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Image by Stewie Donn Photography from  What Would They Know? Kirby Tucker of Museum Spaces

The table above is positively Easter worthy isn’t it with it’s bright fun colours? The Polka Team are taking a break for the long weekend (but we have plenty of wedding inspiration going up as normal!) So while this Friday Roundup might be quieter than normal, you can expect that post chocolate comas, we will be back fiercer and more excited than ever!

In the mean time, catch up on the blogs and news of the week!

This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

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1.What Would They Know? – Kirby Tucker of Museum Spaces 2. Expert Advice  A Day In The Life Of A Wedding Planner

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.


1. Destinations – Sundance Mountain Resort

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Clair De Lune Films sent over this gorgeously sweet video of Janet and Chris at The Briars on the Mornington Peninsula and I thought it was a lovely way to head into the Easter weekend!

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Liz & Josh’s Summer Historic Mansion Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Liz & Josh

I love that Liz and Josh chose a Summer Historic mansion wedding for their big day. As a nod to Josh’s Italian heritage they filled their day with a rustic Italian vibe – fresh herbs, cumquats and apricots featured heavily throughout the wedding decor which was only complemented by the majestic Werribee Mansion on a hot summer’s day. They chose Goldsmith & Co.  to capture their day.

The newlyweds tell the tale of how they met. “Liz was living with her sister, when Josh bought the apartment downstairs…They were introduced by Josh’s dad, who was changing the locks, and started chatting to Liz in the stairwell. In the beginning, whilst they were getting to know each other, Liz referred to Josh, as ‘the good-looking guy from downstairs’. That same good-looking guy, had a fondness for hanging out on his balcony and taking in the view, particularly around the time that Liz got home from work. Their evening catch-ups soon became part of their daily routine, and by the time Josh eventually asked Liz out on a date, not only had they met many of each other’s friends, but he had also seen her in her gym gear – all this and they hadn’t even exited the apartment block together. It seemed as if their lives had fallen into sync, and love grew swiftly.”

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Liz chose a beaded gown from Raffaele Ciuca, she added a very special piece to her hair, noting, “Josh’s mum made me an intricate beaded brooch out of material from my mum’s wedding dress that I wore in my hair. It was very special for me to have a part of her with me of the day.”

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Liz and Josh chose Formal gardens at Werribee Mansion for their wedding ceremony, noting, “The ceremony was held in the formal gardens at Werribee Park. It was a beautiful location with the view of the historic Mansion behind us, amongst stunning Oak trees. It was a very warm and sunny day and we surprised our guests with a gelato cart turning up after the ceremony, for them to enjoy in the gardens, while we had our photos.”

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Foxy Evergreen created the rustic Italian inspired floral arrangements for the day while One Wedding Wish styled the ceremony and reception.

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Liz walked down the aisle to “Two Hearts Are Better Than One” By Katie Herzig.

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Liz remembers, “We were so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by our closest friends and family. We couldn’t stop smiling surrounded by so much love. Everything was actually perfect.” The couple chose Simone Cresp to perform their marriage ceremony.

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“We loved acknowledging both our cultural heritages as family is so important to us. We included breaking of the glass in our civil ceremony as a Jewish tradition to symbolise the fragility of life and love. At the reception, Josh’s family shared an Italian tradition of tapping on a glass at any time, which meant that we had to stop and share a kiss no matter where we were.”

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Bianco Latte  had a surprise for guests post ceremony, Liz explains. “We had a gelato cart for guests to enjoy after the ceremony along with bocce and croquet. It was important for us that our family and friends were able to get away for a relaxing and fun weekend.”

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“Our bridesmaids and groomsmen have been such amazing support to both of us over the years, it was very special to have them be part of everything with us. We really enjoyed getting our photos taken as used that as some quality time with our bridal party, relaxed and enjoyed a moment to take in the fact we had just got married.”

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Of their photographers, Liz remarks, “We went with Goldsmith & Co. Jane and Brett are an incredible husband-wife duo. They were incredibly professional, fun with amazing attention to detail. They captured the day beautifully and really listened to what we wanted to capture.”

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The reception continued inside at The Pavilion, Mansion Hotel & Spa The bride noting, “The reception was at The Pavilion, Mansion Hotel & Spa, a 10 minute walk away. Guests were served outdoor canapés, overlooking the polo field and then seated for a delicious three-course meal. The night was balmy and perfect so we had an outdoor band and dance-floor to dance the night away. The Mansion Hotel & Spa has 5 star accommodation that enabled our guests to stay the night. It was fabulous, as it meant we could have breakfast with everyone the next day.”

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“The flowers were one of the bride’s favourite features of the reception, she recalls, “The bridal table had a stunning custom built canopy with flowers, herbs and greenery. We wanted our overall theme to be rustic Italian, to acknowledge Josh’s heritage. Each table had a variety of terracotta flower pots of recycled timber boxes filled with David Austin roses, peony roses, herbs and fresh apricots.”

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There were plenty of personal touches dotted throughout the day. “Liz’s mum passed away when she was twelve, so it was very important for us to include her memory in some way. We did this by having a special table of wedding photo’s of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. A friend made us a delicious three-tiered cake with each tier including chocolate mud, choc-chip and vanilla, with beautiful rustic flowers.”

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Herbs featured heavily – including in the seating chart! Liz tells, “We wanted to make our wedding really personal and intimate. So instead of a normal seating chart, there was a beautiful display of herb pots with guests’ names. The tables were then named according to streets that were important to us, such as “Alma Road” where we had first met in the apartment block.”

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One Wedding Wish created personalised jams as guest favours which also doubled as place cards.

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Liz notes, “Josh was really involved every step of the way planning and organising the wedding. It really felt like we had achieved such a great day together as a team…a great way to start married life!”

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Of the first dance, Liz remembers, “We performed an ambitious and fast paced dance to, ‘I’m Shakin’’ by Jack White. We managed to pull off our jump move, phew! ”

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Liz remembers, “The outdoor dance floor was stunning, decorated by festoon lighting, overlooking the polo field.”

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Liz and Josh chose The Baker Boys to get their dance floor moving and oh move it did!

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Congratulations on your marriage Liz & Josh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Goldsmith & Co. for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Goldsmith & Co. / Bride’s Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson / Bride’s Jewelry: (Diamond Earrings) Hardy Brothers Jewellers / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Bridesmaid Dresses: Karen Walker / Bridesmaid Shoes: Country Road / Bridesmaid Accessories: Jeanette Maree / Hairstylist: Ness Vizovitis / Makeup Artist: Abe Zakhem / Flowers: Foxy Evergreen / Styling & Hire: One Wedding Wish / Ceremony Venue: Formal gardens at Werribee Mansion / Ceremony Officiant: Simone Cresp / Gelato Cart: Bianco Latte / Reception Venue: The Pavilion, Mansion Hotel & Spa, Werribee / Band: The Baker Boys / Favors: Personalised jams by One Wedding Wish / Cake Baker: Sarah Clark (friend) / Wedding Rings: Larsen Jewellery / Wedding Registry: Travel Sense

Tanya and Kyal’s Summer Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Tanya & Kyal

Ah, Summer in the country, what could be better? This beautiful Australian Summer country wedding is right up my alley. From the beautiful details, the glasses of Pimms to cool everyone down and the sweet pots of herbs guests took home as gifts.  Tanya and Kyal chose Kirralee Ashworth as their photographer to capture it all.

Of how they met, the bride tells, “We met at a party on Australia Day Eve, four years to the day before we got married.”

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The couple chose historic venue The Briars, Mornington Peninsula for their wedding day, remarking, “We came across the Briars as we wanted to get married locally, have an outdoor ceremony and loved the Barn as a reception venue. We loved the idea of having the ceremony and reception at the same venue as it meant our guests could relax into the afternoon and then slowly walk up the hill to the beautiful barn.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Tanya remembers, “Our musician Mark Brunot played an acoustic version of ‘Everlasting Light’ by The Black Keys.”

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What makes a first kiss even more celebratory? Surprise streamers of course!

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Of their photographer, Tanya notes, “Kirralee Ashworth was wonderful, she managed to capture so many special moments – all without even being seen! She showed the warmth of the day through her photographs and was unobtrusive, easy going and professional. The photos we now have are amazing and we feel so lucky to be able to enjoy them.”

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Tanya chose a simple gown from Lisa Ho, her bridesmaids in dresses from Zimmermann while the groom and groomsmen wore Studio Italia suits.

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Secret Garden created bright, country style floral arrangements.

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The bride and groom wanted a “Relaxed, summer wedding with a garden party feel” so of course, Pimms were served!

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Each guest received a potted rosemary plant as their wedding favour.

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Tanya remembers, “Almost all of the decorations for the wedding were DIY, from the table decorations to the wedding favours. We spent the months before the wedding creating the decorations on weekends and got lots of help from family to do many of the signs and the wedding favors. I surprised the groom and groomsmen by stitching their initials on the back of their ties as a little memory of the day and stitched a little note on handkerchiefs for the bridesmaids.  We had a whiskey bar set up for those of our guests who often celebrate the end of a special occasion with a tipple!”

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“The long tables created the feeling of a summer family feast and we decided on grazing plates to enhance that feeling. We had fantastic caterers (Maude Street Catering) and the food was incredibly delicious, ending with a large table of desserts.”

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Tanya remembers the first dance, “Our first dance was to Otis Redding’s ‘That’s how strong my love is’.”

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Congratulations Tanya and Kyal! Thank you sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Kirralee Ashworth for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth / Bride’s Dress: Lisa Ho / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride’s Jewelry: Stephanie Browne / Groom’s Attire: Studio Italia / Groomsmen Attire: Studio Italia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Accessories: Minzenmay Jewellers / Hairstylist: Jenny Coyle / Makeup Artist: Hayley Cronin / Flowers: Secret Garden / Venue: The Briars, Mornington Peninsula / Ceremony Officiant: Ritchie Hewett / Ceremony Musicians: Mark Brunott / Hire: Peninsula Party Hire / Catering: Maude Street Catering / Cake Baker: Mandee's Cupcakes / Wedding Rings: Goodman's Jewellers (03) 5977 2344

6 Garden Greenhouse Wedding Venues in Australia

by | Bride, Wedding Venues


I love the idea of marrying in a greenhouse – surrounded by sunshine and beautifully cared for plants. So today I thought I would round up my finds for garden greenhouse wedding venues in Australia. My list? Not as plentiful as I’d like, so if you know of any that allow wedding ceremonies, please leave a comment and I can add it to the list!

Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

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I think Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney is one of my favourite greenhouse wedding ceremony spots. Set amongst the gardens the glass walls and ceiling and brick floor encapsulate the glasshouse feel. The venue comes as a blank canvas so any kind of furniture you want can be used. It can seat 80 for a ceremony or 120 cocktail style.

Glasshaus, Richmond

Glasshaus Richmond

Managed by Ed Dixon Food Design, Glasshaus, Richmond is a working nursery and glasshouse so if you’re looking to get into the thick of it, this venue is for you! The venue can hold 100 seated or 150 standing providing the authentic working garden backdrop for your day with exposed beams and transparent roofs.

The Conservatory, Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens

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The beautiful building of the The Conservatory, Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens with its sandstone walls and floors, fountain and glass ceiling makes for a beautiful ceremony space. Able to accommodate 80 people, the conservatory changes its floral displays seasonally.

Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide Botanic Gardens


Looking for something modern? Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide Botanic Garden is the biggest single span conservatory in the Southern hemisphere. The conservatory is available for weddings from April to September each year and is filled with plants from Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and Indonesia. The best part? It is also home to wood swallows and the Noisy Pitta bird. No need for background music with live bird calls!

Sydney Fernery, Royal Botanic Gardens

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Another more modern and grand option is the Sydney Fernery, Royal Botanc Gardens. It’s cavernous roof the most luscious of gardens and is beautifully suited to smaller ceremonies.

The Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens

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The Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens is a short walk from Melbourne CBD but one of those iconic buildings that is as special as it is beautiful. The venue opened in 1930 and while it has an intimate capacity and is only available after 5.30pm – its location and beauty is completely worth it. Best part about The Conservatory? The in built seasonal floral arrangements!

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