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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Kat & Corey’s Engagement by Spinning Still Photography

Welcome to FRIDAY lovely polka dotties! Did you have a lovely week? This week has certainly been action packed with Mr Polka flying all over the place. I am so happy he will be home this weekend! Have you checked out the Polka Dot blogs this week? Do you want to contribute? (Just register for a personalised collection a and then fill out the application form if you do!)

On Polka Dot Groom, Brent wrote about his home brewing for his wedding in Commemorative Beverage

On Polka Dot Weddings Tracylee wrote about her sister Tia’s heartfelt wedding to Eddie

Cindarella at Brindabella wrote about her face saving experience with Aveeno on Polka Dot Weddings

And Kat and Corey also shared their love story on Polka Dot Weddings

We met Anthony Sullivan from Forte Catering and Events in ‘What Would They Know’ on Polka Dot Wisdom

Why you should give your florist freedom also on Polka Dot Wisdom

And, also on Polka Dot Wisdom, we shared in Sharon Wee’s (of Sharon Wee Creations) love of creative cakes in ‘What Does Your Wedding Cake Say About You?’

And last, but not least, Nic wrote about making Seeded Paper Place cards on Polka Dot Made and

Jessica and Lance jet off to a tropical island and share their Fijian honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week (aka Friday Roundup: The Online Shopping Edition)

Menswear label Jack London is launching an online store in August and to celebrate they’re giving away a $1000 shopping spree! Simply subscribe to their mailing list to go in the draw to win!

This week I fell in love with this shoe drawing by illustrator Kelly Smith- it’s to celebrate the opening of the Diana Ferrari online store. The site showcases and allows you to buy straight to your door but also allows you to book stylist sessions! The illustrated shoe “Pearla” could make a stylish bridal shoe! (I do wish they’d bring back the Callista, one of my favourite go to shoes!)

Visit the website for more information.

Alannah Hill are having a three day 50% off sale today and Saturday & Sunday in her stores and her online store! A creative place to pickup chic wedding shoes, sparkly cardigans and hair flowers this one is worth checking out if you’re looking for accessories (or an excuse to buy a pretty dress of which you have plenty of occasions to wear….. engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower…). Visit the website to check it out.

Brides of Melbourne are having a massive sample sale next weekend with gowns priced from $100! Visit the website for more information

Don’t forget to check out our events calender for upcoming events and let us know if we’ve missed any!

The Palace released a video of the exhibition they’re holding of the royal wedding details, here’s a sneak peek (if you happen to be in London and can go along!) It’s an interesting watch to see elements up close and learn why things were chosen in a particular way!


What did I miss in the wedding world this week lovely readers?

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Fiona and Gareth’s Elegant South Coast Wedding – The Movie

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Wedding Films


After seeing the photos from Fiona and Gareth’s gorgeous south coast wedding earlier today, I couldn’t be happier to share their stunning wedding video by Encore Media as a special treat! I had more than a few goosebump moments a lot of wet eyes as I watched this beautiful tale of Fiona and Gareth.

Fiona and Gareth’s Elegant South Coast Wedding

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


Fiona and Gareth

If you’re itching for the warmer days of Spring, you will love the beauty, romance and elegance of Fiona and Gareth’s wedding- from Fiona’s spring coloured bouquet to the lush greenery of the surrounds, it feels like nature is poking it’s hand up and saying hello!

Fiona explains how she met Gareth. “The first time I met Gareth was at my sisters  18th  birthday party. After being together for some years we went our separate ways to see the world . It wasn’t until years ago when Gareth returned from traveling, we started seeing each other again”

Photos today are by Milk & Honey Photography. I love Milk & Honey’s classic yet relaxed captures and the mood they infuse into each photograph.

Fiona wore a gown by Maria Fellas from Emoda Couture (who also made the bridesmaid’s gowns) with shoes from Panache.

Fiona and Gareth were married at Bush Bank Bed & Breakfast. Fiona explains “We had searched everywhere for the perfect location for the ceremony, the beach was not an option. Trying to find somewhere on the coast which had views, was easy for guests to get too wasn’t as easy as we thought. Then I found Bushbank and discovered they catered specially for small weddings, photo locations etc.  Everything went perfectly on the day including transporting guests by bus to ceremony.  The setting was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anywhere better to ay our vows.”

The groom wore a suit and shoes from Kostula.

The bride and her father arrived in a car hired from Leisure Coast Limousines.

The bride walked down the aisle to music played by David Christopher.

The ceremony was incredibly special to the couple “One of my favourite parts of the day was the ceremony, everything was perfect I couldn’t stop smiling.   Even though everyone was there with Gareth I, I felt as though it was just us saying our vows and enjoying very minute.”

Asked to describe the wedding, Fiona says “Relaxed, natural, simple, elegant and fun for everyone. Still in keeping with the formal side of this very special day.”

Of Milk & Honey Photography, Fiona says “Anni & Laura were great, very relaxed and friendly.  They mixed with the guests well so many didn’t even know they were there. Once all our photos were taken they just mixed with the guests and were able to take some great shots.”

Fiona and Gareth held their reception at Bellachara Boutique Hotel Gerringong “As we had over 100 guests we decided to have the Reception at the Bellachara, we love the hotel and had been to several weddings their ourselves. It was great to be able to have our wedding  the way we wanted, relaxed and easy without having to compromise on venue to accommodate over 130 guests of close family and friends.”

The couple had a two tier wedding cake made by Balgownie Village Patisserie.

The couple hired The Escalators to entertain their guests. Fiona remarks “The Escalators were great entertainers at the reception, music was perfect . To my surprise they had brought their own dress up box  which included hats of all sorts. Everyone was on the dance floor and they opened it up in the middle. All the guests had so much fun trying them on and playing around, it was very funny.”

The speeches were a favourite for Fiona. “The speeches were another moment which I will always remember. Listening to both dads and best man speak about Gareth and I made me realise how lucky we are to have such wonderful family and friends. I know Gareth was nervous, his speech was beautiful and perfect. It was him and us summed up. Simply in love and can’t wait to start the rest of our life together.”

Fiona remembers “Our first dance was to Lets Stay Together, Al Green. It suited our relaxed nature.”

Congratulations Fiona and Gareth! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Milk & Honey Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

Gina and Markus’ Fun Backyard Wedding

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


Gina and Markus

Our couple today tell a beautiful story. They got ready together in their home, married a church of their faith and held a casual but fun reception in their backyard. It’s simple, yet heartfelt and the most lovely way to start off this Thursday.

Photos today are by Jeremy Beasley. I love Jeremy’s creative captures- the little moments and the big ones all pull together to tell the story of the day.

Gina and Markus got dressed together. “We found that we were the centre of attention on the day, though neither of us felt proud. We were doing something we had both wanted since our engagement in 2008, and we wanted close friends and family there.

Getting ready was a very personal experience. We decided to get ready together at home, and instead of traveling to our family’s houses to get ready, we asked our family to come to us. We felt that preparing for the day together and being together before the ceremony was the right way to enter marriage for life. It was fun to help Markus with his bow tie and suspenders.”

Gina wore a gown by Clare De Mayo ( also designed her hair flower. Sarah, from Kristine’s His and Her Hairdressing styled her hair while her makeup was done by Annie Lopez from Pure Serenity Beauty Salon.

Gina and Markus were married at Ceremony was at St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Leura.

Gina walked down the aisle to Wagner’s “Here Comes The Bride”.

Asked to describe the wedding  in a sentence, Gina says “All about us; uniting as one, nurturing love, celebrating God, praising creation, dancing with Marlo (our dog), seeing friends and family joyful and happy for us.”

Of her favourite moments from the day, Gina says “We loved the sermon given by Greg Olliffe, the Minister at St. Alban’s Church and we loved the time we spent with Jeremy being photographed at the Pool of Siloam in Leura and around the old farm house and tin shed. The night was enjoyed by guests and we crashed on the sofa when it was all over, content at the idea that we now had a much bigger event to plan for – our life together!”

After the church ceremony, Gina and Markus headed home for a fun backyard reception. The event was full of love and help from friends and family. Gina recalls  “I made the knitted flowers and table setting and arrangements. Markus set up the marquees for the reception and general organising of the garden setup. Friends and guests did the barbequing on the day and helped with catering.” The Indian food was catered by Anki’s Indian Restaurant.

The floral arrangements were styled by Katoomba Fine Flowers who also provided the basil plants to decorate the tables.

Congratulations Gina and Markus! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Jeremy Beasley for sharing today’s images.

Photos by Jeremy Beasley

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