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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Fleur Wood Bridesmaids Collection Sydney Launch

Did you have a lovely week Polka Dot Bridettes? It’s been a week of buzzing activity here at Polka Dot Bride but we’ve made some progress on things that have been bugging me and progress always makes the weeks feel fantastic!

On Polka Dot Groom our fabulous groom to be Julian shares his top guest list tips!

Take a peek at the Fleur Wood Bridesmaids Collection launch in Sydney held last month on Polka Dot Wisdom

Top tips from a celebrant on ceremony do’s and don’ts also on Polka Dot Wisdom

What does a wedding planner really do on a normal day? One planner shares!

Want to DIY your photo booth? On Polka Dot Made the ever talented Alicia shows us how she made a very cool (and polka dot!) version for her brother’s engagement party

On Polka Dot Weddings, enjoy the love story of Breanna and Damien

Also on Polka Dot Weddings, Megan has a qualm- how do you decide on a wedding day theme? Do you have any ideas to help her out?

Enjoy Caroline’s mini moon in the Hunter Valley wine region

Around the wedding world this week…

Mrs Press is having a studio sale this weekend! Lots of vintage goodies and samples will be on sale in Paddington- definitely a sale not to miss!

Wedding Style Guide have kicked off their Winter 2011 issue with a free look book! It’s packed full of fun ideas and a taster of their winter issue! (I really need to get back to those wedding magazine roundups!) Check out their website for more information.

US photographer Melissa from Fresh In Love (who you might remember from Britt and Bob’s funky wedding and Katy and Randy’s engagement shoot) is traveling to Australia and New Zealand from November 2011- March 2012 and would love to book a wedding in the southern part of the world! If you book your wedding photography through her and mention Polka Dot Bride, Melissa will even give you a 10% discount! How’s that for looking after our readers?  Check out her website for more information.

The lovely Mandy of Savvy Brides has some desperate brides looking for pre loved Johanna Johnson gowns. If you’re wanting to sell your wedding gown and make another bride’s story continue on in it, check out her website for more information!

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Madeline Brown Jewellery

by | Bride, Engagements, Jewellery


Oh how I adore jewels – the different creations, the splendid ways that natural beauties are crafted into something rather spectacular. Madeleine Brown is a jeweller I have loved for a long time (since I wrote about her pieces in 2009) Madeleine launched her online store last year which is full of her special creations- sunburst earrings, doily inspired brooches and earrings, Gothic style earrings. All available to purchase and have shipped to your door.

But then there’s her rings and oh, how I love Madeleine’s rings! She takes the brief and the personality of the couple and creates something that is true and personal to them. I love the first ring- where the wedder slips neatly inside the engagement band. The first ring on this entry is a recreated vintage ring of the purchaser’s grandmother. Madeleine recreated it to retain it’s vintage feel (and of course the stones!) and make it sturdy to wear. I love reading Madeleine’s blog where she shares the stories behind each piece.

Images from Madeleine Brown Jewellery

Kellee and Chris’ Post Wedding Farm Shoot

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


Kellee and Chris

I feel like today is the day for dreamy images, so Anna from Sweet Hope Photography’s wedding “re-do” shoot seemed like the nicest way to bring in a Thursday. You see today’s couple? They went without a professional photographer for their 2005 wedding, so to have some new beautiful photographs taken and to celebrate their love, they dressed up in wedding gear for beautiful wedding photos.

Kellee explains, ‘We were married on the 29th of October 2005 at Surface Hill Uniting church in Gympie – we were the third generation of Chris’ family to marry there. We had no money for our wedding and so had lovely family members do photos for us. My very generous cousin Jodie and her husband Peter filmed the whole wedding and made an edited thing to music and she took photo’s and got a photo book made for us. My sister and step-dad also took photos. My sister made us a little black and white album but all in all we didn’t have a professional photographer!

Then! Five years later I found my special friend Anna who wooed me into the photography world, and suggested a faux wedding shoot and well the rest is history… the most stunning wedding pictures ever!!’

Anna, the photographer explains, “We took the photos at Kellie’s mum and stepdad’s beautiful property at Rush Creek. Al, Kellie’s stepdad, ‘wrangled’ the horses for us and even gave Rusty’s nose a bit of a touch up for his close up (he was looking a little worse for wear!).  The dogs, Arnie and Hilfy, are adored members of the family and it wasn’t even an option NOT to have a photo with them!”

“Kellie’s dress was simple and classic and she wanted to keep that aesthetic whilst adding a little country/vintage twist.  We went and picked out a simple posy of hydrangea’s from the local flower market and Jess from Makeup with Makeup did a beautiful job of enhancing Kellie’s natural beauty with her classic makeup style.”

Anna says “Chris & Kellie were the most delightful, eager clients I’ve ever worked with. They are an absolutely gorgeous couple, as you can see (!), and they’re living out a truly hope-filled marriage.”

Photos by Sweet Hope Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lauren and David’s Country Garden Wedding

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


Lauren and David

Oh there is nothing like a wedding in a country garden and today’s is so beautiful I can almost inhale the sweet scent of the roses and hear the string quartet melody floating through the air.

Lauren recalls the story of how her romance with David came to be. “David bumped into his long lost childhood friend whom he had not seen for 15 years while studying at university.  Unbeknown to him or I she immediately began playing matchmaker between us and within 18 months we met one another at her birthday party and the rest is history.”

Photos today are by SugarLove Weddings. I always love the sweetness of SugarLove’s imagery- elegant images with a lot of romance!

Lauren and David held their weekend wedding at Milton Park Country House Hotel. A beautiful all in one venue located just east of Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Lauren wore a gown designed by Steven Khalil. Her bridesmaids wore mismatched gowns made by Studio Fabrics.

Lauren remarks “My mother hand made my nieces flower girl dresses and seeing them so excited on the day was very special to my family.” The floral arrangements were styled by Twigg & Blossom (Now known as The Potager).

Lauren walked down the aisle to a a local string quartet playing “The Rose” by Bette Midler.

Gumnut Patisserie made the two tier chocolate wedding cake decorated with black ribbon and fresh flowers.

Guests celebrated post dinner in a marquee to the sounds of live band Apples & Pear Entertainment. Lauren recalls “Our first dance was in the marquee attached to the Orangerie and consisted of a slow waltz to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.”

Congratulations Lauren and David on your marriage! 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

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