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Chenin and Nick – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


The more winter stretches it’s long fingers around us, the more I love looking at bright, summery weddings! I love the fresh blues Chenin and Nick incorporated into their wedding!




Chenin and Nick traveled with their bridal party in a traditional cable car from Bauer’s Transportation.





Guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the reception venue Corinthian Yacht Club. Chenin says “For the reception, we knew we wanted to be in downtown Tiburon. We both enjoy sailing, so the Corinthian Yacht Club was a perfect option for the reception. It was fabulous! The views of San Francisco Bay and the city’s skyline¬† were breathtaking!”


The cake was created by Baking Arts and topped with fresh hydrangea blooms. Shells were incorporated into the table centrepieces and Nancy created a beautiful ‘sandbox’ where guests picked up their seating cards.


Chenin and Nick danced to Van Morrison’s “Days Like This” for their first dance.



Chenin’s father passed away many years ago. At the reception, the couple had a port toast to him with his 1982 vintage port. Chenin recounts “It was a beautiful and delicious moment”.




Congratulations on your wedding & marriage Chenin and Nick! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day today! Thank you also to Nancy Liu Chin and Lillia Photography for sharing Chenin and Nick’s celebration with us!

Photos by Lilli Photography.

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Chenin and Nick

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Chenin and Nick

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! The fantastically talented Nancy Liu Chin sent over this wedding she styled, of Chenin and Nick. I knew the fresh nautical feel was perfect to share with you. It’s not often we get to see a water wedding not involving sand and I love the soft hues and sunshine in today’s celebration!

Our newlyweds met through a mutual friend after a party following the Bay To Breakers race in San Francisco in 2007. Chenin and Nick knew they wanted to be married outside¬† and near the water so wanted “outdoor elegance” instead of a typical beach theme.

Photographs today are by Lilia Photography and the wedding planner was Nicole Ancelovici-Lenihan of NAL Events.



Nancy Liu Chin created all the floral arrangements using blue and white hues with seashells. The groomsmen wore suits from J Crew.


Chenin wore a gown from Cymbeline, NYC while her bridesmaids wore strapless blue gowns from Jenny Yoo. Hair and makeup was styled by Erin Gallagher.





Chenin and Nick held their ceremony at the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmark Art & Garden Centre. Chenin says ” We wanted to be married outside, near the water in Marin. Tiburon was the perfect location! The ceremony was held in a beautiful 1 acre garden on the property of a historic cabin across from the Richardson Bay, with views of Sausalito. “



Chenin walked down the aisle with her mother to Pachabel’s Canon. Chenin says ” Nick is Jewish and I was raised Presbyterian. We decided to be married by a rabbi, Charles Familant. He did an incredible job of incorporating traditions from both of our religions. He explained the significance of every step of the ceremony, allowing for every guest to feel comfortable and included.”


Just married! Check back soon for Chenin and Nick’s gorgeous reception!

Photos by Lilli Photography

Black and White Cakes

by | Bride, Catering


We don’t talk enough about beautiful cake on Polka Dot Bride. Yet I am constantly amazed by the amount of work and the amazing creations that come of Australia’s cake designers!

One of the most interesting colour combination for cake designs is black and white- with two colours at different ends of the spectrum the designs can be bold and dramatic, feminine and sweet and even elegant and sophisticated.

Here are some of my favourites from around Australia.







Row one: Faye Cahill Cake Design

Row Two: Sweet Libertine Cakes

Row Three: Planet Cake

Row Four: Cake Face

Row Five: Cake Occasions

Row Six: Love At First Bite

Leanne and Adam – The Celebration

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


Leanne and Adam had such a stunning reception! I can’t wait to share it with you in part two of today’s vineyard wedding feature! After photos in the vineyards, Leanne and Adam joined their guests for Campari and blood orange cocktails in the courtyard of their Tuscan inspired venue – Centennial Vineyards.

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Guests sat at three grand long tables. Each table was decorated by Susan Avery and wrapped with masses of candles, copper beech berries and ivy. White lilies dotted the larger green displays spilling our from the mantle piece and urns around the room.

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Leanne and Adam chose Centennial Vineyards for the Tuscan feel it had They also served their guests and Italian style menu. Their guests received homemade limoncello as a final, Italian touch. Leanne says she “had such fun planning, I especially loved my tables – amazing!”

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Instead of a traditional bridal dance, Leanne and Adam both did a few fun moves to a non traditional song. Leanne found herself missing most of the dance floor action after she started playing the bongo drums! Leanne’s only wish for the day was that it had gone slower so she could soak it in!

Thank you to Leanne and Adam for sharing your beautiful celebration with us today! Congratulations! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing the beautiful photos!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings

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