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Simone and Simon’s Brisbane City Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Polka Dots,


Simone and Simon

Brisbane is making my heart swell at the moment – there has been so much pitching in, so much help to clean up and get the city back on board. So when a wedding as delightful as this one comes along, I can’t wait to show it off. A Brisbane of old yes, but Brisbane is fighting back and shining again. Simone and Simon had such a lovely wedding. A traditional church ceremony followed by photos by the river and a reception full of celebration. The touch of polka dots in Simone’s dress are icing on the cake!

Simone explains how the couple met. “We met at university but it wasn’t until after uni when some mutual friends brought Simon along to my housewarming party that he asked me out. It was quite funny initially getting used to having pretty much the same name!”

Photography this fine Tuesday is by Julian Beattie of Kariz Matik Photography. I love the rawness of Julian’s work, the candid moments and the stylish captures.

One of Simone’s favourite memories is her polka dot wedding dress! it was created by Darb Bridal Couture and Simone says, “It was so feminine and it was the only day I will ever be able to wear such a big gown!” Her bridesmaids wore lilac gowns from Zimmermann. Sebastian Mirciov of Brisbane Market Flowers styled the bouquets while the girls had their hair and makeup done by The Powder Room. “The Powder Room did natural hair and makeup for Bride, Bridesmaids and Mother of Bride – we still looked like us but just more glamorous!”

Simone and Simon were married at Churchie Chapel, East Brisbane . Simone says “Simon and his father went to school at Churchie so to get married in their chapel was very special to him and his family. It was decorated with candles and flowers and the boys choir sang the hymns.”  Simone walked down the aisle to the traditional bridal chorus by Wagner.

The ceremony was not without it’s funny memories! “Something you would only see in a movie – the best man forgot the rings but they arrived 15 seconds before the priest announced them!” Simone recalls.

As night fell, guests gathered at The Strand at Rubgy Quay to celebrate. The venue sits on the river and allows guests to take in sweeping views of the Story Bridge.

Simone loved spending time with Simon during their dance lessons and having one on one time where their only focus was each other. She says “Our first dance was ‘Happy Together’ by the Turtles, a song from the 1960’s which was an upbeat and fun song which our singer Nick Hollamby (from band Elegant Swing) put a Michael Buble swing feel to. We ‘attempted’ to dance the foxtrot to the song and swished around the dance floor and finished with a dip!”

Congratulations Simone and Simon! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Julian Beattie of Kariz Matik Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Kariz Matik Photography

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Sparkle, Flowers In Her Hair…

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty


How gorgeous are these new shots of the new collection? So full of celebration. I can easily imagine these on a stylish bride- fuchsia corsage? Check! Apricot flowers in her hair? Double check!

Photos by s by Max Wanger for

Amanda Garrett

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I am enchanted by the new collection of bridal gowns from Amanda Garrett. They have the stunningly beautiful uncomplicated lines to them but the most beautiful use of lace (creating gowns with names like “The Snowflake Gown” with intricate beading). Again the simplicity is the perfect choice for a bride who wants an elegant, understated look. The small details just add an extra sense of glamour.

As I said of her last collection- Amanda designs with personality, but with elegance and grace.

Photos by Amanda Garrett

Vendor Of The Week- Style Wedding And Events

by | Blog News, Bride


So officially after Australia day is when the year kicks into gear and what a year have planned~

It’s Monday morning which means a profile on one of the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! I love the range of vendors in our directory- from home businesses to large studios. Each and every single one has a wealth of experience, talent and style. Browse the pages today and see what takes your fancy!

This week’s Vendor Of The Week is a gorgeous Queensland event planner & stylist Style Weddings & Events. I’m constantly inspired by the wedding planners of Australia and Kym is no exception. Aside from helping you plan your wedding (or other event!) and taking control of the stresses, Kim also offers extra services like bridal shopping tours, wedding workshops, reception venue tours and a recent addition (my favourite) ice cream buffets with gourmet, decadent icy treats!

To learn a little more about Style Weddings & Events we asked Kym five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

A glass of French bubbly

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Coolangatta on the Queensland/New South Wales border

Favourite restaurant?

C’est Bon French Restaurant in Woolloongabba, Brisbane

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

Poached eggs and smoked salmon on toasted Turkish bread with my husband’s homemade hollandaise sauce

Your favourite wedding story?

Meeting a bride with the same name as a famous American R&B singer and finding her the perfect country wedding venue to enjoy a weekend celebration with family and friends!

Visit Style Weddings & Event’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Style Weddings & Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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