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Handcrafted Rings From Lisa Black Jewellery

by | Bride, Jewellery


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The handcrafted rings from Lisa Black Jewellery have really taken my fancy over recent weeks. Lead designer Lisa Black hails from New York, falling in love with jewels from a very early age and after much study (including horticulture in Sydney and the US National Art School fine art) she brought her love of creating highly art driven jewellery pieces to her home in the Northern Rivers.

Inspired by all things exotic, Lisa works with old and new elements (including shell, bone and fragments of vintage tribal necklaces) alongside beautifully coloured gemstones like rubies, sapphires and diamonds to create unique creations that blend both the “primitive and the sublime”.  Old polished Australian cow horn holds one simple pale yellow diamond in a gold rivet and plate detail., a classic gold cocktail style rings holds a raw cut lilac-blue chalcedony druse stone. Each piece true to Lisa’s design sense.

The brand itself began in 2005 when Lisa met craftsman Jan Hooft, together they work to hand make each piece they sell using traditional jewellery making techniques and making sure each piece has as much care and love in each bend and turn. From rings, to bracelets and one of a kind pieces, the jewels are as interesting as they are beautiful.

Lisa Black Jewellery pieces are available through the website or through one of the brand’s many stockists.

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo from Camilla and Marc Bridesmaid Suite Launch

It’s been a busy week at Polka Dot HQ, we have lots of new things in the works which is filling my brain up and making me slightly behind with what I should be working on. I, for one am looking forward to next week’s short week. But before we get there, let’s round up the best spots of the week and all the news and sales!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!

1. Real Bride Advice -  2. Real Wedding

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

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1.What Would They Know? – Kate Forsyth of Good Day Rentals 2. Launches –  Camilla and Marc Bridesmaid Suite Launch

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

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1.Etsy Roundup - Feathers For Weddings 2. Tuesday Type – Look 3. DIY Tutorial  – 4.

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.


1. Lord Howe Luxury

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1. Wood Scented Gifts For The Groom

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Perth couples! The 2nd of May brings the Perth Upmarket! Head on down to University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Undercroft for a day of wedding delights. From wedding gown designers, DIY supplies and everything in between – it’s all here!  Visit the website for more!

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Feather and Stone

Much loved photographers Feather & Stone are heading back to Australia this October and November and are taking bookings for weddings during their time at home. Check out their website to contact them!

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Mount Mee brides rejoice! A wedding fair just for couples marrying in Dayboro to D’Aguilar with Ocean View in between are holding a wedding fair at Mount Mee Town Hall on the 28th of June 2015. From a fashion parade to great exhibits and plenty of vendors in one spot, it’s your one stop shop! Head to the website for more information!

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Steven Khalil

Western Australian exhibit “Carats & Couture” at Linneys Fine Jewellers will bring Steven Khalil‘s glamorous gowns to the Western state for the very first time. The exhibit, which runs from April 17th to April 30th celebrates diamond month and will see the Subiaco Linneys showroom turn into a bridal wonderland with Steven Khalil couture gowns matched with the exquisite Linneys jewellery, and a new bridal collection from Linneys launched in celebration.

If you’re a lover of Steven Khalil gowns, the designer will be in Perth on Saturday, 18th of April for personal consultations. Linneys will also give customers who purchase a diamond engagement ring between 17 April – 31 May $1,000 to spend on wedding bands.

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reading and loving

A Chicago Florist Shop Wedding

Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge sits down with Marie Forleo

“But How Will It Look on Me?” A Wedding Gown Test Drive

Lady Grey finally shares her wedding day (see part one, two and three)

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Our film of the week this week comes from Euphoria Films who shot this stunning wedding in Port Douglas. I can almost feel the waves at my feet! (plus the last line of the groom’s speech? oh it got me!).

Sarah and Matthew’s Country Camp Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Sarah & Matthew

Today’s wedding is utter proof that should the rain come tumbling down, well your wedding will still be magical. Even if the there are puddles everywhere, even if everyone is underneath umbrellas, even if your hair gets soaked. Sarah and Matthew chose a country camp style wedding day, marrying on Sarah’s family farm on the banks of the Murray River in Jingelic, planning the entire day in five weeks. Laurence James Photography was there to capture their day.

Of how they met, they tell, “Matt wore double denim and demanded a smooch – despite the fact that she was seeing someone, Sarah obliged.”

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Guests camped on the property overnight to ensure there were extended celebrations.

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Photographer Laurence notes, “As everyone started the descent to the banks of the Murray River for the ceremony that the bride (Sarah) insisted was still going ahead outside even though it was raining. It didn’t matter as it was humid and warm much like the tropics and it was a fantastic occasion of course.”

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Sarah arrived at the ceremony on the back of a dirt bike with her father.

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The bride walked down the aisle to music from the soundtrack of The Clockwork Orange.

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Thomas Henning performed the ceremony. The bride describing it as “The best wedding ever!”

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Of photographer Laurence, the bride tells, “Our photographer was great. He has a great eye for the details that defined the atmosphere of the day. He captured all the important, amazing and intimate moments that we will cherish for ever.”

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The bride wore a vintage white dress with a hairpiece from Era Vintage Bride.

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So much of the wedding was DIY including the floral arrangements.

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Food By Sarah King catered the wedding, the bride’s highlight, “The oysters in a wheelbarrow!” Sarah’s sister made the wedding cake.

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Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Matt! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Laurence James Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Laurence James Photography / Bride’s Dress: Second Hand / Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Era Vintage Bride / Groom’s Attire: Vintage / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Kuwaii / Hairstylist: Parlour on Olive / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Thomas Henning / Catering: Food By Sarah King / Cake Baker: Sister / Wedding Rings: Pieces of Eight

Eloise and Ben’s Romantic Polo Club Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Eloise & Ben

There is a big sense of romance at Eloise and Ben’s romantic polo club wedding. The couple consciously decided on ways to make their day meaningful to them. From a smaller guest list that included their fur babies, the bride’s father MC’ing the reception and the couple hand making much of their reception decor. The couple chose Angus Porter and team to capture their day both in stills and in motion!

Eloise tells their story. “We both share a love for live music so it was fitting that we actually met at a live gig in the city. Ben was with with his friends and I was with mine, our groups mingled and we all started chatting. It wasn’t long before we discovered that even though we lived almost an hour apart, I was from the North Shore and Ben was from the Hawkesbury (where we both now live), we found by amazing coincidence that I spent a lot of time horse riding at a friend’s neighbouring property just over the back fence of Ben’s family property. We hit it off from there and have never looked back. It sounds corny but we certainly believe it was one of those ‘meant to be’ moments.

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The beautiful bouquets of red and white were styled by Sweet Bride.

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Eloise and Ben married at Sydney Polo Club, the bride remarking “The Sydney Polo Club was just beautiful with its rustic and romantic charm and green paddocks as far as the eye could see. The grounds are immaculate and the Polo Barn where we had our reception was breathtaking lit up at night. We chose to have our wedding at the end of winter so the cherry blossoms were starting to bloom. The photos speak for themselves, it was a beautiful location and as we both share a love for the outdoors and horses, it was the perfect venue for us.”

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Eloise walked down the aisle to Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap .

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Eloise notes, “We kept numbers down to 80 of our nearest and dearest so it was lovely to be able to get around and see everyone. We even had our beloved fur-babies at the ceremony, our two dogs Pippa and Humphrey which made the ceremony even more special. To have family and friends helping us along the way also meant so much and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

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The couple chose Robyn Pattison to perform their marriage ceremony, Eloise remarking, “Our celebrant Robyn Pattison was brilliant. She made the whole process in the lead up to the wedding a breeze and was so thorough in her research of getting to know us, she was able to include a lot of personal touches and stories in our ceremony which made it all the more special for us.”

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Of their photographer, Eloise tells, “Dan and the team were just outstanding. We had known Dan for a few years and had been lucky enough to be a part of a couple of shoots with him before, so it was only natural that he be a part of our special day. We felt so comfortable in the team’s company and had many comments on the day of how attentive they were, yet seemed to blend into the background. Many guests were surprised to discover that there was even a cinematographer there at all, they were very discreet. Not only did they do a great job (we are so thrilled with the finished product), but we had a whole lot of fun with them which was great.”

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The bride wore a dress from Anna Campbell, her bridesmaids in ivory and gold gowns from Forever New, the groom and groomsmen outfitted in RM Williams. Eloise remembers, “In terms of Ben and my attire, I just adored my Anna Campbell gown, the fabric and lace was so beautiful, I didn’t want to take it off! Ben and the groomsmen wore R.M.Williams not only to coincide with our relaxed country feel of the day, but because it was important to feel like ‘us’ on our day and Ben is so at home in that style of clothing (and looked so handsome in it).”

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Plenty of details were handmade by the couple, the bride telling, “Our wedding was quite the DIY affair not just because of budget, but we are a crafty hands on couple so it was something we wanted to do and had a lot of fun doing. We made all the table decorations, invitations and bonbonniere (our hand made rocky road). A gum tree limb came down in a storm at home, so Ben sliced it up into disks with a chainsaw which we then stained and used as table centerpieces. We also collected a whole heap of jars and beer bottles as well, but our favourite pieces were horse shoes that Ben welded together and spray painted gold which we used to display the table numbers. We hadn’t seen anything else like it so we were really proud of our little creation. We feel that it made our day all the more special knowing that our heart soul was present in all our DIY features and that the day was really made with love.”

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The reception celebrations continued in the barn of the Sydney Polo Club, the bride telling, “As we aren’t really the traditional types, we wanted the day to be all about relaxed fun and for people to remember it for having a good time. My dad was MC because we didn’t want a stranger who didn’t know us as a couple to be speak for the evening…this naturally lead to a few good hearted digs at the groom but everyone had a good laugh and it just emphasised how we wanted the day to be about friends and family, it was an intimate and personal day.”

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Craig Woodward & The Lonely Dogs were our band for the evening and they really rocked the barn. There were guests on the dance floor all night and we had a great time.”

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“To keep with the theme of fun, we started the reception with a brief Trivia game involving questions relating to the bride and groom which was a lot of fun and a nice way for our guests to engage with one another on their tables. We also went against tradition with our bridal table and sat facing each other so we could interact with one another which was a highlight for us.”

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Eloise remembers, “The most special thing for me as the bride, was definitely seeing Ben for the first time with the biggest smile on his face. I was so nervous and excited but it’s true what they say, as soon as he held my hand it felt like we were the only two in the room. The day absolutely flew, but when we were taken outside for a few night time photos, it was a lovely opportunity to sit back and go “wow, what a great day”.”

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Angus Porter and his team also produced this video for the couple, I love the emotion and fun of it!

A big thank you to Eloise and Ben for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Angus Porter and Robyn Pattison for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Angus Porter / Cinematographer: Angus Porter / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Groom’s Attire: RM Williams / Groomsmen Attire: RM Williams / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Hairstylist: Reel EFX / Makeup Artist: Friend / Venue: Sydney Polo Club / Ceremony Officiant: Robyn Pattison / Flowers & Decor: Sweet Bride / Band: Craig Woodward & The Lonely Dogs
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