Louise & Adam’s Beautiful Highlands Wedding

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


Louise and Adam

Gosh the Southern Highlands are incredibly beautiful and Louise and Adam’s wedding fit right in! I think their little attendants had me smiling from beginning to end – like little, pink tutu clad fairies, these sweet bridal party members make me want to twirl!

Louise and Adam met while working together. Louise says ” Our wedding day was the most beautiful day we could have ever imagined. ”

Photographs of this splendid affair are by John Benavente. I love the beauty John captured in his images – from the candid moments, to the beautiful details and gorgeous backdrop the Highlands provided!

Louise and Adam chose Montrose House. Louise remarks “The venue was beautiful, a country wedding with picturesque background, a homestead built in the 1800, surrounded by endless gardens including trees that were over 100 years old. Both the ceremony and reception was held on the grounds. ” Adam and his groomsmen wore Blaq suits and Julius Marlow shoes.

The bride and her maids had their hair styled by  Zoe Blackburn Hair and makeup by Megan Spence.

Louise chose a gorgeous gown from Pallas Couture which she paired with shoes from Dune  and jewels from  Peter Lang . Louise’s bridesmaids wore lavender gowns from Peter Bartlett (02 4229 6979) with shoes by  Robert Robert and jewellery from Mimco.

The gorgeous styling was executed by She Designs. “We wanted a vintage feel to the wedding, we went with the vintage collection from our wedding stylist Sheree from She designs. I chose the flowers to be lavender and baby’s breath. We feel that the photos show the amount of detail that went into making our day feel the way we wanted it to be.”

Louise walked down the aisle toFall At Your Feet” by Boy and Bear.

“One of the most special parts of our wedding day was the ceremony and saying our vows to each other. ” The couple were married by Linda Gregory .

Louise says ” Our wedding was everything we could have hoped it to be and more. Everything was perfect, there were a few hiccups, but nothing that could change how special the day was!”

Of their photographer, Louise says “He was incredible on the day and made the photos enjoyable and fun!His photos were AMAZING!”

The event was catered by Citrus Catering  with a simple, elegant two tier wedding cake Balgownie Village Patisserie.

Guests were entertained with music from The Tom and Dave Show.

Louise says ” Our first dance was romantic and nerve racking!  We danced to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits ”

Congratulations Louise and Adam!~ Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to John Benavente for today’s beautiful photographs!

Photographer: John Benavente / Styling & Hire: She Designs / Bride's Dress: Pallas Couture / Bride's Shoes: Dune / Bride's Jewellery: Peter Lang / Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Blaq / Groom's Shoes: Julius Marlow / Bridesmaid Dresses: Peter Bartlett (02 4229 6979) / Bridesmaid Shoes: Robert Robert / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Zoe Blackburn Hair / Makeup Artist: Megan Spence / Flowers & Decor: Flowers and Gifts / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Venue: Montrose House / Ceremony Officiant: Linda Gregory / Band: The Tom and Dave Show / Catering: Citrus Catering / Wedding Cake: Balgownie Village Patisserie / Wedding Rings: Rod Shoobert Jewellers
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Nicole and Tim’s Vintage Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Nicole & Tim

Brisbane, you are certainly putting on a beautiful show for us lately with the stunning weddings coming through our inbox. From urban and modern, to vintage and eclectic! Nicole and Tim combined a classic, traditional mood with a hint of old world Hollywood glamorous for a beautiful Brisbane wedding day.

Nicole tells the story of her and Tim. “We met in Year 9 at high school, we were friends throughout and then lost contact after Uni. We reconnected by chance at a friend’s house party the same month we both moved back to Brisbane from Interstate and Overseas. Tim proposed on our three year anniversary at Montrachet, Paddington.”

Photos today are by Naomi V Photography. Naomi has captured such a vintage mood with her photographs and so many different, interesting backgrounds to her photographs!

The Powder Room styled Nicole and her bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

Nicole wore a satin slip gown with lace overlay by Hilde Heim. She had her jewels made by a dear friend. Nicole explains “My incredible friend Carly Fergusson made my cuff. She found an amazing brooch at an antique store and then used pearls to match my earrings around the band. She did a beautiful job and it’s got such sentimental value to me now!!” The Flower Man styled Nicole’s black and white bouquet and the wedding floral arrangements.

Tim and his groomsmen wore suits from Hugo Boss.

Nicole walked down the aisle of St Stephen’s Cathedral  with her father to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”. She recalls ” I was incredibly proud to be accompanied down the aisle by my Dad, who has MS. He later gave a beautiful speech at the reception. ”

Nicole and Tim were married by Father Bryan Roe.

Nicole loved “Sharing the day with so many loved family members and friends! There was no end to the amount of laughter and excitement shared by all! ”

Nicole says “I loved sharing the most amazing day of my life with Tim celebrating the first day of the rest of our lives together as husband and wife was just bliss!! I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face!!”

The large bridal party made the day even more fun. Nicole explains “We had six groomsmen and one bridesmaid (the Bride’s sister). The “mob” made the photos such a hoot! We have photos of us all pulling these fun poses which are a great talking point for everyone who see’s them!!”

Of their photographer Nicole says,  “Naomi is the most fun and inspired photographer! We outlined what style of photography we were interested in and she listened to everything we requested and made it happen! Naomi discovered locations which we didn’t even know existed in Brisbane and created opportunities for amazing and candid shots while we walked through the Brisbane CBD!!! I can’t sing her praises enough!!”

To get around, Nicole and Tim hired a 1936 Dodge Limousine from KenzClassic Cars.

Nicole and Tim held their reception at Customs House.

A traditional style, three tier wedding cake was created by Cakes By Judy C. The speeches were a beautiful part of the reception for Nicole, who remarks “I loved the funny and heartfelt speeches throughout the night, and then topping it all off with the dancing!”

Congratulations on your wedding Nicole and Tim! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Naomi V Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Naomi V Photography / Bride's Dress: Hilde Heim / Bride's Jewellery: Carly Fergusson / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Hairstylist: The Powder Room / Flowers & Decor: The Flower Man / Ceremony Venue: St Stephen's Cathedral / Ceremony Officiant: Father Bryan Roe / Reception Venue: Customs House / Wedding Cake: Cakes By Judy C / Transport: KenzClassic Cars

Hilde Heim Bridal Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


A fresh new selection of wedding gowns from Brisbane bridal designer Hilde Heim popped into my inbox last week (which was good timing as I was looking for something a little traditional and stylish for our readers who are so inclined!). I like Hilde’s diversity in design. ‘Heart’ (above) has the addition of sleeves which are becoming popular again, but still a lightness to it. While ‘Hibiscus’ (below) is downright sleek and sexy.

The designs are nothing if not fashion forward, but going with Hilde’s philosophy that gowns should be as individual as the wearer- you’ll be able to find a style that suits your own personal style.

Photos from Hilde Heim

Vendor of the Week – Iridescent Weddings

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? Some of us have the luxury of not working today (in which case, put your feet up and delve through our archives!) While others, are hard at work! We have plenty of wedding inspiration in store for you this week so sit tight!

Let’s kick it off with a peek at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

I love to give a big round of applause (randomly, in my office) to the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! They are incredibly lovely talented people and their support helps support us in writing six different sites for you every single week. Are you looking for  gift registries, flowers, stationery & paper goods, venues or even cakes ? Check out the directory to see who might be the wedding vendor that fits your vision!

Long time Polka Dot Bride readers know I am big fan of wedding coordinators! The idea of not rushing around on the day of your wedding to set up, perfectly suits a stress bead like me! So this week’s vendor of the week, Sydney wedding planners Iridescent Weddings is a delight to introduce to you! Iridescent Weddings offer a number of different, packages to suit your wedding needs. From day of coordination through to doing absolutely everything. They can manage your budget, your suppliers, your venues, your RSVPS, book accommodation for your guests, and most importantly, give you advice!

We asked Kelly from Iridescent Weddings five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Espresso Martini – although this is my favourite after 10 drink…

Your favourite weekend getaway?

As we live in Sydney, I love going up to the Hunter Valley for our weekend getaways. Tom’s family has a property up there on the Hunter River, only 25 mins from the famous Hunter Valley Vineyards. My favourite time of year to visit is January. When its 45 degrees on the balcony, in the shade, there is little better to do, than sit back with family, drink chilled Sav Blanc and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Favourite restaurant?

A little taverna tucked into Kamari Beach, Santorini.

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

Home made waffles with banana and maple syrup.

Your favourite wedding story?

For years I’ve always believed that love can ‘last a lifetime’. Its a notion that just always seemed to be there, but when I started to think about my favourite wedding story, it made me reflect on the relationships that have helped shape who I am. My best friend’s parents have one such relationship. They were young when they met, both teachers at the same primary school. They simply clicked. Within 3 months they were engaged and 3 months later they were married. The amazing part to me, was not only the speed that they were engaged and married, but the way they still look at each other, how they talk to each other with adoration and how they are idolised by their children. All this after more than 30 years of married life.

Visit Iridescent Wedding’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Iridescent Weddings is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Images from Society Photography