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Lisa and Brendan’s Red Roses Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



Brendan and Lisa

Our story started back in 2004 when we meet whilst working part time university jobs, we had a long friendship but it was not until 2009 that we began dating and our romance blossomed from there. Our family and friends were not surprised when we told them we had starting seeing each other, they had longed picked that we were perfect for each other. Brendan proposed in June of 2012 while we were on holiday in the South Australian wine region.

I really didn’t waste any time and got straight into wedding planner mode. I already had the perfect venue in mind for us, The Gables in East Malvern, which is a lovely example Victorian architecture and the small gardens provided a stunning backdrop for our ceremony. We wanted something that was relaxed as well as elegant and this was the prefect venue to combine both ceremony and reception. The Gables were great to deal with and made things easy and were always on call to answer my many questions.


My bridesmaid carried short stemmed red roses and wore black dresses by Review. I loved how red and the ivory of my Anna Campbell dress complemented each other.  My mum helped my chose my dress, when I first went dress shopping I went with 2 of my bridesmaids and I found a dress which was a little out there and I thought this was the one, when I took my mum to see it, she didn’t quite feel the same about it as I had. I was also having second thoughts on this dress, she actually pulled a few more dresses for me to try on and the Sophia Dress was new to the Anna Campbell Ivory Range so I tried it on and loved it! It had this effortless style and knew this was the once. I wasn’t one for veils so I chose a gorgeous headpiece also from Anna Campbell.

One of my favourite things about our wedding was the flowers. I love red roses wedding flowers. Our wedding flowers were arranged by a talented friend. I chose long stemmed red roses for my bouquet as they were one of my Grandmothers favourite flowers and I wanted her to be a part of the day. I finished off the bouquet with a black velvet chocker my mother had worn on her wedding day in 1975.

We were very lucky to have a lot of our friends help out for our wedding. Violinists at the ceremony, our celebrant and videographer were all friends of ours and flowers and choreography were all provided by friends. We can’t thank them enough for all they contributed to our day. We took a DIY approach with our wedding.


Val McDonald was our celebrant for the day. I have known Val for 10 years, it was really nice to have such a personal touch with her knowing us personally and who had watched our relationship grow over the years we have spent together. She kept us extremely relaxed and was brilliant to work with!

Vanessa from Alexandra Bradley Photography did our photos for the day. I just love our wedding photos!  Vanessa’s style of photography made it an easy choice to go with her for the day. Vanessa captured the whole day beautifully and was prompt with her delivery of photos after.

We made all the wedding invitations and Thank You cards, with our supplies purchased from Officeworks and from The Paper Empire in Armadale . We handmade our bonbonniere of rumballs and we did all our own music for the reception with DJ equipment supplied by DJ warehouse. We have a great cake by Cake Passion in Ascot Vale, Dark Chocolate Coconut Rough!!! Delicious!

Our first dance was another favourite moment of the night. We danced to “You” by Amy Lee, our dance was choreographed by one of my childhood friends, Megan. I had a few nervous moments leading up with the “big dance” but it all came together on the night! This was followed by a disco themed dance medially choreographed by bridesmaid Miranda and involved all 6 members of the bridal party and some close friends. This was a great way to remove any stress from the day and kick off the dance floor in style with our old ‘nightclub’ moves.

All in all, we had a great day; it was relaxed just like we wanted and had the elegance we were looking for. We will always remember this day as it had everything we imagined.

Photography by Alexandra Bradley Photography

Ms Gingham says: Congratulations to Brendan and Lisa. It looks like you all had a fantastic day!

Lisa says: “I am 28 year old Melbourne girl,born and breed. I work in Medical & Social Research, I have worked in this industry for the 5 years. I enjoy thing all food and wine and love to travel. These are interests that I love to share and enjoy with my new husband. We married in April 2013 and have been together for 4 years. We had 6 year friendship before getting together in 2009.”

Venue: The Gables / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Ceremony Officiant: Val McDonald / Photographer: Alexandra Bradley Photography / Cake Baker: Cake Passion / Bride’s Shoes: Boyles

Polka Dot Hot Spot- Live Music Or A DJ?

by | Polka Dot Hot Spot, Weddings


Polka Dot Bride


It’s that time again, the time when we talk through those strange and hard wedding decisions that seriously- how did they get so strange and hard? Controversial, everyone has an opinion- ahhh that’s where Polka Dot Hot Spot comes in! Hard things to think about but no judgement, just us.

So here we go! What appeals to you at a wedding- live music or the originals via DJ? What are you planning for your own wedding? What do you love?

Gerard and Tracey’s Black And White Wedding In South Africa

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



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Gerard and Tracie

Gerard and I met in a London night club whilst I was on holiday visiting friends. He was meant to have just been a holiday romance, but then they do say you meet the perfect person when you least expect it. We didn’t have the usual start to a relationship, but rather found ourselves facing over a year of bureaucracy and paperwork to be together. We spent 6 months doing long distance with a million “what if’s”, with him in London and myself in South Africa and finally decided to throw the dice and make our relationship work. Gerard came to South Africa to meet my family, and shortly after I was applying for my first (of many) Australian visa’s to move across the world to be with my soul mate.

We spent a year fighting immigration, bureaucracy and the financial strains of flights and visa’s every 3 months, determined to make our life together. A week before heading back to South Africa to await my permanent visa, Gerard and I went away for the weekend to spend some time together before an indefinite separation. It was one of the first warm days of Spring/Summer and I love the beach, so Gerard booked a hotel in Blairgowrie. Oblivious to everything I didn’t even notice Gerard racing the sun down to Portsea. He took me to London Bridge Beach (a bit iconic of where we met) and as the sun set and I was whinging about how unfair it was that we were to be separated, he began to tell me how nothing could change what we have and went down on his knee. Now, anyone who knows Gerard knows he likes to joke around, so I held my breathe until I actually saw a ring before I got too excited. I just stood and cried, not really getting any words out.

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A month later back in SA, my visa was approved (6 months earlier than we thought it would be) and I was back on a plane to Australia. I had spent the past month distracting myself with Pinterest and getting the big 5 (dress, venue, photographer, celebrant, videographer) organised. Gerard and I wanted a wedding that was “us”, warm and intimate but ultimately a party that everyone would never forget. He was a bit concerned about my black and white wedding dream, thinking Goth, where I was thinking Coco Chanel (my idol) & Audrey Hepburn. It was easy to find a venue as we both wanted a beach wedding and we had gone to one in particular when he was in SA with me.

We had the ceremony on Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town. A gorgeous, white sand beach that stretches forever at the end of Chapman’s Peak Drive. On one side you have the ocean and the other you have a mountain and plains covered in fynbos (local fauna). It was perfect. I wanted to incorporate a little bit of each our countries without making it cliche. Gerard had Australian cufflinks and my bouquet was a King Protea with Eucalyptus.

My dress was a A-line dress with a tuxedo front from Bride & Co, which I added a black sash to. This was probably the easiest choice of the wedding, I was lucky enough to be home to go dress shopping with my mom and I found it in the first store I went in to.  I had the most stunning side tiara and matching earrings and bracelet from Fletcher & Grace to compliment the simplicity of the dress. Gerard and his groomsmen wore black slim line suits by TM Lewin.

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Our reception was held at Monkey Valley Resort in a thatched lodge set in a Milkwood forest that overlooked the beach. It is best described as a treehouse village. It was such a relaxed and warm venue which set the tone for the night. Each table had flower boxes of proteas and eucalyptus with succulents by Leipzig Flowers, with a lasercut table name of one of the cities we’d been together. All our suppliers were absolutely amazing! We have been particularly thrilled with our video by Hand Stitched Films, who are not just unbelievably creative but just such lovely people. They just captured the essence of the day perfectly.

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We were absolutely blessed, with almost half our 80 guests having travelled across the world to be with us on our day. We had everyone we loved and that loved us. When we left that night Gerard and I turned around in disbelief and literally said “I think we just had the wedding of our dreams”. The pure happiness of the day, our families finally meeting, and joining our 2 worlds together completed our lives.

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Images by Veronique Photography | Video by Hand Stitched Films

Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful story! Congratulations to Gerard and Tracey and thankyou for sharing your day with us!

Tracey says: “I am a graphic designer for my own business Muse Brand Studio from South Africa and I moved over to Australia for my partner. I recently got married, back home in South Africa. I love photography, interior design, pretty much all things design related.”

Venue: Monkey Valley Resort / Videographer: Hand Stitched Films / Photographer: Veronique Photography / Hairstylist: Wade&Co / Makeup Artist: The refinery hair & Make up / Ceremony Setup and Styling: B2E events / Jewellery: Fletcher and Grace / Flowers: Leipzig / Cake Baker: Le Petit Four / Bride’s Dress: Bride & Co / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bride & Co / Invitations & Stationery: Muse Brand Studio / Cufflinks: Pink Lou Lou / Groom’s Attire: TM Lewin / Laser Cut Table Sign: Doodle Laser
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