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Polka Dot Gift Guide – Couples & Newlyweds

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Our final gift guide is a special one – it’s for those sparkly newly engaged couples and the newlyweds. There is a sense of new adventure when life milestones like these occur and our gift guides today are all about embracing it.

From fun pieces that will be treasured forever, to whimsical details that will make life just a little more interesting, special tokens to document new adventures and tools to enjoy it all; scroll on through our guides, complete with links!

 

The Wedding Nest Bigola Pendant

Hand & Design Grid Mood Board

Snug Studio Cloud Breadboard

Hunting For George Oh The Places You’ll Go Print

Kate Spade Two of A Kind Cocktail Shaker

Copper & Cross Handcrafted Wall Hanging

The Wedding Nest Piper Clock

Anthropologie Charade Dipsticks

Paper Sushi Home Custom Recipe Box

Gearheart Industry Custom BBQ Brand

PCBHome Good Morning Mugs

Uncommon Goods Personalised World Map

Tims Tagworks Adventure Luggage Tag

Monocle The Monocle Guide To Better Living

BHLDN Anniversary Wine Box

Happy Mail Boutique Personalised Christmas Ornament

Dust & Things Custom Keepsake Box

The Wedding Nest Portofino Picnic Basket

Le Creuset French Oven

The All-New Cocktail Hour Book by André Darlington & Tenaya Darlington

Minted Custom Printed Recipe

Blush 5 Piece Bar Set

BHLDN Wedding Lingo Flashcards

Anthropologie Decorative Globe

Fuji Instax SQ10 Camera

Shop Always Rooney Passport Holder

Kate Spade Two Of A Kind Decanter

Quarto Modern Time Capsule Kit

I Love Linen Linen Bed Sheets

StoryCapsule Custom Memory Film

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Intimate Snow-Filled Wedding Editorial On Lake Mountain

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,

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It is so very rare that we get to celebrate snow here in Australia, so the endless white of today’s intimate snow-filled wedding editorial on Lake Mountain is pretty much a complete feast for the eyes.

Against the snow white backdrop our team worked to create a setting fit for a stunning winter elopement.

Photographer Rick Liston was enchanted by the destination of Lake Mountain Resort after visiting with his family; the fire-ravaged black forest trees a brilliant contrast to the white of the snow. He enlisted the help of styling team The Valley Collective and together they set about creating the most beautiful winter wedding inspiration.

Model Lydia Grant dressed in a beautiful long-sleeved lace gown by Kara Jade Design, styled with deep red lips and cascading waves by Reannah Stevens. Our groom, Kalan Logan was dressed in a deep blue Briggins suit with marsala bow tie. These deep berry tones were picked up with a beautiful floral crown and bouquet styled by Anouk Flowers.

The couple said their vows surrounded by candle-filled lanterns and Australian natives, before dining at a table set for two to celebrate their union. Rick tells, “I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful Lake Mountain is. The whole mountain was ravaged by the fires of Black Saturday which, in its wake, left a dense forest of magnificent dead trees. As we drove up higher and higher, the mountain ascended into the deep cloud and the dead trees soared up and disappeared into the white. I kicked myself for not bringing my camera. I had never expected it to look this magical. I knew immediately I had to do a shoot up there.”

















Photographer: Rick Liston / Styling: The Valley Collective / Hair & Makeup Artist: Reannah Stevens / Flowers: Anouk Flowers / Bride's Dress: Kara Jade Designs / Groom's Attire: Briggins / Model: Lydia Grant / Model: Kalan Logan / Venue: Lake Mountain Resort

Margot & Regan’s Classic Glam Wedding At Kyogle

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Margot & Regan

It was a long search for the perfect venue before Margot and Regan ended up at the obvious; the pair choosing Regan’s family farm as their classic glam wedding venue. The decision survived earthworks and a cyclone before the wedding date dawned for the most beautiful day. Captured beautifully by Sophie Baker, it was the perfect celebration for a relationship that began at work.

Margot fills us in; “We met when Regan was working for my parents! On Regan’s birthday, we went to the pub to celebrate, where drunkenly we decided to go on a secret date, which turned out to be not so secret at all. My parents smelt a rat before I’d even left the house and I had to confess that I was heading out to dinner with their number one employee. The next morning, things were a little tense around the lunch table between Regan and my parents, however it all worked out in the end!”

The bride had a little trouble with her gown, before customising one to suit her own style. She explains, “I found the process of finding a dress really difficult! I couldn’t settle on a style and I wanted the dress to be beautiful, but still really practical for dancing (and traipsing around the farm for photos). I found a dress at a sample sale that was the perfect ‘base’ dress and then had it altered by a local seamstress. She created a beautiful, delicate lace topper to go over the dress and added extra layers to the skirt.”

The bride and her bridesmaids stopped in the main street of Kyogle on the way to the wedding, so the bride could have her own “Carrie Bradshaw” moment.

The couple chose the beautiful Kyogle property of the groom’s parents for their wedding, remarking, “We looked around the Far North Coast of NSW looking for the perfect venue. However, we didn’t find anything that ticked all of the boxes. We decided, in the end, to get married at Regan’s parents’ property in Kyogle, NSW. After some minor earthworks to create a space for the marquee and lots of hard work from Jo and Ken (Regan’s parents) and some rain from Cyclone Debbie, it turned out to be the perfect venue. The fig tree on the neighbour’s property made for the ideal ceremony location. Honestly, it was picture perfect!”

The bride walked down the aisle to “Wedding Song” by Angus and Julia Stone.

Of their ceremony, Margot tells “We wanted it to be quite relaxed and personalised; a reflection of us. We had one reading by Regan’s sister, which kept the ceremony short and sweet!”

“The best part of the whole wedding weekend was being able to spend so much time with our family and friends! I would highly recommend getting married on Easter Weekend! It was so much fun spending days leading up to our wedding just being together. There is also something really special about looking around your reception thinking, all of the most important people in our lives are together, in one location, for one night only.”

Bloom Culture styled the beautiful marsala and sage bouquets. The bride remarking, “After just one meeting with Vicki from Bloom Culture, she immediately understood what I was trying to create with the florals. She absolutely exceeded my expectations through – the flowers were just beautiful and I think set the scene for our perfect day!”

“There is a beautiful photo of Regan and I laughing as we hug each other along a dirt road. It now takes pride of place on our wall and is the perfect reminder of what an incredible day it was.”

Of their photographer, Margot gushes, “Sophie photographed my cousin’s wedding and her photos were just incredible – we knew she was our gal! We had an engagement shoot (which is a great idea for any future brides) and we fell in love with her. Sophie was so much fun to be around and absolutely made our day. She was happy to trek into the paddocks and run down the main street of Kyogle with us, nothing was an issue. Honestly, I can’t recommend her enough! We love Sophie!”

Twinkling lights under a clear marquee from Mullumbimby Hire set the reception up for a magical, candle-filled evening. Margot tells, “We did almost all of the styling ourselves! Luckily our team (read: family) were on hand to assist with the big job of setting and packing up. We were incredibly lucky to have them as we certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. One of my favourite details was the timber signs we made for the ceremony and reception. They were so easy to make, however, looked fantastic.”

“We wanted to ensure the day was a reflection of us – lots of fun! For example, we had Noah, my younger brother, and Kirk, my cousin, MC our reception. We gave them almost free reign and they absolutely ran with it! They had planned some games to keep the guests entertained and make sure that everyone enjoyed themselves,” says Margot.

Of their first dance, the bride tells, “We chose ‘The Wedding Song’ covered by Bride and Groom. We spent lots of time looking for the perfect song, however thought this was quite fitting. My only regret is that I had thongs on for the dance, which I didn’t think you’d be able to see. Trust me, they really stand out in the photos! We didn’t have any choreographed moves but just ‘freestyled’ it on the night.”

A big congratulations to you both Margot and Regan! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Sophie Baker for sharing today’s stunning photographs!

Photographer: Sophie Baker / Bride's Shoes: Asos / Groom's Attire: Wolf Kanat / Groom's Shoes: Julius Marlow / Groomsmen Attire: Wolf Kanat / Hairstylist: Leanne Love / Makeup Artist: Feather & Stone Beauty / Flowers: Bloom Culture / Venue: Private Property / Marquee: Mullumbimby Hire / Rental Furniture: Frank & Joy / Catering: Gateway Fine Foods / Cake Topper: Hard To Find / Engagement Ring: Diamonds International

The Ins & Outs of a Micro-Wedding

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Photo by Ali Bailey via Monica & Ridwan’s Intimate Summerfields Country House Wedding

The latest wedding buzz word on the street is ‘micro-wedding’ and today, we’re diving into all the need to know details about this new wedding phrase and what it means for you!

What exactly is a micro-wedding?

Let’s be honest, it’s a bit of a buzz word – because a micro-wedding is just a “small” or “intimate” wedding. But let’s classify it as a wedding with less than 20 people present. Think of it as a jump between an elopement and a typically sized celebration.

What’s the difference between an elopement and a micro-wedding?

For a long time, even here on Polka Dot Bride, we called micro-weddings ‘elopements’. But by definition, an elopement is just the couple, witnesses and their celebrant (with perhaps a photographer) whereas a micro-wedding isn’t a secret from your family and friends, and is more like a traditional wedding format, but with a tiny number of guests.

Why would I have a micro-wedding?

Micro-weddings have that special ‘sauce’ that a smaller guest list delivers. Which means you have a flexibility you don’t have with a guest list of 100 people. Marrying on a stunning hard to access clifftop, treating your guests to a degustation reception dinner at that ‘special occasion’ restaurant, serving bottomless bottles of your favourite Champagne are all options that suddenly become available with a tiny guest list – let alone the time you will have to talk to each and every guest. You have the option to spend top dollar on any of your wedding elements. You also have the option to personalise your wedding more. Think about using a beautiful crockery set or glasses you’ve been gifted, at the dinner, impromptu speeches that say things you would only say to your nearest and dearest, or using family heirlooms.

And what if you don’t want to spend a lot? You can still treat your guests to thoughtful and beautiful handmade elements, re-creating things that were special in your childhood e.g. those sweet treats that were special occasion family ‘must haves’, honouring personal traditions that are meaningful in your families, using your grandma’s crockery because of the memories associated with it.

Photo by Lauren Campbell via  Nichole & Kade’s Sweet Elopement

Is a micro-wedding good for a budget option?

Yes and no – it completely depends, as with every other wedding decision, what is right for you. Some choose a small wedding because they want to spend a small amount, others because they want to spend the same amount as a larger wedding, but on a fewer number of guests. Many micro-weddings we have seen include elements like amazing photography, a beautiful bouquet and a stunning cake. I’m all for personal choice.

Is a micro-wedding right for me?

Let’s play matchmaker – a micro-wedding might be the best option for you if:

  • You can’t stand the idea of lots of people looking at you.
  • You’d love to elope but still want your family and favourite people to be present.
  • You have certain things that are non-negotiable to include in your day that wouldn’t be possible with a bigger guest list or different budget, specific venue, or reception style, or destination.
  • You want less pressure and less hype around the wedding but still want your day to include the special elements that are ‘you’.
  • You love the thought of a small gathering of your special people to celebrate this most personal of days with you.

Photo by Ashton Jean-Pierre Photography  via  Jiayi & Qiang’s Romantic Summerfields Estate Elopement