What’s better than one wedding? TWO weddings, of course! Polka Dot You Bride Racquela Hill talks about her own nuptials and how she made the best of them despite all the things that didn’t go as planned!

Racquela is a teacher in Newcastle, New South Wales. She’s married to Michael, who is a builder. Her love for weddings grew out of her personal experience of planning for her own. She has a huge appreciation for vendors that make a couple’s special day come together.

In this chat we discuss:

  • How Racquela and Michael met
  • Racquela & Michael’s intimate first wedding
  • Their second wedding at Kantara House
  • Choosing wedding gowns
  • Highlighting the venue’s natural charms
  • Racquela and Michael’s wedding vendors
  • How to adapt to unforeseen events
  • Advantages of a nearby honeymoon
  • Dealing with post-wedding blues

Despite all the preparation and planning, there will be a hair or two out of place. Racquela never dreamed of having two weddings. But when her grandmother’s health took a turn for the worse, her husband Michael suggested they get married as soon as possible. True enough, in just a few days, the couple was wedded in her grandmother’s home.

Racquela and Michael’s second wedding was postponed four times due to COVID. The stormy weather brought about a rare flood, leaving the Charlotte Chapel under water. Instead, the ceremony was held under the light canopy of Kantara House. Since nobody has done that before, Racquela and Michael’s wedding felt all the more special.

To couples who might be going through a similar situation, Racquela’s word of advice is to just go with it! Sometimes these unforeseen circumstances become the most unforgettable parts of your big day. They can even turn out better than you could have ever imagined.

Links & Vendors Mentioned:

Folk Lane Photo


The Boys Studio

Bonnie Lass Films

Marry Me Sarah B

Sydney Flower Market

MB Apparel

SK Menswear

Kantara House


Honey-Belle Cakery

Red Soda Band

Kartik Kuna

Hey Sweet Peach

Creative Booth

Ervan Woo

Events to Adore

The Iconic

Rebecca Vallance

Read more of Racquela’s stories on Polka Dot Wedding: 

Racquela’s “How To Marry A Guy In 10 Days” Wedding To Michael

Racquela & Michael’s Perfect Dreamy & Stormy Wedding Day!

Racquela & Michael’s Honeymoon Tales in New South Wales

Pandemic Planning: A Love Letter To COVID Couples!

A Helpful Guide For The Post-Wedding Blues

Racquela & Michael’s Honeymoon Tales in New South Wales

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This podcast was produced by Polka Dot Wedding

The Polka Dot Wedding team is honoured to conduct our work on the land of the BoonWurrung, WoiWorung, Eora and Kuring-gai people. We honour the traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders past & present.