High Tea Party Inspiration

by | Bride, Pre Wedding Parties


Bridal shows, pre wedding parties, hens parties, whatever you may call them are the perfect excuse for a dress up and catch up with your favourite friends. The lovely Lyn of Rosebud Designs recently held a girls’ luncheon for her birthday party and I thought it made beautiful inspiration for your own pre wedding party! Held at the Agapé Organic Restaurant & Bar in Sydney, Lyn invited Milk & Honey Photography along to capture the event!

Lyn says “Birthdays are the perfect excuse to throw a party. This year I wanted to celebrate with my girlfriends, frock up and indulge in a day of Organic High Tea, sweet and savory delights at my restaurant Agapé. With the venue decided I just had to lock in the ever so talented  Anni from Milk and Honey Photography to forever place the memories and details into photos to treasure. We have worked together on a few events and knew she would capture the day beautifully.”

“As a stylist and collector of vintage props, dresses, jewelry and pretties the stage was set for a fabulous afternoon soirée with the girls! The girls arrived to organic blackberry fizz cocktails and organic baby spelt zucchini, caramelised onion and stilton pizzas. Just delicious and made with love by my brother organic Chef Simon Lawson. It was a family affair as my sister Kathryn frocked up and served us for the day.”

“We had so much fun with Anni, making us feel very relaxed and comfortable we barely noticed she was there! I have two very camera shy friends who loved every minute. One of my favourite pics was our ‘Vanity Fair’ photo-shoot as we draped ourselves over the lounges. As you do!”

“When I designed the interiors of Agape I wanted it to feel like the comfort and warmth of being at home, enveloping diners and wrapping them up with love (the meaning of agapé  is God’s unconditional love). Beautiful soft furnishings, drapery, chandeliers and lots of candles. In the lounge bar the furniture and design details were collected over time to create an eclectic corner with each piece telling a story. I am still adding to the ‘collection’!”

“I love the contrast of the rustic wood and earthy colours of Agapé and throwing in splashes of colour. So I went with a pale pink and aqua colour palette. Adding pops of colour on the table with the wonderful colours of spring. My favourite flowers, roses and hydrangeas were in abundance at the flower markets so I was in pure girly heaven.”

It was the perfect party surrounded by my girlfriends, and my two passions, organic food and styling.
Now to start dreaming of ideas for the next celebration…..”

Photographer: Milk & Honey Photography / Planning, Styling, Florals & Stationery: Rosebud Designs / Venue: Agapé Organic Restaurant & Bar
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Vintage Garden Party Wedding Invitations

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Today has a bit of a vintage garden party theme on Polka Dot Bride, so it seems apt we’re kicking off the day with these sweet vintage garden party inspired invitations from Daisy & Jack. The Daisy & Jack girls collaborated with Marissa of The Simple Things Studio and Jess from Oscar & Ruby Event Design to photograph their latest invitation designs.

Sophie says, “We were commissioned by the delightful Belinda to create the stationary, ceremony and reception pieces for her big day! Using a soft pink and mint green colour palette we wanted to create a intimate vibe for this vintage garden party themed wedding whilst still maintaining a respect for all the traditions that come along with a Greek orthodox and Catholic ceremony (that’s right two ceremonies on one little invitation)! ”

The invitation suite contained a hand drawn map, an information card, RSVP card and a wishing well card. The invitations were printed on a white textured linen art board and wrapped together with mint green belly bands custom printed with each guests name. The invitations were presented in white felt envelopes with a “Deliver Me To:” signature wrap around address label.

Sara And Matt’s Elegant Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sara & Matt

Sara and Matt chose a gorgeous Yarra Valley venue for their Autumn wedding, a splendid affair honouring their love and their family – all planned from the UK!

Sara and Matt have a classic love story – they met at work and got together at their work Christmas party! Of their wedding day Sara says, “I loved celebrating with family and friends.”

Wedding photographs are by Lucy Spartalis Photography. Lucy has such a fun and happy way of capturing her photographs, while still keeping a very classic vibe.

Sara and Matt ordered their stationery in the UK using Paperchain Wedding Stationery Lindy Hartley styled Sara’s hair and makeup.


Blooming Brides created the mauve and purple bouquets and floral arrangements.

Sara wore a gown from Pronovias London shoes Perdita and jewels from Swarovski .

Sara and Matt held their wedding ceremony at reception at Stones of the Yarra Valley.

Sara walked down the aisle to “All I Want is You” by U2, an instrumental version played by Sam Boon on the piano.

Sara loves “The happiness that comes with knowing we’re officially a Mr & Mrs.” Sara and Matt’s ceremony was performed by Rev. Ian Porter.

Of their photographer, Sara says “Our photographer Lucy Spartalis, was recommended to us by a friend in London who taught her. We Skyped and saw some of her work on her blog and loved it! She didn’t disappoint, and captured so many beautiful images, the photos act as a story book of our day.”

Sara and Matt’s baby daughter Charlotte ended up providing a funny story for the day. Sara explains “We were all introduced to different tunes when we entered the reception, songs or music that had significance. Our daughter Charlotte was supposed to come out being held by my sister in-law to Isn’t she Lovely by Stevie Wonder… There was some confusion with the music and she ended up coming out to The Final Countdown by Europe! Not quite the same impact, and it did leave a lot of people wondering what that song choice was all about.”

A cupcake wedding cake was made by Sophisticakes of Melbourne. Sara says “Our first dance was shortly after we were introduced in the reception, to get people celebrating with us early. It was to This Old Love by Lior.” Brandon Burns kept guests dancing all night long.

Congratulations Sara and Matt! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Lucy Spartalis Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Lucy Spartalis Photography / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias London / Bride’s Shoes: Perdita / Bride’s Jewellery: Swarovski / Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith / Hairstylist: Lindy Hartley / Makeup Artist: Lindy Hartley / Flowers & Decor: Blooming Brides / Invitations & Stationery: Paperchain Wedding Stationery / Ceremony Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Reception Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Ian Porter / Ceremony Musicians: Sam Boon / Band: Brandon Burns / Wedding Cake: Sophisticakes of Melbourne / Wedding Rings: Trewarne Jewellers

Holly and Jason’s Romantic Mountain Wedding

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


Holly & Jason

I must admit, showing a couple’s engagement and then their wedding is something I really treasure. It’s like showing off the beginning and end (well I suppose another beginning) or a beautiful love story. Seeing the hopes and dreams on faces turn into something even deeper, the culmination of all the excitement, the celebration, The start of a marriage. I shared Holly and Jason’s retro inspired engagement shoot last year and today? I get to share their wedding! The couple chose the stunning Mount Warning for their wedding.

Holly tells, “We met around 12 years ago when we worked in a small accounting office and were studying at university.

We remained good friends and did some travel together when we were both in the UK in 2002.  But it wasn’t until 2007 when we were both living back in the same town that we met again and our friendship turned into more.”

Photographs of Holly and Jason’s wedding are by ngg studios. The soft, beauty of the creatures that ngg studios creates are so romantic and beautiful!

Holly made the stationery herself. Of choosing Mount Warning for their wedding, Holly says, “The area of Northern NSW means a lot to us.  The two of us have fond memories of trekking up Mt Warning in our childhood and teenage years.”

Holly wore a lace gown designed by Helena Couture Designs. She accessorised with custom and heirloom jewels. Holly recalls “I wore my grandmother’s antique brooch in my hair and carried my other nanna’s pale blue rosary beads in my clutch. I discovered a great pearl store in Melbourne where I could choose the size and colour of the pearls which they made into a sweet bracelet for me to wear with silver flower clasp.”

Jason wore a suit from Dom Bagnato, For her walk down the aisle, Holly says “It had to be John Butler – ‘All I Mind’s Losing You’. I loved having my dad walk me ‘up the hill’ (not down the aisle).”

Holly and Jason held an intimate ceremony. She explains “We asked a dear, long-time friend to do the ceremony which was so special and personal to us.  Jason and I wrote our own vows to each other, Jason’s mother did a reading and my aunty read a poem which she had written.  We felt so lucky on the day when after a week of temperamental weather, the sun came out and we were married in front of a clear and awe-inspiring view of Mt Warning.”

The couple held most of the wedding festivities at Mavis’ Kitchen, who also provided the transport! Holly explains “We hired the old black jag off Peter at Mavis’s Kitchen for the day and we were so glad for it.  We had a lovely time being driven around in it for photos and my dad had a great time driving it!”

Imbue Weddings created the floral arrangements for the day.

Of their photographers, Holly says, “We adore Kristie and Brett!  They are fun and professional.  We loved our wedding photos as well as our engagement shoot and can’t wait to have them photograph more of life’s milestones.”

For their guestbook, Holly and Jason let their guests have free reign. “We bought a Polaroid camera and designated a couple of friends to take the photos and stick them in our guest book.  Guests wrote a message next to their photo.  We love the guestbook, it’s a great reminder of people having fun on the day and a fantastic keepsake”

Holly found the reception venue, Mavis’ Kitchen, while having a glorious lunch. She explains “I had seen a photograph of the lovely Queenslander-style home named Mavis’s Kitchen a few years before and loved its’ old-world charm, not to mention the stunning view of Mt Warning.  My sister and I visited for lunch in 2010 whilst holidaying in Byron Bay and we fell in love with the whole property, it’s gorgeous.  When Jason went there 6 months later, we knew it was the venue.  We didn’t even consider looking any further!

It is  such a charming and quirky Queenslander restaurant.  We had a sit down dinner which was divine.  We appreciate the philosophy of owners’ Charlie and Peter who source local organic produce where possible and have their own organic kitchen garden for the restaurant.  The food is fresh, homemade, country-style fare.”

The favors were made by locals. Holly says “My mum found some sweet old ladies at a church fete nearby and I commissioned them to make jams for our wedding favours.  I covered them in fabric lids and tied them with brown paper tags and string.” Jason surprised Holly by singing her a Pete Murray song during the reception.

The first dance, was one that involved just about everybody. Holly explains, “I was so busy in the lead up to the wedding that I didn’t think about this much and Jason’s dad who is a drummer and singer had just gone ahead and organised a song for us so we went with it but we got the whole table up as we didn’t want to dance on our own!! Much wine flowed and plenty of dancing and merriment ensued!”

Congratulations Holly & Jason! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to ngg studios for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: ngg studios / Bride’s Dress: Helena Couture Designs / Flowers & Decor: Imbue Weddings / Venue: Mavis’s Kitchen, Mt Warning / Groom’s Attire: Dom Bagnato / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by Holly