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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.

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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.

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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.

Michelle & Daniel’s Coogee Summer Wedding

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


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With Summer days long and the weather warm and bright, Michelle and Daniel’s Coogee Summer wedding seemed like just the way to give a nod to one of the most loved seasons. Michelle and Daniel chose photographer Carla Atley to photograph their day.

Michelle tells the tale of how they met. “We were both out in the city one Friday night. I spotted Daniel with a group of guys, and decided to walk over (dutch courage in hand) and strike up a conversation. Our lives have never been the same since that night!”

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Michelle wore a BHLDN gown, explaining, “My dress was purchased via a second hand website as a last minute change of plans due to being 14 weeks pregnant at our wedding. I can say it was the best experience. The lady who I purchased the dress off was an absolute pleasure and lifesaver. It was the perfect style to cover a little bump.”

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Michelle and Daniel chose Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club for their wedding, the bride explaining, “We first spotted the surf club, as we always go to Coogee Beach in Summer. It was the first place we looked and we were sold on our first visit. It was the perfect back drop for our relaxed, beach styled wedding.

Having growing up in Geraldton a street back from the beach, I had always wanted to be around water on my wedding day & Daniel loved the idea as well. The venue had a huge balcony facing the ocean, with the function room right behind. We also liked the idea of one venue for the whole day!”

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Michelle tells, “My bridesmaid, mum & I did the flowers. I wanted Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila). Growing up dancing, my mum used to put baby’s breath in my hair for dancing medals, so it was fitting to have them on my Wedding day. We bought the flowers wholesale, and made them up the day before. I also wanted something simple for our bouquets and in the end chose the Calla Lily with a simple hessian tie. Just perfect.”

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Michelle chose Marry me by Train for her walk down the aisle, noting, “As soon as I heard the song I knew that was going to be the one. The acoustic version as well. I just had to hold back the tears as I walked down.”

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Luke Firth officiated the ceremony, Michelle remembering, “Our ceremony was just amazing. Luke Firth was our celebrant, and we cannot recommend him enough. It was tailor made just for us. Very personal. It included an insight into how we met, how Daniel proposed, and our life together so far.

Our vows were from the soul, with a touch of humour added in. At the end of the ceremony we released white doves, as symbol of our new life together. Everyone at the wedding, commented on how awesome Luke and our ceremony was. It truly was the most memorable ceremony.”

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“We also chose some outdoor lawn games, from the Turtle & the Pelican. This was a great idea. The guests entertained themselves whilst we popped down to the beach to have our photos.”

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Of their photographer, Michelle remembers, “Our Photographer was Carla Atley. From the first moment we met with Carla we knew she would create something amazing for us, and that she did. Our engagement shoot was an absolute hoot. So much fun.

We pretty much just laughed our way around the streets of Fremantle! Best experience. Then the wedding day, again, so memorable. In most of the pictures we are all just laughing and having the best time. So candid, and truly captured us in the way we wanted our memories to last. She was a pleasure to deal with, and again would highly recommend her services to anyone!”

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Guests enjoyed a cocktail style feast of antipasto platters, paella and beef and pork rolls thanks to Moriah Catering,  Paitumaca Paella and Randalls Roasts (Beef & Pork Rolls.

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Benj Bernal performed the music for the day, Michelle telling, “To really make it relaxed chilled out day, I wanted an acoustic singer. We chose Benji Bernal, and weren’t disappointed. He’s so talented and the perfect fit. Everyone loved him.”

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For their first dance, Michelle and Daniel chose Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, remembering  “We had a song right from the early days of our relationship. We just both loved the lyrics. So it was fitting to use this as our first dance. We did a version of a square rumba, which I started teaching hubby a few weeks before the big day (it helped that I had dancing experience).”

Cinematographers Opixel Media captured the wedding on film, with every detail and moment creating a gorgeous wedding film.

Congratulations Michelle and Daniel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Carla Atley for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Carla Atley / Cinematographer: Opixel Media / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: YD / Groomsmen Attire: YD / Bridesmaid Dresses: Unspoken Label / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Bride's Mother / Makeup Artist: Pretty Parlour / Flowers: Handmade / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Invites WA / Venue: Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club / Ceremony Hire Items: The Wedding Place / Ceremony Officiant: Luke Firth / Ceremony Musicians: Benj Bernal / Reception Hire Items: The Event Mill / Reception Hire Items: The Wedding Place / Reception Hire Items: Turtle & the Pelican / Reception Music: Benj Bernal - Acoustic Wedding / Favors: Donation to the Cancer Council / Catering: Moriah Catering (Antipasto Platters) / Catering: Paitumaca Paella / Catering: Randalls Roasts (Beef & Pork Rolls) / Cupcakes: Friend - Kelly Dudman / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill / Transport: Westside Bus

Mary Young x Truvelle Lingerie Collection

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


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We all love Canadian bridal designers Truvelle,, so I was intrigued when I heard of their collaboration with designer Mary Young.

As beautiful, yet unconventional as Truvelle’s designs themselves, the six piece collection of lingerie is designed to be completely on brand for these bridal designers.

Comfort comes in the way of the softest bamboo jersey cottons, adjustable straps and various styles of briefs. The detailing though, is feminine, whimsical and a little unexpected. Interesting laces, cut out detailing and beautiful lace edging all make this collection of intimates beautiful pieces for your wedding day.

The Truvelle x Mary Young collaboration is available to purchase from their website or Etsy store and ships to Australia.

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