Vendor of the Week – Summerfields Estate & Country House

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Happy Monday Dotties! We are back on deck today to start a brand new week of wedding inspiration. Who’s excited?

As Spring is a fickle season turning on perfect days and then unexpected cold winds and rain, make sure you have a backup plan if you plan to have your wedding outside. The key is to be flexible and enjoy your day whether you’ve had to move indoors or not. We suggest you also take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who are keen to help you with your wedding day. We have Wedding Planners, we have Cakes, we have Hair & Beauty and Transport – we even have Catering and Bridal Gown Services! We so many wonderful vendors to choose from you’re sure to find some that you love.

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Photo one by Cameralance Photo two & three by Josh Yu Photography

Wishing that you could have your wedding on the Mornington Peninsula?  Then Summerfields Estate and Country House  could be just the place you are looking for. A Connecticut style country mansion set amidst rolling country gardens, olive groves and an ornamental lake this gorgeous venue also has beautifully appointed rooms to take advantage of. With a menu of locally sourced produce and wines, accommodation on site and close by, and only around an hour from Melbourne, Summerfields Estate is the perfect mix of country and elegance that we love.  

We asked Joyce of Summerfields Estate and Country House five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

A nice foot massage from my husband! Nothing like a massage to relax.

What is your favourite after five drink?
In summer I love sitting back with a Rose Water Iced Tea with mint, pomegranate and roasted pine nuts, I know it sounds a little left of field but it is fantastic and I like having a drink that you can munch on too! Very refreshing but best of all delicious virgin or with a splash of Ouzo… Yum!

Favourite weekend getaway?

The Grampians! Beautiful countryside, long nature walks and fabulous local food and wines. Even the road trip is just full of beautiful views, I just love it.

What is your most prized possession?

My diary – it records my ups and downs, tears and laughter.

Favourite restaurant?

For our first wedding anniversary last year, my husband took me to Woodland House in Prahran. Excellent food and service, and a beautiful location. The company was not bad too! Closer to Summerfields, our favourite would be Veraison Restaurant at Tootgarook. Excellent and constantly changing menu and the staff are super helpful and friendly.

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

Seeing different couples from different backgrounds, and listening to their stories. There’s always so much to learn!

Every wedding story has its special and memorable moments that make you stop, some even take your breath away! But a favourite we have at Summerfields was a couple who met in Australia while he was on holidays out from Canada. After months together here they continued a long distance relationship. Then sometime later he arrived to “visit family” and surprised her with his proposal in October. Marrying here at Summerfields the following January on her parents’ wedding anniversary, it was upon the priest announcing them as man and wife that the staff here all stopped to a huge reaction to their first kiss. Finding out later that this was in fact their “first ever kiss”. Very special day!

Joyce and Josh’ own wedding day at Summerfields Estate and Country House 

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Sarah & Gavin’s Sweet Beach Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Sarah & Gavin

It was a beautiful beach day when Sarah and Gavin headed out for a day with  Hilary Cam for their sweet beach engagement.

With flowers by Booshi and hair and makeup by Michelle Cato, bride to be Sarah, had wanted to pay homage to their memories. “A picnic on the beach has a lot of sentiment to us as it was here where we first confessed our love for each other” she tells, explaining “Gavin and I were having a picnic and afterwards we decided to throw a frisbee. Gavin threw the frisbee up into the air and we both tried to catch it and missed. It was at that moment he grabbed me, twirled me around, looked me into my eyes and said that he loved me. I told him that I loved him too!”

It was at a wedding that Sarah and Gavin first locked eyes. Sarah retelling “We first met at a wedding where Gavin was a groomsman for his best friend Grant and I was a bridesmaid for my sister, Jessica.
Paired together, we instantly hit it off and even though we lived in different States at the time, we made it work. Hilary and Nicola were actually the photographers on the day so it feels very special to come full circle as they captured our first moments together, laughing and dancing. We are excited for them to capture our special day too.”

On what they love about one another, the almost married couple explain “We really are best friends to each other. Whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, gaming or cooking, l couldn’t imagine anyone else l’d rather be with. We’re often on the same wavelength too which helps when it comes to competing in those couples games nights.”

It was Tokyo where Gavin proposed, Sarah remembering “Gavin spent months researching so our holiday in Japan went smoothly. It was our first day and we were off to Tokyo Disneyland.
After entering the park, off in the distance was where Gavin had pictured proposing many months ago, in front of Cinderella Castle.” She tells “Taking me by the hand, we made a beeline straight for the spot. Gavin, giddy with nervousness and excitement, found an American pair to let in on the secret and were more than happy to help. After a few photos in front of the castle to lower my suspicion, Gavin turned and got down on one knee, forgot everything he had rehearsed, and asked for my hand in marriage!”


Photographer: Hilary Cam / Hair & Makeup Artist: Michelle Cato / Flowers: Booshi

Katrina & Jacob’s Waterside White Wedding In Yamba

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


Katrina & Jacob

There is no doubt in my mind that Katrina and Jake set out from day dot with a very clear idea of what they wanted for their waterside white wedding in Yamba, The couple asked their guests to dress in white, a lovely idea in itself, the bride in her stunning long sleeve blue gown creating the most beautiful “something blue”. It was a beach wedding that made the most of its sleepy seaside setting as it paid homage to the little ocean town and it’s quirky ways. The day was brought to life with photographer Denis Banks Photography capturing it all.

The couple met at school, Katrina remembering “Jake and I grew up together in the rural town of Grafton. Although we crossed paths many times growing up as most people in small country towns do, we didn’t officially meet until I moved to Grafton High and became friends with a girl named Kate, who just happened to have an older brother with a cute friend named Jake.”

Katrina had a very clear idea in mind for her gown, choosing to have it custom made by a local dressmaker. She tells “I never actually went and tried any wedding dresses on, I knew all along I wanted the dress I got and of course being as certain as I want knew it wouldn’t be found in any old bridal store. I had my dress custom made and although it took so much time and patience for my dressmaker (adjusting those hundreds of tiny beads and sequins must have been challenging), I loved it. I look back now and I can’t imagine myself in anything else.” Her bridesmaids wore simple white dresses from Zimmermann.

There were plenty of handmade elements for the day, including the decor and bouquets, Katrina explaining” I was adamant I wanted white peonies and almost every florist said I just WOULDN’T get them in winter, sure enough about 3 weeks before the wedding I found them online for sale so we just ordered them and made the bouquets ourselves the morning of the wedding.”

The couple chose to say their vows beside Yamba’s main beach, celebrating at the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club. Katrina says  “Yamba is special to us as we plan to move there and raise a family, but it is more important to Jake because he grew up in the surf club. Many weekends of his were spent down on the main beach so it was really special to be able to have that connection to the location. One day we will take our children down to the main beach for nippers and we will be able to say… we got married right here.”

The bride walked down the aisle to the classic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. “I have always known this would be the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to so again this was an easy choice. No real reason – I just loved the song. I was lucky enough to have my dad walk me down the aisle.”

Angus McKimm performed the ceremony, of which the bride notes “We didn’t have readings, just really short and sweet. Our celebrant was another person from Grafton, who Jake and I had both known for years which made it easier and not so scary.”

Dressed in all white, the guests were a sight as they celebrated cocktail hour on the deck overlooking the sea.

What is a day at the beach without a sandcastle? The newlyweds were in for a special surprise. Katrina explaining “My mother in law Nicole surprised us with this insane sandcastle she had organised to be set up on the beach, she had organised a man to come from Byron to set it up the morning of the wedding. It was incredible.”

Of their photographer, the newlyweds remark “Denis was great, he really went above and beyond for us, not only on the day but the weeks leading up as well. He even gave Jake a call the day before just to see how he was feeling. And bonus points to him for dropping my Aunty home at the end of the night.”

The couple chose Winter for their big day. “We went for a winter seaside soiree  The atmosphere was very much like us, relaxed, fun, not too formal – haha, we didn’t take anything TOO seriously.”

Guests took home tiny potted cacti planted by the newlyweds, who also created the floral hoop decor and tambourines for guests to play.

Dancing began with “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers kicking off the night, Katrina remarking “Jake is super shy so the idea of a first dance was terrifying. I picked this song because it was short but also for the beat. We brought in heap of white tambourines with coloured ribbons for our guests and had our bridal party hand them out as the music started so everyone could play along to our first dance.”

There was an extra special gift for the bride, she tells “The sapphire and diamond ring I wore on the day belonged to Jake’s grandmother. During speeches, Jake’s father gave me this beautiful gift. It was a sapphire necklace, it had belonged to Jake’s Grandfather who I never had the pleasure of meeting. He had given it to Jake’s dad and said it was for his wife when they got married. It is beautiful and both are things I will cherish and be able to pass on to my own children.”

The finishing touch on today’s story? This beautiful film of the celebrations by Wintersun Productions.

Congratulations Katrina and Jake! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Denis Banks Photography for sharing the beautiful celebration with us!

Cinematographer: Wintersun Productions / Wedding Planner: Ivy Lane & Co / Bride's Dress: Custom made / Groom's Attire: Peter Jacksons / Groom's Attire: Politix / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Makeup Artist: Rebecca Brien / Hairstylist: Elly Palmer / Calligraphy: Elly Beamer / Ceremony Venue: Yamba Main Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Angus McKimm / Reception Venue: Yamba Surf Life Saving Club / Catering: Little Gatherings Yamba / Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co