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We are so excited for Autumn weather here at Polka Dot Bride, that with the start of a brand new season, we decided what better time than to kick off our 2017 reader survey? We are so excited to partner with the talented crew at The Mrs Box, who just debuted their fifth collection to give everyone who completes our survey, the chance to win a gorgeous monogrammed ring box!

Take the 2017 Polka Dot Bride Reader Survey here.

We want to hear your feedback on everything you love about Polka Dot Bride and what we can do better. We are so very much guided by you when it comes to our content – your comments, emails and likes, all influence what we create and this survey is all about how we can make Polka Dot Bride even better.

We are so thrilled to partner with the creative crew at  The Mrs Box to give one lucky reader one of their stunning boxes. The fifth collection has all that we love about The Mrs Box – beautiful shades of velvet and plenty of monograms. But it’s also the debut of their gorgeous brand new double ring boxes and double monogram embossing.  Now you can customise your ring box choice from number of rings held, velvet colour, font and even foil colour.

So are you up for sharing your thoughts and perhaps taking home a gorgeous prize? Take the 2017 Polka Dot Bride Reader Survey here.

Terms & Conditions:

To be eligible for the prize, please complete the survey by April 30th, 2017. The winner will be chosen by the Polka Dot Bride team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride.  If no contact is made within one month of the competition end date, the prize will be reassigned. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. The prize is not redeemable for cash.This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 30th April 2017 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

 

Photographer: Jose Villa / Photographer: Joel Serrato / Floral Design: Tulipina / Styling: MaeMae Co. / Styling: Grey Likes Weddings / Styling: Kaleb Norman James Design / Engagement Rings: Shapiro Diamonds
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Gemma & Tom

Gemma and Tom’s chic country orchard wedding was held at Collins Bros Orchard and featured a handmade bridal arch, three wedding cakes and a ceremony amongst the apple trees – we love every single moment! Aimee Claire Weddings captured the beauty of this Western Australian wedding.

The groom chose an MJ Bale suit for their use of 100% Australian merino wool, with Gemma explaining, ”Tom wanted to stand out from the groomsman who wore black, so he chose a navy suit, white shirt and light pink tie.”

The bride was looking for a classic gown and says that Alvin at Ae’lkemi created exactly what she wanted. ”The whole process from design through to fittings was seamless, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!”

Wanting to find a location that was more than just a venue, Gemma and Tom chose a spectacular spot that held sentimental value to themselves and their family. ”We were married at Collins Bros Orchards which is a fourth generation apple orchard owned by Tom, his brothers and his Dad. The farm was established in 1906 by Tom’s Great Grandfather.” Of the rustic handmade archway built by Tom and his groomsmen, Gemma explains Paula McKennay Freelance Florist was able to make use of Tom’s Mum’s country flower garden, foraging for foliage and blooms to decorate the wooden structure.

Michelle Cooke was the officiant for Gemma and Tom’s wedding.”We wanted the ceremony to be relaxed and not too serious! We didn’t have any specific readings but we did write our own vows.” The bride walked down the apple orchard aisle to ‘Wings’ by Birdy.

Gemma and Tom were wanting a relaxed day and were thrilled with how Aimee Claire Weddings captured it, remarking, ”Aimee was amazing. Tom and I aren’t really people that want to jump in front of a camera but she made us feel relaxed and at ease. I recommend her constantly to newlyweds!”

Continuing to make the most of their stunning country views and family owned orchard, Gemma says, ”We had the ceremony amongst the apple trees and then the reception in a marquee overlooking the farm.”

Having a wedding planner in your immediate family is a sure fire way to guarantee chic and lush reception decor, and Gemma’s sister, Lauren, came up trumps! ”Lauren at The Style Est. and I did all the setting up on the day, along with the lighting and table settings.”

The bride was thrilled with Pip from Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant and happily shares,”The food was amazing and guests are still raving about it! I don’t know how she managed to cook delicious food for 120 people in the middle of a paddock with virtually no facilities!”

Displaying not one but three delicious wedding cakes from Cherish the Cake showed that Gemma and Tom were serious about food being a priority! ”One of our weddings cakes was Limoncello flavour and we also had a Hugo (Italian aperitif) as the welcome drink to the reception.”

And having tossed up whether to book a venue or to hold their reception on the country farm, Gemma and Tom were glad they persevered. ”We had a cocktail entrée so that people could mingle then a sit down dinner and wedding cake for dessert. We didn’t do your traditional bridal table as we wanted to be amongst the party! We had our table amongst everyone else’s and we also had the bridal parties partners sit with us as they are as much a part of our lives!”

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding Gemma and Tom! Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your celebration! And thank you to Aimee Claire Weddings for sharing this stunning day!

Photographer: Aimee Claire Weddings / Bride's Dress: Ae'lkemi / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various, Manning Cartel / Bridesmaid Accessories: Witchery / Hairstylist: Luxe Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Olivia Giancono / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Politix / Wedding Ring: Hardy Brothers / Wedding Cake: Cherish the Cake / Flowers: Paula McKennay Freelance Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Wedding Planner: The Style Est. / Ceremony Officiant: Michelle Cooke / Favors: Black Pantry / Venue: Collins Bros Orchard, Pemberton WA / Styling: The Style Est. / Catering: Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant / Marquee: Bridgetown Party Hire / DJ: DJ Vel / Rental Furniture: Bridgetown Party Hire / Linens: Bridgetown Party Hire / Aisle Runner Hire: Zest Group WA / Cutlery, Plates & Chair Hire: Wonderland Tents & Events / Rental Furniture: The Zest Group WA

Allie & Nathan

Beautiful golden sunsets, fairy lights and love stories sound like the most beautiful way to spend a day and this romantic Casuarina wedding from Love from Luff captured the most perfect blend of beautiful details and modern touches.

Allie starts us off with the tale of how the couple came to be. “We went to high school together, although, we didn’t make us official until we finished year 12 in September 2008.”

The groom wore a suit from Oxford, finishing his look off with an emerald green knitted tie.

The bride wore a stunning long sleeve gown by George Elsissa , she remarks “This is quite the story. I originally purchased a dress from a designer, and soon after the company was placed into liquidation, which meant I was not guaranteed to receive my dress or money back. I was contacted by a  TV show who set me up with my angel, George Elsissa. It was quite the ordeal, but once I met with George, it was a perfect fairytale dress journey, as it should be!”

Allie and Nathan chose the beautiful Osteria for their wedding. “We were set on having a venue where we could have both our ceremony and reception. Osteria was perfect for this! It also gave us the option to be married indoors, in a venue that wasn’t a chapel, which gave us a blank canvas that we could style as we wanted to. Lots of green and florals were incorporated to give the whole room a botanical feel.”

“I loved walking down the aisle with my dad – I am his first daughter. And he was one proud papa!. I walked down the aisle to Auld Lang Syne. This has always been a feel good song for me. The meaning is loosely ‘time gone by’. Nathan and I had been together 8 years before we married. This song represented the new stage of our lives. It was quite unique but my beautiful musician Sarah prepared a sample for me before the big day and after I heard that, there was no going back.”

Candice Wilson officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “We wanted everyone to feel comfortable, so we opted to have the ceremony indoors, as it was the middle of winter (we needn’t worry about the cold as it was a picture perfect day), and provide a seat for each guest. We are both very relaxed people, which is why we wanted a relaxed feel which our setup and vows reflected. Our celebrant Candice Wilson was also one of our favourites! She was always so natural and brought a beautiful calm vibe to our ceremony. Her words during the ceremony summed us up perfectly. She understood us and she understands big love!”

“I was lucky enough to have all four of my grandparents attend. Collectively having been married for almost 100 years.”

 

Allie and Nathan chose The Events Lounge  to plan and style their day, remembering “Our wedding planner, Rachael, made the planning process so seamless, given we moved interstate halfway through the planning, it wouldn’t have happened without her. The day couldn’t have run any smoother. I have my beautiful wedding planner to thank for this I’m sure. The weather was absolutely perfect, a perfect mix between winter and summer! The day was a fairytale, in every sense. I cannot think of one single detail I would change.”

Sweet handmade touches were dotted throughout the day, Allie remarking “Our save the dates were made by my Dad, he put a whole lot of love (and a little blood, sweat and tears) into these and they are something we will cherish forever. We wanted to include Nathan’s mum incredible rocky road! It’s always waiting for us at home. I think our guests enjoyed this as it was all gone by the time I managed to get to it!”

Of their first dance, Allie remembers “It is funny because Nathan and I and a few of our friends decided to do ballroom dancing in 2008. Nathan and I were partnered together and this is where our feelings for one another truly blossomed. He danced so well that the teacher asked him to take up competition dancing! He would learn both the men’s and ladies dance routine because I never picked it up quite as quickly as him. Our first dance was to “You make it real” by James Morrison. “When your head is strong, but your heart is weak” Nathan has been my strength ever since he would learn both our roles at Ballroom dancing. It is a perfect song for us.”

Congratulations on your marriage Allie and Nathan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Love from Luff for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Love from Luff / Wedding Planner: The Events Lounge / Styling: The Events Lounge / Bride's Dress: George Elsissa / Bride's Shoes: The Mode Collective / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Groom's Attire: Oxford / Groom's Shoes: Hudson Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Made with Love / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Fox Lane Styling / Makeup Artist: Luxe Beauty Co / Flowers: Elyssium Blooms / Invitations & Stationery: Father of the Bride / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Invitations & Stationery: Sunshine and Confetti / Venue: Osteria / Ceremony Hire Items: Hampton Event Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Candice Wilson / Ceremony Musicians: Sarah Archer / Reception Hire Items: Hampton Event Hire / Reception Hire Items: The Borrowed Nursery / Reception Hire Items: What She Said Co. / Reception Hire Items: Au Faix / Reception Hire Items: Lovestruck Hire / DJ: Joel Randall DJ / Wedding Cake: Rebellyous Cake Company / Photo Booth: What She Said Co. / Wedding Ring: Michael Hill / Gift Registry: Myer