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by | Blog News, Bride



Photo via Old World Glamour At The Majestic Kuala Lumpur

I’ve used the photo above a lot when I talk about my trip to Malaysia I took with Expedia earlier this year (read more over here and here and here) but I think it was one of my favourite lifetime memories. Being in a completely different country with candle light, music, waiters in bows ties and white jackets and experiencing that magic is forever seared in my memory. I am so excited to share more of this amazing trip with you.

In the mean time, how was your week? We had such a big week on the Polka blogs, so let’s dive into the roundup!



Want to get away? A roundup of Ultimate Bucks Weekenders

Behind the Door with….. The Little Press

We love a gorgeous wedding venue, so we chatted to Pip Danaher of Church364

A peek at The Boat House Group Wedding & Event Fair

Old World Glamour At The Majestic Kuala Lumpur

Lover of Melbourne? Try this Cocktail Friday Circa, The Prince’s Blue Cheese and Quince Quench

Perfect for a cold weekend! Coombe – The Melba Estate Fig, Banana and Walnut Bread Recipe

Stuck on beauty essentials?The team from BeautyHeaven shared this roundup on Honeymoon Beach Beauty

Our favourite Tea Favours for Weddings

Stuck on how to style your wedding? Ms Filigree shares her styling tips on Styled with Love

A How To! Announcing Your Exciting Baby News At Your Wedding

So much to love in Jade and Tristan’s Romantic Country Manor Wedding

Solid and strong, meet Tuesday Type – Baker Street



it is finally time to announce the winners of our two Palomas Nest Gift Sets! A big congratulations to littlelm who has won our Instagram competition and Perrie S. is the winner of our blog competition! Congratulations! We will be in touch soon!


News Roundup 7th August 2015

Vera Wang Sydney are holding their 2015 Fall Collection Trunk Show  Tuesday 11th – Sunday 16th August, 2015 at the InterContinental Sydney. 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney. To book, email or phone 02 9252 6186

Minna Bridal are holding their one sale of the year now! Head to their website and use the code ONLYONESALE for a 20% discount on their dresses until August 16th 2015. If you’re a bohemian loving bride, definitely check this one out!

Planning a Mansfield Wedding? The Mansfield Wedding Fair will be held on Sunday, 19th of September from 2pm-7pm n the median strip in Highett St (corner of Curia St). Visitors will go in the draw to win great prizes and see the best from local vendors. Head to the website for more information!

Let me introduce you to Eleanor! She is a young filmmaker & photographer in Melbourne doing her Masters of Film & Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. Eleanor is seeking to speak to a couple who are having their pet dog attend the wedding. As part of her film, she would love to film a couple with their dog at their wedding along with a short interview. In exchange, Eleanor would love to do some wedding photography on your day! Interested? Contact Eleanor on

Want a wedding venue that’s a little different? The QC Club in Brisbane is celebrating Spring with a bridal showcase! Head down on Thursday, 3rd of September 6.30pm-8.30pm for a feast of events include a bridal fashion show with gowns from Darb Bridal Couture, Jack Sullivan, George Wu and more as well as many more Bookings are essential! Email or call 3896 4533 to RSVP!


 Our film of the week comes from Perfect Moment Photography & Video. A really touching wedding day story of Laila and Deniz. A wedding speech full of emotion will never get old!

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Emma and Alex’s Summer Butterland Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Australian country wedding

Emma & Alex

It’s not a secret that finding a stunning venue in the middle of the country immediately makes Polka Dot readers jump for joy and the amazing Butterland is one that always gets you excited. But today’s Summer Butterland wedding didn’t enchant me just for the venue, it was the stories. The bride doubling over with laughter as she walked down the aisle, the table where the newlyweds signed the marriage certificate made by the groom’s father more than thirty years ago. Even the couple’s involvement of their daughter Olive added something magical to the day. All captured in a beautiful way by Adam Gibson.

Emma tells the tale of how they met. “My friend Angie from uni was renting with Alex and so it wasn’t long before we were introduced. Whilst no special story as such, I did start to spend every spare moment at Angie’s place, and the three of us had a pretty special time together of dinners, movies, weekend drives and parties before Alex finally asked me out on my own. To this day, he’s the sweetest, most considerate, and most gentlemanly man I know!”

Alex adds, “Just like Emma said, but a lot cooler.” Emma continuing, “We were away at one of our favourite spots for a weekender – Venus Bay. He proposed to me while we were having a picnic in the sand dunes at the beach. I remember him asking me to stop saying ‘yes!’ so he could ‘actually propose’.”

Says Alex, “I had everything planned, the picnic, the place, the champagne …and then I got really nervous. I was so distracted by the ring in my pocket, I couldn’t speak. Emma must have got tired of my silence so by the time we had walked to the beach and set the picnic up, she said to me “You’re a little quiet… tell me a story” and so it was then or never. I started the story with “There once was this boy and girl….” (I’ll spare you the rest of the story – it sounds so cheesy when you write it down). I remember being so emotional trying to get the words out and thinking I was stuffing up what I wanted to say. But Emma said ‘yes’ before I even got it all out.”


Custom Wedding Stationery

South South West created the wedding stationery, being a dear friend of the couple. Designer Andy kicked off with a monogram that wove its way throughout the day.

Kate Radford Hair stylistScanlan & Theodore Shoes

Kate Radford styled the bride’s hair and makeup. Emma choosing white heels by Scanlan Theodore to go with her Lover the Label wedding dress.

Kate Radford Makeup Artist

Love the label wedding dressBride in Lover

Flowergirl with olive wreath

The couple’s daughter Olive wore a very special dress, Emma explains, “Our daughter’s dress was so special!  It was a replica of my mother’s bridesmaids and flower girls dresses from 1972, hand-made by my mother-in-law with a matching drawstring purse. Olive adored it and we didn’t tell my mum about it until Olive walked out wearing it, proud as punch. My mum doesn’t cry easily but I think I saw a tear. Katie also made an amazing little Olive branch head wreath that went with it perfectly on the day.”

Newstead wedding

Newstead wedding ceremony

Emma and Alex chose Butterland for their wedding, Emma remarking, “I think finding the perfect place to get married is the hardest part in planning a wedding. Just as my hopes were starting to waver, my dearest friend (and bridesmaid) Madeleine Sargent of Made By Mosey ( came through with the goods. She recommended we take a look at a place she knew about through a friend and, hello Butterland! We drove out there a couple of times with our daughter, often making a weekend of it, exploring Trentham, Daylesford, Kyneton and Mt Macedon. We created some awesome family memories along the way.”

Alex adds, “Butterland is relaxed, comforting, untouched, private and unique. It felt like you were getting married in a family home, which is exactly what it is and exactly what we wanted. We felt privileged that Katie and Greg opened their home up to our family and friends the way they did.”

Newstead marriage ceremony

Emma walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Solidissimo by Air, played by Slow Galo.

Butterland garden ceremony

Butterland marriage ceremony

Garden ceremony at Butterland

Ceremony at Butterland

Emeritus Robert W. Gribben

The Reverend Professor Emeritus Robert W. Gribben officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We loved Alex’s uncle marrying us and blessing our little family.” Alex adds, “My uncle Robert married us which was awesome, not only because he knows us so well, but because he also married my parents back in 1974.”

Marriage at Butterland

Lace train of lover dress

Butterland wedding ceremony

Family wedding ceremony

Emma tells, “My favourite part of the ceremony was when Robert invited Olive to join us. She jumped into my arms and Alex wrapped his around the both of us while Robert gave a blessing for our little family of 3. It made our ceremony about more than just the two of us and beautifully acknowledged the commitment we have to Olive and each other.”

Wedding ceremony with daughter

Marriage ceremony with child

Signing the marriage certificate was really special to the bride and groom, the groom explaining, “We signed our marriage certificates on a table that my grandfather built more than 30 years ago.”

Bride in Lover The Label

Fig and Salt wedding cateringBride with relative

Fig & Salt catered the wedding, kicking off with delicious canapes in the gardens.

Country wedding

Groom wearing J. Lindeberg Swensk


Country wedding photo

Of their photographer, Alex notes, “We have known Adam for a long time and he’s a good mate, so the choice was easy, plus we managed to get Stu (his brother) as well for the wedding, and having two photographers was awesome. Both Adam and Stu are extremely talented, creative, honest and good-natured people. It was like having a family member behind the camera, everything felt natural, fun and nothing was scripted. They shot the day as it should be. Plus it was great to have a laugh and a whiskey with them at the end of the night.”

Emma continues, “Adam and Stu were amazing. Their smiles are infectious and help you relax immediately. And then they’re just super skilled. At one point they successfully blended into a room full of 10 women getting ready and drinking champagne (and they’re tall guys so that’s a talent). In all seriousness, they’ve given me a little time-tunnel back into one of the most important and memorable days of my life. For that, I’ll be forever grateful.”

Adam Gibson Wedding Photo

Bride with horse

White Majick LoverLover Wedding Dress With Train

On describing their wedding day, Emma says, “Comforting, homely, relaxed, funny, musical, insanely good.” And Alex? “A blur, yet the best day of my life (besides the day of my daughter’s birth of course).”

Sunset wedding photo

Doors at Buttlernad

Butterland door

Greenery arch at Butterland

Emma tells, “I didn’t see much of the ‘set-up’ before the ceremony (I left all of it in Alex’s hands). I remember walking in the door of Butterland after the ceremony and looking up at this amazing archway of greenery. Everyone was cheering us as a newly married couple and I was just mouth-opened and ‘wowing’ at Katie Marx’s work and the dining room setting.”

Butter factory wedding

Butterland weddinf reception

Alex tells, “The table setting  was a nice little family project. My sister (Veronica Saunders of Gabriel Saunders) sourced beautiful linen, which my mum (Barbara Saunders) made into 6 metre long table runners (3 of them). I added some Candle holders from Normann Copenhagen and Beeswax candles from Queen B Candles. And then Katie topped it all off with olive branches and some elegant flowers.” Alex’s sister also decorated a powder room for the female guests. “My sister also created a perfect little powder room off the main room, styled with mirrors, throws, things to pamper yourself with and a huge bowl of lemon sherbet lollies!”

Wedding reception at ButterlandKatie Marx Wedding Flowers

Butterland sill

Olive brand with orange flowers table decor

The favors were one of the groom’s favourite parts of creating the day, remembering, “The things that we had the most fun with (besides selecting the playlist) was the bonbonneries. Being so close to Christmas, we wanted to give a gift to everyone with a few small, simple and beautiful items. My mum and Em’s bridesmaid Mads made them up on the morning of the wedding and they included:

– Toothpicks from Daneson Toothpicks picking some teeth at a wedding may seem a bit gross but Daneson toothpicks are amazing. They infuse their toothpicks with some incredible flavours like salted birch and single malt whiskey.

– A deck of cards from Theory 11 Cards . As most people do, we love to get a away for a weekend. When we do there’s a few essentials that we MUST take along: A good book, great food, a bottle of wine, a few beers and a deck of cards. A good deck of cards makes for a good game and Theory 11 make some of the best decks in the world!

– A beautiful tube of lip balm from Kiyoko, we wanted a product our guests might not have seen before and would instantly fall in love with. Kiyoko lip balm is exactly that.”

Wedding reception at Buttlerland

Butterland wedding speeches

Wedding photo at ButterlandCustom Neon Wedding Sign

The monogram on the couple’s wedding stationery by Andy from South South West was literally up in lights at the reception. Adam explaining, “There where a few things we did to make it really us! From the invites (which were designed by my best man Andy Sargent from South South West) to a custom made neon sign of the monogram he designed for us.”

Australian wedding speeches

Wedding toasts

Candlelit Butterland wedding

Happy guests

Butterland at DuskPatio Lighting

Speeches at Country wedding

Bride laughing

Emotional Bride

Bride and groom

Newlyweds at Butterland

Outdoor area at Butterland

The stories didn’t stop when the photographer left, Emma remembering, “We organised transport home for everyone at the end of the night at both 11 and 12. At midnight I insisted I wasn’t ready to go and so the best man Andy slipped the driver some cash to come back at 1am. There was probably only a dozen of our friends left standing but getting them all home in one piece was hilarious. There was whisky swigging, singing to Bon Jovi (much to Alex’s disgust!), double-backs into town for accommodation passed and forgotten, and it ended in me jumping a fence in my wedding dress because I couldn’t find the latch.”

Congratulations on your marriage Emma and Alex! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Adam Gibson for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Adam Gibson / Photographer: Stu Gibson / Bride’s Dress: Lover the Label / Bride’s Shoes: Scanlan Theodore / Groom’s Attire: J. Lindeberg Swensk Melbourne / Groom's Shoes: Double Monk / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Their Own / Flowergirls Dress: Made by groom's mother / Hairstylist: Kate Radford / Makeup Artist: Kate Radford / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by Andy Sargent - South South West / Venue: Butterland / Flowers & Decor: Katie Marx Flowers / Candleholders: Normann Copenhagen / Candles: Queen B Candles / Table Runners: Fabric sourced by groom's sister and made by groom's mother / Bathroom Styling: Veronica of Gabriel Saunders (Groom's Sister) / Ceremony Officiant: The Revd Professor Emeritus Robert W. Gribben / Ceremony Musicians: Slow Galo (Felicity Cripps) / Custom Neon Sign: South South West / Wine Catering: Prince Wine Store / Catering: Fig & Salt / Favors: Daneson Toothpicks / Favors: Theory 11 Cards / Favors: Kiyoko Lip Balm / Wedding Rings: Torres Jewel Co / Wedding Registry: Top 3 / Wedding Registry: Make Design Objects / Wedding Registry: Country Road

Soiree By The Seaside Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Willow Bud Flowers

Fancy a soiree by seaside? Today’s gorgeous inspiration shoot captures the magic of a waterside wedding with an understanding of the subtleties of the seaside. Tones of dusky blue, pale blue-grey, ocean blue & midnight are offset with clean whites, sage greens, coppers and cigar browns.

This is not seaside inspiration as you know it, instead it is calmer, quieter, and so very beautiful. The shoot captured the mood of the sea during Einter, the deep and dark tones, complimented by the stormy sea. Cosy warmth with seaside cool.

Our inspiration shoot today comes from a talented crew of wedding professionals. Photographer Andrea Sproxton Photography joined with cinematographer Wild Bunch Weddings  (catch their film down below) wedding stylist Lovebird Weddings, florist Willow Bud Flowers, decor business Coastal Vintage, cake designer Cake Designs, gown designer Erin Clare Couture, men’s tailor Suits Direct, hairstylist Coast Style Mobile Hairdressing and makeup artist TF Makeup.

Add a beautiful waterside venue –Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and a beautiful vintage boat from Noosa Dream Boats and you have an inspiration shoot that can inspired a couple who want to bring the beach to their wedding in a sophisticated way.

Wooden Welcome SignRustic chandelier at outdoor wedding

Garden Ceremony SetupCeremony floral arrangements

Garden wedding decor

Wedding lounge agrea

Seaside wedding flowersSeaside wedding decor

Autumn floral arrangements

Seaside inspired lounge area at wedding

Glass buoys at weddingWorld Map Seating Chart Idea

World map seating chart

Ocean Autumn wedding

Ocean inspired weddingWedding with Coral

Ocean inspired wedding decor

Autumn seaside wedding table

Water inspired wedding arrnagementCoral wedding decor

Autumn wedding by the oceanCoral and flowers wedding

Seaside inspired wedding cake

Ocean inspired bridal wear

Waterside bride and bridesmaidNoosa inspired wedding

Lounge area at nautical inspired wedding

Bride with green and white bouquetErin Claire Couture

Bouquet with olice branches and green hydrangeas

Erin Clare Couture Lace GownErin Clare Couture

Nautical inspried groom look

Navy suit for nautical weddingNavy Sequin ridesmaid gown

Erin Clare COuture bridesmaid gownNaby blue makeup look

Erin Clare Couture gown

Bride with curls

Boho inspired look

Bride and groom in boat

Noosa Dream boats

Wedding in boat

Boat wedding transportBride and groom with fairy lit tree

Bride in lace Erin Clare Couture gownBack of Erin Clare Couture Gown

Bride with deep cut lace wedding gownDeep Cut lace Wedding gown

Photographer: Andrea Sproxton Photography / Cinematographer: Wild Bunch Weddings / Venue: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant / Stylist: Lovebird Weddings / Flowers: Willow Bud Flowers / Coastal Decoratives: Coastal Vintage / Cake Baker: Cake Designs / Boat: Noosa Dream Boats / Gowns: Erin Clare Couture / Suit: Suits Direct / Hairstylist: Coast Style Mobile Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: TF Makeup

Emily & Villiame’s Bright Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sarah Godenzi Photography Wedding Photo

Emily & Villiame

I love when a couple decides vehemently on the feeling they want for the day and go forth and make it happen. Emily and Villiame decided a relaxed, bright winery wedding was just their style. They infused Villiame’s Fijian heritage, created a space where each guest felt involved and generally created a day that was truly reflective of them. Sarah Godenzi Photography was there to capture it all.

Of how they met, Emily tells, “We had known each other for about eight years through our work however had both been in relationships for most of that time. It was about three years ago when things changed for both of us and the timing was right. We had both always really admired and respected one another and never dreamt that we would end up marrying one another!”

Groom getting ready

Groomsmen helping groom with tie

The wedding was a weekend celebration, Emily explaining, “We hired two houses down on the Mornington Peninsula because we wanted our wedding to be about quality time with friends and family and not just a moment that comes and goes. The night before our wedding about 25 of our friends and family all came together for a BBQ which was so much fun; I fell asleep that night feeling relaxed and excited about the day ahead. I then spent the morning getting ready with a household of family and my dearest friends, there was so much laughter and everyone was so genuinely happy which set the scene for what was truly the happiest day of my life.”

Brides flower filled hairstyle

Of the wedding style, Emily tells, “Our main aim was to create a day where people felt relaxed and included. We moved 12 hours away from our family and friends the year leading up to our wedding, so we wanted it to be a day of connecting with all the people we love. It was important to us that the wedding honoured Vil’s Fijian heritage so we made sure we included mats and tapa cloths, traditional dress for our speeches and fans, which came in handy given it was such a hot day! The style of the reception evolved from the venue we picked, it was beautifully simple, down to earth and open so we wanted the theming to be bright which is what inspired the choice of flowers.”

Flowergirl in yellow dressFlowergirl in orange dress

Bride with flower girl

Anna Campbell Wedding DressRed yellow and succulent bouquet

Emily found her wedding gown at Anna Campbell , she remarks, “Living where we do, meant that I had to do a lot of research online and I fell in love with Anna Campbell dresses and knew that her dresses were within in my budget. When we went back to Melbourne for the holidays Anna Campbell was the first and only shop I went to. I tried on three dresses and within 40 minutes had bought my dress. It was so incredibly stress free and the staff were fantastic.”

Bride in Anna Campbell



Bride with flowers in her hair

Fijian wedding ceremony matts

The Pig and Whistle Main Ridge Wedding

The couple chose The Pig and Whistle Main Ridge for their marriage ceremony, Emily noting, “After finding our reception venue, we went on the hunt for a venue for our ceremony, somewhere outdoors with the facilities for people to be able to stay and have a drink before the reception. We went with the Pig and Whistle in Main Ridge as there was a quiet garden area overlooking the vineyards.”

Unplugged ceremony sign

Wedding guests

Before the bride arrived, the guests blessed the rings, and Villiame remembers, “In that moment they all gave a few silent thoughts of well wishes & blessings for us. I watched the wedding rings go around the family and friends & as it made its way around to my close mates a few of them looked at me and mouthed to me “ are you sure” I nodded and had a laugh. A few of the lads pretended to throw the rings as far as they could. In all of that before those cheeky blokes passed on those rings I saw them take about 0.2 seconds to reflect & send off some sort of positive energy for us. It was awesome.”

Guiatarist at wedding

Flowergirls in red and orange

Ceremony at Main Ridge

“Our flower girls were Em’s goddaughters Jahli and Taya, and they captured everyone’s hearts as they walked down the aisle. They loved their special role so much that they decided to sit at our feet throughout the ceremony! ”

Flowergirl in bright yellow dress with flower crown

Bride with father

The processional had an unexpected overwhelming effect on the bride. “We had trouble picking this song! We had a few shortlisted but we chose “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk as the lyrics really summed up what that moment was all about. As predicted Em got about three steps down the aisle and the water works began, doubled over in a combination of tears and laughter.”

Bride walking down aisle with father

Wedding ceremony on Fijian Mats

Dain Fay, Aurora Ceremonies officiated the ceremony, Villiame telling, “Our close friend Dain Fay was our celebrant and because he had known both of us for 10 years was able to add such a personalized and intimate understanding throughout the formalities.

We wanted a spiritual feel to be present at our ceremony. We wanted it to be shared with our family & friends in a way that was open & created some though around the significance of marriage. It was made even more special because my second dad Alvin Knight shared a scripture reading and 10 points of how to best take on this adventure. Throughout the ceremony we had bright & colourful traditional Fijian mats and tapa clothes on the ground were we stood. Traditionally they are gifts from the family to the newlyweds.”

Dain Fay, Aurora Ceremonies

Mornington Peninsula Wedding Ceremony

“We had a very special scripture reading from one of Vil’s family friends, which highlighted 10 intricate steps of a happy marriage.”

Dain Fay Celebrant

Wedding ceremony at Main Ridge

Villiame remembers, “Obviously when Em walked down the aisle I was speechless and it didn’t feel real. She is the best thing that has happened to me. But the cool moment was when a bunch of our Coonamble friends rocked up at the same time as Em. They were obviously late because they went to the Dandenong venue instead of the Dromana venue. They would’ve picked a few speeding fines on the way, to make the ceremony on time. But seeing them walk in after Em just symbolised the support & friends you make when you take a chance and go on an adventure. They are family now. It also just reminded me that Em & I are a great team.”

bride and groom at Main Ridge ceremony

Post wedding congratulations

Post wedding hugs

Main Ridge newlywedsMornington Peninsula Newlyweds

Main Ridge wedding photo

Bride and groom at Main Ridge

Bride and groom in front of barnWinery wedding photo


Main Ridge winery wedding

Mornington Winery wedding

Main Ridge Wedding at Winery


Main ridge vineyard photo

Vineyard wedding photo

Of their photographer, Emily notes, “The photographer Sarah Godenzi was so professional, warm & made every process before and after the big day so easy and stress free. She has been a family friend of Vil from primary school through to high school. Vil always spoke of Sarah with great regard and knew that her personality would just mean that on our special day she would be able to capture every moment and make it seamless.

Most of the meetings that took place with Sarah prior to the wedding were filled with laughter and minimum time on the wedding planning. She was able to feel what we wanted and was confident that she would support us in creating that. Neither of us are big fans of having our photo taken but Sarah made us feel so comfortable however in looking back at the photos, she so perfectly captured the joy, laughter and love we experienced on the day.”

Newlywed sta main ridge

Country wedding photo

Mornington peninsula wedding photo ideas

Red and orange wedding bouquet

Courtney Barton Floral Design created bright floral arrangements for the day in tones of red, orange and vivid yellow.

Red and orange boutonerrie

Trofeo Estate

The newlyweds chose Trofeo Estate for their reception celebrations, noting, “As soon as we walked into Trofeo Estate in Dromana, we knew that was the reception venue for us! The room had the exact feel we were looking for and then when we met with the manager Lori, she sealed the deal for us. She knew her stuff, was genuine and we could have a good laugh.”

Wedding cake tableRed and orange wedding table flowers

Trofeo Estate Wedding Reception

Each guests received a a handmade wedding favors, Emily telling, “I handmade all the wedding favours for our guests which were little ceramic pots which we planted succulents in. I hadn’t done ceramics since high school so safe to say they were made with love but very little talent! ”

red orange and yellow table flowers at wedding

Chocolate wedding cakeorange roses with red at wedding

Emily and Villiame made the wedding cake together, telling, “The major project we tackled was that Vili and I (with the help of our gorgeous flower girls) made our own cake. A couple of packet mix mud cakes and some cream and berries and safe to say we were pretty proud of how it turned out.” A friend made a tower of cupcakes.

Wedding place card with rosemary

Trofeo Estate Wedding entrance

Trofeo Estate Wedding Speeches

Trofeo Estate Wedding Moments

Wedding toasts at Trofeo Estate

Bride and groom in traditional Fijian dress

Villiame’s Fijian heritage was honoured again during the reception, the groom remembering “For a small part of the reception Em & I did get dressed in traditional Fijian clothes. In doing this it just meant that Em & her family are now part of the bigger extended Fijian family. All of my Fijian family are so proud to have Emily in the family. The traditional connection was so easy & awesome to bring into the wedding because it’s something I feel very proud of (my Fijian heritage) & Em has come to understand and love it.”

Trofeo Estate guests

Wedding speech with bride and groom in fijian dress

First dance at Trofeo Estate

Dancing at Trofeo Estate

Of their first dance, Emily remembers, “Our first dance was pretty amusing. We picked Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and it all started out beautifully, looking into each other’s eyes, lost in the moment and then I’m not entirely sure what came over Vil. It was like he thought he was Usher and he started pumping and grinding anyone around him. This then inspired our two dad’s to start dancing together, my Dad grabbed Vil’s Dad on the bottom and that pretty much set the tone for the rest of the evening.”

Wedding moments at Trofeo Estate

Dance floor at Trofeo Estate

Bianco Latte

Bianco Latte surprised guests with a late night gelati treat, Em remarking, “It was tricky at times planning a wedding from interstate however the whole planning process overall was pretty straight forward for us. We know the feel we wanted to create but we didn’t have our hearts set on anything in particular in the lead up so enjoyed exploring different places, meeting great people and letting the plan evolve as we went. Everyone we worked with from the venues, photographer, band, florist and gelati cart (Bianco Latte) were accommodating, relaxed and so friendly to work with, our day wouldn’t have been so enjoyable without them!”

Bianco Latte Icecream Cary

Mornington Peninsula Winery Wedding

Congratulations on your marriage Emily and Villiame! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you to Sarah Godenzi Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Reception Venue: Sarah Godenzi Photography / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Midas / Bride’s Jewelry: Poetry Jewellery / Groom’s Attire: Dom Bagnato / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Flowergirl Dresses: Myer / Hairstylist: Fratelle Hair and Make up / Makeup Artist: Fratelle Hair and Make up / Flowers & Decor: Courtney Barton Floral Design / Invitations & Stationery: Little Sister Invitations / On the Day Stationery: Handmade by the couple / Ceremony Venue: The Pig and Whistle Main Ridge / Ceremony Officiant: Dain Fay, Aurora Ceremonies / Ceremony Musicians: Chords Live Acoustic Music / Reception Venue: Trofeo Estate / Cake Baker: Handmade by the couple / Cupcakes: Michelle Marven (Friend) / Gelati: Bianco Latte
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