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Form Over Function Centennial Parklands Dining Table Styling

by | Bride, Flowers, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


It’s always a treat to get a batch of images from Alicia at Form Over Function. I am a big advocate of using lots of colour (especially in your crockery) at your wedding and when Alicia gets to showcase the Form Over Function styling services she blows them away with what she comes up with! Form Over Function designed these tables for the Centennial Parklands Dining Expo using items from their hiring and style range and their own amazing floral talents!

The first is the simple, fluffy nature of the half ball baby’s breath along side elegant, neutral black and white. I love the use of candlelight and simply black motif under the black pedestal arrangement. Just adds a little extra interest.

I know this arrangement is one of Alicia’s favourite and I love it too- the blackberries nestled amongst the burgundy and pink flowers, the glimmering candlelight and mirrors under the footed base. A crystal cut plate sits to the side holding rosy crab apples.

Texture is always wonderful to see on tables, and it doesn’t need to be elaborate. Here the grey green leaves and small spiky Echinops are accented with the brown and blue vases and fresh blue hydrangea blooms. Lots of vessels, lots of flowers and lots of candlelight does an elegant table make! The table number is placed in a brown leather frame and the table cloth is a camel coloured suede – very chic!

Brown and green is so Spring to me! I love the striped cream, brown and apple green table cloth and the huge array of green leaves and white blooms. The lace look on the glassware and bamboo fans make an extra pretty touch. Oh and the gorgeous cake with polka dot ribbon! (Cake by Faye Cahill.)

Lavender and green is a combination I don’t seem to see much, but again is all about Spring and Summer weddings to me. I love the array of blooms – lavender in a singular vase, purple and green succulents and pods and plenty of coloured glassware for the candlelight.

Morocco is a current obsession of mine – this rich colour palette would look perfect when served with thick, Turkish coffee, tagines and bowls of cous cous. The Moroccan lamp colours are echoed through the place cards and menus with opulent gold tassels and masses of red dahlias dotting the table.

Which is your favourite scene?

Photos by Photography By Anliette for Form Over Function

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Tobi and Paul’s Yarra Valley Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings


Tobi and Paul

Oh winery weddings never cease to get my senses going- the lush green of the vineyards the culture of fine food and amazing grape creations and the elegant, intimate settings.

Today’s wedding of Tobi and Paul is no different- it has the most stylish details that completely reflect the bride and groom and is in such a gorgeous setting!

Tobi recalls how she met her groom. “We met on a weekend away in Ocean Grove with friends in February 2007 to see Pete Murray at a ‘Day on the Green’ concert. The weekend turned out perfectly and we hit it off at the concert on the Saturday night. Five minutes into the return car journey back to Melbourne, my friend and I had a minor car crash, so we phoned Paul and his mate to come to our rescue.  To cut a long story short I ended up coming back in the car with Paul. The car trip home was a great way to consolidate our weekend away and from there we started dating and have had the pleasure of getting know and falling in love over the past 3.5 years.

Paul proposed at a quaint restaurant in the Marais district of Paris, France during a 3 week holiday in July 2010.We managed to arrange their wedding over  3 months.”

Today’s photographs are by Stewart Leishman who is continuing to wow me with his elegant, beautiful photographs. Simply put – they’re beautiful.

Tobi and Paul both got ready at Balgownie Estate. Paul wore a grey suit from Kenzo.

There’s a special story behind Tobi’s amazing shoes. “Since I knew the dress (Carla Zampatti) would show my shoes at all times, I went in search for a pair of show stoppers. I first saw a picture of the Jimmy Choo ‘Lace’ stiletto in champagne glitter fabric on my favourite wedding blog site Polka Dot Bride (where I also discovered Stewart Leishman’s work), it was ‘love at first sight’! I started to think they were an urban shoe myth, until I spotted a pair on the Gold Coast. However, they weren’t available in my size anywhere in Australia. After emailing Jimmy Choo’s head office in New York, they informed me that a pair was available in their Madison Avenue Boutique, New York City! And I happened to have a close friend traveling to NYC that week, who kindly picked them up and brought them back for me in their carry-on luggage. The moment I received them was like a scene from Cinderella, putting on her glass slipper for the first time. They were the ONE!”

Tobi wore a one shouldered gown from Carla Zampatti with earrings from Lisa Ho. Her hair and makeup was styled by Bernadette Fisers. The floral arrangements were styled by Victoria Whitelaw.

Tobi and Paul held their ceremony and reception at Yering Station. Tobi says “Our wedding day was everything and more than we could have ever dreamt it would be. Anticipating the weather to reflect the previous weeks of storms and rain, the day turned out to be a perfect sunny 29 degrees. The backdrop of Yering Station winery was idyllic, the rustic timber barn, contemporary stone building juxtaposed against the immensely green surrounds, blue sky and blooming native foliage.”

Tobi and Paul held their ceremony in the Yering Station barn. “The ceremony in the historical barn was intimate and magical. Our celebrant, Sylvia Johnson, was superb. Every word uttered was molded to suit our personalities, including writing our own vows, it was extremely memorable.”

Tobi says “To add a personal touch to the reception, we displayed a collection of original wedding portraits from both of our parents and their parents (our grandparents), one dating back to 1904.

Victoria Whitelaw (florist) complemented the setting with a variety of natural floral arrangements including David Austin roses, peonies, succulents and jasmine foliage. The table centrepieces were a collection of various size vases and vintage tea-light candles to reflect the natural farmland surrounds, with each place setting accompanied with a small Tussie-Mussie.  The stationery including the table menus and place cards, were designed by a great designer friend of mine, Lee Callister Designs or 0414 888 387.  Inspired by antique timber letter presses, the contemporary design continued the bold and rustic elements found within the winery.”

The reception was one of Tobi’s favourite parts of the day. “The food, wine, ambiance (live music by the Baker Boys Band) and speeches during the reception were magical. Time just flew.”

Congratulations Tobi and Paul! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Stewart Leishman for today’s photographs!

Photos by Stewart Leishman

Brides… We’re Looking For You!

by | Blog News, Bride


As part of our new site launch last July, we launched five specialty blogs all designed to be little cosy rooms for you to hang out in.

We’re slowly building each space (We have Polka Dot Groom, Polka Dot Wisdom, Polka Dot Made, Polka Dot Weddings & Polka Dot Honeymoons) and we’re having so much fun “meeting” our contributors and getting to know them!

Polka Dot Weddings is turning into an incredibly popular hub of stories and plans from our brides (big thank you to Miss T and Aimee who are writing about their planning process and every bride who has shared their amazing stories) and so we’re adding some new features to make things even better!

I’ve always told you these spaces are yours and we’re on the hunt for more brides to write about their planning process! If you’re in the midst of planning your wedding (big or small, Australian or International we’re embracing of anyone!), or perhaps you have a dress you are desperately seeking, need a venue suggestion, want to show off your amazing coloured shoes, or get feedback from other brides on your plans, then this is the place for you! We’re letting you create the Polka Dot Weddings blog the way YOU want it as real brides and we’d love you to join us!

Do you think you’re up for the challenge? All you have to do is Register for a personalised collection and fill out the contributor application and we’ll be in touch with further details!

Fantastic Flat Bridal Shoes

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


It can be a tough feat for the bride who wants to wear flat shoes on her wedding day. Today, I went on a shoe hunt (it’s a tough gig!) and came up with these stylish options for the Australian bride who wants to keep her feet on the ground on her wedding day.

Shoes available at time of publication. “Chloe” by Cinderella Bella,  “Beauty” from Georgies Bridal Shoes, “Sarah” ballet flats from Pia Trantoni,

Wittner “Tack” Peeptoes, “Liz” Ballerina shoes from Xiomara,  “Honey”  leather sandals from Bridal Blitz,

“Flashy” Satin Ballet Shoes from Shoe Show, “Ballroom Blitz” shoes from Gary Castles Sydney, “Lucinda” flats by Jane Debster

“Bride” Rhinestone leather flats from Steve Madden, “Petula” white shoes from Shoes With Style, “Emilia” ballerina shoes from Xiomara

“Gorgeous” flats from Suna Shoes, Oroton Essential Flat in Light Gold, , “Samantha” by Badgley Mishcka available from Cinderella Bella

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