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Friday Roundup

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Photo by Gold Hat Photography via Elissa and Mark’s Romantic Country Style Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! We have our ‘out of office’ sign up and posts scheduled so we can head off to spend the long weekend with our families (a little binge watching may be in order!) What do you have planned for the weekend ahead?

It’s been a big week on the Polka Dot blogs and I am going to get right into rounding it up!

Stunning desert plains shine in this Las Vegas Destination Wedding

My Inspiration – Penny From Down The Garden Path

Loving the Inspired Words of Sarah

Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Lina And David From Divergent Travelers

Want your bridesmaids to stand out? Melbourne Fashion Festival 2017 Inspiration – Beautiful Bridesmaids

Chic navy groom fashion in Groom Style – Tim

Delicious Cookies and Cream Cups Recipe – try stopping at one!

We explore Behind The Door With….Fowlers Flowers

When a wedding photographer ties the knot – Elissa and Mark’s Romantic Country Style Wedding

Beautifully captured moments at this Modern Australian Ballarat Wedding

What Would They Know? Faz Fakhiyardi of Iconic Pictures

Whip up Ms Chinoiserie’s Chambord Berry Fizz this weekend!

Joel shares his Inspired Memories

Top 3 Things I Wish My Clients Knew – Lucy from Lucy Leonardi Photography

The fabulous ladies at Those Girls Iced tea have launched some delightful new drink stations for weddings! Think fresh iced tea, for warmer weather an delicious hot apple cider for Autumnal celebrations. The beverage stations include cups and straws, your beverages, signage so you can delight you guests after your ‘I do’s’. Check their website for more!

The Nurit Hen trunk show is coming soon and the designer is offering a chance to win $1000 towards your Nurit Hen gown! Just register at the Nurit Hen website to go into the draw!

Perth couples will love to explore heritage when the State Buildings Open Day comes up on May 7th. Along with expert demonstrations from some of our Perth favourites, you’ll also enter to win fabulous prizes and be able to check out the stunning wedding options at Post, Petition, Long Chim, Wildflower, Halford and COMO The Treasury. Register here.

Love the idea of a Spring celebration? The team at Hostco (who look after amazing venues like Sydney University’s Refectory) are offering a special on their premium wedding package (which includes drinks & canapes on arrival, a two-course meal, housemade truffles served with coffee and tea and a four hour premium beverage package) for just $99 per person if your wedding is booked by 31 July, to hold between September to November 2017. Conditions apply, but check out their website to book!

Botanica Weddings are coming to the rescue of any couples who have been affected for their Whitsundays wedding due to Cyclone Debbie. The Dear Debbie package will assist couples with discounted packages for select dates to ensure the Whitsundays is still the beautiful backdrop they wanted for their big days. Visit their website for more information.

Our film of the week comes from Whitebox Studio comes the wedding of Courtney and Nick. The gorgeous garden wedding has such a romantic vibe (and I particularly love the ice cream filled speeches!)

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Lori & Conor’s Vineyard Luncheon Wedding

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

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Lori & Conor

Is there a more splendid way to spend a warm day than with lunch outside under the trees? The long tables at the vineyard luncheon wedding of Lori & Conor gave the most wonderful, relaxed vibe to their Western Australian wedding. Captured by Peggy Saas , Lori and Conor’s day came to be when as lawyers, they met while at work. Today we get to share their story.

The bride chose a long sleeve wedding gown from Dreamers and Lovers . She notes “I came across it on Etsy soon after I started looking. I ordered it online without trying it on and it arrived made to my measurements in 5 weeks. I didn’t try any dresses on so I’m glad it fit! They do offer a service where they can ship you dresses to try on. It was light and easy to wear and perfect for an outdoor wedding.”

“We had photographs of family members who are no longer with us on the church pew ends. There is a beautiful shot captured of Conor and his brother sitting in the pew with a photograph of their late mother, Helen, hanging at the pew end. It was a teary moment when we saw that picture.”

Lori and Conor married at Christ Church, Claremont , Stewart Smith playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride walked down the aisle. “We had an incredibly talented organist play the beautiful pipe organ in the Church so it was all very traditional.”

“Conor comes from an Irish family so we always knew the ceremony would be fairly traditional (and in a Church!). Christ Church was in Claremont, where I grew up, and is a very beautiful traditional church reminiscent of Ireland that was also the perfect size for our smaller wedding size. The deal was sealed when we met Fr Peter, who is from Dublin.”

Of their photographer, Lori tells “Having Peggy around was also such blessing as it simply felt natural and like a lovely friend was there. We aren’t usually one for photographs but Peggy made us feel so comfortable. We were so very happy with the photographs which we think really captured the carefree spirit of the day. I got along incredibly well with all my vendors but especially Peggy, my photographer and Anna, my florist. Anna and I would end up having these 2-hour coffee chats where we pretty much spoke about everything except the wedding itself. And Peggy and I spent our initial meeting over wine and cheese in my front yard (enough said!).”

Lori and Conor chose Brookside Vineyard for a lunchtime reception, remembering “We stumbled across Brookside not long after we first started seeing each other while driving through the hills. The owners graciously made up a table outside despite being towards the end of their lunch service. We had the loveliest food and wine and instantly fell in love.

We have been coming back ever since for a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and both said that it would be the perfect little venue for a wedding. When the time came, it was a no-brainer! We didn’t have any other venue in mind.”

Botanica Naturalis  styled the floral arrangements for the day, the bride noting “The garden setting at Brookside is breathtaking but we could not have dreamed it to be as beautiful as it was on the day. The wisteria over the old packing shed had bloomed just that week and the place felt so magical with the incredible blooms by Botanica Naturalis hidden in the trees by the brook.”

The bride remembers “There was no first dance as such, all of us were up and dancing to the traditional Irish jigs by The Broken Pokers as soon as the lunch service was finished. I think everyone was channelling a bit of Michael Flatley that afternoon and it was wonderful to see all our guests hit the dance floor at 3 pm.”

Congratulations Lori and Conor! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Peggy Saas for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Peggy Saas / Bride's Dress: Dreamers and Lovers / Bride's Shoes: Charles & Keith / Groom's Shoes: Barker / Bridesmaid Dresses: Magali Pascal / Hairstylist: The Pretty Parlour / Makeup Artist: Jacqui Bradfield / Flowers: Botanica Naturalis / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Calligraphy: Squiddly Ink / Ceremony Venue: Christ Church, Claremont / Ceremony Officiant: Father Peter Boyland / Ceremony Musicians: Stewart Smith / Reception Venue: Brookside Vineyard / Reception Hire Items: The Vintage Table / Reception Hire Items: The Dreamer & Collector / Band: The Broken Pokers / Favors: The Garnished Co / Catering: The Vineyard Kitchen / Cheese Cake: European Foods / Photo Booth: Clowning Around Photobooths / Wedding Ring: Trumpet & Horn / Wedding Ring: Shenton Park Antiques / Transport: Vintage VW Charter / Signage: Love La Rire

Jenni & Andrew’s Blue Mountains Garden Wedding

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

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Jenni & Andrew

When it comes to a wedding venue, I often find the most beautiful, heartfelt celebrations come from the family home – a place where so many memories have already happened, with so many still to come, always seems like the most magic spot to say the I do’s. Jenni and Andrew chose the beautiful mountain home of Jenni’s parents for their  Blue Mountains garden wedding. Choosing photographer Sarah Moore to capture the beautiful setting as the day unfolded.

Jenni kicks us off with the story of how she and Andrew met. “We met about 5 years ago when Andrew started work on the same team as me. We were colleagues first, and a strong friendship formed in the work group. After some months I think we both knew this was more than friendship, but it wasn’t until a few people started asking if we were together that we both realised we weren’t hiding it as well as we thought. A relationship started and we never looked back…”

The bride wore a strapless gown from Jack Sullivan. She tells “After trying on so many dresses, as soon as I put Polly, by Jack Sullivan, on I knew that was the dress I would wear. I loved that it had a figure hugging, champagne dress underneath with a see-through ivory lace skirt which showed the beautiful embellishment and features.”

Jenni walked down the aisle to “Songbird, by Fleetwood Mac, sung by a family member along with the harp. This was one of my Dad’s favourite bands which helped us remember him at this important time.”

Jenni and Andrew chose St Francis Xaviers Catholic Church, Wentworth Falls for their ceremony. Jenni remarking “For the ceremony, we went to a local Catholic Church that on was on a beautiful back street in Wentworth Falls. We wanted a fairly laid back ceremony that captured the people most important to us.”

Of their photographers, Jenni remarks “Sarah and Andrew were great and helped us capture the day perfectly! They got to know us both before the wedding and what was important to us and our families. They were such a calming and fun influence throughout and was completely patient with us! We wanted someone that knew the mountains well, and Sarah certainly took us to some great spots for location photos.  Sarah and Andrew suggested Lincoln’s Rock in Wentworth Falls which gave us a spectacular backdrop for beautiful photos with our closest friends. We were able to have some fun with them while capturing great photos that also highlighted our love of the Blue Mountains.”

Guests celebrated at the bride’s family home, she tells “We wanted the reception to be at my parent’s house in the Blue Mountains, as it has a great deal of family significance with very happy memories. It has an amazing view over the Jamieson Valley which was great for our guests visiting the area and the newly rebuilt house gave us plenty of areas and spaces to use to make the evening a great party.”

Jenni tells “We love watching the sunset behind the mountains and knew it would be so special for our guests, so we really wanted to make it a key feature of the wedding. Everything was timed perfectly so that our guests would be looking out onto the balcony for the Groom, Best Man & Maid of Honour speeches with the sun setting slowly behind them.”

“All of our vendors were great, and we picked people we liked so that each one contributed to the fun party atmosphere. Our band was absolutely amazing, they were totally flexible with our timing and got everyone, from every generation up and dancing. Adrianna, our florist made each venue look outrageously beautiful and modern and was easygoing and so generous with her time. Nothing was too hard, and she was completely excited about the theme and I was more than happy to give her creative license after we met! Paulie, our hair and make up artist was an absolute gem who I felt totally confident with throughout the day. He made the hours before the wedding fun, all about the girls and I and everyone looked amazing.”

“As my dad is no longer with us, we were able to include him in the day by having the wedding in the house that he helped design and build. We used some off-cuts from the house for features like the sandstone whisky bar and granite cake stand and table numbers to make the house and wedding come together.”

The couple chose a first song to get the dancing started, Jenni remembers “We asked the Hype Band to play “Don’t stop believing” by Journey. It wasn’t necessarily the first dance, but we wanted a fun night with something to get people on the dance floor, where this is always a sure bet”.

Congratulations Jenni and Andrew! Thank you for sharing the story of your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Sarah Moore for sharing today’s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: Sarah Moore / Bride's Dress: Jack Sullivan / Bridal Salon: InStyle Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Nina Armando / Bride's Jewellery: Tony White / Groom's Attire: Peter Jackson / Groom's Shoes: Rodd & Gunn / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear Hire / Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell / Bridesmaid Accessories: Ayalabar / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Paul Bedggood / Makeup Artist: Paul Bedggood / Flowers: Blooms and Scents / Ceremony Venue: St Francis Xaviers Catholic Church, Wentworth Falls / Ceremony Officiant: Father John / Ceremony Musicians: Karen Hickmott / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Reception Hire Items: Blue Mountains Special Event Hire / Band: Hype Band / Favors: Imogens Farm Limoncello / Favors: Makana Truffle Chocolates / Catering: Food Adventura / Wedding Ring: Musson Jewellers / Transport: I Do Wedding Cars / Gift Registry: David Jones

Decadent & Alluring Seaside Wedding Inspiration

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,

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The dynamic duo of Peppermint Photography and Elizabeth Crossley Makeup Artist & Hairstylist are back with this modern and utterly romantic styled shoot, set against a backdrop of crashing waves and epic cliffs. The photographer said that they wanted to create something that you would find in a dream or movie – something modern and minimalist. The palette for alluring and decadent seaside wedding inspiration shoot consisted of ivory, charcoal, black and metallics – a nod to noir and a sleek aesthetic. “Noir is thrown against a moody sky, twilight unfolds on a beach, utilising the naturally spectacular backdrop of the water,” tells the photographer of the shoot’s concept.

The pair set to making their vision a reality with gowns from Karen Willis Holmes, striking florals by Bramble Haus entwined with silks from Songbird Silk, and bohemian, elaborate accessories from Beyond the Forest. The shoot was complimented by modern stationery in onyx, ivory and metallics by Lindqvist Ink, not to mention the decadent, and no doubt delicious, two-tiered, black, ivory and gold splattered cake from BVKED. All of these elements, together with the show stopping beauty of a deserted, overcast coastline, create inspiration for the bride who wants something a little darker, and a little epic.

‘She has the mindset of a queen, and the heart of a warrior She is everything all at once, and too much for anyone who doesn’t deserve her. She is you.’ – R. H. Sin

Photographer: Peppermint Photography / Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth Crossley / Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes / Accessories: Beyond The Forest / Florals: Bramble Haus / Cake: BVKED / Silks: Songbird Silk / Stationery: Lindqvist Ink / Ring Box: Amonie