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Photo via The Easiest Flower Garland Tutorial Ever

Happy Friday Dotties! It has been a really overwhelming week at Polka Dot HQ in all the best ways and with the week being a little short, we’re off for an afternoon in the sunshine for this January day. What about you? How was your week? Are you at home or away wedding planning this weekend?

It’s been a  big week on the Polka blogs, so let’s dive right in and round it up!

A gorgeously relaxed Rustic Queensland Country Wedding

Loving this roundup of  Romantic Honeymoon Destinations In Africa

Dance Tips for the Nervous Groom

We spend Five Minutes With….Ane From Ane Hagen Photography

Loving the smart navy suit of Pete’s Groom Style

We adored creating this Elderflower Citrus Vanilla Fizz

Top 5 Honeymoon Essentials For Up In The Air

Devouring beautiful paper treats as we chat with Natalie Reidy of A Tactile Perception

Love the sweet hand-lettered feel of Charmante font

Tom shares his inspired wedding memories

The Easiest Flower Garland Tutorial Ever!

Amy shares her post wedding Inspired Words

Tips To Keep Cool At Summer Weddings

Our film of the week comes from the crew at Soda Films. The newlyweds Alexander and Mesina held a formal wedding in Sydney and the drama and beautiful emotion of the day was all captured in a way that will leave you wanting to dance right along with them!

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Dreamy Beach Boho Wedding Inspiration

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With bare feet, fresh floral crowns and flowing gowns, today’s dreamy beach boho wedding inspiration shoot is utterly romantic and has a sense of glam- golden lanterns and golden glittered cake (caramel mud with fruit cake for the curious) complement the wide open bayside landscape- our happy newlyweds basking in the cloudy sunset glow.

Photographer Aviana Arden Photography teamed up with stylist  Pink Stardust Events , florist Stems From Her, hair and makeup artist Chi Magdalene with models Cate O’Connor, Antonio Barbs and a beautiful bridal gown by White Meadow Bridal, dapper suit from Shoreditch London beautiful bohemian inspired cake from  Bon Appe-Sweet (which sits a top All About The Base) cake base.

Photographer Kerri of Aviana Arden Photography tells “It was the gentle breeze and the rich golden highlights of the late afternoon spring sun that inspired this beach wedding photo shoot. We imagined a warm golden sunset beach wedding where the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. The end result was a mood that was bursting with romance and plenty of being silly and dancing on clouds.”

Photographer: Aviana Arden Photography / Styling: Pink Stardust Events / Flowers: Stems From Her / Hairstylist: Chi Magdalene / Makeup Artist: Chi Magdalene / Bride's Dress: White Meadow Bridal / Groom's Attire: Shoreditch London / Model: Cate O'Connor / Model: Antonio Barbs / Cake Base: All About The Base / Cake: Bon Appe-Sweet

Liz & Ben’s Colourful Tropical Hinterland Wedding

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Liz & Ben

Wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming, so the best advice comes from today’s bride, Liz, who says that while she loved researching everything when planning their colourful, tropical hinterland wedding, she could get easily overwhelmed by the process and so she and now husband Ben just kept coming back to what suited them. And a relaxed wedding at Belle Helena, captured by Possum Creek Studios, was exactly what they wanted. Subsequent trips to Byron Bay for wedding planning were definitely an added bonus!

Of how they met, the bride remembers, “Ben and I met while working together at Dreamworld back in 2006. Ben was the water technician, and I worked in health and safety. We used to test out the “Flowrider” every Wednesday night with the engineers and got to talking while waiting for our turn!” The rest, as they say, is history!

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Liz chose a gorgeous, lace gown from Suzanne Harward. “I really wanted a dress that had a V-shaped neckline AND at the back, and it was so hard to find! I first saw it on Instagram and the designer happened to be coming to A Darling Affair on the Gold Coast, so I went to see it in person and loved it! It was so light weight, which was great for the warmer weather up here and exactly what I was after! I didn’t want an overly bridal look and it just seemed simple and pretty. Also, it turned out their shop was just up the road from my head office in Melbourne so I could duck up for fittings at lunchtime when working down there. The ladies at Suzanne Harward were lovely, and when something wasn’t quite right they were willing to make sure it was perfect.”

Hair stylist Clare Moriarty, along with makeup artist Tanielle Jai, created the the soft, natural look for the bride and her bridal party, and their stunning, vibrant flowers were styled by The French Petal.

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The groom wore a tailored, navy blue suit from Calibre and Ministry Menswear to create a classic, dapper silhouette on his day. Liz says warmly, “He chose navy as it is my favourite colour on him.”

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“We really just wanted a fun, relaxed and heartfelt wedding ceremony,” the bride explains. “We just wanted a time to enjoy our ‘official’ commitment to each other in front of our closest friends and family.” Liz walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole, and the couple were married, by celebrant Oliver Thomson, in front of the beautiful palms of the rainforest.

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“Our venue was just amazing! We actually had our first choice fall through, but Belle Helena was even better! I really wanted a tropical vibe, to feel like we were all on holidays and it was perfect with a rainforest on site! We were so lucky with the weather, as the day before was a little rainy. It was great to have a destination wedding too, it was so lovely to be in beautiful Byron Bay where we often holiday, but with all our closest family and friends. We just had the absolute best day!”

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The couple chose Possum Creek Studios to shoot their wedding, and they couldn’t have been more happy with the results. “Ann-Louise was amazing!” gushes the bride. “She was always so relaxed, nothing was too difficult and she really put lots of effort and research in to ensure we got the beautiful photos we were hoping for! Her style was so effortless –  we didn’t feel the pictures were posed at all, and having our photos taken didn’t feel like a chore. She managed to captured so many beautiful moments of our day. Ben and I headed down to the beach in the kombi to get some more beautiful photos. I loved taking some time out for just Ben and I after having bridal party photos and heading to the beach.”

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Liz and Ben chose “Hold” by Vera Blue for their first dance. “It is such a beautiful, sweet song that we both liked. We are not the best of dancers, and didn’t want to look like idiots, so we had some dance lessons with Demi at Raw Dance Company and got it within just a few lessons!”

“The main thing that made our wedding so special was that it really just felt like us, the day was true to who we are together,” Liz tells, happily. “The location and weather were so beautiful – we were very lucky, but it was our closest friends and family that really made our day.”

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Possum Creek Studios

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Insta Kombi, in particular, was awesome,” Liz tells. “I was lucky to find them only a month or two before our wedding and everyone loved it! They were so easy to deal and went above and beyond to make our day perfect. All of our vendors were absolutely outstanding!”

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Byron Wedding Visual were on hand to capture the couple’s incredibly fun and joyful wedding film! “Possum Creek Studios and Byron Wedding Visual were an outstanding team that worked together so well, we are so thankful to have chosen them!”

Congratulations on your fabulous day, Liz and Ben! Thank you to the couple, and to Possum Creek Studios, for sharing their glorious wedding with us.

Photographer: Possum Creek Studios / Videographer: Byron Wedding Visual / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Byron Bay Weddings / Bride's Dress: Suzanne Harward / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bride's Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Groom's Attire: Ministry Menswear / Groom's Shoes: Saba / Groomsmen's Attire: Ministry Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Stone Cold Fox / Bridesmaid Dresses: HBSHE / Bridesmaid Dresses: Cooper St / Hairstylist: Clare Moriarty / Makeup Artist: Tanielle Jai / Flowers: The French Petal / Invitations & Stationery: Briana Thompson Design / Venue: Belle Helena / Hire: The Wedding Shed / Celebrant: Oliver Thomson / Music: Lily Budiasa / Reception Music: Jackson James Smith / DJ: DJ Kristin / Catering: Byron Bay Weddings / Cake: Brooke Dunlavie - friend / Photobooth: Insta Kombi / Rings: Calleija / Transport: Coast 58 / Dance Instructor: Demi at Raw Dance Company

Kirsten & Shane’s Classic Coastal Wedding

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Kirsten & Shane

The bright and beautoful colours in Kirsten and Shane’s classic coastal wedding are enough to send our colour loving hearts into a flurry- bright orange, pinks and blues weave their way throughout this very festive wedding day all captured beautifully by Zoe McMahon Photography.

Kirsten kicks off the story with the tale of how they came to be. “We met at the local pub, our friends were dating at the time and introduced us. One of Kirsten’s closest friends had mentioned just a few nights earlier that “Shane is a boy version of you, you will get along so well”. We began dating but it didn’t go anywhere, a year later we started dating again and 5 years later we are married.”

The bride chose a lace dress from Fashions by Farina “The dress was simple, flowing and was comfortable. I wanted a dress that was comfortable, flowing and simple. I had a small obsession with the back of dresses and this one fit the bill perfectly. I went with my mum and Maid of honour, Holly, to find a dress. Found it at the first place we visited, after trying on about six dresses. It was easy and stress free. I had a fair idea of the style I wanted but was open to what they had to show.”

The bride walked down the aisle to The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun”.

Kirsten and Shane chose Sanctuary Lawn, North Head, Manly  for their ceremony, noting “The ceremony venue was amazing. The view captured much of the harbour and out to sea – this was a main part of why we choose the venue. Milestone Events set up the chairs, arbour, signing table, etc. The blank canvas of the lawn allowed us to set it up as we wished, the simple white chairs and arbour, allowed the view to be the main focus.”

Joanne Dunn officiated the intimate ceremony, the bride telling “We wanted our ceremony to be filled with love, family and friends. We wanted our parents to be apart of it, and choose Shane’s Grandmother to say a reading and Kirsten’s godmother to say a blessing. We had a sand ceremony, which included our parents, and we ensured our nieces and nephew were included as flower girls and ring bearer. The ceremony was intimate (also due to the cold weather bringing everyone closer for warmth..), family orientated and allowed our guests to feel apart of it. Our celebrant, Joanne Dunn, created an atmosphere of ease and walked Shane and I through the whole process, helping us to create the ceremony we wanted.”

Of Zoe, the couple’s photographer, Kirsten remarks “Zoe (and Kyle) was absolutely amazing. She captured our day in a way we couldn’t even have imagined. She created an atmosphere of ease, allowing us to feel relaxed and enjoy the moments she captured. Zoe was great from the initial communication, always responding to emails or calls quickly, and answering questions as required. The photos we have received from Zoe are absolutely beautiful and we are so happy that they are a lasting memory of our day/night. We would recommend Zoe so highly to anyone looking for a wedding photographer, and would definitely use her again in the future.”

The happy couple celebrated with their guests at Milestone Events, Kirsten telling “The venue is set in the old sergeants mess hall at North Head. The venue allowed for an intimate dinner setting, Shane and I felt we were able to connect with all of our guests throughout the evening. The Milestone team went above and beyond, answering endless questions, organising styling of the reception venue, food, drinks, ceremony set up and clean up. The night ran smoothly, with Miles and Tessa ensuring that everything ran to schedule. Tessa set up the venue beautifully, with tea lights and gorgeous flower arrangements. The food was to die for, endless comments from guests are a testament to this. Marion (the chef) created share platters for each table, allowing guests to have a little of each main dish.”

The couple made table numbers out of cement bricks, place cards and their seating plan. Sweedibles delivered a three tier semi-naked cake decorated with bright flowers.

The newlyweds chose “Latch” by Sam Smith sung by Baker Boys Band for their first dance, reminiscing “Our first dance was intimate, our family and friends stood around the dance floor. Shane and I had not practised anything and just moved to the music and with each other. Our bridal party and parents joined us on the dance floor during this song, and other guests were welcomed onto the dance floor soon after.”

Congratulations Kirsten and Shane! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Zoe McMahon Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Zoe McMahon Photography / Bride's Dress: Fashions by Farina / Bride's Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Groom's Attire: Galluzzo's / Groom's Shoes: Zu Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Galluzzo's / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Only / Hairstylist: Rachel Rochelle Hair / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Heather / Flowers: Ivy and Rose / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Ceremony Venue: Sanctuary Lawn, North Head, Manly / Ceremony Hire Items: Milestone Events / Ceremony Officiant: Joanne Dunn / Ceremony Music: Baker Boys Band / Reception Venue: Milestone Events / Reception Hire Items: Milestone Events / Band: Baker Boys Band / Favors: Sweedibles / Cake: Sweedibles / Wedding Rings: Natalie Barney