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Spring & Summer Wedding Cakes From Faye Cahill

by | Bride, Cakes


I will never tire of cake, especially when beauties like these end up in my inbox from Sydney cake maker Faye Cahill. I love the idea of a cake collection. It evokes thoughts of turning up an an art gallery to examine each one lit by pin lighting shining in all it’s glory.

These creatuons are of course beautiful- from polka dots (ahem) to shimmery lustres, simple designs topped with luscious blooms and the all out gold. Yes cake is good indeed.

Photos by Faye Cahill Cake Design.

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Leah and Gerard

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Eco Friendly Weddings, Inspired Weddings,


Todd Hunter McGaw

Leah and Gerard

I am in love with today’s wedding- it captures everything I love about Australian weddings! The beautiful landscape, the laid back friendly nature, the faces of a ‘cracking up’ bride and groom and the flowers- oh there are beautiful Australian natives!

Leah and Gerard kept their wedding eco-friendly and intimate to keep in line with how they think about the world.  Leah says” We loved being true to our values of protecting the environment where possible, this element was extremely important to us. We wanted to show our guests that you can have a wonderful wedding while being sensitive to the environment.

One of the greatest decisions we made was to have a small, intimate wedding. By having only 35 guests it meant we could easily spend quality time with all our guests and truly relax and enjoy every moment of the day…which we did!”

Leah and Gerard met “At The Troubadour, Fortitude Valley. We met on one of the third anniversary’s of September 11 (2004)”

Photos today are by Todd Hunter McGaw– who I can really only describe as rad! Each photos has such a radtastic relaxed feel to it- the feeling of the wedding shines beautifully through their captures.

Groom in navy suit with silver tie Groom in navy suit with pearl tie

 Wendy Makin GownBride in strapless wedding gown

Leah wore a strapless gown from the Wendy Makin Bella Donna collection. Her bouquet and hairpiece of Australian natives was created by Mondo Floral Designs.

Leah and Gerard were married at Halfmoon Hideaway. Leah says “Halfmoon Hideaway is set on an organic beef farm with stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains. We were married under an amazing old Moreton Bay fig tree located on the property set beside a lake.”

Leah walked down the “aisle” with her father to “Be Mine” by David Gray.

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The couple were married by Val Downes. The groom’s (Gerard) younger brother (Lachlan) read a passage from the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Gerard gave this book to Leah a few weeks after they first met- a sentimental touch!

queensland country wedding039 Wedding first kiss

Having those closest to them present is one of Leah’s favourite memories. “The most special thing of all was having a very select group of people that truly mean a lot to us together in one place and to see the enjoyment on their faces throughout the day – we have some amazing memories from that day…there was a lot of love in the room!!”

Leah and Gerard loved the location of their wedding. Leah says ” It was beautiful location that speaks for itself. Not only was the location magic but Gillian from Halfmoon Hideaway could not have been more helpful and flexible to ensure the day was exactly how we had hoped. We did nothing to the setting other than place chairs at the reception and a few hay bales around the place, other than that nature did the work! We were so fortunate to have a crystal clear day where you could see as far south as Brisbane.”

Smiling bride Cheeky Bride

Groom in navy suit with white shirt and silver tie Bride hugging groom

A small cottage on the Halfmoon Hideaway grounds was the perfect place for Leah and Gerard’s reception. Leah says “There is a small self-contained cottage on the farm which is where we held the reception – this space was perfect for our small wedding size of 35 guests.” In lieu of wedding presents, the couple asked guests to carbon offset their travel to the wedding.

Leah and Gerard worked hard to ensure the food and wine at their wedding fit with their own personal culture. Leah recalls “We personally researched (ie tasted!) all the wine and beer ourselves to ensure it was the best organic/ bio-dynamic wine and beer on offer. In fact, many of our guests claimed they did not have sore heads the next day, proclaiming ‘it’s the organic!’” Little Cakes made a chocolate wedding cake covered in fresh raspberries.

Leah explains how they carried the eco-friendly nature through the rest of their wedding “The majority of the food at the wedding was sourced from local farmers through an organisation called Food Connect. We get our weekly fruit and veg box from them too and their produce is always super fresh and very tasty!

All the wine and one of the beers were either organic or biodynamic. So apart from them being great tasting, that means the farmers use natural farming techniques to improve soil fertility and to keep their crops healthy instead of introducing synthetic herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers into the environment.

Our caterers (Swish Catering) used recyclable bamboo plates for the cocktail reception and sourced organic meat and local seafood where possible (in addition to using organic fruit and vegetables). They also sourced the ice cream for the wedding cake from the local Maleny Colin James ice creamery.”

For their first dance, Leah & Gerard danced to “Sail Away” by David Gray on the balcony of the cottage.

A big thank you to Leah and Gerard for sharing their wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Todd Hunter McGaw (and Alyda!) for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Todd Hunter McGaw / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin Bella Donna / Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings borrowed from bride's late Grandmother Shirley / Groom’s Attire: Saba / Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Handprinted onto recycled card / Venue: Halfmoon Hideaway / Ceremony Officiant: Val Downes / Cake Baker: Little Cakes / Food Supply: Food Connect / Catering: Swish Catering / Ice Cream: Colin James Ice Creamery / Engagement & Wedding Rings: Langfords Jewellers

Wednesday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


As we get closer to Christmas, we need a little breather every now and then, today? I thought it was  a good chance to do a little roundup

Firstly, around the Polka Dot blogs!

Urban Outfitters Groom Style on Polka Dot Groom

The girls from Ava Madison share dress tips for your bridesmaids on Polka Dot Wisdom

Party pics from The Wedding List Co & Coco Republic events

My favourite DIY projects from around the web on Polka Dot Made

Aimee shares her wedding inspiration and been there done that advice for your bridesmaids on Polka Dot Weddings

Crystal wrote about her wedding to Matt also on Polka Dot Weddings

On Polka Dot Honeymoons, Paula reviewed her honeymoon with Dan to Disney

The amazingly talented Sharnel recently opened her online store, Sharnel Dollar Designs and is offering Polka Dot Bride readers a very special treat! I get so many requests for drink dispensers in Australia and now Sharnel is selling her own! They’re hand blown and hand cut glass with a brass spigot.

Sharnel is offering Polka Dot Bride readers a 20% discount on her beverage dispensers (find them here) until December 14th.  Simply use the code PDB20 upon checkout to receive your discount.

e.vol n.i from todd hunter mcgaw on Vimeo.

Todd Hunter McGaw and his wife Alyda have launched their brand new website. I love the sweet video and the little chocolate robots because they’re just so Todd & Alyda! I’m also really excited at the future launch of the online store- there are so many photographs I want to buy from photographers, i can’t wait to start doing it!

On the subject of launches, 100 Layer Cake launched their brand new website yesterday- it’s full of everything 100 Layer Cake is famous for, with an extra dollop of deliciousness!

Photos by © Godelieve Mols Photography

It’s clearly in the water because EmmyRose Stationery is launching her website this week! As a sneak peek, she offered up these beautiful photos. In her words “It’s in essence a reflection of childhood holidays spent in the country amidst over grown blooms and a country homestead. Floral fauna and lots of recycled paper options are inclusive in the new range along with styling themes to assist brides in their choice.”

In the land of sales, if you’re in Sydney there are two sales this week to check out! Firstly The Wedding List Co is clearing out their warehouse and secondly Henry Roth is holding a turbo charged sample sale at his Sydney design studio. Visit the respective websites for more details

Eco Beautiful Wedding Magazine is about to launch their anniversary issue with loads of amazing specials and giveaways to celebrate the Eco beautiful wedding! They’ve released a teaser video to get you excited.

Finally, some thoughts from around the web….

Elizabeth Messina talks hungry photographers

Interesting post on Rock & Roll Bride re the cost of wedding photography

Aisledash launched a site devoted to Prince William & Kate’s wedding plans

Why the pressure to “Keep Up With The Joneses” with your wedding plans doesn’t matter on A Los Angeles Love

One of my favourite authors has released an ecourse for marriage preparation.

Olivia and Eric Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Olivia and Eric

The lovely Darren of CKMetro Photos sent over this morning’s engagement shoot- he flew to Melbourne to meet with Olivia and Eric and shot it in the Dandenong Ranges in the grounds of Glen harrow Cottages.

Olivia and Eric wanted romantic, vintage inspired photos for their engagement shoot so they traveled to The Prop Store to pick up some fun goodies and Olivia found some sweet dresses on Ebay, Etsy and Review. Olivia made the other props herself, including paper which she dyed in tea leaves., The apple proposal was a surprise move from Eric!

Photos by CKMetro Photos

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