Farren and Matt’s Warrandyte Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Farren & Matt

 In my dreams I have a farm, a farm where whenever we have a celebration I can deck the halls with beautiful decorations, crank up the music with no worries about noise restrictions, laugh and sigh with guests until the wee hours of the morning and invite all my friends to get married there. Well luckily for me I can live vicariously though weddings like today’s of Farren and Matt’s who married on Matt’s family farm in Warrandyte in a beautiful black tie affair.

Farran tells their story. “Matt & I met at a gig that Matt had played at and we literally bumped into each other.  Neither of us was out to meet anyone – we smile about it now because it is so true what everyone says about meeting the right person at the most unexpected of times.  We started talking and instantly knew that we would know each other for a long time.  I guess when it is right, it just is.”

Photographs are by Love, Katie & Sarah Photography who manage to capture the details, and the atmosphere without missing any of the emotion, big moments and huzzahs!

Farren says, “We were absolutely blessed to have Matt’s parents’ property.  Not only was it a perfect setting, it was where Matt grew up which is a nice piece of tradition.  Not to mention the creative freedom!”

Every part of the day that could be, was filled with family and friends. Farren explains “Our friend made our L.O.V.E letters for us, and they added yet another area for our family and friends to have fun and take photos.”

Farren describes the wedding as “Old world tradition with a twist.” Farren wore a gown and veil from Johanna Johnson and Jimmy Choo shoes. Adorning her outfit was “A sapphire pendant which was a gift from Matt as my ‘something new, something blue’.”  Her bridesmaids wore gowns from  Lisa Brown with jewels from  Mimco and hairpieces by Jennifer Behr . The littlest bridal party member wore a dress from Tea Princess .

Debbie O’Neill  styled the flowers and floral decor for the day. Farren remembers “Our favourite details were all in the flowers.  They were absolutely amazing.  The arch was the perfect structure to be married under, the bouquets were perfect, and the flowers on the tables were exactly as we had asked.  I definitely have some favourite vendors that I will recommend to anyone that will listen, and our florist is one.”

The bridal party were transported by Always Classic Cars.

Farren walked down the aisle to Ben Harper’s ‘Forever’, performed by a member of Matt’s family.

Farren and Matt were married by John McCullough. Farren notes “While we chose to not write our own vows to say on the day, we did so in a letter to each other that is sealed in our ‘Love Box’.  It was sealed in our ceremony by Matt, myself, and our mothers.  On our 5th year anniversary we get to open the box, read the letters, and share the wine.”

Farren remarks, “The most important (thing) was that as bride & groom, we made every decision together.  Planning our wedding was by far one of the best experiences that we both have had!  So much fun! Yes, there were stressful moments, but that is perfectly normal. ”

The bridal party portraits were at the Warrandyte Berry Farm. Of their photographers, Farren says “One word… Amazing.  We were so lucky with the photographers that we found.  Their style is flawless, and they are forever smiling which makes those semi-stressful moments easier when they arise! We had an engagement shoot with them so it gave us the chance to feel more comfortable in front of the camera, which I would recommend to anyone.  We already have used them within the family and I am sure that it is not the last time!”

Farren explains “The whole wedding was a DIY-a-thon.  What we did not do with our own hands, Matt & I worked very closely with the vendors to produce our vision.”

The couple hired big yard games from Yard Party. Farren remembers, “We made sure that our wedding had lots of areas for our guests to do the most important thing that there is to do at a wedding – have fun .  We had extra large chess, croquet, & ring toss.”

Farren and Matt made sure to set up many little surprises for their guests. Farren explains, “After all the formalities were done, we opened our whisky & cigar bar, our photographers opened the photo booth – and the party was officially started.”

The couple had a four tier brightly coloured wedding cake made by Fantasy Cakes . Farren recalls “Our wedding cake was one of our favourite elements of the wedding.  We wanted something that reflected our personalities – so we designed it to be happy, colourful, and four different flavours, ” Guests received toffee apples as favors.

For their first dance, Farren remembers,  “We were more nervous about our first dance than saying our vows!.  We chose our song, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by Ella Fitzgerald in no time, then simply forgot about having to practise dancing until 2 days before the wedding.  So, as a quick fix, we had one dancing lesson, forgot the steps faster than we had learned them, then, well, we tried to be as graceful as we could in the moment.”

Congratulations Farren and Matt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Love, Katie & Sarah Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Love, Katie & Sarah Photography / Cinematographer: C2 VIdeo / Marquee Hire: Prestige Events / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride's Jewellery: Peter Lang earrings / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Attire: Expedition Apparel, Brunswick East / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa Brown / Bridesamdis Jewelrly: Mimco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Jennifer Behr / Flowergirl Dress: Tea Princess / Hair & Makeup Stylist: Andy Coventon / Flowers: Debbie O'Neill / Invitations & Stationery: Dear Emma / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: John McCullough / Ceremony Musicians: Shamdoogie / Band: Shamdoogie / Wedding Cake: Fantasy Cakes / Wedding Rings: Garry Holloway / Transport: Always Classic Cars / Outdoor Games Hire: Yard Party
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A Bridesmaids Brunch For {MAG} rouge

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Pre Wedding Parties


I am so excited to share this absolutely gorgeous shoot with you. Not only does it celebrate the joy that is friendship, but it also celebrates online wedding magazine {MAG} rouge‘s third issue (The Harvest Issue) hitting virtual shelves tomorrow! The full shoot can be seen in the new issue of the magazine, but today I get to share it with you! It features beautiful photographs by the incredibly talented  Sutherland Kovach Wedding Photography , gorgeous floral design from Annie Oxborough, gowns from Ruche and stationery from Ruby and Willow at New Zealand’s Lothlorien Winery and Feijoa Orchard .

I love the idea behind this shoot- a bride, brings together three of her closest friends at a beautiful get together (with plenty of bubbles and sweet treats) to ask them to be her bridesmaids. Each bridesmaid receives a keepsake tea towel printed with the invitation and the brunch? It takes place in an incredible orchard amongst the lush Autumn tones. Isn’t this a beautiful and low key way to invite your closest friends to be in your bridal party? I’m all for taking any occasion to celebrate and that doughnut garland might just be on the agenda for my next celebration!

Be sure to check out the {MAG} rouge website tomorrow for more of this shoot and more gorgeous wedding inspiration from the New Zealand {MAG} rouge team!

Concept and Styling: {MAG} rouge / Venue: Lothlorien Winery and Feijoa Orchard, New Zealand / Photographer: Sutherland Kovach Wedding Photography / Flowers: Annie Oxborough / Dresses: Ruche / Invitations & Stationery: Ruby and Willow / Food Stylng: Artisan Cakes / Hair & Makeup Stylist: Sox Teng / Furniture: John Stephens Antiques / Green Throw: Redcurrent / Place Settings: French Country Collections

Alysia and Kym’s Vintage Chic Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Alysia & Kim

Alysia and Kym’s countryside wedding was anything but black and white. Infused with Alysia’s love of colour and all things vintage, the couple went back to the place they love most in the world and held a private wedding in Taggerty, Victoria for 110 guests. Not only was the wedding filled with the presence of Kym’s late father, who loved the farm as much as the couple, but it was filled with the couple’s own love of life with so many beautiful touches and flashes of their personalities (plus the bride wore an ombre wedding gown, how beautiful is that?)

Alysia and Kym married after 10 and a half years of dating as high school sweethearts.

Photography of Alysia and Kym was captured by Fi Mims who have captured the vintage chic of today’s wedding with such a clear, beautiful style. Coordination of the day was by Ed Dixon Food Design.

Alysia and Kym held their wedding on Kym’s family property in Taggerty, Victoria . Alysia says “A favourite place of the bride and groom, it was also a favourite place of the groom’s late father Bill, it wasn’t a question as to if the wedding would be held there, more a given.”

A friend handmade Alysia and Kym’s wedding stationery.

Alysia wore a white and blue ombre wedding gown from Beautiful Bird Boutique. The bouquets were styled by Flowermee Brighton (03) 9592 1480.

Alysia walked down the aisle to Angus and Julia Stone’s  “You’re The One That I Want”.

Post ceremony the guests sipped on Pimms, played croquet and cricket while enjoying mini fish and chip cones. The wedding food was catered by Ed Dixon Food Design.

Of their photographer, Alysia says “Fi’s eye for detail was perfect, it felt like there was a real interest in our day. Fi made the me feel very comfortable as I am known for being shy in front of the camera.”

The festivities were followed by a truly scrumptious reception in the farm’s shed which highlighted the vintage china, accessories and props the bride had been collecting. Alysia recalls “When Kym finally asked me to marry him little did he know that there had been years prior of collecting vintage pieces for our special day. When the engagement was official my bridesmaids and I continued collecting beautiful vintage crockery, cutlery, vases, games, typewriters and more for the special day.” The collection continued on after the day, Alysia explains “After the wedding (and on the day) there were so many lovely comments from the guests about the details of the as well as many suggestions about what could be done with the crockery once the wedding was over.  However I already had plans for this and so the story of Vintage Lane Crockery and Prop Hire began, officially launching in January 2012,”

Peggy Rose Vintage Table assisted with the vintage styling of the reception while Alysia’s bridesmaids made homemade marmalade for guests.

Congratulations Alysia and Kym! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Fi Mims for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Fi Mims Photography / Wedding Planner: The Bride & Ed Dixon Food Design / Styling: The Bride & Peggy Rose Vintage / Bride's Dress: Beautiful Bird Boutique / Bride's Shoes: Mimco / Bride's Jewellery: Sapore, Brighton / Groom's Attire: William Cheng and Son (Hong Kong) / Groomsmen Attire: William Cheng and Son (Hong Kong) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Saba / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Sapore, Brighton / Hairstylist: Hare on Hareford / Makeup Artist: Saleena Horton / Flowers: Flowermee Brighton (03) 9592 1480   / Ceremony Officiant: Judith Anderson / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade By A Friend / Venue: Provate Property, Taggerty, Victoria / Music: Mark Phillips / Favors: Homemade Marmalade / Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design / Wedding Cake: Emerald Hill Deli, South Melbourne

Fifities Wedding Inspiration Film

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Wedding Inspiration


Ready to kick off your day with gorgeous fifties wedding inspiration?

I wanted to show this film because it encapsulates what I love about fifties wedding style. The sophisticated retro style with a touch of fun……lace and off the shoulder wedding dresses, great up-do’s, and hair accessories to add a touch of fifties glamour. And of course Elvis serenading the bride and groom – what more could we want?

Shop Til You Drop July Edition is out on June 11th (with an amazing  32 page wedding special included), and the Shop team shared with me their behind the scenes video shot by Nick Scott! The full images can be seen in the magazine but every outfit and accessory is available in Australian stores now! (Check the magazine for full credits.)