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Retro Garden Party Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


A fun styled shoot today with Savannah and Tom – a couple who married in a quick and casual ceremony in Melbourne’s CBD, and were spotted by photographer Samara Clifford who not only took some photos for their wedding day spontaneously, but also worked with the couple as models for this fun retro garden party wedding inspiration shoot.

Samara tells, “Savannah and Tom were the inspiration for this shoot! I met them by coincidence on the day they got married at the Old Treasury building, Melbourne, and I took a snap of them as I thought they looked super cute! (image included) They only had a couple of family members there as the rest of their family are in America. So this shoot was kind of the wedding reception they didn’t have. When we got chatting about their ideal wedding we were talking about garden parties, the colour palette from the Kirsten Dunst film of Marie Antoinette, and all things vintage! So I guess the overall theme was a mash of vintage periods translated into an ornate garden party, following the amazing yellow in their outfits.”

Samara pulled together a pretty talented team to make this idea come to life including Brittany Phillips, Justine O, Foxglove Botanicals, Miss Ladybird Cakes and Mickey Loves Jacqui Letterpress.

“We found beauty in everyone else’s junk. We raided mum’s and grandma’s cupboards and gave the charity shops a good working over to make a beautiful setting. His ‘n’ Hers popcorn cones made from paper doilies to match the lace in the bride’s dress, and pages from old books, with mini bow ties to match the Groom. All sat in a battered old wooden box beautifully.”

“The flowers had a lovely wildflower feel to them, which suited the overgrown garden setting beautifully. Bunches were displayed using an old urn for a vase, a bird cage, and some were hung as garlands over the doorway. We even snuck more flowers in around the table settings. All sticking to a yellow / cream / green colour palette.”

“Savannah and Tom met in a southern Californian Highschool, when Tom was an artsy, angsty, angry Senior, with dyed black hair, he spent his weekly allowance on American Spirit cigarettes and Big Red cinnamon chewing gum (Savannah tells me that’s what their first kiss tasted like). Savannah was blonde and quiet and read too much. They would meet for coffee, always black, and Tom would pay for 25 cent refills. The first summer they were together they spent six glorious weeks hiding out in an apartment in LA while Savannah’s sister was away studying. They went to the LA film festival, stayed up late and drank bottles of cheap red wine, made pot after pot of coffee, but mostly they just talked. They spent two years in Southern California together, taking road trips to LA, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. They fell in love with the tree lined, sometimes smelly streets of Portland and moved there in 2011. They had the TINIEST apartment you could imagine, and Savannah cried the first night they were there as they had so little space. It was cold and they were hungry and pretty broke, but they loved the city and each other! In 2012 they took the big leap to move to Australia together. They had talked of marriage but had no concrete plans, but when Savannah agreed to come to Australia Tom figured if she liked him enough to move across continents she would be pretty keen to say “yes” . AND HE WAS RIGHT. It wasn’t possible for Savannah’s family to come for the wedding, so they had a quick and fabulous ceremony at The Old Treasury Building so no one would be too heart broken about missing it.”

Photographer: Samara Clifford / Styling: Brittany Phillips / Hair & Makeup Artist: Justine O / Flowers: Foxglove Botanicals / Cakes & Sweet Things: Miss Ladybird Cakes / Invitations & Stationery: Mickey Loves Jacqui Letterpress

Rachel Gilbert “Liberty” Spring Summer 2013

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Arabella Gown

Rachel Gilbert has always been a firm Polka Dot Bride favourite,  with clean, modern silhouettes and plenty of sparkle and the brand new Spring Summer 2013 collection doesn’t disappoint. Since starting her label in 2001, Rachel Gilbert has not only dressed some of the world’s hottest celebrities, but also provided the most beautiful formal gowns for brides and bridesmaids alike.

Aptly titled “Liberty” the Ready to wear collection dives deep with sparkle clad gowns (“Miranda” shimmering in silver) to a more subtle illusion neckline and long, elegant sleeves on “June”.

Of course for the bride (or bridesmaids!) who want a dash colour there is plenty to choose from – think rich royal blues, fuchsia watermelon pinks, blush toned nude pinks and dramatic blacks.

The gowns will start heading into stores this August/September.

Miranda Gown

June Gown

Lolly Gown, Harlow Gown

Evana Gown

 Harper Gown,  Carolina Gown

Blair Gown

Jezel Gown, Prinnie Gown

 Lilyth Gown

Jasmin & Terry’s Vintage Glamour and Travel Themed Melbourne Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Terry and Jasmin

Terry and I are high school sweethearts and have been dating since we were 15 years old – we share love of travelling, friends and our puppy, Madden. True to our love for travel, (34 countries and counting) Terry stylishly proposed in Central Park, New York –My favourite city in September 2009. Although it almost didn’t happen as he wanted to go up the empire state building even though we have done it in the past, I kept saying ‘no’, finally he gave up and proposed in central park – A question I screamed ‘yes’ too!

My dress was a custom made Maria Gonzalez Couture gown. As a gesture to my late father I carried a photo of him on my parent’s wedding day band inside my flowers so no one could see but I knew he was there with me. I wore an “evil eye” attached to my dress as good luck in Greek traditions. We also had a Greek orthodox crowning ceremony at our catholic ceremony in honour of Terry’s mother.

The venue was black and white and this was mixed with silvers, charcoal, blush, iced pink and peonies. All 26 tables were each named after a place we had been. From New York to Brunei to India and Italy and everywhere in between. Pink and White roses filled the tables and pink, black, white and grey Large white and pink David Austin and Peony roses in different shaped vases and jars filled the lobby, with candles and the table names and seating charts. We mixed traditions  and enter to the loud and upbeat bang of an Arabic drummer, it got everyone up and dancing. To add to our culture mix and that of our families we played Arabic, Greek and offcourse some good ol’ Australian music.

The girls received vintage crystal perfume bottles and champagne and the boys enjoyed Cuban cigars, brandy and crystal wine stoppers as favours.

A couple of highlights of the night were when at midnight we had a toast in honour of our 12 year anniversary and my younger sister and bridesmaid performed at our ceremony singing “Even when I’m sleeping” by Leonardo’s bride.

Images by Dezine by Mauro

Ms Gingham says: Gorgeous gown!!! I love the glamour theme of this wedding so much!

Jasmin says: “We are high school sweethearts and have been dating since we were 15 years old – we share love of travelling, friends and our puppy, Madden.”

Photographer: Dezine by Mauro / Videographer: Pose Media / Reception Styling: Miss Maven / Flowers & Decor: / Ceremony Venue: St Ignatius, Richmond / Reception Venue: The International Of Brighton / Bride’s Dress: Maria Gonzalez Couture / Flowers & Decor: Victoria Whitelaw
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