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Meg and Todd’s Winter Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Meg & Todd

It must be clear by now that golden light fills my soul – there’s something about the shadows it casts, the way it adds a special glow to a very much head over heels in love couple. I think it’s especially delicious in the cooler months where the golden sunburnt grasses are accompanied by thick wooly jumpers and warm boots like today’s engagement shoot of Meg & Todd from Jennifer Oliphant.

Meg and Todd met in the most unlikely of places, a place where many of us dread but Todd ended up loving (or maybe just the nurse). Meg explains “I first met Todd when I was working, I was his dental nurse, and the moment I saw Todd in the dental chair I thought oh my he’s someone very special! At the time, I told Todd’s sister-in-law (who I worked with) that I thought he was very handsome!”


“I know its cliché but for me it was pretty much love at first sight, I thought to myself, I will marry him one day, later I found out Todd went home and told his mum about me.”


“We would run into each other from time to time, but were both in other relationships.

A few years later, due to much persistence from Todd’s older brother and wife, Todd and I got together, and the rest is history! (so to speak).

We moved in, and then about 6 months later we bought our first house together!”

We had planned a trip to Bali in September 2010 and I was expecting him to pop the question while we were in Bali, but to my surprise Todd proposed about 3 weeks before we went!

It was completely unexpected! And I’m glad it was.

When Todd and I first started dating we would often take my (now our) 2 dogs to the park so they could have a run around and a swim, and that’s where he proposed to me!

We held our engagement party at the same park, but unfortunately after the January floods, the park is now in ruins.”

“Todd had my engagement ring made, and used his great aunt’s diamond as the main piece, its utterly gorgeous!”

“We are getting married in November at Flaxton Gardens, honeymooning on Hamilton island and maybe a baby or two some where down the track!”

Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant
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Nomiki Glynatsis Couture Jewels

by | Accessories, Bride, Jewellery


These stunning couture jewellery pieces by Nomiki Glynatsis Couture would make a simple wedding dress into something really different. The stunning pieces are handcrafted by Nomiki takes inspiration from the “ornate elegance and timeless appeal’ of the 1920s and 1950s.

Each elaborate piece is created with Nomiki’s design philosophy. “‘Beauty, elegance and perfection, the distinction of fine couture creations’…” and uses different colours and textures – Swarovski crystals and pearls, vintage beads, metals fabrics, and laces are all incorporated into Nomiki’s strong vision producing pieces that are truly works of art.

Wearing a strapless ballgown? Why not choose a dramatic piece from the collection to take it to the next level? You could even wear it with a beautiful pair of matching earrings for the reception to really shine. A decadently beaded cocktail ring would suit a sleek 1920s style gown and the multicoloured hair combs would look beautiful, especially in rich chocolate coloured hair.


Photos by Nomiki Glynatsis Couture

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!

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
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