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Semaphore Wedding Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Stationery And Paper Goods, Wedding Inspiration


Our lovely Polka Dot Made contributing editor Alicia from Akimbo sent over this stylish Semaphore inspired wedding shoot to show off her new Sempahore wedding stationery range. Alicia collaborated with Luke Simon Photography (for the gorgeous photos) Mary & Gabrielle Events (for the stunning styling) and Poppies Flowers (for the props) at The Flying Knife in Adelaide to bring together the elements beautifully suited to a Semaphore inspired wedding.

I love the styling and feel of this shoot – it’s perfectly suited to a couple that wants something a little nautical, a little beachy while using interesting patterns, textures and objects to create the atmosphere.

Check out Alicia’s tutorial on how to make this gorgeous rope and flag succulent centrepiece on Polka Dot Made

Photos by Luke Simon Photography

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Sarah and Lee’s Classic Australian Wedding

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


Sarah and Lee

I have a thing for classic weddings, I also have a love of Australian native blossoms – so when you marry the two in a beautiful wedding like today’s of Sarah and Lee, you have one stunning combination! Sarah and Lee held a beautifully classic Australian wedding in Sydney and added an Australian theme with the most stunning floral arrangements and stationery.

Sarah tells how she met her husband. “Lee and I first met in Year 11 of high school (yes we’re high school sweethearts)…”

We’re joined with stunning images by David Henry Photography today. David’s captured a drama in his photographs – an intensity to mark the occasion with the weight that it carries.

Sarah wore a sweetheart neckline strapless gown with intricate beading from Glamour Bridal Collection.

The girls carried bouquets of Australian natives styled by Nightingales Wedding Designers (who also assisted Sarah & Lee in planning the wedding.) The bridesmaids wore black gowns from Novita Boutique.

Sarah and Lee held their ceremony and reception at Gunners Barracks. Sarah remarks “I couldn’t recommend them higher, their organisation and preparation meant the day ran flawlessly. The scenery was beautiful and the food delicious!”

There was only one hiccup on the day, Sarah remembers. “I accidentally forgot to wear my garter which was my ‘something blue’! We remembered in the car on the way to the ceremony! So we had to make do with the only blue thing I could find… A Mt Franklins Water Bottle label tucked down the front of my dress!”

After the ceremony, Sarah changed from her Alan Pinkus high heels to white Doc Marten boots which she customised with silver, white and blue laces that she made from ribbons.

The couple chose a lunchtime reception and an Australian theme for their day. Sarah explains, “Our wedding inspiration was after Lee and Sarah’s careers as environmental scientists – a rustic Australian bush theme. Our bonbonniere were Australian native plant saplings, and our flowers were all Australian natives. The invitations, thank you cards, name cards and cake all featured a scientific drawing of a native fern and cicada insect (skilfully designed by Jess Foy of The Distillery) .” Nightingales Wedding Designers put together the wedding day while Cake Occasions created a three tier cake to match.

The couple hired Slide Mcbride to get guests dancing. Sarah explains “Our first dance was to ‘Moondance’ played by our terrific band Slide McBride. They were excellent. So many people came up to us commending the band. They made the day special and fun.”

Congratulations Sarah and Lee! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polak Dot Bride! Thank you also to  David Henry Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by David Henry Photography

Holly and Mat’s Summer Inspired Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Holly and Mat

I love the unique style of the bride and groom in today’s Summer inspired wedding. It feels like I’m transported to a tropical island, but instead we’re just taking a little trip to Noosa to share in the beautiful wedding of Holly and Mat!

Holly recalls the funny way they came to be. “We met at work, he lied about his age and told me he was five years older so I would go out with him. It wasn’t until six months later, I caught sight of his driver’s licence and discovered the truth. I was 28 and he was only 22!”

Photos today are by James Day. I love how James has captured the vibrancy and life of today’s celebration, the resort feeling and the joy of Holly, Mat and their guests.

The days before the wedding were not without adventure. Holly recalls,”I very nearly didn’t make it to the wedding. I choked on a prawn two days prior, which got lodged in my esophagus and was taken to hospital by ambulance. I had to have surgery to remove it, and was only released the day before.”

Holly and Mat were married at Beach Road Resort, Noosa North Shore.

Of their wedding style, Holly says, “Our theme was ‘Sunset at Cafe del Mar’. We wanted modern, relaxed, fun with an ‘Ibiza’ feel.”

Holly wore a gown designed by Isabelle McDell Designs ( For her walk down the aisle, Holy says “My younger sister Jamie (who is about to release her first single with EMI) wrote a song for us and performed on the beach with her guitar.”

Holly, a graphic and interior designer ( styled and planned the event herself. From decor and invitations to decorations! The floral arrangements were styled by  Twig and Grace.

The groom was outfitted with pieces from Zara.

The wedding was all in the one location. Holly explains, “All our guests stayed in villas at the Beach Road Resort. We had our reception around the pool. The next day we had a ‘day after brunch’ with Bloody Marys, Rose, croquet and bocce. It was perfect! Noosa Event Hire and Spoon Fed Catering went above and beyond to make the day go so smoothly. Flawless setup, service and friendly staff”

The guests were important to the newlyweds. Holly remarks “I loved having family and friends there, who travelled from overseas to share our special day.”

Congratulations on your marriage Holly and Mat! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to James Day for sharing today’s images.

Photographer: James Day / Bride’s Dress: Isabelle McDell Designs / Groom’s Attire: Zara / Venue: Beach Road Resort, Noosa North Shore. / Styling & Invitations: Bride / Catering: Spoon Fed Catering

“Young Love” Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Mary & Dave

A fun little gathering of inspiration photos for you today from Etta Photography The scene is set – the couple Mary and Dave in a secret forest in North Brisbane. “Young Love” is a collaboration between Etta Photography, Polkadot Prints who created the stationery, and Mary’s hairpiece is from Grace Designs.

The shoot tells a story (which I will let Madeleine of Etta Photography,  recount as I share the photos) and I think it’s a really lovely way of capturing your engagement. What’s your story? How can you tell it?

the girl waits…
the boy waits…

they meet…
he gives her flowers…

he steals a kiss…

she hides her growing love…
he hides his growing love…

they reveal their love to each other…
they reveal their love to the world…

they are in love…

he has a few fun things planned..
they play and laugh…and enjoy their love….
they share everything…milk & cookies, popcorn, tea….

love becomes a la naturale….
love becomes more serious…they grow up….
they head to the forest and rug up to keep warm…
the future lies ahead…

Photos by Etta Photography

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