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Tiffany & Michael’s Eclectic Bohemian Wedding

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


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Tiffany & Michael

What an eclectic bohemian wedding Tiffany & Michael celebrated! The bride, who always knew she would get married at her parents home created an occasion with her groom Michael that reflected the things they loved. They chose CJ Williams Photography to capture their day.

The couple wed overlooking the lake, choosing vintage inspired furniture pieces to hire, before a reception under strings of glowing bulbs, a great band, great food and music set the celebrations into motion.

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The groom and groomsmen wore classic suits from Suits Formal Wear.

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Tiffany wore a gown she designed as a collaboration with Hue Le Designs & and Rose Noir Designs. For her finishing bohemian touches she added a crystal hairpiece from Bo and Luca and shoes by Midas.

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Dru Soltys performed the ceremony.

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Tiffany notes, “I always knew I wanted to get married at my parents’ house. It is such a beautiful place right on the lake, and I thought it would be so special to get married at the home I had grown up in. I didn’t even think about looking at any other venues.”

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“I loved walking back down the aisle after we were announced husband and wife through all the confetti. I was just so happy and the confetti made it feel so special. It was also good to see so many of our family and friends smiling back at us and sharing that special moment with us.”

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The couple hired golf carts from ADH Golf and Utility Vehicles to get around the property, adding a “Just Married” banner to theirs.

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Tiffany’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Eileen Kirby from Torso and crystal hand pieces from Forever Soles . They each carried blooms arranged by the wedding florist Flower Nation, Tiffany remembering,  “I also sent my bouquet off the day after the wedding to The Wedding Scarf  and they turned my bouquet into a beautiful silk scarf, so now I get to keep my gorgeous bouquet forever!”

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Of her vision for the day, Tiffany notes, “Given it was at home among so many trees, I wanted it all to look quite natural and rustic with a bit of a vintage twist. I have always loved and collected vintage furniture and bits and pieces so really wanted to have this look as part of our special day. I wanted there to be a really relaxed party vibe, but still to have all the formalities of a wedding. I knew everyone would feel relaxed because they were in a familiar environment as we have had lots of parties at mum and dads over the years. I just wanted this one to be the best!”

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The couple hired furniture and decor items from Maisey Collections and Her Hand Picked Harvest.

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Guests dined under strings of glowing lights on a feast prepared by Ryan John Private Chef and a delicious cake by a friend of the bride. They even got to print out their Instagram shots of the night thanks to Social Playground, Tiffany noting, “I am really glad we got the live Instagram printer from Social Playground, it was a hit and added a bit of difference to our wedding. Everyone loved it and got really involved.”

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“The dance floor got pretty crazy, lots of great dance solos were going on! It was great to see one of the bridesmaids hitch her dress up and get down on the floor and do the worm!”

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Tiffany and Michael hired Launch Film Productions to film their day, Tiffany noting, “I am so so glad we had a videographer. I didn’t want one to begin with, but my mum and sister managed to convince me that I would regret it if I didn’t. I am so glad I did, as it has been so nice to watch it back and re-live everything about the day, and to see things that we didn’t even realise had happened. I would definitely recommend it to anyone planning a wedding!”

Congratulations Tiffany and Michael! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to CJ Williams Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding!

Photographer: CJ Williams Photography / Cinematographer: Launch Film Productions / Bride’s Dress: Collaboration between the Bride, Hue Le Designs / : and Rose Noir Designs / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Bo and Luca / Bride’s Shoes: Midas / Bride’s Jewelry: Torso / Groom’s Attire: Suits Formal Wear / Groom's Shoes: Airflex / Groomsmen Attire: Suits Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Eileen Kirby from Torso / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Earrings) Peter Lang / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Handpiece) Forever Soles / Hairstylist: Janet’s Hair with Flair / Makeup Artist: Gail Wilton Makeup Artistry / Flowers: Flower Nation / Invitations & Stationery: Paper Fusion / Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Dru Soltys / Ceremony Musicians: Nathan Gaunt / Styling/Hire: Maisey Collections / Wooden Table Hire: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Catering: Ryan John Private Chef / DJ: Blair from The / Cake Baker: Ashlee Joyce (friend) / Cake Topper: Etched Engraving / Favors: Pink Frosting / Instagram Printer: Social Playground / Engagement Ring: Ross Ezekiel Jewellery / Wedding Rings: Clarity Jewellers / Transport: Golf Carts by ADH Golf and Utility Vehicles

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


groom fist pump after first kiss

Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw from Hana and Yudy’s DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

I am a wee bit late with today’s Roundup. After a big brainstorm last week. we’re experimenting with a bit of a new format. I feel a little like Yudy in the photo above if I’m honest about it! Let me know what you think below in the comments!


We love a peek at what goes on behind the scenes and Dan Jones shared his preparation this week(and plenty of photos!) of his recent trip to New York for New York bridal market!

Loving the plentiful gorgeous Yarra Valley backdrop and reading Hana’s story in this DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

Also on Polka Dot Weddings,  Samantha shared her and Michael’s Ballarat Heritage Wedding

If you love a good selfie, you might like the Selfie font for your wedding invitations!

Ms Filagree headed to MBFWA and one of her favourite shows was Steven Khalil, it looks amazing!.

These Glass Cake Stands could be just what you’re looking for if you want something gorgeous to show off your equally gorgeous wedding cake.

Looking for favor bags but not handy with a sewing machine? Jane shares her No-Sew Favour Bags Tutorial on Polka Dot Made!

Diving into all things business and day of wedding coordination with the lovely Sarah Rudd of The One Day Wedding Company

News Roundup 22nd May

Get on down to the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Open Day on Saturday, June 27th 2015. Guests can enjoy food & beverage samples, live entertainment, fashion shows and go in the draw to win prizes while perusing the hotel’s function spaces. Head to the website to register.

Following us on Instagram? (if not, why not? We have so much fun over there!). If not, you might have missed out call out for your weddings on our specialty blogs Polka Dot Groom & Polka Dot Weddings.We want real stories written by you and we don’t care a bit about your style, your budget or really anything but that your day reflected who you and your beloved are. Pop onto the blogs and click “Contribute A Post” from the top right hand drop down menu then follow the prompts!

We have plenty of UK readers at Polka Dot Bride, so here’s a heads up for you! Bridal boutique Les Trois Soeurs will be holding a trunk show on the 13th and 14th of June to show off designer gowns from Israeli designer Zahavit Tshuba. The gowns look amazing and I am tempted to ask anyone who goes to report back for us! Book by emailing

reading and loving

What The Bachelor Teaches Us About Business

Elegant Mermaid Wedding Inspiration

Elegant Autumn Wedding Inspiration

How The Strategy Of Scheduling Helped Me Make A Habit

Elegant English Garden Inspired Shoot

Finally, our film of the week comes to us from Michael Bird of Native Video. This couple shared a beautiful wedding day but then did something awesome the following day for a very worthy cause!

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Samantha and Michael’s Ballarat Heritage Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings



Samantha and Michael

Michael and I met while studying education at university. We both volunteered to tutor children at a local primary school, and it was love at first sight when I spotted him from across the staff room! I spent several weeks admiring him from afar, before we became ‘Friends’ on Facebook. We started chatting and the rest is history…

We began the ‘marriage talk’ when we moved in together a couple of years later, and once we bought our first home I was ‘patiently’ waiting for the ring! We went to his family’s beach house for a week during the holidays, and Michael was acting a bit strange. We went for rather awkward silent walk, before he said, “Did you know that this was the place when I first knew I loved you?” He then got down on one knee to ask me to marry him!

After a couple of years (20 years says Michael!!!!) of preparing for this day, I was ready to plan our wedding! Michael helped to make all of the big decisions, but he was happy for me to have the day I’d dreamed of.

My mother, bridesmaids and I got ready for the big day at the Creswick Novotel Resort. Kim from Eve Salon and Jo-Ellen Blacklock came out to do our hair and make up. I chose an up style with pin-curls and wore pearls that had been given to me on my 21st birthday.


Originally, I found my dream dress on Pinterest, but was unable to track it down anywhere! A couple of months later I spotted THE dress in the window of Ferrari Formalwear.  I raced in the next day to try it on, and it was perfect! I loved that it wasn’t traditional white, which was a blessing for my fair skin.


Our colour scheme began with the bridal car – my brother Mark’s 1958 FC Holden, which he and my father had lovingly restored for the day. Michael arrived in Mark’s 1977 HZ Panel Van.



I chose my bridesmaids’ dresses at Young Designer’s Gallery – a simple style in a gorgeous bright colour, with matching ties for the boys.


Pam from The Flower Connection was very patient as I had learned all about floral arrangements and she happily turned my ideas into a reality. I chose a mix of native gum and roses to match our Heritage theme.


I love the history of our hometown Ballarat, and wanted our wedding to compliment the surroundings. We chose the Ballarat Mining Exchange for our ceremony; I liked its industrial look and historical significance to the town. It also provided a perfectly blank canvas for us to work with.


I’m a very emotional person, and after a nervous drive into Ballarat, I was surprised that I didn’t cry as I walked down the aisle! I was just incredibly happy and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! My parents both walked me down the aisle and then, using my maiden name, wished me farewell for the last time ..if anything almost started the waterworks, it was that!



Our celebrant Anastasia Meek helped to make the whole process easy, especially the paperwork!


We booked our reception at Jackson’s & Co in Ballarat. Not only is it an amazing venue, but a few years before it had been a night club, where we shared our first kiss.


We chose to do most of the stationery and decor ourselves, and luckily my father is quite handy when it comes to woodwork. We spent many hours searching local shops and websites to find the necessary bits and pieces. We found lovely bentwood chairs for hire from The Little Black Sheep Hire Co, which complimented our style perfectly.




I have always dreamed of having my name on some candy, and there is no better occasion than a wedding! We visited Suga Rock Candy to order our personalised rock candy. All of our guests had a jar to nibble on during the night.


Our wedding cake was made by The Cheesecake Shop and was served for dessert. My father made the wooden cake stand. We had a personalised cake topper but it went missing on the morning of the wedding…nowhere to be found!


Lindy from Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios choreographed our first dance to a sweet little song called ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ by The Maccabees. We were both nervous but the end result was worth it!


Scott from One Point Photography was our first choice for photography. We had admired some of his previous work because of its unique style. We trusted Scott to do what he does best!




After a night of dinner and dancing with Sam from SJH Entertainment, it was time to say goodbye. We were absolutely thrilled that all of our plans had come together perfectly.

Of course, there were a few bumps along the road, but this is to be expected and we were ready to deal with them together. Most importantly, at the end of the day Michael and I were ready to start the rest of our lives together as husband and wife, and I’m so glad we found each other.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love all the sentimental details, especially the ’70s’ Holden cars! Congratulations Samantha and Michael!

About Samantha: I’m a 25 year old teacher from Ballarat, and recently I married the man of my dreams Michael, who is also a teacher. I wanted my wedding to be classic, with a heritage touch to compliment the Ballarat surroundings. My wedding styling began with my brother’s car, an old Holden. I gave him a timeline of a year to have it ready for the wedding – my whole colour scheme revolved around it! It was still in pieces a week before the wedding, but he is a hard worker and had it ready for the big day!

Bride’s Dress: Ferrari Formalwear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Young Designer's Gallery / Photographer: One Point Photography / Makeup Artist: Jo-Ellen Blacklock / Hairstylist: Eve Salon / Ceremony Venue: Ballarat Mining Exchange / Ceremony Officiant: Anastasia Meek / Reception Venue: Jackson's & Co / Flowers & Decor: The Flower Connection / Rental Furniture: The Little Black Sheep Hire Co / Favors: Suga Rock Candy / Cake Baker: The Cheesecake Shop / Dance Lessons: Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios / DJ: SJH Entertainment / Hotel: Creswick Novotel Resort
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