Snapshot Sunday – Heavy Hands

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions

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Melanie and Jordan’s Teepee Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Melanie & Jordan

I love the feeling of today’s shoot, it’s dreamy, romantic and so very sweet. Taking place in the Barossa Valley it’s shot by Life In Still Photography with flowers by  Poppies Flowers and paper treats by Jo from Misiu.

Melanie tells the story of her and Jordan, and of why they chose the elements they did for their engagement memories.  “Jordan and I met when his cousin married one of my closest friends and we have now been dating for two years. Jordan lives in the Barossa Valley on his families Estate and I live in Mildura in Nsw and so its kind of been a tough one to see each other all the time, we do, but its not everyday unfortunately. Jordan took me to a fancy restaurant in the Adelaide Hills one night and I was sure he was going to pop the question but he didnt! Then when I least expected it he asked me to marry him when we were in Glenelg just spending time together and it was really nice and relaxed and I loved that! ”

“I wanted our engagement photos near Jordan’s place in the Barossa Valley because I love the area and every time I drive past the forest on my way to visit Jordan I would dream of having photos there! Once I booked in Bree from Life In Still Photography I told her of my dreams for the shoot and together we brought them life, I had the tee pee idea in my mind for a while and we used some of Jordan’s mums old lace as the covers and of course some flowers to brighten it up.”

“Bree organised some flowers from Poppies Flowers in Adelaide – my beautiful posy with Peonies all the way from Holland and of course Jordan’s very cute button hole. Then for something a little different we had some pinwheels made.”

The day ended with one last special touch, Melanie explains. “Bree had an idea that we could write a love note to each other about the way we feel for each other and she has them sealed up and in a safe place and plans to send them to us the week we get married so we can open them the night before we say I-DO!!!

I just loved this idea and its a little piece of the excitement in the lead up to the wedding that we are looking forward to. We will be getting married in Gol Gol in my home town in NSW and it will be a beautiful family & friends affair. With lots of home decorating and earthy, rustic styling and we are so looking forward to it and loving all the planning in the lead up to the big day! A big thank you to Bree for photographing our Engagement and blowing us away with her style and creativity.”

Photographer: Life In Still Photography / Flowers: Poppies Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Jo from Misiu

Urban Blush Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Today’s board is all about the modern touch of an urban wedding. Inspired by the modern low back on this Jennifer Regan gown, I envisage a city celebration with very modern decor. Inspired by dahlias and luscious, colourful peonies, I kept the colour palette modern with lots of grey, champagne and neutral nude pinks and added fresh touches of peach, pink and burgundy with the floral arrangements and over sized pom poms.

Gown by Jennifer Regan, Cake from The Cake Blog, Invitations from Martha Stewart Weddings, table numbers by Fanciful Designs, Photo by  Three Nails Photography via Ruffled, suit by Banana Republic, bouquet by Oh Darling! Photography via Style Me Pretty, New York photo by This Is Glamorous, pom poms from BHLDN

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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 Outsourcing Like A Boss – Why DIY? Photo by Studio Something

What a week of inspiration on Polka Dot Bride! From the bride who rocked her black sequin wedding gown, to the directory of Australian food trucks & carts for your wedding. I think we’ve had so much variety this week and so many fantastic, inspiring couples doing fantastic, inspiring, personal things for their big days.

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This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.


1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Gold and Pale Blue 2.Real Wedding ~ Love, Glitter and Mooses 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Words – Erin 4.Real Wedding ~ Whimsical Lavender and Green Queensland Wedding 5. Ask Ms Polka Dot: What Shoes With A Yellow Dress?



This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.2.Vendor’s Favourites – Stellar Visions 3. Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venues – All In One Place 4.Outsourcing Like A Boss – Why DIY? 5.Top Ten – Man Tears!


This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup – Father Of The Bride Cufflinks 2.Tuesday Type – Aire 3.Free DIY Printable Drink Flags 

This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.


1.NSW ~ Aniseed Luxury Villas 2.Review: The Langham Melbourne


This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1. Truly Groomed! Five new skincare products tailor made for the guys .2. Inspired Memories from groom Rob 3.Garden party style: Check out what groom Stuart wore on his wedding day!

 Around the wedding world this week….

Vintage Tea Parties & Events have introduced vintage tea ware for sale! Based on the Central Coast, the business is building their range, kicking off with vintage cupcake & sweet stands! Check out their website here.


Bridal designer Fiorenza will open their Cairns bridal boutique at The Pier on the 28th of July! It’s all the more special for Pina who started her career in North Queensland 25 years ago.  The store will celebrate it’s opening with a week of champagne designer sessions from the 28th of July with Pina Fiorenza on hand to personally style brides. Check the website for more info.

After a clutch for your wedding day? Or perhaps for your bridesmaids?  Olga Berg is offering 30% off all Winter 2012 stock online from July 16th  – 5th August. Check out the website to shop!


Wedding Gifts Direct is giving away an African honeymoon! Couples who register via the website and fill out the form will be entered to win the honeymoon valued at over $25,000!  The prize includes luxurious accommodation at three of Africa’s leading holiday resorts: Sabi Sabi, Indigo Bay and Azura, plus airfares with Southern Africa’s undisputed leader in luxury air transfer services, Federal Air. Visit their website for details on how to enter!

UK stationer Made With Love Designs have two special codes they’re offering to Polka Dot Bride readers for special discounts on their stationery! Receive free shipping  when you use the code OZSHIPFREE on checkout or receive 20% off your order by using the code OZTWENTY. The codes are valid for a limited time so check them out!


I was recently honoured to be asked to be on the advisory board of the Wedding Industry Expert Awards for 2012! The awards launched on Wednesday and are opened to each and every wedding professional around the world. I’ve loved the Wedding Industry Expert reports the team put out (which always give an insight, especially from the fab Aussie planners enlisted!) and am really excited to see the nominees and entrants for these awards!

I was tweeted this lovely wedding film of Shana and James shot by Hi Society Productions a number of months ago. I love the way it was shot and edited, it tells such a beautiful story!