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Sara and Rueben’s London Vintage Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Sara and Rueben

A hop, skip and jump across the pond today to London for s beautiful English wedding! Our couple today, Sara and Rueben incorporate their own flair into their day- including Sara’s Buddhist wedding traditions.

Sara explains how she met Rueben. “I am a Practice Nurse and Rueben was a one off patient at the surgery. He asked me out on a date 3 months later and we went to Brighton. He had 2 glasses in his bag and a bottle of Verve.”

The gorgeous, quirky photographs today are by Solas Photographers who have captured the true essence of Sara and Rueben! Kalifilm Productions were also there on the day to shoot the film of Sara and Rueben’s wedding.

Rueben’s attire was from TopMan with his bow tie and top hat from ebay.

Sara started the day with friendship, she remarks “I had my close friends over on the morning of our wedding for champagne and strawberries. Hair and make up was also carried out by friends so this felt fun and quite relaxing.” Sara wore a gown from Phase 8 with shoes from Marta Jonsson.

Sara walked down the aisle Clare David ( playing the grand piano.

The ceremony was the best part of the day for Sara with many memories, she shares “Having my dad walk me down the aisle was very special and also the actual ceremony itself, particularly as my 2 friends took part in the Ceremony of Cups.”

Sara and Rueben married at Taplow Court. “Taplow Court was chosen because I am Buddhist and the grounds surrounding the Manor House are wonderful.”

Sara’s bridesmaids wore “Verity” gowns from Phase 8 and flowers were styled by Beccy (

Of their photographers, Sara says “We were lucky to have a husband and wife team who were fun and great to work with. On a few occasions we didn’t know what to do and without asking they directed us to where/what we should be doing, without fuss…fantastic!”

Sara offers this advice to fellow couples “Everyone says the day goes so quick and it does, this is not a bad thing, embrace it! HOWEVER make sure you don’t go cheap on the photographer because the next day and in the years to come this will be your only reference. I can’t put into words how lucky we were with Solas…We were showered with kind words on facebook for weeks afterwards-a truly happy ending and this is down to talent they gave us.”

Sara describes the day as “A heartfelt celebration of our union shared with close friends and family.”

Sara and Rueben held their reception at The Brentham Club and included many personal touches. “Rueben made our fantastic vintage photo booth which came with props. My friend Rebecca who is a florist also supplied the linen for the tables and chairs. We supplied the lanterns and umbrellas suspended from the ceiling. We also supplied a vintage screen with potted palm plants and an old vintage chest displaying the seating arrangements. Rueben’s mother made confetti from rose petals and hydrangeas and we also made the receptacles from old paper that had rose petals pressed in.” Rueben even creates photo booths for other London couples! (contact him here)

The three tier cake, decorated with pink roses was created by Maisie Fantaisie .

Wedding favours in the form of different flavoured jams and peppered jelly were made by friend Colvin (which you can buy here). Rueben made the labels along with the rest of the wedding stationery (including invitations and thank you cards).

Sara says “We wanted to avoid the first dance and due to an overrun on dinner we escaped that ritual 🙂 Later, after a few drinks we had a boogie without all the eyes on us!”

Congratulations Sara and Rueben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Solas Photographers for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Solas Photographers / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: TopMan / Bride’s Dress: Phase 8 / Bride’s Shoes: Marta Jonsson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Phase 8 / Ceremony: Taplow Court / Reception Venue: Brentham Club / Cake: Maisie Fantasie / Cinematographer: Kalifilm Productions / Wedding rings: John Lawrence Jewellery
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Annie and Buff’s Intimate Seaside Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Annie and Buff

A wedding by the seaside with your closest friends sounds like a dream come true doesn’t it? Well it was for today’s couple Annie and Buff and I think their beautiful day might just inspire you for a beach side wedding of your own!

Of Annie and Buff’s story, Annie says “It’s not a particularly romantic story… We met a friend’s house warming party. We got really drunk, did some class ‘A’ flirting and then pashed on! The next day we went to the beach (the same spot where we had our ceremony) and just lay around sun-baking, talking and swimming. I think we both admit to falling in love that day. We were at the beach for almost 4 hours with no food or water – neither of us wanted to leave. I guess that bit is pretty romantic… Maybe I should leave the drunken party pash out of the story..?”

Photographs today are by Kelly Adams Photography. I love the way Kelly has captured Annie and Buff’s vintage style that they wanted to incorporate into their day and the romantic captures she produced.

Annie made her own button bouquet.

Annie wore a stunning gown buy Manuell & Moore. She paired it with barefoot sandals from Sandy Starlight. The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown dresses from Victoria’s Secret and the couple had three flower girls, including Annie & Buff’s daughter Holli.

The day was planned and styled with the help of Carol of Creatively Bespoke Weddings. Annie remarks “Carol Balfour from Creatively Bespoke Weddings and Events did all our styling and was there on the day to ensure things ran smoothly – she was AMAZING. She set up, as well as packed up and pretty much coordinated the day for us. We told her what we wanted and she made it happen. What more could you ask for?”

Annie and Buff held their ceremony at Currumbin Beach. Annie explains “The beach where we had the ceremony was a special spot for us as it’s where we spent our first date together.  It is also representative of the coastal lifestyles we lead and where we feel happiest. An afternoon at the beach can fix anything from a lingering argument to a massive hang over.”

The major DIY project was the wedding car! Annie recalls “We did the car ourselves! It was just a shell when we started (like literally). We spent many nights (and early mornings) together in the shed putting it together, piece by piece. It was pretty intense and at times quite stressful.  There was a time when we truly thought we weren’t going to get it done BUT all our hard work and sleepless nights paid off. I arrived in the hottest 1976 XY Ford Falcon you’ve ever laid eyes on. Looking back, it has been one of the best things we have done together, despite the hard times. I think we could have been a little bit more productive had we drank a little less beer too but where’s the fun in that?!”

Annie walked down the aisle to “A group of our friends playing live music at the ceremony.  We are lucky to know such talented musicians. There were bongos, a guitar, violin and the beautiful voice of Tessa. They played a cover of Angus and Julia Stone’s The Wedding Song.”

Kelly (our photographer) was recommended to me by my sister who had met her whilst in the bridal party of another wedding. She came with a glowing report! Kelly was very easy to work with and put in a lot of time before the wedding getting ideas and planning shots. We met with her twice before the actual day, she was very thorough. The second time we met we did a complete run-through of how the day would go (on location) and made lists of everything that we really wanted to make sure she captured. During the ceremony, I didn’t even notice Kelly was there – she was very unimposing. You could tell Kelly had thought a lot about what she wanted from the informal shots. She was precise and thorough without taking forever to get the “one”.  Kelly definitely lived up to the expectation in every way.

Annie describes the wedding as “From the sandy shores of Currumbin and into the thick, green valley – the beach meets the country with a rustic, vintage feel.”

The reception was held at Cottages on the Creek in Currumbin Valley. Annie explains “We wanted to have the reception somewhere “away from it all”. We wanted a relaxed place to chill out for the afternoon as opposed to a sit-down formal affair.  Also, because it was in the height of summer, we were conscious of our guests comfort. A rain forest clearing with a creek running through seemed almost too good to be true.  Cottages on the Creek is quite an idyllic spot and with just a full calico-covered hay bails scattered around for seats by the running water and the blues band in the background, lots of our guests said they felt like they were at a festival, not a wedding. We definitely achieved tranquility, that’s for sure.”

There was one minor disaster of the day. Annie says “The cake died! Piece of advice, DO NOT have a croquembouche (crockenbush) in summer – it will fall apart. The chef delivered the cake to the reception as it was starting and it fell apart during transportation. She was madly trying to rebuild it on location but didn’t have much success. We had the tip of our croquembouche on display (sigh!) and the rest of the delicious hand-made profiteroles were served individually with whipped cream. We just had to laugh about it as there was nothing else we could do and at least our guests still got dessert.”

Plus a final surprise for the groom. Annie’s voice! “At the reception I sang a song to Shannon that I had written. Our musician friends who played at the ceremony helped compose the music and backed me up. Shannon cried – he doesn’t really ever cry so that was pretty special.”

Congratulations Annie and Buff! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Kelly Adams Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Kelly Adams Photography / Bride’s Dress: Manuell & Moore / Bridesmaid Dresses: Victoria's Secret / Coordinator: Creatively Bespoke Weddings / Ceremony: Currumbin Beach / Venue: Cottages on the Creek

Daughters Of Simone Vintage Wedding Dresses

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


There is something innately special about vintage garments. The stories they hold, each pulled thread, each little mark- the time the dress was worn by a glamorous lady in the sixties on her wedding day, the story of the bride who was wearing their grandmother’s dress, the gown that has been passed down from generation to generation. A San Fransisco duo (who are getting more and more orders from Australians, so they’re Aussie friendly!) have taken the magic of vintage bridal gowns and turned into into their business – Daughters of Simone.

Daughters Of Simone is all about the magic of vintage. Owners Brittany and Christy have curated a beautiful collection of vintage wedding gowns and reconstructed them (a hemline shorted here, a bodice taken in there) allowing new generations to wear their treasures.

Their stunning beauties are perfect for pre wedding events, or for a bride who wants something a little different for her wedding day – something that has a story between the folds.

Gowns, accessories & garters are available to purchased through their website (they ship to Australia) and all gowns are professionally dry cleaned before they’re sent to you!

Daughters of Simone also sell gorgeous vintage wedding accessories – restored and perfect to add a vintage touch if you don’t want to go all the way with a gown.

Photos via Daughters Of Simone

Kendra and Zan’s Elegant Coastal Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kendra and Zan

As Summer and long days at the beach are hurtling towards us full throttle, it’s time to gear into beach weddings again. The backdrop of the rolling waves, the milky golden skies and the rugged landscapes make such a beautiful backdrop for a wedding and really, there are few places so immersed in nature!

Kendra, explains how she met her husband Zan. “I had just moved into a new home and needed a security door added to my front door.  Zan came and quoted and got the job.  3 years later the lock broke so I had to call him to come fix it.  I called him up not 100% sure that I had the correct company, I mentioned this to him and mentioned the street I lived on not expecting it to mean anything to him.  Straight away he knew who I was and even remembered my name!… I hadn’t told him who I was so I was blown away.  He said he had never forgotten me.  One year later we were engaged.

The funny thing was I ended up selling my house 2 weeks later,  we often remember this and think how lucky we were that the lock broke when it did.”

Photos today are by Adori Studios. I always love the clean, fresh captures Adori produces and the shots of Kendra and Zan’s wedding have plenty of candid laughter – my favourite kind!

Kendra wore a strapless gold coloured gown by Elizabeth De Varga. Her bouquet of blooms was styled by A Sculpted Leaf and she accessorised her wedding day look with a bracelet from Cinderella Bella. Kendra’s wedding day makeup was styled by Kim Image Specialist and her hair was styled by Erin from Vanilla Hair Salon.

The groom wore a suit from Ello Moda.

Kendra and Zan made the stationery themselves. Kendra walked down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train.

Kendra and Zan were married by Desley Robinson (07 5539 1342) on the rooftop of the Plantation Resort at Rainbow and Rainbow Beach Hotel. Kendra remarks “Straight away we knew that if we got married locally we wanted to get married at Rainbow Beach, it was our first trip away and we have spent many special occasions at the Plantation Resort at Rainbow since then.”

Kendra says “We had a couple of funny moments, I was a little overeager and blurted out ‘I do’ before the celebrant had a chance to finish asking me.

Another was during the exchange of rings, my heart dropped when no matter how hard I tried I could not get Zan’s ring onto his finger. I was just starting to panic when I realised that he had given me the wrong hand!”

The couple chose to have their location photographs alone with their photographer. Kendra explains, “Bec was wonderful, from the moment we met her we knew that she was the one.  She just ‘got us‘ and that was reflected in her beautiful photos of our day. A number of friends have told us that they aren’t that happy with their wedding photos.  We love ours.. now we just have to try and narrow down our favourites. We are so glad we took the time to find an amazing photographer.”

The sweet thank you bunting and reception bunting was created by Hayley Shum of This little Heart of Mine.

Kendra recalls “We loved having our photos taken for the location shots.. it gave us an hour or so where we got to reminisce over the ceremony and enjoy some time alone together.

Zan loves the beach and the water so it was lovely that we got to include that in our shots.”

The reception continued at the Plantation Resort at Rainbow and Rainbow Beach Hotel. Kendra remarks “Nicole from the Rainbow Beach Hotel was so easy to work with and so accommodating with any of our requests. She was such a huge help on the day.. even though she was nearly 9 months pregnant and supposed to be on maternity leave!  On the night the bar and waiting staff were so happy and helpful. We spent a couple of days in Rainbow Beach after the wedding and the staff involved in our wedding paid us extra special attention whenever we dined at the restaurant.”

Kendra’s creative flair was used ion the stationery, she says “I designed, printed and made all the wedding stationery myself including invitations, save the date and place cards.” The three tier wedding cake was made by A Beautiful Cake by Mary Brown.

Kendra remarks “We loved having our family and friends there to celebrate with us, the intimacy of a small wedding was beautiful and many people commented on how lovely it was.”

Kendra and Zan danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble. Kendra recalls “We had dance lessons (at Ballroom Moves) for a month or so before the wedding, it was so nice to be able to get up in front of everyone and show them what we had learnt.  Zan often remarks how glad he was that we had those lessons and that it was one of his most memorable moments from the day.” DJ Jerry Brown kept guests celebrating on the dance floor long after the sun had set.

Congratulations Kendra and Zan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Adori Studios for sharing today’s photographs!

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