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What is Polka Dot Bride without our Inspired Weddings?! Each showcasing couples individuality, their spin on a what a wedding is and showcasing their unique love for one another. We love to publish these amazing days – but there are always a few that stick in our memory bank! So here they are for 2019! The ones we couldn’t quite get out of our heads…and you’ll remember why too!!

Photography by Alex Giles Photography

ALICIA AND SAM’S RUSTIC AND ELEGANT FARM WEDDING IN WOODSIDE PARK, TAS

Set amongst the sweeping plains of their sixth generation farming property in Tasmania, Alicia and Sam tied the knot in front of close family and friends. The rustic setting provided a relaxed and comfortable vibe for guests to enjoy as Event Avenue thought out every detail. Some camped on the property and others came only for the party, however everyone was excited as the budding love birds devoted their love to each other! 

Photography by Kas Richards

EMILY & COREY’S BRIGHT AND CHIC MELBOURNE CBD WEDDING

A 38 degree day in March, in Melbourne, is certainly not what this gorgeous couple expected on their Autumn wedding day! However, they embraced the heat to say ‘I do’ in a special ceremony. Bride Emily shares all the details and Melbourne moments that were captured by talent, photographer Kas Richards. She even breaks all the rules to let us in on their best kept secret…

Photography by Gemma Clarke Photography

ELISA AND DANIE’S RELAXED AND NATURAL WEDDING IN DENHAM COURT, NSW

From the outset, you can feel the love between Elisa and Danie! Their day surrounded by lush farmland is the perfect backdrop to their stunning white dresses and bridesmaids in deep burgundy. Family was at the centre of their day, as Gemma Clarke Photography seamlessly caught all the special moments at Ottimo HouseElisa is sharing their day with us, as the self-confessed ‘wordsmith’ of the relationship!

Photography by Tori and Sal Photography

PENNY & HUGH’S UNIQUE WAREHOUSE WEDDING, FEATURING THAT BRIDAL JUMPSUIT

For a couple who were as relaxed as they were awesome, Penny and Hugh used the back streets of Melbourne to their fullest and in an ultra Melbourne ceremony and reception, the tall ceiling of Two Ton Max provided the backdrop. It’s no accident we’ve also featured this sensational wedding for our first week of The Suit Issue as we can’t look past the eye-catching jumpsuit that adorned Penny for the day. Luckily, they entrusted Sally of Tori and Sal Photography to capture the laughter, love and positive vibes! Bride Penny shares their day and all the moments in between.

Photography by Grace Wriggles

TYLA & BEN’S SWEET AND SMILE FILLED WEDDING

The look of love and pure happiness is something that always tugs on the heart strings! This gorgeous couple emanated both of those things as they smiled and laughed through their glamorous Gabbinbar Homestead wedding. Filled with DIY elements and an overall simplicity, Grace Wriggles captured the beauty of the day perfectly. Their day centred around the two of them as a couple and finished with a bit of fun on the dance floor! The gorgeous Bride Tyla shares everything from how they met to the planning of their special day!

Photography by Jerome Cole Photography 

TARO & TANYA’S ELEGANT & FUN BLACK TIE MELBOURNE WEDDING

Taro & Tanya’s romance was born at work for Tanya and Taro who chose an elegant, sophisticated black tie wedding in Melbourne for their nuptials. The dashing couple admit they wanted music to be a highlight of the day as they took to the dance floor with their friends and family! Filled with so much beauty from the incredible dress of the bride to the dapper suit worn by the groom, hints of rose and subtle pinks adorned the flowers and cake. Tanya shares the details of their glamorous day as Jerome Cole Photography captured the moments that matter!

Photography by Leo Farrell.

AMBER & JACK’S COLOURFUL RUSTIC WEDDING AT HOME IN CASTLEMAINE

Their fairytale began 7 years ago and in six short months, they exchanged vows at Jack’s home town of Castlemaine. Choosing to show off everything local, they enlisted the help of Will & Jac to plan their dream day. From the rustic, Australiana colour palette to going against the norm and choosing a gold, glittering dress, Amber and Jack enjoyed an unforgettable day with their family and friends. On hand to capture the sparkle and the meaningful moments was photographer Leo Farrell. Amber details their incredible day…

Photography by Daniel Brannan 

CLARE AND BLAKE’S RELAXED MORNINGTON PENINSULA WEDDING

In a culmination of ‘meant to be’ moments and set amongst their favourite coastal walks, this beautiful wedding included a #tinderella meeting and a fairytale ending! Daniel Brannan was there to capture an incredible and special day for Clare and Blake as they said ‘I do’ with their closest family and friends. 

Photography by Blumenthal Photography

NATALIE AND ROB’S MODERN WEDDING AT MELBOURNE’S GLASSHOUSE

With the quintessential Yarra River in Melbourne as a backdrop, Natalie and Rob tell us all about their beautiful nuptials at St Ignatius Church, Richmond. You can’t help but fall for this modern yet classic and understated wedding. Filled with fun, laughter and Indian dancing, Blumenthal Photography was there to capture all of the love on the day.

Photography by Tony Evans Photography

AMY & KIERAN’S RELAXED, QUIRKY AND COLOURFUL MORNINGTON WEDDING

It may have been winter on the Mornington Peninsula when Amie and Kieran said ‘I do’ but there was nothing drab and dreary about this colourful wedding! The sun was shining as Tony Evans Photography was chosen to document the day and the couple threw tradition out the window as they opted for a wedding their way. The Bride even chose an incredible ruby red and sparkly dress! Their immense love for each other shines through the day and there is an underlying feeling of fun throughout. Oh to have been a fly on the wall for this fabulous occasion! The Bride Amie is sharing their story and all of the behind the scenes info on their quirky and colourful wedding day. 

Kiarnee & Robert

The day may have brought a few showers, however the atmosphere and feeling at this beautiful wedding was only one of love and pure joy for the happy couple! The pair chose vendors whom they loved and appreciated – and of course, were only too happy that the day revolved around their close knit family and friends. The Bride, shares the stunning details of their day which was captured by Jessica Rose Photography.

We met at Ritchie’s supermarket, where we had both worked together for a number of years. We started to become friends before later on beginning our relationship.

Robert and I had been together for 6 years when we travelled to Thailand for a getaway. Little did I know, he was planning on popping the question. He organised a private beach front dinner on the sand with delicious traditional Thai cuisine. After dinner he organised a bottle of Prosecco to be brought out as he was about to propose. He got on one knee and asked me to be his wife!!! I started crying and of course, said YES.

And then the planning began! We started researching venues and couldn’t go past Farm Vigano, set out on 16 acres in South Morang, offering beautiful gardens, friendly staff and most importantly, incredible Italian food!!! We loved the idea of share plates on the table, where our guests could pick and choose what they wanted! Suzie and the team were amazing to deal with throughout the whole process.

When it came to dress shopping, I only went to 2 different stores. I couldn’t go past Fairytales Bridal, they truly know what they are talking about and helped me to pick out the perfect gown for our special day.

Now we had locked in the venue and date, it was time to jump onto the next 3 most important vendors to make sure we got who we wanted! We picked the incredibly talented Jessica from Jessica Rose Photography as our Photographer and we could not have made a better choice – she is full of energy!! She captured our day better then we could have ever imagined.

We knew we wanted a videography and knew we wanted to go with Rachel from Rachel Mary Films based on the Mornington Peninsula. We love her style and point of difference when she was filming our special day.

When it came to celebrants, this was a super important choice for us as it is the whole reason you are there – to get married! We picked Danielle from Danielle Emily Weddings, and WOW!!! Danielle sent us a questionnaire to find out more about our relationship, which from there she wrote our ceremony.

She honestly could not have done a better job! She was extremely friendly, bubbly and professional throughout the whole process. On the day she did an amazing job, telling our story and making sure it wasn’t to serious and definitely filled with love!

Then I knew I wanted Monique (a family friend) who runs The Bloom Movement for our flowers. She did a fabulous job and the colours were perfect, soft and vibrant.

I walked down the aisle to “I Get To Love You” by Ruele. It’s a beautiful song that gave us that exciting feeling, so we knew it was the one.

The details were all about family. I was lucky to have my two sisters as bridesmaids and my mum also walked down the aisle with my Dad. My dad owns a 1956 FJ Holden and had a good family friend drive Dad and myself to the wedding on the day and another good family friend has a vintage ford and drove my sisters and mum to the wedding.

Robert had one of his brothers and brother in law as his groomsmen. We also had both of our Mums be our witness.

A great detail was having the rest of Roberts siblings, my two aunties and my best friend (who also did a reading) release butterflies for my best friend, Poppy who had passed away. This was a special moment in the ceremony that i will never forget.

Our first dance was to a cover version of ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. This was always one of Robert’s favourite songs and the only one he ever learnt on guitar. It was especially meaningful as for my first birthday as a couple, he recorded himself playing it on the guitar!

I love the photos of everyone enjoying themselves, eating the delicious food or dancing up a storm on the dance floor!

A favourite part of the wedding planning was simply seeing everything come together. There are so many options and ideas that you can do for your wedding day, yet it all comes down to what is the most important to you and your fiancé. At the end of the day, having fun with it and not stressing about the small stuff is the key.

They say your wedding day goes really quick and it really does, so make sure you find the perfect vendors to make your day extra memorable and special!

Ms Zebra Says: Sending the happy couple the biggest congratulations – and all the very best for a long and happy future together! 

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Nathalie & Ben

A beautiful setting combined with a wonderful couple makes for one amazing wedding! Nathalie and Ben chose the backdrop of Margan Wines – and even in the height of winter, the sun shone and the beauty of the day was palpable. The couple chose Keegan Cronin to capture the moments of bliss – even deciding to have a shoot pre-wedding. The gorgeous Bride shares the details of their incredible day!

Ben and I met through Tinder just under five years ago. In some ways we are a case of opposites attract. I’m really outgoing and social and Ben is quieter and shy, meaning we balance each other out nicely. We’re both very adventurous souls though who love early mornings, the great outdoors and travel.

We started planning our wedding just weeks after getting engaged in winter of 2018 during a holiday to Tasmania. We were both set on tying the knot in The Hunter Valley and we quickly locked in one of our favourite vineyards; the gorgeous Margan Wines in Broke. This was an easy choice for us. We just love everything about Margan from the rugged natural setting with the Brokenback Mountain Range and vines to the scrumptious food and wines served in their hatted restaurant.

We chose our wedding date, August 24 2019, based around the availability of our incredible photographer, Keegan Cronin. We were really blown away by his gorgeous natural, documentary style photography. When we met him in person we were thrilled to discover he had the personality to match, which was great because you certainly spend a lot of your with your photographer.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fit for our day and we were so pleased with the quality of the images and the precious moments and memories he captured for us.

After choosing these two big ticket items, I knew it was time to start looking for my dress. I didn’t have much luck around my home town of Newcastle, but about an hour’s south on The Central Coast I found my dream bridal boutique, Final Touch Bridal.

It’s one of those very personal boutiques where every single dress is hand picked and stunning. The owner Nicole was so supportive and kind as I tried on a whole variety of gowns. I decided on low back, lace fit and flare dress by Demetrios and matched with a soft, romantic cathedral veil.

My dress needed a fair bit of altering and I was lucky enough to find Kate Wooden’s Alterations on The Central Coast. Kate was a real character and very talented at what she does. A fun fact is she listens to romance novels while she sews/alters wedding dresses! Talk about setting the scene!

Ben wore a suit from Oxford. He asked me to join him whilst suit shopping because he was really unsure about where to start. We actually found his navy Oxford suit the very first day we set out shopping for it. He went and purchased a cute bow tie later on to complete his look. Ben’s groomsmen had the same navy blazers, but wore chinos for a more casual look.

Ben and I got ready for the wedding at separate estates in Broke. My bridesmaids and I had a really relaxed morning getting pampered at Talits Estate by our incredible makeup artist Emma Wakely and hairdresser Michelle Jackson.

Talits Estate was also where Ben and I did our ‘First Look’ photo session with Keegan before the ceremony. We chose to do this for a few reasons. Not only did it make us more relaxed for the ceremony, but it allowed us to have a photo session before we were with our guests. Being winter, we were also worried about the light fading fast after our afternoon ceremony.

Our celebrant was Julie Muir. She’s a beautiful charismatic Irish woman who told our love story so with much sincerity, charm and humour. We also wrote our own vows. It was so moving to hear each other’s heartfelt vows for the first time on the day. It was really emotional for both of us and for our guests. It’s a moment in time I will cherish forever and a clear highlight of the day for us.

We had the poem ‘The Art of Marriage’ by Wilferd Peterson…the words really spoke to us about what marriage means and how to have a beautiful one.

When it came to music for our ceremony, I was so very lucky to have my extremely talented cousin Elyssa Faith play guitar and sing for us. We chose “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer played on guitar and sung by Elyssa Faith. It set such a soft and romantic mood for the ceremony.

My four bridesmaids wore seaweed green Shona Joy dresses, two in a high neck style and two in a lower cut cocktail style.

Ben’s Mum’s friend Liz O’Toole is really talented florist, so she did all the flowers for our big day. I gave her the brief of native flowers with pops of pink and white and she totally nailed it. My favourite element was the stunning native flower arrangement on our arbour. This was made even sweeter by the fact that Ben’s dad made the gorgeous wooden arbour himself by hand.

Our ceremony was followed by canapés and drinks under the fairy lights in the courtyard before entering the reception in Margan’s stunning barrel room. I adore this room which has so much character on its own. We added some subtle touches including fairy lights by Events to Impress and native green leaves with twinkling lights down the centre of the tables.

When it came to the design and finer touches for our wedding, everything to do with stationary and signage was created by extremely talented friend of mine (who was also one of my bridesmaids). She’s a graphic designer and the owner of Wish Boutique Stationary. She kept the theme of my favourite colour (deep green) going throughout. She designed our invitations, welcome and seating signage, guest book and our gorgeous laser cut wooden table place names.

The reception truly flew by. The food and wine by Margan was exceptional. Many smiles and tears were brought about by the speeches and the dancing was set to the tunes of our Silent Shout DJ. Instead of a traditional cake we chose to have a cheese wheel cake by The Essential Ingredient which was served with house made lavosh, dried fruits and Margan wines – heaven!

My gym has a dance studio attached so we decided to get one of the dance teachers to teach us a simple wedding dance. We had so much fun learning it – mainly because we laughed our way through it every time we stuffed it up (which was a lot).

We did a simple and romantic dance to Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea…and we managed to pull it off, just! We ended the night with a spectacular sparkler send off. Everyone said that our big day would pass by too fast, and they were right. I did try to soak up every precious moment, but I really wasn’t ready for it to end.

When planning a wedding, I truly believe you should keep in mind that there are no rules. There are only a few words needed to make your marriage official, the rest is up to you and your spouse, so make it totally YOU!

I didn’t wear a garter, toss a bouquet or have a traditional wedding cake, simply because none of those things clicked for me. All we wanted was a meaningful and heartfelt ceremony that celebrated our love and commitment to each other while being surrounded by our closest family and friends followed by a feast of delicious food and wine, so that’s exactly what we did!

Ms Zebra Says: Congratulations to this gorgeous couple – you made the day look effortless and beautiful! Find their inspired honeymoon to the Maldives here

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  • Bride's Shoes
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  • Wish Boutique Stationary