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Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For The Couple & Each Other

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We’re rounding out our Christmas Gift Guides with something for the newlyweds, the almost marrieds or the couple – something they can use together and both appreciate. It’s also for your beloved – thoughtful ideas that you can use to indulge each other, show your love or build your home.

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Typo Hanging Planter in Light Blue ($19.95), Rosso Antico ($22) Love Italy By Guy Grossi ($100), Industria Concrete House Set ($80 from The Wedding Nest), Glasshouse Fragrances Miniature Candle Set Destination Trio ($44.95),  Tom Dixon Form Bowl Set – Large ($175.50  from Wedding Gifts Direct), Tom Dixon Form Cake Slice Brass ($89.01 from Wedding Gifts Direct), San Churro Not Much To Fondue ($16), The Body Shop Honeymania Bath Melt ($32.95), Russell Hobbs Slick Stick ($49.95)

Plants and pots make great gifts for weddings & Christmas and this sweet little Typo Hanging Planter in Light Blue ($19.95) is an especially nice option for apartment dwellers who want a bit of greenery in their lives. It does include a fake plant so I recommend ditching that and finding something cool like an air plant to plant into it (unless of course your receiver has a habit of killing plants, then maybe fake is the way to go).

For the cocktail lovers, try a bottle of their favourite liqueur – Rosso Antico ($22) is a nice choice for Summer with its Italian dessert wine roots. The blend can be served neat with a slice of orange or can also replace Campari in a negroni (rumor has it it works well with clear spirit cocktails too).

Love Italy By Guy Grossi ($100) is one of my favourite cook books of the year. This book? It’s insanely huge which also makes it insanely full of Italian recipes, Guy Grossi’s Italian adventures and of course – cooking tips and tricks. The pages of this book hold no less than 150 recipes including crispy polenta chips, lamb cutlets, zucchini pizza and artichoke tortellini. Because of the memories cooking and shared meals evoke, cook books always top my favourite wedding present list!

Industria Concrete House Doorstops ( from The Wedding Nest) is a gift for someone with a modern sense of style. Doorstops are of course an unexpected present, but something about these made me love them. No two houses are alike and they work just as well as a doorstop as they do with a little vignette. I also love the symbolism of these for a couple building a new home or starting out together.

Glasshouse Fragrances Miniature Candle Set Destination Trio ($44.95) is the perfect gift for a couple looking to jet-set away for their honeymoon (or maybe equally as nice for the couple just dreaming!) Three Glasshouse Candle favourites (Cuba, Montego Bay and Amalfi Coast) come packaged in a limited edition box illustrated by the brilliant Kerrie Hess. I’m loving this package for special Christmas present that sets the mind dreaming for travel.

Tom Dixon Form Bowl Set – Large ($175.50  from Wedding Gifts Direct) makes for a beautiful gift for the lovers of minimal, beautiful sculptural pieces. These bowls are almost as thin as paper (each sculpted from a sheet of brass) and finished in a gold wash. The modern shape and style makes for a beautiful gift for lovers of modern styling.

I love the idea of giving a beautiful cake slice as a wedding present so this Tom Dixon Form Cake Slice Brass ($89.01 from Wedding Gifts Direct), fits the bill for something modern and useful. The couple could use it to cut their wedding cake and every cake beyond – a modern family heirloom in a stunning gold, clean lined form!

I love gifts you’d never buy yourself but are completely awesome. The San Churro Not Much To Fondue ($16), falls into this category. It comes complete with chocolate buds and all you need to do is pop it in the microwave and stir a few times and you have your own fondue set. Whether you buy this as a fun wedding present, or for your beloved you’re going to get a gold star either way!

The Body Shop Honeymania Bath Melt ($32.95) is a great wedding gift idea for a couple if you want something small but so very appreciated. Planning a wedding can be stressful so why not indulge them with something they wouldn’t normally purchase? Forcing time out and relaxation on a busy couple can never be a bad idea!

Immersion stick blenders are always one of those things that just come in handy for everything and this Russell Hobbs Slick Stick ($49.95) is lightweight, a sleek colour (also available in green and purple!) and easy to use for cocktails, fruits and vegetables, milkshakes (or protein shakes!) and really anything that needs to get smooth fast.

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Blacklist Studio In Love We Trust Banner ($149.95 Available from From The Owl), Tom Dixon Hex Bowl Medium ($175.50 from Wedding Gifts Direct, Luc Belaire Rosé ($54.99), W&P Cocktail Kit ($350 Includes canvas bag with leather detail, mason jar shaker, measure, wooden muddler, four glasses, four napkins, Available from The Woodsfolk), Laura Mercier Honey Bath in Cream Brulee ($50), Bruny Island Cheese Cheese Club (From $80 per month), Menu Slate Plate ($34.95 Available from From The OwlGlasshouse Fragrances White Christmas Candle ($42.95), The Aromatherapy Company Therapy Christmas – Diffusion Gift Set ($34.95 Available at David Jones), Vittoria Coffee Espressotoria System (with limited edition Ellery Coffee Tin $99)

This super cool Blacklist Studio In Love We Trust Banner ($149.95 Available from From The Owl), makes a great wedding gift. The fun banner shape with the new take on a classic saying is just the ticket for a couple head over heels in love and a  nod to their pending marriage without being too sickly sweet.

Metallic accessories have been so much fun to see this year and I’ve been particularly eyeing off this  Tom Dixon Hex Bowl Medium ($175.50 from Wedding Gifts Direct). It makes a beautiful wedding gift but I also wouldn’t be unhappy if Mr Polka left this under our tree. There is something about a beautiful bowl that makes it a perfect present.

Nothing says celebration like bubbles and the new to Australia Luc Belaire Rosé ($54.99)  is produced in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the breathtaking region in the south of France and is crafted to perfection. A bottle of bubbles under the tree of the newlyweds is sure to be golden (or in this case, rosy!)

This W&P Cocktail Kit ($350 includes canvas bag with leather detail, mason jar shaker, measure, wooden muddler, four glasses, four napkins, available from The Woodsfolk), is on my Christmas list but I love the idea of it as a wedding gift. The smart canvas bag with leather detail contains everything you need to create amazing cocktails (just add alcohol!) Any couple is going to be the favourites if they show up a picnic with this bag in tow and it’s a fantastic twist on the more traditional picnic basket idea.

Laura Mercier Honey Bath in Cream Brulee ($50) is pure luxury. This glass jar complete with honey dippper makes a luxurious gift for the couple that desperately needs time out, or you want to indulge. It smells good enough to eat (though I don’t recommend that!) but paired with a few luxury candles and fluffy bathrobes would not only work under the Christmas tree but also as an indulgent wedding present.

I mentioned Bruny Island Cheese Cheese Club (From $80 per month) last year, but as someone who has been enjoying this gift all year long, I figure I had to include it again! Any cheese lover will fall over head over heels for this monthly delivery (the added extras a very special too, local Tasmanian produce and the most delicious). Each month contains four to five cheeses with an accompaniment. I think Saint is my favourite, though I love Smoked Truckle and Nanna’s Undies too (the stories behind the names are just as fun as getting the cheese itself!) Purchasing a few months of this for a wedding present? Definitely a good idea.

Slate plates are a stunning piece to add to your table and these Menu Slate Plate ($34.95 Available from From The Owl) make for a stylish and chic wedding gift.  Place under each place setting for something bold, or use them as serving platters for your dinner parties (and with their chic, clean shape, a set of these makes a great wedding gift).

This year Glasshouse Fragrances teamed up with the incredible Kerrie Hess for their Christmas collection and the White Christmas Candle ($42.95),which is my favourite Christmas candle is such a treat. Luxury candles like this are not often something people can justify for themselves, so purchasing as  a gift – whether it be as a wedding or Christmas present is pretty special and when it’s packaged as beautifully as this one, it makes it all the more special.

The Aromatherapy Company Therapy Christmas – Diffusion Gift Set ($34.95 available at David Jones) is a little piece of luxury for a couple who loves their home smelling divine. It contains three scents (Lavender & Wild Chamomile, Cocca Vanilla & Cassia and Wild Mint & Bergamot) made with essential oils and softly dispersed around the room with the reed diffusers.

If your couple loves coffee but doesn’t want to go for a complicated system then the Vittoria Coffee Espressotoria System (with limited edition Ellery Coffee Tin $99) might be just right for them. Not only does this machine come with a chic coffee tin with an Ellery designed print for a limited time, but it also has a 2 year warranty, 19 bar pump pressure, programmable pour function and an energy saver mode. They’ve designed it so it works with a number of different coffee capsules and its definitely going to make the ‘not so good at mornings’ receiver smile!

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Roundie Towel – The Paradis ($99 Available from From The Owl), Rose St Trading Co Initial Box in White ($119.95), Paddington Tea Tulsi Rose Tea ($11.60) Bonnie & Neil Wall Vase in Green ($80 Available from The Woodsfolk) Marshall Stanmore active stereo speaker (From $649), HK Living Cross Hooks (Small $15 & Large $35 in teal and grey from The Wedding Nest), Factory Ceramics Ribbed & Woven bowls ($32 each Emerald & Ella) Daily Blooms Monthly Flower Subscription (From $28 a month),  Samantha Wills Carved Photo Frame ($49.95), Tea Forte Tea Over Ice Brewing Pitcher ($59.50)

Roundie Towel – The Paradis ($99 available from From The Owl) is a brilliant wedding gift for a beach loving couple (you can even purchase a leather harness to make transport easy!). The best part about Roundie towels? Well not only the obvious shape of them (yes, they’re round!) but it’s also enormous at 1500mm in diameter making it perfect for the beach or a picnic and for two of you! Awesome beach towels are not something one tends to buy oneself so I’m putting this down in the awesome gifts to buy your favourites in love category.

Rose St Trading Co Initial Box in White ($119.95) makes for a wonderful way for the newlyweds to keep their trinkets together It’s meant to be a jewellery box (so if you’re looking for the bride, this works for her too!) but I love the idea of gifting this with the couple’s married initial as a place to store their wedding treasures. Place cards,  a favourite wedding photo, a dried flower petal, sprinkles of confetti, it could become a wedding time capsule of sorts (and as someone very sentimental that is very much appealing to me!)

Paddington Tea Tulsi Rose Tea ($11.60) makes a great gift for under the tree. Setting a couple up with an array of beautiful teas (especially for you to drink when you visit!) makes for a beautiful gift. It’s pampering and delicious and a special way of supporting the newlyweds as they begin married life.

Now if you’re buying for the flower or garden lovers, then a set of these fun Bonnie & Neil Wall Vase in Green ($80 Available from The Woodsfolk) might be just the thing you’re looking for. With the signature Bonnie & Neil prints on fine Tasmanian Oak complete with an amber bottle to display your blooms. Perfect for something who has everything but needs something just this cool.

I can’t get over how much I love the vintage look to this Marshall Stanmore active stereo speaker (From $649), Available in black, brown and cream the speaker might look retro but is so very modern. It has Bluetooth technology, plugs into your record player and even connects to your phone so you can get the best sound (it’ll even work with your Apple TV!) . One for the music adoring couple.

These HK Living Cross Hooks (Small $15 & Large $35 in teal and grey from The Wedding Nest) are a fun stocking stuffer for someone who always has too much stuff! I love the fun touch these add to a home while providing new storage options (also great for the people always losing their keys or bag!)

I love nothing more than a Friday night filled with cheese, chips and dip. So these Factory Ceramics Ribbed & Woven bowls ($32 each Emerald & Ella) definitely make it into my wedding and Christmas gift lists! The gorgeously coloured bowls are made in New Zealand and the textures make them extra special and just the ticket to be filled with your favourite foods for a night in with friends (and if you’re a sweet lover can you imagine the pink bowl filled with white marshmallows? The mint with pink musk sticks? Oh this might work for the colour coordinating obsessed couple too!)

This might be one of my favourite gift ideas this year – a monthly flower subscription! Daily Blooms Monthly Flower Subscription (from $28 a month), delivers a bunch of in season blooms to the receiver once  a week, fortnight or month. Imagine the newlyweds opening their door every month to receive a beautiful bunch of blooms? I think this is definitively a gift that keeps on giving long after the fun of the wedding day itself. (For Sydney try Little Flowers & Brisbane Urban Bloom)

I love a beautiful photo frame (I never have enough!) so I included this Samantha Wills Carved Photo Frame ($49.95) which makes for a great wedding or Christmas gift! I love the carved look of this one and you could go the extra mile and slip in a photo printing voucher so the receiver has no excuse to not pop a beautiful photo inside.

For the iced tea lovers – let me introduce you to the Tea Forte Tea Over Ice Brewing Pitcher ($59.50). Brew the tea in the top glass, add stacks of ice to the bottom, then once brewed to your desired strength pour the tea over the ice. It eliminates watery, warm tea and creates a delicious Summer drink in a fast and easy way. Long Summer days are made all the sweeter with iced teas and this gift? It would be so very welcome under my tree.

Photos by Talia Cain for Polka Dot Bride

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Jessie and Daniel’s Formal Vineyard Wedding

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Now I’m a fan of a relaxed wedding as much as the next person, but give me a formal occasion, a chance to dress up and see Mr Polka in a bow tie? I’ll be early, I’ll probably be knocking your door down for an invite because there is something oh so fun about getting dressed to the nines just to celebrate a love story. Jessie and Daniel’s formal winery wedding did just that. The groom, in his bow tie, the bride with her exquisite veil and the guests who are equally as glammed up. Rachel Webb Photography was there to capture this formal occasion!

Jessie tells the tale of how they came to be. “We both went to school together but never knew one another. I was transferred as a manager to one of the retail stores Daniel was working at and we fell in love there!”

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Jessie chose a strapless lace gown from Raffaele Ciuca. She did her own makeup – including ruby red lips.

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Jessie and Daniel chose Goona Warra Vineyard for their wedding, the bride noting, “The venue had a very rustic feel and was very simple and warm. The Great Hall was a nice size, cosy but not tiny.”

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Jessie remarks, “The ceremony was an exact representation of our love for both each other and God. It was perfect!”

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Of their photographer, Jessie notes, “Rachel was awesome! Very kind and patient. She was willing to do whatever we wanted.”

 

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Sunbury Florist (03) 9744 2888 created floral arrangements for the day, white roses complementing the bridesmaid’s sapphire blue gowns from Raffaele Ciuca.

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Jessie chose a Hello Kitty cake as the wedding cake and it turned out to be one of her favourite parts of the day.

 

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Jessie remembers, “The speeches made everyone tear up. My sister Tamsin performed with our dad. It was really nice.”

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Of their first dance, Jessie remembers “It was awkward! No one hooked my bustle, so every few seconds Daniel was kicking the train of my dress around. It was cute though. We danced to Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran.” formal vineyard wedding0080 Jessie and Daniels Formal Vineyard Wedding

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Congratulations on your marriage Jessie and Daniel! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Rachel Webb Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Rachel Webb Photography / Cinematographer: Tamsin Otway / Bride’s Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Flowers & Decor: Sunbury Florist (03) 9744 2888 / Venue: Goona Warra Vineyard / Wedding Rings: Rings of Melbourne

Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For The Groom & Groomsmen

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Today in our gift guides, we’re talking gifts for the groom and & groomsmen! I don’t know about you, but I find the males in my life the hardest to buy for. They buy everything they need – I can’t buy them tools because I always get it wrong, they’re really picky about the clothes they wear (and the skincare they use!) so I am really excited about this gift guide!

I’ve hunted down a big range of products I love (that have Mr Polka’s seal of approval!) that will work as Christmas presents or thank you gifts for the men in your life. From the very serious presents, to fresh, fun takes on old classics. I hope this gives you a little inspiration for the hard to buy for’s in your life!

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Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Bestsellers Gift Set ($71 Includes Body wash & Soap), Acqua di Parma ‘Colonia Leather’ Eau de Cologne ($240) , Lush Cosmetics “Melting Snowman” Bath Melt ($5.50),  TOMS Navigator Shiny Gold & Panama Tortoises Sunglasses (US$139), Sunglasses TOMS Navigator Shiny Silver and Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses (US$139), Four Pillars Gin Rare Dry Gin ($70), Izola Flask ($36 Available from The Woodsfolk)

Kicking off our gift guide for the groom and groomsmen, or the males in your life with this Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Bestsellers Gift Set ($71 includes Body wash & Soap), this luxurious set will have him feeling fresh and pampered.

How’s this for a signature wedding day scent? Acqua di Parma ‘Colonia Leather’ Eau de Cologne comes in a luxe brown leather box with silk lining, ticking all the boxes for chic scents. The brown bottle with metallic emblem is filled with an ever so masculine scent – think citrus, leather, Moroccan cedar wood and Paraguayan guaiac oil. If you’re looking a luxurious gift for the groom who has it all this brand new fragrance might be your ticket to present points.

Lush Cosmetics “Melting Snowman” Bath Melt ($5.50) is the perfect little stocking stuffer that is not only cheap and a fun little idea for someone who needs a bit of pampering, but hello it looks like a little melting snowman and if the person you gift this to doesn’t think it’s utterly hilarious and crack a grin – I think you can put that down as your test as to whether they are on your Christmas card list ever again.

If you’re looking for a gift that is both tangible and charitable then look no further than the sunglasses collection from TOMS. Much like their shoes, for each pair of sunglasses sold, TOMS helps to restore sight through sight-saving surgery, medical treatment and/or prescription glasses. I’m particularly loving the TOMS Navigator Shiny Gold & Panama Tortoise Sunglasses (AUS$190), Sunglasses and TOMS Navigator Shiny Silver and Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses (AUS$190).

Last year I told you how much I loved the Kickstarter campaign for coffee liqueur Mr Black. Well meet my favourite Kickstarter of 2014 –  Four Pillars Gin Rare Dry Gin ($70). Made in the Yarra Valley, this gin is packed full of flavour (the makers tell of notes of cinnamon, star anise, Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and lemon myrtle). This sophisticated looking bottle (how much am I loving the copper foil print?) would make a great gift for the groomsmen!

I love the idea of fresh new takes on something classic and this Izola Flask ($36 Available from The Woodsfolk) is exactly that. Far from the plain silver flasks of old, this fab little number comes engraved with a number of fun quotes and motifs (my favourite, featured in this shoot reads “A Hangover Is The Wrath of Grapes- Dorothy Parker”).

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Marshall Major Headphones in Black ($179.95), Gameface moisturiser ($48.50 Available from The Woodsfolk) The Body Shop Modern Gents Bathroom Kit ($39.95 Includes shave cream, face wash and face shea shower cream), Huxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Bow Tie ($68), Annabel Trends Man Food Box Of Socks ($26.95), Izola Collapsible Cup ($25 Available from The Woodsfolk) Izola Paddle Your Own Canoe Paddle Ball Set ($54.95 Available from From The Owl) Citizens Of The World Candle in “Dweller”($59.09),  Daneson Flavoured Toothpicks in Single Malt & Salted Birch ($8 & $12 from Navy CrockettHuxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Pocket Square ($32)

 Amazing headphones always make a great gift and you can’t go wrong with Marshall. These Marshall Major Headphones in Black ($179.95), with the signature Marshall texture and slightly retro styling and super soft ear cushions, the headphones are fully collapsible as well as having a microphone and remote allowing you to take calls without interrupting your listening session.

When it comes to male skincare, I am a big fan of Triumph & Disaster. So their Gameface moisturiser ($48.50 Available from The Woodsfolk) is definitely a good gift idea in my book. Essential oils with Jojoba extract, Horopito oil, Ponga fern (Cumungii) and Vitamin E create a light yet easily absorbed treatment for male skin.

The typography and design on this kit won me over, but so did the basic and useful products. Enter the The Body Shop Modern Gents Bathroom Kit ($39.95). Including shave cream, face wash and face shea shower cream, it’s not one of those kits filled with skincare your gent will never use (face masks for instance are not something Mr Polka has ever touched!). The compact design and wash bag makes it a great gift idea for the gents in your life too.

If your wedding is bow tie worthy, or the males on your list love a bit of dressing up, then might I recommend this Huxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Bow Tie ($68)? I love the navy and white print and as the brand is founded by Sydney based Melbournians Emily & Paul – you know you’re supporting an awesome business who make quality products.

Now socks and jocks are always a given at Christmas for most guys – so if you’re going that route, why not go with a bit of a twist and buy the Annabel Trends Man Food Box Of Socks ($26.95), From socks printed with pretzels, chillies, beer and my personal favourite – bacon. These might make getting up for work a little easier (or could be a fun alternative for standard wedding day black numbers!).

For the groom or groomsmen who is always on the go, consider this Izola Collapsible Cup ($25 Available from The Woodsfolk). Fitting easily into your pocket, this collapsible cup is the perfect little present for camping or for an impromptu drink with friends (Scouts Motto: be Prepared).

Games like this always top my Christmas list because they make working off that food coma so much easier! The Izola Paddle Your Own Canoe Paddle Ball Set ($54.95 Available from From The Owl) is not only a fun gift but stylish too (oh Izola, how do you always get it so right?) . The set comes with two paddles and a ball all neatly packed into a net bag- great gift for your groom or the groomsmen!

My favourite candle makers Citizens Of The World Candle in “Dweller”($59.09) is top of my Christmas list this year. The Citizens have recently designed brand new packaging and just when you thought a candle couldn’t be masculine, they go and whip out black glass and their original “Dweller” scent which is moody, dark and one of my favourites – Frankincense, smoky Vetiver, clean Sandalwood, Cedar and Lavender.

Want something quirky and small? These Daneson Flavoured Toothpicks in Single Malt & Salted Birch ($8 & $12 from Navy Crockett). the finest quality Northern White Birch toothpicks come in a sleek brown glass tube and are infused with natural oils for a hint of flavour. Good for the guy who has it all.

Now if the guy on your list loves a bow tie, then he might fall for the Huxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Pocket Square ($32). I love this gift idea for your groom or groomsmen as it’s something they can keep forever but also wear for the wedding. Plus each Huxby piece is hand sewn in Sydney and printed in Melbourne, Australian made through and through!

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Mossman Australia Boxer Short in Reuben & Ryder ($29.95 & $32.95), Beer Days Beer Box (From $54.95 A Month), evo hair men’s essentials kit ($29.95), Once Was Lost Signature Bag ($129.95), Uniden camouflaged UHF radios ($59.95), Hugo Boss BOTTLED, Collector’s Edition ($97), San Churro Chocolate Mo ($5)

Now continuing with the traditional socks and jocks, I wanted to throw these fun trunks from Mossman Australia into the mix.  The boxer shorts –  Reuben ($29.95) is a navy cotton jersey number with white polka dots & Ryder ($32.95) is a relaxed fit cotton boxer with wave print. I love the prints from this brand and if you’re going to do socks and jocks, you might as well do it with fun and get a brand that is Australian through and through!

For the groom or groomsmen who love their beer – meet the Beer Days Beer Box (From $54.95 a month). Each month the Beer Days crew pick four craft beers (and you can select to receive 8, 12 or 16 bottles) to be delivered to your door. Not only is the taste sensation of new beers delivered monthly, but the boxes come complete with tasting notes and snacks (because you need popcorn and salty treats while tasting that brew!)

If your guy is always on the move then this evo men’s essentials kit ($29.95), containing a mini size of the evo shampoo and condition, body wash, shave cream and face balm is a must – the set is the perfect size for travel with sacrificing quality or style. Plus who can resist a body wash called Soap Dodger? Not I she says, not I.

I was smitten with this Once Was Lost Signature Bag ($129.95), from the moment I saw it and photos don’t do it justice. One can never have enough bags and this bag somehow matches practicality with chic styling. Though if you’re female you might be stealing this for yourself (I would!). Its heavy duty canvas with leather straps and is deceptively huge. If the guy on your list is forever lugging stuff around, then this may be the perfect gift for him.

I think we need to get rid of the idea that walkie talkies are only for kids, mainly because I think these Uniden camouflaged UHF radios ($59.95) are just as fun for adults as they are for the littlies (if not more so). Wedding day emergency mission? Solved! Never underestimate the love of a good walkie talkie (these have a sight range of 3km and 80 channels).

Hugo Boss BOTTLED, Collector’s Edition ($97) makes a great chic scent for a cologne lover who needs the latest and greatest – because this collectors (and limited) edition is seriously stylish in it’s frosted black bottle with de-bossed logo. The top notes feature apple and citrus leading to a base of Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Olivewood with spice in between.

You know San Churro for their sneaky midnight chocolate treats, but did you know they also create chocolate packs to take home as well? This Chocolate Mo ($5) makes a fun stocking stuffer plus is the best way to way ‘to go a mo’ naturally.

 

Photos by Talia Cain for Polka Dot Bride

Vintage Modern Wedding Inspiration

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Now let it be said, I am a complete sucker for a champagne fountain and to me? They are the quintessential party trick for a celebration. I love today’s inspiration shoot because it has a kind of New Years Eve fun glamour feel to it! Inspired by everything vintage, the team wanted to head back to a more traditional vintage inspired look – this time with a more glamorous edge. Modern fun touches of glitter, gold and graphic black and white created a modern sense of style.

Adore Photography  joined with makeup artist I Do Makeup Artistry, florist Twig & Blossom planner & stylist Made To Match Events and hairstylist Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing at Flaxton Gardens.

Danella of I Do Makeup Artistry  sets the scene. “We wanted to step away from the common vintage look and go back to more traditional styling with the champagne tower, candle holders and the veil. We wanted to bring in some modern aspects with ombre flowers and polka dots. Gold, black, cream and soft pinks.”

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Black table linens set the base for glamorous table settings of gold charger plates, polka dot napkins and bold black and white graphic stationery.

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A gold bar cart was topped with a champagne tower, pink fringing and plenty of black, gold and white confetti.

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An ombre bouquet by Twig & Blossom was a feature of the shoot. “The bouquet has a modern twist on the traditional unstructured cascading bouquet to a more structured tear drop shape.”

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I Do Makeup Artistry created the makeup look with Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing styling the bride’s hair. Danella noting, “We chose glamourous makeup with metallic gold on the eyes and false lashes. The hair is structured and elegant.”

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The bride wore Elizabeth De Varga while the groom was dressed by Johns Formal Wear.

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Sweetheart Cake Designs created a vintage inspired pink and gold wedding cake with black detail.

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Photographer: Adore Photography / Makeup Artist: I Do Makeup Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Twig & Blossom / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Made To Match Events / Hairstylist: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing / Venue: Flaxton Gardens / Cake Baker: Sweetheart Cake Designs / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth De Varga / Groom’s Attire: Johns Formal Wear
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