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Suzie and Rey – The Celebration

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


Are you loving today’s celebration? I was so overjoyed to read Suzie’s email with her words, it’s obvious she had the best day of her life (and I have to say if I had her wedding I’d be pretty thrilled too!)

As I hate to use the “perfect” around weddings, I thought I’d let you in on some of the little stumbles Suzie and Rey had with their wedding plans, to show it doesn’t really matter!

Suzie says “I can say that no matter how much planning you do, there are just some unforeseen things that happen! My major drama was 6 weeks before the wedding when my dressmaker canceled on me! She was doing my dress and bridesmaids dresses so I had 6 weeks to find me a dress or dressmaker quick smart and 2 bridesmaids dresses. It wasn’t easy – I wanted to stick to my budget, but at the same time wanted a dress that was ‘me’ . I actually came across Tea Rose Couture on Polka Dot Bride and it was the best decision. We chose fabric, designed and had my dress ready to go in time for the big day! The bridesmaids dresses I picked up for a bargain at the Rocks Markets in Sydney.

I also broke my toe 4 weeks before the wedding!! I think the adrenalin took over on the day and it was almost fine!”






Suzie says “I didn’t stress over things that didn’t matter – the bridal party could wear whatever shoes they wanted and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup anyway they chose. I didn’t worry about colours matching, I just wanted everyone to have a good time!”




The reception was filled with personal touches from Suzie and Rey. Rey had the centrepieces and cake stand cut from tree logs while Suzie decorated the reception (held in the Barrel Room at Margan Estate) decorated with flowers grouped in bell jars. Each table was numbered with the couple’s dog Honey holding a number and guests took Polaroids and stuck them into a book to act as the couple’s guest book.



The couples favourite treats were setup on a buffet with signs mentioning why the treat was special. Each guest received a jar of honey and the beautiful three tier cake (made by Bec’s Cake Creations) was topped with a bluebird cake topper from Etsy seller Middleburg.



Suzie says “It wasn’t staged – everything was just about us. It sounds cliché, but it truly made our day special!”




Suzie says “We danced – A LOT! We even played some dance music and had the lights going – I kicked off my shoes and had a hand at DJ-ing! It was fun!”



Suzie’s parting words to us? “I married the man of my dreams and we were just so happy – I remember just smiling all day. I thought I would cry walking down the aisle and at everything, but we were just so happy all day – I didn’t get a chance to cry!” A day full of joy has been topped off with Suzie and Rey expecting their first baby in three months!

Thank you to Suzie and Rey for allowing us to share your gorgeous wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage and good luck for your impending arrival! Thank you also to Saxon Cole Photography for allowing us to share today’s photographs!

Photos by Saxon Cole Photography.

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Suzie and Rey

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



Suzie and Rey

Sharing weddings on Polka Dot Bride gives me such joy- especially when the bride has been influenced by Polka Dot Bride in one way or another- Suzie found her absolutely gorgeous polka dot wedding gown through Polka Dot Bride only six weeks before her wedding! Today’s celebration is full of joyful touches and makes for a great way to spend “hump day”!

We’re heading to the Hunter Valley today on Polka Dot Bride with Suzie and Rey. Here’s how they met in the words of their celebrant, Maree Callaghan “Rey and Suzie met through a shared passion for health and fitness, something they still share today. Meeting at a gym, Rey was instantly attracted to the vibrant Suzie, but his reticent nature at the time … coupled with Suzie’s then credo of living life to the full … kept them apart, despite romantic gestures such as placing romantic notes on her car. Right from the start, Rey knew they were right for each other, however it took Suzie just a little bit longer. Another year, another gym later, Rey was more confident and invited the now more settled Suzie on a date. Their friendship grew and they swiftly became each other’s confidant, and just two weeks after becoming house mates, Their romance blossomed!  Whilst they both still have a passion for fitness, they have an even greater passion for each other, and here we stand three years later. Today they each marry their best friend.””

Today’s photographs are by Saxon Cole Photography.





Suzie wore a pale pink polka dot gown from TeaRose Couture. The bridesmaids wore gowns from The Rocks Markets in Sydney while the groomsmen wore suits from David Jones. Suzie made the stationery herself. The hydrangea bouquets were created by Jade McIntosh Flowers.




Suzie says “We really just wanted our day to be a celebration of our love for each other. Our day really reflected this. We brought up our vintage bike and had to have photos with it – the bike was a theme right through from the engagement invites! We had so much fun in the lead up to the wedding – Rey was really involved in a lot of the planning of the day, and it was just overall a lot of fun – just what we wanted it to be.” In place of an order of service booklet, Suzie made a wooden sign using a chalkboard and fence posts.


Suzie says “Both the ceremony and the reception was held at Margan Estate in Broke, the Hunter Valley.  We got married outdoors overlooking the vines and the mountain ranges with not another building in site. We had about 60 guests come up for the weekend out of Sydney and everyone had a blast.”



Suzie says “I walked down the aisle to “All you need is love” by The Beatles. Our guitarist, Paul Wellham, sang as I walked down and I just remember being so happy and couldn’t stop smiling. When I reached the boys at the top of the aisle, the boys had sprayed so much cologne on themselves that they were literally covered in flies!  I found it quite funny”




A friend read “Oh The Places You”ll Go” by Dr Seuss. Suzie says “The whole day wasn’t rehearsed and I think that’s what made it so relaxed and fun! We had a general run time because you have to, but we just did whatever came natural on the day and it just turned into a big celebration.. nothing seemed to phase me on the day. All I cared about was marrying the man of my dreams in front of all the closest people to us… our day was a dream come true! I want to do it again!”






Check back this afternoon for more of Suzie’s fabulous polka dot gown and more love filled photographs!

Photos by Saxon Cole Photography.

Wedding News Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


I thought I’d do a quick roundup before we launch into the fantastic polka dot wedding we have for you today!

Paperless Wedding has launched their Australian website! With wedding websites, einvites and a bunch of other features, they’re offering a free account to the first Australian bride to use the site! Simply sign up through the “free trial button” and email them to let them know you’re Aussie and they will upgrade your account for free!

Marie Claire Australia is giving away $20,000 worht of wedding goodies including photos, shoes and perfume! You can enter here.

Prior Engagement has launched their “candy buffet store“! Erin has stocked it full of lollies, containers, scoops and packaging so you can do all your lolly buffett shopping in the one place.

Pink Frosting is holding a sale on their cake toppers until Sunday 6th of June! To receive your discount, simple enter the code myperfectcake upon checkout to receive 20% off!

LK Photography has the Month Three finalists up to win their wedding photography- vote for your favourite couple on her blog.

Our Girl Friday Wedding Planning competition closes on Friday, so if you haven’t entered yet you better get your skates on!

Lots of workshops, events, sales & open days coming up at venues around Australia, be sure to check out our events calender for news of what is happening close to you!

Dashing Ways With Daffodils

by | Bride, Flowers


I adore winter I love rugging up, I love wearing my beautiful coats and boots and snuggling up with a great big mug of hot chocolate (or wine!) in front of a cosy fire.

But the grey days and lack of sunshine can drive me a little nutty, Daffodils are such a beautiful flower- they signal the end of winter, the start of new life and their golden colour is just the thing on a grey day!


Top to bottom- Jonas Peterson, Design*Sponge, Creature Comforts, Chelsea Fuss for Once Wed

How do you use them in your wedding setting?

If your wedding is to be outside in the garden, it surely can’t be more beautiful than to have a ‘host of golden daffodils’ blooming in flower beds and amongst the trees in great swathes of colour.

Be bold with vibrant yellow and white striped or checked tablecloths, soft yellow bridesmaids dresses, gorgeous yellow silk covered shoes. Daffodil petals strewn down your aisle on a green lawn with white chairs for your guests.

Pop casually arranged bunches of daffodils in preserving jars or old bottles and tie to the aisle chairs with ribbon or twine.

Arrange in bottles set in an old fashioned milk crate, huge bunches in round glass vases showing off their green stems, drifts of daffodils set in shallow rectangular crates as table decorations. Or combine with other bulbs – cream or yellow narcissus, star shaped paper whites, white tulips, daffodils with different coloured centres – orange or yellow. Fresh spring green or white look perfect with this scheme. Milk glass or plain white crockery jugs crammed with daffodils set on a green and yellow vintage patterned cloth – pass the scones, jam and cream please!

Pots of daffodils in bloom with the addition of pots of other bulbs, with their soil covered in moss grouped randomly on your tables make for a feast for the senses.

In your bouquet, daffodils look fresh teamed with fern fronds, green berries, white tulips, yellow roses. If all the yellow is a bit much for you, tone it down with touches of silvery grey in grey satiny leaves, grey berries and ribbon. A silver grey, white and daffodil colour scheme is super elegant.

Think citrus colours in food and drink or use citrus fruit as a shape contrast to the flowers. Tiny clementines or cumquats used in flower arrangements look exciting and different, or jumbled into baskets with seemingly casual bunches of daffodils in amongst them looks as if you’ve just come in from the garden with your bounty.

A soft yellow cake decorated of course with our favourite white polka dots, with fresh daffodils arranged on the tiers and around the base. Make sure you use the different varieties with all their different colour variations,  and you will have a masterpiece of spring.

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