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Caroline and Nic’s Intimate Vintage Perth Wedding

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


Caroline and Nic

A simple, sweet intimate wedding to share this morning. The bride, a lover of the 1920s and 30s styled the wedding to suit her and her beloved’s romantic, vintage style.

Caroline explains how she and Nic met. “Nic and I met through our mutual friend, Oliver, about 6 years ago. We were friends for a while and kept in contact whilst Nic was living in London. When he came back to Perth, we bumped into each other on the street and discovered that there was something there.

On our one year anniversary, we went to Cottesloe Beach to see the annual Sculptures by the Sea event. There was an intriguing installation called 7000 Classrooms, made by students of Shenton College in collaboration with the Hong Kong School of Creativity. Two rows of five metre high bamboo poles were connected by a single strand of rope, forming a tunnel.  After watching the summer sun set over the Indian Ocean, Nic and I walked through the 200 metre tunnel. When we reached the end, Nic proposed to me, to my great surprise.”

Photographs today are by Natalija Brunovs of I Heart Weddings who captured the fun, vintage spirit of Caroline and Nic’s day so beautifully.

Caroline wore the Butterfly Effect Gown in brulee, by Perth designer Aurelio Costarella and paired it with art deco style brass earrings, with golden shadow tear drop shaped Swarovski crystals, by Peter Lang.

Caroline says “I was inspired by the timeless, yet modern art deco style of the 1920s and 30s – my favourite era of the 20th century. All the dresses, accessories, invitations and reception styling were clean and elegant modern day interpretations of that time. Our colour palette was neutral – champagne golds, vintage cream, blush pink and ash grey – with shots of colour in the smaller pieces, like the coloured mosaic tiling on the invitations and the burnt orange bridesmaid bouquets.” The bride used Ashley Brockman for makeup and Antonio Sorgiovanni for hair.

Caroline describes getting ready as one of her favourite moments “I loved getting ready at the Richardson with my bridal party, parents and styling team was an hilarious and memorable time. We ordered room service breakfast with lots of coffee, as we had a dawn start and it was just so intimate and fun, like one big close family.”

For her feet, Caroline wore Badgely Mischka Randee Heel in gold.

Caroline and Nic were married at the neo-gothic Chapel of St Michael the Archangel in West Leederville. “St Michael the Archangel is a Gothic chapel, on the top of a hill, which has views of Lake Monger and Perth city. The surrounding gardens and the chapel itself are impeccably maintained and the site is also the headquarters of the current Catholic Education Office.”As he walked her down the aisle to as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach, Caroline’s father wore traditional Filipino dress.

There were plenty of handmade touches at the wedding. Caroline explains, “I created my own ceremony head piece with a Peter Lang brooch and a cream bird cage veil, as I wanted something quite simple but detailed for the service.” For the reception, she changed into the Chloe hairpiece by Reny Kestel Milinery. Nic , an architect also designed his wedding ring after not being able to find anything he liked.


Caroline and Nic were married by a special family member. “We were very moved that our celebrant was a family relative, Bishop Justin Bianchini, uncle of the groom and Bianchini family patriarch. We spent a lot of time with him in the lead up to the wedding, discussing marriage and spirituality and he really put us all at ease on the actual day with his humour and genuine caring nature.”

Caroline remarks “The whole event was sort of a DIY collaboration between us and several close friends who made the wedding cake, styled the entire reception and provided the music/entertainment. During the entire preparation process, we consulted with many friends for ideas, opinions and feedback. Without them, our wedding would not have been possible, or as meaningful.” The flower girl wore a gown by BIG by FIona Scanlan.


Of their photographer, Caroline says, “Nat was an obvious choice as our photographer as she was already a friend of ours and we were well acquainted with her relaxed, unobtrusive style, creative eye and talent for capturing natural moments”

Caroline’s bridesmaids wore mismatched gowns. “My maid of honour wore Pia Gladys Perey “Ivy Gown” in Ash grey. My bridesmaid wore Pia Gladys Perey “Erika Gown”, also in Ash grey, exclusive to Varga Girl in Leederville, WA. They chose different dresses, but the same colour and fabric to complement their different individual styles and personalities. This was also reflected in their choice of accessories.” The floral arrangements were styled by Celesta Wijaya and consisted of polar star cream vintage roses and burnt orange cala lilies with plenty of rich chocolate blossom foliage.

Caroline and Nic held their reception at Mosmans RestaurantMosman’s is a seafood restaurant on the Swan River in Mosman Bay. As it is actually on the river, the floor to ceiling glass doors and windows offer uninterrupted views of the sky, passing boats and the water, which was tranquil due to the perfect, sunny weather that we had on the day. Our guests arrived to pre-dinner drinks and canapés on the Mosman’s jetty, accompanied by the sultry voice of Megan McInerney, who sang a collection of blues, jazz and acoustic tracks.”

Continuing the vintage theme, Caroline and Nic added touches to their reception. Caroline explains, “The reception venue was also decorated with clusters of antique amber coloured glassware and vases, which came from Varga Girl, in Leederville. Much of this glass dates back to the Depression era and was further decorated with spider orchids, fresh fig branches, limes and spear grass”

The speeches were a hit “My sister and maid of honour, Vanessa, deservedly received a standing ovation, when she delivered her reception speech. Her sparkling wit, graciousness and charm absolutely brought the house down, with tales of our childhood, plus a focus on the importance of family and friends.”

A black and white photo booth was a hit at the reception Caroline remarks “Collaborating with Nat in creating the reception “noir” styled photo booth was so exciting and we were all so impressed with the results. The photo booth was a creative and entertaining way for guests to interact with each and let their inner silent movie characters come out. We utilised a box of props, such as feather boas, top hats, lace umbrellas, toys and complimentary chocolate moustache lollipops, which were in aid of raising money for the Movember cause.”

A special message was passed on at the reception. Caroline explains, “Our good friend Daniel could not be with us in person, as he was overseas in Japan at the time. However, our MC read out a poignant personalised message from Daniel and an evocative poem by ancient Japanese poet, Horikawa. The poem works like an analogy. At first love is messy and wild. But with time, it mellows into trust and faith. Tangles become entanglements that lead eventually to knots. And it is upon knots that we lay or trust. Whether they be spiritual or physical. I suppose that is why we say “tying the knot” when we get married?”

Congratulations Caroline and Nic! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Natalija Brunovs of I Heart Weddings for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Natalija Brunovs of I Heart Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Aurelio Costarella / Bride’s Shoes: Badgely Mischka / Jewelry: Peter Lang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pia Gladys Perey / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake: Zac Carboon / Bride\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s reception hairpiece: Reny Kestel Milinery / Reception Venue: Mosman's Restaurant
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Melissa and Jeremy’s 1920s Flapper Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Melissa and Jeremy

The wedding of Melissa and Jeremy was a garden celebration with a heavy 1920s twist. Not only do the couple adore the era themselves, but they encouraged their guests to dress to the 1920’s style – from the bride’s short and beaded gown, to the jazz club at home reception. If you’re a fan of the gangsta, big band era, this may just be the most wonderful inspiration for your own celebration!

Photographs today are by Megan Alridge. I love how Megan captured the vintage feel of today’s celebration – Melissa’s bridal glow is so apparent and the happiness has soaked through every photograph.

Melissa wore a vintage inspired gown from Le Luxe Clothing with shoes by Diane Hassel.  Dersica crafted a fabric bouquet for the bride.

Melissa and Jeremy held their ceremony in Forest Glade Gardens. Melissa walked down the aisle to INXS – ‘Never Tear Us Apart’.

Guests were encourage to wear 1920’s or gangster style outfits.

Jeremy and his groomsman wore suits from Spurling Formalwear with shoes from Zu Shoes while Melissa’s bridesmaid wore a beaded flapper style gown from Unique Vintage Clothing.

Melissa loved “Writing our own vows, theme, DIY details, people’s involvement and relaxing atmosphere at the family home.”

The couple hired a marquee and set up their own twist on a Jazz Club in the family homestead.

Guests were entertained by Melissa and Jeremy’s favourite 1920’s tunes while enjoying the vintage photographs and accessories the couple had organised.

The couple set up their own photobooth complete with star and moon.

Gillian’s Cakes created a cupcake wedding tower for the couple while the bride and groom decorated the reception themselves using large red and black marabou feathers.

For their first dance, Melissa and Jeremy swung their way through WASP – ‘Hold Onto My Heart’.

Congratulations Melissa and Jeremy! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Megan Aldridge for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Megan Alridge / Bride’s Dress: Le Luxe Clothing / Bride’s Shoes: Diane Hassel / Flowers: dersica / Ceremony: Forest Glade Gardens / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Spurling Formalwear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Unique Vintage Clothing / Cake: Gillian Cakes / Groom & groomsmens Shoes: Zu Shoes

Stylerocks Custom Jewellery

by | Bride, Jewellery


Personalising the facets of your wedding is a huge reason I write Polka Dot Bride, in fact it’s a huge reason as to why I even started it. So I always love finding websites and artisans who can help you customise goodies to your own personal style, your own tastes, to really show off who you and your beloved are through your wedding.

I fell head over heels for Shoes Of Prey when they launched – customisable shoes? Why thank you dream business idea! And now? Inspired by Shoes Of Prey but very much a business built in it’s own right, I bring you StyleRocks an online, personalised jewellery experience tailored just for you!

Personalised jewellery has been around for a while, but it’s hard – it involves a lot of time with a jeweller and a lot of expense. StyleRocks is based 100% online and you’re able to design, visualise, order and have it delivered from the comfort of your couch. This concept is such a great gift idea! Customised cufflinks for the groom, earrings to match your bridesmaid’s gowns, special necklaces for your mother. A signet ring for your best friend.

The StyleRocks site has rings (and the best part? wedding rings that you can engrave!) bracelets, cufflinks and even earrings all available to customise (with more options being added constantly). Firstly, you choose your metal, whether you want it plated, solid gold, shiny or matte.

There are a series of “collections” of charms and adornments (which can also be engraved!), from “Nature” (with flowers, leaves and feathers) to “Romance”  with sweet words and blooms. There’s even “Fast Food” and letters and numbers.

The customised jewellery concept isn’t just about charms either. They’ve included an array of gorgeous gemstones (including of course, diamonds but also the beautiful coloured stones like citrine and topaz).

The site is packed with handy hints and tips – from birthstones (so you can choose a personal present for your bridesmaids) to engraving suggestions (handy for wedding rings). Each piece is made in Australia by professional Australian jewellers so you know the pieces are of high quality (which is always reassuring when you’re purchasing such a special piece).

The pieces in the entry are part of the Polka Dot Bride collection, which I am really looking forward to adding to as their range increases! I’d love to see what you come up with!

Karen Willis Holmes 2012 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Brooke is a V-neck draped tulle gown featuring a bias and half circle skirt and paired with diamante shoulder detail and the Karen Willis Holmes art deco belt.

The lovely Karen Willis Holmes sent over her stunning 2012 look book last week and the beautiful collection is another finely tuned note to add to her repertoire.

Karen has continued her collection of couture and ready to wear gowns with the same beautiful, classic elegance she is known for using tulle, organza, crepe satins and silk georgette fabrics and plenty of beautifully embellished crystal belts and shoulder details.. Karen has also released two statement gowns which were collaborations with Anna and Luke of the Romance Was Born label.

Lyndel is a fishtail fitted corset gown with draped and pleated bodice and a circle skirt. Added to this is the Diamante Belt, highlighting the waist.

Vanessa is a V neck ruched gown with raw edged bias strips detailing and ruffle sleeves. The front bodice detail can be draped to the back of the gown creating an entirely different look. Crystal adornments can also be added.

Katherine is an organza strapless fishtail gown with side draped bodice and pearl buckle detail.

Sasha is a V neck design with paneled bias skirts and cap sleeves. A blue velvet sash makes her a little whimsical and sweet.

The strapless lace gown that is Hailey features a half circle organza skirt and a satin belt.

Jacqueline, inspired by days gone by, is a vintage style gown with full skirt and pleated bodice. It features a diamante waist feature

Daphne is the couture showstopper.   The gown features a fishtail skirt and lace jacket over a heavy twill corset bodice and stitched lace applique beading.

Faith in vintage pink ball gown with appliqued lace and a plethora of ivory and pink tulle.

Angelina is a tulle fishtail gown featuring embellished shoulder trim detailing.

Images by Karen Willis Holmes

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