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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Kirsty and Ferg’s Italian Destination Wedding Image by Oli Sansom

Annnd we’re BACK! Yes, welcome to 2014 readers, and we’re well into the swing of things with a bumper Friday Roundup for the first week back! How was your festive season? Are you still unable to look at a mince pie? Or perhaps did you over-indulge on the candy canes and good tidings? We hope you had a wonderful time, whatever you did, and we’re all feeling refreshed and ready to jump into the New Year! We have big big plans people, and can’t wait to get stuck into it them.

Enjoy the first Friday Roundup for 2014, and check out some fabulous events and giveaways on offer! Let’s get this party started!

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 Engagement Winter Picnic Engagement Shoot 2. Real Bride Advice  Inspired Words – Jo 3. Real Brides Need Your Help!Desperately Seeking – Januaryswirl large

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.

1.What Would They Know – Simone Taylor of Simon Peter Taylor 2. Expert Advice  – Stop, Collaborate and Listen – Find the Perfect Wedding Supplier 3.Expert Advice – How to Clean Your Wedding Ring  4.Expert Advice – What is an On the Day Wedding Coordinator

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.

1.Etsy Roundup – Bouquet Charms 2.Tuesday Type – Dasha 3. DIY – The Professionals! Connie Cao from Kisforkani 4. DIY Tutorial – ‘Cheers’ Drink Stirrers DIY with Free Printable  5. Cocktail Friday – Pimms Pops by Pure Pops

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. Real Destination Wedding – Kristy and Ferg’s Italy Destination Wedding

This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1. Real Groom Advice – A Groom Guide to Getting Through Wedding Expos 2. Real Groom Memories – Gus 4. Real Groom Style – Chris

The team at Live Photography are offering romantics and lovers out there at fab Valentine’s Day offer! Simply enquire with them before the 14th of February, and confirm your booking within 4 weeks to receive a 14% discount off all wedding shoots. To take advantage of this offer, make sure you quote “Live Photography on Polka Dot Bride” when making your enquiry.

On the hunt for gorgeous styles for the children in your big day? Stellina Cute Couture for Children is holding its biggest ever sale this Saturday, 18th January. For more info, head to their website, or email

A big day for a stunning venue! The Harbour Room is opening its doors for a fabulous Wedding Showcase on January 18th, from 11am to 4pm. Couples who confirm on the day will also receive a complimentary room night at the Art Series Hotel. Contact Rachel Weston on 9534 1300 to book your appointment time.

The delightful team behind Lester & May are offering a wedding film to celebrate Valetine’s Day, with the winner to be drawn in a month’s time!On February 14th 2014 they will draw the name of one lucky entrant to win a gorgeous 10-15min Lester and May wedding film.
It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is…
1. Like and Share their Facebook page
2. Get 5 of your friends and family to also like the page
3. Send them a FB message with your details, the names of your 5 friends and where and when your wedding is.

For more info and the Terms and Conditions, head to their website!

For your enjoyment this week, we have a lovely wedding video courtesy of Exclusively Entertainment, all the way over in Arlington, Virginia! It tells the story of Shabnam and John, and is a love story that has a kicker soundtrack.

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Ivy and John’s Sydney Spring Wedding

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


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Ivy and John

Ivy and John celebrated their Sydney Spring wedding with plenty of incredible blooms, that even their suburban wedding location felt almost like wandering through a far away secret garden. Captured by Clarzzique Photography the couple married in September, choosing a natural fun feel for their wedding day.

Ivy tells the story of how they met. “We met each other through dinner with friends. John’s colleague is my Uni friend Vincent. Vincent mentioned to us that he had a colleague who seems to be a bit bored (always go home for dinner, well that sounds like a good homey guy) so he wanted to introduce our group of friends to him. After we met, John called up to chat and we ended up chatting on the phone for 4 hours!! For me, I always like to meet new friends and I thought this is a really good guy. He is certainly a good boyfriend for any single girl including myself. lol. I remembered that I didn’t bring enough cash to dinner that night so I used my credit card. When I cleaned my wallet a year later, I found that I still kept the receipt for that night. I still retain it in my wallet now.”


Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup- Ivy choosing a wedding gown from Jennifer Regan.



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Ivy made fun buttonholes for all the guests, telling, “I made 100 button holes in total, one for each of my guests. I started planning my wedding a year ago, referred to many wedding blogs including my favourite Polka Dot Bride website, and I found that the button hole was something simple that I could make. I got obsessed with making them so I decided to make one for everyone. Ideas evolved from make 6 button holes for the groom and best man etc to all the guests, to how do I present one hundred of them.”

Lina from Chanele Rose created the floral arrangements for the day and styled the decor, Ivy telling, “Thank you for the special design of the venue that wows every guest! We had a “Happily ever after begins here” sign with a pretty bridal arch as a feature for our ceremony backdrop – created by Chanele Rose flowers along with a lovely hanging branch floral feature over our Bridal table which made all our guests just stop and admire. The centrepieces were white bird cages I sourced from overseas and beautifully styled also by Chanele Rose flowers with a rustic wooden tree slab and beautiful spring blooms.”

The Deckhouse at Woolwich was chosen for the wedding location, Ivy telling, “Both our ceremony and reception were held at the Deckhouse Woolwich which was fabulous and the food was great, lots of compliments about their service. We had great weather on the day and the view was sensational. Could not have been more perfect!”

Ivy walked down the aisle to White Love- My Promise To You.

The ceremony had one little hiccup – not that anyone but the bride knew! Ivy remembering, “I really laughed out loud on the day during the ceremony. I should have followed what my celebrant said and repeat word by word afterwards, however, there were a few words that I missed out and I thought people noticed that. I felt so embarrassed that I couldn’t control myself and started laughing. Everyone questioned about why I was so happy after the ceremony, then I realised no one noticed about the missing words at all! Oh well… At least both John and I looked extremely happy in the photos.”

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After the ceremony, the backdrop became a photobooth entertainment area! Ivy remarking, “I arranged a friend to help assist in taking off the leftover button holes, empty the ribbons and take them to the wedding arch. Together with the frames and arch, they formed the back drop of our photo booth after the ceremony. This was the main entertainment for my guests since we didn’t have a dance session. One of my friends also donated her Polaroid and my sister ordered extra films so that while the guests can use their phone for photos, they can also choose to have a Polaroid photo to take away with them for keep sake purposes. I think this way really involves everyone and keeps them away from feeling bored.”



Black Star Pastry created a watermelon and strawberry layered wedding cake. “The strawberry and watermelon wedding cake from Black Star Pastry concluded the wedding beautifully. Everyone remembered it and kept talking about the cake after the wedding.”

After the reception, Ivy and John celebrated with their bridal party with photos in a local reserve.


Of their photographer, Ivy recounts ,”I found Clarzzique video and photographer through Chanele Rose’s website. I really liked the rustic style wedding done by Chanele Rose so I think any photographer links must be good on her website. That’s how I started to get in contact with Clarissa from Clarzzique. Clarissa and Alfred are fun to work with. A few of my guests were amazed how cool our female photographer was, who looked really stylish. Thank you Clarissa for the numerous beautiful shots. I liked the photos from the last 2 hours in particular while they looked funniest and everyone felt relaxed after wedding.”

Congratulations on your marriage Ivy and John! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Clarzzique Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Clarzzique Photography / Bride’s Dress: Jennifer Regan / Bride’s Shoes: Crystal Bridal Accessories / Flowers & Styling: Lina from Chanele Rose / Hair & Makeup Artist: Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry / Venue: The Deckhouse at Woolwich / Ceremony Officiant: Josephine Cho / MC: Friend Of The Groom Victor Yueng / Groom’s Attire: Tailor Made by Bonham Strand in Hong Kong / Wedding Cake: Black Star Pastry / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Erica Elizabeth / Wedding Rings & Brides Earrings: Be'vish Jewellery

Leanne and Lincoln’s Chic Yarra Valley Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Leanne and Lincoln

There is something about yellow at a wedding (today’s chic Yarra Valley celebration has the most incredible yellow floral arrangements Wunderplant) which I quite simply adore. Yellow is all about happiness and weddings with yellow? Well it just makes sense! I love the mood of Leanne and Lincoln, captured by Two Girls with a Camera. Plenty of yellow, plenty of sum streaming golden light and you guessed it- plenty of happiness!

Leanne tells their story. “We met at high school and had always been really good friends, I moved to the UK for about 3 years and we kept in touch and when I came back things just developed I guess distance must have made the heart grow fonder!”


Leanne chose a beautiful gown had hairpiece from Melbourne designer Anna Campbell. Her bridesmaids wore gowns in shades of grey from White Runway. Leanne remarks, “My dream wedding dress – I LOVED my Anna Campbell dress and accessories.”

Each flowergirl wore a flower crown by Wunderplant.

Leanne and Lincoln chose Yarra Valley winery Zonzos at Train Trak Winery, Yarra Glen for their wedding. Leanne explaining, “We wanted to have a relaxed rustic themed winery wedding and Zonzo’s was absolutely perfect from the moment we got there we knew it was the place we wanted to get married at, plus we love the Yarra Valley. We had our ceremony at the same venue on the lawn overlooking the vines. We were so lucky with the weather and it was great that our guests were able to enjoy drinks and canapés straight after the ceremony.”

Leanne remarks, “I rode to the ceremony in my dad’s 1920’s Dodge that he has been restoring ever since I can remember. He always said he would have it ready for my wedding day and it was perfect!”

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The couple’s beloved dog made the ceremony, in spirit! Leanne tells, “We really wanted to include our dog Kobe in the wedding however he is a little hyperactive so we had a life size cut out so he could be ring bearer and stand up the front with the boys it was nice to include him in some way as he is like our baby!”

Leanne walked down the aisle to Rebecca Ferguson “Nothing’s Real About Love”.

Maree Livy performed the ceremony. Leanne telling, “Maree, our celebrant, put together a fun, light hearted ceremony which perfectly reflected us as a couple!”

Of their photographers, Leanne tells, “Our photographers were Morganna & Georgia from ‘Two Girls with a Camera’. They did such an amazing job of catching all the best moments. We absolutely love the photos and I cannot stop showing everyone!!”





Celebrations continued inside the winery’s restaurant – Zonzos at Train Trak Winery, Yarra Glen. Leanne noting, “All the staff at Zonzo’s we cannot thank enough. Myself and Lincoln were never without a cold drink in our hand and everyone raved about the food!”

Of their florist Wunderplant, Leanne tells, “Amy from Wunderplant was amazing she used the exposed beams in the venue to hang bottles with flowers and used vintage jars and crates for the ceremony flowers. I was blown away when we walked in!”

“We made our own wishing well, using a vintage suitcase and the chalkboard name tags, we had a DIY photo booth and had made a cork board using recycled wood for guests to snap a pic and leave us a message.”

Of their first dance, Leanne remembers, “Our first dance was to ‘Horses’ by Daryl Braithwaite which may be a little bogan haha, but I had gone to see him in concert at Barwon Heads a couple of years back and when he played Horses, I decided to ring Lincoln and sing it to him. I am not the greatest singer and I was a couple of drinks down so it was pretty terrible, however it kind of became our song and we always belt it out whenever it is on the radio!”

Congratulations Leanne and Lincoln on your marriage. Thank you to Two Girls With a Camera for sharing the images with us today.

Photographer: Two Girls with a Camera / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride’s Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Anna Campbell / Groom’s Attire: yd / Groomsmen Attire: yd / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway / Hairstylist: Anita from Neitz Hair & Glamour, Eltham / Makeup Artist: Nicole, A Bridesmaid's sister using Youngblood products / Flowers & Decor: Wunderplant / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Ceremony Venue: Train Trak Winery, Yarra Glen / Ceremony Officiant: Maree Livvy / Reception Venue: Zonzos at Train Trak Winery, Yarra Glen / Band: Gary Eastwood / Favors: Donation to charity - Half Way Home Animal Rescue & The Heart Foundation / Wedding Rings: Ray Lingham Jewellers
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