Art Deco Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


This is a stunning art deco wedding inspired shoot at Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre. Being art deco, the concept is distinctly vintage but with a glamorous edge. Elements such as the art deco style layered fan shapes were taken from the stationery to the cake keeping the style and look of the shoot cohesive and tying everything together.

Photographer Sarzy O Photography conceived the shoot based on her love of the Art Deco period.  “I have an obsession with many styles of art and not the least Art Deco! It is so strong and bold — an almost masculine style although so elegant. It is pure glamour and was so forward and modern in it’s day — so different from the flowing and very feminine culture before it. So it occurred to me with vintage styling being so popular in weddings (although we see mostly beautiful feminine styles) why not show how stunning a dark and glamorous Art Deco wedding could be!!    I had worked with some amazingly talented people within the industry and thought we could combine my love of Deco with an amazing styled shoot.

So I got to putting a team together.   Then the Wil Valor suite tied the entire look together! Where could be more fitting a setting than the beautiful Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane? It was built in 1917 — perfectly Art Deco and restored in style providing the perfect venue to base our styling.”

“Amanda (Adorn Event Hire) and Bec (Style My Celebration) collaborated on the styling of the dessert and dining tables to ensure they were consistent and authentic. They decided on the use of navy blue and burgundy, with touches of ivory, peach and bronze giving the dining and dessert tables a bold and unique look. The design incorporated crushed taffeta, fringed edging, geometric table decor, candlelight and feathers all reminiscent of the Art Deco style.”

Katy’s (My Darling Heart) favours added the perfect touch of class and Michelle’s (Stand Tall Designs) stationery continued the theme with bold blue and the geometric fan shape, that was was very popular in art deco and also became a consistent symbol throughout our styling.”

Jennifer Gifford Designs specialises in unique vintage designs and was first choice for fashion — she proved to be the perfect choice! The ladies’ attire, wedding gown, bridesmaids dress and headpieces were all so decadent and Deco!”

“Choosing to keep the cake all one colour, Sherie (The Flour Girl) decided on a soft peach to tie in beautifully with the chosen colour palette. Drawing on the drama from the structural elements of the strong Art Deco style of the cake we relied on shadows created from this dramatic design to capture the feeling of a striking building from the Art Deco era. Sherie wanted to add subtle gold and bronze tones to the cake pops and cupcakes whilst keeping that structural element present.”

“Kelly (Bella Bloom Floral Designs) researched and Calla Lillies were a popular flower choice during the Art Deco period, hence their representation throughout the floral designs in this shoot. The deep burgundy Calla’s were the perfect way to complement the colours combined in the table styling. Sculptured pheasant feathers provided shape, as well as texture to the arrangements. In addition, the large bronze succulents enhanced the masculine look we were aiming to achieve.”

“Amber from Brush and Blush is an amazing talent, and dedicated to authentic styling — Amber studied Art Deco hair and make-up and recreated it perfectly on our models, Bree, Mary and Jimmy.”

Photographer: Timeless Tales Photography / Designer and Stylist: Jennifer Gifford Designs / Vintage tableware and hire: Adorn Event Hire / Florals: Bella Bloom Floral Design / Event styling: Style My Celebration / Makeup Artist: Brush & Blush / Invitations & Stationery: Stand Tall Design / Cake, cupcakes, cake pops: The Flour Girl / Venue: Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane / Favours: My Darling Heart
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Peter De Petra Bridal Couture Nostalgia Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



One of my happy places in any city is the wedding mecca. That one street, or area where I can drive and stare intently at all of the shop windows laden with beautiful gowns. In Melbourne, High Street Prahran, is one of my favourites so I’m a little (a lot) excited to have Peter De Petra Couture‘s latest collection on Polka Dot Bride today.

Peter De Petra has been designing for almost twenty years and is well and truly a stalwart of the Melbourne bridal designers. His work is classic, couture beauty with fine techniques, working with shapes and fabrics to flatter the female form and ensure each gown is molded to the body. The Nostalgia collection is rich in elegant shapes that have stood the test of time.

Peter’s signature is his service – he meets individually with each and every client. Each gown is then made onsite under Peter’s guidance. Peter offers two services – couture or a completely one off gown, each option allows the client to work closely with Peter to ensure the most beautiful gown that  is truly customised.







Helena, Liza

Allegra, Grace


Eve, Stella

Photos by Peter De Petra Couture

Vendor of the Week – Melinda Hird Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It seems sort of weird saying that as we edge ever closer to Christmas! We have some great Christmas content across the polka blogs coming up this week!

First up, as is Monday morning tradition, nod and a bow to the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out our awesome Directory members. We have fabulous Entertainment, Resources Catering and even Venues. Each and every week we’re becoming even more determined to fill the Directory with vendors who love to work with Polka Dot Bride readers, who love what they do, embrace the different and fill their life with work they are passionate about.

Our vendor of the week this week is the lovely Melinda of Sydney based Melinda Hird Photography! Melinda is passionate when it comes to photography, she loves that one image can mean so much. With a classic, clean style and plenty of passion, Melinda works all over Sydney and all wedding packages offer two shooters and most include a gorgeous album for your wedding photographs!

We asked Melinda from Melinda Hird Photography five questions in five minutes –

Favourite after five drink?

Fav after 5 drink is Jack Daniels and Dry… I know, it doesn’t sound like ladies drink but when Friday comes and I’ve finished work it’s a really nice treat.

Favourite weekend getaway?

Favorite weekend getaway is driving up to Shoal Bay at Port Stephens. It’s such a beautiful hideaway and the perfect place to unwind, relax and spend time on the beach or going for a walk looking at the gorgeous views.

Favorite Restaurant?

Quay Restaurant. I’ve only been there a couple of times for my anniversary, but it certainly is my most favorite.

What do you eat for breakfast on a Sunday?

Eating breakfast On Sunday is my favorite day to have breakfast as it’s quality time spent with my family. We eat Pancakes which my 2.5 year old helps to make (yes it gets messy but it’s all part of the fun!), along with big side dishes of a fruit and yoghurt!

What is your favourite wedding story?

I’m such a romantic so I really love them all, but my favorite one is of Juleen and Hendru. Their love for each other brings you to tears, literally, it’s that beautiful and strong. Juleen was always attracted to the tall, dark and handsome… Something that belongs in fairytales. She had travelled the world on numerous occasions and finally settled down back in Sydney. She is a gorgeous woman but never really found somebody that she could connect with properly. They say love comes by when you least expect it and this is another case where that is true. She was out celebrating her friends hen’s night and they all went to Salsa dancing class for some fun and that’s when Juleen meet Hendru. He was one of the 2 men teaching the Salsa Class. The attraction was instant and they began talking and getting to know one another more. They left for the night only wanting to know more about the other. Hendru didn’t waste any time and called her up. They began dating and the rest is history. Hendru is originally from Holland and really is her tall, dark and handsome man that she subconsciously waiting for, I’m sure. She had travelled the world only to have found her overseas man living here all along! Less than a year later they were engaged and they married in March this year. Theirs is a pure love and if you know them, you can see this and it makes you melt. Their wedding was held at the Hunter Valley. They dressed the reception themselves with decorations and things that were all pieces of them. It was just special with their creative pieces around the place. Everywhere you looked was a little story of them. The air was filled with so much love from everyone and I was welcomed into their family, which is always a lovely thing to be a part of. There was so much laughter and tears during the speeches, it was hard pressed to find a dry eye in the room! The rest of the night was filled with fun and dancing and of course a Salsa Lesson for all the guests too which was a great way of having the guest be involved with at the reception. To top it off, she’s actually due to have her baby this Friday and I’m really looking forward to meeting and photographing their special little bundle as well.

Juleen and Hendru

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


Snapshot Sunday – High In The Sky

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Inlighten Photography