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Katherine and Tim Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Katherine and Tim

I thought we’d do another double header of engagement goodness today! First up we have Kat and Tim who took over one of Perth’s abandoned fairground with photographer Emma Pointon for a laid back fun shoot!
Tim told the story of how they met and his gorgeous, romantic proposal! “Katherine and I met at High School through the school bands.  She was the cool chick up the back playing the bass, and I was the down the front cranking out the tunes on my saxophone.  We actually first became “an item” when we both attended a school function which was pretty much like a ‘host your own murder night’, where the plot of our characters  brought us together as we (our characters) had to get married.  Now 11 and a bit years on, we are getting married for real! :)

In our eleven years we have had many adventures, the latest of which where we rode a motorcycle from Perth to Sydney, and then followed the south coast all the way back to Perth.  If two people can be that close for that long, then we must have something right :)

My proposal was a very public one, as it was on St George’s Terrace in the city.  Katherine’s office has a window which looks down on the terrace, and I thought I would use that as an opportunity to do something fun:)  There I stood down on the terrace with ten great big signs that I had spent the last two days making, then called Katherine in her office.  She was a little unimpressed that I had called as she was very busy, but I managed to convince her to look out of her window.  A long story short, I had ten signs that warmed her up for the last one which said, “will you marry me?”  By this time there were a lot of bystanders gathered witnessing what was going on, as well as many faces in the surrounding buildings windows.  Katherine disappeared from her window and in what seemed like a lifetime came running out of the building straight across the road and jumped at me with a yes!  This was met with many cheers from the bystanders.

We will be getting married within the Yanchep National Park just North of Perth, with the reception being held in a cave lit mainly by candles.  There will also be some cool pics at a local abandoned theme park in the area.  Katherine as a second job makes amazing cake creations for all occasions, and our wedding cake will be no different.  She has got a secret or two up her sleeve for our creation!”

Photos by Photography By Emma Pointon

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e.g.etal Contemporary Jewellery

by | Bride, Jewellery


Feel like a Friday afternoon treat? This one is all about jewels! I love a classic Princess setting as much as the next girl, but I have to say this Friday afternoon I am drawn to the organic shapes and lines of these beautiful rings from the designers at e.g.etal contemporary jewellery gallery in Melbourne. E.g.etal has over 50 independent designers showcasing their creations- all are ‘one offs’ or limited edition pieces.

I love that each piece is a little different to the norm, there’s something special about seeing such a stunning ring like the one above take the place of a traditional diamond engagement ring and it’s even more of a treat to know you’re supporting local designers. (They also have a great range of wedders too for both men and women!)

Which is your favourite?

Top to bottom, L-R

1. Emma Goodsir Garden of Beloved white gold ring,

2. Nicky Hepburn Petit Pois rings

3. Amy Renshaw Domino ring,  Katherine Bowman Pledge ring, Emma Goodsir ring stack

4. Ali Limb Petticoat rings

5. Katherine Bowman wedders, Katherine Bowman Byzantium ring,  Katherine Bowman Random ring

6. Katherine Bowman Aurora ring, Camilla Gough Double Landscape series

7. David Parker Diamond ring, Amy Renshaw Architect and Checker rings

Photos from e.g.etal Contemporary Jewellery Gallery

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


I am so happy it’s Friday and hopefully it’s going to have some sun for all the fun  things I have planned! But in the meantime, here’s a little Friday roundup for you with a peek at one of the brand new Polka Dot Bride features!

Weddings By Joanna chose their winner for our competition! Congratulations to Rina on winning a wedding day management package!

Have you started your entry to win your Henry Roth dream wedding gown yet? The entries are rolling in and I’m already blown away by the creativity! For full details on entering the Henry Roth competition click here.

Thursday Throwdown for wedding professions is on again this month! Thurst Throw Down is a networking event organised by Girl Friday Weddings for wedding professionals! November dates are as follows. You can also follow along on Twitter by searching #thurstthrowdown


11 November
7pm Honey Bar

18 November
7pm Union Hotel


Victorian florist Blooming Brides have launched their brand new website. it’s chock full of beautiful images to pour over and just the thing to kick off Spring!

For our USA friends & vendors, if you haven’t already heard about the amazing work that the organisation Wish Upon A Wedding does, now is the time to take a moment!

Wish Upon A Wedding is a not for profit organisation that helps couples affected by terminal illness or other serious life altering circumstances marry- they have sixteen active chapters across the States filled with wedding professionals. To date they’ve granted eight couples a wedding and by the end of the year, 12 will be married.

During the month of November, Wish Upon A Wedding are holding a number of galas, balls and auctions across America to help raise funds and want you to participate!

Firstly, they’re holding The Blissful Wishes Ball! The event will be held in Chicago – November 1, LA –  November 4, San Francisco –  November 10, Houston – November 11, Charlotte –  November 12, Orlando –  November 14, St. Louis –  November 14, Baltimore –  November 17, Portland – November 18 and Atlanta –  November 21. You can buy tickets to The Blissful Wishes Ball here.

You can also take part in their online auction and bid on items & services for your wedding (as well as honeymoons, entertainment and other fun things)- while helping raise funds (every cent earned goes to help grant wedding wishes).

One of my favourite things (and we’re doing a site tour soon to show off all our favourite bits!) of the new Polka Dot Bride site are our specialty blogs- Polka Dot Groom, Polka Dot Wisdom, Polka Dot Weddings, Polka Dot Made & Polka Dot Honeymoons. You can access these just under our header and you can always see what’s going on on the other blogs by looking at this box in our right hand sidebar (it randomly changes to show you the latest is entries on each blog, each of which is clickable!

You can also subscribe to each blog individually (click the Subscribe tab) so if you’re not a DIY kind of girl, you don’t have to read the Made blog and if perhaps you’re planning your honeymoon, you can subscribe to that one instead!

We’ve been slowly opening up our contributor functionality and we would love you to come on board! Brides, vendors, grooms, families- these are your spaces! We’re a little strict in the content (we won’t post pure sales pitches, because we want to get to know you!) All you need to do is register for a personalised collection and fill out a contributor application which you’ll see on your page and we’ll send over more information!

In the meantime we’ve been gathering up some amazing entries from lots of fantastic writers (and some by just me!) so here’s a snapshot of them!

On Polka Dot Groom……

A little groom style from Mark

Emerson Made for the groom

Groom Style with Craig

On Polka Dot Wisdom…..

Culture Bridal takes us behind the scenes of the latest collection shoot

Last month, our Sydney features editor Ms Floral visited the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party and dished out the expert advice

Ms Floral also visited the Trippas White Open Day and saw some of Sydney’s beautiful venues.

I share one of my favourite business reads

Julian & Steven enlightened us on the power of being creative with video blogging

On Polka Dot Weddings….

Miss T introduces herself and told us about how Mr B proposed (complete tear jerker, you’ve been warned!)

Paul proposed to Aimee! and they had a beautiful Melbourne style engagement party!

One of the things I’ve been doing on Polka Dot Wedding sis posting real advice from brides, last week I shared Kaylene’s wise words!

Kahiwa went to the Luxury Wedding Soiree a few months ago as a Polka Dot Reporter and shared her review!

Another Polka Dot Reporter, Maria went to The Wedding Workshop and shared her review too!

On Polka Dot Made….

Alicia shared her Old School engagement party invitations with free downloadable extras!

I shared my essential item

The perfect thankyou card for your bridesmaids (and a free downloadable template)

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

A honeymoon on a private island perhaps?

Check out where Bonnie of Amour Amour honeymooned!

Olena and David

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


Olena and David

As much as you think it’s the best job in the world looking at beautiful wedding photos all day, it really isn’t easy. Sometimes I get so swept up in a wedding, not including any photo feels like I’m doing the couple a disservice. I want to inspired you with their love, their choices and the way they shared their day and I want to do it by telling the couple’s story.

Olena and David who married in Pokolbin,  particularly touched my heart as I put their wedding together today. The thing I look at most with weddings is how they make me feel, do they make me sigh? Do they give me butterflies in my stomach? Is there something about the way they look at each other that makes me lose my breath?

Well it happened with Olena and David. I’m not sure if it was Olena’s incredible smile in every photo, especially the photos where she can feel David near her, or whether it’s her sassy gown and bouncing brown curls. I’m not sure if it hit me when I saw the photo of the flower-girls twirling as the sun went down, or the glittering candlelight to which guests dined. This was a wedding of joy, beauty and pure deliciousness.

Olena and David married in winter in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Olena says, ‘The location and season played a big part in the colours and styling of our day – we chose a country theme with earthy colours and simple and warm tones.’”

SugarLove Weddings are our photographers- never a wedding goes by where SugarLove doesn’t cook up something dreamy and beautiful, I know it’s going to be a treat for the eyes whenever they email me!

Olena wore a stunning asymmetrical gown with a black waistband from Carla Zampatti and carried a bouquet of burgundy cymbidium orchids, cordoline leaves, red roses and spider orchids styled by Susan Avery.

Olena and David married at Peppers Creek Winery using the onsite sandstone chapel for their ceremony. The couple decided to marry in the Hunter Valley so they could celebrate all weekend with their guests and enjoy a weekend getaway.

To take the chill off the air, Olena wore a fur capelet as the sun set. Her bridesmaid wore a burgundy gown from Harry Who. David wore a Marcs suit with thin black tie. Olena recounts, ‘We are both fans of the two-button slim-fit suit, paired with a skinny tie, David just came home one day with his suit. He had picked it up on his lunch break – I loved it.’

Guests gathered for cocktail hour outside the Peppers Creek Barrel Room.

The Barrel Room was decorated simply, tables were topped with mirrors, candles and heart shaped chocolates. Olena says “The Barrel Room is so beautiful we didn’t want to distract from its features, like the massive sandstone fire place, the beautiful dripping candelabras or the huge doors made originally for elephant stables in India, so we kept decorations to a minimum”. The tables were named after special moments in the couple’s life. The bridal table was named ‘Barcelona Beach’. Olena explains “‘We decided to get married after the birth of our son, Max, it was coming towards the end of our European stay – we were on a Christmas holiday in Spain, it was definitely a surprise – I hadn’t suspected a thing.’”

A three tier cake made by Vanessa Anderson of Sugar Rush was topped with orchids and roses by Susan Avery Flowers & Event Styling. The flavours were Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting, Fuzzy Navel (orange and peach cake with French peach jam and orange buttercream), and Milk Chocolate Mud with Cookies and Cream filling.

The couple hired a band from Sydney Jazz Collective to entertain their guests.  Olena says “The sax player was fantastic, as he played he moved in and around ourselves and our guests on the dance floor – we loved his enthusiasm and could tell he had almost as much fun as we did!’

Thank you to Olena and David for sharing your wedding day today on Polka Dot Bride and thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s photographs with us!

White Designs also shot the wedding video of Olena and David and kindly shared it with us

Olena & David – Hunter Valley from White Designs on Vimeo.

Photos by SugarLove Weddings. Contacts and stories via Bride To be Magazine.

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