BACK TO TOP

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride

1
COMMENT

Miss Sherbrook2 550x825 Winter Wedding Blooms

Photography by Flos Florum from Winter Wedding Blooms

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you have a wonderful week? Did you smell Spring? (or Fall, depending on where you might be!) in the air this week? I am going to miss the scarves and beanies of winter, but I’m also ready to break out floaty Spring and Summer clothes!

Did you catch all the content across the blogs this week? Here’s an update for you!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.

 

1.Shoe Crush Sunday – 50s Vintage Style 2.Inspired Words – Corinne 3. Polka Dot Sneak Peek: Share your wedding bouquets with Ms Polka Dot!

  This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

      

1.Expert Interview with Laissez-faire Catering 2.Vendor’s Favourites – Fi Fy Fo Fum 3.Following My Floral Heart 4.Winter Wedding Flowers

This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

    

1.Etsy Roundup – Gifts For The Father of the Bride/Groom 2.Tuesday Type – Dempsey 3. Paper handbag tutorial from Cristina Re

This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

 

1. Water & The Wedding Dress On The Whitsunday Islands

  This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

   

1.Even Weddings Need A Good Getaway Vehicle 2. Jay’s wedding memory 3.Groom style with Tim

 

Around the wedding world this week!

Melbourne florist Pomp & Splendour are holding Spring & Summer flower schools packed with ideas, teachings and inspiration on how to create floral beauties like a flower crown, hand tied bouquets,  DIY table decorations, boutonniere and floral theme-ing ideas! Contact Pomp & Splendour for more information on the classes and how you can join!

A brand new bridal event A Charmed Affair is being held in Sydney at Hugo’s Bar on the 20th of September.  Speed dating for brides, the event will only host twenty brides and twenty wedding professionals, designed to give couples one on one time with each wedding vendor. If you’d like to book a ticket, check out the website or email info@acharmedaffair.com.au When are you getting married and what has been the best/worst part of planning your wedding day so far? Leave a comment below for your chance to win a double pass to A Charmed Affair! Competition closes September 11th 2012. Prize is valued at $120. Prize is non transferable and not exchangeable for cash.

I am so excited that Claire Pettibone is now available in Australia! A brand new bridal boutique has opened it’s doors in Brighton, Melbourne.  The Intique & Co. Boutique stocks handpicked gowns from Claire Pettibone (exclusively) Monique Lhuillier & Badgley Mischka. They store also has a beautiful array of bridal accessories, shoes and even wedding invitations available for perusal. Check out the website for more!

Basilica Couture in Sydney are holding their Spring Sample Sale this Saturday (1st September 2012) in Sydney! Located in Drummoyne, the sale will have plenty of designer samples for sale including gowns from Anne Barge and Pronuptia Paris. Check out the website for more details and to book your session time.

  Andre of Your Wedding Made Easy is generously giving Polka Dot Bride readers the chance to win one of 30 of his new wedding guide with a Wedding Discount Card for Central Coast Brides valued at $95.  Read more about the guide here and if you’d like to win one of the 30 copies,, simply email win@polkadotbride.com with your mailing address and name. The first 30 emails will receive a copy!

  Don’t Tell The Bride are casting for their second season! Channel 10 are looking for couples to take part in season two, to apply simply visit the Don’t Tell The Bride website.

Engage Celebrants are running a competition giving away a range of prizes including celebrant services, jewellery and prizes valued at more than $2500. All you have to do is share your love story! Check out their website to enter.

Sydney photographer Milton Gan Photography has teamed up Milk Face Place & Spa in Paddington, Milton Gan Photography has arranged for LED light therapy sessions valued at $120 to be offered at two discount levels: 50% off and FREE. To receive  the discounts, all you have to do is “Like” both the Milton Gan Photography and Milk Face Place & Spa Facebook pages to achieve the 50% discount, whilst also subscribing to the Milton Gan Photography newsletter achieves the completely free session. Sessions can be booked from 8 September through to 31 December 2012. Full terms and conditions for the offer can be found on the Milton Gan Photography website.

Bride To Be Magazine are revamping their mailing list with exclusive special offers, weddings news, newsletters, and all the Bride To Be inspiration straight to your inbox!  Register with Bride to Be here!

  Wedding Gifts Direct have unveiled their September offer! Register in the month of September to receive a free gift- the range includes a Joseph Joseph salad set valued at $99, and Esteele saucepan set valued at $1500 and a Vera Wang champagne flute set valued at $129.. Check the terms & conditions on their website (from the 1st of September). Wedding Gifts Direct have also launched a brand new website which allows couples to: –          Split items into shares online –          Close list online –          Set your own gift voucher amounts –          Payment by Paypal –          Manage multiple registries –          Buy express delivery gifts –          Use 20% lifetime discount on online purchases –          Thank You card online manager

Project Innovate is creeping up slowly! If you are an Australian wedding professional (and we are honoured to have guests flying in from Adelaide and the Gold Coast!), launch your Spring wedding season with a brilliant sales strategy, a great networking evening and sweet treats! Book tickets through our website now!

Finally, to round out your week, I chose this beautiful wedding film from the team at Living Lens. Not only is the story told beautifully, but it did make me itch for Summer and the weddings it will bring!

http://vimeo.com/18662529

Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Mother Of The Bride Looks From George Gross & Harry Who

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Parents

4
COMMENTS

When I got the latest look books from the George Gross, G2 By George Gross and Harry Who collections I thought the items made really stylish mother of the bride outfits. Mother of the bride outfits are always thought of as having a certain “look” even my own mother and I have come to call “so mother of the bride”.

I think a key part to not looking ‘mumsy’ and keeping your look stylish is to mix textures and colours so rather than be in the one fabric and styling from head to toe, you mix complementary colours and patterns and choose really beautiful accessories.

Double faced satin cami in stone by George Gross, Multi tweed jacket with fringe in pearl by George Gross, New York Kiss earrings in Rose by Samantha Wills, satin skirt in stone by George Gross.

This look is completely classic to me – the tweed jacket reminds me of the classic nature of Chanel but with a modern twist and keeping the one colour tone underneath, with bold earrings, keeps it fresh and modern.

 

Double faced satin skirt in black by George Gross, Tuxedo necklace from Tilkah, Macrame lace top by Harry Who, Brocade jacket in pearl by George Gross

 Stylish black never goes out of style and this look plays up the drama with the big, bold collar on the unusually cut jacket. The textures are mixed from the silk skirt, to the intricate lace on the macrame lace top to the big bold black necklace.

 

 

Linen pant in wheat by G2 By George Gross, Jenice Swarovski earrings by Pater Lang, Double faced satin cami in pearl by George Gross, Metallic lace jacket in stone by George Gross

I love this outfit for a twist on pretty. The lace top is such a statement piece on its own that I pared it down with plain, well cut pants in a similar colour and sparkly earrings. It’s pretty without being overly girly. Switching it up with a flippy skirt could make it a little more formal and traditional.

 

Linen silk jacket in wheat by G2 By George Gross, linen top in nutmeg by G2 By George Gross, linen pant in nutmeg by G2 By George Gross, Siren Vontress Shoes in Gold via Style Tread, Concordia ring in peach by Samantha Wills,

This look is completely modern and on trend with the military styling that is hitting stores, but it also has a classic sense to it. The rich olive green paired with a neutral wheat coloured jacket and a little burst of colour in the huge cocktail ring pull the outfit together. I love beautiful, well cut pants at formal occasions like weddings for someone that isn’t comfortable in a skirt.

Plain stretch embroidered jacket in silver by Harry Who, Brocade skirt in navy by George Gross, Brocade top in navy by George Gross, silver heels by Florsheim

Navy is such a nice choice if you’re not one to wear black and I love it paired with the unusual detailing on the silver jacket. Keeping the colour the same for the bulk of your outfit and adding a neutral but beautiful piece like the jacket always seems to work. Paired with shiny silver shoes and a beautiful piece of jewellery this look is stylish and pulled together.

Satin jacket in Stone by George Gross, Double faced satin cap sleeve dress by George Gross,  Lourdes earrings by Samantha Wills

This look is simple and sleek. A well cut double sided satin dress with a beautiful oyster coloured jacket. It’s simple, comfortable and stylish. But most of all, it’s elegant.  Jewelled art deco style earrings add a bit of sparkle and glamour to the outfit.

Michaela and David’s Art Gallery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

3
COMMENTS

Michaela & David

I think art galleries are one of the most fantastic places to have a wedding- after all the decor is pretty much taken care of with the colourful paintings and prints. And the clean white walls, urban style floors? They win me over every time. A blank canvas for a celebration if you will!

Today’s celebration is completely urban and modern, taking place in Melbourne’s CBD in the beautiful space that is fortyfivedownstairs.

Photographs today are by Matt Reed who is truly candid and natural with the photographs he takes.

Of their venue choice, Michaela explains “fortyfivedownstairs was the venue for both the ceremony and the reception as it has two levels. It’s a not for profit arts space that houses both theatre and visual arts. It is a venue close to my heart as I worked there as an intern during university and it is truly a beautiful and soulful space.  Weddings are only held in the space a couple of months of the year outside of season.”

Michaela chose a gown from Priscilla of Boston and paired with Alan Pinkus shoes.

The event was catered by Ed Dixon Food Design. Michaela recalls “It was such amazing food and they had such amazing staff”

Soil Flowers by Kate Main created the floral arrangements.

Of their photographer, Michaela says, “Matt’s work is exactly what I wanted, honest, candid and gorgeous. You want to have photos which capture the emotion and joy of the whole experience and every shot Matt took is a moment in time from the night. Everything works as an entire composition.”

The menu was displayed for all to see on a large chalkboard hung on the wall.

From the ceiling, hung masses of tulle black and white pom poms.

The tables were decorated with black and white photographs of the couple.

Guests were gifted boxes of chocolates from Koko Black with the tags and place cards created by Edgeinspired.

The wedding cake was by The French Lettuce.

Congratulations Michaela and David! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt Reed for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Matt Reed Photography / Bride's Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Venue: fortyfivedownstairs / Flowers & Decor: Soil Flowers by Kate Main / Placecasds & Thank you cards: Edgeinspired / Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Wedding Cake: The French Lettuce / Favors: Koko Black

Katy and Steve’s Beautiful Kangaroo Valley Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

21
COMMENTS

Katy and Steve

This wedding had me at hello, I mean at the location- Kangaroo Valley is one of the most stunning regions in Australia and my gosh what a beautiful backdrop it made for the wedding of Katy and Steve. Elegant, relaxed with a heck of a lot of dancing!

Bennett Photography captured the moments I love their dreamy style of photography that swept me right into the story!

Katy chose a gown from The Wedding Boutique and shoes from BHLDN for her wedding day look.

Katy and Steve held their wedding celebration at Minimbah Farm, Kangaroo Valley. Katy explains “We just fell in love with Kangaroo Valley! Not only for the views and surrounding countryside, but also for the pure Australian atmosphere it holds.”

Katy’s cousin Teal Wicks sang her down the aisle. Katy remembers, “I loved my cousin singing our processional song of “Heavenly Day” by Patti Griffin was so beautiful I nearly lost it as I came down the aisle to meet Stephen at the alter with the valley shining in the background. It was just magic. We both agree we will never forget listening to each other recite our vows to one another. It made everything complete, honest and real which is the whole point of the day in the first place. Plus neither of us cried, which we were quite proud of.”

The bouquets and floral arrangements were styled by Alison Kennon Botanical Art & Styling.

Katy remembers “Our favourite part of the day was the photo shoot after the wedding where it was just the two of us…being in love and blissing out from the ceremony we just experienced. Thanks to them we felt comfortable to be ourselves and be in the moment. ”

Steve wore a navy suit from Gibson and his groomsmen wore navy blue suits from Oxford . Katy’s bridesmaids wore gowns in shades of blue from Lela Rose , After Six & Jenny Yoo.

Katy, inspired by wedding blogs (including Polka Dot Bride!) created a lot of the decor elements herself. She explains “We were very hands on with the little details of this wedding and for the most part all the bits we imagined actually came off. Everything from my Grandmother’s cake toppers from her wedding 60+ years ago to the pavlovas made by Stephen’s mother to the kangaroo and wombat dinner seating parties. ”

Katy says “We are so lucky to have some of the most wonderful people in our lives from both sides of the globe and it is those people that made our day so special. Plus, they helped create a most magical and amazing party! What can I say…Bohemian Rhapsody sung at the top of our lungs to end the night? Yes, definitely.”

A fantastic part of the dance floor? A surprise flash mob! Katy explains “The Flash Mob – yep…we did have a flash mob…choreographed and all and guess what – IT WAS AMAZING!”

Congratulations Katy and Steve! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Bennett Photography  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Bennett Photography / Cinematographer: Dan MC Films / Cinematographer Two: Darren Moss / Bride's Dress: The Wedding Boutique / Bride's Shoes: BHLDN / Groom's Attire: Gibson / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose / Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Hairstylist: Miss Moss Makeup / Makeup Artist: Angie Thompson for Dior / Flowers & Decor: Alison Kennon Botanical Art & Styling / Invitations & Stationery: Seven Swans / Venue: Minimbah Farm, Kangaroo Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Bella Weddings by Isabel Krutik / Ceremony Musicians: Teal Wicks / Ceremony Musicians: Urban Gypsies / Wedding Cake: Groom's Mother / Catering: Duck Duck Goose Catering