Rowan and Michael’s Intimate Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Pregnant Weddings


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Rowan and Michael

Intimate weddings are often some of my favourites. There’s a sense of cosiness, of closely held beauty – like a secret of the heart.

Rowan and Michael had a meeting you read about in fairytales. “We met in Brisbane. We got together on 08.08.08, the night of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. We have since figured out that we were both born in the same hospital, in Glasgow, Scotland, three years apart and lived just around the corner from each other when we were small. We were originally planning on marrying in December 2010, but brought it forward when we found out we were expecting our daughter Isobel, who was born in January 2011.”

Making her Polka Dot Bride debut today is Natalie McComas who captures weddings so beautifully. Her photographs are natural while still capturing every detail of the day and the mood of the celebration.

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Rowan wore a gown by Elizabeth De Varga altered to fit her blooming belly with shoes from Wittner. Her mother put together bouquets of native Australian flowers.

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Rowan’s bridesmaids chose their own dresses in dark blue.

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Michael and his groomsmen paid homage to the Scottish heritage by wearing kilts hired from St Kilda Retail at Ipswich.

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Rowan and Mike were married at La Trobe Chapel in Paddington. Rowan says “ Latrobe Chapel is a renovated chapel, it does civil ceremonies like ours as well as religious ones.” Rowan walked down the aisle to ‘Eternal Flame’, by The Bangles (not as corny as it sounds).”

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Rowan’s brother Euan (from Brisbane band “The Rooftops”) performed during the ceremony.

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The guests were the highlight of the day for Rowan. “Mike’s family– parents, brothers and sister, were able to come out from Scotland for the day, and we had family and friends come from Canberra, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Sydney. Having all our friends and family there made it really special.”

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Rowan and Michael held their reception at Eve’s On the River. Rowan says “Eve’s is on the river in Teneriffe, quite close to our home in New Farm. We had a lot of our photos taken in New Farm.”  Rowan’s brother Euan’s girlfriend (who happens to be a stylist!) Nataly Lee styled the reception – from making the three tier wedding cake to putting together the favours which were paper bags with basil seeds  and wooden yoyos. Rowan’s mother in law added a special touch. ” Mike’s Mum. Mary made tablet (Scottish fudge) to go in them too.”

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Rowan and Michael danced to Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together” for their first dance.  Rowan recalls,  “It was the only dance of the reception – we didn’t have a dance floor because we just booked part of the restaurant.”

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Congratulations Rowan and Michael on your wedding day and the birth of your baby girl Isobel! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Natalie McComas for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Natalie McComas / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth De Varga / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Kilt Hire: St Kilda Retail / Ceremony Venue: La Trobe Chapel / Ceremony Musicians: The Rooftops / Reception Venue: Eves On The River / Styling: Nataly Lee


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