Rachael and Michael’s Adelaide Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Rachael & Michael

This sweet as can be engagement shoot by photographer Carla Micucci took place in Adelaide’s Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. I do love the festive, sweet details that add a sense of fun and occasion to the wintery, beautiful backdrop.

Carla says “Rachael and Michael are due to wed in March 2013. When I first met them, I just knew I had to be their wedding photographer. They are both such kind hearted and warm people who just happen to be insanely cute and have so much love for each other. High school sweethearts, these two have been together for 12 years and share an amazing bond.”

“For their engagement session we ventured to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens in the middle of winter to produce a beautiful and romantic setting to capture this special time in their lives.”

“Sam from Fabulous Functions made up a stunning vibrant bouquet of blooms to bring out the warmth of the gorgeous vintage meets modern setting that Kirstin from The Bowerbird Room produced. Nell from Bella by Nella Makeup Artistry perfected Rachael’s look by giving her a natural yet classic look. ”

Photographer: Carla Micucci / Flowers: Fabulous Functions / Styling: The Bowerbird Room / Makeup Artist: Bella by Nella Makeup Artistry
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Gorgeous Bridal Shoes

by | Accessories, Bride, Shoes


I am such a shoe girl, but I am hideous at walking in high heels. So unglamorous of me but it is a known trait that I will trip and fall at the most public of places. So really, while I have a beautiful collection of shoes, I am most often in flats and in the polka dot office, socks and barefeet!) So it’s been lovely spending time doing this latest roundup of wedding shoes! There are so many absolutely beautiful options out there for your wedding day heels!

I’ve been drawn to metallics in all sorts of ways lately and love the modern, subtle yet bold choice they make as a wedding shoe –  from sequins and glitter to sleek metallic leather.

1. Tessa by Jimmy Choo from Net A Porter 2. Mrs Bliss by Peeptoe Shoes 3. Bewitched by RMK Shoes 4. Sparky by Alan Pinkus 5. Denver by Tony Bianco 6. Electra by Benjamin Adams from Deseo 7. Hondola3 by Guess 8. Queen Rose by Shoe Show

Coloured wedding shoes always make me smile (I’ve been writing about my love of them from very early on!). There’s so much to love about a bright, unexpected burst of colour peeping out from a traditional (or not so traditional!) wedding gown.

1. Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragonheart by Melissa 2. Patent orange pump by Shoes Of Prey 3. Steal the show! by Alannah Hill 4. Glitter finish pumps by Miu Miu from Net A Porter 5. Elise by Veralie 6. Acean by Mollini 7. Geezup by Nine West 8. Bobbis12 by Mollini

And finally, the classics. The shoes for the girl who wants her shoes to just be beautifully elegant. They’re classic, they’re gorgeous and they’re every bit “wedding”.


1. Deville by Tony Bianco 2 Karr by Tony Bianco 3. Mattina by Diana Ferrari 4. Eustela by Novo Shoes 5. Larosa from Cinderella Bella  6. Milady by Christian Louboutin from Net A Porter 7. Eset by Novo Shoes 8. Hilary by Cinderella Bella

 What are your favourites? What do your shoes look like? Or are you on the hunt for something special?

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


meyer 520 550x366 Rebecca and Theuniss Rustic Murray River Wedding

Rebecca and Theunis’s Rustic Murray River Wedding Photography by Tim Coulson

Phew! It has been such an odd week with public holidays and huge editorial meetings in the polka dot family, there was even a special engagement in one of the patterned people’s family (a big congratulations to those two!). Bring on engagement season!

Round up the polka blogs!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Spring Yellow 2.Real Wedding ~ Rebecca and Theunis’s Rustic Murray River Wedding 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Words – Kylie 4.Real Wedding ~ Aleisha and Richard’s Laid Back Boyd Baker House Wedding 5. Ask Ms Polka Dot – Sage Green & Warm White

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.What Would They Know? Cristina Re 2.Vendor’s Favourite – Innovate Media 3.Why You Should Hire A Professional MC For Your Wedding

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup – Edible Sea Inspired Pieces 2.DIY Vanilla Cupcakes And Easy Decorating With Cupcake Wrappers 

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.


1.Picture Perfect – Lake Como, Italy 2.Destination Weddings in Mexico

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1.Get The Groom Style – Vintage Rustic 2.Inspired Memories – Rich 3. Groom Style – David

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Our reader survey is still going strong along with your chance to win a jam packed prize from Palm Beach Collection. We’re closing it on November 13th, so pop over, answer some questions and help us make 2013 pretty darn amazing!

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Our StyleRocks competition has closed and the lovely Pascale has chosen the winner! Congratulations to Kelsey who has won a $500 StyleRocks gift voucher to design her own special piece of jewellery!

Congratulations Kelsey! I will be in touch shortly!

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Tasmanian dress boutique Studio White have launched a brand new website and they now have an online store! The store currently holds their bridesmaids collection (which includes Dessy & Watters) and more collections will be added in the coming months!

Studio White are also holding a sample sale which includes reduced Ivy & Aster gowns some of which are reduced by more than $1000! Worth checking out if you’d like a bargain on your wedding gown!

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Based in Hong Kong? Or wanting to be sponsored to work there? Ellermann Flower Boutique & Event Atelier are looking for a full time Floral Creative Director and they’re willing to sponsor the right person!

Ellermann Flower Boutique & Event Atelier is searching for a passionate and talented Floral Creative Director to join their creative team. This is a unique and rare opportunity for the right candidate to embark on a creative adventure with one of the most sought after floral and event designers in Hong Kong. The right candidate will be working first hand alongside Hong Kong’s crème de la crème of creative talent, socialites and businesses.

Candidates must be experienced in contemporary flower arrangement for both retail and events, possess a keen design eye and outgoing, friendly and hands-on personality with the ability to lead a team and work to deadlines under pressure.
A generous package will be available to the right applicant. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to work with Ellermann’s talented team in one of the most fast paced and exciting cities in the world.

 Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

–       5+ years work experience across retail and events

–       Fluent in English

–       Solid hands on client experience

–       The ability to create proposals and creative mood boards to a high standard

–       Excellent event management skills including, time management, supervising staff, budget management, inventory management and arranging orders

–       Possess natural design flair and understand the importance of design standards

–       Ability to be flexible, self-motivating and share their enthusiasm with the team

–       Strong knowledge of the flower industry is a must

–       Computer skills in Adobe Creative Suite will be highly considered.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and Portfolio showcasing both their retail and event work via email to Attractive packages will be offered to the right candidate.

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Adelaide stationer (and Polka Dot Made contributor!) Akimbo have launched their brand new website!The new look site incorporates a brand new blog, easy online ordering and plenty of handy resources! Check it out here.

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Looking for wedding day shoes? Cinderella Bella is having 25% off everything online and instore! Check it out!

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Our film of the week comes from No Limit Pictures who captured a beautiful wedding in Thailand recently! I love that letters formed the theme of their relationship and ultimately made an appearance on their wedding day.

Mel and Ronny’s Traditional Jewish Wedding

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


Mel & Ronny

I love tradition and I love it when cultural elements play such an important role in a wedding day. Today’s wedding is heavy with it – from the groom’s special white coat, to the seclusion of the newlyweds after the ceremony. I love the story it tells and I love being able to tell the story to you.

Mel tells their story. “We met a few ways.  We went to the same synagogue, so we’d spotted each other there.  But we actually met properly a while later, after discovering we had mutual friends at a function.  Unbeknownst to us, these friends had decided we’d be perfect for each other.  One of the friends had a hiphop artist from the US staying at their house, and invited both of us (separately) to some after-gig drinks in at Opera Bar.  As everyone left, and was organising lifts, taxis etc, the friends said ‘Ronny can take Mel home’ and then left.  So he did.  Turns out we had a lot in common, and lived just around the corner from each other.  And here we are.”

Photographs today are by Matt Reed who has an innate ability to capture moments as they happen.

Mel wore a sleeved gown designed by Rhonda Hemmingway.

The floral arrangements for the day were styled by Samambaia – Flowers By Maria Claudia.

Of one of the surprises of the day, Mel remembers “There were the shoes and Ronny’s tie.  I don’t like wearing all ‘normal’ clothes, so while I made a concession and went for a traditional dress, I decided to wear bright pink shoes.  Ronny didn’t know this.  He also didn’t know what colour tie he’d be wearing, as I had organised for the tie to be made to match my shoes, and he had to pick the tie up just before the wedding!”

There was one minor hiccup on the day Mel remembers. “On the groom’s side, the drivers were given the wrong address and came late to the pickup location.  Then, when it was time to go, Murphy’s Law kicked in and the groom’s father misplaced a key part of the groom’s wedding outfit – a white robe traditionally worn by the groom in a Jewish wedding ceremony.  In the end we were probably the first wedding in history where the bride and her party arrived at the ceremony before the groom…  Luckily, I am pretty easy-going, and we had a lovely tour around the entirety of Centennial Park, waiting for the groom to arrive.”

Mel and Ronny chose Centennial Park for their wedding ceremony “We chose Centennial Park for the ceremony for many reasons.  I miss nature living in the east, so the park is a bit of a refuge.  Ronny grew up in the area, and it’s where he played and learnt to ride a bike.  We also wanted to choose a venue which would be around for years to come, which we could go back to over the years, and Mel really wanted to be married outside.  It was very easy to organise the wedding at the Park, which was also important to us..”

As is Jewish tradition, Mel and Ronny both walked down the aisle flanked by their parents. Mel remembers, “Ronny walked down the aisle to an old Yiddish song “Oif’n Pripichik” (“At the Fireplace”). I walked down the aisle to Bacarole, by Offenbach, her grandmother’s favourite piano piece from when I was little.
Both songs were played by a quartet organised by a dear family friend and Ronny’s childhood violin teacher, Sam Podjarski.”

Mel recalls “There is a tradition in the Jewish wedding ceremony to spend a few moments in seclusion together immediately after the ceremony.  Some people have a tradition to step over a silver spoon on the way out of this seclusion. Ronny & I  stepped over a spoon which was given to me on the day she was born by my Great-Great Grandmother, which was really special.”

Of their photographer, Mel says “Matt did the photography for a friend of ours, and when we saw their photos, we knew we had to ask Matt to do ours as well!  He was such a pleasure to work with.  The photos he took caught the day perfectly, and we didn’t even notice he was there a lot of the time!”

The newlyweds celebrated with their guests at Paddington Town Hall. Mel explains, “I wanted something that would be around for a while, and Ronny wanted a big dance floor.  I also love old buildings, and so when I stumbled over the website for Paddington Town Hall, I knew it was the right place!  Luckily when Ronny had a look, he agreed – we definitely had a very large dance floor!  The staff at Paddington Town Hall were an absolute pleasure to work with, and it was nice to have the venue for a large chunk of the day.”

Mel remembers, “The flowers and table-settings were phenomenal – every table was different, it was absolutely beautiful!”

BNT Management planned the entire day. Mel recalls “We were lucky enough to have an amazing wedding planner and caterer (BNT Management and L’Amour Catering) who took care of absolutely everything. Benita Kam and her team were absolutely wonderful, patient and thorough.  There was not a detail which was missed. We could not have managed without Benita and her team, as both of us work very long hours. L’Amour Catering came up with a fantastic, completely gluten-free menu (Mel can’t eat gluten) which was delicious and aesthetically beautiful .”

Concept Entertainment Group provided the lighting and sound equipment at Paddington Town Hall.  Mel remembers, “They were phenomenal and made the place really look terrific.”

Mel remarks “Finally, the highlight for me was playing with the band and with her bridesmaid, Nicola, playing ‘Play that funky music’ by Wild Cherry.  It was heaps of fun!”

For their first dance, Mel says “It was to Bob Marley, ‘Is this love’.  It was really lovely to have a moment together after such a wonderful but hectic day.  It was also really lovely because just before, Mel had a dance with her Dad, which was also really special.”

Congratulations Mel and Ronny! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt Reed for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Matt Reed Photography / Wedding Planner: BNT Management / Cinematographer: Nathan Lewis / Bride's Dress: Rhomnda Hemmingway Couture / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Flowers: Samambaia - Flowers By Maria Claudia / Ceremony Venue: The Lily Pond, Centenial Parklands Sydney / Reception Venue: Paddington Town Hall / Band: Glass / Groom's Attire: Rochefort / Bridesmaid Dresses: 176 Formal 02 96984074 / Invitations & Stationery: Print 35 / Wedding Cake: Delicious Treats / Bride's Jewellery: Rhomnda Hemmingway Couture / Catering: L'Amour Catering / Reception Lighting & Sound: Concept Entertainment Group