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Katie and Morgan

by | Bride, Engagements


It’s a small world after all.. It’s a small world after all..

When I found Katie and Morgan’s fun engagement party (see it here) I was so excited and then it turns out their wedding photographer was someone I’d been talking to! Christine of Pobke Photography!

I love Katie and Morgan’s story of how they met and fell in love as high school sweethearts. They added plenty of “school” touches in their photos as a nod to their story. They even included the gorgeous Twister mat they made as a game for their engagement party!













Photos by Pobke Photography

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Sandra and Richard

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



Sandra and Richard

It’s lovely to have our old friends Trish of Tea Lily Photography gracing the pages of Polka Dot Bride again with another of her simply beautiful Sydney weddings! The nicest way to end a week full of gorgeous Australian real weddings on the blog!

Sandra and Richard met while working at the same company and held their wedding in the heart of Sydney.



Sandra wore a gown from Velani by Nicky, shoes from Wittner and jewels from Stephanie Browne. Sandra says “I loved the lace sleeves on my dress – it finished the dress off with a very soft, romantic feel. I was so glad that we could have my favourite flowers hydrangeas for the table arrangements and our bouquet flowers matched the feel of the day perfectly as did the backdrop for the ceremony with the combination of trees, grass and water and Harbour Bridge views.” The floral arrangements were created by Yuga Floral Design. Friend and guest Wendy Bunnett took care of the girls hair while Doreen Yon did the makeup.







Richard wore a suit from Saba. Sandra says “The groom and groomsmen looked very sophisticated and classic in their tailored black suits and ties, and the gorgeous dusty pink bridesmaids dresses looked amazing on the girls who had pretty flowers in their hair which added a special touch.” The bridesmaids wore dusty pink gowns from Chic Collections.



Sandra and Richard held their ceremony at Pyrmont Point Park. Sandra and Richard chose the location for their 5pm ceremony so that guests could stroll to the reception without a wait. “It was nice having a 5pm ceremony allowing our guests to enjoy the beautiful day, and then once the ceremony finished they could all walk over to the reception for canapes, drinks and soloist guitar player. This allowed for the families to get to know each other which showed by the interaction between the two groups at the end of the night.”

Sandra walked down the aisle to “She” by Elvis Costello. Set right beside the water, the ceremony was held under blue skies to Sandra and Richard’s hand written vows.










Sandra and Richard chose Doltone House for their wedding reception “We wanted a space that had green and water, and as Richard (the groom) is originally from Adelaide and the youngest of 10, we had quite a few family members and friends from interstate and overseas. Therefore we wanted a venue that was close to the reception so guests could walk over after the ceremony and enjoy the scenery as much as us.  Doltone House was the perfect fit for us, as we loved the rustic warehouse feel with the exposed beams, and the wooden decking balcony outside. It also fit the 220 guests that we had, and the food was great.”


So many fun details at the reception! Sandra says “We made our bombonniere – we bought little gift bags in Japan while living there last year and filled them with little chocolates.  We also made a set of luggage as our wishing well and guest book cards that guests could finish the sentence such as “ we wish you…” or “ love is…” and place into the vase for us to read and keep”.

Sandra and Richard couple hired African bongo players for the reception, Sandra says “The African bongo guys who did a floor show were amazing and created such a good vibe and we wanted to add something different and unexpected into the night and these guys were the perfect choice.” The newlyweds first dance was to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Lauryn Hill.


The chandelier over the main bridal table was one of Sandra’s favourite parts of the venue. Sandra says “It was the perfect day. We had such good weather and it was so enjoyable, not just for us but for our guests as well, so much so that as the night went so fast we continued to party with some guests afterward. So many people have told us how much fun they had which makes us so happy.

We had 2 African bongo guys that did a floor show and that was a real highlight – they got the bride and groom up first and then a group of guys to entertain the crowd.

The speeches were funny and the word of the night was “radiant” – the father of the groom was trying to describe the bride and was lost for words, and then all of a sudden in perfect timing shouted out ‘radiant’. It was brilliant.”

Thank you Sandra and Richard for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Trish of Tea Lily Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Tea Lily Photography

Ju Lee and Marcus

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Ju Lee and Marcus

A simply lovely wedding from the talented Adrian Tuazon today! It’s beautifully simple but has a sense of beautiful glamour! The Melbourne wedding took place Heritage Oak tree at the Abbotsford Convent, followed by the reception at Matteo’s.

Ju Lee tells the story of how she met Marcus. “We met about 12 years ago back in Malaysia at a school event. We came to Melbourne to study and after we graduated, we decided to stay here together. In 2008, I went to Dublin for 6 months by myself, for work. Marcus came to visit me in Dublin for a month. We travelled Europe together and he proposed in Venice.”


Ju Lee says little pooch Emmett made a statement at the rehearsal. “During rehearsal, the 5-year-old kid let go (of the lead) of the dog. So we had a dog running away from the oak tree, the kid running the complete opposite direction and the mother of the kid chasing both her son and my dog. However on the wedding day itself, both (the kid and the dog) were so well behaved, I was pleasantly surprised!”



Ju Lee wore a strapless ivory silk duchess satin gown. Inspired by a Jlm Couture gown, it was made by Marcus’s mother in Malaysia who also made Ju Lee’s red Thai silk and lace cheongsam for the tea ceremony and the bridesmaids gowns. Ju lee wore shoes from Gina and jewelery from her parents. Marcus and the groomsmen wore suits from Satch. The floral arrangements were by Floral Event.



Ju Lee says “The hanging glass balls that were tied to the Heritage Oak tree were purchased online. I bought fresh hydrangeas myself from Victoria Market the day before the wedding. A close friend helped put the flowers in the glass balls, and some friends helped tie the glass balls on the branches of the oak tree. I also bought fresh lisianthus from the market and these were tied to the foldable chairs at the ceremony with ribbons.

We made the programs for the ceremony ourselves, with the help from our closest friends, my maid of honour and Marcus’ best man. We bought the paper from Kami in Fitzroy.” The rest of the stationery was done in black and white letterpress by Vince Printers and featured an oak tree as a nod to the ceremony location.



Ju Lee says “My dog made a special guest appearance, starting off the processional along with Marcus’ 5-year-old nephew. Followed by the flower girl, my bridesmaid and my maid of honour. They all walked in to ‘Ave Maria’ by Beyonce. I walked down the aisle to ‘I love NYE’ by Badly Drawn Boy. An instrumental song that I have always loved.

With the recessional, we picked ‘Love Today’ by Mika.”








A traditional tea ceremony with family members followed the wedding ceremony and photos.






Leftover paper from the handmade ceremony programs was turned into placecards for guests and hung on a wooden tree (as a nod to the oak tree ceremony location) from Hart & Heim. Ju Lee and Marcus named each table in relation to something to do with Venice- where Marcus proposed Amongst the table names were “Gelati”, “Grand Canal” and “San Marco”. For favors, Ju Lee says “I purchased 3D holographic glasses from 3DGlassesOnline which were given to our guests as wedding bombonnieres. When you put them on, look at any points of light to see little hearts!”



The wedding cake consisted of red velvet and black and white cupcakes made by Sugardeaux Cupcakes. One of Ju Lee’s favourite moments was the speeches “Speeches – from my father, maid of honour, best man and my brother (who also helped emcee at the reception). I loved all their speeches! My father mentioned that we had a lengthy trial period (12 years of dating) before tying the knot. The Best Man ended his speech with a special toast – a very loud ‘Yum seng’ which is tradition for every Chinese Malaysian wedding”


Of their first dance, Ju Lee says “I’ve known Marcus for over 12 years now and he never dances. So when it came to our first dance, I suggested dance lessons. He was not very keen at all, but finally he gave in. It was also the first time we learnt something together as a couple and it was a lot of fun. We had private lessons by Robbie from Dance Dynamics in Malvern. The first part of the dance was a rumba, we danced to ‘Lovin’ You’ (a version by the Bossa Project). The second part of the dance, we did a samba to Joss Stone’s ‘Super Duper Love’. On the wedding day itself, we were very nervous. But the dance turned out perfect and I am so proud of Marcus. He was so relieved after the dance!”

Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us Ju Lee and Marcus! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Adrian of by Adrian Tuazon Photography for sending over today’s photographs!

Photos by Adrian Tuazon Photography

Lauren and Dave – The Celebration

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


Tumbling Waters Retreat looks like such a gorgeous venue for a wedding- those views? I’m all for beautiful views!







Lauren says “For the bonbonnieres, we purchased 10 cases of clean skin red wine from our favourite winery. We then got wine bottle stickers printed up with a caricature of us, along with the poem above, and stuck these labels on the wine bottles, placing each bottle in a take home bottle bag. To be opened and drunk by the guests on our first year anniversary!”

Dave’s best man put together a poem about the couple’s first meeting

At the races they met, their eyes fixed to a stare
Dave admired her dress, and her long flowing hair
‘Step to her’ he thought, the game had begun
What’s next for these two? They were both up for fun

His expectations were high, was she up to the task?
Could she handle the man, was it too much to ask?
A man’s never complete, without the right girl
Could she be the one, would she rock his world?

‘How are you?’ he said, with a smile and a grin
‘I’m great’ she replied, ‘have you had a win?’
His heart in his hand, he replied ‘just a few,
But my day’s now complete, because I’ve met you’

To those here today, we know how it ends
More than just lovers, Dave & Loz are best friends
Giving hope to us all, flying high like a dove
Congratulations Dave and Lauren, on finding true love”


A cupcake wedding cake was decorated with butterflies and flowers by We Take The Cake. Music was provided by the Mikey & Lucas duo Lauren and Dave performed a special first dance. Lauren says “We had 10 weeks of dancing lessons with Serghei Bolgarschii, one of the dance partners on Dancing With The Stars. He choreographed a wonderfully beautiful and simple bridal waltz which we performed to Van Morrison’s Someone Like You. The dancing lessons brought us much closer together as the last 10 weeks of our engagement went by. Both of us not professional dancers, we pulled it off on the night without a hitch and our guests seemed overwhelmed with surprise and delight!”

Thank you Lauren and Dave for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you to Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photos with us!

Photos by Milk & Honey Photography.

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