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Penny and Chris

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



Penny and Chris

I thought I’d kick today off with a sweet, simple and completely beautiful wedding of two Sydneysiders – Penny and Chris! Simple and beautiful, the couple married in a waterside park and celebrated late with guests in a city wine bar.  I love the feeling of this wedding- there’s no pretentiousness, it’s just Penny and Chris getting married!

Photos this morning are by Caspix.



Penny got ready at the Park Hyatt in Sydney. She wore a floor length gown from Sami & Sita and carried a bouquet of pink and red blooms from Grandiflora.





Penny and  Chris held their ceremony at Blackwattle Bay Park.  Penny walked down the aisle to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra.











After their ceremony, Penny and Chris held their reception at The Boathouse at Blackwattle Bay.  Penny says “Quality food and beverages in a beautiful environment was the priority. We wanted our friends and family to feel like we were sharing an intimate and special meal together and not get lost in an impersonal “reception hall”.”










Guests kicked on after the reception in the city at Bambini Trust Wine Bar, which Penny & Chris booked out for their evening celebrations!



A big congratulations to Penny and Chris on their Sydney celebration! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Also thank you to Cas of Caspix Photography for sharing this morning’s wedding with us!

Photos by Caspix

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Honeymoon In Tasmania

by | Bride, Honeymoons, Location Australia



Wineglass Bay Tourism Tasmania and Geoffrey Lea

If you’re marrying in winter, there has to be no better place to take your honeymoon than Tasmania. Stunning scenery, amazing food and a plethora of adventures to be had. Today, let’s escape and take a honeymoon down south! If you’re a local or have traveled to Tassie recently and have anything to add to my lists, please leave a comment!

Five Fantastic Places To Stay

Cradle Mountain Lodge & Waldheim Alpine Spa


Tourism Tasmania & Cradle Mountain Lodge

Right in the midst of breathtakingly beautiful Cradle Mountain sits Cradle Mountain Lodge and Waldheim Alpine Spa. The closest accommodation to the mountain, Cradle Mountain Lodge is all about getting back to nature. Surrounded by walking trails, the pine cabins offer luxuries like log fires, spa baths, three onsite bars & restaurants and the gorgeously decadent Waldheim Alpine Spa. The lodge allows you to be wildly adventurous with a daily activity schedule, or just relax  in your room and enjoy the sweeping views!

Saffire Freycinet




Tourism Tasmania & Pure Tasmania

Saffire Freycinet is located on Tasmania’s East coast and overlooks Great Oyster Bay & Hazards Mountains, Everything is pure luxury here- perfect for your Tasmanian honeymoon! From the organic design of the buildings (which include Tasmanian woods) to the beautiful suites (all include king sized beds with double shower & bath and guests staying in the Premium Suites enjoy their own private plunge pool). There’s a day spa on-site and a divine restaurant featuring (of course) local produce, meaning you never have to go outside…unless of course that hike beckons!

Peppers Calstock


Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Peppers always has some stunning properties and their Tasmanian property Peppers Calstock doesn’t let the team down! Set on 200 acres, accommodation is offered within the mansion built in the 1800’s. There are seven guest rooms and two guest suites. The adults only retreat has a French provincial style with beautiful food (overseen by chef Stuart Godfrey) served on-site.

Eagles Nest Retreat


Tourism Tasmania & Dan Fellow

Overlooking Mount Roland. Eagles Nest Retreat provides an intimate setting with panoramic views. The retreat is filled with locally crafted furniture, fully equipped kitchen, dream chef service, in house massages and open fires. you can even take a spa underneath the stars!

@ VDL Stanley


Tourism Tasmania & Jason Clare

Right on the shore in Stanley (home of natural wonder The Nut), sits @ VDL Stanley, an architecturally designed boutique hotel. Housed in bluestone walls, VDL Stanley only has three guest suites, so privacy is ensured. Each suite features flat screen TVs, coffee machines and luxurious “signature” beds! Each room has water views and the owners even provide a munchie box full of treats to keep you satisfied while relaxing your day away!

Five Fun Things To Do

I will admit I picked mostly adventures for “things” but Tasmania lends itself so easily to getting back to nature – because the scenery is so completely stunning. it seems a shame not to do something on your honeymoon that gets your feet thumping on the dirt or your arms rowing along a river. Plus there’s nothing more romantic than a quiet walk between two newlyweds.

Salamanca Markets


Tourism Tasmania and John de la Roche

Well admittedly I did have to throw in a little bit of shopping! If you can get to Tasmania when the Salamanca Markets are on, they’re a ‘must visit’! They’re held every Saturday in Hobart and are a cross between a farmer’s market and an art & crafts market. There are dozens and dozens of stalls selling all kinds of odds and ends, beautiful foods, treasures and one offs, plus buskers providing free entertainment too!

Overland Track


Tourism Tasmania & Tasmanian Expeditions

The Overland Track is for true adventurists- it requires a booking and has a few shorter walks and a magnificent six day hike between Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain. Through mountains, hills and valleys- this honeymoon adventure will take you back to the peace and quiet of nature with some of the most beautiful Australian landscapes you will ever see.

Gordon River Paddle

Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh

The Gordon River Paddle is a fresh way to see Tasmania- from the water! Departing from Strahan, the Gordon River Paddle takes you for a day of exploration. Accompanied by a trained guide, you’ll pass through some of Tasmania’s untouched landscapes and be enthralled with stories of moments past. All cruises include meals (fresh Tasmanian produce of course) and in the summer months a trip to Sarah Island.

Cataract Gorge & Kings Bridge


Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam

If you’re staying close to Launceston, but still want a little nature, Cataract Gorge & Kings Bridge are only 15 minutes away from the city centre. There are a multitude of fun adventures to be had here- walking trails, a suspension, and most famously The basin chairlift which covers 457 metres.  If you’re the type that likes to spend your holidays sleeping or with a good book, Cataract Gorge may be the perfect way to get some fresh air without the trouble!

Wineglass Bay Walk


Tourism Tasmania & Chris Bray

I must admit there are a lot of nature inspired to-do’s in this list, but it’s just because the landscapes are so marvelous! I did leave my favourite until last though- look at that view! Wineglass Bay is located halfway down the east coast of Tasmania. Both treks don’t take very long but provide a picture perfect view. Alternatively you can visit the Wineglass Bay beach- which has been named as one of the best in the world (and who can resist the crystal blue waters, white sand and perfect shape?). There are plenty of fun activities available too- snorkeling, mountain bike riding and sea kayaking to name a few!

Five Fabulous Things To Eat

On any trip, my favourite thing to do is to check out local produce (especially wine!) Tasmania is full of local delicacies and here are five of my favourites!

Ashgrove Cheese


Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam

I love my cheese and Ashgrove Cheese is a family run business producing cheese from dairy milk fresh from the cows living on site. They specialise in Australian cheddar (with varieties spanning Rubicon Red and Crumbly Tasty), though they also get a little creative with varieties such as Lavender and wild wasabi! The cheddar factory allows you to view the process through the viewing room, have a cheese tasting and browse other local produce.

House of Anvers


Tourism Tasmania & Rick Eaves

Honestly, could there be anything better than a chocolate factory? (In Adelaide, I always go straight to the Haighs Factory first to stock up)! You know I’d have to find you a decadent place of deliciousness to visit on your honeymoon! House Of Anvers in Latrobe, use Tasmania’s creams and butters to produce truffles, pralines, fudges and of course – pure chocolate! Not only can you visit the Museum of Chocolate (I think museums just got enticing!) but there’s a tasting centre and a coffee shop specialising in..chocolate!

Sorrell Fruit Farm


Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam

After all that cheese and chocolate, you may need something a little healthy to kick start you for the rest of your trip! Sorrell Fruit Farm in Sorrell allows you to pick your own berries and beans (and they have a lot of berries- from strawberries to loganberries, blackberries and even cherries) while enjoying the local bird life. You can even pick up a few jars of jam, chutneys and vinegars made from the farm’s produce.

Barilla Bay


Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam

So we have pre dinner cheeses sorted, dessert and even the health base covered – but what about something for dinner? Being in Tasmania, you have got to try the seafood and Barilla Bay at Cambridge is the perfect place to start. Fresh pacific oysters are available for your purchase (along with their own blend of Worcestershire sauce) and their acclaimed restaurant pairs their local produce with local wines and other scrumptious delicacies!

The Honey Farm


Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam

Honey on crumpets your style? The Honey Farm in Chudleigh is a must for lovers of the bee! They make over 50 different types of honey (sent all over Australia) and their “farm door” showcases their entire range, the background to their process and every honey related product you can think of, including (my favourite) beeswax candles.

All images are © Tourism Tasmania. All Rights Reserved. Licensed to Polka Dot Bride. Image of Saffire Freycinet from Saffire Freycinet

Alice In Wonderland Inspired Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration



I absolutely love it when Australian wedding vendors get together and produce something completely amazing and I had to share this beautiful treat with you as soon as I could! A few weeks ago, a few Gold Coast wedding vendors got together and got creative with an “Alice In Wonderland” inspired shoot. I was glued to the screen as I scrolled through these images, there is so much enchantment in each one, so much crazy Alice wonder!

The group did three scenes together- all white, red, black & white and my favourite- crazy coloured Alice style!

Photography by Ngg Studios, Venue: Coolibah Downs, Models: Nicola Eudey, Beau Baxter, Dehnee Baxter, Styling by Kristy of Imbue Weddings, Cakes by Taya of Deliciously Decadent Cake Design, Florals by Linda of LW Design, Fascinators by Skye of Skye Collections, Crystal Details by Bek of Crystal Couture, Hair & Makeup by Byron Butcher, Videography by Geoff of Motion Art.
























Geoff of Motion Art shot the days events in video

Photography by Ngg Studios

Indra and Dave

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



Today’s wedding snippet is from the winner of our Planet Cake competition we ran last year! I love seeing how our winners use their prize and Indra’s wedding was so laid back and creative it was a thrill to see her cake!

Indra and Dave celebrated with their guests at Ku-Ring-Gai Scout Camp at Cumberland Reach on the Hawkesbury River. Everyone set up tents and camped for the weekend of the wedding – including the bride! Indra and Dave had all their friends and family pitch in bringing great coffee, serving cheese platters, putting together bouquets and decorating the marquee for their “ballgowns and board shorts” dress code.

Planet Cake took their dreams and made it a reality by creating a gorgeous “crazy teacup” cake. The cake expressed a lot of Indra and Dave’s personalities. The Australian bush scene, the couples two dogs and what they like to think of as their “totem” birds – the black-faced cockatoo shrikes. The entire wedding was themed around the winning cake design! Guests were given native seedlings, the flower girls wore polka dot skirts and the buttonhole flowers were just some of the polka dot inspired elements. The couple even flew to Keshett Jewellers in Melbourne especially after finding them on Polka Dot Bride to buy their wedding rings!














Congratulations Indra and Dave on your beautiful, heartfelt wedding and all the best for your marriage together! A big thank you also to Planet Cake for giving away such a brilliant prize!

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