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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Leo Farrell Photography via Groom Style – Dave

I can’t quite believe this is the first Friday Roundup of 2016! We are quickly closing in on Polka Dot Bride’s ninth birthday and with our plans in the works I have no doubt this is going to be our biggest year yet. We’ve been spending the week catching up on everything we missed while we were away as well as putting a few big plans into action. 2016, we are ready for you!

We have a full to the brim roundup for you today. Not only have we had some amazing posts across the blog, but we have oh so many events and specials for you to see! So let’s dive in!


Rounding up our favourite Rose Gold Bridal Belts

Dave shares his dapper Groom Style

Chatting beautiful country estate weddings with Joyce Ng of Summerfields Estate & Country House

The stylist soft font Fratello Nick

Diving into the Vendor’s Favourites of Bridesmaids Only

Love the beautiful bridal gown in Fanoula and Paul’s Elegant Winter City Wedding

Dream away with this Luxury Ubud Honeymoon

Love a botanical vibe? Try this Pressed Botanical Prints Tutorial

Adore the elegance of Glamorous Adrianna Papell

Groom Adam shares his  Inspired Memories

Let’s go behind the door with Ed Dixon Food Design

We’re kicking off Ginuary with The Melbourne Gin Company’s “Southside”

News Roundup 8th Jan 2016

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.

Brisbane photographers Quince & Mulberry Studio are offering a discounted engagement session to Polka Dot Bride readers! New engagement session booking swill receive a 1.5 hour session in a Brisbane location & high resolution files for $395 rather than the normal $595. Visit this link to take up the special offer!

Sami & Sita are hosting a massive New Years sale! Head to their Paddington store (3 William street, Paddington, NSW) to save up to 75% on silk day and evening dresses, bridal gowns, jewelry and accessories. Visit their website for more.

Want to book your wedding venue? Here’s just a peek at some of the open nights coming up! Check out our events calendar for more!

The Gables Wedding Exhibition

Showtime Events Centre & Cargo Hall Wedding Open Day

Southern Highlands Wedding Fair

Wedding Open Day at Solar Springs Retreat


Our film of the week comes from High Tea Films. Samantha and Jeremy wed in Sydney with a beautiful Jewish ceremony in the middle of Centennial Park. A reception filled with plenty of dancing followed and is just the way to curl up with your tea this Friday morning.

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Nicole & Sam’s Modern The Deck at Circa Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Nicole & Sam

I love a Winter wedding and for Nicole and Sam, who met at a mutual friend’s engagement party, this modern The Deck at Circa wedding was the perfect blend of formality and fun. They chose photographer Jerome Cole to capture their wedding day in the urban landscape of St Kilda.

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The groom and groomsmen chose classic black suits from Oscar Hunt Tailors.

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Angie at Boda Hairdressers and Mae Taylor styled the bride and bridesmaid’s look for the day.

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Of her gown, which was crafted by One Day Bridal. Nicole remembers “My dress was a custom made gown from Kyha at One Day Bridal. I knew I wanted something sleek and fashionable and given it was winter I desperately wanted long sleeves!

I had seen some of Kyha’s gowns before and was in love with them all! As soon as I met with her I knew I wanted her to create my gown – I feel in love with all the gorgeous lace and long sleeves and Kyha created exactly what I wanted! My veil was my great grandmothers which was really special and Kyha ensured it worked perfectly on the day!

The whole process was made so fun by Kyha and her team – my mum and my sisters all came to the final fittings where we drank champagne so that was really special too.”

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Nicole walked down the aisle to “Wherever You Will Go” covered by Charlene Soraia.

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Nicole and Sam chose The Deck At Circa for their wedding. Nicole explaining, “We got married on the deck at Circa (The Prince Deck) – drinks and canapes were served straight after the ceremony on the deck and then everyone moved inside the venue for dinner. The room has a pool inside which we placed glowing LED balls in which looked amazing! The band set up alongside the edge of the pool also.”

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Shannon from Cloud 9 Celebrations officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We wanted our ceremony to be personal and warm – our celebrant Shannon did an amazing job at this telling the story of how we met and what we loved about each other. We had my brother do a reading which was the children’s book “Guess how much I love you”. This was special to us as I had bought the book as a gift for Sam for our first anniversary – we felt this added a light fun element to the ceremony. Everyone commented on how personal and beautiful the ceremony was!”

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Of their photographer, the bride tells, “I had seen his photos before and loved that they were natural and so candid. We didn’t even notice Jerome on the night which is exactly what you want! He got so many beautiful candid photos and our album is a work of art, we absolutely love it!!”

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Nicole adds, “Our bridal party was made up of family – I had my two sisters and Sam had his two brothers so that was really special for us to share the day with them. My best and oldest friend also traveled all the way from New York to celebrate with us which was amazing.”

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The couple wanted to make their reception as fun as possible, the bride remarking, “We wanted a full band as we wanted the night to be relaxed and fun with lots of dancing involved – we had a 5 piece band called Like This Band who were fabulous and really got involved with the guests! I was also insistent on a lolly bar as both of us are massive sweet tooths – our lolly bar by The Candy Co was amazing!! We also had a photo booth from Mr & Mrs Booth which had a queue all night!”

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Nicole tells, “My best friend designed our invites for us – we took lots of photos of the 2 of us holding signs showing the details of the ceremony – date, time etc. then pulled a collage of them together as the cover of the invite.”

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The floral arrangements were an elegant combination of black and white. “We got married in winter so the style was very classic and basic black and white. It was intimate – 90 close friends and family all on the dance floor all night!”

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Of their first dance, Nicole remembers, “I was too nervous to do a dance but Sam insisted! We danced to Al Green’s “Let’s stay together”. We had learnt a few basic steps from a friend whom teaches dancing and then dragged everyone else up onto the dance floor pretty quickly!”

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Congratulations Nicole and Sam! Thank you for sharing the story of your wedding with us! Thank you also to Jerome Cole for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Jerome Cole / Bride’s Dress: One Day Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Zomp / Bride’s Jewelry: Bride's Mother's Diamond Earrings / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groomsmen Attire: Oscar Hunt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Cooper Street / Bridesmaid Shoes: Zomp / Hairstylist: Angie at Boda Hairdressers / Makeup Artist: Mae Taylor / Flowers: I Do Flowers 0414 090 440 / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by a friend / Ceremony Venue: The Deck At Circa / Ceremony Officiant: Shannon from Cloud 9 Celebrations / Band: Like This Band / Lolly Buffet: The Candy Co / Photo Booth: Mr & Mrs Booth / Wedding Rings: Janai Jewellers

Elegant Orchard Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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With Summer well and truly here it’s a beautiful thing to see weddings full of gorgeous natural elements, plenty of colour and embracing their surrounds, which is exactly the mood behind the elegant orchard wedding inspiration shoot.

Photographer Peggy Saas tells of the inspiration behind the shoot. “Orchard blossoms in the Perth Hills tempt us with the first sign of spring. The promise of fresh flowers whilst basking in the warm sun offers the perfect surroundings for a wedding. This was our inspiration for our beautiful spring shoot among the promise of blossoms.”

Peggy teamed up with stylist I Heart Table Art , bridal salon, Truvelle from Through The White Door , hair & makeup artist,  The Pretty Parlour, florist Botanica Naturalis, stationer White Ink Design Co, cake designers De La Rosa Cakes & Cupcakes  and Le Petit Macaron  model Taryn Leila with styling props from The Vintage Table, Chandelabra  and Heart Strings & Pretty Things at the stunning Core Cider House to create a styled shoot of pale blue, white and gold with classic French furniture set among the bare trees in the orchard.

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Peggy notes, “Sweet bride Taryn, with dewy make up and a loose braid by The Pretty Parlour , wanders the orchard in a flowing Truvelle gown from Through The White Door . Her oversized bouquet of pink blossoms by Botanica Naturalis epitomises spring.”

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Peggy tells, “Reminiscent of dining in an enchanted wood, the incredible table garland fashioned by Botanica Naturalis from surrounding pine trees, ranunculus and white orchids completes the glamorous table setting. White Ink Design Co created the romantic French inspired wedding stationery in crisp white and dusty blue. ”

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The table was beautifully set for an elegant outdoor celebration, Peggy explaining, “A stunning Marie Antoinette inspired wedding cake is the centrepiece of this beautiful dessert table, complete with delicate cupcakes and gold rimmed cookies, all created by De La Rosa Cakes & Cupcakes, and macarons brushed with gold by Le Petit Macaron, which were all displayed on pure white milk glass. Sparkling vintage china and tableware from The Vintage Table including gold cutlery, gold rimmed champagne coupes and crystal candlesticks glisten in the sun.”

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Photographer: Peggy Saas / Stylist: I Heart Table Art / Bride’s Dress: Truvelle from Through The White Door / Hair & Makeup Artist: The Pretty Parlour / Flowers: Botanica Naturalis / China & Tableware: The Vintage Table / Prop Hire: Chandelabra / Prop Hire: Heart Strings & Pretty Things / Invitations & Stationery: White Ink Design Co / Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies : De La Rosa Cakes & Cupcakes / Macarons: Le Petit Macaron / Model: Taryn Leila / Venue: Core Cider House

Serenity Blue & Rose Quartz Wedding Splendour

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Right before we closed up for 2015, Pantone, the worldwide colour authority announced not one but two colours of the year! Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz both topped it as colours of the year and today I decided to combine them into a very Spring inspired wedding colour palette.

The blue is a clear, bright tone (similar to our Hydrangea Blue) while Rose Quartz is described as a warmer soft pink (similar to our Blush Pink). Combining them both is perfectly suited to a Spring or Summer wedding

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Bouquet photo Anna Kardos Photography by via 100 Layer Cake, Suit photo by Jana Williams via Green Wedding Shoes, Stationery photo by Anastasiya Belik via Magnolia Rouge, Bridesmaids photo by Lucinda May Photography via Alison and Tyson’s Rustic Romance Wedding, Escort card table photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, Hair photo by Brumley and Wells via Style Me Pretty,  Cupcake photo by Jordan Brittley via Style Me Pretty


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