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Jessie & Johnnie’s Sparkly Sydney Destination Wedding

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


Jessie & Johnnie

If there ever was a wedding that the phrase “having a moment” should apply to, it might just be to the wedding of Jessie & Johnnie. The pair, who flew all the way from Los Angeles to marry, somehow, despite Mother Nature pouring down with rain, managed the most sparkly Sydney wedding.

Beautifully captured by Tealily Photography, it was all about celebrating the beautiful city – the Sydney Harbour Bridge making a striking backdrop, even with grey skies.

The happy couple met one New Years Eve, the bride remembering “Johnnie and I met at the 2012/2013 New Year’s Eve party of two mutual friends of ours. We got to chatting about Brazil and Brazilian music, specifically Sergio Mendes. We instantly hit it off chatting about samba and drinking glass after glass (after glass) of champagne and ended up being each other’s midnight kiss. One year later, we went on our first date to a Sergio Mendes concert. And then, we went backstage to hang with the band after the show because Johnnie is a total boss.”


Jessie chose a sparkling  BHLDN gown in a stunning champagne hue, complete with sequins.

The couple met before the ceremony for a first look.

 Married By Lisa officiated proceedings, Jessie remarking “The ceremony was so special because we both felt like we were in an empty room just saying these wonderful things to each other. It was like in movies when the people and surroundings just melt away and it’s just you and your partner and nothing else. And then we kissed. It was magical.”

“My mother made this gorgeous iridescent blue table runner. It fit the room perfectly and added a beautiful contrast to those deep blooms on the table.” tells the bride.

Blooms by Bethan created the lush floral styling, Jessie noting “In the US it is considered lucky to get married in June. Since most June brides enjoy the abundance of summer blooms, I wanted to create that effect but with the Australian winter season in mind. Instead of bright summer colours, we embraced deep jewel tones—burgundy and teal, with pops of gold. Featuring the Sydney Skyline against that beautiful grey winter sky was also key, so floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the Opera House were a must-have.”

Jessie remarks “Everyone we hired was so professional, nice, and did excellent work!”

Jessie notes “For us, marriage is about a partnership. We are equal investors in our future, emotionally and financially. We celebrate each other’s successes together and lament our failures together because what’s his is mine and what’s mine is his. We save together, spend together, and make those decisions together so that win or lose, we go through it together. We are equally committed to working through the arguments, big or small. We are also (mostly) equally committed to doing the dishes and taking out the trash because 10, 20, and 30 years from now we’ll still be doing that stuff too.

We are planning for the next 50+ years. What we’re doing, the conversations we’re having, the decisions we’re making, the places we’re going—all of those things are going to play a role in our future, so we’re doing them all together. Otherwise, what’s the point, right? Our goal is to be partners in every way because we are truly stronger together.”

A big congratulations on your beautiful day Jessie and Johnnie! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. Thank you also to Tealily Photography for sharing today’s beautiful images.

Photographer: Tealily Photography / Bride's Dress: BHLDN / Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Groom's Attire: Theory / Groom's Attire: Ted Baker / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom's Attire: Banana Republic / Makeup Artist: Veronika Meroira / Ceremony Officiant: Married By Lisa / Flowers: Blooms by Bethan / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Venue: Park Hyatt Sydney / Band: Mimosa Duo
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Creative Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes

by | Bride, Cakes


In our month of everything cake, we wanted to give a little ode to our most favourite of alternatives the cheese wheel wedding cake.

As avid cheese fiends, we completely understand that sometimes sweetness just isn’t for everyone and sometimes, all you want and need is a great piece of amazing cheese. I have to admit, this has been one of my favourite inventions in recent years and today, we’ve rounded up plenty of our favourites to inspire your own very cheesy cake. Click on through to check it out.

Ethereal Flower Filled Bridal Style

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot


It was against an industrial white canvas that today’s team took their floral dreams and brought them to life.

With photographer Natasha Pawlowski and floral designer Millicent Green, model Celine Benham, dressed by Harriette Gordon stood in front of an incredible floral backdrop – her glowing makeup by  Chloe of Cat Elizabeth Artistry and her dreamy, relaxed hairstyles by  Sherilyn Tiffany. Adorned with flowers by Aggie & Lola she took on a relaxed, vintage vibe. Blooms in rust browns, golds, pinks and deep reds adding a vibe of yesteryear as our model cast her shadow.

Photographer Natasha telling of the team’s inspiration. “The inspiration for the shoot was after seeing a vintage Vogue Bridal cover. I loved how delicate and ethereal it was, with the flower crown and veil. We decided not to use a veil to really show off Simone’s amazing flowers crowns. I love how this amazing team came together to create a beautiful palette of colours and textures, from the flowers, the stunning bridal gowns to the makeup and hair.”

Photographer: Natasha Pawlowski / Bride's Dress: Harriette Gordon / Model: Celine Benham / Makeup Artist: Chloe of Cat Elizabeth Artistry / Hairstylist: Sherilyn Tiffany / Flowers: Millicent Green / Bride's Hairpiece: Aggie & Lola

Vendor of the Week – Yarra Valley Lodge

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It’s that time of year when the Autumn leaves are out and we’re dying to crunch some leaves!

We love country weddings, weddings by the sea and city weddings. Wherever you choose to have your day, we have so many vendors who will be able to accommodate your wishes – and our vendors love to travel. Take a look in the Polka Dot Directory  – we’re sure you’ll love who you find. We have Flowers, we have Catering, we have Entertainment and Menswear – we even have Stationery & Paper Goods and Wedding Planners! It will be difficult to choose who you love the most!

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

Photo one & three by Will Chao

The Yarra Valley is a stunning area outside Melbourne and with its gardens and rolling green hills Yarra Valley Lodge is right up there with the best this region has to offer.  With access to a golf course, spa and exquisite scenery, your guests will be able to enjoy pre-ceremony drinks from the bar and the abundance of fresh regional produce in Bella Restaurant at the reception. And with a luxury boutique hotel and lodge on site, you could make a weekend of your wedding – and give your guests a mini holiday.

We asked Silika of Yarra Valley Lodge questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

Getting cosy in bed early with a great book and a cup of hot chamomile tea (that’s Mon-Wed, Thursday onwards is sofa + movie + good Yarra Valley wine :))

Favourite weekend getaway?

Yarra Valley is the PERFECT weekend getaway locale. There is nothing quite like spending 48 hours perusing around the region doing cellar door wine tasting and tours (including Four Pillars Gin which does a cracking Gin Masterclass sesh), getting our cultural on at the Tarrawarra Museum and of course, dining at Bella Restaurant, the food here is locally sourced (grown and handpicked in our restaurant garden) and finish off the weekend with a hit of golf at the Heritage Golf Course next door to the Yarra Valley Lodge.

What is your most prized possession?

My Children!

Favourite restaurant?

Bella Restaurant – Yarra Valley Lodge

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

Creating the best day of a couple’s life is a pretty extraordinary role!


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