I love the innocence and joy of the littlest bridal party members on a wedding day. The ones with stars in their eyes as they dress, the ones who watch you with awe as you walk down the aisle, the ones who see a wedding as something so full of utter magic. Today I am rounding up fifteen gorgeous flower girl styling ideas to inspire your little ones for your special day. Click on through to see it!
Sarah & Cam
We love a lot of colour here at Polka Dot Bride, so you can imagine how smitten we were when we discovered Sarah and Cam’s bright and colourful country wedding captured by Daniel Sheehan. It comes complete with wide open country spaces, tipis and a beautiful love story. What could be a better way to start the day?
Sarah and Cam fill us in on how they met. “We both grew up and lived in a small farming town called Clyde North. We joke that it’s taken 3 generations for us to meet; Cam’s Italian grandparents had a vegetable farm in Clyde while Sarah’s Dutch Grandparents owned the local milk bar/post office. They must have passed each other in the street many times! It was inevitable, we finally crossed paths in 2008 at the same pub where Sarah’s parents met. Cam was working at the bottle shop and Sarah, being underage, was flirting so he would sell her a bottle of Midori. Apparently Cam was captivated, and when Sarah’s friends returned later, he offered to drive them home to find out more about her.
We bumped into each other at another local pub a few weeks later, then made contact on myspace. After some witty banter we set a date, met at Sarah’s house to watch ‘back to the future’, and we’ve been together ever since!”
Sarah wore a Rue de Seine gown from The Bridal Atelier, remembering, “My Nanna actually picked it out for me! I had to go back twice, and also try on the new creations at the trunk show, but after trying on about 10 dresses I decided that was the one!”
The couple were married at Sarah’s family home, the bride remarking, “I always wanted to get married at my parents’ home, having lived there since I was 10 and watching my parents renovating the house and garden, so it felt very personal and special. It was a lot of work, with so many logistical things to think of like power, toilets, leveling the ground, gardening etc, but was well worth it to get married under the tree I played in as a child, and sharing this with our friends and family. It also makes our photos extra special! We had 4 tipi’s set up on the lawn by the lake as the reception space, with guest milling around in the tipi’s and spilling out into the garden. It looked incredible, it was just what we wanted.”
Sarah walked down the aisle to “All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar, sung by Toby & Dan who did an amazing cover.”
Of the ceremony, officiated by Father Peter from Cam’s family church, Cam remembers, “We had a catholic ceremony, as my family is catholic; the priest from my church was able to come to Sarah’s parent’s property and marry us there which was really special. My Grandfather, sister and Sarah’s Nanna did readings during the ceremony. We decided we would be too nervous without having to write our own vows, so we stuck with the good old fashioned ‘to have and to hold’. There were a few tears, but mostly smiles! Although Sarah’s Dad did cry through the whole ceremony.”
The day was a blistering 42 degrees. “When we got the weather forecast we made sure to set up all the ceremony seating in the shade, have cold drinks and luckily we had an ice cream cart organized for after the ceremony!”
Guests took shelter from the heat and danced and dined under tipis from Tipikata. Sam adds, “Luckily we have very talented and generous families and friends. Sarah’s Uncle made the bar and DJ tables out of packing pallets, and also made the rotunda. Sarah’s Dad installed a fountain in the driveway, as well as building a jetty and bridge for us to have photos on. He and Sarah’s Mum made the signs for out the front, the parking and ceremony. He also levelled and reseeded the ground where the tipi’s were, and kept the garden watered and green! Sarah and her Mum did all the styling, collecting bits and pieces like crates, tables, trays, glasses, ect. Mum already had a lot of the things we used like the couches, tables, rug, punch bowl, candlesticks ect. We did all the linen including table runners, tablecloths and napkins. It took Cam’s Mum a full day to iron and fold all of those! Sarah also made the menu’s that went on the tables just with the printer at home.
Sarah hand muddled all the mojitos the day before the wedding- it took about 3 hours but people were commenting how delicious they were! We also made up the punch. Sarah’s Aunty made lemon cordial with lemons from my tree, and her Uncle designed and baked our fabulous cake. We had a big group of friends and family come by the day before to help set up- they put out furniture, decorated the tipi’s, set up the ceremony area, worked in the garden, set up the sound system, and lots more! Our gorgeous friend Emily, who is a visual merchandiser, also ran around in 42 degree heat on the wedding day setting up tables and styling everything. Thanks Em!”
Of their photographer, the bride remarks, “Daniel did a fantastic job, and was an absolute trooper working outside for 12 hours! He got some amazing shots, we were so excited to see the sneak peek he put up on his website as we landed in Hobart for our honeymoon!”
“All our vendors were amazing, it took so much stress out of the day having reliable people to depend on! Spending lots of time with my Mum planning, shopping and crafting was lots of fun.”
“We’re both terrible dancers; we didn’t have a first dance! We did, however, spend a fair bit of time on the dance floor. Well, mostly Sarah.”
Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Cam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Daniel Sheehan for sharing today’s celebration!
Bridal hairpieces are some of my favourite things to pour over and the Percy Handmade 2016 Botanical collection holds true to my love of all things sparkly and beautifully designed.
Designer Tania took inspiration from her own walks in her garden- her enchantment of the delicate blooms, trailing vines and intricate details taking on a new form with beautifully beaded hairpieces, softly draped veils, leaves gilded with gold, pearl centered blooms. Crystals entwine threaded vines, softly sparkling fabric leaves and mother of pearl flower petals all embody the delicacy and beauty of nature and the very garden its inspiration is drawn from.
Tania and her team hand make each piece in their studio, offering ready to order pieces of something completely custom if you just can’t find what you are looking for.
Percy Handmade pieces are available to order via the website.
Hannah & James
There is a beautiful intimacy, a moodiness to the wedding of Hannah and James. The week’s preceding storms gave their day a new location, which led to a ceremony amongst the trees, as the fog and mist wove its way throughout the sculpture garden and what became in turn, a magical day. Hannah and James chose Kelly Tunney to capture their wedding day.
Hannah tells the story of how they came to be. “We met while on a diplomatic assignment in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. It was a harsh living environment – the rugged terrain alone was brutal, but the war raging around us made for tense living and working conditions. We lived there for 12 months and became the best of friends right from the get go – the close quarters meant you got to know the best and worst of people there very quickly, for better and for worse! We didn’t start dating until we were both well and truly back home in Canberra. Because we were colleagues and great friends we were very reluctant to take that next step and after a couple of failed attempts at a formal date I finally agreed to dinner (although I still insisted it wasn’t a ‘date’). It was wonderful and we never looked back!”
Wanting to make her gown shopping experience true to her own sensibilities, Hannah chose a gown from BHLDN , explaining, “I was pretty reluctant to get involved in the hype around being a bride and the thought of having to book appointments with bridal boutiques and carry an entourage of ‘oohing and aaahing’ women along to watch me try on dresses made we want to run for the hills! I ordered the dress online off the rack, had it taken in and up and it was perfect! When the sun went down I wore the most glorious ostrich feather bolero, which kept me warm, looked amazing and made me so happy.”
The couple met before their ceremony, Hannah remembering, “Kelly Tunney was our photographer. We were undecided about getting a photographer at all but fell in love with Kelly and her work the moment we met her. She listened to everything we said and really planned the shoot around what suited us. We had our photos done before the ceremony. This gave us time for just the two of us before the celebration commenced and Kelly made it such a special part of our day. It also meant we didn’t lose quality time with our guests between ceremony and reception. As a special surprise Kelly had us write letters to one another prior to the shoot, which we then read back to one another on the day. This was such a lovely touch and really added to the whole experience.”
Hannah and James chose the Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia for their wedding, noting, “We wanted the day to be easy and relaxed for everyone and part of this included holding the ceremony and the reception in the one venue. We planned to hold the ceremony outdoors among the sculptures and then move straight into the reception, a covered venue that opened out onto the garden. A terrible storm had raged during the day and we had to move the ceremony to a more protected area. The last minute change of plans turned out to be a huge blessing – the alternate venue was unimaginably beautiful with the storm clouds overhead and the mist rising through the Sculpture Garden. It was magical – we could never have planned for it to be more atmospheric.”
The couple chose to start their ceremony a different way, Hannah telling, “I didn’t walk down the aisle! We met our guests with champagne as they arrived at the venue. This proved to be a wonderful way to connect with guests even before the ceremony started and to minimise the nerves!”
Tony O’Gorman officiated the ceremony, Hannah telling, “Our celebrant was a very close friend of James’ family and had married 3 of his siblings. He was really able to add a personal quality to the ceremony and this was so special for us. James’ sister read an extract from The Little Prince – a beautiful book that is a long-time favourite of mine and was perfect for the occasion. We wanted to include our mothers in the ceremony so they presented us with our rings. We wanted the ceremony to be short, happy and meaningful and we achieved all of those things despite not a dry eye in the room by the end of it!”
“The theme of the wedding was (inadvertently) Peruvian kitsch. This was on account of the Inca exhibition featuring at the time and we weren’t able to remove the Incan themed installation from the venue. This meant we had a corn cob chandelier and loads of brightly coloured Peruvian art pieces on display. We made the most of this by having brightly coloured rustic flower arrangements and equally bright retro chairs. Because many of our guests had travelled to Canberra for the first time and because this was the town where our relationship blossomed, we really wanted to showcase the town as part of the day’s theme. The venue was held in a quintessential Canberran venue, the alcohol was local and the invitations featured an antique photograph of the capital. Because neither of us are too keen on being the centre of attention, we wanted to create as relaxed and informal atmosphere as possible. We didn’t have a wedding party or a cake and kept the formalities to a bare minimum. This maximised the quality time spent with our guests, which was exactly what we wanted.”
Of their first dance, Hannah remembers, “We danced to Lana Del Ray’s ‘Young and Beautiful’. This is a favourite of James’ from an album that had become a bit of a soundtrack to our relationship.”
Congratulations on your marriage Hannah and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Kelly Tunney for sharing today’s celebration.