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Jasmin and Kerry’s Vintage Style Love Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Jasmin & Kerry

A sweet vintage style love shoot today! If you’re going to use props in your shoot with your loved one,  I’m a big fan of using things in shoots that mean something to you. If you’re travelers, maps & globes might hold a special place, or postcards from your trips. If you’re an active couple you might take your bikes out, if you’re foodies why not set up your shoot at home with a great bottle of wine while cooking?

Today’s couple are very much into vintage – that’s their thing and that’s what they love! Leisa, our photographer from White Fluffy Cloud Photography says “Kerry and Jasmin were high school sweethearts and have been inseparable since they were just 16. Kerry proposed atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a school excursion! They share a love of all things vintage and vegan and wanted a special shoot to capture their relationship and to use on their stationary that involved all of their favourite things.”

Photos by White Fluffy Cloud Photography

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Yulia Brodskaya Paper Art

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


I have a love of beautiful paper and what I have for you today is nothing short of art! Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian born paper artist who creates the most stunning paper creations.

I remember growing up I had my own quilling tool and thought it was pretty fancy to curl a flower or a leaf – but these works by Yulia leave me, quite simply, for dead. The graduating colours, the perfect curves and incredible typography.

Yulia has a background in all kinds of paper art – she’s studied origami, textile painting and collage in the UK and eventually pulled together her loves (typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects) to create amazing projects for brands around the world- you might even recognise her work from a Myer campaign a few years ago.

Paper is one of the starting points for a wedding celebration and Yulia’s work gives such an inspiration jump off point for the ways you can incorporate it differently into your own wedding stationery.

Images by Yulia Brodskaya

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Michelle and Brad’s high tea wedding Photo by  Michelle-Leigh Photography

Ah! The end of another long week! We have a big weekend planned for Polka Do Bride and I’ve been waiting for this time for what feels like forever! Apart from that, I have a big weekend personally planned! What are you up to friends?

On Polka Dot Groom, Georg Jensen launched a new collection of stunning watches.

On Polka Dot Wisdom, first up we interviewed the lovely Sarah & Andrew of Follan Photography

Janelle from The Pretty Paper Co shares the gorgeousness that was the Perth Wedding Upmarket also on Wisdom

Petal & Pod share some gorgeous spring inspiration on Polka Dot Wisdom

The gorgeous Mel from Paperklip shared the sweetest paper tutorial this week on Polka Dot Made

After  a New York proposal, Michael and Bec held their fun engagement party in Brisbane- join Bec in kicking off her wedding plans on Polka Dot Weddings!

Photographer Michelle Leigh married Brad is a gorgeous high tea style wedding at Tomago House also on Polka Dot Weddings.

Finally, over on Polka Dot Honeymoons- I’ve been on a Maldives kick lately and this week profiled Cocoa Island- divine!

Around the wedding world this week…

The Hello Blossoms team have chosen a winner for their Polka Dot Bride $500 flower giveaway! The  bouquets above are the top three as chosen by Polka Dot Bride readers (you love pink peonies, which is lucky because I do too!)

Congratulations to Sophie W with her entry. “I can’t go past the pink peony bouquet as my favourite! Its simplicity and elegance is so perfect, plus I love how fluffy and soft the flowers look! The different pinks work together so well and it helps to show off each of the beautiful flowers. This is without a doubt my dream wedding bouquet” I will be in touch soon and cannot wait to see your gorgeous wedding flowers!

Photo via Vogue

A big congratulations to the talented Johanna Johnson who dressed Christina Hendricks at the Emmys this week!

Johanna is also about to launch her new online store but in the meantime, to celebrate the Emmys, if you enter JJPROMOTION at checkout in the temporary store, you will receive 10% off any order.

I woke up at 3am this week to be a part of a special sneak peek of the brand new Colin Cowie website and boy, was it worth it!

The website. launching October 16th is jam packed full of amazing inspiration for brides on any budget produced by Colin and his amazing team. Not only that but you can share your inspiration from any website (including his!) with your friends and family (and even group people so some are able to see the dress inspiration but your groom isn’t!). You can even take photos while you’re out and about to add to your collection!

What I love most about the site is the importance Colin places on the groom’s role. I am so tired of seeing the groom treated as an accessory instead of a thinking, feeling human being who is as involved in the wedding as the bride! So there will be lots of information and inspiration for the guys as well!

Check out this special link (just for Polka Dot Bride readers) to sign up for early access to the site as it goes live!

Do you remember Marcela and Felipe’s stunning Chilean wedding? The photographers- Kyle Hepp Photography are heading to Australia and are dying to shoot some Australian weddings!

They’re heading to Australian in September 2012 so are looking for couples marrying in that month. Photography costs will be market rates with no additional travel fees and they want to see as much of Australia as possible (so nowhere is out of bounds!)

Contact them via their website for more information.

Magnolia Silver Jewellery is running a special offer for their brides! Any bride who sends in photos of her or her bridesmaids wearing Magnolia Silver designs on her wedding day to Magnolia will receive a $100 voucher to spend on their next purchase. Check out the website for more.

Worn Only Once are holding a free listing weekend to celebrate their first birthday! So if you’re looking to sell your wedding, bridesmaid or formal gown this weekend is a great time to do it! Click “Like” on their Facebook page to receive the promo code and check out the website for more.

WA Photographer Clare Day is running  special “End Of 2011” deal!  If you have thought a professional photographer is out of your budget, and were considering skipping them then the Clare Day team want you to have beautiful professional photos of your day for a special low price. The package includes 2 hours of Photography on your Wedding Day, covering the ceremony, family photographs and a short bridal party photo shoot, a 30 minute pre wedding photo session to get to know you, a low resolution watermarked CD of images and a beautiful 11×14 enlargement from your day.

Conditions apply so check out her blog post for more.

Bridal accessories site With This Bling are offering Polka Dot Bride readers a very special deal! Enter the code pdot10 to receive 10% off any order over $50! Visit the website to redeem the offer.

Final sale offers are on at Culture Bridal! There are some great bargains to be had before Lisa takes a break! Check out the blog for just some of the specials on offer.

Lovely reader Paul shared this video he found of his grandparent’s wedding back in June 1950. It took place in Philadelphia and Paul was able to salvage the film and show it to his grandfather before he passed away.

I love this video – it has that beautiful old school glamour (and look  – bridesmaids in white!) and what a treasure to find for the family!


Any wedding news you know of Dotties? If you are tying the knot/celebrating your engagement/celebrating with your friends pre wedding I wish you the most happiest of weekends!

We’ll be back on board Monday with a special treat or two and a week full of gorgeous wedding inspiration!

Sigrid and Edward’s Stylish Melbourne Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sigrid and Edward

There is something about marrying in the city – a romance about it that doesn’t quite occur in a field or on a farm. Maybe it’s because you have to create your own little love bubble in the city – to envelope yourselves in the hustle and bustle of the typically busy streets. Sigrid and Edward’s wedding was an urban filled delight from the get go. They prepared in a hotel high above the city skyline with amazing views and finished the day in a favourite Melbourne restaurant. Sigrid’s beaming smile was so wide I can almost hear her laughter.

Sigrid explains how she met Edward. “Edward and I met in university back in the Philippines when they were both 17 years old. We got along very well but they did not have the chance to develop our friendship. After university, I went to the UK to do a master and PhD, and Edward went to Australia to study medicine. One day in 2001, Edward decided to send me an email after finding my contact details on the university alumni website. This email started months of correspondence which led to a meeting back in the Philippines and to eventually me moving to Australia.”

Photos today are by Stewart Leishman Photography. I am always excited to see Stewart’s latest work. His use of film really blows me away – it’s so graceful and Stewart really knows how to use light and capture candid moments. So beautiful! Candy Box Photography shot the video of the wedding day.

Sigrid says “We DIY’ed a number of things, including the invitation (partly), guests welcome bags (we used re-usable shopping bags filled with lollies, snacks, bottled-water, city guides), welcome booklets (with info on where to go sight seeing, eat and shop) and children’s activity packs (for the wedding reception).”

Sigrid wore a strapless gown from Brides By Mancini with Guess shoes and carried a gorgeous red bouquet from Managing Good Looks. Rogue Artists styled the girl’s hair and makeup.

Sigrid, Edward and their families dressed for the wedding at Crown Promenade Hotel.

Sigrid and Edward were married at Catholic Parish of Sts Peter and Paul, South Melbourne. Sigrid remarks “TheCatholic Parish of Sts Peter and Paul is a lovely church in South Melbourne led by the inspiring Father Bob Maguire. Father Boyd Sulpico who flew in from the Philippines was the main celebrant for our wedding. When we saw the church we knew right away that this is the place where were wanted to have our wedding.” Sigrid and Edward traveled to the church in cars from Glamour Ride.

Sigrid and Edward planned their wedding from Adelaide and had their guests fly in from all over the world. Sigrid explains, “We organised our wedding in Melbourne whilst being based in Adelaide. Most of the organising was done by email and through the phone. We found our vendors by doing a web search. Our wedding in Melbourne was a week of holiday, not only for us but also for our family and friends who not only came from Australia, but also flew in from the Philippines, US, UK, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and UAE.”

Sigrid says, “During the wedding, I walked down the aisle to Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Con Te Partiro’. This song represents Edward and my love story, especially “Places that I’ve never seen or experienced with you, now I shall. I’ll sail with you upon ships across the seas.” The music was played by organist Kate Ryan.

Sigrid remarks “We thought and planned every aspect of our wedding. It truly represents who we are as a couple”

The day was filled with memories for the newlyweds. Sigrid remarks, “There were so many moments during our wedding that were really memorable, such as when I could not stop crying as I walked down the aisle, or the priest forgetting to say “Your may kiss the bride” at the end of the ceremony, to the wedding guests helping out the invited caricature artist Anthony Pascoe by using a mobile phone to enhance the lighting conditions for the drawing sessions during the wedding reception.”

Sigrid and Edward celebrated with guests at Melbourne restaurant The Italian. Sigrid remarks “The Italian Restaurant and Bar was the perfect venue for our 40 guests. They organised two feasting tables for us and the food that they prepared were just exquisite. Some of our guest’s even commented that meal during the wedding was one of the best that they’ve had.

Congratulations Sigrid and Edward! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Stewart Leishman Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Stewart Leishman Photography.

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