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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


For fear of cringing, I am one that completely loves Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day to me is never about expensive jewellery or endless flowers (though they’re all nice). It’s homemade, quirky tokens of love you don’t really get an excuse to give any other time of the year (because a mug with a perfectly gorgeous phrase is just not Mr Polka’s cup of teas (I really didn’t mean to write that pun, but it happened so go with it!) as much as it is on a day full of roses and commercial hoo-ha.

I love to bake cupcakes and ice them in lurid pink, give a print with a fun saying, make toast with red love hearts and just spend time with my loved ones (friends included!) so now I proudly present my 2011 Valentine’s Day gift guide! Everything on this list makes me smile and that to me is what Valentine’s Day is all about!

Red spotty candle by Emerald and Ella, I Left My heart In Paris print from Michi Girl, Apple lantern from Mozi, Love Memories book by Kikki K, Wilton Silcone heart shaped cupcake mould from Peters of Kensington, Ace At Heart Pyjama pants from Peter Alexander, Mr Frenchie (dreamer) Brooch from Moose, Smiling Valentine print from Susan Kare via Swissmiss, Harry’s cherry rocky road from Harry’s Rocky Road, SS Heart Bloom earrings from Polli, home delivered almond croissant from Cakevan

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Fly Me To The Moon Inspired Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I have the most delightful inspired shoot to share with you this morning, Cathrin D’Entremont is at it again and sent through these gorgeous photos of a showcase she put together with the Style With Us initiative. Style With Us is all about wedding professionals getting together to inspire each other, create something magical with their talents and inspire brides & grooms.

Today’s shoot was styled to the theme “Fly Me To The Moon”. Cathrin says “I loved the idea in creating a shoot in the horse barn. The colour of the wood, blue painted steel, limestone and the light brown horse.

Cornflower blue with antique gold, chandelier just to create the magic lighting and so out of place for a barn one would think! The draping behind was just perfect as the finishing touch. Love my dessert buffet, as I have such a sweet tooth myself.

The estate is so beautiful with manicured gardens. They have a restaurant on site which has many weddings throughout the year and there are many areas for a ceremony too. ”

The team behind today’s shoot:
Event Design and styling (including tableware, napkins, napkin rings, chair-covers, cake-box, frame and glasses)  by Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings
Floral Design (plus vases, candles and chairs)  by Flower Talk
Photography by Samm Blake Photography
Video by Urban Light
Sweet Buffet by kakawa
Cake by Glory Box
Stationery by Dizzy Wizzy Design
Hair & Make-up  by Nicole Forde
Linen by Bomboniere Galore
Gown from Fara Fashion
Models : Kelly & Adam
Location  Steward Brookleigh

Style With Me | Fly Me to The Moon from Urban Light on Vimeo.

Photography by Samm Blake Photography

Ivy and Aster

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


There’s a new label in town (and they want an Australian stockist!) Update: Studio White now stocks Ivy & Aster! and I just know you’re going to love it! It’s called Ivy & Aster and Ivy and Aster’s brand new collection centres around the story of two girls (Ivy and Aster) who have big dreams and make them come true.

The Ivy & Aster gowns, although simple with their lines are full of stylish whimsy- soft silk ruffles, sweet Swiss dots, chiffon flowers. Each gown has it’s own flavour, it’s own twist on tradition and each draws back to the original Ivy & Aster vision.

And the bridesmaids frocks? Beautiful sea foam greens, fuchsias, and navy blues . They’re fresh and flirty and gorgeous for bridesmaids or your own celebration. Again they have their own twists- an olive ribbon paired with a fuchsia gown or a pink draped dress and sweetheart bodice.

Photos by Elizabeth Messina Kiss The Groom for Ivy & Aster

Vendor Of The Week – LavenderBlue Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Welcome to another week dear readers- I’m am AMAZED that is already week two of February, how is it that the year is flying by so fast?

Let’s kick off our working with a spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We’re working hard to make sure our Directory is only filled with the best vendors out there for you and oh, we love them so! From photographers to florists, we’re building a fantastic network! Have a look and see what you might find!

Koala Lou I do love you! This week’s Vendor Of The Week is Sydney photographer LavenderBlue Photography. Mark’s style is clean and so classic- I love looking through his photos which unravel and tell a story of the day.

Mark describes his style as discreet and unposed. He captures moments as they unfold- they’re not staged and there’s no “faux glamour”. It’s real and honest and such a beautiful way of capturing a wedding.

To learn a little more about LavenderBlue Photography, we asked Mark five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Scotch Whisky.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Blue Mountains or Southern Highlands.

Favourite restaurant?

It would have to be Red Lantern.
Where can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Balmoral Beach or Kirribilli.

Your favourite wedding story?

Hmmm, there are so many, it’s very hard to pick just one. All the weddings I shoot have a story attached that makes them unique.

Visit LavenderBlue Photography‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! LavenderBlue Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


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