend based, accessible pieces, the Colette by Colette Hayman team always believe that more is more and that each and every bride should be able to find something special to personalise the way they express their style on their wedding day. Today they’re giving three lucky brides to have the chance to do just that by giving away three $200 vouchers to spend on Colette by Colette Hayman wedding treats!

The Prize:

Three lucky winners will receive a $200 gift voucher to spend however they choose on Colette by Colette Hayman products.

To Enter

  • Don't forget to follow @colettebycolettehayman and @polkadotbride to enter!

Terms & Conditions

  • The winner will be chosen by Colette by Colette Hayman and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup.
  • If no contact is made within two weeks of prize confirmation, 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 each prize is $200 Australian dollars.
  • The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
  • The prize cannot be changed.
  • Competition is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand
  • This Competition closes 24th of April 2018 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

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Kaela & Anoop’s Elegant City Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kaela and Anoop

in the most stunning of city foyers in the middle of Melbourne CBD, Kaela and Anoop made their love story official, the backdrop of Melbourne’s city streets playing host to a day of beautiful celebration. The couple wanted to make sure their day was filled with every ounce of romance they had and an added dash of fun personality. The blank canvas of their reception allowing them the room to add plenty of colour and fairy lights, the most beautiful complement to the stunning images captured by Christopher Robert.

It was over a love of shoes that the couple met – Kaela working at a shoe store, introduced to Anoop by his best man on the groom’s very first day of work. Many years later, when the couple were living in  Singapore, Anoop chose one of the most iconic parts of the city to ask Kaela to marry him, Kaela remembering  “On 18th September 2016 (on our five year anniversary) Anoop decided that he would pop the question in our adopted home of Singapore. He took me to Gardens By the Bay, one of Singapore’s most iconic sights and my favourite place and took me on the boardwalk above the flower domes. It was at the point that we were talking about the last 5 years when Anoop took this opportunity to drop down on one knee… and ask me would I be his princess forever…. he proposed with a sketch of a ring that he had designed, which was just perfect!”

The bride chose Indulgence Design to create her blush pink wedding gown, telling “After numerous shopping trips in both Singapore and Melbourne, I walked into a dress shop and one particular dress caught my eye. It was beautiful but not perfect. It was at this point I took my ideas to Indulgence Design and asked them to design my ‘dream dress’. We always do things differently to others so it was at this point that I decided that I was going to have a blush pink dress. My mum and I shopped for layers of materials together to find the perfect colour. It was extra special that my  mum beaded the lace daisies in crystals and pearls that added to the amazing work that Indulgence Design created.”


Kaela and Anoop chose The Dome at 333 Collins Street for their ceremony, the bride noting “From the moment we saw The Dome we fell in love. It was unique, beautiful and something special. We wanted a place that we could return to in years to come.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Mish Fortino’s “We Found Love”.

 Rachel Reed officiated the ceremony, the bride remarking “The Ceremony was hands down our favourite part of the day. It was truly magical. Anoop said his favourite part was watching me walk down the long aisle at the dome. I just enjoyed every moment and was beaming from ear to ear with the amount of love in the room.
Our celebrant Rachel was amazing. Rachel is a friend of ours which made the ceremony even more intimate and personal. It was everything we could have wished for and more.”

Of her favourite part of wedding planning, Kaela shares “I loved creating our wedding dreams and allowing them to come true. I remember walking into The Dome and looking at the amazing flowers beside Anoop and walking into our reception venue and been blown away by the fairy lights. Seeing these made everything worth it.”

Of their photographer, Kaela gushes “Chris was honestly AMAZING. I couldn’t speak highly enough of Chris from Christopher Robert Photography. He was down to earth, fitted in with us and made us feel like our wedding photos were effortless. I remember briefing Chris over coffee and said: “these wedding photos might be a little tricky as Anoop hates photos”. Chris responded with “Don’t worry, I’ve got this” and that he did.”

“After living abroad for many years, we decided we wanted to have a piece of Melbourne with us on our wedding day so  both (us) and the bridal party caught the tram from Flinders Street station to the reception venue in Docklands.”

The newlyweds loved the blank canvas of Maia Docklands, choosing it for their sit down reception. The bride explaining “As we were planning our wedding from Singapore i wanted a place that we could start with from scratch and make our own and that we did.”

Of their first dance, Kaela remembers “Our first dance was “Here I am” by Bryan Adams. We saw Bryan Adams live in Singapore and when this song was played we knew this was the song that they wanted to have as our first dance as husband and wife.”

The newlyweds chose to surprise each other with wedding ring engravings, Kaela explaining “Our favourite part of the day was when Anoop and I got to read our personal message on the inside of our wedding bands that we wrote to one and other. Anoop and I decided that we wanted to write a special message to each other that we would remember forever. The funniest thing is that we wrote the same thing. We have never said this message to each other nor seen it before.
This made us realise just our strong our relationship actually is. We got engraved: Today, Tomorrow and Forever”.”

Iconic Pictures captured this beautiful film of Kaela and Anoop’s wedding day.


A big congratulations Kaela and Anoop! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Christopher Robert  for sharing today’s beautiful celebration.

Photographer: Christopher Robert / Cinematographer: Iconic Pictures / Bride's Dress: Indulgence Design / Bride's Jewellery: Ronzageorge Designer Jewellery / Bridesmaid Dresses: Myer / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Iconic / Bridesmaid Shoes: Mimco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Ronzageorge Designer Jewellery / Getting Ready Robes: Myer / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Travellers Apparel / Makeup Artist: De Ross Artistry / Flowers: Secret Blossom / Flowers: Babylon Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Ceremony Venue: The Dome / Ceremony Officiant: Rachel Reed / Ceremony Musicians: Mish Fortino from Essential Band / Reception Venue: Maia Docklands / Catering: Atlantic Group / Band: Jag Entertainment / Wedding Ring: Matt Wynne Designer Jeweller / Wedding Registry: Myer / Wedding Website: Minted

Karen Willis Holmes “Wild Hearts” 2018 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


If there was ever a designer. that we know you adore, it’s Karen Willis Holmes. Week in and week out our stories feature brides choosing gowns from this Brisbane designer, who took her Queensland dream and shared it with the world. Karen now works with stockists all across Australia and the world (an additional eight countries!) sharing her beautiful, on-trend designs for those walking down the aisle.

Her newest release, the “Wild Hearts” collection makes its 2018 debut with nine stunning gowns that are as of the moment as they are beautifully crafted. After the success of her KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection, Karen was inspired to again create relaxed. sophisticated silhouettes with comfortable fabrications. Think beautiful stretch laces, bias cuts that flow and skim the body, giving their wearers a romantic look with a beautiful, thought out fit.

My favourite? The beautiful “Valencia”. A long bell sleeve gown, with v neckline that curves around the body, finishing with an unexpected ruched back.

The  Karen Willis Holmes  “Wild hearts” collection is available now at Karen Willis Holmes’ boutiques and selected stockists.

Photographer: Kas Richards / Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes / Hair & Makeup Artist: Sophie Knox Makeup Artist

Vendor of the Week – Twentyone Photos

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend full of relaxation or did you pack it full of wedding plans?

Planning your wedding so that it looks beautiful, personal and cohesive takes a lot of time and effort. With social media playing a role in choices, don’t be tempted to throw everything you love into the mix – you’ll only end up with a day that looks overcrowded and not coordinated. Take some time to choose your vendors ensuring they fit with your style. We have so many great vendors to choose from, in the Polka Dot Directory  – take the time to search for the perfect vendor here. We have Celebrants, we have Wedding Planners, we have Transport and Food Trucks – we even have Styling and Hire and Stationery & Paper Goods! Lots of vendors ready to offer their services.

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

Tuan of Twentyone Photos has a simple philosophy “capture your special moment, beautifully.” Valuing his skills as a photographer ensures that Tuan takes great care to capture your memories of your wedding day in beautiful clear shots that you will relive the moments of your day each time you look at them.

We asked Tuan of Twentyone Photos five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite reward after a big working day?
Nothing is more rewarding than finishing up a long day shooting, to come home to my beautiful wife and daughter and have them in my arm. Sounds cheesy but it’s true.

Your favourite weekend getaway?
I’m always up for a road trip to places I haven’t been before and enjoy a change of fresh air, explore the unknown, and appreciate some quality time with the family.

What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession is not a physical object, but rather photography skills that I acquired through years of hard work and dedication. Skills that brings happiness & joy to many people I’ve met and worked with.

Favourite restaurant?
Maybe Shujinko 24hr ramen on Russell St (phone (03) 9654 0989. Their pork belly is by far the best I’ve tried at any other ramen restaurants in Melbourne.

What do you enjoy most about being in the wedding industry?
I get to meet with many people, listen to their love story, been to places I haven’t been before, and capture amazing pictures that brings happiness to its audiences. What’s not to like?

Visit Twentyone Photos‘ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Twentyone Photos is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.