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Stephanie and Anthony’s Traditional Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Stephanie and Anthony

A traditional, classic wedding is always heart warming to me – the beautiful church, the clean and simple bouquet, the well pressed suit. This morning’s wedding is a Melbourne classic- Blue-stone church, funky location photographs and a fun, celebratory reception.

Stephanie explains how the couple met. “We first met in first year at University of Melbourne but lost touch in later years as we had different commitments. We reconnected at a friend’s wedding in 2007, however, it still took Anthony months to actually ask me out. When he finally did, he was so nervous that his voice was shaking. And I was so surprised that I told him ‘I’d get back to him’. Obviously I said yes, eventually.”

Photos this morning are by Kirralee Ashworth Photography– Kirralee has captured all the important moments of the day with such a sense of classic style and simple elegance!

Stephanie and Anthony made the stationery themselves – topping it off with a black bow.

Stephanie wore a gown by Essence of Australia and carried a simple white bouquet style by Balwyn Events. Her bridesmaids wore gowns from Witchery.

Stephanie and Anthony were married at Immaculate Conception Church in Hawthorn. Stephanie says “We both wanted a traditional ceremony and we chose the Immaculate Conception as it’s a beautiful bluestone building but also because Anthony mistook it for the City Hall during one of our first dates.” Stephanie walked down the aisle to ‘Dream’ by Priscilla Ahn.

The photos were one of the fun times of the day for Stephanie, she recalls “After a number of (unsuccessful) attempts to make me giggle for a photo, Anthony tripped over some camera equipment and that made me break into a fit of laughter. ”

Stephanie and Anthony celebrated with guests at Melbourne venue The Willows. Stephanie says “We short listed a handful of places but as soon as we saw The Willows, we knew it was perfect for the intimate gathering that we wanted for the reception.” Prior to the reception, the couple held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

The couple chose a three tiered cake decorated with fresh flowers and green ribbon from Sweet Temptations.

Stephanie recalls the momentous first dance. “We knew that we wanted to have ‘Suteki da ne’ (Isn’t it beautiful) from Final Fantasy X as the first dance and our good friend (and dancer), Jane choreographed the whole routine. The highlight had to be the dip, which took many attempts to perfect.”

Stephanie and Anthony gifted their guests with “Two Peas In A Pod” salt and pepper shakers, complete with homemade tags by Stephanie. Stephanie says “I loved seeing all those little details which took hours of planning turn into reality.”

Congratulations Stephanie and Anthony! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Kirralee Ashworth Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Kirralee Ashworth Photography

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Dreamy Wedding Gowns From Claire La Faye

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Oh Etsy, you always bring the most amazing designers out of the woodwork! Today’s designer profile, comes out of Portland (she ships internationally!) and showcases the work of designer Claire La Faye. Claire started in NYC out converting tee’s into one of a kind red carpet pieces. She started designing for brides in 2010 and hasn’t looked back!

Claire wanted to design with a non traditional approach and I think she nails it – with whimsical details and soft, ethereal fabrics like china silks and silk chiffon. Each garment has it’s own special name too -“Queen For A Day” , “Some Kind Of Wonderful” , “It Must Have Been The Roses” and “Pocket Full Of Posey” amongst my favourites. I love that even though there is a dreaminess to her designs, something about the cuts and the detail makes them bold and a little rockstar.

Claire’s gowns are available through her etsy store and soon in store at Lovely in NYC.

Photos by Claire La Faye

Vendor Of The Week – Alex Road Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! Are any of you getting married this week? What is your exciting news?

Let’s kick off the week with our Monday morning tradition by choosing randomly from our Polka Dot teacup one of our much loved directory members! Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is growing full of suppliers who are wanting ti work with our fantastic readers- there’s amazing cake makers (seriously decadent designs, event stylists, photographers, florists- the list goes on!  So browse the pages of our directory and see who you might find!

This week’s Vendor Of The Week is a fun, relaxed Melbourne photographer.Alex Road Photography is owned by Kelly who has been shooting weddings, portraits and babies since 2002! Kelly has such a fun rhythm to her photography style.

Kelly prides herself on amazing customer service and promises each wedding will be captured to suit the mood and style of the couple. Her approach is relaxed and comfortable and I love the spark she captures!

To learn a little more about Alex Road Photography, we asked Kelly five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

In summer – A really COLD glass of beer, In winter – glass of red.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Byron Bay – would need to be a long weekend! Have done this a few times now. Very ‘rock n roll’

Favourite restaurant?

Lamaro’s South Melbourne

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Soy latte, porridge with fruit and nuts

Your favourite wedding story?

My favourite wedding story starts even before the wedding day. The couple, both originally from England, invited all their relatives to their Melbourne wedding. I’m told all 30 relatives flew over on the same British Airways Flight and it was one long party that lasted over 23 hours! Most of the guested stayed with the bride and groom for the 2 weeks they where in town. By the time the wedding day arrived, the poor bride & groom were exhausted from non-stop sight seeing and party going. They were defiantly looking forward to their honeymoon!

Visit Alex Road Photography‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Alex Road Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – She Loves To Dance

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Nikole Ramsay

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