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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
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by | Blog News, Bride


Cake by: Miss Ladybird Cakes from Polka Dot Bride Turns 11

Oh, what it is to be 11! Isn’t the cake Miss Ladybird Cakes made us just the most amazing thing? I think I got a little teary-eyed when it arrived. It’s a special thing to have a business turn another year older (and I spoke all about it here)

So with another week at Polka Dot Bride comes another week packed with wedding inspiration – ideas for hens parties, groom suit style tips, elopements in Las Vega- we have had it all! Let’s round it up!

How gorgeous is this romantic Las Vega elopement?

The crew at Rutherford Entertainment share their picks for the year ahead  in Whats Hot In Wedding Entertainment 2018

Love the romantic vibe of this vintage Vielle Branch wedding

Loving Justin’s wedding day style

On a health kick this month? Dan Churchill shares his recipe for a healthy green cocktail that you’ll love!

How to throw a hens party the bride will love

Wedding ceremony ideas for same-sex couples

Mr Houndstooth dives into wedding suit mistakes and how to avoid them

Pete shares his favourite wedding day memories

Exploring the NSW Central Coast with this post on honeymoon hidden gems.

Sharing Kelsie’s post-wedding day thoughts in Inspired Words

A pub as a wedding venue? We chat Perth’s Guildford Hotel in What Would They Know?

Loving this gorgeous DIY watercolour gift wrap tutorial for your bridal party gifts!


Trying to kick start your wedding planning but feeling a little lost? This weekend is jam-packed with wedding events around the country (including Love A Fair in The Southern Highlands!) Wedding fairs are so much fun when you are planning your day to meet with amazing suppliers (and have a little fun along the way!) Check out our event calendar for more!

Novotel Vines Resort are holding a “Win A Wedding” competition and giving away a wedding celebration valued at $14,000 – inclusive of everything from the venue to the photography, photo booth, accommodation, celebrant, cake, DJ and flowers!. Western Australian couples need to check the website for details on how to enter.

Kikki K are celebrating the month of love with a very special cause. on January 23rd, 2018, they will be giving away free More Love Tote Bags and Enamel Pins to the first 100 people at the Avenue Bookstore in Richmond. $1 from each sale from their “More Love” collection will be donated to Amnesty International. They’re even celebrating by allowing you to contribute to their Richmond mural! Visit the website to see more of the collection.

 Our dance tune of the week comes from the team at Evoke Entertainment. We love this version of “Happy” by their “Lets Groove Tonight” band. Turn it on and dance like nobody’s watching!


Tania Maras The Secret Garden Bridal Accessories Collection

by | Accessories, Bride


Tania Maras always blows us away with her delicate, beautiful handmade veils, hairpieces and jewels and her new collection “Secret garden” shows off her love of ancient French palaces, and their overgrown gardens, of sunsets and wide open skies – all curated into a collection that speaks of carefully considered intricacy.

The “Secret Garden” collection centres around delicate silver pieces with touches of blush and indigo. “Aesop” features three bands of delicately crystal studded vines, “Cambridge” a delicate crystal crown, echoes the lines of finding flower buds.

There are, of course, veils too – “Loren” our favourite, beaded with beautiful pearls, while “Margaux” features delicate crystals, glinting and sparkling and speaking of the designer’s inspiration of the evening sky.

She remarks “I was inspired by the beautiful gardens of the Palace of Versailles I kept travelling to in my mind. I couldn’t escape the delicate, yet opulent details. My mind’s eye kept visualising vines growing, weaving and entwining. I was drawn in by roses and delicate blossoms and how their raw beauty could be shaped and trained.”

Love Find Co created three different beautiful shoots, with their own individual looks – choosing gowns from  Karen Willis HolmesMoira Hughes Bridal Couture & Marquise Bridal and Mae’s Sunday to complement Tania’s ethereal, romantic style.

The first, beautifully captured by Keepsake Photography with hair and makeup by Madeup by May.

The second was captured by Sarah Fountain Photography with hair and makeup by Petr Vackar.

And finally the third, with stunning photos by Sophie Thompson Photography with hair and makeup by Renee Sayad from The Future Mrs.






Photographer: Keepsake Photography / Photographer: Sarah Fountain Photography / Photographer: Sophie Thompson Photography / Accessories: Tania Maras / Styling: Love Find Co / Hair & Makeup Artist: Petr Vackar / Hair & Makeup Artist: Renee Sayad from The Future Mrs / Hair & Makeup Artist: Madeup by May / Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes / Gowns: Moira Hughes Bridal Couture / Gowns: Marquise Bridal / Gowns: Mae’s Sunday

Carla & Matt’s Glamorous St Kilda Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Carla & Matt

This glamorous St Kilda wedding is a modern masterpiece, featuring a stunning Vera Wang gown, pillars of flowers at the ceremony and a gorgeous Viktoria Novak crown! These are just a few of the beautiful details that we absolutely adore, captured by Fennel & Fox Photography.

Although it was not love at first sight, Carla explains, ”I always tell people that I didn’t like Matt very much at the start, but he says he always had a soft spot for me.” Having known each other for years, what is meant to be will always be, and the two eventually fell in love.

Falling in love with the perfect gown is a glorious moment, and Carla tells of how she found her dream dress whilst on a holiday in the USA. ”I thought it would be cheeky to book an appointment at Vera Wang on Rodeo Drive, just to see what was there. I instantly fell in love with a beautiful ball gown – the skirt was voluminous, white and made with raw silk and the bodice black with a mesh back. It was modern and classic, and the black an homage to my mother’s own wedding dress 30 years earlier. I called mum and said I needed a deposit right away, that I’d found the dress!” The bride changed into a Zimmermann gown at the reception, with the groom wearing a tuxedo from Rhodes & Beckett, shirt by Givenchy and an Alexander McQueen pocket square and bow tie.

Wanting the ceremony to represent the couple’s approach to marriage, Carla shares, ”It was short and simple, we wrote our own vows and encouraged the audience to applaud when we called for marriage equality for everyone. Our whole playlist was Kanye West, and we signed the registry to ‘Gold Digger’. We loved making the guests laugh and being a bit tongue in cheek!”

The father of the bride walked Carla down the aisle to a Kanye West song, ‘Devil In A New Dress’.

The bride and groom were delighted with their chosen venue, The Deck At Circa, and share ”Our wedding organiser was incredible, it was the perfect experience! We were married at 5pm, right after the jets flew overhead as part of the Grand Prix celebrations. As soon as the ceremony was over, canapes and drinks were served.” Carla’s favourite cocktail is an espresso martini, and these were offered to guests on the night.

Capturing the day beautifully was Ursula from Fennel & Fox Photography. The bride remembers, ”Ursula was beyond a dream. She picked up our vibe instantly and knew we were wanted something edgy and modern. She was relaxed and calming, and knew how to make me feel comfortable.” The bridal party had their group photos taken in Catani Gardens and along the beachfront, sheltering from the rain with an umbrella bought just minutes before. Carla’s best friend Kaitlin was the Maid of Honour, and wore a Bianca Spender silver gown.

White Moss created the warm Autumnal blooms for Carla and Matt’s big day, with the bride rating the flowers as perfect! She shares, ”I wanted flowers that would pop against my black and white dress, our black wedding cake and the screens that my mum constructed to stand behind us during the ceremony. I loved our black wedding cake, and it tasted so good we had to ask if we could put some aside to save. It was so delicious and fresh it was disappearing fast!” The wedding cake was created by Vanilla.

Choosing a more traditional tune for their first dance, Carla and Matt selected Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. The bride shares, ”We took 6 dance lessons to get the moves right, and while I thought that the dance lessons were a gateway to early divorce, it payed off and looked perfect on the night.”

Thank you to our beautiful bride and groom, and congratulations on your wedding day! And thank you to Fennel & Fox Photography for sharing your stunning images of this beautiful celebration!


Photographer: Fennel & Fox Photography / Bride's Dress: Vera Wang / Bride's Reception Dress: Zimmermann / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Viktoria Novak / Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bianca Spender / Groom's Attire: Rhodes & Beckett / Groom's Attire: Givenchy / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Alexander McQueen / Ceremony Officiant: Virginia Green / Ceremony Venue: The Deck At Circa / Hairstylist: Julia Green / Flowers: White Moss / Engagement Ring: Canturi / Favors: Under The Cotton Tree / Wedding Registry: Myer / Wedding Cake: Vanilla / Invitations & Stationery: Cake Ink / Photo Booth: Instabooth / Spray Tan: SprayAus