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Lauren and Beau

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


Lauren & Beau

I love the nature of today’s wedding from Bulli in New South Wales- classic black and white with the gorgeous glowy gold of the beaches and touches of nature. It has such a gorgeously relaxed feel to it, I know you’re going to love it!

Lauren and Beau, our newlyweds met on a surfing course while Lauren was holiday- Beau was the instructor! The couple maintained a long distance relationship for nearly two years before tying the knot.

Photos today are by Janine Kaye Photography. I love the relaxed nature of Janine’s shots, the couple always looks completely comfortable and like they’re having the time of their lives- exactly what you want on your wedding day!

Lauren wore a strapless gown from the Bridal Factory, Wetherill Park and carried a bouquet of cream and blush pink roses arranged by a family friend. The bridesmaids wore black gowns from Events.

Family & friends helped a lot with the wedding day. Beau’s mother made the invitations, Lauren & Beau made the favors themselves and the bridal party traveled in cars provided by Lauren’s father & brother and Beau’s mother.

Lauren and Beau married at Bulli Anglican Church. Lauren says “It the perfect size and location for an intimate ceremony.” Lauren walked down the aisle to “Forever” by Ben Harper

Lauren says “The ceremony was started by my brother Luke (a Pastor). He then handed the ceremony over to my father, John, who is also a Pastor. Our photos capture every single special detail, from getting ready, the ceremony, our friends, family and decorative details at the reception.”

Lauren recounted a funny moment “One of Beau’s groomsman was given the ring box for the ceremony. He didn’t know that the box was empty. Come time to hand the rings over, he was left rather red faced.”

Lauren and Beau loved the casual group shots they had taken, rather than traditional formals.

Lauren wore black peeptoes from Diana Ferrari.

Lauren and Beau held their reception at Panorama House, Bulli Tops. Lauren says “We chose Panorama House for the stunning view (and large meal portions)” Family friend Liza made the three tier wedding cape decorated with black ribbon and fresh flowers

Lauren and Beau danced and improvised first dance to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.

A big thank you to Lauren & Beau for allowing us to share their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Janine of Janine Kaye Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Janine Kaye Photography

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Renee and Jonathan

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


Renee and Jonathan

Oh Bowral, you do have my heart with your gorgeous country weddings! Today’s wedding is overflowing with blooms and an English country garden feel. I can almost smell the sweetness as we glide past each photo.

Todays wedding of Renee & Jonathan took place at Milton Park Country House, Renee grew up in the English countryside and after dreaming all her life of marrying in an English manor, she set out to create the same feel for her wedding to Jonathan.

Today’s photographs are by SugarLove Weddings who of course have captured every piece of English country splendor beautifully!

Renee wore a gown by Melissa Sweet she found on a visit to New York. Inside, a piece of her grandmother’s wedding gown was sewed. The Style Salon styled the wedding – including the masses of flowers in Renee and Jonathan’s pink & champagne colour palette..

The bridesmaids wore floor length dusty pink gowns created by Juana Cecilia Bridal Couture. Each wore ribbons and blooms in their hair.

Classic vintage cars were hired from Vintage Car Rentals.

Renee and Jonathan held their ceremony at the Anglican Church of St Simon and St Jude, Bowral.

As per English tradition, female guests wore their best hats while Jonathan and his groomsmen wore morning suits hired from Ferrari Formal.

The Style Salon continued Renee and Jonathan’s English country theme through to the reception where guests gathered after canapes and cocktails in Milton Park’s bathhouse. Crystal vases and bowls filled with peony and hydrangea blooms were surrounded by glass candlestick holders and white taper candles. Sweet treats adorned the tables- plates of pink iced cupcakes, coconut ice and marshmallows.

Napkins were made from vintage floral printed fabrics. Each lady received a bloom in a hand blown bud vase while the male guests received a token of one of Jonathan’s loves- motorcycle cuff-links.

The three tier white wedding cake was created by Thea Cubis Something Special Cakes and filled with masses of pink, white and green flowers.

Congratulations Renee and Jonathan! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for today’s images!

Photos by SugarLove Weddings. Vendor details courtesy of Real Weddings Magazine.

Vendor Of The Week – Erin King Photographer

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Polka Dot Bridettes! Yes I know it’s hard to raise those weary limbs out of bed but I promise you- this week will be worth it!

As with every Monday morning, it’s time to do a little boasting and show off our fantastic members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We’re continually thrilled with our directory members who produce such amazing work- in fact one of these week’s brides found two of her vendors through our directory and fell in love with them,  so take a peek your perfect vendor might be right there waiting for you!

This week’s vendor is all about the imagery! She’s straight from New Zealand and brand new to Melbourne! Erin King Photographer is owned by the lovely Erin King. She studied photography and is a member if the NZIPP . With five wedding seasons under her belt and having just landed on Australian shores, she is eager to start shooting Aussie weddings!

Erin has a relaxed  joyousness to her photos – her couples just look so simply full of happiness in every shot!  Erin describes her style as “Captured moments , Endless energy, Raw emotion Intimate detail” and I see every bit of her in her work. I’m so excited that Erin is in Australia and can’t wait to see the work she produces!

To learn a little more about Erin King Photographer,we asked Erin five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

A nice sweet Riesling or dessert wine on the rocks – I actually found a lovely one called Frogmore Creek which borders on the two together.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Being new to Melbourne I don’t have one yet, but am open to suggestions. However from Wellington it would have to be Martinborough – 1.5 hrs drive over the hill to the idyllic wine countryside (also a very popular spot for wedding venues)

Favourite restaurant?

There are so many to choose from and so many I’m yet to experience, but I found the Hutong Dumpling Bar, Market Lane, Melbourne to be a really fun dining experience and the tastiest dumplings I’ve had yet!

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

Normally I indulge in the cafe culture on weekends. As long as breakfast includes good coffee and Halloumi then I’m happy.

Your favourite wedding story?

It’s always nice when you can photograph friends’ weddings or even become close friends with the bride and groom in the process, it’s really nice to have that connection. One of my favourite couples and wedding coverages is Colin & Ansa Kennedy. This couple is just SO in love and are absolutely lovely together – so suited. I think Colin had been eagerly anticipating this day for quite some time as he couldn’t hold back the tears at the rehearsal (almost got me going). We got on really well together from when we first met, (Colin often has me in absolute hysterics) so well that we all became friends after their wedding and now go out together on the occasional coffee or drinks date. I have so much respect for them as a couple and am looking forward to our continuing friendship and seeing their life continue to grow together.

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Snapshot Sunday – Hold Your Hand

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


There is something watching a wedding occur that brings out the love in everyone.. I love this shot from Beckie & Murray’s wedding (see more here) captured by Anna Hardy.

Photo by Anna Hardy

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