Lisa Ho Winter 2012 Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


The new bridal collection from Lisa Ho has just been released and I’m smitten with the feminine, simple designs- Lisa’s signature style. I love that her creations never stray from the same, clean original design sense.

Lisa’s included some fashionable short numbers in this collection (lovely choices for registry weddings,  casual weddings, something completely different or even bridesmaids). The champagnes and gold are refreshing and add warmth to the winter colour palette.

Which is your favourite? (I can’t decide between the tiers of the one above or the draped off the shoulder number below).

Images by Lisa Ho

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Vendor of the Week – Petal and Pod

by | Blog News, Bride


Welcome to a brand new Polka Dot Bride week!

Our tradition of giving a big hooray to the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory continues this week with something sweet and beautiful!

Visited Ms Polka Dot’s Directory lately? We have pages filled with Bridal Gowns, Hair & Beauty, Styling & Hire Entertainment and Cinematography to name just a few! Check it out!

I’m thrilled today to place on centre stage the beautiful work of Sydney florist Petal and Pod. Owner Rebecca is a lover of all things bloomy and creates the most beautiful floral arrangements using plenty of texture, colour and Rebecca’s own special injection of beauty to create beautiful wedding bouquets, centrepieces and wedding decor. Petal & Pod offers a full service – from delivering your floral arrangements, set up & styling and even pinning of button holes!

We asked Rebecca from Petal and Pod five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

I’m quite partial to a cheeky margarita!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Kangaroo Valley and Berry are very scenic and beautiful areas. I’ve also spent a bit of time in the Blue Mountains.

Favourite restaurant?

I’m thinking that Catalina,  Rose Bay could become a favourite! I recently delivered flowers there for a dinner. That view!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup with the kids.

Your favourite wedding story?

I recently did flowers for a wedding down at Peppers Craigieburn in Bowral. The location was gorgeous and I was invited to stay for the beautiful ceremony. It was such a fun and lighthearted ceremony. The couple’s Staffi dog was brought along to take part and the bride and groom exchanged funny vows such as “I promise to pick up after myself and make more of an effort around the house!” and “I promise to get you a beer from the fridge, at the end of a hard working week!” Of course they exchanged some lovely heartfelt and serious vows as well.


Visit Petal and Pod’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Petal and Pod is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Thrown

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Luma Photo

Cristina and Jared’s Urban Engagement Shoot

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Engagements


Mary-Jane Photography & Design captured Cristina and Jared’s engagement portraits around Brisbane city. Making use of industrial features, solid, straight lines and the beauty of the inner city, Jared, Cristina and Mary-Jane spent a day commemorating their love and the beauty of Brisbane.

Cristina shares their story. “Jared and I met back in October of 2009 at a wedding of a common friend. I had attended Uni with the groom and Jared had worked with him. It was very random as I was actually meant to come to the wedding with a date and Jared originally wasn’t even meant to be invited to the wedding!”

“Shortly afterwards we started casually dating, though I didn’t think anything of it as I knew that 6 weeks later I would be going to work in England for an entire 2 months and figured it wouldn’t withstand the distance. Jared on the other hand knew it was something special and just 1 week before I left asked me to date him exclusively while I was in England and I agreed. The 2 months I was away did amazing things for our relationship and we got to know each other extremely well via email and text that may not have been possible to the same depth had we continued seeing each other in person during that time.”

” Once I arrived back to Australia I already knew Jared was the one. By Valentines Day of 2010 I even began looking at rings though I knew we wouldn’t get engaged for a while longer as we didn’t want to rush something so important ”

“Jared proposed on the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve of 2010/2011. This was very special for me as New Years Eve is my absolute favourite time of year and I think starting the New Year as engaged and being able to begin planning our life together was amazing. The proposal happened at Burleigh Beach on the cliffs, where our first official date was and is also one of my most favourite places in the world (we’re also planning to have our Trash the Dress photos taken here).”

“I had known Mary-Jane for a while and as soon as Jared & I became engaged, I knew I wanted her to do our wedding photos. I know she is a versatile photographer and I knew I wanted photos that were a little different and not the typical bridal or engagement shots – so when I suggested that I wanted urban and architectural shots she was very excited!”

“Together we chose the Goodwill Bridge in Southbank, Queensland Performing Arts Center and Gallery of Modern Art as locations. These places are important to me as I studied violin at the Queensland Conservatorium and would walk over the bridge every day. I also wanted photos at QPAC because of my performing music background, and its also such a beautiful clean cut and classic building that will always be around and important for Brisbane. I also love the look of the new GoMA building and its classic walls and open spaces (simple and uncomplicated is a look both Jared and I like and it reflects our relationship) and I’ve always been a fan of urban fashion photography, so I knew we could get some excellent shots there that were different from the usual typical locations you see in bridal magazines.

We loved how our engagement shots turned out and cant wait for our wedding day!!”