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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Hinterland Garden Party Wedding Photo by Jodie Greck Photography

Happy almost Christmas week! I can’t quite believe how fast this month has gone! Today is only a little Friday roundup as I keep trying to catch up on my emails and posts to make sure everything is taken care of before Christmas!

Around the blogs this week –

Donna from Le Bonbon shows us how to get the wording right on our invitations on Polka Dot Wisdom

It’s a shame to leave your wedding images on a disc – Milton Gan suggests Crowd Funding Your Wedding Album on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ideas to feed and water your guests  during the dreaded gap between ceremony and reception on Polka Dot Wisdom

Jean-Michel from Baroque Bistro shows us how to make that most delectable of sweet treats – the macaron –  on Polka Dot Made

Unique Save the Date tiles on Polka Dot Weddings – cute and oh so different!

Also on Polka Dot Weddings Toria and Timmy share their   Irish dream wedding

Our talented DIY bride Jessica shares part 2 of her wedding to Sammy on Polka Dot Weddings

And Sharon shares her honeymoon essential on Polka Dot Honeymoons – underwater video camera and case – and who could argue with that when you see clip she made

Around the wedding world this week…

The first ever edition of the Polka Dot Circle– our exclusive newsletter is hitting inboxes today so be sure to sign up for your copy!

Bride Alexandra sent this awesome Save The Date video that she created with her fiance Simon with her sister and and brother in law from Birdeggs Productions.

Alexandra wrote “We’re planning to have a very quirky, whimsical wedding. Our colour theme is yellow to match my WICKED yellow diamond ring

My fiance and I met almost 4 years ago in Edinburgh while we were both living there, although he’s English and I’m Australian. We moved to Sydney a little over a year and a half ago and are having a hunter valley wedding in November next year.

My fiance is a big nerdy gamer so we decided to make a save the date video that incorporate this love of Si’s (which I constantly tease him about) and our new- found love of stop animation (which we fell for whilst trawling various blogs). Fun!”


Have a lovely weekend dotties! See you back here Monday for our last full (oh so very full) week of wedding inspiration before Christmas!

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Ashleigh and Brad’s Sweet Country Wedding

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


Ashleigh & Brad

There is nothing like a classic country wedding which is exactly what I have today. There is so much of Australia to explore and Ashleigh and Brad married in the little township of Wagin in Western Australia.

Ashleigh and Brad met in high school. Ashleigh recalls, ” Brad and I met through my brother. Living in a small country town everyone knows everyone, but I had just moved back to town. he asked me out on a date and voila here we are today!”

Photographs today are by Clare Day Photography who made the most of the wide open spaces and golden light that regional Western Australia offers.

Ashleigh wore a gown from Brides By Design. The flowers were styled by Twisted Willow.

One of Ashleigh’s bridesmaids Kahli Murray styled the girl’s hair while Jodie Douglas styled the makeup. 

The couple were married at Wagin Anglican Church. Ashleigh says ” It is a lovely old church and means a lot to Brad’s family as his grandparents and parents were married there as well. It “just” held all of our guests!”

Ashleigh walked down the aisle to “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias.

Ashleigh describes the day as “everything I ever dreamed of!”

Ashleigh’s bridesmaids wore blush pink gowns from Studio Collections. The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Penguin Formalwear.

Of their photographer, Ashleigh remarks “I had seen some of Clare’s work on the internet and instantly fell in love with her photos. They are so natural and capture every detail you could possibly want in wedding photography. When Brad and I first met with Clare in her studio I instantly knew we had made the right decision as they were absolutely breathtaking.”

The couple celebrated with guests at Eric Farrow Pavilion. They styled the reception themselves with help from Queen of Theme. Ashleigh says “It is basically a function centre and is one very big plain room. I was lucky to have had the help from a few of my lovely family members to make the room as it was on our wedding day. My mum and I bought 600 metres of Violeen to create the silk lining on the room, and were also very fortunate to have the services of Jane at Queen of Theme who decorated the room and provided all of the beautiful furniture”

Of their first dance Ashleigh says, “It was to “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams. We had a moment together where we were singing to each other and Brad threw in a few dips and twirls much to the delight of our guests.”

The couple used lots of Wigan locals for their wedding. A retired couple Harry & Billy Bellinghem catered the wedding, Leonie Kirk, another local made the cake and another friend made the stationery.

Congratulations Ashleigh and Brad! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Clare Day Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Clare Day Photography / Bride’s Dress: Brides By Design / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Styling: Queen Of Theme / Grooom & Groomsmen Attire: Penguin Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Studio Collections / Makeup Artist: Jodie Douglas / Reception Venue: Eric Farrow Pavillion / Music: Sharon Roderick / Flowers & Decor: Twisted Willow

Iris and Andrew’s Quiet Coastal Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Iris and Andrew

In the hustle and bustle of the week, it’s nice to take some time out. These photographs of Iris and Andrew’s engagement by Tealily Photography are quiet and peaceful. They capture love in a really sweet way and it feels like taking a breath.

Iris says “Andrew and I met a long time ago – back when we were in high school! So we’ve probably known each other for about 12 years now.”

“We’ve always been really close friends then got together when we were at University and we’ve been together ever since!”

“Our wedding is in January 2012, so these next few weeks are pretty busy with finalising all the plans. With the summer holidays coming up so soon, all our suppliers need everything confirmed by Christmas.”

“Thankfully, we’ve been pretty organised about everything, so the whole planning process has been pretty fun for both of us. We got engaged last September 2010 so we have had a bit of time to plan everything and just enjoy being engaged”

“We actually took a couple of days off work last week so that we could knock everything off the list in one hit. When we were on this photo shoot with the lovely Trish from Tealily, we literally had our food and wine tasting for the reception, my dress fitting and also saw the wedding stylist all in the one day. ”

“We got up just after 4am to make it to the shoot and see the beautiful sunrise so we were able to fit a lot in!”

Photographer: Tealily Photography

Belinda and Cameron’s Intimate Newport Wedding

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


Belinda and Cameron

A delightful wedding by the water is always beautiful to see and today’s wedding had a backup plan, a backup plan that turned out to be perfect. Perfect for Belinda and Cameron’s wedding day.

Belinda and Cameron met through a mutual friend while both living in Whistler, Canada.

Photos today are by Milk & Honey Photography. I love the soft, classic nature of Milk & Honey’s work. Such a beautiful way to recount a wedding.

Belinda wore a Pronovias gown with a veil by Edna Mavis and vivid blue Manolo Blahnik heels.

The wedding stationery was designed by Paper Fusion.

One of Belinda’s favourite parts of the day was having her daughter involved. She explains “The fact that our daughter was at an age that she could share in our wedding day was also something very special and we love her to pieces – she is the best part of our world we have created together!” Their daughter wore a gown made by a family friend.

The date held special meaning for the couple. Belinda explains “It was on 25th April 2011 (ANZAC Day) which was also the day the Belinda’s grandparents had married on back in 1931…. Hence Belinda’s choice of a 1920’s theme and vintage style.” The bouquets were styled by Floral Vision.

The wedding was held at Newport Mirage. Belinda explains “We had originally planned to have been married at McCarrs Creek Reserve in Church Point but due to the terrible weather, the Newport Mirage location was a last minute decision which we made about and hour and a half before the ceremony! As the bridesmaids and I had spent the evening at the Mirage and were getting ready there – it made perfect sense and the Newport Mirage were amazing in setting up a poolside ceremony for us with very little notice.”

Belinda walked down the aisle to ‘Lamb’ – Gorecki. “A beautiful love song.”

Belinda says “We had chosen a small intimate wedding and our favourite guests ensured it was a fun and memorable occasion. We wouldn’t have changed a single thing – not even the weather!”

Belinda recalls “There was a gorgeous moment during our ceremony when our daughter, Addison decided she didn’t want to miss out on involving herself in our nuptials! So, as we said our I-do’s we had our beautiful girl there at the alter giving us her blessing!”

Of their photographer, Belinda says “Anni had shot Belinda’s sister’s wedding and had also done a number of family photo shoots – so she came very highly recommended! You only have to see Milk and Honey’s phenomenal shots to know you can trust Anni to give you a wonderful account and memories of your special day. The style in which she shoots weddings really suited us too and we are so grateful that we have an album full of all our special moments of our magical day!”

Thew bridesmaids wore black cocktail gowns from Review while the groom and groomsmen wore suits from Stellar Formal Wear.

The weather, turned out to be perfect. Belinda explains “You would expect that the terrible weather would have put a dampener on the day but it honestly didn’t… it added to the wedding madness which turned out to be a picture perfect, amazing day that we will never forget!”

Belinda recalls “Our moments… we just had the best day together! We smiled, we laughed, we danced and we shared our love on a special day which was witnessed by our nearest and dearest – truly magical from start to finish!”

The reception was held at a private residence in Church Point (Belinda’s sister Cara kindly offered her home) which was ideally located half way up the hill providing a nice vantage point over the Pittwater. Belinda recalls “Again, the reception was to be held outside but the weather had other ideas for us so the balcony and living room area provided a nice dry area for our guests and was the perfect space for all the fun and frivolities that went long into the night/early morning!

We are grateful to Cara and Chris for opening their home to our guests – it was a wonderful venue and we appreciate all their effort in making our day perfect”

The first dance was a memorable moment. Belinda notes “As a general rule we don’t dance a lot but our bridal waltz was a moment to remember. Lets just say the groom has two left feet.”

The couple chose a simple cake from Otello Chocolates and Patisserie.

Congratulations Belinda and Cameron! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Milk & Honey Photography / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Flowers: Floral Vision / Ceremony Venue: Newport Mirage / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Stellar Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Stationery: Paper Fusion / Cake: Otello / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Edna Mavis
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