Caitlin & Josh’s Winter Pumphouse Point Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Caitlin & Josh

Tasmania is one of my very favourite places in the world and today’s stunning Winter Pumphouse Point engagement session makes the most of that magnificent mystique the state is so very good at during the colder months.

The stunning Pumphouse Point hotel on Lake St Clair set the scene for Caitlin & Josh to spend the day with photographer Rosie Hastie. The shoot, a little back to front, took place on the couple’s honeymoon, pre-wedding!

Caitlin explaining “Just before our wedding Josh was told he would need to go to Iraq with the Army shortly after our wedding so we switched it up and took our honeymoon first, in Tasmania. Our pre-wedding honeymoon photo shoot wasn’t something we planned or expected to do. My beautiful maid of honour gifted us a session with the gorgeous Rosie as a wedding present for our time spent at Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair.”

On how they met, Caitlin tells “We met on Tinder! I don’t think either of us were expecting to find each other that way but we did and it was so lucky. We often say there wouldn’t have been many opportunities for us to have met in our normal daily lives so we are really thankful we did meet this way.


Photographer: Rosie Hastie / Venue: Pumphouse Point
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Romantic Bridal Styling Ideas In The Forest

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride,


Sometimes getting back to nature is what it’s all about and today’s romantic bridal styling ideas in the forest capture all the magic of the lush forest backdrop.

With the mist of the early morning mountain ranges Niki Photography teamed up with floral designer Studio Green Melbourne and hair and makeup artist Rachel Sloan with six beautiful gowns from Wendy Makin and Designer Bridal House that captured the ethereal femininity of Mother Nature’s backdrop.

The shoot was a collaboration of wedding vendors creating work they loved, Niki noting “I really wanted to work on a personal project – one that involved other wedding vendors (who are all awesome ladies) and also one that involved vendors that I had met over time. Most of us are Mums and found that we just didn’t have any “time” to do anything creative outside of our busy lives with kids. Once we found a date that we all decided to put our own ideas into the shoot. We had lots of beautiful gowns, and I told everyone else to just do whatever you feel like, what ever you love”.

How can anything but magic result from a labor of love?

Photographer: Niki Photography / Gowns: Designer Bridal House / Gowns: Wendy Makin / Hair & Makeup Artist: Rachel Sloan / Flowers: Studio Green Melbourne

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Jessica Derrick via DIY Eucalyptus Wrapped Candle Tutorial

How beautiful is this fun eucalyptus wrapped candle tutorial? I love the idea of this at a wedding filled with greenery! We have been having such a busy week in Polka Dot HQ and I am pretty sure my bottomless cups of peppermint tea might have just been the only thing keeping me going.

And amazing wedding inspiration – of course! Did you catch it all? Let’s round it up!

Need a professional wedding MC? Let’s ask the expert: What Would They Know? Jack Levi aka Elliot Goblet

This Grosvenor Hotel’s Mega Mojito Pitcher is perfect for a hen’s party celebration!

Loving Priscilla and Boris’ Captured Memories – Marry Me Movies

This DIY Eucalyptus Wrapped Candle Tutorial is so gorgeous

Polka Dot Travel Lounge with Arnette from Round the World Girl

Why A Wedding Planner Is Your Best Asset

Kira shares her words of wisdom in Inspired Words

Honeymoon Hidden Gems: Cordoba, Spain

Tom’s classic Groom Style

Searching for grooms-piration? Instagram is here to save the day

In Love With Our Venue – Jessica & Sean

Let’s go Behind the Door With….. 3 Eggs Design

Dressing for a Wedding: a Man’s Guide

In Melbourne and seeking a bunch of fabulous wedding pros in one place? Triple R Luxury Car Hire is hosting their Winter wedding showcase on August 2nd. See beautiful displays from a dream team of vendors including Tania Jovanovic Photography, Micky Loves Jacqui, Bow & Willow, Floretta, Round Travel, Matt Finch Celebrant, Short Batch and Vintage Ice Cream Truck, The Wedding Zone/Weddings of Distinction and Fine Art Media. Share a glass of champagne as you book your planners in one hit! RSVP here to confirm your free place.

Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings are celebrating an incredible milestone – twenty-five collections by Anne Bertossi! To kick off the celebrations, the team are hosting an exclusive fashion show at their Paddington (QLD) showroom on August 6th. Enjoy champagne and a night of celebration and book your complimentary ticket by emailing Gill at

As an extra special something Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings is also offering brides to be a chance to win a gown worth $4000. For competition, details email Gill at

Wedding pros! Have you pre-ordered Matchology yet? The brand new way to submit to 30 wedding blogs on one platform is coming very, very soon and pre-order pricing is almost gone! Sign up here to get your piece of the action!

Our film of the week comes from the crew at Wedding Gallery. Josh and Nicolle had an incredibly moving wedding day, with the most heartfelt of moments, all captured beautifully. The vows are very much my favourite part.

Autumnal Orchard Wedding Inspiration

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


It is no secret around these parts that the season of Autumn is my favourite and today’s Autumnal orchard wedding inspiration shoot brings to life all the magic of the Autumn season in the most beautiful way.

With photographer Amanda Afton Photography behind the camera, The Wedding Tutor creating the concept, styling and florals, Grey Rabbit Design designing a stunning aubergine stationery suite, Her Hand Picked Harvest and A La Table creating a beautiful outdoor reception and Cake Date adding the finishing touch with a gold and white wedding cake, the shoot was every bit a celebration of Autumn.

In the beautiful orchard setting of Raeburn Orchards, models Lauren Brisbane and Kyle Millar took centre stage in pieces from Zolotas Australia, with hair and makeup by Emer Rose Make Up Artistry and an amazing ring to match from Stelios Jewellers.

The team explained “from the moment we saw the Raeburn Orchard in Roleystone we knew that it would inspire a very beautiful Autumn themed styled shoot, complete with falling leaves, warm orange tones and a spectacular outlook over 74 acres of stone fruit orchard.”

A tablescape of earthy tones set the scene for the reception – pink, orange and red blooms arranged in amber glass amongst black and gold details highlighting the Autumnal tones. The team added, “the dark bentwood armchairs, amber pharmaceutical bottles and brass accents gave the shoot an elegant edge which complimented the earthy feel of the location.”


Photographer: Amanda Afton Photography / Bride's Dress: Zolotas Australia / Creative Direction & Styling: The Wedding Tutor / Flowers: The Wedding Tutor / Invitations & Stationery: Grey Rabbit Design / Wedding Cake: Cake Date / Makeup Artist: Emer Rose Make Up Artistry / Rental Furniture: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Tableware: A La Table / Engagement Ring: Stelios Jewellers / Model: Lauren Brisbane / Model: Kyle Millar / Venue: Raeburn Orchards