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Polka Dot Gift Guide – Flowergirls & Ringbearers

by | Bride, Children, Gift Guide


We’re so thrilled today to launch the Polka Dot Bride gift guides for 2018! We’re rounding up our favourite gift ideas for your favourite people over the next few weeks to inspire your own ideas for the season of giving.

We’re kicking off with one for the littlies – your flower girls and ring bearers. We like to think these ideas aren’t just limited for Christmas but for any time of year to show your favourites how much they mean to you.

With the Polka Dot mothers in on the game, we’ve included plenty of tried and true gift ideas in this guide. From cheap and cheerful, to sentimental gifts that they’ll treasure always. There are gifts that do well for the world and gifts that are purely about smiling and loving big, gift ideas that will have them always treasuring your wedding day, and gift that will encourage them to dream big and plenty that we’re adding to our own Christmas wish list!


Make Me Iconic Melbourne TramBilly Loves Audrey Magical Velvet Crown, Sunnylife Lemon Clutch, Cuddle & Kind Benedict The Bunny, Bonds Personalised Zippy, Arlo & Co Personalised Flower Press, Anthropologie Gnome House & Finger Puppet Set, Macca’s Christmas Crackers Book by Matt Cosgrove, The Woodsfolk Big Grey Elephant, hcwoodcraft Personalised Bowling Game, Sackme Apple Beanbag, Monique Lhuillier “Chloe” Designer Doll

Happy Go Ducky Wooden Propeller Plane, Kate Spade Small World Keepsake Box, Pottery Barn Kids Harry Potter Mirror, Pottery Barn Kids Lacquer Jewellery Box, Hello Australia! by Megan McKean, FaroStore Be Wild Pennant Flag, Seed Heritage Jewel Goggles, Instax Mini 9 CameraSeed Heritage Ice Cream Bag Charm, Jellycat Flo Maflingo, Cotton On Gumball Machine, Anthropologie Fairy Dress Up Kit


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Vanessa & Nick’s Romantic Summer Port Douglas Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Vanessa & Nick

What we love about Summer, is the different takes on a summer wedding. Summer is not all about beaches and tropical blues, in many cases, like today, it’s about honouring the landscape, the space, and just celebrating within it. For Vanessa and Nick, this dream resulting in a beautiful tropical day in stunning Port Douglas – a day where everyone felt on holiday, where palm trees and the shoreline were their backdrops and where Matthew Evans captured every little piece of magic.

It was a chance meeting for these two, who both originated from completely different countries, yet somehow managed to be in the same place at the same time! Vanessa fills us in “We met in Cairns, which is my hometown. Nick who is originally from Auckland had been living there for a couple of years. After being together for a year we both moved to Canada, then Sydney and now we live in Nick’s hometown, Auckland.”

Vanessa chose a long sleeve lace gown designed by Lillian West. She tells “I found dress shopping really hard, I was very undecided about what style I wanted but after trying on over 30 dresses I kept coming back to this one, which was the second dress I tried on. It seemed to somehow tick all my boxes – romantic, a little sexy, structured enough to give shape but also light and flowy, sheer back with button detailing and lace but not too much lace.”

Guests were greeted to the gorgeous ceremony set up with a handmade ice cream cart, built by the bride’s father. “My Dad built a gorgeous little ice-cream cart so delicious ice-creams could be eaten after the ceremony. I was so impressed with how cute the cart was, he did such a good job and the ice-creams went down a treat!”

The couple opted for a romantic, seaside vibe, noting “The style was very romantic and pretty with varying shades of pink mixed with splashes of gold, white and navy. This colour combo contrasted beautifully with both the tropical feel of the ceremony location and the rustic heritage of the old Sugar Wharf for the Reception.”

Vanessa walked down the aisle on the arm of her father to Elle Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You”.

The couple made sure to include their favourite people in the day, the bride remarking “It was really important to include my 95-year-old Grandma who had flown up from Melbourne, at the wedding. My Grandma who has always been wonderful with words read a poem out at the ceremony called ‘On your Wedding Day’. The first verse of the poem goes like this, ‘Today is a day you will always remember – the greatest in anyone’s life, you will start off the day just two people in love, and end it as husband and wife’.”

Beautiful, tropical Port Douglas was the most beautiful location for these two and their destination wedding. They chose Little Cove at Rex Smeal Park for their ceremony – marrying under palm trees overlooking the sea. “This location gave us a beautiful tropical ocean outlook without having to get all sandy! We chose Port Douglas as our wedding destination because we wanted this wedding not to be just a one-day event. We wanted everyone to be able to have a holiday and spend time together. Nick is from Auckland and I am from Cairns, so it was really the first time both our families got to properly meet each other” tells Vanessa.
“I lived in Port Douglas 10 years ago and worked as an Event Manager for a few of the hotels in the region, so I really wanted a non-hotel venue, I didn’t want to feel like I was back at work! We also wanted venues that really showcased Port Douglas to all our Kiwi guests.”

Of their photographer, the bride raves “The photos speak for themselves, Matthew is fabulous! I have too many favourites to pick just one! The down-side to having such an amazing photographer like Matthew Evans!”

Horses are a love of the bride, and she included them in many parts of the day, sharing “Horses play a big role in my family. My Mum grew up horse riding, I grew up riding and we have had horses on my parent’s property for over 20 years. Ideally, I would have loved to have my childhood horse Tommy included in the wedding, however, unfortunately, he was too old to travel to Port Douglas. Luckily though I found Horses In Port. Derani and her boy Thunder took, my Dad, my Bridesmaids and me to the ceremony in a beautiful carriage and after the ceremony, I was able to ride Thunder bareback along the beach.”

The beautiful waterside venue of Sugar Wharf, hosted the reception. “This venue while it oozes natural charm and character it really comes as a blank space. This allowed us to really stamp our own personal style on every aspect of the venue.”

Vanessa and Nick worked with stylist and floral designer The Vintage Hire Company to execute their vision for the day. “The styling of the ceremony and reception was one of my favourite parts of the day” shares Vanessa.


The groom gifted his new wife with a very special gift, she explains. “Nick surprised me with an engraved horseshoe during his wedding speech. The horseshoe was from my childhood horse, Tommy. Nick knew that I was sad that Tommy was unable to be part of the day, so this was his way of involving him.”

A big congratulations to you both Vanessa and Nick! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us. Thank you also to Matthew Evans for sharing today’s beautiful photographs with us!

Photographer: Matthew Evans / Styling: The Vintage Hire Company / Bride's Dress: Lillian West / Ceremony Officiant: Vivian Reid / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ashlee Piper Hair and Makeup / Flowers: The Vintage Hire Company / Transport: Horses In Port / Ceremony Venue: Little Cove at Rex Smeal Park / Ceremony Officiant: Vivian Reid / Reception Venue: Sugar Wharf, Port Douglas / Wedding Cake: Cupcake Cafe / MC: Tony George Entertainment / Band: Tony George Entertainment

“Young Love” Sunset Australian Beach Elopement Inspiration

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


In Summer, there is actually no better place to be than beside the seaside and the golden light that bathed the beach setting of today’s styled shoot makes for something that I just can’t get enough of.

Photographer Alannah Liddell teamed up with cinematographer Dreamseeker Films (make sure you scroll down for their beautiful film!) to capture newlyweds Venine and Dylan (and sweet four-legged pal Molly!).

The boho style was brought to life with a luxe peacock chair from Pretty Willow Hire and beautifully deeply toned blooms styled by Rose and Bud that explored different tones and textures to complement the raw beach setting.

Our bride, Venine, dresses in beautifully crafted gowns from  Wendy Makin complemented with sparkling metallic details (that gold leaf veil!) from Kezani.  Vikki Aldridge Makeup & Hair completing her look with dark smokey eyes, nude lips and loose beach waves. Her “groom” dresses in simple pants and a crisp white shirt thanks to  Suits Formalwear.

Designer Anita of Kezani telling “With the up and coming trend of ‘Elopements’ and ‘First Looks’, I just wanted this shoot to be relaxed and dreamy and all about the bride and groom.” The main inspiration for this shoot was ‘Young Love’. I have known Venine for a few years now and she met her beau just over a year ago and married him this January!! They are perfectly matched and it has been quite gorgeous watching them grow as a couple, hence why I had named it ‘All Loved Up’. They are a beautiful couple inside and out and just wanted to celebrate LOVE.”


Photographer: Alannah Liddell / Cinematographer: Dreamseeker Films / Bride's Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Kezani / Groom's Attire: Suits Formalwear / Hair & Makeup Artist: Vikki Aldridge Makeup & Hair / Flowers: Rose and Bud / Rental Furniture: Pretty Willow Hire

Krista & Bradley’s Rustic & Chic Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Krista & Bradley

Festooned with hundreds of fairy lights and laden with foliage picked from the family farm, Krista and Bradley’s rustic and chic country wedding was everything they hoped for! Married in Mackay surrounded by their nearest and dearest, this bride and groom DIY-ed their socks off to create a gorgeous day, with every beautiful moment captured by House Of Lucie.

Meeting on MySpace in 2009, it took a few years of chatting before the couple met at a concert. Krista shares, ”I bought dinner as a thank you for Brad and we stayed up all night talking. Ever since that very moment we have been inseparable!” On their six year anniversary, Bradley took Krista out for a meal and a romantic stroll around Kangaroo Point to Captain Burke Park overlooking the Story Bridge. Krista remembers, ”Bradley chose this spot because it represented a place of fortitude as that area would never be destroyed, just like his love for me. I was totally surprised as I had no idea. Bradley picked the ring all by himself and even brought multiple jumpers to dinner so that I didn’t take his jumper and find the ring in a pocket!”

The bride chose a beautiful lace gown from Allure Bridal to compliment their rustic and vintage theme. She shares, ”My dress was chosen due to its simple elegance and timeless lace applique. It fit me like no other dress. It was my dream wedding gown! Bradley’s attire was mostly purchased from Johnny Bigg. He wore a navy suit, white shirt, tan shoes and a red and navy Peter Jacksons tie to compliment the look. Although the wedding theme was rustic Bradley still wanted his outfit to be timeless and have an element of a classical feel.”

Choosing to hold the ceremony at St. Francis Xavier, West Mackay, Krista tells, ”Brad and I wanted our day to be filled with happiness and to be surrounded by family. A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians 4:4-9 was read as the reading speaks about never ending love.” The bride was walked down the aisle by her Father to ‘All My Life’ by K-Ci and JoJo. Krista and Bradley chose not to have a bridal party, instead asking the bride’s nephews to be page boys.

Mackay being both the bride and groom’s hometown, this was a special spot for the newlyweds. Krista chose a sweeping waterfall style bouquet with desert roses, eucalyptus and seasonal flowers, wanting something timeless and rustic, but a bouquet that would also complement Bradley’s suit. All of the church decorations, church booklets and wedding invitations were created by the crafty bride herself!

Both Krista and Bradley were thrilled with Khara from House Of Lucie, who captured their day. The bride tells, ”She so effortlessly got so many beautiful photos that my husband and I will treasure forever. We cannot thank her for her beautiful work enough! They were the vendor that we invested the most in and the return was certainly well worth it!” Krista also wanted to say a special thank you to Glamour and Grace BridalPlainInkDiary and Wooden Letters Australia for their lovely products and service.

Although the special napkins Krista had purchased were forgotten on the big day, her shabby chic and rustic styling was absolutely beautiful! The reception was held at ‘Farleigh’ on the Portelli Family Farm where the bride and her Father grew up. She shares, ”Having the reception on the family farm was a perfect fit for us as this is where we spent a lot of time as a young couple and it was very familiar to our family and friends. Bradley and I wanted the day to be super special and one to remember so all we wanted was for our family to have as much fun as we did in a beautiful atmosphere on our 7 year anniversary. We made sure we took photos on the family farm located at The Leap, Queensland.”

Loving the opportunity to plan and style the day however she wanted, Krista says, ”My favourite part of planning a wedding was that I was able to make it shabby or as chic as I desired, the sky was my limit!” The bride carried on the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ tradition, by wearing an old and borrowed eternity ring from her Nana, brand new earrings and a blue garter. She tells, ”My favourite detail of the day was getting to spend time alone with my husband after we had left the church, it was such a special time and I was so glad that we were able to do that!”

A ceiling dripping with fairy lights created magical ambience in the reception marquee, with gorgeous branches of foliage decorating the space. Tables were set with as many candles as they could hold, with flowers and branches of mandarins from local trees. The bride shares, ”The flowers and foliage at the reception were all hand picked from our family farm and put together by myself. The first dance song was ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by Savage Garden, a staple and much loved song in the our relationship.” Family catered the reception, and all of the decor was put together by the couple, their friends and family. Asked for five favourite moments to share from the day, the bride says, ”I’m going to narrow this down to two because this is all I have ever wanted on my wedding day; the commitment my partner was making to me and being surrounded by friends and family.”

Photographer: House Of Lucie / Bride's Dress: Allure Bridal / Getting Ready Robes: Glamour and Grace Bridal / Groom's Attire: Johnny Bigg / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Peter Jacksons / Flowers: Handpicked from the family farm, and arranged by the bride / Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier, West Mackay / Reception Venue: 'Farleigh' at the Portelli Family Farm / Wedding booklets: Designed by the bride / Cake Topper: Urban Words Australia / Guestbook: PlainInkDiary / Favors: Wooden Letters Australia