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Shireen and Mitch’s Beach Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Shireen & Mitch

A gorgeous summery, beachside engagement shoot for you this Saturday from photographer Andrea Sproxton. Shireen tells such a beautiful story of her life with Mitch “Mitch and I first met through mutual friends. We were very comfortable and relaxed with each other from the start and could talk for hours about almost anything. We found each other spending more time together than apart and have been inseparable ever since.

“We are each others best friend and I think that’s what makes our relationship so special. We get each others quirky sense of humour and have been making each other laugh for the past five and a half years together. We know how to cheer one another up when we are having a down day. We are each others cheer squad, inspiration and confidant.”

“Mitch proposed on our 4 year anniversary in our new home we had recently bought together. I arrived home late on a Friday afternoon to find the lights off when I opened the door. Tea light candles and a pathway made of rose petals led me to our bedroom.”

“As I opened the bedroom door their was Mitch on bended knee. His palms were sweaty and he managed to get out a short speech of “I love You, Will you Marry Me?” It was incredibly sweet and sincere. Mitch also whisked me away that weekend at the Sunshine Coast, a favourite holiday destination for us.”

“We are excited for our upcoming nuptials in February and can’t wait to build more life time memories together.”

Photographer: Andrea Sproxton
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Coral, Watermelon & Grey Soiree

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I was inspired by this gorgeous cake from The Caketress in front of the grey seat today and came up with a coral, watermelon and grey wedding inspiration board. I love this colour combination for summer weddings – the grey with the pinky oranges is such a fresh look.

Cake photo by Rebecca Wood Photography via The Caketress, invitation photo by Hello Love Photography by Paper Moss, bridesmaids’ dress photo by Sutherland Kovach via Style Me Pretty, coral necklace from Shop Design Spark,  grey wedding gown from BHLDN, grey wool tie from JCrew, peony centrepiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, bride and groom photo by Max Wanger via OnceWed

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


A Traveling Wedding Photographer Photography by Kyle Hepp

Yay! Happy Friday Polka Dotties! Mr Polka & I are set for a quiet weekend with a spot of shopping (oh hooray says he!). I want to get organised, a bit of Spring cleaning perhaps?

On our specialty blogs this week:

On Polka Dot Groom Josh shares with us another installment in his wedding journey – his wedding is getting close now!

Clare from Mrs Press shares with us the a few of her thoughts behind this adorable clothing label on Polka Dot Wisdom

Kyle and her husband tell us about their exciting travels photographing weddings all over the world – and now they are coming to Australia – on Polka Dot Wisdom

Katerina from Adore Beauty shares Part 2 of her great skincare and makeup tips for your wedding day morning on Polka Dot Wisdom

Bowie launches his White Story Collection at the Gazebo Wine Garden on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ms Polka Dot shows us how she added glitter to shoes to make her very own Dorothy shoes on Polka Dot Made

Download some cute little favour tags from Alicia at Akimbo on Polka Dot Made

Karen gives us a humorous look at why it is really not important to have even numbers in your wedding party on Polka Dot Weddings

Adrian and Phoebe share with us the comings and goings of a long distance relationship on Polka Dot Weddings

Ellen gives us entertaining advice with cute and realistic solutions on how to deal with the things that can go wrong on your wedding day on Polka Dot Weddings

Around the wedding world this week….

Wedding registry The Gift Table are offering a $1200 prize package consisting of custom designed thankyou cards and an Alessi cutlery set to the couple that sets up a registry with The Gift Table and creates an inspiration board of their items to enter. Visit their website for more information.

Here’s the story of a little girl called Ella. Ella is incredibly sick and Adelaide wedding professionals Lia Healy Photography and Say So Weddings have teamed up to help .

Lia Healy Photography is offering a reduced rate wedding package to assist Ella, with an additional $100 from every package going towards the very special project. SaySo Weddings is matching her donations and The Landscaping Ideas and Design Centre are conjuring up a very special surprise for the girls too!

Check our Lia’s blog for more information.

Have you signed up to the Polka Dot newsletter yet? We’re launching in a little while and can’t wait to get you even more inspired goodness into your inboxes! Sign up here.

Matt Barwick Films sent over this beautiful wedding video of Jocelyn and Anthony. It got me from the first sentence. When my stomach gets tight, and my eyes water I know it’s one I need to share with you. From one of my favourite venues, to the amazing first look and divine meal – it’s the speeches that get me.

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

Bree and Kris’ Misty Queensland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bree & Kris

When a rainy day comes along, weddings are pushed inside, alternative plans are made and dreams are slightly altered. Today’s wedding though, didn’t change any plans, just added a few umbrellas.. and what a story they will have to tell of the day the magical mist started off their marriage together!

Bree tells the story of how she met Kris. “He spotted me out one night and in his usual charming, cheeky way, chatted me up. Not only was he handsome, he was a real character who made me laugh. I had such a good time with him whenever we went out.”

Photographs today are by Stephen Henry. I love, love how Stephen took advantage of the conditions and captured the magic of the weather, the unexpected glances and the elegance of Bree and Kris’ wedding style. Matt Barwick Films captured the wedding day video.

Bree and Kris held their ceremony and reception at Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville. Bree recalls “It started as a beautiful autumn day with the sun’s rays warming to the occasion, but by afternoon a mist of rain had arrived to create the most romantic and elegant wedding scene.”

Bree’s mother (Sue Spires from Suzina Melina) styled the bride and her bridesmaids’ hair. Bree says “As well as doing all the hair, mum made a lot of the decorations, the bridesmaids’ hairpieces and fur wraps, our wishing well, table bows and posies, petal cones and decorative art.”

The bouquets of creamy white blooms were created by Wedding Flowers in Maleny.

Kris wore a suit from Ello Moda and his groomsmen wore suits from GM Formal Hire.

Bree wore a strapless ballgown by Hilde Heim, shoes by Alan Pinkus and accessorised with family jewels. “My earrings were a wedding present from mum and for good luck I wore her wedding band and my sister’s wedding bracelet.” Her bridesmaids wore black dresses from Review.

Of their photographer, Bree says, “Stephen was amongst us all, instantly capturing all the moments and special memories of the day. I have hundreds of great shots of family, friends and my beaming husband and I. The autumn colours, beautiful venue and bridal party fitted together like a perfect match.”

Bree walked down the aisle to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison. She says “Kris and I both love old classics.”

At the beginning of the ceremony it was overcast and raining but as we were reciting our vows, the rain stopped and a ray of sunshine came down through the clouds right behind Kris and I. Everyone said after the ceremony how beautiful it was.

Guests were entertained with tunes from Rush Entertainment.

There were plenty of little helpful touches from family and friends. Bree explains, “My sister Naomi, her friend and I designed and made the invitations and one of my work colleagues (Seven Sweets by Karina Charles) made my beautiful three tier wedding cake.”

Bree remarks “The speeches were incredibly special. There were lots of laughs, tears and funny jokes that made everyone comment on how good they were. My family and friends mean a lot to me and I am very proud and grateful for that. My Dad was so, so proud.”

Surprise entertainment including Kris’ father! Bree explains “Kris’s dad played his old piano accordion, practising for days on end honing his skills. He hadn’t played since he was in a band 25 years ago so it was a real treat. It was a hoot with lots of clapping, dancing and cheering.”

One of Bree’s favourite memories of the day was “Having all our loved ones together in the one place. It had been such a long time since I had seen some people and a couple of Kris’s old family friends from Sydney had come up which really brought our two families together.”

For their first dance, Bree says, “We wanted to do something fun, different and unexpected so we had professional dance lessons and learnt the swing to ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by Frank Sinatra. Kris didn’t know I was wearing a full skirt so on the night he had fun trying to dodge my dress. It was so much fun and everyone was so impressed.”

Congratulations on your new life together Bree and Kris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Stephen Henry for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Stephen Henry / Cinematographer: Matt Barkwick Films / Bride’s Dress: Hilde Heim / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Flowers: Wedding Flowers in Maleny / Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville. / Groom’s Attire: Elio Moda / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Cake: Seven Sweets by Karina Charles / Groomsmen\\\'s Attire: GM Formal Hire / Hair: Suzina Melina
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