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Holly and Mat’s Summer Inspired Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Holly and Mat

I love the unique style of the bride and groom in today’s Summer inspired wedding. It feels like I’m transported to a tropical island, but instead we’re just taking a little trip to Noosa to share in the beautiful wedding of Holly and Mat!

Holly recalls the funny way they came to be. “We met at work, he lied about his age and told me he was five years older so I would go out with him. It wasn’t until six months later, I caught sight of his driver’s licence and discovered the truth. I was 28 and he was only 22!”

Photos today are by James Day. I love how James has captured the vibrancy and life of today’s celebration, the resort feeling and the joy of Holly, Mat and their guests.

The days before the wedding were not without adventure. Holly recalls,”I very nearly didn’t make it to the wedding. I choked on a prawn two days prior, which got lodged in my esophagus and was taken to hospital by ambulance. I had to have surgery to remove it, and was only released the day before.”

Holly and Mat were married at Beach Road Resort, Noosa North Shore.

Of their wedding style, Holly says, “Our theme was ‘Sunset at Cafe del Mar’. We wanted modern, relaxed, fun with an ‘Ibiza’ feel.”

Holly wore a gown designed by Isabelle McDell Designs ( For her walk down the aisle, Holy says “My younger sister Jamie (who is about to release her first single with EMI) wrote a song for us and performed on the beach with her guitar.”

Holly, a graphic and interior designer ( styled and planned the event herself. From decor and invitations to decorations! The floral arrangements were styled by  Twig and Grace.

The groom was outfitted with pieces from Zara.

The wedding was all in the one location. Holly explains, “All our guests stayed in villas at the Beach Road Resort. We had our reception around the pool. The next day we had a ‘day after brunch’ with Bloody Marys, Rose, croquet and bocce. It was perfect! Noosa Event Hire and Spoon Fed Catering went above and beyond to make the day go so smoothly. Flawless setup, service and friendly staff”

The guests were important to the newlyweds. Holly remarks “I loved having family and friends there, who travelled from overseas to share our special day.”

Congratulations on your marriage Holly and Mat! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to James Day for sharing today’s images.

Photographer: James Day / Bride’s Dress: Isabelle McDell Designs / Groom’s Attire: Zara / Venue: Beach Road Resort, Noosa North Shore. / Styling & Invitations: Bride / Catering: Spoon Fed Catering
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“Young Love” Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Mary & Dave

A fun little gathering of inspiration photos for you today from Etta Photography The scene is set – the couple Mary and Dave in a secret forest in North Brisbane. “Young Love” is a collaboration between Etta Photography, Polkadot Prints who created the stationery, and Mary’s hairpiece is from Grace Designs.

The shoot tells a story (which I will let Madeleine of Etta Photography,  recount as I share the photos) and I think it’s a really lovely way of capturing your engagement. What’s your story? How can you tell it?

the girl waits…
the boy waits…

they meet…
he gives her flowers…

he steals a kiss…

she hides her growing love…
he hides his growing love…

they reveal their love to each other…
they reveal their love to the world…

they are in love…

he has a few fun things planned..
they play and laugh…and enjoy their love….
they share everything…milk & cookies, popcorn, tea….

love becomes a la naturale….
love becomes more serious…they grow up….
they head to the forest and rug up to keep warm…
the future lies ahead…

Photos by Etta Photography

Lisa Gowing 2011 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Lisa Gowing has just unveiled her 2011 Collection and I am loving the echos of eras long ego in her newest selection of gowns.

Lisa was inspired by the 1920s to the 1950s and has recreated the glamour of this period with pure silks, hand placed jewels, decadent laces and stunning accessories – from mantilla veils to headpieces and silk flowers.

I have always loved how Lisa compliments the female form with her designs and her new collection (which is demi-couture) of vintage inspired gowns has that same sensuous, feminine styling that flatters the body.

Images by Lisa Gowing

Vendor of the Week – Makeup by Megan

by | Blog News, Bride


The sparse moments of Spring are just starting to peek through and while I am a winter lover through and through, I can’t help but be excited by what Spring will bring this year. There are celebrations on the cards, babies ahead and the promise of many pretty frocks to celebrate with! So with that, welcome to another week on Polka Dot Bride!

Let’s kick off our Monday morning with a lovely pour over one of the amazingly talented members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. I am always so excited to look through our directory and see such amazing venues, talented cake artists, florists, stylists even musicians waiting there to create amazing weddings for the polka dotties! so Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and see what you can find!

Great makeup artists are worth their weight in gold, so it’s an honor to introduce you to our amazing vendor this week! This week’s Vendor Of The Week is Makeup by Megan. Megan, based in Sydney, has worked in the industry for over 15 years and trained at Sydney’s Art & Technology of Make-up College. Megan’s an accredited Lash Republic artist (hello luscious lashes!) and she even has a hair stylist who works closely with her – so you can book it all and not worry about a thing!

Plenty of Megan’s gorgeous work has been featured in beautiful styled shoots lately and I love how Megan works to compliment the natural beauty of the wearer while create a stunning look.

To learn a little more about Makeup by Megan we asked Megan five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Almost Heaven. A delicious lychee based cocktail from Bel Mondo’s cocktail list.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Anywhere coastal or rural and secluded. I love to be surrounded by nature in a tranquil environment.

Favourite restaurant?

Bel Mondo in the Rocks – the chef there is incredible!

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

Usually an Up & Go as I race out the door to a wedding booking.

Your favourite wedding story?

Father Of The Bride?!? It’s a movie I know but it is a wedding story I LOVE and I watched it the night before my own wedding over 7 years ago.

Visit Makeup by Megan’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Makeup by Megan is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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