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Romantic Homestead Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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The scene of a romantic homestead wedding is always one I love. The gardens creating a beautiful backdrop, the home filled with old world charm, so today’s inspiration design of romantic homestead wedding ideas is packed full of sweet moments that you can translate into your own celebration.

Photographer Kylie from Just For Love Photography teamed up with When Freddie Met Lilly , Willow Tree Creative, She Designs InteriorsCartamodello Papeterie, Steff Matheson Makeup Artist, Joshua Withers, Francesca’s Flowers, Covered Linen and Two Guys Bow Ties at Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba 

Photographer Kylie tells, “Growing up in Toowoomba, yet never really seeing it through my lens, inspired me to create an inspiration shoot that highlights how beautiful a wedding in Toowoomba can be. Hosted at Gabbinbar Homestead with a gorgeous real life couple, a dreamy lace gown and a whole lot of love… this shoot was made complete with the simple, rustic touches. Who wouldn’t love a honey jar favour?”

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Joshua Withers performed a mock ceremony against a ribbon backdrop. He and the groom wore wooden bow ties from Two Guys Bow Ties.

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The bride and bridesmaids (who were friends of “bride” Ebony) wore gowns by When Freddie Met Lilly.

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After the original cake vendor pulled out of the shoot, Kylie’s mum stepped in and whipped up a three tier naked cake filled with cream and topped with berries. Kylie remembers, “If anything, it added warmth and even more love to the shoot and I wouldn’t have had it any other way! The show must go on as they say!”

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Photographer: Kylie from Just For Love Photography / Venue: Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba / Bridal & Bridesmaids Gowns: When Freddie Met Lilly / Stylist: Willow Tree Creative / Production Assistant: She Designs Interiors / Hair & Makeup: Steff Matheson Makeup Artist / Ceremony Officiant: Joshua Withers / Florals: Francesca's Flowers / Linens: Covered Linen / Grooms Wooden Bow Tie: Two Guys Bow Ties / Invitations & Stationery: Cartamodello Papeterie
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Aleisha and Matt’s Elegant Historic Mansion Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Aleisha & Matt

There is something special about historic mansions – the stories and grandeur that lies beneath their walls make them a beautiful setting for an elegant wedding celebration. Aleisha and Matt chose historic Quat Quatta for their wedding. Marrying in the mansion’s green lined courtyard and celebrating in the grand ballroom. Aparat Photography was there to capture it all.

Aleisha remembers how they met. “We were set-up on a blind date and were inseparable from that moment on.”

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Aleisha chose a wedding gown with lace detailing from Anna Campbell. Her bridesmaids wore elegant frocks from Zimmermann.

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Aleisha walked down the aisle to a live acoustic version of “Songbird” by Oasis performed by The White Tree who provided music for the ceremony and reception.

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Shannon McGregor (Cloud 9 Celebrations) performed the ceremony, the bride remembering, “Shannon was our celebrant and she was amazing! She really made our ceremony everything we hoped it would be.”

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Aleisha and Matt chose Quat Quatta for their wedding, explaining, “We had both the ceremony and reception at Quat Quatta. We were married in their garden and it was such a beautiful, sunny day. The garden is so gorgeous and was exactly what we wanted. We then moved inside for the reception which was set up beautifully. The size of the venue was perfect for the number of guests we had.”

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Of their photographers, Aleisha notes, “Jakub and Zosia from Aparat Photography did an amazing job. We wanted very candid and raw photos – nothing too posey or over the top. They really met the brief and captured so many beautiful moments.”

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The floral arrangements of green and white added a classic elegance to the day, “Mordialloc Florist did our flowers and they took my breath away when I saw them – they were the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen!”

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Aleisha remarks, “We wanted our wedding to progress very naturally and to be an intimate affair, which I think shows through the photos. We didn’t want any part of our day to be over the top and again I think Jakub and Zosia captured this beautifully.”

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Aleisha says their first dance was, “So fun! We had lessons for about 2 months and did a choreographed dance to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen. We had perfected the dance but of course on the night we totally forgot our moves for about 30 seconds of the song! So we just made something up on the spot until we figured out how to get back on track.”

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Classic & Prestige Car Hire provided elegant historic cars for the bridal party on the day. Aleisha tells, “Prestige Car Hire provided us with three beautiful Rolls Royce’s as our wedding transport and they were so lovely and incredibly professional.”

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To top off this gorgeous post, the couple chose C2 Video to capture a film of the day, remarking, “C2 Video were our videographers and they are one of the most creative and professional companies I’ve ever come across and their work is beyond amazing.”

Congratulations on your marriage Aleisha and Matt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Aparat Photography for sending this beauty our way!

Photographer: Aparat Photography / Cinematographer: C2 Video / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Attire: Simon West / Groomsmen Attire: Simon West / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Ellie Laws / Makeup Artist: Ellie Laws / Flowers: Mordialloc Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Fine Finish Invitations / Venue: Quat Quatta / Ceremony Officiant: Shannon McGregor (Cloud 9 Celebrations) / Ceremony Musicians: The White Tree / Band: The White Tree / Wedding Rings: All Diamonds / Transport: Classic & Prestige Car Hire

Polka Dot Bride Turns Eight

by | Blog News, Bride


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Cake by Miss Ladybird Cakes

Yesterday, Polka Dot Bride turned eight.

Every year I question a big, sparkling acknowledgment, and every year I think of how much this business has an impact on my life – and I think it needs all the glitter and sparkle it can handle.

Most people know that I started Polka Dot Bride as a little hobby, nobody knew until my family and Mr Polka started asking why I was spending so much time on the computer. It completely surprised me – how fast it grew and what it grew into. My little hobby soon became a business with a team and advertisers and actual real live readers!

The impact this has had on my life is not something I am easily able to put into words or comfortably share – this site has given me a sparkling life filled with living what I am passionate about every single day. When they say it takes a village, well my village is pretty special – Mr Polka, my family and dearest friends all have a part to play in our existence. They’re the cheerleaders, the shoulders to cry on, the champions, the mentors, the business partners and the carers. They raise their hands up every time we need a bit of help.

The patterned people are pretty  amazing too. Ms Stripey (our client concierge) has been with us the longest. She is passionate about her job, has incredible tenacity, is known to laugh uncontrollably when I make a typo (ha!) and cares deeply about our advertisers and seeing them succeed.  Ms Paisley, our sales coordinator is the most organised person I know. She always has a genuine interest in everyone she meets and is patient beyond belief (she also makes me crack up regularly). Ms Gingham, who is our content manager across our specialty blogs has a deadpan sense of humour who reminds me not to take life too seriously. She’s passionate about seeing our baby blogs grow into fully fledged adults without training wheels and continually surprises me with her ideas and inventions. Finally our newest on the blog – Ms Harlequin is like a little ray of sunshine. Her positivity and ability to get things done is such a relief to me and I love that she indulges me with plenty of online shopping discussions. These people are the most amazing team and I am so happy to have them by my side.

Our extended team of designers, developers, interns and patterned people writers all work really darn hard to make Polka Dot Bride awesome. They work from far flung corners of the country (and the world!) to help our site grow and succeed. Their contributions are golden and they are so much fun to work with!

We couldn’t do this without our amazing advertisers – some of whom have been with us almost since the beginning. We are keenly aware that these wedding vendors choose to spend their hard earned dollars with us and are committed to providing the best service we possibly can. They’re the ones that allow us to write all these posts for you – sending them out once, twice sometimes five times daily! They take a chance on us, so we love it when you support them, because we think they’re pretty amazing (and they come in all price points, styles and personalities too!)

But the heart and soul of Polka Dot Bride is you – our readers. Each comment you make, Instagram photo you like, link you click, email you send – we never take any of it for granted. Making your wedding planning journey as enjoyable as possible is our greatest focus. Whether you’re having a wedding in a glamorous ballroom with a black tie dress code and champagne fountain, or a wedding in a scout camp with your nearest and dearest with pom poms strung from the trees and a bath full of ice and your favourite drinks. Who ever you are – we hope we can create a space where you feel inspired. I’ve said it before – you are my greatest delight and the champagne in my glass. Thank you.

There have been lots of ups and downs in this roller coaster ride. Last year, much of the blogosphere was abuzz with talk of burn out and it was definitely something I struggled with. That sheer exhaustion has led to me re-evaluating a lot and being more clear than ever about what I want to do with Polka Dot Bride, where I want to go and what 2015 has in store.

Thank you so much for being with us along the way. Whatever role you play in our blog, you’re probably not aware of the depth of impact it has – so let me tell you now how much you’re appreciated and how much we never take you for granted.

So our ninth year? It’s going to be a big one and I hope you’ll stay with us for the ride. I can’t wait to show you the surprises we have in store!


(Note: I asked the lovely Gina of Miss Ladybird Cakes to make our birthday cake this year. I gave her no brief, wanting to see the fun she came up with. Our birthday cake was inspired by popular techniques and ideas – watercolour, geometric shapes and late Summer evening colours (Gina admits there’s even a bit of her Year 11 high school art folio in there!). Thanks so much Gina for creating yet another stunning cake!)

Kate and Tim’s Sparkling Alpine Wedding

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


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Kate & Tim

As a fellow lover of Winter, I can appreciate marrying in a beautiful place like Lake Crackenback Resort . Kate and Tim loved the region so much, they wanted their guests to experience their favourite place and threw an beautiful, sparkling alpine wedding filled with plenty of sparkling details, styled by the bride.  Jen, Miko, and Anthea of Studio Something were there to capture the photographs and a stop motion video.

Kate tells the story of how they met. “Tim and I met on the internet despite having over 100 mutual friends on Facebook and living around the corner from each other. We were destined to be together. Tim and I were snowboarding in Japan at the time, Tim had found a tree swing on the mountain and had set-up a video camera and told me that he wanted to capture me jumping off the swing into the snow, when I jumped off the swing I turned around and Tim was down on one knee.”

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The mood of the day was inspired by Kate’s engagement ring. She tells, “We chose a peach, rose and gold colour theme, my engagement ring was rose gold with a peach sapphire so choosing those colours for our wedding seemed appropriate.”

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Kate chose a gown by Karen Willis Holmes. “I had always admired Karen’s designs. I love anything sparkly so finding the Kayla dress was a dream come true.”

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“We chose the first week of spring as we were hoping that there would still be quite a lot of snow around for our photos . Getting married in Spring was risky as alpine weather is very unpredictable. It was either going to be snow, rain or sunshine and we were very lucky to have a very bright sunny day, It really couldn’t have been any better – we were really lucky.”

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Moxom and Whitney created the spectacular bride and bridesmaid bouquets.

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The bride’s mother made a two tier pink wedding cake topped with a pink topper from From The Owl.

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Misiu Papergoods made the stationery for the wedding day – including invites, programs, menus, table chart, place cards, heart prop used for photos, guest book, bunting for the bridal table and the table numbers. The reception was decorated with gold glitter vases from Lovestar, sequin letters from Miss Poppy Design, gold fringed wishing well and chalk board signs from Ashdown & Bee and strings of tassels by Studiomucci.

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Guests received favors of peach schnapps Wild Brumby Distillery .

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Kate tells, “We had our first dance to Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody. ”

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Congratulations Kate and Tim! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Studio Something  and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Jen, Miko, and Anthea of Studio Something / Cinematographer: Jen, Miko, and Anthea of Studio Something / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s Jewelry: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: Custom made at Brent Wilson / Groomsmen Attire: Custom made at Brent Wilson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever New / Hairstylist: Bride's Sister In Law Sam / Makeup Artist: Bride's Cousin Karlie / Invitations & Stationery: Misiu Papergoods / Venue: Lake Crackenback Resort / Ceremony Officiant: Jane Needham / Flowers (Bouquets): Moxom and Whitney / Flowers (Ceremony & Reception): Arranged By Bride / DJ: Family Friend / Bridal Table Gold Heart Vase: Lovestar / Sequin Letters & Champagne Print: Miss Poppy Design / Gold fringed Heart wishing well and mini chalkboard signs: Ashdown & Bee / Fringed Tassels: Studiomucci / Favors: Misiu Papergoods (Packaging) / Favors: Peach Scnapps From Wild Brumby Distillery / Cake Baker: Brides Mother / Cake Topper: From The Owl / Wedding Rings: Roselands Centre Jeweller
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