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Thursday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


This is going up very late Thursday night as a Thursday Roundup, because tomorrow we’re observing a day of silence along with many other bloggers (thanks to brilliant organisation  by Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged)

The horror of the recent in Japan has been heart breaking, and although I know my donation won’t make a big difference, hopefully a lot of them will. Click here to donate through the page the girls have set up to donate for yourself or donate through the Australia Red Cross appeal. Find out more about the day of silence of The For Japan With Love website.

If you’re up for a bit of reading, we’ve had a stack of delicious content on the Polka Dot blogs this week!

What Would They Know? with Fi Foot of Fi Fy Fo Fum Stationery

Want to know what inspires photographer Lucy Leonardi? She let us into her world!

La Belle Weddings shares her take on the “new” candy bar also on Polka Dot Wisdom

Alicia shares her second DIY project on Polka Dot Made- One pair of shoes seven different ways!

On Polka Dot Weddings, Lolly & Olly shared their love story

Lolly & Olly share their wedding planning journey today!

My first Honeymoon Style column debuted on Polka Dot Honeymoons this week! Where should I “go” next?

Don’t forget, we’re always open to new story ideas and new contributors on our specialty blogs! Register for a personalised collection and fill out our contributor application and we’ll be in touch with more information! We’d love to have you!

Portobello Bride’s Boutique wedding expo is coming up next weekend and they’ve kindly given us two tickets to give away! The expo will be held at St Kilda Town Hall on the 26th and 27th of March and include lots of fun like a special fashion parade, curated table displays, photography galleries, a mens lounge, Ed Dixon food design cafe plus plenty fo giveaways!. We have two tickets to giveaway! Just leave a comment on this post telling us what’s currently inspiring your wedding plans and we’ll pick our winners! Competiton closes March 25th 5pm est Visit the website to book your own tickets!

Photographer Samm Blake is on the move to the east coast! That’s right, for all fans of Samm’s beautiful photography (read: me and everyone else on the planet) Samm is moving to Melbourne in just a few months time! She’s taking bookings for the 2012 wedding season on the east coast of Australia and I’d love to help her fill her calender up! Visit her website to contact her.

To celebrate photographing her 100th wedding, photographer Gemma Clarke is holding a photography competition! Gemma is giving away a photography package worth $3500 to one lucky couple! We love Gemma’s work 9she’s a polka dot regular) and can’t wait to see the winning entry! Visit her website for more information.

W.edding & Co is holding a bridal showcase on Saturday 19th March from 10am to 4pm at 249 Lutwyche Road, Windsor, Queensland. Entry is free!

Shopbop opened their wedding boutique this week! The store features bridal gowns, bridesmaids gowns and even accessories from designers like BCBG Max Azria, Marchesa, Lela Rose & more- they’re something for everyone’s designer lusting heart! Visit the online store here.

Girl Friday Weddings is launching a Wedding Readiness Workshop with all the tips and tricks you need to help you plan your wedding smoothly! Including writing a run sheet, obtaining permits and what to expect from vendors- Sarah will walk you through it all! Visit the website for more information.

The Little White Wedding Company has set the date for their next event.  The next wedding workshop will be held on the 14th of April and will feature Todd Hunter McGaw, Cake StarThe Butterfly Lounge & Urban Weddings Visit the website for more information.

One last thing to end the week off with, Vane of Brooklyn Bride posted this cool Save The Date video by Hello Super 8 recently- it features two lovely Aussies who have relocated to the USA! Definitely worth a look!

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Sarah and Simon’s Contemporary Country Elegance Wedding

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


Sarah and Simon

A wedding in the Australia country always always makes me happy. Nothing beats the landscape, the light, the community feel and the touches that are just so Australian. Sarah and Simon had a contemporary, elegant  atmosphere for their country wedding, held in the town of Inverell.

Sarah and Simon met through Sarah’s brother! “Simon is my brother’s best friend, we met when still at school. We kissed for the first time at the my formal and then did not get together again until 11 years later. My  brother was one of the best men at our wedding”.

Today’s photographs are by Jonas Peterson who is so incredibly talented with the way he can see a wedding and capture it – from the silent glances, to the details and everything in between – these photos take you to the wedding day as if you were there, a part of it.

Patto Productions filmed the wedding day.

Sarah’s makeup was done by  Kalee Cassidy [] and her hair was done by Shabu Hair On Byron.

Sarah wore “A modern fitted white Alex Perry gown. I saw the dress in a fashion parade and bought it from Sydney without trying it on.” She accessorised with a cuff from Chelsea De Luca, a blue sapphire ring (for something blue) of her mother’s and her grandmother’s wedding ring on her other finger.

Sarah’s nieces were the flower girls. They wore  sweet white cotton summer dresses with silver ballet flats and white headbands with white flowers.  The bride’s nephew was page boy with  black pants and open white shirt.

Sarah and Simon were married at the Inverell Catholic Church.

Sarah walked down the aisle to one of her and Simon’s favourite songs, ‘Just a Boy’ by Angus and Julia Stone. Sarah says “We also had our favourite songs playing in the church before and after the church ceremony just to lighten the mood.”

Sarah recalls, “The priest was a special friend of my father. Father John McHugh made the day just so special and made us feel so comfortable.”

Post ceremony, guests celebrated with champagne and canapes on the front lawn of Sarah’s family home. Sarah says “We chose to have the reception at the my parent’s home as it holds a lot of great memories for both of them and is an incredible setting.  The house is a Federation two storey home which has been renovated throughout by my parents.  They had also done extensive work to the grounds and gardens in preparation for the wedding including planting white flowering shrubs and plants including white double passion petunias.”

Sarah’s bridesmaids wore black silk cocktail dresses above the knee with a silk black sash from Ultra Suite with black heels from Jules and Roc and chunky beaded bracelets. The groom and best men had back suits from Oxford with shoes from Aquila. The groomsmen had black ties and the groom had a white tie to match the bride.

Sarah carried a bouquet of white roses, the bridesmaids had smaller versions of  her bouquet.

Sarah notes “We had a friend who is a DJ (Kiaz from Probably) do the music at the beginning of the wedding while we had champagne and canapés in the front garden.”

The reception was held in a white marquee in back garden of Sarah’s family home. Sarah and Simon designed the wedding logo. They then collaborated with Wetdog Designs to create the invitations, menus and name cards. The couple even had a website to help guests with their plans! Sarah says “Simon built the website as we wanted something very modern and creative. We used our nicknames for website and logo. “

Sarah and Simon had two cakes. They had one made by ‘Sugar and Spice’ in Inverell. It was a three tier dark chocolate and white chocolate cake with white icing. The other cake was a fruit cake made by the groom’s mother and iced by the groom’s aunty. Both were delicious.

The marquee was decorated with white princess lilies in small rectangle vases. The table names they chose to use were qualities they believed are needed to ensure a happy relationship such as Love, Romance, Respect, Passion, Compromise, Trust, Laughter all spelled out in Scrabble letters.. They also used scrabble letters in scrabble letter racks to highlight special items in the wedding marquee such as present table, family photo table and cake table.

For decorations, Sarah and Simon hung new and vintage chandeliers on the rotary clothesline and in between the house and a large tree along with white paper lanterns hung in trees. A path from the front of the house where the champagne and canapés were being held to the marquee was set out, which at night had tea lights to light the way.

Katrina O’Brien from Relish Catering catered the wedding. Sarah says “Katrina O’Brien did a fantastic job. The meal included canapés then Entrée of Warm Duck Salad with Beetroot and Marinated Feta with a Pomegranate Dressing or Seared Scallops with Avocado served with a Gazpacho Dressing. Mains were Salmon Fillet on a Bed of  Beetroot Risotto & Horseradish & Chive Cream Sauce or Peppered Eye Fillet of Beef with Baked Field Mushrooms, Roasted New Potatoes served with a Rich Red-Wine & Mushroom Jus”

Sarah and Simon’s first dance was to Ingrid Michaelson ‘The Way I Am.’

Sarah and Simon hired local Inverell DJ (Andy Cowperthwaite) to play in the marquee until the early hours.

At midnight, guests were escorted  to the cellar for port and cheese.

Before returning to dance the night away… Sarah and Simon had a special dance later in the night to ‘their’ song Bloc Party  ‘Ion Square. ‘

Congratulations Sarah and Simon! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to  Jonas Peterson for sharing today’s images with us!

Photos by Jonas Peterson

Rustic Wedding Venues In NSW & ACT

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


Looking for a NSW or ACT rustic wedding venues? Well I’m updating the lists (QLD You’re next!) and this time, I’ve explored every nook and crevice of NSW to try and find the most gorgeous, most beautiful and most stunning rustic wedding venues for you! They’re not quite a barn, but they’re distinctly Australian!

Belgenny Farm

Belgenny Farm is located just outside of Camden. The Granary can seat up to 200 guests with exposed beams and posts dotted throughout the building. Visit the Belgenny Farm website for more information.

The Great Cask Hall – Hope Estate

Hope Estate’s The Great Cask Hall allows you and your guests to dine amongst the beautiful wine barrels. Located in the Hunter Valley wine region, the venue can hold 200 guests next to 45000 litres of wine. For more information, visit The Great Cask Hall website..

Midginbil Hill

With capacity for up to 120 guests with on site camping & accommodation, Midginbil Hill is a working cattle station with a barn on site perfect for holding a wedding. There’s even a pot belly stove! Visit the Midginbil Hill website for more information.

Buttai Barn

Buttai Barn can hold up to 300 guests and is located north west of Newcastle. They’re used to holding functions with their frequent bush dances and fun nights out so they’re equipped for weddings! Visit the Buttai Barn website for more information.

Tocal Homestead

Located 15 minutes drive north of Maitland, Tocal Homestead has a capacity for 100 guests in their Heritage Hay Shed and extra can be accommodated on the third floor or in the outdoors area which is perfect for a marquee. Visit the Tocal Homestead website for more information.

Peppers Creek Barrel Room

Peppers Creek Barrel Room is located right beside the Peppers Creek sandstone chapel. it features an open fireplace, high ceilings and massive doors. Located in the Hunter Valley, the venue has a capacity for 200 guests  Visit the Peppers Creek Barrel Room website for more information.

Vicary’s Winery

Vicary’s Winery Woolshed dates back to the 1890s and holds the history- with the addition of a fresh new dance floor for your celebration! Located just 15kms south of Penrith. Visit the Vicary’s Winery website for more information.

Riverwood Downs

Located at the foothills of the Barrington Tops, Riverwood Downs has a woolshed on the property which can cater to a wedding. The venue can hold small groups or 100 and more. There’s a stage, room for dancing plus the added benefits of an on site restaurant and accommodation for your guests to enjoy. Visit the Riverwood Downs website for more information.

Sydney Polo Club

Sydney Polo Club has a mass of sandstone pavilions, barns and even a grandstand available for function hire. Located in Richmond, the polo club sits right on the river overlooking the Blue Mountains. Visit the Sydney Polo Club website for more information.

Bawley Bush Cottages

A modern take on a rustic barn, Bawley Bush Cottage’s Cockatoo Room features accommodation on site (it doubles as a four star eco resort), with the Cockatoo Room able to hold 80 guests banquet style. Visit The Bawley Point Bush Cottages website for more information.

Grazing Restaurant, Royal Hotel

Nothing says rustic wedding venue like having your wedding in restored stables! Grazing Restaurant at the Royal Mail Hotel in Gundaroo allows functions i their stables featuring high stone walls and high pitched roof. Plus it has brilliant acoustics so you can dance the night away! Visit the Grazing website for more information.

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms

A bio dynamic farm for your wedding? with a barn? I have the venue for you! East of Canberra, this bio dynamic farming venture is providing access for future generations to learn about organic farming while having fun doing it! The property has a barn on site and rumor has it they love using it for weddings! Visit the Mulloon Creek Natural Farms website for more information.

Okay dear readers, where did I miss? Do you know of a great barn style, rustic style wedding venue in NSW or the ACT?

Laura and Jacob’s Chic Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Laura and Jacob

Oh I have such a chic wedding for you today – I’m in awe of the couple’s style and sense of glamour at their Noosa wedding.Laura and Jacob married with just 24 guests a few days from their eight year anniversary . After a week of rain, the sun came out five minutes before the ceremony was to begin.

Laura retells how she met her husband. “Jacob and I have been together for 8 years now. We meet through friends at a party. We traveled overseas in May 2009 for a holiday where I had to beg Jacob to go hot air ballooning over Tuscany, Italy. Five minutes into the balloon trip he took the camera off me so he could get my attention and propose, which I had no idea about (6 months earlier I found a personal loan bank statement but Jacob assured me it was a bank error and he would call them to sort it out). I was clueless and after asking if the ring was fake (it was very sparkly) and if he was serious, I said of course ‘yes’.”

Photos today are by Studio Sixty Photography who captured today’s wedding so beautifully- elegant, stylish and a little bit glamorous.

Laura and Jacob held their wedding at The Plantation, Cooroy “ Our location for the wedding was The Plantation, Cooroy. Once this was booked I went with a simple theme to go with the Plantation idea, using trees and white, green, tan and black colours. All the planning I did myself, I love the stationary Poppies for Grace and purchased online their gift cards, swing tags and postcards with recycled kraft paper and a tree print on the front. I designed the rest of the invite by hand and printed directions amongst other things for our guests.”

Laura wore the most amazing pair of shoes. “As a wedding gift Jacob bought me a pair of the most amazing Miu Miu heels. I had been dying to wear them for the wedding but because the ground was so moist from all the rain I wouldn’t have been able to walk on the grass (in the trial run I just sunk into it). I didn’t have a bouquet so I decided that day to carry them down to the ceremony with me and go bare foot.”

Laura bought a Paloma’s Nest Ring Bowl to carry the rings.

Laura wore a stunning Willow gown. “My dress was purchased on a Sydney shopping trip with my best friend and mum, from my favorite label/designer Willow. Jacob gave me as my wedding gift, a pair of amazing Miu Miu heels and my headpiece was from Alannah Hill.”

Jacob wore a suit from Filippa K.

Laura says “I walked down to the ceremony to ‘Breathe Me’ by Sia.”

The ceremony held special moments. Laura says, “I loved writing our ‘special words’ and hearing them for the first time during the ceremony, why we chose to marry each other.”

Of their wedding day, Laura remarks, “It was everything we wanted and hoped for and was very us.”

Even the blackboard had a personal touch. Laura says “I wanted a vintage blackboard to display the menu and after some time searching antique stores with no luck, I came across an antique painters tressel which Jacob made into a blackboard for us. Our favorite candles are Diptyque and keeping with the tree theme we purchased 6 with fragrances like new mown lawn, oak, honey suckle and black currant.” Additional decorations were mason jars, tissue paper pom poms and blooms bought through a flower wholesaler (a friend of a friend).

Laura sourced a lot of the decorations for the wedding on Etsy. “Ribbons, candles, tissue paper pom poms, plush pears, ring plate, and vintage Ball jars. became my favorite site as I found this designer who handmade home décor items (La Pomme). I requested what I was after and she made the pears with the words Live, Laugh, Love for our bombonierre which was placed on each bread plate.

I used the tree print swing tags as name cards and attached to the wine glasses on each place setting. I also used them on champagne glasses with ‘cheers’ on each tag for the toast at the end of the ceremony.”

Laura and Jacob danced together to ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E King. “We never really had a song which was ours and I have always loved the words.”

Congratulations Laura and Jacob! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography for today’s images!

Photos by Studio Sixty Photography

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