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Vintage Bride Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I love something about the brides of yesteryear – the history, the emotion, the feelings. It’s so similar to today, yet so different and something about it enchants me. This gorgeous vintage bride inspiration shoot at Era Vintage Bride  with a team of Kalimna Mohamed, Vanessa BarneyCaitlin Quick and model Lauren Johansen-Bell set about to keep the vintage spirit alive by creating three vintage looks inspired by three completely different vintage outfits.

Of the Era Vintage Bride boutique, owner Lucy explains, “The idea behind Era Vintage Bride came from my joint love of wedding dresses, which got when I worked for a Brisbane couturier Paul Hunt, and vintage, which I first fell in love with my grandmother’s clothes that my mother had kept. Vintage dresses offer some incredible fabrics that are really well made and often unique for a bride that is thinking outside of the box. The store itself offers a range of hand picked styles from the US dating from the 30’s through to the 70’s in both wedding dresses and evening wear.

We also ofter a unique remade service whereby the dresses can be made again in new fabric to your measurements should the dress of your dreams be the wrong size, colour or length.”

Stylist Caitlin Quick leads us through each of the vintage styles “I love the idea of vintage bridal wear and each of the three looks featured in our shoot has their own unique charm. The idea that each piece has its own unknown story was what influenced me to style such individual looks. Firstly old time Hollywood glamour where the dress is a statement of pure elegance and the look is finished with a touch of pearls.”

Hair and makeup artist Vanessa Barney notes, “The first dress has a beautiful high neck line which needed to be seen, hair down would detract from the dress so the only way to go was up. To keep with the elegant Hollywood glamour I used Grace Kelly as inspiration and swept Lauren’s hair into a one sided bob with a soft lifted wave. A bride’s makeup needs to compliment her and the theme of the wedding.

With Lauren’s makeup I keep it very minimal, the skin was evened out using Makeup Forever HD foundation, a foundation which photographs perfectly, her brows were filled in where necessary and the eyes were contoured and a slightly bolder than usual, eyeliner was applied.

A peach tone was applied to the cheek to compliment her coral/peach toned lipstick in full grace style. A bridal makeup wouldn’t be complete without some false lashes, I choose individual lashes to add volume and length to the lash while maintaining a natural feel.”

Gold sparkles were up next. “Next the Chinese Bride inspired look featuring the regal gold beading of the dress with hints of traditional red in the accessories.”

For look number two hair and makeup artist, Vanessa tells, “The gold dress was a statement in itself, not needing a lot of fuss. The hairstyle needed to be predominantly up due to the incredible gold neck line. To add a bit of drama I did a soft wave into a beautiful soft curl and added a red lip, this works perfectly with red flowers and shoes.”

I love the third look for a fun pre wedding celebration. “Finally the much less traditional quirky floral pants and bodice which encapsulates how much fun a wedding day should be through all the bright colours, the amazing florals and overall playful vibe. The variation of styles in this shoot demonstrates how every vintage bridal piece can be reinvented to suit a beautiful bride on her special day, all she has to do is make it her own.”

Vanessa remarking, ” The last look was a lot of fun, bright colourful playful pants with a sheer blouse. I loved this playful fun vibe and drew inspiration from the pin up victory roll-up, I altered it slightly leaving one side out. To compliment the colours in the pants I added a pink lip to Lauren.”

Photographer: Kalimna Mohamed / Clothing & Store: Era Vintage Bride / Hair & Makeup Artist: Vanessa Barney / Stylist: Caitlin Quick / Model: Lauren Johansen-Bell @ Giant
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Alcorn Images  from Peggie and Dave’s Botanical Brisbane Wedding

I don’t know about you, but it seems this week was the week of storms – something about Mother Nature really seemed to shake everything up! Not that I’m complaining, sometimes it’s good to be shaken up (figuratively speaking) so you can breathe again.

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!


1. Real Wedding Peggie and Dave’s Botanical Brisbane Wedding

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.What Would They Know? Kate Austin of In The Booth 2. Expert Wisdom OUI! Merci Bouquet Wedding Style Guide ~ Autumn 2015


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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup  Gold Leaf Hair Accessories 2. Tuesday Type Tuesday Type – Nordikka 3. DIY Tutorial Vanilla and Rose Bath Salts Tutorial

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


Peter Jackson New Autumn/Winter Collection

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Vera Wang Sydney are holding a trunk show showcasing the Spring 2015 Bridal Collections from the 28th  April – 2nd May 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney. Make an appointment during the trunk show to receive a special incentive on your purchase!

By Appointment only. Inquire within and call 02 9252 6186 or email

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Crumbz Craft are hosting a special chocolate and yarn event in June! Hosted at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery  in Yarra Glen on the 19th of June and 26th of June and includes unlimited hot chocolate, plenty of chocolate treats and a class on how to knit or crochet.

 A great idea for a hens night with a difference, they’re offering Polka Dot Bride readers a $30 voucher (to spend in store, on classes or homewares) when a bride books to bring her hens along!

Visit the website to book.

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reading and loving

Getting Published: What You Don’t Know

A Timeless Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Golden Seaside Bridal Inspiration

Passion Manifested

Bridal Soiree at Duke Mansion

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For our film of the week, The Smile Factory sent over this gem from Adelaide’s Barossa Valley – the wedding of Corrie & Alexa. Could one ask for more romance?

Sparkling Silver Bridal Shower Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Pre Wedding Parties


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If silver and sparkles are your thing, then this post of sparkling silver bridal shower ideas is just for you!

Our team of Nina Angela Photography and Flowers, Begitta, Moments in Vintage, Velbella, Cake Ninja, Invite with Style, Ally Dunlop and model Ayla Adams teamed up to create a high tea with plenty of sparkling details fit for a beautiful bridal shower.

Nina of Nina Angela Photography and Flowers not only photographed the shoot, she also styled the floral arrangements! The shoot, inspired by sparkle and glamour with florals reminiscent of garden teas evoked a  palette of palette of white, soft blue, glass, silver, and mirrors.  Nina used vintage silver teapots as vases, noting, “I chose the softest blue hydrangeas with white Roses and lisianthus along with delicate trails of Ivy to finish the look.”

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Nina tells, “To complete the table styling we chose menu and place cards from the ‘Edwina’ range by Invite with Style. Elegantly finished in a white linen/lace cover, the floral rose print in powder blue tied in with the floral arrangements of blue hydrangea and white roses. Calligraphy on the place cards was written by Ally Dunlop.”

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Cake Ninja created, “Two varieties of cupcakes, firstly, white chocolate, lemon and poppy seed cupcakes were covered in white fondant and airbrushed with a white lustre dust. They were then topped with an edible crystal jewel to compliment the cake. Secondly, melt-in-the-mouth rich vegan chocolate cupcakes were donned with a luscious swirl of vegan chocolate coconut ganache.”

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Rebecca Calvert from Velbella said, ” Classic timeless beauty can only describe our gorgeous model. Soft pinks shimmer and warm hues highlighted her baby blue eyes, beneath fluttering voluminous lashes. Flushed cheeks highlighted and a kiss of pink on her lips to finish. Her stunning dark hair was styled as a creative take on a classic bun, with detailed swirls of hair encompassing her high chignon. This look will never date”.

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Nina notes, “Taking tea on the dashing ‘earl grey’ sofa from Moments in Vintage, our gorgeous bride- to -be, Ayla was dressed by Begitta . Begitta Stolk said, “For this divine bridal high tea we paired two of our most favourite pieces together! Our signature Ballerina skirt with sparkly belt, in the softest of mints and our divine Audrey Chantilly-Style Lace Bodice in a soft ivory, for a fun and oh-so-chic Bridal Shower look.”

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Janice Woolf from Cake Ninja provided an elegant cake worthy of wedding inspiration also. She described her cake, “This cake was all about elegance. Tall, perfectly proportioned and with just enough sparkle to make a statement. Delicate edible silver leaf was used to enhance the height of the middle tier whilst silver and crystal beading adorned the bases of the other two tiers. The whole look was set off by a stunning, over-sized peony with crystal button centre.”

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Photographer & Florist: Nina Angela Photography and Flowers / Bride’s Dress: Begitta / Styling & Furniture: Moments in Vintage / Hair & Makeup Artist: Velbella / Cake Designer: Cake Ninja / Invitations & Stationery: Invite with Style / Calligraphy: Ally Dunlop / Model: Ayla Adams

Sophie & Leigh’s Fun Kate Spade Inspired Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Sophie & Leigh

Sophie loves Kate Spade – so it was obvious to her that her wedding would be a fun Kate Spade inspired celebration. From her sparkly gold Kate Spade heels to black and white polka dot napkins, each element of the day was infused with her love of the fun preppy style and all captured by Ben Howland.

Sophie tells their story. “I’m (Sophie) from Newcastle and Leigh is from Melbourne and we went all the way to London to find each other. We met through friends Tom and Simon one (surprisingly warm) Sunday afternoon in London’s Finchley Road Walkabout pub (where else of course)! From that day on we bonded over snakebites and Manchester United on Walkabout’s table no. 4. It didn’t take long to fall head over heels for each other and everything happened quite quickly, we rented our own flat together just 3 months after we met – as they say “you just know”.

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Little Bridge Designs created black, gold and white wedding stationery for the day.

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The groom and groomsmen each wore a navy suit and polka dot bow tie, Sophie noting, “Leigh’s gorgeous Nan did the best job making all of the boys bow ties.”

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Sophie chose a lace gown from Heather Sellick, noting, “Heather was AMAZING, she is so lovely and gave me my dream wedding dress – if your looking for a bespoke wedding dress look no further.”

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Sophie’s bridesmaids wore custom made gowns with gold tops.

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Sophie walked down the aisle to Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird”, the couple choosing St Mary’s Star of the Sea Newcastle for their ceremony.

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Sophie tells, “I loved the ceremony, we aren’t super religious but we are both catholic and wanted a traditional wedding, we were slightly unsure of how full on the ceremony would be and if it would be more about the church rather then us as a couple, our priest became sick and we ended up with the Newcastle Monsignor – he was absolutely fantastic!!! He kept everything to the point and it was in the ended up being really personalised ceremony. We also got to read out four prayers that we had written ourselves, I thought this made a lovely touch.”

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Of their photographer, Sophie notes, “When we first met with Ben we knew he was right for the job! He has a super friendly persona and made all of us feel super comfortable on the wedding day plus he has a great sense of humour! His organisation (I love organised people) and communications leading up to the day were fantastic. And you will see how great his photos are!”

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Lovely Rita Designs created floral arrangements for the day. “It worked out perfectly that peonies (my favourite) are only available in November so of course we had these as the main flower – and I have to say Nichole from Lovely Rita Flowers did the BEST job!”

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The Creative Type styled the wedding in Kate Spade style, the bride remarking, “Caroline our wonderful stylist organised everything for the tables from the gorgeous bow napkins to the striped place mats, chairs, charger plates and candle holders. She created all of the table names, signs, menus, super cute card box and the fab seating plan. We bought all of the frames and spray painted half of them gold. The napkins ended up being quite popular and we saw a couple of guests even wear them all night around their neck, anyway 13 people decided to take them home not realising we had hired them and they were the only napkins of that kind available in Australia – we gave up trying to find who had them! We also found out half of the guests couldn’t bare to unwrap them and use them as napkins – they just looked too pretty!

Its no shock that I love Kate Spade, gold, bows and polkadots, so this was the main theme of the wedding (yay) and Caroline mastered it perfectly. I still say “wow” every time I look at the pictures. Everything was so bright and happy – just what we wanted.”

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Sweet Perfection Cakes created a black, white and gold Kate Spade inspired cake.

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“We really wanted to make our wedding unique to us and our style – so we personalised as many details as we could. As we met in London we wanted to incorporate a little bit of this into the wedding we had London cabs as two of the bridal cars, all of the boys had matching London tube map socks and we had table names (this was Leigh’s idea which he was very excited about) all of the names where special places we have been together on our travels.”

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Sophie and Leigh held their wedding reception at Merewether Surfhouse , Sophie noting, “As soon as we were engaged Leigh turned to me and said, were getting married at Merewether Surfhouse, I was super happy with that because I wanted to get married in my home town. We didn’t even look anywhere else it was the perfect location for us – an amazing spot right on the water with our favourite view of Newcastle. We had spent so much time telling our friends and family in Melbourne how amazing in Newcastle was and we felt Merewether Surfhouse really showed off Newcastle’s beauty. On the night the staff were fantastic, everything went to plan the food was beautiful and the friendly staff kept all the guests glasses full”

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One of Sophie’s favourite parts of the day was, “The speeches – we loved the speeches every single one of them, they were all so beautiful. My Uncle told us there was only one thing missing from our wedding – a box of Kleenex on the tables. My 17 yr old sister blew everyone away and my best friend Nicole even surprised me with a speech (she couldn’t even speak at her own wedding – she hates public speaking). Our dads, my mum and the best man also did amazing jobs!”

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“Our wedding was not just about our love for each other but about the family and friends we shared it with. We feel so lucky to have spent our special day/night with 175 people who came from all over Australia and 9 people traveled all the way from England :) As it was a bit of a destination wedding for half of our guests, we had the most wonderful time with them around the wedding – memories we will cherish forever and we will be forever thankful for everyone’s generosity and involvement.”

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Of the first dance, Sophie remembers, “We admit, we had a few lessons, we didn’t want anything choreographed because we knew we would just end up forgetting it all and falling into each others arms dancing to Van Morrison “Someone like you” (how corny does that sound) but we just learned a few steps and a bit of a twirly thing. Which was funny because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do do a full twirl as my dress limited how far I could put my arms in the air, I had to pull our instructor aside and whisper it to her, Leigh was kind of puzzled, but it all worked out on the day and I even managed to do my full twirl.”

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Bob Corbett kept the dance floor moving all night. “We have had so many people enquire about Bobby,  he was awesome and created the real party atmosphere we wanted, the dance floor was packed all night!”

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Congratulations Sophie and Leigh! Thank you for sharing the details of your day with us! Thank you also to Ben Howland and The Creative Type for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Ben Howland / Cinematographer: Chantel Louise / Wedding Stylist: The Creative Type / Bride’s Dress: Heather Sellick / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Kate Spade / Groom’s Attire: Liddis Tailoring (03) 9428 1506 / Groom's Shoes: Aquilla / Groomsmen Attire: Liddis Tailoring (03) 9428 1506 / Groomsmen's Shoes: Aquilla / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom made - local dressmaker in Newcastle / Bridesmaid Shoes: Various - Jiffies for the reception from Kurt Gieger / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco (Jewels & Clutches) / Hairstylist: Chelsy Reid / Makeup Artist: IIona Kish / Flowers: Lovely Rita Designs / Wedding Invitations: Little Bridge Designs / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Star of the Sea Newcastle / Ceremony Musicians: Rachel Rachel / Reception Venue: Merewether Surfhouse / Band: Bob Corbett / Cake Baker: Sweet Perfection Cakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hills Jewellers and Bride's Great Grandmothers wedding ring / Transport: Exclusive Vintage Wedding Cars / Photo Booth: The Booth Fairy / Groom & Groomsmen Beer Glasses: Magic Brushes Workshop / Bride & Bridesmaid Champagne Glasses: Kate Spade
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