Yulia & Julian’s Festive Jewish Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Yulia and Julian

I wanted to end this week off with a festive wedding, a wedding that makes you want to kick your heels up, toast to the couple and perhaps join them in dancing to celebrate their marriage. Our bride Yulia says, “Our wedding was unique – there’s no other word for it. Two big, loud, crazy families with more characters than the Cannes film festival. Unsurprisingly, this posed a few logistical difficulties, most importantly for us, how to cater for such a large crowd while retaining the quiet and intimate feel that we both wanted for our wedding day. After many months of thinking, negotiating, planning, and more thinking, we (more or less) concocted a brew to meet all of the demands of our unique wedding”

Photographers It’s Beautiful Here  captured the happy, festive feel to the day, right down to the spirit that infused the dancing.

Yulia and Julian got ready together and walked to the ceremony together through the streets of Melbourne.

Yulia remembers, “We got married standing on aunty Bernadette’s beautiful big, blue living room rug, and underneath a chuppah (a Jewish altar) that was hand-made for us by Julian’s brother Titian and uncle James.”

Mid ceremony downpour? Guests sheltered under a nearby marquee, umbrellas and buckets.

Yulia says, “The wedding itself was all hands on deck – having a wedding that was personal and spoke to us was most important to us, and to give it that personal feel, we put the wedding together in the most personal of ways.”

In an oh so Melbourne way, guests took a tram to the reception.

Yulia and Julian celebrated with their guests at Mission To Seafarers.

Projeto Inesperado entertained guests. Yulia remembers, “The live music and the photography was provided by friends. It felt like one big (very big) family garden party. We couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out. And, needless to say, we were all exhausted afterwards!”

The food, of course, was also hand made. Yulia explaining “All of the food was hand-made by a team of super-women, led by our mothers and aunts, and with lots of help from our cousins and close friends. We designed the wine labels on the wine we served (which matched the wedding invitations, which of course we also designed by hand and printed and cut ourselves, too.”

Of their photographers, Yulia remembers “The photographers operated like stealthy cat burglars – but talented ones! We never once felt like there were cameras in our faces, yet they somehow managed to catch beautiful personal shots of intimate moments and really capture the feel of the day. And, to our utter surprise, they weren’t scared off by the chaos of it all! In fact, they fit right in and even appeared to be having a good time with our guests! The photos couldn’t have been any lovelier.”

Yulia explains “Everything that made up the wedding was either made for us by members of our families or close friends, or it was borrowed and reinvented as part of our wedding day.”

Yulia remarks “The wedding cake was hand-made for us by Julian’s cousin (we were lucky to have a creative and skilled chocolatier in the family!). The flowers were all bought and arranged by our team of helpers, and the vases were all borrowed from family members, as were the tablecloth. Our cousins sewed together fresh flowers for flower wreathes worn by our flower girls.We did all of the setting up ourselves so that it was all laid out just as we wanted it to look.”

Congratulations Yulia and Julian! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to It’s Beautiful Here for sharing today’s wedding photographs!

Photographer: It's Beautiful Here / Reception Venue: Mission To Seafarers / Band: Projeto Inesperado
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Fabric Bunting Cake Topper Tutorial With Hummingbird Cake Recipe

My name is Ms Polka Dot and I like cake- which is why I chose the above image to headline our Friday Roundup! Isn’t it delicious? It has been such a huge week with our reader survey results coming through, our brains are a buzzing! You still have plenty of time to Take The 2012 Polka Dot Bride Reader Survey & Win A Palm Beach Collection Candle Pack and help us create the blog YOU want for 2013!

Miss much on our specialty blogs this week? Let’s catch up!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Pink & Mint Green 2.Real Wedding Film ~ Emma and Alex’s Rustic Rainy Day Wedding Film 3.Real Bride Writes ~ Inspired Words – Jess 4.Real Bride Shares ~ Pink & White Classic Adelaide Winter Wedding 5.Real Bride writes ~ My Budget Wedding Challenge 6. Polka Dot Sneak Peek: Share Your Wedding Invitations!

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.What Would They Know? Milton Gan of Milton Gan Photography 2.A Wedding Cinematographer’s Journey To Africa 3.Wild Elephants At Play Captured On Film 4. Summer Wedding Flowers

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup – Alternative Bouquets 2.Tuesday Type – Londonderry Air NF 3.Fabric Bunting Cake Topper Tutorial With Hummingbird Cake Recipe

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.


1.Picture Perfect – Ansouis, Provence, France 2.Destination Wedding: Michelle & Gavin in Port Douglas 3. Destination Wedding Film: Port Douglas wedding in motion picture!

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1.Mens’ Pampering Products 2.Inspired Memories – Anthony 3.Groom Style – Dave

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Elly Mac Photos, one of our photographer vendors (find her banner on the Weddings blog),  has been nominated for 2013 Wedding Ideas Best Wedding Photographer of the year  in the UK. We wish you all the best and hope you win! Congratulations on your nomination!



Wedding Gifts Direct have unleashed their November offer! Register during the month of November to receive a global Ikasu Knife set (valued at $749), or a Kitchenaid Cookware set (valued at $500) or a Noritake goblet set (valued at $260) Check out their website for more!



Baccini & Hill are holding a Spring bridal sale! The bridal salon is reducing selected bridal gowns by 20-50% Check out the website for more & to book an appointment time !



Bridal bridal boutique The Babushka Ballerina has flung open it’s doors hosting beautiful labels such as Badgley Mischka, Anna Campbell, Twigs and Honey, Two Birds Bridesmaids, Maria Lucia Hoahn, The Babushka Ballerina, Samantha Wills Bridal and many more! Located at 717 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, the boutique is sure to delight!



Feeling a bit daring? It’s National Donate Your Hair Week in November and kicking off the week on November 12th at 8am in Martin Place, Sydney is a Donate your Hair special event! The group behind “Look Good, Feel Better” which assists women undergoing cancer treatment are asking for donations of 20cm of your hair! The first 100 to arrive and donate will receive a free haircut from Barney Martin and his talented team of hairdressers. The event will also host Zoe Foster who will be on hand to offer stylist advice! (and as a bride to be, maybe you can chat weddings?) To register, check out this link and for full information on donation requirements, check out this link.



Wedding List Co are hosting a Couples Styling Event with stylist Megan Morton on Thursday, November 15th at their Woollahra boutique. Sip bubbles while getting styling advice from the queen of styling herself!  Check out their events page for more.



 Johanna Johnson are hosting a trunk show in Melbourne at the Cullen Hotel in Melbourne on the 23rd and 24th of November. The event will allow brides (and two guests) to view the 2013 collection along with the Hero core collection. To book your appointment call 02 9360 9411  or email

On the 16th & 17th of November, Sydney brides can check out the first ever Johanna Johnson archive sale at the Paddington studio. For sale will be never before seen gowns including pieces from the designer’s personal collection and even beautiful accessories! If you’re interested in attending the sale, contact the team on 02 93609411


At Polka Dot Bride, bride Deborah P has been a regular feature in our inbox, from working in the wedding industry, to planning a beautiful wedding in Europe and now raising funds for Hunger Project, she’s always been a delight to converse with! Now you can get involved in supporting The Hunger Project, Deborah’s initiative which raises money for a wonderful organisation working in third world countries, empowering women to change their lives. Deborah has partnered with artist Cate Parr to sell designer tshirts for the cause. You can purchase a tshirt here or find out more about the cause on The Lilac Project website.



Our film of the week comes from bride Jemma who had her wedding shot by Handheld Weddings. A meeting of a Melbourne bride and an Alaskan groom! What a beautiful wedding film, thanks for sharing Jemma and a big congratulations to you and Nolan! (and oh that music choice! and Nolan’s mother, so many tears in my eyes!)

Julia and Jonathon’s Classic Sydney Wedding

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


Julia & Jonathon

There is something to be said that is a wedding that is traditional, classic and simple. It’s beauty shines through with traditions,  the echoes of those that have gone before. Today we celebrate the wedding of Julia & Jonathon who celebrated their beautiful wedding day in a classic Sydney wedding.

Julia and Jonathon tell the story of how they came to be. “The bride and groom met in a hostel in Prague while both were traveling. Jonathon was from Australia taking a year break from studies and Julia is from Austria. They maintained a long distance relationship for 2 years while Jonathon finished his studies in Sydney and Julia worked as a medical doctor in Germany. Julia finally moved to Australia in 2011 to be with Jonathon and that’s when he proposed.

3 months after the first wedding we had a second wedding in Vienna. We went through the great experience again.”

Photographs are by David Henry Photography who captured the day simply and beautifully.

Julia wore a strapless La Sposa gown from Fashions by Farina and paired it with flat ballet slippers by Dessy.

Julia and Jonathon were married at Knox Grammar School . Julia explains “Knox Grammar School Chapel was used as it was where Jonathon attended School as well as where Jonathon’s parents were married 34 years before.”

Julia walked down the aisle to, “Ben Harper – Out of my League played on the grand piano by Jonathon’s friend Ed King.”

Julia says “We placed a lot of emphasis on the wedding ceremony as that was the important part that represented out commitment to each other.”

Of their photographer, Julia says, “David Henry Photography. He was chosen as his photographs really captured the story of the special day and were not just snapshots in time.”

Oatlands House was the chosen reception venue. Julia remarks, “The reception was held at Oatlands House. It was the last time a wedding was held at the place before refurbishing.”

Julia and Jonathon made sure to put their personal touch on the day. Julia explains, “We made the invitations, place cards, wedding favours, table numbers, the wedding tree. There was nothing really prefabricated that we liked and felt was just us.” Guests received personalised M&M’s as wedding favors.

Of their first dance, Julia remembers, “We didn’t practice a lot; and it was obvious! ”

Congratulations on your marriage Julia & Jonathon! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you to David Henry Photography  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: David Henry Photography / Cinematographer: Sky Video Productions (02) 8765 1228 / Bride's Dress: La Sposa / Bridal Salon: Fashions by Farina / Bride's Shoes: After Six / Bride's Jewellery: Adler's Jewellery / Groom's Attire: Top Ryde Tailors / Groomsmen Attire: Top Ryde Tailors / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Sweethearts Bridal / Hair & Makeup Artist: Forever Makeup / Flowers & Decor: Elizablooms & Candy / Invitations & Stationery: Majestic Paper from Brisbane Office Supplies. / Ceremony Venue: Knox Grammar School / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Richard Botta, Christian City Church Carlingford. / Ceremony Musicians: Christian City Church Band / Reception Venue: Oatlands House / DJ: Moby Disc / Wedding Cake: Piece of Cake / Wedding Ring: Benjamin Hart / Transport: Wedding Cars Of Distinction / Wedding Registry: Peter's of Kensington

Whimsical Autumn Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


This gorgeous Autumn inspiration shoot seemed just the ticket to send the colder weather off in style. I couldn’t pass up a bouquet with apples and gum nuts now could I? Autumn is really only six months away, so for couples holding Autumn celebrations, I thought the rich jewel tones and unique details, embracing of colour and texture were something easy to translate into your own wedding.

Photographer Leah Kua teamed up with stylist Sorry I’m Late by Olivera to create an inspiration shoot inspired by, ” luscious fruits, fairytales and the vibrant colours of Autumn with shades of red, green and gold.  Sorry I’m Late by Olivera styled our exquisite vintage gown with bold Alannah Hilll accessories and modern booties in dusty pink from Susie Sawaya  to inject colour and a touch of quirk was included in the florals by Butterfly Philosophy, dotted with apples, pomegranates and gumnuts.”

Follow Studio created a simple and beautiful stationery suite.

Leah says “The incredible team behind this shoot wanted to work with an idea that was a little different, a little quirky to explore their creative side and encourage couples planning their wedding to think outside the box when it comes to putting their own uniqueness into their day. Fairytales and whimsy, along with strong autumn colours, came together to inspire the bold and quirky colour choices, floral arrangements and strong, statement pieces in the overall styling.”

“We called this styled shoot ‘Fairytale Whimsy’ as we wanted to play with colour and fantasy, pushing creativity and the boundaries of traditional wedding styling to really encourage couples to think about ways in which they can make their wedding uniquely them.”

Photographer: Leah Kua / Stylist: Sorry I'm Late by Olivera / Hair & Makeup Artist: Evy's Beauty Parlour / Bride's Dress: Vintage (private collection) / Flowers: Butterfly Philosophy / Wedding Cake: Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes / Shoes: Susie Sawaya / Accesories: Alannah Hill / Invitations & Stationery: Follow Studio