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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Fabric Fortune Cookie Tutorial On Polka Dot Made

We have SO much goodness to show off this Friday! It’s a busy week in the wedding world

Around the Polka Dot blogs…

Who is Mr Porter? I went on a mission to find out on Polka Dot Groom

Want some magic on your Friday? Meet Pobke on Polka Dot Wisdom

Wedding List Co opened the doors to their Woollahra flagship store this week!

Funkified give us some tips on choosing your reception entertainment also on Polka Dot Wisdom

From last week on Wisdom- Victoria Cameron shows us some of the trials of being a wedding planner!

Wanting a favourite with a funky twist? Our DIY Contributing editor Alica kicked off her reign on Polka Dot Made with a fabric fortune cookie tutorial!

Check out Caitlin and Anthony’s stylish yet colourful Brisbane wedding on Polka Dot Weddings!

Our first New Zealand bride on Polka Dot Weddings Kelly wrote about her New Zealand beach inspired wedding to Rangi today!

A Sombrilla for your beachside honeymoon? Check it out on Polka Dot Honeymoons!

Australian photographers Inlighten Photography took us to their favourite resort in the Maldives- every Oscar nominee walked away with a trip to this amazing resort!

Feeling like an African Safari for your honeymoon? Take a peek at how Alicia and Luke spent their amazing time in Africa also on Polka Dot Honeymoons!

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JetStar Wedding of Tanya Simon Wesley. Photo by Ben Macmahon

For something light for our Friday morning- have you ever thought about getting married ON a plane? Simon and Tanya did! A wild, impulsive idea turned into the couple to contact Jetstar and arrange a surprise wedding for their 60 guests- who had no idea of the venue until they showed up! Their guests boarded a plane and said their vows at 30,000 feet! Throwing an aviation twist on the day, they threw a casual reception in Sydney airport,topped their  wedding cake with an aeroplane and guests received luggage locks as bonbonnieres.

You can watch their wedding video here.

Now here’s a wedding website with a difference! Kate and Prince William just launched their own wedding website this week. There’s all kinds of updates, photos and information about the wedding including a live stream of it on the day!  Visit the official website here.

Australian photographer Nikole Ramsey, who has split her time between London (where she worked with some of London’s top wedding professionals including planner Mark Niemierko and shot royal weddings in Abu Dhabi) and Melbourne over the past few years has permanently relocated her business to Melbourne! Visit her website to contact her. Welcome home Nikole!

Victoria Cameron of The Little White Wedding Company launched her brand new website this week! Victoria wanted to give the website a more “grown up” feel and along with her brand new look has launched an events calendar so brides & grooms can note the next events on the company calendar. The team have also added destination weddings and wedding styling to their packages this year! Check out the website here.

Austraslian bridal designer Karen Willis Holmes is expanding her brand with a ready to wear store in the Sunshine state! Brisbane’s brand new store will open in April in Paddington.  Visit the website for more information

Do remember how I lamented that Sarah Seven had no Australian stockists? Well the lovely Emily dropped me a note to let me know her business Studio White is now stocking Sarah Seven gowns! Check out the Studio White website for more!

Baccini & Hill are holding a number of events to celebrate the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. a pret a porter showcase (including 25% off bridesmaids gowns on the day)a bridal trunk show at Malvern Town Hall designer days and in store fashion parades. Check their website for more information.

Alan and Karen Woo of newly branded Finessence Photography are moving their studio to 22 Maling Road Canterbury, VIC. The new studio will offer three studio options (natural light, flash and outdoor) while keeping true to their fresh clean style! Visit their website for more.

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Rebecca and Damien’s Relaxed Palm Beach Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings


Rebecca and Damien

With Summer ending and the hint of Autumn on the horizon it’s nice to showcase a gorgeous beach wedding from NSW. Today’s wedding is relaxed and elegant and the beach photos are enhanced by the moody backdrop of a grey sky. I love that Rebecca and Damien met on the other side of the world and it was only by chance that they ended up together!

Rebecca explains how she and Damien met. “We think its special! I am Irish and have lived in Dublin all my life. Damien was born in NSW but moved down to Torquay in Melbourne when he was 14. Our chance meeting happened in October 2008 when I was over in London for the weekend visiting some girlfriends. We were out for a long lunch on the Saturday and had no major plans for the rest of the day. My cousin, who is Australian, was living in London at the time and rang me very persistently that afternoon to say that she was going to a massive party with a group of Aussies and that I HAD to come along! Eventually I gave in, which I am forever thankful for!

Damien had just arrived in London where he had been living for 2 months at that point with his brother Adrian and his girlfriend Ash. We met that night, had a great time and I gave him my number, thinking I would never hear from him again. So when I didn’t hear anything for a few days I wasn’t surprised! Turns out, I had given Damo my number but without the international dialing code and he had been sending me texts all week that I wasn’t receiving! So by the Thursday he started looking through his phone and came across my number, which I had dialed from his phone that night at the party when I couldn’t find my own phone! It was the very last number on his dial list, one more call made or received and my number would have been lost and I would never have heard from him again! Damo’s reaction when he realised was to say to Ado “quality man, now she thinks I am playing hard to get!”

The real love story started 6 weeks later, when we finally arranged to meet for the second time. Damo came over to visit me in Ireland, and when I walked into the bar to meet him that night it was honestly love at second sight for both of us and we knew we would be together forever in that instant! Things moved quickly from there and 18 months later Damo proposed to me at the top of the hill looking out over the Yarra Valley, where we nearly managed to get ourselves arrested for trespassing on someones property, but that’s a whole other story!”

The photographer today (making her long overdue Polka Dot Bride debut, hooray!) is  Nadean of Photography By Nadean. I love the fresh, fun nature of Nadean’s photographs. They’re full of style and elegance while still capturing the joy of the wedding.

Rebecca and Damien chose White for their videography and Saltwater Weddings assisted with planning the ceremony and organising the setup.

Rebecca wore a gorgeous one shouldered gown by Melbourne designer Luci Di Bella “Advice to future brides, do not try on too many dresses! I did and it made my decision extremely confusing! My good friend at work suggested visiting her wedding dress designer, Luci Di Bella and I knew the minute I walked in the door of their gorgeous boutique on High Street, Armadale, that I had made the right choice. Luci and Clara made the whole experience relaxing, exciting, fun and easy and I absolutely loved my wedding dress.”

Rain didn’t put a dampener on the couple’s wedding day. Rebecca explains “We were supposed to get married in these tiny little gardens that were up on a hill looking out over Palm Beach, but an hour before the ceremony there was some drops of rain and I made the executive decision to move the ceremony to the house where I was getting ready. The following ten minutes were frantic, with everyone rearranging the room to get ready for the planner to arrive with the chairs, I had to call the musician, celebrant, VW Kombi guy, videographer and a few guests to tell them about the change of plan. When everyone arrived, they said it was the best “plan b” they had ever seen! The ceremony was so intimate and the view was spectacular and I was so relaxed when I finally walked down the aisle, my groom however was not so relaxed, he was very emotional and when I finally reached him I got such a shock with all the tears that I said “Oh look at you “ and everyone  burst out laughing, which you notice in the photos! This set the mood for the rest of the day ,which was filled with laughter from start to finish.

For the ceremony I found a gorgeous shop in Palm Beach called Love, Loans & Linens and Jessie was really helpful in supplying me with the bits and pieces I needed! I borrowed some little medicine bottles that I hung with brown string of the sides of the white chairs and then ordered assorted white individual flowers from our florist which we placed in each one, it was simple but exactly what I wanted! My best friend Sally and also Krissy made the petal cones the night before the wedding out of brown paper and we stuck them together with cute little stickers I had printed that said “when the bride and groom walk your way, throw the petals and yell hooray!”

Music was played on the guitar “We had an acoustic guitarist called Fernando who was part of our band Grover. He played Jack Johnson ‘No Other Way’ as I walked down the aisle, then ‘Is this Love’ by Bob Marley as we walked back up as husband and wife!” Rebecca says.

One of Rebecca’s favourite moments was Damien’s choice of words. When we walked down the hill of the house where we had the ceremony, towards the Kombi to go for our wedding shoot, Damien turned to me and said “Babe its only been an hour so far and I’ve already had the best day of my life!” – I think that says it all!”

Rebecca’s bridesmaids wore purple gowns from one of Rebecca’s favourite designers. “I am obsessed with Rachel Gilbert so there was no doubt that my bridesmaids would be wearing one of her gorgeous dresses!” Terry Hills Flower Market styled the floral arrangements.

The newlyweds did away with a limousine and chose something a little more fun. Rebecca explains “My sister in law Krissy found the most gorgeous VW Kombi Split Screen online from Sydney Split Screens and I emailed immediately hoping that they would be free on our day, luckily they were! Guy has maintained his Kombi impeccably and it was definitely a highlight of the day driving around with our bridal party, everyone we passed couldn’t help but smile when they saw us!”

Rebecca and Damien held their reception at Beach Road “Our venue was the inspiration for the rest of our wedding and the first thing that we booked! Beach Road Restaurant in Palm Beach NSW gave us the perfect setting for our dream wedding. Tom, Craig, Paul and the rest of the team were without doubt the most exceptional hosts to our wedding guests and went above and beyond to make sure  we had the best day of our lives! We are still getting comments on how gorgeous the food was, how relaxed and laid back the venue was and how much fun everyone had as a result of the wonderful team there.

We spent sometime researching venues and couldn’t really find anything we liked, we knew what we were looking for and when Damien came across Beach Road one night online the two of us knew instantly we would have our wedding there. I made some appointments to see a few venues in Sydney one weekend, Beach Road was the first and last place we saw, as I cancelled all other appointments the minute I walked in the door! Tom, Craig and all the team are running the most chilled out perfect beach retreat in the Northern Beaches and I think everyone would like to live out their retirement sitting outside their restaurant having a glass of wine and watching the world go by! What made the venue so special, apart from the gorgeous interiors of the place, was undoubtedly the service and food. The staff at Beach Road made every guest feel  so special and it honestly felt like a party in someone’s house with our friends as the hosts! The next day when we went to pick up all our things, we were greeted with glasses of champagne and one of the waiters Paul even recited a special prayer for myself and Damo as a gift, to wish us luck in our marriage together! We are already looking forward to our first anniversary which we’ll spend there next year!”

There were lots of homemade details throughout the day. Rebecca explains “I am so lucky to be really good friends with one of my other suppliers. Clare Miller runs her own company Victor Fox Art and Graphic Design and her blog is Clare helped me with so many elements of my wedding, from our invitations, menu’s, stickers for our guest book etc.  Clare is one of those rare and divine people who combines talent, style and creative ability and I feel blessed to know her. If that’s not amazing enough she is also one of the coolest people I have ever met!

My very talented husband painted the palm beach setting that became the image on our wedding invites, he also hand carved the 8 wooden long boats that became the centre pieces on our tables at the reception and he also drew all the table names and drawings on the gorgeous long blackboard that sat at the entrance to beach road.

Instead of a photobooth, we decided to do our own version. So I ordered a white polaroid camera from Ebay, bought a guest book from Kikki K and had the Palm Beach image Damo had drawn for the invites, made into a large sticker to place on the front. My sister in law made the cute props, moustaches and lips on sticks and I wrote a little poem to give guests directions to what we called “The Booth” and had them printed and placed it in a white frame.

I borrowed the black board, and lots of long stem vases and other bits from Love, Loans & Linen and had I found them earlier I would have used their event styling services also as they are hugely talented and have great enthusiasm for what they do.”

The first dance was a romantic one to Powderfinger’s ” Burn Your Name”. Rebecca says ” We chose the song as we wanted something fast and the words are beautiful and meaningful.”

Congratulations Rebecca and Damien! Thank you for sharing your special day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to  Nadean of Photography By Nadean for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Photography By Nadean

Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights

Bec and Chris’ Intimate Maleny Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Pregnant Weddings


Bec and Chris

I’m never worried when it rains on a wedding day- there’s always the chance for fun umbrellas and gumboots, the colours of the earth are more vibrant and the misty clouds always look romantic to me. So when Bec and Chris had to move their wedding from Point Cartwright to Bec’s family home in Maleny due to the wet weather, I think it just made their day even more romantic!An added little secret romantic bubble was Bec’s pregnancy- she was 16 weeks pregnant on her wedding day!

Bec recalls how she met her husband Chris. “We met via Facebook. We grew up in the same town and knew the same people but never actually met before. Chris works away on an oil rig and was on a five week stint at the time we began messaging each other. We decided to meet up on the first weekend of his week off, but as the week got closer we couldn’t wait the entire week to meet each other and met up the night he got back home. We spent every spare minute of that week together having an absolute blast. It was the week we fell in love and realised that this person could be the one for us.”

Photos today are by Andrea Sproxton Photography who has taken such beautiful images of today’s wedding and made the most of the rainy day! I love the natural style Andrea shows!

Bec wore a gown from Bridal Chic with her hair and makeup by Allure Hair and Beauty. She carried a bouquet styled by Maleny Wedding Flowers with jewelery from Sportsgirl.

Bec walked down the aisle to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. Bec says ” It’s one of our favourite songs and describes us to a ‘T’!” Kate Witton married the couple.

Bec’s memories of the day are filled with poignant moments. “My favourite memory is seeing him waiting for me while I walk down the aisle to our favourite song… and the part where we were announced as husband and wife and shared our first kiss!”

Bec and Chris held a relaxed reception at their favourite dining spot. “We chose Maudys as our reception venue as it is a favourite restaurant of ours and is a particularly magical spot around sunset time during summer. We’ve always loved the food there and the staff are always really friendly.  We wanted to keep the wedding really low key, intimate and laid back so skipped all the usual formalities for the reception. My dad was particularly nervous about giving a speech so we told everyone no speech’s. However on the night people decided to give speeches anyway and they were so lovely because they were made up on the spot and were so heart warming and special. In lieu of a traditional cake, the couple chose a cupcake wedding cake by Julie McMullen.

Congratulations Bec and Chris on your wedding day! Thank you for sharing it with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Andrea Sproxton Photography for sharing today’s imagery with us!

Photos by Andrea Sproxton Photography

Jeanine and Nathan’s Australian Country Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jeanine and Nathan

There is something magical about the peace and beauty of the Australian bush. Which is why I am always a big fan of Australian bush weddings. From the soft muted colour palette put on by Mother Nature, to the bride and groom’s love of the surroundings. Today’s wedding of Jeanine and Nathan is perfectly ‘them’. It’s so relaxed and and so Australian. They’ve embraced the venue and Mother Nature and rather than decorating too much, embraced the beauty of the surrounds and let them doing the talking.

Jeanine explains how she and Nathan met. ”  We knew each other through a work colleague and friend and eventually met up at the races after a few years. I got the courage to give him a call and ask him for a date a little later on.”

Photographs today are by John Benavente Photography. I love the way John sees things through his lens. The vibrancy, the mood, the atmosphere- he pulls it together to look like art.

Jeanine and Nathan were married at the Bamarang Bush Retreat at Bamarang 10 minutes from Nowra. The guests were seated at long tables decorated with bouquets of native Australian blooms (created by Hyams Florist) and paper lanterns strung overhead. Jeanine says “The venue was amazing. It is made out of natural and recycled materials and the owner has made the houses out of mudbrick. There are quirky things all over the place that he has collected. You wouldn’t think it would all fit together but it does, from Tonka trucks to little ornaments. The set up of the reception included sourcing tablecloths courtesy of friends Yvonne and Keith who live just down the road from the venue on their own farm. A lot of organisational help had come from them and really, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help.

I sourced most items over the internet such as the battery lanterns and the hemp table runners.  The jam jars (as candle holders) are all donated from friends. They fit with the chairs all being different sizes and shapes as well.”

Nathan wore a grey suit from Tarocash.

Jeanine wore a gown from Henri Josef website.  The couple used the Australian bush theme throughout their stationery, purchasing invitations designed with gum leaves from iDiY.

Jeanine and Nathan held their ceremony on the deck at the homestead. “The ceremony was meant to be on the river but it was just too wet so the ceremony had to happen on the deck which we were still very happy with. The heel of my shoe got caught in the gap between the decking about 30 cm before I reached my husband and he had to remove it for me. It was pretty funny.” Jeanine walked down the aisle to “Rebel Heart” by The Corrs.

The ceremony was incredibly memorable. “Our celebrant was amazing Reverend Paul Bartlett. He did a really good job at easing our nerves”.

The cake (made by Unique Cakes with topper from Wow! Mini Me) was a special surprise from Jeanine. “ The cake was probably the big thing because it was a surprise for Nathan. It took a bit of planning to organise to get the wedding topper done to look like us but it worked out great. A bit of a risk to take considering it was coming from the USA”

The reception was catered “Passion Catering at Nowra did a fantastic job with the food”. The couple did away with a first dance, instead hiring a DJ from Partydisc Southcoast to keep guests on the dance floor.

The day was filled with special memories for Jeanine. “The ceremony, the bush setting, being with family and friends all weekend and everyone helping set up for the wedding, the dancing and spending the Sunday night, the day after the wedding, relaxing on the deck with my husband with takeaway with all the lights off and the outdoor fire place going listening to the rain..very romantic.”

Congratulations Jeanine and Nathan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to John Benavente for sharing today’s photographs!

Photo by John Benavente Photography

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