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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Wilson and Alisha’s Taronga Zoo Wedding Photography by Linda Truong Photography

I am so thrilled this week that we welcomed the newest member of the Polka Dot team- the beautiful daughter of our Sales Director Ms Paisley! We’ve also had a busy week planning 2012 and I’m a little bit excited at the things we have in store!

Around the blogs this week –

James Harvie from James Harvie Photography shares with us his inspiration with a gorgeous very Melbourne image on Polka Dot Wisdom

On Polka Dot Wisdom, Sharon writes about a wonderfully sensible idea – creating a ‘don’t list’

Amy Chan gives us some  great tips on What Style Suits Me – for your wedding day hair and makeup on Polka Dot Wisdom

On Polka Dot Made make a fabric boutonniere with Alicia from Akimbo

A fascinator for a fabulous find? Find out how to make one on Polka Dot Weddings

Megan shows us how she made her absolutely gorgeous wedding invitations on Polka Dot Weddings

Wilson and Alisha share their beautiful wedding at Taronga Zoo on Polka Dot Weddings

And we showcase the stylish Lake Terrace at Montville QLD on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week…

I was quite enchanted by the stunning wedding photos from the wedding of Lauren Bush & David Lauren, the groom’s father Ralph Lauren designed Lauren’s gown and I think it is completely beautiful! Check out more of the wedding on Vogue.

Photo courtesy of Vogue, photography by Norman Jean Roy

Perth photographer Daniel Price is gifting a “Beloved” photo session worth $1150 to one lucky couple. The couple, will have an experience like Ashley & Travis (above). A photo session of you and your beloved, a digitalPer collection and a DVD showcase collection of your images., Check out Daniel’s blog post for more information.


Australian wedding magazine Modern Wedding are holding a very special auction! They’re auctioning off all the beautiful gowns form their “Pink” edition to help raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Gowns from Trelise Cooper, Wendy Makin,  Akira, Kirrily Johnston and even Lisa Ho are all for sale and all proceeds go to a worthy cause. Check out their auction for more!

Photographers! We’re looking for beautiful, candid wedding photographs to continue our “Magical Moments” series from 2010, simply check out our submissions page and the “Current Callout” for details.

Perth Brides! You’re so lucky with the competitions in your state right now! Don’t forget to enter our fantastic Jen Huang competition! I am so excited to work with the winning couple on a beautiful, beautiful concept!Check out the details here!


Photographer Brent Lukey (also a Melbourne wedding photographer!) has had his nature photograph listed as one of the best best photographs in the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest! The winner will be announced in December, Congratulations Brent!

For our video of the week, I had to share this proposal with you- the story behind it had me crying (not unusual but I know it’s a good one if it makes me go there!) So incredibly romantic!

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Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

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Kristy and James’ Vintage Funk Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kristy and James

It’s a little bit rock and roll when your groom wears a purple shirt and black velvet suit and I think today’s newlyweds Kristy and James carefully infused their own personalities into their wedding day. A little bit vintage with an edginess to it and plenty of fantastic touches- including a homage to James’ love of music.

Kristy explains how she and James met. “I was in California on a Contiki Tour. I met James while he was working in a bar that I was drinking at with my Contiki friends. We met up the next day before I had to leave for the rest of my tour. We stayed in touch for the 2 weeks that I continued to travel. After spending another 4 days together before I left for Australia, we decided to give a long distance relationship a go! We continued to visit each other overseas until James popped the question 9 months later.”

Photos today are by Kelly Stephens. I love Kelly’s attention to detail of the day- she took care to cover the details and told the story of the day through her captures.

Kristy kicked the day off with dramatic black shoes. She explains, “I wore black lace style shoes that tied up around the ankle. I wanted more contrast to my outfit so I thought the black shoes would go well with the black feathers and my black hair.”

For her hair and makeup, Kristy used, “My Aunty Neita from Magical Makeover created the hair for myself and my bridesmaids. Not only did she do an amazing job of my bridesmaids hair, she also did a beautiful job of my Marcel Wave style. It made for a classic elegant look. wanted a full coverage with a vintage look and elegant style. I had been recommended Sam from Makeup By Sam by a mutual friend who has had makeup done by Sam before on photo shoot sets. Sam did a beautiful job of the vintage style makeup for both myself and my bridesmaids.”

Kristy’s mother put many of her own touches on the day – including Kristy’s wedding gown! Kristy explains ” My very talented mother hand made my wedding dress. We had originally started piecing together a different design, however I changed my mind a few months before the big day – luckily we had not bought the material yet!

The design I decided on was a strapless dropped waist dress. It had a mild sweetheart chest line and zipped at the back from top, to just under my buttocks. The bodice of the gown was made with a satin in an antique rose color, with an off white beaded lace overlay. My sister even hand beaded extra pearls and silver seed beads to the lace for a more antique look. We used a brooch as a holding piece for where the skirt meets the body. The train of the dress was made using left over tulle and lace pieces from the body of the dress”

Of their photographer, Kristy says, “Kelly’s creativity and unique ideas really showed well in the photos. She was very professional and fun to work with on the day.  Her posing ideas along with her photo editing really captured the moments beautifully. I think she did a great job of carrying across the vintage feel in the photographs.”

James had his jacket custom made from black velvet by Prinzi Collections. Kristy remarks ” James and his groomsmen attended the wedding in a black 60’s Cadillac Hearse which has been transformed into a limo.  We had black wedding ribbon attached to the front of the car which also had 2 skull heads attached.”

The couple held their ceremony and reception at Lyrebird Falls. Kristy says “I walked down the aisle to H.I.M- The Sacrament (disrythm remix).”

Kristy and James found their celebrant online, Kristy says “Mark Stewart from Celebrants R Us was the perfect celebrant for us. He helped us out along the way with putting together the ceremony/vows and helped make the day fun.”


Kristy’s mother also made the bridesmaid’s gowns which were accessorised with simple pearl jewellery and the same black heels as Kristy. Kristy explains “My mum made the bridesmaids’ dresses. I wanted black with lace as I think it looks very vintage and classy. We finished off the dress by making a ‘sash’ out of my wedding dress material for the bridesmaids to wear around their waist. I had shown mum examples of the style I wanted, we went through her dress patterns, found a similar pattern and away she went!”

The couple chose a three tier ivory and black cake. Kristy explains “The cake was 3 tiers tall. The tiers were different flavours, one was traditional wedding cake and the third was Red Velvet layered with cream cheese made by a bakery on Phillip Island. My mum and dad iced and decorated the cake. We used pieces of lace from my wedding dress as part of the cake decoration.”

Guests continued celebrations in a reception room at Lyrebird Falls.

For their first dance, it was really something special. Kristy remarks “James and I had picked out our song for our first dance right when we were engaged. From the start we wanted ‘First Day of My Life’ by Bright Eyes.

What made it even more special is that our groomsmen (James’ best friend from the USA) played and sang the song for us acoustically while we danced. I think this was one of the most special moments of the whole day.”

Congratulations on your new stage of life Kristy and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Kelly Stephens for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Kelly Stephens / Venue: Lyrebird Falls / Groom’s Attire: Prinzi Collections / Hair: Magical Makeovers / Makeup: Makeup By Sam / Groom\\\\\\\'s Transport: Hail The Hearse / Bride\\\\\\\'s Transport: Fleetwood Limousines / Officiant: Mark Stewart of Celebrants R Us

Vintage Glamour Wedding Inspiration Shoot Part Two

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


It was so much fun to showcase the first part of this collaborative “vintage glamour ” shoot last month on the site and today, I’m showing off the second part! The collaboration, born out of the First Comes Love – Alternative Bridal Fair; was coordinated by Rebecca of Fox and Rabbit and shot by Angela Higgins along with a bevy of talented wedding creatives.

It continues on with Rebecca’s challenge to create different styles at the same venue and in the same surroundings. And setting the scene with words such as ‘vintage’, ‘alternative’, ‘whimsical’ and ‘romantic’ to co-exist as one concept.

Models Ben Siero and Lucy-May Forbes and Lara came together for part two. This set  has more of a bright and bold vintage feel, with the makeup artist styling the bride with bold red lips, the flowers are a little bolder and the cakes, oh the cakes are full of delicious touches. This look could be easily translated to your own celebration using beautiful furniture, unexpected colour combinations, bold art deco style makeup and jewels, feminine, vintage style attire.

Photographer: Angela Higgins / Flowers & Styling: Fox & Rabbit / Venue: The Brown Fox / Vintage Hire & Styling: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Bride’s Dress: Loui Col / Stationery: Mitchell & Dent / Makeup: Milla Makeup / Hair: Ali Price Makeup / Cake: Cook Learn Love / Groom’s Attire: Atlas Divine / Jewellery: Rohan Jewerelly

Dana and Tim’s Intimate Malaysian Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Dana and Tim

The wedding of Dana and Tim intrigued me. I am always fascinated by different cultures and how the wedding celebrations are held – different ceremonies, different forms of dress. It was delightful to see that Dana and Tim put their own spin on their Malaysian wedding, which was held in Melbourne in a very normal backyard and as Dana says “under a classic Hills Hoist”. Today’s wedding is full of the intensity that a wedding ceremony brings with the careful acts of paying homage to the culture of the bride and groom.

Dana explains how they met. “We’ve known each other since high school – we were in the same class in Year 7, but we never took notice of each other! Years passed but we got together in year 11, and have been since.”

Photos today are by Daniel Bilsborough, Daniel has taken great care in these images. Each one seems to carry the heavy weight of importance of the day.

Dana and Tim started off getting ready at home with Dana’s hair styled by Marissa Margaritis of Cristique Hair and Beauty (03 9598 1213 ) and makeup by  Casey Malady

For the ceremony, Tim went barefoot and wore a traditional outfit. He explains “I wore a traditional Malay outfit and sarong that Dana’s Aunty had bought from a store in Malaysia. The songkok (traditional Malay hat) was custom made in Malaysia also.”

The couple held their wedding in a Melbourne backyard, Dana remarks “Our wedding was a good old backyard do under the Hills Hoist! Our fathers worked on moving the gazebo and the bamboo fencing, and my mum spent a long time fixing up the garden in the months leading up to the wedding – it helped that it was raining almost every day in the weeks beforehand as it helped make the garden beautiful and lush with greenery (we were told that of the last 12 weeks, it rained every day of the weekend except three of those days – including ours!) .

Our guests sat on Ikea picnic blankets and the draping was bought in giant rolls from Super Cheap Fabric (03 9530 4478)-we hunted down the $2 a metre rolls! We found a Chinese shop in Box Hill that sold the paper lanterns and we bargained them to a cheaper price to buy in bulk. Tim is mad about origami so he set about folding 100 cranes that were hung around the garden and then cut down after the ceremony and handed out with the cupcake bonbonierre at the end of the day. We bought jars from op shops with the idea to hang tea light candles in them around the garden. However we realised you wouldn’t be able to see much during the day, so we alternated cranes and roses in the jars.”

Dana wore a gown made by her grandmother, she explains “My grandmother was an avid seamstress and would often make traditional dress for her children and grandchildren. As she got older and sewing became difficult, she would occasionally get dresses tailor made for my mother. Mum just happened to find this in the back of her wardrobe and asked if I would like to use it for the wedding – I loved it on first sight. It turned out to be the last dress my grandmother designed and had made for my mother before she passed away.

My mum tailored it herself to fit my measurements. I adored it on its own, but Mum insisted it needed a bit of sparkle if it was to be a wedding dress. I finally gave in to very subtle detailing! Mum sewed on the pearls from one of the decorative pillows from her own traditional wedding 30 years ago, as well as crystals and beads from her own collection. I found the silk and lace edging for my veil from Spotlight in Box Hill – it was sewn by Melissa of Think Sew, Carnegie (03 95695033)”

For her bridesmaids, Dana asked her sisters, she explains, “My  bridesmaids were my sisters. We had no specific dresses for them, but we asked all immediate family members on both sides to wear shades of blue and green.”

The couple had a traditional Muslim ceremony performed by Imam Majidih from Lysterfield Mosque.

For their wedding rings, made by Steve Milonas, Dana says “We were referred to Steve through friends of ours who had just gone through a wedding themselves. He was wonderfully helpful in the process of designing our own rings.” Tim adds “The yellow gold actually comes from my Grandmother, who brought this ring down from Estonia with her to Australia, and passed it on to Mum. She passed it onto us and with her blessing, it is a part of our wedding rings. ”

During the signing, the couple’s  talented friend Christian Meyer performed some original music on his guitar.

The couple chose to only have a bouquet for Dana and corsages for the families. Dana explains “Cobie from Flowers of Canterbury was terrific and created the corsages for our families. We bought the peony roses from Dandenong Market and I created the bouquet myself the night before.”

Of their photographer, Dana says “In the beginning, we weren’t going to have a specific photographer – we simply didn’t have the budget for it, and we knew our siblings and friends were fantastic photographers themselves. We were going to set up a Facebook page where everyone would upload their photos from the day and we would select our favourites to create our own wedding album. One day, Tim came across a status update of an acquaintance through basketball that said her brother was looking for willing participants to help him build a wedding portfolio. We met up with Daniel and had a long chat – we knew instantly that the three of us were on the same page. From the beginning he explained to us that his photography style was about telling a story and catching moments as they happened, he wasn’t really into forced poses and awkward smiles. Natural, spur of the moment and real.  We jumped on board straight away! His easy going personality fit in so well with our family and guests, it was as if we’d all known him for a long time. Throughout the day, Daniel was invisible in the absolute best way possible – he never stood in the way of our guests or shouted out orders for poses or people. Yet he was always there every time we needed him for the group shots that we wanted – that picture with Grandma, one more shot with the work people before they left, a silly pose with the cousins. For our set shots in Wattle Park, his only instruction was ‘Just walk around guys, and I’ll let you know if I need you!’ Once or twice he directed us to specific spots around the park that he had discovered when he did some reconnaissance the week before, but even then we just chatted naturally and hardly posed. Daniel is professional, humble and extremely talented, and rarely a day goes past where I do not recommend his website and his services to anyone in need.”

After photographs, the couple returned home for a feast. Dana remarks “Our mums took care of the food, of course! Many friends and relatives, young and old, were recruited as helpers. Traditional foods and contemporary delights kept everyone happy. Later in the evening, we invited our guests and extended friends to New Guernica (Little Collins St, Melbourne) for delicious dumplings and Sunday drinks.”


Congratulations Dana and Tim! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Daniel Bilsborough for sharing today’s photographs.

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