Dramatic Candlelit Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


It is candlelight that makes magic happen after dark and today’s dramatic candlelit wedding inspiration marries the deepest shades – emeralds and copper with dramatic styling, and of course plenty of candlelight to pay homage to historic spaces and magic moments.

With Emma Wise Photography behind the camera, a dream team headed to the Yarra Valley to captured newly renovated historic venue of Fondata 1872.

Floral designer  Gillian Pollard styled up the shoot and created sculptural arrangements of greenery and white flowers, phalaenopsis orchids, tulips, paperwhites, hellebores and glossy green ferns for the venue, with our bride carrying bouquets of blush pink roses.

Emerald green was a focal point of the carefully crafted stationery with origami fold detail by A Tactile Perception which tied beautifully together with the emerald green wedding semi-naked chocolate mud cake with Swiss buttercream and gold leaf.

Our bride, Ashla Magilldressed in three luxe gowns from Catherine R Couture each with its own incredible detailing, was styled with jewels from Jeanette Maree and hair and makeup by Nichole Chambers giving Ashla a modern blushing bride look with bold raspberry lips.

Photographer: Emma Wise Photography / Styling: Gillian Pollard / Bride's Dress: Catherine R Couture / Bride's Jewellery: Jeanette Maree / Hair & Makeup Artist: Nichole Chambers / Flowers: Gillian Pollard / Invitations & Stationery: A Tactile Perception / Venue: Fondata 1872 / Model: Ashla Magill / Wedding Cake: Kat's Cakes
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Laudae Bridal ‘Numinous’ Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I love when I am introduced to a new brand doing beautiful things and today’s brand, Vancouver based Laudae certainly ticks all the boxes.

Laudae’s second collection “Luminous” features eight new gowns, filled with modern silhouettes, modern laces, even recycled polyester stretch satins, in long sleeves, shoestring straps, trains and skirts all able to be customised, right down to fabric choices for their wearers. Each gown is carefully made to be not just beautiful, but comfortable, with stretchy fabrics, secret support and testing that is the result of many conversations with their own brides to be.

Inspired by the spirited, carefree bride, Laudae, led by designer Gabrielle Bayona, is all about forward thinking. Modern designs that are not just about looks and style but are also about wider issues – such as the environment. The brand consciously minimises their footprint on the earth, choosing recycled fabrics where possible, and uses local, in-house production. They even turn the lights off during summer – living by the ethos that values don’t have to be compromised for style.

Laudae gowns are available for purchase online and ship to Australia.


Photographer: Graham Dunn / Gowns: Laudae / Hair & Makeup Artist: Jinjutha Makeup / Model: Zelly Dugan / Dress Design: Merly Bayona & Gabrielle Bayona / Creative Direction & Styling: Gabrielle Bayona

Vendor of the Week – Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We’re loving the Sunshine at the moment which is lifting us out of the endless weeks of cold Spring weather.

Are you taking advantage of the warmer days to do something relaxing together? It can’t all be work and wedding planning – you’ll end up so frazzled by your wedding day that you won’t enjoy your day. To help you with your wedding day, take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who are keen to help you bring your vision to life. We have Wedding Planners, we have Cakes, we have Jewellery and Wedding Gifts & Registries – we even have Catering and Bridesmaids Gowns! Our vendors are committed to helping you make the most beautiful of wedding days.

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

Who doesn’t love a good celebrant who can be serious at the right moments and also inject some fun into the ceremony to make it a memorable occasion? Pauline of Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant
can craft a ceremony that reflects you as a couple, and welcomes as much input into your ceremony as you wish – or she can suggest an entire ceremony if you’re stuck for words. Armed with her comprehensive Ceremony Guide, there are sure to be just the right words that speak to you and are just what you want to say.

We asked Pauline of Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite reward after a big working day?

Having a nice chilled glass of white wine when I walk in the door after a busy day of weddings.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Hunter Valley.

What is your most prized possession?

My family!

Favourite restaurant?


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

I love my job. I am privileged to be a part of one of the most important days in a couple’s life. It is full of joy and just so rewarding.

Visit  Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant’s  page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Pauline Fawkner Marriage Celebrant is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

Snapshot Sunday – The Long, Long Walk

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Image by Ane Hagen Photography