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Erin & Joel’s Colourful Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Erin & Joel

I knew this wedding was going to be fun when I read that the bride briefed her florist with, “If a five year old would love it, I’ll love it!”. A colourful country wedding was set into motion, a day filled with bright tones, bright personalities and beautiful photographs by Kelly Adams.

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Willow Bud created the floral arrangements for the day, Erin remembering, “I have to give a special mention to Sandi from WillowBud for doing such an amazing job (considering my brief to her referred to “foldy-looking flowers” and “If a five year old would love it, I’ll love it”)”. Erin chose a custom wedding gown made by Silver Sixpence.

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Erin and Joel chose Yandina Station for their wedding, noting, “We held both the wedding and reception at Yandina Station. Neil and Sally were so welcoming from the start and made us feel at ease and 100% confident. The vibe you get when you walk around Yandina Station is just indescribable. It’s relaxed, breezy and makes you want to curl up in a hammock and stay there forever. I also love that they have a program where you can donate all of your leftover wedding flowers and they’ll take them around to the local hospitals etc. It’s such a great idea and I hope our wedding flowers could brighten up someone else’s day even after our wedding was over.”

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Erin walked down the aisle to I’ll Be by Edwin McCain.

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Lynette Maguire officiated the ceremony, Erin remembering, “She was one of the last vendors I booked and something I didn’t think would really matter but she made such an amazing difference to our wedding and had everyone laughing the whole way through (which is exactly what we wanted). We had never even contemplated writing our own vows but she helped us through it and it made it so special and enjoyable on the day and I can still remember every word which I can guarantee wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t written our own! She really does her homework and makes the effort to get to know you, which makes you feel like you’re being married by someone who truly cares.”

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Of their photographer, Erin remembers, “Kelly was just amazing. Straight away we felt totally comfortable around her. It still makes me laugh when I think about our first Skype meeting where she forgot we could see her and managed to snort her glass of water all over herself. She clicked with us straight from the start and made us feel so comfortable on the day (for two people that don’t really like being photographed, that’s a pretty huge deal!). There is nothing more I could have asked from her, she was just perfect. I would hire her again a million times over.”

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Splash Events styled the event, working with WillowBud to create a bright and beautiful day, the bride noting, “The atmosphere that Sandi from WillowBud and Splash Events managed to create was just mind-blowing. It completely exceeded our expectations and we had so many comments from our guests on how beautiful it all was. It just felt magical. It was crazy that what I had envisioned in my head is exactly what they managed to create. “

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Erin tells, “I was quite relaxed about the whole day…to the point where my brother in law, Neil (who was our MC), asked me for the run sheet for the evening and I hadn’t even done one or even thought about it. My sister, Cristen, was scribbling one on a serviette about 10 mins before the reception started. Poor Neil was really flying by the seat of his pants but he did a phenomenal job.”

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Erin remembers, “Our first dance was to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. Neither Joel nor myself were particularly comfortable with people staring at us while we danced (we’re not what you would call graceful) so we called all married couples up on the dance floor to do it with us. It was much more relaxed this way and we got to really enjoy the moment.”

Congratulations Erin and Joel! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Kelly Adams for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Kelly Adams / Styling/Hire: Splash Events / Bride’s Dress: Custom design from Silver Sixpence / Bride’s Shoes: Urban Soul / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Custom made by Kathy from the little pack of 5 / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Makeup Artist: Kylie Boyd / Hairstylist: (Bridesmaids) Hair By Nicola / Flowers: Willow Bud / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Venue: Yandina Station / Ceremony Officiant: Lynette Maguire / DJ: Peter at Sunshine Coast DJ Hire / Cake Baker: Breezy's Cakes / Wedding Rings: Wallace Bishop
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Contemporary Heirlooms – A Gwendolynne and Julia De Ville Collaboration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Jewellery

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I love a good collaboration and today’s is pretty darn special ! Couture designer Gwendolynne teamed up with jeweller Julia De Ville and florist Wona Bae of Loose Leaf to create a series of photographs titled “Contemporary Heirlooms”.

Debuting a new collection of Julia De Ville’s engagement and wedding rings with their intricacy and the attention to detail that each designer treasures and respects. Styled and photographed by Gwendolynne, the shoot captures the sparkling detail of Gwendolynne gowns next to the sparkling beauty of Julia’s engagement rings. The floral arrangements, by Wona Bae were chosen with the thought they are able to be dried and preserved allowing floral arrangements to also become heirlooms.

The magic of these heirlooms is not lost on the trio, who all work to create pieces that speak of times gone by and the magic of what is yet to come. Choosing to take time and care, ditching the consumerist ideals and instead creating life long pieces that are able to be passed down time and time again from beautiful materials.

“In a world full of visual clutter this is about creating true beauty that makes people stop and consider the preciousness of nature, and of life.” – Gwendolynne

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Gowns, Styling & Photography: Gwendolynne / Jewels: Julia De Ville / Flowers: Wona Bae of Loose Leaf

Tanya Anic “Whispers of a Dream” Bridal Collection

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Sometimes a week is full of beautiful bridal gowns and this week, we have plenty to please the eye! Showcasing the “Whispers Of A Dream” collection by designer Tanya Anic, today’s shoot shows off the dramatic elements of the designer’s collection with dream like photography and plenty of movement showing off the cascading silks, flowing capes and delicate sheer illusion necklines.

Photographed by Claudio Raschella with hairstylist Elly Hanson makeup artist Sonia Allen and model Lauren Dally, the team designed a timeless hairstyle paired with velvet skin and rich berry and tea rose toned lips. The colours and tones designed to emphasize the lush location and details of sandstone and greenery which acted as the backdrop.

The gowns themselves are designed to flatter the wearer’s figure. Using beautiful embroidered tulle, silks, silk organza and Italian guipure lace to create each element of the gowns, Tanya focuses as much on getting the foundation and construction of the gown right as she does on creating the beauty – all to enhance the female form.

Tanya Anic gowns are available from her Edgecliff boutqiue.

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Gowns: Tanya Anic / Photographer: Claudio Raschella / Hairstylist: Elly Hanson / Makeup Artist: Sonia Allen / Model: Lauren Dally

Vendor of the Week – Museum Spaces

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Happy Monday Dotties! I am so ready for a week of good weddings, fab inspiration and please, please no tech issues! Let’s get this Winter week on the road!

It’s Monday and that means it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Menswear, we have Celebrants, we have Catering, we even have Bridesmaids Gowns! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are excited to share a cup of tea and cake (always cake!) 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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Melbourne Museum foyer- image by Hikari Photography

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Immigration Museum atrium – image by Stewie Donn Photography

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Scienceworks Boilerhouse – image by Tony Mott Photography

Ever dream of wedding and a space that has no sense of ‘ballroom’ about it? Our vendor of the week is just for you!

Museum Spaces encompasses 4 beautiful and historic spaces – Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building. With caterers attached to each venue, these magnificent venues all offer something a little different in style, so all you need to do is dream about the finer details of your wedding day. Choose from clean and modern at Melbourne Museum, to rustic and historic at Scienceworks and an eclectic space at Immigration Museum. Just add flowers, guests and plenty of love!

We asked Kirby of Museum Spaces five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

A nice cold beer – loving Stone and Wood in the sunny weather or an oaky chardy.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Daylesford, Trentham, Kyneton – fresh air, so relaxing and delicious food!

Favourite restaurant?

Hell of the North, Fitzroy – such good ambience. Those pulled pork donuts are amazing!

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

Poached eggs on toast and if I am lucky some bacon too.

Your favourite wedding story?

Gorgeous friends sent out invitations for their engagement party in country NSW. My partner and I receive a call from them asking if we were coming and it would be really really REALLY great if we could – we knew at this stage it was likely going to be a little more than an engagement party.
They had a small marquee in their backyard with handmade napkins, vintage jars, fresh flowers and even their oranges on the orange tree had hand painted white love hearts on them!
Later in the afternoon, everyone was told to gather together, and in came the bride (who had had a dress change) to a beautiful knee length dress and vintage fascinator. The food was all cooked and prepared by the couple’s family and everyone just chatted into the night, and had a little dance. So relaxed and lovely!

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

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