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Aimee and Steve’s Country Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Aimee and Steve

I know I seem fixated on Mother Nature lately but honestly- those backdrops she puts up, the golden sunsets she produces and the greenery? What more do you need for a stunning photograph?

The ones John Benavente sent over today are just beautiful- not only does Mother Nature act like a complete show off, but Aimee and Steve look so happy and so in love. What a way to kick off a Saturday!

Photos by John Benavente

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Latisha and Brock’s Laid Back Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Latisha and Brock

A wedding filled with country splendor seems the perfect way to end off this busy week on Polka Dot Bride! Twirling, fairy lights and beautifully iced cupcakes is my kind of Friday afternoon and I think it might be our newlywed’s relaxed style that has become infectious too!

With a laid back country wedding, the couple could not have met anywhere else but at their local. Latisha recalls ” We met at the local Tavern in Emerald (where we live) through mutual friends. I felt like I’d known him my whole life as we worked out that we both grew up in Clermont (a small town nearby) and knew all the same people but had never met before!”

Orin Lucke of Blink Photography took the gorgeous photos of today’s wedding., I love how Orin embraced the landscape and relaxed country nature of the celebration and infused it into each photograph.

Latisha and Brock were married on Latisha’s family property “Kelvin Downs” in Springsure (about 765km north of Brisbane in Queensland). Latisha says “It’s an organically run cattle property that my Dad, Mick, and his wife Deb own. It’s a magical place!

A Perfect Bloom, Emerald ((07) 4982 3477) created the floral arrangements while Shannon Simpson styled the girl’s makeup for the wedding day. Latisha remarks “Our makeup artist, Shannon Simpson is an amazingly talented local of Emerald who has done makeup on the likes of Danni Minogue, Miranda Otto and Australia’s Next Top Model contestants! She’s fun, down to earth and brilliant at what she does!”

Latisha wore a halterneck gown from Bella Donna while her bridesmaids found their dresses in different shops. Latisha recalls “We used shops including Ally, Imagination and the Melbourne markets. The total price for all 4 bridesmaids dresses was $100 (no kidding)! In fact my sister Maria, she got her entire outfit (shoes & dress) for $27! Bargain shoppers from way back”

The ceremony was held on the property and Latisha was transported with her mother in a Hilux ute. She recalls “As usual, I was running late, and Brock was starting to get worried. He wanted to call me to make sure I was still coming, but the boys reassured him that I would be there – and I was, eventually, I was half an hour late My brother drove Mum and I to the wedding in our Hilux and a friend drove the bridesmaids in their car.”

Latisha walked down the aisle to ‘You Say It Best When You Say Nothing At All’ by Allison Krauss.

Latisha says “Having written our own vows, declaring them to each other on the day was definitely a memorable moment.”

When on a farm, the best transport is the obvious one! Latisha recalls “The best form of transport on the day would have to have been the trailer that we towed behind the four wheeler motorbike! The entire bridal party squeezed onto it to go off and get photos down the paddock. Total hit!!”

The reception has some pluses being on the family farm – the use of Latisha’a father’s shed! Latisha explains “We used the historic shearing shed at “Kelvin Downs” which is normally reserved for housing my Dad’s tools! We cleared it out in preparation for the big day. We (and when I say ‘we’ I mean just about everyone we know helped out) then decorated with heaps of fairy lights and big clusters of tissue paper pom poms and heaps of candles.”

The tables were decorated with flowers grown on the property by Latisha’s grandmother in her garden.

Latisha and Brock, together with their families pitched in to create the beautiful look of the wedding. Latisha remarks “Did we DIY!!?? I think just about everything was DIY! I loved being so creative and involved. We made the tissue paper pom poms from scratch, the wooden table numbers, decorated the glass jars for the table flowers and best of all the flowers we had on all the tables as centrepieces were grown by my grandmother, June, from seed in her garden at “Kelvin Downs”. She also made the flower girls (my nieces) dresses. We were so fortunate to have such wonderful family and friends who all helped out!”

The couple hired caterers HowBarZar. Latisha says “Russell & Sandra Smith assisted by Paul & Barb Maloney. They have this big truck and trailer set up where they do all the catering and the trailer is set us as a fully functional cocktail bar and coffee lounge. They were fantastic and everyone commented on how great the food and drinks service was!”

Latisha and Brock had a cupcake wedding cake which was a family affair. Latisha recalls ” Everyone had a hand in making this at some point, but my sister Renay made the beautiful stand and oversaw all the cupcake decorating. Yummy white chocolate and chocolate cup cakes with butter cream icing were a total hit with all our guests. I think I ate about 7 of them!”

The first dance was special regardless of the steps, Latisha says “We had the song “Love You Till The End” by the Pogues which is off the PS: I Love You soundtrack. We had planned on learning a dance but ran out of time, but on the night it didn’t matter, I was just so happy to be there with Brock. After our dance though it was GO time for partying!”

There were a few funny moments during the reception. “My sister Maria cracked me up when she confessed she’d accidently dropped her epilepsy pills in the punch at the reception! Luckily, they were totally harmless!”

Norma Ormand of Emerald provided the music for the day, including a few to get the guests to perform their best dances. Latisha explains “All our friends love to have a dance, and they didn’t disappoint at our wedding. Best dance of the night by far was our good friend Emma’s rooster dance! Absolute crack up entertainment!”

Congratulations on your wedding Latisha and Brock! Thank you for sharing it with us today! Thank you also to Orin Lucke of Blink Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Orin Lucke of Blink Photography


Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Kathryn and Jason’s Lizard Island Elopement on Polka Dot Honeymoons Photo by Matthew Evans Photography

Happy Friday Dotties! We are hard at work putting finishing touches on our new site so have been a little quiet again this week (cutting and pasting, cutting and pasting!)  I swear though, I smelt Spring in the air this week and took a moment to stand in the sun and let it envelope me!

Here’s a peek at what happened on the specialty blogs this week…

The Print Fairy gives us gorgeous fresh colour ideas in her colour forecast on Polka Dot Wisdom

Hair and makeup artist Jay Jay shows us some sweet makeup looks just right for spring in Polka Dot Wisdom

Check out Inlighten Photography’s video on Polka Dot Wisdom

Belinda lets us in behind the scenes of a ‘mega shoot’ and gives us great advice on Polka Dot Wisdom

Stephanie from Stelloberry Designs shows us how to make the cutest Favour Tags on Polka Dot Made

Lolly and Olly continue their wedding journey with their reception on Polka Dot Weddings

Luke and Megan tell us about their very romantic proposal story on Polka Dot Weddings

Sarah shares her thoughts on changing your surname on your wedding day on Polka Dot Weddings

And on Polka Dot Honeymoons Kathryn and Jason share with us their elopement on Lizard Island

Around the wedding world this week…

Peeptoe Shoes are holding a Melbourne Warehouse sale this weekend! They’re holding it at Port Melbourne town hall and are offering one off styles, massive discounts and accepting credit cards! (check, check, check!) Check out the website for more info

Wedding cinematographer Amy Nelson-Blain is offering a special pampering treat for any wedding film bookings! New bookings will receive a special one hour Aromatherapy facial with Julie Nelson from Aromatique Essentials plus five beauty products.

Visit Amy’s website for more info and to contact her!

Designer Fiorenza has launched a new collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week inspired by Christian Dior’s “New Look” in the 1940s. The gowns are extravagant and filled with over the top colour, texture and volume. Some beautifully unique choices for bridal and evening wear! Check out the website for more or visit her MBFF image gallery.

The Pretty Paper Co have just released a new range of hen’s party invitations! There’s six funky designs perfect for celebrating your bride to be, I love The “Glitz” style – it’s got a great fun, modern edge to it!

Ruffled Blog have just launched their own collection of vintage bridal gowns! They have a great selection with lots of customisation options (even dots, my favourite obviously!) and will even be opening a studio in New York so if you’re in town you can get a gown that is sure to fit you beautifully! There’s petticoats, bridesmaid gowns, hair accessories and jewellery to gaze at too! Check out the website for more!


For so long, I’ve had this fun video of Pingg CEO Loren Gabel’s wedding- it was a complete surprise and read more about it on their blog.

30- 40 birthday party…and a surprise wedding from Lorien Gabel on Vimeo.

What is your news dotties? Who is tying the knot this weekend?

Nuria and Anthony’s Spanish Castle Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Nuria and Anthony

Marrying in a Spanish castle sounds like something out of a romantic fairytale – so when this little gem of a wedding popped into my inbox I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. A melting pot of American and Spanish cultures and traditions, today is the wedding of Nuria and Anthony.

We have all our stories from Anthony today who tells the story of how he met Nuria. “We met in college. My wife was my Spanish Language lab T.A. and I was the lucky student, who made a good impression on my T.A.”

Photographs today are by Elaine Palladino Photography who has captured such warmth and joy in today’s celebration,. From the Spanish traditions to the Spanish countryside! Such beautiful memories. Raul Pastor wedding videos created a video of the day.

Anthony’s suit was by Carlo Pignatelli.

Nuria wore a beautiful strapless gown by Manuel Mota for Pronovias. The flowers were by Pilar Fernández, “A local woman who puts the flowers together in her house!”

Nuria wore coloured shoes from Kate Spade.

Nuria and Anthony were married in a stunning concathedral. “The wedding was in Cáceres, Spain in the historic part of town in a Concathedral called Santa Maria. The concathedral was where my wife received her first communion and is an absolutely beautiful building. It was built in the 16th century and is one of the most famous buildings of the city.”

Anthony says “Our wedding was a beautiful day where two families from two different world joined together to celebrate the new life of two amazing people, mixing food, culture, history, smiles and above all love.”

Anthony had plenty of memories from the day, one of which was his wife’s choice of footwear. He recalls “I have 1,000,000 + stories that will be with us forever. But my favorite moment of the day was watching my beautiful wife and her purple shoes make everyone smile all day long and at the end of the day I had to carry her to bed because she gave it her absolute all, and couldn’t do any more.”

Anthony remembers “After the ceremony we walked around the old historic part of the city where my wife is from.”

Guests donned their best attire. Anthony remarks “The ladies wore the most beautiful head pieces I have ever seen.”

Guests gathered for cocktails under the olive and orange trees.

The wedding celebration took place in a beautiful medieval castle called El Castillo de las Arguijuelas. Anthony recalls “The castle is called Castillo de las Arguijuelas de Arriba and we had an outdoor cocktail hour under the shade of olive and grape trees in the courtyard and dinner and dance was in the castle premises.”

The groom’s sister Jennifer created the stationery.

The couple danced to a classic favourite. Anthony tells “Better Together by Jack Johnson, one of my wife and my favorite songs. Life is never the same when we are apart and always better when we are together.”

Congratulations Nuria anad Anthony! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Elaine Palladino Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Elaine Palladino Photography

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