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Five Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

by | Bride, Wedding Gifts


Looking for unique wedding gift ideas? I love a good housewares gift registry as much as the next person (some of my favourite Gorgeous Gift Registries and Cool Wedding Presents I’d Like To Own) but sometimes, a classic registry isn’t what suits you as a couple. You might own everything you feel you need, you might have a tiny apartment, you might be about to travel the world.

So with that in the mind – here’s a roundup of five completely unique gift ideas! There’s a few house ware related items in there, but created in unique ways and with a twist. That’s the fun thing about gift registries, they can be as unique as you!

Your Favourite Wines At Wines Please

wine regsitry

If a physical present isn’t your idea of a good time, why not register for wine and champagne? Wines Please offers a wedding and gift registry service allowing you to pick your favourite drops. I love this idea for a couple who has it all but appreciate a good drink. Imagine opening up a divine bottle of Krug on a special occasion and reminiscing about the fabulous friend that bought it for your wedding.

Home Decor Package from Nathan & Jac

stylist pack from nathan and jac

Nathan & Jac is a brand new unique homeware store with a twist, instead of offering up single items like tables, artwork and accessories, they sell “packs”. That picture above? You can buy everything in it! A ready mad , beautifully put together living room! They even have accessory “packs” (if you feel a little clueless on how to pull together a beautiful look for your sideboard for example) that include everything from beautiful coffee table books to candles and artwork.

They sell it all individually of course, but if you need a little help in the styling department, this is one store to add to your registry.

Beautiful Plants From Mr Kitly

wedding registry plants wedding plant gifts

I love the idea of receiving plants from your guests, especially if you are a bit of a green thumb! Online indoor plant & homeware store Mr Kitly offers a registry service which allows you to not only choose plants as gift suggestions but also the most beautiful planters and pots for them.

A house filled with beautiful greenery can never be a bad thing, so thinking of presents with a green nature to them might be just up your alley.

Fine Art Photography from One Fine Print


fine art prints for the home

I love beautiful photography and the new venture from wedding photographer Lizzy C Photography really excited me. One Fine Print brings together fine art prints from talented photographers and produces them in a quality and size that make beautiful prints for your home. Form urban city scapes, to aerial shots and something completely “Arty”. Fall in love with one and it would make a wonderful wedding present.

Incredible Experiences From Tinggly

Tinggly experiences - stargazing in California

For the couple who want adventures over things, Tinggly is the gift registry which allows your guests to buy amazing experiences. We’re talking incredible ones, like the picture above (stargazing in California) or a land rover safari in Crete, rum tasting in Puerto Rico, flamenco dancing in Seville and even the Moulin Rouge show in Paris. I can’t decide which one I want to do first!


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Amy and Ben’s National Arboretum Wedding

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Pine Forest Canberra Wedding

Amy & Ben

Amy and Ben chose Autumn for their National Arboretum wedding, the peace and tones of the season added a special kind of beauty to the day – along with a special appearance by Amy and Ben’s daughter Avery who made herself the star of the show! They chose Emma Hampton Photography to capture their day.

Amy tells the story of how they came to be. “Ben was posted to Darwin for work for 6 months, and I came up to conduct training for 6 weeks. By the end of the 6 weeks, Ben had decided he was packing up and moving to Canberra. It was a whirlwind romance! ”

lambs ear and pink peony bouquetChristian Louboutin Wedding Shoes

bride putting on wedding dress

“I wore my Great-Grandmother’s engagement ring and Ben’s Grandmother’s earrings as special reminders of those who could not join us on our special day. As it was Easter Saturday, our daughter Avery wore a pair of “bunny” shoes from MiniMelissa.”

buttoning wedding dress

Amy chose the Maggie Sottero (Melanie) Dress found at Brides of Manuka with Christian Louboutin shoes. Of her dress, Amy says, “The dress was lace, lace and more lace! I only tried on 3 dresses before I found “the one”. The experience was, just like the theme for the wedding, relaxed and fun.”

Wedding dress with sheer lace back

Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum Canberra

Amy and Ben chose Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum Canberra for their marriage ceremony, noting, “The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion at the National Arboretum was the only option for us.  The stunning architecture and views over Canberra drew us to the ceremony venue, along with the notion that over the years as the Arboretum grows and establishes, we will have a physical reminder of how far we have grown as a family.”

Ceremony at Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum Canberra

wedding chalkboard welcome

Amy hand wrote a blackboard greeting sign welcoming people to the ceremony.

Canberra marriage ceremony

Canberra Wedding ceremony

Amy walked down the aisle to “Real Love” by Regina Spektor.

National Arboretum Canberra Wedding Ceremony

Indoor Canberra wedding ceremony

Judy Aulich officiated the ceremony, Amy telling, “We wanted the ceremony to be short, relaxed and full of love. The best part was our daughter Avery running around playing peekaboo behind the flower arrangements!”

Wedding at  National Arboretum Canberra

Judy Aulich Wedding Celebrant

National Arboretum Wedding Ceremony

“It was such a great day, it’s hard to pin point any particular moment! Having both families and many friends travel from interstate to join in on the special occasion meant so much to us. It was lovely to see everyone at the reception get into the spirit of the day and let their hair down.”

Canberra Arboretum Wedding CeremonyNational Arboretum Canberra Ceremony Location

Canberra wedding well wishes

Canberra wedding tokens

bride walking in lace wedding dress

Margaret Whitlam Pavilion WeddingMargaret Whitlam Pavilion Wedding Ceremony

wedding portrrait in canberra pine forest

family wedding photo

canberra wedding photo location

Of their photographer, Amy says, “Emma was exactly what we wanted for the day, relaxed and fun. She was able to capture the day without being “in the way” and made everyone at ease through the process. Emma helped to achieve the look and feel that we were going for and the photos capture that perfectly.”

canberra flowergirl

canberra bride and groom

Bride wearing Maggie SotteroNational Arboretum Canberra Wedding Portrait

real bride in Maggie Sottero

groom at canberra aboretum

Emma Hampton

pale pink and white bouquet

Ashlee Lauren Designs created the floral arrangements for the day.

landcape canberra wedding photo

Maggie Sottero Lace Dress

Canberra Wedding Photo

Canbera Wedding Photographer

Canberra Wedding

lightbox wedding decor

To continue with the relaxed feeling of their day, Amy and Ben chose The Treehouse Bar for their reception, noting, “The Treehouse Bar was chosen as a reception venue due to it’s location, laid-back vibe and beautiful interior styling.”

Naked cake with topper

Canberra wedding reception

Amy handmade the bomboniere (sugar cookies with special messages stamped in each) with her mum and sister.

Canberra Bar Wedding

cool reception venues in canberra

The Treehouse Bar Wedding Speeches

toast at The Treehouse Bar

Wedding at The Treehouse Bar

Canberra cutting wedding cake

The Treehouse Bar Wedding Venue

Congratulations Amy and Ben! Thank you for sharing your Canberra wedding day with us! Thank you also to Emma Hampton Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Emma Hampton Photography / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero (Melanie) Dress / Bridal Salon: Brides of Manuka / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co (Bracelet) / Bride’s Jewelry: Groom’s Grandmother (Earrings) / Bride’s Jewelry: Bride’s Great-Grandmother (Ring) / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: Witchery / Hairstylist: Sarah-Kate Bridal / Makeup Artist: Lesley Johnston / Flowers: Ashlee Lauren Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Ceremony Venue: Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum Canberra / Ceremony Officiant: Judy Aulich / Reception Venue: The Treehouse Bar / Favors: Cookies. Hand made using Blank Goods Decorating Set / Cake Baker: Heather's House of Cake / Wedding Rings: Bell and Brunt

Cristahlea Spring Summer 2016

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


The gorgeous new Cristahlea Spring Summer 2016 had plenty of beautiful gowns for the bride who wants something different while still wearing bridal white.

As with the first collection, the gowns are modern with an edge of femininity. Embroidered roses flattered a tiered, sheer gown, while a soft floral print creates a fresh garden inspired twist on another. I can imagine these at a Spring wedding with a beautiful fresh flower corsage and a glass of champagne in tow.

The collection isn’t completely bridal focused, it also features of beautifully crafted dresses in silk brocades that would work for a bridesmaid, mother of the bride or something completely different for the bride to be.

Cristahlea gowns are available from the newly launched online store or their Glen Iris Boutique.


The Groom’s Guide To Kuala Lumpur

by | Blog News, Bride


In February, Mr Polka and I spent a week hopping around Malaysia and had the most incredible time. From the hustle and bustle of the city to the forests and mountain tops right down to the islands and coastline.

With Kuala Lumpur being a mere eight-hour flight from Australia, it’s easy to use the city as a jump off point if you’re getting married in Asia, or even as a stop over on your way to your destination wedding in Europe. So I put together The Groom’s Guide to Kuala Lumpur over on Expedia.

Some of my top tips?

Get A Haircut From Worldclass Barbers Truefitt & Hill

truefitt and hill

Truefitt & Hill have been around since 1803, so they know their stuff! In Kuala Lumpur the grooming parlour is located in The Majestic Hotel’s Smoke House – a chic little corner of the hotel’s outer buildings.

Not only does the parlour itself include a tailor and a shoe shine service, but right next door is a poker room and a private theatrette which screens black and white movies all day. Upstairs is The Smoke House bar- which serves up old classic  cocktails and Malaysian inspired drinks with jazz tunes and bartenders in bow-ties (you can even hire out a private room and have a chef create a custom menu- how’s that for a pre wedding celebration?).

majestic cocktail menu

Read more over on Expedia’s Blog.

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