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Bow Bridal Shoes

by | Accessories, Bride, Shoes


Bridal shoes have gotten decidedly more stylish as the years go by and with my love of all things with bows I thought I’d do s sweet roundup of my favourite bow bridal shoes.

Long time readers of Polka Dot Bride know I have a thing for coloured wedding shoes, so I did sneak some raspberry pink ones in!

Row One: Novo Eset Shoes, Gary Castles Sydney Pomeranian Shoes, Stewart Weitzman Jumbo shoes via Cinderella Bella

Row Two: Wittner “Bright” Shoes, Alannah Hill My beautiful life clip Amazing Stranger Shoes, Betts Bowpeep Shoes

Row Three: Cinderella Bella Kate Shoes, Novo Eustela Shoes, Shoes Of Prey Custom designed heels

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Angela and Grant’s Beautiful New Zealand Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


Beautiful new Zealand Wedding

Angela and Grant

Showcasing the wedding the wedding from a wedding professional is always something pretty special – you know they have seen countless weddings before and how they turn their wedding day into something so uniquely ‘them’ is almost magical. So with that, I am out of my skin excited to share the beautiful wedding of Perth photographer Angela Higgins with you today. Angela and her husband Grant escaped with their family and friends to New Zealand for an intimate, beautiful celebration.

Making his (long overdue really!) Polka Dot Bride debut is photographer Leo Patrone. I am always in awe of Leo’s beautiful photography. The grace and softness of Leo’s work is utterly stunning and the grain and feeling that the film brings across just highlights the talented eye Leo has.

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Angela wore a strapless gown from Bridal Obsessions which she paired with copper Kenneth Cole ballet flats.

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Blanchett Florist created Angela’s red and white bouquet and Dizzy Wizzy Designs created the stationery suite. Angela says “I wanted to incorporate things from our family history where possible. I had a cameo my mother was given by her parents on her wedding day pinned to my bouquet. My grandmother was unwell in England at the time of the wedding and this was just a little way I could have her there.”

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Angela and Grant married at The River Room, Havelock North. Angela remarks “When we began planning, Grant mentioned that the only thing he really wanted was to have our wedding was overseas. After a little research on locations that weren’t too far or too financially crippling for our guests, we chose a secluded venue overlooking the Tuki Tuki River and Te Mata Peak in Havelock North, New Zealand. Neither of us had been to this particular part of New Zealand before but I had come across one of the properties rental homes in a magazine about 5 years before and fell in love with the location. I mentioned the location to Grant and after we set the date we flew to Havelock North to have a look in person. It was exactly what we were looking for, for our small, intimate wedding.”

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Grant wore a Trenery suit with shoes from Florsheim.

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On choosing to fly Leo Patrone out to photograph their wedding, Angela explains, “After we had locked in the location I felt a freedom to choose any photographer in the world. I knew that our style of wedding and location would suit a photographer I had admired for some time so I inquired and was so pleased he was not only available but also within our budget. Photography was not something I was willing to compromise on. We wanted someone who not only took great photographs but knew how to tell a story and Leo does exactly that. We met in person for the first time the day before the wedding and had a quick engagement session. Even though I am confident behind the camera, being in front of it is another matter but Leo was fabulous and made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. I cannot recommend him enough.”

Angela and Grant saw each other before the ceremony. Angela remarks, “Grant and I decided to see each other before the wedding. It is something I recommend to my brides to allow more time after the wedding to spend with your guests and as our guests had travelled so far we wanted to spend as much time as possible with them. It was an incredibly intimate moment that neither Grant nor I will ever forget.”

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Angela and Grant were conscious of their international wedding and the environmental impact it could have. Angela says “A focus of ours was to not waste too much and be as environmentally friendly where we could. We were mindful that we were in the area for a short time and couldn’t bring much back with us home. We did things like buying a few herb plants from a supermarket and potted them for around the venue with garden markers from Monkeys Always Look. Afterwards we gave the pots to a few of our New Zealand guests to take home and enjoy which was lovely.”

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Angela and Grant’s bridesmaid and ring bearer wore a dress from Forever New and a suit from Marks & Spencer.

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Angela says “We chose to DIY boutonnieres that we made a few days before the wedding from feathers and buttons. It became a keepsake our guests could have and for those that flew from overseas something they could take home with them, where as flowers couldn’t have been.”

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Angela walked down the aisle to “If this is it” by Newton Faulkner.

The venue was a bit of an ‘all in one’ location for Angela, Grant and their guests. Angela explains “The Blackbarn Vineyard rented us the River Room where our ceremony and reception where held as well as catered the event and we stayed in one of their retreat accommodations in the week leading up to the wedding. The venue was perfect for our small wedding of 25 people. They entire experience of dealing with them was delightful and they made everything so easy. The catering was out of this world and our guests still mention the incredible meal we had.”

Angela and Grant hired planner Andrea Brigden of Hawkes Bay Events to assist them in pulling together their wedding. Angela remarks “We could not have had the wedding we dreamed of and ended up having with out the help of our event coordinator, Andrea. She took my sketchy descriptions of what we wanted and when we arrived to the wedding we were so pleased to see she had executed it all above and beyond our expectations.  I can’t recommend having a wedding coordinator but for a destination wedding I think it is essential.”

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The reception was filled with heartfelt touches. “We also had a little display on the mantle above the fireplace of photographs of my parents and Grant’s parents on their respective wedding days and other treasured portraits of family members. Being a destination wedding the best thing we could do was plan, plan and plan up until the point when we arrived at the location. As soon as we hit the ground we began sourcing the things we needed for the reception such as vases and a cake stand and other bits and pieces to make the day ours.” The two tier wedding cake was made by Blackbarn Vineyard Bistro.

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Angela explains, “We visited a local second-hand store and rented all of the small elements for the wedding; vases, candlesticks, a bar service, details for vignettes. We were hoping to buy them and then sell them back to the store but they told us we could rent everything for almost 1/3 of what we would have bought them at.”

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One of Angela’s favourite parts of the wedding was “Having family and friends who took the time to come to our wedding, some traveling a great distance, meant the world to us. It would not have been the memorable day it was without them and we cannot thank them enough.”

Congratulations Angela and Grant! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! thank you also to Leo Patrone. for sharing today’s images.

Photographer: Leo Patrone / Wedding Planner: Andrea Brigden of Hawkes Bay Events / Bride’s Dress: Bridal Obsessions / Bride’s Shoes: Kenneth Cole (David Jones) / Groom’s Attire: Trenery / Ring Bearer's Suit: Marks and Spencer / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Invitations & Stationery: Dizzy Wizzy Design / Flowers: Blanchett Florist / Venue: Blackbarn Vineyards The River Room, Havelock North / Wedding Cake: Blackbarn Vineyard Bistro / Jewels: Michael Hill

Stylish Bridesmaids Looks From Laura Ashley

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


Laura Ashley is about to introduce some fun party dresses into their collection. Being a lover of anything classic, I was struck by the classic tailored shapes and bold, bright hues – perfect to mix and match and wear over and over again. They’d also make great bridesmaid’s attire! So I put together nine bridesmaids looks – three for ‘A Modern Celebration’, three for ‘A Formal Affair’ and three for ‘A Garden Party’ – mixing up accessories but letting the shape and colour of the dress remain the highlight.

The bold hues of the gowns are beautifully matched with other brights – emerald with orange, fuchsia with yellow. Try fun bold accessories and unexpected shapes and textures.

1. Laura Ashley red cocktail dress. Alannah Hill My beautiful life clip, 3. Mimco Jewel Stud 4. Mollini Carnival Stripe Heel from StyleTread

1. Laura Ashley emerald green cocktail dress 2. Gorman orange patent heel 3. Dinosaur Designs resin boulder bangle 4. Forever New 5. Witchery Flower Motif Hair Elastic

1. Laura Ashley pink cocktail dress with bow. 2. Mollini Yellow Goodman Heels 3. sequin party clip set 4. Tilkah Bubbles Cuff 5. Dinosaur Designs Bones Wishbone Bangles

A formal wedding is always fun – pairing the gowns back with sparkly, classic accessories like sequins, pearls and golds and blacks.

1. Laura Ashley emerald green cocktail dress 2. Alannah Hill My beautiful life clip 3. Wonder Clutch from Mimco 4. Liberte Lux Necklace from birdsnest 5. Samantha heels from Witchery

1. Laura Ashley red cocktail dress 2. Oroton Octavia Necklace 3. Judith Leiber Floral Clutch via Neimen Marcus 4. Forever New Large Stud Earrings 5. Verali Heist gold glitter Shoes

1. .Laura Ashley pink cocktail dress with bow 2. Alannah Hill My beautiful life clip 3. Stella Jewel Jewelbox Shoes 4. Samantha Wills Beau Beauty Ring

With Spring upon us, there are plenty of garden party style weddings. A simple flower in the hair with some fun jewels and wearable shoes are perfect for a day in the dappled shade enjoying Pimms, and strawberries with cream!

1. Laura Ashley pink cocktail dress with bow 2. Alannah Hill Ode To Love Hair Flower 3. Samantha Wills Garden of Eden Earrings, 4.Trenery peeptoe flats

1. Laura Ashley emerald green cocktail dress 2. Alannah Hill My beautiful life clip, 3 Polli Fig Tree earrings 4. Shoes Of Prey heels

1. Laura Ashley red cocktail dress 2. Tilkah Calypso Strand Necklace 3. Samantha Wills The Hamptons Ring 4. Witchery Margot Slingback

Vendor of the Week – Danicia Dutry Ceremonies

by | Blog News, Bride


I want to take a moment this morning to pause and reflect on this time ten years ago. Although the 11th was yesterday in Australia, it really wasn’t until the 12th for us when the news started hitting our US friends. So today, I want to take a breath and say-we will never forget. New York is always in my heart.

It’s Monday morning which means a spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our directory is a one stop shop to help you find the best wedding vendors for your wedding – from stylists to stationers, photographers and cakes! They’re incredibly talented, have a sense of style and love working with dotties! Take a peek today and look through their beautiful work!

I’m pleased to introduce you to Danicia Dutry Ceremonies who is this week’s Polka Dot Bride Vendor of The Week! Danicia is located in Perth, Western Australia. A ’40 under 40′ business leader turned civil celebrant means that Danicia has her deal together when it comes to performing the most important ceremony on your wedding day. Her friendly, warm nature and her expertise makes Danicia a wonderful choice for performing your marriage ceremony. Danicia also performs vow renewals and naming ceremonies- so keep her name in your book!

To learn a little more about Danicia Dutry Ceremonies we asked Danicia five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after 5 drink?

After 5 drink would have to be the Kalleske Moppa – a red that warms me to my toes.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I just love Rottnest Island (WA) winter or summer. It just brings out my inner child and is filled with so many memories.

Favourite restaurant?

Well technically a bar where you can eat the burgers from next door but hanging out with Mrs Brown in North Fremantle is one of my favourite activities.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

You would find me at our family table eating porridge before we rush out the door to Auskick with my young lads.

Your favourite wedding story?

Sitting on Geographe Bay on a bright orange kayak in a turquoise kaftan on a magically calm day with a lovely couple and their witnesses anchored on their own separate kayaks. The groom had designed his own floating coconut shell with ribbons to keep the rings securely attached until they were safe on fingers. His bride looked so amazing in her white sarong with orchards in her hair. I loved watching the groom brush away his tears and curse the sunscreen in his eyes as he watched her come over the sand dune and down to her kayak. Not too many grooms could blame the sunscreen!!

Visit Danicia Dutry Ceremonies’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Danicia Dutry Ceremonies is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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