Michelle and Piero’s Vintage Country Wedding

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


Michelle and Piero

What a beautiful celebration today’s couple had – an exquisite gown, a beautiful venue and plenty of nods to the couple’s love of writing!

Michelle tells their story. “First laid eyes on each other twelve years ago – I used to perve on Piero DJ-ing and  he would sneak me free drinks – but we both had respective partners and went our separate ways – our paths crossed again in 2005 – initial feelings of attraction rekindled – the rest is history!”

Images today are by Thorson Photography who capture beautiful images with a sense of humor.

Michelle wore a gown from Anaessia  with blue suede shoes from Sole Searching.

The groom and his groomsmen wore outfitted by P Johnson .

The couple met before the ceremony.

Michelle’s bridesmaid wore a stunning red Lisa Ho gown and shoes from Peeptoe Shoes.

Of their photographer, Michelle says “Amanda was fabulous – had an engagement shoot with her before had which made us more relaxed. She is a true professional – creative but fast, gets the shot done and moves on, while taking inspiration from what’s around her.”

Michelle and Piero held their ceremony and reception at Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard. Michelle explains “We both love prosciutto – and all smoked goods –  so it seemed fitting to have our wedding in a smoke house!  Good food and booze was extremely important to us as we are both mad foodies. Poachers Pantry offered that, on a beautiful country homestead. We got married under a giant tree on the property then walked over to the reception. Poachers were fantastic in allowing us to add our own touches – we set up quoits and petanque in the garden, plus a lolly buffet inside.”


Michelle walked down the aisle to the Jackson Five’s “I’ll Be There.”

Michelle remarks “Having a destination wedding really contributed to the day – everyone got together for a meet and greet at the local pub on Friday, then we had the wedding on Saturday, then we hosted a breakfast barbecue the next day at Redbrow Gardens, where we were staying. Made it such a special weekend. ”

The couple were married by a dear friend. Michelle explains “Our celebrant was a old friend of Piero’s – they used to work together at a bar – Piero was cocktail waiter and DJ and Monty was bouncer –  aside from being a celebrant and bouncer Monty also is an anthropologist, JP, jazz singer, tai chi instructor and youth worker! Such an amazing person! ”

“As we both from a writing background we thought it was important to write our own vows, which made the day really personal and special.”

Michelle describes the day as “A gorgeous, love-filled romp in the Canberra country-side that tipped its top hat to vintage cool.”

The day had many nods to the couple’s love of the written word. Including a cake made by Sugar and Slice Cakes. Michelle explains We were going for a ‘vintage country writing theme’ (I am a journalist and Piero a copywriter) – each table named after our favourite authors. Also had typewriter on our cake as well as one for people to use to leave a note”

Michelle and Piero handmade plenty of their wedding details. “We made the garden games and signs (we collected old driftwood and painted them),  decorated the trees with Chinese paper lanterns, made our own lolly buffet that had vintage toys from my parents, stamped our own table settings (each serviette wrapped in twine and stamps used to say ‘bon appetite’ with picture of cutlery) , used old books for table settings passed down from Piero’s deceased father (each book had a handwritten message inside for each guest), bought a vintage typewriter for people to leave us  a note, made our own rose petal confetti holders, had a dress-up box and props.”

Michelle notes “Having SO MANY people pitch in help out – one friend did my make-up, another the flowers and cheese cake, another the lolly buffet – so much love was felt off all our friends, it was incredible.”

The couple’s first dance was to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”.

The night didn’t stop there, Michelle explains “On the wedding night Piero and I stayed on a working alpaca farm which was amazing! They had an outdoor spa so after the wedding we went back, cracked a bottle of champagne and sat under the stars in the spa. It was magical.”

Congratulations Michelle and Piero. Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Thorson Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Thorson Photography / Bride's Dress: Anaessia / Bride's Shoes: Sole Searching / Groom's Attire: P Johnson / Groomsmen Attire: P Johnson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa Ho / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Hairstylist: Sarah Kate 0405 612 855 / Makeup Artist: Ross Andrewartha, Illamasqua / Flowers: Black Orchid, Dulwich Hill (02) 9559 7731 / Invitations & Stationery: Papier Lapin / Venue: Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard / Ceremony Officiant: Dr Sumant (Monty) Badami 0405 271 757 / Band: Tuchasoul / Wedding Cake: Sugar and Slice Cakes / Wedding Rings: St Germain Jewellers / Transport: Private Cadillac hired off Rob 0428 181 147 / Wedding Registry: Wedding Gifts Direct
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What’s In A Veil – Drop Veils

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


I am finally kicking off a little info series requested by a lovely Dottie. It’s all about veils, the lengths, the styles, what works and what doesn’t. I would love to hear what veil you’re wearing or if you’re wearing one at all!

Starting off with my current favourite, the drop veil. Made famous by Grace Kelly and more recently Kate Middleton, the drop veil looks like it was softly dropped on your head. Using only one layer of tulle, the veil is normally made without a comb, though the veil may be secured with hair pins or a hat pin and the veil can be cut to any length (but is normally at least elbow length).

The drop veil can suit brides who don’t want a “poofy” veil and would rather a simple whisper of a veil. It also suits more elaborate gowns as it’s not “competing” with the design of your gown.

Drop veils can be worn with an up or down hairstyle, tiaras, hair flowers or jewels. They lend themselves to a slightly classic, vintage look but can also look beautiful with a modern gown.

1. Photo  by Kate Murphy via Snippet & Ink 2.  3. Julie & Pedzi’s Wedding photo by You Can’t Be Serious Photography  4. Photo by Monique Lhuillier 5. Ellen veil from Sara Gabriel 6. Photo by Ed Peers via Snippet & Ink 7. Photo by Julie Mikos via Snippet & Ink 8. Photo by Beaux Arts Photographie via Santa Barbara Chic 9. Photo by The Long Farewell via The Wedding Chicks 10. Veil from Twigs & Honey 11. Veil by White Fashion Photographer via OneWed


Dunlin Home Wedding Style Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Let me introduce you to one of my favourite online stores! The Dunlin Home site is a source of such inspirational beauty, that really I could buy everything there! A rustic pitcher? A quatrefoil bedspread? Wooden tasting spoons? A copper carriage lantern? Everything you could ever need, to style your home or add panache to your special occasion is located there.

We thought you might enjoy a competition to win a collection of their best selling pieces that Dunlin customers have purchased to style weddings, wedding showers/teas and engagement parties. The Antibes beverage dispenser is such a gorgeous piece that the Dunlin team has been sure to include this in the prize collection. Be sure to like Dunlin Home on Facebook to keep up to date with their new products and family & friends sales and special offers!

Together with Polka Dot Bride, Dunlin Home are giving away a prize pack including:

Dunlin Antibes Beverage Dispenser. Valued at $288.00

Cake Stand and Dome. Valued at $88.00

Antibes Serving Plate. Valued at $34.50

With a combined value of $410.50

To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell us in 50 words or less which two products from the Dunlin Home website are your favourites and tell us how you would use these Dunlin pieces to style your event.


This competition is open to Australian residents only. The winner will be chosen by Dunlin Home and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The prize must be redeemed within one year. If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 19th July 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).


Felicity and John’s Classic Catalina Wedding

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


Felicity & John

Classic weddings never fail to make me love them. They’re steeped in tradition and nowadays? The sweet little personal touches are like little surprises amongst the flow of the day that is so familiar.

 Felicity says “We met at boot camp training… super romantic beginnings!”

Photography today is by Paper Tree Photography who has such a classic, gentle, beautiful nature to her photographs!

Felicity wore a gown by Johanna Johnson while her bridesmaids wore soft pink strapless gowns by Zimmermann .

St Peter Chanel Catholic Church was chosen as the ceremony venue for Felicity and John’s classic wedding ceremony.

Felicity walked down the aisle to “Somewhere over the Rainbow, sung by our close friend Hayley Marano.”

Felicity remembers the day as, “Without a doubt the best day of our lives.”

Of their photographer, Felicity says “Sam was fantastic, not only did she arrive early to ensure the photographs of the girls getting ready were captured to her standard she was excellent at documenting the entire day / evening. Many of our friends have asked who our photographer was and commented on how beautifully the photos turned out. ”

Felicity and John held their reception at Catalina. Felicity explains “Both venues were fantastic and provided a beautiful backdrop for our wedding. The grounds at St Peter Channel are gorgeous and spacious. For the reception we wanted something by the water with great food so Catalina was a perfect choice.”

Guests received jars of handmade jam from Cams Jams.

For their first dance, Felicity remembers “It was to Slide McBride’s rendition of “Can’t help falling in love” we were both a little anxious about this part of the night, however as soon as we hit the dance floor everything fell into place and Slide McBride was excellent.”

Congratulations Felicity and John! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Paper Tree Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Paper Tree Photography / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Sambag / Bride's Jewellery: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Jewellery: Saks Fifth Ave / Groom's Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Edward Meller / Makeup Artist: Claire Padovan, Makeup by Claire / Flowers & Decor: Sally Thomas / Invitations & Stationery: Fine Invitations / Ceremony Venue: St Peter Chanel Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Catalina, Rose Bay / Ceremony Officiant: Father Lex / Ceremony Musicians: Karinya Strings / Band: Slide McBride / Favors: Cams Jams / Wedding Cake: James & Sarah Robbins / Transport: All Wedding Cars