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Stunning Wooden Wedding Table Ideas

by | Bride, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


Stunning Wooden Wedding Tables

Wooden tables are becoming somewhat of a favourite of mine at weddings. I love how the wood acts as a neutral, able to be decorated with any colour, yet also makes so much of a statement, simply through its own personal character.

Today I’m rounding up some of my favourite wooden wedding table ideas, from our own real weddings here on Polka Dot Bride to inspire your own wooden table loving heart. Click on through to view the slideshow.

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Sophie & Alex’s Glam Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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What fun it is to marry at home! Sophie and Alex chose the equestrian centre Sophie’s parents own for their big day – they dined with their guests in a tipi right under the main arena, celebrating their glam country wedding with photographer Renee Stamatis capturing it all.

Sophie tells the story of how she and Alex came to be. “We met at a music festival nine years ago. Alex claims to have spotted Sophie out of a crowd of 25,000 people, and new straight away that she was special.”

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Sophie and Alex chose Sophie’s family home for their wedding. “My family farm was transformed into a stunning garden wedding venue. The ceremony was held on the deck in front of the house overlooking the dam, and the reception was held in giant tipi’s on the large horse arena.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Sophie remembers, “We had a string quartet playing Pachelbel’s canon. The four piece were playing from the balcony above so the sound traveled down to the audience.”

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Kate Wallis officiated the ceremony, of which Sophie says, “We wanted it to be intimate, yet relaxed and informal. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other for the first time in the ceremony. It was very personal, there were lots of laughs and tears.”

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“Our dog Pedro was there on the day, he followed me down the aisle. In the middle of the ceremony after my maid of honour had fanned out my train over the deck where we were standing, Pedro came and sat down on it as if we had laid it out especially for him. Everyone laughed, it was really cute.”Glam Country Wedding033

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She Sews crafted Sophie’s gown, the bride remembering, “My dress was handmade, one of a kind made by my soon to be sister in-law, a dress maker in McLaren Vale, South Australia. It was fishtail cut, with a V shaped back, covered in white lace sourced from Italy over champagne/bone coloured silk.”

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Of their photographers, the bride remarks, “We had two photographers. Renee Stamatis was a friend I worked with a few years ago, and I noticed she had started shooting weddings. Her shots were beautiful, artistic and un-staged. I contacted her straight away and was delighted she was available. Our second photographer (Walton Vision) was a friend who had recently started professional photography. We jumped on the opportunity to have Jason help capture the day. Being a good friend, he helped make the whole process feel relaxed and easy. Between the two we have an amazing assortment of photos!”

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Of their first dance, Sophie remembers, “We chose a slow foxtrot to an acoustic cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ on a small wooden dancefloor with overhanging string lights. The best part about our first dance was that after our final move almost every guest joined us on the dancefloor with their partners and sung the lyrics loud to each other. It was absolutely packed, with everyone singing so loudly to their loved ones.”

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Guests enjoyed a feast catered by Fred and Ginger Catering. The bride remembers, “The whole wedding had a ‘hand made’ feel. A close family friend helped plan the day, and took charge of catering with the help of Fred and Ginger Catering. They provided the most delicious canapés at the house followed by dinner in the Tipi with the menu designed to be shared by our guests at the table. It was everything we hoped for and we had so many guests commented how amazing the food was. The wine was sourced by the groom’s winemaker brother. The decorations, flowers and gardening was all done by family in the weeks leading up to the event. Everyone worked so hard to make the place look fabulous.”

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DJ Nic Owen performed all night, Sophie remembering, “Our DJ was a friend of a friend from Perth. We paid for him to fly down, and he agreed to play for us in return for flights and accommodation. He was awesome!! Everyone danced until the sun came up. He played lots of mash ups of old and new music, which appealed to all guests. Given that the wedding was at a private farm, the music played and people danced until 7.30am!”

Congratulations Sophie and Alex ! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Renee Stamatis for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Renee Stamatis / Photographer: Walton Vision / Styling: Sarah Hughes and Sophie Wyllie / Bride’s Dress: Megan Caldersmith - She Sews / Bride’s Shoes: Mink Pink / Groom’s Attire: Formal Red / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Urban Soul / Hairstylist: Carmen 'Sandiego' Ward / Makeup Artist: Make Up By Sarah King / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Wallis / Ceremony Musicians: Pip Robinson / Tipis: TipiKata / DJ: Nic Owen / Catering: Fred and Ginger Catering / Cake: Adrian Zumbo / Wedding Rings: Lord Coconut / Wedding Rings: Ali Alexander / Transport: Exclusive Limousines / Wedding Registry: David Jones

Moira Hughes “Look Of Love” Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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With dreamy lace, billowing skirts and raw silks comes the 2017 Moira Hughes “Look Of Love” bridal collection. With a new experience of planning her own wedding, Moira’s sense of what a bride wants and what she wants to create for her clients has evolved.

The new collection is all about the feminine figure. The gowns are form fitting, whether in bodice, skirt, or the full design, but that isn’t to say they aren’t delicate – The Charlotte for instance features an almost silver lace delicately placed on the wearer’s back,  The Harlow shows off the wearer’s decolletage while  giving a more traditional, dramatic feel with a skirt comprised of layers of vintage tulle. The raw silk of Hazel is finished with a beautiful bow and the dreamy Eva is romantic in tones of peach with a billowing silk skirt.

The “Look of Love” Collection is available at the designer’s Paddington Boutique.

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Gowns: Moira Hughes / Photographer: Cassandra Ladru / Styling & Creative Direction: Love Find Co / Makeup Artist: Sonia Allen Makeup / Hairstylist: Elly Hanson / Flowers: Francis Floristy / Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Model: Cassie Matthews

Vendor of the Week – Daniel Brannan

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I love the season of May and this week is going to be a full one, and I can’t wait to get started!

You will most likely be planning your wedding for a 2017 date. How are your plans going? Have you chosen all your vendors yet? Are you choosing a winter wedding or the delights of a warm summer celebration? Take a good look at our Directory for your vendors where we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Entertainment, we have Cakes, we have Styling and Hire and Stationery and Paper Goods – we even have Flowers and Gift Registries! Please explore our Directory – we have such a varied and talented bunch of vendors just waiting to help you.

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

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Dan of Daniel Brannan is a wedding photographer who loves telling a story with his photographs – ‘it’s the best kind of story telling’, he says. Dan has a real sense of family and love, and the seemingly unimportant moments become moments that resonate with you as you see the interaction between your people. They say pictures are worth a thousand words and you can certainly lose yourself for hours, as you pore over his images. And you’ve gotta love someone who thinks pancakes with bacon and maple syrup are delicious – so do we!

We asked Dan of Daniel Brannan five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

I start with an old fashioned and pretend I’m Don Draper from Mad Men until the whiskey kicks in, then I’ll switch to a Mornington Pale Ale.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I’m lucky enough to live here – the (highly aesthetically pleasing) Mornington Peninsula so at weekends I’ll take my little boy for a swim in the ocean and swing by Red Hill Baker for some croissants after.

Favourite restaurant?

Red Hill Epicurean – a converted shed that makes best damn woodfire Pizza you’ll ever eat – great wedding venue too.

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

Canadian pancakes with bacon & maple syrup – I didn’t try this combo until a couple of years ago so I feel like I have to make up for lost time!

Your favourite wedding story?

I shot a wedding on New Year’s eve in Melbourne and my couple had their two beautiful children with them on stage. It was 40 degrees and everybody was in 1920’s dress up – it was the best atmosphere I had experienced and I remember Matt was holding his little boy and was completely overcome with emotion when he saw Sophie coming down the aisle. There was something magic about a couple who had been together for so many years with two beautiful children to express their love so openly – I felt very privileged to be there documenting such a moment. A bit soppy but this one stuck with me 🙂

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

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