Back to Top
PolkaDotBride - Australia's number 1 Bridal Blog, Wedding Directory and Advice for Brides
Log In

Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

1
COMMENT

Jason Grech Couture0006 Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

Melbourne designer Jason Grech had much acclaim when his “Birds Of Prey” collection hit the runway last month in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. His show opened Runway 1 at the much awaited fashion week and the first time Jason worked with acclaimed milliner Richard Nylon who created the look that was used across the advertising for the festival.

The collection is the first solo show for Jason who recently took over the brand when co designer Harry Georgiou departed. The roller-coaster ride of this experience is reflected through the dramatic and somewhat dark designs in the “Birds Of Prey” collection. The pieces, each named after a feathered friend (or enemy, depending on how you see hawks, merlins and eagles!) featuring billowing silks, Italian heavy weight matte dry handle jersey, silk satins, georgette and sequined lace in shades of black, white, forest green, brulee and hints of yellow.

Jason, inspired by the turmoil in his life created a collection that in his words is “majestic and powerful”. The gowns each standing on their own, in solidarity – much like a bird of prey.

My favourite is the floral print gown above and the emerald green gown below – both perfectly appropriate wedding gowns with a touch of individual flair.

Jason Grech gowns are available on order, made to measure from Jason’s North Melbourne studio.

Jason Grech Couture0004 Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

Jason Grech Couture0005 Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

Jason Grech Couture0002 Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

Jason Grech Couture0001 Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

Jason Grech Couture0003 Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

Sign Up To The Polka Dot Circle

Hayley & Mark’s Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

1
COMMENT

fun vintage wedding0049 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley & Mark

I love the fun vibe of today’s vintage wedding by the water. Hayley and Mark love vintage pieces but decided to opt for an air conditioned wedding venue to keep their guests cool. Their vintage touches and careful thought ensured that although the day was in a different setting to what they imagined, it was still very much them. Photography By Emma Pointon was there to capture all the moments of the day.

To kick us off, Hayley tells the story of how she and Mark came to be married. “Mark and I started dating in our final year of university, so we’ve kind of grown up together. We’d been mates for years, but all it took was a toga party, some liquid courage and some persistence on Mark’s behalf and seven years later we sealed the deal.”

fun vintage wedding0008 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0009 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Mark had a suit made by By Robert James, NYC. Hayley remembers. “We met this crazy tailor in New York called Robert James who custom-made Mark’s suit. I know the groom’s suit is often an afterthought but it was really fun to work with this eccentric designer, picking fabric and cuts and having a good time. I hope we keep that suit forever. If only wedding dress shopping was like that.”

fun vintage wedding0010 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0012 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley wore a gown from Pronovias with her five bridesmaids in pale pink dresses from BHLDN.

fun vintage wedding0013 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0014 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0015 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0016 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0019 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

fun vintage wedding0020 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0022 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley and Mark were married at St Luke’s Mosman Park. Hayley tells, “My nanna was married in St Luke’s during World War 2, wearing a wedding dress she borrowed from a cousin and planned the whole thing in a week before my pop went off to war. My great grandfather was also married there. Mark and I are not religious but it was an honor to walk down the aisle knowing that at least in spirit my nanna was there with us.”

fun vintage wedding0023 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0024 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0027 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0028 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Of their photographer, Hayley notes, “I couldn’t recommend Emma Pointon more highly. We were attracted to her candid photography style and the soft, dreamy, vintage aesthetic she captures. What I did not realize was how valuable it is to have a photographer that is very much in the background; who is skillful enough to capture moments without staging them. Emma allowed us to have a wedding, not a photo shoot, and her shots turned out absolutely beautifully.”

fun vintage wedding0032 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0033 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0036 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0037 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0038 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0040 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

“After the wedding ceremony, we drove Mark’s dad’s vintage Mercedes from the church to our photographs, our first moment together as husband and wife. At this point you don’t care about your hair, your makeup, your veil – you just enjoy the moment.”

fun vintage wedding0041 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

The bride created a fun birdcage veil for the reception, remembering, “I DIY’d my wedding veil! The whole thing cost $60! Veils in New York were coming in around $750, so a friend and I knocked it out in my apartment in 2 hours. If you can get your hands on some chantilly lace – the rest can be found on Youtube. I also went into a crazy DIY tailspin in the 2 weeks prior to the wedding, making lanterns, signs, bunting etc. I knew I was being insane, and my bridesmaids were highly amused, but it was worth it, I loved the end result. I joked with my bridesmaids that literally no-one notices bridal decorations except for the bride. They really don’t.”

fun vintage wedding0043 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0046 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

The bridal party celebrated with a riverside picnic, Hayley explaining, “We decided to use the time between the reception and ceremony to have a river-side picnic. We bought some furniture off Gumtree and laid down my grandmother’s crochet table cloth. We had vintage champagne glasses from an op shop and a picnic basket of cheeses.”

fun vintage wedding0050 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0051 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0057 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0058 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley & Mark chose Mosmans Restaurant for their reception venue, noting, “Mark and I have a strong affinity for old things – vintage, antiques and old buildings. However, our wedding was the middle of the Perth summer, so for practicality reasons we decided to opt for an air conditioned boat house on the Swan River, with louvred windows. The temperature on the day was 38 degrees and I can’t tell you how great it was, not to have to worry about what the weather.”

fun vintage wedding0059 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0060 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0061 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley added her love of vintage pieces to the reception, remembering, “We live in the United States so for months leading up to the wedding I magpied around antique and thrift stores for clocks and whiskey bottles and milk containers and watering cans. I wanted the soften the modern aesthetic of the venue with some rustic pieces. My dad was like “Are we operating a flea market here, Hayley?”. ”

fun vintage wedding0062 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0063 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

A table was filled with photos of family weddings.

fun vintage wedding0069 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

The bride’s beloved bike made an appearance! Haley noting, “We also included my beloved bike, “Giulia” as a welcome sign, which Mark ended up riding.”

fun vintage wedding0070 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

fun vintage wedding0071 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley remembers, “Mark’s speech was so sincere, heartfelt and wonderful. Mark is an accomplished sailor and so I surprised Mark by engraving his wedding ring with the phrase “through stormy seas and starry nights”.”

fun vintage wedding0074 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

“Paul Simon’s “Graceland” played as we kissed and cut the cake.”

fun vintage wedding0078 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Of their first dance, Haley remembers, “We danced to “Hey-Ho” by the Lumineers. It was very a romantic and meaningful moment.”

fun vintage wedding0079 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Hayley laughingly remembers, “At about 10.30 pm the dance floor started to thin and I thought perhaps people were getting tired. Then I looked outside and every male friend, cousin, uncle and even perhaps my dad were on the Jetty facing the reception, 50 white butt cheeks glowing in the moonlight. It was so unexpected and hilarious and exactly what I love about Australians – we are so mischievous and fun-loving. At 11pm we busted out a party bag of dance floor props.”

fun vintage wedding0081 Hayley & Marks Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

Congratulations on your marriage Hayley and Mark! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Photography By Emma Pointon for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Photography By Emma Pointon / Cinematographer: Bernard Shaw Of Red Empire Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Badgely Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage, borrowed from Diamonds and Pearls, Perth / Groom’s Attire: By Robert James, NYC / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Hairstylist: Tina Brandwood / Makeup Artist: Yvette Gray / Flowers: Karen Kirk, a family friend / Ceremony Venue: St Luke's Mosman Park / Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Angela Webb / Ceremony Musicians: Les Trois Amies String Quartet / Reception Venue: Mosmans Restaurant / Band: Bespoke Touring / Cake Baker: Edwina Wilkinson / Wedding Rings: Diamonds and Pearls Perth / Wedding Rings: Catbird

Peach & Forest Green Party

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards

6
COMMENTS

With warmer weather here my mind is drifting towards warmer toned colours and I just love this combination of peach toned hues with a deeper, darker green.

I was initially inspired by the lush bouquet that features the soft, sage green with peach blooms and anemones. This palette is so easy to replicate especially at a garden wedding when green is everywhere. Add touches of peach through your gown, the feature flowers and stationery.

Peach and Apricot Party Peach & Forest Green Party

Cake photo by Lora Grady Photography via Ruffled, Dress by Sareh Nouri, Invitation suite by Sideshow Press, Escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, Bridesmaid photo by Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her via Wedding Chicks, Bouquet photo by Irina Klimova Photography via Burnetts Boards, Table setting photo by Vicki Grafton Photography via Brides, Shoe photo by Jillian Mitchell via Style Me Pretty, Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt

Danica and Ben’s Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

Leave
A COMMENT

surprise mexican party wedding0023 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Danica & Ben

I’m no psychic, but I think you might love this surprise Mexican party from Glen and Fiona Photographers just as much as I do! The newlyweds invited their favourite people to a “surprise” 21st birthday party for Danica. The guests waited, dressed in their Mexican attire (plenty of sombreros and coloured ponchos!) to surprise the birthday girl who entered in a wedding gown!

The couple hit it off straight away when they met two and half years ago, Danica remembering, “Ben was my mum’s personal trainer. We spoke on Facebook every now and then, but my mum and another of his clients/mum’s friend didn’t want us to meet because they knew we would hit it off… We met at Mum’s birthday dinner, I strategically had him sit next to me while eating dinner then spent the whole night attached at the hip, talking like we’d known each other for years. At the end of the night as I was leaving, he ‘smoothly’ said “You should text me!”, I fell for it and said “But I don’t have your number…” Then he put his number in my phone and waited not so patiently for an hour or so for me to send the first message. That was 2 and a half years ago and we’ve be speaking every day since. ”

surprise mexican party wedding0001 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0002 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0003 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Danica remembers the surprise moment. “Everyone that attended thought they were surprising me for my 21st birthday. They waited in a room of the house to yell SURPRISE, but I surprised them by walking in wearing a white dress.”

surprise mexican party wedding0004 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0005 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0007 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Danica’s little sister was the flower girl. Her brother walked her down the aisle to How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding.

surprise mexican party wedding0009 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0010 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0011 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Penelope Watson Queen of Hearts Civil Marriage Celebrant  performed the ceremony.   On a chair in the front row sat a photo of Danica’s father who passed away three weeks before the wedding.

surprise mexican party wedding0013 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0012 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0017 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0019 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0021 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0024 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0026 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0025 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0027 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Danica added a photo of her late father to her bouquet which was created by C-Ann Silk Wedding Flowers.

surprise mexican party wedding0028 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0029 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0030 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0032 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

The marquee was decorated with Mexican style birthday decorations! Guests enjoyed a feast catered by SafeHands Caterers.

surprise mexican party wedding0033 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0034 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0035 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Buttercups Cupcakes created a two tier cake with colourful decorations and plenty of cupcakes for guests to enjoy.

surprise mexican party wedding0037 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0039 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0041 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Danica remembers, “I loved the speeches from my mum, Ben’s parents and younger sister, and Ben were ridiculously entertaining and touching. Lovely moments shared.”

surprise mexican party wedding0042 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0043 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0044 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0047 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0050 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0051 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0053 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Of their photographers, Danica remembers, “Our photographers, Glen & Fiona, were amazing. We knew they were the perfect fit when we spent a couple hours in our first meeting, talking about Star Wars, Mexican food and falling in love with our Surprise-Birthday-Wedding ideas. On the day, they made us feel comfortable standing in front of the camera, capturing Ben and I exactly how we are, no fake cheesy grins or structured poses. Just capturing the moment with a very laid back approach that we both appreciate.

With my birthday being the day of the wedding, Glen somehow managed to sneak off during the night to get one of the photos we had just taken printed and put in a frame to give to me. They stopped at nothing to make sure that we got all that we wanted from the day. Towards the end of the night, Fiona followed Ben around for half an hour or so getting “Selfies” with everyone. They both went above and beyond to make our day absolutely amazing! ”

surprise mexican party wedding0056 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0057 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0058 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0060 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Of their first dance, Danica remembers, “We danced to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry & The Pacemakers. This song is the club song for Liverpool Football Club, Ben’s favourite team. We went to Melbourne last year to watch them play when they came over and we heard nearly 96,000 fans sing the song with the team and we knew that it had to be a part of our wedding. We just stepped around the dance floor because we’re not very good!”

surprise mexican party wedding0061 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0063 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0065 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

surprise mexican party wedding0070 Danica and Bens Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

Congratulations on your marriage Danica and Ben! Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Glen and Fiona Photographers for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Glen & Fiona from 'Glen and Fiona Photographers' / Bride’s Dress: Swish Clothing / Bride’s Jewelry: Secrets Jewellers Noosaville / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Hairstylist: Beauty on the Move / Makeup Artist: Beauty on the Move / Flowers: C-Ann Silk Wedding Flowers / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Penelope Watson Queen of Hearts Civil Marriage Celebrant / Catering: SafeHands Caterers / Cake Baker: Buttercups Cupcakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers / Rental Furniture & Marquee: Noosa Party Hire
Back to Top