Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Jel Photography from Tiana and Gavin’s New Zealand Wedidng

Woohoo! it’s Friday! I am so excited to sit down quietly tonight and fill the weekend with lovely things. What are you planning for the weekend? Are you getting married?

On Polka Dot Groom

When Ben married Lizzie he remembers the funny antics of the flowergirls and page boys

James wore a smart vintage suit to his wedding complete with vintage gold tie pin

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Maree Livy, Civil Marriage Celebrant shares her story in our Expert Interview

Rita from Blooming Brides showcases her textured bouquets of succulents

Shrinkhla of Let’s Talk Invites shares her creative ideas for boxed invitations

Katja gives us some great advice for wet weather weddings

On Polka Dot Made

Our Etsy Roundup this week features bow ties

Tuesday Type is JFFerrule a fun circus inspired font

We show you how to make a flower filled monogram wire letter

On Polka Dot Weddings

Tiana and Gavin get married in Auckland, New Zealand complete with Croatian touches

A sunset vintage picnic engagement shoot from Amy and Cory

Shane and Su-Jen show us their gorgeous Bali wedding

It’s Polka Dot Sneak Peek Time! This time, it’s all about the dress!

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Sally and Michael share Part 1 of their exciting honeymoon adventures – starting in Paris

Around the wedding world this week….


Sydney’s Royal Automobile Club of Australia is opening it’s doors to the public for the first time in history for their first bridal showcase! Taking place tomorrow,, 17th of March, the venue will be opening up all four stories and filling them with incredible works by talented wedding vendors! RSVP by calling or emailing Toni on 02 8273 2322 or and don’t forget to check our the Polka Dot Bride wedding events calender for more wedding events this weekend!


Online wedding goodie superstore Pink Frosting has received an exciting load of new stock and have wanted us to spread the word!  Mini chalkboards, Martha Stewart favor kits and customistable cake toppers are all new in store! Visit the website for more and check out the new arrivals section.

Is there something in the wedding water? So many beautiful bubs have been born or are due, including the safe arrival of Sydney bridal designer Lisa Gowing’s little one! A big congratulations Lisa! Lisa is about to launch her new collection and you catch see her new designs in the brand new David Jones Bridal Suite in Pitt St Sydney where she has been invited to showcase her range. Check out her website for more.

Finally, on this short but sweet week- here is a wedding film I fell for this week. The wedding of Ashley and Marie-Luise shot by Untitled Filmworks. It’s beautifully shot and tells a beautiful story.



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Sarah and Brendan’s Fifties Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sarah and Brendan

Retro and Noosa Wedding aren’t usually words you might hear in the one sentence, but Sarah and Brendan managed to incorporate their passion into their wedding day with a rockabilly beach style wedding.

Sarah tells the story of how she and Brendan came to be. “We were part of a group of friends that would go out to rockabilly gigs in London. The romantic spark started at the Rockabilly Rave (rockin festival in the UK) and two and a half years later we were engaged on a steam train in country side England. Very romantic! Being from Australia, we had to have the wedding back in Oz and it had to be on the beach!! But we also had a celebration back in London too – so we had the best of the beach and the city.”

Photos today are by Lindy Photography– they’re fresh, fun and colourful and just a little bit sparkly!

Sarah wore bright red shoes by Robert Robert and chose a Maggie Sottero V neck gown.

Sarah and her bridesmaids went for a retro inspired look for their hair and makeup with hair styled by Paul Michael of Oxygen Hair Adelaide and makeup by Makeup By Jana. Sarah remarks “Jana did a sensational job on everyone’s makeup. It was exactly the right vintage style for me – no-one has ever done my cat’s eyes so perfectly!! :0) And the girl’s make up was just perfect for them. My wonderful cousin Paul Michael did the most fantastic hairstyles. Each of girl’s style reflected their personality. It was brilliant! As for mine, it was perfect! Paul Michael created the style from nothing and it came out like a 30’s filmstar, I loved it so much I replicated it in London! Best of all, it was a style that my Grandma used to wear many years ago.”

Sarah and Brendan chose Hidden Grove, Main Beach for their wedding ceremony. Sarah walked down the aisle to The “Hawaiian Wedding Song” by Elvis Presley.

Sarah remarks “Hidden Grove was a wonderful location to have your ceremony on the beach, but in private. It’s an intimate time and privacy was important, whilst still enjoying the best background you can have – the beach.” The couple were married by Stephanie Neil.

Sarah’s bridemaids wore gowns from After Six by The Dessy Group in a print called” Nantucket”. The floral arrangements were designed by Blooms of Noosa. Sarah recalls “I don’t think I have come to know anyone so lovely, patient, understanding and so dedicated as Rebecca of Blooms Of Noosa!”

Of their photographer, Sarah remarks ” Our photographer Lindy was amazing!! She has taken some beautiful pictures and allowed us just to be ourselves and have fun with the photos. I think that is definitely reflected in the photos – we look really happy!! ”

Sarah says ” My husband made the day so special, he was so handsome and loving on the day. His speech was very romantic, with some very personal touches of humour that had everyone in stitches. He was just the best that day and it was clear to see why I had said yes! ” Brendan wore a suit from TM Lewin, UK.

Sarah and Brendan held their wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant. Sarah decorated the reception with fun, retro details. She explains “Whilst we wanted a 50’s theme we didn’t want it to be cringy with neon signs, poodle skirts and records everywhere. Whilst we are rockin’, and love all things vintage, we wanted to keep it elegant and not risk looking retro overload!”

The lolly buffet had an English twist as a nod to Sarah and Brendan’s time spent in England. The wedding cake was made by Sarah’s stepmother.

Sarah hired a wedding planner to help her design and decorate the day. She explains “I did a lot myself, with the help of Sugar & Spice Events. We personalised things like name tags and the table plan, so it was meaningful to us. The tables were named after the dogs we have had over the years, so rather than using table numbers we had photos of the doggies. I think it was a nice touch.” Guests received favors from Confiserie Blomme NV, Belgium.

The couple jived to “I’m Coming Home” by Elvis Presley for their first dance. Sarah says “All I can say it is was more amazing, happy, romantic, sensational, fantastic and fun than I ever, ever, ever expected. We laughed and danced the night away. ”

Congratulations Sarah and Brendan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lindy Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Lindy Photography / Wedding Planner: Sugar & Spice Events / Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride's Shoes: Robert Robert / Bride's Jewellery: Eisenberg Vintage Jewellery / Groom's Attire: TM Lewin, UK / Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six by The Dessy Group / Hairstylist: Paul Michael of Oxygen Hair Adelaide / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Jana / Flowers & Decor: Blooms of Noosa / Ceremony Venue: Hidden Grove Noosa Main Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Stephanie Neil / Reception Venue: The Waterfront Restaurant / Band: David Daly 0427 458 894 / Favors: CONFISERIE BLOMME NV, Belgium / Transport: Noosa Gondolas

A Wedding Day Spectacle

by | Accessories, Bride


A bride in glasses is a rare sight (ha) and I’m still not sure why. I love seeing a bride rocking her spectacles and being able to see clearly on the wedding day! Whether it’s hip and modern, a little retro, or just your normal every day style- it looks beautiful and so very “them”.

1. Photo by  Olive Juice Studios via Style Me Pretty 2. Adele via Offbeat Bride 3. Photo by Jonas Peterson 4. Photo by JL Photography 5. Photo from via Weddingbee 6. Photo by  Olive Juice Studios via Style Me Pretty 7. Photo from Kimberley Reed Photography 8. Photo by The Roxy Studio via Rock N Roll Bride 9. Photo by Christina Richards via 100 Layer Cake 10. Photo by Jonas Peterson 11. Photo by  Todd Pellowe via Green Wedding Shoes 12. Photo by Lauren F. Liddell Photography via Style Me Pretty

You needn’t buy a new pair if you love what you wear every day. But I did pick out some bridalesque white and clear frames from Clearly Contacts. They’re neutral and tone in with a white wedding gown.

But I am personally loving the contrast of the bold and brights! (Also from Clearly Contacts)

Laurine And Adam’s Mount Macedon Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Laurine and Adam

Long time readers know I adore winter, so I couldn’t resist sharing this cold weather engagement shoot with you on this weekday. Just to get you a little excited about the Autumn splendors that’s on our doorstep! it comes from the dynamic duo that is Woodnote Photography. (The two flutter between the US and Australia and are open for bookings in Australia from November to January so get in quick!).

The lovely Caroline of Woodnote Photography, shares Laurine and Adam’s story. “Adam and Laurine met as kids, really.  Laurine at 17, and Adam, a mature art student in Melbourne.  (As a side note, Adam is a well-known Melbourne artist, see his website here) After interacting at church casually for two years, they began the occasional coffee dates, which turned in to a weekly event.  Laurine, a  cinema student, was wooed by Adam’s knowledge of movie quotes and love of art, and Adam was taken by Laurine’s fascination with art and interest in travel.

“Their relationship truly blossomed when they decided to travel to India together.  They spent a month volunteering in an orphanage in remote India, where they were both impressed by the others’ positivity, even outside of the comfort of their own city.”

“Adam always said he’d lost the note that Laurine first slipped him across the aisle at church one day, back when she was 17… That was until 5 years later, Laurine found herself blindfolded, and being driven to the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross.  That evening, Adam slipped an envelope into her hand, the envelope held the original note that she had written to him.

Along with the note, Adam gave Laurine a Dinosaur Designs ring and asked her if she would take him to be her husband.  Later, the couple had designer jeweler Matt Wynne craft a more traditional engagement ring for Laurine.”

“These photos were taken in the Macedon Mountain Ranges, which is a significant location for the couple, as it is where they got engaged, and where they currently reside. “

Photographer: Woodnote Photography