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Rustic Australian Glamour Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


I was delighted when this gem of a shoot landed from Tilopa and Jemma at Bride + Groom store in Perth. The girls put it together to show off their new hire range and styling service, but I think it’s the perfect inspiration for a Wednesday morning on Polka Dot Bride!

The girls used candelabras (bronze ones available to hire from November) as well as a mix of votives, jars, metal lanterns and le petite atelier place cards. The girls also included parasols and fans along with vintage suitcases and a blackboard to complete the look (items are available to hire or purchase from the girls).

The girls did a second shoot which was a little more formal, a little more black tie. The chairs and  mason jars are available to hire from the store and you can buy the silk peony bouquet, Sence rose nectar and lemons are available for purchase from the Bride + Groom store.

Photos from Bride + Groom Store.

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Emerson Made

by | Accessories, Bride


It occurred to me recently that there are things that I love to look at, websites that I’ve saved and things that I’ve cut out just because I love them. I never share them because I see so many people talking about them I figure, “Well everyone knows about that!” and then I post something and you all exclaim and swoon along with me!

So I’m going to work harder at sharing some of my favourite things that have been shuffled away in folders, bookmark folders (seriously you don’t want to scroll through that mess, it scrolls for five minutes!)

Anyway! First on my list of the week is the absolutely stunning work of Emerson Made. Handmade, hand dyed, hand stitched pieces created by Emerson and her husband Ryan. They have recently introduced a clothing line, but they’re most famous for their range for their sweet as can be accessories- hair flowers, shoe clips, clutches, wrist corsages, bunting and  so much more.

Emerson Made’s online store is so full of beautiful pieces (changing as fast as the duo can make them!) to incorporate into your wedding all the way from New Hampshire.

Perhaps they’re the perfect treats not only for yourself, but for your bridesmaids, your special ones or even your groom?

Photos by Emerson Made

Modern Elegance Wedding Invitations By Ruby And Willow

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


I love treats in my inbox and today’s comes from New Zealand stationery designer Kate at Ruby & Willow. Kate always has a keen eye for stylish design and her intricate detailing is always just the right amount to bring an invitation suite together with a beautiful style.

I love the winter feel to this suite- the pine trees along with the fresh (and cool) pale aqua blue give a sense of the occasion without any stuffiness.

I’m really drawn to peach lately and this combination with the burgundy, dusty pink and brown has such a vintage feel to it- but the typeface keeps it modern and traditional without losing it’s sense of style.

Photos by Ruby & Willow

Geetha and Andrew

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


Geetha and Andrew

A true feast for the eyes this Monday afternoon- what a way to kick off a beautiful week on Polka Dot Bride! Geetha and Andrew married in a traditional Hindu wedding in Sydney earlier this year and this wedding? Well there is a soft spot in my heart for the glorious beauty of Indian weddings and this one is no different! It’s full of rich colours and such beauty!

Geetha and Andrew met online! Andrew saw a photo of Geetha on a mutual friend’s Facebook account and the rest? Well as they say, is history!

Photos today are by gm photographics who capture the vibe of each wedding so beautifully – beautiful detail shots, vivid colours and a sense of what was important to the couple.

The planner who brought everything together was Manjit Gujaral of Manjit’s Total Event Management.

In lieu of bouquets, each bridesmaid carried a cone of petals which Geetha made. “We bought all the raw materials for the bridesmaids floral cones (which the florist put together and provided the beautiful flower petals for). We bought a really nice thick textured creamy-gold paper, which we then tied a thick gold ribbon around. They worked out really well, and looked great on the day.” The flowers were styled by Vesna Grasso floral designer.

Geetha’s three wedding outfits and jewellery were purchased from a designer boutique in Mumbai, India called Sheetal. The bridesmaids had their gowns purchased from another boutique in Mumbai. The girls were dressed by “Radha, the lady who dressed both myself, my mum and all my bridesmaids was unbelievable. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs to get dolled up in Indian dress.” Geetha’s makeup was by Rani.

Geetha and Andrew were married at Curzon Hall. They split The Lady’s Pavilion into two rooms and used the smaller room (Sir Phillip Ballroom) for the ceremony, and the larger space (Sabrina’s View) for the reception.

Geetha and her bridesmaids walked down the aisle to a traditional Indian band playing traditional music.

Vesna Grasso floral designer set up the ceremony and reception decor. ” The crystal mandap (alter) that we got married under was just breath taking, and really suited the décor of the room that we got married in. There was a huge abundance of flowers in the ceremony which really lifted the room”.

The ceremony was a special memory of Geetha. ” The priest who conducted the Hindu ceremony  – he made ancient rituals relevant and interesting for not only the bride and groom, but everyone in the audience, whatever their cultural background.”

The wedding stationery was designed by Geetha’s friend Sarah Nguyen. “We designed the wedding invite with our friend Sarah around the idea of two Hindu deities – Radha and Krishna. She then went off and created a beautiful stylised image from our ideas. She also designed all the other wedding stationary, from the ceremony programs, to the thank you cards.”

Faye Cahill created a three tier cake of decadence in black, gold and red covered in red roses. The image on the second tier was a perfect replica of the drawing used throughout the couple’s wedding stationery  -and the tiers? Well – the bottom layer was hazelnut mocha cake, the second tier was banana caramel cake and the top tier was chocolate with white chocolate icing.

Geetha and Andrew danced a slow rumba to Ryan Adam’s  ‘My Love for You is Real’ before inviting all their gusts on the dance floor to celebrate the night away under twinkling crystal chandeliers.

Thank you to Geetha and Andrew for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! and to gm photographics for sharing today’s gorgeous photos!

Photos by gm photographics

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