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Garden Bridal Inspiration

by | Bride, Flowers, Wedding Inspiration


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Blooms cascading down hair, bouquets spilling over with fresh greenery, this garden wedding inspiration shoot is the perfect reason to love the warmer weather and the blooms that come with it. Kylie Grace Photography  teamed up with Kyla of Pride Models , hair and makeup artist Vesna Obradovic of Make-Up by Vesna and florist Ivy and Eve at Duneira Estate to create an inspiration shoot inspired by the subtle and romantic effects of vintage film.

The stunning Mount Macedon backdrop was brought to life with loose, trailing floral hairpieces in rich jewel tones and soft pastel creams creating a moody, whimsical style with a bohemian feel.

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Photographer: Kylie Grace Photography / Model: Kyla - Pride Models / Hair & Makeup Artist: Vesna Obradovic - Make-Up by Vesna / Florist: Ivy and Eve / Venue: Duneira Estate
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Dorothee and Ashley’s Peach And Pink Formal Wedding

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


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Dorothee & Ashley

When it came to planning their wedding, Dorothee & Ashley wanted something magical for their wedding day. The gentlemen donned bow-ties, the girls wore shades of peach and pink and they celebrated with some of Sydney’s most famous landmarks. This? This was a wedding to remember, Bradley Patrick of SugarLove Weddings was there to capture it all.

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The groom and groomsmen dressed in tuxedos from Hugo Boss.

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Dorothee chose a strapless ball gown from Pronovias.

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For her walk down the aisle, Dorothee chose “”What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong played live by Opus 4“.

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Dorothee and Ashley chose to marry at the Rose Garden, The Royal Botanical Gardens. The bride recalling, “The Rose Garden is a perfect venue for a summer wedding. Very little decoration and flowers were needed as we were already surrounded by blooming roses and other flower beds. We held the ceremony under the rotunda as rain was threatening, but it would also have been fabulous under the large figtree. The Rose Garden is very conveniently located close to one of the gate of the Botanic Garden.”

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Guests were in for a little red treat. Dorothee remembering, “We hired two little red trains who took the wedding party to different parts of the gardens for photos, and took our guests down to Opera Bar for a few drinks while waiting for us. We then did a one hour harbour cruise aboard vessel “Proclaim” on our way to Fort Denison. This was a fantastic way to extend the celebration and entertain our guests, in particular the ones who traveled from overseas.”

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Of their photographer, Dorothee tells, “Bradley Patrick from SugarLove Weddings was fantastic. He was very well organised and gave us valuable guidance throughout the day while staying very discreet. We love our wedding photos!”

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Rosman Ferries transported the bridal party and their guests to the reception on “Proclaim”. Dorothee noting, “Fort Denison management organised the boat, staff, drinks and canapes.”

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To the delight of international guests, Dorothee and Ashley chose Fort Denison for their wedding reception, the bride telling, “The magic continued once we arrived in Fort Denison. Is there a more magical wedding venue than Fort Denison? We do not believe so! Our heart was set on this venue from the onset and it didn’t disappoint! Liz Taylor from TE Catering (who manages events on Fort Denison) was terrific from beginning to end and we cannot thank her enough for the wise advice and flawless execution. The food and drinks were of the highest standard and the views of Sydney Harbour are unbeatable!”

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Form Over Function styled the ceremony and reception and created the floral arrangements in shades of peach and pink.

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For their first dance, Dorothee tells, “We wanted a memorable first dance so we decided to take dance lessons at the Arthur Murray Dance studio in Sydney CBD (we highly recommend it). It was a hustle on Kiss by Prince choreographed by Chris at the Arthur Murray studio and played live by the band The White Tree. We will never forget it!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Dorothee and Ashley! Thank you for sharing your day with us, and thank you also to Bradley Patrick of SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Bradley Patrick of SugarLove Weddings / Styling, Flowers & Hire: Form Over Function / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: Pierre Haddad Hair Management Chifley Plaza / Makeup Artist: Simone Forte / Pure Invites: Pure Invites / Ceremony Venue: Rose Garden, The Royal Botanical Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Jessie Cacchillo / Ceremony Musicians: Opus 4 / Reception Venue: Fort Denison / Band: The White Tree / Cake Baker: Croquembouche Patisserie / Catering: TE Catering at Fort Denison / Wedding Rings: Larsen Jewellery / Wedding Registry: Wedding Gifts Direct / Ferry Transport: Rosman Ferries

Why Australian Weddings Are My Favourite

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


It’s Australia Day today so we’re taking some time out of the office to enjoy the sunshine, but as a nod to Australia Day I wanted to write a little ditty (if you will) about why Australian weddings are my favourite. Allow me to explain…

Australia has the most incredible natural backdrops….


Photo by Dan O’Day from Georgie and Nick’s Classic Country Wedding


Photo by Sarkodie Photography from Hannah and Simon’s Outdoor Bush Wedding


Photo by Nicolle Versteeg Photography from Kate & Mike’s Relaxed Western Australian Wedding


Photo by  Lauren J Marshall from Emma and Kelly’s New Years Eve Bush Wedding


Photo by Aparat Photography from Vanessa and Thomas’ Melbourne Bayside Wedding

And Australians choose the most fun and unique locations for their celebrations…


Photo by  Todd Hunter Mcgaw from Rachel and Simon’s Chic Air Hangar Wedding


Photo by Daniel K Cheung from Emma and Justin’s Sydney Library Wedding


Photo by Blumenthal Photography from Claudine and Arjuna’s Autumn Substation Wedding


Photo by Joseph Koprek from Nicole and Rob’s Modern All White Wedding


Photo by Benny Jewell from Emma and David’s Colourful Community Hall Wedding


Photo by Anna – Pixie Rouge Photography from Marysia and Brenton’s Australian Barn Wedding

Australians love putting their creative flair to good use..


Photo by Natalija Brunovs from ‘i heart weddings’ from Elle & Rory’s Romantic Country Wedding


Photo by Elle DS Photography from Jess and Simon’s Handmade Picnic Wedding


Photo by Christine Lim Photography from Dave & Sandra’s Rustic Wedding In The Perth Hills


Photo by Ruby Yeo from Samantha and Chris’ Intimate Country Wedding


Photo by Goldsmith & Co from Ashleigh and Ryan’s Handmade Farm Wedding

We love a bit of texture and colour…


Photo from Sally And Ollie’s Intimate City Wedding by Ryan Noreiks


Photo by Louisa Bailey from Sophie and Sam’s Modern St Kilda Wedding


Photo by Joseph Koprek from Tasha and Adam’s Modern Jewish Wedding


Photo by Dave & Charlotte Photography from Red and Pink Wedding By The Water


Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography  from David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding

Australians love deeply…


Photo by Jonas Peterson from Julia and Alexey’s Romantic Brisbane Wedding


Photo by I Love Wednesdays from Kristin And Cory’s Heartfelt Sutton Forest Wedding


Photo by Nicholas Joel Photography from  Jess and Ben’s Romantic Picnic Wedding


Photo by Oli Sansom from Emily and Greg’s Autumn Orchard Wedding


Photo by Cam Grove Photography from Lucy and Stew’s Great Ocean Road Wedding

But don’t take ourselves too seriously..


Photo by Luke Going Photography from Kristin and Scott’s Modern Brisbane Wedding


Photo by  Bayly & Moore from Melita and Richard’s Beautiful Art Deco Wedding


Photo by Laki Sideris from Kate and Nick’s Gum Gully Farm Wedding


Photo by  Mark at Gold Hat Photography from Linda and Pete’s Relaxed Evening Wedding


Photo by Louisa Bailey from Abby and Tim’s Melbourne Winter Wedding


Photo by Studio Sixty Photography from Emma and Brendan’s Elegant Brisbane Wedding

We laugh a lot…


Photo by Glass Slipper Photography from Miyuki and Mike’s Romantic Garden Wedding


Photo by from Hayley and James’ Delightful Dunsborough Wedding


Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw from Shantell and Ben’s Seaside Romance Wedding


Photo by Sayher Heffernan from Jem and Brendan’s Intimate Abbotsford Convent Wedding


Photo by  Jac and Heath Bennett Photography from Em and Jarel’s Bonnells Bay Summer Wedding

 And when all is said and done, we sure do know how to party…


Photo by Jospeh Koprek from Dana and John’s Perth Town Hall Wedding


Photo by Lucy Spartalis from Sarah and Barry’s Mountain Goat Brewery Wedding


Photo by Jonas Peterson from JP & Sarah’s St Kilda Mexican Fiesta Wedding


Photo by Nicole Cordeiro Photography  from Jo and Olly’s Autumn South Australia Wedding


Photo by Natasja Kremers Photography from Emma and Mathew’s Sophisticated Country Wedding


Photo by Leo Farrell Photography  from Edwina and Tom’s Geelong At Home Wedding


Photo by Sayher Heffernan from Sarah and Cyrus’ Melbourne Town Hall Wedding

Happy Australia Day!

Vendor of the Week – Studio TO

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s Australia Day – hooray!! Today we celebrate what it means to us to be an Aussie. The smell of sunburn cream and sizzling barbeques will waft through the air, while backyard cricket or lazing in the shade will be the activity of choice. Even though it’s a holiday, we still have plenty of wedding inspiration, so escape the frivolity, grab a cup of tea and lamington and escape with us into a world of weddings.

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Venues, we have Photographers, we have  Accessories we even have Specialised Services! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Why not use your stationery design as an anchor for the rest of your wedding decor? Watercolour stationery? Echo in watercolour cloths, flowers in ombre hues. Stationery with vine tendrils and leaves? Use vines, berries and rustic wood as your basis. Tamsin at Studio TO is known for her contemporary and clean designs – bright and clever, and just so right for the occasion. Whether you wish to design a bespoke invitation suite or using a ready to print design which Tamsin can colour to your wedding colour scheme, Save the Dates, Invitations and RSVP’s to Orders of Service, Menus and Seating Plans are just the thing to add a creative and co-ordinated look to your wedding.

We asked Tamsin of Studio TO five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Depending on the season I would say a large glass of Shiraz in Winter or a White wine spritzer made with Pinot Grigio and soda water for the Summer.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

My husband and I love to camping in the Margaret River region about 3.5 hours south of Perth, long walks on the beautiful beaches down there, kayaking and dolphin spotting and spending the evening in a local pub with the locals, live music, good food, craft beer and a log fire in the Winter months.

Favourite restaurant?

One of the best meals I have eaten whilst living in Perth has been at Red Herring in East Fremantle which sits on the banks of the Swan River, the views are amazing just like the food!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

If I’m feeling healthy a huge fruit salad mixed with muesli and natural yoghurt with a freshly made juice on the side. If I’m feeling naughty then I revert to my Northern English upbringing of a big fry up with the works: bacon, sausage, baked beans, hash brown and mushroom and a cup of tea.

Your favourite wedding story?

I’m currently designing a beautiful wedding stationery set for a lovely couple who are having 3 weddings! Each one is really informal and more like a big party, the venues all have a special meaning to them. They are going travelling for 6 weeks, starting with wedding number 1 south of Perth in Margaret River, wedding 2 in Vancouver, Canada (where they first met) and wedding number 3 in Mexico (where the groom is from). It’s such a lovely idea and each destination is really personal and meaningful to them, plus they get to celebrate with all of their family and friends, some of whom are even going to go along to all 3!

Visit Studio TO’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Studio TO is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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