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Vanessa & Rodney

When it comes to creating a relaxed and romantic vibe for their day, today’s couple have absolutely hit the mark. Vanessa and Rodney chose to keep their wedding simple and heartfelt, with a focus on their journey to be together, and their family and friends. If this isn’t the epitome of what a wedding should be about, we don’t know what is. The amazing team at Figtree Pictures were on hand to capture this intimate and rustic Newrybar wedding.

Vanessa laughs of their first meeting. “It was in a bathroom! We were set up to meet by family and friends at Rodney’s brother’s home!” And the rest, as the line goes, is history.

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The bride’s gorgeous, whimsical lace gown was found, quite by luck, at a Grace Loves Lace sample sale in Brisbane. “I had loved browsing many Instagram accounts, and in particular Grace Loves Lace, so when they advertised a sample dress sale, I went with a girlfriend and happened to find the very dress I was after, the “Inca” gown. It the whole process was pretty quick and rushed. but very successful!”

Vanessa’s stunningly soft-waved hair style was by Jess Faulkner, and her makeup was done by Jess from Foxs Lane Styling. Her opulent bouquet was created by Estelle from The French Petal, who also styled the florals for the ceremony and reception. “Our florist Estelle was a total pleasure to work with, and went above and beyond our requests to make the day beautiful,” the bride remembers, warmly.

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The groom chose a dapper suit in dark navy with black edging, and a smart black bow tie completing his look. “Rodney found a suit he loved from Politix,” Vanessa tells. “And his shoes were from Aquila – the lucky last pair in his size!”

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The bride walked down the aisle to a beautiful version of “Marry Me” by Train, sung by their good friend Anna Beaden.

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“We wanted an intimate, relaxed feeling for the ceremony that reflected our love for each other and our journey together,” the bride explains. “We read our own personal vows to each other, which also made mention of the journey we had been on to find each other.” Vanessa and Rodney’s immediate family were also involved in their ceremony, with the groom’s children singing a special piece and the bride’s small son dressing the part as the sweetest, little wedding attendant.

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The ceremony and reception were both held in the Harvest Old Cafe & Bakery in Newrybar, New South Wales. “It was a gorgeous and intimate setting – perfect for the romantic and rustic vibe we were after, and with the added charm of the still roaring bakery oven from the morning’s Sourdough Sunday session!” gushes the bride of their venue. “The food was outstanding! Just divine, and the customer service was impeccable.”

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“We wanted to ensure that we had time to just hang and mingle with our family and friends, and not rush through any of the usual proceedings. There were no speeches, and no cake. It was a simple, relaxed affair. Sharing such a gorgeous venue and delicious food with our loved ones and children was wonderful.”

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The couple chose Figtree Pictures tocapture their relaxed, intimate day, and, as always with these amazing photographers, the result is sublime. “Our photographers were Camilla and Emily from Figtree, and they were outstanding. Such gorgeous people to work with,” says Vanessa. “They were a complete pleasure, made us feel so relaxed and were so unobtrusive – you wouldn’t have known they were there, and yet they managed to get some beautiful shots in a relatively short space of time.”

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Congratulations Vanessa and Rodney on your stunning wedding. Thank you to the couple, and to Figtree Pictures for sharing their day with us.

Photographer: Figtree Wedding Photography / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride's Shoes: Nine West / Bride's Jewelry: Mimco / Makeup Artist: Foxs Lane Styling / Hairstylist: Jess Faulkner / Groom's Attire: Politix / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Flowers & Floral Styling: The French Petal / Invitations & Stationery: Vista Print / Venue: Harvest Old Cafe & Bakery / Hire Items: Hampton Event Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Casey Wolverton / Ceremony Musicians: Emeline & Jordan Cassie / Ceremony Musicians: Anna Beaden / Catering: Harvest Old Cafe & Bakery / Groom's Ring: Men's Rings Online
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Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

The golden light of country days never fails to impress and the beautiful golden countryside bridal ideas in today’s styled shoot might just make any city bride turn her mind to country splendour.

The designers noting “It’s about the nature and the dresses with very little styling to truly showcase the designs. We wanted to keep it simple so that the brides to be could easily picture themselves recreating this for their very own wedding day.”

With a team of Michael Boyle PhotographyElla&ME Beauty , Flowers On The Mill and models Amy Crowe and  Claudia Norman, bridal gown designers   White Meadow wanted to show off their designs against the beautiful Australian countryside. Rolling green hills, sunburnt grasses and the scrub of the South Coast of Australia allowed the team to create a shoot that allows brides to see beyond tradition and create a look that suits their own personal style.

Bare feet, sunshine and beautiful blooms – excuse us while we escape the city!

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

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Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

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Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

Golden Countryside Bridal Ideas | Photos by Michael Boyle http://www.michaelboylephotography.com.au

 

Photographer: Michael Boyle Photography / Bridal Gowns: White Meadow / Hairstylist: Ella&ME Beauty / Makeup Artist: Ella&ME Beauty / Flowers: Flowers On The Mill / Model: Amy Crowe / Model: Claudia Norman

Happy Monday Dotties! What a week we had last week! We are so looking forward to getting stuck into this forthcoming week and reminiscing about our fun party on Friday- more coming soon!

You might be newly engaged and so excited for the year ahead. This is such a special time, so take some time to enjoy your engagement, revel in the special feelings it brings and don’t be pushed into fixing wedding date or choosing  your dress now! Take a little time to breathe in and live in the moment. When it comes time to start planning, check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect vendor just for you. We have Food Trucks, we have Jewellery, we have Photobooth Hire and Styling and Hire – we even have Wedding Planners and Bridesmaids Gowns! Our fabulous vendors are eager to assist you to plan the wedding of your dreams.

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

Documenting stories in images on the best day of your life, is something Cam of Cam Grove Photography never ceases to enjoy. There is a sense of moments in time captured when no-one was aware, the emotions of the day telling a story that is timeless across generations, that will always bring joy and the memories flooding back whenever you look at the photographs. Now that is gold!

We asked Cam of Cam Grove Photography  five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

It’s complicated – Negroni after 5, Pinot after 7, Whiskey Sour after 10 (no, I don’t have a drinking problem…)

Your favourite weekend getaway?

The wilds of Tasmania; another world away in a few short hours!

Favourite restaurant?

Woodland House – they’ve taken Jacques Reymond’s old digs and somehow made it even better.

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

I’ll always choose sleep over breakfast on a Sunday morning, and even when I finally stumble out of bed it will just be coffee for breakfast.

Your favourite wedding story?

I recently shot an elopement along the Great Ocean Rd in the middle of Winter. Cailey and Zac had come all the way from Atlanta, Georgia just to get married on this magnificent stretch of coastline. But for a very short 5 minute ceremony, it was just the 3 of us wandering along completely deserted beaches and dunes for a few hours. It was everything you’d expect the Great Ocean Road to be in Winter – freezing, wind swept and constant rain. I found myself continually apologising about the weather. But it didn’t faze them a bit ; they just kept staring at the towering cliffs, the raging ocean and turning to each other and asking, “is this real?”. I loved how the moment was everything for them; the simplicity of the day allowed us to make time stand still long enough for them to enjoy the “now”. I think so many brides work themselves into a panic about the weather prior to the wedding, detracting from their experience of the day. Whether (no pun intended) it’s sunshine or hail, the weather is a huge personality on the day. Embrace it for all it is and focus on the moment; it won’t come again.

Visit Cam Grove Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Cam Grove Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.