Mint & Gold Gala Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I do love gold at a wedding, it’s such a gorgeous statement but appears almost as a neutral paired with the fresh mint green. Today’s wedding is fun and modern with a Spring twist.

I love the idea of using such soft colours like this outdoors and having festoon lighting pick up the glints of gold as the sun sets. Plus a bride in mint green? Who can resist!

Mint gown by Karen Caldwell, Bouquet photo by Our Labor of Love , bowls from Anthropologie, Chair photo by Rebecca Wedding Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Letters photo by Angi Welsch via 100 Layer Cake, cupcakes by Call Me Cupcake via Somewhere Splendid, reception photo by Simply Bloom Photography via Style Me Pretty, ‘Hamilton’ invitation from Dauphine Press

Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Zed & Bee Wedding Stationery Collection

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Modern Geometric Invitation

I can’t quite believe it’s been two years since the launch of Sydney stationery company Zed & Bee! The dynamic duo have been on on many adventures in the past two years and it’s exciting today to be able to showcase their brand new collection!

Zed & Bee launched as a completely bespoke invitation business – each invitation was designed and made for the occasion. Two years on, their much awaited collection has launched! Allowing a lower price point, the invitations allow for anyone to order them, have the minor tweaks made (choosing colours and wording) and have a beautiful custom stationery suite for any occasion. I love the modern aesthetic of Zed & Bee and the styling of their stationery when photographed is incredible.

So whether you’re wanting something bespoke, or just want to customise an existing collection invitation, the launch of the Zed & Bee collection has you covered.

Cotswolds Country Manor Invitation

NYE Confetti Invitation

Vintage Champagne Label Invitation

Contemporary Patterned Foil Invitation

Plantable Seeded Paper Invitation

Whimsical Floral Letterpress Invitation

Gluttonous Illustration Invitation

Elegant Patterned Folio Invitation

1920s French High Tea Invitation

NZ Foodies Beach Club Invitation

Minimalist Byron Bay Invitation

Hunter Valley Botanical Invitation

Photos by Zed & Bee

Camilla and Michael’s British Inspired Byron Bay Wedding

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


Camilla & Michael

A beautiful Byron Bay wedding today infused with a bit of Britain! The celebration of Camilla and Michael’s marriage is intimate and elegant- with plenty of personal touches and love. The love that is evident in their photographs.

They tell their story for us. “Michael and Camilla met in a little bar in Clapham, South London in March 2009. Camilla had been living in London for 6 months and Michael had only just moved over to the UK, from Australia. They got together more or less straight away following their first date and after a period of dating, moved in together in East London. Following a trip to Australia in May 2011, the couple decides to relocate to Australia which they did in the September of last year. The couple spent the first 6 months of their time here with Michael’s family in far north Queensland.

Now Michael surprised Camilla with his proposal last November after he returned from a week-long work trip away – they drove down to Mission beach, enjoyed a delicious meal and then went for a moon lit walk along the beach – As Michael got down on one knee Camilla said she couldn’t believe what was happening and wanted to remember every detail – the next thing she knew Michael said ‘ok let me try that again’ because Camilla – a little stunned -hadn’t said a word!! She finally worked it out and …well ..we all know the answer was yes! The couple then began planning their Byron Bay wedding and, having met in London, a British themed wedding seemed the obvious choice and a fun one at that. ”

Photographs are by ngg studios who take such graceful, peaceful photographs. Just the right mood for Camilla and Michael’s celebration!

Camilla and Michael chose The Fig Tree, Byron Bay for their wedding celebrations.

“Sometimes we don’t say a word.
If I am a goofus on the roofus hollering my head off,
You are one too.
That’s because you really like me.
You really like me, don’t you?
And I really like you back.
And you like me back and I like you back.
And that’s the way we keep on going every day.

If you go away, then I go away too;
or if I stay home, you send me a postcard.
I like you a lot because of that.
If I go away, I send you a postcard too.

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one.
If I find four, I give you two.
If we only find three, we keep on looking.
Sometimes we have good luck,
and sometimes we don’t.

I like you because
I don’t know why
but everything that happens is nicer with you.
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you.
It must have been lonesome then.
I forget why I like you, but I do.
So many reasons.

If we had some hats and some flags
and some fire engines,
We could be a HOLIDAY.
We could be a CELEBRATION.
We could be a WHOLE PARADE.
See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July,
I would go on choosing you.
And you would go on choosing me.
Over and over again.
That’s how it would happen every time.
I don’t know why.
I guess I don’t know why I really like you.
Why do I like you.
I guess I just like you. because I like you.”

Extract from “I like you” by Sandol Stoddard chosen by Camilla for Michael

Michelle Shannon married the couple.

Elissa at Fresh Honey Wedding Design, Style and Hire set up plenty of gorgeous spaces, outdoor games and areas where guests could relax and have fun. Byron Bay Weddings coordinated the wedding.

The beverages were catered by Brett at The Cellar.

Cupcakes made by Sweet Occasions were topped with mini British flags.

There were  plenty of nods to England in the wedding decor, all purchased from Pipii.

Congratulations on your marriage Camilla and Michael! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to ngg studios  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn / Venue: Fig Trees Catering Byron Bay / Wedding Planner: Byron Bay Weddings / Accommodation: Janice and Kevin at Coco's Cottage / Ceremony Officiant: Michelle Shannon / Flowers: Flowers on the Run / Sweet Treats: Sweet Occasions / Beverages: Brett at The Cellar / Decor: Elissa at Fresh Honey Wedding Design, Style and Hire / British Decorations: Pipii

Miranda and Richard’s Melbourne Bayside Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Miranda and Richard

Today’s couple, Miranda and Richard celebrated their day with such beautiful relaxed style in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs of St Kilda and Port Melbourne. That relaxed style is so quintessentially Australian that it’s hard to ever want to live anywhere else (ironic because today’s couple lives in Hong Kong. I guess that’s another thing Australians do so well- never lose their Australian flavour!)

Miranda tells of how they met. “We met at Butterfly Ball in May 2005, both dressed in Studio 54 themed outfit.”

Today’s photographs (and making his Polka Dot Bride debut!) are shot by Ben Swinnerton . I love Ben’s easy going but oh so elegant style. He has captured the sense of fun without losing the sense of occasion and importance of the day.

Miranda chose a gown by Lisa Ho with a veil by Sara Gabriel, from Hitched Bridal in Hong Kong. Her bridesmaids wore gowns from Massimo Dutti.

Miranda walked down the aisle to, “In the end, nothing… We’d planned music for the ceremony, but the celebrant’s AV died at the last minute! I ended up walking down the aisle without music, and we had the ceremony without any AV as well – but it was actually really lovely, much more personal.”

Miranda and Richard wed in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Miranda explains ” We wanted the ceremony in the botanical gardens in St Kilda – we used to live around the corner (before we moved overseas) and it was really our “backyard”, so it was a special spot.”

The day had a different schedule to a typical day, Miranda recalls. “We mixed up the “traditional” order of wedding etiquette by having some speeches and cake cutting immediately after the ceremony. We figured that we had a beautiful garden setting, everyone together (and in need of some post ceremony champagne) and plenty of time before the reception. The waiters circulated glasses of champagne to everyone and then our fathers both spoke briefly and gave a toast. We then cut the cake and everyone got some afternoon tea. It also meant that we did not have too much “speech time” at the reception.”

Miranda remarks, “We had a lot of very helpful family and friends – there was a lot of pitching in. From the cakes and sweets post ceremony, to decorations at the reception…”

Of their photographer, Miranda remarks “We used Ben following a recommendation from a girlfriend, who used him for her wedding. He was great! He was focused on really capturing the moment and feel of the whole day without being intrusive, and he steered clear of those really “posed” shots. He was fabulous on the day – and so are the photos.”

The reception was held at Port Melbourne Yacht Club which is run as a wedding venue by Peter Rowland Catering. Miranda tells “We both love the beach – and Rich is a keen sailor – so the Port Melbourne Yacht Club was perfect for the reception. It’s just got a lovely feel. We really appreciated the professionalism, organisation and eagerness to please of the PMYC Peter Rowland’s team – everything went very smoothly.”

Miranda notes, “We live overseas so what made it most special was having all our nearest and dearest with us to celebrate.”

Miranda describes the wedding as “Low key, elegant, happy and very us. ”

For their first dance, Miranda and Richard chose Etta James -‘ At Last’. Miranda remarks “Just something simple and slow.”

Congratulations on your marriage Miranda and Richard! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Ben Swinnerton for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Ben Swinnerton / Bride's Dress: Lisa Ho / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Sara Gabriel, from Hitched Bridal in Hong Kong. / Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom's Attire: Bespoke from Groom's tailor in Hong Kong / Bridesmaid Dresses: Massimo Dutti, Hong Kong / Bridesmaid Accessories: Dinosaur Designs / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride's Jewellery: Jan Logan / Hair & Makeup Artist: Anaka / Flowers & Decor: Marni Hutchison / Ceremony Venue: Rose Garden, St Kilda Botanic Gardens / Reception Venue: Port Melbourne Yacht Club / Wedding Rings: Ryder Diamonds, Hong Kong / Catering: Gardens House