Photo by Hyggelig Photography via  Jessica and Sean’s Pipemakers Park Engagement Shoot

Happy Friday Dotties! We kicked some big projects into gear this week and sat down to talk all things technology – turns out we use a lot of it at Polka Dot Bride! We have a lot of big plans moving forward to refine how we do what we do – I can’t wait to dive in!

This week has been packed with gorgeous wedding inspiration, travel dreaming and tips and tricks – so let’s round it up!

I loved learning about this fun rustic venue when we chatted to Vicki Bongiovanni of Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken

Fun Hand Lettered Gift Bags Tutorial

Gorgeous golden Winter light in this Pipemakers Park Engagement Shoot

Fun ideas for Leaving Your Wedding In Style!

What’s On Trend – Eyebrow Feathering

As a lover of Autumn, our Autumnal Apple Sour is one of my favourites.

A travel chat with Annapurna from ROAM Magazine

Dapper Dan in his sixties inspired Groom Style

Sweet and friendly- Meet the Carin font

My Inspiration – Cara From Brisbane City Celebrants

Loving Sarah’s post wedding Inspired Words

Sharing Lisa Gowing‘s Vendor’s Favourites

Craig‘s gorgeous Inspired Memories

Top Five Adventures In The Whitsundays

We are so excited to announce the winner of our Win A $3999 Wedding Day Photography Package From Bohemian Prints! Congratulations to Sophie Fekete who has won the grand prize! Bohemian prints were so impressed with entries that they have selected three runners up, so congratulations to Kate Wright, Megan Gormly and Clare Cusack. We will be in touch shortly!

Bohemian Prints would also like to offer anyone who entered the competition a 50% discount on their wedding photography package!  Contact Elle at Bohemian Prints and mention that you enered so she can match your name to claim your discount!

Our film of the week comes from Whitebox Studio ! Clare and Walter held a beautifully elegant wedding day with plenty of sweet personal touches that made their day their own.

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Helen & Matt

It is always a pretty certain thing around these parts that I fall head over heels for unusual colour combinations and the soft blue with peach and raisin at Helen and Matt’s beautiful Western Australian wedding set the scene for a day that was so classic in it’s elegance and modern in the finishing touches. The couple chose IZO Photography to capture their day.

The newlyweds set the scene with the story of how they met. “We met at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) while both studying there. Helen was in 1st year, Matt was in 4th year and we met because we were both asked to do backing vocals for a friend’s performance.”

Helen chose a Wendy Makin gown from Samantha Wynne , telling ” I chose it because I wanted something I would feel comfortable walking in, without feeling ‘over the top’. I wanted a dress that was representative of me. Samantha was so lovely and made me feel at ease. From the moment she met me she was able to determine what dress would suit my personality and when she brought out the dress I knew it was ‘the one’.” Her bridesmaids wore pale blue Alannah Hill dresses.

Floral Army created the stunning bouquets that featured blue thistle and peach roses. “Annita at Floral Army was also so kind and generous and went above and beyond what we were expecting.”

At the church, the WAAPA Gospel Choir set the scene for the guests.

Helen and Matt married at Holy Rosary Church , explaining “We chose this church because it had a beautiful open and inviting feel, situated in a suburban area away from the hustle and bustle. Afterwards, we realised that Helen’s Great Aunt was also married in the exact same church.”

For the processional, Helen and Matt explain “We chose a song called ‘Thin Air’ by Aqualung. We also chose to have it performed live by our musician friends.”

“Our ceremony is something we will never forget. It was incredibly special for us – big thank you to Father Joe who married us, for being so down to earth and injecting a sense of fun in the delivery of the ceremony. He was such a genuine and kind man who made sure it was a personal ceremony. We filled out questionnaires in the months previous and he included this in our ceremony. We had a Catholic ceremony and chose readings from the New Testament (read by Matt’s siblings and some of our closest friends). Even though it was the biggest moment in our lives, we didn’t want it to be too solemn, we wanted it to be a joyous occasion. We had a lot of live music; including the WAAPA Gospel Choir, and our friends Allira Wilson, Josh Dyson and Luke Cleland played for walking down the aisle and signing of the registry (‘You and I’ by Stevie Wonder.”

Of their photographers, Helen and Matt comment “Our photographers were Jimmy and El from IZO Photography. There aren’t enough words to say about how amazing these guys were. We had done a fair bit of research on photographers and kept coming back to IZO Photography simply because of the incredible work they’d done. It never felt intrusive and we just got to be ourselves for the whole day. Nothing was posed or uncomfortable. We prioritised photography on what we would spend more on at our wedding as we knew they would last a lifetime and we’re overjoyed with the finished product.”

Matt tells “Our favourite part of the wedding planning was that none of it was done by just either Helen or I. We did absolutely every part of it together. So it was a really special time for us to spend together before getting married.”

Helen and Matt chose The Deck – Little Creatures  for their reception. “We had a specific idea in mind for our reception venue, we knew we didn’t want a typical sit down 3-course formal dinner reception. That would have made us uncomfortable. The Deck Bar was a perfect venue for us. It is on the water, they provided pretty much everything decoration wise (even some of the staff were dressed up in Harry Potter attire ), the food was exactly what you get at Little Creatures (which we love), It had 2 huge rooms, one for eating/speeches/sitting down and the other was a bar with a dance floor looking out on to the water, plus an outdoor section as well. It was very private and we were made to feel as if we were at home. The staff were outstanding and it couldn’t have gone better.”

With Helen adoring Harry Potter, it was only natural the reception was filled with touches of magic – right down to golden “snitch” cake pop favours by Cake Pop Creations. “It was also a necessity to include Harry Potter references here and there as Helen is the #1 HP fan in the entire world. Matt proposed whilst on a trip to Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida. We had ‘Cake Pop Creations’ make ‘Golden Snitch’ cake pops as the guest gifts which sat on top of their name place card that said ‘You’re Quite The Catch’. Our table seating plan (Maurader’s Map), table names (all from Harry Potter i.e. Gryffindor Common Room) and our gift box (Harry’s trunk he takes to Hogwarts) were all references to Helen’s first love.”

De La Rosa Cupcakes made a beautiful three tier wedding cake. “Our wedding cake maker, Amy from De La Rosa Cakes & Cupcakes: she was the nicest person in the world and created the perfect cake for us (and it was so delicious).”

The first dance was performed by friends, Helen and Matt explaining “Our first dance was really special because our talented friends Mia Wray & Angie McMahon flew over from Melbourne to play and sing one of Mia’s original songs called “Forever Falling” which we love. Because we are both musicians, it was really special for us to have so much live music as a part of our day.”

Congratulations on your marriage Helen and Matt! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to IZO Photography for sending today’s celebration our way.




Photographer: IZO Photography / Cinematographer: The Little Day Project / Bride's Dress: Wendy Makin / Bridal Salon: Samantha Wynne / Bride's Shoes: Monsoon / Bride's Jewellery: Rosendorffs / Groom's Attire: Politix / Groom's Bowtie: Gentlemen & Scholar / Groom's Shoes: Jeff Banks / Groomsmen Attire: Politix / Groomsmen Bowties: SquireLad / Groomsmen Shoes: Jeff Banks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Bridesmaid Accessories: Myer / Hairstylist: Sarah Harper Dale James Hair Face Body / Makeup Artist: Sarah Beverely Dale James Hair Face Body / Flowers: Floral Army / Invitations & Stationery: Zazzle / Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church / Ceremony Officiant: Father Joseph Tran / Ceremony Musicians: WAAPA Gospel Choir / Reception Venue: The Deck - Little Creatures / Band: Neon / Favors: Cake Pop Creations / Wedding Cake: De La Rosa Cupcakes / Wedding Rings: Rosendorffs / Transport: Kool Kombis

Francescka & Anton

We are such fans of beautiful weddings that are so centred on the story of the happy couple. Francescka and Anton met at a mutual friend’s birthday party during their high school years. So it made sense that friendship played a large role in their romantic winery wedding day captured by Photography By Sarah J . The couple chose a lunch time wedding, involving as many of their friends and family as possible – right down to asking their close parish priest to officiate the day.

Francescka chose a beautiful beaded gown from Gwendolynne , she tells “It was the first dress I tried on. I loved the intricate details of the beading and the feminine silhouette. I also felt really comfortable in the dress. I didn’t want to take it off. I had all of my fittings with Gwendolynne. She was so lovely to work with and I knew she was a safe pair of hands!”

Anton and Francescka chose Stones of the Yarra Valley  for their wedding, explaining “We had the ceremony at the chapel in the Stones of the Yarra Valley and had a lunchtime reception in the Barn on the same property. Stones is a beautiful vineyard in the Yarra Valley. We had seen many venues but none like this one. It had the right balance between nature and rustic charm with a great contemporary feel.”

Francescka walked down the aisle with her parents to “Angels” By The XX. “I think one of those most precious moments from the day was when I walked down the aisle. I had been pretty stressed leading up to the big day and was pretty nervous when I got there but as soon as I saw Anton at the end of the aisle, there was an overwhelming sense of calm.”

Father John Magri officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “Our ceremony was held in the chapel. Our Parish Priest was the celebrant. It was really special to have someone close to the family as the celebrant. We come from a Filipino background and we were able to incorporate a few Filipino traditions into the ceremony. My mum, my aunt, Anton’s dad and his cousin gave readings. We also had Anton’s nieces as flower girls and my 6-month old nephew was our pageboy. We were both pretty emotional during the whole ceremony. It felt like the culmination of 10 years of joy and happiness rolled into one.”

Cecilia Fox created the floral arrangements for the day, including, bouquets of white and raspberry red blooms.

Of their photographer, the bride remarks “Our photographer was the extremely talented Sarah J Nalder. She was such a delight to work with. We felt really relaxed around her. So much so that we sometimes forgot she was photographing us. She captured every special moment in a beautiful way. We love all of our photos!”

A choreographed dance was the perfect way to kick off the lunch time reception. “We danced to Sam Smith and John Legend’s ‘Lay Me Down’. A close friend of mine is a dancer and she choreographed it. We really enjoyed learning it in the lead up to the wedding and it was great to share it with our friends and family on the day.”

The couple loved the time their friends and family took to create amazing speeches. “We loved every moment of the wedding but the speeches stood out as a highlight. It was an emotional roller coaster – lots of tears and laughter. We are very lucky to have such close and loving family and friends.”

Francescka and Anton chose C2 Films to capture a film of their day, the result? A moving beautiful film that captures the deep romance of the day.

Congratulations on your marriage Francescka and Anton! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Photography By Sarah J for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Photography By Sarah J / Cinematographer: C2 Films / Bride's Dress: Gwendolynne / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Groom's Attire: P Johnson Tailors / Groom's Shoes: McCloud Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bul / Hairstylist: Margeaux / Makeup Artist: Dana Leviston / Flowers: Cecilia Fox / Invitations & Stationery: Fenton Ink / Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Father John Magri / Ceremony Musicians: Baker Boys / Lawn Games: My Sweet Event Hire / Band: Baker Boys / Wedding Cake: Cherry Tree Bakehouse / Wedding Rings: Janai / Transport: Crown Coaches