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Rachael and Luke’s Coogee Scottish Wedding

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


Rachael and Luke

I love ending the week of with a wedding and this beautifully intimate and simple celebration of Rachael and Luke’s marriage is just the ticket to kick off the weekend!

Rachael tells the story of how they came to be. ” We met at a party – we were introduced by Jen, one of our bridesmaids, and spent a while chatting about our mutual love of scooters! It took a few years for us to get together, at another party, again involving Jen! We both knew from early on that this was for the long term.”

Making his Polka Dot debut is photographer Mark from Gold Hat Photography I love his fun and festive shots from Rachael and Luke’s wedding!

Rachael chose a wedding gown by Lisa Ho with silver Jimmy Choo shoes. Her bridesmaids wore blue gowns by Alicia Hollen. Hair by Jo Bridal styled the bridal party’s hair styles while Paula Lambros (0416 236 230) styled their makeup. Rachael notes,”Paula created gorgeous natural makeup for the bridal party – she was a joy to work with and really listened to what we all wanted. Jo did some amazing work with in-between hair lengths. Those styles stayed put despite the breeze.”

Beach side Coogee was chosen for the wedding celebrations, Rachael explains. “We did the whole event at one location – Wylie’s Baths at Coogee. It has a stunning view and a choice of fabulous areas for the ceremony, for drinks, and for eating and dancing.”

Rachael walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun- the only song that didn’t make me cry when we tried them out! ”

Rachael and Luke were married by a friend Danielle Waples (0438 630 864) – Rachael recalls “Danielle really took the time to write a ceremony that reflected our relationship.”

For the bouquets, Rachael explains, “We needed a lot of flowers, so we did them ourselves. It involved getting up at 4am to go to Sydney Flower Markets. Rachael, her sister, her mum and sister in law Pip got together to make the arrangements two days before the wedding. We used natives, which can be made up into arrangements several days in advance and don’t start to wilt.”

Rachael tells, “The details that really stand out for us are the contributions from friends. Nathan dropped everything to DJ for us. Jay made an invitation for emailing. My mum made the cake. Jen spent weeks helping me find a dress – and organised a brilliant hen’s party. Cass lent her car – and her brother Matt chauffeured me to the venue. Adrian provided cake decorating tips. My dad calligraphed place cards. Judith, my sister, flew out from the UK to be bridesmaid. Pip, Judith and Alice helped make ten flower arrangements and three bouquets. Erik organised huge cheese platters.”

Of their photographer, Rachael says,  “Mark from Gold Hat Photography shot our wedding. When we were searching for a photographer, we were drawn to his candid and natural style – we didn’t want too many staged photos. He has totally exceeded our wildest expectations. His photos were brilliant and captured so many details of the wedding. He stayed right up until the end of the night – and we had images waiting for us when we returned from honeymoon a few weeks later. We didn’t tell Mark when we hired him, but a lot of our friends work in photography, graphic design, or picture editing. They’re a critical audience – and so many of them have raved about his images. He also just happens to own an awesome scooter.”

Rachael remembers, “While we were having our photos taken in the park next to the venue, a little boy sat down in front of us and refused to move, despite his mum urging him to. He told his mum he wanted to watch ‘the princess’.”

There were plenty of handmade touches, including the wedding cake, Rachael notes. “My mum made a traditional rich fruit cake three months ahead and my brother and I decorated it. It was a bit harder than we expected to get a smooth coating – we ended up covering the cake in icing flowers to hide the mistakes, and it looked fabulous! “”

Rachael notes, “We didn’t dance! We skipped a lot of the usual wedding details – no bouquet throwing, no garter, no first dance, no favours, no paper invitations, no wedding registry. We wanted to keep our wedding simple and as relaxed as possible. We also chose to organise the wedding with only three months notice – so skipping some details made a lot of sense.”

Congratulations on your marriage Rachael and Luke! Thanks for sharing your stories with us! Thank you to Mark from Gold Hat Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Mark from Gold Hat Photography / Bride’s Dress: Lisa Ho / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Attire: Custom Made / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alicia Hollen / Bridesmaid Shoes: Robert Robert at Zomp / Hairstylist: Hair by Jo Bridal / Makeup Artist: Paula Lambros 0416 236 230 / Venue: Wylie's Baths / Ceremony Officiant: Danielle Waples 0438 630 864 / Ceremony Musicians: Tully / Catering: Steve Kelly at Grinners

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Inspired Memories – Chris Photography by TWK Studio

If you’ve missed some of the fabulousness that has been taking over our specialty blogs as a result of the short week thanks to Australia Day, then look no further!  The last gasp of January has seen a lovely selection of tips, tutorials and travel for you to feast your eyes on. But first, there’s a patterned person’s birthday that needs to be seen to (it’s a big one!), and I for one will be taking inspiration from Cocktail Friday to celebrate! Enjoy!

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.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Australia Day Style 2.Real Engagement Party ~ Cyndie and Chris’s French Style Engagement Party 3.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Amy 4.Real Wedding Planning ~ Matrimonial Music 5.Real Wedding ~ Rhee & Kris’ Homemade Perth Wedding6.Real Bride’s Forum ~ Polka Dot Sneak Peek – Your Ceremony Venue

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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.


1.Expert Interview ~ What Would They Know? – Alicia Larriera from Form Over Function 2.Wedding Planning Advice ~ Photobooths For Weddings 101 – Part 2 3.Expert Interview ~ What Would They Know? Nadean, Marissa and Jess of One Fine Day 4.Cake Wisdom ~ Sugablossom Cakes Top 10 Cakes for 2012

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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.


1.Etsy Roundup – Paper ‘Chandeliers’ 2.Tuesday Type – Pipa 3.DIY Tulip Centerpiece Tutorial 4.Cocktail Friday – Sparkling Pomegranate Raspberry Cocktail

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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.

1.Eco-Love In The Daintree 

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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.


1.Real Groom Writes ~ The Proposal: Part 1 2.Real Groom Reflects ~ Inspired Memories- Chris 3.Real Groom Style ~ Groom Style- David

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Confetti Fair Email Signature

Planning a fabulous event? Perhaps a hens party, engagement, wedding or birthday – then the boutique party fair Confetti Fair is for you! Bringing together a whole host of gorgeous exhibitors, across the categories of decor, cakes, sweets, flowers, planning, stationery, dessert tables, styling and more, this is the perfect place to get inspired and find everything you need for your special occasion!

There is an amazing lineup for all three fairs, so pop the following dates into your calendar! Sydney 5th May, Brisbane 14th July and Melbourne 4th August 2014! And the best part? All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Heart Kids Australia!

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With Valentine’s Day steadily approaching, and are offering you the opportunity to win 5 fabulous prizes of a bottle of Moët & Chandon (yes please!) and a dozen red roses, to be delivered to your loved one on Valentine’s Day! To enter, simply submit your best (or worst) Valentine’s Day message via either the or website! So get your creative caps on and head over to their website to enter!

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If you’re on the lookout for a reception venue in the gorgeous Hunter Region, Novotel Newcastle Beach is holding a Bespoke Wedding Open Day on Sunday 24th February and is offering Polka Dot readers the chance to spend the night!

This fantastic giveaway includes:
– One night’s accommodation on Saturday 23rd February at Novotel Newcastle Beach in a Harbour View Room, for two people (Bride and Groom to be)
– 3-course dinner for two in Bistro Dalby
– Full buffet breakfast for two.
Value: $550.00

The Bespoke Wedding Open Day will include:
– Complimentary admission, canapés and drinks
– View the Morrow Room set for your reception with a number of different themeing ideas, including a candy buffet
– A Bridal High Tea will be set to showcase ideas for the perfect bridal shower.
– A Honeymoon Suite will be ready to view for couples wishing to take advantage of our accommodation options

To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us “What is your favourite way to spend a beach holiday?

Competition is open to Australian residents only. Prize must be used on the 23rd of February 2013. Winner will be drawn on the 11th of February 2013 5pm AEST by the Polka Dot Bride team. his prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered

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The lovely folk at Saint Cecelia Candles has an offer exclusive to Polka Dot readers! From now until the end of February, you will receive 15% off the entire range, simply by entering the code POLKADOT at the checkout!  Perfect for the design-savvy bride, each beautifully-presented soy candle is hand-poured and produced in the Northern Beaches of sunny Sydney! Head to their website to see their full range.

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Although this week’s video is not specifically wedding-related, it is love related, and really, isn’t that what makes the world go ’round? From award-winning Australian Photographer Sue Bryce.

Vintage Mexican Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I’ve been on a Mexico kick lately. From the barrage of fresh Mexican restaurants popping up around me to my sudden craving for anything hot and spicy, so when this gorgeous vintage Mexican inspired shoot hit my inbox as the debut collaboration between photographer Lisa Diederich Photography and stylist Alice Richards is such a gorgeous take on Mexico. With the soft peaches and pinks, creams and whites it has all the flavour of Mexico with a wedding ready colour palette!

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idoityourself created this Mexican inspired stationery with soft pastel colours.

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Lisa says “We both wanted to play with the idea of a vintage Mexican wedding, but Alice’s inspiration was a softer, more romantic version of the typical fiesta. Rather than using the usual bold colours, swinging piñatas and prickly cacti, we opted for a soft colour palette, white papel picado bunting and fresh succulents.”

Louise Alvarez created a beautiful off white wedding gown.

Faye Cahill Cake Design created three gorgeous cakes for the dessert table.

Ghermez Cupcakes created margarita inspired cupcakes while Paperwhite Floral Designs styled arrangements with soft peaches, whites and fresh green succulents.

Photographer: Lisa Diederich Photography / Styling: Alice Richards / Bride’s Dress: Louise Alvarez / Flowers: Paperwhite Floral Designs / Hairstylist: Amore Hair by Jessica / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill Cake Design / Cupcakes: Ghermez Cupcakes / Cake Stands: Donna Hay / Dessert Table Glassware: Candy Bar Sydney / Invitations & Stationery: idoityourself
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