Holly and Cory’s Outdoor Vintage Inspired Wedding

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


Holly & Cory

A vintage dream is the style of this afternoon’s wedding. From the bride’s sweet tea length gown, the vintage inspired bridesmaid’s gowns made by the groom’s aunty and all the special moments in between!

Holly tells the story of their relationship. “Cory and I actually first met while still at high school but nothing happened then – Cory was a bit of a bad boy and I was a major nerd so it appeared that we were only ever destined to gaze wistfully at each other from across the room at best. After graduation Cory moved to Sydney and I stayed in Perth.  Years later, Cory made the move back to Perth and I invited him to attend my New Year’s party.  Secretly I had a crush on him.  Little did I know he had a crush on me too!  At the party, a strange happening occurred.  Just before midnight, someone dropped a glass and, in a reverse-turn of Cinderella’s slipper, I stepped on the glass whilst cleaning it up and I cut my foot.  Cory whisked me away to attend to my wounded paw, and the timing was such that as the clock struck midnight there we were, together, right in time for the New Year’s kiss.  The rest, as they say, is history!”

Photography today is by White Tulip Photography who captures such beautiful wedding moments- from the classics to the candids.

Holly adorned her Diva Peeptoes in Fuschia from Betts shoes with shoe clips from Joallie.

Holly describes the day as “A wedding filled with happiness and joy… it was also filled with homemade, recycled, borrowed, repurposed and budget-friendly things that made it personal, a little kooky and memorable!” Holly wore a gown from Justin Alexander while Cory’s aunty made the bridesmaids gowns. Holly remarks “Cory’s Aunt Lynne made all four gowns, and she did the most incredible job! She lives in the UK and all my bridesmaids currently live on opposite sides of the country/state to me and so it was a bit of a logistical nightmare getting the measurements and fittings done, but Lynne didn’t bat an eyelid.  You know a dress is well made when your maid of honour is doing commando rolls on the dancefloor at the end of the night and the dress stays completely intact. Fact.”

The couple chose a garden setting for their ceremony. Holly explains “Our ceremony was held on the grassy slopes of Greenplace Reserve which is a gorgeous little spot right on the waters edge in Mosman Park.  We set up handmade picnic blankets and cushions in the shade under a big blossoming tree for our guests to sit on.  Holly’s Mum made metres and metres of paper love-heart bunting that hung from the trees and danced in the breeze, and looked so whimsical.”

After the ceremony, guests sipped homemade mint and raspberry cordial made by Holly’s mum and nibbled on homemade gingerbread and cheesy savory biscuits made by the bride and groom’s mothers.

Holy and her bridesmaids hair was styled by. Holly says “We booked Sonya Fitzgerald from Elite Monde hairstylists.  Sonya has been doing my hair for years and it was so much fun to have her there with us while we were getting ready.  She bawled when I came out with my dress on!  She’s just the sweetest.  My veil was my Mum’s original one that she wore on her wedding day (and was spiffed up by Joallie).”

Holly says “I think the number one thing that made the day special for us was being able to have so many of our family members and friends there celebrating with us.  It’s such a rare and unique experience, to be surrounded by so much love and happy energy.  And so many people had travelled so far which was so humbling – we had family and guests travel from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and from almost all corners of Australia.”

Of their photographer, Holly remarks “Mandy Mandy Mandy… what can we say?  We cannot wax lyrical enough about this amazing, talented lady who we were lucky enough to have as our photographer.  She made us feel completely comfortable on the day, which is quite a feat as usually we are the ones who like being behind the camera rather than in front of it! Mandy really captured all the love and happy energy from the day in her images.  We love her style because her images don’t feel posed or contrived, and she has this great photo journalistic approach that just tells the story of the day.”

Holly remembers “Everything went surprisingly smoothly on the day itself, so we don’t really have any disaster stories to share.  A good friend of ours told us in the lead up “to expect about 70% of stuff to go right on the day, the other 30% don’t worry about” and that was great advice because it meant we let go of the idea that everything had to be “just perfect”.  That said, it felt like everything was just about perfect!  The one thing we couldn’t control was the weather and on the day it was just gorgeous… but two days before and two days after there were HUGE thunderstorms so we had a lucky escape there!”

The bouquets and buttonholes were created by Flowertalk  Holly recalls “We almost weren’t going to have professional flowers done because they weren’t part of our original budget, but after seeing Jappalin’s work I chatted to her and she came up with some great ideas to keep things budget-friendly.  We did the flower arrangements for the reception ourselves. ”

Holly says “The styling by me (Holly) & my Mum.  Because we were doing the set up ourselves without professional help, we did a lot of preparation before the day to help things run smoothly.  We took photos of table set ups, wrote instructions, put things into labelled boxes… we tried to make it fool proof!  On the day the set up was done by my two brothers, my dad, my father-in-law, and Cory!  My Mum also did a lot of rushing around making sure everything was ‘just so’.  We are just so thankful for all the help and time that was given by everyone to get it all set up just perfectly (and everyone mucked in for the packing away!), it looked even better on the day than we could have ever imagined. ”

The reception tied right into the vintage style of the day. Holly says “Our reception was also outside, on the lawns of the Nedlands Yacht Club which is a small but excellent little venue right on the Swan River.  We set it up with garden furniture, picnic rugs, cushions, lawn games, lanterns, a dance floor… and more! We were able to watch the sky change colours as the sun set and the full moon came out, and then we partied under the stars, all with the city skyline as our backdrop – perfection!  The staff at the NYC were spectacular and so accommodating with all our ideas, and were very attentive with their service and (as necessitated by our budget) very affordable too.”

The wedding was filled with handmade touches, Holly explains ” Instead of a guestbook we set up my Nana’s typewriter that she used to use in the fifties when she was a typist, and got people to type their messages of wisdom and advice to us as the newlyweds.  Reading through them afterwards was hilarious, especially as the night wore on and the typewriter became a bit of a sobriety test!

In a nod to the strong influence of our families, and the inspiring example that they have set for both of us (between both our folks they’ve been married over 70 years combined) we borrowed the idea that we’d seen at other weddings of having photos of our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents on their wedding days set up for people to admire.”

The couple went without a wedding cake, instead choosing a handmade cake extravaganza!  Holly remembers “Our cake table was mind-blowing. Don’t you think that homemade cakes always taste the best?  We did too, so we didn’t have one big formal cake… we had a cake buffet!  It was amazing.  A ton of family and friends baked their favourite recipes for us, and as a result we had the most awesome spread including a range of chocolate cakes, carrot cake, caramel slice, trifle, fruit cake, ginger cake, pecan pie, rocky road, cupcakes, sponge, pavlova, melting moments and even a croquembouche!  There was SO. MUCH. CAKE. Not that we were complaining.”

There were so many little elements that Holly, Cory and their families made and borrowed to add to the flair of the wedding. Holly says “Seeing as our reception was loosely based on a ‘garden party’ we set the place up with white lawn furniture, soft lighting, picnic blankets, cushions and lawn games.  The croquet set was a nice way to acknowledge my late Grandfather who was a keen player – we borrowed the set from the club he used to play at. ”

For dinner, Holly and Cory hired Il Paiolo “We had the amazing Vincenzo from Il Paiolo for our caterer.  Anyone who has heard of him (or been to a party that he’s catered) will rave about his incredible food.  He cooks all the food on site in his portable wood fired oven, and uses seasonal, locally sourced produce as part of the Slow Food Australia movement.  Not only does it taste sublime but it’s more environmentally friendly too.  We had cocktail style reception which can make people think “Will I be hungry?” but there was certainly more than enough food.  His finger food is substantial!  And did I mention it’s delicious?”

Guest photo

The magical moment of the night? The first dance ! Holly says “This was one of my favourite moments of the day.  I was never that little girl who would fantasize about her dream wedding, but one thing that I had pictured in my head, quite firmly, was that I would dance my first dance as a married woman under a canopy of stars.  Our dancefloor was on the lawn by the river, under a huge full moon, and we had a marquee frame set up with metres and metres of fairy lights entwined to create this incredible ceiling of lights above us.  Cory and I danced to ‘Into My Arms’ by Nick Cave.  I twirled and twirled like a dizzy five-year-old on that dance floor to Nick Cave, with my husband, and it was simply magical.”

Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us Holly and Cory! Congratulations! thank you also to White Tulip Photography  for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: White Tulip Photography / Cinematographer: Matt Holder of Reflex Films Australia (Friend of the bride & groom) / Bride's Dress: Justin Alexander / Bride's Shoes: Betts / Bride's Shoe Clips: Joallie / Groom's Attire: Man to Man / Groomsmen Attire: Man to Man / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aunt of the groom / Bridesmaid Accessories: Joallie / Hairstylist: Sonya Fitzgerald from Elite Monde hairstylists / Makeup Artist: Elsie Tan / Dancefloor and chairs: Reeces / Flowers (Bouquets & buttonholes ): Flowertalk / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Greenplace Reserve, in Mosman Park / Reception Venue: The Nedlands Yacht Club, in Nedlands / Ceremony Officiant: Victoria Sunderland 0401866345 / Catering: Il Paiolo / Transport: Golden West Limousines
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Michelle and Steven’s Spanish Inspired Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International


Michelle & Steven

The colours of today’s wedding were what drew me in- the Spanish inspiration, the vivid hues, it all led to a beautiful festive wedding celebration just right to kick us off for a week of wedding inspiration! The wedding comes to us all the way from Santa Barbara from the delightful Embrace Life Photography who have captured the colour and life of today’s celebration with such festivity.

The Spanish inspiration came from their ceremony location, the sunken gardens at Santa Barbara Courthouse . Michelle says “It was such a lovely space in the heart of the down town.  We fell in love with the Spanish architecture and style.  We tried to incorporate the Spanish Theme into our wedding using the Spanish tiles in our stationary, for our cake, in the reception music, and even the margaritas we served. ”

Michelle and Steven met before the ceremony for photographs.

Of their photographer, Michelle says “Our photographer was amazing, Adam George with Embrace Life Photography.  Adam and his wife Amber were so great to work with through the entire process.  They were a calming energy on the day of our wedding and we are so pleased with how our pictures turned out. The story they captured, the vivid colors, everything about them we love!  It was such an amazing day for us and the pictures bring us back there along with all the feelings and emotions that come with it.  They did an amazing job, we can’t thank them enough.”

The reception was held across the road at Arts & Letters Cafe. The bride and her mother made the table runners, assembled the Lani Blue Stationery designed stationery and assembled the flower girl bouquets.

A Piece of Cake created the Spanish inspired wedding cake topped with bright red roses.

Congratulations Michelle and Steven! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Embrace Life Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Embrace Life Photography / Cinematographer: Skyline Videography / Bride's Dress: Mori Lee / Groom's Attire: Selix Formalwear / Makeup Artist: Chateau Belle / Flowers: Alpha Floral / Invitations & Stationery: Lani Blue Stationery / Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse / Reception Venue: Arts & Letters Cafe / Ceremony Officiant: Barbra Mousouris / Music: Sam Adams / Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake / Chuppah: I Love Chuppahs

Henry Roth Too Hot To Handle 2012 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



Kicking off the season with a bang, Henri Josef website 2012 collection has been called “Too Hot To Handle”. Shot in Henry’s most loved city – New York, the new collection features interesting laces, different fabric placements and unique necklines and all echo Henry’s focus on texture over adornment, over sparkle and bling.

The lace detail almost shimmers, the silk satins glow like liquids and the necklines are elegant boat necks and dipped Vs and simple, classic sweethearts. These gowns echo timeless glamour with the focus being on you.








Photos from Henri Josef website

Vendor of the Week – Little Black Booth

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Are you on a day off today or back at work? What did you get up to this weekend?

Let’s kick off our week of wedding inspiration with a peek inside the pages of  Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is filled with wedding vendors who are pretty darn amazing. There are gift registries, there are fantastic celebrants, beautiful cake makers, unique wedding venues and even scrumptious caterers! So many amazing vendors, so little time! So take a moment and have a look for yourself!

It’s always fun to have little surprises that help your guests have a great time at your wedding and photobooths are something new and fun that are so entertaining to have at your reception! Today’s vendor of the week Little Black Booth is a Melbourne based photobooth company who not only sets up your photobooth, provides a happy attendant to make sure it runs smoothly, prints two copies of each strip (one for you one for your guests!) but they even provide an online gallery of all the photos taken and digital copies delivered via DVD or dropbox. You can even hire a props kit if moustaches are your thing  and there’s extra fun add ons like making your strips magnetized or popped in acrylic frames!

We asked Jessie (one of Little Black Booth’s photobooth hosts) of Little Black Booth five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Eldridge Pinot Noir – as far as I know the only places you can get this wine is direct from Eldridge or from Stokehouse in St Kilda. Oh lordy, it’s gooooood.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

The RACV Cape Schanck Resort – gorgeous location just 25 minutes away!

Favourite restaurant?

Baha Tacos, Rye – very good friends of mine own Baha Tacos and recently moved to a much larger premises. Live music + fantastic Mexican food + the funky, laid-back ambience = memorable night out!

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

Wistfully I’d be tucking into ‘Tim’s Big Breakfast’ at Picknics Cafe in Rye with a strong latte. More often than not it’s a bowl of natural Greek yoghurt with honey and a handmade latte from home.

Your favourite wedding story?

My favourite is actually a wedding that hasn’t happened yet! We are donating a photo booth to a wedding on 21st April. A number of wedding suppliers on the Mornington Peninsula grouped together to offer a free wedding to a deserving couple. The lucky couple have had a hard couple of years, including losing their 3-day-old baby girl last year 🙁 I can’t wait to see them get married!

Visit Little Black Booth’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Little Black Booth is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory