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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

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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!

Happy Australia Day! (Why Australian Weddings Are Awesome)

by | Blog News, Bride, Wedding Inspiration


With Polka Dot Bride being all about everything Australian, I want to celebrate Australia Day today with a look at why I love Australian weddings so much! The team and I are taking the day off (as is the Australian way after all!) to spend with our families, but I’ll be back tomorrow again!

I love the backdrops of mountain ranges…

Photo from Cara and Bruce’s Wedding  by York Street Wedding Photography

The browns of freshly sown fields…

Photo from Kimberley and John’s Wedding by Jonas Peterson

The golden light of tropical Islands…

Photo from Amanda and Brett’s Wedding by Lisa Michele Burns

Of beautiful country houses, their stories hidden inside…

Photo from Domonique and Nick’s Wedding by Stephen Henry Photographics

To icons that are recognisable world over…

Photo from Katie and Stephen’s Wedding by SugarLove Weddings

and rolling hills of golden, sun dried grass.

Photo from Sayuri and Luke’s Wedding by David Robertson

I love our love of fashion…

Photo from Prue and Andrew’s Wedding by Infinity Photography

Unique style…

Photo from Kate and Tim’s Wedding by Jonathan Ong

And, of course, shoes.

Photos from Laura and Jacob’s Wedding by Studio Sixty Photography

 I love that there are just as many beautiful weddings in ballrooms…

Photo from Geetha and Andrew’s Wedding by gm photographics

As there are on the beach…

Photo from Emeila and Anthony’s Wedding by Pobke Photography

And in the country.

 Photo from Kylie and Chris’ Wedding by Infinity Photography.

I love our native blooms…

Photo from Sandra and Richard’s Wedding by David Henry Photography

and our talented local designers…

Photo from Lisa and Anthony’s Wedding by Candice Ottaway for O Photography

And touches that pay homage to our country.

Photo from Emily and Chae’s Wedding by Filip Welna

I love that we embrace our religions…

Photo from Athena and Dariusz’s Wedding by  Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions

And cultural traditions.

Photo by from Cindy and David’s Wedding by Lara Luz

  I love that we don’t take ourselves too seriously…

Photo from Natalie and Shayne’s wedding by Lakshal Perera

We’re not afraid to laugh at ourselves…

Photo from Nicola and Steven’s Wedding by Michelle Fiona Photography.

Even when it rains…

Photo  from Kim and Christopher’s Wedding by Matt Reed.

Or cry.

Photo from Emma and Andy’s Wedding by Samm Blake.

I love that we know how to dance…

Photo from Nat and Mark’s Wedding by Bec+Fo

Oh yes we love to dance…

Photo from Sally and Ben’s Wedding by Leo Farrell Photography

And sing our hearts out.

Photo from Michelle and David’s Wedding by I Love Wednesdays

But what I love most of all.. is that we feel deeply…

Photo from Cheyenne and Nic’s Wedding by Leah Kua

We rock our own personal style…

Photo from Annalies and Simon’s Wedding  by Beth Carter Photography.

And love with everything we have.

Photo from Julie and Pedzi’s wedding by You Can’t Be Serious Photography

Happy Australia Day!



Lizzie and Ben’s Classic Yarra Valley Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


 Lizzie and Ben

 There’s nothing quite as romantic as marrying amongst the vineyards and I think you’ll agree after seeing Lizzie and Ben’s classic wedding that it’s a truly beautiful way to tie the knot. Lizzie and Ben’s elegant black and white colour scheme with just a hint of soft pink topped off the beautiful feel of the day.

Lizzie recalls how she and Ben met. “We first met back in 1991 I went to Tintern, he went to Yarra Valley & in yr9 we did dancing classes with the yr10 boys. We didn’t really take much notice of each other but in 2002 I opened a beauty salon in Park Orchards & in 2005 his sister in law started coming in to the salon & she decided it would be a good idea to set us up so pretty much one by one the whole family came in to check me out (his mum became a regular client) & then one day just before mothers day Ben came in to buy a gift voucher for his mum (who happened to be having her nails done at the time). It was so embarrassing I quickly gave him the voucher & then went back to my client. He came in again weeks later saying he wanted another voucher but would come back another time to get it (it was hard to talk to him when I had clients in the salon desperately straining to hear the conversation) I thought about him all weekend & after a pep talk from the girlfriends decided to call his mum & get his number she pretty much answered the phone with his number I text him & asked him out & I guess the rest history…”

Photos today are by Kirralee Ashworth who has done a beautiful job capturing the clean, classic elegance of Lizzie and Ben’s day. Video was captured by C2Video.

Lizzie carried something very special with her as she walked down the aisle. “As I walking down the aisle I wore my Grandpa’s Airforce wings that my Grandma used to wear as a good luck charm to keep him safe while he was flying Catalins during WW2. She gave them to all her children to wear whenever there was an exam or something she felt they needed a bit of luck with.  I loved wearing them and my Grandpa loved it more. My wedding band was made using the diamonds from my Grandma’s wedding band so that was special too ”

Lizzie and her bridesmaid’s had their hair & makeup done by Lisa from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry. The couple had their stationery designed by a friend. Lizzie notes “My beautiful friend Sarah designed our invites for me and they were amazing. We used a photo of us kissing from another friend’s wedding with the words “Twas not my lips you kissed but my soul”.  Our colour theme was Ivory, gold  black which we used throughout.”

Lizzie chose a strapless gown by Anna Campbell and paired it with her grandmother’s pearl earrings. Her bridesmaids wore black floor length gowns by Zimmermann. Tiffany Devlin created Lizzie’s bouquet.

Lizzie and Ben held their ceremony and reception in the Yarra Valley wine region at Train Trak Winery.  Lizzie remarks “The staff, the food, the wine the venue all absolutely amazing they were so accommodating and friendly from day one and the venue has such a warm feel about it we fell in love with the place the first time we went there.  The owner Rob would have to be one of the nicest guys we have ever met and was brilliant on the day helping us with the ceremony and keeping me calm.”

Ben and him groomsmen wore suits from Myer while the page boys wore outfits from Seed and the flowergirls wore dresses from Tea Princess.

Lizzie walked down the aisle to “The acoustic version of ‘Flying Without Wings’ by WestLife.  I have loved that song forever.”


The photo of Lizzie and Ben with her grandfather is one of her favourites of the day.

The ceremony was performed by Barry Masenhelder.

Of their photographer, Lizzie says “Our photographer was fantastic she made us feel at ease all day.  We didn’t want to do all the staged photos and wanted more natural photos of not only ourselves but all or guests and that’s exactly what we got…perfect!”

Rita from Blooming Brides decorated the reception (held at ZONZO Train Trak Winery) with white blooms. Ed Dixon Food Design created a “cheese” cake.

For their favors, Lizzie did something a little different with her mum. She explains “My mum has been collecting wishbones since my sister and I were born and we used them on our lolly jars.  Mum painted them gold and then my mum, my Aunty and myself spent a day sipping champagne and filling jars with smarties and tying the wishbones on.”

Lizzie and Ben hired Jerson Trinidad to entertain their guests during their wedding reception. He also played their first dance. Lizzie recalls “Our wedding singer Jerson sang ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys a song we both love. We didn’t even think to rehearse this so just winged it on the day…no funky dance routine for us just a nice moment between the 2 of us (actually probably the most time we had together all night!)”

Congratulations Lizzie and Ben! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Kirralee Ashworth for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth / CInematographer: C2 VIdeo / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Colletion At Myer / Groom’s Attire: Myer / Pageboy Attire: Seed / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Guess / Bridesmaid Accessories: Sarah Rothe / Hair & Makleup Artist: Lisa from Living Dolls Make Up Artistry / Flowergirls Attire: Tea Princess / Venue: Train Trak Winery / Bouquets: Tiffany Devlin / Flowers & Decor: Blooming Brides / Ceremony Officiant: Barry Masenhelder / Reception Music: Jerson Trinidad / Cake Baker: Ed Dixon Food Design / Wedding Rings: PH Diamonds Melbourne
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