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Lyn and Peter

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lyn & Peter

A sunny, sunshine wedding today- it’s a strange way to describe a wedding but it’s exactly what I feel when I look through the photos! They’re full of fresh spring colours and beautiful moments, and takes place on Hope Island in Queensland. Perfectly sunshiney right? Plus we have a video coming up soon (I love that, it’s like sneaking a peek at all aspects of the wedding day!)

Peter explains how he and Lyn came to be. There is a special story. In 1999, at the tender age of 16 I attended my first ever underage dance party, it was here that I saw Lyn for the first time and immediately I was attracted to her. I drew up the courage to ask her to dance, and from here we became friends. A few months later Lyn had to move to Sydney for her dad’s job, and we lost contact with each other.

It wasn’t until 2009 that our paths crossed again (in this time we had both had a couple of serious relationships), I didn’t know it but his brother stayed in contact with Lyn through Facebook, and I was going to meet up with her for lunch to catch up. Luckily, at the time, I was up in Brisbane visiting his brother and after he found out that his brother was catching up with Lyn, I sort of invited myself along (by pure coincidence both Lyn and I were single at this time). We met up for lunch and got along really well, I was quite persistent as I didn’t want to miss this opportunity again, the rest is history, 6 months later we got engaged (with the majority of the relationship long distance) and we’ve been together ever since, happier than ever.

When you’re a bit older and you’ve had a few relationships, you really know what you are looking for so when you do find that person, you know very quickly if they’re right for you or not and with Lyn, I knew straight away that she was the one and always has been, but this time the timing was right and we were both at the right stage of our lives.”

Photos are by Naomi V Photography– what a fresh, fun take she’s done on this wedding! Love the captures of the details and the moments.

Lyn wore a strapless Maggie Sottero gown for the wedding ceremony with her bridesmaids in soft, nude pink gowns. She carried a bouquet of green and white, with hr bridesmaids carrying spring coloured bouquets of oranges, pinks, purples & greens by I Love Posy.

Lyn wore pale pink heels from Stuart Weitzman and a fascinator from Vintage1947 on Etsy.

Lyn and Peter held every part of their day at Links Hope Island. 16 Strings String Quartet provided the beautiful music for the ceremony. The bridesmaids and flower girl walked down to Pachelbel – Canon in D and the bride walked down to the classic Bridal Chorus by Wagner. She says “One of the things that I will never forget is the look on Peter’s face as I was walking down the aisle. He was crying before I even started walking. Words cannot describe how beautiful it was but luckily our talented photographer and videographer captured that moment.”

Lyn says “We wanted to created something elegant, soft and romantic which a touch of vintage. We chose soft white flowers in an array of varieties for our ceremony and reception with a touch of pink. One of my favorite items was the bridal arch with the chiffon and orchids and also the white tiffany chairs which in my mind define my style of wedding.”

The golf course provided he perfect backdrop for photos. Lyn recalls “All the pictures were taken around the golf resort, there were so many good locations there that we didn’t want to waste any time (or precious sunlight) unnecessarily driving around to other venues. The sunset over the lake was so beautiful and the photos on the bridge just as it started getting dark were amazing”

Lyn and Peter had a lolly buffet for their guests “We wanted our guests to have a great time so we paid special attention to adding in “fun” elements like the pink candy buffet which we spent months collecting various apothecary jars from around the country. The photo booth which was also a real hit. We sourced a lot of props and also make moustaches on sticks. All the photos were printed with our wedding logo on the bottom which was a really nice touch.” The “Love Sweet Love” banner was made by Earmark on Etsy while MMGraphicDesigns on Etsy created sticks and custom noddle boxes for guests to take their treats home in.

Lyn changed into a tea length tailor made gown perfect for dancing for the reception with a bird cage veil from Vintage1947 on Etsy. Sweet Art Cakes created the sweet two tier daisy covered wedding cake.

The reception was held in the Fountain Room at Links Hope Island. Lyn says “The reception area in the fountain room was the perfect size and the beautiful fountain in the middle of the room created the perfect mood. As Peter and I entered the reception room, Links staff placed dry ice into the fountain which created the most spectacular entrance!”

The stationery was made by Lyn & Peter. Lyn says “Peter and I designed and made all the invitations ourselves. We used beautiful paper from Cristina Re and got the pearl clusters custom made overseas. The pearl cluster was also used on all the bridal bouquets.  We also made the order of services, menus and place cards in the little frames which we tied to each guests water glass.”

After cutting the cake, Lyn and Peter danced a special bridal dance. Lyn recalls “We didn’t want to put our guests through 5 mins of pain by watching us sway side-to-side, so we did a bit of planning and had dancing lessons ~ every fortnight for about 6 months leading up. Our waltz piece was unique and customised for our dance floor size and our capabilities. Our guests enjoyed our dance very much, and we’re both very proud that we pulled it off with no mistakes.”

Another highlight was the speeches. “The speech given by the bridal party and our dads were AMAZING! I am not one to cry but these speeches were unbelievable and were the main focus of the video.”

Congratulations Lyn and Peter! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Naomi V Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Naomi V Photography

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Lauren and Beau

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


Lauren & Beau

I love the nature of today’s wedding from Bulli in New South Wales- classic black and white with the gorgeous glowy gold of the beaches and touches of nature. It has such a gorgeously relaxed feel to it, I know you’re going to love it!

Lauren and Beau, our newlyweds met on a surfing course while Lauren was holiday- Beau was the instructor! The couple maintained a long distance relationship for nearly two years before tying the knot.

Photos today are by Janine Kaye Photography. I love the relaxed nature of Janine’s shots, the couple always looks completely comfortable and like they’re having the time of their lives- exactly what you want on your wedding day!

Lauren wore a strapless gown from the Bridal Factory, Wetherill Park and carried a bouquet of cream and blush pink roses arranged by a family friend. The bridesmaids wore black gowns from Events.

Family & friends helped a lot with the wedding day. Beau’s mother made the invitations, Lauren & Beau made the favors themselves and the bridal party traveled in cars provided by Lauren’s father & brother and Beau’s mother.

Lauren and Beau married at Bulli Anglican Church. Lauren says “It the perfect size and location for an intimate ceremony.” Lauren walked down the aisle to “Forever” by Ben Harper

Lauren says “The ceremony was started by my brother Luke (a Pastor). He then handed the ceremony over to my father, John, who is also a Pastor. Our photos capture every single special detail, from getting ready, the ceremony, our friends, family and decorative details at the reception.”

Lauren recounted a funny moment “One of Beau’s groomsman was given the ring box for the ceremony. He didn’t know that the box was empty. Come time to hand the rings over, he was left rather red faced.”

Lauren and Beau loved the casual group shots they had taken, rather than traditional formals.

Lauren wore black peeptoes from Diana Ferrari.

Lauren and Beau held their reception at Panorama House, Bulli Tops. Lauren says “We chose Panorama House for the stunning view (and large meal portions)” Family friend Liza made the three tier wedding cape decorated with black ribbon and fresh flowers

Lauren and Beau danced and improvised first dance to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.

A big thank you to Lauren & Beau for allowing us to share their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Janine of Janine Kaye Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Janine Kaye Photography

Renee and Jonathan

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


Renee and Jonathan

Oh Bowral, you do have my heart with your gorgeous country weddings! Today’s wedding is overflowing with blooms and an English country garden feel. I can almost smell the sweetness as we glide past each photo.

Todays wedding of Renee & Jonathan took place at Milton Park Country House, Renee grew up in the English countryside and after dreaming all her life of marrying in an English manor, she set out to create the same feel for her wedding to Jonathan.

Today’s photographs are by SugarLove Weddings who of course have captured every piece of English country splendor beautifully!

Renee wore a gown by Melissa Sweet she found on a visit to New York. Inside, a piece of her grandmother’s wedding gown was sewed. The Style Salon styled the wedding – including the masses of flowers in Renee and Jonathan’s pink & champagne colour palette..

The bridesmaids wore floor length dusty pink gowns created by Juana Cecilia Bridal Couture. Each wore ribbons and blooms in their hair.

Classic vintage cars were hired from Vintage Car Rentals.

Renee and Jonathan held their ceremony at the Anglican Church of St Simon and St Jude, Bowral.

As per English tradition, female guests wore their best hats while Jonathan and his groomsmen wore morning suits hired from Ferrari Formal.

The Style Salon continued Renee and Jonathan’s English country theme through to the reception where guests gathered after canapes and cocktails in Milton Park’s bathhouse. Crystal vases and bowls filled with peony and hydrangea blooms were surrounded by glass candlestick holders and white taper candles. Sweet treats adorned the tables- plates of pink iced cupcakes, coconut ice and marshmallows.

Napkins were made from vintage floral printed fabrics. Each lady received a bloom in a hand blown bud vase while the male guests received a token of one of Jonathan’s loves- motorcycle cuff-links.

The three tier white wedding cake was created by Thea Cubis Something Special Cakes and filled with masses of pink, white and green flowers.

Congratulations Renee and Jonathan! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for today’s images!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings. Vendor details courtesy of Real Weddings Magazine.

Vendor Of The Week – Erin King Photographer

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Polka Dot Bridettes! Yes I know it’s hard to raise those weary limbs out of bed but I promise you- this week will be worth it!

As with every Monday morning, it’s time to do a little boasting and show off our fantastic members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We’re continually thrilled with our directory members who produce such amazing work- in fact one of these week’s brides found two of her vendors through our directory and fell in love with them,  so take a peek your perfect vendor might be right there waiting for you!

This week’s vendor is all about the imagery! She’s straight from New Zealand and brand new to Melbourne! Erin King Photographer is owned by the lovely Erin King. She studied photography and is a member if the NZIPP . With five wedding seasons under her belt and having just landed on Australian shores, she is eager to start shooting Aussie weddings!

Erin has a relaxed  joyousness to her photos – her couples just look so simply full of happiness in every shot!  Erin describes her style as “Captured moments , Endless energy, Raw emotion Intimate detail” and I see every bit of her in her work. I’m so excited that Erin is in Australia and can’t wait to see the work she produces!

To learn a little more about Erin King Photographer,we asked Erin five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

A nice sweet Riesling or dessert wine on the rocks – I actually found a lovely one called Frogmore Creek which borders on the two together.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Being new to Melbourne I don’t have one yet, but am open to suggestions. However from Wellington it would have to be Martinborough – 1.5 hrs drive over the hill to the idyllic wine countryside (also a very popular spot for wedding venues)

Favourite restaurant?

There are so many to choose from and so many I’m yet to experience, but I found the Hutong Dumpling Bar, Market Lane, Melbourne to be a really fun dining experience and the tastiest dumplings I’ve had yet!

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

Normally I indulge in the cafe culture on weekends. As long as breakfast includes good coffee and Halloumi then I’m happy.

Your favourite wedding story?

It’s always nice when you can photograph friends’ weddings or even become close friends with the bride and groom in the process, it’s really nice to have that connection. One of my favourite couples and wedding coverages is Colin & Ansa Kennedy. This couple is just SO in love and are absolutely lovely together – so suited. I think Colin had been eagerly anticipating this day for quite some time as he couldn’t hold back the tears at the rehearsal (almost got me going). We got on really well together from when we first met, (Colin often has me in absolute hysterics) so well that we all became friends after their wedding and now go out together on the occasional coffee or drinks date. I have so much respect for them as a couple and am looking forward to our continuing friendship and seeing their life continue to grow together.

Visit Erin King Photographer‘s Pageto find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Erin King Photographer is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


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