Jacqui and David’s Vintage British Carnival Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jacqui & David

Well I’ll be honest, this wedding had me at Jacqui’s polka dot gloves. But then I read that the couple described their wedding as a “British Carnival” and I had to read on. Every little part of the wedding came together to form this incredible, personal day with such a fun, retro, British twist!

Photos today are by Studio Sixty Photography who have a way of capturing whimsical, fun that makes you giggle but still get the story and emotion of the day.

The couple sent invitations on vintage handkerchiefs sourced from eBay.

David wore a bespoke suit from The Cloakroom His groomsmen wore hired suits with vintage 70’s ex-hire ruffled tux shirts from Connecticut USA.

The car? Why it’s David’s second love of course.

Jacqui chose a gown from Karen Willis Holmes and shoes from Vivienne Westwood, Melissa Shoes. She added vintage accessories.

Jacqui’s bridesmaids wore gowns made from a vintage pattern. Vanessa recalls, ” They were made to measure from a 1954 pattern in pastels to make them look like macaroons! An idea inspired by and decided on while in Paris with one of the Bridesmaids.”

Jacqui and David were married at St Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Annerley. Jacqui recalls “The church was connected to where I went to school (as a child I always imagined my wedding there). ” Jacqui walked down the aisle to ‘Ava Maria’.

Jacqui and David even took the party atmosphere on their wedding transport. Jacqui says, “We decided later that the secret to a successful wedding is to be with your soulmate, a red London bus, a mariachi band and victory rolls. I think if we continue this philosophy throughout our married life, we will be just fine.”

Jacqui remembers “A highlight was walking from where the bus had parked at the Story Bridge Hotel to Riverlife. Everyone looked wonderful and the Mariachi’s were playing – we had our own impromptu street parade.”

I adore this moment. Jacqui tells, “David learnt to play ‘We’re going to be friends’ by The White Stripes, as a secret surprise. He played it on the bus and it was the only time I cried all day.”

Jacqui and David held their reception at Riverlife. Jacqui explains “Riverlife, was always going to be our first and only choice for a reception venue. We walked past it all the time on our long walks and love the heritage feel and the way the city lights reflect on the river.”

Amini Concepts not only planned and styled the event they also created the floral arrangements for the reception. As favors, guests received handmade candles. Jacqui recalls “We gave 1930’s – 1970’s tea cups that we filled with wax to make candles with, sourced one by one from flea markets, antique stores and ebay.”

Vintage touches were really important to Jacqui and Andrew, as was DIY! Jacqui explains “We made everything or sourced everything. We made all the bunting, 250 metres of it, which took months. We graphic designed everything ourselves, from the invitations which we printed on old handkerchiefs, to the ‘welcome’ and ‘bathroom’ signs also on handkerchiefs, the table menus, the seating chart which incorporated a London Underground map. David made the light up heart on the dance floor, we filled our teacup candles and made tags, we made our table numbers which were London Underground stations. Most time consuming, but rewarding of all, was sourcing 1930’s – 1940’s coloured glass vases (called depression glass). We went hunting at flea markets, antique stores and ebay for almost a whole year.”

For their first dance, Jacqui says, “We’re losers who can’t dance, despite taking some lessons, we just wanted good music to play! 1940’s Big Band and Italian WW11 Pop Songs, followed by chillout electronic and finishing with favourites. First Dance, we couldn’t choose just one song. Mid way through first song we were joined by everyone: ‘Playground Love by Air’, followed by ‘You’ve got the love’ by Florence and The Machine, followed by ‘Satellite of Love’ by Lou Reed, followed by ‘We used to be friends’ by The Dandy Warhols.


Congratulations Jacqui and David! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Studio Sixty Photography / Wedding Planner: Amini Concepts / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride's Shoes: Melissa Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Love Heart / Bride's Jewellery: Vintage / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Vintage / Groom's Attire: The Cloakroom / Groomsmen Attire: Hired but with vintage 70's ex-hire ruffled tux shirts from Connecticut USA / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Converse All Star Chuck Taylors / Bridesmaid Dresses: Maid to measure from a 1954 pattern / Hairstylist: Mary Tskinaris 0404 106 225 / Makeup Artist: Lily Fontana / Bridal Party Flowers: Helen Spartaro / Flowers: Amini Concepts / Invitations & Stationery: Vintage napkins sourced on Ebay / Ceremony Venue: Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Annerley / Reception Venue: Riverlife, Kangaroo Point / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Pod
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Jennifer Gifford Designs Made to Wear 2013 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I am so thrilled to see the 2013 ready to wear collection from designer Jennifer Gifford. Her designs are young and fresh with a sense of femininity.

Jennifer’s made to wear collection features the traditional white and ivory but the range also includes blush and (my favourite) a beauty in platinum. if you can’t find a design you like, Jennifer does do custom gowns as well.

I love the classic shapes Jennifer uses with the individual touches – the metal belts, the low beaded backs, simple understated bows and of course something that gets me every time- polka dot fabrics!

Photos via Jennifer Gifford

Vendor of the Week – Peacock Lane Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Welcome to another week on Polka Dot Bride! I’m looking forward to packing as much as possible into this week- what about you?

A little introductory hand wave as we spotlight, first thing, the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Take some time and look through our directory for your wedding vendors.. We have truly wonderful vendors in there- from Styling & Hire, CakesCelebrants, Flowers and even Photobooth Hire. We’re working hard to work with our vendors to deliver services to couples who ignite their passions, who want something wonderfully ‘them’ for their wedding days and that’s what they love. So visit the directory and take a look for yourself!

Adelaide based Peacock Lane Photography duo Amber and Chani have both loved photography since they were tiny, the love continued to high school, and as their friendship blossomed, so did their business idea! They love capturing weddings and promise they’re not your usual wedding photographers!

We asked Amber and Chani from Peacock Lane Photography five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Amber: Well, I had this mocktail once. It was called a Cinderella which in my opinion is the perfect drink for me because I love shoes and that’s what Cinderella was all about!
Chani: I actually don’t know what my favourite drink is! My fiance normally chooses the drinks. If I had to choose something I normally stick to a glass of Moscato. Basically anything sweet and I’m guaranteed to like it.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Chani: I love going up to Middleton. I love the beach. My favourite thing to do is find a quiet spot along the beach and watch the sun set over the ocean.
Amber: That’s a tough one. I like Melbourne. Going to Melbourne and catching a show, shopping, dining in cute cafe’s; I like that kind of thing.

Favourite restaurant?

Amber: The Mount Lofty Summit Restaurant. It’s set in the most picturesque area and the restaurant is in an authentic 1800’s building. The food is delicious and I love that it has a calming atmosphere (if that makes sense!)
Chani: The Boat Deck Hotel is definitely one of my favourites. It’s special to me because that’s where my now fiance took me on our very first date two years ago. Not to mention the food there is to die for!

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

Amber: I barely eat breakfast. But I’ll eat Coco Pops if we have them in the cupboard. Sometimes my family gets up a bit earlier and we make pancakes with cream, honey and fresh berries from our friend’s garden. Then we eat it picnic-style on a hill called Fox Peak on our property.
Chani: I normally have cereal, but every now and again everyone in the house chips in to make a big breakfast….bacon, eggs, pancakes, sausages, tomatoes and fruit salads – the works!

Your favourite wedding story?

Chani/Amber: One of our favourite wedding stories is of our friends Tim and Amanda. Theirs is a story of overcoming distance. Amanda was an exchange student from Brazil when she first met Tim. When her visa expired they both moved back to Brazil for a year where he proposed! Tim came back six months before the wedding to get things ready as they decided to live in Australia. They were apart for eight months before the Government approved Amanda’s visa. She arrived back in Australia one month before the wedding day. The wedding was so special with only a handful of close friends and family. It was beautiful; they were just radiating with the love they shared with each other.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Maids In Waiting

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Leo Farrell