Abbey is off to see her reception venue this week. The venue is a beautiful old country house with exposed brick walls. I’m really excited about the venue as it suits Abbey and is a blank canvas to work with!

Abbey has also chosen her invitations this week- a lovely soft gold design with a slight handmade feel which will suit her wedding perfectly. She’s ordered her favourite flower- the frangipani in silk bouquets.

For Abbey’s wedding I envisage the room filled with candles- a neutral canvas with touches of green. Sheaves of wheat, spring colours, handmade touches and a feeling of a spring country celebration. The scent of fresh blooms and comfort food, light soft jazz in the background and a definite feeling of love in the air!

Guests to arrive at the church on a sunny afternoon, to be handed beautifully designed booklets and bubbles.

Here’s a little inspiration for Abbey….

Pear place card from Pronovias via Brides, Abbey’s venue, herb pots from Pronovias via Brides, blooms in vases from Pronovias via Brides, outdoor buffet from Pronovias via Brides, wheat candle holder from Pronovias via Brides, wheat centerpiece from Martha Stewart, cake from The Perfumed Garden, room at Abbey’s venue, dresses from David’s Bridal, room from Pronovias via Brides, bouquet from Coral Orchid Florist.

I’m looking forward to Abbey’s future plans!

Polka Dot Bride Shop

Wedding season means weddings everywhere and celebrities aren’t excluded!

Our Australian (and international) celebrities have had some beautiful weddings this year- we thought we’d show some on Polka Dot Bride!

Amanda’s grand entrance. Photos from Home and Away website

First up, a not so real wedding- the wedding of Peter Baker and Amanda Vale on Home and Away aired last night on Channel 7.

Walked down the aisle by son Ryan.

Holly Brisley who plays Amanda looked stunning in her Pallas Bridal gown covered with crystals. She wore no veil, instead wearing earrings from Nikki Kovesi  were a feature. She wed Peter in a garden ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

Amanda’s earrings were a spectacular feature.

Her bridesmaids were dressed in blush pink gowns by Messina (02 9698 5099), and finished with crystal jewelery and matching shoes.

The processional was by Katie Noonan and is called ‘Love’s My Song’. A beautiful ceremony- but in true Home and Away style was ruined by a sordid plan to make Amanda suffer (devised by her sister!)

Getaway host Natalie Gruzlewski and Surfer Luke Egan. (Photo from

Onto real life weddings, Getaway host Natalie Gruzlewski and Surfer Luke Egan wed on Australia’s Gold Coast, I love how Natalie stayed true to her beach girl look!

Natalie and Luke wed in Coolangatta with their reception at Oskar’s at Burleigh Heads. Natalie wore a strapless dress by designer Alex Perry.

Ada and her bridesmaids. Photos from New Idea Magazine.

Ada Nicodemu, star of Channel 7’s Home and Away wed Chris Xipolitas in a huge 400 guest wedding in a Sydney Greek ceremony.

Ada wore a J’aton Couture gown rumoured to have cost $60,000 (most of that being the antique diamond and pearl brooch worn on the dress. Her bridesmaids were dressed in oyster coloured gowns. Ada was walked down the aisle by her mother and carried gardenias which held special significance to her.

Ada and Chris

Ada and Chris had a black, white and red ‘mad hatter’ style wedding cake as a nod to Chris’ support of football team the Sydney Swans. Their reception involved plenty of Greek dancing and eating at Sydney’s Shangri-La hotel.

Erica Heynatz’s slim cut ceremony gown was stunning. Photos from Ok! Magazine

Erica Heynatz (star of various Aussie TV shows such as It Takes Two, Australia’s Next Top Model, The Hothouse and more) wed Andrew Kingston in a small ceremony at Jonah’s overlooking Sydney’s Whale beach.

Erica and Andrew

Erica wore two Alex Perry designed gowns- which he gifted to her, one a sleek fitted dress was worn for the ceremony, and a shorter, fun dress was worn for the reception. Erica and Andrew filled the reception with white flowers and danced the night away (in her sparkly Terry Biviano shoes!).

Erica in her second gown, dancing the night away with Andrew

Finally, an international touch, Liz Hurley wed Arun Nayar.

Arun and Liz graced the cover of Hello! Magazine

Elton John walked Liz down the aisle of the celebrity filled ceremony in a castle at The Cotswalds, The couple then flew to India for a traditional Indian celebration.

Liz and the little members of the party, including her son. Damian

Liz walked down the aisle to Vivaldi’s Gloria in a chapel filled with white blooms in a dress of micro pleats and shredded chiffon and tulle. Her bridal party consisted of her son Damian and other small members such as Elle Macpherson’s son, Cy.

Liz and Arun danced to ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ sung by Elton John as their first dance.

Linda Gorringe Couture is having a sale!

For two weeks only you have the opportunity to pick-up that fabulous Linda Gorringe Couture wedding gown at a fraction of the normal prices. Enjoy discounts of 10% – 50% off the full range of Couture & Ready-to-Wear Wedding Gowns, Ready-to-Wear Fashion, Bridal & Fashion jewellery, Veils, Fur Wraps and all accessories. Discounts are also available on all new orders. You’ll also be able to pick-up fabulous fashion evening and daywear as well as sensational fashion jewellery from some of Australia’s best designers.

Appointments are essential. Call 03 9654 7335.

Linda Gorringe Couture
Saturday 31st March 2007 – Saturday 14th April, 2007 .
The Block Arcade, 100 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne,