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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


From Pru & Dale’s Qualia Destination Wedding by Adam Finch of Studio Impressions.

On our specialty blogs this week:

On Polka Dot Groom Julian  shows us his rock and roll inspired engagement shoot

On Polka Dot Wisdom we have a great post on WIP – Wedding (Planning) Induced Perfectionism

Lilia from My Sweethearts Bakery shares her words of wisdom on Choosing Your Cake Designer on Polka Dot Wisdom

On Polka Dot Wisdom there is a guide to wedding portrait posing from Jacqueline at PictureBook Photographics

Alicia shares her waffle bar ingredient tags on Polka Dot Made

On Polka Dot Weddings Karen shares some sage advice on who to invite along on your wedding dress appointments

Karen also adds some perspective to wedding planning in Beating the Bridal Blues on Polka Dot Weddings

And Mel shares her engagement party with us on Polka Dot Weddings

Pru and Dale share their gorgeous wedding at Qualia on Polka Dot Honeymoons


Wedding Gifts Direct is kicking off November with a few wonderful surprises! If you sign up for a registry with Wedding Gifts Direct during November, depending on the size of your registry you will receive a  a FREE* KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer valued at $795, a Scanpan Classic 14pc Cutlery Block with Sharpener valued at $669, OR a Chasseur 24cm Round French Oven with bonus 16cm Round French Oven valued at $310!

Not only that but Wedding Gifts Direct have launched a competition where you have the chance to win win $5000 in gifts and homewares from Wedding Gifts Direct in conjunction with Complete Wedding.

This competition is running until February 2012. To qualify for entry into the draw for the $5000 prize, couples must register and activate their wedding registry with Wedding Gifts Direct before 1st February 2012. A wedding registry is classified as active once gifts to the value of at least $300 have been purchased from it.

For more information on this competition, visit their website.


Stationer Paperee are about to launch their new line of “save-the-date postcards.” The postcards will be pre-printed and cost effective, all you have to do is fill in the guest name and stick a stamp on them and you’re set to go! Visit the Paperee website for more information.

There’s something exciting in the works from the talented Kate and the team at Magnolia Rouge. They’re asking you to like their Facebook page to not only be updated on the project’s status, secret giveaways and exciting developments but you can also tell your friends and have the chance to win a pair of Stella & Dot earrings. They say ” Like our Facebook page then post this on our wall “Excited about the new MAG rouge, heard it first from {insert blog}” tagging this blog on our wall and you’ll instantly be in the draw to win a whole lot of fabulous prizes. For a valid entry be sure to mention this blog so we know where you came from (please tag their Facebook page where possible). For a second entry follow @mag_rouge on twitter and tweet “Excited about the new @mag_rouge, heard it first from {insert blog}”

Huetopia Design are currently running a competition  for one lucky bride to win $1000 worth of stationery. All you have to do is post on their Facebook page to why you simply MUST have Huetopia Design create your invitations..The best entry will then win $1000 worth of exquisite designer stationery…created just for you by the Huetopia Team. Competition closes November 21st and the winner will be announced November 22nd.

The Wedding List Co
is holding a glamorous event next Thursday for Sydney couples. They have partnered with Lancôme, Giorgio Armani and M.J. Bale for a fabulous evening of mini makeovers, fashion + gifts. All couples will be able to sip Champagne and receive a fabulous goody bag in their award winning store in Sydney. For more information, check out their website.

Perth photographer Izo Photography is giving away a wedding photography package worth $2650. The package includes everything from a two hour engagement shoot to a disc with all images of your wedding day. Check their blog post for how to enter.

Have you entered our Plum Pretty Sugar giveaway yet? You could win the most divine loungerie, perfect to wear while getting ready on your wedding day (and beyond!) Enter here.

Finally to round out the week, I thought I’d end off with this sweet proposal video- I’ve never quite mastered light writing and I think this one is utterly romantic!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

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The American Club, Sydney

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Venues


It’s time for another well overdue venue spotlight! I have a bit of an obsession with Sydney Harbour. Every chance I get I want to be on a boat on the harbour or overlooking it. So I’m always in awe of the stunning venues Sydney provides with the most beautiful ways to exploit the beauty of the harbour.

The American Club is a 64 year old members only club which overlooks not only the harbour, but the Royal Botanic Gardens (so a great choice if you’re holding your ceremony in the gardens). The club was refurbished in 2010 and features striking, modern interiors with floor to ceiling windows for taking in the view.

The American Club has different packages available for weddings. Starting off with the “Classic” package which includes a three course menu, unlimited standard beverage package, parquetry dance floor, white linens and venue coordinator to the “Elegant” wedding package which includes delights such as a four course banquet menu, unlimited standard beverage package, parquetry dance floor, professional DJ, printed menus and an anniversary dinner for two.  The venue also has the capacity for cocktail events with inclusions such as a professional DJ, scattered modern furniture, four hour unlimited standard drinks package and parquetry dance floor.

But back to the banquet menu for a moment; while chicken and beef are always great options, it’s a little hard to resist the temptations of “Carnaroli risotto with smoked ocean trout, snow peas and roasted sweet corn, crisp dill” and “Atlantic salmon fillet, on dill and corn fritter, with chardonnay cream” not to mention desserts like “Lime meringue pie with passionfruit sauce and roasted hazelnut dust” and Mr Polka Dot’s favourite “Warm sticky date and pear pudding with butterscotch sauce and double cream”. (There is always room for dessert and if there isn’t, well you need to find your dessert stomach because it does exist).

The American Club holds 150 guests for banquets or 180 for cocktails.

I love the metallic tones of this venue- they really lend themselves to an urban, clean vibe. Perhaps fill the spice with white flowers with different te4xtures and candles in many different heights to add interest. For something different, compliment the chocolate and marble with bold brights like fuchsia, magenta, saffron yellows and warm oranges.

Images by
The American Club

Ruth and Guiseppe’s Vintage South Coast Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Ruth and Guiseppe

I have to admit, Ruth’s infectious grin caught my eye in today’s wedding.. and then I saw her feet and I knew this was a story I wanted to hear! Ruth and Guiseppe had a gorgeous vintage 50’s style wedding filled with personality, laughter and joy.

Ruth explains how she met Guiseppe.  “I was dating Guiseppe’s roommate first, giving it a couple of months later feelings were able to be acknowledged. After being rejected the first time by me during a date, Guiseppe silently withdrew. One more year later I couldn’t handle loosing sleep over him, so I let him know of my feelings and there birthed a relationship that was ordained.”

Today’s photographs are by Tindale Images (making their Polka Dot Bride debut!) I love the absolute warmth and genuine emotion Tindale Images have captured of today’s celebration,. There’s plenty of love, humour and such beautiful imagery.

Ruth paired her strapless Dressense gown with red point shoes she found on eBay.  She recalls, “I wore ruby red ballet points. The idea was to wear cream coloured to match the dress, but it was too difficult and too expensive. While looking on e-bay, I came across red, royal blue, yellow and black ballet points. Without any question the red ones it was! This was then matched up with a red lipstick.”

Ruth’s bridesmaids wore black dresses from Review. The floral arrangements were created by family.

Mini Coopers hired from Hertz were used as transportation. Ruth remarks “To top it all off by absolute fluke, our cars were not colour guaranteed, Hertz couldn’t tell us in advance what colour cars we would get, but as they pulled up our driveway there came a grey one, and black one and then… a red one!!! Much excitement as our day and my colour was all tied together.

Ruth walked down the aisle to “Lullaby” by Bond.

Ruth and Guiseppe were married at Wollongong City Gallery, Ruth remarks “The Gallery had lovely large windows that made the room glow which just added to the moment of the day.”

Ruth says “There are no regrets of the day, it all went smoothly, with much appreciation to all our family and friends who got around us to help on the day and allow it all to go like clock work. Thank you everyone.”

Of their photographers, Ruth says “A wonderful team of caring and encouraging photographers. They allowed us to relax and have a lot of fun all day. Producing fantastic images that we will cherish for a long time to come.” The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

Ruth and Guiseppe celebrated with their guests at City Beach Function Centre. Ruth recalls “The Function Centre lit up magically, gorgeous lights everywhere. It didn’t seem too crowded and their service was delightful.”

The two tier wedding cake was made by Emma Braz.

Ruth describes the day as “A glorious day filled with family, friends and most importantly the one we loved.”

Ruth describes the first dance as “Romantic on the star lit dance floor, dancing to a song out of one of the Groom’s favourite movies, Serendipity, ’Moonlight Kiss’ by Bap Kennedy.”

Congratulations on your marriage Ruth and Guiseppe! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Tindale Images for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Tindale Images / Bride’s Dress: Dressense / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Transport: Hertz / Ceremony: Wollongong City Gallery / Reception Venue: City Beach Function Centre / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Roger David

Vintage Glamour Wedding Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


There is a beautiful and classic nature about the old Hollywood style of today’s shoot featuring models Ben Siero and Lucy-May Forbes. It’s full of gorgeous inspiration ideas to style an indoor venue in a way that pulls together all kinds of wonderful moods. A group of Perth wedding professionals came together and pulled together two shoots (we’ll be featuring the next one in a few weeks) that featured vintage, alternative, whimsical and romantic into the one occasion.

Rebecca of Fox and Rabbit explained the concept to me. “This shoot mostly came about due to the First Comes Love – Alternative Bridal Fair; which was where I met most of the vendors for the first time. It is always so refreshing to meet like-minded creative types with a passion to provide alternate wedding options to the Perth market. Initially, it was to be a small collaboration between myself (Fox and Rabbit) and Angela Higgins; who has fast become my favourite wedding photographer for her ability to capture all the finest details to complete perfection. Soon enough the collaboration grew to be quite an event, as wonderful vendors such as Her Hand Picked Harvest, Mitchell and Dent, Milla Makeup and Loui Col come on board.

My intent was to provide two different styles at the same venue and in the same surroundings. I hope to stretch imaginations; opening up the possibility for words such as ‘vintage’, ‘alternative’, ‘whimsical’ and ‘romantic’ to co-exist as one concept. I am particularly proud to showcase wonderful Perth talent and my hat goes off to all of the vendors involved who worked so hard to complete the vision – particularly Angela and the management at The Brown Fox who so generously lent us there venue for an entire day.”

I love this unstructured bouquet – the dreamy, soft colours are so romantic and feminine while being a little whimsical.

A wood carved invitation perhaps? The style of the stationery used throughout the shoot is alternative, a little different- but the font, the words and text placement is so classic that it brings back that Hollywood glamour element and pulls it together.

Photographer: Angela Higgins / Flowers & Styling: Fox and Rabbit / Venue: The Brown Fox / Vintage Hire & Styling: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Bride’s Dress: Loui Col / Stationery: Mitchell & Dent / Makeup: Linney Line / Hair: Ali Price Makeup / Groom’s Attire: Atlas Divine / Shoes: Zomp / Jewellery: Rohan Jewellery
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