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Tiffany & Michael’s Eclectic Bohemian Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Tiffany & Michael

What an eclectic bohemian wedding Tiffany & Michael celebrated! The bride, who always knew she would get married at her parents home created an occasion with her groom Michael that reflected the things they loved. They chose CJ Williams Photography to capture their day.

The couple wed overlooking the lake, choosing vintage inspired furniture pieces to hire, before a reception under strings of glowing bulbs, a great band, great food and music set the celebrations into motion.

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The groom and groomsmen wore classic suits from Suits Formal Wear.

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Tiffany wore a gown she designed as a collaboration with Hue Le Designs & and Rose Noir Designs. For her finishing bohemian touches she added a crystal hairpiece from Bo and Luca and shoes by Midas.

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Dru Soltys performed the ceremony.

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Tiffany notes, “I always knew I wanted to get married at my parents’ house. It is such a beautiful place right on the lake, and I thought it would be so special to get married at the home I had grown up in. I didn’t even think about looking at any other venues.”

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“I loved walking back down the aisle after we were announced husband and wife through all the confetti. I was just so happy and the confetti made it feel so special. It was also good to see so many of our family and friends smiling back at us and sharing that special moment with us.”

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The couple hired golf carts from ADH Golf and Utility Vehicles to get around the property, adding a “Just Married” banner to theirs.

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Tiffany’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Eileen Kirby from Torso and crystal hand pieces from Forever Soles . They each carried blooms arranged by the wedding florist Flower Nation, Tiffany remembering,  “I also sent my bouquet off the day after the wedding to The Wedding Scarf  and they turned my bouquet into a beautiful silk scarf, so now I get to keep my gorgeous bouquet forever!”

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Of her vision for the day, Tiffany notes, “Given it was at home among so many trees, I wanted it all to look quite natural and rustic with a bit of a vintage twist. I have always loved and collected vintage furniture and bits and pieces so really wanted to have this look as part of our special day. I wanted there to be a really relaxed party vibe, but still to have all the formalities of a wedding. I knew everyone would feel relaxed because they were in a familiar environment as we have had lots of parties at mum and dads over the years. I just wanted this one to be the best!”

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The couple hired furniture and decor items from Maisey Collections and Her Hand Picked Harvest.

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Guests dined under strings of glowing lights on a feast prepared by Ryan John Private Chef and a delicious cake by a friend of the bride. They even got to print out their Instagram shots of the night thanks to Social Playground, Tiffany noting, “I am really glad we got the live Instagram printer from Social Playground, it was a hit and added a bit of difference to our wedding. Everyone loved it and got really involved.”

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“The dance floor got pretty crazy, lots of great dance solos were going on! It was great to see one of the bridesmaids hitch her dress up and get down on the floor and do the worm!”

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Tiffany and Michael hired Launch Film Productions to film their day, Tiffany noting, “I am so so glad we had a videographer. I didn’t want one to begin with, but my mum and sister managed to convince me that I would regret it if I didn’t. I am so glad I did, as it has been so nice to watch it back and re-live everything about the day, and to see things that we didn’t even realise had happened. I would definitely recommend it to anyone planning a wedding!”

Congratulations Tiffany and Michael! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to CJ Williams Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding!

Photographer: CJ Williams Photography / Cinematographer: Launch Film Productions / Bride’s Dress: Collaboration between the Bride, Hue Le Designs / : and Rose Noir Designs / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Bo and Luca / Bride’s Shoes: Midas / Bride’s Jewelry: Torso / Groom’s Attire: Suits Formal Wear / Groom's Shoes: Airflex / Groomsmen Attire: Suits Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Eileen Kirby from Torso / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Earrings) Peter Lang / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Handpiece) Forever Soles / Hairstylist: Janet’s Hair with Flair / Makeup Artist: Gail Wilton Makeup Artistry / Flowers: Flower Nation / Invitations & Stationery: Paper Fusion / Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Dru Soltys / Ceremony Musicians: Nathan Gaunt / Styling/Hire: Maisey Collections / Wooden Table Hire: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Catering: Ryan John Private Chef / DJ: Blair from The DJ.com.au / Cake Baker: Ashlee Joyce (friend) / Cake Topper: Etched Engraving / Favors: Pink Frosting / Instagram Printer: Social Playground / Engagement Ring: Ross Ezekiel Jewellery / Wedding Rings: Clarity Jewellers / Transport: Golf Carts by ADH Golf and Utility Vehicles
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Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw from Hana and Yudy’s DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

I am a wee bit late with today’s Roundup. After a big brainstorm last week. we’re experimenting with a bit of a new format. I feel a little like Yudy in the photo above if I’m honest about it! Let me know what you think below in the comments!

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We love a peek at what goes on behind the scenes and Dan Jones shared his preparation this week(and plenty of photos!) of his recent trip to New York for New York bridal market!

Loving the plentiful gorgeous Yarra Valley backdrop and reading Hana’s story in this DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

Also on Polka Dot Weddings,  Samantha shared her and Michael’s Ballarat Heritage Wedding

If you love a good selfie, you might like the Selfie font for your wedding invitations!

Ms Filagree headed to MBFWA and one of her favourite shows was Steven Khalil, it looks amazing!.

These Glass Cake Stands could be just what you’re looking for if you want something gorgeous to show off your equally gorgeous wedding cake.

Looking for favor bags but not handy with a sewing machine? Jane shares her No-Sew Favour Bags Tutorial on Polka Dot Made!

Diving into all things business and day of wedding coordination with the lovely Sarah Rudd of The One Day Wedding Company

News Roundup 22nd May

Get on down to the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Open Day on Saturday, June 27th 2015. Guests can enjoy food & beverage samples, live entertainment, fashion shows and go in the draw to win prizes while perusing the hotel’s function spaces. Head to the website to register.

Following us on Instagram? (if not, why not? We have so much fun over there!). If not, you might have missed out call out for your weddings on our specialty blogs Polka Dot Groom & Polka Dot Weddings.We want real stories written by you and we don’t care a bit about your style, your budget or really anything but that your day reflected who you and your beloved are. Pop onto the blogs and click “Contribute A Post” from the top right hand drop down menu then follow the prompts!

We have plenty of UK readers at Polka Dot Bride, so here’s a heads up for you! Bridal boutique Les Trois Soeurs will be holding a trunk show on the 13th and 14th of June to show off designer gowns from Israeli designer Zahavit Tshuba. The gowns look amazing and I am tempted to ask anyone who goes to report back for us! Book by emailing bridal@lestroissoeurs.co.uk

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What The Bachelor Teaches Us About Business

Elegant Mermaid Wedding Inspiration

Elegant Autumn Wedding Inspiration

How The Strategy Of Scheduling Helped Me Make A Habit

Elegant English Garden Inspired Shoot

Finally, our film of the week comes to us from Michael Bird of Native Video. This couple shared a beautiful wedding day but then did something awesome the following day for a very worthy cause!

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Nichole & Kade’s Sweet Elopement

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

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Nichole & Kade

There is much magic to be had in the quiet. In the moments where it is just the two of you, the lightness of your story enveloping it all. Nichole and Kade chose a sweet elopement for their nuptials. The bride and groom upon deciding they didn’t want a wedding, eloped two days after Christmas and two and a half months after their engagement with just their immediate family. A simple white dress, a wonderful photographer Lauren Campbell (who just happens to be the bride’s sister!) and the scene was set.

Nichole and Kade tell. “We have known each other for years before we started dating. We worked in shops next to each other for about 3-4 years. I was the girl in the video store & he was the boy at the game store. We would occasionally talk but nothing more than a “hey how are you?” But we slowly started to connect on a deeper scale and we eventually became great friends who helped and cared for each other, and fell in love.”

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The couple chose a morning celebration – the bride’s sister, also the makeup artist rising at 3.30am to get started! Nichole noting, “I love my other talented sister Keira who got up with me at 3.30am to make my make up look effortless. My hairdresser arrived before the sun to start my hair!”

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Nichole and Kade  chose John Tucker Park, Patterson for their ceremony, noting, “We got married two and a half months after the engagement, we aren’t the kind of people who wanted to wait a year or two before we got married. We never saw the point. We were married In a beautiful and intimate ceremony first thing in the morning on December 27th, at John Tucker Park in Patterson NSW. It was absolutely gorgeous, an entire park solely to us, they sky grey but a light mist and dew in the air.  The park is a place that we often go for a nice calm relaxing picnic together AND was also the place where Kade proposed!”

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Nichole remembers “I walked down the aisle to an original acoustic song written by my father in law Shane Pyers. Lead singer of the extremely talented “Mokobenj”. The song was magical and romantic and will forever be something special to us both.”

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“Our rings were extremely special on the day also. Kade had chosen my wedding ring and I wasn’t allowed to see it until he put it on my finger, which was extremely exciting and made the moment a little more special. Kade’s wedding band was a unique rustic homemade band by the gorgeous couple from Rhodes Wedding Co. They travel across America making home made bands, that are each so individually made that they tell their own unique love story and are more then the standard gold band . Everyone adored it as it was not something anyone had seen before.”

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Of their photographer, Nichole remarks, “The photographer is someone very special and dear to both of us. The immensely talented “Lauren Campbell photographer ” from Canberra. Who just so happens to be my big sister. So not only was there some perks with having my sister do my photos, but we had no doubt at all that there would be a lot of love and effect put into making our photos magical for a lifetime!”

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Jade Mcintosh Flowers created the bouquet for the bride and buttonhole for the groom, Nichole explaining, “Everyone adored my flowers. With organising my wedding on such short notice I was concerned that nobody would take me on. All I wanted was a bouquet for myself and a buttonhole for Kade. Being two days after Christmas as well I was getting turned down by a few companies which made sense. Until I came across “Jade Mcintosh Flowers”. Jade was happy to take me on and quick to come up with my perfect flowers with no fuss at all.”

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Nichole and Kade had dinner with their family at Savannah’s, Morpeth after the ceremony, noting, “We had our “reception” at the elegant Savannahs in Morpeth, which we only just recently realised was the place we had our first date over three years ago.”

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Nichole notes, “We didn’t have a first dance as the reception was a simple breakfast with our guests and couldn’t really dance at a restaurant which is fine, but as corny as it sounds I think the first year of marriage is like the first dance. If I had organised to do a first dance I had an idea of exactly what it would have been. “Be Mine” by Guy Sebastian. From the first time I heard that song I knew that it was something extremely special and would bring so much love and happiness to my marriage.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Nichole and Kade! Thank you so much for sharing the story of your day with us. Thank you also to Lauren Campbell  for sharing this gorgeous day with us!

Photographer: Lauren Campbell / Bride’s Dress: Calabro / Alterations: Michelle Cross-Johnston / Groom’s Attire: Lowes / Hairstylist: Sarah Matthews / Makeup Artist: Keira Campbell / Flowers: Jade Mcintosh Flowers / Ceremony Venue: John Tucker Park, Patterson / Ceremony Officiant: Dave Yeoman / Ceremony Musicians: Shane Pyers / Reception Venue: Savannah's, Morpeth / Cake Baker: Sophie's Sweet Treats / Wedding Rings: Rhodes Wedding Co.

Sarah & Michael’s Summer Abbotsford Convent Wedding

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Sarah & Michael

A gorgeous Summer day led to the most beautiful Summer Abbotsford Convent wedding for Sarah and Michael. A day which played out full of interesting, fun touches, plenty of stories and memory making moments in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful venues. All captured by Goldsmith & Co.

As for how Sarah and Michael ended up there, the story is told a little something like this. “Both of us (Michael and Sarah) enjoy going to the café, 7 Seeds in Carlton. One particular time I (Sarah) looked very happy and Michael took a photo. We were still friends and named the photo the’7 Seeds smile’. Later Michael found out that this was in fact the moment when I knew I liked Michael. As a result, Michael wanted to propose to me at 7 Seeds but also wanted to get me there dressed up so that we could go to dinner afterwards. So he put together a very elaborate back story which his whole family was in on.

One day when I was washing the dishes he told me that his younger brother Andrew was graduating on a particular day even though he had not finished his semester – this was allowed due to a made up “final subject policy”. A couple of days later Michael mentioned that there would be professional photographers there so maybe I’d like to dress up. Days before the graduation, I was asking family members what they were wearing and on the day, Michael’s eldest brother Ryan was staying with us and had a conversation with Michael regarding what tie to take back for Andrew.

Finally Michael and I were on our way, and as we were a little early Michael suggested grabbing a coffee, to which I replied ‘I’ve already had one today, I’ll get a Red Bull instead’. It took a bit of convincing but Michael finally got me to the café at which point I said to the waiter ‘two take away strong cappuccino’s thanks’. Again, Michael had to convince me that they had the time to sit down and enjoy a coffee.

The type of coffee that I (Sarah) normally orders (when sitting in) comes with a card explaining the origin of the beans, some history about the farm/ region it came from and some particular (flavour) notes you may be able to discern in the coffee. However this time the card looked slightly different, it had the photo of the 7 Seeds smile on it, with origins from Ringwood and Dandenong and the title was “The Perfect Blend” (Cards (with this phrase) were displayed on the cake table in the reception). Still the penny hadn’t dropped for me as I thought this was a lovely gesture that Michael had arranged. It was only when I heard the song “Marry Me” by Train over the loud-speaker that I clicked.

Trying to keep composed to read the thoughtful message Michael had written on the back of the card, Michael casually smiled and sipped his cappuccino. When I finally took a sip of my coffee I noticed a very familiar looking message (in the same writing as a note I’d left for Michael on his coffee cup while I was thousands of miles away in South America). My message was “Let’s have a great life babe”. Michael got down on one knee, and I said ‘yes’.”

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The couple chose a different kind of first look, the bride remembering, “We’d heard of couples that saw each other before the ceremony for photos do a ‘reveal’ so they could each enjoy that moment of seeing each other for the first time. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to play a trick on Michael and completely throw him off by slipping into the puffiest number circa 1980 I could find from the Salvos Store and watch his reaction. We had the entire bridal party line up to watch with Michael’s back to me – when Michael turned his reaction along with the bridal party’s was priceless – it was a combination of fear & laughter as they weren’t quite sure if it was ‘the’ dress. It defiantly broke the ice and set the mood for the day – to have fun and don’t take anything too seriously.” The bride’s “real” dress was by Rachel Gilbert.

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Sarah and Michael chose Abbotsford Convent for their wedding, noting “We used Abbotsford Convent for both Ceremony and Reception. The ceremony took place in the gardens and then flowed straight into the Rosina courtyard for canapés with the main reception in the main hall. Having it all in the one venue kept a nice the flow and made it more relaxing for both guests and the bridal party. The two spaces during the reception created different moods for the evening & the space is effortlessly beautiful – you can do as much or as little as you like to it.” The wedding was styled by Wedding Day PA.

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Sarah walked down the aisle to the same song Michael proposed with – Marry Me by Train.

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Julianne Bambacas performed the ceremony, Sarah noting, “Julianne brought a great level of professionalism, style and fun not only on the day but the prep leading up. Julianne really invested herself into the role and we always felt comfortable knowing she had everything covered even when we didn’t!”

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Of their photographers, Sarah and Michael tell, “Jane & Brett were a great team and made the entire day a relaxed an enjoyable experience. Their style was a very casual opting for more natural shots and not posed, which really reflects us.”

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Guests enjoyed drinks and canapes in the courtyard, Sarah telling, “Personal touches definitely stick with you, the Photo installation created by the family was a real talking piece.”

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The floral arrangements were styled by Botanics Of Melbourne, the bride telling, “AMAZING!!!! For a girl who was anti flowers my partner and I immediately fell in love with Shane’s and the team’s work from Botanics. They went above and beyond our expectations and level of service all done with a smile – it’s really been an enjoyable part of the wedding prep and blew our minds on the day!”

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Bursaria Fine Foods catered the wedding, the bride remarking, “Raising the bar when it comes to wedding food – Bursaria offered flexibility, fresh and exciting offerings. The grazing menu allowed for great interaction at the table and meant no one missed out and the roving deserts were another fun element and allowed people to get up and mingle. If you appreciate good food I would strongly recommend Bursaria.”

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The couple served cake from Cake Bytes and a cheese tower from Milk The Cow noting, “With only two & half days’ notice – Shan from Cake Bytes not only created a five tier master piece but a cake that tasted divine. There are wedding cakes and then there are cakes made by Shan. I’m not a massive sweet tooth but when you’re eating cake for breakfast you know it’s good! Opting for something a little different we went with a cheese tower …and arranged it three days before the wedding! Mark and the team from Milk The Cow did a great job of pulling this together and gave us the opportunity to taste and learn about the cheese selected which was a lot of fun.”

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The finishing touch was a photo booth from Little Pixel Box, Sarah telling, “We ended up going with an Instagram printer & despite being a little nervous it wouldn’t be used, the girls walked us through the process and attended the evening to make sure everyone got a snap! It was a real talking point of the night made possible by their great product and service – thanks guys!”

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Of their first dance, Sarah tells, “We did a little bit of a flash mob with the bridal party to the Drifters  – ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’.”

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Congratulations Sarah and Michael! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Goldsmith & Co. for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Goldsmith & Co / Wedding Styling: Wedding Day PA / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Attire: Black Tie Classic / Groom’s Attire: (Shirt) Prinzi Collections / Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Classic / Groomsmen Attire: (Shirt) Prinzi Collections / Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids / Bridesmaid Accessories: Country Road / Hairstylist: Laura from Reel Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Tracey from Butler Makeup Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Botanics Of Melbourne / Invitations & Stationery: The Paper Empire / Venue: Abbotsford Convent / Ceremony Officiant: Julianne Bambacas / Ceremony Musicians: Bag piper from Haileybury College / Band: Afrodesia / Catering: Bursaria Fine Foods / Favors: Oxfam / Cake Baker: Cake Bytes / Cheese Cake: Milk The Cow / Wedding Rings: Top Image Jewellery / Photo Booth: Little Pixel Box
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