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Aleya and Dan’s Registry Office Restaurant Wedding

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


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Aleya & Dan

I love a good registry office wedding. Something about dressing up and heading to a plain old government building for a wedding is like a secret kind of joy. Today’s couple finished their registry office ceremony up with an intimate restaurant reception, all captured by Earthbound Images.

Aleya tells, “We initially met through social media and after talking for a couple of months we met up on a night out in the city. I was standing outside of a kebab shop and I saw him walking towards me, even from a distance I knew it was him, the butterflies set in and I took a sigh of relief at how gorgeous he was. We had many cute and romantic dates from then and eight years later we are still inseparable.”

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The bride and groom met before their ceremony, Aleya remembering, “Our day was very smooth and had no hiccups at all but I did have a very reassuring moment with a stranger as I was on my way up the escalator to meet Daniel, a man was coming down and he gave me a smile and a nod suggesting Daniel was at the top waiting for me (that definitely calmed my nerves!).”

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For her wedding day look, Aleya paired a lace skirt from Carla Zampatti with a white top from Forever New and pale blue shoes from Zu Shoes. The groom chose a suit from YD.

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Aleya and Dan married at the Perth Registry Office, noting, “We decided on a registry office ceremony because we wanted it to be as less fuss as possible, I wasn’t a fan of walking down the aisle and we just really wanted to be able to say our personally written vows in front of family and close friends and be on our way. We also took into consideration our 2yr old son and what would be a safe and easy venue for him to roam about in. Oh and our views were amazing!”

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Aleya notes, “Our wedding was intimate, family orientated and relaxed, it really suited us perfectly.”

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“By chance, our reception was nearby to Harold Boas Gardens which our photographer Alanna suggested we do some of our photos at, this worked out great as this is where my parents were married so we had photos taken next to the same tree/setting as them.

My shoes were my main ‘something blue’ but I had secret “I Do”diamonte stickers on the bottom which Alanna noticed and they made for some really cute photos, that is also how we got our most favourite photo in front of the coloured wall after Daniel suggested he lift me up so Alanna could photograph the bottom of my shoes.”

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Of their photographer, Aleya remarks, “Alanna from Earthbound Images was all we could have hoped for (and more!). She really captured us in the most natural and perfect way. We didn’t really want too many posed photos as that’s not our style, we wanted our photos to be “in the moment”. Our first meeting was casual and she had photographed a registry wedding before which was absolutely stunning, once I had stalked her website and blog over many late nights and gotten lost in all her beautiful images we knew she was the one for us!”

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Table 78 hosted the reception, the bride noting, “Our reception was at Table 78 in West Perth. This restaurant is beautiful in its own right and didn’t need much dressing up. The history and rustic feel was perfect for our style. The wedding planner Ashala was so easy to deal with, she let us have free roam of whatever we wanted to do and made everything so smooth. She welcomed our ideas with open arms which was refreshing!”

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“I was basically a DIY queen for our wedding, I knew what I wanted and how I wanted things to look so I had to make it all. I’d say our theme/colour scheme was hessian and white lace so I really carried that through as much as possible. I made the table runners out of doilies given to us from both of our families, I loved the history of that, doilies that our great grandmothers used them during morning tea with their husbands. The vases on the tables were wrapped in hessian, lace and ribbon. The glass jars had a ribbon bow with crystals and tea lights in them.”

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“We were planning on having a first dance to a Thousand Years by Christina Perri but we were having so much fun and got caught up in the evening, time got away from us!”

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“The colourful flowers on our cake table and guest book table were from my mother in law’s garden and the ivory/peachy roses on the other tables were from our local supermarket. Our favours I packaged in little netted bags with ribbon and thank you tags as I didn’t like the original packaging. I also made the invitations in the same theme. The fairy lights were borrowed from a previous bride of the restaurant. Our placecards were purchased from Ebay and I hand wrote the names on. We wanted to prove to ourselves that a beautiful wedding didn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.”

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“We had wooden initials of our names, son’s name and surname hanging in the trees, that we painted and sanded.”

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Congratulations Aleya and Dan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Earthbound Images for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Earthbound Images / Bride's Skirt: Carla Zampatti / Bride's Top: Forever New / Bride’s Jewelry: Colette / Bride’s Shoes: Zu Shoes / Bride's Handbag: Forever New / Groom’s Attire: YD / Groom's Shoes: Zu Shoes / Makeup Artist: Bec Walker / Ceremony Venue: Perth Registry Office / Reception Venue: Table 78 / Cake Baker: Sweet on Cupcakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill
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Sareh Nouri Spring 2016 Wedding Gowns

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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Designer Sareh Nouri is fast making a name for herself for timeless, classic inspired wedding gowns that have a touch of sparkling, modernity.  Her latest Spring 2016 collection. which debuted last month at Bridal Fashion Week in New York was full of classically beautiful shapes – but with a  difference.

A stunning navy ballgown (named “Mona Lisa”) steals the show – its deep navy tones and chic dark lace sleeves a stunning combination. But for a bride that is after tradition, Sareh Nouri’s elegant lines with illusion sleeves, low backs, cathedral trains are simply beautiful.

Combining classic shapes with beautiful fabrics – silk from Italy, lace from France, embellishments that sparkle and catch the light the designer has produced yet another collection that is beautiful and combined with dramatic veils and hairpieces, unforgettable.

“Dorothy” the first gown we are featuring today, is a strapless trumpet style gown made of silk orgnaza and re-embroidered lace. Netting, lace and Swarovski crystal create a beautiful sparkle and texture on this classic silhouette.

I adore the scallop like metallic detailing on “Annette”, a gown that shimmers and sparkles beautifully. “Vivien” with her gorgeous ball skirt and almost crochet like knitted bodice with plenty of sparkle and of course “Greta”, a silk fishtail gown with a dramatic feature bow.

Sareh Nouri is available in Australia at Brides Of Beecroft.

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Bridal Gowns and Veils: Sareh Nouri / Photographer: SYP Photography / Photographer: Laura Gordon (First 1-5 shots) / Hairpieces: Jennifer Behr / Hairpieces: Maria Elena / Hair & Makeup Artist: Mercedes Crescimbeni

Vendor of the Week – Oh Perfect Day

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I’ve been in the country for the weekend which was a lovely little sojourn out of the ordinary. Something about the country air and fields as far as the eye can see does wonders for the spirit. What did you get up to this weekend?

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Cinematographers, we have Entertainment, we have  Hair and Beauty, we even have Styling and Hire! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

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Photo one by Agent 86 Photography, Photo two by Karina Jade, Photo three by Agent 86 Photography

Want a wedding day that is styled to perfection? Jane of Oh Perfect Day has a knack for taking all the elements you love and forming them into a chic cohesive whole. Jane is all about creating decor that is unique to you, no copies here – lush blooms, gorgeous accessories – all with her signature elegant touch. Jane plans her hire, styling and planning services to suit you – so pop into her website and say hello!

We asked Jane of Oh Perfect Day five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

On the rare occasion that I enjoy a drink it’s always something fruity, fresh, tangy or sweet. I also have the odd sip of white as my husband enjoys a wine (or three) and we frequent wineries whenever we get some spare time together (not often!).

Your favourite weekend getaway?

A little cabin or B&B somewhere very quiet, surrounded by the natural environment with nearby walking and bike trails and gourmet food.

Favourite restaurant?

My husband and I are just a little bit food obsessed so we have a range of favourites across Melbourne and regional Victoria. From Tulip in Geelong to Breakfast and Beer in Daylesford and a whole lot of others in-between. I’m also very much into wholefoods, local produce and chemical free eating so can frequently be found in organic cafes and farmers markets.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

We are very lucky to live just around the corner from a fabulous, cafe and shopping strip and five minutes walk in the other direction is the Geelong waterfront so we have a wonderful selection of breakfast options at our fingertips. Our current favourite is the yummy Pakington Pantry in Newtown.

Your favourite wedding story?

Every wedding has it’s own story and I feel so attached to each and every couple I work with and each and every wedding that I work on that it would be impossible to separate one special story out from the rest. If I could select a funny story it would be from my own wedding day. One of our groomsmen swapped the labels on two of the other groomsmen’s suits, switching the tallest person’s suit with the shortest (rest assured there is a significant height difference). Our videographer captured the perfectly timed moment when they both walked into the room together, one with pants halfway up his calves and the other with the bottoms dragging on the floor …priceless.


Visit Oh Perfect Day’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Oh Perfect Day is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – My Embrace

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Jerome Cole

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