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Kendall and Zach’s Beautiful Barn Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Laki Sideris Photography

Kendall & Zach

I get so darn excited seeing a wedding after we’ve featured their engagement photos and Kendall and Zach’s beautiful barn wedding follows their equally as beautiful romantic golden sunset engagement photos. They chose a wedding which reflected their lifestyle – casual, fun and colourful. The apple orchard setting the most beautiful scene for the ceremony, a reception following in the barn afterwards and plenty of beautiful moments in between. Laki Sideris captured all the moments in stills today for us to share.

As for how they met, Kendall tells the story. “We had mutual friends throughout high school before becoming closer in our final year.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Country Road and Topman.

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Kendall remembers, “We stayed in a house and two villas on the one block in Daylesford that allowed us to sleep 16 together for the weekend. It was so special spending not just the day but the weekend with both of our families and best friends.”

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Trish Sousa styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, Kendall remarking, “Trish was great to work with, she is so easy to get along with and of course she made me and my girls absolutely beautiful on the day!”

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Kendall wore a Watters gown with mint Just Because ‘Jaipur’ shoes, and a floral crown from The Wolf Cub. She tells, “I purchased my dress from Brides of Manuka after lusting over it on the Watters website and trying on a sample 10 sizes too big in Brisbane. It was the only dress that I genuinely didn’t stop thinking about. I had my wonderful alterations lady add the little cap sleeves to make it even more one of a kind.”

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Pepper Sprout Hire assisted with styling and setup on the wedding day, the paper flowers and bunting made by the bride’s mum.

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Kendall and Zach chose Providence Gully for their wedding, noting, “We fell in love with Providence Gully the moment we set foot in it over a year before our wedding. It included everything we wanted in our venue and Clare was the most amazing vendor to work with. Nothing was too much or too difficult for her to do. This was so helpful especially as we were planning from interstate. We wanted a venue that gave us absolute freedom to do what we wanted and have everything exactly as we planned. We didn’t want to be boxed into anything that didn’t match who we are and Providence Gully allowed us to create the perfect day.” The flower backdrop was made by the couple with  silk flowers and fishing line.

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Kendall walked down the aisle to, “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You cover by Ingrid Michaelson. It was one of the last decisions we made.”

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Charis White officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “Our celebrant Charis White was also amazing. She explained the process so easily and created the perfect ceremony that reflected us as a couple. We’d been together quite a while, since we were in high school, and this was our day just to show to everyone how much we love each other.”

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“We both wanted to make sure our immediate family all had a special role on the day. Our mums were our witnesses, our dad’s did the speeches, our siblings were in the bridal party or did our readings and Kendall’s oldest sister made the cake. Our nephew was our ring bearer and I (Kendall) wore my Grandma’s watch and has chosen to wear my Nanna’s wedding ring as my wedding ring.”

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“When we left Daylesford it was windy and overcast but by the time we got to Providence Gully, the clouds had cleared to a perfect blue sky, sun shining in through the beautiful gum trees. We chose to have the ceremony nestled in an apple orchard and it turned out to be spectacular.”

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“The setting for the ceremony came together perfectly. We’d spent ages the day before trying to work out the perfect spot and it just worked beautifully on the day. The backdrop, placement of the seating and the light of the sun all made the ceremony incredible. We wanted everyone to know that we love each other and have the best time together!”

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In lieu of a traditional floral bouquet Kendall’s mother made a bouquet of paper flowers tied with colourful ribbons.

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Guests enjoyed garden games and refreshments after the ceremony, Kendall telling, “We wanted the day to reflect who we are – casual, relaxed, fun and care-free. We didn’t want to have anything formal as that’s not who we are. The whole idea was to just get married and have a party with the ones we love. It went as we had hoped with everyone mingling around enjoying themselves, not feeling like they had to stay in their designated seat.”

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“We were fortunate that everything went smoothly in the lead up. The only hitch being the boutonnieres for the Groom and Groomsmen got stuck in customs and never arrived. No dramas however, as the great crew at Wombat Hill Nursery and Florist custom made some for us overnight!”

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Of their photographer, Kendall remarks, “Our photographer Laki Sideris is especially talented. With photography being one of the only tangible parts of the day, it was so important to us to have beautiful photographs and Laki definitely went above and beyond. He was with us from so early in the morning and stayed till late at night and captured seemingly every moment of the day, not just of us but of so many of our guests also. Every image says so much, we’ll never tire of looking through them.”

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Kendall’s sister made an ombre toned wedding cake for the newlyweds.

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Pizza Be With You served up tasty pizzas for the reception dinner.

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The formalities were long over, no planned first dance. Kendall remembers “We didn’t have a first dance! But we did have a bit of a slow dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud”. Laki captured the moment beautifully without the embarrassment of everyone watching us! ”

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Congratulations on your marriage Kendall and Zach! Thank you for allowing us to share the story of your day. Thank you also to Laki Sideris for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Laki Sideris / Cinematographer: Drink The Dawn / Bride’s Dress: Watters / Bridal Salon: Brides of Manuka / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: The Wolf Cub / Bride’s Shoes: Just Because ‘Jaipur’ / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Topman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hair & Makeup Artist: Trish Sousa / Flowers: Paper flowers handmade by bride's mother / Flowers (Boutonnieres): Wombat Hill Nursery and Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Ready Maker Design / Venue: Providence Gully / Ceremony Officiant: Charis White / Reception Decor & Styling: Pepper Sprout Hire / Catering: Pizza Be With You / Cake Baker: Made by bride’s sister / Wedding Ring (Groom): Jewellery Studio, Warringah Mall / Engagement Ring: Moissanite Co / Wedding Ring (Bride): Her Grandmother's Ring
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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

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
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