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Sam & Dan’s Colourful Summery Circa Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Sam & Dan

To be able to combine tradition with your own style for your wedding creates a truly personal day for any couple, and this what exactly what Sam and Dan were able to do for their colourful summery Circa wedding. The couple decided they wanted to have a casual, warm feel about their day, and for their late afternoon ceremony to have a focus on their Jewish heritage. Sam and Dan chose Goldsmith & Co to capture their beautiful day.

Of how they came to be, Sam remembers, “Dan and I were both on a night out in Chapel Street with our respective friends. We had both frequented Hooha bar many times before but it was on a September night, five years ago, that we finally found each other. It was honestly love at first sight!”








Sam chose a stunning lace gown with fitted bodice and low back from One Day Bridal. “As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one. The style was exactly what I had been looking for,” she remembers. “The staff were fantastic in accommodating any changes I wanted to make to ensure my dress was unique. They were also able to make a custom veil tapered with lace matching my dress, which complimented my dress beautifully. I hope this will be a beautiful family heirloom I can pass down through the generations to come.”







Picking a venue is no easy feat, but as soon as Sam and Dan found the Deck at Circa, they knew it was the perfect location for both their ceremony and reception. The bride says, “The beautiful sunset and beach views from the deck were breathtaking. We decided to lean away from the more formal seated dinner. The ceremony began at 5pm followed by cocktails, music, finger foods, grazing tables and lots of dancing. We wanted something fun and laid back! The colour scheme reflected this with pops of peach, mint and gold. This was offset by beautiful white furniture from Dann Event Hire.”

Kate Hill Flowers designed a beautiful cascade of flowers featured on our ‘chuppah’ (wedding canopy) which was used in our ceremony. It was truly breathtaking. I had had the opportunity to work with Kate Hill during my sister’s wedding and I couldn’t wait to use her for myself. She was able to bring my colour palette to life and the flowers were breathtaking, and were an aspect I was most excited about.”





“I had organised for our beautiful flower girl, my niece Milla, to have a basket full of rose petals to throw down the aisle, and as soon as she hit the aisle she broke into a sprint and there was not one rose petal that made in on the aisle. She managed to steal the show!”



For their ceremony music, Sam explains that they decided to focus on their Jewish heritage when selecting the music. A beautiful 3-piece band including guitar, cello and bongos created a wonderful Aramaic mix. “The Rabbi brought all the guests together by encouraging them to join in the singing of ancient songs and melodies,” she remembers fondly. ” It created a synergy between us and our loved ones, who were an integral part of our wedding.”






Bree at Santiago Sunbird worked with the bride to create a beautiful design that completed her vision for the stationery for their day.

“One thing I was adamant about was the inclusion of a dessert station. I had been dreaming of creating one, and I couldn’t wait to work with Treats for Evie as I had been admiring their sweets for years! Kathleen was able to create desserts that reflected our watercolour theme and the result was breathtaking.” Sam also worked with Poppies for Grace to create beautiful balloon installations and garlands, and she had the help of Tahli Englel from Comm Events and Elaine Toing from Style & Discourse to bring her vision to life.










Of choosing their photographer for their wedding, Sam explains, “Dan and I had organised meetings with a number of photographers but Jane and Brett Goldsmith, from Goldsmith & Co, were our first port of call. We met them on a Sunday morning in a busy café, and the moment we met them we knew they were the perfect fit. They were easy going, approachable and had a fantastic eye. We knew we had found the perfect couple to capture our special day!”











“Life always has obstacles to overcome, and as soon as I met Dan I knew I would be able to get through anything with him by my side. Our song truly reflects that – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ by Jerry and the Pacemakers. Our first dance was very emotional and by the end of the first verse, gentle tears began to roll down my cheek. It had been a tough year leading up to the wedding, but in that moment I knew that Dan and I could get through anything together. I had truly found my soul mate.”

Their gorgeous wedding video was filmed by C2  Films. “Dan and I still get emotional when we watch the video and look through our photos!”

Congratulations Sam and Dan on your beautiful wedding! And thank you to Goldsmith & Co for sharing their day with us!

Photographer: Goldsmith & Co / Videographer: C2 Films / Wedding Planner: Matthew Haines from The Deck at Circa / Styling: Poppies for Grace / Rental Furniture: Dann Event Hire / Cushions: Place Settings / Cake Stands: The Little Big Company / Cake Stands: My Sweet Event Hire / Balloons: Ultimate Balloons / Styling: Elaine Toing at Style & Discourse / Styling: Tahli Engel at Comm Events / Bride’s Dress: One Day Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bride's Earrings: Damselfly / Bride's Bracelet: Monica Vinader / Groom’s Attire: M.J. Bale / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alice + Olivia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sky / Bridesmaid Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Shoes: Forever New / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Red Rupunzel / Makeup Artist: Kate Fletcher / Flowers: Kate Hill Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Santiago Sunbird / Venue: The Deck at Circa / Ceremony Officiant: Rabbi Shneur Waks / Ceremony Musicians: Jonathan Zion & Associates / Reception Music: Topdog Entertainment DJ Band / Catering: Circa, The Prince / Dessert Station: Treats for Evie / Rings: The Diamond Guys
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Grace Loves Lace “Belle” Spring Summer Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids



If the magic of colour is your style then the brand new “Belle” Spring Summer collection from Grace Loves Lace might get your heart beating a little faster. Beautiful shades of lavender, golds and blues give a fresh take on bridal white.

Combining separates in decadent laces and silks the collection combines beautiful fabrics and textures that give the most romantic hues to your wedding day look (or for that matter, that of your bridesmaids). Necklines sit off the shoulder,  lace is cut to swing – the pieces as a whole designed to give a whimsical elegance. The mix and match elements allowing you to choose a look that suits your own personal style.

The “Belle” Spring Summer collection is available now in store or via the website.
























Photographer: Louise Smit / Creative Direction: Ashleigh Hipwood / Styling: Foxy Zingaro / Hairstylist: Melissa Smith / Makeup Artist: Ashlea Penfold / Makeup Artist: Emma Plant / Model: Maya Stepper / Model: Merethe Hopeland / Model: Zoe Barnard / Venue: Deux Belletes

Vendor of the Week – Showtime Events and Cargo Hall

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We are so ready to get started this week! So much gorgeous wedding fun to bring you!

Can you believe that we’re already in October? The year has been a busy one and has flown by – before we blink our eyes it will be Christmas. But we need to make the most of today, that it’s springtime, and there are plenty of weddings around the corner. To help you plan your dream wedding, check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect vendor just for you. We have Jewellery, we have Favors & Decor Accessories, we have Mobile Bars & Catering and Styling and Hire – we even have Bridesmaid Gowns and Catering! We have such a wide choice of vendors in our Directory – all keen to help you with your wedding day.

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




Cargo Hall and Showtime Events are grand industrial style buildings on South Wharf Promenade in Melbourne overlooking the river and city skyline. With a glam warehouse feel (at Showtime Events Centre a gold chandelier bar!), the buildings are heritage listed – offering a blank canvas to put your own stamp on. Add a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to assist you from the beginning of your planning to the end of your wedding day, restaurant quality food, riverside terrace, and views of the city’s twinkling lights, and the ability to host intimate gatherings to large extravagant affairs, you need look no further to put on the best party of your life!

We asked Hayley of Cargo Hall and Showtime Events  five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Expresso Martini.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Olinda in the Dandenong ranges with a nice cosy fire in the cooler months.

Favourite restaurant?

Coda Restaurant (Flinders Lane, Melbourne).

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

Smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes, fetta, poached eggs and chia seed bread!

Your favourite wedding story?

We love this story: The groom had a South African background and for his wedding present to the bride bought a necklace pendant in the shape of the continent of Africa. There was a heart cut out where South Africa is and this represents that her heart belongs to a South African.

Visit Cargo Hall and Showtime Events’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Cargo Hall and Showtime Events are members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

Snapshot Sunday – Wind Swirls

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


IZO Photography

Image by iZO Photography

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