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Vintage Floral Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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I love a shoot with a difference and this one from Byron Loves Fawn and The One Day House has captured my vintage loving heart! Inspired by a vintage fabric on a cushion, the shoot evolved into a relaxed, cosy vintage floral wedding design that feels in stylist’s Kristy’s words “A little bit Tuscan and even a little bit vintage seventies”.

The deep warm hues of the cushion are carried through to the deeply toned furniture, the bride’s vintage floral look jacket (perfectly paired on top of her Jennifer Gifford Designs gown) I love the combination of elements the team worked on as a fresh take for a Spring or Summer wedding- one could even take these rich tones into a colourful Autumn or Winter celebration.

The simple furniture- down to the greys of the dining setting, are a subtle nod to the shades of colour while letting the blooms, vintage floral crockery and napery do the talking. I imagine a feast of cheese, Charcuterie and the most delicious of wines making their debut at this wedding. Of course followed by the sweetness and fun of little lemon tarts or berry infused sparkling jelly.

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Karla from Blissful Makeup created the bride and bridesmaid’s makeup look. Keeping the looks fresh and feminine with rosy red lips.

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The bridesmaids wore yellow dresses with aqua waistbands from Cue.

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Instead of keeping to a typical pastel floral theme, Kristy of  Cotton Blossom used the deep bright blooms to bring life to the table and pick up the cushion colours. Poppies in hues of yellow, golden orange and red spilled from white milk jugs and compote bowls.

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The groom was dressed in a smartly tailored suit from Will Valor with a simply printed bow tie by Marcello Neckwear.

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Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn / Hire & Styling: The One Day House / Flowers: Cotton Blossom / Bride’s Dress: Jennifer Gifford Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Cue / Groom’s Attire: Will Valor / Makeup Artist: Karla from Blissful Makeup / Bowtie: Marcello Neckwear
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Charis and Brooks’ Eclectic Warehouse Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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 Charis & Brooks

I love the vibe of today’s eclectic warehouse wedding, The couple included everything they loved in their day – “food, company, hints at travel, relaxed and friendly but with a little bit of flair.” The bride, having a set vision folded thousands of paper cranes and stars as a nod to her and her beloved’s love of Japan, creating her own table decorations and moments of sweetness for guests to enjoy. They chose Studio Sixty to capture it beautifully.

The story of how the newlyweds met involves Sambuca shots and goes a little something like this. “January 2008 – New Years Resolutions only a week old and already thrown out the window! Charis was living on the Sunshine Coast – trying to figure out whether she was going to make a go of it in Australia or start a life overseas. Brooks was busy living the bachelors’ life in Brisvegas – no commitments, no plans (except a plane to Vietnam) and no responsibilities. Charis was invited to a friend of a friends’ birthday in Brisbane. They met in the kitchen of a house that had more alcohol than cutlery and Brooks offered her a drink. Charis declined the drink, but happily stole his hat afterwards. Classic case of reverse pigtail pulling. Those who were there will remember atomic wedgies, ice bath challenges and general early-twenties shenanigans. The night certainly ended with Sambuca shots and the promise of a real bed – with a fan and mattress – if only Charis was happy sharing it with three other people. It was the first week of January in Brisbane and it was expected to be 40C in the morning – the answer was always going to be yes. ”

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Charis’ vintage inspired look started with her gown. She tells, “My aunts found my dress at a second hand shop – I loved the style and it fit perfectly (it just had to be dry cleaned / some small age spots fixed). My Grandmother lent me her mother’s veil and it went together with it so well (she also patched up a small hole). I was lucky enough to find a seamstress in Brisbane (Venita Drennen) who loved my dress and knew what to do to keep it authentic. Venita whipped up the beading on my dress three weeks before the wedding! There was a slight dry cleaning fail – I won’t name names – but she made it look like everything I wanted it to be).”

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Charis walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

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Paul Voge performed the ceremony, the bride noting, “He did a brilliant job and we were so happy to find him. He was everything we never knew to look for in a celebrant and he ensured the ceremony ran smoothly, almost like we knew what we were doing! I don’t know if it is normal for guests to tell you how awesome your celebrant is, but a lot of our guests did ! Surprisingly, he is in very few of our photos  somehow, he was able to ninja out of them.”

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Charis and Brooks chose one venue for their day – Lightspace. Charis tells “We kept it simple in the end and did everything at Lightspace. We were (I was) a little terrified of arranging something elaborate and losing half the guests on the way. Jess was fantastic – and we were very happy with our choice. For our lighting, we used AVIdeas- Greg and Chris always make Lightspace look its best and our wedding was no exception.”

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Of their photographer, Charis says, “Jason from Studio Sixty Photography – absolutely brilliant. He was so calm and easy-going which was perfect for Brooks who just wanted the photography to happen without thinking about it. You’re always told in wedding lists to make sure you pick out photos that you want the photographer to copy – definitely wasn’t required with Jason; he knew who we were and what we would like before he took the photos – it made it effortless. Plus, we really wanted him to capture the things that we missed  because we would be caught up in the moment. There are so many photos where I think ‘I didn’t see that!’  I’m so happy that he was able to capture those moments too. Also, I thought it would be really cool to get photos at the EKKA but I wasn’t sure how Jason would feel – it could be awesome or go spectacularly wrong. He was definitely up for it and planned things so we had brilliant photos even if the EKKA plan didn’t work. (…it did work!).”

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Meanwhile, during photographs Charis says, “It was really important for us that people weren’t bored (or hungry) while we were getting photos taken – so we filled the place with boardgames and easy to eat food like German pretzels, sausages and cheese.”

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The reception decor was all created by the bride. “I DIYed most details. In hindsight, this was probably not the greatest of ideas but if I had to do it all over, I would not change a thing. I had an idea in mind to start with and I couldn’t quite explain it to any of the planning vendors – so I did it myself (and, where possible, got help from family and friends). I scoured a lot of sites, and used a lot of tools/techniques from work to help me manage it– I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to pay my own bill though! The big DIY things: Invitations, table decorations (second hand books, tea cup candles, origami, name labels) and Flowers / Floral arrangements.”

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The wedding had a Japanese twist, the bride explaining, “Brooks and I both really like Japan – the country, the culture, the counter-culture, the style. So there was a lot of Japanese influence throughout the day. We got engaged in Japan and brought back a heap (!) of Japanese washi and origami (decorated paper). We made 1000 paper cranes and 1000 origami stars because it is supposed to be lucky and it was a way to include Brooks in some of the less crazy DIY at the wedding. It was great because we were able to use the paper for all sorts of things throughout the wedding – the invitations, table settings, backdrop for the cake and (eventually!) even the thank you cards. We picked August because it was one of the best months for getting hold of cherry blossoms in Australia –and we weren’t disappointed!”

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Little Gray Station arranged our tables/chairs etc (their furniture was just perfect and they were so easy to work with!). ”

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Cakes by Judy C created a cherry blossom adorned wedding cake. “I found an idea on Pinterest – Brooks found Judy, and Judy turned the idea into something classy and amazing. So many things can go wrong when you base it off Pinterest – this was not one of those occasions!”

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Wine & Dine’m Catering created a unique festive feast for the reception, Charis explaining, “Neither Brooks nor I wanted alternate drop or canapes but we didn’t really know what we wanted instead. We went through a long list of ‘what we didn’t want’ to get to what we did. Food was fantastic – and, given the amount of times I changed the menu, Lacee got it perfectly!”

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Of their first dance, the couple note, “We chose ‘Always’ by Panama. It was one of the hardest decisions for us to make. We’re not dancers and we didn’t want to use something too cheesy or too alternative. In the end, it was a song we both liked that could be danced to relatively easily and the lyrics weren’t dark or related to a breakup.”

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Congratulations Charis and Brooks! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Studio Sixty for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Studio Sixty / Bride’s Dress: Found in a second hand store / Bride’s Dress: (Alterations) Venita Drennen / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Bride's Great Grandmother's Veil / Hairstylist: The Powder Room / Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Bouquets: Artificial Floral Boutique / Venue: Lightspace / Ceremony Officiant: Paul Voge / Catering: Wine & Dine’m Catering / Lighting: AVIdeas / Rental Furniture: Little Gray Station / Cake Baker: Cakes by Judy C / Wedding Rings: Dimani Jewellery

Win A $5650 Styling & Floral Package From Miss Mooi Wedding & Events and Wedding & Events Floral Designer, Floretta

by | Bride, Competitions


Win A 5650 Styling & Floral package

To kick off the new year, what better way to get you organized than a wedding styling package from Miss Mooi Wedding & Events?

Launched in 2014, and the brains behind this bohemian beach wedding inspiration shoot, Stacey of Miss Mooi Weddings & Events is passionate about creating memorable one of a kind events that you’ll treasure forever. Owner Stacey has a background in interior design and has studied in business and human resources culminating in a passion for not only the beautiful, pretty things of life, but also one for keeping things organised and running smoothly.

With the creativity and business sides of her personality melding, Stacey created Miss Mooi – a term, which her husband affectionately calls her and in his native Dutch it means “Beautiful”. To celebrate the official launch, we’re teaming up with Miss Mooi Weddings & Events, and Floretta to give away one stellar wedding package valued at $5650!

The Prize

The winner will receive the “Stylish Soiree” styling and design service package valued at $3000 which includes:

  • Up to four in-person or Skype planning and design sessions and site visits
  • Phone or email communication
  • Creative concept and inspiration boards
  • Research and selection of wedding suppliers
  • Two onsite visits for styling decisions
  • Hire proposal
  • Confirmations of wedding suppliers
  • Personal oversight and assistance of set up and styling on the day
  • Pack down of styling items (within the eight-hour timeframe)

If you think the prize stops with all the planning and styling essentials, think again. The amazing Grace, the talented wedding and events florist behind Floretta will be including a ceremony floral package to complement the brand new Miss Mooi ceremony packages. For your ceremony, mix and match the Miss Mooi pieces (valued at $650) with the most beautiful of blooms from Floretta valued at $2000.

To Enter

Fill out the form below, then pop over to like both Miss Mooi and Floretta’s Instagram pages!

Terms & Conditions

  • The winner will be chosen by Miss Mooi and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup
  • Prize needs to be booked within one month of winning.
  • If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
  • This prize is not redeemable for cash.
  • The event must be held in Victoria between January- December 2015.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner.
  • No late entries will be considered.
  • Total value of prize is A$5650.
  • The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
  • The entrant must be over 18 years of age.
  • This Competition closes 13th February, 2015 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).


Ann and Sern’s Modern Art Gallery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Ann & Sern

The modern art gallery wedding of Ann & Sern has all the personal trimmings that makes me fall in love with a celebration. The couple held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, the bride wore a diamond necklace her mother wore on her own wedding day and family and friends who flew in from all over the world to celebrate. All this with their own desire for a beautiful wedding without much fuss – a dream which most certainly came true for this newlywed couple. Lah’za Photography  was there to capture it all.

Ann tells the story of how they ended up together. “We became friends a decade ago at university, where we bonded over everything except our coursework. Eventually we became closer, and our relationship also brought our respective families together. Seven and half years on, we were driving home after an exhilarating night out seeing Morrissey perform at Festival Hall. Sern stopped me outside the car and asked if I would marry him. It later transpired that he’d planned to ask during the gig, but was waiting for “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” that was never played! I had been expecting the proposal for some time, but on that particular night he caught me completely by surprise.”

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Ann wore a gown by Karen Willis Holmes and carried a bouquet created by Native Bloom and Foliage Design. She remarks, “My beautiful bouquet in apricot tones was created by June at Native Bloom and Foliage Design. It had a fresh, cottagey, springtime air to it. I loved the embroidery detailing on the back of my sequin gown from Karen Willis Holmes, which was the very first gown I tried on.”

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The groom’s navy blue suit was created by BMV Bespoke.

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For the processional, Ann remembers, “Virginia, one of the parish organists, played Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” as I walked down the aisle with my mother. Sadly, my father had passed away the year before. I’d been planning to walk with both of them.”

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Ann and Sern chose St Roch’s Church, Glen Iris  for their ceremony, noting, “Our celebrant, Father Ian Waters, conducted the ceremony at St Roch’s Church in Glen Iris, where I am a parishioner. It’s a beautiful, light-filled church and it was very special to be married in a place so familiar to me. Sern is not a churchgoer so the ceremony was brief and simple. We did not write our own vows; it was comforting to use words that have been uttered by many a couple before us.”

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The traditional Chinese tea ceremony followed, the bride remembering, “After the church ceremony, we had a tea ceremony at our new home. This is a Chinese tradition that involves the couple serving tea to their family elders, who give blessings and gifts in return. It was a good opportunity to express formal thanks and appreciation.”

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Of their photographers, Ann says, “Choosing Lah’za Photography was one of the best decisions we made. Sern found Ahmad and Zahrah’s work on the internet and loved their naturalistic style. Meeting them was the clincher – they are generous, funny, down-to-earth people, and they are artists with broad interests outside of wedding photography. We loved how they captured the day and interacted with our guests. Their original 1960s Polaroid cameras were a big hit at the reception.”

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The bride wore the necklace her mother wore on her wedding day, paired with earrings gifted from her parents in law.

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The groom had a costume change, Ann noting, “I didn’t change for the evening, but Sern took the opportunity to switch his blue suit for a sexy oxblood number. He was also very pleased with the vintage Yves Saint Laurent tie he found in a suburban op shop.”

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Ann and Sern celebrated with their guests in The Great Hall at National Gallery of Victoria . The bride recalling, “The reception was in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, under the iconic stained glass ceiling designed by Leonard French. It’s one of my favourite public spaces in Melbourne and looked absolutely stunning lit up at night.”

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Ann and Sern purchased favors for their guests from Gewurzhaus. “Our wedding favours were bags of chai-spiced sugar and coconut sugar that doubled as guest place cards. They smelt amazing.”

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Ann tells, “We entered the reception bopping along to “Stoned Love” by The Supremes. It was a fun way for us to relax in front of the crowd and lose our nerves. For our slow dance, Sern chose The Jackson Five’s “All I Do Is Think Of You”. He choreographed it after much YouTube study and I think we only practiced twice. He wowed everyone with his fancy moves, particularly his aunts and uncles who had no idea of his ability!”

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Guests enjoyed a traditional Asian banquet created by Crystal Palace Catering. “Special thanks go to Lili, Peter and everyone at Crystal Palace Catering. They provided practical advice, good cheer, flawless service and a seemingly never-ending banquet of delicious Asian food.”

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DJ Richie1250 was a highlight of the night, the bride remarking, “Richie1250’s seamless vinyl-spinning resulted in a packed-out dance floor for much of the night. We were chuffed. All we wanted was for our guests to have a great time.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Ann & Sern! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lahza Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Lahza Photography / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: BMV Bespoke / Hairstylist: Stephanie Lin of Sassy Hair and Makeup / Makeup Artist: Stephanie Lin of Sassy Hair and Makeup / Flowers & Decor: Native Bloom and Foliage Design / Invitations & Stationery: The Paper Empire / Ceremony Venue: St Roch's Church, Glen Iris / Ceremony Officiant: Father Ian B. Waters / Reception Venue: National Gallery of Victoria / DJ: DJ Richie1250 / Catering: Crystal Palace Catering / Favors: Gewurzhaus / Cake Baker: Illy's Good Taste / Engagement Ring: Helen Badge Jewellery / Wedding Rings: DB Jewellery
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