Friday Roundup

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Rebecca and Theunis’s Rustic Murray River Wedding Photography by Tim Coulson

Phew! It has been such an odd week with public holidays and huge editorial meetings in the polka dot family, there was even a special engagement in one of the patterned people’s family (a big congratulations to those two!). Bring on engagement season!

Round up the polka blogs!

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 – Spring Yellow 2.Real Wedding ~ Rebecca and Theunis’s Rustic Murray River Wedding 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Words – Kylie 4.Real Wedding ~ Aleisha and Richard’s Laid Back Boyd Baker House Wedding 5. Ask Ms Polka Dot – Sage Green & Warm White

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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? Cristina Re 2.Vendor’s Favourite – Innovate Media 3.Why You Should Hire A Professional MC For Your Wedding

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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 – Edible Sea Inspired Pieces 2.DIY Vanilla Cupcakes And Easy Decorating With Cupcake Wrappers 

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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.Picture Perfect – Lake Como, Italy 2.Destination Weddings in Mexico

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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.Get The Groom Style – Vintage Rustic 2.Inspired Memories – Rich 3. Groom Style – David

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Our reader survey is still going strong along with your chance to win a jam packed prize from Palm Beach Collection. We’re closing it on November 13th, so pop over, answer some questions and help us make 2013 pretty darn amazing!

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Our StyleRocks competition has closed and the lovely Pascale has chosen the winner! Congratulations to Kelsey who has won a $500 StyleRocks gift voucher to design her own special piece of jewellery!

Congratulations Kelsey! I will be in touch shortly!

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Tasmanian dress boutique Studio White have launched a brand new website and they now have an online store! The store currently holds their bridesmaids collection (which includes Dessy & Watters) and more collections will be added in the coming months!

Studio White are also holding a sample sale which includes reduced Ivy & Aster gowns some of which are reduced by more than $1000! Worth checking out if you’d like a bargain on your wedding gown!

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Based in Hong Kong? Or wanting to be sponsored to work there? Ellermann Flower Boutique & Event Atelier are looking for a full time Floral Creative Director and they’re willing to sponsor the right person!

Ellermann Flower Boutique & Event Atelier is searching for a passionate and talented Floral Creative Director to join their creative team. This is a unique and rare opportunity for the right candidate to embark on a creative adventure with one of the most sought after floral and event designers in Hong Kong. The right candidate will be working first hand alongside Hong Kong’s crème de la crème of creative talent, socialites and businesses.

Candidates must be experienced in contemporary flower arrangement for both retail and events, possess a keen design eye and outgoing, friendly and hands-on personality with the ability to lead a team and work to deadlines under pressure.
A generous package will be available to the right applicant. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to work with Ellermann’s talented team in one of the most fast paced and exciting cities in the world.

 Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

–       5+ years work experience across retail and events

–       Fluent in English

–       Solid hands on client experience

–       The ability to create proposals and creative mood boards to a high standard

–       Excellent event management skills including, time management, supervising staff, budget management, inventory management and arranging orders

–       Possess natural design flair and understand the importance of design standards

–       Ability to be flexible, self-motivating and share their enthusiasm with the team

–       Strong knowledge of the flower industry is a must

–       Computer skills in Adobe Creative Suite will be highly considered.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and Portfolio showcasing both their retail and event work via email to Attractive packages will be offered to the right candidate.

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Adelaide stationer (and Polka Dot Made contributor!) Akimbo have launched their brand new website!The new look site incorporates a brand new blog, easy online ordering and plenty of handy resources! Check it out here.

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Looking for wedding day shoes? Cinderella Bella is having 25% off everything online and instore! Check it out!

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Our film of the week comes from No Limit Pictures who captured a beautiful wedding in Thailand recently! I love that letters formed the theme of their relationship and ultimately made an appearance on their wedding day.

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Mel and Ronny’s Traditional Jewish Wedding

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


Mel & Ronny

I love tradition and I love it when cultural elements play such an important role in a wedding day. Today’s wedding is heavy with it – from the groom’s special white coat, to the seclusion of the newlyweds after the ceremony. I love the story it tells and I love being able to tell the story to you.

Mel tells their story. “We met a few ways.  We went to the same synagogue, so we’d spotted each other there.  But we actually met properly a while later, after discovering we had mutual friends at a function.  Unbeknownst to us, these friends had decided we’d be perfect for each other.  One of the friends had a hiphop artist from the US staying at their house, and invited both of us (separately) to some after-gig drinks in at Opera Bar.  As everyone left, and was organising lifts, taxis etc, the friends said ‘Ronny can take Mel home’ and then left.  So he did.  Turns out we had a lot in common, and lived just around the corner from each other.  And here we are.”

Photographs today are by Matt Reed who has an innate ability to capture moments as they happen.

Mel wore a sleeved gown designed by Rhonda Hemmingway.

The floral arrangements for the day were styled by Samambaia – Flowers By Maria Claudia.

Of one of the surprises of the day, Mel remembers “There were the shoes and Ronny’s tie.  I don’t like wearing all ‘normal’ clothes, so while I made a concession and went for a traditional dress, I decided to wear bright pink shoes.  Ronny didn’t know this.  He also didn’t know what colour tie he’d be wearing, as I had organised for the tie to be made to match my shoes, and he had to pick the tie up just before the wedding!”

There was one minor hiccup on the day Mel remembers. “On the groom’s side, the drivers were given the wrong address and came late to the pickup location.  Then, when it was time to go, Murphy’s Law kicked in and the groom’s father misplaced a key part of the groom’s wedding outfit – a white robe traditionally worn by the groom in a Jewish wedding ceremony.  In the end we were probably the first wedding in history where the bride and her party arrived at the ceremony before the groom…  Luckily, I am pretty easy-going, and we had a lovely tour around the entirety of Centennial Park, waiting for the groom to arrive.”

Mel and Ronny chose Centennial Park for their wedding ceremony “We chose Centennial Park for the ceremony for many reasons.  I miss nature living in the east, so the park is a bit of a refuge.  Ronny grew up in the area, and it’s where he played and learnt to ride a bike.  We also wanted to choose a venue which would be around for years to come, which we could go back to over the years, and Mel really wanted to be married outside.  It was very easy to organise the wedding at the Park, which was also important to us..”

As is Jewish tradition, Mel and Ronny both walked down the aisle flanked by their parents. Mel remembers, “Ronny walked down the aisle to an old Yiddish song “Oif’n Pripichik” (“At the Fireplace”). I walked down the aisle to Bacarole, by Offenbach, her grandmother’s favourite piano piece from when I was little.
Both songs were played by a quartet organised by a dear family friend and Ronny’s childhood violin teacher, Sam Podjarski.”

Mel recalls “There is a tradition in the Jewish wedding ceremony to spend a few moments in seclusion together immediately after the ceremony.  Some people have a tradition to step over a silver spoon on the way out of this seclusion. Ronny & I  stepped over a spoon which was given to me on the day she was born by my Great-Great Grandmother, which was really special.”

Of their photographer, Mel says “Matt did the photography for a friend of ours, and when we saw their photos, we knew we had to ask Matt to do ours as well!  He was such a pleasure to work with.  The photos he took caught the day perfectly, and we didn’t even notice he was there a lot of the time!”

The newlyweds celebrated with their guests at Paddington Town Hall. Mel explains, “I wanted something that would be around for a while, and Ronny wanted a big dance floor.  I also love old buildings, and so when I stumbled over the website for Paddington Town Hall, I knew it was the right place!  Luckily when Ronny had a look, he agreed – we definitely had a very large dance floor!  The staff at Paddington Town Hall were an absolute pleasure to work with, and it was nice to have the venue for a large chunk of the day.”

Mel remembers, “The flowers and table-settings were phenomenal – every table was different, it was absolutely beautiful!”

BNT Management planned the entire day. Mel recalls “We were lucky enough to have an amazing wedding planner and caterer (BNT Management and L’Amour Catering) who took care of absolutely everything. Benita Kam and her team were absolutely wonderful, patient and thorough.  There was not a detail which was missed. We could not have managed without Benita and her team, as both of us work very long hours. L’Amour Catering came up with a fantastic, completely gluten-free menu (Mel can’t eat gluten) which was delicious and aesthetically beautiful .”

Concept Entertainment Group provided the lighting and sound equipment at Paddington Town Hall.  Mel remembers, “They were phenomenal and made the place really look terrific.”

Mel remarks “Finally, the highlight for me was playing with the band and with her bridesmaid, Nicola, playing ‘Play that funky music’ by Wild Cherry.  It was heaps of fun!”

For their first dance, Mel says “It was to Bob Marley, ‘Is this love’.  It was really lovely to have a moment together after such a wonderful but hectic day.  It was also really lovely because just before, Mel had a dance with her Dad, which was also really special.”

Congratulations Mel and Ronny! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt Reed for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Matt Reed Photography / Wedding Planner: BNT Management / Cinematographer: Nathan Lewis / Bride's Dress: Rhomnda Hemmingway Couture / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Flowers: Samambaia - Flowers By Maria Claudia / Ceremony Venue: The Lily Pond, Centenial Parklands Sydney / Reception Venue: Paddington Town Hall / Band: Glass / Groom's Attire: Rochefort / Bridesmaid Dresses: 176 Formal 02 96984074 / Invitations & Stationery: Print 35 / Wedding Cake: Delicious Treats / Bride's Jewellery: Rhomnda Hemmingway Couture / Catering: L'Amour Catering / Reception Lighting & Sound: Concept Entertainment Group

Vanessa and Dominic’s Doltone House Wedding

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


Vanessa & Dominic

Vanessa and Dominic had such a fun wedding day day. Steeped in tradition they made their own way through tweaking details to make sure they had a day they would truly love.

Vanessa relays the story of how they met. “Dom is my cousin’s best mate since birth. We had crossed each others paths when we were really young at family events etc. Years went by until we saw each other again at my cousin’s wedding. Dom had grown up into this handsome young man with the bluest eyes.I honestly couldn’t believe it was the same little boy who used to kick around a soccer ball with my cousin in my grandmother’s backyard. We started catching up on the past that night and the rest is history….”

Photographs today are by Welsch Photography who always produce beautiful, classic captures.

Family friend Sue Dalziel created the bouquets, to which Vanessa attached her aunt’s and both grandmother’s wedding bands . Vanessa recalls ” I did my own hair on the day something I thought I would never do but I was so into the BIG bun at the time and practiced my buns by rolling socks into donuts and discovered the bigger the bun the better”

Vanessa had her and her bridesmaid’s gowns made. She explains “My dress was made from scratch by Kel- Leigh Couture on the central coast. Kel made my year 10 & 12 formal dresses so it meant a lot to have her make my wedding dress. I went in and rattled off all my ideas for the dress and Kel put it to paper and the final product was stunning! Kel also made the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. Anything I wanted was never too hard or out of the question she is so good at what she does, I adore her so much I invited Kel and her husband to the wedding.”

Vanessa and Dominic married at Holy Name Of Mary Church. Vanessa remembers “We chose it because of its size (we knew we would have a lot of guests) and  because of the beautiful sandstone finish on the outside and high rise ceilings on the inside. We would recommend it to anyone having a wedding reception in the city as it only took us 15 minutes to get to and from the city!”

Of their photographers, Vanessa says, “I knew I wanted Karl and Bec to be our photographers the moment I stumbled onto their website. Their style was just what we were after, spontaneous and fresh. I didn’t want all our wedding photos to be posed and stiff and Welsch Photography totally knew where we were coming from. The first time we met with Karl he was asking what we wanted, what we expected from them as photographers instead of him telling us what styles they used and it was their way or the high way. They are a very understanding laid back couple and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. We absolutely love our photos and can’t wait for our album to be printed to show that off too!”

The couple chose a decorate four tier cake. Vanessa remembers “My cake was by Lorraine from “Something Blue” and it was so yummy and looked amazing I would recommend her highly.”

The reception was held at Doltone House. Vanessa explains “We chose Doltone House as it’s situated right on the water at Pyrmont with a direct view of the Harbour Bridge. Our guests were able to stand outside on the wharf to have canapes and look over the great view until we got there. Doltone House is also known for its great menu and they did not let us down on the night. Pumpkin lasagne, beef ragu, fillet mignon, chicken wrapped in prosciutto, prawns, calamari, toblerone pyramid, vanilla panna cotta and wedding cake for dessert! On the wedding night we stayed at the new hotel “The Darling” right next door to the Star. Our room was amazing and the staff were great!”

Vanessa loved “Having our family friends all in one room sharing our special day especially my grandmother. She is my only living grandparent and we have a strong bond. ”

For their first dance, Vanessa recalls “We danced to a song Dom actually chose! “A thousand years” by Christina Perri. When we look back on the photos from the first dance it really captures how we felt on the day, totally secluded just me and Dom a million miles away just the two of us. Later on we found out our two older nieces 7 and 5 who also played flower girls on the day cried watching us dance together and loved our first dance song – so sweet!.” Guests received lovebird salt and pepper shakers from Pink Frosting.

Congratulations Vanessa and Dominic! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Welsch Photography for today’s wedding!

Photographer: Welsch Photography / Bride's Dress: Kel-Leigh Couture / Bride's Shoes: Amore Bridal Shoes / Groom's Attire: Bridal Collections / Groomsmen Attire: Bridal Collections / Bridesmaid Dresses: Kel-Leigh Couture / Hairstylist: Brides Mother / Makeup Artist: Cousin of the bride, Josephine Caruso / Flowers: Family Friend Sue Dalziel / Invitations & Stationery: Truly Madly Deeply / Ceremony Venue: Holy Name of Mary Hunters Hill / Ceremony Officiant: Fr. Lex Keys of Marrickville / Ceremony Musicians: Opus 4 String Quartet / Reception Venue: Doltone House / Band: Soul Sonic Band / Favors: Pink Frosting / Wedding Cake: Something Blue

Sivan and Todd’s Sixties Inspired Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sivan & Todd

I’m so excited to share Sivan and Todd’s wedding. The couple love The Beatles and the sixties and seventies, so naturally their wedding day took on a decidedly retro style and being musicians? There was plenty of song to go along with their plans!

Sivan and Todd tell their story. “It was an autumn day in early May 2005. Todd had just returned to Australia after living in the UK and backpacking around South America and Asia for 2 and a half years. After a spontaneous road trip from Cairns to Melbourne with his brother Steve , Todd decided to stay on in Melbourne. While sitting in Steve’s kitchen in Coburg on a Saturday morning he saw an ad in the paper for a scouthall sharehouse and got very excited when he realised that the scouthall was less than 500m away. He wandered over and moved in a few days later. After finding housemate, Peter, the house needed one more housemate, preferably a girl. We interviewed a string of weirdos, and generally unsuitable people. Then, one Autumn day Sivan arrived for a house interview wearing blue pants and a little yellow sailor top with buttons. She had never lived out of home before, and this was her first ever house interview. ”

Photography today is by Lilli Waters and Laura Mcguire of I Got You Babe (Lilli happened to be one of the bridesmaids!). Their vintage style of photography captured the day beautifully.

Many of the outfits for the day were handmade by Jason Chalmers (0404 280 075) Sivan recalls “The dress, all the bridesmaids dresses and suits were made by our friend and professional costumer Jason Chalmers. Everyone looked amazing!”

Lilli’s second shooter Laura ended up styling not only the bride’s hair, but the bridesmaids! The flowers were styled by the bride.

Sivan and Todd chose to hold their wedding at winery Killara Estate. Sivan explains”Killara Estate were so good to us. It was the perfect venue as the weather was shocking, but the huge glass window wall meant that we could overlook the beautiful vineyard without being outside! The food and wine there is delish as well! ”

Sivan walked down the aisle to ‘Something’ by The Beatles .

Of their photographer, Sivan recalls “The photographer, Lilli Waters is one of our best friends, she was actually part of our bridal party as well, so she had an assistant on the day Laura McGuire. They were both amazing! They helped the bride and all the bridesmaids with hair and make-up, and the photographs are just beautiful. The day was a-glow with love and Lilli truly captured the essence of the day.”

Sivan remembers,  “The main DIY detail of the day is that we made each others rings. We did a make a ring in a day course at the CAE in Melbourne, so although our rings aren’t perfect, they have meaning and truly represent our love for each other… It was very much a DIY wedding with so many of the details made by us or friends and family…from the paper flowers on the table, to the cake to the invites.”

The couple had two celebrants, Sivan remembers “Ralph Roath was our legal celebrant and our best friend Peter was our ‘illegal’ celebrant – we all worked together beforehand to make the ceremony really personal.”

Sivan and Todd asked their friends to contribute to the ceremony. Sivan explains “Being musicians ourselves, a lot of our friends are musical, so we asked a bunch of them to get together and learn ‘love love love’ by the beatles to sing during the signing. Apparently it sounded beautiful in rehearsal, but on the day all of our friends were so emotional that it came out all wrong…the look on everyone’s faces was priceless and it made us laugh so much. One of our favourite memories of the day! Such a beautiful cacophony!”

The couple’s Kombi Shirley was the transport for the day.

Sivan says “We are touring musicians (The April Maze) so a lot of the year we live in our Kombi van ‘Shirley’. We found these Kombi tealight holders and used them as table decorations.”

The guests got into the retro spirit, Sivan remarks, “We are very much into 60’s and 70’s fashion, and Todd is known for his moustache. So on the invite we requested the guests to grow moustaches for the day and for the girls to wear flowers in their hair. Everyone got into the spirit of the day!”

Sivan’s mother made the wedding cake.

Cisco Caesar, the newlywed’s friends, were hired for the reception. For the first dance, the couple chose their favourite song from the band to dance to- called “Been A While“.

Congratulations Sivan & Todd! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lilli Waters and Laura Mcguire of I Got You Babe for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Lilli Waters Of I Got You Babe Photography / Bride's Dress: Jason Chalmers 0404 280 075 / Bride's Shoes: Zola / Groom's Attire: Jason Chalmers 0404 280 075 / Groomsmen Attire: Vintage / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jason Chalmers 0404 280 075 / Hairstylist: Laura Mcguire & Lilli Waters / Makeup Artist: Bride / Venue: Killara Estate Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Ralph Roath / Ceremony Officiant: Peter Van Der Merwe / Band: Cisco Caesar / Wedding Cake: Brides Mother / Transport: Bride & groom's kombi van Shirley