Big bold backdrops have become such a fun way to really mark your ceremony spot. From huge, oversize letters (the ones above acted as a ceremony backdrop for Erin and Tyson’s Modern Church Street Enoteca Wedding), to lit up marquee letters, arbors, archways and doorways. The limit is only your imagination and luckily there are fantastic people who hire out big and bold backdrops just ripe for a wedding ceremony. Today I’m rounding up some of my favourites!
1. Wire letters are big, bold and so much fun. These ones can be hired from Place Settings are a massive 1.8 metres high (and although the standard is white, they can do custom colours on request).
2. Audrey & Angus hire out this fun tipi style structure which would work beautifully in a garden or or a farm. Add your own blooms or hang garlands to make it truly your own.
3. What about an insanely huge marquee style heart shape light? Meet the crew from Heart Shaped Light who hire this huge 3.4 x 2.4 metre heart out for weddings. Love this one for an industrial or carnival style wedding.
4. What an incredible piece this “Driftwood Arbor” from Empire Events is! Equally as perfect on a farm, as it is on the beach it makes such a centerpiece for your ceremony. Drape it with additional fabric or add our own fresh flowers to make it really tie in.
5. This painters cross backed ladder backdrop from Her Handpicked Harvest gives you so many options to decorate your ceremony space. I love the book pages that decorate it in this photo but paper garlands, fabric, even fresh blooms could all adorn it and make it a focal point behind your wedding vows.
6. With a fun vintage twist, these old fashioned marquee lights from EventHaus make a fun statement and look amazing after dark. I love the thought of these at a nighttime ceremony!
7. Simple and beautiful are the words to describe this “Woodlands Arch” from The One Day House. Like the rest of the pieces from this hire company, it’s got a relaxed elegance to it. The draped curtains set against a forest backdrop make for a magical look.
8. The “Marry Me Archway” from recycled timber experts Timbermill Furniture & Prop Rentals has a clean chicness to it. I love it plain for it’s clean lines, but weaving a few pieces of greenery around it or hanging masses of fresh flowers make it an equally as stunning focal point.
9. These rustic style doors from Maisy Collections are a sweet addition to a farm wedding and closed, would act as a great backdrop for your I Dos. Placing them at the entrance to your ceremony though, adds a nice feeling of entering a special space.
A whirlwind week here at Polka Dot Central, with Friday seemingly popping up out of nowhere! Where did that week go? I was delighted to be able to meet some lovely vendors from across the country this week, and it reminded me that although our country is so large – we all can connect over the love of a good wedding!
Why not connect with what you may have missed this week on the blog, and take some time to enjoy the Friday Roundup!
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Are you a Perth DIY Bride? Leading Perth bridal consultant Decolicious Events will present its signature Wedding Ideas Workshop on 6th August 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm at Technology Park in Bentley. You will have an opportunity to learn first-hand how to express your own creativity while enjoying an evening with a select list of Perth-area wedding suppliers.
We love a great collaboration competition! Photographer Mike Semple and Stationer miki.o are looking for a creative, unique, quirky and fun couple to win their fabulous prize, which includes:
- A 2 hour engagement photo shoot and a 12inch Coffee table book + high resolution digital edited files
- 50 postcard size Save the Date cards on your choice of paper + choice of envelopes. Total Package Value $1395! Head to their website for details and to enter!
The people have spoken! Due to popular demand, Suzanne Harward is opening the doors to Prahran again this Saturday from 9am – 3pm. New styles added from the 2014 couture collection, with samples ranging from size 6-16. No appointments – first come, first served!
Finally our film of the week comes from the team at Untitled Film Works , with the wedding of Doug & Krystle – just gorgeous!
Erica and Jono decided they wanted a ceremony with everybody they loved – so they opened their hearts and invitation to their community, to witness their marriage ceremony in a beautiful Tasmanian garden wedding. Afterwards, they invited their nearest and dinner to celebrate over a feast at a local restaurant. What a wonderful way they chose to celebrate with every person they loved and that loved them. All captured magically by Clint and Beth Photography.
Of how they met, Erica tells, “We met in high school but didn’t really come to know each other until a few years later at a youth group. From there, affection blossomed and it wasn’t long before they were an item.”
Getting ready with her closest friends was one of the best parts of the day for Erica, who remembers, “For me, the getting ready with my bridesmaids and mum was one of the many highlights of the day. During our hair and makeup I got the chance to spoil my bridesmaids and gift them with personalised Samantha Wills jewellery and Plum Pretty Sugar robes as well as hand written letters to each of them. This was a sweet moment and we had to stop ourselves from shedding a tear and ruining our eye makeup. The jewellery then served as a momentous detail throughout the day which guests kept asking to inspect intently.”
Erica chose a sheer backed gown from Karen Willis Holmes which she accessorized with jewels from Samantha Wills. Her bridesmaids wore soft pink gowns custom designed by Jacqui Johncock.
Erica and Jono held their garden ceremony at The Tailrace Centre. Erica telling, “We always wanted to have a huge open invite ceremony to be able to celebrate with all our friendship circles from family to our mates to our entire church community. So choosing The Tailrace Centre (our local church) for our outdoor ceremony was an easy choice. After the ceremony guests mingled with punch and light canapés. The chefs were super flexible with catering especially since we weren’t able to get formal rsvp’s, and the bar staff were so sweet who set up punch dispensers for us with mason jars and paper straws. For us this was a very momentous choice of venue and helped capture a little piece of our hearts.”
Erica walked down the aisle to “Real Love” by Regina Spektor.
The centrepiece for the ceremony was handmade! Erica remarks, “My parents bought a large steel arbor for the wedding which my bridesmaids helped to decorate with artificial flowers leading up to the wedding. I remember this being a slightly awkward process as we were experimenting and not even convinced we would definitely use it. The project was finally executed the day before the wedding with my beautiful bridesmaid Kate who touched it up with fresh ivy from her garden and my dad who assembled the chandelier which was sourced from a local lighting shop. It made for an enchanting alter and backdrop for our ceremony – although pretty sure all eyes were on us.”
Of their photographers, Erica tells, “Clint and Beth were so much fun!! It was a super hot day and the idea of photos for a couple of hours was daunting but they made it so breezy and super relaxed. It meant we got to simply have fun with our bridal party. Jono HATES having his photo taken and is quite open about being photo shy but I think the shots that C&B captured is testament to how professional they are,, yet relaxed and fun! ”
Fleurs created rose floral arrangements for the wedding day.
Erica and Jono chose Stillwater Restaurant for their wedding reception, inviting only their closest family and friends. Erica tells, “For our reception venue we opted for a much smaller intimate gathering with 65 of our closest family and friends at local restaurant, Stillwater which specialise in contemporary Tasmanian cuisine – a very fitting choice given the foodies we are.
Architecturally Stillwater is a beautiful old mill situated at the bottom of the Launceston’s attraction ‘the Cataract gorge’, a space of which we felt little need to decorate. The simple candlelight, fresh flowers and kraft paper name tags made for an elegant yet understated ambience. The food and service was second to none and we didn’t have to worry about a thing! Stillwater did everything from print our menus to arranging our seating tags, and even had their in house pastry chef make our wedding cake which made for yet another stress free facet of our day. I quite clearly remember being seated and watching the staff escort our guests to their seats – so formal yet so relaxed.”
“Guests enjoyed entrees of Freshly shucked ‘Lease 65’ Moulting Bay oysters (East Coast, Tasmania) Natural with lemon cheeks. Roaring 40’s blue cheese and walnut soufflé, honey mousse, cider apples, pickled walnuts and celery. Slow cooked Mount Gnomon Pork belly, pear anise purée and black pudding. A main course of Crispy skin Macquarie Harbour ocean trout, braised baby fennel, beetroot purée, smoked eel crumb, beetroot paper and saffron foam. Cape Grim eye fillet of beef, Paris mash, smoked tommy toe tomatoes, confit scapes and creamed mustard leaf. Slow cooked Flinders Island salt grass lamb rump, pickled globe artichoke, herb and fennel pollen emulsion and beets Sides Boiled new season potatoes, mint, grey sea salt and house butter Steamed broccolini, buttermilk vinaigrette Sautéed mixed mushrooms, garlic stem and parsley Yorktown organics mixed leaves, pecorino, dried olives and merlot vinaigrette and desserts of Banana and toffee parfait, dulce de leche, ginger snap biscuit and coconut tapioca. Brambleberry pannacotta, bittersweet Valrhona Manjari chocolate soil and pistachio vacherin. Tonka bean and Belgian white chocolate marquise, vanilla butter roasted melon, macadamia nut and shredded wheat crumble.”
There may or may not have been a rap during the speeches, Erica remembering, “We loved the speeches, among which the best one from Jono’s brother Michael (best man) which involved him and the groomsmen rapping a rendition of “99 problems…but a bride ain’t one”. This had our friends and family in tears of laughter.”
Of the first dance, under the stars, Erica remembers, “We shared our first dance out in the candle-lit courtyard at Stillwater to All of Me – John Legend. If we could sum it up in three words it would be ‘sweet’, ‘un-rehearsed’ yet ‘authentic’.”
Congratulations on your marriage Erica and Jono. Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Clint and Beth Photography for sharing today’s celebration!
When the city meets the sea – Vanessa and Thomas married in a beautiful traditional church ceremony and then chose Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Sandringham for their celebration. Aparat Photography captured their day – from the beginning to the most golden of golden sunsets. A beautoiful, elegant wedding with plenty of love in each and every moment.
Vanessa starts us off with the story of how she and Thomas came to be! “Thomas and I met in our first year at university, in an accounting tutorial – his most hated subject and my favourite subject. We became great friends before we started dating (6 months later) and 7 years later he finally decided to pop the question!
Vanessa kicked of her day with these incredible heels from Sergio Rossi .
Vanessa’s bridesmaids wore black gowns from Zimmermann while Vanessa herself chose a stunning strapless lace gown from Suzanne Harward.
Vanessa and Thomas chose the beautiful St Ignatius, Richmond for their wedding ceremony. Vanessa remarking, “St Ignatius is a grand, cathedral type church based in Richmond, Melbourne. The church is made from bluestone, has high ceilings with a peaked roof, wooden floors and a long aisle. Our priest was Fr Michael Sierakowski from St Peter’s in Bentleigh. Fr Michael truly made our ceremony the most entertaining – he is great value. We chose String Musicians (String Quartet) for our ceremony music, which really set the mood.”
After the traditional ceremony, Vanessa and Thomas headed bayside for photographs. Of their photographers, Vanessa tells, “Brother and sister team, Jakub and Zosia from Aparat Photography are A-mazing – we called them the “A team” from the first time we met! Their journalistic/documentary style of photography is incredible. The quality of their work, their professional demeanor and the time they dedicated to making sure they captured every single, special moment, on our special day, was truly extraordinary. Our relationship with Jakub and Zosia has grown from what was initially a business relationship to now a special friendship.”
Vanessa and Thomas held their reception at Sandringham Yacht Club, hiring Centrepiece by Design to create just the right feel for the occasion. Vanessa explains, “We chose Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) because we just had to have that gorgeous view of the bay from the full-length glass windows and the chef allowed us to alter the menu to suit us.
We chose ‘Centrepiece by Design’ to style the room at SYC. My dream was to create a room that was like the ‘secret garden’ and Centrepiece by Design absolutely nailed the look and feel I wanted to create – from the guest seating board which looked like the gates of the secret garden; to the vine like chandelier covered in floristry and candle lights above the dance floor to the tall vine like centerpieces covered in white roses and green foliage with candle lights on every table. Our event manager, and all the staff at SYC, our band (Bluetrain) and most importantly our guests made our night even more perfect than we imagined.”
Of their first dance, Vanessa tells, “We danced to Michael Bublé’s “Everything” which was played by our band (Bluetrain ). Thomas and I tried to “wing” the bridal waltz because we thought we had the moves… but we just sort of shuffled around the dance floor… until the button from Thomas’s jacket got caught in the lace of my dress which called for our bridal party to join us on the dance floor!”
The couple escaped for more photographs as the golden sun set.
Congratulations on your marriage Vanessa and Thomas! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Aparat Photography for sharing today’s stunning wedding with us!