Irish Boho Bridal Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


It’s St Patrick’s Day and with that in mind, I wanted to share this boho inspired shoot all the way from Ireland! It’s a collaboration between photographer Lisa O’Dwyer and wedding stylist Pearl & Godiva, The theme was “winter still life” but for me, it has a special kind of moodiness, a feeling that reminds me of Ireland.


Photographer: Lisa O'Dwyer Weddings / Gowns, Styling & Hire: Pearl & Godiva / Cake Baker: The Cake Stand / Vine Hair Accessory: BHLDN / Jewellery: Boho and Plume
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Jacqueline and Ricky’s Irish Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Jacqueline and Ricky

On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, I thought we’d take a little spin across the oceans and devour this incredible Irish wedding! The landscape and architecture are so beautifully Irish and a beautiful way to lead into one of the happiest cultural days of the year!

Jacqueline recalls how she met her husband. “Ricky and I met when out with mutual friends at a fundraiser 6 years ago, and as much as he would deny it, he pursued me until I agreed to go on a date (ok, so the story varies depending on whose side you are listening to, however it’s the writer’s privilege to give their perspective of events).

Surprisingly Ricky managed to keep his planned proposal very much a secret, the reason I say surprisingly is that he showed the ring to my folks when he paid a nerve-wracking visit a few days previous  to ask their permission! While Ricky can be secretive, my parents must have struggled with keeping the impending proposal to themselves! Luckily they only had 2 days to wait before the news broke. Ricky suggested we walk on Portmarnock beach that morning with our dog Millie, it was a lovely Sunday summer’s morning so I suspected nothing. As soon as we arrived  our dog went wild whilst she waited on the ball to be thrown into the sea…Ricky got anxious that the ring sitting in his shorts pocket might not be long escaping and so within minutes of starting out he was down on one knee. The tide was in, which meant it was a little tighter than normal for Sunday walkers… so you can imagine the applause and cheers from passersby!”

Photos today are by Solas Photographers. Aren’t they splendid? They capture the moodiness of Ireland and the happiness of the day so beautifully.

Jacqueline and Ricky held their ceremony and reception at Ballymagarvey Village. Jacqueline says “Ballymagarvey ticked so many boxes that I knew it was the place for us and the guests were not disappointed on the day.”

The highlight of the day was the early morning quiet. Jacqueline recalls “My favourite moment was the wind down the night before and morning of the wedding. I was exhausted due to 10 weeks of very, very late nights (spent browsing the internet to source suppliers) and early starts with baby. I loved the casual care-free atmosphere in Ballymagarvey house whilst everyone had their hair and makeup done (including aunts and sister-in-laws). It was a special time being with my nearest and dearest. Family passed through the drawing room where we were getting ready as they checked in for the night and it was just so casual and personal – I loved it.” Jacqueline and her bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Ciara Cumiskey.

Jacqueline wore a wedding dress and shoes from Ciara Bridal. The floral arrangements were styled by Mark Grehan Weddings Flowers.

Barry Macgrath played Jacqueline down the aisle and played the ceremony tunes.

Ricky’s friends sent the couple off with one special touch. Jacqueline explains, “Those aren’t swords you may have noticed. Ricky is very proud of his auctioneering business and the day just could not pass without symbolising this, so as we left the ceremony his close friends held gavels aloft which meant a lot to him.”

Of their photographers, Jacqueline says “James was a lot of fun, professional and didn’t intrude in our day. ”

The bridal party consisted of the couple’s closest friends and family. Jacqueline’s bridesmaids wore gowns they’d found on holiday in Spain. Ricky and his groomsmen wore suits from Aston Formal Wear.

The wedding stationery was created by Rachel Koo and the sweet wedding cake by Creative Cakes.

The Sweet Treat Co. created a colourful sweet table.  Jacqueline notes “They made an appearance in Ballymagarvey creating quite the display of old favourites (check out the Macaroon bars).”

The bride had one more surprise for the guests! Jacqueline recalls, “Whilst everyone was being seated for the meal I snuck in Manila Rhythm so I surprised everyone by having them play as we entered for our meal and then proceeded to play for two hours – they were a huge hit and a tip to other bride and grooms is stretch the budget to have these guys. They had everyone up dancing during the meal so I knew our evening was off to a great start.”

Congratulations Jacqueline and Ricky! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Solas Photographers for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Solas Photographers / Bride's Dress: Ciara Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Ciara Bridal / Groom's Attire: Aston Formal Wear / Hairstylist: Ciara Cumiskey / Flowers & Decor: Mark Grehan Weddings Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Rachel Koo / Ceremony Venue: Ballymagarvey Village / Reception Venue: Ballymagarvey Village / Sweet Table: The Sweet Treat Co. / Cake Baker: Creative Cakes / Band: Barry Macgrath / Band: Manila Rhythm / Band: Dec05

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Jel Photography from Tiana and Gavin’s New Zealand Wedidng

Woohoo! it’s Friday! I am so excited to sit down quietly tonight and fill the weekend with lovely things. What are you planning for the weekend? Are you getting married?

On Polka Dot Groom

When Ben married Lizzie he remembers the funny antics of the flowergirls and page boys

James wore a smart vintage suit to his wedding complete with vintage gold tie pin

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Maree Livy, Civil Marriage Celebrant shares her story in our Expert Interview

Rita from Blooming Brides showcases her textured bouquets of succulents

Shrinkhla of Let’s Talk Invites shares her creative ideas for boxed invitations

Katja gives us some great advice for wet weather weddings

On Polka Dot Made

Our Etsy Roundup this week features bow ties

Tuesday Type is JFFerrule a fun circus inspired font

We show you how to make a flower filled monogram wire letter

On Polka Dot Weddings

Tiana and Gavin get married in Auckland, New Zealand complete with Croatian touches

A sunset vintage picnic engagement shoot from Amy and Cory

Shane and Su-Jen show us their gorgeous Bali wedding

It’s Polka Dot Sneak Peek Time! This time, it’s all about the dress!

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Sally and Michael share Part 1 of their exciting honeymoon adventures – starting in Paris

Around the wedding world this week….


Sydney’s Royal Automobile Club of Australia is opening it’s doors to the public for the first time in history for their first bridal showcase! Taking place tomorrow,, 17th of March, the venue will be opening up all four stories and filling them with incredible works by talented wedding vendors! RSVP by calling or emailing Toni on 02 8273 2322 or and don’t forget to check our the Polka Dot Bride wedding events calender for more wedding events this weekend!


Online wedding goodie superstore Pink Frosting has received an exciting load of new stock and have wanted us to spread the word!  Mini chalkboards, Martha Stewart favor kits and customistable cake toppers are all new in store! Visit the website for more and check out the new arrivals section.

Is there something in the wedding water? So many beautiful bubs have been born or are due, including the safe arrival of Sydney bridal designer Lisa Gowing’s little one! A big congratulations Lisa! Lisa is about to launch her new collection and you catch see her new designs in the brand new David Jones Bridal Suite in Pitt St Sydney where she has been invited to showcase her range. Check out her website for more.

Finally, on this short but sweet week- here is a wedding film I fell for this week. The wedding of Ashley and Marie-Luise shot by Untitled Filmworks. It’s beautifully shot and tells a beautiful story.



Sarah and Brendan’s Fifties Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sarah and Brendan

Retro and Noosa Wedding aren’t usually words you might hear in the one sentence, but Sarah and Brendan managed to incorporate their passion into their wedding day with a rockabilly beach style wedding.

Sarah tells the story of how she and Brendan came to be. “We were part of a group of friends that would go out to rockabilly gigs in London. The romantic spark started at the Rockabilly Rave (rockin festival in the UK) and two and a half years later we were engaged on a steam train in country side England. Very romantic! Being from Australia, we had to have the wedding back in Oz and it had to be on the beach!! But we also had a celebration back in London too – so we had the best of the beach and the city.”

Photos today are by Lindy Photography– they’re fresh, fun and colourful and just a little bit sparkly!

Sarah wore bright red shoes by Robert Robert and chose a Maggie Sottero V neck gown.

Sarah and her bridesmaids went for a retro inspired look for their hair and makeup with hair styled by Paul Michael of Oxygen Hair Adelaide and makeup by Makeup By Jana. Sarah remarks “Jana did a sensational job on everyone’s makeup. It was exactly the right vintage style for me – no-one has ever done my cat’s eyes so perfectly!! :0) And the girl’s make up was just perfect for them. My wonderful cousin Paul Michael did the most fantastic hairstyles. Each of girl’s style reflected their personality. It was brilliant! As for mine, it was perfect! Paul Michael created the style from nothing and it came out like a 30’s filmstar, I loved it so much I replicated it in London! Best of all, it was a style that my Grandma used to wear many years ago.”

Sarah and Brendan chose Hidden Grove, Main Beach for their wedding ceremony. Sarah walked down the aisle to The “Hawaiian Wedding Song” by Elvis Presley.

Sarah remarks “Hidden Grove was a wonderful location to have your ceremony on the beach, but in private. It’s an intimate time and privacy was important, whilst still enjoying the best background you can have – the beach.” The couple were married by Stephanie Neil.

Sarah’s bridemaids wore gowns from After Six by The Dessy Group in a print called” Nantucket”. The floral arrangements were designed by Blooms of Noosa. Sarah recalls “I don’t think I have come to know anyone so lovely, patient, understanding and so dedicated as Rebecca of Blooms Of Noosa!”

Of their photographer, Sarah remarks ” Our photographer Lindy was amazing!! She has taken some beautiful pictures and allowed us just to be ourselves and have fun with the photos. I think that is definitely reflected in the photos – we look really happy!! ”

Sarah says ” My husband made the day so special, he was so handsome and loving on the day. His speech was very romantic, with some very personal touches of humour that had everyone in stitches. He was just the best that day and it was clear to see why I had said yes! ” Brendan wore a suit from TM Lewin, UK.

Sarah and Brendan held their wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant. Sarah decorated the reception with fun, retro details. She explains “Whilst we wanted a 50’s theme we didn’t want it to be cringy with neon signs, poodle skirts and records everywhere. Whilst we are rockin’, and love all things vintage, we wanted to keep it elegant and not risk looking retro overload!”

The lolly buffet had an English twist as a nod to Sarah and Brendan’s time spent in England. The wedding cake was made by Sarah’s stepmother.

Sarah hired a wedding planner to help her design and decorate the day. She explains “I did a lot myself, with the help of Sugar & Spice Events. We personalised things like name tags and the table plan, so it was meaningful to us. The tables were named after the dogs we have had over the years, so rather than using table numbers we had photos of the doggies. I think it was a nice touch.” Guests received favors from Confiserie Blomme NV, Belgium.

The couple jived to “I’m Coming Home” by Elvis Presley for their first dance. Sarah says “All I can say it is was more amazing, happy, romantic, sensational, fantastic and fun than I ever, ever, ever expected. We laughed and danced the night away. ”

Congratulations Sarah and Brendan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lindy Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Lindy Photography / Wedding Planner: Sugar & Spice Events / Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride's Shoes: Robert Robert / Bride's Jewellery: Eisenberg Vintage Jewellery / Groom's Attire: TM Lewin, UK / Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six by The Dessy Group / Hairstylist: Paul Michael of Oxygen Hair Adelaide / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Jana / Flowers & Decor: Blooms of Noosa / Ceremony Venue: Hidden Grove Noosa Main Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Stephanie Neil / Reception Venue: The Waterfront Restaurant / Band: David Daly 0427 458 894 / Favors: CONFISERIE BLOMME NV, Belgium / Transport: Noosa Gondolas