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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


As we draw a close to another week, I have Sangria brewing and a pile of wedding magazines to pour over. What are your plans for the weekend dear readers?

Around the Polka Dot Specialty blogs this week..

Funky vintage fabric cufflinks on Polka Dot Groom

A Birdy Good Time on Polka Dot Wisdom

Inlighten Photoraphy shares how to pick the right location for your wedding photographs

Grooms Scrabble Cufflinks Tutorial by Alicia on Polka Dot Made

Wanting an outback honeymoon? Why not take a trip to Uluru!

Want to share your stories on our blogs? Register for a personalised collection and filling out our contributor application! We’d love to have you!

The winner of our Handmade Weddings Giveaway is Esme! Congratulations Esme, I will be in touch soon!

So many of you wrote to me about how you loved Christie Hayes’ Steven Khalil wedding dress and now she’s selling it on preloved dress site Savvy Brides! Check it out here.

Photos by SugarLove Weddings

Matt & Katie (who we love for their weddings) launched their new portrait site yesterday! I am firmly of the belief we don’t have enough beautiful photos taken with our loved ones so I love to see portraits!

Rachel Gilbert is holding a massive sale on her Cruise Collection which includes beauties such as the Ava dress. Check out her shop online for details.

White Magazine have a very special offer for Polka Dot Bride readers! (Their brand new issue is out next week in most states!) They’re offering Polka Dot Bride readers 20% off the subscription price PLUS a free back issue of the magazine!

1.       Go to the White Magazine website here
2.       Choose a subscription
3.       Enter ‘polkadot20’ in promo code box, click ‘next’
4.       Enter your payment and delivery details, click ‘proceed’
5.       You’re done, they’ll send you a free back issue with your first magazine.

What did I miss? What is news in your world dear readers?

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Kate and Tim’s Vibrant Harbour Wedding – The Video

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Wedding Films


While I was writing the post for Kate & Tim’s wedding, I discovered their gorgeous wedding video by The Bird Collective.

You all know I am a sucker for good video and this one? well when it got to the ceremony, I believe I did share a tear or two! This is a 10 minute edit of Kate and Tim’s wedding day!

Video by The Bird Collective

Kate and Tim’s Vivid Harbour Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kate and Tim

Today’s wedding is full of the most vibrant colour! They’ve got such a funky sense of style (echoed in the brides amazing jewelled collar, her gloves, the groom’s gray and black suit and their bouquets!) The reception is filled with colour and life and it’s so clearly reflective of who Kate and Tim are. The (brave, poor) souls also married on Melbourne’s grand final rematch day!

Kate and Tim  met at work, Kate recalls, “I was working on a film clip for one of Tim’s bands. He said that I was a bossy producer.” The couple’s wedding had a very unique theme to it “I choose the theme four seasons in one day as I thought it corresponded with life, love and relationships and is perfectly fitting for Melbourne interesting and unpredictable weather patterns.”

Today’s photographs are by Jonathan Ong who blows me away with his captures. Modern, creative and art worthy, Jonathan’s images are always a joy to look at. The couple’s wedding video was shot by The Bird Collective.

Kate, a creative soul who loves to photograph and create videos designed all the stationery herself. She says “I designed all the graphics  – I love graphic design and hope to branch out from video and photography into wedding graphic design and styling for brides that are down for something a bit different. Our save the date cards were four badges representing the seasons, which we followed onto our pop-out invitations.”

Kate and Tim put their personal touch through every aspect of the wedding. Kate says “I DIYed most of the details and had Tim in the back shed, ‘handymaning’ and spray painting ice-cream cone holders as well joining me in a production line – cutting out our pop-up invitations and pinning on seasonal badges.The couple used What We Wish For for their gift registry.

The four groomsmen had ties that corresponded to a season from Cyberoptix Tie Lab and the bridesmaids had matching seasonal flower posies style by Soil Flowers by Kate Main. The bridesmaids wore gowns from Ae’lkemi .

Kate wore a Karen Willis Holmes strapless gown with a jewelled collar from Sophie Kyron.

Kate and Tim were married at St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne.

Kate walked down the aisle to Brandi Carlile – ‘The Story’.

Kate says “Our priest included everyone in on our vows asking them to commit to continue loving and supporting us as friends and as a married couple to which they replied – We do!”

The couple hired a red double-decker bus for their guests.

One of Kate’s favourite memories was having photos taken by the bay “After a tumultuous week weather wise in Melbourne, it could not have been a more beautiful day or more wonderful sunset.”

Kate and Tim held their reception right on the water in  The Harbour Room, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda.

Kate says “The tables were seasonal themed. Summer was dressed with carnation filled ice-cream cones. Spring – green grass, eggs in hot pinks nests that read love, honour and obey (with obey crossed out of course!) Autumn – we made fairy light leaves that hung from beams above the table and autumn leaf place mats. The bridal table was winter with huge white paper flowers. The cocktails were themed: Spring -Sake Blossom, Summer -Raspberry & Mint Mojito, Autumn -Blood Orange & Pomegranate Caipiroska,  Winter -Pear & Lychee Martini.”

Dinner was a highlight “The food was super amazing. The dessert buffet was incredible and the couple had their photographer set up a smile-booth. “His  smile-booth was an absolute highlight. Guests are still talking about it and I’ve been able to include  photos of them in thank-you cards. ”

The couple’s first dance played homage to their loved ones. Kate says “We danced to Al Green’s – I’m so glad you’re mine. We had a slideshow playing of photos of both of our parents wedding ending with a couple of photos Jonathan took of us during the day.”

Congratulations Kate & Tim! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Ong for sharing the photographs today!

Photos by Jonathan Ong

Penny and Paul’s Northern Beaches Wedding

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


Penny and Paul

This is such a classic summer wedding to me – the beach, the beautiful tones of yellow. I’ve got a bit of a love affair with yellow at the moment- it’s sunny, bright and so carefree.

Penny describes how she and Paul met. “We met in May, 2006 at a birthday party in Manly. We met through a mutual friend and hit it off straight away I was living in Manly at the time and Paul was about to move to Cremorne. We found out we had a lot in common in terms of our backgrounds, love of the ocean and music. Early on, we did a trip to the snow together which is probably when we first realised that we had a strong connection.”

Today’s photographer is Casandra of Caspix (who happens to be the sister of the groom!). I love how Cas manages to capture the vibrancy and the atmosphere of the event with an added dose of complete fun.

Penny and the bridesmaids held gorgeous bouquets of yellow and white blooms created by Beach Tropic by Di Nash.

The bridesmaids walked to “Kissing You” by Desiree and Penny walked to “All I want is You” by U2. The flowers at the church were arranged by Penny’s mum.

After the ceremony, the rainy day continued and the bridal party headed to Palm Beach for their photographs. Penny says “I loved our photography shoot on the Pittwater side of ‘Palmy’, a great chance to enjoy our closest ones and for Paul and me to have a moment to ourselves before all the festivities began.”

Penny wore a gown from Two by Rosa Clara. She says “The dress was a drop waisted silk chiffon gown with beaded halter detailing and a cascading ruffled skirt. The groom and groomsmen wore suits by F2 by Flair Industries from The Gentleman’s Club in Chatswood.

Penny’s bridesmaids wore yellow gowns from Saba and purple shoes from Zu.

Penny and Paul held their reception at Dunes Restaurant, Palm Beach. “Dunes was an easy pick for us as we are such beach goers, and the day we visited it was a glorious spring evening and we were stunned by the outlook, the food and the ambiance. On the big day however it was wet and rainy, but the venue was magnificent and all our guests felt like they were completely out of Sydney which was awesome. Being up on the northern beaches was really important to me for some reason! Pretty much everything at the venue was done by us, the place cards, menus, vases and seating charts.

The most memorable menu item would be the fig and goats cheese salad – incredible and surprisingly all the boys loved it.”

Penny’s step mother made the yellow and white hued cake. Penny says “We tried to centre our day around the things that we love; music and the outdoors. All our tables were named after our favourite bands such as The Kooks, Led Zeppelin, Phoenix etc…table numbers were old CD cases which we personalised. The one theme I followed was the yellow and white ribbon, which I bought from Tres Divin“.

Penny and Paul lived out Penny’s childhood fantasy with their first dance, “It was to Time of my life, Dirty Dancing! I never dreamt of getting married or of my wedding, but performing this dance was high on my childhood dreams, and we had so much fun choreographing it ourselves with a wine in hand throughout the winter months. Mr Wilson, a three piece band we had heard together at Piano Room a year before entertained us – they were amazing as they played all our favourite songs and steered clear of the typical wedding classics.”

One of Penny’s favourite memories was the traveling guests “We had 115 guests, with several guests traveling from the UK, USA, Chile and South Africa.”

Another memory was a special surprise from Paul. “One of the highlights was a video that Paul put together in the months leading up to the day, which he had written and recorded meaningful lyrics to over one of our favourite bands’ songs. It was hilarious and touching, and all our friends contributed to it.”

Congratulations Penny & Paul! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Cas of Caspix for today’s photographs!

Photos by Caspix

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