Ashlee and Sam’s Adelaide Hills Winery Wedding

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


Ashlee and Sam

There is nothing like a winery wedding. Somehow the story of the vines adds to the romance of the day, plus you’re guaranteed to have a drop drop to serve! Ashlee and Sam’s bright green touches just made the day feel like a fresh, bright celebration and the reminder post it notes and personal Twitter hashtag? This is a wedding I would have liked to get down and boogey at!

Ashlee tells their story. “We’ve actually been together almost 12 years! We met when we were 18, Sam had just moved to Tasmanian for uni. We met at a party in the very first week of classes, got together that night, and have been together ever since. We moved back Adelaide about seven years ago and now have a house with our two beagles, Polly and Chewy.”

Photos today are by Alan of Photobat who has captured such a sense of fun without losing the traditional emotional of the day!

Ashlee chose an elegant gown from Karen Willis Holmes with jewels from her mum.

Ashlee and Sam chose Golding Wines, Lobethal for their ceremony and reception venue. Ashlee says, “Golding was pretty much the only place we looked at for a venue. As soon as we saw it we knew it was perfect. It’s such a sweet, lovely place (and makes some damned good wine!) The owners, Lucy and Darren made sure everything was perfect, even providing some of their secret special bubbly as a gift.”

Ashlee tells one of the stories of the day. “There was a bus from town for most of the guests, which ended up leaving for the ceremony late – the wedding car almost ended up arriving before the guests.We had to detour and wait it out a bit, until we knew they had all arrived.”

Ashlee walked down the aisle to ‘Storybook Love’, ” The theme music from The Princess Bride (my favourite film).”

Ashlee tells of the extra special touches they had to involve family. “During the ceremony, we organised for both sets of parents to give us away. I had two roses secretly added to my bouquet, which we then gave to our mums as a thank you. I wore my mother’s pearls which she wore when she married my father 34 years ago, and had my grandmother’s brooch on my dress.”

Ashlee’s bridesmaids wore emerald green gowns from Alfred Sung while Sam and his groomsmen wore suits from  Peter Shearer.

Robyn May created the bouquets and floral arrangements.

 Of their photographer, Ashlee says, “The photographer is a longtime friend of ours, Alan from Photobat who just relocated from Tasmania to Melbourne. We couldn’t have imagined using anyone else. He’s just incredible at making everyone completely comfortable, and the candid moments he captures sum up the day perfectly.”

Ashlee says,” I’m not particularly crafty, but I did manage to make the place cards. My aunt made our invitations, which were bright purple and green, to match the wedding colours. ”

Heidelberg Cakes created a four tier wedding cake trimmed in bright purple ribbon while Monique at Cupcake Treats created individual cupcakes for guests to take home as favors.

Twitter played a role at the wedding with Ashlee explaining, “Our MC conspired with one of our friends to set up a hashtag for the day (#bashlee), and they contacted pretty much everyone we knew on twitter, whether they were at the wedding or not, to flood twitter with well wishes, using the hashtag. They then set up a projector at the reception, showing all the tweets as they came through. A friend used the tweets to create a story after the wedding. It was not only amazing to see all these literally hundreds of tweets come through during the day, but we can now go back and read through them again afterwards. It’s like the world’s biggest guest book!”

For their first dance, Ashlee remembers, “We didn’t end up having one! We originally planned to dance to ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ by Nina Simone, but the dance floor was already cranking, so we decided to just jump on in and get into it!”

Congratulations on your marriage Ashlee and Sam! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Photobat for sharing the photos with us!

Photographer: Photobat / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Shearer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung / Hairstylist: Palladeum / Makeup Artist: Ruby Sunrise / Flowers: Robyn May Flowers / Venue: Golding Wines, Lobethal / Ceremony Officiant: Kerry Tudor / Ceremony Musicians: Luke Ashby / Sweet Treats: Monique at Cupcake Treats / Catering: La Dolce Vita / Wedding Cake: Heidelberg Cakes
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Anna Campbell 2013 Accessories Collection

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


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Anna Campbell has made such a name for herself in the wedding world over the past few years. The detailing on her gowns is enough to take one’s breath away.

With the launch of her brand new accessories collection- featuring a beautiful range of veils, hair combs, boleros and cuffs, the trend of her dreamy touches seen on brides around the world is only set to continue.

Anna’s brand new collection starts with veils – designed with delicacy in mind, the veils use soft tulles and are made to be paired with Anna’s detailed range of hair clips and bands. Soft, gathered silver leaves, beaded applique styles and soft, whispering adornments add to the collection allowing brides to transform their look from the ceremony to the reception.

For a winter or more conservative ceremony, Anna has designed a range of striking boleros. With long sleeve lace designs and simple short sleeve designs all using beautiful laces, you can have the romance of Anna’s designs and pair it with your own simpler gown, or of course, one of Anna’s own designs.

Keeping with dressing up your gown, Anna’s finishing off the collection with cuffs and beaded waist bands- adding just a dip of glitz and glamour to your look. I think that’s always been the key to why I love Anna’s work – like her gowns, her accessories collection can be dressed up or down suiting a barefoot beach wedding or a more formal church celebration. Taking the pieces and making them truly yours.


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Vendor of the Week – Whisper Events

by | Blog News, Bride


Phew what a weekend! I’m a little croaky after a weekend full of adventuring with very dear friends. What did you get up to Dotties?

As we do every Monday, let’s take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Wedding Directory! We’re adding new vendors every week who share our vision of hiring passionate people to help you produce the wedding that you want, no matter what it looks like!

The wedding directory is always growing, always evolving and we’re looking forward to some exciting new things for it this year, so pop on over, check it out and find your awesome wedding vendors! We have Favors & Decor Accessories, Bridal Gowns, Venues, Hair & Beauty and Flowers– so much pretty to feast your eyes upon!

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This week’s vendor of the week is NSW based events planner Whisper Events! Whisper Events work closely with couples consulting and planning weddings and events and because of their own vendor network, they offer their services for free and there’s plenty of special offers and goodies along the way. But of course, the biggest relief being that you don’t have to worry- it’s planned, sorted and the boxes are ticked!

We asked Michael from Whisper Events five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

My favourite after 5 drink is certainly a Vodka Martini with a lemon twist. But a nice glass of cognac does the trick too.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Favourite weekend getaway (when I do get the chance) will be a nice drive down to the Hunter Valley. Great way to wind down and restock your wine 🙂

Favourite restaurant?

Favourite restaurant has to be Rockpool Bar & Grill

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

On most Sundays, you could find me eating a great, smoked salmon, eggs benedict.

Your favourite wedding story?

I have to be a bit selfish and say it has to be mine 🙂 Me and my wife went through some hard times prior to the wedding, but it all seem like nothing and all worth it when I saw her for the first time walking down the aisle. 🙂 We had the most perfect day, nothing went wrong, perfect and beautiful weather, the happiest day of our lives. Check out the photo attached 😀


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Visit Whisper Events’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Whisper Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


Snapshot Sunday – Bliss

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Lisa Michele Burns