We’ve been together 1 year the first time – yep there were 2 rounds. Like a typical boy, Sij never had time for Jo as he had just purchased and started renovated a house so she got fed up with it and said the relationship wasn’t for her. Yet they remained friends because of the family connection. After about of 5 years, and many attempts to get Jo to come over, Jo’s cousins husband Giovanni came down for another visit, in which she finally went over. You see, over the years and the distance between, there was always this underlying connection that kept us in touch. We loved watching The Block and would sit there analysing couple’s decisions over text messages. We even applied one year as ‘Ex Lovers’ with a hope to get on! After another 6 months of trying to get Jo to give it another chance, she finally gave in and so comes Sij + JoJo 2.0.

Our proposal story goes like this. Jo wanted to get to New York and Sij wanted to go visit friends in China, and so the whirlwind trip around the globe was in full swing! First stop China. We were on the Great Wall of China, in a village contained by a 320 degree view of the wall, untouched and original, sweating in parts one shouldn’t and Sij pulled out the engagement ring from his cigarette pocket, 1 day into our trip and said “now you look after it”.

We allowed ourselves a year to organise our big day, which gave us plenty of time to get our ducks in a row.

My ring was from Bozza Jewellers (and the groom’s ring was from Love 2 Have).

Being a graphic designer, the invitations had to be ‘wow’ so Jo made the invites herself and there was no expense spared. They had the industrial chic edge we wanted and being a trade they suited both of us. They had a brush metal front and a pin wheel that the receiver had to spin to get the details, making them very interactive. They were also beautifully wrapped in a self mailer which is something that isn’t done very often. Sparklers & Confetti  assisted with the stationery.

My makeup was by Beauty by Fadhel  and I also opted for no veil and had a hairpiece by Vera Xane that I could wear again at the races.

I knew I wasn’t going to find a dress off the shelf so I had heard of Signor Mont Couture and we clicked straight away, he knew I wasn’t a girly girl and the brief was no lace. I knew I wanted grey on It and not the traditional mermaid ivory gown that is still popular today.


My shoes were from Ginger & Smart and my earrings were Swarovski. I also had past family members on my bouquet, in particular my father who had passed away several years before.

Sij ware a tie from Hextie , shoes from  Quel  and a watch from Michael Kors. His suit was from MJ Bale .

The flowergirls wore tutus and crowns from Etsy.


The flowers were arranged by Azalea Florists .

The ceremony was held at St Thomas Aquinas  and the bride arrived in a bright yellow cab from Checker Cabs Wedding Cars.  “The driver was named Michael which was also my dad’s name. The boys also brought Rosé for us girls, but then left in the car that left (first), so massive fail!”

Music for the pageboy/flowergirl entrance was Jump around, House of Pain.

As my father has passed away and I was only having my best friend as my maid of honour, I decided to have her walk with me rather than in front, was such a nice feeling someone was doing it with me and who better than someone I have been friends since kindy. My bridesmaid wore a gown by Jadore .

I walked down the aisle to XO rendition.

Sij’s uncle was the priest and had performed the ceremony. I had no idea what I was doing as we’d had no rehearsal so just went with the flow.

We saw a few venues but they were either too posh or just not us. We aren’t the real whiz bang type of couple, we love more industrial chic and Cargo Hall had a bit of grunge to it and was more the look we were going for somewhere close in the city. We decided on Industrial chic meets copper and concrete as our wedding theme.

One of our standout vendors was Karinda from Cargo Hall who was like a BFF in disguise, she really did go above and beyond and met up with me a few times before the day, was always contactable and a dream to work with.

The cake was made by Michelle Hopkins with a cake topper by Grain & Co .

We made the table decorations ourselves out of Hebel blocks which we made into planters and spray painted. These were also left on a table for guests to take home and they all disappeared! We also put together the bonboniere gifts and limoncello favours and made the wedding direction sign.

Our favourite memory was sitting amongst our guests rather than on a pedestal surrounded with the traditional round tables.

Our first dance was to Never Tear Us Apart, INXS.

So after the wedding day, what does her marriage mean to the bride? She tells “Someone I can annoy for the rest of my life. As we lived together I don’t believe anything has changed (apart from the tattoo on my ring finger and the extra gold weighting it). Coming from a divorced family, I believe marriage is hard work and rewarding at the same time. Its the one person that will always have your back and put up with your crazy family.”

And for those of us yet to tie the knot? “Write a budget, don’t lose your job and don’t try to start your own business and buy an apartment all at the same time lol. I should have stressed all the fatness out of me but it only made me stronger lol”.


Ms Polka Dot says: What a beautiful day! All the hexagonal details, the touches of copper and the industrial feel of the blocks and the venue made for a day filled with meaning and style.


About Joanne and Sij: Jo is a Graphic Designer and has been working in Advertising since she was a wee 23 year old. Sij is an electrician who has seen his career take him from running his own business in Sydney to working on projects in Dubai with a pit stop in Melbourne, which he never left. Ironically they grew up in the same area but never met. They have a bundle of mutual friends and would have been at the same weddings and functions, yet never noticed each other. Jo had moved to Melbourne in 2008 and Sij a year later. It took them another year to meet when Jo’s cousin and husband (who were also friends with Sij) came for a visit and introduced them.

Photographer: Dezine by Mauro / Cinematographer: Popcorn Films / Bride's Dress: Signor Mont Couture / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Vera Xane / Bride's Shoes: Ginger and Smart / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jadore / Hair & Makeup Artist: Beauty by Fadhel / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Hextie / Groom's Shoes: Quel / Groom's Watch: Michael Kors / Wedding Ring: Love 2 Have / Flowers: Azalea Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Sparklers and Confetti / Ceremony Venue: St Thomas Aquinas, South Yarra / Reception Venue: Cargo Hall / Food Truck: Gelato Cart / Black Cutlery: Complete Function Hire / Favors: Sparklers and Confetti / Rental Furniture: Complete Function Hire / Photo Booth: Social Playground / Lighting: Light Dimensions / Signage: Sparklers and Confetti / Bride's Wedding Ring: Bozza Jewellers / Transport: Checker Cab Wedding Cars / Cake Topper: Grain & Co / Wedding Cake: Michelle Hopkins

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Nicole and Sam

When Nicole and Sam married on the Prince Deck at Circa Nicole shared the words of advice that we hear so often from brides, but which are as true today as they ever were. “Just make sure you relax and enjoy the day and don’t stress about the small things.

Make sure you take time out during the day for some time with your husband/wife. I know everyone says it but it does fly by so fast so just make sure you stop and take it all in!”

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Vanessa and Chris

Chris… A Country boy, the most genuine man, the type of guy every girl would wish to become her husband. Vanessa… A City girl, an Event manager from Melbourne.

I was always planning other peoples’ weddings, always the wedding planner never the bride… then one December evening Chris asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!

Suddenly I was planning my own wedding, there was pressure as an Event Planner, for our wedding to be perfect.

We wanted natural shots, very in the moment with a vintage boho feel to them and chose T One Image as our photographer.

My Vintage/Boho Martina Liana Wedding dress from Fairy Tales Bridal, Moonee Ponds, was so comfortable, not heavy like other dresses I’d tried on. I accessorised my dress with a rhinestone/pearl head chain boho halo from Elegance at Hand on eBay. This headpiece matched the theme perfectly.

My dad passed some years before, and I had my shoes made in London to include something old, new, borrowed and blue. The final touch to my shoes was a broach with a photo of my dad on his wedding day so he could still walk me down the aisle when he was no longer with us to do it in person.

My hairdresser, Lovalola Hair, was amazing. I couldn’t believe how vintage and boho my hair turned out and matched the headpiece perfectly!



I placed the girls in the same dress in different shades, dusty pink, nude and peach so they felt different to one another but matched slightly.


My Something Old was vintage lace, my Something New was the shoes (I also had a broach of my dad on his wedding day on the back of each shoe so he could walk me down the aisle), my Something Borrowed  was a photo of my dad and my Something Blue – I had the shoes dyed baby blue.


We tried to get the boys to match our vintage boho theme with country suspenders and bow ties. We put Chris in a jacket and different coloured bow tie to stand out as the groom.

We stayed on site at Cammeray Waters  the entire weekend with all our guests!

After over a year of planning our Vintage/Boho Wedding, the day finally arrived, the weather was a perfect 26 degrees, I felt calm and relaxed, no nerves just pure excitement for the day ahead. We wrote each other a card to read that morning, it was sweet to have some words from each other to read before we met at the aisle.

We matched our Giant Invitations stationery to our theme with lace invitations!

I walked down the aisle to a live acoustic cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley (my dad’s favourite song).

I started the walk down the aisle, I felt happy to finally see him and have him see me, he looked so handsome. I stood at the alter and looked around, I was in awe, everything we had planned for over a year had come together perfectly. The vintage suitcases, the organic greenery, his boys, my girls, the lace just wow, everything was perfect!

I did all the decor myself, wood slabs, crystal jars for the boho flowers, doilies, lace table cloths!


The flower arrangements were created by Levian Events.



Charlotte Gemill played live acoustic during the ceremony.


Our celebrant Jill Caruana was more than just a celebrant leading up to the big day.

We got married under a gazebo with so much floral decoration above our heads. It was backing onto this amazing lake in the Macedon Ranges!

I was inspired by the Venue. It was such a naturally organic venue I decided boho vintage would work amazingly with the dirt roads and evergreen trees, the lake, gazebo and country cottages! This influenced the colour palette of Peach, Nude, Pink, Orange, Burgundy, White, and Organic Green.

We ordered over 1000 metres of fairy lights for our reception, the room was so pretty and elegant with vintage lace tablecloths and fairy light curtains draping the room, wood slices as centrepieces with jars of boho flowers and tealight candles.

Blackbird Cakes made our triple tier naked cake with fresh flowers. Each layer was a different flavour – white choc raspberry, caramel and white choc lemon.

I planned the entire wedding with Chris’s help, we knew what we wanted and it all came together in the end, we wouldn’t have changed a thing! It was our day and everything we loved was there…

We provided Hangover Kits as our favours to help the guests out the next day.


Our entertainment was provided by DJ Masters who kept the dance floor rocking all night.


Chris and I made time that night during the reception to have photos taken. We had a moment being together just the two of us with our reception in the background overlooking everything we had worked so hard to achieve over the past year. These are some of my favourite photos.

The entire weekend was perfect, the weekend concluded with a breakfast the morning after the wedding, thanking our guests before they headed home. Although my dad was not there to share the most special day of my life with us, that day, I inherited a new family and a new dad.

For our honeymoon, we travelled to the Cook Islands then the South Island of New Zealand. It was my first time overseas! We were away for 3 weeks and it was incredible!

Every day I wake up, walk into the bathroom and there it is on the bench, he puts toothpaste on my toothbrush every day… A fresh towel hangs over the shower for me to use, another thoughtfully placed item from Chris. In the kitchen, a cup of tea is on the bench for me… These are little things but it’s the little things that make me fall in love with him over and over again…

A video of the day was filmed by Lightbox Media.

Ms Polka Dot says: The enjoyment in planning all the littlest details is so evident in Vanessa and Chris’ wedding and their love for each other and for their family and friends is the crowning glory.

About Vanessa: Vanessa, the city girl moved to the country with her country boy….

Photographer: T One Image / Bride's Dress: Martina Liana / Bridal Salon: Fairy Tale Bridal Moonee Ponds / Bride's Shoes: Love Lace Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Swish Clothing / Wedding Cake: Blackbird Cakes / Ceremony Officiant: Jill Caruana / Venue: Cammeray Waters / Flowers: Levian Events / Hair & Makeup Artist: Lovalola Hair / Bride's Accessories: Elegance at Hand / Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jewellers / Wedding Ring: Gregory Jewellers / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Ceremony Musicians: Charlotte Gemill / Entertainment: D.J Masters / Invitations & Stationery: Giant Invitations / Cinematographer: Lightbox Media / Wedding Planner: Vanessa Bronsgeest / Favors: Vanessa Bronsgeest