Snapshot Sunday – Sunset Spin

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by At Dusk Photography

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Rachael and Michael’s Adelaide Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Rachael & Michael

This sweet as can be engagement shoot by photographer Carla Micucci took place in Adelaide’s Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. I do love the festive, sweet details that add a sense of fun and occasion to the wintery, beautiful backdrop.

Carla says “Rachael and Michael are due to wed in March 2013. When I first met them, I just knew I had to be their wedding photographer. They are both such kind hearted and warm people who just happen to be insanely cute and have so much love for each other. High school sweethearts, these two have been together for 12 years and share an amazing bond.”

“For their engagement session we ventured to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens in the middle of winter to produce a beautiful and romantic setting to capture this special time in their lives.”

“Sam from Fabulous Functions made up a stunning vibrant bouquet of blooms to bring out the warmth of the gorgeous vintage meets modern setting that Kirstin from The Bowerbird Room produced. Nell from Bella by Nella Makeup Artistry perfected Rachael’s look by giving her a natural yet classic look. ”

Photographer: Carla Micucci / Flowers: Fabulous Functions / Styling: The Bowerbird Room / Makeup Artist: Bella by Nella Makeup Artistry

Gorgeous Bridal Shoes

by | Accessories, Bride, Shoes


I am such a shoe girl, but I am hideous at walking in high heels. So unglamorous of me but it is a known trait that I will trip and fall at the most public of places. So really, while I have a beautiful collection of shoes, I am most often in flats and in the polka dot office, socks and barefeet!) So it’s been lovely spending time doing this latest roundup of wedding shoes! There are so many absolutely beautiful options out there for your wedding day heels!

I’ve been drawn to metallics in all sorts of ways lately and love the modern, subtle yet bold choice they make as a wedding shoe –  from sequins and glitter to sleek metallic leather.

1. Tessa by Jimmy Choo from Net A Porter 2. Mrs Bliss by Peeptoe Shoes 3. Bewitched by RMK Shoes 4. Sparky by Alan Pinkus 5. Denver by Tony Bianco 6. Electra by Benjamin Adams from Deseo 7. Hondola3 by Guess 8. Queen Rose by Shoe Show

Coloured wedding shoes always make me smile (I’ve been writing about my love of them from very early on!). There’s so much to love about a bright, unexpected burst of colour peeping out from a traditional (or not so traditional!) wedding gown.

1. Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragonheart by Melissa 2. Patent orange pump by Shoes Of Prey 3. Steal the show! by Alannah Hill 4. Glitter finish pumps by Miu Miu from Net A Porter 5. Elise by Veralie 6. Acean by Mollini 7. Geezup by Nine West 8. Bobbis12 by Mollini

And finally, the classics. The shoes for the girl who wants her shoes to just be beautifully elegant. They’re classic, they’re gorgeous and they’re every bit “wedding”.


1. Deville by Tony Bianco 2 Karr by Tony Bianco 3. Mattina by Diana Ferrari 4. Eustela by Novo Shoes 5. Larosa from Cinderella Bella  6. Milady by Christian Louboutin from Net A Porter 7. Eset by Novo Shoes 8. Hilary by Cinderella Bella

 What are your favourites? What do your shoes look like? Or are you on the hunt for something special?

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


meyer 520 550x366 Rebecca and Theuniss Rustic Murray River Wedding

Rebecca and Theunis’s Rustic Murray River Wedding Photography by Tim Coulson

Phew! It has been such an odd week with public holidays and huge editorial meetings in the polka dot family, there was even a special engagement in one of the patterned people’s family (a big congratulations to those two!). Bring on engagement season!

Round up 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.Shoe Crush Sunday – Spring Yellow 2.Real Wedding ~ Rebecca and Theunis’s Rustic Murray River Wedding 3.Real Bride ~ Inspired Words – Kylie 4.Real Wedding ~ Aleisha and Richard’s Laid Back Boyd Baker House Wedding 5. Ask Ms Polka Dot – Sage Green & Warm White

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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? Cristina Re 2.Vendor’s Favourite – Innovate Media 3.Why You Should Hire A Professional MC For Your Wedding

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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 – Edible Sea Inspired Pieces 2.DIY Vanilla Cupcakes And Easy Decorating With Cupcake Wrappers 

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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.Picture Perfect – Lake Como, Italy 2.Destination Weddings in Mexico

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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 – Vintage Rustic 2.Inspired Memories – Rich 3. Groom Style – David

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Our reader survey is still going strong along with your chance to win a jam packed prize from Palm Beach Collection. We’re closing it on November 13th, so pop over, answer some questions and help us make 2013 pretty darn amazing!

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Our StyleRocks competition has closed and the lovely Pascale has chosen the winner! Congratulations to Kelsey who has won a $500 StyleRocks gift voucher to design her own special piece of jewellery!

Congratulations Kelsey! I will be in touch shortly!

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Tasmanian dress boutique Studio White have launched a brand new website and they now have an online store! The store currently holds their bridesmaids collection (which includes Dessy & Watters) and more collections will be added in the coming months!

Studio White are also holding a sample sale which includes reduced Ivy & Aster gowns some of which are reduced by more than $1000! Worth checking out if you’d like a bargain on your wedding gown!

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Based in Hong Kong? Or wanting to be sponsored to work there? Ellermann Flower Boutique & Event Atelier are looking for a full time Floral Creative Director and they’re willing to sponsor the right person!

Ellermann Flower Boutique & Event Atelier is searching for a passionate and talented Floral Creative Director to join their creative team. This is a unique and rare opportunity for the right candidate to embark on a creative adventure with one of the most sought after floral and event designers in Hong Kong. The right candidate will be working first hand alongside Hong Kong’s crème de la crème of creative talent, socialites and businesses.

Candidates must be experienced in contemporary flower arrangement for both retail and events, possess a keen design eye and outgoing, friendly and hands-on personality with the ability to lead a team and work to deadlines under pressure.
A generous package will be available to the right applicant. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to work with Ellermann’s talented team in one of the most fast paced and exciting cities in the world.

 Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

–       5+ years work experience across retail and events

–       Fluent in English

–       Solid hands on client experience

–       The ability to create proposals and creative mood boards to a high standard

–       Excellent event management skills including, time management, supervising staff, budget management, inventory management and arranging orders

–       Possess natural design flair and understand the importance of design standards

–       Ability to be flexible, self-motivating and share their enthusiasm with the team

–       Strong knowledge of the flower industry is a must

–       Computer skills in Adobe Creative Suite will be highly considered.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and Portfolio showcasing both their retail and event work via email to Attractive packages will be offered to the right candidate.

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Adelaide stationer (and Polka Dot Made contributor!) Akimbo have launched their brand new website!The new look site incorporates a brand new blog, easy online ordering and plenty of handy resources! Check it out here.

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Looking for wedding day shoes? Cinderella Bella is having 25% off everything online and instore! Check it out!

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Our film of the week comes from No Limit Pictures who captured a beautiful wedding in Thailand recently! I love that letters formed the theme of their relationship and ultimately made an appearance on their wedding day.