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Happy Australia Day! (Why Australian Weddings Are Awesome)

by | Blog News, Bride, Wedding Inspiration


With Polka Dot Bride being all about everything Australian, I want to celebrate Australia Day today with a look at why I love Australian weddings so much! The team and I are taking the day off (as is the Australian way after all!) to spend with our families, but I’ll be back tomorrow again!

I love the backdrops of mountain ranges…

Photo from Cara and Bruce’s Wedding  by York Street Wedding Photography

The browns of freshly sown fields…

Photo from Kimberley and John’s Wedding by Jonas Peterson

The golden light of tropical Islands…

Photo from Amanda and Brett’s Wedding by Lisa Michele Burns

Of beautiful country houses, their stories hidden inside…

Photo from Domonique and Nick’s Wedding by Stephen Henry Photographics

To icons that are recognisable world over…

Photo from Katie and Stephen’s Wedding by SugarLove Weddings

and rolling hills of golden, sun dried grass.

Photo from Sayuri and Luke’s Wedding by David Robertson

I love our love of fashion…

Photo from Prue and Andrew’s Wedding by Infinity Photography

Unique style…

Photo from Kate and Tim’s Wedding by Jonathan Ong

And, of course, shoes.

Photos from Laura and Jacob’s Wedding by Studio Sixty Photography

 I love that there are just as many beautiful weddings in ballrooms…

Photo from Geetha and Andrew’s Wedding by gm photographics

As there are on the beach…

Photo from Emeila and Anthony’s Wedding by Pobke Photography

And in the country.

 Photo from Kylie and Chris’ Wedding by Infinity Photography.

I love our native blooms…

Photo from Sandra and Richard’s Wedding by David Henry Photography

and our talented local designers…

Photo from Lisa and Anthony’s Wedding by Candice Ottaway for O Photography

And touches that pay homage to our country.

Photo from Emily and Chae’s Wedding by Filip Welna

I love that we embrace our religions…

Photo from Athena and Dariusz’s Wedding by  Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions

And cultural traditions.

Photo by from Cindy and David’s Wedding by Lara Luz

  I love that we don’t take ourselves too seriously…

Photo from Natalie and Shayne’s wedding by Lakshal Perera

We’re not afraid to laugh at ourselves…

Photo from Nicola and Steven’s Wedding by Michelle Fiona Photography.

Even when it rains…

Photo  from Kim and Christopher’s Wedding by Matt Reed.

Or cry.

Photo from Emma and Andy’s Wedding by Samm Blake.

I love that we know how to dance…

Photo from Nat and Mark’s Wedding by Bec+Fo

Oh yes we love to dance…

Photo from Sally and Ben’s Wedding by Leo Farrell Photography

And sing our hearts out.

Photo from Michelle and David’s Wedding by I Love Wednesdays

But what I love most of all.. is that we feel deeply…

Photo from Cheyenne and Nic’s Wedding by Leah Kua

We rock our own personal style…

Photo from Annalies and Simon’s Wedding  by Beth Carter Photography.

And love with everything we have.

Photo from Julie and Pedzi’s wedding by You Can’t Be Serious Photography

Happy Australia Day!



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Lizzie and Ben’s Classic Yarra Valley Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


 Lizzie and Ben

 There’s nothing quite as romantic as marrying amongst the vineyards and I think you’ll agree after seeing Lizzie and Ben’s classic wedding that it’s a truly beautiful way to tie the knot. Lizzie and Ben’s elegant black and white colour scheme with just a hint of soft pink topped off the beautiful feel of the day.

Lizzie recalls how she and Ben met. “We first met back in 1991 I went to Tintern, he went to Yarra Valley & in yr9 we did dancing classes with the yr10 boys. We didn’t really take much notice of each other but in 2002 I opened a beauty salon in Park Orchards & in 2005 his sister in law started coming in to the salon & she decided it would be a good idea to set us up so pretty much one by one the whole family came in to check me out (his mum became a regular client) & then one day just before mothers day Ben came in to buy a gift voucher for his mum (who happened to be having her nails done at the time). It was so embarrassing I quickly gave him the voucher & then went back to my client. He came in again weeks later saying he wanted another voucher but would come back another time to get it (it was hard to talk to him when I had clients in the salon desperately straining to hear the conversation) I thought about him all weekend & after a pep talk from the girlfriends decided to call his mum & get his number she pretty much answered the phone with his number I text him & asked him out & I guess the rest history…”

Photos today are by Kirralee Ashworth who has done a beautiful job capturing the clean, classic elegance of Lizzie and Ben’s day. Video was captured by C2Video.

Lizzie carried something very special with her as she walked down the aisle. “As I walking down the aisle I wore my Grandpa’s Airforce wings that my Grandma used to wear as a good luck charm to keep him safe while he was flying Catalins during WW2. She gave them to all her children to wear whenever there was an exam or something she felt they needed a bit of luck with.  I loved wearing them and my Grandpa loved it more. My wedding band was made using the diamonds from my Grandma’s wedding band so that was special too ”

Lizzie and her bridesmaid’s had their hair & makeup done by Lisa from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry. The couple had their stationery designed by a friend. Lizzie notes “My beautiful friend Sarah designed our invites for me and they were amazing. We used a photo of us kissing from another friend’s wedding with the words “Twas not my lips you kissed but my soul”.  Our colour theme was Ivory, gold  black which we used throughout.”

Lizzie chose a strapless gown by Anna Campbell and paired it with her grandmother’s pearl earrings. Her bridesmaids wore black floor length gowns by Zimmermann. Tiffany Devlin created Lizzie’s bouquet.

Lizzie and Ben held their ceremony and reception in the Yarra Valley wine region at Train Trak Winery.  Lizzie remarks “The staff, the food, the wine the venue all absolutely amazing they were so accommodating and friendly from day one and the venue has such a warm feel about it we fell in love with the place the first time we went there.  The owner Rob would have to be one of the nicest guys we have ever met and was brilliant on the day helping us with the ceremony and keeping me calm.”

Ben and him groomsmen wore suits from Myer while the page boys wore outfits from Seed and the flowergirls wore dresses from Tea Princess.

Lizzie walked down the aisle to “The acoustic version of ‘Flying Without Wings’ by WestLife.  I have loved that song forever.”


The photo of Lizzie and Ben with her grandfather is one of her favourites of the day.

The ceremony was performed by Barry Masenhelder.

Of their photographer, Lizzie says “Our photographer was fantastic she made us feel at ease all day.  We didn’t want to do all the staged photos and wanted more natural photos of not only ourselves but all or guests and that’s exactly what we got…perfect!”

Rita from Blooming Brides decorated the reception (held at ZONZO Train Trak Winery) with white blooms. Ed Dixon Food Design created a “cheese” cake.

For their favors, Lizzie did something a little different with her mum. She explains “My mum has been collecting wishbones since my sister and I were born and we used them on our lolly jars.  Mum painted them gold and then my mum, my Aunty and myself spent a day sipping champagne and filling jars with smarties and tying the wishbones on.”

Lizzie and Ben hired Jerson Trinidad to entertain their guests during their wedding reception. He also played their first dance. Lizzie recalls “Our wedding singer Jerson sang ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys a song we both love. We didn’t even think to rehearse this so just winged it on the day…no funky dance routine for us just a nice moment between the 2 of us (actually probably the most time we had together all night!)”

Congratulations Lizzie and Ben! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Kirralee Ashworth for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth / CInematographer: C2 VIdeo / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Colletion At Myer / Groom’s Attire: Myer / Pageboy Attire: Seed / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Guess / Bridesmaid Accessories: Sarah Rothe / Hair & Makleup Artist: Lisa from Living Dolls Make Up Artistry / Flowergirls Attire: Tea Princess / Venue: Train Trak Winery / Bouquets: Tiffany Devlin / Flowers & Decor: Blooming Brides / Ceremony Officiant: Barry Masenhelder / Reception Music: Jerson Trinidad / Cake Baker: Ed Dixon Food Design / Wedding Rings: PH Diamonds Melbourne

Jemma Kidd Makeup Kit Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


We were so excited in December last year to launch the first ever Polka Dot Bride newsletter – The Polka Dot Circle! The Circle is our special Polka Dot Bride community. By signing up, you’ll receive newsletters, special offers, sneak peeks and special competitions exclusive to circle members!

But as with anything polka dot related – it’s nothing without you so we want to hear your ideas. Your voice, what you want!

To celebrate the launch of the Polka Dot Circle the lovely ladies at Jemma Kidd Makeup have given us ten Jemma Kidd Backstage makeup kits to give away to ten lucky readers! The Backstage kits are one-stop shops for makeup – they’re about the size of a CD but packed with everything from eye shadows to concealers and lip-glosses! The kit includes four face powders, four concealers, 12 eye shadows, a highlighter, a primer, and four lip-glosses. So it’s the perfect size to not only take traveling (hello honeymoon) but even pop in your handbag for wedding day touch ups.

To win one of ten Jemma Kid “Backstage” Makeup Kits valued at $51.95 each simply email with your favourite newsletter idea, then sign up to the newsletter here (using the same email address) and we’ll select the most creative entries to win!


 Terms & Conditions

The winner will be chosen by the Polka Dot Bride team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. Entrants must have an Australian shipping address. If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant. 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. Total prize pool of $519.50. This Competition closes 7th February 2011 5pm Australian Daylight Saving Time.

Heidi and Will’s Whimsical Balloon Wedding

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


Heidi and Will

Today’s whimsical wedding took my fancy from the word go. There’s something very special about it- the intimacy , the handmade touches, they’re all pretty but the raw love between Heidi and Will? That’s what I love the most.

Heidi recalls how she met Will. “We met at a party, almost ten years ago. We were busy catching up with friends at the party and didn’t say much more than ‘hello’ to each other. Afterwards, a friend put us in touch via email. Will was organising a ski trip in Perisher and Heidi wanted to go along. We got to know each other in the lead up to the ski trip. Then, on the trip, we realised that we really, really liked each other! As they say, the rest is history…”

Photographs today are by Tim Coulson. I love the gentleness of Tim’s captures. It’s like he was there, but not intruding, not in the way, just capturing moment to moment.

Will wore a suit from Calvin Klein and shoes from Florsheim. Family contribution was a big part of what made the wedding day special for the couple. Heidi notes, “Many of our family members and friends contributed to the wedding in some way and this made it very special for us. We were blown away by the amount of happiness and love that came our way from the moment we announced our engagement and it still hasn’t stopped. We are forever grateful to our family and friends who helped us to put all of the details in place and to ensure the day ran smoothly.”

The ceremony space was decorated with bunting (made by Heidi) from Good Will Bunting, fairy lights and giant balloons from Geronimo Balloon Troopers . Heidi says “Jihan Zencirli, the creator of Geronimo Balloon Troopers (Los Angeles) designed our amazing giant balloons suite that we dotted around the grounds and courtyard of Briar Ridge. This was the Australian debut of Geronimo balloons and they were simply magical.” Heidi was able to get ready at the venue and after a few last minute touches spent a few minutes in the garden on her own amongst the balloons.

For their wedding, Heidi and Will chose Briar Ridge Vineyard in the Hunter Valley. Heidi explains, ” To us, it was very important to be married in the Hunter Valley. Both of us were born and raised in the Hunter and still feel very connected to it. After several years spent living in Europe, we returned here to live only last year. We’re so happy to be home amongst the nature, fresh air and wide-open spaces! Briar Ridge is a place that we have visited together as a couple many times over the year.”

Heidi wore a gown by Kelsey Genna, a variation on the “Begonia” gown in a pale blush pink. It featured  a hand-cut petal skirt in Babe Pink Silk Crepe de Chine. Heidi paired it with pale pink shoes from Mimco. Heidi had her hair styled by Monique at Platinum and did her own makeup (and her mothers!).

The aisle was covered with Turkish carpets loaned from Briar Ridge and they married on a Turkish carpet of Will’s. Heidi explains, “Will spent 1999 living in Turkey and returned there to visit with me in 2010, so it’s a special place for us. ”

Heidi and Will were married by Leanne Rose. Heidi notes “We wanted a handmade and meaningful wedding. We also wanted to keep things simple and focus on our marriage and love for each other and family and friends. We didn’t want to get carried away or fuss too much. We feel that we achieved this and would love to think that our family and friends feel the same way.”

Heidi purchased and styled the flowers herself. She recalls  “I prepared them with help from friends Mel and Barb. The inspiration was springtime in my mum’s beautiful garden and also my late nanna’s garden. I sourced the flowers from Joe Nati at Nati Bros Roses and his colleagues at the Sydney Flower Markets.”

Of their photographer, Heidi says, ” Tim was brilliant. He is a superb photographer and is lovely to be around. Tim knows all the right moments to shoot. His relaxed and friendly approach to photography combined with his technical talent and emotional intelligence, resulted in natural, loving photographs that are extremely meaningful to us. Tim was perfect for us and it is without hesitation that we recommend him to other couples. ”

Heidi created most of the stationery herself and had it printed by ONA Print. Four home brewed beers (made by Will and Heidi’s brother Darren) were presented to guests and labelled with designs from Girl In Gear Studio.

Guests gathered for the reception at the Vineyard’s restaurant Briar Grillade. Heidi remarks “When we visited again earlier this year we were pleasantly surprised to learn that they had opened Briar Grillade, which meant that they could then accommodate functions. With their beautiful leafy-green grounds, picturesque vines, and typically Hunter and quintessential Australian land, we knew it was going to be perfect for our wedding.

A special thanks to Food and Beverage Manager Ady, Head Chef Pete, Restaurant Manager Simone and team. Heidi’s nephews were the ring bearers for the couple and also the hosts for “Love Trivia” during the reception”.

Guests were gifted homemade preserves with personalised ribbon created by The Lonely Heart. Heidi recalls “I was raised in a small town in the Upper Hunter Valley on my parents’ small farm, which, for many years, has been a small market garden. We wanted to bring a piece of the farm to our wedding and to our guests. The preserves and plants that were offered to guests as favors were made on the farm by family.

We gave Cauliflower Pickles made by my brother Darren, Orange Marmalade made by Will and I and my parents, Robyn and Warren Adnum, using fresh navel oranges from their farm, Tomato Relish made by Robyn and Warren Adnum, plants (basil, spinach, tomato, sweet corn) raised from seed by Warren Adnum, fresh flower posies made by myself and her friends Mel and Barb.”

Even the music was heartfelt. Heidi recalls. “Many of our guests live abroad, and as such, sadly, many were unable to make it.  We welcomed guests to submit ‘Love Song Dedications’. These songs, in combination with our own song picks, made up the playlists for the evening. We thought it was a way to still include those special people who couldn’t make it. In the end we had more songs than time allowed but even if a song wasn’t played/heard on the evening, we now have a very special playlist to keep and enjoy over the years. Now, when we hear each song, we think of the person who sent it to us. ”

The wedding celebrations continued on to the next day, Heidi explains “We wanted to spend time with our family and friends after the wedding, so we postponed a honeymoon/holiday. We enjoyed a BBQ the day after the wedding. There, we got to spend more time with family and friends that had traveled from afar.”

Congratulations Heidi and Will! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Tim Coulson for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Tim Coulson / Bride’s Dress: Kelsey Genna / Bride’s Shoes: Mimco / Bride’s Jewellery: Vintage / Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Hairstylist: Monique at Platinum / Makeup Artist: Heidi / Flower Wholesaler: Nati Bros Roses / Stationery Printer: Peta Smith at ONA Print / Ceremony Venue: Briar Ridge Vineyard / Reception Venue: Briar Grillade At Briar Ridge Vineyard / Ceremony Officiant: Leanne Rose / Balloons: Geronimo Balloon Troopers / Bunting: Good Will Bunting / Drink Labels: Girl In Gear Studio / Personalised Ribbon: The Lonely Heart / Transport: Sid Foggs Coaches / Gift Registry: Peter's of Kensington
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