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Sara and Adrian’s Fitzroy Gardens Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Sara and Adrian

A very Melbourne engagement session for you today from the girls at Red Telegram! You can’t get more Melbourne than some of the iconic gardens- including today’s venue, the Fitzroy Gardens, right in the heart of the city.

A little of the couple’s story by the bride herself. “Adrian and I chose the Fitzroy Gardens and city venues for our e-session for a number of reasons, one being because we are getting married in the city (at the RACV city club) and because we both love Melbourne and have had many memorable times in and about the city.

I have always loved the Fitzroy Gardens. When I was a little girl, my great grandmother used to take me to there and I was constantly mesmerized by the ‘fairy tree’ and the ‘Tudor Village’. I really thought there were fairies in the tree and I really wanted to live in that little village! The gardens always seemed so romantic and whimsical to me.

Adrian and I met when I was at university, and he would also come and visit me on my breaks and we would sit in the Fitzroy Gardens, which was opposite my lecture theatre.

Our engagement story is a long one! On the day Age proposed, he sent a big arrangement of all my favourite flowers to my work, with a card that said that the flowers were to make up for the horrible bunch he had given me for my birthday a few weeks before.

However, when I went to my car after work, I found another flower stuck to my steering wheel, with a card that had lots of lovely words, and which also instructed me to go to my house, where I would need to choose one of the outfits that he had prepared for me!

When I got home, there was another flower and another card with lots more mushy words and another instruction to go to our almost-finished house we were building. When I arrived, there was another flower and card with the instruction to go inside. There were rose petals everywhere (lucky our place in tiny!) and another flower and card on the bedroom door. I, of course, was bawling at this stage and when I opened the bedroom door, Adrian was waiting for me, looking very spunky and holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen!

After getting down on one knee, saying some more beautiful words, including the five most important, I said yes!

Age then took me to my favourite restaurant, to see the play ‘Wicked’ and to a lovely hotel for the night.

I was one spoilt girl!”

Photos by Red Telegram Photography


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Corrin and Johnny’s Retro Inspired Farm Wedding

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


Corrin and Johnny

It’s hard to believe that today’s wedding was on a 40 degree day. Today’s wedding won me over when the words ‘polka dots’ entered my inbox (really, do people think I like polka dots?) and then had me at the gorgeous dress, the romantic details, the very much in love bride and groom and the sweet heartfelt moments. This, this is what it is all about and oh it is such fun to help tell the story of a couple who had as much fun planning their day as Corrin and Johnny – so I’ll let them kick off the story of their retro inspired farm wedding.

Corrin recalls the meeting story of her and Johnny. “We first met in slightly unusual circumstances. Johnny had a spinal cord injury surfing in Indonesia and needed rehab back home in New Zealand. At the same time my brother Jai had just had a spinal cord injury snowboarding in Queenstown and was flown to the same rehab unit. Jai and Johnny became really good mates and after a trip to Sydney to visit Jai, Johnny and I got chatting and realised we had a lot in common including a love of similar bands, eating good food and travel. After making a couple of mixed compilation CDs for one another getting to know each other further via emails and phone calls and several trips to NZ to visit Johnny, we decided that this was something special and needed to be with each other in the same country, so I packed up and moved to NZ.”

Photos today are by Michelle Fiona Photography who has a soft, gentle nature to her imagery- there is a sensitivity to it that is really beautiful.

Corrin loved her makeup artist. “My make up was truly amazing. Zoe Dellis was fantastic and I would highly recommend her.  She did a beautiful job of all the bridesmaids and was very experienced in knowing what would suit each individual, suiting them all in shades of grey and silver. My make up was perfect, she picked a bronze eye-liner which really made my eye colour stand out which I never would have thought. She listened to what I wanted and also made suggestions on what would work for me. It was subtle and minimal but still covered blemishes, looked great in photos, and lasted throughout the very hot day.”

Corrin wore a 1950’s style polka dot dress. “My very fun and pretty dress was a Henry Roth dress called “Zoe”. It was bought and altered to tea length at Dress Sense Bridal Miranda The polka dots made it such a fun dress to wear.”

You can’t have a great dress without great shoes! Corrin remarks “Johnny wore some amazing brown English Loakes his dad sourced from a vintage op shop, and I  brought brown peep toe wedges and had them dyed to the same colour as my dress by a little boutique shop which has been around since 1934, Pastel Shoe Dyers who’s shop was unfortunately destroyed 3 days after our wedding in the Christchurch earthquake.”

The couple were married at Belgenney Farm in Camden NSW. “At the start of our planning a priority of ours was to find a venue where we could have the ceremony and reception at the same place. We also wanted somewhere in the country and an outdoor garden ceremony, which is always a risk with weather. We fell in love with Belgenny Farm as it suited us. It had a relaxed vibe being in the country, was the birthplace of Australian agriculture which interested me (Corrin) having just finished studies in horticulture, had a garden area for ceremonies and a lovely intimate building for the reception – all in the one place and all to our selves.

Lyndal at Belgenny was great. She made planning our wedding from a different country easy and stress free with her organisation and quick responses to emails. She also let us come to the venue the day before the wedding to set up with our family and friends by putting crème Vietnamese lanterns in the tree, setting the tables etc. The reception building was a lovely relief on the day for guests to retreat to after the ceremony for a refreshing drink and to socialise under air con. The building was a barn style with brick floor, tin roof and exposed timber ceiling beams, very rustic and charming!”

Corrin recalls “I walked down the aisle to Regina Spektor’s cover of ‘Real Love’ written by John Lennon. A favourite of both of ours. Johnny loves The Beatles and I love Regina so it was the perfect song.”

A surprise was the gift of a guest’s video camera. “We are fortunate that a lot was captured on video from our friend who did a great job of recording the whole day and getting individual messages for us to watch later. Because as they say the day goes too fast and it feels like you don’t get to talk to all the people you want to. So it was wonderful to go home and see parts of our day play out at times we weren’t present.”

The bridesmaids wore ” Yellow dresses 1950’s style with a full skirt and all different style tops to suit each body type mostly hand made by my very talented mum and lovely Aunty with one made by my sister and her business partner. Each bridesmaid wearing a charcoal grey sash tied around the waist secured with a button broach I had made.”

The florist, was a family favourite. Corrin explains ” We used Francis Dunn Florist. Francis Dunn florist made the bouquets look incredible! I wanted to use Francis Dunn as she made my mum’s bouquets at her wedding and my two Aunty’s weddings 25 or so years ago and now her daughter Janelle does the flowers along with her daughters. For our wedding they arranged Yellow Calla Lillies, white freesias, Dusty Millar, roses, Singapore orchids and green berries bundled together in a messy, natural looking posy tied up with a crème satin ribbon. Just perfect! The boys wore yellow calla lilies on their chests that turned out to be rather large trumpets, but looked great!”

The boys wore New Zealand tailored outfits. “The boys all wore thin wool trousers (not ideal for super hot days), with a black belt and thin black tie all from Hallensteins, New Zealand and their own white shirt and black shoes. Johnny wore the same but with brown Loakes and a yellow paisley silk tie and grey vest, which was ditched right after the ceremony due to the heat!”

Music played a big role in the day. “We made up a couple of CDs to be played throughout the day with music that we liked on it, which was really great, to be out getting photos and hear a song we knew come on, it made us feel relaxed. For the dancing we had a lot of classic rockin’, swinging, music including The Beatles ‘Saw her standing there’ and ‘Twist and Shout’ and Chuck Berry which got everyone up dancing.”

The dessert had a special touch from Corrin’s mother and more sweet treats to share. Corrin recalls “We had a dessert as part of the package of the 3-course menu, however, my mum insisted she make a cake for us so we could keep the tradition of ‘cutting the cake’. The cake she made was beautiful. It was a double layered white chocolate mud cake with white chocolate icing and a ‘hat’ made by our florist decorating its top of Singapore orchids and freesias, and a nest of dodda vine that the cake sat on. Alongside the cake we had organised as favours a Lindt Macaroon pyramid (From Lindt Miranda – (02 9531 8180) in colours of champagne, yellows, and browns which looked incredible. And because it was really hot the macaroons just melted in you mouth – divine! “

The stationery was designed by Johnny. Corrin explains”I love making cards so I wanted to hand make the invites. We didn’t have a theme at the stage of making the invites, but I had hand sewn a button onto different textured cardboard and Johnny being the computer literate of us both designed the insides and map to the venue. We then had buttons throughout on the stationery, from the menus and boys’ boutonnieres.

We thought it was important to put out personal touch on our day so we tried to DIY where we could to make it easy and save money. It was quite fun being involved in the process of designing and making things for our wedding including all the stationary designed by Johnny on computer using the same font throughout (invite, name cards, programs and menu).”

The day was truly reflective of Corrin & Johnny and just what Corrin wanted “We wanted to keep traditional elements for our wedding but to shape it to be unique to us.  Therefore, we followed the traditional speech patterns and have my father walk me down the aisle. We put our own touch on things with details such as the lanterns in the tree and having a framed photo of Johnny’s brother, Callum on the registry and bridal table.”

Corrin remarks “The moment Johnny and I snuck outside after dinner for 5 minutes by ourselves to get fresh air was special because it was the first time we were alone as husband and wife.  It was brief but something I’ll never forget.”

The first dance, held after sunset was a special, unexpected moment for the newlyweds. Corrin explains “The wedding day came around quite quickly and with all the other planning going on around us, we had picked a song but we hadn’t really thought of any dance moves until we were heading to the dance floor. To our surprise the dancing seemed to just come to us and we just made it up as the music played along, with a couple of whispers to each other of “dip now’ or ‘twirl’. We danced along to Dean Martin’s ‘Memories are made of this’ as it’s such a great classic old song with a recipe for a wonderful marriage.”

Congratulations Corrin and Johnny! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Michelle Fiona Photography for today’s imagery!

Photos by Michelle Fiona Photography


Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Caroline and Jame’s October Wedding by Kieran Parsons Photography

What a beautiful week it’s been- I had one of the most wonderful weeks this week and plan to escape to the country to toast to wonderful moments with dear friends (trust me though, after the marathon effort of Ikea-ing and moving offices I’m going to be soaking it up!) What have you been up to?

A busy week again on our specialty blogs, here’s a snapshot of them!

Nerida McMurray shows her favourite way of personalising your bouquet on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ms Floral’s shares the second part of her Wollongong trip with a peek at popular wedding venues

How to tell your story with your wedding ceremony also on Polka Dot Wisdom

Check out my button cookie favor and box tutorial on Polka Dot Made

Also on Made, the girls at Cristina Re share their guide to classic invitations and sizes

Caroline and James’ Beautiful October Wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Daniel and Mel’s Purple inspired wedding also on Polka Dot Weddings

Fancy an escape to Bora Bora? Katrina and Michael share part two of their amazing honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

The lovely Shannon of Little Flamingo Stationery has chosen the winner of her save the date giveaway!

The four winners are:

The “Carved Love” so represents who we are: High School Sweethearts with a love for each other and the environment! We plan to get married under a tree and we will be having an eco friendly wedding also with all Native Flowers. So this style falls right into place for us. Its a lovely idea for our guests to have that keepsake in their own garden that will have a long lasting impression of the day, our love for each other and an environmental message all in one.

I love design & typography so I think the Contemporary Monogram set would suit us the most, I like the long rectangle shape it come in too & the texture of the stock.
Thanks for introducing these guys to me & fingers crossed for the win as I’m having trouble finding the right STD cards & if were to win this I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

For me, little bird in a birdcage is the winner. It suits the birdcage decorations that I’ve bought to decorate the church and our venue. the image on the invites makes me think of pretty things, like birds, flowers and nature -exactly the theme I am going for with my wedding!

‘Carved love invitation’ is the one for us!
We’re going with a tree theme and finding this one thanks to polka dot bride has confirmed that I will buy the carved heart vases I found online. They will match perfectly. Am so very excited!! : )

Congratulations to our winners! I will be in touch shortly!

Project Innovate is officially branded and officially out there with two weeks to go! Check out this entry to book your ticket and learn from one of America’s leading wedding PRs on how to effectively work your brand to it’s potential!

The talented girls at 100 Layer Cake have launched a Popup Shop! They’ve already had an incredible sale on items and this week it was gorgeous cake stands! Check out the popup shop website for more information!



The Eclective, an Adelaide boutique bridal fair is gearing up for it’s September show! Check out the soon to be launched website for more information! There are a number of boutique bridal expos coming up- First Comes Love is this weekend in Perth, the Perth Wedding UpMarket will be held in August and Portobello Bride is coming to Sydney in August too!. Check our events calender for more!

Johanna Johnson is heading to Brisbane on the 1st and 2nd of July for a trunk show! Spaces are booking out fast so if you want to book your place to try on and buy Johanna’s stunning creations, visit the website for more information.

Baccini & Hill are holding a mid year sale with up to 80% off stock next weekend including bridal, bridesmaids and flower girl frocks- there’s even 15% off new orders! Check out the website for more information.

Speaking of mid year sales Brides of Melbourne is also holding a mid year sale next weekend with 15% off new orders. Check the website for details!


Shannon and Peter’s Australian Beach Wedding

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


In the blissful cold (I am now in my embracing winter stage) I adore looking at beautiful beach weddings. Normally, the beach weddings we feature are from Queensland so it’s nice to take a little visit to Jervis Bay (NSW) for today’s celebration!

Their story goes a little something like this. “Peter and Shannon are both in the Royal Australian Navy and had been working together for a year on the same ship without giving each other a sideways glance. Just a few weeks after Shannon posted off and between her posting to her new position in Canberra, the couple got to talking at a work event and found they had a lot in common. Within three months of getting to know more about each other, Pete proposed on Christmas Eve just before Shannon left town. Pete has since been transferred to Canberra.”

Photographs today are by Robeccer of Adori Studios. Robeccer always has such a clean, fun style to her work and I love seeing how she captures the little moments, details and love of the day.

Shannon spent the night before the wedding with her girls. “A subdued hen’s night was conducted the night before the wedding as I didn’t have a chance to catch up with many of my girlfriends beforehand as they came from all corners of the country. The bridesmaids gave me a Tiffany & Co key ring engraved ‘From the Girls’ and the wedding date.”

Shannon created many little touches for the day including shell boutonniere for the boys in the wedding party. The groom and his groomsmen wore suits from Spurling Formalwear.

Shannon wore a Destinations by Maggie Sottero RD1044 gown. Hey bridesmaids wore the Jasmine B2 gown from Jays Bridal. Amanda Moore styled the girls hair on the day while Cindy’s Beauty To You styled each girl’s makeup.

Peter’s cousin, Mandy Shields styled the bouquets which included shells to match the beach theme of the day.

As a Whisper Weddings and Functions set up and dismantled the ceremony and reception. Shannon created the ceremony decorations herself, most of which were transported to the reception to be used again. “All of the ideas for my DIY ideas I got from scouring my two favourite wedding websites: Polka Dot Bride and Style Me Pretty, as well as just Googling images!”

Shannon’s brother walked her down the aisle to “The One I Love” by David Gray.

Shannon and Peter held their ceremony at Greendfields Beach, Vincentia, Jervis Bay (booked through National Parks and Wildlife Service – Nowra Area Office & Depot) . Shannon explains” I have always wanted a beach wedding and Pete has a very strong attachment to Vincentia so the location of the wedding was a very easy decision. We took a big risk and didn’t really have much of a wet weather back up plan, and it rained all week leading up to the wedding but on the day we woke up to blue skies and plenty of sunshine.”

The couple roamed the beach side National Park for photographs. “We were fortunate that the beach is located in a National Park and as such the native bushland leads straight off the beach which meant we had two completely different settings for photographs. Robeccer picked up the wicker hearts on the way from the airport – they were a gorgeous touch!

What we loved most about her was the style of photos she takes – the candid shots rather than all posed. We look back at the photos and say “I don’t remember her taking that photo? Where was she when she took that one?” She’s taken beautiful photos of not only us but also our friends and family capturing the most special moments of the day. We are so happy with the result and would highly recommend her.”

The reception was held at The Seagrass Brassiere in Huskisson. “We chose it as the reception venue because it was close (7 minutes from the ceremony). It had the relaxed laid back atmosphere we were after and because we chose to have a cocktail function as opposed to a sit down meal. The canapés were delicious and plentiful and the service was very professional. Many guests commented on how much they enjoyed being able to mingle freely all night without too many formalities – which is exactly what we wanted.”

The seaside inspired wedding cake was made by Skye at Balgownie Village Patisserie.

Of their romantic first dance, Shannon says “We both love country music so we chose ‘Then’ by Brad Paisley”.

Congratulations Shannon and Peter! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Robeccer of Adori Studios for allowing us to share today’s wedding!

Photos by Adori Studios


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