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Ivie White Bridal Accessories “Wisteria” Collection

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


Aurelia - Ivie White

The new 2015 Ivie White Bridal Accessories “Wisteria” collection is inspired by seaside wintery afternoons. The salty air, sorbet skies, love and purity all drawn upon throughout the new collection designs.

Designer Stephanie has created a sixteen piece series of traditional style veils with creative flair. Veils range from floor length, to cathedral and drop – edged in French and Italian lace trims. Beaded hair pieces are hand sewn with tones of silver, rose golds, white and ivory pearls.  The Ivie White style of modern pieces with a vintage flair holds true – each piece custom made for its wearer. The dreamy draping, the beautifully embellished hair pieces all adding a little something extra to a wedding day look.

Having trained in bridal couture, Stephanie knows the art that comes with hand crafting exquisite pieces, the importance of beautiful materials and the essence that needs to go into a piece to make it truly shine. It’s what inspired her to create her own brand, creating custom pieces for brides while creating something she loves.

The Ivie White Wisteria Collection is available via the Ivie White online store.

Celeste - Ivie White

Fable - Ivie White

Fairly - Ivie White

Grace - Ivie White

Halo - Ivie White

Jane  - Ivie White

Jewel - Ivie White

Opal - Ivie White

Primrose - Ivie White

Safiya - Ivie White

Savelle - Ivie White


Selah  - Ivie White

Violet - Ivie White

Scarlett - Ivie White


Zanthe  - Ivie White


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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Rustic hunter valley wedding

Photo by Sarah Christensen from Amanda and Johnny’s Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding

Oh what a big week it has been! Big projects starting to spread their wings, ideas starting to hatch, meetings being had. It is exciting times at Polka Dot Bride HQ and I have a feeling that Spring is going to be a month of not just blooms and blossoms but very exciting launches!



A Spring groom to be? Loving these dapper suits from the M.J. Bale Spring Collection2015

One of those topics nobody talks about! The Best Bustle for Your Wedding Gown

A fun DIY tutorial with this No-Sew Heart Banner

A good hair and makeup artist is like a good secret weapon, so this week we chatted all things hair and beauty with Vivian Ashworth Hair and Makeup Artist

For the mums, who feel so much on our wedding days- A Bride’s Letter to Her Mum….

Love the gorgeous, relaxed setting of Amanda and Johnny’s Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding

Such a fun, festive feel to Stephanie and Mark’s Elegant Summer Engagement Party

Serving up a cocktail Friday with View By Sydney’s ‘On View’ Cocktail

Diving into Etsy with our favourite Ribbon Wands

A ceremony with a difference? From Clown to Celebrant in One Fun Wedding

What to do with your hair and makeup on your honeymoon? We have the Beach Honeymoon Hair and Beauty tips & tricks!

Wedding Cinematographer Way Up High shares her favourite wedding vendors!

Going completely quirky with this Carlino Tuesday Type!

Brisbane couples need to check this one out- The Elegance of Emporium Hotel

News Roundup 14th August 2015

Adelaide Brides! Karen Willis Holmes will be holding a trunk show in Adelaide from 22nd-29th August 2015. The Trunk show will be at the MayFair Hotel and to book, you need to email or call (02) 9519 3901.

There’s a saying that I love. “If you change nothing, nothing will change”. Launching this October, Polka Dot Bride is teaming up with 40 wedding bloggers from around the world to create something really exciting! Meet Aisle Society! Follow along with us on Instagram to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

Wedding photographer Lilli Waters of I’ve Got You Babe Weddings has launched a very special creative project titled “ANJA”. The exhibition focuses on photographing and celebrating women in all shapes and sizes in perhaps a more challenging light that we’re used to.  The book is available to purchase now with 50% of profits going towards the White Ribbon Foundation. The exhibition is running until the 29th of August at Red Gallery in Fitzroy North.


 We all love a surprise wedding and this week’s film of the week from The Smile Factory Film is a brilliantly crafted one! The anticipation, the mad dash and the wedding. Oh I love every minute!

Green & Copper Autumn Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I think one of the reasons I love Autumn so much is the brilliant colours and tones Mother Nature brings to life. Beautiful greens, golden coppers, rich russets and saffron yellows.

Today’s inspiration board, titled, “Green and Copper Autumn Celebration” brings what I love about Autumn weddings together. The backdrop – crushed Autumn leaves, plenty of Mother Nature’s best with golden pears, dark greenery, apples and leaves, the sparkling twinkling lights of long tables among the dark and saturated trees and a softness of sage green.

I love the idea of an Autumn wedding serving up plenty of hot chocolate, with baskets of fluffy blankets, and sparkling copper touches. A bouquet of rich Autumn tones is lightened with white and soft peachy pinks, and of course because Autumn in itself is all about the drama, so is the veil – a beautiful breathtaking piece that adds to the romance of the season.

Green and copper autumn wedding ideas

Pear seating card photo by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions, via Rachel and Lai’s Stylish Yandina Station Wedding Autumn wedding photo by Eric Ronald Photography via Sam and Dave’s Relaxed Autumn Wedding, Bridesmaid in sage green photo by Lauren Rae Photography via The Perfect Palette, Hairpiece by Jennifer Behr Photo by Belathee Photography via Style Me Pretty, Greenery on table via Suvi Sur La Vif, outdoor wedding photo by Lauren + Abby Photography via Style Me Pretty, bouquet by Modern Bouquet photo by Morgan Gosch Photography, stationery on copper tray photo by Carly Statsky Photography via Hey Wedding Lady

Katie & Tim’s Rustic Backyard Wedding

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


James Goff Wedding Photography

Katie & Tim

Katie and Tim wanted a day that involved their community, so from the flowers, to the food, their community pitched in and helped – even helping them source 150 wooden chairs for the reception! Combined with the fresh tones of yellow, the rustic backyard wedding turned into something very sweet. Katie and Tim chose James Goff Photography to capture their day.

The newlyweds met in high school, Katie remembering, “Tim and I met our first week of year 7 because we were in the same class. Our first words weren’t until year 8 maths class when we were seated next to each other. After three attempts of asking me out I finally said yes in year 12! Many people said having a boyfriend in year 12 would be a distraction but not for me! Tim was supportive and helpful and we worked together so well! Five years later here we are married, who would have guessed!”

Daisy wedding bouquets

The bride and her friends headed to the flower markets to create the wedding arrangements – bouquets of yellow and white daisies.

Yellow wedding shoes

Bride walking down stairs

Bride with father

Bride and bridesmaid selfie

Jean Fox Only You Ella dress was chosen by the bride for her wedding gown, she tells, “When people asked me what my dress was like I descried it as simple but elegant. Shopping for a dress was fun as I got to try on many different styles, some I knew were not my style but I tried them anyway! I knew I wanted a lace dress with straps and a low back and it only took a few different places to find it with the help of my mother and sister. Jean Fox Parramatta is where my dress was from and when I called my mother in law to be to tell her, she told me it was the same place she got her dress 25 years ago! How special!” Katie’s bridesmaids wore yellow dresses by Warehouse from ASOS.

Bride with daisy wedding bouquetChalkboard wedding decor

Wedding sign for ceremony seating

Handmade wedding cross

Katie and Tim chose Galston Community Hall for their ceremony, remarking, “The architecture of the hall was so beautiful that we only needed to hang a few flowers around and a tie a few hessian bows on the chairs to add to the feel.” The couple added a wooden cross, potted plants and homegrown wheat grass boxes.

Potted plants at wedding ceremony

Groom and groomsmen

Flowergirl with daisiesKatie&Tim_JamesGoffPhotography-31

Of the processional, Katie remembers, “We chose a cover of Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow. This beautiful song represented the deep love we have for each other as well as the higher love we both have for our saviour Jesus Christ.”

Bride wlaking down the aisle

Bride walking up the stairs

Dave Taylor Pastor

Wedding ceremony at country hall

Dave Taylor officiated the ceremony, Katie remembering, “As Christians we wanted our ceremony to be centred around God. We recognise him as the creator and sustainer of marriage and wanted it to be clear to everyone who came along that this is what we believe. We chose to sing two songs and requested that they be ‘sung loudly’ which sounded so beautiful! The readings came from Genesis, the beginning of the bible where God tells us about how he created us and Ephesians in the new testament of the bible where God tells us how he designed marriage to be. We had a couple very special to us pray for us and commit our marriage to God and our pastor at church give an address on marriage and some advice for us as newly weds. It was a God glorifying ceremony!”

Christian ceremony in country hall

Flowergirl during ceremony

Galston Community Hall Wedding


Afternoon tea post wedding

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea, speeches and wedding cake in the gardens of the hall, all catered by friends and family. Katie remarking, “Our wedding was a DIY backyard wedding with a rustic feel. Many many people worked together and there was a definite feeling of community and teamwork in every aspect.”

Wedding cake with puple and white flowers

Post ceremony speeches

Cutting wedding cake

Dip kiss at wedding

Wedding in Australian foest

Black and white forest wedding photo

James Goff Wedding Photographer

Newlyweds in Australian forest

James Goff Photography

Bride in forestGroom in Oxford Suit

Of their photographer, Katie tells, “James has a relaxed photo-journalistic feel. He tries to focus on emotion and feelings rather than posed shots. He went out of his way to contact a mate in Sydney who had pontoon lighting, picked them up, came to my families’ home and set them up for us so that he had good lighting for the photos! He also visited prior to the wedding and trekked it through the bush to find a good location for our wedding photos! Champ! And we loved our engagement and wedding photos.”

Newlyweds in Forest

Groom with groomsmen

Bridesmaids in yellow dresses

Bridal aprty in Australian bush

Australian bushland wedding

James Goff black and white wedding photo

Groom admiring brides wedding ring

Outdoor wedding reception

The reception festivities were held in the front yard of Katie’s family home. She tells, “It was very special having the wedding at my family home. In the months leading up to the wedding we fixed up the gardens, dad mowed every weekend and we designed, re-designed and planned how we wanted it to look. My brother made the coolest bar I’ve ever seen and my other brother made a wooden stage for his band to play on. Friends and family helped us collect 150 wooden chairs and various rustic decorations to set up around the place. We could do what we wanted with the space and it was so much fun!”

Embroidered napking at wedding

ire and wood wedding table numbers

Wedding coat rack

Garden party wedding reception

Garden wedding entrance

Wedding band

A stage was built of pallets so that the music was loud and free flowing.

Dreamcacther wedding decor

Katie remembers, “We made sure we included our family and friends in our special day. From being a part of the bridal party to signing the registry, MC-ing, saying grace, playing in the band and doing a speech to building, designing, creating and gardening they were there in everything. Two families working together becoming great friends!” Three huge dreamcatchers made by the newlyweds hung as decoration.

Wedding reception with string lighting

Backayrd wedding reception

Wedding toasts

Outdoor wedding speeches

Wedding speeches

Outdoor wedding ideas

Newlyweds at wedding reception

Icecream cart

Late into the evening, Gelato Cart arrived to serve up ice cold gelato to the wedding guests.

Dancing at outdoor wedding

Of their first dance, Katie remembers, “We did our first dance to an old song by Ben E. King called Stand by Me. We wanted it to be a bit fun and not too slow to dance to but also have meaningful lyrics. My aunty had it as her first dance song and we thought it would be special to have the same song. We didn’t do a choreographed dance as we wanted people to join in and this made it more fun!”

Outdoor wedding dance

Congratulations on your marriage Katie and Tim! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to James Goff Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: James Goff Photography / Bride’s Dress: Jean Fox Only You Ella dress / Bride’s Shoes: Miss Shop / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom's Shoes: JJ Alfredo from The Iconic / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Warehouse from ASOS / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever 21 / Hairstylist: Fiona Sparks (friend) / Makeup Artist: Sarah Wilkes (friend) / Flowers: Hannah Tompkins (family friend) / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by Steph Corish (Tim’s sister) printed by Alex Power of Terrace Press / Ceremony Venue: Galston Community Hall / Ceremony Officiant: Dave Taylor (pastor) / Ceremony Musicians: Friends from Sovereign Grace Church / Afternoon Tea Catering: Family & Friends / Cake Baker: Karin Kirchberger (friend), / Reception Venue: Family Home / Crockery Hire: Unique Party Hire Castle Hill / Lighting & Sound: Turramurra Music / Band: Tim Teylan & Band (friend) / Catering: Salads by Susan Doran (Family) / Catering: Spit roast by Dural Butchers / Gelato Cart: Gelato Cart / Wedding Rings: Ron Crisp Jewellers / Transport: David Tompkins, Ryde Toyota (Friend) / Wedding Registry: Website designed by Harry Day (Katie’s brother)
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