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Polka Dot Bride Mixtape – The First Dance

by | Bride, Entertainment


After our last Polka Dot Bride mix-tape, I wanted to end the week with some romantic tunes to help ease you into the weekend. This time, I thought I’d tune into some of our featured bride’s first dance choices. From the romantic, to the happy, to the different- we’ve showcased it all! Here’s a little inspiration for your own day- I’ve linked each song title to a version of the song, so all you have to do is click to listen!

Bel & Dodge Photo by Sayer Heffernan

“We danced to “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones, in an open part of the courtyard, under a big tree, fairy lights. By that point of the night I had ditched my shoes, so it was a barefoot waltz – which for those who know me well, know how appropriate that was! The videographer even got a great close up shot of my bare little toes in his highlights reel. After our waltz, and half way through the dancing with the rest of the guests it started to rain, but I think that only added fuel to the fire! We all had too much fun busting a move with the rain sprinkling down.”

Natalie and Shayne Photo by Lakshal Perera

“We danced to Bob Marley and Lauren Hill’s Turn Your Lights Down Low”, not the most usual song choice, maybe a little sexy but it has always been ‘our song’, since Shayne first put it on a mix-CD in 2001.  We did a modified Rumba we had been working on which didn’t go exactly to plan but was fun and touching all the same.”

Rowan and Michael Photo by Natalie McComas

“We danced to Al Green, ‘Let’s stay together’. It was the only dance of the reception – we didn’t have a dance floor because we just booked part of the restaurant.”

Sarah & Stewart Photo by Feather + Stone Photography

“We used the lyrics from our first dance song on the front of our invitation (We could fly, you and I, on a cloud – Kissing’ by Bliss). We also incorporated ‘A journey of the heart’ throughout our stationery which are also lyrics from the same song.”

Hayley and Dene Photo by Mint Photography

“Our first dance was to Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together. We did our first dance on the deck below as our guests cheered us on from the balcony above. Never dancing before we amazed ourselves with our how well a few youtube dance lessons in the living room could transform into something incredible, we did dips and spins and shared a laugh as we moved around the dance floor without tripping over each other (much to the surprise and delight of our family and friends), we were quickly joined by friend and family to dance the night away with a little bit of something for everyone.”

Lexie & Will Photo by Dan O’Day

“Our first dance was to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, and one of the most memorable moments of the evening. We were so focused on each other that for a few minutes, it felt like we were the only two people in the room.”

Aleks and Aaron Photo by John Benavente Photography

“The first dance was to ‘Spend my life with you’ by Eric Bennet and Tamia which was a long time favourite of the bride. We could not help but sing to each other throughout the dance.”

Leah & Gerard Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw

“We danced to ‘Sail Away’ by David Gray on the balcony of the cottage.”

Libby & Harley Photo by Amanda Thorson

“Our first dance was Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers. I collect vintage records and it is one of my all time favourite love songs.”

Lindsay & Tim Photo by Natasja Kremers Photography

“We danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble…it was great fun but also a bit nerve-wracking – we had learnt a routine  which involved lots of lifting and twirling, and could have gone horribly wrong in lots of places…luckily it all went fine and we’re pretty sure we heard lots of ‘ooohs’ & ‘ahhhs’ from our family and friends…”

Claire & Steve Photo by David Robertson

“It was impromptu, to our favourite song Collide” by Howie Day and everyone joined in, turning the first dance into a celebration of bringing families and friends together.”

Emelia and Anthony Photo by Pobke Photography.

“It was to ‘Arithmetic’ by Brooke Fraser, we made sure the bridal party, parents etc came up pretty quickly to take the attention off our dancing. It was really difficult to move around in my dress.”

Mish and David Photo by I Love Wednesdays

“We’re both huge music lovers and as such don’t have “our” song, as we have about a thousand we both love and adore that remind us of special moments shared, some not ideal/appropriate for a first dance. The night before we were still um-ing and ah-ing over the first dance song – we had a list of about 10 we both loved. But we managed to cull it down to 3 and had a little boogie in the lounge room to work out which one suited our dance style (which is a mash up of waltzing, twirling and dips – no real structure, just going with the flow), long story short – we ended up dancing to Maroon 5’s version of Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Look Tonight.

Kimberley & John Photo by Jonas Peterson

“We ended up dancing to the song that was to be the church entrance song – an acoustic version of “Hysteric” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It turned out to be the most perfect song. We were encouraged to get up on stage for the dance and even though everyone was watching, we honestly were completely lost in that moment”

Olivia & Nathan Photo by Luisa Brimble of Serendipity Corner Photography

“Nathan chose Coldplay’s ‘Til Kingdom Come and as he asked his new wife to dance after his speech and as the guitar strums started my tears started rolling  – I was a hopeless dancer but loved every second shuffling around the dancefloor laughing and crying together.”


What did you dance too or are planning to choose for your first dance?

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Ryan & Kim’s Winter Wedding Photo by Studio Eclectic

Phew what a week! We have been working really hard this week to improve the load time of the new site and make everything work smoothly while we prepare to transition to a new server. it’s been an interesting week full of new opportunities and exciting developments and as always, we here at Polka Dot Bride are reveling in the new site!

On our specialty blogs this week:

Julian gives all the grooms out there excellent tips on getting the right fit for your suit on Polka Dot Groom

Pina Fiorenza joins us to tell us about herself and her beautiful Fiorenza gowns on Polka Dot Wisdom

Funkified Entertainment gives us the essential guide on organising your wedding music on Polka Dot Wisdom

Pre wedding beauty tips? Katerina from Adore Beauty has it covered on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ms Floral tells us all about the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party 2011 on Polka Dot Wisdom

I take you to the Land of Oz with her very own ruby glitter shoes tutorial on Polka Dot Made

Colourful shoes, socks and bubbles feature in Samantha and Chris’s wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Sarah writes an ‘oh, so handy’ post on Demystifying Dress Codes for Polka Dot Weddings

And we share in the gorgeous winter wedding story of Ryan and Kim on Polka Dot Weddings

Patagonia, Chile anyone? Share in Kyle’s adventure there on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

Henry Roth is holding a massive blowout sample sale at their Sydney studio next week! Wedding dress prices start at $299 and evening gowns from $50. The sale will be held on Thursday October 27 from 8am to 5pm at  the Henry Roth Studio Sydney, Level 2, 87-89 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW. Visit their website for more information.

Gorgeous US brand DwellStudio has hit Australian shores with The Wedding List Co. Based in NYC, and as seen on Sex & The City, Dwell have have now made their gorgeous range of luxurious bedding and accessories available to Australians. The best part is you can register for it or buy it yourself through the company’s gift store. Wedding List Co will even be holding “bed styling” events in the new year (if you’re like members of my family who don’t understand the meaning of pretty pillows, you might need to attend this one!)

Wedding Gifts Direct has a great registry offer for the month of October! If you sign up for your registry during October you will receive a FREE* Tribe Design Movie Set Stage Floor Light in Black valued at $795, a Plumm Glasses & Decanter Set valued at $179, OR a Bodum Knife Block valued at $99.95 (the gift you receive is dependent on the value of your registry so check the T&Cs as always!). Oh and the extra special kicker? You! Yes you my polka dotties get an extra special gift if you mention Polka Dot Bride when signing up and you will receive a free Bohemia Crystal Vase (valued at $49.95) with the delivery of your wedding gifts, Visit the website for more information.

Have you signed up to the Polka Dot newsletter yet? We’re launching in a little while and can’t wait to get you even more inspired goodness into your inboxes! Sign up here.

Rebekah of Thats Life! magazine has put the call out to Polka Dot Bride readers for different kinds of weddings – those with a story from the unique, the quirky, the unusual.  She wants to hear about it and feature it in the magazine! If you’d like to retell the story of your day for the magazine, just contact Rebekah on rebekah.scanlan at

Brent Quincy Buchanan of The Grindhouse (remember the video he shot back in April?) shared this special he shot of Mike & Inga called “Soundtrack Of Their Lives”. He’s shot many more in this series now too which are nice, sweet little snippets.


Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

Lucy and Russell’s Nautical Inspired Wedding

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


Lucy and Russell

I have such a gorgeous nautical style wedding for you this afternoon. The ceremony took place on Sydney Harbour with the bride arriving at the ceremony by Italian speed boat – so romantic don’t you think? The red, white and blue touches throughout the day and general relaxed nature of it all makes me happy. Of course the glowing newlyweds help that too!

Lucy explains how she and Russell met. “We met in London. Working together in an Advertising agency. Working together for a while before starting up a conversation over a few beers”

Photos today are by SugarLove Weddings who always capture harbour weddings so beautifully. I love pouring over the atmospheric shots of today’s wedding – each one making me feel like I was a part of the day and it’s surroundings.

Lucy says “Russell did all invites and stationery. They included unique place settings, an order of the day with information on the cruise and harbour locations, and the thank you cards. The main feature of the stationery was a piece of paper art.  The day featured bouquets of simple roses styled by Enchanted Rose.

Lucy wore an asymmetrical gown from Johanna Johnson with shoes from Cinderella Bella.

The bride, her father and bridesmaid travelled to the ceremony on a wooden Italian speedboat ‘La Dolce Vita’.

Lucy and Russell held their ceremony aboard the Commissioner II boat, and guests enjoyed a cruise around Sydney Harbour before Lucy arrived. The ceremony took place while moored  near Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Lucy walked down the aisle to Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba by Handel.

Of their ceremony venue, Lucy remarks “The boat is a well maintained classic 80′ motor-yacht. Completely refurbished, it has great features like 2 decks a large interior with polished wood floorboards. We loved it because it suited us for wet or dry weather and looked great”

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a cruise around Sydney Harbour before docking at Balmoral Pier as the sun began to set. Lucy describes the wedding day as “A way to show all our foreign guests the city we live in and the places we love.”

The couple had two photographers on their day. Lucy explains “We had Bradley Patrick as the principal photographer following the bride from preparations to the ceremony. Then dedicated to the bride and groom. His assistant, Lauren was assigned to following the guests and capturing all the candid moments of the day.

Both, were fantastic at capturing the day with style and creativity.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Peppers Formal Wear.

Lucy and Russell held their reception upstairs at the Bather’s Pavillion. Lucy says “The Bathers Pavilion was chosen to represent the best of the classic beach side of Sydney. It is an amazing building with amazing chefs. The food and venue turned out fantastic!”

Guests enjoyed a beautiful wedding cake created by Celebrations by Cakes Plus.

Guests were entertained throughout the night by Jodie Stubbs and her three piece band including the newlywed’s first dance to  Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’. Lucy remarks “Unrehearsed and no toes were stepped on.”

Congratulations Lucy and Russell! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings who shared today’s photos with us!

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride’s Shoes: Cinderella Bella / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Flowers: Enchanted Rose / Ceremony: The Commissioner II Boat by Flagship Cruises / Reception Venue: Bathers Pavillion / Cake: Celebrations by Cakes Plus / Music: Jodie Stubbs & Three Piece Band / Transport: 'La Dolce Vita' Italian speed boat

Davie & Chiyo Sweet Bridal Clutches

by | Accessories, Bride


Along with shoes, I do love an amazing bag and really, your wedding day is one of the chances you get to carry a stunning one. Davie & Chiyo are based in Canada (shipping Worldwide) and make gorgeous clutches just right for your wedding day (or a gorgeous gift for your bridesmaids),

Fumi and Himi Bull are sisters and started David & Chiyo together. They assemble each clutch by hand, made to order (so you can customise every detail, from the fabric, to the detailing and the internal label). The girls have even created a matching range of ties and accessories so your colour scheme can be carried throughout the wedding.

The girls have over 100 clutches to choose from in their online store using everything from the finest silks to vintage style fabrics. Patterns range from pleated, over sized bows, ruffles, structured flowers and even sparkly brooches. With each element custom made, you can really go a little mad and design something that suits your own individual look.

Images by Davie & Chiyo

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