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Photo by Brown Paper Parcel  from Leea and Robert’s Vintage Style Barn Wedding

 We’ve suddenly found ourselves in the second half of the year, and I’ve actually heard the word “Christmas” being bandied around town. Yikes! I don’t even want to think about it – though I just know I’ll blink and suddenly be surrounded by wrapping paper and Bing Crosby music.

How are you savouring this Winter period? Are you taking it all in and trying to enjoy each day before it’s over? I think a bit of mindfulness is in order ,otherwise I’ll find myself on the other side of 2014, wondering where it went!

Anyways – if you are wondering where this week went, enjoy a recap of all of the prettiness, advice and inspiration from our specialty blogs in today’s Friday  Roundup!

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.Real Wedding ~ Leea and Robert’s Vintage Style Barn Wedding 2. Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Briana 3.Real Wedding ~ Almora and Leigh’s Rustic Winter Wedding

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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.Expert Advice – The Secret to Looking Great in Photos 2. Food Wisdom – Spanish Wedding Catering 3. Fashion Advice - Choosing Your Wedding Shoes and Dress

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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 ~Vintage Style Flower Sashes 2. Tuesday Type – Bobbi Bee 3. DIY Tutorial - Chalkboard Table Numbers 4.Cocktail Friday – Mon Bijou’s White Chocolate Passionfruit Martini

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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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1. Honeymoon Destination Spotlight – Grand Hotel Kronenhof – Swiss Honeymoons 2. Destination Wedding  – Sarah and Chris’ Spanish Destination Wedding

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

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

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1. Groom Style Advice - Formal Attire and Black Tie Style Guide 2. Expert Groomsman Advice – How to Be The Best Best Man 3. Real Groom Style - Brendan

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The always inspiring Suzanne Harward is holding a HUGE MEGA Sample Sale this Saturday 26th July! With new samples from her 2014 couture collection added to this huge open door Sample Sale, you’ll want to get in early! All Samples are at least 50-75% and also include editorial and red carpet one off designs + veils and accessories. Samples are available in sizes 6-14 (mainly 8 & 10), and stock is limited.

Doors will fly open at 9am-4pm, 334 Malvern Road, Prahran.

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The very talented photographer Anthea Auld is offering all couples who book their wedding coverage with her before August 31st this year, a fabulous Complimentary Package. It includes:

  • 1 x brag book worth – value $250 (showcasing 20 images from your day)
  • 1 x engagement shoot – value $250
  • 5 x 5×7 inch prints – value $100
  • 1 x Second photographer for the ceremony & bridal shoot – value $450

That’s a total value of $1050! For more info or to contact Anthea, head to her website!

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Finally our film of the week comes from Motion Art , showcasing the gorgeous wedding of Kassi and Josh at Sanctuary Cove in the Gold Coast. What a lovely wedding to brighten up a Winter’s Day!

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Norma Ishak Crochet Bridal Coverups

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I have to admit, I’m not sure I ever thought crochet bridal wraps and coverups could ever look so chic as these pieces from New York designer Norma Ishak!

From floor grazing cotton crochet vests to merino wool capes complete with feathers, each piece is designed by Valerie, together with her mother Norma using the finest yarns they can find from around the world.  The pieces are made from beautifully woven cotton, mohair, cashmere, silk and wool yarns and trimmed with special touches like French lace, feathers and even sparkling sequins.

I love that these pieces are stylish enough to pop on top of a wedding gown for warmth, but they also make a style statement themselves. A simple strapless gown could take on a completely new look with a floor length crochet vest and wild, windswept hair style!

Norma Ishak are available from their website and ship to Australia.

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Almora & Leigh’s Rustic Winter Wedding

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Leigh and Almora

Leigh and I met at work and had the luxury of getting to know each other while having regular lunches as colleagues for six months. It was only after our other lunch companion went on holiday and it was just us having lunch together that we realised we had feelings for each other.

I was completely surprised when Leigh proposed on our fourth anniversary as he had done so much to throw me off the scent. He woke me up at 4am, blindfolded me and drove for over an hour to get to our surprise destination – a hot air balloon ride for just the two of us. I will admit at this point to subtly patting him down to see if there was a ring box and was somewhat disappointed when I couldn’t find one. I had the second surprise for the morning when, as the sun was rising, Leigh got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him.

Leigh proposed with a beautiful pink diamond so that we could design the ring together (for those of you wondering, he knows me so well he hid the diamond box in a long sock he specially wore!). We used Anthony Colin Jewellers ((08) 9218 8537) for my engagement ring and our wedding bands, and highly recommend him. We decided to get married on our fifth anniversary in 2013.

I stayed at the cute and cosy Hovea Ridge Cottage the night before the wedding. Waking up and hanging out with my two sisters (two of my three bridesmaids) on the wedding morning was one of my highlights and a memory I will always treasure.

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My bridesmaids were amazingly supportive and I loved having them with me along the way, even if it was just for a supportive phone call of text when things got stressful. They helped me chose my dress and were there for the moment I was persuaded to try on a veil even though I hadn’t planned on wearing one…and cried as I felt like a ‘bride’ in it. I got my dress from Anastasia Collection and absolutely loved it and wish I could wear it all the time.

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Our chosen venue, the charmingly rustic Darlington Estate Winery (with amazingly accommodating owners in Andy and Michelle), set the theme for a rustic winter wedding yet classic and custom tailored to be our wedding. I gathered lots of inspiration from Pinterest and shared my ideas with Leigh so we could talk about which option to go with for decorations, stationery and guest entertainment.

Leigh and I made the save the dates, invites, place settings, seating chart and thank you cards. Leigh is extremely handy and also made the table numbers, hanging photo frame, apple candles and, along with his dad, the wedding signs. We had lots of help from Leigh’s mum and nanna with making the decorations and I spent lots of fun weekends with them making the table runners, treat bags and decorating the glass jars we collected. I loved being able to enjoy the planning process with them and that our wedding wasn’t just one day of enjoyment.

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My older sister walked me down the aisle to Canon in D played by Zaffiro Quartet. It was quite an emotional and poignant moment as Shanti has been like a mother to me, but she is also my best friend so it was great to have her by my side so we could have a joke and support each other while everyone looked at us.

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The view from the Gazebo was breathtaking and we were very fortunate for the sun to be out (seeing as there had been very heavy rain the night before!) shinning on all of the greenery. Leigh and I wrote our own vows but didn’t share them with each other until we said them at our wedding, which made the ceremony extra special for both of us. Our celebrant Lesley Gasmier put into words what we have always felt, that out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary happened.

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Russell Winter was our photographer for the day. Not only does he take amazing photos that capture the moment with so much atmosphere, he is also a friend of ours and added to the relaxed feel for the day.

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Appeasing the control freak in me, we were lucky to be able to decorate the venue the day before the wedding, ensuring everything was exactly how we had envisaged. Even though it was a bit stressful and I’m so thankful for everyone that helped, it was really nice seeing everything come together and made me really excited to celebrate with everyone the next day. As it had started to rain by dinnertime, it was such a warm and cosy atmosphere inside the restaurant with the quartet playing and fairy lights on the roof and through the tree (yes, they have a tree inside the restaurant – amazing!)

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With the most spectacular side-jump and catch ever seen, my younger sister caught my bouquet, sending petals flying everywhere and being one of the biggest talking points of the whole wedding.

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We ended the night by walking through an archway of sparklers held up by our guests. It was so fun walking through them and ending the night on such a high.

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Ms Gingham says: A beautiful day to reminisce about on Almora and Leigh’s first wedding anniversary! Congratulations to you both and to many more years together!

Almora says: “I’m a 27 year old recent bride from Perth, WA. I got married on 24 July 2013, one year exactly since we got engaged and five years since our first date. I wasn’t a little girl that dreamt of her wedding, but I loved the process of planning our wedding and can honestly say it was the best day of my life (cliché I know!).”

Photographer: Russell Winter / Bridal Salon: Hovea Ridge Cottage / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Darlington Estate Winery / Bride’s Dress: Anastasia Collection / Ceremony Musicians: Zaffiro Quartet / Ceremony Officiant: Lesley Gasmier
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