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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Madeleine Chiller via Alyssa and Luke’s Moroccan Gypsy Festival Wedding

Did you have a wonderful week Dotties? It is starting to seem like the end of the year is in sight and considering the things I have planned for 2016, I’m not unhappy! I am looking forward to the fresh feel of a new year. But today we have a few things to get ready for an impending baby’s arrival (not mine!).

Why don’t we catch up on the week that was?



Hair and Make-up Master Class Tutorial 4: Mastering The Perfect Wedding Eyes

Love this Abstract Trinket Dish Tutorial

What happens when a florist with 600 weddings under her belt gets married?

Gorgeous whimsical font Beloved

Memories of a Traditional Pakistan Wedding

Trufflepig Catering share their Vendor’s Favourites

Paradise Found – Idyllic Lord Howe Island

A classic Cocktail Friday with Crystalized

Love the nod to Scotland from this groom

What Would They Know? Alanah Curbishley at Beachside Dojo

Rounding up our favourite Crystal Drop Earrings

Bride Mona shares her post wedding wisdom

For the grooms, the Man to Man ‘Be Extraordinary’ Collection

Save The Date: Do I Need To Send One?

If you’ve been designing wedding gowns for twenty years, it’s nice to take a look back

News Roundup 20th November

At Polka Dot Bride we’re big believers in using real brides and grooms in our shoots and we’re looking for a couple to model for us in an upcoming shoot on in Sydney (Watson’s Bay) on Monday, 27th November at 9am. Please send a full-length photo, as well as your size, height, hair colour and shoe size to if you are available and interested.

Vera Wang is holding a trunk show in Sydney next month to preview the Spring 2016 collection! To preview this collection call 02 9252 6186 or email your interest to

Want to win a $1300 wedding stationery package? Nulab is giving one away! All you need to do is head over to their website and fill out the form to be in the running to enter!

Our film of the week comes today from Motion Art, the bride, Bethany Hamilton married her love Adam Dirks in Hawaii and of course it was emotional, romantic and utterly beautiful.

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Chic Bohemian Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Reception


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To inspire you with for long Summer days comes this chic bohemian wedding ideas shoot that in its tones of champagne, cream and white with touches of glimmering gold, gives a different look to the Hamptons style space. The look? “Romantic, Elegant, Chic, Bohemian” and something that evokes thoughts of champagne, balmy Summer nights and celebrations with bare feet in the sand.

I Melt With You Collective worked with photographer, Amy Macay and cake designer Bev’s Catering at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. The team taking advantage of the waterside location to add a seaside flair to their reception decor styling.

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Flowers, Styling and Hire Items: I Melt With You Collective / Photographer: Amy Macay / Invitations & Stationery: Kate Spade / Cake Baker: Bev's Catering / Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Jess & Adam’s Sweet Working Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Jess & Adam

Jess & Adam’s sweet working farm wedding is full of country charm! From the gorgeous county garden they wed in, to the enormous shed that they filled with fairy lights that became a magical country wedding reception. They chose The Gehrmanns to photograph their wedding day.

Jess kicks us off with their story. “Adam and I worked together at Coles at the time, he was in fresh produce and I worked in the Deli. We started working the same shifts and Adam saw me when he was leaving work one day and decided that he wanted to get to know me. He spent the next few weeks buying cheerios at the deli hoping I would serve him.

One afternoon he saw me leaving work and getting into my Valiant, he says that was the moment he decided he was going to marry me. Quite a few kilos of cheerios later I finally called his number, (by this stage I had also noticed Adam at work and was very keen to get to know the cute produce guy) we got talking about cars and the conversation never really stopped.”

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Jess chose a gown from Brides of Brisbane noting, “I wore a white strapless fitted lace dress with a sweetheart neckline. When I went dress shopping with my bridesmaids and my Mum, all of the big dresses with long trains that I tried on just didn’t look or feel right on me. When I tried on “the dress” I instantly fell in love with it and knew it was perfect. When a few of the ladies and myself shed a tear (something I never thought I would do!) it just cemented that it was the right dress.”

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Jess notes, “Adam and I met through our love of classic and muscle cars so our own cars were always going to be a part of our wedding, particularly the XA GT that my parents have owned for over 25 years. I was bought home from the hospital in the XA when I was born, I went to my grade 12 formal in the XA, and for as long as I can remember I have wanted to go to my wedding in it. While I didn’t travel to the wedding in the XA, it featured in our photos, and the groomsmen traveled to the wedding in it. We also had our own cars there, and as my Valiant played a big role in Adam and I meeting it was really nice to be able to incorporate them into our day.”

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Jess and Adam chose working farm Darclo for their wedding, telling, “Both the ceremony and reception were held at Darclo, a stunning farm in Washpool. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held in the beautiful house gardens, and the Reception was held in the hay shed.

We were really happy with all of the vendors we used, but without a doubt the stand out was definitely the Clark family who own and run Darclo. Shane, Sara, Chloe and Darcy let us into their home and their lives in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and couldn’t possibly have been any more accommodating. We loved our time on the farm with them, they made us feel so welcome and at home. Our days spent at Darlco with them were definitely our favourite part of the wedding planning process.”

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Jess walked down the aisle to Boyce Avenues cover of ‘A Thousand Years’.

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Jemma Somerville of Somerville Ceremonies officiated the ceremony, Jess remarking, “We wanted a personal and intimate feel for the ceremony that reflected who we are as a couple, and we wanted to share that feeling with the most important people in our lives; our family and friends. We chose to write our own vows as we wanted them to be meaningful to us both and reflective of our life together. We asked my Mum to do a reading which we chose ‘Love’ by Roy Croft for, the reading was a lovely way to involve Mum in the ceremony.”

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Of their photographers, the bride remarks “We chose Sam and Ben Gehrmann of ‘The Gehrmanns’ to capture our day and we couldn’t be happier that we did. They are so fun, friendly and easygoing that it was a pleasure to have them their with us on the day. They captured the memories and atmosphere of our day perfectly and delivered absolutely beautiful photos. We wanted the moments captured, without those memories being marred by having cameras stuck in your face, and not once did we feel that way with Sam and Ben. They captured so many special moments that at the time you have no idea they are even photographing. You quickly forget that they are photographers and soon feel as though they are friends there to share the day with you (who happen to snap many, many amazing photos along the way). We really can’t recommend them enough and we can’t wait to have them capture many more exciting life events for us.”

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Jess notes, “We did a lot of DIY for our wedding, which we enjoyed doing and it made our day very personalised and that bit more special for us. Adam made the arbour for the ceremony, I made the timber signs and table numbers, Adam made the timber centrepieces for the tables, I sewed the dressing gowns the bridesmaids and my Mum wore getting ready, the bridesmaids and my Mum made the bouquets and button holes, I made the table runners, place cards and menus and Adam and his Dad made the dance floor. The setup was done with the help of Shane, Sara, Darcy and Chloe, as well as our family and friends.”

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One of the bride’s favourite memories of the night was a complete surprise, Jess tells, “My younger brother Branden (who was also a groomsman) has an Intellectual Disability; and while he is outgoing and talkative around close family and friends, he is quite shy and reserved in large groups. Branden made a surprise speech at our wedding reception with the help of my sister.

He had apparently been rehearsing and memorising exactly what he wanted to say for months leading up to the wedding, and delivered it perfectly on the night, even including a cheeky line about eagerly waiting for nieces and nephews. That was a really special moment for Adam and I, and we couldn’t be prouder of Branden.”

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Of their first dance, Jess remembers, “We chose ‘Then’ by Brad Paisley as the song for our first dance. Neither Adam or I knew how to dance so we took lessons in the weeks leading up to the wedding and learnt a dance. We had a lot of fun doing it, and it turned something we were both dreading into something that we enjoyed doing together.”

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Congratulations Jess and Adam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to The Gehrmanns for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: The Gehrmanns / Bride’s Dress: Brides of Brisbane / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Groom’s Attire: Connor / Groom’s Shoes: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Bridesmaid Dresses: Unique Vintage / Bridesmaid Shoes: Spend Less Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Allure Bridal Stylists / Makeup Artist: Allure Bridal Stylists / Flowers: Purchased from Rocklea Flower Market- Bridesmaids constructed bouquets / Venue: Darclo / Ceremony Hire Items: The One Day House / Ceremony Hire Items: Live Laugh Love Events / Ceremony Officiant: Jemma Somerville of Somerville Ceremonies / Reception Hire Items: The One Day House / Reception Hire Items: Live Laugh Love Events / Catering: FigJam and Co / Cake Baker: Amanda Fanning-Bruce / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers

Twenty Questions – What To Ask Your Wedding Florist

by | Bride, Flowers



Wedding floral arrangements are one of my favourite things to pour over. Floral arrangements can make such a difference to your wedding look and add a beautiful feeling and colour into your wedding day in what is always going to be a completely ‘unique to you’ touch. So today, continuing in our Twenty Questions series, I’m diving into Twenty Questions – What to Ask Your Wedding Florist.

Check out the previous posts in this series,  What To Ask Your Wedding Stationer, What to Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue, What To Ask Your Marriage Celebrant, What To Ask Your Cake Designer and What To Ask Your Dress Designer.

1. What is their style?

This is honestly a question, that if you’ve done your research, you shouldn’t have to ask! Most florists are wonderful with posting imagery of their recent work on their website or social media channels. But if you haven’t been following, or are choosing a florist without seeing their previous work, it’s a good idea to understand their style. Do they create modern arrangements? Is their style somewhat organic? Is it traditional? What do you want for your wedding and can the florist work to that?

2. What flowers do they recommend based on the time of year, budget and wedding style?

Being the ones who know their flowers inside and out, it’s worth asking your florist based on the time of year, your budget and wedding style, what they recommend. If you have your heart set on peonies, are marrying in June and have a limited budget they might not be the best option. A good florist will also be able to advise what kind of bouquet might look best with your gown. Working with your florist in this way can also inspire you to consider beautiful blooms that were off your radar.

Make sure you also check in with anything extra you want – a flower crown, flowers for your hair, corsages etc to ensure it’s thought about and that your florist is able to create the pieces.

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Flowers by Lavande Designs, photo by Nerida McMurray

3. If your “must have” flower isn’t available on your wedding day, what will they substitute it with?

With weather changing and seasons changing, sometimes flowers aren’t always available come wedding days, no matter what precautions and planning comes into play. What will your florist substitute it with? How will they make sure your arrangements are still what you love?


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4.  Will the flowers be open on the day?

A good florist will ensure your flowers look their best right at the moment of your wedding, only choosing flowers that are open and at their prime.

5. If you have allergies, what flowers can your florist recommend to eliminate your discomfort?

Allergic to pollen? Make sure you bring it up with your florist so they recommend low allergen flowers or flowers that won’t have you sneezing all day.

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Flowers by Affair With George

6.What does the design process involve?

Does your florist work off a collaborative Pinterest board with you? Both pinning ideas of the floral style you dream of? Do they do sketches? Or mockups? How does the florist work out the design of your wedding and how involved are you as the client?

7. Who will be designing your flowers on your wedding day?

Make sure you check if the  designer whose work you love will be working on your flowers on your wedding day. Again this comes back to trust as many florists have an expert team of designers who can execute the main designer’s style with ease and perfection.


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8.  Are they available for a site visit?

A lot of florists will visit the venue with you to get an idea of what you’d love where, what they might do with the space and what would work with the type of wedding you’re having. They’ll also be able to spot parts of the venue – a beautiful mantle for instance, where you could include flowers for extra ‘wow’.

9. Have they worked with your venue before?

Chances are if your venue is popular, your florist will have worked there before. This always comes in handy as they’ll know what can and can’t be done in the space and can give you more feedback on what you want design wise.


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10. How will the arrangements be finished?

What will your bouquet be tied with? How will the boutonnieres be finished? Do you have a sentimental charm you want to add? Or a special ribbon colour you want used? Make sure you communicated this with your florist!


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11. What vessels will be used?

Do you want simple vases or brightly coloured glass? Copper cylindrical vases or squares? What does your florist recommend for your style of wedding and the arrangements?

12. What is the cancellation policy?

As with any vendor, make sure you read the invoice or contract or ask and find out just in case!


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13. When is the deposit due?

Do you need to pay a deposit upfront to secure your booking? Florists can’t take endless bookings for a day and will also need time to order flowers. What is the timeline for locking your vendor in?

14. When is the final payment due?

Do you have to pay the entire amount up front? Check when you need to pay the balance.


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15. Can they work with the cake designer to supply fresh flowers?

If you want your cake decorated with fresh flowers, you could work with your cake designer and florist to ensure you have fresh flowers ordered to decorate the cake. Is your florist able to set these aside for the cake designer to arrange? Or will they do it?


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16. Who will deliver and set up the flowers? Who will breakdown the arrangements?

Will the venue staff need to set up the flowers or will your florist come and arrange everything on the night and make sure everything looks perfect? Will they deliver the bouquets and bridal party flowers to you? Are there extra fees involved? If you need to pick up the flowers yourself, what kind of transport will be required?

17. What happens to the ceremony flowers?

Can the florist transport and reuse your ceremony flowers at the reception? If not, what happens to your ceremony flowers?


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18. What happens to the flowers at the end of of the night?

Some florists will return at the end of the night to wrap your flowers for guests to take home. Others work with nursing homes or other facilities to donate the blooms, or package them up for you. What does your florist recommend and what do you want?


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19. Do they provide vessels for the flowers? Do they provide any other items?

What will your flowers be arranged in? Are these hired or yours to keep?

20. Who will be responsible for the return of vessels and hire items?

When the last guest has left the dance floor, who is responsible for the return of vases and vessels? Will the florist pick them up or do you need to collect them and deliver them back?


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