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A Sweet Proposal

by | Bride, Engagements


While deep in my heart, a beautiful quiet proposal with just two people and a lot of love is my favourite kind of proposal, I do have fun watching and swooning over romantic stories and the creative ways we take that first step towards marriage. Creative engagement stories never get old to me!

Here’s some of my favourites from the past few months…

Leonie from the sweet cake business Happy Cakes sent over this sweet as can be engagement cupcake. The groom-to-be commissioned Leonie to create a masterpiece of a cupcake to give to his girlfriend on her birthday..with a diamond ring hidden on top! (She said yes by the way)

A lovely reader gave me the heads up on this one. A  gorgeous Amelie, treasure hunt style proposal for Love You Big (read it in full here). So sweet!

Everyone knows I’m a Shoes Of Prey fan, but I tell you what, I’d be like Jessica with these shoes- they’d stay on display because I couldn’t bear to wear that message off! Read Jessica’s full story on their blog.

This proposal from Cakies (her best friend) is utterly fun and so sweet. I love anything involving Polaroids and art! Read it in full here.

Is there someone out there who doesn’t love Pixar’s ‘Up’! ? Such a fantastic movie and I love the nod to it in this proposal from Dolce!

I couldn’t finish off this entry without a few fun videos! Here are some of my favourites from the past few months:

Graffiti Proposal from PR!MO on Vimeo.

Some say time literally stops when a proposal happens..clearly this groom knew that and took the concept literally! (with we tv filming it all!)

I think I had many more but I’m still sorting out my filing system of mad bookmarks and clippings! How about you? Do you have any fantastic proposal you’d like to share?

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The Wedding Workshop – Perth Brides

by | Bride, Events and Resources


There’s only a week left until The Wedding Workshop! The final touches are coming together- beautiful styling from Orielle, prizes from Alannah Rose Stationery, Pink Frosting & Bridal Survival, panels with your favourite Perth wedding experts, plenty of bubbles and freebies and a chance to mingle with industry professionals in a relaxed environment (did I mention bubbles?)

We have one double pass to give away to a special bride! We can’t attend the event so we’re looking for a Polka Dot Bridette to undertake a very special mission!

To win a double pass  (Valued at $45) you must a) have a love of writing b)have great attention to detail and c) be available to attend the vent on the 25th August 2010 and d) email us at mspolka at telling us why you need to attend this event!

Alternatively, you can book your tickets to the event by visiting the website.

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Justine and Tim

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Justine and Tim

I’m going to start letting you in on just how much I love the photographers we work with at Polka Dot Bride, because they’re often my unsung heroes and the ones who are stupendous at what they do. Like Todd & Alyda of Todd Hunter McGaw Photographer. They’re always so happy when they email me and they’re rad, as in, you really can’t describe them any other way. Especially when a lovely CD shows up on your doorstep with a beautiful wedding like that of Justine and Tim. Rad. Yes.

Our lovely couple today? The lovely Justine and Tim who are actually from Melbourne but decided to hold their wedding in the sunshine State of Queensland! Justine says “We met while working together in 2001. Since then we’ve moved around a lot, including spending five years in London, and now we’re based in Melbourne.  We decided to get married just outside Brisbane as we both grew up in QLD and many of our family and friends are there.”

Justine wore a gorgeous lace gown made by Paddington Weddings. Justine says “My full-lace dress was made by the lovely women at Paddington Weddings in Brisbane. Paddington Weddings made the hair ornament as well. They were fantastic and weren’t at all fazed at the thought of creating a dress for a Melbourne-based bride who only had a few trips to Brisbane in the lead up to the wedding.”

One of Justine’s favourite memories was before the ceremony. “I had a really fun time with my wonderful family at home before we left for the ceremony. One of my brothers put on some Leonard Cohen to keep us all relaxed and we just enjoyed ourselves.”

Tim wore a bespoke suit from Godwin Charli.

Justine says “We married on the 1st of May at a place called Topiaries at Beaumont in Samford Valley, just outside Brisbane.  It was a beautiful venue with a view over Samford Valley. The 3.30pm ceremony, post-ceremony drinks and evening sit-down reception were all at the one venue.

I walked down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” – Bach. We had a string quartet play at the wedding. Their repertoire included lots of Beatles songs. My stepfather walked me down the aisle and one of my brothers drove me out to the ceremony in his car. We arrived five minutes early and had to wait for everyone to be ready for us.”

Justine says “We were relaxed enough during the ceremony to just enjoy ourselves and had a good laugh at a few moments. I remember being concerned that my lipstick had come off on Tim’s lips after our kiss!”

Justine’s shoes were bought from Country Road in Melbourne. Tim wore Campers.

The cake was organised by Justine’s mother and made by a family friend who runs “Cake Actually”. The cake had three layers and was Chocolate Torte and Lemon Cream Cheese Butter Cake (in separate cakes of course), with fresh roses as decoration.

Justine says “Because we live in Melbourne, my wonderful Mum in Brisbane helped out and organised things like the cake and all the flowers. She also bought beautiful jugs for the tables, which were filled with bunches of fresh flowers – roses and lisianthus.”

A big thank you to Justine and Tim for allowing us to share your wedding day! Congratulations on your marriage! Also thank you to Todd & Alyda  at Todd Hunter McGaw Photographer for sending over today’s images!

Photos by Todd Hunter McGaw Photographer

Vendor Of The Week – The White Idea

by | Blog News, Bride


Before we get into the gorgeous wedding goodness we have for you this week, let’s start with our Polka Dot Bride Monday morning tradition! Our vendor of the week! Here we get to showcase the vendors who give us such fantastic support!

This week’s Vendor Of The Week is Sydney wedding planners The White Idea! Started by Kim Alfeldi, who opened her own promotions agency in Sydney and has over 16 years experience in promotions & events. The White Idea offers a range of packages from full wedding day coordination through to helping you out with your next birthday party.

To learn a little more about Kim, we asked her five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Who doesn’t enjoy a big glass of a smooth velvety red in an oversized glass especially in winter.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Staying at home doing absolutely nothing! No weddings, no kids parties, no sports, no iphone, no schedule. GOLD!

Favourite restaurant?

Beppi’s Sydney its a foodie haunt and the best authentic Italian this side of Tuscany.

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

At home making soft boiled eggs with buttery toast soldiers for my 2 gorgeous girls.

Your favourite wedding story?

I love all things weddings but my favourite will always be my own ten years ago and I’m still absolutely in love with my groom.

Visit The White Idea’s member page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week!The White Idea is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

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