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Fiona and Shane’s Vintage Inspired Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Fiona and Shane

Happy Saturday! Feel like a bit of fun in the sun? How about this delightful engagement shoot of Fiona and Shane by Gemma Clarke Photography? Fiona shared the story of how she and Shane met and fell in love. “Fiona and Shane met almost eight years ago during agency life in Ultimo and with a sharing love of creativity and science fiction, they instantly fell in love.” Shane adores Fiona’s quirky tendencies and independent spirit and Fiona loves Shane’s passion for design and always looking at things from a different perspective. Shane proposed over drinks at the New York Bar atop the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, taking Fiona completely by surprise and following with a booking at the Michelin star Ryugin restaurant whereby the head chef personally came out to congratulate them. A vintage picnic theme for their engagement session seemed fitting as they love to take their new puppy, Willow, outdoors and relax over good food and wine and liver treats. Their upcoming wedding in April, almost entirely pulled together with the wonderful vendors at, will be an intimate vintage garden affair with close family and friends in Sydney and their beloved red velvet wedding cake!

Photos by Gemma Clarke Photography

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Bold And Colourful Necklaces By Elva Fields

by | Bride, Jewellery


I love it when a bride accessories her wedding gown with a really bold piece of jewellery so I really love these bright and bold necklaces from brand Elva Fields.

Designer Emily has a passion for the history of jewellery and her Spring 2011 collection is filled with vintage elements that she has sought from all over the world (including necklaces made entirely from recycled pieces) Tthe bold, punchy colours could be just the right statement for your wedding gown (or even your bridesmaids!).If you can’t find your perfect piece, they’ll will work with you to create it!

Elva Fields ships to Australia, visit her website for more information.

Photos from Elva Fields

Easter Blessings

by | Blog News, Bride


I’ve decided to take the day off from our traditional Friday roundup- it will be back next week!

Instead, from our wonderful team (who are busy celebrating weddings, making beautiful Greek Easter decorations (silk dyed Easter eggs, yes that member is my hero too!) and enjoying the lovely views of Tumbling Waters Retreat and sleeping… pick me out of that one!) I wish you and your families a wonderful Easter and a safe and happy long weekend!

We’ll still be here posting away, if a little lighter than usual and we’ll be back in full force on Tuesday with plenty of royal wedding goodness!

Ps Don’t forget if you entered the Infinity Photography competition to check out this important notice

Easter wreath photo via Sweet Paul

Lily and David’s Intimate Vineyard Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lily and David

Do you remember the fun engagement shoot in an airport of Li and Dave? Well today, I get to share their beautiful winery wedding with you!

Lily recalls how she met David. “We sat across each other in a (tight-spaced) restaurant among mutual friends and were introduced then. Things were slow to progress initially but it was only when I headed away to Europe for a 3-weeks holiday in 2009 when we realised how much we missed each others’ company, and it wasn’t long after I got back when he finally (sorta) asked me to be his girlfriend.”

Today’s photographs are by Jonathan Ong who always blows me away with the sensuality and beauty of his photographs. He captures the heart and soul of every celebration.

Lily wore a gown from Pretty in White in Malaysia and Balwyn Events styled the flowers for the day. The bridesmaids wore Kookai frocks while the groom and his groomsmen wore suits from Supreme Tailor, Singapore.

Lily and David were married at Morning Star Estate.

Lily walked down the aisle to  Ingrid Michaelson  – The Way I Am, performed acoustically by their friend Valerie Yap.

The couple chose their bridal party with a twist. “Dave had a ‘best lady’ on his side while I had my ‘best man’ on my party as well. The trinity was complete.”

Morning Star Estate provided the perfect backdrop for photographs and the wedding day. Lily says “Both the ceremony and reception were held in one venue. Morning Star Estate is a quaint old mansion with a vineyard & a rose garden before it, placed on a cliff, dropping off into the ocean. There is a sunken garden amidst the roses where ceremonies are commonly held, but due to the weather, we were moved into the (cosy) chapel instead. The ballroom holding the reception was a converted old basketball court with beautiful round lanterns and fairy lights hung from the ceiling, parting the drapes across the four walls.”

Lily and David put their personality into their stationery touches. “Bonbonierres were customised tea bags with our cartoon faces on it, along with packets of coffee (powder), each item representing Dave (the coffee addict) and I (the tea queen).

For the table settings, friends, family and colleagues contributed to a collection of old bottles and jars to form table centres, filled with flowers provided by our florist, and candles. We also had mini blackboards on sticks on each table where we chalked our table numbers.

We made fans (in anticipation for the hot day) for the wedding program. Another good friend of ours, Anthony Teoh (graphic designer by day and ninja wedding photographer by night), designed a whole set of  merchandise for us, including handwriting and doodling for our program.

Ant also helped make a personalised stamp with our names on it, and again, hand wrote and drew our wedding invitations.

Instead of a guest book, we stacked two milk-crates, covered them with gurney sacks, and used it to hold three large tree branches we stole from the streets under the cover of night. We cut out bag-tag-shaped brown paper cards with the names of each guest written on one side (serving as their placards), and a space for a short note for them to write to us on the other. Guests would then, throughout the night, make their way to the tree and tie their note to the branches.”

Family and friends made the day special. “Two tables were filled with family/friends who flew from Malaysia, Singapore, Queensland and other far places to join us for the one night. People took time off to travel all the way to spend this time with us. That was awesome!” Lily and David had a wedding cake made by French Lettuce and homemade goodies by friend, Carmen Leong.

The first dance was performed by a close friend. Lily recalls”Our good friend, Val Yap composed a song the same night Dave proposed. When Val found out, she dedicated her song, ‘Northern Lights’ to us (you can find her Youtube video of the song here!). Another good friend of ours choreographed and taught us how to dance to it in 2 lessons (2 weeks before the wedding).”

Congratulations Lily and David! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Jonathan Ong for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographs by Jonathan Ong

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