Vendor of the Week – Lavande Designs

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning! Did you have a lovely weekend? It’s been a big few weeks of developments at Polka Dotty land and I’m looking forward to getting this week underway!

Before we get started into a jam packed week of inspiration, let’s take a peek at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out our awesome directory members. We have amazing Bridal Gown Designers, Gift Registries, Photographers, Favors & Decor Accessories & Cakes, just to name a few of the many suppliers who make up the pages of our wedding directory!

There is nothing quite like a brilliant florist and today I’m excited to introduce you to directory member Lavande Designs. Owner Rachel created bouquets of blooms in NYC before heading to Sydney to continue her craft. With a love of chic, sophisticated arrangements, Rachel loves bringing an element of modernity to her designs and oh, her use of colour? Beautiful!

We asked Rachel from Lavande Designs five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

A cosmopolitan… preferably in down town New York

Your favourite weekend getaway?

To family in the country.

Favourite restaurant?

China Doll at Woolloomooloo Wharf

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Italian eggs at Bacino Bar in Kirribilli

Your favourite wedding story?

A close friend was married in Tuscany a few years ago and asked me to design her bouquets. After realising the flower van in the local village set their own opening hours, we decided to use our creativity and initiative –  by using figs from the tree they were to be married under, wild pink sweet pea with beautiful tendrils from the side of the road, green olives growing in a nearby grove, rosemary and fragrant lavender. The combination could not have been more perfect and fitting.

Visit Lavande Designs’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Lavande Designs is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Hold Me Tight

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Chanelle Leslie

Kendall & Mark’s Camping Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Kendall & Mark

I love today’s engagement shoot. It’s so wintery, cosy and warm and pays homage to the couple – Kendall and Mark’s, story. Kendall and Mark have been together a long time and have a little boy Ned and twins yet to come! The wedding was moved (due to the impending arrival) so together with Mel Boulden Photography and Gabrielle Walsh By Gabrielle the couple decided to document their engagement.

Mel explains, “We decided to give them a cosy, comfortable and totally relaxing engagement shoot that would allow them to remember this special time. We felt it was important to include this aspect of their lives together. It may not be a ‘typical’ engagement shoot but one which suited them to a T. It was shot in the Adelaide hills on a property belonging to the couple’s friends. Simply stunning bushland.”

Mark tells their story. ” Despite being avid campers and outdoors types, I decided proposing on a camping trip was not going to cut it. Instead I opted for the first possible moment (in order to get it out of the way asap) we had alone on a resort holiday in Bali. Completely not our scene – although we’re broadening our scope now that twins are expected. We’re definitely going to need a bigger tent.”

Kendall tells her side of the story. “Mark proposed to me (on bended knee) in Bali. We were about to have lovely dinner (including babi guling – roasted suckling pig) and he was being a bit fidgety and eventually popped the question. He didn’t have a ‘real’ engagement ring at that point (and we still don’t – we are using my mum’s ring from 1964) but proposed using a ‘tweet’ ring. Essentially it’s a ring with enough room to have a tweet (140 characters) stamped into the edge.  I’m a bit of a Twitter fan so it was lovely. He’d ordered it from Amsterdam. I won’t tell you what’s on it… but it’s lovely.”

“He took his sweet time to pop the question – especially considering we’d been together for 5 years, I’d moved interstate to be with him, we’d bought a house together and had a child – but it was worth the wait. Might be another 5 years before we tie the knot now though with twins on the way!”

A Night Of Neon

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I have to make a confession before we get into today’s inspiration board. I am not a neon girl. I am not one to own a yellow neon satchel, or don a pair of orange neon flats. To be honest I feel a bit silly, I’m not quite cool enough! But there is no denying the light bright attraction of neon, fluoro and highlight brights that have been entering the world of late.

I see this colour combination of neon pink, green and plenty of sparkling silver working in an industrial space with exposed brick walls and plenty of cement. For the modern couple there’s a sparkling silver chandelier, there’s limited, stark blooms but the light and glowing colour adds a sense of modern chic to the occasion.

Neon pink faux deer mount from WhiteFauxTaxidermy , Wedding gown from Rachel Gilbert, perfect bobbi bows from, neon tablescape by Brooklyn Bride via Design*Sponge, Cellula chandelier from Design Within Reach, Neon sign by Jonathan Monk via Share Some Candy, White chair from Inreda Design Shop, New Horizon Invitation from Bella Figura, Earrings from Blue Nile