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Nikita & Hugh’s Relaxed Country Garden Wedding

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


Silk Truffle Photography Jessica

Nikita & Hugh

What does a wedding makeup artist do when she ties the knot? Well, apart from  doing her own makeup, she turns the day into a heartfelt, intimate celebration in her own backyard. This relaxed country garden wedding is a beautiful sight to see and I can’t wait to dive in and tell the stories! Nikita and Hugh chose Silk Truffle Photography  to photograph their day.

Bride putting on makeup

Nikita did her own hair and makeup (she styles other wedding makeup through her freelance business Nikita Lauren) while Colour.Beauty.Brides assisted. One of the couple’s favourite stories of the day was a complete accident. They tell, “We loved accidentally seeing one another in the morning, which allowed us to loose the nerves & actually help finish things off together. Hugh walked into the area where I was getting my hair done, and said “I thought you were going to be in another room,” and went to walk away. “Well you’ve seen me now, so come & give me a kiss!” is how I replied and received the biggest, best hug.”

Bride putting on wedding dressPronovias Wedding dress with buttons

Nikita chose a Pronovias gown from Sposa Bella. “I looked for months for a dress that fit my thoughts – slinky, unpretentious, unadorned & with a gorgeous low back. When I finally found something similar to what I wanted, I realised it was just ‘too plain’ for me. Pronovias had a beautiful assortment of dresses that were more ‘bridal’ than I first envisioned, but perfect all the same as they had a similar feel.” Her bridesmaids each wore a floor length gown in a shade of pink.

Bridesmaids in different pink dresses

Bridesmaids in mismatched pink dresses

Bridesmaid hugging bride

Bride with long curly hairYellow and magenta bouquet

Groom gettingready

Tattoo Wedding Band

The groom, a woodworker, chose to have his wedding ring tattooed on by Picton Tattoos.

Groom in burnt orange tieGroom seeing bride at first look

Nikita and Hugh met before the ceremony for a first look. “It was so special and fun seeing one another all dressed up, and privately before our ceremony.”

First look at weddingBride and groom at first look

Sourthen Highlands Wedding Photo

Bride and groom in gorgeous garden

Bride being helped with trainBlack and white wedding photo

Smiling bride with groom

Bride and groom in front of ivy covered wall

The couple chose Nikita’s family home in the Southern Highlands for their wedding, noting, “The ceremony & reception were both held at my family property in the Southern Highlands. It’s untouched, natural & unique. It’s somewhere we can always return to, both physically and emotionally.”

Welcome sign on logs for weddingHanging botle of flowers

There were so many hand made elements on the day – from the wooden log welcome sign, the invitations and stationery, the cross the couple married in front of – even the flowers were arranged by the groom’s sister.

Bride walking with veil

Groom hugging bridesmaid

Bridesmaids in pink with coloured bouquetsBurnt Orange Wedding Tie

Nikita chose Ortopilot’s acoustic version of Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’ for her walk down the aisle.

Bride walking gown aisle

Southern Highlands Wedding

Southern Highlands Wedding Ceremony Location

Wedding ceremony in Southern HighlandsSouthern Highlands Ceremony

Southern Highlands Wedding ceremony Photo

Southern Highlands First KissBride with grandmother

One of the special touches of the day was the bride and groom’s grandparents signing the marriage register, Nikita remarking, “Our grandmothers didn’t know they were going to be the witnesses, and just when everyone thought they had finished crying from Hugh’s vows, they cried again at the gesture of inviting the Nans up to do that.”

Groom and groomsmen in navy waistcoats

Groomsmen in waistcoatsOmbre pink bridesmaid gowns

Bride laughing with bridesmaidsMismatched pink bridesmaid gowns

Bride and groom with wedding party

Nikita tells, “The guest list was literally just our family, & only a few family friends. The few friends that were invited, were in our bridal party, as they’re as close as family gets, without the blood connection. We included our sisters & brothers in our groomsmen & bridesmaids as we value family connection greatly, and wanted them to play a huge part in our day.”

Silk Truffle Wedding Photography

Wedding Silk Truffle PhotographySouthern highlands wedding location

Australian wedding

Of their photographer, Nikita notes, “Our photographers & videographers were amazing on the day, and all of our family & friends mentioned how they barely noticed them, yet thought our video & photographs were so beautiful. I much prefer candid photographs & being able to enjoy our day how it is, rather than being directed to do things, which will then be on film as untrue memories. We and our day were captured for how it was, and it makes looking back on the real moments even more special!”

Silk Truffle Photography Southern Highlands


Australian bride and groomReal bride in prnovias

Bride in mermaid Pronovias dressLilac yellow and pink bouquet

Pre Dinner Drinks wooden signGuiests playing badminton

Garden games at wedding

Spring wedding drink station

Marquee for wedding with greenery

Greenery wedding centrepieceGreenery wedding chandelier

Yellow and magenta flowers in vintage crystal vaseWooden wedding chairs

Guests clapping bride and groom

Newlyweds entrance at wedding

Marquee with greenery and fairy lights

Guests enjoyed a feast by Diamonds Catering, the bride noting, “Everyone loved the food brought to us by Diamonds Catering. They were extremely friendly, and the baked dinner was amazing! Our favourite part of wedding planning was looking around at other venues, and realising what we had on our own back door step was perfect.”

Bridal gown with low lace edged back

Of the first dance, Nikita remembers, “With all of the commitment & effort it took to set up the wedding site within a couple of days, I forgot to charge the Ipod, and only remembered to do so on the morning of the wedding. When it came time for the first dance, the Ipod hadn’t been synced from new songs being uploaded especially for the wedding, so our original first dance song wasn’t available for use. Instead we used the same song from when I walked down the aisle, and it was perfect all the same.”

Southern Highlands dancingGreenery and faiurlights at wedding

As a special finishing touch for the day, Way Up High captured this beautiful film. I love that is captures all the emotion and all the fun of the day!

Congratulations Nikita and Hugh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Silk Truffle Photography for sending this wedding our way!

Photographer: Silk Truffle Photography / Cinematographer: Way Up High / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Sposa Bella / Bride’s Shoes: Forever New / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: Sambello Menswear, Narellan (02) 4648 2887 / Groom's Shoes: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Sambello Menswear, Narellan (02) 4648 2887 / Bridesmaid Dresses: Assorted. / Hairstylist: (Bride) Nikita Lauren / Hairstylist: Colour.Beauty.Brides / Makeup Artist: (Bride) Nikita Lauren / Flowers: Meaghan Gates / Invitations & Stationery: Vistaprint / Venue: 'Tillside' Yanderra (Private Property) / Ceremony Officiant: Deborah Thomas / Catering: Diamonds Catering / Wedding & Engagement Ring (Nikita): Hennings Jewellers / Wedding Ring (Hugh's Tattoo): Picton Tattoos
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Bo & Luca “Cassiopeia” Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I love seeing brand new bridal collections from designers. I love seeing the inspiration, the unique muses, the things that drive them to create beauty and today, the brand new collection from Bo & Luca is no different.

“Cassiopeia” takes inspiration from the dramatic mystery of the night. Gowns (and shorter dresses) pull in incredible beading, billowing sleeves, elegant trains, subtle cut outs, draped skirts layered in silks, low hanging backs. With bohemian, 1970’s touches, the pieces take on a dramatic edge, while being completely wearable. Each is carefully considered to stay on brand, but as a progression to the label.

True to Bo & Luca’s bohemian style, the collection continually creates gowns for the bride who loves to take risks, dress for herself and tell her own story on her wedding day.  And that’s what I love about this collection – not everybody has a bohemian spirit, but everyone wants an incredible gown and there are so many beautiful pieces in this collection that there is sure to be one for you to tell your own story.

The Cassiopeia collection is available from Bo & Luca flagship stores now.













Photographer: Jessica Aleece

Vendor of the Week – Gwendolynne

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? Mr Polka and I had a quiet one and spent some time nesting, which is what we like to do best. Did you do anything fun?

Monday morning comes around quickly and so it’s time to highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Cakes, we have Photobooth Hire, we have Favors and Decor Accessories, we even have Menswear! We work hard to attract the best vendors who love to discuss your wedding plans with you and provide the best possible service for your wedding day.

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




Luxurious fabrics, exquisite beading, drawing on eras past for inspiration – this is what a dream wedding dress is made of. Gwendolynne of Gwendolynne brings to her designs an intuition, borne of years of experience to create elegant, sensuous and truly innovative gowns. Each collection references the past with elegant fluid designs and exquisite attention to detail – and best of all, they are made in Melbourne.

We asked Gwendolynne of Gwendolynne five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Espresso martini!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Anything! I don’t get away much as I’m busy working with clients on Saturdays but absolutely love anywhere lush like Olinda or anywhere in the Dandenong’s.

Favourite restaurant?

As I work late I don’t head out much but I often find my own Kitchen is my favourite place to eat.

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

Relaxing, eating breakfast in bed or in the sun on my patio looking at my plants.

Your favourite wedding story?

A story I do love is the lovely gentleman who owns Rose Street Artist Market in Fitzroy proposed to his partner outside our Fitzroy salon. So romantic that our store was the perfect backdrop for such a wonderful moment between two people.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Golden Glow

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays



Photo by Aparat Photography

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