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Bride and groom amongst parasols

As Lisa looks back on her romantic long lunch winery wedding, she remembers that it was important to relax and enjoy the day.

“Don’t stress the small stuff; no one notices and you won’t even care on the day, let alone remember it several years down the track!”

Bride in Carla Zampatti Dress

Carla Zampatti Wedding Dress

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Images by Simone Addison

This year on Polka Dot Weddings, we swooned over glitter, glamour and gorgeous details; from city chic to rustic country charm, here’s the list of some of our favourite weddings from 2016.

1. Julia and Julian’s ‘Best Day Ever’ Buttercup Wedding

“Julian and I first got to know each other over waffles with ice cream and strawberries. It was our first date and I was in complete disbelief that such an amazing guy had walked into my life. He was a hardworking carpenter, he loved his family, he could play the piano, was learning French and he had the biggest, warmest smile that won me over straight away!”

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Image by Lauren Murphy Photography

2. Anna and Murray’s Rustic Mill Wedding

“We had so many DIY details! From the start, not only did I want to have our wedding in an impossible space, I also wanted to do all of the flowers and cakes myself.”

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Image by Brown Paper Parcel Photography

3. Angela and Joel’s Intimate Brisbane Wedding

“I knew then that no matter what we had to overcome to be here and no matter what we would face in the future, we could overcome everything because right at that moment I was about to marry the love of my life in our home town with our entire family around us watching and cheering us on and that’s all that mattered.”

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Image by Lola Images

4. Fanoula and Paul’s Elegant Winter City Wedding

“Paul and I met five years ago at a bar in Melbourne. Eight months after meeting each other we had planned a holiday to New York, LA and Las Vegas. We had the time of our lives and it was on that trip we knew one day we would marry each other.”

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Image by Dezine by Mauro

5. Annie and Tony’s Enchanting Woody End Wedding

“Tony and I had been high school sweethearts, back in the distant past of the early nineties – or noughties! It certainly hadn’t been for forever, but it meant that when time and circumstance put us back on the same path more than a decade later, it felt straight away like it was one for us to stay on together.”

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Image by Hilary Wardhaugh

6. Bethany and Nathanael’s Rustic Vintage Hinterland Wedding

“When I jokingly told my brother and his girlfriend that I wanted a husband for Christmas I did not expect to be walking down the aisle 18 months later! I will admit that I was slightly cynical about online dating but when I unwrapped a subscription to e-Harmony on Christmas morning I thought what have I got to lose! I signed up on Boxing Day and within a couple of hours Nat had sent me our first message!”

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Image by Sophie Baker Photography

7. Nioka & Dyson’s Modern Roof Top Wedding

“It was so lovely to have the ceremony on the balcony during the sunset and the city lights at night were amazing. I also love old buildings and the balcony looked onto the back of the GPO roof which has a very French feel; it was the most perfect day!”

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Image by Tropica Weddings

8. Emma and David’s Bohemian Chic Country Wedding

“Getting ready with my bridesmaids was so much fun. The champagne flowed and the music played; there was dancing and even some jumping on the bed!”

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Image by Holly Prins

9. Kelly & Chris’ Rustic Vintage Wedding

“We held the ceremony on the lawn overlooking a creek with 90 of our family and closest friends. We had an ‘unplugged ceremony’ which of course means no phones/cameras or any other form of technology. We wanted our guests to be there in the moment with us and enjoy it.”

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Image by Madelyn Holmes Photographics

10. Marijana and Andrew’s Magical Flower-Filled Wedding

“I really wanted fresh flowers for our entire wedding. This included our centrepieces, church decorations, bridal party flowers for both men and ladies, our parents’ corsages and buttonholes, bridal table and of course, what I wanted the most – a beautiful hanging floral chandelier.”

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Image by Desiren Photography & Video

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Esther & Jonny

They say that every little girl dreams of their wedding day and knows what they want it to look like…but not this girl. I’ve never been one to have a secret book full of ideas and pictures of my dream wedding. Our wedding was planned from interstate using modern technology – from websites, to Instagram, emails and phone calls. All in our short five month engagement! Why drag it out when you’ve found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with?!

Jonny and I met in 2007, young and carefree, when we fell madly in love. Faced with a challenge early in our relationship, Jonny departed overseas on a trip planned before we had even met! A trip that had no end date being his first year out of school. I encouraged him to go as it was something he had wanted to do for a long time. A month passed before he arrived (unannounced) on my doorstep!!! Needless to say, we fell more deeply in love from this moment and became inseparable.

We dated for a few years before life saw us part ways as we “set each other free”. We had years apart before our paths crossed again. Before long we started dating again. Like no time had passed, yet a lot of time had passed!

Jonny proposed at the end of 2015, at a lookout overlooking the ocean at his hometown were we shared our first kiss! With tears in his eyes, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! In shock that this was the moment I had been waiting for, I said YES!!! It wasn’t long before the wedding planning begun!

I found suppliers and venues online and used Instagram for research. However, when it came to the dress, I knew I wanted a dress from Grace Loves Lace. The only thing I had to do was pick one! My experience at their Gold Coast showroom was perfect. With a champagne in hand, I tried on dresses that I had selected online prior to my booking. With the help of my mum and sister, I chose a completely different dress that was not on my list to try. It is true that you cannot truly tell if a dress suits you until you try it on! I chose the ‘Alexandra’, a classic yet modern dress with its low back detail, long train and sexy split at the front of the dress.

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My hairdresser Jacinta of Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing was amazing! I found her on Instagram and she made hair styling look like a breeze.

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Our wedding morning was fun and relaxed. My bridesmaids and I stayed in a villa at Noosaville after they had flown in from around the country (making this time extra special).

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I opted for all white when it came to the flowers. I think white exudes beauty and elegance and class. Susan from Exclusive Wedding Flowers did all the arrangements, including those at the reception and ceremony.

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My make-up artist was found through a friend. Her name was Toni and she was organised, punctual and professional in her approach. Exactly what you need to make your wedding morning relaxed and stress-free!

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The boys got ready up the road from our villa at another property and boy…don’t they look handsome!

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Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort. We got married on the plateau overlooking the stunning Noosa hinterland. I recall arriving at the ceremony (out of sight of any guests) and feeling content, relaxed and excited. Content because I was about to marry my best friend, relaxed because the morning had been seamless and excited to see my groom and all our loved ones who had travelled from near and far to be there for us!

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Our ceremony was one like no other!! When I reached Jonny at the end of the aisle, he calmly told me that my mum was not there yet. She arrived shortly after and so I signalled to my bridesmaids to start again. There was no way my mum was going to miss this moment! Besides, it’s not everyday a bride gets to walk down the aisle twice, right?!?!

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After being congratulated by guests, the bridal party were given golf buggies complete with white wedding ribbon to dash around the golf course and get some beautiful shots!

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After some fun with the bridal party, Jonny and I were whisked away to a local beach to capture a few intimate sunset photos before the reception. Rebecca Colefax was our photographer and she was absolutely amazing. She was professional and experienced and made us feel at ease throughout the day. She goes above and beyond and produced some beautiful photos which we will cherish forever. I think picking your photographer is as important as picking the dress!!!

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We had our reception at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, right on the Noosa River. A picturesque location which I found at last minute, suggested by a friend. Their service was faultless and the food outstanding! Splash Events organised the lighting and other decorating details that are best left to someone else so that your guests can enjoy the day with you!

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The stationery, name cards and menus were made by Emily Hendry (a friend from home). Our beautiful wedding cake was made by TOME who I found on Instagram. She creates phenomenal cakes that also taste delicious! Decorated with gold leaf and more white flowers, this encapsulated a little of me too – class, elegance and sophistication.

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The speeches were hilarious, honest and heartfelt. I don’t remember being bored at any moment but I guess I am a little biased since it was our wedding.

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The night ended with another little surprise, ducks!! At the perfect moment, they walked over to our photo and got their five seconds of fame. All in all, our wedding day was everything we hoped for and more!!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Esther and Jonny – what a beautiful wedding; your gown was stunning! I can’t believe you planned it all in five months! 

Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Hairstylist: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing / Flowers: Exclusive Wedding Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort / Photographer: Rebecca Colefax / Reception Venue: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and Bar / Lighting & Decoration: Splash Events / Wedding Cake: TOME