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Donna & Sergio’s Formal Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Donna & Sergio

Give me an emerald green sequin dress and I’m a happy camper, but give me an emerald green sequin dress, glammed up formal engagement photos and a romantic love story? I’m totally yours! This engagement shoot of Donna and Sergio delivered on all fronts thanks to We Are Origami Photography.

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Donna tells the story of how they met. “The first time we met was on a plane, when he offered me his window seat as I was eagerly waiting for the flight to take off. It was a long flight so we spent the entire time discussing anything and everything. I felt there was a kindness in him, and I knew at that moment that I wanted to always know him.

At the end of our flight we exchanged phone numbers and went our separate ways. We stayed in contact after our holidays and it turned out that we worked five minutes away from one another in the CBD. We had lunch together almost everyday and our relationship grew as we found out we had more and more in common.

We have been inseparable ever since…we have grown together over the last 4 years and we feel so blessed to have met each other.”

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On what he loves about Donna, Sergio tells, “I love Donna’s passion for her hobbies and interests, and the way I can’t imagine a day without her in my life.”

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On what she loves about Sergio, Donna remarks, “I love the way Sergio supports and inspires me to be more than I am, and how he sparks my creativity and imagination – oh and how he always manages to make me smile.”

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The romantic proposal went a little something like this. “Sergio organised a surprise weekend getaway to the beautiful and scenic Blue Mountains, where we had our first date. After an amazing day and relaxed dinner, we entered into our hotel room where Sergio had organised a room lit up with fairy lights and candles. He nervously got down on one knee and proposed and he made me the happiest girl in the world!”

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Donna and Sergio tell, “We wanted to take this opportunity to have loads of fun dressing up and playing around a little more with our wardrobes, something different from our everyday casual happy snaps.

The words ‘glamorous’, ‘seductive’, ‘fun’ and ‘enchanted’, came to mind. We also wanted to incorporate as many little DIY details as possible into our engagement session to make it as personal as we could. Such as the two tiered cake that we had made and decorated, the wild, unstructured flower bouquet that we had put together that morning to reflect Donna’s mother’s favourite colour, and the enchanted mood we created with the candles and fairy lights to remind us of the magical feelings on the night of the proposal.

We couldn’t have been happier, we just love the look of being outside and taking in the gorgeous surroundings.”

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Alina & Jarod’s Fun North Fitzroy Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Alina & Jarod

If dancing is your thing, then Alina and Jarod’s fun North Fitzroy wedding will really show you how it’s done. From the Jewish Hora, a band made entirely of friends, tunnels, dance moves I don’t even know the name of, all showed up at this very fun, informal celebration captured by Zoe McMahon.

Jarod tells the story of how they eventually came to be. “I was instantly drawn to Alina when she walked into the health food store I was working in. She took my breath away.” He says that later that evening he was writing in his journal and reflected on his attraction to Alina. Alina remembers, “Amazingly, the very next afternoon, he saw me from a distance at the St. Kilda night markets. Jarod plucked up the courage to introduce himself and ask me out. I awkwardly shook his hand, he spilled hot chai down my leg, he walked away with my number…..I screened his first call…he persisted….we lived happily ever after :)”

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The bride wore a polka dot dress from Thurley, noting, “My dress was the very first one I tried on. It was from Thurley and cost a whopping $360! I put it on and it was perfect. I must say, I was very glad to avoid fittings and endless looking! The dress was fun and comfortable and flirty. I had it altered by Billie (Billie’s Workshop (03) 9827 1144 ) to make it fit just right.”

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The couple met before the ceremony for photographs.

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Of their photographer, Zoe and Jarod remark, “Zoe is exceptional. We had a rule for picking vendors for the wedding – they had to be people we really liked personally and wanted to hang out with. Zoe was precisely that. She was fun, warm and just amazing. The photos she took were candid, beautiful and captured the essence of the day. I would recommend her to everyone!”

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Alina and Jarod held their ceremony and reception at St Brigid’s Parish Hall. “Although it made the planning more challenging, we decided that we wanted to use a venue that gave us complete freedom. We do dance classes at the hall and it is very special to us. It was also big enough to accommodate our 175 guests, has beautiful ceilings and timber floor and a huge industrial kitchen. We love the old world feel and the warmth of the space.” They worked with Dann Event Hire, Technical Events and Katie Marx to turn the venue into their dream reception space.

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Of the processional, Alina remembers, “The incredible Lauren Glezer and Keren Leizerovitz, who are our very dear friends, played a twist on Beyonce’s ‘Halo’.”

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Samantha Loff performed the ceremony, the newlyweds remembering, “Our ceremony was incredibly special! Our wonderful friend spent months planning and curating all of the details. It was very personal, funny and sweet. There was no formality at all. We spoke to each other about our love and commitment and had that witnessed by our community – it was perfect.”

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The dancing then kicked off in full force with the Jewish hora.

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Ed Dixon Food Design catered the wedding, just one of the many vendors Alina and Jarod adored. “All our vendors were amazing! We ran with the policy that above all, we really wanted to pick great people that we got great vibes from and who are exceptional at their craft (in that order). Every moment with Ed, Zoe, Michael, MAAFIA and Katie was fun and easy. You probably spend more time on the actual wedding day with your Photographer/Videographer than you do with many friends. Hanging with Zoe and Michael was great!!

Some highlights include: Menu tasting in Ed Dixon’s Abbotsford offices, winter meetings with both Zoe and Michael at dark Melbourne bars over a glass of wine, having MAAFIA over to our place for a cuppa and chatting about all sorts of things!”

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“Our incredible friends played a huge part in making our wedding what it was. One of our friends married us. Nine of our friends formed a band and rehearsed for months to play an incredible set that was so beautiful and hilarious (one of them even rapped!).”

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Woohoo Revue made sure the dance floor was never empty, even for the first dance, the bride and groom remembering, “Our band “The WooHoo Revue’ played a live original waltz called ‘Morelands Ball’ which kicked off a set of Gypsy Balkan madness. Although the wedding was anything but traditional, we really enjoyed learning to waltz for the first dance.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Alina and Jarod! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Zoe McMahon for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Zoe McMahon / Cinematographer: Native Melbourne / Bride’s Dress: Thurley / Alterations: Billie's Workshop Billie's Workshop (03) 9827 1144 / Bride’s Shoes: Melissa / Bride’s Jewelry: Jarod's great-grandmother's gold bangle / Hairstylist: Trish Sousa / Makeup Artist: Trish Sousa / Flowers (Hall): Katie Marx / Flowers (Hair Clip): Flowers Vasette / Flowers (Bouquet): Romy Zwier / Invitations & Stationery: Art by Lisa Krivitsky / Invitations & Stationery: Printing by Print Together / Venue: St Brigid's Parish Hall / Ceremony Hire Items: Dann Event Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Friend (Samantha Loff) / Ceremony Musicians: Lauren Glezer / Reception Hire Items: Dann Event Hire / Lighting: Technical Events / Band: Woohoo Revue / Band: 3162s / DJ: DJ Mafia / Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design / Catering: Happy Camper Pizza Truck / Desserts: Aunty Pegs / Wedding Registry: Not Another Toaster

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


The Intercontinental Fiji

Hello Dotties! What a week we have had at Polka Dot Bride! Mr Polka and I just returned from the beautiful Intercontinental Fiji from a spot of honeymoon testing and wedding venue hunting. We spent a blissful four days in tropical sunshine, the photo above was our view from breakfast on the last day. I’m so looking forward to sharing more of this beautiful place with you!

Let’s catch up on the week that was!


The Perfect Fit – Made To Measure Suits

Dreaming of Honeymooning On The Italian Riviera

Finishing up Ginuary with Hayman’s Family Reserve Gin Negroni

Gorgeous details at Casey and Ben’s Rustic Providence Gully Barn Wedding

Drooling over these Truffle Wedding Favors

Real bride Kendall shares her Inspired Words

Chatting decadent wedding catering with Shelley Franklyn of Trufflepig Catering & Events

Adore the beautiful calligraphy feel of Parisi font

Richard‘s dapper Groom Style

Learn The History of Engagement Rings: From Romans to Diamonds in One Band of Gold

A review of Brisbane’s Newest Luxury Day Spa: One Wybelenna

Groom Tim shares his Inspired Memories

A fun Painted Pin Board Tutorial

Five Minutes With…Milly From Inglewood Inn

Our film of the week comes from the team at High Tea Films! Julia and Beau held a classic, beautiful wedding together choosing a church ceremony before they danced all night with family and friends.

Fabulous High Teas In Australia For Pre Wedding Parties

by | Bride, Pre Wedding Parties


There is not much I like more than an afternoon cup of tea and it’s one of my favourite ways to catch up for a girly celebration.

Today, I’m rounding up fabulous high tea venues in Australia for pre wedding parties. Restaurants with modern details, bars with retro decor, high tea with vodka, cupcakes and macarons. These are my favourite spots for a pre-wedding celebration.

Do tell me, where do you go for a spot of high tea?

Impala and Peacock Tea Atelier, Brunswick

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Tea house Impala and Peacock Tea Atelier love a wonderful cup of tea and are known for their in house blended tea blends – making them a top spot for high tea!

Of course, being a tea specialist, the tea on offer is the highest quality loose leaf blends and a selection of five fine teas are matched to your sweet treats. While tea cakes and scones are on the menu, they’re also known for their healthy, high tea vegetarian goodies that tick the taste boxes.

Food Society, Darlinghurst


If you like your high tea with a twist, then the Food Society, Darlinghurst vodka high tea might just be what you’re looking for. Kicking off with the soft stuff – single origin tea blends, Food Society offers three packages, one with tea based vodka cocktails, another with glasses of fine French champagne along with decadently delicious high tea fare like goat’s cheese tartlettes, sweet tea trifles and classic finger sandwiches.

Rochelle Adonis, Perth

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Perthies will love Rochelle Adonis, Perth for their high tea. Guests are seated at beautiful marble tables and seated with fine floral tea cups as they enjoy delicious French press coffee, beautiful teas and of course – the food.

Known for their cakes and pastries, you won’t be disappointed (or bored, each high tea is different!) with the delicious sandwiches, cakes and sweets all made in house to the highest quality.

Spring Food & Wine, Brisbane

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Spring Food & Wine, Brisbane are known for amazing food, so a high tea at this gorgeous restaurant is sure to be a delight. Clotted cream and scones, finger sandwiches (all the favourites like cucumber, house baked ham and mustard, egg & mayonnaise and smoked salmon and cream fraiche included) along with house baked sweet cakes and petit fours.

Add endless cups of tea and a glass or two of sparkling and your afternoon tea party? It’s all set!

The Tea Room, QVB, Sydney

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For a classic high tea, complete with classic Royal Albert fine chine, one can’t go past the The Tea Room, QVB, Sydney. The grand architecture sets the scene for a grand celebration with freshly made sandwiches (including favourites like chicken and walnut) and cakes (with delights like cupcakes and scones).

Don’t forget of course, all of this is accompanied by beautiful teas, bubbles and the option of French champagne.

Madame Brussels, Melbourne

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If a garden party on a rooftop is your style, then you’ll know Madame Brussels, Melbourne is the place to go. Jugs of pink cocktails, finger sandwiches (pickles & ham, poached chicken and curried egg and cucumber of course), and dessert of eclairs and cupcakes and scones to round it out.

Of course, the atmosphere here is the real winner – parasols, sunshine and astroturf with all the fun of a perfectly sweet garden party.

Just Tickled Pink, Adelaide

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As the name suggests, Just Tickled Pink, Adelaide is well, rather pink. But that’s the charm of this sweet little cafe decorated with all your girly pleasures in one sweet space. Start off the celebrations with a mocktail (pink of course!) before you enjoy china tea cups of freshly brewed tea with scones, cupcakes, sandwiches (finger and London style of course) and warm treats.

Room with Roses, Brisbane

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I asked my tea loving Brisbane friend for this recommendation, one who loves all things vintage and beautiful! Room with Roses, Brisbane offers up three different high tea packages. We start with the classic ribbon sandwiches and scones along with sweet treats.

But then things get interesting with chocolate high teas – I know! Add in delicious chocolate cakes and chocolate cakes with chocolate tarts. Or, go one better with the third option and add chocolate fondue (completely with strawberries and marshmallows for dipping). Tea flows freely with French champagne available.

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