Bianca & Mat’s Mandurah Modern Island Style Wedding

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


Bianca & Mat

When it comes to weddings, it is the blend of cultures, of stories and histories that absolutely blows me away every time. Bianca and Mat’s modern Mandurah island style wedding, was captured by Amy Skinner Photography. With touches of New Zealand and Cook Islands style, Bianca and Mat made sure their heritage shone through every element of their day.

Bianca tells the story of how they met. “We met in a remote town in regional Western Australia. I saw Mat on the first day and there was something about him, I felt so calm and just knew I would marry him one day. Mat was there with his cousin, Brad and I was with my best friend, Erin. A couple of days later Erin burst into my office and asked me if I’d seen the two hot cousins at work – I told her I’d already put bids on Mat! We met that night and have been inseparable ever since” Mat adding “I knew the first time I saw Bianca that she was the one. We still argue over who said “I love you” first! (It was definitely her after a few drinks one night!).”

Mat and his groomsmen wore navy lava lava skirts with a blue shirt – incorporating bits of the Cook Islands heritage, the groom adding a lei made by his mother, sisters and nieces.

Bianca chose a two piece lace ensemble designed by Made With Love. She tells “I chose a dress online by Made with Love Bridal. I wanted something a bit unique and I fell in love with the two piece Lucy dress! I never tried it on but when it arrived it was perfect. So much beautiful detail. I’m going to get the crop made into a longer tunic so I can wear it again!”

Mat and Bianca met before the ceremony for photographs, Bianca remembering “We did a first look before the ceremony at our local park. It was so special and it definitely calmed any nerves before the ceremony!”

Bianca says “Mat and I had been together nearly 5 years when we got married. Throughout that time we had worked away from our friends and family in regional Western Australian towns putting in the hard work to make our dreams come true. It made it all worthwhile being there with all our favourite people from all over the world. We felt so overwhelmed with love and felt truly blessed.”

Of their photographer, Bianca notes “Amy is amazing. We did an engagement session with her a few months before our wedding. I remember Mat and I were so nervous! 5 minutes in and we were having so much fun with it! The same for our wedding day! I couldn’t recommend her enough! She is so down to earth, full of energy and just hilarious! She went above and beyond for us on our wedding day.”

Harley & Rose styled the bright floral arrangements for the day, Bianca telling “I found a florist that I loved, Sara from Harley and Rose. I told her that I wanted a tropical bouquet with a protea. I told her to be creative, I wasn’t fussed! When the flowers arrived on the day of our wedding we all burst into tears! They were stunning! I hadn’t seen anything like it. Sara was so happy she was able to be creative in the process too. Oh, and she made me the most incredible flower crown!”

Bianca and Mat chose the War Memorial Mandurah for their ceremony, with decor by Tie The Knot.

Bianca remembers “I walked down the aisle with my Dad to an upbeat acoustic version of “Feel the Love” by our favourite band, Six60. It was perfect!”

Bianca remembers “We asked our celebrant to mention that it was really important to us to acknowledge the importance of marriage equality. We wanted to say it ourselves but we knew we would be too emotional about the subject to say it. It was a surprise to our friends and family and there was cheering half way through our ceremony.”

The couple ended their ceremony halfway through, thanks to Mother Nature’s downpour – Bianca explains “Technically, we had two ceremonies. Half way during the first ceremony it started to rain! The bridal party went back to a friend’s house and had a few champagnes! Everyone kept coming up to me and Mat asking if we were okay, we were fine! Everything felt fine! We later heard how amazing it was, all our friends and family came together and set up an amazing second ceremony for us at our reception venue. We walked down the aisle dancing and everyone was cheering – it was amazing!”

Julie Chesson  officiated the ceremony, “At the first ceremony we presented our mums with corsages, they had done so much for us over the years we wanted to do something special. During the speeches at the reception, Mat’s sister said that in their culture, rain is a symbol of tears and that they all knew the rain during the ceremony was tears from Mat’s father who passed away a few years ago. There wasn’t a dry eye to be seen and we still get goosebumps thinking about it.

Our Celebrant, Julie was so full of life and love. She told “our love story” which we both sent her but didn’t know what the other had said! We wrote our own vows: Mat went first and absolutely nailed it! (Watch our video, he really did!!) We were all laughing and crying during the ceremony, it was so us!”

The Bridge Garden Bar & Restaurant hosted the reception and (second!) wedding ceremony, The newlyweds telling “We wanted a venue where we had a little more freedom to choose food and drinks for our guests.”

“Our photographer Amy is hands down one of my favourite people in the world! I now call her my friend and we had such a special little relationship leading up to the wedding and even to this day. She ran up to me after our family photos and said “Bianca! You didn’t tell me about the mural next door! Get the bridal party outside now!” We all laughed so much and ended up singing and dancing in front of this mural and the photos really capture the vibe!!”

Bianca and Mat chose four amazing wedding cakes to serve to guests, noting  “We had so many amazing local vendors. I took my time researching and looking for locals that really cared about our day. Honestly, they are all my good friends now! Jamie from The Last Course made our cakes – you’ve never seen anything so stunning and they tasted amazing! I should know, I somehow forgot to eat dinner and ate about 5 pieces of cake instead!

My favourite part was definitely meeting up with vendors and talking through what I loved. All the meetings ended up being chatting for hours over coffee then a quick 5 minute chat about the actual wedding planning! I’m pretty relaxed and I kept thinking, this is their profession, who am I to tell them what to do! I loved that all my vendors were able to be so creative. They all loved us for it too!”

The reception was full of dancing, Mat and Bianca telling “Our friends organised a traditional Cook Island dance group to come and perform. It was amazing and everyone was so excited as they hadn’t experienced it before. Mat’s friends then performed a traditional haka and Mat joined in half way. The boys even taught my 17 year old brother the haka so he could do it as a surprise for us! It was extremely emotional and so beautiful. Definitely a highlight of the night!”

Emotion Videography captured this beautiful film of the day.

Congratulations on your marriage Bianca and Mat! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Amy Skinner Photography  for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Amy Skinner Photography / Cinematography: Emotion Videography / Bride's Dress: Made With Love / Flowers & Decor: Harley & Rose / Makeup Artist: Abbie Mac / Ceremony Venue: War Memorial Mandurah / Rentals: Tie The Knot / Ceremony Officiant: Julie Chesson / Reception Venue: The Bridge Garden Bar & Restaurant / DJ: Epic DJs / Transport: Kool Kombis / Wedding Cake: The Last Course
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Christina & Justin’s Modern Italian Orchard Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Christina & Justin

The bright colours and simple styling of this modern Italian orchard wedding will have you dreaming of an Italian getaway! And did we mention the gold sequinned wedding gown? Absolute heaven! Photographer Chloe May shares her gorgeous photos with us today.

Christina tells of how the couple met, saying, ”We met through a mutual acquaintance. We were friends for about a year before we got together as a couple, and it was nice to get to know each other as friends first.” And boy do we love it when friendship blossoms into something even more beautiful!

Deciding that white wasn’t an option, Christina tells of how she chose her gown, remembering, ”As my engagement ring was rose gold, I thought gold would be a beautiful colour for me to wear. I knew Justin wanted to wear a blue suit and thought gold and blue would look great together too. I knew I wanted something simple and elegant, and I found it in Miss Gowns. I went in, tried it on and was sold. It was the only dress I tried on!”

The groom wore a blue suit jacket with beige pants, with the bride telling, ”In the end Justin wanted something a bit more relaxed than a full suit. He felt really comfortable being more casual on the day.” Christina and Justin didn’t have a bridal party, but included their son Cooper in the ceremony.

Choosing Sophie Cleary as their celebrant was a decision Christina and Justin were delighted with. The bride shares, ”Sophie was so reassuring and helpful leading up to the wedding, and at the ceremony on the day. I was very nervous but she made me feel instantly relaxed. She just put everyone in a great frame of mind to enjoy the rest of the day.” The bride and groom had two readings at the ceremony that were unique and written especially for them. Christina remembers, ”The readings were both very beautiful and reflected Justin and I perfectly. They made our ceremony very personal which is exactly what we were hoping for.”

Christina’s brother walked her down the aisle to ‘I Am Into You’ by Chet Faker.

Having chosen a gorgeous gold gown, Christina was keen to select blooms that would look stunning against her dress. She shares, ”My favourite detail of the day was my wedding bouquet! I chose deep burgundy, more interested in the colour than the flowers themselves. I wanted the flowers to look great against gold and I think they did! My florist Gillian Pollard nailed the brief and I couldn’t have asked for a better result!”

The bride wanted to include a very special heirloom on the day, telling, ”I wore my Mother’s gold necklace that my Father had given to her as a gift from Italy. As my mother had recently passed away I wanted to wear it to remind myself of her and to feel that she was with me on the day. It was my something borrowed, something old and something blue. It was perfect!”

With her Italian heritage, choosing Farm Vigano was an easy decision. Christina shares, ”We really wanted the ceremony and reception at the one place. When we first went out to the farm we just fell in love with the Orchard for the ceremony. It has a very peaceful feel to it. My dad was Italian and when I saw the food menu for the day it took me back to the lunches that dad would cook for us. The food and wine was beautiful which was really important to us. The farm reminded me of being in Italy so I knew I would be very happy spending my wedding day there.”

Capturing the bride and groom’s wedding day was the talented Chloe May. Christina recalls, ”Chloe was amazing! She was so professional and confident which was what we were looking for. She took the lead on the day and told us where we needed to be for great photos. We didn’t have to worry about a thing and everything thing we asked for she did. We’re really happy with the end results.”

A very special congratulations to our stunning bride and groom on your wedding, and thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Chloe May for your stunning photographs!

Photographer: Chloe May / Ceremony Officiant: Sophie Cleary / Reception Venue: Farm Vigano / Bride's Dress: Miss Gowns / Flowers & Decor: Gillian Pollard / Wedding Cake: Cake Ink / Invitations & Stationery: Sketch & Etch

Love Found True Neo Lover Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


From the designers behind the much-loved label of The Babushka Ballerina comes Love Found True – the line for the bride who is all about the little white dress.

While the brand’s trademark short hems are back in force for this collection – knee-length gowns with floral applique bodices in silk satin with fitted necklines paired with lace skirts – the collection also steps into something a little more traditional – dropping hemlines. The brand’s expansion giving lovers of the designs something a little more formal for not just their wedding day, but any formal occasion in between.

Perfectly appropriate for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, reception dancing dresses or for a night out – the gowns blend a hint of bridal with chic modern style.

Designer Sierra noting “Neo Lover speaks to not only the modern bride to be, but to a woman of any occasion who has an appreciation for bold silhouettes and clean white gowns.”

Love Found True “Neo Lover” collection is available now via the website and selected stockists.

Photographer: Lana Ivanova / Hair & Makeup Artist: Abbey Love / Styling: Sierra Ramke / Gowns: Love Found True

Vendor of the Week – The Storytellers

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! The Winter blues are certainly not on my radar this week – I am well and truly getting into the swing of the grey days and loving every minute!

How do you narrow down your list of possible vendors for your wedding day? Work out some criteria that are important to you. Does their work touch you in some way? Do you love what they do at first glance? Do you think you can work with them? Just a few of the many questions you might consider! Take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory – we have so many wedding vendors who are talented in their field and will help you plan your dream day. We have Bridal Gowns, we have Celebrants, we have Cakes and Master of Ceremonies – we even have Wedding Planners and Menswear! Our wedding vendors are a talented bunch who are standing by to assist you.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Chris and Jess of The Storytellers are a father and daughter team who are all about telling the story of your wedding in intimate and evocative moments, bathed in glorious light. Sometimes it’s the seemingly small moments that are so easily forgotten and seeing those moments in images tell the story of your day in unexpected and beautiful ways.

We asked Chris and Jess of The Storytellers five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Chris: Schweppes snow cap cream soda – no longer made 🙁
Jess: Nothing beats a good old fashioned strawberry milkshake! And who wants to wait until after five for their favourite drink – this one’s a lunch time treat!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Chris: Hyatt Canberra.
Jess: The Southern Highlands or the Hunter Valley. Anywhere really that is an escape from the hustle and bustle of Sydney life, where you can truly unwind, enjoy the quiet and breathe in the fresh country air.

Favourite restaurant?

Chris: Exeter General Store.
Jess: Doyles on the Beach, Watsons Bay. This restaurant holds a very special place in my heart. When my sister and I were young, our parents would take us to Doyles once a year on special occasions, birthdays mostly. So growing up, going to Doyles was always something we really looked forward to. Many years later, it was the same spot that my now husband proposed. I may be biased, but I also think it has the best sunset views in Sydney (ask to sit on the balcony – you won’t be disappointed)!

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

Chris: Dipping mini chipolatas in sunny side up eggs!
Jess: I like to keep it simple in the mornings – scrambled eggs on toast is a go to classic.

Your favourite wedding story?

Chris: When I got married to my beautiful bride 🙂
Jess: I think I’m with Dad on this one. We have had the privilege of photographing so many beautiful and heartwarming weddings over the years (a bride walking down the aisle to meet her groom still gets me every time!), but nothing can quite match your own wedding story. What I would give to relieve our wedding day over again…

Visit The Storytellers page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. The Storytellers is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.