A Vintage Dream Wedding Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


This dreamy vintage inspiration shoot comes to us from Amy Oram of Teeki. Together with a talented team (including photographer Samantha Macabulos who made sure each vendor went away with a bag filled with chocolate brownies!). The soft colours, dreamy lighting and stunning pieces all came together to make this inspiration shoot truly a vintage dream.

Amy tells the inspiration behind the shoot. “…People always tell me I have a vintage style and feel to my work and it is probably because I love the fact that gorgeous vintage pieces are timeless, can be re worked and passed on through generations.

And that is exactly what the two inspirational jewellery designers that were on board for the shoot do! Karlie Gartner from Melbourne and The Ritzy Rose from the USA take old things and make them new again. I love that and I also love to use old vintage finds in some of my pieces.

Teeki’s headpieces sit next to gorgeous dresses from Trelise Cooper and Bridesmaids Only (Lisa Brown, Joanna August & Jenny Yoo Collection).

And to top it all off some stunning bouquets by Clementine Posy and brooch bouquet from The Ritzy Rose

I never like to shoot what a typical bride would normally chose to wear when doing creative shoots. I like to offer unique choices and inspire people to think outside the “typical” wedding box. So I chose gorgeous dresses that could be interpreted as bridal gowns for a more relaxed garden wedding or could be worn by bridesmaids.”

Other: Amy Oram / Photographer: Samantha Macabulos Photography / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Megan / Hairstylist: Deelush / Other: The Ritzy Rose / Other: Karlie Gartner / Other: Teeki / Other: Trelise Cooper / Other: Bridesmaids Only - Lisa Brown, Joanna August & Jenny Yoo Collection / Flowers & Decor: Clementine Posy
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Laura and Brenton’s Rustic Queensland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Rustic Queensland Wedding

Laura and Brenton

This has been the week of outdoor weddings on Polka Dot Bride, which is quite ironic seeing as how the cold has well and truly set in! Today’s wedding of Laura and Brenton is a little rustic and incredibly beautiful. A hidden Queensland venue set the scene for their big day.

Laura recalls how they met.  “We met at church but because everyone was telling Brenton ‘how perfect I’d be for him’ he completely ignored me for 6 months [he hates people telling him what to do].  It wasn’t until I moved into the share house he was living in at the time that he was forced to spend time with me.  It was when we started talking, laughing and watching movies until 3am in the morning (on weeknights!!) we realised there was something there and now look at us.”

Photographs are by Feather + Stone Photography (who, as a side note,  switched back to film a year ago so in case you were wondering, all the shots up until the reception of this wedding, were shot in film!)

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Instead of traditional getting ready photos, Feather + Stone recommended Brenton have photos at his favourite cafe, choosing Gov’s, Brenton relaxed with his groomsmen as Feather + Stone captured the pre wedding pep up.

Laura wore a gown made by dressmaker Venita Drennen (who also made the pale pink bridesmaid gowns) and shoes from Vera Wang .

Emma Coombs Mobile Hair Artist styled Laura and her bridesmaid’s hair while Lillian Sutton styled their makeup.

Brenton and his groomsmen wore suits from Asos.

For her walk down the aisle Laura and Brenton struggled to find just the right song. Laura explains “This was a hard one for us to pick! We spent weeks deliberating and nothing felt ‘quite right’.  About 2.5 weeks before the wedding we still didn’t have a song to walk down the aisle to.  I was Googling aisle songs and saw another bride used a song off her favourite movie and this got me thinking.  My favourite movie is Singing in the Rain and my favourite song off it is ‘All I do is dream of you’ but it was far too fast, after more Googling I found the original version of the song which was slow, it was perfect.  I was over the moon when we had found it.”

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Laura and Brenton held their ceremony and reception at Boomerang Farm Golf Course. Laura notes “We originally had another venue but when that fell through we were on the hunt again (only six months out!).  One of Brenton’s old work colleagues had used the barn at Boomerang and we saw photos and loved it.  We went out to Mudgeeraba and checked out the ceremony area and barn for the reception and fell doubly in love.  It was exactly what we were after and couldn’t believe how perfectly it all worked out.”

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Laura describes the day as “Our most perfect day with family and friends where we expressed our genuine love for each other.”

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Of their photographers, Laura says “Feather + Stone (Seth & Tenielle) are the most professional, amazing, kind, friendly, creative, talented (I could go on and on!!) photographers ever.  We are beyond impressed with our photos and everyone has commented on how amazing they’ve come out.  We were blown away at how well they captured us and our personalities on the day.”

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Laura says “Brenton did all the invitations himself (he’s a graphic designer) and we put together all our bonbonnieres personally!”

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The wedding was styled by Nicole Shield from Events of Design. Laura says “Nik was the best stylist we could have ever asked for.  She totally grasped the exact concept I was thinking and totally ran with it, coming up with some amazing ideas that I would never have thought of.  Even on the day when there were some drama’s with other suppliers, her quick thinking and creativity saved the day. She is such a lovely warm person that I was so glad to have around me during the wedding planning process and was always happy to receive a quick ‘what do you think of this’ text.  We can not recommend Nicole enough.”

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Brenton’s aunty made a gorgeous two tier wedding cake for the newlyweds.

For their first dance, Laura says, “We actually didn’t have a traditional first dance.  We just wanted to have fun and dance with all our guests so we had some friends shuffle through the iPod and pick some awesome tunes to get the party started.”

Congratulations Laura and Brenton! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Feather + Stone Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photographer: Feather + Stone Photography / Other: Nicole Shield from Events of Design / Bride's Dress: Venita Drennen / Bride's Shoes: Vera Wang / Groomsmen Attire: Asos / Groomsmen Attire: Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Venita Drennen / Bridesmaid Shoes: Lipstick / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Emma Coombs Mobile Hair Artist / Makeup Artist: Lillian Sutton / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Other: Boomerang Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Ps. Ben Windle / Catering: Zen Catering / Wedding Cake: Brenton's Aunty, Glenys Calder / Other: John McMahon Jeweler / Other: Tungsten Kay

Farren and Matt’s Warrandyte Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Farren & Matt

 In my dreams I have a farm, a farm where whenever we have a celebration I can deck the halls with beautiful decorations, crank up the music with no worries about noise restrictions, laugh and sigh with guests until the wee hours of the morning and invite all my friends to get married there. Well luckily for me I can live vicariously though weddings like today’s of Farren and Matt’s who married on Matt’s family farm in Warrandyte in a beautiful black tie affair.

Farran tells their story. “Matt & I met at a gig that Matt had played at and we literally bumped into each other.  Neither of us was out to meet anyone – we smile about it now because it is so true what everyone says about meeting the right person at the most unexpected of times.  We started talking and instantly knew that we would know each other for a long time.  I guess when it is right, it just is.”

Photographs are by Love, Katie & Sarah Photography who manage to capture the details, and the atmosphere without missing any of the emotion, big moments and huzzahs!

Farren says, “We were absolutely blessed to have Matt’s parents’ property.  Not only was it a perfect setting, it was where Matt grew up which is a nice piece of tradition.  Not to mention the creative freedom!”

Every part of the day that could be, was filled with family and friends. Farren explains “Our friend made our L.O.V.E letters for us, and they added yet another area for our family and friends to have fun and take photos.”

Farren describes the wedding as “Old world tradition with a twist.” Farren wore a gown and veil from Johanna Johnson and Jimmy Choo shoes. Adorning her outfit was “A sapphire pendant which was a gift from Matt as my ‘something new, something blue’.”  Her bridesmaids wore gowns from  Lisa Brown with jewels from  Mimco and hairpieces by Jennifer Behr . The littlest bridal party member wore a dress from Tea Princess .

Debbie O’Neill  styled the flowers and floral decor for the day. Farren remembers “Our favourite details were all in the flowers.  They were absolutely amazing.  The arch was the perfect structure to be married under, the bouquets were perfect, and the flowers on the tables were exactly as we had asked.  I definitely have some favourite vendors that I will recommend to anyone that will listen, and our florist is one.”

The bridal party were transported by Always Classic Cars.

Farren walked down the aisle to Ben Harper’s ‘Forever’, performed by a member of Matt’s family.

Farren and Matt were married by John McCullough. Farren notes “While we chose to not write our own vows to say on the day, we did so in a letter to each other that is sealed in our ‘Love Box’.  It was sealed in our ceremony by Matt, myself, and our mothers.  On our 5th year anniversary we get to open the box, read the letters, and share the wine.”

Farren remarks, “The most important (thing) was that as bride & groom, we made every decision together.  Planning our wedding was by far one of the best experiences that we both have had!  So much fun! Yes, there were stressful moments, but that is perfectly normal. ”

The bridal party portraits were at the Warrandyte Berry Farm. Of their photographers, Farren says “One word… Amazing.  We were so lucky with the photographers that we found.  Their style is flawless, and they are forever smiling which makes those semi-stressful moments easier when they arise! We had an engagement shoot with them so it gave us the chance to feel more comfortable in front of the camera, which I would recommend to anyone.  We already have used them within the family and I am sure that it is not the last time!”

Farren explains “The whole wedding was a DIY-a-thon.  What we did not do with our own hands, Matt & I worked very closely with the vendors to produce our vision.”

The couple hired big yard games from Yard Party. Farren remembers, “We made sure that our wedding had lots of areas for our guests to do the most important thing that there is to do at a wedding – have fun .  We had extra large chess, croquet, & ring toss.”

Farren and Matt made sure to set up many little surprises for their guests. Farren explains, “After all the formalities were done, we opened our whisky & cigar bar, our photographers opened the photo booth – and the party was officially started.”

The couple had a four tier brightly coloured wedding cake made by Fantasy Cakes . Farren recalls “Our wedding cake was one of our favourite elements of the wedding.  We wanted something that reflected our personalities – so we designed it to be happy, colourful, and four different flavours, ” Guests received toffee apples as favors.

For their first dance, Farren remembers,  “We were more nervous about our first dance than saying our vows!.  We chose our song, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by Ella Fitzgerald in no time, then simply forgot about having to practise dancing until 2 days before the wedding.  So, as a quick fix, we had one dancing lesson, forgot the steps faster than we had learned them, then, well, we tried to be as graceful as we could in the moment.”

Congratulations Farren and Matt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Love, Katie & Sarah Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Love, Katie & Sarah Photography / Other: C2 VIdeo / Other: Prestige Events / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride's Jewellery: Peter Lang earrings / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Attire: Expedition Apparel, Brunswick East / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa Brown / Other: Mimco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Jennifer Behr / Other: Tea Princess / Other: Andy Coventon / Other: Debbie O'Neill / Invitations & Stationery: Dear Emma / Other: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: John McCullough / Ceremony Musicians: Shamdoogie / Band: Shamdoogie / Wedding Cake: Fantasy Cakes / Other: Garry Holloway / Other: Always Classic Cars / Other: Yard Party

A Bridesmaids Brunch For {MAG} rouge

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Pre Wedding Parties


I am so excited to share this absolutely gorgeous shoot with you. Not only does it celebrate the joy that is friendship, but it also celebrates online wedding magazine {MAG} rouge‘s third issue (The Harvest Issue) hitting virtual shelves tomorrow! The full shoot can be seen in the new issue of the magazine, but today I get to share it with you! It features beautiful photographs by the incredibly talented  Sutherland Kovach Wedding Photography , gorgeous floral design from Annie Oxborough, gowns from Ruche and stationery from Ruby and Willow at New Zealand’s Lothlorien Winery and Feijoa Orchard .

I love the idea behind this shoot- a bride, brings together three of her closest friends at a beautiful get together (with plenty of bubbles and sweet treats) to ask them to be her bridesmaids. Each bridesmaid receives a keepsake tea towel printed with the invitation and the brunch? It takes place in an incredible orchard amongst the lush Autumn tones. Isn’t this a beautiful and low key way to invite your closest friends to be in your bridal party? I’m all for taking any occasion to celebrate and that doughnut garland might just be on the agenda for my next celebration!

Be sure to check out the {MAG} rouge website tomorrow for more of this shoot and more gorgeous wedding inspiration from the New Zealand {MAG} rouge team!