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Sarah and Steve

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Sarah & Steve

Today’s wedding is full of glamour and style! A winter wedding (my favourite wedding season!) held in the city (Melbourne), a first look, no veil and one of the most stunning gowns!

The couple met on a blind date setup by mutual friends seven years ago. At a little Italian restaurant they talked all night (though Steve argues that Sarah talked and he listened!). A romantic proposal followed seven years later on a cliff top overlooking the ocean.

Sarah and Steve chose to look at their wedding like a big party, as soon afterward they would be moving out of the city to their farm. So they decided their wedding was the perfect opportunity to send them on their way in style!

Today’s photography is by Clare Murray

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Steve wore his father’s Georg Jensen cufflinks.

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With the couple owning their own vineyard, it was only natural they would serve a few bottles of their own grapes on their wedding day!

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Steve and his groomsmen got ready at Melbourne’s Westin hotel, while Sarah and her bridesmaid got prepared at Sarah’s family home.

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Sarah wore shoes from Xiomara and had a couture gown designed by Jane Hill. Her gown featured a French silk tulle overlay, jewelled bodice and jewelled back straps.

Sarah’s grandmother made a beautiful hanger for Sarah’s wedding gown which included original seed pearl beads and fabric from her own wedding gown.

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One of the funnier moments of Sarah’s wedding day was trying to get the top button done up on her wedding gown, her dad even came to help with a set of pliers!

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One of Sarah’s ‘must have’ shots was taken on the quilt her mother had made for her 24th birthday.

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Winter bouquets of white seasonal blooms including hyacinths, lisianthus, roses, freesias) were by Fat Tulip Flower Merchants. The bridesmaids bouquets featured cornflower blue flowers to match their gowns.

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Instead of a veil, Sarah’s hairdresser Ralph of Ralph Hair Studio pushed ivory blooms (including tuber roses, hyacinths and freesias) into her hairstyle.

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Sarah’s bridesmaids wore different gowns in cornflower blue from Stellini

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Sarah met Steve in the foyer of the Westin hotel for their first look. Sarah says it felt like her heart was about to explode out of her chest.

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The couple spent time in the hotel bar with their bridal party and a glass of champagne! It was a lovely way for them to ease their nerves and have some quiet time together before the wedding proceedings began.

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They then had photos taken around Melbourne’s city square and the hotel

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Next it was off to the ceremony!

Check back later today for the formal proceedings and the gorgeous restaurant reception!

Photography by Clare Murray

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Letter Bird Lane

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


I came across the most gorgeous website recently that has such a fun design it made me want to explore it! Letter Bird Lane creates stationery for every type of event- from weddings to engagements and birthday parties.

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Letter Bird Lane Carnival Range

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Letter Bird Lane Love Lanterns Range

I love the vibrant, styled designs. Owner Eliza Silva has a background in design and the Letter Bird Lane website features the option to pick your own variation and submit your details with exact wording all on the one page.  They also offer custom design and a large range of custom colours.

Check out the Letter Bird Lane site for more

Photography by Bubblefish

Wedding Wreaths

by | Bride, Flowers, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


A pretty way to add decoration to a door, wall, chair or even fireplace at your wedding venue is to use a wreath. There are so many beautiful and different wreaths that can reflect the personality of your wedding.

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Symbolising hope and a never ending future, the circle shape of the wreath ties in with what a wedding is all about.

Bunch flowers into florist’s foam to create easy wreaths. Flowers like carnations packed tightly have a stunning puffy look but are cost effective. Australian native flowers, berries or even fern fronds make beautiful wreaths and can be tailored to whatever is in season.

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Wreaths look great hung on the church doors, on trees around your ceremony location, on church pews, or on the back of VIP chairs.

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Hang tiny wreaths from the back of your guests’ chairs or place above each place setting with a name card to indicate where each guest is to sit. These wreaths could feature a little bird’s nest filled with sugared almonds and double as a favour.

A huge wreath featuring all white flowers, or flowers from the bride’s bouquet could be placed behind the head table.

Pink Frosting Competition Winners!

by | Bride, Competitions


I’m so happy to announce the winners of our Pink Frosting competition! Kathryn had a tough time picking the winners, but the following entrants have each won a $100 gift voucher to the Pink Frosting online store!

The winners are….

Becky S

“I love the Luminous Black Mini Lantern Tea Light Holder. My parents are hosting an after party at their house when our reception ends at dusk. My parents live in a very woodsy dark area. It’d be great to hang these on shepherds hooks and create a pathway to their backyard patio.”


“I love so many things on the website. Having to choose one I’d choose

My man and I want to have a ceremony that means something to us. We’d like to have a wooden/lockable box at the ceremony that we fill with a letter to each other. The letters would have the reasons why we love each other; the things we admire and respect about the other; and some great memories we’ve shared together.

We’d put these flutes in the box and a bottle of wine (since we both love vineyards especially Banrock Station) and we’d put in some knick knacks and it would be a “Open in case of emergency” box and/or an “Open on your anniversary” box so we can add more to it (and drink the wine!).”


“Very much a one-stop shop. I love it. My fiance and I are moving home after a year in Europe (for work, not vacation) and we very much miss our family, friends and our dog! These Contemporary Chocolate Hanging Luminaries will set the perfect light for introducing two families from different cultures (American and European) to our life together. Some of our guests will be traveling very far and we want to do everything we can to make their travels memorable. These Luminaires are perfect for “lighting” the way icon smile Pink Frosting Competition Winners! to the barn where we will be celebrating!”



This is my favourite item by far and would go well with our “love bird” themed wedding. We’re getting married in September at a library, so we’re asking guests to write us “Sweet Tweets” (or messages)for our married lives together.

The bird cage greeting card holder would be used to house these “Sweet Tweet” cards.

The cards will then be made into a leather bound book so we can read back all the beautiful comments our guests have left us.”


“Our venue location is a tucked away winery in the mountains, and can be a little bit tricky to find. I would think a personalised sign would be a handy help for the directionally challenged, especially when my family can get lost on a drive to Woolies; alas hopefully a big sign (minus flashing lights) will guide them in the right direction!”

Thank you to all of the entrants and congratulations to our winners! We will be in touch soon with your prize details!

Stay tuned to Polka Dot Bride for more competitions and don’t forget to enter our Missoni Gift Pack competition from Top 3 By Design!

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