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Inspired Words – Briana

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Ms Herringbone
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After her gorgeous Deux Belettes Wedding to (now) husband Jono, Bride Briana has provided some of her top advice for all brides-to-be – fantastic wisdom for anyone planning their own wedding or working with a tight budget!

Briana suggests “If you are planning a wedding yourself make sure you have somebody on the day (either a friend who you trust to be organised and make good decisions quickly, or a co-ordinator) to take care of the running of whole wedding. It avoids any added stress and helps you to stick to your budget by ensuring everything runs smoothly. If things run behind time you have to pay extra for staff (caterers/bar tenders/musician/bus hire) as it takes them much longer to do their job, and most venues have a closing time-you don’t want to be serving dessert as the band is packing up and the doors are being locked! Plus it allows you to enjoy your wedding in a way you imagined without stressing over the details and decision-making on the day.

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“Stick to your budget! It’s so easy to get caught up in everything and just throw money at things (especially at the last minute) because you HAVE to have it! At the end of the day nobody at the wedding has any expectations about what it should look like, you don’t need expensive things to create a beautiful atmosphere, and you are going have the best day of you life regardless!”

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Images by Van Middleton

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Leea and Robert’s Vintage Style Barn Wedding

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Leea
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Robert and Leea

Robert proposed on our 3 year anniversary in April 2013. I had suspected it was coming but was surprised all the same! We both wanted to get married in Autumn so we set a date for the following April. We knew that we wanted the day to be relaxed and informal so we wanted a venue that could cater both ceremony and reception. I had always wanted a rustic/vintage style wedding and Robert wanted somewhere with great scenery. We could not believe our luck when we found Gum Gully Farm! Not only did it tick all the boxes, it was in the Dandenong Ranges, one of our favourite weekend spots.

I chose a dress from Karen Willis Holmes in Armadale. It was the first store I visited and could have chosen six gowns from the one store! The whole experience was great and I was constantly at ease, the customer service and advice was wonderful. Unlike other stores they only required 6 months notice and the workmanship was excellent, the seamstress took great care in the fittings and the dress fit perfectly.

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I ordered my shoes online from Rachael Simpson in the UK. They were so comfortable and I will certainly get more than one wear from them.

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I chose the girls from Melbourne Bridal Make Up for both my hair and make up. I could not have been happier! They captured the look I was after perfectly.  I had a trial for my own style, however my bridesmaids decided on their styles on the day. It was amazing what the stylists could whip up at such little notice! For my “something old” I made my own birdcage veil out of an antique brooch.  It was in the shape of a Scottish thistle, a tribute to my Scottish heritage. My beautiful bridesmaids wore tulle dresses by BHLDN. They were a shade of lavender tulle over a blush lining when combined made a lovely antique rose colour. Bridal jewelry was from Bauble bar and Bridesmaids jewelry from Fletcher and Grace.

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We chose to hire suits for the groomsmen from Formal Red. It was a very simple process considering two of the groomsmen had to travel from NZ. We stayed at Loft in The Mill, Olinda both before and after the wedding, which had lots of great photo spots for the pre wedding photos.

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Our ceremony was in the Windmill Chapel at Gum Gully Farm. We hired a Piper to play as guests arrived and also for the processional.

Susan from Soul Mate Ceremonies performed the ceremony. Susan was a great help in writing our ceremony with lots of examples and options. She was very flexible and was able to include a “handfasting” which was a great way to include our parents in the ceremony.

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We could not have been happier with our photographer Jessica Tremp from Brown Paper Parcel. I discovered her through another post on Polka Dot Bride. Jessica’s style of photography captured the day perfectly. Not one detail was missed in the 1000+ photos that were taken. Her use of the surroundings and animals resulted in such beautiful and unique shots that we will treasure forever.

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While we were having our photos taken our guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside the barn. We were able to provide our own alcohol which gave us great flexibility in our drinks choices. We even made our own signature cocktails which were served from gorgeous glass urns.

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Our guests then moved into the barn for the reception. We did not want to hire a wedding planner so we decided to decorate the venue ourselves. I really enjoyed the planning process and spent months searching online at Ebay and Etsy and collecting all sorts of vintage style props from markets and op shops. We designed our own seating chart and place cards and I made the wishing well out of an old suitcase.

Sue, the wedding co-ordinator at Gum Gully allowed us to access to the venue the day prior to the wedding so that we could set everything up. It was great fun styling the tables and bunching flowers, with assistance from the wedding party and family. I handmade over 150 metres of  fabric and lace bunting to decorate the venue and made lace runners for the table tops. I had so many compliments that I decided to open my own shop LeeLoves on Etsy!

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The flowers were provided form Australian Roses, a local grower in Silvan. They had a great selection of colours to choose from and I was able to order directly from them. I picked the flowers up two days prior to the wedding and spent a few hours bunching them, ready to go to set up the venue the next day. I collected over 150 vases and mason jars to decorate the tables. I made the bouquets myself the night before the wedding over champagne with my bridesmaids. At the end of the night guests took bunches home, I’m told they lasted for two weeks after the wedding!

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Yarra Valley catering provided Canapes, Entree and Dinner. We were able to provide our own dessert, and thanks again to the flexibility at Gum Gully we were allowed to set up our own dessert buffet.

As well as a wedding cake (which was made by the grooms mother and decorated by a friend) we also provided a selection of cakes, slices and cupcakes, most of which were homemade by friends and family. I have a wonderful collection of vintage plates and tea sets which I wanted to incorporate in the display. I found some vintage crates on ebay and was able to make a beautiful display with the theme of “HighTea” which suited the venue perfectly.

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We hired a band for the reception as we are both music lovers and wanted the atmosphere that only a band can provide. We chose a six piece band The Baker Boys who were fabulous. They even allowed one of my guests to get up and serenade us as a surprise! The evening was spent dancing, laughing and having great fun. We had a lot of people travel from overseas so it was a great opportunity for a family reunion on both sides.

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Our wedding was everything that we had hoped for and could not have been more perfect. What a wonderful day it was!

Photography by Brown Paper Parcel

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful wedding Leea! You are very talented! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Leea says: “I’m Leea! I was married in April 2014 to my lovely husband Robert. I had so much fun planning our vintage style barn wedding and used Polka Dot Bride for much inspiration.”

Photographer: Brown Paper Parcel / Venue: Gum Gully Farm / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Rachael Simpson / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Jewellery: Bauble bar / Jewellery: Fletcher and Grace / Suit Hire: Formal Red / Hair & Makeup: Melbourne Bridal Make Up / Ceremony Officiant: Soul Mate Ceremonies / Decorations: LeeLoves / Band: The Baker Boys / Flowers: Australian Roses

Caitlin and Matt’s Summer Garden Wedding

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Caitlinlisle
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Matt and Caitlin

Matt and I met when I was 17 and he was 21. I had just moved to the regional uni town of Wagga Wagga to start my uni studies. We initially met at the local pub but were then set up by a mutual friend on a date. After being together for 7 months I had a horse riding accident in which I became an incomplete paraplegic. Matt stayed with me through the 6 months I was in hospital/rehab. After hospital I moved back to Wagga to resume my studies. Since then we’ve travelled, moved to Sydney, got jobs, grown up, moved in together and then 8 years after we started going out got engaged and then a year later got married.

I found my dress at a vintage show however being made in the 1950′s, it didn’t fit my 2014 shaped body and so was recreated from vintage lace by Alyssa at Kitsch Bitsch who was amazing. Hair was done by our local hair dresser Mesmerise Hair and makeup by Liv Lundelius. The flowers for the tables and down the aisle were sourced by us, however the bouquets, my floral crown and the boutonnieres were done by the local talent of Piccolo Pear.

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Deciding on a venue was easy. We knew for a long time that if we were ever to get married it would be in my parent’s garden on the Central Coast. My Mum is an amazing gardener and over 20 years of living on the central coast has created a garden oasis. Having a wedding at home also meant we could tailor the wedding to exactly how we wanted it – casual and laid back. Matt and I have had a bit of an up and down journey throughout our 9 years (with my accident) and although we wanted the wedding to be about us we also saw it as an opportunity to thank everyone who had supported us and gotten us to where we are today. So basically we wanted to throw a big party for 180 of our nearest and dearest (yes all 180 of them are pretty special).

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For most brides walking down the aisle is a given, however for me I had to decide whether I was actually going to walk or use a wheelchair. If I was going to walk, I needed to decide how I would do this. I can walk a bit over short distances with crutches with some practice so in the end I decided I would walk down the aisle with my mum on one side and my dad on the other. This way I could include them both in the ceremony and also have them both strategically to lean on. The song we chose was ‘First Day of My Life’ by bright eyes. We did the wedding seated and used two chairs that had been bought at a thrift shop so they became the something borrowed and something blue. The ceremony itself had a lot of personal touches, included as many of our closest people as possible and was beautifully written by our fantastic celebrant Jessie Cacchillo.

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We wanted people to feel welcome and have a good time so we decided to break up the reception. So first up was a picnic which was technically the ‘starter’ which also kept people entertained so that we could have our photos. Then we moved into the reception for the formal part and main meal.

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Almost everything was homemade or sourced from the local op shops including the 200 something vintage plates which my mum spent months and months collecting from op shops, garage sales and Gumtree.

Matt and I are not big fans of the alternate meal (one person gets chicken, one gets fish and then everyone switches their plates around). We wanted a meal that brought everyone together and where there were enough choices for people with dietary requirements. Therefore we had huge pans of paella made by the people at Paella Casa.

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We threw a few of the traditions out the window, we didn’t have a first dance nor did we have a cake. Therefore the end of the night was spent dancing along to the very talented The White Tree and eating gelato (being January it was very warm) with everyone that we considered to be very special in our lives and have gotten us to where we are today.

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Images by Ben Williams Photography

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Ms Gingham says: Love really does conquer all! Congratulations on a stunning wedding Caitlin and Matt!

Caitlin says: “Am a 26 yr old 5th year veterinary student. I grew up on the central coast in Sydney and I play wheelchair basketball for Australia.”

Photographer: Ben Williams Photography / Bride’s Dress: Kitsch Bitsch / Makeup Artist: Liv Lundelius / Floral Crowns & Boutonnieres: Piccolo Pear / Ceremony Officiant: Jessie Cacchillo / Catering: Paella Casa / Band: The White Tree
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