Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Tashi and Kristian’s Bali Destination Wedding  Photo by Julian Wainwright.

Happy Friday! What did you get up to this week? I wrote. A lot. The lovely Ms Gingham is about to send out our monthly newsletter too, so make sure you have subscribed (she even made four leaf clovers, this is exciting in the polka dot world!)

On Polka Dot Groom

When Simon married Sarah, his cool groom style stood out

A great idea for would be grooms – How Do I Love Thee proposal tags – read the story here

Marc shares his favourite memories of his wedding day

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Sarah Stevens editor of Australian magazine, Bride To Be shares her story

The super talented Rita from Blooming Brides, shows us how to let flowers from the garden ‘do their thing’

Sarah from Simple Things Press shares her favourite photographers with us in our Vendor’s Favourite

Our new groom visits the Peter Rowland Wedding Showcase

On Polka Dot Made

A roundup of garlands to use as your backdrop from Etsy

A cute name for a cute script on Tuesday Type – Nelly script

Nat of Dear Little House shares her tutorial on sweet lolly bag bonbonniere complete with tags, buttons and twine

Make delicious Sangria for your next party using our recipe

On Polka Dot Weddings

James and Joanne share a mutual love of tennis and used this in their engagement shoot

Katie shows us her save the date cards that she designed herself – fun, quirky and oh, so artistic!

Jesse and Kirrily were married in an intimate and  relaxed ceremony in the Secret Garden at Lavender Bay

Ask Ms Polka Dot returns with cherry blossom wedding decor ideas

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

You can almost smell the frangipanis at Tashi and Kristian’s Bali destination wedding

Around the wedding world this week….

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Yay! The lovely Mandy and her Savvy Brides team will soon be stocking the gorgeous gowns of Elizabeth Dye! They’ll have four beautiful styles to choose from so visit the Savvy Brides site to make your appointment and try on the pretties!

The Sydney Wedding Registry has a long list of exciting developments!  Firstly, they’ve teamed up with Riedel to offer couples who create their registry with them during March a set of 4 Vinum Shiraz stemmed glasses with a complimentary bottle of Tar & Roses Heathcote Tempranillo once their registry reaches $4000 in purchases. If they make it to $6000, they’re offering a set of 8 glasses wine their bottle of wine! Check out the website for more.

They’ve also been thrilled to announce a number of winners- of spa treatments and four KitchenAid Mixers! If you’re a winner and a Polka Dot reader let me know (we love Polka Dot winners!)


A secret squirrel sent this to me during the week. I can’t tell you any more about it yet (you know how good I am at keeping secrets!) But if you’re in Adelaide, save the date!

Melbourne florist Kate Hill has opened their brand new retail store on High Street, Prahran. The store is located at 537 High Street, Prahran and means everyone can experience the beautiful blooms and arrangements Kate produces. There’s a private meeting room for wedding consultations, rows and rows of gorgeous blooms and even space for a nursery in the future! Check out their website for more.

Rounding off this week with a video from a Polka Dot Bride reader! You may have seen it before- it made it to the Today Show after all! But I was thrilled to hear from one of the bridesmaids (who was recommended to our site after the bride used us for her own wedding!) at the special day who spent three weeks learning this number!




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Vintage Beach Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I feel a little spoilt! Today I  showcase the result of a competition for a styled shoot held last year, but the best part? The winner was the gorgeous Nicky of Chasing Rainbows, Kissing Frogs. Nicky joined a glamorous team of Queensland wedding vendors to create a vintage beach inspiration shoot. Together, the team used rich, jewel toned colours and created a different kind of “beach wedding”.

Nicky (with her fingers on the pulse of weddings) loved the new take on beach vintage styling. She explains  “Vintage styling is a huge trend in weddings right now. When you think of a rustic vintage theme, more often then not you think of a country or garden setting, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. With all the beautiful beaches here in Queensland (and Australia) it is a popular setting for couples to marry at. But beach weddings no longer have to be themed around seashells, frangipani flowers and sail boats. The beach and vintage styling are a match made in wedding heaven. The combination of natural hues, rustic textures and raw elements are key to planning a picture-perfect vintage beach theme. Add in a glamorous boho styled gown, natural make-up and a bare-footed groom… et voila … a glamorous chic vintage beach wedding.”

Little Gray Station styled and supplied the props for the shoot.”Aged gold goblets and cut crystal vessels were given a whole new purpose adorned with whimsy flowers including hydrangeas, seaside daisies and wisteria. “We set the sweet table high on a sand dune to be framed by the spectacular white sand and clear blue water at Salt Beach, Kingscliff. The antique gold cake by Deliciously Decadent Cakes was decorated with raw twigs and took centre place alongside other delicious treats,” said Judi of Little Gray Station. It’s important that your theme fits your chosen venue and that everything looks natural and not over-done. The beach evokes a relaxed and understated ambiance, so the natural, earthy colour story of ivory and green with highlights of gold and plum, allowed for the natural scenery of the beach to shine.””

“Inspiration for this shoot was taken from Little Gray Station’s newest collection of vintage furniture and accessories. Judi from Little Gray Station explains, “Many natural elements were included in the styling, like rustic brown tables, pieces of drift wood and vintage-inspired accents including wooden box crates, antique crystal and pewter platters.” Imbue Weddings created the white floral arrangements.

“After a sip of the fresh raspberry mojito, it was time for the couple to take a romantic beach walk.  I chose a glamorous gown from Brisbane’s leading bridal designer, Darb Bridal Couture. We are so used to seeing Brad Webb create amazing full ball gowns for brides but he creates some stunning slim-line gowns too. I knew straight away that his “Rosanna” design would be perfect to add a bit of glamour to the shoot. The gown is an ivory silk chiffon kaftan with fluted sleeves and embellished with Swarovski crystals. The gown felt like butter on my skin, it was beautiful and sublime. The softness of the silk and the design of the gown allowed for movement that picked up the ocean breeze perfectly.””

“Cara Marie from Invitation Station created charming invitations, menu’s, place cards and bonbonniere for the table setting. “The Key To Our Love Story” invitation set the mood of the wedding, being presented in a natural floral fabric envelope. The menu booklets were beautiful textured deep forest green with ivory and taupe accents. Place cards had delicate calligraphy names written on ivory card with a green stitching feature. These were hung with natural pegs on a rustic ladder set amongst the beach reeds to flutter in the sea breeze. Bonbonnieres of home-made raspberry jam incorporated the print and colours of the day.”

“Make-up artist Ann Lodberg created a very natural look using earthy tones and a neural palette. “It was a really hot day which can often play havoc with hair and makeup. I created really tight curls for Nicky’s hair as I knew that the heat would cause them to drop a lot quicker. By the time it came to the first shot they were exactly how I envisaged it. The shell head-piece was a last minute addition. It was actually a necklace of the photographers. We pinned it into the hair and it was a wonderful finishing touch to our boho bride look.”


 Normy of Divine Studios shot this gorgeous film of the shoot

Photographer: Milque Photography / Propos & Styling: Little Gray Station / Bride's Dress: Darb Bridal Couture / Makeup Artist: Ann Lodberg / Invitations & Stationery: Invitation Station / Wedding Cake: Deliciously Decadent Cakes / Flowers: Imbue Weddings / Cinemtographer: Divine Studios / Groom's Attire: Always Habit

Carly & Chris’ Darling Harbour Wedding

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


Carly & Chris

One of my favourite places in Sydney is the Chinese Gardens of Friendship. It’s a little oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Carly and Chris chose this little oasis to  tie the knot and then explored one of Sydney’s most famous precincts – Darling Harbour for their wedding celebrations!

Carly and Chris are high school sweethearts and Carly describes their wedding as, “A big fun party with all our closest friends and family hanging out with Chris and I for a day.”

Photos today are by Simon Harrington who captured the wedding day with nothing but fun and happiness infused in his images.

Carly’s retro inspired makeup was styled by Jennifer Erdahl (0414 857 087 ) while her hair and her bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Toni at Sterling Hairdressing & Barber Shop. Carly and Chris started their wedding day with invitations using original art by Lara Torr ( 0407 184 575 ).



Carly wore a gown from Caleche Adelaide and red shoes I Love Billy. Carly’s bridesmaids wore floor length oyster coloured gowns from Charlie Brown . The girls all wore accessories from Miss Martini.

Carly & Chris held their wedding ceremony at The Chinese Gardens of Friendship. Carly walked down the aisle to Portishead -‘ Sour Times’.

Carly and Chris were married by Robyn Pattison. Carly remarks “Robyn Pattison was our celebrant, a friend recommended her and she was fantastic….. I definitely recommend her. She is young and upbeat and kept everyone entertained. I felt total confidence in her and that definitely helped keep Chris & I calm on the day. My family and friends loved her!” The couple chose wedding rings by Jane Bowden.

Carly and Chris had a very special wedding with many guests traveling. Carly says “We had 125 guests. 110 of them flew from interstate or overseas to be with us which was pretty mind blowing.”

Of their photographer, Carly says “Simon is a friend who is a funny, entertaining and as you can see is an awesome photographer. What more could you want?”

Carly remarks “I loved the vibe. So much love and happiness. Even from strangers walking by, everyone was just so happy for us. We were both really happy and chilled on the day.”

Carly and Chris held their wedding reception at The Star Room. They hired a photobooth from Flashback Photobooths for their guests. Carly explains “Photo booths are a bit of a Wedding fad at the moment, but I have heard of a few different companies not turning up on the day. We had no problems with these guys and the Photo quality are great. While I spent most of my night on the dance floor, Chris said the Photo booth line up was a great place to catch up with everyone. He said he didn’t get stuck chatting to anyone because of the two minute turn around time and the ever refreshing queue. Smart & funny boy… That’s why I married him!”

Carly says “I could not have asked for a better day….there was a slight incident with the fire alarm going off at the reception and everyone had to evacuate down 6 flights of stairs. It didn’t really interrupt anything but for Chris’s Gran who just had a knee operation it was a bit of a pain. Friends had thought ahead and bought down drinks and cupcakes to eat so that was nice. It only last 10 minutes or so, but the Star Room apologised straight away and let us stay and party for an extra half an hour at the end of the night so we were all happy with that.” A red and white cupcake tower was created by Cupcake Confidential (0414 412 455).

For their first dance, Carly and Chris chose something a little different. Carly explains “We danced to Queens of the Stone Age – ‘Make it Wit Chu’. It was a little bit awkward but fun, Chris couldn’t wait for it to be over!”

Congratulations Carly and Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Simon Harrington (and Robyn Pattison) for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Simon Harrington / Styling & Hire: Hollywood For Hire / Bride's Dress: Caleche Adelaide / Bride's Shoes: I Love Billy / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Miss Martini / Groom's Attire: Myer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Charlie Brown / Hairstylist: Toni at Sterling Hairdressing & Barber Shop / Makeup Artist: Jennifer Erdahl 0414 857 087 / Invitations & Stationery: Lara Torr 0407 184 575 / Ceremony Venue: Chinese Garden of Friendship / Reception Venue: The Star Room / Ceremony Officiant: Robyn Pattison / Wedding Cake: Cupcake Confidential 0414 412 455 / Wedding Rings: Jane Bowden / Photobooth: Flashback Photobooths

Karina and David’s Elegant Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Karina and David

Garden weddings are so elegant and beautiful don’t you think? They leave me thirsty for a champagne under the dappled shade of a tree and I can almost hear the calls of birds and feel the sun on my skin. Karina and David had such an elegant garden wedding, I know you’ll pour over the photos just like I did.

Karina and David met at a work function. Karina tells their story, “Dave and I met in 2000 at a university student convention in Adelaide. It was the first night party at Adelaide Zoo and the theme was “Jungle” – Dave was dressed in leopard skin pants, had long wild hair and carried a large animal bone! He claims he started chatting to me because he thought I looked cute, but I know it was only so he could push ahead in the long queue for drinks… At the end of the week he went back to Perth and I to Melbourne, and I thought that was the end of it. However over the years we kept in touch by email and could never quite forget one another. A few years later we both happened to be travelling in India and decided to meet up there – maybe it was the excitement of an exotic location, but we have been together ever since.”

Louisa Bailey captured Karina and David’s photographs. I love Louisa’s simple and fun photographs. They’re beautiful, but still relaxed!

Karina wore an Alberta Ferretti gown she found in David Jones. Karina recalls “I came across this dress almost by accident whilst browsing in David Jones. I was quite despondent after looking in plenty of bridal stores and knowing that I didn’t want a big traditional wedding dress. My bridesmaid spotted it and requested I try on “because I want to see what it looks like on someone” – I hadn’t even noticed it on the rack.  Once I slipped it on it looked so elegant that I stayed in the change room admiring it for half an hour – I knew then I had to get it! The dress then set the style for the rest of the wedding – the birdcage veil, vintage rhinestones and soft mushroom tones of the girls’ dresses. ”

Karina’s bridesmaids wore gowns made by a local dressmaker with fabric from D’Italia. Karina explains “We were having trouble finding bridesmaid dresses to match the vintage style and subtle champagne colour of my dress, so we decided to have them made instead. It was just as well because two of the girls fell pregnant and had to have theirs made at the last minute to fit their growing tummies! I really love the three different shades of silk – it makes them look just a little bit different to a traditional bridal party.”

Karina paired her dress with shoes from Myer and a birdcage veil from Ann Leslie Designs on Etsy. She says “I loved that this shop had a champagne coloured veil that matched my dress exactly. I also found shopping online to be cheaper and less stressful than running around bridal stores with much more variety. I never knew of Etsy before planning the wedding, but it is a treasure trove of goodies for wedding planning.”

The girls hair and makeup was styled by Style and Grace. Karina says “Liz (hair) and Julie (make-up) were excellent – soft but elegant hair and beautiful natural make-up. I got so many compliments on the day and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. ”

Karina and David met for photographs before the ceremony. Karina says “We held our photo shoot before the ceremony – it also really helped to see each other beforehand to relax our nerves. The photo shoot was at Billilla Gardens in Brighton  – a public park with an amazing National Trust listed Art Nouveau mansion. By having photos over with, we could mingle with guests and start the reception immediately after the ceremony, which I highly recommend.”

David and his groomsmen wore suits from Hugo Boss with Florsheim shoes.

The floral arrangements were styled by Lucy McNamara Flower Design. Karina recalls “Lucy did a great job with both the bouquets and the table centrepieces at the reception.”

Karina and David held their ceremony and reception at The International Of Brighton. Karina explains “We chose the International as we wanted to hold both the ceremony and reception at the one venue so guests could settle in and have a fun time without having to drive around or wait for hours. I especially loved the black and white décor inside, and the courtyard of the Georgian Room was a beautiful sheltered outdoor place for the ceremony.”

Karina and David were married by Jason Tuazon-McChenye. Karina says “Dave researched celebrants by typing into Google “wedding celebrant + [our suburb]” and it came up with Jason. I didn’t quite approve of that method but agreed to go along to meet him anyway. It turned out he was exactly the fun, relaxed guy we were looking for – he had everyone laughing (including us) during the ceremony…”

Guests celebrated the marriage in the Georgian Room. Karina notes “The ceremony and reception were held at the Georgian Room at the International of Brighton. The staff were extremely helpful and professional, and the whole evening went smoothly. I really loved the courtyard setting and the black & white decor – simple yet sophisticated. Guests commented on how delicious the food was – but we were so busy mingling that we barely got to eat. Luckily the staff knew that, and kept aside some cake so we could eat it on our honeymoon.”

For dessert doubling as wedding favors, Karina and David made their own macaron tower with macarons from Choukette . Karina says “Dave and I came across a picture of a macaron tower, and immediately knew we wanted one! With a bit of preparation, it was not as difficult to make as it looks. The macarons were ordered from our local French Patisserie, Choukette. The day before the wedding Dave and I delicately pinned the biscuits to a polystyrene cone with toothpicks – we made one tower each and it was a competition to see whose would look better! Towards the end of the reception, the macarons were put into little organza bags for guests to take home in place of bonbonniere. ”

The couple had a simple wedding cake made by Mandees Cupcakes. Karina notes “The cake was a delicious chocolate mudcake. I bought the silver cake stand on Ebay.”

The couple bought a guestbook from Kikki K and put a twist on it. Karina explains “I really wanted to have a photo booth at the reception, but couldn’t really justify the expense. Instead we borrowed a friend’s Polaroid camera and got guests to take a self-portrait and stick it on their page of the guest book. We got some hilarious snaps and lots of comments from guests about how much they loved it.” The couple chose their  invitations from Wedding Paper Divas.

Mobydisc provided the tunes for the night, Karina explains “We really liked that we were able to choose a playlist beforehand from their list online, and give it to the DJ on the day. He then mixed it in with requests from guests.”

Congratulations Karina and David! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Louisa Bailey  for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Bride's Dress: Alberta Ferretti / Bride's Shoes: “Collection” from Myer / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Ann Leslie Designs on Etsy / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Accessories: Fabric from D'Italia / Makeup Artist: Style & Grace / Hairstylist: Style & Grace / Flowers & Decor: Lucy McNamara Flower Design / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Guestbook: Kikki K / Venue: The International of Brighton / Ceremony Officiant: Jason Tuazon-McChenye / DJ: Moby Disc / Favors: Macarons from Choukette / Cake Baker: Mandees Cupcakes