Bo & Luca Shakti Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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
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Vendor of the Week – Valure Events

by | Blog News, Bride


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.


Snapshot Sunday – Good Mates

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays



Photographer: Angie Roe Photography

Fiona & Nick’s Romantic Glasshouse Mountains Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Fiona and Nick

I happen to think, that the moments when the sun sets and when it rises are the purest of the day. The start of a day, the farewell, there is an element wiping the slate clean, the way the world bathes in golden light, that makes for something truly amazing. When Fiona and Nick joined photography duo Daisy & The Duke for their romantic Glasshouse Mountains engagement shoot at sunset, well, you guessed it – magic resulted!

The group hiked up Mount Ngungun; the summit, with its spectacular heights giving a backdrop quite unlike any other – and with the couple choosing to marry in nearby Maleny, it was certainly sentimental!

Fiona and Nick fill us in on their story. “We met through a mutual friend who had been trying to set us up for years but the timing had never been right. Finally, we were both single at the same time so we finally got that date, and the rest is history!”

Fiona was a little cranky when Nick proposed, but the story was made all the better for it, the pair recall. “We were in Italy for a holiday and happened to be in Amalfi on the day Nick decided to propose. We had arranged to do a day trip to Capri which Nick assumed would be ripe with proposal locations. It was, but it would not go as Nick planned. Throughout the day, every time we found somewhere romantic, Fi kept unknowingly walking away or would take way too long taking photos and by the time the camera was put away, the area would be full of a fresh group of tourists. This happened four times so Nick eventually gave up. Once back in Amalfi that afternoon, Fi fell asleep (too many Capri spritzes) and Nick’s proposal dream was slipping away. So Nick woke up a cranky Fi and dragged her out to watch the sunset. Having seen it the last three afternoons, Fi was less than impressed with this interruption to her afternoon nap. Nick walked ahead up a set of stairs which Fi begrudgingly walked as slowly as possible, only to get to the top and see Nick on one knee. Fi promptly burst into tears, repeating ‘really?!’ several times hysterically and then forgot to actually say yes.”

On what they love about one another, the happy couple explain, “we make each other laugh; the most important thing! We are always trying to surprise each other with romantic gestures (no matter how small) and we’ve always got each other’s backs. We make a good team!” 

And after the sun went down, the smoke machine came out for something completely different.

Photographer: Daisy & The Duke