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Fiona and Colin’s Autumn Barn Wedding

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


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Fiona & Colin

When an Autumn wedding comes my way I fall in love and Fiona and Colin’s Autumn Barn wedding sums up everything I love about Autumn. Fiery colours, Mother Nature’s crazy plans and an atmosphere that is best enjoyed with a glass of wine! Angela Higgins  was there to photograph every moment of the day.

Bride Fiona tells the story of how they met. “Colin and I both grew up in Albany, and moved to Perth for uni, but we met each other for the first time in Perth. I had moved in with Colin’s best mate and over the next few months, Colin and I grew particularly close – we were on the same wavelength. We always had so much fun together but it was not until I went on a family holiday to QLD in the June/July holidays, that I realised there was something more there, more than friendship.

I knew this, because for the first time, I missed someone so much that it actually physically hurt. Once I realised this, things were never the same with us. Seeing him for that first time when I got back gave me butterflies. I love that we got to know each other so well in those months before we got together because it set the foundation for an open and honest relationship.”

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Colin continues, “Fiona and I met when she moved in with one of my mates from high school. After six or seven months of hanging out together and casual emailing we made it ‘official’ and started going out. The relationship just keeps getting better and better every day I’m with her. For my work I travel around a little, from one day to two months duration, the more I travel around, the happier I am to come home, to Fiona. Our relationship is something that gets better every day.”

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Fiona chose a traditional ball gown with an asymmetrical neckline from Bridal by Aubrey Rose. Her bridesmaids wore lilac Dessy gowns.

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The couple sourced flowers from Fiona’s aunt’s farm and had Joy Head arrange them.

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The bride and bridesmaids were transported to the ceremony in the bride’s uncle’s buggy.

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The wedding was held at Fiona’s aunt and uncle’s property near Pemberton. While the original plan was for an outdoor ceremony under the pecan tree, pouring rain meant the choice was made for an inside ceremony.

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The bridal party stood atop a flatbed truck for the ceremony.

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Post ceremony, guests enjoyed “cheese cake” and champagne with fruit and nuts.

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Guests could relax with a glass of bubbles or enjoy a photo scavenger hunt set up by the bride and groom.

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Guests returned to the barn for a sit down dinner. Much of the reception decor was done by the couple. Autumn foliage foraged from around the property.

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Congratulations Fiona and Colin! Thank you for allowing us to share your day! Thank you also to Angela Higgins for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Angela Higgins / Bride’s Dress: Bridal by Aubrey Rose / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Fiona Dixon / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Hairstylist: Empire House of Hair / Makeup Artist: Kerry Newton / Flowers: Joy Head (picked from Fiona's aunts farm) / Invitations & Stationery: DIY by the Bride / Venue: Private Residence, Quinninup
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Elizabeth Stuart Spring 2015 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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I love exploring the work of different designers from around the world and the Elizabeth Stuart Spring 2015 Collection is the third collection I have poured over from this international designer.

I love that Elizabeth uses classic, traditional shapes but infuses her own style into them. This collection in particular is inspired by  many emotions a bride might feel on her wedding day, each gown infused with the “love, endearment and joy” a bride can experience. Dreamy illusion necklines combine with Chantilly laces and soft tulle, sweetheart necklines combine with mermaid style fitted skirts. For the more casual bride flirty play suits are edged with French laces and ball gown shapes are converted into mini dresses.

Each gown is designed to be as feminine and beautiful as it is modern, each gown beautifully created for a bride that wants to feel very much like a bride while still keeping a sense of fashion and style.

Elizabeth Stuart gowns are available to buy via the website and soon in Sydney at Hope & Page.
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Elizabeth Stuart-Rosemary and Bliss Playsuit with Long Tulle Skirt

Photographer: Jessica Withey Photography / Flowers: Amie Bone Flowers / Makeup Artist: Pamela and Andrea Make-up / Hairstylist: Claire Nicole

Vendor of the Week – Epicurean Red Hill

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I am well and truly in soup mode this week. You know how a bowl of chicken soup never fails to make you feel comforted? That’s what I’m dreaming of. I hope your weekend was filled with wonderful moments. Tell me, what did you get up to?

It’s the first day of our week of happy wedding inspiration so it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Wedding Planners, we have Transport, we have Favors and Decor Accessories, we even have Hair and Beauty! Our vendors are dedicated professionals who love weddings and will give their time and expertise deliver the wedding you dream of.

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

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People from Melbourne love visiting the Mornington Peninsula for a weekend or even a meal in one of the many wineries and restaurants dotted about this beautiful part of Victoria. So Epicurean Red Hill is  just the place to have your wedding – not too far from Melbourne and a stunning venue to boot. Architect designed with wooden furniture by Mark Tuckey, Epicurean Red Hill has an Australian flavour with corrugated iron and wooden beams, but enough sophistication with its glass roof and modern touches to give your wedding the unforgettable wow factor.

We asked Kate of Epicurean Red Hill five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

A fabulous glass of pinot noir, or a classic dirty martini.

Your favourite weekend getaway?


Favourite restaurant?

Anywhere funky in Melbourne – love exploring new restaurants.

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

Poached eggs, avocado, local tomatoes and cheese, finished with coffee.

Your favourite wedding story?

We hosted a recent wedding, where we also looked after the offsite ceremony at the groom’s family home in Somers. The ceremony had a special guest – a resident koala, who chose the tree directly above the bride and groom to spend the afternoon. With many guests from overseas, the ‘Australian’ element was a gorgeous and spontaneous touch, that made the day truly unique.

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Image by Kate Mokryj of Epicurean Red Hill (koala just visible in fork of tree centre of image)

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

Snapshot Sunday – Sky High

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Tomar Photography

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