Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Harvard Wang from Inspired Words – Sarah

Happy Friday Dotties! I am so thankful to have an internet connection this week, and we have been filling our teacups and poring over plenty of stunning white gowns as we wrap up New York bridal fashion week. The team has been working hard this week to catch up on all the amazing wedding content that has been flying into our inboxes.

Which was your favourite post of the week? Join us as we round it up!

Exploring the role of the littlest details with The Small Things Co

Flashback and day of swoon as we pour over the details in Justina’s J’aton wedding gown

Bucks ideas for the adventurous groom – how adventurous are you?

Tips from the pros – how to truly enjoy yourself on your wedding day

Love Blake’s Summer groom style

Honeymoon adventures with The Travelling Spud

Love this fun polaroid cake topper tutorial for your wedding cake

Chris’ memories are worth your cup of tea today!

We fell in love again with Sarah’s magenta wedding dress this week and even more so when we read her post-wedding wisdom!

The best photography spots for your Whistundays wedding.

Talking all things wedding makeup with makeup artist  Carla Dyson

Loving the look of this eggwhite cocktail with the Emporium Hotel’s 10 of Diamonds,

This Sydney elopement is so romantic with stunning scenery!

We love our friends at Lure in the Whitsundays (want a Whitsundays wedding? This is the team that will take care of you!) and they took home a big gold medal in the Whitsunday Tourism Awards for specialised tourism service and major tourist attraction! Big congratulations to the gorgeous venue, located right on the water, who can cater small or big weddings for your tropical loving guests! Book your Whitsundays wedding with them here!

Need a fancy frock? Nicolangela is hosting a two day pop up sale at their Melbourne studios. A selection of one-off designs, samples and seasonal collections at up to 70% off on Friday13th of October to Saturday 14th October 2017. Visit their event page for location details.

Want a wedding in the country? Thomas Jewellers are hosting a competition to give one lucky couple the chance to win their “Finest Wedding in the Country”.  Choose a country wedding in Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury or Wagga Wagga to host your wedding location and they’ll do the rest!. It includes over $50,000 worth of wedding treats – including  $20,000 worth of rings and jewellery from Thomas Jewellers, a $12,000 styling package from Lenzo and a custom-made wedding gown from Anna Campbell. Head to the website to enter!

Native Weddings captured this beautiful film of Melissa & Vinh who chose the city as a backdrop for their wedding day. Kicking things off with a tea ceremony, before a beautiful garden ceremony and a celebration by the river. There’s even a superhero and dragon appearance!

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Vintage Flower-Filled Wedding Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Flowers, Inspiration Shoot, Styling


We adore beautiful blooms at Polka Dot Bride and when a team of talented creatives join forces to create something special together, we’re always smitten. Today’s vintage flower-filled wedding inspiration takes three completely different looks – from gorgeous sweet pastels to chic greenery and tailors them to a beautiful style of days gone by.

With  Strawberry Fields Photography behind the lens and Flowers at Haberfield with flowers in hand, our model wore gorgeous pieces from Soma Design with hair by  Style with a Twist and makeup from Brittany Rose Makeup. Each look beautifully transformed with the floral details set against the chic white backdrop that was a blank canvas for what was to come.

Look one is filled with pastel pretties. Inspired by the beauty of a garden, beautiful roses in shades of pink, apricot and cream were set in brass vases. The timeless elegance of an all-white setting with just the pink, apricot and green tones gives a special sense of classical styling with an elegant look.

Catherine of Flowers at Haberfield remarking “As a team, we live and work in an environment that is laden with history; of foraged and found things. Having a bucket and snips in the car, I am continually stalking the local streets for foliage, grasses and berries from old plants which are no longer grown. This led to the initial idea for the shoot- an old flower garden inspired bouquet.”

Look number two is a beautiful take on green and gold. A nod to the Pantone “Greenery” colour of the year, the backdrop of Monstera leaves with gold echoes the delicately beaded wedding gown. This look is all about chic greenery – the bouquet of foliage creating its own magic drama.

Utterly romantic with burgundy, deep green and vintage rose, the final look is all about rich, deep luxury.

A beautifully textured gown is simple in its silhouette yet stunning in its beauty, paired with a beautifully crafted raspberry red and cream floral neckpiece and the bride stands surrounded by deep burgundy flowers with dark green foliage.

Flowers: Flowers at Haberfield / Makeup Artist: Brittany Rose Makeup / Hairstylist: Style with a Twist / Bride's Dress: Soma Design

Laura & Jarrod’s Modern All White Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Laura & Jarrod

From lush hanging floral chandeliers, gorgeous stationery and a white colour palette the modern all white winery wedding of Laura & Jarrod made the most of the beautiful setting, which despite the rain turned out to be rather magical. The bride, splendid in her couture laser cut lace gown, wanted an abundance of flowers to fill the day, and the gorgeous masses of foliage with white blooms added the most beautiful softness to this chic day captured beautifully by Lost in Love Photography.

It was at the races where the newlyweds first laid eyes on each other. Laura recounting “Jarrod and I met at the Caulfield races! It was at the Caulfield Cup many years ago that we met. Laura had worn rather high heels and after a long day complained that her feet were sore, so Jarrod, ever the gentleman, offered his knee for her to sit on. From that moment a first date transpired and Jarrod offered to pick Laura up from her home.”

The groom dressed in a classic black tux from MJ Bale.

Laura chose Suzanne Harward to create her gown, recounting “I loved the lace of this dress. I tried on many dresses but as soon as I put the dress on I knew it was the one! It was such a relaxed and comfortable fit I enjoyed every minute wearing it!”

Laura and Jarrod chose the beautiful Zonzo Estate for their big day. Telling “We had always loved Zonzo. We had seen photos of the amazing views and Barn at Zonzo and as soon as we saw it we felt it just suited us. We loved the relaxed and low key feel of getting married in the Barn. It was important to us to have both the ceremony and reception on the same site. We just wanted a very relaxed and enjoyable wedding day, as stress-free as possible.”

Being an only child, Laura wanted to share the walk down the aisle with both of her parents, choosing the tune of “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles.

Jo Betz officiated the ceremony, Laura explaining “We wanted our ceremony to be enjoyable and relaxed. We wanted our guests to feel as though they followed our journey of our relationship with us. It was beautiful! My bridesmaid Kate and her sister who are lifelong friends of mine sang for us and our guests as we signed our wedding papers. This was a really special touch and something both Jarrod and I found very special.”

Laura notes “My favourite photo is of Jarrod and I laughing at one another right after the ceremony. It all happened so quick, it’s so great to look back on the photos and to see how happy we both really were all day!”

“Our bridal party was complete with lifelong, primary and high school friends. I had my high school best friend Tate as my maid of honour and lifelong friends from Calisthenics and playgroup Kate and Alex. It was a special experience to share it with them. The groom had his four best friends from school by his side Brad, Phil, Ricky and Craig.”

“Lost in Love Photography are fantastic to work with.” The newlyweds tell of their photography team “We loved them! They were so friendly and made us feel so comfortable. Given it was raining on our wedding day they weren’t afraid to encourage us to get out amongst the vines and embrace it. It was so worth it, the photos are incredible. We spent the day laughing and loving it!”

The reception was styled by Storytime Weddings with florals by Sugar Bee Flowers. Laura telling  “All I wanted was an abundance of floral to fill our day and with the help of Storytime Weddings and Sugar Bee flowers they nailed it. I had a vision of Zonzo being filled with hanging greenery and beautiful white flowers and that’s exactly what we got! I was blown away with how beautiful the flowers were from the arch at our ceremony to our bouquets. I loved the fresh and natural look of green foliage and white flowers. I’ve still kept some of the flowers from my bouquet – my dad has pressed them for me!”


“I tried to carry the theme from my invitations throughout the wedding. I loved the idea of the room being filled with green foliage and this stemmed from the beautiful Japanese paper I chose to have on the back of my wedding invitations. My wedding planners did an amazing job of ensuring this pattern was printed onto the back of my welcome signs and seating charts. I also incorporated it onto my Menus.”


The newlyweds chose “LIke You Want To” by Kita Alexander to begin the evening of dance, remembering “It’s a bit of a nothing song to others, but to us, it meant a lot.”

Congratulations on your marriage Laura and Jarrod! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Lost in Love Photography and  Zonzo Estate for sharing today’s stunning celebration.

Photographer: Lost in Love Photography / Wedding Planner: Storytime Weddings / Styling: Storytime Weddings / Bride's Dress: Suzanne Harward / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Flowers: Sugar Bee Flowers / Venue: Zonzo Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Jo Betz / Band: The Baker Boys

Nabilla and Dimitri’s Beautiful Dunsborough Beach Wedding

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


Nabilla and Dimitri

Like most couples who are drawn to the seaside for their vows, Nabilla and Dimitri wanted a day that was relaxed. They wanted sand between their toes, the backdrop of the Australian bush and their favourite people around them. Coupled with a cocktail reception at a restaurant famed for its curation of local produce, their beautiful Dunsborough beach wedding ticked every box when it came to a wedding day that reflected the newlyweds. Anni Maria Photography was behind the lens to capture it all for us today.

“It was a lovely relaxed experience” remembers the bride of her shopping trip to find her beautiful lace gown at Through The White Door. She added her grandmother’s necklace to complete her look.

Australian natives featured heavily in the floral arrangements of the day, JVK Floral Designs creating the bride’s bouquet with earthy tones of red and green. Nabilla telling “Joyce made a beautiful bridal bouquet and was very professional and pleasant to deal with.”

The couple chose Shelley Cove Beach for their ceremony, the bride walking down the steps to the beach with her father to the sound of Butterfly by Donavon Frankenreiter.

The bride notes “One of my favourite moments of the day was taking a pause before the ceremony got underway to soak up how we were feeling and to look at each other and out to the faces of our loved ones smiling at us on the beach.”

Kate Hopkinson officiated the ceremony, the bride remarking “We wanted the ceremony to reflect us so we wrote the whole ceremony. We had a friend do a hand blessing for us and had a reading by Louis de Bernieres.”

“We loved the photo that was taken when we were walking through the crowd as newlyweds with our friends smiling and showering us with rose petals.”

Of their photographer, Nabilla notes “Anni our photographer was amazing. We felt at ease and relaxed with her while she was shooting. As you can see by her photos she is a talented and creative photographer. Anni captured all the photos we had in mind beautifully with her creative twist. She went to all locations in advance so had a clear idea of where to go and was good at instructing the crowd. Anni got some highlight photos to us within a week and the rest came in a good time. Anni was quick to respond to queries and very accommodating.”

The newlyweds celebrated with a cocktail reception at Lot 80.

Sweet Stylin created a semi-naked wedding cake, topped with natives. Nabilla explaining “Summer was very helpful in helping us create a cake that suited us. And the tasting was good fun too.” 

Not only were the speeches filled with love, the friends of the couple also shared their appreciation for the couple by decorating the wedding car and reception with beautiful Australian native arrangements. Nabilla says “For the reception as a wedding gift my friend prepared posies in glass jars of lavender, yellow button flowers, rosemary and Eucalyptus.”

The first dance kicked off with a dose of Greek fun says the bride. “We danced to ‘Moon Song’ by Edo & Jo. We started with a 15-second introduction of the Zorba to get our Greek relatives going. Our friend helped us choreograph a dance that suited to us and our dancing prowess. Dimitri was pleased to dip the bride twice without any dramas.”

The night was but young, Cold Matter Cold Brew serving up espresso martinis to make sure the party went from dusk until dawn. Nabilla noting “Our friend, owner of Cold Matter cold brew coffee, made a batch of Cold Brew Coffee Martinis to go on tap at the reception. They were a massive hit and really got the party started.”

Big congratulations to Nabilla and Dimitri on their marriage! Thank you for taking the time to share your day with us! Thank you also to Anni Maria Photography for sharing today’s beautiful day!

Photographer: Anni Maria Photography / Bride's Dress: Through The White Door / Hairstylist: Hair by Madi / Makeup Artist: Bec Scott / Groom's Attire: Bousfields Menswear / Flowers: JVK Floral Designs / Ceremony Venue: Shelley Cove Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Hopkinson Celebrant / Reception Venue: Lot 80 / Rental Furniture: Dunsborough Wedding Co / DJ: Goldbass Entertainment / Wedding Cake: Sweet Stylin / Cocktails: Cold Matter Cold Brew / Engagement Ring: Sinclairs Jewellers / Wedding Ring: Sinclairs Jewellers / Wedding Ring: Rohan Jewellery / Transport: Dunsborough Taxis