Emily & Dave

The wedding of Emily and Dave is almost magical – there are beautiful details of course- from the sweet floral arrangements, to the bride’s tea length wedding dress. But there is a story here, a tale of two on their wedding day, and as stories are what I work so hard to tell at Polka Dot Bride, I know you will love this wedding just as much as I do.

Emily remembers how she met her Dave. “Dave and I meet in a somewhat unconventional manner. After a false start in the beginning, we soon realised we where meant to be together and spent many hours commuting to be with each other. We are the best of friends and make a great team, and we just really adore each other!!”

Anitra Keogh captured today’s wedding photographs. I fell for her beautiful captures of light and romantic moments.

Emily wore a tea length gown made by a family friend with her mother’s vintage pearl earrings. Emily recalls “My dress was made by a family friend Marlene, who simply makes dresses for family and friends. I gave her a picture of what I wanted and she created it. It was just what I wanted ” Each of Emily’s bridesmaids chose their own grey gown.


Each bridesmaid chose their own shoes and jewellery to best match the gown they had chosen. Emily and her bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Helena Demos (0423 397 233) and makeup by Jess Verzuli.

Emily wore shoes from Wittner. The floral arrangements were styled by North Street Flowers.

Emily walked down the aisle to ‘Walking on a Dream’ – a cover done by Boy & Bear.

Emily and David were married at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham. Emily explains “Dave and I wanted a feeling of being in our own back yard. Where people could just relax and enjoy themselves. A good friend recommended the Cosmo to us. As soon as we saw the venue we knew it was perfect. The original hotel was burnt down six years ago but the remains of the building still stands as a Trentham icon. The owners then renovated the old blue stone barn into an intimate, cosy dining area. We used the entire grounds of the venue. The ceremony was held under the birch trees in the open garden area. Followed by canapés, pre dinner drinks and speeches under the elm trees. Dinner and dancing then followed in the barn area with an attached marquee. It was a prefect setting for a perfect day.” Liam McGinnis married the couple.

Of their photographer, Emily says, “Anitra and I meet years ago when we both worked as stylists. Anitra was working on the other side of lens. But Anitra had this amazing hidden talent, which now is truly reflected in the incredible work she produces. Anitra’s eye for detail, design and style outshines all her peers. I now religiously follow Anitra on her blog to see what she is up to and simply to admire her creative work. I’m so glad we had Anitra as our photographer; she captured our day just as we remember it!!!”

Emily says, “It was one of the most memorable days of our lives filled with so much laughter and happiness, shared with such amazing friends and family.”

Emily created all of the styling and design. All of the bridesmaids and close friends helped with all the DIY decorations.

Emily loved “Being with my beautiful husband seeing him cry, smile and laugh. Our amazing friends and family, who travelled from far and wide to be with us. The most glorious Melbourne day. Great food, good wine loads of laughter and dancing and we partied into the early hours of the morning at the local Trentham pub.”

This Is Dot created the wedding invitations while One Sweet Girl made a beautiful two tier white wedding cake with platters of beautifully iced cupcakes.

For their first dance, Emily says “Dave and I had our first dance to ‘Perfect’ by Fair Ground Attraction. We didn’t rehearse anything, we just got up there and swung each other around, it was a good laugh!!”

Congratulations Emily and Dave! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Anitra Keogh for today’s photographs!