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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Emma and Matt’s Country Engagement Session by Sunny + Scout Photography

Another busy week, another round of fantastical entries on our specialty blogs. Here’s a catch up if you missed them!

What Would They Know? We meet Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR on Polka Dot Wisdom

Nerida McMurray gives us her sweet tip for getting married on grass

Ms Floral was a guest of Tumbling Waters Retreat just before Easter, check out her review here.

Now that you’ve “met” Leila would you like to really meet her? She’s coming to Sydney at the end of this month to speak to Australian wedding professionals. Book your ticket to see her here!

Check out this sweet treat by a wedding professional on Wisdom to round out your week

On Polka Dot Made..Want to take a class with the amazing Princess Lasertron online? Check out the details here!

Alicia is back with a fab DIY tutorial on bark vases also on Polka Dot Made

Check out the gorgeous Emma and Matt’s beautiful Australian country engagement session on Polka Dot Weddings

Katrina and Matthew head to the Gold Coast for the first part of their honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

Mornington Peninsula florist Hello Blossoms Weddings has launched a brand new ever so stylish website- check it out here!

The A List Guide is running a few competitions that are perfect for romantic nights out or weekends away- including a weekend away at Queensland’s Silky Oaks Lodge! Check out their competitions page for more information.


Another new website launch, this time from Janine Kaye Photography! It’s just as full of colour and life as Janine is! Check out the website here.

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

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Jane and VIn’s Colourful Townsville Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jane and Vin

A wedding filled with colour always makes me happy, like a lollipop or a musk stick in the middle of a grey winter day, a burst of colour and the surrounding wedding warms my heart. Especially when it does actually involve lollipops like today’s scrumptious delights!

The story of how the newlyweds met, as told at their wedding reception. “Vin and I met 5 years ago whilst both working at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Here is a snippet from our wedding ceremony… Now, I don’t know how many of you know this story, however Vin is still adamant to this day that in the beginning Jane stalked him. Now according to Vin, Jane sent him and a couple of other people an email saying that they should give her their phone numbers in case she ever needed them “for whatever reason”.

Vin, after playing hard to get for a little while, gave Jane his number. The very next day, Jane phoned Vin and as they were talking she asked him where he lived. At the time Vin was living right here in Riverside Gardens and when Vin told Jane this she said “Well wouldn’t you know, I happen to be driving past Riverside Gardens right now!” Needless to say, Jane promptly invited herself over to Vin’s house and as you know…… the rest is history. As you would imagine, the way Jane tells the story is a little different!

According to Jane, Vin could not get enough of her! After initially hitting it off at the work Christmas party Vin would find any excuse to email Jane or come see her. For example, on the night of the Christmas party Vin, who is ALWAYS the designated driver, dropped a bunch of people home, including Jane. That night Jane was wearing a blue sequined dress and a heap of the sequins had fallen off the dress into Vin’s car. So that next week at work Vin tracked Jane down and handed her an envelope, in the envelope was every last sequin Vin had hand picked out of his car! Vin kept trying to resist Jane’s charms, even at one stage trying to use their age difference as a reason to stay away from her, asking her “what would I do, take you to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal?” Eventually he gave in and again as you know…. the rest is history. But whichever story you decide to believe, you all know that Jane and Vin are a match made in heaven.”

Photos today are by Insight Creative Photography who have such a fun, happy way of shooting and so obviously delight in the work that they do.

Jane chose the Alex Perry ‘Cindy’ gown for her wedding day and paired it with Panache Bridal Shoes ‘Mia’ in ivory. The flowers were styled by Malpara Florists.

The stationery was created by Jane’s friend Jo.

Jane and Vin were married at Riverside Gardens. “We had our ceremony in a suburb of Townsville called Riverside Gardens, it is where my husband was living when we first started dating. It was very private and very peaceful.” Jane walked down the aisle to “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy.

Jane says “I splurged on a lot of areas of the wedding so I wanted to find a way to cut costs but still have what I wanted. My mum made the bridesmaid dresses, my friend Jo designed all of the printed material and I saved a fortune by filling vases with lemons as the table centrepieces.”

Jane and Vin celebrated with their guests with a reception at Jupiter’s Townsville. A beautifully coloured dessert buffet was created by Leonie of Happy Cakes.

The photo booth added to the fun of the night, and the romantic moments kept coming, especially with the first dance. Jane recalls “Our first dance was to ‘Stand by me’ by Ben E King. Vin picked the song. It sums up our relationship, we are a team and we know we can get through even the toughest of times together.”

The reception ended with the best surprises of all. “We announced to all of our family and friends that we were expecting our first child during the speeches at the reception! (We had a little girl on 14 December 2010 named Tinsley Jane).”

Congratulations Jane & Vin! Thank you for sharing your special day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Insight Creative Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Insight Creative Photography

Amy and Hong’s Modern Sydney Wedding

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


Amy and Hong

Today’s wedding is a beautiful modern mix of a classic ceremonies, plenty of cultural traditions, modern funky touches and a whole lot of love between Amy and Hong. From knitted toy favors to a piano duet- this couple truly did their wedding their way.

Amy recalls how the couple met. “(We) were high school classmates that met serendipitously again after 8 or so years of sporadic contact via email despite both being in NSW. It took the bride 57 dates to decide that she liked the groom enough to call him her boyfriend, and it took the groom 885 days since he first re-met her to pop the question to the bride.”

Today’s photographs are by Milk & Honey Photography who capture everything so beautifully every single time. Chelsea Hall from Chelsea Jayne Weddings planned the wedding day.

Amy wore a Lora Eliss Couture bridal gown and apple-green gown for the reception Her hair and makeup was styled by Amy Turner from Agency Hair & Makeup. Amy’s floral arrangements were “Orchids/green apples/gold covered leaves, and a large reconstructed flower made from cream English Rose petals to resemble one large peony (which wasn’t in season at the time)”

Amy and Hong were married at Star Court at Darling Park, Sydney. Amy explains “We loved the double staircase and the changing, twinkling constellations on the roof at the Star Court and knew it was the right place for our ceremony. We read our vows, which we had printed out and pasted, from a hand-bound wooden book from an Etsy seller msquaredesign that we customized with gold “double happiness” seals.”

The ceremony had a special guest. “We loved the fact that we got to incorporate one of our teddy bears (Sleepy Bear) into the wedding ceremony as our ring-bearer as sadly (or not, as he was a huge hit at the reception), he was the closest thing to a kid we had amongst our social circles. He carried our wedding rings in the Euricase digital ring box that the groom had used to propose.”

Vanessa Sciaccia from Creative Ceremonies performed the ceremony. “She was an absolute blast to work with! She kept us on schedule and helped us draft our ceremony. We loved that she was game enough to rhyme along with us, and impressed at her professionalism and dedication when she showed up to our rehearsal AND ceremony with a huge smile and happy red heels despite a sprained ankle!”

In lieu of a first dance, the couple did something rather special together. “We didn’t have a first dance. Instead, we had our first duet on the grand piano and played a medley of Joe Hisaishi songs. We couldn’t decide on one, so we mashed up a medley of each of our favourite tunes from his animated movies – My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. On hindsight, we could’ve done with more practice but our guests seemed to love the fact that we attempted the duet to begin with!” The piano was hired and set up by Overs Pianos.

Amy and Hong’s family and friends made the day incredibly special. “I loved having our friends and family in attendance – everyone who showed up was someone we had wanted to be there to celebrate our special day with. Am amazed at the effort  our guests made to attend, including coming in from overseas for a few short days just for our wedding. One was so determined to attend that he hopped on the plane the morning of our wedding, and was on a plane back that afternoon to attend previously-arranged commitments! Also amazed at the mingling of our different social circles, glimpsing conversations between people we never would’ve thought to see together!”

Something Amy holds dear to her heart is, “The knowledge afterwards that the groom was nervous as hell! It was a pleasant surprise for the bride to realize that beneath that cool, calm exterior, the groom was human after all and cared about the wedding/details more than he let on!”

Amy and Hong held their reception in the  Pavilion at Darling Park, “I was smitten by the round Pavilion with the double rows of windows circling the ceiling and the doors that led out to the gardens. Although our venue was an office complex during the weekdays, it was a lovely and unique wedding venue that was just offbeat enough to satisfy the quirky bride and groom. The bonus was that both venues were indoors to cater for any unexpected showers! It made all the hassle of securing the venue in the first place all worthwhile.”

Amy searched online how to make the paper pompoms and got tons of tissue paper off eBay. “I loved using a non-traditional space for the wedding ceremony, with our personal quirky touches and inside jokes at every turn throughout the day. Searching for all the knick knacks was half the fun!”

The wedding favors merged the couple’s quirky sense of humor with their heritage and love of life “Our wedding favors were handmade and personal. Our wedding favors were cute amigurumi chickens By missusD On Etsy), pears (by Elisha from elishacopeland and Alpha from ladypinkylee) and green alien blobs (by ilovebob on etsy) lovingly made especially for us by Etsy sellers. We glued Swarovski crystal hearts with baker’s twine ribbons and custom-printed strips of our chicken mascots (made by Helen from PapierLapin) with our wedding date onto them afterwards; the single guests got the chickens, the married/paired guests got the pears and the children got the green blobs. All stuffed animals were placed in IKEA cups we got for a bargain, along with Ferrero Roches and adorned with bonbon bags the bride’s mother had brought along.”

Amy and Hong hired a photo booth from  Flashback Photobooths. Amy says “We made our own moustache- and lips-on-a-stick for our photobooth, and converted an ornate photo frame into a prop photobooth chalkboard by buying vinyl chalkboard sheets. We also designed our own Moo business cards for guests to sign in, leave their mailing address (for us to send out thank you cards to later!) and give us their best advice regarding marriage.”

Amy says “All the DIY elements were very special and everything was done for a reason, even though it might have seemed like it was just another whimsical element. We wanted to make it as “us” as possible. The groom worked in a science lab, and borrowed (and cleaned very thoroughly) one of their lab incubators to house “petri dish” soap wedding favors (made by CleanerScience on Etsy) that glowed in the dark, resembling real bacteria-swabbed petri dishes for his lab colleagues. We also used laboratory glass flasks to serve the drinks in, instead of cups.

The bride worked in the medical field and we had syringe-shaped pens for the guests to use. The chicken theme was sprinkled throughout as we were both born in the year of the rooster according to the Chinese zodiac. The wedding favors were picked to suit each guest (and it was tough finalizing numbers when the guest list kept changing!). Our reception songs were a collection of our favourite songs.”

The reception was filled with treats. “We found all our glassware and candy bar candy ourselves, mostly from online stores. All the candy bar paper treat bags (for guests to doggy bag home) were hand stamped in gold ink with a customized wedding seal stamp (also from, surprise surprise, Etsy!) The paper tags and ribbons adorning the candy bar were all designed and printed from our home printer, and then handcut.”

Amy and Hong bought gingerbread men from Gingerbread Folk for their dessert table and found ” oh-so-cute chocolate-dipped and gorgeously green apple-flavored fortune cookies with customized messages inside” from Fortune Cookies New Zealand. Instead of a cake, the couple used a chocolate fountain.

Congratulations Amy and Hong! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day today in Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to  Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Milk & Honey Photography

Henry Roth Urban Chic Spring 2011 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I’m so excited today to exclusively unveil the first shots of the Henry Roth Spring 2011 collection!

Henry is currently in NYC with his talented sister Michelle Roth and decided to shoot his new collection in “Urban Chic” mode under the Brooklyn Bridge- can it get any more urban chic than that? The Spring 2011 collection is now available in stores around Australia.

Henry says “We wanted to provide Polka Dot Bride with an international first of these gorgeous new pictures taken last week in Manhattan.  The gowns are now freshly arriving in our stores in Australia and the USA and the inspirations are actually quite rich with meaning and some insights that I am pleased to pass on.”

“The recent wedding of Kate Middleton reinforced many things to Michelle Roth (my sister who I work with) and myself.  Keeping things simple and striking seems to be the style message for 2011.”

Henry notes “If you notice each look is a striking setting allowing the gown to talk for itself and punctuating it with one item either one piece of jewellery or one accessory that makes a bold statement that does not have to be overdone.”

“It would appear that brides around the world are choosing outdoors as an element for their wedding celebration.  There is something really striking about the feeling and the emotion and the passion that can be conveyed and so we escaped from the studio shoots of old wanting to create something strikingly classic and sophisticated” says Henry.

“We wanted to use really urban and at times almost gritty landscapes and textured backgrounds against our super feminine and sophisticated gowns to add drama to the contrast and evoke romantic images that are not just beautiful but have a certain emotion and warmth to them.”

Photos by Henri Josef website

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