Fluffy Pink Gala

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I loved this dusty rose gown and nude headpiece from Ruche and it inspired me to create a fluffy pink wedding celebration. Texture is always a winner with me, but there’s touches of cherry red and pale blues to stop the pink from being too feminine and girly (though there is no denying this is one very feminine inspiration board!).

Something Borrowed headband from Ruche, Heart place card from Martha Stewart Weddings,  table photo Mark Brooke via Style Me Pretty, Invitation by Alia Designs via Maharani Weddings, Bride photo by  James Christianson Photography  via Style Me Pretty, Flower photo by Caroline Ghetes Photography via Ruffled, rose & ginger cupcakes from Martha Stewart Weddings,


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The Surprise Proposal of Bekk & Josh

by | Bride, Engagements


I have such a beautiful engagement for you today and the best part is? It’s a surprise! Bekk and Josh were modelling for a inspiration shoot when there was a rather lovely surprise! Forget the blue box, I think this red box has a soft spot in my heart!

Madeleine of Etta Photography explains “These two were part of a styled fashion collaboration shoot between four north Brisbane suppliers (Etta Photography  Rebecca Williams  Emma Hemsley Hairdressing  & Rachael from RAW Makeup Artistry ) and this was the last scene in it.  Unbeknownst to her he was going to propose and in so doing have it captured forever (and we were all in on it!). How many girls get to have their hair & makeup done beautifully, get to wear cool clothes and feel gorgeous in a photo shoot when they get proposed to?!”

Madeleine of Etta Photography says, “You will see the first shots where she is holding the red box (just with paper hearts in it) – then she goes back into the field, HE then gets the box (slips in the ring) and then after a few of those shots SHE holds it again BUT she is none the wiser what is in there now until he gets on one knee and opens it again..! She was like…what the…..!? ”

Keep your eyes on Josh…


Photographer: Etta Photography / Fashion Stylist: Rebecca Williams / Prop Stylist: Juliette Hooper / Hairstylist: Emma Hemsley Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Rachael from RAW Makeup Artistry / Tissue Paper Pom Poms: Grace Designs / Chair: Peak Crossing Antiques

Emily and Michael’s Handmade Beachside Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emily and Michael

A festive wedding in a local surf club couldn’t be more Australian really could it? While Emily and Michael didn’t celebrate at Summer Bay, they did take their wedding day and turn it into a beautiful, colourful fiesta in Lorne!

Emily recalls how she and Michael met. “Michael and I met at the pub in Lorne on separate weekends away with friends. Michael proposed to me on one knee at Lorne and so naturally we vowed their lives to one another in our favourite beach town Lorne, Victoria.”

Photographs today are by Jerome Cole Photography. I love Jerome’s mix of art and photo journalistic moments. The images are fun, but also capture that unexpected sensitivity of a wedding day.

Emily wore a strapless gown by Roz la Kelin with silver Joanne Mercer shoes. Her jewels were from Diva and she added her great grandmother’s pearl ring.

Emily’s three bridesmaids wore teal coloured gowns from Nicolangela. They added Diva accessories and Tony Bianco shoes. Smellies Flowers created the floral arrangements including Emily’s white orchid bouquet and her bridesmaid’s purple orchid posies.

One of Emily’s favourite memories was “Approaching the church, stepping out of the car with my bridesmaids greeted by our gorgeous smiling little flower girls. They did a superb job getting down the aisle, but their excitement helped cool the nerves. ” Emily’s flower girls wore dresses sewn by Michael’s mother with additional fabric from Nicolangela to match the teal of the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Michael and his groomsmen wore suits hire from David Marcs Suit Hire.

Emily recalls, “I loved having my Grandpa walk me down the isle, proud as punch with my Dad watching over us at Lorne, his final resting place.” Emily walked down the aisle to ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.

Emily and Michael were married at All Saints Anglican Church in Lorne. Emily says “All Saints’ Anglican Church is a beautiful timber church in the heart of Lorne nested in a rich coastal garden only metres from the beach (and just next door to the pub for our guests between ceremony and reception). Exposed timber interior with high church ceiling captured our traditional ceremony.”

One of Emily’s favourite parts of the day was just with the bridal party. Emily explains “We had a picnic by the beach: While getting photos we set up a picnic for our bridal party with champagne, cheese platter and sandwiches.”

Of their photographer, Emily says “Jerome Cole is a modest professional photographer recommended to us by other photographers. He was a fly on the wall for our guests and bridal party yet managed to get every special moment of our day in an artistic, relaxed and candid fashion. His preparedness and creative suggestions for all locations and  conditions (and we had them all) definitely helped our day run seamlessly. A pleasure to work with and easily contactable, we look forward to having him capture the next momentous occasion in a new life as husband and wife. Thanks Jerome.”

Emily and Michale finished off their photos and made their grand entrance by walking along the foreshore to the Lorne Surf Live Saving Club where their guests were waiting for them. Emily explains “Lorne Surf Life Saving Club can be summed up by its scenery across the water as far as the eye can see. But inside, the echo of a surf club room features a surf row boat with oars and reel, fills the space into a comfortable and casual space. Friendly and supportive function staff, Bron & Paul ensured a fun and relaxed environment to celebrate as newlyweds with family & friends. Delicious stand up cocktail meal ended up on the balcony for most of the evening, closing the menu with plates of Spanish churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce.”

To decorate the club, Emily and Michael handmade strings of coloured bunting using fabric from Spotlight and hot gluing it. The couple also made hessian table runners and together with bridesmaids arranged market flowers in glass jars (collected by Emily’s mother’s tennis ladies!).

Emily and Michael made their own votive candles using wax from the Australian Wax Co. which they poured into jam jars tied with paper raffia.

Instead of wedding cake, Emily & Michael set up a sweets table. They purchased large jars bought from the market filled with lollies and had a feature fish bowl filled with multi-colour macarons made by Macarons by Josephine.

To decorate the lolly table, a pail filled with sand and handmade paper pinwheels added a fun and decorative touch. The couple kicked off the event with wedding invitations from Letter Bird Lane.

The wedding was catered by Thirteen Hats Specialist Catering with Surf Coast Party Hire providing the dance floor, linen & chairs for the event. Emily says “Our wedding was a romantic, happy and casual beach side wedding. ”

Emily and Michael danced to Lay Lady Lay – Gemma Hayes & Magnet. Emily recalls “A few waltz dance lessons at Alegria Dance Centre ensured one foot in front of the other for these two first time routine dancers. Even glitches in the track couldn’t wipe the smiles from the happy couple. It all happened so quickly, yet we managed to impress our friends and family who were not expecting anything of a sort!

I loved finishing our ‘first dance’ and taking a deep breath with my new husband on the dancefloor, my only tears for the day!”

Emily and Michael hired a five piece band (Cool Change from Haze Music) to get guests dancing. Emily recalls “Cool Change band held a dance off to the Twist, had the entire congregation on the dance floor for the party.”

The long walk home remains a special memory for the bride,. She remembers “After saying goodbye to all our family and friends at the reception, walking with my brand new husband back to our accommodation barefoot along beach, laughing and re-capping our amazing day.”

Congratulations Emily and Michael! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jerome Cole Photography for sharing the photographs!

Photographer: Jerome Cole Photography / Bride's Dress: Roz la Kelin / Bride's Shoes: Joanne Mercer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicolangela / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Diva / Groom's Attire: David Marcs Suit Hire / Groomsmen Attire: David Marcs Suit Hire / Macarons: Macarons by Josephine / Catering: Thirteen Hats Specialist Catering / Flowers & Decor: Smellies Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Letter Bird Lane / Ceremony Venue: All Saints' Anglican Church, Lorne / Reception Venue: Lorne Surf Life Saving Club / Rentals: Surf Coast Party Hire / Band: Cool Change - Haze Music

Felicity and Simon’s Modern Classic Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Felicity and Simon

This modern classic Melbourne wedding is filled with beautiful imagery and elegant details. Instead of a netural colour palette, the bride was influenced by the tangerine bridesmaid’s gowns which made for such an incredible splash of colour.

Felicity explains how she and Simon met. “Simon & I met 13 years ago while working together for a clothing company. After more than three years catching up in bars gossiping about whoever each of us had been dating at the time, we finally got together!”

Making his Polka Dot Bride debut today is Melbourne photographer Joseph Koprek. I love Joseph’s artistic style and beautiful imagery.

Simon’s Tuxedo and French cuff shirt were from Arthur Galan. His tie and scull cufflinks were from Alexander McQueen.

Felicity’s hair was styled by Catarina Di Biase from Heading Out and her makeup by Will Costello. She remarks “Catarina did an amazing job transforming my shoulder length bob into an up-do that almost fooled the groom! Will, a gorgeous friend was a pleasure to work with on the day creating natural looks for the bridal party and helping to keep a great laid-back vibe to our wedding day prep.”

Felicity wore a gown by Pallas Couture. She explains “The first and only dress I tried on was from Pallas Couture, a Perth based bridal couturier that show once a month at the Lyall in South Yarra. After trawling the internet locally and overseas for ideas Pallas stood out and I loved their style. All their dresses are individual and I worked with Elena from Pallas to create a dress that felt right for me.”

She found stiletto heels from Sebastian, Italy to add a glamorous touch to her look and earrings from Baccini & Hill that tied back to the beaded belt on her gown. She remarks “After a fun day shopping with my Mum we came across some gorgeous crystal & chrome stilettos from Sebastian, Italy. So glad I paid a little extra for comfortable shoes after being on my feet for almost 12 hours.”

The luscious, fluffy bouquets were created by Whitemoss. Felicity says “Brooke and the talented team from Whitemoss created stunning floral arrangements of ivory and peach David Austin roses for the bouquets, pastel Hydrangeas, Lisianthus and Delphiniums for the church, and combinations of these together with deep red Dalias for the reception.”

Felicity’s bridesmaids wore a beautiful tangerine gown from Carla Zampatti. They paired it with nude suede and lace shoes from Peeptoe Shoes, jewels from Alannah Hill and stunning nude snakeskin & suede clutches from LadyFox Accessories.. Felicity explains, “We were originally having a classic black and white wedding until we came across these Carla Zampatti dresses in Tangerine.”

Felicity and Simon hired cars from Glamour Ride to transport them on the day. Felicity remarks “Simon and I both love black Chrysler 300cc’s so this was an easy decision and Margaret from Glamour Ride exceeded all expectations on the day going out of her way to make sure we had a great day. From calming our nerves on the way to the church, passing much needed bottles of water on a 30 degree day to straightening ties and veils for the many photos, Margaret felt like another member of the bridal party! ”

Felicity and Simon were married at St Mary’s Catholic Church, East St Kilda. Felicity notes “The church is across the road from the apartment Simon & I have shared for the last 6 years so this was a natural choice, and really easy following up details with Father Moran.”

Felicity was walked down the aisle by her brother. She recalls “My Father, a larger than life and much loved character passed away suddenly while on holidays four years ago in country New South Wales, so I was honoured to have my brother Rob walk me down the aisle in his place. This was the cause of  many tears early in the ceremony and everyone who knew him could feel him there with us that day.”

The stationery was beautiful letterpress. Felicity says “Our letterpress invitations were created by The Artisan Press in Byron Bay on 600gsm Ivory paper. Our order of service booklets were designed by Simon, printed by Sam from Yolk Print Media on Ivory 330gsm paper and stitched together using my 1980’s Bernina sewing machine.”

Felicity recalls one of her favourite moments of the ceremony “Simon asked Father Moran at the alter if he could say Yeeaa-uh instead of I do and Father Moran gave me permission to punch him.”

A string quartet provided the music for the ceremony with Felicity walking down the aisle to Suite No.3 Air by Bach. Felicity explains “String Musicians Australia provided a beautiful string quartet playing classics like Bach, Pachebel and Vivaldi. For a modern twist we chose The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony for the recessional.”

Felicity and Simon held their wedding reception at Circa, The Prince. Felicity explains “Circa was the first place that Simon took me out for dinner back in 2003. We love the mix of venues in the complex from the luxe Aurora day spa to the grungey Prince of Wales Bandroom which many of our guests know and love. John, the Operations Manager at Circa the night of our event did an outstanding job making sure our night ran smoothly. All our guests needs were politely and attentively taken care of making everyone’s night enjoyable. We couldn’t thank him enough!

Felicity and Simon hired a photo booth for the evening. Felicity remarks “Rather than favors we hired a photobooth with unlimited photos so our guests could take home great memories of the night. To lighten the mood we sourced props from all over the world on Ebay creating an eclectic mix of boxing gloves, Indian head dresses, a Polaroid picture frame and a selection of glasses & mustaches. A favourite photo is of my 80 year old uncle straight-faced wearing the Indian headdress.”

Felicity describes the wedding as “Modern and classic with laid-back St Kilda style.”

Felicity recalls “Having all our much loved friends and family share the day with us made the day so special.”

There were a few elements to the wedding which Felicity and Simon made themselves.  Felicity remembers, “We bought plain white cake bags on EBay and had a stamp made up by Adam’s Rubber Stamps in South Melbourne using the motif from our invitations to print on them. For the photobooth prop table we created a small candy bar using heavy square glass vases from IKEA and filled them with Allen’s candy from a confectionery wholesaler in Carrum Downs. Our black wooden birdcage wishing well was sourced from a Balinese homewares Importer in Berwick.”

Felicity and Simon made sure to keep the modern feel going into their reception. She says “We had a cocktail wedding so decided to keep the night relaxed and skip the first dance. I’m also a terrible dancer so happy we escaped that one! Frank Benedetto and the guys from Silkroad entertained our guests and got them up dancing to some great jazz music.”

Felicity and Simon’s cake was made by Felicity’s sister. She notes “My sister worked as a pastry chef in London so we were honoured when she made our amazing 3-tier cake on a stunning embossed metal cake stand. The cake, in two flavours; chocolate mud and coconut/pecan was served canapé-style at the reception.” The couple hired ‘snowball’ pendant lights from Harry The Hirer to highlight the wedding cake.

Felicity and Simon continued to party with guests until 5am.

Congratulations Felicity and Simon! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today! Thank you also to Joseph Koprek for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Joseph Koprek / Bride's Dress: Pallas Couture / Bride's Shoes: Sebastian / Groom's Attire: Arthur Galan / Groomsmen Attire: Arthur Galan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Alannah Hill / Hairstylist: Catarina Di Biase from Heading Out / Makeup Artist: Will Costello / Flowers & Decor: Whitemoss / Invitations & Stationery: The Artisan Press / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Catholic Church, East St Kilda / Reception Venue: Circa, The Prince Hotel / Rentals (Lighting): Harry the Hirer / Ceremony Musicians: String Musicians Australia / Band: Frank Benedetto & Silkroad / Transport: Glamour Ride / Wedding Regsitry: Wedding List Co.