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Rose and Ruby Mismatched Maids

by | Bride, Bridesmaids

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If you have been reading Polka Dot Bride for awhile, you would have heard me gush over the beautiful gowns from Australian label Rose & Ruby.

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This photo from Ilana and Benjamin’s wedding I spotted on the Bespoke Letterpress blog captured by SugarLove Weddings will show you why. (See more of the wedding here and here)

Each bridesmaid is dressed in a Rose and Ruby frock in shades of nougat and antique brulee.

Katherine and Jon – The Celebration

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

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I’m back with the second part of Katherine and Jon’s vintage inspired winery wedding! After a quick touch up, it was time to get down to the business end of things- the ceremony!

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Intermezzo Strings played Flower Duet from Lakeme as Katherine walked down the aisle

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Katherine’s grandmother and great aunt adorned their walking sticks with gold ribbon

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Katherine and Jon wed just before sunset in a ceremony they wrote themselves.

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Katherine’s brother, sister-in-law and grandmother did surprise readings for Katherine and Jon during the ceremony.

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As the sun set, Katherine and Jon were pronounced husband and wife.

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Guests gathered in the winery foyer for drinks and canapes while Katherine and Jon said goodbye to their celebrant Jan Oxenbould

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Katherine and Jon moved their canapés inside to the winery foyer at the last minute due to the cold weather. The original plan was to serve them in a courtyard where the couple had arranged for Morrocan lanterns to be strung up. Catching a private moment after their ceremony as they were rejoining their guests, Jon caught Katherine around the waist under the trellis. The moment in time led to the couple’s favourite wedding photo.

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The couple did away with tradition- there was no first dance, no garter toss and no long speeches! Instead, they planned for a dinner party style reception with their string quartet playing throughout.

Katherine and Jon DIY’ed as much as they could! Makeup, hair, makeup, save the dates, invitations, menus, place cards, flowers and buttonholes. Katherine and Jon created their own stationery myself using matte blush pink and charcoal card from Eckersleys and charcoal grosgrain ribbon (the same ribbon was used on the invitations, save the date cards, cake and bouquets).

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During their thank-you speeches,the couple presented their parents with beautiful hand-painted platters to thank them for their support during our engagement and Katherine’s grandmother with a pair of Swarovski crystal mice to thank her. She used to collect Swarovski animals but her collection was stolen years ago during a house break-in – the couple told her that they thought it was time she started collecting again!

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The beautiful wedding cake was created by Rebecca Gayle. Katherine’s brother and sister in law gave the couple a Waterford cake knife on the night before the wedding, which they placed on the cake table and used to cut the cake (Katherine’s parents gave them the matching Waterford crystal champagne glasses to drink from on the night!)

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Katherine and Jon collected photos of various family member’s weddings and framed them and put them on the table with the cake and guest book, including Katherine’s grandmother’s wedding from the 1940s and her great aunt’s wedding in the 1950s.

The guests enjoyed the delicious food and wine provided by Bimbadgen Estate. With the dinner party format, the atmosphere provoked deep conversations and many new friends were made- including two new relationships!

Katherine and Jon thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding day on Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by Gemma Clarke Photography


Katherine and Jon

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

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It’s Wedding Wednesday again! I love the beautiful submissions I’ve been getting and can’t wait each week to share a new one with you all!

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Today’s wedding has such a beautiful vintage style to it! Katherine and Jon- our bride and groom put so much thought and care into their wedding details and I’m in love with the soft dusty pink details! Katherine has told me so many thoughts behind her wedding day that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you!

Katherine and Jon held their wedding  at Bimbadgen Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley, near to where Katherine grew up.

Today’s photographs are by Gemma Clarke Photography,

Gemma is offering a special for Polka Dot Bride readers. Mention Polka Dot Bride to Gemma upon booking and you will receive three enlargements worth $150 with your package!

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Katherine wore pewter coloured heels from Witchery

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Katherine’s gown was created by retired couturier Richard Cook. After finding an inspiration photo online, Katherine went straight to Saigon Fabrics in Sydney where Richard was helping in the store. He pulled down a bolt roll of beautiful latte coloured French Guipure lace from the shelf and said “there, that’s your fabric”. He soon agreed to make Katherine’s wedding gown. A matching hair flower was made from the scraps of Katherine’s wedding dress.

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Katherine and her sisters made her bouquet the night before after sourcing 160 Antique roses from a wholesaler. They added Cootamundra wattle from a tree in their parent’s backyard. Katherine wrapped the bouquets in ivory satin ribbon. On her own she tied her great-aunt’s watch and a lace flower from her mother’s wedding with a charcoal ribbon.  Katherine’s grandmother had 3 sisters, two flew from London to attend Katherine’s wedding (while the third passed when she was only 25). In memory of her, Katherine used her watch on the bouquet as her “something old”.

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Katherine’s bridesmaid Joannah wore a charcoal coloured gown in chiffon and satin by Alfred Angelo with silk hair flowers from Etsy

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Katherine and Jon opted to have their photos taken together before the ceremony, family photos first and then photos with their bridal party. While they were walking the grounds, they arranged for family members to be served antipasto and champagne in a courtyard overlooking the vineyards.

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After the photographs were taken, Katherine quickly freshened up for the ceremony.


Check back this afternoon for the beautiful sunset ceremony and the evening reception of today’s featured couple Katherine and Jon!

Photos by Gemma Clarke Photography


Win A Missoni Gift Pack With Top 3 By Design

by | Bride, Competitions

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Top3 By Design is the leading Australian designer homewares store. They’re always my first place to go for gift ideas and unique items for around the home. Stocking brands such as Missoni, Pantone, Kartell, Eva Solo, Georg Jensen, Alessi and Chilewich NY which makes Top3 By Design is the perfect place to set up your wedding registry.

Top3 By Design offers an online and in store system for your wedding registry- you’re able to register for all the products you want online or in store and guests are able to purchase gifts at one of the Sydney Top3 stores, over the phone or via the Top3 website. They even offer complimentary gift-wrapping and free delivery within Australia for your gifts.

Top3 By Design is all about innovation, which is why it’s no surprise that they’ve just won The Global Innovator Award in Chicago!

Top3 By Design is giving one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader the chance to win a Missoni gift pack including a Missoni “Magherita” coffee pot, Missoni “Magherita” plate and two coordinating 34cm dripless ester +erik cone candles in candy pink.. The prize is valued at $851.

For your chance to win, visit the Top3 By Design website and set up your own wedding registry here!
Once you’re done come back to Polka Dot Bride and comment on this entry telling me your top three favourite items you’ve chosen and why.

As an added bonus, everyone who has setup their registry and has had at least five purchases will receive a $50 gift certificate as a gift from Top3 By Design.

This competition is open to Australian residents only. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Competition closes 5pm, Friday 10th of July.

This competition is now closed.

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