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Coastal Country Vintage Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration

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With Summer just around the corner, beach side weddings are starting to fill calenders and today’s inspiration shoot from photographer Hannah of Lost In Wishful Thinking and Hong of The Affordable Style Files is just the right amount of nautical and beachy details for a country coastal wedding.

Hannah and Hong teamed up with model Kimberley O’Brien, assistant Emma Flint and headed to a farm overlooking paddocks and and a view of Mount Cooroy in QLD’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland. A garden party with fishing nets, glass buoys hung from trees, fresh seafood served from giant clamshells and rustically styled furniture from Coastal Vintage  set the scene. Add a bucket load of globe string lights and candles for an evening celebration.

The flowers – a mix of Australian natives add a bohemian, relaxed feel to the shoot with greenery decorating plain white wooden chairs and the lush canopy of trees overhead doing the rest.

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Of the inspiration behind the shoot, Hannah tells, “We like to call it “Country Coastal” style. Think trestle tables, overflowing with giant clam shells, eucalyptus, glass floats, and old fishing net runner, intertwined with starfish, and pearl shell salad plates with European style lunch platters served on boards and prawns in the clam shells. The branches above dripping with larger glass floats and lanterns.”

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The “bride” wore a floor length lace gown from When Freddie Met Lilly with a crown made from wattle.

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Ana and Thomas’ Sweet Summer Wedding

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

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Ana & Thomas

Ana and Thomas celebrated their marriage on a warm Sydney Summer day. With a love of all thing sweet, they incorporated sweetness and the bride’s love of lace and lilacs into a day that was classic, sweet and every bit “them”. They chose Pictures & Hearts Photography to capture their wedding day.

Ana tells the story of how they came to be. “Unfortunately, there is no romantic story attached describing how perfect it was when we met each other. We met at a club – Red Room to be precise. As the only tall white guy in the room, Tom stood out by default. Ana, on the other hand, was the most beautiful girl in the building. After a few glances and some myopic squinting, Tom summoned the courage to approach his future wife. Conversation was easy. One hour passed and Ana’s friends beckoned for the door. Throwing caution to the wind, Tom went all in and asked for Ana’s number. Though we started out as friends we quickly became boyfriend and girlfriend, partners, loves and now, husband and wife.”

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The groom wore a suit from Hugo Boss while his groomsmen were dressed by Oxford.

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The wedding was styled around the words “Sweet Love”,  Ana remarking, “Our theme for the wedding is “Sweet Love” for our feelings for one another and the groom’s predilection to all things sweet. We’ve featured a sweet buffet for our engagement party, bridal shower and had one for our wedding reception. I’ve has always had a fondness for lilac and lace so this was featured throughout the wedding.”

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Ana chose a gown designed by Karen Willis Holmes which she purchased at Akina Bridal Couture . She notes, “Very early on, I knew that I wanted an Australian designer and Karen Willis Holmes was the only one for me! Karen Willis Holmes bridal dresses are both stylish and sophisticated and I love the fact that her gowns are made in Australia. The ‘Jillian’ gown was the first I tried on and I immediately loved it but thought to try other Karen Willis Holmes’ designs because I couldn’t resist.” Ana’s bridesmaids wore lilac gowns from Dessy purchased at Legacy Brides,

 

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Ana started the processional by herself, ending with her father.

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Ana and Thomas chose St Peter Chanel in Hunters Hill  for their ceremony.

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Ana and Thomas chose Deckhouse Woolwich for their wedding reception, loving the intimate feel it offered.

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Kobayashi Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day, which included the bride’s favourite bloom- the lilac. Sweet Bloom Cakes created a buffet of sweet treats, cupcake wedding favors for each guest and a three tier wedding cake with sugar blooms.

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Congratulations on your marriage Ana and Thomas! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Pictures & Hearts Photography and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Pictures & Hearts Photography / Cinematographer: DnM Wedding Films / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Akina Bridal Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Peeptoe / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy From Legacy Brides / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Makeup Artist: Helen Sotis / Flowers & Decor: Kobayashi Flowers / Transport: Wedding Cars of Distinction / Ceremony Venue: St Peter Chanel in Hunters Hill / Reception Venue: Deckhouse Woolwich / Cake & Sweet Buffet: Sweet Bloom Cakes / Ceiling Drapery: Cakes, Covers & Candlesticks / Photobooth: The Photo Booth-Less / Band: Emerson Tuason 0411 142 596 / DJ: XYDJ / Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co

Suzanne Harward 2015 Anniversary Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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2015 marks the 40th anniversary for Australian bridal designer Suzanne Harward and she’s setting the year in motion with a bang! First up is the 2015 bridal gown collection, full of feminine, dramatic gowns that are modern without losing the classic nod to a beautiful bridal gown.

Shades of oyster, champagne and ivory compliment corseted ball gowns, deconstructed, Grecian style pieces and even finely matched separates. A bride, no matter her preference certainly has her comfort and style covered with the latest designs. Each and every gown is made in Melbourne with the team regularly traveling the country to bring their gowns to brides near and far.

For the latest campaign, the team worked with a photographer at Monsalvat - the same place where Suzanne started out with her first shoot as a teenager 40 years ago!

So what else does the 2015 anniversary collection have in store for this much loved designer? Think exciting collaborations, capsule collections, off the rack gowns, fashion forward statement pieces., limited edition gowns and of course the much loved classic couture collection.

Suzanne Harward gowns are available through the Melbourne salon or by visiting  the regular interstate trunk shows. Find full details on their website.

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Gowns: Suzanne Harward / Photographer: Lilli Waters / Stylist: Candice Lewin / Model: Chantelle @ Chadwick Models / Hairstylist: Melissa Erskine / Makeup Artist: Mae Taylor / Jewels: Keshett / Venue: Montsalvat

Vendor of the Week – Kit Haselden Photography

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October is such a full month for weddings and it’s so wonderful to hear and see the whispers of them unfolding via social media. A sneaky bouquet photo, DIY projects underway and then the photos – oh the photos make our days!

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Flowers, we have Catering, we have Celebrants, we even have Wedding Planners! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – the kind who get excited about your plans and share a glass of champagne with you while discussing them!

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

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Let me introduce you to this week’s vendor of the week – the talented Kit Haselden Photography! Coming from a commercial background, Kit has a clean modern take on wedding photographs and each one he produces is a beautiful capture of the wedding day. His love is bringing the best out in his clients and his photographs? From the smiles to the tears and all the in between, certainly show that the passion for people is in his blood.

We asked Kit of Kit Haselden Photography five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

I like a my Ozzie craft beers. ATM its Fat Yak. A tasty fruity beer from Matilda Bay. I also like A Vodka Martinis.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Red Hill, Victoria. I head there every 6-8 weeks for the weekend to unwind and have a sleep-in and breath some country air. It’s well known for good food and wine, horses and a relaxed atmosphere.

Favourite restaurant?

Something quiet and relaxing.

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

Bacon and eggs, roast tomatoes and Danish feta.

Your favourite wedding story?

One of my favourite weddings was a location wedding in Wanaka, NZ. It was up on a hill overlooking a lake, mountains and a glacier. They are two doctors – Rina and Ziggy. An Indian gal and Kiwi boy, they are best friends and have traveled the world together. Their wedding was the perfect mix of romance, culture and tradition. It was a 2 day semi traditional Indian wedding with a twist of modern and colour. It was awesome getting to know their family and friends over the two days and experiencing a different culture.

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

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