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Trishna & Sanjeev’s Harbourside Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Trishna & Sanjeev

I love how the engagement shoot of Trishna and Sanjeev is literally right on the harbour. Their harbourside engagement photos make the most of the sea beaten rocks and moody tones of the ocean. They teamed up with Captured by Pavel to give their international friends and family a glimpse of what they love about this harbourside city.

Heading to Milk Beach, Vaucluse, the couple took to the rocks, the beach and the grass – each shot overlooking the beautiful landmarks and stunning scenery that make up Sydney Harbour.

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On how they met, Trish and Sanjeev tell, “We met at work in London 6 years ago. Suggestive glances across the office and her heart was stolen.”

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“We are best friends and challenge each other to be the best we can be whilst sharing all the good moments in life.”

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Sanjeev tells the proposal story. “I took Trish to the Barossa Valley and surprised her with a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards. But the surprise didn’t stop there. I dropped to one knee and asked her inside the basket when we were high up in the sky.”

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Photographer: Captured by Pavel
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Chic Black Bridesmaid Dresses

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


A little black dress is the greatest wardrobe staple and when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, it’s also a sophisticated option if your affair is slightly more formal or edgy. Today I’m rounding up some of my favourite chic black bridesmaids dresses available as we enter Spring. I love that these could easily be mix and matched without even the blink of an eye.

Black Bridesmaid Dresses Australia

  1. Thurley Black Beauty Scuba Dress, 2. Carla Zamaptti Onyx Crepe Sabrina Sheath, 3. Lover The Label Lula Halter Dress, 4.Trelise Cooper My Dressed Friends Wedding Dress, 5.Alannah Hill Happy Dreamer Dress, 6.Manning Cartell Light Industry Dress, 7.Bec & Bridge Sombre Dress, 8. Camilla & Marc Wake Baby Dress, 9. Rachel Gilbert Gidget Dress, 10. Nicholas The Label Crepe Drape Back Dress.

While I can post all the gorgeous dresses in the world, sometimes you have to see some real life inspiration. Here’s just a selection of the Polka Dot bridesmaids who have walked down the aisle in black.


Photo by Ed Sloane via Megan and Sam’s Modern City Wedding


Photo by  The White Tree via Georgie & Dan’s Cosy Black Tie Wedding


Photo by Peggy Saas via Jo & Brenton’s Relaxed Fremantle Wedding


Photo by  Milk & Honey Photography via Angela and Simon’s Formal Cafe Wedding


Photo by Gavin Wyatt Photography via Hayley and James’ Delightful Dunsborough Wedding

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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How gorgeous is that marble vase above? Pop over to Polka Dot Made for the tutorial on how to make it! Did you have a good week Dotties? This week was a little bit action packed for a big shoot we have next week. With Mr Polka away I think my brain is well and truly out of order! What have you been up to?


Let’s roundup the posts of the week!


Adore this Pretty Marble Vases Tutorial

Tips and tricks on wedding styling with What Would They Know? Jason Kates of Love 2 Love Wedding & Event Planner

Bride Nicole shares her Inspired Words and advice after her wedding day

Gorgeous stationery as The Distillery Launches ‘Celebrations’

How romantic! Cassie & Eric’s Paris Honeymoon Wedding Photos

A roundup of our favourite Flat Wedding Sandals

Stunning Winter colours in Sarah and Jacob’s Rustic Winter Engagement Shoot

Stylish looks for warmer weather with Calibre Spring Summer 2015 Collection

Take your guests to Funky Town with this fun Funkydori font

Groom Jon shares his Inspired Memories of his wedding day

Hair and Make-Up Master Class Tutorial 3 – Creating Whimsical Waterfall Braids

Magnolia Photography shares – My Favourite Theme

Going to whip up Soleil Pool Bar’s ‘Clover Club’ this Friday

Be prepared! Bright Day Films shares their top tips on Filming in the Wet


News Roundup 23rd october 2015

Want a winery wedding? Oakridge Wines are hosting an open day on Friday the 13th of November. If you’d like to dine in on the night there is a very special offer, otherwise entry is free! See more information on the website or via the event listing.

Love On The Lawn, the wedding festival is on this weekend in the Hunter Valley. With over 100 wedding vendors, a relaxed festival vibe, plenty of fun, food and celebration, it’s a fun way to spend a weekend! Head to the website to buy your tickets!

The Wedding Dress Exchange is on this weekend in Sydney and if you head along you can browse gowns from more than 100 retailers in one spot! There’s high tea, champagne and of course plenty of wedding goodness so if you are on the wedding dress hunt visit the website to buy your tickets!

Our film of the week comes from OrangeSunshine who captured the day of Mike and Sheree. It’s a fun little insight into their picnic wedding day!

April & Dan’s Sixties Soiree Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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There is something particularly special about stepping back in time and for April and Dan, that’s exactly what they wanted to do for their sixties soiree wedding day. The sixties vibe was coupled with a fun atmosphere and a restaurant reception, the entire day with a fun, retro vibe. They chose Alana Blowfield to photograph their day.

Of how they met. April tells, “We met through friends at a party and then Dan asked me out when he saw me at a festival cause he liked my gumboots!”

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April’s look was completed with a very special pair of earrings, she explains, “My earrings that I wore on my wedding day have a pretty special story. I brought them about 15 years before the wedding day, just because I thought they would be good for if ever one day I chose to get married. I kept them until I knew I was getting married and they fit just perfectly with everything that I had chosen. Although I never really planned to get married it is strange that I kept the earrings for that very reason.”

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Of her dress, which she found on ASOS , April tells, “I loved my dress because of its vintage feel with detailed lace and beading. The shift A-line cut fitted perfectly with the 60’s theme of our wedding.”

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April and Dan chose a first look for their wedding, noting, “We woke up together and had breakfast at the hotel before meeting up with our bridal party to get ready. It was a nice surprise to then meet up a few hours later and see each other and dressed up for the day. It was pretty exciting!”

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Of their photographer, April tells, “I have known Alana for years, she was a perfect choice to share our day with us. We love her natural, candid style of photography and knew she would be easy to be around and make us feel comfortable in front of the camera. We love our photos!”

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“I loved my bouquet of billy buttons, succulents and daisies. They complimented the look and style of our day.”

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Table 78, West Perth hosted an intimate courtyard wedding for April and Dan, who tell, “Table 78 is a heritage listed house in West Perth which is a restaurant by day. We loved the shady courtyard for the ceremony as we got married on a summer’s day. The polished floorboards, high ceilings, pressed tin and wallpaper were all features that we liked and knew were a good fit for us.”

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Of the decorations, April tells, “Being an interior stylist this was something I wanted to put my creativity into. I designed the chalkboards with messages, colour scheme, table arrangements, a bunting for our ceremony backdrop and the styling of our gift table. The table flora was succulents from my Grandma’s garden which I potted with my Mum and my Oma (Dutch grandmother). The overall colour palette was yellow, grey & white.”

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Nathaniel Ditchburn officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “We wanted our ceremony to be casual, relaxed and intimate. We invited our 60 nearest and dearest to share in this special time with us. Both Mum’s signed our certificate of marriage as our witnesses.”

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Congratulations April and Dan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Alana Blowfield for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Alana Blowfield / Bride’s Dress: ASOS / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Jack London / Hairstylist: Peggy Sues / Makeup Artist: Ali Price / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Flowers (Bridal Party): Jane & Jones Floral Co / Ceremony Officiant: Nathaniel Ditchburn / Venue: Table 78, West Perth / Cake Baker: Dark Cherry / Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co / Transport: London Black Cabs
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