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Lauren and Joshua’s Australian Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lauren and Joshua

I love to end off the week on Polka Dot Bride with something local, so when this lovely Australian wedding (Montville to be precise) popped into my inbox I knew it was the perfect way to end another week of gorgeous inspiration on Polka Dot Bride.

Today’s wedding is such a delight and the best part is, every moment of the day is retold by both Lauren and Josh- so you get the entire story and all the little moments from each of them (always my favourite part).

Lauren and Josh explain how they met. “We met at a mutual friend’s party and later that night we ended up playing an epically boring game of cranium (Joshua thought the game was boring…). We started hanging out together with our friends and playing bare foot bowls, camping trips and many dinners. After a few months, Josh asked Lauren out and she said NO!! A few weeks later she then said yes ;-)”

Photos today are by Jonas Peterson. Jonas, again, captured today’s wedding so beautifully – so true to Josh and Lauren and full of the photographs I have come to love – moments, atmosphere and unexpected beauty. Alex Ball shot a wedding video of the day.

Lauren and Joshua had funky personalised invitations designed to match the style of their wedding. They recall “Our invites were designed by Joshua’s sister Emily who is a graphic designer with (Emily Weier Designs) — she’s still designing her site). She did the most awesome invites and we were so thrilled and lucky.”

Lauren wore a gown from Hilde Heim. Julie, Lauren’s mother handcrafted a vintage lace top for Lauren to wear. Lauren’s mum and grandmother also made the bridesmaid’s gowns in Autumn colours using dupion silk.

A secret surprise was gifted to the bride on the morning of the wedding. The newlyweds tell “Joshua the ever-so-sneaky-one surprised Lauren with a wonderful gift. Lauren dearly loves sewing and all things crafty, so the morning of the wedding Lauren’s mum dropped over a very large surprise on behalf of Joshua… a Bernina sewing machine. Holey Moley!”

Lauren and Joshua held their ceremony at Secrets On The Lake. They remember “After many hours of travel in and around Brisbane, when we saw Secrets on the Lake we instantly knew this was exactly what we were after! The owner George and his wife and staff were delightful. The setting was just like a Disney movie… magical! All the treehouses, walkways and gardens are handmade by George. Honestly, you have to see this place to understand its magic.” The bride travelled to the ceremony in a sentimental vehicle. “Our friends Dean and Trudy lent us their mini – the one Joshua borrowed on the day of their epic adventure date that led to Joshua proposing to Lauren!”

Lauren’s brother James composed a supremely beautiful piece for Lauren to walk through the garden and down the aisle to.

The couple were married by Geoff Cake (0438 797 253 ) “We honestly couldn’t have asked for anyone more supportive and Godly. This man is a legend! We prepared and memorised our own wedding vows. They were very powerful words which will no doubt echo through the rest of our lives. ”

On of the funnier moments of the day was an unexpected scoring. Joshua and Lauren recall “After the first kiss, the groomsmen held up little scorecards that they had hidden in their pockets. Perfect 10’s except for Nathanael who rated our first kiss a 6 ¾ – but after the second kiss, decided it was worthy of a 10! We had a lot of cheers.”

There is nothing like that moment you’re pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds agree. “We found the person to love no-matter-what until our hearts beat no longer. THAT is a good feeling.”

The newlyweds made use of the beautiful surrounds for their photographs. “We got to take the wooden rowboat out on the lake after the ceremony and that was just a treat. Our ever-reliable wedding party helped us get into the boat safely. That was brilliant.”

The groomsmen wore pants and vests by Jack London, and Joshua wore pants from Jack London and a vest from Scotch and Soda.

The bride did the floral arrangements with her bridesmaids ..and one lone groomsmen “We did our own flowers ! Purchased from Rocklea flower markets in Brisbane, arranged and wrapped in ribbon the evening before the wedding by bride, bridesmaids and one groomsman who happens to love flowers more than most girls (Hi Bevan!).”

Lauren and Joshua held their wedding party at a hall in Montville. They remarked “We had our wedding party at the old Montville Village Hall. The hall is heritage listed and was built in 1898. It was perfect for what we wanted – a blank canvas for a DIY extravaganza with old worldly charm.”

The couple infused their wedding with plenty of DIY details. They explain “Our whole wedding was pretty much handmade. Seriously, EVERYTHING… right down to the tablecloths. Lauren’s dad was the mastermind behind the hanging candle chandeliers. Joshua’s mum grew over 100 little succulent plants and potted them into 100+ small glasses that we bought from Ikea to give to our guests as a present. SO cute!

Joshua’s love of beer was turned into a specially crafted beer bar at the reception. They explain “Andrew and Gavin (two of Joshua’s groomsmen) handcrafted the special boutique beer and was served from Andrew’s specially made serving fridge, complete with gold plated Italian beer taps.”

The hall was littered with personal details, put together with the help of the newlyweds. “Our bridal party and families came to Montville the day before the wedding and spent the whole day with us preparing the hall. It was really important and meant the world to us… the last day of bonding before the wedding day. We are eternally grateful to them, we love you guys!”

One of the funnier moments was the results of the couple’s homemade photo booth. “We set up our own photo booth in the hall where apparently many indecent photos were taken. I guess if you leave the photo booth in the same location as the beer fridge, you get some pretty interesting pictures!”

The couple had their reception catered by Spoonfed Catering and explain “We chose not to have a cake. Instead we had platters of petit fours: home made lemon curd/chocolate ganache with seasonal fruits, clotted creme, Parisian fairy floss almond praline & passion fruit coulis. An assortment of mini pavlovas with orange and hazelnut and chocolate chunks with dollop crème. And lastly, delicious espresso shots!!! “

For their first dance? “We ripped it up with our friends and family to some Shem Allen dirty jazz,” which was really reflective of their attitude for their entire day. “We did it our way – regardless of traditions, conformity and all the boring bits in between. … we put our own spin on it.”

Joshua also surprised Lauren and performed a song he especially wrote for her. Lauren scored it a perfect 10! They say “During the wedding party Joshua snuck outside and tested out his song on Andrew and Gavin (groomsmen). After swooning the two, he got the green light from both. Andrew then told Joshua he and the band would back him up. That was the first time he’d ever really played with a band on a stage. Nervousssss!! ;-)”

At our wedding party, the band was mostly comprised of our good friends from Skinny Jean. The first half of their set was improv jazz, the Beatles and others. The second half was quite loose and our friends went a little nuts on the dance floor. Good times.

The best moment of the day? “At the end of the wedding day, we felt ridiculously loved. It was really overwhelming.”

Congratulations Lauren and Joshua! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Jonas Peterson. for sharing today’s images!

Stay tuned, we have an extra special treat from Lauren and Joshua’s wedding coming up in an hour or two!

Photos by Jonas Peterson

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Narelle and Darren’s Beachside Wedding Photo by Yoram Conradt

Happy Friday Polka Dotties! Did you enjoy the week we had of wedding inspiration? I hope so because next week is equally as superb and this afternoon? We have quite the wedding coming up for you!

Here’s a peek at what happened on the specialty blogs this week…

Jimmy Choo for Men on Polka Dot Groom

First up this week on Polka Dot Wisdom, designer Anna Campbell launched her new boutique!

On Polka Dot Wisdom, how does an event planner choose her vendors?

A sweet Friday treat- a fantastic guide on what to look for when giving chocolate as a favor

The sweetest guide to throwing a bridal shower is up this week on Polka Dot Made

Mrs Tagg To be has started conjuring up her wedding plans on Polka Dot Weddings

Narelle and Darren’s beach side wedding also on Polka Dot Weddings

On Polka Dot Honeymoons, I took a virtual trip to an eco friendly resort in the Whitsundays

Around the wedding world this week…

The kings & queens of chocolate Sisko Chocolate are holding a special launch party to celebrate their second birthday! They’d love to see some bride and grooms at the event, so check the invite above if you’re interested in a night of chocolate and champagne!

Janelle from The Pretty Paper Co has launched a brand new collection inspired by her latest holiday. Janelle describes it as “Parisian inspired, our latest design range ‘Burlesque’, captures the stylish and sophisticated elegance of this beautiful city. This design features decorative detailing to help set the tone for a romantic and elaborate celebration”. Check out The Pretty Paper Co website for more information.

SugarLove Co-Director Bradley Patrick launched his new commercial site this week! Check out the site for more information.

The Perth Wedding Upmarket has only a month to go until it opens it’s doors! It will be held at Mosman’s Restaurant, 15 Johnson Parade, Mosman Park on Saturday, 13 August 2011 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20 prepaid through Perth Upmarket or $25 at the door.  Visit the website for more information.

Check out the Polka Dot Bride wedding events calendar for more fantastic events!


I’m starting to like ending off the week with a fun video, so check out this proposal to end your Friday! (Just be sure to put down any hot drinks you’re holding!)

Summer Days Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I have a fun little inspiration shoot today from a great group of wedding professionals in Townsville (see more on the Townsville Wedding Team website). They got together last month to stage a “Make Believe Wedding”. I think getting together with other vendors like this can be so much fun! It allows vendors to try new things without the constraints of a real wedding day and gives us some lovely inspiration to pour over. Today’s shoot is full of citrus and summer and such a nice relief to gaze at in the middle of winter!

Honey of Insight Creative who photographed the inspiration shoot, sent over the photos today and together with a mood board of images, worked with the vendors to create the shoot “Inspired by light, bright days with a hint of crispness, freshness and memories of easy, laid back summer days with friends…

Citrus, rustic, vintage, organic, pastels, bunting, earthy, weathered & worn, antique.”

Honey explained in detail the inspiration behind the shoot. “With the Make Believe Wedding we really wanted to show local brides that they could achieve something truly special and unique using some of the amazing suppliers we have right here in North Queensland.

I adore the citrus tones of lemon yellow and mint green with creams and greys, so we used these colours as our starting point. We wanted to steer clear of the beach style weddings that we see so much of up here, so we decided on a rustic style – which went just beautifully with our colour scheme.”

Lace & Tie Design ( 0448 284 010) created the stationery for the shoot, including invitations, place cards and cake buffet signs.

The ‘bride’ wore a gown from Wendy Makin paired a hairpiece from Vintage Rose. The ‘bridesmaids’ wore gowns in citrus yellow and mint from Cheryl’s Boutique.

Boheme Beauty styled the makeup for the mock bridal party while Tiki On Akers styled the hair. Jewels were from Jewellery By Design.

The flowers for the inspiration shoot were styled by Townsville Flower Market.

The ‘groom’ and his ‘groomsmen’ wore grey suits from New Park Suit Hire & Menswear.

The shoot took place at Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms. Honey says “We were in heaven when we found our beautiful location – the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms – North Queensland’s oldest heritage listed building, built around 1865. A gorgeous old Queenslander building with timber verandah, rusty tin roof and chippy paint in abundance – a photographer’s dream! Also right next door – a little orchard, just perfect for our ceremony.

Jennifer Celotto of Dragonfly Ceremonies ‘acted’ as the celebrant.

Honey recalls “Our model bride and groom are a real-life couple so the love was real (as was the kiss in the wedding video!), and all of the ‘guests’ were their friends – so it was such a fun day for everyone involved.”  (Can you spot the bridesmaid and groomsmen who were a Polka Dot couple? )

The girls wore shoes from Shoedini.

Honey says “We styled the wedding to have lots of casual rustic elements – metal trunks and wooden crates, reclaimed windows, old bottles and vases, vintage tea cups and wine glasses, well loved tables, and a mish-mash of old chairs – and softened the look with handmade bunting made from op-shop doileys and scrap fabric, and simply stunning flowers in creams and yellows.” Cassandra from Out Of The Blue Events helped plan and styled the shoot.

Honey says “All up we had 18 local suppliers involved, covering almost everything you would have at an actual wedding – we even had a sit-down meal and full dessert table – yum!” Yongala Lodge catered the mock reception and provided wine & drinks from Yalumba Wines.

Happy Cakes created a range of sweet citrus inspired treats for the cake buffet which included a lemon yellow two tiered wedding cake.

Townsville Wedding Videos created this fun video of the mock wedding


Congratulations to all the vendors involved and thank you for sharing the shoot with us on Polka Dot Bride! What wonderful inspiration for a Summer wedding!


Photos by Insight Creative

Beach Wedding Gown Roundup

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


One of our lovely readers has put the call out for a simple wedding gown appropriate for a beach wedding. There are so many beautiful gowns you can wear if you’re marrying on the sand – floaty fabrics can be tossed around by the sea air and simple sparkles can be caught by the sunlight.

Here are some of my favourite gowns for beach weddings from Australian designers.

1. Rachel Gilbert 2. Johanna Johnson 3. Collette Dinnigan 4. Anna Campbell 5. Master/Slave 6. Fiorenza 7. Henri Josef website 6. Johanna Johnson

1. Anna Campbell 2. Master/Slave 3. Lisa Brown 4. Collette Dinnigan 5. Master/Slave 6. Rachel Gilbert 7. PGP from White Runway 8. Lisa Brown

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