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Felicia and Derek’s Mood For Love Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Felicia and Derek

Late last year I was dusting off my archives and stumbled across this beautiful shoot Nattnee Photography had sent me. I think it’s time to let it see the light with it’s fantastic concept, inspired by a movie!

Nattnee explains, “For our shoot, inspiration came from the movie In the Mood for Love. Set in 1960s Hong Kong, it tells a tale of nobly unrequited love. In it the female lead, Maggie Cheung, wears upwards of 20 different qipaos, or traditional Chinese dresses.”


“Armed with a retro inspired black dress, a couple of qipaos (traditional Chinese dresses) and a conveniently borrowed Jaguar, we set about recreating the feel of the movie. The final series of shots was taken inside the Vietnamese restaurant SaigonSaigon, who were kind enough to let us utilise their facilities prior to dinner service.””


Photographer: Nattnee Photography / Makeup Artist: Yvonne Chiu / Hairstylist: Cut Lounge / Bride’s Dress: Star by JulienMacdonald / Custom qipao : Good Orient / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom's Tie: Tie World / White Shirt: Boston Brothers
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Sian and Ross’ Relaxed Waterside Wedding

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


It was such a delight to work with the winners of our Jen Huang photoshoot competition last year – Sian and Ross, to come up with this board for their photo shoot.

Sian and Ross will have the board transformed into an inspiration shoot for the next Jen Huang workshop (to be held next month in Bunker Bay, Western Australia). The shoot will be designed and styled by Cathrin D’Entremont of CD Weddings, including florals from Zinnia Floral Designs, stationery from Dizzy Wizzy Design and gowns from Samantha Wynne.

Here’s a little peek at Sian and Ross’ inspiration board for their wedding day and a few ideas of how they might translate their loves and personality into their wedding day.

Bouquet photo by Micah and Megan Photography via Style Me Pretty, Bride and groom photo from Von and Conrad’s wedding by Angela Higgins Tablescape photo by Open Air Photography, flowers by The Bride’s Cafe styled by Merriment Events via Snippet & Ink, place cards from Plurabelle Calligraphy,  grey suit from Gilt, mercury votive holders from West Elm, invitations by Papermade via Style Me Pretty, cheese table from Sunday Suppers, bridesmaid’s gown from Lisa Brown, venue photo from photo from Von and Conrad’s wedding by Angela Higgins ,beer bottle photo from Edyta Szyszlo Photography via Style Me Pretty, Florence Broadhurst Tropical Floral wallpaper from Designer Prints, flowers photo by Vue Photography via Be Inspired, cake from Brides


Sian and Ross have a relaxed, waterside glamour feel to their wedding day. They will marry at Ross’ school chapel with their reception by the water at Mosman’s Restaurant.

Sian and Ross have a very clean vision for their wedding day, so I chose a palette of black white and taupe with a compliment of soft pink. The addition of the taupe pulled the Lisa Brown bridesmaid’s gowns Sian has already purchased into the colours of the day and grounded the black and white into the relaxed feel of the day, adding an ‘easy-ness’ to the otherwise elegant black and white.

Sian has fallen in love with a  Jenny Packham gown, which suits the style of the wedding she and Ross want, but is known for her beautiful choice of clothing wherever she goes. “My style adapts depending on the circumstances! I love the idea of a full lace Monique Lhuillier gown and equally a chic Oscar de la Renta sleeved dress circa 2009, an art deco looking Jenny Packham dress and a modern Matthew Williamson gown.” Her bridesmaids have chosen champagne Lisa Brown dresses (pictured) and Ross and his groomsmen will be wearing grey suits, white shirts with black ties.

For flowers, Sian’s dream bouquet is featured top left of the inspiration board – her favourite colour is pink and it weaves her way through her life so a simple touch of this in her bouquet reflects this.

As we lead into the reception, Sian and Ross have chosen a black and white theme. The couple have a love of bare wood, masses of white blooms and touches of black inspired by a love of calligraphy and the Florence Broadhurst wallpaper they have purchased. I’ve included an earthy taupe to compliment the bridesmaid’s gowns and ground the theme.

For centrepieces, richly stained jarrah tables could be set with clear glass vases, glass bowls, small mercury vases, plenty of candles and white flowers (hydrangeas, tulips, orchids, ranunculas, dahlias, roses)  grouped by type to emphasise their different textures.

Paper goods is where Sian and Ross’ style can really shine. Sian and Ross are using a Florence Broadhurst wallpaper to back their menus which is reflected in the intricate design on the wedding cake and the thick black ink of the calligraphy.  The intricacies of this design are also reflective of the time Sian spent in Japan and the black and white of Ross’ New Zealand background. Placecards and invitations can reflect their scheme by being printed on natural, taupe paper with beautiful calligraphy. The simple earthy nature of the natural paper combined with the elegant calligraphy reflects their casually elegant styling.

With their keen interest in keeping fit together (Ross was a professional rower representing Australia in another life) this could make their way through into their wedding with a simple black stamp on the back of an envelope or place cards – a nod to where they met – at rowing!

Not only do the couple have a passion for good food and good wine (reflective in the fresh local produce they are choosing for their menu – scallops, marron, duck breast, raspberries) Ross has a passion for beer, something he has tried to persuade Sian to get into! (He has done University studies in beer brewing!) Including this passion in the reception is only natural with a beer tasting table set up while guests are enjoying pre dinner drinks and guests led to their meal with bottles of Little Creatures beer.

The couple’s love of food is also showcased in the request for a cheese table – laden with wheels of brie, honeycomb, crusty blue cheese and figs. Drinks by the river – lychee cocktails, sit down dinner with Margaret River wines and dancing – all on the wish list for the couple.


Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by  Tamiz Photography from Why We’re Having A Destination Wedding

It has been a fantastic first week we’ve had! So much wedding goodness and so much promise for the year ahead! We moved to a brand spanking new server over the holiday break and it seems to have had a bit of an effect on our forms so if you have sent us an advertising query through our advertising form or used our contact form and have not recieved a response, please try again! (On that note, a big congratulations and best wishes to our lovely web manager who is tying the knot this weekend!)

Around the blogs this week –

Helene of Blond Flores takes us on a trip to the flower markets on Polka Dot Wisdom

Robyn Pattison shares her happy thoughts on being a marriage celebrant on Polka Dot Wisdom

I share my  paper pom pom tutorial on Polka Dot Made

Some great reasons to have a destination wedding on Polka Dot Weddings – count me in….

April and David share their fun engagement shoot on Polka Dot Weddings

Calli shares her love of New York through some wonderful images on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week..

We’ve updated our event calendar again! Have you got an event we’re missing? Let us know!

You could be attending fun events like the Moda Wedding Expo and drinking bubbles while pouring over the goodies from wedding suppliers! The Mod Wedding Expo is on the 25th of January from 7.00pm for lovely Brisbane couples to be!

Wanting a Bali honeymoon? Conrad Bali Resort are celebrating their 8th anniversary this year and are holding a number of events to celebrate- including the “Beyond Infinity Wedding Contest” The contest runs until march 2012 and gives couples a chance to win  the grand prize consisting of four nights at the Conrad Suites, a couple’s spa treatment, romantic dinner, two-hour professional photo shoot with choice of bridal gown and suit, amongst other inclusions!

Entry is via a collage submission and all the information can be found on the Conrad Bali Facebook Page.

The Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo is this weekend and the lovely Gillian of Grassroots Productions has let me know she will be presenting a workshop on “Creative Eco Weddings”. Check out times and buy your tickets here.

Sydney wedding photographers Milk & Honey Photography are offering a wedding package summer sale for bookings made in January or February (for the 2012 year). For any couple who books a “Chocolate Package” Milk & Honey photography are offering at no extra charge:

A ‘playdates’ or pre-wedding session including digital files from the session (value $850)
2 extra hours OR 6 extra sides in the album (value $700-$900)

Visit their website to book.

I am always SO excited to hear from the winners of competitions and it’s with great delight this week that I read the winner of The Sydney Wedding Registry “Win A Dress Competition” that we posted about last year found out about the competition through Polka Dot Bride (hooray I love when Polka Dot Bride readers win such great prizes!) A big congratulations to Maggie M, I cannot wait to see your wedding photos and the gown you have chosen.

To celebrate their first year in business, wedding stationers Daisy & Jack have launched their brand new website along with a brand new look! I love it and know you will too! Check it out here.

Wedding Gifts Direct have kicked off their year with a special January special offer! Sign up with Wedding Gifts Direct during the month of January and receive a FREE* Noritake Silk Road 42 Piece Cutlery Set valued at $795, OR a Noritake Baroque White 45 Piece Composition Set valued at $550, OR a Noritake Carnivale Mugs Mixed Colours, Set of 6 valued at $169! Visit their website for more information!

Hayman Island have a special treat in store for couples! Couples announcing their engagement on Hayman in February 2012 will receive an invitation to enjoy a complimentary wedding on the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef island.

Couples will be invited to return to this island paradise for their nuptials, complete with wedding celebrant, a stunning ceremony location and set-up and the assistance of a professional Hayman wedding planner. They’ve even put together “The Ultimate Hayman Proposal”. A package complete with four nights in a beach villa, Perle Degustation menu on Valentine’s Day, spa treatments and helicopter arrival and departure and a special sparkly treat, making it a romantic holiday just right for February. Visit the website to make your reservation!

Baccini & Hill are moving from their Armadale store to the the heart of Melbourne city at 271 Collins St! To celebrate, they’re holding a moving sale with up to 80% off store wide this weekend (21st-22nd January). Bridal wear samples start from $150 and bridesmaids gowns from $50. Visit the website for more details.

Melbourne florist Muesli and Yoghurt have kicked off their 2012 with a brand new website. Check it out here.


To celebrate her engagement (okay probably not – but the certain designer DID get engaged yesterday and it does make it perfect for our Friday Roundup) Alannah Hill is having final markdowns on her items! Running until  Sunday January 22nd, 2012 – Alannah will be offering 20% off ALL items, with an additional 20% of ALL sale items! There are as usual fabulous shoes, dresses and accessories which make gorgeous bridal or bridesmaid accessories! (now if someone could just buy me those shoes…)


Woodnote Photography, straight from the US to Australia will be in Melbourne from Feb. 1-11th  and will be available for photo shoots and consultations for upcoming weddings. The couple only moved from Melbourne to the US where Jayden’s family lives four years ago, and hope to live here again permanently soon! Visit their website to contact them.

Phew! With such a bonanza of a Friday Roundup and such a busy first week back, I wanted to end off our week with one of my favourite wedding movies of all time.

The beautiful Kathryn of Snippet & Ink recently celebrated her first wedding anniversary and has the most beautiful movie of her day by Sandbox Love. It’s one worth watching- not only for the classic beauty, but also for just how inspiring and rich Kathryn and Ryan’s love is. Have a wonderful weekend Polka Dotties!


Suong and Robert’s Modern Stokehouse Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Suong and Robert

It’s not Summer in Melbourne without a visit to the Stokehouse or at least a walk along the beach in front of it. So today’s wedding of Suong and Robert and the popular St Kilda venue is such a nice one to showcase at the height of Summer.

Suong recalls how she and Robert met. “We met during University and were best friends for three years before we decided to travel around the world together for three months. I realised I had deeper feelings for Rob after he bought me an ice cream in Madrid to compensate for a terrible meal.”

Photos today are by Brent Lukey who has captured the wedding with such warmth. Clean classic shots that show the beauty, love and happiness of the day.

Suong wore a gown by Karen Willis Holmes and paired it with Mimco shoes and jewels from Christine Barro. Her one bridesmaid wore a Zimmermann gown while Robert wore a suit from Hugo Boss. Evelyn of Rouge Artists styled the girls hair & makeup.

Flower Temple styled the beautiful floral arrangements.

Suong and Robert met before the ceremony and had photographs with their bridal party in some of Melbourne’s famous laneways. Of their photographer, Suong says “Brent Lukey was the first and only photographer we met. From the beginning, it was very clear that this was someone who understood our requirements and spoke our language.  Apart from being a wonderful photographer, Brent is also an absolute pleasure to work with- he was professional, efficient and interacted very well with all our guests. There is a beautiful sense of clarity, timelessness and humour, which is so evident in his photos. ”

Suong and Robert were married at Stokehouse Melbourne. Suong explains “We held our ceremony at sunset on the deck of the Stokehouse which overlooks St Kilda beach and onto Port Philip Bay.  This allowed us to flow seamlessly onto canapés and then the reception at the same venue. The restaurant manager Joel and his kitchen and waiting staff were incredibly gracious.”

Suong walked down the aisle to “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison played by The Baker Boys who also performed during the reception.

Celebrant Janet Hussey married the couple.

A three tier wedding cake was created by Cake Face.

Suong and Robert put plenty of personal touches into the reception. Suong explains “We created the table signs on each table, which was named after a special city/country and a short description of what that place meant to us as people. “

“We also designed and printed the “Penguin book cover,” which were our post cards for guests to fill out in lieu of a guestbook and they were able to place these in a metal mail box. We also designed the “tram scroll,” canvas which was our seating chart.”

Guests received boxes of beautiful chocolates from Cacao as a wedding favor with tags handmade by Suong and Robert.


For their first dance, Suong and Robert chose “Praise You” by Fat Boy Slim. Suong recalls “We recreated the dance from the Spike Jonze video clip featuring the fictional dance group the Torrance Community dance group.  We finished with, “I want to grow old with you,” by Adam Sandler from the movie, “The Wedding Singer.”

Congratulations Suong and Robert! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to  Brent Lukey for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photographer: Brent Lukey / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Mimco / Bride’s Jewellery: Christine Barro / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmerman / Makeup Artist: Evelyn, Rouge Artists / Hairstylist: Evelyn, Rouge Artists / Flowers & Decor: Flower Temple / Ceremony Officiant: Janet Hussey / Band: The Baker Boys / Favors: Cacao / Cake Baker: Cake Face / Venue: Stokehouse Melbourne
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