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Belinda and Dustin’s Elegant Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Belinda and Dustin

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there is nothing quite like a Melbourne wedding and todays? It’s got everything – style, icons and all without the stress, the anxiety- it’s just relaxed elegance at it’s best!

Our newlyweds have a simple love story – they met at the races in 2007 and have been together ever since!

Today’s photographs are by Brent Lukey. I love Brent’s fun captures – he’s got the style of the couple down pat while still capturing candid moments and the Melbourne atmosphere.

Belinda wore a gorgeous Gwendolynne slim line gown with Jimmy Choo shoes. She carried a bouquet by Viva Flora.

Belinda and Dustin married at St Vincent Gardens, Albert Park. Belinda explains, “We chose the gardens as we live in the area and enjoy the gardens every weekend”. Belinda walked down the aisle to “two ukuleles playing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ with a female vocalist.”

Belinda and Dustin made sure to keep a relaxed vibe to their wedding day. Belinda explains, “It was important for us to share the day with family and close friends, however we didn’t want any of the ‘over the top’ wedding hype.  Just a fun, relaxed and enjoyable day for all involved… we both agree the photos capture this perfectly.”

Belinda describes their wedding as “A party with a frock… simple, relaxed, enjoyable day without all the stress!”

“The Prince is a special venue to both of us as we have dined there many times and both enjoy their attitude towards fresh, simple, delicious food with style.”

The couple ordered a simple white chocolate cake from Ab Fab Cakes.

Viva Flora styled colourful arrangements for the tables. Of their first dance, Belinda says “It wasn’t planned but lots of fun when it happened – to be honest we cant even remember the song!” The couple hired 5pce Jazz Band to keep guests on the dance floor!


Congratulations on your marriage Belinda and Dustin! Thank you for sharing it with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Brent Lukey for today’s images!

Photos by Brent Lukey.

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Beautiful Smelling Flowers And Blooms

by | Bride, Flowers


This entry comes from a lovely reader suggestion – one of the senses that gets lost through online medium is smell. While I adore the look of bouquets, it never occurs to me that they need to smell good too – it just goes out of my head! So for our lovely reader’s request for wonderful smelling bouquets, I asked a few of my favourite florists for their take on beautiful smelling bouquets!

Photos by Blushing Blooms

Sally of Blushing Blooms “Hugely popular with brides, David Austin roses are known for their elegant, rustic charm and natural beauty. David Austin’s are not generally acknowledged for their scent but this is not wholly true! Many varieties are deliciously fragrant – so not only gorgeous to look at but swoon-worthy in their perfume. For the most fragrant varieties consider Evelyn (the inspiration for the Crabtree & Evelyn scent of the same name), Glamis Castle, Perdita & Belle Story. Mother Nature has more than exceeded herself with the David Austin, that’s why they are one of my personal favourites…”

Photos by Hello Blossoms

Cameron of Hello Blossoms “Bouquet one features the beautiful classic fragrance of white hyacinth blooms and the perfume from bouvardia blooms and jasmine vine. The creamy ivory “emmanuelle” and off white “bounty” roses added a mild rose fragrance.

Bouquet two is a gorgeous white, soft pink and lilac hand held bouquet featured the the stunning “parfume de grande” rose blooms which give a sweet fragrance like they are picked straight from your garden.  The bouquet also featured fresh lavender and lilac hyacinth which created a beautiful overall garden fragrance. These florals are available almost the whole year round.

The feature of beautiful paperwhites create a really lovely garden fragrance during the winter months.

The aisle arrangements with open bloom “parfume de grande” roses created really sweet aisle posies and a strong garden style fragrance.”

Photos by Butterfly Philosophy Floral Design

Elaine of Butterfly Philosophy Floral Design“Winter is a wonderful time for sweet smelling bouquets – sweet peas, freesias, jonquils and hyacinths are all in season and have a beautiful perfume.  Here’s a photo of a simple hyacinth bouquet that looks elegant and smells divine!

For early summer brides, there’s just no going past the peony – it has a feminine fragrance that is perfect for dreamy summer days. They look stunning on their own, or teamed up with other ruffly flowers, like hydrangea (pictured above). For the ultimate in sweet smelling bouquets, pair peonies up with David Austin Roses. Both have a fragrance so wonderful you’ll want to bury your nose in your bouquet all day long!”

Photo 1. Form over Function via Real Weddings Magazine,  Photo 2 and 3 Form over Function by Photos By Jay, Photo 4 Form over Function

Alicia of Form Over Function “Bouquet number one contains a luscious collection of blooms in shades of lavender to deep purple and is the perfect winter bouquet for brides who have a love for look and scents of spring. It contains kale, green & mauve parrot tulips, privet berry and dusty miller – and for scent, we added sweet pea, blue moon roses and  lavender. Are we allowed to say yum?

Bouquet two contains masses of garden fresh David Austen roses – each and every bloom scented loveliness. An enduring classic. Bouquet three is a delicious spring time bouquet of scented blooms which includes carnations, freesia, jonquils & vendella roses.”

Photos by Blooming Brides

Rita of Blooming Brides “Roses – long the favourite of perfumers and soap makers. Some delicate, creamy and soft, some bitey and spicey.  All delicious. Teamed with herbs and lavender creates a classic summer fragrance cocktail

Lily of the Valley –sharp, crisp, elegant fragrance.

Boronia and Geralton Wax – adds the best smells of the Australian bush to a bouquet. Geralton Wax has rich smell of honey,  while boronia offers a refreshing earthy, lemony zing. My favourite, along with roses and blue gum. Brownie brown and pink varieties.

Hyacinth – like oriental lilies, loved or loathed. Very strong fragrance. Loathed by me! And I can’t stand lilies!!

Stephanotis – strong summer white flower fragrance in the same heady classification as gardenia: very strong elegant perfume. Total class.

Sweet pea – so sweet, fresh and gardeny. Edible.

Magnolia flower: light woody, lemony perfume. Seriously sexy late winter flower.

Fruit blossom: the definitive floral fragrance of spring!… especially with jars of freesia and associated sneezing!”

Photos by SugarBee Flowers

Youki of SugarBee Flowers “For a best smelling bouquet, you just cannot go past David Austin roses!! Their scent is just intoxicating, they are just so amazingly heavenly!! Let alone they look so so so pretty!!

Viburnum flowers have a sweet, yummy scent to them too.  It’s a shame that I don’t have any pics of lilac or lily of the valley!! They smell really good too!!”

Photos by My Violet

Myra of My Violet “Best fragrant flowers for me would have to be lily of the valley, tuberose, and stephanotis. My favourite fragrance would have to be David Austin roses, its intoxicating and I’m reminded of licorice and mango sorbet, always leaves a smile on my face. I would recommend if getting married in Summer or Spring to opt for any of the above , make the most of the David Austin rose and add one of the others. If its an autumn /winter wedding, hyacinth, sweet peas and Daphne are equally just as beautiful and deliciously scented.

Samantha and Mark married in March, I created a gorgeous collection of blown David Austin and garden roses, (and for) bridesmaids David Austin roses and Julia rose. The most amazing fragrance came off these posies, the bride requested a wild collection of blown roses with a touch of vintage. For their reception at the Gunners Barracks, Samantha asked for a wild collection in a mix of bright and soft colours of blown roses and wild vines.”

Photos by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions via Always Fabulous Flowers

Sandee of Always Fabulous Flowers “Flower girl posies of individually wired hyacinth with gem highlight and (the next) image is of a bride’s posy bouquet with hyacinth and freesias.”

Photo 1 & 4, 5 by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions via Always Fabulous Flowers

“David Austin rose bouquets (plus freesias in the second photo and plus hyacinth in the third (image). Bouquets with stephanotis (and gardenias as well, in the fourth photo).”

Photos by Always Fabulous Flowers

“Posy of Gardenias and also a composite lily posy (top images). Frangipani bouquets (images above) – all real and very fragrant.”

From our florists and my own research, here’s a quick rundown of the best smelling flowers:

  • Roses  including varieties David Austin, Parfume De Grande, Glamis Castle, Julia, Perdita & Belle Story
  • Peonies
  • Lillies
  • Sweet peas
  • Freesias
  • Paperwhites
  • Jonquils
  • Lily of The Valley
  • Lilacs
  • Hyacinths
  • Frangipanis
  • Stephanotis
  • Gardenias
  • Bouvardia
  • Geraldton Wax Flowers
  • Magnolias
  • Fruit Blossoms
  • Tuberose
  • Daphne
  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Vibernum


Rebekah and Jacob’s Classic Canberra Wedding

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Rebekah and Jacob

A splendid little Canberra wedding for you this morning! Our newlyweds Rebekah and Jacob married  and took in the Canberra scenery and landmarks for the capital city wedding!

Photos today are by Kate Luke Photography . Kate’s captured the ambiance of Rebekah and Jacob’s wedding and has used the most iconic backdrops to create wedding photos that are so wonderfully Canberra!

Rebekah and Jacob were married in “The gardens at Old Parliament House, with its lush green hedges surrounding the grounds and beautiful old trees and roses, provided a private and intimate setting for our ceremony. We fell in love with this site the moment we saw it.

My talented friend, who plays viola, entertained guests before, during and after the ceremony. Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Big Jet Plane’ was played as I walked down the aisle.”

Rebekah’s bouquet was styled by Lil’ Blossom Boutique Florist.

Rebekah and Jacob loved their celebrant Judy Aulich “Our lovely celebrant Judy Aulich was such a joy to work with. She provided just about every piece of information we could ever need before the wedding, and also offered some great advice that comes only from experience. Her friendly, professional and bubbly personality along with her ability to personalise our ceremony made the day that little bit more special. ”

Onred Restaurant hosted the couple’s reception. “Afterwards, the reception was held at Onred Restaurant at Red Hill Lookout, where the stunning views provided a beautiful backdrop to enjoy the company of our friends and family. The staff, both in the kitchen and on the floor, were all very attentive and accommodating in the lead up to and on the night. Everyone commented on the menu choices. ”

Congratulations Rebekah and Jacob! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Kate Luke Photography for today’s images.

Photos by Kate Luke Photography

Amanda and Andy’s Romantic Elegance Wedding

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


Amanda and Andy

A classic beauty of a wedding today- Amanda and Andy’s gorgeous Sydney wedding. If you’re in love with lacy, beautiful gowns, bouquets that look so good you can almost smell them and smiles as wide as the Sydney Harbour Bridge you’ll love today’s garden celebration. it’s classic Sydney really – a church wedding with a beautiful reception at one of Sydney’s most popular venues.

Our bride Amanda recalls the story of the relationship with her husband. “Andy and I originally met at high school but it took another 10 years till we met again.  
He proposed while we were on a family holiday in Thailand.  Andy had organised a picnic lunch and boat for the day, but unfortunately it was pouring with rain, so at the last minute, he had to change his plans and ended up proposing at a scenic lookout in the rain!   It was a very funny memorable day.

Photos today are by Milk & Honey Photography. I love Milk and Honey’s classic yet beautiful captures.  They’re so beautifully Sydney and capture the romance of the wedding day.

Amanda wore an asymmetrical lace gown from Sarah Devine Couture. She recalls “My dress was from Sarah Devine.  It was made from blush satin, with French lace and my veil was full length with a lace trim.  The dress was such a delight to wear and with its vintage feel, was everything I wished for in a wedding dress.”

Having her parents and friends around her on the morning of the wedding was important for the bride, who explains “I got ready with my three bridesmaids at my parents’ house.  The morning went so quickly, but we were able to take some great photo’s including some with our family dog, Charlie. I have 2 nieces and nephews, who we had great pleasure in dressing up. The girls looked gorgeous in their pink tutu’s. 
My bridesmaids wore dresses by Charlie Brown.  The pink of their dresses tied back with the soft romantic design of the invites and were enhanced by the beautiful flowers.”

Amanda recalls “Andy and I got married in October, at the beautiful St Peters Presbyterian Church in North Sydney.  
The interior of the church is just lovely and a wonderful church to get married in. We had a string trio, play Canon in D by Pachelbel as I walked down the aisle.”

Family and friends led to Amanda’s favourite memory of the day. “Andy and I were just so happy to have our family from overseas and friends there to celebrate our marriage with us.  It was such a beautiful day I wish we could do it all over again!”

The girls carried bouquets in shades of pinks, taupes, lavenders and greens. Amanda says ” I was really happy with the beautiful flowers Lisa from Sweet Violets put together for our bridal party and reception.  I was able to give Lisa some reference pictures of the type of flowers and colours we wanted and she really did an amazing job.  Every one commented on how gorgeous the table decorations were!”

Amanda and Andy celebrated with their guests at the Sydney Botanic Gardens restaurant. Amanda explains “As we had family visiting from oversees, we decided to have a real Sydney wedding. 
We were married at St Peter’s in North Sydney and held our pre-dinner drinks on the lawn, in the Botanic Gardens, with views of the harbour, before moving into the Botanic Gardens restaurant for our reception.”

The stationery took on the spring and garden feel of the wedding “My friend Daniella Spinetti, also did an amazing job in designing our invites, menu’s and table cards.  
Her design really captured the romantic theme and colours I had envisioned for our wedding”

The cake was a classic beauty. Amanda explains “Bill from Sweet Connoisseur made our 3 tier chocolate wedding cake.  
We kept it simple and decorated it with ivory icing, with a pink ribbon at each base, to match back with the bridesmaids’ dresses.”

The reception continued with Amanda and Andy’s first dance. Says Amanda “Andy is not much of a dancer, but we did our best swaying to ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Rod Stewart”

Congratulations Amanda and Andy! Many congratulations and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today! Thank you also to  Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Milk & Honey Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

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