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Snapshot Sunday – Smell the Roses

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Bruce Loves Susie


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Ania and Russ’ Art Gallery Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Ania and Russ

Art galleries are such wonderful places don’t you think? So many stories to be told and so much beauty on the walls. Today’s couple Ania and Russ celebrated their engagement with a set of photographs together at Carriageworks and the photos  are a mix of the beautiful raw, distressed walls and stunning art (and of course, plenty of Ania and Russ’ love). They come to us today from photographer Marzena Wasilewska.

Ania notes “We had our engagement session about 6 months before the wedding, we thought we would be a great memento from our engagement period, it was important for us do to have it done it the place which we spent lots of time in and was special for us. The session took place in Newtown, Sydney where we lived most of the time, it?s a very creative and inspiring suburb with lots of street art, beautiful terraced houses, second hand bookshops and cosy cafes. The first set of the photos was taken in a modern art space called Carriageworks where Russell and I like to visit every Saturday. It was a beautiful afternoon in August, quite blistery, which we didn’t mind at all! Together with our photographer, Marzena we walked down the streets of Newtown and had lots of fun wandering to all of our favourite spots in the suburb.”

“Russell and I met 6 years ago in London. I was doing a job internship and Russ was getting some international experience as a graphic designer and saving up for his travels. We both ended up in North London in a short-term backpackers accommodation where we would be having breakfast on the stairs in morning or share a glass of Baileys in the evening. Russ is originally from Australia, I am Polish. After my internship had finished and I left London, Russ decided to visit me in Poland where we spent 3 great days together before he got on a plane and flew away to live in New Zealand. We didn’t see each other for 1.5 years during which time we kept in touch by email, phone, sending each other little presents. In 2007 I decided to come to Sydney, so did Russ and we met up at the airport on the same day. A few weeks later we decided to move in together for the time of my stay in Sydney. ”

“The holiday finished eventually and sadly it was time for me to go back to university in Poland. Not wanting to get separated Russ decided to take up the challenge and come to live there with me in Poland! It was a great experience for both of us and also a chance for Russ to get to know my family, culture and the language. After finishing my degree we went on a few weeks holiday in Eastern Europe. One day we went of a bike tour in Slovenia, it was a lovely autumn afternoon. We were cycling through wineries and eventually decided to stop on top of a hill for a picnic. In one moment Russ asked completely unexpectedly? How would you say in Polish: ?will you marry me?? A couple of months later we moved to Australia as an engaged couple. This is where we had our wedding 1.5 years later.”


Photographer: Marzena Wasilewska

Ombre Wedding Cakes

by | Bride, Cakes


Chocolate ombre cake by  Ballantyne Hotel photo by The Schultzes via Elizabeth Anne Designs

I’m not one for trends, but ever now and then something really catches my eye. I really, really love ombre and the beauty it can bring to a colour palette- instead of bright red and it’s bold contrast against white, the graduated shades can lend themselves to a softer ‘melted together’ look which completely changes how colours work together.

With ombre comes all kinds of beautiful ombre details – including stunning ombre cakes.

Pink ruffle ombre cake by Enticing Icing and Custom Cakes, photo by Henry Photography via The Knotty Bride. Brown ombre cake by Eat Cake!, photo by White Loft Studio via The Wedding Chicks

Peach ombre cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, Yellow ombre cake by Kelly Cakes,, photo by Marta Locklear via Style Me Pretty

Pink ruffle ombre cake by FondantFinger on CakeCentral, Teal ombre cake by Lolo’s Cakes & Sweets

Purple ruffle ombre cake by Maggie Austin Cake. Candy coated ombre cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

Pink swirl ombre cake from Glorious Treats. Purple ruffle ombre cake by Nicki’s Cakes, photo by Millie Holloman Photography via Style Me Pretty

Orange seashell ombre cake by Maggie Austin Cake, Blue ombre cake by Whipped Bakeshop

Cake ball ombre wedding cake by Brew Ha Ha, photo by Ashleigh Jayne Photography via Wedding Shoe Box, Apricot ombre wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Justin Hill of Dekuji Photography from A Winter Evening In Melbourne

Phew! I feel like I’m getting into my groove against this week. how about you? Are you still enjoying Summer (or winter, snow snow snow!) or are you wishing you were back on lazy long holidays?

Around the blogs this week –

Pascale of custom jewellery website StyleRocks shares her tips for the grooms on how to choose the best wedding ring for you

Are you a bridesmaid to be? Celebrant Robyn Pattison shares her wisdom on how to be a brilliant one on Polka Dot Wisdom

Amy Nelson-Blain shares infinite wisdom about engagement shoots (as well as sharing a beautiful one she filmed) also on Wisdom

Check out this free downloadable for your photobooth from Alicia on Polka Dot Made

Scott and Kasie surprised their closest loved ones by turning their son’s naming party into a surprise wedding! Kasie tells the story (and shares the photos!) on Polka Dot Weddings

Miss T (now Mrs B!) finally shares her professional wedding photos to conclude her journey on Polka Dot Weddings! What a beautiful couple Buzz and Miss T make!

Real bride Karen reviews the Jemma Kidd Backstage Makeup Kit On Polka Dot Weddings  (Here’s how you can win one!)

Sharon Naylor shares wisdom about choosing the right location for your honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week..

Wedding Gifts Direct are offering a special competition which might just take care of your wedding day jewels! Sign up with Wedding Gifts Direct for the chance to win a custom designed wedding pearl piece of jewellery, up to the value of $200. All you need to do is sign up before the end of February, email us their best Valentine’s Day story (, and the best story will win!

*Terms & Conditions for Polka Dot Bride Promotion:  A minimum of $499 excluding electronic or electrical products, Wishing Wells, Experiences or specially sourced products must be spent on your gift registry for you to be eligible to receive the free gift. Gift cannot be exchanged for any other item or for cash. The winner will be able to custom design their piece of Wedding Pearl jewellery, which cannot exceed a retail value of $200. Gift will be delivered together with the gifts bought off your wedding registry. This promotion is valid for all weddings registered with Wedding Gifts Direct through Polka Dot Bride between 20th January and 29th February 2012.

Savvy Brides bid adieu to 2011 with a grand opening party to celebrate their brand new store! Sending off beautiful pre loved gowns to brand new homes, Savvy Brides new salon in Double Bay allows you to try before buying!  Check out the website for more.

Sydney florist Petal & Pod have launched their brand new website. As sweet and as stylish as can be, the new website features extensive galleries with plenty of beautiful blooms to swoon over. Check it out here.

UK Photographer Jessica Roberts is giving away a free photography package to one lucky Australian couple. Jessica is heading to Australia next year and would love to shoot an Australian wedding or two!

The prize includes:

  • Pre-wedding shoot (if possible)
  • Full wedding day coverage
  • Fully edited high res disc of images
  • Optional Kiss Wedding Album  $600 (2/3 off the full retail value)
  • Private online gallery

For full details on how to edit, check out her blog post.

The Langham Hotel Melbourne has launched their brand new weddings website to assist couples in planning their wedding day at the venue. The website features information on all of the hotel’s wedding packages,  real weddings that have taken place at the hotel for inspiration and a regularly updated wedding blog.
The Langham are also holding a wedding showcase on Tuesday February 28th from 6.30pm. Register via the website

Our video of the week is this sweet mem proposal video that has been making the rounds. it’s so sweet, so funny and so emotional. Proposals always make me cry!

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