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Emma and John

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


You might remember today’s bride from a Snapshot Sunday I featured last November. Emma was the happiest bride I’d ever seen in the moment she left the church and looked like she was about to burst out in song.

Emma and John met on the first day of university in 2003. After Emma told herself she would study her law degree with no distractions, the handsome John sat beside her and offered to help her with her uni work. The pair exchanged email addresses and soon became good friends.

Emma and John’s Perth wedding was a beautiful, traditional affair. In soft pink and purple tones, a backdrop of golden green trees and the wonderful expressions of the newlyweds make this wedding just gorgeous!

Today’s photographer is Jennifer Regan of Anna Rose Photography. The wedding day was filmed by Inshot Productions.

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Emma’s pink wedding gown was by Allure Couture. It was the first and only wedding gown Emma tried on and the veil used over five metres of tulle! Luisa from Allure Couture also helped Emma design her wedding necklace and bracelet using Swarovski crystals. Emma’s mother bought her diamond earrings for the day. While Emma was having her makeup done, the wedding flowers arrived, along with 12 long stemmed roses and a handwritten card from John.

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Emma’s wedding day look was styled by Nadine Saliba. The wedding day flowers were by ABZ Lilly Of The Valley.

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The family’s dalmatian Brie, wore a tulle bow made by Emma’s mother.

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Emma and John wed at St Patrick’s Basilica in Fremantle. Emma walked down the aisle to The Bridal Chorus by Wagner played on the church’s organ.

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Flowergirl Tiah soon got sick of wearing her shoes and promptly threw them away. She spent the remainder of the ceremony barefoot. Emma’s parents are both deaf, so the couple hired an interpreter for the day so her parents could understand every word.

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Just married!

Check back later today for the gorgeous location shots and reception details!

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Regan of Anna Rose Photography

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Meet Henry Roth at Maggies!

by | Bride, Events and Resources


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Henry Roth, designer of Henri Josef, mentor on Project Runway Australia and general fashion star will be making an appearance at Maggies Bridal Centre in Dandenong this Saturday 3oth of May!

Henry will be showcasing Henri Josef gowns (some which are not yet released) for 2010 and helping brides with their dress choices! He will be in store between 9am and 3pm. All Henri Josef gowns purchased on the day will receive a half price veil to match.

Maggies Bridal Centre is located at 146 – 148 Walker St Dandenong Call Jodi on 03 9706 7688 for more information and tell Henry Ms Polka Dot sent you!

Finally, after trying (and failing) to fit into the Project Runway schedule a few times, Henry Roth will be deciding the winner of the Rock Your Frock competition this Sunday! The announcement will go live on the Polka Dot Bride Monday or Tuesday next week so stay tuned!

Donating Your Dress

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I’ve been searching since I started Polka Dot Bride for a place brides can donate their wedding dress after the wedding (for other ideas on what to do with your wedding gown after the wedding view my After The Wedding post).

Sadly in Australia we haven’t had access to great charities like the Brides Against Breast Cancer organisation in the USA, however a few weeks ago a new option appeared.

The Salvation Army stores (otherwise known as Salvos Stores) have set up a bridal department in their Victorian Abbotsford store which is located at 81 Victoria Crescent Abbotsford, VIC 3067 or available by phone (03) 9419 7410

If you’re looking to donate or sell your gown, or perhaps wanting a cheaper, second hand option for yourself, a number of websites will sell your gowns for you.

I Do Gowns buys and sells a range of wedding attire including bridesmaids frocks. They’ll also list your wedding gown for as long as it takes to sell.

Your Wedding Wardrobe buys and sells second hand wedding gowns. Including some couture. Your dress can be listed for as long as it takes to sell.

Other websites will buy & sell classifieds include Wedding Central, Bride Online, Easy Weddings and Smart Bride

If you’re aware of any other charities or foundations that sell or allow brides to donate second hand wedding gowns, please leave a comment!

Peony Melbourne

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty


With a wedding being such a sensory experience, a wedding day fragrance is something brides can take very seriously. The perfume you wear on your wedding day can remind you of it for years to come!

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Peony Melbourne Boutique Perfumery

Last week I stumbled across Peony Melbourne. Peony Melbourne is a boutique perfumery which stocks a large range of exquisite Australian, French and other international perfumes.

Peony Melbourne offers a special consulting service just for brides. Held in the Peony Melbourne store, brides work with a consultant and Peony Melbourne’s online database of fragrances (using the Michael Edwards fragrances of the world database which lists all perfumes currently available).

By understanding what scent the bride wears regularly and what she would like on her wedding day, The consultant will work with you to come up with a selection of fragrances for you to sample and experience over a week.  Once you have selected your wedding day fragrance, Peony Melbourne can help you choose a complementary fragrance for the Groom (a wedding day surprise perhaps?)

Peony Melbourne can also help you with the fragrance of your wedding venue. They can help you choose the right candles and accessories so that the mood you’d love is created by smell.

For true perfume lovers, Peony Melbourne holds regular perfume workshops at the boutique Lyall Hotel in South Yarra. Each workshop allows you to explore the science behind perfumes and learn about what makes a perfume evoke your senses!

Peony Melbourne is located at 107 Auburn Road, Hawthorn. You can reach them via phone on 03 9882 0662 or visit their website.

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