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Amy and Richard’s Chic Hunter Valley Wedding

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


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Amy & Richard

There is something so very romantic about a vineyard wedding and Amy and Richard not only had a day filled with romance but their chic Hunter Valley wedding was also filled with so many moments shared between guests that they have cherished and will continue to cherish throughout their life together. I can’t wait to share their story with you with photos captured by gm photographics.

The couple met through Richard’s sister who Amy worked with. It was Australia Day when the two were together on a boat on Sydney Harbour. The rest, as they say is history.

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The couple wanted to celebrate all weekend long with their guests, noting, “We had always wanted to have a weekend away wedding – people tend to relax and really get into it more. Once we found the perfect venue in Roberts in the Hunter Valley we knew our guests would be in for a great weekend. Friday night dinner at Tempus Two and a Sunday brunch at the Deck Cafe. We wanted our day to be a simple and elegant garden wedding in a memorable setting with amazing food where we could celebrate and have a great time with those we love the most. We also wanted it to be away from Sydney, where we live, so our guests could relax into the weekend away vibe and kick up their heels.

Most of our guests met us for drinks and a casual dinner the night before our wedding and joined us for a ‘recovery breakfast’ the day after the wedding. It was a great way to kick off and close the weekend and give guests the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other if they wanted to.”

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Amy wore a beautiful lace gown designed by Beska Couture, noting “I spent a lot of time searching for the perfect dress before coming across Beska Couture, owned by Bec Childs, an incredibly talented young designer. We discussed some ideas and she created a dress that was classic, romantic and flowing, and that fitted me and my personality perfectly. It featured a French lace overlay, capped sleeves and a low back. The skirt was silk georgette with a long train. Bec was an absolute pleasure to work – not only is she so talented and passionate, but she made the experience so much fun. It was also wonderful to wear a dress where I had input in some way in every detail.”

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Amy and Richard chose Hunter Valley venue Circa 1876 for their wedding. “When we found Roberts Circa 1876 in the Hunter Valley’s wine region, we knew we had found a place that ticked all the boxes. It provided a unique and beautiful setting for both the ceremony and reception. The venue speaks for itself and needed little decoration. We held our ceremony in the tree lined aisle that was just starting to show it’s springtime buds.”

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Amy chose a song by her favourite musician for the processional, explaining, “I chose “All of me” by John Legend. As a long time John Legend fan I waited a long time for him to release the perfect “Walk down the aisle” song. His concert was also one of the first concerts we went to together.”

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Cathy Keech officiated the ceremony, Amy remarking, “We worked with our wonderful celebrant, Cathy Keech, to create a ceremony that captured how we feel about each other and what we want to do as a couple in our lives together. We chose readings that reflected this as well. Our ceremony had a mix of serious moments and personal touches with readings from friends and a blessing of our rings by my grandmother, as well as fun and lighthearted moments, such as when my veil went flying off in the wind multiple times!”

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Guests enjoyed post ceremony drinks before a marshmallow toasting filled their bellies.

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Of their photographer, Amy remembers, “Since we knew our wedding day would pass in a blur, it was important to us to capture the memories in a classic and timeless style so that we could enjoy and remember them forever.

Gm photographics had photographed the wedding of some close friends and we had loved their photos and feedback, so the decision to book them was an easy one where we knew we would be in safe (and very talented) hands. Simon and Tim were so much fun and easy to have around and really contributed to our experience, both in the lead up and on the day. The photos they took surpassed every expectation we could have had.

We were blown away by their use of the Hunter Valley setting, the candid moments they captured and their ability to show the mood and emotion of the day in unique ways. Gm photographics far exceeded our expectations, not only producing the perfect wedding shots but were also so much fun on the day. We’ll treasure the photos and our experience with them forever.”

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Reception celebrations then continued in the gardens and restaurant, Amy noting, “Roberts Circa 1876 serves as much fresh produce from their own gardens and local businesses as possible, which resulted in our guests enjoying some amazing creations from head chef George Francisco’s kitchen. The venue were wonderful to deal with and went above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable and smoothly run day.”

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I Do Wedding Cakes created a simple four tier wedding cake which co-ordinated beautifully with the simple green and white floral arrangements by Jade McIntosh Flowers.

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Amy remembers, “We used classic colours of white and green for flowers in both the bouquets and in decorating the reception to complement the vineyard setting. We also filled a large stone mantlepiece at the front of the room with pillar candles of varying sizes to create a soft and elegant feature. We had wanted our wedding to be loving, welcoming and fun for our friends and family. Atmosphere is always something that happens organically, but we wanted to contribute to it by involving our friends and family where we could.”

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The first dance was a complete surprise to the bride, who remembers, “We hadn’t planned on doing a first dance, but Richard, unbeknownst to me, arranged for one of my bridesmaids and her husband to perform ‘Soul Sister’ by Train, a song significant to us and our six month backpacking trip around Europe that we took together early in our relationship. It was a very emotional moment and is it something I will always remember as a true life highlight!”

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Master Blaster co-ordinated the music for the day – from the ceremony until the last dance. Amy explains, “Music played an important part in setting the atmosphere and showing guests a good time so a lot of our planning went into finding the right one. Jerome, the lead singer from trio Master Blaster, played a fantastic acoustic set between the ceremony and the reception and as the sun set over the vines. He then joined the rest of the trio to entertain us during dinner and, once the dance floor began, they had it filled from start to finish. We’ve had so many comments on how entertaining and fun they were! They really made an impact on the night.”

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Congratulations Amy and Richard! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to gm photographics for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: gm photographics / Bride’s Dress: Beska Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Just for Him / Groomsmen Attire: Just for Him / Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides of Beecroft / Hairstylist: Deena from Chic Artistry / Makeup Artist: Rachel Elizabeth / Flowers: Jade McIntosh Flowers / Venue: Roberts Circa 1876 / Ceremony Officiant: Cathy Keech / Band: Master Blaster / Cake Baker: I Do Wedding Cakes / Wedding Rings: Master Jewellers / Wedding Registry: David Jones
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Win A Paloma’s Nest Heirloom Gift Set

by | Bride, Competitions


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When I started Polka Dot Bride, there was a really tight-knit community of new baby wedding businesses all trying to establish themselves. One such business was Paloma’s Nest, a business that quickly went from a little handmade Etsy store to a flourishing online empire with beautiful creations that become heirloom wedding pieces. Beautiful designed ring bowls that can hold your wedding rings as you walk down the aisle, custom stamped tiles to tie to your wedding bouquet, Christmas ornaments, pieces that personalise your wedding and your home.

I remember getting excited when I would spy Paloma’s Nest in a magazine, quickly jumping to send Caroline the scans. Paloma’s Nest pieces fill my office, my home. They’ve been gifted to many of my loved ones. Messages of hope, of love.

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Today we’re honouring the joy that Paloma’s Nest can bring to celebrations by teaming up for an amazing giveaway!

You could win on of two wedding heirloom gift sets (we’re giving away another set on Instagram!) The set, valued at US $228  includes three of Paloma’s Nest favourite and best selling pieces – a ring bowl (the classic Paloma’s Nest piece) cuff links and a bouquet charm in a custom wooden box.

To enter

  • Fill out the form below answering the question
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Terms & Conditions

  • The winner will be chosen by Polka Dot Bride and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup.
  • Prize needs to be redeemed within one month of winning.
  • If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
  • This prize is not redeemable for cash.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner.
  • This competition is open worldwide.
  • Total value of prize is US$228.
  • The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
  • This Competition closes July 24th, 5pm Australia eastern standard time

Terms & Conditions (Instagram)

  • Entrants must follow Palomas Nest and Polka Dot Bride on Instagram and either repost the image with a comment of why they would love to win it, or tag a friend in the image with a comment of why they would like to win it.
  • The winner will be chosen by Polka Dot Bride and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup.
  • Prize needs to be redeemed within one month of winning.
  • If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
  • This prize is not redeemable for cash.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner.
  • This competition is open worldwide.
  • Total value of prize is US$228.
  • Entries set to private will not be counted unless we are able to see them.
  • The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
  • This Competition closes July 24th, 5pm Australia eastern standard time

Mira Mandic 2015 Couture Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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It’s so wonderful to see the Mira Mandic 2015 Couture Collection. The Mira Mandic brand has been around for as long as I can remember. I still recall scanning photos of the sleek, bias cut gowns into my inspiration files and pouring over them, gowns like that were new to the market and the sleek, Hollywood glamour style was still fresh.

With a heavy French influence (true to the Mira Mandic brand) the 2015 couture collection is inspired by the beauty of the Australian coast line. Bold shapes and lines combine with the femininity of sheer lace details. Cut out backs with chain embellishments, sheer lace bodices with elegant forms. Each gown chic, simple and utterly beautiful. Lead designer Morgan noting, “The philosophy is simple – each gown must be the embodiment of a woman’s dreams whilst still reflecting her own personal style and enhancing her beauty.”

Mira Mandic gowns are available through the flagship boutique in Double Bay, Sydney or one of their stockists.

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Photographer: Jeremy Blincoe

Vendor of the Week – The Gathering Florist

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I am loving Winter as always, can you be a smug winter lover? I love the fluffy jumpers, the hot coffee in the morning and the soft boots all day. Oh and the hats, give me a snuggly hat and I am a happy (and warm!) girl. Anyone else like me out there or are you all Summer lovers?

Another Monday and another chance to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Transport, we have Styling and Hire, we have Hair and Beauty, we even have Photography! We have gathered vendors who are passionate about what they do, and await the chance to help you – no question will be too big or too small!

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

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Photo one by Simon L King Photo two by Beck Rocchi Photo three by Pierre Curry

Capturing the romance of the day in flowers is what The Gathering Florist excels in. Based in Melbourne, Victoria also runs flower workshops perfect for hens parties (flower crowns anyone?) and a special experience for your nearest and dearest. From trailing bouquets with beautiful olive leaves to more traditional rose bouquets – whatever your wish, Victoria can come up with something amazing!

We asked Victoria of The Gathering Florist five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Champagne Darling!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Back to my home town to visit my family and friends in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.

Favourite restaurant?

Living in Melbourne I’m spoiled for choice so it changes every week. At the moment it would have to be Kong in Richmond.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

I could say a green vegetable smoothie and organic bircher muesli but I would be lying! It’s usually the big breakfast at my local cafe!

Your favourite wedding story?

I absolutely love every wedding I work on. I feel so lucky working behind the scenes for the most important day for two people declaring their love for each other. I seriously could not choose a favourite wedding story.

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

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