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Mandy and Garry

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


Mandy and Garry

A gorgeous country style Western Australian wedding for you this afternoon!

Our newlyweds Mandy and Garry met playing mixed netball and they set a beautiful vibe for their wedding day. “The rustic/ vintage /country atmosphere we created was perfectly suited to us  – both being from the country originally. It was a really fun wedding, with the garden games providing a good ice breaker. I love how Mandy and Garry put so much of themselves into their wedding day and created a wonderful celebration while doing so.

Photos today are by Paper + Lace Photography who I am so thrilled to have them make their Polka Dot Bride debut! I’ve been in love with the soft, gorgeous elegance of the work of Paper + Lace for a while now and it’s such an honour to have them join us today!

Mandy wore a gown from Hobnob Bridal, her bridesmaids wore gowns from Forever New. Mandy’s mother made her veil “My mum sewed the veil. It only cost $70 for the fabric and lace, what a bargain! It got so many comments and it looked so pretty with the dress.”

Mandy’s brother Tim from Parties & Gifts helped plan the wedding and designed the stationery. The flowers were beautiful fabric creations from Milkpod Studios on Etsy.

Mandy and Gary were married in the gardens of in the grounds of Meadowbrooke Estate “We wrote our own vows and they were really special to us. Before being given away, I said a special thank you to my wonderful dad for all the support and encouragement he has given me. It was a touching moment, not a dry eye – including dad! Each of our brothers did a reading during the ceremony and our mums acted as witnesses.”

Mandy’s grandparents – who just celebrated 60 years of marriage – warmed the rings during the ceremony to pass on some well wishes and wisdom!

Mandy walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles. Garry is a musician, so the music for the ceremony was carefully planned.

Mandy says “Garry made the arch, which we got married under, and carved our initials in the monogram. It is now a seat in our garden. We also made the rustic sign pointing the way down to the ceremony. I made some paper pinwheels to lead guests down to the ceremony location, which was tucked behind some trees.”  The Tiffany chairs were hired from the Bride + Groom store along with birdcages for the gift table and the bride’s clutch purse.

Mandy and Garry’s wedding was right beside some old train tracks. Mandy says “Some of our favourite photos were taken when the photo shoot was coming to an end and the sun was getting low. We were in a field near the train tracks, next to a big oak tree. All the elements came together to create some magical photos.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Penguins Formalwear.

Mandy says “As a guest book/record we asked guests to print their thumbprint like leaves on a tree. Mandy’s brother (Tim from Parties & Gifts) designed the tree, the guest seating board, menu’s, place cards table numbers and the very special ceremony booklets. We printed most of the stationery at home and they turned out great”

The cake was made by Mandy’s sister in law. A garden games area was setup with bunting sewed by Mandy. “”We liked the relaxed, rustic feel of Meadowbrooke Estate. It has a gorgeous outlook over a green field and gardens, where we had the ceremony. We also organised some garden games (bocce and croquet) to entertain the guests between the ceremony and reception. We had picnic rugs, personalised stubby holders and some vintage style glass bottle cool drinks !”

Mandy and Garry tried to put as many personal touches as they could into their wedding day .”We painstakingly designed and sourced all the items for the table centrepieces. My aunty did the flowers – they are Lillianthums from a local supplier. We also did the bridal table with the lovebirds and nest.”

“We danced to The Day Brings by Brad. We did a lesson in the week before our wedding. It is a favourite song, something we talked about before we got engaged!” The photo booth not only served as a fun moment for guests, but the photos were used as thank you cards sent out by the newlyweds.

Thank you Mandy and Garry for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Paper + Lace Photography for sharing the gorgeous photographs today!

Photos by Paper + Lace Photography

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Rustic Australian Glamour Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


I was delighted when this gem of a shoot landed from Tilopa and Jemma at Bride + Groom store in Perth. The girls put it together to show off their new hire range and styling service, but I think it’s the perfect inspiration for a Wednesday morning on Polka Dot Bride!

The girls used candelabras (bronze ones available to hire from November) as well as a mix of votives, jars, metal lanterns and le petite atelier place cards. The girls also included parasols and fans along with vintage suitcases and a blackboard to complete the look (items are available to hire or purchase from the girls).

The girls did a second shoot which was a little more formal, a little more black tie. The chairs and  mason jars are available to hire from the store and you can buy the silk peony bouquet, Sence rose nectar and lemons are available for purchase from the Bride + Groom store.

Photos from Bride + Groom Store.

Emerson Made

by | Accessories, Bride


It occurred to me recently that there are things that I love to look at, websites that I’ve saved and things that I’ve cut out just because I love them. I never share them because I see so many people talking about them I figure, “Well everyone knows about that!” and then I post something and you all exclaim and swoon along with me!

So I’m going to work harder at sharing some of my favourite things that have been shuffled away in folders, bookmark folders (seriously you don’t want to scroll through that mess, it scrolls for five minutes!)

Anyway! First on my list of the week is the absolutely stunning work of Emerson Made. Handmade, hand dyed, hand stitched pieces created by Emerson and her husband Ryan. They have recently introduced a clothing line, but they’re most famous for their range for their sweet as can be accessories- hair flowers, shoe clips, clutches, wrist corsages, bunting and  so much more.

Emerson Made’s online store is so full of beautiful pieces (changing as fast as the duo can make them!) to incorporate into your wedding all the way from New Hampshire.

Perhaps they’re the perfect treats not only for yourself, but for your bridesmaids, your special ones or even your groom?

Photos by Emerson Made

Modern Elegance Wedding Invitations By Ruby And Willow

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


I love treats in my inbox and today’s comes from New Zealand stationery designer Kate at Ruby & Willow. Kate always has a keen eye for stylish design and her intricate detailing is always just the right amount to bring an invitation suite together with a beautiful style.

I love the winter feel to this suite- the pine trees along with the fresh (and cool) pale aqua blue give a sense of the occasion without any stuffiness.

I’m really drawn to peach lately and this combination with the burgundy, dusty pink and brown has such a vintage feel to it- but the typeface keeps it modern and traditional without losing it’s sense of style.

Photos by Ruby & Willow

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