Country Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


Isn’t it amazing how the Australia countryside adds its own kind of something special to a wedding? Today’s beautiful country bohemian wedding inspiration shoot didn’t need much after the setting of Mt Alford Horse Breeding Farm offered up windmills and horses. But beautiful florals by The Little Flower Market, who played with texture and colour to add to the relaxed feel, a field and ceremony and reception styled by Adorne Event Hire in neutral tones with metallic touches, complete with a lounge-worthy table fit for a feast, a bare tipi style ceremony arbor and lazy hammock amongst the trees, a boho-inspired wedding cake by  Deliberately Delicious and colourful painted stationery by  I Am Poppy added the gorgeous finishing touches.

Mock married by Married by Jen, in a ceremony of heartfelt style, our real-life couple Karen and Uwe were dressed in style. Karen wearing a gorgeous off the shoulder gown from Jennifer Gifford Designs, with pink, peach, and browns used in the hair and makeup by Velbella. Uwe was dressed in dapper style with suspenders and a combination of charcoal and white attire by and a suit by  Black Jacket Suiting

Photographer Amanda of We Are Twine noting “Capturing Karen and Uwe’s love and affection for each other was beautiful to witness. We really attempted to document a natural and honest feel, whilst highlighting the stunning landscape and styling around the couple. ”

Photographer: We Are Twine / Venue: Mt Alford Horse Breeding Farm / Styling: Adorne Event Hire / Hair & Makeup Artist: Velbella / Flowers: The Little Flower Market / Bride's Dress: Jennifer Gifford Designs / Groom's Attire: Black Jacket Suiting / Wedding Cake: Deliberately Delicious / Invitations & Stationery: I Am Poppy / Ceremony Officiant: Married by Jen - Jen Arhanic
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Sylvia & Yue’s Urban Winter Warehouse Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sylvia & Yue

The backstreets of Melbourne are always an amazing backdrop when it comes to a wedding, and this urban Winter warehouse wedding, which made Brunswick the centrepiece of the day, capitalised on the urban cool. The first look was in a hidden laneway, the bridal party posed in front of shed doors, the vows? Inside by candlelight. But there was something special too about this day – the day was filled with the conscious thought of how Sylvia and Yue wanted to represent their own beliefs behind their day – right down to signing their marriage certificate earlier to ensure their actual wedding ceremony spoke every word they believed in. It was all captured beautifully by Georgia Verrells.

Sylvia tells us the tale of how the pair came to be. “We are both bartenders and met while we were working at a beautiful cocktail bar called Lily Blacks in Melbourne. There are not many people in the world that you can work 50 hours a week with and not get sick of them!”

The bride chose an amazing gown created by Hannii in chic taupe with lace embroidery. She tells “I worked with Hannii on the vintage-inspired design and chose everything from the colour of the silk lining to the style and placement of the hand-beading. My grandmother’s cropped fur shrug was perfect to keep the winter chill off for arrival. My vintage earrings were a gift from Yue.”

The couple met before the ceremony for photographs, Sylvia remarking “Our photographer, Georgia did an absolutely incredible job of our engagement and wedding photographs. She has such an eye for capturing the moments that were so special on the day.

Sylvia wanted to create her own bouquet, finding flowers at Tesselaar’s Flower Market. She arranged it herself along with the help of her mum. “We had the best time choosing the flowers and designing the arrangements, bouquets and corsages.”

Rubix Warehouse set the scene for the day, the warehouse setting working beautifully with the urban style of the day. Sylvia noting “Ours was the first ever wedding at Rubix Warehouse and Tanya and her team did an incredible job of making our vision come to life.”

Dear friend Tay Renee sang Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” as the bride walked down the red carpet aisle on the arm of her father.

The couple chose a friend to perform the ceremony, having been officially married at a legal ceremony earlier. They explain “We had signed our paperwork a couple of months earlier at the Old Treasury wedding registry so we had the formal part of the ceremony out of the way. We chose to do this because, for us, we didn’t want to stand up in front of our friends and family and declare the start of our marriage in reference to the out-dated and offensive statement “marriage is between a man and a woman.” Love does not discriminate on any grounds and we chose to have our dear friend Timmy act as celebrant on the day and speak about our commitment to each other and our strong belief that same-sex marriage must be legalised as soon as possible. We both live our lives in a way that is conscious and supportive of the people around us and unfortunately, the formal legal words involved with the marriage ceremony do not reflect our beliefs so we chose to minimise the focus on this part of the ceremony and focus on what love and celebration does mean to us.”

The bride carefully chose her “Something old, something new”. “I had a ‘something blue’ (engagement ring that belonged to my grandmother), ‘something old’ (an antique fur shrug also belonging to my grandmother), ‘something borrowed’ (the edge of my veil had lace taken from her veil when she married 43 years ago) and ‘something new’ (the beautiful gown designed and handmade by Hannii).”

Sylvia notes “We both wanted to focus on a celebration of love, friends and family and create a day which was open and inviting for everyone. We had guests from age 7 to 92 years old on the day so we wanted it to be comfortable and casual.”

Guests enjoyed a stunning buffet dinner catered by U, Ma & Me, The bride remembering  “An absolute standout of the day was the food! A crazy beautiful buffet-style event catered and styled by U, Ma & Me had a line forming out the door for food. Highly recommend for all your catering needs.”

Singer Noelani serenaded the newlyweds for their first dance.

Music was a huge part of the day says Sylvia, who chose three different musicians for the day, including Lab Co. She explains “With such musically talented friends, the day was full of wonderful performance from Tay Renee (who sang as the bride walked down the aisle – or in our case, a red carpet), Noelani (who serenaded our first dance) and Lab Co. (who kept everyone on the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning).”

Congratulations on your marriage Sylvia and Yue! Thank you for allowing us to share in your beautiful day. A big thank you also goes to Georgia Verrells for sharing today’s stunning imagery!

Bride's Dress: Hannii / Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt / Hair & Makeup Artist: Jam on Your Collar / Flowers: Tesselaar’s Flower Market / Venue: Rubix Warehouse / Ceremony Musicians: Tay Renee / Catering: U, Ma & Me / Band: Lab Co

Bo & Luca Temple Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


With four,  acclaimed years of designing under their belt, we’ve come to expect a lot from Australian designers  Bo & Luca. We’ve talked plenty about their bohemian inspired gowns, melding 1970s relaxed styling with dramatic details and this month, they launch the Bo & Luca “Temple” collection to cater to even more walks down the aisle.

“Temple” is all about creating gowns that embody the Bo & Luca style, and the detail, but at a lower price point. The gowns, designed in India, work with stunning fabrics like raw silks and intricate beading to ensure they’re true to the Bo & Luca name.

And that they are, you won’t find boning, corsetry and ties in Bo & Luca gowns – these are meant to be worn comfortably and easily. The designs as clean as “Ella” a simple, chic raw silk slip silhouette to the more detailed “Primose” with sleeves of lace and a tiered skirt.

The Temple collection is available from their website and their stockists now.

Photographer: Jess Aleece / Gowns: Temple By Bo & Luca / Model: Annabelle Harbison / Agency: Chic Model Management / Styling: Shannon Pittman / Styling: Leanne Mark / Hairstylist: Toni & Guy Surry Hills / Makeup Artist: Brie Stevenson

Vendor of the Week – Down The Garden Path Botanical Studio

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Are you well rested and ready for the big week ahead? We sure are and we’re strapping on our wedding hats for a jam-packed week!

For those of us who love Spring and all the promise that this season brings, the prospect of planning a Spring wedding is exciting. Spring bulbs and blossoms, fresh greenery and colour everywhere from pastels to bright blooms on a day with sunshine peeping through trees with cool breezes – the perfect combination for a perfect wedding day.  Take a look at our many vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. We have Bridal Gowns, we have Entertainment, we have Jewellery and Food Trucks – we even have Styling and Hire and Venues! We so many wonderful vendors to choose from who will be as excited about your Spring wedding day as you are.

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

Photo One & four by Damien Milan, photo two and three by Lucas & Co

With a passion for the wild and whimsical Penny of Down the Garden Path Botanical Studio loves creating floral designs that include touches of the unusual both in colour and substance – fruit, interesting berries and foliage to name a few – in her botanical creations. However you look at them, flowers are all beautiful – but it’s the way the colours, shapes and unusual elements are combined that give them the ‘wow’ factor. And that’s what Penny loves to do – creating the perfect arrangements for your wedding day that take your breath away.

We asked Penny of Down the Garden Path Botanical Studio five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

Yoga in a darkened room or a swim at the beach in summer and always a glass or two (or three) of wine…

Favourite weekend getaway?

Anywhere up or down the coast, out of the city – I’ve only lived in Sydney a few years so I’ve still got so many new places to explore.

What is your most prized possession?

My vintage sewing machine, snapped up serendipitously at a garage sale for $5, it works like a dream!

Favourite restaurant?

The Viet in Newtown – fresh simple Vietnamese done right!

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

That it’s a celebration of love, full of promise and optimism.

Visit  Down the Garden Path Botanical Studio’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Down The Garden Path Botanical Studio is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.