Kristi Bonnici “Sometimes A Whisper Is Enough” Bridal Accessories Collection

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


The brand new collection from bridal accessories beauty Kristi Bonnici is about to make it’s very stylish debut and I have to say, although this collection features no polka dot veils, I do think it may just be one of my favourites!

Called “Sometimes A Whisper Is Enough”, the collection was inspired by “quiet, enduring love affairs, the ones that don’t need to scream it from the roof tops or declare it with grand gestures, the kind of love that is happy to hold hands under the table”

The new collection pays homage to this quiet beauty. Simple pieces with incredible beading, interesting shapes and fabrics and something a little more when you look closer. Kristi’s focus on detailed beading is different to her previous collections, but adds a little glamour and is especially beautiful as we head into the cooler months for Autumn & winter weddings.

Along with her signature capes and hair pieces, Kristi has also introduced belts with this collection and used an array of immensely beautiful fabrics- Chantilly lace, satins, failles and more. Kristi and her team hand bead all pieces in Sydney (home grown, which I love!)

Images by Kristi Bonnici

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Rosie and Drew’s Byron Bay wedding by Stewart Ross Photography

It has been an insanely huge week in Polka Dot land this week! Not only is our beloved Ms Paisley back, but we launched a ton of new content on our specialty blogs. So that’s even more goodness coming to you each and every week! Our roundup is a little longer than usual for that reason, but do take the time to check it out! I hope you’ll like it!

Wedding favours with a difference chosen by Josh and Sam for their wedding on Polka Dot Groom

Henry shows us his Groom Style for his marriage to Lauren on Polka Dot Groom

Finally on Polka Dot Groom , Tasmanian Groom Josh explains why he and his wife chose to marry at an art gallery

Mandy from Savvy Brides opened her new wedding gown boutique – check out the fun on Polka Dot Wisdom

Curious about what the Polka Dot team really gets up to when we’re not writing? Check out the first Polka Dot Office

We started Tuesday Type with ‘Mishka’ on Polka Dot Made

Alicia shows us how to make her gorgeous card suitcase on Polka Dot Made

Try out our yummy The Fringe cocktail on Polka Dot Made

Ms Polka Dot started her Etsy Roundup this week with hair flowers on Polka Dot Made

Rosie and Drew share their lovely Byron Bay weddings on Polka Dot Weddings

And from Western Australia we have Sally and Michael’s wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Sarah shares her girl’s guide to wedding showers and parties with some great tips on Polka Dot Weddings

The first in a new series- Ask Ms Polka Dot ! Also on Polka Dot Weddings

Check out Sarah and Mark’s gorgeous wedding invitations for their Bali nuptials on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Calli shares her beautiful images of Hawaii and tips of things to see and do – chair with cocktail in hand anyone?  on Polka Dot Honeymoon

Around the wedding world this week….


Henri Josef website is holding a one day warehouse sale in Sydney! Gowns are priced at up to 75% off with wedding dresses $299, $399 & $499. Cocktail dresses from $50, $75 and $95. Henry Roth will also be there to personally help you find the right gown for you!

The warehouse sale is Thursday 16th February from 8.30am-5pm and will be held at the Henry Roth Studio, 2nd Level, 87-89 Foveaux St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010. For more information, call the design studio on 02 9211 1733 or email



Vintage crockery hire business A Vintage Affair has launched a brand new website (with polka dots!). The website has many more beautiful images of their range, plus a fun gallery! Check out their website here.

Letterpress stationer Bella Figura has updated their site with my 2012 trendsetter favourites! Purchasing my sample pack not only gives you a sampling of the gorgeous range of Bella Figura letterpress (Royal night is my favourite), but it also helps out eco charity Earthworks with 100% of the purchase price being donated! See a small selection of my favourite 2012 invitations here.

 gm photographics are running a Valentines Day special for marrieds to be! Post your best Valentines Day story on their Facebook page to have the chance to win a portrait couture photo session with professionally styled makeup and more! The team are also offering $50 Valentines Day Gift Vouchers for a shoot & credit towards product (valued at $250).

The brand new issue of Bride To Be was released on Wednesday and they’ve shared some sneak peeks with me! There are plenty of real weddings, unique makeup looks, fashion editorials and brand new products and ideas!

Victoria brides! The Peter Rowland Wedding Showcase is coming up and have generously offer us five double passes (valued at $20 each) to give away! The Peter Rowland Wedding Showcase will be held on Saturday, 18th of February and will not only show off the exclusive range of Peter Rowland venues, but also their preferred suppliers – photographers, florists, even entertainers and decor suppliers. Marrieds to be will be able to enjoy champagne and delicious Peter Rowland treats as they discover the showcase and the venues Peter Rowland has to offer.

The venues themselves are spectacular. They include NGV International, Melbourne Museum, Persimmon at NGV International, Port Melbourne Yacht Club, Flemington – The Event Centre, Rippon Lea Estate, The Chapter House and Gardens House at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The Peter Rowland Catering Wedding Showcase will be held in the Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton from 10am to 3pm. Admission to the showcase is $10 with all proceeds donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia. To book or for further information, call 03 9825 0092 or email

To win one of five double passes to the Peter Rowland Wedding Showcase, simple leave a comment on this entry letting me know your favourite wedding venue and why you love it! The five most creative answers will win!

The winner will be chosen by the Polka Dot Bride team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. Entrants must be able to attend the showcase on February 18th, 2012. If no contact is made by February 17th 2012, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant. 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 16th February 2012 5pm Australian Daylight Saving Time.

Rounding off our Friday Roundup is this fun stop motion wedding inspiration video from Bayly & Moore. Styled by Perth stylist Bonnie Machell, I love how each look comes together so beautifully! I’m particularly a fan of the black and white table linens!


Julie and Matt’s Beautiful Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Julie & Matt

The beauty of a black tie garden wedding is something pretty special. The elegance of the formality combined with the rough, unstructured beauty of Mother Nature. Julie and Matt truly made their beautiful garden wedding day their own with a gorgeous garden ceremony (held in Victoria’s Yarra Valley), an unexpected delicious dinner option and plenty of love and romance to make it the most splendid day of all.

Julie recalls how she and Matt met ” We met at high school and did the Debutante Ball together (10 years ago) and have been dating ever since.  Matt proposed to me at the Chinque Terra in Italy.”

Jonathan Ong took the wedding photographs of Julie and Matt. I love the way Jonathan plays with light and captures the most intimate, beautiful moments. Pose Media captured a film of the day.


Julie wore a Carla Zampatti gown and paired it with shoes ordered online from Heels.comJC Hair created soft curls in Julie’s hair while Natural Chique styled Julie’s makeup.

The groom, Matt looked dapper in his Arthur Galan ensemble.JMBGW (1)JMBGW (2)

The transport was provided by the couple’s loved ones. Julie remarks “My cousin drove me in her Mustang and  Matt’s uncle drove the groom in his flashy car which was a Custom Line ”

Julie and Matt held their ceremony and reception at Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen . Julie was particularly in love with the stunning archway.

The processional was made special by live music. Julie recalls “Matt’s best mate Adam played the guitar live for me while I came down the aisle and he played “The Girl” by “City and Colour.”

Julie and Matt were married by Gary Lockyer  and had their wedding rings made by Dwayne Designs.

Julie describes the wedding as, “Absolutely gorgeous, very unique and couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Of their photographer, Julie says ” Jon was fantastic!!!  We didn’t want the really posey posey photos, we wanted a very natural look, and that’s just what we got. Jon set up a photobooth for us, which was a great hit and everyone had a great time getting their pics taken in there too, and we had a great time laughing at them all while flicking through the pictures. ”

White Orchid and Rose BouquetAlowyn Gardens Wedding

The gorgeous floral arrangements were designed and created by Flowers By Kirsty.



For dinner, guests were treated to gourmet burgers from Grill’d (No longer available for wedding hire). Julie explains ” They came out in their Airstream Van (which is very cool) and served burgers and chips which was a great hit! ”

Mother Nature made her mark on the day, leading to one of Julie’s favourite stories. ” The sun was shining for the Ceremony and then we had a short thunderstorm at night for the reception, then as soon as the thunderstorm passed we had a gorgeous double rainbow shining right over the top of the reception which was just beautiful.

The newlywed’s retro inspired wedding cake was created by Cherrytree Bakehouse.

Matt switched his bow tie to a red one for the reception.

The first dance was a surprise for the bride. Julie explains ” We danced to “Groovin Slowly” by John Butler Trio. Matt chose the song to surprise me and it was just beautiful. ”

The music kept guests on the dance floor all night long. Julie recalls “The band we had playing were “The Teskeys Brothers” and they were absolutely fantastic”.

Congratulations Julie and Matt! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us today! Thank you also to Jonathan Ong for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Cinematographer: Pose Media / Bride's Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride's Shoes: / Groom's Attire: Arthur Galan / Hairstylist: JC Hair / Makeup Artist: Natural Chique / Flowers & Decor: Flowers by Kirsty / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Ceremony Venue: Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen / Reception Venue: Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen / Ceremony Officiant: Gary Lockyer / Reception Band: The Teskeys Brothers / Catering: Grill'd / Wedding Cake: Cherrytree Bakehouse / Wedding Rings: Dwayne Designs

Valentines Day Sweet Treats – Fun

by | Bride, Wedding Gifts


My favourite part of Valentines Day? The fun! I love to do silly things, do indulgent things, that although we have the entire year to do, just don’t happen! From fun pyjamas, to baking cupcakes, making scrambled eggs in a heart shape, buying a fun red lip gloss or even writing long love letters. I love the thoughtful gestures so today’s roundup? Might be my favourite.

1. Mens Froggy prince PJ Set from Peter Alexander 2. Hybrid tea rose from Plant Gifts 3. Raspberry lip balm by Mozi 4. Black label scented candle from Palm Beach Collection  5. Pet speaker by Via Alley from Hard To Find 6. Heart petit four cases from Emerald+Ella 7. Heart shape ice cube tray with lid by Mastrad from Peters Of Kensington