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Anelise & Brad’s Balloon Filled Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Anelise and Brad

When Anelise and Brad tied the knot, they made it a weekend celebration hiring one large house for their bridal party to stay and get ready in. Lovers of the bayside town of Sorrento, their escape from the hullabaloo of the city, they chose their sacred place for their marriage and didn’t Mother Nature deliver? Blue skies, crystal blue waters and sunshine! Their beautiful, balloon filled wedding day was captured by Lauren Marshall of LJM Photography.

Anelise tells the story of how they came to be. “Brad and I were introduced by a mutual friend, it was pretty much love at first sight J We hit it off very quickly (7 years ago now) and we are lucky enough to have found a partner who brings out the best in us. We want the same things in life and have the same values which makes every success one we can share and celebrate together. Anyone who can make you laugh and smile every day is a keeper in my books.”

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Anelise and Brad hired Casino Royal in Blairgowrie for their wedding weekend, Anelise remembering, “Brad and I knew that we wanted a coastal wedding, we have had so many great times near the ocean. Sorrento has always been a place where we have escaped the city chaos and been able to switch off and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.We wanted our wedding to really relate to how people know us as a couple, it was really a big party. We each had six friends in our bridal party, friends from interstate and overseas travelled to join the fun.

We all arrived two days before the wedding and stayed in an amazing house down the road from the venue called Casino Royale. We had some fun times before the big day and everyone had the chance to get to know each other and relax. Our Bridal house meant we could have the whole bridal party (yep all 14 of us!) in the one place for 5 days and really enjoy the celebrations without it all being rush rush rush in one afternoon. It was perfect for the Sunday brunch for guests too.”

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Anelise wore a custom gown by Ania G Couture while her bridesmaids wore custom made gowns from Seduce.

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The groom and groomsmen wore Studio Italia suits.

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Anelise and Brad chose All Smiles Café Sorrento for their ceremony and reception, noting, “All Smiles was exactly what we were looking for, on the beach, laid-back vibe and an amazing outlook!”

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Anelise walked down the aisle to Foy Vance, ‘Be The Song’.

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Jill Wilson of Jill Wilson Weddings performed the marriage ceremony.

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A balloon release signaled the end of the ceremony, Anelise remembering, “Guests were treated to cocktails between the ceremony and reception while the bridal party had some quick happy snaps taken on the sand with our amazing balloon props.”

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Anelise notes, “It was very humbling to know how much people care about us and that they wanted to share in our big day. I was expecting to be stressed and nervous about the whole experience but I found that just knowing Brad was going to be at the end of the aisle was all I needed to keep the smile on my face, the other things don’t matter, just go with the flow and it will all work out!”

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The reception continued inside All Smiles with guests enjoying a lolly buffet, photobooth and plenty of other fun touches all arranged by the bride and her maid of honour Erin Clark (0425 783 059). Anelise remembers, “My Maid of Honour (Erin) is magnificent with events and planning so she made sure so many of the intricate details were in place: decorations, accessories for photo booth, jewellery, pre-wedding bridesmaid’s outfits (mini satin robes from my sis), just to name a few.”

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More photographs were captured as the sun set over the water.

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For their first dance, Anelise remarks, “Our song was “Only To Be With You” by Roachford. Its an oldie but a goodie. Brad and I had a few dance lessons just to give us some flow for the first couple of minutes. We wanted to be able to surprise everyone but also have some fun with a great song that we knew everyone would get into the swing of.”

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Dancing and much merriment continued long into the night, Anelise explaining, “The rest of the evening was filled with our family and friends circulating past the spoilt-for-choice dessert/lolly bar, the vodka infused slushy machines, fantastic photobooth and the always busy dancefloor. As the majority of our guests were staying the night in nearby holiday homes we were all picked up by buses and headed back to the bridal house for some more drinks and good times. The following day we held a brunch at the house, catered for with a Mexican & Spanish flair, think mini tacos, nacho tower, seafood paella & chocolate dipped churros mmmmmm…what more could we ask for!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Anelise and Brad! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Lauren Marshall of LJM Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Lauren Marshall, LJM Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Erin Clark 0425 783 059 / Bride’s Dress: Ania G Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride’s Jewelry: Antique vintage earrings from brides grandmother / Groom’s Attire: Studio Italia / Groomsmen Attire: Studio Italia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Seduce, custom made / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Joan Edmondson for all hair (Mt Martha, 0419575300) / Makeup Artist: (Bride) By bride / Makeup Artist: (Bridesmaids) Kirsty Boston / Flowers & Decor: Joe’s Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Invites custom created via Etsy / Venue: All Smiles Café Sorrento / Ceremony Officiant: Jill Wilson of Jill Wilson Weddings / DJ: Moby Disc / Cake Baker: Mark’s Quality Cakes, Williamstown / Wedding Rings: Paul Bram Diamonds / Transport: Portsea Passenger Service
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Friday Roundup

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Inspired Memories – Mick Image by Love, Katie & Sarah.

As the cool weather moves in, there’s a crispness in the air that makes me want to rug up in front of a log fire with a nice glass of red. But who really needs an excuse!? The change in seasons also brings with it the air of change, and doesn’t the adage go that change is as good as a holiday (unless you’re heading on your honeymoon – then a holiday wins hands down!).  So maybe it’s that time of year to check where you’re at and make any changes to your routine that could boost your happiness moving into Winter. Then you can face the cold head on – and enjoy the warmth that comes from being content!

To boost your happiness today, we’ve got a lovely Friday Roundup just for you! Full of prettiness, events and offers, it’ll kick start your morning. Enjoy!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.

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1. Shoe Crush Sunday – Pretty Pastel Wedding 2. Real Wedding - Candice and Alex’s Pretty Pink Wedding 3. Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Emily 

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

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 1. What Would They Know? Jacqueline Moore of Watson‘s Bay Boutique Hotel 2.Expert Advice - You, Me and Baby Makes Three – Tips For Pregnant Brides  3. Expert Advice – 10 Tips For Brides to Achieve Better Photos

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

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1. Etsy Roundup – Green and Blue Engagement Rings 2. Tuesday Type – Showcase 3. Cocktail Friday - Pomegranate & Apple Cocktail 

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

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Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1. Real Groom - Inspired Memories – Mick 2. Real Groom Style - Sam

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Anna DaFonte Sydney is having a Designer Sample Sale on Saturday, 17th May 2014.

Indulge your catwalk cravings with designer gowns by Reem Acra, J.Mendel, Delphine Manivet and Elizabeth Fillmore. Appointments are essential and can be made by phoning (02) 9362 3219.

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The Wedding Upmarket is on again on May 3rd!Starting at 10am, some of Perth’s best and most creative wedding suppliers with gather to show their talents at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Undercroft. Entry is free so pop along and see some of the stunning creations- including handcrafted jewellery, veils, wedding couture, stationery, stylists, flowers, gourmets plus lots more.


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Want to win this Samantha Wills necklace valued at $300? Wedding List Co are hosting an Autumn Bridal Showcase at Sydney’s Establishment Hotel Penthouse, a great opportunity for you to explore their gorgeous gift collection!

The session times are as as follows:

Friday 2nd May: 5.30 – 6.30pm

Friday 2nd May: 7 – 8pm

Saturday 3rd May: 10 – 11am

The event is open to brides, grooms and bridesmaids but places are limited so registration is essential. Everyone who pre registers with and uses Wedding List Co for their registry will receive a gift valued at $100. An extra special deal for Polka Dot Bride readers? You’ll go into the draw to win the above Samantha Wills necklace valued at $300 simply by attending! Check out their website Wedding List Co  for booking details and make sure to select “Polka Dot Bride” from the “How did you hear about us?” drop down menu! !

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Photographer James Billing has teamed up with his wife Bec to launch a brand new wedding and events business called The Hutch and to celebrate? They’re giving away a $25,000 wedding package including photography, venue, catering, cake, videographer, floristry, styling, celebrant, transport, makeup and a mobile bar! Check out The Hutch for details on how to enter!

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Finally our film of the week comes from the fab team at Soda Films, featuring the gorgeous wedding of Ali & Sam. The DRESS people! Breathtaking!

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Casual Wedding Cover Ups

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Today’s post is a reader request! Marrying in August, this Polka Dottie is in search of a coverup for her late winter wedding. She’s having a rustic style and looking for something that isn’t delicate or sequined, a little more casual if you will!

Never one to shy away from an online shopping expedition, I found these snuggly casual wedding cover up options that will not only keep a bride or her bridesmaids warm but also have that casual, relaxed vibe that our bride is on the hunt for.casual wedding coverups1 Casual Wedding Cover Ups

1. Cashmere poncho from Jigsaw. Ponchos are the ultimate in warmth  and I love the cosy grey of this number. A thicker knit always looks more casual and less delicate too. With a poncho too you can wear whatever you like underneath and don’t have to worry about necklines and sleeves getting in the way.

2. Brave Soul Faux Fur Jacket from ASOS. Keeping up with bridal tones, this faux fur number in cream is a warm and fluffy option to keep you cosy. Dress it up with a high ballerina bun or go more casual with loose, flowing curls.

3. Rose Pointelle Cardigan from Forever New. The weave on this cardigan won me over. Warm and understated at the same time. The creamy colour is bridal but the shawl collar and circular shape keeps it casual.

4. Fake Fur Jacket from H&M. Fake fur can add a touch of Hollywood glam to an outfit but I think the length and colour of this faux fur coat has just the right mix to not look too overdressed. A cosy, bundled up option.

5. Cream crochet wool shawl from VintageOpulence To go the ultimate in casual but warm, a blanket or shawl like this vintage cream one on Etsy is warm without being over dressed. Throw it casually around you to keep away the August chill.

6. Chocolate Brown Shawl from ElegantKnitting. I love the thick weave of this knit and the chocolate brown colour is so yummy for cooler weather, while keeping that earthy casual feel.

7. Eva Tartan Jacket by Vivienne Westwood Angl0mania from Net A Porter, Want to go completely different? What about this fantastic tartan jacket over your wedding dress? Love this option for a completely rustic wedding in a barn paired with fabulous boots. What an accessory!

8. Plush Angora Topper from BHLDN. A little more feminine than the other options in this roundup, but with the right styling is casual and sweet without being too dressed up (plus, angora? so soft and snuggly!)

9. Collarless Metallic Zip Jacket from French Connection UK. I know, it’s a little glitzy, but I couldn’t resist this for a completely out of left field option. A warm biker style jacket is a completely different option that isn’t too girly or dressed up, but this metallic version adds a bit of fun and can certainly pass for a wedding coverup with the right styling!

Anna and Darren’s Colourful Western Australian Wedding

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Anna & Darren

Anna met her husband while on a working holiday from Germany. When they married, they infused plenty of colour and plenty of German traditions into their colourful Western Australian wedding but also added a lot of Australian traditions. Making it a true melting pot and coming together of their lives, families and backgrounds captured by photographer Nic Duncan.

Anna tells their story. “Coming from Germany originally, I met Darren in 2006 on a working holiday around Australia, I was working in a pub in Perth at the time, we met at a party through mutual friends. It wasn’t until 2 weeks later he called me and we had our first date. After we had been dating for a few months I went to New Zealand for a while as my visa had run out and he came to see me a few months later, we have never been separated since.”

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Anna chose the strapless Wendy Makin – Danielle gown from Samantha Wynne.

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Lush Floral Designs created the bright and bold floral arrangements for the day.

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Anna and Darren met before the ceremony for photographs, Anna telling, “Darren and I decided to have a reveal/first look, so we could spend as much time as possible with each other alone to enjoy the day. Our photographer Nic Duncan took us to Greens Pool in William Bay National Park – one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. I went for a paddle in the ocean and got my dress soaked! Probably not a wise decision considering we still had the ceremony ahead of us but it was so much fun!”

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Of their photographer, Anna remarks, “I booked our photographer, Nic Duncan, before I booked anything else for my wedding. I’d made wedding invites for another couple a year earlier and the bride sent me Nic’s photos and I knew then and there if I ever got married I would want Nic Duncan as my photographer. She tells a story through her photographs, captures emotions and the natural flow of the day. Her style and personality helped Darren a lot as he is very shy in front of the camera.”

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After photographs, the couple headed to their ceremony in the middle of the stunning forest next to William Bay Cottages. Anna remembers, “Our ceremony was at William Bay Cottages where all my German family and friends stayed. It’s about 20 minutes from the beautiful town of Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia, between farmland and the ocean. We had our ceremony under the peppermint trees next to the cottages.”

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“We love Denmark and all nature around it and as I am from the country in Germany I wanted to capture that low-key country vibe. We had hay bales for our guests to sit on and my sister and Darren’s dad made a wooden backdrop for the ceremony saying “Love you to the moon and back”.”

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The bride surprised her father to be with  unique form of wedding transport. Anna remarking, “My “wedding car” was a vintage tractor with a trailer. I surprised my dad with the tractor ride as he collects and restores tractors as a hobby. He was blown away – that was one of my favourite moments of the wedding.”

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Anna chose, for her processional ” ‘All of you’ by John Legend and ‘Feel so close’ by Calvin Harris, Darren had to organise the songs with the boys, they pressed “play” too early and I walked in half to one and half to the other song, which was great because I couldn’t make up my mind anyway, I wanted a party song but then John Legends song came out and I loved that too.”

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The couple’s dog made a wonderful ring bearer, says Anna. “Our Border Collie Ralf was the ring bearer – he did a pretty good job not running into the forest and not jumping up on my dress.”

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With Anna’s German background, they added plenty of German traditions to their day, Anna noting, “A German tradition is to cut a heart out of a bed sheet with nail scissors at the end of the ceremony, it resembles the hard work marriage can be but if you work together everything will be easier, also after the heart is cut out the groom has to carry the bride through the heart shaped hole in the sheet.”

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Pepper & Salt Restaurant @ Forest Hill Winery hosted the reception, Anna explaining, “Our reception was at Forest Hill Winery in Denmark WA. Half way through organising our wedding, the restaurant at the winery closed and sent me in a big spin trying to work out what to do. Luckily one of the best restaurants in the region “Pepper & Salt” were looking for a bigger space and opened at Forest Hill a few months later. It felt like hitting the jackpot. They looked after us very well and I can’t thank them enough.”

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There were plenty of DIY touches from the bride, who remarks, “I love decoration and crafting, so this was the PERFECT opportunity for me to go crazy on making things. I did a short course in Letterpress Printing at Tafe and hand printed parts of my invites. I’m a graphic designer so I also designed the rest of my invites, maps, menus, place cards. I made colourful paper bunting for the wedding and also some clay earrings with help from my friend Lucy who owns Clay and Clasp as favours for the girls.”

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Jo Taylor from Eclectic Events was enlisted to help style the wedding, Anna telling, “Our wedding was over 400k away, although the budget was already stretched I booked Jo Taylor and she was the best thing that happened to me. Worth every penny. I could only afford to book her to help me style the wedding, but there is nothing better then local and industry knowledge. You will save time and money.”

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Of their first dance, Anna remembers, “We originally didn’t want to do a first dance, just having a big party without too many formalities, but on the day Darren surprised me and pulled me onto the dance floor to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young and Beautiful’.”

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Albany Cake Designs  delivered a delicious two tier cake. “Our wedding cake was made to look like a log of wood, we bought an axe at a local hardware store and cut the cake with that. That was so much fun. We also had a massive German lolly and chocolate buffet.”

Congratulations Anna and Darren! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Nic Duncan for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Nic Duncan / Styling/Hire: Jo Taylor from Eclectic Events / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin - Danielle / Bride’s Shoes: Zomp / Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed / Groom’s Attire: Britton's Formal Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Britton's Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Light In The Box / Bride’s Jewelry: Pigeonhole / Hairstylist: Vanessa Watson - Halo Head Studio / Makeup Artist: Brooke Macarlino / Flowers & Decor: Lindy from Lush Floral Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Bride's Design / Ceremony Venue: William Bay Cottages / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Thomas / Reception Venue: Pepper & Salt Restaurant @ Forest Hill Winery / Reception Music: Ben Chambers / Favors: Bride with Lucy from Clay and Clasp / Catering: Silas Masih of Pepper & Salt / Cake Baker: Albany Cake Designs / Wedding Rings: Rohan Jewellery / Transport: Denmark Wine Lovers Tours / Bridal Salon: Samantha Wynne
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