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Happy Australia Day!

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Australia Day Polka Dotties! I’m taking off for the day with Mr Polka Dot but wanted to play homage to the country I love so much. How are you celebrating your day?

I adore these Australia Day images by What Katie Ate for one of my favourite magazines- Real Living Magazine. They encapsulate what Australia Day is all about to me! You can see more on the What Katie Ate blog.

Photos by What Katie Ate

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Jody and Gavin’s Vintage Inspired Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jody and Gavin

I love this afternoon’s wedding. It’s so crisp and fresh but has a beautiful vintage flair to it and is filled with vintage touches- beautiful blooms, beautiful papers and even a vintage camera!

Gavin tells the story of how he and Jody met. “Back in 2004 Jody’s housemate was a good friend of mine.  I had recently returned from Europe and Jody had just got back from Nepal, it was a stinking hot summer (as they are in Brisbane) and we started spending lots (and lots) of time together.

I proposed from a rooftop restaurant in Istanbul overlooking the Bosporus, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. It was the end of a fantastic five-week trip through the Middle East and a great way to start our life together.”

Photos this afternoon are by Studio Sixty Photography who have produced such gorgeous photos of Jody and Gavin’s vintage inspired wedding. Gavin is a keen photographer himself and was avidly interested in the fun cameras Jason of Studio Sixty had in his collection!

Gavin and his groomsmen wore suits from The Cloakroom. Gavin says “I just remember thinking how fun it all was and just being totally and utterly happy.”

Jody wore a softly flowing gown from Lisa Ho and her bridesmaids wore grey knee-length gowns from Lotus 76.

Handmade paper decorations filled the building. “We made decorative rosettes out of paper with the same pattern we used for our invitations as well as old pages from 1970s Mills & Boon novels with tales of romance in the Middle East (as our proposal was in Istanbul).  We also produced a newspaper, featuring the mast-head of the newspaper my dad used to run, instead of a formal order of service booklet. I had a crossword, a lamington recipe (Lord Lamington once lived in Old Government House) and tongue-in-cheek gossip articles.  These features just reinforced out vintage theme as well and reflected the history of the place and our personal histories as well.  Given that Gavin is an archivist it seemed fitting that our wedding reflected this.”

Jody and Gavin held their ceremony and reception at Old Government House in Brisbane. Gavin says ” This grand old building was the inspiration for our overall vintage theme. It is a beautiful old building rich in history and we felt really sure about it the minute we walked in. It was special without feeling superficial. And having the reception and ceremony in the one venue meant we could transition quickly from one to the other.”

Gavin’s favourite memory was an intimate one. “Although it wasn’t our official first dance, the most memorable moment of the day was dancing in the library at Old Government House alone together, just moments before we were introduced as husband and wife.”

Flowers Of The World styled the bouquets and beautiful green and white centrepieces. The reception was held inside at Old Customs House with catering by Brett’s Wharf.

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Jody and Gavin served a cupcake tower from Couture Cupcakes.

Congratulations on your marriage Jody & Gavin! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Studio Sixty Photography

Winter Style Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


In the heat of Summer, it’s a little bit odd to be thinking about hot chocolate and warm earthy tones (unless you’re our US friends in which case, I invite you to break out the hot chocolate for this story!)

Every season Queensland events planner Kristy of Imbue Weddings puts together a Style Story to showcase her new products. Today we get to share her Winter style collaboration- full of beautiful details you can transform to your own wedding, Kristy’s new story is perfect for my favorite season of the year!

Photos by Deep Grey Photography
Stationery by Bespoke Letterpress
Cake by Cake That!
Makeup by Mia Connor
Hair By Carla Moore
Model: Stephanie Rayner
Dress by Ava Madison
Video by Geoff from Motion Art
Hire, styling, and flowers and the concept by Imbue Weddings
Venue at Kanbeki House.

I love, love love the idea of a cheese table! With fresh pears, water crackers, and the creamiest and softest of cheeses. Fresh crusty bread, honey and condiments are a nice way to help guests customise their choices.

Brown against white is such a stark but cosy combination for winter weddings. The chocolate fur is such a tactile feel and will keep you warm.

White stock has been one of my favourite flowers since a dear friend wore it in her hair on her wedding day. it’s not expensive and the white blooms just look so soft and luscious.

Photos by Deep Grey Photography for Imbue Weddings

Jonesy Darling

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


It’s not secret to me that Polka Dot Brides are big fans of tea length, fifties style wedding dresses! Which is why I was so delighted to discover this new range of affordable ones from one of my favourite designers (who ships to Australia) Stephanie James Couture. Jonesy Darling is Stephanie’s new range lower cost tea length gowns.

The Jonesy Darling gowns still feature the gorgeous styling that Stephanie is famous for, but being made overseas so the costs are lower. They feature the most gorgeous lace and vintage inspired fabrics plus the sweet 50s style details that make these gowns such a delight to begin with.

Photos by Jonesy Darling

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