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Sionen and Dan’s Two Part Intimate Wedding

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

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Sionen and Dan

Sionen and Dan decided on a different kind of wedding format. With two parts! They said their vows with just their immediate family, celebrating with a wider circle of their friends and family just a week later. They chose Derek Bogart  to capture both of their wedding days!

Of how they came to be, Sionen tells, “We were high school sweet-hearts. We started dating at 15, and were married on our 12 year anniversary!”

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Sionen chose a knee length cream dress from Modcloth. The couple chose to get ready together, telling, “The days leading up to the ceremony meant a trip to the flower markets to purchase the flowers for both the wedding day and our reception. Sionen assembled her own bouquet for the ceremony as well as button holes for the men and flower bombs for the flower girls.”

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Glenn Oreilly styled the bride’s hair and makeup. She remembers “He is utterly amazing!”

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The couple were married in the Herb Garden, Sydney Botanic Gardens noting, “The ceremony day was our 12 year anniversary. After 12 years we couldn’t bear to remember a new date, so it was fitting!”

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Sionen walked down the aisle to a piano version of “Always with me” from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

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Of their photographers Sionen says, ” Derek Bogart and his assistant Ritchie were amazing start to finish. Dedicated and high energy, they both worked tirelessly to get great shots, without ever feeling in the way or pushy. In fact many guests asked us if they were personal friends as they made such an effort to fit in with the flow. Most important to us was that they understood our vision, they listened and worked with us to execute it to perfection.”

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A week later, the reception celebrations began! The couple chose a separate reception with 90 guests at a special place, remembering, “We held it at our family farm known as “The Property, situated around 345km from Sydney in Taralga. We wanted to use this location as it holds a special meaning for us both. Over the 12 years of our relationship we have spent countless weekends and holidays there with the people we love. So it felt a fitting place to hold the celebrations. Dan’s father even went to the effort of building a new shed for us to use as the reception venue. Overcoming multiple challenges such as no electricity or mobile reception didn’t stop some 90 people making the trek out to party with us. Being so remote, we recruited an army of friends and family to help cook, decorate and set up using little to no vendors.”

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“Our wedding possibly took “DIY” to a whole a new level. Being passionate “doers”, we worked on everything from hand stitched bunting, flowers, invitations to food. Our philosophy was to focus on the details that mattered most to us and not get caught up in the “done thing”. This in turn meant that we had a hand in every element of the celebrations. We’ve probably missed something in the details that follow, but as we used no professional vendors (except for chair hire and our photographer of course!) every detail in these images was created by us.

The key to our courageous decision was to stick to our strong creative vision and prepare as much as possible so the day could be stress free for everyone to enjoy the celebrations. The bride being a professional graphic designer also proved to help immensely.”

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“The reception decorations followed suit, with Sionen and a team of friends and family creating the table decorations. In keeping with our desire to pre-prepare, we stuck with a selection of native flowers that were not only fitting with reception venue, but also hard wearing meaning they could be purchased a week in advance.

For the reception food we pre-prepared 20kgs of pulled pork that could simply be heated on the day and served. Although the intention was to be ‘minimal effort’ on the day, lunch would never have happened without the tireless work of our friends and family who set up and prepare lunch for everyone. Sionen is blessed with a Mum with infinite cooking talent who handmade jams and spreads for each and every person’s bonbonniere.”

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The newlyweds remember, “The decision to split the ceremony day from the reception day mean that all four of Sionen’s grand parents and Dan’s grandmother were able to attend, who otherwise would not have been able to make the trip. The decision also meant that the reception day didn’t include the added stresses of the ceremony and we were able to enjoy it more. Some might call is crazy, but by taking care of so many elements ourselves we created an event that was a true reflection of us.”

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Sionen and Dan created a three tier “cheese cake” with a topper made by the bride.

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Guests enjoyed lawn games as the couple had photographs taken.

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As the sun set, a big bonfire was lit, with the groom creating log stools – enough to make sure each guest had a seat!

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Congratulations Sionen and Dan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Derek Bogart for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Derek Bogart / Bride’s Dress: Modcloth / Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: Glenn Oreilly / Makeup Artist: Glenn Oreilly / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by the bride / Ceremony Venue: Herb Garden, Sydney Botanic Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Regan Rodgers / Ceremony Musicians: Hayao Miyazaki / Reception Venue: "The Property", Family Farm in Taralga / Rental Furniture: Goulburn Hire / Catering: Bride/Brides Mum / Cake Baker: Bride and Groom / Wedding Rings: Chris Lewis

Sarah and Chris’ Spanish Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Europe,

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Sarah and Chris

Winter seems like the most perfect time to escape to a warm European country for a destination wedding and that’s exactly what these two Australians did to celebrate! They found their wedding location seven years prior on a holiday to Spain, and even before he proposed, Chris has made sure it was available for their magical wedding day captured by Sarkodie Photography.

On how they met, Sarah tells, “Chris and I met 8 years ago in Cologne, Germany. I was with his best friend at the beginning. After we broke up Chris and I stayed in contact for a year and fell in love. We moved in together quite soon and a year after we moved to Australia together.”

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Sarah tells their story. “Chris proposed on my 30th Birthday after we came back from a wonderful three day sailing trip at Hamilton Island. We stayed the the amazing Qualia resort. When we got back after a sunset walk on the beach he told me he just wanted to grab a jacket and I should wait outside. When he opened the door he played a very special song and he had candles lit and rose petals across the room and in the pool was a Dolphin which had “will you marry me?” written on it. Of course an inflatable one. :0) I was so surprised and happy and had to cry and then he got down to one knee and asked me and I said “YES” before he finished. The next day he told me that he had already spoken to the priest of the church in Frigiliana, our favourite little place in Spain. 7 years ago, on our first trip to Spain I said that one day when we get married this would be the place I would love to say “YES”. ”

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Sarah remembers, “My stylist got sick on the day so I had to drive to Nerja with my mum and aunty and find an available stylist, which is quite a challenge when you don’t speak Spanish and they don’t speak any English. Plus there’s a siesta in Spain from 1pm till 4pm because of the heat. So absolutely everything is closed. But we found an awesome lady in the end who did hair and make up for us and it worked out quite well.”

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Sarah chose a gown and veil from La Sposa. She notes, “I wore a diamond and pearl ring my grandad gave my grandmother shortly before he passed away as my something old and borrowed. My granny gave it to me before she passed away a few years ago. It was really very special to me. As my Dad’s parents have both passed away it was nice to remember them on the day. They were both very special for me and I’m glad I was able to incorporate something about them into the day.”

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Sarah and Chris chose the Church of San Antonio, Frigiliana for their ceremony, explaining, “We chose San Antonio as the Church because it is right in the middle of Frigiliana next to a fantastic market place.”

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Sarah remembers, “I saw Christof in tears for the first time in seven years as my Dad walked me down the aisle with ‘Amazing Grace’.”

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Of their photographer, Sarah tells, “First my good friend Joseph, came all the way from Sydney to Spain to celebrate with us and of course he was also our photographer and he was simply amazing. He knew my style and what we wanted and also shared my vision of how the day should be photographed. He captured every moment perfectly and even some we don’t remember happening. icon smile Sarah and Chris Spanish Destination Wedding We were allowed to be who we were and weren’t asked to do awkward poses or anything too rehearsed.

We can’t find words … We can’t say thank you enough! Thanks to your incredible talent we can relive and enjoy our wedding again and again. You are the most talented photographer and we are so happy that we had the honour to have you with us in Spain to capture our celebrations! And now we are going to look at the pictures again… And again … And again! I have so many favourites! I am the happiest bride in the world!”

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Hotel La Posada Morisca hosted the reception, Sarah noting, “The reception started at Hotel La Posada Morisca, where they did an amazing job with excellent food, decoration and service. As all our guests came from all over the world and had to travel a long way we decided to have a 4 day wedding celebration, which is also quite common in Spain. 2 days before the wedding we invited our guests to a local Tapas Bar on the little Market place in Torrox Pueblo in the mountains.”

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Of the dance floor, Sarah notes, “There is one very special song for us, which Chris played as he proposed and he surprised me as he asked our guitarist to learn and sing the song for us when we walked down from the hill to go to the dancefloor.”

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Congratulations Sarah and Chris! Thank you for sharing your destination wedding with us on Polka Dot Honeymoons! Thank you also to Sarkodie Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Sarkodie Photography / Bride’s Dress: La Sposa / Bride’s Shoes: La Sposa / Bride’s Jewelry: Cerrone / Groom’s Attire: Cove & Co / Invitations & Stationery: Hand Drawn Maps / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Reception Venue: Hotel La Posada Morisca / Ceremony Musicians: Trumpeter - friend of the couple / Wedding Rings: Cartier / Ceremony Venue: Church of San Antonio, Frigiliana

Eleven Australian Rooftop Wedding Venues

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Lately, I’ve have been dreaming of rooftop wedding venues. A place where you can see the tallest buildings glittering with their lights as the sun sets, a place where it feels like you’re on top of the world. Which is of course, where you are once you’ve said your ‘I do’s’! So here’s a round up of some of my favourite rooftop wedding venues across Australia. Leave your favourites below!

Luminare

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What a view Melbourne venue Luminare has! It’s positively a Christmas tree! The decor inside has a neutral, modern feel, a terrace and the floor to ceiling windows that overlook the city skyline. The venue can hold 400 guests for a cocktail function or 250 guests for a sit down meal.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

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A view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House is nothing to sneeze at and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia has got to have one of the best views of Sydney Harbour for a wedding reception! Enjoy cocktails under the stars as you soak in the views and celebrate your marriage. The “Sculpture Terrace” on level five can hold 160 guests for a sit down function or 200 for a cocktail event.

Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA)

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Art with a view? That’s what Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA) gives you with their roof terrace! It has a capacity for 200 (standing) or 160 (seated) and overlooks the Brisbane river and Brisbane city skyline.

Mon Bijou

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If you’re after something super modern then Melbourne’s Mon Bijou. From it’s mirror ceiling to it’s sophisticated French flair the venue has a penthouse event space but also includes an outdoor space with retractable roof. It’s right in the heart of the CBD so city views are spectacular from every vantage point. The venue can hold 70 guests for a cocktail function.

Qt Hotel Calypso Terrace

QT hotel Calypso Terrace Eleven Australian Rooftop Wedding Venues

Qt hotels are renowned for being hotels with a difference and the fifties vintage flair of Qt Hotel Gold Coast and their Calypso Terrace is certainly on point. Think wood decking, astro turf and plenty of bright designer furniture! The terrace can hold 200 guests for a cocktail function.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

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The rooftop garden at Majestic Roof Garden Hotel might work for rooftop loving Adelaide couples. Two function rooms, which combined can hold 100 guests for a cocktail function open out onto the roof garden which overlooks Adelaide’s East End.

Tonic House Rooftop

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If marrying literally next to the skyscrapers tickles your fancy than popup venue Tonic House Rooftop might be for you. Managed by Larger Than Life Event Agency and located on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, this inner city venue can accommodate 300 guests and has endless scope for celebrations under the city lights and night time stars.

Burbury Hotel Terrace

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Canberra’s Burbury Hotel Terrace offers a 180 degree views over the Canberra skyline – including Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin. The terrace can accommodate 60 guests for a sit down dinner or 80 for a cocktail celebration.

Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftoop Terrace

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Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftoop Terrace overlooks the gorgeous views of New Farm. The indoor area adjoins an outdoor terrace which lets guests take in the view. The terrace can hold 80 guests for a sit down dinner and 150 for a cocktail function.

The Aviary – The Nest

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Overlooking Perth CBD, The Aviary – The Nest  is unique. Yes, it’s a bar first and foremost but with a bit of imagination could become a carefully considered space for your wedding. It has a capacity for 350 or can be broken into smaller spaces.

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If you’re not so much after the city view as you are for a seaside, star gazing night of revelry than Manly’s Wine Suites might be the venue you’re looking for. The Terrace Suites, which suit an outdoor ceremony, can hold between 40-150 guests and the Wine Suites, which overlook the water can hold up to 150 guests.

I’ll be honest, there’s plenty more where that came from! What are your favourites? What did I miss?

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