Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Wedding Ink

Tattoos on your wedding day… flaunt or hide? This week the general consensus was FLAUNT IT! Image by Amanda Watson Photography via Wedding Ink

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you get up to many wedding plans this week? Did you decide on anything amazing? Mr Polka and I are celebrating a friend’s birthday this weekend (very exciting!) But I’m looking forward to kicking back tonight with perhaps a little more culling of my magazine collection!

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.

Shoe Crush Sunday  Adelaide Engagement Shoot  Wedding Ink

Designing Your Wedding Stationery  Ask Ms Polka Dot

1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Vintage 2.Gorgeous Adelaide Garden Engagement Shoot 3.Tattoos on your wedding day – Wedding Ink 4.Wedding Stationery Design and Inspiration 5. Ask Ms Polka Dot – Vintage Fun – Styling tips from Ms Polka Dot

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.

Expert Interview  Vendor's Favourites - Blond Flores  2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year

How To Make Your Wedding Unique  Small Weddings  Polka Dot Office

1.Graham Monro from GM Photographics is our guest in this week’s Expert Interview 2.Blond Flores share their favourite wedding vendors with us 3.2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year 4.How To Make Your Wedding Unique – Do’s and Dont’s 5.Small Weddings 6.The Polka Dot Office


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.

Etsy Roundup  Tuesday Type  DIY Embroidered Decoration  Moscow Mule

1.A selection of wedding favours from Etsy on Etsy Roundup 2.German Style Font for a formal wedding invitation 3.DIY Embroidered Decoration 4.Cocktail Friday – Moscow Mule


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.

Real Honeymoon Vietnam  Q Station, Sydney

1.Real honeymoon in Vietnam 2.Q Station, Sydney

This week on Polka Dot Groom

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

Australian Groom Style  Real Groom Memories

1.Groom Style – Stew 2.Inspired Memories – Dariusz

Around the wedding world this week….


Prior Engagement have launched their brand new website and to celebrate, they’re giving away a $250 gift certificate to one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader! The voucher is redeemable for any product in Prior Engagement’s online store! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post letting us know your favourite Prior Engagement product and how you would use it in your wedding or event!

The winner will be selected and contacted by Polka Dot Bride & Prior Engagement. If no contact is made by the winner within 14 days of receiving notification the voucher will be passed on to another entrant. Competition is open to residents of Australia and includes shipping to an Australian address The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. 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 15th June 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).


Sydney stockist of Amsale Angela Wilson are holding a sale on June 23rd & 24th to clear out discontinued Amsale styles and make room for the 2013 Amsale collection.

Brides are invited to visit the boutique to enjoy some champagne while trying on the gowns! All gowns have been dry cleaned and are in a healthy condition and there are 8 gowns, 10 bridesmaids dresses and 3 little white dresses gowns for sale with prices negotiable on the day. Bridal gowns start from $1500 and bridesmaid gowns from $180. Check out the website for more info and to book an appointment.

Alannah Hill is holding a sample sale at their very own Melbourne Head Office. Alannah is opening her studio for 4 days only – offering shoppers a chance to snap up Alannah Hill frocks, accessories, signature cardi’s and more at a fraction of the cost all while experiencing an insight into the world that is, Alannah Hill! The sale will be held from  Thursday May 31st til Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 51 Victoria Crescent, Abbotsford, Melbourne.

Double Bay store Savvy Brides have just received their shipment of Sarah Seven gowns! The beautifully elegant and classic gowns are available in store and can be viewed on the Savvy Brides site!

Finally! Our video of the week! I know public proposals are a bit over the top, but if it makes me cry then I know I have to share it. This one’s a proposal by an actor, Isaac who proposed to the love of his life Amy with a different kind of musical serenade.

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Jennifer & Daniel’s Rainy Milton Park Wedding

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


Jennifer & Daniel

The Southern Highlands provides such a beautiful backdrop for weddings, so it was a real treat to receive this gorgeous, cold wet day soiree that encapsulated the moody, misty weather the region has to offer.

“We met in Whistler, Canada in 2002 after the girls and I decided to escape the race for a girly weekend away.  After a day of skiing we decided to go for some après ski drinks at the local bar.  Dan and I met while getting drinks and I loved his cute Australian accent.  Dan didn’t realize that you couldn’t pay for drinks using debit at the bar in Canada so I ended up paying for drinks the entire night.  The next day I got a knock on my door and to my surprise Dan was there holding my camera that I must have left there the night before. He said he felt bad that I paid for drinks so he wanted to make it up to me by taking me out for dinner and drinks.  He was such a gentleman, we laughed and chatted the night away and from the moment I met him I felt like I had known him for years.

Dan and I spent the rest of the year together and I made my way up to Whistler every other weekend.  We would spend summer days hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.  But we both knew that Dan would have to go back to Australia one day as he was on a working holiday visa.  That awful day of him leaving eventually came and we said our goodbyes but just temporarily as I would be making my way down to Australia in the following 3 months.  It was the longest 3 months of my life! We were reunited in Sydney once again and we have been together in Australia ever since. This September we finally got married after 9 years of being together and hope to spend many more years together.”

MMPhotos captured today’s wedding. A classic look with a romantic edge set the tone for the day.

Jennifer wore a gown by Sophia Tolli , she recalls “My wedding gown was a strapless ‘fit to flare’ gown by Sophia Tolli that had intricate lace and beading on the bust which reappeared in the train and gown of the dress.  I wanted a romantic vintage dress which ‘swooshed’ when I moved. ”

The gown had a little special heirloom touch. “When I was little I had a baby blanket that I used to carry everywhere. No matter where I went the blanket had to come with me. My mom used to joke with me that when I got married I would probably bring it down the aisle with me.  As a part of bringing together the old with the new, my mom hand sewed a piece of baby blanket into my wedding dress.  I guess you could say that that was my “something old” but it also meant bringing my values and my upbringing into the new life I was about to start with my new husband. ”

Jennifer and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup styled by Lyndal Byran of Hair on the Move 2 U. Jennifer purchased hairpieces from Teeki to complete the look. She remarks “Amy Oram from Teeki Designs designed my headpiece as well as my bridesmaids’ headpieces.  Amy designed a gorgeous flower and face veil that I later used as a bow for my hair.  It matched my dress immaculately.  My bridesmaids each had a flower for their hair that matched their dresses as well.”

Jennifer’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Sheike. She says ” Each dress could be tied a different way (so that) each of my bridesmaids were unique. ”

Jennifer says “I walked down the aisle to Ingrid Michaelson “The Way I Am”. I think it’s a cute song that describes how it’s the simple and small things that couples love about each other.”

Jennifer remembers, “The whole day was full of excitement and emotion leading up to the ceremony but I think the one memorable moment that stuck with me particularly was when Dan cried when he saw me walk down the aisle. Dan isn’t an overly emotional guy and to see him cry made my heart melt.

Another memorable moment was when slideshows were played of Dan and I growing up which our parents put together for each of us.  It was definitely a moment that we shared with our families and friends that won’t ever be forgotten.”

Jennifer and Daniel chose Milton Park for their wedding and were married inside the bath house. Jennifer explains “We wanted an intimate wedding with only our closest family and friends but I knew that we wanted a garden ceremony as Dan and I were both passionate about gardens and the environment.  We lived in the Blue Mountains which already had beautiful gardens and we wanted somewhere to get away for the wedding.  Dan had known of a property in the Southern Highlands which was re-knowned for its gardens. We fell in love with Milton Park from the moment we saw it. Milton Park had English styled gardens, as well as French styled parterres but was also known for being one of Australia’s oldest gardens. It was perfect.

On the day however, we weren’t so lucky with the weather and opted for an indoor ceremony.  We had the ceremony in the Provincial French-style Bath House.  The pool made for great photography as well as the backdrop of the French style mural. The reception was in the Conservatory which sits about 60 people.  It had large windows which overlooked the garden, columns and a beautiful chandelier which set the mood for the room.  I scattered tealights on every table/surface to give it that romantic glow.  Milton Park was definitely the perfect spot for Dan and I to get married.”

Of their photographer, Jennifer says “Michael from MMPhotos was honestly one of the best parts of our wedding. He is highly professional and experienced and takes pride in his work and it all reflects in the beautiful photos he takes. His photos are just stunning.  They captured the day and special moments so beautifully. You wouldn’t have even thought that it rained on the day! When I look at them, I still get goosebumps about the excitement and emotion there was on the day.  There were beautiful portrait photos of us in the gardens but there are also those candid shots where those special moments were captured, not only of us but of my family and friends sharing the day with us.  I think the photos definitely speak for themselves.”

The bouwuets and floral arrangements for the day were styled by Kate Powell of Absolutely Flowers . Jennifer notes “Dan’s mother had given me a family heirloom that has been passed down to the women in the family.  It is a purple amethyst stone brooch which his mother wore on her wedding day and her mother wore on her wedding day.  I placed the brooch on the ribbon of my wedding bouquet and I will pass the brooch for our daughter to pass on as well. ”

Letter Bird Lane styled the invitations for the day. Edible Creations created a two tier lavender coloured cake.

As guest favors, Jennifer and Daniel gave their guests old fashioned heart lollies. Jennifer remembers ” I left one that said “will you marry me?” for Dan to read when we got to the reception.”

For their first dance, Jennifer says “Dan and I danced to “Crash into Me” by the Dave Matthews Band.  It has been our song since we first met and Dan had always been a big fan of Dave Matthews.”

Congratulations Jennifer & Daniel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to MMPhotos for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: MMPhotos / Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli / Bride's Shoes: Panaché Bridal Shoes / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shieke / Other: Lyndal Byran of Hair on the Move 2 U / Flowers & Decor: Kate Powell of Absolutely Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Letter Bird Lane / Ceremony Venue: Milton Park / Reception Venue: Milton Park / Ceremony Officiant: Jennie Currie / DJ: Allan Sterling of Pro Disco / Wedding Cake: Edible Creations / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Teeki / Bridesmaid Accessories: Teeki

Karen and Craig’s Melbourne Lunch Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Karen & Craig

A long lunch at one of Melbourne’s restaurants was the perfect way for Karen and Craig to celebrate their wedding- which they planned in six weeks! The relaxed, causal style of the event suited Karen & Craig to a tee!

Karen explains how they met. “Craig and I met in 2003, when Karen had just moved to Edinburgh and started a job with the city of Edinburgh council where Craig worked. We became close friends and maintained their friendship over the following years, even once I had moved back to Australia and our lives had taken different directions. When visiting Craig back in Scotland in 2009, we both knew.  After a couple of trips between Australia and Scotland and maintaining a long distance relationship with daily Skype calls and expensive phone bills, Craig moved here permanently in July 2011. Everything from that point on was easy, including the decision to get married. After waiting such a long time and navigating a number of challenges to be together, we decided they didn’t want to have to wait any longer and arranged everything in 6 weeks!”

Photography today (and making his Polka Dot Bride debut!) is by John Deer. John has a unique and raw sense to his captures, very candid and serene!

Karen and Craig had an informal bridal party, who all wore kilts hired from House Of Scotland. Karen says, “We decided we didn’t want a bridal party as such but we asked my brother Dave and cousin Danny to be our witnesses. The boys were also keen to wear kilts, so that actually became a bridal party of sorts.”

Karen’s hair, makeup and flowers were all put together by wonderful friends – Megan Champion & Flowers of Canterbury.

Walked down the aisle by her parents, Karen chose an elegant Lisa Ho gown. The couple wed in Carlton Gardens.

Gina Andrews performed the ceremony.

Karen and Craig held their lunchtime reception at popular Melbourne restaurant Cutler & Co. Karen explains “We chose Cutler & Co for its sensational food but also as it’s not a traditional wedding venue and had a relaxed atmosphere.”

Cutler & Co also provided the wedding cake. Karen remembers ” Cutler & Co made us an amazing chocolate cherry mouse cake with violet crumble ice cream , covered in white chocolate”. The centrepieces were put together by Karen and a girlfriend.

Karen notes “Although Craig’s family and friends couldn’t make it out for the wedding, they were all so supportive and had a simultaneous party in Edinburgh. We are going back to Scotland this year for a part two celebration with Craig’s family and friends.”

Karen describes the wedding as a mix of “Close family, best friends, fantastic locations, amazing food and wine and of course, cake.”

Of their photographer, Karen says “John Deer is a good friend of ours and we wanted to involve people that are important to us as much as possible. It was a bonus that he is an amazing photographer! He captured all of the moments, as well as the atmosphere, emotion and excitement of the day.”

After photographs, guests adjourned to The Union Club Hotel for an after party. Karen explains, “The Union Club is one our favourite pubs, so that was an easy choice for the after party!”

Congratulations Karen & Craig! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to John Deer for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: John Deer / Bride's Dress: Lisa Ho / Groom's Attire: Hired From House of Scotland / Hair & Makeup Artist: Megan Champion / Flowers & Decor: Flowers of Canterbury / Ceremony Venue: Carlton Gardens / Reception Venue: Cutler & Co / Post Lunch Drinks Venue: Union Club Hotel / Ceremony Officiant: Gina Andrews / Wedding Cake: Cutler & Co

A Circus Style Wedding

by | Bride, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


Even when I was growing up, when the circus came to town you knew there was fun to be had. The sweet smell of fairy floss, the warm buttery popcorn. Taking your seat on one of the rickety old chairs and losing your breath as the daring acts came out and the crowd applauded.

While the circus has slightly evolved over the years, that sense of excitement and fun has never gone away and when you combine it with a wedding? Well that’s going to be one pretty fantastic celebration!

Ashton Entertainment has decided to unveil their bevy of circus performers, equipment and vendors to couples wanting a circus feel to their day, There’s the big tops (just right for wedding receptions), the performers (trapeze artists anyone?) and even fairy floss and popcorn machines.

They have two big tops (both white with red trim, just right for circus colours!) and over nine different acts to hire (including ragdoll, serial ring artists, single trapeze artists, Spanish web acts, jugglers and hula hoops). So there’s plenty of entertainment options to choose from to surprise your guests and get them into the mood for your wedding!

If you need some inspiration for just how fantastic a circus wedding can be? Roll up roll up! I’ve rounded up some of my favourites!

1. Photo by  Cameron Ingalls via Green Wedding Shoes 2 Photo by Josh Goleman via Once Wed 3 Photo by  Gabriel Ryan Photographers via 100 Layer Cake 4 Photo by Elyse Hall Photography via Style Me Pretty 5. Photo by  Gabriel Ryan Photographers via 100 Layer Cake 6 Photo by  Cameron Ingalls via Green Wedding Shoes 7. Photo by Josh Goleman via Once Wed