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Belinda and Magnus

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


Belinda and Magnus

Today’s wedding is full of simple beauty, the love? it shines through and it’s radiance echos through every photo. This is a completely DIY wedding, Bel and Magnus did everything themselves, from having the wedding at home, to making bouquets and Bel doing her own makeup!

The newlyweds met through Magnus’ photography site and for their first date went late night canoeing under the stars. Magnus proposed on a lookout at the end of one of their favorite bush walks, a place that would become the location for their wedding ceremony.

I’m doubly excited to have a photographer make his Polka Dot Bride debut today – Michael Gray who captured these images in a beautiful soulful way. His words too, when he sent me this wedding were full of passion and obvious love for the couple and you know……. a photographer that truly feels a connection with his couples is my favourite kind.

Bel wore her mother’s wedding gown from 1982 and her sister’s wedding veil. Liz Flaherty, a good friend of Bel’s styled her hair while Bel did her own makeup. Her bridesmaid (and sister) Richelle wore a gown from Forever New.

Bel’s galah Jack joined the wedding ceremony and watched.

Bel and Magnus were married at Longpoint Lookout in Tallong exactly a year after Magnus proposed. Bel’s pa drove to the lookout and Bel’s father walked her down the aisle to “All I Want Is You” by U2. The ceremony was filled with music performed by Jarred Spring, Elyse Flaherty and Rebecca Breeds.

Swedish born Magnus designed the invitations, that featured an antique bride and groom stamp from his mother’s childhood collection from Sweden.

In lieu of traditional flowers, Bel created bouquets of cut wheat and felt flowers. Wheat was used in the boutonnieres of the males in the bridal party, including Bel’s dad. For the reception, Bel changed into a vintage lace gown she found at the St Vincent De Paul secondhand store in Ulladulla (for $8).

Magnus and Bel held their reception at “Binnalong”. a farm they bought together in October 2009. A roast gourmet roast lunch was catered by Maugers Meats and Bel and her family (who spent the night before the wedding preparing food).

Tables were filled with antique tea cups and saucers filled with flowers and heart shaped lollipops. Bel also provided a selection of tea for guests to choose from which they drank from the centrepiece teacups as the afternoon progressed. Hearts on twine hung from trees around the garden and guests were invited to mingle and celebrate with croquet, bocce and even football.

The wedding cake was made by Bel’s grandmother. It was traditional rich fruitcake, decorated in velvet roses and lichen covered twigs.

For their first dance, Bel & Magnus had mowed a “dancing circle” in the wheat and danced to  “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” by John Denver. As the sun went down, lanterns were lit and guests gathered around a bonfire with fresh oysters, prawns and champagne and cooled off in the farm’s lagoon.

Congratulations Belinda and Magnus on your wedding! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Australian wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Michael Gray for sharing his gorgeous images with us today!

Photography by Michael Gray.

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Fletcher And Grace Inspired Shoot

by | Bride, Jewellery


Ms Grace is in bloom in Fletcher and Grace jewels and Mrs Press dress.  The jewels include the Mille Fleurs necklace and bracelet, earrings and miniature flower brooches on the waist band.  The dress also has two Antoinette Bee brooches pinned to the straps.

Stephanie from jewellery label Fletcher & Grace sent over these gorgeous images of a recent shoot she did to show off her sparkly treats. I love that the photos completely embody the “vintage glamour” style Fletcher & Grace is all about and the beautifully styled photos are such a feast for the eyes. Decadent sparkles, beautiful ballgowns- I’d love to go back to this era!

The team behind today’s shoot was a brilliant one too! Photography by Thomas Gallane Photography, the model is Ashleigh Wesseling hair by Melissa Neville and makeup by Sandra Glynn.

Ms Grace wears Corston Couture gown in this scene with the Hollywood Deco Glamour Statement Necklace, Antoinette Fleur Corsage Brooch, Antoinette Cushion Cut Bangle, Midnight At Lido Crystal Earrings and Vintage Glamour Crystal Comb.

Ms Grace looking showing off vintage ballroom glamour in a 1950s vintage dress, the Hollywood Deco Ava Necklace, Comb and Earrings

Ms Grace in a beautiful silver gown with black flower by Karen Willis Holmes dress, with the Heirloom Couture Audrey Necklace, Heirloom Couture Audrey Comb and Heirloom Couture Audrey Earrings.

Ms Grace is all about the 1950s in this look (do I spy polka dots?) in Fletcher and Grace jewels and a vintage inspired Corston Couture dress.  Vintage inspired jewels in this look include the Antoinette Marie Pearl Necklace, Antoinette Marie Crystal Comb, Antoinette Amelie Bracelet, Antoinette Legacy Bangle and the Antoinette Amelie Earrings.

Photos from Fletcher & Grace by Thomas Gallane Photography

Emily and Chae

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


Emily and Chae

You would never see a wedding like this anywhere else in the world- the stunning gum trees, the earth tones, the landscape- nothing quite replicates an Australian wedding! Especially one as beautiful as the wedding of Emily and Chae. “Rather than worry too much about ‘Wedding Theme’ we just tried to create a ‘Wedding Vibe’. We wanted it to be elegant but more importantly relaxed and fun.” says today’s bride, Emily.

Photos today are by Filip Welna who has managed to capture today’s celebration in a way that is beautifully true to what I believe Emily and Chae wanted their guests to experience.

Emily and Chae chose invitations that were uniquely Australian. “I was really happy with our invitations. They were by Wren Press. We wanted to set the tone for a fun, laid back Aussie Bush wedding. My Grandfather has beautiful old fashioned writing and he hand addressed all our wedding invitation envelopes for us- there were over 100 and he did a beautiful job.”

Emily wore a Collette Dinnigan gown from Elle Boutique.

A bold pair of earrings in vivid gemstone colours were chosen by Emily from House Of Lavande. Australian natives were the flower of choice in Emily’s dream bouquet created by Flowers By Sally Phillip. ” Because we were getting married in the National Park we wanted to keep things in harmony with the native forest. I had native flowers (well mostly- there were a couple of proteas snuck in there but close enough!) and the boys had gum nut and gum leaf buttonholes”

Emily’s two bridesmaids (her sister and Chae’s sister) wore gowns from Portmans. The groomsmen (below) each wore a pair of cuff links from Benjamin’s Cufflinks that reflected their personal nicknames or hobbies. Chae wore a Hugo Boss suit while the groomsmen wore suits hired from Brittons Formal Wear.

Emily and Chae held their wedding at Perth Hills National Park Centre. “The venue made our wedding! My Mum and Dad noticed it one day while walking a section of the Bibbulmun Track. It is part of the visitors centre for the National Park and is a public space which is very reasonable to hire. We also hired the adjacent camp ground so our guests could camp over if they wanted.

The ceremony was in the bushland amphitheatre and we strung some white paper lanterns between the trees to jazz up the space. The lanterns were beautiful bobbing around gently in the breeze.We served Lemon, Lime & Bitters and cold water were served to guests as they gathered for the ceremony.”

As a special touch, a living statue (Emily and Chae chose a woodland nymph) from James Gray Living Statues to greet guests as they arrived on coaches arranged by Emily and Chae to transport guests from Perth.

Emily walked down the aisle to Ingrid Michaelsons’ “The Way I Am”. Such a sweet song! It has just the right tempo for a walk up the aisle and the lyrics were just perfect for us.”

Emily says ” Obviously marrying the man I love in front of all our friends and family was my favourite moment. It was overwhelming to have all these people you love and who love you back, together in one place.  We had people come from all over the country and all over the world to see us wed. It was magic”.

Emily and Chae spent only 45 minutes taking photos after the ceremony- they wanted to celebrate with their guests!

Emily and Chae held their reception in the pavilion at the Perth Hills National Parks Centre (no longer available for wedding receptions). The blank space meant they could bring in caterers and decorate it the way they wanted to. For months, Emily’s parents scoured garage sales and op shops for secondhand couches, the couple found wine barrels for sale in the newspaper and Emily found masses of earthy toned cushions.

She says “Because we had the beautiful bush surrounds we felt we didn’t need too much in the way of extra decorations. Happy guests in their beautiful clothes are the best way to decorate a reception venue! We put heaps of candlelight lanterns in the bushes around the reception (battery powered as total fire ban in Perth Hills in March) and had some strong up-lights installed to illuminate the beautiful tall trees after the sun went down.”

Big Belly Bus Catering did the ceremony & reception setup and catered the event- a gourmet cocktail BBQ.

Music played an important role at the reception of Emily & Chae.  “We had the amazing Freya Hanly do her live acoustic and vocals straight after the ceremony and for the first hour or so of reception. We had wanted some live music but couldn’t agree on a band. She has the most beautiful voice and we got lots of comments on how great she was. The DJ (Roadshow DJs) cranked up after the speeches and kept everyone on the dance floor.”

One of Emily’s favourite moments was the speeches. “My Dad spoke the most beautiful words. And the best man’s speech was so well done – the perfect blend of warmth and humour.”

The wedding cake was a simple style decorated with Australian flora from Regines Bakery in Lathlain.

The vibe of the reception only got louder as the night wore on and Belezasamba (organised by Emily’s mother) showed up”We had Brazilian Drumming act arrive as a surprise at 10pm. They did an intense 15 minute set and took the partying to the next level. They were absolutely unreal and had so much energy. It was one of the highlights of the night.”

Thank you Emily and Chae for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to by Filip Welna for his stunning photographs of today’s celebrations!

Photos by Filip Welna Photography


Spring Inspired Wedding Cakes

by | Bride, Cakes


Spring to me, in the southern hemisphere is a time of new beginnings, a time of breaking out of the cold with thoughts of Christmas and long summer days stretching ahead. It’s also racing season so there’s a celebratory feel in the air.

Here are some of the best spring inspired cakes by Australian wedding cake designers we’ve received over the past few weeks from our call out- they inspired me with their soft, Spring colours and gorgeous decorations. Spring is in the air!

Row 1 Cake Face

Row 2 Cake Occasions, Alison Louise Designer Cakes

Row 3 Faye Cahill Cake Design, Sharon Wee Creations

Row 4 Sharon Wee Creations, Alison Louise Designer Cakes

Row 5 Sweet Libertine Cakes

Row 6 Sharon Wee Creations, Cake Occasions for Form Over Function

Row 7 Cake Face, Alison Louise Designer Cakes

Row 8 Faye Cahill Cake Design, Sharon Wee Creations

Row 9 Cake Face, Cake Occasions

Row 10 Photography by Emma Pointon

Row 11 Cake Occasions for Form Over Function (Photo by Asterisk Photography), Cake Occasions for Form Over Function

Row 12 Cake Occasions, Alison Louise Designer Cakes

Row 13 Sweet Libertine Cakes

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