Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by  Calli B Photography from Sophisticated Country Charm Inspiration

I have a secret to tell you! I’ve snuck off for a few days away with Mr Polka so I’m writing this on Wednesday! The patterned people are still working hard behind the scenes though (which I love them for) so I’ve been able to sneak away and enjoy some sunshine for the first time in a very long time! What did you get up to this week?

On Polka Dot Groom

Grant shows off his Groom Style

Andrew shares with us his memory of watching his bride walk down the aisle

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Sydney bridal gown designer Amanda Garrett answers our questions in our Expert Interview

Broni from Love Notes shows us her favourite wedding things

Ms Floral tells us all about the wonderful wedding open day by renowned chef Luke Mangan

Ms Lace tells us all about the gorgeous-ness at  A Very Vintage Wedding Fair held in Brisbane recently

Rebecca from Petal & Pod shares a behind the scenes look at the creation of a Vintage Peach Floral Wedding Theme

On Polka Dot Weddings

Adam and Lani are married in a pretty and colourful wedding in Sydney

Emma writes about her fun hen’s night

Involving pets in your wedding –  get the tips here

Can you answer these questions for our brides?

On Polka Dot Made

Mother of Pearl accessories on Etsy Roundup

Tuesday Type is the very sweet Rosarian

Alicia from Akimbo gives us a tutorial on making cute birdseed heart favours with a free printable tag

Ms Lace shows us how to make Cosmopolitan Jelly Shots on Cocktail Friday

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Natalie from Simply Bridal showcases five island retreats just perfect for your honeymoon

Celeste and Cristian did it their way by eloping in Tasmania

Around the wedding world this week…

Andrea of Write Weddings has launched a brand new service to help if you’re struggling for the right words for your wedding ceremony! Andrea creates readings, wedding ceremonies and wedding vows just for you! She will put her fantastic talent to use to create something special, a one off to help you make your wedding ceremony truly personal.

 Andrea is offering Polka Dot Bride readers 15% off readings and packages! Email Andrea at or visit her website and use the code word “WRITE POLKA DOT BRIDE” in your email to receive the discount! is launching their annual wedding shop on Thursday US time !   They have beautiful gowns from Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Temperley London, BCBGMAXAZRIA and BHLDN, as well as jewelry. Gilt City will also offer complete wedding-in-a-box packages to plan your entire wedding, indulgent spa services, options for planning your bachelor/bachelorette party, deals on stationery and wedding invitations and much more. Check out the site to register and access the sales!

Now that they have moved to Collins St, Baccini & Hill are in the final two weeks of their clearance sale at their Armadale boutique. Bridal gowns start from $500, bridesmaids gowns from $100 and flower girl dresses from $50. Check out the website for full details.

If you love Mrs Press (like I do!) you’ll want to get down to see her at the Sydney Bridal Expo this weekend in Darling Harbour. Clare will be there along with her incredible designs for bridesmaids and she would love a visit from Polka Dot Bride readers! Visit the website for details.

Our video of the week is this fun stop motion video sent by Shannon of Willow Art Company who shot the wedding alongside Sarah from Mint Photography.

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Heidi and Richard’s Cedar Creek Falls Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Heidi and Richard

Heidi and Richard held their boho inspired celebration in their backyard. Living right near Cedar Creek Falls meant their backyard was pretty gorgeous in the first place and lent itself to the calm and nature inspired feel that Heidi and Richard wanted for their wedding day.

Heidi tells of how they met. “We met at a college party back when we were both at University. After our first meeting Richard and his friend cooked up an elaborate plan to get me to their college ball, sitting at their table and yes you guessed it…right next to Richard.”

Photographs are by Tanya of Love Bytes who has captured the softness and relaxed nature of Heidi and Richard’s day so beautifully.

Heidi explains the reasons the the style of the day. She says “I have never been one to fantasize about my wedding day but I did always know that I wanted something personal, small and not to ‘weddingy’. I am quite passionate about sustainability and everything retro and antique so that is where I started and the ideas grew from there. Nearly everything you see is either a family heirloom or was hand picked over months from various different op shops and peoples living rooms. Having a DIY theme and a newborn baby also created many opportunities for people to lend a hand. The memory of how much our friends and family helped make this wedding happen will be with us always. When I looked around at the guests and at everything we had achieved by the end of that day it wasn’t just our wedding but everyone owned a little part of the day. To know we are so loved and have so many special people in our lives definitely made it for us.”

Amanda wore a gown from Ultra Suite  and shoes from Whittmans (where the scarf tie was replaced with ribbon). Heidi says ” We have lots of beautiful stories but I am going to have to go with a funny one.

At around 10am I receive a phone call from my Mum asking what time the ceremony started, to which I replied 2pm. She then went on to say that my sister in law was sure the invite said 2:30pm and that maybe I should check. I then had to turn the study upside down looking for a spare invite which much to my amusement had the ceremony starting at 2:30pm. I then had to ring Richard to notify him that we the start time wrong and to tell the celebrant that she would have to wait around an extra half an hour. We both had a good laugh which I think was great for those pre-wedding nerves. At least we were early!”

Emma from Bossy Hair Windsor (0401916236) did the girls hair while Carla from Project Bombshell styled the makeup.

Heidi and Richard chose Andy Williams Park in Yugar for their wedding ceremony.  ” Once we decided to get married we agreed that where we got married and hold the reception needed to be somewhere that felt special to us. We both grew up in the country and love being surrounded by nature so when we went out to Yugar one afternoon to ‘get away from it all’ we decided it would do the job perfectly. We also wanted to be able to include the 4th member of our family ‘Layla’ and this place was dog friendly. ”

Heidi walked down the aisle to Bon Iver’s “Perth”. She recalls ” This decision I left entirely up to Richard. It was a beautiful surprise and funnily enough the song was on the one CD I chose to play while I was getting ready that morning! ”

Heidi and Richard were married by Margaret McLeod.

The bridesmaids wore gowns created by Jaye from Fabled and True. Richard and his groomsmen were outfitted by Always Habit.

Heidi remarks “My vision for the wedding wasn’t always the easiest concept to get your head around but Richard just trusted me and chipped away at the massive ‘to do list’. I feel extremely lucky that I can say the wedding was a team effort where we both put in as much as each other.  ”

Of their photographer, Heidi says “She is absolutely awesome! Tanya has photographed many important events for us now and I continue to be blown away at how she manages to just ‘get it’, who we are and what we love. Apart from requesting at least one nice family photo I left the rest up to her so as you can see she has some amazing ideas.  She is also a pro at creating a comfortable environment where you don’t feel like you have to pose. Which was really important for me as I am not too fond of things being staged and fake.

The only instructions we had to take was ‘just keep doing what you’re doing’. Loved the whole experience and am now having the tough job of choosing which photos to put up on the walls.” The couple’s son Archer was very much present on the wedding day.

After photographs, the couple and their guests returned to their own backyard for the reception. “Even though I have never been much of a ‘wedding dreamer’ I always pictured myself getting married at my childhood farm. We no longer have this property so having the reception in the backyard of our first family home was a wonderful alternative”. Heidi and Richard had their dinner catered by their favourite local Thai restaurant Siam Garden The Gap .

They chose a rainbow wedding cake from Cake on Bleu. Heidi and Richard kept their guest list small explaining, “We were really strict with the guest list which was really hard but having a smaller more intimate group of people was key to the atmosphere of our wedding. It is also great to be able to say that we absolutely enjoyed every person on that list. ”

The reception decorations were handmade. Heidi says “This was a DIY wedding so nearly everything you see was made by ourselves, family and friends. The napkins were sewn by my Mum, the candle jars were collected by friends and washed by myself and best friend with our then 4 month old babies on our laps, beautiful wooden signs were made by my Pop and painted the day before the wedding by myself. Those are only a couple of examples but I don’t want to go on and on!”

Heidi says “I feel so proud at what a small impact our wedding had on the environment. It also made it that much more special to look around and know that you either made that, recycled it or adopted it. Very little was new and if it was, it was hired. ”

Heidi and Richard decided to have a “familymoon” instead of the traditional honeymoon. Heidi explains, “We invited all our guests to Coolum the week after the wedding. This was where we had booked our ‘familymoon’. It was a fantastic idea as it really reduced the stress of having to spend quality time with everyone on the day of the wedding. ”

Congratulations Heidi and Richard! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tanya of Love Bytes for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Love Bytes / Styling & Hire: Samford Hire / Bride's Dress: Ultra Suite / Bride's Shoes: Whittmans / Bride's Jewellery: Handmade / Groom's Attire: Always Habit / Groomsmen Attire: Always Habit / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jaye from Fabled and True / Bridesmaid Shoes: Whittmans / Hairstylist: – Emma from Bossy Hair Windsor 0401916236 / Makeup Artist: Carla from Project Bombshell / Ceremony Venue: Andy Williams Park, Yugar / Reception Venue: Private Home / Catering: Siam Garden The Gap / Wedding Cake: Cake on Bleu / Ceremony Officiant: Margaret McLeod

This Old Love

by | Blog News, Bride


I wanted to share something completely different this morning. Something, that although we haven’t shared anything similar before, is relevant to a wedding blog. Photographer  Sandra Henri shared these very special photographs of her grandparents who this year, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

I suppose it touched me because this is what we build by having a wedding, A relationship that stands the test of time, that exists when our grandchildren arrive, that love, that is still as strong as it was on the day we married, showing so clearly sixty years later. A life built together.

Sandra’s grandmother tells their story (in German, Sandra so kindly translated it for us). John and Karla are known by their family as Oma and Opa.


“We met in 1944 in the school holidays as children. Opa was 12 and I was 13 years old. We got along well right from the start. Due to our house being bombed we needed to find somewhere to live, and so moved to East Germany upstairs from Opa’s apartment for 6 months. After the war ended we moved back to West Germany and didn’t see each other for several years. When Opa was a bit older he asked an aunt “which girl should I marry?”. She answered straight away “the only girl for you is Karla”.

“Then at 18 years old Opa managed to move to West Germany too and we met up again. One day we were cleaning up a garden shed for a gentleman we knew and when we’d finished the job we sat together on the garden bench to have a rest and have some grape juice. Opa put his arm around me and asked “would you like to become my wife?”. I answered “yes, but how will we let my mother know?” (as she was not overly happy that as the youngest in the family, I would be the first to marry!). We already got along well as children and realised more and more that we were inseparable. That’s how we got together!”

“On 7.3.52 we were married, I was 21 and Opa was 20. We have been through highs and lows together, which brought us even closer. Both of us kept our own personality throughout our marriage. We accept and respect each other the way we are without trying to change each other. We appreciate each other more and more as we get older and that is like heaven on earth for us. Our faith has also helped us a lot in our marriage, and we’ve experienced His help many times. We’ve been married 60 years and hope we can be together a lot longer.”

Lauren & Rosser’s Handmade Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lauren & Rosser

Lauren and Rosser married in a three day extravaganza in a little hidden eco sanctuary in Queensland. Together with their families they spent the days decorating and pulling things together to create their own beautiful wedding day. I think when I hear stories of families coming together to almost “build” a wedding, there is a magic to it. That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? Coming together to build relationships, celebrate milestones.

Lauren and Rosser met right across the pond. Lauren explains “We first met when we were living in London through mutual friends.  We knew from the start that we were in it for the long haul and our wedding day was a total reflection of the kind of people we are… happy-go-lucky, down to earth, social folk.  We chose to include a bicycle theme on the stationery and had some iron bicycles in the reception area as we used to share a bike in London and would often ride to the tube stations with Rosser steering and me pedaling as it was too uncomfortable to steer.  The bike belonged to one of the groomsmen and he made the trip from London to the wedding.”

Photos are by Tigs Macallan. I love the way Tigs plays with light and captured the beautiful squinty nose giggles, the sunsets, the moments.

Lauren and Rosser married at Coolabine Ridge Eco Sanctuary . Lauren explains “Hidden deep in Mapleton, QLD, the picturesque Coolabine Ridge Eco Sanctuary was well worth the long drive on a dirt road.  The luxurious accommodation at the venue was exactly the place that we could ‘make our own’ for 3 days and made it possible for us to share the event with close friends and family.  Acres and acres of manicured grounds and natural bushland was the perfect canvas to create our own setting for our dream wedding.  Helen, the owner of the property was fantastic and allowed us to arrange all our own catering and styling for the day.   Marcus, the caretaker was a brilliant help and no job was too big for him.  We were so lucky with the weather and it was wonderful being able to have our ceremony outdoors and enjoy a reception under the outdoor pavilion.  The bonfire set the most inviting atmosphere and being able to stay at the venue meant that we, and our guests were able to celebrate way into the wee hours of the morning!”

Lauren and her bridesmaids had their hair styled by Liz Martin from Guillotine Hair Artistry  and makeup by Cathy J from Glamorous Makeup Artistry.

Lauren wore a gown from Caleche while her bridesmaid’s wore gowns from Forever New.

Lauren walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles played from an ipod. Rosser wore a grey suit from YD.

Lauren and Rosser were married by Geoff Mazlin. Lauren says ” I was really anxious about finding a celebrant and did not have any outstanding referrals and luckily stumbled upon Geoff Mazlin in a Google search.  He is such a professional and had so many ‘unique’ ideas for our wedding ceremony to make it special as well as entertaining.  He helped us personalize everything and was such a charismatic person – he really has a gift. ”

 Of their photographer, Lauren says ” Tigs Macallan is the most beautiful person!  She totally managed to capture the vibe of the whole wedding experience for us.   She made us feel so comfortable and during the photography session she kept us all well informed and instructed.  She was very good at sneaking around unnoticed too and the result is shots of us, friends and family being totally natural which is a wonderful memento of the day.  We are so lucky that Tigs was able to do our photography and will treasure the pictures for years and years to come!  She is a one of a kind, stunning person!”



Lauren describes the wedding as, “A real working bee wedding! 99% of the wedding was DIY apart from the catering.  My mother made the cupcakes and the wedding cake and so many family members were involved with all the planning and preparations for the day.  The photos have captured all the details including the flower jars (old jam jars we collected), the table settings, the beautiful vintage crockery that we had scoured op shops for, my grandmother’s fine china tea set,  the bicycle theme, the lawn games, the stationary, the little wedding favours with pictures of the bride and groom drawn by my class of Year 2 children (I’m a teacher) the corsages and the bouquets were all DIY.  What were we thinking!”

Guests celebrated under the stars and Lauren and Rosser’s first dance was a last minute push. Lauren explains, “We practiced for the first time the night before under the pavilion at the venue without the music and decided that it would have to do… we nearly couldn’t find the song (Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition) when it came to the real deal, but all turned out well in the end. ”

Congratulations Lauren & Rosser! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tigs Macallan for sharing today’s images.

Photographer: Tigs Macallan Photography / Venue: Coolabine Ridge Eco Sanctuary / Ceremony Officiant: Geoff Mazlin / Bride's Dress: Caleche / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Groom's Attire: YD / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Hairstylist: Liz Martin from Guillotine Hair Artistry / Makeup Artist: Cathy J from Glamorous Makeup Artistry