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Katie and Sharon’s Canadian Australian Mountain Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International, Same Sex Weddings,


Katie and Sharon

What’s better than a Canadian wedding? Two Australians marrying in Canada! Today’s wedding is a lovely mix of Canada and Australia as our newlyweds Katie and Sharon traveled to Canada to tie the knot! (And really, who wouldn’t with those majestic mountains as your backdrop?)

Katie and Sharon met through work. “We are both former Police Officers and met at work in 2001 on Fox’s 21st birthday! We have been together for 8 years.”

Photos today are by Julie Williams Photography. I love Julie’s clean, thoughtful captures and how she caught the stunning backdrop in the fun and happy nature of Sharon and Katie’s big day.

The girls each wore a different Maggie Sottero gown purchased from Abbey Bridal in Sydney. They both wore pink custom embroidered converse sneakers. Sharon says “Mine were embroidered with the wedding date ‘10.10.10’ and Katie’s had ‘I love you’ embroidered on hers.”

There were vendors from Australia dotted throughout the day. Sharon explains “We weren’t able to find a hairdresser or makeup artist in Canada that we were happy with. So we both had a bridal consultation with our hairdresser here, Eva from Natures Energy in Glebe who showed us both how to style and help each other with our hair for the wedding.

We also decided to have a makeup lesson with Julie Elton which was fantastic. Not only did we learn how to do our makeup for the wedding, we now also have a skill for life!”

Katie and Sharon were married at Two Jack Lake Banff National Park, an amazing location on a beautiful lake surrounded by lush pine forest and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Sharon explains “We both love the outdoors so an outdoor wedding was an obvious choice for us. Two Jack Lake was a truly beautiful location that was recommended by our wedding celebrant, Monque Hunkeler. As we were organising the wedding from Australia we did the majority of it over the internet. So recommendations from locals such as Monique were very helpful.”

The girls walked down the aisle to “Space They Cannot Touch by Katie Miller-Heidke and when the ceremony was over, we walked out to Eight Days a Week by the Beatles!”

Sharon says “Our engagement rings were made by Daniella and Bobby of  Daniella Jewellery.   We were extremely impressed with their level of service and expertise. They went above and beyond to make us the perfect rings, we cannot recommend them highly enough.” The wedding bands were purchased from Tiffany & Co.

Mother Nature provided a little ray of sunshine. “It was overcast and raining on the day of the wedding. As we were driving to Two Jack Lake National Park, we couldn’t see the Rocky Mountains (which were right next to us) because of the rain and clouds. As we got closer to the location we could see a small blue patch clearing in the sky. I said to Fox ‘I bet that’s at Two Jack Lake’. As we rounded the last corner we could see that it was, and we also both teared up when we saw a brilliantly coloured rainbow between the mountains. As we parked the car, there was a couple and their wedding party who had just gotten married before us, they were all completely soaked from the rain. The small patch of blue sky remained for the duration of our wedding and the rain held off. As soon as the ceremony concluded it started to rain again!”

The newlyweds held their reception at Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore, Alberta. Sharon explains “We also hired an amazing house in Canmore (we found it on VRBO) and it was the location of pre and post wedding celebrations. We hired it for one week so that our guests could stay there and not have to worry about accommodation as they had already made such a huge effort in coming to the other side of the world to celebrate with us. Staying with our guests for the week was also a beautiful part of the whole experience. We have never laughed so much in our lives. The house and it’s location was amazing, many late nights were spent laughing, talking and drinking and stargazing in the outdoor hot tub! We all saw Canadian wildlife such as squirrels and Elk. To be able to spend time with friends and family on an overseas trip was truly special.”

Even though there were far from home, the girls wanted some personal touches at their reception. Sharon explains “We set up the reception the day before. We also bought wedding favours for our guests. As our wedding was in Canada we wanted something Canadian so we hunted around in Calgary the week before our wedding. We went to a chocolatier  and bought giant chocolate cowgirl hats and horse shoes and also bought Canadian soft toy moose and bears.”

The couple chose “Silver Frost” by Wedding Paper Divas as their wedding stationery suite.

Sharon (Fox) put together a surprise for her bride. “I surprised Katie with a video on the day containing messages from many close family and friends from back home that couldn’t make the journey to Canada.  I decided to even contact some celebrities and ask them to make a short video of congratulations to add to my video montage.  Funny man Merrick Watts was kind enough to respond and actually made us a video to play on the day.  Kate and all of the guests were very surprised to see Merrick’s message.  Katie would listen to Merrick, Rosso & Kate Ritchie everyday on her way to work and they would always make her laugh.”

An added surprise was a family member. “Katie’s parents were unable to make the trip to Canada so they made very special video messages and sent them over with Katie’s brother who surprised us both at the reception.  It was very cute with Katie’s parents dressing up in wedding attire and her dad even bought and wore a corsage for his video speech.”

The flowers for the day were styled by Elements Floral Design, Canmore Alberta. Sharon recalls “We each wore a wrist corsage comprising of white freesias and two roses (‘deep water’ was the colour which is a soft-medium pink in the centre of the rose and a dusty to deep pink on the outer petals) with a silver wristband. We then had cubed vases with this combination of flowers for the reception venue.”

Congratulations Katie and Sharon! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polkas Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Julie Williams Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Julie Williams Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Sally and Felix’s Intimate Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sally and Felix

Is your idea of a good celebration, a quiet night at an amazing restaurant with amazing company? Mine too.. I also think it just me be the favourite pastime of Sally and Felix who not only had a beautiful marriage ceremony but celebrated with friends over an intimate restaurant reception.

Sally remembers how she met her husband. “We spotted each other at a café in a very Melbournian alley way (the café is called Hell’s in Centre Place off DeGraves Lane) on a Sunday afternoon. After a nervous chat, we exchanged numbers. Felix called me within the hour to ask if I would like to see a movie with him that night. The movie turned into drinks, which turned into a late dinner and long chats well into the night. We have been inseparable ever since, and Felix recreated that amazing first meeting from start to finish on our six month anniversary when he proposed. A whirlwind romance for sure, but we have never been so sure of anything in our entire lives.”

Today’s photography is by Harvard Wang. I love Harvard’s raw sense of emotion he captures in his photographs. They’re so beautiful and so Melbourne. Sally explains “Harvard is a friend of  Felix’s from university. We couldn’t think of anything better than having a friend capture our wedding on film! It worked perfectly as Harvard’s style was exactly what we were looking for and we were very comfortable as we know him which I think is reflected in the photos. We are still receiving compliments on the photo’s which is a testament to Harvard.”

Sally wore a simple but beautiful gown from Lisa Ho.

One of Sally’s favourite memories was “Close friends and family arrived at the hotel room at the Grand Hyatt to get ready together with the me which was really fun.”

Sally and her bridesmaid carried bouquets of Vintage honeymoon roses.

Sally says “We wanted a small intimate wedding with only our nearest and dearest, and that made the DIY elements easy. We took care of all the planning ourselves, hair and make-up were done by the myself and my friends, the invitations were designed by my sister Amanda who was also maid of honour. We took the final stationary designs down to a print shop and chose some lovely paper for the invitations and place cards made them up ourselves.” Sally’s maid of honour wore a gown from Wayne Cooper.

Sally and Felix held their marriage ceremony in the Eastern Transit room at the Melbourne Observatory in the Botanic Gardens. The bride walked down the aisle to “I love N.Y.E.” by Badly Drawn Boy.

The wedding rings were special for the couple, Sally explains. ” Mclachlan Studio in Tasmania made the engagement ring and wedding bands. The jewelers are good friends; they are the best man Ramsay’s parents!”

Sally remarks “We didn’t feel the need to follow tradition too closely, and we wanted to ensure that the day was done our way. We wanted to keep it imitate, relaxed and fun”

The couple continued their intimate atmosphere with a reception in Melbourne city. A vintage French themed reception dinner at the Bistro Vue dining room at Vue du Monde.

The highlight of the reception were the speeches. ” The speeches were incredibly funny and sweet; people are still talking about our friend Chris’ speech and my Father’s speech – we were all in stitches! We were so lucky that we found the most wonderful celebrant Rosemary who really ensured the ceremony went to plan, and the staff and event planner Pierre at Vue du Monde as the reception dinner was definitely the fun, relaxed, delicious, and special evening we had hoped for.”

Music was an important focus for the wedding day. Sally explains “For the rest of the evening we listened to a selection of our favourite tunes from a wide variety of artists including Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Our good friend Rebecca ensured the music flowed smoothly.”

For their wedding cake, the newlyweds chose a rich chocolate and pistachio cake made by Vue du Monde.

Congratulations Sally and Felix! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Harvard Wang for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Harvard Wang.

Photographer: Harvard Wang / Bride’s Dress: Lisa Ho / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Wayne Cooper / Ceremony Venue: Melbourne Observatory / Reception Venue: Vue De Monde / Rings: Mclachlan Studio

Jessica Beattie Millinery ‘Enchanted’ Collection

by | Accessories, Bride


I fell a little in love with the new collection from milliner Jessica Beattie, They’re romantic and so vintage inspired that I know so many of you will dream over them like I’ve been doing!

Called “Enchanted”, Jessica’s new collection brings together her love of something old – cloches with delicate laces, head bands reminiscent of the twenties,  together with something new – the same bead work used by the House of Chanel, handmade in Australia silk flowers, fabric from your wedding gown. The new collection contains over sixty pieces  for every style and budget. Jessica can customise any piece to suit your own wedding day style.

As part of the bridal package, Jessica will even transform your bridal piece to something you can wear after the wedding,

Photos by Jessica Beattie

Claire and John’s Intimate Hunter Valley Wedding

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


Claire and John

A windy, beautiful Hunter Valley wedding is the flavour of today on Polka Dot Bride. It’s intimate, very special and the magic of Mother Nature made for some beautiful memories.

Claire explains how she met John. “We met in November 2008 in London while I (Clare) was traveling back to see friends in London. I can honestly say that it was love at first sight for the both of us. For the first year of our relationship we traveled to see each other (I’m Australian and John is Danish) and in November 2009 I moved to London.”

Photos today are by Tom Greenwood. I love how Tom embraced the conditions and created beautiful photographs for Claire and John!

Claire and John were married at La Toscane at Sweetwater Vineyard in the Hunter Valley. Claire explains “We used a venue called La Toscane that resembled a Tuscan hall. It was wonderful. We hired the venue empty, bar a few rustic features and so had to organise for all the elements to be brought in for the day (chairs, tables etc). It looked out over Sweetwater vineyard and a lake.” For her walk down the aisle Claire recalls “We had a string duo playing, but I honestly can’t remember the song as I was very nervous!.”

Claire wore a Jenny Packham gown and hairpiece with her mother’s earrings. Peter Herd Florist styled the floral arrangements for the day.

Claire remarks “The special part about our wedding day is that it was intimate and Tom did a great job at capturing that. I think the photos reflect all the love that was radiating between everyone, which is the most important and special part of any wedding.”

The day went just as the couple planned. Claire recalls “Luckily it all went quite smoothly. I did manage to slam my finger in a car door two days before the wedding (hence the photos where my finger has a mighty band-aid!) and my father got my birthday wrong by one day, but nothing outrageous to share.”

Claire remembers her wedding day as “a beautiful day filled with lots of love, laughter, wonderful friends and family, good food and great wine.”

Joanne Norrish made a cupcake wedding cake for the couple.

The first dance was all about fun. Clare remembers “Our first dance was to ‘You’re just too good to be true (can’t take my eyes off you)’ by Frank Valli and the Four Seasons. It was just fun with everyone getting involved.”

Congratulations Claire and John! Thank you for sharing your wedding photographs with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Tom Greenwood for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos  by Tom Greenwood

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