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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by PhotoFactory Bali via Bree and David’s Bali Summer Night Destination Wedding

I think it has been almost the coldest week of Winter yet here, which is not such a bad thing when you get to look at weddings like the one above (and stay inside drinking hot tea!).  Which does make me think, as painful as it is for those stuck in a tropical land, it could be worse!

Luckily we have had a  lot, and when I say a lot, I mean we have so many that this list keeps growing, of amazing posts from around the Polka blogs this week. From amazing vendor advice (first look or not?) to gorgeous weddings, DIY tutorials and even destination weddings. Here’s what you might have missed this week.



Groom Michael shares his most loved memories of his wedding day over on Polka Dot Groom.

Looking for a mountain top and forest wedding venue? We chatted to Carla Ventura of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on Polka Dot Wisdom.

Rounding up our favourite Boho Hairpieces

Heading to Asia? Check out The Groom’s Guide To Kuala Lumpur

A little dash of medieval with this week’s Tuesday Type. Meet Bazaruto

Will You Sneak A Peek? The Pros and Cons of Pre-Ceremony Photos

One of our real brides shares her tutorial for DIY Imitation Flower Bouquets

Love the sandstone church at this Pretty Southern Highlands Wedding

The finishing touch for your hangover kit? Tomato, Celery and Pepper-Infused Vodka

Ten Reasons To Have a ‘Playdate’ Photography Session Before Your Wedding

I wouldn’t mind a bit of sunshine this week, so I loved this Bali Summer Night Destination Weddding

Exploring the stunning region of The Southern Highlands for weddings!

Testing out The Gantry Bar’s Storm Rider for this Cocktail Friday!

News Roundup 16th July

In Perth this weekend? Head to Frasers Suites for their wedding open day on Sunday! Chef Pete Evans will be there showing off the hotel’s wedding menu as well as plenty of incredible wedding vendors- Ms Harlequin will be even popping over to have a look so register here for your place!

Have you entered to Win A Paloma’s Nest Heirloom Gift Set yet?

Flower girl label Stellina Cute Couture are holding a two day sale with up to 70% their collections on the 18th and 19th of July. Head to Shop 2, 146 Spit Road, Mosman on Saturday form 9am-5pm and Sunday from 11am to 3pm to find specials on Roberto Cavalli Jr, Monnalisa and Nicki Macfarlane collections.

Queensland couples, Urbane Restaurant Wedding Fair is set for October 19th 2015! Book it into your calender now and come along to see the venue styled up to a treat with plenty of displays, prizes and fun to be had on the night! Book your free tickets via the website.

Pallas Couture are holding their Sydney Luxury Sample Sale with a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase Pallas gowns that are one off samples or special pieces from past collections. Nothing will retail over $5,000 with most gowns priced between $2000-3000/ The sale starts Friday 24th July and runs until Saturday, 25th of July and is by appointment only. Call  02 9358 5761 to make your appointment.

Loud Cinematography sent this week’s film to us! (Don’t forget you can submit your wedding films here). There is an almost haunting beauty to this wedding film and an intensity to this story that makes it a beautiful one to watch!

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Alethea & Matthew’s Italian Country Inspired Barn Wedding

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


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Alethea & Matthew

There is an incredible ambiance to Alethea and Matthew’s  Italian Country Inspired Barn Wedding. The couple wanted a relaxed wedding day, but they also wanted it to show their love of Italy – a place where their love story blossomed and built the foundation for their lives together. From choosing a Italian family style menu, to the rich golds and reds they used throughout their day I know you’ll agree that this is one wedding you wish you’d been a guest at! Carla Atley photographed it all so very beautifully.

Alethea tells the tale of how they came to be. “Matthew and I met when we were both in high school, we were just friends and it remained that way for about 7 years, until Matt decided to pluck up the courage to ask me on a date. Quite amazing set of circumstances happened after that actually, where to this day I think it was destiny for us both.

Before we rekindled our friendship, I had booked a one way ticket to Italy with the intention of studying theatre, teaching English and living in a small town. While dating Matt, he knew of my plans and a few weeks later came to me and said that his rugby Club had found a club in Italy for him to play for and that he was leaving that year too.

To cut a long story short, my dreams were fulfilled but instead of living alone, Matthew and I lived in Veneto, I taught English while he played rugby professionally. We lived in the most beautiful quaint town with only a 10 minute train ride to the heart of Venice. We were so lucky, and fell in love from that year onwards. We will never forget our time in Italy, and how it absolutely influenced our future together.”

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groom in blue jacket

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Lost and Sound created the Italian rustic farm inspired wedding invitations.

red bouquet with proteabride in lace gown

Alethea had her wedding dress designed and made by Brides By Design.  She tells, “I had been to many bridal stores and tried on the traditional white gowns which for me where not a true reflection of who I am and more importantly, they were heavy and far too uncomfortable for the type of evening I was going to experience on my wedding day. My bride’s dress is a couture design from Brides by Design, in North Perth.

It was part of the designer’s new collection at the time and very different from anything that I had ever seen. In fact, as soon as I saw it I knew that it was the one! Lynette the designer immediately said “you can see your eyes light up in this dress, this reflects your personality and you can see that as you are standing there in the dress” It was true, I felt so elegant and bridal even though it was not your traditional white gown. It fit like a glove and had a custom-made veil to match the lace. The experience was relaxing and easy going, and I wouldn’t change it for anything!”

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Alethea and Mathew chose Alverstoke Barn, Brunswick for their wedding, remembering, “The venue was our dream place for our wedding! It oozed all the right types of relaxed, country, rustic, stunning and elegance that we could ever want! It was an all in one venue and for us that meant everything! We didn’t have to leave our venue to drive anywhere as it is vast and beautiful property with all the artistic corners and lush green trees and plants to hide amongst. The venue is a heritage farm and has a small cottage that used to work as a school for 11 children only. It truly gave our guests something to talk about and explore throughout the evening!”

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red flower wedding garland

Botanica Naturalis created the floral arrangements for the wedding, Alethea remembering, “Anna from Botanica Naturalis surprised me on the day with the most beautiful bouquet I had ever imagined for my wedding day. It was all the right colours textures, and included the olive leaf, basil and was the most amazing start to my wedding morning! But this lady did not stop with just the bouquets, but she had made the most amazing green foliage garlands I had ever seen! They really added to the feel of the wedding, rustic, Italian, and I could not recommend her and her team enough!”

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The bride made a fun welcome sign for the wedding entrance, she even made the paper cones filled with red rose petals.

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For her walk down the aisle, Alethea remembers, “We chose an acoustic version of Kymbra’s “Settle down” sung by our live duo band Fratello.”

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Deb Livense officiated the ceremony, Alethea remembering, “I wanted the ceremony to feel relaxed and romantic, as well as sentimental. We had chosen a celebrant who we felt completely comfortable with, who laughed and joked with us and was very accommodating right up until the special day. She truly guided us to achieve all that we wanted for the ceremony. We had chosen to include a special blessing from our parents and before we were married we embraced one another, which was that sentimental moment we wanted.”

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wedding at Alverstoke on the Brunswick,

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“The music we chose throughout the ceremony was important to us to. During the signing we had our band play “Is This Love” by Bob Marley and as we were leaving they struck up with “Happy”, by Pharrell Williams. It was such a fun tune to exit to! We loved every minute!”

carla atley photography

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Alethea’s bridesmaids wore different white dresses.

bridal party in zara suits

Of their photographer, Alethea notes, “Carla Atley was our choice from the start as I had really loved that she was a local Fremantle photographer and her photographs were beautiful and had the unique style Matt and I were looking for. She has a really relaxed personality and just goes with the flow. With Matthew and I being very inexperienced when it comes to posing together, she made us feel really comfortable and there was no pressure at all on the day. I trusted her completely and the result shows that she captured some beautiful moments that I will treasure forever.”

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“A major part was to involve some of Matthew’s family’s half Welsh and half South African heritage. So of course, we had to serve biltong and Nanna’s Welsh home made birdie num-nums! We couldn’t forget the famous SA Protea flower which made a stunning appearance on our table arrangements.”

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wedding menu with marsala ribbon

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The reception was decorated in hues of brass, red, white and plenty of greenery. Alethea noting “I spent a good 10 months searching flea markets for brass and gold looking Moroccan vases for the centrepieces. I ended up buying 55 of them, all unique and different. To add to the gold colour theme I  painted photo frames and home-made wood block gold numbered table signs”

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Cake and delicious sweets created by Mrs S Bakery and Cakeworks Bunbury were a major feature at the wedding and provided the perfect stage to surprise the bride. She tells, “Apart from marrying my gorgeous husband, the best surprise on the day came from my mum. Months before the wedding I was searching for a company to make my dream wedding cake! It not only had to be a sponge filled with lemon curd and berries, but it had to be naked, full of fruit, and be driven 1.5hrs south of Perth to the venue.

Every vendor I tried, either the cake didn’t quite suit the brief or didn’t taste right, or was far too expensive. So, I gave up looking and settled on asking Mrs S to make me her double tiered carrot cake as my wedding cake (along with all the other delectable slices and full form cakes).

My sneaky mum obviously took it upon herself to find a baker in Bunbury who could deliver, and at the moment the bridal party and entered we went to cut the cake! It was the most amazing surprise to see the cake of my dreams sitting there beautifully decorated and looking absolutely delicious! I couldn’t believe my mum had surprised me, it was a truly special moment! I love surprises!  ”

father of the groom speech

groom in velvet bow tie

wedding reception at alverstoke

The wedding was catered by Il Paiolo  who worked hard to meet the feeling and brief the bride and groom wanted for their day, Alethea explains, “We really loved our trip to Italy, and since my family is Italian we really wanted that warm, family vibe where our guests enjoy the most delicious Italian foods – in abundance. This was a major part as there is nothing worse than not enough food, especially for a big Italian family! (oh I had nightmares about not having enough). The way we solved dinner, was we decided on an entrée of seafood delights for each person, then for the main, it was shared platters of spit roasted pork and beef with side dishes of potatoes, pumpkin and runner beans in olive oil.

The idea of sharing food is exactly the feeling we were after, it was that sense that you were at Nonna’s house, a big Italian feast, passing food across the tables and going back for seconds! It was met with lip smacking sounds and not a hungry belly the entire night!

Vincenzo from Il Paiolo stood out to us because he was the man who was going to deliver the big Italian feast and boy did he deliver! The food was in abundance and was loved by everyone at the wedding. To this day family and friends are still raving about his pistachio lamb cutlets! We couldn’t have been happier with how the food turned out, and how incredibly gentle, kind and professional this man is. I would highly recommend him for any function big or small!”

alverstoke wedding reception

bride and groom wrapped in streamers

Of their first dance, Alethea remembers, “Our first dance was an acoustic version of Latch, by Sam Smith. Our favourite song of the year. Matthew and I hadn’t planned on a choreographed dance but he told me he couldn’t wait to improvise! I thought it was funny, because after about one minute my mum, and Nonna, and other family members wrapped us up in colourful streamers! There was no dipping or twirling for us, because by the time our song was over everyone was one the dance floor to All Night long by Lionel Ritchie! ”

dancing at alverstoke

Congratulations Alethea and Matthew! Thank you for sharing the story of your wedding day! Thank you also to Carla Atley for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Carla Atley / Cinematographer: Kairos Films / Styling/Hire: Botanica Naturalis / Bride’s Dress: Brides By Design / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Bride’s Jewelry: Steven Sher Antiques / Groom’s Attire: Zara Man / Groom's Bowtie: Gentleman & Scholar / Groom’s Attire: (Jacket) ASOS / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Zara Man / Groomsmen Attire: (Jacket) ASOS / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicola the label / Bridesmaid Dresses: Scanlan and Theodore / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Hairstylist: Frisuer Hair Design / Makeup Artist: Jacqui Bradfield / Flowers: Botanica Naturalis / Invitations & Stationery: Lost and Sound / Venue: Alverstoke Barn on the Brunswick / Ceremony Officiant: Deb Livense / Ceremony Musicians: Fratello / DJ: DJ Sarantino / Favors: Etsy / Catering: Il Paiolo / Cake Baker: Mrs S Bakery / Cake Baker: Cakeworks Bunbury / Wedding Rings: Steven Sher Antiques

Winter Wedding Flower Inspiration

by | Bride, Flowers, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


winter wedding florals

With cold weather brings Winter weddings and with Winter weddings comes winter wedding flower inspiration. After our recent roundup of winter wedding bouquets, this gorgeous winter floral inspired shoot, a collaboration between  Love, Katie & Sarah and Blooming Brides seemed the perfect way to dive into even more floral inspiration!

So often we think of flowers at a wedding in the traditional sense – a beautiful bouquet, a beautiful centrepiece. But this shoot dives into the beautiful and interesting ways flowers can become part of your overall look. I am a huge fan of floral necklaces (I even love floral bow ties) and this shoot takes flowers and turns them into cascading hairpieces, beautiful draping floral garlands around the neck and even over sized corsages for the bride.

Winter and cooler months have a plethora of beautiful blooms to use and this shoot is just the tip of the inspiration iceberg.

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yellow and green winter flowers

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red and orange floral crown

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white tea tree buquet

Photographer: Love, Katie & Sarah / Floral Styling: Blooming Brides / Bride’s Dress: Intique & Co / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Hair & Makeup Artist: Amy Kenny

Michelle & Adam’s Happy Summer Wedding

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


perth newlyweds

Michelle & Adam

There is no way I can describe today’s celebration other than a happy summer wedding. The colours are bright and vibrant, the smiles are big and wide and the mood joyful and warm. The moments are filled with happiness, which obviously is what we love a wedding to be about but for some reason, it all comes together to sum up a Perth Summer!

Merge Photography were there to capture it all, Photographer Jodie telling, “A conspiring bunch of girlfriends, a Bar and some (handsome) Olympic swimmers… that was the beginnings of this gorgeous couple Michelle & Adam.”

Beau est Mien wedding invitations

Beau est Mien created the fun wedding stationery, Michelle remembering, “I loved our invites. We commissioned an artist to make our own custom designed print for the front of the invitations. She met with us and we chatted and told her about our plans and she design the beautiful picture. The original now hangs in our bedroom.”

pastel coloured wedding bouquetKrystal Okey Wedding Hair

Krystal Okey and Nicole Forde styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

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cabbage roses wedding haistylepink peach and yellow bouquet

Jodie wore two gowns from Through The White Door. One designed by Truvelle and one by Rachel Gilbert. She tells, “I had two dresses! The dress I walked down the aisle in was a Truvelle dress. Truvelle is a Canadian bridal designer and only one store in Australia, Through the White Door, is stocking their dresses. I think it was meant to be. I stumbled upon the newly opened store by accident and fell in love with the dress. I think it was meant to be because the name of the dress was “Michelle”. The other dress I wore for some family photos and at the reception was a Rachel Gilbert dress. It was such a beautiful and comfortable dress that was easy to dance and party in.”

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Fox & Rabbit created the beautiful floral arrangements for the day, Michelle noting, “Our florist Fox and Rabbit made the most beautiful bouquets and I absolutely loved our flower arch at the ceremony. Bib and Tucker looked stunning with the flower arrangements running down all the tables.”

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The couple chose to have a first look at home.

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first look at wedding

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Michelle and Adam chose University of Western Australia’s Tropical Grove for their ceremony, noting, “We choose to have the ceremony at the University of Western Australia (Tropical Grove) We started dating when we were both students at UWA so it holds a special place in our memories.”

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Sparkling wine was a must for the ceremony!

groom duirng processional

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Michelle walked down the aisle to Endless Summer – Josh Pyke Version.

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Sue Tomsaz wedding celebrant

perth wedding ceremony vows

Susan Tomsaz officiated the ceremony, the bride explaining, “We wanted our ceremony to have a relaxed and happy vibe. My Aunty was our celebrant and that was really special to be married by a loved one. She was an amazing celebrant that told our story so well. Our ceremony was full of laughs and happy stories.”

cabbage rose bouquet

The couple chose two readings for their ceremony – This Day by Bertrand Russell and On Your Wedding Day by Jennifer Leese .

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University of Western Australia Ceremony Venue

“The Tropical Grove was so beautiful and green. Everything just felt so natural. I am a Primary School teacher and my whole class and their parents also came to the ceremony which helped give the ceremony a friendly feel.”

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Tropical Grove UWA ceremony

bride in Truvelle wedding dress

“Having all my students at the ceremony was gorgeous. At the end of the wedding when we walked down the aisle as husband and wife my students all lined up and we high-fived as we passed. So cute!”

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“My husband and I have done a lot of travel and lived in London for a few years and because of that about 30% of our wedding guests had traveled from overseas to come to our wedding. It was beautiful to have all our closest friends and family from around the world be in one place.”

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Of their photographer, Michelle remembers, “Merge Photography (Jodie) was amazing!! It was honestly like having a friend take photos of you. Jodie was so easy going and natural it made everything fun. I love our photos. They really captured the essence of our day.”

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bride with bridesmaids in navy

The groom and groomsmen wore navy suits from Gibson while the bridesmaids wore navy gowns by Reiss.

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bridal party at WA University

“The main thing we wanted was to have fun! And we sure did! It was casually elegant – we wanted to capture the feeling of a Perth summer. We both love being outdoors and being married outside under gorgeous palms and then celebrating our wedding over looking the beach was really special to us. Having fireworks definitely took our wedding to the next level!”

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Balcony Wedding Reception

Michelle and Adam celebrated their reception at beach side restaurant Bib and Tucker, explaining, “The reception was at Bib and Tucker a beautiful restaurant on Leighton Beach in Perth. Eamon Sullivan, Adam’s best man, owns the restaurant so it was really nice to celebrate our wedding at a restaurant we both know very well where the food is amazing and the view is breathtaking. The food at Bib and Tucker never lets us down. Scott Bridger (head chef) is a genius! ”


handwirtten seating chartnaked wedding cake with succulents

The three tier naked cake was created by Celebrate Cakes, Michelle remarking, “I loved our cake. I had an image in my mind of what I wanted our cake to look like and Celebrate Cakes nailed it! I loved the ombre look of the naked cake.”modern peth wedding venue

Clare Ryan styled the wedding, the bride telling, “All the vendors were amazing. I felt so relaxed on the day because I knew every detail of the wedding was being looked after by such professional and talented people. My stylist Clare Ryan was the real star behind the day/night. She thought of every detail! ”

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succulent wedding favors

As favors, guests received plants – the bride remembering, “My gorgeous mum grew all the succulents and planted them for our wedding favours. They looked stunning!”

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raw wood wedding tables

The finishing touch for the reception was the lighting by Micktric Lightin , Michelle explaining, “Micktric Lighting created the most beautiful atmosphere by carefully selecting hanging pendants on the balcony and fairy lights running along the outside balconies.”

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MC at wedding

“Our MCs for the night were university friends and they were hilarious. They should both give up accounting and become professional MCs. They helped create a laid back, happy atmosphere.”

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Love Letter Balloons At Wedding

Of their first dance Michelle remembers, “We danced to Magic by Coldplay and we timed it so when the song finished, fireworks were let off on the beach and all the guests watched a fireworks display from the balcony. It really was magic.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Michelle and Adam! Thank you for sharing your day with us!  Thank you also to Merge Photography for sending this wedding our way!

Photographer: Merge Photography / Stylist: Clare Ryan / Bride’s Dress: Truvelle / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bridal Salon: Through The White Door / Bride’s Jewelry: Bride's Grandmother's Pearls / Groom’s Attire: Gibson / Groomsmen Attire: Gibson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Reiss / Hairstylist: Krystal Okey / Makeup Artist: Nicole Forde / Flowers: Fox & Rabbit / Invitations & Stationery: Beau est Mien / Ceremony Venue: University of Western Australia: Tropical Grove / Rental Furniture: Pretty Willow Prop Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Susan Tomsaz / Ceremony Musicians: Adrian Wilson / Reception Venue: Bib and Tucker / Lighting: Micktric Lighting / Favors: Succulents planted by bride's mother / Cake Baker: Celebrate Cakes / Transport: Vintage Kombi Promotion / Wedding Registry: Not Another Toaster
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