Colourful Candlesticks

by | Bride, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


1. Candlestick makeover from Cupcakes & Cashmere 2.  Blue candlesticks from Sunset 3, Candles from Anik Gneib 4. Candlestick centrepiece from Womans Day 5. Black lacquered candlesticks from Gumps via Remodelista 6. Danish candlesticks from MonkiVintage 7. Chroma candlestick from Anthropologie 8. Coloured candlesticks from Martha Stewart Weddings 9. Coral candlestick photo by Crystal Clear Imagery via Style Me Pretty 10. Green candlestick photo by Michele M. Waite via Elizabeth Anne Designs 11. Painted candlesticks from BHG 12. Distressed pink candlesticks from VintageJulz

We think of candlesticks as being usually made of silver, brass, china or glass. Wooden candlesticks are more often than not stained a brown colour  – not terribly inspiring if you wish to include them in your wedding décor.

How can you add a point of difference to your wedding décor?  You could source coloured glass or china candlesticks from the web, or from larger decorating ‘supermarkets’. Perhaps second hand markets would unearth a few beauties.

Or you could call on your creative side and source wooden candlesticks of all shapes and sizes – tall and thin, short and squat, or elegant and tapered. Think of how you will group the candlesticks on the tables – different heights and widths look the best in groups of odd numbers.

What are the colours you have chosen for your wedding reception? Which colour is your main one, and which are the accent colours? Once you have decided, head on down to your paint store, with fabric swatches, ribbons or beads (whatever you will use) and compare paint chips against these items. Next decide on whether you will paint the candlesticks with a gloss paint, or a flat matt paint finish.  Some paint brushes and fine grade sandpaper and you have all your tools to commence your project. Take your time sanding and painting two coats of your chosen hues – sanding between coats to give a smooth finish.

Your candlesticks could be all painted white, or all black – grouped on a mirrored tabletop and lit with white candles. A metallic finished copper or gold paint might look good with honeycomb patterned beeswax candles.

Try grouped candlesticks of many colours on a plain tablecloth – for example try sky blue, spring green and white candlesticks, grouped on a white or blue tablecloth. Add blue and green hydrangeas and your other accessories in white and you have a simple but stylish table setting.  Candlesticks picking up the colours of a floral vintage fabric, a particularly vibrant stripe in a beachside setting, or a simple coloured toile will look co-ordinated.

So that your candlestick arrangements don’t look like a candy shop, just make sure that one of the colours dominates and the other colours are used as accents.

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Lewis & Mary’s Intimate Garden Wedding by Bec Johnson Photography

Happy Friday Dotties! I am looking forward to a bit of proper down time with Mr Polka this weekend after a mad and crazy week (long weekends always make time go strangely!) What are you up to?

On Polka Dot Groom

When Hong married Amy he looked very elegant in his black suit

Stewart shares the very special history behind his wedding ring.

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Caitlin from Funkified Entertainment is interviewed for our What Would They Know feature

Amanda from Thorson Photography show us her Vendor’s Favourite

Hugh from Stellar Visions filmed the making of this amazing fairytale tiered wedding cake complete with glass slipper

Calli B got together with other very talented Queensland vendors and created this country charm inspiration shoot

Polka Dot Bride attended The Langham Wedding Showcase – see what The Langham has to offer you

On Polka Dot Made

Ms Gingham bakes us her Greek Melomakarona biscuits for Easter

Etsy Roundup features wedding favour bags

This week Tuesday Type is Alana – a curly elegant font

Monogram letters all wrapped up in string – see how in this tutorial

On Polka Dot Weddings

Bianca and Kurt get married in a cloud of lavender and pink

Ms Polka Dot’s Sneak Peek – this week on your wedding shoes

Lewis and Mary get married in a gorgeous intimate garden wedding

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Ms Floral shows us the perfect honeymoon destination Casa de la Flora in Thailand

Ms Gingham shows us 6 things to love about Thailand


Around the wedding world this week….

Bowties, Star light, moustaches, animal masks, photo booth signs, vintage tattoos, Blythe Farm,

I am thrilled to announce the winner of our Styled Engagement Shoot giveaway! A big congratulations to Donna and Christian who are our first place winners!

Personal photos from Patrick

Nerida and Jess have generously offered to give a second prize to the entry from Patrick & Jasmine! Patrick if you and your fiance are available on a weekday for a shoot then Jess & Nerida would love to award you the runner’s up prize!

Congratulations to both of our winners! I will be in touch soon with further information!

Sydney based Myka Photography are holding an Easter giveaway giving two lucky couple a free wedding or engagement photography session. The competition is  running until April 30th so check out their Facebook page for details.


Sign up with Wedding Gifts Direct during the month of April and receive a FREE* Essteele Bellissimo 5 Piece Set valued at $1000, OR a Noritake Hampshire Platinum 20pc Dinner Set valued at $595, OR an Alessi Firenze Wall Clock valued at $120! (Conditions apply so check the website for details!)


From the 13-15th of April 2012, Sydney designer Johanna Johnson is holding a three day limited edition bridal event! On sale will be gowns not part of the current collections- ready to wear and very exclusive in number! Gowns will be priced between $1500-4500 at her Sydney studio (doors open 9am and places are limited, though no appointments are necessary) Check the website for full details.

I have been waiting to share this gorgeous wedding film from You Can’t Be Serious! who collaborated with a fantastic guy called Pancho Colladetti for Tom & Hailey’s wedding! Quite frankly I think it’s time I got to it! So here is the fun wedding film of the couple!


Anna and Tom’s Intimate At Home Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Anna & Tom

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- there is magic to be had with a wedding at home. Perhaps it’s celebrating something so special in the place where you unwind on a Sunday, hang out the washing, plant your favourite blooms and open your curtains to see every day. It sometimes seems only right that a wedding takes place at the home you have built with your beloved. Anna and Tom’s wedding day was festive that’s for sure but also full of love and beautiful touches.

Photographs today- the bright and cheerful photographs, are by Insight Creative.

Anna, a graphic designer designed the invitations herself.

On having their wedding at home, Anna says ” We had only bought the house a few months earlier and couldn’t find anywhere that fit what we wanted, so it became the obvious choice. We also wanted the freedom to decorate everything and have complete creative control.”

Anna wore a gown from Luela with Modcloth and a hair flower from Forever New. Tom wore grey suit pants from Playtime, shirt from Status, with vintage Yves Saint Laurent tie from Ties 2 Pillows.

Anna and Tom hired stylist Carbine Avenue to help pull their wedding day together. Anna recalls “With the help of our stylist, we handmade almost all of our decorations. We cut out hundreds of paper hearts and sewed them together for our ceremony backdrop, made all of our own tablecloths, and tore hundreds of strips of fabric which were sewn together to make about 130m of bunting.”

Anna and Tom walked down the “aisle” together to “La Vie En Rose” by Edith Pilaf.

Anna and Tom were married by Belinda Tinker . Anna remarks “Our celebrant was so lovely and was very encouraging with the strange things we wanted in our ceremony.”

Anna’s father provided his vintage  1945 MG TC for transport.

Of their photographer, Anna says “She’s a friend of ours. She’s extremely creative and puts every bit of effort into her photography. She’s passionate which worked well for us!”

Guests received strawberry and apricot jams handmade by Anna’s mother as wedding favors.

A good friend of Anna and Tom’s made them three wedding cakes- one chocolate and two butter cakes.

The wedding was filled with handmade touches. Anna explains “We had all vintage cups and saucers, all the vases where owned by myself and my family. I wanted field flowers and colourful flowers that I let the florist decide on. I had mainly hand made decorations. My hens night was a “slave labour”night where my friends cut out paper hearts and my mother made food to keep them happy.”

Anna says ” Karen from Carbine Avenue made the wedding look beautiful, I don’t know how I would have put it together without her. She put so much time and effort in. ”

Michels Catering provided food for the event.  Anna says” The food was beautiful, the wait staff were so friendly and helpful and the service was impeccable.”

Guests danced late into the evening to Anna and Tom’s music collection, including one special surprise performance. Anna recalls “My female cousins had a surprise performance late in the night. They dressed up as the members of the Backstreet Boys and sang and danced to “I want it that way” .We had danced to this when I was younger and I played Nick Carter. “

Congratulations Anna and Tom! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Insight Creative for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Insight Creative / Cinematographer: Gemma Bauman / Styling & Decor: Carbine Avenue / Bride's Dress: Luela / Bride's Shoes: Modcloth / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Forever New / Flowers: Townsville Flower Market / Ceremony Officiant: Belinda Tinker / Venue: Private Home / Catering: Michels / Invitations & Stationery: Desgined by the bride / Hairstylist: Beck Jane West / Makeup Artist: Podium

Corinne and Stuart’s Elegant Vaucluse House Wedding

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


Corinne & Stuart

Today’s wedding is a beautiful one- taking place at one of Sydney’s iconic venues Vaucluse House, The bride wore a gown her mother created, the groom’s mother did the flowers, and their two year old son acted as the ring bearer. It was truly a handmade, family affair and one that is incredible to look at!

Corinne tells the story of how they met. “We met at high school when I moved to Australia from Singapore. We went out for a few months then but went our separate ways for several years after school while studying and traveling. But we always stayed close friends. Then 8 years ago we decided to give it another go and haven’t looked back since. In that time we’ve lived in Japan together, traveled through Europe and Asia and 2 years ago we had a baby boy “Jai”.   It just seemed like the right time to get married.”

Photographs today are by At Dusk Photography. I really loved the relaxed, easy feeling of the photographs. They are beautiful captures of a happy day.

Corinne and her bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Amelia Axton with makeup by Maria (Maria Make up).

Corinne wore a wedding dress made by her mother. She explains “I designed my own wedding dress and my mum created it. It has a lace floral bodice in different tones of ivory, white and champagne with a sweet heart neckline and a 2 layered flowy silk chiffon skirt with with ruching on one side. All the fabric was purchased from Tessuti Fabrics “. She added shoes from Zomp and Stuart’s grandmother’s pearl necklace. Corinne’s bridesmaids wore cream strapless, pleated gowns from French Connection.

The couple chose Vaucluse House for their wedding. Corinne explains “We wanted our wedding to have a vintage garden feel and when we came across Vaucluse House one afternoon while going for a walk with our son we thought that was the perfect spot. We love the lawns outside the historic house and the big tree under which the ceremony was held. Right next door is the the gorgeous tea rooms with beautiful stained glass windows and a big terrace that was perfect for our intimate dinner party and outdoor dancing.

Our wedding was on 16th December 2011, we have a lot of family and friends that live overseas so choosing a time around Christmas made sense as they could come to Australia and spend Christmas and New Years with us. Also we knew we wanted a warm sunny day so December was perfect.”

Grace Ensemble played sweet tunes during the ceremony.

Stuart and his groomsmen wore dark grey dress pants and vests from Roger David sans ties for a relaxed feel.

Corinne recalls, “I walked down the aisle to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong played by a string duo. It was the perfect song for a wonderful day.”

Corinne and Stuart were married by Beverly Corlett. The couple’s two year old son Jai acted as ring bearer.

Corinne remembers, “After the ceremony we walked back down the aisle to “All You Need is Love” played by the string duo while everyone blew bubbles. It was perfect; we had done the official part without too many tears and were excited to celebrate with our family and friends.”

Of their photographer, Corinne says “It took us a really long time to find a photographer that we loved. We are both very interested in photography ourselves and the photos were an important part of our day. We met with many photographers and 4 weeks before our wedding a friend who is also getting married soon suggested we meet Chris from At Dusk Photography. His work was absolutely stunning and his photos told a story. We booked Chris and were so happy with all of the photos that he took of our special day. ”

The floral arrangements were styled by Stewart’s mother. Corinne explains “My mother in law who is a retired florist did all the gorgeous bouquets and flower arrangements with lots of daisies and purple hydrangeas which are my favourite flowers”

Corinne and Stuart decorated the reception themselves. They used recycled paper to create “bunting” seating charts and place cards tied with lace around the cutlery. They decorated the area with hundreds of tea lights and hung cream coloured paper lanterns outside.

Guests were seated at a U shaped table. Corinne explains “We wanted a small, intimate garden wedding that was relaxed and fun. We had a ‘u’ shaped banquet set up during dinner which made it feel like everyone was sitting at the same table sharing the experience with us”. Birdcages with vines, blooms and lights were hung from the ceiling.

The table decorations were handmade. Corinne remarks “For the table arrangements we asked our friends and family to collect random little glass jars for the little flower arrangements which were all placed on a lace table runners. We also had little jars with daisies hanging off a wooden wall behind the dessert buffet and strung photos of us with pegs on rope along the wall.” Fresh Catering catered the event, providing scrumptious, delicious food and a bouquet of decadent sweet treats in lieu of a wedding cake.

The couple hired Jazz Fever to play music for the reception. For their first dance, Corinne says “We danced to “Let’s Do it, Let’s Fall in Love” by Ella Fitzgerald played by our jazz band. It’s not the typical song for a first dance but we both love this song.”

The night ended with dancing under the stars. Corinne recalls, “After all the dinner and speeches were over everyone danced outside under the lanterns and it was perfect.”

Congratulations Corinne and Stuart! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to At Dusk Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: At Dusk Photography / Bride's Dress: Brides Mother / Bride's Shoes: Zomp / Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: French Connection / Hairstylist: Amelia Axton / Makeup Artist: Maria Make-up / Ceremony Venue: Vaucluse House / Reception Venue: Vaucluse House / Ceremony Officiant: Beverly Corlett / Ceremony Musicians: Grace Ensemble / Band: Jazz Fever / Catering: Fresh Catering