Back to Top
PolkaDotBride - Australia's number 1 Bridal Blog, Wedding Directory and Advice for Brides
Log In Register

Chenin and Nick

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Chenin and Nick

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! The fantastically talented Nancy Liu Chin sent over this wedding she styled, of Chenin and Nick. I knew the fresh nautical feel was perfect to share with you. It’s not often we get to see a water wedding not involving sand and I love the soft hues and sunshine in today’s celebration!

Our newlyweds met through a mutual friend after a party following the Bay To Breakers race in San Francisco in 2007. Chenin and Nick knew they wanted to be married outsideĀ  and near the water so wanted “outdoor elegance” instead of a typical beach theme.

Photographs today are by Lilia Photography and the wedding planner was Nicole Ancelovici-Lenihan of NAL Events.



Nancy Liu Chin created all the floral arrangements using blue and white hues with seashells. The groomsmen wore suits from J Crew.


Chenin wore a gown from Cymbeline, NYC while her bridesmaids wore strapless blue gowns from Jenny Yoo. Hair and makeup was styled by Erin Gallagher.





Chenin and Nick held their ceremony at the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmark Art & Garden Centre. Chenin says ” We wanted to be married outside, near the water in Marin. Tiburon was the perfect location! The ceremony was held in a beautiful 1 acre garden on the property of a historic cabin across from the Richardson Bay, with views of Sausalito. “



Chenin walked down the aisle with her mother to Pachabel’s Canon. Chenin says ” Nick is Jewish and I was raised Presbyterian. We decided to be married by a rabbi, Charles Familant. He did an incredible job of incorporating traditions from both of our religions. He explained the significance of every step of the ceremony, allowing for every guest to feel comfortable and included.”


Just married! Check back soon for Chenin and Nick’s gorgeous reception!

Photos by Lilli Photography

Sign Up To The Polka Dot Circle

Black and White Cakes

by | Bride, Catering


We don’t talk enough about beautiful cake on Polka Dot Bride. Yet I am constantly amazed by the amount of work and the amazing creations that come of Australia’s cake designers!

One of the most interesting colour combination for cake designs is black and white- with two colours at different ends of the spectrum the designs can be bold and dramatic, feminine and sweet and even elegant and sophisticated.

Here are some of my favourites from around Australia.







Row one: Faye Cahill Cake Design

Row Two: Sweet Libertine Cakes

Row Three: Planet Cake

Row Four: Cake Face

Row Five: Cake Occasions

Row Six: Love At First Bite

Leanne and Adam – The Celebration

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


Leanne and Adam had such a stunning reception! I can’t wait to share it with you in part two of today’s vineyard wedding feature! After photos in the vineyards, Leanne and Adam joined their guests for Campari and blood orange cocktails in the courtyard of their Tuscan inspired venue – Centennial Vineyards.

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding40 (1)



Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding78 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding97


Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding19 (1) Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding21 (1)


Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding05 (1)

Guests sat at three grand long tables. Each table was decorated by Susan Avery and wrapped with masses of candles, copper beech berries and ivy. White lilies dotted the larger green displays spilling our from the mantle piece and urns around the room.

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding02 (1) Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding71

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding20 (1)

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding27 (1) Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding32 (1)

Leanne and Adam chose Centennial Vineyards for the Tuscan feel it had They also served their guests and Italian style menu. Their guests received homemade limoncello as a final, Italian touch. Leanne says she “had such fun planning, I especially loved my tables – amazing!”

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding25 (1)

Instead of a traditional bridal dance, Leanne and Adam both did a few fun moves to a non traditional song. Leanne found herself missing most of the dance floor action after she started playing the bongo drums! Leanne’s only wish for the day was that it had gone slower so she could soak it in!

Thank you to Leanne and Adam for sharing your beautiful celebration with us today! Congratulations! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing the beautiful photos!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings

Leanne and Adam

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



Leanne and Adam

With so many vineyard engagement shoots of late, it must be time for a vineyard wedding! Leanne and Adam married near Bowral and their entire wedding took on a vineyard theme with rich grape purples and rust in touches.

It seems only fitting that Leanne and Adam married in the Southern Highlands. Wine country was not only where they first met, but they both have a love of Italy. Adam proposed on Italian soil and the couple injected many Italian touches into their wedding day.

Today’s photographs are by SugarLove Weddings.

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding16 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding05

Leanne chose a Pallas Couture gown while her bridesmaids wore deep purpleĀ  Vera Wang gowns from Helen Rodrigues


Susan Avery created floral bouquets to tie in with the vineyard feel of the wedding- using creams, dusty pinks and dark purples.

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding22 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding24

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding32 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding27

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding30 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding36

Leanne made the stationery with her friend Gill from How Design (02 8514 5100). Purple grapes were incorporated into the designs. Leanne walked down the aisle to “You & Me” by Lifehouse.

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding38 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding39

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding40 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding42

Leanne’s niece wore a little dress from Pallas but unfortunately nerves got the better of her before her walk down the aisle!

Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding43 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding44


Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding50 Leanne-Adam-Vineyard-Wedding67





Check back this afternoon for Leanne and Adam’s stunning candle lit reception!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings.

Back to Top