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Annalies and Simon’s Whimsical Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Annalies and Simon

With ruby red lips, sparkling ruby slippers, black and white tartan bridesmaids gowns and a surprise of twinkle lights. this enchanting wedding, with plenty of opulent glamour was the most beautiful way for Annalies and Simon to share their vow to marry, with their loved ones.

Annalies recalls how she and Simon came to be. “While we knew of each other in high school, it wasn’t until we met again, 1800 kilometres away in Brisbane that we started dating.”

Photographs today are by Beth Cater Photography. I really loved Beth’s way of capturing the depth and details of the day – her candid moments of Annalies and Simon’s joy, the little details like those ruby red slippers and the breathtaking beauty of Annalies walking down the aisle to her beloved. Playback Films shot a film of the day.

The bride and bridesmaid’s makeup was styled by  Nic Makeup while Catherine Cheesman of Bogarts styled their hair.

The bride’s bouquet, featuring crystals and black feathers along with deep red roses was created by Bloomberry Flowers.

The bridesmaids wore black and white tartan gowns from Alyce Designs via Tj Formal and paired them with ruby red shoes from Schuh. Annalies wore Christian Louboutin heels paired with custom shoe clips from Feathers & Frills.

Of their photographer, Annalies says “Beth was absolutely fantastic.  She immediately recognised that we wanted something a little different for our photos and didn’t try to force us into unnatural situations in order to get her shot.  Beth really captured us as we are, and we are just thrilled with the result.”

Annlies wore a gown by Wendy Makin.

“Oh, also, the bridesmaids surprised me on the day by wearing stockings with different patterns.  They definitely know my preferred aesthetic and I loved it!”

Annalies walked down the aisle to Pachabel’s Canon In D. She remarks ” We wanted to have a traditional ceremony and this felt like the perfect piece to set the tone.” The couple held their wedding ceremony at St Stephens Cathedral, Annalies explains “We were married in St Stephens Cathedral which is beautiful, as always, and possibly the only church in Brisbane that could accommodate our gowns!”

Annalies describes the day as “Equal parts lux couture and traditional family affair.”

One of Annalies’ favourite memories is the photographs. “One of my favourite moments was arriving at our photo location to see the festoon lighting strung across the blooming honeysuckle that Simon had organised.  It was absolutely beautiful.”

Annalies and Simon held their reception at The Greek Club, Annalies remarks “Katherine, The Greek Club’s wedding coordinator was an absolute dream to work with.  As a bride who had no concept of what I wanted, Katherine had all of the answers.  She looked after every request and change right up to the event itself so well that it put us both completely at ease.”

Annalies recalls “I discovered that sites like etsy were fantastic for sourcing the kind of things that would normally be handmade – often for less than it would cost to make! – but one thing that we did together was, rather than have a band or DJ, we put together our wedding music into playlists.  We spent a lot of time choosing music for the dinner, dancing and other special points that included songs dear to us and our guests.  It was a huge hit and really made the reception a celebration of us and our loved ones.  Quite a few of the guests commented on it and a few asked for the list!” A three tier black and white cake was created by Cake That!

For their first dance, Annalies says “We danced to ‘Beautiful Girl’ by INXS.  It took us a while to pick a song – we both love music and have very strong opinions!  When we first moved in together, Simon would play this on guitar a lot.  It reminds us of each other while being familiar to most of our guests which were our two requirements.  One of a few Italian customs we included occurred during the bridal waltz where our families wrapped us in ribbons while we danced.”

Blender Design created the table menus, order of service books and engagement invitations. Each of the table settings featured song lyrics that were special to Annalies and Simon.

The reception was full of beautiful memories for the newlyweds, just some of which Annalies lists. “Most of our family and friends had to fly in to attend and seeing how many of them made the trip was really special – having everyone together happens so rarely it was lovely.

My father gave a beautiful and touching speech that I will always remember.  He is a man of few words so seeing him up there in front of everyone made me really proud.

Spending the morning getting ready with my bridesmaids and Mum was incredibly fun.  We nearly forgot what we were there for!

Seeing everyone get involved in the photobooth was fantastic.  It made for a fun night and a very memorable guestbook.

During my hens festivities, my bridesmaids taught us all a traditional Italian tarantella that they had learnt in secret.  We then danced this at the reception.  I had truly amazing bridesmaids – they made the whole planning process an event”

Before we end the tale of Annalies and Simon, I want to share their gorgeous wedding video shot by Playback Films

Congratulations Annalies and Simon! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Beth Cater Photography. for sharing the photographs this afternoon!

Photographer: Beth Carter Photography / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alyce Designs / Flowers: Bloomberry Flowers / Cinematographer: Playback Films / Makeup: Nic Makeup / Reception Venue: The Greek Club / Bridesmaids Shoes: Schuh / Hair: Catherine Cheesman of Bogarts / Stationery: Just Embossed / Cake: Cake That!
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Stine and Truls’ Stunning Tuscany Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Stine and Truls

A trip to Tuscany for a wedding sounds incredibly beautiful and today Stine and Truls took two Australian vendors with them to celebrate their union. From the deep red grapes hanging against the walls, to the amazing views over the Italian landscape, it’s a wedding filled with history and beautiful moments.

The couple met on a night out. “We met in the summer 2006, Stine and some friends including Stig (Truls’ younger brother) were out for dinner. Truls was invited to join the party and it was a long and happy night.”

Sara Levi, a Rome based wedding planner organised the day, coordinating Australian vendors Katja Anton of AKA Weddings and Wildbunch Weddings to photograph and film the wedding day – capturing the magic of Tuscany.

The bride chose a beautiful place to get ready for her wedding day. She recalls “I got ready at Vignamaggio a historical villa where Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa’ was born and was also the location for the famous movie “Much ado About Nothing”. Set above the Vineyards of Chianti there is no shortage of breathtaking scenery and we were thankfully exposed to the light Summer breezes… August can get a little toasty otherwise!” She wore the Eddy K. “La belle mariée talia” gown and changed into a shorter gown for the reception.

The bride’s good friend Jannicke Bakken styled the hair and makeup.

The bridesmaids wore their own gowns.


Stine and Truls were married in the courtyard of La Canonica’ a 11th century monastery in Tuscany, Italy 40mins from Florence. Bachini & Bellini, Florence created beautiful floral arrangements including heart shaped floral wreaths, the bride’s bouquet and the table arrangements.

The groom wore a suit from House Of Singles.

The music was carefully considered. “As the bride approached the altar: Canon in D major by Johann Pachelbel; after signing the book, “Oh my beloved father” by Puccini, and “Purpose” by Rikard Nordraak at the end (Nordraak also wrote the music for the Norwegian national anthem). “We also rang the church bells. The music was played by a local Florentine classical string quartet with a soprano singer.”

Stine & Truls’ 3 year old son, Sigur, was the ring bearer and carried the rings down the aisle on a chain round his neck.

The couple were married by Pastore Antonio Adamo and the ceremony was interpreted by Translator Camilla Egge Moeller) who translated all of the ceremony all in Norwegian. Camilla also arranged the minister, all the legal paperwork and set up meetings with local authorities to sign the legal papers.

The location made the wedding incredibly special for Stine and Truls. Stine says “Having the wedding in a different country and culture, Italy and Tuscany was the perfect spot. All guests travelled there only for the wedding and this makes a wonderful atmosphere for all. Perfect weather, quite cool in a very unusually hot season. Ceremony outside the old monastery church was like getting married in a museum. The venue was perfect as we could arrange everything there and there was no travelling or waiting for the guests.”

Of their photographer, Stine says “Professional and non invasive throughout the day. We had a good dialog prior to the wedding where we could have our own ideas and wishes. She mixed our wishes with her own ideas and we were very happy how the pictures and videos turned out. We can absolutely recommend Katja Anton to others.

Following the ceremony and photographs, guests enjoyed peach Bellinis and Italian antipasti in the courtyard.

Guests adjourned to a sit down meal in marquee, Truls says “The food was a mouth-watering Italian feast starting with canapés (truffle salami and prosciutto…and typical Tuscan finger foods followed by sit down dinner (with dishes like homemade ravioli with aubergine and a mushroom and herb sauce, roasted meats) followed by a large desert table.” The meal was catered by Bachini & Bellini, Florence and www.Food Fairies.

In lieu of wedding cake, guests enjoyed scrumptious tiramisu  from Bachini & Bellini, Florence The first dance was memorable, Stine says “We danced to Dean Martin, ‘That’s Amore’. The dance was well rehearsed and we had two dance lessons prior to the wedding. The stone paved floor of the monastery atrium was far from even and the dance was far from perfect, but probably fun to watch !”

To top off today’s beautiful weddings, Wildbunch Weddings shot this film of the day!

Congratulations Stine and Truls! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Katja Anton of AKA Weddings and Wildbunch Weddings for sharing today’s captures!

Photographer: AKA Weddings / Cinematographer: Wildbunch Weddings / Planning: Sara Levi / Bride’s Dress: Eddy K / Groom’s Attire: House of Singles / Flowers: Bachini & Bellini / Venue: La Canonica / Catering: Bachini & Bellini / Cake: Bachini & Bellini

Anna Campbell 2012 Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I have this thing for beautiful lace. I would wear it every day if I could figure out how to without looking like a nanna. The spidery feathery parts, the beautiful shapes and patterns and the texture? Ah I love it. Clearly Melbourne designer Anna Campbell is a fan too with her new 2012 collection featuring soft, dreamy lace in the most unexpected of ways.

I love Anna’s 2012 collection- it’s incredibly diverse and aesthetically, still retains her Greek goddess, feminine charm. Each gown is custom made to measure allowing you to mix and match elements to create a gown that is truly yours. The new collection not only focuses on the bodice, but pays special attention to the back- using full French laces, delicate bows and fabric arrangements makes the back just as much of a feature as the rest of the gown and something completely beautiful. There’s exquisitely draped crystal fabrics, rope style lace, appliqued embellishments, and all use high quality, beautiful fabrics.

Anna has also introduced accessories this season- hairpieces, veils, bracelets. Each have Anna’s signature style and work with to compliment her gowns creating one complete, cohesive style.



Photos by Anna Campbell

Vendor of the Week – Pollyanna Bernhardt Hair and Makeup

by | Blog News, Bride


I cannot believe we are in December! Which means there are only a few Monday morning greetings I get to make before we switch off our computers and take a breath! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Braved the crowds? Or did you shop online?

Let’s take a breath from Christmas and visit the glorious pages of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Every week we’re adding more new vendors to the pages of our directory- from wedding gown designers, to wedding florists, wedding celebrants and event stylists. We’re always eager to find the best of the best, the artists who creatively pull ideas together that are like no other, that thrive on working with brides who want to personalise their day.

Pollyanna Bernhardt Hair and Makeup is a talented hair & makeup artist who runs her own studio out of Eltham, Victoria (but travels!). Not only has Pollyanna got extensive experience in advertising and fashion work but she also does weddings- bingo!

Her talent and on set experience means she can perform under pressure and to a deadline while helping you and your bridesmaids pull your look together. Pollyanna’s got extensive training in skin analysis so she can help you with your skincare regime leading up to your day and make sure your look comes together just the way you want it to.

We asked Pollyanna from Pollyanna Bernhardt Hair and Makeup five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Frozen Mango daiquiri

Your favourite weekend getaway?


Favourite restaurant?

Jorg Restaurant, St. Georges Road. Fitzroy North, Victoria.

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

Mango and berries with organic passionfruit yoghurt, sprinkled with Granola and drizzled with honey.

Your favourite wedding story?

My parents married when I was 1 year old. My mother wore a white vintage Mexican embroidered dress with cotton lace panels.
At the signing of the papers my parents were photographed as goes the norm. It was only when my mum had the photos printed that she noticed that her nipple was rather obviously peeping through one of the lace panels!


Visit Pollyanna Bernhardt’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Pollyanna Bernhardt is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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