Lauren & Bryn’s New Zealand Garden Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


Lauren & Bryn

Lauren and Bryn’s New Zealand garden wedding has such a beautiful feeling to it. The dreamy backdrop, the gorgeous mood of the day all filters through the story of the day.

Lauren tells their story. “We met at a mutual friends party over 3 years ago, that’s when Bryn decided to commit to persuing me until he got what he wanted.”

Photos today are by Greta Kenyon – Vela Images  who captured such a sense of joy and beauty in the photographs.

Lauren wore a strapless, sweetheart neckline gown from Sera Lily  while her bridesmaids wore lace gowns from Forever New.

The groom and groomsmen wore blue and burgundy ensembles. Burgundy chinos from Top Man, navy suit jacket from Barkers, pale blue shirts from Little Brother and bows & bowties from Mark Richards.

The couple’s dear friends “The Right Ones” performed during the ceremony.

The ceremony was held at Brookegreen Park, Coatesville, Auckland . Lauren remembers “Bryn always wanted a garden wedding, and he found the most amazing, private, romantic, diverse, beautiful garden I have ever seen! Willows, geese, manicured lawns lakes and bridges were just some of the features in our dream venue. The sun came out and made everything shine!”

Lauren walked down the aisle to ‘Intro’ by The XX, andAs long as our hearts are Beating’ by Jenny & Tyler.

Lauren says “It is hard to pinpoint one moment, every single part contributed to the whole day being personal and impacting! Having family and friends being a support and seeing and hearing their happiness for us was so overwhelming. Enjoying the outworking of all the time and effort you put into the day is an amazingly satisfying feeling. And to top it all off you promise to spend the rest of your life with your best friend, pretty cool!!”

Of their photographer, Lauren says “From the moment I met Greta I knew my wedding photos were in safe hands. Greta was confident, experienced, creative and positive which made us all feel comfortable and natural. The day goes so fast but she has captured moments we will look on and love forever.”

Lauren says “It was really special having 3 flower girls and 3 page boys. They are all my family and were so excited to be involved. The oldest flower girl Sara was extra special as my mother had Sara’s mother Tammy as her flower girl and I was Tammy’s. I hope that one day the tradition will continue and Sara will have my daughter involved when she gets married.”

Lauren and Bryn held their reception at The Wharf, Auckland. Lauren remembers “We headed to the Wharf, which is so stunning – right on the water with 270 degree views of the harbour. It was on two levels and in a circle shape so it was easy to see everyone. There were chandeliers over every table, one giant one in the middle, everything sparkling and a menu designed by a celebrity chef   added glitz and glam to party the night away in.”

Lauren made a lot of the decorations for the day.  “Which was lots of work but made it personal! Bryn and I made the bridal table backdrop, I glittered vases, cut mini paper flags, madefabric flags,decorated old books, went to multiple second hand shops, painted, cut and glued but it was all worth it!”

Congratulations Lauren & Bryn! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! thank you also to Greta Kenyon – Vela Images   for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Greta Kenyon Photography / Cinematographer: Cat Goodey / Bride's Dress: Sera Lily / Bride's Shoes: Glassons / Bride's Jewellery: Red Current / Groom's Attire: Top Man / Groomsmen Attire: Top Man / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Flowers & Decor: Wild Bunch / Invitations & Stationery: Jess Holdaway / Hairstylist: Blaze, Newmarket / Makeup Artist: Kate Solley – M.A.C / Ceremony Venue: Brookegreen Park, Coatesville, Auckland / Ceremony Officiant: Paul Bohane / Reception Venue: The Wharf, Auckland / Ceremony Musicians: The Right Ones
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Thi and James’ Relaxed Queensland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Thi and James

I did a double take as I was working through the images of Thi and James’ wedding. Surely it must be in Bali? Or a tropical Island? Nope, this beautiful wedding took place on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, but could easily be mistaken for a far flung destination with it’s relaxed beauty.

Thi tells the story. “James and I met in Sydney during my two week visit/holiday from London where I had been living and working for 6 years.  Luckily, my trip was extended as I was grounded due to the Icelandic volcanic ash, which allowed Jamie and I to spend another week together.  That extra week was crucial as we knew there was something quite special between us by the time I had to board the plane. ”

Photos today are by Hannah Millerick Photography who has captured the relaxed, summery feel of today’s wedding!

Thi wore a Jenny Packham wedding gown.

Thi and James were married at Spirit House, Yandina.

Thi recalls, “Special moment of wedding day was as soon as we were announced as husband and wife, my younger sister who has down syndrome jumped off her seat to give us both a hug.  It was very sweet of her and brought much laughter and cheer in the crowd.”

Of their photographer, Thi says “It was a pleasure working with Hannah Millerick. She was easy-going, understanding of moments I couldn’t “hide the crazy” tiredness. She got along well with people and was generally fantastic to work with. ”

The reception was held at a private family home in Mons.

Thi says, ” We had lots of overseas guests and interstate guests who flew in from afar to make the day even more special. ” The flowers, styling, setup and catering was all taken care of by First Class Function.

The couple chose a lamington wedding cake for guests to enjoy.

Congratulations Thi and Mark! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Hannah Millerick Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Hannah Millerick / Styling/Hire: First Class Functions / Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom's Attire: Max Hence / Groomsmen Attire: Max Hence / Hairstylist: Universal Hair / Makeup Artist: Bride / Flowers & Decor: First Class Functions / Ceremony Venue: Spirit House, Yandina / Ceremony Officiant: Narelle Jackson Amour Ceremonies / Reception Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Musicians: Lisa Hunt / Band: Jack McDonald / Catering: First Class Functions / Wedding Cake: First Class Functions

Spring Bridesmaid Gowns

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


When it comes to the newest in store collections from Australian designers, Spring has well and truly sprung and with it, brought some beautiful options for Spring bridesmaids! Floral patterns, rich raspberry reds and soft, feminine pinks. Such a beautiful look for garden, spring time weddings!

1. Alannah Hill “My Love Shock! Frock” Gown 2. Review “Leah” Dress 3. Review “Audrina” Dress 4. Jigsaw Floral Sleeveless Dress 5. Alannah Hill My beautiful life clip 6. Forever New “J’Adore” Soft Maxi 7. Review “Looby” Dress 8. Forever New “Gracie” Dress 9. Fleur Wood “Violet Town” Dress 10. Alannah Hill “Spread My Wings” Dress

I particularly love floral patterns on bridesmaid gowns, there is something so garden party about them and they look so fresh and fun!

Photo by Lisa Devlin via Ruffled

Photo by Nic Duncan from Anna and Danion

Photo by Lee Robbins via Bridal Musings

Photo by Samm Blake via Once Wed

Vendor of the Week – Lavande Designs

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning! Did you have a lovely weekend? It’s been a big few weeks of developments at Polka Dotty land and I’m looking forward to getting this week underway!

Before we get started into a jam packed week of inspiration, let’s take a peek at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out our awesome directory members. We have amazing Bridal Gown Designers, Gift Registries, Photographers, Favors & Decor Accessories & Cakes, just to name a few of the many suppliers who make up the pages of our wedding directory!

There is nothing quite like a brilliant florist and today I’m excited to introduce you to directory member Lavande Designs. Owner Rachel created bouquets of blooms in NYC before heading to Sydney to continue her craft. With a love of chic, sophisticated arrangements, Rachel loves bringing an element of modernity to her designs and oh, her use of colour? Beautiful!

We asked Rachel from Lavande Designs five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

A cosmopolitan… preferably in down town New York

Your favourite weekend getaway?

To family in the country.

Favourite restaurant?

China Doll at Woolloomooloo Wharf

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

Italian eggs at Bacino Bar in Kirribilli

Your favourite wedding story?

A close friend was married in Tuscany a few years ago and asked me to design her bouquets. After realising the flower van in the local village set their own opening hours, we decided to use our creativity and initiative –  by using figs from the tree they were to be married under, wild pink sweet pea with beautiful tendrils from the side of the road, green olives growing in a nearby grove, rosemary and fragrant lavender. The combination could not have been more perfect and fitting.

Visit Lavande Designs’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Lavande Designs is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory