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Vendor of the Week – The Wedding Nest

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We’re well and truly into 2018 now and boy, isn’t it shaping up to be amazing?

School holidays, fun in the sun, and endless opportunities to meet up with family and friends are great distractions when your wedding planning all becomes a bit much. But when you do want to plan, be sure you squeeze in a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who would love to help you with your wedding day. We have Bridal Gown Services, we have Wedding Gifts & Registries, we have Styling and Hire and Catering – we even have Cinematography and Jewellery! We have such great vendors who are keen to help you design the wedding of your dreams.

Check out the Polka Dot Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!


There’s something about styling your first home together and choosing just the right pieces to create a style that is uniquely ‘yours’. Katie of The Wedding Nest bought the online wedding gift registry from the original owners a year ago and since then has introduced more beautiful pieces to the range. She has carefully chosen quality handmade and designer pieces so that you know each item will be a special piece to treasure. From leather chairs, to gorgeous bed linen, pendants and prints – each item is grouped under category or choose a style – contemporary, beach, French or eclectic. Katie brings a background of interior design and for Sydney couples she can provide a customised styling consult.

We asked Katie of The Wedding Nest five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite reward after a big working day? 

Hopefully being able to tick a lot of items off my To Do list. Also definitely a nice glass of red and even a Magnum ice cream, mini of course!
Your favourite weekend getaway?

Terrigal on the central coast of NSW. It has great cafes and restaurants and beautiful beaches that are dog friendly which is a must for us. We have 3 dogs. Two boisterous pugs and one sweet little sensitive Jack Russell. Relatives have recently acquired a unit here which we can use whenever we choose which is fantastic.
What is your most prized possession?

Besides my electric blanket, my most prized possession is my engagement ring. It’s quite unique and I got a lot of comments from strangers, nice comments. My partner selected it himself which I love as he really knows me and he is very brave!
Favourite restaurant?

That is a tough one! So many to choose from. But I can’t go past Chiswick in Woollahra. The setting is gorgeous amongst the gardens and the slow cooked lamb is to die for.
What do you enjoy most about being in the wedding industry?

There are so many beautiful aspects to wedding, it’s quite special being a part of one of a couple’s best times of their lives! I also love seeing all the photos at the end and admiring everyone’s unique tastes.

Visit  The Wedding Nest’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. The Wedding Nest is a member of the Polka Dot Directory


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Snapshot Sunday – Mind the Dog

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photographer: Sarah Moore

Erin & Jotham’s Quirky Brisbane Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements,


Erin & Jotham

We love it when a couple does things their way. With Wildflower Weddings behind the camera, Erin & Jotham headed to the graffiti coloured laneways of Fortitude Valley to capture the engagement. As musicians, the suburb played host to many Sunday afternoons of performances and holds a very special place in their world together.

It was through music that the couple met, Erin explaining “We were rehearsing for a high school friend of Jotham’s album launch – I played the violin, Jotham played the drums. He actually asked me to marry him the very first night we met.. while rehearsing in my house he started going through some of the things in my room – records, books, Bob Dylan posters and after making sure they were actually all my things, blurted out ‘will you marry me?’ 5 years later, and he designed me a ring and asked me again!”

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the retro styling of these two against the bright, urban backdrop (and those matching “Til Death Do us Part” pins? So fun!)

“She’s so strong” tells Jotham of Erin. “Everything she does, she does with passion and commitment, and without compromise. She has brought a stability to my moods and my perceptions of myself that I’ve never had before. But mostly I love the things of which I’m not conscious and which I can’t explain, like the wave of ‘okayness’ that washes over when I see her, or the way I still feel tied to her, even when we’re apart. She’s like a drug to which I’m addicted and don’t want to quit.”

The couple has the most romantic proposal story, Erin remembering “Jotham told me early in the week to keep a Saturday night in April free. He wouldn’t tell me why, or what he had planned, or even what time. He knows I hate surprises, so I bugged him about it all damn week. He started to get really upset at me for not letting him plan a night without my help.. I got really upset and irritated because I’m just like that, I like to know my plans. Saturday night came around, he picked out an outfit for me, drove us to Paddington and handed me two bottles of my favourite red wine – a Malbec from Mendoza. We went to my favourite restaurant – Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers, where they have seven dishes and they’re all $12, and it’s BYO wine. After dinner, we went up to the Kangaroo Point cliffs and walked to a spot overlooking the river. We sat down chatting, he showed me a picture of a ring on his phone and asked if I liked it.. then knelt down and pulled it out of his pocket, where he’d had it hiding all night. He’d spent 6 months working with a ring designer to make something just for me and what they created is just perfect – a gorgeous QLD sapphire in a hexagonal art deco platinum setting. I laughed and cried at him and told him to get off his knees before I’d actually said yes!”

Photographer: Wildflower Weddings

Antje and Michael’s Intimate Backyard Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Antje and Michael

There is a lot to love about Antje and Michael’s wedding – and that is to say, because it is the very simplest of weddings. A ceremony at home, a wander to the park for photographs, a spot of lunch, and an evening in the city – just the newlyweds. If you ever thought planning a wedding at home was your idea of perfection, then you’ll love this celebration. Captured so beautifully by Ine Andrea Ertvaag.

Michael tells us the tale of how he popped the question. “I had organised the ring from the same jeweller that did my parent’s engagement and wedding rings and had it hidden in a sock in a drawer for a week. I think she knew it was coming -I  was waiting for the right moment for days. Then, one night, we got home and the song we had once joked we were going to get married to (and did!) was playing. I joked “perhaps we should get married.” She said, “well you’ll need a ring for that, mister.” So I whipped it out, got my knee dirty and said: “well it’s a good thing I’ve got one.”

The bride found her dress quickly. Michael telling “We did it relatively low budget compared to some of our friends because we’ve been trying to save up for a business. One day Antje walked into a random dress shop and found her dress. She bought it on the spot.”

The groom wore a suit from (now closed) Godwin Charli, explaining “I got lucky on this one, Godwin Charli had a closing down sale I happened to walk by. They had the full get up from $1500 down to $250 and then I paid a bit extra to get it tailored. I wore a black tuxedo, white shirt and black bowtie.”

The couple originally wanted to elope, but the bride’s father didn’t want to miss walking her down the aisle. So at home, in their parent’s backyard, it was. Says the groom “My parents have a nice property so it was a great location for the few that we wanted to invite.”

For the processional, Michael remembers “We chose “Fortune’s Fool” by “Hiatus” and “Ms” by “Alt J”. Both are our long-time favourites.”

Jacklyn Cimino officiated the ceremony, Michael telling “We just wanted it to be harmonic and relaxed. We chose 20 people who were closest to us and who we knew would all get along great and kept everything very home-done. Mum had a Greek caterer make us fresh food from her garden and they did a stellar job and during the ceremony itself we had “On Love” by “Khalil Gibran” play, in addition to our own vows.”

Michael explains “Our mentor helped us write our own vows. They were to be powerful he instructed. And not necessarily something that is already existing within our relationship in purity, but something we were committing to create through daily corrections. Our vows, then, were to be transformative.

Antje committed, “I vow to nourish and nurture your heart and deliver to you all that is wise of a woman through my willingness to surrender myself to you. To create a powerful foundation in your life to enable you to be the man that you are to me and I will support you above myself because I know that you will support me above yourself. At all times I will be the love to live in love with you.”

Michael simply vowed, “To unconditionally make you feel beautiful and create the conditions for your security, protection and wellbeing. To do what must be done to transform me and elevate you and our family in doing so. And to be a man – certain, powerful, fluid in my stability so that you, a woman, may be stable in your fluidity.”

They’re not for everyone but they were perfect for us.”

After lunch it was onto photos, Michael noting “After the ceremony we had some pictures taken and then sat down for lunch. After a few hours, we had a nice room back at a hotel in the CBD so we left to enjoy what remained of the day in solitude. We’re very solitary people by nature so that suited us just fine.”

Of their photographer, Michael notes “Ine was great. We got along great from the start so it was easy to be relaxed. The post-production really gave it a vibe that suited us perfectly so we were very lucky.”

Michael remarks “We loved the union of families. The intimacy of the reception. Seeing a picture of Antje stressing just before she walked (she’s usually so well put together haha). The incorrigible generosity of our parents. And again, the vows.”

Guests enjoyed lunch catered by Grecian Kitchen. “Everything was delicious!!” says Michael.

Congratulations on your marriages Antje and Michael! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Ine Andrea Ertvaag for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Ine Andrea Ertvaag / Groom's Attire: Godwin Charli / Hairstylist: Amanda Audrey / Venue: Bride's Parent's Home / Ceremony Officiant: Jacklyn Cimino / Catering: Grecian Kitchen / Engagement Ring: Renato Jewellers