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Jessica & Benjamin

The rolling green hills of the Australian countryside is something that even gets the most urbanised heart beating a little faster and this relaxed Queensland farm wedding from the lovely Adriana Watson certainly had us dreaming of sunsets and long country walks. Jessica and Benjamin met through mutual friends at high school and spent many a wonderful year together before the scene was set for their wedding at Ben’s family farm.

Jessica chose a beaded gown designed by Anna Campbell , noting “My dress was by Anna Campbell – I picked it because it just felt like me. I liked that it was soft falling, had an elegant vintage, bohemian feel and was SUPER comfortable to wear. It took only 30 minutes of wedding dress shopping to decide on my dress! My veil was my great grandmother’s which she wore for her wedding in 1927, so it was very special to be able to wear it. I kept my jewellery simple as the dress had a fair amount of embellishment – stud earrings that matched the bridesmaids, and my late grandmother’s pearls around my wrist – she was very special, and it meant a lot to have a part of her with me.”

Jessica and Ben married at Ben’s family farm, explaining “We chose Ben’s parent’s property because it felt meaningful to get married at a place that we call home and is special to us. It is also a beautiful location with views of the Glasshouse Mountains, Moreton Bay and the Mt Mee area. We had our ceremony and reception in the same place. Having our wedding at home helped to make everything feel really comfortable, relaxed and intimate. We were able to personalise everything to reflect ‘us’ which we loved. Having our wedding at home also meant we had more freedom in what we did, how the day ran, and meant we didn’t have time restrictions on when the night finished.”

Jessica walked down the aisle to Ed Sheeran – Tenerife Sea.

David Ayling officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “We wanted our ceremony to be meaningful but also light-hearted. We wrote our own vows so they were unique to each other which was pretty special, and made sure to include a good mix of humour and seriousness.”

“All our vendors were wonderful! They were all so easy to work with and provided amazing work. I would highly recommend them all! We received SO MANY compliments on our beautiful photos, stunning floral arrangements, the spectacular marquee, the most divine food, and our extremely talented and wonderful musician!”

Of their photographer, Jessica tells “Our photographer was Adriana Watson… she is amazing!! Adriana is a very calm and warm person who made both Ben and I feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. Her work is very natural and real which we loved, and she captured our wedding beautifully just as it was. ”

“Our essentials for guests – good people, good food and drinks (and plenty of both), and a good dance floor/music. At the end of the day, most guests don’t remember the fine little details or how elaborate certain things are – but they will remember how much they enjoyed themselves! If guests are hungry, thirsty or unable to relax and have fun – that will be the main thing they remember! For us – we also wanted the above!”

The wedding was packed full of handmade touches, Jessica noting “We arranged and styled the ceremony and reception ourselves the day before our wedding. We used simple things like a wooden crate for the wishing well, my Dad made our arbour for the ceremony, and we added little personal touches including a photo book I made with photos from every guest’s own wedding. The photo book was lots of fun for everyone to look through and reminisce… or have a laugh!”

Of their first dance, the bride remembers “Our first dance was to La Vie en Rose. We just liked how simple the song was and the meaning is very sweet. La Vie en Rose means ‘Life in pink’ and is about being in love and seeing everything as rosy and cheerful.”

Congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Adriana Watson for sharing today’s beautiful wedding with us!

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Photographer: Adriana Watson / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Bridal Salon: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride's Shoes: Nude Footwear / Bride's Jewellery: Pandora / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman / Groom's Tie/Bowtie: Myer / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Ben Sherman / Groomsmen Tie/Bowtie: Myer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August / Bridesmaid Accessories: Pandora / Hairstylist: Sara Fox / Makeup Artist: Boudoir Blush / Flowers: Willow Bud Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Sunshine and Confetti / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: David Ayling / Ceremony Musicians: Nick Koschel / Marquee: Events In Tents / Hire Items: Events In Tents / Band: Nick Koschel / Favors: Soupcan / Favors: Cake n Candy / Catering: Safe Hands Catering / Wedding Cake: Tome / Wedding Ring: Angus and Coote
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With the tagline “for the laid back bride” bohemian style bridal designers Dreamers & Lovers have encapsulated the magical dreamy state of the creative arts of painting, and literature in their brand new collection “Cloud Nine”

Of their latest collection, designer Yanique muses “Surrounded by flowers and vulnerable yet explicit happiness, she felt that magical mastery. Love gave her the beauty that inspires paintings and literature. Although she could no longer differentiate dream and reality from the twinkling spells, her heart is awakened, forever awakened…”

The gowns, predominately lace are made for the wearer’s comfort as much as they are beauty.  The gowns are easy to wear, often made from lightweight and stretch fabrics,  “Kristen” with long sleeves, is created from a stretch lace with an open back. Her long semi-cathedral length train adding a sense of drama. “Freya” of tulle with a lace border shows off a sweetheart neckline with the very of the moment off the shoulder sleeve details. The newest collection allowing the wearer something a little more sensual.

Dreamers & Lovers gowns are available via the website.

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Gowns: Dreamers & Lovers / Photographer: Lara Lam / Flowers: Amy Nicole Floral / Makeup Artist: Taryn Feldt / Rentals: Etablir Shop

Happy Monday Dotties! We have a few big projects kicking this week off behind the scenes and I cannot wait to get into them! We have a busy week ahead with so much wedding inspiration, let’s get into it!

Our summer this year has been hot, cold, rainy and windy. If you’re planning a wedding outdoors, we suggest you take into account that the weather gods may not smile on you and provide a perfectly sunny day at just the right temperature! Have you considered undercover options, or even options like shady trees to sit under if the day is hot?  Meanwhile check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and we’re sure you’ll find just the right vendors to plan your wedding vision. We have Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering, we have Transport, we have Photobooth Hire and Hair & Beauty – we even have Wedding Planners and Celebrants! Our vendors are eager to help you create the wedding of your dreams.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Nathan of Nathan Kaso Weddings is one of those creative souls who has a passion for creating beautiful films of your wedding day. No awkward posing or directing – just natural wedding moments captured on film. Reflecting your personalities and the tone of your day, you will want to watch your wedding film over and over again. And that’s what the essence of wedding films is – your story  told in moving images.

We asked Nathan of Nathan Kaso Weddings  five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Love a good pale ale at the end of the day, or the middle of the day for that matter!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I’ve always loved getting up to Bright in the Victorian high country, particularly in Autumn when the leaves are changing and you get beautiful crisp mornings and lovely afternoon sun.

Favourite restaurant?

Simone’s in Bright is definitely a favourite. Last time we were there my wife and I gorged on the 8 course degustation, just amazing!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

I always eat breakfast with my three-year-old son Declan. I have weetbix, he has sultana bran (and some of my weetbix), and we watch a classic animated movie like Toy Story, Finding Nemo or Big Hero 6. Best way to start the day!

Your favourite wedding story?

I love every wedding I go to, whether it’s as a guest or to capture the day in film, but my favourite would have to be my own. I married my wife Lauren after being together for nine years (we were 16 when we started dating), seven years later we have two amazing children and I still look back on our wedding as the best day of my life.

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