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Alexandra and Tom’s Romantic Palm Beach Wedding

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Alexandra & Tom

There is something about the water, the beach that lends itself to romance and Alexandra and Tom’s romantic Palm Beach wedding is full of romantic touches, a romantic love story and of course it all unfolding on the most romantic of days. They chose Karen Gilvear Photography  to capture it all.

Alexandra tells their story. “We met via our two best friends who were dating. I came out with her, he came out with him. It was attraction at first sight but unable to do anything about it for a few months. The feelings grew stronger, when we were both in the right place we didn’t hesitate and the rest was history.”

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Alexandra chose a gown by Maggie Sottero , which led to a funny story on the morning of the wedding, the bride remembering, “When my Bridesmaids were doing up my dress. We were all eager to get me in and tied up nice and tight in my dress, and in the eagerness I heard a very loud “Riiiippppp”, one of my darling girls ripped my dress (the insignificant inner lining behind the tie up part of the dress) needless to say there was an obscenity from the bridesmaid involved, followed by silence and the quickened “what? It’s nothing” from my maid of honour – I couldn’t have cared less and knew exactly what had happened, but pretended I didn’t and went along with the “nothing happened, just a thread” line they threw at me. It made me laugh the next day when they “told me what they had done” when I knew all along.”

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“Every detail of the wedding was special. But things that meant the most to me was my veil. I had no idea what I wanted for many aspects of my outfit, but I knew what I wanted in my veil – Mantilla style lace veil. My veil and my shoes were so special to me. My garter was also very special. My heritage is Scottish and mother, a proud Scot, bought me a gorgeous Scottish garter and a heather embroidered handkerchief which I kept tucked away in my bust for good luck which meant the world to me. My bracelet was borrowed from one of my sisters/maid of honour.”

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Alexandra and Tom chose Governor Phillip Park – Palm Beach  for their wedding ceremony, noting, “Governor Phillip Park was a beautiful canvas for us to create a day that represented Tom and I – and it did perfectly. Outdoor Wedding Aisles along with Dominique Flowers and my darling friend Kelly Wright did a beautiful job of transforming the park into our wedding fairytale.”

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Alexandra tells, “I walked down the aisle to “Songbird” by Naya Rivera (version by Santana from Glee).”

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Dominique Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride noting, “Our flowers blew me away – they exceeded my expectations and I could see so much love had gone into them from Dominique Flowers. She is so creative and stylish – I never actually knew flowers could look as amazing as what Dominique created, the table runners and piece that hung across our bamboo canopy at the ceremony were breathtaking and our bouquets and buttonholes were simply stunning and perfect.”

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Of their photographers, Alexandra tells, “Our photographers were amazing. Karen and Clint were like two mates along for the ride who produced the most amazing memories for us. They blended in and we didn’t even notice them at the ceremony or reception until we got our breathtaking photos back. They stayed cool and calm amongst the organised chaos and excitement and had a great nature (making our bridal party and family laugh even on a super tight time frame) whilst pulling everyone together for the shots we had pre-requested (which can be very stressful – they actually made this super enjoyable as I believe it should be). They are the epitome of professional yet caring and lovely people and the photos are beyond spectacular. All of our guests even commented on our awesome photographers. They certainly go above any beyond and I just want to have something else that I can use them for again! They even got us access to areas that were private because I requested it. They were honestly amazing! ”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Joe Button - the brightly coloured mismatched linings a highlight of their dapper looks.

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Dunes Restaurant was chosen for the reception, Alexandra noting, “Dunes Restaurant was perfect. Nothing was too hard for Cathy, the owner whose general decor didn’t need to even be touched to create the perfect setting for the theme of our wedding. The marquee attached to the restaurant that opened up through the night to create an open air, undercover setting for our wedding, the amazing food from the award winning chef, the rustic yet beachy decor and stunning flowers made this the perfect setting to dance the night away with my new husband and nearest and dearest.”

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Alexandra tells, “We DIY’d our bomboniere’s they were Mason Jars which we labelled with our personalised clear sticker – created by Alison Smith from “Made my Alison”, and the lids had the name of each guest on them also created by Alison – and this doubled as their name place at the table. My creative husband also made our table place setting board which was a timber framed hessian pinboard with white starfish (placed as) the guests walked in.” Guests signed their names on a wooden puzzle for the couple.

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That funny hat? A piece of the groom’s history, a self proclaimed “talking stick”. Photographer Karen tells, “The hat the groom is wearing during his speech is a family camping tradition. From memory whoever wants to say something around the campfire must wear this hat.”

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Of their first dance, Alexandra recalls, “Our first dance was very special to us. When Tom and I first started dating the song – “Feel so close” by Calvin Harris was in the charts and Tom told me one day that the words of the song reminded him exactly of how he felt about me. When I heard the song I melted. So our first dance was a slow version of “Feel so close” by Nelly Furtardo (we found it a week before the wedding) and our amazing DJ morphed it towards the end into the original version of the song to officially get our wedding party started. We concluded the night with another song that meant a lot to us and had the entire wedding up for the final dance of the night – “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeren.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Alexandra and Tom! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Karen Gilvear Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Karen Gilvear Photography / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Bridal Secrets Parramatta / Bride’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams shoes from Deseo in Crows Nest / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Ceciles at Castle Hill / Groom’s Attire: Custom made by Joe Button / Groomsmen Attire: Joe Button / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway - Pia Gladys Perey "Dionne" / Hairstylist: Stefania Libertino 0414 428 038 / Makeup Artist: (Bride) Chelsea Povey of Chelsea Povey Makeup / Makeup Artist: Ebony Ryan 0435 166 366 / Flowers: Dominique Hardy from Dominique Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Alison Smith from Made by Alison 0421 067 778 17 / Ceremony Venue: Governor Phillip Park - Palm Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Tara Rennie / Ceremony Musicians: Norways / Ceremony Styling & Hire: Outdoor Wedding Aisles / Ceremony Styling: Dominique Flowers / Reception Venue: Dunes Restaurant / Reception Styling: Bride with Dominique Flowers / DJ: DJ Solutions / Lolly Buffett: Laura Steele from The Styling Branch / Cake Baker: Amanda's Creations 0416 248 349 / Wedding Rings: Sar Jewellers / Transport: Classic Bridal Cars / Transport: (Buses For Guests) Beachwheels

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Photography by Quince and Mulberry Studios from Christine and Tobys Intimate and Small Garden Wedding

I tell you what, even though we had the massive milestone of turning eight this week it was still humbling as ever, as I spent the bulk of my week solving email problems. From emails vanishing to emails not arriving at all to moving another email server  – Oh my head! I am well an truly ready to log off and not look at an email all weekend!

How about you? How did you spend your week? I have the best bunch of news for you today including a very interesting casting offer! Let’s catch up on the week that was!

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 – Christine and Tobys Intimate and Small Garden Wedding


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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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This week on Polka Dot Groom

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1. Groom Fashion – Peter Jackson Summer Collection

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Are you a bride who has a close family member (father, mother, grandparent etc) who is unable to be present your wedding  in February or March 2015, due to a disability or illness?

A big brand is casting for a TV commercial that will air in Australian regions online for 12 months as per standard Television Commercial contract. You can be based anywhere in the world and both participants (father/mother and daughter) will be paid above standard industry rates – approx AU$10,000 each.

If you’re a fit, contact Toni Higginbotham Casting on admin@tonihcasting.com.au or phone them on +61 2 9328 6166

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Brisbane Polo Club will be opening their doors on Monday February 23rd from 5pm to 7pm. This boutique, private club will be showing off it’s greatest features while you enjoy bubbles and light refreshments. Make a night of it!

Head to their website to register!

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Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel are holding their inaugural open day on Sunday 15th of February from 10am-4pm. There will be plenty of giveaways on the day – including a wedding! There will be twenty exhibitors – from music to gowns and everything in between as well as the compulsory sparkling!

All wedding bookings by 15 May 2015. will receive a Penthouse Escape for two including champagne breakfast so make sure you register and pop on down to see what’s in store!

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The Urbane Group (remember that fab venue from this post?) are holding their open day on Monday 9th of February from 5pm to 7.30pm! The venue will have an array of showcases from their favourite partners including Foreva Events, Styled Events, Florido Weddings, AVIdeas, The Butterfly Lounge, Urban Weddings, Fiorenza, Bella Brides, Hansel & Gretel Cakes and Paul Voge.

Enjoy champagne and canapes as you explore the fantastic vendors on offer, enjoy the fashion parade, live entertainment and see the venue lit up in all it’s glory!

To register, check out this link.

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For our film of the week, in this season of proposals I caught this romantic proposal video recently. I really don’t think I will ever get sick of these (especially when it involves glowing lanterns!)

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Romantic Homestead Wedding Ideas

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The scene of a romantic homestead wedding is always one I love. The gardens creating a beautiful backdrop, the home filled with old world charm, so today’s inspiration design of romantic homestead wedding ideas is packed full of sweet moments that you can translate into your own celebration.

Photographer Kylie from Just For Love Photography teamed up with When Freddie Met Lilly , Willow Tree Creative, She Designs InteriorsCartamodello Papeterie, Steff Matheson Makeup Artist, Joshua Withers, Francesca’s Flowers, Covered Linen and Two Guys Bow Ties at Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba 

Photographer Kylie tells, “Growing up in Toowoomba, yet never really seeing it through my lens, inspired me to create an inspiration shoot that highlights how beautiful a wedding in Toowoomba can be. Hosted at Gabbinbar Homestead with a gorgeous real life couple, a dreamy lace gown and a whole lot of love… this shoot was made complete with the simple, rustic touches. Who wouldn’t love a honey jar favour?”

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Joshua Withers performed a mock ceremony against a ribbon backdrop. He and the groom wore wooden bow ties from Two Guys Bow Ties.

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The bride and bridesmaids (who were friends of “bride” Ebony) wore gowns by When Freddie Met Lilly.

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After the original cake vendor pulled out of the shoot, Kylie’s mum stepped in and whipped up a three tier naked cake filled with cream and topped with berries. Kylie remembers, “If anything, it added warmth and even more love to the shoot and I wouldn’t have had it any other way! The show must go on as they say!”

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Photographer: Kylie from Just For Love Photography / Venue: Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba / Bridal & Bridesmaids Gowns: When Freddie Met Lilly / Stylist: Willow Tree Creative / Production Assistant: She Designs Interiors / Hair & Makeup: Steff Matheson Makeup Artist / Ceremony Officiant: Joshua Withers / Florals: Francesca's Flowers / Linens: Covered Linen / Grooms Wooden Bow Tie: Two Guys Bow Ties / Invitations & Stationery: Cartamodello Papeterie
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