Snapshot Sunday – Practice

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Sarah Williams

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Jess and Aaron’s Relaxed Farm Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Jess & Aaron

The smokey golden colours of this farm engagement shoot from CJ Williams Photography in Western Australia. ……there is something so quiet and peaceful about having photographs where there is nothing but golden sun burnt grass, rugged buildings and of course gunboots!

The story of Jess and Aaron is a beautiful one too, especially their proposal! Aaron an aircraft maintenance engineer and Jess a teacher, met in 2009 and are planning a December wedding.  Jess tells their tale. “Aaron and I met in one those awfully clichéd moments – we bumped into each other (literally) in a nightclub on a Friday night. Aaron said he “didn’t want any trouble”, and I told him that, in that case, he probably shouldn’t have such a cheeky grin! It took us a week to finally go out on a date, but after dinner and two hours spent talking on the beach, we both realised very quickly that we had met the right person, and there has never been a moment of doubt since.”


“The story of our engagement was a bit of a comedy of errors for poor Aaron! After two years together, we decided to head down to Margaret River for a few days, then stop off in Mandurah to go camping and crabbing for a night on the way back. There weren’t many crabs about, and at about 10.00pm, Aaron claimed that he needed to go to the toilet, and proceeded to disappear while I sat in the car waiting. We headed back out into the knee deep water, and after a couple of minutes I looked up from trying to capture a prawn to see something floating in the water. It turned out to be a ring box, taped shut, with thin wire sticking out of the corners- confusing to say the least.”

” Aaron then proceeded to read me a funny rhyme he had written about our relationship, and asked me to open the box – which I did EVENTUALLY manage to do after getting all the wet tape off it…only to discover a plastic ring! Aaron then took the real ring out his pocket, finished the poem and asked me to marry him- of course I said yes, and let him put the ring on my finger (there was no way I was going to risk dropping it in the knee-deep murky water we were standing in)!

It turns out that Aaron had secretly caught a crab in his net and attempted to tie the box to the crab (hence the wire and disappearing act)…the crab had wriggled out of its shackles and escaped back into the water TWICE before he gave up and decided to float the box past me – only for me to be so busy trying to catch a prawn that it floated right by me unnoticed! All this after having the ring hidden away for almost a year!”

“Our wedding is to be held ‘down south’ in WA’s gorgeous Margaret River region. We will be getting married barefoot on the beach at Injidup Beach, Yallingup and then continuing the celebrations in a rustic outdoor reception at Swings and Roundabouts winery. Aaron’s family lives in QLD, so we are really excited to have them flying over here for the week to celebrate with us.

We will be turning the event into a holiday with both of our large (read:massive) families, so it will be a great opportunity for everyone to have a chance to meet and get to know each other.  But the best part of the whole thing will be getting to marry my best friend, and continue on the amazing journey we have already begun together.”

The Australian Wedding Book By Kate White

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


It seems it’s the season for wedding books to grace the bookstores and it’s about time I stopped poring over them and started reviewing them for you!

First up is a brand new Australian title – The Australian Wedding Book by Kate White. Kate, owner of Sydney catering business Katering has written the book to “allow you to have your dream wedding, not someone else’s”. Along with beautiful imagery from photographers I know and love (including a number of real life weddings) incredible sketches and drawings each focusing in on a section of Kate’s guide (meaning that flower or diamond shape is not so much left to the imagination as it is beautifully drawn or photographed).

Often comprehensive planning guides such as this are American based, so you end up having to ignore large parts of the book (rehearsal dinner, groom’s cake and other such traditions that are not a part of Australian weddings). The Australian Wedding Book eliminates this with every page relating to what we do, the way we plan, the traditions we have. The guides written throughout the book are not limited to a classic ballroom reception – they’re adaptable to your own celebration – whether it may be a cocktail function in the evening to  long lunch with scrumptious food.

Starting with the announcement of your engagement, the book travels through the journey of planning a wedding (covering The Who, The Where and The When) and flows into essential prickly questions such as invitation wording, the bridal gown (including beautifully drawn illustrations and fabric photographs), the decor (flowers, lighting and tables) right down to music, photography and videography and finally down to the tidbits like anniversary guides, timelines and wedding cake recipes.

Through the book are scattered full page, coloured photos of beautiful Australian weddings and tips & tricks from well known Australian wedding professionals such as Whitemoss, Jan Logan, Papier D’Amour, Wedding List Co and Grandiflora just to name a few.

At 380 pages with it’s hard bound silver luxurious embossed cover it’s fair to say The Australian Wedding Book is somewhat of an encyclopedia of Australian weddings.

The Australian Wedding Book retails for AU$75 and is available at all good bookstores and online.

The Wedding Book was sent to Polka Dot Bride for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy.

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Todd Hunter Mcgaw from What Would They Know? Todd Hunter McGaw

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you have a lovely week? Hasn’t it been so darn cold in the Southern hemisphere? I can’t quite believe how nippy it’s been! But ah I love it, I adore winter! Hot chocolate, fluffy slippers and scarves. So much fun!

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.

Saffron Yellow  Vintage Garden Wedding  Caitlin and Adam

Inspired Blooms - Tulips

1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Saffron Yellow 2.Lavender and White Vintage Garden Wedding 3.Caitlin and Adam’s Blue and White Country Wedding 4.Inspired Blooms – Tulips 5. Polka Dot Hot Spot- This month, a weighty topic!



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.

    Tips For Choosing Your Cinematographer


1.Expert Interview with Todd Hunter McGaw Photographer 2. Photographer Hannah Millerick’s collection of favourite wedding things on this week’s Vendor’s Favourites 3.Tips for Choosing Your Cinematographer 4. Organizing Your Wedding Part 5 – Delicious Drinks 5.NEW Every Friday! Top Ten – This week wedding photographers The Follans present their top ten wedding shoes


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 – Gold Coloured Bangles 2.Tuesday Type – Julieta 3.Wedding Favour Bag Labels 4.Cocktail Friday – Gin Fizz


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.

Maldives Real Honeymoon  Kenoa Beach Resort 

1.Iman and Damian’s Real Honeymoon In The Maldives 2.Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort, Brazil 3.Honeymoon Style: Brazil ~ Essential items for your honeymoon in the sun!


This week on Polka Dot Groom

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

From Me To We   

1.From Me To We : Tips For Couples Moving In Together For The First Time 2. Urban groom style with groom Tenny 3. A candid memory from groom Curt

Around the wedding world this week….

A big congratulations to Jodie, our Peony Blooms competition winner! Jodie is getting married in August and has won a $500 Peony Blooms flowers design voucher!


For all the Polka Dot Bride Readers, Couture Wedding Planning would like to offer a $500 Discount off their Haute Couture Full Wedding Planning Package . The offer is valid until the 30th June 2012, clients must contact Couture Wedding Planning directly and quote “I love Polka Dot Bride” on their email to redeem this fabulous offer.

Pallas Couture are holding a sample sale from Thursday June 28 until Saturday June 30! More than 100 samples will go on sale with prices  ranging from $500-$2,500. All gowns are sized between an Australian Size 6 and a small size 12.

The sale will be held downstairs Pallas’ Paddington studio (208 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021), where director Joy and her team of experienced wedding stylists will be available to offer advice, tips and opinions to prospective brides. Make sure to book your place with Rebecca as the sale is appointment only! Call her on 0402 761 427

Wedding registry, The Wedding Nest are offering one on one personal style consultations, as well as a generous 20% extra gifts offer until their website launches in September! The Wedding Nest was founded by two Sydney girls looking for something new and unique from a wedding registry! Check out their website for more.

For our film of the week I wanted to share this awesome first dance of Ryan & Frankie captured by Life In Light. In my dreams, Mr P and I can dance like this!