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Freya and Colin

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,



Freya and Colin

We really do not showcase enough of the glorious country that is New Zealand on Polka Dot Bride! Today, another step towards changing that with this funky, fabulous wedding! Powder blue suits and toffee apples abound!

The stories, like the photos from this wedding are fun and full of cheer, so I think it’s best to let Freya tell you about the day!

“Freya set off for London in traditional antipodean fashion, on a pilgrimage to experience the bounty of the North. Upon arrival she promptly launched herself into a flurry of activities. An accomplished rower, she joined the Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club in East London, where she met a rather handsome fellow club member, Colin.   The rest they say is history.”

Photos today are by Sutherland Kovach Studio.



Colin wore a three piece powder blue suit from A Suit That Fits.



Freya and Colin were married at Matakana Church in  Kawau Kat. Freya walked down the aisle to “Pokarekare ana” as sung by Kiri Te Kanawa




After the ceremony, guests joined the newlyweds in enjoying gelato from Charlies before taking a ferry ride (with Kawau Kat) down the river from Sandspit to Freya’s parents’ home for the reception.








The retro bike from Mrs Jones added a like something special to the photographs. Freya says “They spring boarded into creative craziness with the news that Colin would be bringing a gorgeous three piece blue suit from the U.K. This inspired them to craft a whimsical modern vintage look for the creative shoot, using real toffee apples, an old bike, plastic apples for juggling, an instant camera and some scraggy flowers from the garden.”




The reception was held at Freya’s parents’ home.  It was newly built and finished just in time for the wedding!



The eight course degustation meal with local wines, including Chatham Islands crayfish sent by Colin’s Uncle Craig via Air Chatham. The three tier cake, featuring elements of both England and New Zealand was created by family friend Maxine Millard.



Congratulations Freya and Colin on your beautiful wedding day & marriage! Thank you to by Sutherland Kovach Studio for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Sutherland Kovach Studio.

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Melbourne Bridesmaids Shoot

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


When I came across this shoot last year I was intrigued. It was something fresh, something new and something really fun! Sarah Black for Red Telegram Photography took a bride and her bridesmaids out to the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne for a “bridesmaids shoot”.  A fun twist on the “engagement shoot”, Sarah’s idea was to capture the bride and her girlfriend with some really wonderful portraits.

Personally I think this would make for a fantastic hen’s/bachelorette/pre wedding party. it’s not often you get a chance to dress up and have beautiful photos taken with your best friends, I know I’d love some fantastic shots with mine!

Photos by Sarah Black of Red Telegram Photography

QLD Luxury Wedding Soiree Event

by | Bride, Events and Resources


A brand new event I spoke about last week has given Polka Dot Bride readers some special offers! Hosted by The Little White Wedding Company & The Plantation, The Luxury Wedding Soiree is on the 18th of July from 10am-3pm. Unlike traditional bridal expos, The Luxury Wedding Soiree doesn’t have set stalls where vendors stand and wait, instead it takes more on an interactive approach- a perfectly styled ceremony setup, a silk lined marquee, makeup trials, food samples, live music and exquisite couture. There are even  gift bags and competitions to entice you! To register, follow the instructions on the website here.

Vendors include

The Little White Wedding Company and The Plantation are offering exclusive discount to Polka Dot Bride readers!

The Little White Wedding Company is offering a $1000 discount on their Complete Planning Package if you book at The Luxury Wedding Soiree.The package includes absolutely everything to help your wedding day run smoothly. The Little White Wedding Company will provide you a complete package, some of the features include face-to-face meetings, checklists, suggestions, review your contracts, help with budget and stationery management, provide vendor recommendations, develop your run sheets and manage your wedding day right until the very last guest have left and the last glass of champagne washed and dried. To receive your exclusive discount, use the codeword CUMMERBUND.

The Plantation is  offering 50% off your choice of one of The Plantation’s Decor Collection Package (Either English Country or French Provincial). Including, beautiful bespoke furniture pieces, soft furnishings, lighting and electrical props these packages are usually valued at $3000 but if booked at The Luxury Wedding Soiree with the exclusive Polka Dot Bride codeword, will only be $1500.  Simply use the codeword BOWTIE.

One last special offer! It comes straight from Polka Dot Bride! We’re looking for someone special to attend the Luxury Wedding Soiree! You must love writing, have a digital camera and great attention to detail! Please email mspolka at with your name and a paragraph as to why you would love to attend this event as a guest of Polka Dot Bride and we select one person to undertake our super special role!

Terms & Conditions: To receive the discount packages, you must register for the event. The Little White Weddding Company will offer $1000 off their Complete Planning Package. You must meet the minimum spend of $3500 (ie LWWC take 10% with a minimum of $3500 so if you have a $35000 wedding LWWC would still take the minimum fee but if you have a $50 000 wedding the offer would still stand making the LWWC fee only $4000)

Jessica and Hugo

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Jessica and Hugo

We’re traveling to the other side of the world today, California to be exact. To share the wedding of Jessica and Hugo with you! Jessica and Hugo met and fell in love at Stanford University, so that is where they headed back to hold their wedding! It’s intimate, heartfelt and completely personal. On this cold winter’s day, today’s wedding will warm the cockles of your heart.

Photos today are by Alfred Salmon Photography.



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The couple married at the Stanford University Memorial Chapel. Jessica says “We met at Stanford as graduate students, so it was special to be able to hold our ceremony at the enormous historic church on campus”. Jessica wore a gown from David’s Bridal while Hugo wore a grey suit from Men’s Wearhouse.



Jessica and Hugo had many of their family and friends pitch in to help them celebrate their wedding. Jessica says “My sister made my bouquet as well as hers and my sister-in-law’s.  She and my mom went to a local grocery store the day before the wedding and bought a few flowers (I think they spent $30 total).  Granted, my sister has an artistic eye, but she did a wonderful job and the bouquets were a nice touch.”



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For the wedding portraits, the photographers and newlyweds headed back to the dorms – decorated with paper lanterns. The space held a special memory for the couple as it was where Jess used to live and where the couple shared their first kiss.


Jessica says “We had our reception on campus at the graduate center. It was a partially catered the lunch with a few lasagnas from an on-campus caterer, and ordered a large (but beautiful!) sheet cake from a local bakery (La Baguette).  We reserved an on-campus multi-purpose room for the reception that came with tables and chairs (and a sound system).  We didn’t do any decorating (no flowers!), and had our friends set up the room the morning of the wedding.  The remainder of the lunch was a potluck affair, which was phenomenal since our friends represent many regions of the world.”

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“Rather than registering for wedding gifts, we asked our friends and family to pitch in on the big day (or donate charitably to the earthquake relief in Chile, since Hugo is Chilean) – and many complied.  We would not have had such a beautiful and successful day without the help of our friends and family!”

Congratulations Jessica and Hugo on your marriage! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today! Thank you also to Alfred Salmon Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Alfred Salmon Photography.

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