Brisbane Wedding Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


I love hearing of wedding vendors teaming up with one another to make something wonderful happen and when the lovely Sarah of Sarzy O Photography approached me with this amazing competition earlier this year I knew it would turn into something special!

Sarah, together with Nikki from Savor The Moment Wedding Planning  along with a team of Brisbane Wedding vendors are joining together to give one very lucky Brisbane couple the wedding of their dreams worth over $20,000 AU dollars.

The prize includes:

–       A reception for 40 people at Brisbane’s Hotel Urban with wedding night accommodation for the bride and groom

–       Made to wear wedding gown and veil from Jennifer Gifford Designs worth $2770

–       Engagement & wedding photography package from Sarzy O Photography valued at $2400

–       Savor The Moment Wedding Planning package valued at $2100

–       Miss Weddings reception styling package valued at $2000

–       Eastside Belles Entertainment package valued at $1330

–       Hills In Hollywood Bridesmaid dresses valued at $1050

–       Dream Day Weddings ceremony styling package valued at $1000

–       Vanilla Lily Cake Design wedding cake valued at $1000

–       Bella Bloom Floral Designs bridal flower package valued at $700

–       Adorn Event Hire bridal shower styling and hire package valued at $650

–       Sweet Buffets Lolly Buffet for 50 people valued at $550

–       Fiona Robertson marriage celebrant services valued at $500

–       Brush & Blush bridal hair and makeup services valued at $400

–       Celebration Design Studio wedding stationery package valued at $400

–       Nails Galore Nail and spray tan package valued at $360

–       Shoes of Prey custom wedding shoes valued at $325

–       My Flower Girl flowergirl dresses valued at $320

–       Begitta custom designed headpiece valued at $250

To see full details of the vendors, the prizes and so much more. Visit the website

To win this Brisbane wedding package valued at over $20,000 simply visit The Wedding Giveaway website and fill out the entry form. You’ll need

  • Your name and email address
  • Contact phone number(s)
  • Your proposed wedding date
  • A photo of yourself with your fiancé (picture should be no larger than 500KB in size)
  • 200 words or less about why you should win the “Make Our Dreams Come True Wedding Giveaway”

The winner will be chosen on the 24th of May 2012 and we’ll announce the lucky couple on Polka Dot Bride!

The winner will be chosen by a panel selected by The Wedding Giveaway vendors. The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions. Total prize pool is valued at $23, 655.00.

This prize is not redeemable for cash. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes 10th of May 2012 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

For full terms and conditions, please visit the Wedding Giveaway website

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Soft Pink Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Sarzy O Photography teamed up with a group of Brisbane wedding professionals (who you’ll see a bit more of later!) to create this sweet, soft pink wedding inspiration shoot.

Together with  Jennifer Gifford Designs , Brush & Blush, Lisa Daniels Design, Savor The Moment Wedding Planning, Adorn Event Hire , Bella Bloom Floral Design , Vanilla Lily , Hills In Hollywood and Celebration Design at Sirromet, the team pulled together for a dreamy, soft pink inspiration shoot. While this look is sweet and soft enough for a wedding, it could also be easily translated into a bridal shower or other pre wedding event, it’s perfectly girly and I can imagine piles of meringues and fairy floss enticing guests!

Photographer: Sarzy O Photography / Bride's Dress: Jennifer Gifford Designs / Hair & Makeup: Brush & Blush / Jewellery: Lisa Daniels Design / Concept: Savor The Moment Wedding Planning / Table setting: Adorn Event Hire / Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Lily / Bridesmaid Dresses: Hills In Hollywood / Invitations & Stationery: Celebration Design / Venue: Sirromet

Courtney and Rob’s Traditional Glengariff Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Courtney and Rob

Queensland provides some of the most spectacular backdrops in the country for weddings- today’s celebration at Glengariff Historic Estate almost glows as the sun shines through the greenery. It makes for an almost magical wedding day.

“I had just moved to Roma after being transferred there from Cairns.  Rob was living in the house opposite me with 2 other guys.  We met at our teacher induction evening but it wasn’t until he and his room mate came and mowed our lawn that things took off.  Rob decided that we didn’t need to thank them with a carton of beer, but instead ‘my smile would have been enough’!  Things progressed from there and soon, Rob was cooking me dinner most nights – I didn’t have far to go!”

Photographs today are by Deep Grey Wedding Photography who seem to always know how to make things glow!

Courtney carried a bouquet of purple blooms with crystals from Bouquets With Bling.

Courtney and Rob held their wedding at Glengariff Historic Estate. Courtney explains “Glengariff is just so beautiful and picturesque; we just couldn’t go past it.  There packages are very well priced and with mid-week weddings receiving a discount, this fitted in well with our budget.  We really liked that the ceremony, photos and reception were all in the one place.  This meant our guests didn’t have a huge wait while we were off having photos, and they didn’t have to travel to another location.  Glengariff mainly just do weddings so everything was super organised and the day ran so smoothly.”

Courtney’s sister ( Shannon Morris from Bossy Hair) styled Courtney’s hair. “I had very short hair when Rob and I got engaged.  My sister convinced me to grow it and we also bought clip in hair for the day.  By the time the wedding came around, my hair was just above my shoulders.  With the clip in hair and the amazing job my sister did, I ended up with beautiful barrel curls and a full, full head of hair!  I loved, loved, loved it!!” Amanda from Bossy Hair did the girls’ makeup.

Courtney walked down the aisle with her grandfather to Canon In D.

The couple were married by Father Peter Gillam who had years early, married Rob’s parents.


Courtney wore a strapless Pronovias gown from White Lily Couture. Courtney’s bridesmaids wore purple halterneck gowns. The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Spurling.

Of their photographers, Courtney remarks “We loved how Deep Grey does an Engagement shoot.  This gave us the chance to get used to being around a camera and how Adam worked before the big day.  We knew what to expect on our big day!  With the short amount of time we had in between the ceremony and reception, Adam managed to take some amazing and truly beautiful shots.  We were so lucky too with the weather and he captured the change throughout the afternoon.  Adam stayed right through the evening and got some fantastic images of our bridal waltz.  We really liked the way Adam just fitted in – as opposed to being in the spotlight, annoying guests.  We are so happy with our photos and get so many comments on them.”

Courtney says ” Many people will tell you that their wedding day is truly unforgettable, ours was that and more – it really exceeded our expectations. ”

The couple gave  favors from Bonbonniere. They had so much trouble choosing they chose eight different items and matched them to their guests personalities.

The wedding cake was made by Cakes by Judy C. Courtney recalls “We had a 2 tier square cake in white & black with silver features.  Black intricate swirls around the side to match our stationary topped with purple sugared roses.  It was choc & white mud cake! ” The couple assembled their own stationery after purchasing it from My Big Event. Courtney explains “It was designed and created by us – printed by ‘My Big Event’.  We were able to order a part DIY package which meant it fitted in better with our budget.  My Big Event printed all the invites and RSVP cards which they also sent pre-cut.  All we had to do was stick it all together!  We had a DL envelope to enclose all the details including Wishing Well card and Accommodation details all sealed with a wax seal with RC.”

Mobydisc provided the music for the reception , kicking off with Courtney and Rob’s first dance. Courtney says “It was fabulous!  Our song was ‘You make me smile’ by Uncle Kracker.  At the time we were living in Roma and we were able to have a lesson with a local ballroom dancer who taught us the Waltz and some moves!  We danced out on the grass area at Glengariff with LED fairly lights lighting up the dance floor!”

Congratulations on your marriage Courtney and Rob! Thank you for sharing your day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Deep Grey Wedding Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Deep Grey Photography / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: White Lily Couture / Bride's Shoes: Ebay / Groom's Attire: Spurling / Hairstylist: Shannon Morris from Bossy Hair / Makeup Artist: Amanda from Bossy Hair / Flowers: Bouquets With Bling / Invitations & Stationery: My Big Event / Venue: Glengariff Historic Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Father Peter Gillam / DJ: Mobydisc / Favors: Bonbonniere / Cake Baker: Cakes by Judy C

Liz and Tim’s Classic Australian Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Liz and Tim

Liz and TIm’s wedding embraced the beauty of Victoria’s country side. The couple married in the Macedon Ranges and made a few fun detours throughout the day.

Liz recalls how she met Tim. ” We met at a yoga seminar at Wu Lin retreat in Lancefield (only a few minutes from location of wedding). Tim was taken by a friend (a girl!!), I was a yogi in serious training- assuming Tim was a yoga loving, open minded fellow- only to find out he was dragged along and thought it might be a nice place to meet a girl! Two questions were asked after the lecture (a room of over 100 people) by the “swami”- one by me and one by Tim (yet to have met at this point- sitting at opposite ends of the room). ‘the girl’ who took Tim to the retreat was a mutual friend so I found myself sitting with her after the lecture for dinner- across from the cute ‘grey haired Richard Gere look alike’ she saw enter the room- a late arrival (soon to find out- a habit of his) climbing over cross legged yogis – at the beginning of the night when she told herself to stop checking out men and focus on the swami.

Tim asked me out that night. The next day we had coffee. In 3 days we were on our first date.”

Photographs today are by Woodnote Photography– I  love the sense of humor Woodnote embrace with their images.

Being doctors, there were bound to be stories of a medical nature! Liz recalls one from early in the day.  “The maid of honour Louise took herself off to the doctor the morning of the wedding with a severe allergy in her eye- she couldn’t even open it!!!!!!!!!!! Tim is a GP so I bit the bullet and called him for advice for Lou’s eye! Only to find she had already left for the local town of Riddells to see the GP on that Saturday morning -a friend of Tim’s. Steroid injections and some strong will kept her going but post ceremony keep your eyes peeled (pardon the pun) for some black sunnies that make an appearance for a cover up!” Mark Djilas styled the bride and her maid’s hair and makeup.

Liz wore a strapless gown from Raffaele Ciuca with Collection shoes. Her parents gifted her pearl earrings for the wedding.

Liz and Tim had a first look, walking side by side down the vineyards together. Caroline of Woodnote Photography recalls, “It was hilarious to hear their first words to each other on their wedding day be, “Did you remember to put sunscreen on, Lizzy? The sun is pretty intense today, you don’t want to get a melanoma!” Ahhh, they’re so perfect for the medical field. 😉 ”

The couple had photographs at home. Liz explains “We had photos with “Tully” my and my mother’s horse – were divine! It was so much fun flitting around home in a wedding dress! Only when Tully decided to do a big nose blow!!!!!! Ek!!!!!!!!! Black horse goooooooo on my dress! Mum kept us calm and exclaimed- just let it dry and it will come off easily! Hero mum! It did! phewwwW!”

Tim wore a suit from Kenneth Blake NY .

Of their photographers, Liz recalls “Caz and Jaydes were and are just spectacular!- from the pre wedding photo shoot to the post wedding discussions and putting together of an album….it was such a breeze! Together they made our morning/lunch in groovy wedding cars, train stations, sunny horse paddocks and gardens a true delight. Then the ceremony and reception to follow just flowed as if they were a part of a natural process that unfolded around us… They were so fun and vibrant- encouraging and allowing us the freedom to make the day our own- yet gave us enough direction to feel comfortable- a perfect balance!

The photos were taken with ease. We were so excited to have a ‘first look’ described to us by Caz so we could take photos pre ceremony meaning more time with family and friends post ceremony! Totally what our weekend was all about. Being with our family and friends.”

The Tran-Hyde family string trio played the music at the ceremony.

Liz’s bridesmaids wore red gowns from Two Birds Bridesmaid. The flowers were styled by Gisborne Cottage Flowers.

Liz and Tim were married at Cleveland Grange Winery . Liz recalls ” Cleveland Grange is a rustic yet stylish winery with beautiful wooden sheds where old meets the new. Views in the upstairs reception room across the Lancefield ranges are to die for. It felt like home for Tim and I- living in the Macedon Ranges and wanting to get married at a venue that felt like we could share a piece of ourselves with those we love most.” The couple were married by Tim’s father, a minister.

The reception continued at the wintery.

The cake was made by Tom- the couple’s 12 year old nephew.

Liz recalls one of the stories of the night. “The head chef had an anaphylactic reaction and was rushed to emergency. Dr Tim overheard the reception staff talking about the saga— OOoppS! He didn’t tell his bride— wise move as who would of known! The head catering staff ‘Lalieni’ took over and the kitchen ran smoothly- thank God for chefs and prep work!”

Liz describes the wedding as “A weekend of many things: heat and sun, cool changes, colour, fun, family, long speeches and Elvis serenade’s (grooms speech was a song! Ek!) ” The reception florals were arranged by a local lady. Liz explains “Marianne- local Lancefield women working for Cleveland made up centre pieces and reception arrangements on day of wedding according to what she found in her garden and on her morning walk that day! Splendid! ”

The first dance was to, of course, and Elvis tune. Liz remarks, “Tim was great- quietly confident (especially after conquering his serenade “I just cant help falling in love with you”)- unpractised yet very sweet. ”

Congratulations Liz & Tim! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Woodnote Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!


Photographer: Woodnote Photography / Bride's Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride's Shoes: Collection / Groom's Attire: Kenneth Blake New York / Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid / Venue: Cleveland Grange Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Peter Phillips / Flowers & Decor: Gisborne Cottage Flowers / DJ: Aaron Nott / Hair & Makeup Artist: Mark Djilas