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Lisa Brown Global Elements Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


I’ve always loved the relaxed, bohemian nature of Australian designer Lisa Brown. Picture the sun setting over blue water and white sand and you’ll picture one of Lisa’s creations as the most divine complement.

Lisa’s global elements collection features luscious silks, interesting laces and colour- lots of colour. Which makes the gowns not only beautiful for a bride, but beautiful for the bridesmaids too.

What inspired the newest collection from Lisa? “Wet sand after a dusting of sweet Summer rain.”

“The restless rhythm of the sea, distant shores and faraway places.”

“Laughter from you about a memory of me, a wink from a star as it catches the moonlight, silk brushing skin as we dance.”

“Delicate flowers on a blustery Sunday, a dream for tomorrow the mystery of chance”

Photos courtesy of Lisa Brown

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Vendor of the Week – Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling

by | Blog News, Bride


I almost can’t believe we are at our very last Vendor Of The Week, our very last Monday morning tradition of 2011. What a year it has been!

Let’s take a breath from Christmas and visit the glorious pages of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Every week we’re adding more new vendors to the pages of our directory- from wedding gown designers, to wedding florists, wedding celebrants and event stylists. I really love “meeting” our vendors and they have played such a role in the creative thoughts I’ve had during the year. Each piece, wedding or event they work on becomes a thing of beauty and something I almost lose myself in. They’re a talented bunch our advertisers, so be sure to hire them for your day, because they just “get” it!

Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling is this week’s vendor of the week! Elaine, head floral designer is amazing with colour and design and puts together the most splendid floral arrangements for your wedding day. Elaine is also experienced in event styling so can work with you to create a cohesive look for your day. The simple principles of Butterfly Philosophy? “One can never have too much texture, colour or both! However, on occasion, simple is best. Cute and unusual flowers deserve to be shown off. Use at every available opportunity! Love is in the details. And most importantly, if it doesn’t make our client smile, we haven’t done our job!”

We asked Elaine from Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

A glass of sav blanc.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I love heading to Berry on the NSW South Coast – there are great little shops and cafes around to keep us amused, and some cosy cottages to stay in. Always such a relaxing weekend, and so great for recharging the soul.

Favourite restaurant?

Libiamo in Pyrmont is our local Italian spot and it is delish. I love cheap authentic Asian eats too – like Din Tai Fung’s dumplings, or Mamak’s roti, or Ryo’s ramen….we are so spoilt for choice in Sydney!

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

I love lazy (and indulgent!) Sunday brunches – corn fritters or eggs benedict mmmm!

Your favourite wedding story?

My favourite story is that of my grandparents because their wedding day was the start of the longest and loveliest marriage that I know of. All these years later, they walk everywhere hand in hand and grandpa still tells everyone that he married a truly wonderful woman (aww!). Last year we celebrated their 60th anniversary with a big party of family and friends. To look around and realise that we were all brought together out of my grandparent’s love for each other was something really special. Look at this photo of them (taken on my wedding day earlier this year)… may we all be so lucky to find someone that makes us smile like this, even after 61 years!

Image by Louis Pang Studio


Visit Butterfly Philosophy’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Sunshine Makes Me Happy

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Jonathan Ong

Lindsey and Greg’s Fun Park Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Lindsey and Greg

Andy Collins sent over this simply sweet engagement shoot to share with you today! I love the sweetness of today’s shoot, it’s just lovely, beautiful love. Andy tells “Greg and Lindsey are Brisbane born and bred, and they both loved the idea of having an engagement shoot in the famous Brisbane park – the Sherwood Arboretum – as they both played in the park as children.

Greg and Lindsey are a bit shy when it comes to getting photos taken, so I thought I would help them to relax by using a few props such as balloons and question and answer flip cards.

They are a fantastic, in-love couple and I can’t wait to photograph them again on their wedding day…”

Lindsey recalls “Greg and I met through a mutual friend on a random Wednesday night in March 2007 at a Brisbane bar called Ric’s.”

“While nothing happened that night between us – I definitely was attracted to Greg’s cheeky nature and his charming smile, and I like to think I made a good impression on Greg that night too.”

“It actually took a look while for the first date to happen – Greg’s brother was about to get married so Greg was busy with groomsmen duties. I actually ended up seeing Greg out the night of his brother’s wedding – and we ended up having our first kiss that night – woops! He looked so handsome in his tux so I couldn’t resist – ha!”

“We finally had our first date on ANZAC Day in 2007, and we went back to the bar where we first met to have a few drinks and watch a band. After the date finished and we said our goodbyes, I remember thinking I had met the man of my dreams and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face.”

“And as corny as it sounds, I haven’t looked back since. 4.5 years later and I’m about to marry Greg – the absolute best guy I could have ever wished for and the love of my life.”

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