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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Zdenka and Daniel’s pink polka dot wedding Photo by Ondra Vala

Happy Friday Polka Dotties! Phew another week over! I had such a wonderful week this week! The Polka Dot team all had lunch together (with the most beautiful view!) and a glass of bubbles to celebrate the impending arrival of Ms Paisley’s little one. it was so nice to sit in the sun (with amazing chocolate mousse too) and babble on together! This weekend Mr Polka and I are off to attend another dear friend’s celebration as well as catch up with friends we haven’t seen for months and months. I can’t wait! What are you up to?

Around the specialty blogs this week:

Amy Chan gives grooms some great advice on looking your best for your wedding day on Polka Dot Groom

The lovely Lilia from My Sweethearts Bakery gives us an insight into what makes her tick on Polka Dot Wisdom

Geoff Makin from Wendy Makin tells us about the fascinating exhibition in Bendigo, The White Wedding Dress – on until the end of November on Polka Dot Wisdom

Photographer, Hannah Millerick shares a few of the things that inspire her on Polka Dot Wisdom

Wedding Gifts Direct gives us 10 fabulous tips on registering for wedding gifts on Polka Dot Wisdom

Alicia shares her easy to make and oh so cute Skeleton Key Escort card on Polka Dot Made

Tanya and Andy get married with a gorgeous soft pink colour scheme on a glorious sunny day on Polka Dot Weddings

Natalie and Luke share their gorgeous daisy filled wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

And all the way from the Czech Republic we have pink and polka dots in the wedding of Zdenka and Daniel on Polka Dot Weddings

And let’s all hop on a plane and go to Venice, which Calli shows us so perfectly with her stunning images of that city on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week…

The Sydney Wedding Registry is a worthy choice for any couple’s getting married soon – not least because of all the fantastic specials they have running at the moment! A congratulatory bottle of Moet for every booking during October? Check! A chance to win your very own Kitchenaid stand mixer every month between now and January for couples who register at their Bondi Junction store? Plus if you sign up with The Sydney Wedding Registry and your guest purchases reach $5000 or more, you’ll automatically win one! Check out their website for more!

Red Telegram Photography are finally coming to the end of their Winter Love Story competition! It closes at the end of October! The dynamic duo are giving away over $5000 worth of wedding photography and are doing a last call for entrants! Check out their website for more information.

Finally, our Friday cinema moment! The Bird Collective sent over the stunning film of the wedding of Bec and Josh! Entitled “City To Coast”. It shows that rain really isn’t a wedding day dampener!


Any news you have to share? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Pip and Wade’s Gorgeous Margaret River Wedding

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


Pip & Wade

There must be something in the air over in Western Australia because every wedding coming from the other side of the country seems to be full of understated glamour, natural elegance and very, very in love couples. Today’s wedding is no different- a beautiful garden ceremony and a fun, down to earth reception. Perfect for a Thursday!

Pip explains how she met Wade.  “Wade and I met at work – while setting up for a conference. The story goes that Wade woke up hungover at a friend’s place after a crazy party, couldn’t find proper clothes, or the keys to his car (his responsible friend Jos – who later did a reading at the wedding) had taken his keys, and his car home.  He managed to make his way to the convention centre where the conference was being held to boss six people around in setting up their booth.  I was also there, helping to organise the conference, and happened to catch Wade’s eye.

Little did Wade know that I worked with her mum – and he knew her director, so much secret squirrel whispering and gossiping ensued, until Wade finally sent a carefully composed email to me the day after the conference to ask me for a drink.  That first drink led to dinner, and we never looked back!”

Photographs today are by Photography By Emma Pointon. Emma’s ability to capture images in a soft, graceful way never fails to inspire me.

The floral arrangements were styled by a friend of Wade’s. Pip explains “The flowers were done by a lifelong friend of Wade, who lives overseas but was in Perth at the time of the wedding. They were amazing.  I don’t know much about flowers, but had a few pictures that I showed Nic (from Dalby of Flowers) and all the styling took shape from that.  My bouquet was based on an inspiration picture sourced from PolkaDot Bride, and I absolutely loved it!” Pip wore gold Jimmy Choo shoes with her gown.

Emma recalls “All the stationery was done by us. I had done a number of invitations for parents’ milestone birthdays and other parties, and didn’t want to be cutting and sticking multiple layers of paper (much as I like invitations of that style). For the wedding we wanted something simple yet stylish, that we could carry through all elements of the wedding.

On a holiday on the east coast 6 months before the wedding we came across some cool wooden stamps, and decided to use one of them, on textured white card, for all elements. We then used this for ceremony programs, placecards, the present table, and any other paper-based elements.”

Pip wore a Collette Dinnigan gown while her bridesmaids wore gowns made by Jealousy Bridal Design. Pip wore a Twigs & Honey hair flower in her hair which was styled by Lorna Marie Liddelow and her makeup by Lynette Nickell.

Pip walked down the aisle to ‘Saving Grace’ by Pete Murray. Pip admits she had been looking at wedding music for a very long time (perhaps even pre-engagement!) and eventually settled on this sweet tune as her favourite. After a few false starts, when they finally sat down to talk music, and she played it to Wade he agreed. The harmonica intro set a perfect tone for the simple, classy (but not traditional) ceremony, and the evening to come.

Pip says “My younger brothers walked me down the aisle, which was really special as they both really wanted to do it.” The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Ermenegildo Zegna.

Pip and Wade married on the grounds of The Caves House Hotel. Pip explains “We wanted a destination wedding, and when looking at weddings in the Margaret River region narrowed our search to locations that allowed us to have the ceremony and reception at the same place, as well as accommodation on site for guests to stay in. We wanted the reception to commence very quickly after the ceremony – we were certain we didn’t want our guests to wait around for us, so a location with a variety of options for photos – and quickly! – was also important.

The Caves House Hotel fit the bill perfectly – the gardens are stunning, the heritage-listed building has a beautiful feel to it, and it was all in the one place – perfect!”

The ceremony was a personal one. Pip remarks “Jennifer Etherington, our celebrant, was great. As soon as we met her we were keen to book her, and it turned out that Pip went to school with her daughter Kate. Heaps of our guests commented on how fantastic she was. She allowed us to create a ceremony that truly reflected us – nothing too soppy, but real, loving sentiment about how seriously we both take marriage, and how our thoughtful decisions had brought us to this special day.”

Family was one of Pip’s greatest memories – the strength, the love that they felt. She explains,  “Weddings can be amazing celebrations but they are also where family issues can come to a head. With plenty of potential for disaster our families ‘sucked it up’ for a day and chose to celebrate with us. They put their differences to one side and if the photos are anything to go by seemed to have a great day.”

Of their photographer, Pip remarks “We wanted photography to capture the day, not dictate the running of it, so it was really important for us to find a photographer with a photojournalistic style. We trawled through Perth and South West WA wedding photographers, trying to find what we were looking for, and came across Emma after quite a long search.  Pip met with one other photographer but didn’t come away with a good ‘vibe’, and after Emma came out to meet with us in our home, the minute we closed the door we knew we wanted to book her.

We also give her props for turning up to a client meeting after having no power in her house for a day or so!

After a slightly disastrous pre-wedding shoot (uncomfortable groom-to-be and some awkward moments) we’re sure Emma was nervous about how the day would turn out, but in the end we had a ball and think it went really well.”

The guest list was incredibly important to Pip and Wade. Pip explains “The main thing that made it special was having all the people who were most important to us in the same room at the same time.  We selected the guest list very carefully – including people who are a regular part of our lives, and were thrilled with the 80 people who were so delighted to share the day with us.”


After enjoying champagne post ceremony, guests headed straight to the hotel where they mingled on the terrace with drinks and canapes.

Pip says “Our wedding was a true reflection of us as a couple, with our closest friends and family in one place to laugh, talk and dance!”

Dinner was served in the Yallingup Room. Pip says “We went for simple and pretty over too many details. A few weeks out from the wedding I was forced to let a few intricate ideas go – I decided to prioritise my sanity over perfection, and in the end I think we had just the right amount of decoration.”

Pip’s special moment? I think it may become one of my favourite stories too. “We loved taking 10 minutes in the middle of the reception to head up to our hotel room (upstairs from the reception), debrief, and head back down to the reception. I’m sure people thought we were up to no good, but we genuinely just wanted to catch our breath, talk a little about the day so far, and amp ourselves up for the rest of the reception (we were having a great time, but were both pretty tired from the previous few days).  A few minutes together upstairs and we headed back down to hit the dance floor for the rest of the night.”

Pip loved “Not having a bridal table. We had three long banquet tables, and it was great to sit in the middle of our guests, allow our bridal party to sit next to their partners, and feel part of the day, and not ‘on show’.”

The group headed onto the terrace for Pip and Wade’s first dance. Pip recalls “We wanted something fairly classic for our first dance – not something that was the ‘song of the year’. Stand by Me (the original, by Ben E. King) was magic, such a beautiful melody and gorgeous words. We danced outside under the stars on the terrace – no choreography, but as Wade is quite a good dancer, we think we pulled off a pretty decent dance!”

DJ Darren Gittos kept guests on the dance floor all night. Pip says “I loved that we hired a DJ. We originally weren’t going to, but we’re really glad we went with a DJ over the iPod playlist option.  Our dance floor was pumping all night long, and that wouldn’t have happened without a DJ to read the crowd.”

Congratulations Pip & Wade! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today! Thank you also to Photography By Emma Pointon for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Photography By Emma Pointon / Bride’s Dress: Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jealousy Bridal Design / Groom’s Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna / Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey / Flowers: Dalby of Flowers / Venue: The Caves House Hotel / Hair: Lorna Marie Liddelow / Makeup: Lynette Nickell / Music: DJ Darren Gittos

Sara and Rueben’s London Vintage Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Sara and Rueben

A hop, skip and jump across the pond today to London for s beautiful English wedding! Our couple today, Sara and Rueben incorporate their own flair into their day- including Sara’s Buddhist wedding traditions.

Sara explains how she met Rueben. “I am a Practice Nurse and Rueben was a one off patient at the surgery. He asked me out on a date 3 months later and we went to Brighton. He had 2 glasses in his bag and a bottle of Verve.”

The gorgeous, quirky photographs today are by Solas Photographers who have captured the true essence of Sara and Rueben! Kalifilm Productions were also there on the day to shoot the film of Sara and Rueben’s wedding.

Rueben’s attire was from TopMan with his bow tie and top hat from ebay.

Sara started the day with friendship, she remarks “I had my close friends over on the morning of our wedding for champagne and strawberries. Hair and make up was also carried out by friends so this felt fun and quite relaxing.” Sara wore a gown from Phase 8 with shoes from Marta Jonsson.

Sara walked down the aisle Clare David ( playing the grand piano.

The ceremony was the best part of the day for Sara with many memories, she shares “Having my dad walk me down the aisle was very special and also the actual ceremony itself, particularly as my 2 friends took part in the Ceremony of Cups.”

Sara and Rueben married at Taplow Court. “Taplow Court was chosen because I am Buddhist and the grounds surrounding the Manor House are wonderful.”

Sara’s bridesmaids wore “Verity” gowns from Phase 8 and flowers were styled by Beccy (

Of their photographers, Sara says “We were lucky to have a husband and wife team who were fun and great to work with. On a few occasions we didn’t know what to do and without asking they directed us to where/what we should be doing, without fuss…fantastic!”

Sara offers this advice to fellow couples “Everyone says the day goes so quick and it does, this is not a bad thing, embrace it! HOWEVER make sure you don’t go cheap on the photographer because the next day and in the years to come this will be your only reference. I can’t put into words how lucky we were with Solas…We were showered with kind words on facebook for weeks afterwards-a truly happy ending and this is down to talent they gave us.”

Sara describes the day as “A heartfelt celebration of our union shared with close friends and family.”

Sara and Rueben held their reception at The Brentham Club and included many personal touches. “Rueben made our fantastic vintage photo booth which came with props. My friend Rebecca who is a florist also supplied the linen for the tables and chairs. We supplied the lanterns and umbrellas suspended from the ceiling. We also supplied a vintage screen with potted palm plants and an old vintage chest displaying the seating arrangements. Rueben’s mother made confetti from rose petals and hydrangeas and we also made the receptacles from old paper that had rose petals pressed in.” Rueben even creates photo booths for other London couples! (contact him here)

The three tier cake, decorated with pink roses was created by Maisie Fantaisie .

Wedding favours in the form of different flavoured jams and peppered jelly were made by friend Colvin (which you can buy here). Rueben made the labels along with the rest of the wedding stationery (including invitations and thank you cards).

Sara says “We wanted to avoid the first dance and due to an overrun on dinner we escaped that ritual 🙂 Later, after a few drinks we had a boogie without all the eyes on us!”

Congratulations Sara and Rueben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Solas Photographers for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Solas Photographers / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: TopMan / Bride’s Dress: Phase 8 / Bride’s Shoes: Marta Jonsson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Phase 8 / Ceremony: Taplow Court / Reception Venue: Brentham Club / Cake: Maisie Fantasie / Cinematographer: Kalifilm Productions / Wedding rings: John Lawrence Jewellery

Annie and Buff’s Intimate Seaside Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Annie and Buff

A wedding by the seaside with your closest friends sounds like a dream come true doesn’t it? Well it was for today’s couple Annie and Buff and I think their beautiful day might just inspire you for a beach side wedding of your own!

Of Annie and Buff’s story, Annie says “It’s not a particularly romantic story… We met a friend’s house warming party. We got really drunk, did some class ‘A’ flirting and then pashed on! The next day we went to the beach (the same spot where we had our ceremony) and just lay around sun-baking, talking and swimming. I think we both admit to falling in love that day. We were at the beach for almost 4 hours with no food or water – neither of us wanted to leave. I guess that bit is pretty romantic… Maybe I should leave the drunken party pash out of the story..?”

Photographs today are by Kelly Adams Photography. I love the way Kelly has captured Annie and Buff’s vintage style that they wanted to incorporate into their day and the romantic captures she produced.

Annie made her own button bouquet.

Annie wore a stunning gown buy Manuell & Moore. She paired it with barefoot sandals from Sandy Starlight. The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown dresses from Victoria’s Secret and the couple had three flower girls, including Annie & Buff’s daughter Holli.

The day was planned and styled with the help of Carol of Creatively Bespoke Weddings. Annie remarks “Carol Balfour from Creatively Bespoke Weddings and Events did all our styling and was there on the day to ensure things ran smoothly – she was AMAZING. She set up, as well as packed up and pretty much coordinated the day for us. We told her what we wanted and she made it happen. What more could you ask for?”

Annie and Buff held their ceremony at Currumbin Beach. Annie explains “The beach where we had the ceremony was a special spot for us as it’s where we spent our first date together.  It is also representative of the coastal lifestyles we lead and where we feel happiest. An afternoon at the beach can fix anything from a lingering argument to a massive hang over.”

The major DIY project was the wedding car! Annie recalls “We did the car ourselves! It was just a shell when we started (like literally). We spent many nights (and early mornings) together in the shed putting it together, piece by piece. It was pretty intense and at times quite stressful.  There was a time when we truly thought we weren’t going to get it done BUT all our hard work and sleepless nights paid off. I arrived in the hottest 1976 XY Ford Falcon you’ve ever laid eyes on. Looking back, it has been one of the best things we have done together, despite the hard times. I think we could have been a little bit more productive had we drank a little less beer too but where’s the fun in that?!”

Annie walked down the aisle to “A group of our friends playing live music at the ceremony.  We are lucky to know such talented musicians. There were bongos, a guitar, violin and the beautiful voice of Tessa. They played a cover of Angus and Julia Stone’s The Wedding Song.”

Kelly (our photographer) was recommended to me by my sister who had met her whilst in the bridal party of another wedding. She came with a glowing report! Kelly was very easy to work with and put in a lot of time before the wedding getting ideas and planning shots. We met with her twice before the actual day, she was very thorough. The second time we met we did a complete run-through of how the day would go (on location) and made lists of everything that we really wanted to make sure she captured. During the ceremony, I didn’t even notice Kelly was there – she was very unimposing. You could tell Kelly had thought a lot about what she wanted from the informal shots. She was precise and thorough without taking forever to get the “one”.  Kelly definitely lived up to the expectation in every way.

Annie describes the wedding as “From the sandy shores of Currumbin and into the thick, green valley – the beach meets the country with a rustic, vintage feel.”

The reception was held at Cottages on the Creek in Currumbin Valley. Annie explains “We wanted to have the reception somewhere “away from it all”. We wanted a relaxed place to chill out for the afternoon as opposed to a sit-down formal affair.  Also, because it was in the height of summer, we were conscious of our guests comfort. A rain forest clearing with a creek running through seemed almost too good to be true.  Cottages on the Creek is quite an idyllic spot and with just a full calico-covered hay bails scattered around for seats by the running water and the blues band in the background, lots of our guests said they felt like they were at a festival, not a wedding. We definitely achieved tranquility, that’s for sure.”

There was one minor disaster of the day. Annie says “The cake died! Piece of advice, DO NOT have a croquembouche (crockenbush) in summer – it will fall apart. The chef delivered the cake to the reception as it was starting and it fell apart during transportation. She was madly trying to rebuild it on location but didn’t have much success. We had the tip of our croquembouche on display (sigh!) and the rest of the delicious hand-made profiteroles were served individually with whipped cream. We just had to laugh about it as there was nothing else we could do and at least our guests still got dessert.”

Plus a final surprise for the groom. Annie’s voice! “At the reception I sang a song to Shannon that I had written. Our musician friends who played at the ceremony helped compose the music and backed me up. Shannon cried – he doesn’t really ever cry so that was pretty special.”

Congratulations Annie and Buff! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Kelly Adams Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Kelly Adams Photography / Bride’s Dress: Manuell & Moore / Bridesmaid Dresses: Victoria's Secret / Coordinator: Creatively Bespoke Weddings / Ceremony: Currumbin Beach / Venue: Cottages on the Creek
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