Dom and Kayla
Dom and I first met through a mutual friend who set us up. At the time I was studying to be a primary school teacher at university and Dom had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. We added each other on Facebook first and after Dom got up the courage to call me after much procrastination, I didn’t answer! After a second attempt I picked up and a three hour conversation entailed. Dom and I then went on two dates, fell in love and the rest they say is history!
My wedding dress was from Karen Willis Holmes. It was the Jillian gown; a strapless corset Guipure lace fishtail wedding gown with layered shimmer tulle circle skirt and a beaded sparkle encrusted belt at the waist. I wore a cathedral length shimmer tulle veil also from Karen Willis Holmes.
Bouquet Boutique created the bride and bridesmaids bouquets, the groom, groomsman and father of the bride and grooms buttonholes, flower bracelets for the mother of the bride and groom and the table arrangements for the reception. The garters were from Honey Birdette and purchased as a part of their bridal collection. It was a double garter, the second/throw away garter not pictured was thin blue satin with a sparkle clip. I wore earrings from Karen Willis Holmes and shoes from Nine West. My hairpiece was created from a piece of lace from my dress and hand beaded from the amazing and talented Liv from Olive Farm Designs.
The grooms 3 piece suit and shirt were tailor made by Germanicos and shoes from Zu. Dom was so stoked with how well his suit fit he still can not stop talking about it! Who said it was all about the dress… The groom and groomsman ties were created by The Gentlemens Club (Chatswood, Sydney) and from Etsy I ordered the groom’s socks and underwear from Trunk of Love and the groom, groomsmen and father of the bride’s cufflinks from Alexa Lane.
The handkerchiefs I gave to my my mum and dad were ordered from Elegant Monogramming from Etsy. Our wedding rings and my engagement ring were handmade by an independent jeweller in Sydney, Phil Gibson.
Our ceremony was at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane City. Dom and I wanted a traditional and religious ceremony as we felt it reflected our beliefs and vision of marriage. The order of service double sided cards were designed and made by the groom’s brother, Matt. We incorporated a candle ceremony into our marriage ceremony as Dom and I felt it was a special way to signify our two families becoming one through us and also to include our mums into the ceremony.
Our candles were made at the last minute by Melva Designs in Cooparoo, Brisbane as I forgot we needed to supply our own! All three candles were personal and individualised to our wedding; the two smaller candles had the respective family name on it, the wedding date and a blue ribbon band at the bottom whilst the large candle had the bride and groom’s name, the wedding date, a quote and blue ribbon band at the bottom. At the end of the marriage ceremony Dom and I lit our candle using our own families’ candles and then blew out our family candles mistakenly, making a great moment for a photo and one of our favourite parts in our wedding video.
Andrew and Ola, our photographers from Kwintowski Photography are not only an outstanding and amazing photography team but a beautiful husband and wife team. Leading up to the day, on the day and every meeting and correspondence after the day they always made us feel comfortable, relaxed, calm and happy! (This is not an easy task for two people camera shy and hopeless at posing, smiling and not blinking on queue!). We could not speak more highly of their photography skills and work in our opinion definitely one of the best Brisbane wedding photographers in the business.
We went to three locations for our wedding photos, the first was the Roma Street Parklands, the second was Southbank and the third was a side street in Brisbane City. Three of our favourite photos were captured at each of these places respectively. The first photo at the start of this post featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and the QLD Brides Magazine current issue.
Our bridal party had a lot of fun at Roma Street Parklands, it was filled with laughter, silliness, love and happiness!
Our reception was held at Victoria Park Golf Complex in the ballroom. This venue is stunning as it is surrounded by the rolling green of the golf course with the city skyline lit up in the background. It was the best of both worlds as we felt like we were miles away from the city in the country but still had the great view and location to the ceremony and accommodation. The ballroom itself is gorgeous with the marble bar and multiple chandeliers creating a romantic and intimate feel.
Jess and Jacqueline from the event planning team at Victoria Park made the planning and day easy and fun! The reception was full of fun with a photo booth, a finger print tree (hand drawn and painted by Karen from Spotted Nest from Etsy), a string of heart shaped advice cards written by guests, thank you cards on each table created by the groom’s brother Matt, take home cake boxes with personalised stickers and much dancing and shenanigans including pant splitting!
Our cake was designed by Dom and myself with Jade from Cakestar. The three tiered cake consisted of three different flavours, those being: honey and pistachio, roseberry and white chocolate. The tiers were wrapped with navy blue ribbon and lace detail made from ice to match the bride’s dress and colour theme of the wedding. Personalised cake toppers adorned the top of the cake with a little hint to the bride and groom’s profession on the second tier.
Our mini wedding video was created by Fisheye Studio and is a beautiful little snapshot or as I like to call it ‘moving memory’ of our wedding day. Barb and Rob captured everything and more we wanted them to whilst presenting it in a way that doesn’t make you cringe while you watch yourself! Not to mention, Barb and Rob are the sweetest, nicest and most loveliest videographers and couple.
Photography by Kwintowski Photography
Ms Gingham says: Congratulations to Kayla and Dom and a beautiful wedding! Thankyou for sharing your day with us.
Kayla says: “My name is Kayla Eriksson, I am 22 years old and got married last year on September 22nd in Brisbane. I don’t remember how I discovered Polka Dot Bride but once I did I was addicted! (And still regularly check it out now even though I’m married).”