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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Mitchell J Carlin via Elyce & Steve’s French Chateau Destination Wedding

I feel like this weekend needs a little dancing, a little letting one’s hair down – turning the tunes up in the kitchen and spinning the world away. This photo inspires me to put some nineties pop on and dance right here in my office. What about you Dotties?

It has certainly been a wintry week across the Polka blogs – from wintry honeymoon destinations, Winter recipes and Winter style tips. It’s time to wrap it up!


Warm Tones For A Cold Winter from Oscar Hunt Style

Getting excited for Spring with this Port Office Hotel’s ‘Jasmine Cocktail’

Escape to France with this French Chateau Destination Wedding

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2016 Inspiration

Fred & Ginger Catering dust off the Winter blues with their Wintervention’ Dinner Party Recipe

Shed a tear over Sophia & Adam’s Captured Memories

Chic Hand makes for a delicate lettering style font.

After a relaxed, intimate day bride Jane shares her

Honeymoons A – Z: El Jadida, Morocco

Viktor shares his post-wedding Inspired Memories

Inglewood Inn shares Winter Trends In Dining

Rounding up our favourite Feathers in Etsy Roundup

Fraser’s Restaurant share their favourite wedding friends in Vendor’s Favourites

A Romantic Snowy Escape

Loving this sweet Berry Champagne Swizzle Sticks Tutorial

Ben‘s leopard print Groom Style

Loving the golden light in this Rustic Spring Yarra Valley Wedding

We go Behind The Door With  with  The Brunswick Mess Hall

Our film of the week comes from Video Boutique and is the so very happy wedding of Sean and Ashleigh. 3497 days of loving each other brought this couple to a wedding day that was filled with dancing, champagne. tears and plenty of beautiful memory making.

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35 Wedding Signs To Guide The Way

by | Bride, Ceremony, Reception, Styling, Wedding Inspiration


Wedding Sign ideas

I love a gorgeous wedding sign and in recent years, it seems they are popping up at every wedding. Another way to stamp your own personal style on your wedding day, wedding signs are a brilliant way to welcome guests, give information such as your wedding hashtag or itinerary, guide guests in the right direction or simply encourage them to get on the dance floor! Today we’re rounding up 35 wedding signs to guide the way. Click on through!

Monica & Ridwan’s Intimate Summerfields Country House Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Monica & Ridwan

There is an elegant sweet charm to Monica and Ridwan’s intimate Summerfields Country house wedding. The couple invited only their closest family and friends to share their day – a day which wove it’s way through a marriage ceremony, a tea ceremony  and a decadent long lunch. Monica and Ridwan chose Ali Bailey to capture the moments of their day.

The newlyweds tell the story of how they came to be. “We first met in design college in 2004. We were just friends back then. Our love story began with a long distance relationship after we graduated. Because we come from different backgrounds, it wasn’t an easy journey for us. We’ve been through lots of ups and downs for about 10 years. So when we finally made it to the wedding day, we were over the moon!”

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Monica and Ridwan were married at Summerfields Country House . Monica remarking, “We both live overseas and we couldn’t fly to Melbourne before the wedding day for the preparation, so it was a little tricky for us to organize the wedding from Jakarta. We fell in love at first sight with Summerfields. We didn’t need to put much effort to make it beautiful because it already is. We didn’t need to decorate at all – instead just adding a little foliage for our reception decor. All of our guests loved the venue too.”

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“It was an intimate wedding with a touch of nature. We invited only our parents, siblings and few close friends with total of 24 guests including us. We weren’t aiming for a grand wedding, but something simple yet meaningful.”

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Monica walked down the aisle to “And I Love Her” by Passenger.

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Of their photographer, Monica remarks, “Although Ali had never met the groom  and had met me only once  before the wedding day, it seemed like we’d already know each other for quite sometime. She was easy going and she made us really comfortable in front of the camera. We only needed to be our self and do whatever we wanted to do, and she just happened to capture the best moments of it.”

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Mary Mary Studio  crafted the floral arrangements for the day, the bride telling, “We really love the flower arrangements by Mary Mary Studio – they created the flower crown, hand bouquet and the buttonhole.”

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Monica chose her friend to make her wedding gown, noting, “My gown was custom-made by my designer friend based in Jakarta. I asked for a simple dress that I would still love  fifty years from now. For the details, we also embroidered our initials and wedding date on the back of the dress.”

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A traditional tea ceremony kicked off the reception festivities.

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Guests enjoyed a long lunch in the grand estate, Monica remarking, “In planning for our wedding, we really focused on what was important and forgot about the other things that don’t really matter for us. For example, we didn’t want to hire a wedding stylist and we also didn’t do the engagement photos, but we spent quite some time finding the perfect venue and our wedding photographer. In other words, every detail that we added to our wedding was really special for us.”

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Congratulations Monica and Ridwan! Thank you for sharing the stories of your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Ali Bailey for sharing today’s celebration!




Photographer: Ali Bailey / Cinematographer: Tin Drum / Bride’s Dress: Isaura / Bride’s Shoes: Pretty FIT / Groom’s Shoes: Clarks / Hairstylist: Elly Liana / Makeup Artist: Elly Liana / Flowers: Mary Mary Studio / Venue: Summerfields Country House / Ceremony Officiant: Penny Hartelt / Table Arrangement: Basia Puchalski / Transport: Krystal Limousines

Melody & Dave’s Modern Bondi Icebergs Wedding

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


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Melody & Dave

I love the dreamy, relaxed vibe of Melody and Dave’s modern Bondi Iceberges wedding. The couple chose a Monday for their day, giving it a sense of relaxed, cheeky escapes from work – the end result with plenty of dancing and plenty of romance all captured by Tealily Photography.

Melody tells the story of how she and Dave met. “Dave and I met at work originally. We were friends as part of a bigger group that would meet up regularly for dinner and drinks. After some time, we started communicating and catching up on our own and then one thing led to another and here we are!

When we were just friends however, I had always thought what a great guy Dave was, and in fact when my girl friends asked if I knew any nice single guys, Dave would always be the first person that came to mind. A very smart, good looking, genuine, kind, and caring gentleman. Definitely the kind of guy you’d recommend to a friend! Not that he’d admit it, but thankfully I think he quietly had his eye on me instead, and was just waiting for the right time… so I’d say patience and persistence are another two of his great qualities! Funny how things work out!”

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Melody chose a wedding gown designed by Grace Loves Lace, telling, “I wanted a dress that was romantic, and classic with a twist. I had stumbled across Grace Loves Lace prior to getting engaged for some of their non-bridal lace staples and one day saw the new Lily dress flash up somewhere on Instagram. I loved it immediately!! 

My sister lives in Brisbane and she drove to the Gold Coast showroom to try the dress on for me, and we Facetimed while she was there so I could see all angles. She LOVED it and knew I would too! So I decided I’d head up myself to try it on. I tried on the Lily dress at GLL and knew it was the one. I paid there and then, and then didn’t look at any other dresses! ! The service was was fantastic, the dress fitted perfectly, and it was oh so comfortable! No fuss, just pure romance and comfort.”

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Melody remembers, “We both loved our ‘First look’. Seeing each other for the first time and enjoying time together having our photos taken before the ceremony is one of our favourite memories.”

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Of their photographer, Melody remarks, “Trish from Tealily is such a talent. I loved her portfolio of work for the light filled and natural style of photography that she is so very good at. So it wasn’t a difficult choice to choose her for our wedding. She is such a beautiful person (inside and out) as well, and so the photo shoot which we did before the ceremony, after our ‘first look’ was fun and light-hearted, and we are so thrilled with the pictures. Candid, romantic, natural. Just what we wanted.”

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Melody and Dave held their ceremony and reception at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Melody explains, “I was living in Bondi when Dave and I first got together, and we spent loads of time enjoying the great restaurants & bars, the beach, the coastal walk and the surrounding areas as we were getting to know each other during those fun and fabulous first few months of dating. Later we moved in together in the area and the good times in Bondi continued. Icebergs is such an iconic venue, with the most amazing view, and we’d often take visitors from overseas there when they came to Sydney. Numerous times we’d comment on what an amazing place it would be to get married. That view! The food, the wine, the amazing service.. it would be epic.

Dave and I were surprised then when we got engaged and inquired about their exclusive hire costs that they don’t actually have many weddings there! (Bonus!) Given we wanted to get married in Summer close to Christmas/NY to ensure as many of our overseas family and friends could attend, and this is also peak season for Icebergs so were a bit more limited in the days they could offer us, we went for a Monday wedding.

The ceremony was on the Icebergs Terrace which IDRB have quite recently opened up as their more casual breakfast and lunch spot. Then we moved on to a champagne reception with the most amazing canapes in the Icebergs Bar, and a dinner reception in the Dining room. I’m absolutely thrilled with our choice in venue. It was incredible. Even better than I could have hoped.”

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Of the processional, Melody remembers, “We wanted something upbeat, but still romantic, so chose ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ by The Four Seasons.”

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Scott Duncombe officiated the ceremony, Melody recalling, “We liked Scott instantly, and with each interaction we had in the lead up to the wedding felt more and more comfort that he would officiate a wonderful ceremony for us. He had everything so under control, there were no stresses whatsoever, and it was a truly joyful ceremony. My grandmother did a reading, which was a nice way to acknowledge her. Scott asked us to send him our vows separately, so neither Dave or I knew what each other’s vows were until the day. Interestingly they were very similar! It was so beautiful to hear for the first time the words Dave had chosen to declare for our marriage that day in front of our family and friends.”

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Sugar Bee Cakes created a modern aqua and white printed cake that fit in with the modern styling of the day.

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“The day was even better than we had imagined. My bridesmaids did a joint speech and as is customary in NZ Maori culture (my family moved to NZ from South Africa when I was young, and my bridesmaid Nicki is part Maori), they song a short waiata (song) at the end of their speech. They’re great singers, and it was such a beautiful surprise.

All of the speeches were fantastic, however Dave’s best man Matt’s speech was a standout. Absolutely epic. He’s a very intelligent and funny guy, and has been friends with Dave since they were 3. He was able to skate the thin line between acceptable and not acceptable material in the most clever way, telling some hilarious stories about Dave in a way which even those that didn’t know Dave very well would find entertaining.”

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Of their first dance, the bride remembers, “Our first dance was…… hilarious! Dave chose the song ‘Thinking out loud’ by Ed Sheeran because he knew I loved it. We had spent 20 minutes one evening a few nights before the wedding practicing a few basic steps, and on that night Dave was the one struggling to put together the moves, however on the actual day, I was the one that had no idea!! We didn’t care though. We shuffled our way through with some fun dips and spins and we had a great laugh.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Melody and Dave! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Tealily Photography  for sharing today’s celebration with us!







Photographer: Tealily Photography / Cinematographer: Stellar Productions / On The Day Wedding Coordinator: Events by Jennifer / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Flower Girl Attire: Carmen Fortuin Bridal / Hairstylist: Alexander Scott / Makeup Artist: Alexander Scott / Flowers: Tulipanna Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Paper by Paperless Post / Venue: Icebergs Dining Room & Bar / Ceremony Officiant: Scott Duncombe / DJ: DJ Moose / Cake Baker: Sugar Bee Cakes
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