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Sal and Gus’ Berrima Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Sal & Gus

Even though it’s heading towards Summer with plenty of warmer weather, I am a cold weather girl and I love the cosy feeling to today’s engagement shoot from Chase Kuhn.

Gus proposed to Sal at the Mt Tomah Botanical gardens. Sal tells the story. “Gus took me on one of his classic “spontaneous” adventures.  The day was a day of surprises.  Surprise one: Gus arranged for the Botanical Gardens to be reserved for us after closing hours. We walked through the gardens looking at different beautiful locations, finally arriving at his location of choice just before sunset.  Surprise two: Gus set up a picnic on a grassy terrace looking out over the blue mountains.  We enjoyed dinner and dessert.  Surprise three: Gus had me close my eyes while he set up a telescope.  The two of us enjoyed looking at things in the distance.  Surprise four: Gus told me that he had a special filter for looking at the sunset.  He took a moment and placed the filter on the telescope.  When I looked through the telescope the “filter” said “Marry Me Sal!”  As I took her eyes away from the telescope Gus was on one knee.  I said yes.

For their engagement shoot, the couple headed to Sal’s family farm in Berrima. Sal recalls “We really wanted to capture an average day on the farm.  In short, walking the paddocks and exploring the beautiful countryside.  We took a stroll for about 5km round trip laughing, running, looking at wildlife, and enjoying each other.”

Photographer: Chase Kuhn
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Wedding Table Number Roundup

by | Bride, Reception, Stationery And Paper Goods


I love the creativity put into table numbers (and names!) nowadays – from naming your tables after special places to you, to putting the number on a special item. Here’s a roundup of some of my favourite wedding table number finds.

1. Wedding table number tents from Lavenderandlily 2. Chalk board wedding table names from eventdesignshop 3. Antique spoon table numbers from hammermann 4.Trained Vine Candleholder from BHLDN 5. Doily table numbers from Eldetail 6. Numbered burlap wine bags from funkyshique 7. Vintage Wedding Framed Chalkboard from thefunkyshack 8. Wedding centrepiece table number charms from braggingbags 9. Gold table numbers from shabbymechic 10.Wood Burned Engraved Table Numbers of Birch Branches from vermontbranchcompany

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Emma and Braden’s Wedding

It’s definitely a wedding weekend here at Polka Dot HQ with two much awaited celebrations taking place! A big congratulations to all the couples tying the knot this weekend out there! I bet it will be beautiful!

On our specialty blogs this week:

On Polka Dot Groom Ricky writes about his wedding to Anne on Canada Day on a yacht, no less

Cindy from Cinz Style shares some valuable tips on changing your style on What Would They Know on Polka Dot Wisdom

From The Owl Wedding Registry had their launch party – on Polka Dot Wisdom

James from Xiss Photography tells us his take on Spring Weddings on Polka Dot Wisdom

Katerina from Adore Beauty lets us in on the secrets of keeping your makeup fresh on your wedding day on Polka Dot Wisdom

Some gorgeous hessian chair bunting to make on Polka Dot Made from Cinderella at Brindabella

Hanna and Rob share with us their intimate and touching Art Gallery wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Savannah writes about her perfect wedding to Logan on Polka Dot Weddings

Emma and Braden share their colourful heartfelt wedding in A Florist’s Country Wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Take a trip to the beautiful wonderland of  Caneel Bay on the US Virgin Islands with Sharon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

SugarLove Weddings are celebrating founders Bradley Patrick & Leigh Taylor’s 10 year anniversary (that’s them on their wedding day above! They’re escaping to tropical north QLD to renew their vows) with a special offer for couples booking during November 2011! SugarLove Weddings are offering all new client bookings a complimentary second photographer valued at $550! Visit their website to check them out and contact them.

Johanna Johnson have officially launched their online store. They have their full collection of bridal gowns and accessories available to purchase for brides worldwide- they even have swimwear for your honeymoon! Visit their website here.

Henri Josef website has unveiled his new bridesmaids collection this week- all shot in Times Squae NYC!The new collection features plenty of modern styles- from asymmetrical necklines, strapless ballgowns and plenty of texture and colour. Visit his Henri Josef website to see them!

Have you signed up for yet? It’s a virtual pinboard entirely devoted to weddings. What I love most about is how on board they are with the whole crediting vendors issue so they’re working hard to ensure every image has every vendor involved in it credited. There’s an intuitive search function (Pink butter cream cakes returns well pink butter cream cakes!) and plenty of images from some of the top wedding blogs (Snippet & Ink, Kiss The Groom and Grey Likes Weddings for example!) Visit the website to sign up and request an invite!

The Sydney Wedding Registry is offering  the chance to win a Couple’s Harem Hammam indulgence package at Fleur de Lys Medispa, Woollahra.Add any of the Fleur de Lys spa treatments on their site to your gift registry between 1 November 2011 and 31 January 2012, and you could win a fabulous 2-hour Couple’s Harem Hammam package at Fleur de Lys’ luxurious Middle East-inspired spa, worth $750, to enjoy together! Check out their website for more.

Rounding up our roundup (how many rounds can I get into this roundup?) It’s time to share another beautiful wedding video with you! White Heights Media sent over this video of Jesse and Brendan, it’s fun and upbeat and just the right way to end this week!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!


Lucie and Eric’s Sweet Sydney Wedding

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


Lucie and Eric

We’re rounding out Thursday with a simple and beautiful Sydney wedding. I love tradition and today’s celebration is full of traditional touches with a couple who are beautifully in love.

Lucie recalls how she and Eric met. “We met at a colleague’s farewell drinks – it was love at first sight!”

Photos today are by Nerida McMurray Photography. Nerida always captures image simply beautifully- clean, crisp and fresh.

Eric and the groomsmen wore suits from All The Rage Formalwear.

The stationery was created by Fine Invitations.

Lucie and Eric were married at Loreto Kirribilli Chapel. Lucie explains, “The chapel  holds a special place for the women in our family as we all attended Loreto, Kirribilli.”

Lucie and her bridesmaids had their look styled by Gorgeous Hair and Make-Up.

Lucie donned a strapless gown by Rhonda Hemmingway Couture with Alan Pinkus shoes while her bridesmaids wore vivid blue strapless gowns from Roseville Bridal. Plumbago Flowers created creamy, fluffy bouquets for the occasion.

Lucie walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.

Lucie describes the wedding as “A traditional, simple, elegant wedding that everyone enjoyed.”

Of their photographer, Lucie says “Nerida is a lovely person and a fabulous photographer. She made everyone feel comfortable and captured the spirit of our wedding perfectly”

Lucie and Eric held their reception at The Tea Rooms QVB. Luci recalls “The Tea Room was stunning and the service was brilliant. Natalie Hughes (event Manager) and the staff at the Tea room went out of their way to ensure that our day was perfect. ”

A two tier beautiful wedding cake was created by Faye Cahill, Lucie says “I loved the cake – because you cannot have a party without cake!”

For their first dance, Lucie says “We danced toBeyoncé’s version of ‘At Last’. We had attended dance lessons after work and had practiced…very little in fact. I thought after 6 lessons we were doing quite well (for the little practice that we had done). We were able to keep in time with the music and remember the 5most simple steps. On the night of the wedding, the music started and we commenced our dance. We were doing well up until the point where I had to walk backwards in my dress and realised this was not possible. We were stuck in a corner with no place to go. I then burst out laughing and we went free stylin’…”

Congratulations on your new life together Lucie and Eric! Thank you for sharing your day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Nerida McMurray Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Nerida McMurray Photography / Bride’s Dress: Rhomnda Hemmingway Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Flowers: Plumbago Flowers / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: All The Rage Formalwear / Music: Lanneke Wallace Wells (The Song Company) / Reception Venue: The Tea Rooms At QVB / Bridesmaid Dresses: Roseville Bridal / Stationery: Fine Invitations / Cake: Faye Cahill / Transport: HF Wedding & Hire Cars
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