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Benay and Peter’s Stradbroke Island Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Benay and Peter

Oh I do love a wedding by the water, especially one like today’s where the sunshine isn’t out but the moody clouds make for a romantic atmosphere. Benay and Peter married on South Stradbroke Island and had the most beautiful waterside wedding. It’s got a serenity to it that eases us into a crazy week.

Benay explains their love story. “We met through my sister.  She always spoke of this ‘hot computer guy’ that one of her friends worked with. They used to hope that one of their computers would break so he would come around and fix it.  Pete went to my sister’s house one day and saw a photograph of my sister and I and asked who I was, I was living overseas at the time but when I came home Pete and I met in passing one day.  Pete then called my sister to ask if it was OK to email me and ask me out.  It was the first time I’d ever been asked out via email!”

Today’s photographs (making her Polka Dot debut, hooray!) are by Sheila Higgins. I love the calm nature Sheila has to her work. It’s modern and stylish but keeps the classic elements of wedding photography that we all know and love.

Blush Artistry styled the girls hair and makeup. Benay says “I just loved our hair and makeup and the ladies here were so lovely and really knew what they were doing.”

Benay wore a gown by Leonard Derecourt with stylish peeptoes from Novo. Her bridesmaids wore watermelon coloured strapless gowns from Bari Jay from Hills In Hollywood.

Guests traveled to the island by boat, including the groom and his groomsmen who arrived on the ‘September Song’. Benay remembers it as one of her favourite memories. “The boys traveling to the wedding on the ‘September Song’. Boating is a big part of Pete’s family and it was so nice to be able to include the September Song in our wedding day, not to mention it is the most beautiful boat and was a fantastic backdrop for our photos.”

Benay walked down the aisle to ‘Sea Of Love’ by Cat Power.

Benay and Peter held their ceremony at As Island Hideaway, South Stradbroke Island and had it conducted by celebrant Diane Rainnie.  Benay recalls “Our ceremony was in the beach side chapel which was the reason I liked this venue.  It was nice to be right beside the beach but not on the beach which worked out well on our wedding day because there was a little bit of rain around.

Our Star Wars Vows I think this was my favourite part.  We kept this a secret from everyone and everyone laughed and cheered when they heard them knowing how much of a fan Pete is of Star Wars.”

Peter pledged “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I was drawn to you like The Millenium Falcon caught in The Death Stars tractor beam. Whether it be Tusken Raiders or Imperial Forces, nothing can break The Force that joins us together. I would never trade you to the Jawas even if they were doing a really good deal on a couple of astromech droids, even with an extended warranty.” I can tell you there were some great big smiles and lots of joyous peals of laughter. Benay’s response included this little gem “Even if you were frozen in carbonite, and stolen by Boba Fett, I would find you, dress in a gold bikini slave outfit, then strangle Jabba the Hutt to be by your side. I would follow you through the desert wastelands of Tatooine, the Ice fields of Hoth, and the Jungles of Endor, just to be with you.”


Guests continued to celebrate with a reception on the island.

Peter and Benay made the invitations themselves. “We made our invitations which were DVD’s.  The DVD was a kind of slideshow of photographs of us made into Polaroids with details of the wedding written under each photograph.  I made the images in Photoshop and Pete put it all together with music for the DVD’s.”

Benay also made clear boxes filled with Skittles for guests (one of Pete’s favourite treats) and made place cards for each guest. She explains “The images on the place cards were all photographs that I had taken from around the world where Pete and I had travelled.  I had a lot of fun selecting the images I would use and made sure no two place cards had the same image.  On the back of the place cards I had another image (the same image on all place cards) with the quote “love isn’t the person you can see yourself with, it’s the person you can’t see yourself without” I did this because I wondered how many people would look at the back of the place cards and the ones who did I wanted them to see something nice.”

On top of their wedding cake was another nod to Peter’s love of Star Wars. Benay recalls “We loved The Han Solo and Princes Leia cake toppers, I thought these were a cute and subtle way to include another Star Wars reference into our wedding.”

Hiring band Nuthin Betta, for their first dance Benay remarks, “We danced to ‘Hold You in My Arms’ by Ray LaMontagne.  We have quite different taste in music so it took a while to find a song but Pete being the wonderful man that he is let me give him a heap of songs that I liked and then he chose one that he liked from that.”


Congratulations Benay and Peter! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Sheila Higgins. for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Sheila Higgins.

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Sinead and Aaron’s Intimate Perth Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sinead and Aaron

An intimate backyard wedding is such a beautiful way to celebrate a marriage. There’s something really special about having your wedding at home, in your backyard with your favourite people. Sinead and Aaron, our newlyweds did just that and had the time of their lives.

Sinead and Aaron met at the Big Day Out and after nine years together, decided to tie the knot in Perth.

Photographs are by Michelle Kiddie Photography. I love Michelle’s candid, natural style which suited Sinead and Aaron’s feeling of their wedding day perfectly.

Sinead wore a vintage long sleeved gown and paired it with Alexander McQueen heels. She explains, “I wore a gown from the 1960’s from “Gorgeous Boutique” on Beaufort Street in Inglewood.  This is the most adorable store.  The owner has been collecting vintage wedding dresses for the last 30 years.  She has just recently started selling her collection.  My dress was one that she has had for the past 18 years.  I knew it was the one when my mum started crying when I walked out of the changing-room.”

Brigette from Bridal Creations planned and helped Sinead and Aaron style their wedding day.

Sinead and Aaron made the decision to marry at home because “It seemed like the best option for us as we didn’t want to have to work around restrictions that were imposed on us by a venue.  We wanted a relaxed, fun day; which we got because it was a really great party!”

Tonic String Trio played Sinead down the aisle to “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.

Sinead remarks “We were able to have our wedding photos in our own garden.  It was important to Aaron and I that we didn’t leave our guests for hours while having our wedding photos taken (we didn’t want to miss out).  So we simply stepped into the garden while our guests  enjoyed celebrating with champagne.  Our photos are not only a record of our wedding, but also a record of our home.”

Ben Duncalf designed the stationery for the day.

The groom’s suit was by St Augustine Academy.

The event was catered by Ryan John. Sinead explains “Aaron and I love to eat so the catering provided by Ryan John was certainly a highlight.”

The intimacy was part of what Sinead and Aaron loved about their wedding day. “We loved the intimacy of the day.  We only had 40 of our closest family and friendspresent, so every single person that was there was incredibly special to us.”

Dinner was served on vintage crockery from Her Handpicked Harvest. It tied in with the pink and gold colour scheme of the day.

The night ended with plenty of dancing, or as Sinead puts it “The daggy dancing.  A wedding isn’t complete without some daggy dance moves, and there were certainly lots of those! We danced until 4am, which is something that you could never do at a traditional venue. And being at home…flat shoes weren’t far away!”

Congratulations Sinead and Aaron! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to  Michelle Kiddie Photography for today’s photographs!

Photos by Michelle Kiddie Photography

Win a $500 Floristry Voucher From Hello Blossoms

by | Bride, Competitions


With spring on the horizon, and the smell of blossoms and blooms filling the air it seems only right to break from our little competition hiatus to give away beautiful wedding flowers to one lucky couple!

Hello Blossoms Is a fresh and vibrant floral studio located on the Mornington Peninsula. Serving Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, the team at Hello Blossoms create all their designs uniquely for each couple, to embrace their personal style and the character of the dress and location, whilst creating a vibrant and texture-rich wedding experience.

To win a Hello Blossoms voucher valued at $500 simply email with your name, postcode and your favourite Hello Blossoms bouquet from their website and why you love it! The Hello Blossoms team will then judge the winner!

The winner will be chosen by Hello Blossoms and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The prize is available for weddings held within Victoria, Australia. The $500 voucher will be deducted from your final invoice, a $250 deposit is required to confirm your booking. Voucher to be used in one transaction only. The winner will pay for costs above the voucher inclusions. The prize must be redeemed within one year. If no contact is made within one month, the prize will become null and void. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 21st September 2011 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

This competition is now closed.

Jonesy Darling 2011 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I love kicking off Mondays with a post on amazing gowns. It’s come to be known as Fashion Monday in my head but perhaps needs a much more brilliant name than one I probably came up with while caffeine deprived and freezing cold. Today’s Fashion Monday is dedicated to a sweet label out of the US (that ships to Australia) called Jonesy Darling.

Started by the favourite of the tea length dress designers- Stephanie James Couture, Jonesy Darling is her affordable collection (and she’ll ship to Australia until she finds an Australian stockist!) focusing on gorgeous, affordable vintage inspired tea length wedding gowns. From strapless sweetheart necklines, to decadent, lace ruffles and bows. The gowns are feminine and sweet with just a little bit of sass.


Images by Jonesy Darling

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