Karen Willis Holmes “Wild Hearts” 2018 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


If there was ever a designer. that we know you adore, it’s Karen Willis Holmes. Week in and week out our stories feature brides choosing gowns from this designer, who took her dream and shared it with the world. Karen now works with stockists all across Australia and the world (an additional eight countries!) sharing her beautiful, on-trend designs for those walking down the aisle.

Her newest release, the “Wild Hearts” collection makes its 2018 debut with nine stunning gowns that are as of the moment as they are beautifully crafted. After the success of her KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection, Karen was inspired to again create relaxed. sophisticated silhouettes with comfortable fabrications. Think beautiful stretch laces, bias cuts that flow and skim the body, giving their wearers a romantic look with a beautiful, thought out fit.

My favourite? The beautiful “Valencia”. A long bell sleeve gown, with v neckline that curves around the body, finishing with an unexpected ruched back.

The  Karen Willis Holmes  “Wild hearts” collection is available now at Karen Willis Holmes’ boutiques and selected stockists.

Photographer: Kas Richards / Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes / Hair & Makeup Artist: Sophie Knox Makeup Artist
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Vendor of the Week – Twentyone Photos

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend full of relaxation or did you pack it full of wedding plans?

Planning your wedding so that it looks beautiful, personal and cohesive takes a lot of time and effort. With social media playing a role in choices, don’t be tempted to throw everything you love into the mix – you’ll only end up with a day that looks overcrowded and not coordinated. Take some time to choose your vendors ensuring they fit with your style. We have so many great vendors to choose from, in the Polka Dot Directory  – take the time to search for the perfect vendor here. We have Celebrants, we have Wedding Planners, we have Transport and Food Trucks – we even have Styling and Hire and Stationery & Paper Goods! Lots of vendors ready to offer their services.

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

Tuan of Twentyone Photos has a simple philosophy “capture your special moment, beautifully.” Valuing his skills as a photographer ensures that Tuan takes great care to capture your memories of your wedding day in beautiful clear shots that you will relive the moments of your day each time you look at them.

We asked Tuan of Twentyone Photos five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite reward after a big working day?
Nothing is more rewarding than finishing up a long day shooting, to come home to my beautiful wife and daughter and have them in my arm. Sounds cheesy but it’s true.

Your favourite weekend getaway?
I’m always up for a road trip to places I haven’t been before and enjoy a change of fresh air, explore the unknown, and appreciate some quality time with the family.

What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession is not a physical object, but rather photography skills that I acquired through years of hard work and dedication. Skills that brings happiness & joy to many people I’ve met and worked with.

Favourite restaurant?
Maybe Shujinko 24hr ramen on Russell St (phone (03) 9654 0989. Their pork belly is by far the best I’ve tried at any other ramen restaurants in Melbourne.

What do you enjoy most about being in the wedding industry?
I get to meet with many people, listen to their love story, been to places I haven’t been before, and capture amazing pictures that brings happiness to its audiences. What’s not to like?

Visit Twentyone Photos‘ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Twentyone Photos is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.

Snapshot Sunday – Sunset

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Sarah & Wayne’s Relaxed Surprise Proposal

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Engagements


Sarah & Wayne

You know how much we love love here at Polka Dot Bride and well, when we get to bear witness to something as special as a  proposal? You can be sure that’s a day made! Sarah and Wayne joined Amelia Kate Photography for a photoshoot, the bride to be believing she was helping a friend of her boyfriends out with a favour. It wasn’t until Sarah took a seat on a park bench and saw Wayne kneeling beside her that she realised this was in fact, a proposal in the making!

She tells the story. “Wayne told me that a friend of his was a photographer who was looking to do some photoshoots with couples. He asked me if I would be interested in doing a photo shoot. Little did I know that he had actually organised it to propose to me! He dropped the ring off at Amelia’s house the day before and then got down on one knee during the shoot! He caught me completely by surprise!”

Sarah tells “We met through a mutual friend! We both got sent a Facebook message asking if we would be interested in going on a blind date. We met up in Freo one day and the rest was history! We actually could have met 2 years before we did! I worked with Wayne’s sister in law and she mentioned him to me so I stalked him on Facebook – but he had a dog as his profile picture so I didn’t pursue it any further!”

Wayne tells of his love for Sarah. “I love how caring and affectionate Sarah is and how she makes me feel special. So love coming home to her after a long day at work and sharing the news of my day with her.”

On what she loves about her husband to be, the bride tells “I love Wayne’s sense of humour and how he is always calm – especially when I’m stressing out! We are opposites in many ways but he balances me out. He is also very kind!”