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Hilde Heim Bridal Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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A fresh new selection of wedding gowns from Brisbane bridal designer Hilde Heim popped into my inbox last week (which was good timing as I was looking for something a little traditional and stylish for our readers who are so inclined!). I like Hilde’s diversity in design. ‘Heart’ (above) has the addition of sleeves which are becoming popular again, but still a lightness to it. While ‘Hibiscus’ (below) is downright sleek and sexy.

The designs are nothing if not fashion forward, but going with Hilde’s philosophy that gowns should be as individual as the wearer- you’ll be able to find a style that suits your own personal style.

Photos from Hilde Heim

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Vendor of the Week – Iridescent Weddings

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Good morning Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? Some of us have the luxury of not working today (in which case, put your feet up and delve through our archives!) While others, are hard at work! We have plenty of wedding inspiration in store for you this week so sit tight!

Let’s kick it off with a peek at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

I love to give a big round of applause (randomly, in my office) to the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! They are incredibly lovely talented people and their support helps support us in writing six different sites for you every single week. Are you looking for  gift registries, flowers, stationery & paper goods, venues or even cakes ? Check out the directory to see who might be the wedding vendor that fits your vision!


Long time Polka Dot Bride readers know I am big fan of wedding coordinators! The idea of not rushing around on the day of your wedding to set up, perfectly suits a stress bead like me! So this week’s vendor of the week, Sydney wedding planners Iridescent Weddings is a delight to introduce to you! Iridescent Weddings offer a number of different, packages to suit your wedding needs. From day of coordination through to doing absolutely everything. They can manage your budget, your suppliers, your venues, your RSVPS, book accommodation for your guests, and most importantly, give you advice!

We asked Kelly from Iridescent Weddings five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Espresso Martini – although this is my favourite after 10 drink…

Your favourite weekend getaway?

As we live in Sydney, I love going up to the Hunter Valley for our weekend getaways. Tom’s family has a property up there on the Hunter River, only 25 mins from the famous Hunter Valley Vineyards. My favourite time of year to visit is January. When its 45 degrees on the balcony, in the shade, there is little better to do, than sit back with family, drink chilled Sav Blanc and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Favourite restaurant?

A little taverna tucked into Kamari Beach, Santorini.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Home made waffles with banana and maple syrup.

Your favourite wedding story?

For years I’ve always believed that love can ‘last a lifetime’. Its a notion that just always seemed to be there, but when I started to think about my favourite wedding story, it made me reflect on the relationships that have helped shape who I am. My best friend’s parents have one such relationship. They were young when they met, both teachers at the same primary school. They simply clicked. Within 3 months they were engaged and 3 months later they were married. The amazing part to me, was not only the speed that they were engaged and married, but the way they still look at each other, how they talk to each other with adoration and how they are idolised by their children. All this after more than 30 years of married life.

Visit Iridescent Wedding’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Iridescent Weddings is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Hold Me

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

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Photo by David Moore

Alex & Chris’s Classic Sydney Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements

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Alex and Chris

When your lives are at different ends of the globe, it seems only fitting to capture one of the world’s most iconic harbours in your engagement photographs. Skipping Stone Photography captured Alex and Chris’ engagement photos around Sydney Harbour- Alex being American, Chris being British and their lives together? All over the world!
Alexandra (Alex) recounts the story of their life together. “Chris, a Brit from Manchester, and I’m an American from Los Angeles, first crossed paths when I decided to study in London for a semester while at university back in 2006.  A chance meeting led to an instant friendship, but it wasn’t until 2009 that Chris and I would cross paths again, when I returned to London to visit friends. After meeting again, we  ended up spending the rest of the trip together! We instantly knew it was a once in a lifetime kind of love that came from their friendship over the years, so even after I had to return back to Los Angeles at the end of her trip, we continued to see each other long distance.”

“A job opportunity came up for Chris in Dubai and I soon followed him there. While life in Dubai was wonderful and luxurious at the start, Chris and I soon realised we did not want to settle there long term. From there, Chris and I moved back to the US before embarking on another adventure around the world – on a cruise ship! Chris took a job as an Art Auctioneer and I tagged along as his assistant. We traveled from Alaska, to Hawaii, to Tahiti, and finally made it to Australia and New Zealand. After spending a couple months here, Chris decided to propose to me on a weekend away in Sydney.”

“Chris planned a mini vacation in Sydney, arranging for them to stay off the cruise ship in a hotel for the weekend and planned all kinds of activities to do together that normal couples “on land” may take for granted – like having a picnic in the park, going to the movies and going out to a nice dinner. One afternoon, Chris and I decided to go Christmas shopping for each other (or so I thought), so they were  on their own for a couple hours. While I was out shopping, Chris went back to the hotel and prepared the room for Alex’s arrival with flowers, chocolate and champagne. Needless to say, when I returned to the hotel I was shocked but of course said yes when Chris got down on one knee and proposed!

“Chris and I are now “long distance” wedding planning and have moved to a ship in the Caribbean, where we get to enjoy a pre-wedding honeymoon around the islands while continuing to work as Art Auctioneers. We will be getting married this August back in San Diego, California near my hometown.”

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