Snapshot Sunday – Dance With Me

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Shannon and Brad’s Forest Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Shannon & Brad

The Dandenong Ranges is one of the gems of Victoria. Rolling hills thick with beautiful bushland. Shannon and Brad took advantage of this spectacular natural backdrop for their engagement photographs with photographer Michael Gray. They finished their shoot at their beloved home (I love engagement shoots at home!) which produced the cosiest set of photographs!

Shannon kicks off their story. “Brad and I met at uni when we were living in the same college. So we have been living together even before we started dating and have never looked back. We were friends for ages (I claim Brad had a crush on me the whole time but he denies it…) until one late night when we were painted smurf blue for a party, our friendship turned into something more.”

“Brad and I are notoriously awkward in photos, and were super nervous about our engagement shoot, but Gray made us feel completely at ease. At one point he asked us to spin around really fast and give each other a kiss, little did he know, Shannon is the clumsiest person you are ever likely to meet. She promptly fell in a wombat hole, and landed flat on her back. This resulted in our favourite photos of the day, but was not the last time Shannon fell over.”

“We bought a house in The Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne about 12 months ago, which relates to our engagement story and photos. We had both sets of parents with us to help us move into our new house, and the weekend was nonstop. Between scrubbing the house from top to bottom with bleach (the previous occupants left something to be desired) and trying to find some dry carpet to put everything on ( gross.. I know) time was flying by. On Sunday night Brad was being educated on “the joys of being a home owner” by our Dads and told (ordered?) to get up on the roof in the freezing cold and rain to clean out the gutters. It was one job after another all weekend and Brad barely sat down, little did Shannon know he was trying to find a calm moment to propose! Finally on Monday morning when everybody was having breakfast Shannon got up to make some toast, Brad followed, mumbling something. After three tries, and Shannon yelling “WHAT ARE YOU SAYING” he finally got out the words ” Will you marry me”, after many happy tears and a quick phone call to say we were going to be late for work we celebrated with our families.”

Brad says,  “She is loving and patient. She loves kids and will be a fantastic mother one day. She loves me for who I am but does not let me stop developing. She does get upset, but she picks herself up and keeps on going.”

Shannon says, “Brad loves me completely. He makes me feel safe and protected and I know that no matter what obstacles we come across, we will get through them together. He values family above all else, and I know that he would do anything for me. I value his commitment to me, our future and our relationship, and he is really good on the power tools!”

“We have spent every last minute we have renovating our house (in an attempt to finish it to have our 120 wedding guests over for brunch the day after our wedding) and it has become central to our relationship, so we wanted to reflect that in our pictures. We are lucky enough to live on the border of the Dandenong Ranges National Park and love spending time there, so that’s where we started. We had so much fun walking around and just being ourselves, whilst Gray took the amazing photos! We then finished up in our trackies on the couch, because if were honest, that’s our favorite place to be. ”

Photographer: Michael Gray

Wedding Veils & Window Light

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


A different kind of inspiration shoot today. Photographer Hannah Millerick captured this beautiful series entitled “Wedding Veils & Window Light” showing the beauty of the lace edged veils created by Karen Willis Holmes.

I love the elegance to these images, it’s all about the story of the veil, the role it plays, the soft, gentle folds, the delicate lace and the light. It’s magic.

Veils: Karen Willis Holmes / Hairstylist: Amy Gaudie & Jess Duran of Urban Chic / Flowers: Bronte Ellis / Makeup Artist: Lizzie Leaney / Model: Eloise

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


gold foil decorations tutorial Gold Leaf Ornament Tutorial

Gold Leaf Ornament Tutorial

If you’ve missed checking out our specialty blogs this week, you’ve missed a bucket load of content- from Christmas traditions from your favourite wedding professionals to recipes, Christmas tutorials and so much more! We’re feeling quite Christmas spirited this week! (That could be because our cards are almost finished!)

How are you going this week?

Here’s a catchup of the Polka blogs!

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 – High Class New Year’s Eve 2.Real Wedding ~ Holly & Pete’s Funfilled Handmade Margaret River Wedding 3.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Emily 4.Real Wedding Planning ~ And We Open The Door And Step Inside… 5.Ask Ms Polka Dot – Cultural Melting Pot

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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 ~ What Would They Know? Natalie Luke from Intique & Co 2.Christmas Favourites – Saffron Photography 3.How To Select A Beautiful Diamond – Part 4 Carat Weight 4.Christmas Favourites- The Soda Stand 5.Christmas Favorites – Niki Photography 6.Christmas Favourites – Mandy at White Tulip Photography

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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.Rum Balls 2.Etsy Roundup – The Colour of Summer 3.Tuesday Type – Poem Script 4.Ruffle Christmas Tree Cake Topper Tutorial 5.Gold Leaf Ornament Tutorial 6.Nicky’s Yummy Christmas Fudge Recipe 7.DIY Centrepiece Candle Tins Tutorial 8.DIY Project Rustic Christmas Bunting Tutorial

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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.All-White Wedding Setting: Pristine Wedding Luxury at Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort 2.Picture Perfect – Whitsundays

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

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


1.Essentials: 3 Reasons Why The Tux Is Back 2.Groom Style – James


Around the wedding world this week…

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To celebrate their first birthday (Congratulations Mandy!) Savvy Brides are offering a free Kristi Bonnici fingertip veil with any gown purchased. Check out the website to make an appointment! (Offer ends on Sunday!)

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Melbourne stylist Tori Allen is hosting a pop up shop from now until December 22nd on High Street Rd, Armadale. Tori will be showcasing her talents along side six other Melbourne retailers to offer a unique shopping experience just in time for Christmas!

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Designer Lisa Gowing is having an archive sale! Held from January 4-12th by appointment only Lisa will be selling more than 40 gowns from way back in 1997 starting at $990. There are also plenty of sample and pre loved gowns as well as accessories up for sale. For an appointment contact the Lisa Gowing styling team on: 02 9327 6332  or  email

Check out the website for more.

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Our film of the week is a little different. We don’t normally share wedding slideshows but I really like how photographer Rebecca Mercia put this one together with the stories told throughout the day.