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Michelle and Jonathan’s Stylish Sydney Wedding

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


One thing that makes me proud to be Australian is the different cultures that we get to experience- a giant melting pot if you will. Today’s wedding is a beautiful mix of Arabic and English traditions right in the heart of one of Australia’s most iconic cities- Sydney.

The newlyweds met while Michelle was working in London.

Photographs today are by Inlighten Photography– classic, beautiful imagery that looks like it could be a fashion shoot. it’s a love story though and one of the richest kinds!

The bride wore a Manuel Mota giown from Provonias London while the bridesmaids wore stunning pale pink and black lace gowns made by a friend.

Michelle wore Alan Pinkus peep toes and Jonathan and his groomsmen wore Spurling suits.

Michelle and Jonathan were married atSt Michael’s Cathedral. Michelle recalls “The church ceremony was just so special – Father Ibrahim of St Michael’s Cathedral delivered a very moving ceremony.” Michelle walked down the aisle to R.Wagner – Bridal March from Lohengri.

Michelle and Jonathan held their reception in the Opera Point Marquee. Michelle says “The Opera Point Marquee was great for the reception especially as we had many guests come out from the UK and Singapore – it was a wonderful location. Food was amazing and the service was perfect.”

The floral arrangements were styled by Designs by Boo Shi “Kristy did an amazing job with the flowers – absolutely brilliant!” remarks Michelle.

Celebration Cakes created a three tier wedding cake with black lace detailing.

For their first dance, the newlyweds hit the dance floor to Michael Buble – ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.

Michelle and Jonathan hired EON Beats from Funkified Entertainment for their reception and finished off with a DJ from Chaar Entertainment.

Congratulations on your marriage Michelle and Jonathan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Inlighten Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Inlighten Photography

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Karen Willis Holmes Vintage Garden Bridal Shoot

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I am really loving the beautiful shoots coming out of Australian bridal designer Karen Willis Holmes. Her latest, with a theme of “vintage garden” is such a gorgeous backdrop for her beautiful creations. Not only does it make me excited for Spring and the beautiful outdoor weddings it will bring,  the background of Mother Nature is always so utterly perfect.

The soft elegance of Karen’s creations never wavers – liquid silk, soft layers of tulle, floaty fabrics and feminine lines. Karen designs with the female form in mind- the gowns accentuate rather than overwhelm the wearer and the little details make the gowns something special.

Photos by Karen Willis Holmes

Vendor Of The Week – Blue Print Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Polka Dot Bridettes! Are you having the day off today? Or are your back at work?

Let’s start this chilly Monday with a look at our fabulous Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! Check out our categories- we have florists, photographers, wedding dress designers, wedding stylists, wedding planners, hair & makeup artists, stationers and so much more! We’re adding more vendors every week! So visit Ms Polka Dot’s Wedding Directory to find the some of the world’s best vendors waiting for you!

Drumroll! Today I’m introducing one of our newer directory members- a fantastic photography studio run by  husband and wife team Chris and Gina Blue Print Photography. Blue Print Photography capture classic, styled images of your wedding day. Images that are artistic, yet stylish and capture the intensity and style of the occasion and could almost be lifted from the pages of a fashion magazine.

To learn a little more about Blue Print Photography we asked Chris five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

A Manhattan only because it reminds me of New York.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Well I would like to say New York but it would take me the whole weekend just to get there. You might have noticed I have an obsession with this city. Second choice would be Daylesford with it’s tranquility, great food, endless photographic opportunities and my kids love the place.

Favourite restaurant?

La Luna in Carlton, especially their petite four desert which usually ends up with Gina and I dwelling for the crème burley. They also do a brilliant Duck and Pork crackling to die for.’is one thing I haven’t been able to master in the kitchen.

Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?

Either at Bean Counter in Fairfield for their Eggs Benedict or St.Ali in South Melbourne for their my Mexican cousin. Poached egg on corn fritter with spinach and haloumi. Now I’m hungry.

Your favourite wedding story?

I was touched deeply late last year photographing Reshmi and Kevin’s wedding. They had a Indian ceremony at the Hindu Temple that left me buzzing with all the tradition, colour and the endless photo opportunities as I documented their story. The following weekend was the Catholic ceremony at St Ignatius that also had me on fire capturing Reshmi and the girls getting ready in the morning and ending it with a Panoramic of the Melbourne Skyline, with the bridal couple, from the roof top of the Langham Hotel. It was the special connection that Reshmi and Kevin had that seemed to be increased due to what was going to happen the next day, The main reason why it was a very emotional experience was because Kevin was flying out, with the Australian Army, to Afghanistan, the next day and he wasn’t going to see Reshmi for 3 months. Truly made me feel privileged to be their on the day. It was brilliant catching up with them both, early this year, to design their Album.

Visit Blue Print Photography‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Blue Print Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Secret Smiles

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Inlighten Photography

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