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Sharni & James Classic Customs House Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Sharni & James

I do love a classic style wedding day and when Sharni and James chose a classic Customs House wedding for their big day, the traditional beauty of it all came together for such a sense of occasion. Studio Sixty Photography was there to capture their day.

Sharni and James, who met online via RSVP wanted a day that was, “Elegant, classic and fun!”. white + white weddings and events  planned and executed the day, the bride remarking, “Danielle and her team from White + White wedding planning were exceptional – she really did make the entire process seamless and smooth.”

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The couple chose The Little Peach Co to design classic letterpress wedding invitations with metallic gold ink.

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James wore his own Hugo Boss suit.

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The Powder Room styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup for the day.

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Sharni found her gown at White Lily Couture , noting, “It was a fairly classic fitted style, with a slight fishtail line at the bottom in an off white ivory. It was actually the first dress I tried on, it fit perfectly, which was a relief, as I didn’t have enough time to have something made. It was a surreal feeling and I’m so glad I shared it with my Mum – I think it was a pretty big moment for her – we both just kept smiling and laughing, it was a great experience!”

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Sharni and James chose Latrobe Chapel for their wedding day, loving the pretty feel to the church.

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Sharni walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.

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“We chose a more relaxed and fun ceremony, we wanted it to be fairly light-hearted and representative of us – there were even a few jokes about the fact that we met online, in there.”

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Of their photographer, Sharni remembers, “Jason is amazingly talented and an all round great guy – we really didn’t want staged or contrived photo scenes and Jason was able to make us feel super relaxed in order to capture some wonderfully candid moments that we will treasure forever.”

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Sharni and James chose Customs House  for their reception, Bouquet Boutique creating tall classic arrangements in green and white.

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Cakes Actually created somewhat of a surprise cake for the newlyweds, James explains. “I really wanted a hotdog stand, which proved to be a hit by the end of the night! Probably my favourite though was the cake, it was a three tiered cake, mostly in traditional white with the the back quarter done in Batman – during the cake cutting we did the big reveal and everyone got a good laugh out of it.”

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G&M Djs was not only the DJ. but also the MC for the night, the newlyweds remembering, “The whole night we had family and friends asking us how long we’d known Glen, they couldn’t believe he was a professional MC, he made it so personal and did an excellent job of relaying our stories.”

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Of their first dance, Sharni remembers, “James actually suggested the Qantas ad song “Feels Like Home To Me”. It fit perfectly because when he proposed on his grandparent’s farm he spoke about how whenever he thought of home, he thought of the farm and now whenever he thinks of home he thinks of me – and we needed something slow enough that we could do our awkward shuffle to.”

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Congratulations Sharni and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography and white + white weddings and events for sharing the day with us!

Photographer: Studio Sixty Photography / Wedding Planner/Designer: white + white weddings and events / Bride’s Dress: White Lily Couture / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: The Powder Room / Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Flowers: Bouquet Boutique / Invitations & Stationery: The Little Peach Co / Ceremony Venue: Latrobe Chapel / Ceremony Musicians: 16 Strings / Reception Venue: Customs House / Rental Furniture: Amini Concepts / DJ: G&M Djs / Reception Musician: Rod the Flamenco Guitarist / Cake Baker: Cakes Actually / Photo Booth: The Photobooth Guys / Wedding Rings: Canturi / Transport: Limoso
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Lakeside Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot


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A soft palette of moody grey, blues, greens, and sun kissed tones set the scene for today’s lakeside bride inspiration shoot from a dream team of Victorian vendors who set about creating a shoot showcasing the best of a country town venue.

Designer Anna Campbell teamed up with photographer Brown Paper Parcel Photography, makeup artist Melonie Santos, hairstylist Momu Hair, florist The Posy Co, model Dani Shreeve via Giant Management at Ballarat venue Pipers by the Lake to capture a romantic scene of a bride with loose, relaxed hair, subtly beautiful makeup and a romantic, loose bouquet of plums, reds creams, peach and plenty of greenery.

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Photographer: Brown Paper Parcel Photography / Venue: Pipers by the Lake / Makeup Artist: Melonie Santos / Hairstylist: Momu Hair / Flowers: The Posy Co / Dresses: Anna Campbell / Styling: Anna Campbell / Models: Dani Shreeve via Giant Management

Vendor of the Week – Matt Rowe Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It’s been a funny week of weather hasn’t it. Spring is definitely kicking into gear and Mother Nature is letting us all know it!

The weather is warming up, with torrential rain thrown in, and we see late spring weddings unfolding. Summer is just around the corner, so take some time out while we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Specialised Services, we have Bridal Gown Services, we have Flowers, we even have Celebrants! Our Directory members are a friendly bunch, with ideas a plenty for your wedding day.

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

Matt Rowe Wedding photography


Matt Rowe Weddings

We love it when wedding photographers who’ve started out in a small way, realise their passion and enthusiastically pursue it! With a love and appreciation of their craft, Matt and Amanda of Matt Rowe Photography love to get to know the couples they are photographing. To have a rapport with you brings out the best in those unexpected shots of stolen moments, emotions and fun. Both Matt and Amanda ‘find immense pleasure in combining the elements within a frame to create sheer awesome-ness’. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

We asked Amanda of Matt Rowe Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

We are both happy with a super cold beer, but special times call for a beautiful Red. (I wish I could put a fancy drink in here – but this is the truth!)

Your favourite weekend getaway?

The Gold Coast Hinterland with adventures through the beautiful landscape.

Favourite restaurant?

Oh, this is ever-changing! Last week we had an awesome meal at Macchu Picchu on Ocean Street.

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

Hopefully we’ve snuck out for Eggs Benedict (for Matt) and something yummy with gigantic field mushrooms (for Amanda). Reality probably sees us sharing toast with our two little girls before making a run to the park for a milkshake.

Your favourite wedding story?

We had a beautiful wedding recently where the bride was escorted up the aisle with both her grandmothers and when it came time to place the ring on her finger, one of the Grandmothers removed her own wedding ring and passed it on to her grand-daughter in that moment. Tears? Yes, many. (The other grandmother had actually made the bride’s dress herself – so special!).

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

Snapshot Sunday – Toast

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Izo Photography

Photo by iZO Photography

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