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Tamara & Luke’s Rustic Adelaide Hills Winery Wedding

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


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Tamara & Luke

Tamara and Luke’s rustic Adelaide Hills winery wedding captures exactly what this beautiful hearted couple wanted for their day – a day of rustic filled celebrations that celebrated their love of wine, of friends and family and of course each other. The couple chose Todd Hunter McGaw  to capture their day.

The newlyweds tell the story of how they came to be. “We met through friends of friends. Things really took off when Luke offered his spare room to Tamara to rent when she was trying to save for a European holiday. Not long after she shifted in sparks flew and a short 6 months later he followed her on that European holiday for 6 weeks!”

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“I desperately wanted to have our dog feature in the wedding, but logistics made it impossible. Luke surprised me by getting my Dad to give me a wrapped gift which was a framed photo he’d taken of Indie the day before with a sign that matched the wedding signage that said ‘Best Friends Forever’ – lucky the make-up artist was still there as there was tears! My dad also gave me a bunch of pink carnations. He was the first man in her life to give mum flowers, and he’d given her a bunch of pink carnations when I was born. This was a very special moment.”

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The couple chose Adelaide Hills winery Barristers Block Winery  for their wedding, remarking, “We both love wine, and wine tasting. The Adelaide Hills are so close to the city, so we often pop up there on a Saturday or Sunday for a platter and some wine. We stumbled across Barrister’s Block after seeing their flier at a wedding expo. We met the owner on our first visit and loved her straightforward approach. The layout of the venue was also perfect for us as it had an outdoor area for the ceremony, a stunning hayshed for our reception, and a villa on site where the girls could stay the night before and get ready, and then the bridal couple could stay on the night!”

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The groom created signs for the wedding thanks to his brand new business StencilSmart.

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Ryan Cornish  played the bride down the aisle, she remembers, “He not only played before the ceremony and the aisle music, but also the signing music and throughout pre-drinks. His relaxed acoustic style really suited our venue, and the sort of music that we enjoy. We were lucky enough to be able to hear him playing throughout pre-drinks as the music drifted through the forest where we were having photos!”

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Joan Wilson officiated the ceremony. “We were married by Joan in the gardens of Barrister’s Block, under a big gum tree with the sprawling vineyards in the backdrop. It was a really pretty, relaxed view.”

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Of their photographer, the newlyweds note, “Luke asked to do one thing if he had any say in the wedding planning, and that was to select the photographer! As a keen amateur himself, Luke selected Todd Hunter McGaw quite early on due to his wonderful portfolio, captivating blog pieces, and understanding, knowledge and experience towards the wedding day. And the wedding day did not disappoint, being an interstate trip for Todd it was wonderful to see him out at the rehearsal the day before which proved invaluable for guidance with our ceremony location, and his laid back nature, but incredible attention to detail made all involved very relaxed and comfortable, which created a great atmosphere that I think was reflected in the pictures he took on day. A fantastic bloke and highly recommended! ”

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Studio Botanic  styled the dahlia filled floral arrangements for the day, the newlyweds remarking, “Nadia from Studio Botanic was fantastic. With a bride who knew very little about different types of flowers, except what she didn’t want (traditional!) – Nadia just asked for some inspiration from the bride’s Pinterest board and a budget that needed to be worked within. The hanging floral behind the wedding table was absolutely breathtaking. The dahlias were incredible, and the bride asked whether she was allowed to take it off the wall and sleep on it! She also provided all of the small vases and tealight votives that matched our rustic theme perfectly. We couldn’t recommend Nadia and her team highly enough.”

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Little Adelaide Catering Co created a decadent dinner for guests to enjoy – right down to a whiskey and jerky bar! “Nick and his team from Little Adelaide Catering Co were phenomenal. He immediately understood the theme of our wedding, and our love of shared food. He worked within budget to deliver our dream of large share plates of some of South Australia’s best meats, with mouth-watering side dishes a-plenty! Knowing that dessert often goes to waste while people are up dancing at a wedding, Nick created platters of bite-sized dessert morsels that our guests could eat while busting a move. He also helped to stock the Whiskey & Jerky bar with different flavoured pork crackling and beef jerky that was a quirky addition we loved. And the mini cheeseburgers that came out at 11pm were an absolute hit with our guests!”

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“Andrew McCrone from Nice Cup of DJ looked after all our reception music. Luke knew after a minute of meeting him he was the right guy. Exceptional attention to detail and prides himself on top equipment to produce the best possible sound for a wedding venue.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Tamara and Luke! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Todd Hunter McGaw for sharing today’s gorgeous photographs!

Photographer: Todd Hunter McGaw / Bride’s Dress: Jenny & Gerry's Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Regina Sole Queen / : Miss Martini / Groom’s Attire: Joseph Uzumcu / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Joseph Uzumcu / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Events / Hairstylist: Kristen Nyholt / Makeup Artist: Kristen Nyholt / Floral: Studio Botanic / Invitations & Stationery: Little Peach Co / Venue: Barristers Block Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Joan Wilson / Ceremony Musicians: Ryan Cornish / Decorative Lighting: Caso Light n Sound / Signage: StencilSmart / DJ: Nice Cup of DJ / Catering: Little Adelaide Catering Co / Wedding Rings: How Sweet It Is Cakes / Wedding Rings: DDS Diamonds
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Glam Grunge Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


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Sparkling gowns, feathered capes, crowns of crystals and cornrow braids make this glam grunge wedding inspiration shoot turn into something pretty amazing. The shoot proves again and again, that no matter your style, your personality, there is beauty to be found in a wedding, no matter the way you celebrate it. Rich tones of glimmering gold, raspberry red and marsala are coupled with the deep black cape and sparkling hairpieces.

Photographer Dearne of  Little Black Bow Photography teamed up with stylist A Beautiful Occasion, floral designer A Beautiful Occasion, hair and makeup artist  Glow Hair & Makeup to create an inspiration shoot that was designed to show “the essence of grunge with hints of boho”.

Dearne tells, “For the shoot we wanted to show that bridal doesn’t have to be limited to a ‘white dress’ and that you can still embrace your own style and ‘rock it!’ . We loved the juxtaposition of the natural surrounds with the sequins, vinyl and feathers that were complimented by the amazing braided fauxhawk and designer headpieces.”

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Photographer: Little Black Bow Photography / Styling: A Beautiful Occasion / Floral: A Beautiful Occasion / Hairstylist: Glow Hair & Makeup / Makeup Artist: Glow Hair & Makeup / Cape: Rochelle Moore Fashion Design / Accessories: Millela Couture / Gowns: Katie Maree / Model: Kaitlen Dodd / Model: Tyler

Anna & Seth’s Delicate Olive Grove Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


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New Zealand holds a special place in my soul, so Anna and Seth’s stunning delicate olive grove wedding at Craggy Range Winery, on the north island’s east coast, definitely tugs at my heart strings, and I know it will on yours. The couple chose the terrifically talented Meredith Lord to capture their day.

Of their beginning, and proposal, Anna remembers, “After mutual friends of ours tried playing match-makers for months, Seth & I finally met each other at a local bar on a Summer Sunday afternoon. We soon realised it was meant to be and filled the next 5 years with so much fun & adventures together. Then while on holiday, after a swim at our favourite beach in the Coromandel, laying in the sun on our sandy towels, Seth popped the question. We were the only ones on the beach that day and it could not have been more perfect. Because we had just purchased our first home together and had planned a housewarming party which was to be held ten days later, we decided to keep our engagement a secret until we could make the announcement and celebrate with our family and friends at the party. The backyard housewarming, turned engagement party, was so much fun and seeing everyone’s faces (especially our parents!) when we announced that we would marry in 12 months time was priceless!”

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“Seth and I really enjoyed designing my own special custom made engagement ring through Naveya & Sloane!” Anna gushes about her stunning ring. “And Kim from Lushka is the most talented florist. I absolutely adored our bouquets!” which were a mix of cream roses surrounded with luscious greenery to match their day.

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The bride chose a local wedding dress designer, Corina Snow, to create her dream dress. “Simple, floaty and comfy was what I was wanting for my dress, and Corina bought that vision to life. I know what I feel comfortable and confident in, so I didn’t try on any other dresses first. The whole experience was so easy and stress free, and when it came time to try on my very first wedding dress (aside from my Mum’s. I used to ‘dress up’ in it as a little girl) at the final fitting, I fell in love and a few happy tears were shared with my Mum. I couldn’t wait for Seth to see it on the day.”

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Of Seth’s terribly handsome wedding attire, Anna tells, “Because our colour scheme was very neutral, we decided to throw in a pop of colour with a blue suit from Barkers. Seth then matched this with tan boots and accessories from 3 Wise Men.”

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“We wanted a venue with stunning scenery, delicious food and amazing wine. Craggy Range could deliver this and more –  we didn’t even consider looking at any other venues. We also wanted our wedding day to have a rustic and natural feel, and we wanted it to be relaxed and fun for both us and our guests. We planned a weekend getaway to the Hawkes Bay with our closest friends and family.”

“Seth and I packed the car and made the trip from Tauranga to the Hawkes Bay on the Thursday, started the celebrations on the Friday with our nearest and dearest who had travelled from all around New Zealand, (some as far away as the US and UK). We became ‘Mr & Mrs’ on the Saturday, and shared a lazy Sunday brunch with them all before we packed up, drove back to Tauranga and flew to Mexico on honeymoon the next day.”

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Anna walked down the aisle to “Elation” by Isbells with both of her parents, and she and Seth were married in the Olive Grove, in amongst the trees and vines with Te Mata Peak in the background. Anna remembers fondly, “I was living a moment that I had been dreaming about, and I had the biggest smile across my face when I saw Seth.”

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“We had written our own vows to each other, promising to ‘travel the world, fill homes with memories and get old and grey together’ and vowed simply to be ‘yours forever’. My Great Aunty Carole was our marriage celebrant, and Seth’s two sisters read Bob Marley’s ‘Only once in your life…’.We each had a best friend standing by our sides when we said ‘I Do’, plus Seth had his two brother-in-laws and I had my two sisters. Our ceremony was personal and filled with lots of love, smiles and a few tears.”

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Of their photographer, Meredith Lord, Anna says, “As soon as we came across Meredith’s website, we immediately contacted her. Her photos were so beautiful and just the style we were after. From the first time we met her for coffee, to the big hug she gave us at the end of our day, Meredith was ‘oh so lovely’, and we are so lucky to have had her document our day with amazing photos that we will cherish forever.”

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“Our reception at Craggy Range was in the restaurant ‘Terrôir’, and we partied the rest of the night in the Barrel Room ‘Sophia’. Aside from the flowers, we pretty much DIY’ed everything – made stationery for the day, venue signs, welcome packs for our guests when they arrived at their accommodation, sourced 100 Agee jars which were lit with candles and wrapped potted herbs with burlap and twine for simple rustic centrepieces.”

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“We displayed photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days at our reception. Seth’s Mum lovingly made ‘Gran Adamson’s Gingernut’s’ for our wedding favours, in honour of Seth’s late Gran,” Anna explains lovingly of some of the special details from their day. At Polka Dot Bride, we adore such sentimental, personal touches to a wedding day.

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Cindys Cakes

Cindy’s Cakes made an incredibly delicious caramel mud cake, with caramel mousse filling and fresh berries!

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For their first dance, the couple chose, ‘The Wedding Song’ by Angus & Julia Stone, which their band had learnt and played as they walked into the Barrel Room. “While our guests slowly made their way over from the restaurant, we had a few moments where it was just the two of us in the middle of the dance floor. It was one of the most memorable moments of our day.”

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Anna says, “I loved the whole planning process. I love to organise, I love planning parties and I love to surprise people. The entire wedding was planned with our suppliers via email, Facebook messages and text messages, as we live a four hour drive away from the Hawkes Bay and, although this was daunting to start as we didn’t know who to contact, it all became so easy and exciting as we booked and liaised with the suppliers that would help create our dream day. We cannot thank Meredith enough, and Shelley at Craggy Range, for all their help, recommendations and guidance with it all, as everything came together perfectly and just as we imagined.”

To end their perfect day, Anna remembers, “Seth and I then walked through the vines at the end of the night to the winery’s Honeymoon Cottage…”

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Congratulations Anna and Seth – such a beautiful wedding! Thank you to the couple, and to Meredith Lord, for sharing it with us.

Photographer: Meredith Lord / Bride’s Dress: Corina Snow / Bride’s Shoes: Lolita Shoes / Bride’s Jewellery: Karen Walker / Bride’s Jewellery: Boh Runga / Groom’s Attire: Barkers / Groom's Shoes: 3 Wise Men / Groomsmen Attire: Barkers / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Shoes: Country Road / Bridesmaid Dresses: Moochi / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sisters & Co / Bridesmaid Accessories: Ear Sugar / Hairstylist: Abby Schofield / Makeup Artist: Cushla Bower / Flowers: Lushka / Ceremony Venue: Craggy Range Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Bride's Great Aunt / Wedding Cake: Cindys Cakes / Reception Venue: Craggy Range Winery / Rings: Naveya & Sloane / Rings: Diamond Design

Modern Bridal Style Ideas From Love Marie

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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It is somewhat of our mission here Polka Dot Bride to encourage you to find your own style, so when this modern bride style ideas from Love Marie Bridal Boutique shoot hit our inbox, I wanted to share it with you.

Amy of Love Marie Bridal Boutique  teamed up with photographer Day One Weddings, florist Clementine Posy, hair stylist The Bridal Hair Co, makeup artist  The Bridal Makeup Co and nail artist  Skye Mcintyre to create a shoot that inspires brides to style their wedding day look in their own unique style. Five distinct looks – from bohemian, to glam, chic to romantic and even luxe show how you can create just the style you’re after with a carefully chosen gown, hair and makeup, and flowers.

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The first look is all about the bohemian styling. The Daughters of Simone “Lilah” gown taking centre stage with the beautiful natural makeup  of bronze and brown tones. The finishing touch – a vintage inspired flower crown of vintage silk flowers created by Teeki.

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For the romantic bride, the model wears a beautiful a-line gown by Tatyana Merenyuk and carries a bouquet of pastel tones. Soft curls are swept into a beautiful up-do and the high-low hemline? The perfect chance to show off a very special pair of shoes.

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Turning to modern and luxe styling, the off the shoulder Bardot design from Odylyne The Ceremony was paired with a sleek ponytail and hairpieces of copper and rose gold. The addition of vibrant blue hydrangeas added the finishing touch.

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For something chic, the Anais Anette Sage gown with beautiful delicate lace and the gold leather flower details juxtaposed with a beautiful flower crown and long veil giving it an elegant look.

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The final look was all about glamour. Featuring the gorgeously elegant Tara Lauren Harlow gown, the team created a beautiful look with glam waves and a decadent crystal hairpiece. The look was finished with a beautiful bouquet of magenta, blue and pinks.

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Photographer: Day One Weddings / Gowns: Love Marie Bridal Boutique / Headpieces: Teeki Love Marie Bridal Boutique / Hairstylist: The Bridal Hair Co / Makeup Artist: The Bridal Makeup Co / Floral: Clementine Posy / Nails: Skye Mcintyre
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