Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week With Polka Dot Bride

by | Blog News, Bridal Fashion, Bride


We’re brimming with excitement and packing our bags this week as we prepare to fly out for Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week! Thanks to Pronovias and Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week we’ll be in Barcelona from April 25th until April 28th to see the most beautiful gowns unveiled from some of our favourite designers.

Talented bridal designers – including Demetrios, Rosa Clara,  St Patrick Studio of the Pronovias Fashion Group Cymbeline, Galía Lahav, YolanCris, Ana Torres, Isabel Sanchís, Marylise, Rembo Styling, Morilee Madeline Gardner, will be among more than twenty-five designers unveiling their stunning 2018 collections and we will be there to share it all with you!

You can check out the full schedule here and follow our coverage from the runways by following Polka Dot Bride on Instagram and Facebook where we will be sharing as they happen runway shows and all the fun of our adventures in Spain!



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Tash & Adam’s Glam Festival Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Tash & Adam

Tash and Adam’s glam festival wedding was held just 5 minutes from beautiful Byron Bay, showcasing the stunning surrounds, all lovingly decorated with festoon lights. The perfect weather, homemade brownies and a focus on fun has us wishing we were there! Mitchell J Carlin was on hand to capture every moment.

Tash and Adam met at high school, however their relationship only became a reality after they had been friends for quite some time. ”We went to the same school but didn’t really know each other as we were in different grades.” After five years of friendship they began dating, and became retrospective high school sweethearts!

The bride fell in love with the low back and close fit of her Made with Love gown, and says, ”I chose the ‘Danni’ dress because it wasn’t over the top and it suited the theme of wedding we envisaged.” And having decided upon a relaxed day, the groom was keen to avoid anything too formal, with Tash sharing, ”He felt most comfortable in nice pants, a loose fitting shirt and comfortable shoes with the added detail of the suspenders.” Adam wore an MJ Bale suit and Universal shoes.

Tash was thrilled with her wedding flowers, and shares that Flossim understood her dream blooms entirely. ”I was over the moon with the bouquets and the flower crowns, they were absolutely perfect and nailed the brief exactly. I couldn’t have dreamt them up better myself!” The couple wanted to include their two dogs during the wedding too, saying, ”It wouldn’t have felt the same without them.”

Wanting a festival-like celebration of love, Tash and Adam fell in love with Ewingsdale Hall and share, ”We chose the venue as we loved the relaxed feel and beautiful surroundings. Ewingsdale Hall was a blank canvas and we wanted to use the tipi with lots of rugs and low banquet tables to fill the space. We loved the festoons that really added to the festival feel.” Tash fell in love with the work done by wedding stylist Rachel Torti and remembers, ”I was really happy with the styling from Rachel, everything was perfect! I was so happy how it all turned out.”

Wanting a relaxed ceremony, the bride and groom incorporated some personal touches, with Tash sharing, ”We didn’t want anything too serious, and Adam had the idea of the hand fasting ritual. I didn’t know much about it, but after some research I really liked what it represented.” The bride walked down the aisle to The Beautiful Girls by La Mar.

Both being a little nervous in front of the camera, Tash and Adam were thrilled with how their wedding photographs turned out from Mitchell J Carlin, with Tash telling, ”Mitch was fantastic! When we met with him we felt instantly comfortable and on the day he made us feel really at ease. I think the best thing about a photographer is when you don’t notice that they are there, which is exactly how we felt on the day.”

Choosing Ewingsdale Hall as their venue allowed the bride and groom to get creative and personal with the details of their wedding day. Having handpicked most of their wines from the Barossa Valley, they also made antipasto plates and brownies for the dessert table. Tash recalls, ”My father in law made all the timber boards that the antipasto was served on and they were truly amazing. The timber that the cakes were served on was found, cut, oiled and sealed by ourselves.”

Tash’s glam festival wedding featured some tasty treats too! The bride shares, ”We always had our heart set on a food van wedding so this worked well with the venue.” The Canavan was a huge hit with Tasha remembering, ”The whole time leading up to the wedding they were so easy to deal with, they were such a pleasure. On the day itself they were so thoughtful and provided amazing service. Plus the Cake Kiosk had great customer service, nothing was too difficult!”


Congratulations to our lovely bride and groom, Tash and Adam! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! And thank you also to Mitchell J Carlin for allowing us a glimpse of this beautiful day.

Photographer: Mitchell J Carlin / Cinematographer: White Leaf Films / Wedding Planner: Rachel Torti / Styling: Rachel Torti / Bride's Dress: Made with Love / Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Universal / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Shoes: Universal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Dresses: Isabella Longginou / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bec & Bridge / Bridesmaid Shoes: Midas / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Maverick Hair / Makeup Artist: Monique Seage / Flowers: Flossim / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Ewingsdale Hall / Rentals: The Wedding Shed / Rentals: The Palace & Co / Rentals: Frank & Joy / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Veling / Ceremony Musicians: Matthew Armitage / Reception Venue: Ewingsdale Hall / Rentals: The Wedding Shed / Rentals: Frank & Joy / Rentals: The Palace & Co / Reception Musicians: Matthew Armitage / DJ: DJ Bigbad / Catering: Siguenos / Catering: Bread & Butter Pizza / Catering: The Canavan / Wedding Cake: Cake Kiosk / Photo Booth: Frankie & Mavis / Wedding Ring: Jeweller on James

Lydia & James’ Relaxed Melbourne Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lydia and James

When Lydia and James chose Collingwood Children’s Farm for their wedding day I am not sure they expected the ducks, goats and fellow four legged friends to make an appearance – but that they did, and there is nothing quite like a bride with a goat to make your day wonderful. Lydia and James chose Jerome Cole Photography to capture their day, which escapulated the couple’s love of morning runs with breakfast at the farm and the relaxed feeling they wanted their guests to enjoy.

James tells us the story of how he met his wife.  “We met in our final year of uni. When I first met her, I went home and told my sister that I had met the girl I was going to marry. She told me I was an idiot. At the time, Lydia was planning on moving to the US to work as soon as she graduated. We had only really known each other for a couple of weeks when Lydia was due to fly over there to apply for jobs. Not wanting to miss out on my chance, I wrote her a letter, basically explaining that I had fallen in love with her and thought she should maybe come back to Australia. So she did!”

James chose a dapper blue suit from TM Lewin with pink bow tie.

The bride chose an illusion neck beaded gown by Anna Campbell. James explaining “We both know Anna through her younger sister, and always admired the way she created her label from scratch, starting out making dresses herself at home. Lydia had looked at quite a few dresses without finding anything she really liked, and was always planning on looking at some of Anna’s dresses. When she did, she instantly fell in love with the dress she ended up wearing on the big day.”

Lydia and James chose Collingwood Children’s Farm  for their day – which included a few snapshots with the resident goats! James tells “It was actually the only venue that we looked at. When we got engaged we were living in Clifton Hill and often went running along Merri Creek, stopping for breakfast at the Farm Cafe (who did the catering for the wedding). Not only is the food amazing, but the whole feel and atmosphere of the farm is as well. I have some great memories from the Farm as a child, and I’ve never met anyone as excited by animals as Lydia, so the Farm seemed like the perfect venue for the wedding. The scenery is stunning as well, particularly down by the river where we had the ceremony.”

Lydia walked down the aisle to “Honey and the Moon, by Joseph Arthur – played on acoustic guitar by two of our close friends.”

James remembers “The ceremony was outdoors, down by the river at the back of the Collingwood Children’s Farm, with hay bales and rugs for seating. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather, and about 120 guests. We were aiming for a relaxed, outdoorsy feel, and didn’t want the ceremony to be too formal. My sister was the celebrant (the first wedding she had ever performed!) and she did an incredible job. We had two close friends do readings.

Michelle had spent the last 9 months completing the course to become a wedding celebrant, and received the final paperwork 3 days before the wedding (I’m not sure what we would have done if it hadn’t come through in time!) We are very close, but I have to say I had some concerns about whether or not her part of the ceremony would be ready in time – while she has many good qualities, completing assignments/work on time is not really one of them. On the day however, I think she vastly exceeded everyone’s expectations. She spoke beautifully, but the highlight was that instead of a standard celebrant’s speech, she read a five minute poem that she wrote herself, describing love and our relationship perfectly.”

Guests celebrated the nuptials with hot coffee thanks to Coffee Caboose. James says “We hired a mobile coffee cart that came along, and provided us all with delicious coffee as soon as the ceremony finished. Excellent to deal with, and they made sure to bring us coffee while we were off taking photos.”

Of their photographer, James remembers “Jerome seemed to have a real passion for photography, and had some beautiful shots, with much more than just your standard wedding photos. In person he instantly made us feel comfortable and at ease, which was exactly what we were after. It made it easy to be natural in the photos, and all the time we spent with him taking photos was entertaining.”

“It was great having the wedding at the farm, and we had a chance to wander round and say hi to a few of the farm animals which was a lot of fun. Coincidentally, as we finished the ceremony a couple of wild ducks and a family of ducklings arrived and wandered round, which was a fun addition and also help make a couple of great photos!”

Reception celebrations continued at the The Farm Cafe thanks to resident planner Amelia who planned the celebration and Rebecca of Little Lady Blooms who styled the beautiful blooms. “The place was covered in flowers that looked absolutely stunning. A lot of native Australian flowers and leaves decorating every surface, and she managed to make it look even better than we had imagined it could.”

The reception kicked off with a cake made by the couple’s close friend. James explains “The cake was made by one of my friends from high school, Sebastian Graham, who is a Data Analyst working in London. In his spare time he is a bit of a chef, and makes amazing cakes. We asked him to do the cake for us, and what he created blew us away. I learnt afterwards that a day after flying back in from London, he found out which flowers we were using, and went and bought his own to use on a practice cake! It was absolutely stunning, not only covered in beautiful flowers, but also animals and topped with two replicas of our pet goats.”

James remembers “My father Rod, Lydia’s two sisters Jacinth and Naomi, and a close friend Sophie all made speeches, and they were all perfect. An excellent balance of humour and emotion, combined with some some heartfelt advice for making relationships work and raising children.”

Photographer: Jerome Cole Photography / Cinematographer: Cameron Fink / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride's Jewellery: Anna Campbell / Groom's Attire: TM Lewin / Groom's Shoes: Topman / Groomsmen Attire: TM Lewin / Groomsmen Shoes: Topman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Hairstylist: Colin Fink / Flowers: Little Lady Blooms / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Ceremony Venue: Collingwood Children's Farm / Hire Items: Collingwood Children's Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Michelle Phillips / Ceremony Musicians: Byron and Greg / Reception Venue: Collingwood Children's Farm / Catering: The Farm Cafe / Coffee Cart: Coffee Caboose / Wedding Cake: Sebastian Graham / Wedding Ring: Etsy / Gift Registry: Thankful Registry

Siobhan & Michael’s Elegant Sydney Yacht Club Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Siobhan & Michael  

I love the mix of old and new at Siobhan and Michael’s elegant Sydney yacht club wedding. The bouquets of marsala and peach speak to the trends of the season, while intricate details like Siobhan’s beautifully beaded gown are all about times gone by, beautifully captured by Emma Hampton . I can’t wait to share this gorgeous day with you!

Siobhan tells the story of how they came to be – and it involves champagne glasses! “We were set up by friends of ours (who ended up being a bridesmaid and groomsmen in our wedding party). They had tried (unsuccessfully) for months to introduce and had nearly given up when Mike was hosting a champagne breakfast on Anzac Day and Andrea asked could she invite me along. She told me “if you don’t come I will never try to introduce you to anyone again and you will end up an old spinster” ha-ha so I agreed to go (despite LOATHING set-ups). Mike asked if I could bring some extra champagne glasses as he didn’t have any. We had our first kiss that day and that was it. The champagne glasses never left the apartment. A year later I moved in. Three years later we got married. J”

Lisa Gowing  created Siobhan’s gown, the bride remembering “I bought my dress from Lisa Gowing, Woollahra. I had seen the dress on Pinterest before I was engaged. My mum and I were holidaying in NYC and she said to me one night “when you get married I would like to buy your dress”. So, for fun, we looked on Pinterest for dresses I might like. A month later Mike proposed so I booked an appointment at Lisa Gowing to try on the Millicent dress. It was the first and only dress I ever tried and it was just perfect.”

Simone Forte styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, the bride remembering “My make-up artist Steph was also wonderful. She was so calm and kind to everyone and made my bridesmaids and I look picture perfect. She was super flexible with when my trial was and what time to arrive on the day and just made everything feel calm and exciting all at once. My hair stylist Normie also did an amazing job of making everyone’s hair look 100 times better than we could have imagined.”

Siobhan and Michael chose Blackburn Gardens  for their wedding ceremony, noting “Our ceremony was at Blackburn Gardens. The gardens are just beautiful, full of gorgeous colours and in one of our favourite parts of the world. With Mike’s family travelling all the way from the USA we really wanted to have somewhere with a harbor view and close to our reception. It was perfect.”

The bride walked down the aisle to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”.

Rebecca McLaurin officiated the ceremony, the newlyweds remembering  “We wanted our ceremony to be relaxed, happy and full of love. It had all of this and more. We had our nieces and nephews in the bridal party and they were so cute and unpredictable and made the ceremony funny and lovely. We had two readings, one read by Siobhan’s big brother Michael (Song of Solomon) and another by Mike’s big sister Kate (Eskimo love). We chose the readings for their simplicity and focus on love and marriage.
The very best thing about our ceremony by far (with maybe the exception of Mike’s face as Siobhan walked down the aisle) was our friend Rebecca McLaurin being our celebrant. She made us both feel relaxed. She made people laugh. Most of all, she made us feel loved. She was perfect.”

Of their photographer Emma, Siobhan remarks “Emma was amazing! So easy to deal with and organised. She was super chilled in all the chaos of getting ready (I had 4 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, 2 ring bearers, plus my mum, dad, brothers, aunty and cousin all in the hotel getting ready with me). I don’t even remember seeing her after the official bridal party shoot just after the wedding, yet she was EVERYWHERE and captured all of the most spectacular photos I have ever seen. She sent a few pics within a week of the wedding and the whole package within the month. We love them ALL. She is seriously amazing.”

Reception celebrations kicked on at Royal Motor Yacht Club.  Siobhan remarking “It epitomized everything we wanted in a venue. Stunning views, outstanding food, BIG dance floor. We had looked at 5 or 6 venues before stumbling across this venue and the minute we walked into the Hamptons style room we just knew it was exactly what we had been looking for, even without us knowing really what we were looking for. They had style packages including in our package that matched just perfectly with our theme and we knew we didn’t want to have the biggest party of our lives anywhere else.”

Siobhan and Michael wanted amazing music at their wedding and Slide McBride  fit the bill. “Slide McBride are the best wedding band in the world!! They made everything so fun. Slide has the best range in any musician I’ve ever seen. He was my sisters band at her wedding 10 years ago and I didn’t want anyone else to play at our wedding. He was even better than I remember. Every single guest without fail has commented on how fun he was.”

The newlyweds chose Fank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” for their first dance, noting “We are both old souls and often dance to this song in our living room. When it came to choosing a wedding song we didn’t even consider anything else. This was our song.”

Congratulations on your marriage Siobhan and Michael! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Emma Hampton  for sharing today;s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: Emma Hampton / Bride's Dress: Lisa Gowing / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Bride's Jewellery: Ben Amun / Bridesmaid Dresses: Natasha Millani / Hairstylist: Simone Forte / Makeup Artist: Simone Forte / Flowers: Brides in Bloom / Ceremony Venue: Blackburn Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Rebecca McLaurin / Reception Venue: Royal Motor Yacht Club / Band: Slide McBride / Rental Furniture: Bentwood Events / Catering: Zest Catering / Wedding Ring: Midas Jewellers / Wedding Ring: Dustin's Jewellers / Transport: Murrays Bus Company / Gift Registry: Flight Centre