Andrea and Bryce’s Romantic Rainy Wedding

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


Andrea and Bryce

Beautifully classic is the theme of today’s Wollongong wedding. The smattering rain added to the romantic, dreaminess of the gorgeous wedding day of Andrea and Bryce.

Andrea tells of how they came to be. “Bryce and I met in Sydney at a bar close to where I used to live. We spotted each other across the room. We didn’t talk at first, instead a friend of ours were talking and we eventually got the bravery to talk. We both knew straight away it was love at first sight. We went on a few dates and before long we were inseparable. Within a year we had moves to Wollongong to start a new life together. Bryce proposed at Mount Keira lookout after a year together. This is our new home down here now and we wouldn’t have had our wedding anywhere else.”

Dian and Dominic from dWU Photography captured today’s wedding with a classic, romantic style.

Andrea chose a gown by Wendy Makin, she explains, “I always loved looking at my mother’s wedding photos when I was a little girl and loved her long lace train and soft wavy hair! I always knew I wanted to look like her. She was a beautiful bride. When I found my dress I loved it! It was what I always pictured! The veil was perfect and I knew I would theme my whole wedding around it. I wanted romantic vintage themed wedding! Roses! Pearls! Lace! Soft pink and ivory champagne colours. Also on the night of the wedding I used a clutch/purse that my mother used at her own wedding to my father over 25 years ago. I love everything vintage and romantic because that’s always been my idea of love and marriage. Everything turned out perfect and love was in the air the whole day!”

Last minute details? Andrea remembers “My mother picked out the hair comb for me – I love it! We also decided at the last minute that the bridesmaids needed something else in their hair and we snapped off a rose from the church displays. I loved it.”

Andrea and Bryce were married at St Mary’s Star Of The Sea Wollongong. Andrea remembers,  “The ceremony in the chapel was perfect. It was so intimate and just beautiful inside”. She walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls.

Andrea recalls, “Walking out to Elvis after we were married was so fun and just perfect.”

Andrea says,  “It was the most romantic and perfect day of my life, a fairy tale.”

Of their photographers, Andrea says, “We had Dian and Dominic from dWU photography as our photographer. They’re fun, outgoing, diverse!”

Andrea and Bryce held their reception at The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant North Wollongong. Andrea says “The reception was so amazing. It turned out great it felt so romantic and full of love inside. Beautiful drapes, tea candles, rose petals! ”

Of their first dance, Andrea says  “It was to Van Morrison ‘Someone like you’. I grew up listening to Van Morrison. I loved that song because my parents used to slow dance to it all the time. I always knew I wanted it as my wedding song. It is such a beautiful piece of music it makes my heart melt. I just think of my parents being so in love and now Bryce and I are the same. ”

Congratulations on your marriage Andrea and Bryce! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to dWU Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: dWU Photography / Cinematographer: Peter from Everlast Wedding Videos / Bride's Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride's Shoes: Essence / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Tramps Menswear (02)4226 5933 / Bridesmaid Dresses: Smik Formal Wear / Hair & Makeup Artist: Le Fabulous / Flowers: Bulli Bunches / Invitations & Stationery: B Studios Wedding Invitations / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Star Of The Sea Wollongong / Ceremony Officiant: Father Brendan Kelly / Reception Venue: The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant North Wollongong / Wedding Cake: Lisa & John's Cakes Covers and Candlesticks / Transport: Australia in Style
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Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – Lovey Dovey

by | Bride, Gift Guide, Wedding Gifts


Since Polka Dot Bride is a wedding blog, I thought it only appropriate to title this gift guide the “Lovey Dovey” one. The presents you can buy yourself for your loved one without feeling embarrassed. A little token to show your love, a little symbol of the heart! I’ve scoured these products from Australian retailers and found the sweetest gifts only right to tie with a love heart stamped bow.

1. Blacklist – Young Hearts Wall flag from From The Owl 2. Mrs & Mrs Pillowcase set from Down That Little Lane 3. Memory Book: You & Me from Kikki K 4. Brown wicker picnic basket from Peters Of Kensington 5. You Are My Sunshine Metal Sign from Lark 6. Fieldguide Dreams Tote from Stylemilk 7 Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the Word’s Greatest Trips from The Nile 8. Love Notes Ring Holder from Tiffany & Co 9. Rifle Paper Co Anatomy Of Love Print from Notemaker 10.. Mr & Mrs Letters from rawspace 11. Kate Spade Two of A Kind Glasses from Any Gifts Direct

Tiarni and Deon’s Surprise Bendemeer Wedding

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


Tiarni and Deon

The surprise wedding of Tiarni and Deon was held on their farm, located just outside of Bendemeer. Deon’s family owns a nursery and ensured the property looked in ship shape for the wedding day. After eleven years together, the couple decided to surprise their guests

Of how they met, the couple answer together. “Tiarni couldn’t resist Deon’s impressive dance moves (the sprinkler, lawn mower etc) at a local Tamworth night club eleven and a half years ago. After twelve months of going on picnics, bowling and going on the usual dates at the movies they moved in together and have been together ever since. ”

Photographs are by Wanted Imagery who has captured the fun essence of the day.

Tiarni chose a beautiful gown from Studibaker.

Tiarni and Deon remember, “90% of the wedding was DIY. Besides the bride’s bouquet and button holes, the flowers were arranged the night before for the bar tables etc. Decorating scheme was designed and made by the couple. There was music that ran all day through the garden, playing a mixture of blues and alternate tracks was collated by the groom and will be sent out to all guests with the thank-you message incorporated in the CD cover. The catering was mostly prepared by the bride and a couple of family members with a cook and wait staff hired for the day to do the final cooking and serving. The cake was a gift and made by an old family friend. The invitations were all designed, printed and folded into origami hearts by the bride and her mother. ”

Tiarni walked down the aisle to Ben Harper’s “By My Side”.

Tiarni and Deon recall, “The formalities of the hand binding ceremony took place in the “bush chapel” at the front of the property surrounded by large granite rocks and local gums where guests either stood or were seated intimately in front of the couple.”

Tiarni says “Our day was honest and couldn’t have represented us as a couple more. Fun, relaxed and full of love!”

They remember, “After signing the necessary certificates close by to the ceremony site, the couple then whisked the photographer down to a special spot only 100m down the road from their property where the couple like to go for a swim or to just unwind. ” Aunty Jax Florist created the bridal party flowers including an orange tulip bouquet for the bride.

Of their photographer, they say, “Rebecca Essery from Wanted Imagery was the photographer for the day and was one of the few that were in on the surprise wedding. Tiarni had seen Bec’s work from her blog and thought that she would be the photographer that would best convey the emotions and atmosphere of the day. Bec fit into the informal events of the day seamlessly. We couldn’t have been happier.”

“The rest of the reception involved drinks and canapes (Thai fish cakes, corn fritters, moneybags etc) around the garden where games of ping-pong and croquet were played. ”

Tiarni remembers, “The day before the wedding was when the east coast experienced a cold snap with the hired marquees being erected in sleet with a maximum of 5 degrees Celsius. The clear sky dances that were performed must have worked as the day of the wedding was a perfect warm day with some guests getting a little sunburnt! ”

The couple describe the wedding as, “A relaxed garden party Surprise wedding, with friends and family, filled with fun and laughter….”

The wedding cake was made by a family friend and tapped into a special shared love of the newlyweds, who explain, “The bride gave the groom Volkswagen Kombi cufflinks on the day. The bride’s orange tulips represented the grooms Dutch heritage. The beetle on the cake was a replica of the one currently owned by the couple, even down to the number plate.”

Instead of a guestbook, the wedding guests signed something a little different, Tiarni and Deon explain. “Instead of guests signing a book, they were asked to sign a 1960’s Volkswagen beetle engine lid. This will be hung in the couple’s dining room as they have a passion for Volkswagens.”

Congratulations Tiarni and Deon! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Wanted Imagery for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Wanted Imagery / Cinematographer: Attitude Productions (Jason Archer) / Bride's Dress: Studibaker / Bride's Jewellery: Borrowed from bride's mother / Groom's Attire: Adelaide Bridal Centre / Hairstylist: Amanda Jane Styling / Makeup Artist: Jeanette (Howles Amcal Pharmacy Tamworth / Flowers: Aunty Jax Florist / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Gerry Fletcher 0409 601 883 / Wedding Cake: Jenny Douglas - family friend / Wedding Rings: Danny Designer Jeweller

Saja Wedding 2013

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


It’s rare that we feature international designers with no base in Australia, but the best part about New York based Saja Wedding is that they happily ship internationally, so the beauties I get to show you today are indeed available to you!

Saja Wedding has such a beautiful range of gowns. They’re contemporary, relaxed with a beautiful feminine feel to them. Just as home on a beach as they are in a garden, the gowns are such an ethereal delight! Designer Yoo Lee founded the label in 2000 and has become known for her whimsical way of design. Ironically, the designer eloped to Las Vegas for her own wedding!

Gowns: Saja / Hair & Makeup Artist: Jordan Byers / Styling: Yoo Lee