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Amanda and Brett’s Dreamy Hamilton island Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Amanda and Brett

Basking in the sunshine of Hamilton Island with today’s gorgeous wedding feels like the perfect treat!

Amanda explains why the couple chose the picturesque spot for their wedding inviting only 50 of their family and friends. “After almost 9 years together, Brett & I decided on Hamilton Island in the beautiful Whitsundays.  Hamilton Island is close to home and one of our favourite places to holiday. We really wanted our friends and family to relax (the island has that effect on you from the moment you stop off the jetty), enjoy the island and share a couple of days together.”

Photos today are by Lisa Michele Burns. Lisa, based in one of the most beautiful parts of the world never fails to gobsmack me with her beautiful wedding captures of landscapes that seem out of a movie and then, with a newlywed couple against it! Lisa knows how to make the most of her surroundings and I love stepping into her dream.

Amanda wore a gown from Hills In Hollywood, Mackay where the bridesmaids gowns were also purchased. Amanda recalls “My dress was the first thing I found and definitely not what I had imagined.  I wore a white strapless, slim fitted gown which had satin ruches asymmetrically throughout the entire gown and a soft, caught-up skirt with swirling details which was the feature of the gown.  It had just arrived and the store owner asked if I would mind trying it on for her, I fell in love with it before I even put it on!

My dress had no beading apart from a couple of crystals on the buttons down the back so I really wanted my jewellery to sparkle.  I found it hard to locate good quality, reasonably priced bridal jewellery in Australia so I ended up purchasing crystal teardrop earrings with a matching solid crystal bangle online from US bridal jewellery stockist TEJANI.  When they arrived I was so happy with the quality that I decided to spend a little extra on my bridesmaids jewellery and ordered them each a set of crystal teardrop stud earrings that matched mine as a gift.  My sister still hasn’t taken hers out!

The bridesmaids wore strapless, full length turquoise blue gowns which tied in nicely with the gorgeous turquoise ocean that the Whitsundays is renowned for.”

The girls used Hamilton Island Hair & Beauty for their wedding day look. Amanda explains “My sister (who was also my Maid of Honour) is a hairdresser and offered to do our hair but I didn’t want her spending the whole day “working” so I used the island’s salon.  My hair is long so I wanted it down & loosely curled.  My sister did a quick hair trial for me and the girls a couple of weeks before the wedding and we decided that the girls hair would be nice swept loosely and pinned to the side but we left the styling to the girls at the salon and they did a wonderful job.”

My favourite part of Amanda and Brett’s wedding day? (apart from the scenery, the marriage and all the good stuff?) The transport! Amanda tells, “Golf buggies!!!  The island is quite hilly so the main method of transport (and half the fun!) is golf buggies.   My good friend Gayle and her mother decorated the three buggies with some white & turquoise tulle that I bought and a custom order sticker that Gayle had specially made which said “Brett ❤Amanda”.  We drove so slow and beeped the horns all the way to the chapel.  Everyone was cheering as we crept through town and my dad kept yelling out “my daughter’s getting married”.”

Amanda and Brett were married at All Saints Chapel, Hamilton Island and used Floral Collections for their floral arrangements. Amanda says “Our florist was AMAZING!  All I wanted was white roses and plenty of rose petals & tealights.  After months of emails back and forth, I walked into her store on the island and felt totally at ease.  She asked me if I wanted her to run through everything and I only said yes because I felt obliged!  I remember thinking to myself “I trust you, do whatever you like”!  She basically styled our whole wedding from the chapel to the reception.”

Lisa remarks, “I am not the girl that spent her childhood daydreaming about what my wedding would be like.  In fact, I hadn’t had a single thought about it until we got engaged.  I spent many, many, many hours trawling through wedding websites and buying every single bridal magazine that came out putting pressure on myself to find a “theme” until one day I realised that I had seen a million weddings and not one was identical to the other.  Finally I realised that I just wanted it to look and feel romantic, intimate & magical which is reflective of our relationship.”

Amanda and Brett held their reception at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Amanda remarks, “We hired the Ketch Room at the new Hamilton Island Yacht Club which has roof to floor glass windows overlooking the ocean.  The entire room was overfilled with rose petals, tealights and beautiful scented candles which were set up by our florist.  I will never forget the beautiful smell and feeling I had when we stepped into that room as husband and wife in front of all our closest friends and family.”

The reception was full of lovely moments. Amanda recalls “Brett organised dance lessons 2 WEEKS before the wedding.  Our first dance was to “At Last” by Beyonce and was a little bit sexy!  None of our family or guests had any idea that we had taken lessons and cheered us on throughout our little routine!   Even though it was a little stressful 2 weeks before the wedding I am so grateful that Brett organised it as it was something fun that we could do together before the wedding and he took it very seriously (well, serious for Brett!) which meant a lot to me.  We can’t wait for our DVD to arrive so we can actually watch it!

Our best man also provided some “surprise” entertainment during his wedding speech when he decided that words weren’t enough and played “Thing’s you don’t say to your wife” by Tim Hawkins.  The whole room burst into fits of laughter as they related each verse to their own relationship!”

The food was a focal point of the reception. Amanda explains “We had a 3 course alternate drop menu and the food and service was absolutely amazing!  It was very important to me that everyone was well fed and had plenty to drink so when our family & friends kept visiting our table between meals to tell us how delicious every meal was and saying how great the service was from the staff it was a very proud and gratifying moment after all the hard work that I had put in to making our day perfect.

We had a 3 tiered mud cake which was turquoise blue (to match in with the girls dresses), white & silver which had custom made Swarovski crystal monogram A&B toppers from Crystal Couture.  The bottom layer was chocolate, middle layer caramel and the top layer was choc cherry which is our favourite so we have kept it for our first wedding anniversary or our first child’s christening…whichever comes first ;)”

Congratulations Amanda and Brett! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Lisa Michele Burns for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by by Lisa Michele Burns.

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Belinda and Dustin’s Elegant Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Belinda and Dustin

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there is nothing quite like a Melbourne wedding and todays? It’s got everything – style, icons and all without the stress, the anxiety- it’s just relaxed elegance at it’s best!

Our newlyweds have a simple love story – they met at the races in 2007 and have been together ever since!

Today’s photographs are by Brent Lukey. I love Brent’s fun captures – he’s got the style of the couple down pat while still capturing candid moments and the Melbourne atmosphere.

Belinda wore a gorgeous Gwendolynne slim line gown with Jimmy Choo shoes. She carried a bouquet by Viva Flora.

Belinda and Dustin married at St Vincent Gardens, Albert Park. Belinda explains, “We chose the gardens as we live in the area and enjoy the gardens every weekend”. Belinda walked down the aisle to “two ukuleles playing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ with a female vocalist.”

Belinda and Dustin made sure to keep a relaxed vibe to their wedding day. Belinda explains, “It was important for us to share the day with family and close friends, however we didn’t want any of the ‘over the top’ wedding hype.  Just a fun, relaxed and enjoyable day for all involved… we both agree the photos capture this perfectly.”

Belinda describes their wedding as “A party with a frock… simple, relaxed, enjoyable day without all the stress!”

“The Prince is a special venue to both of us as we have dined there many times and both enjoy their attitude towards fresh, simple, delicious food with style.”

The couple ordered a simple white chocolate cake from Ab Fab Cakes.

Viva Flora styled colourful arrangements for the tables. Of their first dance, Belinda says “It wasn’t planned but lots of fun when it happened – to be honest we cant even remember the song!” The couple hired 5pce Jazz Band to keep guests on the dance floor!


Congratulations on your marriage Belinda and Dustin! Thank you for sharing it with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Brent Lukey for today’s images!

Photos by Brent Lukey.

Beautiful Smelling Flowers And Blooms

by | Bride, Flowers


This entry comes from a lovely reader suggestion – one of the senses that gets lost through online medium is smell. While I adore the look of bouquets, it never occurs to me that they need to smell good too – it just goes out of my head! So for our lovely reader’s request for wonderful smelling bouquets, I asked a few of my favourite florists for their take on beautiful smelling bouquets!

Photos by Blushing Blooms

Sally of Blushing Blooms “Hugely popular with brides, David Austin roses are known for their elegant, rustic charm and natural beauty. David Austin’s are not generally acknowledged for their scent but this is not wholly true! Many varieties are deliciously fragrant – so not only gorgeous to look at but swoon-worthy in their perfume. For the most fragrant varieties consider Evelyn (the inspiration for the Crabtree & Evelyn scent of the same name), Glamis Castle, Perdita & Belle Story. Mother Nature has more than exceeded herself with the David Austin, that’s why they are one of my personal favourites…”

Photos by Hello Blossoms

Cameron of Hello Blossoms “Bouquet one features the beautiful classic fragrance of white hyacinth blooms and the perfume from bouvardia blooms and jasmine vine. The creamy ivory “emmanuelle” and off white “bounty” roses added a mild rose fragrance.

Bouquet two is a gorgeous white, soft pink and lilac hand held bouquet featured the the stunning “parfume de grande” rose blooms which give a sweet fragrance like they are picked straight from your garden.  The bouquet also featured fresh lavender and lilac hyacinth which created a beautiful overall garden fragrance. These florals are available almost the whole year round.

The feature of beautiful paperwhites create a really lovely garden fragrance during the winter months.

The aisle arrangements with open bloom “parfume de grande” roses created really sweet aisle posies and a strong garden style fragrance.”

Photos by Butterfly Philosophy Floral Design

Elaine of Butterfly Philosophy Floral Design“Winter is a wonderful time for sweet smelling bouquets – sweet peas, freesias, jonquils and hyacinths are all in season and have a beautiful perfume.  Here’s a photo of a simple hyacinth bouquet that looks elegant and smells divine!

For early summer brides, there’s just no going past the peony – it has a feminine fragrance that is perfect for dreamy summer days. They look stunning on their own, or teamed up with other ruffly flowers, like hydrangea (pictured above). For the ultimate in sweet smelling bouquets, pair peonies up with David Austin Roses. Both have a fragrance so wonderful you’ll want to bury your nose in your bouquet all day long!”

Photo 1. Form over Function via Real Weddings Magazine,  Photo 2 and 3 Form over Function by Photos By Jay, Photo 4 Form over Function

Alicia of Form Over Function “Bouquet number one contains a luscious collection of blooms in shades of lavender to deep purple and is the perfect winter bouquet for brides who have a love for look and scents of spring. It contains kale, green & mauve parrot tulips, privet berry and dusty miller – and for scent, we added sweet pea, blue moon roses and  lavender. Are we allowed to say yum?

Bouquet two contains masses of garden fresh David Austen roses – each and every bloom scented loveliness. An enduring classic. Bouquet three is a delicious spring time bouquet of scented blooms which includes carnations, freesia, jonquils & vendella roses.”

Photos by Blooming Brides

Rita of Blooming Brides “Roses – long the favourite of perfumers and soap makers. Some delicate, creamy and soft, some bitey and spicey.  All delicious. Teamed with herbs and lavender creates a classic summer fragrance cocktail

Lily of the Valley –sharp, crisp, elegant fragrance.

Boronia and Geralton Wax – adds the best smells of the Australian bush to a bouquet. Geralton Wax has rich smell of honey,  while boronia offers a refreshing earthy, lemony zing. My favourite, along with roses and blue gum. Brownie brown and pink varieties.

Hyacinth – like oriental lilies, loved or loathed. Very strong fragrance. Loathed by me! And I can’t stand lilies!!

Stephanotis – strong summer white flower fragrance in the same heady classification as gardenia: very strong elegant perfume. Total class.

Sweet pea – so sweet, fresh and gardeny. Edible.

Magnolia flower: light woody, lemony perfume. Seriously sexy late winter flower.

Fruit blossom: the definitive floral fragrance of spring!… especially with jars of freesia and associated sneezing!”

Photos by SugarBee Flowers

Youki of SugarBee Flowers “For a best smelling bouquet, you just cannot go past David Austin roses!! Their scent is just intoxicating, they are just so amazingly heavenly!! Let alone they look so so so pretty!!

Viburnum flowers have a sweet, yummy scent to them too.  It’s a shame that I don’t have any pics of lilac or lily of the valley!! They smell really good too!!”

Photos by My Violet

Myra of My Violet “Best fragrant flowers for me would have to be lily of the valley, tuberose, and stephanotis. My favourite fragrance would have to be David Austin roses, its intoxicating and I’m reminded of licorice and mango sorbet, always leaves a smile on my face. I would recommend if getting married in Summer or Spring to opt for any of the above , make the most of the David Austin rose and add one of the others. If its an autumn /winter wedding, hyacinth, sweet peas and Daphne are equally just as beautiful and deliciously scented.

Samantha and Mark married in March, I created a gorgeous collection of blown David Austin and garden roses, (and for) bridesmaids David Austin roses and Julia rose. The most amazing fragrance came off these posies, the bride requested a wild collection of blown roses with a touch of vintage. For their reception at the Gunners Barracks, Samantha asked for a wild collection in a mix of bright and soft colours of blown roses and wild vines.”

Photos by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions via Always Fabulous Flowers

Sandee of Always Fabulous Flowers “Flower girl posies of individually wired hyacinth with gem highlight and (the next) image is of a bride’s posy bouquet with hyacinth and freesias.”

Photo 1 & 4, 5 by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions via Always Fabulous Flowers

“David Austin rose bouquets (plus freesias in the second photo and plus hyacinth in the third (image). Bouquets with stephanotis (and gardenias as well, in the fourth photo).”

Photos by Always Fabulous Flowers

“Posy of Gardenias and also a composite lily posy (top images). Frangipani bouquets (images above) – all real and very fragrant.”

From our florists and my own research, here’s a quick rundown of the best smelling flowers:

  • Roses  including varieties David Austin, Parfume De Grande, Glamis Castle, Julia, Perdita & Belle Story
  • Peonies
  • Lillies
  • Sweet peas
  • Freesias
  • Paperwhites
  • Jonquils
  • Lily of The Valley
  • Lilacs
  • Hyacinths
  • Frangipanis
  • Stephanotis
  • Gardenias
  • Bouvardia
  • Geraldton Wax Flowers
  • Magnolias
  • Fruit Blossoms
  • Tuberose
  • Daphne
  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Vibernum


Rebekah and Jacob’s Classic Canberra Wedding

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Rebekah and Jacob

A splendid little Canberra wedding for you this morning! Our newlyweds Rebekah and Jacob married  and took in the Canberra scenery and landmarks for the capital city wedding!

Photos today are by Kate Luke Photography . Kate’s captured the ambiance of Rebekah and Jacob’s wedding and has used the most iconic backdrops to create wedding photos that are so wonderfully Canberra!

Rebekah and Jacob were married in “The gardens at Old Parliament House, with its lush green hedges surrounding the grounds and beautiful old trees and roses, provided a private and intimate setting for our ceremony. We fell in love with this site the moment we saw it.

My talented friend, who plays viola, entertained guests before, during and after the ceremony. Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Big Jet Plane’ was played as I walked down the aisle.”

Rebekah’s bouquet was styled by Lil’ Blossom Boutique Florist.

Rebekah and Jacob loved their celebrant Judy Aulich “Our lovely celebrant Judy Aulich was such a joy to work with. She provided just about every piece of information we could ever need before the wedding, and also offered some great advice that comes only from experience. Her friendly, professional and bubbly personality along with her ability to personalise our ceremony made the day that little bit more special. ”

Onred Restaurant hosted the couple’s reception. “Afterwards, the reception was held at Onred Restaurant at Red Hill Lookout, where the stunning views provided a beautiful backdrop to enjoy the company of our friends and family. The staff, both in the kitchen and on the floor, were all very attentive and accommodating in the lead up to and on the night. Everyone commented on the menu choices. ”

Congratulations Rebekah and Jacob! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Kate Luke Photography for today’s images.

Photos by Kate Luke Photography

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