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Sigrid and Edward’s Stylish Melbourne Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sigrid and Edward

There is something about marrying in the city – a romance about it that doesn’t quite occur in a field or on a farm. Maybe it’s because you have to create your own little love bubble in the city – to envelope yourselves in the hustle and bustle of the typically busy streets. Sigrid and Edward’s wedding was an urban filled delight from the get go. They prepared in a hotel high above the city skyline with amazing views and finished the day in a favourite Melbourne restaurant. Sigrid’s beaming smile was so wide I can almost hear her laughter.

Sigrid explains how she met Edward. “Edward and I met in university back in the Philippines when they were both 17 years old. We got along very well but they did not have the chance to develop our friendship. After university, I went to the UK to do a master and PhD, and Edward went to Australia to study medicine. One day in 2001, Edward decided to send me an email after finding my contact details on the university alumni website. This email started months of correspondence which led to a meeting back in the Philippines and to eventually me moving to Australia.”

Photos today are by Stewart Leishman Photography. I am always excited to see Stewart’s latest work. His use of film really blows me away – it’s so graceful and Stewart really knows how to use light and capture candid moments. So beautiful! Candy Box Photography shot the video of the wedding day.

Sigrid says “We DIY’ed a number of things, including the invitation (partly), guests welcome bags (we used re-usable shopping bags filled with lollies, snacks, bottled-water, city guides), welcome booklets (with info on where to go sight seeing, eat and shop) and children’s activity packs (for the wedding reception).”

Sigrid wore a strapless gown from Brides By Mancini with Guess shoes and carried a gorgeous red bouquet from Managing Good Looks. Rogue Artists styled the girl’s hair and makeup.

Sigrid, Edward and their families dressed for the wedding at Crown Promenade Hotel.

Sigrid and Edward were married at Catholic Parish of Sts Peter and Paul, South Melbourne. Sigrid remarks “TheCatholic Parish of Sts Peter and Paul is a lovely church in South Melbourne led by the inspiring Father Bob Maguire. Father Boyd Sulpico who flew in from the Philippines was the main celebrant for our wedding. When we saw the church we knew right away that this is the place where were wanted to have our wedding.” Sigrid and Edward traveled to the church in cars from Glamour Ride.

Sigrid and Edward planned their wedding from Adelaide and had their guests fly in from all over the world. Sigrid explains, “We organised our wedding in Melbourne whilst being based in Adelaide. Most of the organising was done by email and through the phone. We found our vendors by doing a web search. Our wedding in Melbourne was a week of holiday, not only for us but also for our family and friends who not only came from Australia, but also flew in from the Philippines, US, UK, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and UAE.”

Sigrid says, “During the wedding, I walked down the aisle to Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Con Te Partiro’. This song represents Edward and my love story, especially “Places that I’ve never seen or experienced with you, now I shall. I’ll sail with you upon ships across the seas.” The music was played by organist Kate Ryan.

Sigrid remarks “We thought and planned every aspect of our wedding. It truly represents who we are as a couple”

The day was filled with memories for the newlyweds. Sigrid remarks, “There were so many moments during our wedding that were really memorable, such as when I could not stop crying as I walked down the aisle, or the priest forgetting to say “Your may kiss the bride” at the end of the ceremony, to the wedding guests helping out the invited caricature artist Anthony Pascoe by using a mobile phone to enhance the lighting conditions for the drawing sessions during the wedding reception.”

Sigrid and Edward celebrated with guests at Melbourne restaurant The Italian. Sigrid remarks “The Italian Restaurant and Bar was the perfect venue for our 40 guests. They organised two feasting tables for us and the food that they prepared were just exquisite. Some of our guest’s even commented that meal during the wedding was one of the best that they’ve had.

Congratulations Sigrid and Edward! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Stewart Leishman Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Stewart Leishman Photography.

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Belinda and Joel’s Vintage Inspired Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Belinda and Joel

Vintage inspired and Noosa are not normally two words I place together, but today’s wedding is such a delightful one, such a mix of vintage and new, heartfelt and joyous and a beautiful wedding to envelope yourself in. It’s full of vintage touches, the couple’s own modern style and unique loves.

Belinda recalls how she met her husband and how they ultimately decided to tie the knot. “We met at school (high-school sweethearts) –  I had been at Sutherland Shire Christian School from K-12 and Belinda came during year 10. We didn’t really talk much until the end of year 12 – we started chatting and one thing led to another. We were perfect match from the start – both spending heaps of time together before and after the HSC. We decided to go out afterwards and we never looked back – best 5 years of our lives!

We were up in Noosa, QLD in Dec 2009/Jan 2010 for a family holiday with Belinda’s sister Rachel and her boyfriend Adam and Robert and Lucy (B’s parents) and Rob’s grandparents. I proposed in the Noosa National Park at Tea Tree Bay, overlooking the beautiful Noosa beach and headlands. We walked through the national park for a while until I found a good place to get down on one knee, trying to hide the box in my pocket. I couldn’t say much apart from ‘Be with me for the rest of my life’ ‘will you marry me’ or something like that, shaking she hugged me said yes and I slipped the ring on!”

Photos today are by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions. Marcus always uses his magic touch to capture the mood of the wedding time and time again – the stolen glances, the deep stomach churning emotion and the stunning backdrops.

Belinda wore a Johanna Johnson gown and veil and paired it with shoes from Verali. Belinda’s bridesmaids wore different gowns in shades of off white from Witchery, Kachel and Sportsgirl. Belinda and her bridesmaids carried a bouquet styled by Green & Bloom flowers.

Belinda’s hair was styled by Vicki Neilis of Silk Hair & Make-up, while her  cousin did the girls’ makeup for the day.

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Politix.

Belinda and Joel chose the (now closed) venue The Plantation for their wedding. Belinda explains “We wanted our wedding to portray ourselves in a unique way. We wanted to get out of Sydney and do something different – not the traditional wedding. We wanted to celebrate our love outside surrounded by nature with the beautiful backdrop of The Plantation, with our close friends and family.” Belinda walked down the aisle to ‘You & Me’ by Lifehouse.

Matthew Murray married the couple. Belinda says “”During the vows and when Matt Murray said ‘you are now husband and wife’ it felt like we were actually married but there is so much going on during the whole day that you don’t think about it till the next day or the week after!”

Belinda and Joel planned the wedding together, an important part for them. Belinda says “All I can say is that it makes such a big difference when your partner helps with the planning so if they want to be involved plan together as it makes it much more special knowing that you were both involved.”

The photographs by the dam are some of Belinda’s favourites. She remarks, “We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer on the day. Marcus was unbelievable – he is so professional in the way he does things on the day but also is so friendly and talkative to Joel and Belinda. We enjoyed his company on the day as well as his eye for detail – and when the photos came back to us a month after the wedding we were absolutely loved all the images – they were stunning!

All the images were spectacular, especially the ones during the night that captured the emotions on peoples faces. We loved the shots down near the dam and behind the trees.”

Ideas In Icing created the two tier wedding cake. Family and friends provided the white blooms for the reception while the couple bought hanging glass votives from Ebay and glass vases from Ikea. The reception was catered by Noosa Catering.

When asked about her favourite moments of the day, Belinda says “Everything… it went quickly but it was all so special – I loved seeing the emotion and tears on the faces of people when we were doing the speeches. I loved sitting during the night and watching it all unfold and thinking about how much effort you put in the last year just for this one day! The most special part was probably the vows and the ceremony knowing how much it means giving your life to your soul mate. The vows were really special! I loved the food it was amazing – The Plantation was a beautiful setting and we got some awesome photos from our amazing photographer Marcus Bell! The dancing at the end of the night was also so much fun!”

The couple danced their romantic first dance to  ‘Lovely Tonight’ by Joshua Radin.

Congratulations Belinda and Joel! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today in Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions. for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions.


Grace Designs Bridal Accessories

by | Accessories, Bride


Gone are the days where one wears a veil to feel like a bride! With the array of stunning hairpieces available on the market, it’s easy to pop something truly special into your hair and create your own look that reflects your personal style. Rosalind Grace of newly launched Canberra brand Grace Designs understands this and has created her own range of custom couture hair pieces.

Rosalind creates a limited range of pieces (so only a few brides have the opportunity to purchase each style, making it even more special) from re-purposed bridal fabric offcuts. She then hand cuts and sews each piece herself. Her pieces are priced for exclusivity and her debut collection “Evenings” is all about timeless glamour.

Grace Designs accessories are available through Rosalind’s online store or in person at Shop Handmade in Canberra.

Images from Grace Designs

Robyn and Curt’s Handmade Sunshine Coast Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Robyn and Curt

I can’t imagine ever getting sick of weddings – it’s a little like meeting a wonderful new couple and telling their story every single time. From the lavish, formal affairs, to heartfelt celebrations in the country. Each story has something different, something special and unique . Todays is as special as any – the wedding of Robyn and Curt where so much didn’t go to plan, but in the end they were married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by their loved ones and really, I need nothing more to tell their story!

Robyn recalls how she met Curt. “We met at boarding school in the Natal midlands, South Africa. Curt first spied Robyn on stage while she was awkwardly delivering the school tennis report. He thought she was kinda cute. Robs saw Curt around the place and thought he was a sporty catch. After a slow dance at the school social, Curt summed up the courage to ask Robs out. It was just before his sweet 16th.She said yes and they rest, as they say, is history. After nearly 18 exciting years, 4 countries and one gorgeous baby girl later….. we finally decided to tie that knot!”

Photography today is by Karen Buckle. I love Karen’s natural take on photography – beautiful, simple, fresh images which capture the joy and fun of the day.

Robyn and Curt held their wedding celebration at Hidden Valley B&B in Eumundi. Of their venue, Robyn says “There was just one and it was magical. The initial venue we had booked and paid for fell through and I was devastated. We searched far and wide for another venue and were thrilled to have eventually found this one. We wanted an all in one, non-traditional venue which would give us freedom to do our own thing. The historic main house has a large wrap around veranda that overlooks lush gardens and amazing hinterland views . The lovely owners Fizzy & John, a hubby & wife team, are also a chef and celebrant, so we were able to take advantage and have them prepare the delicious food and marry us too!!”

Robyn wore a strapless gown from Lucy Bridal with a fascinator from Winne Bridal. Annette Cacciola styled Robyn’s hair and makeup.

The day started off with many funny stories, including a wayward golf cart. Robyn recalls “The maid of honour was nearly bowled over  when the golf cart ran into the back of her feet (I think there  may be  a picture of that one – the shocked expressions and giggles anyway)”. The stationery was made by Robyn’s family.

Sweet treats and goodies in blues greeted guests. Robyn remarks “We pegged handmade name cards to a line. On the other side was the name of a character. We then asked guests to find their matching characters and to introduce themselves. This was to get the guests mingling and chatting during photos.”

Robyn describes the mood of the wedding as “Secret garden meets laid back country with a touch of whimsy.”

Robyn remarks, “It really was a fun day filled with special moments, lots of laughs and plenty of Caribbean rum (reminiscent of our Cayman Island days). We were really just after a party and celebration with our family and mates – and we got just that! We had the intimate ceremony under a rustic outdoor gazebo at the bottom of the garden. This was followed by drinks on the lawn served with popcorn cones and homemade biltong which we had prepared the week before (it’s similar to beef jerky but prepared the South African way).”

Robyn recalls “The bride arrived before most of the guests. I was sitting in the golf cart on the way down to the ceremony as guests were running past me waving. I suppose that is why the bride should be fashionably late then.”

Another mishap, was the groom’s father’s footwear! Robyn recalls, “The generally particular father of the groom took a lot of time polishing his dress shoes to perfection. Unfortunately, they never made it to the wedding as they were left outside the front door. He only realised when getting dressed and was mortified to have to wear his trainers.”

The ceremony was performed by Elizabeth Reynolds. Robyn recalls “The parents of the bride were jumping up at funny intervals during the ceremony due to their nervous anticipation.”

The couple hired Coastal Jazz to play tunes for their guests. “We gave the musician Arron Bool, from Coastal Jazz, free range. I have no idea what he played but it was very appropriate and just lovely.There was no singing, just background classical guitar.”

Robyn carried a bouquet styled by Suncoast Flowers.

Robyn tells another tale of the day. “Our gregarious, usually happy show off of a daughter was sick on the day and she didn’t manage a single smile for any of the photos”

Robyn sums up the day. “As you can see there was a lot that did not go according to plan on the big day, but I’m sure the guests didn’t notice and hopefully all they will remember is a happy celebration with a very happy couple!!”

During the photos, guests enjoyed time together on the lush green lawns. Robyn recalls “Some guests also partook in a game of boules, all the while accompanied to the sounds of coastal jazz.”

Robyn and Curt had their families pitch in to help them decorate the day. Robyn says “We didn’t hire any help and decided on doing everything ourselves, from the lolly tables & photo booth to the signs and decor. Thanks to family for all their help and hard work! We checked into the venue the day before to set things up. Although we were still running around setting up chairs, hanging chandeliers, dipping cake pops and hand writing signs an hour before the wedding. Needless to say, this resulted in family being under some undue stress on the day…. but all was forgotten after the ‘I do’s’ and the first drink!”

The house acted as the perfect multi venue for the couple. Robyn says, “After toasting the bride and groom we moved up to the main house where canapés were served around the pool area. There were lots of sweets n’ lollies to keep the energy levels up and guests also enjoyed some play time in the photo booth.”

Robyn remarks, “We didn’t want the formality of a first dance, so Curt and I decided to let our nephew open up the dance floor with his little number. I think it was to the tune of Mr Bombastic. Curt and I joined in for a boogie at the end.”

Congratulations Robyn and Curt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Karen Buckle for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Karen Buckle.

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