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Rustic South Australia Wedding Venues

by | Australia - South Australia, Bride, Reception, Wedding Venues


No matter what happens, there never seems to be less of a demand for rustic wedding venues. Finally today I am showing off one of my favourite states (anywhere that has a chocolate factory close to wineries doesn’t have to work too hard to win me over!)  and showcasing rustic, or barn style South Australian wedding venues.

Al Ru Farm

I love the farm setting of Al-Ru located half an hour from Adelaide. It’s set on a cattle property and even has a b&b so the newlyweds can stay.  The converted barn is just right for a reception and has high pitched ceilings, modern polished cement floors and can cater to 80 guests sit down or 120 for a cocktail reception. Your ceremony can be held in owner Ruth Irving’s French inspired gardens beforehand too. Check out the Al Ru Farm website for more information.

Saltram Winery

Saltram Winery is located in the Barossa Valley and has gorgeous rustic style spaces for weddings. From the Grey Floor Function Room which was an old barrel room now complete with lime washed walls and a capacity of 100 sitting or 160 for cocktail functions to the Dolan’s Den Function Room which can seat between 40-50 or 80 for a cocktail reception and is just right for an intimate celebration. Check out their website for more.

Stoneyfell Function Centre

Stoneyfell Function Centre sits just on the outskirts of Adelaide, part of the Stoneyfell Winery.  The rustic style function area can cater from 55 guests to 350 guests. Established in 1858, the hall features exposed beams and beautiful chandeliers. Check out the website for more information.


A different kind of rustic, Kingsbrook has a stunning orangerie which is a beautiful space for a wedding. There’s gorgeous accommodation onsite and the landscaping is picture perfect. Visit the website for more details.

Glen Ewin Estate

Glen Ewin Estate is one of my favourite rustic venues in South Australia. They have two venues – the rustic one being The Pulpshed which can cater for 300 guests seated or 380 for a cocktail function. With massive ceilings, wooden walls and surrounded by gorgeous gardens, it really is a beautiful venue. Check out their website for more.

Golding Wines

Golding Wines, an Adelaide Hills winery features a huge sandstone barn which can cater to 150 guests seated or 250 for a cocktail style function. There’s a beautiful outdoor terrace perfect for pre dinner cocktails (or wine, obviously) plus plenty of room for your ceremony. Visit the website for more.


Located in McLaren Vale, Olivers has a a beautiful homestead (perfect for the night before or of the wedding) and a chaff shed built in the 1850s complete with exposed brick walls and pot belly heater. The chaff shed can hold 60 guests but can be extended onto the verandah for 100 guests. Check out the website for more.

Longview Winery

Nestled within the Adelaide Hills, Longview Winery has a gorgeous barn style function room complete with exposed beams, open fireplaces and corrugated iron. The venue can cater between 70-100 people depending on your style of function though there are different areas available for your needs. Check out the website for more.

Pennys Hill

Pennys Hill, located in McLaren Vale have a number of rustic style spaces beautiful for a wedding – from The Stables complete with sawdust floor which caters to 110 people to The Gendey Room which can accommodate 90 and many spaces all highlighting the country winery feel of the property. The onsite restaurant receives rave reviews, plus you’re guaranteed pretty great wine! Visit the website for more information.

Howard Vineyard

The historic stone barn at Howard Vineyard, located in the Adelaide Hills has two areas available for weddings. The  Pardalote Terrace can hold 200 guests for cocktail weddings or 130 for a seated event while the Amos Barn, complete with rustic rubble walls and polished concrete floors has a capacity of200 for cocktail weddings or 120 for a seated celebration. Check out the website for more.

Willunga Peacock Farm

Willunga Peacock Farm can seat 120 guests or cater to 150 for a cocktail style reception. The farm’s shearing shed and old stables make gorgeous wedding venues plus there is also a bed and breakfast on the property. Check out the website for more.

The Hundred Eaves

The Hundred Eaves is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The bush chapel onsite was built in 1862 and can accommodate up to 100 guests for a ceremony and can also be converted into a reception space seating 48 guests or 100 guests for cocktail functions. Check out the website for more.

Bird In Hand Winery

Bird In Hand Winery is a splendid place for a rustic style wedding with their barrel hall able to seat 350 or hold 600 for cocktail weddings. Dance with your guests after your vineyard ceremony amongst the gallons of wine underneath glimmering paper lanterns while enjoying wine grown just outside. Check out the website for more.

Any other rustic, barn style wedding venues in South Australia that you know of? I want to grow this list for our South Australia brides!
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Rebecca and Brett’s Marina Wedding

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


Rebecca and Brett

By the water, by the water.. oh what a beautiful wedding I have for you! The riverside beauty of today’s wedding, the grinning bride, the handsome groom who can’t help but show off his pearly whites and the simple love, is all that I needed to fall in love with today’s celebration!

Rebecca and Brett met through a mutual friend. “Through my friend Corinne. Brett was a flatmate of one of her friends. She was the head bridesmaid at our wedding and of course took all the credit for the union! Although at first I didn’t fancy him but then he grew on me! I liked the way we could talk for ages and he is very kind to me.”

Photographs today are by SugarLove Weddings– I love SugarLove’s classic but stylish captures. Gentle and soft, they capture the mood of Rebecca and Brett’s wedding day beautifully.

Brett and his groomsmen wore suits from Stellar Formal Wear.

Rebecca started off her wedding day in a sweet and sentimental way, one that remains one of her favourite memories. “Being woken up by my dad the morning of the wedding like he used to do when I was a child. He would pick up my hand gently and whisper that it was time to get up until I opened my eyes.”

Rebecca wore a gown from the (now closed) Rose & Ruby. Her bridesmaids wore purple strapless gowns from Mr K. The girls carried bouquets styled by Rosa’s Roses. Hair and makeup was by Leah Ruddy of Cheek Makeup Artistry and Hair. Rebecca remarks “My hair and makeup artist was brilliant!”

Rebecca and Brett were married by the water at Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay. The bridal aprty arrived by boat and Rebecca walked down the aisle to Kate Miller-Heidke’s “The Last Day on Earth” followed by “Our Song”.

Rebecca says, “It was one of the best times of our lives and we have so many funny and loving memories from the day!”

The couple also held their reception at the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay Rebecca says, “The venue was not only beautiful but easy for us and the guests as we had the ceremony downstairs outside looking onto the boats and the reception upstairs overlooking Pittwater.”

Rebecca added a few personal touches to the reception. “I did the bonbonierres. I bought melting moments biscuits and wrapped each one in clear bags with ribbons co-ordinated with our colour theme. These doubled as name tags also.” Sugar Princess made the pink and white wedding cake and the wedding stationery was by Astijano Design.

Magic Shot Music kept guests dancing all night. Of their first dance, Rebecca says ” It was lovely but we look back at it and laugh. As Brett is from Shellhabour, we joke that it was the Shellharbour Shuffle as he had me going this way and that way on the dance floor and it was really hard for me to keep up!! We danced to Chantal Kreviazuk’s “Feels like Home”. But the favourite memory was kept until last “My mum and dad and Brett and I were on the dance floor all holding each other around the shoulders, heads bent in close together saying how special the day was and how happy my parents were and to live, love and laugh together always!”

Congratulations Rebecca and Brett! Than you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings

Nicole and Dean’s Urban Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Nicole and Dean

Such a stylish, urban Melbourne wedding for you this fine Tuesday – beautiful Melbourne venues, elegant styling and a very in love couple – doesn’t get much better really!

Nicole and Dean met while studying. Nicole recalls, “We met whilst both at uni ten years ago (Dean worked at the local pub at the time). We had Johnny Wonderpants who were the house band at the time for the wedding as a reminder of how it all started! We have been living in London for the past 6 years.”

Photographs today are by Brent Lukey who always takes such a fun approach to his photography – from the important moments to making the most of the hilarious ones!

Nicole wore heels from Christian Louboutin. Her bridesmaids wore grey strapless gowns from J Crew and Kristina at Viva Flora styled the bouquets of peonies.

Nicole wore the ‘Diana’ gown by Vera Wang, She loved it to pieces –  “Vera really knows what she’s doing!”

Nicole and Dean were married at Catholic Parish Church of St Peter and Paul. Nicole says, “We organised the whole wedding from London which was pretty tough because you can’t go and see suppliers (or go with fussy bridesmaids to pick dresses which may have been a good thing!). Things like the order of ceremonies I did myself, I would highly recommend looking at Martha Stewart Weddings – she has some great templates.”

Nicole walked down the aisle to Canon in D played by the Tonic String Quartet. One of Nicole’s favourite memories is her walk down the aisle. “Seeing my friends and family as I was coming down the aisle – some of whom came from overseas. Then to look up and see Dean  – he looked so happy and nervous when I was coming down the aisle. He is usually unshakable under pressure.”

Nicole remarks “Father Bob Maguire got the day off to a great start and set the tone by delivering a funny and engaging service.”

Nicole and Dean held their reception at The Prince Deck at Circa. Nicole remarks “The Prince was the perfect venue, with a roof garden, inside dining and pool with floated lilies, it felt like we were finally home.”

A family friend made a three tier wedding cake. Nicole donned a black sash to glam her gown up for the reception.

The couple hired Johnny Wonderpants to keep their guests on the dance floor at the reception. For their first dance, Nicole recalls “The band played ‘Blowers Daughter’ by Damien Rice, we had no practice so it was pretty bad but good fun.”

The speeches were another remarkable memory for the bride, who says, “I loved My dad’s ‘father of the bride’ speech –it  rocked the crowd and left them chanting more.  I was surprised by the vibe of the wedding, everyone really let their hair down and had a great time. I also loved surprising dad with Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold’ for a father daughter dance.”

The guests had a ball, with two memorable stories. “As soon as I heard that two guests were in the pool (fully dressed with the carefully floated flowers), my first question was “Are they my people or Deans!?” We also had a bleeding bridesmaid  – after some amazing commitment to the bouquet, she cut her foot and finished the night in the hospital ER.

Congratulations Nicole and Dean! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Brent Lukey for sharing today’s wedding photographs with us!

Photos by Brent Lukey

AJ and Mark’s South Coast Country Wedding

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


AJ and Mark

I can’t seem to get enough of weddings on the south coast of NSW – they’re always so beautiful with their gorgeous backdrops Mother Nature provides and the couples always look so relaxed and happy.  I love to soak it all in and the relaxed but beautiful nature of today’s wedding allows one to do just that.

AJ and Mark met at a pub.  AJ recalls, “Mark and I met each other in late 2005 at the Oxford Tavern, Wollongong. I spotted him out from the crowd telling my best friend I thought he was gorgeous. The band started, I forgot all about him. Then after a while, he came up to me from behind and told me he thinks my jacket was inside out. I corrected him and told him that it was just my tag!!”

Photographs today are by Michelle Fiona Photography. I love the soft, elegance that Michelle captures in her photographs – the way she captures the sun streaming through the trees and the glowing couple, is almost dream like.

AJ wore a gown from Trenz Bridal Boutique.

AJ adored her bouquet by BUNCHES. She says “My bouquet was a bunch of Easter daisies, it was everything I had always imagined!!! When the bouquet was delivered, I could stop smiling, then I didn’t put it down ALL DAY.”

AJ did without bridesmaids, instead her nephew was her best boy and dressed himself in a funky grey suit and tie.

There was a minor “oops” moment before the ceremony, not that it worried AJ much. She recalls “Well, during the photos at my Father’s house before the ceremony, we were up beside a barb wire fence patting a horse when the horse started to nibble my arm, I tried to step away quickly but my dress got caught on some lantana and I ended up scratching my hand on the barbwire. I didn’t realize my hand had started bleeding at the time. By the time we were just about getting ready to get into the car to go to the ceremony, we realised I had blood down the front of my wedding dress. My girlfriends and our photographer, Michelle had to get baby wipes and try to smudge the blood out, running on very limited time. But I didn’t care, the photo’s we managed to get with the beautiful horse made it all worthwhile!! Unfortunately I had to wear an ugly looking band aid on my hand the rest of the day plus a slight yellowish smudge down the front of my dress!!!!”

AJ and Mark were married at Mount Keira Scout Camp. AJ explains “We wanted to keep the theme very natural so we chose the bushlands of the scout camp which is on the side of Mount Keira overlooking Wollongong. On the morning of the wedding Mark and his father tied Tibetan prayer flags through the trees, and with the sun pouring through the tops of the tress, it was very magical.”. AJ walked down the Aisle to “Happily Ever After In Your Eyes” by Ben Harper. Anthony Hughes provided the tunes.

AJ says “Mark held my hand really tight throughout the entire ceremony, I remember that the most.”

The couple had a few little visitors during their photos in the rainforest. AJ explains, “After our ceremony we took a walk into the rainforest for some more photo’s, along the way Mark checked me for leaches, and sure enough one was in one of the layers of my dress, all the ladies stated shrieking while a few people we all looking up my dress to get this leach out and check for others. But I didn’t care, I had such a huge smile on my face from our ceremony, I couldn’t do anything else but laugh!”

Aj says “We just wanted everything, even the theme of the wedding to evolve naturally. We didn’t want some big ideas wedding. We wanted it to be fairly simple. We wanted the day to be more about our marriage, rather than all the ‘must have’s. I think Michelle Fiona captured the meaning of our day perfectly. We had so much fun during the photos, when I look back at them, it brings back so many memories of funny things people had said, or a sweet comment that had been made. I could tell you an emotion for every photo!!!”

The couple held their reception in Mount Kembla. AJ recalls “Our reception was held at Ruby’s in Mount Kembla. We had the reception in the marquee, my 2 lovely Aunty’s put together wildflower arrangements for the table and the cake. The Chef at Ruby’s was a pleasure to deal with in the lead up and the staff on the night were absolutely wonderful. We still have people commenting on the food and service.” NatalieJane Creations made the stationery for the day.

The couple decorated their reception with the help of their family members. AJ explains, “We bought the wild flowers ourselves from the Sydney Flower Markets and my Aunties arranged them into different size vases for the tables. We collected jars from family and friends eg, sauce jars and we glued rope around them. The different shapes and sizes looked great. Some vases had wildflowers and some had silk fans of different colours for the ladies to take with them. Silk fans were from Pink Frosting. We also had birds cages with small lights in them hanging out of the trees, along with tealight candles. And lots and lots of fairy lights!!”

The newlywed’s first dance made AJ and Mark a little dizzy. AJ recalls “Well, we danced to ‘Stand By Me’, Ben E King. We started off good, but we ended up just swaying in a circle, around  and around.  Mark said to me he was getting really dizzy so we had to look at our MC and ask him to call everyone up to take the pressure off us!!!!”

Congratulations on your marriage AJ and Mark! Thank you for allowing us to share it on polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Michelle Fiona Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Michelle Fiona Photography.

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