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Kylie and Chris

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kylie & Chris

A beautiful wedding from regional Victoria for you this afternoon- the Grampians to be exact! I am completely in love with Kylie’s wedding gown and the cake? Well I could certainly take a big fat slice right now! Our city couple returned to the country for a country chic wedding!

Our newlyweds Kylie and Chris met at work, but it took over three years after meeting to finally decide they should go out for dinner – the rest is history.

Chris proposed on the beach, Kylie recounts, “Walking our dogs on the front beach of Torquay (something we do each time we are at the holiday house), Chris asked me if I would do something for him today. I was thinking Chris was going to ask her to do a job/chore later in the day, said OK – what? Chris responded with, I would like you to become my wife. Of course I responded with yes and a kiss. I think he asked me in knee deep water to prevent him having to get down on bended knee!”

Photography today is by Infinity Photography. The team at Infinity always captures a wedding with elegant grace. Photographing the moments, the beauty and the joy in a beautiful way.

Kylie and Chris were married at the Mt Sturgeon Estate Homestead.

Kylie wore a silk & tulle gown hand beaded with glass beads and pearls by Gwendolynne. Stems Flower Market created bouquets of cream country roses and lambs ear.

Kylie and Chris chose to have their wedding in the Grampians overlooking a stunning view. Kylie says “When visiting the Mt Sturgeon Homestead, it was difficult to decide on where to have our ceremony. The view of the homestead was great, but the view of the towering Mt Sturgeon was amazing. In the end, we decided on the lawns out the front of the homestead, which enabled us to be married with views that captured both the Homestead and the natural beauty of Mt Sturgeon. After the ceremony, all guests enjoyed canapes, champagne and croquet.”

Kylie walked down the aisle with her father to “The Wedding” by Aldullah Ibrahim played by the Gavin Franklin Trio.

Kylie’s bridesmaids wore one shouldered taupe coloured gowns from Stellini Boutique.

The couple’s stationery was designed by Paper Marc.

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the verandah of the homestead with croquet!

Kylie and Chris celebrated with guests in the woolshed at Mt Sturgeon Estate. With chandeliers and fairy lights hanging from the wooden rafters of a working woolshed, a crisp table setting and crystal candlesticks, country and city styles merged seamlessly. A location to die for, good food, great wine, live band playing, surrounded by family and friends everything a bride and groom could wish for. Table linens were provided by Table Art.

Kylie’s favourite memory was the ambience of the day. “Great food, good wine, amazing location with loving family and friends. But most of all, knowing that the person in front of you is the right one for you for the rest of your life.”

Guests signed a larger version of the wedding invitation as a guestbook.

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Kylie and Chris had stacked wheels of cheese  from Emerald Hill Dell (including Le Delice Brie, Valdeon Queso Azul Blue, Figaro Goats , Maffra Chedder and Swiss Appenzell) decorated with vines and muscatel grapes.

After the night was over, having left the guests at the woolshed, Chris and Kylie sat on wooden picnic table, outside their bluestone cottage, sipping champagne, with a blanket to keep them warm, listening to the glowing comments coming from the guests leaving the reception – “most couldn’t stop talking about our cheese cake and the amazing location”.

Thank you Kylie and Chris for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Infinity Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Infinity Photography

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Wedding Magazine Roundup October 2010

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


This magazine roundup is weeks overdue but alas it was all down to one magazine I desperately wanted and had to trek to a major bookstore to get! But I couldn’t let a round of gorgeous pages of wedding bliss pass by so here’s the magazine roundup! Albeit a little late!

Wedding Style Guide Issue 16 Spring 2010

Lovable Bits:

– Bloom bloom floral styled shoot on page 82

– Hello Yellow styled shoot on page 116

– Abbe and Damian’s vintage scrabble inspired wedding on page 136

– Melody and Daniel’s 1950s style wedding on page 172

– Courtney and Brooke’s  DIY white wedding on page 203

Real Wedding Style Annual 2010/11

Check out my second column for Real Weddings on page 18- it’s all about paper!

Lovable Bits:

Kylie and Kuen’s summer garden wedding on page 42

Alicia and Shane’s bold  Autumnal wedding on page 60

Lauren and Tim’s beachside garden wedding full of flowers on Page 73

Briar and Mark’s watermelon pink celebration on page 81

Catherine and Nick’s paper extravaganza on page 108

Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2010

Lovable Bits:

– The Perfect Palette- Copper, silver and gold on Page 217

– It’s Show Time – Runway bridal fashion feature  on Page 242

– Libby & Alex’s Southern charm wedding on Page 267

– Works Of Art cake feature on Page 274

– Sealed with a kiss theme feature (particularly loving the polka dot Oscar De La Renta gown! on Page 292) on Page 284

Southern Weddings Volume III

Lovable Bits

– Something blue styled feature on Page 44

– Sweet love styled  feature on Page 57

– Tradition served up Southern inspiration article on page 69

– Southern By Design blogger styling feature on Page 73

– Lyndsay and Tyson’s sorbet coloured Southern soiree on Page 102

Don’t forget to check out the e-titles this month, Eco Beautiful Weddings and NonPareil Magazine– both have brand new issues out!

What were your favourite features this month?

Blushless 2011 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


London designer Liv of Blushless sent over her latest lookbook and the different nature of her gowns had me delighted on a cold afternoon!

Liv (her significant other is Australian so she has a soft spot for us!) creates contemporary gowns with a sustainable and eco-friendly edge. Her 2011 collection is raw, understated but sophisticated. Gowns transform from floor length to cocktail, sculptural silhouettes and thought out designs make Blushless gowns a beautifully bold choice for a bride.

Photos by Blushless

Vendor Of The Week – Milk & Honey Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s another Monday morning! Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! Did Spring escape you too? For our American friends, fall is my favourite so I’m very envious of you right now!

As with every Monday, it’s time to show off a vendor from Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our directory members are gearing up for a busy wedding season, hopefully filled with lots of polka dot weddings- the spirit of having soul, doing things personally and doing things beautifully is what Polka Dot Bridettes do best, and what we love about you and our directory members who work so hard to make things happen!

This week’s vendor of the week is Sydney photography studio Milk & Honey Photography, I remember years ago when I first heard the name of the studio, how enchanted I was by it- visions of creamy milk and sweet honey along with a bride and groom filled my head and the photos coming out of the studio always make me feel the same way.

Sweet, whimsical moments captured in a beautiful way with little jolts of joy hitting you unexpectedly.

To learn a little more about Milk & Honey Photography,we asked Anni five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

A nice glass of red

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Blue Mountains in Autumn

Favourite restaurant?

Il Piave, Italian restaurant in Rozelle

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Eggs Benedict in a local cafe if I’m lucky!!

Your favourite wedding story?

Early this year Matthew and I travelled  to photograph an intimate wedding with the total number of guests being 12(including us!). The setting was a mansion in the hills of Tasmania and every detail was amazing. We were in the home for 48 hours and ate every meal together at a long dinner table. The food was made from local hand-picked produce and was utterly delectable. We were reminded of how lucky we are to be wedding photographers and to have these insights into peoples lives on their very special days.

Visit Milk & Honey Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Milk & Honey Photography are a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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