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Leo and Elena Engaged In Paris

by | Bride, Engagements


Leo and Elena

Nothing beats a dose of Paris on a Saturday morning! This shoot of Elena and Leo was taken before their London engagement shoot I featured a few weeks ago. (Yes they traveled around Europe just as their photographer did!). Full of Parisian character and the smooth elegance Paris offers!

Trish from Tea Lily Photography caught up with the couple in Paris first to snap these photos.

Photos by Tea Lily Photography

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Creative Colour – Fern Green

by | Bride, Creative Colour


A delicious fresh green perfect all year round, but especially in spring and summer.

Combine with black and white, or

–       With vintage apricot, soft apricot and magnolia white

–       With lilac, spring green and touches of dark indigo

–       With pinks of all hues – from blush to hot pink

–       With coral orange and cream

–       With spring green, magnolia and touches of azure blue

–       With watermelon pink and soft apricot balanced by soft cream

–       With champagne and touches of midnight blue

–       With champagne, spring green and antique rose

–       With zesty orange, hot pink and saffron yellow

–       With olive green, cream and touches of primrose yellow

–       With milk chocolate, spring green and touches of deep wine red

–       With deep plummy purple and burnished metallic gold

–       So many flowers – parrot tulips, ornamental vegetables, lily of the valley, hydrangeas, ferns of all sorts – fronds and fern curls, maiden hair ferns, green chrysanthemums, green berries such as hypericum, green amaranth, Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum arabicum), roses, bulbs, magnolias, orchids – there are many green ones that would be just perfect, hellebores, moss covered pots of orchids

–       Moss covered pots filled with herbs for your centrepieces or place name feature – tied with twine with a tag for the guest’s name or with a wooden stick with handwritten name

–       Clean, fresh produce such as green salads featuring broad beans, asparagus, spring peas, grapes, green frosted cupcakes or cake pops, green marzipan fruit, mint flavoured icecream, pies or chocolate confections,  desserts featuring kiwi fruit or honeydew melon

–       Lime fruit punch, green cocktails such as a Grasshopper, or a mint julep

–       A lolly table featuring sweets in green and one other colour from your palette  e.g. large glass jars filled with green, white and orange sweets, on a pale green cloth,  scoops, ribbon, tags and bags featuring green and coral, coral roses with green berries

–       Try locavore dining for your reception – source food that comes from within  a 100 kilometre radius of where the reception is held – ‘green’ dining at its best

–       A floor length fern green silk sash on a long wedding dress of exquisite lace or silk

–       Green shoes – of course!

–       Pale fern green silk ties for the men, black suits, boutonniere of fern fronds and berries, and green striped socks for fun

–       Green glassware and glass chargers, white crockery on a pale fern green tablecloth, striped or patterned green and white napkins, tucked with a tiny bunch of single blue hydrangea blossoms, white paper lanterns embellished with blue and green beads, tall glass vases filled with cut lime halves filled with blue/white/green hydrangeas, maiden hair fern fronds, out doors by a stone edged lily pond, under shady trees, white furniture

–       Think peacock feathered hair accessories (try Etsy) with a fern green dress, plum shoes,  burnished gold lace over a pale green or champagne slip, green bouquets tied with plum ribbon, embellished with burnished pins

Bari Jay gown from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake from Cake Occasions, pear candles from Prior Engagement

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s a busy day in the Polka Dot Bride world and with an action packed weekend ahead, I thought there was no better time to do a roundup than this morning!

Don’t forget you can get your free tickets to the Queensland Brides expo by clicking this link,  the pass gives you access to the entire weekend!

Zoe from Poppiseed Designs has selected her winners for the monogram competition! Congratulations Veronica, Rachel and ashley! You have each won a custom monogram for your wedding day!

One of our favourite photographs You Can’t Be Serious have launched a brand new website! It has even more of Hailey and her amazing work- including her 365 project (worth a read) and some sneak peeks at new projects they have coming up!

We love Summer, as in the season and the girl behind the blog Greys Likes Weddings! Well Greys Likes Weddings got an overhaul last week and the simply sleek design is just gorgeous!

Finders Keepers Markets are hitting Melbourne this weekend! This famous market of all things artisan will be held at Docklands and will have over 150 exhibitors including some of our favourites like Bespoke Press & The Cupcake Wrapper Co!

There’s still time to enter our Weddings By Joanna competition if you’re a Melbourne couple! Enter here to win a day of wedding coordination package!

Lauren and Matthew

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Polka Dots,


Lauren & Matthew

Today’s gorgeously glam Maleny wedding is the wedding of Lauren and Matthew. Not only have I fallen in love with today’s celebration through the stylish moments,but Lauren also included polka dots in her DIY items! Win-win don’t you think?

Lauren and Matt met through work! Lauren says, “Matt and I met in February 2007 through working at Carpet Call. I was in Insurance and Matt was a salesman in one of the stores. We went out on Valentine’s Day for our first date and we just clicked. Moved in together 2 weeks later and now we have our happily ever after”.

Lauren and Matt chose an intimate celebration for their wedding day. “The wedding was of 64 people including children. We had only close family and our nearest and dearest friends. I think this was one of the best things about the day because we knew that each and every person there meant so much to us, loved us and were there because they supported our relationship and our marriage and were genuinely happy for us. It just helped make the day so personal. We actually had the partners of the Bridal Party at the Bridal Table which was really nice. The table was full of love”.

Today’s photographs are by Call of Calli B Photography– whenever I see Calli’s name in my inbox I know it’s going to be a beautiful wedding full of style and today’s celebration doesn’t disappoint! Calli has a way of capturing each couple’s personal mood and wedding vibe and doing it with such personality!

Lauren wore a stunning lace gown by Elizabeth De Varga, her stunning burgundy Tony Bianco shoes set off her burgundy touches for the day. Lauren’s hair was styled by Sandi from Rolling Scissors “She did an amazing job with the hair and I just adore her. We had a couple of car problems on the day getting to Maleny Manor so Sandi drove me and the bridesmaids to the venue! It was very sweet.”

Lauren and Matthew held their ceremony on the ground of Maleny Manor, they were married under the large Ash tree which overlooks the ocean. Sarah Wrightson – ModeLS – Weddings by Design helped plan the wedding day.

One of the funny moments from the day involved Lauren’s bridesmaid. “Well, one of my bridesmaids, Melissa (my cousin, she has the short brown hair – third in line at the ceremony) tripped at the movie cinema on the Saturday before the weekend and popped out her knee cap. The poor thing was in a knee brace for the next two weeks. She braved it on the day and took lots of pain killers and wore a pressure bandage but she was carried down the aisle by my Dad before the ceremony started as she wasn’t able to walk down the aisle quickly enough during the start of the ceremony”.

Lauren’s bridesmaids wore a replica of one of Lauren’s favourite gowns made by Regent Taylors in Queen St.

“My sister, Emma, was my Maid of Honour and my best friend, Katie, and cousin, Melissa, were my bridesmaids. Those girls were absolutely amazing. To have the 3 girls who mean the most to me and are so important in my life behind me was just beautiful. I was a little puddle of nerves and excitement on the day and the girls took care of everything, solved all of little hiccups so I could just take in the day. Emma was my pillar of strength the whole day and was so amazing during the planning. She came to every trial, every fitting, every meeting and every chocolate tasting!”

Lauren walked down the aisle to Alexi Murdoch “All my Days”. During the ceremony, Matthew’s sister did a reading. Lauren recounts, “Matt’s elder sister, read Regina Hill – “Foundations of a marriage”. It was a beautiful reading that really spoke to both of us. We chose Jen to read for us as she has been such a huge support for both of us through our relationship and Matt is very close to her.”

The ceremony was one of Lauren’s favourite moments. “Ashley Burgh was our celebrant. He was magnificent! He has such a great sense of humour! He makes a huge effort to try to get to know you before the ceremony so he can get an idea of who you are and your relationship to make the ceremony special. He made a couple of jokes during the ceremony to help keep us smiling instead of crying! We had a lot of comments from people about the ceremony and that it was so personal and very much ‘us’.

We both wanted the wedding to be a reflection of us and really represent us as people and be personal. So we decided to write our own vows. They were unconventional and Matt’s were quite funny (he is known as the joker!). We didn’t read each other’s vows or let anyone else read the vows so when we read them to each other and made those promises it was just so very personal and unique. It was very emotional and so special.”

The floral creations were designed by Mondo Floral Designs. Lauren and Matthew held their reception at Maleny Manor . “Maleny Manor was amazing. Marlene was so professional, helpful, understanding and made both of us feel very comfortable. She communicated with me throughout the whole planning process which was great. Marlene was fantastic on the day as well, liaising with Emma (MOH) before and after the ceremony to check on the little details without me even realising which made the experience relaxing so I could enjoy it

The food was spectacular! I am still getting comments from people as to how impressed they were with the food. Maleny Manor was very accommodating in regards to dietary needs, child care and other needs for people and also had accommodation on site so Matt and I and some family could stay at the premises which made it even more enjoyable with breakfast the next morning.”

Lauren made a lot of the wedding details herself! Including the stationery. “I made almost everything with the decor. I collected jars for almost 1 year for the flowers and candles – we ate a serious amount of mayonnaise. I painted the stand and all of the frames for the table seating chart and I also made the guest board myself – again inspired from Polka Dot Bride. I found floral prints on the internet and used them for the pieces of paper and then I cut them out into little cards and individually hand dripped them in coffee and dried them with a hair dryer. It took me a day and a half just to do the pieces of paper! I also made the lolly garden for the lolly table and I made the boxes for the kids”

“Our first dance was to Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” – we didn’t practise before the day. We completely forgot! So just before we were announced to the reception, after photos, we had a little dance outside. It was really lovely.”

Thank you Lauren and Matthew for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! A big thank you also to Calli B Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Calli B Photography

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