Andy and Josh’s Relaxed Retro Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Andy & Josh

I love how today’s engagement photos are relaxed and beautiful with a retro twist! What a fun way to spend a day. Two Girls with a Camera ( Georgia and Morganna) captured the engagement of Andy & Josh and said, “Sometimes you’re faced with a couple so in love you just have to stand back and hope you can capture it in a photo. Josh and Andy were one of those couples. With their country wedding coming up in March we thought it would be fun to do an engagement shoot. When you are around these two they radiate fun and warmth with their infectious laughter. We decided to make the shoot a family affair with dogs Rambo and Bobbi making a cameo”

Josh and Andy tell their story. “Josh and Andy met through a mutual friend. He was away working in the country and Andy heard all about him before they even met, she knew he played beautiful guitar, painted lovely pictures and was smart like a boss. It was no surprise she fell for him once she saw those baby blues. They had dumplings on their first date.”

“Josh and Andy have two furry children, Bobby and Rambo, the pups, who they take everywhere with them. Jokingly nicknamed boofhead and pinhead the cheeky duo reign supreme over their household. It is lord of the flies and the chihuahua rules the roost.”

“Andy loves Josh’s quiet way, an old school gentleman of honest heart. She loves his blue eyes and that mop of curly hair. Josh loves Andy’s sense of humour, how she can go from being teary-eyed and sentimental to wise-cracking in the space of five minutes. She has moods like Melbourne’s weather and that’s ok with Josh.”

“Andy’s dad was cutting vegetables in the garden with a HUGE knife one Christmas when Josh thought it would be good timing to go and ask him for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Luckily her dad was delighted to say of course. Josh got down on bended knee and proposed with his grandmother’s ring. ”

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Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For Him

by | Bride, Gift Guide, Grooms, Wedding Gifts


The second Polka Dot Gift Guide is for the males in your life- your fiance, boyfriend, husband, brother, father,  grandfather,  best friend.. All the gifts I have found are available from Australian retailers and again there’s a range of budgets in mind (although admittedly a slight James Bond influence!).

What are the males in your life receiving for Christmas?

1. Lax Ew satchel from Oroton 2. Hendricks Gin from Dan Murphys 3. Soul – SL300WB – HD Noise Cancelling Headphones from Bing Lee 4. Remote control helicopter with camera from Australian Geographic 5.  Great Skin For Him Gift Set from Clinique  6. Hair of The Dog Flask from From The Owl 7. Special Edition James Bond Monopoly from Peters Of Kensington 8. Premium Black Luxury Mo bowtie from Le Noued Papillon 9  Wurkin Stiffs Iphone4s Wooden Cover from Bristol & Brooks 10. Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor from The Polar Shop 11. Tom Ford Noir

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Carla & Iain’s Classic Rustic Hunter Valley Weekend Wedding Photography by Ben Adams

It feels like a unicorn has had a little episode in the living room of the polka house this week with my undertaking of three sparkly Christmas DIY projects ready for Polka Dot Made over the next few weeks! Sequins, gold leaf and loads of glitter have graced the floor and I have taken to leaving a trail wherever I go. Have you been Christmas crafting?

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.


1.Real Wedding ~ Shaan & Carlo’s Northern Territory Dry Season Wedding Day 2.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Lucinda 3.Real Wedding ~ Carla & Iain’s Classic Rustic Hunter Valley Weekend Wedding 4.Polka Dot Hot Spot – The Friday Wedding

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.



1.Expert Interview ~ What Would They Know? Justine Rose 2.Jewellery Wisdom ~ How To Select A Beautiful Diamond – Part 3 Clarity 3.Christmas Favourites – Ms Stripey4.Christmas Favourites – Nerida McMurray Photography 5.Christmas Favourites – Infinity Photography

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup – Bachelor Party Ideas 2.Tuesday Type – Hickory 3.DIY Floral Head Wreath Tutorial 4.Russian Teacakes Recipe

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

1.Bali Pre Wedding Shoot

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1.Inspired Memories – Johnny 2.Groom Style – Johnny

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Wedding Gifts Direct have launched their December offer! Register your gifts during the month of December and be eligible to receive one of three gifts including a free Scanpan Accent 5 pce Cookware Set (valued at $549) a free Noritake Colourwave 16 pce set (valued at $325),  a free Robert Welch 24 pce Cutlery Set (valued at $250) or a free W-Gifts Picture Frame valued at $39). Check out the website to register and full terms and conditions.


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Erin + Tara Promo Photo Erin + Tara Wedding Photography Giveaway

Have you entered to win your wedding photography yet? There’s only a few days left in our Erin + Tara Wedding Photography Giveaway so make sure you hop on over and enter!

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For the next two December weekends, bridal designer Jennifer Regan is having an end of season sale! Weddings gowns are on sale with up to 50% off the full price!  Book your appointment by calling (02) 9565 2595

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Grand Pacific Group has launched their Winter wedding 2013 packages! With such a beautiful portfolio of Sydney’s most beautiful venues, including the The Tea Room QVB, Tea Room Gunners’ Barracks, Dunbar House and Sergeants’ Mess the newly released winter packages, ideal for couples marrying in the winter of 2013 are just the special ticket with prices starting at $130 when booked on a Friday or Sunday and include a host of special extras valued up to $1500!

Each of Grand Pacific Group’s Winter Wedding Packages includes canapé service, a meticulously planned three course dinner menu and a six hour standard beverage package.  Complimentary extras include the use of a dance floor, microphone and lectern and a Flashback Photobooth for guests to enjoy for five hours. Check the website for full details and terms & conditions!

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Perth photography studio White Tulip Photography is giving away free wedding coverage to one lucky couple! Including eight hours of coverage and your wedding images, the lovely Mandy is looking for a couple who is wanting to do something a little different! She’ll fly interstate and even internationally and the competition is open to couples getting married up until the end 2014. Check out the blog post for full details on how to enter!

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The winner of our The One Day House Wedding Hire Giveaway as chosen by owner Kristy is Annie! Congratulations Annie, I have sent you an email today!

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A truly beautiful film to end off the week from Soda Films– the wedding of Clinton and Callum. The words, the speeches say it all.

Colour Of Love Summer Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


This gorgeous welcome to Summer shoot, comes to us as a collaboration between Silk Truffle Photography – Jessica Ruisan  and Elaine of Butterfly Philosophy Design. I love the use of colour at weddings and this shoot combined beautiful displays of pastel hues without turning into a rainbow. Instead it’s beautifully Spring or Summer and in the garden setting provides such lovely inspiration for a warmer weather wedding.

Photographer Jess explains. “The concept was a joint collaboration organised by myself and Elaine from Butterfly Philosophy Design. Together we collaborated with a talented team on a bridal shoot that used loads of colours including pastels in peaches/pinks/creams with big pops of coral, fuchsia, yellow and oranges. The girls sat alongside the sweet treat area, which included a gorgeous cake, macarons, cupcakes and cake pops to snack on while chatting, having a laugh and a great time. Our shoot aesthetic was slightly vintage, free spirited and most of all fun as you can see as the girls playing with hula-hoops and their croquet sets. Who says you can’t play games on your wedding day? ”

Sweet Bloom Cakes  created the three tier ombre wedding cake.

The models wore gowns from Lilli Marcs.

Jessica remarks, “Joy is such an overwhelming, powerful and wonderful emotion and we really wanted to create a shoot that brought that feeling to life. If you could see, taste, and touch joy, what would it be like? Colourful florals were a must, as well as balloons, amazing sweet treats and other fun-filled elements! ”

Makeup by Megan   & Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing styled fresh makeup and hair looks for the models.

Butterfly Philosophy Design put together bunches of colourful yet modern blooms.

Photographer: Silk Truffle Photography / Flowers & Decor: Butterfly Philosophy / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Megan / Hairstylist: Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing / Wedding Cake: Sweet Bloom Cakes / Gowns: Lilli Marcs / Fashion Stylist: Leah Thompson / Accessories: Yummii & I / Accessories: Lilli Marcs / Model: Arielle Panter / Model: Shelby Gemmola