New York Designer Erica Weiner recently unveiled the latest pieces in her 1909 antique jewellery collection and I know you’re going to fall for them as much as I have.
As a lover of unique rings and jewels (and yes all pieces ship worldwide which is the best part), I’m particularly loving the pieces that are completely different. The turquoise and diamond half eternity band looks like it needs to live at my house and as a recent convert to the wonders of onyx, that black beauty with a diamond in the centre is on my Christmas list!
Each piece is designed with Erica’s love of times gone by in mind – inspired by the Art Deco era, and Erica’s designs have a keen focus on squares and grids. Beautiful 20th century sourced antique diamonds are set against opals, onyx and moonstone. One of the brightest pieces in the collection is the new ADORE ring. Featuring five stones (Amethyst, Diamond, Opal, Ruby and Emerald), and the antique style plain wedding bands made from recycled gold – designed to work beautifully with the more statement, engagement style rings Erica has designed.
Complementing the rings are the beautiful range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets each falling into line with the ring collection. Black diamonds set in rose gold pendants, moonstone crystal ball earrings, and an ADORE bracelet complete the new additions to the 1909 collection.
There’s a lot of fun Melbourne traits in this wedding – the location for starters, the workshop of the popular designers Pop & Scott. Pizza and cheese laid out on tables for guests to graze on, evening treats of popcorn, a flower wall, tutu skirts and a handmade swing! All of it captured by Goldsmith & Co.
Maddy tells the story of how the wedding came to be. “David and I met at a local Brunswick bar. It wasn’t usual for either of us to be there but it must have been fate! I had just come home from a month in South East Asia and was catching up with friends and Dave was watching a friend’s band. As soon as I walked in he said hello and the rest is history. Telling me he was training to be a firefighter pretty much sealed the deal. We have been so lucky and have had a bit of a fairytale in my eyes. We are so suited to each other, so happy in each other’s company and I really didn’t think I would find someone I love and admire so much. Dave just makes the world brighter for me.”
Maddy’s little surprise left her having to choose another wedding gown. She tells one of her most favourite wedding stories. “I had chosen a gorgeous gown from Brides of Armadale and when I went for the first fitting it was pretty tight – little did I know I was pregnant! There was no way I was going to fit into the mermaid-style dress by the wedding so with only a few weeks to go I made an internet purchase from Tiffany Rose Maternity in the UK with all my fingers and toes crossed. The dress fitted perfectly and was so comfortable which was just what I needed. People kept telling me the dress was made for me so it seems it was all meant to be. I went barefoot most of the night and this dress was much more suited to that relaxed style.”
Maddy walked down the aisle to Ellie Goulding’s “How long will I love you”. She remarks, “We had just found out we were expecting our first baby (due 28 September) and Dave put this song on the ipod. I just burst into tears. It was probably the first time it hit me that I was going to marry the love of my life while our little blueberry was cooking away inside and I was overwhelmed with love. We knew then that it was the perfect song.”
Tottie Goldsmith performed the ceremony, Maddy noting, “The lovely Tottie Goldsmith was our celebrant so that was a bit of a surprise for our guests! Tottie was a joy to work with, she really loves what she does and we were in such good hands. It was great having her there on the day to guide us through our vows and she was responsible for the ceremony wording itself. She really helped us capture what we wanted to promise to each other. My grandparents were our witnesses so that was really lovely for us and my adorable little niece Rose was our flower girl. Our seating was really informal so we just had 2 long trestle tables and guests could choose where they wanted to sit. During the ceremony the tables also provided the aisle which worked perfectly. ”
Maddy and Dave chose Pop&Scott Workshop for their wedding venue, Poppy from Pop&Scott also designed the floral arrangements for the wedding day. Maddy explaining, “We were married on 29 March at Pop & Scott Workshop in Northcote, Victoria. In a former life the building was a mechanics garage and it is now the wood workshop and studio of Poppy and Scott, an awesome and creative couple who made us feel at home as soon as we walked in. We held the ceremony and reception there because it was just such a great space and we didn’t want guests to have to schlepp from one venue to the next. This way they could just arrive and relax. Chatting to Poppy on our first visit to the workshop we realised what we could do with the space and with our ideas and Poppy’s creativity we knew it was going to be really special.
We had been searching for some time for a venue and none of them felt very ‘us’ (or if they did they were way out of our budget). We didn’t want traditional, round tables with white table cloths and we didn’t want to have guests travel too far as most of us are Melbourne folk. When I saw an instagram picture of the workshop set up for an engagement party I practically shoved it in Dave’s face and screamed “this is it!” It’s such a blank canvas but at the same time the space has so much personality. We loved the idea of a garden wedding but it just wasn’t practical and after speaking to Poppy, who is responsible for the amazing floristry, I knew we could bring the outdoors in and make it ‘pop’ with blooms (no pun intended!). The flower wall Poppy creates pretty much sold me and it didn’t take much to convince my husband either! It was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.”
Of their photographers, Maddy notes, “Where to start? Imagine if two angels descended upon your wedding armed with cameras, guest lists and more cool factor than you could hope to muster in a lifetime. That’s what it was like working with Brett & Jane. They were the first suppliers we booked and they made us feel so comfortable from the beginning. We loved what we saw on their website and they were charming and warm – exactly the kind of people you want to be working with. On the day they managed to be so professional and efficient while being fun and engaging. Jane also weaved her magic helping out where we had gaps – lighting candles, handing out our advice cards and probably a ton of other stuff I didn’t even see. It was above and beyond and we love them for it!”
There were plenty of DIY elements, Maddy telling, “The confetti was hand cut with a special friend of mine from vintage music sheets and other lovely paper. The invitations were all done through Vistaprint using invitation templates from Wedding Chicks. The cutlery holders were sewn by Mum and I. Mum made the raspberry cordial and the wedding cake (amazing!). Dad made the wooden signs and cheeseboard. We sourced all the vintage silverware, milk glass and tea sets from op-shops and markets. Our card holder was an Ikea glasshouse. The chandeliers were from Etsy. We made up wine glass tags because we didn’t have bus-boys. I found our popsicle stickers on Vistaprint too.
Dinner was catered by Pizza Be With You andPaleta . Maddy noting, “For dinner our guests had cheese and antipasto platters to nibble on and delicious woodfired pizza from Pizza Be With You. The PBWY team were fantastic and so were the pizzas. They came out on wooden plates and guests could just choose how much they wanted and mingle while they ate. Dessert was the chocolate banana wedding cake and homemade fruit icypoles from the guys at Paleta. We were even able to personalise them which was a fun touch. Popcorn was the midnight snack for the hungry crowd on the dance floor.”
“We asked my brother Tom to be our MC and he took his job very seriously, choosing to interpret ‘MC’ as not only master of ceremonies but as ‘MC in da house!’. He donned some gangster bling and treated us to a super cool original rap song about our wedding. It was gold!”
“We had a circus swing at our wedding! Pop&Scott made it and we can’t wait to hang it in our back yard when the little one is big enough.”
For their first dance, the couple chose an old favourite, Maddy noting, “It was more of an awkward shuffle really! We danced to Roy Orbison’s “You got it”, chosen on a road-trip to Daylesford last year. We’re not the best dancers, Dave and I, and we don’t like being in the spotlight so we shuffled along to the song willing everyone else to get up and spare us the humiliation. OK, it wasn’t that bad. Dave’s Sister Lindsay and her husband Marc finally got up and treated guests to their awesome ballroom dancing skills – crisis and eyes averted!”
The evening ended with a bride and groom’s bouquet toss! Maddy explaining, “There are also some pretty cool photos of the men participating in the groom’s bouquet toss – there is real dedication in those faces. I never knew so many men were so keen to settle down!”
Congratulations on your marriage Maddy and Dave! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Goldsmith & Co. for sharing today’s images with us!
I am always a happy girl when a new collection from Karen Willis Holmes hits my screen and I am in love with the sweetness of the latest 2014 campaign shoot featuring new designs from both the bespoke and the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections.
I think what I love most about Karen’s designs is that they’re always a fresh take on classic. There’s a lot said about non traditional brides, brides who are going for evening gowns and colour and wild and crazy ideas and I love that. But there is always, always a place for a bride who ultimately wants to be a little more traditional and wear a beautiful white gown and Karen nails that look each and every time.
The 2014 collection brings to life new gowns in both the bespoke and the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collections. Bespoke deigns are made to order while KWH by Karen Willis Holmes gowns are ready to wear in standard sizing. The new collection honors Karen’s soft and romantic sensitivities while still being fashion forward and modern. From using silky tulle and delicate laces to heavy beading and embroidery, Each gown has a personality and a story to tell.
Melanie and Adam chose the small country town of Nundle for their wedding. Having featured on Polka Dot Bride before with their rural engagement photographs, it seemed only fitting that we feature their wedding. Full of that beautiful country charm that sends one’s heart yearning for open plains and the fresh country air it turned out to be quite the rustic country wedding with all the trimmings. Captured so beautifully by Farrah Allen.
On how they met, Adam tells, “We originally met at our local church back in 2005 when Mel was still at school. She moved to Sydney and I followed a few years later and we bumped into each other in a bookstore I was working at in 2010. I invited Mel to my Church (and out for coffee to ‘catch up’) a friendship grew from there.” You can read more of their relationship stories and of course, see their engagement photos here.
Plenty of the services were provided by family and friends – including the flowers! Melanie remarks, “We asked a lot of our close friends and family (who were also attending the wedding) if they would utilise their creative gifts for our wedding day. From the flowers, to the ceremony music, to the wedding cake, it was all done by people we knew. The best part was knowing that people who do live with us and know us personally, were helping us make our day personal and special.”
Melanie and Adam married at All Saints Anglican Church, Nundle . Melanie remarking “We chose a sweet, little white chapel that seated about 90 guests. It was decorated with flowers and heart trinkets, and although no air-conditioning – it was simply perfect.”
Melanie walked down the aisle to ‘Not Fire, Not Ice’ by Busby Marou.
The DAG Sheep Station, Nundle hosted the reception, Melanie telling, “It’s a beautifully restored sheep station complete with a barn, shearing shed and old shearers quarters that had been converted into on-site accommodation for guests.”
Guests were instructed to find their name, which told them their table number and replace it with a Polaroid photo of themselves with a camera the couple provided.
Decorating and styling on the day was done by a close friend of the bride, who remembers, “Our good friend and interior designer Crystal completely took care of every decorating detail on the day. From handmade hessian bunting, to recovered old books for table decorations, to vintage glass bottles hanging from the ceiling. She did an amazing job!”
Crystal remembering, “My favourite DIY detail was the wildflower chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The morning of the wedding, I was swinging off a willow tree at 7am, trying to get the best willow vines to wrap around the hula hoops. Add wildflowers, fairy lights and voila!”
The first dance had plenty of good intentions, but on the night the newlyweds decided there was nothing better than just spending time together on the dance floor, remembering, “We danced to Gravity by John Mayer. We had every intention of practicing a ‘proper’ wedding dance before the big day, however time got hold of us and we never got around to it. On the night we didn’t have to worry about remembering each step to get our bridal waltz correct, but rather could just enjoy 4 minutes of uninterrupted time together.”
Congratulations on your marriage Melanie and Adam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also for sharing the photographs with us today Farrah Allen.