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Jodie and Todd’s Winter Beach Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Jodie & Todd

I love the seaside during the colder months. It takes on a moodiness that bright sunshine and warm days just can’t replicate. It also makes a stunning backdrop for an engagement shoot – which is exactly the scene Jodie and Todd chose for their Winter beach engagement photos when they teamed up with Jennifer Burch Photography.

On how they met, Jodie and Todd tell. “There is some debate as to how we met, but it was many years ago (over 13). Todd says it was at a party and Jodie says he appeared under a street lamp one night when she was out for a walk in an Andy Warhol moment – either way it was the beginning of something special.”

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On what she loves about Todd, Jodie notes, “I love how Todd plans elaborate celebrations for me, how we find peace in each other, how we take care of each other.”

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Jodie tells the proposal story. “Todd planned an incredible proposal. He asked me to be ready, with hair and makeup done and he showed up in a limo with a gown that he’d even had altered. He first took me to the skillion at Terrigal Haven and we ended up having gourmet pizzas at Magenta Shores where he proposed with a family ring.”

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The coastline backdrop was the most special spot for the bride and groom to be. “Terrigal Haven is a special spot for us – it’s where we first went when we first got together, it was incorporated into the night we were engaged and it remains a special backdrop – perfect for the shoot.”

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Ivie White Bridal Accessories “Wisteria” Collection

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


Aurelia - Ivie White

The new 2015 Ivie White Bridal Accessories “Wisteria” collection is inspired by seaside wintery afternoons. The salty air, sorbet skies, love and purity all drawn upon throughout the new collection designs.

Designer Stephanie has created a sixteen piece series of traditional style veils with creative flair. Veils range from floor length, to cathedral and drop – edged in French and Italian lace trims. Beaded hair pieces are hand sewn with tones of silver, rose golds, white and ivory pearls.  The Ivie White style of modern pieces with a vintage flair holds true – each piece custom made for its wearer. The dreamy draping, the beautifully embellished hair pieces all adding a little something extra to a wedding day look.

Having trained in bridal couture, Stephanie knows the art that comes with hand crafting exquisite pieces, the importance of beautiful materials and the essence that needs to go into a piece to make it truly shine. It’s what inspired her to create her own brand, creating custom pieces for brides while creating something she loves.

The Ivie White Wisteria Collection is available via the Ivie White online store.

Celeste - Ivie White

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Violet - Ivie White

Scarlett - Ivie White


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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Photo by Sarah Christensen from Amanda and Johnny’s Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding

Oh what a big week it has been! Big projects starting to spread their wings, ideas starting to hatch, meetings being had. It is exciting times at Polka Dot Bride HQ and I have a feeling that Spring is going to be a month of not just blooms and blossoms but very exciting launches!



A Spring groom to be? Loving these dapper suits from the M.J. Bale Spring Collection2015

One of those topics nobody talks about! The Best Bustle for Your Wedding Gown

A fun DIY tutorial with this No-Sew Heart Banner

A good hair and makeup artist is like a good secret weapon, so this week we chatted all things hair and beauty with Vivian Ashworth Hair and Makeup Artist

For the mums, who feel so much on our wedding days- A Bride’s Letter to Her Mum….

Love the gorgeous, relaxed setting of Amanda and Johnny’s Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding

Such a fun, festive feel to Stephanie and Mark’s Elegant Summer Engagement Party

Serving up a cocktail Friday with View By Sydney’s ‘On View’ Cocktail

Diving into Etsy with our favourite Ribbon Wands

A ceremony with a difference? From Clown to Celebrant in One Fun Wedding

What to do with your hair and makeup on your honeymoon? We have the Beach Honeymoon Hair and Beauty tips & tricks!

Wedding Cinematographer Way Up High shares her favourite wedding vendors!

Going completely quirky with this Carlino Tuesday Type!

Brisbane couples need to check this one out- The Elegance of Emporium Hotel

News Roundup 14th August 2015

Adelaide Brides! Karen Willis Holmes will be holding a trunk show in Adelaide from 22nd-29th August 2015. The Trunk show will be at the MayFair Hotel and to book, you need to email or call (02) 9519 3901.

There’s a saying that I love. “If you change nothing, nothing will change”. Launching this October, Polka Dot Bride is teaming up with 40 wedding bloggers from around the world to create something really exciting! Meet Aisle Society! Follow along with us on Instagram to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

Wedding photographer Lilli Waters of I’ve Got You Babe Weddings has launched a very special creative project titled “ANJA”. The exhibition focuses on photographing and celebrating women in all shapes and sizes in perhaps a more challenging light that we’re used to.  The book is available to purchase now with 50% of profits going towards the White Ribbon Foundation. The exhibition is running until the 29th of August at Red Gallery in Fitzroy North.


 We all love a surprise wedding and this week’s film of the week from The Smile Factory Film is a brilliantly crafted one! The anticipation, the mad dash and the wedding. Oh I love every minute!

Green & Copper Autumn Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I think one of the reasons I love Autumn so much is the brilliant colours and tones Mother Nature brings to life. Beautiful greens, golden coppers, rich russets and saffron yellows.

Today’s inspiration board, titled, “Green and Copper Autumn Celebration” brings what I love about Autumn weddings together. The backdrop – crushed Autumn leaves, plenty of Mother Nature’s best with golden pears, dark greenery, apples and leaves, the sparkling twinkling lights of long tables among the dark and saturated trees and a softness of sage green.

I love the idea of an Autumn wedding serving up plenty of hot chocolate, with baskets of fluffy blankets, and sparkling copper touches. A bouquet of rich Autumn tones is lightened with white and soft peachy pinks, and of course because Autumn in itself is all about the drama, so is the veil – a beautiful breathtaking piece that adds to the romance of the season.

Green and copper autumn wedding ideas

Pear seating card photo by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions, via Rachel and Lai’s Stylish Yandina Station Wedding Autumn wedding photo by Eric Ronald Photography via Sam and Dave’s Relaxed Autumn Wedding, Bridesmaid in sage green photo by Lauren Rae Photography via The Perfect Palette, Hairpiece by Jennifer Behr Photo by Belathee Photography via Style Me Pretty, Greenery on table via Suvi Sur La Vif, outdoor wedding photo by Lauren + Abby Photography via Style Me Pretty, bouquet by Modern Bouquet photo by Morgan Gosch Photography, stationery on copper tray photo by Carly Statsky Photography via Hey Wedding Lady

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