Polka Dots and Pearls is an events planning and design company, specialising in Vintage and Retro themed events.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Vintage Wedding Shoot at Manchester Art Gallery - March 2012

Back in March I was lucky enough to be involved in a stuning vintage wedding shoot at Manchester Art Gallery. A number of Manchester businesses came together to allow this fantastic shoot to happen, I was the 1940's bride and here is the story in pictures ...

Reading the love letters from her fiance..

They meet again..

The happy couple reunited...

Mr and Mrs..

The Groom..

The Bride..

The newly wed's in the stunning Manchester Art Gallery..

The shoot was so much fun and the dress was simply amazing! Stunning venue and such lovely photographers - Thank you to everyone that allowed me to be involved in the day!

Wedding dress by Dress by Dodie
Photography by Foley Photograhy

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Charity Catwalk Show - 29th July 2012

This charity catwalk event is planned for Sunday 29th July 2012 and is being held at Ridgmont House, Horwich, Bolton. I am looking for businesses that would like to showcase their clothes in the catwalk.

The theme of the day is 1950's, so we want to stick to this style as much as possible and include a mixture of actual vintage/retro clothes and items that are inspired by the era.

It is £10 to showcase your clothes in the catwalk, and you can enter upto 10 outfits. The £10 goes towards insurance and advertising the event.

We will provide the models and we have lots of gorgeous ladies lined up, including Coco Fierce, the stunning Pin Up Model!

Tickets are being sold at £20.00 for an adult ticket and for this guests get to watch the show, view the stalls and enjoy afternoon tea and there will be live
music from Jazz, Blues and Swing singer, Bexi Owen. £5 from each adult ticket goes to UNICEF. There are 100 tickets to be sold and we will also be holding a charity raffle, so we hope to raise a good amount of money for UNICEF.

To purchase a ticket, please click here.

If you would like to enter your business into the show, or if you would like a stall, please email me.

Lots of love,



Tuesday, 17 April 2012

My day at Alt. Studio's, Manchester

On Good Friday just gone, my sister in law and I attended a photo shoot at the new and very exciting Alt Studio's in Manchester, a number of people that I know had already attended for a shoot and I loved the photo's that they came away with.

As you may or may not know I offer retro and vintage style photo shoots as part of my extra services and so I wanted to attend a shoot at the studio's to experience it myself and with a view to possibly working with, and recommending Simon in the future.

Located in the well known Northern Quarter in Manchester the studio is situated in the perfect place, as the area is popular with all creative industries, in particular alternative fashion - a number of these businesses being with Afflecks.

Our day started off when we met Simon in the studio, along with the hair and make up artist, we then had a chat about what era and styles we would like, showed off our outfits and then we got started on the hair and make up.

I was up first and I chose to go 1950's style (No surprise there, it's quite obvious that's my favourite era), victory rolls, bright lips and simple eye make up. The outfits I took weren't really 1950's style as such, they were just cute dresses that I owned that had that retro look.

I took along my Brownie camera as a prop for in the shoots - I'm so glad I did, and you'll see why when you see the photo's! As it was a rainy day I also took along my 'Love umbrellas' love heart brolly, not even thinking that I could potentially use that as a prop until mid shoot when I had the brain wave!

The shoot was so much fun, Simon made me feel extremely comfortable, he was a great laugh and incredibly talented at what he does.

Next up was my sister in law, who I had invited along to the shoot - she has a stunning look and really suits the vintage style that she chose. She enjoyed the day just as much as I did and we are both so thrilled with the photographs. I am glad that I went along and experienced Alt Studio's and now I am able to recommend Simon to friends, family and all the visitors to my website.

I am please to announce that we will now be working with Alt Studio's as part of our Photo shoot services, and so if you wish to book an alternative and retro style shoot just like the photo's you are about the see you can contact me via my website www.polkadotsandpearls.co.uk or by email.

There is an introductory offer on at the moment meaning that the shoot and make over itself is free, and all images and packages are half price - starting from just £30.00!

So now you've read all about it, here are the photographs from our shoot:

Me with my very cute Love Umbrella's brolly

Me with the Brownie camera! Now can you see why I was glad that I took it along with me? Amazing photograph!

Me playing Marilyn Monroe. Well a girl can dream!

My gorgeous sister in law!

Very cute and flirty pose here from Hannah!

 Looking oh so glamourous! Doesn't she look like a movie star?

I love this one of Hannah! Very fun and retro!

Once we'd both had our seperate shoots, we did a few shots together. These were great fun to do and don't they work so well. The way Simon has presented them is very cool too!

And here are two photo's that were taken by Alt Studio's, not at the same time of our shoot, but these were the photos' that caught my eye and brought Alt Studio's to my attention. The model is the absolutely gorgeous Rachael of Marry Me Ink.

Thank you so much for reading and please do get in touch with me if you have any questions about the shoot or Alt Studio's, or if you would like to book a studio shoot for yourself.

Take Care,