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Image by Fox & Kin via Alex & Chris’ Autumnal Wedding In The Southern Highlands

We must confess that we (the Polka Dot team) absolutely adore autumn weddings. It’s not just that soft afternoon sunshine that is ideal for wedding photos, but it’s the feel-good, cosy moments that this season brings too. Today we have rounded up five of our favourite autumn weddings that have stolen our hearts. Pop on the kettle and get ready to be inspired by these five unique weddings that have a couple of special things in common – they are each a celebration of young love and of all things autumn.

Image by Someday Somewhere Photography via Cherie & Shawn’s Autumnal Marybrooke Manor Wedding

The romance of Cherie and Shawn’s Autumnal Marybrooke Manor wedding captured by Someday Somewhere Photography highlights the beautiful fiery ambiance of the season – bouquets of zesty orange and marsala complemented by the scattering of autumn leaves and of course, all tied up with the most beautiful bow that is the love story of Cherie & Shawn. Read more here… 

Image by Fox & Kin via Alex & Chris’ Autumnal Wedding In The Southern Highlands

Weddings like Alex and Chris’ stunning autumnal wedding in the Southern Highlands are proof that there is so much beauty to this season, and that is something that can’t go uncelebrated. Captured beautifully by Fox & Kin, the couple chose elements of their day to reflect the autumnal hues of the Southern Highlands. Beautiful peachy pink and raisin bouquets, deep dark greenery and cozy, warmth wove their way through every aspect of the day. It was indeed a day of autumn splendour. Read more here…

Image by All Grown Up Weddings via Monica and Samuel’s Elegant Autumnal Gallery Wedding in Canberra

Monica and Samuel’s Autumn Gallery wedding in Canberra made the most of the special autumn glow – right down to the golden ribbon that bound the bride’s bouquet. All Grown Up Weddings was in charge of capturing this special day. Read more here… 

Image by Louisa Bailey via Pip & Brendan’s Stones of the Yarra Valley Autumn wedding

Rich rusty toned leaves, deep grey skies and the cosiness of candlelight and fires – is it any wonder we adore Autumn? These very elements set the scene for this stunning Stones Of The Yarra Valley autumn wedding of Pip and Brendan captured by Louisa Bailey. With the bride’s brief of an indoor Autumnal forest with plenty, and I mean plenty of foliage, the scene was set. Read more here…

Image by Kylie Knight via Deb and Tim’s Elegant Autumnal Wedding

When we first saw the magnificent red gown of today’s bride, we were already smitten, but combining that deep marsala tone with beautiful Autumnal colours? That calls for a celebration! Captured by Kylie Knight this elegant autumnal wedding makes the most of the glorious golden city sunset and Mother Nature’s backdrop to celebrate this very special union.

Getting married in autumn? We hope you are filled with inspiration after diving into these awesome autumn weddings with us today.

Colourful Melbourne Rooftop Wedding - Polka Dot Bride

Elegant and simple – yet colourful was what Maddy and Sam’s wedding day was all about. Celebrated on the deck at Circa, The Prince, many elements included were by the creative and talented Maddy. Personalised elements showed their love for the family and friends who shared the day with them – as the bride imparts a little wisdom about planning a wedding!

Make sure you take 20 minutes to go and be together as husband and wife and take it all in. The day goes so quickly and you are so busy talking to all your guests that you can forget why you’re actually there. The main thing is to have fun, enjoy the day, enjoy the process and try not to stress too much. Thats what bridesmaids and groomsmen are for!

Colourful Melbourne Rooftop Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Colourful Melbourne Rooftop Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Colourful Melbourne Rooftop Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Colourful Melbourne Rooftop Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Colourful Melbourne Rooftop Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Colourful Melbourne Rooftop Wedding - Polka Dot Bride

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Natalie & Rob

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.

Nat tells their story… We met at the tender age of 18 during high school at a party. Celebrated many milestones together – turning 21, travelling overseas and graduating from uni.

Of finding a dress, Nat explains the Pronovias Dante dress was one of the first I tried on. I continued looking, however I always gravitated back to that one! It was a figure hugging, off the shoulder dress. It was simple but beautiful and had intricate beading with a long train. It suited my hourglass figure perfectly. I decided to change the straps during the reception so I could dance the night away! My veil was also beautiful and very long with lace detail.

The Groom, Rob wore a classic black (and blue) tux with vest. He wanted something a bit different but not too out there, so opted for black and blue.

My favourite colour is purple and so my bridesmaid’s dresses were Lilac, which also worked with a Spring Wedding! I had 3 bridesmaids and I wanted all the dresses to be different to suit their personalities and body shapes, we purchased these online from Shona Joy.

Finding a wedding venue took as a while, we love to travel and drink wine and were torn between having a winery wedding and one in Melbourne. In the end we visited Glasshouse and once we did, there was no turning back. Glasshouse organized nearly everything. Although we brought in some of our own decorations, like a picture book, guest book sign and spirits to be served.

We really wanted to have a relaxed but fun wedding, we figured having both locations in the same area would allow for ease for most people (a lot of my family is from Sydney too) and then could just relax at a bar during the break before reception.

We also knew we wanted to get married at St Ignatius in Richmond, it was where Rob’s grandparents were married and unfortunately are not alive today so it was a very special church for us. Finding a priest was a bit tricky but we knew who we wanted and he was calm and made us feel at home plus went a bit rogue and went around asking our family and friends for advice for us during the ceremony!

I really wanted to make sure to include our families and close friends. Those that we couldn’t have in our bridal party all had a special reading or something to feel included in the day.

Our ceremony was beautiful, I was extremely nervous about being the centre of attention and being able to walk down the aisle without falling over (its a very long aisle!) at St Ignatius! Once I saw Rob though, everything was okay. I wasn’t worried, I wasn’t stressed, I was happy. We selected a few different readings from the bible for our ceremony. One from Tobit 8 4b-8 in the Old Testament which discusses wanting a wife for a true partner and wanting to grow to an old age together.

The Second reading was from Ephesians 5:2a, 21-33, a similar version to the typical “love is kind” however it discusses committing whole heartedly to one another, being thankful for each other’s love, being honest, and happy together.

I walked down the aisle to: Can’t help falling in love, instrumental song.

My sister was Maid of Honour, my cousin was bridesmaid and my best friend was also a bridesmaid. Robs best friend was best man, his brother groomsmen and another good friend as well. My brother was MC for the night!

We looked for florists but we went with Thrive Flowers they were awesome and one of the only ones I saw who I didn’t feel was trying to make my vision into something they wanted (or make me pay more!!). We chose classic white and green flowers., with touches of lilac in the freesias for the bouquets to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. We used big flowers for the reception.

Our photographer was chosen from a recommendation by our venue – we went with Blumenthal Photography. Silvio was great, calm and we didn’t feel on display or on show at any point of the day! They also have 2 photographers without an extra cost, so there is no rushing in the morning to attend both the Bride and Grooms house. Plus, there are also a few different angles of the ceremony. Our videographer was These Wild Eyes and Ben produced amazing videos for us – we couldn’t be happier!

For our first dance, we chose Perfect by Ed Sheeran. I absolutely love Ed Sheeran and when we both first heard this song, we loved it. Especially as it talks about falling in love very young and despite that, making it through and looking to what your future will be like together.

One of the favourite parts of the day and most incredible surprise was that my siblings organised a flashmob! All the wedding guests got up and danced together to Jai Ho! We had no idea but loved every minute of it!

We decided not to do any DIY elements for the day, as I am a teacher and not overly creative, but also didn’t have a lot of spare time! However, I loved how all the outfits and flowers came together. Even the coasters we used as bonbonniere’s were a hit – as well as the table names – I really loved pretty much everything! You spend so much time planning and you don’t really know what it will actually look like till the day.

We had a special, after wedding lunch the next day that was for family and overseas and interstate guests. The lunch included guests wearing Indian outfits, but was at an Italian restaurant to incorporate both of our cultures and heritages.

Everyone had a great time! We all especially enjoyed the flash mob my brother and sister organised to Jai Ho.

A favourite photo from the day would probably have to be one of Rob and I with the city skyline in the background!

Planning a wedding is not always champagne, cake and happiness! It takes a lot of time, effort, research and wanting to make everyone else happy especially trying to incorporate the different families as well as traditions of Italian and Indian heritages. But in the end when you see your special person, none of that matters because you made it and you cannot wait to stand in front of all your family and friends and declare your love! Do what makes you happy, you will try and try to make everyone happy but remember it is your day and just enjoy it! It will actually be the best day of your life.

Ms Zebra Says: We wish both Nat and her new husband Rob a lifetime of happiness – and dancing! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.

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  • Ceremony Officiant
  • Fr Chris Monaghan
  • MC
  • Nathan Spence (Brother)