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by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Nataša and Boro’s Sunset Brighton Beach Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Nataša and Boro

Sunset at the beach is always magical and for Nataša and Boro – when they combined it with the bright colours of historic beach boxes and the grey of an approaching storm, well it turned into an engagement shoot of incredible contrasts. The couple chose Meredith Bedford to capture their newly engaged bliss.

Nataša tells the story of how they came to be. “I met Boro at Mint bar in the city. I was having a dance with my girlfriends when a random guy jumped from the table and landed in front of me, I laughed it off and thought who the hell is this guy!? Weeks later he found me on Facebook and messaged me to have coffee, I wasn’t interested at the time and said no. I then bumped into him at another club in the city, and for three years it kept going on that we would find each other out and have a drink together.”

“I found myself after those years in a nightclub in Belgrade remembering it was his birthday so I texted him and we started talking more from then, upon my return to Melbourne we caught up and slowly things began to escalate.”

The couple were engaged in Europe, Nataša remembering “Boro proposed to me on our trip in Europe in 2015.  He took me to the biggest church there – Saint Sava, after a night out of food, drinks and music! It was beautiful because the church bells rang not long after I said yes.”

On what she loves about her husband to be, the bride to be told “I love his humour, he always makes me laugh! He is very caring and passionate about life and searching for a greater meaning in life and I am exactly the same!”

Photographer: Meredith Bedford

Rebecca & Kurt’s Black Tie Vue De Monde Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Rebecca & Kurt

With gorgeous florals, breathtaking city views and bow ties to match, the formality and sense of occasion that came with Rebecca and Kurt’s black tie Vue De Monde wedding was nothing short of beautiful. Rebecca and Kurt wanted a team of incredible professionals to bring their dream day to life. Starting with planners will&jac, they then chose photographer Ben Swinnerton to photograph their day.

A work placement brought the couple together, Rebecca explaining “Kurt is a Design Manager and I am a Paediatric Doctor. Kurt relocated from Brisbane to Melbourne through Hutchinson Builders, therefore without Hutchies, none of this would have been possible!”

The bride chose Luci Di Bella  to create her gown, noting “It wasn’t the dress I had pictured myself wearing, but as soon as I met Luci and the team and had tried on the dress I knew it was the one! It was the perfect style and shape, made of stunning lace. Luci and her team made me feel special, important and amazingly beautiful on the day. I visited a few shops prior to finding my dress, but a bit like Goldilocks, nothing felt quite right.”

Family was incredibly important to Rebecca on the day, who says “Kurt and I were married on my grandfather’s birthday, who was a very important part of my life growing up. As a special gift for me on the day, my mother had my grandmother’s engagement ring re-set for me to wear, and also lent me her beautiful sapphire engagement ring for the day. So as I walked down the aisle I had three engagement rings from the three generations of women in my family. It was very special and important to me, and it felt like those who weren’t there on the day were there in spirit. It also satisfied the something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new all in one go.”

Rebecca and Kurt worked with will&jac to plan their day, noting “We found will&jac online, and were blown away by their response to our email. We had emailed a few planners to get an idea of the process, and found the majority of them responded with their terms and conditions straight away, with little thought to the relationship required in such a situation.

With will&jac (Catherine & Clare) we felt at ease and comfortable that they understood Kurt and I, as well as the type of wedding we wanted, and it felt – in a way – special to them. We knew they were committed to giving us the perfect day. Each time we needed to pick a vendor will&jac were there to provide us with a number of options, with always fantastic first-hand knowledge. It made us feel relaxed that each decision was evidence based!”

Rebecca and Kurt chose the Nymphaea Lake West, Royal Botanic Gardens for their wedding ceremony, the bride remembering “Our Ceremony highlighted the beautiful background of Nymphaea Lake West at the Royal Botanic Gardens. With its ‘Monet-like’ display of lilies and Japanese Irises, it therefore assisted in paying homage to our proposal in Japan. This was the perfect place for us to wed.”

Rebecca walked down the aisle to Pachebel’s Canon in D played by Carneval Strings. She tells “Our favourite moment was when I was walking from the car towards the wedding ceremony. As I walked down the path with my father, I started to panic because I couldn’t see Kurt. My father told me to be calm and said he would be there. And of course as I turned the corner to walk down the beautiful ivory aisle, I saw Kurt standing at the end. He was so overwhelmed with emotion he was crying, which of course made me cry too. It was a beautiful moment for us both and symbolised our lives coming together.”

Georgia Mills officiated the ceremony.

The couple made sure to include their four-legged friend in their day, noting “our professional dog minder (Ruth from Formal Dogs) was very attentive to our dog Jock. This was invaluable on such a hot Summer day – 37 degrees.”

One bridal party member had other things on her mind on the wedding day, Rebecca explaining “One of my bridesmaids was 39 weeks pregnant the week leading up to the Wedding. We always knew it was a possibility, and would you believe it, she delivered a beautiful baby girl on the day before the wedding. We missed having her there on the day but it was a pretty good excuse for why she couldn’t! The funniest part is that they have called the baby Mia, which we only later realised stands for “Missing in Action”.

Florist Victoria Whitelaw who upon finding out one of our bridesmaids wouldn’t be at the ceremony because she was in the hospital having just delivered her baby, organised for the bouquet to be delivered to the hospital instead.”

Of their photographer, Rebecca notes “Ben Swinnerton captured our day to perfection! We also had our engagement shoot with him which enabled us all to meet prior to the day, feel relaxed and feature some locations that were important to us and our relationship – which wouldn’t be as suitable to visit on our wedding day.”


Guests celebrated at the sky high Vue De Monde. Rebecca remarking “Both Kurt and I are big ‘foodies’. We love degustation menus and tasting different things that we might not usually choose. We were also against the idea of serving alternating meat & chicken dishes! With a large number of our guests travelling from interstate or overseas, our reception venue of Vue de Monde had both the spectacular food and service but also an amazing view and atmosphere to really showcase Melbourne at its best.”

Victoria Whitelaw created the incredible floral arrangements, Rebecca telling “We both LOVED the flowers, particularly the bridal table arrangements with their burst of colour and the ceremony floral arch.

Guest tables were styled with a lush hedge of mixed blooms arranged in an ombre effect with lime green blending into yellow followed by orange, hot pink and burgundy. The Bridal Table also featured two additional tall arrangements styled to match the table centres but with necessary added height. They also styled Vue de Monde’s lighting with suspended blooms and orbs containing tea lights. Each light fitting to be decorated in mixed colours and tea lights to match the table centres.”

Guests received favours of honey dippers by Sketch & Etch.

Rebecca tells “We danced our Bridal Waltz to L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole.” Orlando Combo provided music during the arrival drinks and dinner, with DJ Marcus from Allegro Music then kicking off the dance floor.

C2Films took this emotional film of the day.


Congratulations on your marriage Rebecca and Kurt! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us! Thank you also to Ben Swinnerton for today’s photographs and will&jac for sharing the celebration!

Photographer: Ben Swinnerton / Cinematographer: C2 Films / Wedding Planner: will&jac / Bride's Dress: Luci Di Bella / Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt / Hairstylist: Vivian Ashworth / Makeup Artist: Vivian Ashworth / Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw / Invitations & Stationery: Papyrus Design / Ceremony Venue: Nymphaea Lake West, Royal Botanic Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Georgia Mills / Ceremony Musicians: Carneval Strings / Rental Furniture: The Wedding Zone / Pet Sitter: Formal Dogs / Reception Venue: Vue De Monde / Band: Orlando Combo / DJ: DJ Marcus from Allegro Music / Signage: Sketch & Etch / Wedding Cake: Let Them Eat Cake / Favors: Sketch & Etch / Transport: Classic and Prestige Car Hire / Transport: Murrays Bus Line

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Corey Sleap via Lauren And Jason’s Intimate Rustic Merrijig Wedding

Phew, I feel like I say this every week – but what a week Dotties! We are getting ready for holidays around these parts – there are weddings to attend, sunshine states to visit and Winter leaves to crunch under our feet. We have had not one dull moment this year and it’s always keeping me on my toes.

This weekend though is filled with birthdays and snuggling inside from the cold and I can’t wait! What about you Dotties? Have you caught all of the fabulous blog posts we have shared this week?

Handmade Umbrellas – The Debonair Winter Accessory

Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations In Sri Lanka

Kate shares her newlywed wisdom in Inspired Words

What Would They Know? We chat to Chris Bekos of Blue Print Photography

Fell in love this week with the story of Lauren And Jason’s Intimate Rustic Merrijig Wedding

5 Questions To Ask Before Selecting Your Wedding Registry

Loving Damien’s modern Groom Style

Whip up this strawberry fun: Grosvenor Hotel’s St Kilda Fling

My Favourite Wedding Theme – Devin From Showtime Events

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Kristin From Be My Travel Muse

Love the moments captured in Asha and Damien’s Captured Memories by Sorrento Weddings

Ah, this Framed Flower Hanging Jars Tutorial is so gorgeous!

Sharing the Inspired Memories of Blake

My Most Important Tool Of The Trade – Little Black Bow Photography

A big congratulations to the crew at Showtime Events who just won best reception venue in Victoria in the 19th Annual Bridal Industry Awards. With its gorgeous Yarra River position, Showtime is a brilliant venue and allows couples to truly customise the space with their own style. Meet the team here!

Raffaela Ciuca is hosting a sample sale from Sunday the 18th of June until Tuesday the 20th. The sale will discount gowns up to 70% off their sample gowns at their Brunswick Emporium.  Visit the website for more information.

We love supporting new artists and country musician Dannie Marie has offered up a free copy of her new song “Here Comes The Bride” to our readers! To redeem your free song, just email and with Polka Dot Bride in the subject line.

The Boathouse Group Wedding & Events Fair is on next weekend on Sunday, 25th of June! Pop on down to Moby Dicks to see a fair of fabulous wedding inspiration, including  our friends The Wedding Nest and their stylish registry wares! The Wedding Nest are offering all brides who register with The Wedding Nest $500 to spend at Hale Mercantile Co linen merchants. *To redeem simply tell them you are a Moby’s Bride. Click for more details.

Our film of the week comes from the friendly folk at Native Weddings. Jarod and Alina chose a gorgeous wedding in the suburbs for their big day (and a polka dot wedding dress!) Fabulous dancing and emotional vows all came together for a very special day.