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Jolly & Scott’s Polka Dot Lake George Winery Wedding Image by Dan O’Day

I quite love that Winter is the season for launches in the bridal industry. Although it is sometimes a struggle to find the perfect outfit to wear when you know it’s freezing outside, the promise of new ideas and inspiration (and a nice glass of champagne) does do wonders to warm the soul! I’ve particularly loved the geometric shapes popping up everywhere – from structured gowns to sharp styling.

We’ve pulled together a rather sharp roundup for you too this week, with a whole heap of lovely eye candy from our specialty blogs. My hot tip? Have a squiz through our Honeymoon blog – warm, exotic locations abound!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.

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1. Real Wedding – Jolly & Scott’s Polka Dot Lake George Winery Wedding 2. Real Bride Advice – Inspired Words – Stephanie 3. Real Bride Journey – Setting A Date For Our Surprise Wedding 4. Real Wedding –  French Fairytale Brisbane Wedding 4. Desperately Seeking – July 2013  5. Later Today ~ Real Engagement – Fun Toronto Ice Skating Engagement Party

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

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1.What Would They Know? Polly Bernhardt of Polly Bernhardt  Makeup.Hair.Weddings 2. Expert Advice – Simple DIY Wedding Ideas 3. Expert Advice – Brides Didn’t Always Wear White Wedding Dresses 4. Expert Advice – How to Stay Organised During Your Wedding Planning

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

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1.ETSY Roundup – Bridal Hair Bands 2. Tuesday Type – Dear Joe Hannes 3. DIY Tutorial – DIY Place Cards With Metallic Gold Leafing Edge  4. DIY Tutorial – Handpainted Mug DIY Wedding Favours 5. Cocktail FridayCointreau Fizz Passion & Chilli

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

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1. Real Honeymoon – Our Honeymoon in Bali 2. Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Halina from Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1. Groom Style Advice – Pining for PINO’s Fun and Colourful Bow Ties 2. Real Groom – Inspired Memories – Tim 3. Real Groom Style – Adam

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Sample Sale Alert! The lovely team at Joanne Panzarino are holding their first ever couture bridal gown sample sale! Gowns will be massively reduced up to 70% – including other sale items such as bridal shoes, bolero’s and jewellery. See above for details!

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Eco Wedding Fair

Calling all Eco-Conscious Brides! Australia’s first Eco Wedding Fair will be held at the Old Museum in Bowen Hills, QLD on Sunday Aug 25 10am-4pm, with loads of inspiration to help you create a wedding that is eco-friendly and sustainable! Vendors that are offering organic, fair-trade, vintage and handmade products will be showcased, and as well as food and drink available, there will also be live music, door prizes and giveaways.

Pre-sale discounted tickets are available on the website for $10!

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The very lovely Margie from the gorgeous ETSY store Projects By Margie is offering a special offer just for Polkadot Bride readers! If you purchase one of Margie’s handmade beauties, you will receive 10% off your purchase simply by entering the offer code “polkadotbride. But it’s just for this month – so get in quick!

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On the hunt for a great wedding band? You can catch the fab sounds of band Ivory Junction at their showcase on Wednesday July 31st at Veludo in St Kilda from 7.45pm. Head down to catch some great tunes!

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A very cute stop-motion video to share today – courtesy of the team at Angelica Peady Photo and Film

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Alex and Ryan’s Stones Of The Yarra Valley Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings


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There is something very magical about returning home for a wedding. Alex and Ryan organised their wedding from Qatar – a Victorian vineyard celebration, full of family full of friends and plenty of special touches they represent the life they share together.

Ryan tells their story. “Our story started on a dance floor wearing hot pink shorts, a mullet wig and an equestrian helmet – there is no need to go into detail of what Alex was wearing. It was a fancy dress party and after a couple of ‘quiet’ drinks, I (Ryan) dipped Alex, kissing her thinking that we were alone on the dance floor… and no one was watching. I would like to add that I woke up the next day still wearing the equestrian helmet but also an awesome memory of kissing the girl I would soon marry.”

Chris Garbacz at Epic Photography captured the fun, festival spirit of the day with all its twists and turns!

Alex chose the Eden by Jenny Packham with Jenny Packham accessories for her wedding day look.

“There are many stories so I will just pick the best, firstly Ryan was meant to sky dive into the wedding but unfortunately the weather prevented this. His best-man Robbie (his brother) called someone he knew, who knew someone with a helicopter and sure thing a helicopter picked them up within the hour.”

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“Not only did Robbie organise a helicopter at short notice he also bought the exact same ute as the one featured in the classic hit song of the 1990’s – Mona! Complete with hay bales. Gareth learnt the only chord played in the song and after getting out of the helicopter they jumped on the ute and sang Mona up to the chapel. I am not sure anyone would understand why they did this, but it was a big inside joke amongst his friends about the song Mona that they classed as the daggiest song of the 1990’s!”

Alex and Ryan were married at Stones Of The Yarra Valley. Explaining, “Rising from the rustic, weather-beaten remnants of a barn left idle for generations, Stones of the Yarra Valley has uninterrupted views across vines to the blue-tinged Great Divide, Stones of the Yarra Valley is located on one of the most picturesque and historic properties in the Yarra Valley, combining two superb venues – The Barn and The Stables – with a stunning rough-rendered chapel nestled under century-old oak trees.”

For her walk down the aisle, Alex says, “Our friend, Gareth strummed his guitar to our favourite song called ‘May You Never’, by John Martyn. Gareth used to practice this song over and over when he lived with us in NZ back when we first got together, so it brings us back to that time.”

“We had so much family and friend involvement. We would have to start with our friend Kieran who 6 months before the wedding, started a celebrant course so that he could marry us! Amazing effort and it really did make the day so special, having someone who knows us really well talk us through our vows. We practiced the day before and Ryan was messing up every line, I couldn’t hold in my giggles when he said his vows in the chapel – but he got it right!”

Ryan says, “When we explained the day, some people called it a circus, we’d like to call it a festival of fun!”

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“The groomsmen showed their love for Ryan by giving him little digs throughout the day – it was hilarious to watch. When we were enjoying our first glass of champagne after the ceremony in the stables, the boys were messing around for the photos – there is a series of 3 photos which are my favourite from the day. You will see them pulling each others braces, then watching it ping back! Everyone has most funniest pose, it really does capture the atmosphere of the day – fun fun and more fun! When you look at peoples wedding pictures, you always feel that the smile or laugh is staged. I now realise that they are not, Ryan and I were having the best time, so much had happened in the morning when we were apart (lost wedding rings, a helicopter landing to name a few) so we were catching up, we had many funny stories to tell each other, so those moments alone to have our pictures taken were magical.”

Of their photographer. Alex says ” He was tall, dark and handsome! Kept up with the mischief of the wedding party!  I would like to recommend our photographer, who was recommended through a friend. She described him as the guest you want at your wedding, you are bound to have fun with him. And Chris was exactly that, he felt like a friend having a laugh with us who also managed to capture the atmosphere of the day!”

“We would have to start with Ryan’s mum who made 150 jars of homemade chutney, jams and relish for our favours. Our seating plan, Ryan’s dad and Barbara made some old frames and distressed them to give a vintage feel, these held Polaroid’s capturing embarrassing old photos of everyone and doubled as name tags with a message on the back, some contained a dare to get the party started! (dares included, starting a conga line, a human pyramid, a vodka luge buddy to name just a few). We had friends make beautiful framed chalkboards for our signage, scale through boot sales and vintage shops to buy props for our photo booth, making the photo booth backdrop by sewing on buttons and ribbon to some old material, the best-man used an old vintage book to hold the rings and a friend made the bridesmaids beautiful earrings. ”

Of people she’d like to thank, Alex says, “Shannon Parker – for her awesomeness, she isn’t a vendor by any stretch – she is one of my closest friends in the world and without her, the wedding would have not been the same in any shape or form! She went to the moon and back to make all the little details work! Every bride needs her!”

Yes, that is a vodka ice luge in a wedding cake shape! Alex explains “Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, we had a vodka ice luge shaped as a wedding cake – when else would you have a ice sculpture as a wedding cake?? One of my favourite stories was seeing the grooms party carry the 60kg ice luge cake out of the Stones, onto the double decker bus and to the after party!”

“We had posters up to promote our friends who were playing at our after party, we had a band called “the Honey Badgers” which was made up to include our reverend and some of the groom’s party, Gareth Penhellerick, a solo guitarist again in our groom’s party and also Ben Martin a friend that goes way back who was another solo artist – they all played amazingly given they played in the wee hours between 11 – 3am and we had the whole place rocking!”

“Ryan and the groom’s party had thrown in a couple of surprises for me, firstly my best friends from the UK that couldn’t make the trip had created individual video messages which were played on a huge plasma screen on the dance floor. It felt like I had them there with me, it was very emotional!”

For their first dance, Alex says, “We didn’t want anything traditional, no waltz here! We choose the song ‘Hey Ho’ by The Lumineers, it created a fun dance that we could jump, spin and have fun with. I remember when we were planning out first dance, I kept asking Ryan to teach me to break-dance so we could do a routine but he kept turning me down. Instead he organised his old group to choreograph a break-dance especially for me, they put me on a chair in the middle of the dance floor and did head spins and flips to an old hip hop song – it was so much fun and the guests loved it!”

Congratulations on your marriage Alex and Ryan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Chris Garbacz at Epic Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Chris Garbacz at Epic Photography / Cinematographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Eden by Jenny Packham / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Jenny Packham / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom's Velvet Jacket: Ted Baker / Groomsmen's Bowties: Mrs Bowtie / Bridesmaid Dresses: Reiss / Bridesmaid Accessories: Jessica Lambert / Bridesmaid Shoes: Elisabetta Franchi / Bridesmaid Collars: Blake God Bold / Flowers & Decor: Blooming Brides / Venue: Stones Of The Yarra Valley

French Fairytale Brisbane Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


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Brenton and Rachael

Our wedding day was one, which I will never forget! It truly was everything we could have ever imagined and more. From the moment we woke to the moment our heads hit the pillow it was a truly magical day, far beyond our wildest expectations! We tied the knot at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane City, followed up a stunning reception at Customs House in Brisbane along the river. I hope that you enjoy some snippets from our special day. If only we could relive the day all over again! I know that in my dreams I do. For everyone who is planning their big day, happy planning and may you enjoy every single moment with your fiance. I’ve been married for seven months and could not be happier. Here is our wedding day love story… Complete with love, laughter and tears of joy. Our magical day was filled with so many amazing moments – Enjoy!

The girls got ready together at the Meriton Apartments in Brisbane city.

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Our hair and makeup was done by the gorgeous Rebecca and Lauren of Rebecca Calvert Hair and Make-Up Styling. They did such a wonderful job. Thank you guys for everything that you did to help on the day!

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Our invites were letter-pressed by Neisha from Creative Emporium and featured our very own monogram and French theme to perfectly suite our wedding day!

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Brenton my husband-to-be getting ready for the rest of our lives together! Both Brenton and I were actively involved in planning our ‘big day’. It was such a special time for us.

A welcome sign hand-written by our stylist Amanda of Adorn Event Hire greeted guests as they walked in to the Cathedral at St John’s.

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We also hand a hand-made “ring book, aka love book!” which the page boys carried down the aisle.

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The boys waiting at the alter with Brenton. We had such an amazing bridal party – the bridesmaids and groomsmen were all simply amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of our nearest and dearest to be there with us on the day.

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After tears of joy and pure emotion in the vintage jaguar “our official wedding car”, Dad and I arrived, with the bridesmaids/flower girls and our mums in the stretch limo in front of us. The big moment had finally arrived! My tears turned to big smiles as I took a deep breath before the ‘big moment!’

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I held Dad’s hand so tightly. It was such a special moment. One which I had dreamed of leading up to our wedding day! Everything we had planned, was all now turning in to a reality! The excitement was so very special.

Out of the car we go and I prepare myself for walking up the Cathedral’s steps. Dad was there to help me every step of the way!

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Up the Cathedral’s stairs, leading me to my prince charming Brent, who I about to marry! All of my hopes and dreams have just come true in life.

An extra special shot during the ceremony, showcasing my stunning bouquet, hand-made by a dear friend, Archara of Archara Wedding Flowers. Thank you so much Archara! I also had my bouquet preserved and it had a gorgeous little brooch on it to match my detailed bodice on my gown. Taking time to choose the perfect flowers really does make all the difference on the day!

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Brenton and I sharing a very special moment during the ceremony with Pam Hynd, our Reverend. Our Mums were included in a special part of the ceremony with a candle blessing – it was so sentimental and joined our two families together!

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My husband and I share a sacred moment together during our ceremony. Our love is so very strong and we’re so excited to spend the rest of our lives together, proudly as husband and wife. Our vows were the most amazing words and ones which I believe we’ll never ever forget. True love.

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Doves symbolised our love becoming one and staying together forever in our lifetime!

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Myself on the stunning balcony at Customs House, our beautiful reception venue! Brenton and I enjoying a special kiss on our bridal shoot! This was one of many on the big day!

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My personalised garter was also my “special something blue!” It was a special momento on the day!

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We had a stunning vintage type-writer table for guests to write us personalised notes!

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Our wedding cake was made by the ever-talented Louisa from Cakes Alouisa! IT WAS SO AMAZING!

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I love this photo of Brenton and I. Such a special one. Two has now become one. Mr and Mrs Tickner!

My Mum, Debbie Williams and I enjoying a special moment together after the most magical ceremony! Some of our guests, including our family members wore special headpieces. It was very much like a proper English, Royal wedding! We are from England and very traditional with wedding values.

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My stunning sister, Rebecca who I love dearly! She was my maid-of-honour on the day. She is also my best friend in the whole wide world. She looked so stunning on the big day.

Our flower girls were so amazing! They were like little princesses. I love them both so much! xo

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Our wonderful bridal party. Family and our best friends made up our special bridal party! Having fun on bridal shoot location at the Emporium Hotel!

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My beautiful bridesmaids. We had so much fun on the bridal shoot. We went for a classic vintage look! Lace parasols were the perfect touch!

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I had a ball on the bridal shoot! Brenton and I had lots of fun with my lace and hand-beaded Cathedral length veil…

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Brenton and I enjoying another extra special moment. I could not stop looking at how “handsome” he looked!

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Our amazing photographer was Focus Films.

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We stopped in to a French cafe in the heart of Brisbane city to enjoy some delicious macaroons!

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Running in the rain and Brenton being such a gentleman! It was lots of fun with an afternoon rain shower! The Hero shot of our wedding day was used in The Sunday Mail as our ‘official wedding photo!’ We chose a combination of ‘black and white photos and coloured photos’ for our wedding album and also had a video, both provided to us by our suppliers, Focus Films, who were amazing! Something else which we included which our guests really loved was our French themed photo-booth! They were able to take away ‘a little momento’ to keep from the day. It was a real hit!

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Brenton and I carried a coin of Brenton’s late Dad so he was there with us on the day. It was a beautiful way to remember Brenton’s Dad and his presence was most definitely felt on the day.

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My Tiffany travel pouch which was gifted to me by Brent and was another “something blue”, which I carried. It was used to keep our special good luck mementos with us on the day. Such a special memory. I also was given some little pieces from my Nan in the UK who couldn’t be there on the day. I received a silver diamante cross which I treasure still to this day and wore my grandmother’s 60 year old ring which was my “something old” – my “something new” was my bracelet which my parents had bought me, it was hand-made by a Sydney bridal designer.

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Our styling reflected our wedding theme of French elegance! From our monogramed 4-tiered wedding cake to our lolly buffet, Parisian photo-booth or our French letter-pressed invitations, everything tied in just perfectly to our wedding day theme. All of the little details do count!

And that my lovelies is our “wedding day French fairy tale” love story. 🙂


I hope you enjoyed this post and happy wedding planning. May all of your dreams come true!

Images by Focus Films

Ms Gingham says: A lovely wedding to start the day today!! Congratulations Rachael and Brenton aka Mr and Mrs Tickner!

Rachael says: I am a self-confessed lover of all things weddings, so much so, I put my events and PR experience to good use by starting my dream wedding planning business – Love Shoe Weddings – Your Cinderella Day. I can assist with full wedding coordination, through to partial wedding coordination and advice on DIY weddings. I also specialise in wedding PR for your special day.

Flowers: Archara Flowers / Photographer: Focus Films / Cake Baker: Cakes Alouisa / Ceremony Venue: St John's Cathedral Brisbane / Reception Venue: Custom's House / Hair & Makeup: Rebecca Calvert Hair and Make-Up Styling / Invitations & Stationery: Creative Emporium
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