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Kathryn & Ben’s Sweet Swan Valley Wedding

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


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Kathryn & Ben

There is such aa classic romance to Kathryn & Ben’s sweet Swan Valley wedding. The gorgeous dappled shade of the ceremony, the beautiful winery setting and equally gorgeous photographs captured by Simone Addison Photography .

Kathryn tells the story of how they met. “We were both our with friends at an Irish pub in Perth when we met. The rest is history!”

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Kathryn found her wedding gown at Hobnob Bridal , noting, “I wanted a vintage style gown with lace. I found the perfect dress and was the first dress I tried on. I fell in love with it but thought I better try others to make sure I couldn’t find anything better. I never did!”

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“When I was having my hair done my brother came in and gave me a gift from Ben. It was a Swarovski bracelet with a note reading ‘Meet me by the gazebo at 3 I have something for you, love Ben ‘.  I started to cry as did all the girls around me. Luckily I hadn’t had my makeup done yet! It was so nice and thoughtful, very unexpected.”

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Kathryn and Ben were married at Belvoir Homestead. The bride remarking, “We had both the ceremony and reception at Belvoir. This was perfect for us as we wanted a relaxed garden wedding which was perfectly accommodated on the Loton side under the gazebo. The guests were served refreshments while we had our photo shoot at a nearby vineyard, Lancaster. We choose a vineyard for our wedding shoots as this complemented the vintage look we wanted for our day.”

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Kathryn walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

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Liz Underdown officiated the ceremony, Kathryn remembering, “The ceremony was beautiful, exactly how I had imagined. My brother in law read  the ‘Apache marriage blessing’ and my sister in law read ‘The Art Of Marriage’.”

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Of their photographer, Kathryn remembers, “I wanted a soft elegant vintage feel to our wedding photos but it was also important to both of us that the photographer was relaxed and flexible. Simone ticked all those boxes. Spending the time to listen to exactly how we wanted the day to play out documenting this during our first meeting. I found confidence knowing Simone had a wealth of experience with youthful ideas and suggestions. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional photographer with such attention to detail. We would recommend Simone Addison to anyone needing to capture a special occasion.”

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“We loved having all of our family and friends together at the same time.”

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The newlyweds chose a waltz for their first dance to Eva Cassidy’s “Fields Of Gold”.

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Congratulations on your marriage Kathryn and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Simone Addison Photography for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Simone Addison Photography / Bride’s Dress: Hobnob Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / : Michael Hill / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Groomsmen Attire: Zu Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway / Bridesmaid Shoes: Betts Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski / Hairstylist: Living Dolls / Makeup Artist: Living Dolls / Venue: Belvoir Homestead / Ceremony Officiant: Liz Underdown / Ceremony Musicians: Choice Weddings / DJ: Choice Weddings / : Cupids Delight Cakes / Photo Booth: Choice Weddings / Wedding Rings: Mazzucchellis / Transport: Showtime Limousines
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Bridgette Cole via Kate and Dave’s Garden’s House Vintage Wedding

If there ever was a pair of weekend ready shoes, I think these pale blue glitter heels may just be it. If there was ever a time to slip them on it is now as we round up the amazing wedding inspiration we have been featuring all week long, so let’s dance our way to it!


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News Roundup 26th August 2016

Save the date for The Refectory Annual Wedding Showcase at Werribee Park! The beautiful venue, surrounded by 1870s gardens will be open to brides and grooms on Saturday the 3rd of September fro 2-5pm.  Email to register your interest and see more information here.

The Melbourne Park Hyatt are helping Polka Dot Bride readers out with a very special wedding offer! Book your wedding before September 30th, 2016 and enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea for 10 guests complete with sparkling wine- pre-wedding bridal shower anyone? Ask if you know anyone about to book an event, simply quote “Friends of Park Hyatt Melbourne’ at the time of booking and they will gift you overnight accommodation, breakfast for two at radii restaurant & bar and valet parking when they book an event! To find out more phone 03 9224 1234 or email

Newcastle’s Customs House are rolling out the red carpet on September 11th with some of their favourite wedding vendors! Head on down between 12-4 pm for champagne, canapes and beautiful displays from the venue’s favourites. Check the website for more details.

Want to find a wedding event in your area? Check out our event calendar!

Our film of the week this week comes from Iconic Pictures. Matthew  and Jade’s Melbourne wedding is so full of moments – the bride’s father’s reaction when he first sees her in her gown, Matthew’s pensive face as he waits for Jade, the buzzing dance floor and of course that emotional ceremony!

10 Beautiful Metallic Bridesmaid Look Ideas

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


Metallic Bridesmaid Dress Roundup

If there is ever a time to sparkle and shine, it is a wedding and what better way to bring a touch of glamour to the day than with metallic bridesmaid gowns? Today we are rounding up some of our very favourite metallic bridesmaids looks in hues of gold, champagne, platinum and bronze. Click on through to see the roundup!

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