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Stylerocks Custom Jewellery

by | Bride, Jewellery


Personalising the facets of your wedding is a huge reason I write Polka Dot Bride, in fact it’s a huge reason as to why I even started it. So I always love finding websites and artisans who can help you customise goodies to your own personal style, your own tastes, to really show off who you and your beloved are through your wedding.

I fell head over heels for Shoes Of Prey when they launched – customisable shoes? Why thank you dream business idea! And now? Inspired by Shoes Of Prey but very much a business built in it’s own right, I bring you StyleRocks an online, personalised jewellery experience tailored just for you!

Personalised jewellery has been around for a while, but it’s hard – it involves a lot of time with a jeweller and a lot of expense. StyleRocks is based 100% online and you’re able to design, visualise, order and have it delivered from the comfort of your couch. This concept is such a great gift idea! Customised cufflinks for the groom, earrings to match your bridesmaid’s gowns, special necklaces for your mother. A signet ring for your best friend.

The StyleRocks site has rings (and the best part? wedding rings that you can engrave!) bracelets, cufflinks and even earrings all available to customise (with more options being added constantly). Firstly, you choose your metal, whether you want it plated, solid gold, shiny or matte.

There are a series of “collections” of charms and adornments (which can also be engraved!), from “Nature” (with flowers, leaves and feathers) to “Romance”  with sweet words and blooms. There’s even “Fast Food” and letters and numbers.

The customised jewellery concept isn’t just about charms either. They’ve included an array of gorgeous gemstones (including of course, diamonds but also the beautiful coloured stones like citrine and topaz).

The site is packed with handy hints and tips – from birthstones (so you can choose a personal present for your bridesmaids) to engraving suggestions (handy for wedding rings). Each piece is made in Australia by professional Australian jewellers so you know the pieces are of high quality (which is always reassuring when you’re purchasing such a special piece).

The pieces in the entry are part of the Polka Dot Bride collection, which I am really looking forward to adding to as their range increases! I’d love to see what you come up with!

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Karen Willis Holmes 2012 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Brooke is a V-neck draped tulle gown featuring a bias and half circle skirt and paired with diamante shoulder detail and the Karen Willis Holmes art deco belt.

The lovely Karen Willis Holmes sent over her stunning 2012 look book last week and the beautiful collection is another finely tuned note to add to her repertoire.

Karen has continued her collection of couture and ready to wear gowns with the same beautiful, classic elegance she is known for using tulle, organza, crepe satins and silk georgette fabrics and plenty of beautifully embellished crystal belts and shoulder details.. Karen has also released two statement gowns which were collaborations with Anna and Luke of the Romance Was Born label.

Lyndel is a fishtail fitted corset gown with draped and pleated bodice and a circle skirt. Added to this is the Diamante Belt, highlighting the waist.

Vanessa is a V neck ruched gown with raw edged bias strips detailing and ruffle sleeves. The front bodice detail can be draped to the back of the gown creating an entirely different look. Crystal adornments can also be added.

Katherine is an organza strapless fishtail gown with side draped bodice and pearl buckle detail.

Sasha is a V neck design with paneled bias skirts and cap sleeves. A blue velvet sash makes her a little whimsical and sweet.

The strapless lace gown that is Hailey features a half circle organza skirt and a satin belt.

Jacqueline, inspired by days gone by, is a vintage style gown with full skirt and pleated bodice. It features a diamante waist feature

Daphne is the couture showstopper.   The gown features a fishtail skirt and lace jacket over a heavy twill corset bodice and stitched lace applique beading.

Faith in vintage pink ball gown with appliqued lace and a plethora of ivory and pink tulle.

Angelina is a tulle fishtail gown featuring embellished shoulder trim detailing.

Images by Karen Willis Holmes

Vendor of the Week – Todd Hunter McGaw Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Polka Dotties! I am of course ready for another week of wedding inspiration (I’m making my list and checking it twice to make sure we get plenty of delicious content out the door before Christmas!) How about you?

First things first, before we launch into showcasing vendors, products and inspiring weddings , it’s time to shine the light on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members!

From wedding musicians to cinematographers to stylists to wedding planners and of course photographers! Our vendor directory is growing every week and I am always thrilled to scroll through the pages and see their outstanding work!

Todd Hunter McGaw is a rad Brisbane based photographer who along with his wife Alyda, make up the dynamic duo that is Todd Hunter McGaw Photography. Todd and Alyda have a beautiful way of capturing images, a classic beauty – but with a sense of humor, a little twist that makes you giggle or look twice.

Not only are they some of the friendliest people you just might meet (seriously, their emails are some of the nicest!) but they’re good at what they do with Todd taking out Wedding Photographer Of The Year in QLD recently!

Today we ask Todd Hunter McGaw Photography’s, Todd five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Hendricks (gin) & tonic with cucumber.. it’s unbeatable.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Renting a house at the beach + sitting around reading books, day dreaming, & swimming in the ocean.. ideal 🙂

Favourite restaurant?

Right now, my favourite local is Ginga – a Japanese sushi train/restaurant, but like real Japanese.. but also (I wouldn’t call this my favourite restaurant as such), I had the best steak of my entire life at Frankie & Johnnie’s on West 45th St, New York City..

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

If it’s wedding day or bike ride day, I’m usually munching on a big bowl of porridge (with sultanas).. but if it’s relax with friends day & we’re going out for breakfast – eggs benedict & good coffee..

Your favourite wedding story?

I have a lot of favourite wedding stories.. we tend to attract clients that want to do something uniquely ‘them’ for their wedding… I’m not talking about ‘what’s hot & what’s not’ in the wedding world, I’m talking about people who really want to express who they are through the planning of their wedding.. We once photographed a wedding completely themed around video games & online games.. amongst many other things, they hired a bunch of old school arcade games for their reception & the bride walked down the aisle to the actual Mario Bros. theme music.. it was awesome… it was so them.

Visit Todd Hunter McGaw Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Todd Hunter McGaw Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Your Lips Are Still Red

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Amy Oliver Photography

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