Gernetha Anne & Rajeev’s Elegant & Traditional Winter Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Gernetha Anne & Rajeev

In planning their Winter wedding, Gernetha Anne and Rajeev wanted to create a day that was simple, classic, and comfortable for all of their guests. Achieving this beautifully by holding with tradition, styling with gorgeous neutrals and keeping the details muted with a touch of glam, Lovable Photography captured every moment!

Meeting through mutual friends, the bride and groom became engaged on Gernetha Anne’s Grandma’s 80th birthday. She remembers, ”The proposal happened in Cebu City, Philippines. All the family came home to celebrate my Grandma’s birthday. I didn’t have any idea that Rajeev had a plan already. We all sat down and had dinner, then my Grandma blew out her candles. After that Rajeev asked me to stand up but because I was still eating I got annoyed. I didn’t notice that everyone was already across us and taking photos and videos. When I faced him the whole clan was looking at us, he went down on one knee and asked, and I said YES! My first question was “Did you ask my parents?” and he said my Mum was the one carried the ring the whole time!”

The bride’s gown and bridesmaids dresses were all made by Sew Maui, a Filipino designer. Gernetha  shares, ”The dress was simple, off the shoulder with lace in a two look gown. I planned with my Mum in choosing the bridal gown, her idea and mine, it turned out perfect. The bridesmaid gowns were a nude colour, a simple style and flowy. Sew Maui was very accommodating, all our conversations were online.” The groom chose a dark blue suit, with a white shirt and black bow tie from YD.”

Holding their traditional ceremony at St Mary Catholic Church, East St Kilda, the bride and groom chose readings that spoke of what marriage meant to them both. Gernetha Anne says, ”Both my parents walked me down the aisle, as is a tradition in the Philippines. It is that both parents hand over the daughter to the future husband. The ceremony was also what we both wanted. It was a Catholic ceremony, the readings were all about love, marriage and the commandments which really related to the event.”

Keeping their wedding day elegant and simple, Gernetha chose a simple bouquet including mixed roses for herself with chrysanthemums and gypsophila for the bridesmaids, all in a neutral colour palette. She shares, ”Mina’s Florals did a really good job with all the flower arrangements, from all the bouquets to the church and the wedding venue. I just showed to her what I wanted and it turned out to be more than we both expected.”

With such gorgeous images to share of their day, both the bride and groom were thrilled with Lovable Photography! Happily sharing, ”They really captured our wedding very well. Seeing the photos now brings me back to the moment and it really captured the emotions, I’m very pleased with the result. A very satisfied bride indeed!”

Keen to provide a day that was enjoyable and loved by their guests, Gernetha and Rajeev chose The Brighton Savoy as their reception venue. They tell, ”We chose it because it ticked all the boxes! First the location, because we wanted to be close to the bayside/beach. Secondly, guests were able to stay as it offered accommodation for both local and international guests after the wedding. We chose the Gala room which showcased the ambience. We used the outdoors for canapes which gave it an outdoor-relaxed feel, then inside was decorated with greenery, white flowers and green lights with long table arrangements, which gave it a more intimate feel.”

Keeping important family and cultural traditions alive during their wedding, the bride and groom exchanged a gift before the ceremony. They also had a first look with the bridal parents, and had Principal and Secondary Sponsors. Sharing about their first dance, Gernetha Anne says, ”The first dance was choreographed by Dia Estrada, 15 year old, who is a titled dance winner. She taught us all the steps and the song we chose was ‘Perfect’, by Ed Sheeran.”

Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing your beautiful wedding day, and congratulations! Thank you also to Lovable Photography for your images, and Lovable Photography & Video for capturing the day!

Photographer: Lovable Photography / Bride's Dress: Sew Maui / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sew Maui / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: YD / Hair & Makeup Artist: Raxana Mangalanathan / Flowers: Mina's Florals / Invitations & Stationery: Very Inviting / Calligraphy: Notefully / Ceremony Venue: St Mary Catholic Church, East St Kilda / Ceremony Officiant: Percival Sevarre OSA / Reception Venue: The Brighton Savoy / Wedding Cake: Ministry Of Cakes / Cinematographer: Lovable Photography & Video / Wedding Planner: Clipboard Perfect Happenings
Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Dan Soderstorm Weddings via Steph & Aaron’s Chic & Intimate Melbourne Wedding

Phew! We have just one more week of the year left at our desk Dotties, so we have been cramming our schedule so that we’re sharing PLENTY of gorgeous wedding inspiration over our break. For that reason. we’re making this Friday Roundup a little shorter so we can keep plugging away, We’re so excited about all that we have in store, so let’s round up what was with the last week of The Summer Issue!

Sitting down for a chat with wedding photographer Ane Hagen

How to shop a bridal sample sale

Top 6 things to do on your New Zealand honeymoon

Black tie groom style with George

A little sunset for your day with The Northerlies Freedom Sunset cocktail

In love with this chic Melbourne wedding day on Polka Dot Weddings

Don’t forget to enter to win The Summer Issue prize pack valued at almost $400!

We’re grabbing our (big) cups of tea and settling in to catch this gorgeous wedding from Tin Drum this morning. It is full of the most beautiful words and completely feel good!

Linda & Rhett’s Chic Merewether Summer Seaside Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Linda & Rhett

If there is anything that makes for a splendid Summer day, it’s ice cream and the sea, and for Linda and Rhett? It’s both of these, coupled with an amazing golden sunset, wonderful friends, beautiful blooms – oh and the best part? A beautiful love story just waiting to be told. For these two, who chose  Lauren Anne Photography to capture it all, the day was relaxed, it was easygoing and it was just about them. It’s a story we’re honoured to share with you today!

The groom was dressed by Joe Black.

The bride worked with Judy Copley Couture to create her stunning strapless lace wedding gown, sharing “I went with a custom design from Judy Copley Couture, purely because I wanted something fairly simple with dramatic lacing and couldn’t find anything similar on the market at the time.”

Peonies Floral Designer created beautiful floral arrangements for Rhett and Linda, Linda telling “We didn’t really specify any flowers outside of a basic colour palette of creams, nude pinks and pops of marsala. The team did wonderfully.”

Linda walked down the aisle on the arms of her parents.

Linda and Rhett chose Fort Scratchley for their ceremony, the spot overlooking the blue sea.

Of their ceremony, Linda remembers “Our ceremony was short, sharp and sweet. My husband and I are not the most sentimental couple, and the closest we came to a reading were our personal vows.”

What better place to stop on a summer wedding day than the ice-cream parlour?

Of their photographer, the bride tells “Lauren from Lauren Anne Photography was and is phenomenal. She is professional, knows what she is doing, and an absolute investment.

My husband and I were absolutely thrilled with the memories she gifted us of our wedding day. And every moment was captured so beautifully, it didn’t look like she missed a single beat.”

Not only did Peonies Floral Designer style the beautiful floral arrangements, but they also executed the details of the day. The bride told “They were little Ninja wedding planners. They were a big investment, but they were worth every cent. Not once did my husband or I (or my family) have to worry about set up, decor or pack/clean up.”

The newlyweds. and their guests celebrated the nuptials at Merewether Surfhouse. “We chose Merewether Surfhouse as it was located in a beautiful, central location by the water” tells Linda.

Linda loved planning the day. “My favourite part was the planning activity in general. I’m an organiser and have a slight obsession with Excel.”

Linda and Rhett chose the team at Design Patrol to capture all the fun of their day on film!

A big thank you to you both Linda and Rhett for taking the time to share their day with us. Thank you also to Lauren Anne Photography for today’s beautiful images!

Photographer: Lauren Anne Photography / Wedding Planner: Peonies Floral Designer / Cinematographer: Design Patrol / Bride's Dress: Judy Copley Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Joe Black / Makeup Artist: Ilona Kish Makeup / Flowers: Peonies Floral Designer / Ceremony Venue: Fort Scratchley / Ceremony Officiant: Wed By Kez / Reception Venue: Merewether Surfhouse

Australian Desert Elopement Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


I am a little bit beyond smitten with the beauty of today’s Australian desert elopement inspiration shoot. The tones of beautiful bright orange, autumnal browns and the bright pop of teal, contrasting with the decadent lace, velvet textures are utterly stunning together and make something completely different. The boho details – lush, loose florals, a macrame style gown combine with the modern hexagon and its clean lines for a completely chic look.

With Wolf & Wildflower behind the camera and The Mountain Folk Films capturing it all in motion, the team took to the (three stories high!) sand dunes of Anna Bay in Newcastle for their summer backdrop.

Floral designer 1969 Floristry was also behind the collaboration, pulling together floral arrangements in tones of teal, and a rich burnt orange to create the bohemian, modern style.

Says photographer Rebecca “We both always wanted to do a shoot out in the local sand dunes, as it’s literally like being out in the desert, and you can see sand for miles. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the dunes and not been able to witness the most stunning sunsets.”

Real life engaged couple Kayla Collins and Daniel Porter acted as our bride and groom. Kayla dressed in a stunning cream macrame inspired gown designed by Zolotas Australia while Daniel was dressed by Rundle Tailoring in velvet, mismatched pieces. Kayla’s look was complete with natural makeup by Megan Bertos and easy waves by Bianca-Lee Iuliano topped with a fresh floral crown.

The hexagonal backdrop from Confetti Party Hire the utter star of the show, casting its geometric silhouette as the sunset with a glowing neon light from  Love Glows.

Photographer: Wolf & Wildflower / Cinematographer: The Mountain Folk Films / Bride's Dress: Zolotas Australia / Groom's Attire: Rundle Tailoring / Flowers: 1969 Floristry / Arbour: Confetti Party Hire / Neon Light: Love Glows / Makeup Artist: Regan Bertos / Hairstylist: Bianca-Lee Iuliano / Model: Kayla Collins / Model: Daniel Porter