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Sunset Blush Bridesmaid Inspiration

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Inspiration Shoot


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Dreaming of romantic weddings by the sea? This Sunset Blush bridal inspiration shoot from The Babushka Ballerina might just help you on your dreaming way.

To celebrate the relaunch of their bridesmaids’ wardrobe, The Babushka Ballerina teamed up with photographer Katie Grant, florist Lua Leuca, hairstylist Kayla Marshall Wedding Hair, makeup artist Kristy Ogram, cake designer The Cake and I, prop hire  Heart Strings and Pretty Things, jewellery designer Samantha Wills with models from Scene Management to inspire you with beautiful gowns from designers like Two Birds Bridesmaids, Joanna August & Adrianna Papell.

Simple blush tone gowns are paired with taupe beaded wrap dress and silver sequin gowns on bridesmaids who wear simple, yet beautifully executed hair and makeup. All pulled together with stunning trailing floral arrangements where the ribbon is not merely a detail but the crowning glory.

For a more relaxed look, champagne white and blush pink knee length frocks are worn together at a wedding that hints at a beautifully natural, yet chic celebration. Mismatched chairs sit at a raw wood table decorated with layered crockery pieces, blush and peach roses, garlands of greenery and sophisticated taper candles in tall bronze candlestick holders.

The dreamy mismatched style of the bridesmaids in this shoot hints at the gorgeous looks the team at The Babushka Ballerina put together in their VIP Bridesmaid package (which includes one on one experiences with the Babushka ballerina styling team, one on one fittings, exclusive store access and other secret specials) available at The Babushka Ballerina salons.

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Photographer: Katie Grant / Event Design and Gowns: Babushka Ballerina / Floral Design: Lua Leuca / Hairstylist: Kayla Marshall Wedding Hair / Makeup Artist: Kristy Ogram / Cake Baker: The Cake and I / Rentals: Heart Strings and Pretty Things / Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Models: Scene Management
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Polka Dot Bride Turns Nine

by | Blog News, Bride


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Yesterday, Polka Dot Bride turned nine. As we do every year, we had cake and champagne, because we believe in celebrating milestones and taking stock of where we have been and where we are going.

I always stumble a little when it comes to our birthday post, wondering if another year deserves such an acknowledgement. But everything about Polka Dot Bride means so much to me – our team, our advertisers, our readers, that letting it slip by, even for a year, seems selfish.

This year, seems almost less about turning nine and more about the fact we are coming up to ten years. With a laptop, at my coffee table I opened a Blogger account, I had no idea that would lead to so much more almost a decade later.

2015 was a hard one here at Polka Dot Bride. As the landscape changed, so did our team – Ms Paisley and Ms Gingham moving on for family reasons, a brand new baby welcomed mid last year. A brand new team at the helm, with more additions (and more babies!) saw Polka Dot Bride as I knew it completely change. For someone who lives and breathes this blog, it was a challenge, but one I am grateful occurred.

While our plans for the year shifted, as I concentrated on building the foundations with our new team, it means that 2016 is the year they take off again. Our much overdue redesign is finally in the works, our content plans changing and evolving just as they should, the launch of Aisle Society just around the corner. Our mission is very clear – to provide a place for couples to create a wedding uniquely theirs.

Returning to our beginnings, the belief that we want to create a space where every couple can feel relieved of the pressure, can feel like they are welcome, at home, in a place where they will not be judged, will not be told of how their wedding day should be in order to be awesome or cool or amazing, with anything but their own true selves, is so much of what I believe in.

Our team is so much bigger than last year, but they each deserve a medal.

Ms Stripey, our client concierge who literally works tirelessly to ensure our advertisers are looked after, who comes up with creative ideas and fresh thoughts for when something needs improvement, who champions getting involved and building a relationship with our readers every step of the way.

Ms Chinoiserie who is our specialty blog editor. Who makes sure our baby blogs all run smoothly and efficiently, who knows her way around a good edit with grace and integrity and is always, always in sparkles.

Ms Harlequin who is all about the projects, who pops up and shoots with us, takes big things off my plate and works out ways to get them done, who makes me laugh and makes sure I’m up to date with pop culture references (and Inner Circle music picks, because my taste in music is all about the nineties).

Ms Rose who took our submissions portal and made it into this neatly organised, running on schedule blissful little system. Who knows the value of a beautiful, heartfelt wedding, who finds the joy in each and every submission we receive without ever losing that sparkle. With her second hat, she’s an email ninja. So quick sometimes, we can barely keep up as she triages the immense correspondence we receive every week.

Ms Millefleur, who is currently doting over the newest member of the patterned people, born just before Christmas. Our sales director who threw herself into the deep end with grace and aplomb and making the role her own.

Ms Liberty – our newest addition! Ms Liberty and I met by synchronicity many years ago, and it was only last year that our paths crossed magically once more. Our acting sales manager, Ms Liberty is someone so very full of passion for Polka Dot Bride and our advertisers, her belief in us is unwavering and although she’s only three weeks into the role, I can’t wait to see what she does next.

There are more thank you’s, because true Dotties know I need this moment to say thank you.

Our advertisers – their unwavering belief in us and choice to spend hard earned dollars with us never goes unnoticed. We are working hard to build up a collective of advertisers who believe that no matter your wedding style, it’s pretty awesome because it’s yours.

And finally the lifeblood of this wedding blog – our readers. I am always stunned by the amount of people who read Polka Dot Bride. I am stunned by your emails, your comments, your clicks – every part of that is counted and never goes unnoticed. We are keenly aware we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

Whoever you are, you have a role to play in the Polka Dot Bride story and I know this year is actually going to be the best year yet.

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A big thanks to Gina of Miss Ladybird Cakes  who I commissioned for our birthday cake this year. The semi-naked citrus cake with passionfruit buttercream was topped with raspberry filled macarons and covered in gold polka dots. I think it may have been one of my favourites!

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Desiren Photography & Video via Marijana and Andrew’s Magical Flower-Filled Wedding

It’s a bit of a special day at Polka Dot Bride, well a bit of a special week. This is our ninth birthday and I have something a little special coming up later today. You didn’t think I’d write just one sentence on such a milestone did you?

In the mean time, let’s take a look at the week that was!


We’re Hiring! Polka Dot Made Writer

Wedding Planning With Help From Your Parents

Continuing Ginuary with this Boodles Proper Martini

Read Edwina‘s post wedding words of wisdom in Inspired Words

Talking wedding planners with Fiona Deans-Dundas of Couture Wedding Planning

Ever wondered if Aussies have different styles? Suiting Style Trends Across the Australian States

An urban wedding delight Marijana and Andrew’s Magical Flower-Filled Wedding

The Hidden Culture of Aitutaki Cook Islands – The Punarei Cultural Experience

A fun decor idea- Mini Milk Bottle Vase Tutorial

Loving this San Francisco Stopover

Did you know? The Increasing Popularity of Mid Week Weddings

Will shares his post wedding thoughts with Inspired Memories

Rounding up our picks for Pearl Bridal Headbands

For the groom – New Summer Men’s Fragrances

Classic type with the Diogenes font

Tasmanian Groom Style with Travers

 News Roundup 15th Jan 2016

Matt Reed Photography is offering Polka Dot Bride readers! Book any wedding photography package in January and receive an engagement shoot for free! Your engagement shoot will include one hour coverage, all of your photos at high & low res delivered on a USB stick, an online web gallery and 30 images per location in a 7×7 inch book. Normally offered at $600, this offer closes January 31st.

Pierre Winter Fine Jewels are holding a 30% sale for selected stock until January 30th 2016. Perfect chance to pick up your bridal jewels or gifts!

We’re hiring! Come and join the patterned people as our new Polka Dot Made Writer. We’d love to have you!

Alannah Rose Stationery Boutique are kicking off 2016 with a special offer for Dotties! Use the code polkadot16 upon checkout to receive a 20% discount off the entire range on orders over $500 until 17th January 2016. New orders only, code must be entered at time of checkout. Discount cannot be applied to previous or existing orders.

Our film of the week comes from C2 Films! Can a wedding film be hauntingly beautiful because I think this one for Daniel and Aviva can only be described as that.

Georgie & Tom’s Greenery Filled Richmond Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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The modern feel of Georgie and Tom’s greenery filled Richmond wedding is such a urban take on a traditional wedding. Ditching their idea of a small wedding in New York, they chose instead to celebrate at home with a wedding that was full of family and friends and exactly the mood and vibe that reflected them. Relaxed, with plenty of good food and of course, dancing. Daniel Brannan was there to capture every moment.

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Georgie and Tom chose Terminus Hotel for their wedding, noting “The Terminus Hotel in Richmond is one of Tom’s venues. It was recently completely refurbished and modernised inside whilst the exterior was untouched to keep a piece of its rich history.”

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Georgie remembers, “There were so many favourite moments! Tom’s three best friends Andy, Doug and Matt were our MCs, but they did so much more than just MC. The boys organised a red carpet outside the venue for my arrival, and when I stepped out of the car onto the red carpet, all of our wedding guests were lined up on either side of the red carpet to welcome me – everyone was clapping and cheering and smiling and it was just such an incredible moment.”

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“We had our brother and sister act as witnesses when we signed our registry, and our two nieces acted as our flower girls – they wore stunning green and white flower crowns made by Cecilia Fox and white and silver sequinned dresses by Seed.”

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Andrew Henley officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We had a bit of a ‘greenery’ theme which began with our venue, The Terminus Hotel – the venue is painted a very bright green colour, with a lot of natural greenery inside and a very cool palm print wallpaper on the ceiling. Our close friend Scott at Swear Words agency designed an incredible custom green invitation and envelopes that featured a similar palm print. We also had an incredible floral arch created by our florist Cecilia Fox that was covered in stunning greenery and white flowers.

We wanted the vibe to be extremely relaxed, casual and fun – more of a big party than a formal wedding, and just a chance to celebrate and eat, drink and dance with all of our friends and family.”

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Georgie tells, “The lead up was fantastic, Tom’s best friends organised his bucks day a few weeks before the wedding and it was the most incredible, unforgettable day – they started with a run around Albert Park Lake, then had lunch and cocktails at the Prahran Hotel, and then ended up in a private room at the Casino with a piano (which Tom played and sang songs at) and poker – all the boys were dressed in tuxes and it was a very classy affair with all of Tom’s closest friends.

My best friend and bridesmaid Kate organised my hens day a couple of weeks before the wedding and we had a ‘white’ theme – there were thirty girls dressed all in white and we had lunch in a private room at The Stables of Como in South Yarra overlooking the beautiful garden there. The room was decked out with stunning white floral arrangements and each place at the table was set with a stunning handmade white flower crown which all the girls wore. We ended up having cocktails and dancing at the Prahran Hotel until the early hours of the morning.”

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Georgie wore a gown by Jane Hill, noting, “The service at Jane Hill was exceptional.” Georgie’s  bridesmaid wore a white gown from Camilla and Marc while the gentlemen wore suits from Henry Bucks.

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Georgie notes, “We had a brilliant photographer Daniel Brannan, who we met with a couple of times prior to the wedding and who just got us straight away and understood exactly what we wanted.”

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There was yet another special surprise in store for these newlyweds, the bride remembering, “Tom’s favourite musical is Les Miserables (he is obsessed with it) and in the lead up to the wedding, his best friends Andy, Doug and Matt had organised a surprise for the wedding which was a flash mob involving a big group of our friends and a surprise performance of a version of ‘One Day More’ from Les Mis, but they had adapted the lyrics so that it was a version where Tom and I were singing different words about the day before the wedding – it was absolutely hilarious.

Andy, Doug and Matt secretly contacted a group of our friends and organised two practice sessions – they were given the new lyrics to the song and had to practice the song and dance, and then on the night at the wedding they surprised us with this hilarious music and dance performance mid wedding – we were absolutely blown away!”

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“Another favourite moment was when, during Tom’s speech, he surprised me by singing a song at the end which he had been practicing for weeks – ‘She’s Got a Way’ by Billy Joel. He had been secretly practicing for several weeks without me knowing at his friend Andrew’s, who played keyboard for him, and it was just so incredible – I had to try very hard to hold it together and I could see all my girlfriends crying in the audience while he was singing!”

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Food was very important to the couple who chose Ed Dixon Food Design to cater the event, noting, “We really wanted a focus on delicious food and drinks, and our caterer Ed Dixon Food Design did the most incredible job – we had things like Southern Fried chicken, Asian dumplings and buns, salted caramel and popcorn mini ice creams, and the most amazing espresso martinis that were brought out at around 10pm pre-dancing!”

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Dancing kicked off with DJ Kieran O’Sullivan. Georgie adding, “We wanted to get married because as soon as we met we knew we were meant to be together and we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Being with each other just feels natural and right, and we can’t imagine our lives without each other. Life is better and makes more sense when we are together, and we wanted to make this commitment to each other and celebrate it with all of our friends and family present.”

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The bride remembers, “The boys also organised for a friend to create a surprise film that was projected onto the wall at The Terminus towards the end of the night – they had interviewed our mums, and put together a series of snapshots of Tom and I growing up, and then arranged for a friend, Miles to film Tom and I getting ready during the day for the wedding separately, and then our wedding arrival and ceremony. Miles cut together all of these moments and created a short film as a surprise that was screened during the wedding and it was a very emotional moment, it was such a happy movie that all our guests just loved!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Georgie and Tom! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Daniel Brannan for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Daniel Brannan / Bride’s Dress: Jane Hill / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Jane Hill / Bride’s Jewelry: Jane Hill / Bride’s Shoes: AP by Alan Pinkus / Groom’s Attire: Henry Bucks / Groom's Shoes: Double Monk / Groomsmen Attire: Henry Bucks / Ties: Henry Bucks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilla and Marc / Flowergirl Dresses: Seed / Hairstylist: Shibui / Makeup Artist: Cathy G / Flowers: Cecilia Fox / Invitations & Stationery: Swear Words / Venue: Terminus Hotel Abbotsford / Ceremony Officiant: Andrew Henley / Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design / Cake Baker: Friend / DJ: DJ Kieran O’Sullivan / Wedding Rings: Kush / Transport: Andrew Wolveridge
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