Back to Top
PolkaDotBride - Australia's number 1 Bridal Blog, Wedding Directory and Advice for Brides
Log In Register
  • Welcome to Polka Dot Bride
  • Polka Dot Submissions
  • Creative Colour Book
  • Vendor of the week
    Back to Top

    This week we preview

    Georgia Wiggs Photography

    READ MORE

  • Wedding Directory
  • PDB---Circle-Slide

Snapshot Sunday – The Sea & The Sky

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

Leave
A COMMENT

Wedding Photography

Image by Hannah Photography

Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Madeleine & Matt ‘s Urban Streetscape Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements,

Leave
A COMMENT

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Madeleine & Matt

I love the way that our urban streets have so much character and life to them- if you ask me, it’s just as beautiful in a different way to the rolling hills and magnificent natural backdrops we see here on Polka Dot Bride. So I love that madeleine and Matt took to the streets of Toowoomba for their engagement shoot with Steve Doyle.

Madeleine telling of their story “We first met through some mutual friends, I went to school with his cousin and we were both at the same party. Then I went overseas for nearly a year and came back and we ran into each other again.”

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Madeleine notes “I chose this style of engagement shoot because I wanted something that would be in contrast to our wedding photos, I wanted a different feel for them. Our wedding will be very vintage so it’s cool to have these really urban shots. I think it also worked well that it was a freezing, miserable day when we did the shoot.”

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Madeleine remembers the engagement as being awkward- only because she knew it was going to happen! She explains “We got engaged when we went away to celebrate our three-year anniversary. The whole thing was very awkward because I knew he was going to do it and he knew I knew! But eventually, he asked me if I would marry him on the beach. It was obviously very exciting and I think the awkwardness was partly due to the fact that it was an important and big moment but one which we knew we both wanted so it wasn’t scary at all just weird making it so official.”

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Urban Streetscape Engagement | Photo by Steve Doyle http://www.stevedoylephotography.com.au/

Photographer: Steve Doyle

Jayne & Mark’s Lush Rose Garden Pavilion Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

Leave
A COMMENT

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4811

Jayne & Mark

Jayne and Mark’s shared passion for flowers, trees and gardens provided the perfect inspiration for their lush Rose Garden Pavilion wedding. The couple wanted the day to be a relaxed, elegant affair, with a focus on being perfectly intimate – there were 50 guests in total! They chose Kirralee Wedding Photographer to help capture the memories of their day.

After 12 years together, Mark had proposed on Boxing Day 2013 under their favourite tree at Jell’s Park. Jayne was amazed that he was able to surprise her with the proposal! He had been secretly searching for the perfect ring for the past 12 months! They were elated, and the timing was perfect. Jayne loves Mark’s intelligence, ingenuity and his quirky sense of humour. She also adores his practicality and stability, warmth, caring and dependability. Mark loves Jayne’s mischievous sense of humour and her intelligence, and he says, “She is caring and sensitive, and always wants to look after people and animals. She is creative, artistic and gorgeous.”

mariana-hardwick

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4753

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4751

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4752

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4756

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4757lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4758

Jayne wore the graceful “Amira” gown from Mariana Hardwick, with a strapless, sweetheart neckline and mermaid tail which flowed into a rippling, fan-shaped train. The bride’s makeup and hair for her day was styled by Luna from Miss Fox.

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4763

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4764

rose-pavilion-at-the-botanic-gardens

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4771

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4774

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4775

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4777

Mark and his groomsmen waited expectantly in the Rose Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, wearing a charcoal Peter Jackson suits, white shirts and rose buttonholes. The bride made her way to her waiting groom to the delicate strains of “The Swan” – an original composition by harpist Michael Johnson.

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4780

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4781

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4787

maree-livy-celebrant

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4785

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4790

Jayne and Mark exchanged heartfelt vows to each other at the floral altar, under the gentle guidance of their celebrant Maree Livy. “We both knew it would be an emotional experience, but we weren’t prepared for our reactions to hearing each other express our love and commitment”, the couple remember. The decadent floral styling of the pavilion, and the bride’s generous bouquet of vintage roses in shades of apricot, marshmallow pink and creamy white, entwined with vibrant green foliage and trailing willow wood, was all brilliantly created by Victoria Whitelaw

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4793

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4795

peter-jackson-suits

victoria-whitelawlush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4798

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4797

luna-at-miss-fox-makeup

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4801

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4814

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4807

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4805lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4806

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4813

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4802

kirralee-weddings

garden-house-at-the-botanic-gardens

Only a short stroll away in the Royal Botanic Gardens, the wedding reception was held at the historic Gardens House. Jayne and Mark immediately fell in love with the romance of the house and its private garden the moment they saw it. The styling and floral decoration at their elegant reception was also created by Victoria Whitelaw

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4842lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4826

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4824

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4835lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4833

The couple’s wedding cake had been lovingly baked by Mark’s mother, and catered for all tastes by having two tiers of chocolate mud cake and one of fruit cake. Mark not only iced it with exact and amazing precision, but also created the sweet, fondant wedding duck couple that sat atop the flower adorned cake. Ducks are a special symbol of their love, and this was a perfect nod to that sentiment.

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4836lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4849

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4858

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4863

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4859

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4867

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4869

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4868

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4860

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4870

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4872

After a delicious dinner, and amazing selection of wandering desserts and the incredible cake, the guests gathered around the lawn in the private garden to celebrate Jayne and Mark’s first dance together as husband and wife. To the music of “Alright, OK, You Win” by the Delta Rhythm Boys, Jayne and Mark wowed their guests with a series of energetic and agile swing moves, and soon everyone was clapping and smiling to encourage the happy couple!

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4873

lush-rose-garden-pavilion-wedding20150110_4875

Congratulations Jayne and Mark on your stunning wedding day! Thank you to the couple, and to Kirralee Wedding Photographer, for sharing their day with us.

Photographer: Kirralee Wedding Photographer / Bride’s Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmerman / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Groom’s Attire: Peter Jackson / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jackson / Ceremony Venue: Rose Pavilion, Royal Botanic Gardens / Reception Venue: Gardens House, Royal Botanic Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Maree Livy / Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw / Ceremony Musician: Michael Johnson / Hair & Makeup: Luna at Miss Fox / Cake: Groom & Mother of the Groom / Transport: 1950’s Jaguar MK5 Convertible

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride

Leave
A COMMENT

image-12-550x825

Photo by Dejavu Photo and Film via Tegan and Marty’s Divine Oceanview Wedding

We are on the final countdown until our holiday break! The patterned people are deserting our offices next Friday to get some sunshine into our computer loving bones! We have however been working on plenty of content to share while we’re away – and there will be daily posts chock full of what has made 2016 so wonderful! We still have roundups to do and time to go, though, so let’s dive into what happened across the Polka blogs this week!

 

polka_roundup

I think this delicious Summer Raspberry Spritz is one of my favourite Summer cocktails

How gorgeous is this Botanic Paper Cutlery Holder Tutorial?

Theo shares his wedding day Inspired Memories

6 Things To Love: Lorne

Elliot Goblet shares Top Reasons To Hire A Professional Wedding MC

If you are in need of a sunshine filled font then Sunshine Daisies is for you!

Loving Mitchell‘s Summer Groom Style

Rounding up our favourite Ornate Wedding Hair Pieces

Honeymoons A-Z: Zambia

Groom Gifts: Six Wonderful Watches

Chatting travel tips with Freelance Travel Photographer Lauren Bath

We spend Five Minutes With….Amanda From Peppermint Photography

Advice from a bride who has been there?  Sophie shares her Inspired Word

What Would They Know? Catherine Williams of will&jac – wedding planning go-to girls

news-roundup

White Lily Couture are holding their annual sample sale on December 10th 2016 from 9am at their Milton boutique. There will be over 200 gowns discounted with up to 70% off! Visit their website for more information.

Queensland couples will want to get along to the wedding open day of The Brisbane Club. Join the team and their preferred suppliers on Thursday, January 19th for a night of champagne, canapes and beautiful wedding inspiration!  Visit the website to reserve your place.

Israeli designers Nurit Hen Haute Couture are holding a Sydney trunk show from April 27-30th January 2017! The designer will be showcasing their latest and most beautiful of gowns so get booking now to see them for yourself! Email trunkshownurithen@gmail.com to book your place!

Our film of the week comes from the lovely folk at The Wedding Fair. Kirsteen & Stephen chose a beautiful country wedding for their nuptials and the emotion in every frame is palpable. Grab a cup of tea and sit down for this beautiful story.

Back to Top