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Daphne Newman “Love Awakened” 2018 Veil Collection

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


The “Love Awakened” couture veil collection from  Daphne Newman brings to life the belief that tradition can be honoured, without the dismissal of personal style.

The Canadian born designer, uses her thirty years of work in couture design throughout every piece she creates, working with “Love Awakened” to create a collection filled with feminine, and ethereal detailing that is carefully created to stand the test of time, a piece that becomes a cherished heirloom for its lucky wearer as not simply an afterthought, but instead a careful reflection of their own personal style.

Each piece is handmade, using fabrics the designer herself collects on her travels around the world (including silks and exclusive laces) from Europe & the Middle East. The time laborious techniques of yesteryear are treasured by Daphne, who takes pride in techniques like woven and beading and beautiful embroidery to create special masterpieces. My favourite, “Lavinia” focuses heavily on drama. The veil, made of 100% Italian silk tulle, is striking with its delicate lace edging adorned with beading and pearls and a fine petal edge.

The pieces are available to Australians via the website.

Photographer: Lelia Scarfiotti / Creative Direction & Styling: Daphne Newman / Creative Direction & Styling: Raquelle Kilotaitis / Veils: Daphne Newman / Hair & Makeup Artist: Katie Angus of The Future Mrs. / Model: Cloe Simoncioni of Casting Firenze / Gown: Liz Martinez / Bridal Salon: Spina Bride / Gown: Karen Willis Holmes / Bridal Salon: Pearl and Dot / Gown: Daphne Newman
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Karli & Didier’s Relaxed Elegance Wedding At Trofeo Estate

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Karli & Didier

Sometimes all you need is a relaxed celebration with beautiful moments, beautiful details and a very much love filled story to kick off your day. And with beautiful photos by Sorrento Wedding Photography, I would say Karli & Didier’s relaxed elegance wedding at the beautiful Trofeo Estate certainly fits the bill!

It was actually at another wedding that these two first met! Karli remembering “We met when we were both invited to be in the bridal party for mutual friends about five years ago. Nothing happened at the time but about a year and a half later we started chatting and haven’t looked back since!”

The bride chose a white sequin gown by Karen Willis Holmes. She tells “I went shopping with my mum and sister on High Street, Armadale about 6 months before the wedding and they both agreed that I had to get the dress! loved the style of the dress and how it had an Art Deco sort of feel to it. I tried on a few different styles of dresses but kept coming back to this one! It was really comfortable to wear on the day and I loved the way the beading picked up the light.”

Karli and her mum, along with bridesmaids styled the floral details themselves, remembering “My mum, 2 of her friends and I created all the bouquets and button holes for the wedding. I ordered all the flowers we wanted from a local fresh fruit shop and we spent the Friday before the wedding creating the bouquets, button holes and decorations for the venue. They were unique and designed exactly as we wanted them and it was nice spending the day together before the wedding.”

Karli and Didier chose the Mornington Peninsula’s Trofeo Estate for their wedding remarking “We looked at so many different venues but liked that Trofeo allowed us to personalise our day. The location of the ceremony and the interior of the building were beautiful. We had about 130 guests attend so we needed somewhere that was happy to cater for that amount of people. It was really nice for Didier and I and our families to plan different aspects of the day and get excited together. We went to the venue a few times with our parents before the wedding day for a glass of wine and just to get a feel on how the day would work which was really nice so it was familiar to us on the day.”

Rohan Smith officiated the ceremony, Karli remembering “Our celebrant, Rohan Smith, gave the ceremony a really personalised feel and also included a bit of humour to make us more relaxed on the day as we were both so nervous! We had 2 readings picked out individually by two of our close friends ‘This Marriage’ and another one that I’m not sure of the name. They were both really beautiful readings and were edited a little by our friends to make it more personalised to Didier and I. We had live acoustic music playing before the ceremony and while canapés were being served after the ceremony when the bridal party were getting photos taken. A DJ played during the reception for the rest of the night.”

Karli added a special family piece to her look, telling “I wore a small gold pendant on my necklace that was given to me by my late Grandma. I really wanted to wear something of hers so was very happy that it suited the dress well.”

Tells the bride “My bridesmaids included my sister and 3 of my best friends that I have grown up with and Didier’s groomsmen were 4 of his best friends that he has grown up with. One of his groomsmen even made the trip over from America to be a part of our day.”

Of their photographers, Karli remarks  “They were amazing and took beautiful photos. They both made us feel so comfortable on the day and the photos tell the story of the day perfectly. We received the photos when we were on our honeymoon a month later and were so happy to be able to look back and reminisce on what was a fantastic day. They captured the day perfectly!”

Guests enjoyed a delicious homemade cake, tells the bride. “One of my best friends/ bridesmaids, Amanda, made our wedding cake which looked amazing and was delicious and we were so appreciative that she spent so much time and effort to create it.”

As a treat, the newlyweds spoilt their guests with a whiskey bar from The Whisky Company. The bride noting “Didier is a big whisky fan so on the day we hired a whisky company to set up a bar and pour a few different varieties of whisky as well as a couple of gin cocktails. It was a big hit with our guests and made our wedding a bit more personalised to us.” Guests each took home a bottle of Trofeo Estate wine as a wedding favour.

Karli remembers “I loved when we entered the reception for the first time as husband and wife after having our photos taken. We were so excited and on cloud nine and everyone was cheering and seemed so happy to be there to celebrate with us. It was really special being surrounded by our closest friends and family and having everyone together at the same time.”

Karli remembers “The speeches made by my dad, sister and our best man were so heartfelt and really nice to share with everyone.”

Karli notes “We didn’t do the first dance as we wanted the day not to have too many formalities and just have more of a party atmosphere.”

Congratulations Karli & Didier! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us! Thank you also to  Sorrento Wedding Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Sorrento Wedding Photography / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Godwin Charli / Makeup Artist: Evelyn Bremer / Makeup Artist: Hary May / Venue: Trofeo Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Rohan Smith / Whisky Bar: The Whisky Company

Anna Campbell “Wanderlust” Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


When it comes to romantic, feminine wedding gowns, Australian designer  Anna Campbell always comes to mind. Sparkling silvery beaded decadent lace backs, relaxed fits and beautiful styling have all been elements of design we have come to know and love from this designer.

The brand new “Wanderlust” collection, of thirteen pieces, speaks to Anna’s romantic sensibility and focuses on her love of embellishment. Anna telling “This collection was all about staying true to the incredible embellishments and unique lace adornments that have become iconic to Anna Campbell, but reinvigorating these details for a modern bride.”

The classic sparkling beaded gowns that we know and love are there, but this collection brings to life plenty of different pieces for brides to be in new silhouettes, using exclusively for Anna, fabrics and laces. There is “Wanda”, a piece which sparkles with its thousands of sequins, beads and pearls all hand sewn, there’s “Paige” made with raw cut ribbon and silk organza that is designed to shimmer at every turn.

The pieces, each hand cut and sewn in Melbourne allow the team to tailor the pieces to each individual bride for a truly custom fit. The design elements interchangeable, from skirts to sleeves, to beaded details, so each Anna Campbell bride walks her own way.

“Wanderlust” is now available Anna Campbell Melbourne boutique, Australian and international stockists, or the Anna Campbell e-boutique. Find more details via the website.

Photographer: Lost in Love Photography / Gowns: Anna Campbell / Makeup Artist: Melonie Santos Makeup Artist / Hairstylist: Luciana Rose

Vendor of the Week – Nigel Unsworth Studios

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Did you kick back and relax this weekend? Or did you pack it full of wedding plans? We are so excited to dive into another week!

Are you making the most of the time before your wedding? The excitement, the feeling of anticipation and yes, the busy-ness also! Take a few moments and breathe. Grab a coffee or make a cocktail from one of our recipes and look through our Polka Dot Directory where we have lots of vendors to choose from! We have Photography, we have Bridal Gown Services, we have Entertainment and Styling and Hire – we even have Jewellery and Venues! We have vendors who are committed to working with you to create the best wedding possible.

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

There is a beautiful moody quality to Nigel Unsworth Studios’ work. The light on the subject is used in such a  way that it almost feels as if you are looking at a painting, where the subject is the all important focus, and that around the edges is a whole unseen world of activity. And so, there is a sense of stillness – a pause – as if the bridal couple is in their own world.

We asked Nigel of Nigel Unsworth Studios five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

An independent or foreign film and a glass of red wine.

Favourite weekend away?

The city. I like to be around restaurants and museums.

What is your most prized possession?

My guitar or camera, I can’t choose.

Favourite restaurant?

Spice Temple.

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

Meeting different people and being able to photograph them at some amazing locations.
The diversity of a wedding inspires you to be very creative.


Visit  Nigel Unsworth Studios’  page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Nigel Unsworth Studios is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.