Dunlin Home Wedding Style Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Let me introduce you to one of my favourite online stores! The Dunlin Home site is a source of such inspirational beauty, that really I could buy everything there! A rustic pitcher? A quatrefoil bedspread? Wooden tasting spoons? A copper carriage lantern? Everything you could ever need, to style your home or add panache to your special occasion is located there.

We thought you might enjoy a competition to win a collection of their best selling pieces that Dunlin customers have purchased to style weddings, wedding showers/teas and engagement parties. The Antibes beverage dispenser is such a gorgeous piece that the Dunlin team has been sure to include this in the prize collection. Be sure to like Dunlin Home on Facebook to keep up to date with their new products and family & friends sales and special offers!

Together with Polka Dot Bride, Dunlin Home are giving away a prize pack including:

Dunlin Antibes Beverage Dispenser. Valued at $288.00

Cake Stand and Dome. Valued at $88.00

Antibes Serving Plate. Valued at $34.50

With a combined value of $410.50

To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell us in 50 words or less which two products from the Dunlin Home website are your favourites and tell us how you would use these Dunlin pieces to style your event.


This competition is open to Australian residents only. The winner will be chosen by Dunlin Home and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The prize must be redeemed within one year. If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. This prize is not redeemable for cash. 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 19th July 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).


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Felicity and John’s Classic Catalina Wedding

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


Felicity & John

Classic weddings never fail to make me love them. They’re steeped in tradition and nowadays? The sweet little personal touches are like little surprises amongst the flow of the day that is so familiar.

 Felicity says “We met at boot camp training… super romantic beginnings!”

Photography today is by Paper Tree Photography who has such a classic, gentle, beautiful nature to her photographs!

Felicity wore a gown by Johanna Johnson while her bridesmaids wore soft pink strapless gowns by Zimmermann .

St Peter Chanel Catholic Church was chosen as the ceremony venue for Felicity and John’s classic wedding ceremony.

Felicity walked down the aisle to “Somewhere over the Rainbow, sung by our close friend Hayley Marano.”

Felicity remembers the day as, “Without a doubt the best day of our lives.”

Of their photographer, Felicity says “Sam was fantastic, not only did she arrive early to ensure the photographs of the girls getting ready were captured to her standard she was excellent at documenting the entire day / evening. Many of our friends have asked who our photographer was and commented on how beautifully the photos turned out. ”

Felicity and John held their reception at Catalina. Felicity explains “Both venues were fantastic and provided a beautiful backdrop for our wedding. The grounds at St Peter Channel are gorgeous and spacious. For the reception we wanted something by the water with great food so Catalina was a perfect choice.”

Guests received jars of handmade jam from Cams Jams.

For their first dance, Felicity remembers “It was to Slide McBride’s rendition of “Can’t help falling in love” we were both a little anxious about this part of the night, however as soon as we hit the dance floor everything fell into place and Slide McBride was excellent.”

Congratulations Felicity and John! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Paper Tree Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Paper Tree Photography / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Sambag / Bride's Jewellery: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Jewellery: Saks Fifth Ave / Groom's Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Edward Meller / Makeup Artist: Claire Padovan, Makeup by Claire / Flowers & Decor: Sally Thomas / Invitations & Stationery: Fine Invitations / Ceremony Venue: St Peter Chanel Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Catalina, Rose Bay / Ceremony Officiant: Father Lex / Ceremony Musicians: Karinya Strings / Band: Slide McBride / Favors: Cams Jams / Wedding Cake: James & Sarah Robbins / Transport: All Wedding Cars

Bree and Brendan’s Intimate Queensland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bree & Brendan

This beautiful Northern QLD celebration is intimate and stunning. The backdrop is a hidden location, quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and so beautiful for Bree and Brendan.

Bree tells their story. “Brendan & I worked together for 6 plus years before we started dating.  We had both secretly fancied each other for a long time but neither of us were forth coming in saying so which is why it took so long.  Our boss played cupid, running back and forth between us, telling us what the other said, trying to get us together.  It worked! ”

The beautiful photography today is by Marina Locke Photography . I love Marina’s capture of light and her beautiful captures of the love, moments and details of the day.

Bree’s colourful bouquet consisted of “David Austin roses, assorted cottage flowers & assorted herbs.  We both love cooking & gardening so the addition of herbs personalised our flower arrangements.”

All Strings Attached traveled to entertain the guests, Bree remembers “Band members Emily, Nick and our bother in -law Scottie traveled 6 hours to play an amazing mix of Celtic gypsy music that had guests aged from 3 years to 84 years, up and dancing. ”

Bree wore a V Neck gown from Saja.

Bree describes the day as ” Better than we could have ever imagined.  OK, maybe 3 sentences.  A small informal intimate gathering of our nearest & dearest in a magical setting.”

Of their photographer, Bree says “We fell in love with Marina Locke’s use of lens flare in her shots.  The clouds unfortunately came out on the day but Marina was still able to make our wedding photos shine. ”

As her ‘something borrowed’, Bree wore jewellery her sister had worn on her own wedding day from Sapian Arts.

Pretty My Love styled the wedding, the guests and the newlyweds celebrated on the verandah of Captain’s Lodge in Agnes Water.

As wedding favors, guests received “Brown paper bag travel packs which consisted of an apple, home made muffin & jam drops, assorted nuts, dried fruit & sesame snaps. ”

Bree made a caramel & burnt fig jam mud cake as the wedding cake. She recalls, ” My friend Julia iced it & arranged some flowers on top the morning of our wedding. Brendan’s father, Ivan, a forestry worker, found us the perfect wood cutting for our rustic cake.”

The entire wedding was catered by Bree, Brendan and their families. Bree recalls “It took two days but the end result was well worth it.  Some of the most memorable moments for us leading up to the wedding was spent in the kitchen with our loved ones.  The quality of food was very important to us which is why we decided to do it ourselves.  Platters of finger food & mini tastings of our favourite dishes flowed throughout the night including Vietnamese rice paper rolls with nouc cham (made by a large table of family & friends), Herb falafels with roast capsicum hummus, Roasted pumpkin & fetta mini quiche (made by my sister, Meagan), Chorizo, tomato & butter bean stew with sour dough, Baby potatoes with guacamole, Vietnamese chicken wings with ginger dipping sauce, and Lamb madras curry with my Nana’s yellow rice.  Dessert consisted of Mini black forest trifles in jam jars (Made by my friends Julia and Sheeny), Brendan’s pavlova with passionfruit curd and elderflower cream (made by his cousin Rebecca… Brendan was & Brendan’s apple crumble & custard (made by the man himself ) We also cheated and bought some macaroons. ”

Congratulations Bree and Brendan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Marina Locke Photography for sharing the photographs!

Photographer: Marina Locke Photography / Styling: Pretty My Love / Bride's Dress: Saja / Bride's Jewellery: Borrowed / Groom's Attire: Paul Barry / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ruth from the Marina in 1770 / Ceremony Venue: 'The Anchor' - a headland at the town of 1770 / Reception Venue: Captains Lodge, Agnes Water / Ceremony Officiant: Val Black 07 49747243 / Band: All Strings Attached

Sarah Janks Bridal Couture 2013 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Sydney & London designer Sarah Janks has unveiled her beautiful 2013 collection! Featuring brand new fabrics- Italian coated laces, Italian shot taffeta, embroidered laces and accents of beaded lace and georgette roses.

Sarah was heavily influence by the 1950s with this collection. Keeping the softness, but structure that so many of the gowns in the fifties embodied, I love Sarah’s gorgeous sleeves and the way the gowns drape- almost as if they’re floating.

With this collection Sarah has introduced the “Something borrowed” by designing a beautiful range of veils, belts, wraps and shrugs which can be passed down from grandmother to grand daughter, mother to daughter, unlike a wedding dress which is often a little harder to pass through the generations.

Images by Sarah Janks