Our Little Wedding


Mark and Lisa

I fell for Mark when I was in my first year of high school. The first time I laid eyes on him I knew that he was the man for me. After a few years playing cat and mouse, we got together. Mark proposed when we had been together for 6 1/2 years and as waiting wasn’t a big deal to us, we had a look to see when our next anniversary fell on a Saturday and to our surprise it was our 10 yrs! What a perfect day to celebrate our wedding.

I knew I wanted the feel and style of the day to be Romantic, elegant and fun, to make people really feel like part of the day, not just guests. To me that meant involving loved ones, lollypops for the kids at the end of the aisle, roses on the mothers’ place settings. Really capturing the essence of love.

My dress was purchased from Bridal Collections at Erina. I knew it was the base of what I was after but I had some alterations in mind that would make it the perfect gown for me. I took it to Kelley Heaney Bridal Couture and discussed with her the large textured, floral shoulder I wanted to add. She was flawless in her delivery and the outcome was exactly what I had envisaged. We changed the neckline and backline and added a long, stunning veil from french tulle that complimented the dress perfectly.



The bridesmaids dresses were purchased from Forever New and were perfect for the occasion.


Keeping with tradition, Mark and I bought each other gifts. We wanted them to be something we could wear on the day and that we could pass down to our children one day. I got Mark a beautiful Citizen watch from Times Square on our trip to New York and he bought me an antique freshwater pearl bracelet from a cute local antique shop.


The Ceremony location was stunning. We chose to be wed above the waterfall in the Hunter Valley Gardens with a long wisteria walk way as our aisle.




Our photographer was Ben Adams Photography. He is amazing and I fell in love with his work from the word go. He was exciting and fun and on our shoot throughout the hunter valley gardens all I remember hearing was laughter from all in the bridal party.




A few of my favourite pics of Mark and I!




The reception was at the Sebel Kirkton Park. The property was our favourite! The room shouted old world elegance with detailed cornices, chandeliers and elegant filigree curtains.


As I wanted to have the personal touches as a big part of our day, we did all of the decorating except for the chair covers. Our centrepieces were ivory ceramic cake stands filled with candles, pearls and sweet avalanche roses nestled in.


The bonbonnieres were homemade jams from Aunty Evas Preserves. We had strawberry and vanilla or Blackforest for the guests labelled with ” Spread the Love”. Love, laughter and happiness was the feel of the night!


Our cake was made by Analee at Cakes to Dream On and was Cherry Ripe chocolate cake and Caramel Mud. We had the pattern of the lace on my dress trailing up each layer of the cake and fresh flowers to finish.


Our flowers were by Peter Herd Floral Design. There was a big heat wave in the earlier months of the year and due to this, the flowers I had chosen were wiped out. Rather than a worried call from the florist I got an excited man on the end of the line. As a fluke some beautiful David Austin’s from England had arrived and so these were showcased in my bouquet along with freesias and sweet avalanche roses. As you can imagine, I was very excited. The roses were wonderful and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.



In the reception, Ben our photographer had provided a Crazy Photo Booth for all of our guests to enjoy. It was a fun, fresh and unique addition to the reception and had everyone up and mingling.


My dad is a really proud father so having our dance was something I felt a must for the night. During this we had the MC ask Mark and his mum up to join us and then hand us over to each other for our first dance as a married couple. It was one of the best parts of my night. The people we chose for readings and speeches, photos displayed of our parents at their weddings, all the little things I saw as part of the bigger picture. All of that really ended up making the experience that much more special to us.


Photography by Ben Adams Photography

Ms Gingham says: The photo of the dish running away with the spoon is so amazing! I love it. Thanks to the Littles for sharing their Little Wedding with us!

Lisa says:I love my husband, my family and my friends. Vintage inspired creations with a unique personal touch make my heart skip a beat! I believe happiness isn’t a destination but a way of living and making someone smile is one of the best things you can do.

Friday Roundup

Kat & Corey’s Engagement by Spinning Still Photography

Welcome to FRIDAY lovely polka dotties! Did you have a lovely week? This week has certainly been action packed with Mr Polka flying all over the place. I am so happy he will be home this weekend! Have you checked out the Polka Dot blogs this week? Do you want to contribute? (Just register for a personalised collection a and then fill out the application form if you do!)

On Polka Dot Groom, Brent wrote about his home brewing for his wedding in Commemorative Beverage

On Polka Dot Weddings Tracylee wrote about her sister Tia’s heartfelt wedding to Eddie

Cindarella at Brindabella wrote about her face saving experience with Aveeno on Polka Dot Weddings

And Kat and Corey also shared their love story on Polka Dot Weddings

We met Anthony Sullivan from Forte Catering and Events in ‘What Would They Know’ on Polka Dot Wisdom

Why you should give your florist freedom also on Polka Dot Wisdom

And, also on Polka Dot Wisdom, we shared in Sharon Wee’s (of Sharon Wee Creations) love of creative cakes in ‘What Does Your Wedding Cake Say About You?’

And last, but not least, Nic wrote about making Seeded Paper Place cards on Polka Dot Made and

Jessica and Lance jet off to a tropical island and share their Fijian honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week (aka Friday Roundup: The Online Shopping Edition)

Menswear label Jack London is launching an online store in August and to celebrate they’re giving away a $1000 shopping spree! Simply subscribe to their mailing list to go in the draw to win!

This week I fell in love with this shoe drawing by illustrator Kelly Smith- it’s to celebrate the opening of the Diana Ferrari online store. The site showcases and allows you to buy straight to your door but also allows you to book stylist sessions! The illustrated shoe “Pearla” could make a stylish bridal shoe! (I do wish they’d bring back the Callista, one of my favourite go to shoes!)

Visit the website for more information.

Alannah Hill are having a three day 50% off sale today and Saturday & Sunday in her stores and her online store! A creative place to pickup chic wedding shoes, sparkly cardigans and hair flowers this one is worth checking out if you’re looking for accessories (or an excuse to buy a pretty dress of which you have plenty of occasions to wear….. engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower…). Visit the website to check it out.

Brides of Melbourne are having a massive sample sale next weekend with gowns priced from $100! Visit the website for more information

Don’t forget to check out our events calender for upcoming events and let us know if we’ve missed any!

The Palace released a video of the exhibition they’re holding of the royal wedding details, here’s a sneak peek (if you happen to be in London and can go along!) It’s an interesting watch to see elements up close and learn why things were chosen in a particular way!


What did I miss in the wedding world this week lovely readers?

Give a Florist Wings and They Will Fly

A bouquet to remember

Our story starts with Mel. In September she and her boyfriend, Matt bought their first house. In November, they started knocking down the walls and announced their engagement. In December, she was offered her dream job, which would relocate her and husband-to-be to a remote village in the Philippines. In January they almost finished renovations. In February they were married. And by April, a new country full of exciting experiences awaited their newly married life together.

When we first meet our couples, we like to gather as much information as possible to greater understand who they are as a couple and what they want from their day.

It was overwhelming just thinking about all that Mel and Matt had on their plate. And yet, whenever we spoke they were calm, collected and amazingly in control. When it came to talking flowers, Mel was wonderfully easygoing. We started by looking at her gown, a stunningly simple and elegant Mariana Hardwick dress. The bridesmaid’s dresses were fun and pretty suiting their garden wedding setting. Matt’s attire was smartly suited but not overly booted!

Tip: Mel showed pictures of her dress, her bridesmaids dresses and fabric samples. Something we advise all our brides to do. This is a great starting point as it enables us to create designs that will complement the dresses. Also, if your man is unable to attend the consultation, don’t forget to ask him what he might want to wear!

Mel’s style, personality and what she envisaged for their day all played a huge part in the planning of her flowers. What made Mel and Matt stand out from the crowd was their approach to planning their wedding. Although under huge stress, they were always wonderfully and positively in control. Their strength, passion, intelligence, worldly, practical and spiritual natures were a source of inspiration when designing their flowers. Her bridesmaids all had very strong and different looks and Mel wanted to embrace this. Her sense of fun, vivacity and passion to be individual was the starting point for her bouquet and she was completely happy to leave the creative process to us. The only direction Mel gave was that she loved the natural, unstructured feel and loved the look of a contemporary trailing bouquet.

Tip: When looking for inspiration for flowers and styling think about the look you want to achieve. Nature doesn’t come with guarantees. The flowers that you had your heart set on may not be available in the season you are getting married or may have been destroyed by the weather. If you remain open-minded you’ll never be disappointed.

The process of creating the bouquet came together quite organically. There was no pressure to have any preconceptions of what the final result would be before choosing flowers. This allowed for an instinctive and natural process with flowers chosen for their colour, texture and form. It was an eclectic explosion, representing elements of Mel’s personality; her strength, passion, vibrancy and of course the sense of celebration her’s and Matt’s day would encompass. The bridesmaid’s bouquets also included quirky elements of ornamental kale and apples. Buttonholes were designed with Matt’s laid-back and fun personality in mind.

Mel and Matt dared to be surprised on their wedding day. Having faith in our work and trusting our understanding of what they envisaged. As a florist, this process was an amazing, creative experience. Allowing a design to come from an instinctive understanding of the couple and a freedom to let nature express itself in all its glory (with a little help from some creative floristry fingers)!

Following their wedding, Mel sent through these words: “I could not have dreamed up a more beautiful and unique bouquet – thanks so much – I got so many comments from people saying it was a work of art!”

So … advice for excited brides-to-be planning their big day? Along with all the usual approaches to finding inspiration for flowers and styling (Polka Dot Bride of course) think about these things.

  • What words would you use to describe your style/relationship/the important things in your life?
  • Describe what you envisage from your special day?
  • What atmosphere and experience do you want to create for your guests?

Start with these things and inspiration will follow. When it comes to flowers, this is the moral of our story …. Give a florist wings and they will fly!!! Dare to be surprised on your big day. Trust in our ability and be inspired by our passion. You won’t be disappointed.

Photography by Flos Florum

Ms Gingham says: It really is hard to know how to approach choosing your flowers so what better person than a florist (and a super talented one at that!) to show us the way. Thanks to Emma and the team from Flos Florum for sharing their gorgeous work with us and for inspiring us to think outside the square!

Emma says that her motivation is to create bespoke wedding flowers that will remain captured in your memories and photographs forever.