Sarah and Rob’s Relaxed Garden Party Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sarah & Rob

There is something so beautiful about a  wedding where a bride wears colour, even if it’s a pale shade of pink like today’s bride Sarah. The whimsical beauty of the gown seems to translate out into the wedding itself. When guests are celebrating with champagne drunk out of antique champagne coupes, when the food is so good we get a dot point description? That’s a good day!

Sarah tells their story. “We met speed dating at the Port Office Hotel in Brisbane in 2006.  At that stage, Rob was living in Sydney while I was living in Brisbane, so for the first 5 months we had a long distance relationship.  Then I was offered a job in Madrid, Spain, and when I asked Rob if he would move there with me he said yes! We spent the next 3 years living in Spain and traveling all over Europe.  On our way back to Australia in 2010 we spent 6 months backpacking through South America, and when we reached Machu Picchu after hiking the Inca Trail for 4 days, Rob asked me to marry him, and gave me a beautiful emerald engagement ring he bought in Colombia.”

Photographs today are by Simon Peter Taylor who has captured dreamy, beautiful photographs for Sarah and Rob.

For her wedding gown, Sarah wore the Rose Quartz Fairytale Taffeta Dress by Carla Zampatti.

The bouquets and buttonholes were styled by  Daniella of Pink and Purple Petals.

Of their photographer, Sarah says “We loved Simon´s unobtrusive, photo journalistic style and the great ideas he had for some unusual shots on the day. We had most of our photos taken before our wedding ceremony which was a lot of fun, and meant we didn’t have to leave our guests after the ceremony.  Simon had a nice idea to do a ‘reveal’ on our balcony when we both saw each other for the first time – it was a very special moment. It was also Simon´s suggestion to go to a disused train yard in Hamilton where we got some interesting shots with graffiti-ed trains in the background, which involved me hitching up my dress and dodging muddy puddles!”

Sarah and Rob held their ceremony and reception at Newstead House. Sarah explains “Our original venue fell through 10 weeks before our wedding, which was pretty stressful at the time.  But in the end, we felt like our wedding was supposed to be at Newstead House – it suited us perfectly.  It is Brisbane´s oldest surviving historic homestead and is situated in a beautiful park on one of the loveliest stretches of the Brisbane River, and has lovely gardens and grounds.  We wanted a venue which would allow us to have both the ceremony and a cocktail-style reception all in one place, and we wanted to be able to bring our own wine and catering.  Immediately after the ceremony we had champagne and canapés in the sun filled courtyard, and by late afternoon we were up on the wide verandahs watching the approach of a dramatic tropical storm.”

Sarah walked down the aisle to ‘Candombito’ by Kevin Johansen, an Argentinean singer songwriter played by Dos Guitarras . Sarah explains “Music is very important to us, and given the 3 years we lived in Spain, it meant a lot having a Spanish guitar duo playing during our ceremony and reception.”

The weather turned on a beautiful show. Sarah notes “I had been avoiding the weather forecast in the days leading up to the wedding, but the day before I couldn’t help myself, and it didn’t look good at all.  We had a wet weather plan, but didn’t really want to use it.  The day of our wedding we woke up at 4am to the sound of a terrific storm – and by 8am the sun was out and shining, it really was the most stunning day.”

Sarah remarks “With the help of some friends we chose some beautiful wines, including a beautiful sparkling pinot noir from Ashton Hills vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, which we drank in pretty antique champagne coups.” The champagne coups, antique cups and saucers, and glass jars for flowers and candles were all hired from Kara Rosenlund.

For decor Sarah explains, “A friend bought beautiful flowers at the markets and arranged them, and big candles, in pretty glass jars tied with vintage lace.”


Sarah and Rob’s wedding was catered by PJ McMillan from Harveys Restaurant . Sarah raves “We both love food and wine with a passion, so it was very important to have really good food and wine at our wedding.  We could not have been happier with our caterer, PJ McMillan – all our friends are still raving about his food.

This is what we ate: Pitt Water Oysters served with chilled cucumber soup, battered in Guinness, and natural with soy and ginger, Zucchini and haloumi fritter wrapped in Serrano jamon, Crispy duck pancakes served with traditional shallot pancakes, cucumber, and hoisin, Pressed tomato terrine, goats curd and olive tapenade, Brandade croquettes with romesco sauce, Chicken and peanut Thai cakes with lime dressing, Asian fried barramundi, green papaya salad, tamarind and chilli dressing., Vodka cured salmon served with pea, spinach and mint risotto, Victorian slow cooked lamb, creamed potatoes, chard with raisins and pounded mint, Mini Wagyu beef Guinness pies.”

Sarah recalls “Our first dance was to ‘The Ship Song’ by Nick Cave.  It was very emotional for both of us.”

Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Rob! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Simon Peter Taylor  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Simon Peter Taylor / Bride's Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride's Shoes: Mollini / Bride's Jewellery: Kelly´s Antiques / Groom's Attire: Robert's Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: FrockShop Boutique / Hairstylist: Hayley Wilson at The Fox & The Hair / Makeup Artist: Annie-Claire Makeup / Hire of champagne coups, antique cups and saucers, and glass jars for flowers and candles: Kara Rosenlund / Bouquets and buttonholes: Pink and Purple Petals / Invitations & Stationery: Poppies for Grace / Venue: Newstead House / Ceremony Officiant: Megan Wilson / Music: Dos Guitarras / Catering: PJ McMillan from Harveys Restaurant / Wedding Cake: Queen Of Cakes
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Angela and Rob’s Festive Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Angela and Rob

Winery weddings are so much fun and today’s celebration is a relaxed one filled with colourful, whimsical touches and plenty of pretty in pink!

Angela tells their story. “Rob was best friends with the brother of my house mate when I was at uni so we had been friends for a few years before we snogged at a cocktail party 12 years ago. The next day he rang me to ask me out on a proper date and we have been together ever since.” The couple have two adorable children together.

Photos today are by Natalija of I Heart Weddings (who has now relocated to regional NSW and is available for weddings in Sydney and throughout NSW). Nat always creates such a dreamy atmosphere with her photographs.

Angela chose a strapless gown with feather detailing by Bridal By Aubrey Rose she paired it with pink sparkly bow heels from Wittner and shoes from Melissa for the reception.

Angela and Rob chose Upper Reach Winery and Broads Restaurant for their wedding venue. Angela explains “We wanted one venue to have both the ceremony and the reception so our guests could relax and have a couple of drinks and canapes whilst we had our photos done. Upper Reach Winery and Broads Restaurant was perfect as we loved the big tree to get married under and the winery had a cottage for hire attached to it so I could get ready with my bridesmaids and later in the evening Rob and I could put our two children to bed. ”

Angela walked down the aisle to “The Waifs ‘Love Serenade’. I get a bit nervous with lots of people staring at me and the song is a bit boppy, My Dad and I decided to dance down the aisle.”

Angela’s bridesmaids wore pink polka dot gowns from Modcloth. Angela created the bouquets herself using flowers from the markets. She says “I bought all the flowers for the bouquets and the table setting the day before at the flower market. I think all flowers are pretty so I just went with what I found on the day. We had carnations on the tables and carnations, tulips, roses and billy balls in the bouquets. I wanted messy posy bouquets so my maid of honour, her husband and I made them up the day before over an afternoon beer.”

Of their photographer, Angela says “With 2 small children I didn’t have a lot of time to run around meeting heaps of photographers so I did lots of research online and fell in love with Natalija’s work straight away. Both of us is a bit camera shy so we wanted fun candid shots with lots of natural light. I loved that in her photos, the people always look like they are having fun and not just standing around posing.  I told Natalija my vision for the wedding was a kind of fun DIY, quirky, vintage twist and she did a awesome job in capturing the day the way we wanted. Rob and I also decided that we wanted a DIY photo booth to capture all our guests. We asked everyone to use all our props and decide “what we should do for our honeymoon”. Natalija was great in creating the message board postcard for us and backdrop and between us we gathered a ton of really random props which made for some hilarious photos.”

Angela and Rob handmade a lot of details. Angela explains “We didn’t want a typical cookie cutter wedding and wanted the day to really reflect us so we organised it all ourselves. In the days leading up the day we made up hessian table runners, menus, tissue poms to hang from the ceiling, made black boards to use as signs, arranged all our own flowers, made chocolate moustaches and lips on sticks as thank you gifts that could be used in the photo booth (96 lips and moustaches and the venue forgot to bring them out!!!). We planted succulents in teacups that sat on the tables that our guests took home that night. I made a finger print tree that all out guests stamped their thumb prints on as leaves and signed their names on. We thought it might be a warm day so we also put out a basket of wooden fans for the women to help themselves to, to keep cool during the ceremony. ”

Congratulations Angela and Rob! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to I Heart Weddings  for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: I Heart Weddings / Bride's Dress: Bridal By Aubrey Rose / Venue: Upper Reach Winery and Broads Restaurant / Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Suits Formalwear / DJ: Mobydisc / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bride's Shoes: Melissa / Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth / Wedding Cake: Broads Restaurant

The Green Cathedral, Pacific Palms

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Wedding Venues


Once in a while a venue comes into my inbox that blows my socks off and although The Green Cathedral is not new, it never loses it’s ability to completely wow me. Today’s venue is located in Pacific Palms, a mere three hour drive from Sydney (and ten minutes south of Forster) and is a gorgeous tropical backdrop for a Summer wedding.

Saying your vows under the green canopy of trees, in the open air cathedral on the shores of Wallis Lake has something a little magical about it. The cathedral was built in the 1922 as a place of worship and even survived a massive bushfire in 1957. Guests can watch your vows from the natural timber pews and as for decorations? While you could decorate ’til your hearts content, the beauty of this venue lies in it’s natural splendour.

Located just a short walk from The Green Cathedral is the newly refurbished lakeside reception venue which can hold 250 guests (and has no noise restrictions!) for cocktail functions or 160 for a sit down reception. Weddings have use of the building (including a commercial kitchen) and wide green lawn flanked by cabbage trees.

The venue can also provide accommodation for your wedding guests, with guests receiving discounted rates and treats such as champagne or a cheese platter on arrival.

Go to The Green Cathedral for all your booking enquiries!

White Runway Bridesmaid Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Shopping for bridesmaids and formal wear can be tricky – especially if you want your bridesmaids to wear the one gown and they’re located in completely different areas!

White Runway, a brand new Australian website designed especially for Australian brides and bridesmaids, has launched a their new website to help solve this conundrum! Stocking a wide range of designs and styles, and sortable by colour, length and style of wedding, the site makes it easy to find the right dress for your maids. They even have maternity bridesmaid gowns, mother of the bride gowns gowns!

To win a White Runway gift voucher valued at $300 simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favourite dress style on the White Runway website and how you would style it for your bridesmaids (or yourself!)

The winner will be chosen by White Runway and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The $300 voucher will be deducted from your final invoice. Voucher to be used in one transaction only. The winner will pay for costs above the voucher inclusions. The prize must be redeemed within one year. If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 22nd June 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).