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Sigourney & Karl’s Intimate Queenstown Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


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Sigourney & Karl

There is no doubt New Zealand makes for an incredible wedding location, so Sigourney and Karl’s intimate Queenstown wedding was always going to be beautiful. The joy during the speeches, the look of pride on Sigourney’s grandfather’s face as he walks her down the aisle and the beautiful photography by Jim Pollard Goes Click that captured it all.

Sigourney sets the scene with the story of how she and Karl came to be. “We met in a supermarket, less than a week after I arrived back to NZ from living in the US. I was promoting a new chocolate and he was picking up some things. He tried my chocolate and we got to chatting briefly and then he left, 2 minutes later he came back and asked my name and then my for phone number (I NEVER give out my number, except for that one occasion) Which he thought both were fake!!

We talked everyday after that, even while he was away in Queenstown skiing with his dad. The day his returned home, he took me out for our first date (my first date ever) and it was a complete disaster!! I was so nervous! We ended up talking on the Auckland’s water front till 1am. He was a complete gentleman. I was sure once he dropped me home we wouldn’t see each other again. I was wrong – 20 minutes after getting home he texted me, we saw each other everyday for the next week, and we made it official.

We went to Queenstown for our one year anniversary, where Karl proposed! Two years later to the day we tied the knot in Queenstown. 26th of August is our very special day.”

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Sigourney wore a lace wedding dress by Stella York.

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The couple were married by Karl’s father.

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The bride was walked down the aisle by her grandfather to the traditional bridal march. She notes, “I loved having my Grandad walk me down the aisle, like we promised some years ago when he was very, very ill.”

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Sigourney and Karl chose Stoneridge Estate as their wedding venue, noting, “We had no intention on getting married in Queenstown, until we found Stoneridge online. From that point on we were hooked! Everything else seemed to fall into place after that. The setting of our day was so much better than I ever could of dreamt.”

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Of their photograoher, Sigourney notes, “Jim is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! He captured everything we could have ever wanted. He was so laid back and made everything so simple and effortless. He even handled his own when it came to one very rude bridesmaid!”
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Congratulations on your marriage Sigourney and Karl! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jim Pollard Goes Click for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Jim Pollard Goes Click / Bride’s Dress: Stella York / Bride’s Jewelry: RB Jewellers / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Venus / Hairstylist: Sally Wedzinga / Makeup Artist: The Beauty Room / Flowers: The Flower Room / Venue: Stoneridge Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Groom's father Charles Le Couteur / Ceremony Hire Items: So Sweet Hire / DJ: Jay The DJ / Cake Baker: The Bride / Wedding Rings: Timmermans Jewellers
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Sweet-Milton-3APhoto by Lucas Allen via What Would They Know? Katherine Milton of Sweet Milton

How amazing is that cake up there? I’d love to sit down with a coffee and a giant slice of it this morning and chat with you about the week that was. I have loved how cold and rainy it has been all week, though I am still adjusting to just how many layers I need to wear!

Meanwhile though, I have loved the beautiful posts on the Polka Dot specialty blogs, from cocktails to copper, this is the week we have it all!



Hugh shares his inner city wedding Inspired Memories

We sit down for a glass of bubbles with Amanda From HerCanberra

Adore this fun Pastel Confetti Thrower Tutorial

Katherine Milton of Sweet Milton joins us in What Would They Know?

Moorea Polynesian Paradise Bridal Inspiration

Love the clean feel of the Hoxton North font

So many childhood dreams come true for this bride in her Fairy Tale Wedding

So on trend! Exploring Top 5 Styling Tips For Copper

Why not whip up the The Pisco People’s Toucan this weekend?

Dave shares his Autumnal Groom Style

We go Behind The Door With….Pookie May Coffee

Rounding up our favourite Paper Cut Pretties

News Roundup

Head along to the Instagram of Ed Dixon Food Design for your chance to win one of three bride and brownie packs! Three winners will win a box of signature Ed Dixon Food Design brownies and a copy of “Sixty Secrets for a Happy Bride” book written by Ed Dixon alumni Alex Miles. Check out the Instagram account to enter.

Headed to Aisle Society lately? We have so many new posts going up this week! I am particularly loving the string lights tag this week (mainly because I want my own).

In Melbourne city this weekend? head along on Sunday to the Collins 234 Boutique Bridal Fair. Head on down for a fashion show, a host of fabulous wedding vendors ready for a chat and plenty of giveaways! Want to find more events or list your own? Head to our events calendar!

Our film of the week comes from The Smile Factory Film. The wedding of Cameron and Hayley is so filled with love and joy- not least because it was a surprise! I adored seeing the guest’s faces as they were greeted by the very special sign!

Seven Byron Bay Garden Wedding Venues

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Venues


Everyone loves a holiday at Byron Bay. Wide sandy beaches, plenty of sunshine and gorgeous surroundings. So it makes sense that it’s also hitting the popularity stakes when it comes to weddings. Today, I’m rounding up seven of my favourite Byron Bay garden wedding venues.

Cedia At Byron Bay


Photo by Heart and Colour via Alex & Ben’s Colourful Cedia at Byron Bay Wedding

The gorgeous Cedia At Byron Bay is located on 90 acres of rolling hills in the Byron hinterland.  The private property can host weddings of up to 200 guests allowing for stunning views, marquees and plenty of dancing under the stars.

Beach Byron Bay


Photo by Nick Evans via Jackie and Chris’ Byron Bay Beach Cafe Wedding

Now presumably you are marrying in Byron Bay because you love the beach, so Beach Byron Bay is definitely going to tick all of your Summer loving boxes. Located right by the beach, the venue gives your guests panoramic views of the sea as they enjoy a feast from the venue’s award winning chefs and watch the sun set over the sea (and if the weather is nice, they’ll even retract the roof for a gorgeous open air reception!).

Byron View Farm


Photo by Todd McGaw of The Giddy Up Camera Club via Kelly and Paul’s Sweet Byron View Farm Wedding

Want to combine the sweetest of little houses with beautiful rolling hills and incredible scenery? Then let me introduce you to Byron View Farm. Just ten minutes from the sea, the farm can cater for a maximum of 140 guests with options of marrying inside the sweet cottage or underneath a grander marquee.


Coorabella Byron Bay Wedding

Photo by You Can’t Be Serious via Elysia and Glen’s Paper Pinwheel Wedding

Coorabella is a stunning private property (only available on request). Set on 100 acres of lush, green rolling hills in the Byron Bay hinterland, the property is filled with beautiful stain glass windows, amazing trees (perfect for ceremonies) a sprawling verandah and even a stately pool.

Fig Tree Restaurant


Photo by Adam Ward Photography via Sarah & Matt’s Byron Bay Restaurant Wedding

Located in an original farmhouse, Fig Tree Restaurant has so many beautiful options for your wedding- marry by the pool, celebrate under the stars, dine in the restaurant or make use of the wide open lawns and the beautiful views. And the food? Well it’s some of Byron Bay’s best!

Deux Belettes


Photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography via Tash and Andrew’s Stylish Deux Belettes Wedding

Always a favourite for French inspired chic, the beautiful chateau of Deux Belettes sets the scene for a stylish Byron Bay celebration. This luxury bed and breakfast is set on 30 acres providing a multitude of options for an intimate wedding, My favourite – the beautiful stone archway which seems like the perfect setting for a long table of wedding guests.

Secret Garden Byron Bay

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Photo by Luminarie Photography by Wendy Chung via Larissa and Rayne’s Simple Byron Bay Wedding

For something a little more urban, well – as urban as Byron Bay can get, while still having that magic garden feel – then Secret Garden Byron Bay fits the bill. This whimsical garden, filled with treasures like an old school bus, art sculptures and more, includes beautiful landscaping which includes magnificent African boag trees and cacti. There’s wide verandahs, a restaurant and accommodation that will truly give you an all in one venue.

Amy & Sam’s Spring Ewingsdale Hall Wedding

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


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The gorgeous romance of Amy & Sam’s Spring Ewingsdale Hall wedding is palpable. From the groom’s face as he sees his bride walk towards him, the gorgeous sunset portraits to the beautifully decorated reception. Amy and Sam chose Camilla Kirk Photography to capture their wedding day.

On how they met, Amy tells, “Despite both growing up in a small country town, Sam and I did not meet until we were both living in Brisbane for work and university! We met through mutual friends.”

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Amy chose a Demetrios gown from Rosa + Mary’s Bridal Shop, noting, “It took me a long time to find my wedding dress – I knew I wanted a dress with some sort of a sleeve and back detail. I tried on lots and LOTS of dresses to no avail. I kept reading in bridal magazines that a lot of bride’s perfect dress was the first one they tried on!

I tried on my Demetrios gown from Rosa and Mary’s bridal shop in Varsity Lakes and knew it was the one. It is form fitting and entirely embellished with Venice lace. I loved the flattering V-neckline and the sheer lace back with the row of buttons. It has a nude underlay with an ivory overlay which means that the intricate embellishments stand out just perfectly – it wouldn’t be the same without the nude underneath! It has a classic, yet slightly vintage feel and I felt so comfortable in it all day.”

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The couple kicked off their day with The Magic Bus, noting, “The party vibe was definitely established early with our guests being picked up in a double decker Red Love Bus, which would take them to the wedding and back into Byron once the night was over. The bus driver was even a highlight in his 70’s style suit and long hair, not to mention the funky music playing – very Byron Bay!”

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Of her walk down the aisle, Amy remembers ,”Our good friend Ryan Martin was our musician on the day and he did a cover of James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’.”

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Amy and Sam chose Byron Bay venue Ewingsdale Hall for their wedding, thanks to their wedding planner The Events Lounge noting, “I had an initial meeting with The Events Lounge to see how their on the day co-ordination service would tie in with our wedding plans. Rachel listened to my criteria for our ideal venue and suggested the Ewingsdale Hall just outside of Byron Bay. Sam and I went down for a look and instantly fell in love. We adored the huge fig trees that line the road, the light, blank canvas of the hall inside and the ample grass areas with beautiful green surrounds. Being able to hold both the ceremony and reception in the one place was also a big plus for us. We decided straight away that it was perfect and made a booking.”

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Randa Karzon officiated the ceremony, Amy noting, “Both Sam and I are Catholic, so despite us choosing to have our ceremony outside, we still wanted it to feel fairly traditional. My cousin Sophie performed a reading from the Bible during our ceremony. We both wrote our own vows and read them out to each other for the first time on the actual day.

My aunty and uncle were married on the same day as us 27 years ago, the same cross that she had tied around her bouquet on her wedding day, was used as my ‘something borrowed’ to tie around my bouquet on the day. Our celebrant Randa was also one of my lecturers from college.”

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Of their photographer, Amy remembers, “Camilla our photographer was an absolute star! From traveling to the venue the week before and traipsing through paddocks to find the best location for us, to always being more than happy to help with any queries we had. She was extremely easy to work with, very organised and both Sam and I felt so comfortable in her presence. Our second shooter Chris was also terrific! We couldn’t have been happier!”

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“Our entire wedding was very family orientated, and to me they were the most special details of the day . My aunty making the wedding cake to a traditional family recipe, great aunts arranging all the table flowers, my cousin the MC, family members making finger food for guests to enjoy while we were off having photos taken, family members helping to set up and pack down the venue, my uncle who works for an alcohol company organising the alcohol and bar set up, family members helping with DIY elements (e.g. stepdad making our wedding arch), my dad’s cherished Holden Monaro as the bridal car, we also had all of our siblings in our bridal party (my sister as maid of honour, Sam’s sister as one of my bridesmaids and Sam’s brother as his best man).”

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Guests each received a jar of honey, the bride remembering, “The week before we poured honey into 103 little glass jars for our favours – a messy job to say the least but they looked fantastic on the tables with their golden glow.”

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Sam (groom) made a gorgeous wooden box with lid and lock for guest cards to go into at reception. He also carved out our initials for the front. We now keep all our wedding keepsakes in it.”

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Of their first dance, Amy remembers, “We chose a cover – Coldplay’s ‘Magic’. Sam and I didn’t give the first dance much thought as we both consider ourselves fairly good dancers on a dancefloor,however formal dancing is a whole other thing! We just held each other and rocked back and forth really! There was lots of laughing!

When it was time for the bridal party to join us we were missing two groomsmen (they were apparently in the bathroom) so the other two groomsmen had to dance with 2 bridesmaids each. Later my mum said to me that my 82 year old Grandpa leaned across to her during our first dance and whispered ‘they have no idea how to dance do they?’ ”

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Congratulations on your marriage Amy and Sam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Camilla Kirk Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Camilla Kirk Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: The Events Lounge / Bride’s Dress: Demetrios / Bridal Salon: Rosa + Mary’s Bridal Shop / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Rosa + Mary’s Bridal Shop / Hairstylist: Avia Beauty / Makeup Artist: Avia Beauty / Groom’s Attire: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Groom's Watch: Timex / Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills Bridal / Flowers: The French Petal / Invitations & Stationery: Tahlia Benefield Creative Design / Printer: MBE Varsity Lakes / Venue: Ewingsdale Hall / Ceremony Officiant: Randa Karzon / Catering: The Larder / Cake Baker: Cathy Gibson (Bride’s Aunty) / Rental Furniture: Moreton Hire / Ceremony & Reception Decor Items: Byron Bay Wedding & Party Hire / Rental Furniture: Little Gray Station / Ceremony & Reception Decor Items: Little Gray Station / Music: Ryan Martin Music / Cake (Icing & Decoration): Greg’s Cakes / Cake Topper: Lets Craft Weddngs / Desserts: The Larder / Transport: The Magic Bus
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