Snapshot Sunday – Far From The Tree

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Cyndall and Ben’s Vintage Airforce Inspired Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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I do love the romance of airports, I think it goes back to Love Actually and the thought that so much love is shared – the heartbreaking goodbyes, the romantic hellos. So this shoot from Welsch Photography, styled to 1940s vintage perfection really played up to not only that beautiful romance, but the couple’s own air force history.

Cyndall and Ben decided a vintage style air force theme was just the right fit for their engagement photographs, Cyndall telling us, “Ben is in the Air Force and has so far had four tours in the Middle East, that was our inspiration for our military themed Pre-Wedding shoot. Focusing on a 50’s style welcome home from deployment, Karl has captured this perfectly and his amazing eye for turning falling apart old planes into works of art,  is one of the reasons  we are so excited to have Welsch Photography capture our wedding day!”

Cyndall recalls, “We met on a blind date on valentines day in 2009 and have been together ever since! We spent our first date in a coffee shop, drank at least 5 coffees and just chatted for hours. It was like we had known each other our whole lives..”

Cyndall says, “What’s not to love about Ben, he has supported me in everything I have done for our entire relationship, he’s my best friend, my sounding board and the love of my life.”

Ben recounts their engagement story. “We got engaged 3 days before I went back to the Middle East. I was planning to ask her just before I got on the plane with her family there but as I was packing my gear Cyndall broke down and was crying on the couch, nothing I could do was making her feel better. We were cuddling on the couch and I told her to quit her crying and hang on! I went and got the ring (a 50 dollar wonder I bought a week or so ago, her real ring was bought in the Middle East) and came back out to the living room. She was lying on the couch sobbing and I knelt down and asked her if she would marry me and give me a reason to come back….. Through teary eyes she said yes and proceeded to cry even harder. It didn’t help at all!! She didn’t want me to go even more! ”

Ben says “I love how Cyndall stands by me when I have to be away from her for long periods of time and the way her face lights up when we are together and her smile and her humor and her… I could go on……. ”

Of their photographer. Ben says, ” We both loved the way Karl uses light to turn an ordinary photo into something amazing. If you look around our house a lot of the pictures that we have framed all have that element to them. It’s one of the only things we both agree on! ”

Photographer: Welsch Photography

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

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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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!