Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Trevor King via Maggie & Jonesey’s DIY Phillip Island Farm Wedding

Welcome back to another big year of weddings Dotties! I can hardly believe I am here writing the first Friday Roundup of the year. Did your festive season break go wonderfully? Did you fill your days with sunshine and cocktails? Did you sleep in? Or wake up every day and fill your week with busy tasks?

For many of you, this is the year you tie the knot – and we can’t wait to dive in with you! It has been a big couple of weeks of beautiful weddings on Polka Dot Bride and we’re so excited to get started!

We have been loving these tipsy coconut pineapple icypoles this month. 

How to set yourself a wedding budget (and stick to it!)

John shares his wedding day memories

Love spice? Make these sweet chilli sauce favours for your guests!

We talk wedding photography with the duo behind Deray & Simcoe

Sara’s post-wedding wisdom

How to be a good groomsman

California dreaming? Let’s explore Sonoma County for your honeymoon!

Don’t make these mistakes on your wedding invitations

Loving Sam’s easy wedding day style

Behind The Door with Georgia Young Couture

Healthy cocktails? Lola Berry shares her Pineapple, Cucumber & Mint Slushie

Kick off the new year with a new gorgeous wedding gown! Lisa Gowing is hosting her biggest ever sale on January 20th to celebrate her 20th anniversary at their Sydney studio. There will be over 60 gowns to choose from reduced from 40% to 70%. The sale is by appointment only (email to book yours!)

Summerfields Country House is hosting their annual open day on Sunday, the 21st of January 2018 from 1pm to 4pm. The team will be showing off their beautiful venue with tours, high tea and canapes, and amazing prizes, all while being joined by their favourite wedding vendors. Join in the fun (they even have specials for couples booking on the day!) and visit their website for more information.

Sydney brides; Grace Loves Lace are bringing their beautiful gowns to Sydney for a special, by appointment only concierge tour. From the February 27th – March 5th, the team will be taking over a Sydney venue and offering up appointments to try on their selection of gowns with bubbles and tea! Click here to book.

Our dance tune of the week comes from the Funkified Entertainment crew. A classical version of a modern hit, it’s enough for a little toe-tapping and fun inspiration for including your modern favourites in your wedding!


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Kristy & Damian’s Gorgeous Country Wedding At Flowerdale Estate

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kristy & Damian

It was against the backdrop of the beautiful Australian countryside that Kristy and Damian said their vows, on the very same day that the groom’s grandparents said their own vows, some 67 years earlier.

The gorgeous country wedding at Flowerdale Estate was filled with beautiful country charm; rolling green hills, a garden ceremony and an amazing sunset that we have come to adore from the Australian landscape. It was all captured beautifully by Michael Briggs Photography.

The couple met through mutual friends. Kristy explains, “We met through our friends Alan and Cheree on a night out. We went on our first date to the movies on Valentine’s Day. We knew this was the start of something special and have shared many happy memories and years together since.”

The groom proposed on a day that could have been like any other. Kristy remembers, “Damian proposed on a Friday afternoon. We had both gotten home from work and he suggested that we take our dog Toby for a walk. When we arrived back to our place, we were standing on the back deck and Damian handed me a card. Inside was a letter Damian had written and at the bottom, it said ‘Kristy will you be my wife?’ We both fondly remember this as the happiest day of our lives.”

The bride wore a gown by Emily Kate Creative, who is her dear friend. She tells, “My dress was made by a friend who attended the wedding, who also happens to have her own business specialising in custom made wedding gowns. I found the process to be very relaxed and fun. Emily made me feel so comfortable throughout the whole experience and helped me put all my different ideas together to create a dress that I absolutely loved. My dress was a fitted style with lots of intricate lace detail; it had a v-neckline, a low back and was super comfortable to wear.”


Kristy and Damian chose the beautiful Flowerdale Estate for their wedding, explaining, “We only looked at one wedding venue, Flowerdale Estate, and fell in love on our first visit. Maria, the owner, was so lovely, accommodating and friendly. We chose Flowerdale Estate as the grounds are absolutely stunning and we knew we wanted a garden wedding. We also loved the newly built pavilion with its high ceiling, long tables and big see-through blinds that allow you to see the countryside. We loved that we could get ready, have the ceremony and reception all in the one place and that a majority of guests could stay the night at the venue and even join us for breakfast in the homestead the next day. It was the perfect venue.”

As lovers of country music, the bride chose Tim McGraw’s ‘My Best Friend’ to play as she walked down the aisle with her father.

Julie Byrne officiated the ceremony, the date of which was not only special for the bride and groom. Kristy explains, “We wanted our ceremony to be very personalised, have a touch of humour and to express the love we have for each other and our families. We had a reading about Damian’s family history as his great, great grandparents were from the surrounding area around Flowerdale. As well as the location of our wedding, the date also held special significance. On this day 67 years ago, Damian’s grandparents were married on the 7th October 1950.”

Kristy remembers, “We loved that we wrote our own vows and that they were a surprise to each other. It was a very special moment reading them to each other and was definitely our favourite part of the day.”

“We had a big bridal party! Five on each side but we loved having our closet friends be a part of our big day. They made the whole experience, from the lead up to the day, lots of fun,” tells the bride.

Of their photographer, the bride tells, “Our photographer Briggsy was amazing on the day! He made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. We loved his candid style and that he documented the day as it happened. He brought lots of energy to the day and was great fun! We absolutely love all of our photos and we are so glad that we made the decision to have him as our photographer for the day.”

The day was filled with handmade touches says the bride. “The groom made the cake stand and the welcome sign with wood from his family’s farm. He also made a photo board with wood we had at home. One of our bridesmaids is a graphic designer and she created our seating chart, invitations, menus and signs, which we loved!”

The couple kicked off the dance floor with ‘Make You Mine’ by Higher Valley before The Party Band got the dance floor underway.

A big congratulations to Kristy and Damian! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Michael Briggs Photography and Flowerdale Estate for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Michael Briggs Photography / Cinematographer: Oneheart Studios / Bride's Dress: Emily Kate Creative / Bridesmaid Dresses: Esther / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Hairstylist: MAIDENEMPIRE By Bessy / Makeup Artist: Georgina Alexandra / Invitations & Stationery: The Treasured Type / Flowers: The Little Flower Shoppe / Venue: Flowerdale Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Julie Byrne / Band: The Party Band / Engagement Ring: Ralf Fisch / Wedding Ring: Ralf Fisch

Lisa & Leigh’s Modern Relaxed Bunker Bay Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lisa & Leigh

Bunker Bay is one of those spots that is almost too good to be true – rugged coastline, stunning blue waters and white sands – what better place for a celebration? Luckily, Lisa and Leigh who chose a beautifully modern and relaxed Bunker Bay wedding certainly agreed; the pair hired a beach house for their wedding weekend right on the water. With photographer Bianca Kate Photography capturing it all, it was a wedding made of magic.

Lisa and Leigh met after a little match-making from friends. Lisa tells, “I was at one of my best friend’s 30th birthdays and a couple of her friends, along with their husbands, decided to try and match-make me by showing me photos of their single friends via Facebook. Without my knowledge, my phone number was passed onto Leigh and a couple of weeks later we went on our first date at Scarborough Beach Bar, where I chatted Leigh’s ears off for five hours! On our fourth date at Easter time he drove from Jurien Bay to Mandurah (3.5 hrs) to spend the day with my family and I – it was the first time he met them all – and once he arrived he handed out Easter eggs and gifts that he had purchased for my whole family! It was that day that I knew this guy was for me.”

The bride chose a beautiful, long-sleeve, Rue de Seine gown from The Bridal Atelier, noting, “I am one of those women who love things a little off-centre and my wedding dress was no exception! I fell in love with the label Rue De Seine. I fell in love with the ‘Avril’ gown as soon as I saw it on their Instagram page and knew I had to have it. I contacted Rue De Seine and got a reply email from the director Michael who was just amazing with helping me locate this dress, arrange a fitting and making sure that I could get this dress in the small time frame that I had. I flew to Sydney for a quick stopover (3 hrs) where I tried the gown on at The Bridal Atelier and, as soon as I put it on, fell in love! Once I received the dress, I was unsure about the size and Rue De Seine arranged a skype meeting to make sure I had the right size. I can’t recommend their service enough! They made me feel like they cared from start to finish and I felt amazing on the day!”

The couple chose to have a first look before their ceremony; complete with four-legged friends. The bride explains, “Leigh has a dog called Betty and we wanted her to be part of the day, so we had first look photos so that we could have photos with her on the day! It also gave Leigh and I a moment together and calmed any nerves before we had our ceremony.”

The couple chose their very favourite people to stand beside them on the day, remarking, “The groomsmen were Jay and Ben, two legends who Leigh classes as brothers. As a trio, their friendship is one in a million and when they’re all together, anything is possible.
My bridesmaids were Jessica who I met in Bali when I was 16, Jaclyn who I went to high school with and Sarah who, when I lived in Sydney, became my family away from home. These ladies are the sisters I never had and they have always been there for me. I love them dearly.”

Flowers For Mrs Harris created beautiful blush and red bouquets with greenery for the day. The bride tells, “Susie at Flowers for Mrs Harris was exceptional! I am so indecisive and she was just so amazing with helping us and with putting my mind at ease with the look I was after for our wedding. I wanted natural, local flowers that had some forest greens with the gorgeous silvery green of eucalyptus leaves, pampas grass and the king protea. I went with garlands for the tables and the most amazing arrangements for our arbour. Susie nailed it! The flowers were stunning!”

Bunkers Beach House hosted the weekend’s festivities. Lisa tells, “We chose Bunkers Beach House as we wanted to have our wedding somewhere down in the south-west and somewhere that would be relaxed and match the feel we were after for our big day. Leigh is a huge ocean lover and, with the venue being on the water, it fit us so well. We had our ceremony here on the deck outside facing the ocean as well as our reception inside. The weather was the first weekend in weeks that the sun was out and the weather was sensational. We even had whales jumping around in the background (the best!)
Radhna at Bunkers Beach House was amazing and really made us feel at ease.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to John Mayer’s “XO”.

The couple chose Confetti Days to officiate their ceremony, Lisa remembering, “Our ceremony was so relaxed, Leigh and I wrote our own vows that neither of us had heard until the day. It was so special and one of my favourite moments of our day.
We had one of my dear friends, Natalie, do a reading about love, she had called me up the week beforehand and cried reading it to me. I love that it was just as special to her as it was to us.”


Confetti was the bride’s favourite detail of the day. “I loved the shower of confetti as we walked away as husband and wife! I just remember the feeling of a happiness I had never felt, I couldn’t wait to marry Leigh and to be husband and wife walking under a cloud of colour and seeing the huge smiles on our loved ones was just the best!”

Of their photographer, Lisa tells, “Our photographer is a dear friend of Leigh’s and, even before we were engaged, he had told me that Bianca would be our photographer! She’s such a beauty inside and out and I love that she thinks outside the square. She did such an amazing job, we love her!”

Guests were guided to their seats with personalised polaroids says the bride, “For our place cards we did individual polaroid pictures of each guest! We used photos of them with their families or of a past memory of theirs. Everyone loved them and were able to take them home with them.”

Guests took home small paper packets of seeds as wedding favours.

The couple chose two songs for their first dance, Lisa notes, “We chose to go for a melody, we started with Otis Redding ‘These Arms of Mine’ and then went into a fun track that represented our relationship – Luther Vandross, ‘Never Too Much’. We listened to Luther in the car leading up to the wedding and whenever it was on we both would sing and dance around like crazy!”

The beautiful film of the day was captured by Rob Gibbon Films. My favourite part? The first look of course!

Big congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. A big thank you also to Bianca Kate Photography for sharing today’s photographs.

Photographer: Bianca Kate Photography / Cinematographer: Rob Gibbon Films / Bride's Dress: Rue de Seine / Bridal Salon: The Bridal Atelier / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Ashelee Lauren Designs / Bride's Jacket: Chosen By One Day / Groom's Attire: Politix / Hairstylist: The Pretty Parlour / Makeup Artist: Gemma Skane Makeup / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Flowers: Flowers For Mrs Harris / Venue: Bunkers Beach House / Ceremony Officiant: Confetti Days / Cheese Cake: Yallingup Cheese Company / Signage: Custom Neon / Guestbook: Sketch & Etch / DJ: South Sound Events / Transport: The Chauffeur Bus

Emily & Tim’s Classic Blue Mountains Wedding

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


Emily & Tim

When Tim proposed to Emily, the two were doing exactly what they love; spending time in nature. The groom to be searched for the highest peak on a hike across Tasmania’s Three Capes Track before rain foiled his plans and the trail’s end, right on the beach, turned out to be the perfect spot to pop the question. It was with this same love of being outdoors that Emily and Tim chose a classic Blue Mountains wedding to celebrate their love story. Kevin Lue was there to make sure every moment was documented beautifully.

Emily tells, “We met at work – I was a new starter in the team. When I began Tim was on a surfing holiday, which I found very intriguing! From there we started talking, emailing and coffee-ing and it all went from there!”

Emily added special pieces to her look for the day, explaining, “My mum organized a lovely surprise of ‘something borrowed’ – my grandmother’s engagement ring, ‘something blue’ – a handkerchief with our names sewn on to celebrate the day, ‘something old’ – a photo of her and I when I was a baby and ‘something new’ – a personalized and lovely coat hanger for my dress! It was very thoughtful and touching.”

The bride found her sequinned-bodice Truvelle wedding gown at Love, Marie. She remembers, “I wore the ‘Columbia’ gown. I absolutely loved my dress, however, it wasn’t something I would have picked off the rack! We had a lovely experience getting the dress from Amy at Love Marie Bridal in Camden; she has a boutique with an amazing range of dresses. She closed down her boutique for an hour for us and made the process really special and relaxed! It was only from trying on a variety of dresses and seeing what styles suited me on (rather than what I liked photos of) which resulted in me finding the right dress.”

The couple chose Blue Mountains venue Seclusions for their wedding, noting, “We always wanted to have a wedding with an outdoor focus as we love hiking and being among nature. When we visited Seclusions we instantly knew that was the place we wanted to get married. The backdrop is spectacular – you cannot beat the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Tom and Julie are lovely and helped us a lot throughout the process.”

Emily remembers, “I walked down the aisle to ‘Maribou State’ by Varkala. It’s such a beautiful song. My lovely dad walked me down the aisle – it was a very special moment.”

Emily and Tim chose their dear friend Mitch to officiate the ceremony, Emily remembering, “We wanted our ceremony to reflect us, being relaxed and personalized. Our good friend Mitch was the celebrant, he was fantastic which made the moment even more special. Our wedding was just before the same-sex marriage vote was announced, so we wanted to demonstrate within our ceremony that we in favour of the laws being changed.

We both wrote our own vows which spoke about how we met and made our lifetime promises to each other. We also had two good friends make some lovely readings; Andi read ‘Time In A Bottle’ by Jim Croce and Julia read ‘Love Is the Reason’ by Brian Zouch.”

“I love the photo of Tim and I as we walked down the aisle after getting married, looking at each other with such happiness as rose petals are falling! It’s a beautiful shot” tells the bride.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and garden games post-ceremony, Emily noting, “We just wanted everyone to have a relaxed and fun day and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. We were lucky enough to have a nice day so people could relax and have canapes and cocktails while playing lawn games, which is something we really wanted to include in the wedding!”

Of their photographer, the bride gushes, “He was amazing. Not only is he lovely and friendly but he took the most fantastic photos of us. We’re very grateful!”

Friend Dani Pinkus and The Little Flower Shop created the floral details for the day, the bride remarks, “Our amazing friend Dani Pinkus has styled a few weddings before and did an amazing job styling the Pavilion for our wedding with her sister Jess. She created hanging balls of greenery and flowers which looked amazing (and were a lot of hard work!) which really complemented the venue. We had Olivia from The Little Flower Shop create the bouquets and archway piece, which were lovely and tied into the rustic vibe. The theme was a blush/pink design with succulents, peonies and other seasonal flowers with buttonholes to match. We absolutely loved the flowers.”

Unplanned Bakery created a semi-naked cake for the newlyweds, who remark, “Erin English from the Unplanned Bakery made our wedding cake and desserts – not only were they amazing and delicious but she was so lovely and thoughtful throughout the whole process! She came up with a lot of great ideas for the dessert table and she was very helpful and inventive.”

Emily tells “I loved the speeches – I was not expecting them to be so lovely and heartfelt, they made everyone in the room (especially Tim and I) very emotional! You could certainly feel the love in the air. The speeches from my dad Greg, Tim’s mum Petra, Aviva, Tim’s brother and best man Dan and Tim were all amazing! I could not believe how perfect and thoughtful they all were.”

Of their first dance, the bride remembers, “We chose Flight Facilities’ ‘Crave You’ as this was a song we listened to a lot when we first started seeing each other. We even learned a little dance from YouTube which went OK on the day – but we practised it better at home!”

Congratulations on your marriage Emily and Tim! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Kevin Lue for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Kevin Lue / Cinematographer: Swoon Weddings / Bride's Dress: Truvelle / Bridal Salon: Love, Marie / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Makeup Artist: Sarah Marie Makeup / Hairstylist: Georgie Stokes / Flowers: The Little Flower Shop / Reception Flowers: Dani Pinkus / Venue: Seclusions / Wedding Cake: Unplanned Bakery