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Renee and Brett

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Renee and Brett

A romantic wedding for you today coming from Queensland. The wedding of Renee and Brett- elegant, romantic with a beautiful mist of rain.

Renee tells us how the couple met. “My best friend introduced us six years ago, after 4 years of travelled back and forth I moved, so at long last the long distance relationship got a little less long distance. Early one morning Brett asked me to help him find a calf in the paddock, he drove to the top of the mountain behind our house and at the very top he surprised me, he had mowed a patch, set up a white picnic rug with ‘Will you marry me’ written in roses, champagne and a stunning bunch of soft pink roses.  As the sun rose he then got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him and presented me with a ring he had secretly purchased two months earlier.”

Photos today are by Chesterton Smith Photography.


Brett wore a black suit with a black and white stripped tie both from Country Road while Renee wore a gown by Wendy Makin.




Renee says “The bridesmaids soft pink dresses were created by Chris Sakrzewski with fabric from Fabric Collections. The bridesmaids and myself carried soft pink roses, cream lisianthus and white sim carnations (carnations were my Grandmothers favourite flower) by Margaret Stevenson my Great Aunty who also create my mother’s wedding flowers.”



Renee says “My father and I arrived at The Little White Church in my Uncle Bob’s Peugeot, it was very special to have Uncle Bob share the day with us. We were married at The Little White Church a vintage chapel near the town of Maleny.  Trevor from The Little White Church was amazing on the day, organising a white marquee for guests outside due to the rain.”


Renee walked down the aislea string duo played Canon in D by Pachelbel – organised by The Baker Boys.  Renee says “I don’t remember the entrance music as I was watching Brett and talking to Dad but I did hear the music when we watched the video and it was beautiful”








Renee says “The rain on the day made it even more special and so much fun, everyone was laughing trying to be under an umbrella and it was fun to use the wellington boots my Aunty suggested I buy.”






Renee says “We decided to be married at Maleny in the Maleny Manor. The Manor is very personal and feels like home, it is the perfect venue in the most beautiful location.  We wanted a relaxed but beautiful wedding and Manley Manor and their staff provided us with just that.”


Renee changed into a black gown for the reception, she says “The reception gown was from Carla Zampatti, the black one shoulder dress is caught my eye immediately and I feel in love with it and couldn’t wait to change into it after the speeches. Mondo Floral Design crafted table settings, using an exquisite crystal vase for the carnations, an oval vase for the lisianthus and a square vase for the talea roses.”


A big thank you to Renee and Brett for allowing us to share their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you to  Chesterton Smith Photography for submitting today’s photographs!

Photos by Chesterton Smith Photography.

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Nicole and Josh

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Pregnant Weddings,



Nicole and Josh

Today’s wedding truly put a lump in my throat. I’m not sure whether it is the pure love between Nicole and Josh, the bundle of joy that is clearly already so loved or the sheer happiness of the newlyweds. You decide!

Nicole tells the story of how she met Josh “Some mutual friends had been trying to set us up for ages and I kept refusing because I wanted to join the army and move to Canberra but we ended up meeting at our friend’s 30th Birthday party. It was an Australiana theme and as I walked through their gate into the back yard I saw a tall good looking guy in an Akubra and couldn’t take my eyes off him.

I finally dragged my attention away just in case he was spoken for! My girlfriend introduced me to another guy she had in mind for me and he was not my type so I was even less keen to meet the other guy afterwards until she told me he was wearing an Akubra. Then I just about knocked her over to meet him. We spent the rest of the night talking about our shared passions for motorbikes, four-wheel driving and camping and the rest they say is history…”

Today’s photographs are by Little Mick Photography.



Nicole and Josh were married at St Benedict’s Catholic Church. Nicole says “Simple but beautiful and perfect for a heartfelt ceremony.”


Nicole carried a red bouquet from Rocklea Flower Markets. Her wedding dress was designed by Ineke’s Fashions. Nicole says “Ineke custom made a wedding gown to not only match my dreams but to accommodate our growing son! She estimated exceptionally well how much I’d grow between fittings and the dress looked great on the day. She was so supportive of both our wedding and my pregnancy and was a true God send!”












Nicole and her bridesmaids wore bright red shoes from Joanne Mercer. Nicole’s bridesmaids wore knee length gowns from Myer.





Nicole and Josh held their wedding reception at The Pineapple Hotel. Nicole says “The Pineapple Hotel combines classy, upbeat and fun all into the one package! The upstairs are has stained glass, wooden accents, beautiful tables and its own bar. The Wedding Planner, Katy, is just amazing! She organised all the little details and made our day run smoothly! Nothing is too much trouble! They even shouted us a limo and hotel room for the night! Our arrival at the ‘Piney’ was funny as there was a footy game on and all the guys cheered me and whistled when I walked in and congratulated my husband! Totally hilarious!”


A fun touch to the night was the crazy booth set up by Little Mick. Nicole says “We especially loved the Crazy Booth and seeing our guests have heaps of fun hamming it up for the camera! We plan to have two albums, one with ‘serious’ wedding type shots and the other with Crazy Booth shots!” Nicole says the couple’s first dance was “Totally clumsy and awkward! Neither of us can dance and I was five months pregnant so my belly just kept getting in the way! My husband had a few to drink and kept trying to flick me all over the place!”



One of Nicole’s favourite moments was her new husband’s speech “When my husband got up to give his speech he told the guests that he had a list of people to thank but the most important person wasn’t on there… his new wife! He thanked me for making him laugh and smile and his heartfelt speech made almost everyone teary. It was so sweet! He also couldn’t stop smiling and kissing me all day which was just delightful!”

Thank you Nicole and Josh for sharing your wedding with us! Congratulations on your marriage and all the best for your new arrival! Thank you also to Mick of Little Mick Photography for allowing me to share today’s wedding!

Photos by Little Mick Photography

Zed and Bee

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Zed & Bee

Billie completely stole my heart on a dreary grey afternoon last week when she sent me the link to the brand new stationery business, she and her sister have opened!

Zed & Bee is the creation of Sydney sisters Billie and Zoe. Not limiting themselves to one technique, the duo look at each client brief, create a pitch of two designs and create a beautiful invitation.

I’m particularly taken with not only the fact they’re Australian, they have a super sweet website, but the differences in each Zed & Bee design- techniques such as screen printing, letterpress and even laser cutting, all add to a beautiful concept.

Zed & Bee

Zed & Bee-3

Zed & Bee-2

Zed & Bee-1

Photos from Zed & Bee

Amy and Jeremy – The Celebration

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Amy and Jeremy’s reception was an absolutely beautiful affair held in a marquee at Matilda Bay Reserve.

Amy says “Because I am a bit OCD about attention to detail I couldn’t find any venues that suited the theme we wanted, I felt that we would be competing with the wall colour, carpet, lighting etc.. So Cathrin suggested a Marque wedding. Matilda Bay was perfect because having the river as a backdrop helped the wedding have a relaxed elegant feel.

Villa Kula (Vanessa/Carl) provided the Marque and everything in it. It was a massive job because we had to bring everything in, but it meant that we could choose everything that was used, down to the colour of the cushions, cutlery etc. which was really important to me.

Because Cathrin had worked with the site so many times before she had such a great understanding of what we would need and which sites were the best to hire. We actually booked out all the sits bar one so we knew the reserve would not be crowded. I never felt concerned about the set up because we had such confidence in Villa Kulla and Cathrin ( which is saying something because I can be known as a bit of a control freak)”


The reception was styled by Villa Kula with flowers by Natural Art Flowers by Rebecca Grace. The seating chart and menus were designed by Suzi of Alannah Rose Stationery.The reception was setup and styled by Villa Kula and Cathrin D’Entremont.

Amy made the table numbers using quotes from the cards the couple received from their engagement. Amy also made the wedding favors, she says “I came up with the bright idea to make homemade marmalade ( Jeremy and my father’s favourite) as the wedding favours. I bought heart shaped jars and made 30 litres of marmalade ( I will be happy if I never see marmalade again – ha ha ) I sewed bags for each jar to sit in and created tiny gift tags explaining that the marmalade was something sweet, handmade with love to say thank you for sharing our day with us. People really loved them and I think they suited the theme perfectly.”


Amy and Jeremy danced their first dance to “Stand By Me” by Ben E King. Fans of 50’s and 60’s music, the couple loved the song and danced outside under the stars lit only by a few strings of fairy lights. The sound of the river and the beautiful moon in the night sky made the moment perfect. After a few minutes, guests were invited to join the couple on the dance floor and didn’t leave all night!



It was important to Amy and Jeremy to have amazing food on the day and their guests couldn’t stop raving about the food provided by Jon and Karen from JKL Exclusive Catering (08) 9582 2409. The white rose wedding cake was created by Kakes By Karen. Amy says “”We loved the candy buffet, Cathrin’s idea, Jeremy and I are not particularly serious people so we didn’t want the wedding to be too serious so the candy bar fitted in perfectly. The florist supplied some great vases for the candy”.


Thank you Amy and Jeremy for sharing your splendid day with us! Congratulations on your wedding! Thank you also to today’s photographers Natasja of Natasja Kremers Photography and Jen from Anna Rose Photography for sharing today’s photos with us!

Photos by Natasja Kremers Photography with Anna Rose Photography

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