Andrea and Peter’s 80’s Roller Skating Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Andrea & Peter

If you’re going to do the eighties, why not do it right? With insanely coloured clothes, a little neon and of course- roller skates! Andrea and Peter met with photographer, Patricia of creartivia to create these colourful, fun engagement photos.

Patricia explains, “Andrea and Peter are one of the lucky couples who felt in love at first sight. After a short period of time it became crystal-clear that they can’t live without each other and they moved in together. As they both share their love for everything from the 80’s – vibrant colours, crazy hair, records, bubble gum and roller skating – they decided to do a 80’s themed engagement party to celebrate their deep love and happiness. The couple was born in the 80’s and are in love with all the styles we know from this time. They came up with this idea using roller skates and some vibrant-coloured clothes for the shooting. We totally loved the concept and had so much fun with this couple.”

Photographer: Creartivia / Bride's Dress: kuessdiebraut / Hair & Makeup Artist: Premier Hair Gallery
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Polka Dot Bride’s Brand New Submission Process

by | Blog News, Bride


I am one excited blogger today to launch a  project I have been working on with my very smart developer for over six months (and dreaming of for a year!) Today we launch the brand new Polka Dot Bride submissions process!

Anybody who has submitted weddings, inspiration and engagement shoots to us, knows that we can be a bit slow (and by we, I mean I, as I personally select and sort each and every submission myself). With the increasing size of Polka Dot Bride comes an increasing number of submissions and instead of trying to fumble around in my inbox, we’ve developed a brand new submission process to automate and streamline the way we do things.

Our brand new submission process will:

– Take you through a step by step process with clear instructions to follow

– Allow you to upload images straight to the system

– Allow you to nudge us if we haven’t responded to you

– Allow you to send a link to the Polka Dot Bride questionnaire directly to your newlywed or engaged couples to fill out

– Manage your submissions from the one page, see what stage each submission is at, what you will need to do next, when it will be published, and even the link to the publication.

In short, the submission tool cuts out ‘the middle man’ (us!) and allows you more control over each step of the process!

Vendors – To start your submission process just go to the ‘Submissions’ button at the top right of the page and proceed following the instructions.

We’ve also made the decision as a Polka Dot team to put even more energy into our beloved Polka Dot Weddings (the blog for brides written by brides!) and Polka Dot Groom (the blog for the grooms!) Weddings and Groom are specially for you brides and grooms – to tell us about your day, and all those little details that made your day so special. Submissions from our lovely couples will be directed to the contributor application form via our new Submission tool.

Brides and Grooms – To start your submission process just go to the ‘Submissions’ button at the top right of the page and proceed following the instructions.

Our process is fresh out of the oven so do let us know if you have any issues by emailing

A big thank you to our tireless developer – Felicity, and Ant at Metrix Operations who have slaved away over this massive project and the one who makes things beautiful, Prue at Gigi and Lulu for pulling this project over the line!

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


 Isabelle and Ryan 220 550x366 The Perfect Wedding Suit

Photo from The Perfect Wedding Suit Image by Milton Gan Photography

As I write this, our Project Innovate 2012 speaker has hopped on a plane and is winging her way to Australia! We’re also getting ready to launch something we’ve been working on and finally, Ms Gingham is winging her way back to her home this week! It’s a week of changes and milestones in Polka Dot land!

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you have a wonderful week? Did you smell Spring? (or Fall, depending on where you might be!) in the air this week? I am going to miss the scarves and beanies of winter, but I’m also ready to break out floaty Spring and Summer clothes!

Did you catch all the content across the blogs this week? Here’s an update for you!

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.Inspired Words – Charntelle 2.Real Wedding ~ Pink Peony Wedding In Fiji 3. Ask Ms Polka Dot – Alternatives To David Austin Roses


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? Tiffany Capeski of Sydney Polo Club 2.Vendors Favourites – Milton Gan Photography 3.Springtime Wedding Blooms 4.Rustic Wedding Inspiration – ‘Hawaiian Style’ 5.Petite Floral Love 6.Top Ten Makeup Tools For Your Wedding Day

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 – Groomsmen’s Gifts 2.Tuesday Type – Conspired Lovers 3.Cork Guest Book and Free Sign

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.My New Love – Korres 2.Jetset Bombshell Bay Swimwear Collection

 This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1.The Perfect Wedding Suit 2.Inspired Memories – Damian 3.Groom Style – Chris


Around the wedding world this week….


Sydney bridal designer Sarah Alice Andrews is heading to Brisbane to consult with brides looking for couture made to measure wedding gowns! Sarah will be in Brisbane on Friday 14th & 15th of September and is booking appointments Friday morning 11am – 6pm until Saturday afternoon 10am – 5pm. Each consultation is one on one with Sarah herself and will allow brides to be to talk about her dream wedding gown, discuss ideas and then have Sarah individually design the gown and discuss fabric options.

The consultations are free but need to be booked so contact Sarah if you’re interested!

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Wedding stationer Papyrus Design have launched their online store and it’s not just wedding stationery on the shelves! The online store stocks all kinds of goodies like books, home office decor and of course, plenty of paper treats including stationery from Crane & Co.

Papyrus Design are offering something special to Polka Dot Bride readers! If you make an order of $25 or more at their online store, they will gift you a pack of thank you cards (valued at $25) To redeem the offer, simply make your purchase and email

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Our sweet film of the week comes to us from a collaborative trio of Michael Gray (who filmed it) Haley Higgins (who styled it!) and Haley’s fiance (who put it all together!) A very sweet and romantic save the date!

Melina and Manuel’s Summer Italian Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


 Melina and Manuel

In another life, I live in different countries, where there are cobblestone pathways, castles and beautiful buildings just right to hire for weddings. Australian Melina married her beloved Manuel in his homeland of Italy. With a backdrop of stunning scenery, landscapes and Italian beauty it’s a dream location for a special day.

Melina tells the story of how they met. “We fell in love over a discussion about the best tasting Italian Digestive drink!”

Photographs today are by photogroup, who have an elegant sophistication to their work.

Melina wore a gown from Raffaele Ciuca Melbourne.

A vintage fiat was used as transport for the day.

Melina remembers, “We were married at the courthouse of Borgo Val di Taro in Italy at 12pm. As tradition here is… The groom was waiting at the chamber’s gates for the bride to arrive, with the entire congregation waiting as well. Once I arrived, dad passed me over and we took the steps inside and the congregation followed”

Melina remarks, “The thing that caught me on our wedding day was the intimate (nature) of it all… Every guest was involved and enthused in every moment and we all felt very special to have each person there. I have never laughed so much in one day.. It was very special. It was also funny to see different cultures mixing and having fun together… Music definitely does speak a universal language!”

Melina remembers “After the ceremony, the congregation left first and as we emerged we had 150 people throwing rice.”

The couple held their reception in the one venue, moving through the different spaces for different courses. Melina explains, “The Castello di Compiano is down the road from our home in Italy and was just a natural selection of venue in Italy. It is one of the most well preserved castles that for the Castels of the Ducy of Parma, and also has a local bar where we would drink often.  We had apperitivo and drinks on arrival at 2pm, in the gardens outside.”

Melina recalls, “First course and second course and coffee were served in the main cortile of the palace with white umbrellas and white tablecloths.”

Melina explains, “Manuel and I organised every detail together so it was special to see things come together together, I loved my dress, my family which traveled a long way to be there, my bridesmaid/photographer, our amazing friends.”

Of their photographer, Melina says “Connie was chosen as photographer for her energy and passion. Her own personality summed up the atmosphere we wanted to capture.”

Melina and Manuel put together the vividly coloured dessert buffet themselves.

As the sun set, Melina remembers,  “The cake was cut in the gardens and digestifs served. From there we had a dance floor set up and at 7:30 the band started and played till 1:30am when all the guests left.”

Of their first dance, Melina says, “Italian tradition doesn’t really have first dance but we did anyway and it was a great surprise when my mum handed out streamers for everyone to wrap us up in!”

Congratulations to Melina and Manuel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Connie of photogroup for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: photogroup / Bride's Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Hairstylist: Corado Hair Borgo Val di Taro, Italy / Flowers & Decor: Sugremaro Flowers Italy / Invitations & Stationery: Kardella Kreations / Ceremony Venue: Commune di Borgo Val di Taro, Italy / Reception Venue: Castello di Compiano / Band: Isterika Band / Catering: Borgo Casale, Italy / Wedding Cake: Pasticceria Steckli / Wedding Ring: Ian Carter Jewellers, Griffith 02) 6964 2405 / Groom's Attire: Armani