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Vendor Of The Week – Always Fabulous Flowers

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It’s a fresh week on Polka Dot Bride, which means a fresh week of new inspiration a fresh week of beautiful weddings and a fresh week of great Australian vendors! Let’s get started with a nod to Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! We’ve come up with some fabulous ideas for the directory of the future and we’re so thankful for the support of our members who help us by supporting us to produce daily content with an Australian flavour. Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and find your florist or photographer or cake maker or dress designer or even event planner- they’re all there (and we’re adding more every week) and they’re all pretty darn wonderful!

Photos by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions

I love, love love flowers- how is it that something from nature can form such a beautiful focal part of a wedding? It always delights me! Today’s vendor of the week has one of my “in another life” dream careers Always Fabulous Flowers is a Brisbane based florist who gets to work with nature all day every day and create the most beautiful arrangements for marrying couples all over Brisbane. Run by husband and wife team, Dave & Sandee – Always Fabulous Flowers runs out of the couple’s home (so no shopfront interruptions) and Sandee & Dave are committed to making choosing your flowers a fun and inspiring experience. As I found from a quote on their website “our bouquets aren’t just bunches of flowers”. They’re not – Sandee and Dave create beautiful arrangements to suit each wedding and use their almost 20 years of experience to provide you with the service and flowers you dream of.

To learn a little more about Always Fabulous Flowers we asked owners Dave and Sandee five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink? Dave and I both love our wines. I’m a Sauvignon Blanc drinker and Dave loves his reds – all time favourite being Henshke Hill of Grace, from South Australia (drunk only on very special occasions).

Your favourite weekend getaway? We work on weekends delivering and setting up wedding flowers – but our goal is one day to stay at Raffles Hotel in Singapore and take the whole week off, not just the weekend.

Favourite restaurant? Era Bistro in Brisbane (especially their degustation menu) or cooking gourmet food here at our home with friends.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning? If we’re not picking up hire items from the previous day’s weddings, we do enjoy Eggs Benedict with Salmon. Often with a friend’s free range eggs and our own home grown spinach on sour dough from Uncle Bob’s Bakery.

Your favourite wedding story? Having just viewed the Royal Wedding I think this would be our favourite at present — and it was a truly romantic event. Catherine’s bouquet with Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth and white Sweet William was so graceful and stylish and I’m sure will influence future trends in bridal bouquets for the next few years Visit

Always Fabulous Flowers‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Always Fabulous Flowers is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Lost In You

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Photo by Deb Sivelja

Sian and Daniel’s Sydney Harbour Engagement Shoot

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Sian and Daniel

There are few places that take my breath away like being on Sydney Harbour- no matter how many times I see that famous bridge or the magic curves of the Sydney Opera House. I’m always taken aback and always like a tourist taking many, many photos of the grand icons. So today’s photographs of Sian and Daniel by Florent Vidal Photojournalist are such a beautiful nod to Sydney- and Australia.

Florent explains the concept behind the photographs. “After weeks of postponing the engagement shoot because of torrential rain, Daniel and Sian decided to take the plunge and go for it come rain or hail! Imagine our surprise when we woke up at 5am and the day was full of promise of a perfect blue sky.

It goes without saying that we Sydneysiders love our Opera House. In fact, it is almost a given that a couple would choose a spot for their wedding or engagement shoot where the Opera House serves as a backdrop. Come here on a weekend and you will see brides and grooms competing for the best spot to have their photo taken along with the tourists. Waking up at 5am was therefore a little sacrifice for us to see it in its most peaceful state with no one but us around. It was exciting to create images of this much photographed architecture that are not cliched, and to discover different angles that we don’t usually see even after having gazed at it many times. For about an hour, the Opera House became our playground. Sian and Daniel admitted that they felt a little bit daunted in the prospect of ‘having someone continuously taking photo of us’ . However after having seen the pics and looking back to it, they felt much more at ease and actually started looking forward to the wedding photos. “Florent  was marvelous. His warm and friendly persona and passion to get an original and artistic shot meant that we could just act naturally and ignore that he was taking photos of us”. It seems that this couple have an affinity with world’s famous architectures, having been actually engaged in front of another famous one, The Eiffel Tower. It was indeed a proposal that has all the hallmarks of a romantic getaway in the City of Lights or City of Love, whatever you prefer! Sian recalls, “Daniel had arranged a surprise (private) tour around Paris with a convertible Citroen 2CV and a French driver. The cute red car picked us up at the front of our hotel and drove us around the streets and narrow alleys of Paris – passing all of the famous landmarks, stunning buildings and tiny streets with boutiques and stylish, quaint restaurants. After a 2 hour tour (and me mentioning a few too many times that I was getting a bit hungry) – we pulled up at the Eiffel Tower. Took a few pictures and then Daniel got down on one knee and proposed ! Our driver then took us to a lovely French restaurant where I tried to eat a small entrée – but somehow, I was no longer hungry … and too busy smiling with complete joy’.”

Photos by Florent Vidal Photojournalist

Michelle and Darren’s Autumn Engagement Shoot

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Michelle and Darren

While I keep writing that I am dreaming of a warm summer, I adore Autumn and winter- there is no other time of the year that I love more in nature (and in fashion, hello boots, tights and beautiful wool coats!) so this lovely Autumn engagement session of Michelle and Darren by Photography By Nadean seemed the perfect thing to share today. it’s also a little special as today is Michelle and Darren’s wedding day! So while you’re reading my words, Michelle will be putting on her gown and Darren will be shining his shoes and tying his tie. Thinking of you both today- have a wonderful wedding day!

Photos by Photography By Nadean

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