Kara and Emerson’s Elegant Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kara and Emerson

Kara and Emerson held their sweet and simple wedding at a rustic venue in Sunbury Victoria. It’s simple beauty that can often bring out the most romantic weddings!

Photographs today are by Lizzy C Photography who has captured simple, elegant moments.

Emerson and his groomsmen wore suits from Roger David .

Kara and Emerson chose Emu Bottom Homestead in Sunbury for the wedding. Kara explains “We initially found Emu Bottom Homestead because we saw Lizzy’s photographs online of another wedding she shot at the homestead. We picked the venue because it was intimate and rustic – it isn’t a ‘typical’ wedding venue.”

There was only one minor hiccup on the way to the ceremony, Kara remembers “The bridal car (Rolls Royce) got a flat tyre on the way there and a kind couple picked us up by the side of the road and drove the bride and bridesmaids for 1 hour to Sunbury! We couldn’t get onto a taxi company and were only 15 mintues late in the end. ”

The bridesmaids and bride walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitarist playing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. There was one surprise for the recessional, Kara explains, “We had a piper because my Grandma (Kara’s) is Scottish and it was a surprise for her. Both my Mum and Grandma had a piper at their weddings. We got piped out to the traditional Scottish Wedding song, Marie’s Wedding.”

Kara wore a Maggie Sottero gown from Raffaele Ciuca while her bridesmaids wore gowns from SwishThe Bouquets of Ascha Jolie created luscious bouquets of blooms for the bridal party.

Kara wore silver bow peeptoes from Tony Bianco.

There were many special moments during the reception, Kara recalls “Emerson (Groom) sung ‘Ribbon In the Sky’ by Stevie Wonder to me as a surprise during the reception.”

Congratulations Kara and Emerson! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you to Lizzy C Photography for the photographs!

Photographer: Lizzy C Photography / Bride's Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Swish / Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Hairstylist: Emily Barwick 0412 802 567 / Makeup Artist: Amy 0404 723 261 / Flowers & Decor: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Venue: Emu Bottom Homestead / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Stephanie Browne / Ceremony Officiant: Kirk Samuel Goodsell / Wedding Cake: One Sweet Girl / Bag Piper: Ian Arrell 0428 172 719 / Invitations & Stationery: Miko DeGuzman 0402 076 317
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The Big Day Wedding Event Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Photography, cake, flowers, make up – it all adds up to an expensive wedding day. Would you like to win these services for your big day? The Big Day Wedding Event is being held at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre & Surf Club from 10am on Sunday 23rd September 2012 and as part of this event the organisers are holding The Big Day Wedding Giveaway.

The prize consists of:

Total prize value $9,150.

The competition is open to all residents of New South Wales 18 years and older. Entrants must be able to show upon request photographic proof of residency and age e.g driverʼs license, passport

The Big Day Wedding Giveaway concludes at 12pm on Sunday, 23 September 2012 (the competition period).

The Big Day Wedding Giveaway is entered by purchasing 1 double pass entry in to The Big Day Wedding Event via the website taking place on Sunday, 23 September 2012 Avoca Beach Picture Theatre & Surf Club.

The Winner will be chosen by at 12pm on Sunday, 23 September 2012 and announced after the fashion parade at The Big Day Wedding Event at 12:30pm.

The prize must take place before 31 December 2013. If the prize is not used before 31 December 2013, it will be forfeited.

Please make sure that you read the Terms and Conditions for full details.



Emily and Trent’s Chic Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emily & Trent

Today’s wedding can be described in one word- chic. From the bride’s Chanel pearl necklace, to the old cinema venue, to the guests mingling in the laneway.

Emily tells their story. “We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Initial sparks flew as we had a lot in common – both working in the creative fields (fashion and design) we share interests of all things art, design, music, fashion and food related. A few months went by as Trent was travelling but after some match making by a close friend, something started.

We got engaged whilst picnicking in Central Park, New York in September 2010.”

Photographs today are by Leo Farrell  who has an unobtrusive, ‘as it happens’ way of capturing beauty in weddings.

Emily wore a simple gown made by Miss Lynda (03) 9802 3408  and accessorised with shoes from  Jimmy Choo  and pearls from Chanel.  Her bridesmaids wore pale pink gowns by Thurley.

Emily and her bridesmaids had their makeup done by Justine Bruers. Emily recalls, “It was really special having a friend who Emily went to junior school with in Hong Kong do the makeup of the bride and bridesmaids. We really wanted a natural look which Justine did perfectly.”

Emily and Trent hired Bright Young Things who not only coordinated and styled the wedding but also catered the event. Emily says “We loved our vendors. Especially the lovely staff from Bright Young Things – everything went so smoothly and the staff went out of their way to make our guests comfortable – we got so many compliments from our guests in the following weeks.”

The couple held the entire wedding at 1000 Pound Bend. Emily explains, “We wanted a venue that was different to the usual wedding venue, and one that was very Melbourne. We are originally from Sydney so the majority of our guests were flying in from interstate.

After seeing many venues and almost losing hope we stumbled across 1000 Pound Bend one Saturday afternoon. We both knew straight away it was the perfect venue for us. It’s raw warehouse/gallery feel reflected our tastes and it came complete with a laneway – you can’t get more Melbourne than that.

We had the ceremony in the Cinema upstairs which was really unique and intimate. Our guests then mingled whilst we went for photos at Flagstaff Gardens. Everyone then moved into the large gallery space downstairs for the evening’s festivities.”

Emily walked down the aisle to ‘Heartbeats’ by José González (cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats).

Sylvia Johnson performed the ceremony. Emily remembers “Sylvia our celebrant – really understood us as a couple. She understood we did not want a traditional formal ceremony. There were many laughs through out and really heartfelt vows. We had compliments on the ceremony from many of our guests.”

Emily loved, “Having the majority of our guests travel to Melbourne for the weekend – we are both originally from Sydney so it was special having everyone make the trip down for our wedding. It was wonderful looking around at all the faces of our guests during the ceremony and realising the effort everyone had made to be there.”

Of their photographer, Emily says “Capturing the day through beautiful photography was high on our list. We were drawn to Leo’s non-posed, relaxed candid style. Leo was wonderful on the day, he was very un-intrusive – we barely knew he was there. We couldn’t be happier with our final shots – they really capture the day perfectly.”

There was one little surprise for the couple. Emily recalls “On the way back from photos Trent’s brother organised a graffiti artist, who just happened to be hanging out in the street, to spray paint a heart with our initials in the venue lane way. The artist was making finishing touches as Trent and I walked around the corner. It was a perfect surprise for us as we both love street art. It really added a special touch to the day.:

Instead of a formal reception, Emily and Trent did away with formalities choosing not to have a first dance and having  relaxed seating at the reception. Emily recalls, “We chose to have a more relaxed non-formal style of wedding with good food and wine being the most important thing. We had a half stand up half sit down style reception so everyone would mingle and we could spend time with all our guests rather than be seated in set seats. The food was served buffet style.”

Emily loved, “The speeches – both our fathers made beautiful memorable speeches, as did the best man and Trent. Emily’s brother also made a heartfelt speech that bought a tear to many of our guest’s eyes. He was stressing about it all week but it ended up being just perfect.”

As is Melbourne’s way, it’s the hidden nooks that are the favourite spaces. Emily says “The lane way – not only was this a perfect reflection of Melbourne, it was a beautiful warm summer’s day, so having the lane way was a great way to allow our guests to get some fresh air and spend time mingling outside. Bright Young Things did a great job dressing it up with benches, cushions and jugs of flowers.”

And for one final sweet treat? “The ice cream cart – this came to life towards the end of the night. A selection of ice cream flavours and toppings were available. It was a refreshing and fun surprise for our guests after a couple of hours of dancing.”

Congratulations Emily and Trent! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Leo Farrell for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Leo Farrell / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Bright Young Things / Bride's Dress: Miss Lynda (03) 9802 3408 / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride's Jewellery: Chanel / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Thurley / Hairstylist: Lineta Ramani / Makeup Artist: Justine Bruers / Bridal and Bridesmaids Bouquets: Dragonfly / Florals- Decor: Bright Young Things / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by Emily & Trent and produced in Mexico / Venue: 1000 Pound Bend / Ceremony Officiant: Sylvia Johnson / DJ: DJ Pete Keen & Friend / Catering: Bright Young Things / Cake Baker: Jenni Erskine / Wedding Rings: Max Diamonds

Michelle and Kurt’s Elegant Maleny Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Michelle and Kurt

Maleny is always such a picturesque backdrop for a wedding and today’s celebration of Michelle and Kurt is not short of elegance set against the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Kurt and Michelle met six years ago when Michelle’s job in advertising led her to work with Kurt’s company.

The beautiful photographs today come from Nick Evans Photography who has captured Michelle and Kurt’s day with some breathtaking photography.

Michelle chose a gown from Karen Willis Holmes and paired it with gold shoes by Jimmy Choo. The bouquets in shades of cream and lavender were styled by Wedding Flowers in Maleny.

Kurt wore a suit from Canali while his groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

Michelle and Kurt held their wedding at Weddings at Tiffany’s, Maleny . Michelle explains “Weddings at Tiffany’s in Maleny is a stunning Queenslander with a breathtaking view of the Glasshouse Mountain and beyond. The property has just been renovated under the keen eye of proprietor Kelly Tilse and a beautiful chapel has been added. This was a huge draw card for us, to have a weather proof chapel with an amazing view on-site. It meant we could have the whole in event in one location.”

Michelle walked down the aisle to “She” by Elvis Costello.

Michelle remarks “It was the most perfect day from start to finish shared with 120 of our wonderful friends and family and made possible by the best group of suppliers.”

Michelle’s bridesmaids wore navy gowns from Saba.

Of their photographer, Michelle says “Nick was fantastic to deal with right from the outset. He made the whole process fun and knew exactly what we wanted. We are absolutely blown away by the shots he took. They are exactly what we’d wanted, natural shots of us that captured the beauty of the venue and lots of editorial style photos of the event itself, the speeches, the dancing and all the fun.”

Guests were invited to snap photos as they entered the reception. Michelle explains “We wanted our family and friends to contribute to something we could keep so we made a frame and strung it with a name tag for each guest. We asked them to take a polaroid photo of themselves during the night and replace their name tag with the photo. The photos are fantastic and we managed to get a picture of every single guest! Plus a load of fun extra shots.”

Guests received paper bags filled with lollies.

For their first dance, Michelle says “Kurt picked ‘Beyond the Sea’ by Robbie Williams. He has always been a fan of Bobby Darin. We only practiced the waltz a few times, but it went off without a hitch on the night.”

The wedding cake was created by Cake Designs.

Congratulations Michelle and Kurt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Nick Evans Photography  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Nick Evans Photography / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom's Attire: Canali / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Saba / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Adorne / Hairstylist For Bride & Flowergirl: Cheryl Greig / Hairstylist For Bridesmaids: Lily Fontana / Makeup Artist: Lily Fontana / Flowers & Decor: Wedding Flowers in Maleny / Invitations & Stationery: Junior / Venue: Weddings at Tiffany's, Maleny / Ceremony Officiant: Natasha Lewis / Band: Rendition / Wedding Cake: Cake Designs / Favors: Candy Addictions / Transport: Mystic Mountain Tours / Wedding Regsitry: Wedding List Co