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Anna & Seth’s Delicate Olive Grove Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


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Anna & Seth

New Zealand holds a special place in my soul, so Anna and Seth’s stunning delicate olive grove wedding at Craggy Range Winery, on the north island’s east coast, definitely tugs at my heart strings, and I know it will on yours. The couple chose the terrifically talented Meredith Lord to capture their day.

Of their beginning, and proposal, Anna remembers, “After mutual friends of ours tried playing match-makers for months, Seth & I finally met each other at a local bar on a Summer Sunday afternoon. We soon realised it was meant to be and filled the next 5 years with so much fun & adventures together. Then while on holiday, after a swim at our favourite beach in the Coromandel, laying in the sun on our sandy towels, Seth popped the question. We were the only ones on the beach that day and it could not have been more perfect. Because we had just purchased our first home together and had planned a housewarming party which was to be held ten days later, we decided to keep our engagement a secret until we could make the announcement and celebrate with our family and friends at the party. The backyard housewarming, turned engagement party, was so much fun and seeing everyone’s faces (especially our parents!) when we announced that we would marry in 12 months time was priceless!”

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“Seth and I really enjoyed designing my own special custom made engagement ring through Naveya & Sloane!” Anna gushes about her stunning ring. “And Kim from Lushka is the most talented florist. I absolutely adored our bouquets!” which were a mix of cream roses surrounded with luscious greenery to match their day.

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The bride chose a local wedding dress designer, Corina Snow, to create her dream dress. “Simple, floaty and comfy was what I was wanting for my dress, and Corina bought that vision to life. I know what I feel comfortable and confident in, so I didn’t try on any other dresses first. The whole experience was so easy and stress free, and when it came time to try on my very first wedding dress (aside from my Mum’s. I used to ‘dress up’ in it as a little girl) at the final fitting, I fell in love and a few happy tears were shared with my Mum. I couldn’t wait for Seth to see it on the day.”

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BarkersCountry Road

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Of Seth’s terribly handsome wedding attire, Anna tells, “Because our colour scheme was very neutral, we decided to throw in a pop of colour with a blue suit from Barkers. Seth then matched this with tan boots and accessories from 3 Wise Men.”

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“We wanted a venue with stunning scenery, delicious food and amazing wine. Craggy Range could deliver this and more –  we didn’t even consider looking at any other venues. We also wanted our wedding day to have a rustic and natural feel, and we wanted it to be relaxed and fun for both us and our guests. We planned a weekend getaway to the Hawkes Bay with our closest friends and family.”

“Seth and I packed the car and made the trip from Tauranga to the Hawkes Bay on the Thursday, started the celebrations on the Friday with our nearest and dearest who had travelled from all around New Zealand, (some as far away as the US and UK). We became ‘Mr & Mrs’ on the Saturday, and shared a lazy Sunday brunch with them all before we packed up, drove back to Tauranga and flew to Mexico on honeymoon the next day.”

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Anna walked down the aisle to “Elation” by Isbells with both of her parents, and she and Seth were married in the Olive Grove, in amongst the trees and vines with Te Mata Peak in the background. Anna remembers fondly, “I was living a moment that I had been dreaming about, and I had the biggest smile across my face when I saw Seth.”

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“We had written our own vows to each other, promising to ‘travel the world, fill homes with memories and get old and grey together’ and vowed simply to be ‘yours forever’. My Great Aunty Carole was our marriage celebrant, and Seth’s two sisters read Bob Marley’s ‘Only once in your life…’.We each had a best friend standing by our sides when we said ‘I Do’, plus Seth had his two brother-in-laws and I had my two sisters. Our ceremony was personal and filled with lots of love, smiles and a few tears.”

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Of their photographer, Meredith Lord, Anna says, “As soon as we came across Meredith’s website, we immediately contacted her. Her photos were so beautiful and just the style we were after. From the first time we met her for coffee, to the big hug she gave us at the end of our day, Meredith was ‘oh so lovely’, and we are so lucky to have had her document our day with amazing photos that we will cherish forever.”

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“Our reception at Craggy Range was in the restaurant ‘Terrôir’, and we partied the rest of the night in the Barrel Room ‘Sophia’. Aside from the flowers, we pretty much DIY’ed everything – made stationery for the day, venue signs, welcome packs for our guests when they arrived at their accommodation, sourced 100 Agee jars which were lit with candles and wrapped potted herbs with burlap and twine for simple rustic centrepieces.”

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“We displayed photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days at our reception. Seth’s Mum lovingly made ‘Gran Adamson’s Gingernut’s’ for our wedding favours, in honour of Seth’s late Gran,” Anna explains lovingly of some of the special details from their day. At Polka Dot Bride, we adore such sentimental, personal touches to a wedding day.

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Cindys Cakes

Cindy’s Cakes made an incredibly delicious caramel mud cake, with caramel mousse filling and fresh berries!

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For their first dance, the couple chose, ‘The Wedding Song’ by Angus & Julia Stone, which their band had learnt and played as they walked into the Barrel Room. “While our guests slowly made their way over from the restaurant, we had a few moments where it was just the two of us in the middle of the dance floor. It was one of the most memorable moments of our day.”

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Anna says, “I loved the whole planning process. I love to organise, I love planning parties and I love to surprise people. The entire wedding was planned with our suppliers via email, Facebook messages and text messages, as we live a four hour drive away from the Hawkes Bay and, although this was daunting to start as we didn’t know who to contact, it all became so easy and exciting as we booked and liaised with the suppliers that would help create our dream day. We cannot thank Meredith enough, and Shelley at Craggy Range, for all their help, recommendations and guidance with it all, as everything came together perfectly and just as we imagined.”

To end their perfect day, Anna remembers, “Seth and I then walked through the vines at the end of the night to the winery’s Honeymoon Cottage…”

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Congratulations Anna and Seth – such a beautiful wedding! Thank you to the couple, and to Meredith Lord, for sharing it with us.

Photographer: Meredith Lord / Bride’s Dress: Corina Snow / Bride’s Shoes: Lolita Shoes / Bride’s Jewellery: Karen Walker / Bride’s Jewellery: Boh Runga / Groom’s Attire: Barkers / Groom's Shoes: 3 Wise Men / Groomsmen Attire: Barkers / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Shoes: Country Road / Bridesmaid Dresses: Moochi / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sisters & Co / Bridesmaid Accessories: Ear Sugar / Hairstylist: Abby Schofield / Makeup Artist: Cushla Bower / Flowers: Lushka / Ceremony Venue: Craggy Range Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Bride's Great Aunt / Wedding Cake: Cindys Cakes / Reception Venue: Craggy Range Winery / Rings: Naveya & Sloane / Rings: Diamond Design
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Modern Bridal Style Ideas From Love Marie

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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It is somewhat of our mission here Polka Dot Bride to encourage you to find your own style, so when this modern bride style ideas from Love Marie Bridal Boutique shoot hit our inbox, I wanted to share it with you.

Amy of Love Marie Bridal Boutique  teamed up with photographer Day One Weddings, florist Clementine Posy, hair stylist The Bridal Hair Co, makeup artist  The Bridal Makeup Co and nail artist  Skye Mcintyre to create a shoot that inspires brides to style their wedding day look in their own unique style. Five distinct looks – from bohemian, to glam, chic to romantic and even luxe show how you can create just the style you’re after with a carefully chosen gown, hair and makeup, and flowers.

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The first look is all about the bohemian styling. The Daughters of Simone “Lilah” gown taking centre stage with the beautiful natural makeup  of bronze and brown tones. The finishing touch – a vintage inspired flower crown of vintage silk flowers created by Teeki.

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For the romantic bride, the model wears a beautiful a-line gown by Tatyana Merenyuk and carries a bouquet of pastel tones. Soft curls are swept into a beautiful up-do and the high-low hemline? The perfect chance to show off a very special pair of shoes.

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Turning to modern and luxe styling, the off the shoulder Bardot design from Odylyne The Ceremony was paired with a sleek ponytail and hairpieces of copper and rose gold. The addition of vibrant blue hydrangeas added the finishing touch.

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For something chic, the Anais Anette Sage gown with beautiful delicate lace and the gold leather flower details juxtaposed with a beautiful flower crown and long veil giving it an elegant look.

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The final look was all about glamour. Featuring the gorgeously elegant Tara Lauren Harlow gown, the team created a beautiful look with glam waves and a decadent crystal hairpiece. The look was finished with a beautiful bouquet of magenta, blue and pinks.

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Photographer: Day One Weddings / Gowns: Love Marie Bridal Boutique / Headpieces: Teeki Love Marie Bridal Boutique / Hairstylist: The Bridal Hair Co / Makeup Artist: The Bridal Makeup Co / Floral: Clementine Posy / Nails: Skye Mcintyre

Amelia & Daniel’s Autumn Hunter Valley Wedding

by | Groom, Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings



Amelia & Daniel

On our eighth anniversary, I married my best friend, my soul mate, Amelia.

We had a beautiful Hunter Valley wedding at St Patrick’s Church with a reception at Tinklers Winery in Pokolbin right near home. The day was perfectly imperfect, in the best way possible. All of our hard work had paid off and we were blessed with the best day of the year.




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The day was a rollercoaster! There were the last minute preparations because of our D.I.Y style, then I was certain I had lost my suit! I was soon reassured that it was hanging behind a nearby door. The funny thing my groomsmen and I forgot to put our button hole flowers on  – and that’s the last thing you want to do when your bride is a florist! Luckily my beautiful mother in law saved me and rushed them to the church. We were all ready to go!



Then that special moment arrived. My heart was racing and my palms were sweating. I knew I looked nervous because all I could hear was guests saying “gee he looks nervous doesn’t he!” I could feel all the eyes on me, then all of a sudden the attention was on Amelia as my amazingly stunning bride walked in. The moment that the last 12 months had really been about had arrived! The moment you realise you’re about to marry your best friend, your everything. It’s a feeling like no other.

We had an incredible afternoon taking photos with Dr Dan Mackay, a family friend, and hanging out; it was a fantastic night with all of those who are most special to us.






A huge thank you to all our family and friends who made it the awesome occasion that it was; we’re so appreciative of all your help, love and support x


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Amelia and Daniel; your wedding day included some beautiful handmade details; the flowers were stunning!

About Daniel: Hi, I’m Daniel from Van Dan Vintage Caravan. Our vintage caravan ‘Willow’ boasts a beautiful solid timber bar which will keep you and your guests refreshed with bubbles, beer, wine, cider or soft drinks. Whether it’s a wedding, engagement, birthday, family event, fete or garden party, we would love to bring Willow along to enhance your special day!

Reception Venue: Tinklers Winery / Photographer: Dr Dan Mackay
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