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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo from Cupid’s Arrow Cupcake Topper Tutorial

We are counting down the days here until the day of love! Truthfully I don’t think we do much in the polka dot world, but there will be cake, with sprinkles and bubbles and cheese. We take any chance to celebrate and when it’s a day that honours the red heart and all things love? Well we take any chance to celebrate!

It has been a big week on the Polka blogs with everyone back at work after Australia day, let’s catch up on the week that was!


Adore this Cupid’s Arrow Cupcake Topper Tutorial

Tips and tricks on How to Style A Rustic and Relaxed Wedding

Chris shares his Inspired Memories

Rounding up our favourite Etsy Wedding Favors – Spices & Spice Blends

Sitting down for a A Glass of Bubbles With…Cazz From Nerd Burger

Some enchanted evening.. Ms Fleur De Lys attends the ‘Maxima Collection’ launch by Paspaley

Proposal Stories From Bended Knee: Luke and Jess

Chatting wedding photography with Pavel Veselov of Captured by Pavel

I adore lychees so I am loving Manta’s Lychée Martini

An Historical Dubrovnik Honeymoon

Rayne shares his relaxed but smart Groom Style

Which vendors does stationer A Tactile Perception love? Today Natalie is sharing her Vendor’s Favourites

Love the modern hand lettered look of Goodfy font

A Tribute to The Baths Sorrento

Let’s go Behind The Door With….Bridesmaids Only


News Roundup 5th Feb 2016

Need gorgeous gowns and a little styling help for your bridal party? Win Over $1000 In Vouchers From BNKR

Wedding List Co are celebrating the month of love with two free newlywed robes valued at $350 for any wedding registry signup in the month of February! You’ll also receive free delivery and a free wedding website! Visit their website for more!

Lounge wear designers Homebodii are celebrating February with a very special offer! Buy any three Homebodii pieces to receive the fourth free! What a wonderful idea for your bridesmaids, or with their brand new Sofia designs- a nice way to treat yourself! Visit their website to view the collection!

Wedding photographer Florent Vidal is offering a very special package for all weddings taking place in 2016. Pay just $3500 to receive full day coverage (unlimited hours) with all the photos on USB and a Deluxe 14” album with three art mounts. Visit the website to book and for full details.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel are hosting a special offer for Winter and mid week weddings! Book your wedding from May to August 2016 or on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and you will receive a complimentary beverage upgrade ($24 discount) plus an additional hour for free when booking a five hour package or more, complimentary antipasto station, complimentary hotel room for your wedding night, complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and $10 per person discount off the Watsons Grand Feast menu. Visit their website to contact them and book.

Love On The Lawn is kicking off again in Centennial Park on Sunday February 28th! Book your tickets to see displays from over 100 wedding vendors and a day of fun, and love, on the lawn! Visit our event calendar for more details and other wedding events across Australia!


reading and loving


Vibrant & organic styled Byron Bay Wedding

Beautiful photos in this Beachside Bridal Boudoir

The most beautiful father daughter moments from real weddings

Adore the ivy in this natural styled inspiration shoot

Beautiful photos in James and Nicky’s Boracay Island Wedding

For our film of the week, we dive into the story of Anna and Craig captured by In A Maze Films. Beautifully shot, it shares their traditions, stories and words on their wedding day and certainly had me teary for their story unfolding.

Five Tips For A Heartfelt Marriage Proposal

by | Bride, Engagements



Photo by Etta Photography via The Surprise Proposal of Bekk & Josh

I love a good marriage proposal video, in fact when I am miserable I can often be found in a corner Youtubing gorgeous proposal stories and having a good old sob in the corner.

My favourites are not always the biggest and grandest, instead, like msot things wedding, they are the ones that are personal. That are full of emotion and soul and that are magical just because they’re perfect for the two people involved.

Coming up with a heartfelt way to propose marriage can be hard- there are so many ideas and we put so much pressure on ourselves to get it just right. So today I’m sharing five tips for a heartfelt marriage proposal to help you create one that is uniquely yours.

Consider You & Your Beloved’s Personalities

What kind of people are you? Do you love being surrounded by family and friends? Are you inherently private? Do you love big and grand gestures, celebrating every birthday in luxury? Or are you happiest when you are eating your favourite takeaway at home?

How can you incorporate these very simple loves into your proposal? Can you order from your favourite takeaway restaurant and have a message written on the box? Can you create a luxe, grand dinner with candles and roses? What is it that really speaks to you about what you both love together?

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Photo by Stephanie and Mark – A Surprise Sunday Proposal

Think About What Is Important To You Both

Have you talked about a proposal before? Have one of you expressed how much you want your family there? Is it really important to you that your parents know and have blessed the intention beforehand? Is it important to you that it happens when you are alone?

How can you make sure you include these important factors in your proposal? Perhaps you invite family and friends to be there, perhaps you ask for the blessing ahead of time, perhaps you make sure it’s not in a public place? There is no point for going for a big, grand proposal if what is really important to both of you is that it’s private and intimate.

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Photo by Beth Joy Photography via Taronga Zoo Proposal

Get Sentimental

Did you have a first date at a gorgeous restaurant? Did you fall in love while bush walking? Do you always gift your beloved a special book at Christmas? Is there something you do every day for each other? Do you love a particular artist?

How can you incorporate these into the proposal? Perhaps you could book a table at that very restaurant, arrange a picnic at the spot you fell in love, create a mix tape of favourite songs about marriage to echo the mix tapes you made those years ago. Maybe you choose the couch in your very first home, maybe you involve the person who brought you together, commission a piece of artwork from your favourite artist, or even something as simple as cooking breakfast with a very special note if that is your tradition.

Think about little ways you can make it special too – candlelight and plenty of it is the most magical touch to transform any space into something so very special. Maybe putting a bottle of your favourite champagne on ice, setting up a camera or hiring a photographer.

Beach Proposal Photo

Photo by Kiera Michelle Photography via Proposal Stories From Bended Knee: Luke and Jess

Think About Your Words

Chances are, you might be so very nervous right before hand, that if you are the one doing the proposing you might very well have trouble getting the words out. But even so, think about what you’d like to say beforehand.

Let it come naturally – what do you think of when you think of your beloved? What do you want to make sure you say as you pop the question? Get back to basics and as corny as it sounds – your heart.

Sydney harbour Proposal

Photo by Daylight Photography via Scott & Carissa – The Big Proposal

Embrace The Stories

I have so many stories of couples where someone was so very cranky when they were proposed to, another was wearing an old sweatshirt, someone who was crying as they made it up the hill from exhaustion. A couple who had a day full of things going wrong, every attempt to propose thwarted, every “perfect” scenario going wrong.

These are the stories you will carry with you for the rest of your days. The ones you will giggle about as you retell the story of how you got engaged, These are the stories that make your proposal unique and the ones that everyone loves to hear. So don’t fight them, embrace them just as they are.


Photo by Felix Alim Photography via Francia and Alex’s Beautiful Sydney Proposal

Emma & Nathan’s Black Tie Campbell Point House Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Emma & Nathan

I love the elegance of Emma and Nathan’s black tie Campbell Point House wedding. Emma’s stunning gown, her loosely tied bouquet with hand dyed silk ribbon, the ceremony backdrop, the champagne tower all add a sense of old world elegance to their beautifully thought out wedding day. They chose photographer Corey Sleep Photo to capture their day.

Emma tells their story. “We met at Charlie’s Bar on Hardware Lane in Melbourne. We talked and laughed until the early hours of the morning. I was completely taken by Nathan’s kindness, charm and gentle nature. It’s so cliche to say that it was ‘love at first sight’.. But it really was. There was an instant connection and we’ve been best friends ever since.”

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Emma and Nathan were married at Campbell Point House, telling, “We chose Campbell Point House for our ceremony and reception venue because of it’s sheer elegance. We were both completely captivated by it’s scale and detail. I wanted a venue that spoke for itself and required minimal styling. Nathan had always said that he envisioned us getting married overlooking the water – and the estate’s spectacular view of Lake Connewarre provided just that. It was also very important to us to have accommodation at the venue as Nathan’s family are all from QLD and NSW. We both loved the idea of extending the day and making a weekend of it with our closest family. For us, Campbell Point House ticked all the boxes.”

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Emma wore a gown designed by Vasiliki Couture, noting, “Vicky Chatzis, my dress designer, was just amazing. I was quite nervous to have my wedding dress made initially, but the whole process was so comfortable, easy and enjoyable. I gave Vicky a picture of a dress I’d seen on a bridal runaway a few years ago. In the beginning, I was intent on replicating this design for my wedding dress. However, thanks to Vicky’s expertise and guidance, we ended up modifying the design to better suit my body shape. Looking back, I feel very lucky to have had a dress designer who showed such initiative and diligence. I loved my wedding dress so much more than the picture I provided in the beginning.”

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Botanica Fresh Flowers  styled the floral arrangements for the day, tying the brides bouquet with a ribbon from Silk and Willow. Emma tells, “Although, I didn’t have a specific floral arrangement in mind for my bouquet, I did envision soft draping ribbon holding it all together. Sarah from Botanica Fresh Flowers found the most divine bespoke blush silk ribbon from Silk and Willow. We wanted to keep the floral arrangements really simple, overall. With the exception of the fresh floral ceremony arbor – this was the perfect backdrop and looked beautiful against the surrounding water.”

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Emma walked down the aisle to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Tenerife Sea’.

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Andrea Campbell officiated the ceremony, Emma remembering, “The ceremony for us both was the most special and memorable part of the day – but I’m sure everyone says that. We wanted our ceremony to feel honest and raw, a real reflection of us as individuals and a couple. Upon reflection, we feel as though the ceremony was just that – not perfect but perfectly us.”

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Of their photographer, Emma tells, “Our photographer, Corey Sleap, was brilliant. When I first met Corey one of the things that he said that stuck with me was that if I wanted staged, perfectly posed photos then he probably wasn’t going to be the right guy for the job. I had been following his work online so I knew his photography was going to be anything but ‘staged and perfectly posed’ but I really appreciated his honesty and openness from the get go. It was impromptu natural candor that we were looking for in our photography, and Corey delivered just that.”

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The couple handmade a few elements, the bride remembering, “I spent the day with two of my best girlfriends making strawberry and rhubarb jam favors for our guests. My Mum also contributed to the favors for our guests – she keeps bees in her backyard and donated homemade honey. My Dad and I also made two wooden framed blackboard signs, one to welcome guests and the other to display our bar menu.” Sweet Bakes created a naked wedding cake topped with a mint green topper which read “Oh Happy Day”.

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For their first dance, Emma and Nathan danced to Elle Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You”, the bride remembering, “We were incredibly nervous about the first dance, I was actually dreading it if I’m being honest. I’m not overly enthused about being the centre of attention, not to mention I had very little movement in my dress and so all the special moves we’d spent the past two months rehearsing suddenly went out the window in fear that I’d fall flat on my face. Despite being so uncomfortable though, it was actually a beautiful moment – Nathan was so reassuring and supportive (as always) and encouraged me the whole way through it.”

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Apertura Studios created a film of the day, Emma remarking, “Sasha from Apertura Studios was incredible to work with. I was quite apprehensive about having our wedding day on film, anticipating that it would be too invasive and spoil the atmosphere. However, I was amazed at how Sasha and his assistant just blended into the background.”

Congratulations on your marriage Emma and Nathan ! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Corey Sleep Photo for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Corey Sleep Photo / Cinematographer: Apertura Studios / Bride’s Dress: Vasiliki Couture / Bride's Dress (Fabric): Di'talia Fabric / Bride’s Shoes: Oscar de la Renta / Bride’s Jewelry: Grandmother's wedding ring / Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings - Secrets Shh / Groom’s Attire: Briggins / Groomsmen’s Suits: Briggins / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Secrets Shh / Hairstylist: Blondie Hair and Cosmetica / Makeup Artist: Blondie Hair and Cosmetica / Flowers: Botanica Fresh Flowers / Flower Ribbon: Silk and Willow / Invitations & Stationery: Bespoke Letterpress / Venue: Campbell Point House / Ceremony Officiant: Andrea Campbell / Ceremony Musicians: Geelong Entertainment / Reception Music: Amber Isles Music / Reception Music: Geelong Entertainment / Favors: DIY jam favours, jars and labels - Just Jars / Cake Baker: Sweet Bakes / Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co / Wedding Rings: Georg Jensen
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