Lara and Sab’s Sunset Bondi Beach Wedding

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


Lara & Sab

The casual delight of today’s wedding has us feeling bubbly. The couple chose a headland just near their home for their wedding, which they planned in two months so they could celebrate with their Australian friends before heading back to their UK home. It’s like a big dinner party, following a bit of sparkle and champagne toasts and of course, a marriage ceremony.

Lara tells their story. “In early 2007 I went traveling round the world, stopping off in Sydney for 3 months. A mutual friend suggested I should meet Sab and after that I never left. Then five years and a baby later we got married!”

Photos today are by Milton Gan who captures the relaxed, celebratory mood beautifully.

Lara explains, “As we’re both from the UK we were planning a wedding in England in August but decided to be legally wed in Australia in an additional ceremony so that we could include all our close friends in Sydney. We only had 8 weeks to plan it which meant that we really had to get on with it and make quick decisions. But it all came together easily and we loved every minute! I have a stationery company called La Rara so I made the invitations.”

Maggie May  created the bouquet and buttonhole.

Lara chose a dress from Alannah Hill with shoes from Gorman.

The couple chose the Bondi headland Ben Buckler for their wedding. Lara explains, “We took a gamble with the weather and held the wedding outside, about a minute’s walk from our house where we had lived for the last 4 years. We couldn’t have been luckier – after a week of rain we had bright blue skies and a beautiful sunset!”

The couple walked down the aisle together to ‘All I Want is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar. Lara says “Walking round the headland together with our son and seeing all our friends gathered was a moment I’ll never forget!”

Lara remembers, ” Our friends – being surrounded by our best friends made it feel very intimate and special. We had 30 people which meant that we could talk to everyone and it didn’t feel too big.”

Lara remembers, “The weather – it was the brightest, blue sky day we could have hoped for and the most incredible orange sunset. We couldn’t have hoped for better and it gave the whole day a beautiful backdrop.”

Of their photographer, Lara says “We are very lucky to be friends with Milton Gan! And we are very lucky that he happened to be available on the day with only a couple of months notice. We love the photos so much and every detail has been captured so beautifully.”

Guests celebrated on the headland with champagne and Ghermez Cupcakes.

After the ceremony the newlyweds and their guests walked to Chapter One to celebrate. Lara explains, “It’s such a gorgeous little cafe/wine bar.”

Of what made the day special, Lara says,  ” Teamwork – we delegated a lot of jobs to our friends so it felt like everyone was involved and had a role from collecting cakes, bringing music, opening the champagne – everyone was very kind!”

Congratulations Lara and Sab! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Milton Gan  for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Milton Gan / Bride's Dress: Alannah Hill / Bride's Shoes: Gorman / Makeup Artist: Chanel / Bridal Bouquet and Button Holes: Maggie May / Invitations & Stationery: La Rara / Sweet Treats: Ghermez Cupcakes / Wedding Cake: Gelato Bar Bondi (02) 9130 4033 / Ceremony Venue: Ben Buckler, Bondi Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Tara Rennie / Reception Venue: Chapter One / Wedding Ring: Tremlett
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Festive Tea Party Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Pre Wedding Parties, Wedding Inspiration


This gorgeous inspiration shoot comes to us from Pod and Pea. The inspiration of this sweet tea party could easily be translated for a bridal shower, kitchen tea or even a fancy Spring wedding.

Jess of Pod and Pea explains, “The inspiration for the shoot first stemmed from our location, the maze. Every girl loves a garden party with her girlfriends,  and when your garden is a maze made of 800 conifers, it’s got to be something special. We dreamt up a story about 5 childhood friends that have an annual reunion in Scarlett’s garden: the maze. We imagined that each year they would they drop everything and get together for champagne, stories and lots of laughter. We told each of the suppliers this story – and the creativity stemmed from there. We knew we wanted to use girly colours, but the palette really developed when we found a collection of vintage coloured tea tins. They made the perfect vases for our floral arrangements and added a great pop of colour to the centrepieces.”

Little Bones Stationery provided invitations, menus and place cards – all using the theme ‘ Scarlett’s Annual Tea Party’.”

“Bird & Brak crafted some gorgeous floral headpieces for each of the girls to wear. L’Indulgence Hair & Beauty looked after the hairstyles with soft waves, braids and a bohemian feel.”

“Neither modern nor vintage, the shoot has a timeless feel. But many vintage pieces were used: from the antique, re-purposed chairs, through to the vintage lace tablecloths and bright antique tea tins which held the beautiful blooms.”

Mintaro Maze is a real-life hedge maze in the Clare Valley of South Australia. Little known by many, those who do visit are delighted by its endless twists and turns. This gorgeous location also happens to backyard of Jacinta, one of the Pod & Pea girls. Her family planted it when she was a child. We wanted to put on a beautiful tea party (or bridal shower!) for a group of girls, with bursts of colour amid the lush green background of the maze.”

“Vintage fabrics were used to create hand-made bunting.”

“Of course no tea-party is complete without a little entertainment, so after ‘tea”, the girls headed to the centre of the maze for lawn games and cocktails from our homemade drink stand.”

“In the afternoon, they retired to the picnic area where they lazed in the dappled light and read vintage Vogue magazines from the 1970s.”

Photographer: Pod And Pea / Concept Design & Styling: Pod and Pea / Venue: Mintaro Maze / Flowers: Bird & Brak / Hairstylist: L'Indulgence Hair & Beauty / Makeup Artist: Kate Roxby / Invitations & Stationery: Little Bones / Macarons: Little Miss Macaron

Lisa Gowing Chantilly Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


The gorgeous Sydney designer Lisa Gowing has paid homage to the last fifteen years of design with her anniversary collection “Chantilly”. Based out of Sydney, Lisa’s fifteen year celebration marks a return to vintage inspired layered lace and silk gowns. Her understated elegance has been a signature of her designs for as long as I can remember.

Chantilly consists of fifteen styles, all featuring beautiful elegant detailing and of course, plenty of lace. The hand appliqued scallop lace gowns, matching mantilla veils, liquid silks, silk chiffon complete with embellishments and floaty, soft veils are all included in the collection. The echoes of Lisa’s past are not just present in materials, but also in workmanship. Lisa concentrated on the workmanship in this collection ensuring it was to couture standard. Each gown features bespoke elements making them a truly creative piece of art.

The gowns hark back to the couture designs that Lisa once created but are available as a made to order demi couture collection.

Photographs via Lisa Gowing

Vendor of the Week – I Heart Weddings

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties, Dotettes and all things polka dot! It’s time to kick off another week and we have so much goodness planned for you!

First up, as is Monday morning tradition, a spotlight on the fantastic members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Take some time and check out our fantastic group of vendors- we have Favors & Decor Accessories, Photography, Hair & Beauty, Stationery & Paper Goods and even Venues!

Today, meet Natalija of I Heart Weddings! Based out of Perth, Natalija takes such beautiful wedding images – candid smiles, stolen tears and so much heart and soul. I love Natalija’s bubbly spirit and the freshness in the weddings she captures. Natalija travels, often to Sydney and beyond so no matter where you’re located, if you love her, you can book her!

We asked Natalija from I Heart Weddings five questions in five minutes –

My favourite after 5 drink?

It would be either a Tanqueray gin and tonic with fresh lime.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I love being in the national park up on Ningaloo Reef (near Exmouth). Turquoise Bay is divine!

Your favourite Restaurant?

Il Lido in Cottesloe (Perth).

Where are you eating breakfast on Sunday morning?

I’d be eating cake for breakfast at Boucla in Subiaco and it would be Saturday (only because they aren’t open Sunday!)

Your favourite wedding story?

I brought along a rope to a wedding shoot as a prop. I thought the couple could be tied up – representing how they had tied the knot! What I loved was how the groom made it into a lasso and I got a series of great shots of him swinging it, capturing the bride and dragging her in for a kiss.

Visit I Heart Wedding’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week.  I Heart Weddings is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory