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Vendor of the Week – Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling

by | Blog News, Bride


I almost can’t believe we are at our very last Vendor Of The Week, our very last Monday morning tradition of 2011. What a year it has been!

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 gown designers, to wedding florists, wedding celebrants and event stylists. I really love “meeting” our vendors and they have played such a role in the creative thoughts I’ve had during the year. Each piece, wedding or event they work on becomes a thing of beauty and something I almost lose myself in. They’re a talented bunch our advertisers, so be sure to hire them for your day, because they just “get” it!

Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling is this week’s vendor of the week! Elaine, head floral designer is amazing with colour and design and puts together the most splendid floral arrangements for your wedding day. Elaine is also experienced in event styling so can work with you to create a cohesive look for your day. The simple principles of Butterfly Philosophy? “One can never have too much texture, colour or both! However, on occasion, simple is best. Cute and unusual flowers deserve to be shown off. Use at every available opportunity! Love is in the details. And most importantly, if it doesn’t make our client smile, we haven’t done our job!”

We asked Elaine from Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

A glass of sav blanc.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I love heading to Berry on the NSW South Coast – there are great little shops and cafes around to keep us amused, and some cosy cottages to stay in. Always such a relaxing weekend, and so great for recharging the soul.

Favourite restaurant?

Libiamo in Pyrmont is our local Italian spot and it is delish. I love cheap authentic Asian eats too – like Din Tai Fung’s dumplings, or Mamak’s roti, or Ryo’s ramen….we are so spoilt for choice in Sydney!

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

I love lazy (and indulgent!) Sunday brunches – corn fritters or eggs benedict mmmm!

Your favourite wedding story?

My favourite story is that of my grandparents because their wedding day was the start of the longest and loveliest marriage that I know of. All these years later, they walk everywhere hand in hand and grandpa still tells everyone that he married a truly wonderful woman (aww!). Last year we celebrated their 60th anniversary with a big party of family and friends. To look around and realise that we were all brought together out of my grandparent’s love for each other was something really special. Look at this photo of them (taken on my wedding day earlier this year)… may we all be so lucky to find someone that makes us smile like this, even after 61 years!

Image by Louis Pang Studio


Visit Butterfly Philosophy’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Sunshine Makes Me Happy

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Jonathan Ong

Lindsey and Greg’s Fun Park Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Lindsey and Greg

Andy Collins sent over this simply sweet engagement shoot to share with you today! I love the sweetness of today’s shoot, it’s just lovely, beautiful love. Andy tells “Greg and Lindsey are Brisbane born and bred, and they both loved the idea of having an engagement shoot in the famous Brisbane park – the Sherwood Arboretum – as they both played in the park as children.

Greg and Lindsey are a bit shy when it comes to getting photos taken, so I thought I would help them to relax by using a few props such as balloons and question and answer flip cards.

They are a fantastic, in-love couple and I can’t wait to photograph them again on their wedding day…”

Lindsey recalls “Greg and I met through a mutual friend on a random Wednesday night in March 2007 at a Brisbane bar called Ric’s.”

“While nothing happened that night between us – I definitely was attracted to Greg’s cheeky nature and his charming smile, and I like to think I made a good impression on Greg that night too.”

“It actually took a look while for the first date to happen – Greg’s brother was about to get married so Greg was busy with groomsmen duties. I actually ended up seeing Greg out the night of his brother’s wedding – and we ended up having our first kiss that night – woops! He looked so handsome in his tux so I couldn’t resist – ha!”

“We finally had our first date on ANZAC Day in 2007, and we went back to the bar where we first met to have a few drinks and watch a band. After the date finished and we said our goodbyes, I remember thinking I had met the man of my dreams and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face.”

“And as corny as it sounds, I haven’t looked back since. 4.5 years later and I’m about to marry Greg – the absolute best guy I could have ever wished for and the love of my life.”

Rhi and Ryan’s Relaxed Coastal Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Rhi & Ryan

Adori Studios sent me what looks like such a beautiful afternoon by the water. A picnic (because they happen by the water with good food and bubbles… or they do in my life!) a few fun props (personal to Rhi & Ryan and their loves) and even a bike ride!

Rhi remarks “I guess our story is becoming a common one now.

Boy notices girl on a Social Networking site. Boy sends her random messages, usually lame attempts at humour, to which the girl politely responds. Because boy & girl live in a small(ish) town, they know OF each other, but have never actually MET each other.”

“Fast-forward several months, and boy receives a text from the girl, insisting that he join her out for some drinks. Boy, excited but overly nervous, almost takes too long to get ready for the evening, and has to beg with the security of the establishment to let him in after-hours. Lucky for both boy & girl, security obliges, and our love affair begins.”

“A mutual friend of ours was so frustrated by our shyness of each other before we dated, that he tried many times to forcibly set us up…without either of us knowing.”

“Even at the beginning of our relationship, we both knew we had found our perfect compliment, despite our differences. Boy, painfully O.C.D-like in almost every regard. And girl, a chaotic hell-raiser. Opposites, in this case, most definitely attract.”

“Ryan was a dj when we ‘knew of’ each other, I would spend my weekends checking him out! & would both find ways to make our paths cross.

“On the night Ryan proposed, we were on our way to see MGMT in Byron Bay, most of our relationship memories have beautiful musical highlights. (going to festivals, concerts together).”

“On March 3rd 2011, on the way to a concert in Byron Bay, boy proposed to girl on the beach as an incredible electrical storm closed in. It couldn’t have been timed better.”

“We are honeymooning in New York (Ryan’s fav city in the world) & New Orleans (A life long love & borderline pilgrimage of mine).”

“We are now coming up to our 4th year together. The past 4 years have been the best of our lives, and on May 5th 2012, we will be tying the knot at our new home in Noosa.”

Photographer: Adori Studios / Makeup: Natalie Hunter
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