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Polka Dot Bride Unveils Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

by | Blog News, Bride


Today is a very big day in Polka Dot Bride history! I am so excited and proud to launch Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! This is a project that has been in my head for years and that I’ve been working on for months and I am so relieved to finally let you in on my secret!

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Prue from Gigi & Lulu was the amazing designer behind this directory. I think she knows my vision better than I do and I think she did a pretty fantastic job of executing it!

It’s been a big month for Polka Dot Bride, we’ve finally moved to our brand spanking new host (although I’m still keeping him up late to make Polka Dot Bride better!) and Ms Polka Dot’s Directory marks the first step of many I’m going to be taking with the blog over the next few months.

We have some massive things in store for you and I am so excited to make this experience even better for you.

Back to you – YOU are who Polka Dot Bride is about. So this directory is also all about YOU. Tell me what you like, what you don’t like, what suppliers you’d love to see there – I want this to be somewhere you feel comfortable and somewhere you enjoy!

The directory is focused on Australian suppliers, but we have room to grow with space for our international friends and particularly New Zealand wedding vendors!

Our content remains the same – we do not take payment for posts and the only things on the blog are things we love, and hope you will too!

On that note, with all of these changes and the focus on you, we’ll be putting together a survey in the next few months for you to tell us your views. None of this is possible without our readers and we never take you for granted!

We still have a lot of work to do on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory, listings to add and bits & pieces to upload (although I roped Mr Polka Dot into it all weekend we’re still not quite finished!) If you want to refer someone you think should advertise or want to advertise yourself just contact us!

Our advertisers are valued by us – they support the blog but they also believe in it. They’re also ready, willing and waiting to help out Polka Dot Brides! So please, take the time to look through the Directory and support them and if you do, let them know you found them here!

On a final note, Ms Polka Dot’s Directory would not have been possible without the help of a few people (including fantastic, amazing Prue) whose help and support means more than they will ever know.

Looking forward to an amazing new step forward for Polka Dot Bride!

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News Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


I’ve been working hard the past few weeks on a secret project launching this afternoon and have neglected the many great things that have landed in my inbox! Here’s a news roundup of interesting bits and pieces from around the (wedding) web!

Jessie at J Studios (who just launched her brand new website!) recently shot the winner’s of her wedding photography package she gave away last year.

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I love seeing the winners of a competition! Check out the full wedding here

The competition is on again and this time it’s open Australia wide!

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Check out the full details of the prize and how to enter on the J Studios blog.

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Peony Melbourne (who I wrote do scent consultations for weddings) have started a bridal party package. Held after hours instore, Jill takes the bride and 3-6 of her closest friends & family through personal fragrance consultations.

The evening will include canapes and champagne and each guests takes home a gift bags filled with luxury samples. I think this could make a perfect event for a bridal shower or relaxed hen’s night! Find out more on their website!

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ABCD Designs & Pretty Lovely Things are giving away a stationery package worth over $500US to celebrate ABCD Designs two year anniversary! Check out the blog entry for more details. It shuts midnight October 6th US time!

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NELLE Handbags are turning five and to celebrate, Laura is offering 15% off all products until October 24th, 2009. Check out the NELLE website for more!

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Bespoke Letterpress have launched the Illustrators Project. They’ve turned work by brilliant illustrators into letterpress prints! As a special treat, they’re also giving away the full set of 10 prints (worth $650) to one reader! Check out their blog for more info on how to enter.

Finally, they’re having a sale on their online store, with a voucher code SALE giving 10% off their entire range of letterpress goodies. Definitely worth a look!

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Wishpot are giving away a Kate Spade handbag (and the competition is even open to Aussies!). They’re drawing the winner on Monday the 5th, but since Aussies are ahead we may still be in with a chance! Check their blog for details!

Snapshot Sunday – Behind The Veil

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


This shot by Susan Stripling has been stored in my reader for months. I just love it.. (see more of her amazing WPPI entry shots here)

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Photo by Susan Stripling

Nancy’s Pre Wedding Shoot

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


While common in America, (I believe the Southern region) the concept of the pre wedding bridal portrait shoot is almost non existent in Australia. The bride dresses in her full wedding day attire, with flowers, makeup and jewels and her photographer takes photographs of just her. Sometimes the photo is displayed in a frame on the wedding day.

It saves time, allowing the photographer to capture the bride in her wedding day glory without the stress and rushing that might happen on the actual day.

Melanie Grizzel of  She-n-he Photography & Design shared with me the bridal portrait shoot of Nancy. The shoot was a special one and included Nancy’s mother who is suffering from cancer. Nancy wanted as many photos with her mother as possible and knowing that she may be too tired on the wedding day for many photos, Nancy opted to include her mother in the shoot.

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Photos by Melanie Grizzel of  She-n-he Photography & Design

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