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Sinead and Aaron’s Intimate Perth Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sinead and Aaron

An intimate backyard wedding is such a beautiful way to celebrate a marriage. There’s something really special about having your wedding at home, in your backyard with your favourite people. Sinead and Aaron, our newlyweds did just that and had the time of their lives.

Sinead and Aaron met at the Big Day Out and after nine years together, decided to tie the knot in Perth.

Photographs are by Michelle Kiddie Photography. I love Michelle’s candid, natural style which suited Sinead and Aaron’s feeling of their wedding day perfectly.

Sinead wore a vintage long sleeved gown and paired it with Alexander McQueen heels. She explains, “I wore a gown from the 1960’s from “Gorgeous Boutique” on Beaufort Street in Inglewood.  This is the most adorable store.  The owner has been collecting vintage wedding dresses for the last 30 years.  She has just recently started selling her collection.  My dress was one that she has had for the past 18 years.  I knew it was the one when my mum started crying when I walked out of the changing-room.”

Brigette from Bridal Creations planned and helped Sinead and Aaron style their wedding day.

Sinead and Aaron made the decision to marry at home because “It seemed like the best option for us as we didn’t want to have to work around restrictions that were imposed on us by a venue.  We wanted a relaxed, fun day; which we got because it was a really great party!”

Tonic String Trio played Sinead down the aisle to “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.

Sinead remarks “We were able to have our wedding photos in our own garden.  It was important to Aaron and I that we didn’t leave our guests for hours while having our wedding photos taken (we didn’t want to miss out).  So we simply stepped into the garden while our guests  enjoyed celebrating with champagne.  Our photos are not only a record of our wedding, but also a record of our home.”

Ben Duncalf designed the stationery for the day.

The groom’s suit was by St Augustine Academy.

The event was catered by Ryan John. Sinead explains “Aaron and I love to eat so the catering provided by Ryan John was certainly a highlight.”

The intimacy was part of what Sinead and Aaron loved about their wedding day. “We loved the intimacy of the day.  We only had 40 of our closest family and friendspresent, so every single person that was there was incredibly special to us.”

Dinner was served on vintage crockery from Her Handpicked Harvest. It tied in with the pink and gold colour scheme of the day.

The night ended with plenty of dancing, or as Sinead puts it “The daggy dancing.  A wedding isn’t complete without some daggy dance moves, and there were certainly lots of those! We danced until 4am, which is something that you could never do at a traditional venue. And being at home…flat shoes weren’t far away!”

Congratulations Sinead and Aaron! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to  Michelle Kiddie Photography for today’s photographs!

Photos by Michelle Kiddie Photography

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Win a $500 Floristry Voucher From Hello Blossoms

by | Bride, Competitions


With spring on the horizon, and the smell of blossoms and blooms filling the air it seems only right to break from our little competition hiatus to give away beautiful wedding flowers to one lucky couple!

Hello Blossoms Is a fresh and vibrant floral studio located on the Mornington Peninsula. Serving Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, the team at Hello Blossoms create all their designs uniquely for each couple, to embrace their personal style and the character of the dress and location, whilst creating a vibrant and texture-rich wedding experience.

To win a Hello Blossoms voucher valued at $500 simply email with your name, postcode and your favourite Hello Blossoms bouquet from their website and why you love it! The Hello Blossoms team will then judge the winner!

The winner will be chosen by Hello Blossoms and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The prize is available for weddings held within Victoria, Australia. The $500 voucher will be deducted from your final invoice, a $250 deposit is required to confirm your booking. Voucher to be used in one transaction only. The winner will pay for costs above the voucher inclusions. The prize must be redeemed within one year. If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. 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 21st September 2011 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

This competition is now closed.

Jonesy Darling 2011 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I love kicking off Mondays with a post on amazing gowns. It’s come to be known as Fashion Monday in my head but perhaps needs a much more brilliant name than one I probably came up with while caffeine deprived and freezing cold. Today’s Fashion Monday is dedicated to a sweet label out of the US (that ships to Australia) called Jonesy Darling.

Started by the favourite of the tea length dress designers- Stephanie James Couture, Jonesy Darling is her affordable collection (and she’ll ship to Australia until she finds an Australian stockist!) focusing on gorgeous, affordable vintage inspired tea length wedding gowns. From strapless sweetheart necklines, to decadent, lace ruffles and bows. The gowns are feminine and sweet with just a little bit of sass.


Images by Jonesy Darling

Vendor of the Week – Marcus Bell Of Studio Impressions

by | Blog News, Bride


Welcome to another week on Polka Dot Bride!

It’s Monday morning which means a spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our directory is a one stop shop to help you find the best wedding vendors for your wedding – from stylists to stationers, photographers and cakes! They’re incredibly talented, have a sense of style and love working with dotties! Take a peek today and look through their beautiful work!

Amazing photography never fails to take my breath away and so I’m pleased to introduce you to Marcus Bell of  Studio Impressions who is this week’s Polka Dot Bride Vendor of The Week! Marcus Bell is world renowned and when I say that I don’t just mean he travels to the odd country here or there, but Marcus actually travels the world sharing his knowledge and teaching other photographers. He’s just been named as one of the top 10 photographers in the world and was the first photographer to be named Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year twice.

Aside from all the glory, in the end it all comes down to the photographs, the work before you and how it captures the day. Marcus has a regal-ness to his photographs, a magic. Along with plenty of candid images there are images that make your jaw drop as the sun streams through the clouds, creates a piece of art from an intimate moment or a frozen moment in time from a moment of joy.

To learn a little more about Studio Impressions we asked Marcus five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?
Depending on the mood of the day – a glass of Bannockburn Pinot Noir, or a Mojito.

Your favourite weekend getaway?
Surfing the beaches of Byron Bay, building sandcastles and making monsters truck stadium racetracks in the sand with my 3 little boys.

Favourite restaurant?
Here in Brisbane, MODA Restaurant. The chef Javier Codina produces authentic Spanish Catalan cuisine, perfect for sharing a relaxed dinner with a group of friends.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Avocado and fresh tomato on crunchy sourdough and a really good coffee – best eaten listening to music in the morning sun on my front deck with my wife Penny.

Your favourite wedding story?
The bride, Vivian was originally from Korea and now living in Australia, she had not seen her closest girlfriends for many years. Without her knowledge, her groom, Howard, had organised for all of her friends to fly to Australia to attend the wedding. After the ceremony, as she walked back down the aisle with her new husband, her lifelong friends stepped out into the aisle to surprise her. The pure joy on all their faces said just so much about the importance of friendship. What a magical gift for a husband to give his new wife. It really showed how much he knew her, loved her, and respected every part of her life. This wedding was quite a few years ago now, but I still think about that moment.

Visit Studio Impression’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Studio Impressions is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


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