Leanne and Brad
Today’s wedding is filled with beautiful details and vibrant colours. I’m so excited to share it with you! Leanne and Brad were married at The Spotted Chook in Montville, Queensland. The Spotted Chook is a gorgeous French inspired rustic farmhouse in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Leanne runs her own design business called Dirty Chook Design so chickens hold a special place in her heart.
Leanne and Brad met online and after six months of big phone bills, Brad made the trip to Queensland and the rest is history! Brad proposed at Leanne’s murder mystery 40th birthday party! Leanne organised the wedding quickly, long distance and using suppliers she found online!
After a disaster with a dressmaker, Leanne made an emergency dash to Perth to Legends Bridal where she found her wedding gown. Leanne and her maids had their hair & makeup done by The Powder Room.
Leanne dressed her bridesmaids in vintage frocks from Ebay seller Unique-Vintage. Flowers were by Mondo Floral Designs. Leanne didn’t want the traditional pale colours that are so often seen with French country inspired weddings. Instead she let the florist know what she liked and left it up to her. The day’s colour scheme was loosely pulled from the bridesmaids dresses.
Leanne walked down the “aisle” to “Summer Rain” by Paul Kelly played on the cello and violin.
Hay bales were decorated with cushions and Leanne’s vintage linens and tablecloths for guests to sit on.
Leanne made bunting from fabrics she bought online and at Spotlight.
Guests used disposable cameras with Leanne’s “I Spy” game, asking guests for special shots such as “A Little Kiss” and “Plenty Of Cuddles”.
The look was pulled together with vintage French furniture. After Leanne’s brief was given, she let the girls at Events By Design take over.
Leanne gives this advice “Being creative too I think this is the best advice I could give to a bride. Tell/show your vendors what you want and like and give then plenty of freedom – don’t micro-manage, I guarantee if you leave them to it, you will blown away being your wildest expectations.”
Vintage teacups were filled with sugared almonds and sundae pots were filled with rock candy sticks.
Leanne and Brad decided on an old fashioned picnic style reception with help of the owners of The Spotted Chook. They served French inspired food and held a welcome dinner for guests the night before the wedding. Guest traveled from far and wide- Port Hedland, Wagga Wagga and even the USA!
Leanne found miniature picnic baskets at Cloud Nine Wedding Store and filled them with edible treats tied with a red and white gingham ribbon. The attached tag read
“Thank you For Coming!
We know life is no picnic so…
We’ll remember to ham it up so our home is filled with laughter.
We’ll know when we’re in a pickle we still have each other, and that if life gives us lemons, we can make lemonade.
We’ll remember one is strawberries, the other one cream – fine on their own but better together.
And when the Tupperware’s empty, the ants held at bay
together we’ll face the world, come what may“
Leanne says “It was exactly what we had dreamed of. Old fashioned, a little bit vintage, a little bit French, a little bit rustic. It was a big family picnic and we loved that Jane and Lerroy (Spotted Chook owners) sat and had a drink with us at the end of the day – just like family.”
Thank you Leanne and Brad for allowing me to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Calli of Calli B Photography for sharing the photographs with us today!
Photos by Calli B Photography