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Rustic Winery Wedding

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


A lovely reader emailed me last week in need of ideas for her Barossa Valley wedding. The couple want their country wedding to incorporate a vintage style with touches like shabby chic furniture, sweet decorations and fairy lights plus perhaps centered around the beautiful shade of vintage green.

Inspired by the vintage print of Elizabeth and Geoffrey‘s bridesmaids gowns and spring bouquets, I designed an inspiration board around a rustic winery wedding theme. Bouquets of unstructured blooms, table settings in soft white linens, masses of greenery and sweet, cold cocktails. Encompassing the beauty of the winery region, the seating card placement uses a champagne riddling rack with recycled bottles, bottles of red wine are tagged with the special meaning they have to the couple and a pane of glass in an old frame and a chalk marker set out the menu for the evening. As dusk falls, the night sky is lit up with fairy lights strung between the trees.

Photo from Elizabeth & Geoffrey’s wedding by Milk & Honey Photography, menu from Martha Stewart Weddings, champagne riddling rack escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, minted rose water from Sunday Suppers (photo and styling by Karen Mordechai), Garden party invitations from The Paper Mint, wine bottle from Martha Stewart Weddings, fairy light table setting by Jimena Roquero Weddings via Once Wed cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, hair photo by Jill Thomas Photography via Carter & Cook Event Co , outdoor seating from French Larkspur


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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Lisa and Mark’s Hunter Valley Gardens Wedding by Ben Adams


Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! Are you ready for your weekend? What wedding plans have you got in store?

We’ve had lots of fun talk on the Polka Dot specialty blogs this week (subscribe to all our blogs at once in your feed reader by using this link or hit the subscribe tab on each individual blog to subscribe to each feed!)

The very talented Marlo Leighton from Decorative Events tells us about herself and gives us some valuable ideas for styling your wedding on Polka Dot Wisdom

Johl from JD Digital Photography writes about the advantages of having a pre-wedding shoot on Polka Dot Wisdom

I share my favourite 10 tools for wedding blogging also on Wisdom

Lisa tells us all about her and Mark’s elegant  ‘Little Wedding’ in the Hunter Valley Gardens on the Polka Dot Weddings blog

Our ever sparkly Miss T and Buzz tell us all about their engagement/pre-wedding shoot on Polka Dot Weddings

Taryn tells us about the excitement of planning her wedding to be held in Melbourne, from her home in London in Polka Dot Weddings

Nic ponders the pros and cons of baking and decorating her own wedding cake on the Weddings blog

Alicia gives us an Autumn Paisley Wishing Tree tutorial on Polka Dot Made

Jennifer and Tony tell us about Part 1 of their honeymoon to Japan in ‘Off To Yamanouchi’ on the Honeymoons blog

Don’t forget, we’re always open to new story ideas and new contributors on our specialty blogs! Register for a personalised collection and fill out our contributor application and we’ll be in touch with more information! We’d love to have you!

The Print Fairy is offering a 10% discount for orders $300 and over (excluding delivery fee) to Polka Dot Bride readers! . You simply have to enter the codeword ‘BIRTHDAYPOLKA’ in the space provided on the online order form for the discount to apply. Check out The Print Fairy website here!

Sydney wedding planning business The White Idea is for sale! Current advertising in place, 2 years ABIA accreditation and on the job training so no further course required. The White Idea has a unblemished industry reputation was also a finalist in NSW wedding planner of year 2010.Check out the website to contact Kim.

Melbourne wedding photographers Red Telegram are giving away a full wedding photography package to a couple marrying next winter! The package includes everything from their five hour photography package to a Red Telegram wedding album. Visit their blog for more information.

Love books? How about a library proposal?


Check out the full story behind this creative and sweet Melbourne story on Stephanie’s blog.

Now it’s your turn! Tell me your news dear readers!

Fiona and Troy’s Whimsical Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Fiona and Troy

I love this afternoon’s Brisbane wedding. It’s a lovely mix of classic touches with whimsical romance. The couple injected a lot of little details to make their hotel ballroom reception theirs – from printed handkerchiefs to special ceremony moments.

Fiona remembers how she met her husband. “We met in high school at the tender age of 14. The connection we had then is the same we have now, we are very blessed that 12 years later when we finally tied the knot, the love we have for each other is the same as it was when we first met. He is my soul mate.”

Photos today are by Studio Sixty Photography. It’s lovely to see how they’ve captured all the little details so creatively, telling the story of the day.

The invitations were designed by the Fiona, a graphic designer and printed by Bespoke Letterpress Boutique (see their beautiful suite here).

Troy wore a suit from Kenneth Blake while his groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

Fiona wore a gown from Pronovias “It was an off-white Pronovias Barcelona Gown. It was made and imported from Spain. I saw it online and bought it without even trying it on – when you know, you just know… right!”  And paired with with royal blue suede Yves St Laurent heels. Donna Sullivan styled the girls makeup.

The flowers (styled by Mary Rose Loff) held special meaning to the couple. “There were many special details in our wedding in particular my bouquet – I had my Nana’s rosary beads wrapped around the stem. Due to illness and old age my grandparents weren’t able to make our wedding.  I also had a single peach coloured rose in with all my ivory roses to symbolise Troy’s mother not being able to share our day with us. He also wore the same coloured rose – this way they were all with us the entire day.”

Fiona says “We had both the ceremony and the reception at the Marriott Hotel in Brisbane City. The staff did an exceptional job on the day, very professional, efficient and accommodating to not only Troy and myself but to all our guests.”

Fiona walked down the aisle to “Moon River” by Frank Sinatra.

Fiona ‘s emotions got the better of her, but her father was well prepared. Fiona recalls “The entire lead up to the wedding I was telling my dad and Troy to make sure they hold it together when I am walking down the aisle as if I see them crying, that would then only set me off and of course I didn’t want to ruin my makeup. Unbeknownst to me, I was the blubbering mess, the second I entered the room I was a mess, complete mess, very emotional haha – thank God my Dad had emergency tissues!!”

Natasha Lewis officiated the ceremony.

Jason, the photographer tells of a special ceremony moment. “Fiona and Troy wrote a message to each other on the day on their beautiful, vintage handkerchiefs (which they used for their Save the Date cards) and sealed it in an envelope to read to each other on their one year anniversary. “

Fiona’s bridesmaids wore brilliantly coloured gowns, Fiona remarks “They were bought online through two separate stores, I wanted bright colours that popped and the girls bouquets were an added accessory – they looked stunning.”

The reception was full of DIY vintage touches. Fiona recalls “We made all the signage, stationary, the petal cones, apple garlands that hung off our chairs, we made all the desserts (apart from the cake), tomato relish favors, the lips and moustaches, and my dad made our rustic wooden letterbox!”

Fiona and Troy worked with Amini Concepts to pull their day together. Fiona remarks “I worked extremely closely with Amini Concepts when putting my wedding together, they are fantastic. Whenever I would give Kelly an idea that I saw and/or thought of she was like, we can do that! It was a match made in heaven really, Kelly and I were always on the same page. It’s always nice to have that comfort in someone like a wedding stylist, as you want to make sure your vision is perceived correctly for your special day.”

The couple had a romantic first dance with music provided on the night by Spin City Sound. Fiona says “We changed it up a bit and had our first dance as soon as we arrived to our reception. Our first dance was to “Love You ‘Till the End” by The Pogues. We both fell in love with this song when we heard it in the movie ‘PS. I Love You’ and it stuck with us. It’s a beautiful song. Perfect.”

The speeches are always one of my favourite moments and Troy’s had a little synchronicity. Fiona remembers “During Troy’s speech, randomly, fireworks started going off along the Brisbane River. It was like clockwork, magical really, another wedding along the river must have had them, naturally, we all pretended like they were meant for us haha – it was great!”

The couple had a wedding cake from Cake That, with a  cake topper bought online through Etsy.

Mini cheeseburgers kept guests on the dance floor before a sparkler exit.

Congratulations on your marriage Fiona and Troy! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photos by Studio Sixty Photography


Nat and Jez’s Sweet Sydney Wedding

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


Nat and Jez

Do you remember the sweet engagement shoot of Nat and Jez? I’m so thrilled today to be able to share their sweet and beautiful wedding day! Nat and Jez were married on a private property just outside Glenorie, Sydney on one of the hottest days of the year! I’m enchanted by the way the couple pulled their personalities into the wedding – from the suspenders Jez wore to Nat’s daisy chain and very special wedding gown.

Today’s wedding was shot by Amanda Thorson of Thorson Photography. I love Amanda’s soft, gentle approach to photography. She seems to get the best out of the couple she photographs while really relating to them. Film maker Edwina Wright filmed the wedding day.

Nat wore a family heirloom wedding gown. Jez says ,”Nat’s gown was home made, the dress was worn by the Nat’s mother and originally made by her grandmother. The dress was re-designed and remade by the bride’s mother using the original dress and some new French lace.” Nat paired it with Witchery shoes.

The groom wore an outfit from Hugo Boss.

The freesias and lavender blooms used throughout the day were purchased from The Flower Man.

The couple held their wedding at Nat’s father’s property. The day turned out to be one of the hottest on record for the summer!

Music during the ceremony was played by Paul Liao. Nat says “The memory that stood out for me was when Jez picked me up during the kiss. I really wasn’t expecting it & it was amazing!!!”

Jez says, “We planned the entire wedding themselves with some help doing crafty things and cooking from our friends and family.”

Nat’s second favourite memory from the wedding day was the fairy floss.

Congratulations Nat & Jez! Thank you for sharing your story with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Amanda Thorson of Thorson Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Amanda Thorson of Thorson Photography.

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