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It’s a special thing that couples share their most important day with Polka Dot Bride Blog and all the gorgeous followers! With that in mind, we can’t help but take the opportunity to thank the gorgeous brides and handsome grooms who share their stories with us! Plus, the incredible photographers who get to capture the day..

We’ve rounded up a few favourites – just to remind us of these special couples we’ve had the pleasure of showcasing in 2018!

Photography by Perla Photography

Harrison & Rebecca’s Intimate Mornington Peninsula Wedding

“Our whirlwind romance began after first meeting at a local cafe. We would spend hours talking about our dreams, passions, experiences and sharing our stories. We were immediately enchanted with one another. From the moment we met, we kept trying to find ways to spend more time together and we fell madly in love.”

Photography by Dan Soderstrom Weddings

Luke and Madeleine’s Relaxed Yarra Valley Farm Wedding

“We met in 2007 through a mutual friend while camping in Echuca. We were paired together to play mixed doubles in the annual Easter tennis tournament. We all went out to the local pub one night, and on the walk home to the caravan park we had our first kiss! The following Easter, I came up to Echuca over Easter with Luke’s family, and have done so for 10 years ever since!”

Photography by Stories With Mel

 Ellie & Tharindu Whitsundays Wedding at Villa Botanica

“Tharindu and I met in High School when we were 15. Four years later we were accepted into the same university to study medicine. We got engaged the year we moved to university, and five years later we finally tied the knot. We were married at Villa Botanica, Airlie Beach, June 25 2018″

Photography by Shevan J Photography

Sarah & Jason’s Moody Winter Wedding in Country Victoria

“It took us 10 years to walk down the aisle and we did it at the same church, on the same day, 45 years after my parents. And five years to the day after Jason proposed. The 26th of August was also perfect because it meant we could have our winter wedding. We knew that we wanted a classic and formal wedding and set the scene with our invites. They were classic black and white with a touch of sparkle. This was the first DIY project of the wedding and I spent hours guillotining all the inserts!”

Photography by Alannah Liddell

Michelle and Scott’s Moody Inner City Perth Wedding

“Scott and I met just over two years ago. I was living in Margaret River in the south west of WA, and he was in Bunbury, a city about an hour away. We bonded over a shared passion for Bruce Springsteen  and the Fremantle Dockers, and our connection was pretty much instant.”

Photography by Samuel Jacob Photography

Katie & Tyler’s Whimsical Hunter Valley Wedding

“My husband Tyler and I got married on the 17th of March, 2018. I was one of those little girls who dreamed about her wedding day… For as long as I can remember, I have been saving photos and gathering inspiration for my very own “big day.” So as soon as my husband proposed, I went into full swing planning! Tyler jokes that it was as easy as me making one phone call and saying “all plans to go ahead!” Thankfully Tyler is incredibly laid back and easy going, so he let me do all the planning.”

Photography by Dan Evans Photography

Ash and Doug’s Rustic McLaren Vale Wedding

“Doug and I met in 2008 on a sticky dance floor in Adelaide whilst on a university pub crawl. After sparks flew we met up the next day and the rest is history! Since finishing study we’ve moved and lived all over Australia and even overseas. Our lives have had a running theme of travel and adventure but our love for each other has always continued to grow despite our sometimes crazy lives!”

Photography by Ryder Evans Photography

Alex and Amanda’s Classic Black Tie Wedding at Catalina, Sydney

“Styled shoot or real wedding? You’d be forgiven for thinking that Alex and Amanda’s black tie wedding in Sydney was a styled shoot from the picture perfect, well, everything… the luxe boat, free-flowing Champagne, Sydney harbour backdrop, classic P Johnson suits, the most darling little flower girls and the stunning couple themselves!”

Photography by Emilia Sala

Sarah and James’ Modern Melbourne Wedding

“Our wedding was relaxed! Happy! And filled with lots of dancing! I hoped the day would be relaxed and it really was. I started the day with a run and James started the day with brunch. We decided not to have formal bridal party photos after the ceremony, but rather enjoyed canapes and drinks with the bridal party where our photographers captured some relaxed photos of us. It gave us all time to relax and really take the day in before the guests arrived for the reception.”

Photography by Zoe McMahon Photography

Emily and Stephen’s Secret Garden Blue Mountains Wedding

“We met four years ago and as it turned out, unknowingly worked for the same company, lived less than a kilometre away from each other and had mutual friends, but it took a dating app to make our worlds collide, and love story to begin.”

Steph & Aaron

The newlyweds sit down together to chat about their stunning and quintessential Melbourne wedding at the Panama Dining Room in September this year. They mused it was chic and intimate with a relaxed vibe, caught on camera by photographer extraordinaire, Dan Soderstrom. The unusually warm day provided the perfect reason for a costume change to head into a night of celebrations with friends and family! 

We met when we were at school as we had mutual friends. However, it wasn’t until the year everyone started turning 21 and we were seeing each other regularly at birthday celebrations that anything blossomed. At one particular party, Aaron made a comment after a few drinks to one of Steph’s friends about how good Steph had been looking recently and it took off from there!

To describe the day, it was chic, Melbourne, relaxed and intimate. The ceremony was small with only 30 of our immediate family and closest friends in attendance. Post the ceremony we were then joined by another 100 family & friends for dinner and dancing.

The beautiful bride Steph says she “refused to go wedding dress shopping (much to the dismay of her Greek mother) and was inspired by the simplicity of Megan Markle’s wedding dresses.” The day after the royal wedding she found and purchased an ivory Roksanda dress on Netaporter. The experience was not ideal to the mother of the bride as she was hoping for the big traditional wedding gown, however it was exactly what the bride wanted.

Due to the unexpected warm weather scheduled for the big day, the bride ended up purchasing a 2nd dress (at 4:00pm the day before) for the party time of the night which was a sequin dress from Veronika Maine.

Keen to keep it simple, the Groom, Aaron wore a navy MJ Bale suit with white shirt & bow tie.

Our bridal party consisted of Steph’s sister, Amanda and two of her oldest friends Tina & Juls. Aaron’s Groomsmen were his best mate Jake and two brothers Dan & Jaddan. The page boy was Steph’s nephew, Henry and flower girl was Steph’s niece Kiara.

We felt the venue didn’t require any additional flowers due to the vast amounts of greenery present, however we wanted to dress the window where we had our ceremony with some blossom (this proved to be a lot harder than you would think) and blush pink roses were used for bouquets & button holes.

Walking down the aisle to ‘Vance Joy – Alone With Me’ the bride made her entrance to the Panama Dining Room in Collingwood. Even better, the venue was chosen based on Steph’s love for the large windows which she first discovered during an episode of the TV show ‘Offspring’.

Our ceremony was a small affair with our families and some of our closest friends. We were going for a very relaxed affair and therefore had no formal readings. Rather, we had Amanda (Steph’s bridesmaid & sister) and Jake (Aaron’s best man) to each share a reflection about the two of us. Vows were very simple and true to us as a couple.

Having a Greek heritage and it being our only bit of Greek tradition, our first dance included the entire reception guest list joining us for the Zorba!

Although we had no DIY elements, Steph’s students made the cake toppers that sat on our wedding cake, which was lovely.

The most special parts of our wedding were Greek dancing, the beautiful and intimate ceremony, good food, drink & company. These were all the truly special things that have stuck with us from the night. For each of us, the morning spent with our families & friends was very important and something we will both remember for ever. We also had Steph’s brothers Matt & Simon say a speech during the reception about the both of us, as they are the two people in the world that know the both of us best as a couple.

Aside from the obvious happiness of getting married, the day was incredibly special to be able to bring all of our different family & friends that we love into the same room and to spend the night with us.

Again it should be about the two of us, but some of our favourite photos are of Steph, Aaron and Henry, our little page boy, in front of the blue brick wall on the street are some of our favourites!

The bridal procession started with Steph’s mum walking with the page boy, Henry and flower girl, Kiara. Once the page boy saw Aaron, he ran to him! They hugged and he demanded Aaron pick him up. Aaron remembers thinking he didn’t want to miss the first moment of Steph when she turned to walk down the aisle. He put Henry down, which Henry very much didn’t appreciate and therefore Henry was handed a piece of cake as bribery which he proceeded to drop and eat off the floor! Talk about a good start!

Our Photographer, Dan Soderstrom is a good friend of Aaron’s from high school and they also spent a year together abroad when first out of school. We loved having Dan a part of the day and night as he created a very relaxed environment during photos which put the both of us very much at ease.

We were extremely lucky and loved every single one of our vendors. Each is special is their own ways to the two of us. Our celebrant, Lara Williams was absolutely amazing as she understood and created the exact vibe that we wanted for our ceremony.

Bride Steph also wants to comment about her amazing glam squad Claire Gourlay for make up and Carmen Vitale for hair. They both made Steph’s morning of the wedding so calm and zen!

The top five things that made our day was definitely, family, friends, dancing, pampering & laughter.

If there’s any advice we can give to future couples, don’t sweat the small stuff when planning your big day! The day itself goes so quick and none of the small stuff means anything.

Photographer: Dan Soderstorm Weddings / Accessories: KITTE / Alterations: MJ Bale / Beverages: Panama Dining Room / Bridal Robes: Piyama / Bride's Dress: Roksanda / Bride's Jewellery: JGS Jewellers / Bride's Reception Dress: Veronika Maine / Bride's Shoes: Dolci Firme / Bridesmaid Accessories: JGS Jewellers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bec and Bridge / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Catering: Panama Dining Room / Ceremony Officiant: Lara Williams / Ceremony Venue: Panama Dining Room / Cufflinks: JGS Jewellers / Dessert Table: Gelato Messina / DJ: Jank Facques / Engagement Ring: JGS Jewellers / Flowergirl's Attire: Bardot Junior / Flowers: Think Blooms / Groom's Shoes: RM Williams / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Shoes: RM Williams / Hairstylist: Carmen Vitale / Makeup Artist: Claire Gourlay / MC: Caitlin Hrambanis / Reception Venue: Panama Dining Room / Invitations & Stationery: Jake Mahoney / Signage: Jake Mahoney / Wedding Cake: Sally Cakes / Wedding Ring: JGS Jewellers / Photo Booth: Wooshka Photobooths

Matt & Erin

The venue search began immediately as Erin said “YES!” after 10 years together, no less on a mountain top mind you! Their day was surrounded by family and friends, and of course their fur baby, Norman. A few minor hiccups on the day (we won’t mention the steamer!) put no dampener on the fun and love that was celebrated on the cliff top at Villa Botanica. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous Whitsundays wedding with us as we wish Matt and Erin a lifetime of happiness together! 

The Risk!

We started our search for a wedding venue the day that we got engaged. Matt took me for a run in the Noosa hinterlands and at the top of the cliff overlooking the water asked me to marry him after nearly 10 years together!

Noosa was the easy option as we love it there and often visit but we wanted to try somewhere different but still have our special day close to the water. Then we found Villa Botanica at Airlie Beach and we quickly contacted them thinking…could this be as good as it seems in the photos? How have we not heard of this place?

We decided to book the venue without seeing it to save on costs and all the way leading up to the wedding we were terrified that it would not be what we hoped! We were certainly not disappointed.

The dress

I flew to Melbourne to check out a dress that I absolutely loved at Suzanne Harwood. It looked terrible on me! But, the team at Suzanne Harward were just amazing and asked me to try on a dress that I would never have picked for myself. I nearly died…it was perfect. I spent the day trying on more dresses at two other bridal boutiques but knew that I’d found the one for me and ended up flying it home to Brisbane with me.

The boys wore classic black tuxedos which added to the pop against the different backdrops. The girls were dressed in Shona Joy. Their nude tones really helped to highlight the delicate French lace detail of my Suzanne Harward dress.

The Style

The style of our wedding was classic and elegant but at the same time we wanted it to be fun! Villa Botanica was the perfect venue. It provided so many beautiful backdrops – from elegant garden’s, desert (via the Cactarium) and of course the water.

We made the decision to have the reception on the sea-deck overlooking the ocean which left us and our guests feeling like we were somewhere in the Mediterranean.

The day

It was the most amazing day to spend marrying the love of my life, surrounded by friends and family. The atmosphere of excitement, fun and love was unforgettable. We have the best support and to share the experience with our friends and family at such a unique location made the day all the more perfect.

It made for a more relaxing and enjoyable time knowing that everyone there was on a mini-holiday. A big requirement for our wedding was that our fur baby, Norman was able to be a part of the day. He made the drive up from Brisbane with us and I couldn’t have imagined such an important day without him there.

Our photographers, All the love in the world, have taken some amazing aerial shots that really show case just how amazing the venue really is. We love Jesse and Mikala who came up from the Sunshine Coast to photograph our day.

The Lessons Learned

We were big on planning and this paid off in terms of bringing all the little touches to the wedding that made it ‘ours’. BUT things do go wrong. Matt’s suit pants split the day of the wedding and the steamer also burst on fire as the boys’ suits were about to be ironed, not the best start to the day! Luckily, no damage was done and crisis was avoided thanks to one of the groomsmen’s secret talent for sewing haha!

Leading up to the day stick with your vision and do what you feels good, not what feels right. On the day, as best you can, just let the stress go, leave the little details, your guests won’t remember them and enjoy the day that you’ve been waiting planning together for!

Photographer: All The Love In The World / Bride's Dress: Suzanne Harward / Makeup Artist: Joanna Luhrs / Venue: Villa Botanica / Signage: Yeah Neon / Flowers: Flower Hut Whitsundays / Wedding Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations