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Photography Giveaway With Infinity Photography

by | Bride, Competitions


Wedding photography is one of my favourite things – moments that make me lose my breath, details that are full of intimate thoughts, a stolen glance, a romantic embrace – I couldn’t run Polka Dot Bride without the beautiful work of wedding photographers.

Infinity Photography is one of Australia’s leading photographic studios, with studio locations in both Melbourne and Sydney; they travel Australia wide every weekend shooting the most gorgeous weddings in the most stunning style. The team at Infinity love working with amazing couples to create the most beautifully styled photographic memories that will last a lifetime.

To celebrate an amazing 2010 wedding season and to embrace their love of unique and creative weddings, Infinity Photography are giving two lucky Polka Dot Bride couples (one in Sydney and one in Melbourne) as well as three more runner up couples an amazing opportunity!

The Infinity Photography style gurus are on the hunt for gorgeous weddings with creative and imaginative styling and of course a whole lot of love – so do your upcoming nuptials fit the bill?


The Major prize, valued at over $4000 includes

  • Free photographic coverage of your wedding day from the bride’s preparation to the first hour of reception
  • A high-resolution disc of all images shot
  • A full set of 4×6” art prints of every shot
  • A complimentary album design session

Infinity Photography has also offered three runner-up prizes of a $500 voucher to put towards any photographic package with Infinity.

To win an Infinity Photography package valued at $4000 or one of three runner up prizes valued at $500 each simply create an inspiration board that showcases the style of your day and send it, accompanied by a creative snap of you and your partner to be, to


The most amazing entries will get the chance to be photographed by Australia’s leading candid studio.

The winner will be chosen by Infinity Photography and will be informed by Infinity Photography via phone or email. This prize is not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted for any Infinity Photography. Costs above the package inclusions will be paid for by the winner. The prize must be redeemed for a wedding within the next 18th months (before 29th October 2012). If no contact is made within the designated 18 months, the prize will become null and void. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is open only to couples whose weddings will be held within Australia. If the winning wedding is outside of Sydney or Melbourne the couple must provide an airfare as well as 2 nights accommodation for the photographer. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 5th May 2011 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

This competition is now closed.

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Andrea Bonelli Jewelry Rings

by | Bride, Jewellery


I’m a little bit of a magpie, I love my sparkly trinkets and even though I am known to pull on old favourites again and again, I treasure each piece of jewelery I own. Their stories, their memories. I love this stunning range from self taught metal smith Andrea Bonelli (who ships to Australia!) which is designed to be completely eco-friendly.

I love handmade artisan jewelry – it’s like there’s someone’s love, heart and soul into each piece. Each piece of Andrea’s range is made by Andrea herself from her Californian home and uses recycled and ethically mined diamonds, metals and gems. The beautiful organic shapes and limited nature of the pieces means your chosen piece is even more special and timeless. I am loving this cocktail ring in particular!

I love the gems enclosed in metal and the hammered out wedding bands.

Photos from Andrea Bonelli

Bridesmaid On A Budget by Sharon Naylor

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Magazines and Books


I imagine meeting Sharon Naylor would be akin to reading a wedding encyclopedia- I’ve been reading Sharon’s books for as long as I can remember (she’s written over 30!) so it was a nice surprise to have her latest offering ‘Bridesmaid On A Budget How To Be A Brilliant Bridesmaid Without Breaking The Bank’ arriving on my desk.

Being a bridesmaid in today’s world can be a sticky subject – The latest Bride To Be Cost of Love Survey notes that couples spend on average $4023 on bridal party fashion (and that doesn’t include what bridesmaid’s spend themselves). Do you pay for the dress? Is it expected that you organise the pre-wedding parties? What about the shoes? The makeup? Then there’s the presents, the accommodation. It’s a mad juggle to work out finances and obligations while dealing with the emotional roller-coaster that often surrounds weddings. ‘Bridesmaid on A Budget’ tackles all of the issues involved in being a bridesmaid – from speaking up tactfully, right down to tasty but cost effective sweets and treats for the bridal shower.

I think what I liked best about this book is Sharon is quick to point out that you need to take some control of the situation if you don’t want your expenses as a bridesmaid to spin out of control – she doesn’t blame the bride and turn her into a demon. Instead she suggests ways of handling the sticky budget talks, ways of being honest and upfront without treading on toes and gives a little perspective from the brides’ point of view. In the end, I found the value in the book not through the budgeting tips (As an Australian a lot of the resources Sharon mentioned aren’t available, though the general premise of the resources is) but through the advice of navigating the sometimes tricky and painful role of bridesmaid in general.

‘Bridesmaid On a Budget’ by Sharon Naylor is available at all good book stores now.

Karen Willis Holmes Silver Shoot

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Designer Karen Willis Holmes did a fashion shoot recently with her decadent silver dress designs and I had to ask her if we could share it today on Polka Dot Bride. I’ve been doing a lot of pouring over coloured gowns recently for an upcoming feature and I have fallen in love with silver- it’s subtle enough for the bride who wants something a little different, a little bit of a stand out, without veering too far away from the traditional neutral white or ivory.

Karen has again produced amazing designs- they have stunning traditionalism lines to them but with her tweaks that make them look completely modern and new. Karen was inspired by the stunning silver hues of the fabrics she used, creating dramatic silhouettes and adding a variety of details to make each gown a stand out, each gown unique.

Photos from Karen Willis Holmes

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