Romantic Bridal Styling Ideas In The Forest

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride,


Sometimes getting back to nature is what it’s all about and today’s romantic bridal styling ideas in the forest capture all the magic of the lush forest backdrop.

With the mist of the early morning mountain ranges Niki Photography teamed up with floral designer Studio Green Melbourne and hair and makeup artist Rachel Sloan with six beautiful gowns from Wendy Makin and Designer Bridal House that captured the ethereal femininity of Mother Nature’s backdrop.

The shoot was a collaboration of wedding vendors creating work they loved, Niki noting “I really wanted to work on a personal project – one that involved other wedding vendors (who are all awesome ladies) and also one that involved vendors that I had met over time. Most of us are Mums and found that we just didn’t have any “time” to do anything creative outside of our busy lives with kids. Once we found a date that we all decided to put our own ideas into the shoot. We had lots of beautiful gowns, and I told everyone else to just do whatever you feel like, what ever you love”.

How can anything but magic result from a labor of love?

Photographer: Niki Photography / Gowns: Designer Bridal House / Gowns: Wendy Makin / Hair & Makeup Artist: Rachel Sloan / Flowers: Studio Green Melbourne
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Jessica Derrick via DIY Eucalyptus Wrapped Candle Tutorial

How beautiful is this fun eucalyptus wrapped candle tutorial? I love the idea of this at a wedding filled with greenery! We have been having such a busy week in Polka Dot HQ and I am pretty sure my bottomless cups of peppermint tea might have just been the only thing keeping me going.

And amazing wedding inspiration – of course! Did you catch it all? Let’s round it up!

Need a professional wedding MC? Let’s ask the expert: What Would They Know? Jack Levi aka Elliot Goblet

This Grosvenor Hotel’s Mega Mojito Pitcher is perfect for a hen’s party celebration!

Loving Priscilla and Boris’ Captured Memories – Marry Me Movies

This DIY Eucalyptus Wrapped Candle Tutorial is so gorgeous

Polka Dot Travel Lounge with Arnette from Round the World Girl

Why A Wedding Planner Is Your Best Asset

Kira shares her words of wisdom in Inspired Words

Honeymoon Hidden Gems: Cordoba, Spain

Tom’s classic Groom Style

Searching for grooms-piration? Instagram is here to save the day

In Love With Our Venue – Jessica & Sean

Let’s go Behind the Door With….. 3 Eggs Design

Dressing for a Wedding: a Man’s Guide

In Melbourne and seeking a bunch of fabulous wedding pros in one place? Triple R Luxury Car Hire is hosting their Winter wedding showcase on August 2nd. See beautiful displays from a dream team of vendors including Tania Jovanovic Photography, Micky Loves Jacqui, Bow & Willow, Floretta, Round Travel, Matt Finch Celebrant, Short Batch and Vintage Ice Cream Truck, The Wedding Zone/Weddings of Distinction and Fine Art Media. Share a glass of champagne as you book your planners in one hit! RSVP here to confirm your free place.

Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings are celebrating an incredible milestone – twenty-five collections by Anne Bertossi! To kick off the celebrations, the team are hosting an exclusive fashion show at their Paddington (QLD) showroom on August 6th. Enjoy champagne and a night of celebration and book your complimentary ticket by emailing Gill at

As an extra special something Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings is also offering brides to be a chance to win a gown worth $4000. For competition, details email Gill at

Wedding pros! Have you pre-ordered Matchology yet? The brand new way to submit to 30 wedding blogs on one platform is coming very, very soon and pre-order pricing is almost gone! Sign up here to get your piece of the action!

Our film of the week comes from the crew at Wedding Gallery. Josh and Nicolle had an incredibly moving wedding day, with the most heartfelt of moments, all captured beautifully. The vows are very much my favourite part.

Autumnal Orchard Wedding Inspiration

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


It is no secret around these parts that the season of Autumn is my favourite and today’s Autumnal orchard wedding inspiration shoot brings to life all the magic of the Autumn season in the most beautiful way.

With photographer Amanda Afton Photography behind the camera, The Wedding Tutor creating the concept, styling and florals, Grey Rabbit Design designing a stunning aubergine stationery suite, Her Hand Picked Harvest and A La Table creating a beautiful outdoor reception and Cake Date adding the finishing touch with a gold and white wedding cake, the shoot was every bit a celebration of Autumn.

In the beautiful orchard setting of Raeburn Orchards, models Lauren Brisbane and Kyle Millar took centre stage in pieces from Zolotas Australia, with hair and makeup by Emer Rose Make Up Artistry and an amazing ring to match from Stelios Jewellers.

The team explained “from the moment we saw the Raeburn Orchard in Roleystone we knew that it would inspire a very beautiful Autumn themed styled shoot, complete with falling leaves, warm orange tones and a spectacular outlook over 74 acres of stone fruit orchard.”

A tablescape of earthy tones set the scene for the reception – pink, orange and red blooms arranged in amber glass amongst black and gold details highlighting the Autumnal tones. The team added, “the dark bentwood armchairs, amber pharmaceutical bottles and brass accents gave the shoot an elegant edge which complimented the earthy feel of the location.”


Photographer: Amanda Afton Photography / Bride's Dress: Zolotas Australia / Creative Direction & Styling: The Wedding Tutor / Flowers: The Wedding Tutor / Invitations & Stationery: Grey Rabbit Design / Wedding Cake: Cake Date / Makeup Artist: Emer Rose Make Up Artistry / Rental Furniture: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Tableware: A La Table / Engagement Ring: Stelios Jewellers / Model: Lauren Brisbane / Model: Kyle Millar / Venue: Raeburn Orchards

Maria & Frazer’s Champagne & Marble Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Maria & Frazer

When it came to planning their wedding, Maria and Frazer opted for a day that was a “fun and inclusive wedding with a modern feel”. Their champagne and marble Melbourne wedding ticked all the boxes for a day that was personal and reflective of exactly who the newlyweds are. They chose Gold & Grit to capture the magic of their day.

The couple met one Melbourne night, at a bar where Frazer worked. The bride remembering “We met one night while Frazer was managing a bar in Melbourne. We felt like we had an instant connection as if we had known each other for years. No numbers were exchanged that night but we both knew that we would see each other again. It was a couple of weeks later that we met again at the bar and we enjoyed each other’s company so much that it wasn’t long before we met up outside of the bar to attend a local artist’s exhibition at a gallery together. We shared a kiss later on that night and the rest is history.”


Mariana Hardwick made the bride’s elegant long sleeve gown. She tells “I knew I wanted a standout dress & also something quite unique with long sleeves & some form of detail. The overall experience was so lovely, I went with my Mum, Josie, to Mariana Hardwick.

I grew up in the northern suburbs and I live close by so I’ve always gazed at the window displays. It felt very natural to go there for my first experience as a bride to be. I was actually quite decisive with my dress choice & I had a wonderful bridal stylist, Linda. She calmed my nerves and made me feel totally comfortable and at ease with the experience. The ‘Ingrid’ gown was a dress like nothing else I had ever seen before. It was ticked all the boxes. I went back two weeks later with one of my bridesmaids; Stacey & she immediately loved it. I knew it was time to lock it in!”

The bride paid special attention to her heritage, explaining “My Maltese culture is very important to me and I wanted to somehow incorporate some aspects of this. I chose to wear some Maltese jewellery for the day. My Mum’s beautiful square citrine gold earrings, which matches my citrine engagement ring perfectly, a ring and a bracelet I got in Malta when I was there on a very special holiday with my Frazer and my parents a few years earlier. I also felt a need to wear a garter even though we didn’t want to do a garter toss.”

Maria & Frazer held their ceremony at Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, noting “We have always loved the Botanic Gardens so for us it was an easy decision to get married there. We actually visited the gardens on the same day exactly one year before our ceremony to get an idea of what it might feel like and how the weather might be on the day.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love”.

A four-legged friend made a special appearance. “Our cute little dog Lenny was a very special part of our day. He means the world to us to it was really important that he was there with us. He also provided great entertainment for our photographer and our guests!”

Kate Morgan officiated the ceremony, Maria remarking “We wanted to have a very relaxed and unstructured feel, reflective of us as a couple. Where everyone could feel very comfortable & truly enjoy the beautiful setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Our guests also had the pleasurable view of Melbourne’s skyline behind the bridal party. We felt that our music choices for the ceremony also ensured that there weren’t any structured or traditional aspects, as we wanted songs that had sweet, fun & uplifting elements to them. We chose our Celebrant Kate Morgan because she is very kind and down to earth. She did a fantastic job and really contributed to the atmosphere that we wanted to create.”

“For our bridal party we had three people on each side. Frazer’s best man was his brother Kelvin and the other groomsmen were close friends from growing up in New Zealand. My maid of honour was Tara and bridesmaids were Carla & Stacey. We all went to the same high school. Tara and I properly connected and became close friends after working together years later.”

Of their photographer, Maria tells “Our Photographer Stina from Gold and Grit was actually the best! She captured every moment of the day so beautifully and you can truly feel the true raw emotion from the day when you look at the photos. The scenery in all of the photos was so incredible too.”

Guests congregated at the glam Showtime Events Centre to kick off the evening’s festivities. Maria noting “Our favourite part of the wedding planning would have to be our dealings with our reception venue, Showtime Events Centre. They made everything so easy and ensured that the reception would be absolutely seamless, so our regular meetings were actually very fun and made us truly feel excited as well as at ease with our upcoming wedding.”

The champagne and gold styling theme included a marble wedding cake by Don’t Tell Charles and sweet heart shaped cookie favors by  Sweet Bakes. The bride explaining ” We also wanted the wedding to feel like it was personalised and reflective of our style and taste and that our guests would see that represented throughout the entire day and night, right through to the music played, table settings & wedding favours. Our main colours that were seen throughout the day were gold and marble along with white and greenery coming through in the flowers. All of our stationery and invitations followed the theme.”

The reception was filled with tall arrangements by Bouquet Melbourne. “We loved the combination of white and greenery. The colours complimented the day perfectly. For the bride & bridesmaids bouquets I wanted nice full bunch with nice wild look about them.

At the reception, we had tall gold table toppers with lush foliage, including white lisianthus, white snaps and accent blooms. We also hired gold chair sashes which complimented the theme of the wedding and the room so well!”


For their first dance, the couple chose “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green.

Maria and Frazer enlisted pros for their night, with Mercury DJ Hire making sure the dance floor was always full (even for the littlest guest) and Simon MC running the show. Maria remarking “Initially we didn’t understand the importance of an MC and were going to have a family member do the MC job for the night. After meeting with our DJ, Daniel Mercury, he suggested looking into a professional MC. We set up a meeting with “Simon MC” and we never looked back. He is absolutely amazing at what he does. He’s so professional and personable and played a big part in making everything run so smoothly”.

Congratulations on your marriage Maria and Frazer! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us and thank you to Gold & Grit for today’s stunning photographs!

Photographer: Gold & Grit / Bride's Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bride's Shoes: Zomp / Groom's Attire: Daniel Hechter / Groom's Shoes: Winsdor Smith / Getting Ready Robes: Missguided / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jarlo / Bridesmaid Shoes: Rubi Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Daniel Hechter / Groomsmen Shoes: Windsor Smith / Makeup Artist: Gemma Bird / Hairstylist: Laydee Luck Hairdressing / Flowers: Bouquet Melbourne / Invitations & Stationery: Life Is Peachy / Ceremony Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Morgan / Styling: The Wedding Zone / Reception Venue: Showtime Events / Guestbook: Kate Spade / DJ: Mercury DJ Hire / MC: Simon MC / Catering: Blakes Feast / Wedding Cake: Don't Tell Charles / Favors: Sweet Bakes / Wedding Ring: Windfall Jewellery