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Jess & Shayne’s Bright & Beautiful Seaside Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jess & Shayne

I absolutely love the mix of weddings we get here at Polka Dot Bride. We celebrate love in all its forms – whether that is a grand black tie celebration or a barefoot bash on the beach like the bright and beautiful seaside wedding of Jess & Shayne. The couple wanted their day to be fun and happy and as these captures by  Jessica Mason Photography show, I think it was just that.

Jess and Shayne came to be, through friends that spied their match long before they even met. Jess recalling “We were told by friends that we would be a good match so it all started with a good old fashioned Facebook friend request! We started to chat online and after a couple of weeks, we decided to meet up for our first date. Shayne came over to my house with a bottle of red and we decided to walk down the jetty near my house and share a glass of red at the end of the jetty (way too romantic for a first date).”

The bride chose a lace gown from Grace Loves Lace “It was always going to be Grace Loves Lace. I had originally wanted something simple, flowy and elegant… but that didn’t really suit my personality or the style of the wedding, so when I went to Grace Loves Lace the salesgirl had me trying on some really fun options.” she tells, “I decided on the Gisele 2.0 because it was so fun (and it was the only one that made my mum instantly cry).”

Oh My Dahlia styled the bright bouquets for the day. “I wanted a bright explosion of colours. Something fun and happy and vibrant! My florist was amazing and captured exactly what I wanted” explains Jess.

Flinders Yacht Club played host to the day’s festivities, “We had both the ceremony and the reception at the yacht club as we know how annoying it is to move from one location to the other and wait around for hours. Drinks and food started immediately after the ceremony and everyone could relax.”

The stormy backdrop did nothing to take away from the fun of the day. “It was 120km per hour winds so that was really fun! I had hair in my mouth for 90% of the ceremony, couldn’t hold the paper straight to read my vows…. it was a good laugh though!”

For her walk down the aisle, Jess remembers “My brother played the guitar and sang as I walked down the aisle (his first ever performance) to Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul. My father walked me down the aisle.”

The ceremony was casual but memorable, says Jess, “Our ceremony was very short, fun and relaxed. We kept only the formalities that we had to and we wrote much of it ourselves. We wrote our own vows which were secret and funnily enough, we vowed a lot of the same things!”

Of their photographer, the bride remarks “My photographer Jessica Mason was just starting out and it was her first wedding. She was fantastic! She knew that we didn’t want posed photos and we just wanted to relax into the day while she snapped away and she did this perfectly.”

Jess remarks on the day “FUN, colourful, bright and happy. Our only focus was that everyone had a great time and felt how happy we felt.”

The bride, who owns her own styling business (Popup With Style) designed the decor herself. “I handmade all of the Morrocan glass jars, put together the table arrangements, my sister’s friends were the fun bar staff.”


Guests enjoyed a cocktail style reception complete with wood fired pizza from Happy Camper Pizza Truck.

The first dance was a modern favourite. “We chose Ho Hey by The Lumineers because the words resonate with us and it starts out slow and picks up the pace for a really fun first dance” tells the bride.

Congratulations Jess and Shayne! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to  Jessica Mason Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Jessica Mason Photography / Styling: Popup With Style / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Etsy / Groom's Shoes: Croft / Flowers: Oh My Dahlia / Venue: Flinders Yacht Club / Catering: Happy Camper Pizza Truck / Rental Furniture: Peninsula Party Hire
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Erin & Ross’ Chic Grounds of Alexandria Wedding

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


Erin & Ross

It was on the dance floor that Erin and Ross first locked eyes. “It must have been his great dance moves,” says Erin of how the pair came to be, tying the knot some years later in a chic Grounds of Alexandria wedding captured beautifully by All Grown Up Weddings. Luckily, the pair came full circle- dancing the night away with their favourite people after a day filled with rain, icecream and the making of magic memories.

The bride chose an elegant mermaid style gown by Watters from Fashions by Farina “After trying on what felt like 200 dresses I finally chose the Elise gown by Watters.” she tells  “Originally I had imagined a blush dress with full sleeves, but ended up picking the complete opposite of what I envisioned. I really enjoyed the whole process of picking a dress; Mum and I spent quite a few weekends bridal shopping as we were both so indecisive and it was hard to choose just one dress.”

Of her walk down the aisle, Erin remembers “We chose Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles. Having had the miserable weather for the two weeks leading up to the day it was quite funny that half an hour before the ceremony the rain stopped for the next hour and we luckily didn’t have to use ‘plan b’ for wet weather. I knew I wanted both my mum and dad to walk me down the aisle as they are two very important people in my life.”

“I loved seeing it all coming together” says Erin. “I must admit that when I finally reached the end of the aisle and up the steps to marry my husband, I quickly took a look around the reception room behind us to check it all out. It was just like I had pictured it.”

Amanda Sciara officiated the ceremony, of which the bride remembers “Our ceremony was very heartfelt and romantic. We both wrote our own vows and Ross’s sister Nerida did a reading of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’.”

The Grounds of Alexandria played host to the couple’s ceremony and reception, the newlyweds noting “The Grounds of Alexandria was the second venue we looked at and we knew it was the one for us. Having been there a few times for lunch we knew they were all about good food and a relaxed atmosphere. The Atrium venue had the intimate feel that we were looking for and we knew we would just need to add small touches of our own style.”

Of their photographer, the bride gushes “Anna from All Grown Up Weddings was bloody fantastic! Being shy I was so nervous about being in front of the camera but she made it super relaxed. Despite all the rain, we have some amazing photos to keep and share with our friends and family.”

“Our vision of our day was quite simple; we wanted great food, wine, and an awesome dance floor. ” says Erin. “We were very lucky with our venue, as we knew The Atrium had loads of character and a vintage/rustic feel. We knew this was the perfect setting for a fun and relaxed celebration with our close friends and family.”

“I wanted to have unstructured florals with lots of greenery, ivory. and deep red tones. The team from The Grounds Florals by Silva created exactly what I envisioned. They created lush foliage and floral garlands down the centre of each table, which looked amazing on the naked wood tables. Our bouquets were lush and fragrant and look so awesome in the photos.” says the bride of the florals created by  The Grounds Florals by Silva.

Each guest took home a potted succulent wedding favor.

“Ross’s nephew (pageboy) Thomas walked up to our bridal table before Ross’s mum’s speech and grabbed the microphone and yelled out “happpppppy wedding”, the whole room burst into laughter.”

The groom chose the first dance song, Erin telling “Ross loves his music so I left the music selection up to him. Harvest Moon by Neil Young was our first dance song and it was absolutely perfect. We spent a few fun hours practicing in our living room in the weeks leading up to the wedding.” Adding “Amy and Stasi from We Play Records were awesome. They created the perfect soundtrack to our day and understood our taste from our list of songs we gave them.”

In lieu of dessert, the couple had an icecream cart deliver icecream cones to guests.

Congratulations on tying the knot Erin and Ross! Thank you fir sharing the stories of your day with Polka Dot Bride! Thank you to the crew at  All Grown Up Weddings for sharing today’s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: All Grown Up Weddings / Bride's Dress: Watters / Bridal Salon: Fashions by Farina / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Attire: Topshop / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Makeup Artist: Maree Spagnol / Hairstylist: Whispa Hair Salon / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Invitations & Stationery: Zazzle / Flowers: The Grounds Florals by Silva / Venue: The Grounds of Alexandria / Ceremony Officiant: Amanda Sciara / DJ: We Play Records / Wedding Cake: The Grounds of Alexandria / Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jewellers

Anna Campbell 2018 Eternal Heart Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Barely out of the honeymoon period herself – and expecting a new addition to the family too (congratulations Anna!) – bridal gown designer Anna Campbell can’t help but be looking towards a bountiful future. At the same time, her 2018 collection “Eternal Heart” marks the 10th anniversary for her label. With that comes an inevitable period of reflection on the past decade of a career of dressing her “bohemian, free-spirited” brides.

Anna tasked photographer Jessica Apap and hairstylist and makeup artist Melonie Santos with bringing Eternal Heart, as worn by Britt Rose Nicholas, to vivid life. Meanwhile, Flos Botanical Studio provided vintage-inspired floral accents that looked freshly-plucked from an old-fashioned English garden. The collection itself, in keeping with the 10th anniversary milestone, is drawn somewhat from the Anna Campbell archives. Fan-favourite signatures abound such as silk tied in bows to abundant beading to striking, statement lace at the back.

The designer reflects “reaching the 10-year mark with Anna Campbell feels like such an incredible achievement! Naturally, it has been a roller-coaster of highs and lows along the way, but the name of this collection – Eternal Heart – reflects the passion, hard work and love for Anna Campbell that
continues to be felt not only by myself but also by our entire studio team here in Melbourne, as well as our global network of Anna Campbell stockists and our brides themselves!”

The “Eternal Heart” collection by Anna Campbell is available now.

Photographer: Jessica Apap / Hair & Makeup Artist: Melonie Santos Makeup Artist / Flowers: Flos Botanical / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell

Vendor of the Week – Be My Guest

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Do you ever get overwhelmed in these days of wedding planning?

With planning a wedding comes so many choices, so many things to consider and so many added stresses. Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who will help you lessen the stress and make your day as beautiful as it can be. We have Jewellery, we have Transport, we have Photobooth Hire and Cinematography – we even have Food Trucks and Bridesmaid Gowns! Our wonderful vendors are ready to assist you.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Navy wedding invitation with mustard belly band

Amanda of Be My Guest wedding stationery is based in beautiful New Zealand but provides services to clients worldwide. With your stationery giving guests the first peek into your wedding day style, you’re sure to find new ideas to suit your style at Be My Guest. And why not consider using your stationery design on other elements of your day – such as your cake, or even printed on your napkins?

We asked Amanda of Be My Guest five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

A generous glass of Riesling and/or a spa pedicure – preferably while catching up on gossip with a friend.

Favourite weekend getaway?

My in-laws have a wee house in Naseby, Central Otago (NZ) – a small town of less than 100 people. It’s lovely to go away for a couple of nights to relax, read and walk the forest trails.

What is your most prized possession?

My wee boy Henry who is three – he’s the first thing I’d rescue if the house was on fire 🙂

Favourite restaurant?

If we want a guaranteed good meal out, we head to the Speights Ale House in Dunedin.

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

I love being able to ease some of the stress that comes with wedding planning. When people tell me I’ve made the design process easy and stress free, it’s the best compliment I can receive.

Visit Be My Guest’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Be My Guest is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.