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Memorable Mother Of The Bride Gifts

by | Bride, Gift Guide, Mothers

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We’re all about the love at Polka Dot Bride and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be kicking off the first in a series of gift guides – this one is all about memorable mother of the bride gifts (mother of the grooms coming very soon!)

For me, a good sentimental gift is all about something you share – so I have added in plenty of special gift ideas that work back to favourite memories and significant moments. Think custom tea towels embroidered with very special recipes, gorgeous keepsake boxes for special treasures, beautiful scents to remind her of the wedding day for years to come, special dishes for family celebrations, beautiful books that give a nod to the milestone – even beautifully taken photographs of places that mean so much to you both. This gift guide is filled with beautiful, special pieces your mum will treasure for years to come.

Every gift has been vetted by Mother Polka as something she would love to have – so I know you’ll love these gift ideas!

Couture Wedding Gowns Book by Marie Bariller from Dymocks, Milk & Sugar Clock from Hunting For George, Colorways Gallery Chunky Throw, Floto Bags Leather Duffle Bag, Anthropologie Golden Plant Mister, Hunting For George Golden Years Print  West Elm Faceted Mirror Boxes, Hunting For George Golden Years Print  Peter Alexander Luxe Oh That’s Posh Silk Pyjama Set Chemex Glass Coffee Maker from Williams Sonoma,  Charlotte Tilbury Magical Mini Brush Set Anthropologie Petalpress Pie Dish Macys Copper Glass Balloon Vase Travel Print Shop Sunrise Waves Print  Susabellas Personalised Platter  Adhoc Sleepwear Eye Mask Aerin Linen Rose Eau de Cologne from David Jones Mona Lisa Pottery Handmade Ceramic Mug  Thread The Wick Custom Embroidered Tea Towel

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Moody Seaside Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,

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When we think of the sea, pastels and airy tones come to mind, but today’s moody seaside wedding inspiration takes those pastels and turns them on their head. Deep slate blues, beautiful marsala all combine with glimmering golds and soft peaches to the most beautiful wedding inspiration for couples wanting something a little deeper for their wedding day colour palette.

Lina of Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling  who styled the shoot and also created the stunning floral arrangements, tells “We were originally inspired by the natural elements of the sandstone walls and jade blue tones of the ocean and wanted to combine these earthy elements into the styling of our setting. Fresh scallop shells were used together with clay pots filled with lush blooms and luminous infused natural lighting.”

Drawing from nature the team curated a setting of natural elements. Scallop shells sat atop concrete tables, rustic wooden doors juxtaposed with sparkling gold taper candles to create a sense of warmth and intimacy.

The shoot was a huge collaborative effort between Lina and photographer Silk Truffle Photography , cinematographer In a Maze Films , hair and makeup artist Gemma Nichols with our model Madeline Sarah in beautiful bridal pieces from The Barefaced Bride, Candice Lee and Roman & French – with props from Pretty Pedestals and Designs By Wayne . The team, who had to move their shoot from the beach thanks to Mother Nature’s rainy weather, created a beautiful romantic setting that made that stormy seaside setting I love so much, come to life.

The finishing touch? A beautiful film captured by the team at In a Maze Films

 

Photographer: Silk Truffle Photography / Styling: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling / Flowers: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling / Cinematographer: In a Maze Films / Hairstylist: Gemma Nichols / Makeup Artist: Gemma Nichols / Bride's Dress: The Barefaced Bride / Bride's Dress: Candice Lee / Hairpieces: Roman & French / Jewellery: Roman & French / Props: Pretty Pedestals / Timber Doors & LOVE Sign: Designs By Wayne / Model: Madeline Sarah

Zoe and Andrew’s Modern Vineyard Jewish Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Zoe & Andrew

If there was a wedding that was filled to the brim with tradition, music and love then Zoe & Andrew’s modern Jewish vineyard wedding would be it! Captured by Daniel Brannan, Zoe and Andrew wanted to honour their Jewish heritage by putting their own spin on the day. From the gorgeous green vineyard setting, the epic dance festival that took place outside to the handmade chuppah, it all fell into place to create this beautiful day.

Zoe tells the tale of how she and Andrew came to fall in love. “Andrew, otherwise known as Woolf, and I met in London. We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party.”

The bride chose a Valentino gown from Le Louvre “It was a Valentino dress. I knew I didn’t want a bridal dress. I wanted a piece that was well made, from good fabrics. I would have chosen something that wasn’t white if I thought it was beautiful. The dress I chose was from Le Louvre. The Valentino just felt so beautiful – the fabric was soft, the lines were structural but the overall look simple, it felt feminine but not dainty. It reminded me of a time passed, a sort of Katherine Hepburn look. There were probably many different types of dresses I could have gotten married in, but I really loved how I felt wearing that lovely piece.”

The couple chose vineyard venue Stones of the Yarra Valley  for their wedding, explaining “Originally, we wanted to get married at my Zoe’s cousin’s farm. But it just wasn’t feasible. We wanted to get married somewhere that felt meaningful and beautiful. A venue that didn’t feel like a venue but had the experience and resources to make the organising process easy. The Stones of the Yarra Valley gave us the best of both worlds. We loved the green of the outside and the light of the inside. ‘The Stones’ were truly phenomenal in the lead-up and during the wedding. They were warm, personable, professional and understanding.”

Zoe remembers “We walked ‘down the aisle’ to After the Goldrush by Neil Young (two of our friends, Jarrod Lewis and Hayley Lewkowicz, played the guitar and sang this very meaningful song).”

“We wanted a traditional Jewish chuppah ceremony, which imbued our egalitarian values. We both feel very connected to our Jewish heritage and liked the idea that our chuppah will be one of many in the history of time. We didn’t want to ‘perform’ our chuppah, so we asked everyone to stand in a close circle around us. We wanted our families to be a big part of the ceremony so our siblings held the chuppah, we asked grandparents, cousins and friends to say parts of the ceremony alongside the rabbi. I wore a veil and ring from my great great grandmother who wore these in the 1800’s. We also drank from a wine cup of the same period.”

Even the chuppah held special significance for the couple, who tell “The chuppah itself was made by Zoe’s cousin Amichai Lankri from Mandrake Workshop  from wood collected at a farm belonging to other cousins of Zoe’s. This farm holds great importance for us as we spend many happy times there. Woolf and Zoe draped themselves in a traditional ‘talit’ from Andrew’s family. The chuppah felt meaningful, sewn together by tradition, history, family, friends and who we are.”

Of their photographers, Zoe remarks “Daniel Brannan was our photographer. He and his assistant Chris were exceptional. The process before the wedding was easy – Dan was so lovely, professional and warm. And on the day they were both just amazing. They understood who we were and what type of vibe we wanted. We felt comforted in their presence and never overwhelmed. And we think the photos are truly incredible. His shots are natural, real and beautiful. Dan managed to capture all of the special moments and no image seems overly manicured. We have had friends say that they wish they could get married again so that they could have photos like ours. Dan, you are a legend.”

The couple worked hard to hire a team of vendors they trusted, the bride noting “We loved sharing the day with our much loved and amazingly talented cousin Amichai Lankri from Mandrake Workshop  who put together our beautiful chuppah, our genius photographer Daniel Brannan, our insanely beautiful florist Georgie Boy by Gina Lasker and our awesome band the Jonathan Skovron Band. Ami, Dan, Gina and Jonathan are all truly talented people full of warmth and wonder. They were all truly outstanding at what they do. (The band interwove some of Woolf’s favourite 80’s British songs into our favourite folksy tunes – genius!) Monica Gingold and her team were also the perfect make-up and hair artist group. Monica was so calm on the day. (And she let me keep the natural look that I wanted. I was the second bride she had ever met who didn’t want false eyelashes!)”

Georgie Boy by Gina Lasker  created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride remembering “The reception was a feast with long tables and shared plates. We had lots of dancing to lots of old, soulful music and sparklers to end the night. We wanted nature to fill the room so the amazing florist Gina found the perfect way to arrange natives and other textured floral arrangements within the space. The gorgeous hanging installation was an art piece!!!! It is also why we chose to make our name placements out of gumnut branches.”

Zoe and Andrew kicked off the celebration with traditional Jewish dancing, the bride remembering “The Jewish dancing was outside. It felt like we were in an older time, dancing with our community, amidst the setting of my Australian childhood.”

“We tried to keep the evening very simple – us, our people, our music, our feast, our late night full of joy.”

Congratulations on your marriage Zoe and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Daniel Brannan for sharing today’s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: Daniel Brannan / Cinematographer: Eli Lerner / Bride's Dress: Valentino / Bridal Salon: Le Louvre / Bride's Shoes: Scanlan and Theodore / Hairstylist: Monica Gingold / Makeup Artist: Monica Gingold / Flowers: Georgie Boy by Gina Lasker / Chuppah: Mandrake Workshop / Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Musicians: Jarrod Lewis / Musicians: Hayley Lewkowicz / Band: The Jonathan Skovron Band

Anthea Crawford Autumn 2017 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids, Mothers

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I love showcasing the talent of Australian designers and if there is one who has stood the test of time and always been a fixture on the Australian fashion landscape – it’s Anthea Crawford.

Since 1976, the Anthea Crawford brand has always been about sophistication and the Autumn offerings show off the deep rich tones of the season. Digital prints, coloured lace overlays combine with classic shapes and silhouettes for elegant looks that work for your bridal party and pre-wedding events, giving weight to the style of classic sophistication. I adore tones like deep plums, indigo and blues for Winter celebrations, especially when combined with soft pastels like peach and highlights of gold and copper.

Each piece is also proudly engineered and made in Australia – the brand being one of the coveted on the Ethical Manufacturers of Australia registrar.

The new collection is available now.

Gowns: Anthea Crawford / Styling: Anthea Crawford / Photographer: Michelle Tran (Hart & Co) / Hairstylist: Belinda Zollo (Hart & Co) / Makeup Artist: Belinda Zollo (Hart & Co) / Model: Phillipa G / Model Agency: Viviens