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Caroline and Brent

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Caroline and Brent

Can colour, leopard print and the sassiest Brisbane couple you’ve seen in a long time perk up your Wednesday afternoon? In a rainforest? Today is the gorgeous and fun wedding of Caroline and Brent!

‘Stolen’ from their wedding vows here’s the story of how Caroline and Brent met. “For those of you that don’t know the story so far Brent and Caroline first met in 1998 when they were both attending Film College.  Brent was 17, just out of school and had high hopes to become the next Quentin Tarentino.  Caroline was 19 and had high hopes, about what it was unknown, but high hopes nonetheless.  While working together on a short film called ‘A SCIENCE FICTION’ they found more interest in each other than the poor story line and became fast friends.  Their weekends quickly turned into movie marathons accompanied by home-made calzones, pavlova, and cask wine.

By the end of the year they were living together in a share house at Woolloongabba and in the following six months their relationship survived their unruly flatmates.  They moved to Fairfield in a Townhouse with their cat Iolaus (pronounced yol-us), who ended up being the downfall of the townhouse thanks to a crazy neighbour.  In 2004 they moved to Kenmore and Zappa the crazy Labrador joined the family.  Since then Caroline and Brent have undergone some amazing changes in their lives, had varied jobs and education, and met some wonderful people, all the while growing in their love for each other.”

Today’s photographs are by Little Mick Photography who has a talent for capturing the quirky, unique moments and details! Oh these photos are a joy to look at!

Caroline wore a custom designed 50’s style gown made by Sew Formal (ph: (07) 3389 8355).  It featured an eggplant purple and blue petticoat and matching fascinator from The Hat Box. Her bridesmaids wore peachy pink gowns from Tiger Rag, The multicoloured bouquets were styled by Brisbane Bouquets.

Caroline and Brent were married at the Bundaleer Rainforest Park. Caroline walked down the aisle to “This Old Love” by Lior, performed by her sister Maree.

The beautiful green surrounds were no accident, Caroline says. “It absolutely poured the day before but the sun was shining on the day making all of the surrounding rainforest setting very lush and green.”

Caroline held their reception in a marquee at Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens.

Caroline and Brent had a special first dance, she says, ” We had dancing lessons for 8 weeks to learn the triple swing as our bridal waltz.  The band was one of the most important features of the wedding (my favourite band) so we wanted to make sure it was something a bit unique.” The couple hired Mojo Webb to keep their guests on the dance floor all night long.

A big thank you to Caroline and Brent for allowing us to share their wedding day today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank also to Little Mick Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Little Mick Photography

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Kylie and Chris

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kylie & Chris

A beautiful wedding from regional Victoria for you this afternoon- the Grampians to be exact! I am completely in love with Kylie’s wedding gown and the cake? Well I could certainly take a big fat slice right now! Our city couple returned to the country for a country chic wedding!

Our newlyweds Kylie and Chris met at work, but it took over three years after meeting to finally decide they should go out for dinner – the rest is history.

Chris proposed on the beach, Kylie recounts, “Walking our dogs on the front beach of Torquay (something we do each time we are at the holiday house), Chris asked me if I would do something for him today. I was thinking Chris was going to ask her to do a job/chore later in the day, said OK – what? Chris responded with, I would like you to become my wife. Of course I responded with yes and a kiss. I think he asked me in knee deep water to prevent him having to get down on bended knee!”

Photography today is by Infinity Photography. The team at Infinity always captures a wedding with elegant grace. Photographing the moments, the beauty and the joy in a beautiful way.

Kylie and Chris were married at the Mt Sturgeon Estate Homestead.

Kylie wore a silk & tulle gown hand beaded with glass beads and pearls by Gwendolynne. Stems Flower Market created bouquets of cream country roses and lambs ear.

Kylie and Chris chose to have their wedding in the Grampians overlooking a stunning view. Kylie says “When visiting the Mt Sturgeon Homestead, it was difficult to decide on where to have our ceremony. The view of the homestead was great, but the view of the towering Mt Sturgeon was amazing. In the end, we decided on the lawns out the front of the homestead, which enabled us to be married with views that captured both the Homestead and the natural beauty of Mt Sturgeon. After the ceremony, all guests enjoyed canapes, champagne and croquet.”

Kylie walked down the aisle with her father to “The Wedding” by Aldullah Ibrahim played by the Gavin Franklin Trio.

Kylie’s bridesmaids wore one shouldered taupe coloured gowns from Stellini Boutique.

The couple’s stationery was designed by Paper Marc.

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the verandah of the homestead with croquet!

Kylie and Chris celebrated with guests in the woolshed at Mt Sturgeon Estate. With chandeliers and fairy lights hanging from the wooden rafters of a working woolshed, a crisp table setting and crystal candlesticks, country and city styles merged seamlessly. A location to die for, good food, great wine, live band playing, surrounded by family and friends everything a bride and groom could wish for. Table linens were provided by Table Art.

Kylie’s favourite memory was the ambience of the day. “Great food, good wine, amazing location with loving family and friends. But most of all, knowing that the person in front of you is the right one for you for the rest of your life.”

Guests signed a larger version of the wedding invitation as a guestbook.

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Kylie and Chris had stacked wheels of cheese  from Emerald Hill Dell (including Le Delice Brie, Valdeon Queso Azul Blue, Figaro Goats , Maffra Chedder and Swiss Appenzell) decorated with vines and muscatel grapes.

After the night was over, having left the guests at the woolshed, Chris and Kylie sat on wooden picnic table, outside their bluestone cottage, sipping champagne, with a blanket to keep them warm, listening to the glowing comments coming from the guests leaving the reception – “most couldn’t stop talking about our cheese cake and the amazing location”.

Thank you Kylie and Chris for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Infinity Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Infinity Photography

Wedding Magazine Roundup October 2010

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


This magazine roundup is weeks overdue but alas it was all down to one magazine I desperately wanted and had to trek to a major bookstore to get! But I couldn’t let a round of gorgeous pages of wedding bliss pass by so here’s the magazine roundup! Albeit a little late!

Wedding Style Guide Issue 16 Spring 2010

Lovable Bits:

– Bloom bloom floral styled shoot on page 82

– Hello Yellow styled shoot on page 116

– Abbe and Damian’s vintage scrabble inspired wedding on page 136

– Melody and Daniel’s 1950s style wedding on page 172

– Courtney and Brooke’s  DIY white wedding on page 203

Real Wedding Style Annual 2010/11

Check out my second column for Real Weddings on page 18- it’s all about paper!

Lovable Bits:

Kylie and Kuen’s summer garden wedding on page 42

Alicia and Shane’s bold  Autumnal wedding on page 60

Lauren and Tim’s beachside garden wedding full of flowers on Page 73

Briar and Mark’s watermelon pink celebration on page 81

Catherine and Nick’s paper extravaganza on page 108

Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2010

Lovable Bits:

– The Perfect Palette- Copper, silver and gold on Page 217

– It’s Show Time – Runway bridal fashion feature  on Page 242

– Libby & Alex’s Southern charm wedding on Page 267

– Works Of Art cake feature on Page 274

– Sealed with a kiss theme feature (particularly loving the polka dot Oscar De La Renta gown! on Page 292) on Page 284

Southern Weddings Volume III

Lovable Bits

– Something blue styled feature on Page 44

– Sweet love styled  feature on Page 57

– Tradition served up Southern inspiration article on page 69

– Southern By Design blogger styling feature on Page 73

– Lyndsay and Tyson’s sorbet coloured Southern soiree on Page 102

Don’t forget to check out the e-titles this month, Eco Beautiful Weddings and NonPareil Magazine– both have brand new issues out!

What were your favourite features this month?

Blushless 2011 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


London designer Liv of Blushless sent over her latest lookbook and the different nature of her gowns had me delighted on a cold afternoon!

Liv (her significant other is Australian so she has a soft spot for us!) creates contemporary gowns with a sustainable and eco-friendly edge. Her 2011 collection is raw, understated but sophisticated. Gowns transform from floor length to cocktail, sculptural silhouettes and thought out designs make Blushless gowns a beautifully bold choice for a bride.

Photos by Blushless

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