Andrea & Ben’s Mid-Century Inspired Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Andrea & Ben

The golden Autumn light is really something special and at Andrea and Ben’s mid-century inspired Melbourne wedding, I am positive Mother Nature made it just the perfect shade to complement their stunning Autumnal colour palette. The outdoor ceremony under the trees, the deep and richly toned bouquet, the surprise change to a gold sequin gown – today’s wedding, captured beautifully by Abigail Varney has plenty to inspire you and make you fall in love.

The bride wore a simple minidress designed by Victoria Beckham. She tells “The dress was tricky and then it wasn’t. So, at the time of my wedding, I was 39, which shouldn’t make a difference but it does. I tried on lots of different dresses from Armadale to Brunswick, fell in love with lots of pretty puffy things but in the end I felt they just weren’t me. I wanted something paired back, very simple, clean-lines and classic. In the end, it was a wool crepe shift dress in ivory by Victoria Beckham that ticked all the boxes and was utterly perfect for me and the day.”

The bride donned brown Gianvito Rossi heels. “Tradition or rather superstition dictates that the bride must have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver penny in her shoe. My best friend’s mother tracked down a proper silver penny from 1816, which I wore in my shoe the entire day and all night!” she tells.

 North Street Botanical  created lush Autumnal arrangements, the bride remembering “The flowers were an absolute wow factor, completely original and absolutely stunning, they stole the show and greatly contributed to the success of the day. There were from the amazing North St Botanical.”

A violinist from String Musicians Australia played as the bride walked down the aisle.

Twiggy, the couple’s dog was the star of the show. “We were so happy we had our girl Twiggy (our greyhound) there, it was a bit of extra effort but it wouldn’t have been the day it was without her.” says Andrea.

Peter Norden officiated proceedings, Andrea notes “Of course our favourite moment was the exchanging of our vows, that pinnacle moment, the reaching of the summit after the huge climb. Ben and I lost our son, Somerset, when I was 21 weeks, we asked the celebrant to mention him, it felt very special and kind of brave but it was important, we wanted to feel like he was there with us in spirit, it was a very touching moment for us.” 

Andrea and Ben chose Heide Musuem of Modern Art  to play host to their day, they married, and had photos within the gardens, before guests celebrated at Cafe Vue At Heide. The bride telling “We choose Heide gallery. Ben and I often picnic at Heide, it is one of our favourite spots on a weekend, be it sunny and warm or chilly and wet, it’s very beautiful there and dog friendly.”

Of their photographer, Andrea remarks “Abi was recommended by a friend. She made sure she got what she wanted without being intrusive to the day. We loved having her there she was lovely. The photos that Abi came back to us with, well, they are so good, without sounding obnoxious and over the top bias, we feel that they are without a doubt something special to share.” 

The celebrations continued with guests gathering for dinner inside Cafe Vue At Heide.

Of their inspiration for the day, Andrea notes “It was mid-century and Autumnal. We were very influenced by the colours of the season, autumn is our favourite time of the year and we have a lot of beautiful memories from the autumns we’ve shared so far.”

The bride entered the reception in a glittering gold Badgley Mischka gown, explaining “My wow factor dress was my reception dress, when I emerged in a full-length, gold sequin, backless Badgley Mischka gown. It was sensational and I loved that I played it up that way – I got to appease my two personalities, classic and modest Andrea for the ceremony and fabulous and out-there Andrea for reception, it was so much fun and both were super comfortable.” 

Congratulations on your marriage Andrea and Ben! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Abigail Varney for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Abigail Varney / Bride's Dress: Victoria Beckham / Bride's Reception Dress: Badgley Mischka / Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi / Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Loake / Hairstylist: Human Salon / Makeup Artist: Lily Swan / Flowers: North Street Botanical / Invitations & Stationery: Bonnie Abbort / Venue: The Heide Musuem of Modern Art / Ceremony Officiant: Peter Norden / Ceremony Musicians: String Musicians Australia / Reception Venue: Cafe Vue At Heide / Wedding Cake: Vue Events / Wedding Ring: Welfe / Transport: Unique Car Rentals
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Kelsie & Ryan’s Simply Sweet Elopement

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Pregnant Weddings,


Kelsie & Ryan

Sometimes we just have to pare it all back and today’s simply sweet elopement is all about the warm fuzzies, the truth of it all, the main game, the point. Captured beautifully by Sophie Baker, Kelsie and Ryan have so many family and friends far away, that they decided that eloping was how they wanted to celebrate. With vows under the dappled light of a beautiful tree, I don’t think the end result could have been more beautiful.

Kelsie fills us in on how the couple came to be. “We met through mutual friends just after Christmas on a day trip to Byron Bay to visit Ryan. Upon first meeting, I thought he was quite arrogant as I had to introduce myself to him and he seemed to ignore me. He claims he was so in awe that he became shy and became lost for words. (Which anyone who knows Ryan, is a hard feat!!) It took him a couple more hours to strike up a conversation but from then on we became inseparable.”

The couple married at their home. “We live on 20 acres and utilised our locations around the property in the rainforest and the beach. Every moment of the day held its own special story but due to the simplicity of our approach to this and our lifestyle we decided to embrace our animals and nature” explained the bride. Continuing “We own four dogs and it was just fantastic to watch their excitement as they knew something special was happening.”

Kelsie was six months pregnant on the wedding day, choosing a wrap gown from Coralie Beatrix as her wedding dress. She tells “I bought my wedding dress from Coralie Beatrix on Etsy. Being 6 months pregnant I needed a dress that was going to have the ability to grow with my belly as I didn’t know what size I was going to be on the day. The dress had the most beautiful flow and showed off my bump perfectly.”

The couple chose to see each other before the ceremony, Kelsie telling of her favourite photo “It’s almost impossible to choose just one as they are all so amazing but some of my most favourites are of our first look and of our ceremony, specifically during the vows as Sophie captured the emotion so perfectly.”

Kelsie loved “The lack of planning required!! Being a simple elopement at home there wasn’t much to organise. We picked the date, locked in our photographer and chose our outfits….completely stress-free!”

Glenda Kosters officiated the ceremony, tells Kelsie. “Our ceremony was personal and romantic. It felt very intimate and sacred. We finished with a reading – Love is a Temporary Madness, from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.”

Of their photographer, Kelsie remarks “Sophie Baker was just the best. She was so professional and easy going and we could not be more thrilled with our photos. They are so natural and captured our day perfectly. She truly is a gem and would recommend her to everyone!”

To complement her gown, the bride chose a bouquet from Nash and Willow, noting “I bought my bouquet from Nash and Willow on Etsy. It was so realistic and the best part is I can keep them forever!”

Congratulations on your marriage Kelsie and Ryan! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Sophie Baker for sharing today’s beautiful elopement!

Photographer: Sophie Baker / Bride's Dress: Coralie Beatrix / Groom's Attire: Scotch & Soda / Makeup Artist: Erin Hazledine / Ceremony Officiant: Glenda Kosters / Flowers: Nash and Willow

Delila Fox La Rose D’hiver collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


With modern, feminine styling in mind comes the beautiful new Delila Fox La Rose D’hiver collection.

Inspired by the Siberian Winter, the collection draws from the fairytale of where only the wild roses grow.

The Delila Fox bride is said to be one who embodies a “sophisticated yet cultured sense of style”, the creative, the dreamer, the maker. The brand new collection with plunging v-necks, sheer overlays, beaded bodice and off the shoulder details blends minimal, simple styling with beautiful detailing.

Designer Sierra Ramke telling “The Delila Fox bride is a unique style icon whom on her special day draws a greater desire for simplicity and modern details.”

Delila Fox is available through selected stockists around the world.

Photographer: Emma Esther & Smith / Gowns: Delila Fox / Creative Director: Sierra Ramke / Hair & Makeup Artist: Page Beauty / Model: Erin Cummings / Model Agency: Elite Models

Vendor of the Week – Paper Colada

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! The sun is shining, the clouds are parting and we are well into enjoying the warmer Spring days! Spring brings so many stunning weddings, and the meeting of so many amazing vendors to build your dream team.

Choosing vendors who you can make a connection with is so important to feeling as if you’re under control with your wedding planning tasks. Is your vendor willing to answer your questions? Does your vendor come back to you in a timely fashion or make constant excuses for not being available? We suggest you also take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who are keen to help you with your wedding day. We have Photobooth Hire, we have Cinematography, we have Flowers and Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering – we even have Photography and Menswear! We so many wonderful vendors to choose from, you’re sure to find some that you love.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who go the extra mile to assist you.

 From invitation suites with a vintage or rustic feel to invitations that are just so pretty, Paper Colada offers you a cocktail of choices to wow your wedding guests. Choose from their wide range of sometimes quirky designs or ask Evelyn to design the perfect invitation for your needs. From art deco to old Hollywood style, or invitations with Australian flora there is sure to be a design that you love amid Paper Colada’s large collection.

We asked Evelyn of Paper Colada five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

A good meal and a glass of wine, or a bath, or a bike ride (or all of those in a varied order of events).

Favourite weekend getaway?

I love farm-stays and woodsy, cottage holiday lets. My absolute favourite time of the year is Autumn, where it’s warm enough in the middle of the day to enjoy time outside walking through the woods, or feeding some farm animals, and then the cool evenings for a sleep-inducing meal and a cosy fire.

What is your most prized possession?

Naturally, I would give up everything material for my family, but let’s say the house is on fire and I run back in to grab one thing….it would be my vintage family photo album with photos dating back to the 1900s of my Mother, Father, Grandparents, and great-grandparents in Germany. I’m very sentimental when it comes to treasures handed down through the generations.

Favourite restaurant?

A Japanese restaurant here on my side of town called Kokoro (in the ACT). Such good food!

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

All my business is done online, it’s rare that I meet a Bride in person, and it’s funny because sometimes as the day draws closer I can almost hear the panic in their emails to me about last-minute place cards they need, or invitations being chewed by pets etc. I love being able to take at least one stress away from them, giving them piece of mind that I’ve got them covered 🙂

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