Valentines Day Gift Guide

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Gift Guide


I’m always a big fan of the quirky, the kitsch, the very very soppy and the pink heart filled delights for Valentine’s Day (which is what I’ve been having fun with on Polka Dot Made!) To me, the day is all about token love gestures that are fun and happy.

Mr Polka is as likely to get a red velvet cake baked into a heart shape as he is a hand written poem scrawled on a page of Shakespeare. So here’s a roundup of some of my favourite finds for Valentines Day 2013, I hope it inspires you to have some fun with the day!

valentines day gift guide1. So Much Love Book from Kikki K 2. Hello Lover flag from Pony Rider 3. I’m With You Mug from Lark 4. Riedel Black Tie Bliss decanter from Wedding Gifts Direct 5. You’re My Number One Print from From The Owl 6. Le Creuset Cerise Red Heart Shaped Casserole Pot from Peters Of Kensington 7. Pink Heart Bird Feeder from Miss Jones In Love 8. Chocolate fondue gift set from Hard To Find 9. Love Scuff from Peter Alexander 10. Heart shaped gift box from Lush 11. I Love Eggs Poacher from The Gifted Man 12. Love, Laughter, Happily Ever After from Down That Little Lane

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



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What an action packed week it’s been for the patterned folk! What with jaunts to Sydney and keeping our hands busy creating lots of new DIY ideas for you, we haven’t had much time to stop and smell the roses. Therefore, I plan to spend this weekend enjoying the last official month of Summer by heading outdoors and getting a good (healthy) dose of Vitamin D. I hope you all have a chance to do the same (should the weather permit!)! And the best way to start – checking out a fab round-up of what we’ve served up for you this week!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.



1.Wedding Inspiration ~ Shoe Crush Sunday – Backyard Garden Wedding 2.Real Engagement Shoot ~ Jay Sonn and Joann’s Quirky Vintage Picnic Engagement Shoot 3.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Whitney 4.Real Wedding ~ Holly and Zac’s Elegant Rose Wedding On The River 5.Real Wedding ~ Rose and Josh’s Rustic Spring Wedding 6.Wedding Forum ~Polka Dot Hot Spot- Vendor Responses

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.Vendor’s Recommendations – Vendor’s Favourites – Wedding Gifts Direct 2.Studio Tour – GM Photographics 3.Wedding Planning Wisdom ~ Selecting A Hawaii Wedding Planner 4.Top Ten Destination Wedding Locations

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.



1.Etsy Roundup – Pastel Floral Sashes 2.Stained Glass Heart Biscuit Tutorial 3.Chinese New Year Sphere Lantern Garland Tutorial 4.Valentine’s Day Breakfast In Bed (& Free Printable Card) 5.Cocktail Friday – Strawberry Champagne

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

1.Real Honeymoon ~ Romantic French & Spanish Honeymoon

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1.Real Wedding ~ Matt & Lee’s Norwegian Nuptials 2.Inspired Memories – Dave 3. Groom Style – Gerard 4. Valentines Day Gift Guide For The Gentlemen!

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Following Polka Dot Bride on Instagram yet? We’re doing a fab Valentines Day giveaway with Whisper Events for a dozen red roses!, pop on over and join in!

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What better way to get to know a photographer than to spend some time taking photos together? Talented Photographer Corey Sleap is offering Polka Dot couples a wedding photo consultation/engagement photo session, just to get to know him better! To book some time, drop Corey a line.

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For a super-unique venue, it has to be a Tipi! And Tipikata Tipi Hire  has decided to extend its special 2012 package offer until 28 February, 2013! To check out what this amazing package includes, and the savings you’ll enjoy, head over to their website or secure your date by emailing the team.

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If you are lucky enough to be in Melbourne this weekend, then you’re invited to join the team at Immerse in the Yarra Valley for a glass of sparkling and some canapes while you wonder the gardens, meet suppliers and chat ‘all things weddings’  at their Wedding Expo on Sunday 10 February! Exhibitors Include Photographers, Videographers, Celebrants, Wedding cakes, Florists and lovely Stationary from Miki.O. RSVP your attendance to recieve a goodie bag via email!

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The lovely Photographer Clare Day is running a competition on her blog  during the merry month of February, offering couples the chance to win a Fusion Engagement session valued at $1500. So head on over to her site to enter!

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Ensure you capture those ideas, thoughts and inspiration for your wedding day with this fab new App, Memory Jar!


The Memory Jar app works by providing an easy way to attach a picture and simply give it a title, brief description and any special keywords to help recall it in the future. It takes the stress out of slips of paper, cuttings from bridal magazines, and foggy memories of all the bridesmaid dresses you’ve seen.

This app also works great for tracking other milestones, such as buying a first home, a pregnancy, and holidays. Find more info on the website.

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Looking for that perfect clutch, for yourself, your bridesmaids or perhaps the mother-of-the-bride? Then don’t miss a peek at Olga Berg‘s  30% sale off all Summer 2013 stock!  Online only  until the 17th of February!

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 To sign-off, a beautiful speech from the Groom introduces this wedding from Untitled Film Works, with sweeping cinematography. I’m a sucker for a good story!

Khat and Austin’s Whimsical Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Khat & Austin

 Oh Brisbane, you do do colour so very very well. Colourful, spirited weddings like this make my heart sing because they’re so full of life, passion and soul! The whimsical, colourful details of Khat and Austin’s wedding day are enough to make me crave a burger (Pickles and mustard is my favourite if you’re buying).

Khat tells of how they met. “Austin says it was at a community blood drive and he noticed me giving blood while he was chasing another girl (some blonde girl) but we actually first talked at a party for a mutual friend. His friend was chatting to me so Austin came over and cut in.”

Photography today is by POP {photography} who has such a fresh, fun angle to her photography. She captured the happy nature of today’s wedding so beautifully!

Khat and Austin married in Brisbane’s LDS temple. Khat remarks, “Firstly, getting married for eternity in a place so significant to us was the most important thing. The moment Austin first saw me in my wedding dress (he had gone old school and refused to look at it before the wedding) is up there as special. There is no aisle in a Mormon temple, or music, so that part of the day was very simple and peaceful.”

The bridal party made an unexpected pit stop for lunch. Khat remembers “One of my favourite details at the wedding was the car we drove around in. My husband’s best friend has the biggest bomb of a car that I just love and he and some other friends dressed it up with ribbons and empty cans and a just married sign, it was the cutest thing ever. He drove us around all day. From the wedding, the bridal party all stopped at Grill’d for some food, I’m glad we could relax and spend time with our favourite people. It’s such a long day so having a chance to splurge and chill out really helped me not stress.”

For her wedding dress, Khat had a tea length gown made by  Carmel Wynck, a Brisbane ballet costume maker. Her bridesmaids wore sorbet coloured gowns from Asos.

Of their photographer, Khat says “The photographer, the amazing POP {photography} team are Adam and Julia Turner some friends of mine who are very cool and very talented. We love their style of photography and pretty much their whole life is a style guide for me. We like their style of being trendy without being annoying, romantic without being sickly.”

The floral arrangements on the day were created by Green and Bloom. Which added to the fun and colourful vibe of the day and complimented one of Khat’s very special accessories. She explains “I loved being able to wear gloves to my wedding. My mum wore gloves to hers 30 something years ago so I liked being able to follow that example.”

Topiaries at Beaumont held the reception for the couple, Khat telling, “Our reception venue was a place where Austin had worked as a teenager so he always pictured his wedding being there. It’s an old converted homestead so it felt very Australian and old world-y.”

“Everything at the wedding was made or bought. Anything hand-made or DIY came from Etsy as I have no talent myself. My mother altered the bridesmaids dresses so they wouldn’t be uncomfortably short. My mother and aunty did all the table dressings and centrepieces. They tied up and labelled the favours, and they put all the flowers into jars with the books I had brought in from my mother’s home. So there was DIY I just outsourced it.”

Kat loved “Being able to play the piano on my wedding day was special to me, I have played my whole life and I loved sharing that moment with my new husband.”

Of their first dance., Khat tells, “Our first dance was a struggle, neither of us is a good dancer so we picked a song we both love instead of a good dance number; The Shins, New Slang. I’m not sure any of our guests even realised we were dancing.”

Khat recalls some of the stories of the day. “My lovely new husband, planned our honeymoon to Rome all by himself which was very sweet. Unfortunately, he refused to spring for an extra couple of hundred dollars that would have allowed a reasonable departure time. As it was, we had to leave at 4 in the morning for our flight, after our wedding night, it was the worst. My favourite story from the day was the bouquet toss. My florist included a complimentary throw-away bouquet so I went ahead and threw it and the girl who caught it is a lesbian. I hope one day I will be able to go to her wedding!”

Congratulations on your marriage Khat and Austin! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to POP {photography} for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: POP {photography} / Bride's Dress: Carmel Wynck (ballet costume maker) / Bride's Shoes: Style Tread / Groom's Attire: Pierre Cardin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Hairstylist: Brush & Blush / Makeup Artist: Gemma Elaine from Embellished Makeup Artist / Flowers: Green & Bloom / Ceremony Venue: hurch of Jesus Christ of LDS temple, Brisbane / Reception Venue: Topiaries at Beaumont / Wedding Cake: Cornelli Cakes

Erin and Tyson’s Modern Church Street Enoteca Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings


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Oh Melbourne, your weddings are always super cool without trying too hard! Erin and Tyson’s gorgeous day is the epitome of a Melbourne wedding. Classic, a little modern, a little elegant and a whole lot of style!

Erin explains how. “Tyson and I met in January 2009. Our first meeting was a totally random event and took place in Tyson’s appropriately named best friend, Burke’s backyard. We had our first date two days later and have pretty much been inseparable since.”

Photography today is by Jessica Tremp Of Brown Paper Parcel Photography who’s vintage style provides such a different take on traditional wedding photography.

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The special stories went right down to the smallest member of the bridal party, Erin remembers. “Our wedding party was made up of close friends and family which included Tyson’s nephews Ethan and Blake as our page boys and my nieces Chloe and Ava as the flower girls. It was important for us to make the kids apart of the day. My niece Chloe had suffered a stroke earlier in the year and it was one of her goals to be my flower girl and to walk down the aisle unaided which she did on the day. This was a moment that my family and I will always remember.”

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Erin chose a strapless Rachel Gilbert wedding dress while her bridesmaids wore sea green Thurley gowns.

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Church St Enoteca provided the perfect backdrop for Erin and Tyson’s ceremony and reception, Erin tells, “We had a few specific thoughts when it came to looking for a wedding venue, firstly we wanted somewhere that had an art deco feel, the food had to be amazing and we both liked the idea of having the reception at a venue other than a reception centre. We had eaten at the Church St Enoteca a few times before getting engaged so we knew the food was fantastic, and we both liked the intimate feel and art deco features of the restaurant. We were also keen on the fact that we could hold the ceremony in the ‘gallery’ space at the restaurant, which meant guests didn’t need to go from the ceremony to a separate reception venue. The gallery space ended up providing the most amazing, warm atmosphere for the ceremony as the small space meant all our friends and family were huddled around us, sharing the moment with us.”

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For the walk down the aisle, the couple found their musician on Youtube! Erin recalls, “We wanted something a bit different when it came to music for the wedding ceremony and though a ukulele player would be cool. Finding a ukulele player in Melbourne proved to be harder than you would think so it was a stroke of luck to find Rob on YouTube (Rob Clifford ) Tyson is a massive Pearl Jam fan so I walked down the aisle to ‘Rise’ by Eddie Vedder, expertly played by Rob and sung by his mate Josh. Rob and Josh also performed ‘Black Bird’ and ‘I Will’ by The Beatles during the ceremony.”

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One funny story of the day was a little debacle with the ceremony. Erin tells the story.  “The priest who was performing the ceremony was scheduled to have a hernia operation the week before the wedding. Unfortunately at 8:20am on the morning of the wedding the priest left Tyson a voice message to say there had been complication and he would not be able to make it to the ceremony and they would send a replacement. Let’s just say the replacement priest was a little off his game on the day, calling Tyson Pierce and almost forgetting to exchange rings. Luckily this meant there was no time to focus on nerves and we both found the whole thing hilarious. It also gave the guest something to talk about. Thankfully the original priest ended up making a full recovery.”

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 Erin remarks “We both wanted the wedding to be low key, unique and to represent us. The most important thing for us on the day was being able to share the moment with our closest family and friends, enjoy good food, good drinks and most of all a good time.”

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Palace Props  provided big LOVE letters for the couple’s backdrop. Erin notes, “I didn’t want to get bogged down with added props at the wedding as the venue looks so amazing as it is but while trawling through some wedding inspiration blogs I came across a photo of 4 large individual L O V E letters. After some more research I eventually tracked them down at Palace Props and ended up hiring them to use as a back drop for the ceremony. Rob from Palace Props had actually just made some new letters from marine grade ply wood, which fitted in perfectly with the venue.”

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Of their photographer, Erin says “I first heard about Jess’s when a work friend of mine, Linda (Linda and Luke’s Rustic Rainbow Wedding) showed me her wedding photos. Tyson and I had been lucky enough to be invited to Linda and Luke’s wedding and I loved the way Jess had captured the fun and unique atmosphere of the day. We were both blown away by the casual, vintage feel of Jess’s photos. Neither of us wanted unnatural, posed wedding photos that would make us feel uncomfortable on the day. Once we had met Jess we were sold as she made both Tyson and I feel relaxed and at ease.”

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As for DIY? “I designed all of the wedding stationary (save the dates, invites, rsvp’s, table number, menus etc) and had them printed at a local printer. Our Save The Date’s even included a coloured pencil for the guests to ‘pencil us in’. We also wanted guest favours that could double as place settings so we found small glass orbs and made them into terrariums. Tyson spent days leading up to the wedding date creating small succulent terrariums that had the guests name on the tag. We were rapt that all the guest, except three, had taken their custom made terrarium at the end of the night.”

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The best part about the day? Erin says “Finally something that I really loved about the day is was how easily everything flowed. Besides the hiccup with the priest in the morning we didn’t have any other issues. Leading up to the wedding day was quite a stressful time, which is something I\’m sure most brides and grooms experience but the actual day was fun and stress free. Hair and make-up during the day was relaxing and easy. Erin and Michael took photos in a laid back and calm way which meant we weren’t stressed out or self-conscious. The staff and overall service at the Church St Enoteca was brilliant and very accommodating, we didn’t get bothered at all during the night. All our guests commented on what a great time they had and this was great compliment to us both and everyone who was involved on the day. I can honestly say we both had a wonderful time, which was over much too soon.”

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Flowers of Canterbury created floral arrangements for the wedding. Erin explains “One detail that got left to the last minute was flowers and we didn’t organise them till the week of the wedding. Cobi at Flowers of Canterbury created some lovely, casual posies’ and button holes for the wedding party which really suited the laid back feel of the day. We also wanted some colourful arrangements for the tables, which Cobi arranged into large glass jars.”

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Erin loved, “The guests who traveled and played a role in the wedding also helped make the day memorable. Tyson had relatives fly all the way from England to attend the wedding. We also had a few friends travel interstate and my 90 year old nanna also came for the ceremony. My god father Con was fantastic on the night in the role of MC, having someone who knows us both so well was great and made the reception feel a little less formal.”

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For their first dance, Erin tells “Anyone who knows me knows that I refuse to dance. Tyson on the other hand doesn’t mind dancing, and convinced me that as he had ‘done the deb’ in high school so I would be fine if I just followed his lead. On the night we danced (I shuffled) to our favourite song ‘A Million Years’ by Alexander Ebert, which isn’t a song that most people know and added to the intimate feel.”

Congratulations Erin and Tyson! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jessica Tremp Of Brown Paper Parcel Photography for sharing your wedding day with us!

Photographer: Jessica Tremp of Brown Paper Parcel Photography / Bride's Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Groomsmen Attire: TopMan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Thurley / Hair & Makeup Artist: Cindy Balmer / Flowers & Decor: Flowers of Canterbury / Venue: Church Street, Enoteca / LOVE Letters: Palace Props / Ceremony Musicians: Rob Clifford