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Mel and Lynden

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


Mel and Lynden

There’s nothing quite like an Australian country wedding. The golden fields, the rusty old buildings, the olive green of the trees! Today’s beautiful celebration comes to us from Nundle, NSW.

Today’s newlyweds Mel and Lynden met through a friend. “We met through a mutual friend. Our first date was on the back of Lynden’s bike to the Peel Inn Nundle for lunch-very romantic. This is why we chose the venue as it held a special place in our hearts.”

Image Photography captured today’s memories! Such a fun vibe runs throughout these shots and it’s clear Mel and Lynden were so happy and comfortable with their photographer! (I adore seeing the Australian landscape there too!)

Mel and Lynden were careful to include their families in every aspect of their day. Mel says, “ Everything was special to us. Nothing was done just because. My brother was the second witness on our marriage certificate. My sister in law and brother also read at the church. Lynden’s brother was best man. Both my father and step father walked me down the aisle together. All the families were included and I think it shows in the photos how special our families and friends are to us!” The boys wore Issimo suits.

Mel wore a gown from Bewitch Fashions with a veil made by her mother. She carried a bouquet by Weddings Only.

Mel’s bridesmaids wore asymmetrical black gowns made by Marilyn Binney of Tamworth, NSW.

Mel and Lynden were married at the Dungowan Catholic Church, Dungowan. Mel walked down the aisle to “Crazy Love” by Michael Buble.

The couple made sure to use venues in their photography that meant something to them. “ Odgers & McClelland Exchange Stores which is where we had some great photos taken on the front of the old verandah. . The only stipulation I had for Karissa was that we use this beautiful old shop in Nundle for background photos as it has the most beautiful verandah with red/orange leaves and old wares to buy, such as old millet brooms or a cordial mix your grandmother made for you when you were little. It’s such an old store and suited Lynden and myself perfectly”

The childlike elements, red balloons and fairy bread were chosen especially to represent their personalities. “ Karissa used red balloons and fairy bread as props in a few. Red is my favourite colour and we asked that a little art be incorporated into the photos. When I first met Karissa over coffee to talk about the big day I ordered fairy bread to have with our coffee. The staff asked where the kids were when they brought the fairy bread over but we explained it was for us. I wanted Karissa to know us as a couple and serious is not usually a word used to describe us so fairy bread just seemed perfect on the day.”

Lighting boxes scattered around the area were made by a friend,

Mel and her bridesmaids made a personalised seating plan. “It was something a little different showing the faces of the bridal party and the cool little caricature bodies drawn by Lynden, as well as the seating table cut outs for guests (butterflies). Lots of comments on this.”

Mel and Lynden held their reception at The Peel Inn. Mel says “The reception was held at the ‘Peel Inn’, Nundle. The Peel Inn meant a lot to us. We had our first date at this venue. After riding up on Lynden’s bike (45 minutes from Tamworth) we ate lunch and explored the town. It is such a beautiful, picturesque sleepy town. The vine which stretches out over the outside seating area of the Peel Inn, has leaves that change a beautiful red/orange when autumn begins. Our wedding was during autumn and we knew the venue would be one of the most important aspects of making this wedding so memorable for us and for our guests.

We loved Romona Babic, our event coordinator. Made everything run smoothly. Cue music, cue food, cue stress free great night!”

The black lace was a theme throughout the wedding, from the invitations Mel & Lynden made, to the centrepieces to decorating the cake. Mel says “ The cake was made by every woman in our family – Fruit cake by both mothers Denise and Narelle, the mud cake by my sisters-in-law Leanne and Jodie and the banana cake by our nieces Mackenzie and Caitlin.” The music for the day was provided by Matt Zarb.

The couple danced to “At Last”, the cover version by Beyonce.

One of Mel’s favourite memories happened after the “official” proceedings. “I loved the VIP after party that kicked on upstairs until the wee hours for all of the “stayers” on the night. Nathan and Bec Schofield from the Peel Inn kept our closest friends and family well watered upstairs for the after party late into the night.”

A big thank you to Mel and Lynden for sharing their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Image Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous photos!

Photos by Image Photography

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Happy Melbourne Cup!

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


It’s Melbourne Cup day today so I’m taking the afternoon off!

I’ll leave you with this gorgeous inspired shoot from Alice Hu Photography. Alice sent this shoot over and I knew it was perfect for today! Taking place on The Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, California, a group of photographers got together with our couple Natalie and Rob and created some stunning images. The gorgeous styling was  by Aimee Eyre & Annaiz Rzepka.  Hair & makeup was done by Clara Kim & Karla Montero.

Horses are some of the most beautiful creatures on earth and I wanted today to pay a little wedding-y homage to them!

Photos by Alice Hu Photography.

Mrs Press

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


I am simply in love with the gorgeous new label that has been making waves the past little while. Mrs Press is a label by Clare Press, former features editor for Vogue Australia.Her range is full of beautiful creations with a distinct vintage feel to them. These pieces today? They’re perfect for bridesmaids or the bride that wants something a little different.

To me, Mrs Press has an elegant grace, to a time where I often drift to in my thoughts. There’s softly nipped dresses, layers of floaty tulle and silk,  sparkly boleros, and even vintage pieces – a reminder of yesteryear. The new collection is aptly name ““C’est Si Bon”” (which translates to “Is So Good”).

Each garment is made individually in Australia by a seamstress, with only 30-40 of each piece made. Mrs Press can custom make dresses in different colours or fabrics if a bride requests it!

Along with her SS11 collection, Mrs Press has also released a complementary range of sweet skincare called “The Dressing Table” with gorgeous packaging. They make perfect treats for bridesmaids and loved ones, or perhaps your own wedding day pampering in three scents  – Magnolia, Tea Rose and Warm Spice.

Photos via Mrs Press

Vendor Of The Week – CL Weddings & Events

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning dear readers! I am so looking forward to this week! it’s a little bit of a funny one with Australia’s biggest race day tomorrow, so we have lots and lots of delicious photos coming up for you from amazing vendors all over the world!

Firstly though, as is Monday morning tradition, it’s time to showcase a vendor from Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! The support of our brilliant directory members means we can bring you daily content (and even weekly content on our specialty blogs!), not only that, but we think they’re fantastic at what they do! So be sure to tell them you found them on Polka Dot Bride to see that extra twinkle in their eye!

This week’s vendor of the week is wedding planner CL Weddings & Events. Based in Queensland, CL Weddings & Events has the perfect elegant beach-side style down to a T. Carly and her team offer a range of services from full coordination, eight week countdown assistance, venue searches, wedding day management and wedding design.

CL Weddings & Events also has a beautiful range of hire items (the vintage oak east Hamptons chair is always a favourite of mine!) giving you a massive range of options for putting your own special touch on your wedding day. They’ve also partnered with many of Queensland best suppliers- always a relief to know your vendors work well together!

To learn a little more about CL Weddings & Events,we asked Carly five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Depending on the day I’ve had and the workload still ahead of me – Gin and tonic with loads of fresh lime or a simple NZ Sauvignon Blanc.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

An old country cottage in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with a bunch of girlfriends, fresh food and plenty of wine.

Favourite restaurant?

I’m surrounded by some of QLD’s best restaurants but I have to say nothing beats my house when my partner Dan is home cooking. He’s one talented chef and loves to cook for his family.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Aside from ridiculous amounts of coffee…. Poached eggs, fresh Noosa Red tomatoes, cream cheese on baguette and lots of fresh parsley. Yum!

Your favourite wedding story?

Far too hard to answer! Each wedding has a story and something to love about it.

Visit CL Weddings & Event’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! CL Weddings & Events are a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Photos by Calli B Photography from the Eco Chic Wedding Shoot styled by CL Weddings & Events

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