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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Julian’s amazing award ribbon wedding invitations over on Polka Dot Groom

Ah the end of another week! We’re busily working on the launch of Polka Dot Bride 4.0 so do forgive me if we have been a little heavy on the inspiring weddings lately – luckily they’re all so beautiful I know there’s plenty to pour over!

There’s been some fantastic content on our specialty blogs this week.. do take a look and send some love to our amazing contributors!

See some really fun and creative invitations made by Julian on Polka Dot Groom

Sarah Johnson from Girl Friday Weddings shares her thoughts on Polka Dot Wisdom

Sisko Chocolate shows us all how chocolate can be beautiful, creative and luscious all at the same time on Polka Dot Wisdom

Alicia gives us a tutorial on a sisal covered succulent centrepiece with a table number flag on Polka Dot Made

Lolly and Olly share with us their big day on Polka Dot Weddings

Shana and Eddie create a gorgeous save the date card on Polka Dot Weddings

All the way from Canada, Beth and Glenn’s ‘Going to the Theatre’ themed engagement shoot on Polka Dot Weddings

Be inspired to fly to Bali for a Bintang when you read all about Marina and Luke’s honeymoon there, on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

Brisbane florists Always Fabulous Flowers have just launched a brand new website that shows off their beautiful creations even better! Check it out here.

Yum! Friday means it’s time for lollies! YumSugar! put together this fun video on creating a candy buffet. So fun and rather sugar coma inducing! Check it out on their site here.

To Embellish Event Styling & Decor opened their brand new store in Melbourne last month. The store allows owners Elisa and Michelle to showcase their range of cut crystal glassware, beautiful birdcages, favors, candy buffets and accessories. Check out their site for more.

Melbourne fashion blogger Lady Smaggle launched her first audiobook recently “How To Be The Perfect Bridesmaid” and it’s just right for the dotties! Just like her blog, the audiobook is packed full of tips and practical advice on being a supportive bridesmaid along with plenty of humor and the trademark ‘smaggle’ wit. Check it out here to purchase.

Preston Bailey has a bunch of fantastic wedding tools he’s launched on his website – including the colour picker which by deciphering your main colour, wedding location and size can help you find complimentary colours for your wedding day. Then there’s the table cloth designer which helps you steer away from white to something more adventurous! It’s very fun and slightly addictive to dig through the pages of Preston’s new website! Check it out here.

As I couldn’t resist.. A recap of the gorgeous wedding photos of Kate Moss via Vogue photographed by by Mario Testino. There is such an elegant country garden feel to this wedding. Admittedly it won me over at the champagne fountain.

Photos by Mario TestinoviaVogue

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Lauren and Jeff’s Coogee Wedding

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


Lauren and Jeff

There is nothing quite like the beaches of Sydney and today’s wedding encapsulates that wonderful relaxed and sunshiney vibe the area has.

Lauren recalls how she met her now husband Jeff. “We started out as friends. We were house mates in a house share. Jeff moved out then a year later we reunited at a party and have been together ever since.”

Photos today are by Nerida McMurray Photography. Nerida always captures weddings with a clean, crispness to them – the moments that were there to be taken without any fuss, just a lot of memories.

Lauren wore a gorgeous strapless gown from Amanda Garrett while her bridesmaid chose her gown from Manning Cartell.

Lauren and Jeff held their ceremony at Dunnigham Reserve on the cliff top at Coogee Beach. The processional was “Kissing You” by Des’ree.

Melissa Moule at Budding Brides ( styled the classic bouquets of flowers while Divine Events planned the wedding day.

Lauren and Jeff celebrated with guests at Wylies Baths in Coogee. Lauren remarks “The view at Wylie’s Baths was breath taking”. Melissa Clack ( created the stationery for the day.

Lauren says “Our wedding day was magical. To have all of our family and friends together, meant the world to us.”

Dancing on the balmy evening to The Boogaloo Crew from the Groove Academy was the perfect end to the wedding of Lauren and Jeff. “The Boogaloo Crew performed on the open air deck and had the entire wedding up dancing.”

The romantic first dance was to a classic ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green.

Congratulations Lauren and Jeff! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Nerida McMurray Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Nerida McMurray Photography

Jesslynn and Shane’s Canadian Casual Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Jesslynn and Shane

I thought it would be a nice change to drop into a beautiful Canadian wedding today – the wedding of Jesslynn and Shane who held a lovely wedding in their backyard in North Vancouver to celebrate their marriage. I don’t have many stories from today’s wedding, but I think the photos do a beautiful job of telling the story of Jesslynn and Shane.

Photos today are by Images By Bethany. I love how Bethany captures the light – each image almost glows with sunshine and the food photos? Well, I may just be drooling over here in Australia!

The bride and her maids wore gowns from Blush Bridal. Bouquets of white hydrangeas were styled by Avenue Florist.

The groom and his groomsmen wore suits from The Tux Store.

Culinary Capers catered the reception which included mini burgers for guests. The couple hired a marquee from Apex Tents and filled it with furniture and decor from Pederson’s Rentals and Upright Planning.

Congratulations on your marriage Jesslynn and Shane! Thanks to Images By Bethany for today’s images!

Photos by Images By Bethany

Semaphore Wedding Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Stationery And Paper Goods, Wedding Inspiration


Our lovely Polka Dot Made contributing editor Alicia from Akimbo sent over this stylish Semaphore inspired wedding shoot to show off her new Sempahore wedding stationery range. Alicia collaborated with Luke Simon Photography (for the gorgeous photos) Mary & Gabrielle Events (for the stunning styling) and Poppies Flowers (for the props) at The Flying Knife in Adelaide to bring together the elements beautifully suited to a Semaphore inspired wedding.

I love the styling and feel of this shoot – it’s perfectly suited to a couple that wants something a little nautical, a little beachy while using interesting patterns, textures and objects to create the atmosphere.

Check out Alicia’s tutorial on how to make this gorgeous rope and flag succulent centrepiece on Polka Dot Made

Photos by Luke Simon Photography

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