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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Blue Sky Photography via Alex and Lee’s Fun April Fool’s Day Wedfest!

The Spring days are here and I have been enjoying the beautiful skies this week has brought with it! Budding blooms and beautiful smells are in the air and I am so looking forward to all of the beautiful weddings this month will bring!

We’ve had such beautiful content around the Polka blogs this week, so let’s get into rounding it up!


Rounding up our favourite Macrame Weddings

Zoe shares her post wedding Inspired Words

Worried about finding a suit? Top tips on How To Be A Well Dressed Wedding Guest

Honeymoons A-Z: Noosa

So delicious! Cocktail Friday – Tokyo Tina’s Thai Basil Sakarita

Mitchell J Carlin shares his favourite wedding professionals in Vendor’s Favourites

Formal chic black tie with Ross and his Groom Style

We sit down in The Polka Dot Travel Lounge with Mike And Luci From 1000 Fights

A classic font with a Gothic edge – loving Ivory font

Great tips in Wedding Ceremony Details To Consider

A wedding that could well be a festival – Alex and Lee’s Fun April Fool’s Day Wedfest!

Top Tips To Help You Plan Your Honeymoon

Drooling over this Mini Chocolate Pavlovas Recipe

Decadent jewels in A Visit To Julia Deville’s Subaqueous Locutorium

Anthony shares his wedding Inspired Memories

Love these Great Ways To Include Guests In Your Wedding Ceremony


The bridesmaid gurus Bridesmaids Only are hosting an amazing sample sale from Monday, 26 September until Thursday, 29 September with gowns starting at $50! There will be plenty of gowns and accessories at over 85% off so make a day of it! Register your attendance here!

A Lavish Affair are holding their September showcase evening again on the 20th of September! Join the wedding planning team as they host an intimate night of champagne and wedding goodness with their favourite wedding friends!  See more in our events calendar.

Vera Wang’s highly anticipated Spring 2017 Bridal Collection is hitting Sydney for a limited time during the trunk show. Trunk Show days from 7th -12th September 2016. To book your appointment call 02 9252 6186 or email

Modern bridesmaid gown designer Victor Bridesmaids are holding a  trunk show in Sydney at Love, Marie on September 10th and 11th. To book an appointment email

Our film of the week comes from White Box Studio! The wedding of Alida and Bryce unfolds in such a beautiful understated way. The emotion throughout this day brings to life so much love – the perfect way to end the week!

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Sweet Lorde Industrial Spring Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Flowers,


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If blissful blooms are your cup of tea, then this stunning “Sweet Lorde” industrial Spring bridal inspiration shoot will have you settling in for a post filled with utter beauty. Loose bouquets, stunning gowns, industrial backdrops. This one has it all!

With the backdrop of the raw Pop & Scott warehouse, owner Poppy, collaborated with Bobby & Tide.  Adding a few beautiful gowns by Georgia Young Couture rounded out this modern, yet botanically beautiful wedding inspiration shoot.

Bobby, who also styled the shoot, while Poppy created the concept and beautiful floral arrangements, remarks, “We wanted to celebrate Poppy’s favourite Spring blooms and create a new vision of flowering a spring wedding working with the natural structure of foliage and flowers with a palette of white and green.”

The stunning unstructured bouquets, garlands of greenery that hang freely from the rafters, intricately detailed gowns that in all their glamour, juxtapose against the raw space. A beautiful nod to the season of blooms and new beginnings.

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Photographer: Bobby & Tide / Styling: Bobby Clark / Concept: Poppy Lane / Floral: Poppy Lane / Gowns: Georgia Young Couture / Model: Alex Newry / Venue: Pop & Scott

Anita & Nathan’s Romantic Farm Wedding

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


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A beautiful garland of greenery, intimate moments, sparkling lights and the golden light of the country all come together for this stunning romantic farm wedding of Anita and Nathan captured by Figtree Wedding Photography. If there was an event that is all about balmy Summer nights, then this is it!

Anita tells the story of how they met. “We met in high school in grade 8 in 2001! We were friends throughout school and then it was a year after school finished in 2006 that we started dating.”

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The bride chose Hanna Couture to create her gown, using lace from Alla Moda Fabric Collection.  She tells, “I didn’t want to have a traditional wedding gown and so I opted to have my dress made. I love understated elegance and pieces that have a little pop of sparkle! With this in mind, Mum and I went to Alla Moda in Brisbane and viewed their beautiful fabric collection. We found a stand out piece of embellished lace that we couldn’t resist.

As I was living in Sydney at the time, Alla Moda recommended a fantastic dressmaker Hanna Kossowska of ‘Hanna Couture’ based in Sydney that would be a perfect fit. Over the next few months, Hanna created not only a dress but a work of art. Her attention to detail was phenomenal especially dealing with such intricate pieces of fabric! She also made my veil which was beautiful and classic.”

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The couple chose Holy Trinity Church Fortitude Valley for their wedding, Anita noting, “The ceremony was at the Holy Trinity Church in Fortitude Valley. We loved the slightly Gothic interior! It is a really beautiful church.”

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The bride walked down the aisle to “Sleeping At last” by Turning Page played by 16 Strings.

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“I wanted the ceremony to be simple and happy. Living in Sydney meant that we didn’t have a lot of preparation when it came to the ceremony and left it up to the Church. Unfortunately, the Priest had not been well so what happened on the day was a little ‘ad lib!’ It all worked out perfectly, and we even had a little entertainment when one of the groomsmen passed out mid ceremony (he was okay!). We wanted to involve people in our ceremony so had lovely speeches from Nathan’s Aunty, my Aunty and one of Nathan’s sisters.”

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Of their photographer, Anita notes, “We used Brendan & Renee from Figtree Wedding Photography. They were great, so willing to go out of their way to get the perfect shots – even when I had them driving around the property with me! ”

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The newlyweds chose Anita’s family home for their reception, noting, “The Reception was held at my family home, just outside of Brisbane. The home is on acreage and from the beginning we could think of no better place to have our Wedding. It was really special being able to celebrate in such a familiar location that holds so many fond memories.”

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“I think that family was an important part of the wedding for us. I wanted to pay tribute to the parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents who had gotten us to where we are today. So we set up two bookshelves and placed wedding photos of each of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents. This was really special and a really nice addition so that people could see where we had come from.”

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“I had an idea in my head that I wanted to utilise the bushland for the styling purposes. The day before the wedding, some lovely girlfriends and family came over nice and early and spent hours with me collecting eucalyptus branches, filling up the tray of the ute and piecing them together bit by bit. It was amazing how tedious the job was but the girls were just amazing and never gave up (although there was a time that we thought it just wouldn’t be finished in time!).

By late evening, all of the tables had beautiful natural handmade table runners down the middle (160 people = a lot of tables!). I had purchased bulk votive candles and placed these randomly down each table with little tea  lights in amongst the eucalyptus. Mum purchased beautiful flowers from the markets that day and my Auntie created stunning arrangements which were then placed around the drinks area and reception. The pink proteas were amazing!

The day of the wedding, my mum, auntie and one of my besties spent the morning hand placing simple flowers amongst the eucalyptus to give it some extra volume. It was beautiful! Keeping it simple, we utilised the location and didn’t feel the need to add too much styling. The location really spoke for itself!”

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Tim Kinivan Events and Wine & Dine’m catered a feast for the guests, Anita telling “Wine & Dine’m were great and their food was delicious! Tim Kinivan Events – Tim managed the drinks and provided drinks staff for the entire wedding!! Having fantastic drinks service makes a big difference to everyone’s night.”

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Of the first dance, Anita remembers, “We were both not too keen on a traditional first dance so we chose ‘Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship.’ Its a 1980’s funky song which we encouraged everyone to jump in and dance to with us!”

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The Smile Factory Film captured the move of the day, Anita noting, “The videographer was Tom from the Smile Factory Film. He was absolutely fantastic and caught all the really special moments from the day. I will definitely treasure his beautiful film forever! ”

Congratulations Anita and Nathan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Figtree Wedding Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Figtree Wedding Photography / Cinematographer: The Smile Factory Film / Bride’s Dress: Hanna Couture / Bride's Dress Fabric: Alla Moda Fabric Collection / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Hanna Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Bride’s Jewellery: Aspial / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Grooms Watch: Nomos Orion 38 / Groom's Shirt: The Suit Shop / Groom's Tie: OTAA / Groom’s Shoes: Jeff Banks / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Jeff Banks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilla & Marc / Bridesmaid's Robes: Le Rose / Usher's Suits: Richards & Richards / Hairstylist: Kim Field / Makeup Artist: Maria Rivera / Flowers: Kate Dawes Flower Design / Invitations & Stationery: Yesterday Creative / Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Church Fortitude Valley / Ceremony Musicians: 16 Strings / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Rentals: Neals Hire / Rentals: Hampton Event Hire / Marquee: Events in Tents / Marquee Lighting: Events in Tents / Garden Lighting: Avideas / Photobooth Design: Little Planning Place / Wedding Arch: Rodney Parker / Reception Musicians: Briony & Bianca Skinner / Band: Red Tie Band / DJ: DJ ill Habits (Kevin Tollemache) / Drinks Catering: Tim Kinivan Events / Catering: Wine & Dine'm / Cake: Anneliese Williams / Wedding Rings: Diamond Emporium / Wedding Rings: Zena Jewellers

Melanie & Hamish’s Relaxed Kidogo Arthouse Wedding

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


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Melanie & Hamish

It was the stories of how Melanie and Hamish honoured not only their family heritage but also their own beliefs that made me fall in love with their relaxed Kidogo Arthouse wedding but then? Then I saw that bouquet, and I knew we had to share this special day.  The couple worked with Peggy Saas to capture their day.

Melanie tells the story of how she and Hamish came to fall in love. “I (Melanie) moved from Melbourne to Perth on the 19 January 2013 for a lifestyle change and to further my career; I had also completely sworn off men at the time and was set on focusing on my career only! On Saturday 26th January 2013, approximately 6 days later, I met Hamish. He was having a boat party out at Carnac Island, and the rest as they say is history!”

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Elvi Design created Melanie’s custom lace wedding gown, Melanie remarking, “My dress was designed by Elvi Design in Perth WA. I always knew that I wanted a simple, elegant, long sleeve laced dress. Sandra and Birgitta at Elvi knew straight away what I wanted and drew it straight away at our first consultation and I was sold from the first few minutes! I went to a fitting every 3-4 months and loved all the fittings, I loved watching the dress come to real life at every fitting. Sandra and Birgs always had the best advice.”

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Kidogo Arthouse was chosen as the venue for the day’s festivites, Melanie explaining, “Hamish and I wanted to have our ceremony and reception at the same venue and close to the ocean. I stumbled across the Kidogo Arthouse in Fremantle whilst doing a random Google search. Hamish and I went and saw the venue, we both instantly fell in love with it. The old limestone building, whitewashed walls and the exposed timber beams reminded me of buildings when I used to live in Kenya. The art gallery was just beautiful and we knew it was the perfect fit for our special day. As the countdown for the wedding was on, Joanna (owner of Kidogo) also suggested the outdoor deck overlooking the ocean which was absolutely perfect for drinks and canapés between the ceremony and reception.”

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Melanie and Hamish were married by Liz Hayes, the bride remembering, “I wanted the ceremony (and reception) to be one big family and friend gathering. Hamish and I didn’t have any personal vows or readings. We just wanted to be married! We both know how we feel about each other, and so do our friends and family. We focused more on our celebrant reading our funny stories about us and what our family and friends thought of our relationship. Liz Hayes, our celebrant, was absolutely fantastic! She knew what kind of ceremony we wanted, and delivered it perfectly. There were lots of laughs and tears when she read out all our stories of how we met, how we get along, what we do in our spare time!”

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Of their photographers, Melanie notes, “Peggy and Lifa were absolutely amazing!! Peggy was aware that Hamish and I did not want any posed photos. We didn’t even realise that they were following us around until we saw the wedding photos 8 weeks later. Peggy captured our wedding just PERFECTLY. She was an absolute dream to have on our wedding day.”

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The couple worked with stylist Stacey Clark Weddings , floral designer Botanica Naturalis and caterer Kent Street Deli raving about them all. “My AMAZING bouquet; a one-of-a-kind creation by Anna from Botanica Naturalis. Stacey Clark and her team for bringing my dream of Australian native greenery styling concept to life. Kent Street Deli for providing the TASTIEST canapés and dinner for the wedding; we received lots of compliments after our wedding about the food.”

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“My mum, grandmother and aunty (from Canada) made traditional Kiribati (Sri Lankan celebratory rice dish) for entrees during dinner service and Jane (Hamish’s mum) made our wedding cake and cakes for dessert. Jane makes the BEST chocolate cake and she has made it for us many times before, and it was just fitting for our wedding cake.”

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Melanie and Hamish added traditional elements to the day to make it theirs, Melanie explains. “We included an Acknowledgement to Country, paying respect to Aboriginal Elders for where our wedding events were taking place. Acknowledging country was important for us. We also made sure to include traditional Sri Lankan Kiribath and Jane’s Chocolate cake as our way of letting our immediate family make a contribution for our wedding. My favourite way to unwind is oysters and champagne, so we made sure to have an oyster Shucker. Neil Forbes shucked fresh oysters for our friends and family during evening drinks and canapés.”

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Of the first dance, Melanie remembers, “Hamish and I chose “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. We both love the honest lyrics of the song and we just bopped along, we made our first dance up as we went on the night!! The song resonated with Hamish and myself and how we feel about each other.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Melanie and Hamish! Thank you for sharing your day with us, and thank you also to Peggy Saas for sharing this gorgeous wedding!

Photographer: Peggy Saas / Second Photographer: Lifa Wall / Wedding Stylist: Stacey Clark Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Elvi Design / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewellery: Tiffany & Co / Bride’s Jewellery: Swarovski / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Bridesmaid Shoes: Target / Hairstylist: The Pretty Parlour / Makeup Artist: The Pretty Parlour / Flowers: Botanica Naturalis / Invitations & Stationery: Vistaprint / Venue: Kidogo Arthouse / Ceremony Hire Items: Event Wedding and Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Liz Hayes / Ceremony Musicians: Les Trois Amies / Reception Hire Items: Event Wedding and Hire / Reception Musician: Cathrine Summers / Catering: Kent Street Deli / Cake: Handmade / Wedding Rings: Bride's Uncle / Transport: Vintage Kombi Promotions
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