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Vendor of the Week – Flos Florum

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dotties! We have an action packed week planned for Polka Dot Bride this week! I’m mighty excited because one of my favourite people in the entire world is in town today and I’m going to try and snaffle her for some drinks and chats tonight!

Let’s kick off our exciting week with a peek at one of our excellent & fantastic Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members!

From  bridal gown designers to stunning wedding venues to incredible stationers to talented hair & makeup artists and of course photographers! We have so many fantastic vendors for you to choose from and we’re adding more every week. Step right up, it’s spotlight time!

I think I continually mention how much I would love to play with flowers all day long (really though, it’s peony season and I am dying to go and find a bunch, or perhaps Mr Polka will take the hint!) Of course, florists do so much more – like get up at a ridiculous hour, deal with rose thorns and choosing the very best blooms for your wedding day and yet somehow, they always manage to pull it together into something crazy beautiful.  This week’s vendor of the week Flos Florum is amazing at what they do – creative colour palettes, beautifully structured and unstructured designs. They seem to understand the style of the wedding and create the most amazing arrangements to enhance it.

To learn a little more about Flos Florum we asked Emma five questions in five minutes!

Favourite after five drink?

Pink sparkles from the lovely Yarra valley winery, Dominique Portet. We always have a bottle handy for our brides on their big day, but often find an excuse to kick back after a long day and indulge ourselves.

Weekend getaway?

We don’t get many weekends away as a florist, particularly through the height of the wedding season, so winter getaways are the way to go. My favourite weekend is to escape the city and head to the high country, magnificent scenery and local produce is such a draw card.

Favourite Restaurant?

Has to be Hellenic Republic. We set-up a beautiful wedding there and the staff and food were so impressive I had to try for myself. It has the whole experience of sharing great food in the perfect atmosphere. Loved it and find any excuse to go back.

Breakfast on Sundays?

Must be local for me and worth the wait for a table is my most favourite café, Coin Laundry, Armadale. I keep it simple with a good strong coffee and whatever the special of the day is. You can’t beat the staff’s recommendation.

Favourite wedding story?

There really are too many. A real classic favourite of ours is a bride who wanted to incorporate her grandmother’s and mother’s bouquet for her wedding. The bride came in with a definitive concept and together with our designers we created a bouquet which was a beautiful reflection of three generations. In her words:
“I brought in old photographs of my grandmother’s and mother’s trailing bouquets and I was thrilled with what you made. The bouquet was one of my favourite parts of the wedding and it went beautifully with my very simple gown.”
Our philosophy is that no two people are the same, so your flowers should be the perfect reflection of the bride and groom and what they want from their big day. We customise the flowers to the individual, delivering the personal touch and attention to detail that every bride and groom deserves on their wedding day.

Visit Flos Florum’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Flos Florum is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – It’s Like Rain…

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Stewart Leishman

Sharon and Andre’s Sunny Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Sharon and Andre

Oh how I love today’s engagement session- the bright summer colours, the soft golden light and the very in love and happy couple! Yena of Sugarblush sent over this engagement shoot, which took place on the Gold Coast. Yena explains, “Sharon and Andre met in 2007 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

They were introduced by Sharon’s friend who also worked in the same office as Andre. Actually Sharon’s friend was the one that has a crush on Andre. At the time nothing happened between them and she only saw him every now and again whenever she came by to visit her friend. After nearly a year her friend requested Sharon to come and help him out at work for a short while, but there’s still nothing between them, they’re just workmates. Life went on later that year for both of them until mid 2009 when Andre and Sharon came back in contact and they finally starting to get to know each other. Andre finally asked Sharon on a date on 8 January 2010 and after many dates and getting to know one another, Andre told Sharon That He Loves Her and proposed to her!

They went on a family trip to Australia last August and decided to take two days off their tour to do pre-wedding in Goldcoast and Brisbane. We were worried before the session because its been raining the whole week and the forecast was not looking good either. But luckily it didn’t rain during the two days and we had great sessions, followed by rain the for rest of the week!!”

Photos by Sugarblush

Polka Dot Bride Mixtape – The First Dance

by | Bride, Entertainment


After our last Polka Dot Bride mix-tape, I wanted to end the week with some romantic tunes to help ease you into the weekend. This time, I thought I’d tune into some of our featured bride’s first dance choices. From the romantic, to the happy, to the different- we’ve showcased it all! Here’s a little inspiration for your own day- I’ve linked each song title to a version of the song, so all you have to do is click to listen!

Bel & Dodge Photo by Sayer Heffernan

“We danced to “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones, in an open part of the courtyard, under a big tree, fairy lights. By that point of the night I had ditched my shoes, so it was a barefoot waltz – which for those who know me well, know how appropriate that was! The videographer even got a great close up shot of my bare little toes in his highlights reel. After our waltz, and half way through the dancing with the rest of the guests it started to rain, but I think that only added fuel to the fire! We all had too much fun busting a move with the rain sprinkling down.”

Natalie and Shayne Photo by Lakshal Perera

“We danced to Bob Marley and Lauren Hill’s Turn Your Lights Down Low”, not the most usual song choice, maybe a little sexy but it has always been ‘our song’, since Shayne first put it on a mix-CD in 2001.  We did a modified Rumba we had been working on which didn’t go exactly to plan but was fun and touching all the same.”

Rowan and Michael Photo by Natalie McComas

“We danced to Al Green, ‘Let’s stay together’. It was the only dance of the reception – we didn’t have a dance floor because we just booked part of the restaurant.”

Sarah & Stewart Photo by Feather + Stone Photography

“We used the lyrics from our first dance song on the front of our invitation (We could fly, you and I, on a cloud – Kissing’ by Bliss). We also incorporated ‘A journey of the heart’ throughout our stationery which are also lyrics from the same song.”

Hayley and Dene Photo by Mint Photography

“Our first dance was to Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together. We did our first dance on the deck below as our guests cheered us on from the balcony above. Never dancing before we amazed ourselves with our how well a few youtube dance lessons in the living room could transform into something incredible, we did dips and spins and shared a laugh as we moved around the dance floor without tripping over each other (much to the surprise and delight of our family and friends), we were quickly joined by friend and family to dance the night away with a little bit of something for everyone.”

Lexie & Will Photo by Dan O’Day

“Our first dance was to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, and one of the most memorable moments of the evening. We were so focused on each other that for a few minutes, it felt like we were the only two people in the room.”

Aleks and Aaron Photo by John Benavente Photography

“The first dance was to ‘Spend my life with you’ by Eric Bennet and Tamia which was a long time favourite of the bride. We could not help but sing to each other throughout the dance.”

Leah & Gerard Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw

“We danced to ‘Sail Away’ by David Gray on the balcony of the cottage.”

Libby & Harley Photo by Amanda Thorson

“Our first dance was Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers. I collect vintage records and it is one of my all time favourite love songs.”

Lindsay & Tim Photo by Natasja Kremers Photography

“We danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble…it was great fun but also a bit nerve-wracking – we had learnt a routine  which involved lots of lifting and twirling, and could have gone horribly wrong in lots of places…luckily it all went fine and we’re pretty sure we heard lots of ‘ooohs’ & ‘ahhhs’ from our family and friends…”

Claire & Steve Photo by David Robertson

“It was impromptu, to our favourite song Collide” by Howie Day and everyone joined in, turning the first dance into a celebration of bringing families and friends together.”

Emelia and Anthony Photo by Pobke Photography.

“It was to ‘Arithmetic’ by Brooke Fraser, we made sure the bridal party, parents etc came up pretty quickly to take the attention off our dancing. It was really difficult to move around in my dress.”

Mish and David Photo by I Love Wednesdays

“We’re both huge music lovers and as such don’t have “our” song, as we have about a thousand we both love and adore that remind us of special moments shared, some not ideal/appropriate for a first dance. The night before we were still um-ing and ah-ing over the first dance song – we had a list of about 10 we both loved. But we managed to cull it down to 3 and had a little boogie in the lounge room to work out which one suited our dance style (which is a mash up of waltzing, twirling and dips – no real structure, just going with the flow), long story short – we ended up dancing to Maroon 5’s version of Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Look Tonight.

Kimberley & John Photo by Jonas Peterson

“We ended up dancing to the song that was to be the church entrance song – an acoustic version of “Hysteric” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It turned out to be the most perfect song. We were encouraged to get up on stage for the dance and even though everyone was watching, we honestly were completely lost in that moment”

Olivia & Nathan Photo by Luisa Brimble of Serendipity Corner Photography

“Nathan chose Coldplay’s ‘Til Kingdom Come and as he asked his new wife to dance after his speech and as the guitar strums started my tears started rolling  – I was a hopeless dancer but loved every second shuffling around the dancefloor laughing and crying together.”


What did you dance too or are planning to choose for your first dance?

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