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Collette Dinnigan for The Australian Ballet Flowergirl Dresses

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If the littlest members of your bridal party are anything like me when I was growing up, they’re going to fall head over heels for the new Collette Dinnigan for The Australian Ballet collection which make the most enchanting of flower girl dresses!

Available at Target, Collette’s collection consists of twelve pieces for ages 1-7 – from sweet tops, pretty tutu skirts to the most gorgeous of ballerina inspired dresses. Drawing inspiration from The Nutcracker, the collection is all in shades of cream, ballet pink and magentas with plenty of sparkle! With each sale, Target will donate 10% of the retail price to The Australian Ballet Education Fund – which brings dance to more children and families across Australia.

My personal favourite is of course the sequin tutu dress (I wish that was in an adult size!) but there’s something for all kinds of little flower girls – from the more formal “Tutu Dress” in soft pink complete with lace embroidery and bow on the waist, to the sweet tutu skirts that would be just as sweet with a simple singlet as they would be with a knitted, beaded cardigan.

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Friday Roundup

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Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography from David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding

This week has been a little crazy at Polka Dot HQ ~ There are toddler birthday parties being planned, houses to be moved into, shoots being coordinated and events being attended. Sounds like a crazy November to us! What did you get up to this week Dotties? I’m going to see my new baby cousin (second cousin?) this weekend and I can’t wait to meet her!

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!

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1. Real Engagement Shoot – Naz and Diana’s Canberra & Central Coast Engagement Shoot 2. Real WeddingDavid and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn 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? –  Jewlie Halliday and the Evernew Studio Team 2. Vendors Favourites Moira Hughes Couture 3. Expert Advice - Sharing The Brides Journey – A Bridal Gown Designer Reflects

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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 – Destination Wedding Welcome Bags 2. DIY Tutorial  - DIY Wedding Decorations – Floral Garland Chair


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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.

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1. Scandinavian Campervan Adventure


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The Tesselaar Flowers Flora Design Awards are on again and we are lucky enough to have a few of our advertisers up for the grand prize! The entry with the most votes wins so click on through to the lovely entries by Floretta by Grace, and Green & Bloom to vote!

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The Epicurean Red Hill is holding a Winter special for 2015 couples! Book your wedding in July 2015 or September 2015 to receive complimentary ceremony location hire and pre-dinner drinks and canapes prior to your Epicurean Red Hill wedding reception! To book contact the Epicurean team via their website or by calling (03) 5989 4000. Terms & conditions apply.

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Looking to buying your wedding gown soon? Or perhaps your accessories? Make any purchase on the Savvy Brides website before November 28th 2014 and receive a Bobbi Brown cosmetic free!

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O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards in the Gold Coast hinterland are holding an open day on Sunday 15th February 2015 from 10am-1pm. Book this one into your calender because on the day you’ll receive 10% off your bill when dining in the restaurant (perfect way to make a day of it!) chat to the wedding coordinators, complimentary wine tasting at the cellar door, prizes and giveaways, and plenty of local wedding vendors to show you just how to transform the space into your very own! To RSVP, email marketingadmin@oreillys.com.au

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Back in 2013, I wrote about 8 Wedding Presents I’d Like To Own- one of them was the incredibly cool Juke Case. Portable sound systems the Juke Case takes old suitcases and turns them into your own stereo! Now with the help of Pozible (and you!) they’re launching the JukeCase mini! A baby version of the original, you can connect the speaker to your phone or laptop via Bluetooth and amp up your listening experience! It plays for up to 20 hours without needing recharging and has a 30w amplifier. Check out Pozible to pledge!

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Finally for our film of the week, the lovely Emma sent over this video made by The Dreamcatchers Wedding Films. She and her husband filmed a funny video which was shown before they entered their wedding reception as a surprise to their wedding guests! I hope you laugh as much as I did at this fun idea!

Cyn & Dave’s Bright Farm Wedding

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

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Cyn & Dave

Pouring rain didn’t stop this gorgeously coloured farm wedding go ahead! The couple made the most of the richly toned surroundings of Melross & Willow’s Estate and chose Mr Wigley to capture their wedding day. Surrounding themselves with handmade details, Cyn and Dave’s wedding is a beautiful twist on a farm wedding.

Cyn tells their story. “When we were on holiday in Paris in July 2012, we were on the beautiful Pont des Artes at sunset, on our way to dinner when David got down on one knee and popped the question. After yes was said, we got a huge round of applause from a lot of amused tourists! ”

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The couple created much of the wedding decor themselves, explaining, “A lot of the elements of our wedding were DIY projects involving ourselves, friends and family. This added to the experience and we felt it truly gave us the opportunity to shape and style the wedding Cynthia designed the wedding invitations, menus and thank you tags for the wedding. A friend sketched an illustration of us both holding hands which we then printed onto tea-towels to give to all guests as keep-sakes.”

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Cyn and Dave chose Melross & Willow’s Estate for their wedding, noting, “We wanted the wedding to stretch over the weekend and have a festival feel to it – starting with a Friday night BBQ , to the main wedding festivities on the Saturday and then having people back at the house on the Sunday to piece together the stories of a great weekend. Melross Farm was perfect for that, a large farm in the splendid Kangaroo Valley that had different accommodation for all our guests.”

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Cyn walked down the aisle to “First day of my life” by Bright Eyes – pouring rain didn’t stop this wedding! Which was moved inside to the marquee to keep everybody dry.

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The couple made sure to include personal touches in their ceremony, Cyn remembers, “We chose to include Hand-fastening (or to “tie the knot”) into our ceremony. Whilst our ceremony was non-religious we wanted to incorporate elements of our culture. Whilst reading into hand-fastening we found out that it was a Celtic tradition (David’s background) that was also adopted by American-Indian tribes (Cynthia’s grandmother’s heritage). The piece of material that was used for the hand-fastening was knitted by David’s mother with wool from his grandmother.”

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Cyn tells, “We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities and for all our guests to have a memorable weekend and to experience something unique that would live in the memories forever. ”

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Cyn chose a gown from Unspoken and carried an orange bouquet by Seasonal Concepts who created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Of their photographer, Cyn tells, “Both of us prefer natural style photographs capturing a special moment, our photographer, Mr Wigley, was great at doing just that making us feel at ease and comfortable whilst having fun at the same time. At different moments we were on bales of hay, in a scrapyard, wearing animal masks and riding an antique bike, all of it combined added up to an unforgettable experience.”

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The infusion of personality continued throughout the reception, the newlyweds telling, “Both of us collected vases and old medicine bottles from antique fairs (as David’s father was a pharmacist). We suspended a ladder from the marquee, hanging various flowers, bottles and vases from this to highlight the bridal party table. Cynthia’s mother, Lidia, and aunt, Rosa, made napkins and Argentinian desserts whilst David’s sister helped us make the tablecloths. Cynthia’s father made a cake stand from a pine tree from the family garden. The weekend before the wedding, numerous friends and cousins helped to add an Argentinian twist to the wedding by making a pinata and Cotillion (party hats) for people to wear at midnight, as it’s an Argentinian tradition.”

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The cake cutting kicked off the dance floor, Cyn remembering, “When we were cutting the cake that Lidia (Cynthia’s mum) made, DJ Vinyl Richie put on “I love you baby” by Frank Sinatra and the whole crowd spontaneously broke into song and that really kicked off the night’s party atmosphere. The party was unforgettable also – we had 100 people at our wedding and all 100 people danced from beginning to end – there was some very bad dancing but it added to the nights fun. ”

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Photographer: Mr Wigley / Cinematographer: Trent Beattie / Bride’s Dress: Unspoken / Venue: Melross & Willow's Estate / Flowers & Decor: Seasonal Concepts / DJ: DJ Vinyl Richie
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