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Katie and Marcus’ Australian Winery Wedding

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


There’s something about getting married at a winery – it honestly never fails to have me drooling (and dreaming of my next winery visit!) Today’s wedding is so glamorous, so stylish, but keeps in with the relaxed, beautiful nature of Australian weddings.

Katie recalls how she and Marcus came to be. “Marcus and I met through his sister (and my best friend!) Bec. I had been friends with Bec for a while but had never actually met her brother properly. He gave us a lift out one night, and ended up staying for a while. Later that night he got my phone number from Bec. He called me the next morning and we arranged to go out for ice cream for our very first date.”

Photos today are by Adori Studios. Robeccer seems to know just how to capture, elegant, natural portraits.

Katie’s bridesmaids wore soft blue gowns from Brides of Manuka and along with Katie, specially chosen jewels. Katie says “I got the bridesmaids earrings online from Fletcher & Grace, they were absolutely stunning! I made them crystal bracelets to match with little diamante bow charms attached. I got my earrings and combs from Anabelle’s Bridal, the same bridal shop where I got my gown. I wore my Mother In law’s pearl necklace around my wrist as a bracelet, for my ‘something borrowed’.”

Katie wore a strapless gown from Sugar & Spice Bridal and carried a bouquet styled by Erindale Florist.

Katie and Marcus were married at Lake George Winery. Katie walked down the aisle to Peter Gabriel’s “The Book of Love”. She says “We organised for a friend of a friend to write the music for us, which we then passed on to Sweethearts Music for them to learn. The lyrics to the song are just so perfect and honest, and the music on the string instruments is just so beautiful. It was perfect!”

The couple’s daughter was a special part of the ceremony. Katie recalls “The ceremony was my absolute favourite part of the day. We included Leah quite a bit in the ceremony, she did such a good job! She brought our rings to us (she handed me my ring and Marcus his, so we did a quick swap over as she turned away! There were quite a few chuckles at this point!), she helped to release the butterflies, and we gave her a special ring on a necklace that she can grow into. She also led our beautiful bridesmaids down the aisle. She was a bit confused about which direction to walk in, so she paced a little bit at the end of the aisle. Just as she was ready to turn and walk in the wrong direction she saw Marcus, called out “Daddy!” and they ran towards each other. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye under the Winery’s beautiful old oak tree.”

Having their daughter there was one of Katie’s favourite memories. “Having my daughter, Leah, play such a huge part in the ceremony made it just that much more special to us. Also having my three best friends in the whole world, and my two sisters by my side as I married the man of my dreams. Being able to share such a special day with our loved ones was just really so special for us.”

The reception was also held at the winery. Katie says “Lake George Winery is such an amazing, picturesque venue. It created the mood for the whole day. You can’t help but feel relaxed out there, it’s amazing!”

Katie lent her hand to many elements of the day “I did a lot of DIY actually! I made organza ribbons for the chairs at the ceremony and the vine posts on the way to the ceremony spot, I wrapped ribbons around all of the candles, I made the invitations and the favours, and I planned where everything in the reception would be. I did most of the planning myself, and I loved every second!” Cherry Seed Cakes created a cupcake tower.

The couple’s first dance was romantic. “We danced to Stevie Wonder’s “Sunshine of My Life”. I’m a big Stevie Wonder fan! Marcus took me to his concert in Sydney a couple of years ago. When he played Sunshine of My Life, the whole arena was up dancing. Marcus looked at me and said “We should have our first dance to this when we get married!” We weren’t even engaged at the time, but I guess it’s been decided since then!”

Congratulations Katie and Marcus! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Robeccer of Adori Studios for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Adori Studios

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Pinterest Virtual Pinboard

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


I have this problem with blogging. Sometimes I sit on something so long- it stays on my desktop, open in a tab, or even sent to myself in an email. I look at it once a week, play with it, think to myself “I really need to blog it” and then suddenly everyone else has and I’ve forgotten again. So today, I want to share something I’ve been meaning to for ages, something that I turn to in my coffee breaks, that I enjoy – like getting mail. This, is my new found love – Pinterest.

I’ve had a “real” inspiration board for just over a year now and so much of it is filled with images printed from the web. Now I have a fast and easy alternative! Pinterest allows a user to virtually “pin” images from all over the web. It references back to the site you found it on so not only is it easy to credit (with each pin referencing the site it was pinned from) but it’s easy to go back to the original site and see more wonderfulness! You can sort boards into categories (I have flowers and cakes and dresses and drinks and lots of home inspiration!) and share, comment and mention other Pinterest members in your pins.

Are you on Pinterest? Let me know so I can follow your inspiration!

Adding a pin is easy with a little bookmarklet you add to your toolbar. Pinterest is currently invite only but they don’t take long to send out invitations (and perhaps if you have spare codes we can share them in the comments?) You can find me on Pinterest here.

Collette Dinnigan Bridal May 2011

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Ballerina Bell gown

I love getting delights like this one in my inbox- it’s the next set of gowns in Collette Dinnigan‘s 2011 bridal collection and the perfect way to start a week of inspiration don’t you think? I love these new gowns – they have such a dreamy softness to them! As per the other gowns in this year’s collection, there are plenty of fluffy ballerina skirts and Collette’s signature use of feminine detailing and fabrics is there in every gown.

I think Ballerina Bell (above) is my favourite with the soft detailing- I love the different straps, once traditional and one with a little glitter and shine. The bow around the waist and fluffy ballerina skirt is dreamy.

The shimmering silver gowns are accented by incredibly detailed bodices – a stunning alternative to the classic cream or white gown.

Diamante Flowers strapless gown

Diamante Flowers bridal gown

Ribbon embroidery strapless lace gown

Glittering stones strapless silver gown

Fantasia Gown

Photos from Collette Dinnigan

Vendor Of The Week – Events By Heidi & Kate

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! Are you welcoming in another freezing cold week or are you inching close to summer sunshine? Wherever you are, we have a week packed full of delicious Australian wedding inspiration- just for you!

First things first though, our Monday morning tradition of telling you about our fantastic vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is underway! We’re so lucky to have the support of amazing vendors who understand our vision and what we love to do- they’re all ready and waiting in the directory to help you plan the wedding that is just right for you and your partner. From florists with a sense of style, to celebrants with a sense of humor, to photographers that create art- each and every one of them is talented and lovely! months! each week! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out our members (and don’t forget to let them know you heard about them on Polka Dot Bride!)

I’m a big fan of event planners- especially when holding an event as big as a wedding (so much to do, so many finite details that have to go smoothly!) So I love this week’s vendor of the week- Sydney based event planners Events By Heidi & Kate . Heidi & Kate are not only great friends, but they have over 17 years combined experience in planning events (and Kate even has a university qualification in events management to back them up!). The girls have a wide range of planning packages, from helping out at the end of your planning and tying up loose ends, to research packages and event wedding day management.

The girl’s talents aren’t limited to weddings- they also manage corporate events, cocktail parties, galas, launches and any event your heart desires!

To learn a little more about Events By Heidi & Kate. we asked Heidi & Kate five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Kate is very partial to a margarita and Heidi loves a simple gin and tonic!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Heidi loves long drives along the coast or inland to Kangaroo Valley, whilst Kate is keen to be beachside.

Favourite restaurant?

Kate can’t go past Aria or Tetsuyas. Heidi is a passionate foodie and can’t possibly decide on one place! Favourites include Lotus in Potts Point for pre-dinner cocktails, EnoPizzeria in Neutral Bay for well, as the name says, yummy wood fired pizza, China Doll for great san choy bau, Public Dining room for harbour views, Sail’s in Noosa for lunch and Malabar for tasty Indian. We could go on…

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

It’s unanimous – we both adore corn fritters!

Your favourite wedding story?

We love that a number of our clients have also become our friends! With offers of places to stay in New York and recommendations to their friends we’ve met some wonderful brides! What a great job we have!

Visit Events By Heidi & Kate‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Events By Heidi & Kate is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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