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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Phew! I think this week has been a rather odd one with all the public holidays and races with champagne! I’m looking forward to a full week of divine weddings next week! But for now, here’s a few tid bits from around the web!

Firstly around the Polka Dot blogs!

Diamonds for the gents? I wrote a diamond wedding band roundup on Polka Dot Groom

Behind the scenes with Preston Bailey on Polka Dot Wisdom

Alicia shares her vintage book envelope liner tutorial on Polka Dot Made!

Ms T chooses her venue (and shows off her ring!) on Polka Dot Weddings

Airstream for your honeymoon? In Byron Bay? Why yes please! On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Remember you can sign up to be a contributor by filling out the contributor application after registering for a personalised collection! We’d love to have you!


Train released “Marry Me” this week as a single, what do you think? First dance material? I have to admit, it does have me sway into my “oh romantic” head-space!

We have two fab competitions running on Polka Dot Bride at the moment, firstly go into the draw to win one of ten double passes to The Luxury Wedding Showcase at the Treasury in Melbourne and our competition to Win your Dream Wedding Gown from Henry Roth!

Wedding List Co is teaming up with Coco Republic for their “Wedding Party” events during November. Attendees can enjoy personal attention from the Wedding List Co experts (including owner Karaline Loiteron) to help them plan their registry and select the items right for them.  The events will be held in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney and  registration closes today for your free gift so register on the Wedding List Co website here.

Antibride released their (free!) Iphone app recently and you can find me (AKA Aussie Bride) on there! Check out all my guest posts as well as the others (including the editor of Destination I Do magazine) by downloading the Antibride application here.

Ruffled Blog launched a new look today! Not only has Amanda put a fresh new look on the site but it’s packed with lots of great features- Congratulations Amanda!

Well Dots! That’s round up another week (stay tuned though because I have such an exciting “How To” guide this afternoon with one of the net’s favourite bloggers! What have you been up to this week? Please share your stories with me, I want to hear!

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Sky and Mat

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Sky and Mat

While Polka Dot Bride is Australian and we celebrate every day the beauty that is Australian wedding, we also have a large contingent of international readers, particularly from the US! I love to show off international weddings because I feel like they give us even more inspiration- something that another culture, another country, another couple celebrated with.

Sky and Mat had such a beautiful wedding- it’s literally filled with homemade touches, not only by them, but by their family and well some amazing Etsy vendors! And the photos- oh they’re just breath taking too! So I couldn’t resist sharing this celebration with you this morning! Their story goes a little something like this (as told by their photographer!) “These two lovebirds met at a restaurant where Sky was a bartender. Mat came in, he says a few times, Sky says once, to get a Sierra Nevada. He was waiting to get his haircut down the way and stayed for a brew. He said he might come back. He did. After their first date, which consisted of Sky tasting sweetbreads for the first time and Mat not divulging what they were until after her first bite (she was hooked), he came to work for the same restaurant she worked in. He was a chef who sent special plates out and stole spicy glances from the expo line.”

Photos today are by Made U Look Photography. I almost feel to put words with the images today is a shame because the images really have a way of speaking for themselves. but alas, the polka dot way is to tell you all the stories from the day!

Sky wore a  beautiful gown, Dupioni Silk Custom (modeled after Lee Ann Belter’s creation) by Lana’s Bridal Studio and Bolero by TianaCHE on etsy. Her wedding day hair and makeup was styled by Kayci Stoots. She carried a bouquet made by Songs From The Garden.

The couple married at The Flower Barn in California. The photographers say, “The venue was the fourth and last serious place to be scoped, but it was actually the first on the list. Sky was a little afraid to see it because she knew it was the place, an answered prayer. It was everything Mat and Sky had dreamed up: farm setting minus the animals (except for the most adorable chickens ever created-The Gypsy Chicks-Chinese Silkies), indoor/outdoor facilities, majestic trees, cottages and a farmhouse for family to stay and celebrate the night and next morning in. Everything was perfect.”

The corsages were by Handi Craft Kate, The couple’s daughter Ella wore a tutu from Laurie’s Tutu Boutique and shoes by Ivory and Moss. (She insisted on wearing her mothers shoes right up until the ceremony began though!)

Mat and Sky designed and wrote the wedding invites. Mat is an artist (outside of the kitchen as well) and Sky is a writer. The two had a lot of creative freedom, and only a few arguments, in this project. RuffHouse Art was a wonderful find on She helped with the colors and all of the production. They also DIThemselves with the save-the-dates,most of the desserts and all beverages, boutonnieres, sign-in table cards and set up, painted craft birdhouses and birdcages, favors, ceremony programs, reception decorations, escort cards, wedding party gifts and rehearsal dinner invites.

One significant theme in the wedding, besides the bird element and mild literary theme, is the relevance of the number 3. This is Sky’s favorite number. It is very special and intriguing. Many of the small details of their wedding have the number 3 strewn into them, if you look close enough! Her younger brother, best friend and man of honor (all the same guy!) was born at 3:33 p.m. and Mat proposed to Sky at approximately the same time. They set the wedding for 3:33 p.m.

Sky walked down the aisle to  Chris Tomlin’s ‘Amazing Love’. It was an instrumental by their amazing friends – Josh Bueno and Josh Guerrero who happen to be guitar gifted. Sky and Mat’s brothers stood beside them at the ceremony along with Sky’s bridesmaids dressed in gowns from Adrianna Papell and Old Navy.

There were some funny stories from the day. Sky says “just some of the usual – groom not having a room to get dressed in (he just roamed the grounds), our almost teenage son’s bloody nose right before the ceremony (along with locking himself out of his room 8 minutes before GO TIME and having have his necktie cut because it was too long)”

The cake, albeit beautiful, caused a few hassles! Sky recalls,”I have food allergies and had already had a small fiasco with it the morning of. I was unable to pick it up because they covered it in buttercream (I’m allergic to dairy and gluten). The cake came later than promised and so we were unable to decorate it! We’d had planned a gorgeous bendy grapevine twig to enhance it, along with a nest and two birds and two eggs (for our children) included. No go. Funny thing was, I had a vision of this months before. We still said, “Let Them Eat Cake”! I ended up with an allergic reaction (not necessarily the cake!) but it was quite a coincidence. Later found out it had eggs in it and I had requested it not to -VEGAN). All in all, a day for the books.”

The first dance was to Born Again by Third Day. The couple sang to one another (it helped and made it special there were both male and female vocals:). Everyone else faded into a blur.

A big thank you to Sky and Mat for sharing their wedding with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Made U Look Photography for such scrummy images!

Photos by Made U Look Photography

Prue and Andrew

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


Prue and Andrew

Oh, Wednesday couldn’t be much better when you have a stunning wedding like the one we have this morning! To say it’s full of glamour is an understatement. Our bride Prue has the most amazing gown that will have you squealing with delight, she designed it herself and it looks like it’s out of the pages of a vintage fashion magazine!- it’s a complete stunner!! and the moody rain? Well it just added to the atmosphere!

Photos this morning are by Infinity Photography who as per usual have captured this wedding with a whole lot of beauty and grace.

Prue Rainey designed and made her own gown and her bridesmaids gowns. Her vintage makeup look was styled by Kelly Tapp. Seed Flora put together a bouquet of succulents and roses.

The couple were married on Georges Head lookout overlooking Sydney harbor. Prue says, “Our  friends created an alter and aisle on the headland as a surprise, so I had no idea what I was going to being walking down when I arrived. It was a well kept secret and It was absolutely beautiful.”

Prue walked down the aisle (or sandstone steps) to an instrumental of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon.

Prue’s most memorable moment is a classic but romantic one. “Marrying  Andrew was the most special part of the day to me.”

Prue and Andrew held their reception at The Tea Room, Gunners Barracks. Prue says “ The Tea Room was the perfect intimate setting for the reception. We felt like a part of the room – not on display.”

Prue and Andrew danced their romantic first dance together to “Only You” by Louis Armstrong.

Thank you Prue and Andrew for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Infinity Photography for today’s photographs!

Photos by Infinity Photography

Mel and Lynden

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


Mel and Lynden

There’s nothing quite like an Australian country wedding. The golden fields, the rusty old buildings, the olive green of the trees! Today’s beautiful celebration comes to us from Nundle, NSW.

Today’s newlyweds Mel and Lynden met through a friend. “We met through a mutual friend. Our first date was on the back of Lynden’s bike to the Peel Inn Nundle for lunch-very romantic. This is why we chose the venue as it held a special place in our hearts.”

Image Photography captured today’s memories! Such a fun vibe runs throughout these shots and it’s clear Mel and Lynden were so happy and comfortable with their photographer! (I adore seeing the Australian landscape there too!)

Mel and Lynden were careful to include their families in every aspect of their day. Mel says, “ Everything was special to us. Nothing was done just because. My brother was the second witness on our marriage certificate. My sister in law and brother also read at the church. Lynden’s brother was best man. Both my father and step father walked me down the aisle together. All the families were included and I think it shows in the photos how special our families and friends are to us!” The boys wore Issimo suits.

Mel wore a gown from Bewitch Fashions with a veil made by her mother. She carried a bouquet by Weddings Only.

Mel’s bridesmaids wore asymmetrical black gowns made by Marilyn Binney of Tamworth, NSW.

Mel and Lynden were married at the Dungowan Catholic Church, Dungowan. Mel walked down the aisle to “Crazy Love” by Michael Buble.

The couple made sure to use venues in their photography that meant something to them. “ Odgers & McClelland Exchange Stores which is where we had some great photos taken on the front of the old verandah. . The only stipulation I had for Karissa was that we use this beautiful old shop in Nundle for background photos as it has the most beautiful verandah with red/orange leaves and old wares to buy, such as old millet brooms or a cordial mix your grandmother made for you when you were little. It’s such an old store and suited Lynden and myself perfectly”

The childlike elements, red balloons and fairy bread were chosen especially to represent their personalities. “ Karissa used red balloons and fairy bread as props in a few. Red is my favourite colour and we asked that a little art be incorporated into the photos. When I first met Karissa over coffee to talk about the big day I ordered fairy bread to have with our coffee. The staff asked where the kids were when they brought the fairy bread over but we explained it was for us. I wanted Karissa to know us as a couple and serious is not usually a word used to describe us so fairy bread just seemed perfect on the day.”

Lighting boxes scattered around the area were made by a friend,

Mel and her bridesmaids made a personalised seating plan. “It was something a little different showing the faces of the bridal party and the cool little caricature bodies drawn by Lynden, as well as the seating table cut outs for guests (butterflies). Lots of comments on this.”

Mel and Lynden held their reception at The Peel Inn. Mel says “The reception was held at the ‘Peel Inn’, Nundle. The Peel Inn meant a lot to us. We had our first date at this venue. After riding up on Lynden’s bike (45 minutes from Tamworth) we ate lunch and explored the town. It is such a beautiful, picturesque sleepy town. The vine which stretches out over the outside seating area of the Peel Inn, has leaves that change a beautiful red/orange when autumn begins. Our wedding was during autumn and we knew the venue would be one of the most important aspects of making this wedding so memorable for us and for our guests.

We loved Romona Babic, our event coordinator. Made everything run smoothly. Cue music, cue food, cue stress free great night!”

The black lace was a theme throughout the wedding, from the invitations Mel & Lynden made, to the centrepieces to decorating the cake. Mel says “ The cake was made by every woman in our family – Fruit cake by both mothers Denise and Narelle, the mud cake by my sisters-in-law Leanne and Jodie and the banana cake by our nieces Mackenzie and Caitlin.” The music for the day was provided by Matt Zarb.

The couple danced to “At Last”, the cover version by Beyonce.

One of Mel’s favourite memories happened after the “official” proceedings. “I loved the VIP after party that kicked on upstairs until the wee hours for all of the “stayers” on the night. Nathan and Bec Schofield from the Peel Inn kept our closest friends and family well watered upstairs for the after party late into the night.”

A big thank you to Mel and Lynden for sharing their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Image Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous photos!

Photos by Image Photography

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