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Sam & Michael’s Beautiful Classic Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Sam & Michael

 This beautiful classic Brisbane wedding is a beautiful way to spend a day. The couple wanted timeless elements to their day, but added touches of difference with beautiful bouquets of herbs and greenery, personal touches like family photos and their favourite readings. I love when a couple stays true to who they are on their day. All beautifully captured by Just For Love Photography.

Oh how they met, Sam remembers, “We are true high school sweethearts, having been together for almost ten years, we know each other back to front. Neither of us can actually remember our first date, being that we were so young, but we admit that it probably had to do with a movie, some ice-cream and lots of giggling… from me of course!”

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Pepper and Archie created a simply elegant stationery suite to kick off the festivities.

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Stem Designs created the floral arrangements for the day, using plenty of greenery (including herbs) and white flowers to create trailing arrangements.

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Sam chose an elegant gown from Wendy Makin Bridal, noting, “I chose a beautiful classic long sleeve lace dress designed and made by the talented Wendy Makin. I wanted the dress to be a timeless classic and Wendy didn’t disappoint, making the process such an enjoyable experience!” Sam’s bridesmaids wore sage green gowns by Sheike.

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Our Lady of Victories in Bowen Hills

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There ceremony was held at Our Lady of Victories, Sam noting, “We were married in Our Lady of Victories, Bowen Hills and wanted to have a traditional church ceremony that felt warm and welcoming to our guests.”

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Our Lady of Victories Wedding Ceremony

Sam remembers, “We had one reading, a reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians as it has always been one of our favourite wedding readings!”

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“We received a phone call on the morning of the wedding to let us know that the Priest that we had done the rehearsal with the previous night had been in an accident while he was riding his motorcycle. He had ended up with a broken leg and was still in hospital, with only hours until our ceremony. Luckily the church had found us a replacement, funnily enough, the new Priest was a little hard to understand being that the church is also a Polish Pastoral Centre. Looking back on it the entire turn of events, we cannot help but laugh!”

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Newlyweds at Kangaroo Point Cliffs

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Of their photographer, Sam remarks, “Our photographer Kylie from Just for Love Photography is amazing! We can’t say enough good things about her! She is professional, super talented and just an all round lovely person, who goes above and beyond for her clients. We are so glad we found her!”

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Sam tells, “We had our bridal party portraits taken around the stunning Kangaroo Point Cliffs and even some up on the iconic Brisbane Storey Bridge at dusk. It was such perfect Brisbane weather too!”

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The Landing at Dockside Wedding

Sam and Michael chose The Landing at Dockside for their reception. She tells, “I was the luckiest bride with a handful of wonderful vendors! A few standouts are, Just for Love Photography, Stem Design, Wendy Makin, Pepper & Archie, and The Foundation. My favourite part of wedding planning was meeting all the lovely people in the industry who love what they do!”

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Family photos decorated a corner of the reception, including, of course, a photo of the newlyweds in their high school years.

homemade Mango Chutney wedding favor

Guests each received a special handmade favor, the bride remarking, “A special detail that we wanted to include in the wedding was home made mango chutney as bomboniere. The 13 litres of chutney was made by the bride’s mother with mangoes from the my parent’s cattle property in north Queensland.”

Head table with greenery garland

Of their day’s style, Sam says, “We wanted it to be classic yet relaxed. This was achieved by white, gold & green in the colour scheme, whilst still allowing some elements to be more relaxed, like the unstructured nature of the bouquets.”

Wedding Speech at The Landing Dockside

Bridal table with greenery

Bridesmaid in Sage dress

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Of the first dance, Sam remembers, “Our first dance was to “Space They Cannot Touch” by Kate Miller-Heidke. It is a song we have both loved for many years and will now cherish forever.”

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Bridbane dance floor

Congratulations Sam and Michael! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Just For Love Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Just For Love Photography / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Hairstylist: Linda Watt / Makeup Artist: The Foundation / Flowers & Decor: Stem Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Pepper and Archie / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Victories / Reception Venue: The Landing at Dockside / Band: Chris Hutchison Music / Cake Baker: Hansel & Gretel Cakes
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Five Gift Registries That Allow You To Register For Whatever You Like

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Continuing on with our gift registry roundups, today we’re rounding up five gift registries that allow you to register for whatever you like. If you’re a couple with a taste that doesn’t fit into an online store kind of box, or you’re looking to add items from many places to one registry for guests then this roundup is for you!

1. The Gift Aisle

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The Gift Aisle is an Australia (hooray) online gift registry which allows you to add items from anywhere – online stores and bricks and mortar stores. Sign up to get your own custom URL which you pass on to your guests, select your theme and customise it. Then, get uploading! To add an item to your registry, just upload a photo, fill out the description and you’re good to go. The Gift Aisle either allows guests to purchase the items directly or holds the contributions for you (allowing you to withdraw it) so that once the wedding is complete, you can buy those registry items.

What I Love:

I love that The Gift Aisle is an Australian based business with a team always available to help you out! Guests can also choose to buy the entire gift or just make a contribution.

2. Thankful Registry

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Thankful Registry is all about creating a registry that truly reflects you. The website allows you to add products from online stores that you love. A click on the gift idea, redirects guests to the product’s website, marking the item off your registry and providing your guest with your mailing address. You can also add items like honeymoon suggestions or house fund contributions.

What I Love:

The design – upload a photo of you and your beloved and it looks sleek, chic and well designed. Thankful also has a bookmarklet functionality, so when you’re cruising your favourite sites you can add items to your registry with a click of a button.

3. Envelope Registry

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Another Australian (hooray!) Envelope Registry revolves around the concept that asking guests for money can be awkward, so the website works off the idea that guests are gifting you moments. For instance, wish for a cooking class and guests can buy a meal, or two or three. Wish for fancy coffee and guests can contribute one cup or 100. The system has over 200 ideas for you to choose from. The funds are then collected by Envelope Registry who deposit them to you upon conclusion of your wedding.

What I Love:

With bonus points for being Australian, Envelope Registry also has a chic design which makes each registry look like a custom built website. I love that it allows guests to use your registry as a virtual guestbook and pulls in your wedding images via a hashtag for extra fun!

4. Not Another Toaster

 

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Australian based Not Another Toaster does what it says on the tin! By allowing you to upload photos and descriptions of the products you love, guests are able to “buy” the items off the registry. Choose whatever products you like- from online and offline stores. The choice is yours! Not Another Toaster collects this lump sum for you and deposits it into your bank account soon after the wedding.

What I Love:

The live feed of recent purchases is slightly addictive to watch, but I also love that guests can buy via the website, fax or over the phone (because not everyone likes shopping online!).

5. Simple Registry

Simple Registry

Simple Registry allows you to simply create a registry that suits your needs. Add items from anywhere, split items into multiple contributions, create your custom URL and share away! Once the wedding is over, the money guests have given for gifts will be transferred to you (via Paypal for Australians). It really is that easy!

What I Love:

Simple Registry has a nifty mobile app that allows you to take photos of items and add them to your registry when you’re out and about. The added bonus of a bookmarklet means you can add directly from your browser too. Guests can even suggest gifts to add!

Paolo Sebastian The Nightingale Spring Summer 2015/16 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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“The Nightingale sings a song so sweet and true, pale moonlight draped upon her shoulders.”

Inspired by the enchanting nightingale, comes the Spring Summer 2015/16 collection from Australian designer Paolo Sebastian. The vintage charm of the collection holds true with the modern, dramatic fusion the designer is known for.

Shades of pewter, peony and copper enhance gowns with sheer detailing, layers of tulle, ornate embroideries, ombre and fringe detail and dramatic, regal capes. The gowns are whimsical. feminine and unique in their splendor. Designer Paul Vasileff hand sketched each of the embroideries himself, pushing himself to create a collection that showed fine craftsmanship and the most beautiful of couture elements. The designer inspired by “Folktales of the graceful nightingale whose song enchants all that hear it”.

Paolo Sebastian gowns are available from their Adelaide studio or stockists in New York and Singapore.

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Vendor of the Week – Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry

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Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a nice weekend? We spent it quietly. A busy week last week meant there was nothing I needed more than to be at home and collecting my thoughts. What did you get up to?

Time for a coffee on this cold Monday morning and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Transport, we have Styling and Hire, we have Favors and Decor Accessories, we even have Flowers! Our vendors would love to listen to your plans and help you make your dream wedding day come true.

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

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We’re so thrilled to introduce you to our vendor of the week Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry! A good hair and makeup artist is a gem to find so when you do, it’s worth storing their name away in your brain’s address book. Amy has trained for more than fifteen years in the industry to get where she is today, even being named Australia’s first Asian Ambassador for a global cosmetic and skin care company, DMK.

She does it all- hair and makeup for brides and wedding parties, working with each bride to create a look that suits not only the formality and look of the wedding, but their own personal style.

We asked Amy of Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

I’m a bit of a health freak when it comes to drinks. I don’t drink alcohol, so I substitute it with a mocktail of beetroot, lemon juice, cucumber, green apple, celery and carrot. It’s really yummy, and amazing for the skin too!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Queenstown in NZ! I just love the quietness and natural scenery it has to offer (plus the natural hot pools). And being only a few hours flight from Sydney, I’m always so tempted to go for the weekend to get away from all the noise and chaos.

Favourite restaurant?

Jugemu & Shimbashi, it’s a little boutique Japanese restaurant in Neutral Bay, that makes the best handmade soba noodles and special sushi rolls. I’ve been addicted to these special sushi rolls since the high school days.

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

Waffles with peanut butter, condense milk, butter and sprinkle with sugar! It’s bad I know, so I try to make myself feel a bit healthier by stuffing my face with lots of fresh berries and kiwi fruit afterwards

Your favourite wedding story?

Has to be my grandparents’ story! Grandpa didn’t have much money back then, and had a bad appendix, he thought he would not live too long so have never thought of marrying someone in case he can’t be there for her if anything happens. That was until he saw my grandma, love at first sight, he decided to get his problem sorted (well, getting the appendix out HIMSELF with no anesthetic! Mind you that was almost 70 years ago) and ask her to marry him.
All went well, they were very poor but happy with their life together. Grandma would knit jumpers and sell at markets, while Grandpa walked 1/2 day to town to delivery chickens and eggs to sell. With only little money for his work he wouldn’t want to use it to get a bus home, instead he would walk so he can buy Grandma something that he thought she would like while he was in town and save the rest of the money for a house they wanted to buy.
Almost 70 years on, gone through the madness of World War 2 together, they have their own home, been around most parts of the world, kids, grandchildren and a great grandchild running around the house. Still extremely in love, making fun of each other as always, but most importantly still there to hold each others’ hands!

Visit Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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