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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

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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!

Elise and Brodie’s Intimate Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Elise and Brody

There is something just beautiful about a garden wedding. From the photographs among the greenery, to the romance and magic of mother nature. Victoria’s Mount Macedon region provides almost a mystical mountain feel to the atmosphere. I love the romance of today’s celebration!

Elise and Brody met through mutual friends. “Brodie & I had been friends through mutual friends for years. We’d both secretly had feelings for each other but it wasn’t until my brother-in-law, who worked with Brodie at the time, began talking about me at work and what I was up to etc… My scheming brother-in-law was also doing groundwork with me, making sure I knew as much about Brodie as possible. Eventually Brodie called to ask if I’d be interested in catching up, to which I eagerly agreed. Within months we were inseparable and to this day we’ve barely been apart. So what started as a friend, we’ve now become best friends and lifelong partners.”

Today’s photographs are by the girls at Red Telegram who capture such beauty and magic in their photographs while still retaining an elegance.

Elise and Brody held their ceremony and reception at Campaspe House in Woodend. “We were sure of only a couple of things for our wedding. It was to be intimate, the location had to allow somewhere for the ceremony, somewhere for the reception and accommodation. And we wanted it to be as relaxing as possible for our guests without the need to drive from location to location. Campaspe House was even more appropriate because we had the whole place to ourselves, not something we came across easily when researching locations.

I remember arriving to inspect Campaspe House, I knew the moment I arrived it was perfect. I literally couldn’t keep the smile off my face. The sweeping driveway, the manicured gardens, and the warm country feel of seclusion, it really did have it all. Then the food, which everyone still raves about, the service, that went beyond serving us food and drinks but included entertaining the kids and making us feel like the place was ours, and the behind the scenes effort from the staff made it go above and beyond anything money can buy.”

“One of the most humorous things that happened during the day was early in the morning, we’d checked out of our hotel to go to the wedding location. I was handing the keys into reception while everyone else was piling into the cars to leave. As I was walking back I saw my sister Shahn sprinting from the car back into the hotel room, before sheepishly returning with the wedding dress! She’d accidentally left it hanging in the wardrobe… to this day we still laugh about forgetting the dress!”

Elise’s sister played an extra special role in the day. “One of the most amazing details about our wedding was that my sister Shahn designed and made my dress.

It is something I look back on fondly, we are all so proud of her and it was definitely a highlight that she could do this for me. Even though she lives about 4 hours away, she travelled home for fittings and did anything possible to help me come up with a dress that I absolutely loved. As if that wasn’t enough she also made her own stunning dress, one for my other sister and my mum. She is so passionately talented and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. How many people can say their sister made their wedding dress?”

Music choices were important. “Brodie and I love music, which makes agreeing on one song difficult. The location was perfect, the atmosphere was made by the surroundings and the people; we just needed a song that blended all that together without being overpowering. It was my sister who eventually suggested ‘the feather song’ from Forrest Gump. It was just right.”

Family made the day for the newlyweds. “We loved having a ‘weekend wedding’ was something we will forever cherish. It was waking up and having breakfast with all our family, sitting around the pool before the ceremony while the kids swam, enjoying a night of great food, singing, dancing, and laughter, and then waking up the next morning to do it all again – just instead of the ceremony we played board games in the lounges while it poured with rain outside, just like we would have done if we’d all still lived at home.”

Elise and Brodie kept their guest list intimate – to only 24. “The thing about our wedding was that it really was designed for us. We had agreed from the very beginning that it was to be our way or not at all. With this simple approach we set out to make sure we didn’t lose focus on the ultimate goal – us. It wasn’t about spending lots of money or doing anything outrageous. It was about celebrating our relationship in front of our immediate family. It was hard deciding not to have friends there but we couldn’t draw a line and if we’d done the ‘big wedding’ neither of us would have enjoyed it, so what was the point. We decided to head away for a weekend wedding that meant everyone in our family could be together. It doesn’t happen very often as some of my siblings live interstate and Brodie’s family hadn’t been on a family holiday for many years.”

“Another important detail was that my Aunty made the flowers for me. I was so happy with the results and it felt extremely humbling to have family members included in the day – even if they weren’t there.

The jewellery I wore was given to me by my grandmother to wear to my debutante ball several years earlier. It was important to include things that reminded me of friends, and I will always have fond memories of both occasions – as my best friend from childhood was my deb partner, and then, Brodie in our wedding – two of the most important men in my life on two of my most memorable days, all tied together with jewellery from my grandmother. I also borrowed my mum’s cameo to pin onto the flowers as my something borrowed; my sister wore a cameo on her wedding day also borrowed from my mum.”

Elise’s priority was to stay relaxed throughout the day. “I really wanted no stress, and everyone just to enjoy the lead up and the day. It was important to me that the details didn’t dominate the day. If it didn’t have special importance to us it really wasn’t getting any more attention than absolutely necessary. I printed the invitations and place cards and the wedding centre pieces were organised by my mum, the music was organised by me, an iPod with all our favourite songs – can it get any easier? Brodie and I also made the decision to forego the bonbonierre in favour of paying for the wedding night accommodation for all our guests. We knew that it took them quite some effort to be there with us and we wanted the memories of the weekend to be their keepsake.”

The weather gods held off for Elise and Brodie. “Brodie and I barely slept the night before. We’d been watching the weather intently in the lead up and were not comforted by the forecast of torrential rain and thunderstorms. I had said from the beginning that I didn’t care if it rained, I love rain. But the thought of flooding rain certainly pushed that love. We worried about when the weather would come, and would it be before 4pm. All that stress was wasted. The storm front missed Woodend and it didn’t rain until about midnight the night of the wedding, and it didn’t stop until we left for our honeymoon 2 days later (after about 40mm of rain and flooding pathways and roads at Campaspe House – sure glad we had a Friday wedding).

A friend who was in Melbourne, about and hour away, at the time sent us a message saying how sorry she was about the weather and hoped we still enjoyed the day. She’d had to pull over (to the side of the road) because the rain was so heavy. Meanwhile we were sitting outside drinking champagne – the weather gods were definitely on our side.”

A relaxed reception followed the photographic session. “Brodie is not comfortable being centre of attention or a big dancer, so we made a compromise prior to the wedding. He wouldn’t have to dance, if he could play me a song on his guitar instead. The guitar was actually a present from me to celebrate our engagement so it was even more fitting. It was extremely beautiful and touching… although his enthusiasm did cause him to break a guitar string. We both agreed if that’s the worse that happened on the day we can live with that.”

Congratulations Elise and Brodie! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today at Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to the girls at Red Telegram for sharing today’s images!

Photographs by Red Telegram Photography


Wedding Hair Inspiration – Elegant Down Hair Styles

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty


I’ve had a lot of requests for hair and makeup inspiration lately, so I thought I’d take a peek back at some of our Polka Dot Brides and use their beautiful looks as inspiration for you today. We’re exploring gorgeous ‘down’ hair styles for your wedding day hair inspiration. I love it when a bride wears her hair down – there are so many pretty accessories you can wear if you want something a little fancier too – a beautiful fabric flower, a sparkly crystal comb – even a fascinator!

Photo by John Benavente Photography from Alex and Aaron’s Wedding

Photo by  Christine Taylor Photography from Erin and Sean’s Wedding

Photo by Wildberry Photography from Gabrielle and Betrand’s Wedding

Photo by Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio from Ellen and Simon’s Wedding

Photo by Gemma Clarke Photography from Katherine and Jon’s Wedding

Photo by Studio Sixty Photography from Laura and Jacob’s Wedding

Photo by Sugarlove Weddings from Lea and Matt’s Wedding

Photo by by Infinity Photography from Prue and Andrew’s Wedding

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