Emily and Dave’s Trentham Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emily & Dave

The wedding of Emily and Dave is almost magical – there are beautiful details of course- from the sweet floral arrangements, to the bride’s tea length wedding dress. But there is a story here, a tale of two on their wedding day, and as stories are what I work so hard to tell at Polka Dot Bride, I know you will love this wedding just as much as I do.

Emily remembers how she met her Dave. “Dave and I meet in a somewhat unconventional manner. After a false start in the beginning, we soon realised we where meant to be together and spent many hours commuting to be with each other. We are the best of friends and make a great team, and we just really adore each other!!”

Anitra Keogh captured today’s wedding photographs. I fell for her beautiful captures of light and romantic moments.

Emily wore a tea length gown made by a family friend with her mother’s vintage pearl earrings. Emily recalls “My dress was made by a family friend Marlene, who simply makes dresses for family and friends. I gave her a picture of what I wanted and she created it. It was just what I wanted ” Each of Emily’s bridesmaids chose their own grey gown.


Each bridesmaid chose their own shoes and jewellery to best match the gown they had chosen. Emily and her bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Helena Demos (0423 397 233) and makeup by Jess Verzuli.

Emily wore shoes from Wittner. The floral arrangements were styled by North Street Flowers.

Emily walked down the aisle to ‘Walking on a Dream’ – a cover done by Boy & Bear.

Emily and David were married at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham. Emily explains “Dave and I wanted a feeling of being in our own back yard. Where people could just relax and enjoy themselves. A good friend recommended the Cosmo to us. As soon as we saw the venue we knew it was perfect. The original hotel was burnt down six years ago but the remains of the building still stands as a Trentham icon. The owners then renovated the old blue stone barn into an intimate, cosy dining area. We used the entire grounds of the venue. The ceremony was held under the birch trees in the open garden area. Followed by canapés, pre dinner drinks and speeches under the elm trees. Dinner and dancing then followed in the barn area with an attached marquee. It was a prefect setting for a perfect day.” Liam McGinnis married the couple.

Of their photographer, Emily says, “Anitra and I meet years ago when we both worked as stylists. Anitra was working on the other side of lens. But Anitra had this amazing hidden talent, which now is truly reflected in the incredible work she produces. Anitra’s eye for detail, design and style outshines all her peers. I now religiously follow Anitra on her blog to see what she is up to and simply to admire her creative work. I’m so glad we had Anitra as our photographer; she captured our day just as we remember it!!!”

Emily says, “It was one of the most memorable days of our lives filled with so much laughter and happiness, shared with such amazing friends and family.”

Emily created all of the styling and design. All of the bridesmaids and close friends helped with all the DIY decorations.

Emily loved “Being with my beautiful husband seeing him cry, smile and laugh. Our amazing friends and family, who travelled from far and wide to be with us. The most glorious Melbourne day. Great food, good wine loads of laughter and dancing and we partied into the early hours of the morning at the local Trentham pub.”

This Is Dot created the wedding invitations while One Sweet Girl made a beautiful two tier white wedding cake with platters of beautifully iced cupcakes.

For their first dance, Emily says “Dave and I had our first dance to ‘Perfect’ by Fair Ground Attraction. We didn’t rehearse anything, we just got up there and swung each other around, it was a good laugh!!”

Congratulations Emily and Dave! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Anitra Keogh for today’s photographs!

Photographer: Anitra Keogh / Bride's Dress: Made by a family friend / Bride's Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Bride's Jewellery: Vintage / Groom's Attire: Handmade suit / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling Formalwear / Hairstylist: Helena Demos 0423 397 233 / Makeup Artist: Jess Verzuli / Other: North Street Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: This Is Dot / Other: The Cosmopolitan Hotel – Trentham Victoria / Ceremony Officiant: Liam McGinnis / Band: The Baker Boys / Other: One Sweet Girl
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Handmade Wedding Rings From Epheriell

by | Bride, Jewellery


Artisan, handmade jewellery is one of my favourite things. From that sense that you get a one off piece, and the knowledge that the maker  has put their passion into what you’re wearing. Epheriell is a jewellery label started by Jess Van Den – someone who is passionate about metals and creating beautiful pieces.

From economical, classic wedding rings using sterling silver to her gorgeous cloud necklaces (my favourite!) and exclamation mark earrings, Epheriell strives to be eco friendly. Using only recycled metals Jess’s pieces have a modern, fun edge to them. She even does custom work, just in case you have your heart set on a piece not in store!

I really think though, that my favourite pieces by Jess are her more unusual rings.That cloud ring? I would love to see someone rock it as an engagement ring and being such a big fan of stacking rings lately I love the square sets Jess has created. Which is your favourite?

Photos by Epheriell

Peony Blooms Wedding Flower Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


After choosing the dress, a bride’s next task on her ‘to do’ list is  choosing the perfect blooms to compliment the vision she has for her wedding day. Will they be elegant peonies and roses, or a riotous jumble of colour intertwined with vines and berries? What about Australian native blooms? And then there’s the question of what arrangements look best, and what colours to put together. So many to decisions, and that’s the reason we need expert guidance from people like Natalie at Peony Blooms.

Natalie and the team at Melbourne florist, Peony Blooms, are experts in creating breathtaking floral designs, and are dedicated to making your dreams a reality.  Natalie says, “Our floral quality is impeccable, our designs innovative, and our attention to detail amazing. We provide beautiful florals paired with exceptional service for your wedding day.

Our philosophy is creating beautiful, memorable and unique events through floral design and décor. As the creative force behind each and every wedding and event, we are passionate about designing striking and special experiences for our clients. Our creative flair and stylistic approach allows us to constantly invent fresh and imaginative ways to incorporate flowers into your special event.”

Natalie has teamed with Polka Dot Bride today to offer one lucky bride a bridal floral voucher valued at $500.

The voucher can be redeemed on Bridal Party Flowers to the value of $500 including a bridal bouquet, bridesmaid’s posies and buttonholes.

Our entry requirement is to email and provide, full name, email address, date of wedding and mention the style and colour palette of your wedding and why.

Entry is for Victorian residents only. The winner’s wedding must be held by 31st December 2012.

The winner will be selected and contacted by Peony Blooms. If no contact is made by the winner within 14 days of receiving notification the voucher will be passed on to another entrant. The winner will pay for costs over and above the prize inclusions. 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 6th June 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

George Elsissa Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


This absolutely gorgeous shoot fell into the ‘too beautiful not to share’ category when I received it. Especially because I would love to see a bride wearing this stunning black gown! Pictures & Hearts paired up Phyliss Quek with George Elsissa Couture,  Shannon Meddings & Lianne Claire Mesiti to showcase the stunning George Elsissa Couture creations and the results are stunning!

Photographer: Pictures & Hearts / Model: Phyllis Quek / Gowns: George Elsissa Couture / Styling: Shannon Meddings / Makeup Artist: Lianne Claire Mesiti