Bree and Beau’s Photos Under The Trees

by | Bride, Engagements


Bree & Beau

Leisa from White Fluffy Cloud sent over this sweet engagement session of Bree & Beau. It makes sense for their photographs to include the gorgeous green of the trees as sleeping under the trees is one of their favourite things to do together! Bree says “Sleeping under trees is the best. We also like going to gigs together. We think live music is awesome and we support it as much as we can. ”

The couple met online. Bree explains ” We were housemates! In fact, Beau found my ad on easy (ironic much?) we got on really well straight away- just had such a similar sense of humor. And I’ll admit, I even chose him to move in over some other candidates because I thought he’d look good mowing the lawn …. ”

Their favourite date? “Our first date. We tried to go to a movie at Southbank, but it was sold out, so we walked across the bridge and into the city, to go to the Myer Centre cinemas. We got a little distracted and ended up drinking lots of coffee and then having a war of throwing balls of wool at each other in Lincraft. Perfect really.”

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Australian Farm Wedding Inspiration – The Launch Of Etsy Weddings

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards, Wedding Inspiration


1. Treehouseherbs 2. BeaconLane 3. NutfieldWeaver  4.EidelPrecious   5.magdalinenHome 6.Modred12  7. vintagenelly 8. palomasnest  9.TheLonelyHeart

A wedding that takes place under gum trees with a reception in a nearby shearing shed.

The bride wears a soft, relaxed gown with a sparkly hairpiece. She carries an unstructured bouquet of sweet smelling lavender, gum leaves and Australian native blooms.

Her bridesmaids wear soft lilac gowns and the groom wears a beige or pale grey suit. His tie/shirt is a subtle check to echo the check of shearer’s shirts.

At the reception, strung from open beams are tiny, glittering fairy lights. Empty picture frames hang from the walls. The wool-classing table has been used for cakes and guests are seated at rustic wooden tables. Food – Australian farm food of course – sponge cakes, lamingtons, billy tea, hearty roast meats and vegetables with an elegant twist. Each wool bin is made a feature of with rustic farm implements, large arrangements of gum leaves and native blossoms, etc.

Napkins are hand tied with brown string, or baling twine and a sprig of lavender and green kangaroo paw flowers tucked underneath. Tables are decorated with grouped candles of varying heights, small pots, old cooking vessels to hold flowers, piles of warm, crusty bread, hessian cloths (to echo wool bales),  tiny moleskin bags to hold homemade treats. The farmer’s wool stamp decorates the hessian cloths.

Gum trees, native blossoms, a shearing shed complete with wool bales and simple rustic farm touches make this wedding so Australian.

See more of my favourite Australian Farm Wedding picks here.

I was so delighted a few months ago to be asked to curate a rustic wedding collection for the brand new Etsy Wedding site which launched this week.  After diving into Etsy for hours, I came up with my favourite picks (which you can see on the Etsy Trends page here).  The brand new site sorts items into trends and features regularly updated real weddings, trend pieces and informative articles.

Plus, my favourite part? Etsy has introduced wedding registries! So if you’re perhaps the couple that might have bought your traditional housewares, you’re looking for something a little different or you want something to compliment your more traditional wedding registry, Etsy allows you to register for artisan products on the site, give the link to your guests and receive beautiful handcrafted gifts. They even organise selected items into groups (electronics, kitchen, lifestyle etc) to help give you a head start. Check out the Etsy Wedding Registry page for more.

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


a a bent181 Classic Pink and White Townsville Wedding

Photo from Classic Pink and White Townsville Wedding Photography by Insight Creative

Hello Dotties! Most of us are out of the office today doing very exciting things which we hope to be able to share with you soon! So forgive me if this week’s roundup is a little short, I’m writing it in a last minute rush before I go and help Ms Gingham!

On Polka Dot Groom

Ms Lace keeps us all up to date with the new wedding trend of Gentlemens’ Lounge complete with cigars and cognac

When Odyn married Rebekah he looked particularly dapper in his check hat

Tim shares his wedding day memories of seeing his bride Nicole

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Read all about the Grand Pacific Group which manages such venues as Gunners Barracks and Dunbar House, with Holly Orsman Smith

Hello Blossoms show us their favourite things on Vendor’s Favourites

Andrea from Write Weddings gives us some great tips on writing your wedding vows

A very special moment between father and son, is captured by Ben of Blue Tulip Imaging – as Ben says – …’a rare moment of unscripted humanity..’

Jenna from Lucky Sixpence Events shows us how to start a ‘Wedmin’ folder

On Polka Dot Weddings

Amy and Andrew share their lovely pink and white QLD wedding

Sarah and Paul married at Orange in NSW with a sweet vintage country wedding

Neil and Emma show us their  wedding filled with birds, DIY touches and even a bouquet made from tiny clay flowers

Mindi and Adam share their engagement shoot complete with cupcakes shot by Leisa from White Fluffy Cloud

Ask Ms Polka Dot this month is about taking inspiration from weddings no matter what your budget is

On Polka Dot Made

Etsy Roundup this week showcases some edible favours

Tuesday Type with a flourish – Zaner

Alicia shows us some gorgeous but easy projects with ribbons

Ms Lace shares her yummy Berry Mojito Popsicles

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Sally and Michael bid farewell to us from the last leg of their honeymoon in Rome

And six things to love about Rome – Ms Gingham shares them here

Around the wedding world this week…

Wedding florist Blond Flores has updated their website with a fresh new look and plenty of gorgeous images! Check it out here.

The Party Studio are holding a hands on DIY workshop for brides to be wanting to learn how to create their very own dessert table for an engagement party, kitchen tea or even wedding. Four talented dessert designers will be there and the course is limited to 12 brides at a time so book early by emailing hello at

 Wedding Gifts Direct have launched their May Special Offer!   Sign up with Wedding Gifts Direct during the month of May and receive a FREE Eva Solo 1L Carafe valued at $65 OR an Eva Solo 2 Piece Carving Set valued at $195 OR an Eva Solo XO Collection 5 Piece Cookware Set valued at $999! Visit the  Wedding Gifts Direct for more.

A gorgeous wedding video today that I found from Lightfield Lewis. It tells not just the story of the day, but of the couple’s lives!




Karina & Luke’s Adelaide Winery Wedding

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


Karina & Luke

I love the Adelaide weddings that we’re showcasing (due to popular demand!) Adelaide is one of my favourite cities in Australia with it’s relaxed, laid back feel and Karina and Luke’s winery wedding has the same atmosphere.

Karina explains how she and Luke met. “A girlfriend from uni was having her birthday celebrations at her boyfriend’s house which happened to be where my groom also lived. It was a bunch of single uni girls turning up to a house full of single boys…chances of meeting someone that night were high!. My now husband was playing the guitar with his band mates in the back yard of their house and caught my attention. We chat, instantly hit it off and we have been together ever since. That was 5 years ago.”

Photographs today are by Event Imaging who have captured the romantic essence of the day.

Dare Hair styled Karina and her bridesmaid’s hair while Allure Hair & Makeup styled the makeup.

Karina wore a lace gown fromCinderella Bridal & Evening Wear  (08) 8373 7291) ” Julianna managed to turn my rambled ideas into the wedding dress of my dreams. It was simple yet beautiful, made entirely of stunning French lace.”

The floral arrangements on the day were by Bliss Events. Karina says “I cannot brag enough about the amazing job they did in putting together the arrangements for the venue and also the bouquets. The flowers and table arrangements were more beautiful than I had ever expected. My bouquet was a beautiful arrangement of peonies, lisianthus, baby’s breath and David Austin roses mostly of white with a little latte and soft pink strewn through the bouquet. The bridesmaids had a smaller bouquet with similar flowers however they had mostly soft pinks and latte with a little white strewn through. They looked gorgeous against their cream dresses.”

Karina and Luke chose Bird In the Hand Winery for their wedding. Karina explains, “We had always thought we would have our wedding at a winery, so we checked out numerous wineries across Adelaide’s wine regions (with quite a few wine tastings later), but couldn’t find the venue that met all our needs. The groom’s family live in Woodside and so one day we thought it an idea to pop into this little winery in Woodside (Bird in Hand). We were instantly in love with the picturesque setting that oozed class but also had a relaxed vibe. The staff were incredibly helpful in the planning process and were willing to accommodate any ideas we had.
We had  roaming entrées in the outdoor garden whilst the sun was out and then moved into the barrel room for a sit down main and dessert. Turned out perfectly.”

Karina walked down the aisle to “An acoustic version of David Gray’s ‘This Years Love’ sung by our best man. My husband and his best man play in a band together and every time I hear him sing this song at a gig, I love it! So it was special to both of us that he played this song as I walked down the aisle.”

Of the day, Karina says “It was an amazing day when we got to share our love for each other with all of our beautiful family and friends…lots of fun, laughs and wonderful memories. ” Karina’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Wild Child Stylelab and added tulle under the skirt. The groom and groomsmen wore suits from The Suit Co.

Of their photographer, Karina says, “Pete from Event Imaging was amazing, the bridal party loved him and he made the process of having photos taken fun and relaxing. He captured the vintage/romantic theme we were wanting perfectly.”

Karina made the seating chart herself but most of the stationery came from UK stationer Ivy Ellen. Karina explains ” I had ordered the wedding invitations and order of service booklets from an online store in the UK called Ivy Ellen. I chose a vintage floral design that was gorgeous and different from anything I had seen before. ”

Karina notes “A lot of the decorations were made or sourced ourselves. My mother and I hunt through the thrift stores across Adelaide for vintage glass vases, lamp shades and photo frames which we painted for table numbers and blackboards. We sourced some gorgeous floral material and lace trim which friends made into serviettes for the day. They looked amazing! We made a table seating board ourselves also which stood on a large easel at the entrance. It all came together beautifully. I also made lace trim for champagne glasses given to each guest on the bus for the trip to the venue. ”

For favors, Karina says, “We made homemade Onion Jam ( a recipe from the groom’s family) and gave little jars with lids made up in various vintage floral materials to each guest. It took a lot of man hours to make, but they looked gorgeous and added a personal touch.”

The wedding cake was made by Heidelberg Cakes. Karina says “We had a five tier cake stand filled with individual cakes coated in white chocolate with fillings of either strawberries and cream or baci. Tiers decorated with beautiful flowers from Bliss Events matching those used in the bouquets. ”

Karina recalls “The highlight of the evening was without doubt the best man speech.  Our best man surprised us all by writing and singing a song as opposed to a speech. It was the most incredible speech I have ever heard with a standing ovation from the guests. Everyone still talks about it and we listen to it regularly!”

The couple hired the band The Last Broadcast to perform at the reception . Karina says “For our first dance we danced to ‘I shall be released’ by Bob Dylan. We are both not much of dancers so it was a very simple bridal dance.”

Congratulations Karina & Luke! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Event Imaging for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Event imaging / Bride's Dress: Cinderella Bridal & Evening Wear (local (08) 8373 7291) / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaid Dresses: Wild Child Stylelab / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Groom's Attire: The Suit Co / Groomsmen Attire: The Suit Co / Hairstylist: Dare Hair / Makeup Artist: Allure Hair & Makeup / Lighting: CASO Lighting / Rental Furniture: Atmosphere Events / Flowers & Decor: Bliss Events / Invitations & Stationery: Ivy Ellen / Venue: Bird in Hand Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Steve Leitsch from Woodside Lutheran Church / Band: The Last Broadcast / Wedding Cake: Heidelberg Cakes