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Nicole & Jon’s Flinders Ranges Outback Wedding

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


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Nicole & Jon

I love the peace and quiet of the country and when a wedding is as remote and as a beautiful as this outback Flinders Ranges wedding then you know it’s going to be something special.  Jade Norwood Photography was there to capture it all.

Nicole tells their story of how they met. “We had known each other for about 13 or 14 years before we actually got together. We were both playing in Tanunda Town Band in the Barossa Valley. It wasn’t until nearly 6 years ago, we were having a drink after rehearsal one night and something sparked. Our first kiss was after a particularly long rehearsal (and a few glasses of wine!) and we got together the following weekend. Our first official date was about a week and a half later and we’ve been together ever since!”

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The groom chose a suit by Gary Anderson with his groomsmen wearing Peter Jackson.

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Nicole chose a gown by Alexis George, her bridesmaids in navy lace dresses from Review. Nicole remarks, “My sister, Isobel did the bridal party make up, & my good friend, Tamara, did the bridal party hair, & both did amazing jobs!”

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Louise Woodhouse Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Nicole and Jon chose Parachilna Gorge for their wedding ceremony, the bride and groom noting, “We had both travelled through the Flinders Ranges & Parachilna Gorge & spent time at the Prairie Hotel before we got together. We decided on our first trip there together that when the time came, we wanted to get married there. Parachilna Gorge is just stunning, and the Prairie Hotel is still one of our favourite places.”

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Nicole walked down the aisle to “Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by Claude Debussy arranged and played by A Touch Of Brass.

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Nicole and Jon describe the day as, “A party with the people we love, filled with good food, good wine and good music.”

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Of their photographer, Nicole and Jon note, “We stumbled across Jade’s website after a random Google search. As we were getting married in the Flinders Ranges, we were looking for a photographer who understood landscapes as well as people, and we were drawn to her website as well as the photos on it. From our first contact with Jade, both she and Belinda-Jane have been really helpful and after our first meeting with Jade we knew we’d found a photographer who was as passionate about the location of our wedding as we were.

When our wedding day finally arrived, we realised just how lucky we were to have Jade. Without us realising she had the bridal party organised and ready on time in all the right clothes, with all the right flowers, and in the right place at the right time. She was relaxed and ready to laugh with us, nothing was too much trouble for her – even jumping on a forklift for our group photos! We were delighted with Jade, she was professional, fun and absolutely lovely – and she takes amazing photos! We were lucky to share our special day with Jade and can’t recommend her highly enough.”

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The couple chose Prairie Hotel, Parachilna for their reception, using long tables to seat guests under the star light. “We loved the incredible hospitality of Jane, Ross, Grant & everyone from the Prairie Hotel.”

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“We did a lot of things ourselves, being in a remote location we had to bring a lot of things up from Adelaide, but it ensured that everything was how we wanted it. Jon put together & hung all the lighting for the reception. We had friends organised to move chairs & red carpet from the ceremony site back to the reception while we were having photos done. We took up our own glassware (& only discovered once we got home that we needed to wash it all!)”

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Of their first dance, Nicole remembers, “We danced our first dance to “Can’t take my eyes off of you” by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, played by the band. It was pretty fitting, I don’t think either of us found we could take our eyes off of each other! Neither of us are particularly good dancers so it was great to have our family join when when the chorus came up!”

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The bride and groom chose a “cheese” cake by The Smelly Cheese Shop for their wedding cake.

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“The stories from the day only really emerged afterwards! We had four  flat tyres between our guests, photographer, us & our bridal party (the bridesmaid’s car got a flat on the way to the ceremony!). We couldn’t get a new tyre so had to leave our car there! The groom managed to get blood on the collar of his white shirt, so there was a but if a scramble to fix that. He ended up wearing the shirt his brother got married in, so had his own something borrowed! ”

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Congratulations on your marriage Nicole and Jon! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jade Norwood Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous wedding.

Photographer: Jade Norwood Photography / Bride’s Dress: Alexis George / Bride’s Shoes: Coach / Bride’s Jewelry: Miss Martini / Groom’s Attire: Gary Anderson, Saville Row / Groom's Shoes: RM Williams / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jacksons / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: Tamara Parker / Makeup Artist: Isobel John / Flowers & Decor: Louise Woodhouse Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Zazzle / Ceremony Venue: Parachilna Gorge / Ceremony Officiant: Bob Sloane / Ceremony Musicians: A Touch of Brass / Reception Venue: Prairie Hotel, Parachilna / Band: Eric Santucci / Favors: Stephen John Wines / Cheese Cake: The Smelly Cheese Shop / Wedding Rings: Bell & Brunt
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Beatrice & Steve’s Autumn Butterland Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Beatrice & Steve

I love Autumn. I love the vibrant colours, I love the crisp air, I love the mood and the atmosphere and Beatrice & Steve’s Autumn Butterland wedding captures it all. From the fiery red foliage, the speeches outside as the sun set and the truck full of celebratory drinks to toast the newlyweds with. All captured by Zoe McMahon Photography.

On how they met, Beatrice and Steve tell. “We met at the Brunswick Street Cycles store in 2010. Beatrice required many bike repairs in the months leading up to our first date!!!!!”

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Beatrice’s best friend also happens to be Katie of Katie Marx Flowers and of course styled the floral arrangements for the day, Beatrice remembering, “My best friend Katie Marx was the florist and I knew that everything she would do would be amazing. So I left it to her and her amazing team. She put together the bouquet which was very individual and stunning.”

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Beatrice and Steve held their wedding at Butterland, Newstead Butter Factory , the bride explaining, “The wedding was at the Newstead Butter Factory, Butterland. Its a magical setting in central Victoria owned by our dear friends florist Katie Marx and furniture maker Greg Hatton. The venue is big and friendly and was perfect for a huge party. We really wanted out wedding to be an open celebration of love and friendship, not a stuffy affair. We held the ceremony outside under a beautiful natural arc made by the clever Katie Marx. It was important to us to be outside so we were blessed to have the sun out. ”

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Carl Nave tailored the groom’s suit.

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For the bride, the day started in a different kind of way, she tells, “I arranged for a yoga class on the morning of the wedding with about 20 of my best girl friends instead of a hens night. This was such a beautiful space to share with each other. A moment I will always remember and a chance to catch my breath in amongst everything and remember what we were here for and feel how lucky I was to have such beautiful women around me.”

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Beatrice walked down the aisle with her father and step father to “Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major played life and solo by an old school friend from the Steiner School.”

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The pair married under s stunning floral arch created by Katie, Beatrice telling, “The wedding arch was amazing, full of clean tones and pops of color. Just our style! The theme all blended in well with our beautiful hand drawn invites too. It was lovely to all be outside in the nature with kids and our dog roaming around!! There are pictures of us under the arch with the dog which I love.” Beatrice chose a gown from Le Louvre.

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The flower girl was the star of the show, Beatrice noting, “Our flower girl, little Hazel aged 4 was the best!! She declared the day of the wedding that this was her wedding day and I would be her bride! Too cute and she really relaxed me a lot.”

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Of their photographer, Beatrice notes “Zoe was fantastic. She was really calm and fun to be around and just floated in and out capturing beautiful shots. It was actually really lovely having her around. It was also so great that she got some shots of Steve before the wedding as often wedding photos miss the groom. Zoe has a unique style that works so well in wide open spaces and it was perfect for the Butterland venue.”

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Before dinner, guests gathered for the speeches, Beatrice remembering, “The best man’s speech was just perfect.”

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Fig and Salt created tasty treats for wedding guests to feast on, Beatrice remarking, “Fig and Salt did the catering and they were amazing!! I am SO disappointed we both missed out on all the cheese and meat platters which look amazing in the photos. The food was excellent and the cake bar was out of this world. Cassandra from Fig and Salt went above and beyond with every request. I am SO glad we used her.”

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Of the first dance, Beatrice tells, “We had a few swing dance lessons for fun in order to dance to Jurassic 5’s song ‘Swingset’. We really should have had more!! But the whole thing was hilarious in the end as we were under-practiced and our jealous dog kept barking! It was a very fun thing to do! I had a beautiful second outfit from Aje and the dance was a nice entry for that.”

Congratulations on your marriage Beatrice and Steve! Thank you for sharing your stories with us! A big thank you to Zoe McMahon Photography  for sharing this wedding with us!

Photographer: Zoe McMahon Photography / Bride’s Dress: Le Louvre / Bride’s Shoes: Zomp / Groom’s Attire: Carl Nave / Hair & Makeup Artist: Raw Essence Hair Design, Castlemaine / Flowers & Decor: Katie Marx Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Nicky Medlen / Venue: Butterland, Newstead Butter Factory / Ceremony Venue: Tracey Patterson / Ceremony Musicians: Vincent Ward / Band: The Tufftones / Favors: KombuchAid / Catering: Fig and Salt / Cake Baker: Fig and Salt / Wedding Rings: Pol Meegan / Wedding App: WeddingHappy

Kelly & Sidney’s Romantic Spring Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Kelly & Sidney

There is a subtle beauty to today’s romantic Spring garden wedding. It’s got the most beautiful Spring light, the most beautiful Spring flowers and of course it’s all just as magic as a wedding can be. Captured beautifully by Oy Photography.

On how they met, the newlyweds remember, “We met through a mutual friend at a Karaoke night, we were introduced to each other and it was definitely not love at first sight. Sidney makes lame jokes like Chandler from ‘Friends’ and I categorized him as a typical male otaku, and Sidney thought that I was way out of his league. We then met each other again and again during different friends’ gatherings and somehow became very close and love just blossomed naturally.”

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Kelly chose a beautiful gown from Raffaele Ciuca. Her bridesmaids in mint green gowns by Review.

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Basia Puchalski Floral Design created the floral arrangements for the wedding.

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Kelly and Sidney chose Ascot House for their wedding, noting, “Our wedding was held at the stunning Ascot House on 5th of Oct 2014, the place where both Sidney and I fell in love with the moment we laid our feet in their enchanting and leafy garden. I’ve always wanted a garden ceremony and a reception venue with elegant & opulent interior details, so Ascot House turned out to be a perfect fit, plus it’s less than 15mins drive from our home which is always a bonus.”

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The wedding was planned and styled by Blooming Love Events.

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For her walk down the aisle, Kelly tells, “I chose “The wedding song” by Julia & Angus Stone played when my bridesmaids walked down the aisle and my favorite song “How long will I love you” by Ellie Golding played as my wedding song.”

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“We had  Rita Cohann to host our ceremony, her bubbly & caring personality has made our wedding very special.”

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The bridal party traveled in vintage cars from Triple R Luxury Car Hire.

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Of their photographer, Kelly notes, “Our planner Sarah introduced us to Oy Photography. We love her documentary approach and natural style so we didn’t look any further. It proved we made the right choice when we got our customized photo album, I feel like I’m flicking a wedding magazine looking at my own wedding photos lol.”

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Potted succulents doubled as favors and a seating chat, Kelly explaining, “I’ve always loved succulents so I decided to give mini succulents as our wedding favours, and Sarah suggested why not having them doubled as a seating plan too? So there we had a cute bonbonniere table set up on a vintage dresser, where the guests had fun finding their seats and took home a hand wrapped little piece of love to let them grow!”

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“We wanted a special/unconventional way to cherish their wishes for our big day. Therefore Sarah came up with this great guestbook idea of having customised wooden hearts for our guests to write their wishes on, and a flower clad vintage suitcase as a display board. It was also a great way to share our childhood and pre-wedding photos with the guests. This ‘guestbook’, along with cute signage and a wishing well birdcage, were set on a trio of vintage tables full of pretty blooms”.

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Kelly remembers, “I guess most of the wedding stories you hear nowadays are quite similar, the day went by in a blink of an eye. If I had to pick a most memorable moment of the day, it would have to be Sidney’s speech. It was a heartfelt, intimate speech he wrote to express his feelings, most of the things he said during the speech, he had never expressed before. e.g: finally admitting that he is the one getting the better deal out of this marriage!. Most importantly, I know how much he dreads making a public speech, but he made it look so easy on the day, I knew he’d probably done many practices behind the scenes secretly, I was very touched with the efforts he has made.”

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Of their first dance, Kelly remembers, “We were still indecisive about the song for our first dance two weeks before the big day. Finally we set our heart on ‘At Last’ by Etta James, which we practiced really hard with my mother-in-law as the dance instructor. On the day I was super nervous before we went on to the dance floor, but as soon as the music started, I just magically moved with the lyrics and spun around like I was on a carousel.”

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Congratulations Kelly & Sidney! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us! Thank you to Oy Photography for sending through today’s wedding!

Photographer: Oy Photography / Photography Assistant: Wilari Tedjosiswoyo / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Blooming Love Events / Bride’s Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Calibre / Hair & Makeup Artist: Yuki Chen / Venue: Ascot House / Ceremony Officiant: Rita Cohann / Flowers: Basia Puchalski Floral Design / Invitations & Stationery: Lauren Dillon Designs / Cake Baker: Sweet Bakes / Cake Topper: Communicake It / Chalboards & Signage: My Sweet Event / Prop Hire: Blooming Love Events / Calligraphy: La de Da Letters / Transport: Triple R Luxury Car Hire / Wedding Rings: Cartier

Win One Of Two Tinggly Experience Vouchers

by | Bride, Competitions


Tinggly Experience Voucher

Are you an adventurer, enjoy the unusual and unique, or simply want to grab life with both hands? Then this competition could be just the ticket for you. Carefully chosen experiences handpicked by Tinggly’s team of adventurers ensure that you will have a lifetime of memories. Adventures are available in 70 countries, so you have a wide variety to choose from.

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The world’s longest zipline in Nepal? Rhino and lion safari in South Africa? White water rafting in Zimbabwe? Or a camel ride in Morocco or why not a romantic gondola ride for two in Venice – these are only a tiny taste of the experiences on offer through Tinggly.

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Why not team up with a bunch of friends and give to the bridal couple the ultimate gift of a Tinggly experience voucher (offered at 3 different price points) as well as the plane fare to a far flung destination in your home country or overseas?

Today, we’re inviting you to take a walk on the wild side – it will make you feel all warm and Tinggly, with a fantastic competition!

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What’s the prize?

The value of the prize is a Tinggly vouchers valued $125US each, for two lucky winners. The prize can be redeemed internationally, in more than 70 countries where Tinggly have experiences, therefore the contest is not bound geographically in any way.

How Do I Enter?

Fill out the form below with the Tinggly experience you’d like to receive. And like Tinggly’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to Australian and international residents. Entrants must be aged over 18.

What are the conditions?

The competition is open to Australian and international residents. Employees of Polka Dot Bride  & Tinggly are not permitted to enter.

The competition will commence May 5th, 2015 3pm Australian EST. Entries close 12am Australian EST on May 21st, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner. Each entry will be individually judged based on creative merit. Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The prize is valid for two years from the date of winner’s announcement. Limit of ONE entry per person.

No responsibility is accepted for any variation in the value of the prize.

The best two entries, as determined by the judges, will win a voucher with the value of $125US. Unless otherwise stipulated, all other costs that are associated with redeeming the prize are the responsibility of the winner.

No responsibility will be accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries.

The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for personal injury which is suffered or sustained, as a result of the prize.

All entries become the property of the promoters – Polka Dot Bride. The Promoter reserves the right to use the content of all entries for the purpose of future promotions or blog content.

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