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Crystal & Danny’s Sydney Waterside Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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Crystal & Danny

Sunshine filled days lead to lazy walks by the water and this beautiful Sydney waterside engagement shoot captured by Matt Reed is all about that balmy day feeling – with a little love of course!

Bride to be Crystal shares the story of how she and Danny fell in love. “We met through mutual friends years ago! We were at that age you meet new people everyday. I was catching up with a group of friends for coffee when they asked if 2 of their Uni mates could be invited. I didn’t think much of it and said of course it was OK. That’s when I got introduced to Danny and we’ve been together ever since.”

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“Through the 8 years of knowing Danny you would think I would be sick of him by now right? It’s a funny thing but I love him more and more as the years go on and I think it’s because we just work so easily together. We always want the best for each other even if it means getting into a fight because he wants to eat what I want but I want to eat what he wants.)”

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“We never hold grudges as that can create a crack in the wall that will eventually break down. We’ve never had a fight in the 8 years I’ve known him and I would love to keep it that way!”

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“After looking at many photographers, their style of shooting starting to all look the same, I came across Matt Reed after Danny found him, and instantly took a liking to the candid moments he captures. I remember looking at one particular bride and being so happy for her even though I had no idea who she was! Matt was able to magically capture her warmth, beauty and joy in such a natural way that that I was there with her! Loved that he barely used any filters and just works with the natural light of the day.”

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Photographer: Matt Reed
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Georgia & Mick’s Outdoor Macedon Ranges Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Georgia & Mick

There is a sense of enchanted dreaminess about Georgia and Mick’s outdoor Macedon Ranges wedding. Sweet handmade details make up the romance of the day – love hearts and handmade tassels made by family and friends to decorate the beautiful gardens. Georgia and Mick chose Madeleine Chiller to capture their day in stills.

Georgia kicks us off with the story of how she and Mick came to be. “We met in high school and fell out of touch when I moved to a new school. We then met up again while I was studying my VCE and have been together ever since!”

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Georgia wore a Rue De Seine gown from The Bridal Atelier noting, “I saw the Rue De Seine Chloe dress in a wedding magazine and knew it was the one! A beautiful store in Armadale named the Bridal Atelier were holding a trunk show with their amazing dresses and I had to go! It was the first dress I tried on and the only store I went to! The shop girls were all so lovely and my bridesmaids and I fell in love with the dress instantly! It made no sense to look any further!”

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Georgia worked with So Many Loves  who styled the floral arrangements for the day and worked with the bride to create the laid back style the couple had dreamt of.

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The couple chose a private home for their wedding, noting, “We always knew we wanted to get married in the country and Macedon seemed fitting as we both grew up in the Macedon ranges. There are so many amazing open and private gardens up on the mount and a family friend offered their stunning garden to us for our reception! There were almost too many stunning spots on the property to choose from so after the ceremony was spent wandering around getting photos in front of the 100+-year-old trees, several ponds and backdrops! It was nice to have so many options for the ceremony too!”

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One of the bride’s favourite moments was arriving at the ceremony, she remembers. “I loved getting driven by my Dad to the ceremony in his 1957 Chevrolet station wagon that he has been doing up for the last 20+ years! This car has been his pride and joy and also his hobby on the side. I have three older brothers and sisters who had been promised to go to debutante balls, graduations, weddings in the Chev but it was never completed in time! Finally, for his youngest (and favourite child) it was ready! It made it that extra special!”

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Georgia walked down the aisle to “Pete Dempsy’s version of INXS “Never tear us apart” it always has given me goosebumps and does even more so now!”

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Eric Anderson officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “We wanted a really laid back feeling to our ceremony, nothing overly formal. We had two close friends do readings which they chose and added a bit more a personal touch. Our wedding celebrant is an old family friend who works in the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade with my Dad. Knowing the celebrant marrying us was extra special for us as well as my family.”

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“Landscaping the garden at Mick’s family’s property was lots of fun in the lead up to the wedding because it really brought together our friends and family and everyone was happy to lend a helping hand. It made it all the more exciting catching up with everyone each weekend and hanging out in the sun.”

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Of their photographer, Georgia tells “We chose Madeline Chiller to take our photos on our day which was amazing because we are close friends and she knew exactly what look we wanted to achieve and she really knew how to make the most out of the beautiful surroundings of the Macedon Ranges. She also had so many great ideas which really helped us bounce creative ideas off each other.”

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Of the first dance, Georgia remembers, “Our first dance was to “Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” The lyrics are just too beautiful.”

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“One of our groomsmen is well known at weddings and parties for his hilarious speeches. He prides himself on them and knows he always gets the laughs. As usual he delivered a lovely and funny wedding toast which had everyone cheering. My Dad isn’t much of a public speaker so on the day handballed the honour of a speech to my older brother.

With very little time to prepare, he typed a very last minute and funny speech into his iPhone. He had everyone in stitches to the shock of our groomsman who felt totally defeated. We laughed about it on the day and then when we got the professional photos back laughed even harder when seeing the look of shock on his face for being outdone last minute.”

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“Our theme was colourful and creative with a real sense of DIY. All up it took us a ridiculous amount of hours between about 10 girls to make around 1000 tassels for our 150 metre length tassel garland which we hung from the marquee ceiling. I hand made our gum leaf chandeliers in the days leading up to the wedding day which left the house smelling amazing!!”

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Ken’s Catering Broadford served up a feast for guests, the bride remarking, “Our caterers were just perfect! I am a super fussy eater and they made sure they had a huge range of canapés to suit everyone! They had some great vegetarian options as well as some amazing mini burger sliders which the boys really enjoyed!”

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Congratulations Georgia and Mick! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Madeleine Chiller for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Madeleine Chiller / Styling: So Many Loves / Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine / Bridal Salon: The Bridal Atelier / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Jennifer Behr / Bride’s Shoes: Gorman / Groom’s Attire: Zara / Groom's Shoes: Topman / Groomsmen Attire: Zara / Bridesmaid Dresses: Heidi Cann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Payless Shoes / Hairstylist: Hairdresser Confessions / Makeup Artist: Olivia Sellman / Invitations & Stationery: High Tee Screen Printing / Stationery Illustration: Milly Derrick / Flowers: So Many Loves / Ceremony Venue: Currimundi Gardens, Mount Macedon / Ceremony Rental Furniture: Kyneton Party Hire / Sound Hire: Halogen Djs Keilor / Ceremony Officiant: Eric Anderson / Reception Venue: Private Property / Marquee: Northern Victoria Party Hire / Reception Hire Items: The Georgeous Store / Favors: Two Lost Souls Candles / Catering: Ken's Catering Broadford / Cake: Kim Maunsell / Wedding Rings: Gray Reid Gallery / Transport: Julian Maunsell

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



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Good morning Dotties! It has been the most “Spring” like week here! Rain one minute, sunshine the next. Not very conducive for Spring weddings but that is after all the fun of the season isn’t it? A few of the patterned people are gearing up for holidays in the sunnier parts of the world and so it has been all hands on deck to get things holiday ready! I, however, am enjoying the blustery rain- what better weather is there to snuggle inside?

We have had so many fabulous posts across the Polka blogs this week, let’s dive in!


Had so much fun making this Faux Etched Mirror Sign Tutorial

Rounding up decadent Fabulous Fudge

Top Tips To Help You Organise Your Wedding Favours

Such a stunning Vintage Flour Factory Wedding

Head over heels for this amazing Dapper Fresh Flower Cravat

A brilliant Guide To Correct Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Honeymoons A – Z: Orkney

Adore the pretty of this hand drawn vintage Lady Rene font

Dreaming of Hawaii – The Ultimate Honeymoon Destination!

What Would They Know? Talia Sasson of Bridesmaids Only

Erin shares her post wedding Inspired Words

James shares his Palm Beach Groom Style

Going Behind The Door With….The Farm Cafe

Loving this unique and fun Foliage Wall Feature – Fern Wreath Tutorial

We loved creating this Mandarin Raspberry Bellini

Loving Matt‘s Inspired Memories


One stop bridesmaid shop Bridesmaids Only are hosting an amazing sample sale from Monday, 26 September until Thursday, 29 September with gowns starting at $50! Now is the time to visit to pick your bridesmaid gowns and accessories at heavily discounted prices! Register your attendance here!

November 2016 marks the 25th anniversary year of COMO Hotels and Resorts and to celebrate the group are giving away  three amazing holidays including a Three-night wellness program at COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali,  a Five-night service-focused experience at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives and Two-night gourmet adventure at COMO Metropolitan, London. Fans of COMO simply have to follow @COMOHotels on Instagram and share seven things in their travel bag via an Instagram post. Images must include the hashtags #COMO25th and #Club21 to qualify as each holiday comes with an exclusive Club21 bag!

A Lavish Affair are holding their September showcase evening again on the 20th of September! With only limited places available, the wedding team will be on hand with their favourite vendor dream team as they host an intimate night of champagne and wedding goodness with their favourite wedding friends!  See more in our events calendar.

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Our film of the week comes from Kirk Willcox who shared the romantic Casuarina wedding of Sasha and Jimmy which makes the most of the beautiful coastal surroundings and stunning views. Could there be any more romance in one film?

Indoor Rustic Chic Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


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Sparkling hurricane lanterns, arches of foliage and sweet soft pink roses set the scene for this shoot. So often when we see beautiful wedding inspiration shoots here at Polka Dot Bride that make the most of outdoors – which for most of us is only possible to recreate for just some of the year. This shoot of indoor rustic wedding ideas is the sweetest little treat for those who prefer a wedding undercover.

Photography Amy of Day One Wedding Photography collaborated with makeup artist Amber Adams, hair stylist  Suzanne Henderson , florist Sierra Blooms and stylist Ashdown & Bee. Beautiful attire and accessories from Bra’s N Things, Percy HandmadeOxford and Wood&Beau outfitted models Sarah Halloran and Jack Jacob of Brazen Models.

The day starts with our “bride” taking a moment for herself while brewing, of course, a cup of tea as she gets ready for the wedding day. The team inspired to create a ” create an intimate, warm and welcoming set up that may be suitable during the colder winter months for having an indoor ceremony or for those that prefer the comfort and shelter from winds or hot weather.” A stunning intimate ceremony setup of candlelight and floral garlands set the scene for something truly special.

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Photographer: Day One Wedding Photography / Makeup Artist: Amber Adams / Hairstylist: Suzanne Henderson / Flowers: Sierra Blooms / Set Styling: Ashdown & Bee / Lingerie: Bra's N Things / Bride’s Dress: Katya Katya Shehurina / Bride’s Jewellery: Lovisa / Bride’s Jewellery: Percy Handmade / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Percy Handmade / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom Accessories: Wood&Beau / Model: Sarah Halloran / Model: Jack Jacob / Model Agency: Brazen Models
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