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Photo by  Gavin Wyatt Photography from Inspired Words – Hayley

I just love seeing the new blooms that Spring brings, and it’s particularly lovely hearing the birds chirping (albeit earlier) in the mornings outside our window. What a fabulous season! I’ll be watching excitedly to see what bouquets are in demand this wedding season, as there is so much to choose from, and so many new combinations heading our way. Have you got your bouquet and florals sorted? What are your blooms of choice?

For inspiration and more on our specialty blogs this week, here’s our Friday Roundup to kickstart your day!

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  Bride Advice ~ Inspired Words – Hayley

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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.What Would They Know? Danicia Quinlan of Pastel Blues Ceremonies  2. Expert Advice ~ Tips For Bridesmaid Dresses 3. Expert Tips ~ 8 Things Your Can Learn About a Marriage Celebrant from their Website

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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 ~Beach Flower Crowns 2. Tuesday Type - Despeinada

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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 Style Guide - Broome Adventuring

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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 - Capturing the Groom’s Preparation – A Photographer’s Plea

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On the hunt for the perfect location for your wedding ceremony and reception? Then this fabulous Wedding Showcase is for you! Just 30 minutes from Melbourne, the Mansion Hotel & Spa, located behind the original 1870s Italianate mansion at Werribee Park, is throwing open its doors on Sunday October 12, from 2.30-6pm.

Be greeted with a glass of Mumm champagne and a gift bag, and wander through the unique ceremony sites throughout the picturesque formal gardens. The various reception venues will be styled to perfection by the venue’s stylists, showcasing many themes and styles, flowers and ideas to inspire you to make your wedding that little bit more unique and spectacular. Some of the industry’s most creative and in-demand wedding suppliers will be on hand to discuss your wedding dreams and aspirations, and there are some fabulous prizes to be won!
For more info, head to their website!
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Tis the season for fabulous Wedding Open Days! The beautiful, unique and romantic, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is the perfect venue for Sydney nuptials, located in the heart of the city, near the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Botanic Gardens .

On Sunday, 19 October, they are inviting you to see first-hand their wedding reception spaces in all their finery. From 11.30 am – 2.30 pm you can

take in the fine artworks; the crystal chandeliers, the elegant and intimate atmosphere while sampling canapés and sharing their wedding specialists’ experience, ideas and advice.

Entry is free, but registration is requested for catering purposes. Plus, by pre-registering your attendance, you’ll go into the draw to win an on-the-day prize of a High Tea for six! Head to their website to register and for more info!

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We’re off to Vienna, Austria for our stunning wedding film today – courtesy of SODA Films. Phil & Patricia’s big day was so picturesque, words can’t even describe it! So sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of love in Vienna.

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Creative Cake Toppers From The First Snow

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These gorgeous hand painted cake toppers from The First Snow caught my eye this week!  What a pretty finishing touch to your wedding cake – a custom painted banner to pop into your cake?

Designer Darah hand paints your names onto the topper before converting it to a digital file and printing the design on high quality matte cardstock. Darah can customise the colours to suit your own wedding style and will even work with you to create custom invitation suites. Imagine that pretty floral styling weaving it’s way from the first save the date (complete with gold foil perhaps?) your wedding invitations to the table numbers and of course the cake!

The cake toppers, as well as wedding stationery (and the sweetest ‘will you be my bridesmaid’?) cards are available from the The First Snow Etsy store.

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Sarah and Tom’s New Zealand Farm Wedding

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There aren’t many of us who have a family chapel in our family inventory but it sure does make for a stunning wedding. Sarah and Tom held their New Zealand farm wedding on Sarah’s family property – which housed a homestead, a store and a chapel.  Meredith Lord  was there to capture every beautiful photo.

On how they met, Sarah tells, “We met through a mutual friend, but we were living in different areas of New Zealand at the time, so there was a lot of traveling in the early days, before Tom chucked in city life in Auckland for life in the central North Island on a sheep and cattle farm.”

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Sarah chose a wedding gown by Jane Yeh while her bridesmaids wore metallic dresses from Trelise Cooper.

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The Batley Family homestead and farm is owned by the bride’s family, which allowed the couple to make use of the property for their wedding day, noting, “We were lucky enough to get married where we live, which is on an old family farm in an historic farm homestead we had recently renovated. The dance was held in the original village store, which is directly across the road from our house. Its only use over the past 80 years had been as a storage shed – we were so lucky that friends from the community helped clear it out and decorate it. It was a huge thrill to see a building that was practically derelict a few weeks prior to our wedding so full of life!

Just little stories like due to our renovations in the weeks leading up to our wedding our verandah still wasn’t painted and we had a huge pile of wood lying on the driveway – a friend turned up with his chainsaw un-announced to help clear it and our family all pitched in with the painting and huge amount of work around the garden.”

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Of her walk down the aisle, Sarah recalls “Not many people could recognize the song, but we had a keyboardist in the garden playing an instrumental version of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’.”

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Every part of the day held significance, right down to the buildings. Sarah remarking, “We were married in the bride’s family chapel which is situated at the end of our lawn…and built over a hundred years ago by the bride’s great great grandfather, who also built the house and store.”

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Of their photographer, Sarah tells, “Meredith Lord ticked all the boxes for us. She was lovely to have around, had a huge amount of advice and knowledge not only about photography, but weddings in general…not only did she take fabulous photos and have a nice calming effect on those feeling a bit anxious, but she also made sure the day ran smoothly.”

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The newlyweds loved, “Having all our friends and family in the one place and the one time. The huge amount of generosity demonstrated by our family, friends, community and the people who kindly volunteered. The keyboardist took care of the entire sound system as a wedding present and even learned some songs especially for our wedding. The memories of people driving tractors, carrying weed eaters, sweeping roads just the day before the wedding, out of the kindness of their hearts. The flowers (done by a local lady), the bridesmaid dresses, the marquee styling. The stunning weather and beautiful photographs to remember it.”

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“Country weddings seem to draw out the most amazing people with talents you didn’t know they possessed! Friends and neighbours all pitched in to help. One of our neighbours offered to decorate the old store – I expected she might arrive with a few small flower posies but was blown away when she arrived with a trailer load of enormous arrangements, beautiful rustic decorations and her obedient husband who had taken the day off work to help set it all up.”

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The wedding reception was all white with vintage touches, Sarah noting, “I spent a lot of time in the tractor moving bark around and setting up gardens as did the mother of the groom who slaved away for weeks prior to the big day. My mother did a fabulous job of the table decorations. She found old account books from the store, ripped out pages and laminated them to make place settings. The groom had the local sports clubs page for the late 1800’s and the bride a page from the local collie club.”

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The first dance song was carefully chosen, the bride telling, “We wanted a song to get the dance floor going rather than a romantic slow dance so we chose Jimmy Barnes’ song ‘Die to be with you tonight’. The father of the bride is a music lover and a big fan of rock music so we wanted something he would like…and a song the majority of our guests from all the different age groups would know. ” The Noodles kept guests dancing all night long.

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Congratulations Sarah and Tom! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Meredith Lord for sharing today’s photographs with us.

Photographer: Meredith Lord / Bride’s Dress: Jane Yeh / Bridesmaid Dresses: Trelise Cooper / Hairstylist: Abbey Schofield / Makeup Artist: Cushla Bower / Flowers: Christine Brown / Ceremony Venue: Batley Family Memorial Chapel, Taihape / Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Tracey Peters / Ceremony Musicians: Brian Sage / Reception Venue: Batley Family Homestead / Band: The Noodles / Old Store/Dance Area Styling: Robyn Woolerston (neighbour) / Cake Baker: Charlotte Horton (neighbour) / Wedding Rings: Partridge Jewellers
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