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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s a busy day in the Polka Dot Bride world and with an action packed weekend ahead, I thought there was no better time to do a roundup than this morning!

Don’t forget you can get your free tickets to the Queensland Brides expo by clicking this link,  the pass gives you access to the entire weekend!

Zoe from Poppiseed Designs has selected her winners for the monogram competition! Congratulations Veronica, Rachel and ashley! You have each won a custom monogram for your wedding day!

One of our favourite photographs You Can’t Be Serious have launched a brand new website! It has even more of Hailey and her amazing work- including her 365 project (worth a read) and some sneak peeks at new projects they have coming up!

We love Summer, as in the season and the girl behind the blog Greys Likes Weddings! Well Greys Likes Weddings got an overhaul last week and the simply sleek design is just gorgeous!

Finders Keepers Markets are hitting Melbourne this weekend! This famous market of all things artisan will be held at Docklands and will have over 150 exhibitors including some of our favourites like Bespoke Press & The Cupcake Wrapper Co!

There’s still time to enter our Weddings By Joanna competition if you’re a Melbourne couple! Enter here to win a day of wedding coordination package!

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Lauren and Matthew

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Polka Dots,


Lauren & Matthew

Today’s gorgeously glam Maleny wedding is the wedding of Lauren and Matthew. Not only have I fallen in love with today’s celebration through the stylish moments,but Lauren also included polka dots in her DIY items! Win-win don’t you think?

Lauren and Matt met through work! Lauren says, “Matt and I met in February 2007 through working at Carpet Call. I was in Insurance and Matt was a salesman in one of the stores. We went out on Valentine’s Day for our first date and we just clicked. Moved in together 2 weeks later and now we have our happily ever after”.

Lauren and Matt chose an intimate celebration for their wedding day. “The wedding was of 64 people including children. We had only close family and our nearest and dearest friends. I think this was one of the best things about the day because we knew that each and every person there meant so much to us, loved us and were there because they supported our relationship and our marriage and were genuinely happy for us. It just helped make the day so personal. We actually had the partners of the Bridal Party at the Bridal Table which was really nice. The table was full of love”.

Today’s photographs are by Call of Calli B Photography– whenever I see Calli’s name in my inbox I know it’s going to be a beautiful wedding full of style and today’s celebration doesn’t disappoint! Calli has a way of capturing each couple’s personal mood and wedding vibe and doing it with such personality!

Lauren wore a stunning lace gown by Elizabeth De Varga, her stunning burgundy Tony Bianco shoes set off her burgundy touches for the day. Lauren’s hair was styled by Sandi from Rolling Scissors “She did an amazing job with the hair and I just adore her. We had a couple of car problems on the day getting to Maleny Manor so Sandi drove me and the bridesmaids to the venue! It was very sweet.”

Lauren and Matthew held their ceremony on the ground of Maleny Manor, they were married under the large Ash tree which overlooks the ocean. Sarah Wrightson – ModeLS – Weddings by Design helped plan the wedding day.

One of the funny moments from the day involved Lauren’s bridesmaid. “Well, one of my bridesmaids, Melissa (my cousin, she has the short brown hair – third in line at the ceremony) tripped at the movie cinema on the Saturday before the weekend and popped out her knee cap. The poor thing was in a knee brace for the next two weeks. She braved it on the day and took lots of pain killers and wore a pressure bandage but she was carried down the aisle by my Dad before the ceremony started as she wasn’t able to walk down the aisle quickly enough during the start of the ceremony”.

Lauren’s bridesmaids wore a replica of one of Lauren’s favourite gowns made by Regent Taylors in Queen St.

“My sister, Emma, was my Maid of Honour and my best friend, Katie, and cousin, Melissa, were my bridesmaids. Those girls were absolutely amazing. To have the 3 girls who mean the most to me and are so important in my life behind me was just beautiful. I was a little puddle of nerves and excitement on the day and the girls took care of everything, solved all of little hiccups so I could just take in the day. Emma was my pillar of strength the whole day and was so amazing during the planning. She came to every trial, every fitting, every meeting and every chocolate tasting!”

Lauren walked down the aisle to Alexi Murdoch “All my Days”. During the ceremony, Matthew’s sister did a reading. Lauren recounts, “Matt’s elder sister, read Regina Hill – “Foundations of a marriage”. It was a beautiful reading that really spoke to both of us. We chose Jen to read for us as she has been such a huge support for both of us through our relationship and Matt is very close to her.”

The ceremony was one of Lauren’s favourite moments. “Ashley Burgh was our celebrant. He was magnificent! He has such a great sense of humour! He makes a huge effort to try to get to know you before the ceremony so he can get an idea of who you are and your relationship to make the ceremony special. He made a couple of jokes during the ceremony to help keep us smiling instead of crying! We had a lot of comments from people about the ceremony and that it was so personal and very much ‘us’.

We both wanted the wedding to be a reflection of us and really represent us as people and be personal. So we decided to write our own vows. They were unconventional and Matt’s were quite funny (he is known as the joker!). We didn’t read each other’s vows or let anyone else read the vows so when we read them to each other and made those promises it was just so very personal and unique. It was very emotional and so special.”

The floral creations were designed by Mondo Floral Designs. Lauren and Matthew held their reception at Maleny Manor . “Maleny Manor was amazing. Marlene was so professional, helpful, understanding and made both of us feel very comfortable. She communicated with me throughout the whole planning process which was great. Marlene was fantastic on the day as well, liaising with Emma (MOH) before and after the ceremony to check on the little details without me even realising which made the experience relaxing so I could enjoy it

The food was spectacular! I am still getting comments from people as to how impressed they were with the food. Maleny Manor was very accommodating in regards to dietary needs, child care and other needs for people and also had accommodation on site so Matt and I and some family could stay at the premises which made it even more enjoyable with breakfast the next morning.”

Lauren made a lot of the wedding details herself! Including the stationery. “I made almost everything with the decor. I collected jars for almost 1 year for the flowers and candles – we ate a serious amount of mayonnaise. I painted the stand and all of the frames for the table seating chart and I also made the guest board myself – again inspired from Polka Dot Bride. I found floral prints on the internet and used them for the pieces of paper and then I cut them out into little cards and individually hand dripped them in coffee and dried them with a hair dryer. It took me a day and a half just to do the pieces of paper! I also made the lolly garden for the lolly table and I made the boxes for the kids”

“Our first dance was to Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” – we didn’t practise before the day. We completely forgot! So just before we were announced to the reception, after photos, we had a little dance outside. It was really lovely.”

Thank you Lauren and Matthew for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! A big thank you also to Calli B Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Calli B Photography

Kiama Bush Bank Creative Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


It seems to be the week for amazing creative shoots by Australians and there are a few more that I am very excited to share! This morning we’re visiting Bush Bank in Kiama for a photo shoot with John Benavente and stylist She Designs. I love the fresh white arrangements next to the rustic Australian landscape, which always holds a soft spot in my heart.

The crew got together to show off the period vibe of Bush Bank.” We really wanted to get a vintage feel to the photographs as this was the general feel of Bushbank and the furniture. This included a mix both colour and moody black and white photographs. Our model for the day was Kelly Nealon and I think you would agree on the Marilyn Monroe resemblance.”

I adore the sunshine streaming through these lace lanterns- they look great in daylight or after the sun goes down with fairy lights There’s just something about the fresh white next to a bright blue sky and soft green leaves.

Inspiration for a reception break out area perhaps? Providing a quiet space for guests to retreat to, from the music of the dance floor is always appreciated. Even though this area is set outside, I think there’s no reason you can’t pop a fluffy rug down as an unexpected (but fun!) touch! A mirror is the perfect place for touch ups.

I love this for a ceremony spot, white paper pom poms are a sweet detail and gauzy white fabric blowing in the breeze from the four poles makes the perfect focal point for your ceremony.

Photos by John Benavente Photography

Mandy and Garry

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


Mandy and Garry

A gorgeous country style Western Australian wedding for you this afternoon!

Our newlyweds Mandy and Garry met playing mixed netball and they set a beautiful vibe for their wedding day. “The rustic/ vintage /country atmosphere we created was perfectly suited to us  – both being from the country originally. It was a really fun wedding, with the garden games providing a good ice breaker. I love how Mandy and Garry put so much of themselves into their wedding day and created a wonderful celebration while doing so.

Photos today are by Paper + Lace Photography who I am so thrilled to have them make their Polka Dot Bride debut! I’ve been in love with the soft, gorgeous elegance of the work of Paper + Lace for a while now and it’s such an honour to have them join us today!

Mandy wore a gown from Hobnob Bridal, her bridesmaids wore gowns from Forever New. Mandy’s mother made her veil “My mum sewed the veil. It only cost $70 for the fabric and lace, what a bargain! It got so many comments and it looked so pretty with the dress.”

Mandy’s brother Tim from Parties & Gifts helped plan the wedding and designed the stationery. The flowers were beautiful fabric creations from Milkpod Studios on Etsy.

Mandy and Gary were married in the gardens of in the grounds of Meadowbrooke Estate “We wrote our own vows and they were really special to us. Before being given away, I said a special thank you to my wonderful dad for all the support and encouragement he has given me. It was a touching moment, not a dry eye – including dad! Each of our brothers did a reading during the ceremony and our mums acted as witnesses.”

Mandy’s grandparents – who just celebrated 60 years of marriage – warmed the rings during the ceremony to pass on some well wishes and wisdom!

Mandy walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles. Garry is a musician, so the music for the ceremony was carefully planned.

Mandy says “Garry made the arch, which we got married under, and carved our initials in the monogram. It is now a seat in our garden. We also made the rustic sign pointing the way down to the ceremony. I made some paper pinwheels to lead guests down to the ceremony location, which was tucked behind some trees.”  The Tiffany chairs were hired from the Bride + Groom store along with birdcages for the gift table and the bride’s clutch purse.

Mandy and Garry’s wedding was right beside some old train tracks. Mandy says “Some of our favourite photos were taken when the photo shoot was coming to an end and the sun was getting low. We were in a field near the train tracks, next to a big oak tree. All the elements came together to create some magical photos.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Penguins Formalwear.

Mandy says “As a guest book/record we asked guests to print their thumbprint like leaves on a tree. Mandy’s brother (Tim from Parties & Gifts) designed the tree, the guest seating board, menu’s, place cards table numbers and the very special ceremony booklets. We printed most of the stationery at home and they turned out great”

The cake was made by Mandy’s sister in law. A garden games area was setup with bunting sewed by Mandy. “”We liked the relaxed, rustic feel of Meadowbrooke Estate. It has a gorgeous outlook over a green field and gardens, where we had the ceremony. We also organised some garden games (bocce and croquet) to entertain the guests between the ceremony and reception. We had picnic rugs, personalised stubby holders and some vintage style glass bottle cool drinks !”

Mandy and Garry tried to put as many personal touches as they could into their wedding day .”We painstakingly designed and sourced all the items for the table centrepieces. My aunty did the flowers – they are Lillianthums from a local supplier. We also did the bridal table with the lovebirds and nest.”

“We danced to The Day Brings by Brad. We did a lesson in the week before our wedding. It is a favourite song, something we talked about before we got engaged!” The photo booth not only served as a fun moment for guests, but the photos were used as thank you cards sent out by the newlyweds.

Thank you Mandy and Garry for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Paper + Lace Photography for sharing the gorgeous photographs today!

Photos by Paper + Lace Photography

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