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Yasmin and Tommy

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Yasmin and Tommy

I adore today’s wedding- it’s simple and sweet but has this added element of ‘wow’ through the colours and accessories. Oh, Australian brides you fill my heart with joy! Yasmin and Tommy married on a family property near Perth a very old garden and 1960’s Ivan Iwanoff house not far from the CBD.

Yasmin tells the story of how they met. “Tom and I both flew into Sydney to spend a weekend attending the Royal Randwick Races ‘Sydney Cup’. Tom’s family had a horse running in the main race named Pantani who was tipped to win but ended running fifth on the day. We met straight after the races in Paddington at a pub located next to little restaurant called Buzo Restaurant (a gorgeous Italian restaurant) . Tom convinced me to share a meal with him at this fabulous Italian restaurant that same night.”

Photos today are by  Natalija Brunovs from I Heart Weddings (recently relocated to Queensland) captures such life and vivid colour in her work- it’s quite exciting to see her photographs pop up!

Yasmin wore a gown by Ray Costarella for Aurelio Costarella paired with a stunning one off Maria Calderara from Italy, hand made necklace which she purchased from ‘Christine’ Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Yasmin wore shoes from Tina Lanzi and had her hair styled byMatthew from Head Office, Hay Street Perth and her makeup by Hendra.

Yasmin hung hanging vases in the trees herself.

Yasmin loved “Having our closest family and friends’ fly in from the Eastern states and Europe to be part of our special day. It meant so much to us that our closest friends and family could witness the moment. We are so grateful for their enthusiasm of being part of our ‘big day’.”

‘I picked up some Japanese cording from a Japanese shop in the Nicholas Building in the heart of Melbourne. The florist (Natural Art By Rebecca Gracee entwined flowers with this fabric cording. It added a special touch and tied in with the beautiful pink/red hues of the flowers. This Japanese cording was also featured on the groomsmen lapel flowers.” Yasmin’s bridesmaids wore maxi dresses from Zimmerman in watermelon.

The boys wore suits from Tzar in Little Collins Street, Melbourne with watermelon ties from Hugo Boss and shirts from Rhodes and Beckett.

Having the wedding at a family home was one of Yasmin’s special moments. “Having it  at a family home and garden that I spent my childhood growing up in.  Although it is the biggest logistical feat bringing in industrial fridges, ovens and all other equipment one might need to host a wedding of 160 people it was still very special to have it at the family home. People seem to relax more when they are outside in a relaxed garden environment and not structured time wise by a function centre.”

Yasmin says “I loved the colours which designer Akira Isogawa uses and used his sophisticated choices of Japanese fabrics as an overall guide and colour inspiration choice.”

Rochelle Adonis created hand held desserts for the guests to keep them dancing while Babycakes made a three tiered wedding cake.

Tony from OMGEvents created a lantern filled ‘roof’ above the reception. Yasmin says “Tony was fabulous and was great in hanging about 300 lanterns from the roof of house and also from very old trees to create an incredible effect over head. The Lanterns really brought the outdoor wedding together and created a beautiful soft lighting canopy above the tables. The lanterns were on a dimming system so they were softer and could shed more yellow light. ” Tony also helped with the music, furniture (including glow boxes, bar, lighting in trees) .

Yasmin had a big hand in decorating the reception. “I made the stationery myself (using antique vintage kimono fabric) and also decorated an old magnolia tree in the garden with lanterns. I also purchased all the table runners from a fabric shop by the metre in Perth and taped them down with double sided tape. I created a small bird cage and put in Japanese fabric birds to hang from the tree. The table runners (themes in a watermelon colour like the bridesmaid dresses) really pulled the linear element of the long tables together. I dressed all the tables myself, tied the Japanese birds to candle holders and helped in the set-up.”

Graham Arthur Catering served a delicious feast for guests to enjoy.

It was quite a significant day and memorable one particularly for Tom’s uncle – Steve. He had spent a few years in 1972 travelling Australia (he originated from Melbourne) and drove a car along the top end of Australia eventually arriving in Perth and consequently ended up lengthening his trip and lived in Perth for two years. He ended staying for two years because this lovely Italian man who owned timber mills in W.A. employed him, paid him well for his carpentry and building work (as he was renovating a house next door to his bosse’s house). The Italian man named Cecil was Yasmin’s grandfather (now deceased) and used to take Tom’s uncle Steve on trips down to the timber mills throughout the southern region of Western Australia and show him the business. Tom’s uncle was brought to tears in the speeches on the wedding night as the garden and house which he helped renovate was still standing as this was where the wedding was held. Nothing much had changed over all those years and all of the great memories Steve had with the friendship he had formed with Yasmin’s grandfather Cecil came streaming back. He shared a great bond to Cecil the Italian timber merchant and still remembers his kindness and generosity in the 1970’s. The couple discovered this information a few years into their relationship.

DJ Luke Somerville-Brown (DJ Luke SB) played Marvin Gaye “Mother, Mother” for the couple’s first dance. Yasmin says “The entire wedding hit the dance floor after this song.”

Congratulations Yasmin and Tommy! Thank you for allowing us to share the wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Natalija of I Heart Weddings for sharing today’s images!

Photos by I Heart Weddings

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Rebecca and Brent

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


Rebecca and Brent

Simple elegance is the mood of this morning’s wedding- our newlyweds are just simply in love and married in an intimate ceremony in Palm Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Rebecca explains how they met. “We were neighbours. We lived around the corner from each other in Melbourne, and always spied each other when we were out walking our dogs. The only problem was my dog was scared of Brent’s enormous Doberman so we never met out dog-walking as my dog wouldn’t go near him! We actually met at a local bar instead.”

SugarLove Weddings are this morning’s photographers- I think they’ve captured the intimacy of the wedding beautifully!

Rebecca and Brent married & celebrated at Jonahs Whale Beach. Rebecca says “We had recently moved to the Northern Beaches and thought Jonah’s would be great for us. It was the perfect mix of a beautiful beach setting with all the glamour of a boutique hotel. We both love LA and Jonah’s feels like a slice of Malibu in the Northern Beaches. It has a very international feel about it.”

Rebecca wore a gown & earrings from Mira Mandic Julia Green styled her hair and makeup.

The couple were married by Behrose Bilimoria. The ceremony was one of Bec’s favourite memories. “I really wanted the ceremony to be just as fun as the reception, as it’s traditionally the boring/serious bit. We had a really great celebrant who had the right kind of upbeat energy for us and I wrote the whole ceremony and we both wrote our own vows. That suited me perfectly, not just because I’m a control freak, but because the ceremony was completely us from start to finish and it told our story in a very funny way. I think I was laughing the moment I walked down the aisle and didn’t stop all night.”

French Flair Events styled the reception using white roses and plenty of candlelight. Rebecca says “I’m an Art Director so the aesthetic was so important to me. I definitely recommend using a stylist. Even though Jonah’s is v. beautiful, it just takes it to the next level when every detail like candles, flowers, chairs, tables etc is styled perfectly. I spoke to some other wedding styling companies but they didn’t feel like me, but as soon as I talked to Susie from French Flair I knew she totally got me, and the look I wanted to create. It made all the difference.”

Rebecca and Brent hired some added entertainment to kick off the celebration. “We also wanted to create a party feeling from the moment the wedding started. We hired a fabulous female cabaret act – The Margaritas – who kicked off the party atmosphere when they popped out in their amazing costumes singing “Going to the Chapel” as I walked down the aisle. They did different sets through the night – 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – and were so entertaining I think everyone got on the dancefloor at some point, and even if they didn’t, they had an amazing show to watch.”

The first dance was a memorable one. Bec recalls “Brent and I are no dancers, although I like to think I can bust a move, it takes Brent a good 4 or 5 beers to get on a dance floor. We knew everyone would think we wouldn’t do a bridal dance especially as we were not having a traditional wedding in many regards, so a month before we decided to surprise everyone. Being both kid’s of the 80’s we thought it would be very funny to dance to “Gold” by Spandau Ballet. We contacted a local dance studio and worked with a teacher to choreograph a very simple, very 80’s routine. On the night we had the whole place in stitches as it was so unexpected, and I think most people thought we were serious at first, which made it even funnier.”

Congratulations Rebecca and Brent! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s images!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings.

Rosalynn Win

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Designer Rosalynn Win has a sense of freedom to her designs. Her gowns are truly reflective of her design style but focus heavily on fabrics which move beautifully and details which are delicate.

Rosalynn has studied fashion for many years including theatre costume. She describes her work as “romance personified, always portraying a feeling of sensual glamour”. I love the fluidity and movement of her creations, with the high skill of construction behind them. I can just imagine a bride wearing one of her styles in the hot summer and feeling comfortable enough to twirl down the aisle!

Rosalynn Win also donates 5% of all profits to Lifeline Australia.

Photos from Rosalynn Win

Vendor Of The Week – Form Over Function

by | Blog News, Bride


Welcome to another week on Polka Dot Bride! It’s creepily too close to Christmas as I write this but I must say I have a fair bit of Christmas spirit running through my veins at the moment, perhaps it’s those Christmas cards I finally finished?

It’s Monday morning which means a spotlight on  Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our directory is a one stop shop to help you find the best wedding vendors for your wedding- from stylists to stationers, photographers and cakes! They’re incredibly talented, have a sense of style and love working with dotties! Take a peek today and look through their beautiful work!

Photos styled for Centennial Parklands Dining Bridal Open Night. Photographs by Lucas Jarvis

Our vendor of the week can take a simple object and turn it into something pretty amazing!  Form Over Function 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!

I adore the Form Over Function eye for detail- pairing unusual textures and colours together (and the ability to style anything from a Moroccan extravaganza to a wedding inspired by beautiful fabrics), doing things a little differently so you’re able to have a wedding that is your personal style with their beautiful touch! Form Over Function works with many of Sydney’s (interstate and regional as well) best wedding vendors- it’s always a major plus to know that your vendors can work well together!

To learn a little more about Form Over Function we asked Alicia five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Mojitos in summer; champagne all year round.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

It may sound boring – but home! I’m hardly ever there on weekends because I’m working on couple’s weddings, so I relish a weekend at home. And I’m lucky to live in a beautiful stretch of coast-meets-bush. Start the days with an early morning ocean swim, breakfast on the deck overlooking the sea and escarpment with my husband, reading The Sydney Morning Herald, or tucking into a novel, or in the kitchen cooking for friends, coastline walks or quality time on the daybed. Bliss.

Favourite restaurant?

Vini in Sydney for a warm, intimate, buzzy night. Fantastic Italian food and a wine list worth exploring.

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

On a working weekend – whatever the nearest café will serve me as early as possible. At home – avocado, perfectly ripe tomato & possibly too much sea salt on bourke street bakery sourdough.

Your favourite wedding story?

One? Just one? OK. Spending an afternoon with a client’s five year old daughter drawing with crayons to come up with the motif for her parent’s stationery. We ended up with nothing like the vision I’d had dancing in my head, but a gorgeous collection of three hearts side by side which she came up with all by herself to represent her family. Me? Cry?

Visit Form over Function’s Page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Form Over Function is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


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