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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, Linneys will be holding Steven Khalil gown consultations 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. To reserve your appointment call (02) 9380 7547 or email . A booking fee applies.

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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
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