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by | Blog News, Bride



Creating a Dream Dress for a Romantic Bride Images by Joseph Willis Photography via PQ Fashions

I don’t know about you but I am sleepy but invigorated this Friday morning. Ms Chinoiserie and I spent yesterday coming up with big plans for the year and my brain is over active after all of our brainstorming. I am well and truly ready to clean out my inbox this week and get some long overdue tasks off my plate.

Before I do so though, let’s dive into Friday Roundup!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!

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1. Real Bride Advice Wedding Dress Shopping For The Plus Size Bride 2. Real Wedding Amy and Rhett’s Three Day Yallingup Wedding Celebration 3. Real Wedding Candice and Lyndon’s Noosa Beach Wedding

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

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1.What Would They Know?  Youki Nakahara of Sugar Bee Flowers 2. Expert Advice  Creating a Dream Dress for a Romantic Bride 3. Expert Advice Things You Should Know About Your Wedding Photographer

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

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1. Etsy Roundup Freshwater Pearl Earrings  2. Tuesday Type Windsong

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.


1. Honeymoon Essentials Part 1 – It’s All in the Planning!

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1. The Style of a Tailor Made Suit

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Church364 Bridal Fair

Love a bit of bubbles at a beautiful wedding venue? Church 364 are holding an open day on Sunday 24th May from 11am to 3pm at this Richmond venue. On show will be plenty of amazing wedding vendors along with treats to eat and win! Register by calling (03) 9686 5855 or email

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Seaside Elopement Wedding Inspiration

The launch of Get Social Wedding Pros!

Colourful Fiji Wedding Inspiration

Instagram Mistakes To Avoid As A Blogger (How to avoid them)

An epic Christmas proposal

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A beautiful film to end the week from Way Up High today. The wedding of Hugh and Nikita and oh my gosh, could the ceremony be any more emotional?


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Anna and Tim’s Paper Flower Filled Country Wedding

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Anna & Tim

Anna and Tim restored their sweet country homestead so they could marry there. Months of hard work restoring the home to its former glory, pruning and preparing the gardens with their family and friends led to their dream wedding venue becoming reality. The result? A beautiful paper flower filled country wedding celebration all captured by Photography With Cassie,

Anna tells of how they met. “We met through Tim’s sister Melanie, at her birthday party. I was smitten almost instantly, but it was another six months before we began dating. Our wedding date was the sixth anniversary of our first date, and Melanie was my Maid of Honour.”

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Anna remembers, “Francesca Grey in Latrobe did all the girls’ hair, and did a great job. Lorin Kamphuis did our make up, and is an amazing artist. We had a really lovely, relaxed morning at Francesca’s salon being pampered by these two women, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”

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Anna hand glittered her shoes, pairing them with a Karen Willis Holmes gown from Studio White and earrings by Silvermist Studio.

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The wedding was held at the couple’s country home, Anna remarking, “We had been property hunting for a while and after our engagement we purchased a beautiful 1920’s homestead on 18 acres. We knew when we bought it that it was our dream wedding site, but we weren’t sure if it was going to be possible because the house was filthy and the gardens were a jungle. Thankfully we have wonderful family and friends who all worked hard to help make our ‘at home wedding’ happen.”

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Anna walked down the aisle to a duet by Megan Washington and Kate Miller-Heidke cover ‘Let it be Me.’

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“We exchanged vows in front of our paddock gate, with guests on one side and our goats on the other, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

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“Our dairy goat stud is a huge and important part of our lives. The goats are our babies and we really wanted to include them in our wedding and especially our photos. It was a little drizzly at the beginning of our wedding and I was worried that they’d be hiding in the shed (they hate the rain) but there was no way they were going to miss out on all the excitement. Cassie did a great job capturing their individual personalities.”

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Paper flowers were a big highlight of the day, handmade by the bride who tells, “I love crafting and making and handmade as much as possible. The invitations, flowers, decorations, my shoes, and table centrepieces (were all handmade).”

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Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea reception, Anna remarking, “The reception was a high tea held in a marquee in the paddock beside the house. The food was cooked by family and friends, including many prize-winning recipes from members of the local agricultural show society.”

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Guests took home bars of goat milk soap by Margaret Lomman as wedding favors.

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Congratulations on your marriage Anna and Tim! Thank you so much for sharing the details with us! Thank you to Photography With Cassie for sharing this gorgeous wedding!

Photographer: Photography With Cassie / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bridal Salon: Studio White / Bride’s Shoes: Handmade by the bride / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Silvermist Studio / Groom’s Attire: Mensland Devonport / Groomsmen Attire: Mensland Devonport / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Francesca Grey / Makeup Artist: Lorin Kamphuis / Flowers: Handmade / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Kathryn Campbell / Favors: Goats' milk soaps by Margaret Lomman / Wedding & Engagement Rings: Rob Mitchell

Six Alternatives To The Mason Jar Vase

by | Bride, Reception


There’s something about wedding trends that tends to rub people the wrong way – when something becomes loved, it gets used again and again. As brides and grooms it isn’t often seen – and shouldn’t – ever be a concern, but as wedding vendors see hundreds of weddings a year, ideas start to pop up frequently and are often sighed at.

One of the poor victims of this effect has been the humble mason jar. Or if we’re talking Australian – the Vacola jar. A cheap and cheerful and easy to get item that has dominated wedding tables and decor for the past few years. That humble jar come vase still has a lot of possibility and imagination that can transform it into something different. But today? I’m rounding up six fun and different alternatives to the mason jar vase.

There are so many beautiful centrepieces – urns, candelabras, big blown glass vases. But today I’m looking at options that are as easily accessible and available in bulk, like the mason jar.

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1. Frasera Drinking Glass from Ikea 2.Amber 500ml Boston Round Glass Bottle from New Directions 3. Glass milk bottle from Just Jars 4. Frosted white cylinder vase from Koch & Co 5. Green 750ml Wine Bottle from BrewCraft 6. Square glass vase from Kmart

1. The Drinking Glass Vase

One of the best ways of creating a fresh look at a wedding is an abundance of vessels (one or two just look lonely) with an abundance of fresh blooms. Neither have to break the budget (these glasses are at a price point where each table could easily hold quite a few). The embellishment of this plain old drinking glass almost has a cut crystal feel and surrounded by tea light candles, it will create plenty of sparkle.

My vision for this drinking glass vase? Fill each drinking glass with a different variety of flower in the same colour tone. Modern, bright and bold colour combinations would work well with this shape. Or consider one bloom per glass (just make sure to have lots of them!)

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Photo by Megan Saul Photography via Ruffled

2.The Amber Bottle Vase

I love amber glass – especially when on a sunny day it can almost look lit from within. Use plenty of these lined and grouped in the centre of a long table or massed in the centre of a round table.  Contrast the narrow neck of the vase with bold voluminous flowers that spill out from the vessel.

I love the idea of these with contrasting bright tones – vivid saffron flowers, hot magenta blooms. Or for an Autumn wedding beautiful Autumn tones with plenty of Autumn foliage.


Photography by Les Amis Photo via Elizabeth Anne Designs

3. The Glass Milk Bottle

Glass milk bottles are a great height for wedding centrepieces and the clear glass is unobtrusive, letting your flowers and surrounding decor shine.

I love these with one kind of flower – a large, billowing bloom (like dahlias or peonies) in a bright colour complete with stems and leaves. You could even line the inside with paint (as per this DIY Faux Milk Glass Tutorial) for a different effect.

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Photo by A Brit & A Blonde via Style Me Pretty

4. The Coloured Vase

I love white at weddings and this vase has a simple, clean shape which lends itself to masses of them on your table top. They’re also easily grouped with clear glass versions for a little bit of interest.

I imagine this white frosted vase grouped with brightly coloured flowers for a modern look, or white or pastel flowers for something more traditional. These vases also come in pretty pastel tones so wouldn’t they look gorgeous in different pastels, all filled with white flowers? Or their vivid counterparts?

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Photo by Steve Steinhard via Ruffled

5. The Wine Bottle Vase

Wine bottles are easy as pie to collect from family and friends (or buy in bulk from a place like I linked to above). You can keep them plain in all their glass tones or spray them (as per this Dipped Bottle Candle Holder Tutorial) to create your own modern look.

I love these just a plain taper candle inside, and greenery surrounding them on the table. But they would also work with long stemmed bloom combinations, or different textured greenery peeking out the top and of course – en masse.

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Scan by Tig: Photography by Tom Mannion for Elle Decoration December 2009 via This Is Glamorous

6. The Classic Vase

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Somehow over time, the classic vase gets overlooked but they can be easily hired or found in bulk! Classic shapes like this can lend themselves to anything your heart desires.

I love the idea of filling a group of these with a different flowers in your colour tone – one filled with peonies, one with roses and one with tulips perhaps. They would also look chic in a straight line down the centre of your table with plenty of candlelight and beautiful tightly packed flowers inside.

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Photo by Catherine Hall Studios via Style Me Pretty

Caroline & Xander’s Vintage Garden Party Wedding

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


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Caroline & Xander

Nothing makes sense more in the warmer weather than a vintage garden party wedding. What a way to enjoy the warmer days! Caroline & Xander escaped bucketing rain on their wedding day, just long enough so they could enjoy the sunset and golden light before it began to rain again the following day.  They chose Welsch Photography  to capture it all.

Caroline recalls the story of how she and Xander came to be. “We met at a mutual friend’s 25th birthday party. The theme was “Red” and Xander was dressed as Scarlett Johansson, wearing a blonde wig and fake boobs, and I was dressed as a Baywatch babe. We clicked straight away.”

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Caroline wore a Pronovias gown from Brides Of Beecroft.  She also wore Diana Ferrari shoes – just! She tells, “The week leading up to wedding I asked Xander to spray my shoes with the waterproofing sealant. He followed the shop assistant’s instructions to the letter by placing tape over the heel, which was a shiny silver. When he removed the tape all of the silver coating of the heels came off, making the shoes look horrible! With 3 days to go until the wedding he managed to find the only remaining pair of shoes available in NSW and have them shipped to him in time. I never knew a thing about this until after the wedding!”

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The floral arrangements were styled by Lovely Rita Design through The Wedding Designer .

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The couple chose Xander’s parent’s home in Port Stephens for their wedding, noting, “Both the ceremony and reception were held at Xander’s parents’ property in Port Stephens. The ceremony was in a nice nook of the garden with afternoon tea served on the verandah and surrounding lawn. For the reception we had a large rope and pole marquee with open sides to allow guests to make as much use of the lovely garden space as possible. We even had a native koala decide to take residence in a tree at the front gate to greet guests!”

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Of the processional, Caroline remembers, “My bridesmaids walked to Angus & Julia Stone – The Wedding Song. I walked down to Elvis Presley – Today, Tomorrow & Forever. I get my love of 60’s music from my dad and it was really special to walk down the aisle with him to this special song.”

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Lorraine Stokes performed the marriage ceremony, Caroline noting, “Our lovely celebrant was Lorraine Stokes. She has this presence about her that makes you feel like she’s part of the family and really puts you at ease.”

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Guests enjoyed garden party style afternoon tea and lawn games to celebrate the nuptials.

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Of their photographers, Caroline remarks, “Karl and Bec Welsch (Welsch Photography) were great! They had a sense of calm that really made us feel comfortable. We often didn’t even notice they were there, but they still managed to capture all of the special moments beautifully.”

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“The weather in the days leading up to the wedding was looking a bit worrying, pouring with rain the day before. However as the guests started to arrive the clouds cleared up and the sun came out. We even managed to get the gorgeous sunset photos we hoped for. Strangely it was raining in the evening one suburb away, but we never saw a drop. The day after, as the cleanup commenced the rain started coming down really heavily. We couldn’t have been luckier!”

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The reception was held in a marquee on the lawns on Xander’s parents’ home. Every crafty detail was planned and executed beautifully by The Wedding Designer, Caroline remembering, “The Wedding Designer, from Newcastle, did a stunning job decorating the whole venue. They took care of absolutely all of the details, including designing stationery, labels and signs, based on our invitations. They have a lot of rustic furniture which they used to decorate the marquee and also placed vintage couches around the garden. We especially loved the beautiful arbor they made for the ceremony and the hankie bunting they hung through the marquee.”

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The heartfelt thought and details extended from the invitations to the favors, the bride telling, “Xander’s mum, Peri, helped us handcraft our gorgeous invitations. We used vintage fabrics to make mini bunting to complement our rustic theme. We also gave guests a jar of honey each from Xander’s beehive, which is located on the same property.”

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I Do Wedding Cakes and Amanda Douglass Catering ensured guests were full of food, wine and delicious cake. The bride remembering, “Our delicious cake was made by Penny from I Do Wedding Cakes in Medowie. The amazing catering was by Amanda Douglass. We were worried a buffet dinner would be dull and uninspiring, but we had so many comments from our guests about how delicious and fresh the food was.”

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“All the beautiful speeches were so touching. In particular I didn’t expect my sister, who was maid of honour, to speak. However she got up and gave a surprise toast that reduced us to tears. We loved the relaxed vibe of the wedding that made it feel more like a party than a formal event.”

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Of their first dance, Caroline remembers, “Our first dance was to Jack Johnson’s Angel. Despite not being amazing dancers we really enjoyed the moment. We immediately followed the first dance with a dance with our parents to John Paul Young’s Love Is In The Air which was a lot of fun.”

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Congratulations Caroline and Xander! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you to Welsch Photography  for sending this wedding our way!

Photographer: Welsch Photography / Styling & Hire: The Wedding Designer / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Brides Of Beecroft / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Bride's Mother / Groom’s Attire: Navy Inverell suit from MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Navy Inverell suit from MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Dresses: Myer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Fashionably Yours / Hairstylist: Fresh Salon / Makeup Artist: Fresh Salon / Flowers: Lovely Rita Design through The Wedding Designer / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade & The Wedding Designer / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Lorraine Stokes / DJ: Mobile Millenium DJs / Favors: Honey from groom's beehive / Catering: Amanda Douglass Catering / Cake Baker: I Do Wedding Cakes / Wedding Rings: House of Fraser Jewellers / Wedding Registry: David Jones
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