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Almora & Leigh’s Rustic Winter Wedding

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Almora
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Leigh and Almora

Leigh and I met at work and had the luxury of getting to know each other while having regular lunches as colleagues for six months. It was only after our other lunch companion went on holiday and it was just us having lunch together that we realised we had feelings for each other.

I was completely surprised when Leigh proposed on our fourth anniversary as he had done so much to throw me off the scent. He woke me up at 4am, blindfolded me and drove for over an hour to get to our surprise destination – a hot air balloon ride for just the two of us. I will admit at this point to subtly patting him down to see if there was a ring box and was somewhat disappointed when I couldn’t find one. I had the second surprise for the morning when, as the sun was rising, Leigh got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him.

Leigh proposed with a beautiful pink diamond so that we could design the ring together (for those of you wondering, he knows me so well he hid the diamond box in a long sock he specially wore!). We used Anthony Colin Jewellers ((08) 9218 8537) for my engagement ring and our wedding bands, and highly recommend him. We decided to get married on our fifth anniversary in 2013.

I stayed at the cute and cosy Hovea Ridge Cottage the night before the wedding. Waking up and hanging out with my two sisters (two of my three bridesmaids) on the wedding morning was one of my highlights and a memory I will always treasure.

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My bridesmaids were amazingly supportive and I loved having them with me along the way, even if it was just for a supportive phone call of text when things got stressful. They helped me chose my dress and were there for the moment I was persuaded to try on a veil even though I hadn’t planned on wearing one…and cried as I felt like a ‘bride’ in it. I got my dress from Anastasia Collection and absolutely loved it and wish I could wear it all the time.

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Our chosen venue, the charmingly rustic Darlington Estate Winery (with amazingly accommodating owners in Andy and Michelle), set the theme for a rustic winter wedding yet classic and custom tailored to be our wedding. I gathered lots of inspiration from Pinterest and shared my ideas with Leigh so we could talk about which option to go with for decorations, stationery and guest entertainment.

Leigh and I made the save the dates, invites, place settings, seating chart and thank you cards. Leigh is extremely handy and also made the table numbers, hanging photo frame, apple candles and, along with his dad, the wedding signs. We had lots of help from Leigh’s mum and nanna with making the decorations and I spent lots of fun weekends with them making the table runners, treat bags and decorating the glass jars we collected. I loved being able to enjoy the planning process with them and that our wedding wasn’t just one day of enjoyment.

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My older sister walked me down the aisle to Canon in D played by Zaffiro Quartet. It was quite an emotional and poignant moment as Shanti has been like a mother to me, but she is also my best friend so it was great to have her by my side so we could have a joke and support each other while everyone looked at us.

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The view from the Gazebo was breathtaking and we were very fortunate for the sun to be out (seeing as there had been very heavy rain the night before!) shinning on all of the greenery. Leigh and I wrote our own vows but didn’t share them with each other until we said them at our wedding, which made the ceremony extra special for both of us. Our celebrant Lesley Gasmier put into words what we have always felt, that out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary happened.

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Russell Winter was our photographer for the day. Not only does he take amazing photos that capture the moment with so much atmosphere, he is also a friend of ours and added to the relaxed feel for the day.

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Appeasing the control freak in me, we were lucky to be able to decorate the venue the day before the wedding, ensuring everything was exactly how we had envisaged. Even though it was a bit stressful and I’m so thankful for everyone that helped, it was really nice seeing everything come together and made me really excited to celebrate with everyone the next day. As it had started to rain by dinnertime, it was such a warm and cosy atmosphere inside the restaurant with the quartet playing and fairy lights on the roof and through the tree (yes, they have a tree inside the restaurant – amazing!)

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With the most spectacular side-jump and catch ever seen, my younger sister caught my bouquet, sending petals flying everywhere and being one of the biggest talking points of the whole wedding.

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We ended the night by walking through an archway of sparklers held up by our guests. It was so fun walking through them and ending the night on such a high.

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Images by Russell Winter

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Ms Gingham says: A beautiful day to reminisce about on Almora and Leigh’s first wedding anniversary! Congratulations to you both and to many more years together!

Almora says: “I’m a 27 year old recent bride from Perth, WA. I got married on 24 July 2013, one year exactly since we got engaged and five years since our first date. I wasn’t a little girl that dreamt of her wedding, but I loved the process of planning our wedding and can honestly say it was the best day of my life (cliché I know!).”

Photographer: Russell Winter / Bridal Salon: Hovea Ridge Cottage / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Darlington Estate Winery / Bride’s Dress: Anastasia Collection / Ceremony Musicians: Zaffiro Quartet / Ceremony Officiant: Lesley Gasmier

Inspired Words – Briana

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After her gorgeous Deux Belettes Wedding to (now) husband Jono, Bride Briana has provided some of her top advice for all brides-to-be – fantastic wisdom for anyone planning their own wedding or working with a tight budget!

Briana suggests “If you are planning a wedding yourself make sure you have somebody on the day (either a friend who you trust to be organised and make good decisions quickly, or a co-ordinator) to take care of the running of whole wedding. It avoids any added stress and helps you to stick to your budget by ensuring everything runs smoothly. If things run behind time you have to pay extra for staff (caterers/bar tenders/musician/bus hire) as it takes them much longer to do their job, and most venues have a closing time-you don’t want to be serving dessert as the band is packing up and the doors are being locked! Plus it allows you to enjoy your wedding in a way you imagined without stressing over the details and decision-making on the day.

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“Stick to your budget! It’s so easy to get caught up in everything and just throw money at things (especially at the last minute) because you HAVE to have it! At the end of the day nobody at the wedding has any expectations about what it should look like, you don’t need expensive things to create a beautiful atmosphere, and you are going have the best day of you life regardless!”

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Images by Van Middleton

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Leea and Robert’s Vintage Style Barn Wedding

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Leea
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Robert and Leea

Robert proposed on our 3 year anniversary in April 2013. I had suspected it was coming but was surprised all the same! We both wanted to get married in Autumn so we set a date for the following April. We knew that we wanted the day to be relaxed and informal so we wanted a venue that could cater both ceremony and reception. I had always wanted a rustic/vintage style wedding and Robert wanted somewhere with great scenery. We could not believe our luck when we found Gum Gully Farm! Not only did it tick all the boxes, it was in the Dandenong Ranges, one of our favourite weekend spots.

I chose a dress from Karen Willis Holmes in Armadale. It was the first store I visited and could have chosen six gowns from the one store! The whole experience was great and I was constantly at ease, the customer service and advice was wonderful. Unlike other stores they only required 6 months notice and the workmanship was excellent, the seamstress took great care in the fittings and the dress fit perfectly.

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I ordered my shoes online from Rachael Simpson in the UK. They were so comfortable and I will certainly get more than one wear from them.

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I chose the girls from Melbourne Bridal Make Up for both my hair and make up. I could not have been happier! They captured the look I was after perfectly.  I had a trial for my own style, however my bridesmaids decided on their styles on the day. It was amazing what the stylists could whip up at such little notice! For my “something old” I made my own birdcage veil out of an antique brooch.  It was in the shape of a Scottish thistle, a tribute to my Scottish heritage. My beautiful bridesmaids wore tulle dresses by BHLDN. They were a shade of lavender tulle over a blush lining when combined made a lovely antique rose colour. Bridal jewelry was from Bauble bar and Bridesmaids jewelry from Fletcher and Grace.

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We chose to hire suits for the groomsmen from Formal Red. It was a very simple process considering two of the groomsmen had to travel from NZ. We stayed at Loft in The Mill, Olinda both before and after the wedding, which had lots of great photo spots for the pre wedding photos.

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Our ceremony was in the Windmill Chapel at Gum Gully Farm. We hired a Piper to play as guests arrived and also for the processional.

Susan from Soul Mate Ceremonies performed the ceremony. Susan was a great help in writing our ceremony with lots of examples and options. She was very flexible and was able to include a “handfasting” which was a great way to include our parents in the ceremony.

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We could not have been happier with our photographer Jessica Tremp from Brown Paper Parcel. I discovered her through another post on Polka Dot Bride. Jessica’s style of photography captured the day perfectly. Not one detail was missed in the 1000+ photos that were taken. Her use of the surroundings and animals resulted in such beautiful and unique shots that we will treasure forever.

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While we were having our photos taken our guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside the barn. We were able to provide our own alcohol which gave us great flexibility in our drinks choices. We even made our own signature cocktails which were served from gorgeous glass urns.

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Our guests then moved into the barn for the reception. We did not want to hire a wedding planner so we decided to decorate the venue ourselves. I really enjoyed the planning process and spent months searching online at Ebay and Etsy and collecting all sorts of vintage style props from markets and op shops. We designed our own seating chart and place cards and I made the wishing well out of an old suitcase.

Sue, the wedding co-ordinator at Gum Gully allowed us to access to the venue the day prior to the wedding so that we could set everything up. It was great fun styling the tables and bunching flowers, with assistance from the wedding party and family. I handmade over 150 metres of  fabric and lace bunting to decorate the venue and made lace runners for the table tops. I had so many compliments that I decided to open my own shop LeeLoves on Etsy!

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The flowers were provided form Australian Roses, a local grower in Silvan. They had a great selection of colours to choose from and I was able to order directly from them. I picked the flowers up two days prior to the wedding and spent a few hours bunching them, ready to go to set up the venue the next day. I collected over 150 vases and mason jars to decorate the tables. I made the bouquets myself the night before the wedding over champagne with my bridesmaids. At the end of the night guests took bunches home, I’m told they lasted for two weeks after the wedding!

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Yarra Valley catering provided Canapes, Entree and Dinner. We were able to provide our own dessert, and thanks again to the flexibility at Gum Gully we were allowed to set up our own dessert buffet.

As well as a wedding cake (which was made by the grooms mother and decorated by a friend) we also provided a selection of cakes, slices and cupcakes, most of which were homemade by friends and family. I have a wonderful collection of vintage plates and tea sets which I wanted to incorporate in the display. I found some vintage crates on ebay and was able to make a beautiful display with the theme of “HighTea” which suited the venue perfectly.

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We hired a band for the reception as we are both music lovers and wanted the atmosphere that only a band can provide. We chose a six piece band The Baker Boys who were fabulous. They even allowed one of my guests to get up and serenade us as a surprise! The evening was spent dancing, laughing and having great fun. We had a lot of people travel from overseas so it was a great opportunity for a family reunion on both sides.

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Our wedding was everything that we had hoped for and could not have been more perfect. What a wonderful day it was!

Photography by Brown Paper Parcel

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful wedding Leea! You are very talented! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Leea says: “I’m Leea! I was married in April 2014 to my lovely husband Robert. I had so much fun planning our vintage style barn wedding and used Polka Dot Bride for much inspiration.”

Photographer: Brown Paper Parcel / Venue: Gum Gully Farm / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Rachael Simpson / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Jewellery: Bauble bar / Jewellery: Fletcher and Grace / Suit Hire: Formal Red / Hair & Makeup: Melbourne Bridal Make Up / Ceremony Officiant: Soul Mate Ceremonies / Decorations: LeeLoves / Band: The Baker Boys / Flowers: Australian Roses
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