Maeve and Stefan’s Geelong Vineyard Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Maeve and Stefan

The simply beautiful Geelong wedding of Maeve and Stefan is one for the history books, or rather the Polka Dot Bride pages. How simply sweet and filled with delicious little touches plenty of cosiness and a couple who did things their way.

Maeve tells the story of their relationship. “It was meant to be. Stef was out with mutual friends celebrating a uni ball. The academic in him meant that he usually would be the designated driver and home before midnight but that night was different. I finished work at 11pm and as I drove home through town I decided I wanted to have a dance. I called my friend who was about to go out and catch up with some uni friends, one of which was Stef. We were in the same year at high school, I went to the local Girls’ school, he to the Boys’, but until that night we had never met.  Stef does remember seeing me most days on the school bus as I walked to school. Once we hit the dance floor, Stef says that he couldn’t take his eyes off me but was too afraid to make any rash moves as he feared coming across as sleazy. There were a few looks and smiles exchanged that night. He was apparently taken by me, because he managed to convince my friend to give him my number, to my displeasure at the time. I received a friendly message the next morning, a short message that Stef says took him most of the day to write. After a month of trying to organise a date, we finally went out, and after that night there was no doubt that there was something special there. Then it just snow-balled!”

Making their polka dot debut are photographers Ginger and Mint Photography ! I love the sweetness in Ginger & Mint’s captures from the day, from the sweet handmade details to the glee on the guests faces!

Maeve and Stef handmade their invitations. Maeve recalls, “The handmade paper was from Spotlight and was the first thing I decided on so everything else was chosen based on the look of the invitation paper. We used brown gift tags to write the guest’s names and hand stamped every letter! This takes a lot of time, but it gave a feel to it that you can’t recreate any other way, like an old typewriter! ”

Purple, mauve and white floral arrangements were styled by Georgie Stanton with the girls’ hair and makeup by Rebeccah Vivian from Blondie.

Maeve recalls one of the funnier stories of the day. She says “At 4pm my hair was still in rollers as the hairdresser schedule was out and meanwhile my mum is apologising to the photographer for us being slow, but Verity kept saying it’s fine!! (she didn’t tell us that her husband was out buying a new camera as his stopped working!) Meanwhile Stef’s  groomsman tells him at 3:45pm that he forgot the one thing he had to bring; shoes! He had to make a dash back home to pick them up, while Stef and his best man made their way to the wedding. It must all have been meant to be, because from the moment we arrived everything ran smoothly and it wasn’t until next day that I heard all the stuff that was going on in the background.”

Maeve wore a gown from Amaline Vitale she found on Love Me Twice, Her bridesmaids wore purple gowns from Priscilla Of Boston. The girls all wore shoes from Forever New.

Stefan and his groomsmen wore black tie. They chose suits from Roger David and had them tailored by Godwin Charli (who also provided the ties, belts and shirts).

Maeve arrived in a friend’s car. She remarks “We would also like to thank our friend Dave who kindly let us use his car, a sky blue classic FJ Holden. He was such a calming presence as we were madly getting ready!”

The ceremony was held in the gardens at Truffleduck Fyansford . Maeve made the decorations herself, She explains “I wanted something in the trees to walk through and I got this idea from the interior decorations of the ‘Goose’ store in East Geelong. I loved them and wanted to buy them but they weren’t for sale so I made my own!”

Maeve and Stefan made heartfelt music choices for their ceremony. Maeve explains “I walked down the aisle to ‘All My Days’ by Alexi Murdoch. We can’t get passed the first guitar intro anymore without crying! It’s a very beautiful song. Stef saw me as just as the last verse started …..

“Now I see clearly

It’s you I’m looking for

All of my days

So I’ll Smile

I know I’ll feel this loneliness no more

All of my days

For I look around me

And its seems you found me

And it’s coming into sight

As the days keep turning into night. “”

Maeve recalls “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to stop the tears during the ceremony but once I saw Stef’s eyes all full of tears and his bottom lip trembling with a big smile on his face I thought “what a dag, look at him all emotional, this is meant to be a celebration!”

The couple made a special note of passed loved ones, Maeve says “With the passing of my grandmother only two months earlier, we wanted to have part of our ceremony to honour where we came from and what has made us who we are. We got photos of our grandparents on their wedding day and our mothers put flowers in a vase as part of the wedding ceremony to remember their part of our lives.”

Of their ceremony, Maeve says, “We blew some minds with our ‘non-traditional’ ceremony. This was the first non-church wedding in Stef’s extended family. We really wanted our ceremony to reflect us and thanks to our celebrant and officiator working well together, we got exactly that. We included a warming of the rings ritual, honouring of our grandparents, writings from both Stef and I describing the things that we love about each other. We picked reading that made us laugh and cry, and then we asked our friends and family members to read them out. We have received so many complements about how warm, special and personal the ceremony was, with the love that we have for each other shining through in every word, reading and song” Maeve and Stefan hired Annette Clark and Michael Nolan to perform the ceremony.

The couple chose an intimate guest list. Maeve explains “Our self-imposed guest list rules meant that everybody who made the final cut was there to celebrate us, and we felt surrounded by love and warmth all day and all night.”

The couple had their photographs taken at a local vineyard. Maeve explains ” We were very lucky to be able to use a local vineyard- Barwon Ridge Vineyard, as the location for our wedding photos- amazing location and amazing wine! ”

Of their photographers, Maeve says “My cousin (Claire Gleeson) had recommended them to us as she worked in the same building as Verity and told me to look at her website. When I had a look I knew she was ‘the one’ as she had been the photographer of a wedding in Barwon Heads that I was loved the look of. I couldn’t believe that she had taken the photo of the one dress that had stuck in my mind, it was meant to be!!

Verity and her husband are AMAZING!! Their vibe is great and being a married couple, they worked really well together and got 360 degree views of everything. They are sooo professional, excitable and are true artists. They really understood the look and feel we were after and were very flexible and went with the flow. They made us look and feel amazing! We love them.”

The reception continued on at Truffleduck Fyansford . The cupcake wedding cake was lovingly made by Stefan’s mother.

The male and female guests each received a handmade favor. Maeve recalls “Bonbonniere for girls: Stef and I slaved away for a few days making the Tomato Chutney for our guests. Our fingers were stained and wrinkled for days!

Bonbonniere for guys: I made the scrabble cufflinks for the guys as it was a cheap but personal gift that was fun! It was a bit hard sourcing some of the letters from ebay and etsy, but we got lots of lovely comments about them, which made it totally worth it!”

Maeve says “The name cards were handmade and every letter was hand stamped!! We went a bit crazy by the end”

Maeve and Stefan hired a live band for their wedding reception – Test Pilot Molly and chose a song that reflected their relationship for their first dance. Maeve explains “We danced to “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5 because its light, fun and we like to sleep in 🙂 It is a song that has been a constant throughout our relationship, and the dance was completely un-choreographed. It was amazing that I didn’t trip on my dress with the amount of spins and twirls Stef sent me on!!”

Congratulations Maeve and Stefan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Ginger and Mint Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Ginger and Mint Photography / Cinematographer: Lachlan McMurtie / Bride's Dress: Amaline Vitalie / Bridal Salon: Love Me Twice / Bride's Shoes: Forever New / Bride's Jewellery: Forever New / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groom's Attire: Godwin Charli / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Hair & Makeup Artist: Rebeccah Vivian from Blondie / Flowers: Georgie Stanton / Ceremony Venue: Truffleduck Fyansford / Reception Venue: Truffleduck Fyansford / Ceremony Officiant: Annette Clarke / Ceremony Officiant: Michael Nolan / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Band: Test Pilot Molly
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Raegan and Adam’s Classic Wollongong Wedding

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


Raegan and Adam

Classic, black tie never fails to make me giddy. There’s a sense of occasion that comes with it, a sense of “this is a big deal, let’s dress up and celebrate”. Luckily Raegan and Adam didn’t take it too seriously, they paid homage to their loves (football!), their home (Wollongong~) and even the club where they first met on their wedding day. It was a celebration of memories, of times shared and times yet to come.

Raegan recalls how she met, or rather hunted down Adam. ” I stalked Adam! I saw his photo from his year 12 formal and fell in love with his smile, I then made it my mission to be introduced to him! ”

Photographs are by Janine Kaye who seems to inject gold into her captures while keeping them clean, crisp and no fuss. (P.S Janine is moving to Perth, lucky Perth couples get to have her talent!). Capture You Videography shot the couple’s wedding day film.

Raegan recalls, ” I was nice and calm all day, everyone thought that I would be in a total fuss but it turns out it was Adam! Apparently  he could find the cologne he wanted to wear, and was In a mad panic so he drove to the local shopping centre and bought some more! It was the cologne that I gave him, our very first Christmas together!” Adam and his groomsmen wore suits from Bonanno’s Menswear with shoes from Julius Marlow.

The bride and her bridesmaids had their hair styled by Leigh from Winter Hair Spa, Cronulla and makeup by Minq Body & Beauty.

Raegan wore a Pronovias gown with blue Christian Louboutin glittery heels as her “something blue”. She accessorised with jewels from Fletcher & Grace. Raegean’s two bridesmaids wore peach knee length gowns from Peter Bartlett (02 4229 6979) with Tony Bianco shoes and Diva jewels.

Raegan and Adam were married at the Wollongong City Gallery. Raegan says “The art gallery was so accommodating to us, the let us bring in decorations the day before and even let us have pictures amongst the art work” Southern Style Events set up and styled the ceremony.

Raegan walked down the aisle to “That’s All” by Rod Stewart.

Raegan describes her wedding day as, “The most romantic and fun day, the day I married my best friend and soul mate!”

Raegan and Adam had photos around their favourite places in Wollongong- places that not only meant something to them as a couple, but to their life together. Raegan explains “We had photos at Vikings Rugby Club as that’s who Adam plays for.  We also had photos out the front of Glasshouse, it’s the club we met at!”

Classique Flowers arranged the flowers for the day,. Raegan remarks “Sarah did and amazing job and attached my Pop’s epaulette to my bouquet as my something old”

Of their photographer, Raegan says “Janine was awesome! None of our photos were staged, she just guided us! And no fake smiles! She made us laugh and was silly with us and had fantastic ideas and takes amazing photos! ”

Raegan and Adam held their reception at City Beach Function Centre. Raegan says “City beach has the most beautiful backdrop and the room itself is softly lit for the romantic feel we were going for.” The couple played big band music during the celebration for a romantic 1940’s feel.

The groom’s sister Jessica Page designed orange and white stationery for the couple.

Balgownie Village Patisserie created a three tier orange and white cake which featured a tiny Vikings football helmet for Adam. Raegan decorated the gift table. She remarks “I wanted it to reflect where our honeymoon was going to be so it was based all around Europe and travel!”

As a nod to Raegan’s love of taking photos, the couple hired a photo booth from funbooth as their guest’s favors.

For their first dance, Raegan says “We danced to have “Have You met Miss Jones?” by  Robbie Williams. We took lessons then completely forget the steps when we got out there but we pulled it off!”

The most important memories for Raegan? “We both showed up! All our family came from near and far, everyone danced the night away, we laughed the whole day! We took some time during the reception to watch our guests having fun and most of all we love each other!”

Congratulations on your marriage Raegan and Adam! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Janine Kaye for today’s photographs!

Photographer: Janine Kaye Photography / Cinematographer: Capture You Videography / Ceremony Styling: Southern Style Events / Ceremony Venue: Wollongong City Gallery / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride's Jewellery: Fletcher & Grace / Groom's Attire: Bonanno's Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Peter Bartlett / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Diva / Hairstylist: Winter Hair Spa / Makeup Artist: Minq Body & Beauty / Invitations & Stationery: Jessica Page / Flowers: Classique Flowers / Photo Booth: funbooth / Cake Baker: Balgownie Village Patisserie / Wedding Rings: Dove Diamonds / Reception Venue: City Beach Function Centre

Rosalynn Win 2012 Haute Couture Bridal Collection Reverie

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Sydney bridal designer Rosalynn Win is set to launch her brand new 2012 collection on the most romantic day of all- Valentine’s Day! Rosalynn has always been a favourite with her incredibly interesting gowns. using fabrics that are unique, flawless and lavish.

Her latest collection takes inspiration from bygone eras and the magic of haute couture. Rosalynn explains:

“This collection is inspired by passionate craftsmanship
of the bygone mystical eras and true love for couture.
Be swept away to a time where romance reigns and art is embraced.
Sinuous lines, organic forms and floral elements
reflect the tranquility and calming effect of nature.
Welcome to ‘Reverie’”

I’m happy to see Rosalynn’s sensual style continue through this new collection. The detailing, the structure all pay homage to her vision of delivering high quality haute couture.

Images by Rosalynn Win Haute Couture

Vendor of the Week – Move On Up

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday dotties! What did you get up to on the weekend? Did you get engaged on Valentine’s Day? I,  being the wedding blogger that I am, forgot to buy a card for Mr Polka and ran to get one on the day. It said “You Are Flippin Gorgeous!” so I loved it and bought it (and then the cashier who served me had just picked up a dead rat before she touched the card, I told Mr Polka this was proof of love seeing as it now had dead rat on it).

Remember how I mentioned on Friday that Brands Exclusive are holding a special wedding boutique sale starting tomorrow? Well they’ve offered one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader a $100 voucher! Just leave a comment on this entry telling me the favourite thing you’ve planned for your wedding and why the most creative answer will win! We’ll close the competition at 5pm AEST today. This prize is not redeemable for cash. 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

So let’s start our week of with a fantastical, talented vendor, a spotlight on a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Check out our amazing wedding photographers, wedding cinematographers, wedding planners, wedding celebrants, wedding venues and oh so much more all ready to take your wedding plans and help you turn your wedding day into the wedding day it should be- awesome.

One thing that your reception needs? If you’re turning it into a massive party? Awesome music. Luckily we have such awesome entertainers advertising with Polka Dot Bride right? Move On Up is one such awesome entertainer. They’re a funk, jazz and groove band that play all over NSW (well near Sydney! but they can travel anywhere, including internationally!).

There’s a core group of five musicians but they can add and subtract to suit your particular function. With a love of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, D.I.G, Brand New Heavies and oh so many more the band take requests and will tailor the music for your crowd and event. So if you want people dancing all night? They can do that. if you want them to sway and enjoy their meal while humming? They can do that too. Talented bunch that they are!

To get to know the band a little more, we asked Nathan from Move On Up five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Your favourite weekend getaway?
I love to get away to Byron Bay for the weekend, rent a cottage down at Tallows, enjoy the sun, waves and then some great food in town.

Favourite restaurant?
My Fave is the Chelsea Tea House in Avalon. Intimate, cosy and with great food.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Ideally a smoked salmon brioche with truffle oil, cottage cheese, rocket and fresh juice.

Your favourite wedding story?
I’ve had the privilege of playing at many weddings over the years so thinking of only one story is difficult, but a recent memory is from a wedding at Balmoral Beach. It was a traditional Jewish ceremony and reception, but just happened to be held on the hottest Sydney summer day of the year! The groomsmen thought they would fix the problem by carrying out the groom and the bride and throwing them in the Balmoral Ocean Pool!

Visit Move On Up’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Move On Up is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory