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Vendor of the Week – Briggins

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Happy Monday Dotties! It may be a long weekend in Australia, but we’re sticking to the regular schedule around these parts, so grab a coffee and enjoy a day of wedding inspiration!

It’s ANZAC Day today, and a day to remember our war history. ANZAC marches and time to reflect with family and friends, and at the end of the day take some time out as we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Celebrants, we have Favors & Decor Accessories, we have Gift Registries and Cakes – we even have Bridal Gowns and Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering! Our Directory members are eager to assist you with your wedding, delivering a service that is second to none.

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

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Dressing the men in your bridal party is taken very seriously by Briggins. Every man should own at least one well fitting suit and on your wedding day this becomes more especially important. Offering a travelling tailor service, Briggins can come to your office or home and help you create the suit of your dreams. No more excuses that you’re too time poor – a great suit is but a phone call away.

We asked Daniel of Briggins five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

An Old Fashioned.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Byron Bay for some R&R or Barwon Heads in Melbourne where my wife and I were married.

Favourite restaurant?

Saigon Sally in Melbourne, great vibe, awesome food and the drinks are class. Mr.Wong in Sydney.

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

HAM on Sydney’s Southern beaches.

Your favourite wedding story?

Every wedding is special, we see so many clients and usually the best wedding stories are when the bride and groom are both relaxed and excited about the occasion. Stressing about every single minor detail is not going to make the wedding anymore successful. We did have one story where the groomsmen actually saved a stranger’s life who fell off the pier and drowned, that’s pretty hard to beat.

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

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Snapshot Sunday – Into the Sunset

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Jessica & Josh’s Chic Bell Rapids Engagement

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Jessica & Josh

I love the vibe of this chic Bells Rapids engagement from photographers Merge Photography. The stunning rocky backdrop, the golden light, the romantic love story and the pure sense of elegance. Jessica tells, “We originally met through mutual friends when we were teenagers, but nothing much developed back then. A few years past and we bumped into each other on a night out and have been inseparable ever since. We have been together for 7 years now.”

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“We love the life we have built together – the way we make each other laugh and always being there for one another.”

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Jessica remembers, “Joshua proposed to me on my 25th Birthday, I came home from work to find the house filled with tea light candles and sunflowers it was a complete surprise. He proposed with a beautiful ring he designed himself. Right after the proposal he had arranged dinner with all the family to help us celebrate.”

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“I thought I knew everything about Josh when I took him on a surprise getaway to Exmouth, I planned a snorkelling trip on his birthday. Little did I know that Josh gets severely sea sick- and instead of enjoying the reef he ended up spending his birthday throwing up over the side of the boat.”

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“We wanted a place with beautiful scenery and to create classic photos that we could look back on and always love. We left the location choice and style up to Jodie – we absolutely love the images she captured.”

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Photographer: Merge Photography / Hairstylist: Nicole Pallotta

Kristina & Vincent’s Classic Rippon Lea Wedding

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Kristina & Vincent

A wedding at a historic homestead is always beautiful and today’s classic Rippon Lea wedding has all the trimmings of a subtly beautiful traditional celebration. All captured by OnThree Photography & Cinematic .

Kristina remembers the story of how they came to be. “In 2009 I was celebrating my best girlfriend’s birthday at a bar in the city. As soon as we entered the venue a tall, handsome man immediately caught my eye. After a few hours (and cocktails) the tall handsome man approached me at the bar and congratulated me. When I asked him what he was congratulating me for he replied, “for being the most beautiful girl that I’ve ever seen in my life”. As corny as that may have been at the time, I knew this man would make me smile for the rest of my life. Not a day goes by that Beau doesn’t make me smile and laugh as much as he did on the night that we first met, and that’s why I know that he’s the love of my life.”
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Kristina chose a gown by Leah S Designs  noting, “The main concern for me  was to choose a dress that when I looked back on it years later, wouldn’t be horrified by it! I wanted something timeless and classic that would last through the years. Trying on at least 30 dresses – from big princess styles to fitted lace dresses I eventually went with an understated and simple Leah S dress! The dress was so elegantly simple, I felt confident that no matter how much time passed I’d always be happy with my choice.”

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Kristina and Vincent chose Ripponlea Estate  for their day, noting, “Ripponlea was always the dream location for us, ever since the moment Vincent and I even started talking about getting married. It’s such a beautiful location and suited our wedding theme perfectly! We were so lucky that we were able to get in during March, because we know how popular the venue is throughout summer, and thankfully everything looks so beautiful in our photos! I don’t think we could have planned it to be any more perfect for us.”

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Of her walk down the aisle, Kristina remembers, “We chose “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley. On one of Vincent and my first dates we were watching a film that played “Hallelujah” at the end, I sat there sobbing over the romantic movie that we’d just watched as it played and Vincent sat there laughing at me. He’s never let me live it down and it’s been one of our favourite songs since.”

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“From as far back as I can remember I had always envisioned having a traditional vintage wedding with lots of white, gold and flowers. Vincent and I have always had similar taste, so choosing our colour scheme, flowers etc. was a breeze! We wanted to plan our day so that it would look perfect, but also so that our friends and family would have an equally enjoyable time as us. Ripponlea ensured that our day ran perfectly, and everything looked as amazing as we’d hoped! I was so grateful that we didn’t have a single issue throughout our entire day!”

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“I think that our wedding day felt so flawless because we got to celebrate our love in front of all of our closest friends and family, in an atmosphere that looked immaculate yet allowed us to feel at home. Our reception was full of dancing and laughter (maybe a few too many glasses of champagne) and I have the most fantastic memory of my dad and my best friend doing an amazingly embarrassing dance together… This is probably one of my favourite memories now, if only I could describe it through writing!”

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Kristina remembers, “Vincent and I had been taking dance lessons leading up to our wedding for about 3 months. That may sound excessive but between the two of us, we’re both absolutely shocking dancers. Well we were at least; we got lots of compliments after our first dance. I’d never actually felt more graceful in my entire life! The fun dancing came after, less fear of tripping on my dress and looking ridiculous in front of everyone.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Kristina and Vincent! Than k you to OnThree Photography & Cinematic and Giant Invitations for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: OnThree Photography & Cinematic / Bride’s Dress: Leah S Designs / Groom’s Attire: Prinzi Collections / Groomsmen Attire: Prinzi Collections / Bridesmaid Dresses: Swish Clothing / Makeup Artist: Visan / Hairstylist: Hair By Deanne / Invitations & Stationery: Giant Invitations / Flowers: Lilly Pad Flowers / Venue: Ripponlea Estate / Decor: Melbourne Wedding Designers / Ceremony Officiant: Paul O’Donohue / Cake Baker: Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse / Wedding Rings: Charles Rose Jewellers / Band: Big Bang Band
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