Kye & Zok’s Botanic Gardens Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Kye & Zok

Stefani Driscoll sent over this morning’s engagement shoot of Kye & Zok. The couple made use of the gorgeous St Kilda Botanic Gardens backdrop and the casual style of the shoot makes it feel just like a lovely Saturday in St Kilda. What a gorgeous shoot!

Zoran is a Risk Manager and Kylie is an Interior Designer. You could not pick too more opposite occupations yet the differences appear to balance each other out. Kye says “he’s great at maths, Im not. Im very creative, He’s not. He definitely helps bring a practical side to my madness”.

Five years ago after meeting through mutual friends, Zok mentioned casually to Kylie one time that they should get together for a casual drink. Kylie agreed so Zok choose a venue and arranged to pick Kye up after work one evening.

Zok had done his homework and had a tip off from a colleague who recommended a very fancy restaurant in the city. Kye says that” Zok must have failed to mention to his colleague that it was a ‘casual’ catch up as we were both very surprised when we entered a rather high end restaurant which saw our ‘casual’ drink turn into a far more formal date. In hinds sight it was a great start to our relationship”.

Not too long after their first ‘not so casual’ date Zok travelled OS and was in Spain when Kye knew he was the one for her.  “In our very early stages when Zok was overseas in Barcelona and we were not yet even a couple, Zok stopped in the hotel lobby at 5am one morning after a night out and wrote me a very long email just to say hello. I knew then that this was going to be something. Our first few months together flew and here we are now five years down the track”.

Zok proposed to Kye at their home which is the space they have spent the last few years working towards and renovating. “Even though it was our 5 year anniversary that weekend, I was totally surprised! We were at home, it was mid-week, he cooked me a gorgeous breakfast and caught me by total surprise. It was very special and private. Perfect”.

Kye and Zok decided to capture the magic and joy of their engagement with a rather relaxed and ‘casual’ photo-shoot at the St.Kilda Botanical Gardens with the vision to use one of the shots for the engagement party invitations.

Photographer: Stefani Driscoll
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Erin & Andrew’s Happy Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Erin & Andrew

I am so happy to finally share this wedding with you, the details and sense of fun of the occasion uplifts my heart and soul- it’s a little quirky, a little whimsical and looks like one of my favourite movies Up! transformed into a beautiful wedding day (there are balloons and little houses, it’s superb!)

Erin and Andrew met in a very sporty way. Erin explains “We met via mutual friends who started an indoor soccer team. There wasn’t much concentrating on the soccer game & I would wear a full face of make-up every week – hehe…not very sporting ;)”

Photographs today are by Leo Farrell. Leo has such a way of taking moody, atmospheric photos without losing the lightness and joy of a wedding day.

Erin & Andrew married at Gardens House in the Royal Botanic Gardens and had the event planned and styled by Simply Georgeous Occasions. Erin recalls “Garden’s house itself is an old cottage in the heart of the gardens where the caretaker/s used to live. For the most part the wedding was outside in the gardens.. It was all managed by Simply Georgeous Occasions who had to dress the gardens from scratch.”

The groom wore a Jack London suit while his groomsmen wore vintage attire.

Erin wore a gown from Collette Dinnigan. After a bad experience with another dress, she soon found something just right. Erin recalls “I had a shocking time with my dress. I went to a dressmaker who didn’t pull it off (my fault probably for being overly ambitious and not researching her past work properly) SO one week before the wedding I had no dress!! I went to Collette Dinnigan (in tears) and got the only dress available in my size off the rack. Then I added a few little things myself (black ribbon and vintage broach – so I felt like I had contributed SOMETHING).” Erin wore shoes from Alannah Hill and her bridesmaid’s wore gowns from Zimmermann. The girl’s hair & makeup was styled by Darren Cartledge.

Erin walked down the aisle to “An acoustic version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ (with just a ukulele). I actually also stood on the bottom of my dress (which nearly fell off) THEN my heels got stuck in the grass – it was a very clumsy entrance so lucky we had a bit of a playful song!” The Julie O’Hara Quartet provided the music.

Erin and Andrew were married by Warren Edwards.

The couple contriburted sweet touches to the day. Erin explains “We did our invitations (Andrew designed) and Andrew’s Mum did the guest gifts. My mum organised the cake (kept her busy and distracted as she was pretty sceptical about our ‘DIY’ ‘Look’…she loved it in the end though and was very proud My mum agreed to put cat chocolates on the cake even though she HATED all my childhood cats – now that’s love!!” Peter Rowland Catering provided a canape and cocktail reception.

Of their photographer Erin says “Leo Farrell is the most talented guy! Andrew and I run a photography agency and met Leo on some commercial advertising jobs. He is in HOT demand in Melbourne and has the most beautiful way of capturing those natural moments. We felt really comfortable with him as we didn’t have to pull out an cheesy poses (which we HATE) ;)”

Erin loved “The speeches which may have went too long but were so well crafted and spoken from the hearts of our families and friends.”

One of Erin’s favourite memories was a complete surprise. She remembers “Best moment was when Andrew SANG to me after his speech (Frankie Valli ‘You’re Just Too Good to Be True). I have never heard him sig before and he is pretty shy so I was so touched he’s get up and do that in front of 100 guests! I actually cried which is unusual (my mum calls me Hard Hearted Hannah – hehe):) I think you can see my shock in one of the photo’s with the guests all behind me?”

Erin and Andrew hired Julie O’Hara Quartet to perform at the reception. Erin says “The band which was brilliant & got everyone dancing under the stars.”

Erin recalls “Our bridal dance was to “Lets Stay Together” by Al Green. I can’t dance AT ALL  – Andrew had plenty of rhythm  though and we hid my two left feet quite well I think.”

Congratulations Erin & Andrew! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Leo Farrell. for the photographs!

Photographer: Leo Farrell / Wedding Planner: Simple Georgeous Occasions / Bride's Dress: Collette Dinnigan / Bride's Shoes: Alannah Hill / Groom's Attire: Jack London / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Darren Cartledge / Makeup Artist: Darren Cartledge / Flowers & Decor: Simple Georgeous Occasions / Venue: Garden's House @ Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Warren Edwards / Band: Julie O'Hara Quartet / Catering: Peter Rowland / Wedding Cake: Pelligra Cakes (Formerly Greensborough Cake Kitchen) / Wedding Rings: Keshett / Wedding Registry: Not Another Toaster

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Oli and Mike’s Fifties Wedding Photo by Leah Kua

 Squee! I am so excited it’s the weekend! How gorgeous are the bridesmaid’s gowns in the photo above? they love as excited as I am about the weekend!

On Polka Dot Groom

Ceravalo ascot ties in all their glory with a handy video on how to tie them

Black tie style with groom Stefan

David’s memories of his wedding day are incredible

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Our Expert Interview this week was with the very talented Canberran photographer Kelly Tunney

Hugh from Stellar Visions gives us four great reasons to have a wedding pre-shoot

Sarah from Simple Things Press gives us 9 tips for gorgeous wedding stationery

On Polka Dot Made

Etsy Roundup showcases wedding banners

Tuesday Type Carolyna to tempt you

Try this easy project embellishing wire letters with washi tape

On Polka Dot Weddings

Oli and Mike showcase their gorgeous retro inspired wedding

Michael and Angela got married in an elegant occasion in Townsville

Bec and Nuggett tell us about their destination wedding

Polka Dot Hot Spot is back! How have you dealt with family dynamics! Join the conversation

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Visit Santorini in Greece with Ms Floral

Six things to love about Greece

Around the wedding world this week….


Online vintage inspired boutique Ruche launched their bridal collection last week! The collection is not only gorgeous but affordable too! Check it out here.

Wedding List Co is teaming up with Coco Republic’s David Bromley to present an evening of champagne and design at their flagship store in Woollahra. There’s a host of guest speakers to educated couples on the choosing timeless art and design for your registry (along with tips and tricks for selecting furniture and art that will last the test of time!) The event will be held on Tuesday, 3rd of April from 6pm-7.30pm and registration is free. Check out their website for more.

Sydney boutique bridal market One Fine Day launched it’s website last Friday with a bang! The market will be held at Sun Studios on Sunday 27th of May 2012 and will be set up in a completely new way. The range of vendors is fresh and new (boutique icy poles! incredible florists! talented photographers and more!) Visit the website for more info and to buy more tickets.

Our April newsletter lands in inboxes next Friday! To make sure you receive the special email packed full of sneak peeks, wedding inspiration, how tos and so much more subscribe here.

This week’s wedding film comes to us from The Bird Collective- talk about a mix of cultures! Ricky and Justine held their South African Jewish wedding on a beautiful beach in Thailand and it’s an incredible film to watch.


Claire and Stewart’s Elegant Tasmanian Wedding

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


jonathan wherrett tasmanian

Claire and Stewart

Tasmania never fails to make me take a deep breath- the landscape is beyond stunning and the weddings that come out of the Southern state? Beautiful, relaxed and an understated elegance. Such is the elegant Tasmanian wedding of Claire and Stewart, I know you’ll agree!

Stewart tells the story of how and Claire came to be. “12 ½ years ago at university, the future bride tried out her pick-up moves on her future husband at a local bar to limited success. We are married now, so it must have worked. (written by the groom, of course!).”

The wedding photographs of Claire & Stewart are by Jonathan Wherrett who has a magical way of creating the most elegant photographs that capture the beauty of the couple, but also of the amazing Tasmanian landscape.

sandstone wedding barn

Claire remarks “People often ask us why we chose Stanley to get married. With many accusing us of seeking payback for all the weddings we have had to travel to over the years, and consequently choosing a venue everyone had to travel to. However the actual reasons were because primarily, we wanted to use a venue with character, as we both love the history and diversity of Tasmania’s buildings. Secondly, we wanted a venue where we could take our own alcohol, as with the groom being a winemaker, we were quite particular about what wines we wanted. The benefit of the location, was that it was turned into a destination wedding, with everyone utilising the amazing B&B’s in Stanley and being able to see a wonderful part of Tasmania.”

groom in classic suit

Stewart wore a suit from Godwin Charli and a tie from M.J Bale with shoes from Galizio Torresi . Each groomsmen was asked to wear  their own suits in a charcoal/blue/gray .

gwendolynne gown with bow
ring bearer
bride in gwendolynne gown
bride in gwendolynne wedding dress

Claire chose an incredible beaded gown from Gwendolynne with a custom dyed hair piece from Richard Nylon . Claire wore jeweled earrings from Samantha Wills, a Lovisa cuff and shoes from Inniu. She carried a bouquet by Beautiful Bloomin’ Florist .

handpainted wedding sign
highfield estate wedding

Claire and Stewart married at Highfield House. Claire explains “Highfield House’s tiny non-denominational stone chapel was used for the 3.30pm ceremony and the grounds were used for the cocktail hour. The old stone and timber threshing barn was ‘glamified’ by family and friends the days prior and used for the reception. The nearby stables were used by the caterers.”

bride walking down the aisle
tasmanian processional
tasmanian wedding ceremony

The bride’s mother and father walked Claire down the aisle to ‘Love Letter’ by Nick Cave. Claire remarks “Weeks before the wedding, I thought I would be nervous, however when the day came I was completely relaxed and really enjoyed the morning with my family. I didn’t think I would be able to look at Stew when it came time to walk down the aisle, but as soon as I walked into the chapel my eyes searched out his and they didn’t look away the entire ceremony. As soon as I got to Stew I had to give him a smooch.”

tasmanian barn wedding
wedding vows in tasmania

Claire recalls “The ceremony was my favourite part as we wrote our own vows and made sure they were intimate and heartfelt but had a few jokes thrown in for good measure. We had a lot of comments about our ceremony.”

wedding first kiss
happy newlyweds
hay bale wedding seats

The couple held an “Afternoon session” after the ceremony. Musicians Jacob Boot & Laura Mead entertained guests as they enjoyed celebratory drinks (homemade lemonade and punch made by Claire’s mother) and chatter on fabric covered hay bales.

guests at tasmanian wedding
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newlyweds in stanley
tasmanian newlyweds
bride with bridesmaids in white

Each bridesmaid chose their own dress. Claire explains “my sisters (Emma and Beck) wore Alannah Hill and my Matron of Honour (Lucy) wore Michelle Kim. Each Bridesmaid wore an Alannah Hill belt to coordinate.”

bride and groom against barn
bride and groom in tasmania

Of their photographer, Claire says “Jonathan Wherrett was fantastic, and just so easy to have around. He managed to capture the ‘story’ of our day. We actually changed our wedding date to accommodate Jonathan being able to take our photos.”

jonathan wherrett wedding photo
tasmanian wedding setting

The majority of the wedding decor was handmade. A family friend made hessian table runners, the bride made embroidery fabric hoops, the flowers were a collaboration of family and friends, including Beautiful Bloomin’ Florist and placed in vintage glass jars sourced by the couple. The bride’s sister made the bunting.

green yellow and pink wedding centrepiece
long table at wedding
wedding photo display

Claire says “For table seating, we used photos of the guests, with their seat numbers on the back. The guests had to find their photographs (which were hanging from string weighted by sinkers, and attached with wooden pegs) to determine their seating location for the wedding.”

tasmanian wedding reception venue
handmade wedding setting

The favors were “Assorted Jams (Greengage, Blackberry, Raspberry, Brambleberry, Whiskey Marmalade, Plum, Apricot) made by my mother, in a mix-match of jars covered with calico and tied with an assortment of coloured wool. The name tags were handwritten by Stewart and contained a sprig of rosemary.” All stationery was painted and printed by the groom.

wedding reception
tasmania wedding toast

trio of wedding cakes

The wedding was catered by Olive Tree Catering  and Claire and Stewart decided on not one but three wedding cakes made by Claire’s brother in law (of Andy’s Bakery) and decorated by friends. The cakes were decadent flavours – Chocolate brownie, Orange Cake with Coconut & Lime and Chocolate, Raspberry & Grand Marnier cake.

bride in gwendolynne at sunset
bride at sunset
bride and groom in sunset

sunset wedding
wedding decor tasmania

The lighting was arranged by the couple. From the festoon lights to the candle lanterns! Claire explains “The candle lanterns made from as assortment of large (and different) jam jars, tied with wire to make handles. They were then filled with sand and a candle was placed in each jar. They were then placed around the dance floor. For the festoon lights we bought coloured party lights and searched high and low for 60 plain old fashioned festoon lights. We had to replace each light and strung them up in the main reception area.”

first dance at wedding

The first dance was performed by DJ Dane Hunnerup who also looked after the ceremony music. Claire remembers “Our first dance was to Lanie Lane’s ‘Bang Bang’. It was unrehearsed, upbeat and fun!”

highfield dance floor
barn wedding tasmania

Claire says “I  remember people saying before the wedding, to try and take time out to enjoy the day because it goes by so quickly. I remember taking that in and stopping and looking around at everyone who was there….. either having a laugh, on the dance floor or outside by the fire pit, and thinking how lucky we were to have these people in our lives and to be able to celebrate with us.”

tasmanian wedding sunset

Congratulations Claire and Stewart! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Wherrett for today’s photographs!

Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett / Bride's Dress: Gwendolynne / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Richard Nylon / Bride's Shoes: INNIU shoes / Flowers & Decor: Collaboration of family and friends, including Beautiful Bloomin' Florist / Venue: Highfield House / Afternoon Session Music: Jacob Boot & Laura Mead / DJ: Dane Hunnerup / Groom's Attire: Godwin Charli / Groom & Groomsmen Ties: M.J Bale / Wedding Cake: Andy's Bakery / Catering: Olive Tree Catering