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Tina & Charlie’s Mountain Top Festival Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lara and Susie Wedding Photography

Tina & Charlie

When life throws you a celebration, you take hold of it with both hands and make it your own. Just as Tina and Charlie did with their mountain top festival wedding. Guests camped, guests ate a big cookup breakfast but most of all, guests celebrated in a way that was truly “Tina & Charlie”. They chose Lara & Susie Photography to capture it all.

Tina tells their story. “We met at the Coogee Bay Hotel in Sydney when I was on a working holiday from the UK. And Charlie was on a night out with his cousin and friend. We spent the whole night talking about comedy and music. After 6 months of flying back and forth from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast I decided to make the move to the Sunshine Coast for good.”

Guests in tents at wedding

Tina and Charlie spent the weekend, and held the celebrations at Maleny Retreat. Guests “glamped” all weekend, finishing off with a giant cook up breakfast on the Sunday morning.  Tina telling, “We chose Maleny Retreat as it was a blank canvas and gave us the opportunity to create our dream wedding. We knew as soon as we saw it that this was the place we wanted to have the ceremony and reception. A big bonus was having the house from the Friday until Sunday where we could both get ready and have our family stay with us for the weekend. We wanted a festival feel so we had a nomadic tent for the reception and had our guests stay in the 20 permanent tents on site.”

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Bride in white silk robe

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Flowers hanging on ceremony chairs

There were plenty of handmade details for the day, Tina explaining, “I work as a visual merchandiser so I called on my amazing team (and their husbands) to help me with all the styling and making of my decorations. Lucky for me my boss Heather has an amazing collection of furniture, Indian silk rugs and cushions. We even pulled up her Persian Rug from her living room floor for us to get married on. I collected jars/glasses for flowers, made our seating chart from an old frame and a bit of chalkboard ply, made bunting from folded over doilies. Heather and her husband made bunting for the ceremony from A4 white paper attached to white ribbon.”

White bunting at wedding ceremony

Vintage wooden box for confetti

Golf cart wedding transport

Bride and bridesmaid on gold cart

The bridal party traveled to the ceremony location in golf carts.

Bride and groom at Maleny wedding

Tina walked down the aisle to “La Ritournelle by Sebastien Tellier – we both knew this was the song we wanted straight away. I always have goosebumps and get a lump in my throat when I hear it.”

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Penelope Watson Marriage Ceremony

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Penelope Watson performed the ceremony, Tina explaining, “We didn’t want a traditional or religious ceremony, but one that reflected us and our personalities. We wanted laughs and not many formalities. The property had so many amazing places to have the ceremony but we decided on having a more intimate setting in – between the trees with a view behind us of the Glasshouse Mountains.”

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Petal wedding reception

Maleny wedding guests

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Tina chose a lace wedding gown from The Babushka Ballerina.  Her bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses from Debenhams and Forever New.

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Groom and groomsmen in navy suits

Bride with pink white and orange bouquet

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Wedding memorail

The reception was filled with heartfelt touches, Tina explains. “Both my dad and Charlie’s mum sadly passed away when we were both 19. We wanted the day to be a happy one and not dwell on the fact they could not be there, so we included a remembrance table for them both with a candle and a photo of both of them. It was very special to me to have my brother walk me down the aisle.”

Taco and tequila fun at weddingwood tree stump place setting

Tina tells, “My sister in law Emily is luckily a florist so she did all the flowers. Along with Charlie’s other sister Katie they helped set the tables. We had the marquee set up on Friday so we got some things set up then but mostly everything was done on the morning of the wedding. As I left to get ready I left a couple wonderful friends and family to finish the final details and decorate the ceremony area. So it was a lovely surprise for me when walking down the aisle and when I entered the reception. It was exactly the look that what I wanted. Anything I could do myself I did with lots of help from friends and family. I also made up bags for the kids filled with toys, colouring books, lollies and chips to keep them entertained.”

Mismached bottles with flowers at wedding

Lit up wedding bar sign

Guests enjoyed a sit down dinner catered by Sue and Jon Koning (Fish on Parkyn) with drinks by The Bar Boys, Tina explains “We was so happy with our vendors and how the day went. We really felt that they were part of our day. The Bar Boys kept the drinks flowing and were so friendly chatting and mingling with everyone. Our photographers Lara & Susie were amazing and we had many complements from our guests. They even stayed the night in one of the tents and were able to capture some great photos the next morning.”

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Bride and groom at festival wedding

Naked wedding cake

Wedding entrance in marquee

Bride and groom at head table

Funny wedding speech

Cutting wedding cake

Lifting groom during dancing

Wedding dancing in marquee

Tina tells, “We hadn’t planned on a first dance but we did end up in an impromptu dance off with each other to the Rolling Stones “I can’t get no satisfaction” with our interpretation of Mick Jagger moves.”

Worm at wedding dance

Bride and groom with festoon lighting

Congratulations Tina and Charlie! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lara & Susie Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Lara & Susie Photography / Bride’s Dress: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride’s Shoes: Jenny Packham / Bride’s Jewelry: The Silver Shop / Groom’s Attire: (Suit) Tony Barlow / Groom’s Attire: (Tie) Roger David / Groom’s Attire: (Shoes) Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Next (UK) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Debenhams (UK) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wanted / Hairstylist: Annette Varday / Makeup Artist: Pru Edwards / Flowers: Emily Carey ( sister in law ) / Invitations & Stationery: papernpeonies / Venue: Maleny Retreat / Ceremony Officiant: Penelope Watson / Catering: Sue and Jon Koning (Fish on Parkyn) / Drinks Catering: The Bar Boys Company / Cake Baker: Sweetness Contained / Wedding Rings: Noosa Village Jewellers
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Pantone 2016 Spring Colour Report

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


Pantone 2016 Colours

Every season, colour authority Pantone releases a sneak peek at what to expect for trending colours in upcoming seasons. The colours transpire through fashion, homewares and even to weddings. The Spring 2016 colour report got me excited for warmer weather, so today I thought it would be fun to inspire you with ideas to use these bright, beautiful colour tones in your own big day.

Rose Quartz

Try it with.. Glimmer gold, pale gray, dusty pink, sweet apricot, midnight blue or latte.

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Bridesmaid photo by Nick Evans via Candice and Lyndon’s Noosa Beach Wedding Bouquet photo by Michelle Fiona Photography from Shan and Dale’s Elegant City Wedding

Rose Quartz is such a beautiful feminine tone for a wedding. This warm toned pale pink is such a subtle colour that it almost acts like a neutral, so while it looks beautiful and sweet paired with simple white. You could also mix it up and add soft apricot, a hydrangea blue, or even pair it back with other neutral tones like pewter greys and for a more formal look – a rich black.

See also Blush Pink in our colour book

Peach Echo

Try it with.. Blush pink, soft apricot, primrose yellow, hydrangea blue or spring green.

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Bouquet photo by Two Girls with a Camera via Maria and Dave’s Fun Summer Wedding. Bridesmaids photo by Jonathan Ong via Bea and Sam’s Urban Industrial Wedding

Perfect for warmer weather, the deep hues of Peach Echo are summery and delicious. Particularly prominent in beautiful blooms like dahlias and roses, when paired with tonal variations like pale pinks and soft apricots it makes for the most beautiful wedding palette. Or for something rather modern, consider it with pale grey or even blue.

See also Sweet Apricot in our colour book


Try it with.. White, pale gray, soft apricot, sparkling silver, dusty pink or zesty orange.

Serenity Blue Bridesmaid DressesSerenity Pantone Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaids photo by Lucinda May Photography via Alison and Tyson’s Rustic Romance Wedding. Bridesmaids photo by Luke Simon Photography via Kelsey and Keith’s Hahndorf Summer Wedding

The clear tones of Serenity are such a fresh Spring tone. Particularly reminiscent of hydrangea blooms, Serenity has a lilac undertone to it and looks beautiful paired with plain white or gray. For something with a little more colour, try it with apricot, dusky pink or even a zesty orange.

See also Hydrangea Blue in our colour book

Snorkel Blue

Try it with.. Poppy red, white, taupe, latte brown, blush pink or zesty orange.

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Blue shoes photo by Lizzy C Photography via Ruth and Benn’s Melbourne Museum Wedding. Bridesmaids photo by Natalija Brunovs from ‘i heart weddings’ via Elle & Rory’s Romantic Country Wedding

For those that want a darker colour for warmer weather, while still keeping a touch of Spring, then Snorkel Blue is for you. Not quite navy blue and not quite Sapphire blue, the tone of Snorkel Blue falls somewhere in between, combining the best of both worlds. Pair with white and red for a nautical look, peach and pinks for something feminine or taupe and latte brown for an understated affair.

See also Midnight Blue in our colour book


Try it with.. Soft gray, poppy red, sage green, blush pink, white or zesty orange.

Buttercup wedding bouquetButtercup yellow bridesmaid dresses

Bouquet photo by Tigs Macallan Photography via Naomi and Chris’ Sweet Daffodil Wedding. Bridesmaid photo by Sayher Heffernan via Hannah and James’ Winter Mountain Wedding

The brightest colour of the bunch – meet Buttercup. How can one go past this vibrant, cheery colour for a Spring wedding? A gorgeous combination with bright white, or for something more festive, zesty orange and poppy reds. Buttercup even works with soft sage greens and greys.

See also Primrose Yellow in our colour book

Limpet Shell

Try it with.. Champagne, blush pink, nude pink, zesty orange, white or sparkling silver.

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Bridesmaid photo by Cookoo Design & Photography via Emma and Marc’s Heartfelt Wedding. Shoe photo by Roy Byrne via Krista and Adam’s Relaxed Beachside Wedding.

A clearer and softer tone of Aqua Blue, Limpet Shell is perfect for seaside weddings on the sand. Pair with it with taupe and nude pink for a beach side look or spice it up with zesty orange, primrose yellow and even poppy red for something brighter and more colourful.

See also Aqua Blue in our colour book

Lilac Gray

Try it with.. Midnight blue, lilac, platinum gray, blush pink, sparkling silver or black.

Lilac Gray wedding dress

Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography via David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding.

The gorgeous purple tone to this lilac gray gives it the right amount of Spring warmth. Pair it with a beautiful dusty pink for something feminine, yet modern, or complete the gray look with platinum gray, pale gray and plenty of sparkling silver. For something ultra formal, lilac grey with carbon black will set the scene.

See also Pewter Gray in our colour book…  Iced Coffee

Try it with.. Lilac, blush pink, champagne, nude pink or hydrangea blue.

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Bride photo by Glass Slipper Photography from Kate and Stuart’s Formal Cocktail Party Wedding. Bridesmaid photo by Louisa Bailey via Karina and David’s Elegant Melbourne Wedding.

We love a neutral tone here at Polka Dot Bride, so when Iced Coffee came along, I knew I’d fall in love with it. Whether you keep this one chic and sophisticated by pairing it with champagne, chocolate brown and glimmering gold or create a completely beautiful colour palette by adding hydrangea blue, spring green or lilac, it really sets the tone for a beautiful event.

See also Milk Coffee in our colour book Green Flash

Try it with.. Fairy floss pink, white, zesty orange, primrose yellow, black, copper or milk chocolate.

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Chair photo by Welsch Photography via Elinor and Ash’s Garden Romance Wedding. Bouquet photo by Lucy Leonardi via Naomi & Ben’s Botanical Inspired Wedding.

The vibrant tones of Green Flash are so beautiful in a wedding colour palette and they’re easy to add with plenty of greenery. Create a bright and fun look by combining it with citrus colours like zesty orange and primrose yellow, something much more feminine with fairy floss pink or take it modern by adding copper and taupe.

See also Apple Green in our colour book…   Fiesta

Try it with.. Zesty orange, saffron yellow, hydrangea blue, blush pink or taupe.

Fiesta Red Bridesmaid Dress

Photo by Louisa Bailey via Louise and Ross

Red is certainly an appropriate colour for warmer weather and Fiesta, with it’s orange undertones looks magic paired with zesty orange and clean white. For something completely different, why not pair it with blush pinks or taupe? Hydrangea blue and Fiesta red would make such a fresh combination!

See also Poppy Red in our colour book

Mira Mandic 2015 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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Oh France, you do hold the romance card close to your chest don’t you? The chosen place for the Mira Mandic 2015 Collection shoot seems only so very appropriate for a beautiful array of gowns that embody the beauty of love, femininity and of course – all things romantic.

The Mira Mandic brand has always been infused with French passion, and the beauty of French couture techniques, and along with the inspiration of the most romantic city in the world, the collection is all about sophisticated lines, feminine detailing and the most beautiful of fabrics. The gowns each subtle enough to allow the wearer to shine, and not overpower her own sense of style and personality.

The Mira Mandic 2015 collection is available now.

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Photographer: Stephanie Alcaino

Vendor of the Week – Matthew Evans Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a sunshine filled weekend? I am a little jealous of Ms Chinoiserie today, enjoying her break in a warmer holiday destination, because as much as I adore Winter I’m quite liking the idea of a bit of sunshine!

Spring has well and truly sprung and so it’s time to highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Celebrants, we have Photobooth Hire, we have Bridal Gowns, we even have Venues! We have wonderful vendors in the Polka Dot family who are ready to help you create memories of your wedding day.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Matthew Evans Wedding Photographer

Matthew Evans Weddings

Matthew Evans

Ahhh – Queensland – the land of spectacular landscapes, tropical islands and resorts and glorious sunsets. And lucky Queensland brides you have Matthew Evans Photography to take your wedding photographs. With backdrops of waterfalls, cane fields and palm trees just a part of your story, and then there’s that particular North Queensland light! Matthew uses this to perfection, to create romantic shots in a dramatic landscape – telling your story with images that will that you’ll treasure for all time.

We asked Matthew of Matthew Evans Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

At knock off time I love to sit back and enjoy a Coopers Pale Ale. A fantastic beer from Australia’s only family-owned brewery!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

We’re spoilt in Far North Queensland, there are so many options! My absolute favorite weekend getaway is Fitzroy Island though. It’s an absolute paradise and only 45 min away on the ferry. The resort is relaxing and the ocean is always crystal clear.

Favourite restaurant?

I can’t go past On the Inlet in Port Douglas. It’s located, as the name suggests, on the inlet overlooking the beautiful water of Port Douglas. The seafood there is 2nd to none!

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

Vivo’s in Palm Cove. Right on the beach and walking distance from my house. It’s the perfect place to unwind with my wife and our Border Collie ‘Taco’ after a hectic Saturday wedding.

Your favourite wedding story?

I get to shoot too many diverse weddings, but my favorite was a wedding I shot in Palm Cove. He was from England she was from Canada, they were backpacking Australia together for 12 months in a Van. They arrived in Australia in January with the wedding dress and the rings and after 6 months of travel they wed on the beach at Palm Cove where a few family and friends gathered from all over the world. After the wedding they continued to travel for 6 months before returning to England. I felt so privileged to be capturing their very special day!

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

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