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Sharna & Ben’s Brisbane Powerhouse Engagement

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Engagements,


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Sharna & Ben

I love the fun, relaxed vibe to Sharna and Ben’s Brisbane Powerhouse engagement captured by Sarah Streets Studios. Why in fact, it almost makes me look forward to the warmer months! What a beautiful way it was to celebrate the engagement of these two lovebirds, Ben’s family purchasing the engagement shoot as a surprise for the couple’s engagement celebration.

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Sharna tells their story. “We met through mutual friends on a casual night out in Brisbane where we hit it off at first sight. My friend and I come up with the plan that Ben and I should exchange numbers in case we got ‘split up’ from the rest of the group during the night so that I could get Ben’s number. We messaged each other a lot during that week and organised to catch up the following weekend for a date.”

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“Ben proposed on Christmas eve (my favourite time of the year) at home under the Christmas tree. This was very special and romantic since it was our first Christmas together in our first home.”

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“Ben and I both have similar interests and hobbies and ideas about life. We like and want the same things and have very compatible personalities.”

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Photographer: Sarah Streets Studios
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Susan & Jason’s Modern Elegance Sydney Wedding

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


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Susan & Jason

There is a sense of elegance to Susan and Jason’s modern elegance Sydney wedding. A traditional church ceremony, followed by a glamorous reception sets the scene for the formality the couple wanted their wedding day to hold. They chose SugarLove Weddings to capture their wedding.

Susan starts us off with the story of how she and Jason came to be. “Jason and I met at work back in 2009, he worked out on site and I worked in the office, so we’d have a chat every now and then. It wasn’t until 2011, he had come back from living and travelling overseas and I had moved jobs so he called me up out of the blue and wanted to catch up. After a few catch ups, he asked me out to dinner on an official date. After that we started seeing each other 3, 4 then 5 times a week. We were literally living in each other pocket but we loved it and after 3 months of dating he moved in with me and as they say the rest is history.”

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“Our order of service we designed and did ourselves. We put a modern twist on it and made it into something fun while still being informative.”

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“The morning of my wedding my sister gave me a card and a bottle of perfume I’d never worn before, in her card she wrote… ‘I hope when you smell this scent you will be reminded of this day and all the beautiful memories it will hold, shine bright like a star’. I love to wear that perfume now as it brings back the whole day like it was only yesterday. ”

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Susan and her bridesmaids wore gowns designed by Amarige Bridal. Susan remembers, “Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved the idea of a big wedding dress and I always imagined that’s what I would wear. It wasn’t until I started trying on dresses that I realised I wanted something different for the evening, something more sleek and elegant, with a completely different feel. Luckily in Leichhardt I found the perfect man, Joseph at Amarige Bridal who helped me bring to life my dream dress; a full skirt for the ceremony which would be removed in the evening to reveal a completely different dress underneath.”

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Susan and Jason were married at St Thomas Anglican Church, North Sydney. Susan tells, “St Thomas in North Sydney has very strong family ties and therefore was very sentimental to me and my family. Almost all of my Grandmother’s family on my dad’s side, (the Gilfilan’s) were either christened, married or had their funeral held at St Thomas.”

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“The music I walked down the aisle to was a song I had always dreamed about since I was younger called Forever Mine, by Marie Hines.”

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Of their photographer, Susan remarks. “We chose SugarLove Weddings because we wanted someone to capture our day in the most natural way possible and that’s exactly what happened. Even though every little detail was shot, we hardly noticed the photographers which made the day with our family and friends even more intimate.”

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Susan and Jason celebrated with their guests at Sergeants Mess. The bride remarks, “Sergeants Mess overlooks Chowder Bay with amazing views of Sydney Harbour across to Watsons Bay. It’s set amongst native bushland, which really struck a chord with me after growing up in the country. The minute we arrived and saw the view we knew this was ‘the one’.”

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Of their first dance, Susan remembers “Our first dance was played by The Piano Man. It was quite emotional and I remember wanting that moment to last forever. It’s a song that we both have a very strong connection with and was played on one of our first nights out together. It’s by a DJ group called Above & Beyond and the song is called Sun and Moon.”

Congratulations Susan and Jason! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Cinematographer: Soda Films / Bride’s Dress: Amarige Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jackson / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amarige Bridal / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: Tiffany & Co / Hairstylist: Rania Khoury / Makeup Artist: Linda Tran / Flowers: Vesna Grasso / Invitations & Stationery: Lauren Skorsis / Ceremony Venue: St Thomas Anglican Church, North Sydney / Ceremony Officiant: Father Richard James / Ceremony Musicians: Peter Kneeshaw / Reception Venue: Sergeants Mess / Reception Musician: The Piano Man / Favors: Jeff de Bruges / Croquembouche: Croquembouche Patisserie / Wedding Ring: Gregory Jewellers / Wedding Ring: Cartier / Transport: Roll Up In A Rolls

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



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Happy Friday to all our lovely Dotties! It couldn’t be more true that sometimes we all just need a little time out from our busy lives. Whether it be work, social commitments, study OR planning a beautifully romantic wedding (let’s face it – as fun as the planning is, we all get overwhelmed at some point about some aspect of the process!). This also applies to running a wedding blog. “Could it BE?”, we collectively gasp at Polka Dot HQ. “Ms Polka is going on a fabulous mini-break this long weekend?!” And indeed it is true. Our dear Ms Polka Dot rarely takes time off, so we are cheering that she is taking some well deserved down time. That doesn’t mean that things slow down here at Polka Dot Bride. Au contraire!

We have been terrifically busy, so let’s look at the week that was!


We found some stunning Wedding Shoes for our Etsy Roundup

We get some expert advice from David and Ana Kolembus of Your Private Chef Catering & Events

Looking for some honeymoon inspiration? Check out this Honeymoons A To Z for tips on an Amalfi Coast holiday!

Some heartfelt Inspired Words from gorgeous bride Kim

How often do we get to find out what it is like to be a GROOM? Tuan shares his experience in My Life As A Groom

We went a little font crazy this week on Tuesday Type with a fabulous collection known as Inkheart

goes Behind The Door With with Elm Paper to find out more about their stunning stationery.

We absolutely ADORE Megan and Liam’s Vintage Country Wedding

For those of us who crave a little adrenaline rush, this Adventurous Honeymoon gives you some ideas for Abseiling on your honeymoon! (I did it! And it’s amazing!)

Sam shares his Groom Style with us!

Anyone have a penchant for bacon? We suggest giving this Emporium Hotel’s Hickory Bacon Old Fashioned on our Cocktail Friday a try!

Accessorise Your Wedding Day Style

And we are in love with Tina & Wayne’s Chic Bali Destination Wedding

James shares his Inspired Memories about his family filled wedding day!

Our lovely Keeping ‘The Main Thing’ The Main Thing

As fans of greenery and herbs as part of any wedding floral decor, we just love these Rosemary Themed Menu & Place Card Tutorial

helps out our gro0ms with these Three Easy Grooming Tips For The Dapper Groom

And have you ever wondered Why Hire A Wedding Planner? The fabulous 


The globally successful Say Yes To The Dress series is heading Down Under with Discovery Networks commissioning Say Yes To The Dress: Australia and they are looking for brides to take part. Set to launch later in 2016, Say Yes To The Dress: Australia will go behind the scenes at one of the country’s premier bridal salons where a team of specialists will help brides-to-be find their perfect wedding dress. Are you or your client planning a wedding? TLC is looking for brides to take part in the show which is being filmed in Sydney. Click here to apply.

On Sunday 19th June from 10am – 1pm, multi-faceted award-winning venue, The Glen Hotel and Suites in Brisbane will be hosting their Wedding Showcase to help couples on their way to saying “I Do”. Attendees will be able to wander through each of their event spaces including the new grand marquee, while enjoying complimentary drinks and canapés. The Marquee, The Elaine Room and The Garden Courtyard will be styled with the expertise of Beautiful Weddings Australia – Australia’s Number One Wedding Stylists. Entry to the Wedding Showcase is free, however those who register their attendance online by purchasing tickets at The Glen Hotel will go in the draw to win a Bridal Shower Hight Tea at The Glen Hotel for 10 people.

The Mansion Hotel & Spa have just released their Winter Wedding Special for May & June 2017. Not only is the cost per person reduced to $145, you will also receive a case of Mumm Champagne to celebrate!  For further information please contact their wedding department on +61 3 9731 4000 between 8.30 am – 5pm or email For more information, click here.

Mark and Caitie’s huge, ear-to-ear grins, and the lilting, romantic melody in their wedding video from Tatjana Hamilton is the stuff wedding dreams are made of. I adore the sweet ribbon at the back of her dress and perfect, high pony-tail; his dapper, Bond-esque suit and the way he looks at Caitie.  And their first kiss! A few damp eyes around Polka Dot HQ, I must say! Enjoy!

Mira Zwillinger “Whisper Of Blossoms” Spring 2017 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



If there was ever a collection that captured the whimsical magic of Spring, then Mira Zwillinger‘s Spring 2017 collection, entitled “Whisper Of Blossoms” is it.

True to it’s name, it’s almost as if the collection has been showered in the flowers of Spring. There are blush and ivory hand cut, hand appliqued flowers, sheer illusion silk tulles, beaded fabrics which skim the body, the billowing skirts which are almost ethereal in nature and the adornment which glimmers as the wearer moves.

The collection, proclaimed as a mere nod to the magic of the season, seems an understatement when it comes to describing this collection. From the bride who chooses a cherry blossom laden garden for the vows, or a meander amongst the gardens, there is no doubt that these are only going to emphasise the beauty of that very special wedding magic.

Mira Zwillinger is available in Australia at at Helen Rodrigues.

















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