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Jessie and Mark Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Jessie and Mark

A summery engagement shoot from the Picton Botanic Gardens from photographer Leah Kua today!

A little about how Jessie and Mark came to be (written by Leah and Jessie!)  “April 22nd 2006 – Location: Campbelltown City Show, NSW. Mark was there displaying his 4WD in the “Beaut Ute” competition and Jessie was a showgirl – a Campbelltown showgirl, not the type with yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there! In preparation for the Grand Parade, each showgirl had to select a truck to ride on the back of and Jessie picked Mark’s. Mark will argue that he was second choice but Jessie maintains that her thoughts were “Nice truck, hot owner!”. Cute, cute, cute and totally meant to be! After spending the next few hours talking and getting to know each other, Jessie and Mark parted ways. Jessie (not knowing Mark’s name at this point) thought she would never see him again and wrote it off as a lovely afternoon, so imagine her surprise when he turned up at her work the following Monday. The two became friends and started spending a lot of time together. After two months of being inseparable they both knew there was “just something about” the other, they were too comfortable and shared the same love for off-road 4WDing to not give it a try.

Fast forward to August 22nd 2009 – Location: North Wollongong Beach, NSW. Jessie and Mark had spent the morning on a Skydive over the beach and were safely on the ground, surrounded by friends and family when Mark popped the question. It was a day neither of them would forget. Mark is still undecided which was more nerve racking, the Skydive or the proposal!

Leah says “Picton Botanic Gardens was the ideal location for the Jessie and Mark as they both adore the relaxed, country lifestyle Picton has to offer. Jessie and Mark felt the shoot would not only provide them with amazing images but also be a constant reminder of the two wonderful years they spent living in Picton. Considering the history the couple share with a certain vehicle (sometimes referred to as “The Mistress”), it was only fitting the 4WD which brought Jessie and Mark together would feature somewhere in the Beloved session.”

Leah says “Jessie and Mark’s beloved session started in the beautiful Picton Botanic Gardens, where they explored a lush, sun drenched ravine and then as the sun set they moved to a deserted dirt road. It meant so much to Leah to be able to explore both sides of their relationship in this visual way, starting with the romantic, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you’ side and finishing with the more adventurous side. And since we’re talking jumping out of planes right before proposals type adventurous, a freezing, deserted dirt road after sun down in Picton is really nothing in comparison to the amazing ride these two are on together.”

Photos by Leah Kua

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Filip and Daniella

by | Australia - South Australia, Bride, Inspired Wedding Films


A sweet treat for your Saturday morning from Ryan Polei– the wedding video (part one) of Filip and Daniela!

Filip + Daniella: Chapter 1 (HD) from Ryan Polei on Vimeo.

Eleanor’s Picnic Wedding

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


A fun and summery board for you this afternoon – or rather for reader Eleanor who is having a picnic wedding beside the seaside on a farm.

I envisage an eclectic style of picnic wedding for Eleanor. For her – a fifties ballgown, with her bridesmaids in soft tutus in different shades of brown. A ceremony under lengths of streamers blowing in the breeze, a bouquet of sweet peas and the golden sun dried grass glowing as the bride walks to meet her groom.

Tables covered with vintage table cloths, stacks of books (when in doubt Eleanor and her fiance can be found in a corner leafing through the pages) and some vintage accessories like a globe (they love to travel) and plenty of votive candles, and mismatched glass jars and vases holding flowers in shades of orange and pinks. Blankets and rugs with soft, squishy cushions for guests to mingle and dine.

Garden games of bocce and croquet set up near rugs covered with throw pillows,  and platters of freshly made comfort food like grilled cheese sandwiches and eco-friendly cutlery tied up with string. The homemade wedding cake topped with a hand sewn love heart. (Not only is Eleanor handy with a needle and thread, but she’s is smitten with the wedding of Max & Margeux). As darkness falls, paper lanterns glow creating shadows and atmosphere.

Bride & groom photo from cutlery from The Brides Cafe, tablecloth setting, sandwiches from France Ruffenach, photo by Gemma Clarke, croquet photo from Mary & Gabrielle Events by Shona Henderson, sweet pea bouquet from The Knot, cake photo by Our Labor Of Love from Max & Margaux’s wedding via Once Wed, girl in tutu from tutuschic on Etsy, Wooden signs from Salt Harbor Designs, book centrepiece from Once wed, Blackbird Letterpress Invitations from Oh So Beautiful Paper, lantern photo by Bonnie Tsang via 100 Layer Cake.

Win Your Dream Wedding Dress From Henry Roth!

by | Bride, Competitions


Designer Henry Roth and Polka Dot Bride present a brilliant ‘Win Your Dream Wedding Dress’ event!!

Today’s competition is quite simply the biggest we will run all year! It’s become somewhat of a tradition (see our 2008 and 2009 competitions!) and one that we’re proud to continue with the fantastic Henry Roth brand! In 2008 it was a wedding gown, in 2009 it was four bridesmaids’ gowns, and this year? It’s the wedding gown of your dreams!

That’s right Polka Dot Bridettes! For one lucky bride, Henry Roth is giving away any single wedding dress of your choice from the Henry Roth range – you can choose the gown of your dreams! Polka Dot Bride will put the winner in touch with designer Henry Roth, who will personally consult with you on your measurements, ordering your gown procedures, time scale and how you are thinking of customizing your gown – including hair, make up and veil, jewellery, shoes and more.

Henry Roth and his family have been dressing brides for over 50 years and Henry himself grew up with wedding dresses running through his veins. His parents founded the business and today work with him, and his sister Michelle, not only selling gowns to Australian brides, but also exclusively through New York’s best loved bridal destination – Kleinfeld.

The ultimate wedding fantasy of winning your own dream wedding gown just got a whole lot more… real!

So, Good Luck, great frocking and enjoy your ‘Win Your Dream Wedding Dress’ Competition!!!

How do I enter?

As in the previous competitions, this competition is all about inspiration boards! Inspiration boards are one of my favourite things in the wedding world. You can pull together every element of a fabulous wedding in pictures to create a real ‘feel’ for the event. Check out any wedding blog and you’ll see plenty of these – you can check out previous Polka Dot Bride boards here.

Create your unique inspiration board highlighting the one wedding dress you have your heart set on from the current Henry Roth wedding dress collection.

Plan for your story board to clearly illustrate how the Henry Roth gown you adore, would work in the context of your proposed wedding theme, colour choices, flowers, reception, (as some of many areas of your wedding you may think of highlighting).

Entries that are bold, and ideas that are well-edited, helps to capture our attention and give it the ‘wow’ factor!

Your board can include as many or as few photos as you like – tell the story of your wedding, show off your style and creativity!

Please credit all sources of the pictures you use to create your board (i.e instead of ‘Google images’ try and find the exact source) and link to them. If in doubt, it’s best to leave the image out!).

Entries must be emailed  in a jpg, pdf or gif format with your full name and image credits to by 11.55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, November 30th, 2010.

As per our last competitions, once the close date has passed, Polka Dot Bride readers will be asked to vote for their favourite entry. Voting will be open for two weeks. The top three entries will then be given to Henry Roth who will choose the ultimate winner.

How Do I Make An Inspiration Board?

You can make a board using any graphics program like Photoshop or Paintshop.  Simply save the images you’d like to use and arrange them in a document. Mrs Lemon at Weddingbee has written a tutorial on using Photoshop for your inspiration boards, A very easy way, is to use an online tool called Mosaic Maker where you can upload your pics and create a simple but effective board over at Flickr tools. A third way is to use Polyvore, which allows you to drop images in from any source.

Please credit all sources of the pictures you use to create your board (i.e instead of ‘Google images’ try and find the exact source) and link to them. If in doubt, it’s best to leave the image out!).

Your entry must contain at least one photo of your dream gown from

What Are The Conditions?

The entrants will be voted to a top three by Polka Dot Bride readers and the winner will be chosen by Henry Roth from the three finalists. The winner will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. The competition is open to Australian residents aged 18 or over. International entries will be accepted however they will not be eligible for the prize. Employees of Polka Dot Bride and Henry Roth are not permitted to enter. There is a limit of one entry per person. Entries close 11.55pm Australian EST on November 30 th 2010. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner. Each entry will be individually judged, based on creative merit. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize is valid for twelve months from the date of the winner’s announcement. The (prize) dress will be the size of the closest measurements on the Henry Roth size chart. The size will be determined through bust, hip and waist measurements. This prize does not include alterations. Henry Roth will make direct contact with the winner upon the announcement. The prize includes shipping and insurance within Australia. All other costs that are associated with redeeming the prize are the responsibility of the winner. The prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted for any other Henry Roth product. The prize must be claimed within twelve months of initial contact by Henry Roth Australia. If no contact is made within twelve months, the prize will become null and void. No responsibility is accepted for any variation in the value of the prize. No responsibility will be accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries.No late entries will be considered. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss) or for personal injury which is suffered or sustained, as a result of the prize. All entries become the property of the promoter – Polka Dot Bride. The Promoter reserves the right to use the content of any entry for the purpose of future promotions or blog content.

This competition has now closed.

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