Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Vanessa and Jay’s Villa Botanica Destination Wedding Photo by Sabra Creative

Isn’t that a gorgeous bouquet? I love destination weddings which you can view on our Honeymoons blog!

Did you notice our new pin it button? I think it’s the handiest thing! Hover over any image on the site and in the top left hand corner a pin it button appears making it dead easy to pin the beautiful images on Pinterest! It even links the photo directly to the post it came from so you can find the photographer and the other vendors easily! (Big thanks to Prue and Felicity for designing and installing it for us!)

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.




1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Nude 2.Real Wedding ~ Hot Pink and Emerald Green Auckland Wedding 3.Inspired Words – Ang 4.Real Wedding ~ Pretty Queensland Beachside Wedding 5.Polka Dot Sneak Peek – The Bridesmaids Gowns!



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.


1.Tigs Macallan Wedding Photographer joins us as our vendor of the week 2.Lisa Michele Burns Photographer joins us on Vendor’s Favourites 3.Plan Your Wedding With an Inspiration Board 4.Top Ten – Vintage Style Inspiration


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.


1.Etsy Roundup – Edible Buttons 2. Tuesday Type – Hazlenut Pro 3.DIY Fringed Handbag Invitation Tutorial 4.Cocktail Friday – Chocolate Martini

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.


1.NEW! Picture Perfect – Paris 2.Real Destination Wedding ~ Vanessa and Jay’s Villa Botanica Destination Wedding


This week on Polka Dot Groom

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


1.We outline the pros and cons of hiring versus tailoring your wedding suit 2.Inspired Memories – Tim 3. Groom Style – Michael

Around the wedding world this week….

Weddings Gifts Direct have unveiled their July special! Register in July and receive one of the following – a  KitchenAid Red Gourmet 5pc Cookware Set valued at $500, a Plum Red Wine Glass & Decanter Set valued at $250, or a Robert Welch Radford Bright 24pc valued at $250! Check the website for terms and conditions and to start your registry!

Australian flash sale site BrandsExclusive are holding a wedding week from Monday July 9th until Sunday 15th of July! The sales will be wedding related- so there will be specials from Jayson Brundson, Nicola Finetti, Matthew Eager.. and that’s just the fashion! Also on sale will be shoes, jewels, stationery and Jayson Brunsdon has even designed a special range exclusively for the event. Check it out and sign up by visiting their website.

Photobooth company funbooth have a fun new addition to their packages! Couples can now have their photobooth pictures turned instantly into badges or magnets for guests to wear, or take home as wedding favors! You could even use them as placecards or save the dates. Check the website for details.

Bridal designer Beska have launched their brand new website! The soft, dreamy nature of the website represents everything I love about designer Rebecca’s beautiful designs! Check it out here!

Win a Wedding at The Audley Room Wedding Showcase. Valued at over $15,000! As part of the expo The Audley Room are giving away a $15,000 Wedding at the Venue. Visit the website for more details and to book your tickets to the expo!

The film of the week this week was sent to us by The White Tree. I’m not quite sure which part I love the most of Sarah and Ray’s Melbourne wedding but I think it definitely has to do with the little parade between the ceremony and reception. How wonderful!

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Louise and Chris’ Spring Abbotsford Convent Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Louise and Chris

Urban splendour was the style of Louise and Chris’ big day. From Louise’s art deco style wedding gown, to their inner city location it all came together to form a beautiful spring (if not a little rainy, thanks Mother Nature!) wedding.

Louise and Chris met in a very retro way! Louise explains “We met through Myspace! Back when people still used Myspace… completely by accident really – same music interests so chatted for about 1 year before actually meeting up (conversation progressed to Facebook along the way). The rest is history.”

Photography today is by Tigs Macallan who has captured the fun and beauty of today’s wedding in an elegant, classic style.

Louise worked with designer Jane Hill to create a wedding gown inspired by the 1930’s and photographs of Bette Davis.

Louise and Chris chose the Abbotsford Convent for their wedding. Louise explains “We were married at Abbotsford Convent – our favourite piece of inner city ‘country’.  Our original plan and theme was around the ceremony being held under the big oak tree. However, Melbourne’s torrential rain on the day saw our ceremony moved to the lovely courtyard by the beautiful Rosina Room where we partied the night away with friends and family. Having everything on the same site made it all so much more relaxed. After the ceremony in the courtyard, we disappeared around the grounds for an hour to do photography and then rejoined everybody in the hall where they were seated for dinner.”

Louise says “Having my uncles create an umbrella walkway for me to get from the car to the courtyard to marry my man – magical”

Louise walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles performed by Trio Acoustic Musicians. Louise recalls “I loved the cheering and clapping when I walked into the courtyard – with all the rain on the day I think it brought everyone even closer together – literally!”

The floral arrangements for the day were styled by Mr Lincoln. Louise remarks ” We had incredible floral work by Mr Lincoln who used lots of moss, birch, garden roses, amber bottles and jars to complete the look. ”

Of their ceremony, Louise says “Our incredible personalized ceremony written by our fantastic celebrant Lise Rodgers – she really made our day with an honest, funny and heartfelt ceremony that everyone enjoyed.”

Louise and Chris own their own stationery business Paper Lab, so it makes sense that the paper goods of the wedding were a priority. Louise explains ” Yes! We wanted our wedding to really reflect ‘us’ so we personally created our invites, online R.S.V.P, ceremony fan, placecards, ‘happy tears’ tissue packets and ‘Mr & Mrs’ bunting for our chairs and cake.  We also hand stamped our own ‘thank you’ cards that were sent out when we got back from our honeymoon.  ”

Of their photographer, Louise says “Tigs Macallan and her fantastic team were so incredibly amazing.  They captured the essence of our day and told our story beautifully. They were creative and attentive and were always there at the right time without being intrusive. Their enthusiasm and support really helped us in getting through the day.”

The reception was set with three long tables, says Louise ” We wanted our wedding to have an earthy, organic, easygoing and joyous feel.  We decided to have 3 long tables instead of the traditional multiple round tables as we wanted to be amongst it all instead of separated on the ‘bridal table’ ”

The reception was filled with celebration. Louise recalls, “We were announced into the room and hit by a wall of sound from the cheering of our family and friends. We cut the cake (our fabulous cheese tower!) and then went straight into the dance (getting as many formalities out of the way as possible!). We danced to one of our favourite songs – ‘At Last’ by Etta James.  As soon as it started everyone in the room clapped and cheered – really was a special moment.”

Congratulations Louise and Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tigs Macallan  for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Tigs Macallan / Cinematographer: Mat Sliwinski / Bride's Dress: Jane Hill / Groom's Attire: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Jai / Makeup Artist: Carmel Minutoli / Flowers & Decor: Mr Lincoln / Invitations & Stationery: Made by bride & groom through thier business Paper Lab / Venue: Abbotsford Convent / Ceremony Officiant: Lise Rodgers / Ceremony Musicians: Trio Acoustic Musicians / DJ & MC: Andrew McClelland / Cheese Cake: Milawa Cheese Shop / Transport: Buick Hire Car

Michelle and Piero’s Vintage Country Wedding

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


Michelle and Piero

What a beautiful celebration today’s couple had – an exquisite gown, a beautiful venue and plenty of nods to the couple’s love of writing!

Michelle tells their story. “First laid eyes on each other twelve years ago – I used to perve on Piero DJ-ing and  he would sneak me free drinks – but we both had respective partners and went our separate ways – our paths crossed again in 2005 – initial feelings of attraction rekindled – the rest is history!”

Images today are by Thorson Photography who capture beautiful images with a sense of humor.

Michelle wore a gown from Anaessia  with blue suede shoes from Sole Searching.

The groom and his groomsmen wore outfitted by P Johnson .

The couple met before the ceremony.

Michelle’s bridesmaid wore a stunning red Lisa Ho gown and shoes from Peeptoe Shoes.

Of their photographer, Michelle says “Amanda was fabulous – had an engagement shoot with her before had which made us more relaxed. She is a true professional – creative but fast, gets the shot done and moves on, while taking inspiration from what’s around her.”

Michelle and Piero held their ceremony and reception at Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard. Michelle explains “We both love prosciutto – and all smoked goods –  so it seemed fitting to have our wedding in a smoke house!  Good food and booze was extremely important to us as we are both mad foodies. Poachers Pantry offered that, on a beautiful country homestead. We got married under a giant tree on the property then walked over to the reception. Poachers were fantastic in allowing us to add our own touches – we set up quoits and petanque in the garden, plus a lolly buffet inside.”


Michelle walked down the aisle to the Jackson Five’s “I’ll Be There.”

Michelle remarks “Having a destination wedding really contributed to the day – everyone got together for a meet and greet at the local pub on Friday, then we had the wedding on Saturday, then we hosted a breakfast barbecue the next day at Redbrow Gardens, where we were staying. Made it such a special weekend. ”

The couple were married by a dear friend. Michelle explains “Our celebrant was a old friend of Piero’s – they used to work together at a bar – Piero was cocktail waiter and DJ and Monty was bouncer –  aside from being a celebrant and bouncer Monty also is an anthropologist, JP, jazz singer, tai chi instructor and youth worker! Such an amazing person! ”

“As we both from a writing background we thought it was important to write our own vows, which made the day really personal and special.”

Michelle describes the day as “A gorgeous, love-filled romp in the Canberra country-side that tipped its top hat to vintage cool.”

The day had many nods to the couple’s love of the written word. Including a cake made by Sugar and Slice Cakes. Michelle explains We were going for a ‘vintage country writing theme’ (I am a journalist and Piero a copywriter) – each table named after our favourite authors. Also had typewriter on our cake as well as one for people to use to leave a note”

Michelle and Piero handmade plenty of their wedding details. “We made the garden games and signs (we collected old driftwood and painted them),  decorated the trees with Chinese paper lanterns, made our own lolly buffet that had vintage toys from my parents, stamped our own table settings (each serviette wrapped in twine and stamps used to say ‘bon appetite’ with picture of cutlery) , used old books for table settings passed down from Piero’s deceased father (each book had a handwritten message inside for each guest), bought a vintage typewriter for people to leave us  a note, made our own rose petal confetti holders, had a dress-up box and props.”

Michelle notes “Having SO MANY people pitch in help out – one friend did my make-up, another the flowers and cheese cake, another the lolly buffet – so much love was felt off all our friends, it was incredible.”

The couple’s first dance was to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”.

The night didn’t stop there, Michelle explains “On the wedding night Piero and I stayed on a working alpaca farm which was amazing! They had an outdoor spa so after the wedding we went back, cracked a bottle of champagne and sat under the stars in the spa. It was magical.”

Congratulations Michelle and Piero. Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Thorson Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Thorson Photography / Bride's Dress: Anaessia / Bride's Shoes: Sole Searching / Groom's Attire: P Johnson / Groomsmen Attire: P Johnson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa Ho / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Hairstylist: Sarah Kate 0405 612 855 / Makeup Artist: Ross Andrewartha, Illamasqua / Flowers: Black Orchid, Dulwich Hill (02) 9559 7731 / Invitations & Stationery: Papier Lapin / Venue: Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard / Ceremony Officiant: Dr Sumant (Monty) Badami 0405 271 757 / Band: Tuchasoul / Wedding Cake: Sugar and Slice Cakes / Wedding Rings: St Germain Jewellers / Transport: Private Cadillac hired off Rob 0428 181 147 / Wedding Registry: Wedding Gifts Direct

What’s In A Veil – Drop Veils

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


I am finally kicking off a little info series requested by a lovely Dottie. It’s all about veils, the lengths, the styles, what works and what doesn’t. I would love to hear what veil you’re wearing or if you’re wearing one at all!

Starting off with my current favourite, the drop veil. Made famous by Grace Kelly and more recently Kate Middleton, the drop veil looks like it was softly dropped on your head. Using only one layer of tulle, the veil is normally made without a comb, though the veil may be secured with hair pins or a hat pin and the veil can be cut to any length (but is normally at least elbow length).

The drop veil can suit brides who don’t want a “poofy” veil and would rather a simple whisper of a veil. It also suits more elaborate gowns as it’s not “competing” with the design of your gown.

Drop veils can be worn with an up or down hairstyle, tiaras, hair flowers or jewels. They lend themselves to a slightly classic, vintage look but can also look beautiful with a modern gown.

1. Photo  by Kate Murphy via Snippet & Ink 2.  3. Julie & Pedzi’s Wedding photo by You Can’t Be Serious Photography  4. Photo by Monique Lhuillier 5. Ellen veil from Sara Gabriel 6. Photo by Ed Peers via Snippet & Ink 7. Photo by Julie Mikos via Snippet & Ink 8. Photo by Beaux Arts Photographie via Santa Barbara Chic 9. Photo by The Long Farewell via The Wedding Chicks 10. Veil from Twigs & Honey 11. Veil by White Fashion Photographer via OneWed