Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For Her

by | Blog News, Bride, Gift Guide


Kicking off our gift guides for 2012 with gifts for her! Whether it’s your mum, your best friend, your sister or your bridesmaid I’ve tried to include something in every price range and for many different tastes! Of course, all the gifts are from Australian online retailers so no need to wait weeks to get the goodies shipped across the seas!

As for which are my favourites, I can’t tell you- I have no idea which patterned people and relatives might be reading this guide! Which do you love?

1. Glasshouse Fragrances Amalfi Coast Candle 2. Things I Love by Megan Morton 3. Rifle Paper Co Recipe Gift Box from Notemaker 4. Bonnie Ipad Cover from Country Road 5. Bohemian Bardot Ring in Peach from Samantha Wills 6. Handmade Moroccan Leather Pouffe in Gold from Table Tonic 7. Lemongrass & Ginger Tea For Me Pack from T2 8. Happiness Gift Pack from Kikki K 9. Marc Jacobs Dot Fragrance 10. Emily Green Florence Necklace 11. Kitchenaid Raspberry Ice Mixer

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Brooke and John’s Romantic Backyard Wedding

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


Brooke & John

I can’t get over how romantic and beautiful today’s wedding is. It’s simply beautiful, being held in the backyard of a Paddington terrace.

Brooke explains how they met. “We met when John was my  client but it wasn’t until I invited John to a client function that my heart went aflutter. John was a very special client after that :)”

Beautiful photography today from David Campbell Imagery. I love the happiness coming through in the photos- candid laughter, tight hugs.

Brooke and John held their wedding at a private residence in Paddington, Sydney, Brooke remarks, “I remember the generosity of my brother in law David and his wife Jennifer to open their home for our wedding and to our guests.”

The bouquets and floral arrangements were styled by Gemma Bainbrigge from Lotus Botanica (02) 9233 3222. Brooke remembers, “She was amazing. Gemma was referred by a mutual friend a week out from the wedding and came on board with total enthusiasm. Again not armed with much of a brief other than she knew there had to be masses of flowers in varying shades of white the rest was left up to her. She also put together my beautiful posy at the 11th hour (I hadn’t given any thought to it) – the results were spectacular.”

Brooke chose a gown from Little Joe.

The styling and elements of the wedding were pulled together  plenty of the couple’s loved ones, Brooke explains. “To be honest I could not have pulled the wedding together without some the talents of friends and family; I’m good with ideas but not so great in the execution. How my stylist girlfriend, Felicity Smith, managed to make sense of where I was coming from is a testament to her talents but what I wanted was masses of flowers and ambient lighting which is exactly how she put it together. My favourite detail was the hanging tealights in the tree and the wonderful warm glow of the candles.”

Brooke walked down the aisle to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Brooke describes the wedding as, “A day that was filled with much love, merriment and simplicity.” David Nettle performed the ceremony.

Of their photographer, Brooke says, “We didn’t really have a brief other than the fact that we both wanted relaxed shots and from the moment we met Dave John & I were comfortable that he knew what we were about. We put our absolute trust in Dave and because of that he captured exactly what we wanted. The photos are not only gorgeous but they show EVERYONE having such a great time. He nailed it!”

A ruffle wedding cake was a sweet end to the day Brooke explains. “I do have to mention the cake as well. Yet another detail I hadn’t given much thought and left the scope to my wonderful aunt Kathy, who has a burgeoning cake business ( Kathy McMahon Cakes 0407 503 174 ). The result was incredible. It was a two tiered cream coloured butter cream cake – the bottom layer was red velvet, the top layer was white chocolate. The cake was served with Bambino Gelato Cones. For what must be a first at a wedding, there was no cake left at the end of the night; simply delicious!”

Food Lab were chosen as the wedding caterers. Brooke says “Because the wedding was to be a cocktail party the brief to the caterers, Foodlab (David Gisonda & Renato Terminini) was that the food be plentiful. We decided upon 3 smaller canapés and 2 substantial dishes that could be eaten standing up without difficulty. As it was the middle of winter we wanted to ensure that everyone was well sated. Foodlab’s serving staff were attentive and ensured that glasses were filled and that service was spread across the party, not just in one area.”

Brooke remarks, “John and I wanted a small wedding and the garden was the perfect spot. It was intimate and with 30 odd guests it was the perfect size without appearing too spacious or crowded. It looked like a magical wonderland with all the fairy lights and candles aglow.”

There was no dancing, though Brooke says “There may have been a little bit of ‘krumping’ attempted by John albeit for 5 seconds.”

Congratulations Brooke and John! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to David Campbell Imagery for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: David Campbell Imagery / Bride's Dress: Little Joe / Bride's Shoes: / Bride's Jewellery: Melissa Harris Jewellery / Groom's Attire- Jacket: Valentino / Groom's Attire - Pants: Givenchy / Hair & Makeup Artist: Lorena From Polished Beauty Bar / Flowers: Gemma Bainbrigge from Lotus Botanica (02) 9233 3222 / Venue: Private Residence in Paddington, Sydney / Ceremony Officiant: David Nettle / Catering: Food Lab / Wedding Cake: Kathy McMahon Cakes 0407 503 174 / Wedding Rings: Melissa Harris Jewellery

Art Deco Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


This is a stunning art deco wedding inspired shoot at Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre. Being art deco, the concept is distinctly vintage but with a glamorous edge. Elements such as the art deco style layered fan shapes were taken from the stationery to the cake keeping the style and look of the shoot cohesive and tying everything together.

Photographer Sarzy O Photography conceived the shoot based on her love of the Art Deco period.  “I have an obsession with many styles of art and not the least Art Deco! It is so strong and bold — an almost masculine style although so elegant. It is pure glamour and was so forward and modern in it’s day — so different from the flowing and very feminine culture before it. So it occurred to me with vintage styling being so popular in weddings (although we see mostly beautiful feminine styles) why not show how stunning a dark and glamorous Art Deco wedding could be!!    I had worked with some amazingly talented people within the industry and thought we could combine my love of Deco with an amazing styled shoot.

So I got to putting a team together.   Then the Wil Valor suite tied the entire look together! Where could be more fitting a setting than the beautiful Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane? It was built in 1917 — perfectly Art Deco and restored in style providing the perfect venue to base our styling.”

“Amanda (Adorn Event Hire) and Bec (Style My Celebration) collaborated on the styling of the dessert and dining tables to ensure they were consistent and authentic. They decided on the use of navy blue and burgundy, with touches of ivory, peach and bronze giving the dining and dessert tables a bold and unique look. The design incorporated crushed taffeta, fringed edging, geometric table decor, candlelight and feathers all reminiscent of the Art Deco style.”

Katy’s (My Darling Heart) favours added the perfect touch of class and Michelle’s (Stand Tall Designs) stationery continued the theme with bold blue and the geometric fan shape, that was was very popular in art deco and also became a consistent symbol throughout our styling.”

Jennifer Gifford Designs specialises in unique vintage designs and was first choice for fashion — she proved to be the perfect choice! The ladies’ attire, wedding gown, bridesmaids dress and headpieces were all so decadent and Deco!”

“Choosing to keep the cake all one colour, Sherie (The Flour Girl) decided on a soft peach to tie in beautifully with the chosen colour palette. Drawing on the drama from the structural elements of the strong Art Deco style of the cake we relied on shadows created from this dramatic design to capture the feeling of a striking building from the Art Deco era. Sherie wanted to add subtle gold and bronze tones to the cake pops and cupcakes whilst keeping that structural element present.”

“Kelly (Bella Bloom Floral Designs) researched and Calla Lillies were a popular flower choice during the Art Deco period, hence their representation throughout the floral designs in this shoot. The deep burgundy Calla’s were the perfect way to complement the colours combined in the table styling. Sculptured pheasant feathers provided shape, as well as texture to the arrangements. In addition, the large bronze succulents enhanced the masculine look we were aiming to achieve.”

“Amber from Brush and Blush is an amazing talent, and dedicated to authentic styling — Amber studied Art Deco hair and make-up and recreated it perfectly on our models, Bree, Mary and Jimmy.”

Photographer: Timeless Tales Photography / Designer and Stylist: Jennifer Gifford Designs / Vintage tableware and hire: Adorn Event Hire / Florals: Bella Bloom Floral Design / Event styling: Style My Celebration / Makeup Artist: Brush & Blush / Invitations & Stationery: Stand Tall Design / Cake, cupcakes, cake pops: The Flour Girl / Venue: Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane / Favours: My Darling Heart

Peter De Petra Bridal Couture Nostalgia Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



One of my happy places in any city is the wedding mecca. That one street, or area where I can drive and stare intently at all of the shop windows laden with beautiful gowns. In Melbourne, High Street Prahran, is one of my favourites so I’m a little (a lot) excited to have Peter De Petra Couture‘s latest collection on Polka Dot Bride today.

Peter De Petra has been designing for almost twenty years and is well and truly a stalwart of the Melbourne bridal designers. His work is classic, couture beauty with fine techniques, working with shapes and fabrics to flatter the female form and ensure each gown is molded to the body. The Nostalgia collection is rich in elegant shapes that have stood the test of time.

Peter’s signature is his service – he meets individually with each and every client. Each gown is then made onsite under Peter’s guidance. Peter offers two services – couture or a completely one off gown, each option allows the client to work closely with Peter to ensure the most beautiful gown that  is truly customised.







Helena, Liza

Allegra, Grace


Eve, Stella

Photos by Peter De Petra Couture