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Robyn and Curt’s Handmade Sunshine Coast Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Robyn and Curt

I can’t imagine ever getting sick of weddings – it’s a little like meeting a wonderful new couple and telling their story every single time. From the lavish, formal affairs, to heartfelt celebrations in the country. Each story has something different, something special and unique . Todays is as special as any – the wedding of Robyn and Curt where so much didn’t go to plan, but in the end they were married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by their loved ones and really, I need nothing more to tell their story!

Robyn recalls how she met Curt. “We met at boarding school in the Natal midlands, South Africa. Curt first spied Robyn on stage while she was awkwardly delivering the school tennis report. He thought she was kinda cute. Robs saw Curt around the place and thought he was a sporty catch. After a slow dance at the school social, Curt summed up the courage to ask Robs out. It was just before his sweet 16th.She said yes and they rest, as they say, is history. After nearly 18 exciting years, 4 countries and one gorgeous baby girl later….. we finally decided to tie that knot!”

Photography today is by Karen Buckle. I love Karen’s natural take on photography – beautiful, simple, fresh images which capture the joy and fun of the day.

Robyn and Curt held their wedding celebration at Hidden Valley B&B in Eumundi. Of their venue, Robyn says “There was just one and it was magical. The initial venue we had booked and paid for fell through and I was devastated. We searched far and wide for another venue and were thrilled to have eventually found this one. We wanted an all in one, non-traditional venue which would give us freedom to do our own thing. The historic main house has a large wrap around veranda that overlooks lush gardens and amazing hinterland views . The lovely owners Fizzy & John, a hubby & wife team, are also a chef and celebrant, so we were able to take advantage and have them prepare the delicious food and marry us too!!”

Robyn wore a strapless gown from Lucy Bridal with a fascinator from Winne Bridal. Annette Cacciola styled Robyn’s hair and makeup.

The day started off with many funny stories, including a wayward golf cart. Robyn recalls “The maid of honour was nearly bowled over  when the golf cart ran into the back of her feet (I think there  may be  a picture of that one – the shocked expressions and giggles anyway)”. The stationery was made by Robyn’s family.

Sweet treats and goodies in blues greeted guests. Robyn remarks “We pegged handmade name cards to a line. On the other side was the name of a character. We then asked guests to find their matching characters and to introduce themselves. This was to get the guests mingling and chatting during photos.”

Robyn describes the mood of the wedding as “Secret garden meets laid back country with a touch of whimsy.”

Robyn remarks, “It really was a fun day filled with special moments, lots of laughs and plenty of Caribbean rum (reminiscent of our Cayman Island days). We were really just after a party and celebration with our family and mates – and we got just that! We had the intimate ceremony under a rustic outdoor gazebo at the bottom of the garden. This was followed by drinks on the lawn served with popcorn cones and homemade biltong which we had prepared the week before (it’s similar to beef jerky but prepared the South African way).”

Robyn recalls “The bride arrived before most of the guests. I was sitting in the golf cart on the way down to the ceremony as guests were running past me waving. I suppose that is why the bride should be fashionably late then.”

Another mishap, was the groom’s father’s footwear! Robyn recalls, “The generally particular father of the groom took a lot of time polishing his dress shoes to perfection. Unfortunately, they never made it to the wedding as they were left outside the front door. He only realised when getting dressed and was mortified to have to wear his trainers.”

The ceremony was performed by Elizabeth Reynolds. Robyn recalls “The parents of the bride were jumping up at funny intervals during the ceremony due to their nervous anticipation.”

The couple hired Coastal Jazz to play tunes for their guests. “We gave the musician Arron Bool, from Coastal Jazz, free range. I have no idea what he played but it was very appropriate and just lovely.There was no singing, just background classical guitar.”

Robyn carried a bouquet styled by Suncoast Flowers.

Robyn tells another tale of the day. “Our gregarious, usually happy show off of a daughter was sick on the day and she didn’t manage a single smile for any of the photos”

Robyn sums up the day. “As you can see there was a lot that did not go according to plan on the big day, but I’m sure the guests didn’t notice and hopefully all they will remember is a happy celebration with a very happy couple!!”

During the photos, guests enjoyed time together on the lush green lawns. Robyn recalls “Some guests also partook in a game of boules, all the while accompanied to the sounds of coastal jazz.”

Robyn and Curt had their families pitch in to help them decorate the day. Robyn says “We didn’t hire any help and decided on doing everything ourselves, from the lolly tables & photo booth to the signs and decor. Thanks to family for all their help and hard work! We checked into the venue the day before to set things up. Although we were still running around setting up chairs, hanging chandeliers, dipping cake pops and hand writing signs an hour before the wedding. Needless to say, this resulted in family being under some undue stress on the day…. but all was forgotten after the ‘I do’s’ and the first drink!”

The house acted as the perfect multi venue for the couple. Robyn says, “After toasting the bride and groom we moved up to the main house where canapés were served around the pool area. There were lots of sweets n’ lollies to keep the energy levels up and guests also enjoyed some play time in the photo booth.”

Robyn remarks, “We didn’t want the formality of a first dance, so Curt and I decided to let our nephew open up the dance floor with his little number. I think it was to the tune of Mr Bombastic. Curt and I joined in for a boogie at the end.”

Congratulations Robyn and Curt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Karen Buckle for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Karen Buckle.

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Ana and Luke Travelling Hearts Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Ana and Luke

I have such a gorgeous engagement shoot to share with you this morning – two very much in love people! The dynamic duo of Aleksandra (Styling and Floral) and Tealily Photography (Photography) pulled together for this shoot and the results are completely beautiful!

Aleksandra explains the concept behind the shoot. “A few months back we arranged a competition for newly engaged couples to enter to win a free engagement shoot styled by Aleksandra and photographed by Tealily.

Couples who entered had to send in an inspiration mood board of their inspiration/concept/theme of their ultimate engagement shoot, a short story of themselves as well as a portrait.

It was a hard choice, but we loved Ana and Luke, they were so young, so dedicated to each other and so very much in love.”

Aleksandra says, “Set amongst a gorgeous Apple orchid in Bilpin, NSW, it was a beautiful autumn day to shoot Ana and Luke, our Traveling Hearts. The city girl and country boy traveled the long distance to be together for many years carrying their heart with them always.”

“Luke and I first met through a mutual friend at a festival. We became friends, and started talking more and more… We had come out of relationships and so we just wanted to be friends, but after getting to know each other more, we realised there were stronger feelings than friendship between us. Living 3 hours apart was also a reason we wanted to be just friends, but after hanging out a few times, there was no denying that it was more than friendship. A few months later, we decided to give the long distance relationship a go… 🙂 2 and a half years later, Luke proposed on a beach in Newcastle, which is where we had decided to move when we were ready to get married…” recalls Ana.

Aleksandra says, “Our approach to the shoot was to feature the strength of love with a long distance romance, hence the name traveling hearts. Our one beautiful flower heart used as a prop throughout the shoot represented two traveling hearts forming to one. The Apple orchard was a perfect location; it depicted wholesomeness with a serene landscape. The feeling you get when you leave the city, at one with nature, no interferences, casual and comfortable and just moments to enjoy each other.”

Ana and Luke married in June, 2011.

Styling and Floral by Aleksandra
Photography by Tealily Photography

Malachi Fashion House

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Adelaide designer Sok of Malachi caught my fancy this week with her stylish, out of the ordinary designs – isn’t the pink dipped gown above dreamy?

Sok has been designing and creating gowns since she was 15. She is entirely self taught and has a passion for fine couture.

Her designs are different – there’s drama, intensity and romance in each. Sok prefers to work with fabrics before she sketches and designs a gown – her love of texture and fabrications helps guide her as she creates your wedding gown.

The Malachi Empire can also provide you with hair & makeup styling for your wedding day, so you really can create your look in the one space!

Photos from Malachi Empire

Vendor of the Week – Sass Studios Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Dotties! What did you get up to this weekend? Are you ready for another week full to the brim of wedding inspiration? I certainly am!

First things first though, our Monday morning tradition of telling you about our fantastic vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is underway! We’re constantly impressed by the talent of our advertisers here at Polka Dot Bride- the amazing cakes, the stunning bouquets, the gowns- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! We’re lucky to be working with some of best wedding professionals in not only Australia but the world and with a little patriotic spirit, we could not be more proud to be Australian! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out our members to find the ‘polkadotrific’ vendors who will help your wedding day be wonderfully you.

Today’s vendor of the week is Sass Studios. Sometimes I think Queensland photographers are amongst the luckiest in the world – the atmosphere, the relaxed nature and the oh so beautiful landscapes are really something special. Today’s photographers, Ben & Cath of Sass Studios are pretty awesome at capturing the tropical mood and nature of Queensland weddings. Ben & Cath aim to work unobtrusively on your wedding day – just capturing natural, candid moments of your day (and that they do, the amount of candid photos on their website is one of my favourite parts!)

To learn a little more about Sass Studios we asked Cath and Ben five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Cath – Champas, preferably French but one can’t be too fussy. Ben – Mojitos

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Ben – On boat near island, fishing rod in hand. Cath – On island, near boat, cocktail in hand.

Favourite restaurant?

Cath – Still Water Mooloolaba. Ben –  Huongs Westend

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

Ben – One of Cath’s incredible creations. Cath – one of Cath’s incredible creations.

Your favourite wedding story?

Cayne and Andrea at the Manley Manor – One of the most beautiful weddings we’ve been to had an incredible story leading up to it. Cayne’s mum lost her battle to cancer in the months before the wedding followed by his Dad being diagnosed. The floods then hit South East Queensland devastating the homes and lives of many of their close family and friends between Brisbane and Toowoomba. They postponed the wedding but had to take the prebooked honeymoon in Egypt – just in time for a revolution. They made it out alive and finally to one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve ever seen. Cayne’s Dad danced the night away yet sadly passed away just weeks after.

I remember hearing the term “it’s just stuff” quite a few times during their beautiful day from family who had lost everything. A term we should all remind ourselves of from time to time.

Visit Sass Studio’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Sass Studios is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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