Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


WMB 684 550x366 Melanie and Bens Classic Sydney Harbour Wedding

Photo by Welsch Photography from Melanie and Ben’s Classic Sydney Harbour Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! I am so looking forward to getting in the garden this weekend, you see Mr Polka is a bit of a kitchen garden kinda guy and this weekend he’s planting our tomatoes! I sense many days of sneaking tomatoes that smell like Summer in my future! What are you planning for the glorious days ahead?

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.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Magenta 2.Real Engagement ~ William and Emily’s Romantic Country Engagement Shoot By The Stream 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Words – Louise 4.Real Wedding ~ Melanie and Ben’s Classic Sydney Harbour Wedding 5.Ask Ms Polka Dot! Three Ceremonies

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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.



1.What Would They Know – Marcus Bell & Penny Williams of Studio Impressions 2.How To Create A Unique ‘Wishing Well’ Station 3.Searching For A Celebrant? 4.Project Innovate- Selling For Wedding Professionals With Saundra Hadley 5.Wedding Memories… It’s The Little Things

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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.


1.Etsy Roundup – Summer Wedding Boleros 2.Tuesday Type – Singela 3.Free Mr & Mrs Chair Signs 4. Cocktail Friday – Haru’s Ginger Orchid Cocktail

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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.


1.Picture Perfect – Ikaria, Greece 2.Honeymoon In Greece, Italy, London and Thailand!

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

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


1.How To Buttonholes – A Guide 2.Inspired Memories – Sean 3. Groom Style – Ian

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Sydney cinematographer Moving Presentations has created a world first with their brand new ipad app called Filmbook. Designed to be like a living, breathing photo album, the book is custom designed around your wedding (FilmBook is currently available to download from the app store with the  featured wedding captured by Cathy Crawley of Beauitiful Moments Photography).

Available exclusively for Moving Presentations clients, the FilmBook blends the story of the day with stills, stories and films. It’s a beautifully created product and a lovely idea if you want to share your wedding in a unique way. Visit the Moving Presentations website to find out more.

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Melbourne wedding cake baker Mandarina Cakes has taken out the bronze medal for Australian Culinary Challenge, VIC in the wedding cake category with this wild and whimsical cake design! Congratulations!

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Bridal Market in NYC is just around the corner and the Polka Dot team would love to wish the Australians showing their designs a big good luck! Sarah Janks & Stephanie Browne are the two we know so far, do you know any more?

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one day house wedding hire giveaway The One Day House Wedding Hire Giveaway

Don’t forget if you’re a couple marrying in region of the Sunshine Coast in QLD to Byron Bay in NSW to enter our The One Day House Wedding Hire Giveaway! We have a $500 hire package to give away so enter here.

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The lovely Hollie, a student at RMIT is looking for candidates for a research project she is completing as part of her studies. The study centres around how women use the internet to plan their wedding and Hollie is looking for brides to complete it!

Hollie says “This survey is purely for my own research purposes, is will not be published, and any results will be kept on file until 28 February 2013. Participants do not leave any identifying information, this is a non-invasive study. I will be writing a completely anonymous questionnaire to be completed online. In order to participate, participants must read and agree to a plain language statement, and must be at least 18 years of age.
Please note that the possibility of me identifying the IP addresses of anyone is nil.”

If you’re interested in participating, here is the link to the survey Wed Plan Web Survey. All questions and feedback relating to the survey should be directed to

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Etsy store Garden Apothecary are offering Polka Dot Bride readers an exclusive discount! Enter the code BRIDE to receive a 25% discount on products!

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Michelle Roth has launched her gorgeous range of bridal gowns in Australia! With a completely different style to the designs of Henry Roth, her gowns can now be found at Vision In White Sydney, Samantha Wynne Perth and Brides & Bloom in Adelaide.

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We have TEN double passes to giveaway to brand new Australian wedding move “The Wedding Party“. Starring Josh Lawson and Isabel Lucas, the film opens in cinemas October 11th and is the tale of a secret, farcical wedding that turns into a happy ending.

To win one of the ten double passes to The Wedding Party simply leave a comment on this post telling me your idea for a wedding movie! What would the storyline be? I’ll give passes to the ten most creative answers!

This competition is open to Australian residents only. The winner will be chosen by Polka Dot Bride.  If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. This prize is not redeemable for cash. 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 9th October at 5pm EST.

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Finally our film of the week comes from Brent of The Grindhouse– a fun and peppy way to round out the week and have me looking forward to summer weddings!

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Showte and Murray’s Handmade Queensland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Showte and Murray

When Murray proposed marriage to Showte, “Love Me Do” was playing, the words wove their way through the wedding day which the couple wanted to feel like a vintage escape to the countryside. Filled with handmade, personal details, the photos tell the story of not only the wedding, but the newlyweds themselves.

Showte tells their story. “We met at a Conor Oberst Concert at the Tivoli in Brisbane.”

Photographs today are by Kelly Adams Photography who captures a fun, whimsical feeling to her photographs!

Showte and her mother designed her wedding dress, modelling it on 1950’s gowns. It was then made by a family friend. Showte remembers, “Ten minutes after I put my dress on I accidentally ripped it on the fence outside while taking some photographs. My bridal party and Kelly our photographer were beside themselves but I was so happy and excited about getting married that I didn’t give it a second thought. Instead I used the torn tulle from my dress and tied a bow with it for my hair.”

The bouquet was handmade with flowers from Rocklea Flower Markets. Showte recalls ” I had a picture of my late grandfather attached to my bouquet which was a special detail for me and my family. My mum, Murray and I went to the markets on the Friday before the wedding and hand picked all the flowers. We mainly chose wildflowers with green foliage for the reception and for my bouquet I had a bunch of baby’s breath tied with twine. The bridesmaids had mini garden roses.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Asos.

Showte and Murray held their ceremony and reception at Albert River Winery . Showte walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles that Murray recorded on his guitar.

Showte’s bridesmaids wore pale blue gowns made by a friend.

Of their photographer Showte says, “We met Kelly at a previous wedding we attended and really liked her personality and approach to photography. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. Her attention to detail and personality made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed.”

Showte remembers, “We had lots of DIY details. We wanted our wedding to be as personal as possible and reflect us as a couple. We were able to achieve this by making and coordinating everything ourselves. It was also nice to spend time together making all the little details that went into the wedding. I was surprised how handy Murray was with a hot glue gun.”

The couple payed homage to their love of music and the song that played as Murray proposed with the “The Love Me Do wall hanging. We love the Beatles and ‘Love Me Do’ was the song playing when Murray proposed. We spent a lot of time together making this piece for the wedding and It was nice to have it hanging behind us during the reception.”

The guests were greeted by a cake buffet including a pavlova- the wedding cake (Showte and Murray’s favourite dessert!)

There was a surprise moment during the reception. Showte tells, “Towards the end of the reception the PA had unfortunately completely died and we were without music. A guest (who happens to be a beautiful jazz singer) stood up and sang an A Capella version of Melody Gardot – My One and Only Thrill. It was a beautiful unplanned moment and ended the evening perfectly.”

For their first dance, Showte remembers, “It was M.Ward’s cover of ‘Rave On’ by Buddy Holly. The venue had some problems with the PA system. We were worried that we weren’t going to be able to have our first dance but luckily it worked perfectly.”

Congratulations on your marriage Showte and Murray! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Kelly Adams Photography  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Kelly Adams Photography / Bride's Dress: Handmade by a family friend. / Groom's Attire: Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade by a family friend. / Hairstylist: Graham at Vanilla Hairstudio Hope Island / Flowers: Brisbane Market Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Venue: Albert River Wines / Ceremony Officiant: Elisabeth Newlands (07) 5531 3060

Renee and Ash’s Relaxed Phillip Island Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Renee and Ash

Renee and Ash didn’t let the rain that came tumbling down on their wedding day deter them, in fact as always I think it made for even more beautiful photographs and memorable moments of their wedding day. Held at Inverloch near Phillip Island, the day had a special nod to how they came to be.

Renee tells their story “We met on the beach as we are both surf life savers. We still do life saving and our best friends are all life savers!!!”

Lilli Waters of I Got You Babe captured the shots of the day. Lilli has such a gentle, graceful feel to her photographs. Buff Wombat Media captured the film of the day.

The floral arrangements were styled by Blossoms & Branches Florist (Inverloch) (03) 5674 3600. Renee recalls ” I loved these flowers, perfect. Just what we wanted.”

Renee wore a gown by Catherine R Couture. She remembers “I loved my dress. Catherine was  easy to work with, a beautiful dress maker. “The bridesmaids gowns were designed and made by Barbara Collinson Dressmaker (03) 94811049 .

Renee’s jewellery was borrowed and gifted to her. She recalls ” Vintage and borrowed from my great Aunty and grandma. Handmade pearl earrings as a present from my parents.”

Renee and Ash held their wedding day at Manna-Gum.

Of their photographer Renee remarks, “We loved their work and professionalism. They were lots of fun and took great photos!!! Love the vintage look that the photos have. They also captured all the special moments and natural faces and actions of the day.”

The reception continued inside at Manna-Gum. Renee says “It was a fantastic venue!!! Very cosy and a good location.”

Renee and Ash hired Inspire Hire  to plan and style the day. Renee recalls ” Shelley was so helpful and had beautiful work!!! ”

Renee describes the day as, “Perfect in every-way, just what we wanted and dreamed!!”

Baker Boys Band performed the music of the night, Renee recalls “Great music and so professional. ”

Congratulations Renee and Ash! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you to Lilli Waters of I Got You Babe for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Lilli Waters Of I Got You Babe Photography / Cinematographer: Buff Wombat Media / Wedding Planner: Inspire Hire / Bride's Dress: Catherine R Couture / Bride's Shoes: Novat / Bride's Jewellery: Vintage and borrowed / Groom's Attire: Antonio Oriti Uomo / Groomsmen Attire: Antonio Oriti Uomo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Barbara Collinson Dress Maker (03) 94811049 / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Harmony Beads / Hairstylist: Tash Chandler (Phillip Island) / Makeup Artist: Ally De La Rosa (Phillip Island) / Flowers & Decor: Blossoms & Branches Florist (Inverloch) (03) 5674 3600 / Invitations & Stationery: Papyrus Design / Venue: Manna-Gum / Ceremony Officiant: Jacky Webster / Ceremony Musicians: Edwin Jungwirth (Friend) / Band: The Baker Boys / Wedding Cake: Lauren Poulton

Laser Cut Wedding Invitations

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


These laser cut invitations from Melbourne based Classic Wedding Invitations really struck me with the intricate, modern designs that the laser cuts lend themselves to. The duo have designed a range of suites showing off the different ways lasers can be used – from metallic card, to wood and coloured acrylic. It lends such a different feel to a wedding invitation and is one of those things that truly excites me!

The company has a selection of set designs (one of my favourites, not featured today, includes a delicate church which unfolds as the invitation is opened). They remind me so much of pop up books and “game” books I played with when I was growing up and I’m not sure if I could part with one if I was to receive it (though to be honest I have kept every single wedding invitation I’ve ever received…).

Classic Wedding Invitations can also add to the invitation by creating matching place cards, RSVP cards and decor items and if you don’t like one of their designs, they will happily create a custom piece just for you.

This collection, using metallic card is called the “Doillies” collection and comes in three different styles (Peacock Lane, Intricate and Checkboard). I think it’s my favourite of them all as it really shows off what a laser can do.

The “Landscape” series is fun with each card depicting the scenery as it unfolds. I love the winery version with the rolling harvest lines.

“His & Her Wedding Rings” is a fun one, the rings on this design actually pop out! I think it would be fun to have guests wear them at the wedding or use the laser cut wooden elements as the consistent decor element of the day.

The “Wooden Sphere” design is big and bold, requiring guests to pop out the wooden circle to reveal the event details.