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Emily and Ben’s Autumn Restaurant Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Emily & Ben

I love a good restaurant and I love Autumn so when this gorgeous Autumn restaurant wedding jumped into our inbox I was all over it! I love the gorgeous wedding of Emily and Ben – they added personal touches, they laughed, they danced and they even caught a fly away veil.  Emily & Ben chose Its Beautiful Here to capture their memories.

Emily and Ben tell the story of how they came to be. “Both having grown up in Melbourne, we met living in a share house in London. It took 6 months for Ben to make a move at a party and we feel like it’s been a party ever since. After a few more months in London we headed home to Melbourne and Ben proposed four years later.”

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Emily and her bridal party made the bouquets of tulips, using blooms from Tyabb Rose Farm . The bride remembering, “I was keen to reflect my Dutch roots with tulips in the bouquets and as my something blue, my cousin from the Netherlands bought little blue clogs to hang with my bouquet.”

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Emily wore a gown made by dressmaker Barbara Collinson while her bridesmaids wore lace dresses from Asos.

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As a special gift for his wife to be, Ben commissioned a watercolour map of all the places they visited together when they first met in London.

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The groom chose a suit from Country Road.

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Emily and Ben chose St Dominic’s Church, Camberwell, Emily’s family church for their ceremony.

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Of her walk down the aisle, Emily tells, “I surprised Ben walking down the aisle to an acoustic version of Paris by Friendly Fires, sung live in the church by a close friend of my sister. Friendly Fires was one of the first bands Ben and I saw together in London.”

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Many of the couple’s cousins performed readings during the ceremony – including a special prayer for Ben’s beloved Brisbane Lions.

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“Em’s brother had his own surprise in store when he set off firecrackers to mark the occasion as we left the church.”

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Emily tells, “A friend suggested our photographers, Its Beautiful Here, and after meeting the girls at a pub and talking about everything except wedding photos, we knew it would be a pretty good fit. Scout and Kat felt like friends along for the ride over the day. We don’t recall ever really posing for pics and felt like we went about our own fun day while they captured it all. We absolutely love the photos they took – a few traditional shots, many relaxed pics of us and friends laughing, action shots jumping in the air, sneaky pics when no one was looking and pics of our guests enjoying themselves that we may have otherwise missed. They make us smile every time we see them. If only we could do it again!”

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Emily and Ben remember, “After the ceremony the bridal party celebrated with bubbles and beers at The Olsen Hotel while we waited out the rain. After the rain cleared, we headed for photos at the Botanical Gardens – and we still think of the yellow tree as we go past now.”

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Emily tells, “I feel like we laughed all day – even in the church where family read both traditional and personal readings. The best thing was seeing a smiling face everywhere we looked.”

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“When taking photos in the factories the wind caught hold of Em’s veil lifting it four stories in the air. We all thought it was destined for the roof until a game of groomsmen markers up brought it safely back to earth.”

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Emily and Ben chose Church St Enoteca, Richmond for their reception.”

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For handmade details, Emily and Ben remark, “We kept it simple but were lucky to have some creative friends who designed the invites and created the fairy light PARTY sign.”

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Emerald Hill Deli, South Melbourne created a stacked tower of cheese as the couple’s “wedding cake” while  Emerald Hill Nursery and Florist, South Melbourne created bright floral arrangements for the reception tables.

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Emily and Ben remember, “We were so lucky to have so many of our favourite people in the same room with us, with guest’s traveling from interstate and internationally to share the day. Overall, we aimed to keep it to a simple theme of fun and dancing. This seemed to work as the dance floor had started before dinner was served and was full all night!” The couple chose Rutherford Entertainment for assured dance floor filling!

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“Music has been a big part of our lives so all the tables were named after our favourite bands – and our DJ played something from each one of them.”

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Of their first dance, Emily and Ben remember, “The first dance was dips, twists, spins and high fives to a mix of There is A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths), with a short slip into No Sex for Ben (The Rapture), followed by Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris and Florence & the Machine) to get the dance floor started.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Emily and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Its Beautiful Here for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Its Beautiful Here / Bride’s Dress: Dressmaker, Barbara Collinson / Bride’s Jewelry: Family jewels on loan / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Hairstylist: Browns Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Nicola Komada / Other: Tyabb Rose Farm / Other: Emerald Hill Nursery and Florist, South Melbourne Market / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by a close friend / Ceremony Venue: St Dominic’s Church, Camberwell / Ceremony Musicians: Danni Smarrelli / Reception Venue: Church St Enoteca, Richmond / DJ: Rutherford Entertainment / Other: Emerald Hill Deli, South Melbourne Market / Other: Not Another Toaster
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Kelsey Genna 2015 Bridal & Eveningwear Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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I love nothing more than seeing a designer’s progression and Kelsey Genna launched her 2015 Bridal & Evening wear collection and third collection last week. (See Kelsey Genna Debut Bridal Collection  & Kelsey Genna 2014 Bridal Collection)

At just 23, this New Zealand designer’s third collection is all about modern femininity. Designing for herself, Kelsey creates pieces she herself would like to wear experimenting with textures and fabrics to add different elements to her collection.

Flora (above) inspired by petals of a flower is created out of shimmering dupion silk while the black and white “Valentina” gown features black and white lace with floral detailing in the neckline and hemline. My favourite piece – “Gem” is created from a pale buttercup yellow floral tulle.  Each gown, or ensemble is designed for the modern alternative bride who wants to push the boundaries of traditional bridal wear.

The Kelsey Genna gowns are available to purchase online now or through various trunk shows (check the website for more).

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Vendor of the Week – DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I can hardly believe it is Autumn – where did Summer go? It seemed to pass in the blink of an eye! Lucky I love Autumn so much isn’t it?

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 Bridesmaid Gowns, we have Styling and Hire we have  Cinematographers, we even have Flowers! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

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

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Good music can make or break a dance floor and personally? I love a great dance floor where I can belt out the tunes all night. So let me introduce you to our vendor of the week Peter of DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus. They kick off your wedding package by getting to know you – the kind of music you love and the kind of guests you’ll have at your wedding, Then? Then they make sure your dance floor is as awesome as you want it to be all night long (they can even MC!) and if you’ve had one too many macarenas, or need it to make your night complete – they’ll help you out!

We asked Peter of DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

My ultimate drink at all times is a great Long Macchiato.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Weekend? I hope you mean the industry weekend Monday to Wednesday :-) and during the summer it would have to be anywhere nice and quiet for camping with my loving wife and daughter.

Favourite restaurant?

This is the hardest question ever as I work as so many places but if I had to pick one it would have to be Stillwater @ Crittendens for their awesome Palm free food and Oh the Pork Belly yum yum yum!

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

Generally it is Brunch and the preference is crumpets with the old faithful Nutella :-)

Your favourite wedding story?

Again why are you hard on me :-( But if I must pick one I would have to pick the one where a Bride stalked me on FB and finally met me in person at an expo and just popped the question, “do you travel? and are you available 23rd September 2013?” The answers were yes and yes and the wedding took place in the Snow at Falls Creek. The build up to this wedding was awesome as we played a huge part in the planning as well as helping at the rehearsal the day before.
How often can a person say that they get to play such a big part in such a special day and get to enjoy not only the lead up but the day and after the day. Since the wedding we have bonded a relationship between myself my family and the Bride and Groom.

Visit Peter of DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus‘ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Peter of DJ PeterD Entertainment Plus is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Peek

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


photography by cassie

Photo by Photography With Cassie

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