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Vendor of the Week – Coombe – The Melba Estate

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Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? I am full of beans at the moment and loving every second of Winter!

Another Monday and another chance to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Celebrants, we have Wedding Planners, we have Bridal Gowns, we even have Flowers! Our vendors are eager to give you the wedding of your dreams – contact them – they love what they do and will be happy to assist you!

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

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Yarra valley Wedding Venue

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Photo one by Blumenthal Photography Photo three by Daniel John Bilsborough

The former home of Dame Nellie Melba, located in the Yarra Valley in Victoria – Coombe – The Melba Estate is available for weddings and events. Set in seven acres of magnificent gardens, with a 180 year old English oak, this wedding venue offers the historic clock tower restaurant and estate grown produce, Coombe farm wine and a myriad of photograph opportunities all wrapped up in an elegant and very unique bow.

We asked Georgia of Coombe – The Melba Estate five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

I will never be able to pass up an Expresso Martini but of late I’m partial to Vodka, soda with a slice of lime and mint leaf.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Torquay.

Favourite restaurant?

Chin Chin! I don’t care about the line, I don’t care they don’t take bookings – I am never disappointed and their Kingfish sashimi is worth the wait!

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

Fruits of Passion in Kensington, awesome coffee and the fiancée’s favourite, eggs benedict with hash browns instead of toast is to die for!

Your favourite wedding story?

A couple came to me with just 6 weeks till their planned wedding date as their venue had cancelled. Being able to help them and then watch their day unfold more perfectly than they could of imagined made my heart melt.

Visit Coombe – The Melba Estate‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Coombe – The Melba Estate is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Just Us Two

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Jerome Cole

Photo by Jerome Cole

Charlotte & Tom’s Sweet Autumn Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements

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Charlotte & Tom

I love a sweet Autumn engagement and Charlotte and Tom’s engagement photos are from photographer Gabriela Ana Weddings at Eagle View Escape. Charlotte and Tom wanted their photos to show their love of escaping for a weekend away together, somewhere that had an incredible backdrop while allowing them to be completely comfortable. I think they nailed it!

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Of how they met, Tom tells, “We first met at a friend’s birthday dinner in North Sydney, at a restaurant called Had to Happen. I saw Charlotte arrive at the party and she caught my eye, but unfortunately she was seated at the other end of the table. As fate would have it she eventually ended up sitting opposite me when chatting to a friend. I had been deserted by my friends and saw an opportunity! As they discussed lady stuff (tea), I began to nod my head and say “mmhh…yeah totally!” with a cheeky grin (I had no idea what they were talking about!).”

Charlotte adds, “Tom was so sweet and had a boy-like charm. As cheesy as it is, I suppose you could say we felt a ‘spark’. We started officially dating a couple of months later.”

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Charlotte almost cottoned on to the proposal plans! She remembers, “Tom’s genuine nature and excitement about wanting to marry me meant he had trouble keeping the proposal a secret. I had figured out that his intention was to propose on an overseas trip we had booked. After realising I’d figured out his plan, he made up a story about the ring manufacture being delayed and that he wasn’t going to have it by the time of the trip.

About a week later, he took me to a nature reserve where we often walk. Mid conversation, he ducked down to his backpack, and when I turned around to see why he had stopped, he was down on one knee with the ring. He was so nervous! All he could manage was “Will you…?” Obviously, my answer was “Yes, of course!” ”

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On what she loves about Tom, Charlotte tells, “I love that Tom is a very genuine person. He is very honest, caring and supportive. I love that he makes me laugh a lot, and that we can completely be ourselves around one another. I love that we can talk openly and honestly about anything and everything.”

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On one of their relationship moments, “Tom’s younger sister Sarah had an 18th birthday a couple of years ago, with the dress-up theme of “I can’t believe you wore that to my party!”. Tom suggested dressing as a reverse couple, so I dressed as a male (or what looked like a bearded boy) and Tom dressed as a female (he wasn’t fooling anyone with his hairy legs, chest and facial stubble!). Upon arrival, Tom’s father was confused at the fact that I didn’t arrive with Tom. He was genuinely shocked that I was the “man” standing next to Tom. Our costumes were a huge success and resulted in some hilarious memories.”

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On what he loves about Charlotte, Tom notes, “Charlotte is really sweet and kind. I can already see how much love she will give our future kids. I love her laugh. She is supportive, understanding and beautiful to boot. I love that I get to spend my life with her! ”

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