Snapshot Sunday – Blowin In The Wind

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Polly and Waz’s Sydney Harbour Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Polly & Waz

The surrounds of Sydney Harbour have to be one of the most iconic and spectacular locations for engagement photographs, and these shots captured by Inlighten Photography  of Polly & Waz capture not only the beautiful backdrops, but also the beauty and humor in their relationship.

Polly tells the story of she and Waz came to be. “We met at a mutual friend’s birthday at Clovelly bowls.  It was in November 2008 so Waz was sporting his best Movember attempt!  We both have differing stories as to how we started dating. “

Polly’s version goes like this. ” I believe as soon as Waz met me he feel madly in love with me but I was dating someone at the time so wasn’t interested.  Waz then dated a friend to make me jealous but I wasn’t fussed!  6 months later our group of friends went on a surf weekend away and after a few vino’s I decided he wasn’t all that bad! ”

Whereas Waz? He tells the story like this. “Meeting at the friend’s birthday party is correct, but Polly seems to blur some of the finer details. After our first chance meeting I sent her a message on Facebook and she replied. I thought this might be a good sign so I sent a response and then there was radio silence. The nerve of the girl. Yes it is true I thought she was easy on the eye, though after the blatant cold shoulder I let it go!

Then meeting on the south coast a few months later I thought to myself…’I wonder what this girl is going to say for herself?’. Turns out all she needed was a few vinos, a rolled out swag under the stars and some good old fashioned country boy romance!”

Of her favourite part of their relationship together, Polly says, “The best part is we laugh every day.  Even when I try and be angry at him (usually for no good reason!) he makes me giggle and reminds me to not sweat the small stuff.  He is a complete romantic.  A few years ago he called me on his way to work and asked me what we were doing for New Years Eve, it was only October so we had no plans.  His response “that’s lucky because I just bought us two tickets to the Cook Islands… I heard a fun ad on the radio!”

What does Polly love about Waz? She says,  “I love how honest, handsome and generous Waz is.  The knight in shining armour was moulded from him.  He walks old ladies across the road, loves his mum and takes care of me.  I love how open Waz and I can be with each other and that he knows more about me than I know about myself.  He is my soul mate and my best friend.”

And Waz? ” She knows everything about me and it had to take someone pretty bloody special to break through the commitment barrier. The best thing for me is that I love her more now than I did when we first met. To me that is everything. I would give my life for her…no hesitation!”

The proposal was unexpected and happened on an impromptu holiday, Polly tells. “From early on in our relationship we knew we were going to spend our lives together and would openly talk about marriage.

We had had an epic year so took a well-deserved holiday to Thailand with our new friends from The Block, Rod and Tania and their two sons.  We were floating in the water in the second week of our holiday and marriage came up. I had said to Waz “we could get engaged this year, it would be ok with me!” but Waz insisted the year had been big enough… mind you this was all in front of Rod who says you could hear my disappointment!  Two days later all 6 of us were sitting together having lunch and Waz said “Polly do you want to have dinner tonight just you and me?” My response “ no thanks, let’s have dinner with everyone”, so Waz said we would have cocktails on the pier before dinner instead.

Waz woke me up from a nap and said let’s go the sun is setting, let’s get a cocktail.  My hair was wet and looked hideous in pig tail plaits (despite my mum telling the boys in my family to make sure their partner’s hair looks nice when you propose as hers wasn’t many moons ago and she has never forgotten it!!) but we walked down to the pier.  We sat next to each other and to be honest I was thinking, you promised me cocktails, where are they?!!

We talked as always about random things including if I liked the sound of the ocean!  Because Waz is regularly romantic I didn’t really think he was planning something, probably because for the last 18 months any time we have been together like that I had thought “this would be a good time to get engaged” but it had never happened!  I said “what’s in your pocket its digging into me” and he got up and moved quickly to the other side.  Again I thought nothing of it.  Then he pulled something out of his pocket and I thought “oh my gosh this is happening…” but no he got out the camera!! So like I have for the last 18 months I went, yup no engagement tonight don’t be silly Polly! Then he said he had a surprise for me (not out of the ordinary because he is good for ‘just because’ pressies) and told me to close my eyes and hold out my hands.  He sat next to me and whispered in my ear “will you marry me” I was so shocked and happy I forgot to say yes!  He cried and I giggled like a school girl.  He told me the reason he didn’t kneel in front of me was because we never wants to be in front he just wants to be by my side.

I screamed and yelled across the water then we took a video to remember the moment.”

One of Waz’s favourite memories of their time together was a funny one, as is most of their relationship, it was based on a lot of laughter! He remembers,” Trying to teach Polly how to surf for me, not so much her, was hilarious! Needless to say I will not be buying her her own board but she did look damn cute all washed up on the shore in a tangle!”

The wedding plans are well underway, with Polly revealing, “We have actually been really organised and have booked almost everything.  We have a fantastic photographer in Dean from Inlighten Photography and have also organised our flowers through Hills Flower Market which is where my sister had her flowers done and they are amazing!  We booked our reception venue back in January but that’s a secret!  We have the bridesmaids dresses, the suits for the boys and have ordered my dress.  Our Save the Date cards are about to go out so all in all we are pretty much ahead of time.  Now it is time for the little intricate decisions.  It has been a very easy process because we have both been involved in making each decision.  No signs of a bridezilla or groomzilla just yet!”

Photographer: Inlighten Photography

‘Secrets & Confessions Of A Wedding Dress Designer’ by Rhonda Hemmingway

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


Want to take a peek behind the glamorous world of a wedding dress designer? Well….. delve into the pages of the brand new title “Secrets & Confessions Of A Wedding Dress Designer” by Australian bridal designer Rhonda Hemmingway and you can see that it’s not all lace and tulle and daydreaming of the next fabulous design!

Rhonda Hemmingway has been a Sydney based designer for over 21 years, designing couture wedding dresses for the rich and famous, including Rebecca Gibney and Sandra Sully. The book tells the tale of life as an Australian wedding professional. Meeting Rhonda, we gain an insight into her history, her background and where it all began.

The book delves into what life is really like as a bridal gown designer. From brides who had Rhonda and her team working until their fingers literally bled, to freak storms that led to unusual ways of keeping the bride and bridesmaids dry! They are sometimes ridiculous, leading you to really go back and read the story again just to make sure you read that insanity correctly! But there are also the touching stories – one of a grandmother who put a little money away each week for 28 years to pay for her grand daughter’s wedding dress and then tragically passed away just before her grand daughter’s wedding day, is particularly poignant.

With a background in wedding photography, Rhonda’s conversational writing style feels like you’re catching up for a night of stories and tales over a very tall cocktail. Her (at times) disbelief, relief and utter exhaustion after the bride walks down the aisle is evident with every word.

The book reads full of short stories, but always is filled with Rhonda’s expert wisdom, lessons she has learned over the years. From which gown suits a body shape to chapters on music, rings and a comprehensive “bridal tips” section which includes basic knowledge that is often overlooked – bridal shoes, makeup and even down to mental therapy!

Again as with other Australian wedding titles, it was refreshing to read the book from an Australian point of view. Being familiar with Rhonda’s work, the book felt like I was being let into a secret little world. Knowing the venues and being familiar with the wedding styles she talked about made the book that much more enjoyable to pour over.

The book is littered throughout with hand drawn sketches and funny drawings, all done by Rhonda herself. Accompanying them are full page colour photographs of many of Rhonda’s past clients, dating back over the years with photographs of wedding gowns, dazzling bridesmaids and handsome grooms. Maybe there are lots of happy endings after all!

‘Secrets & Confessions Of A Wedding Dress Designer was sent to Polka Dot Bride for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy.

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Rustic Brisbane Wedding0493 Emma and Alexs Rustic Rainy Brisbane Wedding

Photo by Stewart Ross from Emma and Alex’s Rustic Rainy Brisbane Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! it’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a week (is it ever not lately?) so I’m looking forward to taking it a little easier this weekend and maybe soaking in some of that sunshine that’s been ever present lately. I see all of our Northern Hemisphere friends looking forward to the colder months and stil feel wistful so I need to get excited about Summer!

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 – Pretty Purple Wedding 2.Real Wedding ~ Joel and Renée’s Pink and White Adelaide Summer Wedding 3. Inspired Words – Jennifer 4.Real Wedding ~ Emma and Alex’s Rustic Rainy Brisbane Wedding 5. Polka Dot Hot Spot – A Media Free Wedding


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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? Kelly Adams Of Kelly Adams Photography 2.Vendor’s Favourites – TipiKata 3.Your Wedding Speech on Film – Forever! 4.Some More Winter Wedding Blooms 5. DIY Facials & Skincare 6. Top Ten – Buttonhole Ideas


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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 – Fudge 2.Tuesday Type – Ride My Bike 3.DIY Paper Ribbon And Bow Tutorial

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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. Résidence Nell – Paris

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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.Groom Style – Chris 2.Inspired Memories – Kym

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SugarLove Pictures are holding their next SugarLove Masterclass for budding photographers on October 7th (there’s still three places left!) and are giving one lucky couple the chance to have a pre wedding shoot with international wedding photographer Bradley Patrick valued at $1500.
To win your chance to be photographed by one of the masters simply send in what you consider to be the most beautiful photograph of you as a couple. Entries can be shot in any type of light that you consider romantic.
Competition is open until September 23rd 2012 at 5pm. The winner will be chosen and notified by email on Monday 24th September & must be available to work with SugarLove as part of our October 7th workshop taking place Sydney from 8am-6pm. Actual shoot hours (approx 4hrs) will take place in the morning & afternoon with lunch catering included. Winner must include their full names, address, phone number/s and email address with the jpeg entry (no larger than 1MB). Email entries to

Henry Roth are holding a sample sale for one day only in Sydney on Thursday September 20th. Don’t miss this chance to snap up an amazing Henry Roth gown at an even more amazing price!

Hello Blossoms  is looking for an experienced wedding florist to join their team.  If you think you this is just the job for you, check out the job description below and contact the team via the address below.

Hello Blossoms is seeking an experienced wedding florist to join their boutique floral design studio on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

The role includes creating bouquets, buttonholes & corsages, table arrangements and large feature arrangements, as well as delivery of bouquets and set up of ceremony and reception venues. Work may include some lifting and lots of physical activity for set ups.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in wedding floral design, have a passion for creativity, be comfortable working autonomously, and love weddings!

The role is casual and is for 3 days/week, starting in October. Working days will be Thursday – Saturday; able to drive a manual car a bonus.

Hello Blossoms offers a warm and supportive environment, encouragement to engage in and learn about all aspects of our business, and a truly rewarding working experience.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to

For our film of the week, the lovely Amy Nelson-Blain sent in this gorgeous Sydney wedding film of Joshua and Zoe’s wedding!