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Katie and Morgan’s Picnic Lunch Engagement Party

by | Bride, DIY, Engagements



Katie and Morgan

I’m so excited today! I have Katie of A Little Bird Told Me. So. sharing her gorgeous engagement party photos with us! Katie and Morgan decided to have their engagement party in their backyard in Sydney and the details were so much fun, so thought out and so beautifully crafted I asked Katie if we could share them on Polka Dot Bride today!


There are so many fun details of this party, so let’s start at the beginning! Katie and Morgan made their invitations to fit with the relaxed and fun style they wanted.

Their words for their style?

a little country
picnic style
a red & orange colour theme
and a M+K= <3 theme (which many of our guests cleverly used too!)

Katie and Morgan set up games around the yard with chalkboard signs.


Katie designed and made her own Twister game using fun and bright fabrics. The playing mat was actually a quilt- backed in squares of the same fabrics, Katie’s intention is to use the mat in the future for picnics together!





Amongst the other games were boules, a relationship quiz (written by Morgan) and hopscotch.



Instead of a traditional guest book, Katie and Morgan setup a guestbook display. Guests wrote messages on brightly coloured squares of paper and pegged them to string hung between two palm trees. Already pegged to the string were some of Katie and Morgan’s favourite shots from their engagement shoot.






Deciding to get in on the fun DIY guestbook trend, Katie headed to Spotlight and found some cheap and cheerful fabric. The fabric was hung and pinned between two tees and Katie made moustaches on sticks for guests to pose with.




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The food! Katie and Morgan served chicken Caesar salad and lamb salad in paper noodle boxes. Guests were treated to homemade red punch, champagne, homemade lemonade and a tea & coffee bar. Jars tied with ribbon and a paper label were filled with lollies and strategically placed around the garden for guests to feast on.


Guests were invited to write their name on a paper flag to keep track of their drinks.


Clean jam jars made great glasses for the bride and groom!


Katie made over 200 cupcakes with her family in the days leading up to the party, Each was iced and decorated with red or yellow sprinkles. Homemade paper tokens with m+k+E> (In keeping with the rest of the stationery). Guests also enjoyed homemade peach and berry pies made by Morgan’s mother and fresh rockmelon and watermelon cut into stars and love hearts by Katie’s aunt.


Katie made the thank you notes with paper left over paper from the guestbook.

Visit Katie at A Little Bird Told Me. So to find out more of her plans as she goes along!

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Cheese Wedding Cakes

by | Bride, Cakes, Catering



I am the biggest cheese fan – give me good bottle of wine, a block of cheese and it’s the perfect Friday night.

Cheese cakes are something I’ve noticed are popping up more and more as an alternative for sweet cakes. Big rounds of beautiful cheeses served with fresh figs, fresh fruits and beautiful crackers.Perfect for foodies and those who lack the sweet tooth, cheese cakes are a tasty alternative.

I stumbled upon the website of Sydney based Fromage To You recently- who create wedding cakes out of beautiful cheeses. The team (who is made up of four catering & event professionals, including the head chef at Quayside Restaurant)  will create a cheese cake based on your style, feel and season of your wedding and use cheeses from Australia and around the world. Creating contemporary to rustic looks, each cake is tailored to the couple.

Fromage To You selects the right cheeses (so your cake doesn’t collapse), creates the cake for you and even deliver it- setting it up so it looks as glorious as the pictures below.

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Check out the Fromage To You website for more cheesy goodness.

Ellen and Simon – The Celebration

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


Do you feel like you’d love to be a guest at today’s wedding? It has such a glorious intimate feel to it and so many beautiful details. I can almost smell that smell of the earth on a hot summer’s day when I look at Ellen and Simon’s wedding photos!


The terrace was covered with two marquees for the reception (Hired from Kennards Event Hire in Bowral). Ellen and Simon wanted to create a cosy old fashioned feel. They borrowed furniture and hired the essentials to create a mismatched feel. Low Flying Duck Caterers from Nowra provided the food, using the farmhouse to cook and prepare the feast.

Guests were served Spanish tapas as the entree and enjoyed a picnic style main course. Dessert was Milawa Cheese and wedding cake (created by Vonny Muller and Lynn Spears of Nowra). Ellen and Simon served wines from North East Victoria (Rutherglen and King Valley regions) as a nod to where Simon grew up.


Ellen and Simon hired the Trocodero Dance Orchestra, a seven piece swing band for the reception and  DJ Al Erskine to keep guests on the dance floor after dark.

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Ellen says “We chose as much 1930’s imagery as possible to create the overall design; old cake trays, fabrics, crystal wear and furniture”

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Ellen and Simon did their first dance to “You’re the Cream In My Coffee” Ellen says “Because we didn’t want everything to be too serious. It’s a charming and slightly silly 30’s swing song. We did three lessons in Melbourne in the month before, but ended up so tired and happy that we just did our own version.”



The speeches were one of Ellen’s favourite parts of the day. “We had some wonderful speeches; it was a very relaxed format and we had uncles, aunts, friends and siblings making great  speeches for about an hour. One was a fantastic wacky poem which really finished the night well, then we had fireworks, which a couple of friends set up (in their best clothes, ) on the pier on the lake at sunset. It was a total surprise to us, which was great after so much organising”.

Thank you to Ellen and Simon for sharing your beautiful, heartfelt wedding day with us! Thank you also to Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio for allowing us to share the photos today!

Photos by Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio

Ellen and Simon

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



Ellen and Simon

There is so much heartfelt beauty in today’s wedding. A wedding planner in the USA recently told me Australians have a very distinctive style when it comes to weddings. I think today’s wedding is a beautiful representation of that!

Ellen and Simon met while studying at the Australian National University, after dating for two and half year ,a  trip to Europe was the perfect occasion for a Paris proposal.

Ellen and Simon married on Ellen’s mother’s farm outside Berry in new South Wales. The farm was a special place for Ellen – it was where she was born and where she was raised.

The couple wanted a 1930’s feel to their wedding day with a contemporary edge. Many facets of the day were handmade (including the stationery, all made by Ellen).

Photos today are by Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio

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All of the floral arrangements were created by Deny Christian. Ellen wanted garden roses, not the glasshouse variety and Deny used old fashioned varieties including David Austin roses and Honey Dijon roses. Simon’s suit was bespoke by Joe Black. He wore a Declic white shirt and a tie from Aya Kawa. The groomsmen wore their own suits.



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Ellen who now owns her own couture design business Lissom Yarn ( lissom.yarn at ) made her own wedding dress. She says “My dress was made in three layers; a bra and petticoat, a cream silk satin bias-cut slip and then a dusky-pink silk georgette over-dress that had pearl buttons, and a chartreuse silk grosgrain sash to give it some excitement.

I really didn’t want to have a white dress, but the luminosity and clarity of the colours was important as I still wanted to it be “radiant” and not a block colour. Also the vintage theme picked up all those pale dusky tones so it was appropriate that my dress was  in that range too. My flowers were a really important detail as the full-blown old fashioned varieties were so romantic and the yellow and purple colour scheme really set the dress off and made an impact.”

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Ellen accessorised her dress with an Antique Edwardian Chinese gold and jade bracelet she found at Broughton Antiques in Berry. She also wore art deco pearl earrings.


Guests were ferried by private bus provided by Berry Buses from the nearby town of Berry to the wedding.


Ellen says “The guests were asked to dress for an ‘Elegant Country Picnic”. They all did so well and we had wonderful hats, seamed stockings, boaters, suits and many exciting accessories which really made the whole party very beautiful.”


Ellen’s bridesmaids wore beautiful gowns of their choosing- her maid of honour wore a dress from Charlie Brown, her second bridesmaid wore a tailor made gown with fabric from Tessuti Fabrics and Ellen’s third bridesmaid wore a gown borrowed from a friend.


Ellen’s mother walked her down the “aisle” (or through the field!). The aisle was decorated with lanterns and pots of vintage purples, rusty brown and yellow pansies. These also marked the ceremony site.

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A family friend played the violin as Ellen walked to meet Simon.


Ellen and Simon chose a spot in the forest on the property that was romantic and special to them for their ceremony.


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Check back this afternoon for Ellen and Simon’s beautiful outdoor wedding!

Photos by Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio

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