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Whitney & Jed’s Garden Restaurant Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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I love the romantic, relaxed feel to Whitney and Jed’s garden restaurant wedding They wanted the day to focus on a fun and relaxed atmosphere with a ceremony that was humble and authentic. Together, it all combined to turn into one very special wedding day. They chose Figtree Pictures to capture it all.

Whitney fills us in on the story of how she and Jed came to be “We met in the last year of primary school. We were the best of friends throughout high school and decided to get together in grade eleven. 12 years later, here we are. ”

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Whitney chose a gown from Bohemian Brides  noting “I was lucky that the first dress shop I went to had the dress I chose in the window and I loved it instantly. I loved the lace detail in the dress and most of all I loved that the dress was comfortable. The dress had a small train, beautiful detail and had an exposed back, it was exactly what I wanted.”

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Whitney and Jed chose Mediterranean restaurant Osteria for their wedding, noting “Osteria was the first and only venue we looked at. We loved the beautiful garden that had colourful bougainvillea, it was the perfect setting for our ceremony. We also loved that the venue offered a feasting option for their menu. This was perfect to create the atmosphere of a big family dinner. We were happy that the room was simple so we were able to style it in our own way. ”

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Eden Place created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride remarking ” It was a relaxed and fun atmosphere, we wanted it to be a big feast and party with family and close friends. I didn’t want it to be a specific style as I like vintage, I like rustic and I like pretty. As far as theme is concerned, I guess I knew I wanted the pink proteas and cream lace to stand out on the day and I just worked around that. ”

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Whitney remembers “I walked down the aisle to an instrumental arrangement of the Journey song Faithfully. ”

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Clarah Luxford  officiated the ceremony, Whitney remarking “We were both happy to keep the ceremony relatively short as we were both very nervous. Jed wrote joint vows for us both to say as we didn’t want to use someone else’s words to express something so personal. We wanted the ceremony to be happy and honest and a celebration of the time with have spent together and the time to come. We were going for a really humble and honest ceremony, we decided not to have any bridal party with the exception of our nephew Paddy serving as the perfect long-legged ring bearer. ”

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Of their photographer, Whitney remarks “We had Kristy from Figtree Wedding Photography take our photos on the day and she was fantastic. We both felt very relaxed and comfortable. We weren’t away from our guests too long and she managed to capture our style perfectly, while having a laugh with us. ”

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Guests received homemade cookies, made by the bride as wedding favors.

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Whitney adds ” With help of family and friends, we made the table runners, welcome sign, table numbers, seating plan, cake, vases and place cards were all DIY.  I made sure that I included something from both Nans. I included a vase that was my Nan’s and we included a teacup from Jed’s. ”

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There was one very special surprise for the bride, who remembers “Jed surprised me by performing a song he wrote for the day. He had the whole room in tears. It made my day all the more special.”

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Of their first dance, Whitney tells “Our first dance song was performed by our close friend Jess. She played “Future Days” by my favourite band Pearl Jam. The lyrics are about spending the rest of your life with someone, it seemed pretty fitting. ”

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“Our friend Stacie was having such a great time dancing on the dance floor that her water broke and she had to rush off to hospital. Hours later she gave birth to her beautiful baby Keiran. ”

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Thank you Whitney and Jed for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Figtree Pictures for sharing today’s wedding !

Photographer: Figtree Pictures / Bride’s Dress: Bohemian Brides / Bride’s Shoes: Myer / Bride’s Jewelry: Bohemian Brides / Groom’s Attire: Myer / Groom's Shoes: Myer / Hairstylist: Tina and Kristen Weddings / Makeup Artist: Tina and Kristen Weddings / Flowers: Eden Place / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by bride / Venue: Osteria, Casuarina / Audio Equipment: Cedar and Strings / Ceremony Officiant: Clarah Luxford / Reception Hire Items: Elyssium Lighting / Reception Music: Jessica Foxlee, Blake Howson, and Cedar and Strings / Favors: Homemade cookies, made by bride / Cake Baker: Bride's sister and sister in law / Wedding Rings: Paradise's Facet 58 Jewellers
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Wild Romantics Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Hair and Beauty, Inspiration Shoot


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I’m feeling inspired by the stunning floral arrangements from today’s  “Wild Romantics” bridal inspiration shoot. Brought to life by a team that included Nicole Peterson of Light and Type, Dear Delilah Florist and Alchemy Hair and Makeup, the trio wanted to bring to life the magic of the Gippsland region with a wild romantic, bohemian feel.

Inspired to produce something new and fresh, the team created eight different bridal looks with simple, stunning gowns that let the florals do the talking. From bold floral crowns,a collar of tulle and buds, wrist corsages and flowers woven through softly tousled curls. If you’re a flower lover, dream away with this inspiration shoot!

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Photographer: Nicole Peterson of Light and Type / Flowers: Dear Delilah Florist / Hair & Makeup Artist: Alchemy Hair and Makeup

Vendor of the Week – Envy Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It is certainly winding down for the end of the year and we have a few weeks of inspiration left before we take our festive season break, so let’s not take a breath, let’s get straight into it!

As we enter the first week of summer, we are seeing some gorgeous weddings on the blog. We are starting off a fresh week with plenty of wedding inspiration, so take some time out while we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Catering, we have Bridal Gown Services, we have Photobooth Hire, we even have Favors and Decor Accessories! To plan for your wedding we have lots of wedding vendors who are experts in what they do – not only that, they love what they do too.

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

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With 15 years experience, Roger of Envy Photography is a straightforward sort of chap (hailing originally from New Zealand no less) with a great sense of humour. He loves his photography, using the sky, the light, the surroundings to help tell the story of your day. Just by looking at his images you can feel the warmth of the sun, the breeze or the sand between your toes, the love, the joy – and that emotion is, after all, what you will remember most about your wedding day, long after all the details have faded from your memory.

We asked Roger of Envy Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

What ?…. am I only allowed one? Let’s go with a smooth scotch on the rocks then.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I have kids…I getaway as far as I can !…just kidding, I love my kids. Actually my passion is riding motorbikes….Harley’s in particular and I love to unwind with the wind in my face.

Favourite restaurant?

Again….I have kids….I guess McDonalds stands out !

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

If I sleep in there is usually nothing left !! ( did I tell you I have kids). If I’m really lucky I have scrambled eggs on toast.

Your favourite wedding story?

Several years ago I had a groom cancel the wedding just a couple of weeks out, I think just from sheer nerves. A couple of months later I got a phone call from him saying it was back on again, and fortunately we found a date that enabled me to be the photographer, and the wedding went ahead, and as far as I know they are still happily married….they even have a couple of kids, which probably means he is missing out on breakfast also if he sleeps in….

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

Snapshot Sunday – Toss The Bouquet

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Jonathan David Photography

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