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Polka Dot Weddings Top Posts of 2014

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This year was another jam packed year of beautiful celebrations and love stories. How lucky we are to be able to share such inspiring and joyful stories with you. To wrap up 2014, we’ve put together a list of the top ten reader’s favourite posts to look back on. Thankyou to all our amazing brides and couples for pouring their hearts out and sharing their thoughts to inspire us all.

1. Samantha and Blake’s Modern Wedding By The River

Samantha’s amazing gown custom designed by Paul Vasilef (who heads up label Paolo Sebastian) was a real reader’s favourite this year.

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Image by Jemma Keech

2. Ask Ms Polka – Bridesmaid Dress Shops In Melbourne

Have a wedding related query? You must ask Ms Polka Dot!! And this year a huge number of you did!

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3. Our Destination Wedding In Thailand Heaven

Stunning scenery and a beautiful story made for one of our most popular destination wedding posts.

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Image by Deng-Image Plus Photography

4. A Stunning Hunter Valley Vineyard Wedding

When it came to designing her own wedding gown, bridal designer Tegan Asha left nothing to chance and the results were breathtaking.

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Image by Photography on Hermitage

5. Edward and Emma’s Vintage Chic Inspired Hinterland Queensland Wedding

A beautiful wedding with lots of little handmade details made Edward and Emma’s wedding a hit with you this year!

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Image by  Todd Hunter McGaw

6. Natasha & Ryan’s Wedding In The Yarra Valley

Who doesn’t love the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley? Natasha and Ryan’s wedding captured the scenery and complimented it to perfection.

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Image by AMR Photography

7. David and Amy’s Rustic Brisbane Wedding

Such a sweet couple! David and Amy’s wedding was jam packed with smiles and laughter!

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Image by Nick Evans Photography

8. Nick & Susan’s Whimsical Barn Wedding

Nick and Susan’s wedding was blessed by nymphs and fairies and we loved every minute of it!

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Image by Pixie Rouge Photography

9. Lauren and Tim’s Warehouse Wedding

Industrial chic meets Australian style. This wedding was true to Lauren’s design background.

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Image by Candice Van Moolebroek

10. Leea and Robert’s Vintage Style Barn Wedding

We wrap up on a real favourite them of our’s, the barn wedding. Leea and Robert’s was rustic, homey and intimate… just the way a barn wedding should be.

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Image by Brown Paper Parcel

Lee and Colin’s Country Barn Wedding

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Colin and Lee

Ours is a slightly different love story as I first met Colin 18 years ago in a nightclub where he was playing in the band. He left shortly after to travel overseas for a year and I joined him in Europe for two months. Since then we have always been together. Together we renovated his old cottage and then in 2009 we started to renovate the old stone barn and from there the idea of our country barn wedding took shape.

Our ceremony was held in November 2014 overlooking Horeshoe Bay and I chose rose petals and an almond blossom arbour to decorate the aisle and gardens. Our beautiful flower girls had bouquets of Hydrangeas and were wearing dresses I designed to create an angelic princess theme. My dress was custom made by Alexis George using Italian silk and fine tulle with a frayed rose French lace trim.

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Our two 1960s kombis provided nostalgic transport between Port Elliot and Willunga. Our 5yo Rottweiler ‘Harley’ was also a big part of our day.

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After many years of transforming our dilapidated stone barn into a wedding venue we had the pleasure of hosting over 100 of our closest friends and family in Barn1890. I chose to use twisted willow, hydrangeas, bird cages and candles as table decorations. I also created a photo booth using an old door hanging from a tree on the property which was really popular on the day.

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Colin handled all the renovations and rebuilding work on the barn and I took care of the design of our day with the help of many great people who have now become friends!

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Ms Gingham says: That barn looks amazing! What an epic effort you both must have put in. Congratulations!

Lee describes herself as: Very recently married after 18 years with my wonderful partner. I work full-time and run my own jewellery design business as well as running our Bed and Breakfast Sea Vines Cottage.

 

Photographer: Luke Simon Photography / Bride’s Dress: Alexis George / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Barn 1890 / Catering: Cindy's Classic Gourmet

Cathleen’s Glamorous Engagement Party

by | Inspired Engagements, Weddings

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The best proposals are the unexpected, super sneaky and so surprised you jump out of your chair kind. My beautiful fiance did just that! We have been together for nearly 4 years and I knew he was the one from the very start. We get asked all the time when will we tie the knot and of course we talk about it all the time. Well, mainly me… I can’t help it when I see beautiful brides every day.

In June this year, he popped the question at the picturesque Yarra Valley. It was the biggest surprise as I had booked the trip not for a romantic getaway but more to relax from the busy weeks I’ve been having. He said the ring was in his pocket the whole day, and he surprised me in the morning at the balcony overlooking the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley. I was so in shock, I kept asking if he was serious. And then I saw the ring, OH MY! It was unique, art deco inspired, and it was so me! I was prepared to marry him with a plastic ring if I had to but that just topped it off. Of course I said YES!

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Being in the bridal industry, it has its perks. I have so many lovely friends that are super happy to help. In September, we decided to host our engagement party at my yet to open new boutique in Elsternwick. I wanted a fun event with lots of dancing and laughing, and we did just that! Eliska from Ruffles and Bells events planning is a dear friend of mine and she transformed my space into a stylish party central.

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The food was home made by my dad and my fiance’s mum and sister. Dessert was by a talented pastry chef who happens to be a good friend too.

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I was incredibly lucky to have everyone come and celebrate our engagement. It was the best ever, we both had so much fun! I missed it for weeks after it, I wanted to do it again. Well I guess I’ll just have to wait until the wedding.

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Images by Qlix Photography

Dress – Cathleen Jia | Hair- My fiance (he is a talented hair dresser and freelance interior designer, I know I’m very lucky) | Styling- Ruffles and Bells | Flowers- Lulu bird

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful party! It looks like you all had an absolute ball! Thanks for sharing your story Cathleen!

About Cathleen Jia – Cathleen Jia is a Melbourne bridal designer. Cathleen’s vision and talent has evolved into a luxury bridal brand, specialising in unique made to measure bridal gowns, ready to wear evening dresses and beautifully hand crafted accessories.

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