Bianca and Ben’s 1920s Style Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Bianca and Ben

A fun engagement shoot with a 1920’s vintage vibe to it! Coming to us from photographer Hilary Cam and set amongst the bushland of the Blue Mountains, I love that the vintage inspiration is there, but doesn’t take away anything from the story of Bianca and Ben.

They explain, “Inspired by the 1920s, the Great Gatsby and flapper dancers they pulled together a fantastic vintage theme for their engagement shoot. The pre wedding is shot in the Blue Mountains around an old abandoned sandstone mansion. Together we like driving to mansions in the middle of no-where, walking where the car won’t drive for a photographic adventure. The sun had set by the end of the shoot and we had to hike back to the cars in pitch country dark, through overgrown muddy trails in icy mountain air. Fun? We think so!”

Ben and Bianca tell their stories. “They met at a house party of mutual friends, Bianca wasn’t immediately impressed but Ben was persistent. It wasn’t until four years later that their paths crossed again at another party and this time Ben got the girl.”

Of the proposal, Ben & Bianca tell, “Ben organised a cocktail engagement party at a venue in Balmain which is a pretty standard thing to do……except Ben hadn’t yet proposed to Bianca and she had no idea about any of it. Being a designer, Ben designed the engagement ring himself and had it made by an expert craftsman (and prayed Bianca would like it). With the help of his friends and family the scene was set for Bianca to walk in to her OWN surprise engagement party! She had completely no idea and it was one of the best nights of their lives. Oh yeah and she said yes- and love loves the ring!”

They say, “Bianca loves that Ben is always making her laugh and being silly whilst Ben loves the fact that Bianca is so genuine and caring. The fact that she is hot helps as well!”

“Ben and Bianca always like to do something a little quirky and different from the norm. They love the 1920’s and everything that the decade stood for in history, so with the guidance of Hilary and Nicola, they set up a brilliant scene in the blue mountains with castle ruins and some beautiful natural elements and managed to get some really magical photos.”

Photographer: Hilary Cam
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An Emerald Green Event

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


With Emerald Green being chosen as Pantone’s Colour of The Year  I thought it only right to finish off our Christmas inspiration boards with this glitzy emerald green celebration.

Inspired by the incredible glittering gown, the celebration is of course black tie. There’s lots of sparkle, luxe champagne, luxe detailing on the cake but there’s an edge of rustic too. A space that isn’t too formal- a converted warehouse or barn perhaps!

Sequin gown photo from Gary Pepper Vintage, champagne photo by Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings, wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation by Jeremy & Kathleen via Oh So Beautiful Paper, shoe photo by Justin & Mary via Inspired By This, room photo by Emily Steffen via Style Me Pretty, tuxedo photo by Ozzy Garcia  via Snippet & Ink, Markarsha votives from BHLDN

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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We made it Dotties! This is officially the last Friday Roundup for 2012! I think the past few weeks of posts around the blogs have been the best yet- so much Christmas cheer and joy!

The Polka Dot team is taking a little holiday until the 7th of January when we’ll be back on deck with full content! We have post scheduled every day until then with a special New Years Eve cocktail coming your way from Ms Lace as well as top ten lists, roundups and of course our traditional celebrity wedding countdown on New Year’s Eve!

We still have some fantastic posts lined up for Christmas Eve so until our annual Christmas message I wanted to wish you all the very best holiday season. I hope it’s filled with love and special moments for you because you’ve certainly done that for us this year!

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.Shoe Crush Sunday – Dinner Party New Year’s Eve 2.Real Wedding ~ Sophia & Greg’s Intimate Sydney Wedding 3.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Vanessa 4.Real Wedding Planning ~ Destination Wedding Welcome Bags 5.Real Wedding ~ Chloe and Jason’s Handmade Springtime Country Wedding

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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.Christmas Favourite Posts – Stationery Couture 2.Christmas Favourites – Theori Jewellery 3.What Would They Know? Rebecca Const of Fox and Rabbit 4.Christmas Favourites – Kelly Adams Photography 5.Christmas Favourites – Deliciously Decadent Cake Design 6.Christmas Favourites – Life Is Peachy 7.Christmas Favourites – Whisper Events 8.Christmas Favourites – Mackenzi Creations

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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.Glitter Fruit Tutorial 2.Sequin Ball Decoration Tutorial 3.Etsy Roundup – Wedding Card Holders 4.Tuesday Type – Bronzino 5.Melktert Recipe 6. North Pole Christmas Cupcakes 7.Spring Floral Table Styling Ideas 8.Rustic DIY Christmas Tree Tutorial 9.Spiked Frangelico Egg Nog

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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.Five Resorts For A Christmas Style Honeymoon In Lapland 2.Your Honeymoon Must-Buy: A Memory Box

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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.


1.Inspired Memories – James 2.Groom Style – Garnett 

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Around the wedding world!

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The winner of our Erin + Tara Wedding Photography Giveaway has been chosen by Erin + Tara!~ Congratulations Ashley! I can’t wait to see your wedding photographs!

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Johanna Johnson is having the last day of her 10% discount sale today! Purchase a wedding gown in store or online today to receive a 10% discount! Contact Johanna Johnson on  0293609411 to secure your appointment!

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Second hand dress retailer Three Colours White is selling an Enzoani wedding gown with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care WA. Check it out on their website here.

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Blue Print Photography have a brand new website. Chris tells us, “Our flash site wasn’t a big fan of mobile devices and didn’t like playing with its social media cousins so it was time to put it out to the Internet pasture and bring in something new.
Our key emphasis of the new website was to keep the design clean, easy to navigate, a lover of its social media cousins and above all about the images and the stories they tell.  This is why we opted for a more full screen view of our photos with a documentary feel.  We also wanted the written content to be easy to read and source hence the Frequently Asked Questions.
We used the guys from Dig Creative to put all this together for us and are very grateful for all their hard works in making our vision come to life.
We hope all our viewers love what they see and please feel free to drop us a tweet or post on our Facebook page  with your comments.” Congratulations on your new website Chris!
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Ellu sent me his proposal film a few days ago and I love stop motion and I love proposals so I had to share it!

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And because Christmas makes me merry… here are some of my faavourite Christmas time proposals!

Cream and Mercury Silver Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I love the snowiness of cream next to the sparkly of mercury silver. It’s such a subtle colour combination yet so incredibly glamorous.

I love keeping the base very creamy and adding in sparkle with the mercury silver. Touches of taupe and dark grey can ground the colour scheme while still holding it together.

Place setting by Southern Weddings, gown photo by photos by Kristin Spencer Photography  via Style Me Pretty, decoration image by Lily G, cupcake photo by via Sparkle & Hay, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, stationery photo by Kate Headley Photography via  Snippet & Ink, suit via Once Wed