Kristen & Roxley’s Vintage High Tea Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kristen & Roxley

A touch of Audrey Hepburn never goes astray when it comes to a beautiful wedding and Kristen and Roxley’s Toowoomba celebration was inspired by the days of yore and celebrated with a scrumptious high tea- butterfly cakes, fine teas and beverages and tiered cake stands filled with sweet treats. A Sunday well spent wouldn’t you say?

 Salt Studios captured today’s wedding with all the vintage, sweet details and fun locations even down to the fun of the bride’s shoes!

Kristen wore a gown and veil made by Silver Sixpence with earrings from Stephanie Browne. She explains “I am a massive fan of Audrey Hepburn, she was the inspiration behind my dress choice.  I was so lucky that on our honeymoon in Switzerland, we made our way to Tolochenez, the beautiful village where Audrey lived and is buried.  Thanks to a Swiss girl who pointed us in the right direction, we found the house Audrey lived in, and her grave – it was a lovely experience.”

Kristen and David chose Glencoe Lutheran Church for their ceremony. Kristen recalls “We were married in a small, remote timber Church at 10.30 on a mid spring Sunday morning.  We had a string duo provide music in the Church and had a very short, simple marriage service.  We had family photos outside of the Church.”

Kristen walked down the aisle to music from the Cantana String Trio. She had a special accessory added to her outfit. “I  wore a pair of stretch lace gloves to the ceremony; I actually wore these gloves to my aunt’s wedding as a child.  One of the most special moments of the day was that same aunt giving me back the bells I hung on her arm on her wedding day. ”

Kristen’s shoes were by Alan Pinkus.

The couple traveled around Toowoomba for their location photographs. Kristen says “I remember the feeling of crossing the road to the Empire Theatre, I felt that I was from the 1950s, it was just so exciting!  I loved people driving by beeping at us as we had our photos taken!”

The Coffee House gardens were the perfect setting for a high tea reception. Kristen recalls “For our reception we had a lunch and high tea buffet in the garden of The Coffee House.  We dressed the tables with light blue gingham tablecloths that we made ourselves, I decorated the tables with a collection of vintage teacups and saucers that I made into candles, and on each table I also had a vintage vase with Chantilly roses.    We had lunch served and then had a high tea buffet set up, I collected many old and new cake stands, cake plates and vintage cake servers.  Markets and second hand stores were great for  collecting everything I needed. ”

The Coffee House served Victoria Sandwich Cakes and Penny Freeman made butterfly cakes for guests to enjoy.

Kristen and Roxley carried their high tea theme to the favours. Kristen explains “We gave each guest pastel, gold trimmed mugs, purchased from Jaybelle Home Decor and Gifts ((07) 4615 5219 ) with personalised ribbon (from Pink Frosting) tied on each handle.”

There was one final nostalgic tune that was played. Kristen remarks “At 6pm we had a traditional farewell, with all of our guests creating a guard of honour, which we ran through, while Auld Lang Syne played (I chose the one from the Sex and the City movie – it’s a beautiful version).”

Congratulations on your marriage Kristen and Roxley! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Andrew at  Salt Studios  for today’s images!

Photographer: Salt Studios / Bride's Dress: Silver Sixpence / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Silver Sixpence / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride's Jewellery: Stephanie Browne / Makeup Artist: Carol Swan – Jazzy Lane Hair and Beauty Toowoomba / Hairstylist: Analiese Designs Toowoomba / Flowers & Decor: Deanes Roses Highfields (07) 4630 8482 / Invitations & Stationery: Scrapbook Obsessions / Personalised napkins and ribbon: Pink Frosting / Ceremony Venue: Glencoe Lutheran Church / Reception Venue: The Coffee House Toowoomba / Ceremony Musicians: Cantana String Trio / Favors: Jaybelle Home Decor and Gifts (07) 4615 5219 / Cake Baker: Penny Freeman
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Mel and Mike’s Vintage Inspired Perth Wedding

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


Mel & Mike

A modern wedding with a touch of vintage glamor? Why I think that might be a splendid way to spend a day! Mel and Mike met at university but it took them a while before they became a couple, they wed in a beautiful ceremony that had the perfect mix of relaxed elegance and retro beauty.

Mel and Mike’s photographs were taken by Sarah Kate Dorman. I love the beautiful light in Sarah’s images she has captured!

Mel wore an asymmetrical gown from Aurelio Costerella with sparkly bronze shoes from Nine West. She added a bracelet from Samantha Wills and barrette from Mimco. Gail Winton styled Mel and her bridesmaid’s makeup.

Mel walked down the aisle to “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison. She remarks “I chose the song because it feels like love. There is a real sense of hope and joy in the structure of the song.”

Mel and Mike were married at Claremont Museum (Not available for private hire). Mel explains “Mike and I had been searching for a ceremony venue unsuccessfully for a few weeks. We wanted a space that was unique and intimate. We wanted our guests to feel like they were a part of the ceremony rather than being a spectator. We had driven into the car park of the Claremont Museum to check out the nearby park. We didn’t like the park but the museum caught my eye since I had never noticed it before. We walked through it and the barn doors, the enclosed space & the view overlooking Swan River meant it was perfect.

When we approached the council to use the space we were told they’d never have had a wedding performed there but we were more than welcome to use the public space.” Lesley Gasmier performed the ceremony.

The floral arrangements were styled by Sweet Floral.

Of their photographer, Mel says “We found Sarah after she was recommended by another photographer, who was unavailable on the day. Lucky for us because she turned out to compliment our vision for what we wanted to capture on the day. She was also very approachable and the whole wedding party felt very comfortable with her. The resulting photos were true to our personalities and timeless.”

Mel says “The day felt like us. We wanted both our personalities to shine through the day from our outfits, the music, our vows and the venues.”

Mel and Mike held their reception at Matilda Bay Restaurant. Mel explains “We have a lot of connection with Matilda Bay in general. In the summer Michael and I often have sunset set picnics of Fish ‘n Chips & champagne down by the river. I went to UWA and Michael and many of our close friends grew up in the area so choosing Matilda Bay Restaurant for our reception felt like a perfect fit. ” Mike handmade the shepherds hooks that decorated the ceremony while the flowers and decorations at the reception were provided by friends.”

Mel and Mike had a casual and fun first dance. “We danced to ‘For Annabelle’ by Band of Horses. There is a sweetness and light to this song that isn’t overly sentimental. We were supposed to have practiced the dance but because we were so busy in the lead up and the day we never got the chance. So we winged it and I think we did alright. Luckily Mike is a great dancer.”

Guests had a surprise in store, Mel explains. “I loved having a flash mob of 20 samba drummers (Wasamba)  play later on in the night. This is also a band that the mother of the groom plays in. It definitely took the party vibe up a level.”

Congratulations on your wedding Mel & Mark! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Sarah Kate Dorman for today’s photographs!

Photographer: Sarah Kate Dorman / Bride's Dress: Aurelio Costerella / Bride's Shoes: Nine West / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Mimco / Groom's Attire: Pierucci / Makeup Artist: Gail Winton / Flowers & Decor: Sweet Floral / Ceremony Venue: Claremont Museum (Not available for private hire). / Ceremony Officiant: Lesley Gasmier / Reception Venue: Matilda Bay Restaurant / Samba Drummers: Wasamba

Bridal Market Spring 2013

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Every April and October I get so excited to see the gowns coming from bridal market in New York. I expectantly watch Twitter as my favourite NY bloggers send through photos and pour over them one by one. Last weekend was the debut of Spring 2013 collections.

I loved the comeback of necklines- so many beautiful necklines! Plenty of illusion and asymmetrical necklines were on the runway this season. There was also plenty of sparkle- from crystals and metallic beading, to gold fabrics at Romona Kevesa. Colour made a splash with black, plums, purples and rich vibrant reds and then? Then there were peplums (even removable ones!) What a year ahead in bridal fashion!

Monique L’huillier

Oscar De La Renta

Reem Acra


Douglas Hannant

Carolina Herrera

Vera Wang


Michelle Roth

Henry Roth

Which are your favourites?


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Vendor of the Week – Shutter + Lace Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Are you enjoying the change in season (wherever you may be?) or do you hate it? I love Winter! Nothing makes me happier than boots, cardigans and fluffy socks!

Before we get into the week, let’s take a peek at one of our beautifully talented members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Ms Polka Dot’s Directory has pages full of everything from Jewellery to Cakes to Styling & Hire to Stationery & Paper Goods to Celebrants and so much more! Visit it today and have a look for the wedding vendors that can help pull your wedding together!

Beautiful photography never fails to suck me in, which is why I am delighted to introduce Queensland photography studio Shutter + Lace Photography to you today! Owner Lillie captures candid moments, the crinkly nose laughter, the looks of shock and surprise. But she also captures stunning portraits making use of her surroundings – urban splendor, Mother Nature’s beauty and rolling waves on deserted beaches. It’s the moments in between the big ones that are important and I love seeing the full day in it’s glory as Lillie captures it.

We asked Lillie at Shutter + Lace Photography five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?
Burnt Orange Cosmo – sooo delicous!

Your favourite weekend getaway?
Being a Wedding Photographer there are not many weekends I can get away – however when I can, Airlie Beach would have to be my all time favourite. Summit Apartments is a great place to stay with views out into the harbour (affordable too), and you can’t go past the food at Capers.

Favourite restaurant?
Mecca Bah at The Emporium in Fortitude Valley. Yummy Morrocan/Middle Eastern cuisine – which also has restaurants in other parts of Australia.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
I’m not really a breaky person – but I can’t go past freshly ground coffee (brewed by my gorgeous boyfriend) as the perfect start to my Sunday.

Your favourite wedding story?
Each love story of my couples is so unique – however a very memorable moment happened recently at the wedding of Lauren & Josh. The ceremony took place in a large church, Southside Brisbane. The mood in the church was very light hearted – I have never seen a couple (or their guests) laugh so much during a ceremony. As the couple were about to be pronounced husband and wife, the vicar remembered he hadn’t instructed them to exchange rings! Even though the ceremony didn’t quite go to plan – I hope the moment will bring a wide smile to their faces when they look back on it.

Visit Shutter + Lace Photography’spage to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Shutter + Lace Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory