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Emma and Gareth Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Emma & Gareth

Oh Canberra, you really do not get enough loving on Polka Dot Bride! Luckily today, Emma & Gareth can make up for it! David Robertson sent over this glow-y, full of love and deliciousness shoot of Emma and Gareth who met in primary school. I LOVE the fun in this shoot, makes me want to go and hang out with these two!

Emma explains, “We met at our small primary school and became friends through high school before we started dating. Gareth is a handsome musician who stole my heart and wrote me the most special song for our six month anniversary (he was 17!) Four years on from then, we can’t wait to share the rest of our lives together! We’re not having an overly traditional wedding but it’s ‘us’ and we couldn’t be more excited about it. And, hopefully, I’ll get another song! :”

Photo by David Robertson Photography

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Henry Roth Spring 2011

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Henry Roth Kali

I’m a big fan of Henry Roth and the Roth Design Studio (including his parents and sister Michelle in NYC)- they continually produce designs knowing who and what their market is, they connect with brides personally and really? From day dot they’ve been such a support to Polka Dot Bride with such kindness!.

So it was a great honour to receive these photos from Henry last week to exclusively post on Polka Dot Bride of the Spring 2011 collection! To quote Henry “We believe high gloss glamour and future vintage has returned”. The team went for a Bridget Bardot look with voluminous hair and dark, sexy kitten eyes (Henry told me the trick is to use hand applied fake lashes from inner corner to outer with a pencil liner).

These gowns are available throughout Australia, in the USA at Kleinfeld and in Canada at selected retailers.

Oh, and this seems the perfect time to remind you that entries close on Tuesday for our “Win Your Dream Wedding Dress Competition With Henry Roth” where you can win the gown of your dreams from the Henry Roth website.

Henry Roth Heidi, Henry Roth Nicole

Henry Roth Ireland, Henry Roth Kendra

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Henry Roth Helena, Henry Roth Isla

Photos from Henry Roth

Shiva and Ali

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Shiva & Ali

A little something different from Canada this morning- Shiva & Ali planned their sweet wedding in a week!

Nordica Photography, who captured today’s lovely wedding said, “From our perspective, the special part of this wedding story was the timing of it. The couple got engaged on a Sunday, contacted us on a Tuesday for the photography and by the weekend, they were married. It was remarkably quick and considering how astonishingly beautiful and smooth the wedding went, they both should be commended!”

Shiva & Ali were married at The Fish House in Stanley Park. Cole and Jakob of Nordica recalled, “The wedding took place on a Saturday at The Fish House in Stanley Park. If you are not familiar with this park, it is known as ‘Canada’s Jewel’, and for very good reason. The park is absolutely stunning and considering it’s proximity to the downtown core, it’s remarkable. Between the sandy beaches, old-growth forest and spectacular mountainous views, it’s a very popular wedding location.

The wedding itself was, by design, very small and very personal. The bride and groom wanted to keep the wedding that way, and it created results that were very intimate. Just how we love it! The white dress worn by the bride was very traditional, and the rings that were exchanged were absolutely beautiful. Overall, if any bride and groom were to plan a wedding on short-notice, keeping it simple in this fashion is a recommendation that we’d suggestion without question.”

Jakob and Cole say, “The story from the day that we gathered was more of a lesson actually. Weddings do not need to be over-the-top in extravagance to be absolutely beautiful. This couple knew what they wanted for their wedding day, and they kept it simple. We really liked that, and we feel that simplicity complimented the photos.”

Congratulations Ali & Shiva! Thank you to Nordica Photography for sharing this morning’s images!

Photos by Nordica Photography

Hayley and Dene

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


Hayley & Dene

It seems this is the week of Polka Dot bridette’s weddings! Today is another absolutely stunning wedding day- a garden wedding in the Kurrajong Hills outside Sydney and the wedding of a very loyal and special Polka Dot Bride reader Hayley! I had such fun emailing Hayley prior to her wedding day, hearing about her plans and brainstorming ideas with her- it was such a thrill to see her photos and see how her day had finally come together (and finally reunited with her love Dene after a long period of air force training!)  Hayley says “My whole wedding had a personal touch, with a budget in mind and my dream wedding in my heart I decided to make each and every detail special to us.”

Hayley explains how she and Dene met. “Dene and I met when we were both in High School, I was 14 at the time, We worked weekends together in the local supermarket. It was a classic case of ‘check out girl falls for her shy shelf packing crush’. After our first year together Dene moved to a new work place in Canberra which saw us complete 2.5 years long distance before moving in together and doing 3 moves in 3 years, our story is one of love that has stood the test of both time and distance, one of making each waking moment spent together count for more than you ever thought it could. Dene has always had perfect timing, this timing saw his proposal overlooking the Opera House all the more special, as it happened to be the night they were testing the fireworks for New Years Eve, a 20 minute display lit the skies as we celebrated our engagement.”

Photos today are by Mint Photography who Hayley found through Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. I love the peaceful beauty of Mint’s photographs, they’ve captured the dreaminess and whimsical nature of Hayley and Dene’s celebration so beautifully.

Hayley wore an Alex Perry gown along with drop earrings by Alex Perry and a diamond pendant given to her by Dene as a thank you for her support during his work training. She carried a bouquet of cream blooms created by Petals & Leaves. which featured a very special touch. “On my bouquet I featured a brooch that had a photo of my Grandfather that had passed and could not be with us to celebrate, it was special to me to have him with me.” Hayley and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done by Kristen, Mobile Hair (0411 246 363) and Vanessa Southern ( 0416 394 403 ).

The couple married in the Blue Mountains. Hayley says “Dene and I wanted for our day to be hassle free for our guests; especially as so many were traveling from overseas and interstate to be with us. Our venue at Loxley on Bellbird Hill, in the Kurrajong Hills provided the perfect option for our day, allowing us to get ready in the boutique hotel rooms on site in the morning, wander on down to our ceremony in the beautiful gardens; we had our photos taken on location while our guests mingled and enjoyed canapés and pre dinner drinks on the deck before heading upstairs to celebrate in our sit down 3 course reception for 100 guests.

After dinner, guests could move between the upstairs and downstairs, or join in the dancing under the stars. The venue boasts a beautiful view from the bottom of the Blue Mountains looking back over Sydney with the twinkling of a million lights it is just amazing. Accommodation was available onsite so guests partied late into the night and we all caught up the next morning to relive tales of the night before  over a huge buffet breakfast, the venue allowed our big day to run seamlessly and the experience is a true credit to the high quality staff they have that manage even the smallest detail.”

Hayley and Dene planned their wedding from Perth. “Most of our wedding in Sydney was planned on the internet from Perth, I put a lot of faith in my suppliers and to see it all come together on the day was simply magical, each little piece came together like a real life mood board.”

After a tiny delay with guests stuck in traffic, we were told to hold off the ceremony for 15 minutes for the last few people to arrive.  I was so excited ( and ready) it was an agonising 15 minute wait.  however it did allow me a few special moments with my father before the ceremony, where all we had to do was laugh and enjoy the extra time we had been given, I always thought I wanted to be exactly on time for my wedding, but with my 15 minute twist of fate I am so grateful for this time I had with my father to take it all in.

Hayley’s bridesmaids wore gowns in shades of nude and taupe from Forever New. Hayley says “I walked down the aisle on the arm of my father to the Feather theme song from ‘Forrest Gump’ played live on violin.  I think it is the most beautiful tune, and one that reflects a journey and life long love.”

Hayley and Dene found their celebrant through Ms Polka Dot’s Directory “Our Celebrant was Robyn Pattison, she is an advertiser on Polka Dot Bride and was the perfect choice for our day, she was bubbly, inviting and knew exactly what we wanted for our ceremony and she made it happen. Our ceremony was personal, sharing stories of our relationship together, making our guests both laugh and cry, it was focused on our love for each other and Robyn assisted us in making it flow seamlessly, she is full of excellent advice and was always so helpful, going above and beyond to assist me when it came to paperwork as I am absolutely hopeless, she is a gem.”

Moments created memories… “To take a moment just with Dene, to step back for a second and take it all in together, the day flew by so fast, I am so glad we had just a moment to ourselves to absorb just how special the day had been and to notice all the little things.”

Hayley put lots of personal touches on the wedding day by taking control of all the decor. “I  DIY’d all the decor minus the flowers, I arranged Birdcages in the trees, rose petals aisles, candles lighting the garden paths, I had vanilla scented candles on all the tables at the reception so when guests walked in it was a mix of fragrant flowers and subtle hues of vanilla.

I had a birdcage wishing well, photos of Dene and I around the reception and also above us at the reception sat wooden letters LOVE, these letters were used in our engagement shoot and it was special to us to have them carry over through our wedding (these letters also appeared in a range of photos shown to us the next morning, with random guests, in trees, by the pool and then in a range of bedrooms, it was fun to see how they got around and that the party continued long after we had left).”

Blooms were a feature and carried the feel of the garden wedding into the reception. Hayley says “Each place setting on the table had a fresh flower on the napkin, the flowers were different from table to table and was a lovely touch as the tables were narrow, and could not fit large flower arrangements, so it was the perfect way to have the floral touches I was after.

A stunning three tier cake was a gift to the newlyweds. “The cake was also made by my Aunt as her gift to us, I provided her with a photo and she worked her magic to create the masterpiece 3 tier rich chocolate mud cake, it was delicious and was served with ice cream and mixed berry coulis for dessert.”

Hayley’s loved ones surrounding her added to the magic of the day. “My husband Dene is an Air force Pilot and seeing the wedding come together after being planned under such crazy circumstances was magic in itself. Many guests had to plan months in advance to get the time off duties to celebrate with us, but it was the most, special and memorable day of our lives. I have never felt so much love and pure joy in one room.”

The first dance was a special moment. Hayley recalls “Our first dance was to Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’ we did our first dance on the deck below as our guests cheered us on from the balcony above. Never dancing before we amazed ourselves with our how well a few You Tube dance lessons in the living room could transform into something incredible, we did dips and spins and shared a laugh as we moved around the dance floor without tripping over each other (much to the surprise and delight of our family and friends), we were quickly joined by friend and family to dance the night away with a little bit of something for everyone.”

Thank you Hayley and Dene for sharing your wedding day (and the moments leading up to it!) with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! A big thank also to Mint Photography for today’s gorgeous images!

Photos by Mint Photography

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