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Snapshot Sunday – Finality

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions

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Madeleine and Simon’s Summer Engagement Party

by | Bride, Engagements


 Madeleine & Simon

I love the vibe of Madeleine and Simon’s engagement photos and party. They spent time with their photographer Madison of Sweet Natured Photography before they headed to celebrate their engagement with their favourite people.

Madison tells the story of how they met. “My Mum worked with a friend of Simons and she had tried to set up Simon and I but I resisted the idea of having a blind date. She gave Simon my number but I ignored all his calls. Simon is an electrician so Mum arranged for him to come over to our house and do some electrical work. I was so awkward when we first met; I hardly spoke to him at all. I didn’t even offer him a drink! A couple of days later he came back to the house to finish off the work. He asked if I’d like to go out with him and some of his friends that night. I said yes and we went on our first date.”

Madeleine remembers, “Our first date was actually a bit of a disaster. Simon and I went to a local bar with a bunch of his friends. In an attempt to calm my nerves I ended up having a bit too much to drink. Midway through the night Simon had just finished telling me all about how he had a sneaker collection and just moments after pointing out the new pair of sneakers he was wearing I accidentally spilled almost an entire drink all over them. Later, when we kissed for the first time, the entire room erupted with cheering and clapping. Apparently all of Simon’s friends had been closely watching us all night. I was mortified and woke up with a terrible hangover but Simon still called me for a second date!”

Celebrations continued with the guests at The Back Bar – Windsor , Maddie noting, “We were keen to have some professional photos taken at our engagement party and decided we would like to get some shots of the two of us together beforehand. A few days before the party we scouted the area near the venue and found a couple of places we might like to have some photos taken. We wanted the photos to be natural rather than too posed so just before the party we met with our photographer Madison and the three of us just went for a walk together.”

“We wanted an engagement party that allowed everyone to dress up but that wasn’t too formal and structured, so a cocktail style event seemed right. Simon and I had been to Back Bar for cocktails in the past and thought the 1920s décor was beautiful. The venue is very elegant with low lighting and thoughtfully chosen furniture. The Back Bar website had all the information on functions and pricing readily available which made booking so easy and Grant was so helpful, booking Back Bar was an obvious choice.”

The carefully planned engagement party went slightly awry when a blackout occurred, the waitstaff carting food to a staff member’s nearby home to keep it hot. “We both liked the 20’s theme and the venue Back Bar was perfect. Fantastic ambiance, brilliant decor and had a great feel about it. The staff at Back Bar were fantastic. The night of our party the entire street block lost power but Grant and all the staff at Back Bar took this glitch in their stride and did everything possible to keep the night running smoothly for us. They went above and beyond, even shuttling our canapés back and forth from a staff member’s house to heat them up. We were so grateful to them and so pleased with our choice of venue.”

So what does Maddie remember of the proposal. “After about four years of being together all our family and friends began constantly asking when we would be getting married. We knew we wanted to get married but it would be in our own time. I think the pressure to get married only made Simon delay the proposal even longer! One Tuesday night I was in the kitchen making us both a cup of tea when Simon came in with a little organza bag. He said he had bought a present for me. I opened the bag and inside was a beautiful carved wooden box. I assumed that was the gift but when I opened it there was a ring inside. Just as I realised it was a diamond ring, Simon asked, “Would you do me the honour of being my wife?” It was perfect, a beautiful moment just for us.” ”

And Simon’s take? “I work away a lot so had to organise the ring over a few weeks whenever I was home from work. I measured Maddie’s finger with a piece of string one night while she was asleep and used that to size the ring. I found the perfect setting that I knew she would love and organised for one to be made with the diamond size I wanted. BAM! The ring was sorted. Next was the ring box as I wanted something that no one else had. I found the perfect hand carved box on Etsy but it was in Lithuania so it was a nervous wait to see if it arrived in time for when I was next home. Luckily the box arrived just before I came home from work. It was stunning. I wanted the proposal to be a quiet moment just between Maddie and I so I decided the right time would be right after we’d spent a lazy night on the couch watching movies together.”

Megan and Jon’s City Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Megan & Jon

You know a wedding can be as grand or as simple as you want, it can be filled with crystal chandeliers or in your backyard but there is one thing for me, if it isn’t filled with heart and soul, it’s not a fit for us at Polka Dot Bride. Megan and Jon’s wedding in that sense, is a perfect fit. The two chose a city garden wedding that reflected what they love about their home, their lifestyle and most of all each other. They invited Erika Hildegard Photography along to photograph their day.

Megan and Jon tell, “We met at the bus station on the way to school, Megan was 12 and Jon was 14. Megan’s smile caught Jon’s eye and he wrote her a love note the next day. The pair grew close as friends throughout high school and finally became an item at Jon’s 18th birthday party. Just before their 10 year anniversary, Megan romantically proposed to Jon, like the true feminist she is (although she did get extremely nervous, which resulted in a bloody nose).”

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Lauren Parker and Lucky Buster styled the girl’s hair and makeup for the day.

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With help from her mother, Megan designed and made her own wedding dress using fabric sourced at Tessuti Fabrics. Her bridesmaids were dressed in pale blue and orange gowns, also made with fabric from Tessuti made by local dressmakers.

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The bride and groom both wore Allens Boots in Austin, Texas.

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Cecilia Fox created the bridal party floral arrangements for the day.

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Fitzroy Gardens was chosen for the wedding ceremony, Megan explaining, “We chose to have the ceremony at Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne in the exact place we were standing when we announced our engagement to close friends. It was a beautiful space with views over the Melbourne city skyline. The garden was a blank canvas that we could fill with our vision for the day.”

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“Throughout the ceremony we had music played by the amazing Domini Forster, who covered a dozen songs that we selected. Some of the songs were challenging to convert to acoustic (including the White Stripes and the XX), but she made them her own. She was incredible.”city garden wedding0079

The bride sourced the chairs for the ceremony herself.

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Megan tells, “We walked down the aisle to Bright Eyes – First Day of my Life, covered on the ukulele by Domini Forster, a beautiful Melbourne based acoustic artist.  Megan’s two year old niece Delilah was the flower girl, and although she didn’t quite grasp the concept of dropping flowers as she ran down the aisle, she did enjoy playing in the rose petals when she reached the end! ”

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Megan and Jon note, “Our wedding was a true representation of us – our love, our lives, the city we love and the people that matter most.”

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The couple were married by a close friend, who trained just for the wedding day. “The most special part of the day was being married by our close friend Jarrod. Jarrod undertook celebrancy training especially to be accredited for the day and travelled 4,000 km to be there. Jarrod shared beautiful stories about us, which was followed by hand written vows that we prepared. The ceremony was very personal, and truly reflected our relationship. All the guests were either in tears or hysterical laughter by the end of the ceremony.” Another friend made the arbour the couple wed underneath.

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Post ceremony guests enjoyed a toast with handmade cocktails mixed by friends out of hand decorated recycled jars, craft beer served from borrowed wheelbarrows, speeches, cupcakes and cookies from Miss Ladybird Cakes served from vintage baskets and trays collected from charity stores.

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Of their photographer, Megan and Jon remember, “Our photographer Erika Hildegard was amazing. She brilliantly captured the day and lead-up, by taking honest and meaningful photos that burst with emotion.”

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Megan and Jon chose Le Bon Ton for their reception, remarking, “We continued the party at Le Bon Ton in Collingwood, a New Orléans style bar/restaurant with a menu inspired by Texan-style barbeque. We fell in the love with the venue after tasting the amazing apple pie. The venue also gave us an excuse to wear our most prized possessions – traditional Texan cowboy boots.”

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Megan hand crafted the seating chart, place cards and floral arrangements herself.

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Megan tells, “We danced until sunrise. I can’t remember which dance was our first… ”

Congratulations Megan and Jon! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Erika Hildegard Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Erika Hildegard Photography / Bride’s Dress: Bride / Bride's Dress Fabric: Tessuti Fabrics / Bride’s Shoes: Cowboy boots, from Allens Boots in Austin, Texas (gift from the Groom) / Bride’s Jewelry: Necklace and earrings from Ringsland / Groom’s Attire: (Pants) Marcs / Groom’s Attire: (Shirt) Design A Space / Groom’s Attire: (Vest) Charity Shop / Groom’s Attire: (Bow Tie) Queen Vic Market / Groom’s Attire: (Belt) RM Williams / Groom’s Attire: (Shoes) Cowboy boots, from Allens Boots in Austin, Texas / Bridesmaid Dresses: Made by mums, friends and dress makers / Bridesmaid's Dress Fabric: Tessuti Fabrics / Makeup Artist: Lauren Parker / Hairstylist: Lucky Buster / Flowers (Bridal Party): Cecilia Fox / Ceremony Venue: Fitzroy Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Jarrod Troutbeck (Friend) / Ceremony Musicians: Domini Forster / Cupcakes & Cakes: Miss Ladybird Cakes / Reception Venue: Le Bon Ton / Flowers (Reception): Arranged by bride & bridesmaids / Wedding Ring (Bride): St Petersburg Estate Antique Store / Wedding Ring (Groom): Lord Coconut / Transport: Uber / Not Another Toaster: Not Another Toaster

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Ben Swinnerton via Justina and Wesley’s ‘New York Chic’ Wedding

 We love a good black tie wedding here at Polka Dot Bride so the one we featured this week on Polka Dot Weddings is sure to blow your bow tie loving socks off! Just wait till you read the story of the honeymoon these newlyweds took, it’s enough to make you want to dive into your computer screen and never come back (I peeked, it looks awesome, we can’t wait to share it!).

I have a brand new cosy blue jumper this week I have snuggled away the winter days with (along with my required ginger and lemongrass tea). Look, I’m talking about a jumper to you – but it’s the little things! I am grateful for it’s fluffiness and the snuggly feeling it brings me and isn’t Friday a time to be grateful?

I tell you something else I am grateful for – so many inspiring posts across the Polka blogs this week! I barely know where to start with telling you all the beautiful things that we got to share!


Exploring Spanish style for the groom with this Barcelona Bridal Week 2016 roundup.

If you’re dreaming of a whimsical wedding, this whimsical Luba Luft font might be just up your alley.

Clueless about booking wedding music? Let this interview with Lucas Evans of Orlando Combo make you clued in!

Want something truly special for your wedding cake? We rounded up our favourite Wedding Cake Server Sets

We have a brand new column (say hello to Amelia!) where we peek into the creative spaces of wedding vendors we love, check out who Amelia has gone Behind The Door With…

Planning a staycation? I reviewed the The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne this week on Polka Dot Honeymoons!

Ms Chevron chatted to the lovely ladies behind the  The Lovers Collective Workshops.

A roundup of the incredible gowns and looks Ms Filagree loved at Australian Bridal Fashion Week 2015.

A hidden tiki bar? That sounds like my kind of Cocktail Friday! Check out the recipe for the Aloha Sailor’s Donn Beach Mai Tai.

Black tie elegance with this ‘New York Chic’ Wedding on Polka Dot Weddings.

news roundup 26th may

Red Hill Epicurean will be opening their doors on Saturday August 22nd with their wedding showcase! Come along to see the venue beautifully set up with recommended supplier and plenty of surprises along the way. Email to register!

We love when advertisers pass on amazing deals to you and Swish Bridal Designs are offering a free veil with any custom made dress ordered when you mention Polka Dot Bride (the designs are gorgeous so they are definitely worth checking out).

Brisbanites! The charming Brookfield Hall is opening its doors on  Wednesday 15th July, 6:00pm – 7:30pm for a wedding showcase with beautiful displays from your favourite wedding vendors (including bridal designer George Wu and When Freddie Met Lily and plenty, plenty more) along with canapes and bubbles! RSVP by emailing and check out this post for more information.


Our film of the week comes from Paper Crane Productions. I’m not sure what exactly touched me about this film, the quiet love, the beautiful filming or how it all came together to tell such a story.

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