Anna and Jordan’s Young Love Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Anna and Jordan

Ah there is something so romantic about high school sweethearts and today’s engagement shoot by Leisa of White Fluffy Cloud Photography sent over this shoot of Anna and Jordan. Anna tells their sweet love story as they take their engagement photos by the seaside.

“Jordan and I met about five years ago in the schoolyard of my new high school, I was the new kid. Through different classes we soon grew to know each other pretty well. I remember always keeping an eye out for him in the schoolyard or making bad jokes to get his attention, if I was quick I could catch him sneaking a gaze at me. Continuing through school, we found a really natural feeling between us, and an underlying spark.

“With our relationship always waivering on the border of more than friends and with the perfect timing, a night spent together with friends was all it took to give us enough courage to try and ignite a deeper relationship. Sealed with our first kiss under the stars, we have never looked back and are stronger and more in love than ever!”

“Jordan has raced motocross and surfed for many years and in my spare time I love to scuba dive along the coast of our local area. Jordan has just begun to scuba dive with me and I attempt to ride motorbikes when I can.”

“We have shared some incredible moments together both as best friends and lovers and we know there is a great and exciting future for us ahead, as high school sweethearts forever and ever!”

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Chirag and Sonali’s New York Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Chirag and Sonali

Want to do a bit of traveling this morning? Brilliant! Me too! Luckily we have this gorgeous engagement shoot of Chirag and Sonali from Wrinkle In Time Photography. A lovely garden, a moody set and Times Square? Why yes, I think this is the perfect way to kick off a Saturday!

They tell their story “Chirag and I were introduced to each other by a mutual friend in high school.  We were both in high school and back then aol was huge (yes, u read it right, AOL!) We frequently chatted till all hours of the night and soon became good friends.  My friends always joked that Chirag had a crush on me, but I didn’t really believe them.  We both ended up attending Rutgers University where Chirag somehow found his way into many of my classes (I don’t think it was a coincidence).  Soon we became inseparable and the rest is history. My friends were right! Ten years later he proposed to me at the exact spot where we first held hands at Rutgers”


Later they donned their finest and headed for the city, I think these might be my favourite shots of all..

Wedding Centrepiece Inspiration

by | Bride, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


What nicer way to end off a Friday than with some gorgeous inspiration for your wedding centrepieces? Alicia of Form over Function recently styled the tables for the Centennial Parklands Dining open night and kindly shared the photographs (by Evoke Photography) with us as well as her thoughts behind her styling!

Table One? Organic Garden! Alicia says “It’s impossible not to be inspired by what grows all around when working at this venue. For this natural, chic and organic take on wedding styling, we covered the table in a pale avocado Irish linen overlay from our hire range, and created an eclectic and fresh look with the use of a green glass candleholder with large half sphere candle (also works wonderfully as a vase), a sweet white ceramic pot with leaf detail filled with a mass of end of season kale, a taller white ceramic self stripe pot vase filled with an arrangement of goddess lilies, lotus pods and hellebore foliage and one of our pin hole ceramic votives adding an beautiful organic touch.”

“Dipping into the “Bodhi” line from our online stationery store, we tied name tags to hosta leaves with string at each place setting as a twist on traditional place cards, and sat a matching menu featuring hand-stitched ribbon detail on a small white easel. To add glow to the setting, small green glass hurricane candleholders were at each setting, picking up on the green glass candleholder at the centre of the table.”

“Deco Chic: Defying the bridal-table-must-be-white dress code, we dressed this traditional bridal table with the modern twist of a striking deco-inspired fabric overlay in hues of aqua, white and charcoal, and placed a centrepiece before each guest featuring etched and cut glass footed vases filled variously with white peonies and rice flower. For a modern twist, we took the delicious frosted aqua glass candlesticks from our hire range and topped them with a pompom of massed white carnations, using them as flower holders instead.

“Candlelight glowed from within cut glass holders, scattered along the front edge of the table, and before each guest, and menus calligraphied with the guest name were at each setting, along with white damask napkins were held by delicately beaded silver napkin rings””

“Secret garden: Nestled as is this venue is within the magnificent grounds of Centennial Parklands, the setting is a natural fit for styling which echoes touches of what lies beyond. For this long table, we combined the richness of chocolate tablecloths, with the warm luxury of a pale camel suede table runner, which played host to a series of delicate, footed wire bird cage stands, each wearing a top knot of dodder vine and baby privet berry, with a rustic lace candleholder glowing within.”

“Before each guest glowed a cream rustic lace votive, and sat a sweet hessian bag vase with string handles filled with an arrangement of hellebore foliage, pale pink peony roses and baby privet berry, doing double duty. Not only did this work by adding floral touches to the table, but as a gift for guests to carry away with them at the end of the night. Cream napkins sat at each place setting, along with a ‘Butterflies” menu/place card from our online stationery range.””

SugarCube set up a decadent lolly buffet in tones of white and beige. Tall cglass containers were filled with sweet treats,

“Peaches and cream: When the flower gods deliver peach David Austen roses in such perfect, spectacular profusion, we believe strongly in just allowing masses of them to do their own beautiful thing. For this romantic, vintage inspired setting we used cream damask linen, with napkins held by mother of pearl napkin rings. ”

“A round mirror sits at the centre of the table to reflect the flowers and the candlelight, and plays host to a footed cream flower stand with a cut crystal glass plate filled with a massed arrangement of David Austen roses, velvety grey dusty miller foliage, and just a touch of springtime jasmine in bloom. Each guest also treated to a small cream lace vase filled with peach David Austen blooms. Wish we could share the scent.”

“Summer in the park: evergreen overlays from our linen hire range, add a beautiful sweep of pale green blossom and leaves to the tabletop, masses of frosted glass spheres in a range of sizes line the centre of the table, some aglow  with candlelight, others filled with massed arrangements of sweet chincherincee. Small candleholders in shades of green to white, made from gorgeous recycled glass, are scattered throughout the centrepieces, as well as sitting before each guest”

“And adding a touch of sleek city glamour, white damask napkins are held in place by chocolate leather napkin rings.”

“Sunshine: our inner crafty selves were inspired by the too-cute floral flowers made by a recent bride of ours for her own cocktail wedding bonbonniere: paper bags filled with Turkish delight and bound with a paper wrap finished with a fabric and button flower.”

“Diving into her stash of fabric flowers, we created fabric napkin bands in a range of contrasting yet matching fabrics in all colours sunshine-y, and attached a fabric flower to each. Continuing the all things fabric are wonderful theme, we wrapped a vase in bright yellow linen, added a band of contrast fabric picking up on the napkin bands and attached a series of fabric and button flowers, filling it with a mass of gorgeous sunset orange pincushion proteas. ”

“Before each guest glowed a large amber frosted votive from our hire range.””

“Modern elegance: pairing the deep crimson to hot pink blush and of coral peonies and gloriosa lily with a sleek white milk glass vase, a  beautiful white ceramic underplatter with fine line detail, a matching sake bottle vase filled with gloriosa lily and sake cup candle holders from our range, makes for a striking and elegant setting”

“By covering tables in exquisite ink blue silken overlays with pleat detail, echoing the fine line detail on the vases, candleholder and centrepiece display plate, and adding square silver napkin rings to the napkins, the tables gain the feel of elegant and intimate dinner party, no matter how many tables you need to dress at your venue.  Featuring the whimsical yet elegant ‘Dandelion stationery from our online stationery store.”

“A Clear Romance: The drama of this setting is all in the use of a trio of sleek, conical glass candlesticks in three varying heights, sitting alongside  a conical vase filled with a puff ball arrangement of baby’s breath, punctuating the elegant continuous mirror table runner we placed down the centre of this white damask linen covered tables.Candlelight glowed from within cut glass holders, scattered along the front edge of the table, and before each guest, and menus calligraphied with the guest name were at each setting, along with white damask napkins were held by delicately beaded silver napkin rings”

“Scattering a mass of small clear glass tealight holders the length of the table amped up the sparkle and the glow: deceptively simple. Our modern take on the all white wedding.”

Styling & hire: Form Over Function / Photographer: Evoke Photography / Stationery, Linens, Flowers: Form Over Function / Venue: Centennial Parklands Dining / Lolly Buffett: SugarCube / Wedding Cake: Sparkle Cupcakery

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Sarah and Ruan’s Palm Cover Destination Wedding Photo by Daniel Sheehan

It’s been such a productive week at Polka Dot Bride this week! I’m off to find some good Christmas music CDs this weekend and decorate our tree!

Around the blogs this week –

Ms Gingham tells us about the importance of a well fitting suit for the groom in Suit Up on Polka Dot Groom

Lara Luz gives us some great tips on choosing your photographer on Polka Dot Wisdom

Laura explores wedding dress trends for 2012 on Polka Dot Wisdom – such beautiful dresses – let’s all sigh wistfully now…..

Considering a Mornington Peninsula wedding? Photographer James Harvie fills us in on why he loves them , also on Polka Dot Wisdom

Free printable tags to put on just about anything from The Little Paper Pantry on Polka Dot Made

The lovely Miss T shares with us her elegant wedding day  on Polka Dot Weddings

John and Lorna tell us about their wedding day with cute-as-a-bug lady bug touches on Polka Dot Weddings – red shoes, red crinoline and red lady bugs to match!

Texan sweethearts Brittany and Michael show us their engagement shoot in wine country at McLaren Vale, SA on Polka Dot Weddings

Sarah and Ruan share with us their Palm Cove QLD destination wedding on Polka Dot Honeymoons – you can just smell the tropical flowers in the humid air

Around the wedding world this week…

Are you a Perth bride who would love a little inspiration for your wedding day? have you entered our Jen Huang photo shoot competition yet?

The Sydney Wedding Registry is offering A very lucky Bride $4000 towards her Wedding Dress – it doesn’t matter who is making your dress, or even if you’ve started paying for it The Sydney Wedding Registry will pay you back! Just tell the Sydney Wedding Registry in 50 words or less what your favourite product is from their range online and why. Entry is by an online form via the 2Day FM ‘Win’ page!

The competition is running from now until December 16th. All terms and conditions can be viewed with the entry form online.

Love Notes are celebrating the launch of their brand new business with a giveaway! They’re give away 20 gift vouchers valued at $50.00 each to spend in their online store. Featuring a variety of designers including Alannah Rose, Poppiseed Designs & The Print Fairy (just to name a few!) Check out their blog entry for more information.


We’re still on the lookout for Magic Moments to continue our 2010 series! Photographers, if you have beautiful wedding photographs you’ve taken, that make you stop dead in your tracks we would love to see them to feature! Check out our Submissions page for more.

Wedding Gifts Direct have launched their December special! Sign up during the month of December, and you will receive a FREE* Anolon Advanced 6 Piece Set valued at $1339, OR a Meridian Bright 56 Piece Cutlery Set valued at $350! Visit their website for more information.

A stunning video to end off our week! How beautiful is this French wedding film of Adam & Eve by donna wedding? I love imagery of the bride travelling to meet her groom on the waters of France.


Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!