Kat and James’ Relaxed Brisbane Love Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Kat & James

Sometimes it isn’t about anything but the way the photographs make me feel. That is truthfully the way I select the photos that feature across Polka Dot Bride. Gut instinct if you will. I’m not sure if today’s shoot really got me because of the romantic tunes playing while I’m writing it, or the fact that photographer Jo Bartholomew captured such a quiet sense of complete and utter love for Kat & James. It takes talent to do that I think, to capture the true essence of a couple.

Jo says, “Kat & James met through mutual friends over a conversation about their love for music. Kat plays the accordion in a band and James loves to play the guitar. They have a studio in their house. We shot them getting ready at their house and then we traveled to the farm where Kat grew up. They played their musical instruments, had some wine, picked grapefruits from the trees and finished up paddling and dancing in the creek as the sun went down!! ”

Photographer: Jo Bartholomew
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Luis and Richard’s Modern Perth Wedding

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


Luis & Richard

What I love most about Luis and Richard’s wedding is that they knew what they wanted. They cut out what wasn’t working for them in the traditional wedding sphere and did things their way. They got ready together, they ditched the flowers and wedding cake and they walked to their ceremony together.

“Richard and I first met on Twitter back in 2007! We then spent over a year forming a wonderful friendship before officially getting together in early 2009. Although I was oblivious to it, Richard chased me for a year until I realised that I felt the same way about him as he did about me. Towards the end of 2009, I moved to Japan to teach English; something I had planned before we got together. We maintained a long distance relationship which was not always easy, and Richard visited me a few times while I was there. This cemented our relationship, and by getting through those tough months, we knew we could get through anything together! During the first year of our relationship, Richard started sending me text messages every day telling me what “love is”. After a year of daily text messages, he made them into a book for me. Even while I was in Japan, Richard managed to get those messages of love to me every day. They are a wonderful momento of that year of our lives, and something I will always cherish.”

Photographs today are by Kerri Mackintosh who captured the modern influences of the day while capturing the moments that wove their way through the fabric of the day.

Luis remarks, “Richard and I are both very non-traditional. We didn’t think twice about getting ready together on the day, and along with Richard’s 8 year old daughter, and my two oldest friends, we spent the hours before the wedding together at an inner-city boutique hotel. Richard had already seen my dress (he’d helped me try it on a few times), and as there were no bridesmaids or groomsmen, there was no need for us to be apart beforehand. It actually made the day all the more special because we had each other for comfort and support when nerves began to get the better of us.”

Luis and Richard got ready together at The Richardson Hotel, West Perth which also provided a modern backdrop for their pre wedding photographs.

Of their photographer, Luis recalls, “Kerri Mackintosh Photography were both professional and personable; we were all completely relaxed with them around, and the photographs are amazing! We had photos taken while finishing getting ready before heading to Harold Boas Gardens for some gorgeous shots around sunset. We decided to have our family photos taken before the ceremony so we could start our dinner sooner, so we arranged to meet everyone 30 minutes before the ceremony in a street near the venue. Within hours of leaving the reception, a sneak peek of photos were online for us to see while we were still enjoying our dinner. The overall service was brilliant, and we can’t recommend them highly enough.”

The couple held their ceremony and reception at 1907 Restaurant. Luis remembers “Wanting to keep it as simple as possible, we had the ceremony and reception in 1907 restaurant. We’d dined at 1907 several times in the past, and always found the service to be impeccable. The ambience and atmosphere were fitting with our style, and they set up a long table in the middle of the restaurant for our 20 guests. We had the ceremony just after 6pm, and the restaurant ensured there were no other dining guests until almost 7pm to give us that extra bit of privacy for our exchange of vows. We had a five course meal, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Bucking with tradition, we didn’t have a cake. Instead we opted for a choice of exquisite desserts along with a cheese course for those who wanted to indulge. “

The couple were married by Shannon Fleming. Spending the day together also meant that, ” We entered the ceremony together, side by side, just as we saw our relationship; two people joining together as equals. I didn’t walk down an aisle, and I wasn’t ‘given away’ – neither of those things sat right with me, so we didn’t make them part of our wedding. We wanted to make sure Richard’s daughter, Mia, was involved in the wedding as much as possible. So before we exchanged our rings, we gave her a ring to symbolise the special part she plays in making the three of us a family. ”

“We had both written our own vows, but unbeknownst to me, Richard had written me a poem. Ever the romantic, and with such a way for words, there was not a dry eye in the room.”

Guests even joined via Skype! Luis explains, “My best friend, Heather, had flown back to Perth for the wedding, but her husband and daughters couldn’t make the trip. Not wanting them to be left out, they were video-called just before the ceremony began, and watched the ceremony from an iPad. Although it was 5:30am for them, they had dressed up for the occasion – Clay even going to the effort of putting on a suit and tie!”

Luis loved, “Being together for the whole day. Sharing the vows we’d written for each other. An intimate guest list of 20 people, 18 family and two friends. A delicious 5 course meal. Having everything exactly as we wanted.”

Congratulations Luis and Richard on your marriage! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Kerri Mackintosh for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Kerri Mackintosh / Bride's Dress: White Azalea / Ceremony Officiant: Shannon Fleming / Venue: 1907 Restaurant / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Makeup Artist: Courtni Pottier

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


 destination italian wedding035 Sophie and Trevors Destination Italian Wedding

Sophie and Trevor’s Destination Italian Wedding Photo by Photography By Jules

Happy Friday Dotties! Did your week just fly by? I’ve had a few moments this week that have made me stop and rethink my position about beliefs I’ve long held. It’s funny how things like that really rock your thinking and I love it because I love reevaluating it and understanding why I think the way I do. Welcome to a peek at my stream of consciousness!

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.Shoe Crush Sunday – Elegant Navy Black Tie 2.Real Engagement ~ Margaret River Bush Engagment Shoot 3.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Liz 4.Bride To Be Writes ~ Choosing My Wedding Venue 5.Real Wedding ~ Sally and Andrew’s Vintage Style Noosa Wedding On The Beach 6. Bride’s Forum ~ Polka Dot Hot Spot – The Guest List

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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? Garry Holloway 2.Wedding Planning Advice~ Wedding Planning Tips: Wedding Invitations – Stress Free and On Time 3.Bridal Fashion Advice ~ Spring 2013 Bridal Trends 4.Ceremony Advice ~ Go WOW! With Your Vows! 5.Wedding Planning Advice ~ How Not To Choose Your Wedding Photographer

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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 – Pamper Pieces 2.Tuesday Type – Happy Cloud 3.DIY Neon Little (Or Big) Girl’s Earrings Tutorial 4.Alicia from Akimbo – DIY Watercolour Table Numbers With Free Template

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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.Picture Perfect – Eiffel Tower 2.Sophie and Trevor’s Destination Italian Wedding

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

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


1.Inspired Memories – Fintan 2.Groom Style – Jay

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The Print Fairy has just re-launched their website to become a super-duper shopping cart experience. The head Fairy herself, Sarah has designed the site to include better search (search by design, style, colour and theme from over 35 designs) There’s even a wedding logo range and nine new designs!” To celebrate the launch of their new site The Print Fairy is offering a 15% discount on orders over $250 to Polka Dot Bride readers if you use the code POLKA15 upon checkout for one week only!

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We have 2 tickets to the Sydney wedding planning event  ‘Secrets of the Little Blue Book‘ event on Tuesday 27th November, 2012 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm to give away.

The event is designed for Brides & Grooms to learn from the professionals. From wedding planners, to stylists, venue managers, caterers, DJs and bands – all experts in their trade and all under the one roof. There to give unbiased, honest advice. No hard sell, no obligation to use any of the vendors – just passionate experts who love what they do.

There’s live music, cocktail style dinner and bubbles to help you along too!

To enter, leave a comment on this post with your favourite, out of this world Sydney wedding vendor and why you love them!

Competition closes November 23rd 2012. Prize is valued at $160. Prize is non transferable and not exchangeable for cash.Entrants must be aged 18 or older. No extra costs (including travel) are included in the prize.

 Jackie from Life is Peachy has  just launched their brand new website. Jackie tells us, “Customers can browse all of our wedding and engagement stationery online at their own leisure.
We have over 50 styles available, and can customise to over 100 different colours choices so the options are endless! All of our wedding designs have matching stationery available including RSVP cards, wishing well cards, placecards, seating charts and much more. Our stationery is unique, affordable and high quality and our team is friendly and very helpful!” To find out more check out the website.

Our film of the week is from Belita Films! From the Western Victorian town of Dunkeld, a beautiful story of romance and love is told. I love the gentle elegance of today’s film.

Naomi and Chris’ Sweet Daffodil Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings


Naomi & Chris

I love the sweet sunshiney vibe that daffodils bring and today’s wedding is filled to the brim with them, all grown by the couple themselves to add that special yellow to their wedding day! Chris is a horticulturist so it seems natural that growing flowers would be on the agenda!

Naomi tells their story. “We were friends for five years before we started dating. We grew to become really good friends and took the chance to date when we fell in love. Best chance we’ve ever taken. ”

Photography today is by Tigs Macallan Photography who captures such golden sunshine and beautiful light in her photographs.

Chris tells the story of how he proposed. “When I (Chris) asked for Naomi’s hand in marriage I took her parents (Wendy and John) out for coffee. I started with “I’m a bit nervous as I’ve only done this 3 or 4 times before…”. I then offered Wendy and John two stuffed sheep as a bride price. It was just a joke but they loved it. The sheep now turn up at most family events and you can see them in the Capper family photos in the morning and on the Capper’s table at the reception!”

Flowers Etc arranged the bouquets.

The ceremony kicked off at St Johns Diamond Creek Anglican Church with tables laden with fresh lemonade. Naomi remarks, “Empire Styling (0430 010 666 ) (specifically Tierney and Paige) designed the decor for our wedding. We gave them colours and they ran with it and delivered a unique and stunning wedding. They are well priced and have great ideas. They were helpful, encouraging and let us have as much or as little to do with the details as we liked. This is a new business so look out for more amazing things from them. We cannot thank them enough for all that they did for us. Together with our families and friends we catered for the afternoon tea. One friend even made around 30 litres of fresh lemonade!

The sense of fun and friendship at the wedding was something we had hoped for and with their decorating, alongside our relaxed ceremony, and our friends Tierney and Paige made this happen. The bright flowers, a reconstructed real tree in the foyer, lemonade stand, candles, chalk boards, candy apples and many other decorative touches tied the day together in the perfect way and was one of the most talked about aspects of the wedding.”

Naomi walked down the aisle to ‘Lemonade’ by Chris Rice, “Because life didn’t give us lemons, it gave us lemonade.”

Naomi notes, “Family and friends made a huge effort to be at our wedding including many guests from interstate. It wouldn’t have been the same without them and we can’t say how much it meant to us having them there. Their help and support in the weeks leading up to this event and in the months following are cherished. Naomi’s best friend in Canada was unable to make the wedding but at last minute connected through Skype. It was one of the best things that could have happened that day and it made the day feel complete with her there.”

Naomi remembers, “Our families got involved! My sisters were bridesmaids, my Dad married us and my Mum walked me down the aisle. Chris’ cousin and brother were in the bridal party as well as his long time friend Michael who is practically a brother. His Mum shared a prayer, his sister and our sister-in-law did readings and his Dad happily avoided attention. Naomi wearing a bracelet from her Nanna Ferg and a ring from her late Nanna Capper.”

Naomi remembers, “The church members were so kind and generous and helped us with so many details of our day. Our new friends, the Frost’s let us take photos on their beautiful property which was conveniently located between the church and Inglewood. They were incredibly generous with their time and energy that we can’t thank them enough. They made us cups of tea and kept us warm and their three beautiful children were willing to help with anything.”

Of their photographer, Naomi says “We’ve seen Tigs’ work before and loved the feel that she captured. We asked for a quote and had a coffee and found out that we have mutual friends. She has this ability to get intimate photos and be totally invisible at the same time. She loves to tell a story through her work so we knew that the important parts of our story would be captured with expertise and an eye for ‘the moment’. Tigs and her team helped us through the whole day to stay on time and embrace important moments. They were on time, professional and were able to coordinate many people into some beautiful photos. Our favourite thing about Tigs was that she didn’t place us in unnatural poses. She just got us to stand somewhere and act natural. Some of our favourite pictures are when we took a moment to practice our dance. Tigs and Mateusz (our wonderful videographer) were fun, personable and just so good at what they do! Thanks guys.”

The wedding reception continued the daffodil style. Naomi remembers, “The delicious cake was made by Carol a good friend of Wendy Capper. She exceeded all expectations and it was beautiful to boot! Our names were engraved on our cake slicer… exactly the same way that my parent’s parents were on their wedding cake cutter. Now we have silverware!”

The decor has largely grown and created by the couple themselves. Naomi remembers “We grew our own flowers and wheat grass to give to our guests and to decorate with. We planted our daffodils in April to be ready for our wedding. We crossed our fingers that they would germinate but not be past flowering by August 4th. The wheat grass we planted 12 days before and kept on a heat mat so it would be the perfect height for the wedding. We also made our own name places by slicing wood into 5mm thin coasters and wood burning our guests names on them. Chris is a horticulturalist and arborist and so his expertise in these areas really helped to pull it off. Everyone loved the personal touches including our own table numbers made out of wood and wood burn.”

The couple had speeches with a hilarious twist. Naomi recalls, “During the dinner we had seven 2 minute speeches (seven if you count our wonderful MC’s adding their fabulous speech). We chose couples that we looked up to and had meant a lot to us in our journeys through life and gave them each a topic. They had two minutes to share their thoughts and they had to use a prop. It was so much fun and we got amazing advice (and some interesting props!). Some of our topics were: “A Good Argument”, “A Question on Romance”, “Going the distance”, “Spirituality” and our MC’s added one to teach us how to share a bed.”

The day wasn’t without it’s faults, which turn themselves into stories to be told. Naomi says, “True to form I got a flat tyre on her way to my parent’s house, spilled wax on my dress during the ceremony and got the bottom half of my dress covered in mud during the photos. The only thing Chris forgot was to take his phone and wallet out of his pockets for the day. My dad (who also married us) had more outfits than the bride. He started the day in a black suit then added a bright red hat during the ceremony and by dinner time was in a bright red suit. We believe that the black hat was added to this outfit by the time the dancing began.”

For their first dance, Naomi remembers, “We rocked the floor. People were surprised that we were that gifted. We lasted all of 30 seconds before we gave up on the romantic dance and just had some fun.”

Congratulations on your marriage Naomi and Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Tigs Macallan Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Tigs Macallan / Styling: Empire Styling Inc 0430 010 666 / Flowers: Flowers Etc / Reception Venue: Inglewood Estate / Makeup Artist: Sareeraya Beauty Therapy / Hairstylist: Kylie from Keizo Creative Hair Design - 03 9870 8778 / Wedding Rings: DDF. Designer Jewllery by Daniel Douglas Ferguson (Naomi's cousin) / Ceremony Venue: St Johns Diamond Creek Anglican Church