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Nat and Mat’s Garden Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Nat and Mat

Thomas Stewart sent over the engagement shoot of Nat and Matt which took place in the lovely Wollongong Botanic gardens. I really loved the quietness of these photos- the gardens make such a beautiful backdrop and Nat and Mat look like they had such a great time!

Photos by Thomas Stewart

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Summer Lovely Wedding Invitations

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


With the smell of Summer in the air, it’s time for summer invitations to be printed and pressed, ready to deliver! Nothing quite beats the fresh, gelato like hues of Summer. Cool Aquas, luscious limes and sunshine yellows are all gorgeous on a wedding invitation and I thought today I’d share a few of my favourites in my favourite summer hues.

Vibrant yellow….

1. “Daisy’s Are The Friendliest Flower” Daisy & Jack 2. “Regency Daffodil” Akimbo 3. “Fleur” Fi Fy Fo Fum Stationery 4. “Chevron Crush” Alannah Rose Stationery 5. “Fieno” Bella Figura 6. “Regency” The Print Fairy

Bold Orange…

1. “Poppy” Courtney Khalil Stationery 2.”Mod Poppies” Akimbo 3. Little Flamingo Stationery 4. Emmyrose Stationery 5. “Your My Peach” Starry Night Design Studio

Sweet Watermelon Pinks…

1. “Curious Swirls” Little Flamingo Stationery 2. Emmyrose Stationery 3. “Butterfly Garden” in custom rose Alannah Rose Stationery 4.  “Ribbon” The Print Fairy

Fresh Summer greens…

1. “Botanica Bella” in custom lime splice and grass green Alannah Rose Stationery 2. “Laser Cut Lace Heart” Little Flamingo Stationery 3. “Picnic” Akimbo 4. Starry Night Design Studio 5. “you & me” The Print Fairy 6. “Cotillion” Bella Figura


Cool sea blues…

1. Form Over Function 2. “Lauren” Pepes Paperie 3. “Retro Dot” Alannah Rose Stationery 4. Fi Fy Fo Fum Stationery 5. Form Over Function 6. Bicycle for Two invitation in Custom Ring Box for Alannah Rose Stationery. 7. “Lemonade” Stelloberry Designs 8. “Semaphore” Akimbo

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Kirsti and Brendan’s Winery Wedding Photo by James Field

It’s time for our Friday morning ritual of wrapping up the content from our specialty blogs and the wedding world this week! This week was such a busy one, filled with sad news, adventures and surprises. I’m hoping next week is a little calmer in my world.

Around the specialty blogs this week:

Clare Day gives us a fun look at the story behind Clare Day Photography on Polka Dot Wisdom

What is ‘photojournalism’? How to pick the real thing? Jeremy Beasley explains all on Polka Dot Wisdom

Cath and Ben from Sass Studios share an inspirational image from their collection on Polka Dot Wisdom

Erin tells us the secrets of getting the best out of your Wedding Photography on Polka Dot Wisdom

Mel from The Crafty DIY Bride has given us a tutorial on making the cutest paper flower hair pins on Polka Dot Made

Katie shares some really fabulous advice on Brides and Bridesmaids – How to Be Better At Both on Polka Dot Weddings

Kirsti and Brendon tell us about their sweet winery wedding at McLaren Vale on Polka Dot Weddings

Karen encourages all brides to stick to what they really want in a wedding dress with some timely advice on Polka Dot Weddings

And we can feast our eyes and dream about Luxurious Australian Honeymoon Accommodation on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week…

Amazing Melbourne cake designer Cake Face has opened her shopfront! Located at 6 Claremont Avenue, Malvern the shop is open by appointment only for consultations. (But there are beautiful cakes in the windows 24/7 for you to drool over!)

Two lovely Perth ladies have launched a gorgeous wedding e-magazine! Smitten magazine came out last month and is packed with gorgeous Australian wedding inspiration. There’s real weddings, styling inspiration, expert articles and it’s all pulled together in a beautiful, stylish way! Worth reading with your next cup of tea!

Photographer Brent Lukey has launched a brand new wedding music website. Dubbed a “Celine Free Zone”, Great Wedding Songs is full of music choices for every part of your wedding day. Each song links straight to iTunes so you can easily purchase what you love!

Want to be on the world’s only wedding podcast network? The Wedding Podcast Network would love to hear from Polka Dot Bride readers for consideration for their  Newlywedcast show on Wedding Podcast Network. They’re looking for recently married couples (within past year) to email Holli at and submit a brief synopsis describing highlights of their wedding planning experience.  What made your wedding extra special – culture? rituals? traditions? personalized how? theme? destination wedding?  The show is an opportunity to share thoughts about their wedding planner, photographer, videographer, venue, flowers, food and beverage selections, music, attire, inspiring websites/magazines and whatever else they deem important to help others plan their special day. When your feature is recorded, you can also retell your personal love story – how you met and got engaged.

The interview will be recorded via Skype and gives you a chance to reflect and reminisce about your wedding day!

Photographers Woodnote Photography are flying South for the winter. Woodnote is made of up husband and wife duo Caroline and Jayden. The couple only moved from Melbourne where Jayden’s family lives four years ago and hope to live here again permanently soon! In the meantime, Australians can book Woodnote for their weddings! Their next trip to Melbourne will be from Nov. 2-20, and then the following trip is scheduled for January and February of 2012.  They’re flexible with dates and distances, so do check out their website and contact them for more information!

Finally, our video this week comes from Motion Art Cinematography who shared this one with me awhile ago.



Any news you have to share? Leave a comment and let me know!

Jessica and Nick’s Colourful Queensland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jessica and Nick

Queensland, the Sunshine state has a special way of injecting vibrant colour into weddings and today’s celebration? Well it’s bright, cheerful and doesn’t shy away from embracing the warm, colourful hues that go so beautifully with the state’s warmer weather.

Jessica recalls how she met Nick. “We first met when I was on a student placement at the hospital where Nick was working. I remember Nick being really nice and funny, but nothing more, and obviously I was just a student to him. 2 years later, I took up a position at the same hospital and the first person I was introduced to was Nick. And we instantly hit it off, much to the delight of all our colleagues who were entertained by the whole relationship unfolding!”

Today’s photographs are by Naomi V Photography. I love how Naomi brings images to her work that are almost out of a fashion magazine but doesn’t lose any of the stolen moments either. So fresh, bright and cheerful!

The day started off with a wonderful surprise for Jessica. She recalls “Unfortunately, one of my bridesmaids was unable to fly out to Australia for the wedding, as she was days away from giving birth in Ireland. I received a phone call from her in the morning, just as a big bunch of flowers and a bottle of champagne was being delivered to our door.”

Jessica paired her Adorae by Sottero & Midgley (bought from Strictly Bridal at Robina) with magenta coloured Wittner heels. Her bridesmaids wore magenta bridesmaids frocks made by a family friend. Allure Professional Hair and Makeup created the girl’s wedding day looks.

Jessica had many parts of her family with her, including in her gown. “My mum and grandmother sewed onto my lining of my dress, a love heart created from a blue floral material from a dress worn by my nona when she first met me as a baby, the lace from my mother’s wedding dress, and a button from my grandmother’s wedding dress. My engagement ring was also given to Nick by his mother.” The vibrant floral arrangements were styled by Karen at Tugun Village Florist.

Jessica’s favourite moments of the day included, “Being surrounded by our family and friends, being married in the same church as my parents, my gorgeous bouquet that brightened up the day, all of the speeches that were perfectly funny, charming and not too long! And just knowing that the whole wedding was just perfectly ‘us’ – all that we had hoped for and more.

Fellow workmates squashed any nerves Jessica had “I only started to feel really nervous as we pulled into the street with the church. Once we pulled up outside the church, I could feel the tears beginning to well in my eyes. As we looked out the limo windows, we saw a welcoming committee formed by all the cleaners and wardsmen from work, with mops on their heads waving cleaning cloths in the air! I couldn’t help but laugh and I’m so thankful they were there to stop the tears! From then on, the ceremony was light-hearted and happy and was only made funnier when Nick couldn’t get the ring on my finger!

Jessica recalls “Dad walked me down the aisle to “Question” by Old 97s. I wanted a song that was upbeat, so I wouldn’t cry! It’s a cute song about asking and saying yes to a question once in your life.”

Jessica and Nick were married at in Calvary Catholic Church, Miami. Jessica says “While it isn’t one of the most magnificent of churches, Calvary Church has featured in many important family occasions. My parents, aunties and uncles were married there, and myself, my brother and my cousins were baptised there.”

Jessica describes the wedding day as “A perfectly happy, bright, joyous occasion that we will never forget.

Jessica remarks “We had an amazing day with not a cloud in the sky, in between weeks and weeks of rain. We went to Pizzey Park for our photo shoot and Naomi V captured so many amazing shots there.”

Of their photographer, Jessica recalls “We found Naomi V after our original photographers cancelled on us! It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Friends of ours recommended her and we are so grateful. Naomi traveled down to our house to meet with us, and again for our engagement shoot. She is very personable and relaxed – which is just what you need when posing for the first time in your lives! Her photography is amazing and we still have people telling us how gorgeous our photos turned out. We would highly recommend her. She exceeded all our expectations.”

Jessica and Nick celebrated with their guests at Pointbreak Bar & Grill on Burleigh Headland. Jessica remarks.”Pointbreak Bar & Grill is located on Burleigh Headland, overlooking the beach and the coastline right up to Surfers Paradise. It has a laid back contemporary beachy feel and has recently been renovated. There were couches on the deck for people to mingle away from their tables. The staff were great to us and the food was amazing.” Tables were named after famous Queensland beaches.

The reception carried through the bright magenta of the wedding day. Jessica explains, “Julie from Table Jewels decorated our venue perfectly with tealight candles, mirrored table runners and Singapore orchids. She also provided a gorgeous birdcage wishing well that suited the theme perfectly.” A three tier wedding cake was created by Kelly Yusuf from GreenStone Studio.

The reception was filled with dancing, including the newlywed’s first dance. “We danced to “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional. The chorus sings “you have stolen my heart”.

Congratulations Jessica and Nick! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today! Thank you also to Naomi V Photography for sharing today’s wedding photographs!

Photos by Naomi V Photography

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