Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Keepsake Photography via Emily and Mark’s Charming Rustic Country Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! It has been such a productive week around these polka dot parts with plenty of “must dos” and “overdues” finally getting ticked off the list! It’s also been a special week for two of our patterned week with mini patterned people starting new adventures. I love seeing them grow and shine in their sparkly new uniforms. Let the new chapters begin!

Speaking of new chapters, let’s round up what happened in the book of Polka Dot Bride this week!

We sit down and chat photography in What Would They Know? Elleni of Elleni Toumpas

Carmen shares her wedding wisdom in Inspired Words

How To Effortlessly Achieve The Modern Preppy Look

Top travel trips form the travel lovers! We chat with Annette from Bucket List Journey

Loving this gorgeous Whimsical Floral Hoop Tutorial

The most gorgeous stories and moments in Emily and Mark’s Charming Rustic Country Wedding

Look your best with What’s On Trend This Summer With Oscar Hunt

A local honeymoon on the agenda? Here’s 6 Things To Love About Hobart

Almost robotic in its nature, we love the fun Tidy Script

Loving the white bow tie in this edition of Groom Style

Warning: Don’t read when hungry! Behind The Door With….Cuisine On Cue

Grab a cup of tea and enjoy Lauren and Brendan’s Captured Memories

Tips and more yummy food on What’s On Trend This Season With Bursaria Fine Foods

Gemelle Ristorante’s Limoncello Bliss is perfect for hot Summer nights- whip this one up!

Plenty of sunshine and sea in this lovely film today from Weddingflix Studios!

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Molly & Kristian’s Glorious Gabbinbar Homestead Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Molly & Kristian

If you’re in the mood for something a little bright, contemporary and fun, look no further than the stunning wedding of Molly and Kristian. The couple wanted their day to have a joyful, relaxed vibe to it, and to spend as much time with their family and friends (many who had travelled), so chose to keep everything at the one venue. Their glorious Gabbinbar Homestead wedding was captured by the fabulous Edwina Robertson, and we’re very in love!

Of how they came to be, Molly remembers, “We met in my home town of Toowoomba on a night out. Neither of us had planned on going out that night, but by chance we both changed our minds at the last minute. Kris worked away at the time, so in the beginning our relationship was based on long phone calls and romantic weekends away. But it quickly progressed into something really special. Kris proposed to me with the ring around Felix’s, our French Bulldog, collar on his first day as part of our family – so we knew he had to play a role in the wedding!”

The bride wore a modern Carla Zampatti gown, aptly named “Walk Me Down the Aisle”. “Nothing else compared,” Molly tells. “The dress suited my personality, and was just the perfect fit for the overall style of our wedding. I didn’t want something overly “bridal”, and the stripes and cut of the dress were so fun I couldn’t resist! I felt exactly how I always thought I would when I put the dress on on our wedding day. It was just perfect.”

Molly and her bridal party were able to get ready the morning of the wedding at Gabbinbar’s “bridal retreat”, the bride explaining, “This was the most amazing feature, as I was able to take walks around our venue in between hair and makeup, and take it all in before the wedding. It also meant that I was able to spend some quality time with my girls without having to do last minute tasks, which was so special. The staff at Gabbinbar were also incredible. I remember asking if they had an Apple charger for my computer, and one was delivered to the bridal retreat on a silver platter! They just made us feel like nothing was too much trouble.”

“I walked down the aisle to “The Feather Theme” from Forrest Gump, which is Kris’ favourite movie,” Molly remembers. “He had no idea that I had chosen that piece of music to walk down the aisle to, and says that it was one of the most special parts of the wedding for him.”

“It was important to us that our ceremony reflected our personalities. Kris hates being the centre of attention, so we wanted it to be short, sweet, succinct and relaxed so that we could celebrate with our guests all the sooner. We asked two of our closest friends to do readings, which were simple and relaxed – one reading was a quote from Bob Marley. Our French Bulldog, Felix, was in attendance at our ceremony. He stole the show and walked out with us as husband and wife!”

The couple’s choice of venue for their ceremony and reception, Gabbinbar Homestead, is an historic estate in Toowoomba in Queensland. They were married in the gorgeous gazebo, filled with amazing flowers, and the reception was held in the conservatory, complete with an atmospheric glass ceiling. “I was lucky enough to have the assistance of my friend, the beautiful Annie Glover from Blue Willow Weddings & Events, to help me in the preparation and styling of our wedding,” gushes the bride. “Annie and I planned and organised all aspects of the wedding together. Annie played such a crucial role in our day. It meant that my bridesmaids, my mother and I were able to relax on the morning of the wedding, as Annie worked tirelessly to make sure every detail was perfect. She did all of the styling, table arrangements and arranged our hanging gardens herself – she is really talented!”

The bride and groom planted each individual basil plant and painted each gold pot together for their wedding favours. “As a couple, cooking is an enormous part of our lives and our herb garden is always full of basil, so we thought it was the perfect gift for our guests. We have had so many reports that their basil plants are thriving!”

The flowers for Molly’s bouquet were from Toowoomba Flower Market. “I adored our flowers. They were so beautiful and really capped off the styling. I really wanted dahlias in my bouquet, as my late grandfather used to grow them and they have special meaning to me. Initially, I was told that I was unable to have them as they were out of season. I was so disappointed. Then, on the day, my bouquet arrived – with the most beautiful dahlias included. I felt like my Papa was there. It was a really emotional moment.”

“We had the pleasure of having the beautiful Edwina Robertson do our wedding photos. She is phenomenal, and her photos speak for themselves. We are so happy with our photos – they capture the exact feel of the entire day. Asking Edwina to be part of our day was one of the best investments we made.”

The MC at the couple’s reception was Molly’s sister (who was also her maid of honour). “Her speech was absolutely hilarious!” laughs the bride. “See the paddles – she made us play a game of “I Do” where we had to answer with “I Do” or “?” to various questions regarding our personality shortcomings. She did such a great job, and had everyone in stitches!”

Molly and Kris danced to “Forever” by Ben Harper for their first dance. “The lyrics are simple, meaningful and beautiful, and it has been our song since we started dating, so it has a lot of meaning to both of us and there really was no other option,” the bride explains.

“Our band, Ramjet, were phenomenal and had all of the guests on the dance floor all night! At the end of the night, they asked us to pick the last song. To their shock (as I think they thought we would choose something chilled for the last song) we chose “Jump Around” by House of Pain, and I remember looking around and all of our guests had one arm raised and were jumping in sync, including all of our aunties and uncles – age was no exception. It was one of my favourite moments from the night. It was the perfect ending to such a fun night.”

Congratulations Molly and Kristian on your heavenly day! And thank you to Edwina Robertson for sharing their wedding with us!

Photographer: Edwina Robertson / Wedding Planner: Deanne for Gabbinbar Homestead / Styling: Blue Willow Weddings & Events / Bride's Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride's Shoes: Nine West / Bride's Jewellery: Sarina Suriano / Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: RM Williams / Groomsmen Attire: Studio Italia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicholas The Label / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Katrina Devlin / Makeup Artist: Luminosa Love / Florist: Toowoomba Flower Market / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Invitations & Stationery: Blue Willow Weddings & Events / Invitations & Stationery: Snap Printing Toowoomba / Venue: Gabbinbar Homestead / Celebrant: Collette Rooney / Band: Ramjet / Favors: DIY / Catering: Gabbinbar Homestead / Wedding Cake: Abbolou Cakes / Rings: Hogans Jewellers

Valentines Day Gift Guide

by | Bride, Gift Guide


The day of love is fast approaching and as lovers of all things romantic and feeling good, we knew we had to dive into a Valentines Day Gift Guide!

I do adore Valentines Day with all the romance and while we should be celebrating every day, the day seems to be the perfect excuse for a bit of corny romance. For me, Valentines Day is not so much about the grand gestures as it is about the sweet and fun ones. It’s about the cupcakes with bright red hearts, the handmade cards, the fun red and pink coloured treats, the love poems, the sweet scents and excuses to be unashamedly in love with your beloved.

Our gift guide is filled with sweet, romantic gifts. From the fun (watermelon string lights for your bestie and polka dot pink mugs for their favourite cup of tea) to the romantic (books of love poems and perfumed candles)  and the traditional (red rose perfume of course!). Let us inspire your gift giving!



Pablo Neruda Love Poems  from BHLDNOn The East Change Is Good Leather Valet Tray, Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil from David Jones, Cristina Re Blush & Gold teapot from David Jones,  Asos Slim pink tie,  Kikki K Medium Leather Planner in Met You, Peter Alexander Little Spoon Tee, Robert Gordon Mini Hug Me Mug Pink and Gold Spot from Kitchen Warehouse, Metal Hip Flash from Selfridges, Le Creuset Ice Cream Bowl Chiffon Pink from Kitchen Warehouse, BHLDN Pink Mercury Hurricane Candle Holders, Anthropologie Latte Bowl Set, Stelton To Go Click Cup From Hunting For George, Anthropologie Q& A A Day Book, C & T Custom Lures Guitar Pick from Etsy,  Rona Helmsley Champagne Saucers from Kitchen WarehousePaul Smith Saffiano Billfold Wallet from East Dane



Lush Cupid Bath Bomb, Kate Spade You’re A Rare Bird Card Holder, Paperchase Heart Glitter Notebook from Asos, Sunnylife Watermelon String Lights from Hunting For George, Miansai Casing Rope Bracelet from East Dane, PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor®  ‘Hidden Heart’ High Top Sneaker from Nordstrom, Love Moschino Double Heart Purse from Asos, Urban Outfitters You Had Me At Merlot Wine Glasses,  S’Well Ruby Stainless Steel Water Bottle from NordstromGivenchy Xeryus Rouge from Sephora, MJ Bale Kennedy Raspberry Carry All, Fujifilm X UO Custom Color Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera from Urban Outfitters ,Elizabeth & James Nirvana Rose from Sephora, Glasshouse Fragrances Paris Violet & Patchouli Candle

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Modern Desert Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


I must admit, Summer has never been my favourite season – give me roaring fires and hot chocolate and I am a happy girl. The heat and temperament of Summer have always been somewhat of an enigma to me. But today’s modern desert wedding ideas shoot may just change my mind. Bright zesty orange, clear azure blues with soft sage greens is the most beautiful colour palette for this brights loving girl.

Captured by Renee Towers Photography and White Lace Films, the team worked with stylist Coast to Country Weddings & Events , floral designer Magnolia Grove Flowers, cake designer Chocolate to Chilli, hair and makeup artist Colorpop with a stunning strapless lace gown by Elizabeth DeVarga, classic black tuxedo from Suits Direct, models Isabella Aspromourgos , Zak Cassells and a classic mustang from It’s a Must Wedding Car – there were even mini cacti from Succulent Living Designs.

Renee tells, “It actually all started when I wanted to do a shoot with the only 1966 convertible Burgundy Mustang on the Sunshine Coast – I found my vision led to a bride and groom driving through the desert and bring this desert chic feel to the whole shoot.”

A macrame table runner sat atop a raw wood table. Gold charger plates added a touch of glam with azure blue plates and glassware- mini cacti at each setting added the finishing touch.

With lace and an ombre orange colour tone, the cake was adorned with desert style bloonms.

The finishing touch? A beautiful film captured by White Lace Films.

Photographer: Renee Towers Photography / Cinematography: White Lace Films / Stylist: Coast to Country Weddings & Events / Flowers: Magnolia Grove Flowers / Hairstylist: Colorpop / Makeup Artist: Colorpop / Bride's Dress: Elizabeth DeVarga / Groom's Attire: Suits Direct / Favors: Succulent Living Designs / Wedding Cake: Chocolate to Chilli / Transport: It's a Must Wedding Car / Model: Isabella Aspromourgos / Model: Zak Cassells