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Beach Wedding Gown Roundup

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


One of our lovely readers has put the call out for a simple wedding gown appropriate for a beach wedding. There are so many beautiful gowns you can wear if you’re marrying on the sand – floaty fabrics can be tossed around by the sea air and simple sparkles can be caught by the sunlight.

Here are some of my favourite gowns for beach weddings from Australian designers.

1. Rachel Gilbert 2. Johanna Johnson 3. Collette Dinnigan 4. Anna Campbell 5. Master/Slave 6. Fiorenza 7. Henri Josef website 6. Johanna Johnson

1. Anna Campbell 2. Master/Slave 3. Lisa Brown 4. Collette Dinnigan 5. Master/Slave 6. Rachel Gilbert 7. PGP from White Runway 8. Lisa Brown

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Sayuri and Luke’s Beautiful Batemans Bay Wedding

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


Sayuri and Luke

There’s nothing like a casual wedding on the shores of Australia’s coast line. Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast is a special part of the world and today’s wedding captures not only the beautiful landscape of the area, but the newlyweds embraced the relaxed vibe with their own relaxed wedding. There’s little tradition on this day but a lot of love and a beautiful story to go with it.

Sayuri and Luke met through a friend. “We were ‘secretly’ set up by a mutual friend (Claire) who obviously knew each of us well enough to connect the dots – Claire invited us both to a group dinner where we met and the rest is history!”

Today’s photographs are by David Robertson. I love the feeling of David’s photographs. They’re beautifully simple but capture so much emotion and meaning in each shot.

Sayuri wore a strapless gown from Maggie Sottero from Raffele Ciuca Brunswick with shoes from Carmen Steffans.

Sayuri’s bridesmaid wore an emerald green gown from Arthur Galan.

Sayuri and her bridesmaid’s look was created by Elite Hair Studio. Sayuri recalls “Terrie and Kat from Elite Hair Studio –  they went over and above the call of duty in helping five women get their hair done in time for the big day!” The floral arrangements for the day were by Joycies Flowers.

Before the ceremony, the couple shared a “first look” at Mossy Point Jetty.

Sayuri and Luke threw out tradition and walked down the aisle together to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.

The ceremony was held at Luke’s parent’s garden in Broulee. They turned their creek side garden into a beautiful ceremony venue.

The guests were a highlight of the day for the newlyweds, including one special addition. Sayuri recalls “I loved our surprise last minute guests! The groom’s cousin surprised us by turning up from Perth at the rehearsal the day before”. The couple provided bottles of water with custom labels from Custom Bottled Water.

Sayuri and Luke held their reception at On the Pier, Batemans Bay. Sayuri says “Belinda and the her team at On The Pier Batemans Bay did not disappoint, with their award-winning seafood cocktail selection, great range of drinks and last but not least – impeccable service which included activities to keep the children entertained! They also took care of the bridal party while we prepared for the day in their lovely boardroom with a gorgeous view of the bay. ”

Although there was no formal dance, the music (with DJ Matt Brown) provided a spontaneous one. Sayuri explains “We didn’t officially have a first dance as there were no formalities on the night, however at some stage we both ended up in the middle of a circle dancing to ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Ritchie – you could probably call that the first dance!”

Congratulations Sayuri and Luke! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to David Robertson for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by David Robertson.


Tea For Two – Vintage Party Hire

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


I had a lovely discussion with friends the other night as to whether vintage was a trend – trends are something I find really hard to talk about on Polka Dot Bride, because I tend to focus on stories and the extra special touches couples put into their days. So is vintage a trend? I don’t think it is, as much as a pillar…. Vintage has always been present in weddings, couples have always paid homage to history – but it’s slowly emerging as something which couples want to include more and more. It’s always been there, but now we’re embracing more elements of it that appeal to us.

Something that I’ve loved seeing pop up lately is vintage party hire services.  I think it’s a such a special touch to host an afternoon tea featuring  vintage china and cucumber sandwiches, or serve your guests delicious Mojitos out of silver jugs, even eat off  different vintage plates. Here’s three of my favourite vintage party hire businesses and the divine things they offer!

‘A Vintage Affair’ Melbourne, Victoria

From a huge range of gorgeous tea cups and saucers, silver tea sets, cake stands and accessories the girls at ‘A Vintage Affair’ hire out beautiful pieces for weddings, hen’s days and bridal showers. A Vintage Affair offers full service event styling in addition to their hire and also does a “high tea experience” which includes everything from the crockery to the catering to the games!

The Vintage Table, Perth, WA

The Vintage Table, based in Perth is a brand new business with a sense of history – owner Alison has been collecting vintage pieces for many many years and lending them for family and friend’s celebrations. Now they’re available to anyone for any type of occasion.. The Vintage Table is able to cater for up to 200 for a vintage high tea set up, 100 for a seated dinner and 150 for a cocktail function.  The Vintage Table has a number of packages – suitable for a high tea, dinner, even a dessert buffet. My favourites? The 1920s silver antique wedding cake plateau and Alison’s collection of over 200 champagne coupes!

A Vintage Party, Byron Bay NSW, and Brisbane QLD

A Vintage Party is owned by Marika (one of our lovely readers and brides) and is based out of coastal town Byron Bay. Marika’s love of vintage and handmade extended throughout the wedding where she sourced many vintage glass jars, glass bottles and the most delightful china floral patterned plates. Plus I love reading about Marika’s finds on her blog!

How are you incorporating history into your own wedding day? Have you found any fantastic suppliers helping you to create your vintage atmosphere?

Marika and Jamie’s Handmade Byron Bay Wedding

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


Marika and Jamie

Marika and Jamie married in one of my favourite parts of the world with a wedding so full of colour, so full of life that I know you will fall in love with it as much as I did.

Photos today are by the late Jonno Howell. Jonno, in his tragically short life posed such a lot of talent- the photos he took of Marika and Jamie’s special day are filled with sparkle, love and capture the vintage country party feel they wanted so beautifully.

Jonno tragically passed away earlier this year and our newlyweds wanted to share the photos of their wedding with the world as a tribute to his amazing life.

Marika, who owns a vintage party hire business called A Vintage Party (founded after her own wedding day) designed the invitations herself. Marika even found and hand pressed each four leaf clover!

The couple were married at Newrybar Community Hall. Marika walked down the aisle to “Billy” by Bob Dylan.

Marika wore a beaded blouse from Alannah Hill along with a customised vintage skirt, she carried a bouquet of simple white daisies. Jamie wore a vintage suit paired with a gold bow tie he made himself.

When asked to describe their wedding in a sentence, Marika says it was “A country wedding with a bit of vintage and a lot of love.”

Following the ceremony, guests hopped on “The magic bus – A psychedelically painted double decker bus that took all the guests from the ceremony to the reception.”

The couple held their reception at the A&I Hall in Bangalow.

The couple DIY’d as much as they could for the wedding day. Marika created vintage place cards for the guests and the couple also created a personalised cross word to keep guests entertained.

There was plenty of family help for the day Marika says “Our mums made all the wedding cakes which were just decorated with simple fresh flowers.” Marika collected vintage crockery, jars and for the guests to use and to decorate the reception. She says “The night was spent eating and dancing.”

Congratulations Marika and Jamie! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by Jonno Howell

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