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Vendor of the Week – My Wedding Decor

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Happy Monday Dotties! How was your love week and Valentine’s Day? Did you celebrate with something luxe or do something a little more relaxed? We’d love to know!

What are you doing this Summer? Plenty of beach or pool visits, backyard cricket, or just sitting in the shade of a tree enjoying a long cool drink, dreaming of your wedding day? Catch up with us as we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Styling & Hire, we have Flowers, we have Hair & Beauty, we even have Gift Registries and Photobooth Hire! Our Directory is filled with vendors who love what they do and would be delighted to meet you.

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

 

My Wedding Decor

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Choosing your wedding decor just got a whole lot easier with the decor options available at My Wedding Decor. Choose a theme which most resonates with the way you live, or decorate your house, and find it in amongst the 11 themes available on the site. From retro and vintage, seaside and handmade through to the more unusual such as steam punk and geek, Elizabeth has your wedding decor items covered.

We asked Elizabeth of My Wedding Decor five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

It’s a three-way tie between a soft merlot, a tangy gin & tonic or a jug of sangria!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I love the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula in Victoria with its stunning beaches and gorgeous vineyards.

Favourite restaurant?

The Meat & Wine Co in Southbank, Melbourne (my husband and I had our first date there).

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

Cerebus BeachHouse at Black Rock in bayside Melbourne.

Your favourite wedding story?

I met my English husband Andrew on a plane flying to London in April 2011, using a date and time I’d picked using astrology to “meet someone who would change my life”. Well he was sitting in front of me on the plane and as soon as I saw him, I had this weird sense I had met him before.

He proposed in January 2013 the day the builder was starting our house renovation and I used astrology again to choose our wedding date and time, a Wednesday in October at lunchtime. The mid-week date and time meant we could book out Aqua Dining in Sydney for our wedding when we went to check it out just seven months before our wedding date.

We decided on a travel-theme for our wedding, and I organised wedding invitations which looked like boarding passes, a cupcake wedding cake with a map of the world and a toy plane on top, and table names with our favourite locations. I had such a fun time organising my own wedding I decided to create My Wedding Decor so other brides could find themed decorations for their wedding, too.

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

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Snapshot Sunday – Rainbow Day

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Georgia & Warwick’s Chic Country Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements

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Georgia & Warwick

Sunset is one of my favourite times of day for photographs and Georgia and Warwick’s chic country engagement photos completely encapsulates why. Shot by Zoe Morley, the couple chose the natural backdrop for their portrait session.

Georgia and Warwick tell the tale of how they met. “We met at a friend’s party in Bilgola Plateau, had a cheeky kiss and went our separate ways only to run into each other 2 years later at a pub and we’ve been together ever since then!”

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On what she loves about her future husband, Georgia tells, “Warwick is incredibly kind, empathetic and….cheeky. He is a huge support and my best friend.”

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Of their proposal, Georgia remembers, “Last July we went to our friend’s wedding in Bali and continued on, partying around London, Paris, the South of France, Sardinia, Sicily and Amsterdam. Towards the end of the holiday in St Maxime, we had a beautiful dinner in (of course) a very French restaurant, went for a walk on the beach and then back to the hotel.

I was on the balcony taking selfies of my outfit for mum, Warwick was loitering around and, thinking he felt left out, I went to take a photo of him but he was just trying to get my attention. He dropped a knee and asked me to marry him and gave me a placeholder ring. I freaked out and said no. I think poor Warwick was on his knee for 2 minutes while I had an existential crisis.

I remember him just saying ‘well what do you say?’ and I was like ‘yes, of course!’. We called our parents & siblings straight away and went off to the local bar for a bottle of champagne!”

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“The funniest story was that I said ‘what?! no’ initially when Warwick proposed. I was in shock!”

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On what he loves about Georgia, Warwick remarks, “Georgia has a deep heart and is so full of life – constantly happy and giggling. She puts loyalty above all else and her strength and positivity inspires me every day.”

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Photographer: Zoe Morley

Ingrid & Stephen’s Relaxed Beach Wedding

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

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Ingrid & Stephen

I love that Ingrid and Steve truly honoured what they loved to do with their relaxed beach side wedding. Choosing the place they spend the most time together – the beach, they wed with the waves crashing in the background and celebrated in the nearby surf club. The best part? The moment the bride got to surprise her groom with a lifelong dream. Jennifer Burch captured their wedding day in all its glory.

Ingrid remembers, “Coxy & I met at our surf life saving club on the northern beaches in Sydney. We both compete in surf boats and he has been my coach/sweep for the last six years.”

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Ingrid wore the Fleur by Maria Chiodo found at Marry Me Bridal. She remarks, “I popped in there for the first time by myself because it’s on my way home from work. The dress I chose happened to be the first one I tried on. I was drawn to the midriff for something a bit different and I had an eye for lace too.”

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Melinda Ovenden created the floral arrangements for the bridal party, including bouquets filled with greenery.

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Ingrid and Stephen chose Pacific Palms Surf Club beachfront for their ceremony, noting, “Coxy (Stephen) is a beach boy through and through and although I love the beach, I have always been drawn to the country, so Pacific Palms was a brilliant medium. It’s also a special place for us as we compete in The Battle of the Boats on Elizabeth Beach each year.”

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The bride arrived with her father on horseback. She explains, “Probably the one thing that stood out was being able to fulfill a dream of riding horses to my ceremony with my Dad. I had always imagined doing something a little crazy like that and it will be one of the most memorable moments of my life. I think our guests were blown away with the surprise as we kept it a secret from pretty much everybody, including my husband! I loved it. It was just perfect.”

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“Dad and I walked down the aisle to ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy.”

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Lorraine Wafer officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “I have been to a few weddings where the ceremony seemed rushed in order to get to the pending party! Although our wedding was a huge party (!), I was hoping our ceremony could be something equally as memorable for us and our guests. Coxy and I wrote our own vows which was a really special part for us and we both feel that our guests definitely took something away with them after witnessing our marriage.”

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Of their photographer, Ingrid tells, “Jennifer worked on her own and captured so many great shots. Jen was extremely relaxed and I feel we got on really well as I was a fairly relaxed bride! Jen’s photos were beautiful. They were natural. She worked with me and my bridesmaids effortlessly and my only regret is not having her for the whole night to follow.”

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Ingrid and Stephen celebrated with their guests at Pacific Palms Surf Club.

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“My mum and I, along with a few helpers (including my 98 year young grandmother) did all the decorating, sourced the hessian for the tables and ordered the native gum for the flower arrangements.  Our wedding cake was a Croquembouche Cake made by a local lady. I had a Croquembouche for my christening, my 21st and my mum’s 60th so we stayed on theme!”

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Music was important to the couple, who chose the John Field Band  to get the party started. Ingrid notes, “We had the most fabulous band play at our wedding. They are the John Field Band and they delivered everything and more! Mark Rohanna was the pianist and he absolutely went above and beyond to make sure we covered all bases so that all went off without a hitch! Their energy was just spectacular. John Field is a brilliant front man and does a very energetic cockroach while playing the guitar. Their female vocalist Bronwyn has a brilliant voice and was electric.

Another special part of the night was having my band (Busyhands) get up and play a few funky tunes during one of the sets. I have been singing with them for six years or so now, so are a very special part of my life.

The last special tribute was singing a song for my husband as a bit of a surprise. Only my family, the John Field Band and my bridesmaids knew about it. Despite my reservations about doing such a thing, it went down very well! I sang At Last by Etta James.”

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Of the first dance, Ingrid remembers, “Our first dance was to ‘Flame Trees’ by Cold Chisel (there’s a story behind this song that came about before we got together). We are both huge Cold Chisel fans and Flame Trees is just the most beautiful rock song ever written. We then went on to dance to Do You Love Me by the Contours just to liven things up a bit!”

Congratulations Ingrid and Stephen! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jennifer Burch for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Jennifer Burch / Bride’s Dress: Fleur by Maria Chiodo / Bridal Salon: Marry Me Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewelry: Antique / Groom’s Attire: Pierre Cardin / Groom’s Shoes: Julius Marlow / Groomsmen Attire: Pierre Cardin / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Julius Marlow / Hairstylist: Leesa Strange - Havana Hairdressing by Leesa / Flowers: Melinda Ovenden / Ceremony Venue: Beachfront, Pacific Palms Surf Club / Ceremony Officiant: Lorraine Wafer / Ceremony Musicians: James Wong & Ella Nielson / Reception Venue: Pacific Palms Surf Club / Band: John Field Band / Catering: Crackle and Spit Catering / Wedding Ring (Bride): Antique / Wedding Ring (Groom): Michael Hill
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