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Photo by Carla Atley from Inspired Memories – Andrew

 With the Winter weather well and truly with us (a tried and tested tongue twister – but absolutely true!), I’ve started looking for activities that take place inside to inspire and entertain. Places like museums and art galleries are perfect for this time of year, as are antique stores and cosy pubs. Although the sun may not be warming us all, its absence does make us look elsewhere for interest, and really, is that such a bad thing? It’s a great opportunity to take in some culture that you may have previously shunned in favour of a picnic on a beautiful shiny day.

What are you planning this weekend? Some sightseeing or staying in? How about viewing our fab Friday Roundup to kick it all off? Enjoy!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.

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1.Real Wedding ~ Andrew and Caitlin’s Rustic Wedding in Tasmania 2.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Anthea 3.Real Engagement ~ A Country Engagement Shoot

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

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1.What Would They Know? Rhonda Yap of The Dainty Baker 2. Expert Advice – How To Write Your Wedding Vows  3. Event Review – Love, Desire and Riches Exhibition at Rippon Lea Estate

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

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1. Etsy Roundup – Honey and Bees Flavours 2. Tuesday Type – Hoofer 3. DIY Freebie – Printable Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card 4.Cocktail Friday - Niji Restaurant & Bar’s Taxi Driver Cocktail

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

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1.Destination Review – Luxury Honeymoons at The Mulia Resort  2. Destination Review – Whitsunday Weddings: Hamilton Island Weddings

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1. Expert Style Advice - Semi Formal Groom Attire 2. Real Groom Style – Casey 3. Real Groom Reflection ~ Inspired Memories – Andrew

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Interested in a different kind of wedding event? Lovelocked is a big fake wedding inside a wedding fair. A wedding brides and grooms can go to, pick to bits, experience and enjoy so that they can create a wedding that is 100% personal and awesome to them. Taking place on 20 July 2014, 11am to 3pm at the gorgeous Lightspace Warehouse Venue, 30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley.

 

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The lovely team at Isabel Rose Bridesmaid Boutique are holding their very first Pop Up Shop! On Saturday 19th July  10am-4pm at Studio 2, 19-25 Wellington Street, Chippendale, Sydney, you can view their entire dress range plus all of their gorgeous gifts, card and jewellery.

Make an appointment via email to receive 25% off their entire collection, or 10% off will be offered if you pop by on the day.

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Flashback Photobooths has just unveiled their revamped website, and to celebrate, they are offering up to $300 worth of extras to anyone who books a photobooth for their wedding  before 30 September 2014.  Head to their website for more info!

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Savvy Brides is proud to announce that they will be the exclusive Sydney stockist for the renowned and  talented designer Gwendolynne Burkin, and will be hosting a Trunk Show on August 2nd and 3rd to celebrate the arrival. Gwendolynne herself will be joining them in store, with an opportunity not only to meet the woman behind the gowns, but the chance to try on some gowns from her  current and previous collection. To book your appointment, email the lovely team!

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Finally our film of the week comes from Evernew Studio, with the gorgeous wedding of Katherine and Mitch. A day filled with love, the beauty of nature and a whole lot of tears! Enjoy!

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Emma and David’s Colourful Community Hall Wedding

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Emma and David

There’s a common misconception that  a wedding with a black tie dress code has to be boring and stuffy. Let’s lay that to rest with a bang and use Emma and David’s colourful community hall wedding as evidence that a black tie dress code can mean plenty of fun, plenty of beauty, plenty of quirkiness and plenty of chants of “best wedding ever!” when guests leave the dance floor! Their day captured by Benny Jewell!

Kicking off the story of the wedding day is the tale of how the newlyweds met, they tell ,”We went to boarding school together (David was a few years older than Emma) and she thought he was a bit of a dream boat. We had a brief romance and once that ended we didn’t see each other for 13 years. A random mutual friend realised she knew us both and encouraged Emma to get in touch with him, which she was hesitant about, but once she did we were inseparable.”

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Aireys Inlet was chosen for the wedding because of its significance to the couple, who remarked “We decided to get married in Aireys Inlet as Emma’s parents have a holiday house there and we spent a lot of time there in the early part of our relationship. We also holiday there each Christmas so it has a special place in our heart. ”

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Emma wore a strapless lace gown by Amaline Vitale with her bridesmaids in gowns from Zimmermann.

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The couple’s daughter Florence was the star of the show, even walking (or rather) toddling down the aisle before her mother.

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Emma and David chose Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Lorne  for their wedding ceremony and Father Steve Sinn to perform the ceremony. Emma explaining, “We chose that church as I wanted to be married by the man (Father Steve Sinn) who married my parents 40 years ago. He flew in from Sydney for the wedding and it was really special.” The decorations at the church were kept simply with pretty floral arrangements by Sinikka Floral Design.

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Emma walked down the aisle with her parents to “‘She’ by Charles Aznavour (and Elvis Costello) played on cello by David Koczkar.”

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Their photographer tells of his background. “I grew up on a beach in Queensland. At an early age I employed photography, and other creative outlets, to record and reflect upon my ever-changing surroundings. I studied photography at the International College of Creative Photography in Melbourne, and went on to work throughout Europe and Australia. I now live and work in Melbourne, but travel all over the world to shoot weddings from Byron to Bali and find inspiration in fashion, dreams and memories, colour, movies, the people around me, music and the natural world.”

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Simply Georgeous Ocassions planned and styled the wedding, meeting Emma’s brief of  wanting ” lights, bright florals and colour at the hall “. A board stitched with coloured yarn welcomed guests to the reception.

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Emma and David chose Aireys Inlet Community Hall  for their reception, Emma noting, “The Community Hall is quite sweet however I was gravely concerned the first time I saw it and noticed the basketball hoops attached to the walls! Thankfully we used the fabulous Aleisha from Simply Georgeous Ocassions to style and manage the wedding and she assured them that we could work with them.”. The styling team added brightly coloured furniture from Dann Event Hire, lights from Geelong Party Hire, linen from Table Art and napkins from Shilo Engelbrecht to add plenty of colour to the hall.

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Paper cups spelled out the couples initials and sweet messages.

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Sinikka Floral Design continued her floral designs throughout the reception.

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Good food and wine was important to Emma and David, so they chose Truffleduck to cater a feast for their guests, telling, “We knew they wanted a fun wedding with yummy food and good booze. We used Truffleduck caterers from Geelong and they were sensational. The food was so good and people still talk about it now. One of my bridesmaids, Jessica, has a string of bottle shops in Melbourne (Blackhearts and Sparrows) so I asked her to choose the wine.”

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Of their first dance, Emma remembers, “We danced to ‘Can’t help falling in love’ Elvis Presley and it went pretty smoothly. We’d had a couple of lessons from a glamorous dance instructor who would have been very disappointed with (our) lack of practice. It was lots of fun though.”

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Congratulations Emma and David! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Benny Jewell for sharing today’s story with us!

Photographer: Benny Jewell / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Simply Georgeous Ocassions / Bride’s Dress: Amaline Vitale / Bride’s Shoes: Scanlan Theodore / Bride’s Jewelry: Kosminski earrings (borrowed from sister) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Groom’s Attire: Antonio Oriti Oumo / Hairstylist: Jackie Theodorou at Concepts By AJ Hair / Makeup Artist: Treadwell Makeup Artist / Flowers: Sinikka Floral Design / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Lorne / Ceremony Officiant: Father Steve Sinn / Reception Venue: Aireys Inlet Community Hall / Catering: Truffleduck / Rental Furniture: Dann Event Hire / Lighting: Geelong Party Hire / Napkins: Shilo Engelbrecht / Guestbook: Lovestar / Linen: Table Art / Ceremony Musicians: David Koczkar

Sweet Sugar Frosted Fruit

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Photo by Rensche Mari via Southern Weddings

Even the thought of this is yummy! Fruit to use could be grapes – both purple and green, apricots, peaches, apples, pears, and figs. Think of varying the sizes of your fruit to add interest. Brush fruit all over with egg white and dip into fine grained sugar and place on paper. Don’t use them until they are completely dry. The colours of your fruit instantly become soft and the effect on your table setting will be instant glamour!

Pile the fruit on silver or glass dishes in abundant arrangements in the centre of your tables. Surrounded by vases of soft coloured flowers or bulbs and dainty leaves such as ferns, this tableau will bring gasps of admiration from your guests.

Think of using the fruit piled into footed silver or glass stands on your dessert table. Or placed in baskets with autumn leaves and berry branches in a more rustic setting.

Arranged, spilling over the edges of your cake tiers, or simply jumbled around the cake layers is another way of displaying sugared fruit.

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1. Photo by Rensche Mari via Southern Weddings

2. Photo by From Me To You

3. Sugared fruit centrepiece from BHG

4. Sugared fruit photo by Mississippi Sisters

5. Cake photo by Nate Henderson via Style Me Pretty

6. Sugared fruit tower by Martha Stewart

7. Sugared pears from Martha Stewart

8. Sugared fruit with candles from Redbook Mag

9. Lemon centrepiece from Martha Stewart

10. Cake by Earth and Sugar via Swooned

11. Chocolate Chestnut cake from Martha Stewart

Julia and Mick’s Beautiful Southern Highlands Wedding

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Julia and Mick

There’s nothing more romantic than being surrounded by books on your wedding day and the Southern Highlands book barn is becoming a firm favourite for that very reason. Julia and Mick held their magical wedding day in the Southern Highlands, choosing to create a day that was family orientated and filled with their own spirit. Their day was captured by Jonathan David

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Julia wore a gown by Nelder Jones Couturier, who also made the bridesmaid dresses. Her veil was sewn by family, who also created a garter for the bride out of her grandmother’s lace. They even decorated the church with beautiful flowers.

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Julia and Mick married at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the ceremony performed by Mick’s local priest.

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Julia remembers, “My girlfriend Rosie Lockhart sung me down the aisle to an acoustic version of ‘So Good to Me’ by Chris Malinchak. It was divine.”

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Julia remembers,  “It was a family orientated day and a special time where we remembered some beautiful people that couldn’t be there to celebrate with us. We had lots of friends and family members contribute which helped to create the heartfelt and unique event. Jono’s terrific photography captured the wonderful venue and the beautiful styling within that amazing space: the tables, the cake, the flower arrangements, the dancing, the laughter, the toasts and then sharing of the food. We are absolutely stoked with the photos and feel that they represent our wedding day truthfully and with style. ”

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Of their photographer, Julia notes, “Jonathan David was amazing. He has a terrific ability to make people feel comfortable and at ease – which we felt was a really important factor. The boys (who usually don’t like having their pictures taken) commented on his kind and genuine nature. He continuously reminded us that it was our day and 100% delivered on our dream photos.”

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Julia and Mick held their reception at Bendooley Estate- Berkelouw Book Barn, with catering by Pearl Catering. They tell, “The Berkelouw Book Barn is located on the property and is the perfect venue if you are looking for a rural setting. The barn itself has been recently renovated and offers a spacious, understated and tasteful setting perfect for a wedding in any season. Pearl Catering was outstanding, the staff were friendly and the atmosphere warm. We were lucky to be able to invite our guests down to the lake for drinks and canapés for a few hours before retreating to the book barn for dancing, dinner and more champagne.”

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Julia notes, “For Mick, he was proud to have his two older brothers by his side as groomsmen and for me, it was special to have my brother and sister MC the day. It was especially touching to have my sister, who has Down syndrome, take complete command of proceedings, while my brother, an accomplished MC (for corporate and social events) was totally upstaged. The wedding will be remembered because of Jacqui’s vibrant and engaging nature and her ability to make people cry with laughter at the drop of a hat.”

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The cake was a special treat, Julia noting, “My two good girlfriends made a delicious white chocolate ganache cake which was devoured during dessert!”

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Julia remembers, “I am an artist – so as a little special surprise I sent all the guests an ink dove sketch along with their invitations. I also twined a gorgeous speckled feather on to each name tag which complimented the venue’s rustic and earthy vibe. Then to tie the feather in – I had thank you cards made with my midnight blue wash-ink feather design on the front. The wedding came together seamlessly because I had so many gorgeous friends and family members adding their unique touch.”

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The bridal table was highlighted with a ceiling installation, Julia remarking “Some extremely clever girlfriends (Dusty Miller Styling and Wildeslane) did the flowers at the venue, the bouquets and created the most amazing flower installation above the bridal table.”

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The first dance was a classic, Julia remembering, “Bruce Springsteen is an old fav’ of ours – so we rocked out to ‘Dancing in the Dark’. We saw him live last year in Sydney and were excited to have our 1st dance to an up-beat classic! The bridal party ran onto the dance floor about half way through the song and then the rest of our guests followed.”

The White Tree captured a movie of the day, with the beautiful landscape and heartfelt moments.

Congratulations on your wedding day Julia and Mick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jonathan David  for sharing the story and photographs today!

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