Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


a a bent181 Classic Pink and White Townsville Wedding

Photo from Classic Pink and White Townsville Wedding Photography by Insight Creative

Hello Dotties! Most of us are out of the office today doing very exciting things which we hope to be able to share with you soon! So forgive me if this week’s roundup is a little short, I’m writing it in a last minute rush before I go and help Ms Gingham!

On Polka Dot Groom

Ms Lace keeps us all up to date with the new wedding trend of Gentlemens’ Lounge complete with cigars and cognac

When Odyn married Rebekah he looked particularly dapper in his check hat

Tim shares his wedding day memories of seeing his bride Nicole

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Read all about the Grand Pacific Group which manages such venues as Gunners Barracks and Dunbar House, with Holly Orsman Smith

Hello Blossoms show us their favourite things on Vendor’s Favourites

Andrea from Write Weddings gives us some great tips on writing your wedding vows

A very special moment between father and son, is captured by Ben of Blue Tulip Imaging – as Ben says – …’a rare moment of unscripted humanity..’

Jenna from Lucky Sixpence Events shows us how to start a ‘Wedmin’ folder

On Polka Dot Weddings

Amy and Andrew share their lovely pink and white QLD wedding

Sarah and Paul married at Orange in NSW with a sweet vintage country wedding

Neil and Emma show us their  wedding filled with birds, DIY touches and even a bouquet made from tiny clay flowers

Mindi and Adam share their engagement shoot complete with cupcakes shot by Leisa from White Fluffy Cloud

Ask Ms Polka Dot this month is about taking inspiration from weddings no matter what your budget is

On Polka Dot Made

Etsy Roundup this week showcases some edible favours

Tuesday Type with a flourish – Zaner

Alicia shows us some gorgeous but easy projects with ribbons

Ms Lace shares her yummy Berry Mojito Popsicles

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Sally and Michael bid farewell to us from the last leg of their honeymoon in Rome

And six things to love about Rome – Ms Gingham shares them here

Around the wedding world this week…

Wedding florist Blond Flores has updated their website with a fresh new look and plenty of gorgeous images! Check it out here.

The Party Studio are holding a hands on DIY workshop for brides to be wanting to learn how to create their very own dessert table for an engagement party, kitchen tea or even wedding. Four talented dessert designers will be there and the course is limited to 12 brides at a time so book early by emailing hello at

 Wedding Gifts Direct have launched their May Special Offer!   Sign up with Wedding Gifts Direct during the month of May and receive a FREE Eva Solo 1L Carafe valued at $65 OR an Eva Solo 2 Piece Carving Set valued at $195 OR an Eva Solo XO Collection 5 Piece Cookware Set valued at $999! Visit the  Wedding Gifts Direct for more.

A gorgeous wedding video today that I found from Lightfield Lewis. It tells not just the story of the day, but of the couple’s lives!




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Karina & Luke’s Adelaide Winery Wedding

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


Karina & Luke

I love the Adelaide weddings that we’re showcasing (due to popular demand!) Adelaide is one of my favourite cities in Australia with it’s relaxed, laid back feel and Karina and Luke’s winery wedding has the same atmosphere.

Karina explains how she and Luke met. “A girlfriend from uni was having her birthday celebrations at her boyfriend’s house which happened to be where my groom also lived. It was a bunch of single uni girls turning up to a house full of single boys…chances of meeting someone that night were high!. My now husband was playing the guitar with his band mates in the back yard of their house and caught my attention. We chat, instantly hit it off and we have been together ever since. That was 5 years ago.”

Photographs today are by Event Imaging who have captured the romantic essence of the day.

Dare Hair styled Karina and her bridesmaid’s hair while Allure Hair & Makeup styled the makeup.

Karina wore a lace gown fromCinderella Bridal & Evening Wear  (08) 8373 7291) ” Julianna managed to turn my rambled ideas into the wedding dress of my dreams. It was simple yet beautiful, made entirely of stunning French lace.”

The floral arrangements on the day were by Bliss Events. Karina says “I cannot brag enough about the amazing job they did in putting together the arrangements for the venue and also the bouquets. The flowers and table arrangements were more beautiful than I had ever expected. My bouquet was a beautiful arrangement of peonies, lisianthus, baby’s breath and David Austin roses mostly of white with a little latte and soft pink strewn through the bouquet. The bridesmaids had a smaller bouquet with similar flowers however they had mostly soft pinks and latte with a little white strewn through. They looked gorgeous against their cream dresses.”

Karina and Luke chose Bird In the Hand Winery for their wedding. Karina explains, “We had always thought we would have our wedding at a winery, so we checked out numerous wineries across Adelaide’s wine regions (with quite a few wine tastings later), but couldn’t find the venue that met all our needs. The groom’s family live in Woodside and so one day we thought it an idea to pop into this little winery in Woodside (Bird in Hand). We were instantly in love with the picturesque setting that oozed class but also had a relaxed vibe. The staff were incredibly helpful in the planning process and were willing to accommodate any ideas we had.
We had  roaming entrées in the outdoor garden whilst the sun was out and then moved into the barrel room for a sit down main and dessert. Turned out perfectly.”

Karina walked down the aisle to “An acoustic version of David Gray’s ‘This Years Love’ sung by our best man. My husband and his best man play in a band together and every time I hear him sing this song at a gig, I love it! So it was special to both of us that he played this song as I walked down the aisle.”

Of the day, Karina says “It was an amazing day when we got to share our love for each other with all of our beautiful family and friends…lots of fun, laughs and wonderful memories. ” Karina’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Wild Child Stylelab and added tulle under the skirt. The groom and groomsmen wore suits from The Suit Co.

Of their photographer, Karina says, “Pete from Event Imaging was amazing, the bridal party loved him and he made the process of having photos taken fun and relaxing. He captured the vintage/romantic theme we were wanting perfectly.”

Karina made the seating chart herself but most of the stationery came from UK stationer Ivy Ellen. Karina explains ” I had ordered the wedding invitations and order of service booklets from an online store in the UK called Ivy Ellen. I chose a vintage floral design that was gorgeous and different from anything I had seen before. ”

Karina notes “A lot of the decorations were made or sourced ourselves. My mother and I hunt through the thrift stores across Adelaide for vintage glass vases, lamp shades and photo frames which we painted for table numbers and blackboards. We sourced some gorgeous floral material and lace trim which friends made into serviettes for the day. They looked amazing! We made a table seating board ourselves also which stood on a large easel at the entrance. It all came together beautifully. I also made lace trim for champagne glasses given to each guest on the bus for the trip to the venue. ”

For favors, Karina says, “We made homemade Onion Jam ( a recipe from the groom’s family) and gave little jars with lids made up in various vintage floral materials to each guest. It took a lot of man hours to make, but they looked gorgeous and added a personal touch.”

The wedding cake was made by Heidelberg Cakes. Karina says “We had a five tier cake stand filled with individual cakes coated in white chocolate with fillings of either strawberries and cream or baci. Tiers decorated with beautiful flowers from Bliss Events matching those used in the bouquets. ”

Karina recalls “The highlight of the evening was without doubt the best man speech.  Our best man surprised us all by writing and singing a song as opposed to a speech. It was the most incredible speech I have ever heard with a standing ovation from the guests. Everyone still talks about it and we listen to it regularly!”

The couple hired the band The Last Broadcast to perform at the reception . Karina says “For our first dance we danced to ‘I shall be released’ by Bob Dylan. We are both not much of dancers so it was a very simple bridal dance.”

Congratulations Karina & Luke! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Event Imaging for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Event imaging / Bride's Dress: Cinderella Bridal & Evening Wear (local (08) 8373 7291) / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaid Dresses: Wild Child Stylelab / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Groom's Attire: The Suit Co / Groomsmen Attire: The Suit Co / Hairstylist: Dare Hair / Makeup Artist: Allure Hair & Makeup / Lighting: CASO Lighting / Rental Furniture: Atmosphere Events / Flowers & Decor: Bliss Events / Invitations & Stationery: Ivy Ellen / Venue: Bird in Hand Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Steve Leitsch from Woodside Lutheran Church / Band: The Last Broadcast / Wedding Cake: Heidelberg Cakes

Pamela and Leigh’s Delightful Elwood Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Pamela and Leigh

Simple and sweet is the name of the game for this beautiful Melbourne bayside wedding. Pamela and Leigh met through a mutual friend one New Year’s Eve and have been together ever since. They chose one of Melbourne’s iconic bayside venues to celebrate their marriage.

Photographs are by Luma Photo who easily captured the joy of the day.

Pamela and Leigh chose Elwood Pier as their wedding location.

Pamela, wearing a Baccini & Hill gown with Alan Pinkus shoes walked down the aisle to Elvis Costello’s “She”.

Pamela and Leigh were married by Amanda Matler of Splendid Ceremonies.

Of their photographer, Pamela says “Luma Photography took beautiful, natural photos. They captured the moment & emotion perfectly . We didn’t want to pose for photos, but wanted them to capture the spirit of the day- which they did”

The couple held their reception at Elwood restaurant Sails On The Bay.

The brightly coloured floral arrangements were styled by Heavy Petal.

Pamela says “I loved having all our friends and family there, we had friends who made the trip from London so it meant a lot that they were there. The location meant something to us. We both wanted it to be a party and have lots of dancing- which it was. Everyone got up and danced the night away. My dad’s speech was also special. He doesn’t like public speaking and was very nervous, but he really gave a heart warming speech.”

For their first dance, Pamela and Leigh invited all of their guests to join them on the dance floor to dance to “Make  You Feel My Love” by Adele.

Congratulations on your wedding Pamela and Leigh. Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Luma Photo for the images.

Photographer: Luma Photo / Bride's Dress: Baccini & Hill / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pea in a Pod Maternity / Bride's Jewellery: Mimco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: Violet from Nylon Hair / Makeup Artist: Jessica Whitelock, Melbournme Make-up Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Heavy Petal / Venue: Sails On The Bay / Ceremony Officiant: Amanda Matler, Splendid Ceremonies / Cake Baker: Sugadeaux / Transport: All Hire Cars

Lucinda and Andrew’s Rainy Lorne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lucinda and Andrew

Seaside towns are beautiful palces to get married, but I think I now have a penchant for seaside towns with a little, or a lot of rain after seeing Lucinda and Andrew’s vintage, rainy Lorne wedding.

Lucinda recalls how she and Andrew met. “Andrew and I both moved to Melbourne from the country to study at university and met while living in the same residential college.

We chose Lorne because we travel there as often as we can for time away from the city. It’s such a lovely place to relax and unwind and we have made many special memories there over the 8 years we have been together. We hoped that our wedding would also be a chance for our closest friends and family to have a lovely seaside outing and it was so lovely to share with them a place which is so special to us.”

Photographs today are by Harvard Wang. I love the unique and interesting perspective Harvard captures in his photographs.

There were plenty of DIY touches at the wedding, to coincide with the beautiful, almost vintage style of the day. Lucinda remarks “The biggest task we undertook was designing our wedding stationery which involved save the dates, an invitation suite, a welcome card with a custom made map of Lorne, place cards, menus, thank you cards and lots of little signs and stickers which were used on the day. While neither Andrew nor I have backgrounds in design, we loved being able to use our creativity and have the flexibility to make everything look just as we wanted it.”

Di Baker (03 52896516) styled Lucinda’s hair and her and her bridesmaid’s makeup while  Lisa Schrier (0429784455) styled the bridesmaid’s hair. Portobello Jewellery created Lucinda’s crystal hair comb.

The florals were styled by Sinikka Floral Design . Each girl wore a wrist corsage. Lucinda notes “We did not have a specific theme for the day which allowed us the flexibility to pick and choose whichever traditions and details felt most relevant to us. Above all, we wanted the day to be about love: our love for each other, for our friends and family, for Lorne, for the seaside and for all the things in life which make us happy.”

Lucinda, who wore a gown designed by Amaline Vitale and Stuart Weitzman shoes, found herself inspired by bygone eras when it came to planning the wedding. She explains  Unlike many women, when Andrew and I got engaged I had no idea what my wedding would be like and it was somewhat overwhelming to look at so many beautiful weddings on blogs and in magazines and to try and decide which of all the beautiful details, ideas and options I would choose – I wanted to do everything! To help with this stage of the planning, I took the advice of many brides and closed my eyes to try and ‘imagine’ my own wedding day… only when I did this, the wedding that I imagined was not my own, but those of my grandmothers and great grandmothers! In some ways, this did help ground my vision for the day – while the day would not necessarily have a particular ‘theme’ of specific ‘colours’, I now knew it would be small, country Australian wedding which would echo those of my grandmothers and great grandmothers. In many ways, this gave way to lots of vintage details and a focus on old fashioned rather than modern wedding traditions.”

Lucinda says “Our ceremony was held at St Cuthbert’s Church which is on the main street in Lorne. It’s a beautiful little weatherboard church which was originally built in 1892. The moment we stepped inside the church we knew it was the perfect place for us to marry – it has such a cosy, warm feeling inside which was fitting for such a raining wedding day!”

Lucinda walked down the aisle to a recording of Cat Power’s ‘Sea of Love’ and the recessional was a recording of ‘Home’ by Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros.

The music was a crucial part of the ceremony for the family. Lucinda notes “Some close friends of ours performed during the ceremony which was very special for us. They opened our ceremony with a special wedding song which had been sung by my great grandmother in eisteddfods in the 1920’s, as well as Sally Setman’s ‘Harmony to my heartbeat’ during the signing. Unfortunately my grandparents, who had given me the sheet music for the first song a couple of years earlier, were too frail to travel from Western Australia to Lorne for our wedding, so for this reason, my brother Angus arranged for the whole ceremony to be recorded and when the first song was performed he even placed an iphone next to our musicians so that my grandparents could hear this special song being sung ‘live’ at our wedding.”

I swear the above photo looks like I have pulled it from a very old wedding album.

Lucinda remembers “In lieu of confetti or rice, we had guests wave little papel picado tissue flags from Ay Mujer! once we were announced as wed, and although they got a little damaged in the rain, it added a fun and festive feel to the day.”

The post ceremony refreshments carried on despite the rain. Lucinda explains “St Cuthberts Church also has a lovely garden area at the front of the church and we had intended to serve drinks and sweets in the garden following the ceremony. However, this was not possible because of the rain so the church caretakers were kind enough to let take shelter in the church following the ceremony, where guests were served mineral waters, meringues and cupcakes. I was so happy it turned out this way, because it was so special to relax and celebrate the very space where we had just said our vows, and it was lots of fun to walk out of the front of the church and pop back in the back door in time to catch the end of our own recessional! Thanks to the umbrellas we had hired for the day, we were still able to take photos in the gardens in front of the church, in between refreshments inside the church. The umbrellas were also used for guests taking the short walk from the church to the reception venue.”

The rain? Not a problem in the slightest for Lucinda and Andrew who hired umbrellas for the event from Hire An Umbrella. Lucinda says “It rained all day on our wedding day… and it was beautiful! While rain is usually the one thing all couples want to avoid on their wedding day, for us it was a defining factor. It gave the day a warm, cosy feel and the misty rain which surrounded us on the day only added to the atmosphere.”

Lucinda’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Alannah Hill & Natasha Gan.

A little Lorne restaurant hosted the intimate reception. Lucinda explains “The reception was held at Ba Ba Lu Bar and Restaurant which has long been a favourite place for special dinners for Andrew and I. The restaurant was just the right size for our intimate reception and our guests adored the delicious Spanish, Mexican and Middle Eastern food served up by BaBaLu as well as the comfortable and inviting atmosphere of the venue.

At each guest’s seat was a ceramic bud vase with a name tag attached. These were filled with various flowers by the florist for guests to take home at the end of the night. Guests were also offered boxes of wedding cake to take home at the end of the night too.”

The sweet touches at the reception were largely styled by the couple. “We made, collected and arranged a lot of decorations ourselves. The fabric bunting was a huge team effort thanks to my family, friends and largely Andrew’s mother who sewed almost every flag onto the some 200 metres of bias! I also held a couple of ladies ‘craftanoon teas’ where we worked on decorations such as the bunting, the glitter gold ‘just married sign’ and preparing vases, candle holders and other decorations.”

Lucinda’s mother made the cake. Lucinda recalls “One big DIY project was the wedding cake, which was made and decorated by my mother. My mum has always been known for her amazing fruit cakes and with the help of some of her friends, and lots of practice cakes (which we got to sample) she taught herself how to assemble and decorate a wedding cake! It was so special so have a cake made from the heart and it was just perfect and looked stunning when presented on a green glass cake stand and surrounded by framed photographs from the weddings of our parents and grandparents, backed by the bridal bouquets.” The cake was topped with blooms from Sinikka Floral Design.

As my parents buy and sell antiques, I was very lucky to have them look out for certain bits and pieces for me and I also undertook many ‘wedding buying missions’ at the antique fairs that they sell at. In particular, I purchased a large number of crystal and glass antique candle holders which were used on the tables at the reception as well as lots of vintage (but unused!) handkerchiefs which were offered to guests as they entered the ceremony. Other things I collected at the fairs were antique frosted glass ring holders which were used to hold our rings at the ceremony, as well as vases and linens which were all used throughout the day.

(As a side, the two biggest antique fairs in Victoria are Fryerstown Antique Fair and Maldon Antique Fair which are each held once a year in the summer. Both are a lovely short drive from Melbourne and the prices are very reasonable, especially if you are prepared to bargain! I highly recommend them for brides and grooms wanting to collect vintage and antique items for their wedding!) 

The first dance, although made up, was incredibly special. Lucinda explains “Andrew and I did our first dance to ‘Love Serenade’ by The Waifs. We made up the dance ourselves the weekend before our wedding and it included everything from waltzing to dosey does! We expected all our guests to laugh at our dance but all we heard as we bounded around were cheers and clapping and it was one of the best moments of the night! Our first dance and speeches were very special to us because they were a way for us to express our love openly and uniquely to all our friends and family, in the ways which were most meaningful to us.”

The couple bought extra long sparklers from The Wedding Sparkler Company to make for a magical send off. Lucinda remembers “Our send-off was so special to us! Our wonderful band announced that they were playing one last song and asked everyone to go outside to the courtyard and light extra-long sparklers. We then walked and danced our way between all the twirling sparklers and wandered into the mist of the evening. As we looked back through the mist, we could hear the band’s fading music and see the last of the light of the sparklers being held by all our closest friends and family – it was a very special moment!”

Congratulations on your marriage Lucinda and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Harvard Wang for sharing your images!


Photographer: Harvard Wang / Cinematographer: Angus Peart (Bride's Brother) / Bride's Dress: Amaline Vitale / Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Portobello Jewellery / Flowers & Decor: Sinikka Floral Design / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Bridesmaid Dresses: Natasha Gan / Hair & Makeup Artist: Di Baker (03 52896516) / Bridesmaid's hairstylist: Lisa Schrier (0429784455) / Invitations & Stationery: Designed and made by the bride and groom / Ceremony Venue: St Cuthberts Church, Lorne / Reception Venue: Ba Ba Lu Bar and Restaurant, Lorne / Band: SanWaZee / Cake: Bride's mother / Sparklers: The Wedding Sparkler Company / Umbrella hire: Hire an Umbrella / Wedding Regsitry: Bison Australia