Melissa and Marc’s Elegant Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Melissa and Marc

Whenever I start to write up a wedding, I always read it like a book. I open the photos, I read the stories, the memories the moments and let it come together. Today’s wedding was so powerful to read and then I saw the photos – there was intense emotion. Laughter, tears and a sense that this day was momentous for Melissa and Marc – not just for the fact that they chose each other, they chose to say their vows. But as a day it seemed to open the doors and have the universe say “See! This is what love is! this is how amazing it can be!” and with that, I bring you the elegant, emotional wedding of Melissa and Marc.

Melissa tells the story of how she met Marc. “We met through a mobile phone shop, where I worked part time while studying.  Marc had an import business and supplied the store with his mobile phones, though he found himself making excuses that required him to attend the store far more often than necessary.  After six months of shop courtship, we finally started dating in December 2003, and within a couple of weeks Marc found himself joining my family for a memorable Christmas. I was a little worried what Marc might make of my family singing and dancing the night away, but the warm welcome he received ensured he came back time and again, and they have been together ever since!”

Photographs today are by Adam Finch of Studio Impressions who in the typical Studio Impressions style has captured elegant, stunning imagery that is simply beautiful. Melissa and Marc had their wedding filmed by One Day In Mind.

Melissa chose a stunning lace gown by MXM Couture and paired it with Jimmy Choo shoes. Her bridesmaids wore pale pink and black Alannah Hill gowns with matching pink shoes. The Powder Room styled the girls hair & makeup for the day.

The flowers for the day were styled by Green & Bloom. Melissa’s bouquet featured shades of white, cream and pink.

Putting their own touch on the day, Melissa and March met before the ceremony. Melissa explains “We decided to have a “first look” before the ceremony with just our bridal party and our close family. It made the moment of seeing each other for the first time so much more intimate and emotional “. Marc and his groomsmen wore suits from Precision Tailors.

“Marc waited for me at the bottom of the stairs at Customs House as I ‘snuck’ down behind him. I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around and we saw each other for the first time. I will never forget the look of admiration on Marc’s face as he saw me for the first time.”

Melissa recalls “My bridesmaids had teased me in the lead up to the wedding about becoming a bridezilla on the day, as throughout the planning process I had been quite relaxed and comfortable with our fabulous wedding planner’s assistance. However on the day, I was completely calm and not nervous at all! On the other hand, Marc was apparently very worried about me as he also thought I might be a nervous wreck. It wasn’t until I saw Marc waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs that I felt butterflies in my stomach. When we finally saw each other for the first time, we hugged, and I felt Marc breath a sigh of relief that I was okay.”


Of their photographer, Melissa says “Adam Finch was our photographer from Studio Impressions. Photography was one of the first things we booked…even before we found our location! It was a priority for us to have someone amazing, as the photos are what capture those special moments forever. We had always loved Studio Impressions’ style of photography and when we met Adam, we were really impressed with his work. We met with other photographers before we made our final decision, but kept comparing them to Adam so we knew we had found our match.”

Melissa and Marc held their wedding at Queensland Rugby Club overlooking the Brisbane river. Melissa remarks “Our whole wedding was held at the QLD Rugby Club – the ceremony was outside on the Tempo Terrace and the reception was inside in the Tempo Restaurant. The view was just breathtaking and luckily the rain held off so that we could marry on the open air terraced area. The food was amazing and the staff made us feel like royalty, pulling out my chair whenever they saw me get up and always making sure we had everything we needed.”

Melissa and Marc enlisted Victoria from The Little White Wedding Company to plan their wedding. Melissa notes “Our wedding planner Victoria Cameron from the Little White Wedding Company was incredible and without her, our dream wedding would never have happened. She understood our style and went above and beyond to ensure that every aspect of our wedding was perfect.” The terrace was set with black Tiffany chairs and masses of candles.

My favourite part of the wedding of Melissa and Marc is this moment and Melissa loves it too. ” I remember walking down the aisle – as my dad has passed away when I was 19. I decided it wouldn’t be right to replace him with someone to give me away. Instead, I walked in on my own and waited at the end of the aisle for Marc to come and greet me. Then we walked up the aisle together. It was a very emotional moment and was something different we hadn’t seen done before.”

16 Strings entertained guests and played as Melissa and Marc walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D. Melissa explains “I have a soft spot for music with strings, so a string quartet was a must for our ceremony. I have always wanted to walk down the isle to Canon in D as it is a gorgeous piece that gives me goosebumps.”

Melissa also loved the couple’s chosen wedding vows. She explains “We loved writing our own vows as it reminded us of why we wanted to get married and what we were willing to promise each other.”



The first look meant Melissa and Marc could celebrate with guests straight away. Melissa notes “I loved the fact we had our ceremony and then the reception straight afterwards meant that our guests didn’t have to wait around for us to get photos. We could relax and join in with them celebrating.”

A stunning black and white three tier wedding cake was created by Sweetums while Urban Weddings created the stationery for the wedding.

Melissa remarks ” Our wedding was unique, intimate and everything we dreamed it would be. ”

The first dance was played by Atmosphere DJs who kept guests dancing all night long. Melissa recalls”We wanted to make our first dance special, so we invested in some dance lessons with Gemma Davies who was recommended by our wedding planner. Gemma was amazing and helped us choreograph a dance to one of our favourite Ben Harper songs – Gold to Me. We got almost to the end of our dance and Marc said “I can’t believe I haven’t stepped on your dress!” and with the next step, he accidentally did. We quickly recovered with a dip and the crowd was none the wiser.”

Congratulations on your marriage Melissa and Marc! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Adam Finch of Studio Impressions for today’s images!

Photographer: Adam Finch, Studio Impressions / Cinematographer: One Day In Mind / Bride’s Dress: MXM Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Planner: The Little White Wedding Company / Flowers & Decor: Green & Bloom / Groom’s Attire: Precision Tailors / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Venue: Tempo Terrace, QLD Rugby Club / Ceremony Musicians: 16 Strings / DJ: Atmosphere DJ’s / Invitations & Stationery: Urban Weddings / Wedding Cake: Sweetums / Hair & Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Dance Lessons: Gemma Davies
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Zoe and Chris’ Relaxed Coastal Wedding

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


Zoe and Chris

Weddings by the seaside are almost always infused with a special kind of ease. A casual romance that is coloured with the scent of the salt water and the warmth of the sand. Zoe and Chris married in a relaxed ceremony on the New South Wales Central Coast and the beauty of their wedding compliments their relaxed personalities.

Zoe tells the story of meeting Chris. “Chris and I met in 2002 while studying at CIT in Canberra. We were friends for over a year before officially getting together. We have been together since 2003 and have travelled together and built our house earlier in 2011.”

Photographs today are by Casandra of Caspix who captured the moments and elegance of the day beautifully.

Zoe and Chris married at Seafarm. Zoe remarks “We wanted a very relaxed, party kind of wedding that really reflected us. We chose Sea Farm as its a stunning location, and meant we could have the ceremony and reception at the same place. We stayed at Sea Farm for 3 days before the wedding, and 4 days after, making it quite an event! We had our bridal party and their partners stay with us the whole time which was amazing. They helped us set up, decorate, clean and organise the last minute details of the wedding and we would have been lost without them! We are very lucky to have such amazing friends!”

Zoe says “My bridesmaids and I got ready in the small cottage on the property (which was a last minute change) and I’m so glad we did. It was great spying on the boys getting everything ready throughout the morning, and watching the guests arrive. The cottage is beautifully decorated, and was the perfect place for us to have a few champagnes before everything started.” Zoe’s bridesmaids wore lilac gowns from Forever New.

Zoe chose a glittering gown from Maggie Sottero and paired it with Wittner Shoes. Angel Blooms created beautiful colourful bouquets.

Chris and his groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

One of Zoe’a favourite memories was “Watching Max (first Bridesmaid to walk down from the cottage) be redirected by the guests to the actual aisle is something I will never forget. My dad and I had a bit of a laugh watching her go the wrong way!”

Zoe walked down the aisle to a very special song. She explains “One of Chris’s groomsmen (Gethin) played the guitar while we walked down the aisle. He played a song that Chris made up years ago, that I had always loved. It was comforting to hear it as we walked down, especially as Chris also played this song for my sister when she walked down the aisle last year.”

Zoe recommends choosing the right vendors for you. She remarks “All our vendors were absolutely amazing. Everything ran so smoothly and I had so many comments on the delicious food and wonderful service staff- as well as the gorgeous flowers that Tanya provided.”

Of their photographer, Zoe says “Casandra was wonderful, she gave us directions when we needed them, but also left us to our own devices. I think she captured the day wonderfully.”

The reception at Seafarm was filled with decorations made by Zoe and Chris ans styled by their family and friends. Zoe explains “I made all our decorations with help from my wonderful bridesmaids and friends. We all collected jars for months in advance and spent a lot of time scraping off the labels! We also had a couple of nights making poms poms and putting wire on the hanging jars. Sea Farm on its own is just beautiful and didn’t need much to dress it up!”

The reception needed to have a relaxed feel, just as the couple wanted. Zoe says “We wanted the wedding to be a ‘relaxed party’ feel, and I think that’s what it was… we didn’t do any traditional things like throwing the bouquet or a garter toss, as they just weren’t us. Our MC organised a great reception game which was lots of fun. We also hired some giant games (connect four and Jenga) for our guests to play throughout the night.

We chose to have 2 long tables rather than traditional round tables – and I think it worked really well. We also chose not to have a bridal table, which meant we could talk to all our guests easily and our bridal party could sit with their partners.”

There was one final surprise for both Zoe and Chris to round off what was a magical day. Zoe tells the story “I bought Chris a guitar as a wedding gift which one of his groomsmen (Gethin) gave to him the morning of the wedding. It was something he had wanted for years, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get him something special. Gethin also helped me choose the guitar on some secret lunchtime missions.

Little did I know that Chris had been planning to play one of our favourite songs (‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters) on his old guitar after his speech at the wedding. Gethin also knew about this, so had to keep both secrets for months in the lead up to the big day! He did a wonderful job as we were both very surprised!

Chris playing a song for me was the most special part of the day (apart from becoming his wife) and is something I will remember forever. I can’t listen to that song now without thinking of that moment.”

Congratulations Zoe and Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Capsix for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Caspix / CInematographer: Lumina Motion Pictures / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Flowers & Decor: Angel Blooms / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Venue: Sea Farm, Copacabana / Wedding Cake: The Cheesecake Shop / Giant Game Hire: Yard Party

Legends by Romona Keveza Fall 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


For the bride that is wanting a classic look to her wedding day, the Legends by Romona Keveza collection is nothing short of pure, classic elegance. The diffusion line of designer Romona Keveza embodies the grace and elegance of style icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. The classic shapes and silhouettes are designed with rich, beautiful fabrics in mind and accessorised with jeweled belts, lace edged veils and sweet feminine details.

While the collection is yet to be stocked in Australia, I thought the gowns would inspired the brides who are wanting traditional. beautiful wedding gowns and an old time elegance bridal look.

Images by Legends By Romona Keveza

Vendor of the Week – Encore Media

by | Blog News, Bride


Tick tick, is that the sound of another Monday morning? Why I believe it is – I can hardly believe we have hit February already and yet here we are! The month of love!

So let’s start our week of with a fantastical, talented vendor, a spotlight on a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Out Directory is filling it’s pages with hair & makeup artists celebrants stationers, venues and even wedding planners. We’re always hunting down vendors who match the style and vision we know you have, so turn the pages, click the link and you’re sure to find somebody who suits your vision!

This week’s Vendor of the Week is Sydney cinematographer Encore Media If you’re looking for a cinematographer with a dry sense of humor, who will make you laugh and giggle but capture your day in a beautiful moving format, Troy is your man. Not only is he unobtrusive, but his videos tell the real story of the day. From the speeches, to the stolen glances – they even have the ability to do same day edits so you can show the story of your day during your wedding reception (such fun!) Encore Media focus on telling your story in a way that is all about you two.

We asked Troy from Encore Media five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Not a huge drinker but am certainly partial to a James Squire Golden Ale every now and then. It is not unheard of that we occasionally bend the rules and open one before 5 on the odd Friday afternoon.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Weekend? What’s a weekend? On a rare occasion that we have a weekend off I love nothing more than a trip to NSW country or Hunter Region with my wife and 3 kids.

Favourite restaurant?
Any authentic Japanese Izakaya (bar). Something about the combination of food, drink and atmosphere makes it feel like a home away from home.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Bacon, egg, cheese, tomato and avocado on toasted Turkish bread. Even more delicious if prepared by someone other than myself.

Your favourite wedding story?

I am a bit of a hopeless romantic so enjoy stories of how people first meet. Over the years there have been a huge variety of beginnings from internet love, high school sweethearts, work colleagues and more. However my favourite is of a recent couple who first met when they were in kindergarten and even had photos of them playing together. They then went their separate ways during their schooling years only to meet up again purely by chance on a European tour with friends. Obviously a spark was lit, one thing lead to another and they ended up getting married.
Of all the people and places in the world, for this couple to meet so young then meet again 20 years later makes me believe in destiny more and more.


Visit Encore Media’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Encore Media is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory