Tamar and Glen’s Eclectic Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Tamar & Glen

There’s only one thing better than a country wedding and that’s a country wedding where the bride wore polka dots. Oh yes! Today’s wedding not only has the sweetest couple who embraced their wedding planning with the sweetest touches but oh my, Tamar’s tea length polka dot wedding dress? Well that, my friends, is deliciously divine.

Tamar tells their story. “Our paths first crossed quite a few years ago when we met through a guy that I was dating at the time. Years later, when we were both attending the same church, we hit it off. We got together only a month before I was leaving for London for a year, and Glen was also about to leave for the Philippines for a year to work with a mission organisation. So we spent our first year as a couple primarily on skype or the phone. I have to say it was a great way of really getting to know each other, because you’re forced to talk!”

Photography today was by Brooke Holm of Lace & Bowties. Brooke has captured such honest, beautiful photographs that really feel like the intimate beauty of the day. Tamar and Glen had a wedding movie shot by Chris Schoenmaker.

Tamar put together her own bouquet with the help of family members. Tamar explains ” My sister-in-law and I selected the flowers from the Rocklea Flower Markets and then my bridesmaids and sisters-in-law helped put the bouquets and table arrangements together the night before the wedding. ”

Tamar had her gown made by a dressmaker, who also made purple bridesmaids gowns for her.. She remarks “My dress was inspired by a wedding dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Funny Face. I drew loose drawings and had it made by a dear old lady called Mrs Mabley.  The silk polka dot organza, and dupion silk were ordered from Gardams.” Tamar finished off her dress with a brooch from mysweetmuse.

Tamar and Glen chose  Henzell’s Chapel, Mt Pleasant for their wedding ceremony. Tamar remarks ” We couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque venue. We said our vows in Henzell’s Chapel, a sweet little stone chapel on private land that the family had built for their daughter to get married in 16 years ago. The property is so well maintained, and we enjoyed the sweet country air.”

Walking to the ceremony was one of Tamar’s favourite parts of the day . She explains “One of my favourite moments was walking along the grass with my parents on each arm, and as we reached the entrance to the chapel, our guests let out a big cheer! It was so spontaneous and natural, and it felt so wonderful that everyone had really come with a spirit of fun and joy.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Never Had Nobody Like You’ by M. Ward. This song instantly put a smile on everyone’s faces and set the tone for the day.” Tamar’s father, brother and friends all performed songs during the ceremony.

Tamar and Glen put special touches into their ceremony to celebrate their beliefs. Tamar explains ” During the ceremony, we washed each other’s feet as our first act as a married couple. It was probably the most moving part of the day. Oh the tears! For us, it was such a special way that we could imitate Jesus’ example of servanthood in our relationship. Glen and I really wanted our day to honour God and all that he has done in our lives, so we designed our ceremony in a way that reflected that. It was such a special time, and there were lots of tears (the good kind!) “

Tamar, a graphic designer loved the chance to be creative for herself. ” I am used to trying to please my clients, so it was lovely to finally be my own client and create things that only had to please us! Some of the things we made were the flower girls’ pin wheels, silk roses for hair clips and decorations, the bridesmaids corsages and clutch bags, invitations, and order of service fans. “

Guests were able to celebrate after the ceremony, Tamar notes “We really wanted the day to reflect us and not be traditional for tradition’s sake. We wanted the day to be relaxing and enjoyable for everyone, so we tried to design all the little details around that, for example we set up tea and scones and some picnic rugs at the ceremony venue so people could relax and put their feet up afterwards.”

One of Tamar’s favourite memories was seeing the day come together.  “I loved seeing all our hard work pay off, and watching everyone enjoy all the little details that we organised. It felt like such a reflection of us, and not just a copy and paste of other weddings. It was such a thrill hearing everyone talk about how much they enjoyed our day in the weeks and months afterwards. ”

Of their photographer, Brooke says “Our photographer Brooke Holm did such an amazing job. Brooke’s ability to capture the honesty of the day was outstanding. We’ve ended up with an album that sums up the emotion of the day so well.”

Tamar and Glen hired a vintage FJ Holden from FJ Classic Hire. Tamar recalls ” One of our favourite memories as a couple, is hanging out with the bridal party after our photos had been taken. There we were in the middle of nowhere, leaning on our gorgeous 1950’s FJ Holden and listening to some fantastic 1950’s music playing on a little stereo. We felt like we were back in the day!”

Tamar and Glen celebrated with guests at Mt Pleasant Community Hall. Tamar explains “Our reception was held in the community hall just down the road. We spent two days decorating the hall, and hanging lights. It was exhausting, but so so worth it.”

The tables were long. Tamar recalls “At the reception, we set up the tables in a big U shape which increased a sense of connection, and made it feel like a big communal feast.”

Tamar admits her biggest DIY project may have been a little ambitious. ” The craziest one – I whittled the little birds that sat on top of the cake. That alone took 2 days and my hands were so sore afterwards! My mum did an amazing job sewing the napkin rings and hessian table runners, and my mother-in-law lovingly sewed the order of service fans together.” The couple’s cupcake wedding cake was made by Coochie Cupcakes. “For dessert, we filled up a table with home-made sweet treats and put our cup cake tower in the middle. It was a feast for the eyes and our tummies! I wish I could go back in time and taste everything again.”

Guests dined on good, old fashioned, scrumptious food by Blue Banana Catering. “We had a relaxed gourmet BBQ for dinner, and Blue Banana hit the hungry spot! Their level of service was fantastic, and our guests were raving about their food.”

The couple hired swing jazz band The Calibre Cats. Tamar says ” They were SUCH a highlight of the day. We loved seeing everyone’s faces light up as they began to play. Their music is so contagious and full of joyful energy .One of my bridesmaids and her husband wrote such a fun song for us called “Collide”. We had been going to swing dance classes just before the wedding, so we pulled out a few moves (a little unco-ordinatedly) and danced along to it for our first dance.”

Congratulations Tamar and Glen! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Brooke Holm of Lace & Bowties for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Brooke Holm of Lace & Bowties / Other: Chris Schoenmaker / Bride’s Dress: Mrs Mabley Dressmaker / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Ceremony Venue: Henzell’s Chapel, Mt Pleasant. / Reception Venue: Mt Pleasant Community Hall / Other: The Calibre Cats / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Other: Coochie Cupcakes / Bride’s Jewellery: mysweetmuse / Other: FJ Classic Hire / Catering: Blue Banana Catering
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Valentines Day Sweet Treats – Stationery

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods, Wedding Gifts


Mr Polka and I are a little odd around Valentine’s Day. We love to celebrate it (because we’re fond of celebrating everything we can, it means excuses to pop bubbles!) but we never celebrate on the day and we’re more inclined to bake, or make handmade funny gifts than go nuts on flowers and jewels (though this is me, I’m not saying ‘no’ to jewels by the way).

To help you with your own Valentines Day plans, whether big or small, filled with sparkly objects or sugar laden goodies, I’ve come up with three gift guides to spark your imagination!

First up is stationery, because there is nothing more fun for me than choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day Card (or print!)

1. Butterflies: My Valentine Card from Kikki K 2. Love You The Longest of Time Letterpress Print from Bespoke Press 3. Love Ya Card from Little Jane St 4.  Like A Blank Loves Blank Card by The Hungry Workshop 5. Old Tom Foolery I Love Every Inch Of You Card from The Notemaker 6. Elvis Valentines Print from Raw Art Letterpress

Rachel Gilbert Autumn Winter 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Rachel Gilbert’s Autumn Winter 2012 collection is a feast for the eyes and the senses. From sparkling, glittery adornments to fresh hues of navy, tangerine and melon greens.

There’s plenty of beautiful options for the bride who is a wanting a little more casual kind of wedding gown and the bridesmaids who want to wear something super stylish. I think the gorgeous Isadora gown (above) might just be my favourite with the sparkles that glitter and gleam as you move.

Rachel’s coloured gowns make a fine choice for bridesmaids (or the bride who wants to wear colour, the tangerine number above would make such a gorgeous statement!)

 Photos by Rachel Gilbert

Vendor of the Week – Ann Dally JC, Civil Marriage Celebrant

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Dotties! I can hardly believe we are in our first full February week! We have plenty of inspiration in store for you this week- including kicking off some very special posts on our specialty blogs! But first, let’s kick start the week with our Monday morning tradition and showcase one of our wonderful members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory!

So let’s start our week of with a fantastical, talented vendor, a spotlight on a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

The directory has welcomed in a brand new year with new photographersflorists, cake bakers, musicians and even venues! We work really hard to make sure our vendors are fantastic at what they do and understand that Polka Dot couples are particularly special!

Our Vendor of the Week this week is Ann Dally one of the fantastic Civil Marriage Celebrants in our Directory. Ann Dally is a professionally trained marriage celebrant (she’s even vice president of  Australian Marriage Celebrants Incorporated) and with a long history in everything from modelling to public speaking, she has a wide array of talents which are just right for officiating the most important ceremony of your life. Ann is commited ot making each and every ceremony fun and interesting- so there will be lots of laughter and nothing stuffy!

To get to know Ann a little better, we asked her five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Well chilled champagne with crushed fresh strawberries.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

One of the many beautiful B&B’s in the Blue Mountains with my hubby. Sadly don’t get the chance too often as my weddings are my priority and most are on the weekends!

Favourite restaurant?

Basils at Marsfield – scrumptious fresh lobster and scampi – Yum!

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

Bacon, scrambled eggs, snags and croissants – naughty but soooooo nice.

Your favourite wedding story?

An Awesome Moment as a Marriage Celebrant……the cool Fairytale!

I have married many amazing couples, some love stories would make the perfect movie script. This is one of them………let me share…………..
Turn the clock back in time – a young man, along with his family fled to Australia from Poland in the mid eighties when the solidarity movement caused a revolution and the subsequent downfall of the communist government followed. He was torn away from his sweetheart – for the first time in two years – there was no time for “goodbyes” – they completely lost touch – both devastated. She was 16, he was 17.

The groom, after working extremely hard here in Australia and saving all he could, returned to Poland in the 90’s to search for his love and when he arrived at her small village was told she had left a few years prior after marrying. Broken-hearted, he returned to Australia, convinced he would never see her again.

A few years later, out of the blue, an old friend from Poland visited him here in Sydney. In conversation the friend told him that the marriage of the girl had ended a couple of years ago, no children were forthcoming, and she had divorced and was now studying architecture at university in Poland.

After a few phone calls to Poland he was convinced he could and would find her again.

He was on the first plane he could catch to Poland!

He waited for her at the university gates. Apparently the scene that took place was of the “Hollywood Fairytale”. As she walked out of the gates this particular day he recognised her and approached her with trepidation – his heart was pounding. When she realised who he was, they threw their arms around one another and just wouldn’t let go! He swung her in circles! They had two weeks to rekindle their relationship – it was, they both told me – just the most amazing thing to happen to them. The groom proposed, she said a definite yes and he then had to return to Australia to apply for a fiancé visa to bring her to Australia.

The wait was long and painful but I finally conducted their wedding with Sydney Harbour as their backdrop – the tears flowed. Only 8 guests attended but it was one of the most moving ceremonies I have ever written for this exceptionally special couple – I felt so privileged that they shared their love story with me.

To have the pleasure of actually performing their marriage and declaring them Husband and Wife was an honour I will never forget. Starting them off on their new journey in life is about as good as it gets.

I wouldn’t trade being a marriage celebrant for the world!

Visit Ann Dally’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Ann Dally JC CMC is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory