Snapshot Sunday – Upside Down, Upside Down

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw

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Mika and James’ Winter Beach Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Mika and James

There is a common misconception that beachy engagement shoots mean floaty dresses, hot days and plenty of ice cream. Mika and James and photographer Nicolle Versteeg have proved that myth wrong with this wintery beach engagement photographs. With glowy light, the beach beckons in Winter, if only to witness it’s intensity that seems to come with cold days and blustery winds.

Mika tells their story. “James and I got engaged in January while on a holiday with a big group of our close friends. We were staying at a big house on the river for New Years and had spent a fun week drinking, eating and generally being silly. We’d gone for a walk down near the water when James asked me to marry him. It was lovely and relaxed and no one else was around, which was special. ”

“We had a big fat engagement party a few months later on the night of our eighth anniversary, which was a happy coincidence. Our wedding will be held in a pretty little garden courtyard next year, which we’re looking forward to already!”

“We’ve had a whole lot of fun growing up together, collecting some wild and wonderful adventures along the way. James loves to tell a joke and have a good laugh and it doesn’t take much to make me giggle – so we’re a good match!”

Photographer: Nicolle Versteeg

Flower Art by Anne Ten Donkelaar

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


The incredible work of Anne Ten Donkelaar left me breathless this week.

Anne creates 3D collages using layers of paper cutouts and real pressed blooms to create the most intricate, creative pieces. Shadows are cast, pieces appear to be floating against the backdrop.

Isn’t paper something amazing? Who would have thought that something so simple could be turned into something so inspiring?

Art by Anne Ten Donkelaar

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Twelve Tips After Twelve Months* Of Marriage Photo by Dekuji Photography.

Happy Friday Dotties! I can never believe it when I sit down to write this post (which i always do on a Thursday night!). The days are long and the weeks fly by! It’s getting into the icky end of the year when people start posting Christmas countdowns that I am not quite ready for (as much as I adore Christmas). So let’s stick our head in the sand and look at pretty wedding things instead!

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 – Spring Garden Party 2.Real Engagement ~ Fun Sydney Harbour Engagement Session With Cupcakes And Music! 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Word – Celeste 4.Must Read! ~ Twelve Tips After Twelve Months* Of Marriage by Miss T 5.Super Simple Wedding Invitations 6. Polka Dot Hot Spot – To Veil or Not To Veil

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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.What Would They Know – Lita Asscher from Royal Asscher 2.Vendor’s Favourites – Sugarlove Weddings 3. Walk-Throughs: The Essential Meetings You Must Schedule With Your Wedding Vendors 4. Top Ten – Wedding Rings

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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.Etsy Roundup – Fun Photobooth Props 2.Tuesday Type – Liliming 3.DIY Cake Decorating – Ruffled Rose Tutorial 4. Cocktail Friday – Haru’s Electric Lavender

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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. Spotty Travels with aqua by jimeale

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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.Chic Spring Style From Joe Black The Tailor 2.Inspired Memories – Andrew 3.Groom Style – Sean

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Cinematographer and  Directory member, No Limit Pictures has a brand new website. Daniel tells us the story behind the re-branding and the meaning behind their new logo. “Everything has a beginning. Stars shine, trees grow.There is a story out there for everything and they all deserved to be told, no matter how big or small. We pride ourselves in communicating your story; we strive every day to master our craft. Let us tell your story, because every story deserves to be told”. Check out the new website here.

There’s a new Australian based online wedding magazine to pour over. Loni launched her first issue of Lovely Wedding Magazine in September 2012. It’s pages are packed with fresh ideas and real weddings and is a treat for the eyes. The next edition is out in December, but in the meantime have a cup of tea and spend some time dipping into the first issue of this gorgeous magazine here.

Exciting news for Johanna Johnson with two big events coming up! Firstly is the Johanna Johnson Attic Sale. To be held over the 16th and 17th of November, the sale will include pieces from Johanna’s personal archives along with the first ever sale of Johanna Johnson sample gowns. Patrons will also have their pick over accessories and discounted lifestyle pieces. The event will be held at a secret location within one of Sydney’s most luxurious hotels this event is not to be missed. To secure your place please ring through to the Johanna Johnson stylists on 02 9360 9411

On the 23rd and the 24th of November, Melbourne brides can experience the Johanna Johnson trunk show! The event will showcase the new 2013 bridal collection along with the Hero core collection. The trunk show is by appointment only (and brides are limited to two guests) Limited edition gowns will be available for immediate sale while Johanna Johnson’s made to order service will also be available for select gowns. To book an appointment please call 02 9360 9411.

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation is now offering special tokens if you decide to donate to the charity (which raises funds for children in hospital who need care and treatment). Couples can choose from an assortment of tokens to let guests know of their donation including gift cards desgined by artist James Gordon or badges mounted ona  special card. If this is a cause close to your heart I do think it’s a lovely idea to donate.  Visit the website for more information.

The Wedding Project, a collaboration between Liza Emanuele and Paul Vasileff (of Paolo Sebastian) is launching at the Adelaide Spring Bridal ideas Expo, Showcasing their collections in twice daily fashion parades at the expo and the expo will also feature a styling session where two brdes wll be stuled on styled personally by the designers (each day of the expo at 12.30pm). The Adelaide Spring Bridal Ideas Expo will be held on 27th and 28th October 2012 at the Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds between 10am-5pm. Visit the website for more info on the expo.

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A vintage clothing store (Mabs in Grenfell Street Adelaide) closed 17 years ago and are clearing the decks! They’ve found over 130 vintage wedding gowns, veils, headpieces and shoes that might be just the ticket for you if you’ve been searching for a distinctive, vintage gown. Brands include Marji, Henri Josef, Foxman Gowns, Wynn Elle Creations ,93 Collection , Sugar House, John Clair, Crystal Collection , Jeffrey, Escapade, Holstens, ILGWU ,Rita Roberts. Many gowns are unworn and new with tags.

Visit the website here for all the information you need.

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Wedding stationer, Dizzy Wizzy Design is now offering branding services for businesses! From logo design, graphic design (including social media!) through to web design, Natalie is able to help you from scratch to the end product! Check out the website for more.

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Pepper Image sent in our film of the week this week!I love that their story started with a beautiful dream, it gave me goosebumps!