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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Ryan & Kim’s Winter Wedding Photo by Studio Eclectic

Phew what a week! We have been working really hard this week to improve the load time of the new site and make everything work smoothly while we prepare to transition to a new server. it’s been an interesting week full of new opportunities and exciting developments and as always, we here at Polka Dot Bride are reveling in the new site!

On our specialty blogs this week:

Julian gives all the grooms out there excellent tips on getting the right fit for your suit on Polka Dot Groom

Pina Fiorenza joins us to tell us about herself and her beautiful Fiorenza gowns on Polka Dot Wisdom

Funkified Entertainment gives us the essential guide on organising your wedding music on Polka Dot Wisdom

Pre wedding beauty tips? Katerina from Adore Beauty has it covered on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ms Floral tells us all about the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party 2011 on Polka Dot Wisdom

I take you to the Land of Oz with her very own ruby glitter shoes tutorial on Polka Dot Made

Colourful shoes, socks and bubbles feature in Samantha and Chris’s wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Sarah writes an ‘oh, so handy’ post on Demystifying Dress Codes for Polka Dot Weddings

And we share in the gorgeous winter wedding story of Ryan and Kim on Polka Dot Weddings

Patagonia, Chile anyone? Share in Kyle’s adventure there on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

Henry Roth is holding a massive blowout sample sale at their Sydney studio next week! Wedding dress prices start at $299 and evening gowns from $50. The sale will be held on Thursday October 27 from 8am to 5pm at  the Henry Roth Studio Sydney, Level 2, 87-89 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW. Visit their website for more information.

Gorgeous US brand DwellStudio has hit Australian shores with The Wedding List Co. Based in NYC, and as seen on Sex & The City, Dwell have have now made their gorgeous range of luxurious bedding and accessories available to Australians. The best part is you can register for it or buy it yourself through the company’s gift store. Wedding List Co will even be holding “bed styling” events in the new year (if you’re like members of my family who don’t understand the meaning of pretty pillows, you might need to attend this one!)

Wedding Gifts Direct has a great registry offer for the month of October! If you sign up for your registry during October you will receive a FREE* Tribe Design Movie Set Stage Floor Light in Black valued at $795, a Plumm Glasses & Decanter Set valued at $179, OR a Bodum Knife Block valued at $99.95 (the gift you receive is dependent on the value of your registry so check the T&Cs as always!). Oh and the extra special kicker? You! Yes you my polka dotties get an extra special gift if you mention Polka Dot Bride when signing up and you will receive a free Bohemia Crystal Vase (valued at $49.95) with the delivery of your wedding gifts, Visit the website for more information.

Have you signed up to the Polka Dot newsletter yet? We’re launching in a little while and can’t wait to get you even more inspired goodness into your inboxes! Sign up here.

Rebekah of Thats Life! magazine has put the call out to Polka Dot Bride readers for different kinds of weddings – those with a story from the unique, the quirky, the unusual.  She wants to hear about it and feature it in the magazine! If you’d like to retell the story of your day for the magazine, just contact Rebekah on rebekah.scanlan at

Brent Quincy Buchanan of The Grindhouse (remember the video he shot back in April?) shared this special he shot of Mike & Inga called “Soundtrack Of Their Lives”. He’s shot many more in this series now too which are nice, sweet little snippets.


Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

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Lucy and Russell’s Nautical Inspired Wedding

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


Lucy and Russell

I have such a gorgeous nautical style wedding for you this afternoon. The ceremony took place on Sydney Harbour with the bride arriving at the ceremony by Italian speed boat – so romantic don’t you think? The red, white and blue touches throughout the day and general relaxed nature of it all makes me happy. Of course the glowing newlyweds help that too!

Lucy explains how she and Russell met. “We met in London. Working together in an Advertising agency. Working together for a while before starting up a conversation over a few beers”

Photos today are by SugarLove Weddings who always capture harbour weddings so beautifully. I love pouring over the atmospheric shots of today’s wedding – each one making me feel like I was a part of the day and it’s surroundings.

Lucy says “Russell did all invites and stationery. They included unique place settings, an order of the day with information on the cruise and harbour locations, and the thank you cards. The main feature of the stationery was a piece of paper art.  The day featured bouquets of simple roses styled by Enchanted Rose.

Lucy wore an asymmetrical gown from Johanna Johnson with shoes from Cinderella Bella.

The bride, her father and bridesmaid travelled to the ceremony on a wooden Italian speedboat ‘La Dolce Vita’.

Lucy and Russell held their ceremony aboard the Commissioner II boat, and guests enjoyed a cruise around Sydney Harbour before Lucy arrived. The ceremony took place while moored  near Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Lucy walked down the aisle to Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba by Handel.

Of their ceremony venue, Lucy remarks “The boat is a well maintained classic 80′ motor-yacht. Completely refurbished, it has great features like 2 decks a large interior with polished wood floorboards. We loved it because it suited us for wet or dry weather and looked great”

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a cruise around Sydney Harbour before docking at Balmoral Pier as the sun began to set. Lucy describes the wedding day as “A way to show all our foreign guests the city we live in and the places we love.”

The couple had two photographers on their day. Lucy explains “We had Bradley Patrick as the principal photographer following the bride from preparations to the ceremony. Then dedicated to the bride and groom. His assistant, Lauren was assigned to following the guests and capturing all the candid moments of the day.

Both, were fantastic at capturing the day with style and creativity.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Peppers Formal Wear.

Lucy and Russell held their reception upstairs at the Bather’s Pavillion. Lucy says “The Bathers Pavilion was chosen to represent the best of the classic beach side of Sydney. It is an amazing building with amazing chefs. The food and venue turned out fantastic!”

Guests enjoyed a beautiful wedding cake created by Celebrations by Cakes Plus.

Guests were entertained throughout the night by Jodie Stubbs and her three piece band including the newlywed’s first dance to  Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’. Lucy remarks “Unrehearsed and no toes were stepped on.”

Congratulations Lucy and Russell! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings who shared today’s photos with us!

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride’s Shoes: Cinderella Bella / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Flowers: Enchanted Rose / Ceremony: The Commissioner II Boat by Flagship Cruises / Reception Venue: Bathers Pavillion / Cake: Celebrations by Cakes Plus / Music: Jodie Stubbs & Three Piece Band / Transport: 'La Dolce Vita' Italian speed boat

Davie & Chiyo Sweet Bridal Clutches

by | Accessories, Bride


Along with shoes, I do love an amazing bag and really, your wedding day is one of the chances you get to carry a stunning one. Davie & Chiyo are based in Canada (shipping Worldwide) and make gorgeous clutches just right for your wedding day (or a gorgeous gift for your bridesmaids),

Fumi and Himi Bull are sisters and started David & Chiyo together. They assemble each clutch by hand, made to order (so you can customise every detail, from the fabric, to the detailing and the internal label). The girls have even created a matching range of ties and accessories so your colour scheme can be carried throughout the wedding.

The girls have over 100 clutches to choose from in their online store using everything from the finest silks to vintage style fabrics. Patterns range from pleated, over sized bows, ruffles, structured flowers and even sparkly brooches. With each element custom made, you can really go a little mad and design something that suits your own individual look.

Images by Davie & Chiyo

Cara and Bruce’s Striking Mountain Wedding

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


Cara and Bruce

And the bride wore black….. I am seriously in love with our bride today, Cara’s, dramatic black wedding gown! Paired with the handcrafted paper details, the stunning mountain backdrop and the evident love between her and Bruce I think it’s a delightful wedding to share with you this afternoon!

Cara recalls how she and Bruce met. “We met through RSVP. I checked out the site one night after a few wines, and found Bruce’s profile, so I signed up and created my own profile, but thought I’d wait until the next day to contact him. But before I could, he saw my profile and emailed me. I didn’t need to meet anyone else… I knew he was definitely the one when he brought me his favourite book on one of our first dates. Books, and a love of the same authors, have been a big part of our relationship, which is one of the reasons books featured heavily in our wedding.”

Photos today are by Matt Palmer of York St Wedding Photography. I normally don’t feature a lot of black and white on Polka Dot Bride- but I love how Matt used Cara’s dress as a feature point for his black and white photography. They add such drama and beauty!

Cara had her wedding dress created by Darb Bridal Couture. She recalls, “I saw the dress in Brad’s window over a year before we got engaged, and loved it – I thought it would be an amazing dress to wear to a ball, but didn’t think of it as a wedding dress. When it came time to pick a wedding dress, I never thought I’d go for black. I looked at and tried on dozens of white and ivory dresses, but nothing made me feel like I felt when I put that black dress on. We added ivory touches (sash and silk flowers for the dress and my hair) to bring in the traditional bridal tones.”

To accessorise, Cara recalls “I wore a beautiful 1950s rhinestone necklace that had belonged to my Mum’s mum, who died before I was born. It once had matching earrings, but I lost one of them when I was a little girl (and have never been allowed to forget it!), so I found some lovely rhinestone earrings from the same era on Etsy (where I also bought a stunning vintage blonde mink bolero to keep me warm after the sun went down).” Donna Sullivan styled Cara’s hair and makeup.

Bride wearing black

Bruce wore a D’urban by David Jones suit, and a Zegna tie. Cara recalls “He looked so handsome!”. The floral arrangements were styled by Divine Wedding Flowers. Cara remarks “Gorgeous, flawless ivory roses for the bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages and cake flowers, and a variety of white/ivory/cream flowers for the tables.”

Cara and Bruce held their wedding at Mavis’s Kitchen, Uki where they also stayed for the weekend. The day after the wedding, they hosted a brunch for their guests to debrief!

Cara walked down the aisle to ‘Such Great Heights’ by Iron & Wine, a cover by The Postal Service.

The couple had a special surprise visitor before the wedding. Cara recalls “Bruce’s brother, who lives in London, and had told us he wasn’t able to make it, turned up on our doorstep two days before the wedding (and scared the bejeezus out of me when I answered the door in my dressing gown!). He’d decided to come on the spur of the moment, and it meant so much to us to have him there. It meant all our favourite people were in the same room at the same time, and it made our wedding complete.”

Of the wedding day Cara says “It was everything we ever imagined it would be – a beautiful, relaxed, joyous day, shared with our favourite people.”

Handmade garlands decorated the garden. Cara says, “My sister and I used vintage (and vintage inspired) wallpaper to make garlands of circles to decorate the ceremony area and the garden where our guests had drinks and canapés in the afternoon”

Guests were entertained while Cara and Bruce had photographs taken. Cara explains We provided croquet and bocce games to keep our guests amused in the afternoon between the ceremony and dinner (but most were happy to just enjoy a few drinks and canapés in the lovely afternoon sun).”

Cara even decorated her own shoes! She remarks “I desperately wanted pale blue ballet flats (something blue) but I couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. I had a favourite pair in nude, that were structurally in great condition, but the leather had discoloured strangely… so I covered them in blue glitter myself thanks to some crafty tutorials I found online. Because the dress covered them so completely, lots of our guests didn’t even notice my blue Dorothy shoes until they saw the photos.”

Of their photographer, Cara remarks, “I knew Matt Palmer through work, and have always loved his photography. I was thrilled that he agreed to shoot the wedding for us (even though it was his own anniversary that day!), and he did the most amazing job. Our brief to him was no stuffy formal wedding pictures, and none of the boring contemporary wedding photography that all seems very ‘samey’ to me. We wanted beautiful pictures, of course, but mostly just candid moments – a documentary of the day and night… probably a nightmare brief for a photographer! On the day, apart from the half hour or so where Matt shot us on our own after the ceremony, we barely even noticed him. But when we saw the photos, he had captured everything and everyone. We could not be happier. He was amazing.”

Guests gathered inside the restaurant for dinner. For the reception decorations, Cara says “We used lengths of the same wallpapers to made table runners for each table, and my brother, sister and I also made lots of kusudama (origami balls) from old romance novels, and used them as part of our table decorations. Each table was finished with a centrepiece consisting of a stack of vintage romance novels, and a few small old vases, jugs, jars etc filled with assorted white flowers, and tealight candles. We also hung about a hundred white paper lanterns (lit by battery operated tealights to avoid setting the place on fire) around the garden and the verandahs that wrap around the restaurant. My sister and brother were amazing – it was really fun to spend the evenings with them in the lead up to the wedding, making all the handmade bits together.

Being able to spend time with my brother and sister in the lead-up, and have their help on all the handmade details, was such a lovely way to spend the days and nights before the wedding. We all live in different states, so it’s rare for us to see each other at all, much less have extended time to spend together doing fun things.”

There was a lot of DIY at Cara and Bruce’s wedding and it all started with the stationery – incorporating their love of books! Cara explains “We made our own invitations from vintage romance and pulp fiction novels we bought at the Lifeline Book Fair (a massive secondhand book sale held in Brisbane twice a year). Each book was handpicked for each guest, because of an association with the title or the cover. The invitations, rsvp cards and extra info were printed as library cards, and popped into a handmade card pocket in each book, which was then wrapped in brown paper and baker’s twine and hand delivered or posted. For the place cards we printed guests names onto pages from an old Mills and Boon novel (Perchance to Marry – perfect title, huh?), then wrapped each one around a white linen napkin, and tied it with baker’s twine.”

The cake was a “Chocolate gateau, with white chocolate wrap, made by Mavis’s Kitchen, and decorated with ivory roses, and handmade bride and groom wedding cake toppers that I made myself.” says Cara.

Cara and Bruce hired a photo booth from Photobooths 4 Hire. Cara explains “To complement our professional photos, we bought half a dozen cheap digital cameras and handed them out to our guests to use, and we also hired a photo booth. For a bit of photo booth fun, we bought these fantastic moustaches, glasses and lips made from thick felt and attached to sticks (another Etsy find). It really helped people loosen up, have fun, and mingle.”

For their first dance, Cara says, “We learned a little routine to Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell’ (the song is from the twist competition in Pulp Fiction, but we didn’t imitate the movie scene or anything), but we had never practised with me wearing the dress, as Bruce wasn’t allowed to see the frock before the day. We snuck away during the evening to practice the dance, and it became pretty clear we were both going to trip over the dress and get flustered, so we shortened our routine and just did a few fancy rock n’ roll turns we’d learned, and then had our families come join us on the dance floor to save us!”

Congratulations Cara and Bruce! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us ! Thank you also to Matt Palmer of York St Wedding Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photographer: York Sytreet Wedding Photography / Bride’s Dress: Darb Bridal Couture / Flowers: Divine Wedding Flowers / Groom’s Attire: D’urban by David Jones / Venue: Mavis's Kitchen / Hair and Makeup: Donna Sullivan / Photobooth: Photobooth 4 Hire / Cake: Mavis's Kitchen
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