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Sarah & Wayne’s Relaxed Surprise Proposal

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Engagements


Sarah & Wayne

You know how much we love love here at Polka Dot Bride and well, when we get to bear witness to something as special as a  proposal? You can be sure that’s a day made! Sarah and Wayne joined Amelia Kate Photography for a photoshoot, the bride to be believing she was helping a friend of her boyfriends out with a favour. It wasn’t until Sarah took a seat on a park bench and saw Wayne kneeling beside her that she realised this was in fact, a proposal in the making!

She tells the story. “Wayne told me that a friend of his was a photographer who was looking to do some photoshoots with couples. He asked me if I would be interested in doing a photo shoot. Little did I know that he had actually organised it to propose to me! He dropped the ring off at Amelia’s house the day before and then got down on one knee during the shoot! He caught me completely by surprise!”

Sarah tells “We met through a mutual friend! We both got sent a Facebook message asking if we would be interested in going on a blind date. We met up in Freo one day and the rest was history! We actually could have met 2 years before we did! I worked with Wayne’s sister in law and she mentioned him to me so I stalked him on Facebook – but he had a dog as his profile picture so I didn’t pursue it any further!”

Wayne tells of his love for Sarah. “I love how caring and affectionate Sarah is and how she makes me feel special. So love coming home to her after a long day at work and sharing the news of my day with her.”

On what she loves about her husband to be, the bride tells “I love Wayne’s sense of humour and how he is always calm – especially when I’m stressing out! We are opposites in many ways but he balances me out. He is also very kind!”

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Katie & Lloyd’s Sweet Intimate Wedding At Stanley Park

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


Katie & Lloyd

When Katie and Lloyd decided upon a sweet intimate wedding at Stanley Park, they kept their guest list small – only thirty guests joined them to celebrate their big day. The couple, who were engaged while living in New York, wanted to celebrate making it official with a day that was intimate and relaxed, so they cut the guest list, added a dessert table and hired Ava Me Photography to beautifully capture every little moment.

The couple met at a share house and bonded because of a very tasty drink (which also made an appearance at the wedding!) Katie explains  “Lloyd and I had a mutual friend, whose birthday party was hosted at Lloyd’s share-house. Lloyd and his housemate had formulated a very tasty beverage, which I drank in abundance not realising just how much alcohol had gone into it. The ‘gunch’ (goon-punch) took its toll on me, and, without going into too much detail, I was not very well! Lloyd was very kind in looking after me, and I had no choice but to go on a date with him later that week to apologise!”

Katie and Lloyd chose the beautiful  historic homestead,  Stanley Park for their wedding, explaining “The venue was an 1800’s homestead on 28 acres. My grandparents knew the previous owners of Stanley Park and had spent a lot of time there over the years, making it a special venue for our ceremony and reception. We had the ceremony in the sunroom, which overlooked the cove and our reception was in a marquee on the grounds.”

The bride wore a strapless lace Demetrios gown from Shazzam, telling“I thought that I would have to search high and low for the right wedding dress; as luck would have it, this wasn’t the case! I found my dress in the window of the second store I looked in! I fell in love with the colouring of the dress – ivory and gold – and the intricate beading. As soon as I tried it on, I knew I wouldn’t have to look any further.”


The bride’s grandfather walked her down the aisle to a song chosen by the couple – “Boxes” by The Goo Goo Dolls.

Emma Wood officiated the wedding ceremony, Katie remembering “Lloyd and I opted for a non-traditional, relaxed ceremony and chose to write our own vows. It was short and simple, with lots of laughter (and some tears!).”

Katie tells of the couple’s photographer “Our photographer, Joel, from Ava Me Photography was just incredible. I remember looking at Joel’s website for the first time and knowing that he would be the perfect photographer our wedding. His photos are so natural and manage to capture the emotion. Joel is not only an amazing photographer but also an incredible person. We loved Joel’s company on the day; his relaxed and down to earth nature had us and the guests feeling at ease – it was just like having another friend at the wedding!”

A fun cocktail hour outside was complete with giant Jenga – handmade by the groom!

Many of the details – including the wedding favours, were handmade. The bride remarking “Most of our wedding was DIY, as we were trying to stay within a budget! Mum and I spent a lot of time researching ideas online and were able to buy most of the materials we needed online too.”

Fennel & Co catered a beautiful feast for the guests, which they celebrated in a clear marquee, The bride remarking “Our caterers, Fennel and Co, were just wonderful. Having a small, informal wedding, we chose a banquet dinner. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious – so much so that guests were raving about how good it was for weeks after the wedding! The staff were incredible and went above and beyond for us, helping out however they could; nothing was a hassle for them and they made the day so much easier.”

For their first dance, the couple danced to the same song the day began with, Katie explaining “We also had our first dance to ‘Boxes’ by the Goo Goo Dolls. Halfway through the song, we had all our family and friends join us on the dance floor, which was a very special moment.”

A big congratulations to Katie and Lloyd on making it official! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Tank you also to Ava Me Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Ava Me Studios / Bride's Dress: Demetrios / Bridal Salon: Shazzam / Bride's Shoes: Temt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jadore / Groom's Attire: Rundle Tailoring / Hair & Makeup Artist: Totally Fab / Flowers: Belflora / Venue: Stanley Park / Ceremony Officiant: Emma Wood / Catering: Fennel & Co / Wedding Cake: Designer Delights / Dessert Table: Fennel & Co

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Stephanie Simone Photography via Luke & Annalisa’s Happy Hunter Valley Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! The mornings are getting darker, the air a little cooler and my favourite season are starting to shift, I cannot wait! We have a bunch of fun preparation to do this weekend to get ready for all of our April fun (I can’t wait to share) so we’ll be bunkering down inside to get to those tasks. What are you up to?

Dance to the beat- Chris of Evoke Entertainment talks to us about wedding music

Ashlee shares her words of wisdom post wedding

Loving this tutorial for copper place cards

Booking a NYC honeymoon? Check out these unique NYC date ideas

The pursuit of the non-traditional groom suit

Behind the door with Sacred Wilde

Top 10 tips for honeymooning in the Maldives

Classic black tie groom style with Scott

Such a gorgeously happy Hunter Valley wedding!

Delish! Love this Hibiscus Gin Sour from The Gathering Events

Sharing Jono’s wedding day memories

Wedding venue The Shearing Shed is giving one lucky couple an amazing chance! They’re giving away a wedding package valued at $15,000. Simply book your wedding for 2019, to go into the draw – you can spend your winnings on anything at the venue – from venue hire, good packages, beverage packages and styling! Winners will be announced on New Years Day 2019 so get booking via their website!

Amazing men tailors Insitchu have launched a brand new showroom on Clarence Street in Sydney! The showroom, located at Shop 2, Ground Floor 152-156 Clarence St allows grooms to be to a space to try on suits with an expert tailor, sip a little whisky and get amazing service! Check out their other locations and range on their website.

Perth brides to be! Grace Loves Lace are bringing their concierge service to Perth! The styling sessions give you the opportunity for a private session to try on five gowns with three guests and plenty fo sparkling wine! Book your appointment via the website.

In London or Paris? Wedding photographer Neiyo is coming your way this (Northern Hemisphere) Summer  and would love to shoot gorgeous couples on her travels! Looking for beautiful engagement or proposal photos? She’ll be in London from July 25th-31st and Paris from August 1st-6th 2018. Pop over to her website to contact her if gorgeous images in beautiful locations are your dream!

Our video of the week is this fantastic live tune from wedding band Orlando Combo. Jazz is one of my favourite genres for a wedding and this medley- what a choice for dinner music (and a little jazz club vibe!)


Sunset Field Wedding Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,


If there is a time of day, aside from of course sunrise that is the most beautiful – it is the golden hour. The balmy, honey-soaked light cast by the setting sun is pure magic and made for the most beautiful time to capture today’s sunset field wedding inspiration.

With textural, wild details and modern styling, photographer Jay tells “For the style of the shoot we wanted to capture the warmth of the sun’s rays in the summer breeze and the essence of the changing seasons. This shoot was inspired by the golden glow of sunset and the undeniable beauty each ray brings to the world.”

Led by the creative vision of Shannon Hope Make Up Artist, the team, with photographer Jay Brosnan Photography, cinematographer White Lace Films (who shared two gorgeous films with us) and floral designer Bloodwood Botanica, created a look that was all about glowing skin, wild, beautiful, field picked florals and modern details. The wedding cake created by Wild Child Cakes contrasted the effect of concrete with sparkling gold leaf.

Bride Zoe Brauman wore bronze and golden toned makeup, with elegant smokey eyes by Shannon Hope Make Up Artist and a softly swept up-do, with loose waves for the second look by Luxe Salon By Rebecca. She dressed in beautiful gowns from Jordanna Regan Couture that captured the essence of the styling with fringe detailing and modern lace fabrics, her look finished with bold oversize earrings, and hairpieces by Stephanie Browne.


Photographer: Jay Brosnan Photography / Cinematographer: White Lace Films / Shoot Director: Shannon Hope Make Up Artist / Bride's Dress: Jordanna Regan Couture / Bride's Jewellery: Stephanie Browne / Makeup Artist: Shannon Hope Make Up Artist / Hairstylist: Luxe Salon By Rebecca / Flowers: Bloodwood Botanica / Wedding Cake: Wild Child Cakes / Model: Zoe Brauman