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Alicja & Matt’s Southern Highlands Spring Wedding

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


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Alicja & Matt

A wedding in Spring doesn’t get much better than this Southern Highlands Spring wedding. The masses of fresh white blooms,  touches of fresh pale yellow and plenty of romantic, heartfelt moments in amongst it all. Alicja and Matt chose Cavanagh Photography to capture their wedding day.

The rain, which had poured for the last 26 days cleared just in time for Alicja and Matt to say their I Do’s – the greenery surrounding them even more vibrant.

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Alicja and Matt chose Terrara House Estate for their wedding, noting, “We chose to use Terrara House Estate for both the ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was held on the grand entrance way into the manor due to wet weather on the day. The guests watching from below. At conclusion of the ceremony guests were free to wonder the gardens while being served with canapés and drinks, while the bridal party were being photographed. At dusk, we all moved into the pre set marquee for formalities and to dance the night away. After the reception, we had arranged a bus to collect guests and ferry them back to local hotels.”

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Alicja walked down the aisle to Air on a G String – Johan Sebastian Bach.

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Kris Rose performed the ceremony, the bride noting, “Kris Rose our celebrant was amazing, having attended our house on many occasions to prepare for the day – she made it go so smoothly. Without her the men’s flowers may not of gotten put on. She made us both feel at ease and is highly recommended.”

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Of their photographer, Alicja says, “Adam was a blast to work with on our special day. Making the long trip to Nowra the day before the event and meeting up with the Groom to scope out the location, with many potential sites flagged. On event day the sessions went seamlessly, with both parties getting ready with little fuss and no hold ups. He definitely knew what he was doing and how to co-ordinate the day. During the ceremony and reception Adam was amazing with nothing ever being an issue, and the quality of the photos shows. We plan on using Adam in the future for other memorable events.”

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Momental Designs created Spring inspired watercolour stationery for the day. The couple used a wood cut off ‘slice’ as their guest book, having guests sign their name on the smooth surface.

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Of their first dance, Alicja remembers, “We chose “The Way You Look Tonight” by Toni Bennett. We had lessons and learned a whole routine as the groom has two left feet, however on the night nerves got the better of the two of us and kept things simple. With a spin or two we were both happy with the end result.”

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Dancing was a highlight of the night thanks to Personalised DJs. “The DJ Jim was incredible especially being so flexible and slotting in a few Polish songs.”

Congratulations on your marriage Alicja and Matt. Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us. Thank you also to Cavanagh Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Cavanagh Photography / Groom’s Attire: Reuben F Scarf / Groomsmen Attire: Reuben F Scarf / Flowers & Decor: Terrara House Estate / Other: Terrara House Estate / Invitations & Stationery: Momental Designs / Ceremony Officiant: Kris Rose / Other: Personalised DJs / Other: Daniele Jewellers / Other: Kennedys Tours
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Stewart Leishman via Joel and Gayle’s Melbourne Boathouse Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! It feels like it is already well and truly Autumn in Melbourne! Though I know the rest of the country is quite warm, I for one am looking forward to a bit of baking and a good lamb roast this weekend. What are you up to?

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 Wedding- Joel and Gayle’s Melbourne Boathouse Wedding


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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? – Sonya Robson of food&desire 2. Expert Advice -

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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 - Cute Cake Toppers 2. Tuesday Type - Spry Roman 3. DIY Tutorial  –  Homemade Scented Candles 4.Cocktail Friday  Crystal & Cran Cocktail

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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. Tasmanian Heritage Honeymoon

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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. Groom Style Trends In 2015


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Meet the lovely Kathy of Kathy McMillan Photography! She loves Polka Dot Brides and is offering a fun special exclusive to you! Getting married before 31st of May 2015? Book a wedding collection with Kathy to receive 30% off! Visit her website to take this great offer up!

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Planning a destination wedding in Hong Kong? The Peninsula Hong Kong are holding a bridal showcase on the on the 22nd March, 2015. Visit the hotel to see the hotel’s favourite wedding suppliers and their wedding setup. Plus Couples who confirm their wedding with a minimum spend of HK$500,000 will receive a three night complimentary stay at The Peninsula Paris. Meanwhile, couples who confirm their wedding with a minimum spend of HK$300,000 can enjoy a complimentary three-night stay at The Peninsula Tokyo, Bangkok or Shanghai.

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pop up picnic

As part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Bursaria is hosting a pop up picnic this Sunday! Grab your friends and a picnic rug for a picnic in the historic Abbotsford Convent. Picnic baskets come laden with your lunch – seasonal selection of treats and homemade lemonade with bubbles and drinks available all afternoon from the bar. Tickets are $55 and bookings are essential. Book your picnic here.

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Le Louvre Melbourne are holding their second Jenny Packham trunk show this April! On the 17th, 18th and 19th of April there will be over 20 new beautiful bridal styles for you to try!  Call 03 9650 1300 to secure your appointment!

As announced late last week, the winner of our  Win A $5650 Styling & Floral Package From Miss Mooi Wedding & Events and Wedding & Events Floral Designer, Floretta has been chosen!

A big congratulations to Jessica Jacques! We can’t wait to see your wedding!

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reading and loving


Saying I Do Fiji Elopement Style

January Lessons In Online Business

Botanical Chic Bride In Central Park Inspiration Shoot

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For our video of the week, Danielle Photography sent through this super fun wedding invitation! Daniella creates stop motion save the dates and invitations for her couples which is always a fun option for tech savvy couples! Plus they make me happy when  watching them – so what can’t you love?

Jade & Stefan’s Fun Science Museum Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Jade & Stefan

What could be more fun than dancing the night away at a science museum? That’s exactly what Jade and Stefan did at their fun science museum wedding. They held pre dinner drinks in Scienceworks pumping station before wining and dining their guests in the boiler room. If that isn’t reason enough to love today’s wedding, I don’t know what is! We Are Alchemy were there to capture it all.

Jade tells the story of how she met Stefan. “We met at a mutual friend’s party on the Gold Coast. We had an instant connection but Stefan lived in Melbourne and I lived on the Gold Coast so we stayed friends for a few months before we pursued anything more.”

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The bride wore a silver lace gown by George Gross & Harry Who (now closed). Her bridesmaids in steel blue dresses custom made by a friend.

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Jade and Stefan were married at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Spotswood.

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Of their photographers, Jade tells, “We had two photographers. A male and female. They were great. We had them all morning, afternoon and night. Really professional but fun.”

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Jade describes the wedding as “Industrial 1920’s gothic inspired.”

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Scienceworks was chosen for the reception, Jade explaining, “Our reception was at the ScienceWorks Museum. Pre-drinks and canapes was located in the engine room and the main reception was in the Boiler House, both within the Pumping Station section.”

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Guests received favors of vanilla roobios tea from Mcivers Tea. The bride and groom made each table centrepiece themselves.

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Sweet by Nature made a two tier chocolate wedding cake.

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For their first dance, the bride changed into a mini dress with silver glitter sneakers, remembering, “Stefan and I did a fun choreographed dance. We went to dance lessons and made up a dance to Treasure by Bruno Mars.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jade and Stefan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to We Are Alchemy and Scienceworks for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: We Are Alchemy / Bride’s Dress: George Gross and Harry Who (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Jeffery Campbell Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: All handmade by Stefan's family / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade by a family friend / Bridesmaid Shoes: Famous Footwear / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Trish from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry / Makeup Artist: Lisa from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry / Other: Turkan from Cakes and Vases / Invitations & Stationery: Friend / Ceremony Venue: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Spotswood / Ceremony Officiant: Ian Cowling / Reception Venue: Scienceworks / Favors: Mcivers Tea / Catering: White Card Caterers / Cake Baker: Sweet by Nature

Wild Love Bohemian Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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What a stunning editorial I have for you today from a dream team of  35mm Wedding Photography,  Sugar Bee Flowers , Janice Wu Hair and Makeup and model Nathalie Darcas. The shoot, titled “Wild Love” was inspired by the bohemian beauty of the quote ‘She dances to the songs in her head and speaks with the rhythm in her heart’.

With a back drop of the Australian bush, bridal designers showed off their incredible gowns. Sheer lace dresses and a ballgown with a billowing tiered skirt by Karen Willis Holmes were paired with a bralette from Gooseberry Intimates, a sleek backless number from Katie May worn with tumbling, bohemian style curl, a simple bouquet and metallic temporary flash tattoos creates an eclectic look. Two gowns from Pamela Usanto - one with a beautiful free flowing tulle ballerina skirt and one with a lace peplum style bodice were paired with beaded, sparkling hairpieces from Anna Campbell .

Our bride dances amongst the trees, her feet bare, her hair flowing behind her and the blooms almost as if they have been freshly picked from the garden. She twirls, her gown following her free spirited movements.

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Photographer: 35mm Wedding Photography / Other: Sugar Bee Flowers / Other: Janice Wu / Other: Nathalie Darcas / Other: Karen Willis Holmes / Other: Pamela Usanto / Other: Katie May / Other: Anna Campbell / Other: Gooseberry Intimates
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