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Lucie and Eric’s Sweet Sydney Wedding

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


Lucie and Eric

We’re rounding out Thursday with a simple and beautiful Sydney wedding. I love tradition and today’s celebration is full of traditional touches with a couple who are beautifully in love.

Lucie recalls how she and Eric met. “We met at a colleague’s farewell drinks – it was love at first sight!”

Photos today are by Nerida McMurray Photography. Nerida always captures image simply beautifully- clean, crisp and fresh.

Eric and the groomsmen wore suits from All The Rage Formalwear.

The stationery was created by Fine Invitations.

Lucie and Eric were married at Loreto Kirribilli Chapel. Lucie explains, “The chapel  holds a special place for the women in our family as we all attended Loreto, Kirribilli.”

Lucie and her bridesmaids had their look styled by Gorgeous Hair and Make-Up.

Lucie donned a strapless gown by Rhonda Hemmingway Couture with Alan Pinkus shoes while her bridesmaids wore vivid blue strapless gowns from Roseville Bridal. Plumbago Flowers created creamy, fluffy bouquets for the occasion.

Lucie walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.

Lucie describes the wedding as “A traditional, simple, elegant wedding that everyone enjoyed.”

Of their photographer, Lucie says “Nerida is a lovely person and a fabulous photographer. She made everyone feel comfortable and captured the spirit of our wedding perfectly”

Lucie and Eric held their reception at The Tea Rooms QVB. Luci recalls “The Tea Room was stunning and the service was brilliant. Natalie Hughes (event Manager) and the staff at the Tea room went out of their way to ensure that our day was perfect. ”

A two tier beautiful wedding cake was created by Faye Cahill, Lucie says “I loved the cake – because you cannot have a party without cake!”

For their first dance, Lucie says “We danced toBeyoncé’s version of ‘At Last’. We had attended dance lessons after work and had practiced…very little in fact. I thought after 6 lessons we were doing quite well (for the little practice that we had done). We were able to keep in time with the music and remember the 5most simple steps. On the night of the wedding, the music started and we commenced our dance. We were doing well up until the point where I had to walk backwards in my dress and realised this was not possible. We were stuck in a corner with no place to go. I then burst out laughing and we went free stylin’…”

Congratulations on your new life together Lucie and Eric! Thank you for sharing your day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Nerida McMurray Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Nerida McMurray Photography / Bride’s Dress: Rhomnda Hemmingway Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Flowers: Plumbago Flowers / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: All The Rage Formalwear / Music: Lanneke Wallace Wells (The Song Company) / Reception Venue: The Tea Rooms At QVB / Bridesmaid Dresses: Roseville Bridal / Stationery: Fine Invitations / Cake: Faye Cahill / Transport: HF Wedding & Hire Cars
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Kristy and Josh’s Modern Tasmanian Wedding

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Kristy & Josh

I’m not sure whether it was Josh’s quirky story of why the couple chose their venue (check it out soon on Polka Dot Groom) or Kristy’s sparkly gold dress and the look on her face as she laid eyes on her husband to be. I’m not even sure if it was their wider than ever smiles, or the intense looks of love they shared, but I do know Kristy and Josh’s wedding was one I had to share with you and today I am so excited to!

Today’s photographs are by Jonathan Wherrett. I’ve always loved Jonathan’s work and really appreciate that his love and eye for architectural detail makes it into his wedding photography.

Kristy started the day at the hair salon Some Hallucination with her bridal party and friends and family. Kristy remarks “A great way to get everyone involved in the day was the hairdressing salon. Don’t make getting ready a drag, step away from the old tradition that you have to get ready in isolation. I had all my family, Josh’s family, girlfriends and other guests come to the salon for the morning to get their hair and makeup done with the bridal party.  We drank champagne, put on a great brunch and had a ball!  It was good quality time spent with all the girls and it made 4 hours just fly by! Also, then people are not gushing to see you at the ceremony.  It took the edge off and gave you time to spend with Aunties and cousins beforehand.”

Kristy and Josh met each other before the ceremony for photographs. Kristy advises, “Have your photos before the ceremony!!!! OMG this was such a great idea and I actually got to then wear two dresses. It just meant we could go straight from that special time of the ceremony to be with family and friends. Also you feel more fresh and have more energy to do the photos beforehand.”

The bride and bridesmaids wore handmade gowns.

Kristy changed into a handmade strapless white wedding gown for the ceremony and paired it with Christian Louboutin heels.

Kristy describes the day as “Simple, Elegant and Intimate with our dearest family and friends.”

The celebration for Kristy and Josh’s wedding guests started with a fun trip. Kristy explains, “Our guests were brought over to the venue via a catamaran and enjoyed drinks on the boat before coming down the river to see the specular venue. Gave it a real wow factor approaching the venue from the water. We had a jazz band (James Maddock’s Swing 4) playing to meet the guest and bring them up to the venue.”

The couple held their celebrations at Morilla Estate. Kristy says “Nestled on the banks of the Derwent, Moorilla Estate offered venues for all aspects of the wedding. We began the formal ceremony in the depths of the underground barrel room, surrounded by French Oak barrels.”

Kristy walked down the candle lit aisle to Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, she recalls “It was the most beautiful, magical, dreamy moment when I walked into the cellar room to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. It was a breathtaking climax.”

The couple chose family members to bear witness to their marriage certificate. Kristy explains, “We had our 80 year old grandmas be the witness to our wedding certificate. It was just gorgeous and they were so happy to be a part of it.  It will be something to remember them by always and a very emotional moment.”

After the ceremony, the couple explored the gallery with Jonathan for more photographs. Kristy says “We then were fortunate enough to have our dearest wedding photos taken down in the MONA gallery, where Jonathan superseded all our expectations. His work is artistic – not a typical wedding photographer.”

Worried about getting married in winter? Let Kristy allay your fears! She remarks “Also – a winter wedding was just the best. It’s a great time of year for people to get together when socially they are not flat out with the warmer weather festivities.”

Of their day, the enjoyment they felt, Kristy says “The seamless flow from stepping onto ferry, to candle lit ceremony to reception are a testament to the approach to this wedding.”

The party was then kicked off in the function room, Anthos and Eos which was decorated with candles. Kristy advises “For a winter wedding forget flowers and go for candles they were so much more intimate and cost effective.” Cutie Cupcakes created the cupcake wedding cake.

As they planned their wedding from interstate, Kristy has a tip for other brides. “A big tip to people having their wedding in another state – you MUST talk to local people about who is the best person for each job.  We were lucky enough to visit Tasmania for the food and wine festival “Savour Tasmania”.  We sat next to a lovely lady who recommended a salon “Some Hallucination (FABULOUS), to a photographer to even our venue. All in one afternoon we had our wedding organised and by using these recommendations had all the hard work taken out of the process.  We didn’t look at other venues, we weren’t undecided about where or what.  We just knew.”

Kristy describes the first dance as “Magical – nothing choreographed or pre rehearsed.  Just close dancing to “At Last”. It was a special moment to hold each other as husband and wife for the first time.”

Congratulations on your marriage Kristy and Josh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Wherrett for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Venue: Morilla Estate / Cake: Cutie Cupcakes / Music: James Maddock's Swing 4 / Hair: Some Hallucination

Blushing Bride Flower inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Flowers, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


It’s not often we have an inspiration shoot focusing entirely on fresh blooms, but this shoot – a collaboration between Muesli & Yoghurt and Stewart Leishman did just that!

Katie of Muesli & Yoghurt explains, “This series was trying to use the very simple pink rose and making it something a bit more special. And for someone who wanted something a little understated. I absolutely love ‘blushing bride’ otherwise known as Serruria florida (quite fitting really) so mixed with the rose, a black berry and ranunculus, giving you three very cute spring/early summer bouquets.

As well, I wanted the pink to complement the green and grey, bringing a bit of colour (but not too much) to the girls. Often pink can be misused or look a bit tacky, hopefully this proves otherwise! And the fur gives that little bit of sexy texture to the whole series.”

The “bride” model wore a Lusan Mandongus bridal gown, with the girls picking their dresses from high street stores. The photos were taken at the Church of Nations in Carlton and the beautiful Carlton Gardens.”

Photographer: Stewart Leishman / Floral Design: Muesli & Yoghurt / Venue: Church of Nations / Venue: Carlton Gardens / Bride’s Dress: Lusan Mandongus

Sal and Dan’s Classic South Coast Wedding

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


Sal and Dan

A classic wedding on the South Coast to delight your senses this afternoon. The golden balmy light, the beautiful backdrops and the love story.

Sal recalls how she met her husband. “We met through a mutual friend who kept suggesting we meet each other but Sallee wasn’t keen on being ‘setup’.  Our paths eventually crossed in April 2010 and our mutual friend was right, we were perfect for each other. We had lots of similar values and worldviews.  We had a coffee date that lasted 4 hours and it just blossomed from there. We were engaged after 6 months of dating.

Dan proposed at my 30th birthday party in front of all my family and friends, around 150 people.  He had asked my parents for their permission to marry me, so they were aware of what he was up to but other than that nobody else had a clue!  He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him during the speeches. He had the diamond ring designed by Cerrone jewelers while he was in New York. I was so overwhelmed with joy and love. Everyone was screaming and crying with excitement. My friend is a photographer and she actually captured the proposal moment so we have plenty of photos to remember the moment. Even the staff at the venue had drinks with us to celebrate, they thought Dan was very courageous/insane in case I said no.  I was so shocked he had proposed I just kept repeating “oh my gosh” yes, yes, yes.  We celebrated till 5am with all my close friends, it was better than I could have ever imagined. To this day everyone still talks about it!”

Photographs today are by Matthew Mead. Matthew has this beautiful way of capturing light, candid moments and detail which I love. There’s a soft gentleness to his captures with a grittiness.

Dan hired a  suit with knee length tails from Myer.  Sal recalls ” He wore a silver vest and a black and silver tie.  His shoes were from Florsheim and he had a buttonhole flower of cream David Austin rose. He wore ‘groom’ cufflinks.  All the 6 groomsmen wore tails also (hired from Spurling Formalwear) but with black vests and personalized cuff links from the groom.”

Jessica Ditano from Amore Hair Designs styled the girl’s hair while Kerrie Gentle styled the make up.

The bride and bridesmaids wore shoes from Wanted.


The bride wore a gown from Providence and carried a bouquet of David Austin roses, Colombian roses and berries styled by Rheannon Lee Floral Designs .

An odd story of the day revolved around the bridesmaid’s gowns. Sal recalls “The dress maker had unfortunately received a faulty batch of zippers and 2 of the zippers of my bridesmaids dresses broke just as we were leaving to go to the church so my mum saved the day and sowed them into their dresses. The cars were all waiting and it made us 20 mins late to the church but nobody had any idea until afterwards.  I was just thankful it wasn’t my dress.”

Sal recalls “We were married at North Nowra City church.  I was so excited to walk down the aisle with my dad who was so proud.  He held back the tears and was a tower of strength.”

Sal walked down the aisle to “The Songbirds” by Fleetwood Mac. She says “It was the best day of my life.  It was honestly better than I imagined. I thought I would be nervous but I was very relaxed.  I promised myself to stop and enjoy every part of the day, as I know it goes so quickly and I didn’t want to miss a moment.  I remember holding my dad’s arm so tight and watching the joy in his eyes as we walked down the aisle and seeing my husbands face light up as I walked closer to him.  I felt confident that I was marrying the right man for me and I was just so happy. I would not have changed anything from the day, it was heavenly.”

The ceremony had incredibly moving moments for the couple. Sal recalls, “Both of our families get on very well and I think that is very unique to have such unity!  Dan’s grandma is in her 80s and she prayed for us.  This was very special in front of all our family and friends to see his proud grandma grab the microphone and pray such a precious prayer of blessing!”

As she walked down the aisle, Sal says ” I smiled the entire time, lots of the guests were crying, especially my mum at the front of the church. Dan and I go to church regularly so our senior pastor married us and another pastor from our church (Pastor Matthew Wikquavanu and Pastor Mark Bridgewater) gave us 20 points on “making marriage fun and strong and last”. He is a character of a man and there was lots of laughter.”

Sal recalls, “We both said traditional vows and then the 2 pastors prayed for us.  Daniel’s sisters, Jessica and Sarah both read a bible verse and we had a friend sing “Hallelujah” as we signed the registry.  My sister was my maid of honor and Dan’s brother was his best man.”

The bridesmaid’s gowns were individually designed, Sal explains. “I had 6 bridesmaids.  I had their dresses designed by Lynette Robertson. I had seen the style of dresses I liked in a movie and she used this picture as a foundation for her bridesmaid creation. I had 2 pregnant bridesmaids so it was hard to find a style that suited everyone, but Lynette was fantastic.  They all wore the same style, a silk gown with georgette lining, the colour was called ‘vintage rose” and it has one shoulder with fabric flowers as a feature.  They were fitted under the bust then dropped to the ground.  As I had 6 bridesmaids I made all the decisions on want I wanted them to wear and they all were happy with that. I found it stopped any disagreements.  They are amazing friends.”

Sal advises, “Enjoy every moment and don’t take the event to seriously but focus on the meaning of marriage. Laugh a lot and stay well hydrated. Anxiety and stress can steal the joy of the entire day. Plus, if you’re having fun so will the guests.  Also, have an emergency pack of Panadol, eye drops, touch up make up and a needle and thread just in case!!”

Guests joined the couple for an evening reception at Coolangatta Estate Vineyard. The reception was filled with flowers to capture the romantic elegance feel Sal and Dan wanted to create. Sal recalls, “The florist did 30 small flower arrangements (roses and lilies) for the bar tables and the bridal table, the fireplace and the toilets.  We had 2 large arrangements of flowers at the front of the venue and crystal candelabras scattered throughout the room.  The scents from the flowers and candles burning were divine.  We were worried we wouldn’t have enough food but the catering was sensational and every guest had 30 pieces of food, plus wedding cake, seasonal fruit and cheese platters.”

Sal says “I love classic romantic styles so picking a theme was easy…Elegance, feminine and classic”

Music was a special focal point of the day, says Sal “I loved having Rio Rakoia perform an acoustic set in the garden when canapés were being served.  Guests loved him and he is our good friend so it was a blessing to have him sing at our wedding.”

Sal recalls, “The entire night was a roller coaster of emotions, crying with laughter then with tears throughout the speeches.  The reception was like a magical retreat.  The lighting was dim with was candles and fairy lights scattered everywhere.”

Of their photographer, Sal says “Matthew Mead was fabulous both with his photography skills and his personality.  He demonstrated great people skills with all the guests and we had great confidence in his ability to capture every moment.  He came very early in the morning and stayed till the very end of the wedding so he did not miss anything.”

Sally Wildeboer Cake Designs created the three tier wedding cake.

The couple hired a live six piece band for their ceremony with lead singer Glenn Whitehall. For their first dance, Sal says “We danced to “Today” by Joshua Raddin. It was so special to be in the arms of my soul mate.”

Sal and Dan gave homemade jam to their guests complete with pink labels that said “spread the love”.

Congratulations Sal and Dan! All the best for your next adventure together! Thank you also to Matthew Mead for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Matthew Mead / Cinematographer: Pauls Productions / Bride’s Dress: Providence / Bride’s Shoes: Wanted / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lynette Robertson / Groom’s Attire: Myer / Flowers: Rheannon Lee Floral Designs / Reception Venue: Coolangatta Estate Vineyard / Hair: Amore Hair Designs / Makeup: Kerrie Gentle Make up / Cake: Sally Wildeboer cake designs
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