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Photo by Kiss and Tell Photography from Bridesmaids Dress Shopping At Dolly Up Vintage Emporium

Enjoying the ride and seeing the silver lining. Sometimes that’s difficult to do right? Definitely! That’s why this week, I was absolutely blown away by this post by Andy from Kiss and Tell Photography. When Andy found himself faced with an impromptu bridesmaid’s dress expedition not only did he go along, but he photographed the process, found out more about the boutique he was standing in and wrote a post about it! I don’t know if my husband would have been quite as accommodating without a food based bribe of some sort.

It made me think about how petulant I can get also if I find myself in a situation that isn’t exactly exciting for me. So I’m thinking, why not try to just change our point of view? Because I feel that the grumpiness is what closes us off to possible opportunities. Food for thought this week!

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.

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1.Real Wedding ~ Teagan And Jay’s Science Inspired Spring Wedding 3.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Claire 4. Picking A Timeless Bridal Look – Vogue Weddings 5. Real Wedding Planning Journey ~ All About Us… And Maybe Everyone Else 6. Polka Dot Sneak Peek – Your Bridesmaid Gowns

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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.

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1. What They Know? Van Middleton of Van Middleton Photography 2Wedding Albums – Are They Really Necessary? 3. Wedding Planning Wisdom ~ 10 Top Trends For Your Morning After Wedding Brunch

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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.

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1. Etsy Roundup – Vintage Beaded Bags 2. Tuesday Type – P22 Marcel  3. DIY Wedding Tips 4. Cocktail Friday – Old Fashioned Whiskey Recipe

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

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1. Sun & Snow In A USA Honeymoon

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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.

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1. Life As A Groom ~ Bridesmaids Dress Shopping At Dolly Up Vintage Emporium 2. Inspired Memories – Jason 3. Groom Style – Michael

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The winner of our Joe Button custom suit giveaway has been chosen! A big congratulations to Damien Hughes!

Damien you have won a custom made Australian merino suit for your wedding day valued at $600! Damien’s winning answer? Indigo Ink! Damien will be marrying next year and we’re looking forward to seeing his wedding! Damien I will be shooting you an email shortly!

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Image by Emily Adamson Photography

After the success of the Waiheke Wedding Fair NZ Wedding Fairs are taking the boutique inspired fairs around the country. The Queenstown Wedding Fair will be held on 6 July at The Wine House.

“Come along to the fair and meet all our vendors in one place to assist you with your day, not only will you be able to meet all the amazing vendors that can assist you with your wedding, you can taste the local wines, listen to the local musicians who all cater for events, eat some tasty food and relax.”

More information here

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Marry Me Charlie is a marketplace where anyone can buy and sell wedding products while giving 3 % of every sale to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Sydney. A very worthy cause! The website provides buyers with the full array of wedding needs starting from the bridal shower to the wedding and reception as well as gorgeous honeymoon destination guides and venues. Check it out here.

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Lovers of all things Retro and Vintage listen up!

Time to frock up Sydney! Search through racks filled with fabulous fashion spanning over two hundred years. Boxes full of buttons, old dress patterns, bits and pieces of lace. Tables with crisp, starched French and Irish linen. Polished wooden cabinets full of estate jewellery. Tables with simple and affordable costume jewellery. Exotic textiles from lands far beyond Australia’s shores draped across tables. Umbrella stands with parasols. Hat stands bedecked with creations from milliners’ workshops. Original fashion drawings. Over the top textiles from the sixties. Old women’s magazines. Fashion books.

Frock Up Sydney will be held this Saturday from 11AM-6PM and Sunday 10AM-4PM at the Leichhardt Town Hall • CORNER Marion & Norton Streets Leichhardt • SYDNEY

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Win a five hour photobooth package for your wedding!

In The Booth are currently running an Instagram promotion to celebrate their fifth birthday.

Create an image in which you wish them a #happyBOOTHday. Post it to instagram with the #happyBOOTHday tag and tag @inthebooth.Visit In The Booth on instagram for full details (look for the post with the below image).

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Finally our film of the week comes from Jade and Matt who say:

This is the video we created as an invite for our wedding so people knew our story before the big day. The photographer is Anitra Wells. She did an awesome job for us.

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Kellie and Luke’s Romantic Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Kellie & Luke

Kellie and Luke chose a beautiful romantic style to their wedding day. Infused with vintage inspired details and pretty pastel colours their day was captured by Insight Creative and showed off the beautiful gardens and landscapes around Townsville.

Kellie tells the tale of how they came to be. “We both grew up in the same small country town, our brothers were actually best mates, but it wasn’t until high school that Luke and I first met, we have been inseparable ever since.”

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The bride and bridesmaids wore dresses from Jella Bella Designs. Kellie recalling, “Jella Bella made all our our dresses including my wedding dress, bridesmaids, flower girl, mother of the bride and my sister in law’s dress. She was so wonderful and really went the extra mile to make sure everything was just right. She was such a pleasure and really understood how I wanted everyone to look.”

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The day was infused with carefully chosen details, right down to the bride’s perfume! “A bottle of perfume that I wore which Luke gave to me when I was 17, it was 10 years old that day.” Mandy from The Hair Boutique (the bride’s sister in law) styled the bridal party’s hair.

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The Queens Gardens set the scene for the ceremony, Kellie noting, “We were married at the Queens Gardens under this beautiful raintree, We walked every garden in Townsville until we finally found the perfect spot, my poor husband was so thrilled once we finally picked something.” The ring bearer carried a little moss nest holding the rings.

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Kellie walked down the aisle to Feels Like Home by Edwina Hayes.

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The wedding was styled by Carbine Avenue. Kellie noting, “My wedding stylist Karen from Carbine Avenue deserves a very special mention. I found Karen after seeing a shoot she had styled for Insight creative – our photographers, and thought maybe she might be able to help us achieve what we wanted. We (really me) had very set ideas on how we wanted the day to look, and are very limited to what we can access here in Townsville.

Upon Meeting Karen I knew instantly she was exactly what we were looking for and she brought our day to life, everything was so stunning, all the little details she put into it. People asked how I could be so calm on my wedding day and it was very simple – I had all the right people in all the right places.”

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Family involvement was important to Kellie and Luke who say, “We loved the special things family and friends did to be a part of our day – the poem my grandma wrote and read during our ceremony, my cousin Joanna singing the song we walked down the aisle to, Luke’s mum and my mum making a speech at the reception, my Uncle who was MC, there were just so many people that did so much to make our day what it was.”

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Kellie and Luke were married in front of a gorgeous pair of vintage doors found by their stylist.

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Of their photographer, Kellie says, “I could not have been more thrilled with our photos. I spent hours researching trying to find the right fit for our wedding day, and when I met Honey from Insight Creative, I knew I had found the right person. The photos were one of the most important things to me. Honey and the team captured our wedding perfectly. I wanted it to read like a story with lots of natural candid shots and from start to finish there wasn’t a moment missed.”

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The floral arrangements were styled by Townsville Flower Market. “Prue was fantastic, she really understood what was needed and was happy to work with Karen to achieve what I wanted for the day. The flowers were so beautiful.”

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“My Maid of Honor – Angela was with me through the entire thing, and was just so supportive and helpful, I couldn’t have done it without her, I couldn’t think of anyone I would have had stand beside me on my special day.”

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The bride’s transport was a surprise, Kellie explain,s “I loved the vintage car that my mum found the day before the wedding to take me to the ceremony, I could not believe she found this, I had nothing to drive me until that moment.”

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Jupiters Casino hosted the reception outside, says Kellie. “Our reception was held on the outside lawns at Jupiters Casino, overlooking the sea and with views of Magnetic island. It was risky having an outside wedding especially in North Queensland where it rains every second day, but I was adamant that we would be outside, the weather turned on perfectly, a little too perfect in fact, it was the coldest day on record for that winter. Jupiters were brilliant, they definitely know how to run a wedding reception, everything was so smooth, the food was scrumptious, we couldn’t have asked for more.”

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Kellie made a lot of details for the wedding, admitting she was slightly crazy, She explains,”I designed and made all of our stationery, which included covering around 50 books for our tables, as well as the bottles used for our seating chart among other things. The biggest job would have had to have been making the tablecloths & runners, we were crazy to do this, but I really wanted textured fabric and we just couldn’t find what we were after anywhere else.”

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Carbine Avenue carried the styling through to the reception, Kellie noting, “We loved all the little touches Karen did with the decor, like the floral arrangements that hung from the doors, or the suitcase full of blankets for guests to use in case it was cold. Walking into our ceremony & reception, it was like walking into a dream, it was so stunning.”

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Guests enjoyed a lolly buffet by Paper and String. Kellie remembering, “Mel was recommended to me through Karen, and at very short notice, created the most stunning display of sweet treats for our guests to take home with them. Not only did they look great, but they tasted even better.”

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Details included a custom designed cake topper with the couple’s dog Flossie on it, vintage chairs borrowed from the photographer, a pocket watch, stripey socks and cufflinks given as a surprise gift to the groom and groomsmen from the bride, and even a special slideshow made of photos of the couple by Kellie’s mother.

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One of the best moments of the day for Kellie was a surprise gift from her relatives. She tells “One of the best surprises of my wedding was something really special that my Aunt & Uncle did for me. We have this little mini chair in our family that was used by me when I was a little girl and then was given to my Aunty Kathy for her kids to use, and not only did they still have it, they actually went to the trouble of flying not only themselves over to the wedding (all the way from Karratha WA), but also this chair to give to Luke and I for our future kids.”

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For their first dance, Kellie remembers, “We danced to Bruno Mars “Count on Me”, a song we felt truly represented us. It was so fun. Luke is not the most coordinated person, and we were nervous, but once we got started nothing else really mattered, and the best part was when our friends and family joined in and shared the moment.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Kellie and Luke! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Insight Creative for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Insight Creative / Stylist: Carbine Avenue / Bride’s Dress: Jella Bella Designs / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jella Bella Designs / Hairstylist: Mandy from The Hair Boutique / Makeup Artist: Boheme Beauty / Flowers: Townsville Flower Market / Ceremony Venue: The Queens Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Jennifer from Dragonfly Ceremonies / Reception Venue: Jupiters Casino / Favors: Mel from Paper and String / Cake Baker: Happy Cakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers

Love Amongst The Cacti

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For something completely different, photographer Sarah Churcher sent along this inspiration at Australia’s largest Cactus Garden (Cactus Country). With everybody loving unique and interesting locations, I couldn’t go past something with so much visual interest!

Hiring different wedding gowns and working with a florist (Camberwell Market Florist) and hair & makeup artist (Iconique Hair and Makeup) to create completely different looks, Sarah played off the incredible textures and play of light to create a different kind of wedding inspiration shoot.

Sarah says, “ I put together a team of wedding professionals for a photographic shoot in Australia’s largest cactus garden – an incredible location that simply could not be ignored when I drove past it on my way home from a wedding late last year. I wanted to inspire my brides to think outside of the box when it came to selecting locations for their photography. I also wanted to suggest some new ways of dressing and accessorising as a bride.”

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Cactus Country set the scene for the shoot, located at Strathmerton, Victoria. Sarah remarks,”John and the team at the Cactus Country were amazing, so kind and inviting. They gave us complete freedom in their spectacular garden to capture everything and anything we wanted. We were extremely spoilt for choice!”

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Camberwell Market Florist created unique floral arrangements for the shoot using plenty of greenery. Sarah notes, “My goodness Nic at Camberwell Market Florist is just simply the best in the business. I had seen his beautiful arrangements at a previous wedding I photographed and I was ecstatic when he joined the project. Nic’s bouquets were original and stunning. Exactly what we were after.”

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Hair and Makeup was by the team at Iconique Hair and Makeup, says Sarah, “They met us on the day at our accommodation and were absolutely brilliant – the results speak for themselves! I must mention here that the day we completed this shoot was 40+ degrees, which could have been a disaster for the hair and make up but our lovely Victoria looked as fresh at the beginning of the shoot as she did at the end.”

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Photographer: Sarah Churcher / Venue: Cactus Country / Flowers: Camberwell Market Florist / Hair & Makeup Artist: Iconique Hair and Makeup / Bow Tie & Braces: Ties n Cuffs

Wedding Food Ideas – The Grazing Table

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The picture above is one of my happy places, cheese, fresh cured meats, fruits and a glass of wine. Well that’s how you win my heart and the grazing table concept is also an incredible way to cater to your wedding guests. Imagine guests being welcomed post ceremony to a glass of champagne and a table such as this to enjoy as the sun sets? Or perhaps it’s the perfect way to sooth grumbly tummies before ceremony proceedings start, allowing guests to pick what takes their fancy!

Lisa Diederich Photography teamed up with an incredible caterer and florist, photographing and styling this incredible grazing table set up to inspire you! Harry & Mario Cafe provided the decadent delicious fruit, crusty bread, cheeses and meats for the table, In Bud Floral Design the bright floral arrangements and the jars were sourced from Just Jars Australia. Read on for Lisa’s top tips for a grazing table that will wow your wedding guests (and make you crave every morsel on that table like me).

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“The key to a grazing table is having high-quality, harmonious ingredients with a variety of textures and flavours. Cheese, fruits & spreads, dips, charcuterie, antipasto and crusty bread all play crucial parts in the feast and should be delicious and memorable on their own and also when paired with each other. When choosing your selection of cheeses, the board should feature at least one of each type of cheese: aged, firm, soft and blue.”

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“To display your beautiful foods, wooden boards are traditionally used. Find an assortment in various sizes and thickness. For an even more rustic display, choose boards with different wood grains and colours. Marble slabs, glass platters and small porcelain bowls can also be used creatively!”

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“To accompany, choose interesting but complimentary fruits and spreads such as quince paste, dried or fresh figs, apricots and pears. Consider the flavor pairings and be creative – chevre (goat cheese) apricot jam and fresh thyme pair beautifully, for example!”

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“To round out the table, add pickled, roasted or charred vegetables, marinated olives and homemade dips, like hummus, beetroot or pesto. Then be sure to offer a variety of crusty breads and biscuits – sourdough, wholegrain artisan bread, assorted biscuits with nuts and seeds all lend well to dipping and piling high with cheese and accompaniments.”

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“To add more substance and protein to your table, offer a charcuterie selection with quality cured meats. Again, present a variety of textures and tastes with maybe a thinly sliced proscuitto, a spicy sopressa and a smooth pâté.”

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“Once you have displayed the foods on your grazing table, fill your table-scape with fresh flowers, candles and unique personal touches, like a piece of driftwood plucked off the beach that morning, and enjoy!”

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Photography & Styling: Lisa Diederich Photography / Catering: Harry & Mario Cafe / Flowers: In Bud Floral Design / Jars: Just Jars Australia
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