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Domonique and Nick

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


Domonique and Nick

Oh Byron Bay! What a perfect place you are for a wedding, an Australian hinterland wedding! Today’s wedding is beautiful and full of gorgeous photos and touches which will make you smile and start tapping your feet.

Domonique and Nick are our newlyweds and here’s how they met. “Nick and I met after he and a mate kayaked from Sydney to Byron Bay for the Make a Wish Foundation in 2006. I was the television reporter, he was the talent.

Three fateful days later we bumped into each other at the Blues and Roots Music Festival and well, the rest is history,

Our wedding was vintage inspired, which we carried through the decoration. The wishing well was my Grandfather’s suitcase from the 50s, decorated with crochets that my Nana made. We also had a photograph of our each of our parents and grandparents on their special day.”

Stephen of Stephen Henry Photographics captured today’s images. Stephen not only captured the little details and gorgeous moments beautifully, but there was a stunning beauty in the way he captured the overall feeling of the event- editing down the photos of that view, gosh what a task! I loved letting the emotion these photos wash over me as I went from one snapshot to the next.

The wedding and reception was held at the beautiful Koonyum Range Retreat near Mullumbimby. Koonyum Range Retreat is located on the edge of a cliff with breathtaking valley, rainforest and ocean views to Byron Bay.

Domonique wore a slinky 1920s inspired gown- the “Ophelia” by Johanna Johnson, with shoes from Alannah Hill and jewels from Tessarella House. Domonique’s bridesmaids wore green gowns from Two Birds Bridesmaid.

Domonique carried a bouquet of white blooms including Calla Lillies from Flowers On The Run. She says “I walked down the aisle to Djarimirri by Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu. He has an angelic voice and we’ve seen him perform many times in the NT.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen my Dad share a tear, but before we walked down the aisle, he welled up and told me how much he loves me and how proud of me he was. ”

Domonique and Nick wrote their own vows.

Nick and Domonique put their own touch on the ceremony. Domonique recounts “Nick and I personalised the ceremony with a Warming of the Rings and Wine Box and Letter Ritual. It was a special way to include all those that we love and made the ceremony more intimate.

Nick made the box from Tassie Oak with dove tail joints and engraved ‘Young Love 18.09.2010’ on the side. He then hiked his hammer down from Darwin.

The night before the ceremony we wrote each other a love letter, which along with a bottle of Penfolds RWT Shiraz, was placed inside the box and sealed on the day.

The box will become a 25th Anniversary gift to one another or remind us in a time of need why we chose to marry.”

After the ceremony, the newlyweds enjoyed bubbles with their guests before heading off for photographs.

The couple chose a band to entertain guests throughout the night. Domonique says “The Blue Hulas were classically cool and incredibly talented musicians who kept everyone on the dance floor. We couldn’t get enough of them and nor could our guests.”

Sprout Creative created the stationery, including table cards which named tables after special places to Domonique and Nick. Seaweed Cuisine catered a sit down dinner for the guests.

The first dance was held under the stars. Domonique and Nick danced to Gold to Me by Ben Harper.

Domonique’s mum helped Domonique make welcome packs for each guest as well as the sweet treats for the evening ! Domonique says “We made welcome packs for each guest that included chocolates that Mum and I made. Being a destination wedding, we wanted to ensure that everyone was informed of the activities they could join in over the weekend.”

My Mum made the wedding cake; chocolate and hazelnut, which accompanied the chocolate fountain and spring berries.”

Domonique had a treat in store for her groom “I sourced a copy of the news story I wrote on Nick’s kayak adventure to play as part of our wedding speech. It was the first time that many people saw the story and showed when we first set eyes on one another.

We enjoyed the night together and everyone that we love was there. It was simple, relaxed and intimate.”

A big congratulations and thank you to Domonique and Nick for allowing us to share their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Stephen Henry for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Stephen Henry Photographics

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Joey and Graham

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Joey and Graham

A soft, romantic, almost English style country garden wedding today all the way from Wangaratta in Victoria! I love the soft romantic feeling of this morning’s celebration and I think you just might fall for it too!

Joey tells their story. “Graham and I met through church and had known each other for six years before we started dating. Graham would call into the family farm where I lived to have cuppas and talk cars and motorbikes with my dad and brothers. After a number of years as friends, we went on a road trip around half of Australia. The spark was ignited and with a strong foundation of friendship, we got hitched a year later.”

The special touches were even evident in the jewelery Joey wore on the day. “Graham wore a plain gold wedding band. I wore earrings given to me by my Aunty and wore my two engagement rings. On my left hand, the diamond engagement ring Graham and I had made which a plain gold band accompanied. On my right hand, I wore the engagement ring Graham proposed with. He made this ring himself over five years ago before he knew me as a reminder that the right girl was out there and that she was worth waiting for. He stored it in his work toolbox which he took with him to worksites all around Australia. Before Graham and I started dating, we went on a road trip as friends around half of Australia. While camping at Alice Springs, we picked our first flower together, a native everlasting daisy. Unbeknown to me, Graham kept the flower and altered the ring he made so that the flower nestled in the centre of the ring. The bridesmaids wore pearls.”

Ngg Studios are the photographers behind today’s wedding! They flew from Brisbane to Victoria to capture it! I adore the soft, dreamy captures that NGG creates- pure emotion with blissful grace.

Joey wore pretty pink shoes. “My dusty pink shoes were custom made by Bespoke Bigday, as I wanted a low heel that was still pretty.” She wore a gown from Maggie Sottero and sewed a piece of fabric from her grandmother’s and Mum’s wedding dress onto the lining.

Joey carried a bouquet by Melissa at Blooms on Bridge Benalla. Graham added to the bouquet with a pink camellia he pulled from his lapel and gave to Joey in a romantic gesture.

Joey and Graham married at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Wangaratta. Joey says ” I had always wanted to walk down the aisle to a pipe organ and was in a girls choir at the Holy Trinity Cathedral when I was younger. As committed Christians, it was very important to Graham and I to have a Christ centred service. Our pastor did the message and we were married by the Dean of the Cathedral.

We walked down the aisle to the pipe organ playing Purcell’s ‘Trumpet Tune’. As a surprise to Graham, I had organised a family friend to accompany the organ playing his trumpet – sounded fantastic!”

The getaway car was not just any vehicle as Joey shares, “Friends drew an image of Graham and me next to the bridal car, a Daimler Sovereign 1971. My Dad restored this car when I was a young girl and as I grew up watching it being used for weddings, I wanted it to be the bridal car when it was my turn to be the bride! This image was used for invitations, the order of service and place cards. On the back of the order of service, a monogram was printed- ‘Graham and Joanna’ intertwined with a rose which was also drawn by our friend.”

Post ceremony, Joey and Graham held an afternoon reception for their ceremony guests. “The refreshments were held at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre which was conveniently located across the road from the church and also had the capacity to cater for the 300 plus friends and family who attended our wedding ceremony.”

After bridal party photos, a smaller reception was held in the evening at Gracebrook Vineyards in the King Valley. Joey says “Graham and I both loved the rustic elegance of the restored 1800 stables at Gracebrook Vinyeards. With fabulous staff, sweeping views of the mountains and a cosy atmosphere inside, it was a wonderful venue for a winter wedding reception.”

Joey says “After looking at endless cakes, I designed a three tier ivory cake which was made by Jeanie’s Cakes in Wangaratta. The bottom two tiers were a fresh zesty lemon cake and the top tier was fruit cake. Each tier had piped icing detail and thin merlot ribbon was wrapped around the bottom. The same roses used in the bridesmaid’s bouquets (tones of ivory, merlot and mauve) were used to decorate each tier.”

Thank you Joey and Graham for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you to ngg Studios for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Ngg Studios

Jessie and Jon

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jessie and Jon

I have the sweetest wedding for you today- Jessie and Jon were high school sweethearts and together, they married in a country style ceremony on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Jessie and Jon loved planning the wedding day themselves. “Planning the wedding ourselves meant we had more input into the wedding, more flexibility in terms of cost and gave us a creative outlet! We both wanted our wedding to be something ‘a little bit different’. It was special (and also a lot of fun) planning our vintage, country?style wedding.”

Photos today are by Samantha of Shuttersnap Photography who has captured the celebration so beautifully! Samantha’s shots are so clear and vibrant, they compliment Jessie and Jon’s wedding perfectly!

Jessie designed her own gown and had it made by Silver Sixpence and carried a bouquet by Karinya Florist. Her hair and makeup was styled by Shannon Niven.

Jessie and Jon chose to meet each other before the ceremony.

A family friend drove the couple to their ceremony in his vintage T Model Ford. Jessie says “We’d had a lot of rain in the week leading up to the wedding so we were worried about weather on the big day. Even while we were getting ready, there was steady drizzle. Miraculously, the rain stopped for a few minutes when we got out of the car together and walked into the barn for the ceremony. And again for the photographs, we had a few hours of clear weather before it really set in during the reception. Despite meticulous planning, you can’t do much about the weather – but sometimes everything just happens right!”

Jessie and Jon were married at the Kenilworth Homestead. Jessie says “The Kenilworth Homestead is a 50 hectare property located on the banks of the Mary River in Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast hinterland.

We hired the homestead for the weekend and had the reception in the heritage barn and the reception in the new hall. The homestead package includes dormitory-style accommodation for over 100 people, a small cottage and four spa rooms, so most of our guests stayed the night.” The couple arranged the ceremony decorations themselves using white bows along the pews and white paper lanterns.

Jessie and Jon walked down the aisle together to a selection of string music played by family friends. The couple were married by Irene McLeod.

The ceremony was decorated with olive green table runners and masses of fresh, loose blooms from Bundaberg Roses. Jessie and Jon not only made the stationery, but also made the table settings and favors.

Bonnie’s Cakes & Kandies made the wedding cake while Jessie decorated it herself.

Being surrounded by family and friends was one of Jessie’s special memories. Enjoying the company of our beautiful families and friends. We spent several days at the Kenilworth Homestead before the wedding with family, which was a fantastic opportunity to relax and spend some time together. We are fortunate to have many generous people who contributed time and skills to helping us put it all together.

We danced to ‘Crazy Love’ by Harry Manx. Because we were so busy in the lead-up to the wedding, we almost completely forgot to practice the dance, but we ended up cruising through it!”

Thank you to Jessie and Jon for sharing their special day with us! Congratulations! Thank you also to Shuttersnap Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Shuttersnap Photography.

Creative Cookies

by | Bride, Cakes, Favors and Decor


I love these sweet as can be biscuits from Sweet Cupcakes and Treats. Edible favors are always a winner in my book- guests can nibble on them and you don’t have to worry that your well thought out favor might end up in a cupboard somewhere.

These designs are part of Sweet’s new custom cookie collection- so you can choose a sweet little shape that means something to you both (plus they come in yummy flavors like Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Sable and Spicy Gingerbread)!

Photos by Sweet Cupcakes And Treats

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