We’re always a big fan when talented wedding pros collaborate and today’s meeting of the minds is a very special one. You already know and love Melbourne designer Cathleen Jia and wedding blogger turned accessories designer Ella of The White Files and today we’re more than thrilled to show off their very first wedding gown collection together! Meet the debut Cathleen Jia x The White Files Wedding Gown Collection! 

After meeting over cocktails, Cathleen and Ella knew they had something very special in common – a love for all things beautiful and a love for all things bridal. Seeing an opportunity to work together, they jumped at it, designing a collection of 15 beautiful gowns, all consciously produced and designed in Melbourne.

They share “We wanted to create something that transcends the realm of bridal, breaking traditions, borders and expectations. Something that is in line with our values of sustainability, and something that simplifies the way brides shop for their gown.”

The collection, available entirely online and shipping worldwide brings to beautiful, modern pieces that mix and match and are utterly modern in style. Thing long sleeve wrap tops,  full circle skirts made of silk, gowns with cut out detailing, cropped bodice tops and silk camis. This top with that skirt with this skirt or that top. Many of the gowns and skirts even have belt loops, so of course, there are stylish and chic belts to match! As a nod to Ella’s love of jewels, there are pearl buttons, buckle adorned sleeves and gold buttons- a touch of luxe!

Piece  Four is my absolutely favourite, a full circle hi-low midi dress with gorgeous billowing silk that looks oh so comfortable!

The duo is hosting trunk shows, in Sydney the 29th of February-1st of March and Melbourne on the 7th of March where you can try on all the gowns and meet Cathleen and Ella in person! Book your place here or shop the entire collection here.


This post features the following wedding vendors. If you've been featured below, we'd love to get to know you. Click here to join Polka Dot Bride.

Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Happy Monday Dotties! Who can believe February is half over? We’re loving every minute of the weddings we’ve been sharing this month!

Our talented vendors offer so many different skills to help you plan your wedding day. Each will give you something different, but trusting them to deliver what you’ve asked of them will ensure that you relax on your wedding day. Our Polka Dot Directory has many different categories and many different vendors – have fun choosing the ones that are the right fit for you!  We have Photography, we have Flowers, we have Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Gowns – we even have Jewellery and Accessories!

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

Orlando Combo describes their music as “…..jazz but more specifically the sound is a special blend of Swing/Lounge/Rhythm & Blues/Bossa Nova/Soul/Motown and Rock & Roll”. They are a live band and whether you want smooth jazz tunes to accompany your dinner or more upbeat dancefloor classics, they come with “a reputation for being the most dance-able Jazz band in town”. Music creates atmosphere, and amongst the clinking of wine glasses, the conversations and the candlelight, and there can be no better backdrop to your wedding day than a great band who reads the audience and knows just how to deliver in a professional and high-quality standard.

We asked Lucas from Orlando Combo five questions in five minutes:

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to engaged couples?

In the lead up to take plenty of time to plan well in advance so there is not a mad rush as the big day looms closer. Once you find the exact suppliers you want then lock them in immediately especially if you are holding an event for example on a Saturday night in peak season.

Do due diligence and ask as many questions as possible before locking things in and make sure the person/people you book are actually who will be at your wedding on the day and not ‘fill-ins’ or subcontractors etc.

When the big day does comes around try and relax and take in and enjoy the occasion as it is rare to have all the people important to you all in the one place at the same time, then before you know it the wedding will be finished – Savour the moment.

Between a professional celebrant, venue, photographer, entertainment the logistics will be taken care of so you can enjoy the night.

Tell us about a hidden talent you have?

Being highly organized (verging on OCD) is that a talent or problem? Hehe. Very handy in the wedding game though!

As a vendor, what excites you about the wedding day?

As a Jazz band we are a bit niche in what we offer so we know that when a couple books us it is specifically the mood they want to create for the soundtrack of their wedding.

When we arrive at a wedding we know we have the experience and musical ability to make an impression and set the scene right from the first note. Seeing the surprise of guests as they see the live Jazz band and the instruments like Double Bass and saxophone in all their beauty makes us know that we can keep the joyful mood going all night and that we are all together in for a big party.

What are you known for?

Highly organized, reliable and honest. If I feel that our music is not the right fit for a couple I would prefer to say upfront so they can seek out another ensemble that may be a better match for their musical taste.

If you could choose a song to play for the rest of your life what would it be?

Being a ‘Jazzer’ I would have to say ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing….(If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’!!!!!


Visit Orlando Combo’s pages to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Orlando Combo is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.


Polka Dot Dream Team...

The below wedding vendors made this magic happen and are an approved part of the Polka Dot Directory. Visit their portfolios to learn more and enquire about their services!