Bridal Accessories From Tessa Kim

by | Accessories, Bride


The 2013 collection from bridal accessory designer Tessa Kim is beautifully decadent in detail. From creamy soft organza roses, to metallic beaded fascinators. The collection has everything I love about vintage millinery with modern touches to really make them shine. Plus, we all know that you give me a swiss dot veil (Tessa’s is available in six different  lengths and two colours) and I’m in love.

After her own 2009 wedding, Tessa, who has a background in hairstyle and design launched her own label. Each collection is a created through a year long process and each piece intricately designed and made by hand. The pieces are full of texture and detail that will only leave you breathless.

The new collection also features a range of intimates- including pretty in pink getting ready robes, jumpsuits and loungewear in silks, soft cotton voile and beautiful lace.

Bride's Accessories: Tessa Kim / Decor: Bramble Workshop / Makeup Artist: Jenny Bowker / Hairstylist: Rian at SEVEN Salon / Rental Furniture: Vintage Ambiance – Antique and Vintage Rentals / Jewellery: White Space Jewelry / Bride's Dress: arah Seven and Ivy & Aster dresses from The Dress Theory and Miss Tashina / Models: Andrea (LUXE Model Management) and Stefani Miller
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Inspired Words – Katie Photo by Louisa Bailey

I think what I love about this image (and this week), is that it’s been all about the little touches. This small, delicate embellishment stands out not only because of its beauty  but also in part for the attention to detail. And this week feels like just like that! Ticking off the small, but important items that needed to be completed. Getting intimately familiar with tiny tasks that make a difference. Not unlike planning a wedding really!

Sometimes its the little things that mean the most to you, even if no one else notices. It doesn’t make it any less important or memorable. If anything, it makes it totally worth it! I remember random items and events from my own wedding that others struggle to recall, and I’ll cherish these.

And we’ve brought you some equally lovely little tidbits this week that are worth checking out. Here’s a roundup of what the specialty blogs have to offer!

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.

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1. Real Advice – The Final Wedding Countdown  2. Real Bride Reflects – Inspired Words – Katie  3. Real Proposal – A Valentine’s Surprise Proposal 4. Real Wedding – Brad & Jess’s Acqua and White Sunshine Coast Wedding 5. Polka Dot Sneak PeekYour Bridesmaids!

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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.

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1. Expert Interview – Michelle Roth of Michelle Roth Couture  2.Expert Recommendations – Vendor’s Favourites – Di Kelli Bridal 3. Expert Advice – The Real Importance of Your Wedding Stationary – More Than Paper 4.Wedding Planning Wisdom – The Great Guest List Debate  5. Expert RecommendationsMrs CakeFace’s Favourite Wedding Cakes of 2012  

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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.

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1.Etsy Roundup – Origami Weddings 2.  Tuesday Type – Mandevilla 3.DIY – Lace Napkin Rings Tutorial  4. Cocktail Friday – Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar’s Australian Bloody Mary 

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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 DotHoneymoons.



1.Unique Honeymoon Accommodation – Making the Search Easier! 

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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 Groom Writes – The Engagement Parties 2. Real Groom Reflects –  Inspired Memories – Brad  3. Real Groom Style – Andrew

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The very lovely brother (Ben) and sister-in-law (Michaela) photography  team at Light & Shade  has recently rebranded with a snazzy new blogsite! To check it out, and enjoy the beautiful images that abound, head on over to their site!

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A merging of fabulous minds has been announced, with the team at Blond Flores joining forces with Angie Summers of Florid Flowers. Both well known and regarded in the flower and event industry, this collaboration will benefit all brides in Sydney. For more information, and to check their new details, head over to Blond Flores!

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Celebrate your elopement with this amazing giveaway from the lovely Lara Hotz! She is offering you the chance to win a full day coverage of your intimate wedding! Valued at over $5000, this will include:

  • Full photographic coverage of your wedding photographed by Lara Hotz
  • A second photographer for additional coverage
  • Professional edited high resolution print ready image files
  • Professionally edited low resolution digital ready image files
  • A beautiful 8GB wooden USB + box to store your digital files
  • A highlight gallery of the photos within 14 days of the elopement

To enter, simply head over to her website . We’d love to hear about your elopement if you win!

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It’s always wonderful when outstanding work is recognised, and this is exactly what has happened to Chris from uber photography! Chris was selected to be featured in the Capture Magazine‘s Annual as one of 5 Wedding Photographers for the year! Almost 560 photographers answered the call to to be involved with The Annual, sharing their information and experiences from the year and submitting an impressive collection of images. Almost 2000 were received, and out of an impressive field, Chris’ work was selected  Congratulations Chris!

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The team at Savvy Brides are super excited to be hosting the Jessica Fontaine trunk show on the 22nd and 23rd of March! Jessica will be there to meet in person on the day and will be able to personally assist brides with choosing your dream dress! Plus, everyone that buys a Jessica Fontaine gown during the trunk show will receive 10% off their selected gown! Book your appointment for the trunk show here, or view her designs on the Savvy Brides website!

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Imagine your special day in a magical garden, enveloped by the views of the twinkling CBD skyline. Botanic Gardens Restaurant and The Pavilion are hosting a free joint Wedding Open Day on Saturday 9 March from 10am until 2pm. The lovely Alicia from Form Over Function will also be featured. Register here!

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Create your dream wedding at just the click of a button at  iDECORATE. Just launched, this style-forward website sources unique, hard-to-find products from all over the world and sell them at prices everyone can afford. They also offer styled packages that allow you to purchase multiple products in one easy transaction. Completely customisable, it’s worth a peek!

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Have you organised your wedding registry yet? The good folk over at Wedding Gifts Direct are offering a special for any couples that register during the month of March!  You will receive a fantastic FREE gift, valued up to $699! To check out what you’ll receive, head over and register!

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To round out this week, a beautiful, lovely and sad video of a gift from a brother to his sister, the bride. Very poignant for many of us missing someone special on our wedding day.


Claire and Rick’s South Coast Getaway Wedding

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


Claire & Rick

Garden weddings in the country are so beautiful. The dappled shade, the luscious backdrops, the no one for miles and the sense of intimacy is such a beautiful way to celebrate a wedding. Today we’re heading to the south coast of NSW for a beautiful country celebration of Claire and Rick!

Claire tells their story. “We met through mutual friends during school, and remained friends until we started dating seven years after that.”

Scott Surplice Photography captured today’s wedding with such a sense of fun and character- not to mention the beauty!

Claire chose a gown from Mark Holt.

Claire’s bridesmaids wore gowns they chose themselves in pastel hues.

Merribee was chosen as the couple’s wedding venue. Claire says, “It was absolutely stunning. Rick is a garden lover and we knew that Merribee was the perfect location for our wedding after taking a tour through the spectacular gardens. We also loved having a venue that gave us free reign to go crazy with our ideas.”

Claire walked down the aisle to “Real Love – Regina Spektor (John Lennon cover). We walked out to Just Like Honey by the Jesus and Mary Chain.”

Claire recalls, “The venue was stunning, and getting married out of Sydney gave everyone the opportunity to forget about the city and make a weekend of it.”

Shady Fig created fresh garden inspired bouquets for the bridal party.

Of their photographer, Claire says, “He was perfect. Scott had been over to our house for dinner on a couple of occasions, so as well as knowing what style of photo we liked, he also made us feel very comfortable with him, and the great photos we now have reflect this. He was very proactive before and on the day to make sure our photos were as good as they could be. He even had a few tricks up his sleeve to help keep it interesting throughout the whole process. We couldn’t recommend Scott more highly!”

There were plenty of handmade, special touches.  Claire says, “Rick’s Mum and my auntie made masses of bunting; My mum collected hundreds of jars/bottles/vases; Rich and I and Rick’s brother built the photo booth; My dad made the burlap table runners; our bridesmaids stamped the guests names on luggage tags for the seating plan; Rick’s Mum made the groom’s boutonniere.”

Claire and Rick’s friends pitched in to create a table laden with cakes and sweets.

For their first dance? Claire says “We made it up two nights before the wedding! It was to “Time of the Season” by the Zombies.”

Claire and Rich hired The Baker Boys and Claire loved, “Everyone dancing to the live band (we’ve never seen so many sweat drenched shirts).”

Congratulations Claire and Rick! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you Scott Surplice Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Scott Surplice Photography / Bride's Dress: Mark Holt Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Cinderella Bella / Bride's Jewellery: Bride's Grandmother / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Ritikhush International / Bridesmaid Dresses: Purchased Their Own / Hair & Makeup Artist: Pure Hair and Beauty, Berry / Flowers: Shady Fig / Venue: Merribee, Nowra / Band: The Baker Boys

Wedding Photography Giveaway from Luke Going Photography

by | Bride, Competitions


What a wonderful feeling it is when we get to bring a fabulous giveaway for Polka Dot Brides out there, particularly when it’s from a talent such as the man behind the lens at Luke Going Photography. His style is one of photojournalism with a fine-art twist, and this, combined with his creative instinct, allows him to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right camera setting, to capture those elusive moments!

The very generous Luke is offering one lucky couple the chance to win a Wedding Photography Package, valued at $2600!


This fantastic giveaway includes:

  • All day coverage (That’s ALL day – From the first bottle of champagne popped, to the last drop drunk at the end of the night!)
  • a DVD of all edited images, and
  • a private password-protected online gallery

To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this post that describes, in 25 words or less, “What makes your wedding unique?”. Could you also include your wedding date and venue.


Terms and Conditions:

  • The winner will be chosen by Luke Going Photography and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride.
  • Prize needs to be booked within one month of winning
  • If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
  • Prize must be redeemed for a wedding within 18 months of winning.
  • This prize is not redeemable for cash. 
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. 
  • No late entries will be considered. 
  • Total value of prize is $2600.
  • Entry is open internationally, however if the winner’s wedding takes place at a location more than 100kms from Sunshine Coast, QLD, the winner must pay travel and accommodation costs. 

This Competition closes 28 March 2013  ( Australian Time).