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Sayuri and Luke’s Beautiful Batemans Bay Wedding

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


Sayuri and Luke

There’s nothing like a casual wedding on the shores of Australia’s coast line. Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast is a special part of the world and today’s wedding captures not only the beautiful landscape of the area, but the newlyweds embraced the relaxed vibe with their own relaxed wedding. There’s little tradition on this day but a lot of love and a beautiful story to go with it.

Sayuri and Luke met through a friend. “We were ‘secretly’ set up by a mutual friend (Claire) who obviously knew each of us well enough to connect the dots – Claire invited us both to a group dinner where we met and the rest is history!”

Today’s photographs are by David Robertson. I love the feeling of David’s photographs. They’re beautifully simple but capture so much emotion and meaning in each shot.

Sayuri wore a strapless gown from Maggie Sottero from Raffele Ciuca Brunswick with shoes from Carmen Steffans.

Sayuri’s bridesmaid wore an emerald green gown from Arthur Galan.

Sayuri and her bridesmaid’s look was created by Elite Hair Studio. Sayuri recalls “Terrie and Kat from Elite Hair Studio –  they went over and above the call of duty in helping five women get their hair done in time for the big day!” The floral arrangements for the day were by Joycies Flowers.

Before the ceremony, the couple shared a “first look” at Mossy Point Jetty.

Sayuri and Luke threw out tradition and walked down the aisle together to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.

The ceremony was held at Luke’s parent’s garden in Broulee. They turned their creek side garden into a beautiful ceremony venue.

The guests were a highlight of the day for the newlyweds, including one special addition. Sayuri recalls “I loved our surprise last minute guests! The groom’s cousin surprised us by turning up from Perth at the rehearsal the day before”. The couple provided bottles of water with custom labels from Custom Bottled Water.

Sayuri and Luke held their reception at On the Pier, Batemans Bay. Sayuri says “Belinda and the her team at On The Pier Batemans Bay did not disappoint, with their award-winning seafood cocktail selection, great range of drinks and last but not least – impeccable service which included activities to keep the children entertained! They also took care of the bridal party while we prepared for the day in their lovely boardroom with a gorgeous view of the bay. ”

Although there was no formal dance, the music (with DJ Matt Brown) provided a spontaneous one. Sayuri explains “We didn’t officially have a first dance as there were no formalities on the night, however at some stage we both ended up in the middle of a circle dancing to ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Ritchie – you could probably call that the first dance!”

Congratulations Sayuri and Luke! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to David Robertson for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by David Robertson.


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Tea For Two – Vintage Party Hire

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


I had a lovely discussion with friends the other night as to whether vintage was a trend – trends are something I find really hard to talk about on Polka Dot Bride, because I tend to focus on stories and the extra special touches couples put into their days. So is vintage a trend? I don’t think it is, as much as a pillar…. Vintage has always been present in weddings, couples have always paid homage to history – but it’s slowly emerging as something which couples want to include more and more. It’s always been there, but now we’re embracing more elements of it that appeal to us.

Something that I’ve loved seeing pop up lately is vintage party hire services.  I think it’s a such a special touch to host an afternoon tea featuring  vintage china and cucumber sandwiches, or serve your guests delicious Mojitos out of silver jugs, even eat off  different vintage plates. Here’s three of my favourite vintage party hire businesses and the divine things they offer!

‘A Vintage Affair’ Melbourne, Victoria

From a huge range of gorgeous tea cups and saucers, silver tea sets, cake stands and accessories the girls at ‘A Vintage Affair’ hire out beautiful pieces for weddings, hen’s days and bridal showers. A Vintage Affair offers full service event styling in addition to their hire and also does a “high tea experience” which includes everything from the crockery to the catering to the games!

The Vintage Table, Perth, WA

The Vintage Table, based in Perth is a brand new business with a sense of history – owner Alison has been collecting vintage pieces for many many years and lending them for family and friend’s celebrations. Now they’re available to anyone for any type of occasion.. The Vintage Table is able to cater for up to 200 for a vintage high tea set up, 100 for a seated dinner and 150 for a cocktail function.  The Vintage Table has a number of packages – suitable for a high tea, dinner, even a dessert buffet. My favourites? The 1920s silver antique wedding cake plateau and Alison’s collection of over 200 champagne coupes!

A Vintage Party, Byron Bay NSW, and Brisbane QLD

A Vintage Party is owned by Marika (one of our lovely readers and brides) and is based out of coastal town Byron Bay. Marika’s love of vintage and handmade extended throughout the wedding where she sourced many vintage glass jars, glass bottles and the most delightful china floral patterned plates. Plus I love reading about Marika’s finds on her blog!

How are you incorporating history into your own wedding day? Have you found any fantastic suppliers helping you to create your vintage atmosphere?

Marika and Jamie’s Handmade Byron Bay Wedding

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


Marika and Jamie

Marika and Jamie married in one of my favourite parts of the world with a wedding so full of colour, so full of life that I know you will fall in love with it as much as I did.

Photos today are by the late Jonno Howell. Jonno, in his tragically short life posed such a lot of talent- the photos he took of Marika and Jamie’s special day are filled with sparkle, love and capture the vintage country party feel they wanted so beautifully.

Jonno tragically passed away earlier this year and our newlyweds wanted to share the photos of their wedding with the world as a tribute to his amazing life.

Marika, who owns a vintage party hire business called A Vintage Party (founded after her own wedding day) designed the invitations herself. Marika even found and hand pressed each four leaf clover!

The couple were married at Newrybar Community Hall. Marika walked down the aisle to “Billy” by Bob Dylan.

Marika wore a beaded blouse from Alannah Hill along with a customised vintage skirt, she carried a bouquet of simple white daisies. Jamie wore a vintage suit paired with a gold bow tie he made himself.

When asked to describe their wedding in a sentence, Marika says it was “A country wedding with a bit of vintage and a lot of love.”

Following the ceremony, guests hopped on “The magic bus – A psychedelically painted double decker bus that took all the guests from the ceremony to the reception.”

The couple held their reception at the A&I Hall in Bangalow.

The couple DIY’d as much as they could for the wedding day. Marika created vintage place cards for the guests and the couple also created a personalised cross word to keep guests entertained.

There was plenty of family help for the day Marika says “Our mums made all the wedding cakes which were just decorated with simple fresh flowers.” Marika collected vintage crockery, jars and for the guests to use and to decorate the reception. She says “The night was spent eating and dancing.”

Congratulations Marika and Jamie! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by Jonno Howell

Sandy and Ben’s Elegant Sydney Wedding

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


Sandy and Ben

Oh Sydney you do do classic elegance so well – I love the timeless beauty of today’s wedding. Sandy and Ben, our newlyweds took advantage of their classic style and added in a  few sentimental touches to pull together into a beautiful wedding day just right for their own personal style.

The couple were high school sweethearts. “We met at my year 10 formal when one of my girlfriends brought Ben as her date. We hit it off straight away and were inseparable all night. We became really close friends over the next few years and finally got together 4 long years later when I returned from a year traveling overseas.”

Nerida McMurray is the photographer of today’s wedding. Always so fresh and clean in her captures, Nerida has captured the classic details and feel of Sandy and Ben’s wedding in her own classic way.

Sandy wore a strapless gown from Karen Willis Holmes. She remarks “I absolutely loved my dress and the girls at KWH were amazing! They made the whole process so magical!” The floral arrangements were styled by Julie Pilcher Flowers. “The flowers were simply stunning and so fragrant. When they arrived the morning of the wedding, the whole house smelled absolutely amazing!”

Sandy’s wedding day hair was created by Julie Blazely (0404 096 842) with make-up by Petrina Milas. She recalls “Julie and Petrina who did our hair and makeup are geniuses! I had a rehearsal with them a few weeks before the wedding, which really put my mind at ease. They are such lovely girls and fit in perfectly with the atmosphere of the day!”

Sandy added a special touch to her gown ” Under the first layer of my dress, I pinned two handkerchiefs. One was my nana’s who was unwell at the time of my wedding so wasn’t able to come on the day. She has recently passed away. The other was Ben’s nana’s handkerchief who has passed away, but is still spoken about almost everyday by his family. Ben’s mum gave me this handkerchief as a gift – I would have loved to known Ben’s grandparents. I wanted our grandparents to be a special part of the day.” Her peeptoes were from Wittner.

One of Sandy’s favourite memories is having her bridesmaids beside her. “The girls and I spent the night before the wedding at my mum’s house. So exciting to wake up together and enjoy such a gorgeous morning. The photos of us girls before the church were taken in my mum’s garden – so beautiful!” The bridesmaids wore knee length gowns made by Emma Couture.

Sandy explains the decision behind the boy’s attire. “We didn’t want the boys to be too formal, so the boys all wore simple black suits. Ben wore a Hugo Boss suit – very handsome! We hired the groomsmen’s suits from Myer. We looked around at a few different suit hire companies, but the quality of the Myer suits far exceeded that of the others. The ties the boys wore were their groomsmen’s gift from Ben.”

Sandy says “We borrowed family friends’ cars to transport the bridal party to the church and then to the reception. Ben organised a gorgeous vintage car to take my Dad and I to the church, and then Ben and I from the church to the reception.”

Sandy and Ben married at Dalton Chapel at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. Sandy explains “The Riverview Chapelis just beautiful. It is a particularly sentimental place for Ben, having been his school chapel.” Sandy walked down the aisle to a sentimental favourite “‘Hero to a Nation’ from the soundtrack to the movie ‘Phar Lap’. She says “Terrible name for a wedding song (we didn’t name the song in the wedding booklet) but it is the most gorgeous piece of music composed by Bruce Rowlands. ‘Phar Lap’ is probably of Ben’s favourite movies and I have always been taken by Rowlands’ amazing soundtrack.”

One of the funny moments of the day happened as the newlyweds exited the church. Sandy says “One of our favourite songs is ‘Happy to Be Stuck With You’ by Huey Lewis and the News. We had this on a CD to be used at some point during the day, but somehow as we were waiting for music to play for us to walk back down the aisle and out of the church, Huey starts blaring from the speakers! Never pictured Huey Lewis being played in the church!”

The flowergirls were dressed by Sandy’s mum. ” The flowergirl dresses are from my mum’s store, Ivy Emerald. The little girls (my two nieces and Ben’s two nieces) all looked so very beautiful and elegant. My nephew, Patrick, looked very handsome in his little vest.”

Sandy accessorized with tradition. “The bridesmaids’ earrings were by Jan Logan and were my gift to my girls to thank them for all their love and support. I wore my best friend’s ring as my ‘something blue’ and ‘something borrowed’. I wore my beautiful engagement ring on my right hand during the ceremony.”

Sandy and Ben held their reception at Royal Motor Yacht Club in Point Piper.  Sandy remarks The RMYC was a great reception venue. Ben and I both love food, so one of the main factors in choosing the RMYC was their reputation for their delicious menu. Plus, being on the water meant that our guests arrived to have canapés on the outside balcony. The staff were so helpful in organising the night – they didn’t bother us with the minor details.”

The cake was a special treat. Sandy explains “We really wanted to involve as many family and friends in the wedding as possible, so we asked Ben’s sister (who is a fabulous cook) to make our wedding cake. We had high expectations, but the cake was beyond any of our expectations! It was perfect!”

The couple made the favors themselves. Sandy recalls “We really wanted to make the day personal. Ben loves to cook, so Ben and his sister had a big cook up of jams and relishes which they then jarred. I spent a whole weekend covering the lid of each jar with a layer of silk tied with a ribbon so that they matched the theme of the room. In addition to being the bonbonierre, we decided to also make the jars the place cards for each table. We printed labels for each jar and rather than using our guests real names, we used our nicknames for them. e.g. I call Ben ‘Pieman’ and he calls me ‘Face’… 125 jars later, we had gorgeous little personalised jars for each guest to take home.”

The speeches were a highlight for the newlyweds. Sandy recalls “They were both hilarious and touching. Both of our Dad’s spoke, as did my two ‘head bridesmaids’, Heidi and Row (my little sister and my best friend), and Ben’s ‘head groomsmen’, Michael and Sam (his brothers). Ben and I also spoke.”

The band kept guests on the dance floor. “We loved our band, Two Fold. They are a father and son duo and just so much fun and such great guys! They really made the night – playing easy music during dinner, then lots of fun, cheesey songs for when everyone hit the dance floor.” The first song choice was a special one to Sandy and Ben, Sandy explains “We danced to Stay Gold by Stevie Wonder. Growing up, one of my favourite movies was the Outsiders. When Ben and I met, it turned out that it is also one of his favourites. All the music from the day was something that has meant something to Ben and I during our relationship.”

Congratulations Sandy and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Nerida McMurray for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Nerida McMurray

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