Magic Moments – Little Feet

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Red Telegram Photography

Over our Christmas break, we’re running a magic moments series from beautiful, real weddings. The Polka Dot Bride team will be back on January 7th with plenty of wedding goodness in store!

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Merry Christmas!

by | Blog News, Bride


Chalkboard Christmas Card from LilyandVal

Merry Christmas Dotties! From our homes, to yours, we’re wishing you and your families a very merry Christmas and safe and happy festive season! If you don’t celebrate, we wish you happiness and joy for your own celebrations! Thank you for spending your precious time with us. Enjoy the merriment of the season!

We’ll be back in full force on January 7th, 2013 but have daily posts scheduled until then, so keep checking back!

A Look Back At Polka Dot Bride 2012

by | Blog News, Bride


For the final post on Polka Dot Bride before we take a little break (we have a few fun posts planned over the break including our traditional New Years Eve wedding countdown!) I wanted to take a look back at some of the most popular posts for 2012. A trip down memory lane if you will!

2012 has been such a big year on Polka Dot Bride, we have worked with some of the country’s most creative and passionate wedding vendors, showed off some of the most amazing, romantic engagement shoots, told the stories of hundreds of couples who have tied the knot and done it all with you by our sides!

Without further ado, twelve of the top posts of 2012 (in no particular order!)

melbourne handmade wedding069 Rin and Joes Handmade Melbourne Wedding

Rin and Joe’s Handmade Melbourne Wedding kicks off your favourite posts of the year and I really think it was the Australian Women’s Weekly cake buffet that tipped it over the edge – I mean, who wouldn’t like a typewriter cake for their wedding?

Ombre Wedding Cakes001 Ombre Wedding Cakes

Chocolate ombre cake by  Ballantyne Hotel photo by The Schultzes via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Our post on Ombre Wedding Cakes had you licking your lips and even inspired a blog post or two!

romantic vintage wedding0082 Chloe and Sams Rustic Perth Wedding

The gorgeous feeling of Chloe and Sam’s Rustic Perth Wedding and the adorable star of a flower girl was one of your favourites for 2012.

handmade wedding051 Steph and Nathan’s Handmade Wedding

Another of your favourite weddings was held in an abandoned paddock outside Melbourne. Steph and Nathan’s Handmade Wedding definitely makes the list with the surprise hula hoop performance and handmade seat cushions as guest favors!

Sarah Janks Bridal Couture 2013 Collection was a favourite with the elegant lace detailing and elbow length sleeves. So beautiful!

vintage wedding brisbane169 Ali Breeze and Chris Vintage Inspired Brisbane Wedding

It was only February when we posted the literary themed wedding of Ali-Breeze and Chris’ Vintage Inspired Brisbane Wedding but it’s been a firm favourite all year (and how could it not with Ali-Breeze’s beautiful pink wedding gown?)

pink peonies wedding inspiration018 Pink Peonies Wedding Inspiration

We certainly kicked off the year with a bang when we featured this Pink Peonies Wedding Inspiration shoot. I think the carpet of peonies was so blissful and really, I haven’t seen anything go crazier than that decadent pink ruffle cake!

elegant melbourne wedding079 Karina and David’s Elegant Melbourne Wedding

I think what I love most about you Dotties, is that you love a range of styles- from classic, to rustic and everything in between. So I loved seeing Karina and David’s Elegant Melbourne Wedding on this list. A beautifully elegant wedding that’s for sure!

lisa ho wedding gowns002 Lisa Ho Winter 2012 Bridal Collection

Lisa Ho has always been a firm favourite amongst Dotties, so it’s no surprise Lisa Ho Winter 2012 Bridal Collection made it into the top posts of 2012! Simple, yet elegant designs!

Next up is Carting it Around – Delicious Wedding Food Carts & Trucks I do sometimes think seeing food trucks off the road due to private functions was a bit of a shoot myself in the foot moment. But then I think of these amazing dinners being served at weddings and the happiness it gives me erases my disappointment at a taco-less night.

ecelctic country wedding133 Tamar and Glens Eclectic Country Wedding

Tamar and Glen’s Eclectic Country Wedding was a loved post of yours with it’s beautiful country setting including the local community hall chosen for the reception! The bride even whittled wooden birds to top the wedding cake!

beautiful garden wedding040 Julie and Matts Beautiful Garden Wedding

I do love a garden wedding and this ceremony venue was particularly beautiful! Our final recap of the year is a nod to Julie and Matt’s Beautiful Garden Wedding!

Tell me Dotties, which post was your favourite for the year? I’d love to hear!

Australian Christmas Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Christmas in Australia is a special time. Instead of snow, we get beautiful lazy sunsets. Instead of hot chocolate we get cold champagne. Instead of bare branches, we get beautiful native blooms and instead of pudding we get pavlova (except who are we kidding, we’re quite happy to eat both!) This absolutely gorgeous Christmas inspired wedding shoot is just the ticket to pay homage to an Australian Christmas, and one to draw some inspiration from for your own very Australian celebration.

I have been dying to show off what an Australian Christmas is to me for so long and this talented team of Melbourne vendors delivered this beautiful shoot right to me last week and it seems the perfect way to spend Christmas Eve! It’s full of Australian Christmas magic!

Photographer Kim Selby of Red Telegram says “The Macedon Ranges in Victoria are so beautiful, I find inspiration all around, the seasons, the beautiful landscapes, the hint of eucalyptus in the air, the whisper of the wind in the local pine forest but most importantly I find it in the people of the area. I recently had an idea for a shoot, little Christmas bush fairies and my imagination ran away with me as it usually does, and I knew that I would need help.

So I enlisted Megan from Macedon Events, Arnie from Flowers in Vase, Shaz from Blackbird Catering, Kylie from Kylies Collections and Marnie from Epoch Co to assist in bringing my vision to life. These amazingly talented local women completely blew my mind. I am sure that they won’t mind me saying but what transpired that night was nothing short of magical and moved many of us to tears. It really was so special, hanging out in the Australian bush on a warm spring evening and seeing what these fabulous ladies are capable of was just awe inspiring. A special mention must also go to our beautiful fairies Nicola, Grace and Emily (and their parents), who put their trust in us, not really knowing what to expect (actually I don’t think any of us did!). They simply embodied the grace and beauty that I dreamt of in my little fairies.”


Photographer: Red Telegram / Photography & Concept: Kim Selby of Red Telegram / Styling: Megan Speilvogel - Macedon Events / Flowers: Arnie Way - Flowers in a Vase / Tutus & Tops: Kylie Vacaria - Kylie's Collections / Wedding Cake: Sharon Franz - Blackbird Catering / Vintage Homewares: Epoch Co