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Sophie & Joel’s Clark Island Picnic Wedding

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When long Summer days roll around, picnics are always the first thing on my mind, so I love the idea of Sophie and Joel’s Clark island picnic wedding – an idea they kept completely secret from their guests! Sophie and Joel chose Sarkodie Photography to capture their wedding day.

Sophie tells the story of how she and Joel came to be. “We’ve worked at the same company for several years. We became ever closer as friends, but just “as friends”. Eventually, we decided to go on a cycling holiday through Myanmar together. After days of riding through gorgeous countrysides and magical little village sunsets, Soph’s stoic resistance to anything romantic finally cracked, and we never looked back.”

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Sophie wore a stunning lace gown and tells, “My dress was designed by Jess Dudgeon, a good friend of ours. There were several sessions looking at materials, and a few fittings. Jess, being, of course, one of our wedding guests, was helpful with the dress and my hair and makeup right through until the end of the day.”

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Sophie and Joel chose St Mary Magdalene, Rose Bay for their ceremony, the newlyweds remarking, “Our ceremony was held in a beautiful Catholic church in Double Bay. The lush interior of the church, complete with tall ceilings, timber panels and stained glass windows, created a sense of occasion and dignity. We wanted the ceremony to reflect the gravity of what we were doing – promising to spend the rest of our lives together! We used traditional vows and chose some of the less-religious readings in the Bible that we, as two agnostics from Catholic families, felt we could relate to.”

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Sophie walked down the aisle to Elgar’s Lux Aeterna (Nimrod).

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Guests were surprised with a reception on Clark Island National Park . Sophie telling, “I was reading a book on the history of Sydney Harbour, and in it was a mention and photo of Shark Island. The idea of holding the reception on an untouched island in Sydney Harbour in the summertime was too perfect to ignore. We checked out Shark and had started working through ideas when we were given the idea of looking at Clark Island, only a few hundred metres west. The moment we walked onto the jetty at Clark, we knew where our wedding would be. We made a big effort to keep the island venue a secret from our guests, who knew only which church to go to. Our priest, bless him, then just gave away the big secret during his homily… he’d forgotten to keep mum.”

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Feather and Bone and Pop Up Picnics catered the outdoor picnic. “Our catering was brilliantly handled – including the challenging logistics of an event on a national park that also happens to be a small island. One of the bridesmaids baked a Wall-E theme cake which was much loved by the happy couple.

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“We wanted a quiet, pastoral picnic. The island was perfectly peaceful; before the speeches and music, the only sounds were gentle waves, a family of ducks, and sailing boats passing by.”

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“Perfect weather, hilarious and poignant speeches, a family of ducks waddling among the guests…”

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“Joel’s grandfather supplied the homemade Sicilian wine. The bonbonniere (coated almonds and a little model bicycle) was prepared by Joel’s parents. The first dance music was performed by Michael Ross, another good friend.”

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Of their first dance, the newlyweds recall, “Our friend Michael Ross sang for us; his own take, just piano and voice, of a neo-R&B classic from Miguel called “Adorn”.”

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Congratulations Sophie and Joel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Sarkodie Photography for sharing today’s celebration with us.

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Photographer: Sarkodie Photography / Bride’s Dress: Jess Dudgeon / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker / Makeup Artist: Sophia Vandoros / Invitations & Stationery: Groom's Father / Ceremony Venue: St Mary Magdalene, Rose Bay / Venue: Clark Island National Park / Catering: Feather and Bone / Catering: Pop Up Picnic / Wedding Cake: Catherine Jugmans / Transport: H20 Water Taxis
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French Ballet Wedding Inspiration

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I was always a ballerina at heart. A little pink leotard and tutu kept permanently in my closet from the time I could dance on my feet. So this beautiful French ballet inspiration photoshoot is right up my ballet loving alley.

Captured by Samantha Ong Photography, styled and planned by Tiaanii Events with beautiful florals by Rose & Sage Floral Design and hair and makeup artist Kristine Huang Make-Up & Hair .

Samantha explains the concept which was designed to inspire romantic elopements in intimate settings. “We based our vision around the idea of a French ballerina who wanted something romantic and elegant but also something natural and effortless to really put the importance on natural beauty.”

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Rose & Sage Floral Design worked with overflowing florals in soft pinks, apricots and whites to give a dreamy, ethereal feel.

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Kristine Huang Make-Up & Hair styled the model’s makeup. “We kept her look effortless with her hair and makeup. We wanted it to be very simple and classic, to accentuate her features but also showing her natural beauty as she was, with a pop of gloss on her lips for the French romance.”

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“A rustic building with lots of greenery and florals again represented natural beauty and the European romantic look. In all, we kept the shoot simple because we although we see lots of lush and over the top weddings, we wanted to also show one that was low-key, intimate and more than anything beautifully effortless.”

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Karen Willis Holmes 2016 Collection

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We’ve always been big fans of Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes at Polka Dot Bride and barely a week goes by when one of our real weddings doesn’t feature a Karen gown. So we were delighted to see this shoot of the 2016 collection pieces that is as utterly romantic and dreamy as we have come to expect.

The brand new shoot which took place at the majestic Kimberly Crest  features gorgeous gowns from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection and the Wild Heart collection. Both collections are endlessly feminine with KWH by Karen Willis Holmes all about the fit, embellishment and embroidery, while Wild Hearts touches more on the romantic, bohemian bride.

Elegant lace sleeves, illusion necklines, chic bows, sweeping trains, elegant halter necks and two piece separates allow a range of different looks that give brides the ability to choose what works for them, reflecting their own personal spirit. The essence of Karen’s designs remaining the same classic beauty she has produced for many years.

Karen Willis Holmes gowns are available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and New York at their boutiques and stockists around the world.

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Photographer: Gregory Ross / Dresses: Karen Willis Holmes / Creative Direction: Erin McDonald / Styling: Erin McDonald / Venue: Kimberly Crest House & Garden / Hairstylist: Ridhi Ratanjee / Makeup Artist: Ridhi Ratanjee / Jewellery: Katie Dean Jewelry / Floral: Inessa Nichols / Assistant: Claire Huntsberger / Film Processing: PhotoVision / Models: Brand Talent / Models: Rileigh Cunningham

Vendor of the Week – With Style Weddings and Events

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Happy Monday Dotties! The final week of July is here and we’re all settled in for a big week!

We’re snuggling down and keeping warm, and dare I say it, with ugg boots on our feet to keep them toasty, the odd cup of hot chocolate and a good dose of chicken soup to keep the winter bugs at bay. We’re adding wonderful and dedicated vendors to Ms Polka Dot’s Directory every week and know that you will find your ideal your wedding vendors for your wedding day right here.  We have Styling and Hire, we have Photobooth Hire, we have Bridal Gowns and Jewellery – we even have Cinematographers and Entertainment! Our Directory is full of lovely vendors who are eager to assist you to make your day as beautiful as it can be.

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

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Offering their wedding planning and styling services along the east coast of Australia, With Style Weddings and Events   aims to create your unique vision into a reality with all the trimmings you’ve desired for your wedding day. Mary-Ellen even has baking and crafting talents to make all those little things you don’t have time for. She has access to great suppliers and if you have favourites of your own in mind, then she is happy to work with them too. Take the stress out of your planning and take a look at With Style Weddings and Events.

We asked Mary-Ellen of With Style Weddings and Events five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Espresso Martini.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Noosa.

Favourite restaurant?

Flux Noosaville.

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

Bircher Muesli

Your favourite wedding story?

When the Groom split his pants getting out of the helicopter as he arrived with the Bride at the reception! I had to organise a replacement and borrowed some from an entertainer.

Visit With Style Weddings and Events’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. With Style Weddings and Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

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