Flower Art by Anne Ten Donkelaar

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


The incredible work of Anne Ten Donkelaar left me breathless this week.

Anne creates 3D collages using layers of paper cutouts and real pressed blooms to create the most intricate, creative pieces. Shadows are cast, pieces appear to be floating against the backdrop.

Isn’t paper something amazing? Who would have thought that something so simple could be turned into something so inspiring?

Art by Anne Ten Donkelaar

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Twelve Tips After Twelve Months* Of Marriage Photo by Dekuji Photography.

Happy Friday Dotties! I can never believe it when I sit down to write this post (which i always do on a Thursday night!). The days are long and the weeks fly by! It’s getting into the icky end of the year when people start posting Christmas countdowns that I am not quite ready for (as much as I adore Christmas). So let’s stick our head in the sand and look at pretty wedding things instead!

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 – Spring Garden Party 2.Real Engagement ~ Fun Sydney Harbour Engagement Session With Cupcakes And Music! 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Word – Celeste 4.Must Read! ~ Twelve Tips After Twelve Months* Of Marriage by Miss T 5.Super Simple Wedding Invitations 6. Polka Dot Hot Spot – To Veil or Not To Veil

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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.What Would They Know – Lita Asscher from Royal Asscher 2.Vendor’s Favourites – Sugarlove Weddings 3. Walk-Throughs: The Essential Meetings You Must Schedule With Your Wedding Vendors 4. Top Ten – Wedding Rings

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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 – Fun Photobooth Props 2.Tuesday Type – Liliming 3.DIY Cake Decorating – Ruffled Rose Tutorial 4. Cocktail Friday – Haru’s Electric Lavender

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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. Spotty Travels with aqua by jimeale

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

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


1.Chic Spring Style From Joe Black The Tailor 2.Inspired Memories – Andrew 3.Groom Style – Sean

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Cinematographer and  Directory member, No Limit Pictures has a brand new website. Daniel tells us the story behind the re-branding and the meaning behind their new logo. “Everything has a beginning. Stars shine, trees grow.There is a story out there for everything and they all deserved to be told, no matter how big or small. We pride ourselves in communicating your story; we strive every day to master our craft. Let us tell your story, because every story deserves to be told”. Check out the new website here.

There’s a new Australian based online wedding magazine to pour over. Loni launched her first issue of Lovely Wedding Magazine in September 2012. It’s pages are packed with fresh ideas and real weddings and is a treat for the eyes. The next edition is out in December, but in the meantime have a cup of tea and spend some time dipping into the first issue of this gorgeous magazine here.

Exciting news for Johanna Johnson with two big events coming up! Firstly is the Johanna Johnson Attic Sale. To be held over the 16th and 17th of November, the sale will include pieces from Johanna’s personal archives along with the first ever sale of Johanna Johnson sample gowns. Patrons will also have their pick over accessories and discounted lifestyle pieces. The event will be held at a secret location within one of Sydney’s most luxurious hotels this event is not to be missed. To secure your place please ring through to the Johanna Johnson stylists on 02 9360 9411

On the 23rd and the 24th of November, Melbourne brides can experience the Johanna Johnson trunk show! The event will showcase the new 2013 bridal collection along with the Hero core collection. The trunk show is by appointment only (and brides are limited to two guests) Limited edition gowns will be available for immediate sale while Johanna Johnson’s made to order service will also be available for select gowns. To book an appointment please call 02 9360 9411.

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation is now offering special tokens if you decide to donate to the charity (which raises funds for children in hospital who need care and treatment). Couples can choose from an assortment of tokens to let guests know of their donation including gift cards desgined by artist James Gordon or badges mounted ona  special card. If this is a cause close to your heart I do think it’s a lovely idea to donate.  Visit the website for more information.

The Wedding Project, a collaboration between Liza Emanuele and Paul Vasileff (of Paolo Sebastian) is launching at the Adelaide Spring Bridal ideas Expo, Showcasing their collections in twice daily fashion parades at the expo and the expo will also feature a styling session where two brdes wll be stuled on styled personally by the designers (each day of the expo at 12.30pm). The Adelaide Spring Bridal Ideas Expo will be held on 27th and 28th October 2012 at the Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds between 10am-5pm. Visit the website for more info on the expo.

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A vintage clothing store (Mabs in Grenfell Street Adelaide) closed 17 years ago and are clearing the decks! They’ve found over 130 vintage wedding gowns, veils, headpieces and shoes that might be just the ticket for you if you’ve been searching for a distinctive, vintage gown. Brands include Marji, Henri Josef, Foxman Gowns, Wynn Elle Creations ,93 Collection , Sugar House, John Clair, Crystal Collection , Jeffrey, Escapade, Holstens, ILGWU ,Rita Roberts. Many gowns are unworn and new with tags.

Visit the website here for all the information you need.

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Wedding stationer, Dizzy Wizzy Design is now offering branding services for businesses! From logo design, graphic design (including social media!) through to web design, Natalie is able to help you from scratch to the end product! Check out the website for more.

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Pepper Image sent in our film of the week this week!I love that their story started with a beautiful dream, it gave me goosebumps!

Vicki and Luke’s Beautiful Cable Beach Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Vicki and Luke

If there is one place in Australia I really must get to – it’s Broome. Some of the most spectacular beaches in Australia, amazing sunsets and camels. What a place to get married, which is exactly what Vicki and Luke did!

Vicki tells their story. “I first met Luke when he moved to Perth from Victoria in 2007. A year went by where we bumped into each other a few times but never did I realise Luke was interested in me or vice versa. Finally at another mutual friend’s house we met up by chance again. I needed to go to the shop and Luke offered to drive me and we had the funniest night together laughing and being silly. We just really clicked. Luke tells me that it was that night he thought, “I’m going to marry that girl”. From that moment on we were practically inseparable and we both knew we had found something very special. Luke went back to Victoria about a week after we met to visit his family and his sister tells me he told her that he had found “The One”. About 6 months after we started seeing each other we had a very special little surprise when I discovered I was pregnant with our daughter. Evie is now almost 2 years old and is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to us.”

Photographs today are by Angela Higgins who knows how to take the most goldenly lit, fresh and beautiful photographs.

Vicki and Luke were married at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.

Vicki wore a gown made by Zanzis Couture. She explains “My dress was a one off that I worked closely with Jennifer Naglan (Zanzis Couture Designer) to design. I wanted the dress to reflect the day, the beautiful cable beach surroundings, myself, and to be effortlessly beautiful.”

Vicki’s bridesmaids wore grey gowns from Story by Tang. Broome Florist created the bouquets.

The ceremony was held in the Lily Pond Gardens at the Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome. Vicki recalls, ” It was the most beautiful secluded tropical garden with an amazing grassed area and an absolutely relaxed feel to it. The ceremony was completely styled by myself & my maid of honour, Sam. White rose petals lined the aisle and I sourced some beautiful items/decor on Etsy to personalise the area such as rustic personalised wedding signs for the Bride & Grooms parents and Nanna, white vintage lace cones on the guests seats filled with rose petals, burlap cones filled with flowers on the sides of the chairs on the aisles, hanging bottles in the trees filled with flowers, blackboard sign with “welcome to Luke and Vicki’s wedding” bottles with “LOVE” printed on & order of service booklets that were rolled and tied with twine.”

Vicki remembers, “I walked down the aisle to “follow the sun” by Xavier Rudd – one of Luke’s and mine favourite songs at the time. I asked Luke to pick the aisle song which was a beautiful touch.”

“The ceremony was meaningful, short and sweet with lots of fun & laughter through out – just the way we wanted it. While the register was being signed there was Corona and Chandon served to the guests and a toast was made to us just before the celebrant pronounced us Mr & Mrs Jones.”

Vicki notes “Being both from the country, Luke and I wanted to create a feel/theme to our wedding which reflected the relaxed and easy going people that we are. We really wanted our guests to feel as though they were on “Broome Time” at our wedding.”

The sunset was a focal point of the day. Vicki remembers, “We had a cocktail style wedding with a marquee set up on the amphitheatre lawn overlooking Cable Beach. I brought the reception forward to start at 5pm just in time for the guests to be able to view the most beautiful sunset of Cable Beach. There is truly nothing like it – spectacular. ”

“My maid of honour and I styled the wedding ourselves and all items were either sourced from from Etsy and/or DIY. I used a lot of collective jars, hand written blackboards & burlap/hessian to create a rustic type feel with lots of soft whites, creams, soft pastels to give it a touch of elegance/romance.  My maid of honour and myself brought up the vases/jars that we had collected over time for the centrepieces which we filled with flowers and placed on hessian for the centrepieces with handmade lace jar candles.”

“I had a DIY photo board which we lugged up that was covered in hessian and tied with twine hanging from all directions with little pegs so that the guests could take photos on the polaroid camera and peg there photo to the board. It was a beautiful touch.”

The female guests received favors from Hidden Valley Handcrafts. Vicki recalls “I ordered personalised stubby holders for the boys as it is very warm in Broome and the reception was an outside event so I thought they would be perfect to keep their beer cold. I wanted the ladies to take away something that would remind them of the beautiful Cable Beach sunset so I ordered handmade soaps from Broome which were called “the Cable Beach sunset soap”. They were coloured in beautiful sunset tones and smelt amazing.”

The candy buffet was a labor of love for Vicki, who explains, “I wanted to keep the dessert table themed to the wedding colour scheme so we went with soft pastel/creams/white colours with all the lollies and desserts. We had mini vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese icing, strawberry tarts, lemon meringues, macaroons, brownies, white choc macadamia rumballs and many different lolly varieties. I sourced a burlap banner for the dessert buffet which read “just married”. I also had brown paper bags stamped with “midnight snack” and folded over with a peg for guests to take some sweet treats home with them after the reception. Papyrus Design designed the bags and stamp for me.”

“My maid of honour and her lovely family put together the dessert buffet and completely styled the reception with centrepieces, guest table, bonbonniere table, photoboard only hours before. I felt completely honoured & lucky that they made my vision come to life and more!”

Of their first dance, photographer Angela says “Vicki and Luke’s first dance was a crazy sight. Instead of a slow dance they decided to put on one of their favourite dance tracks and invited all their guests onto the dance floor. As you can see from the photographs, it was a pretty memorable moment and I couldn’t stop smiling as I watched them all dance their hearts out.”

Thank you Vicki and Luke for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Angela Higgins for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Angela Higgins / Bride's Dress: Zanzis Couture / Bride's Shoes: Star Mila / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Story by Tang / Hairstylist: Rebecca Thomson 0404 503 965 / Flowers & Decor: Broome Florist / Invitations: Papyrus Design / Hire: Broome Party Hire 0427 921 256 / Venue: Cable Beach Club Resort / Ceremony Officiant: Elisabethe Lucke 0429 836 536 / Band: Notch8 Entertainment / Favors: Hidden Valley Handcrafts / Chair Signs: The Rustic Charmer / Catering: Kool Spot Catering (08) 9192 5512 / Wedding Cake: Kool Spot Catering (08) 9192 5512 / Lolly bags & stamps: Papyrus Design

Pastel 50’s Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Pre Wedding Parties, Wedding Inspiration


To celebrate Brisbane’s newest bridal affair The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase  Katy from My Darling Heart and Amanda from Adorn Event Hire styled up a beautiful 1950s pastel inspiration shoot. I love these shades at weddings, especially as we come into the warmer weather but I think they’re also easy to translate to other events like parties, bridal showers, kitchen teas and so on. The vintage twist is so fun to pay homage to nowadays, the glamour and charm of yesteryear is something special.

Katy explains, “The inspiration shoot is full of soft pastel shades, demure 1950’s silhouettes and pretty little details. We focused on a colour palette of cotton candy pink and mint green, complimented by peaches and mauve as well as hints of silver for the luxe factor. A combination of chic vintage pieces and sweet handmade details bought the story together. A short, 1950’s-style pastel pink ‘Audrey’ dress was the star of the day, with layered mason jar cakes, vintage pastel lustreware vases, flowers in pink teacups, and fabric-wrapped letters spelling out LOVE adding depth to the style story.

The vendors involved were very enthusiastic to put together an inspirational shoot that would embody what ‘The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase’ is all about, and to inspire brides to wholeheartedly embrace vintage, DIY and handmade details in their wedding decor.”

Photographer: Honeysnaps Photography / Bride's Dress: Silver Sixpence / Hair, makeup & Nails: Brush & Blush / Flowers & Decor: Over The Top Floristry / Cakes, cupcakes, cakepops & macarons: Sprinkles Etc / Furniture & decor hire: Adorn Event Hire / Invitations & Stationery: Hermia's Wishes / Favours, dessert table backdrop and handmade details: My Darling Heart / Model: Lauren Wozencroft