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A Floral Fantasy

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Photo by by Natalie J. Watts via Oh Joy!, Cake from Maggie Austin Cakes, wooden gate from Jane Hart Designs, sparkling punch from Southern Living, garden ceremony photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, groom photo by Elizabeth Messina via Green Wedding Shoes, place setting from Martha Stewart Weddings, bride in garden photo by Olivia Graham for Elegant Bride via Dustjacket Attic via A Glamourous Little Side Project, Floral covered roof photo from The Big Group, calligraphy by Bernard Maisner via Ariel Yve Design, vintage pink Dior shoes from V&A via Blog For Better Sewing


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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Roberta and Matt’s Spring Floral Wedding on Polka Dot Weddings by Karen Buckle

Happy Friday Polka Dot Bride readers! Is it a full moon in your world? In mine most of my friends and family are making big life changes- there’s engagements (hooray!), house buying, new additions, moving- phew! What is new in your world dear reader?

Here’s what’s been happening on the Polka Dot blogs this week!

Want a ring with a mechanical difference? Check out this ring over on Polka Dot Groom

Harpers Bazaar launched their bridal special at a glamorous industry evening, check out the photos on Polka Dot Wisdom

Also on Polka Dot Wisdom, check out Ms Floral’s review of the Manly Wine Suites open day

Sydney celebrant Robyn Pattison shares her secrets to a loving your wedding ceremony

Emma of Cinderella at Brindabella shares a sentimental DIY tutorial

When a florist gets married- Roberta of Green & Bloom ties the knot on Polka Dot Weddings

Aimee went dress hunting! See what her top tips are (and add your own!) also on Polka Dot Weddings

Wanting an escape? What about this tropical island on Polka Dot Honeymoons?

And if you’re going about taking a leaf from my honeymoon style guide here?

To celebrate the launch of their brand new website, Fiorenza is giving one lucky bride $1000 towards her Fiorenza bridal gown. Check the website out for details.

Culture Bridal is holding a sample sale on the 18th of June so they can move their studio! Gowns, veils, accessories and even fabric are all priced to move and Culture Bridal will be holding sale previews by appointment only in the two weeks leading up to the sale. Check out the website for more!

The winners of our Paloma’s Nest competition are DD and Gabriela C! Congratulations, I will be in touch soon with more details!

Don’t forget to enter our Little Flamingo competition where you can win your save the dates!

Speaking of bridal designers, onto baby! A lovely bridal designer I got to know last year has started her own maternity label using beautiful fabrics like natural merino wool (It’s so soft and comfy!). With her former life as an Australia bridal designer, she was committed to a quality product made in Australia.

Her website launched this week so if you’re in the family way and want to support an all natural, Australian maternity label check out Mix N Match Maternity.

A little Friday treat for you with this romantic proposal video…

What else is news dear readers?

Linda and Joel’s Perth Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Linda and Joel

Today’s wedding is rather splendid (Woo!) It’s a fun vineyard affair from Western Australia with so much colour and life, it’s enough to make a girl want to kick off her winter woolies and run to the nearest park for an impromptu dance (oh perhaps that’s just me, winter is not being kind!)

Photographs today are by Christine Lim with Ruby Yeo. I love the warmth in Christine’s photographs. They’re relaxed, fun and truly capture the essence of Linda and Joel’s wedding day.

The wedding included many fun touches handmade by Linda and Joel- including handmade pins. Linda explains “For many months we made boutonnieres featuring peacock feathers and felt rosettes for the groom and groomsmen as well for some special individuals who helped us out that day.” The stationery was also handmade. “The save the dates and invitation cards were designed and constructed by us. Each paper was carefully hand sliced and glued. For the invitation card we incorporated Hornbill birds and Borneo motif as it represents my cultural background.”

Linda’s wedding day look was styled by Beauty Contour. Her gown was from Melbourne Bridal and Debutante and her bouquet was styled by Romance Roses in Brookdale (08) 9497 9994).

Linda and Joel were married at  was at Holy Family Catholic Church. Linda says “For the Church decorations we handmade yellow tissue paper pomander balls and hung them on the church pews and strung it with yards of tulle. Our ceremony booklet, which we designed and printed, was held together by jute twine to give it a rustic look.”

Linda walked down the aisle to a surprise tune for her father. “We had my traditional instrument played on the CD called the ‘Sapek from Borneo’, recorded live by my cousin who plays the instrument in Borneo. Dad was surprised to walk me down the aisle to that tune and was very proud of my choice.”

The hot rods were a surprise from Joel’s father. Linda says “We hired a Chrysler Limo to take me to the church ceremony. After that the groom’s dad surprised us with 2 Hot Rod rides, a 1968 Mustang and a 1930’s Nash for the bridal party to have fun taking photos with. Swing dress with petticoat from ‘Vivien of Holloway, London’.”

The groom wore  a suit from CUBEC of Melbourne, Groomsmen were dressed by Hizz Melbourne.

The couple held a cocktail hour at their reception venue Brookside Winery Boutique B&B. Linda says For our grand entrance, we made tiny hand flags that printed ‘woo’ & ‘yay’ for our guest to welcome us which made a great impact on the photography.”

Speeches were held straight away.  “We moved away from the traditional order of ceremonies for the reception in order to give a more relaxed feel. The groom gave his speech on arrival which was an excellent way to break the ice.”

Inside the reception area , Linda and Joel added a table of sentimental goodies. “We set up a ‘history table’ which also presented sentimental items and photos from our past.”

Linda created activities for their guests. “Something to do before dinner, I made a crossword puzzle about the newly weds. It was an ice breaker for some guests and it was fun watching them guessing the answers.”

“In place of a guest book, a good friend of ours hand drew a tree design which we then asked guests to thumbprint with ink and write a small message.”

Linda and Joel held their reception dinner and dancing at Brookside Winery Boutique B&B. “We converted the wine shed into our reception hall but maintained the vineyard’s rustic charm. We had yellow and orange lanterns hung in the shed. To bring some of my cultural background into the reception, we sourced tribal designed table runners from Borneo. The tables were then scattered with tea lights and hurricane lamps for centrepieces. For a final touch of colour we used small glass vases filled with seasonal flowers including beautiful yellow sunflowers to keep with the theme. Each guest had a hand written, shipping tag place card tied to their chair.”

Linda and Joel made many of the little touches themselves “We were working on a shoestring budget, yet we felt it was important that the day reflects our personality and hoping not to break the bank. Thus, my husband and I tried to personalise what ever we could. These were some items that we made ourselves:

We re-used left over recycled envelopes from the Save the Date cards. We printed LUCK, LOVE, LIFE. Each envelope was filled with $1 lotto tickets, tea bags and heart shape Belgium chocolates. It was a hit amongst the guests.” Jules Flower Farm put together the flowers for the reception tables.

Linda and Joel chose a relaxed format for their reception meal. “We wanted the day to be less formal so we opted for a roast buffet style which gave a laid back and fun atmosphere. Our catering people – Perth Coast to Coast the Golden Roast – were great, there were lots of food with great selections which made the reception dinner look like an elegant wedding.”

Linda and Joel used Reece’s Hire for the tables, chairs, lights and “excellent dance floor”.

The speeches were a highlight for the newlyweds. “A highlight was the grooms men’s speech. They recounted a story from the groom’s childhood where, as teenagers, they used to eat ice cream cake with library cards. The best man actually brought an ice cream cake and registered library cards in the bride and grooms name from the local library. The cake was then passed down the table and guests used whatever cards they had to take a slice.”

Sophisticake made the wedding cake. Linda recalls “We had a chocolate mud cake with macadamia nuts coated with ivory fondant icing. Decorated with pearl strips on each tier and top with fresh posy similar design to my bouquet.”

For the dancing, Linda changed to a strapless, 50s style gown with a pink petticoat and turquoise shoes -dancing continued outside under the trees. Linda says  “Moving away from the traditional wedding, we both did the Lindy Hop as our first dance which also reflects our personality – the fun, energetic and loving couple we are.”

Linda and Joel hired David and Liz Rivett, a 2 piece Bush Band called ‘The Pioneers‘. Linda says “Playing live traditional Australian music and giving instruction in traditional Australian bush dancing was immensely an enjoyable experience. “

Congratulations Linda and Joel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to  Christine Lim and Ruby Yeo for sharing today’s images!

Photographs today are by Christine Lim with Ruby Yeo.

Lauren and Mitch’s Relaxed Port Douglas Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lauren and Mitch

Nothing is pulling me out of the winter doldrums better than beautiful waterside weddings at the moment! Especially in places which are warm and sunny like Port Douglas! Lauren and Mitch had one of those weddings you know was emotional but so much fun – you can see it on their faces The tears in Mitch’s eyes as he anticipates Laurens arrival at their wedding ceremony, Lauren’s infectious laugh and smile as she basks in the glow of being a bride – yes it’s moments like these that make the winter cold so much easier to bear.

Lauren recalls the very fateful story of how she met Mitch. “Mitch and I are the classic 2 degrees of separation couple.  We met in London where each of us were living and using as our home base to travel from – the pearly gates to Europe! Little did we know of the many connections we had back home until a phone call from each of our parents, asking if we were together because friends back home had put two and two together about a “Lauren” and “Mitch” going to the same parties and traveling the same countries – “surely they know each other”.  In the 5 years of being together it is just amazing just how many connections our families have – right down to his Grandparents in Ballina! I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and “if its meant to be, its meant to be”, with Mitch and I it was as though we had no control, everything around us kept reinforcing us together. For me it was the instant flutter of the heart when we met which became the “Boo Boom” story amongst our family and friends.”

Photos today are by Sass Studios– I love how they’ve captured every piece of emotion of the day along with the most beautiful portraiture- nothing beats that iconic style image of the bride and groom against the water.

Lauren and Mitch held a destination wedding. Lauren explains “The whole purpose of taking the wedding to Port Douglas was to celebrate with our family and closest friends. We chose a romantic little white chapel in the heart of Port Douglas called St Mary’s by the Sea followed by a memorable reception on the rustic Sugar Wharf.  We arrived into Port Douglas with both our families and enjoyed a week full of celebrations with our close family and friends from Sydney, Melbourne and as far as London.

Lauren bought her gown from Dressense.Her bridesmaids wore latte coloured gowns from Kookai.


Mitch’s ensemble was made up of pieces from Myer and Marcs. Mitch, who works for The Creative Company, also created the stationery for the day.

Lauren recalls “We chose a romantic little white chapel in the heart of Port Douglas called St Mary’s by the Sea” The chapel was booked through Port Douglas Weddings.

The ceremony was incredibly emotional, especially as Lauren walked down the aisle. She recalls “I walked down to Brooke Fraser, ‘Arithmetic’ with my parents either side of me. ‘Arithmetic’ is a really beautiful song. The words are captivating and meant everything that I was walking down the aisle for – Mitch!”

The orchid floral arrangements for Lauren and Mitch’s wedding day were styled by Pink Moss and Flower Central.

Lauren and Mitch made sure their personalities were apparent throughout every touch on the day. “We couldn’t help but bring some of our personal touches to the wedding. Mitch designed and created our wedding invites. When you envisage something but then it turns out so much better then you originally thought – its pretty rewarding. Everything just fell into place from the invites and ceremony booklets Mitch designed. The wedding itself was about our family, the strong bond we all have and the incredible example of love and commitment from our parents and grandparents.  We shared their wedding photographs in our ceremony booklet, it was really beautiful to be able to share that with everyone – it was unique and special.”

The bridesmaids were a wonderful support to Lauren. Lauren remembers “My four bridesmaids and I spent a lot of time together in the lead up to the wedding, I wanted them to wear something on their dress that they made so we all made the material flowers that were positioned on their dress individually – it meant a lot for them to have their very own personal touch.  Making the flowers was the perfect excuse for girlie catch ups and dinners at my house!”

Lauren and Mitch held the reception at Sugar Wharf. Lauren recalls “Lanterns, candles and fairy lights transformed the beautiful old Sugar Wharf into a romantic reception area.  Having our wedding in a ballroom or restaurant was never an option for us when we set our eyes on the magical wharf.  Initially the reception was to be set up outside but the forecast predicted rain so everything was set up inside, little did we know just how much better this would be.  Lucky for us – there was no rain ! Having the reception set up inside allowed the guests to relax outside and mingle better – not just be stuck at a table.  It was a beautiful night and the dancing took place inside with the band and outside in the cooler surroundings – it was magical.” The destination wedding was planned by Ward Benedict Productions.

Lauren and Mitch carted their goodies from Sydney to Queensland. Lauren says “It was rather interesting getting everything up to Port Douglas from Sydney but we managed with family and friends taking extra luggage on their flights.  Even all the glass tea lights and hanging glass balls made it up without a breakage ” The wedding cake was made by Pastry Sensations while Ochre Catering provided the food for the evening.

The first dance was to a song chosen by Mitch. “Mitch called me inside one day and played “Love and Happiness” by Al Green. He had been thinking about it for some time and wanted it as our first song.  From then on, everything seemed to work around the theme Love and Happiness.”

The DIY elements were a fun touch and brought the whole day together. Lauren says “We were busy making pom poms and fans for decorations and making personalized signs to hang around the wharf right up to the wedding.  I wanted the tables kept to a minimum and opted for a simplistic look so we went for scattered tea lights and the girls’ bonbonierres as little lanterns to decorate the tables along with the boys bonbonierres of personalized beer holders.” Mikey from Windy Soul City Train kept guests on the dance floor all night long.

A special moment made family feel all the more special to the newlyweds. “Friday 15th October will always be a memorable day for our family, not just the celebration of Mitch and I as husband and wife but the passing of his Pa.  His presence was truly felt all night at the wedding and he was definitely there in spirit with the family celebrating.  There was a beautiful halo around the moon overlooking the wharf that night and everyone kept saying how much love was there and loved the presence of the moon, little did we know just how much love really was there with us!”

Congratulations Lauren and Mitch on your marriage! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Sass Studios for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Sass Studios


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