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Daniel & Leila’s Rustic Country Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



Daniel and Leila

I married my partner Dan on the 27th April at my family’s Wilderness Lodge in Northern NSW (The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge). It was a beautiful rustic country wedding. Because of the remote location a lot the guests came for a few days before and helped with the set up. On the night before we had a pizza night in our wood fired pizza oven and a breakfast bbq the morning after the wedding. It was more like a festival than a wedding. It was the best week with so many family and friends around us.

Our photographer was our good friend Noel Hanna, who had just a month before had a baby. He did a great job and we’re so happy with our photos.

It was very special to get ready in my family home, it’s such a beautiful setting.

Dan’s best man played the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of somewhere over the rainbow on his ukelele as I walked down the aisle.

It was such as beautiful day, we couldn’t have hoped for better weather. The evening got quite cold but all of the guests were prepared and we had camp fires to help keep everyone warm.

We did everything ourselves for the wedding, including collect all the flowers from a neighbors garden and made the table settings. So many friends helped out and took the stress off  us, so we could just enjoy our day.

Guests glamped it up, in luxurious bell tents.

The food & drinks were really important to us, we wanted to make sure everyone was well fed. A local company CK Catering, catered the night and did a great job! One of our neighbors created our beautiful cake, she came down the day before and spent hours in kitchen icing it, she couldn’t bring it pre iced as the road is too bumpy. We put pictures up of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day, to pay tribute to our families.

We did a midnight paddle across the river to get some night shots.

Images by Noel Hanna

Ms Gingham says: I love a country wedding!! Campfires, good food and lots of love!

Leila says: “I married my partner Dan on the 27th April at my families property in Northern NSW. It was a beautiful rustic, country style wedding.”

Ceremony Venue: The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge / Catering: CK Catering / Photographer: Noel Hanna

Pippa & Beau’s Mount Glorious Engagement Shoot

by | Engagement Shoots, Weddings



Beau and I met in 2010 at a mutual friend’s engagement party. Since then our love has grown and strengthened. Beau proposed in May this year with a vintage gold, sapphire and diamond ring from the Paddington Antique Centre, Brisbane.  Being engaged is an enchanting and romantic experience. We wanted to capture this special time with an engagement shoot from Kimberley Hill in one of our favourite Brisbane locations, Mount Glorious. We combined my love of whimsical, vintage styling and Beau’s passion for music and motorbikes in this shoot. But most of all, we just wanted photographs which showed our love for one another. It was a perfect, winter’s Sunday morning shooting on Glorious and Kimberley was a joy to work with. She listened and cared about our ideas and captured us better than we could have imagined. We’re planning our wedding for September 2014 and Kimberley will be back behind the lens capturing the big day for us. We cannot wait to get married!

Images by Kimberley Hill

Ms Gingham says: So romantic! Lovely images.

Pippa says: I am passionate about dance, teaching, travel and DIY projects. Blessed to be marrying the love of my life, Beau. Our wedding journey is exciting and providing many opportunities to share special experiences with others.

Polka Dot Sneak Peek – Your Guestbook

by | Polka Dot Sneak Peek, Weddings


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There have been so many deviations from the traditional “name ” message” guestbook over the past few years when it comes to guests wishing you well. When I first started Polka Dot ride, the latest idea was to have your guests hang their note card written messages onto trees to create a wishing tree. The Polaroid guestbook is a popular choice, but ideas like crockery which gets glazed and fired, paintings, quilts with handwritten messages photo matte boards and even recipe books have all been on the agenda as guest book ideas for our brides and grooms.

What have you chosen to do? Are you leaving out the guestbook idea or are you doing it? How are your guests wishing you well?

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