DIY Wedding Projects

by | Blog News, Bride, DIY


We were very excited today that a segment we spent an afternoon filming last month for The Circle would air this morning! Unfortunately the three DIY projects we created for the segment got cut (BOO!) but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to highlight the DIY projects we pulled together for the segment!

Polka Dot Made is the Polka Dot Bride specialty blog that is all about DIY for weddings! We love out fonts, our handmade goods, our tutorials and even cocktail recipes. Pop over to Polka Dot Madeto get the lowdown on all the crafty goodness and even submit your own! Here’s some quick links to the three projects we made for today’s segment:

DIY Ribbon Wands

Chalk Table Numbers

Painted Glass Jar Centrepiece

Want to see more of Rin & Joe’s handmade Melbourne wedding? Check out our feature on it last Friday here!

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Ang and Narada’s Rustic Australian Wedding

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


Ang & Narada

Today’s rustic wedding is such a beautiful one, starting off with a traditional tea ceremony. The bride and groom gathered their friends  family together surrounded by decorations made by the bride and a warm Summer’s night filled with laughter and massive macarons!

Ang tells their story. “The first time we met was on a bus in yr 10. A friend of mine had met him by chance and wanted to ask him to our yr 10 formal but was too shy to ask so she asked me to ask on her behalf. So I did! After that we became acquaintances and saw each other occasionally through mutual friends, but we were never really interested in each other – at least not until 5 years later when we started spending more and more time with each other!”

Photographs today are by Matthew Mead who captures such raw, happy moments in his photography!

The day started with a traditional tea ceremony in traditional attire.

Ang wore a gown from Monique Lhuillier (style Scarlet) and shoes from Mario Bologna. “I bought my shoes  years ago and never wore them, and decided they were perfect for the wedding. ”

Ang started a wedding business on the side with her friend called Made By Ae so together they made the bouquets.

Ang and Narada chose Merribee, in Nowra as their wedding venue. Ang recalls “Merribee was the very first place we looked at for our wedding and we immediately fell in love with it. It was a blank canvas that we could build on and the house and dear gardens were so sweet and charming as was Lucy, the owner of the property. “

Ang walked down the aisle to “North of the Atlantic  played an acoustic version of one of our favourite songs by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, ‘Home’. ”

Of their photographer, Ang says “Matt is a long time friend of Narada’s and I think he was the first supplier we locked in for our wedding! We absolutely love all of Matt’s photography and had always said before we were even engaged that when we got married Matt would have to do our photos. His images are so special – they covertly captured so many intimate moments throughout our day and tell a real story.”

Ang loved “The perfect weather!! The weather last year was outrageous, the rain was constant throughout the months leading up to December last year and yes, right up to the day before the big day! Narada had hired a marquee 4 days before the wedding because he said it would rain, but I didn’t let them erect it in the exact lawn space I was hoping the wedding would be because I refused to believe it would rain. So I made them put the marquee on a different part of Merribee (that was my bridezilla moment!). You can imagine my absolute joy (and smugness) when I woke up on the morning of the wedding to clear blue skies and a perfect 25 degrees. It was perfect for our outdoor wedding under the sun.” The couple even bought old $19 doors from Reverse garbage and put them to use for the buffet.

Ang describes the day as “An elegant yet casual garden party, full of laughs, good music, flickering candlelight and beautiful food. “

The decor was arranged by Ang and her bridesmaids. She explains “I had all my friends and work colleagues collecting different kinds of jars and bottles for me to use as vases. The day before the wedding I went to the flowers markets and bought flowers. With my bridesmaids, together we arranged the flowers in the jars and bottles for centrepieces, made a hanging garland for the ceremony area and hand ties posies for bouquets”

Ang and Narada hiredNorth of the Atlantic to play at the wedding . Ang recalls “We provided a playlist to the band (one of the members is a friend of Narada’s) and they learned all the songs that we wanted. They were absolutely fantastic and when I think of the wedding I always hear the songs in my head too.”

Ang handmade many of the wedding details. “I guess the special details as you can probably see in the photos, were all the little home made things that I did, starting from the hand stamped invites, the assorted collections of jars and bottles by all my thoughtful friends, the colourful mix of flowers, the eclectic and rustic mix of platters and dishes the food and desserts were served on.

Through a chance meeting, we met Ray who at the time was one of the chefs at the Observatory Hotel. We asked Ray to cater our wedding and he was more than happy to. We conceptualised the menu, look and feel of the dinner together.”

One of Ang’s favourite memories was the speeches which were spaced throughout the night. She remarks “The speech by my bridesmaids, they did a hilarious rendition of the “she’s MY best friend” speech that was in the movie Bridesmaids, complete with a song performance and a “sexy saxing” dance from my cousins too!”

Ang and Narada chose a table full of sweet delights. Ang explains “We didn’t have a cake, we had a delicious dessert buffet with all sorts of goodness! Earl grey tea macarons, mango and raspberry flavoured marshmallows, rose nougat, mini lemon meringue tarts, green tea cupcakes, candy bars, opera cake and mini pavlovas with fruit and passionfruit crème garnished with edible flowers We also had a giant green tea macaron! This was a birthday cake made especially for one of my bridesmaids. Her birthday was the day before the wedding, and I knew weeks before that it would be impossible (time-wise) for me to get her a great present, so I asked our pastry chef to make this giant macaron cake in her favourite flavour – green tea! It was absolutely delicious!”

Congratulations Ang and Narada! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matthew Mead for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Matthew Mead / Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride's Shoes: Mario Bologna / Groom's Shirt: Joe Button / Groom's Pants: Nudie / Groom's Vest: D'Squared / Groom's TIe: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan / Groomsmen's Shirts: Joe Button / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Hairstylist: Agents of Beauty / Makeup Artist: Hilary Ho / Flowers & Decor: Made By Ae / Invitations & Stationery: Cards of Wood / Venue: Merribee, Nowra / Ceremony Officiant: Bevan Badcock / Band: North of the Atlantic / Wedding Regsitry: Wedding List Co / Rentals: Décor of Distinction / Rentals: Pages Event Hire / Rentals: Ace Props / Rentals: Jacques Party Hire

Delwyn and Marcus’ Retro New Zealand Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


Delwyn and Marcus

 When the couple is in Sydney, the photographer in Melbourne and the wedding location in New Zealand, a wedding could become rather stressful. But this retro inspired New Zealand wedding was nothing but beautiful. From the bride’s tea length gown, to the sunshine yellow of the groom’s tie and the intimate celebration they shared with their guests, it was a special day indeed.

Delwyn tells their story. “We met at university, where we did almost all our assignments and study together.  It was all very platonic until a few years later when we went on our first date . . .”

Photographs today are by Erin King. Erin hails from new Zealand but is now based in Melbourne! Erin captures such classic, joyous imagery!

Delwyn chose a gown by Moonlight from Brides of Sydney. She explains ” I wanted a 40’s/50’s look, and a dress that didn’t drag on the ground as we were having an outdoor afternoon ceremony.  I fell in love with the skirt of this dress the first time I tried it on, and added the straps to help balance it out on my frame ” Delwyn’s bridesmaid wore a blue gown from Modcloth.

The flowers were styled by Estelle at Juliette Florists “We didn’t really know what we wanted for the flowers and Estelle was able to take a look at the bride’s dress and from just a quick discussion with us provided us something really beautiful and totally in keeping with our ‘look’.  We gave the bride’s bouquet to the bride’s mother and the bridesmaid’s bouquet to the groom’s mother as thank you gifts during the speeches.”

Delwyn and her bridesmaid’s retro inspire hairstyles were styled by Cathy at Cathy Davys Hair Design & Day Spa. Delwyn recalls “Cathy is like a fairy godmother who, with calm hands and quiet confidence (from years of experience sorting flaky brides out I imagine!), is just the sort of person you want on your team.  Unfortunately the Wellington wind did its best to undo her hard work!”

Delwyn walked down the aisle to “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies. Delwyn says “We chose it as had a familiar 60’s sound, but wasn’t that well known.  The lyrics were perfect as we wanted something happy and hopeful. To be honest, after listening to this a thousand times before the wedding, on the day I didn’t even hear a note of it.  I was too overwhelmed with the joy and happiness from all our guests smiling at me and then seeing my husband waiting for me.”

Delwyn and Marcus chose Boomrock for their wedding venue. Delwyn says,  “Boomrock was perfect for an out of town couple like us trying to organise a wedding event – everything was taken care of, they were totally organised, and had wonderful staff.  The lodge is located in a secluded spot, on a working sheep farm, with amazing views of the ocean and hilly windswept landscapes.  We kept the venue secret and only told guests to meet at a central city hotel to be taken on a bus to the secret location – a few of the local guests had guessed the venue but lovingly played along for those that hadn’t.  Having the wedding on a working farm was special to us as the grooms family are farmers, and then finding out the guests’ bus was stopped by stock trucks and sheep crossing the road on the way there was priceless – we couldn’t have planned that! ”

Delwyn and Marcus put their own personal touch on the day. Delwyn explains “We made all the invites and menus, labels for the photo frames, and the favour bags.  We also wrote our own vows and drafted the ceremony from the information and examples provided to us by our lovely celebrant.”

Delwyn says, “Our wedding was relaxed and happy, joyful, blurry, and we kept it small and meaningful with only our best friends and close family there to celebrate with us.”

Of their photographer, Delwyn says “Erin was so fun and easy going it was like having another of our friends hanging out with us on the day.  She was willing to laugh and let us enjoy our day but still gave us enough direction to have some wonderfully beautiful photos. ”

Delwyn notes “We had our grandparents’ and parents’ wedding photos displayed to show that we were there getting married because of these other people having made the same commitment and promises to each other and creating their families.”

One of Delwyn’s favourite moments was a musical one. ” The groom’s older brother played bagpipes at sunset on a hill above the Lodge and everyone gathered outside to be part of it. ”

Guests were provided with a favour for their bus ride back to the city. Delwyn explains, “We gave brown paper lolly bags stamped with “OM NOM NOM” (the groom’s expression for when something is particularly tasty) given out to guests leaving the venue for the bus-ride home back to the city.”

Congratulations Delwyn and Marcus! Thank you for sharing your wedding say with us! Thank you also to Erin King for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photographer: Erin King Photographer / Bride's Dress: By Moonlight from Brides of Sydney / Bride's Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: “Umbria” from Frank Casey / Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth / Bridesmaid Shoes: Mischief Shoes / Hairstylist: Cathy at Cathy Davys Hair Design & Day Spa / Makeup Artist: Cathy at Cathy Davys Hair Design & Day Spa / Flowers: Estelle at Juliette Florists / Invitations & Stationery: Pulp Creative Paper / Venue: Boomrock / Ceremony Officiant: Andrea Buckland

Beska Bridal Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I think I did a little dance when I stumbled across Beska Couture. Beautiful, classic gowns with a feminine edge. The lovely Bec recently teamed up with photographer Luisa Brimble of Serendipity Corner, makeup artist & hair stylist Ellyse Bragg of Crimson Hair and Beauty (02) 4627 2101) and model Tammy Soglanich at Little Forest Country Cottages in Alpine NSW to photograph her new collection and each photograph encapsulates exactly what I love about the Beska label.

Created with fine french laces, exquisite silks, vintage style adornments and carefully thought out details the gowns have a beautiful dream like quality to them.

Gowns: Beska Bridal and Evening Couture / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ellyse Bragg of Crimson Hair and Beauty (02) 4627 2101) / Venue: Little Forest Country Cottages in Alpine NSW / Model: Tammy Soglanich