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Erin and Robert’s Vintage Casual Bretts Wharf Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Erin and Robert

I kind of fell in love with this beautiful celebration. Erin and Robert held their casual wedding with a vintage vibe in Brisbane. I love intimate weddings and I especially love when it’s so evident that the couple did it their way.

Erin recalls how she met Robert. “He is Dutch and we met through my flatmate who invited him over for dinner while he was on his ‘rite of passage’ backpacking Oz stint. The first thing I said to him was, ‘I love you’ jokingly in Dutch, as that was the only sentence I knew in the language. The rest, they say, is history.”

Photographs today are by Becplusfo. I love the simple intimacy of today’s shots. They’re incredibly beautiful and capture the quiet, stillness that Erin  and Robert’s wedding day possessed.

Erin designed her gown herself and had it made by a local dressmaker. Special gifts came in the form of jewels from bridesmaids, recalls Erin “One of the bridesmaid’s, before the ceremony gave me something borrowed – her pearls; something new; something old and something blue, which was a really special moment.” To compliment her gown, Erin accessorised with a raw emerald neck piece and chandelier earrings, and a vintage silver sequined clutch.

Erin and Robert’s daughter, was of course, the flowergirl.

Erin drew inspiration from sentimental jewels. “The whole feel of the wedding, particularly the colour themes was centred on the jewellery which my husband had given me years before to wear to our wedding. The colours of muted leaf green and muted peach worked well with the garden setting, as did the floral bridesmaid dresses, worn by two girls who are flowers in my life. I wanted it to feel light, pretty, simple and joyful.” Green and Bloom styled the floral arrangements.

Erin walked down the aisle to “Real Love” by John Lennon.

Erin remarks ” Our celebrant, Lizzy Cox was fabulous; fun and very helpful and joyful.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits that were “anything but black”. Erin’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Alannah Hill and Leona Edmiston. Erin says “The directive was florals, in whatever dress they wished.”

Of their photographer, Erin says “She rocked. We wanted something fun and a little quirky, as well as more classic pictures that captured the vintage feel we were aiming for. She asked if we’d mind if the bridal party perhaps wore animal masks for part of the shoot. Awesome! Possibly the only time a bridesmaid has ended the day with ‘owl’ hair. But she did a great job of candidly capturing some very special moments from the day too.

The celebration continued at Bretts Wharf “They were fantastic, couldn’t recommend the folks at Bretts Wharf more, and the location was so pretty. They were very well organised and it looked simple and beautiful. The food was sumptuous.”

The couple ended the night with a very simple sponge from Poppy Cakes and plenty of music which Erin says “was provided by my rocking uncle and cousin. Bit of Elvis, bit of Madness, bit of Regina Spektor.”

Congratulations Erin and Robert! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Becplusfo for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Becplusfo / Bride’s Dress: Self designed and made by local dressmaker. / Bride’s Shoes: Milana patent leather from David Jones / Flowers: Green and Bloom / Venue: Bretts Wharf Hamiliton / Cake: Poppy Cakes / Transport: Business Cabbage / Officiant: Lizzy Cox
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Jennifer Gifford Designs Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I have the most scrumptious inspiration shoot for you today. Jennifer Gifford Designs collaborated with ngg studios and Imbue Weddings to shoot her new collection and it turned into the most beautiful collection of photos of beautiful table settings, scrumptious florals and of course, gorgeous gowns.

Jennifer tells the story of how such a beautiful shoot came to be. “The collaboration shoot at Albert River Wines started with a Bride. Sally came to me with an idea of incorporating a stunning piece of lace she found on a trip to Paris into the design of her wedding gown.As you can imagine it was right up my alley and so began the journey with Sally to create the most beautiful gown of soft, crushed, blush, silk chiffon, silk satin, hail spot tulle and beautiful French lace.  It was a wonderful gown to create for Sally and I eagerly awaited the photos from her big day.

When I finally saw Sally and Fraser’s wedding photo’s I immediately contacted Brett and Kristie from ngg studios to compliment them on their work.  Their photos captured the uniqueness of Sally and Fraser’s wedding day and the images really spoke to me.

I was planning on doing a photo shoot for my new range of affordable made to wear gowns and I felt immediately that ngg studios could capture the look I wanted perfectly. Kristie and Brett were wonderful and not only were they as equally enthusiastic as I was but they were full of suggestions including using Albert River Wines as the venue and Imbue Weddings to Style the photo shoot and so the collaboration began and we set a date, Sunday September 11th 2011.”

“The rest just flowed on from there; I am very blessed to have some rather beautiful friends so all the models were fairly easy to find, including Casey who was a last minute ring in and the little sister of Kristy from Imbue Weddings.  We even roped in three handsome young men to help, who were dressed by the wonderful people from Always Habit in Paddington. Other friends and industry veterans including Tracie Weaver, Justin Thomas and Summa Scarlet came forward to help with hair and makeup and the day was all set to go.

Everyone did the most incredible job leading up to September 11th and on the day it was pure magic!”

“Kristy from Imbue Weddings styled the whole event with the most beautiful flowered head pieces, bouquets of stunning blooms and the most romantic table setting. She also brought in some amazing furniture including the most gorgeous chaise lounge which really captured the romantic feel of the shoot.”

“The weather was perfect and Albert River Wines proved to be the ideal setting.  With historic buildings full of beautiful period furniture, to the expansive and stunning grounds there were so many places to create some pretty unforgettable images.  They even have a Rolls Royce that you can use in your wedding photos and some resident animals including Pony’s, goats, a pig, chooks and a Peacock!  Kandy, the functions manager was fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful and supportive.”

“We were also very lucky to have Adrian Pagano come to film behind the scenes on the day and he has produced the most beautiful little film set to the original Jazz instrumental, composed and performed by local musician Adam Connelly.  I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

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“All in all it was the most wonderful day made possible by a great bunch of incredibly creative and lovely people who made the whole experience really wonderful and truly unforgettable. I think the photos speak for themselves.

Photographer: ngg studios / Wardrobe: Jennifer Gifford Designs / Floral Design: Imbue Weddings / Styling: Imbue Weddings / Venue: Albert River Wines / Groom’s Attire: Always Habit / Cinematography: Adrian Pagano

Vendor of the Week – Stewart Leishman Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Two weeks to go until we sign off for the year! Is your Christmas shopping all done?

Let’s take a breath from Christmas and visit the glorious pages of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Every week we’re adding more new vendors to the pages of our directory- from wedding celebrants, to wedding gift registries, stationery & paper goods and wedding entertainment. I’m always eager to find really great suppliers, the ones who you wouldn’t mind sharing a gin and tonic with while gabbing about your wedding plans, the ones who will dream with you as you talk of your flowers, who will speak your ceremony like you’re their friends. I think professional vendors who really care about your wedding are the best kind.

I’m not sure how I first stumbled across the work of Stewart Leishman, I do know I was taken quite quickly by his beautiful captures. The soft, dream capture of light, the sweet romance of his images and the clever composition. I always think how lucky we are to have such talent in Australia, talent that seems to rise up and throw forth beauty that just works with weddings and especially for the Polka Dot Brides!

We asked Stewart from Stewart Leishman Photography five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

I don’t really drink, maybe the occasional red.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I shoot weddings on the weekend but if not : Daylesford

Favourite restaurant?

elBulli El Bulli

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

Torrijas, a Spanish version of French toast, or bread pudding, or even a Churros

Your favourite wedding story?

A beautiful couple from Switzerland eloping and we had to ask the guests inside the winery to come out and witness! It was a lot of fun.


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

Snapshot Sunday – Anticipation

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by White Tulip Photography

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