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Marissa and Rob’s Riverside Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Marissa and Rob

It’s a melting of two cultures today with this riverside engagement shoot- a nod to the couple, the shoot is filled with Australian and American touches. for Marissa and Rob.

Photos today are by Josh Gow Photography who explains, “Rob (Australia) met Marissa (Texas, USA) was travelling and proposed at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane where we returned to capture their pre-wedding engagement session.

With Marissa’s family from Texas and Rob’s from Australia, they are incorporating elements of their nationalities into their wedding day in Houston, Texas next April. They have even gone as far as having created save the date passports for wedding guests!

We took this theme through as the concept for their engagement shoot, capturing both of them as they are, as well as featuring their nationalities through their clothes, props, poses and photo locations. Marissa has been following our work for sometime and it was a true pleasure to capture this session for them both, such lovely, down to earth, friendly and well natured people.

Photos by Josh Gow Photography

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Heather and Greg’s Sydney Park Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Heather and Greg

A day in the park sounds like the perfect Saturday to me and today’s couple Heather & Greg celebrated their engagement with photographs in the park with their furry family. Catherine Dyhin joined the couple with Millie and Archie for a splendid day in the Sydney sun!

Heather tells the story of “Heather and Greg”. “Greg and I met in 2008, when we started work at the same digital agency on the same day. Greg was an English backpacker who’d come to Australia two years previous and, in his words, “forgot to leave”, and I’d just moved back to Australia after seven years in the US.

We didn’t interact much at first, as we were working on different projects and in different teams, but one Friday he’d worn a jacket to work and at the regular beer o’clock and I decided to give him a hard time about it. That seemed to break the ice a bit, and somehow I convinced him to take me out with him after work, so I could meet his banker friends.

I ended up meeting those friends, but wasn’t really interested. I was smitten with Greg from the second we left the office.

He proposed to me last April while his parents were visiting from the UK. We’d gone to dinner at Kingsley’s Steakhouse in Woolloomooloo with them, as well as my parents and my stepsister and brother-in-law. Naturally, this kind of setting isn’t one I was expecting to be proposed to in, so I was clueless. The night, for him, was a comedy of errors, with his plans of proposing between the mains and dessert being thrown into chaos by a red wine spillage by not only him, but my dad as well. While they were getting cleaned up, my Dad started hassling Greg about when he was going to ask – as he’d already asked his permission months before. He hinted that he might have the ring in his pocket right then – which obviously, he did! The proposal was to the point, but still over the top romantic – which is exactly his style.

Three years after meeting, we live in Leichhardt in a beautiful house with our two schnauzers, Millie and Archie. They had our shoot with them because they are a huge part of our life and bring so much joy to the world, which you can see in the photos. I was really surprised at how well-behaved they were! We took the photos at Pioneers Memorial Park in Leichhardt, where we walk them every day of the week. It was complete with a guy playing the ukelele, who saw us taking photos and started playing love songs. It was a great afternoon!

We don’t work together anymore (although after leaving that first agency we ended up working together at another for a year!) and although I’d never take back any of it, I will say that spending work hours apart is a *lot* less stressful.

We’re getting married in October in Sydney, working with some wonderful vendors that we’ve found, for the most part, through blogs like Polka Dot Bride, Twitter and online. We’ve got guests coming from all over the world – Greg’s friends and family from the UK and my friends from the States, as well as guests from all over Australia.”


Photos by Catherine Dyhin

A Polka Dot Wedding

by | Bride, Polka Dots, Wedding Inspiration


Now I do mean to be confused (because a Polka Dot Wedding is different to our Polka Dot WEDDINGS where brides spend their generous time sharing their wedding plans and wedding days) but I felt the need to revisit my love of a polka dot wedding. Something whimsical, easy going and perfectly Friday if you will. A chance to hop around the web and scour it out for my favourite polka dot wedding goodies.

Polka dots obviously remain a favourite of mine. From bold and bright, to subtle and sweet, they can add a special little touch to any element of your wedding day.

Polka dot wedding gowns…

1. Daryl gown by Ruffled 2. All For The Love Of dress from Modcloth 3. Sweetpea by Ivy & Aster (available at Studio White) 4.Elope Dress by Sarah Seven (also available at Studio White)  5. Zoe by Henry Roth 6. Oscar De la Renta via Brides (available from Helen Rodrigues)

Polka dot wedding invitations…

1. Cotton Candy Invitation  from  Stelloberry Designs 2. Mademoiselle Polka Dot invitation by Alannah Rose Stationery 3. Polka Dot Invitation from The Print Fairy 4. Harlow invitation from Ruby & Willow 5. Polkadottie invitation from Poppiseed Designs 6. Polkadot Chic invitation from Pretty Inviting

Polka dot wedding cakes…

1. Faye Cahill Cake Design 2. Sharon Wee Creations 3. Alison Louise Designer Cakes 4. The Cake Company

Polka dot wedding accessories…

1. The Spot Bowtie from Webster In White 2. Young Love shoulder length veil from Kristi Bonnici 3. Dotted Cinquefoil comb from BHLDN 4. Soo Ihn Kim Gaby Earrings from Shopbop 5. Ali Limb Petticoat rings from e.getal

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Toby and Rosie’s Carnival Wedding Photo by Peter Diakonikolis

Ah I am so happy we made it through the first week of our new site relatively unscathed! We still have a few bugs to iron out and a few features to launch but I think I slept soundly for the first time in a year this week! This weekend is action packed with a certain polka dot team member celebrating her baby shower!

Isabella from Design Me Vintage joined us for her Expert Interview on Polka Dot Wisdom and showcased her unique and lovely bouquets

Nerida from Nerida McMurray Photography tells us about how rain on your wedding day can make for the most beautiful shots on Polka Dot Wisdom

Want to get the most out of your engagement shoot? This Wisdom post is for you!

Alicia from Akimbo shows us how to add a sweet charm to your wedding bouquet tie on Polka Dot Made

Sarah gives us some really inspired ideas for wedding gifts on Polka Dot Weddings- check it out if you’re stuck for that perfect gift

Holli, Tom and their little girl Poppy get married in a relaxed and cosy DIY wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Toby and Rosie celebrate their fun wedding with a polka dot dress and a carnival feel on Polka Dot Weddings

And prepare to feel polka dottie with envy when you read about Monaliz and James’ Tahitian and American honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

White Room Events in Adelaide are holding a special event for photographers. A group event where the White Room team style up some beautiful settings, invite you to photograph them while networking and meeting with other photographers. Places are limited so check out their blog entry for more information.

Have you signed up to the Polka Dot newsletter yet? We’re launching in a little while and can’t wait to get you even more inspired goodness into your inboxes! Sign up here.

Finally for our video this week, I have the gorgeous stop motion save the date video from Anitra and Ben (remember their fabulous engagement party?) I love it!


Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

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