Teepees & Sweetpeas Flower Girl Inspiration

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


Today’s sweet shoot comes to us from Tindale Images who collaborated with Chanele Rose Flowers & Events,  Tea PrincessBlissfully Sweet Cakes & Pretty & Print Printables to create a “teepees and sweetpeas” inspiration shoot for the littlest members of the bridal party. I love the relaxed, barefoot feeling of the day. Little flower crowns, plenty of cupcakes and sweet treats and the dancing in the prettiest of dresses – beautiful inspiration for a Summer wedding in the grass!

Lina from Chanele Rose Events explains the inspiration behind the shoot. “I am a little obsessed with flower girls – I think it’s every little girls dream to wear a pretty white dress and carry flowers down the aisle – It stems from every good fairytale novel we were brought up reading.. Becoming Cinderella for the day!”

Flowers & Styling: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling / Dresses: Tea Princess / Wedding Cake: Blissfully Sweet / Invitations & Stationery: Pretty & Print Printables / Hairstylist: Shire Mobile / Makeup Artist: Minx Makeup
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Datsun and Callie’s Whimsical Adelaide Hills Wedding

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


Datsun & Callie

The wedding of Datsun and Callie is a gorgeous one- held in the Adelaide Hills at Callie’s parent’s home it has a whimsical, sweet relaxed feeling. Plenty of tradition but plenty of twists and turns that reflected Datsun and Callie.Which really, is what it’s all about!

Datsun and Callie tell their story. “The newlyweds met at a pub called the Grace Emily, and after many hours of talking the bride still didn’t provide a phone number for the eager groom. A couple nights later, Datsun heard from a friend that Callie was out, Datsun then ran to the pub but alas, too late. She was already gone but had told a friend where she had gone. This friend refused to tell Datsun as he was feeling a little bit thirsty and thus made Datsun buy him a pint. After that, the friend finally revealed where Callie had gone and Datsun rushed over to the World’s End where he promptly and sheepishly approached Callie and finally got her number! ”

Andre Elhay captured today’s wedding in a dreamy. beautiful way with plenty of grace.

Datsun wore a Hugo Boss suit.

The wedding happened in Aldgate, in the Adelaide Hills in Autumn.  Callie says “The venues used were the firing range from the night before the wedding, Callie’s parent’s home in the Adelaide Hills where the wedding took place, to the after ceremony photos and finally the reception.”

Callie says “We walked down the aisle to live harp music played by Emma Horwood.”


Callie loved “Wearing the clothes we wanted to wear, rather than the traditional black tux and white dress .” Callie chose a floor length Alannah Hill My beautiful life clip gown.

Callie remarks “There was a Chinese Tea Ceremony part to the wedding which we incorporated into the slightly more traditional wedding ceremony. It worked perfectly!”

The wedding cake was a series of tiers of handmade pink cakes.

Guests wrote well wishes on paper leaves.

Of their photographer, Callie says “The photographer for our wedding was Andre Elhay, who enthusiastically worked all day with the guests. Everyone loved him and how comfortable he made them feel. The photos were exceptional!”

After the ceremony, the bridal party headed to Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens for the wedding photos.

Datsun and Callie held their reception at  The Beijing restaurant.

Congratulations on your marriage Datsun and Callie! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Andre Elhay for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Andre Elhay / Bride's Dress: Alannah Hill / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Ceremony Officiant: Lindsay Bronwyn / Reception Venue: The Beijing / Catering: Mark from Organic Catering Norwood / Ceremony Musicians: Emma Horwood

Andrea and Bryce’s Romantic Rainy Wedding

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


Andrea and Bryce

Beautifully classic is the theme of today’s Wollongong wedding. The smattering rain added to the romantic, dreaminess of the gorgeous wedding day of Andrea and Bryce.

Andrea tells of how they came to be. “Bryce and I met in Sydney at a bar close to where I used to live. We spotted each other across the room. We didn’t talk at first, instead a friend of ours were talking and we eventually got the bravery to talk. We both knew straight away it was love at first sight. We went on a few dates and before long we were inseparable. Within a year we had moves to Wollongong to start a new life together. Bryce proposed at Mount Keira lookout after a year together. This is our new home down here now and we wouldn’t have had our wedding anywhere else.”

Dian and Dominic from dWU Photography captured today’s wedding with a classic, romantic style.

Andrea chose a gown by Wendy Makin, she explains, “I always loved looking at my mother’s wedding photos when I was a little girl and loved her long lace train and soft wavy hair! I always knew I wanted to look like her. She was a beautiful bride. When I found my dress I loved it! It was what I always pictured! The veil was perfect and I knew I would theme my whole wedding around it. I wanted romantic vintage themed wedding! Roses! Pearls! Lace! Soft pink and ivory champagne colours. Also on the night of the wedding I used a clutch/purse that my mother used at her own wedding to my father over 25 years ago. I love everything vintage and romantic because that’s always been my idea of love and marriage. Everything turned out perfect and love was in the air the whole day!”

Last minute details? Andrea remembers “My mother picked out the hair comb for me – I love it! We also decided at the last minute that the bridesmaids needed something else in their hair and we snapped off a rose from the church displays. I loved it.”

Andrea and Bryce were married at St Mary’s Star Of The Sea Wollongong. Andrea remembers,  “The ceremony in the chapel was perfect. It was so intimate and just beautiful inside”. She walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls.

Andrea recalls, “Walking out to Elvis after we were married was so fun and just perfect.”

Andrea says,  “It was the most romantic and perfect day of my life, a fairy tale.”

Of their photographers, Andrea says, “We had Dian and Dominic from dWU photography as our photographer. They’re fun, outgoing, diverse!”

Andrea and Bryce held their reception at The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant North Wollongong. Andrea says “The reception was so amazing. It turned out great it felt so romantic and full of love inside. Beautiful drapes, tea candles, rose petals! ”

Of their first dance, Andrea says  “It was to Van Morrison ‘Someone like you’. I grew up listening to Van Morrison. I loved that song because my parents used to slow dance to it all the time. I always knew I wanted it as my wedding song. It is such a beautiful piece of music it makes my heart melt. I just think of my parents being so in love and now Bryce and I are the same. ”

Congratulations on your marriage Andrea and Bryce! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to dWU Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: dWU Photography / Cinematographer: Peter from Everlast Wedding Videos / Bride's Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride's Shoes: Essence / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Tramps Menswear (02)4226 5933 / Bridesmaid Dresses: Smik Formal Wear / Hair & Makeup Artist: Le Fabulous / Flowers: Bulli Bunches / Invitations & Stationery: B Studios Wedding Invitations / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Star Of The Sea Wollongong / Ceremony Officiant: Father Brendan Kelly / Reception Venue: The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant North Wollongong / Wedding Cake: Lisa & John's Cakes Covers and Candlesticks / Transport: Australia in Style

Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – Lovey Dovey

by | Bride, Gift Guide, Wedding Gifts


Since Polka Dot Bride is a wedding blog, I thought it only appropriate to title this gift guide the “Lovey Dovey” one. The presents you can buy yourself for your loved one without feeling embarrassed. A little token to show your love, a little symbol of the heart! I’ve scoured these products from Australian retailers and found the sweetest gifts only right to tie with a love heart stamped bow.

1. Blacklist – Young Hearts Wall flag from From The Owl 2. Mrs & Mrs Pillowcase set from Down That Little Lane 3. Memory Book: You & Me from Kikki K 4. Brown wicker picnic basket from Peters Of Kensington 5. You Are My Sunshine Metal Sign from Lark 6. Fieldguide Dreams Tote from Stylemilk 7 Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the Word’s Greatest Trips from The Nile 8. Love Notes Ring Holder from Tiffany & Co 9. Rifle Paper Co Anatomy Of Love Print from Notemaker 10.. Mr & Mrs Letters from rawspace 11. Kate Spade Two of A Kind Glasses from Any Gifts Direct