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Aubergine Secret Garden Gala

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Tara wrote to me a few months ago (patient Tara!) requesting an inspiration board for her wedding. She’s marrying at Nathania Springs (the photo in the top right of the board), a venue in the forest and wants to incorporate the old world country charm of the venue with greens and splashes of vivid purples.

My take on her style was to put a little secret garden twist onto it, little touches that make guests feel like they’ve entered another world. I see Tara in her dream ballgown with her fiancee in black tie, guests are entranced by the sweet green smell of the forest, hidden with secret areas of sweets, treats and fresh blooms.

Bringing cream into the colour palette lightens it up a little while still keeping the warmth,  the golden pears (the forbidden fruit), the lavender blossoms on the cake- this wedding of touches that overwhelm the senses.

Table from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo from Nathania Springs, headpiece from,, antique keys from The Merriment Blog, invitations from Ruby & Willow, pear place card from Pronovias via Brides, photo from Cayton Photo Journal, bouquet from Saipua, groom photo from Brides, cake from Martha Stewart.

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning! Happy happy happy Friday polka dots! Just a little roundup of Polka Dot happenings this morning, I have a lot of gorgeous content to finish getting ready for you next week and well it’s Friday, so let’s have a bit of an easier day shall we?

Around the Polka Blogs

Groom Style with Damian on Polka Dot Groom

This Is How Twitter Works on Polka Dot Wisdom

Also on Polka Dot Wisdom, Cake Occasions take us behind the scenes of a beautiful painted masterpiece

Mel shares her DIY flowergirl project on Polka Dot Made

My DIY button cookie and favor box project were published on Brides this week!

Paula and Dan had the most delightful rainbow wedding and shared it on Polka Dot Weddings

Don’t forget you can sign up to be a contributor on any of our blogs by registering for a personalised collection and filling out the contributor application.

You have until November 30th to send your entries in to win your dream wedding dress from Henry Roth! You can send your entry in whenever you’re ready, we have some amazing ones already- you’ve such a talented bunch, it makes me so excited!

Domonique and Nick

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


Domonique and Nick

Oh Byron Bay! What a perfect place you are for a wedding, an Australian hinterland wedding! Today’s wedding is beautiful and full of gorgeous photos and touches which will make you smile and start tapping your feet.

Domonique and Nick are our newlyweds and here’s how they met. “Nick and I met after he and a mate kayaked from Sydney to Byron Bay for the Make a Wish Foundation in 2006. I was the television reporter, he was the talent.

Three fateful days later we bumped into each other at the Blues and Roots Music Festival and well, the rest is history,

Our wedding was vintage inspired, which we carried through the decoration. The wishing well was my Grandfather’s suitcase from the 50s, decorated with crochets that my Nana made. We also had a photograph of our each of our parents and grandparents on their special day.”

Stephen of Stephen Henry Photographics captured today’s images. Stephen not only captured the little details and gorgeous moments beautifully, but there was a stunning beauty in the way he captured the overall feeling of the event- editing down the photos of that view, gosh what a task! I loved letting the emotion these photos wash over me as I went from one snapshot to the next.

The wedding and reception was held at the beautiful Koonyum Range Retreat near Mullumbimby. Koonyum Range Retreat is located on the edge of a cliff with breathtaking valley, rainforest and ocean views to Byron Bay.

Domonique wore a slinky 1920s inspired gown- the “Ophelia” by Johanna Johnson, with shoes from Alannah Hill and jewels from Tessarella House. Domonique’s bridesmaids wore green gowns from Two Birds Bridesmaid.

Domonique carried a bouquet of white blooms including Calla Lillies from Flowers On The Run. She says “I walked down the aisle to Djarimirri by Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu. He has an angelic voice and we’ve seen him perform many times in the NT.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen my Dad share a tear, but before we walked down the aisle, he welled up and told me how much he loves me and how proud of me he was. ”

Domonique and Nick wrote their own vows.

Nick and Domonique put their own touch on the ceremony. Domonique recounts “Nick and I personalised the ceremony with a Warming of the Rings and Wine Box and Letter Ritual. It was a special way to include all those that we love and made the ceremony more intimate.

Nick made the box from Tassie Oak with dove tail joints and engraved ‘Young Love 18.09.2010’ on the side. He then hiked his hammer down from Darwin.

The night before the ceremony we wrote each other a love letter, which along with a bottle of Penfolds RWT Shiraz, was placed inside the box and sealed on the day.

The box will become a 25th Anniversary gift to one another or remind us in a time of need why we chose to marry.”

After the ceremony, the newlyweds enjoyed bubbles with their guests before heading off for photographs.

The couple chose a band to entertain guests throughout the night. Domonique says “The Blue Hulas were classically cool and incredibly talented musicians who kept everyone on the dance floor. We couldn’t get enough of them and nor could our guests.”

Sprout Creative created the stationery, including table cards which named tables after special places to Domonique and Nick. Seaweed Cuisine catered a sit down dinner for the guests.

The first dance was held under the stars. Domonique and Nick danced to Gold to Me by Ben Harper.

Domonique’s mum helped Domonique make welcome packs for each guest as well as the sweet treats for the evening ! Domonique says “We made welcome packs for each guest that included chocolates that Mum and I made. Being a destination wedding, we wanted to ensure that everyone was informed of the activities they could join in over the weekend.”

My Mum made the wedding cake; chocolate and hazelnut, which accompanied the chocolate fountain and spring berries.”

Domonique had a treat in store for her groom “I sourced a copy of the news story I wrote on Nick’s kayak adventure to play as part of our wedding speech. It was the first time that many people saw the story and showed when we first set eyes on one another.

We enjoyed the night together and everyone that we love was there. It was simple, relaxed and intimate.”

A big congratulations and thank you to Domonique and Nick for allowing us to share their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Stephen Henry for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Stephen Henry Photographics

Joey and Graham

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Joey and Graham

A soft, romantic, almost English style country garden wedding today all the way from Wangaratta in Victoria! I love the soft romantic feeling of this morning’s celebration and I think you just might fall for it too!

Joey tells their story. “Graham and I met through church and had known each other for six years before we started dating. Graham would call into the family farm where I lived to have cuppas and talk cars and motorbikes with my dad and brothers. After a number of years as friends, we went on a road trip around half of Australia. The spark was ignited and with a strong foundation of friendship, we got hitched a year later.”

The special touches were even evident in the jewelery Joey wore on the day. “Graham wore a plain gold wedding band. I wore earrings given to me by my Aunty and wore my two engagement rings. On my left hand, the diamond engagement ring Graham and I had made which a plain gold band accompanied. On my right hand, I wore the engagement ring Graham proposed with. He made this ring himself over five years ago before he knew me as a reminder that the right girl was out there and that she was worth waiting for. He stored it in his work toolbox which he took with him to worksites all around Australia. Before Graham and I started dating, we went on a road trip as friends around half of Australia. While camping at Alice Springs, we picked our first flower together, a native everlasting daisy. Unbeknown to me, Graham kept the flower and altered the ring he made so that the flower nestled in the centre of the ring. The bridesmaids wore pearls.”

Ngg Studios are the photographers behind today’s wedding! They flew from Brisbane to Victoria to capture it! I adore the soft, dreamy captures that NGG creates- pure emotion with blissful grace.

Joey wore pretty pink shoes. “My dusty pink shoes were custom made by Bespoke Bigday, as I wanted a low heel that was still pretty.” She wore a gown from Maggie Sottero and sewed a piece of fabric from her grandmother’s and Mum’s wedding dress onto the lining.

Joey carried a bouquet by Melissa at Blooms on Bridge Benalla. Graham added to the bouquet with a pink camellia he pulled from his lapel and gave to Joey in a romantic gesture.

Joey and Graham married at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Wangaratta. Joey says ” I had always wanted to walk down the aisle to a pipe organ and was in a girls choir at the Holy Trinity Cathedral when I was younger. As committed Christians, it was very important to Graham and I to have a Christ centred service. Our pastor did the message and we were married by the Dean of the Cathedral.

We walked down the aisle to the pipe organ playing Purcell’s ‘Trumpet Tune’. As a surprise to Graham, I had organised a family friend to accompany the organ playing his trumpet – sounded fantastic!”

The getaway car was not just any vehicle as Joey shares, “Friends drew an image of Graham and me next to the bridal car, a Daimler Sovereign 1971. My Dad restored this car when I was a young girl and as I grew up watching it being used for weddings, I wanted it to be the bridal car when it was my turn to be the bride! This image was used for invitations, the order of service and place cards. On the back of the order of service, a monogram was printed- ‘Graham and Joanna’ intertwined with a rose which was also drawn by our friend.”

Post ceremony, Joey and Graham held an afternoon reception for their ceremony guests. “The refreshments were held at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre which was conveniently located across the road from the church and also had the capacity to cater for the 300 plus friends and family who attended our wedding ceremony.”

After bridal party photos, a smaller reception was held in the evening at Gracebrook Vineyards in the King Valley. Joey says “Graham and I both loved the rustic elegance of the restored 1800 stables at Gracebrook Vinyeards. With fabulous staff, sweeping views of the mountains and a cosy atmosphere inside, it was a wonderful venue for a winter wedding reception.”

Joey says “After looking at endless cakes, I designed a three tier ivory cake which was made by Jeanie’s Cakes in Wangaratta. The bottom two tiers were a fresh zesty lemon cake and the top tier was fruit cake. Each tier had piped icing detail and thin merlot ribbon was wrapped around the bottom. The same roses used in the bridesmaid’s bouquets (tones of ivory, merlot and mauve) were used to decorate each tier.”

Thank you Joey and Graham for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you to ngg Studios for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Ngg Studios

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