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Summer Days Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I have a fun little inspiration shoot today from a great group of wedding professionals in Townsville (see more on the Townsville Wedding Team website). They got together last month to stage a “Make Believe Wedding”. I think getting together with other vendors like this can be so much fun! It allows vendors to try new things without the constraints of a real wedding day and gives us some lovely inspiration to pour over. Today’s shoot is full of citrus and summer and such a nice relief to gaze at in the middle of winter!

Honey of Insight Creative who photographed the inspiration shoot, sent over the photos today and together with a mood board of images, worked with the vendors to create the shoot “Inspired by light, bright days with a hint of crispness, freshness and memories of easy, laid back summer days with friends…

Citrus, rustic, vintage, organic, pastels, bunting, earthy, weathered & worn, antique.”

Honey explained in detail the inspiration behind the shoot. “With the Make Believe Wedding we really wanted to show local brides that they could achieve something truly special and unique using some of the amazing suppliers we have right here in North Queensland.

I adore the citrus tones of lemon yellow and mint green with creams and greys, so we used these colours as our starting point. We wanted to steer clear of the beach style weddings that we see so much of up here, so we decided on a rustic style – which went just beautifully with our colour scheme.”

Lace & Tie Design ( 0448 284 010) created the stationery for the shoot, including invitations, place cards and cake buffet signs.

The ‘bride’ wore a gown from Wendy Makin paired a hairpiece from Vintage Rose. The ‘bridesmaids’ wore gowns in citrus yellow and mint from Cheryl’s Boutique.

Boheme Beauty styled the makeup for the mock bridal party while Tiki On Akers styled the hair. Jewels were from Jewellery By Design.

The flowers for the inspiration shoot were styled by Townsville Flower Market.

The ‘groom’ and his ‘groomsmen’ wore grey suits from New Park Suit Hire & Menswear.

The shoot took place at Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms. Honey says “We were in heaven when we found our beautiful location – the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms – North Queensland’s oldest heritage listed building, built around 1865. A gorgeous old Queenslander building with timber verandah, rusty tin roof and chippy paint in abundance – a photographer’s dream! Also right next door – a little orchard, just perfect for our ceremony.

Jennifer Celotto of Dragonfly Ceremonies ‘acted’ as the celebrant.

Honey recalls “Our model bride and groom are a real-life couple so the love was real (as was the kiss in the wedding video!), and all of the ‘guests’ were their friends – so it was such a fun day for everyone involved.”  (Can you spot the bridesmaid and groomsmen who were a Polka Dot couple? )

The girls wore shoes from Shoedini.

Honey says “We styled the wedding to have lots of casual rustic elements – metal trunks and wooden crates, reclaimed windows, old bottles and vases, vintage tea cups and wine glasses, well loved tables, and a mish-mash of old chairs – and softened the look with handmade bunting made from op-shop doileys and scrap fabric, and simply stunning flowers in creams and yellows.” Cassandra from Out Of The Blue Events helped plan and styled the shoot.

Honey says “All up we had 18 local suppliers involved, covering almost everything you would have at an actual wedding – we even had a sit-down meal and full dessert table – yum!” Yongala Lodge catered the mock reception and provided wine & drinks from Yalumba Wines.

Happy Cakes created a range of sweet citrus inspired treats for the cake buffet which included a lemon yellow two tiered wedding cake.

Townsville Wedding Videos created this fun video of the mock wedding


Congratulations to all the vendors involved and thank you for sharing the shoot with us on Polka Dot Bride! What wonderful inspiration for a Summer wedding!


Photos by Insight Creative

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Beach Wedding Gown Roundup

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


One of our lovely readers has put the call out for a simple wedding gown appropriate for a beach wedding. There are so many beautiful gowns you can wear if you’re marrying on the sand – floaty fabrics can be tossed around by the sea air and simple sparkles can be caught by the sunlight.

Here are some of my favourite gowns for beach weddings from Australian designers.

1. Rachel Gilbert 2. Johanna Johnson 3. Collette Dinnigan 4. Anna Campbell 5. Master/Slave 6. Fiorenza 7. Henri Josef website 6. Johanna Johnson

1. Anna Campbell 2. Master/Slave 3. Lisa Brown 4. Collette Dinnigan 5. Master/Slave 6. Rachel Gilbert 7. PGP from White Runway 8. Lisa Brown

Sayuri and Luke’s Beautiful Batemans Bay Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sayuri and Luke

There’s nothing like a casual wedding on the shores of Australia’s coast line. Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast is a special part of the world and today’s wedding captures not only the beautiful landscape of the area, but the newlyweds embraced the relaxed vibe with their own relaxed wedding. There’s little tradition on this day but a lot of love and a beautiful story to go with it.

Sayuri and Luke met through a friend. “We were ‘secretly’ set up by a mutual friend (Claire) who obviously knew each of us well enough to connect the dots – Claire invited us both to a group dinner where we met and the rest is history!”

Today’s photographs are by David Robertson. I love the feeling of David’s photographs. They’re beautifully simple but capture so much emotion and meaning in each shot.

Sayuri wore a strapless gown from Maggie Sottero from Raffele Ciuca Brunswick with shoes from Carmen Steffans.

Sayuri’s bridesmaid wore an emerald green gown from Arthur Galan.

Sayuri and her bridesmaid’s look was created by Elite Hair Studio. Sayuri recalls “Terrie and Kat from Elite Hair Studio –  they went over and above the call of duty in helping five women get their hair done in time for the big day!” The floral arrangements for the day were by Joycies Flowers.

Before the ceremony, the couple shared a “first look” at Mossy Point Jetty.

Sayuri and Luke threw out tradition and walked down the aisle together to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.

The ceremony was held at Luke’s parent’s garden in Broulee. They turned their creek side garden into a beautiful ceremony venue.

The guests were a highlight of the day for the newlyweds, including one special addition. Sayuri recalls “I loved our surprise last minute guests! The groom’s cousin surprised us by turning up from Perth at the rehearsal the day before”. The couple provided bottles of water with custom labels from Custom Bottled Water.

Sayuri and Luke held their reception at On the Pier, Batemans Bay. Sayuri says “Belinda and the her team at On The Pier Batemans Bay did not disappoint, with their award-winning seafood cocktail selection, great range of drinks and last but not least – impeccable service which included activities to keep the children entertained! They also took care of the bridal party while we prepared for the day in their lovely boardroom with a gorgeous view of the bay. ”

Although there was no formal dance, the music (with DJ Matt Brown) provided a spontaneous one. Sayuri explains “We didn’t officially have a first dance as there were no formalities on the night, however at some stage we both ended up in the middle of a circle dancing to ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Ritchie – you could probably call that the first dance!”

Congratulations Sayuri and Luke! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to David Robertson for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by David Robertson.


Tea For Two – Vintage Party Hire

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


I had a lovely discussion with friends the other night as to whether vintage was a trend – trends are something I find really hard to talk about on Polka Dot Bride, because I tend to focus on stories and the extra special touches couples put into their days. So is vintage a trend? I don’t think it is, as much as a pillar…. Vintage has always been present in weddings, couples have always paid homage to history – but it’s slowly emerging as something which couples want to include more and more. It’s always been there, but now we’re embracing more elements of it that appeal to us.

Something that I’ve loved seeing pop up lately is vintage party hire services.  I think it’s a such a special touch to host an afternoon tea featuring  vintage china and cucumber sandwiches, or serve your guests delicious Mojitos out of silver jugs, even eat off  different vintage plates. Here’s three of my favourite vintage party hire businesses and the divine things they offer!

‘A Vintage Affair’ Melbourne, Victoria

From a huge range of gorgeous tea cups and saucers, silver tea sets, cake stands and accessories the girls at ‘A Vintage Affair’ hire out beautiful pieces for weddings, hen’s days and bridal showers. A Vintage Affair offers full service event styling in addition to their hire and also does a “high tea experience” which includes everything from the crockery to the catering to the games!

The Vintage Table, Perth, WA

The Vintage Table, based in Perth is a brand new business with a sense of history – owner Alison has been collecting vintage pieces for many many years and lending them for family and friend’s celebrations. Now they’re available to anyone for any type of occasion.. The Vintage Table is able to cater for up to 200 for a vintage high tea set up, 100 for a seated dinner and 150 for a cocktail function.  The Vintage Table has a number of packages – suitable for a high tea, dinner, even a dessert buffet. My favourites? The 1920s silver antique wedding cake plateau and Alison’s collection of over 200 champagne coupes!

A Vintage Party, Byron Bay NSW, and Brisbane QLD

A Vintage Party is owned by Marika (one of our lovely readers and brides) and is based out of coastal town Byron Bay. Marika’s love of vintage and handmade extended throughout the wedding where she sourced many vintage glass jars, glass bottles and the most delightful china floral patterned plates. Plus I love reading about Marika’s finds on her blog!

How are you incorporating history into your own wedding day? Have you found any fantastic suppliers helping you to create your vintage atmosphere?

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