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If any country knows how to do an amazing long lunch, it’s Italy. The nation of feasting and celebration served as the most beautiful inspiration for today’s Italian Long Lunch Country Wedding Ideas With Watercolour Details shoot.

Led by designer Elizabeth of ELK Prints, the team wanted to create an Italian luncheon inspired celebration with an Australian twist. “Bella Vita”, a “beautiful life”, set the scene of an occasion for a couple who treasure family and tradition, who love simple pleasures, like pasta and prosecco, who love to dance barefoot, who love to explore and who appreciate the beauty that comes from appreciating and respecting the time and skills of others.

With Angus Porter behind the camera, the scene included a raw, timber long-table (from Eternity Event Hire) topped with a natural silk runner, white marble platters and pink crystal glassware. At each place setting, was a jar of olives – a perfectly appropriate wedding favour – and cream crockery (from Pretty Pedestals) was complemented with botanical-printed pieces for the guests of honour. The team chose gold flatware, tied with poetry notes and customised for each guest, that told the love story of the newlyweds created by Charlie Writes. The table was topped with garlands of greenery, peach blooms styled by Decorations by Jelena and watercolour stationery by ELK Prints that set the scene beautifully for the charcuterie-style feast whipped up by Bella Vita Bar.

Elizabeth notes “The style of our shoot is pretty and romantic with a relaxed boho vibe. Watercolour textures, beautiful florals and classical undertones form the basis for our Italian long lunch in an Australian rural setting. We used a colour palette of cream, deep peachy pinks, lemon and orange tones with the olive colours of the Italo/Australian landscape we were inspired by.”

A beautiful masterpiece of a wedding cake, created by Sugar Pot, featured two tiers adorned with delicate sugar flowers that echo the watercolour details carried throughout the styling.

And then the fun, Bella Vita Bar caravan with its blue and white awning and watercolour floral decals (by ELK Prints) was surrounded by gorgeous Australian native and Mediterranean plants from Pop Up Gardens. Signage, carefully created by Signed by Bird welcomed guests to the celebration.

Our “newlyweds” Ami and Stephen Beck embodied the easy joy that the shoot wanted to inspire. The groom, dressed in earth tones and relaxed styling, has a nod to formality with a laidback vibe. The bride, dressed in a Daughters Of Simone gown from Love, Marie with a  Simona Bridal hairpiece, had her hair and makeup styled by Emma McGill. Elizabeth adding, “We wanted the day to appear very intimate and loving and suggest how the guests and the bridal couple may experience those moments together.”

Photographer: Angus Porter / Styling: ELK Prints / Catering: Bella Vita Bar / Bride's Dress: Daughters Of Simone / Bridal Salon: Love, Marie / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Simona Bridal / Hair & Makeup Artist: Emma McGill / Flowers & Decor: Pop Up Gardens / Flowers: Decorations by Jelena / Wedding Cake: Sugar Pot / Signage: Signed by Bird / Invitations & Stationery: ELK Prints / Wedding Poetry: Charlie Writes / Tableware: Pretty Pedestals / Rental Furniture: Eternity Event Hire / Models: Ami and Stephen Beck
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Bo & Luca have become somewhat synonymous with luxe bohemian bridal style and with the launch of the “Shakti” collection, they have continued to cement their name in the bridal world.

Inspired by Shakti, the feminist Hindu principle of divine energy and empowerment, the collection is beautifully bold, with a sense of the feminine, of the sensuality of the female form.

Hand-created details are of course a feature. Gowns feature delicate gold flowers, vines and beading, embellishing sheer layers and contrasting with liquid-style silks. Bishop sleeves, bodice ruffles, layers and sheer skirts reflect that ease for which Bo & Luca is so loved.

Designer Shannon reflects, “As a creative, I am a firm believer in the energy and positivity that you surround yourself with, so I strive to express this through our collections.”

The Bo & Luca Shakti collection is available at selected stockists, with a list available on their website.


Photographer: Jessica Aleece / Gowns: Bo & Luca / Hair & Makeup Artist: Kat McAndrew / Creative Direction: Shannon Pittman / Creative Direction: Brie Stevenson / Model: Elle Mcnamara

Happy Monday Dotties! It is getting so close to Christmas celebrations that we almost can’t stand it. Suddenly our lives are filled with sparkly lights and “just because it’s Christmas” cocktails and all kinds of merriment, what could be more wonderful?

If you’re planning your wedding for next spring how are you bringing the season to your wedding? There’s something quite lovely about making the most of spring bulbs in your bouquet, spring drinks to toast your wedding ceremony on a terrace and a hot drink with toasted marshmallows at the end of the night – because let’s face it, the nights are still cool. To help you with ideas, we suggest you take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who are keen to help you plan your spring vision for your wedding day. We have Entertainment, we have Cinematography, we have Bridal Gowns and Food Trucks – we even have Stationery & Paper Goods and Menswear! We all love to celebrate spring – and our vendors are no exception!

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

Photos by Alli Oughtred

The advantage of using a wedding planner is that they bring together all the little details and make sure that everything looks beautiful and is just as you imagined it. Vanessa of Valure Events does just that, as well as coordinating your wedding vendors, styling and all the running around with month before, full service or on the day management. Leaving everything to Vanessa, knowing that she will look after all the little details, you can relax and enjoy your wedding. Because who wants to be worried about anything other than laughing and loving your day!

We asked Vanessa of Valure Events five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

Fave reward after a big working day is a great glass of Pinot Noir, fluffy bed socks and PJs!

Favourite weekend getaway?

Daylesford; as we never get sick of amazing scenery, yummy food and wine and it’s only 90 minutes from Melbourne!

What is your most prized possession?

My most prized possession is our two amazing yet crazy boys and family! Nothing is more important x

Favourite restaurant?

Can’t possibly narrow it down – far too many that I love!

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

What I love about being in the wedding industry is the love. As demanding and as tiring as it can be, nothing gives me a greater satisfaction than working with amazing vendors and beautiful clients who are so in love. Being a part of their special day makes it an absolute privilege, I’m truly blessed.

Visit Valure Events’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Valure Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.