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Allie and Tom’s Relaxed Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Allie and Tom

Barefoot in the sand sounds like a lovely thought right now! I’m delighted this Saturday to share a gorgeous beach side engagement shoot from photographer Ben Adams. This is the story of Allie and Tom.

Allie recalls how Tom proposed. “Taking a walk down to a secluded jetty for a “picnic” Tom surprised me with a  candle lit pathway leading to an old wooden rowboat, that he had actually bought for me as an extra surprise!  He rowed out into the Harbour and popped the question with a beautiful vintage-style engagement ring. To my surprise, when we arrived back to shore, our families were waiting with plenty of champagne and smiles. The celebrations were short as I was  then whisked away in a limousine, destined for a romantic dinner in a restaurant by the beach.”

Photos by Ben Adams

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Autumn Splendour Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I was inspired for this board by the spools of thread from Cozy Home Making – so many deeply, hued colours – they reminded me of a beautiful Autumn day. The rich palette continues with touches of gold, rich plums, oranges and greens and even marigold. Plenty of sweet treats like caramel apples, and fairy lights add to the warmth of the event.

Thread photo from Cozy Home Making, caramel apples from Real Simple, dress photo from BHLDN Launch by 100 Layer Cake,  Hair image by Darling Dexter from Carol Hannah, cake from My Sweet & Saucy, photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation from Bella Figura, floral arrangement from The Big Group

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Project Innovate Branding your Business With Leila Khalil Photo by Nerida McMurray Styling by Form Over Function

Oh my! What an immensely busy week it has been here at Polka Dot Bride! We’ve had such fun launching the Project Innovate photos and Project Innovate video to the world this week and getting on top of other projects that we’re launching soon! Tonight Mr Polka and I are going out (like real adults!) to celebrate, well…… life together and then we’re thinking of grabbing something delicious at our favourite Thai restaurant. What are your plans for the weekend?

Here’s a peek at what happened on the specialty blogs this week…

On Polka Dot Wisdom, Ms Floral reviews Project Innovate

Also on Polka Dot Wisdom, how does a wedding dress designer end up in London?

Project Innovate- Brand Your Business With Leila Khalil The Video

Seven reasons to consider email wedding invitations also on Polka Dot Wisdom

Our fabulous DIY pro Alicia shares a DIY Wood Veneer Placecard tutorial

The gorgeous Wella got married! Check out her wedding day story on Polka Dot Weddings

How does one turn altered wedding dreams into a beautiful destination celebration? Check out Mel’s tips!

Sarah and Adam’s gorgeous Teal wedding also on Polka Dot Weddings

Want to wear a work of art on your honeymoon? Check out this stunning range of resort wear on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week…

Culture Bridal Couture has reopened their doors with a beautiful new shop front! Located in Rozelle, the studio is located at 74 Victoria Road. Continuing Lisa’s commitment to one on one service to her brides, the studio is open by appointment only from Wednesdays through to Saturdays. The latest addition to the Culture Bridal family Miss Trixie (the oh so sweet standard schnauzer) is also enjoying the new premises! Visit the website for more information.

The lovely photographer Marzena Wasilewska (who you might remember from Ebony and Andrew’s wedding here and here) will be available for photography in Sydney between 10 Oct and 14 Dec  2011. Marzena not only does weddings, but engagements, couples families and kidlets. Check out her website to contact her.

Fiorenza has announced the winner of their “Win Your Dream Fiorenza Wedding Dress” competition. The two winners were announced as Emma Dowell and Luke Van Beekhuizen, and Jessica Wehmeier and Mike Young! Congratulations to the winners!

New Zealand wedding stationer Ruby & Willow has launched their brand new website. Catering to brides all around the world, the new Ruby & Willow website shows off designer Kate’s splendid work along with the exciting news that she will be offering letterpress goodies before the end of the year!  Check out the website for more.

Florist Hello Blossoms! sent over this fun video showcasing their work. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a florist make a video before so I did enjoy this snippet of seeing bouquets in another format!

Henry Roth returns from New York this month and is hitting the ground running with four designer days! If you’d like to have Henry give you personal attention with your wedding gown, be sure to make an appointment to see him!

Sydney –  Saturday July 30.  Vision in White Parramatta For appointments call:  02 9687 2443.
Perth – Wednesday August 3.  Samantha Wynne Bridal For appointments call:  08 9444 9866
Melbourne – Saturday August 20 Maggies of Dandenong For appointments call:  03 9706 7688
Brisbane – Saturday August 27.  Andrea’s Brides & Grooms For appointments call:  07 3283 2993

Check out the Polka Dot Bride wedding events calendar for more fantastic events!

As no Friday Roundup is complete anymore without a fun video, check out this fun and very sweet proposal video, send your videos to me if you have them – I’m always a sucker for them!

Emily and Edward’s Old Time Romance Wedding

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


Emily and Edward

I love today’s wedding – it didn’t go to plan, instead of dancing under the stars, the bride, the groom and their guests celebrated under the dry roof of the homestead. But that’s kind of what I love most about it – their cosy touches, their love for each other couldn’t be dampened by inches and inches of pouring rain. In fact, it only added to their beautiful wedding day.

Emily and Edward met at a bar. Emily explains, “We met at the Eastern Suburbs institution the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay where Ed wooed Emily with talk of Botox and his like for smile lines. Emily was living in QLD at the time and we dated long distance for a year before I moved to Sydney.”

Photographs today are by Cas of Caspix I love Casandra’s moody images of the day.  The day ran smoothly thanks to Girl Friday Weddings who coordinated the wedding and assisted the bride with her plans coming together.

The bride worn a gown by Bernadette Doherty .

The couple held their wedding at Summerlees.

Emily explains “The entire wedding was onsite at Summerlees. We chose Summerlees for its amazing ballroom space and gorgeous outdoor areas where we set up cricket, boules, croquet and totem tennis. The constant heavy rain ensured no games would end up being played so instead we moved into the gorgeous cottage where everyone mingled and shared punch in a wonderful intimate setting.”

The groom and his groomsmen wore Ben Sherman pants and Herringbone shirts with shoes from Schmoove from Spring Court, Darlinghurst.

With their ceremony moved inside, Emily started her walk down the aisle to a special song. “The song was “You Belong Here” by American band Anberlin. They are a band we both love and having a more rock tune for the aisle song fitted us perfectly.”

Laura Julie Floral Designs created the bouquets and floral arrangements.

The bridesmaids wore individually made gowns.

Even through the pouring rain, Emily has one piece of wisdom for other brides and grooms. “The weather really does not matter. Yes everyone wants a sunny beautiful day but the rain made our day very close and intimate as our guests mingled in closer quarters. You can’t control it so don’t worry about it, worry about everything else!”

Emily remarks “This was very much a DIY wedding to give it our own feel and influence. All the wedding invitations, envelopes, place cards and decorations were hand made by the bride and groom with lots of help from Etsy! We also DIY-ed all the lanterns, the napkins (pinking shears girls!), the favour boxes, one of the punches (made by the Bride’s grandma and containing a whole bottle of Bacardi 151…go Grandma!), the list goes on…”

The wedding was catered by PB Catering. Emily recalls “The staff from PB Catering did a wonderful job as we moved around Summerlees at the last minute due to the rain. Patti from Summerlees was of great help and assistance and was always so helpful during our set up.”

Sugar Daddys Cake Design made the wedding cake.

Of their first dance, Emily and Edward have a story to tell and an occasion to make up. Emily says “In the end it never happened! The first dance was meant to be outside under the stars and lamps however the weather meant this was impossible. Instead we continued to mingle with our guests; maybe we will get one at an anniversary one day!”

Congratulations Emily and Edward! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today ion Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Cas of Caspix for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Caspix


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