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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from N+J’s wedding Photo by Linda Truong Photography

I always have such mixed feelings at the end of the week – I adore Fridays but we’ve finished another week of beautiful wedding inspiration, and there was so much to be had! Have you checked out the Polka Dot blogs this week? Do you want to contribute? (Just register for a personalised collection a and then fill out the application form if you do!)

On Polka Dot Groom, Ms Floral came up with Unique Bucks Party Ideas

We interviewed Karen Buckle on her fantastic photography over on Polka Dot Wisdom

A fun video inside the Lincoln Of Toorak

Tips from a wedding coordinator also on Polka Dot Wisdom

N & J, highschool sweethearts shared their Sydney wedding on Polka Dot Weddings.

Alicia shares a tutorial on making your own concertina photo album- the perfect brag book on Polka Dot Made

Jen shared her fun mini moon to Daylesford on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Bridal designer Karen Willis Holmes is opening of the new Brisbane store on Saturday 7th May, 2011. The ready to wear store is located at Shop 5, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064. Visit the website for more information. I’m so excited that brides in the sunshine State will be able to wear Karen’s Australian made creations! The store will be opened every day of the week except Sundays and Mondays).

Cristina Re has launched a brand new range of papers and to celebrate they’re giving away $1000 worth of prizes if you help them name their new range! To enter, check the Cristina Re blog for details

Photographer Michael Gray (of Magnus and Bel) has launched his brand new website. it showcases much of Michael’s new work so check it out here!

In New York? I have 10 double passes to the first event for The Wedding Salon in 2011! The event will be held on Wednesday, April 27th from 4pm-9pm at Manhattan Center Studios. To get your free double pass – hurry because we only have 10 sets to give away! Enter the code PDB4C upon checkout! Visit the website for more information

A big congratulations to this weeks AIPP QLD award winners! Todd Hunter McGaw took out wedding photographer of the year while Jonas Peterson won album of the year! Congratulations!

Don’t forget to enter to win one of two $4000 photography packages with Infinity Photography or one of three runner up prizes worth $500- check out our entry to enter!

What did I miss in the wedding world this week lovely readers?

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Angela and David’s Vintage Chic Wedding

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


Angela and David

Today’s wedding has a kind of whimsical, vintage quirkiness to it. The elegance and style of yesterday, with the fun and frivolity of Angela and David- today’s newlyweds!

Angela explains how they met. “We met during university orientation week at the Sydney Dental Hospital in the extraction clinic. My first impression of Dave was that he was really stuck up. But over the months got to know him better and he proved me wrong. Dave professed his affections on MSN messenger and after longing looks over drilling teeth we eventually got together.”

Today’s photographs are by Inlighten Photography who are brilliant at capturing the details, the style and the execution of a beautiful wedding like this.

The males in the wedding party went for a funky look. Angela says “We were trying to go for a mish mashed trendy look that wasn’t too stuffy or hot for a summer January day. The groom and groomsmen all wore tight black jeans, vests and bow ties. The red plaid bow ties were from the Etsy seller “Sew Fairy Cute”.”

Angela and her bridesmaids used hair & makeup artist Emma Haddock. Angela recalls “She did all our hair and makeup single handed. She made everyone look so good, was easy going, very experienced and actually listened to what each of us wanted and recreated it perfectly. The makeup lasted all day and night and was actually difficult to get it off at the end of the night when I actually wanted it off.”

Angela wore a gown by Australian designer Johanna Johnson “ I really wanted a art deco/old Hollywood kind of dress that wasn’t white, stiff or ‘boofy’, so just absolutely fell in love with all her slinky dresses, it was so hard to choose which one I wanted they were all so pretty! I eventually decided on the dress called “The Flora”. A heavy silk satin gown in a latte colour, it had a low back and full train, featuring a hand beaded Swarovski “Garland” detail at the front and a matching silk satin encrusted waist tie. The hand beaded Swarovski headpiece was also from Johanna Johnson. I made the veil myself from french silk tulle from Tessuti fabric store in Surry Hills.”

Angela’s bridesmaids wore different gowns. “The dresses were from Seduce, Witchery and Wish. I wanted them to feel comfortable and dressed to suite their body shapes and styles, we didn’t actually see the dresses together until the wedding day, thank god they all matched and worked well together.”

The girls carried bouquets in shades of cherry reds, pinks and purples style by Kelly at The Floral Decorator . Angela says “For the bouquets I really wanted beautiful and delicate bright coloured flowers in pink, red, purples and blues, not too structured looking.”

Angela and David held their ceremony and reception at Seargents Mess. “Sergeants Mess is a beautiful venue with decking along the full length of the building, it has stunning views of Camp Cove, Watsons Bay and Rose Bay bay, we used it for both the ceremony and reception.” Angela walked down the aisle to the Glee version of the Bruno Mars song “ Just the way you are”.

“Our celebrant was Robyn Pattison. She created a beautiful ceremony for us. She is incredibly organised, always kept us n check through meetings, emails and homework!”

Of the favourite memories of her wedding day, Angela recalls ” I loved the relaxed atmosphere, beautiful decorations and flowers, photo slideshow of the day during the reception, all our family and friends and of course each other.”

After their location photos, the party continued inside at at Seargents Mess.

Photos of loved ones weddings were placed  on a table together.

Kelly at the  (The Floiral Decorator styled the reception flowers. Angela recalls “For the guest tables we had little glass jars of similar mixed bright flowers. In addition Kelly created 3 stunning feature areas of bright flowers in different height vases to simulate the look of a flower shop.

Centrepieces/table numbers were internally lit up handmade terrariums of quirky forest scenes. Place cards were luggage tags with beautiful/funny quotes of animals and pets since we love animals so much. Bon bons were hand needle felted peas with little Swarovski eyes and sewn on red lips that kiss when brought together (magnets placed on the inside) – they sat in handmade pea pods. We bought an old retro typewriter for the guest book, and borrowed an old suitcase as our “wishing suitcase”. I tried to make everything I could handmade, from the invitations to the decorations.”

Sharon Wee Creations created the two tier cake. Angela says “We had an absolutely delicious and moist polka dot 2 tier round cake, with 2 bunny dentists brushing a tooth,  top layer red velvet, and bottom mud cake.”

To add to the delight of guests, Angela and David provided fun touches at the reception like a typewriter guest book and photo booth. Angela remembers “We hired a Funbooth – it was one of our best decision for the wedding! Everyone LOVED it and it was used throughout the whole night. We bought some props from a $2 store to make the photos more interesting and by the end of the night they definitely were!”

Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us Angela and David! Congratulations! Thank you also to Inlighten Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographs by Inlighten Photography

Jackie and Michael’s Elegant Country Wedding

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


Jackie and Michael

Sometimes I think I’d love to have a field somewhere just so I can hold beautiful events and parties like the wedding of Jackie and Michael – a celebration in the English gardens, a wander through the golden grasses and a dance under a silk lined marquee with only the stars up above and the sounds of the country around me. Country weddings are so beautiful and today’s is pure elegance.

Jackie tells the story of how she met Michael. “Michael and I both are from Sydney. When I moved to Melbourne a mutual friend told me to call Michael (who had been living down there). I did, we went for drinks and over a discussion about me looking for a place to live he suggested I become his flatmate. I did and we ended up having a fling that resulted in us breaking up but still living together for 8 months (neither of us would leave as we had moved into an amazing apartment (The George, St Kilda) and we both loved it!). We got back together 4 weeks before Michael moved to London. I ended up going with him.”

Photographs today are by Mary Canning Photography. I love Mary’s eye for weddings – clear, intimate and candid. I really love the fresh images of this wedding!

Jackie wore a gown from Pallas Couture. She says “ They were amazing as I fell pregnant after I had selected my dress. This was never an issue and they had extra fittings and worked around my bump in the couple of weeks before the day.” The bridesmaids wore dusty pink gowns from Two Birds Bridesmaid.

Jackie and Michael were married on a private property outside Orange in NSW.  “The venue is a good friend’s property (they also hold about 7 weddings a year). Again, we wanted to avoid the ‘factory’ style wedding and by having it at our friend’s property we knew that we could make it the day we wanted, we could enjoy the set up process as a family in the days leading up the wedding and that we could continue to visit the place where we married.

The property is stunning. We got married in the old English gardens next to the family house and then the guests walked up the driveway, past the geese to the old school house where drinks and canapés were served overlooking the dam and vineyards at sunset. Guests then moved to the marquee overlooking the vineyards.”

Jackie’s mother is a celebrant and helped the couple tailor their ceremony into something pretty magical.  Jackie recalls, “The most special part of the wedding was the ceremony – our guests said they ‘fell in love again’. Our celebrant was a close family friend and we put significant thought into it so it was representative of us and had a strong sense of ceremony. We also wanted the ceremony to be an amazing experience for us, so we didn’t want to over engineer and ‘script it’.

We gave our mothers flowers in recognition of all they have done for us. We also wrote our own vows, some of which we didn’t know  the other would say, and we said them without repeating them. They represented our values – spontaneity and fun, inspiring to reach goals together, giving and accepting support, acknowledging family takes precedence over all other things and to give our unborn baby and future children all the opportunities that were given to us.

We also had drinks before the ceremony which helps get people in the right mood!”

“We asked our friend to say a reading that she thought represented us and we didn’t hear it until the day. Because we love France (Michael proposed there and we are learning French) and she is Tahitian, she read a Victor Hugo (French Poet) poem in French and then English.

We then asked a representative from couples we admire, from all generations to impart words of wisdom on a successful marriage. The people we selected gave different perspectives (again we did not know what they were going to say) including a couple that work together (important to us as we are starting our own business) and Michael’s grandmother who still pines over her late husband after 15 years.”

The choice of celebrant was even more important to the couple. “We chose a celebrant  (Catherine Taylor) who is also a family friend worked with us to create a unique ceremony that was exactly how we wanted. She allowed us to re-jig the usual order of the ceremony and take a different approach to readings. She complemented the tone of the ceremony with her beautiful outfit, gorgeous English accent and appropriately formal tone (these things are hard to find in a celebrant). Of course, she knows us well which made an incredible difference!”

Jackie and her bridesmaids and mums made the bouquets. “We drove peonies and hydrangeas up from the flower markets and I spent the day before with mums and bridesmaids doing the flowers. I picked a couple of magnolias from the magnolia tree on the property. It was lovely!” Jackie accessorized her wedding day look with earrings given to her by Michael upon his marriage proposal to her.

The reception followed the ceremony in a marquee on the property. Jackie says “There were floods in the central west for weeks leading up to the wedding. Two days before I was standing in gumboots being told the ground may be too unstable for the marquee – we had no other wet weather plan! The day before and day of, was full sunshine, the grass dried out and it was spectacular – it went back to rain a day or two later.”

The feeling of the reception was important to Jackie and Michael. Jackie says “We created curtains with big hessian bows to cover the poles. We set the table and created the table settings, including the hessian table runners. Our wedding was Agroturismo style (Italian farmhouse where you eat and drink what is produced on the land), representing our love of Italian values, family, community, local food and wine, sharing the table and a love of nature – biophillia.” The couple found antique silver cutlery with the help of Wendy Varley of the Antique Centre.

Jackie and Michael had Kim Currie cater the event. Jackie says ” She is the caterer who also runs the big Taste Orange food festival. Her philosophy on food matched ours exactly – local, organic food and Italian style eating with share platters in keeping with ‘sharing the table’. Everything she cooked was from a 100 mile radius and many of the vegetables were from her garden. Our dessert was a massive tiramisu and home-made limoncello.”  Jackie’s stepmother made the cake .

I love how Jackie and Michael structured their wedding to make the most of each moment. Jackie recalls “Our first dance was not as special to us as the song we had at the end of the ceremony. We structured our ceremony so the signing of the registry was early so when the celebrant began to pronounce us man and wife our special song – ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers started playing and crescendoed with us kissing and walking down the aisle so we didn’t lose the amazing momentum of that moment.” Guests danced to tunes provided by Somatik of The Loft and Bungalow 8 (an old friend of the couple).

One final favourite memory from Jackie was so apt and beautiful. “After dancing all night, our little baby (I was 5 1/2 months pregnant) was kicking like crazy when we went back to the cottages on the property. This was the first time Michael had felt more than one kick!”

Congratulations Jackie and Michael! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Mary of Mary Cannning Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Mary Canning Photography.

Sally and Chris’ Classic Cocktail Wedding

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


Sally and Chris

Sally recalls how she and Chris met and how he proposed. “I met Chris at a mutual friend’s impromptu birthday party at a local bar 6 years ago.  I noticed him straight away, and before long we were sitting together talking and laughing, and sharing stories from our travels overseas.  I knew that night that he was someone very special.  Chris rang a week later to ask me out on a date, and that was the beginning of our relationship.

Five years later, Chris organised a surprise holiday for me to Fiji.  I didn’t know where we were going until we got to the airport.  We had a beautiful weeks holiday, and after dinner on the last night, as we walked back to our apartment along the beach, he suddenly stopped, got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him.  It absolutely took my breath away, and I happily said yes.”

Photographs today are by Claudine Sinnett of Momentscaptured Photography. I love Claudine’s classic captures today. The classic moments you want to have. And I love that Claudine traveled from the UK to shoot today’s wedding- it’s nice to have a little English touch!

The beautiful white bouquets were styled by Plumbago Flowers. Sally says “We made the invitations ourselves, as well as the Wedding Booklets.  Luckily I have a group of awesome girlfriends who were happy to come around the night before the wedding, drink champagne and help me make them.”

Sally wore a gown and jewels from Lisa Gowing with hair by Amy Turner of Agency Hair and makeup by Bonita Chan of Your Big Day “I absolutely loved my makeup.  It looked beautiful throughout the entire day, and Bonita was a pleasure to have there.  She was so friendly and relaxed, and made everyone look gorgeous.”

The groom and his best man wore Hugo Boss suits and shoes.

Sally traveled to the wedding in a Chrysler from Instyle Wedding Cars.

Sally and Chris were married at Our Lady Star Of the Sea in Watsons Bay. “We chose venues all around Watsons Bay as it is a beautiful location, as well as making it easy for the guests to go from wedding to reception, not to mention the few drinkies in between! Chris and I stayed in rooms at the Watsons Bay Hotel from the night before, and our wedding party got ready there.”

Although classic instruments were used, Sally walked down the aisle to something modern. “We had a string quartet at the church, and the played ‘Halo’ by Beyonce as I walked down the aisle.”

The intimate wedding party meant lots of fun for the newlyweds. “We had a small wedding party, just Chris’ best man Nic, and my bridesmaid Emma.  They are people that mean the most to us and our relationship.  Absolute quality, not to mention minimal drama (right girls?).  Our special moment with Emma and Nic was at the park having photos.  We were all so relaxed and happy, and we stopped and opened a bottle of champagne in the park and had a moment to celebrate with our favourite people who have supported us so much.”

Sally and Chris made the most of being by the water. “Our wedding party had photos taken at Macquarie Lighthouse, Vaucluse and Nielsen Park while our guests had a quick drink at the Watsons Bay Hotel.

Sally and Chris held their reception at Dunbar House. Sally says “It is a beautiful venue upstairs in a heritage building, a generous blank canvas of wooden floors, large windows and terrace doors opening to a balcony overlooking the bay.  We decorated the venue with lots of flowers, candlelight, plus various lounges and cocktail style furniture.  Dunbar House had amazing cocktail food and drinks packages, and at our request made a special cocktail for all guests on their arrival.  They even arranged a large area downstairs at the venue to be converted into a crèche for the younger members of the family, so their parents could have even more fun!” Decorations were styled by Romeo’s Chair.

The first dance and cake were favourite memories of Sally’s. “Of course we didn’t decide what to do for a wedding dance until the week before the wedding!  We went to Dancexcite who gave us three lessons and choreographed a dance to Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap.  It was lots of fun to do something special to a song we loved, and from all the cheering and screams of delight, I think the guests thought it was pretty good too! Our band (The Smooth Grove) was perfect.  We love good music.  Starting with two, then three piece jazz sets which is a style we adore, then moving to a seven piece dance band.  The floor was never empty.  Everyone was up dancing, and I have had so many queries from our guests about the band so they can hire them for their own event.

We also didn’t go for a standard wedding cake company.  I love cupcakes, but at a couple of weddings they have looked beautiful but not tasted so great.. and a cupcake has to be yummy!  So we ordered some cupcakes from Cupcakes on Pitt who bake fresh on the day.  Our friends picked them up, as well as a chocolate fondant cake from Croquembouche Patisserie for the top layer.  They brought them to the venue and decorated with ribbon and fresh flowers.  The cupcakes were awesome and were eaten in a flash!”

Sally and Chris held a more informal reception for their guests. “We loved the cocktail style reception as everyone looks so lovely andglamorous, having fun and mingling without feeling tied to their chairs.  The cocktail food was tasty and plentiful, and the wines and special cocktails were delicious. When you choose cocktail style, you can really get creative with your decoration of the space.”

“We really enjoyed giving our little speeches.  Neither Chris nor myself are particularly fond of public speaking, nor the usual stuffy wedding formalities.  But on our wedding, we both felt we had a few things to say to those that mean so much to us, as well as something special for one another.  Any bride that is debating whether to give a speech, all I can say is grab a glass of champagne and ‘Do It!’  I felt it was especially important since we got married in a church and the vows are fairly formal, so I wanted to tell Chris something from my heart.”

Sally’s favourite moments were the ones she stole with Chris. “During the evening, I especially loved the moments Chris and I had together.  Everything goes by so quickly, and there are so many people you talk to and dance with… so its really important to steal a moment or two together.  To stop, breathe, step back and take it all in.  Not to mention having a quiet kiss and hug together!  At one stage we ducked outside with a drink each, and practiced our dance together in the moonlight near the water, it was hilarious.  I also loved saying a very quick goodbye to all at the end of the night, and running down to a water taxi at the wharf to take us to our hotel room in the city.  The moment together as we zoomed away on the water and said goodbye to our day at Watsons Bay was magic.”

Congratulations Sally and Chris! Thank you for sharing your story with us this morning! Thank you also to Claudine Sinnett of Momentscaptured Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Claudine Sinnett of Momentscaptured Photography.

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