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Edwina and Daniel

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Edwina and Daniel

Oh I’ve loved today’s wedding for the longest time and I was so thrilled when bride Edwina (author of the blog The Weekend Island) sent it in! Simple, beautiful and elegant!

Edwina tells the story of how the newlyweds met. “We met four years ago on my last night of work at a bar in Brisbane. Dan came in to see Mark, who was the DJ at the bar and a friend of his. A few months later, Dan and I moved in to a newly-bought house and Mark moved into the granny flat downstairs. Mark was the DJ at the wedding.”

Edwina and Daniel married at Maleny Manor in Queensland. They chose the venue as it allowed for the ceremony and reception in one space- meaning guests didn’t have to move around. Edwina says “Maleny Manor is in such a beautiful spot on the side of a mountain in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Having it out of Brisbane was the perfect excuse to get everyone out of the city for a weekend too. Plus, my family all live either interstate or overseas so it was a good chance to show off a really beautiful area of Queensland.”

Today’s photos are by Jonas Peterson.






Edwina wore a gown from Fiorenza and a headpeice and earrings from EMbridal.



Edwina says “A friend, Briohny, is a cellist and played Bach’s Cello Suite #1 Prelude. It is a beautifully moving piece, maybe part of the reason the groom burst into tears at the start of the ceremony – which of course won all the women over!” The bridesmaids wore gowns from Alfred Angelo– each lived far away so buying online was Edwina’s way of saving stress! Matching boleros were made by Etsy seller maryandangelika. The flowers were by friend, Leighanne Pooler.



Edwina and Daniel were married by Lizzy Cox. Edwina says “Our celebrant, did an excellent job in providing a ceremony that was short and to the point – we were pretty certain we didn’t want too much ‘waffle’” One of Edwina’s special memories of her wedding day was the involvement of family and friends “The contribution of our family and friends in every aspect, from cakes to jewellery to flowers, photos, music and even performing the ceremony. What a talented and useful bunch!”







Of their first dance, Edwina says “It was to Love Me or Leave Me by Nina Simone, a song we both love. We’d done a few rehearsals months before, but on the night the champagne and lack of practice definitely showed! Luckily, our bridal party came out and joined in and one of my bridesmaids pulled off quite a spectacular fall – taking the attention off us somewhat. (She was fine!).”


Edwina and Daniel hired a photobooth to get some special shots of the night from The Photobooth People. Edwina says “When we went through the pictures the next day we had lots of compromising photos of people taken late in the evening to keep for future blackmail purposes.”


Another talented friend Elissa Burtnett made the cupcake wedding cake to tie in with the wedding bouquets. Edwina and Dnaiel made sure to put their own touch on the wedding day by making their invitations and wedding favors. Edwina says “We did the invites and bonbonniere ourselves. We made hundreds of gingerbread men and women. They were a bit deformed looking, particularly those made late in the process, but tasted pretty good anyway.”



Edwina particularly loved the special telegram the best man read out. “A real highlight for us was when Dan’s best man, Dave, read a telegram from someone special to us who couldn’t be there… our dog. It was a lovely letter…who knew border collies could be so articulate?”

Congratulations Edwina and Daniel on your beautiful wedding day and your marriage! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jonas Peterson for allowing us to share the photos today!

Photos by Jonas Peterson

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Wedding News Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


We are well overdue for a wedding news roundup! Posting is a little off kilter lately as I have a lot of exciting projects going on, we’ll be able to share them soon!

Here’s some fresh news from the wedding world! Let me know if you have anything to add by leaving a comment!



Basilica Couture has a world of exciting launches at the moment! They’ve just imported a brand new range of Badgley Mischka footwear, are  launching a brand new French label into Australia- Pronuptia Paris between the 7-30th of June and they’re also holding a trunk show from the 27th May-15th June for Anne Barge, Badgley Mischka and Mark & James. Check out their website to make a reservation! Tickets are $40 refundable on ordering your wedding gown with Basilica Couture. Admits one bride and one friend.

Event stylists Form Over Function have launched their brand new blog. At the moment it chronicles Alicia’s trips to New York’s wedding hot spots and is filled with luscious cake and linen photos. Worth reading to  get an event stylist’s insight into the Sydney wedding world!


Form Over Function


Speaking of blogs, Karen Willis Holmes has also started their blog and it’s full of fantastic dress advice and fashion commentary! I really enjoyed the latest posts- a rundown on Australian Fashion Week!

Karen Willis Holmes Blog


Don’t forget to enter our Girl Friday Weddings competition– you could win a wedding planner! It shuts next Friday so you still have plenty of time to enter!



Bride Emma is selling her Lisa Ho Splice gown to a Polka Dot Bride reader, Emma says “The dress is a silk chiffon Lisa Ho Splice Dress size 8 RRP $1399 and will be sold for $1100. The dress is brand new, I purchased a brand new dress that had never been tried on before in the store. It has been stored in a breathable garment bag for 1 month and is in perfect condition.  It will be shipped with original wrapping and Lisa Ho garment box.The dress has an inbuilt bra and can be worn a number of different ways, one shouldered, with two straps going over the shoulders or strapless (please email me for more pictures). The dress comes with a white satin belt with a clip fastening on the back.” You can contact Emma at emmabetteanay at


Nonpareil 03 _ Something Old Into Something New | Nonpareil Online Wedding Magazine

Issue #3 of Non Pareil magazine is fresh onto the net and is titled “Something Old, Something New”. Check it out here.

Mother Polka’s Musings – Where Is The Groom?

by | Bride, Mother Polka's Musings


In case you’re new to the blog, you may not have met my mother. My mother, the most amazing woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, often is on the other end when I talk about Polka Dot Bride (because Mr Polka Dot can only take so much, let’s be honest!) and being married for over thirty years, I value her viewpoint. This is her fourth appearance on the blog with her feature “Mother Polka’s Musings“. You can read more of her musings here.


Ms Polka Dot gets many requests to post weddings on her blog.

She often receives many pictures of the bride, her preparations for the day, the dress, her shoes, the bridesmaids. Sometimes there are not many pictures of the groom, except in the ‘couple’ or ‘group’ shots – in fact, she occasionally has to ask what the groom’s name is!

You don’t have to be a ‘bridezilla’ to become totally immersed in your wedding preparations and inadvertently overlook your groom. It is a frantic time, with lots of decisions to be made and more often than not, you’re still working as well! It is easy to become caught up in the busy-ness of it all.

Not feeling heard often equates to not feeling validated. You will know that, when well meaning family members push you with their ideas and it seems a compromise just won’t do! Your partner may not say anything when you excitedly spruik forth your ideas, and unwittingly push his to one side in your enthusiasm, but I’ll bet that he is silently throwing his hands up and saying ‘what the heck…..’!

A sigh is a silent scream – so I’m told! (Sigh, stay silent, withdraw…. resentment). Do you want this to be the pattern of your relationship? I’ll bet you don’t! We need to be sensitive as to when to push for what we want and when, in the scheme of things it is not really that important and we can let it go!

Sit in stillness and really listen to your partner. The art of listening is not to formulate in your mind your retort, justifications or ideas while your partner is talking. Let the silence drift between sentences. Silence encourages more revelations, deep thoughts and exposing of the soul. Remind yourself of the reasons you are marrying him – his sense of humour, his smile, his sense of fun.

A marriage is a dance. Sometimes you will go forwards, and your partner will move backwards. Sometimes your partner will go forward and you will move to the side and sometimes you will dance separately. But the most comforting dance is when you hold each other and dance in the same direction. This takes a lot of work, a lot of listening, a lot of tolerance and willingness to accommodate another equally valid point of view, even if you don’t agree with it. Compromise!
Forgive yourself if you have become too ‘caught up’ in the moment at times – we all do it. Resolve that from now on you will nurture yourself, your partner and your relationship by allowing the space for you both to be heard.

And Ms Polka would really like to see the big smiles from your groom on your wedding day!

Culture Bridal Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



I have a very special treat today! Lisa from Culture Bridal Couture recently shot her gorgeous new couture designs and sent the photos for us to share with you! Her latest gowns were shot with a beautiful vintage feel to show off their vintage style  and Lisa shared her thoughts behind her designs.

Lisa says “To get the “mood” of the latest Vintage-inspired designs, I planned 2 photo shoots, using the same new gowns and the same team of talented photographers, hair & make-up stylists, etc, but using 2 different models, so we could choose which looks suited which model and location the best.

We did one bridal shoot at Boronia House (a beautiful “vintage themed” reception venue), with our gorgeous blonde model Natalie, and then a studio shoot in the photographers’ Erskineville studio, with a brunette model Katherine. Both shoots featured the same group of vintage-inspired gowns, with the Boronia House shoot being more Vintage 1930’s inspired, and the studio shoot being all about 1950’s Vintage Glamour!”

Lisa’s dream team included Make-up by Simone Cozens, Hair Styling by Peta Pelligrini, Accessories by a mix of fabulous suppliers, including jewellery by Tessarella House, Stephanie Browne and bespoke pieces supplied by Culture Bridal Couture, shoes by Deseo, Photography by Dario Gardiman and Videography by Alex Zar at Radiant Bride.





Photography by Dario Gardiman for Culture Bridal.

Alex Zar at Radiant Bride filmed the two shoots for a “behind the scenes” special video.

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