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Sophie and Luke’s Relaxed South Coast Wedding

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


Batemans Bay Wedding portrait

Sophie & Luke

There is a definite sense of fun party mode at today’s relaxed South Coast wedding. The bride and her father arrived on push bikes, to a ceremony space that was decorated and designed just for the couple. If that isn’t the most wonderful beginning to marriage, I don’t know what is! Anthea and Lyndon were there to capture the day both in stills and moving pictures!

Of how they met, Sophie and Luke remember, “We had mutual friends throughout high school and college but it wasn’t until we were both single after school that we crossed paths and the rest is history! On our five year anniversary, Luke surprised Sophie by taking her for a walk down a new path in South Durras (where her family coast property is) which had personalised pavers in it. Luke arranged to have one placed asking Sophie to marry him which was a huge surprise! We got married a year later; on our 6th anniversary.”

groom with polka dot tie

Lilac and white boutonerrie

The groom and groomsmen wore blue suits from Sam Surin.

Grandfather with baby

Tying bow on brides dress

The bride chose a gown by Grace Loves Lace “My dress was by Australian designer Grace Loves Lace. I love the relaxed style of their dresses and it suited our wedding perfectly. During our engagement I was pregnant with our first daughter so it was difficult to know what size I would be once she was born (7 months before the wedding). The stretch lace in the dress was the perfect option as it allowed me some freedom with size when the wedding date arrived.” Her bridesmaids wore blush pink gowns from ASOS and Forever New.

South coast garden wedding

Confetti wedding sign

Sophie and Luke chose Sophie’s family property for their wedding ceremony, explaining, “The wedding location was at Sophie’s family property in South Durras. Her dad put in a lot of time and effort to help us create the perfect garden location in what felt like the middle of nowhere. It was a beautiful slice of paradise in the middle of the bush. It was really special to get married where Sophie had spent a lot of time growing up and where our family would spend so much time in the future.”

Burlpa bunting

Tree stump ceremony chairs

“We decorated the jars and arranged the flowers in them, made the seating chart and bunting. We collected all the chairs for the ceremony and made the bench seats ourselves. We also collected most of the other decorations from inside the old sheds at the property.”

Durras Wedding

One of Sophie’s bridesmaids held the couple’s baby girl, Sophie noting, “We wanted to make sure our daughter, Maddie, was included in the ceremony so she was up the front with us. We also wanted to include our mums in the day so they were our witnesses.”

Bride arriving on brikeBride walking down the aisle

Sophie and her father arrived on vintage pushbikes and walked down the aisle to “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran.

Groom watching his bride

Forest backdrop for south coast wedding

Batemans Bay wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony near Batemans Bay

“We wanted the ceremony to be full of love and have a comfortable, relaxed feeling to it. The day was about celebrating our love and family and we just wanted to enjoy the moment with all of the people who are special to us.”

Batemans Bay marriage celebrant

Batemans Bay marriage ceremony

Rose petal wedding exist

Rainy wedding moments

“The day couldn’t have gone any smoother and the weather was really on our side. It was an overcast day and during the ceremony we had some big claps of thunder at appropriate pauses and it didn’t rain till about 5 minutes after the ceremony finished. We had a few minutes of heavy rain which was fun and then it cleared up for the rest of the day until we finished photos; then it started bucketing down again! The timing was perfect.”

Newlyweds with baby girl

Bridesmaids in mismatched nude pink dresses

Groom and groomsmen in front of tractor

South coast wedding party

Batemans Bay wedding photo

Coast wedding photos

Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay Wedding photos

Of their photographers, Sophie and Luke note, “Anthea and Lyndon were really lovely, organised and professional which meant we didn’t need to worry about the photos at all on the day or in the planning process.”

Batemans Bay Bride

Wedding at Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay

The newlyweds chose Coachhouse Marina Resort for their reception, explaining, “We chose the venue because of the beautiful backdrop and simple decor. It also helped that they organised so much of the night for us so we didn’t need to worry about anything.”

Vintage wedding photos

Batemans Bay wedding reception


Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay

SophieandLuke_182111White cake with pink flowers

Guests enjoyed the entertainment of a photo booth from In The Booth and of course a delicious wedding cake by Kay Richards.

First dance at Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay

Of the first dance, the bride and groom remember, “Our first dance was sung by our wedding singer, Chad Croker. We chose Lego House by Ed Sheeran (again!). We both have two left feet so we just enjoyed the moment with each other and didn’t pull any fancy moves! ”

Anthea and Lyndon also shot a film of the wedding day for Sophie and Luke. I love the sweet, fun mood of their film!

Congratulations on your marriage Sophie and Luke! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Anthea and Lyndon for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Anthea and Lyndon / Cinematographer: Anthea and Lyndon / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Groom’s Attire: Sam Surin / Groomsmen Attire: Sam Surin / Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Invitations & Stationery: Friend / Hairstylist: The Shearing Shed / Makeup Artist: Ella Bache / Flowers: Batemans Bay Florist / Ceremony Venue: Bride's private property / Ceremony Officiant: Sonia Collins / Reception Venue: Coachhouse Marina Resort / Cake Baker: Kay Richards / Photo Booth: In The Booth / Reception Musician: Chad Croker
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Katrina and Luca’s Modern Spring Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Heide Kitchen garden

Katrina & Luca

There is such a beautiful feeling to Katrina and Luca’s modern spring garden wedding. From the bride’s sparkling pistachio green sequin wedding gown, the wedding ceremony under the dappled shade of the most beautiful oak tree, to the sun shining as guests celebrated. I’m not sure what sums up the fun and joy of Spring more, do you?  Katrina and Luca chose Love, Katie and Sarah to capture their day.

Katrina tells the story of how they came to be. “We met while at high school. I was in my final year and Luca was in the year below. We went on a school excursion to an Italian art exhibition and I, wondering around arm in arm with one of my best friends (who sung at our wedding!), stopped all of a sudden as soon as I noticed Luca for the first time. I asked the teacher who Luca was and wondered why I had never saw him before.

At that moment, my gut instinct told me that Luca was going to be a special person in my life (and that was without even knowing him!). Eventually we met at a party six months later and hit it off… the rest is now history.”

Andrea Gorrie Wedding dressBride in pale green Andrea Gorrie dress

Katrina chose a gown by Andrea Gorrie, remembering, “I wore a soft pistachio green sequin dress. It was designed and made by Melbourne bridal courtier, Andrea Gorrie in Armadale. I didn’t have a complete idea of what I wanted but what I did know was that I wanted an non-traditional dress that made me feel special. I was never intending to wear a green dress, but as soon as I was shown the fabric it was exactly what I wanted. The making of the dress was quite organic in that decisions were made as they needed to be. Andrea was lovely to work with and her attention to detail is extraordinary.”

Helping bride put on shoes

Janice Wu pulled together Katrina’s hair and makeup look, Katrina noting, “We loved all our vendors. Those that stood out were Katie from Love Katie & Sarah (photographer), Janet Hussey (celebrant), Carla Troiano (wedding singer), Andrea Gorrie (dress maker) and Janice Wu (Janice Wu Hair and Make-up). Each of these people set the mood of the day and ensured that we had the most wonderful day.”

Groom with groomsmen in mismatched attire

Dark navy suit with white tieMetal box flower arrangement

Wedding ceremony outdoor in Melbourne

Katrina and Luca chose Heide Museum of Modern Art  for their wedding, telling, “Heide Museum of Modern Art is a large, beautiful space with lovely gardens – native, English and a kitchen garden used by the Cafe!. We chose to get married under the beautiful old oak tree at the top of the property. On the day of the wedding, this tree was the most magnificent back drop.”

Wedding ceremony setup

Wedding at Heide

“The ceremony was held under the big oak tree. It was the most magnificent spring Melbourne day and the tree provided lovely shade from the sunshine. Champagne was being served to guests as they arrived and soft acoustic guitar music was playing. While family and friends were waiting for my arrival they were chatting among themselves and enjoying the beautiful weather.”

Bride walking down aisle by herself

Of her walk down the aisle, Katrina walked as Carla Troiano Wedding Band played, she remembers, “I walked arm in arm with both my parents. My best friend, Carla, welcomed us to the ceremony by singing her own acoustic version of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out loud”.

Heide GroomMelbourne wedding ceremony

Oak tree at Heidi

Bride with blonde hair

Modern melbourne wedding

Shade of a big tree wedding ceremony

Janet Hussey officiated the ceremony, the bride remarking, “We selected Janet Hussey to perform our wedding ceremony and she was the most perfect person for the job! She was loving, light hearted and has a smile to light up the darkest of rooms. She performed the ceremony with sincerity and in a down to earth manner that appealed to both us. No readings were selected however we both wished to recognise equal rights to marriage.”

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony under oak treeCarla Troiano

Garden ceremony melbourneFirst kiss melbourne wedding

First kiss under oak treeMelbourne oak tree wedding

Oak tree wedding cereony

Recessional bride and groom

Top up of champagne

Champagne at Melbourne wedding

Hugging new bride

Bride with best friends

Chalkbaord wedding welcome signHeide Wedding reception

Wedding at Cafe Vue Heide

Celebrations continued at Cafe Heide, the bride remembering, “We had a lunch reception on site at Cafe Heide. It serves delicious, modern Australian food. We opted for the stand up canape selection for our guests as this was a means to enjoy a variety of dishes and cater for all our guests.”

Cafe Vue Heide

Wedding reception photo at Cafe Vue HeideGreenery flower arrangement with pink

There were a few special touches for the day, the bride telling, “Luca hand made a beautiful wooden table which was a centrepiece table for the lunch reception. The table was made with blackbutt (Australian hardwood) and features bronze details and features. We now use it everyday as our dining table in our home. Luca also designed and created the stationery used for their wedding.”

Bride and groom at Cafe Vue HeideCarla Tzroiano Wedding

Emotional speeches at Cafe Vue Heide

Laghing melbourne wedding guests

Bride giving wedding speechBride and groom kissing

Cocktail wedding at Cafe Vue Heide

Bride and groom Modern Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding photoMelbourne wedding photographer

Melbourne weddding photographerWedding bouquet of greenery

Of their photographer, Katrina notes, “Without a doubt I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use Love Katie and Sarah as I loved their work. Katie was the primary photographer on the day. She has a magnificent eye and without fail captures some of the most beautiful moments. She was relaxed and was always with a smile on her face. She was playful with guests and captured little special details of the day.”

Newlywed photo at Cafe Vue Heide

Newlyweds at Cafe Vue HeideBride in silver sequin gown

Bride in pistachio green dressSweetpea peony and queen anne lace bouquet

Groom in navy suit with bow tieLove Katie and Sarah

Melbourne wedding venue


Black and white photo of newlyweds at Cafe Vue Heide

Amazing black and white wedding photo

Melbourne wedding

Heide Wedding


Congratulations Katrina and Luca! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Love, Katie and Sarah for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Love Katie and Sarah / Bride’s Dress: Andrea Gorrie / Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / : Janice Wu / Groom’s Attire: Mrs Bow Tie / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Hairstylist: Janice Wu / Makeup Artist: Fowlers Flowers / : Moo / Invitations & Stationery: Heide Museum of Modern Art / Ceremony Venue: Place Settings / Rental Furniture: Janet Hussey / Ceremony Officiant: Carla Troiano Wedding Band / Ceremony Musicians: Cafe Vue Heide / Reception Venue: Place Settings / : Cafe Vue Heide / Cake Baker: Luca - Mavro / Wedding Rings: Katrina - Tiffany & Co.

May and Hugh’s Urban Garden Party Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Newlyweds in Fitzroys gardens

May & Hugh

I love the sophisticated feel to this urban garden party wedding. From the bride’s knee length gown with matching cape, the amazing soul singer the couple hired to play their favourite song as they walked down the aisle together, the delicious food and colourful macarons. It’s a celebration to get you excited for long, beautiful days outdoors and Renée Stamatis was there to capture it all.

May tells their story. “We met at our friend Ed’s party, just as I was heading overseas. So much of initial contact was through silly intermittent emails. By the time I came back to Melbourne, Hugh had moved to Sydney. A classic tale of latent desire thwarted by a series of deferrals.”

Groom doing up bowtie

Net-a-Porter CapeMary Peda Wedding Makeup

Manolo Blahnik Wedding Shoes

Bride with cape

May wore a dress and cape by Valentino . She remarks, “I’m half Italian and chose my dress because it reminded me of nonna. It’s elegant but relaxed which is how we wanted our wedding to be. I also loved that it had a cape which I thought would be nice to hide under. I saw it on Net-a-Porter when it was well beyond what I would consider spending on a dress. Nine months later it showed up on The Outnet at an extreme sale price, just one in my size, and I ordered it without thinking. Bargain bin wedding dress! Luckily it fit.”

Bride and groom

Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding family

Bride in lace wedding capeBride wearing cape

Bride in dress with capeGroom in Paul Smith bue suit

Bride with jade bangle

Of their photographer, May and Hugh tell, “We first saw Renee Stamatis’ work when she shot a styled bridal shoot on site in one of our workplaces. We have an incredible hand painted wallpaper in that site that depicts a Brazilian bird jungle. It has been photographed many times. The colours, lighting and detail captured in Renee’s work were exquisite and really stood out amongst the many images we have seen of the same space. We knew she would be perfect to capture our summer garden wedding.”

Renee Stamatis

Melbourne wedding photo

May and Hugh chose Fitzroy Gardens (Lawn 21)  for their wedding, noting, “The ceremony and reception were combined into a continuous garden party in the Fitzroy Gardens. The lawn we chose is both open and secluded with a magnificent line of towering trees. We both love the Fitzroy Gardens and the feeling of being lost in the beauty of the nature.”

Dahlia Wedding ArrnagementDrinks at garden party

Wedding flowers

Cecilia Fox created the floral arrangements for the day, the couple noting, “The flowers by Cecilia Fox were amazing. She captured the colours and feel of the day we wanted almost intuitively because we only gave her the barest brief. We loved having a dream garden party surrounded by flowers.”

Cecila Fox

Cecila Fox Wedding Flowers

Guests at garden party wedding

bride and groom walking to wedding

Frank McComb

Bride and groom walking up the aisle

The couple walked down the aisle together to Donny Hathway’s version of Song for You, performed live by Frank McComb .

Wedding ceremony in Fitzroy Gardens

Flowergirl with braidHappy wedding guest

Jo Betz officiated the ceremony, the newlyweds noting “We wanted the ceremony to be meaningful but short. We had a short reading from T. S. Eliot and included three moments for Frank McComb to perform live. Having an incredible musician like Frank play was an indulgence we allowed ourselves in light of the fact that we were otherwise having a relatively short, low key wedding.”

Jo Betz Marriage celebrant

Jo Betz Celebrant

Congratulationg groom

Bride receiving hugs

Intimate fitzroy gardens wedding

Frank McComb WeddingGarden party wedding in fotzroy gardens

May remembers, “There was no dancing. Just garden frolicking. Frank McComb performed his version of Donny Hathway’s For All We Know at the end of our ceremony.”

Blakes Feast Caterers

Cecilia fox wedding bouquetsGuest at Fitzroy Gardens

Garden party wedding reception

Blakes Feast Wedding Catering

Guests enjoyed champagne and canapes catered by Blakes Feast. “Blake’s Feast, our caterers, were incredibly professional to deal with and handled everything beautifully.”

Bride and friends

Child wedding guest

Pink flower in wedding guest hair

Outdoor wedding in Melbourne

“Our son made our day. He ran up during our vows and up to the microphone in all of our speeches.”

wedding guest with sun hatWedding reception in Fitzroy gardens

The couple remark, “We made sure the ceremony and speeches were short. Partly this is because we didn’t want to bore anyone but we also wanted it to be something our two year old son could take part in and enjoy. We also wanted to acknowledge and include our families so it was important that, although casual, there was enough formality to be respectful to the people we love and who love us.”

Garden party wedding in MelbourneWedding speech Melbourne

Garden party wedding venue

Crying wedding guest

Blakes Feast Desserts

Semi naked wedding cakeBride and groom cutting cake

Along with a beautiful tiered semi naked cake by Innicka Dee Cakes, the couple also served up plenty of macarons from La Belle Miette, which they also gifted as favors to their guests.

Lady with big hat drinking champagne

Groom with sonGuest with champagne

La Belle Miette

Laughing guests

Guests with macarons

Newlyweds in Melbourne

Congratulations May & Hugh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Renée Stamatis for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Renée Stamatis / Bride’s Dress: Valentino / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith / Groom's Shoes: Prada / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Their Own / Hairstylist: Vanya Maplestone / Makeup Artist: Mary Peda / Invitations & Stationery: Deciduous Press / Flowers & Decor: Cecilia Fox / Venue: Fitzroy Gardens (Lawn 21) / Ceremony Officiant: Jo Betz / Rental Furniture: Dann Event Hire / Musician: Frank McComb (LA) / Catering: Blakes Feast / Catering: La Belle Miette / Favors: La Belle Miette / Cake Baker: Innicka Dee Cakes / Wedding Rings: Kozminsky

Win A $500 Gift Voucher From Minted

by | Bride, Competitions


Minted Competition

With Spring here, it’s the best time of year for a giveaway and what is better to give away to you dear Dotties than some gorgeous paper treats?

Enter Minted, an online, a one stop shop for wedding stationery and all the trimmings. There are literally hundreds of beautiful designs to choose from on Minted – each unique and created by an independent community of artists.

From classic, traditional style invitations. To bright and bold, modern on trend pieces and rustic, vintage designs on beautiful papers with details like die cut edging, gold, copper and silver foils and even matching envelopes. Each piece is completely customizable and designed to fit into a full suite allowing you to wow your guests from your save the date, to your invitation, wedding menus and place cards, thank you cards and everything in between.

Minted even has a dedicated “perfection team” to make sure your design vision is executed beautifully from start to finish. Of course, they ship to Australia too which is always helpful when you’re on the other side of the world!

Minted Rock invitation

The Prize:

Minted are partnering with Polka Dot Bride to give away one $500AU voucher to use at Minted on your wedding stationery.

How to enter

Fill out the form below and let us know your favourite Minted invitation design and why you love it.


This competition has now closed.

Terms and conditions

  • The winner will be chosen by and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup
  • The voucher is valid for once year.
  • If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
  • This 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.
  • Total value of prize is AU$500.
  • The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
  • The entrant must be over 18 years of age.
  • This Competition closes 25th September 2015 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

Minted Watercolour Invitation

Invitations: Minted / Photographer: Rahel Menig Photography / Coordination and design: Going Lovely / Floral design: Gavita Flora
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