Sally and Ben’s Colourful Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sally & Ben

I always fall completely head over heels for a wedding filled with colour, life and happiness like the wedding of Sally and Ben at Toowong Rowing Club.

Sally tells the sale of how she met Ben. “Ben and I met online in 2008. After weeks and weeks of phone conversations and a couple of big bills from Telstra we decided to meet.  Another month later, Ben moved in!  It happened very quickly but we both knew that this was something special. It was a new experience for both of us (online) and we were lucky that we found each other.”

Photographs today are by Moss Green Images (formerly Bec+Fo). I love the clean, fun captures that Fo creates- perfect for such a vibrant wedding! Cinematography shot by Matt Barwick Films  and the wedding planner & stylist was Amini Concepts.

Mary Rose of Lillipollen created the vibrant and beautiful floral arrangements.

Ben and his groomsmen wore suits from Strictly Formal.

Sally wore a gown she purchased from Paddington Brides. She recalls “I loved my dress.  I didn’t have a lot of time to find a dress and after visiting the ladies at Paddington Brides I knew I had found the right people.  We found a dress that I liked and the ladies were able to work around my limited trips to Brisbane and changed things up at the last minute.  They did a fabulous job.” Sally paired it with jewels also from Paddington Brides and shoes from Chinese Laundry.

Sally’s bridesmaids wore silver gowns they had made by a dressmaker along with coral coloured shoes they found at David Jones. They wore Swarovski jewels. The bride and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup styled by The Powder Room.

Sally and Ben were married at Toowong Rowing Club. They used the gardens for their ceremony. Sally explains “My Mum found the venue after walking around the St Lucia campus with a friend.  We had it narrowed down to two venues, so when I flew down to Brisbane to do some wedding planning we visited each venue.  I chose the Rowing sheds as it felt like a home on the River.  The gardens were beautiful and the venue was a blank space that we could turn into something special. It was completely private and there were no other weddings or events taking place which was the problem I had with other venues – we had the place to ourselves.  It was a magical day.”

Sally says “My wedding was an abundance of colour, flowers, beautiful decor and filled with loved family and friends.”

Sally walked down the aisle to “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young. Sally explains ” I have loved this song forever, so it was the top choice for my walk down the aisle. It feels like it’s washing over you and it’s so calming – exactly what I needed as I was very nervous and excited!” The couple hired Bris City Djs to provide the music at the ceremony.

Sally and Ben were married by Belinda McCartney (0411 037 377) .

Of their photographers, Sally recalls “I found Moss Green images (formerly Bec+Fo) online after searching for ages to find a photographer I liked in Brisbane. I live in Nhulunbuy in the NT, so the internet was my saving grace.  I loved their images so called them up and we were set.  The photos are amazing and I will cherish them forever!”

Sally recalls “The day seemed like a dream, so from start to finish it went amazingly smooth. I had a great morning getting ready with my bridesmaids and family – music playing and a really relaxed mood.  Walking down the aisle with my Dad was a big moment, and marrying Ben was like exhaling.  Living so far away, seeing family and friends is like another gift, so having everybody that we love there was awesome.”

The reception was held inside the Toowong Rowing Club. Sally made sure to give the vision for the wedding to professionals she trusted. She explains ” I definitely wanted a DIY feel to the day, but as I live so far away – I relied heavily on Amini Concepts to provide a certain handmade /vintage feel for the day – they did an amazing job and turned my thoughts into reality. The florist – Mary Rose of Lillipollen, worked with me and turned my concept of handpicked flowers to life.  “

The Tree Space Studio created water colour invitations. Sally remarks “The stationary was done by Amy at Treespace Studios – a handpainted, watercoloured stationery suite that was simply beautiful and so unique.”

The reception was catered by In House Food and Catering. Sally recalls “In House Food and Catering did the most fabulous food I have ever had at a wedding – I swear I’m not being biased but it was amazing! ” The lamington wedding cake was made by Sally’s grandmother.

Bris City DJs played for the guests to a night of celebration. Sally explains “Ben and I really didn’t even want to do the first dance, but we decided to go ahead with it as we did not want to have any regrets.  We chose ‘Love, Love, Love’ by the Avalanches as the words resonated with our new start in life and it’s a light hearted, happy song.”

As a special treat, we have Sally and Ben’s wedding film by Matt Barwick Films. Sally recalls “This is truly amazing work.  Matt did a 5 minute highlights reel as well as filming the entire ceremony and all the wedding speeches.  We were going to just get a family member to do some filming but hiring Matt was the best money spent.  I can’t recommend him enough – stunning, stunning work. Spend the money and get your wedding filmed properly by a professional – I can promise you that you will never regret it.”

Congratulations Sally and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Moss Green Images for the photographs and  Matt Barwick Films for today’s film!

Photographer: Moss Green Images / Cinematography: Matt Barwick Films / Wedding Planner: Amini Concepts / Bride's Dress: Paddington Brides / Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry / Bride's Jewellery: Paddington Brides / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dressmaker in Brisbane and Melbourne / Bride's Shoes: David Jones / Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski / Groom's Attire: Strictly Formal / Groomsmen Attire: Strictly Formal / Hairstylist: The Powder Room / Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Flowers: Lillipollen / Invitations & Stationery: The Tree Space Studio / Venue: Toowong Rowing Club / Ceremony Officiant: Belinda McCartney (0411 037 377) / Ceremony Musicians: Bris City Djs / DJ: Bris City Djs / Catering: In House Food and Catering / Wedding Cake: Mrs Jocelyn Mackenzie (Brides Grandmother) / Wedding Rings: Ingrid Foote 0438 800 546
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Janine Kaye. from Iman and Damian’s Vintage Wedding

It Easter time Dotties! Today’s roundup is going to be a short one as the patterned people take some time off to be with our families. We have an incredible wedding coming up this afternoon for you though and regular posting on all our blogs, so there is plenty to catch up on for you!

On Polka Dot Groom

Mr Polka Dot  gives grooms some advice on lifting the cloak of invisibility

Simon’s wedding day style with his polkadot and skull tie is is elegant with a twist

Chris shares his very special memory of his wedding to Ali Breeze

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Meet the couple behind Feather and Stone in our Expert Inteview this week

Sarah of Sarah Janks Couture shows us a few of her favourite things on Vendor’s Favourites

Julian from Kariz Matik shares with us some great tips on how to select your photographer

Have a giggle at Michelle from Michelle Leigh Photography’s story on what to expect on your wedding day

On Polka Dot Made

Etsy Roundup featured crystal brooches

A French inspired font on Tuesday Type – Saissant

Alicia show us how to make cute painted glass jar table centrepieces

Just in time for Easter, our newest team member, Ms Lace, shows us how to make a French Martini – will it go with choccie Easter eggs?

On Polka Dot Weddings

Iman and Damian share their gorgeous vintage themed wedding with us

Tisha and Neilson show us how they executed their beautifully simple wedding

Meg and Greg get married with an elegant reception to follow at Curzon Hall

Ask Ms Polka Dot – this week she gives advice on a winter wedding colour scheme

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Come to Bali and take a peek at Lucy and Nick’s gorgeous tropical wedding

Six things we love about Bali

 Have a very safe Easter! We will see you back here next week for plenty of wedding inspiration!

Carol and Chris’ Romantic Sydney Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Carol & Chris

Carol and Chris’ wedding is utterly romantic. From the private ceremony, to the ring blessing as the sun cast it’s golden rays and Carol’s dress? Not only is it completely stunning but her mother made it!

Carol and Chris are both LDS members and met at church. Chris proposed on the church grounds.

Photographs today are by Taryn-amy Photography. Aren’t they romantic? The little moments and the beautiful moments all captured!

Carol and her bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Molanica Abera and makeup by her cousins Helen Rapana and Karen Villalobos (based in Brisbane).

Carol wore a gorgeous lace wedding gown with three quarter sleeves made by her mother (who owns Legacy Brides). Carol recalls, “I loved the time I got to spend with my beautiful mother preparing and working on the wedding, especially my gown. We had a ball!”. She wore shoes from Payless Shoes “I wanted velvet on my shoes and it was the only place I could find them! I also loved the colour”. Carol wore earrings Chris has given her for Christmas.

Before the ceremony. Carol and Chris met for casual portraits together. Chris wore a Studio Italia suit while his groomsmen wore suits from Man to Man. Carol’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Alfred Sung from Legacy Brides and shoes from Payless Shoes.

Carol’s aunt Vivian Villalobos from Brisbane  (0416 280 941) put together the floral arrangements.

The ceremony was held at Sydney Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

After their exit from the temple, Carol and Chris stopped at a park for lunch and a few photos before traveling again to their reception venue Oatlands House.

Of their photographers, Carol notes, “Brendan and Taryn are truly talented and professional individuals. From day one they always made sure that they knew exactly what kind of style we were after and that’s exactly what they delivered. Chris and I are horrible at posing so we wanted a natural, candid approach to the photos. We wanted all of the special moments but from a different perspective. They also gave us excellent suggestions that would help make our day easier like scouting for locations that we wanted for our day.

A few weeks prior they actually came out to the location we had chosen to assess the light and confirm whether it would give us the results we wanted. We trekked around the park and they found some great spots for bridal party shots, an old wooden walkway which led onto large rocks. They even pointed out that it would be great because the trees overhead help to diffuse the light. That same afternoon we proceeded to do the same thing at the reception gardens, because our ring ceremony would be held there around the same time of day. The sunlight was dimming however they said it could work quite well if there weren’t any major setbacks. He asked me for a back up plan if the outdoor ceremony wasn’t possible. They didn’t miss a beat!”

As the sun went down over Oatlands House, Carol and Chris walked down the aisle together for a ring warming ceremony that all of their family and friends could witness. Carol recalls, “I loved having Chris’ conduct the ring ceremony and sharing such a beautiful speech about Christ and love in our lives.”

Carol walked down the aisle to “‘This Love’ by Julia Stone – the first love song that Chris dedicated to me whilst driving back to Canberra.”

The couple had their first dance to ‘El Amor’ by Tito el Bambino  which kicked of a magical evening of dance. Carol explains “I am Chilean and we love to dance, so we chose a song with a slow introduction which then transformed into an upbeat dance song and then we went to get our parents to come up and dance with us.” The couple hired DJ Nela (0425 272 521) to entertain guests during the reception.

Congratulations on your marriage Carol and Chris! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Taryn-amy Photography. for sharing the photographs today!

Photographer: Taryn-amy Photography / Bride's Dress: Legacy Brides / Bride's Shoes: Payless Shoes / Groom's Attire: Studio Italia / Groomsmen Attire: Man to Man / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung / Bridesmaid Shoes: Payless Shoes / Hairstylist: Molanica Abera / Makeup Artist: Helen Rapana and Karen Villalobos (Brisbane) / Flowers & Decor: Vivian Villalobos (Brisbane) 0416 280 941 / Invitations & Stationery: Eckersley's Art Supplies / Ceremony Venue: Sydney Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. / Ring Warming Ceremony & Reception Venue: Oatlands House / DJ: DJ Nela 0425 272 521 / Cake Baker: Andrea Wong 0431 100 120 / Wedding Rings: Ernst Pfenninger from Studio 303 / Wedding Registry: Peters Of Kensington

Tipikata Wedding Tipis

by | Bride, Reception


I’m always excited when there is something completely brand new in Australia, something that can completely change the style of event you’re having because it is so drop dead awesome. Today’s find? Wedding tipis!

Tipikata is a brand new Australian company who has introduced tipis for hire! If you’re looking for something different to a standard wedding venue, and a standard square or rectangular marquee just isn’t quite right? Perhaps the soft caramel colour, circular shape and stunning wooden beams might be the space for you?

One tipi can hold 70 guests (or 100 for cocktail) but the tipis can be joined together for larger celebrations holding 120 guests in a double.

There’s endless options too- sides open (relaxed and warm on a Summer’s day) or shut (cosy and snug for winter), floor matting and even (my favourite part of all) a fireplace. How fun would it be to pile a few couches around the fireplace at a winter wedding? Allowing guests to be mesmerised by the crackling fire while they’re enjoying your reception? Tipikata also provide tents for parties too (personally I hope Mr P reads this as I’m thinking a party in a tipi for my next birthday would be just dandy?)

Tipikata is based out of Melbourne and owned by long term friends Hayley & Lina who are both excited about the magic a tipi creates. When I emailed Hayley she said “Everything about creating TipiKata has been natural and exciting for us, a kind of “this is meant to be” experience. We really want to share our vision of creativity, togetherness and connection. We want hiring a TipiKata tipi to be a complete experience, where we assist our couples to create and enjoy a totally unique celebration. ”

 Images from TipiKata