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Polka Dot Bride Mixtape – The Processional

by | Bride, Ceremony


When Ainslie married Rohan, she walked down the aisle to Sea Of Love – Cat Power (Photo by One Fine Day Photography)

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a mixtape (my favourite mixtape service shut down!) but we’ve had so many requests lately, I thought it was time for another one! This a Polka Dot Bride mixtape filled with ideas for your processional.

The best part? They’re tried and true and all have been used by real life Polka Dot Brides as they’ve walked down the aisle to meet their loves.

Bella- Angus & Julie Stone

Iron & Wine – Peng 33

Hello Sunshine – Syd Matters

Everlong – Foo Fighters

I Love NYE – Badly Drawn Boy

Sea Of Love – Cat Power

She – Elvis Costello

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

José González – Heartbeats

Down In The River To PrayParis Wells

What a Difference a Day Makes- Dinah Washington

The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson

All My Days – Alexi Murdoch

Beautiful To Me- Little Birdy

I’m So Glad – Royal Wood

Amazing Love- Chris Tomlin

It Feels Like Home To Me- Chantal Kreviazuk

Wedding Song – Old Man River

Forrest Gump Theme-Alan Silvestri

Ben Harper – Forever

Be Mine- David Gray

Café Del MarLux (Northern Lights)

I See Love – Passenger

Happy Ever After In Your Eyes – Ben Harper

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Beautiful Bridal Hairpieces

by | Accessories, Bride


The girls at Bride + Groom store sent over this gorgeous shoot they did to show off their new bridal hairpiece collection for Summer 2011. Don’t the images just scream gorgeous garden wedding to you? I can almost smell the beautiful bouquet of peonies and hear the tinkling of glasses of Pimms and plates with strawberries and cream!

The photographs were shot by Jemma Keech Photography at Tannamurra Homestead in Swan Valley, Western Australia. The girls collaborated with Samantha Wynne who provided the gowns.

Photos by Jemma Keech Photography for Bride + Groom Store

Sarah Janks Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


When a new designer comes onto my radar, my favourite thing is to dive into their website and pour over each design. I love to examine the way the fabric falls, the textures, the cuts and the inspiration. Sarah Janks has jsut launched her first Sydney collection and I love it!

Sarah Janks hails from South Africa and studied her skill in London, working for designers like Jenny Packham, Cos, Jonathan Saunders and Roland Mouret, Sarah moved to Sydney in 2007 with her husband to enjoy the sunshine and a slower pace of life.

Her first collection (available in both London (Northern Collection) and Sydney (Southern Collection)) is described as “reinterpreting classic shapes with a modern slant and employing traditional couture techniques”. Inspired by an era where romance blossoms into love, Sarah has used beautiful embellishments , fabric pressed flowers, old hand written love notes hidden within the folds of skirts, crystal filled belts and cleverly placed bows.

The fabric use is beautiful as well- gathered backs, pleats, cascading fabric tumbling down the back. Each piece is classic with a touch of whimsy, a touch of style & a touch of romance.

Photos by Sarah Janks Couture

Vendor Of The Week – Sisko Chocolate

by | Blog News, Bride


Before we kick off this week I have two things I need to let you know about!

Photo by Jay Eads in the Switchcities QLD Floods store

We’ve teamed up with Switch Cities to put together a photography sale with all funds going to the QLD Flood Appeal. We would love it if you check it out. Photos from some of the best photographers I know are for sale with more being added constantly! The sale only goes for a week so make sure make your purchase soon!

Also this week you can catch me on one of my favourite blogs- The Design Files! I’ll be guest posting all week with some of my favourite quintessential Australian weddings !

2011 has been nothing if not interesting and we’re only in the third week! Which is why we all need something a little delicious to kick the week off!

Our Monday morning tradition is to show off one of our talented members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our directory is growing full of amazing and talented Australian & international wedding vendors! Each of whom is dedicated to honing their craft and working with Polka Dot Bride readers. Each vendor passes through a  number of quality checks by us and each is top notch! (could I sound any more Australian today?)

Today’s (randomly selected from our polka dot tea cup!) vendor is someone I was lucky enough to experience the work of over Christmas! Sisko Chocolate are this week’s Polka Dot Bride Vendor of The Week and create the most AMAZING chocolate and chocolate sculptures and for a Monday morning sweet treat? I could think of no one better!

Sisko Chocolate is based in Hawthorn, Melbourne and owner Christina has worked with the finest chocolate masters all over the world. Sisko Chocolate creates the most beautiful chocolates- not just to eat but to look at! From lotus flower centerpieces, to chocolate Christmas trees and balls that shimmer with gold lustre. Their treats make the most interesting wedding decorations and your guests could even take home their chocolate covered nougat or other sweet treat as a wedding favor. (Trust me, this chocolate is SO creamy and delicious!)

To learn a little more about Sisko Chocolate we asked Christina five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

A glass of red wine, cabernet sauvignon or shiraz.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

At a winery, taking in the fresh air and indulging in a spa treatment. Eating delicious food, sipping on amazing wine and being able to slow down and just chill.

Favourite restaurant?

So hard to choose, but one I love going back to Is Kobe Jones. Modern Japanese cuisine that funnily enough takes me back to our time in California.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Love French toast on Sunday morning with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and a good coffee or course.

Your favourite wedding story?

For me it is always about the couple. I love it when you see them get excited that they have found the perfect favour that they want to give to their guests as a thank you. I always love being part of the creative process that inspires couples to think outside of the norm and have chocolate centerpieces instead of the traditional options. Most of all I love to hear that the guests where wowed by the chocolate creations and it created a memorable feature on their wedding day.

Visit Sisko Chocolate’s Pageto find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Sisko Chocolate is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


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