Peta and Marko’s Sweet Central Coast Wedding

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


Peta & Marko

Hiring out a farm for a weekend wedding sounds almost decadent, a little piece of the world that is yours for this incredible occasion. It’s  a beautiful way to marry- everybody pitching in and turning a little piece of the world into a wedding that is yours and that’s exactly what Peta and Marko did when they chose Yarramalong Valley Farmstay  on the NSW central coast for their wedding.

Peta and Marko’s photographer was Lisa Lent who captured plenty of handmade details and moments on the wedding day. The couple also hired Girl Friday Weddings to coordinate their wedding.

The wedding was filled with handmade details- especially made by Peta’s mother! Peta, a graphic designer (and new owner of wedding business Don’t Forget The Details, designed the invitations and wedding stationery herself.

Peta’s wedding gown was made by her mother, She wore coloured shoes from Zu and Gai Hyde Flowers created the wedding bouquets.

Peta walked down the aisle to a beautiful song, she explains “It was “Sweetest Kiss” by Vince Freeman. Marko found the song online while researching amps and called me and said I have just found our wedding song so I found it on Youtube, and loved it instantly! This all happened about 2 weeks before the wedding! So it wasn’t “our song” or anything. I couldn’t get a hold of the song so I emailed Vince and he replied instantly with a few versions for us to use! This just made it all the more special for us and totally represented the whole theme of the day which was all about sharing our love!”

Not only did Peta’s mother make Peta’s wedding gown, she also whipped up a pink strapless gown for Peta’s bridesmaid. John Scanlon performed the ceremony.

The entire wedding was held at Yarramalong Valley Farmstay. Peta remarks “The venue was amazing. We wanted something that had a casual homely feel. We met Briony when we viewed the property and we instantly knew it would be perfect! It was a farmstay house, with acres and acres of land and the view over the valley was amazing. We had the venue for the weekend, and it was a place where we could hold both the ceremony and reception and we could make the day longer as people didn’t have to leave so they could also enjoy the surroundings. It was an out door marquee wedding, we had the house to get ready in so it just felt like being at home! And our guests felt the same.”

Peta describes the wedding as “A mix of both of us, rustic, eclectic, romantic, homely and one big get together. My husband’s family is Serbian so we had lots of traditional dancing and music too!”


Peta’s mother decorated the reception with flowers bunched into recycled glass vases. Peta’s mother even made the cake!

The open paddocks proved to be a perfect dance floor. Peta explains “One story was when we did the kolo – tradition Serbian dance. Nearly everyone got involved and we covered the paddock in a huge circle! It was so great to see  and was LOTS of fun!”

Peta notes, “There were a few special details, pom poms, hanging hearts, signs and hanging vases were all made by my mum and dad.  Menus and advice cards were made by me. The gifts were handmade cookies by my closest friend,  my dress made by my mum… There was something of everyone in everything! Oh, plus my red shoes!”

The first dance was simple and sweet. Peta remembers “Well, we danced to Santana’s “Why don’t you and I”. This song has meaning to us so it seemed perfect for us to celebrate it this way. Anyone who knew us in the beginning knew the meaning of the song too! We are both shy people so it wasn’t long before we got people up dancing with us!”

Congratulations Peta and Marko! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Lisa Lent  for today’s images!

Photographer: Lisa Lent / Wedding Planner: Girl Friday Weddings / Bride's Dress: Bride's mother / Bride's Shoes: Zu / Bride's Jewellery: Troy O'Brien Jewellery / Groom's Attire: Zanetti / Groomsmen Attire: Zanetti / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bride's mother / Hair & makeup artist: Kristen Hartz / Flowers: Gai Hyde Flowers / Venue: Yarramalong Valley Farmstay / Ceremony Officiant: John Scanlon / Ceremony Musicians: Bob Allan / Catering: Cateraid / Wedding Cake: Bride's mother / Decorations: Bride's mother
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Morgan and Mitch’s Clare Valley Winery Wedding

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


Morgan & Mitch

With bouquets of succulents and billy buttons, the vast winery landscape of the Clare Valley, the golden light and a giggling group of guests, today’s gorgeous celebration of Morgan and Mitch is a beautiful one. The couple met at a friend’s 21st birthday and that beautiful relaxed elegance, the feeling that only Australian weddings can embody, is in abundance at their wedding.

Photographs today are by Urban Safari Photography.

The bride and her bridesmaid carried bouquets of succulents and yellow billy buttons created by Robyn May Flowers.

Genna Trolio styled Morgan and her bridesmaid’s makeup.

Mitch and his groomsmen went for a relaxed style, choosing shirts from Country Road and pants from RM Williams. Morgan’s family home acted as a base for the weekend. She explains “My parents own a property not far from Leasingham called Penwortham Station, which is where the boys stayed before the wedding. The next day, Mum and Dad had everyone over for a ‘recovery breakfast’.”

Morgan and Mitch held their wedding at O’Leary Walker Winery, Leasingham. Poppies Flowers & Presence styled the event.

Morgan walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of Maps  – “Yeah Yeahs Yeahs”. Morgan explains “In May 2011, my Dad broke his leg severely in a car accident and spent the rest of the year learning how to walk again, and recovering from the surgery needed to repair the break. For a while there we didn’t think Dad would be able to walk me down the aisle without a walking stick. He worked so hard all year and was able to walk me down the aisle free of any aids. Better yet, we also got to have a lovely father/daughter dance!”

There were two special guests at the ceremony. Morgan remarks “Our dogs, Dudley and Desi, also attended the ceremony. They’re part of the family so we couldn’t leave them at home! They were also on the front of our invitations – Kate, who designed our invitations, had an artist she found on Etsy draw a ‘family portrait’ of the four of us. We’ve got a print of that framed at home now.” Rebecca Wilson performed the ceremony.

Morgan describes the wedding as “Original and unique with loads of fun and dancing!”

Morgan and her bridesmaid wore gowns from Betrothed. Morgan added shoes from Miss Gladys Sym Choon  and jewels from Miss Martini while her bridesmaid wore shoes from Raymond Poulton.

The first dance was met with rousing applause. Morgan explains “We danced to “The Girl” by City and Colour – the lyrics are so sweet and we both love the song. The first part of the song is slow and then it speeds up in the middle, so we got our guests up on the dance floor with us.”

Poppies Flowers & Presence  provided the styling and hire creating break out spots for guests and filling pots and vintage bottles with blooms.

Of their photographer, Morgan says “She was wonderful! I know Kate through her sister – she got some amazing shots and is very original. She also set up a photo booth for us which everyone loved. She made a slideshow of the photo booth photos after the wedding which we’ve watched so many times.”


In lieu of a traditional cake, the couple chose a cheese cake from Mercarto .

The reception was decorated with vintage bottles, suitcases and treats.

Morgan and Mitch had a few special touches to make the reception fun and different for their guests. Morgan explains, “The “cheese cake” was a bit different, and the photo booth was a great way to get pictures of all our guests. We also had bocce set up on the lawn outside.” Kate from Urban Safari Photography set up a photo booth inside for the wedding guests.

Congratulations on your marriage Morgan and Mitch! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Kate of Urban Safari Photography for sharing the images today!


Photographer: Kate Paneros at Urban Safari Photography / Styling & Hire: Poppies Flowers / Styling & Hire: Presence / Bride's Dress: Betrothed / Bride's Shoes: Miss Gladys Sym Choon / Bride's Jewellery: Miss Martini / Groom's Attire: Country Road (Shirt) / Groom's Attire: RM Williams (Pants) / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road (Shirt) / Groomsmen Attire: RM Williams (Pants) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Betrothed / Bridesmaid Shoes: Raymond Poulton / Makeup Artist: Genna Trolio / Flowers: Robyn May Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Kate Paneros at Urban Safari Photography / Venue: O'Leary Walker Winery, Leasingham SA / Ceremony Officiant: Rebecca Wilson / DJ: DJ Michael Artis / Cheese Cake: Mercarto / Wedding Rings: Jeff Tims

Bride In Blush

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I adore it when a bride wears colour and this little inspiration shoot is from Meredith Lord. The New Zealand inspiration shoot was based loosely on the glamour of the 1920’s, but the pale pink beauty of the bride’s gown was what struck me.

Meredith collaborated with  Vania Bailey, Raymond Michael, Lushka at Hawkes Bay Club to create these gorgeous photographs.

Would you wear colour on your wedding day? Did you?

Photographer: Meredith Lord Photography / Makeup & Styling: Vania Bailey / Hairstylist: Raymond Michael / Flowers: Lushka / Bride's Dress: Expressions / Venue: Hawkes Bay Club

Kristen & Roxley’s Vintage High Tea Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kristen & Roxley

A touch of Audrey Hepburn never goes astray when it comes to a beautiful wedding and Kristen and Roxley’s Toowoomba celebration was inspired by the days of yore and celebrated with a scrumptious high tea- butterfly cakes, fine teas and beverages and tiered cake stands filled with sweet treats. A Sunday well spent wouldn’t you say?

 Salt Studios captured today’s wedding with all the vintage, sweet details and fun locations even down to the fun of the bride’s shoes!

Kristen wore a gown and veil made by Silver Sixpence with earrings from Stephanie Browne. She explains “I am a massive fan of Audrey Hepburn, she was the inspiration behind my dress choice.  I was so lucky that on our honeymoon in Switzerland, we made our way to Tolochenez, the beautiful village where Audrey lived and is buried.  Thanks to a Swiss girl who pointed us in the right direction, we found the house Audrey lived in, and her grave – it was a lovely experience.”

Kristen and David chose Glencoe Lutheran Church for their ceremony. Kristen recalls “We were married in a small, remote timber Church at 10.30 on a mid spring Sunday morning.  We had a string duo provide music in the Church and had a very short, simple marriage service.  We had family photos outside of the Church.”

Kristen walked down the aisle to music from the Cantana String Trio. She had a special accessory added to her outfit. “I  wore a pair of stretch lace gloves to the ceremony; I actually wore these gloves to my aunt’s wedding as a child.  One of the most special moments of the day was that same aunt giving me back the bells I hung on her arm on her wedding day. ”

Kristen’s shoes were by Alan Pinkus.

The couple traveled around Toowoomba for their location photographs. Kristen says “I remember the feeling of crossing the road to the Empire Theatre, I felt that I was from the 1950s, it was just so exciting!  I loved people driving by beeping at us as we had our photos taken!”

The Coffee House gardens were the perfect setting for a high tea reception. Kristen recalls “For our reception we had a lunch and high tea buffet in the garden of The Coffee House.  We dressed the tables with light blue gingham tablecloths that we made ourselves, I decorated the tables with a collection of vintage teacups and saucers that I made into candles, and on each table I also had a vintage vase with Chantilly roses.    We had lunch served and then had a high tea buffet set up, I collected many old and new cake stands, cake plates and vintage cake servers.  Markets and second hand stores were great for  collecting everything I needed. ”

The Coffee House served Victoria Sandwich Cakes and Penny Freeman made butterfly cakes for guests to enjoy.

Kristen and Roxley carried their high tea theme to the favours. Kristen explains “We gave each guest pastel, gold trimmed mugs, purchased from Jaybelle Home Decor and Gifts ((07) 4615 5219 ) with personalised ribbon (from Pink Frosting) tied on each handle.”

There was one final nostalgic tune that was played. Kristen remarks “At 6pm we had a traditional farewell, with all of our guests creating a guard of honour, which we ran through, while Auld Lang Syne played (I chose the one from the Sex and the City movie – it’s a beautiful version).”

Congratulations on your marriage Kristen and Roxley! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Andrew at  Salt Studios  for today’s images!

Photographer: Salt Studios / Bride's Dress: Silver Sixpence / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Silver Sixpence / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride's Jewellery: Stephanie Browne / Makeup Artist: Carol Swan – Jazzy Lane Hair and Beauty Toowoomba / Hairstylist: Analiese Designs Toowoomba / Flowers & Decor: Deanes Roses Highfields (07) 4630 8482 / Invitations & Stationery: Scrapbook Obsessions / Personalised napkins and ribbon: Pink Frosting / Ceremony Venue: Glencoe Lutheran Church / Reception Venue: The Coffee House Toowoomba / Ceremony Musicians: Cantana String Trio / Favors: Jaybelle Home Decor and Gifts (07) 4615 5219 / Cake Baker: Penny Freeman