Vendor of the Week – Be My Guest

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Do you ever get overwhelmed in these days of wedding planning?

With planning a wedding comes so many choices, so many things to consider and so many added stresses. Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who will help you lessen the stress and make your day as beautiful as it can be. We have Jewellery, we have Transport, we have Photobooth Hire and Cinematography – we even have Food Trucks and Bridesmaid Gowns! Our wonderful vendors are ready to assist you.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Navy wedding invitation with mustard belly band

Amanda of Be My Guest wedding stationery is based in beautiful New Zealand but provides services to clients worldwide. With your stationery giving guests the first peek into your wedding day style, you’re sure to find new ideas to suit your style at Be My Guest. And why not consider using your stationery design on other elements of your day – such as your cake, or even printed on your napkins?

We asked Amanda of Be My Guest five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

A generous glass of Riesling and/or a spa pedicure – preferably while catching up on gossip with a friend.

Favourite weekend getaway?

My in-laws have a wee house in Naseby, Central Otago (NZ) – a small town of less than 100 people. It’s lovely to go away for a couple of nights to relax, read and walk the forest trails.

What is your most prized possession?

My wee boy Henry who is three – he’s the first thing I’d rescue if the house was on fire 🙂

Favourite restaurant?

If we want a guaranteed good meal out, we head to the Speights Ale House in Dunedin.

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

I love being able to ease some of the stress that comes with wedding planning. When people tell me I’ve made the design process easy and stress free, it’s the best compliment I can receive.

Visit Be My Guest’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Be My Guest is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

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Snapshot Sunday – Let’s Twist Again

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Image by Georgia Wiggs Photography

Teneale & Matt’s Romantic Country Anniversary Shoot

by | Bride, Love Sessions,


Teneale & Matt

We are just as much about celebrating the beginning of the story as much as we are the years to come here at Polka Dot Bride and this romantic country anniversary shoot is the perfect example of how the romance of life and love goes on long past the wedding day.

Stationer Teneale of White Ink Design Co, wanted to celebrate her wedding anniversary with husband Matt. The duo spent the day with Flossy Photography, with a stunning bouquet styled by Ivy Flowers and hair styling  by The Pretty Parlour.

It has been ten years of stories for these newlyweds, Teneale remarking “We met 10 years ago on New Years Eve out at a pub, Matt came over to me with a little smirk on his face and asked me if I wanted to go dance, and I said yes of course… For about 3 weeks after that night, we were completely inseparable, I think we just about spent every day together, and here we are 10 years later, happily married.”

It was on holidays that Matt proposed. “We were on a holiday in Bali, and Matt had organised a romantic dinner along the beach at a beautiful resort for our first night. This wasn’t at all unusual as he is usually the one that organises our eating out plans, so at this point I wasn’t suspicious at all!” And then the surprise came! Teneale continuing “We had a lovely meal overlooking the sunset and when the dessert came out the plate had ‘Teneale will you marry me?’ written in chocolate. I was so surprised and happy! I looked up at Matt who was holding the most beautiful diamond ring, and he asked the question again, of course, I said yes! The waitresses then came over to congratulate us and gave me some beautiful flowers. It turns out Matt had been planning this with the restaurant for weeks beforehand so all the staff knew. It was one of the best nights of our lives!”

“I love a lot of things about Matt, particularly he has a very calming and relaxed nature, being the complete opposite of me,” says Teneale when asked what she loves about her husband. Adding “I find that part of him complements me really well. He’s always so supportive of everything I do in life and I know he only wants the very best for me, he’ll always put me and our marriage first.”

Teneale remarks “Sarah from Flossy Photography was amazing to work with, as she kept it all natural and candid and gave us some slight direction when we needed it to get the best out of the shots. We would highly recommend her for a wedding and other special events/photo shoots.”

“As our anniversary is in Autumn we thought the Swan Valley would be the best place to reflect this pretty season, with the rich autumnal tones in the trees and fallen leaves and the long grasses in the open fields.”

On what he loves about his wife, Matt remarks “I love that Teneale is a very caring and loyal person and wife, I know that she’ll always be there for me and stand by my side through life’s ups and downs. I also love her sense of humour, we’re always laughing and joking around together which I think is important to be able to do with the person you’re sharing your life with.”


Photographer: Flossy Photography / Flowers: Ivy Flowers / Hairstylist: The Pretty Parlour

Mountain Of The Sun Romantic Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Styling, Wedding Inspiration,


With lush floral arrangements of blush, pink and magenta roses, today’s styled shoot, entitled “Mountain Of The Sun” brought together a group of passionate individuals who love their crafts.

With photographer Amanda Kilbourn Photography at the helm, the team came together at the beautiful Mont Du Soleil. Cinematographer Directors Edge was behind the (video) camera, A Day To Remember Hire styled the setup, Style Me Flowers created lush floral arrangements of pink roses, beautiful stationery created by A Tactile Perception invitd the guests, an array of blush and magenta coloured cakes was baked by Creme de la Cakes and Feather and String rounded out the details. Even a fun Music With Memories caravan and kombi from Samba Kombi Services made an appearance in the whimsical shoot.

The romantic atmosphere, styled with blooms in every shade of pink and set to sparkle with rose gold details, was all about creating and bringing a vision of romantic fun to life. The newlyweds stood and said their vows beneath a rose gold sign reading “it was always you” before celebrating with cake and a fun doughnut wall. The outdoor reception dinner, set under suspended floral chandeliers, was set with black tapered candles, rose gold votives and a soft, blush toned table runner among dozens of fresh flowers.

Our newlywed model Claudia Wareham wore gowns from Kara Jade Designs and jewels from Jeanette Maree with hair and makeup styled by Rachael Martens and Jess Charter, and was joined by Morgan Waterhouse.

With so much detail, the film by Directors Edge packed a punch, making the most of the stunning setting and decadent styling.

Photographer: Amanda Kilbourn Photography / Cinematographer: Directors Edge / Styling: A Day To Remember Hire / Bride's Dress: Kara Jade Designs / Bride's Jewellery: Jeanette Maree / Makeup Artist: Rachael Martens / Hairstylist: Jess Charter / Invitations & Stationery: A Tactile Perception / Flowers: Style Me Flowers / Favors: Feather and String / Wedding Cake: Creme de la Cakes / Venue: Mont Du Soleil / DJ Photobooth Caravan: Music With Memories / Transport: Samba Kombi Services / Model: Claudia Wareham / Model: Morgan Waterhouse