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Mel and Matt’s Sydney Celebration

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


Mel and Matt

With so many couple’s today with family all over the world, I thought it might be nice to feature a “second celebration” which is always a wonderful idea if you have family and friends in two places so far away. Mel & Matt married in Canada, but traveled back to Sydney for a second reception to celebrate with family and friends. They chose to do it at one of Sydney’s most breathtaking landmarks.

Of how the couple came to be, Mel recalls “Australian girl meets Canadian boy – it happened on my first day of work at a law firm in Canada in March 2006. The real story is the proposal – Matt organised a a trip to Paris – a romantic champagne picnic by the Eiffel tower and a private box at the ballet.”

Photos today are by Sarah Braden Photography. I love how Sarah captured Mel and Matt’s “must have” shots and the backdrop of the harbour . There’s so much sparkle to Mel and Matt’s eyes that Sarah’s managed to bring into each shot!

Mel says “It made me immensely happy to celebrate with my family and friends and to introduce my new Canadian family to them all. In particular having the opportunity to include my grandmother in family photographs was important to me.”

Of their Opera House celebration, Mel explains the venue choice.  “We were married at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada on October 2, 2010. Unfortunately due to logistics (and newly born babies!) a large number of my friends and family were not able to attend the wedding in Toronto. We decided we wanted a second celebration in my hometown of Sydney, Australia. Matt’s family travelled from Canada to visit Australia for the first time and to meet my extended family, consequently, we wanted a venue that really showed Sydney at its most beautiful. For us the choice was obvious – Guillaume at Bennelong – we had the ocean, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the beautiful Australian sunset. The cocktail reception was held on the evening January 22, 2011 and after weeks of rain we had a wonderfully sunny day.”

Mel wore a gown from Carla Zampatti with shoes from Peep Toe Shoes. She says “Given that the Australian celebration was to be in the middle of summer, I decided not to wear my wedding dress and to buy wear a dress a little more suited to a cocktail function. However, I wore the custom made hairpiece that I also wore on our the wedding day and the pearl earrings Matt had given me as a wedding present.

I had scoured the Canadian stores for a dress that was appropriate for the Australia celebration but had not been able to find anything. My sister had seen a Carla Zampatti dress that she thought I would like. She sent me a picture and I loved the dress immediately. My sister bought the dress and shipped it to me in Canada. Thankfully when it arrived it fit AND I loved it as much as I loved the picture on the website.

I had broken my baby toe in the first week we arrived in Australia, as a result, my Peep Toe stilettos were enormously painful to walk around in! In between photographs I was walking around in thongs!”

The couple found their second wedding to be much more relaxed. Mel remarks “Given this was our “second celebration” the pressure was off, Matt and I were relaxed and enjoyed the entire evening without needing to worry about formalities.”

Mel says “Guillaume at Bennelong showcased Sydney Harbour beautifully – it reminded my why I will always consider Australia my home. The canapés and cocktails were delicious!”

Mel recalls “We wanted the celebration to be relaxed and fun – an opportunity to share our newly married joy with my extended family and friends. The evening was a great mix of good food, delicious drinks, Australians and Canadians and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Congratulations on your marriage Mel and Matt! Thank you for allowing us to share your second wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Sarah of Sarah Braden Photography for allowing us to share today’s images!

Photos by Sarah Braden Photography

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Anna Campbell Spring Summer 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Melbourne designer Anna Campbell has just launched her Spring Summer 2012 collection (which coincides with the opening of her beautiful boutique). The new collection “Intertwining sophisticated romance with contemporary practicality,” showcases just what I love about Anna’s designs. They’re relaxed (perfect for a beach or informal wedding) but are beautifully feminine.

The new collection features many gowns available in two lengths – maxi or cocktail and a multitude of colour ways from lavender to nude and all feature Anna’s signature flowing skirts and romantic detailing. Thew gowns feature Chantilly laces, silks and the highest quality fabrics.

Along with an accessories range (featuring silk belts, straps and flowers) Anna has also launched a bridesmaids collection. Each gown can be worn differently with Anna’s signature accessories and again are available in two lengths.

The range features beautiful corals, greens and turquoises along with Anna’s beautiful neutral shades. Anna can also design and make men’s ties and flower girl gowns to compliment the rest of the bridal party.

Photos from Anna Campbell

Vendor of The Week – Adori Studios

by | Blog News, Bride


Good Morning Polka Dotties! I am so ready to kick off another week of Polka Dot Bride inspiration!

First up, as always, a nod and a big cheer to our amazing advertisers including the Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! From photographers, bakers, stylists, dress designers, stationers and even cinematographers our Directory is filling up with more vendors every week who are not only inspiring at what they do but good at it too! Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory now and see which vendors take your fancy!

This week’s vendor of the week is the lovely Adori Studios. Based in Queensland but traveling internationally, Robeccer McLean of Adori Studios strives to offer photography that is “real, beautiful, creative and authentic” and captures this essence in her photographs.  I love the candid smiles she’s captured and also the dramatic captures of the Queensland landscape which compliments it and tells the story.

To learn a little more about Adori Studios, we asked Robeccer five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Bubbles, French is good.. really good! ( I tell my hubbie it doesn’t give me a hangover  – hehe)

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I am living in the most beautiful spot in the world, I think..but I love to have the weekend off and just spend time having fun with my hubbie and kidlets, going to the beach, eating, having friends over. BBQ’s…this is my perfect weekend!

Favourite restaurant?

I haven’t found my favourite one up here yet..must have to get out more and try a few (lol) I do love Thai, Indian… anything yummy really!

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

Pancakes for sure, Anthony my husband is the pancake chef in our house, can’t say I am overly fussed about them but with 3 small kiddies, it’s the staple now !

Your favourite wedding story?

I just booked a wedding and their story is lovely.
The bride to be called a man to install her a new security door for her new home…3 years later it broke so she called him back to fix it…in 4 months they will be married , he knew who she was the moment she mentioned her name..he never forgot her…awww goes to show you never know where the right one for you is lurking, haha!

Visit Adori Studios’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Adori Studios is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Tight Spot

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Milton Gan Photography

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