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Cheyenne and Nic’s Colourful Country Wedding

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


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Cheyenne and Nic

Let’s kick back, put on our comfiest flat shoes (I can never find comfy flat shoes, is that just me?) and take a trip to the country today – Towrang to be exact! For today’s lovely, colourful country celebration!

Photos today are by Leah Kua. I love  how Leah has captured so beautifully the wide open countryside, the small little glances, the vibrant colours and the dreamy portraiture.  These images have such a rawness, a pureness to them.

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Cheyenne and Nick married at Greenwich Park, Towrang. Cheyenne explains, “We had always struggled to find the “perfect” site for ceremony and reception, if Nic liked something I was skeptical, if I liked something Nic wasn’t sure. We had first looked at Greenwich years ago when we were freshly engaged and I thought it was too far out of town to get the guests to travel. Anyway once we had started to organise the wedding Nic had refreshed it in my mind as a perfect place as it was altogether and we could get accommodation onsite. Nic contacted the manager of the property (as it is a running farm) because he knew him from doing some pest control years previous and we were able to obtain it for the weekend. We had run of the place practically to ourselves!”

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Anna from Utopia Beauty Therapy Day Spa at Orange styled the girls makeup and nails and Amanda Fletcher styled the girl’s hair. The stationery was designed and made by the bride and groom with materials sourced by Cristina Re Stationery.

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Cheyenne wore “Inga” by Watters and paired it with “Dalziel” by Tony Bianco. Her earrings were borrowed from her mother while her black and white pearl ring is a family heirloom from Cheyenne’s grandmother. Cheyenne’s bridesmaids wore vivid orange gowns from Seduce. Floral arrangements were created by Loveflowers.

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Cheyenne describes the day as “A wonderful celebration of love with close friends and family shown by laughter, tears, karaoke and a lot of dancing!”

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The groom and his groomsmen wore ties from Yd Ties from the UK. Cheyenne recalls “My husband lost my son’s shoes and socks for his wedding suit. Still can’t find them. So we had to have him in his boots and a pair of blue socks……”

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Cheyenne walked down the aisle to”She” by Elvis Costello (covered by Melanie Horsnell). Cheyenne says “I had absolutely struggled with all the music for my wedding, either I had too many songs or they weren’t just right! I had originally wanted to use an Ipod as we were sticking to a strict budget until my mother in law offered “The Tom and Dave Show” to us. I contacted the band and asked them along with being at the reception if they would sing me down the aisle, I emailed them the link to the song I wanted and they did it all without a problem. It was absolutely beautiful to walk down the aisle to a live band and what a band they are!”

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Cheyenne recalls her favourite moment of the ceremony. “Nic’s sister, Callie, did a beautiful reading at the ceremony that she had written herself. We are a very close family and to have her share something that special was a very poignant moment of our wedding.”

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Of their photographer, Cheyenne says, “My soon to be sister in law is a photographer and as much as she wanted to photograph our wedding she wanted more to be a part of it as a guest. She however recommended to us Leah Kua whose work she had admired  for some time. We contacted Leah after looking at her website and saw the amazing photos she had taken.

Leah captured every moment on our special day and I believe we are so lucky and blessed to have had someone so talented and with such vision to be there for us. Looking back on my photos I remember exactly what the day was for us through our photos every emotional, smile and bit of laughter was captured absolutely perfectly and I believe that anyone who views them can feel it also. Leah’s photos are definitely one in a million.”

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Cheyenne remarks “I wanted to be different with most features of our wedding and I did a lot of research into favours and had come up with something I knew of other brides doing but no one I had known personally. So I purchased small brown envelopes from etsy along with a calligraphy stamp made by hand saying “Nicolas and Cheyenne, Greenwich Park 9th April 2011”. I filled each envelope with native flower seeds and on the back I wrote instructions on planting the seeds to “Watch the love grow”.”

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Cheyenne and Nic put their own special touches on their wedding day, Cheyenne explains, “I had tried to DIY for as many aspects and features of our wedding as possible. We set it up and we packed it up, it was wonderful for us to be able to have it exactly how we envisioned it to be which made it all that more unique for us.”

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Even the centrepieces tied in the with the vibrant country theme! Cheyene says, “My mother came up with a brilliant idea for the centrepieces, rather than numbering our tables we should have individual and different centrepieces to differentiate between them. On the table seating we drew the different items on the centrepieces and people would sit at their individual table. We had sheep, wheat, a rooster, cow bell, hay bale, pine cones, and horse shoes for the bridal table.”

A two tier chocolate wedding cake was decorated with orange roses and was made by Mandy’s Cakes.

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The couple ordered a custom wooden guestbook from lorgie&me.

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Cheyenne remarks, “I always thought I’d be able to do everything and not rely on family members and friends for help…. wasn’t going to happen! Luckily, Nic’s eldest sister Zoe who is full of creativity and ideas helped us with the bridal table. I always had visions on minimalism and less is more and she had the forethought to see what we needed to attribute the reception. We bought metres of hessian and ribbon and set to work 2 nights before the wedding at it fit perfectly.”

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The catering was done by Sheryl from Coast To Coast the Golden Roast from Wollongong. Cheyenne remarks, “They were fantastic. Very easy to deal with…..and fantastic food to boot!!!”

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Cheyenne and Nic had a traditional bridal “Sway”. Cheyenne remarks “If you can call it dancing! Nic said from the beginning that he didn’t know how to dance and that he wasn’t going to go to any lessons! After him saying this I wasn’t too worried because he wasn’t really a terrible dancer and once we picked the song to dance to which was “She Gets Me” by Gary Allan I knew however we danced didn’t matter. From memory I believe we talked, sung and laughed together and from the photos Leah had captured that perfectly. We swayed and then once the song finished the Tom and Dave Show played “In These Arms” by Bon Jovi and the real wedding dance was shared with all our guests which was (marked by)  some very outlandish moves!”

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Cheyenne loved the day, but the dancing was the hit amongst the guests. She explains, “Everything was special of course although I believe the most favoured comments we received were about the reception and the awesome band we had. From the moment we entered the shearing shed we were serenaded with everything from Matchbox 20 to Lady Gaga. The atmosphere created was electric with love, laughter and happiness and we were so happy to be there in those special moments. It was definitely about the celebration and the celebration with the people we love most.” The Tom and Dave Show” kept guests on the dance floor long into the night.

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Congratulations Cheyenne and Nic! Thank you for sharing your treasured day with us! Thank you also to Leah Kua for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Leah Kua / Bride’s Dress: "Inga” by Watters / Bride’s Shoes: “Dalziel” by Tony Bianco / Guestbook: lorgie&me / Bridesmaid Dresses: Seduce / Venue: Greenwich Park Towrang / Flowers: Loveflowers / Music: The Tom and Dave Show! / Cake: Mandy’s Cakes / Catering: Coast To Coast The Golden Roast / Paper Goods: Cristina Re
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Tangled Up In Blue Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I have the sweetest inspiration shoot for you today inspired by the Bob Dylan song “Tangled Up In Blue”. Hannah Lundberg Photography teamed up with Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling , Helen Sotis Hair & Makeup, Souraya Bridal & Evening Wear, Majestic Invitations at Mamre Homestead to put together some inspiration photos with ideas you can translate to your own wedding day.

Chanele explains the concept behind the collaboration. “The ideas behind the styling in our “Tangled Up In Blue” shoot was sparked by the idea of using various vases, flutes to co-ordinate with the beautiful wholesome charm of a venue.”

“Instead of using the traditional glass ware for styling a wedding for centrepieces, brides and grooms can think a little out of the box and use an eclectic mix of metallic containers ranging from silver footed tea pots to antique brass vessels with flowers flowing out of the vessels to take on the feel of the surroundings.”

“Hues of blues and burgundy enhanced the outdoor surroundings with beautiful Spring feel of Anemones, sweet peas,  snapdragons and delphiniums used throughout.”

“Hannah our photographer suggested we name our shoot “Tangled up in blue” after the Bob Dylan song which was just so fitting with the feel of this shoot. This couple happened to meet when both of them were in a place of “self discovery” and looking to make some positive changes in their lives. They go their separate ways but strangely something keeps driving them back to each other lives. When chatting  they realized they had so many important things in common and were absolutely on the same path in their lives, and cannot imagine life without the other! They formed a bond and have not looked back. They’ve been hand in hand on that path ever since! It is a dreamy feeling for me to be a part of this couples’ wedding day!”

Mrs Press Bridesmaids

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


Mrs Press “Michelle” silk dress available in long or short, and with sleeves or sleeveless.

Ah there is nothing that delights me more than pouring over stylish, gorgeous re-wearable (promise!) options for bridesmaids and one of my favourite designers Mrs Press has done it again by releasing her new bridesmaids collection!

I love that designers are cottoning onto the customisable desires of bridesmaids and Mrs Press has joined the movement offering the oppurtunity to pick and choose elements of the dress that you want included. Most gowns are available in different lengths, with or without embellishments and in your choice of fabrics and colours. Dresses are created by appointment out of the Mrs Press Paddington store. Designer Clare’s sense of vintage style is infused into each piece, using gorgeous fabrics (lots of silks and fine tulles) making each completely sweet and bridesmaid appropriate.

Gowns have a four week lead time and prices start from $475.


Above left: “Sophie” Silk faille sleeveless dress, also available without sleeves Above right: “Jean” embroidered cotton & silk organza dress.

Above left: “Mia” silk organza dress Above right: “Brooke” Silk chiffon gown available in full of cocktail length

Above: “Ines” silk duponi dress with bow detail. Available in shorter or knee lengths with or without bow waistband and sleeve detailing

Above: “Sally” silk crepe dress

Above: “Lola” silk taffeta and tulle dress available in strapless, one strap or two straps.

Above: “Sophie” Silk faille sleeveless dress, also available with sleeves

I love this one – Gypsy, a choice for a bridal gown perhaps?

Above: “Gypsy” White tulle and grosgrain ribbon dress

Images by Luisa Brimble of Serendipity Corner Photography for Mrs Press

Vendor of the Week – Paper Fox Studio

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dotties!

Let’s kick off our week of inspiration with a spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We’re packing our directory full of amazingly talented vendors who have such individual styles, individual talents and individual voices that there is sure to be a vendor or two or six that will suit your own personal style and who you’ll mesh with! The vendors on Polka Dot Bride are the loveliest people and i couldn’t be more thrilled to work with each and every one of them!

I’m honoured to introduce this week’s vendor the lovely Kristen of Paper Fox Studio. Kristen’s style is unique and just so ‘her’! It’s a little bit different, a little bit unique and very rock and roll. I love the edginess of Kristen’s work and how she taps into the personalities of the couples she shoots. Kristen’s been a professional photographer for over six years and is establishing herself as a fresh faced, cheeky photographer with a hip and modern style. Paper Fox Studio starts with a basic wedding photography which you can add extras and beauties to to customise for your own needs. The Paper Fox Studio photographers literally have a background in shooting rockstars- so they know how it’s done!

To find out more about Paper Fox Studio we asked Kristen five questions in five minutes.

Favourite after five drink?

Jam Donut cocktails! Tastes literally like a jam donut, I’m powerless to resist.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Weekend getaway? What’s that! I tend to work most weekends so not much time off to be found, but we usually go on a shopping trip to Melbourne once a year.

Favourite restaurant?

Aria – Matt Moran’s restaurant. Ridiculously good.

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

I’ve recently rediscovered the simple joy of bacon and eggs after years of eating oats or cereal for breakfast.

Your favourite wedding story?

My favourite wedding story is probably that of our most recent wedding (at time of writing!). They already had a house and two kids and THEN figured it was about time to get married, I like the idea of doing things in your own time and when it works best for you.

Visit Paper Fox Studio’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Paper Fox Studio is a member of Ms Polka DWhat Would They Know? Pina Fiorenza of Fiorenzaot’s Directory

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