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Yolanda and Ben – The Celebration

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Yolanda and Ben organised a tea party for their guests while they had their photos taken. Yolanda and her mother made table cloths in vintage inspired fabrics and scoured second hand stores and op shops for vintage cake platters.  Yolanda’s mother made plenty of cakes and slices for guests to enjoy with freshly brewed tea.



Yolanda’s pop- a professional magician, passed away a few years ago. In honour of him  Yolanda and Ben hired a magician Magic Rob to entertain their guests.



Choosing a cocktail reception, Yolanda and Ben knew they wouldn’t get much time for eating while mingling with their guests. Instead, Ben’s mother and sister organised a private picnic for the newlyweds that they could enjoy while having their photos taken.

Yolanda says “An added bonus was that it provided an opportunity to just sit together, without being the centre of attention, and take in the moment of having just got married.  It was a really special time that we both cherish, especially as the reception whizzed past and we were often engaged with different guests.  It also made for some gorgeous candid photos.”










Yolanda and Ben created their own lolly station for guests (including their lolly bags from Poppies For Grace and homemade ones)




A table was set up with wedding photos of Yolanda and Ben’s parents and grandparents.



Guest favors of cigars and matchboxes were made by Yolanda and Ben. (More favor details can be found here).




Tables were scattered with tealights in glass jars, lavender and Geraldton wax flowers (prepared by Yolanda and her best friends the night before the wedding) and paper cut outs from the Do’s and Don’ts For Husband and Wives (1913) books used in Yolanda and Ben’s engagement session photos. Everyone saved and donated glass bottles to Yolanda and the lavender was picked and dried by Yolanda.



An Italian Torte from Corica Pastries was decorated with fresh blooms from Budding Stars and was served in lieu of wedding cake. The reception was filled with laughter and dancing.

Yolanda tells us “We danced to Kate Miller-Heidke’s “Space They Cannot Touch“.  I had given a copy of this song to Ben when we were first together as it captured how I felt about him and us.  He loved it and it was the obvious choice.  We practiced the night before and had grand visions of twirling around, but without a dress rehearsal, things were very different on the night, especially as I forgot to bustle my dress!  But we still got a couple of dips in there!

Because the song meant so much to us and we’d spent countless moments cuddled up listening to it over the years, it felt very natural to be dancing to it on our wedding night.  Guests commented on how we looked like we were in our own little world”


Instead of the usual group shots, Yolanda and Ben organised a photo booth with lots of props so guests could ham it up in front of the camera.

Yolanda’s final words really sum up the wedding “Marrying my husband, that’s what kept me sane as my attention to detail can be my down fall, I just kept thinking, that despite all the things I’d put effort into and wanted to happen, if all that happened was that I married Ben, it would be OK cos that’s what it was all about.”

A big thank you to Yolanda and Ben for sharing their wedding day and the thought behind their details with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Also thank you to Samm Blake for sharing the beautiful imagery!

Photos by Samm Blake

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Yolanda and Ben

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Yolanda and Ben

Finally! We’ve seen their engagement pictures, had a sneak peek at their DIY projects and today, I can finally share with you the wedding photos of Yolanda and Ben!

Living in Western Australian, Yolanda and Ben were friends for almost four years through mutual friendship groups before finally deciding the time was right to get together.

Yolanda and Ben were married at the Rose & Crown Hotel.

Yolanda says, “Ben spent his formative years working in old pubs and as a beer lover, great beers on tap was a must.  We had both lived in historical areas of Perth and near the Swan River for many years, and our first home together was a 1930’s apartment in a  similar heritage style to the Rose and Crown, which was built in 1841 and is one of the oldest hotels in WA.

In 1827, Captain Stirling wrote of the area  in which the hotel is located, ‘The bright foliage of the shrubs, the majesty of the surrounding trees, the abrupt, red-coloured banks of the river occasionally seen, the view of the blue summits of the mountains from which we were not far distant, made the scenery round this spot as beautiful as anything of the kind I had ever witnessed’.”

Today’s photography is by Samm Blake and the wedding planner was Cathrin D’Entremont.





Yolanda and Ben made all of their stationery themselves. (See more of their creations here)



Yolanda had her gown made by Kevin Raphael of Galleria Couture she saw it 18 months before they started planning the wedding and says it was everything she wanted ” It was the right mix of quirky, pretty, vintage, sparkly and wow all mixed together!”. Yolanda paired her gown with ballet flats from Witchery.


The floral arrangements were created by Budding Stars.


Yolanda’s wedding day hair was styled Sam Parone- who had been doing Yolanda’s hair for almost ten years!  She wore her grandmother’s bracelet from the 1940’s.







The couple hired cars from Frits RR Service. Yolanda tells of a special moment “My husband gave Frits (the driver) an envelope to give me that had a note in it telling me how proud of me he was, to take a moment and relax, breathe and enjoy the moment, and that he would be seeing me very soon.  It was so special as the morning had been a little crazy and it reminded me of how well we knew each other and supported each other.  I just couldn’t wait to get there and marry him.”


Yolanda says “To grab everyone’s attention and be a little dramatic we started with Lamb’s “Gorecki“.  But my sister (bridesmaid) walked out to Barry Lois Polisar’s “All I Want Is You, a quirky hoedown style song from the film Juno .

I walked out with my dad to the line “All I want is you, will you be my bride, Take me by the hand and stand by my side”.  It made everyone laugh and we got lots of comments on how much people liked it.  It made the walk down the aisle really happy and bright and I still get the biggest smile and buzz when I hear it.


Sharing the ceremony moments, Yolanda says “Our celebrant Stacey Morris was fabulous.  She assisted us to prepare our own vows and the entire wording for our ceremony.

Ben and I poured over her comprehensive booklet of suggested wordings and cut and pasted and tweaked every word until it represented our beliefs and intents.  Stacey was warm and friendly and encouraging, and presented our vows in a beautiful booklet to keep.”



I am in love with today’s wedding, the joy on Yolanda and Ben’s faces – their heartfelt details and of course their love.

Check back this afternoon for more!

Photos by Samm Blake

Ten Secret Gardens In The Southern Highlands

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Venues


Vanessa emailed us looking for a lovely little secret garden location around the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. So I put together a list of ten great locations that fit Vanessa’s brief (with a few closer to the South Coast too), having no luck on her barn hunt with a French provincial feel, Vanessa thought a secret little garden with a touch of French glamour may work!

Terrara House Estate


Terrara House Estate is located 20 minutes south of Berry and offers extensive locations throughout the private gardens for weddings- including under beautiful Moret0n Bay fig trees. Receptions can be held under the glittering chandeliers of the marquee which can seat up to 130 guests. Booking a wedding means you have exclusive use of the property (which includes a day spa and accommodation).

Summerlees Cottage


Overlooking the valley to Exeter, Summerlees Cottage offers seven hectares of beautiful gardens for your wedding. With a winding tree lined driveway, beautiful views and hidden passageways, the property also features accommodation and a historic Victorian ballroom sits upon the property for your reception.

Hopewood Country House


Built in 1884 and nestled in 11 acres of gardens, Hopewood Country House has many locations suitable for garden wedding ceremonies including the sunken garden or aviary lawn. The Pavilion has a number of rooms (including the ballroom and conservatory offer enough space for 130 guests.

Milton Park Country House


Able to accommodate up to 200 guests, Milton Park Country House is located in award winning gardens. With ceremony locations including the Tulip Tree Garden and a French style bath house, Milton Park offers a number of facilities in including a day spa and bar.

Peppers Craigeburn


Located in Bowral, Peppers Craigieburn was built in 1887 and has 72 guest rooms. Weddings can be held in the main gardens or outdoor terrace while guests will be more than comfortable in the various function spaces. A veranda and guest lounge overlooking rolling green hills compliment the atmosphere.

Burnham Grove


Located just minutes from Camden (not quite the Southern Highlands!). Burnham Grove features architecturally designed gardens (including one amongst lush green hedges) The marquee can fit between 160-600 people. Fountains and a citrus orchard also compliment the historic property.

Sylvan Glen Country House


Christie and Greg’s wedding by SugarLove Weddings

A little more Australian than French, but still with a beautiful county feel, Sylvan Glen can cater for 140 guests inside and can also add an additional marquee. Couples can choose to marry on the front lawn or in the orchard while on site accommodation can house 32 guests.

Fountaindale Grand Manor


Located in Robertson, Fountaindale Grand Manor can accommodate up to 280 guests cocktail style or 150 guests seated. The manor, set within beautiful gardens, features a ballroom, dining room and veranda and has 52 guests suites. The 3-4 storey manor is old English style with views to the ocean from the fourth floor.

Peppers Manor House


Peppers Manor House is located on an old grazing property in Sutton Forrest. Featuring 41 guest rooms, the house features a number of common rooms and immaculately groomed gardens. Receptions can be held in Kater’s Restaurant or a number of function rooms while an outdoor ceremony can be held in the lawns or the gazebo area.

Woodbyme Country House


Nestled near Berry, Woodbyne Country House provides gardens, rooms and accommodation for your wedding. Woodbyne features tree covered paths and different garden “rooms” for your ceremony.  A backdrop of the Great Dividing range completes the picture.

Polka Dot Brides- do you know of any other venues fitting Vanessa’s brief I may have missed? Please add them!

Win A Paloma’s Nest Ring Bearer Bowl™

by | Bride, Competitions



It is always a pleasure to have Carolyn of Paloma’s Nest joining us on Polka Dot Bride!

To celebrate Valentines Day and the launch of the brand new Paloma’s Nest website, Carolyn is giving one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader a Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ with customised text valued at $US54.00.

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The brand new Paloma’s Nest website features the debut of the new Paloma’s Nest Heirloom Packaging, the Paloma’s Nest Blog “Stories To Tell”, an easy, user friendly ordering system including space for your custom wording, gift certificates and a one page checkout. Plus! As an added bonus, international shipping is free on all orders until March 1st 2010!

Having featured in publications all over the world with her beautiful creations (including Australian titles Vogue Entertaining + Living and Bride To Be), Carolyn and her team create pieces that are beautiful enough to be passed down as heirlooms.

The Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ is a new Paloma’s Nest piece. Edged in pure gold leaf, the gold is the Egyptian symbol for eternity while the bird, in ancient cultures, was considered to be an ancient messenger for gods and carries special and sacred messages.

The Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ has two holes with a silky satin cord for your rings or for hanging and is stamped with your choice of words. We have one Bowl to give away.

To win your own custom made, Golden Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™ simply leave a comment, poem or story on this entry, using the words ‘Birds of a feather…….’

The winner will be chosen by the Polka Dot Bride team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This competition is open worldwide. 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 on Tuesday 23rd February 2010 at 5.00 p.m (Australian time).

This competition is now closed.

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