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Mel and Michael’s Sweet Townsville Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Mel and Michael

I love the sweetness of today’s wedding- it’s in the tropical city of Townsville with the sweetest little touches of the bride and groom. The glowing Townsville light really set this one off for me.

Mel says “We met in a nightclub – Yes, it can happen!”

Photos today are by Insight Creative– I love the crisp, clean captures of this wedding, There’s no fuss, just the light and bright feeling of the wedding- so beautiful!

Mel created the stationery herself. “I used beige coloured textured cardboard with lace trim attached.  Kate (my twin sister) designed our seating board which was very cute – Michael and I as bobble heads traveling in planes and trains mapped out on our honeymoon. Our table names were each a city we were traveling to for our honeymoon – Rome, Florence, Cinque Terra, Paris, Formentera, Barcelona etc. It was complete with pictures of each place.”

Mel’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Third Millennium. The girls had their hair styled by Beck Jane West.  Mel says “Our amazing hairdresser! The girls decided on their own hairstyles and she pulled off exactly what we all had envisioned.” Makeup was by Boheme Beauty “Kim is stunning and so lovely.  The bridesmaids, my mum and my mother-in-law, we all LOVED our beautiful and natural make-up for the day (and no touch-ups necessary). ”

Mel wore a Nicolina gown. Mel says “Everything fell into place – my bridesmaids and I only had one day together in Brisbane to shop for their dresses and shoes and we managed to get everything organised and sourced by lunchtime.

Mel’s accessories were very special. “A pearl brooch that was my Grandma’s adorned my headpiece, with simple pearl earrings and bracelets. Also a white gold, sapphire and diamond dainty bracelet that my dad had made for my mum on their 1st wedding anniversary. My very talented twin sister (Kate – my Maid of Honour) made the gorgeous flowergirl dresses, my headpiece and veil.”

The bouquets were style by Black Rose Florist.

The bride was only a little late to the church. “My gorgeous mother and father-in-law were so busy helping out and organising visiting relatives that they ended up running late to the Church – we had to do an extra couple of laps to make sure the bride didn’t arrive before them!”

Mel and Michael were married at St Joseph’s Church, The Strand. Mel says “The Church was very intimate and the perfect place to seal our nuptials in front of our loved ones.” Mel walked down the aisle to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.

Mel’s favourite memory encompassed the entire day. “The entire day; from waking to an amazing blue-skied day, our early morning coffee pit-stop, surprise flowers from my class (I’m a teacher),  being announced husband and wife, the speeches, the dancing, the next-day big breakfast.. the list goes on!”

Mel laughs as she remembers her favourite memories. “A dear friend of ours had her wedding dress torn accidentally by the groom on the way in to their reception and he’s never lived it down – and then Michael stood on my dress on the way in also and a whole section of stitching came undone on the skirt of my dress – luckily it wasn’t very noticeable!”

Sweet treats were a highlight of the reception. “We had a gorgeous lolly table which my mum and I enjoyed shopping for immensely! My gorgeous Nan and Aunty Sharon helped arranged and organise it for us.” The couple chose a chocolate mud cake from Cakes on Carthew.

Mel and Michael held their reception at the Mecure Inn Ballroom. Out Of The Blue Events assisted with designing the centre pieces and reception decorations. “Out Of The Blue Events helped put together our lovely centre pieces etc.  They were so enthusiastic and fun to plan with.”

The first dance was the wedding shuffle. Mel recalls, “Our unrehearsed shuffle and sway around the dance floor was very special, to  ‘It’s Your Love’ – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.”

The dancing kept the night going. “EVERYONE got up and danced the night away – it was great to see everyone having a blast.  Michael and my families know each other well so it was wonderful to have everyone mingling and having a good time.

Not wanting the night to end – and it didn’t until long after the reception finished.  All the nonna’s, aunts, uncles and friends went back to a make-shift after-party and enjoyed many Italian biscuits and drinks – we kept getting in trouble for being too loud.  Eventually Michael and I did retire to a gorgeous rose-petaled room.”

Congratulations Mel and Michael! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Insight Creative for today’s images!

Photos by Insight Creative

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Amanda and Kallon’s Art Gallery Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Amanda and Kallon

Western Australia always produces such amazing weddings – full of style and glamour but with the essence of what I love about Australian brides. Amanda and Kallon held their reception in a Fremantle art gallery and had such a stylish day to go along with it.

Amanda explains how she met her husband. “Kallon and I grew up living near each other in Coogee. We knew of each other through their teens, went to different high schools, but Kallon would always make himself noticed after school by sticking his head out the bus window. It wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced us officially at 19 years old that the sparks began to fly!!”

Photographs are by Erica Serena who captured the joy and atmosphere with a little bit of sparkle!


Amanda wore a lace gown from Zansis Couture with shoes from Top End. She accessorised with Kallis pearls. Amanda’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Mr K from Elda’s House of Fashion (Amanda’s mother’s shop) and wore jewels from Fletcher & Grace.

A bouquet of roses and succulents was styled by Jodee Devine.

Amanda and Kallon were married at Monument Hill. “Monument Hill was our first choice for ceremony venue. Fremantle is the place where we shared our first kiss, our first date and where we have shared many special memories. Fremantle is one of our favourite places in the world!!” Amanda and her brother tied ribbons to the last row of chairs and flower cones on the aisle seats to decorate the ceremony.

Amanda walked down the aisle to ‘You are the Best Thing’ by Ray La Montagne.

Amanda and Kallon asked Amanda’s brother Gino to act as their celebrant at the wedding. “We were incredibly lucky that our legal celebrant was easy-going and loved the idea. It was so personal and an honour having Gino perform this important function on our day. Gino became our ‘wedding planner extraordinaire!’”

Amanda says “My two sisters and Kallon’s best friend and one of his brothers formed our bridal party, along with our nieces and nephews. We had all of our brothers and sisters and their partners sitting on the bridal party, as they are ‘our favourite people in the world’.”

Amanda and Kallon held their reception at Moore & Moore cafe, Fremantle. “For our reception, we wanted something different, something that resembled us as a couple – easy-going, fun and creative. When we saw Moore & Moore Cafe in the Scoop Entertainment magazine and found out they did functions…we had to go and see it. We fell in love with the place and the idea of having our wedding there as soon as we saw it and met with Manager Simon Naber. The food, the staff and the atmosphere was amazing. We were a bit nervous with how some of our guests might have felt about the reception, because it wasn’t the ‘traditional’ wedding venue, but we were blown away by the feedback we received and everyone loved it and couldn’t stop telling us how it was one of the best weddings they’ve been to. This made us deliriously happy as one of the most important things about the night for us was ensuring everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food and atmosphere! We have the staff at Moore & Moore to thank for that.”

Gino Premici, Amanda’s brother, created the stationery. Amanda says ” Gino made our invitations, ceremony cards, menus, place cards, props and table setting board. They were simply delightful and set the theme for our day!”

Family friend Sandra Gilmore created the three layer red velvet cake which was served with Baci chocolates. An extra special touch was added to the reception by Kallon.  “Kallon made the awesome photo booth that had a lot of attention throughout the evening. The photobooth contained photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. It was great to have photos of some our deceased grandparents on display during the wedding. The presence was sorely missed at our wedding.”

The first dance was a hit. “We had initially planned to choreograph a dance to Pulp Fictions ‘You Never Can Tell’…we chickened out on this a few days before the wedding and went with another favourite song, Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. We played ‘You Never Can Tell’ as our second song and invited everyone to the dance floor….it went off!! And was perfect!!”

Congratulations Amanda and Kallon! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today! Thank you also to Erica Serena for today’s photographs!

Photographs by Erica Serena

Royal Wedding Fashion

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Photo by Hugo Burnand via The British Monarchy

What a wedding filled weekend it has been! From the first arrivals to the last goodbye, we were glued to the TV along with millions around the world as we watched the wedding of Catherine and William! As it’s our usual “Fashion Monday” I thought I’d take a look at the style and fashions from the wedding.

Catherine’s Gown…

As Sarah Burton was spotted entering the hotel the evening before the wedding, everyone knew the dress would have something to do with Alexander McQueen and what a beautiful, graceful gown it was! Entirely appropriate for the royal wedding day. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen designed Catherine’s wedding gown using lace applique made by Royal School of Needlework. The gown was made from ivory and white satin gazar along with hand cut French Chantilly and English lace and featured a 2.7 metre train with arches and pleats to add structure. Catherine wore a silk tulle veil along with a Cartier tiara owned by the Queen. Her diamond earrings were a gift from her parents.

Catherine also wore shoes made by the Alexander McQueen team featuring ivory silk and lace.

Images from Glamour, Image 5 via Sacramento Bee & Getty Images

The Evening Reception Gown..

To celebrate through the night, Catherine changed into a more relaxed evening gown with a strapless neckline, also created by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The gown featured an embroidered waistband and Catherine wore a cashmere cream cardigan over the top.

Images from Glamour

The Maid Of Honour…

Stealing the show, Maid of Honour Phillipa Middleton also wore a gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. Made from silk crepe, the lace detailing and buttons echoed the design of Catherine’s gown. Pippa changed to an Emerald Green floor length gown for the evening reception.

Images 1, 2 from Glamour, Image 3 from Vanity Fair

The Flower Girls & Page Boys..

Childrens wear designer Nicki Macfarlane made the gowns for the younger bridesmaids to echo Catherine’s gown. The skirts were box pleated, ballerina length with puff sleeves. Each is under-trimmed with the same lace and button detailing as Catherine’s gown and finished with a champagne gold sash tied in a bow. They wore satin Mary Jane shoes.

The page boys wore outfits reminiscent of the foot guards at the time of the regency. The red coats, detailed with gold were worn with breeches, white stockings and black buckled shoes.

Images via The British Monarchy Flickr

The Guests…

As is English traditional, hats and hair pieces filled the Abbey, from big floral fascinators, to wide brimmed straw creations. The Queen wore a primrose yellow ensemble by Angela Kelly, the Duchess of Cornwall, a champagne ensemble touched with duck egg blue designed by Anna Valentine. Carole Middleton, the mother of the bride wore a soft blue coat dress designed by Catherine Walker.

Images via NY Post


Vendor Of The Week – White Tulip Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn.. it’s a new week on Polka Dot Bride! I couldn’t let a Monday morning pass by without a nod to one of our hard working, fantastic Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! Our vendors are working so hard producing amazing weddings right now and I know they’re looking forward to working with even more Polka Dot Bride readers in the upcoming months! each week! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out what our amazing vendors are up to!

We all know how much I swoon and gush over beautiful photographs, real moments and candid and this weeks Vendor of The Week White Tulip Photography is all about the “Real”. Based in Western Australia, Amanda Bowler (or Mandy as I know her!) is truly focusing on “wedding photojournalism” and when I mean truly, I think there are a lot who say it and capture a few candid moments, but some? They literally get in there and capture the rawness, the unexpected, the “ugly cry” and all the heart and soul that goes with it.  She comes up with the most beautiful images- I know you’ll agree!

To learn a little more about White Tulip Photography. we asked Mandy five questions in five minutes!

Your favourite after five drink?

Well a nice glass of Margaret River semillion sauvignon doesn’t go astray, but I discovered Long Island Iced Tea a few months ago and have been smitten ever since hehe 🙂

Favourite weekend getaway?

With two kids, I rarely get away just for the weekend. However, I adore traveling and when I do travel, it is for extended periods of time. My last trip was Italy in 2010 and it was the most incredible trip. Sigh…..

Your favourite restaurant?

Ooooh that’s a hard one! I just love eating out in general but don’t have one particular favourite. I’m a sucker for Thai and Italian 😉

Your typical Sunday morning breakfast?

Ah lazy Sunday mornings with my boys. I make a mean omelette 🙂 🙂  Freshly squeezed juice is lovely too – apple, pear and strawberry yummo!

Your favourite wedding story?

I get quite emotional sometimes at weddings. I have this thing of putting myself in people’s shoes and thinking about my family, especially during the ceremony and the speeches at the reception. A recent wedding was very sad and joyful at the same time. The groom’s father was very ill. So ill that they brought the wedding forward by 7 months. During the groom’s speech, he spoke about his dad (who was looking very proud and heartbroken at the same time) and said, “Dad, you will always be a champion in my eyes”. Lucky for autofocus because the tears were welling up and spilling over. The whole room was a mess.

Some people may think that professional wedding photography is expensive, or unnecessary, or overrated but your wedding photos are the one thing that you will always have. It isn’t just about the bride and the groom even, although of course they are the most important people on the day. Family and friends coming together to celebrate – it is a rare occasion these days. Think about the future. The groom will always have images of his father standing proudly in a family portrait with him; he will always have images of his father getting up to speak at the reception, to the loud chanting of the Collingwood team song; he will always have images of his father dancing with his mother.

Most importantly, they will be passed down through the generations. Memories live on.

Visit White Tulip Photography‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! White Tulip Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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