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The American Club, Sydney

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Venues


It’s time for another well overdue venue spotlight! I have a bit of an obsession with Sydney Harbour. Every chance I get I want to be on a boat on the harbour or overlooking it. So I’m always in awe of the stunning venues Sydney provides with the most beautiful ways to exploit the beauty of the harbour.

The American Club is a 64 year old members only club which overlooks not only the harbour, but the Royal Botanic Gardens (so a great choice if you’re holding your ceremony in the gardens). The club was refurbished in 2010 and features striking, modern interiors with floor to ceiling windows for taking in the view.

The American Club has different packages available for weddings. Starting off with the “Classic” package which includes a three course menu, unlimited standard beverage package, parquetry dance floor, white linens and venue coordinator to the “Elegant” wedding package which includes delights such as a four course banquet menu, unlimited standard beverage package, parquetry dance floor, professional DJ, printed menus and an anniversary dinner for two.  The venue also has the capacity for cocktail events with inclusions such as a professional DJ, scattered modern furniture, four hour unlimited standard drinks package and parquetry dance floor.

But back to the banquet menu for a moment; while chicken and beef are always great options, it’s a little hard to resist the temptations of “Carnaroli risotto with smoked ocean trout, snow peas and roasted sweet corn, crisp dill” and “Atlantic salmon fillet, on dill and corn fritter, with chardonnay cream” not to mention desserts like “Lime meringue pie with passionfruit sauce and roasted hazelnut dust” and Mr Polka Dot’s favourite “Warm sticky date and pear pudding with butterscotch sauce and double cream”. (There is always room for dessert and if there isn’t, well you need to find your dessert stomach because it does exist).

The American Club holds 150 guests for banquets or 180 for cocktails.

I love the metallic tones of this venue- they really lend themselves to an urban, clean vibe. Perhaps fill the spice with white flowers with different te4xtures and candles in many different heights to add interest. For something different, compliment the chocolate and marble with bold brights like fuchsia, magenta, saffron yellows and warm oranges.

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Ruth and Guiseppe’s Vintage South Coast Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Ruth and Guiseppe

I have to admit, Ruth’s infectious grin caught my eye in today’s wedding.. and then I saw her feet and I knew this was a story I wanted to hear! Ruth and Guiseppe had a gorgeous vintage 50’s style wedding filled with personality, laughter and joy.

Ruth explains how she met Guiseppe.  “I was dating Guiseppe’s roommate first, giving it a couple of months later feelings were able to be acknowledged. After being rejected the first time by me during a date, Guiseppe silently withdrew. One more year later I couldn’t handle loosing sleep over him, so I let him know of my feelings and there birthed a relationship that was ordained.”

Today’s photographs are by Tindale Images (making their Polka Dot Bride debut!) I love the absolute warmth and genuine emotion Tindale Images have captured of today’s celebration,. There’s plenty of love, humour and such beautiful imagery.

Ruth paired her strapless Dressense gown with red point shoes she found on eBay.  She recalls, “I wore ruby red ballet points. The idea was to wear cream coloured to match the dress, but it was too difficult and too expensive. While looking on e-bay, I came across red, royal blue, yellow and black ballet points. Without any question the red ones it was! This was then matched up with a red lipstick.”

Ruth’s bridesmaids wore black dresses from Review. The floral arrangements were created by family.

Mini Coopers hired from Hertz were used as transportation. Ruth remarks “To top it all off by absolute fluke, our cars were not colour guaranteed, Hertz couldn’t tell us in advance what colour cars we would get, but as they pulled up our driveway there came a grey one, and black one and then… a red one!!! Much excitement as our day and my colour was all tied together.

Ruth walked down the aisle to “Lullaby” by Bond.

Ruth and Guiseppe were married at Wollongong City Gallery, Ruth remarks “The Gallery had lovely large windows that made the room glow which just added to the moment of the day.”

Ruth says “There are no regrets of the day, it all went smoothly, with much appreciation to all our family and friends who got around us to help on the day and allow it all to go like clock work. Thank you everyone.”

Of their photographers, Ruth says “A wonderful team of caring and encouraging photographers. They allowed us to relax and have a lot of fun all day. Producing fantastic images that we will cherish for a long time to come.” The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

Ruth and Guiseppe celebrated with their guests at City Beach Function Centre. Ruth recalls “The Function Centre lit up magically, gorgeous lights everywhere. It didn’t seem too crowded and their service was delightful.”

The two tier wedding cake was made by Emma Braz.

Ruth describes the day as “A glorious day filled with family, friends and most importantly the one we loved.”

Ruth describes the first dance as “Romantic on the star lit dance floor, dancing to a song out of one of the Groom’s favourite movies, Serendipity, ’Moonlight Kiss’ by Bap Kennedy.”

Congratulations on your marriage Ruth and Guiseppe! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Tindale Images for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Tindale Images / Bride’s Dress: Dressense / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Transport: Hertz / Ceremony: Wollongong City Gallery / Reception Venue: City Beach Function Centre / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Roger David

Vintage Glamour Wedding Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


There is a beautiful and classic nature about the old Hollywood style of today’s shoot featuring models Ben Siero and Lucy-May Forbes. It’s full of gorgeous inspiration ideas to style an indoor venue in a way that pulls together all kinds of wonderful moods. A group of Perth wedding professionals came together and pulled together two shoots (we’ll be featuring the next one in a few weeks) that featured vintage, alternative, whimsical and romantic into the one occasion.

Rebecca of Fox and Rabbit explained the concept to me. “This shoot mostly came about due to the First Comes Love – Alternative Bridal Fair; which was where I met most of the vendors for the first time. It is always so refreshing to meet like-minded creative types with a passion to provide alternate wedding options to the Perth market. Initially, it was to be a small collaboration between myself (Fox and Rabbit) and Angela Higgins; who has fast become my favourite wedding photographer for her ability to capture all the finest details to complete perfection. Soon enough the collaboration grew to be quite an event, as wonderful vendors such as Her Hand Picked Harvest, Mitchell and Dent, Milla Makeup and Loui Col come on board.

My intent was to provide two different styles at the same venue and in the same surroundings. I hope to stretch imaginations; opening up the possibility for words such as ‘vintage’, ‘alternative’, ‘whimsical’ and ‘romantic’ to co-exist as one concept. I am particularly proud to showcase wonderful Perth talent and my hat goes off to all of the vendors involved who worked so hard to complete the vision – particularly Angela and the management at The Brown Fox who so generously lent us there venue for an entire day.”

I love this unstructured bouquet – the dreamy, soft colours are so romantic and feminine while being a little whimsical.

A wood carved invitation perhaps? The style of the stationery used throughout the shoot is alternative, a little different- but the font, the words and text placement is so classic that it brings back that Hollywood glamour element and pulls it together.

Photographer: Angela Higgins / Flowers & Styling: Fox and Rabbit / Venue: The Brown Fox / Vintage Hire & Styling: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Bride’s Dress: Loui Col / Stationery: Mitchell & Dent / Makeup: Linney Line / Hair: Ali Price Makeup / Groom’s Attire: Atlas Divine / Shoes: Zomp / Jewellery: Rohan Jewellery

Stylish Event Hire From The Hire End

by | Bride, Styling, Wedding Inspiration


I really, really love bringing in different elements to your day to personalise it – using different chairs, beautifully coloured linens (oh how I love coloured linens!) even something as simple as cut crystal glassware or coloured glassware can completely change and freshen up the look you are trying to create.

Stylish Sydney brides – a new hire company has opened it’s doors to the public so rejoice in a new supply of delicious, gorgeous accessories, props and goodies to help you style your wedding day. The Hire End was founded by the talent behind The Style Salon (the newer incarnation of old favourite Angels Dreaming).

The Hire End allows you to select your hire items right from the website. There’s a look book dedicated to showing you interesting ways to use the range, a team of stylists on board to help you pull your storyboard together (free for every hire) and the items? They’re delivered to the venue (and can be delivered interstate on a case by case basis) and can even be picked up after the event.

Different pieces are so worthy of exploration if you’re overwhelmed at how to infuse your personal style and bring your look together- one little element might make all the difference.

Crystal glassware, French Glassware

Moroccan votive

Natural linen Tiffany chair cover over Taupe Tiffany Chair, ivory linen Tiffany chair cover over Taupe Tiffany Chair

Crystal frill candlestick, crystal carafe

White ceramic bud vase

Footed crystal bowl

Crystal bud vases

Images via The Hire End

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