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by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Natasja Kremers Photography via Inspired Memories – Steve

Happy Friday Dotties! We have had such a wonderful week of awesome weddings here and I’ve taken a peek at next week- I can hardly wait! The Spring season is bringing plenty of busy moments for the team so this weekend will be spent with a bit of celebration and a bit of relaxation!


A look at Five Ways To Win ‘Groom Of The Year’

The lowdown on Fraser Suites Perth – Wedding Expo

What does a celebrant really do? We chat to Koren Harvey of Koren Harvey Marriage Celebrant

Leila shares her favourite moments of her wedding day

Love these gorgeous Art Deco Accessories

Great advice on Writing Authentic and Unforgettable Wedding Vows

Love this DIY Button Pins Tutorial

Tropical Island Honeymoon – Pangkor Laut Resort

Groom Steve shares his Inspired Memories

Love this whimsical Blend font for wedding stationery

A city trip for your honeymoon? Meet The Blackman – Art Series Escape

Which wedding vendors does a wedding vendor love? Check out Vendor’s Favourites – Bright Day Films

Beautiful stories in Jannah & Darryl’s Autumn Maleny Wedding

Bellevue’s Rums N Roses is just the ticket for this Cocktail Friday!

Take a look back with Samantha Wynne 20th Anniversary…. Real Bride, Tamsin

News Roundup 9th October 2015


The winner of our $500 Gift Voucher From Minted is Jacqueline Ruggiero! Congratulations Jacqueline! I will be in touch shortly! Stand by for more great competitions soon!

The lovely crew at Forte Catering have put together a free wedding inspiration guide and were so kind to ask us for our wedding advice! Pop over to the website for the free download!

Sydney couples will enjoy The Wedding List Co & Urban Couture Couples style event on Thursday, 29th October. RSVP for a night of champagne, interiors, prizes and fun styling advice!

We talk a lot about heartfelt weddings here at Polka Dot Bride and this film captured by Smile Factory Films is the quintessential version of this. Scott’s first wife died of cancer in 2010 leaving behind two gorgeous little girls. Scott met Leah, who also had a little girl and together they had a little boy. When Scott and Leah married earlier this year, the children were a major part of the day. One of the more precious moments was when Scott’s daughter danced with her late mother’s father.

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Daina & Ben’s Seaside Sorrento Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Newlyweds by the water in Sorrento

Daina & Ben

Daina and Ben chose a sweet little town to celebrate their seaside Sorrento wedding. They married on the beach before they celebrated in the beach side restaurant with views over the water. It was just want they wanted – a low fuss day, surrounded by people they love. They chose The Official Photographers to capture it all.

Daina tells the story of how she and Ben met. “We moved into the same house as house mates, and that was the start of everything.

On the day of the proposal, Ben had organised for me to go and get a massage, and told me about it that morning. After the massage I came home to Ben opening the door with a bunch of roses and dressed up, when I walked through the door he had Bryan Adams playing in the background, candles lit everywhere and a cheese platter with champagne waiting. It was then that I knew he would propose, but waiting until we had had a few drinks to do so, suspense plus!”
Arranging flowers on the morning of the wedding

Daina wanted the day to be very relaxed so chose to do a lot herself, she remarks, “I arranged all flowers for the reception, I created my own bouquet, all decorations, I also did my own hair and makeup – I wanted the wedding to be less fuss, and more so about the actual day and reason for the day, not fussing over small things.”

Flower arrnaging wedding day

Rachel Gilbert Wedding dres

Daina wore an evening gown by Rachel Gilbert, she tells, “I was not going to spend a fortune on a dress I knew I would wear for one day, but also wanted to feel beautiful. I actually bought a dress one day as I was shopping by myself, an hour after I had bought it I regretted it, and still have it for sale on ebay! I got a bit more serious about finding ‘the one’ so I took to High Street Armadale in Melbourne in search of a ready to wear gown and came across the gorgeous Rachel Gilbert dresses. As soon as I saw the dress (the last one!) I knew it was my wedding dress. On the day, I felt wonderful in the dress, it is the most magnificent dress I have ever seen, I’m so in love with it, I just wish I could wear it again some day soon!”

Bride putting on wedding drressBridelooking in mirror on wedding dat

Bride with mother

“We broke tradition and didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen, again we wanted it to be about us, with less fuss. Our closest friends were still with us on the day and leading up the day.”

Bride with shooulder length veil

The Baths Restaurant Sorrento

Daina and Ben chose The Baths Sorrento  for their wedding, noting, “We live near the water & play near the water, so it was only natural that our wedding should be by the ocean. It’s an amazing older style building that has a lot of character. 180 degree views & stunning boats sitting pretty in view. We were very lucky our ceremony could be held on the beach in front The Baths.”

Groom awaiting bride

Bride walking down the aisle

Expression of guests at bride walks down the aisle

Bride meeting groom

Felicity Johnson Celebrant

Emotional bride during ceremony

Felicity Johnson officiated the ceremony, Daina remembering,”We wanted it to be very personal. Our celebrant made that happen for us, by making us think about what we love & admire about one another. Ben got very creative & wrote most of the vows (haha!) We chose non traditional vows and it symbolised what we think marriage is.”

Holding hands at wedding

The Baths Sorrento Wedding Ceremony

Felicity Johnson Wedding Celebrant

Ring exchnage at weddingNewlyweds after wedding

Throwing confetti after a wedding

Bride in flyaway veil

Sorrento Wedding

Newlyweds in Sorrento

Sorrento Pier Wedding Photo

Black and white SOrrento wedding photo

Of their photographers, Daina tells, “The Official Photographers, based in New Zealand, have a photography style that suited our relaxed wedding theme. Their photography is phenomenal and they are known for their ability to capture moments that can’t be created. We were so happy with Shannon & Aaron being their on our big day, they made us feel so at ease & we just had a ball with them. Also having them as a “husband & wife team” meant that we got many more photos than we ever thought we would get. We got such a surprise when we got our images! So so happy!”

Bride with high bunHalo engagement ring

Bride with pearl bracelet

Waterside wedding photo

Sorrento beach photo

The Baths Wedding Venue Sorrento

Just married wedding decor

Wedding favor boxes with kraft tags

Wedding at The Baths Sorrento

The Baths Sorrento Wedding Reception photo


Bride with shoulder length wedding veil

The Baths Sorrento Wedding Reception

Wedding dancing at The Baths Sorrento

Of the first dance, Daina explains, “We did a impromptu dance off between us after our first dance, people said to us after ‘Did you rehearse that dance? It was the best thing I’ve ever seen!’ we didn’t rehearse it at all, but had the most fun dancing and being silly, which is what we love to do at home!”

Dance floor at The Baths Sorrento

Bride with head back during wedding dancing

Loud dance photo at wedding

Tunnel wedding exit

Bride and groom leaving wedding

Congratulations on your marriage Daina and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to The Official Photographers for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: The Official Photographers / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride’s Shoes: Payless Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groom's Shoes: Roger David / Hair & Makeup: Bride / Flowers: Bride / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Venue: The Baths Sorrento / Ceremony Officiant: Felicity Johnson / Ceremony Musicians: Dj Peter D / DJ: Dj Peter D / Cake Baker: The Cake Cottage / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill

Tiffany & Aaron’s Melbourne Art Gallery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Fennel and Fox photography Melbourne

Tiffany & Aaron

I love the relaxed vibe to this Melbourne art gallery wedding. Tiffany and Andrew put a great focus on good food and wine (and even ice cream cake!) so after a simple, yet beautiful ceremony in the Fitzroy Gardens, they headed to Arc One Gallery to celebrate with their guests in the urban jungle. They chose Ursula from Fennel and Fox Photography to capture their day.

Tiffany tells their story. “Aaron and I met at a mutual friend’s Tarantino party. Everyone had to dress up as a character from any of Tarantino’s movies. Most of the guys went in black suits, as did Aaron. I went as the Japanese school girl from Kill Bill. We met by the keg and after 5 years of long distance (Oregon, USA and Christchurch, NZ) and numerous expensive destination dates, we settled in Melbourne, Australia.”


Janice Wu styled the bride and bridesmaids hair and makeup for the day.

Brides dress laying on bed

Bride wearing jade necklace

Tiffany chose a gown from Eliza J, noting, “I bought the Eliza J dress from Nordstrom for $200. I wanted a lace dress that was comfortable, casual and romantic. Additionally, I wanted a dress I could wear again and not leave zipped up in my closet. I had wanted to go with a cheongsam in ivory lace but did not have luck with any atelier. The actual experience was too easy. Once I saw the dress, I knew it was the one.”

Bride kissing flowergirl

Bride in crew neck lace wedding dress

Tiffany added a jade necklace (a family heirloom) and shoes from BHLDN.

BHLDN wedding shoes

Wedding in Fitzroy gardens

Bride and family in Fitzroy Gardens

Groom in Fitzroy gardens

Of the processional, Tiffany remembers, “I walked in with my biological and step father. Finding the perfect song was so difficult. We did not decide on one until the day before the wedding. My sister had suggested “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat because it perfectly describes the long distance relationship that culminated to our life together.”

Flowergirl with crown

Bride walking with father sin Fitzroy gardens

Fitzroy Gardens Wedding Ceremony

Mrs Jones Celebrant officiated the ceremony, which was held in Fitzroy Gardens, the bride remembering, “We wanted a light hearted ceremony, simple and short. Part of my vow, I read a letter President John Adams wrote to his daughter when she was being courted. This was the same letter my step dad Jack gave me when I was 16, advising me what I should look for in a life long partner:

“Daughter! Get you an honest man for a husband, and keep him honest.

No matter whether he is rich, provided he be independent. Regard the honour and moral character of the man more than all other circumstances.

Think of no other greatness but that of the soul, no other riches but those of the heart.

An honest, sensible humane man, above all the littlenesses of vanity, and extravagances of imagination, labouring to do good rather than be rich, to be useful rather than make a show, living in a modest simplicity clearly within his means and free from debts or obligations, is really the most respectable man in society, makes himself and all about him the most happy.

Fitzroy Gardens Wedding

Ring exchnage at wedding

Nicola Jones-Lumby Celebrant

“All our vendors were amazing. The two vendors that stood out to me were: Mrs Jones Celebrant and Janice Wu , our hair and make up. I had trouble finding a celebrant that wasn’t over the top or cheese. When I met Nicola, it was instant. She not only understood our simple ceremony but she encouraged us to dig deeper. I’m glad she did because it allowed us to reflect more on how we got to this stage. Having our hair and make up done by Janice was like having a girls sleep over but with way better results. She made this prep and bubble time, so special for my bridesmaids and I.”

Fitzroy Gardens Wedding Venue

Melbourne cbd wedding

Nicola Jones-Lumby Marriage Celebrant

Garden wedding venue Victoria

Garden wedding ceremony Melbourne

Melbourne city garden wedding

Child hugging groom

Bridesmaid hugging bride

Smiling wedding guests

Amused wedding guests

laughing bride

Melbourne CBD garden wedding photo

Fennel and fox Photography

Of their photographer, Tiffany remarks, “Fennel and Fox were amazing. Ursula was the first and last photographer we met up with before deciding. She totally understood what we wanted. We didn’t want a big group photo (although our family did!) or make our bridal party stay too long while we snapped photos. We just wanted our wedding in our eyes.

On the day, Ursula and Nathan were so professional and relaxed. They were in the background and a lot of the times, we were not aware of them taking photographs. This was great because it made us less nervous and they captured intimate moments. Ursula has an eye for lighting and it really shows in the photos of Aaron and I at the gardens after the ceremony. The entire process from meeting, the wedding to delivery of the photos was a smooth and enjoyable process. I can’t recommend Fennel and Fox more to any couple looking for a photographer.”

Fennel and Fox photography sun flare

Fennel and Fox photography black and white

Fennel and Fox wedding photo of bridal party

Fennel and Fox

Fennel and Fox wedding photography

Fennel and Fox photography Wedding

Fennel and Fox photography Fitzroy gardens

Flinders lane wedding photo

Cumulus Inc Wedding

Tiffany and Aaron celebrated at Arc One Gallery with a feast catered by Cumulus Inc. The bride remembers, “Aaron and I are not religious, so we centred our focus on our reception. It was held at Arc One gallery which is a small space with wooden floors and walls covered with art of the month. The venue holds 60 people and our wedding was catered by Cumulus. (The whole reason we held our reception at Arc One). It was an intimate and romantic venue. Cumulus provided staff who were SO attentive. Amazing service, they made sure the night went smoothly without a hitch. Kudos to Cumulus and Arc One gallery!”

Arc One gallery Wedding

Greena dn white wedding flowers with Queen Annes LaceCustom tote bag wedding favors

Tiffany screen-printed tote bags as favors for the guests, noting, “My favourite part of our wedding planning was DIYing the save the dates and screen-printing the tote bags. It reminds me of the people that we love and evokes memories of our relationships.”

Messina Gelati Wedding CakeMessina Wedding Cake

Tiffany and Aaron chose an assortment of gelati cakes from Messina Gelati for their wedding cake.

Tea ceremony

Newlyweds at art gallery wedding

Melbourne tea ceremony traditional

Tea ceremony at arc one

Tiffany notes, “My beautiful mother made all the boutonnieres, floral crowns and hair pieces for the wedding. She also made my nephew (the ring bearer) a Hawaiian shirt and the kneeling pillows for the tea ceremony. (I bought the embroideries of Hmong love birds from Etsy) I spent a few weeks screen printing the tote bags for guests, it shows the character “Hei” which is double happiness representing a happy marriage. Due to the small wedding, I was able to hand paint my own save the dates and invites.”

Melbourne wedding tea ceremony

Tiffany and Aaron made sure to include nods to their heritage, remarking, “We made sure, we fit in the Chinese Tea Ceremony. After our ceremony and photographs, Aaron and I arrived at Arc One gallery and there was a space set up with two chairs, two kneeling pillows and my Mum and Aunt with a tray of tea.

My mother had bought me this beautiful tea set, a set I will pass onto my children when they get married. The Chinese Tea ceremony unifies both our families. All of Aaron and my family elders take turns sitting on the chairs and Aaron and I would serve them tea. In return for the tea, they give us marriage advice.

These advice were varied and a very touching part of our wedding. Additionally, our elders give us red packets of money or jewellery. Aaron and I also sit on the chairs and the younger family members serve us tea. We have to give them words of wisdom “take care of your mum, pay attention at school etc” and also red packets of money.”

Melbourne wedding ceremony

Tea cermeony at Melbourne wedding

Tea ceremony traditional

“Both Aaron and I had loved ones that have passed away, that we remembered at our reception. My step dad had made a presentation of memorable photos of our families that lopped in the background.”

Flowergirl during tea ceremony

Wedding in a CBD art gallery

Bride hugging guest

Art Gallery wedding Melbourne

Melbourne cbd art gallery wedding

Congratulations Tiffany & Aaron! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Ursula from Fennel and Fox Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Ursula from Fennel and Fox Photography / Bride’s Dress: Eliza J (Nordstrom) / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Bride’s Jewelry: Chinese jade (Heirloom) / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groom's Shoes: Ecco / Groomsmen Attire: Their own / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Accessories: Their own / Hairstylist: Janice Wu / Makeup Artist: Janice Wu / Bridal Party Flowers: Bride's Mother / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Fitzroy Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Nicola Jones-Lumby - Mrs Jones Celebrant / Reception Venue: Arc One Gallery / Favors: Screen printed totes by the bride / Catering: Cumulus Inc / Reception Flowers: Arranged by Cumulus Inc / Cake: Messina Gelati (Assortment of Gelati cakes) / Wedding Rings: Diamond Exchange

Alice & Pete’s Romantic Summerlees Wedding

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


Rose Photos

Alice & Pete

There is a distinct sense of love at Alice and Pete’s romantic Summerlees wedding. The gorgeous garden ceremony, the way the couple wanted to feel with their vendors, the fun reception and all the little touches in between that made it so very them. Rose Photos was there to capture it all.

Alice and Pete tell the story of how they met. “Pete and Alice were next door neighbours as children. Pete is 3 years older than Alice and was good friends with her older brother. He moved away when he was about 10 (she was 7) and they didn’t see each other for over a decade. Then through MySpace and mutual friends they ended up re-meeting as teenagers (well technically Pete was 22, but Alice was still a teen). They started dated and 8 years later he proposed.”


Groom putting on waistcoastGroom in navy waistcoat

One of the funnier stories of the day occurred with the groom and groomsmen’s suits, Alice retelling, “When the groomsmen started getting dressed, they realised that the suit shop had given them children sized pants for two of them. The groom had a complete suit (which luckily he had tried on before) and the groomsmen had tried on the pants prior to ordering them from the store and hadn’t checked when we picked up the pants if they were the correct size.

An hour before the ceremony we had two groomsmen without pants, and then the photographer arrived to take the ‘getting ready’ photos. The groom and Alice’s brother had to pose for photos and buy some time while the other groomsmen drove to the nearest store to buy some replacement pants. The nearest suit shop was 30 minutes away in Bowral – they bought the first pair of navy pants they could find and upon returning to the venue realised they were the exact same make/colour as the original pants – what are the chances? So with minutes to spare, everything worked out and the bride was none the wiser!”

Groom in navy three piece suit

Nude wedding pumpsLilac and peach wedding bouquet

Bride putting on dress

Alice chose a gown by Maggie Sottero, noting, “I chose the dress as I wanted something pretty and feminine and also something quite youthful. Originally I was planning to buy a strapless puffy dress but when I went back to the store with mum and bridesmaids to try the chosen dress on again before committing to buy it, I saw another woman trying on an amazing dress and changed my mind to buy that one instead.”

Lace shoulder wedding dress detail

Bride in v neck Maggie Sottero gownV back maggie sottero gown

Bride with white horse

Bride with bridesmaids in nude pink

Peach and purple bouquet

Bride hugging father

I Dos wooden wedding sign

Alice and Pete married at Summerlees, Sutton Forest. “We only had the one venue – we wanted the ceremony and reception in the same place to maximise the time we could spend with guests, and minimise their effort of travelling between different venues. Pete and I wanted a country wedding so we could get away from the hustle and bustle of the city (we live in Sydney’s inner west) and have our family and friends come down for the weekend so everyone could relax and enjoy the whole weekend as a holiday.”

Groom and groomsmen watching bride walk down the aisle

Hanging bottles with flowers at wedding ceremonyBride walking down the aisle with father

For her walk down the aisle, Alice chose “Whitley – I remember. This is our song and makes us think of the night we re-met as adults and started dating.”

Bridesmaids warching ceremony

Southern highlands wedding ceremony

Forest wedding ceremonySummerlees Sutton Forest Ceremony

Sumant Badami aka “‘Monty” officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “Our celebrant was amazing. His name is Monty and he used to work at a youth centre near my high school so I knew him already. Our photographer was a good friend of mine from school and he told us that Monty was now a celebrant and we met up with him and booked him straight away. We wanted everyone in the wedding (celebrant, photographer and musician etc) to feel like family and friends who were sharing our day with us.

The vows were not traditional but nothing too crazy. We didn’t want anything religious, it was about two best friends in love. Our former room mate did a reading of ‘All I needed to know I learned in kindergarten” and Pete’s younger sister read out a Doctor Seuss inspired poem that Pete had written for Alice for their first Valentines Day together 7 years earlier.”

Wedding ring ceremony

Summerlees Sutton Forest Wedding

Newlywed sin Summerless

Rose Photos Wedding PhotoRose Photos wedding Photography

Rose Photos Wedding PortraitSummerlees Wedding Photo

Wedding photo at Summerlees

Weddin photo in Sutton forestBridesmaids in pale pink dresses

Bridal party with braces and pale pink dresses

Newlyweds at Summerlees

Country wedding photo in Southern HighlandsNSW country bride

Of their photographer, Alice remembers, “Our photographer James Rose is amazing. James is a good school friend of Alice and there was no question of whether he would be the photographer from the second we got engaged. He had a great sidekick, Simon, so that James was also able to enjoy the reception while Simon carried on taking photos. James is great at capturing the natural emotions of the day and has an amazing eye. One of the guests of our wedding is getting married next year and she is getting James to photograph it (she is also getting our celebrant as well because they were all so good!).”

Southern Highlands wedding portrait

Quits at outdoor weddingOutdoor wedding games

GGift suitcase at weddingMirror seating chart

The decor was handmade by the couple, Alice remembering, “Pete is an illustrator and extremely creative and talented. We did the save the dates and invitations ourselves, we designed and made the entire table settings. Our bombonieres were individual succulent terracotta pots which we planted (and even aged the pots to made them look older). The mothers sourced our flowers from the flower market in Flemington and we arranged them ourselves (the bouquet was put together by a florist with the flowers our mums got from the market).”

Handpainted wedding timeline

Wedding reception a Summerlees

HEssian wedding tablePurple and white wedding centrepiece

Purple wedding flowesWedding tablescape with succulents

Summerlees wedding reception

Books at Country wedding

Country wedding cakeVintage gold mirror

The couple chose a ricotta cake for their wedding from Papa’s Patisserie.

Wedding entrance

Laughing bridesmaids

Wedding guest with spectables

Wedding speeches

Guests enjoyed a sit down meal catered by Sassy Catering. The bride noting, “Our caterers had an amazing attitude and seemed really chilled the whole way through which helped keep the mood of event quite relaxed.”

Bridesmaid during speeches

Groom giving his wedding speech

Toasting at wedding

Cutting wedding cake

Twirling at weddingFirst dance at wedding

Of the first dance, Alice remembers, “Our first dance song didn’t play when we tried to select it so we had to chose another one at the last minute. It was meant to be ‘Stolen Dance’ by Milky Chance, but ended up being ‘This old love’ by Lior. I got embarrassed and invited everyone else up to dance after 30 seconds so our first dance was cut very short. I even got told off by our photographer for cutting it too short.”

Southern highlands wedding reception

Wedding exit in tunnel

Bride with converse

Newlyweds leaving reception

Congratulations Alice and Pete! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Rose Photos for sharing today’s photos!

Photographer: Rose Photos / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Jigsaw (Ceremony) / Bride’s Shoes: Converse (Reception) / Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed from a friend / Groom’s Attire: H+CO / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: H+CO / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: Tanya Ireland Hair / Makeup Artist: One Sweet Day Make Up / Flowers: Flemington Flower Market / Invitations & Stationery: Officeworks (printing by Dash Printing) / Venue: Summerlees, Sutton Forest / Ceremony Officiant: Sumant Badami aka "'Monty'' / Ceremony Musicians: Tom Hume / Reception Hire Items: Go Hire / Favors: Hand made by groom & friends / Seating Chart & Wedding Timeline: Hand made by groom / Catering: Sassy Catering / Cake Baker: Ricotta Cake by Papa's Patisserie / Wedding Rings: Dustin's Jewellers / Transport: Berrima Bus Hire / Wedding Registry: Peters of Kensington
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