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Tanika and Ashton

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



Tanika and Ashton

Good afternoon Tuesday! I love Tuesdays! I love THIS Tuesday most of all with a delightful backyard wedding from Michelle Fiona Photography. Michelle sent today’s celebration of Tanika and Ashton over with the most glorious details!

Ashton proposed to Tanika while walking along their favourite beach, Ashton has magically put a message in a bottle which Tanika bent down to pick up from the water – at that moment, Ashton got down on one knee and proposed! Ashton has never revealed how he got the message in the bottle to show up at the perfect moment!

Ashton proposed to Tanika during a romantic walk along their favourite beach. A bottle came up out of the waves, bobbing against the rocks and Tanika reached down to pick it up. In it, was  a message of love from Ash, and before she had finished reading it, he was down on one knee proposing! He will never reveal how he got the bottle to wash up at the exact time, and there have been many theories, from trained dolphins to friends underwater in snorkelling gear. Whatever way it happened, who cares! It was so romantic… and got the desired result!!


Tanika’s father tended the garden before the wedding day. Fences were lined with little arrangements including cinnamon sticks and cherry blossom stems.


Tanika and Ashton married on Tanika’s family property outside Jamberoo in New South Wales, Hundreds of white daisies were bought from the florist and piled into white cans that lined the aisle- these later moved indoors for the reception.


Tanika wore a lace gown from Cheboom Bridal.





Ashton wore a charcoal suit from Man To Man with a lilac shirt. His tie was handmade by local dressmaker, Tanya Rodgers.


The ceremony started outside as the heavens open, the 280 guests ran to the marquee to finish the vows. Always Flowers created Tanika’s pale yellow and white daisy,white tiger lilies and yellow geranium bouquet.








The red mustang was not only a touch of colour on their stormy wedding day but was a surprise organised by Ashton for their wedding photos!




Tanika’s bridesmaids wore off-white v-neck gowns while her stepsisters (acting as flower girls) wore ballerina style gowns and carried a single rose down the aisle.





The reception was filled with paper lanterns, tissue paper flowers and tea light candles, Centrepieces were brown paper packages tied up with string, old glasses jars filled with flowers, old china saucers, vintage earrings, glass ornaments, vintage stamp and letters, lace, twine and shells collected from the couple’s trips together.





The couple’s three tier wedding caramel mud cake from Michel’s Patisserie was topped with “love birds” Tanika found at a bargain shop and made outfits for them with fabric she found in her mother’s stash. Tanika and Ashton made fabric pouches filled with sparklers for their guests and included a letter to their guests filled with lovely words and fun things to do during the reception. For each guest, Tanika and Ashton filled a bottle with sand from the beach where Ashton proposed. The letter in their pouch explained the meaning behind the bottle and asked the guests to add to “sand of love” with their own stories or romance!

Congratulations on your marriage Tanika and Ashton! Thankful for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Michelle of Michelle Fiona Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous photographs with us!

Photos by Michelle Fiona Photography.

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Shoes Of Prey Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Polka Dot Bride Interesting fact #345: Posts about shoes get the most comments!

Here at Polka Dot Bride, we all agree that this has got to be our favourite online shoe store Shoes Of Prey. We were pretty excited when we discovered the wonder of this website back in October last year.

We were even more excited when they introduced some divine Italian silks in April- perfect for brides! Forget about buying the shoes that everyone else buys for your wedding day – you can design your own! Choose from a variety of leathers, styles, colours and finishes and be as ‘way out’ or conservative as you choose. This is your chance to put your own special stamp on your wedding day shoes!

In addition to designing something unique for your wedding day, your bridesmaid’s can all design a shoe in the same colour but come up with their own take on the design, and choose their own heel heights. So they’ll each be comfortable and feel fantastic!




Shoes of Prey is giving one lucky bride (or bridesmaid!) a $375 gift voucher to spend in their online design studio! The voucher covers their most expensive shoe (the ankle boot) and shipping (Check out their FAQs for European, US, UK, Australian and Japanese sizing).

To win a $375 gift certificate to design your own shoes at Shoes of Prey:

1. Design your dream pair of bride or bridesmaid shoes at Shoes of Prey.

2. Save your design and post the URL in the comments section of this blog post, telling us why you think your shoes make the perfect bridal or bridesmaid shoes.

The winner will be chosen by Ms Polka and Jodie Fox from Shoes of Prey and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and must be redeemed 18 months from the date of the winner announcement. Automated entries will not be accepted. This competition is open worldwide. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 30th June 2010 at 5.00 p.m (Australian time)

Hanna Touma

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


We’re going international with a Lebanese designer today for you! I spotted Hanna Touma’s work on the Wedding Inspirasi blog and was so inspired by the different, unusual gowns he created that I wanted to showcase hiswork on Polka Dot Bride today!

Such beautiful vivid colours, a dazzling array of beading and detail, over the top but perfectly executed!

HANNA TOUMA Haute Couture-11a

HANNA TOUMA Haute Couture-9a

HANNA TOUMA Haute Couture-6a

HANNA TOUMA Haute Couture-5a

HANNA TOUMA Haute Couture-4a

HANNA TOUMA Haute Couture-3a

Photos from Hanna Touma

Vendor Of The Week – Clare Day Photographic Design

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning lovely readers! Did you have a lovely weekend? Mr Polka Dot and I went out for lunch and I lapped up chicken ramen (my current winter addiction) What did you get up to?

It’s time for this week’s Vendor Of The Week! Each week we pick a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and give you a little insight into the great businesses that support us!

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Clare Day Photographic Design_ Home page-1

This week’s Vendor Of The Week is Clare Day Photographic Design. Clare is a photographer based in Western Australian (Dayellup to be precise) but travels all over South West Western Australia to shoot weddings. Clare’s approach to a wedding day is that is should be full of “fun, sass and silliness”.  She will laugh with you, cry with you and capture your personality in each frame. Her photographs are full of emotion, love and joy and beautiful to look at.

To get to know Clare a little better, we quizzed her five questions!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Champagne or Bourbon and Diet Coke!!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Fabulous place down on Pemberton called Beedelup Cottages, feels like your in the middle of nowhere and perfect for midwinter breaks.

Favourite restaurant?

In the Big Smoke (aka Perth) would have to be Shilla’s BBQ Korean in East Perth, so so so good and fabulous atmosphere. In the great Southwest it would have to be The Goose in Bussleton which is just to die for.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Either at my kitchen table having pancakes made by my spunky hubby or at Dome in Bunbury soaking up the atmosphere while having Bacon and Eggs and a Vanilla Latte!

Your favourite wedding story?

MINE!!! I was sick with the flu, it rained most of the afternoon, I couldn’t speak louder than a whisper when saying my vows and coughed all through the wedding video, cried (happy tears) more in one day that I did for the entire year and I didn’t like my hair. BUT it was still one of the best days of my life and my hubby looked AMAZING! Just goes to show no matter how much you plan, how much you stress and how much things don’t go according to plan, its still your wedding day and will always be wonderful!

Oh…and I still cry at pretty much every ceremony I attend. I’m such a big wus!

Clare Day Photographic Design is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. You can check out the Clare Day Photographic Design website here. You see more of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members by visiting our directory! You can also visit our Vendor of The Week at any time by clicking our “Vendor Of The Week” button in the right sidebar!


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