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Niamh & Andrew’s Modern Perth Wedding

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

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Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Niamh & Andrew

If there ever was a wedding to delight with modern details, beautiful florals, intimate moments and a love story to warm your heart then Niamh and Andrew’s modern Perth wedding captured by Steven Cheah Photography is one to curl up with.

The proposal happened in the freezing cold of Japan one very special New Years Eve, Niamh reminiscing “Andrew is an apprentice electrician and I am an Administrative Officer. It was NYE 2014 and it was our anniversary of the day we met…. 10 years ago!

We were in Niseko, Japan with some friends on a snowboarding holiday. We had spent all day on the slopes having lessons. I (Niamh) was in the worst mood because everyone seemed to get the hang of how to snowboard apart from me. I spent the whole day either on my butt or screaming down the slopes thinking I was about to break a leg. Bruised and battered, we went out to a small bar that night to ring in the New Year. Andrew got down on one knee in front of our friends and I said yes instantly. The whole bar cheered for us and the champagne flowed all night!”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com     Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Niamh chose a gown by Ae’lkemi, remarking “As soon as Andrew and I were engaged, I had a vision of what my dress would look like. I was 100% on the fact that it had to have sleeves. I really struggled to imagine myself in a typical wedding gown and I had come to the conclusion that I would probably have to have the dress made from scratch. A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of Alvin from Ae’lkemi. I picked a dress from Alvin’s range and asked him to customise it for me. Alvin and I designed the gown together and I was so blown away by the end product. It was a dream to wear.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

A stunning addition to Niamh’s wedding day style was a veil created by Denise McConnochie Veils, she tells “I was so undecided as to whether I was going to wear a veil but when she handed me the box with the veil in it, she was truly proud of what she had made, the veil was so delicate and beautiful, I knew there was no question. A veil was the perfect addition to my dress.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Niamh and Andrew held their ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, Highgate.

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

“My favourite moment was standing in the church, waiting to walk down the aisle, hearing the song start and my dad looking at me as asking me “are you ready?” I had never felt so sure or excited about anything in my life. Seeing Andrew’s face when I walked out from behind the doors is an image I will never forget.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Andrew adds “My favourite moment was setting my eyes on Niamh as she walked down the aisle to me. Our good friend Jason sang as she walked down the aisle and the tears were rolling!”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

“I walked down the aisle to “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding (Boyce Avenue version).  We were lucky enough to have Dolce Ensembles perform for our guests at our ceremony. I surprised Andrew with organising a very talented musician and a great friend of ours, to sing with Dolce Ensembles as I walked down the aisle. It was a moment neither of us will ever forget!”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

“We didn’t have any particular family traditions, but after I walked down the aisle, my father and I met my mother at the end of the alter. They took my hands and then handed them over to Andrew, kind of like they were giving me away. The priest then asked us to not let go of each other’s hands for the whole ceremony. We loved this. It made the ceremony so intimate and comfortable.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

“Mostly, our day was special to us as we kept the whole day simple, elegant and understated. Neither of us wanted to feel anxious about performing a dance or reciting vows. The day was centred around our love for each other, family, friends and we wanted to share every moment of it with our guests.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Of their photographer, the newlyweds note “Our photographer exceeded our expectations. We spent months looking for the right photographer that suited our style. Andrew and I are both quite uncomfortable in front of a camera and we wanted someone that captured moments rather than having the majority of our photos posed for. We stumbled across Steve’s website and instantly fell in love with his work. Steve and I chatted for weeks leading up to the day, no request or question was too difficult.

We both felt so comfortable around Steve and his partner Cinnamon. They captured our wedding day in the most beautiful way. Viewing our photos for the first time was the most emotional and joyous occasion. We felt like we relived the day all over again. We were able to witness moments captured that we missed on the day. We truly cannot thank Steve enough.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Niamh and Andrew held their reception at Quarry Amphitheatre , the bride telling “We were 100% certain that we wanted to get married in the wine region of Margaret River. We both wanted a venue that was different, something with the wow factor and we didn’t quite find what we were looking for in Margaret River. We stumbled across the Quarry Amphitheatre, visited the venue and as we walked out of the venue we said to each other “that is where we are getting married.” It was spectacular!”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Flower Talk  styled the floral arrangements for the day including a stunning hanging installation at the reception, Niamh remarks “I met with Jappalin from Flower Talk after seeing some of her work featured on some wedding blogs and was instantly impressed. I met with Jappalin and we hit it off straight away. She made Andrew and I feel confident that she would provide me with exactly what we wanted on the day. Even a change in the colour theme was no trouble for Jappalin.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

The couple worked with wedding planners Lou & May to ensure their dream day went off without a hitch. “Andrew and I designed all of the styling ourselves, with help from Kayla from Lou & May, who made sure everything was in the right spot on the day Andrew made the hanging light feature and hung all of the fairy lights in the marquee on the morning of the wedding.

Kayla went above and beyond when helping to organise our wedding. She was the glue in all of the plans and ideas! All of our vendors were absolutely amazing and gave Andrew and I the most amazing day of our lives!”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Under the clear top marquee, the couple took their first dance, Niamh remembering “Our first dance was to “For Once in My Life” by Frank Sinatra. As a little girl, I always imagined myself dancing to this song at my wedding. Our dance wasn’t rehearsed or choreographed, we just enjoyed each other in the moment before we invited the wedding party and all of the guests to join us.”

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

Modern Perth Wedding | Photo by Steven Cheah Photography www.stevencheahphotography.com

A big thank you to Niamh and Andrew for allowing us to share their day! Thank you also to Steven Cheah Photography  for sharing the photographs of this beautiful wedding with us.

Photographer: Steven Cheah Photography / Wedding Planner: Lou & May / Styling: AWE Styling / Bride’s Dress: Ae’lkemi / Bride’s Shoes: Little Boutique 22 On Amazon / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Denise McConnochie Veils / Bride’s Jewellery: Mimco / Bride’s Jewellery: Oscar De La Renta / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom's Shoes: H by Hudson / Groomsmen Attire: Penguins Formal Suit Hire / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jonte / Bridesmaid Shoes: Asos / Flowergirl Dresses: Tutu Du Monde / Hairstylist: Kayla Marshall / Makeup Artist: Teneille Sorgiovanni / Flowers: Flower Talk / Invitations & Stationery: Libby Cooper / Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Highgate / Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Ensembles / Ceremony Officiant: Father Renald Anthony / Reception Venue: Quarry Amphitheatre / Reception Hire Items: Heart Strings Hire + Style / Rental Furniture: Wish Upon a Well / Signage: Beautiful Writing / Cake: Sheree Davies / Engagement Ring: Solid Gold / Wedding Ring: Mazzuchelli’s / Wedding Ring: The Irish Jeweller / Transport: Uber
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Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For Newlywed Engaged & Newlyweds

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Our final Polka Dot Christmas gift guide (see For The Bride & Bridesmaids and For The Groom & Groomsmen) is one for the newly engaged and newlyweds. I always love it when a couple has that special buzz of what is to come and these gift ideas cover the kind of things you might not buy for yourself, but that would last forever in a life together, create memories, give a touch of spoiling to the happy couple or even inspire them on new adventures.
From bright and bold outdoor umbrellas, wine boxes marked for the years to come, paella pans (an essential in my house) handmade treats and even a polka dot honeypot (couldn’t resist adding that in!) We’ve tailored this gift guide to work for couples at any stage of their lives together.

We’ve added all the links and online stores to the guide this year to make shopping easy. Which gift is your favourite?

 

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Bloom & Co Numbered Mixing Bowls Set of 3, Basil Bangs Miss Marigold Umbrella, ArtificerWoodWorks Wedding Wine Box, Bonnie & Neil Abstract Splash Blue & Gold Platter, Le Creuset ‘Revolution’ 6-Piece Utensil Set, The Bubble World’s Smallest Bottle Of Sparkling Wine, The Lost & Found Department Linen Napkins, Resident GP Copper Candle Holders, Rob Ryan Only Time Glasses, Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist Book, Kahler Design Omaggio Vase, West Elm Collector’s Editions Salad Plate, Hunting For George Oh The Places You’ll Go Print, Wheel & Barrow Paella Pan, Hunting For George Homemade Gin Kit, Anthropologie Dottie Honeypot, Kitchenaid Nespresso Coffee Machine

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DaileyWoodworking Black & White Peppermill, Stendig 2017 Calendar, Urban Outfitters Gold Butterfly Chair Cover, Kikki K Manuals & Warranties Organising Folder, Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, Gibson Latte Bowls, Commodity Cocktail Kit, Rifle Paper Co Recipe Box, Have You Met Miss Jones Cockatoo Lamp, Country Road Cheese Knife Set,  Cuyana Weekender Bag,  Burgon & Ball Galvanised Watering Can, Kate Spade Mr & Mrs Napkins, Williams Sonoma Copper Ice Bucket

 

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Anna-Marie & Emmanuel’s Elegantly Timeless Church Wedding

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

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Anna-Marie & Emmanual

For Anna-Marie and Emmanuel, their faith and family were foremost in their minds when it came to creating their wedding day. The couple chose Infinity Photography to capture their elegantly timeless church wedding, and we just adore its simplicity, and the heartfelt stories that go with it.

Of how they met and came to be, Anna-Marie explains, “We are both Sunday School teachers and met at one of our Sunday School kids’ birthday parties. I made a complete fool of myself the first time we meet, so I was still embarrassed three weeks later when I ran into him again at another birthday party. Thankfully, Manny found my awkwardness endearing and gave me a second chance at a first impression. Later on, we were asked to collaborate on a Church production together – he directed the drama side of things, and I taught the singing. We ended up seeing a lot of each other through this process and soon realised that, despite our awkward start, we could talk for hours and not feel the time pass. I guess the rest is history!”

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The groom wore a black, textured suit from Peter Jackson, with a white shirt and bow-tie both from T.M. Lewin. His cuff links were by Paul Smith, and his shoes from Ted Baker, and featured blue laces and blue accents. He also had multicoloured striped socks from Happy Socks. “Emmanuel wanted his attire to be traditional with a bit of a twist,” explains Anna-Marie. “He has a lot of personality, so he wanted that to reflect in what he wore on the day.”

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“I really wanted something simple, timeless and elegant,” the bride tells of her wedding day attire. “The dress I liked the most for its simplicity and cost was the Dakota gown by Nicole Miller. For our church ceremony, I paired it with the lace, off-the-shoulder Marisol top by Rebecca Schoneveld. Both the gown and lace top were purchased at The Babushka Ballerina in Brisbane.When I went to try on dresses, I took my Mum and my four bridesmaids with me to The Babushka Ballerina. I picked out six gowns, including ones I hadn’t even thought of trying on. I knew from how I felt in the dress and how my Mum and bridesmaids reacted that the Dakota gown definitely was my wedding dress. I truly felt like a bride! For our reception, I swapped the lace top for a detailed belt from White Lily Couture, paired it with my Grandmother’s faux fur shawl.”

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The bride’s stunning makeup on the day was done by Makeup by Megan, and her hair was styled by Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing. The elegant, ivory bouquets were created by Sofia Bridal Flowers.

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“My parents got married in London, and around that time my Mum’s father was having surgery in Australia. He wasn’t allowed to fly over for the wedding and so he missed the opportunity to walk my Mum down the aisle. About one and a half years prior to our wedding, he had a massive stroke and was in hospital for many months. With vigorous rehabilitation. and God’s grace, he made a dramatic recovery. About six months after that, my own father had a massive heart attack and spent weeks in hospital after undergoing a massive operation. I felt so blessed that both my father and grandfather even lived to see my wedding day, and so it was only fitting that they both walked me down the aisle, one on each side…”

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The couple were married at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Arncliffe, which is the church Emmanuel and his family grew up in, and still regularly attend in Sydney. “Our ceremony was a traditional Coptic Orthodox (Egyptian Christian) Church ceremony,” they explain. “We had ten priests officiate the ceremony, which was attended by over 300 guests. We were blessed to have Father Moses open our wedding ceremony, and to be surrounded by priests from Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast who witnessed us grow up, and mature as a couple.”

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Anna-Marie and Emmanuel chose Simon from Infinity Photography to take their wedding photos. “We were fortunate enough to secure Simon to capture our wedding day. Simon’s work is internationally acclaimed, but he now does wedding photography for the love of the work. Simon certainly delivered on candid photography that captured the essence of the day, which was exactly what we were looking for.”

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The reception venue was The Venus Reception Centre, the bride gushing, “The manager, George Christodoulouwas, an absolute pleasure to work with. He truly went above and beyond for us; nothing was too difficult to organise or too much to include in our wedding package. Organising a wedding in Sydney when we both lived in Queensland meant that we only had a few weekends to fly down to sort out details, and George always made himself available, even at short notice for our impromptu visits. We cannot sing his praises highly enough. He really did make the night one to remember!”

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“As a special touch, I wanted to do something to surprise my Mum on the day, and to thank her for everything that she did in contributing to our wedding. To honour my mother’s Scottish heritage, we asked Dave the Wild Scotsman and his Highland dancers to entertain guests with bagpipes and girls dancing over swords, which added a cultural twist to the night.”

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The newlywed’s first dance was to “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. “Initially I didn’t want to have a first dance, because I felt awkward about sharing such an intimate moment with over 300 people, but I’m glad Emmanuel talked me into it. We didn’t really dance, more just swayed on the spot, but in that moment I think it hit us both that we were finally married and were about to start the rest of our lives together as husband and wife!” remembers the bride.

Hot Potato Band were an incredible addition to the entertainment,” she tells of their reception band. “Their roaming 7 piece brass band had kids limboing under the trombone, wedding guests wearing the tuba as a hat as it continued to play, and everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor. They really kicked the night off with a bang!”

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Congratulations Anna-Marie and Emmanuel! Thank you to Infinity Photography, and the gorgeous couple, for sharing this beautiful day with us.

Photographer: Infinity Photography / Videographer: Moon & Back / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller / Bridal Salon (Gown): BHLDN / Bride's Lace Top: Rebecca Schoneveld / Bridal Salon (Lace Top): The Babushka Ballerina / Bride’s Shoes: Zu Shoes / Bride's Belt: White Lily Couture / Groom’s Attire: Peter Jackson / Groom's Bow Tie & Shirt: T.M. Lewin / Groom's Socks: Happy Socks / Groom's Cuff Links: Paul Smith / Groom's Shoes: Ted Baker / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jackson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Donna Bridesmaids / Bridesmaid Dresses: Gossip Gowns / Bridesmaid Dresses: Casar Elegance / Hairstylist: Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Megan / Flowers: Sofia Bridal Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Design Philosophy / Ceremony Venue: St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church / Reception Venue: Venus Reception Centre / Reception Music: Hot Potato Band / Reception Entertainment: The Wild Scotsman / Favors: MakMak Macarons / Cake: Unbirthday Bakery / Rings: Raphael's Designs / Rings: Crown Family Jewellers / Transport: A Bridal Affair / Transport: Muscle Car Studio
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