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When you live in Melbourne everyone knows about the Collingwood Children’s Farm. It’s the place to go on the weekends to cuddle the animals and enjoy great food and time out in a country atmosphere – and yet it is only 5 kilometres from the CBD. And as time goes on, we’re all starting to

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When you finally embark on the wedding planning process, one of your first tasks to tackle is figuring out where you want to get married. Easier said than done, right? Chances are, both of you may have already covered the basics such as to which season you’d ideally like the wedding to take place in,

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In a city famous for its many icons such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Sydney also hosts some iconic and historic buildings in which there are venues which are hidden gems. From historic The Tea Room QVB, Gunners’ Barracks and Dunbar House to the more modern, but understated Sergeants’ Mess  and the

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Image by Leah Cruikshank PhotographyOur top three winter wedding trends from Gabbinbar HomesteadYes, it’s true, winter has definitely arrived – but let’s be honest, you won’t hear anyone complaining at Gabbinbar Homestead. Winter weddings at Gabbinbar Homestead are simply magical! There is no sign of Frosty the Snowman around here…it is pure luxury and style.

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Just near the city of Brisbane there is a gem of a place called Victoria Park. Stunning gardens with a parkland ambience, dotted with ancient trees, a golf course and city views that make you pause in your tracks, means that you can lose yourself in the surrounds. An experienced and dedicated team brings your

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Nichel of Taronga Centre

For the Sydney Harbour views and facilities alone, the Taronga Centre would be a wonderful place for a wedding – but add to that the sights and sounds of animals as part of your day and you have a recipe for pure magic. Strolling past the animal enclosures and having an elephant go about its

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Venue: Quay / Image: Linda Truong PhotographyWe are entering the final week of our Black Tie Issue, so far covering our favourite venues in Melbourne and Queensland, and now it’s arguably Australia’s most glamorous city, Sydney’s, turn to take centre stage! Today, we have the event gurus and talented stylists at Form Over Function in the

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Image: Free the Bird Photography / Venue: Gardens House Creative Director of Tommy Collins by Atlantic Group, Tommy McIntosh, has put together a list of his top 10 black tie event venues in Melbourne and the surrounding areas today. We figured an industry legend like Tommy is the go-to guy for the best in venues as

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Image by We Are TwineHaving spent my entire life thinking of the perfect wedding day, finally finding my Prince and to see him go down on a bended knee marked a very momentous shift in my very being! I am the girl who has dreamed of this day since I was old enough to understand

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The George BallroomSo, you’re engaged! Once you’ve announced the exciting news to all your loved ones, celebrated together over maybe more than a couple of glasses of Champagne, you’ll eventually land at one of the first steps of wedding planning: selecting a venue. And because it is Black Tie Month on Polka Dot Bride, we

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Hidden in an alley in Perth is Wolf Lane. You can’t miss it – there’s a wolf painted on the wall. But open the door and you’ll fall straight down the rabbit hole into a space filled with stunning whimsical wall paintings and vintage furniture all built around Granny May’s collectibles. There’s a little bit

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Image supplied by The Bell TowerYou’d be hard-pressed to find a better place in the world to get married than in Perth, Western Australia.Blessed with an amazing climate, stunning scenery, easy accessibility and a world-class blend of fascinating heritage and modern innovation, Perth offers couples a huge range of exceptional wedding locations.  But some are

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What a history this beautiful building has had. Rising from the ashes and wearing its history proudly with with the charred marks from its past featured in carefully thought out renovations, The Guildford Hotel nevertheless carries its modern touches with ease. A feast for the eyes if you love atmosphere, the Vaudeville Room, and the

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Wandering through peaceful gardens has to be one of life’s great pleasures. Eden Gardens has been designed as a pleasure garden full of nooks and crannies, different ‘rooms’ with water gardens, an orangery and even a woodland garden – to name just a few of its many lovely features. What a perfect place for a

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We sat down with Karinda Mathison, a superstar wedding coordinator, at Showtime Events to find out what inspires her creatively. Here’s what she had to say… How do you express your creative style in your work? Working for two “blank canvas” venues really give you the freedom to continuously reinvent the feel and look of each

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