Mid Century Floral Fete

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I was incredibly inspired by this mid century style chair in the top left corner for this in inspiration board. It’s covered in fabric designed by Rifle Paper Co (Rifle for Villa Nova) and looks so modern and colourful.

I picture this wedding taking place in a beautiful mid century home, the bride keeping her style sleek and modern, but plenty of colour and life drawn from the bold print.

Chair from Rifle for Villa Nova via Oh Joy! , dress from BHLDN, Tie and suit photo by Sara Gray Photography via Brooklyn Bride, floral heart print from Rifle Paper Co, floral wreath photo by Caught the Light, via 100 Layer Cake, chair photo by  Our Labor of Love via Green Wedding Shoes, Photo from the wedding of Louise & Ross by Louisa Bailey,  green beads from beadsnsupplies

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Styled Engagement Photoshoot Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


With engagements happening everywhere you look it is the perfect time for a competition celebrating what can often be one of the most momentous times of life!

Engagement photo-shoots are nothing new. They’re a wonderful way to celebrate your engagement and relax with your photographer. But the styling? Well that’s a little added extra, a little something special to make it come to life. The photo shoots I love best are when a couple has included elements that really showcase who they are, what they love and how they came to be.

Sydney photographer Nerida from Nerida McMurray Photography has teamed up with event stylist Jessica from Oscar & Ruby to bring to life one very special Polka Dot Bride reader’s engagement session!

The duo want to create a personal engagement shoot, so not only do you get to meet with the team who will style and photograph you, but you’ll have it planned so it’s personalised to you (if you love motorbikes and heavy metal? They’re up for that! If you’re a couple who stays at home and watches funny movies? That’s perfect!)

The prize includes:

Oscar & Ruby

– Initial meeting with the couple to discuss ideas/concepts/locations (along with Nerida)

– Sourcing of props and styling elements

– Cost of flowers and styling elements (to the value of $200)

– Set up and styling of shoot on the day

Approx value $1000

Nerida McMurray Photography

– Initial meeting with the couple to discuss ideas/concepts/locations (along with Jessica)

– 1-2 hour shoot in a Sydney location.

– 1 x 40 page guest book

– 1 x disc with high res files from the shoot.

Approx value $1200


To win the styled engagement shoot valued at $2200 create a moodboard in jpeg or pdf format with 6-10 images showcasing your favourite thing to do with your beloved (make sure you credit the images back to their original source and include them). Send to with your name, postal address and phone number.

We’ll showcase our favourite entries on Polka Dot Bride and then we’ll show how the winner’s inspiration became reality!


The winner will be chosen by Nerida McMurray Photography, Oscar & Ruby and Polka Dot Bride and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The engagement shoot will be held within the Sydney metropolitan area and travel fees are not included. The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions. Photo shoot will be published on Polka Dot Bride and used in promotion by the respective businesses involved. The prize must be redeemed within one year. If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 16th March 2011 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

Little Joe Woman Bridal & Parties Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


I love the new collection of bridal gowns & party frocks from Little Joe. Inspired by designer Gail Elliot’s New York wedding, the collection creates gowns from beautiful fabrics using simple, elegant detailing that epitomises the Little Joe design style.

Using silk crepe de chine as the foundation, each piece is designed to be very “mix and match” with modern, strong lines. Using a colour palette that is soft and feminine, gowns can be bought in the same shade with different designs.

I can imagine these gowns being worn barefoot on the sand with a crown of flowers in the bride’s hair. But I think they’d be equally as stunning in a modern wedding space, a garden or even a little chapel. The beauty of the simple, chic designs is that the formality of how they look is entirely dependent on your own personal styling.

The range is available at Little Joe stores or through their website.

Photos via Little Joe Woman

Vendor of the Week – Fi Fy Fo Fum Designs

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? I laid low with Mr Polka this weekend, I had a busy week with the Polka Dot team and I think we all needed a bit of recovery time!

Our traditional kick start to the week is to embrace the talent that exists on the pages of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

We’re filling our directory with new vendors every week to add to our talented bunch of wedding professionals! We have wedding caterers, wedding cake bakers, wedding gift registries, wedding stationery, wedding venues, and more! Each vendor understands our vision, so in turn they’re open to yours! Creative, individual- as classic or as different as you’re dreaming of!

It’s no secret that I love my paper goods and so I’m excited to introduce you to this week’s vendor of the week Fi Fy Fo Fum Designs! Designer Fiona offers a beautiful range of modern, whimsical, classic and fun designs for your wedding stationery. Starting with the invitation, Fiona creates the entire stationery suite, right down to the order of service and envelope liner! There’s a range of stock standard designs available, though Fiona is able to work with you on a custom design (and even offers letterpress) You can even view each invitation in it’s available colours on the website- all the hard work done for you!

Once you’re done with the wedding, you can move onto Fiona’s other stationery ranges – baby showers, Christmas cards, even moving house notes!

To get to know  a little more, we asked Fiona from Fi Fy Fo Fum Designs five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?


Your favourite weekend getaway?

Anywhere with great food and great company

Favourite restaurant?

Ten Minutes by tractor

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

Lilo Cafe,  Mornington

Your favourite wedding story?

I love hearing proposal stories….I always get so excited to hear how the big question was popped! Everyone is unique.

Visit Fi Fy Fo Fum’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Fi Fy Fo Fum is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory