Johanna and Urban’s Relaxed Swedish Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Johanna and Urban

This beautiful, sweet Swedish wedding comes to us today from photographer Annevi Peterson who has captured such romance and intimacy in her photographs.

Johanna tells the story of her and Urban’s love. “We met 15 years ago at a summer job. Urban was delivering newspapers Sunday mornings and he was to teach Johanna the route to take over.

We still love each other as much as we did then. To get married now, when we have two kids and are in the middle of life, feels just perfect!”

Johanna and Urban held their wedding at Möja Värdshus. Johanna explains “Möja is a beautiful island in the archipelago of Stockholm only 1.5 hour trip from where we live. We stayed at Möja Värdshus for the weekend and were married on the bare rocks by the ocean. Möja is an island in the archipelago of Stockholm Värmdö and can only be reached by boat. The sailing culture is essential in the local community. “

Johanna wore a short lace dress from Monki with yellow sandals from Swedish Hasbeens.

Johanna describes the day as, “A beautiful day in the archipelago filled with sunshine, laughter and lots and lots of love!” Urban wore a suit from Tiger of Sweden and shoes from Vagabond.

Johanna remarks, “We love spending time at the ocean and the archipelago, so Möja was just the perfect place for us to get married. We stayed there for the whole weekend, which also made our wedding very peaceful and memorable.”

Of their photographer, Johanna says, “We had a small family wedding with only the closest family and Annevi immediately felt like one of the bunch. She is a warm and wonderful person and a fantastic photographer. The pictures were just wonderful and will become such a memory for life.”

The bouquets were by Charlotta’s blommor, but for Johanna’s hairpiece, she remembers, “We picked wild flowers and my sister made a hair garland of the flowers.”

Johanna says “We wanted our wedding to be very personal, calm and peaceful. We wanted to focus on the wedding and to spend this special day together with our closest family and especially our kids that were very excited about the event. That’s why we decided to keep it simple and instead have the party some time later on.”

Johanna recalls, “Our official Helena Valentin was wonderful. She held the most personal, fun and intelligent speech at the ceremony.”

Johanna notes, “Our daughters sang to us during the ceremony – so sweet and breathtaking!”

The ceremony had some extra special touches, Johanna remembers. “We had a sand ceremony where we mixed sand in a bottle. The sand represented us as individuals, which together shaped a unique pattern in the bottle and impossible to separate from each other again.

We had also written (love) letters to each other that we switched during the ceremony. We read them when we were alone later that night.”



Guests ended the day with a close intimate meal together.

Congratulations on your marriage Johanna and Urban! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Annevi Peterson for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Annevi Peterson / Bride's Dress: Monki / Bride's Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens / Groom's Attire: Tiger of Sweden / Groom's Shoes: Vagabond / Bridesmaid Dresses: H&M / Flowers: Charlotta's blommor / Venue: Möja Värdshus / Ceremony Officiant: Helena Valentin / Wedding Ring: LOD
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Windsor Rose By Claire Pettibone

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Although long admired, I haven’t shown much of the incredible work of designer Claire Pettibone on Polka Dot Bride before, simply because it hasn’t been  readily available in Australia. With the opening of   The Intique & Co. Boutique  in Brighton, Melbourne brides are now able to purchase these gorgeous creations in Australia. So to celebrate, I wanted to show off the beautiful “Windsor Rose” collection.

Inspired by the sweet and simple details of our history, our heirlooms, Claire has used these elements (finely knitted lace, fine bone china, golden lockets) as the basis for the beautiful creations. I love the shots of unexpected colour. The shapes and the detailing, oh the detailing is what makes me fall in love with Claire’s gowns each and every time.

Images by Claire Pettibone

Vendor of the Week – Goldsmith & Co Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! What a week we have in store for you!

First up, let”s kick off our week with a spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. We’re committed to filling our directory with brilliantly talented vendors- like wedding florists, wedding photographers,  beautiful wedding venues and talented Stationery & Paper Goods. Our mission is to fill our directory with vendors who go above and beyond for their couples, who want to do something different, who want to work as part of the bigger picture and create something amazing.

Our vendor of the week this week specialises in vintage style wedding photography. Jane is a fashion designer, Brett a photographer and together? They form Goldsmith & Co Photography a Melbourne based (but will travel) photography studio. They want to create beautiful wedding images with a difference (and they capture beautiful weddings to boot!)

To get to know the duo a little better, we asked Jane from Goldsmith & Co Photography five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Gin & Tonic

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Our holiday house in country Victoria.

Favourite restaurant?

At the moment…Albert St Wine Bar in Brunswick Victoria

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Home made poached eggs with herbs from our garden.

Your favourite wedding story?

How can you choose? They are all so beautiful in their own way…

Visit Goldsmith & Co Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Goldsmith & Co Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Dance With Me

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Love, Katie & Sarah