Talia & Peter’s Wedding at The Farm Yarra Valley

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Talia & Peter

Country vibes are some of our very favourites. There is nothing like the crisp country air and rolling hills to set the scene for something a little special. For Talia and Peter, the day was true to who they were. Their rock and roll loving personalities allowing them to don a dapper black and white suit, a leather jacket and take to the dance floor to INXS. And it’s this difference, this that is “them” that always makes us love to tell your tales.

Alex Stevens captured every moment, for the pair who met on a few fun nights out, becoming inseperable before Peter popped the question on a romantic trip to Byron Bay.

The groom dressed in black and white pieces “The perfect statement piece for Peter’s personality” notes Talia.

Talia was lucky enough that her mother made her wedding gown! She explains “My dress was based on a well-loved, classic style made by my mum who specialises in couture, perfect for this occasion. As soon as I tried it on, I knew she knew it was perfect.”

“We chose the Farm Yarra Valley for our wedding” tells Talia. “It had the perfect relaxed vibe we wanted, the atmosphere was great, and rain, hail or shine we knew it would be perfect.”

Forget-Me-Not-Floret styled simple and beautiful floral details for the day, the bride sharing “The flowers consisted of a lot of greenery and white flowers, with my bouquet picking up some of the burgundy feature colour.”

The bride walked down the aisle, on the arm of her father, to the Foo Fighter’s “Everlong”.

The couple wanted a relaxed ceremony, choosing Chris Johnson to make it official. “Our ceremony remained very simple, and was just what we were after, our music choices reflected our relationship and our celebrant made sure the moment was perfect.”

The newlyweds enjoyed the sunshine as they had their photos taken, noting of their photographer “Alex was so friendly and fun to have alongside for the day, she stayed stealth while ensuring to catch the event perfectly. Her communication was great, and nothing was too much trouble.”

The newlyweds took to the dance floor to INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart”. Talia remembering “The song is a classic love song true to our music taste and love story.”

A big congratulations to you both Talia and Peter! Thank you for allowing us to share the stories of your day! Thank you also to Alex Stevens for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Alex Stevens / Bride's Dress: Custom Made by The Bride's Mother / Bride's Jacket: Wheels and Doll Baby / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom Made by The Bride's Mother / Flowers: Forget-Me-Not-Floret / Venue: The Farm Yarra Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Chris Johnson / Wedding Cake: Renate Elise Designer Cakes
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Berta Athens Wedding Gown Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


If there ever was a design house that nailed amazing, dramatic wedding gowns, then you can bet Berta would be it. Alluring, sensual silhouettes that culminate in statement trains, breathtaking beading and lace applique that is beautifully thought through. Ethereal fabrics that glow, shimmer and almost take flight with the wearer’s movements and skirts, sleeves and necklines that are elegantly considered. This designer is not for the faint of heart.

The brand new Berta collection for Fall Winter 2019 embodied the beauty of Athens. The very location the collection was captured, complementing the grand luxury of the collection, embracing the (in the designer’s words) “authenticity and vividness of the city”.

While filled with the signature tailored Berta silhouette, the pieces are taken to a brand new level with detachable accessories – flowing capes, beautiful sheer jackets, bolero and collars all allowing brides to be to create distinctly different looks on their wedding day, in the chicest of style.

The team remarking “This collection is for that bride searching for her fairy tale dream dress with a fit so flawless – she will look effortless.”

Berta  is available in Australia at Brides by Francesca and Raffaele Cuica.


Photographer: Dudi Hasson / Gowns: Berta / Hairstylist: Adir Jacob / Makeup Artist: Eran Pal / Jewellery: Efrat Cassouto / Model: Lorena Rae

The Engagement Issue – Win A Book Pack!

by | Blog News, Bride, Competitions


I think reading might be just about my favourite thing ever (apart from weddings) s I am over the moon to kick off the first giveaway of the Engagement Issue with two absolutely beautiful books for you to take home!

We are so lucky to have tow beautiful books, that are not only beautiful additions to your newly engaged status on your coffee table, but that is also set to inspire you in your own adventures. Because engagements mark the beginning of something exciting and new, and these two will pack your mind full of possibilities.

First up, we have a copy of the stunningly photographed, Places We Swim. by author Caroline Clements and her photographer partner Dillon Seitchik-Reardon. This one? it’s a must for any sun lovers because it is packed with the most beautiful imagery of amazing swimming spots around Australia.

The dup spent a year together, travelling around the country in a Landcruiser and campervan exploring the best and most beautiful swimming spots testing each and everyone to make sure they were worthy of your summer days.

And the book isn’t just pretty to look at. Each spot is accompanied by a full write up and all the info you need (from whether your dog is allowed, to water temperature and opening hours) to make sure your dip is as enjoyable as it should be. We were even lucky enough to have Caroline share her favourite waterside proposal spots this month!

Next up, something for the home, seeing as building a home together (even if you’ve already begun long ago!) is one of our favourite things to do. “The Meaning Of Home” is written by Australian interior designer Bronnie Masefau who has five books under her belt and 25 years of designing beautiful homes.

So to say she knows something about how to make four walls a home is somewhat of an understatement. “The Meaning Of Home” takes every space of a home and explores how to make them feel like home. From tips and tricks to beautiful imagery, to tips and tricks about how to live a life (and even a business) with passion, all from someone who has done it all before.

If you’re stuck on decorating your home in a way that looks not just beautiful but is personal to you, then this book is a brilliant guide to navigating it in a way that makes you fall in love with your space, because it’s truly reflective of you.

Two beautiful books and one very lucky winner!

The Prize:

How to Enter:


Win The Engagement Issue Book Pack


Terms and conditions

  • The winner will be chosen by and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup.
  • The competition is open to Australian residents only. Shipping address must be within Australia.
  • If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
  • This prize is not redeemable for cash.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner.
  • No late entries will be considered.
  • The total value of the prize is AU$88
  • The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
  • The entrant must be over 18 years of age.
  • This competition closes February 25th 2019 at 5pm AEST.

Vendor of the Week – GWM Wedding

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We are so ready for another jam-packed week of weddings!

Are you all set for the last month of Summer? Perhaps you’re having a Summer wedding? With temperatures soaring –  what have you provided for your guests to help them keep cool? Our vendors will be able to help you with ideas, so take a look at our Polka Dot Directory – it will be hard to choose! We have Bridesmaid Gowns, we have Flowers, we have Venues and Jewellery – we even have Wedding Planners and Bridal Gown Services! Our vendors are happy to chat with you about your wedding day.

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

There is no feeling like it – you step out from behind the closed doors and walk up the aisle in your dream gown. Everything about it is ‘you’ – the fabric, the right amount of lace and beading, the cut and the fit. At GWM Wedding the team works hard to ensure that your perfect gown – whether it is from their ready to wear collection or a custom made gown, is elegant and delivers the experience and wedding day moments that you will cherish for the rest of your life. From classic styles with a twist, to fitted gowns with daring illusion of lace placed just so, your perfect gown awaits at this Hawthorn, Victoria boutique.

We asked Ines of GWM Wedding five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?
Catching a drink after work with our colleagues.

Favourite weekend getaway?
A small camping trip to the Dandenong ranges national park with our dogs.

What is your most prized possession?
Our rights.

Favourite restaurant?
Radio Mexico in St Kilda. They have the most amazing Mexican food and they have 2 for 1 Margarita Monday!

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?
Making dreams come true. When a bride finds the perfect dress, seeing the expression in her face is the best feeling you can get as a bridal assistant.

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