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Nadi and Spiro

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,


Nadi and Spiro

Today’s couple Nadi and Spiro had a jam packed two week wedding extravaganza – truly a feast for the eyes and the senses culminating in a Melbourne ceremony. Today though, I’m going to share their Mauritius Hindu ceremonies which are completely amazing in their vibrant colours, drama and beauty.

Today’s photographs are by James Boddington of Xiss Photography who has a magic in the way he captures life. This wedding is full of it and he’s managed to do it stunningly.

James tells the story of Nadi and Sprio’s origin and the beginning of the celebration. “Nadi is Mauritian, her father, Arvind is Indian/Hindu  and mother, Havva of Iraian/Muslim, husband Spiro is…you guessed it… good Australian/Greek boy, what a mix!

Even by Mauritian standards this wedding was big, 2 big parties before the first official ceremony being the Hindu wedding, another party the night after that then the final ceremony, a Persian wedding honouring the heritage of both Nadi’s parents.

Nadi’s parents’ house was a buzz for the entire week. With around 20 guests staying including a large contingent of Havva’ family from Iran and elsewhere many who hadn’t seen each other for nearly a decade..”

Day one of the ceremonies starts with a henna ceremony. James recalls “The day before Nadi getting her hands and feet decorated with beautifully detailed henna tattoos. The painstakingly delicate application of the henna paste takes well over an hour with another 2 hours for it to dry, during this time Nadi couldn’t move”

James says “The following day is the actual wedding. It started in the morning with a small ceremony at the family home – as Prahba described to ‘cleanse them for the their conjugal life’. Here the Priest and close family members bless and anoint the bride and groom with Tumeric paste dabbed on their outfits with dried grass brush. They’re not supposed to see each other and are blessed separately and when bought together sit with their backs to each so as to not see each other.

Late that afternoon we had a photo session at the house. Formal Bollywood style portraits of the Bride and Groom, we all had a lot of fun and it added to the pomp and sense of occasion.”

“That evening it was the wedding. It’s a long service, about 1.5 hours where  the bride and groom for the most part sit in 2 chairs on a low stage surrounded by various offerings and objects whilst the priest and family members perform many rituals and blessings. It was then a vegetarian feast followed by, you guessed it….more dancing….yeahhh.”

James was enchanted by the final ceremony. “The final ceremony in Nadi and Spiro’s Mauritian wedding was the Persian wedding held at the Hilton in Flic En Flac on the picturesque west coast of the island.

The evening started at dusk with a cocktail party on the beach then moved inside for the ceremony. The wedding itself was a beautifully detailed ceremony punctuated with great passion, some incredibly moving speeches and much dancing and joy.

The ceremonial area where Nadi and Spiro sat most of the night looking like royalty was dressed with beautiful baubles and decorations bought from Iran by family members especially for the wedding. It was stunning and profound and a fitting end to a long, passionate week.”

The final chapter in Nadi and Spiro’s celebrations was just the two of them. James says “The final chapter in our Mauritian adventure was a dusk shoot at Flic En Flac on the beach in front of the Hilton.

Despite spending a week with Nadi and Spiro this was the only shoot we did unencumbered by their frantic schedule of wedding and family commitments.

The weather for most of the week had been dull and overcast but like the parting of the Red Sea the clouds that had graced the Mauritian skies for the majority of our week there cleared for some beautiful late afternoon  light and a stunning sunset. We had a lot of fun and when the sun had fully set I packed my cameras, cleared the sand from my shoes then jumped in a cab straight to the airport just in time for my flight back to Australia.”

Nadia and Spiro returned to Melbourne less than two weeks later for a Greek Orthodox ceremony and traditional reception.

Congratulations Nadi & Spiro on your wedding day! Thank you for allowing us to share it today! Thank you also to James Boddington of Xiss Photography for sharing today’s extravaganza with us!

Photos by James Boddington of Xiss Photography.

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Susannah and Marty

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


Susannah and Marty

I see an Australian country wedding like today’s and my heart swells with pride- this is our beautiful country where we can dress up in glam dresses and have a BBQ to celebrate our marriage. The backdrop of the rusty fences, the laughter of loved ones- this is perfectly Australian and completely beautiful.

Susannah and Marty have a sweet love story and an even sweeter engagement! Susannah recalls “We’ve known each other for many years but we made it official about 5 years ago. I had a second job at the local pub in the evenings and Marty would be at the pub some nights after taking groups of backpacker’s wake-boarding on the lake. We fell in love and the rest as they say, is history!

Two days after Marty proposed I found out I was pregnant with our second child! The wedding was organised in about 12 weeks, as we both wanted the date 10.10.10.”

As always it is incredibly exciting to have a photographer make their polka dot debut- today it’s Jeremy Beasley who has captured today’s wedding with such beautiful, beautiful shots- the atmosphere is relaxed and joyous and that’s exactly what the photos capture.

Susannah and Marty married in the country at a friend’s home. “We were married at “Cloyne” Homestead, just outside of Cooma, NSW. Our good friends Tabatha and Mark kindly let us use their property for the celebrations.”

There was a sense of history and love to each piece of jewelery Susannah and Marty wore on their wedding day. “Marty wore cufflinks from his great grandfather and a fob watch from the early 1900s which is also a family heirloom. I wore an antique silver diamante bracelet handed down from my mother, and a dark green tourmaline and diamond ring from my mother. My best friend Rachael gave me a silver ring from Tiffany & Co which was part of the something old something new tradition, she had it engraved and with a message we’ve always shared, she bought one for herself too!  Earrings were a lucky find!””

Susannah wore a gorgeous strapless gown. ” It was a gathered chiffon empire style gown (which covered my pregnant belly nicely!) From Nouveau Riche Bridal Wear in Queanbeyan; ostrich feather bolero – a great ebay find! I have to make special mention of my hair – my good friend Jo agreed to do my hair for the day. Hairdressing is not her chosen profession, but I think she missed her calling because she did a sensational job with my short hair! Thanks Joey!”

Susannah and Marty had a different start to their wedding day and included their daughter Frances. “It was very relaxed, Marty met Frances and I at the house and we walked to the garden together as a family. It was a nice moment for us to have just before the ceremony.”

Susannah and Marty married in the rose garden on the property. Susannah says “The beautiful rose garden was once a nursery and in its heyday it was hired as a venue for weddings and celebrations. It hasn’t been used like this for many years, so we were very privileged to have our wedding there.” The couple were married by Cherie Hearne of Jindabyne Weddings.

There was no bridal party. “Our daughter Frances was our only ‘attendant’. I made her cute polka dot tulle skirt with satin underskirt. It stayed on for about 10 minutes – she put on quite a performance taking it off midway through the ceremony!”

A beautiful buffet of cake and biscuits was set up. “The cake was made by Kim Neville, Lifestyle Cafe Jindabyne. The top layer was a vanilla cake with fresh raspberries and white chocolate and the bottom layer was a very rich chocolate cake; covered in delicious butter icing decorated with sugared grapes and fresh roses. “

Susannah added her own touch to the stationery making it all herself.  “I designed and printed the invitations on brown card and I found a beautiful stamp that was in the shape of a heart filled with roses; quite fitting as we married in the antique rose garden on the property.” Susannah and Marty used the Polaroid guest book idea. “We bought a Polaroid style camera and asked the guests to take photos and stick them in the little book with a love note to us. It’s a really beautiful memory that we have and I’ve looked at it nearly every day since!”

Susannah says “My bouquet of gladioli’s with a thick long satin bow (which I made) was inspired by my late grandmothers. (White gladioli’s were supplied by Tara Burton Floral Designer and my sister Alison brought some pink and mauve gladioli’s from Sydney that we mixed together to make the bouquet).”

The relaxed nature of the wedding led to guests enjoying outdoor games. “We found in the old sand stone cottage some ‘props’ that have come up really well in the photos. The lamp, the old suit case, the old chair, an old milk barrel – which already had the sporting equipment in it!  We also found an old croquet set that Marty and I had a quick game with!”

Other handmade touches by Susannah and her family completed the day. “The bunting was all handmade – my friends Jo and Sal and my sister Caroline and I worked together to put it altogether! Some of the flowers were picked from friends’ gardens; the bottles on the tables were Marty’s that he’s been collecting for years. My mum supplied the beautiful table linen and the knife that we cut the cake with.  We were very fortunate not to hire anything; chairs and tables, BBQ’s knives and forks, glasses, plates, were all gratefully gathered from friends and family.”

Susannah and Marty didn’t have a first dance. “It just wasn’t that kind of wedding,” she says. “There were no speeches, just lots of fun and laughter!”. The music was compiled of ipod playlists put together by Marty.

Susannah’s favourite moments included being surrounded by her loved ones “We are so grateful to our fabulous friends and family who helped put it together at such short notice. We had such a fantastic day and our amazing photos from Jeremy really have captured every moment.”

Congratulations Susannah and Marty! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Jeremy Beasley for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Jeremy Beasley

Elizabeth Dye

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I know I have a strict “must be available in Australia” policy, but surely we can excuse that for the gorgeous designs of Elizabeth Dye and her 2011 bridal collection?

Soft, romantic and ethereal while retaining a modern edge, Elizabeth’s designs has a personality to them, a timelessness and oh, how they’re beautiful!

Photos from Elizabeth Dye, by Lisa Warninger Makeup by Katy Simmons Model Ashley Anthony

Vendor Of The Week – Pink Frosting

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s the last Vendor of The Week for 2010 on Polka Dot Bride so I want to take a moment to thank our amazing vendors who support the work we do every day. They’re such a delight to deal with and come from all walks of life, with all kinds of price ranges and all kinds of talent- so there’s someone in there for any kind of wedding. Our vendors are SO much fun to work with and I can’t thank them enough for making 2010 a year to remember!

SO let’s get started with the last vendor of the week from Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for 2010! Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is full of amazing suppliers at all price ranges with all kinds of outlook on there’s world- there are the ones who are pretty traditional with a classic sense of elegance and grace and others who are a little more funky (and will know the best place to buy your wedding day polka dot bow tie) Take a peek today and look through their beautiful work!

This week’s vendor of the week is a one stop wedding, parties & more store! Pink Frosting are this week’s Polka Dot Bride Vendor of The Week and not only are they experts in event design, they style, print, hire and manage as well!

Pink Frosting has such an amazing array of products- from everything for your wedding (jewels, parasols, favors, decorations, stationery and even websites) to everything for your party (ribbons, cake toppers, party invitations, balloons and streamers!) and have steadily grown over the past few years to be a leader in the Australian wedding industry. They ship all over the world and their own Kathryn? one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

To learn a little more about Pink Frosting we asked Kathryn five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

I’m a Pimms girl, but super-easy to please. If there’s no Pimms, any old super-dry white with bubbles will please my celebration palette!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Anywhere in Tokyo. We moved here nine months ago and exploring this massive city is a work in progress every weekend.

Favourite restaurant?

I love Marios in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast where I get my favourite hit of Italian on every holiday back home, and Gus’ Cafe in Canberra holds the keys to my heart.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Usually cold toast leftover from my kids and copious cups of soupy black coffee.

Your favourite wedding story?

One of the weddings I organised was for a beautiful couple, Connie and James. Connie’s family is Italian and James’ is Irish. The guest list ran to about 400, with Connie’s family taking about 90% of the invitations. It was the warmest, most loving wedding I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend, and I loved it when James’ Dad said in his speech that he felt their family had instantly quadrupled in size because they felt so welcomed by this big Italian clan. Gorgeous!

Visit Pink Frosting’s Pageto find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Pink Frosting is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


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