Lauren and Cameron’s Chic Byron Bay Wedding

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


Lauren & Cameron

Byron Bay always evokes imagery of rolling lush green hills and relaxed beauty. What I haven’t seen in a long time is black tie and Byron Bay mixing to create a chic, elegant wedding that is only made more stunning by it’s beautiful Byron backdrop.

Lauren tells the story of how she and Cameron came to tie the knot one Spring day. “Cameron was visiting Byron from Melbourne with friends over Christmas/new years December 2009. He met my housemate who was working behind the bar of the Beach Hotel. She immediately recognised Cameron as someone I would be interested in so convinced Cameron to give his number. I immediately looked him up on Facebook and thought he was handsome. We didn’t get to meet during Cameron’s visit but got to know each other and flirt by email, txt and calls for the next four months before deciding to meet in Sydney. Getting to know each other before meeting face to face meant that Cameron and I became incredibly close and it made the first date over cocktails and tapas even more exciting.”

Lauren and Cameron’s wedding day was captured by Caroline from Mihaja Photography who has captured the day beautifully with her fresh, chic photography style.

Lauren wore a gown and jewels (which included an incredible statement necklace) from Johanna Johnson. She styled her own hair and carried a bouquet styled by Janine from White Ivy Designs.

Lauren’s bridesmaids wore black gowns from Carla Zampatti.

Koonyum Range Retreat set the scene for the day, with Lauren and Cameron choosing to hold the day’s festivities in the one location. Lauren explains “Koonyum Range Retreat is a villa on a cliff with stunning views of the Byron hinterland. The ceremony was held under a four post Balinese hut with the view in the background. In keeping with the relaxed feel we had the reception marquee set up next to the pool and served cocktails, canapes and a sit down dinner. The owners of Koonyum let us choose our own vendors and set up the reception and ceremony any way we please. It gave us a lot freedom to have the wedding we wanted. The venue is 30mins from Byron so guests were transported by bus.”

Lauren walked down the aisle to, ‘We are man and wife’ by Michelle Featherstone. Lauren remembers, “The song I walked down the aisle to was learnt and played by the acoustic guitarists.”

Michelle Shannon married the couple. Lauren remarks “Our ceremony was perfect… romantic and intimate and our celebrant did a fantastic job of making everyone (including the guests) feel comfortable and relaxed. She helped us include (Lauren’s son) Kylan in the ceremony which was important to us.”

Lauren notes, “It was important to include my 5 year old son, Kylan, and he took the role of ring bearer in the ceremony, dressed in a little tuxedo to match the groom.”

Lauren recalls “We wanted and intimate, romantic and relaxed wedding with our closest family and friends. Half of the wedding guests flew in from Melbourne to attend, and some from overseas which we were very grateful for.”

Of their photographer, Lauren says “Caroline was recommended to us by a friend and we instantly fell in love with her style of photography. Caroline spent the entire day with us from getting ready through to the end of the night and captured all the special moments of the day. We are so happy with our photos and we can not recommend Caroline enough.”

Deon Demouche from Byron Bay Events coordinated the wedding. Lauren explains “We did all the planning and styling ourselves with help from Janine at White Ivy Design who did our beautiful floral arrangements, and our coordinator did a fantastic job at making sure everything ran smoothly on the day. The candlelight and white flower arrangements created a soft and intimate atmosphere.”

White was infused throughout the silk lined marquee. “Our tables were decorated with different arrangements of white flowers in twine wrapped jars supplied by our florist, lots of candlelight, name tags attached to vintage skeleton keys from Kennedy hardware and our bomboniere was strawberry and cream flavoured candy with “Lauren <3 Cameron” on them.”

Guests enjoyed a feast and croquembouche wedding cake from The Larder. Lauren notes “The Larder did a fantastic job at providing mojito cocktails, canapés, and an excellent three course dinner that the guests loved.”

Guests danced all night, but kicking it all off was, of course, the newlywed’s first dance. Lauren remembers, “Our first dance was to ‘Never let me go’ by Florence and the machine. We didn’t have a choreographed first dance as we wanted to keep it relaxed and intimate. It’s one of our favourite songs and makes us feel connected. All our family and friends quickly joined us for a dance.”

Congratulations Lauren & Cameron! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day! Thank you also to Caroline from Mihaja Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Mihaja Photography / Wedding Planner: Deon Demouche from Byron Bay Events / Hire: North Coast Party Hire / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride's Jewellery: Johanna Johnson / Groom's Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti / Hairstylist For Bridesmaids: Jane Smith Bridal / Makeup Artist: Debbie Tygh 02 6685 9749 / Flowers & Decor: White Ivy Designs / Invitations & Stationery: The Classy Paperie / Venue: Koonyum Range Retreat / Ceremony Officiant: Michelle Shannon / Ceremony Musicians: Josie and Dale (asap entertainment) / DJ: Pip Theobald, Byron Audio Wedding / Favors: Your Wedding Store / Catering: The Larder / Wedding Cake: The Larder / Wedding Rings: Canturi / Photobooth: Funky Foto Booths
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Ruth & Lindsay’s Irish Australian Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Ruth & Lindsay

I’m no stranger to the mid century beauty that is Boyd Baker House. I think what I have love most about the venue is the way in which each couple completely transforms it for their own wedding day. Today’s Australian Irish celebration was described by the bride as “Australian mod meets Irish retro.” and isn’t that just a little fabulous? If not a lot?

Ruth tells the story of how she and Lindsay came to marry. “I moved to Melbourne from Ireland in 2004 and met Lindsay at my first ever Australian BBQ. We fell in love over a shared enthusiasm for music and Lindsay suitably proposed while we were slow dancing to our record collection at home in the early hours one morning.”

The photographs today are by Lara Luz who captures weddings, love and happiness with such a modern take.

Of their photographer, who suggested a pre wedding shoot for the couple. Ruth remarks “Our ninja photographer Lara made the whole process easy and fun from start to finish. Once we met her and viewed her portfolio we were pretty sure that she was the one for us, and her love of The Beatles really sealed the deal! With Lara’s enthusiastic blessing we decided to have some photos taken a few weeks before the wedding. I just co-ordinated my hair and make-up trial for the same day and we had a ball running around the streets of Fitzroy. Sure, we had to have the dress dry-cleaned afterwards but it meant that we got to enjoy the day itself from start to finish without having any stress about getting that perfect shot while our guests had all the fun. And the photos are amazing!”

Onto the wedding day…

On the wedding day, Ruth remembers, “We decided to get ready for the wedding together and to both walk down the aisle with our mums and dads. This allowed all of our parents to feel special, which was very important to us.”

The groom and groomsmen wore retro styled boutonniere. Ruth explains “We met Andria from Shagpile at the Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy and she custom-made unique 1960’s style boutonnières for Lindsay and his best men.”

The couple remember, “The morning of the wedding was filled with busy last minute preparations, as most weddings tend to be. The most memorable moment was when Lindsay, standing in his boxers with a hot iron ready to iron his shirt, realised that he had left both his shirt and suit back in Melbourne. Thankfully a very lovely friend drove back to retrieve it. We laugh about it now but Ruth’s face when she heard the news was unforgettable!”

Ruth purchased her gown from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company.

Boyd Baker House set the scene for the wedding day. Ruth explains” I am a little bit country and Lindsay is a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and Boyd Baker House seemed like the perfect choice for us from the start – a heritage listed 1960s home filled with modernist furniture set on 35 acres of beautiful Australian bushland just outside Bacchus Marsh.”

Guests were welcomed with cocktails, catered by Ed Dixon Food Design . Ruth recalls “We wanted laughter and fun from the start: on arrival, our guests were served elderflower and champagne cocktails with real gold flakes in little milk bottles. It was really important to us to use local vendors for the wedding. We worked with fellow Boyd Baker bride Ashlie from Hello Felton Design on themed invitations, jam jar labels, table numbers, menus and little personalised tags for our milk bottle cocktails.”

Music was an important consideration for the couple, Ruth explains “The song we chose to accompany us both down the aisle was an instrumental version of ‘Do you Realize?’ by The Flaming Lips. During the ceremony our friends performed a very sweet and funny rendition of ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ by Starship, which had all of our guests singing along at the tops of their voices! Once the ‘I dos’ were over we played ‘Jungle Drum’ by Emiliana Torrini which was followed by some beautiful guitar jazz played by yet another talented musician friend.”

The bride and bridesmaid carried beautiful bouquets styled by Flowerjar. Ruth remembers “Ange from Flowerjar designed the most striking bouquets for Ruth and her sister, and sourced us stunning dahlias and billy buttons so that we could do our own table decorations to keep the costs down.”

Jon von Goes performed the ceremony Ruth notes, “Our celebrant was the inimitable and hilarious 3RRR DJ Jon von Goes, who had everyone in stitches throughout the ceremony.”

The celebration of the wedding turned into a very long weekend celebration. Ruth remembers “The wedding was at Easter which meant that Irish and interstate friends and family could join us for a long weekend which included dinner for forty at Dhaba at the Mill in Kyneton on Friday, a BBQ and Easter egg hunt on the Sunday and a trip to the MCG for the footy on the Monday. Needless to say we were exhausted but happy by the end!”

Ruth says “Before dinner our guests played Scandinavian wooden games and posed for polaroids which we then hung on pegs and string around the house and later placed into our guest book.”

Instead of one wedding cake, Ruth and Lindsay had an entire table of beauties! Ruth remarks “The totally delicious Australian and Irish classic cakes were handmade by Melbourne food bloggers extraordinaire Trotski and Ash.”

Ruth notes, “We made or sourced almost every detail of the wedding ourselves. We were keen to enhance the mod aspects of Boyd Baker House with retro handmade napkins and table runners, name tags with vintage pattern fabric and the bride and bridesmaid’s 1960s dresses. In honour of the bush setting we had a CWA themed cake table of Australian and Irish favourites, colourful handmade bunting, and pots of homemade crab apple jelly for our guests to take home.”

“On the day before the wedding and the morning itself, our close friends and family from both Melbourne and Ireland worked to turn Boyd Baker House from a weekend retreat into our perfect venue so it felt like a community effort with the entire group having a sense of ownership and pride in how it all turned out.”

“One of the best parts of the whole experience was having so many of our friends and family on board to help in the weeks and days beforehand. Ruth’s parents arrived from Ireland a month before the wedding and her mum threw herself into sewing all of the bunting, napkins and table runners while her dad earned himself the nickname of ‘The Irish Martha Stewart’, making over one hundred pompoms and personalised name tags for each guest.”

Ruth recalls one of her favourite memories of the night. “It’s an Irish tradition to have guests secretly bet on the length of the father of the bride speech so we put little envelopes with instructions on each table. This was a great icebreaker and meant that the speech was one of the most intently listened to of the evening, much to the delight of Ruth’s Dad. For the record, it lasted for 17 minutes and 49 seconds!”

The couple hired their favourite band to kick off the reception entertainment, Ruth remembers “Since we met we have been fans of The Love Brothers who play a set in St Kilda every Sunday evening.  We were so thrilled when they agreed to be our wedding band and their Beatles renditions had us all out of our seats from our first dance to Til There Was You, until the last – a spectacular version of Hey Jude that had every single guest singing along with arms linked in a big gorgeous circle of love!”

Congratulations Ruth & Lindsay! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you to Lara Luz for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Lara Luz / Bride's Dress: The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, London UK / Bride's Shoes: Seychelles / Bridesmaid Dresses: Frocks and Slacks Vintage 03) 9537 2337 / Bridesmaid Shoes: Santini / Groom's Attire: Suit Jacket by Kenneth Cole, trousers and shirt by Calvin Klein, bowtie by Arthur Galan / Boutonnieres: Andria at Shagpile / Hairstylist: Pj Webley / Makeup Artist: Campbell Ritchie / Flowers: Flower Jar / Invitations & Stationery: Hello Felton Design / Venue: Boyd Baker House / Ceremony Officiant: JVG / Band: Love Brothers / Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design / Cake Table: Trotski & Ash / Wedding Regsitry: Not Another Toaster

Modern Wedding Invitations

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Invitation by Akimbo

I have had a bit of an itch lately to see bright, bold wedding invitations. I have been really loving big bold spaces for wedding receptions- modern spaces where the urban focus becomes the style of the wedding. Wedding style always starts with the wedding invitation which conveys the feel, mood and ambiance of your event and I loved these modern wedding invitations. Tweaking one element can change an invitation from vintage or classic to bold and modern.

Use bold colours like bright citrus orange…

1. Form Over Function 2. Alannah Rose Stationery 3. Letter Bird Lane 4. Stationery Couture 5.  Akimbo 6. Bella Figura 7. Poppiseed Designs

Sharp sunshine yellows

1. Mr & Mrs 2. The Paper Mint 3. Mitchell & Dent 4. The Print Fairy 5. Letter Bird Lane 6. Little Flamingo Stationery 7. Alannah Rose Stationery

Modern, strong patterns like chevron…


1. The Print Fairy 2. Bella Figura 3. Alannah Rose Stationery 4. Poppiseed Designs 5. Cocoa Berry Invitations 6. Letter Bird Lane 7. Letter Bird Lane


Fonts too, can turn an invitation into something modern, make them big, bold and in your face…

1. Akimbo 2. Mitchell & Dent 3. Fi Fy Fo Fum 4. The Print Fairy 5. Form Over Function 6.  Cake Ink 7. Poppiseed Designs 8. Stationery Couture 9. Bella Figura 10. Simplethings Press

Anna Campbell – The Ivory Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Gladiator Dress

 It’s always a delight to see fresh off the press (off the sewing machine? the sketchbook?) designs from Melbourne designer Anna Campbell and today I’m excited to introduce to you The Ivory Collection. The Ivory Collection shows off Anna’s ‘off the rack’ range. With the same beautiful detailing Anna is known for in her made to measure designs, the Ivory Collection is more accessible and easily customised with Anna’s range of beaded belts, crystal hairbands and decorated cuffs.

The gowns are available Australia wide in selected boutiques and are all  made locally and finished  in house. Gowns can be purchased off the rack or ordered within a 3- month period.

The best part about the Anna Campbell Ivory collection? This is the first collection of Anna’s to be stocked overseas! You can find the collection at Blue Bridal Boutique in Texas and Felice Bridal in Colorado.

I think this sleeve design on  the Indianna Lace Dress is my favourite.

Glimmer plaits dress

Mischa Flower Dress

Mischa Dress

Fraying One Shouldered Dress

Alexandra Dress

Grace Dress

Images from Anna Campbell