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Teal and Rust Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


This gorgeous vintage inspired black gown by Ulyana Sergeenko was the inspiration behind today’s inspiration board. I love the teal bag, the model’s red curls and red lips and the rust floral wallpaper behind her. What a gorgeous wedding gown this would make and what an unusual colour palette!

Gown by Ulyana Sergeenko via This Is Glamorous, painting by Heidi Vaught on Etsy, hair piece by black label, Ruby In The Dust shoes from Summerland, floral arrangements from Martha Stewart Weddings, room from Hotel Carnavalet via The Paris Apartment, paper pom poms from BHLDN, teal calligraphy from Paper Tastebuds

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Ms Gingham is flying back from Greece this weekend! This has been her office for almost the past six weeks (read more about her adventures on her Polka Dot Honeymoons post). Jealous? Me too!

Another busy week, another round of fantastical entries on our specialty blogs. Here’s a catch up if you missed them!

Culture Bridal Couture shows a behind the scenes bridal dress  photo shoot on Polka Dot Wisdom

Lisa from Culture Bridal Couture bids us a (temporary) farewell with her What Would They Know interview on Polka Dot Wisdom

Sky-Lee from Worn Only Once gives us some great advice on choosing your pre-loved wedding gown on Polka Dot Wisdom

Designer Sarah Janks takes us through the intricacies of the bias cut, and the right type of bias cut for your figure on Polka Dot Wisdom

Alicia shows us how to make a stencilled bunting napkin on Polka Dot Made

Heidi eloped on one of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor in a traditional Celtic ceremony on Polka Dot Weddings

Victoria and Justin shared their gorgeous engagement shoot ‘An Afternoon in the Country’ on Polka Dot Weddings

Our Ms Gingham shares a lovely story of her holiday on the Greek island of Kea with her cute Mini Ginghams on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

Culture Bridal Couture will be closing it’s doors at the end of September this year, for an extended break. Before they go, they are holding their “Final Sample Sale” with lots of one-off bridal designs, catwalk samples and their most popular styles selling at half-price or less! Sample Sale wedding gowns (mainly in size 10) can be viewed by appointment from now until 30th September, and they are also having a ONE DAY SALE on Saturday 24th September from 10am – 3pm, with no appointment necessary for that day only. Their studio is located at 74 Victoria Rd, Rozelle, telephone (02) 9569 0551, and you can contact designer Lisa Merton directly on check the blog for more!

Daniel of No Limit Pictures sent over this gorgeous wedding video, perfect to end off the week with! The team are going to showcase this amazing wedding full length short film (shot in India and Australia) at a real cinema in Sydney very soon. Imagine seeing your wedding video on the big screen!

do dil (two hearts) . teaser from No Limit Pictures on Vimeo.

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

Weiping and David’s Whimsical Sydney Wedding

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


Weiping & David

Weiping  and David had a beautiful classic Sydney wedding with a whimsical twist – their bright yellow colour palette is so refreshing and such a delight.

They explain how they met. “Dave: Through a mutual friend. Though we’re both from Perth originally, we only met after both moving to Sydney (independently).

Weiping: We met at a friend’s afternoon drinks. Dave was wearing my baseball cap that I had left at our friend’s house previously. I was none too pleased to see my cap on a stranger’s head. My first words to him were “hey that’s my hat!”

Photographs today are by SugarLove Weddings. SugarLove always capture beautiful, relaxed and timeless images and it’s always a pleasure to show off their work on Polka Dot Bride!

David and his groomsmen wore suits from Zink & Sons.

Weiping wore a strapless gown from Pallas Couture which she paired with Gary Castles Sydney shoes. Weiping says “I loved my gown and how passionate the ladies at Pallas were about making it perfect for me.”

Weiping walked down the aisle to Somewhere over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version) performed live by Gary Johns Band.

Weiping says “We had a wonderful ceremony that was so ‘us’.”

The couple hired Robyn Pattison to perform their ceremony. “Our celebrant was  amazing. We had no idea what to say for our vows but we wanted something that reflected our story and us. Robyn just made us talk and our stories were enough for her to craft a beautiful ceremony that was so touching and personal that it had guests in tears and laughter. Robyn is so friendly and easy to deal with and so obliging, she cannot do enough for you. She even went out to buy a new dress upon my request to wear something bright! She was absolutely perfect for our fun and relaxed vibe wedding.” Bright yellow balloons played off Weiping and David’s yellow theme.

Weiping and David were married at Doltone House. Weiping remarks, “Doltone House is a top notch organisation.  From the initial meeting to the lead up to the day, they were very professional and supportive. On the day, they were wonderful with their communication and organisation. The service was great and they were wonderful in calming down an anxious bride whose family was late for the ceremony. They even went looking for them! The food and drinks were plentiful and really good value. The staff were excellent in running the schedule. An absolute pleasure to deal with.”

The floral arrangements on the day were styled by Butterfly Philosophy. Weiping’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Alannah Hill and along with Weiping had their makeup and hair styled by Sophie Lau “Our makeup and hairstylist was great. She is great at what she does and I loved my hair and makeup. Also very friendly and efficient.”

The couple had signature yellow cocktails served to guests on their entrance to the reception. Butterfly Philosophy styled the floral arrangements and the reception. “Elaine was amazing. She is not just a florist but an amazing stylist who gave us direction to our initial vision and brought it to fruition that wowed our socks off at the mock-up. We wanted something along the lines of a whimsical woodland theme, she gave us giant helium balloons, sunshine yellow and white stripes to match the dark wood of Doltone House, half cut lemons amongst the flowers in the centrepieces, bright yellow dancing lady orchids, twinkling tealights everywhere, little woodland animal figurines and so much more. Elaine is not only very talented but super nice and obliging.”

The couple opted for a “cheese” cake from Signorelli Gastronomia.  Weiping recalls “Some friends weren’t sure the cheese tower was our wedding ‘cake’ and whilst on display during cocktail/canapes, started picking the decorative fruits around it.”

Weiping and David danced to Coldplay’s “Yellow” for their first dance to keeping with their theme. The Gary Johns band kept guests entertained all night. Weiping recalls “The Gary Johns band was great and everyone loved the music. We loved the way they started with light jazz during dinner and then the dance favourites to get everyone on the dance floor.”

Weiping says, “Our photo booth was a hit with everyone. People were queuing to have their photos taken and couldn’t get enough of it. I think there was the inevitable competition of who can fit the most people in one shot. We loved the resulting fun, crazy, candid photos.”

Congratulations Weiping and David! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to  SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s images!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings.


Beach Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


An afternoon in the sunshine, bare feet, long wisps of hair, beaded beauties and masses of flowers. Today’s inspiration shoot from from Perth/Canada event planner and stylist Crystal Adair-Benning of Distinct Occasions who was inspired by the natural Australian landscape – perfect for her bohemian wedding style.

Crystal teamed up with photographers Dave & Charlotte and florist AcScent Interiors to create today’s inspiring shoot. Crystal says “Spending over half my year traveling and working abroad on beautiful weddings and brag worthy wedding proposals I was inspired by the casual elegance of Australia to create this shoot. To me, it felt there was nothing more perfectly Aussie than a gorgeous sunset and a picnic. This shoot was designed to be either a casual yet elegant wedding reception or a beautiful romantic wedding proposal. I wanted to showcase the natural landscape of Australia with the often beautiful Balinese influences I find here.”

“I utilized a gorgeous low Balinese wood coffee table and vintage desk for a sweet display and seating. A sea grass rug, some handmade pillows, and more wood details spoke volumes.”

“The sweet display was all handmade using local Australian ingredients and recipes.”

“I particularly loved the inspiration using fabric to soften the look and add a more casual handmade feeling to the look.”

Crystal hired a VW Kombi van from Kuste Kombis to end the shoot.  “The VW was a perfect touch of whimsy and beach-chic style to go from reception/proposal to a night on the town. I just loved how the natural landscape and culture of living and being in Australia felt when translated into a wedding day or proposal look.”

Photography by Dave & Charlotte

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