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Stephanie & Todd’s Spicers Hidden Vale Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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Stephanie & Todd

I love when a family love shines through in photographs and in this gorgeous Spicers Hidden Vale engagement captured by Quince and Mulberry Studios, the love of these newly engaged love birds and their little family of four, makes such a warm and happy sense of joy.

Stephanie tells the story of how they came to be. “I was living in London at the time and had come home for a 3 week visit. I didn’t tell anyone I was coming home. After having surprised my family I then surprised my friends which turned into an impromptu night out. I met Todd at a bar that night. We hit it off so easily and over the next few weeks we saw a lot of each other, we were practically inseparable. Needless to say I ended up staying in Australia. I forfeited my return flight back to London, quit my job and had all my belongings sent back over.”

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Stephanie remembers, “Being together is just easy. We’re both very good communicators and are honest with each other. We’re always laughing and mucking around. Todd is such a genuine guy who would do anything for our little family. We’ve been through a tough time when our son Boyd was born at 28 weeks. During that time Todd and I became even stronger and more in love (which I didn’t think was even possible). We both love our son more than anything (and our giant dog Hank too)!”

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Stephanie tells, “Being in the industry as a marriage celebrant, I’m often surrounded by everything wedding related. I’ve seen so many amazing photos but I find the ones I connect with the most are the simple and laid back shoots. I wanted Todd and I to be in a comfortable setting and able to be just be ourselves, to have fun with each other and just enjoy spending time as a family.”

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“Looking at Todd you wouldn’t guess that he’s easily scared. He’s very jumpy and I take great pleasure in being the cause of his fright (luckily he can laugh at himself). One day I waited for what seemed like ages in a cupboard for the perfect opportunity to jump out at him. Finally it came and I gave him the fright of his life. Unfortunately for me there was a broom nearby which Todd quickly snatched up, pushed the cupboard doors closed and slotted the broom through the cupboard handles. There I was trapped in side. It took A LOT of begging and sweet talking to her him to release me.”

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Laura & Kristian’s Relaxed Tocal Homestead Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Laura & Kristian

There is a beautiful, easy feel to Laura and Kristian’s relaxed Tocal Homestead wedding, the bright flowers dotted everywhere, the incredible sunset, the 90’s megamix which got everyone on the dance floor. They chose Nicholas Joel Photography to capture their day.

Laura tells the story of how they met. “Kristian was good friends with my brother and I had never met him before. One night, I decided at the last minute to join my brother and go out to a club together for the first time with a group of his mates. Call it fate, but that was the first time we met. After being together for 8 years, Kristian popped the question on the beach at sunset in Hawaii.”

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“My dress was “Trudy” designed by Maggie Sottero. It featured a Royal Satin ivory slip with a heavy lace overlay. I wanted to wear a dress that incorporated lace and had sleeves as I found this looked more elegant and was unique to many of the other wedding dresses I have seen. My favourite part of the dress was the illusion lace back. This dress was so comfortable and allowed me to dance with my guests all night.”

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Laura and Kristian were married at Tocal Homestead, telling,  “Our whole wedding day was at one location, Tocal Homestead. Our ceremony was performed under a grand fig tree out the front of the old homestead. Once the ceremony was complete, our guests moved into an old barn and had drinks and antipasto plates. After the cocktail hour, our guests then headed down the hill and past the sheep to the beautiful Heritage Hay Shed for our reception.”

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Laura chose “The Walk” by Nikki Leonti for her walk down the aisle.

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Of their ceremony, which was officiated by the bride’s uncle Neil Flower, Laura remembers, “We got married under the old fig tree surrounded by our closest friends and family seated in mismatched chairs. We chose to have a “unplugged” ceremony as we wanted everyone to be fully present in the moment and allow our amazing photographer to capture the special memories. We wanted our day to have more of a relaxed feel and believe this was reflected in our ceremony choice.”

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Of their photographer, Laura tells, “The photographer we chose was Nicholas Joel Photography as we loved his style of shooting. Nick was so very professional and listened to exactly what we wanted from the photos. He was much more than a photographer and helped up both out throughout the day by calming my nerves and making sure everything ran on time for us. He understood how the day progresses and could let us know where we would need to be or what would be happening next.

All of our guests could not believe the quality of the photos Nick took – they constantly mentioned to us throughout the night, how nice he was and how he never interrupted their night with a lens in their face like some other photographers they have come across. Nick has a true eye for capturing moments and whenever we look back at our photos, we cannot believe the memories he has given us.”

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The Wedding Designer styled the ceremony and reception for the couple, Laura remembering,  “We did not want a bridal table at the reception as we wanted to sit and share our first meal as husband and wife with our guests, so we asked The Wedding Designers to ensure that long tables were set up for the reception. We wanted to feature pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day and had these photos displayed on an old ladder at the reception. We had an abundance of flowers at the reception complete with a flower wrapping station for our guests so they could take home a small memory of the day. We chose not to DIY any part of our wedding and left it all to the professionals. The Wedding Designer designed every last detail from the flowers to the reception set up.”

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“We can’t pick a favourite when it comes to our vendors. They were all equally amazing and we couldn’t have had such a perfect wedding without each of them. They made the whole process so easy and were worth every cent. Our favourite part of the wedding planning was trying to plan a day that our guests would love and have just as much fun as we would have.”

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Of the first dance, the bride remembers, “Unbeknown to our friends, we had a quick dance lesson with a close family friend a few weeks out from the wedding to settle the nerves. I managed to convince Kristian to have their first dance to “A Thousand Years” by Christine Perri due to my secret love of the Twilight series.”

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Music for the day came from XYDJ , the bride remembering “At the reception, during my speech with Kristian, the DJ heard of my love of 90s pop music, so he treated us to a 90s mega mix consisting of the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. He said to me that he has never filled a dance floor with 90s music before!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Laura and Kristian! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Nicholas Joel Photography for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Nicholas Joel Photography / Styling: The Wedding Designer / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Abbey Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Betts Shoes / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groom’s Shoes: Betts Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sofia Bridal / Hairstylist: Divine Hair and Makeup / Makeup Artist: Divine Hair and Makeup / Flowers: The Wedding Designer / Invitations & Stationery: The Wedding Designer / Venue: Tocal Homestead / Ceremony & Reception Hire Items: The Wedding Designer / Ceremony Officiant: Neil Flower / Ceremony Music: XYDJ / DJ: XYDJ / Catering: Sprout Catering / Wedding Cake: Vanilla S_ence / Photo Booth: The Wedding Designer / Wedding Rings: Dewaal Jewellery / Transport: Absolute Vintage Elegance Limousines / Wedding Registry: Myer

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Photo by Carla Atley Photography via Kylie and Matthew’s Rustic Vintage Winery Wedding

Hello Dotties! I am back this week from a wee little break (which turned out to be a little shorter than anticipated thanks to the worst storms in 90 years). Everyone keeps telling me I should go somewhere warmer next time, but I can’t tell you how much I adored waking up to the wide open fields as the morning rain drizzled, lighting a fire in our little cozy hut (which had heated floors!) and settling down with a good book. A Winter lover I will always be!

It’s been a little busier than that cosy hut here this week at Polka Dot HQ and we have so many gorgeous posts to round up. What a way to end the week!


Things To Consider When Choosing Your Eyebrow Cosmetic Tattoo Technician

The Brisbane Club  shares their Vendor’s Favourites

Will shares his dapper Groom Style

A bit of fun with this Crunchy font

An Australian Getaway At El Questro

David shares his post wedding Inspired Memories

Perfect for a wedding – love the champagne filled Barker’s of Geraldine’s ‘Love Potion’

Honeymoons A-Z: Byron Bay

Winter Flower Trends – Petal and Pod – tulips are a favourite

Loving the sweet details in Kylie and Matthew’s Rustic Vintage Winery Wedding

Laura shares her post wedding Inspired Words

Sitting down for a chat with Lisa Gowing

Dreaming Of A Fairytale Honeymoon…

Sitting down for Five Minutes With…Kallista From Homegrown & Handmade

Gorgeous Sugar Cubes in this Etsy Roundup

Show Your True Colours With Socks

Lace Embossed Sugar Cookies Tutorial – such a cute idea

Create The Look: English Heritage Style for the stylish groom

News Roundup 16th June 2016

It’s sale time at Karen Willis Holmes! The KWH Perth and Melbourne boutiques are opening their doors for grand sales from Friday 24th June to Sunday 26th of June with gowns from three collections at heavily reduced prices. There are also additional sales for Sydney brides in the month of July! Check the website for full information.

July showcase gigs for wedding band The White Tree have been released! Brisbanites can catch the band on the 7th of July, Sydneysiders on the 6th of July and Melbourne on June 30th. Check the website for full details.

Want to spend the day playing with the Polka Dot crew? We are looking for a couple to model for us in our next styled shoot! You must be available in Sydney on Thursday, 7th of July. Check out our Instagram post for details!

Our film of the week comes from Marry Me Movies! The wedding of Brittany and Myles took place at a beautiful Bowral venue and the film tells their story together. The emotional wedding ceremony a crowning jewel on their beautifully captured wedding day.



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