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Fanny and Gabriel

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Fanny & Gabriel

I’m not even sure where to begin to describe today’s beautiful French extravaganza, from the bride’s stunning lace gown, to the circus performers at the reception and the cobblestone streets. There’s something utterly romantic about France and today’s couple (who married in the Loire region) just encapsulated everything I’ve come to know and love from one of the most romantic countries in the world. Our newlyweds met through mutual friends. “Gabriel and Fanny met 8 years ago and the first time they saw each other, everyone knew they were meant to be together forever. Gabriel had organised with one of Fanny’s friends to stay out of the apartment so he could organise roses in each corner of the room and he prepared a wonderful meal. Fanny was so excited and did not expect a proposal but was wild with excitement when he did ask her that night. Gabriel is a romantic.” Photos today are by the ever talented Gemma Clarke who traveled all the way to France to shoot today’s beauty (and didn’t she do it in a scrumptious way?). Gemma is not only a photographer who can capture the moments, details and ambiance beautifully but she’s a downright lovely person too! Note: The bride asked for no photos to be published of her face to protect her privacy.

Fanny wore a beautiful lace gown by Dephine Manivet and Chloe shoes. She had a friend who is a flower wholesaler so created her own bouquets and floral arrangements.

Fanny and Gabriel were married in a church in an old village which is in the commune of Béhuard.

Fanny’s friend designed the invitations and Fanny created the rest of the stationery.

You might recognise today’s wedding from Once Wed, Fanny and Gabriel hired two photographers! “I wanted candid photos, moments of emotion, photos of the place, people, scenery and details. Photos with style and vintage appeal were very important to me. I booked a French photographer, Emilie Gerard and she brought along this great Australian photographer, Gemma Clarke. I asked for no posed photos at all as I wanted to capture the real moments. I really like the photos Gemma took, very much in the style I like, she is very talented and so adorable in her personality like Emilie!”

The evening and dinner took place in a forest, Domaine du Bouchet Marchais Gennes. Fanny says “As I liked several themes, I decided to make Gabriel a little of each to try to do something unique, I took a little “circus”, “shabby”, “British “and  “Mary Antoinette”, “Boheme”. I also wanted a forest AND a barn, it was important to me. The peculiarity is that I also wanted to eat … outside! Everyone told me “You’re a crazy girl! Never never make you, everything will fly away or be damaged, no one does that!”. Even the caterer did not believe even the day before, I told people that I would not change my opinion, and trust me it was magic!” “I wanted to create several ‘worlds’ during the wedding. I created a forest “magic” with lanterns everywhere around the trees, I wanted the dinner is to be very “Versailles” with servers, round tables, chairs, “Napoleon” – a centrepiece that tells stories (history books)! I wanted the DJ to be with us with vintage music, soft and romantic, I wanted everything to be like a romantic film!”

Fanny was inspired by an eclectic mix of beautiful things. “For inspiration, I saw Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, I looked for books on the circus, the bohemian, the 20s, romantic style, shabby, British. For help, with the  long list I became a real library of wedding sites!” The unique entertainers and props: trailer, barrel organ, comedians, corner booth, cotton candy and popcorn machine were all part of Fanny’s vision for the day (Fanny’s a stylist, you can read her blog here).

Fanny made a lot of the details herself.  “I did the decorations myself: liberty flags, banners, garlands of ribbon, corner booth, old books, paper-covered liberty, table with numbers, table plan with labels, printed menus, gifts for the guests!”  The scrumptious cupcakes and cake were made by Cupcakes & Co.

Fanny’s memorable moments included some of the things that didn’t go well. “Bottles of Coca Cola had exploded in the fridge in the kitchen of the caterer, it was terrible! When the caterer came to put the candles on the cake, one of them has also exploded (really) and Gabriel put out the fire!” After dark a special treat came out. “At midnight we had an ice cream bicycle shop and it was fabulous – more popular than the cupcakes!

A big thank you to Fanny & Gabriel for sharing their wedding day today on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Gemma Clarke for sharing today’s amazing images!

Photos by Gemma Clarke Photography

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The Enchanting Garden Inspired Wedding Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


A beautiful styled shoot for you this morning straight from Perth! Full of soft, romantic details, this morning’s inspired shoot is perfect inspiration for anyone having a garden wedding! I love the soft, dreamy colours of today’s shoot- they’re a little French country garden and oh so beautiful!

Under the guide of Cathrin D’Entremont of CD Weddings, a group of Perth wedding professionals got together to create today’s inspiring shoot. The project? “Style With Me” a showcase of beautiful work designed to inspire you!

For a full list of suppliers, scroll to the end of the post!

Style with Me • Enchanting Garden from Urban Light on Vimeo.

The people who made it all happen:

Event Design and styling by Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings

Floral Design by Flower Talk

Photography by Daniela Fego

Video by Urban Light

Sweet Buffet by kakawa chocolates

Stationery by Invite with Style (invitations, seating cards, menus)

Furniture by Orielle

Linen by Bomboniere Galore

Models  Marianna & Brendan

Location  Private Estate

Accessories: Vases, tableware and glasses by Flower Talk

Candy buffet cards, chocolate wrapper, table number, ‘Love is Sweet banner’, pillow, napkins, rosettes made by CD Weddings with artwork supplied by Invite with Style.

Wooden chests, mirror, lantern: Haagu Distributors 9382 2994

Princess Lasertron Dress Forms

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


I have been on a short dress kick lately – it’s true, but with the warmer months approaching (or if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, tights are a fantastic option) I can’t help but wish to give my skin some sunshine!

Which is why it’s rather wonderful that the ever gorgeous Meg, famous for her button bouquets has finally unveiled her long awaited dress line – it’s affordable and it’s completely and utterly Princess Lasertron.

The debut collection launches with 11 designs (I really have my eyes on that gorgeous polka dot shift!) Each gown is made from 100% silk or organic cotton and is fully lined. Princess Lasertron ships worldwide and custom makes the gowns to any size!

Photos from Princess Lasertron

Vendor Of The Week – Alannah Rose Stationery

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning dear readers! I am SO excited about the goodness we have coming up for you this week! A wedding from the other side of the world and one from rural Australia- could it get any better?

Firstly though, as is Monday morning tradition, it’s time to showcase a vendor from Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We love our directory members and their support means we can bring you content every single day, not only that, but they’re pretty darn good at what they do! So be sure to tell them you found them on Polka Dot Bride to see that extra twinkle in their eye!

This week’s vendor of the week is stationer Alannah Rose Stationery. With a stunning sense of style, Alannah Rose Stationery designs and prints all their stationery in Australia (though ship worldwide) and have such a range of designs, you’re sure to find something to suit you- from vintage to modern to the quirky!

Alannah Rose has gone from strength to strength over the past five years and just recently launched a brand new website showcasing not only their stunning stationery range but the added functionality of The Rose Lounge and more fun children’s party invitations and baby stationery!

To learn a little more about Alannah Rose Stationery,we asked Suzi five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Frangelico Mule – frangelico, ginger beer and fresh lime! yum!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

We love getting away to the beach, there’s so many beautiful ones only a short drive from Melbourne, but my favourite destination at the moment is Queensland. I think the saying really is true – Beautiful one day, perfect the next! Or maybe it’s because I’ve just landed back into Melbourne’s cold weather!

Favourite restaurant?

Rockpool Bar and Grill in Melbourne, A Tavola in Sydney. I love food, would eat out every night if I could, but alas my husband and kids won’t oblige.

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

Cereal with fresh fruit. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find me eating this every morning!

Your favourite wedding story?

All weddings have a story and each is special in it’s own way. I’ve been lucky to have been a guest at around 38 weddings in the last 20 years, each unique and heartfelt. I recently watched a good friend get married by Elvis in Vegas live via the internet, so that’s definitely one I hadn’t seen before, it’s was hilarious and fabulous all in it’s 10 minute glory. I can’t wait to celebrate with them when they return for their reception. :)

Visit Alannah Rose Stationery’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Alannah Rose Stationery is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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