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Romantic Bridal Bun Tutorial

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty, Tutorials,


Romantic Bridal Bun Tutorial

We love a dreamy romantic hairstyle here at Polka Dot Bride and next up in our tutorial series is this romantic bun bridal up-do.

After creating Ella’s gorgeous natural romantic makeup look, this softly crafted bun is the finishing touch to her look, and is beautiful for a relaxed wedding, or a fresh take on a formal occasion.

Stylist Katherine Eleyce (Ms Filigree) worked on this shoot alongside the talented Captured By Pavel, amazing hair & makeup artist Brea Mulder Beaute and beautiful bride to be Ella, at Sydney’s stunning Beachside Dojo. Ella is dressed in Gwendolynne with accessories from Panache Bridal Shoes, Glamadonna, and Bride La Boheme.

Katherine worked with Brea to give us an easy step by step tutorial. As someone who is useless with hair, I can’t wait to put this into practice!

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Spritz the hair lightly with a thermal protector like our favourite one from MUK (Muk Thermal Protector) to protect the hair from curling tongs and then comb through.

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To create a matte gritty texture to the hair which is perfect for an up-do, thoroughly spray the lengths with a Sea Salt Spray (we used Muk Sea Salt Spray) through dry hair then dry off with a hair dryer.

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Once the hair is dry, brush with a wide tooth comb to align all the strands.

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Now it’s time to add some waves! Before you begin, divide the hair in half and clip up the top section.

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Randomly take sections of the hair and wrap them around your curler (we used the H2D Texture Curling Wand). Working in a random pattern not a grid creates a much more natural look. To get that perfect curl, always point the curler down and curl back onto your hair – this will create curls that are swept off your face for a relaxed look.

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Remember to let each curl cool before touching it. This will help the curls hold their shape for longer. Once each curl is cool, if your hair is particularly resistant to curls, lightly spritz with a workable hairspray now (we used Justice Professional Workable Hairspray).

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Once you’ve finished with the bottom half, unclip the top and curl that section as well following steps 5 & 6. Only curl the bottom lengths to keep that natural look.

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After all the hair is curled and the curls are cool, gently brush through your hair with a wide tooth comb or your fingers. This will separate the curls for a full yet natural look.

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Spray your curls with workable hairspray  (we used Justice Professional Workable Hairspray) to hold that shape.

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To create the up-do, pull all the hair backwards over the crown of your head into a pony tail at the middle of the back of your head.

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Once your pony tail is secured, sweep up the curls and wrap them tightly into a bun and secure with hairpins. Leave some ends loose and unsecured, curling out of the bun to keep it from looking too neat and to add a soft touch.

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Add a touch of hairspray to hold the style.

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Now that your gorgeous hairstyle is complete, you can add a hair comb or a veil which will fall beautifully over the back of your bun. We opted for a delicate floral comb style by Glamadonna to complete the look.

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Roamntic Bridal Bun Hair Toolbox


The Wet Comb Wide Tooth Comb (Available at Ry Online) Muk Sea Salt Spray, Muk Thermal Protector, Premium Pin Company Sectioning Clips (Available at Ry Online),  Justice Professional Workable Hairspray, Scunci Bobby Pins (Available at Priceline), H2D Texture Curling Wand.

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Photographer: Captured By Pavel / Stylist: Katherine Eleyce (Ms Filigree) For Polka Dot Bride / Hair & Makeup Artist: Brea Mulder Beaute / Model: Ella / Gown: Gwendolynne / Headpiece: Glamadonna / Bracelet: Bride La Boheme / Shoes: Panache Bridal Shoes / Venue: Beachside Dojo
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Jacinta & Paul’s Glam South Australian Winery Wedding

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


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Sparkling sunshine and beautiful landscapes set the scene for Jacinta and Paul’s glam South Australian winery wedding They worked with Evan Bailey Photography to capture their beautiful wedding day.

On how they met, Jacinta recalls, “Paul & I knew of each other through work, with friends trying to set us up. But it wasn’t until we properly met at a mutual friend & colleague’s funeral that we hit it off…. copious amounts of booze later with a few face slaps thrown in for good measure, and there was no going back!”

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Jacinta chose an elegant gown from Luci Di Bella Bridal Couture , noting, “Finding a dress was a particularly arduous journey – I knew what I hated and knew what I loved (lace, beautiful fabrics, & something a little different). After searching Adelaide high & low, two Melbourne trips & a doubled dress budget later, I finally found myself smiling and relieved in Luci DiBella, Armadale VIC. Luci was amazing, & I was lucky enough to end up with a beautiful custom Art Deco gown.”

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The couple chose Coriole Vineyards  for their wedding, noting, “We wanted to simply have a big party with all of our friends & family, with an abundance of good wine, amazing food, and some solid dance floor action. Coriole was the perfect choice as it ticked all our boxes, offering the most beautiful vineyards for the ceremony backdrop, and gorgeous rustic buildings and amazing gardens for the ceremony. It was also a bit special to us as we had spent the day getting fat & merry at Coriole when Paul proposed to me.”

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Jacinta walked down the aisle to “An acoustic version of David Gray, This Year’s Love, played live by The Happy Leonards.”

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John Holmes officiated the ceremony, Jacinta remarking, “We were always leaning towards a short, sharp & shiny ceremony, straight to the point with a touch of tradition. There was no bridal party, just the 2 of us, with my niece Lily as our adorable (& rather non-compliant!) flower girl, and my sister Felicity shared a reading she chose (a funny poem). Our celebrant John Holmes was awesome – I had seen him conduct a friend’s ceremony many moons ago & immediately wanted him for my own (despite having no partner). He was the perfect combination of funny, entertaining, light-hearted yet appropriate.”

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Of their photographer, Jacinta notes, “Evan Bailey was one of our favourite vendors, and a pretty random find as I just came across some of his work in an online blog and fell in love with his style – more photo-journalistic and really captured the special moments, with a certain understated creativity. The icing on the cake was that he’s such a top bloke and knew it was the right decision from our first meeting.”

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The decor at the reception was simple, the bride telling, “Paul’s mum has passed away many moons ago so we put together a table in her memory, with her photo, a poem and a beautiful flower arrangement. Paul and I are not exactly dessert people, but we both love and adore cheese, so we had a four tiered cheese wheel “cake” that was later deconstructed onto cheese platters, which sat on our dessert table with my favourite Haighs chocolate truffles and mini cupcakes.”

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“I was pretty keen to stay away from the crafty DIY vibe, and stick to clean finishes & simplicity, as it is not very representative of who we are, so just a few bits and bobs like sourcing props for the dessert table, collecting candles & vases, putting together & painting sign posts, and organising bathroom care packages.”

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“We love the effort that all my closest friends went into to travel and make the weekend an amazing one, (it) was a particularly humbling experience. Paul & I stuck to what we both wanted and ended up with an amazing evening that reflected both of our styles, tastes and personalities perfectly.”

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“I loved the moments Paul & I shared together when we popped off into the vineyards for our photos – we were like a pair of giggling excited school kids.”

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Of their first dance, Jacinta explains, “It was Paul’s choice, and being a big softie he wanted Lifehouse “You and Me”. We booked ourselves in for a dance lesson so we could (be) slightly less uncoordinated and slightly more confident on the dance floor, and ended up with 15 lessons and an epic choreographed performance! It was so much fun and definitely a highlight, especially having “date night” every week in the crazy busy lead up period.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jacinta and Paul! Thank you for sharing your day with us. A big thank you also to Evan Bailey Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Evan Bailey Photography / Bride’s Dress: Luci Di Bella Bridal Couture / Groom’s Attire: Joseph Uzumcu / Hairstylist: Sarah Wake Hair & Makeup / Makeup Artist: Sarah Wake Hair & Makeup / Flowergirl Dress: Bardot / Flowers: Poppies Flowers / Venue: Coriole Vineyards / Ceremony Officiant: John Holmes / Ceremony Musicians: The Happy Leonards / Rental Furniture: Vintage Scene Hire / Lighting: Venue Productions / Chocolate Truffles: Haighs / Cheese: The Smelly Cheese Shop / Dance Lessons: Steven Kelly Dance Studios

Meet Aisle Society

by | Blog News, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,



I’ve been hinting at it for the past nine months, but this month it’s come to life, and today, I’m sharing every detail with you! Let me introduce you to brand new wedding inspiration  site Aisle Society!

Together with 30+ wedding bloggers from around the world, we have been working our tails off for the past nine months to create Aisle Society. Aisle Society isn’t another wedding blog, it’s a brand new wedding inspiration site bringing together the features from some of your most loved blogs (including Polka Dot Bride!).

Today I’m proud to share the gorgeous brand shoot that took place in Chicago late last year as I share a little more about what you’ll love about Aisle Society!





Aisle Society is all about finding the best wedding inspiration easily – you can sort weddings by style, location, colour. You can find all the posts that feature details (down to the most random – like balloon letters and sequin wedding dresses) without being flooded by content that isn’t relevant to you. Want to find out who made that dress? Where that ring is from? We credit every single vendor every single time!




When you sign up to the site, you gain access to your very own society – from here you can follow everything from your favourite bloggers, your favourite colours, locations, style, details like peonies and tiered cakes and even vendors (who you can inquire with directly!)! So you’ll always see a highly curated feed that is crafted just to your own personal style.





You’re a wedding vendor? We’re passionate about making sure every single person involved in a shoot is credited (just check out that credit list below!) and it’s part of the reason we created Aisle Society. Once you’re featured on Aisle Society, you’ll receive access to your own profile page which allows couples to click through to your website, learn more about you, see your features across the site and send you inquiries directly!





Diversity is key at Aisle Society – we have bloggers in Australia, USA, South Africa, England – the list goes on! Blogs that are focused purely on Indian weddings, ones that are all about coastal celebrations, another that is purely about classic weddings. There’s gender equality focused titles, publications focused on tropical celebrations, on destination weddings and even vintage weddings. We’re about as diverse as it gets, so you’re always assured to see fresh content, daily, with different ideas!

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So what are you waiting for? Join me at Aisle Society, we have so many enormous plans in store! Turns out, together really is a beautiful place to be.

Event Design: Aisle Society / Photographer: Alexis June Weddings / Event Planning: Estera Events / Venue: Chez / Floral: Fleur / Videography: Nicodem Creative / Fashion Styling: CoChic Styling / Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists / Stationery: Sarah Drake Design / Calligraphy: JM Paper and Ink / Cakes: Elysia Root Cakes / Catering: Boutique Bites / Furniture Rentals: Bowery & Bash / Chair Rentals: Hall's Rentals / Tabletop Rentals: Tablescapes / Linens: Luxe Linen / Bar Cart and Tabletop Rentals: The Festive Frog / Draping: Drape Kings / Gowns: Truvelle / Gowns: Sarah Seven / Diamond Jewerelly: Susie Saltzman / Jewerelly: Rach B. Jewelry / Confetti: The Confetti Bar / Stir Sticks: Host & Toast / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Tuxedos: Black Tie Formalwear / Accessories: Alice in Ivory / Model: Corinne Natyshak / Model: Robert Suarez / Model: Lauren Rebecca Roth / Model: Willow Star / Model: Lindsay Widdel / Model: Dionusia Patricia / Model: Riane Roberts / Model: Josh Smith / Model: Orlondo Thompson / Model: Michael Rabinowitz / Model: Thomas Ortiz

Alyce & Scott’s Rustic Inglewood Inn Wedding

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


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Alyce & Scott

The stunning setting of a beautiful venue set the scene for Alyce’s and Scott’s rustic Inglewood Inn wedding. Lucinda May Photography captured the gorgeous garden and forest backdrop which was just the place for Alyce’s and Scott’s special kind of romance.

Alyce tells the story of how they came to be. “We initially were in the same class in primary school, then reconnected years later at the local pub. A friend of mine pushed me into Scott, spilling his drink all over him. I immediately apologised by buying him another drink. His reaction was “that’s ok, your hot!” (so romantic) We got chatting from there.”

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The bride chose a lace gown from Red Pearl Couture telling, “My dress was a custom made French lace gown in ivory with a key hole back. The experience was fantastic. Sanela at Red Pearl Couture did a fantastic job right from the beginning. She is very talented!”

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Alyce’s bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses from Forever New. The pink and white bouquets were styled by Bella In Bloom.

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Alyce walked down the aisle to “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran.

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Deidre May officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “Our ceremony was beautiful, it was just how we imagined it. With our close family and friends being there and apart of it made it really special. Our nephew Charlie walked down the aisle first and was held by his dad and best man Lee, which was really cute. We had two readings – one from Scott’s cousin Emma called “I love You” by Deanne Laura Gilbert. The second reading was by our good friend Alaina called “These Are The Hands”.”

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Alyce and Scott chose Inglewood Inn for their wedding, remarking, “The Inglewood Inn was a stunning venue for our ceremony and reception. It was perfect for our theme and was lovely to look over the Para River and Adelaide Hills. We loved the historic feel. The whole experience with the Inglewood Inn was fantastic, we couldn’t rate the staff and owners more highly.”

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“There was a goat on the property of The Inglewood Inn that escaped from its enclosure to join our guests during pre-dinner drinks on the lawns. The guests had a good laugh and Milly the function co-ordinator got him safely back into his enclosure. (We had enough time for a quick photo with him!).”

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Congratulations Alyce and Scott! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lucinda May Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Lucinda May Photography / Bride’s Dress: Red Pearl Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Georgie's Bridal Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Forever New / Groom’s Attire: Peter Shearer / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Shearer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Shoes: Kmart / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever New / Hairstylist: Lotus Hair / Makeup Artist: Ashlee Johns / Flowers: Bella In Bloom / Invitations & Stationery: HenryLondon / Venue: Inglewood Inn / Ceremony Officiant: Deidre May / Ceremony & Reception Hire Items: Bella In Bloom / DJ: DJ Benny / Cake Baker: My Sweet Temptation / Wedding Rings: Clarke The Jeweller Adelaide
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