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Natalie & John’s Dreamy Milton Park Wedding

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


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Natalie & John

There is a beautiful traditional feel to Natalie and John’s dreamy Milton Park wedding. The historic estate playing host to a day filled with classic touches, beautiful romance and magic moments thanks to photographer Hannah Blackmore.

Natalie tells their story. “John and I met when we were 16 years old at a mutual friend’s 16th backyard birthday party and the rest is history. On our 7 year anniversary John got the courage to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him, presenting me with my dream engagement ring and proposing at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo (which happens to be my favourite spot in our beautiful city). Our mutual friend who played cupid for us was our best man at our wedding last year and still brags about how we have him to thank for bringing us together.”

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Natalie wore the Pronovias “Best” gown from Brides of Beecroft noting, “From the moment I tried it on at Brides of Beecroft with my mum, sister and bestie in tears I knew it was the one! It wasn’t what I had thought I would end up wearing on my wedding day but turns out it couldn’t have been more perfect for me.

The dress itself was a Pronovias design called “Best” and it truly lived up to its name. The lace 3/4 sleeves added just the right amount of lace and elegance, for what I was looking for. The layers of tulle made the dress puff out just enough to make me feel like a princess and still be able to be a functional bride. The dress had the wow factor that I had always dreamed of as it was so different to any brides I had seen, I wanted it to be timeless and classy as well as stand out from the other brides and this dress made it happen.”

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Natalie and John chose a traditional ceremony at the beautiful St Judes Anglican Church Bowral. Natalie tells, “It was big enough to seat all our guests comfortably but still felt very intimate. The high ceiling and wooden beams on the roof just made it feel that little bit grand and special. It was exactly what I had imagined.  For the ceremony we decided we wanted an unplugged service which meant no phones or cameras during the ceremony.”

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Natalie chose a classic piece for her walk down the aisle, explaining, “I wanted to keep the ceremony very traditional and a tad vintage so with that in mind I decided to go for an instrumental entrance. The song I chose was called “A river flows in you” by Yiruma. It’s a really beautiful piece of music that I thought suited the atmosphere, setting the mood for the rest of the wedding.”

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“We wanted to keep with a traditional Anglican service featuring three readings from a member of each of our families and a special Bible reading from my sister’s boyfriend. The non religious readings we both chose where “The Art of Marriage”- By Wilfred A Peterson and a blessing that I found online which was anonymous but had such beautiful and meaningful words we really wanted to include it. The Bible reading that we chose was 1 Corinthians 13. It was a beautiful service that we will remember for the rest of our lives, everything was perfect.”

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Natalie and John chose beautiful country estate Milton Park for their reception, explaining, “Milton Park was the stand out vendor for our wedding, they were amazing not only on the day and night of our wedding but also during the lead up as well. Any concerns or questions that we had were always answered and nothing was to hard to organise for us.

We along with our guests stayed the night of the wedding at Milton Park, which was great to wake up the next morning to join our guests for breakfast. The staff were fantastic during the reception and very accommodating to our needs and special requirements. I would highly recommend this stunning venue to any future brides looking for a fairy tale.”

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“Something that was really important to me was including my grandparents who had passed away many years ago. It was something that I felt very strongly about and wanted to have them with me in some way even though they couldn’t be there. So I went looking for a large vintage locket which I found and had two photos of my grandparents placed inside, I had the locket attached to my bridal flower bouquet so even though they couldn’t be there on the day I still had them close to me all day.”

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Of their photographer, Natalie tells, “Our photographer that we chose to use was Hannah Blackmore, we had decided early on in our wedding planning that we wanted a fantastic photographer that knew the venues and would be able to capture our wedding in a relaxed style. Hannah was amazing to work with both on the day and during the lead up to the wedding.

After meeting with her twice before the big day my groom and I felt so relaxed and excited to have Hannah as our photographer. Her knowledge of photography and both our church and reception venue was fantastic and with a large bridal party to photograph on the day Hannah and her assistant Monty were so adaptive to any situation and made the day that little bit easier. I would highly recommend Hannah Blackmore to any soon to be bride looking for a photographer with a wow factor and relaxed natural style.”

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“For the wedding reception I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful gardens of Milton Park, my theme for the reception was “bringing the outside in”. My florist loved the idea and worked with me to create something truly special. I wanted to have green foliage hanging from the chandeliers and poles creating a very natural soft vibe.”

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The first dance was truly special for the couple, Natalie remembering, “The first dance was something I, as new bride, was a little nervous about, I found it hard trying to decide between all the songs that had meaning to my groom and I to use for our first dance. Lucky for me, my groom saved the day as he was the one who picked our song ” The Wedding Song” (Live in Sydney) by Angus and Julia Stone who happen to be one of my favourite bands. As soon as he played me the song I cried and knew that was the song I wanted to dance to as husband and wife for the first time.

We were a little sneaky and didn’t tell anyone the name of the song before the wedding, so when it came time on the night for us to take the dance floor as Mr and Mrs, the whole dance marquee was lined by our guests and the marquee fell silent waiting for the song to begin. I remember not one person said a word the room was silent the whole way through the song, as guests just listened to the words. It wasn’t until after the dance that I had noticed there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. For the rest of the night and still now I have guests tell me what an amazing first dance it was. It was definitely worth keeping it a secret.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Natalie and John! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Hannah Blackmore for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Hannah Blackmore / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias "Best" / Bridal Salon: Brides of Beecroft / Bride’s Jewelry: Chilton Antiques Miranda, NSW / Groom’s Attire: MS Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: MS Menswear / Groom's & Groomsmen’s Shoes: Betts / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Nics Hair 2 U / Makeup Artist: Face2Face Makeup Artistry / Flowers: Little Bird Bloom Bowral / Invitations & Stationery: Shanice Love Designs / Ceremony Venue: St Judes Anglican Church Bowral / Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Stephen Fife / Reception Venue: Milton Park, Bowral / Reception Hire Items: Yes Your Event Solution / DJ: Pro Discos / Favors: Donation To Cancer Council Australia / Cake Baker: Groomsmen's Mother / Wedding Ring - Bride: Gregory Jewellers / Wedding Ring - Groom: Gattea Jewellers / Transport: A-Z Events Wedding Cars
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Relaxed Romantic Wedding Makeup Tutorial

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty, Tutorials


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I am so excited to share with you this relaxed and romantic makeup look from our Beachside Valentines Day Inspiration shoot. Real bride Kathleen (along with her fiance Nick) modeled for us and it was so fun to treat them to a bit of pampering and luscious feast!

Today we’ve worked with hair & makeup artist Tia from Artistry Co , along with stylist Katherine Eleyce (Ms Filigree) for Polka Dot Bride and photographer Welsch Photography at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel to create a relaxed romantic makeup tutorial for you to use on your next special occasion.

Model Kathleen wears a Adrianna Papell from Bridesmaids Only pale pink gown with jewels from Glamadonna.

Today, Tia from Artistry Co shares her step by step instructions (including our beauty toolbox with every product used) to help you recreate this look for yourself!

Step One

We wanted a light and natural look with some extra coverage over areas that needed it. So we chose the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream (Available at Sephora) and buffed it into the skin with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. For areas that needed a little extra coverage we added Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Cream Foundation in Vanilla Shell 02.

Step Two

To cover dark circles, imperfections and lift the under eye area, we used the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in Light #10 (Available at Priceline). The doe foot applicator allows for pin point concealing but also makes it easier to cover larger areas such as under the eye. Work it into the skin using the warmth of your finger.

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Step Three

Next, we want to add warmth to the cheeks, so we chose Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sunblush (a true pink) and blended it into the cheeks followed by the Ellie Makeup Pressed Blush Bronzer Duo Glow in Dusk for a natural blush look.

Step Four

To highlight and add dimension to the face, the old favourite warm, peach toned highlighter M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle stepped in. Dust this across the high cheek points, down the nose, the tip of the nose, the cupid’s bow and the temples.

Step five

Next, we’re onto eyes and used the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette (Available at Sephora) for our relaxed romantic look. Using the pinky taupe shade Romance, buff the eye shadow gently over the entire lid.


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Step Six

Using the darker chocolate tone of Embrace from the same palette, work this into the outer corner of the eye and the outer edge of the crease. Blend it and define the inner crease with the nude Peaceful shade.

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Step Seven

We want lush lashes for this look, so started off by priming the lashes with IT Cosmetics Tightline® Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer (Available at Sephora).

Step Eight

Finish the lashes with IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes® 5-IN-1 Mascara (Available at Sephora). Work the wand thoroughly from root to tip, applying an extra coat or two on the tips of the lashes for added drama.

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Step Nine

For a natural lip look, start off by lining the lips with a nude natural shade like with Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner in Natural #06.

Step Ten

For this look, we mixed Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color Lipstick in Brazen Beige (Available at Priceline) and Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color Lipstick in Sultry Sand (Available at Priceline) and worked these into the lips for a nude, natural pink lip tone.

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Relaxed Romantic Wedding Makeup ToolboxIT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream (Available at Sephora) Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Cream Foundation in Vanilla Shell 02 , Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sunblush, Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in Light #10 (Available at Priceline) Ellie Makeup Pressed Blush Bronzer Duo Glow in Dusk, M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette (Available at Sephora), IT Cosmetics Tightline® Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer (Available at Sephora), IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes® 5-IN-1 Mascara (Available at Sephora), Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner in Natural #06, Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color Lipstick in Sultry Sand (Available at Priceline), Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color Lipstick in Brazen Beige (Available at Priceline)

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Watsons Bay Romance Shoot

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Welsch photography

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Shoot at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

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Photographer: Welsch Photography / Styling: Katherine Eleyce (Ms Filigree) for Polka Dot Bride / Hair & Makeup Artist: Tia from Artistry Co / Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel / Gown: Adrianna Papell from Bridesmaids Only / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Bride’s Jewelry: Glamadonna / Bride’s Jewelry: Roman & French / Model: Kathleen / Model: Nick / Shoes: Wittner Shoes

Sarah & Luke’s Relaxed Summer Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Sarah & Luke

I love the sunshine vibe of Sarah and Luke’s relaxed Summer wedding. But I think the part I love most, is the sweet picnic they took with their bridal party overlooking the wide open fields, with champagne and cheese as they enjoyed the moments of their wedding day together. They chose (the groom’s brother!) Daniel Milligan Photography to capture their wedding day.

Sarah tells the story of how she and Luke came to be. “We met at 18, through friends of friends. We went to school with each other, but never actually spoke, it wasn’t until after school that we actually accidentally met at a big gathering of friends. We cracked jokes to each other, and that was how it all started.”

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We love a bit of creativity here at Polka Dot Bride and can you believe Sarah made her own wedding dress? She explains, “I decided I wanted to make my wedding dress. I looked, but couldn’t find anything I particularly liked in any shops. I just did a lot of standing around in my knickers, taking it off and putting it on again, pinning, pinning and pinning – as I didn’t use a pattern. It was so exciting to wear something I made on the biggest day of my life – even if some of the buttons were being re-sewn on when the cars arrived… ”

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Sarah and Luke married at The Briars Homestead. Sarah explains, “It was close to where both our families live and we really wanted to have as much of our wedding outside as we could. Our wonderful family and friends set up an arch, chairs and a Luke’s mum did an amazing job making sweets for afternoon nibbles on the day.”

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Sarah walked down the aisle to ‘You Are My Vision’ by Rend Collective.

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“After the ceremony, the bridal party went for a picnic at RJ Hamer Arboretum. The sun setting as we sat and had a picnic and got our photos taken. It was so nice to sit still and enjoy some quiet company with each other and special friends before heading off to party.”

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Of their photographer the newlyweds explain, “Our photographer was Luke’s brother, Daniel Milligan Photography. It was the absolute best having someone we adore capture our wedding, it made our day so much more special. He’s such a fun and loving guy, and we were so blessed to have him capture our special day.”

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Sarah and Luke chose Ferny Creek Hall for their reception, remarking, “It’s a lovely big old heritage hall and we loved that we also got a large outside section too. We DIY’d as much as we could, and Sarah would have done more if she wasn’t studying law and working more than full time hours in the lead up to the wedding.”

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Being coffee lovers, the couple hired a coffee cart to greet their guests, remarking “We had a coffee cart from Slater Street Bench. Having great specialty coffee was a must for two coffee loving Melburnians.”

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“We ordered flowers from a wholesaler and Sarah’s Aunt and mother put together table decorations, bouquets and the arch for the ceremony just how we wanted. We were also able to source a lot of things we needed pretty cheap, off places like Bunnings, Gumtree and eBay, like fairy lights, white tablecloths, a garden arch which we spray painted gold, paper fans for the ceremony, a wooden pallet we made into a wishing well.

We also had so much help from friends and family in setting up and setting down that we just couldn’t have done, and are so thankful for. We had to set up the hall the day before, and had a team of family and friends give their time.”

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The first dance was a retro hit, Sarah tells, “We danced to ‘Dream Lover’ by Bobby Darin. We both love 50’s and 60’s pop/doo-wop music and we had sneakily danced to this song together on more than a few occasions in the kitchen when no one was watching.”

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With a love of old and new music, Blackwater Riff was the perfect fit for the dance floor. The bride remarks, “The band we chose played a mix of old and new classic songs that everyone knew, they set the tone of the night really well.”

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“We wanted our wedding to be a celebration rather than a rigid formal event, so we wanted everyone to have as much fun as we were having. Everyone danced long after we left!”

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This divine wedding was beautifully captured by Thomas Terlaak!

Congratulations Sarah and Luke! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Daniel Milligan Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Daniel Milligan Photography / Cinematographer: Thomas Terlaak / Bride’s Dress: Made by the bride / Bride’s Shoes: Forever New / Bride’s Jewelry: Mother's and grandmother's / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groom’s Shoes: Wild Rhino / Groomsmen Attire: Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various / Hairstylist: Hair Moves / Hairstylist: Mornington Peninsula Wedding Hair & Makeup / Flowers: Bride's Aunt / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: The Briars Homestead / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor David Underhill / Ceremony Musicians: Matt Harrison Music / Reception Venue: Ferny Creek Hall, Ferny Creek / Band: Blackwater Riff / Favors: Made by the bride / Catering: Going Gourmet / Cake Baker: Slater Street Bench / Transport: Made by the bride / Transport: Classic Occasions Chauffeured Cars

Wedding Tech To Love

by | Bride, Wedding Planning


As a wedding blog, we love a good piece of wedding tech and today I wanted to round up some of my favourite innovations that have captured my eye. From printable Instagram photobooths to customized shoe websites to quirky wedding registries! Click on through to see our favourites!

Wedding tech Slideshow

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