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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Friday dear readers! I am dying to have cocktails with a wonderful friend tonight, it’s long overdue and there is nothing like a face to face chat with the special people in your life. Then we’re heading to see a lot of our family as they’ve flown in to celebration some special milestones. I can’t wait! What are your plans?

First up…around the Polka Dot Specialty blogs this week..

Want some style inspiration? Check out Gerard’s look on Polka Dot Groom

I shared Matt and Katie’s Photographer Spoof video from the AIPP Hair Of The Dog Conference on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ava Madison shared the secrets behind opening a brand new store also on Polka Dot Wisdom

How does one describe this wedding? Fun, romantic and “Very Jen and Tony!” Check it out on Polka Dot Weddings

I hopped over to the glorious Ayana Resort and Spa on Polka Dot Honeymoons

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To celebrate the opening of their Prahran, Melbourne store, dress designer Ava Madison is holding a grand opening celebration on the 3rd of March. Click the invitation above for all the details! There’ll be plenty of champagne and sweet treats and specials for those of your purchasing your bridesmaid (or party!) gowns on the night! If you’re in the industry and want to mingle or a bride who is looking for a beautiful dress for yourself or your maids, this is the event to go to!

Sydney and UK Bridal Couture label Sarah Janks is holding a viewing at The Establishment of her gowns with 10% off all sales on the 26th and 27th of February. Download your invitation by right clicking on this link.

Decorative Events are holding an event open day to show off their talents from 9am-4pm on Saturday, 26th of February at their Sydney showroom (located at 5-7 Bourke Rd Alexandria).

They’ll have 10 stylists available on the day to discuss all the couples decor requirements, along with a few key preferred suppliers – their florist, photographer and stationary supplier. Product bookings will also receive a 10% discount for attending the showcase. There will be champagne and the chance to have a one hour styling appointment all to yourself (just call and book!)

To RSVP, email them with their details at or phone 02 8399 2299 to register.

Peeptoe Shoes is holding their first ever Melbourne Warehouse Sale- the perfect chance to get a bargain pair of shoes for your or your bridesmaids (or jsut for fun!)  next weekend at the St Kilda Town Hall next weekend. They’re offering up to 75% off shoes, bags and accessories. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

The Langham Hotels across the world are running a competition to find the world’s most romantic proposal to celebrate the Royal Wedding of William and Kate. The winner will receive 1 million frequent flier miles and a two night stay in each of the eight luxurious Langham hotels across the world. Not only that, but signature afternoon tea experiences and airport transfers are all included and valued at US$40,000. Now that’s a trip I’d like to take! Check out the website to enter.

How was your week dear polka dotettes? Do share with me!

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Donna and Tenny’s Urban Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings


Donna and Tenny

It’s always one of my favourite moments- sharing the story of someone I know has read Polka Dot Bride throughout their engagement, has shared snippets and glimpses of their life . Then they share their wedding photos and it’s like looking through those of a friend, it’s her smiling face, there’s the menus she talked about making, there’s the candy bar she spoke of and discussed with the other girls.

Today’s wedding is of Donna and Tenny. I’ve followed Donna on Twitter for a long time and seen her talk of her wedding plans, from finding a photographer to celebrating her hen’s night. It’s so wonderful to be able to share today with you  – the culmination of it all- her wedding to her soul mate Tenny.

Donna tells how she met her husband Tenny. “We met at a Latin dance school. He was a teacher and I was a student/performer there. We were friends for a few years before we got together but the best way for you to see the story is to read this story that I wrote for our wedding programs on my blog here

Today’s photographs are by the very talented Lakshal Perera (also known as Lucky). I love the beautiful photographs Lucky has taken today- they capture the soul of Donna and Tenny and the spirit of their wedding day. Donna says “The photos speak for themselves. There isn’t a single photo that Lucky gave us that I don’t absolutely love. They capture the day so perfectly – when I first looked at them I cried! And I wasn’t the only one, friends of mine (even people who weren’t there at the wedding) were brought to tears by Lucky’s beautiful photography.”

Donna wore pink glittery heels from Nine West. Lucky was able to capture them and keep her nephew entertained while she got ready! One of Donna’s favourite moments was “Spending the night before & early morning of the wedding day with Tenny. We stayed at home then went out for breakfast together before splitting up to get ready. I loved those quiet moments!”

Donna used Gemma from Embellished Makeup for her and her bridemsaid’s makeup, and Jayde from Sassy Chic to style the girls hair. “Gemma, my makeup artist was simply amazing. Not only was her makeup flawless, but it lasted the entire day without touching up (except for lippy) despite many tears, a pillow fight and hours of dancing! She is a complete sweetie and in the lead up to the wedding we’d email & tweet about so many things. She offered her advice about the many different make up looks I was considering, we’d chat about Masterchef and she was full of sympathy and recommendations when I had a few hiccups leading up to the wedding. I consider her a friend now – she even offered me refuge at her home when I lost power during the floods!

Jayde  my hairdresser was fantastic. She came to my rescue when my original HD pulled out 8 weeks before the wedding. She understood exactly what I wanted for my hair and what my girls wanted – she definitely worked her magic!”

Donna wore a strapless gown by Essence of Australia from The Bridal Centre while her bridesmaids wore magenta convertible gowns from Kookai. Brisbane Market Flowers created a bouquet of pink peonies for Donna and Donna’s friend Kiki ( created silk wrist corsages for her bridesmaids.

Tenny wore a grey suit from Geoffrey Beene from David Jones.

One of the funniest stories or the day involved Donna’s love of lists. “Anyone involved in our wedding will tell you that I am super organised and love lists. I did up a run sheet for the entire day and which everyone who had a part to play in the day got a copy of (colour coded for different people!). On the day itself, I didn’t really look at my run sheets or lists, I just trusted the people that I loved and the people that I hired to do what they needed to do and it worked.

The lists only failed me in one way. I’d left a list for the boys of things that they should make sure they had before we left: speeches, buttonholes, rings etc. Well, they didn’t check the list and left the buttonholes in the fridge!

They didn’t realise until Tenny’s mum showed up with the button hole for his dad and Tenny turned to his groomsmen and said: “where are our flowers”. Cue panic as they realised they’d forgotten. Apparently the groomsmen didn’t even see the list … Tenny ended up wearing his dad’s buttonhole and the groomsmen went without – at least they remembered the rings!”

Special moments with her loved ones meant more to Donna than anything else. She recalls, “To be honest, for me the wedding wasn’t about the details. Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty details and spent countless hours looking at pretty wedding details on blogs. But when I think back and remember the wedding, the details fade and what I remember are the precious moments like the group hug I took with my bridesmaids right before walking down the aisle (the photo of our heads), being unable to hold back the tears when I was walking up the aisle and the overwhelming feeling of love, joy and support that I felt all day.”

Donna and Tenny were married at the Victoria Park Function Centre in the Garden Marquee. “We chose Victoria Park because we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the one place to minimise travel for our guests. The staff there (especially Ali Lord, our coordinator) were fantastic to deal with. No question was too small and they always got back to me quickly.” Donna walked down the aisle to  Beyonce’s version of ‘Ave Maria’.

The funny list story didn’t end with the flowers. Donna recalls “I’d nicely tied the rings onto our Paloma’s Nest ring bowl with bows that would be easy to untie. The boys decided that they wanted to get a better look at the rings during morning and then retied them with knots so tight that during the wedding they took a couple of minutes to untie them! I was worried that we’d have to send someone to get scissors!”

One of my favourite parts of the day was after the photos with the bridal party, Tenny and I went back to Emporium Hotel where we were staying that night with Lucky who took a few photos of us there – including photos of us jumping on the bed and having a pillow fight (which I won).

I printed our wedding invitations on paper that we bought in Japan not long after we were engaged as well as making the ceremony programs, table names and tulle pom poms to decorate the ceremony area. A cupcake wedding cake was made by friends along with a small cake for the traditional cake cutting.

Donna and Tenny returned to Victoria Park Function Centre for their reception in the Alabaster Room.

Sweet treats! “If I had to pick one detail as being special though, it would be the lolly bar! When I started wedding planning it was the only thing that I knew I wanted to have at the wedding. I thought we went overboard buying almost 25kg of lollies for our guests (a little over 80) but there were no lollies left! And although I’d thought that my brother and cousins would be the ones devouring the lollies, I think it was some of the older aunties and uncles who went back to the lolly bar two or three times!”

Donna and Tenny had a romantic and surprising first dance. “We’re both dancers and mostly dance Brazilian dance styles. We danced a forro (pronounced foh-ho) to “I Like You” by SJ. Forro is quite a cuddly dance style, danced very closely so that your torsos are touching. We didn’t choreograph our wedding dance and we’d only ever danced to the song once before the wedding day. Some of my friends who aren’t dancers pronounced it the “best wedding dance ever” and my sister (who also dances a little) said it was her favourite moment of the day!”

Another of Donna’s favourite memories was the last hours of the reception. “I loved rocking the dance floor at the reception with everyone, including my 89yo grandfather! My friends later told me that I should rent my family/friends out for weddings/functions because they hadn’t seen such a dance loving group of guests before.”

A big congratulations to Donna and Tenny on their marriage! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Lakshal for allowing us to share today’s images!

Photos by Lakshal Perera

Bel and Dodge’s Eclectic Hinterland Wedding

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


Bel & Dodge

Today’s wedding is such a delight, an intimate celebration filled with delicious little touches, beautiful moments and life long memories. Today you will feel transported to France, to a wedding full of romance.  It’s nice to know it’s just near Byron Bay!

Bel explains how she and Dodge met. “Dodge and I met 4 years ago doing a summer camp near Washington DC, USA; thus beginning our friendship, but it wasn’t until last October that it eventuated into more. For the next 6 months we emailed non-stop and skyped every moment we could. Then last April I flew to his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA to bridesmaid for a mutual friend’s wedding and to spend a month with him and his family & friends. Two weeks into the trip he planned an amazing proposal day consisting of a mix tape road trip into the Oklahoma countryside, a photoshoot in a magical field of yellow flowers (by bcreative) and a candlelit dinner under a big beautiful tree at dusk surrounded by fireflies. Down on one knee, an antique styled 57 diamond ring sealed the deal. Then he finished it off with a campfire under the stars. Two months later he moved to Australia and we started our creative company [db] collective. (we are both artists/designers/photographers).

On November 19, 2010 we had our big day. We collaborated on all the design/styling for the wedding, from the limited edition personally screen printed invite posters, to the garment design, to every last piece of decoration.”

Photos today are by Sayher Heffernan who captures images with such a calm, raw feel to them. His imagination creates the most beautiful images. Dodge and Bel are wedding photographers themselves so wanted a particular essence to their shots, They flew Sayher up from Melbourne to capture their wedding day.

Bel and Dodge had their wedding filmed by Red Carpet Weddings.

Bel and Dodge were married at Deux Belettes Country Guesthouse in the Byron Bay hinterland. Bel says “Deux Belettes is a dream. It has so much charm and character around every corner. Even the drive there is divine. The grounds are leafy and lush and the house itself is warm and luxurious. Our ceremony was planned to be under a big beautiful tree in a lawn area, but due to wet weather it was easily moved into a cosy pool house with vintage French features The reception was held in a long covered arched courtyard with a 300 year old brass chandelier. The venue owners make it feel like home!”

Bel wore a gown created by Leonard Derecourt.

Bel wore a stunning mantilla veil. “I loved my veil! It was a mantilla veil with Chantilly lace on all the edges, then it was tied in a big knot at the back of my head. My hair & makeup stylist, Erin Galliene, created an absolute masterpiece of braiding and curls and magic that showed through under the veil.”

Flowers On The Run styled the floral arrangements, but Bel’s had one extra special touch. “I attached a locket of my grandmothers to my bouquet, it had a picture of my grandma and grandpa inside it. They passed away a few years ago, but they remain in my mind, as having one of the most long, beautiful and passionate marriages I have ever encountered. I’m so happy they were there with me as I started my marriage.” Bel wore blue shoes from Wittner.

The ceremony was moved to the pool house after rain threatened. ” It rained! But my crack volunteer set-up team had the pool house gorgeous in no time. We restricted our guest list to 45 adults and 6 of my little nieces and nephews. The ceremony was intimate, we didn’t need any microphones to be heard when we said our vows. Everyone could visibly see the tears rolling down Dodge’s face as I walked down the aisle. And the reception was the same.” Bel walked down the aisle to “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine.

The pool house was strung with white bunting, a citrus wreath and a “db”. When I asked Bel if she did any DIY for her wedding she said, “Any? Ha! How about… EVERYTHING! Hehe. We run our own creative company ([db] collective) and we always insist on such a high standard for our clients, so we just had to create every last detail for our own wedding. Of course we did hire in the services of photographers, caterers, etc, but pretty much every bit of styling/decorating/designing/planning was a collaborative effort by us!”

Bel says “As we are both devoted Christians, the most important part for us, that we really knew that God was there with us. We had our pastor marry us, who has been like a dad to me, and such a true friend. We wrote our own vows that incorporated both traditional parts and more personal and spiritual additions. We took communion as the very first act as a married couple, then we did a foot washing, which is something Jesus did in the bible to symbolise serving one another and being selfless. And I know God was there throughout the reception as we ate, drank, danced and enjoyed!”

Bel and Dodge loved their intimate celebration. “We had a bunch of family and friends come all the way from the USA to be there. It was so nice for everyone to meet everyone and to share it with them.  And it meant so much that they would come such a long way to be there. Particularly having Dodge’s Dad as one of his groomsmen, was a really special part for him.”

The bridesmaids wore gowns designed by Bel and made by a local seamstress while the groom and groomsmen were dressed by Western Emporium. Bel says ” The whole event was vintage/eclectic themed. The guys wore late 19th century high waisted pants with leather suspenders and different shirts and bandanas around the collar. The girls wore different shades of yellow in all different styled dresses with little silk bands around their foreheads.”

Guests ate under a 300 year old brass chandelier in an arched, covered courtyard. “We had just one long banquet table and the food was share plate style. It felt like home. All our closest friends and family were there and we actually got to spend time with each of them. Numerous guests have since told me how much they enjoyed it, with even a few giving it the prize of ‘favourite wedding’.”

The reception photos are some of my favourites, and the memory? I think it’s one of Bel and Dodge’s favourites too! “We asked our other pastor to be our reception MC and to our delight she actually surprised us by writing us a song! Before she played it, she distributed cut-outs of me and Dodge’s face on sticks, with all the song lyrics on the back. It was a remake of “According to Him” and thus renamed, “According to Bel”. Every single guest was laughing the entire time! It was truly hilarious! So funny in fact, that once she finished I celebrated it, with a standing ovation!”

The first dance was a beautiful one. “We danced to “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones, in an open part of the courtyard, under a big tree, strung with fairy lights. By that point of the night I had ditched my shoes, so it was a barefoot waltz – which for those who know me well, know how appropriate that was! The videographer even got a great close up shot of my bare little toes in his highlights reel. After our waltz, and half way through the dancing with the rest of the guests it started to rain, but I think that only added fuel to the fire! We all had too much fun busting a move with the rain sprinkling down.” The music was provided by Jaye Liubinskas, Simon & Arnya Reddrop, Nathan Carlson while the cake came from Love Bites Cookies & Cakes.

Congratulations Bel and Dodge! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Sayher for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Sayher Heffernan

Sarah and Stewart’s Relaxed Black Tie Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sarah and Stuart

Does black tie and relaxed go together? I certainly think so and today’s couple agree. Sarah and Stuart set out to have a relaxed, black tie wedding and I think the feeling of it is utterly beautiful. It’s glamorous, it’s even Hollywood glam, but it’s a whole lot of fun at the same time.

Sarah has written so many beautiful stories about the day, I can’t wait to share them with you!

First up is how the newlyweds met. “We met on a Friday night after work when I was out with my work colleagues. It was the last Friday of the working year before we all ‘broke up’ for Christmas holidays and I was due to fly to Melbourne the following day with my family. After a busy year, going out for drinks was actually the last thing I wanted to do and declined the initial offer to join everyone. After insistent requests to join them, I obliged and said ‘only 1’! Stew was good friends with one of my colleagues and had planned to meet him after work also. Before he got there, my work colleague at the time said to me ‘I think you would really like my friend Stewy’. At the time, meeting someone was the furthest thing from my mind so I felt like I was being polite when I told Steve I would go along with it. After Stew showed up, I remember he made his one into one of my conversations and introduced himself (to this day, he still denies such behavior and insists it was me who made the first move!) As they say, the rest is history but all I know is I remember the moment that night when I thought, ‘I can see him in my picture’.  To this day, my hearts beats faster as he walks through the door and I am so happy I went out that night!”

Photos today are by Feather + Stone Photography. Doesn’t it look like so much fun to have photos taken by these guys? Fun with beautiful, stylish and funky pictures as the end result!

Sarah says “I  bought slippers for myself and my bridesmaids from Pink Frosting as part of the fun, they came in  handy when we ditched our heels and donned the pink slippers on the dance floor.” The bridesmaids wore gold peeptoes from Myer.

Makeup for the girls was by Abigael Johnston from Latonas and hair by Penny Lane from Channel Ten. Sarah says “We all wanted a natural, soft look and the girls were both amazing in achieving this! They were also a lot of fun to work with and have around on the day – it’s so important to surround yourself with fun and positive people during this time. It was Abigael who gave me the best advice on my wedding day while we were sipping champagne and watching Sex And The City – she said ‘just be’. I remembered that all throughout the day and everything turned out like a dream.”

The invitations were designed by Invitation Station. “Cara was amazing right from the start. I felt the invitations were really important as they establish the theme for your wedding and create the feeling for your guests to expect at the wedding – I felt like we achieved this. They were simple yet elegant..… well I thought so anyway! They were ivory with a latte ribbon. We used the same style/colours for the rest of our stationary. Cara was so helpful and inspirational – we used the lyrics from our first dance song on the front of our invitation (‘We could fly, you and I, on a cloud’ – ‘Kissing’ by Bliss). We also incorporated ‘A journey of the heart’ throughout our stationery which are also lyrics from the same song.”

The florist that brought Sarah’s ideas to life was Julie of Julie Vine Flowers “I had a small posy of baby’s breath (inspired by Andrea Corr’s (from the Corrs) wedding). I wanted to have something different and stand out from my bridesmaids. My mum also loves those flowers so that influenced my decision also. They were wrapped with the satin material from offcuts of my dress. My bouquet was one of the favourite things at my wedding. The groom had matching flowers on his lapel. I wanted the bride and groom to match each other and the bridesmaids match each other separately so we stood out from them on our own. i.e. it didn’t matter that I was donned in silver/diamante accessories when my bridesmaids had warmer/bronze accessories”

Sarah wore a stunning crystal brooch in her hair. “I bought it online from a boutique studio called in LA. It was love at first sight and I knew it would be a perfect addition to my outfit and the perfect feature. They sent it to me with a handwritten note, it was so special!”

White shoes were never going to be Sarah’s choice. “I wore satin blue heels from Dune (UK label but I bought them in Doha, Qatar). I knew from when we got engaged that I wanted to wear blue shoes – I thought this would also reflect my youthful and fun personality. Only if I found the right pair and shade of blue – I knew it was meant to be when I ‘stumbled’ across the last pair of these shoes at Dune in a Doha shopping mall. Another reason for choosing these to wear was I knew I would never wear cream or white (or any other ‘bridal’ shoes) again, I know whenever I wear my blue shoes now, memories from my wedding come rushing back … “

Sarah wore a stunning strapless gown by Sydney designer Helen English. “I came across the dress when on a trip to Sydney with my sisters and friend a few months after we got engaged. I then returned with my mum not long after – a trip we planned as a ‘mother-daughter’ trip. I wanted to take advantage of this special time and tie it in with a trip with mum so I would always look back and remember it  – getting my dress with her. I felt wedding dress shopping should be about the experience and not just a task to find a dress so I will forever associate this time with sipping bubbles and strolling the shops in Sydney with my mum. It is such an emotional and exciting time that goes so quickly so I am so grateful for this special time spent together.

She Helen English) is a beautiful designer with a classic, relaxed and vintage touch to her designs – I instantly knew I would end up working with her. (sidenote – it was important that everyone I dealt with, possessed the same ‘vibe’ that would contribute to our wedding – classic yet relaxed and I felt it ran through from all the planning to the actual day.) I also noticed the other girls in the store had a similar style and approach to me so that was reassuring when making my decision.

The dress was sweetheart floor length, chiffon with a heavy satin underlay. I wanted a dress that didn’t scream ‘wedding’. I didn’t want any cupcakes or marshmallows or poofs! I wanted to take advantage of being a younger bride so something that reflected my youth and fun attitude. I wanted a train as that is the only think I pictured as a little girl, having that heavy trail follow me down the aisle and having my bridesmaids hold it for me! (is that bad?! ) The band around my waist was Swarovski crystal lace which I chose to add to Helen’s design – this made me feel like it was truly my dress with my touches. “

Sarah and Stewart married at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in New Farm.

Sarah’s bridesmaids carried bouquets of  latte coloured roses, wrapped with the same ribbon, used for our stationary. The ‘bestmen’ had matching flowers on their lapels. The girls wore floor length strapless silk maxi gowns in ‘blush’ from Zimmermann. Sarah explains ” On a regular walk home from work, I stopped by one of my favourite shops for a routine browse, I fell in love with the dress instantly and was trying to convince myself of what occasion I had coming up to wear it to – then it dawned on me, my bridesmaids could wear them to my wedding!! Within 48 hours, I had the girls trying them on and in love with them as much as I was. I loved that I discovered the dresses impromptu and came across them naturally with little effort. I know my style and taste so I was comfortable that it was completely ‘me’ and perfect for my wedding. Also unplanned, the dresses would then turn out to be the only block colour at our wedding – we didn’t want anything ‘matchy matchy’ or something that screamed wedding or grade 12 formal where the ribbon matches the dresses which match the flowers etc.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Admiral Quarters. Sarah says “Tying in with the ‘classic’ theme we thought you can’t go wrong with a classic black suit and bow-tie combo – I thought they all looked handsome dressed the same – we chose the flowers to differentiate the groom from the groomsmen. We also bought the suits as presents for our bridal party instead of wasting it on rental hire …  Finally for the boys, we purchased black socks for them with ‘best man’ and ‘groom’ on them from Pink Frosting – just another fun touch.”

The reception was held at Restaurant Two “We chose to have it here for a few reasons. Mainly because it is where Stew proposed to me on my birthday in 2009. We also felt food and wine were one of the most important elements of a wedding so we chose a venue that was renowned for these things. The venue is also in a beautiful building, with lots of different spaces which cater for different phases on the evening – i.e. drinks and canapés, then moving to a dining area and then to the dancefloor! I think this helps with the flow of the evening and gives the guests a bit of direction as how you want the evening to go. Jade Thompson, the wedding planner at R2 was also amazing and even came in on her day off, on our wedding day, to make sure everything was in order. It was so nice to see her face as you spend so much time together planning and then to share the end result together, was quite special.”

Sarah has so many wonderful memories of the day “I remember thinking on the day, ‘someone is definitely watching over us’, it was just a dream come true how perfect it way! It was the most beautiful day and I felt like I could touch the love that was filling the room at the reception – a feeling I will never ever forget.”

Sarah puts the credit of styling the reception to her florist Julie Vine “A lot of my planning and styling for my wedding is due to the fabulous taste and work of Julie Vine. She was more than a florist for me, she was my wedding stylist! I completely trusted her as we possessed similar styles and tastes – she arranged my venue so perfectly that I was immediately blown away when I saw it. I wanted the place to feel like a garden with all sorts of flowers and colours. Every table had a different theme, will different colours/flowers/arrangements. The theme colours were warm oranges, pink, apricots and of course lots of white and green. Then I wanted it to be littered with candles – everywhere! The window ledges at Restaurant 2 were lined with tea light candles so the place lit up as it the night got darker. And when we had our first dance, I felt like we were alone – it was so romantic.”

Sarah and Stewart had set ideas from the outset. “From the moment we got engaged, we knew we wanted a wedding that didn’t feel like a wedding. Obviously we wanted to maintain some traditional aspects (saying traditional vows to each other in a church was the most important one) however apart from that, we wanted it to be a classy yet relaxed party! All we wanted was for everyone to have fun. We also wanted to have our own touch on our wedding and not have anything dictated by anyone else or feel like we had to follow a traditional run of events.

We made speeches quite short, we weren’t ‘announced’ at the reception, we just walked in! We had chocolate fondue instead of wedding cake, I wore blue shoes, the bridal party all went to the reception before the guests as I wanted us to be the first people to see it, we had Cosmopolitans on arrival (my favourite drink!), Stew didn’t have 1 best man, but 3! We wanted our day to be about us and the special people in our life. We wanted to have fun with each other and our guests knowing that we had invested in trusted and experienced vendors who ensured the day went without any hiccups! Choosing such professionals definitely creates a relaxed feel on the day and is so important …”

Congratulations Sarah and Stewart! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day and story on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to  Feather + Stone Photography for today’s photographs!

Photos  by Feather + Stone Photography.

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