We love nothing more than when some of the best in the wedding business put their creative minds together for a styled shoot that is a feast for the eyes! Ana from Your Private Chef tells me that “this was a creative collaboration with some amazing suppliers that I love working with.”

This glorious shoot was inspired by “a regal renaissance wedding” shot in the famous Dandenong Mountains. Let’s see what these creative cats got up to in the mountains that day!

Your Private Chef showcased the new season cold grazing tables (antipasto, sliders & bagels, oriental inspiration and The High Tea) prettily presented on rustic wooden planks supported by small ladders.

Your Private Chef also shot a version of their three course dining menu. Let’s sit down and eat!

And now for the after dinner treats – cheese towers, the trendy and towering “drip cakes”, doughnut walls, little macarons and more.

Can we take a moment for the incredible florals that make the food look even more enticing and tempting! This is my kind of foodie-meets-floral wonderland.

Behind the scenes! A shoot like this doesn’t come together without loads of hard work, creativity and coordination.

Ms Zigzag says: Thanks to Ana from Your Private Chef and all the vendors (see below) for sharing this wonderful renaissance-inspired shoot with us. Gawking at these gorgeous pics reminds me why I love weddings as much as I do. I’m constantly in awe of all the talented vendors that bring each wedding and styled shoot to life! 

About Your Private Chef: Your Private Chef is a unique personal chef service offering an intimate and fully tailored food experience at private dinner parties, special events, corporate events, as well as weekly home food deliveries.

Photographer: Immerse Photography / Venue: Mont Du Soleil / Catering: Your Private Chef / Sweet Treats: Regnier Cakes / Flowers: Naomi Rose

Image by Muravnik Photography via Ruffled Blog

As days become longer, and our evenings become hazy and hot with drawn out sunsets, we all buzz with the excitement of a new Christmas season. We swap cozy sweaters for colourful dresses, vibrant fruits abound, and champagne bottles pop as we celebrate the closing of another year and the beginning of the Christmas season.

At Dancing & Dessert we think it’s the perfect back drop to a festively themed wedding and wanted to share with the wonderful readers of Polka Dot Bride some of our absolute fave Aussie Christmas wedding ideas.


The perfect time to add a little sparkle.

Image by Teneil Kable

Ornament table runner

For a modern take on Christmas combine colourful glass ornaments with fir branches, and candles to create a table runner.

Image by Jennifer Fujikawa Photography 


Wreaths are synonymous with Christmas and can be used in so many ways – hung over the table, turned oversized and used as a ceremony backdrop, or used sweetly as napkin rings.

Image by Muravnik Photography via Ruffled Blog

Fancy Feet

Adorn your toes in red and dance the night away to some rockin’ Christmas tunes!

Photo by Robert Metz on Unsplash


Hang a generous bunch of mistletoe in a prominent place at your reception or during cocktail hour, a wonderful symbol of love and romance as well as a perfect photo opportunity for you and your guests.

Image by Stylish Wedding Photography

Christmas cracker favours

The inclusion of a bad joke is mandatory.

Sourced from Cox & Cox

Christmas Photobooth

Themed props are a must for this fun and festive idea your guests will absolutely love!

Image by Smilebooth

What are your favourite festive wedding ideas? Please share in the comments below, we would love to know.

Yours truly, Dancing & Dessert

Ms Zigzag says: I’m in the festive spirit after reading this Christmas-meets-weddings post by Dancing and Dessert! After all, many people fly home for the holidays so it makes sense to throw a wedding at this time too! 

About Dancing and Dessert: Melbourne and Toronto based luxury wedding and event planning and design studio – innovative with an elegant eye.  Our goal is to create a bespoke wedding or special event that is a reflection of the client and their style. We are inspired by art, by fashion, by the cities we have called home, by the talented vendors we have had the privilege of working with, by our clients, their vision, style, and story.

We are in for a special Monday afternoon treat today, Dotties. Our friends at Brisbane City Celebrants have submitted this gorgeous tale of a groom wearing his heart on his sleeve on his wedding day. Enjoy the heartwarming read… 

The groom Ashley is known by his friends and family for wearing his heart on his sleeve, so it came as no surprise to them that bursting with love, he teared up the moment his beautiful bride Alysha began walking down the aisle towards him.

In this series of images you can see Ashley gasping and holding his chest as he first sees his flower girl daughters make their way down the aisle. With his Best Man by his side, with his supportive hand on his back, he fights back the tears for a moment, until his gorgeous bride comes into sight then his eyes well up and he wipes the tears away as he locks eyes with his wife to be.


Such a magical moment for all their loved ones to witness and be a part of.

Their love story together began seven years ago, and the love Ashley has for his 2 daughters Aaliyah and Avery and his gorgeous wife is simply undeniable.

As they took each other’s hands, and the ceremony commenced, the happy couple locked eyes and glowed with love as they enjoyed a meaningful, heartfelt and happy ceremony.


When they were pronounced as husband and wife, Ashley fist pumped the air in celebration and couldn’t have been happier!

It was so important for Alysha and Ashley to involve their 2 sweet daughters as much as possible throughout the day, as for them, their marriage not only was a recognition of their love for each other, but also of their love for their children, so they presented the bride and groom with their wedding bands during the ceremony, and even assisted with the cutting of the cake.


Such a love filled wedding for a couple that are so clearly meant to be together.

Ms Zigzag says: There is so much love bouncing off each of these incredible photos. I’m so glad Ashley and Alysha found each other. 

Story by Brisbane City Celebrants: Brisbane’s most highly recommended Marriage Celebrant duo specialising in modern, simple and meaningful, sweet happy weddings. With a choice of an experienced and passionate female or male Celebrant, our couples describe us as warm, friendly and calming. You can find Brisbane City Celebrants on the Polka Dot Bride director here.

Photographer: Little Love Bug Photography / Ceremony Officiant: Brisbane City Celebrants / Bride's Dress: When Freddie Met Lilly / Hairstylist: Gloss and Shine Hair Design / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Tony Barlow / Ceremony Venue: Pacific Golf Course