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Ingrid & Stephen’s Relaxed Beach Wedding

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


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I love that Ingrid and Steve truly honoured what they loved to do with their relaxed beach side wedding. Choosing the place they spend the most time together – the beach, they wed with the waves crashing in the background and celebrated in the nearby surf club. The best part? The moment the bride got to surprise her groom with a lifelong dream. Jennifer Burch captured their wedding day in all its glory.

Ingrid remembers, “Coxy & I met at our surf life saving club on the northern beaches in Sydney. We both compete in surf boats and he has been my coach/sweep for the last six years.”

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Ingrid wore the Fleur by Maria Chiodo found at Marry Me Bridal. She remarks, “I popped in there for the first time by myself because it’s on my way home from work. The dress I chose happened to be the first one I tried on. I was drawn to the midriff for something a bit different and I had an eye for lace too.”

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Melinda Ovenden created the floral arrangements for the bridal party, including bouquets filled with greenery.

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Ingrid and Stephen chose Pacific Palms Surf Club beachfront for their ceremony, noting, “Coxy (Stephen) is a beach boy through and through and although I love the beach, I have always been drawn to the country, so Pacific Palms was a brilliant medium. It’s also a special place for us as we compete in The Battle of the Boats on Elizabeth Beach each year.”

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The bride arrived with her father on horseback. She explains, “Probably the one thing that stood out was being able to fulfill a dream of riding horses to my ceremony with my Dad. I had always imagined doing something a little crazy like that and it will be one of the most memorable moments of my life. I think our guests were blown away with the surprise as we kept it a secret from pretty much everybody, including my husband! I loved it. It was just perfect.”

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“Dad and I walked down the aisle to ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy.”

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Lorraine Wafer officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “I have been to a few weddings where the ceremony seemed rushed in order to get to the pending party! Although our wedding was a huge party (!), I was hoping our ceremony could be something equally as memorable for us and our guests. Coxy and I wrote our own vows which was a really special part for us and we both feel that our guests definitely took something away with them after witnessing our marriage.”

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Of their photographer, Ingrid tells, “Jennifer worked on her own and captured so many great shots. Jen was extremely relaxed and I feel we got on really well as I was a fairly relaxed bride! Jen’s photos were beautiful. They were natural. She worked with me and my bridesmaids effortlessly and my only regret is not having her for the whole night to follow.”

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Ingrid and Stephen celebrated with their guests at Pacific Palms Surf Club.

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“My mum and I, along with a few helpers (including my 98 year young grandmother) did all the decorating, sourced the hessian for the tables and ordered the native gum for the flower arrangements.  Our wedding cake was a Croquembouche Cake made by a local lady. I had a Croquembouche for my christening, my 21st and my mum’s 60th so we stayed on theme!”

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Music was important to the couple, who chose the John Field Band  to get the party started. Ingrid notes, “We had the most fabulous band play at our wedding. They are the John Field Band and they delivered everything and more! Mark Rohanna was the pianist and he absolutely went above and beyond to make sure we covered all bases so that all went off without a hitch! Their energy was just spectacular. John Field is a brilliant front man and does a very energetic cockroach while playing the guitar. Their female vocalist Bronwyn has a brilliant voice and was electric.

Another special part of the night was having my band (Busyhands) get up and play a few funky tunes during one of the sets. I have been singing with them for six years or so now, so are a very special part of my life.

The last special tribute was singing a song for my husband as a bit of a surprise. Only my family, the John Field Band and my bridesmaids knew about it. Despite my reservations about doing such a thing, it went down very well! I sang At Last by Etta James.”

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Of the first dance, Ingrid remembers, “Our first dance was to ‘Flame Trees’ by Cold Chisel (there’s a story behind this song that came about before we got together). We are both huge Cold Chisel fans and Flame Trees is just the most beautiful rock song ever written. We then went on to dance to Do You Love Me by the Contours just to liven things up a bit!”

Congratulations Ingrid and Stephen! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jennifer Burch for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Jennifer Burch / Bride’s Dress: Fleur by Maria Chiodo / Bridal Salon: Marry Me Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewelry: Antique / Groom’s Attire: Pierre Cardin / Groom’s Shoes: Julius Marlow / Groomsmen Attire: Pierre Cardin / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Julius Marlow / Hairstylist: Leesa Strange - Havana Hairdressing by Leesa / Flowers: Melinda Ovenden / Ceremony Venue: Beachfront, Pacific Palms Surf Club / Ceremony Officiant: Lorraine Wafer / Ceremony Musicians: James Wong & Ella Nielson / Reception Venue: Pacific Palms Surf Club / Band: John Field Band / Catering: Crackle and Spit Catering / Wedding Ring (Bride): Antique / Wedding Ring (Groom): Michael Hill
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo from Beachside Valentines Day Inspiration by Welsch Photography

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you catch our Beachside Valentines Day Inspiration shoot earlier this week? Did it get you in the spirit for a wonderful day with your beloved? I’m not sure our picnic will be quite as beautiful, but it will definitely involve a good view and (hopefully!) sunshine! What are your plans for the week?

It has been a very love themed week on Polka Dot Bride, let’s catch up on the week!


Loving this fun Pom Pom Heart Wreath Tutorial

We asked our favourite vendors to chime in with “What Valentine’s Day Means To Me ” Read the stories from Your Private Chef, Amy Chan Hair and Make-Up ArtistryCarmen Rocha Design and Paperie, Amelia From Pictures and Hearts, Petal and Pod, Vivian Ashworth Hair and Makeup and Glitz and Love

Adam shares his Perth Groom Style

Just perfectly suited to this Sunday- the Emporium Hotel’s Queen Of Hearts Cocktail Friday!

Bride Rhea shares her post elopement Inspired Words

Ms Filigree went along to the gorgeous One Fine Day Bridal Breakfast

Groom Villiame shares his Inspired Memories

Cannot tell the difference between the Bombshell Pro and hand drawn calligraphy!

What readings would a celebrant choose? Melissa Cornwall shares A Few Favourite Heartfelt Readings

Our favourite Cake Pops on Etsy.

Beautiful cultural details at Alyssa and Indoi’s Enchanted Philippine Forest Wedding

Dream away with A Summer Sojourn In French Polynesia

We chat bridal gowns with Atousa Aminian of Demetrios Bridal

Cindy shares her Favourite Pocket Squares Of The Season

News Roundup 12th jan

We love a good comeback story and we are cheer-leading Victorian wedding venue Galwiji Homestead who were affected greatly by a bush fire late last year. The venue’s first wedding was set to be held in December, just before Christmas. As the fire took hold of the local area, the staff, guests and bridal party had to evacuate, devastating the business in the process. Luckily the homestead was saved and because they’ re ready and set to go for the new wedding season, they are offering Polka Dot Bride readers two nights free accommodation (for up to 12 people!) during the week prior to any wedding booking made before Easter. Head to the Galwiji Homestead to see more of this beautiful property.

Brand new Perth venue Ambrose Estate (so new we don’t have photos yet!) are offering up a very special opening offer for newly engaged couples! The first 10 couples to book their wedding reception at Ambrose Estate will receive either Bali flights and 7 nights’ accommodation or decorations for their wedding by one of the venue’s in house stylists. Free honeymoon? Let’s just say that’s a great idea! Head to their website for details.

Mens tailor Institchu have opened their brand new Brisbane showroom. Brisbane gentleman can experience the heritage listed Queen Street location and make sure that their suit is not only beautifully made but custom tailored to their own measurements in person. Visit the website for more details.

The Grounds Of Alexandria are hosting a very special Valentines Day dinner on Sunday! Guests will enjoy a bottle of Pol Roger Vintage Rose 2006, a four course meal, cocktails and drinks, live music and more all under the twinkling lights of the popular cafe. Book your tickets here.

Entries are still open for our $1000 In Vouchers From BNKR and we are loving seeing what everyone’s plans are so far! Be sure to pop over and get your entry in for that pre wedding outfit or your bridesmaids!

Our film of the week comes from Marry Me Movies. I love that Rebecca and Shaun’s wedding day shows just not who they are on that very day, but also the story of how they started and began. The special touch and something I never thought I’d never say – a cockatoo walked the bride down the aisle. Read that story here.

Industrial Valentines Day Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Romance and all things Valentines Day doesn’t have to be cutesy and whimsical, it can also have somewhat of an modern edge to it. An angle I played off for this industrial Valentines Day celebration inspiration board.

The base tones of bright poppy red and white are given a grounding from the neutral tones of the cement, worn wood and warehouse style settings. Fun elements light the red heart neon sign add a nod to the most romantic day of the year without taking away the gritty, modern feel of the occasion.

Of course, red lipstick is brought out for this occasion, red sparkling cocktails and playful red shoes.

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Newlywed photo by Ali Bailey via Hana & Ben’s Whimsical Laurens Hall Wedding, Cocktails photo by Albert Bardina via Green Wedding Shoes, Bride photo by Alicia Swedenborg via Pretty Chic Blog, Red shoe photo by Tanja Lippert Photography via Style Me Pretty, Neon heart light by Sparc Design photo by Kelsea K Photography via Burnetts Boards,  Bridesmaids photo by Tamara Gruner Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Bouquet by Juliette’s Keeper Florals, photo by White Ash Photography via Nouba

Sweet Vintage Valentines Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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I fell in love with the romantic vibe of this sweet vintage Valentines wedding inspiration shoot in Western Australia’s historic Fremantle.

Photographer  Liz Jorquera Photography teamed up with bridal designer Elvi Design, floral designer Katie Cooper Floral Design, jeweller Willie Creek Pearls bow tie designer Gentleman and Scholar, makeup artist Belle James Makeup, hairstylist Karen DeJesus Hair Creative and cake designer Verlena Cakes to create a romantic inspiration shoot inspired by classic 1950’s vintage with a sense of nostalgia.

Katie Cooper notes, “Inspired by the iconic streets of Fremantle in Western Australia and Elvi Design’s bespoke vintage wedding gowns, we wanted to simply tell the story of a young and in love couple who have just tied the knot. After all, who doesn’t love a bit of old world vintage charm?”

Vintage charm is right – with the sweet tea length gown, to the loose, romantic bouquet of marsala, magenta and raspberry reds to the brightest red lips and the sweet pearl jewels. But of course, the best part is the romantic way this couple look at each other. After all, what is vintage Valentines romance without a lot of love in the air?

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Photographer: Liz Jorquera Photography / Bride’s Dress: Elvi Design / Flowers: Katie Cooper Floral Design / Bride's Earrings: Willie Creek Pearls / Groom's Bow Tie: Gentleman and Scholar / Makeup Artist: Belle James Makeup / Hairstylist: Karen DeJesus Hair Creative / Cake Baker: Verlena Cakes
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