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Andrea and Ashley

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Andrea and Ashley

I am so delighted to bring you a wedding today from one of my favourite venues- The Convent in Daylesford. A relaxed countryside wedding with a hint of vintage and a lot of gorgeous olive green, soft pink and latte colours.

Ash proposed to his bride Andrea in a very special way.  Andrea told the story. “Ash used to take me to Daylesford for weekend getaways when I was studying at law school and during my first years as a lawyer. On one of the weekend getaways, Ash took me to a lookout at sunset, got down on one knee, pulled out a bottle of French Champagne and a ring (of course) and popped the question. After searching through many wedding venues in Melbourne, we could not resist having our wedding at the beautiful Convent in Daylesford.”

Today’s photographer is Stewart of Stewart Leishman Photography. I’ve long admired Stewart’s work as I’ve come across it- there’s an artistic beauty to his work. Each shot could easily be an oil painting, full of warm, rich tones.

Andrea wore a strapless gown from Linda Gorringe Couture. She says “The dress was a strapless vintage lace in ivory with pearl detail.   The girls at Linda Gorringe were amazing. Their attention to detail was fantastic and there was nothing they wouldn’t do. All of the jewellery was also from Linda Gorringe which made it a lot easier because we could try the jewellery on with the dress. The beautiful earrings and bracelet were a gift from my parents as the “something new” that I wore on the day.” She wore shoes from Mallouk Shoes– made to match her wedding gown.

Stewart says, “Both Ash and And’s family had hired cottages directly opposite from the Convent for the weekend but on different sides of the road so that the Bride and Groom could not sneak a peak at each other before the ceremony. It was so special to both Ash and And having the day of the wedding (up until 4pm) with their respective families.”

The wedding was structured to make it easy for guests with The Convent providing the perfect all-in-one venue. Andrea says “The day was structured so that the ceremony was held at 4pm and the guests were not required to drive anywhere after arriving for the ceremony. The ceremony was held in the Chapel, followed by drinks and canapés in the St Lawrence Room, the reception in the St Michael’s room and finally the after party in the Altar bar (all within the Convent Gardens). The venue is just beautiful and every room so different. The views are stunning.” Andrea walked down to a string quartet playing Pachalbel’s Canon in D.

One of Andrea’s favourite memories was all about the loved ones “I loved having the whole family together and seeing everyone so happy on the day.”

Before the reception, the bridal party had a quiet drink together. Andrea says “Ash and I also allocated half an hour between photos and the reception to escape to the pent house (also at the Convent) with their bridal party. The group sat there drinking champagne and talking about the day before firing up again for the reception. That was the Stewart’s idea based on his own wedding experience and it was great advice!”

A beautiful white iced cake was decorated with roses and made by La Dolce Vita Pellegrino’s in Shepparton. Flowers were styled by Wombat Hill Florist. Andrea and Ash made the favour boxes and name tags. The favour boxes were filled with iced short breads made by a Dolce Vita Pellegrino’s in Shepparton.

The Baker Boys Band had everyone on the dance floor all night. Andrea says “Most of our guests stayed in Daylesford for the weekend and so everyone was in the mood to party. There was barely a time when people were not up dancing and one of the highlights was a huge Conga Line which everyone joined in on weaving in and out of the tables to the music.”

Thank you to Andrea and Ash for sharing their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Stewart Leishman Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Stewart Leishman Photography.

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A Sweet Proposal

by | Bride, Engagements


While deep in my heart, a beautiful quiet proposal with just two people and a lot of love is my favourite kind of proposal, I do have fun watching and swooning over romantic stories and the creative ways we take that first step towards marriage. Creative engagement stories never get old to me!

Here’s some of my favourites from the past few months…

Leonie from the sweet cake business Happy Cakes sent over this sweet as can be engagement cupcake. The groom-to-be commissioned Leonie to create a masterpiece of a cupcake to give to his girlfriend on her birthday..with a diamond ring hidden on top! (She said yes by the way)

A lovely reader gave me the heads up on this one. A  gorgeous Amelie, treasure hunt style proposal for Love You Big (read it in full here). So sweet!

Everyone knows I’m a Shoes Of Prey fan, but I tell you what, I’d be like Jessica with these shoes- they’d stay on display because I couldn’t bear to wear that message off! Read Jessica’s full story on their blog.

This proposal from Cakies (her best friend) is utterly fun and so sweet. I love anything involving Polaroids and art! Read it in full here.

Is there someone out there who doesn’t love Pixar’s ‘Up’! ? Such a fantastic movie and I love the nod to it in this proposal from Dolce!

I couldn’t finish off this entry without a few fun videos! Here are some of my favourites from the past few months:

Graffiti Proposal from PR!MO on Vimeo.

Some say time literally stops when a proposal happens..clearly this groom knew that and took the concept literally! (with we tv filming it all!)

I think I had many more but I’m still sorting out my filing system of mad bookmarks and clippings! How about you? Do you have any fantastic proposal you’d like to share?

The Wedding Workshop – Perth Brides

by | Bride, Events and Resources


There’s only a week left until The Wedding Workshop! The final touches are coming together- beautiful styling from Orielle, prizes from Alannah Rose Stationery, Pink Frosting & Bridal Survival, panels with your favourite Perth wedding experts, plenty of bubbles and freebies and a chance to mingle with industry professionals in a relaxed environment (did I mention bubbles?)

We have one double pass to give away to a special bride! We can’t attend the event so we’re looking for a Polka Dot Bridette to undertake a very special mission!

To win a double pass  (Valued at $45) you must a) have a love of writing b)have great attention to detail and c) be available to attend the vent on the 25th August 2010 and d) email us at mspolka at telling us why you need to attend this event!

Alternatively, you can book your tickets to the event by visiting the website.

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Justine and Tim

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Justine and Tim

I’m going to start letting you in on just how much I love the photographers we work with at Polka Dot Bride, because they’re often my unsung heroes and the ones who are stupendous at what they do. Like Todd & Alyda of Todd Hunter McGaw Photographer. They’re always so happy when they email me and they’re rad, as in, you really can’t describe them any other way. Especially when a lovely CD shows up on your doorstep with a beautiful wedding like that of Justine and Tim. Rad. Yes.

Our lovely couple today? The lovely Justine and Tim who are actually from Melbourne but decided to hold their wedding in the sunshine State of Queensland! Justine says “We met while working together in 2001. Since then we’ve moved around a lot, including spending five years in London, and now we’re based in Melbourne.  We decided to get married just outside Brisbane as we both grew up in QLD and many of our family and friends are there.”

Justine wore a gorgeous lace gown made by Paddington Weddings. Justine says “My full-lace dress was made by the lovely women at Paddington Weddings in Brisbane. Paddington Weddings made the hair ornament as well. They were fantastic and weren’t at all fazed at the thought of creating a dress for a Melbourne-based bride who only had a few trips to Brisbane in the lead up to the wedding.”

One of Justine’s favourite memories was before the ceremony. “I had a really fun time with my wonderful family at home before we left for the ceremony. One of my brothers put on some Leonard Cohen to keep us all relaxed and we just enjoyed ourselves.”

Tim wore a bespoke suit from Godwin Charli.

Justine says “We married on the 1st of May at a place called Topiaries at Beaumont in Samford Valley, just outside Brisbane.  It was a beautiful venue with a view over Samford Valley. The 3.30pm ceremony, post-ceremony drinks and evening sit-down reception were all at the one venue.

I walked down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” – Bach. We had a string quartet play at the wedding. Their repertoire included lots of Beatles songs. My stepfather walked me down the aisle and one of my brothers drove me out to the ceremony in his car. We arrived five minutes early and had to wait for everyone to be ready for us.”

Justine says “We were relaxed enough during the ceremony to just enjoy ourselves and had a good laugh at a few moments. I remember being concerned that my lipstick had come off on Tim’s lips after our kiss!”

Justine’s shoes were bought from Country Road in Melbourne. Tim wore Campers.

The cake was organised by Justine’s mother and made by a family friend who runs “Cake Actually”. The cake had three layers and was Chocolate Torte and Lemon Cream Cheese Butter Cake (in separate cakes of course), with fresh roses as decoration.

Justine says “Because we live in Melbourne, my wonderful Mum in Brisbane helped out and organised things like the cake and all the flowers. She also bought beautiful jugs for the tables, which were filled with bunches of fresh flowers – roses and lisianthus.”

A big thank you to Justine and Tim for allowing us to share your wedding day! Congratulations on your marriage! Also thank you to Todd & Alyda  at Todd Hunter McGaw Photographer for sending over today’s images!

Photos by Todd Hunter McGaw Photographer

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