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Kathryn & Ben’s Sweet Swan Valley Wedding

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


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Kathryn & Ben

There is such aa classic romance to Kathryn & Ben’s sweet Swan Valley wedding. The gorgeous dappled shade of the ceremony, the beautiful winery setting and equally gorgeous photographs captured by Simone Addison Photography .

Kathryn tells the story of how they met. “We were both our with friends at an Irish pub in Perth when we met. The rest is history!”

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Kathryn found her wedding gown at Hobnob Bridal , noting, “I wanted a vintage style gown with lace. I found the perfect dress and was the first dress I tried on. I fell in love with it but thought I better try others to make sure I couldn’t find anything better. I never did!”

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“When I was having my hair done my brother came in and gave me a gift from Ben. It was a Swarovski bracelet with a note reading ‘Meet me by the gazebo at 3 I have something for you, love Ben ‘.  I started to cry as did all the girls around me. Luckily I hadn’t had my makeup done yet! It was so nice and thoughtful, very unexpected.”

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Kathryn and Ben were married at Belvoir Homestead. The bride remarking, “We had both the ceremony and reception at Belvoir. This was perfect for us as we wanted a relaxed garden wedding which was perfectly accommodated on the Loton side under the gazebo. The guests were served refreshments while we had our photo shoot at a nearby vineyard, Lancaster. We choose a vineyard for our wedding shoots as this complemented the vintage look we wanted for our day.”

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Kathryn walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

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Liz Underdown officiated the ceremony, Kathryn remembering, “The ceremony was beautiful, exactly how I had imagined. My brother in law read  the ‘Apache marriage blessing’ and my sister in law read ‘The Art Of Marriage’.”

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Of their photographer, Kathryn remembers, “I wanted a soft elegant vintage feel to our wedding photos but it was also important to both of us that the photographer was relaxed and flexible. Simone ticked all those boxes. Spending the time to listen to exactly how we wanted the day to play out documenting this during our first meeting. I found confidence knowing Simone had a wealth of experience with youthful ideas and suggestions. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional photographer with such attention to detail. We would recommend Simone Addison to anyone needing to capture a special occasion.”

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“We loved having all of our family and friends together at the same time.”

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The newlyweds chose a waltz for their first dance to Eva Cassidy’s “Fields Of Gold”.

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Congratulations on your marriage Kathryn and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Simone Addison Photography for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Simone Addison Photography / Bride’s Dress: Hobnob Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / : Michael Hill / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Groomsmen Attire: Zu Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway / Bridesmaid Shoes: Betts Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski / Hairstylist: Living Dolls / Makeup Artist: Living Dolls / Venue: Belvoir Homestead / Ceremony Officiant: Liz Underdown / Ceremony Musicians: Choice Weddings / DJ: Choice Weddings / : Cupids Delight Cakes / Photo Booth: Choice Weddings / Wedding Rings: Mazzucchellis / Transport: Showtime Limousines
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Bridgette Cole via Kate and Dave’s Garden’s House Vintage Wedding

If there ever was a pair of weekend ready shoes, I think these pale blue glitter heels may just be it. If there was ever a time to slip them on it is now as we round up the amazing wedding inspiration we have been featuring all week long, so let’s dance our way to it!


We had so much fun creating this Boozy Salted Caramel Affogato

We love our food and brushed up on wedding catering knowledge this week with a chat with Sarah Hughes of Fred & Ginger Catering

Our favourite Rose Gold Wedding Accessories

We head to Langkawi in our Honeymoons A-Z

Top Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Jess shares her post wedding Inspired Words

How To Pull Off A Successful Surprise Wedding

Pawel shares his Inspired Memories

Love this fun idea! Hot Air Balloon Centrepiece Tutorial

The stunning vintage inspired wedding that made our hearts sing.

Loving the free spirit of the Hurricane font

Cakes2Kreate shares her picks in Vendor’s Favourites

We sit down with Erin From Travel With Bender for The Polka Dot Travel Lounge

We love a beautiful wedding film and sat down with a hot tea to pour over Emma and Cam’s Captured Memories

Loving Broeden‘s formal attire look for Groom Style

Gorgeous handmade touches in this Gardens House Vintage Wedding

Tips On Selecting Your Best Man And Groomsmen

Worried about dollars? Anika shares how to manage  Honeymoon Finances With Your Fiancé: Top Budgeting Tips

News Roundup 26th August 2016

Save the date for The Refectory Annual Wedding Showcase at Werribee Park! The beautiful venue, surrounded by 1870s gardens will be open to brides and grooms on Saturday the 3rd of September fro 2-5pm.  Email to register your interest and see more information here.

The Melbourne Park Hyatt are helping Polka Dot Bride readers out with a very special wedding offer! Book your wedding before September 30th, 2016 and enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea for 10 guests complete with sparkling wine- pre-wedding bridal shower anyone? Ask if you know anyone about to book an event, simply quote “Friends of Park Hyatt Melbourne’ at the time of booking and they will gift you overnight accommodation, breakfast for two at radii restaurant & bar and valet parking when they book an event! To find out more phone 03 9224 1234 or email

Newcastle’s Customs House are rolling out the red carpet on September 11th with some of their favourite wedding vendors! Head on down between 12-4 pm for champagne, canapes and beautiful displays from the venue’s favourites. Check the website for more details.

Want to find a wedding event in your area? Check out our event calendar!

Our film of the week this week comes from Iconic Pictures. Matthew  and Jade’s Melbourne wedding is so full of moments – the bride’s father’s reaction when he first sees her in her gown, Matthew’s pensive face as he waits for Jade, the buzzing dance floor and of course that emotional ceremony!

10 Beautiful Metallic Bridesmaid Look Ideas

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


Metallic Bridesmaid Dress Roundup

If there is ever a time to sparkle and shine, it is a wedding and what better way to bring a touch of glamour to the day than with metallic bridesmaid gowns? Today we are rounding up some of our very favourite metallic bridesmaids looks in hues of gold, champagne, platinum and bronze. Click on through to see the roundup!

Tash & Brian’s Boho Inspired Byron Bay Wedding

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


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Tash & Brian

I love the relaxed, laid back feel of Tash and Brian’s boho inspired Byron bay wedding. Even a little rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of this beautiful wedding day captured by Bird and Boy Photography. The wedding turned from an outdoor celebration to something very intimate – and the newlyeds? They wouldn’t change a thing!

Tash fills us in on the very romantic story of how Brian proposed. “On Christmas day Brian asked me to pack my bags as he booked us a weekend away. We left Boxing Day morning and heading up north (I had no idea where he was taking me) we went for a drive through the Sunshine Coast hinterland and ended up at Spicers Retreat in Maleny. He took me for a picnic and then a walk through to a waterfall.

That night he booked us in for dinner at the Tamarind restaurant where he had organised a table just for the two of us away from everyone.

When it came to the end of the night, Brian was super keen for dessert. So the waiter brought out the menus, placed Brian’s in front of him first and then placed mine in front of me. I was so busy looking at the menu that I didn’t notice the chalkboard underneath the menu. Brian asked me if he could look at the specials board and after I told him a few times that there wasn’t one, he asked me to look underneath my menu.

As I moved my menu Brian started to stand up and make his way next to me. I looked at the chalkboard and it said ‘Will you marry me?’ with a tick box for yes only. Brian got down on one knee and said to me ‘I will never stand above or below you, I will always stand by your side’, he opened the ring box and I asked him if he was serious (I might have called him an idiot several times too). He then said to me that if I said yes I needed to tick the box. So with my hands shaking I attemped to tick the box. The chalk snapped and half the chalk went flying across the deck. It was such a funny moment. Brian then took the ring and placed it on my finger.”

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Tash chose her gown at Bohemian Brides, she remembers, “My sister-in-law told me about the store, so one afternoon I looked them up and found ‘the dress’. The next weekend one of my bridesmaids and myself drove down and it was the first dress I tried on and loved it. I tried a few others in the store just for the sake of it but my heart was set. It was the only store I went to and needed to go to. I loved the experience (once my nerves escaped me) and Kate was an absolute delight to work with.”

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Tash and Brian chose The Fig Tree Restaurant for their wedding, with  Byron Bay Weddings styling the event, noting, “It was the only venue we saw (and needed to see). Just after the proposal I spent the day with my brother and we bought up wedding venues. I told him that we wanted to get married somewhere with a big tree. He showed me The Fig Tree Restaurant and it was instant love. Brian and I went to check it out only a few days after he popped the question. When we got there the ladies from Byron Bay Weddings were there, we locked it in there and then. It was just meant to be (and yes, it has the most spectacular Fig Tree!!).”

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Rain moved the ceremony inside, the bride telling, “The ceremony and dinner were meant to all be set up outside however with the rain we had them both inside. It really made our day. The ceremony felt so intimate. Emotions ran wild and it was felt throughout the restaurant. If I was to do it all again I would do it exactly the same – rain, hail or shine.”

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Michelle Shannon officiated the ceremony. Tash noting, “We must say, we were very luckily with all of our vendors. They all went above and beyond and we can’t thank them enough. Michelle our celebrant really made us feel like family the moment we met. Our photographer and videographers worked tirelessly through out the day and did it with such passion. They made the whole experience really enjoyable. Che has created such a special place in The Fig Tree Restaurant. Not only is the venue beautiful, the food is amazing and he has surrounded himself with incredible people. Our day ran smoothly because of the dedication everyone has.”

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Tash and Brian chose The Magic Bus Company to cart guests around, noting, “I love all things boho so it was an easy choice. We wanted to create a relaxed and fun vibe but also simple without taking away from the beauty of the venue. We wanted our family and friends to have a few surprises throughout the day also so we organised the Magic Bus to arrive to pick everyone up from the Surf Club. It was so great because no one had any clue of the transport we arranged so when the buses arrived with our names across the top it definitely got the party started early.”

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“One of my favourite moments was when we returned from our photos and entered the reception. When we were announced as husband and wife it was such an overwhelming feeling and to hear everybody clap and cheer, it really takes your breath away.”

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“We were sitting down for our main meal and there was music playing in the background. Mid-meal Daryl Braithwaite’s, “The Horses” comes on and suddenly the bridal table started signing the song, within seconds our family and friends all joined in. The whole place erupted. It was awesome.”

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Byron Wedding Visual captured a film of the couple’s wedding day. The film beautifully captures the relaxed feeling the day embodied.

Congratulations on your marriage Tash and Brian! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Bird and Boy Photography for sharing today’s photography.

Photographer: Bird and Boy Photography / Cinematographer: Byron Wedding Visual / Styling: Byron Bay Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Bohemian Brides / Bridesmaid Dresses: Tobi / Makeup Artist: MakeUp By Kiralea / Flowers: Flowers at the Farm Byron Bay / Flowers: Brisbane Flower Market / Venue: The Fig Tree Restaurant / Ceremony Officiant: Michelle Shannon / : Rebellyous Cake Co / Transport: The Magic Bus Company
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