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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Caroline and Jame’s October Wedding by Kieran Parsons Photography

What a beautiful week it’s been- I had one of the most wonderful weeks this week and plan to escape to the country to toast to wonderful moments with dear friends (trust me though, after the marathon effort of Ikea-ing and moving offices I’m going to be soaking it up!) What have you been up to?

A busy week again on our specialty blogs, here’s a snapshot of them!

Nerida McMurray shows her favourite way of personalising your bouquet on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ms Floral’s shares the second part of her Wollongong trip with a peek at popular wedding venues

How to tell your story with your wedding ceremony also on Polka Dot Wisdom

Check out my button cookie favor and box tutorial on Polka Dot Made

Also on Made, the girls at Cristina Re share their guide to classic invitations and sizes

Caroline and James’ Beautiful October Wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Daniel and Mel’s Purple inspired wedding also on Polka Dot Weddings

Fancy an escape to Bora Bora? Katrina and Michael share part two of their amazing honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

The lovely Shannon of Little Flamingo Stationery has chosen the winner of her save the date giveaway!

The four winners are:

The “Carved Love” so represents who we are: High School Sweethearts with a love for each other and the environment! We plan to get married under a tree and we will be having an eco friendly wedding also with all Native Flowers. So this style falls right into place for us. Its a lovely idea for our guests to have that keepsake in their own garden that will have a long lasting impression of the day, our love for each other and an environmental message all in one.

I love design & typography so I think the Contemporary Monogram set would suit us the most, I like the long rectangle shape it come in too & the texture of the stock.
Thanks for introducing these guys to me & fingers crossed for the win as I’m having trouble finding the right STD cards & if were to win this I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

For me, little bird in a birdcage is the winner. It suits the birdcage decorations that I’ve bought to decorate the church and our venue. the image on the invites makes me think of pretty things, like birds, flowers and nature -exactly the theme I am going for with my wedding!

‘Carved love invitation’ is the one for us!
We’re going with a tree theme and finding this one thanks to polka dot bride has confirmed that I will buy the carved heart vases I found online. They will match perfectly. Am so very excited!! : )

Congratulations to our winners! I will be in touch shortly!

Project Innovate is officially branded and officially out there with two weeks to go! Check out this entry to book your ticket and learn from one of America’s leading wedding PRs on how to effectively work your brand to it’s potential!

The talented girls at 100 Layer Cake have launched a Popup Shop! They’ve already had an incredible sale on items and this week it was gorgeous cake stands! Check out the popup shop website for more information!



The Eclective, an Adelaide boutique bridal fair is gearing up for it’s September show! Check out the soon to be launched website for more information! There are a number of boutique bridal expos coming up- First Comes Love is this weekend in Perth, the Perth Wedding UpMarket will be held in August and Portobello Bride is coming to Sydney in August too!. Check our events calender for more!

Johanna Johnson is heading to Brisbane on the 1st and 2nd of July for a trunk show! Spaces are booking out fast so if you want to book your place to try on and buy Johanna’s stunning creations, visit the website for more information.

Baccini & Hill are holding a mid year sale with up to 80% off stock next weekend including bridal, bridesmaids and flower girl frocks- there’s even 15% off new orders! Check out the website for more information.

Speaking of mid year sales Brides of Melbourne is also holding a mid year sale next weekend with 15% off new orders. Check the website for details!


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Shannon and Peter’s Australian Beach Wedding

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


In the blissful cold (I am now in my embracing winter stage) I adore looking at beautiful beach weddings. Normally, the beach weddings we feature are from Queensland so it’s nice to take a little visit to Jervis Bay (NSW) for today’s celebration!

Their story goes a little something like this. “Peter and Shannon are both in the Royal Australian Navy and had been working together for a year on the same ship without giving each other a sideways glance. Just a few weeks after Shannon posted off and between her posting to her new position in Canberra, the couple got to talking at a work event and found they had a lot in common. Within three months of getting to know more about each other, Pete proposed on Christmas Eve just before Shannon left town. Pete has since been transferred to Canberra.”

Photographs today are by Robeccer of Adori Studios. Robeccer always has such a clean, fun style to her work and I love seeing how she captures the little moments, details and love of the day.

Shannon spent the night before the wedding with her girls. “A subdued hen’s night was conducted the night before the wedding as I didn’t have a chance to catch up with many of my girlfriends beforehand as they came from all corners of the country. The bridesmaids gave me a Tiffany & Co key ring engraved ‘From the Girls’ and the wedding date.”

Shannon created many little touches for the day including shell boutonniere for the boys in the wedding party. The groom and his groomsmen wore suits from Spurling Formalwear.

Shannon wore a Destinations by Maggie Sottero RD1044 gown. Hey bridesmaids wore the Jasmine B2 gown from Jays Bridal. Amanda Moore styled the girls hair on the day while Cindy’s Beauty To You styled each girl’s makeup.

Peter’s cousin, Mandy Shields styled the bouquets which included shells to match the beach theme of the day.

As a Whisper Weddings and Functions set up and dismantled the ceremony and reception. Shannon created the ceremony decorations herself, most of which were transported to the reception to be used again. “All of the ideas for my DIY ideas I got from scouring my two favourite wedding websites: Polka Dot Bride and Style Me Pretty, as well as just Googling images!”

Shannon’s brother walked her down the aisle to “The One I Love” by David Gray.

Shannon and Peter held their ceremony at Greendfields Beach, Vincentia, Jervis Bay (booked through National Parks and Wildlife Service – Nowra Area Office & Depot) . Shannon explains” I have always wanted a beach wedding and Pete has a very strong attachment to Vincentia so the location of the wedding was a very easy decision. We took a big risk and didn’t really have much of a wet weather back up plan, and it rained all week leading up to the wedding but on the day we woke up to blue skies and plenty of sunshine.”

The couple roamed the beach side National Park for photographs. “We were fortunate that the beach is located in a National Park and as such the native bushland leads straight off the beach which meant we had two completely different settings for photographs. Robeccer picked up the wicker hearts on the way from the airport – they were a gorgeous touch!

What we loved most about her was the style of photos she takes – the candid shots rather than all posed. We look back at the photos and say “I don’t remember her taking that photo? Where was she when she took that one?” She’s taken beautiful photos of not only us but also our friends and family capturing the most special moments of the day. We are so happy with the result and would highly recommend her.”

The reception was held at The Seagrass Brassiere in Huskisson. “We chose it as the reception venue because it was close (7 minutes from the ceremony). It had the relaxed laid back atmosphere we were after and because we chose to have a cocktail function as opposed to a sit down meal. The canapés were delicious and plentiful and the service was very professional. Many guests commented on how much they enjoyed being able to mingle freely all night without too many formalities – which is exactly what we wanted.”

The seaside inspired wedding cake was made by Skye at Balgownie Village Patisserie.

Of their romantic first dance, Shannon says “We both love country music so we chose ‘Then’ by Brad Paisley”.

Congratulations Shannon and Peter! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Robeccer of Adori Studios for allowing us to share today’s wedding!

Photos by Adori Studios


Project Innovate- Meet Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR

by | Blog News, Bride


I know not every wedding vendor reads Polka Dot Wisdom (really you should subscribe, we have such great posts lined up!) and can sometimes get caught in the hustle and bustle of every day life, so I am popping a little business talk on Polka Dot Bride today!

For a few months (okay six) I’ve been chatting to Sarah from Girl Friday Weddings about education for the Australian (and New Zealand) wedding industry. This month, we officially launch Project Innovate, an education initiative for Australian & New Zealand wedding professionals and in a few weeks, our first speaker Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR will be here from California with her “Brand Your Business Workshop”.

Branding your business isn’t just your logo, it’s how you do business, it’s how you market.  This session will:

•    Help you to evaluate your brand presence in the industry with tips on how to further your reach

•    Help you to create an action plan to enhance your company’s perceived value

•    Host a critique session selecting individual businesses and providing feedback on: website/logo/business cards/blog and marketing materials giving suggestions on how to ensure the brand is well represented

•    Suggest ways to work with other key vendors with whom to form relationships in order to gain additional notoriety

•    Help you maximise the effectiveness of social media outlets i.e. twitter, blog etc. The do’s and don’ts of media and print submissions

Leila is no stranger to getting the most out of your branding- her successful wedding PR business has her clients in Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Weddings, Brides Magazine and even on TV- that’s not to mention the countless blogs her clients are featured on every month.

If you’d like to come along,the event is on the 28th of June at 6.30 pm at The Ivy Sunroom in Sydney. Ticket price ($135) includes a ninety minute workshop by Leila, a question & answer session with Leila, a cocktail upon arrival, a scrumptiously catered networking reception following the workshop (did I mention the chocolates? and cake?) a gift bag and a chance to be a part of Project Innovate’s first ever event.

Click here to purchase your ticket.

This event would not be possible without our fabulous sponsors who include:

Merivale The Ivy

Nerida McMurray Photography

Form Over Function

Gigi & Lulu

Faye Cahill Cake Design

The A List Guide

Aperol Spritz

Sofia and Ander’s Swedish Winter Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Sofia and Anders

Oh, do I have the most magical winter wedding for you this afternoon! All the way from Sweden! Not only does it have snow as a backdrop and a romantic love story – but it also involves a castle. If that isn’t a fairytale I don’t know what is! Plus I think this afternoon’s wedding is a pretty big thumbs up to any bride planning to marry in the snow – I couldn’t think of a more magical time of year!

Sofia explains how she met her husband Anders. “The bride was fed up with being single. The groom had just moved to town and wanted to meet new people. They both went online, she found him, they went on a date. It started with a long walk, ended with a bath (hot summers night) from some cliffs. They met for a second date, held hands and never let go…”

Photos today are by Swedish and Spanish photographer Emma Sandstrom, who has truly captured the magic of the day with her images. Clean, crisp images full of love emotion and all the fairytale nature of the day!

Sofia’s fondest memories are of her family. “My mother came and visited the bridal party at the hairdresser and before she came I said “I’ll bet my mother will start to cry when she sees me..” And she did!

The hairdresser that did the hair and make up was such a sweetheart! Tingsgården in Eskilstuna is the place to be! The hairdresser has  a 50’s theme in the salon with cool old stuff and very unique style!”

Sofia wore a Pronovias Troya gown with shoes from Donna Girl. The bridesmaids wore orange gowns and the floral arrangements for the day were styled by Decoflor.

Sofia and Anders decided to do a “first look” and saw each other before the ceremony.

We absolutely LOVE snow, and by getting married in Sweden during winter, there is a chance that you’ll get snow on your wedding day. The week before the wedding, all the snow had been melting! Four days before the wedding I was devastated! The day before the wedding I woke up to a HUGH snowstorm going on outside my window! The morning of the wedding, the snow was laying thick on the ground and as I was driving to the wedding, I couldn’t have been more happy!

Anders proposed to me on a skiing trip, so it’s understandable that we wanted our snow!

Sofia says “That the snow decided to come back, the last week before the wedding. We designed the whole wedding around snow and snowflakes, so it was lucky for us that we got real snow to go with the wedding!”

The wedding was held at Sundbyholms Castle.  Sofia says “The venue is a beautiful castle, located in Eskilstuna (1.5 hours from Stockholm.) Both the wedding and the reception were held at the Castle, and all our guests stayed at a hotel owned by the castle, so they could stay and party all night long! We also had a brunch the day after the wedding!”

The ceremony was held in the cellar of the castle which was filled with lots of candles and lanterns. The couple’s music choices for the ceremony were beautiful. Sofia says “We chose to walk in to “Annie’s Song”, a special edition of ‘Hallelujah’ with Swedish lyrics, a well known Swedish love song called ‘Kärleken förde oss samman’ (love made us come together) – performed by bridesmaid,  and ‘Everything’ (Michael buble) performed by friends of the bride and groom.”

The guests were able to take in the beauty of Mother Nature after the ceremony. Sofia recalls “After the ceremony, all the guests went outside where they fired a salute for us with a canon.”

The couple hired a magician during cocktail hour who entertained guests.

DIY played a part in the day. Sofia explains “We did almost everything ourselves. It was important for us that the decorations turned out the way we wanted so why not do them ourselves! We did the program to the ceremony, the invitation and the menu for the dinner. On all the paperwork, I made 187 snowflakes, hand painted with orange glitter! The bridesmaids helped us with decorating the tables.”

Sofia recalls “To start the dinner with something fun, the bridal party had prepared a movie, where they were dancing and singing to “Don’t Stop me Now” by Queen! That was a great way of starting the dinner and everybody had a great time, both recording the video and watching it on the day of the wedding!”

The reception was filled with much joy. “In Sweden there is a tradition that says that if the bride or groom leaves the table (to go to the bathroom or else) during the dinner, all the girls (if the bride leaves the table) or the boys (if the groom leaves) get to run up and kiss the one that has been left at the table.”

The couple rounded off their fairytale day with their first dance. Sofia says “We danced to Swedish song Like a Fairytale” a slow waltz, perfect for a bride with two left feet…”

For the cake, the newlyweds cut “The venues special wedding cake. Passion fruit, lemon mousse covered with white chocolate.” recalls Sofia.

Congratulations Sofia and Anders! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Emma Sandstrom for sharing today’s imagery!

Photos by Emma Sandstorm


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