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Fiona and Troy’s Whimsical Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Fiona and Troy

I love this afternoon’s Brisbane wedding. It’s a lovely mix of classic touches with whimsical romance. The couple injected a lot of little details to make their hotel ballroom reception theirs – from printed handkerchiefs to special ceremony moments.

Fiona remembers how she met her husband. “We met in high school at the tender age of 14. The connection we had then is the same we have now, we are very blessed that 12 years later when we finally tied the knot, the love we have for each other is the same as it was when we first met. He is my soul mate.”

Photos today are by Studio Sixty Photography. It’s lovely to see how they’ve captured all the little details so creatively, telling the story of the day.

The invitations were designed by the Fiona, a graphic designer and printed by Bespoke Letterpress Boutique (see their beautiful suite here).

Troy wore a suit from Kenneth Blake while his groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

Fiona wore a gown from Pronovias “It was an off-white Pronovias Barcelona Gown. It was made and imported from Spain. I saw it online and bought it without even trying it on – when you know, you just know… right!”  And paired with with royal blue suede Yves St Laurent heels. Donna Sullivan styled the girls makeup.

The flowers (styled by Mary Rose Loff) held special meaning to the couple. “There were many special details in our wedding in particular my bouquet – I had my Nana’s rosary beads wrapped around the stem. Due to illness and old age my grandparents weren’t able to make our wedding.  I also had a single peach coloured rose in with all my ivory roses to symbolise Troy’s mother not being able to share our day with us. He also wore the same coloured rose – this way they were all with us the entire day.”

Fiona says “We had both the ceremony and the reception at the Marriott Hotel in Brisbane City. The staff did an exceptional job on the day, very professional, efficient and accommodating to not only Troy and myself but to all our guests.”

Fiona walked down the aisle to “Moon River” by Frank Sinatra.

Fiona ‘s emotions got the better of her, but her father was well prepared. Fiona recalls “The entire lead up to the wedding I was telling my dad and Troy to make sure they hold it together when I am walking down the aisle as if I see them crying, that would then only set me off and of course I didn’t want to ruin my makeup. Unbeknownst to me, I was the blubbering mess, the second I entered the room I was a mess, complete mess, very emotional haha – thank God my Dad had emergency tissues!!”

Natasha Lewis officiated the ceremony.

Jason, the photographer tells of a special ceremony moment. “Fiona and Troy wrote a message to each other on the day on their beautiful, vintage handkerchiefs (which they used for their Save the Date cards) and sealed it in an envelope to read to each other on their one year anniversary. “

Fiona’s bridesmaids wore brilliantly coloured gowns, Fiona remarks “They were bought online through two separate stores, I wanted bright colours that popped and the girls bouquets were an added accessory – they looked stunning.”

The reception was full of DIY vintage touches. Fiona recalls “We made all the signage, stationary, the petal cones, apple garlands that hung off our chairs, we made all the desserts (apart from the cake), tomato relish favors, the lips and moustaches, and my dad made our rustic wooden letterbox!”

Fiona and Troy worked with Amini Concepts to pull their day together. Fiona remarks “I worked extremely closely with Amini Concepts when putting my wedding together, they are fantastic. Whenever I would give Kelly an idea that I saw and/or thought of she was like, we can do that! It was a match made in heaven really, Kelly and I were always on the same page. It’s always nice to have that comfort in someone like a wedding stylist, as you want to make sure your vision is perceived correctly for your special day.”

The couple had a romantic first dance with music provided on the night by Spin City Sound. Fiona says “We changed it up a bit and had our first dance as soon as we arrived to our reception. Our first dance was to “Love You ‘Till the End” by The Pogues. We both fell in love with this song when we heard it in the movie ‘PS. I Love You’ and it stuck with us. It’s a beautiful song. Perfect.”

The speeches are always one of my favourite moments and Troy’s had a little synchronicity. Fiona remembers “During Troy’s speech, randomly, fireworks started going off along the Brisbane River. It was like clockwork, magical really, another wedding along the river must have had them, naturally, we all pretended like they were meant for us haha – it was great!”

The couple had a wedding cake from Cake That, with a  cake topper bought online through Etsy.

Mini cheeseburgers kept guests on the dance floor before a sparkler exit.

Congratulations on your marriage Fiona and Troy! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photos by Studio Sixty Photography


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Nat and Jez’s Sweet Sydney Wedding

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


Nat and Jez

Do you remember the sweet engagement shoot of Nat and Jez? I’m so thrilled today to be able to share their sweet and beautiful wedding day! Nat and Jez were married on a private property just outside Glenorie, Sydney on one of the hottest days of the year! I’m enchanted by the way the couple pulled their personalities into the wedding – from the suspenders Jez wore to Nat’s daisy chain and very special wedding gown.

Today’s wedding was shot by Amanda Thorson of Thorson Photography. I love Amanda’s soft, gentle approach to photography. She seems to get the best out of the couple she photographs while really relating to them. Film maker Edwina Wright filmed the wedding day.

Nat wore a family heirloom wedding gown. Jez says ,”Nat’s gown was home made, the dress was worn by the Nat’s mother and originally made by her grandmother. The dress was re-designed and remade by the bride’s mother using the original dress and some new French lace.” Nat paired it with Witchery shoes.

The groom wore an outfit from Hugo Boss.

The freesias and lavender blooms used throughout the day were purchased from The Flower Man.

The couple held their wedding at Nat’s father’s property. The day turned out to be one of the hottest on record for the summer!

Music during the ceremony was played by Paul Liao. Nat says “The memory that stood out for me was when Jez picked me up during the kiss. I really wasn’t expecting it & it was amazing!!!”

Jez says, “We planned the entire wedding themselves with some help doing crafty things and cooking from our friends and family.”

Nat’s second favourite memory from the wedding day was the fairy floss.

Congratulations Nat & Jez! Thank you for sharing your story with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Amanda Thorson of Thorson Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Amanda Thorson of Thorson Photography.

Fluffy Flowergirl Dresses

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Children


I’m not quite sure, but sometimes I think flower girls get the better deal in the whole “Dressing up for a wedding” issue. Puffy skirts, sweet hair accessories and throwing petals. I love the range of flower girl dresses on offer at the moment – from fluffy tutu skirts, to sweet cotton lace dresses. Here’s a few of my favourite flower girl dresses (and accessories) for your little ones.

1. Anna Campbell 2. Stellina Cute Couture 3. Elodie & Elvis 4. Jennifer Catherine Design 5. Anna Campbell 6. Tea Princess 7. Odessa Dress from Mini Treasure Kids 8.Elodie & Elvis 9. Anna Campbell

10. Anna Campbell 11.Percy Handmade 12. Elodie & Elvis 13. Tea Princess 14. Jennifer Catherine Design 15. Malley & Co from Something Nice For Kids 16.Stellina Cute Couture 17. Anna Campbell 18. Jennifer Catherine Design 19. Stellina Cute Couture


Serena and Paolo’s Silent FIlm Inspired Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Serena and Paolo

I don’t normally post engagement sessions during the week (they’re our Saturday treat) but I really want to mix it up today with this fun, silent film inspired engagement from Luciana Ognibene of Fibre di luce in Italy!

Luciana explained the thought behind Serena and Paolo’s engagement photographs. “Serena and Paolo wanted something unique and very original, both romantic and ironic. So we studied together the old silent films frames, with a special attention to framing, lighting, posing and expressions. We’ve been inspired by Greta Garbo and Rodolfo Valentino, but also by Charles Chaplin and Ettore Petrolini (a popular Italian ‘900 comedy actor). To crown it all in a complete retro silent film fashion, we’ve added also some dialogues. Let’s add some ragtime piano…”

Photos by Luciana Ognibene of Fibre di luce

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