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Maggie and Vincent’s Vintage Style Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


A completely different feel with this afternoon’s engagement session (oh how I love a double header!) this engagement shoot captured Vincent and Maggie and was captured by Sydney photographer Sooti Tan of WS Avenue.

Maggie, our bride to be tells their story. “Vincent and I knew each other back when we were in Year 10. We didn’t really talk much because he had his group of friends and I had mine. Throughout the years we went about our own lives – uni and work and didn’t keep in touch. It wasn’t until we met each other again at a friend’s birthday party a few years ago that we began to get to know each other again and realised we had so much in common!

We both decided to go with the vintage theme because we love all things vintage! I love old movies and we often go shopping in vintage stores. We also chose the picnic theme because we love going on picnics too 🙂

Vincent is very romantic and popped the question with a vintage-style Claddagh Irish love ring (the ring holding the lavender flowers in the picnic photo). We compliment each other very well and can’t wait to get married!”

Photos by Sooti Tan of WS Avenue.

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Kristy and Brendan’s Rustic Camping Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Kristy and Brendan

Interior designer and photographer Ashley Krogman sent this  “rustic camping” style engagement session along and I thought it was a nice variation on the picnic style engagement- especially with a lovely hot drink in that retro thermos. Hot chocolate? Yes please!

Bride to be Kristy, shared the story of her relationship with Brendan. “One of my favorite holidays that I look forward to every year is Thanksgiving. A time to celebrate with friends and family and be thankful for all the blessing that God has put into my life. This year however was going to be different and a little more difficult. My mom passed away unexpectedly in April and my Grandmother in October, and this year Thanksgiving just didn’t mean the same to me. I wasn’t going to be able to spend it with 2 very important people in my life.

Every other year Thanksgiving falls on my mother’s birthday, November 25th, and this year happened to be one of those years. The 25th snuck up on me and it was time to travel back home to spend the holiday with my family. My fiance was such a sweetheart and bought flowers to bring to my mom’s site for Thanksgiving and her birthday. On the way home (2 hour drive) he seemed to be acting a little different but I didn’t think much about it, little did I know he was so nervous and rehearsing what he was going to say in his head.

When we got to mom’s site we laid down the flowers and got to tell her happy birthday. When I stood up ready to leave, he pulled me tight and told me how much he loved me. He began to start his proposal and told me that he knew it would be hard to go though the next big phases of life without her by my side and that he wanted to get me as close to her as possible to share this moment with her on her birthday. As tears came falling down I realized that I still did have a lot to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving and that my mom isn’t going to be missing the next big phases of my life, only seeing from a different view.

Brendon and I met at Deerwood country club, him as an assistant golf pro and me as the beverage cart attendant or the “beverage babe” as he called it! Brendon is the type of guy that every girl wants to be with. Funny smart polite and charming ( most of the time) haha . He has a way of making the whole room laugh including himself. Brendon is the most goal oriented and driven person I have ever met.  He drew me in with his charm and cute smile but has kept me here because of his passion for life and the amount of love he has to give.  It sounds so cliché to say I am marrying my best friend, but I truly am. We can’t wait to start our journey together and experience all that life has to offer us.”

Photos by Ashley Krogman

Creative Colour – Sea Green

by | Bride, Creative Colour


A clear, watery green-y blue the colour of aquamarines and the tropical sea.

Combine with ivory and pearl grey

–       With soft mustard, taupe and soft apricot

–       With greens of all hues

–       With Spring Green, Aqua Blue and Azure Blue

–       With Lilac and Deep Iris

–       With Indigo and Azure Blue

–       With Cherry Red and magnolia

–       With Champagne and touches of Antique Rose

–       With Jade Green and Aqua Blue

–       With Pewter Grey and Jade Green with touches of Spring Green

–       With Watermelon Pink, mid apricot and touches of Milk Chocolate

–       Flowers could be all shades of white, with touches of grey in foliage, or add in touches of your other colours into the mix

–       Sea shore objects combined with worn sea glass, threaded on string garlands or piled in bowls, for a pop of colour – orange gold fish in large round bowls on each table

–       Capiz shell in garlands, hanging from the ceiling, in bowls

–       Crystals added as your sea water sparkle to the edges of sea green sari or organza table runners

–       Glassware in greens, blues or clear to add sparkle

–       Silver, aquamarine, jade, crystals, pewter, platinum, tourmalines

–       Apricot tablecloths piped in sea green, dinner ware in milk chocolate, watermelon and sea green randomly piled at each place setting, pewter flatware, napkins in sea green piped with milk chocolate, glass bowls of apricot and watermelon coloured peonies and roses embellished with brown twigs, candles in apricot, bridesmaids dresses in sea green

–       The bride in sea green shoes and beaded sash, or be really different and consider a dress in a dreamy softer version of sea green silk

–       Pale Grey in cloths and dinnerware, with a sea green charger (plate), sea green napkins, add sparkle with silver candlesticks, vintage silver cutlery and silver edged glassware, silver and sea green candles, sea green bowls of soft grey leaves

–       Weathered silvery wooden tables and chairs, set on a deck, a jetty or the sand, all ivory/white decorations, old silver flatware tied up with twine, green leaves stuffed into tin pitchers, sea green, taupe and white paper bunting tied up with twine, dancing in the breeze, casual buffet food and cocktails

–       A tower of coloured macarons – in sea green  (peppermint), vanilla, copper dusted gold (salted caramel), and apricot  or strawberry – yum!

–       The boys in taupe or grey suits, white shirts with sea green ties and socks

Hair flower from TwistedCrystals on Etsy, glass bowl from GlassMarketSea Foam Of Affection dress from Modcloth, Starfish cookie favor from Just Weddings

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Are you happy for the weekend? I have been so overwhelmed by the wonderful weddings we’ve shared this week- plus we have some really stunning ones coming up next week too. I always try to share weddings that touch my heart, so i hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Photo from My Best Friend’s Wedding by Todd Hunter McGaw Photography.

It’s been another week of beautiful content on our blogs too! (subscribe to all our blogs at once in your feedreader by using this link or hit the subscribe tab on each individual blog to subscribe to each feed!)

Geoffrey shares his favourite wedding memory on Polka Dot Groom

The beauty of red bouquets on Polka Dot Wisdom

Make your own Thank You Cone with this tutorial on Polka Dot Made

A Mad Men inspired hen’s party on Polka Dot Weddings

Samara’s best friend’s wedding also on Polka Dot Weddings

Kelly and Andrew share their Hong Kong Honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Wonderful tips for your Thailand honeymoon from reader Kate

Finally, Ashley’s stunning Hawaiian honeymoon also on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Don’t forget, we’re always open to new story ideas and new contributors on our specialty blogs! Register for a personalised collection and fill out our contributor application and we’ll be in touch with more information! We’d love to have you!

Our Paloma’s Nest competition closes early next week- have you entered yet?

Don’t forget we’re giving away two $4000 photography packages with Infinity Photography too, you can find out more about that competition here!

Decorative Events are holding a wedding showcase in Sydney tomorrow the 7th of May. There’s a 15% product discount if you attend, plus the opportunity to see beautiful setups and meet with the Decorative Events event stylists! Call (02) 8399 2299 to RSVP or visit the website and click the banner!

To celebrate Akimbo’s one year anniversary, Alicia is offering 20% off her bespoke wedding stationery through May. Visit the website for more information.

Bridal designer Baccini & Hill have a number of events coming up, from instore fashion parades, designer days, and the new collection hitting the store. Visit the website for more information.

Photographers SugarLove Weddings are now on Facebook, check out their page here

Have a beautiful weekend Polka Dot Bridettes!

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