Snapshot Sunday – With This Tear

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by David Moore

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Jess & Robbie’s Sydney Beach Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Jess & Robbie

The clifftops of Sydney are always such a spectacular backdrop to photographs, so when David Campbell sent this engagement portrait session my way I wanted to share it! The photos were taken on Maroubra Beach and its surrounding headlands in Sydney and did Mother Nature put on a show with the crystal blue skies and even a rainbow!

Jess and Robbie tell their story. “We first met as friends at 18, and eventually wound up dating and falling in love, but we felt too young to be too serious. Jessica was traveling around the world dancing for a living, while Robbie was at university studying in Sydney. We made a pact then, that no matter what happened that when Jessica was 25, Robbie would hunt her down and propose and they would set up a life together. Robbie never had to hunt Jessica down but, ’cause the couple stayed together and continued to grow stronger and stronger as time went on.”

“Jessica turned 25 and after dating all those years, she asked Robbie about the proposal pact….he replied “You’re 25 for a whole year”.”

“After seven years together, a tropical overseas holiday and Jessica’s 26th Birthday approaching the day after returning, she was certain he would propose on the trip, but Robbie had other plans. That would have been too obvious. On Jessica’s 26th birthday, Robbie organised to take her on a picnic to the couples ‘special spot’ on a secluded island in Sydney where they would enjoy some sunshine, champagne and good food together. It was here that Robbie surprised Jessica by getting down on one knee and proposing. Through tears and smiles, Jessica said “Yes” and the couple were finally engaged… just hours before Jessica officially turned 26. Following the picnic Robbie had organised a night to remember, dining at ARIA and staying the night in a suite at the Shangri La.”

“Jessica and Robbie are getting married in 2013 at Sergeants Mess in Sydney and have their wedding plans well underway, and are looking forward to their big day, and then starting married life on their honeymoon in the Maldives.”

How To Have a Polka Dot Wedding 2012 Edition

by | Bride, Polka Dots, Wedding Inspiration


I seem to have a dip into a look at the gorgeous ways of using polka dots at your wedding every year or so (you can find September’s polka dot wedding roundup here). The thing I love most about polka dots is how wildly varying they can be. From huge round polka dots on your wedding dress, to teeny tiny dots on your wedding stationery. From fun and bold to whimsical and sweet- the choice is yours!

Polka dot wedding & engagement rings…

1. Modern ring from ThePolkaDotMagpie 2. Polka dot stacking ring from Carla Caruso 3. Polka dot stacking ring from Carla Caruso 4. Amy Renshaw from Lobo Luxe

Polka dot wedding gowns..


1. Serena gown from J.Crew 2. Gown by Carmen Marc Valvo 3. Gown by Karen Willis Holmes 4. Gown from Carolina Herrera 5. Gown by Darb Bridal Couture, photo by  Julian Beattie 6. Gown by PureMagnoliaCouture 7. Gown by Valentino via A Cup Of Jo

Polka dot wedding shoes…

1. Stella McCartney polka dot satin heels via The Outnet 2. Cha Cha Cha Heels from BHLDN 3. Breathtaking Bubbly Heel from Modcloth 4. Shoes of Prey Ruffle Heels 5. Irregular Choice Flick Flack Heel 6. Pleaser Cutiepie Platform Sandal from Endless

 Polka dot wedding cakes…

1. Cake by Apollina Spoto  Photography by Sebastian Marin via Martha Stewart Weddings 2. Cake by Charm City Cakes via 100 Layer Cake 3. Cake by I Am Baker 4. Cake by Cake Girl 5. Cake by Maisie Fantasie 6. Polka dot cake from Ladies Home Journal 7. Cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

What about you? Found anything ‘polka dot wedding styled’ lately?

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Wedding Ink

Tattoos on your wedding day… flaunt or hide? This week the general consensus was FLAUNT IT! Image by Amanda Watson Photography via Wedding Ink

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you get up to many wedding plans this week? Did you decide on anything amazing? Mr Polka and I are celebrating a friend’s birthday this weekend (very exciting!) But I’m looking forward to kicking back tonight with perhaps a little more culling of my magazine collection!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.

Shoe Crush Sunday  Adelaide Engagement Shoot  Wedding Ink

Designing Your Wedding Stationery  Ask Ms Polka Dot

1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Vintage 2.Gorgeous Adelaide Garden Engagement Shoot 3.Tattoos on your wedding day – Wedding Ink 4.Wedding Stationery Design and Inspiration 5. Ask Ms Polka Dot – Vintage Fun – Styling tips from Ms Polka Dot

This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

Expert Interview  Vendor's Favourites - Blond Flores  2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year

How To Make Your Wedding Unique  Small Weddings  Polka Dot Office

1.Graham Monro from GM Photographics is our guest in this week’s Expert Interview 2.Blond Flores share their favourite wedding vendors with us 3.2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year 4.How To Make Your Wedding Unique – Do’s and Dont’s 5.Small Weddings 6.The Polka Dot Office


This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

Etsy Roundup  Tuesday Type  DIY Embroidered Decoration  Moscow Mule

1.A selection of wedding favours from Etsy on Etsy Roundup 2.German Style Font for a formal wedding invitation 3.DIY Embroidered Decoration 4.Cocktail Friday – Moscow Mule


This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

Real Honeymoon Vietnam  Q Station, Sydney

1.Real honeymoon in Vietnam 2.Q Station, Sydney

This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

Australian Groom Style  Real Groom Memories

1.Groom Style – Stew 2.Inspired Memories – Dariusz

Around the wedding world this week….


Prior Engagement have launched their brand new website and to celebrate, they’re giving away a $250 gift certificate to one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader! The voucher is redeemable for any product in Prior Engagement’s online store! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post letting us know your favourite Prior Engagement product and how you would use it in your wedding or event!

The winner will be selected and contacted by Polka Dot Bride & Prior Engagement. If no contact is made by the winner within 14 days of receiving notification the voucher will be passed on to another entrant. Competition is open to residents of Australia and includes shipping to an Australian address The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. 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 15th June 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).


Sydney stockist of Amsale Angela Wilson are holding a sale on June 23rd & 24th to clear out discontinued Amsale styles and make room for the 2013 Amsale collection.

Brides are invited to visit the boutique to enjoy some champagne while trying on the gowns! All gowns have been dry cleaned and are in a healthy condition and there are 8 gowns, 10 bridesmaids dresses and 3 little white dresses gowns for sale with prices negotiable on the day. Bridal gowns start from $1500 and bridesmaid gowns from $180. Check out the website for more info and to book an appointment.

Alannah Hill is holding a sample sale at their very own Melbourne Head Office. Alannah is opening her studio for 4 days only – offering shoppers a chance to snap up Alannah Hill frocks, accessories, signature cardi’s and more at a fraction of the cost all while experiencing an insight into the world that is, Alannah Hill! The sale will be held from  Thursday May 31st til Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 51 Victoria Crescent, Abbotsford, Melbourne.

Double Bay store Savvy Brides have just received their shipment of Sarah Seven gowns! The beautifully elegant and classic gowns are available in store and can be viewed on the Savvy Brides site!

Finally! Our video of the week! I know public proposals are a bit over the top, but if it makes me cry then I know I have to share it. This one’s a proposal by an actor, Isaac who proposed to the love of his life Amy with a different kind of musical serenade.