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It is the time for all things new and today, we’re all about that sparkling brand new vibe with Australian designed and made wedding label Oarma.

Every piece designed and made by Danika Frahn (whos studied design at Melbourne’s own Swinburne), who draws inspiration from her grandmother’s own styling of honesty and elegance, this brand new label is all about quality fabrics and sustainably sourced materials.

The collection is compiled with both gowns and interchangeable separates. Minimal & modern in styling, gowns like “Linear”, with a shallow round neck and straight silhouette, sit alongside another favourite, “Ella” with her long silk gathered sleeves and floor-length skirt and the beautiful “Celeste” with her scoop neck, shaped straps and straight shape.. Separate wise, the collection includes skirts and pants in classic cuts, able to be paired with the on-brand camis, and chic blouses  Special wonders like the “Sheer Pleated Crop Coat” stunning over any of the gowns as a day to night transformation.

In keeping with the brand’s sustainable values, Danika makes each gown to order. She has partnered with Studio Tinta to ensure any gowns, can be dyed (with natural plant-based dyes) and easily worn as non-wedding pieces long after the day. It works alongside the brand’s investment in the  Carbon Neutral initiative, the sourcing of fabrics from natural and deadstock materials, It seems, that appropriate for Oarma, sustainability and beautiful, timeless design go hand in hand.

Oarma gowns are available to try on at the Oarma studios in Fitzroy and Brunswick or to purchase online. Find out more via the website here.

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Happy Monday Dotties! Happy middle of November to you.

Get settled for another amazing week of wedding inspiration – this month we’re running the Elopement Issue – micro weddings and elopements are going to be popular in our future and we want you to know that they are not and never were, the poor cousin of larger events. Get set to create your perfect elopement with our talented wedding vendors in our Directory are SO ready to contribute to your celebration! Take a look at our Polka Dot Directory to choose vendors from Accessories, to  Entertainment, we have Photography and Cinematography – we even have Bridal Gowns Services and Celebrants.

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

Photo one by Little Black Bow Photography Photo two by Luna Imagery Photo by Alan Hughes Photography

Looking for the perfect bridesmaids gowns for your girls? Then look no further than Bridesmaids Only who stock a wide range of gowns – short and long, every colour of the rainbow and gowns suited to every season of the year. With many designers to choose from as well as their own designs, Tessa and Hayley offer a try before you buy service where the gown(s) of your choice may be shipped all over Australia (invaluable if your maids live in different parts of the country). After all, you want all your maids to look spectacular and the best way to ensure the perfect style and fit for everybody in your wedding party is the try the gowns on! Mother of the Bride gowns, maternity gowns, and plus size gowns and flowergirls are not left out – there are gowns for you too!

We asked Tessa of Bridesmaids Only five questions in five minutes:

Weddings are the best to work on because….
You get to see someone’s dream (sometimes life long dreams) and vision come to life. You get to be part of the journey and then to see the joy at the end, the smile on the faces. Wedding photos that we get tagged in literally make me do a happy dance and I smile from ear to ear. The dresses being showcased on beautiful women, all across Australia is something truly special for us. Sometimes customers have only been a name via a million emails so to put a face to the story is the best.

What is something people would be surprised to know about your job or something that challenges you about your job?
That I bought Bridesmaids Only from another lady in Sydney and relocated it to Queensland. I have an ecommerce background and have been in the wedding industry for over 10 years. It was all a male focus though and I really loved the idea of something more female-focused so I could have a little more fun. Female bridal fashion, in general, is a huge challenge, the sizes, colours and time restraints with matching designers and bridal party timeframes can get stressful. Our own in house collection and expanding that based on bridesmaids feedback was so much fun but took a lot longer than I expected and had many road bumps along the way. Also, we really changed up the brand when I bought it and we were just hitting our positive growth figures when covid hit!

What is it about the creative process that you most enjoy?
Hayley and I both love seeing our designs come to life from both paper to a finished dress and then a finished dress on a bridesmaid for the first time. I do not think the buzz we get from that will ever go away.

What are you hilariously bad at?
Getting our new designs onto the website. I love seeing them in our office but photographing and creating the listing on our website so that bridesmaids can see it is not a strength 😉

When you were small what did you dream of being and where have those dreams taken you?
Haha a forensic scientist! But when I hit my 20’s I really wanted to be an entrepreneur and travel. So far being an entrepreneur has allowed me to travel to 20 countries and speak on stage plus mentor other couples in eCommerce.

 

Visit Bridesmaids Only’s pages to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week.

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Roseanna & Morgan

The warmer weather is nigh, which means the seaside becomes all the more appropriate for engagement sessions. For Roseanna and Morgan, stunning Flinders, with its windy atmosphere, and photographer Hayley Hickman along for the ride, was just the match they needed to tell their story. Tells Roseanna “We first met at Morgan’s brother’s birthday party. Morgan was wearing a T-shirt with Alan from the Hangover on it and I thought it was hilarious.”

Turns out the buzz of the Christmas spirit was just what Morgan needed to pop the question, Roseanne remembers for us “Morgan proposed to me on Christmas Day 2019, in our kitchen as I was wrapping Christmas presents for our fur baby Dozer.”

Roseanna shares “What I love most about Morgan is how caring he is. He can always tell when I’m feeling a bit down or not myself and he always goes out of his way to make me smile. Morgan loves how kind and caring I am and how I always put others before myself.
What we love most about each other is how similar we are. We never get tired of being in one another’s company.”

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for these two- they’ve had their own share of funny stories! “Morgan was planning our third date and asked what my favourite food was. I told him I love Thai food. Little did I know he hadn’t ever tried it and he hated spicy food. He booked a table anyway and I enjoyed a curry while Morgan ate white rice. I said “wow you’re not eating much” and he said, “I don’t like spice”. I couldn’t stop laughing. He was also trapped in his seat because the person behind him had their chair against his but he’s too polite to say anything. We still laugh about it eight years later.”

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