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Liz and Joel’s Fun Backyard Wedding

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


Liz and Joel

I think couples are never going to stop inspiring me – which is pretty lucky because the first real wedding we’re showcasing for 2012 is jam packed full of inspiration. So inspirational that even the tall wire clad walls of the reception suddenly became beautiful and fun. Today’s backyard wedding is so full of colour and life- it’s the perfect way to kick off the new year!

Photos today are by You Can’t Be Serious who just know how to have fun and capture it in every single photograph- they can’t help but make you smile!

Liz wore a vintage gown with Miu Miu heels, earrings from Mimco and her grandmother’s enamel blue bangle. Her bridesmaids wore jewel toned gowns in blue, green and red from Asos with bold necklaces Liz made herself.

Liz describes the wedding day as “A handmade colour explosion”

The groom and groomsmen wore Ralph Lauren.

Liz and Joel were married under the fig tree in Liz’s parents garden in Byron Bay. Liz says “I’m so happy with our decision to have the wedding my parents back yard, I grew up in this backyard and it was so special have all our friends and family come  to visit and celebrate.”

Liz walked down the aisle to ‘North’ by Phoenix.

Harriet Fesq styled the beautiful floral arrangements.

Liz remarks ” I think one of the most special things about the wedding was the week  before, having our close friends and families help to prepare the backyard and decorate….so many hearts, I was worried I might have bitten off a bit more than I could chew after the first afternoon of wool wrapping but with everyone’s help it looked amazing!”

Of their photographer, Liz says “The photos speak for themselves…. They are amazing, I really love how they capture the day so perfectly, very relaxed and colourful.”

Elizabeth worked with graphic designer Tess McCabe to design the stationery.

For their first dance, Liz and Joel chose ‘I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire’ by The Inkspots.

Guests were spoiled with food from EatDrink Catering.

Congratulations Liz and Joel! Thank you for sharing your colourful wedding day with us! Thank you also to You Can’t Be Serious for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: You Can't Be Serious / Stylist & Hire: sabel Gutierrez style consultant / Bride’s Dress: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Bride’s Jewellery: Mimco / Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Bridesmaid Accessories: Made by the bride / Flowers & Decor: Harriet Fesq / Invitations & Stationery: Tess McCabe / Catering: EatDrink Catering
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Pink Peonies Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Flowers, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Peonies are one of my favourite flowers and it appears, many others feel the same. There is something so whimsical and intoxicating about this sweet smelling, fluffy beautiful bloom and kicking off our wedding inspiration for the year is this beautiful pink peonies wedding inspiration shoot.

Juli of One Sweet Girl dreamed up this concept and worked with Virginia of The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie and Steve of Steve Koukoulas Photography to create a pink peony wonderland.

Juli tells of her inspiration behind the shoot. “This was a dessert table I created to celebrate the Peony – I have had the general concept for this table held in my imagination for the longest time – so long in fact that I can’t remember when the minds-eye vision of what I wanted to create first appeared, but it stayed there, never wavering, just waiting patiently for the timing and creative minds to be right in order for it to genesis.”

“Peonies thrill me.  They are all at once delicate and literally petal-soft to touch, and so inspiring in terms of their colour palette.  The way that Mother Nature perfectly ‘paint splatters’ deep pink onto the petals of paler blooms in a way that I can only ever dream of achieving; their amazing scent – and that these flowers are so inspiring that some brides schedule their weddings just to  ensure that they can have peonies in their bouquets.  There could be no other flower to inspire such a table as this {even though you could easily recreate this with other flowers and colours}”

“I adore peonies as much as I adore pink, and these two things are a perfect marriage with my own signature vintage style – creating the desserts for this table was not so much as question of “where to start”, but more so “where to stop”.  Working with my very talented and great friends Virginia of The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie, and Steve of Steve Koukoulas Photography, we stepped into my imagination and brought my vision “into the light”.””

“I was really blessed to work with Virginia on this table – as soon as I mentioned cascading peonies, I needed to say no more – she knew exactly where I was going in my imagination, and hers was equally fast in catching up!  We arrived at the location ( a local park literally 5 minutes walk from my home) before 6am to set-up to be ready to shoot at 7am to get the best morning light, and Steve the photographer literally took one look and started shooting – it was a real meeting of 3 creatives who each saw exactly the same minds-eye vision.  Steve captured the very essence of what I wanted – style and grace and pretty and pink and peonies – simultaneously.  I am beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Steve as well as Virginia on this project.”


“With regards to the table, it came to me direct from my imagination.  Which I know sounds really odd, but once I closed my eyes and saw the cascading flowers, I knew exactly how I wanted the cake to look – it had to be ruffled, and those ruffles had to be petals, and there had to be lots of them, just like peony petals!  From there, the ombre effect was a natural progression {as well as being the latest style craze} – and the result is, I think, resoundingly unique.  I loved every minute of creating this table – from the concept to the creation of the desserts, to the shoot-day execution… that was a thrilling moment – seeing it, in the flesh, exactly as my imagination had seen it.”

“Desserts include a 3 tier ombre effect ruffle cake (bottom tier is a double-barrel), matching cupcakes with ruffled blooms, raspberry flavoured gourmet marshmallows, coconut ice, peony-inspired vanilla bean sugar cookies, rosewater meringues with edible sparkle dust, and cake pops.”

Dessert Table: One Sweet Girl / Styling: One Sweet Girl / Flowers & Decor: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Photographer: Steve Koukoulas Photography

Garden Bridal Inspiration

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bridal Fashion, Bride


Heading straight into the wedding inspiration today (I have itchy feet!) is this gorgeous garden bridal fashion shoot from the girls at Studio White. Taking their gorgeous stock of Ivy & Aster and Elizabeth Dye gowns along, the girls worked with a collaborative team to showcase their latest gowns and create beautiful garden inspiration for brides to be!

Taking place at Woolmers Estate, in Tasmania the Studio White girls teamed up with  Cheese House Production ,Designer Bride and appleblossomweddings for a beautiful shoot filled with the most gorgeous Spring time feel!


Gowns: Ivy & Aster/Elizabeth Dye from Studio White / Photographer: Cheese House Productions / Venue: Woolmers Estate / Hair & Makeup Artist: Designer Bride / Flowers & Decor: appleblossomweddings

Vendor of the Week – Hannah Millerick Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


We’re back!~ That’s right! All the patterned people have dived out of food & drink comas(or in my case, plenty of sleep coma) and we’re emerging ready to fill our pages with plenty of wedding inspiration!

If you got engaged over the festive season and this is your first time visiting us- a big congratulations! We’re pretty relaxed around here, the sun is shining, the birds are singing (actually that’s a cricket chirping but let’s just pretend) and we have plenty of beautiful weddings and pretty things coming your way!

Firstly though, I want to take a moment to showcase one of our directory members. Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is growing each and every week full of Australian and international wedding vendors who just get what Polka Dot Bride is all about- which means they also understand what you as couples wedded to be also want. Creative, personal, beautiful weddings that represent who YOU are!

With great excitement I’m now turning to gush about our first vendor of the week for 2012, Hannah Millerick Photography! Hannah is a Brisbane based photographer with not only a fantastic sense of humor, but a beautiful way of capturing light. Hannah worked for over seven years as an editorial photographer for the major newspapers before turning her hand to weddings. She has a beautiful easiness about her photography and they’re injected with plenty of humor!

We asked Hannah of Hannah Millerick Photography five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

A nice Italian drop of Campari and Soda

Your favourite weekend getaway?

My husband Adrian and I love taking our Weimaraner “Merlo” to the Fraser Coast, north of Brisbane.

Favourite restaurant?

Sing’s Asian Kitchen, Rosalie

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

Pancakes with mascarpone and berries..mmmmmm. Especially after a big wedding the day before.

Your favourite wedding story?

I was privileged enough to photograph Chris and Clare’s exclusive wedding at the Queensland Club on Alice Street in the city. Chris and Clare are quite conservative and let’s just say a tad shy. It wasn’t long into the location shoot, we were in stitches with laughter, being goose’s. At one point I crossed the road to shoot the from the other side with the city in the background. All of a sudden, the best man walked onto the middle of the road and stopped the traffic so we could get our shots. Before I knew it, we were all running on the road in peak hour with cars and people waving, smiling, and cheering us all on. Such an incredibly fun 3 minutes. Got the most amazing photo’s.

After we thought it was all over, another awesome thing happened…See pictures below.

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

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