Art Deco Glam Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


If champagne coupes, beautiful sparkles, silverware with decadent detail and floor length gowns are your idea of a beautiful night, then this stunning art deco glam wedding ideas shoot is just for you.

Twig and Fawn Photography captured this beautiful shoot, teaming up with floral designer Wildflowers and Moss and Adorn Event Hire  at the beautiful Customs House Brisbane to create a shoot that “was designed to invoke the decadent yet refined glamour of the 1920’s”. The small setting also the most beautiful inspiration for a smaller wedding – a grand three-course meal for only your closest friends perhaps?

From the simple colour palette of ivory, mercury silver and lush botanic greens to the setting – the beautiful jewel toned Sylvia Jones room filled with details of shining mirrors, sparkling chandeliers and an elegant long table, dressed in a beaded lace table runner and plenty of mercury silver, to the floral arrangements of incredible oversize ferns with rose accents, potted ferns and greenery and the icing on the cake of the crystal champagne tower, topped with French champagne. Each element spoke of the art deco glamour with a little drama and plenty of sophistication.

The team wanted to inspired couples on creating a look that is  “a richly elegant, classic and stunning look reminiscent of the Deco glamour of the Golden Age”, the bride to be model Bianca Sylk dressed in a stunning  Pronovias gown from White Lily Couture – the piece with its elegant long sleeves and sweeping train reminiscent of a modern take on vintage – it’s glittering fabric and low v neckline bringing classic elegance into a modern day look. Finished off with a glowing, dewy makeup look by Absolutely Lucy Hair and Makeup with a dramatic winged eye (complete with a little silver sparkle) and bold red lip to match her sleek, chic low chignon.

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Cindy & Lee’s Western Australian Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Cindy & Lee

Bright colour, plenty of romance and the lush greenery of a winery backdrop sounds like the most beautiful recipe for a wedding and it certainly hit the mark for Cindy and Lee’s Western Australian winery wedding. Anthea Auld  was behind the camera for today’s celebration, centred around the newlyweds desire to create a day that was, as bride Cindy remarks “the most enjoyable and memorable wedding for us and everyone who came.”

The groom chose a blue suit by Calibre, his groomsmen wearing grey pants with suspenders from Roger David .

Cindy chose a mermaid-style gown from Dion for Brides. She tells “My dress was lace and was very intricate and delicate. I chose the dress as I fell in love with the beautiful French lace. I felt very emotional putting it on, as it was perfect and I could imagine our wedding day as if it were happening there and then.”

Cindy and lee chose Sandalford Estate  for their wedding, the bride explaining “Both the ceremony and reception were held at Sandalford Estate. We both share the love of wine and love the beautiful scenery at Sandalford as well as the reception rooms with walls of wine barrels. Prior to booking Sandalford we had spoken to several people who had been married or attended weddings at Sandalford. All feedback provided had been exceptional. Giving praise to the fantastic service, wedding coordination, food, drinks, and beautiful rooms and surroundings. We weren’t disappointed.”

Cindy walked down the aisle to “Can’t help falling in love” by Ingrid Michaelson.

Shantell Smith officiated the ceremony, Cindy remembering “The ceremony was held on the lawn in front of the lake on Sandalford’s Estate. I was so nervous walking down the aisle as everyone was looking directly at me. My hands didn’t stop shaking until Lee held them in his and was able to calm me. We wrote our own vows to make the wedding feel more personal to our new beginning together.”

Katie Cooper Floral Designs created the lush floral arrangements for the day, says Cindy “Katie Cooper Floral Designs was incredible. Katie’s knowledge of everything wedding, bubbly personality and willingness to help with everything (not just the flowers) made planning the wedding by ourselves easy and fun. My bridesmaid, Carly and I loved going to meetings with her.”

“All of our vendors were amazing. My photographer was perfect and helped me with all the timings and ensuring everything went smoothly, my make up was flawless, my hair was to die for, my celebrant fitted in like she was a friend, and the DJ/MC made the reception fun for all.

I really enjoyed everything when planning the wedding as so many of my vendors, Anthea, Katie, Kristy and Shantell in particular, came to be like my friends going through the fun journey with me and of course making it so easy to plan the big day.”

Reception celebrations were held at Sandalford Estate‘s Oak Room, which was adorned with hanging floral arrangements and masses of fairy lights.

The reception began with plenty of dancing! Cindy explains “Our reception entrance consisted of all our guests standing and stomping their chairs on the floor. After entering the reception as soon as we got to the dance floor the DJ invited everyone to join us in the dance floor for the twist, followed by the conga to our seats. This entrance set the scene for a reception full of laughter, joy and dancing.”

Congratulations Cindy and Lee! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Anthea Auld  for sharing today’s gorgeous day!

Photographer: Anthea Auld / Bride's Dress: Dion for Brides / Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams / Bride's Jewellery: Swarovski / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dion for Brides / Bridesmaid Shoes: Milk Fashion / Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski / Hairstylist: Kayla Marshall / Makeup Artist: Kristy Ellis / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Invitations & Stationery: Emily Brindley / Flowers: Katie Cooper Floral Designs / Venue: Sandalford Estate / Other: Emily Brindley / Ceremony Officiant: Shantell Smith / Ceremony Musicians: Shane Trewarn / Other: Katie Cooper Floral Designs / Signage: Emily Brindley / Other: Owl and Bear / DJ: The DJ Perth / Favors: RSPCA WA Donation / Favors: National Breast Cancer Foundation Donation / Wedding Cake: Colleen McCallum / Other: Merlina Lam / Wedding Ring: Rosendorffs

Wendy Makin Couture Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


With over 20 years designing wedding gowns, Brisbane designer Wendy Makin is one of the stalwarts of the wedding industry. Her work over 30 years continuing to evolve, to create and simply to work with her own personal mission of creating stunning wedding gowns that are simple and elegant.

The couture collection lives and breathes off the fabric – raw pieces of lace, tulles and silk all draped and positioned to inspired brand new classic pieces. Each gown in the collection showing off the beauty of the female form and celebrating the classic silhouette with modern design.

As an Australian brand, Wendy and her team hand make each gown in their design studio in Brisbane – never straying from their philosophy of creating high quality, beautifully made gowns on Australian shores.

The Wendy Makin couture collection is available at her stores and stockists around Australia and the world.

Other: Wendy Makin / Photographer: Milque Photography / Hairstylist: Lily Fontana Hair and Make-up / Makeup Artist: Lily Fontana Hair and Make-up

Vendor of the Week – Sara Hannagan Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! it was a little bit of a crazy week last week with mid-week public holidays, more behind the scenes pre for big projects oh and a fun and incredible trip to Barcelona for Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week! We can’t wait to share it all with you soon!

If your wedding is in 2018, or even drawing closer in 2017, now is the time to really get into the hard work of choosing your final vendors. Take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and we’re sure you’ll find just right vendor to help you with your wedding ideas. We have Hair & Beauty, we have Mobile Bars & Drinks catering, we have Entertainment and Jewellery – we even have Bridesmaid Gowns and Master of Ceremonies! We have so many wonderful vendors who will help make your dreams a reality.

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

Sara of Sara Hannagan Photography is based in Perth WA and her photography is evocative with the emotions of the wedding day captured in moments in time, the golden sunsets of WA and the beaches and city skyline that are so much a part of the WA landscape. Sara is honoured to photograph your wedding and as she says “My images capture the beauty, love and excitement of your wedding day but most importantly they remind you of how you felt.”

We asked Sara from Sara Hannagan Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

A good craft beer like a James Squire Golden Ale.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Camping! I love getting away from the city every now and then. Being in the bush surrounded by nature with no phone reception and a campfire is the perfect weekend escape for me.

Favourite restaurant?

I often go to a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant in Fremantle called Ipho. The food is so fresh and delicious.

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

Bacon and eggs plus several cappuccinos.

Your favourite wedding story?

Every wedding is unique and every couple has their own fantastic story so it’s tricky to just pick one. One of my favourite recent weddings is Gareth and Juliana’s Matilda Bay wedding. Gareth is from Albany, Western Australia and Juliana grew up in Brazil. They met while studying to be chemical engineers at university in Perth. Their ceremony took place at the stunning Matilda Bay foreshore followed by the reception at Matilda Bay Restaurant. Their wedding day was fun and relaxed just like them. The love and support their families had for each other was moving. Many of their family and friends had travelled from near and far to be at the wedding. They are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and the whole wedding day really was perfect.

Visit Sara Hannagan Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Sara Hannagan Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.