Jonahs, Whale Beach

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


I do love doing a venue profile and showcasing a beautiful venue for your wedding celebration. Todays has the most incredible view. I think I first fell for that clifftop location years ago when I saw the most beautiful wedding in a magazine. The bride wore the most vividly blue wedding gown and it all came together beautifully as a coastal, summer wedding.

Jonahs, Whale Beach is a beautiful restaurant & boutique hotel located on Sydney’s Northern beaches. Set high upon a clifftop overlooking Whale Beach, a mere 45 minutes from Sydney, the venue has the most stunning views and plenty of spaces for weddings and celebrations.

The property was originally built in 1929 by Constance Vidal as a roadhouse. Weekend excursions would often be had, with folks arriving in motorcars for fairy bread and other treats while enjoying the scenery. The venue now boasts a boutique hotel and award winning restaurant, making it a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a beautiful coastal inspired wedding.

The food at Jonahs, Whale Beach is award winning with executive chef Alfonso Alés working along Sommelier Christian Baeppler who manages the hotel’s collection of 5000 wines and champagnes from around the globe. The food makes one salivate with guests able to enjoy a meal in the formal dining room or on the more relaxed terrace. Function menus include tasty treats such as Crumbed Crystal Bay prawn skewers with Romesco sauce, Kingfish carpaccio, shaved vegetables & caviar with pomegranate & lime dressing, Assiette of lamb with eggplant caviar, hommus & rosemary jus and dessert? Options range from Chocolate ganache tart with Tahitian vanilla ice cream to Crème Catalane with cinnamon & orange.

The food has a range of options as it is served – cocktail style, sit down, roaming and even the fun addition of a dessert table allowing guests to choose their own dessert from a decadent buffet.

As for beverages, a wide range of beautiful Australian wines are on offfer as well as the option to upgrade the bubbles to Champagne Taittinger.

The restaurant, of course, also doubles as the wedding space. While the clifftop garden provides the most amazing ceremony location with views across the ocean, the restaurant caters for an intimate wedding feast with floor to ceiling glass windows. The restaurant can hold 100 guests.

There’s also the terrace available for hire, which can hold 48 guests and would would be a beautiful on a balmy summer evening for a more intimate celebration. Couples do have the option of hiring the entire venue exclusively, allowing guests to watch you marry in the gardens, enjoy pre dinner drinks in the lawn and terrace and adjourn to the restaurant for dinner.

Ceremonies on the lawn include seating for 22 guests, ipod docking station and a back up wet weather plan.  The Terrace is suitable for a sit down function while the restaurant can cater for cocktail or sit down celebrations.

On of the big attractions of Jonahs is the luxurious onsite accommodation. Jonahs offers a discounted rate for wedding guests and the rooms? There’s eleven including a private residence which features it’s own private pool, balcony and gardens. Guests enjoy king sized beds, ocean views, private terraces and beautiful limestone bathrooms with jacuzzi baths. Exclusive booking of the venue means couples have to book a number of rooms at Jonahs which makes a nice excuse for special guests to stay a little longer and perhaps even provide a relaxed place to get ready for your day. Most packages include a buffet breakfast and beautiful extras like Molten Brown candles, French champagne and in room massages.

Photos by Jonahs, Whale Beach

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by | Blog News, Bride


 ErinGraham Healsville 2012 242 550x366 Erin & Grahams Autumn Wedding In The Forest!

Photo from Erin & Graham’s Autumn Wedding In The Forest! Photography by Hynesite Photography

It’s been a lovely week at Polka Dot Bride, the weather is warming up, we’ve started work on new projects, had plenty of new ideas. Perhaps Spring is not such a bad place to be for a fresh start and new beginnings!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Vintage Art Deco Style 2.Real Wedding ~ Erin & Graham’s Autumn Wedding In The Forest 3.Inspired Words – Kobi 4.A Swedish Engagement Shoot 5.Louise and Ryan’s Quirky & Fun Engagement Shoot 6 It’s Desperately Seeking Friday!

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Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.



1.What Would They Know? ‘Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings’ 2.Vendor’s Favourites – Funbooth 3.Mason Jar Table Arrangements 4.Floral Colour Inspiration ~ White 5.Lets Add Winter To The Choice Of Wedding Season 

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup – Spring Inspired Cake Toppers 2.Tuesday Type – Aphrodite Slim 3.Stamped Initial Bouquet Charm Tutorial

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

1.Rose And Adam’s Fiery Destination Wedding

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 This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1.Inspired Memories – Jarred 2.Groom Style – Josh

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Around the wedding world this week..

Spring Giveaway!

Spring has arrived and to celebrate, Love Notes are giving away this sweet personalised bunting with every order placed online in September! You can check out the special offer and the range of stationery at their online store.


 Luv Bridal & Formal have opened their rban new store in Chatswood, Sydney. To celebrate this weekend they’re holding a Grand Opening Sale with 20% off all purchases for the month of September! Luv Bridal stocks the Mia Solano collection and also has a wide range of bridesmaid gowns, mother of the bride gowns and plenty of accessories. The showroom is located at 382 Pacific Highway, Chatswood and brides can contact them on 02 9427 7272.

Brisbane florist (and Australia wide button bouquet designer!) Over The Top Floristry has just launched their brand new website! With even more gorgeous button bouquet images to inspire the whimsy in you, to helpful hints and tricks, it’s a nice read with a cup of tea!


Wedding List Co and Samantha Wills are rolling out their collaboration together in a series of bridal parties across the country. Brides get to enjoy makeovers, tips & tricks, beautiful treats while going in the draw to win $500 of Samantha Wills Jewellery. Check out their events page for full details.

For our film of the week, something a little different! A music video! Artist Czarina Lapus sent this one along to us, called “Boomerang”. It was shot at The Willows in Melbourne, the bride wore Angela Marcuccio Bridal Couture and the clay flowers were created by House of Orchids.


Floral Fantasy Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I love the way Spring hits us with the sudden change in warmer weather and  the flower buds slowly opening. It’s like we’re assaulted from the dark depths of grey into a world of colour.

Today’s inspiration board plays homage to new beginnings.  An abundance of flowers, a floral wonderland starting with the bride’s floral printed gown, to the garden ceremony under the strong arms of the decades old tree and the colourful, dramatic over the top floral touches.

Floral gown by Zuhair Murad Haute Couture via Fashionsing, watercolour painting by Kristy Rice of Momental Designs cake by I Am Baker, hairpiece from Hair by Krystle Sheehan at The Garage via Wedding Wire, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings,  ceremony photo by Adrian Tuazon Photography from Katy and Ryan, magenta bridesmaid gown from BHLDN, bridesmaids gowns photo by Shannen Norman Photography via Style Me Pretty, watercolour votives via Once Wed

Selina and Lenny’s Elegant Moama Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Selina and Lenny

The stories from Selina and Lenny’s wedding (which was submitted by the lovely Rose of Rose Zurzolo Couture) evoke thoughts of country wedding celebrations. Selina and Lenny married in the Echuca, Moama region and celebrated their day with an intimate celebration at a local winery.

A snippet from their marriage ceremony tells their story. “In the New Year of 2005 as the story goes, Len and Sel both headed off independently to the Falls Festival to enjoy NYE with friends.

Well…. it wasn’t really independently, because they both had a feeling there was a bit of match making going on! Good friends Rach and Josh had been trying to instigate a meeting for a while and so they were both suspicious, but also excited and interested in meeting.

Len and Sel met on 30th December 2005 and Len tells me that at first sight he was pretty impressed with this very athletic, gorgeous looking girl.   Fortunately for Len, Sel thought he was gorgeous too and they connected easily from the beginning.

Timing wasn’t perfect however as Len was leaving the next week to pursue his football dreams in Brisbane, and Sel had travel and study ambitions to achieve which she knew were going to impact heavily on her plans over the next year or two.

These were difficult times for Sel and Len because although they hadn’t spoken about it, they had already fallen in love.    They kept in contact, Len continued with his training and studies, Sel studied and travelled,  but without it every really being expressed, they both knew in their hearts that they had found someone special, someone in their life they could always trust and always rely on.  They continued happily on their own journeys but their hearts never really left each other.

After 7 months apart, their reunion was smooth and easy and they reunited as if they had never been apart…”

Photographs today are by Mosaic Photography who captured the vintage styling and elegant details of Selina and Lenny’s country wedding beautifully.

Selina loved “Family, friends, the beautiful speeches from our best man and my husband and of course, being able to wear my beautiful, beautiful dress!” Selina wore an elegant gown designed and made by Rose Zurzolo Couture.

Selina recalls “I can remember being so nervous whilst getting ready that I could barely talk for a while and then as soon as I saw Len all that went away and I relaxed completely!  ”

The couple met before the ceremony, Selina explains, We had our photos before the ceremony as we were reluctant to leave our family and friends after the ceremony and miss out on the pre-dinner drinks and the great canapés being served!”

Selina says “The hair and make up process took a little longer than expected and I was actually well behind the schedule I had originally planned in terms of our photo time. But it was not that much of an issue given that we were only eating into our photo time (rather than keeping guests waiting!).  Due to our delay, we decided to stay in Moama for photos (shot at Moama Court House and at a beautiful big tree on riverside) rather than head to Echuca (amongst the traffic) and with Zoe’s knowledge we managed to find some rather special spots for photos so it was of little consequence in the end – which was great!”

Of their photographer, Selina says “Tanya Guvelski of Mosaic Photography was simply great – she was so relaxed and easy going in the lead up and understood what we liked and wanted in terms of timing and photos.  The professionalism and flair of Tanya was so noticeable on the day.  As Tanya was not from the local area, Tanya engaged a local photographer to assist her for a few hours over the ceremony & photo time. It was great having Zoe along with Tanya and they both made our photo session fun and effortless.  ” The couple also had  Zoe Crump of the Art of Zowie assisting their photographer.

Selina explains, “We had only one bridesmaid and groomsman as we wanted to keep things relaxed and easy with no fuss.  Whilst it was very difficult not to have our other closest friends we had a huge bridal table with those people so we were able to really share it with them. ”

Selina walked down the aisle toAngus & Julia Stone, ‘Babylon’.

Selina and Lenny held their wedding at Morrison’s Winery, Moama. Selina explains “We wanted our wedding ceremony to be outdoors as we are very outdoorsy people. We also both love water so it was natural for us to select getting married alongside the Murray River for our wedding. The winery was a gorgeous venue which gave us nature and a relaxed setting which were after.  We were so spoilt to have such beautiful weather with the sun shining all day and the birds chirping when we were getting married.”

Selina and Lenny were married by Wendy Nolan Selina recalls “We chose a real and personal ceremony which captured us as well as how important our friends and family are to us.  I had my beautiful friends Hayley, Adriana give readings near the start of the ceremony.  My sister Jorjina wrote a very moving and personal reading for Len and I and she gave this reading just before the formalities commenced.  It was a great way to lead into exchanging our vows.”

Selina says “A few minor hiccups occurred throughout the day (as with all weddings I’d say) but it is difficult to remember as time passes as those memories fade and only the amazing moments stick in your mind! ”

As favors, guests received boxes of homemade fudge by Sheridan Kate Chenhalls.


The evening continued with Selina and Lenny’s first dance, Selina recalls “We had said all along that we would get lessons for our dance but as time passed the idea of lessons faded.  We had originally selected a song to dance to and had started teaching ourselves a little routine and then driving to work in the two weeks before our wedding we heard a rendition of a Jezabels song on JJJ Like a Version and just loved it.  After calling on a good friend of ours, we managed to get the song downloaded and he did some mix mastering for us.    We danced to Endless Summer by Josh Pyke and Elana Stone.  It was gorgeous song and our little dance routine which we practiced in the week before the wedding was a hit! ”

Congratulations on your marriage Selina and Lenny! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Rose Zurzolo Couture and Mosaic Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Mosaic Photography / Bride's Dress: Rose Zurzolo Couture / Bride's Shoes: Joanne Mercer / Groom's Attire: Hira's Fashion / Groomsmen Attire: Hira's Fashion / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Bridesmaid Shoes: Joanne Mercer / Hairstylist: Bec Clifford of Sublime Hair and Make Up, Echuca / Makeup Artist: Bec Clifford of Sublime Hair and Make Up, Echuca / Flowers & Decor: Lynn's Florist, Echuca / Hire: Echuca Moama Party Hire, Moama / Hire: Perfect Party Hire, Echuca / Invitations & Stationery: Papermarc / Venue: Morrison's Winery, Moama / Ceremony Officiant: Wendy Nolan / Band: Not Much Up Top / Cake Baker: Sugababe Cakes