The One Day House Wedding Hire Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


The One Day House is a furniture and décor hire company with a beautiful range of vintage, french and classic pieces. Kristy, stylist and floral creative from Imbue Weddings, noticed that more and more brides were interested in DIY and so The One Day House was born.

Gorgeous French armchairs, long wooden tables, old chairs and vintage glass bottles of many hues are amongst the many items to choose from to add personality to your wedding day. Wooden crates, soft linens, picture frames and birdcages – oh, the decorating possibilities are endless!

The One Day House is offering one lucky couple a prize of  $500 worth of hire items for their wedding day.  These can be selected by you to suit your particular style.

To enter,leave a comment on this post and tell us your wedding style and what pieces from our range you think would work perfectly.  The couple with the most exciting and interesting concept wins. 

Special Conditions:

– The competition is open to couples being married in the region of the Sunshine Coast in QLD to Byron Bay in NSW.

– The winner’s wedding date must be from January 1st 2013 to December 1st 2013.

– The winning couple must already have their venue and wedding date set.

– The prize does not include delivery charges.

– Any unused amount is not transferable to flowers, styling, and installation or delivery fees.

This competition is open to Australian residents only. The winner will be chosen by The One Day House team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The prize must be redeemed December 1, 2013. If no contact is made within one month of the competition end date, the prize will become null and void. The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 10th October 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

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Erica and Sean’s Bohemian Californian Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Erica & Sean

Today’s wedding is so filled with joy. The bride, met the groom while traveling around Australia. Their love blossomed in the seaside suburb of Manly and they returned to California to marry in a casual, relaxed wedding with their nearest and dearest.

Erica tells their story. “I (Erica) was traveling around Australia after college and Sean and I started working in a surf shop in Manly together. After months of being friends he finally had the courage to ask me out on a date. After that, we were inseparable. I moved back home to San Diego to change my visa and after a few months went back to Sydney and have been living with Sean ever since!”

Photos today are by Tyler Branch Photo who have taken such causally cool photographs. Beautiful captures of a beautiful day.

Groom, Sean designed the invitations and stationery himself.

To plan and style their day as well as create the beautiful floral arrangements Erica and Sean hired Lace and Likes . Erica notes “Rachael Lunghi of Lace and Likes. She is so well rounded and amazing. She planned our wedding, DIYS, and arranged all of my florals including my flower crown. She also remains a close friend and kept us calm and collected the day of.”

Erica walked down the aisle to Cinematic Orchestra, ‘Arrival of the Birds’.

Erica describes the wedding as, “A casual, calm, and intimate celebration with our closest family and friends.” The couple were married by Erica’s cousin Kellyne Darrow. Erica recalls “My cousin married us and she gave us such a personal, intimate ceremony. She really was amazing and so calm as well”

Erica and Sean chose Leo Carillo Ranch, Carlsbad, California for their wedding venue. Erica explains, “Leo Carillo ranch is a charming Spanish adobe style ranch. It is bright, colourful, and filled with gorgeous peacocks and succulents.

Having the wedding at Leo Carillo, I also wanted to incorporate a Spanish, bohemian, and colourful touch, which reflected in the flowers, succulents, and DIY details. I collected nearly 70 mixed goblets, vases, and vessels, which we used for the florals. From the beginning of my wedding planning I knew I did not want any structure to my floral arrangements. I have always loved natural wildflowers so it was important for me to incorporate colour, nature, and a little bit of disarray.  My wedding planner (Rachael Lunghi of Lace and Likes) and I planted succulents and cactus into the goblets and bought fresh, colourful, flowers the day before the wedding. Rachael made all of my bouquets and my gorgeous flower crown, which completed my outfit. She is just amazing.”

Of their photographers, Erica says “Tyler and his wife Katie are the cutest duo ever. They are so passionate about photography, very professional and so talented. We LOVE them! They were so cool and awesome. Again we remain friends with them. They made our day so comfortable and relaxed and their work is remarkable.”

Bull Taco catered the reception. Erica explains, “Sean and I both wanted our wedding to be as relaxed as possible and incorporate this feeling of comfort into every detail: food, drinks, seating, speeches, flowers, and music. Almost like we were having a huge celebration in our own back yard. We decided to have gourmet tacos from a local So-cal taco joint, and drink local San Diego beer and wine. We did not have seating arrangements instead let everyone chose their own seat at the table of their choice. It was very important for us to show our Aussie friends and family true authentic San Diego food and culture and for everyone to have a good time.”

Erica says, “Everything went so smooth and easy. Sean and I were both so placid and calm and had the best time. It was the perfect day and I think it had a lot to due with our vendors being so organised, calm, and experienced.” Guests received Anthropologie’s Seed Bombs as wedding favors.

The couple used a teepee as a makeshift photobooth.

Erica remembers, “Just having our Aussie friends and family come across the world just to celebrate our wedding was so crazy. Having that support and being able to party and celebrate with the people who mean most to us is what made our day.”

Erica and Sean danced their first dance to ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young. Erica says “We both listened to Neil Young as kids and share the same love for 70’s folk music. …the food, drinks, teepee photo booth were really awesome too!!! And the dancing. The dancing was awesome!”

Congratulations Erica and Sean! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Tyler Branch Photo for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Tyler Branch Photo / Wedding Planner, Stylist & Flowers: Lace and Likes (Rachel Lunghi) / Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride's Shoes: Kimchi Blue / Bride's Jewellery: Anthropologie / Bride's Jewellery: Free People / Groom's Attire: Brent Wilson / Groomsmen Attire: Brent Wilson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid Accessories: Anthropologie / Hair & Makeup Artist: By The Bride / Invitations & Stationery: By The Groom / Venue: Leo Carillo Ranch, Carlsbad, California / Ceremony Officiant: Kellyne Darrow (Bride's Cousin) / Favors: Anthropologie / Catering: Bull Taco / Wedding Cake: Homemade / Wedding Rings: Helzberg Diamonds / Vintage Furniture Hire: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals

Farah Almasi Couture ‘Queen of The Jungle’ Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Today’s bridal gowns are something a little different – the backdrop, beautiful Bali, has become almost the centrepiece. Farah Almasi Couture traveled to Bali with photographer Denise Teo to capture her latest collection “Queen Of The Jungle”. The insanely beautiful backdrop provided such breathtaking shots.

Based in Perth, Farah and Denise travelled to Bali to shoot the collection amongst the beautiful tropical backdrop.

Farah recalls, “The night of our flight I was told there was  a big problem, I cannot have any access to baby tigers and baby elephant unless I had to pay around $7000!?!

So I decided to go ahead but not with these people – just go to the safari park in which I have booked the hotel. I visited Diana who had been organising the connection with the safari park manager to discuss the problem. I was very disappointed as they didn’t inform us before as I have organised the whole trip around the baby tigers and elephants. If I don’t have any access to them what is the point to be there? When I saw Diana she said she had organised other sources and we moved straight away to the Elephant Safari Park Lodge to get to the hotel and organise the gowns and model and have a bit of a rest before I started capturing the beautiful photos with Denise Teo. Denise said “Farah have faith everything will be fine”.

Everything fell into place and Diana had organised in couple of hours the baby tigers with the zoo. I never forget the excitement and hard work of everybody in that week . The first day in the morning and in the afternoon we spent with beautiful elephants. They were very peaceful and comfortable with humans. I was happy because the trainers did treat the elephants very well as sometimes you see them being very aggressive toward the poor animals. The first day we had lovely time there and Denise captured beautiful photos as you see, the second day we travelled a couple of hours to see the baby tigers. They were so cheeky and cute and very strong, particularly when I held them in my arms.

Next we dressed up the model and make sure the designer wedding gowns don’t get crushed and don’t get dirty or damaged and start posing with the 3 of the one month old tigers. They never stayed still, constantly moving forwards and backwards!!! I think Denise took hundreds of photos to capture what you SEE but we had a fantastic day.

The next photo we wanted to take was a photo with 6 months old tiger much bigger than what we see. WOW – when he came out I freaked out, he was very strong and scary and decided to pass him on. I was very worried for poor Rachael Smith the model…we wanted her in one piece to get back home.

For the next two days we stayed at a luxurious honeymoon resort. We had beautiful time and in last day we took my favourite photo in the water. I have ruined my award winning gown in the water to take a beautiful shot…but…I love that photo.

My other favourite part was the photos we took with butterflies. Denise and I went to butterfly farm to see what kind of butterflies they have and we picked the beautiful vibrant green butterfly to organise to be hatched for the next trip, we wanted to take a cover page photo for Balinese wedding magazine. So when we came back for second time they were available and they were baby butterflies and they couldn’t fly but they could walk very fast!! Whenever we wanted to take a shot they moved! It was a very hot day and it was last couple of hours in Bali but with hard work we captured the beautiful short dress again with stunning butterflies.”

Photos by Denise Teo for Farah Almasi Couture

Vendor of the Week – Sabra Creative

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy brand new week Dotties! The brand new week is always like a brand new slate – what will be written on it?

First up, as is Monday morning tradition, nod and a bow to the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out our awesome directory members. We have fabulous Photographers, CakesCatering and even Wedding Planners. We’re working hard to work with our vendors to deliver services to couples who ignite their passions, who want something wonderfully ‘them’ for their wedding days and that’s what they love. So visit the directory and take a look for yourself!


Today’s wedding photographers Sabra Creative are based on the Sunshine Coast and the thing I love about these guys is their sense of fun. Want a photo of that disbelieving grin as you walk back up the aisle? Cracking up with your best friends? Or straight down to the beauty of sunsets and coastal backdrops. They have it all but their photos are filled with a lightness and joy that I love.

We asked Shawn from Sabra Creative five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?
Unfortunately my favourite after 5pm drink is the same as my after 5am drink… plain old brewed coffee with milk 🙂

Your favourite weekend getaway?
I love to load up the 4WD with boards, the dog and an old mattress and go camping either in Byron or up at Inskip Point. If it were possible I would get away to Charleston, South Carolina this weekend… nothing beats their sweet tea and sunshine.

Favourite restaurant?
Aurelio’s Pizza, it’s a chain around Chicago. My parents live there and they took us when we last visited – you have to order cheese pizza, light on the cheese and extra crispy. No one does a better pizza.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Either plain yogurt with a little honey and fruit, or if I get a day off with Adam we go to Raw Energy and scoff down a coffee and a muffin while reading the paper.

Your favourite wedding story?
I always like to tell brides-to-be my own little wedding story, reassuring them that you can still have a fantastically magical wedding on a minimal budget in the pouring rain 🙂

Visit Sabra Creative’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Sabra Creative is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory