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Beach Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Kristen Ashton and Kylie Keene of Paper Fox Studio teamed up with Joanne Walsh of Posy Florist for this morning’s beach wedding inspiration shoot. I love the rich citrus tones – a contrast to the often softer colours we see at beach weddings.

Kirsten of Paper Fox Studio told me, “I’ve always wanted to shoot a beach wedding, but as yet, haven’t had a client who was having one. Laurie and Myles had their dream wedding two years ago, a beautiful golf course set up and everything they ever dreamed of. They recently welcomed baby Ruby into the world and when I was photographing her, Laurie and I got to talking about what would be her ideal shoot and she mentioned she loved her own wedding, but always fancied a beach wedding as well.

Perfect! We got together with the fabulous Jo from Posy Florist, set the “date” and made it happen.

The details were all put together to create a whimsical and fun feel to the afternoon, with a mini sweet station building on the pinks and oranges of the bouquet. It featured big glass jars of layered of jelly beans, smaller jars of rainbow-coloured boiled sweets, fluffy marshmallows and an oversized lollypop. To round it off I added a little chalkboard, which we also used in the shoot itself to write some fun messages.”

Oranges, pinks and yellows mixed with white would make such a lovely palette for a beach wedding – think of brightly coloured rugs laid on the sand, flame torches lit up on the sky, tables decorated in the fresh, fiesta colours.

Photos by Kristen Ashton and Kylie Keene of Paper Fox Studio

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Sarah and Roger’s Stylish Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Sarah and Roger

As wonderful as it is exploring the great outdoors and showcasing amazing outdoor weddings, I do love a beautiful classic church and ballroom wedding like today’s Brisbane wedding of Sarah and Roger. A wedding with personality never goes out of style in my eyes, but a wedding with classic ballgowns? Black and white? Well it’s pure elegance!

Samantha, the couple’s wedding photographer explains how they met. “Working in the UK is a rite of passage for many young Australians. It’s a chance to explore the world, experience new cultures, meet new people and have a bit of fun. For Sarah & Roger, it’s also where they met.

Sarah had just started working at a pub in the UK during her summer uni break, when one of the staff members caught her eye. Roger was also from Sarah’s hometown of Brisbane and had been traveling in the UK for the past 18 months. They two hit off…but the timing was wrong. A week later, Roger’s working holiday ended and he returned home to Brisbane. The two, linked by their Brisbane connection, stayed in touch.

Once her holidays were over, Sarah returned to Brisbane and caught up with Roger. Again, the two instantly connected and after six months of friendship, they started going out.  The timing seemed to be in their favour, but again, fate intervened. Roger was offered a  job in Canberra and the couple lived in separate states for 18 months while Sarah finished uni. Once her degree was complete, Sarah moved to Canberra and the couple were finally together. After six years together, they got married! As Sarah says: “We are both so glad we went traveling to the UK in 2003!!”

Today’s photographer is Shuttersnap Photography. I love the clean, classic captures that Samantha took of Sarah and Roger’s wedding. They’ve captured the moments and atmosphere so beautifully. While the wedding day set the tone, the photographs capture it.

Sarah’s wedding day hair was styled by Hair By Christopher, Stones Corner and her makeup by  Grace and Style.

Sarah wore the Rembo Styling “Hilde” purchased from Hilde Heim. Sarah recalls “Hilde helped me in Melbourne and Claire worked with me  at their Brisbane store. I loved my dress!!” Sarah accessorized with a fascinator, hand made crystal earrings and bracelet by Clair at Hilde Heim. Sarah had pearl bracelets made by a Melbourne jeweller as the girls’ thank you gifts. Sarah’s wedding and engagement rings with Janai Jewellers Melbourne.

Sarah adores buttons and so in lieu of a floral bouquet, commissioned a button bouquet from Lilly Buds. Sarah says “Liza was amazing. She emailed us daily while working on our bouquets to make sure everything was just as we hoped. ” Sarah’s bridesmaids wore black gowns from Events.

The ceremony was held at All Hallows’ School Chapel – where Sarah went to school.

Sarah says “I walked down the aisle to an arrangement by our pianist Leanne Warne combining Pachelbel’s Canon and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.”

Sarah says “There are so many lovely stories to share from the day it’s hard to know where to start….we just feel so lucky to have spent such a wonderful day with so many special people. We are especially grateful to have been able to spend it with our best man who nearly didn’t arrive (unbeknown to us!!) because his tyre blew out driving down from the Sunshine Coast on the morning of the wedding!!”

The London taxi cab used to transport the bride and groom was a nod to the couple’s meeting in London.

The wedding was ‘full’ of Sarah and Roger. “We tried to have lots of special details, our London taxi to reflect where we met, our bouquets to reflect my love of buttons, our table names to share places we had travelled together, our cupcakes to share my love of baking and cupcakes, our photos in Small Street because Roger’s surname is Small. Rog loves the BMX jump photos which happened very spontaneously, our groomsmen organised these photos with the guys while Rog and I were having photos taken in Small Street.”

Sarah and Roger celebrated with guests at The Pavilion in Albion. Sarah and Roger designed the stationery themselves. “We designed our invites ourselves using Vistaprint’s online service, our table names/numbers – all the tables were named rather than numbered. Each table was named after a place we had traveled to together e.g. Thailand, India etc.

Sarah and Roger’s first dance was to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.

The wedding cake was made by Sarah and her cousin Jennifer with help from both the mother of the bride and groom and Sarah’s cousin Liz. Sarah says “200 white choc mud cupcakes were made in total with a fruit cake for the top tier. Jen used a cake tin Roger made when he was at school for the top tier of the cake.” The cupcakes were placed in filigree style paper cases from Amazing Laser.

Congratulations Sarah and Roger! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Samantha of Shuttersnap Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Shutternsap Photography

Maxine and Jason’s Jenolan Caves Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Maxine and Jason

I don’t think anything could be more romantic than a wedding lit by candlelight in a cave. It’s not something you see every day but for Maxine and Justine? It was the perfect way to get married. I loved the romance of today’s wedding and the funky shoes? Well they helped too!

Maxine and Justin met met almost 9 years ago, in high school and started dating a few months later. They rest, as they say is history!

Photos today are by Angelica Peady Photography. Angelica has a way of capturing the unique, the unusual and the special in a really different way – her photography style suits her couples so!

Maxine’s friend style her hair, with the help of her hairdresser. “Although, our brilliant hairdresser, Linda from Wilde for Hair, could not be there on the day, she designed  my hairstyle, which was perfectly recreated by a close friend.”


Much of the wedding was designed and made by Maxine and Justin. “We planned the wedding ourselves, sourced the venues and designed the cake and bouquet. We were aiming for a non-traditional secular wedding and had a lot of help from our friends and family who put together our invitations, created our cake, helped with the bouquet, organised transport, did the bride’s hair and makeup and prepared all the food. One of our friends even made  adorably tiny outfits for our unusual wedding toppers.” Maxine wore a gown from Nelder Jones (02) 93315118  and held a button bouquet made by herself and two dear friends. Along with her groom Jason, the bride wore Converse sneakers.

The couple traveled in a beautiful white vintage car from Blue Ribbon Wedding Cars. “Our driver, Neil, was a completely unexpected treasure.”

Maxine and Jason walked down the aisle together. “We planned to walk in to the ‘Mario Cart Love-Song’ by Sam Hart (did I mention that we are nerds?) but plans changed. Instead, we climbed the ‘aisle’ to the sound of whispers, giggles and cheers as our friends and family held candles (the only source light due to the black outs).”

Maxine and Justin chose an intimate celebration. “The whole day was very intimate,  with around 35 our our closest friends and immediate family.”

The candlelit ceremony was a highlight of the day for Maxine. “The candle lit walk up the ‘aisle’ will always stand out as special moment. Our improvised vows were wonderfully spontaneous (much like the entire wedding). Two readings were chosen, which reflected our personalities and interests and were read by two of our closest friends: an excerpt from Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’ and a post modern retelling of ‘The Princess and the Pea’.”

“Nothing went to plan! We were running late, the venue was washed out, most of the ceremony was candlelit due to blackouts and we had to stay at Jenolan Caves for longer than planned as the exit road was closed due to storm damage.

Our friends and family took it all in their stride as did all the professionals that made our day such a success. The staff at Jenolan Caves led the guests through a series of tunnels to a smaller, beautiful cave and provided candles for everyone to hold when the lights went out. Our driver Neil patiently held two so that our wonderfully calm celebrant could see. Angie and Ben provided extra lighting with a spot light that they had fortunately bought along. Everyone was laughing and generally having a great time.

The whole ceremony had an cosy, relaxed feeling and it will certainly be a day that we will always remember!”

The couple’s celebrant was Tina McCormack “Our celebrant, Tina McCormack, was so lovely and really gave us space to be ourselves.

There were so many little details that reflected Maxine and Jason “Each other, impromptu vows, dinosaur wedding toppers, too many nerdy references to catalogue and our amazing friends and family.”

Post wedding, the couple held a relaxed celebration. “We had a very relaxed get together after the wedding at the Hatter’s Hideout, a beautiful property in the Blue Mountains. Mark, the owner, is one of friendliest people we have ever met and was the best host we could have asked for. The cake was designed by the incredibly geeky Bride and Groom, lovingly baked and put together by our friend and amazing pastry chef, Michelle Bones.”

“We had great fun listening to our friends trying to ‘decode’ the symbols on our cake. (Each image on the cupcakes was representative of something we both love). They were even more delighted to find out that the monochrome icing hid a rainbow coloured icing!”

Congratulations Maxine and Jason for your marriage! Thank you for allowing us to share it today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Angelica Peady for today’s photographs!

Photographs by Angelica Peady

New York Bridal Week Spring 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



I have spent the week watching the gorgeous new photos unfold of the new season of bridal gowns in New York. Although they won’t be available for many months (and some not in Australia) I thought it would be nice to have a sneak peek at what will be walking down the aisles across the world soon and some of the trends that might be reflected in our own designer’s styles. Here is a sneak peek of my favourites, but for more, visit Brides.

Trends I saw and loved from this week’s bridal week are

– Different necklines! Classic strapless is never going away, but I loved seeing more V necklines, more straps and even off the shoulder beauties.

– Sleeves- From elegant illusion necklines at Marchesa to full length lace sleeves at Romona Keveza, this season is all about elegance

– Voluminous detail – I loved the almost architectural style detailing some of the designers used on bodices

– Royal Style – Kate and William’s wedding is going to have a big impact on weddings and it started with bridal week. Long sleeved gowns, high necklines, tiaras – interesting and beautiful interpretations of what the future Princess may wear down the aisle

– Blushing Pink – Spring bridal week always brings out a lot of colour, but this year it seemed that blush pink was in favour! From the blush pink sash to Vera’s charcoal gown, to Monique’s pink, ruffly ball gown and Badgley Mischka’s taupey pink textured looks.

– Subtle prints and embroidery – Spring is definitely in the air with spring patterns and blooms adorning skirts and ballgowns touched with springs of nature inspired details.

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Reem Acra, Reem Acra

Caroline Herrera, Oscar De La Remta

Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang

Oscar De La Renta, Romona Keveza

Marchesa, Reem Acra

Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang

Monique L’huillier, Oscar De La Renta

Simone Carvalli, Pronovias

Caroline Herrera, Oscar De La Renta

Christos, Ines De Santo

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Amsale, Carol Hannah

Caroline Herrera, Kenneth Pool

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Carol Hannah, Vera Wang

Ines De Santo, Monique L’huillier

Amsale, Alfred Angelo

Reem Acra, Romona Keveza

Photos from Brides John Aquino for Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carol Hannah and Vera Wang, Steve Eichner for Monique L’huillier, Thomas Iannoccone for Carolina Herrera and Amsale, George Chinsee for Romona Keveza, Ines Di Santo, and Oscar De La Renta, Robert Mitra for Alfred Angelo

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