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Sousan and Harvey’s Elegant Sydney Wedding

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


Newlyweds in Sydney

Sousan & Harvey

Sometimes all you need is simplicity and elegance and this elegant Sydney wedding has all that and more! Sousan and Harvey chose a popular Sydney venue for their wedding – marrying in the courtyard before celebrating with their guests at a sit down reception and of course, the best part – dancing the night away! gm photographics were there to capture it all.

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Marianna Grillo styled the bride’s hair and makeup.

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The bride wore an elegant gown by Amanda Garrett. Her bouquet of roses and blushing brides was created by Maria Lush.

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Full length photo of bride in Amanda Garrett

Sousan remembers, “There was a huge storm / mini cyclone from 3.30-4.15pm which we could see from our hotel as we were getting ready for the ceremony. The skies opened up and the sun shone just in time for the 5.30pm service!”

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Sousan walked down the aisle to Vivaldi.

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Sousan and Harvey held their wedding at Gunners Barracks. They both wanted a relaxed ceremony surrounded by family and friends, so chose the venue’s courtyard for the ceremony proceedings. Sousan remarks, “Many attending the wedding were from overseas and interstate so the Gunners Barracks was the perfect Sydney venue – a venue so unique!”

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Ceremony at Gunners Barracks

Wedding ceremony at Gunners Barracks

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Kissing at Gunners Barracks

Courtyard at Gunners Barracks

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Congratulations at Gunners Barracks

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Sydney newlyweds

Sousan describes the day as “Simple, elegant and relaxed in all regards.”

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Celebrations continued inside at Gunners Barracks, the entire event planned by Events by Nightingales who worked with Maria Lush to create a beautiful feeling to the space. Sousan remarks, “All of our chosen vendors were outstanding, but the florist drew the most comments from the guests. The wonderful organisation of Nightingales and the venue allowed us to relax and enjoy the day.”

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Gold mirror wedding decor

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Gunners Barracks Reception Entrance

Wedding reception at Gunners Barracks

Toast at Gunners Barracks

Reception at Gunners Barracks

Laughing groom

Laughing bride

Musician at Gunners Barracks

The couple chose Lets Groove Tonight for all their dance floor action.

Wedding dance floor at Gunners Barracks

For their first dance, Sousan and Harvey chose “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

Wedding dance at Gunners Barracks

Dancing at Gunners Barracks

Bride and groom dancing at Gunners Barracks

Dance fllor at Gunners Barracks

Wedding exit at Gunners Barracks

Congratulations Sousan and Harvey on your marriage. Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to gm photographics for sharing the images of the day.

Photographer: gm photographics / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Events by Nightingales / Bride’s Dress: Amanda Garrett / Bride’s Shoes: Saint Laurent / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford / Groom's Shoes: Bally / Groomsmen Attire: Harrolds / Hairstylist: Marianna Grillo / Makeup Artist: Marianna Grillo / Flowers: Maria Lush / Invitations & Stationery: Natalie by Design / Venue: Gunners Barracks / Ceremony Musicians: Vov Dylan - String Quartet / Cake Baker: Something Blue Cakes / Band: Lets Groove Tonight
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Sarah Christensen from Paula and Brendan’s Lord Howe Island Destination Wedding

Ah the end of another working week! It has been such a cold miserable week here, that I am looking forward to curling up on the couch this weekend and diving into a long to do list of reading. A bookworm I am indeed, and reading is not something that has been high enough on my priority list of late. It seems it might be just the last hurrah to winter I need!

Have you been visiting the Polka blogs this week? We’ve had some amazing posts! Let’s get into rounding them up!


Grey suit with white tie? Take a look at Shane‘s Groom Style

It doesn’t have to be serious! Top tips on Having Fun With Your RSVPs

An amazing backdrop for Paula and Brendan’s Lord Howe Island Destination Wedding

How to make a yummy Pink Grapefruit, Cucumber And Lemon Thyme Infused Gin – try this as a wedding favour

What exactly is a pop up wedding? We’re learning about Pop-Up Wedding Events

Ms Lace is back with our Cocktail Friday! Her Lace Beach Sunset

A must watch! All The Little Things That Make A Wonderful Wedding

Honeymoon in Australia close to home with A Heavenly Blue Mountains Honeymoon

Rounding up our favourite Lace Mantilla Veils

Digging the dirt on wedding stationery with Elly Hartley of Elly Hartley Designs

Nat shares all the wisdom she learned on her wedding day with Inspired Words

Roomba’s at Mt. Aitken share their favourite wedding vendors

Love handwritten fonts? Meet Blog Script

Make-Up Master Class 1 – Creating a Flawless Make-Up Base with a Subtle Finish

The stunning bouquet in Sophia and Andrew’s Botanical Southern Highlands Wedding took my breath away.

Our wedding film of the week comes from The White Tree, the wedding of Oliver and Laura is about as old world romantic as you can get. It’s classic, it’s beautiful and it’s a wonderful way to end the week.

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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There is nothing quite like the backdrop of the Australian bush of a wedding, and today’s modern bush land wedding inspiration shoot combines the gorgeous bushland backdrop, with wedding inspiration that is simple, but incredibly beautiful.

Photographer Alana Taylor Photography team with with hairstylist Blair Pinchman from Adagé Hair and Body, makeup artist Stephanie Pase from The Lipstick Bandit, florist Leah Mitchell Floral Design along with models Reece Conley and Stephanie Morrison , a beautiful gown by Karen Willis Holmes from Ivory & Lace Boutique, cowboy boots from Ariat Boots and a stunning venue – Weddings in the Wilde at Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre to create a shoot that had a rustic yet elegant and relaxed style that really played off its surroundings.

Photographer Alana notes, “The inspiration behind the shoot was the venue. It is set in such beautiful surroundings, in the highlands, and has so much charm. The warm ambiance of the bush chapel made me swoon the first time I was there, and still does. It’s the most perfect location for a cosy gathering of friends and family. We wanted to keep the shoot simple, about the couple and their relationship rather then all the bells and whistles, which after all is what a wedding is about. We had the Bride with two different outfits, a more formal outfit for the ceremony and a more relaxed outfit for the reception to really convey the style for the shoot.”

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Ashtyn and Patrick’s Fun Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bride and groom at backyard wedding

Ashtyn & Patrick

A fun garden wedding never goes astray and today’s backyard celebration is full of fun moments, happy moments and love filled moments. So it ticks all the Polka Dot boxes! The two handmade, or worked with family and friends to create most of the elements of their day- from origami flowers guests pinned to their dresses and suits as they arrived, to the wedding arch they married under. Each little detail was carefully thought out. Ashtyn and Patrick chose We Are Alchemy to capture their wedding day.

Of how they became engaged, Ashtyn tells, “We had been together for almost 10 years when Pat proposed. We met at high school when Pat was the new kid at school and have been together ever since! We chose the ring together and then Pat proposed a few months later one Saturday afternoon on a favourite walk of ours … without the ring! I got the ring the next day when we got back home. It was great! It was a whole weekend event.”

Pat adds, “Ash and I got together in high school. In early 2014 I proposed to her at one of our favourite bush walks/look outs down on the Great Ocean Road. Her extended family was staying down there with us at the time so it was great to be able to share the special moment with them too.”

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Ashtyn chose a gown by Grace Loves Lace, she remembers “My dress was the Loren Chiffon from Grace Loves Lace (swoon!). I was totally open to buying a second hand dress (as long as it met my criteria of being ‘backyard’ appropriate and comfortable to eat and dance in!!)  Next thing I know, less than a month after our engagement, this baby popped up on ebay!

I bought it so quickly that I realised only a few minutes later I didn’t even ask the girl I was buying it from how tall she was! Thankfully she was the same height as me, meant to be! I altered the straps slightly from the way I bought it and I was done, easy! It was such an exciting experience from start to finish. And, man! That dress was so comfortable!”

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First look at wedding

The couple chose to meet before the ceremony to maximise the time with their guests.

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Bride and groom

Groom kissing bride

Bride and groom before ceremony

The couple chose the backyard of Ashtyn’s parent’s home for their wedding day. The bride noting, “We were incredibly lucky to have our entire wedding at my parent’s house! From the minute we were wedding planning we knew our dream venue. Thankfully they said yes! It was so much fun preparing everything as a family and oh-so-special on the day to be celebrating with our nearest and dearest in our childhood backyard!”

Pat adds, “From the start we were set on getting married at Ash’s parent’s place. There is a lot of history there for all of us and we wanted that to be part of the day. I suppose we were extra lucky in that not only is their home such a beautiful property, but Mark and Linley put in a huge amount of time and effort getting the grounds and house in top shape for the ceremony and reception.”

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Of their photographer, Ashtyn and Patrick remark, “We loved her from the moment we first met. She made us feel so comfortable and was always listening to our crazy plans. Her work is just beautiful and well beyond what we ever expected. She is just lovely, as are her photos!”

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Rustic eremony decor

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Seriousness did not come into play for Ashtyn and Patrick – an inflatable swan and flamingo even had a veil and bow tie made for them to get into the spirit, Ashtyn telling, “I totally fell in love with the giant inflatable birds we made into a bride and groom! They managed to stay upright the whole night too, bonus!”

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Paper flowers for guests

Ashtyn tells, “I love a good ‘crafternoon’! I felt like every moment of planning, collecting and making everything for all of our projects was a treat! We made all the bunting ourselves (with the great expertise of my mum), the cushion covers on the hay bales, the origami flowers, the twine covered jars and the arch for the ceremony. We also put together our own save the dates and invites. ”

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Ashtyn walked down the aisle with her father to Cat Power’s Sea Of Love.

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Ashtyn remarks, “We wanted a vibe that was fun, happy and ‘us’. We didn’t stick to many traditions. We stayed together the night before, worked to set everything up together on the day, had photos together before the ceremony and just stayed at our own house that night. We aimed to do as much as possible ourselves and involve friends and family, I think it made for a very love-filled atmosphere.

We also made the decision not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen which was a bit different. We instead chose to allocate roles to special people throughout the day (like Ash’s sister and Pat’s brother being witnesses at the ceremony) hoping this would create a relaxed atmosphere because no one had set ‘jobs’ to do! It’s not for everyone, but we loved it for the very relaxed style of wedding we had.”

Mark Pobjoy Celebrant

The arch the couple married under used to be part of the swing-set Ashtyn and her sisters grew up playing on, the groom loved the sentiment. Not only that, but the spot was the exactly the same one as where Ash’s parent’s married thirty years earlier.

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Bride and groom first kiss

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Guests enjoyed a feast from Luckman Catering and Kegs on Legs. Ash noting, “Every single vendor we were involved with was brilliant, we were absolutely blown away! We particularly bonded with our photographer Peta from We Are Alchemy, she really went above and beyond as did my sister’s two friends who shot our wedding film! It was their first wedding film, amazing! We were also really happy with the service provided by Kegs on Legs. The beer and cider were great and bar staff for very friendly and professional.”

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For their first dance, Ashytn and Patrick chose Otis Redding ‘That’s how strong my love is”. There was no garter toss, instead the groom threw a football! Ash adds, “I loved dancing with Pat at the reception. I had a moment when we were dancing together under the sparkling lights surrounded by all our friends and family and I looked at him and thought I can’t believe I am looking at my ‘husband’ and we have achieved everything we dreamed of for our day.”

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Congratulations Ashtyn and Patrick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to We Are Alchemy for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: We Are Alchemy / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Alterations: Debbie from De'cre Dressmaking, Ivanhoe / Bride’s Shoes: River Island sandals via ASOS / Bride’s Jewelry: Rutherford / Groom’s Attire: (Jacket) Calibre / Groom’s Attire: (Shirt & Pants) Country Road / Hairstylist: Eko Hair Designs (Marie) / Makeup Artist: Ricci-Jean Makeup Artist / Flowers: Montflora Florist / Flower filled wooden crates: Family friends nursery 'Yardbirds' / Stationery Design: Lady B Paperie on Etsy / Stationery Printing: Printbound / Stickers: Gilberts Tree On Etsy / Stickers: Fiendish Paper Thingy / Envelopes: Alpha By O / Venue: Private Property / Catering: Luckman Catering / Kegs of beer & bar setup: Kegs on Legs, Melbourne / Cake Baker: Family friend / Favors: (Seeds) Diggers Magazine / Favors: (Envelopes) The Crooked Twig on Etsy / Origami Flowers: Made by groom / Marquee, lighting, bar tables & market umbrellas: Hart's Marquee Hire / Vintage table and bench seat (for ceremony): The Establishment Studios / Hay bales: Friend / Ceremony Officiant: Mark Pobjoy / Ceremony Musicians: Friend / Solar lanterns: Ikea / Blackboards, lightbox, wooden rabbits, small moss rabbit, scrabble letters: Typo / Inflatable Flamingo: Family Love Tree / Inflatable Swan: Giant Swan / Photobooth: In the Booth / Wedding Rings: Arman Jewellery / Engagement Ring: David East Jeweller
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