Kristi Bonnici Bridal Accessories 2013 Bowerbird Collection

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


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It’s always exciting to see the latest collections from head wear and accessory designer Kristi Bonnici and her Bowerbird collection is no stranger to sparkles as it’s name suggests!

Kristi says, “The Bowerbird collection was inspired by nature, the forest and most importantly the Bowerbird & his way of bringing all sorts of unexpected treasures together to create something unique & for love.. Throughout this collection you can see the mix of mediums in most pieces, such as gilded metals, natural & semi precious stones back with crystals & our ever present hand tooled silk flowers to create something that is understated yet beautiful, something to be treasured.”

Kristi’s designed have always struck me as modern with a twist. Kristi has always designed with heirloom pieces in mind, allowing you to choose just the right piece for your own style- bohemian, modern, classic, romantic and to pass the timeless design on. Most pieces are so beautiful they needn’t be limited to weddings- a bridesmaid could easily wear them and they could suit a fun party or evening occasion- really, who needs an excuse to dress up?

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Images by Kristi Bonnici

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Lisa & Macca’s Vintage Inspired Convent Wedding  Photos by Timothy Burgess

Well Dotties I think we are almost out of the sugar coma of our birthday celebrations (I lie, I can’t bear to part with the last few slices, I mean glitter polka dots! edible ones!!) and we are well and truly into the year. Happy first week back to those of you that returned to work this week. I hope it was quiet and lovely and peaceful for you (a girl can dream!)

One place it wasn’t quiet and peaceful was around the polka blogs, we’re speeding up content this year and we have plenty to come!

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 – Fiesta 2.Real Wedding ~ Erin and Jake’s Lovely Vintage Melbourne Wedding 3.Real Bride Reflects ~  Inspired Words – Claire 4.Real Wedding ~ Lisa & Macca’s Vintage Inspired Convent Wedding 4. Ask Ms Polka Dot – Coloured Shoes

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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.What Would They Know? Debs Ivelja from A Very Vintage Wedding Fair 2.Jewellery Wisdom ~ How To Select A Beautiful Diamond – Part 6 Fluorescence 3.Ceremony Planning Wisdom ~ Tips For Planning The Perfect Outdoor Wedding In Melbourne

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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 – Pomander Kissing Balls 2.DIY Tennis Ball Placecard Holders Tutorial 3.Tuesday Type – Weingut

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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 Destination Wedding ~ Pegah and Michael’s Santorini Destination Wedding

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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.The Limousine 2.Essentials: 6 Ways To Wear A Pocket Square 3. Inspired Memories – John 4.Groom Style – Fintan

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 Little Black Booth now not only supply a photobooth for your wedding but a candy buffet as well. They will set up for you with a choice of lolly colours, in apothecary jars, scoops and bags for your guests to take away all those delicious treats. Why not consider this as an extra fun addition to your wedding day, when you hire Little Black Booth photobooths!

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she takes pictures he makes films is an exciting new joint venture between the lovely Lucy (known as Lucy Spartalis Photographer) and her fella Alastair Innes. Together, the dynamic duo will have your wedding covered with both photography and film! Alastair is all about creating fun, easy to watch wedding films and Lucy’s photos are always a joy to view! I’m excited to see where this new venture together will take them!

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Valentines Day Photo Competition — Friday Roundup

Melbourne photographer Neiyo Photography is offering a special for Valentines Day!  From now until Valentine’s Day, couples can win an engagement photo shoot with  Neiyo at a location of their choice within Melbourne’s charming metropolitan area. This prize package valued at over $350, will be up for grabs to two lovebirds with a picture and an honest story to tell. Check out their website for more details!

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Photography by Sarah J a Bendigo based photographer, has refreshed her website so that it more reflects her ‘identity and style as a photographer’. Check out Sarah’s website for yourself for great images and a certain touch of the whimsical!

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It seems January is a time of change! Melissa O’Driscoll (formerly of Melissa O’Driscoll Bridal Hair & Makeup) has renamed her business Birdsnest Bridal.  She tells us, “What’s in a name? Birdsnest Bridal reflects the whimsical love for bridal styling with a personal touch. We wanted a fresh start to the new year, and the new name feels great.”

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Loving flowers? Internationally trained Melbourne floral designer Sammy Perry  is launching a brand new selection of floral workshops to be held from March 2013 in her Fitzroy studio and will cover everything from creating centrepieces to wedding bouquets! Visit her website for full details!

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Want to collect all of your guests photos in one place? In an easy to use way? Enter Wedding Snap! Wedding Snap offers a one stop shop for collating, collecting, organising and even printing the photos your guests take at your wedding. The service allows guests to download the Wedding Snap app to their smart phone and upload the images as they’re taken! The photos get updated in real time and you can easily share and download them! Each Wedding Snap package comes with information cards one years worth of storage for your images,

Wedding Snap are offering 20 Polka Bride readers a $20 discount on the service! To take up this special offer, simply use the code POLKA20 upon signing up!

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Baccini & Hill are holding a secret special sale this weekend- they’re offering 15% off new orders this weekend only! Check out their website for store information!

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Getting married in Europe this June? Australian photographer Simon Peter Taylor is heading across the oceans this winter to shoot a wedding in Italy and is hoping to shoot some more glorious weddings while he’s there! If you’re planning a European wedding and want an Australian photographer than Simon might be your guy! No travel fees are involved. Check out Simon’s website to contact him.

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Lovely Dottie Aimee sent this week’s video in! A very sweet and funny Australian Christmas Eve proposal!

Bec and Dave’s Romantic Lakehouse Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings


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Victoria is lucky enough to have some of the most amazing locations in the country, or perhaps I’m just partial to the magic beauty of lakes and the enchantment they bring, Bec and Dave’s wedding was nothing short of a romantic occasion filled with the prettiest of pastel blooms and pretty, heartfelt touches that made their day their own.

Bec tells their story. ” We met on a sail boat in Croatia.”

The classic, beautiful photography today is by Melbourne based Lizzy C Photography who captured the romance of the day.

Of her bouquet, Bec remembers, “I used to be a florist so was up until 2am just two nights before the wedding with Trudy from J’Adore Flowers in Carnegie who did a wonderful job on the bridal flowers. All of the flowers wouldn’t even fit in one car! Bouquets included roses, lisianthus, freesias, succulents, silver suede foliage and ivy berry. Collecting all of the vintage crystal ware, teacups and old books was so much fun.”

For her wedding gown, Bec chose “Piper” from Baccini & Hill. Bec added her own sash with a rhinestone applique from Aleemahs Applique & Trim and ribbon from Lincraft.

Bec walked down the aisle to’ The Blowers Daughter’ by Damien Rice.

Bec and Dave chose The Lakehouse in Daylesford for their wedding, Bec recalls. “We loved the convenience of having accommodation, ceremony and reception all in one venue was great. The food was excellent, the venue is classy and the setting is really tranquil and stunning in autumn. The staff deserve a special mention too – very attentive. ”

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Bec remarks, “I think we were going for a handmade, vintage, eclectic, romantic (of course!), and fun atmosphere and tried to make it a really memorable and inclusive experience for our guests so they would know how much we appreciate having them in our lives. ” For the bridesmaid gowns, Bec recalls “I wanted the bridesmaids to feel confident and beautiful in what they wore and also to dress them in something that they would want to wear again. Dresses were from Wish and Seduce and Jade hand sewed on appliques to hers (pink dress) which she bought online also from Aleemahs Applique & Trim .”

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Of their photographer, Bec says, “We loved that she shared our vision for capturing the emotion of the day and telling our story without us feeling like being photographed was taking away from our wedding day. I also like that she did a pre wedding photo shoot a few months prior to the day where we were able to get comfortable in front of the camera. ”

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Bec and Dave made sure their guests were completely and utterly spoiled, Bec recalls “We wanted our guests to feel the love so everyone went home with a whole box full of goodies. A few months prior to the wedding I potted some little succulents with my mother in law and wrapped them up in hessian squares a few nights before the wedding. David brewed beers at Barleycorn Brewers and I made some personalised labels with cute stick figure drawings of us on them. One of my bridesmaids made ANZAC biscuits presented in brown lunch bags and white paper doilies. And a supplier at our local farmers market, Misty Spring, made some raspberry jams and we decorated the tops with material in pastel colours and raffia ties. It was a lot of work but I loved every minute of it – and I had lots of help from the special people in my life.”

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For their first dance, Bec says, “We had 5 private dance lessons with Robi at Melbourne Salsa  and did a beautiful waltz for our first dance to At Last by Etta James. There were lots of dips and turns and ended with David picking me up and spinning around. ”

Congratulations Bec and Dave! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lizzy C Photography for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Lizzy C Photography / Venue: Denise Robinson from The Lake House / Bride's Dress: Baccini and Hill / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Catherine Duval / Fabric: Aleemahs Applique & Trim / Bride's Shoes: Mollini / Hair & Makeup Artist: Angel Faces / Flowers & Decor: The bride with rudy from J'Adore Flowers in Carnegie / Bridesmaid Accessories: Fletcher & Grace / Favors: Misty Spring / Beverages: Barleycorn Brewers / Dance Lessons: Melbourne Salsa

Dannii and Ben’s Traditional Toowoomba Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Traditional, classic black and white always an an element of elegance to a wedding day and Dannii and Ben’s Toowoomba day is beautifully classic, with their own special touches. From the bride’s gown purchased in London, to wearing the special bracelet her husband had gifted her years earlier. I love taking a wedding, shaking it up and changing things to suit how you and your beloved want to celebrate your love. That? That’s what drives me.

Dannii tells of how they met. “We met nine years ago (!) at our local Woolworths were we both worked while we studied at university. I wasn’t really a fan of Ben when we first met but we got properly introduced at a friend’s party where I decided I liked him because of his shoes! At that party, I was interested because of his shoes and I’m SURE the only reason he chatted me up was because I got the last beer and he was trying to sweet talk me into swapping with his West Coast Cooler. He didn’t get his way! After this though, we discovered we really make each other laugh. We were 18 when we met and even at that age, we fell in love so quickly because we just have so much fun together.”

Photographs today are by Sheila Higgins Photography. Beautiful, uncomplicated and classic in themselves!

Dannii notes, “Having the boys photos taken before the ceremony at his parents property in country Clifton was really special. It shows beautifully where Ben grew up and his family’s property is gorgeous in the photos. I love the photo of the boys with XXXX Gold cans, standing in front of the tractor! Sums up his Queensland heritage beautifully!”

Of her wedding gown, the Savannah’ design by Ronald Joyce from House of Fraser, London, Danni recalls, ” I absolutely LOVED my wedding dress. We nicknamed it ‘the slug’ so that we could talk about it around Ben without him having any idea what we were on about! Two special things were the clip in my hair as my ‘something borrowed’ from my Nanna Willis and the brooch on my flowers as my ‘something old’ from my late Nanna Garratt. My favourite colour is pink and I love anything sparkly so my shoes (hot pink with diamante crystals all over the heel) were my dream shoes. When Ben saw them, he said, “That’s you in a shoe!” My nail polish matched my shoes too.” Dannii’s mother made her birdcage veil.

Danni’s hair was styled by, “Justin McNab Hairdressing, London – yes, my hairdresser did come all the way from the UK to do my hair but in my defense, he’s originally from Brisbane so took it as a chance to catch up with his family at the same time.”

Brisbane Market Flowers created the bouquets. Dannii remembers, “The bridesmaids and groomsmen had baby’s breath (or gypsophila if you want the proper term!) bride and groom had ivory carnations. They also did my sister’s wedding nine years earlier and were absolutely wonderful.”

Dannii and Ben were married at Preston Village Chapel and Manor. Dannii remembers, “I fell in love with Preston Village Chapel about six years ago when we drove past it, before any work had been done on it. It was this tiny little chapel in the middle of a field, all worn and shabby. I decided then and there that that’s where I wanted to get married. After we got engaged, I looked up the chapel and it had been re-furbished to its former glory with beautiful manicured gardens in an idyllic setting. I fell in love with it all over again! It was so sweet, perfect for our small-ish wedding. Planning a wedding overseas had its challenges when it came to selecting reception venues! Not all the wedding venues in Toowoomba have websites so we really relied on friends and family to give us tips and information on what was available. We chose Preston Manor because of the beautiful location (right next door to the chapel and situated on the edge of the range so the views were gorgeous) and the food! I’m a bit of a foodie and wanted amazing food at our wedding and this is something the Manor definitely delivered.”

Dannii walked down the aisle to, “‘Come what may’ by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. My original choice of song just didn’t really work because I had five bridesmaids and there wasn’t enough time in the introduction of the song to get them all down the aisle! ‘Come what may’ is just such a pretty song, it has special memories for me from when I was younger.”

Dannii says, “Our vows were individually written and neither of us knew what they said until we heard them at the ceremony. Ben even included some quotes from my favourite movie, Anchorman which was absolutely hilarious! We had a big bridal party of 12 but each and every one of them was incredible. We had SO much fun, the whole day was filled with nothing but laughter!”

For transport, the couple did a little borrowing, Dannii explains. “Our cars were vintage Valiants, borrowed from my Uncle’s next door neighbour. I absolutely loved them – again, they didn’t match but as we were planning our wedding, we realised as a couple we’re not matchy-matchy, so why should our wedding be like that?”

The bridesmaids were asked to wear black gowns, Dannii remembers, “My five bridesmaids live in five different cities across the world so for their dresses, I asked them to choose their own, as long as it was black. They each chose a dress to suit their figure and style perfectly and they looked amazing! I bought each girl an individual bracelet, earrings and nail polish colour to keep the mismatched theme going!”

“I think my favourite part of the day was our wedding photos. We had our photos in Queens Park, where my parents had their wedding photos done all those years ago. We replicated some of the photos they did in front of the canon and what makes it even more special is that it was their 40th wedding anniversary the day after our wedding!”

Of her wedding day jewels, Dannii recalls, “Ben bought me a Tiffany & Co bracelet about six years ago for a, ‘Thank you for moving to Canberra for me’ present so for his wedding present, I bought him a pair of matching Tiffany cufflinks.”

The reception too, was filled with personal touches. Says Dannii, “As a wedding gift, Ben’s parents gave us a beautiful Vera Wang for Wedgewood cake knife that they had engraved with not only our names and wedding date, but the ‘d&b’ monogram that we had used across all our wedding stationery. Also on our cake table, we had a photo of both sets of our parents which was a lovely touch as they are all so special to us.

As for the reception, it was DIY central! We collected coffee jars for our table vases (thank you to my brother-in-law and my Aunty for drinking loads of coffee in the lead up to the wedding!) wrapped them in twine (that we used from our ‘save the date cards’ and our invites and as part of our place cards) and had a wooden heart stamped with ‘D&B’ hanging from each vase. My friend (who recommended Sheila as our photographer!) handmade and stamped the wooden hearts. My Mum made the black mats we used to go under the vases on the tables and painted individual mismatched photo frames white with blackboard centres so we could chalk on our table numbers. She also designed and created our seating chart, making large luggage tags to match the little luggage tags we used as name cards. My sister (who designed all our wedding stationery, hand drawn menus, save the dates AND thank you cards) made what I think was one of my favourite wedding decorations… the bunting we had on our lolly table which said, ‘I love you more than beer… just’ which sums up Ben and perfectly! The same sister also handmade, iced and decorated our incredible wedding cake! Chocolate Guinness mudcake for two layers and champagne mudcake for the other – amazing! I organised for everyone to have an individual lolly bag on their place to fill up with lollies from the lolly table. Taking a lolly bag home from a kids party was always one of my favourite things so I knew this is what I wanted our guests to take away from our wedding. It seemed to go down a treat! My Mum did a huge amount of work on our wedding which was amazing – planning a wedding from another country was no easy task but she and so many others made it a dream!”

For their first dance, Dannii recalls, “Choosing this song was hard! I have notoriously bad taste in music (so I’m told!) and Ben and I have completely opposite tastes in music. We were watching a music video show on TV one day when ‘Wherever you will go’ by Charlene Soraia came on. I said it was a nice song, Ben agreed and when he suggested it for our first dance song, that was that!”

Congratulations on your marriage Dannii and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Sheila Higgins Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Sheila Higgins Photography / Bride's Dress: ‘Savannah' design by Ronald Joyce. From House of Fraser, London / Hairstylist: Justin McNab Hairdressing, London / Makeup Artist: Orange Zeeebra – Samantha Jayne / Flowers: Brisbane Market Flowers / Venue: Preston Village Chapel and Manor / Ceremony Officiant: Adam Ladhams