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Son and Vienna Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Oh Sydney, how you taunt me with your warm sunny weather! But alas, you’ve had a long cold winter too and this engagement shoot of Son and Vienna captures your vibrant Autumn colours and their formal clothes add something a little fresh to this stylish shoot!

Annie from Annie Q Photography captured today’s photographs and let me in on a little about the shoot.  “Sydney weather is unpredictable lately. One minute, the cloud is so thick and water pours down from the sky and the next minute you can see blue sky and the sun emerge. That was the weather on the day of this photoshoot. We talked many times on the phone, pondering on whether we should just cancel and reschedule for another day but in the end, we decided to just go ahead and see how the weather unfolded. And it was just perfect! Just like this couple, Son and Vienna.

They were just sweet and fun and so in love and we ended up having a ball. They met just shortly after finished high school and since then, much laughter and tears were shared and much pain through the game of tickling each other. Son said people say bad things happen in threes and so in 09.09.09, he forever changed that saying for Vienna. by kneeling on his knee to propose to her. Vienna, said to me, “Son never ever takes a day off work, not even when he’s sick”,  so that day was definitely a memorable day for her.”

Photos by Annie Q Photography

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Yvette and Roddy

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Yvette and Roddy

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! When I last visited Sorrento, where today’s wedding was held, it was the most magical place and I think it held the same meaning for our newlyweds Yvette and Roddy who married beside the beach on Victoria’s coastline. It’s a perfect Australian beach wedding!

Yvette and Roddy met through church. “Rodrigo and I met about 7 years ago at our home church, Bridge Church in Richmond. We socialised with the same group of friends for years. One of our close friends was convinced Roddy and I would make a good couple and after pestering both of us for months, he eventually made a deal with Roddy that if Roddy scored a goal in his next soccer game for Melbourne Victory, he had to ask me on a date…  It must have been destiny, because Roddy did score a goal and the rest is history!”

Today’s photographer- another newbie to Polka Dot Bride, is Sayher Heffernan who has captured a certain magic with these wedding photos- a beautiful peace and softness flows into every image!

Yvette wore a gown from Anna Campbell with Mimco earrings and selection of pearl and crustal bracelets. She carried a bouquet of white roses and carnations by Denise Joiner.

Of her beach inspired wedding gown, Yvette says “After a traumatic search for a unique wedding dress, I found Anna Campbell. Anna is a Melbourne designer with her own boutique in Brunswick. She has a range of wedding dresses, gowns and cocktail dresses in her collection. Her pieces are unique, feminine, and have a beautiful vintage feel about them. Anna Campbell custom made my wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses. She has a lovely nature and is extremely flexible and patient with fussy customers! (Me).”

Both families rented houses in Sorrento for the lead up to the wedding- having their guests close by made the wedding “so much more fun” for Yvette and Roddy.

Yvette used Sue Marshall to style her wedding day hair and makeup. “Sue was so pleasant and calm during the bridal preparations on the morning of the wedding. She is beautiful to look at and work with!”

Yvette arrived to the ceremony (held at the The Baths Sorrento) by seaplane. She walked down the aisle to an old Christian gospel song. ” I arrived at the ceremony by Sea Plane. It was so much fun and so exciting to board the plane and surprise our guests with a unique arrival.  This meant that my dad could walk me down the pier, using it as our ‘aisle’.”

Yvette and Roddy’s family and friends pitched in and helped with the wedding details. Rodrigo has amazing calligraphy skills and wrote all the placecards, the couple used wedding invitation software from Officeworks to create their stationery and printed their invitations on handmade paper Yvette’s father bought in India. Their families were even involved in decorating the ceremony Yvette says “My incredibly talented Uncle and cousin built a structure on the beach for us to marry under. They constructed it on the morning of the wedding and used all natural materials including palm branches and twisted sticks/branches. It looked amazing!”

The couple were married by Pastor Phillip Hills  “He was our church pastor at Bridge Church. He married my parents and he also dedicated me as a baby, so it was really special to have him marry us.”

The groomsmen wore cream three piece suits from Spurling Formal Wear with shoes from Batsanis.

After their ceremony and photos, Yvette and Roddy met their guests at The Baths in Sorrento “We both really wanted to have a beach wedding and viewed a range of beachfront venues around Melbourne.  We decided on the The Baths restaurant in Sorrento because of the beautiful beach setting, delicious menu, good value for money and great service.”

Roddy hand wrote each placecard. The couple chose a traditional Chilean wedding cake called a ‘ Torta De Mil Ojas’’ made by Marciano’s Cakes.

Yvette and Roddy danced their first dance together to “At Last” by Etta James. Yvette says “The best part of the day was not the Wedding, but the marriage! Becoming ‘one’ with my best friend was a really special experience. I love being married!”

Congratulations Yvette and Roddy! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! A big thank you also to Sayher Heffernan who shared today’s gorgeous images!

Photos by Sayer Heffernan

GIVEAWAY: Weddings By Joanna

by | Bride, Competitions


Wedding season in Australia is rolling into busy season and with all the last minute plans starting to fray the nerves today’s giveaway might be just the ticket for our Melbourne readers!

Melbourne wedding planning company Weddings By Joanna was founded by Joanna Willing and offer a boutique planning service- from partial planning to full coordination services including inspiration boards and full wedding day management, with preset packages or a package tailored to your needs Weddings By Joanna can even look after your RSVPs for you!

Weddings By Joanna are giving away a wedding day management package valued at AU$750 to one lucky couple

The prize includes:
One consultation, approx 1 month prior to the Wedding Day, going through checklists, give timeline and checklists, gather information and contact details on suppliers/vendors
– Confirmation of reception venue and other suppliers one week prior to Wedding Day
– Assistance with any last minute ‘glitches’
– 5 hours attendance on Wedding Day at ceremony and reception

This prize is available to brides within Melbourne extending to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula

To win the wedding day management package from Weddings By Joanna, simply leave a comment on this entry with:

1, Your wedding date
2. Tell us your favourite inspiration board from the Weddings By Joanna site and why?

The winner will be chosen by Weddings By Joanna and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and must be redeemed 12 months from the date of the winner announcement. First prize is only available to residents in VIC; winners may have to pay travel costs if outside Melbourne, the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. Any extra services will have to be paid for by the winner. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 13th October 2010 at 5.00 pm (Australian time).

Photography by Passion8 Photography

This competition is now closed.

Belinda and Magnus

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


Belinda and Magnus

Today’s wedding is full of simple beauty, the love? it shines through and it’s radiance echos through every photo. This is a completely DIY wedding, Bel and Magnus did everything themselves, from having the wedding at home, to making bouquets and Bel doing her own makeup!

The newlyweds met through Magnus’ photography site and for their first date went late night canoeing under the stars. Magnus proposed on a lookout at the end of one of their favorite bush walks, a place that would become the location for their wedding ceremony.

I’m doubly excited to have a photographer make his Polka Dot Bride debut today – Michael Gray who captured these images in a beautiful soulful way. His words too, when he sent me this wedding were full of passion and obvious love for the couple and you know……. a photographer that truly feels a connection with his couples is my favourite kind.

Bel wore her mother’s wedding gown from 1982 and her sister’s wedding veil. Liz Flaherty, a good friend of Bel’s styled her hair while Bel did her own makeup. Her bridesmaid (and sister) Richelle wore a gown from Forever New.

Bel’s galah Jack joined the wedding ceremony and watched.

Bel and Magnus were married at Longpoint Lookout in Tallong exactly a year after Magnus proposed. Bel’s pa drove to the lookout and Bel’s father walked her down the aisle to “All I Want Is You” by U2. The ceremony was filled with music performed by Jarred Spring, Elyse Flaherty and Rebecca Breeds.

Swedish born Magnus designed the invitations, that featured an antique bride and groom stamp from his mother’s childhood collection from Sweden.

In lieu of traditional flowers, Bel created bouquets of cut wheat and felt flowers. Wheat was used in the boutonnieres of the males in the bridal party, including Bel’s dad. For the reception, Bel changed into a vintage lace gown she found at the St Vincent De Paul secondhand store in Ulladulla (for $8).

Magnus and Bel held their reception at “Binnalong”. a farm they bought together in October 2009. A roast gourmet roast lunch was catered by Maugers Meats and Bel and her family (who spent the night before the wedding preparing food).

Tables were filled with antique tea cups and saucers filled with flowers and heart shaped lollipops. Bel also provided a selection of tea for guests to choose from which they drank from the centrepiece teacups as the afternoon progressed. Hearts on twine hung from trees around the garden and guests were invited to mingle and celebrate with croquet, bocce and even football.

The wedding cake was made by Bel’s grandmother. It was traditional rich fruitcake, decorated in velvet roses and lichen covered twigs.

For their first dance, Bel & Magnus had mowed a “dancing circle” in the wheat and danced to  “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” by John Denver. As the sun went down, lanterns were lit and guests gathered around a bonfire with fresh oysters, prawns and champagne and cooled off in the farm’s lagoon.

Congratulations Belinda and Magnus on your wedding! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Australian wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Michael Gray for sharing his gorgeous images with us today!

Photography by Michael Gray.

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