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Nicole and Dean’s Urban Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Nicole and Dean

Such a stylish, urban Melbourne wedding for you this fine Tuesday – beautiful Melbourne venues, elegant styling and a very in love couple – doesn’t get much better really!

Nicole and Dean met while studying. Nicole recalls, “We met whilst both at uni ten years ago (Dean worked at the local pub at the time). We had Johnny Wonderpants who were the house band at the time for the wedding as a reminder of how it all started! We have been living in London for the past 6 years.”

Photographs today are by Brent Lukey who always takes such a fun approach to his photography – from the important moments to making the most of the hilarious ones!

Nicole wore heels from Christian Louboutin. Her bridesmaids wore grey strapless gowns from J Crew and Kristina at Viva Flora styled the bouquets of peonies.

Nicole wore the ‘Diana’ gown by Vera Wang, She loved it to pieces –  “Vera really knows what she’s doing!”

Nicole and Dean were married at Catholic Parish Church of St Peter and Paul. Nicole says, “We organised the whole wedding from London which was pretty tough because you can’t go and see suppliers (or go with fussy bridesmaids to pick dresses which may have been a good thing!). Things like the order of ceremonies I did myself, I would highly recommend looking at Martha Stewart Weddings – she has some great templates.”

Nicole walked down the aisle to Canon in D played by the Tonic String Quartet. One of Nicole’s favourite memories is her walk down the aisle. “Seeing my friends and family as I was coming down the aisle – some of whom came from overseas. Then to look up and see Dean  – he looked so happy and nervous when I was coming down the aisle. He is usually unshakable under pressure.”

Nicole remarks “Father Bob Maguire got the day off to a great start and set the tone by delivering a funny and engaging service.”

Nicole and Dean held their reception at The Prince Deck at Circa. Nicole remarks “The Prince was the perfect venue, with a roof garden, inside dining and pool with floated lilies, it felt like we were finally home.”

A family friend made a three tier wedding cake. Nicole donned a black sash to glam her gown up for the reception.

The couple hired Johnny Wonderpants to keep their guests on the dance floor at the reception. For their first dance, Nicole recalls “The band played ‘Blowers Daughter’ by Damien Rice, we had no practice so it was pretty bad but good fun.”

The speeches were another remarkable memory for the bride, who says, “I loved My dad’s ‘father of the bride’ speech –it  rocked the crowd and left them chanting more.  I was surprised by the vibe of the wedding, everyone really let their hair down and had a great time. I also loved surprising dad with Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold’ for a father daughter dance.”

The guests had a ball, with two memorable stories. “As soon as I heard that two guests were in the pool (fully dressed with the carefully floated flowers), my first question was “Are they my people or Deans!?” We also had a bleeding bridesmaid  – after some amazing commitment to the bouquet, she cut her foot and finished the night in the hospital ER.

Congratulations Nicole and Dean! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Brent Lukey for sharing today’s wedding photographs with us!

Photos by Brent Lukey

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AJ and Mark’s South Coast Country Wedding

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


AJ and Mark

I can’t seem to get enough of weddings on the south coast of NSW – they’re always so beautiful with their gorgeous backdrops Mother Nature provides and the couples always look so relaxed and happy.  I love to soak it all in and the relaxed but beautiful nature of today’s wedding allows one to do just that.

AJ and Mark met at a pub.  AJ recalls, “Mark and I met each other in late 2005 at the Oxford Tavern, Wollongong. I spotted him out from the crowd telling my best friend I thought he was gorgeous. The band started, I forgot all about him. Then after a while, he came up to me from behind and told me he thinks my jacket was inside out. I corrected him and told him that it was just my tag!!”

Photographs today are by Michelle Fiona Photography. I love the soft, elegance that Michelle captures in her photographs – the way she captures the sun streaming through the trees and the glowing couple, is almost dream like.

AJ wore a gown from Trenz Bridal Boutique.

AJ adored her bouquet by BUNCHES. She says “My bouquet was a bunch of Easter daisies, it was everything I had always imagined!!! When the bouquet was delivered, I could stop smiling, then I didn’t put it down ALL DAY.”

AJ did without bridesmaids, instead her nephew was her best boy and dressed himself in a funky grey suit and tie.

There was a minor “oops” moment before the ceremony, not that it worried AJ much. She recalls “Well, during the photos at my Father’s house before the ceremony, we were up beside a barb wire fence patting a horse when the horse started to nibble my arm, I tried to step away quickly but my dress got caught on some lantana and I ended up scratching my hand on the barbwire. I didn’t realize my hand had started bleeding at the time. By the time we were just about getting ready to get into the car to go to the ceremony, we realised I had blood down the front of my wedding dress. My girlfriends and our photographer, Michelle had to get baby wipes and try to smudge the blood out, running on very limited time. But I didn’t care, the photo’s we managed to get with the beautiful horse made it all worthwhile!! Unfortunately I had to wear an ugly looking band aid on my hand the rest of the day plus a slight yellowish smudge down the front of my dress!!!!”

AJ and Mark were married at Mount Keira Scout Camp. AJ explains “We wanted to keep the theme very natural so we chose the bushlands of the scout camp which is on the side of Mount Keira overlooking Wollongong. On the morning of the wedding Mark and his father tied Tibetan prayer flags through the trees, and with the sun pouring through the tops of the tress, it was very magical.”. AJ walked down the Aisle to “Happily Ever After In Your Eyes” by Ben Harper. Anthony Hughes provided the tunes.

AJ says “Mark held my hand really tight throughout the entire ceremony, I remember that the most.”

The couple had a few little visitors during their photos in the rainforest. AJ explains, “After our ceremony we took a walk into the rainforest for some more photo’s, along the way Mark checked me for leaches, and sure enough one was in one of the layers of my dress, all the ladies stated shrieking while a few people we all looking up my dress to get this leach out and check for others. But I didn’t care, I had such a huge smile on my face from our ceremony, I couldn’t do anything else but laugh!”

Aj says “We just wanted everything, even the theme of the wedding to evolve naturally. We didn’t want some big ideas wedding. We wanted it to be fairly simple. We wanted the day to be more about our marriage, rather than all the ‘must have’s. I think Michelle Fiona captured the meaning of our day perfectly. We had so much fun during the photos, when I look back at them, it brings back so many memories of funny things people had said, or a sweet comment that had been made. I could tell you an emotion for every photo!!!”

The couple held their reception in Mount Kembla. AJ recalls “Our reception was held at Ruby’s in Mount Kembla. We had the reception in the marquee, my 2 lovely Aunty’s put together wildflower arrangements for the table and the cake. The Chef at Ruby’s was a pleasure to deal with in the lead up and the staff on the night were absolutely wonderful. We still have people commenting on the food and service.” NatalieJane Creations made the stationery for the day.

The couple decorated their reception with the help of their family members. AJ explains, “We bought the wild flowers ourselves from the Sydney Flower Markets and my Aunties arranged them into different size vases for the tables. We collected jars from family and friends eg, sauce jars and we glued rope around them. The different shapes and sizes looked great. Some vases had wildflowers and some had silk fans of different colours for the ladies to take with them. Silk fans were from Pink Frosting. We also had birds cages with small lights in them hanging out of the trees, along with tealight candles. And lots and lots of fairy lights!!”

The newlywed’s first dance made AJ and Mark a little dizzy. AJ recalls “Well, we danced to ‘Stand By Me’, Ben E King. We started off good, but we ended up just swaying in a circle, around  and around.  Mark said to me he was getting really dizzy so we had to look at our MC and ask him to call everyone up to take the pressure off us!!!!”

Congratulations on your marriage AJ and Mark! Thank you for allowing us to share it on polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Michelle Fiona Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Michelle Fiona Photography.

Bowie “Paper Cranes” Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Australian designer Bowie Wong released his “Paper Cranes” collection recently at Sydney’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and in amongst the stunning collection were seventeen beautiful bridal gowns.

Growing up in Hong Kong and training in Tokyo, Bowie’s Asian heritage heavily influences his collections. Paper Cranes debuted in a white winter wonderland, allowing the garments to appear almost angelic. Bowie takes each collection and tells a story through his garments.

Bowie works with brides over four appointments (one style consultation, two fittings and collection) to create a customised gown based off Bowie’s couture collection. Bowie works with each bride to ensure style choices and fabric selection are the right fit for the walk down the aisle.

From voluptuous bodices, to tiered skirts and dramatic asymmetrical necklines, I love Bowie’s sense of drama and the eastern influences in his gowns bring the delicate nature of origami-like fabric placement to create gowns that are truly works of art.

Photos by Bowie

Vendor of the Week – Karen Buckle Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties!

I couldn’t let a Monday morning pass by without a nod to one of our hard working, fantastic Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! Our vendors are working so hard producing amazing weddings right now and I know they’re looking forward to working with even more Polka Dot Bride readers in the upcoming months as we move into the season of Spring weddings! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out what our amazing vendors are up to!

I am thrilled to introduce you this week’s Vendor of The Week Karen Buckle Photography. Karen has such a beautiful way of capturing weddings. She makes everything “glow”. From the light shining in the couple’s eyes, to the radiant golden sunsets streaming through the trees. Karen always makes the most of the backdrop Mother Nature provides (which being on the Sunshine Coast means she gets gorgeous ones!) and also the relaxed, love filled couples she captures. I always get a lift when I see her work pop into my inbox!

To learn a little more about Karen Buckle Photography we asked Karen five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Vodka Lime and lemonade

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Weddings mean I don’t get too many free weekends but I love going to the beach or shopping/people watching in the city or visiting family and friends.

Favourite restaurant?

I love the Cherry Blossom (our local sushi place) I could eat there everyday.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

My husband does the best poached eggs ever – yummo. It’s definitely become a tradition for us!

Your favourite wedding story?

The best ones are unrepeatable 😉 but one of my best friends in the world Jo got married in Melbourne a couple of years ago and her husband Jeremy surprised her by learning to play her favourite song (Everlong/Foo Fighters) and performed it at the reception. It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen!

Visit Karen Buckle Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Karen Buckle Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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