Chelsea and Mark

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Chelsea and Mark

I love today’s beautiful wedding – the gown is absolutely stunning, the special touches are perfect for the couple and the photography is beautiful!

Today’s bride Chelsea is a long time Polka Dot Bride reader and I am so thrilled to share her wedding with you today. The special touches are going to make you swoon! I had so much trouble picking which photos to show out of the beautiful range Chelsea sent me, there will be three entries today!

Chelsea is an architect (studying millinery) and Mark a builder and met through work! Mark proposed in a hot air balloon by a company called “Fly Me To The Moon” A song which Chelsea sang to him right after their bridal dance.

Today’s photographs are by Renee Brazel




Mark’s family traveled from the UK the week of the wedding, there were many sightseeing trips in the days leading up to the event!

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Leigh Buchanan (website coming soon), runner up of Project Runway Australia and a friend of Chelsea’s designed and made her beautiful wedding gown.

A labor of love, Chelsea and Leigh transformed Chelsea’s mother’s 1978 wedding gown into Chelsea’s two gown wedding dresses. The pair drew inspiration from Dior’s  1947 “New Look” and the V&A’s exhibition “The Golden Age Of Couture”. They spent many lovely afternoons together sewing (Leigh sewed the dresses while Chelsea created her head pieces).

Chelsea’s ceremony bouquet were magnolias picked from a neighbour’s garden.


Chelsea carried a second bouquet after the ceremony of bouvardia (both bouquets were created by Pink & Purple Petals)

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Chelsea’s hair was by Hair By Popular Demand

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Chelsea wore hot pink shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti and Chelsea’s bridesmaid wore a gown from George Wu

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Chelsea’s mother’s friends stayed the week before the wedding helping to finish off last minute DIY tasks and making a video diary of the week before. Chelsea says “… a wedding is not just one day…. it’s all the days before and after… it’s all of the moments that people share with you that come together….. “

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Chelsea chose to have a bridesmaid and a man of honour.









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Soul To You provided the ceremony music. The couple chose to hold their ceremony on the banks of the Brisbane river between the city and Kangaroo Point (at the base of Kangaroo Point cliffs), an area they had walked through many a time while they were dating.

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Chelsea and her man of honour created survival tote bags as favors for the female guests. They contained her grandmother’s famous Anzac biscuits, flip flops, umbrellas amongst other goodies.

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Up next! The ceremony with the sweetest wedding reading I think I’ve seen in a long time!

Photos by Renee Brazel


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  • kat - rock n roll bride says:
    July 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    her dress is just gorgeous!

  • Cathrin D'Entremont says:
    July 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    What a wedding. This must have been fun fun fun all day. Interesting throughout!

  • Caroline Ghetes says:
    July 2, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I love the way the tulle on her dress flows in the wind. And her shoes are to die for!

  • Amber says:
    July 12, 2009 at 1:34 am

    oh my gosh. i always loved leigh and those dresses are freakin’ stunning.

  • Inspired Words: Chelsea « Polka Dot Bride says:
    July 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    […] a bride who had such fantastic style plus a wedding full of paper cranes, always a winner with me! (See her wedding to Mark on Polka Dot […]

  • Jessica says:
    August 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Beautiful! I would love to hear Soul to You, they look like exactly what I’m looking for!

  • Groom Style: Mark | Polka Dot Bride says:
    October 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    […] Mark looked a handsome figure  at his wedding to Chelsea (see the full event on Polka Dot Bride here and here) in a black Ermenegildo Zegna suit, silver grey striped tie and Aquila shoes. His […]



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