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Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For The Groom & Groomsmen

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Today in our gift guides, we’re talking gifts for the groom and & groomsmen! I don’t know about you, but I find the males in my life the hardest to buy for. They buy everything they need – I can’t buy them tools because I always get it wrong, they’re really picky about the clothes they wear (and the skincare they use!) so I am really excited about this gift guide!

I’ve hunted down a big range of products I love (that have Mr Polka’s seal of approval!) that will work as Christmas presents or thank you gifts for the men in your life. From the very serious presents, to fresh, fun takes on old classics. I hope this gives you a little inspiration for the hard to buy for’s in your life!

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Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Bestsellers Gift Set ($71 Includes Body wash & Soap), Acqua di Parma ‘Colonia Leather’ Eau de Cologne ($240) , Lush Cosmetics “Melting Snowman” Bath Melt ($5.50),  TOMS Navigator Shiny Gold & Panama Tortoises Sunglasses (US$139), Sunglasses TOMS Navigator Shiny Silver and Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses (US$139), Four Pillars Gin Rare Dry Gin ($70), Izola Flask ($36 Available from The Woodsfolk)

Kicking off our gift guide for the groom and groomsmen, or the males in your life with this Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Bestsellers Gift Set ($71 includes Body wash & Soap), this luxurious set will have him feeling fresh and pampered.

How’s this for a signature wedding day scent? Acqua di Parma ‘Colonia Leather’ Eau de Cologne comes in a luxe brown leather box with silk lining, ticking all the boxes for chic scents. The brown bottle with metallic emblem is filled with an ever so masculine scent – think citrus, leather, Moroccan cedar wood and Paraguayan guaiac oil. If you’re looking a luxurious gift for the groom who has it all this brand new fragrance might be your ticket to present points.

Lush Cosmetics “Melting Snowman” Bath Melt ($5.50) is the perfect little stocking stuffer that is not only cheap and a fun little idea for someone who needs a bit of pampering, but hello it looks like a little melting snowman and if the person you gift this to doesn’t think it’s utterly hilarious and crack a grin – I think you can put that down as your test as to whether they are on your Christmas card list ever again.

If you’re looking for a gift that is both tangible and charitable then look no further than the sunglasses collection from TOMS. Much like their shoes, for each pair of sunglasses sold, TOMS helps to restore sight through sight-saving surgery, medical treatment and/or prescription glasses. I’m particularly loving the TOMS Navigator Shiny Gold & Panama Tortoise Sunglasses (AUS$190), Sunglasses and TOMS Navigator Shiny Silver and Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses (AUS$190).

Last year I told you how much I loved the Kickstarter campaign for coffee liqueur Mr Black. Well meet my favourite Kickstarter of 2014 –  Four Pillars Gin Rare Dry Gin ($70). Made in the Yarra Valley, this gin is packed full of flavour (the makers tell of notes of cinnamon, star anise, Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and lemon myrtle). This sophisticated looking bottle (how much am I loving the copper foil print?) would make a great gift for the groomsmen!

I love the idea of fresh new takes on something classic and this Izola Flask ($36 Available from The Woodsfolk) is exactly that. Far from the plain silver flasks of old, this fab little number comes engraved with a number of fun quotes and motifs (my favourite, featured in this shoot reads “A Hangover Is The Wrath of Grapes- Dorothy Parker”).

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Marshall Major Headphones in Black ($179.95), Gameface moisturiser ($48.50 Available from The Woodsfolk) The Body Shop Modern Gents Bathroom Kit ($39.95 Includes shave cream, face wash and face shea shower cream), Huxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Bow Tie ($68), Annabel Trends Man Food Box Of Socks ($26.95), Izola Collapsible Cup ($25 Available from The Woodsfolk) Izola Paddle Your Own Canoe Paddle Ball Set ($54.95 Available from From The Owl) Citizens Of The World Candle in “Dweller”($59.09),  Daneson Flavoured Toothpicks in Single Malt & Salted Birch ($8 & $12 from Navy CrockettHuxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Pocket Square ($32)

 Amazing headphones always make a great gift and you can’t go wrong with Marshall. These Marshall Major Headphones in Black ($179.95), with the signature Marshall texture and slightly retro styling and super soft ear cushions, the headphones are fully collapsible as well as having a microphone and remote allowing you to take calls without interrupting your listening session.

When it comes to male skincare, I am a big fan of Triumph & Disaster. So their Gameface moisturiser ($48.50 Available from The Woodsfolk) is definitely a good gift idea in my book. Essential oils with Jojoba extract, Horopito oil, Ponga fern (Cumungii) and Vitamin E create a light yet easily absorbed treatment for male skin.

The typography and design on this kit won me over, but so did the basic and useful products. Enter the The Body Shop Modern Gents Bathroom Kit ($39.95). Including shave cream, face wash and face shea shower cream, it’s not one of those kits filled with skincare your gent will never use (face masks for instance are not something Mr Polka has ever touched!). The compact design and wash bag makes it a great gift idea for the gents in your life too.

If your wedding is bow tie worthy, or the males on your list love a bit of dressing up, then might I recommend this Huxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Bow Tie ($68)? I love the navy and white print and as the brand is founded by Sydney based Melbournians Emily & Paul – you know you’re supporting an awesome business who make quality products.

Now socks and jocks are always a given at Christmas for most guys – so if you’re going that route, why not go with a bit of a twist and buy the Annabel Trends Man Food Box Of Socks ($26.95), From socks printed with pretzels, chillies, beer and my personal favourite – bacon. These might make getting up for work a little easier (or could be a fun alternative for standard wedding day black numbers!).

For the groom or groomsmen who is always on the go, consider this Izola Collapsible Cup ($25 Available from The Woodsfolk). Fitting easily into your pocket, this collapsible cup is the perfect little present for camping or for an impromptu drink with friends (Scouts Motto: be Prepared).

Games like this always top my Christmas list because they make working off that food coma so much easier! The Izola Paddle Your Own Canoe Paddle Ball Set ($54.95 Available from From The Owl) is not only a fun gift but stylish too (oh Izola, how do you always get it so right?) . The set comes with two paddles and a ball all neatly packed into a net bag- great gift for your groom or the groomsmen!

My favourite candle makers Citizens Of The World Candle in “Dweller”($59.09) is top of my Christmas list this year. The Citizens have recently designed brand new packaging and just when you thought a candle couldn’t be masculine, they go and whip out black glass and their original “Dweller” scent which is moody, dark and one of my favourites – Frankincense, smoky Vetiver, clean Sandalwood, Cedar and Lavender.

Want something quirky and small? These Daneson Flavoured Toothpicks in Single Malt & Salted Birch ($8 & $12 from Navy Crockett). the finest quality Northern White Birch toothpicks come in a sleek brown glass tube and are infused with natural oils for a hint of flavour. Good for the guy who has it all.

Now if the guy on your list loves a bow tie, then he might fall for the Huxby Haberdashery “Sail Away” Pocket Square ($32). I love this gift idea for your groom or groomsmen as it’s something they can keep forever but also wear for the wedding. Plus each Huxby piece is hand sewn in Sydney and printed in Melbourne, Australian made through and through!

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Mossman Australia Boxer Short in Reuben & Ryder ($29.95 & $32.95), Beer Days Beer Box (From $54.95 A Month), evo hair men’s essentials kit ($29.95), Once Was Lost Signature Bag ($129.95), Uniden camouflaged UHF radios ($59.95), Hugo Boss BOTTLED, Collector’s Edition ($97), San Churro Chocolate Mo ($5)

Now continuing with the traditional socks and jocks, I wanted to throw these fun trunks from Mossman Australia into the mix.  The boxer shorts –  Reuben ($29.95) is a navy cotton jersey number with white polka dots & Ryder ($32.95) is a relaxed fit cotton boxer with wave print. I love the prints from this brand and if you’re going to do socks and jocks, you might as well do it with fun and get a brand that is Australian through and through!

For the groom or groomsmen who love their beer – meet the Beer Days Beer Box (From $54.95 a month). Each month the Beer Days crew pick four craft beers (and you can select to receive 8, 12 or 16 bottles) to be delivered to your door. Not only is the taste sensation of new beers delivered monthly, but the boxes come complete with tasting notes and snacks (because you need popcorn and salty treats while tasting that brew!)

If your guy is always on the move then this evo men’s essentials kit ($29.95), containing a mini size of the evo shampoo and condition, body wash, shave cream and face balm is a must – the set is the perfect size for travel with sacrificing quality or style. Plus who can resist a body wash called Soap Dodger? Not I she says, not I.

I was smitten with this Once Was Lost Signature Bag ($129.95), from the moment I saw it and photos don’t do it justice. One can never have enough bags and this bag somehow matches practicality with chic styling. Though if you’re female you might be stealing this for yourself (I would!). Its heavy duty canvas with leather straps and is deceptively huge. If the guy on your list is forever lugging stuff around, then this may be the perfect gift for him.

I think we need to get rid of the idea that walkie talkies are only for kids, mainly because I think these Uniden camouflaged UHF radios ($59.95) are just as fun for adults as they are for the littlies (if not more so). Wedding day emergency mission? Solved! Never underestimate the love of a good walkie talkie (these have a sight range of 3km and 80 channels).

Hugo Boss BOTTLED, Collector’s Edition ($97) makes a great chic scent for a cologne lover who needs the latest and greatest – because this collectors (and limited) edition is seriously stylish in it’s frosted black bottle with de-bossed logo. The top notes feature apple and citrus leading to a base of Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Olivewood with spice in between.

You know San Churro for their sneaky midnight chocolate treats, but did you know they also create chocolate packs to take home as well? This Chocolate Mo ($5) makes a fun stocking stuffer plus is the best way to way ‘to go a mo’ naturally.

 

Photos by Talia Cain for Polka Dot Bride

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Vintage Modern Wedding Inspiration

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Now let it be said, I am a complete sucker for a champagne fountain and to me? They are the quintessential party trick for a celebration. I love today’s inspiration shoot because it has a kind of New Years Eve fun glamour feel to it! Inspired by everything vintage, the team wanted to head back to a more traditional vintage inspired look – this time with a more glamorous edge. Modern fun touches of glitter, gold and graphic black and white created a modern sense of style.

Adore Photography  joined with makeup artist I Do Makeup Artistry, florist Twig & Blossom planner & stylist Made To Match Events and hairstylist Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing at Flaxton Gardens.

Danella of I Do Makeup Artistry  sets the scene. “We wanted to step away from the common vintage look and go back to more traditional styling with the champagne tower, candle holders and the veil. We wanted to bring in some modern aspects with ombre flowers and polka dots. Gold, black, cream and soft pinks.”

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Black table linens set the base for glamorous table settings of gold charger plates, polka dot napkins and bold black and white graphic stationery.

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A gold bar cart was topped with a champagne tower, pink fringing and plenty of black, gold and white confetti.

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An ombre bouquet by Twig & Blossom was a feature of the shoot. “The bouquet has a modern twist on the traditional unstructured cascading bouquet to a more structured tear drop shape.”

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I Do Makeup Artistry created the makeup look with Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing styling the bride’s hair. Danella noting, “We chose glamourous makeup with metallic gold on the eyes and false lashes. The hair is structured and elegant.”

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The bride wore Elizabeth De Varga while the groom was dressed by Johns Formal Wear.

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Sweetheart Cake Designs created a vintage inspired pink and gold wedding cake with black detail.

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Photographer: Adore Photography / Makeup Artist: I Do Makeup Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Twig & Blossom / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Made To Match Events / Hairstylist: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing / Venue: Flaxton Gardens / Cake Baker: Sweetheart Cake Designs / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth De Varga / Groom’s Attire: Johns Formal Wear

Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For The Bride & Bridesmaids

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I am so beyond excited to kick off the Polka Dot Gift guides for 2014! Today we unveil the first of three guides we have created for the wonderful people in your life with a bit of a twist. With weddings coming up for most of you, our gift guides have a wedding slant. The gift ideas are as ready for Christmas as they are to gift your bridesmaids or groomsmen, They’re  at home under that green tree as they are on a wedding registry.

However you want to use our ideas, I’ve worked hard to make sure there’s wonderful gifts at all price points for all kinds of souls and I hope it can go a little way to inspiring you to find the right gift for the ones you love.

First up – bride and bridesmaids! This gift guide is full of ideas that would work for the bride to be in your life or from a bride to her bridesmaids. They’re tokens that are able to be treasured, or add a bit of pampering and love to your life.

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Samantha Wills “Fates Ventura” Clutch in Sorbet ($330), Loreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick in “Tangerine Sonate” and “Ruby Opera” ($21.95), Lush Cosmetics “Snow Angel” Bath Melt ($8.50), Fleur Wood Food, Fashion & Love Book ($59.99), Eve Lom Kiss Mix Winter Star 2014 ($30 Available at Mecca Cosmetica), GHD Limited Edition Rose Gold Deluxe Set ($370 Includes Rose Gold Styler & Air Professional Hair Dryer), Le Specs Hermosa Sunglasses in Blonde & White Spot ($69.95), Laura Mercier Body Souffle in Fresh Fig ($65), Samantha Wills “A Girl Like You” Bracelet Set ($169)

A bride always needs a clutch filled with her most important items for the day and this Samantha Wills “Fates Ventura” Clutch in Sorbet definitely falls into the “she can wear it after the wedding!” category. It adds a stupendously fantastic pop of colour and allows your favourite lady to carry her essentials with her not only on her wedding day but well beyond it.

For a stocking stuffer and beauty lover, might I suggest the Loreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick in “Tangerine Sonate” and “Ruby Opera”? This richly coloured lipstick actually comes in ten shades (including a nude pink, ruby red and even a fuchsia) and applies like a lip gloss with a doe foot applicator. But the colour intensity? Ka pow! Love these as a fun option for bridesmaid gifts (especially if one needs to touch up!). My favourite lipsticks have been bought for me by my best friend and there is something utterly special about wearing them.

I love the Lush Cosmetics Christmas Collection and this year I think “Snow Angel” Bath Melt ($8.50) has to be one of my favourites (gold glitter never really fails me, for the record). Sweet pampering gifts like this are always a favourite of mine and I love these pretties.

I reviewed the Fleur Wood Food, Fashion & Love Book, earlier this year and it definitely makes it to my Christmas list. Whether for a bride or bridesmaid, this book has a cosy feel to it with the most beautiful imagery. It’s the kind of book that is wonderful to curl up with a cup of tea and a soft blanket, or to read while lying on the grass in the sunshine.

Little treats like this Eve Lom Kiss Mix Winter Star 2014 ($30 Available at Mecca Cosmetica) are the perfect size for a bridesmaid gift (plus that sparkly star box? It’s almost pretty enough to hang on your tree!) Eve Lom skincare is divine and this tiny lip balm is sure to make its recipient feel as pampered as can be.

Rose gold has got to be one of the colours of the year and the GHD Limited Edition Rose Gold Deluxe Set ($370  Includes Rose Gold Styler & Air Professional Hair Dryer) is such a beautiful colour. I never thought I’d ever call a hair straightener beautiful but there were a lot of oohs and aahs on this shoot when we pulled it out of it’s box to shoot. The all rose gold straightener comes completed with a sleek black and rose gold hair dryer so it’s an ultimate wishlist gift for a bride to be.

When the Le Specs Hermosa Sunglasses in Blonde & White Spot, were offered up for this year’s gift guide I couldn’t say no. The blonde and white colour tone is perfect for summer, the shape so retro and fifties inspired and you know that I am never going to deny you anything with polka dots on them. Love this gift idea for your favourite leading lady! (Note: these are also on my Christmas list).

I’m a sucker for a divine body cream and Laura Mercier Body Souffle in Fresh Fig, ticks all the boxes for me! This luxurious body cream in its glass jar not only smells good enough to eat but it actually works too. Love this for a bride to be to use in the lead up to her wedding day or as a special gift for bridesmaids.

For the bohemian bride, these Samantha Wills “A Girl Like You” Bracelet Set is a colourful addition to a bride’s wrist on her wedding day (or equally as beautiful to gift bridesmaids as a gift and a wedding day accessory). The best part? The thinking has been done for you- the combination and stack complete. Just slip it on!

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Natalija Robe “Petunia” ($114.95), Natalija Robe “Lace Trim Ivory” ($119.95), Samantha Wills “Bohemian Bardot” Ring in Ocean ($79)Samantha Wills “Beautifully Dressed Up” Drop Earrings ($110), Samantha Wills “Beautifully Dressed Up” Stud Earrings ($99), Samantha Wills “Rumours Unknown” Pendant Necklace ($130), Into The Woods  wire Jewellery House in Yellow ($65 Available from The Woodsfolk), Hugo Boss “Boss Ma Vie” Eau de Parfum 75ml ($109), The Body Shop Geisha Doll Lip & Cheek Stain ($32.95), Kit Cosmetics Summer Fiesta Eyeshadow Palette ($34.95), Miss Poppy Design “She Drinks Whiskey From A Teacup” pencils ($14.00), Miss Poppy Design “Necessities” Pencils ($14.00), Clearly LOVE L7002S Sunglasses in “Tokyo Tortoiseshell” ($79.00), Sunday Somewhere “Laura” Sunglasses in Aqua ($265),  The Daily Edited Leather Pouch in Black With Gold Monogram ($79.95),  Samantha Wills “You Are All I See” Bracelet in Silver ($145), Samantha Wills “Midnight Garden” Bun Cover in Gold ($179), Lanolips Ballerina Tin: A 101 Ointment and Mini Lip Ointment with Colour in Rose ($22.95 Exclusive to Myer), Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection ($60)

A luxurious robe for the wedding day morning always makes for a great gift idea, so for this year’s gift guide we included two from Natalija! We chose the sweetest of pink robes “Petunia” ($114.95), and the more bridal robe “Lace Trim Ivory” ($119.95). These tick both boxes for brides and bridesmaids because they’re wonderful for the wedding day but also something you never really buy yourself.

As a jewellery lover, I am a big fan of giving and receiving special pieces for special occasions, so I picked these paces from Australian designer Samantha Wills. “Bohemian Bardot” Ring in Ocean ($79), “Beautifully Dressed Up” Drop Earrings ($110),  “Beautifully Dressed Up” Stud Earrings ($99),”Rumours Unknown” Pendant Necklace ($130). Whether you gift these to your bridesmaids, your mum or the bride to be – each is a special token that they’ll be able to wear on the wedding day and well beyond. Part of the allure of Samantha Wills collections is that you can choose multiple pieces from the one collection to suit individual personalities – a ring for your gem loving friend, a pendant for a bohemian spirited girl and sparkly earrings for the bower-bird – the gorgeous turquoise blue in each piece.

For the jewellery lover, this Into The Woods Wire Jewellery House in Yellow ($65 Available from The Woodsfolk), is a fun and unexpected gift idea. Storage, sweetness and fun all in one? Why not gift this to your bridesmaids with a fabulous pair of earrings? Why yes, I think we’re sorted!

Hugo Boss “Boss Ma Vie” Eau de Parfum ($109) is a great idea for a signature scent for a bride looking for something modern yet feminine for her wedding day. With a top note of Cactus blossom to a pink floral bouquet and cedarwood it has a fresh, floral feeling to it that is not your grandmother’s scent. Definitely one for the modern bride who still loves her femininity.

A stocking stuffer for the beauty lover, this brand new The Body Shop Geisha Doll Lip & Cheek Stain ($32.95) comes in the sweetest bottle and does double duty for cheek and lip colour (and double duty always wins points in my book!). A sweet gift for your bridesmaids or your favourite makeup loving lady.

Kit Cosmetics Summer Fiesta Eyeshadow Palette ($34.95 makes a great gift this Christmas. The palette comes complete with ten shades neutrals with plenty of sparkle and metallic in the mix the hard case decorated with metallic gold is easy enough to wrap and slip under the tree to make a makeup lover very happy indeed. I love palettes that have so much versatility- bronze smokey eye? check! Understated nude eye? check!

I think these sweet printed pencils from Miss Poppy Design in “She Drinks Whiskey From A Teacup” pencils ($14.00) and “Necessities” Pencils ($14.00)are some of my favourite gifts to give. Everybody needs pencils to why not make them the prettiest ones you can find? The “Necessities” collection is my favourite- printed with the best things in life (happy thoughts, cups of tea, pink peonies, vintage books, big dreams and the smell of rain) but there are plenty of sets that suit every kind of girl.

Clearly LOVE L7002S Sunglasses in “Tokyo Tortoiseshell” ($79.00) are a favourite pick of mine when it comes to sunglasses with their slightly retro style. The tortoiseshell makes them slightly softer than black and the shape is very retro glam. I love giving gifts that will continue to be a part of one’s life for many a year to come and these sunglasses fit the bill.

Sunday Somewhere “Laura” Sunglasses in Aqua are so fun for Summer and a great gift idea for a fashion forward lover. The aqua colour is the brightest of tones and the shape fun and sleek for someone who knows what they’re doing when it comes to fashion, and are just the ticket for warmer Summer days.

For me, a personalised gift is the ultimate, so I fell in love with this idea when I saw it. The Daily Edited Leather Pouch in Black With Gold Monogram. Available in a range of colours (and styles, The Daily Edited does business card holders, envelope clutches and more) these luxurious leather goods are one of my favourite ideas for bridesmaids. The Clutches are sleek and stylish- big enough to hold essentials for a girls night out and the gold monogram? Understated and chic while still being personal.

For a bride or bridesmaid wanting something completely sparkly to accessorize with, might I suggest the Samantha Wills “You Are All I See” Bracelet in Silver, It’s sparkling leaves add plenty of glam to a wedding day look and it’s special enough to transform to a black tie occasion or if you’re really into sparkle paired with your everyday shirt and jeans.

Samantha Wills “Midnight Garden” Bun Cover in Gold is a gorgeous gift for a bride or bridesmaid who is a lover of the classic bun. it adds a completely different look to something quite simple and is definitely a beautiful gift for one who might be wearing this hairstyle a the upcoming wedding day or one who just loves a chic hair accessory.

I’m a big fan of Lanolips (their 1010 Ointment is a lifesaver) and this season they’ve released this sweet Ballerina Tin set( $22.95 Exclusive to Myer),  that would work wonderfully as a gift for your bridesmaids.  With 101 Ointment (which works for oh, everything!) and the popular rose balm intense (perfect for hands and nails) with Colour in Rose ($22.95 Exclusive to Myer), in a limited edition tin illustrated by Erin Whitty it has two little treats that not only pamper but also look great.

For the girl who adores body wash, or the bridesmaids who need the ultimate pampering, this Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection ($60) with twelve travel sized body washes in every scent – from black peppercorn to Japanese orange to pink pepperpod and everything in between, it’s a luxurious set that will make for a beautiful gift.

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Paddington Tea Natural Soy Candle in Rustic Rose ($27.50), The Wedding Scarf Heirloom Silk Satin Scarves (From $390), Annick Goutal ‘Vent de Folie’ EDT ($160), Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics Auto-Pilot Radiance Boosting Mask ($85), Samantha Wills “Rumours Unknown” Drop Earrings in Turquoise ($120), Benefit Cosmetics Feelin’ Dandy Kit ($40), Benefit Cosmetics Sweet Tintations Kit ($50), Molton Brown Festive Bauble in Pink Pepperpod ($15),  Typo Printed Buffalo Notebook in Cream Gold Polka ($16.95),  Samantha Wills “Rooftop Romance” Bracelet in Peach ($99), Molton Brown Festive Bauble in Eucalyptus & Black Peppercorn ($15 each), Burts Bees “Best of Burts Bees” Set ($29.95), Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum ($130) Lush Cosmetics “Golden Wonder” Bath Bomb ($7.50)

 I am a girl who would never turn down a candle as a gift (they are one of my favourite things to receive) and this Paddington Tea Natural Soy Candle in Rustic Rose ($27.50) is a special rose scent for your favouritest of girls. Pretty in pink and soy wax it’s going to make any candle lover happy.

Now if we’re talking unique gifts for the bride, this one may just be the most unusual but one that will definitely appease the sentimental nature of someone who holds onto everything because of the memories. Meet The Wedding Scarf Heirloom Silk Satin Scarves (From $390), your wedding bouquet is deconstructed and the natural dyes of the foliage and blooms transferred to create a one of a kind heirloom scarf. From a silk satin scarf to a luxurious pashmina- your bouquet comes to life as a wearable accessory you can keep forever. Now if that doesn’t appease the sentimental bride, then my job as a wedding blogger has well and truly failed.

Wedding day signature scents are one of my favourite things and you can’t go past the bottle that holds Annick Goutal ‘Vent de Folie’ EDT ($160), the vintage inspired bottle with gold top and curved bottle smells of sweet pea, blood orange, blackcurrant and raspberry creating a light, yet sensual perfume that works for a Spring or Summer bride with an air of whimsy.

As a bride to be, you’re doing everything to make sure your skin looks it’s best so investing, or gifting a wonderful, indulgent face mask like the Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics Auto-Pilot Radiance Boosting Mask ($85), is a great gift idea. This gel mask contains Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E and is designed to wear prior to makeup application for softening and smoothing of the skin. Know a bride who needs indulging to get her skin wedding ready? This is the gift for her.

Samantha Wills “Rumours Unknown” Drop Earrings in Turquoise  ($120) have just enough sparkle and colour that they’re perfect for a wedding day and beyond. I love the idea of these as a gift for your bridesmaids, paired of course with their gorgeous gowns. Something they can easily wear again (and perfectly sparkly for the festive season!)

I love makeup kits that are a face in a box so the Benefit Cosmetics Feeling Dandy Kit ($40), is somewhat of an ultimate one stop shop in a gift for me. The colours are brilliant (the set includes the pale pink “Dandelion” blush, Dandelion lip gloss, mini High beam highlighter and mini Posie Tint) and it’s going to make a great gift for someone who isn’t too sure on makeup or is always on the go.

Benefit Cosmetics Sweet Tintations Kit ($50) is another great gift set that would look equally as home under the tree as it would wrapped up to gift to your favourite ladies on your wedding day. Containing two of the cosmetic brands most popular tints (Benetint and Lollitint) and matching lip balms packed with moisturising mango butter it’s fun, sweet and a great idea for an easygoing makeup lover.

Molton Brown Festive Bauble in Pink Pepperpod ($15) are a funk trinket- equally as home on the Christmas tree as they are tied to a gift. They come in eight of Molton Brown’s signature scents are are just the right price for your favourite ladies to get a little pampering.

If you’re looking for an ultimate useful gift for a bride to be, might I suggest a beautiful notebook? This Typo Printed Buffalo Notebook in Cream Gold Polka, has my heart (obviously because I just purchased it for myself). A beautiful notebook like this makes an incredible gift for a bride – allowing her to keep everything in one place, writing notes in during supplier meetings, keeping track of details or just journaling all of her special memories. Polka Dots make everything better so of course, this will be a winner.

I love the bold gold of this Samantha Wills “Rooftop Romance” Bracelet in Peach ($99). It works for a bride with a modern style or bridesmaids as a gift and their wedding jewels. The combination of coral and gold is so warm for Summer days.

We had to throw in two more Molton Brown Festive Baubles in Eucalyptus & Black Peppercorn ($15) for your tree, I love these as fun little gifts for your favourite people – a treat, a pamper and a decoration in one!

Everyone loves good quality skincare and the Burts Bees “Best of Burts Bees” Set ($29.95) has the essentials for smooth, wedding ready skin. The package contains coconut foot cream, lemom butter cutitcle cream and almond milk beeswax hand cream. it’s a great gift pack for someone wanting to get over the awful things that cold weather does to your skin (and it smells divine too!)

In it’s luxe gold bottle Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum ($130) is a blend of floral and coconut notes- bergamot, neoli, limi, cocnout, jasmine, ylang ylang, sandlewood, vanilla and myrrh make this scent just the ticket for a Summer bride looking for something that will become her wedding day signature scent or a scent for summer days.

Nothing is more fun that a sweet bath bomb from Lush Cosmetics and the “Golden Wonder” Bath Bomb ($7.50) is the sweetest gift. Not only does it look like a golden present all wrapped up but it’s packed full of glitter, and the orange, cognac and neroli oils will have you feeling oh so merry.

 

Photos by Talia Cain for Polka Dot Bride

Vanessa and Wade’s Relaxed Winery Wedding

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

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Vanessa & Wade

 I love a beautiful winery wedding and the relaxed winery wedding of Vanessa and Wade is right up my alley – beautiful blooms, a beautiful ceremony and a fun reception! Matt Streatfeild – Matts Photography was there to capture the moments as they happened.

Vanessa tells the story of how they came to be. “We met through my sister and her now husband, who lived with one of Wade’s great mates (and one of our groomsmen) Nathan. Being Newcastle, we would frequently run into one another at mutual friends’ events. We would often be drawn to one another in a room, but waited a few years till we actually got our act together and started dating. Seven years on and we are married!”

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Vanessa chose a lace gown by Johanna Johnson. Vanessa remembers “Wade and I were lucky to pull on the help of many of our friends and family to help wit the day. My cousin Taylor who lives in Mossvale, did an awesome job on the Makeup and made the morning extra fun by being there. One of our bestfriends Tiff, did the hair and again made the morning nice and relaxed. Megan Bradford did an exceptional job on the desert bar and it was demolished very quickly by all the guests. Wade’s cousin Blake helped us out by getting one of his friends to video the wedding day and then he spent countles shours editing to give us an amazing wedding video. Without these guys, our wedding wouldn’t have been the day it was and we cant thank them enough! ”

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Vanessa walked down the aisle to Hold me in your arms by Southern Sons.

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Vanessa and Wade chose Tamburlaine Organic Wines for their wedding. Vanessa tells, “We had the ceremony and reception on the grounds of Tamburliane. This was an easy choice for us as they are a small family business and they’re passion for what they do was evident from the first time we met them. Lou, Crystal and the team at Tamburlaine made the night effortless and it went off without a single hitch! It is such a beautiful venue with a relaxed nature, gorgeous grounds and a big enough reception area that we easily fit our 16 guests and had plenty of room to dance!”

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Vanessa tells, “One of my favourite moments (and I would hope Wades) was the ceremony. I think seeing each other for the first time is the absolute best moment and something you can’t describe until you are there. We both got a little teary (which is evident in our pics). I also loved the vows we wrote to one another and shared in front of our family and friends. This is a moment I will never forget and can still remember 6 months on exactly what I said to Wade and what he said back.”

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Of their photographer, Vanessa and Wade tell, “We used Matts Photography who is a friend of ours and has photographed many of our family and friends weddings. We love his work and are so impressed with our pictures. It was easy with Matt as we were relaxed around him and could have fun. He is very passionate about his work and didn’t stop the entire day/night and this shows in the photos we have received. Everyone has complimented our album.”

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Vanessa describes the day as, “Relaxed, centered around family, friends our love for one another and having a great time! ”

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Peonies Floral Designer styled the event, including the flowers, the bride Vanessa remembers, “Wade being a builder did a little bit of DIY by making a few signs and the wooden features that sat on our tables. We were fortunate that we had the amazing skills of Peonies to pull all of our ideas together, enabling us to relax and enjoy the lead up as well as the day without the stress of having to do it ourselves. I cannot thank Peonies enough for how easy it was for them to make anything we suggested and bring it together 10 times better than we could have imagined.”

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Vanessa remembers, “We loved that we had all of our family and friends together in the one room and that the genuine love and support they have for us could be felt by Wade and I so intensely. That we were able to relax and enjoy the day, knowing we had an amazing team of people around us who helped the day go off without a hitch. That we spent the entire day smiling and laughing with one another and our amazing family and friends particularly the bridal party. That we had the most kindest words spoken about us during the speeches.”

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For their first dance, Vanessa remembers, “Wade and I are both not the dancing type and Wade had some reservations about the first dance but being the supportive boyfriend (soon to be husband) he knew the formalities were important to me. We just shuffled around the dance floor to 500 miles by Sleeping at Last but I’ll remember that moment always and the selflessness of him to share in the moment with me, knowing how much he didn’t really want to.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Vanessa and Wade! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Matt Streatfeild – Matts Photography  for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Matt Streatfeild - Matts Photography / Cinematographer: Nathan Wong / Stylist & Planner: Peonies Floral Designer and Stylist / Bride’s Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed- Wades grandmothers diamond earrings / Bride’s Jewelry: Johanna Johnson / Groom’s Attire: Rembrandt / Groomsmen Attire: Rembrandt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Mr K / Hairstylist: Your Hair Studio / Makeup Artist: Mesmerising Bauty, Moss Vale   0406 552 799 / Flowers & Decor: Peonies Floral Designer / Venue: Tamburlaine Organic Wines / Ceremony Officiant: John Scanlon / Ceremony Musicians: Emmy Rose / Band: Twinsanity / Favors: Hunter Belle Cheese- Fudge / Cake Baker: Megan Bradford / Wedding Rings: The Jewellery Affair
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