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Nat and Mark’s Vintage Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Nat and Mark

A vintage inspired, tradition filled wedding is always a beautiful wedding to pour over and today’s wedding of Nat and Mark is no exception. Filled with Lebanese traditions, Nat and Mark’s vintage inspired wedding is certainly a treat for the eyes and senses with everything from spirited dancing, to intense emotion.

Photos today are by Bec+Fo. I love the fun filled nature of their photographs – they capture the important parts of the day but are easy going, relaxed and full of joy.

Nat wore a gown by dressmaker Jeanette McCullough 0421 611 291 (who also made the bridesmaid’s gowns). She paired it with Nat-Sui peep toes.

Sandgate Rd Fresh Flowers (07) 3256 6344 ‎ created the floral arrangements for the day.

Nat walked down the aisle to Panis Angelicus by Mozart.

Nat and Mark were married at St Patrick’s Church. “We liked St Patrick’s because it was central and the exterior of the church is really beautiful. The peeling paint behind the altar just added to its charm.”

Mark wore a suit from TM Lewin.

The couple held their reception in the garden marquee at Victoria Park Function Centre. Nat explains “There aren’t many reception venues that can cater for large numbers in Brisbane so we were limited with choice, but one look at Victoria Park and it’s surrounds and views and we were sold. They really went out of their way to cater the function to our needs.”

The birdcage inspired cake was created by Middle Park Bakery (07) 3376 7965.

DJ Aboudy provided the music on the night.

Apart from traditional dancing, the newlyweds also hired a photobooth to keep their memories of guests celebrating. Nat explains “One of the really special touches was having a Photobooth on the day – we went with In The Booth and they were really professional and easy to deal with. Our guests loved being able to take mementos of the night home with them and we received a photo album and DVD of all the photos. It’s hilarious and such a meaningful keepsake.”

Congratulations Nat and Mark! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Bec+Fo for sharing today’s images with us!

Photos by Bec+Fo

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Ballet Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I have the most beautiful ballet wedding inspiration shoot to kick off your Wednesday – there is not much that is prettier and more romantic than the soft tulle skirts, the pinks and creams and the fluffiness of ballet and the magic it possesses. Bailie Photography teamed up with a number of talented Sydney wedding vendors to pull together this ballet wedding inspired shoot.

Ballet inspired weddings are all about soft pinks, fluffy skirts, beautiful, historic locations and lots of sweet detailing like crystals, pearls, feathers and ribbon.

Photography by Bailie Photography
Styling & Flowers by Lina: Chanele Rose
Hair by Candice : Candice Lee
Venue: Mamre Homestead
Gowns by Maria: Vellos bridal
Make up by Tara: Embellish
Stationery by Jessica: Majestic Invitations
Chair hire by : CC&C
Models: Lila Swain, Brianna Bond and Zoey (little Ballerina)

Photography by Bailie Photography

Photographer: Bailie Photography / Floral Design: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling / Hair: Candice Lee / Venue: Mamre Homestead / DJ: Vellos Bridal / Makeup: Embellish / Stationery: Majestic Invitations / Rentals: CC&C

Molly and Nic’s Noosa Beachfront Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Molly and Nic

There is nothing like a stunning beachfront wedding to gear us up for a week of wonderful weddings! Our newlyweds Molly and Nic had the most beautiful day overlooking the beach in Noosa. They love escaping to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane every chance they get so it was the perfect play to revel in wedded bliss together.

Molly and Nic both share their favourite moments of the day, which I will share with you throughout their wedding story, but Molly’s first note seemed appropriate to kick off this entry. “What can I say – I married the man of my dreams! This is the one thing which made me beside myself with excitement leading up to the big day. The beauty treatments, dress, shoes, flowers etc were all wonderful and lots of fun to do; but at the end of the day I didn’t care how I looked or whether things went to plan at all … I just wanted to say ‘I do’ and “become the Mrs to my Mr. “

Photos this morning are by Jodi McDonald. I adore Jodi’s sweet captures – the candid smiles, the light filled images which are just so beautiful to look at!

Nic loved the moments leading up the wedding, “The anticipation and remembering how happy I felt the night before our wedding day. I had a quite night on my own preparing for the day and was just so happy and excited for the following day!”

For her wedding day, Molly chose a gown from Maggie Sottero destinations collection. Her bridesmaids wore latte coloured bridesmaids gowns from Bari Jay. The creamy white floral arrangements wee styled by Splash Events. Molly remarks,  “The bride was a little too relaxed with some details, however Splash Events (decorators) came to the rescue with one week to go, providing gorgeous vintage inspired ivory roses and buds”. Pru Edwards styled the girl’s makeup and Evalyn Parsons styled their hair.

Molly and Nic held their wedding ceremony at 9.30am. Molly explains “We chose a morning ceremony because we knew that on the day we couldn’t wait!”

The couple chose Maison La Plage on the Noosa Heads beachfront for their ceremony venue. Molly explains, “We chose Maison La Plage initially for it’s beauty and location, and sealed the deal when we saw the French name for the beautiful beachside grove as Nic is half French. It was easy to narrow our choice down to Noosa.

Molly and Nic made sure to put their own handmade touches on the day, Molly explains “This was really important to us as it was a really fun part of our wedding journey; and it allowed us to source and organise some really unique aspects to our day. We did the following ourselves: invitation compilation, favour compilation (beeswax candles, bamboo coasters, tree of life charms and seeded plantable paper gifts), birdseed packets to throw at the ceremony, table place cards and table names, seating plans and other small decorations.”

Molly walked down the aisle to “IZ” Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. “This definitely puts a smile on our faces every time we hear it!”

Molly remarks, “A very significant part of the day which I’ll always hold close to my heart was hearing Nic’s ‘special words’ during the ceremony. We each wrote our special words separately so it was a real thrill to have that surprise on the day – his words were so powerful and full of sincerity… I’ll never forget them”. The couple were married by celebrant Bill Scurry.

The couple chose a lovely style for their wedding day. Molly explains, “We borrowed inspiration from a few themes so it was a hybrid of Eco-friendly, Vintage, Natural and French. I think this is shown in a lot of the photos, from the decorations to the bridal party gifts to the food on the table. For anything we didn’t have the (…let’s face it) talent to make, we sourced suppliers using Etsy which was also really wonderful as we spoke directly to the creative/artist.”

The guests and the bridal party traveled Noosa River in a boat from Catalina to the reception venue Ricky’s River Restaurant and Bar.  Molly says “Although we hadn’t eaten there prior to booking it, Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant has had so many positive reviews and fitted with our theme so well. They were so accommodating with sourcing local produce and some of our guests’ dietary requirements.”

The speeches were one of Nic’s favourite parts. “The speeches from my father and Molly’s Grandad were so inspirational and from the heart.”

The couple chose a wedding cake from Ideas in Icing.

The invitation designed by Molly’s talented bridesmaid Jen Halpin of Gray Boulevard and letterpress printed  on cotton paper by Artisan Press. The pocketfolds and inserts made from 100% recycled and tree-free materials, were designed and printed by bride and groom.

For their first dance, Molly recalls, “We did a samba to Pearl Jam’s ‘Just Breathe’ though we only had time for three lessons… so we did our best… but most of all, we had so much fun attempting it!”

Congratulations Molly and Nic! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Jodi McDonald for sharing this wedding with us!

Photos by Jodi McDonald.

Claira and Adam’s Echuca Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Claira and Adam

Country weddings never fail to make me fall in love – there is a sense of uncomplicated beauty to them, a spirit that only the Australian countryside can really provide. Today’s wedding is no different- when an unexpected visitor showed up in Echuca, the couple and their guests pulled together to create the most wonderful of wedding days. “Up until 11am on the wedding day we had a gorgeous huge silk lined marquee set up on a close friend’s farm gardens, with catering planned on site.

Yet due to the Cyclone Yasi remnants making its way down south to meet us, we had rain all week leading up and then 3 inches of rain the day before.

Standing in the marquee on the Saturday morning with all the tables set and laid out, we where ankle deep in water, and it was not going to work. However luck was on our side, the caterers own a restaurant/function room which wasn’t booked. We had an army of friends come and collect what was needed from the marquee, menu’s, place cards, deco, cool room, centerpeices etc and take them to the emergency reception set up in town.”

Today’s photographs are by  the lovely Lauren Drage. I love how Lauren Drage captured the moments and atmosphere of the day and adjusted to suit the calamity that turned the outdoor wedding to a beautiful indoor event.

The decorations from the farm were brought to town and led guests to the new ceremony venue,

Claira wore a strapless lace Baccini & Hill gown and paired it with black peeptoes. She remarks “I felt like a princess all day. and it matched my personality perfectly”. The floral arrangements were styled by Flowers by Vair.

The ceremony took an unexpected twist and was held at Charlotte’s Cottage. Claira explains “We had booked this 3 bedroom cottage for the girls for the Friday night and to get ready on the Saturday morning, then for the whole bridal party Saturday night. Due to the weather we ended up having to move the ceremony indoors and all we had access to was the cottage. The owners happily agreed and it looked stunning.”

Claira walked down the aisle to David Gray – ‘Sail Away With Me’.

In a sentence describing their wedding, Claira says “It was nothing that we had been planning for the last 12 months, yet we couldn’t had planned it better.”

Claira’s bridesmaids wore black floor length gowns from Wayne Cooper.

The wedding reception was moved to the caterer’s restaurant Radcliffes.  The cake was made by a family friend.

Claira did plenty of DIY projects for the wedding including the glass jar centrepieces, invitations, menus and place cards and memory cards for each of the tables “little luggage tags I printed on – “remember the time when…….” & “we laughed so hard when” they where on the tables for the guests to share memories.”

The change in plans made the wedding even more special for the newlyweds. Claira explains “As every plan we had ever made was out the window, everyone seemed to band together and help out where they could. It was a real team effort and it made the day seem so much closer together with all the guests.

As a treat, there was extra fun for the guests. “We hired a vintage photo booth which was unlimited for the night. Our gift to the guests. Guests where in and out all night and it was a great way to catch some special moments.”

One of Claira and Adam’s favourite moments of the day was after the wedding. “When our taxi deliverd us back from the reception to the cottage a little after 12, we stayed up till 2am reading everyone’s ‘ remember when cards’ they had wrote for us. It was a really sweet finish reading everyone’s close memories of us. It made us feel much loved and priviledged we had such great friends & family.”

Of their first dance, Claira says ” It was up on a low stage, surrounded by vines & leaves, we slow danced and spun to David Gray’s – ‘This Year’s Love’. Threeza Crowd provided the music for the event, keeping guests on the dance floor.

Congratulations Claira and Adam! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Lauren Drage for sharing today’s photos!

Photos by Lauren Drage

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