Friday Roundup

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Happy Friday! This week has been crazy but I am quite delighted with myself for knocking over a mass of Christmas shopping with Mother Polka Dot. For someone who had a bit of a “oh my gosh how did it get to be the end of November and I haven’t even thought about Christmas” meltdown earlier this week, I feel like that’s a gold star for shopping skills. or at least taking time out from the polka dot world to get ‘er done!

I am kind of wishing for turkey with cranberry sauce- a big happy thanksgiving to our American friends!

What did you get up to this week? If you’ve finished shopping can you please tell me how you are so organised?

Let’s catch up on the polka blogs!

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.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Jess 2.Real Wedding ~ Princess Catherine Style Brisbane Wedding With A Twist 3.Real Wedding ~ Bess and Mitch’s Orange & Pink Shark Island Sydney Wedding 4. Desperately Seeking – November

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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.Expert Interview ~ What Would They Know – Erin Archibald of Prior Engagement 2.Jewellery Wisdom ~ How To Select A Beautiful Diamond – Part 1 3.Industry Events ~ Project innovate 2012 “Selling For Wedding Professionals” with Saundra Hadley GET REAL Sales Coach – The Film 4.Wedding Fashion Wisdom ~ Choosing Outfits for your Flower Girls And Page Boys 5.Wedding Planning Wisdom ~ The Importance Of Good Reception Lighting

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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 – Paper Lace 2.Tuesday Type – Hummingbird 3.DIY Rustic Ombre Cake Decorating Tutorial 4.DIY Floral Fabric Wedding Dress Hanger Tutorial

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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.Holiday Travels In Myawaddy, Burma 2.Samantha Farrugia Hidden Paradise Collection

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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.Get The Groom Style – Beach Formal 2. Groom Style – Rick 3.Inspired Memories – Julian

Around the wedding would this week…

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Vera Wang is holding a trunk show in Melbourne on the 24th & 25th of November. You need to call 0282030903 or email to book an appointment!

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Brand new photographer Amanda has launched her business Ambre & Jane Photography and is looking to build her portfolio! Amanda does stop motion films (a mix of photography and video). She’s offering to shoot a few weddings for willing couples for free while she gets on her feet! Check out her Facebook page for more.

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Honeymoon gift registry Honeymoon Pixie have been working hard on their brand new site and it’s finally launched! Honeymoon Pixie allows your guests to contribute to your honeymoon as a wedding and allows you to do it all online!

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Every year over the holiday break we run “Magic Moments” One photo a day that we love. We’re getting prepared early this year and would love submissions from photographers for this series! Similar to “Snapshot Sundays”We’re looking for candid shots, beautiful shots, shots that tell a story within a frame. Please email your images to submit at

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For our film of the week. When life gets too much, there is nothing like the emotion that comes with a proposal to get me remembering what I love so much about what I do. Today’s film is a bit of a big proposal but big or small, I love how the emotion and feelings are always the same.

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Simple Young Love Intimate Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Today’s gorgeous styled shoot showcases the intimacy and sweetness of a small, informal wedding. Based on a concept by Adelaide stylists byGabrielle Design and Styling the shoot was all about conjuring up inspiration for couples who want something simple, something paired back while still being celebratory and incredibly beautiful.

Gabrielle explains, “The idea for this shoot evolved out of one of my usual daydreams. A young couple who want to keep their love and relationship simple, tender and beautiful, on a quiet day invite the people closest to them together to share in an intimate meal at their little cottage home to honour their continuous love and to celebrate their young marriage. The intention behind the shoot was to work collaboratively with a group of like-minded vendors from the concept design stage to create a wedding that everyday couple could relate to. With weddings today getting more detailed, elaborate (and expensive), we wanted to pare it all back, everything about this shoot was to be beautifully simple and relaxed and to portray a small intimate wedding that anyone could easily achieve no matter the budget.

With a pinterest inspiration board at hand, we all explored this shoot with less of a focus on a particular ‘theme’ (vintage/rustic/classic), but rather tried to bring together a style and concept that unfolded from a range of textures and hues that we all collected. Think aging timbers, worn leather, vintage silver, natural linens, knits and fur. Some of my favourite elements from the day were; the gold detailing on the bride’s vintage gown, the engagement ring the colour of the bride’s fiery red hair, the slightly tarnished silver cutlery (a family heirloom of mine), the wild yet delicate nature of the flowers, the warmth of the hearty winter food, the subtle moody light, the simplicity of the stationery and the relaxed and fun nature of everyone involved.” The gorgeous photographs were shot by  Shona Henderson Photography.

Simple, beautiful wood stationery from Akimbo.

Incredible floral design from Poppies Flowers..

Makeup and hair by Kara Fantasia

Dinner catered by Instyle Catering.

Outfits from Vintage Bridal Boutique.

Photographer: Shona Henderson Photography / Concept Development, Creative Direction and Styling: Gabrielle Walsh By Gabrielle / Floral Design and Props: Poppies Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Akimbo / Attire and Fashion styling: Vintage Bridal Boutique / Hair & Makeup Artist: Kara Fantasia / Catering: In Style Catering

Barbara and Wyatt’s Sonoma Valley Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Barbara and Wyatt

Today’s wedding comes to us from an Australian photographer who flew to California to shoot Barbara and Wyatt’s wedding day. Barbara and Wyatt married in Sonoma and made everything they could to create the day they wanted.

Barbara recalls how they met. “We met through a mutual friend, it was love at fist sight and I couldn’t wait to tell my best friend all about this new man that I’d just met. Tall, dark and handsome.”

Photos are captured by Whitewall Photography who had a lovely relaxed feeling to the captures of the day.

Barbara and Wyatt married in Sonoma Valley. Barbara explains, ” The house was designed and built by the groom’s boss and friend. Surrounded by vineyards and 150 year old oak trees in the Sonoma Valley. ”

Barbara walked down the aisle to Bon Iver Re:Stacks.

Barbara says “We loved doing all of the elements ourselves, if you’re thinking of going all DYI I can suggest doing it from start to finish. Online blogs are a great help if you work together you can do anything. “

Of their photographer, Barbara notes “Whitewall are based in Australia but flew over to shoot our wedding in California. Scout is such a great person and really fit in with the whole wedding. “

Of the decor, Barbara says “Because we crafted everything by hand there was a lot of love and attention put into everything. We kept it simple, organic and rustic in nature to match the feel of the surrounding. ”

Of their first dance, Barbara recalls “We danced slowly to our favourite band Bon Iver while all of our friends and family watched on. I will never forgot this moment. ”

Congratulations Barbara and Wyatt on your marriage. Thank you to Whitewall Photography for sharing this wedding with us.

Photographer: Whitewall Photography

Nicky and John’s Beautiful Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Nicky & John

Today’s wedding has a different kind of twist – not only is this the version captured by the second shooter of the day, but it was also a nighttime celebration. The result? Beautiful, moody imagery that has a sense of raw beauty to it. Such a beautiful way to end off the day!

Bride Nicky tells of how she and John came to be. “We met at Silk Road after the races one year, for once the girl went over to the boy and bought him a drink! Something a little bit different to what normally happens.. one drink turned into many and the rest was history! ”

Oli Sansom shot the photographs today (he worked with Tamara Erbacher who was the main photographer at today’s wedding). I really love the mood of Oli’s captures- they’re fly on the wall with this intensity to them.

Nicky loved “Having my husband’s kids involved in the day and celebrating with us.”

Nicky wore a gown from Eternal Weddings while her bridesmaid wore a black dress from Swish Clothing.

Nicky and John had a different kind of timeline for the day. Nicky explains, “We had a different format then the standard wedding timeline, we got married at 7pm and decided to see each other before the ceremony and get photos with each other and have a drink to calm our nerves. It was lovely to have that time together before hand to spend time with my family and then go and get married and celebrate straight after instead of having to leave guests and go and get photos and come back. ”

Of their photographers, Nicky says, “On the day we had 2 fantastic photographer, Oli and Tamara. They had a very lovely nature to them and were so helpful and were willing to make anything to make our day as smooth as possible. They were in the background and watching the day unfold and capturing all the special moments for us. ”

Nicky and John held their wedding at The Beach Hotel, Albert Park.

Nicky walked down the aisle to “Glasglow Love theme by Craig Armstrong, which was the song from the movie Love Actually.”

One story from the day was a lucky one. “Yes! The one major story which is very funny now, and I do not know any other person that this has happened to but during the ceremony we had tealight candles all around the fireplace where we had the ceremony. During the ceremony I moved my dress around and it clipped a tealight candle! So I luckily didn’t go up in flames but I had a nice black burn mark on the side of my dress.. but now it makes a funny story!”

Nicky remarks “I purchased a lot of my items from Etsy, I purchased all our table centrepieces and went in the day before the wedding and set everything up. ”

For their first dance, Nicky remembers, “We danced to the classic first dance song Etta James – At Last. It was just nice to share a special moment with each other since most of the night is spent mingling with guests. But we laughed a lot as we didn’t practice our first dance as must as we should have! ”

Congratulations on your marriage Nicky and John! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Oli Sansom for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Oli Sansom / Bride's Dress: Eternal Weddings / Bride's Dress: Langham Australia from Swish Clothing / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss / Venue: The Beach Hotel, Albert Park / Hairstylist: Lovolola Hair Stylist / Makeup Artist: Makeup Madam Makeup / Ceremony Officiant: John McCullough / Band: Patty Bourke / Flowers & Decor: Flowers of Canterbury