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by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Stu & Malia Photographers via Underwater Wedding Photos

Hello August Eve! Who can believe August is almost here? I’m off for a fun lunch with some good friends today before a weekend of quiet after a bit of a flux. My head needs to be still!

In the mean time, let’s finish off the week by checking in with our specialty blogs!


We love a groom shares his story with us! Brad and Erin’s Intimate Mornington Peninsula Wedding

The Who, What, Where, When and How to Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

Want to meet Brisbane’s newest wedding venue? Take Me to High Church!

Enjoy this Cocktail Friday – Bannisters’ Japanese Slipper

Dreaming of the sea? Check out these Underwater Wedding Photos

We love a good chat with a bridal designer, meet Carla Jenkins of Made With Love

Honeymooning close to home? Check out Mount Lofty House Honeymoon Getaway

Hand lettering fans rejoice, you’ll love the look of Mulberry Script

A chandelier and a caravan? All included in this Whimsical Yallingup Wedding

Get ready for warmer weather with this Lime, Coconut and Ginger-Infused Rum

Love the theme of this Bow Ties and Fascinators Engagement Party

Wedding Beauty Regime With Paula’s Choice – The Final Weeks!

Rounding up our favourite Vine Bridal Hairpieces

News Roundup 31st July 2015

I love special offers just for you and Little Sister Invitations has a good one! Book and pay for your invitations before the end of August and mention Polka Dot Bride and you’ll receive 80 standard wishing well cards for free! Visit the website to check out their wedding invitation collection.

Remember the sweet fabric bouquets and hairpiece in Amy and Ben’s National Arboretum Wedding? The designer Ashlee Lauren Designs is holding a giveaway to win $500 worth of bridal accessories! Head to the Ashlee Lauren Designs page for information!

South WA couples, you’ll want to attend the Southwest Wedding Fair in Busselton on Sunday the 3oth of August.  There will be a huge array of wedding suppliers from around the area all displaying their services just for you. Check out the website for full details.

Sydney waterside venue Beachside Dojo are having a wedding open night on the 13th of August at 7pm. Get along to meet a selection of fun wedding vendors, grab styling tips, a free drink and of course, a goodie bag! Get your free tickets by emailing

Our film of the week comes from In A Maze Films. Not only does the film make me feel like I have crashed the wedding, it also made me let out a little sob, a little laughter and fall just a little bit in love.

Toni & Chris’ Hinterland Country Hall Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bride with Bo and Luca Luna Hairpiece

Toni & Chris

Toni and Chris held their hinterland country hall wedding in the mountains of the Gold Coast. They wed in the gardens of the community run hall, before guests dined inside the hall under a foliage wrapped chandelier the couple made themselves. The spirits were high – the couple designing their day so everyone could feel as connected as possible.  Lucas & Co were there to capture the day.

Toni remembers how they came to be. “We met at a music festival when our eyes clicked in a drinks line. We spent the day and night together before heading out for dinner after the festival.”

Bride putting on wedding gown

Bride getting ready

Toni wore the ‘Bridgette’ by Pia Gladys Perry gown from Bohemian Brides, explaining, “I chose a simple dress because I wanted to have a special headpiece, which I chose from Bo & Luca (Luna headpiece).  It wasn’t what I had pictured before I went looking but the dress suited me and I knew I would be able to boogie in it!

Kate from the boutique made the experience really lovely and was incredibly accommodating. I added some handmade elements to the dress including a simple belt my mother in law helped me make, beading across the drop back and my something old. A friend had found antique ribbon embroidered with my initials in a store many years ago. I had the ribbon sewn to the inside hemline of the dress (thanks again to my mother in law). ”

Bride in Pia Gladys Perry

Chalkboard wedding sign

Toni and Chris were married at Mt Nimmel Hall, Toni noting, “From the get go we wanted a small hall in the country that we could make our own and decorate just how we wanted. When we came across Mt Nimmel Hall we couldn’t believe how perfectly it suited us. It is run by volunteers in the local community.”  Toni and Chris made the welcome sign, amongst other things (friends and family photoboard, drinks menu, order of events sign, menu, chandeliers, bench for ladies toiletries, toilet signs (man punching bear and 50s housewife), wedding favours, name tags, table numbers, speech stand and bunting).

Bride walking down the aisle

Of her walk down the aisle, Toni remembers, “I’ve always loved the song from the opening credits in ‘Juno’, ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar. I had a fear that I was going to sob (read ugly crying) the whole way down the aisle and therefore wanted a happy song. My plan failed though. Our wonderful singer Tommy Sheehan, a local Gold Coast artist, made the song his own and had slowed it down to a beautifully romantic piece. Choking up ensued.”

Bride at end of aisle

Bridesmaids in mismtached gowns

Enchanted Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day.

Bride and groom during ceremony at Mt Nimmel HallCeremony at Mt Nimmel Hall

Lindsay Carroll  officiated the ceremony, Toni telling, “Our number one goal was to have a ceremony that made everyone feel connected. We wanted it to be personal and heartfelt. Our celebrant Lindsay had some lovely ideas to make our guests feel included. Lindsay entwined personal stories and information we had shared with her within her dialogue and this coupled with having written our own vows ensured it felt very much our day. We had two readings; ‘On Your Wedding Day’ Poem by Unknown and ‘Love is a Temporary Madness’ by Louis de Bernieres.”

Excited parents of newlyweds

Forest road wedding photo

Australian forest weddingBabbling brook wedding photo

Of their photographers, Toni remembers, “Sarah and Jason from Lucas & Co were lovely to work with. They were unobtrusive and were very quick to get a shot and move on to the next. We didn’t feel staged or unnatural at all. We loved that they were up for a bit of a bush bash so we could get down to a stream in the state forest to capture some amazing shots. Also, Sarah has great shoes!”

Australian bride with bridesmaids

Bridal aprty at forest wedding

Australian forest wedding locationAustralian mountain wedding

Toni recalls, “I loved going to take photos and having some quiet moments with my new husband and some fun with our wedding party. We stopped at an open field by the side of the road opposite a large barn. Shortly after, a band started jamming in the barn so we had a dance in the field. I still regret not going over and asking them to come and play the reception!”

Bohemian wedding bouquetAcoustic guitarist at wedding

Reception entrance at mountain wedding

Mt Nimmel Hall Speeches

The newlyweds and their guests started the evening off with speeches at dusk.

Mt Nimmel Hall Wedding Moments

Mt Nimmel Hall Wedding Toast

Happy guests at mountain wedding

Country Hall Wedding

The reception was held inside the Mt Nimmel Hall which was decorated with a rustic style chandelier made by the couple, Toni remembering, “We collected driftwood which Chris used to create two rectangular frames. We wrapped them with fairy lights and hung foliage from them, before hanging them from the roof over the tables.”

Wedding Favors

Homemade muesli was gifted to guests as a wedding favor.

Dresser with wedding cakesCountry hall wedding decor

The newlyweds made sure to hire a team who could support them on their day.  The Events Lounge coordinated everything on the day while Lovestruck Weddings styled the wedding. Toni notes “Rachael from The Events Lounge who provided an on the day wedding co-ordination for us was extremely easy to work with and her professionalism was superb.”

Mint wedding napkin

Toni notes, “I really enjoyed making our name cards which included an individualized greeting or message to our guests.”

Country Hall Wedding Gold CoastGold and mint cushions

Mt Nimmel Hall, Austinville

Speeches at Gold Coast Wedding

Wedding at Gold Coast Hall

Gold Coast hall Wedding

Rustic Gold Coast wedding venue

Laughing at Mt Nimmel Hall Wedding

Bride at gold coast weddingFirst dance with marquee lights

For their first dance, Toni and Chris chose Ottis Redding “How Strong My Love Is”.

Country hall dance floor

Dancing at country hall

Bride and groom at Mt Nimmel Hall

Brid eand groom at Mt Nimmel Hall

Dancing at gold coat wedding

Congratulations Toni and Chris! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lucas & Co  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Lucas & Co / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: (On The Day) The Events Lounge / Styling: Lovestruck Weddings / Bride’s Dress: ‘Bridgette’ by Pia Gladys Perry / Bridal Salon: Bohemian Brides / Bride’s Shoes: Florsheim / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Bo & Luca (Luna headpiece) / Groom’s Attire: Politix / Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various / Hairstylist: Foxs Lane Stying / Makeup Artist: Avia Beauty / Flowers: Enchanted Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Mt Nimmel Hall / Ceremony Hire Items: Lovestruck Weddings / Ceremony Officiant: Lindsay Carroll / Ceremony Musicians: Tommy Sheehan / Reception Hire Items: Lovestruck Weddings / LOVE Sign: Retro in the Rough / Catering: Canadian Kitchen Catering / Photobooth: The Photobooth Collective / Wedding Ring (Groom): Michael Hill / Wedding Ring (Bride): Paradise’s Facet 58 Jewellers

Megan and Sam’s Modern City Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Indoor Wedding Melbourne

Megan & Sam

What happens when a couple wins a Polka Dot Bride competition? They end up with a modern city wedding that has the most incredible atmosphere with sweet delicious touches, an Eton mess bar, cascading florals, a wedding arch covered in trailing greenery and the most beautiful lighting. I am so excited to see the end result of this giveaway! Megan and Sam chose Ed Sloane to capture their day with additional styling photos captured by Agent 86 Photography.

Megan tells the tale of how they came to be. “We met through friends in 2007. It all began late one night at a bar in the city then went on another date a week or two later and have been together ever since.”

Groom putting on shoes

Groom and groomsmen getting reader

The groom chose a tuxedo from Oscar Hunt.

Black and Gold Wedding Invitation Suite

Lace one day bridal dress

Megan wore a custom gown from One Day Bridal “It was a fitted sequin full length gown, with a plunging sweet heart neckline. The bust featured invisible mesh fabric layered with beaded lace detail. When I started researching dress options, I turned to red carpet photos and fashion magazines for inspiration, as I felt I wanted more of a stylish gown rather than a traditional bridal look. During my research and shopping, I never really found the perfect dress, but there were many elements of dresses that I liked.

I was constantly drawn to sequins and loved the idea of an interesting neckline. Working with One Day Bridal I was able combine the design of two different dresses and add the beaded lace detailing, it was exactly what I had envisioned.” Her bridesmaids wore black sequin gowns by Langhem Australia from Swish Clothing.

Bride with wedding dress

Bride getting ready in Melbourne

Bride Getting ready at the langham hotel

One Day Bridal

Pink and fern wedding bouquetState Library Wedding Ceremony

The beautiful floral arrangements on the day were created by Flower Jar.

Fern Wedding Arch

Indoor Melbourne Ceremony Venue

Megan and Sam chose Queens Hall, State Library of Victoria for their ceremony, noting, “We loved the a grand, heritage space in Melbourne’s CBD.” Megan walked down the aisle to “Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap, played live by Tom Carty.Wedding Ceremony MelbourneVic Library wedding ceremony

Queens Hall, State Library of Victoria

“My great uncle was our priest; it was very special to have him marry us. We were able to involve family and friends in the ceremony, including Sam’s brother who played the guitar alongside Tom Carty during the signing of the registry.”

Melbourne indoor ceremony

Black and white photo of bride

Wedding ceremony under greenert archIndoor greenery wedding arch

Melbourne wedding

Queens Hall, State Library of Victoria Wedding Ceremony

State Library Wedding

Wedding at State Library

Groom with champagne

Bridesmaids in Black Sewuin Gowns

Modern Black tie wedding

Black Tie Melbourne Wedding Party

modern black and white wedding photo

Wedding in Melbourne

Oscar Hunt Navy TuxedoBride in One Day bridal

Of their photographer, Megan tells, “We chose the talented Ed Sloane to capture their day. Ed is a freelance photographer from the Surf Coast of Victoria whose style is a mixture of action and art. Ed focuses on the surf and the ocean (but also captures the occasional incredible wedding).”

black and white melbourne wedding photo

Ed Sloane Wedding Photo

Ed Sloane Photography

Urban wedding photoStreetscape wedding photo

Wedding Welcome Sign With gernsBrass Candlesticks with orchid flwoers

The couple chose the clean, industrial space of  Two Ton Max for their wedding reception.

Black dresser with flowersOchid and green Wedding

Stylist Jane Lovejoy of Oh Perfect Day notes, “The day featured glam gold accents, luxurious marble, pops of bright ‘radiant orchid’ blooms and abundant, organic foliage. Modern and industrial met art deco in a wedding full of colour, contrast and personality. From a gold ceremony arch swathed in greenery to to brass candlesticks peeping through lush blooms, the wedding was filled with details and touches that reflected the couple’s unique sense of style. Style elements included a dance floor surrounded by festoon lighting, hanging gold planters dripping with foliage, custom chalkboard art and Edison globes enclosed in gold cages strung up above the venue’s impressive marble bar.”

Oh Perfect Day Wedding Styling

Modern wedding decorCandles on Silver Tray

DIY Eton mess BarEton mess Wedding Bar

“We didn’t have a wedding cake. Instead we served dessert via a ‘DIY’ Eaton Mess Bar. Our guests were able to help themselves to a choice of different fruits and toppings, in addition to the traditional meringue and cream. This dessert is a favourite amongst my extended family and the DIY element was a hit!”

Silver tray with brass candlesticksOrchids and hydrangeas aat wedding

Ferns and green hydrangeas with candlePhotobooth Wedding Sign

Festooon Lighting MelburneGreenery and red flowers at wedding

Industrial wedding venueBlack Tie Melbourne Wedding

Modern Wedding Bar Decor

“All were fantastic; we loved working with all our vendors. I really enjoyed all of the planning process, from working with our stylist, the dress making process, to choosing our menu and music. What I enjoyed the most was meeting and working with a number of small local businesses. The passion and talent of our suppliers was so impressive, all went above and beyond to help make our day special, and that made the process so enjoyable.” Guests enjoyed a cocktail celebration with food by Hudsons Famous.

Oysters at wedding

Two Ton Max Wedding

Black tie wedding in Melbourne

In lieu of traditional favors, the couple decided to make a donation. Megan remembers, “Instead of bonbonnieres we made a donation to Ronald McDonald House on behalf of our guests. This was in honour of Sam’s cousin and close friend who lost his life to Leukaemia at a young age.”

Wedding Speeches

Two Ton max

Industrial Melbourne Wedding Venue

Two Ton Max Wedding Venue

Congratulations on your marriage Megan and Sam! Thank you for sharing the story of your day with us! Thank you also to Oh Perfect Day, Ed Sloane and Agent 86 Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Ed Sloane / Photographer (Styling Elements): Agent 86 Photography / Styling & Hire: Oh Perfect Day / Bride’s Dress: One Day Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Bracelet – Family heirloom / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Batsanis / Groomsmen Attire: New Era’s Fashion / Bridesmaid Dresses: Langham Australia from Swish Clothing / Bridesmaid Accessories: Bracelets - Custom / Bridesmaid Accessories: Earrings - Mimco / Hairstylist: True Colours Hair / Makeup Artist: Melonie Santos / Invitations & Stationery: Family friend / Flowers: Flower Jar / Ceremony Venue: Queens Hall, State Library of Victoria / Ceremony Musicians: Tom Carty / Ceremony Arch Hire: Flower Jar / Lantern Hire: Oh Perfect Day / Reception Venue: Two Ton Max / Rental Furniture: Dann Event Hire / Lighting & Rigging: Technical Events / Favors: Donation to Ronald McDonald House / Reception Musicians: Tom Carty / Catering: Hudsons Famous / Wedding Rings: Melbourne Diamond Importers
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