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Lauren and Jeff’s Coogee Wedding

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


Lauren and Jeff

There is nothing quite like the beaches of Sydney and today’s wedding encapsulates that wonderful relaxed and sunshiney vibe the area has.

Lauren recalls how she met her now husband Jeff. “We started out as friends. We were house mates in a house share. Jeff moved out then a year later we reunited at a party and have been together ever since.”

Photos today are by Nerida McMurray Photography. Nerida always captures weddings with a clean, crispness to them – the moments that were there to be taken without any fuss, just a lot of memories.

Lauren wore a gorgeous strapless gown from Amanda Garrett while her bridesmaid chose her gown from Manning Cartell.

Lauren and Jeff held their ceremony at Dunnigham Reserve on the cliff top at Coogee Beach. The processional was “Kissing You” by Des’ree.

Melissa Moule at Budding Brides ( styled the classic bouquets of flowers while Divine Events planned the wedding day.

Lauren and Jeff celebrated with guests at Wylies Baths in Coogee. Lauren remarks “The view at Wylie’s Baths was breath taking”. Melissa Clack ( created the stationery for the day.

Lauren says “Our wedding day was magical. To have all of our family and friends together, meant the world to us.”

Dancing on the balmy evening to The Boogaloo Crew from the Groove Academy was the perfect end to the wedding of Lauren and Jeff. “The Boogaloo Crew performed on the open air deck and had the entire wedding up dancing.”

The romantic first dance was to a classic ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green.

Congratulations Lauren and Jeff! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Nerida McMurray Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Nerida McMurray Photography

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Jesslynn and Shane’s Canadian Casual Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Jesslynn and Shane

I thought it would be a nice change to drop into a beautiful Canadian wedding today – the wedding of Jesslynn and Shane who held a lovely wedding in their backyard in North Vancouver to celebrate their marriage. I don’t have many stories from today’s wedding, but I think the photos do a beautiful job of telling the story of Jesslynn and Shane.

Photos today are by Images By Bethany. I love how Bethany captures the light – each image almost glows with sunshine and the food photos? Well, I may just be drooling over here in Australia!

The bride and her maids wore gowns from Blush Bridal. Bouquets of white hydrangeas were styled by Avenue Florist.

The groom and his groomsmen wore suits from The Tux Store.

Culinary Capers catered the reception which included mini burgers for guests. The couple hired a marquee from Apex Tents and filled it with furniture and decor from Pederson’s Rentals and Upright Planning.

Congratulations on your marriage Jesslynn and Shane! Thanks to Images By Bethany for today’s images!

Photos by Images By Bethany

Semaphore Wedding Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Stationery And Paper Goods, Wedding Inspiration


Our lovely Polka Dot Made contributing editor Alicia from Akimbo sent over this stylish Semaphore inspired wedding shoot to show off her new Sempahore wedding stationery range. Alicia collaborated with Luke Simon Photography (for the gorgeous photos) Mary & Gabrielle Events (for the stunning styling) and Poppies Flowers (for the props) at The Flying Knife in Adelaide to bring together the elements beautifully suited to a Semaphore inspired wedding.

I love the styling and feel of this shoot – it’s perfectly suited to a couple that wants something a little nautical, a little beachy while using interesting patterns, textures and objects to create the atmosphere.

Check out Alicia’s tutorial on how to make this gorgeous rope and flag succulent centrepiece on Polka Dot Made

Photos by Luke Simon Photography

Sarah and Lee’s Classic Australian Wedding

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


Sarah and Lee

I have a thing for classic weddings, I also have a love of Australian native blossoms – so when you marry the two in a beautiful wedding like today’s of Sarah and Lee, you have one stunning combination! Sarah and Lee held a beautifully classic Australian wedding in Sydney and added an Australian theme with the most stunning floral arrangements and stationery.

Sarah tells how she met her husband. “Lee and I first met in Year 11 of high school (yes we’re high school sweethearts)…”

We’re joined with stunning images by David Henry Photography today. David’s captured a drama in his photographs – an intensity to mark the occasion with the weight that it carries.

Sarah wore a sweetheart neckline strapless gown with intricate beading from Glamour Bridal Collection.

The girls carried bouquets of Australian natives styled by Nightingales Wedding Designers (who also assisted Sarah & Lee in planning the wedding.) The bridesmaids wore black gowns from Novita Boutique.

Sarah and Lee held their ceremony and reception at Gunners Barracks. Sarah remarks “I couldn’t recommend them higher, their organisation and preparation meant the day ran flawlessly. The scenery was beautiful and the food delicious!”

There was only one hiccup on the day, Sarah remembers. “I accidentally forgot to wear my garter which was my ‘something blue’! We remembered in the car on the way to the ceremony! So we had to make do with the only blue thing I could find… A Mt Franklins Water Bottle label tucked down the front of my dress!”

After the ceremony, Sarah changed from her Alan Pinkus high heels to white Doc Marten boots which she customised with silver, white and blue laces that she made from ribbons.

The couple chose a lunchtime reception and an Australian theme for their day. Sarah explains, “Our wedding inspiration was after Lee and Sarah’s careers as environmental scientists – a rustic Australian bush theme. Our bonbonniere were Australian native plant saplings, and our flowers were all Australian natives. The invitations, thank you cards, name cards and cake all featured a scientific drawing of a native fern and cicada insect (skilfully designed by Jess Foy of The Distillery) .” Nightingales Wedding Designers put together the wedding day while Cake Occasions created a three tier cake to match.

The couple hired Slide Mcbride to get guests dancing. Sarah explains “Our first dance was to ‘Moondance’ played by our terrific band Slide McBride. They were excellent. So many people came up to us commending the band. They made the day special and fun.”

Congratulations Sarah and Lee! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polak Dot Bride! Thank you also to  David Henry Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by David Henry Photography

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