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Ten Secret Gardens In The Southern Highlands

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Venues


Vanessa emailed us looking for a lovely little secret garden location around the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. So I put together a list of ten great locations that fit Vanessa’s brief (with a few closer to the South Coast too), having no luck on her barn hunt with a French provincial feel, Vanessa thought a secret little garden with a touch of French glamour may work!

Terrara House Estate

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Terrara House Estate is located 20 minutes south of Berry and offers extensive locations throughout the private gardens for weddings- including under beautiful Moret0n Bay fig trees. Receptions can be held under the glittering chandeliers of the marquee which can seat up to 130 guests. Booking a wedding means you have exclusive use of the property (which includes a day spa and accommodation).

Summerlees Cottage

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Overlooking the valley to Exeter, Summerlees Cottage offers seven hectares of beautiful gardens for your wedding. With a winding tree lined driveway, beautiful views and hidden passageways, the property also features accommodation and a historic Victorian ballroom sits upon the property for your reception.

Hopewood Country House

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Built in 1884 and nestled in 11 acres of gardens, Hopewood Country House has many locations suitable for garden wedding ceremonies including the sunken garden or aviary lawn. The Pavilion has a number of rooms (including the ballroom and conservatory offer enough space for 130 guests.

Milton Park Country House

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Able to accommodate up to 200 guests, Milton Park Country House is located in award winning gardens. With ceremony locations including the Tulip Tree Garden and a French style bath house, Milton Park offers a number of facilities in including a day spa and bar.

Peppers Craigeburn

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Located in Bowral, Peppers Craigieburn was built in 1887 and has 72 guest rooms. Weddings can be held in the main gardens or outdoor terrace while guests will be more than comfortable in the various function spaces. A veranda and guest lounge overlooking rolling green hills compliment the atmosphere.

Burnham Grove

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Located just minutes from Camden (not quite the Southern Highlands!). Burnham Grove features architecturally designed gardens (including one amongst lush green hedges) The marquee can fit between 160-600 people. Fountains and a citrus orchard also compliment the historic property.

Sylvan Glen Country House

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Christie and Greg’s wedding by SugarLove Weddings

A little more Australian than French, but still with a beautiful county feel, Sylvan Glen can cater for 140 guests inside and can also add an additional marquee. Couples can choose to marry on the front lawn or in the orchard while on site accommodation can house 32 guests.

Fountaindale Grand Manor

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Located in Robertson, Fountaindale Grand Manor can accommodate up to 280 guests cocktail style or 150 guests seated. The manor, set within beautiful gardens, features a ballroom, dining room and veranda and has 52 guests suites. The 3-4 storey manor is old English style with views to the ocean from the fourth floor.

Peppers Manor House

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Peppers Manor House is located on an old grazing property in Sutton Forrest. Featuring 41 guest rooms, the house features a number of common rooms and immaculately groomed gardens. Receptions can be held in Kater’s Restaurant or a number of function rooms while an outdoor ceremony can be held in the lawns or the gazebo area.

Woodbyme Country House

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Nestled near Berry, Woodbyne Country House provides gardens, rooms and accommodation for your wedding. Woodbyne features tree covered paths and different garden “rooms” for your ceremony.  A backdrop of the Great Dividing range completes the picture.

Polka Dot Brides- do you know of any other venues fitting Vanessa’s brief I may have missed? Please add them!

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Win A Paloma’s Nest Ring Bearer Bowl™

by | Bride, Competitions


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It is always a pleasure to have Carolyn of Paloma’s Nest joining us on Polka Dot Bride!

To celebrate Valentines Day and the launch of the brand new Paloma’s Nest website, Carolyn is giving one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader a Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ with customised text valued at $US54.00.

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The brand new Paloma’s Nest website features the debut of the new Paloma’s Nest Heirloom Packaging, the Paloma’s Nest Blog “Stories To Tell”, an easy, user friendly ordering system including space for your custom wording, gift certificates and a one page checkout. Plus! As an added bonus, international shipping is free on all orders until March 1st 2010!

Having featured in publications all over the world with her beautiful creations (including Australian titles Vogue Entertaining + Living and Bride To Be), Carolyn and her team create pieces that are beautiful enough to be passed down as heirlooms.

The Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ is a new Paloma’s Nest piece. Edged in pure gold leaf, the gold is the Egyptian symbol for eternity while the bird, in ancient cultures, was considered to be an ancient messenger for gods and carries special and sacred messages.

The Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ has two holes with a silky satin cord for your rings or for hanging and is stamped with your choice of words. We have one Bowl to give away.

To win your own custom made, Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ simply leave a comment, poem or story on this entry, using the words ‘Birds of a feather…….’

The winner will be chosen by the Polka Dot Bride team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This competition is open worldwide. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on Tuesday 23rd February 2010 at 5.00 p.m (Australian time).

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by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Sydney designer Luom Ousby popped up on my radar a few months ago with her label Luomo and I’m delighted to share her work with you today.

Luomo trained in New Zealand before heading to Australia’s golden shores in 1997 where she worked for Studibaker and Smith & Miles before starting her label Luomo in 2004. I was drawn to Luomo’s simple elegant lines in the collections. There’s no fluff, no big skirts, no dramatic detail. Instead, the drama comes through the elegant cuts, the simple skirts, the tailoring of the fabric so it drapes off the bride’s body and the simple touches- a halter necklace, a black sash around the waist, a simple ruffle.

We only have a few images (Luomo is yet to release her latest shoot to her website) but I think they capture her style beautifully.

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Photos from Luomo by Tea Lily Photography

Henry Roth Affordable Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Polka Dots


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Double fashion feature today! Today I feel honoured to bring you some exclusive shots of Henry Roth’s new Affordable Couture collection which he launched last week in Sydney in a runway show model Alexandra Agoston-O’Connor.

While the runway photos show the gowns beautifully, Henry gave us these studio shots exclusively so you could see them in all of their glory! There’s many more (coming soon to the Henry Roth website), but these are some of the ones I really loved. (Can you guess my favourite gown?)

The collection starts at $625 and rises to $2000+ and will be in stores mid to late June. In Henry’s words, his collection is for “savvy brides who want to have their cake and eat it too.

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Henrietta, Harley

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Henry Roth will also be in Melbourne on the 20th of February for a designer day at Maggies Bridal Salon from 9am to 4pm. Henry will be showing the new collection and consulting one on one with brides and bridesmaids. Check out the Maggies site for more info.

Images by Henry Roth

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