Michelle & Piero’s Summer Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Today’s gorgeous engagement session of Michelle and Piero pretty much captures everything I love about Summer (and even more so in the dead of winter!) – light breezy clothes, beautiful lit up skies, ice-cream! Polka dot bikinis! Reading in the sunshine and paddling in the water. It’s such a nice relaxed set of photographs from Amanda of Thorson Photography and such a beautiful representation of this happily in love couple.

Photographer: Thorson Photography
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Alex and Philippe’s Austrian Winter Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Alex and Phillippe

While the week has been filled with brides with bare shoulders and beautiful summer light, the reality is, it’s been a pretty darn cold week in Australia! So I thought, what better way to end a week of beautiful weddings than to feature one that happened in the dead of winter? So cold that the horses used to transport the bridal party in true horse and carriage style almost bolted, and it snowed!

Our couple today, are Australian, but chose Bad Aussee, Austria for their wedding. Alex explains how they met. “We met  through a mutual friend whilst on a night out in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. After exchanging emails for a couple of weeks, feeling brave, I asked Philippe out on a date. The rest is history.”

Photographs are captured by Claire Morgan Photography who managed to captured the beauty of the snow laden countryside and the traditional elements Alex and Phillippe infused in their wedding day in a beautiful way.

Alex wore her Aunty Chrissy’s French lace wedding dress and cathedral length veil that were 35.5 years old! Alex says “The dress was timeless and elegant and yet also very much ‘a la mode’, with a nod to Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress.” Rita Reischenboeck styled the floral arrangements, a single white orchid in Alex’s hair, white roses for the bridal bouquet, baby’s breath for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and mixture of white flowers in the church and on the reception tables.

The groom had bespoke tails made by Philippe Perzi and wore the pocket watch from his great great uncle and his father’s cuff links, which carry the Western Australian Coat of Arms.

For their wedding ceremony, Alex and Philippe chose the town’s Catholic chapel. The chapel could only seat 40 which gave it an intimate atmosphere and shelter from the cold winter’s day. The bride and her bridesmaids arrived in a horse and carriage.

Alex walked down the aisle to ‘Prince of Denmark’s March’.

One of Alex’s favourite memories was, “The atmosphere of the choir singing in a little 14th century church in the middle of winter was made all the more special by the Priest, Edmund Muhrer, who was extremely friendly, patient and warm. He catered for all guests moving between both the English and German languages during the ceremony.”

Guests took shelter from the cold after the ceremony right across the street, Alex explains “A local Vinothek opposite the church invited us and all our guests to warm up with some “Glühwein” after the ceremony. Here we cut bread as a married couple, which was then dipped into salt and eaten by us and our guests (a local tradition for weddings we are told) and all the guests got to mingle in warm surroundings.”

The bridal party headed off in beautiful horse and carriages to the snowy landscape for photos. Alex recalls “The horses threatened to bolt – they were so cold and they just wanted to get moving. The bridal party had to get into the carts in a hurry otherwise the horses would have taken off without us.”

Of their photographer, Alex says “Claire Morgan is a very talented photographer and captured our day perfectly. She managed to get shots of all our guests laughing and having a good time and truly showed what an intimate affair the day was. She captured each moment in beautiful candor and integrated the landscape of the traditional Austrian village into the photos. Claire was a true professional and really listened to our story and the type of photos we wanted.”

The wedding has such a community spirit. Alex explains “All guests had to travel a great distance to attend the wedding, coming from Hong Kong, Australia, UK, Germany, and Switzerland. It was a great celebration and was also a reunion of sorts, many people not having seen each other in some time.”

Alex changed into a Carla Zampatti silk organza strapless dress for the reception.

Guests stayed and the reception was held at the Erzherzog Johann Hotel and Spa. The newlyweds chose the venue for it’s distinctive Austrian feel.

Alex describes the wedding as “National Lampoon’s European Wedding.”

The hotel designed the traditional wedding cakes and had them made by a local baker.

One of Alex’s fondest memories is of her brother’s speech. She explains, “My brother tried to use the airtime he was given for his speech to embarrass his sister by talking about past boyfriends, but failed when midway he appeared to become genuinely emotional about the day – being emotional, yet alone being lost for words, is a very rare sight in his case.”

Congratulations Alex and Philippe! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Claire Morgan Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Claire Morgan Photography / Reception Venue: Hotel Erzherzog Johann / Bride's Dress: Bride's Aunty / Bride's Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Bride's Reception Dress: Carla Zampatti / Groom's Attire: Philippe Perzi / Groom's Shoes: Church Footwear / Hairstylist: Buttinger Friseur / Flowers & Decor: Rita Reischenboeck

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


 Sarah and Jimmy’s Terrara House Estate Wedding Photography by Jeremy Beasley

Happity happity Friday Dotties! I am so excited for the weekend I’m going to sit here and work through a big backlog of work (which means pouring over many pretty weddings!) and then Mr Polka and I are going to do some more “stuff”, culling and hitting the sales to replace something old with something new. He is currently cooking me up chicken noodle soup while I write Friday Roundup so I predict a lot of nesting this weekend!

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.

Shoe Crush Sunday - Blue  Jenna & Aaron's Funfilled Brisbane Wedding  Moroccan Theme Wedding

Sarah & Jimmy's Terrara Estate Wedding

1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Blue 2.Jenna and Aaron’s Funfilled Brisbane Wedding 3. Moroccan Wedding Theme Inspiration4.Sarah and Jimmy’s Terrara House Estate Wedding 5. Polka Dot Sneak Peek- Share your wedding rings!

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.

What Would They Know? Sally Thompson Of Blushing Blooms    One Fine Day

Organizing Your Wedding - The Guest List  Coffs Harbour - Villa Vivante

1.What Would They Know? Sally Thompson Of Blushing Blooms2.Michelle Leigh Photography shares her favourite wedding things on Vendor’s Favourites 3. One Fine Day Sydney Event Review by Ms Floral 4.Organizing Your Wedding – The Guest List 5. Coffs Harbour Wedding Venue – Villa Vivante


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.

Etsy Roundup - Confetti  Tuesday Type  Wedding Tutorial Roundup  Cocktail Friday

1.Confetti on Etsy Roundup 2.Tuesday Type is a Medievil style font 3.Wedding Tutorial Roundup 4. Cocktail Friday – Espressotini


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.

Maison Moschino 

1.Maison Moschino 2. Gorgeous destination wedding in Capri Italy

This week on Polka Dot Groom

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

Hats For The Groom  Groom Style - Kym

1.Hats For The Groom 2. Real Groom Style – Kym 3. Groom Cam shares his memories of his Hunter Valley winery wedding

Around the wedding world this week….

Have you entered last week’s Prior Engagement competition to win a $250 gift voucher yet? Check last week’s Friday Roundup to enter!

Wedding Gifts Direct have launched their June special! Sign up during the month of June & receive a free gift of either a Scanpan Impact 5pc Cookware Set valued at $699, a Joseph Joseph Salad Bowl valued at $99, or a Prato Martini Jug valued at $80! Check the website for details!

Vera Wang have opened their doors at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney! The store is located in shop 5 of the hotel and is open by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling (02) 8203 0903

Amanda May has launched her new collection! Her 2012 collection of bridal adornments is stunning and so beautifully styled.  Check out the full collection here.


Wedding List Co has launched a brand new wedding invitation line and are holding a lavish launch party to celebrate! Marrieds to be can join the Wedding List Co on Thursday, 21st of June at their Sydney store for champagne, canapes and a delicious introduction to the new stationery collection.

Register for the party by going to the Wedding List Co events page. The wedding stationery collection is available to purchase at Wedding List Co, 156 Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra, Sydney (Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth coming soon) and you can see more gorgeous designs on the Wedding Co Invitations website,


Our film of the week comes from photographers Studiosomething who are kicking off winter by announcing the introduction of stop motion films to their work! Stop motion is such a fun way to announce your wedding day, your engagement or even to capture your wedding.

I love this wedding film they put together (and especially love the way the bridesmaids went down the aisle!)

A Vintage Dream Wedding Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


This dreamy vintage inspiration shoot comes to us from Amy Oram of Teeki. Together with a talented team (including photographer Samantha Macabulos who made sure each vendor went away with a bag filled with chocolate brownies!). The soft colours, dreamy lighting and stunning pieces all came together to make this inspiration shoot truly a vintage dream.

Amy tells the inspiration behind the shoot. “…People always tell me I have a vintage style and feel to my work and it is probably because I love the fact that gorgeous vintage pieces are timeless, can be re worked and passed on through generations.

And that is exactly what the two inspirational jewellery designers that were on board for the shoot do! Karlie Gartner from Melbourne and The Ritzy Rose from the USA take old things and make them new again. I love that and I also love to use old vintage finds in some of my pieces.

Teeki’s headpieces sit next to gorgeous dresses from Trelise Cooper and Bridesmaids Only (Lisa Brown, Joanna August & Jenny Yoo Collection).

And to top it all off some stunning bouquets by Clementine Posy and brooch bouquet from The Ritzy Rose

I never like to shoot what a typical bride would normally chose to wear when doing creative shoots. I like to offer unique choices and inspire people to think outside the “typical” wedding box. So I chose gorgeous dresses that could be interpreted as bridal gowns for a more relaxed garden wedding or could be worn by bridesmaids.”

Shoot Concept: Amy Oram / Photographer: Samantha Macabulos Photography / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Megan / Hairstylist: Deelush / Brooch Bouquet & Jewellery: The Ritzy Rose / Jewerelly: Karlie Gartner / Hairpieces: Teeki / Gowns: Trelise Cooper / Gowns: Bridesmaids Only - Lisa Brown, Joanna August & Jenny Yoo Collection / Flowers & Decor: Clementine Posy