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Shan and Dale’s Elegant City Wedding

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

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Shan and Dale

There is a beautiful Summer romance feel to this elegant city wedding. A dreamy veil takes centre stage – its lace and transparency setting the scene for a day of garden ceremony, restaurant reception and plenty of celebration. Michelle Fiona Photography was there to capture it all.

Shan tells the story of how Dale proposed. “Dale took me on a surprise picnic in the national park, he had ordered a gorgeous personalised picnic hamper from The Sydney Picnic Co, everything was gorgeous from the food selection (5 course), the bottle of Veuve, the personalised menus to our initials on the cutlery. As we sat down on our red and white checkered picnic blanket, next to the river as the sun was going down, Dale got down on one knee with my amazing cushion cut diamond and asked me to to marry him. It was perfect.”

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As her “something borrowed” Shan tells, “I wore my sister’s beautiful crystal veil, so happy to have something so important as my “something borrowed” ” The veil complemented Shan’s simple, sweetheart strapless gown from Maggie Sottero beautifully.

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Shan and Dale chose Clark Park, Lavender Bay for their wedding ceremony, Shan providing guests with fans for the hot March day.”We really wanted to show Sydney at its finest. Our ceremony at Clark Park has to be one of the most beautiful parks in Sydney, with a perfect back drop of Sydney Harbour, in a beautiful lush garden.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Shan remembers, “Duet Love Notes performed an acoustic version of “a 1000 years” Christina Perry.”

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Belinda Richardson performed the ceremony.“Our celebrant, Belinda Richardson, was just gorgeous, she really got to know us and told our story so beautifully like she had known us for years.”

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“Michelle was amazing.  After searching for a photographer for months, we came across some of Michelle’s beautiful wedding photos online. We wanted soft lighting, very enchanted looking photos. Michelle captured our day perfectly! She was so calm and let us do our own thing, no “posie” photos, all ‘in the moment’.”

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Shan’s bridesmaids wore pale pink gowns from SHEIKE .

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Shan remembers, “We had some photos in Wendy Whitely Garden, it’s so enchanted, almost like a fairy garden.”

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“Michelle took us walking through the Rocks, past all the restaurants where all these lovely strangers would stop what they were doing and cheer and clap for us, it was such a memorable part of the day. It was such a relaxed, stress free day.. Everything went exactly to plan and was everything I could have dreamed of. ”

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Shan and Dale chose Altitude Restaurant, Shangri-La Sydney  for their wedding reception, remarking, “Our reception was in the Altitude Restaurant in Shangri-La. Everyone in Australia already knows this is a jaw dropping view of Sydney, as well as be fine dining at its best. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate, and all about the view. Altitude Restaurant was perfect.”

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Shan made the place cards, invitations, seating chart and menus, noting, “Making these myself made it feel so special, knowing how much thought I put into them.”

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The couple chose to keep their reception to all whites with floral centrepieces by Bon Fleur Florist and styling . Shan remarks, “Our main focus was, let the view do the talking. I wanted an elegant and soft feel. We had crystal candelabras and white Tiffany chairs from Events By Nadia. Centrepieces were a mix of textures, whites and creams with lots of greenery, keeping with the garden feel of the ceremony.”

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“Our candy buffet was amazing! Created by The Candy Buffet Company, it was all whites and creams with a hint of soft pink with a gorgeous feather centre piece.”

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For their first dance, Shan and Dale chose a classic! Noting, “At Last, by Etta James. This was always a song I have loved, and the words best describe exactly how we feel.” Impression DJs kept guests dancing well into the night.

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Congratulations on your marriage Shan and Dale! Thank you for sharing your day with u! Thank you Michelle Fiona Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Michelle Fiona Photography / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Groom’s Attire: Bossini / Groomsmen Attire: Bossini / Bridesmaid Dresses: SHEIKE / Bridesmaid Shoes: Betts / Hairstylist: Kristen Wells / Makeup Artist: Garry Siutz / Flowers & Decor: Bon Fleur Florist / Ceremony Venue: Clark Park, Lavender Bay / Ceremony Officiant: Belinda Richardson / Ceremony Musicians: Love Notes / Hire: Events By Nadia / Reception Venue: Altitude Restaurant, Shangri-La Sydney / DJ: Impression DJs / Lolly Buffett: The Candy Buffet Company / Cake Baker: The Cake Studio / Wedding Rings: Midas Jewellery / Transport: HF Wedding Cars

Pallas Couture La Promesse Wedding Gowns Part 2

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With warmer weather comes a plethora of beautiful wedding gowns, each designer releasing new wedding gowns all as beautiful as the last. Pallas Couture has certainly made a mark for themselves this year with “La Promesse” (We featured Pallas Couture 2015 ‘La Promesse’ Collection Part One back in July) which debuted at New York Bridal market in October and today? I get to share part two of the collection!

Part two is inspired by iconic English model Jean Shrimpton – the combination of her “ethereal-like strength revealed within her heart-shaped face, full pout and wide doe-eyed stare.” The campaign shoot inspired by Jean Shrimpton wearing an Yves Saint Laurent bridal gown as photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK in 1973.

The gowns each designed around the idea of transparency with a luminescent glow. Each silhouette relies heavily on the designer’s careful structure – the sheer panels showing the fine boning and corset work that is a strong feature of the pieces with French appliqued laces, delicate beading  and Italian embroideries.

Pallas Couture gowns are available at their Perth & Sydney boutiques by appointment and selected stockists.

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Vendor of the Week – The Dainty Baker

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Okay, I admit it, Christmas cheer and festive season giddiness is finally starting to kick it. It may even be overriding the panic I feel with getting everything done! How about you? Are wedding plans shelved until 2015 or are you trying to get everything done before all of those public holidays?

A week of merriment, wedding merriment lies ahead so as we do every Monday morning, I’m kicking us off with showcasing the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory!

We have so many different kinds of vendors in our directory with so many different styles but one thing remains constant. We think they’re all awesome! They’re the kind of people you can imagine pulling up a chair and having a friendly chat with. Here at Polka Dot Bride, we’re firm believers in booking vendors who you can trust, who “get” you and who you can have a laugh with- you’re spending so much time with your vendors, why not pick amazing ones?

We have Celebrants, we have Venues, we have Bridal Gowns, we even have Photobooth Hire! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – the kind who get excited about your plans and share a glass of champagne with you while discussing them!

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

Sydney Wedding Cakes Vendor of the Week The Dainty Baker

With wedding cake officially the best kind of cake, I am delighted to introduce you to our vendor of the week The Dainty Baker! Based in Sydney, The Dainty Baker creates wedding cakes, cupcakes, couture cakes and dessert tables to suit your wedding (or any other celebration for that matter!). With flavours like Midsummers Nights Dream (raspberries and white chocolate anyone?) hokey pokey (chocolate cake with crunchy honeycomb!) and Lovely Lychee (vanilla cake with lychee filling) as well as classic favourites I’m pretty sure this cake tasting might be the highlight of your wedding planning!

We asked Rhonda of The Dainty Baker five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Caipirinha with crushed brown sugar.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Anna Bay.

Favourite restaurant?

There’s too many!! Although if I had to I’d narrow it down to Sails @ Lavender Bay.

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

Depends on the night before… But either honey granola clusters with Greek yoghurt and fresh berries or baked eggs in tomato sauce with chorizo.

Your favourite wedding story?

My favourite wedding story happened at a wedding I went to recently. A few nights before the wedding we were speaking girly talk with the bride, questions and comments like.. Are you nervous? And … Not long to go now! After much chitter chatter we found out that the bride was planning a surprise for her groom during her speech but she wouldn’t let slip what it was!
The big day came and as us few girls waited in anticipation for the surprise, the bride very sweetly dedicated a special song to her groom. She nervously and sweetly sang “The Wedding Song” by Angus and Julia Stone. It was the loveliest thing to witness as tears welled up in the Groom’s eyes and you could just feel the love and happiness emanating from them. This couple has been each other’s sweet hearts since high school and have waited 8 years to tie the knot! Really made my heart melt!

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

 

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