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Melissa and Lachlan’s Chic Sydney Polo Club Wedding

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Melissa & Lachlan

Melissa and Lachlan chose a gorgeous rustic country venue for their wedding day – Sydney Polo Club setting the scene for a chic country celebration filled with what Melissa describes as the “best speech ever”, impromptu photos with the property’s horses and plenty of family and friends who flew in to celebrate their marriage. Their day, filled with all its moments was captured by James Goff Photography.

The newlyweds tell the tale of how they came to be. “We met when Mel moved to Lachlan’s school in year 2. We were in the same class from then until year 12 and had always been good friends. Although it was only just after school that we realised just how much we liked each other and started dating. Five years later we got married!”

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Lachlan’ s brother Cameron Gage kicked off the celebrations with designing wooden invitations.

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Melissa chose the “Paige” strapless gown from designer Karen Willis Holmes and paired it with  Tony Bianco shoes, Samantha Wills earrings and a hairpiece by Lisa Gowing.

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Melissa’s bridesmaids wore floor length gowns from Truese. Melissa explaining, “I choose charcoal dresses for my bridesmaids as I wanted them to be contrasted with my ivory dress and then also with the lovely lush greenery of the polo club. I think this turned out even better in the photos then I had even imagined.”

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Melissa and Lachlan chose St John’s Anglican, Wilberforce, telling, “We got married in a beautiful old sandstone church in Wilberforce; which made our ceremony really intimate and quite special.”

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The ceremony was decorated by the bride’s maid of honour, Melissa remembering, “My maid of honour – Sarah – made the dried bunches of flowers that we hung from the pews. We also did little DIY touches here and there but I actually ended up doing a lot less than I thought I would because both our venues – ceremony and reception – had so much character we didn’t need to add as many details as I originally thought I would do for the wedding.”

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Melissa walked down the aisle to Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

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Of their photographer, the newlyweds tell, “We knew we wanted to use James Goff after seeing my sister’s engagement shoot photos. We loved having James there on the day. He was so nice and relaxed and just added to our great day. He was able to capture so much without us even knowing. Our wedding photos were something that we both really cared about and we have been so happy with what we ended up with.”

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“During the photos a group of horses starting galloping around the paddock just next to us which was a great sight. They then came right up to the fence and we were able to get a few good photos next to them.”

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The bride’s dream of a barn wedding came true with the choice of Sydney Polo Club as their wedding venue, Melissa remembering, “Our reception was in the Polo Barn at The Sydney Polo Club in Richmond. My dream was to have a barn wedding and we were lucky enough to find this place. The polo club has such beautiful grounds which made us excited to have our wedding there as it was a great place to have our wedding photos.”

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Guests received hand poured candle favors from You Me & Paree.

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PB Catering  ensured guests were well fed – the couple remarking, “The food was banquet style, so it really created a festive feel with everyone sharing food on the table.” Guests dined at long tables hired from Vintage Patina Home.

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On what Melissa describes as the best speech ever, she tells “Our bridal party made the day so fun for us and it was so nice spending the entire day with such great friends. The maid-of-honour speech turned into a bridesmaid song. Best speech we have ever seen. They changed the lyrics to Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer, which was more of less Lachlan and I’s “song”.”

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Of their first dance, Lachlan remembers, “Our first dance wasn’t as we had planned. Mel had kept the length of her dress a secret and that wasn’t factored into our practices which logistically makes things slightly harder but we still managed. The dance floor was definitely a highlight of the night. We had a lot of old school songs which made it really fun.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Melissa and Lachlan! Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Thank you also to James Goff Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: James Goff Photography / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes - Paige / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco - Hussey Bone Pearl / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills Cupids Trick Stud Earrings - Silver / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Lisa Gowing Headband from The Golden Age collection / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Truese - Charcoal Bella Maxi Dress / Hairstylist: Carly Wood / Makeup Artist: Napoleon Perdis / Flowers: Kerri Hercus of Hercus Design 0425250428 / Invitations & Stationery: The groom's brother - Cameron Gage / Ceremony Venue: St John's Anglican, Wilberforce / Ceremony Officiant: Our young adults Pastor from Dural Baptist - Nic Cassa / Reception Venue: Sydney Polo Club / Rental Furniture: Vintage Patina Home / Catering: PB Catering / Cake Baker: Family Friend - Michelle Dupen / Favors: You Me & Paree / Wedding Registry: Myer / Wedding Registry: Wheel & Barrow
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Wedding Gifts For The Mother Of The Bride

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, what better time to show your gratitude to the mother of the bride (or groom for that matter!) for all the effort and time she has put into planning with you? Or perhaps just showing her that you appreciate her support?

I put together some of my favourite gift ideas for the mother of the bride. Now, let it be said I am a sentimental soul, so memories impact heavily in my gift giving!

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1. This Wedgwood Vera Wang Photo Frame from Peters Of Kensington is a classic and I love the idea of presenting it empty ready for a wedding day photo of you together on your wedding day.

2. Palomas Nest has long been a go to store for gifts when it comes to my loved ones. The text bowls are a firm favourite in our home, let alone the rest of the clay range! but what I really love as a gift for the mother of the bride are these hand drawn custom house portraits. As brides can often mean moving on from the family home, or sinking deep into the memories of your time there, a beautifully drawn piece of art paying homage to the place where so much love was shared can make for a very sentimental option.

3. Plum Pretty Sugar is always my go to for gorgeous robes and I don’t think these gorgeous gifts for getting ready on the day of the wedding should be limited to the bride and her bridesmaids – what about gifting your mum something luxurious to start the day in?

4. I love the gesture of a beautiful, embroidered lace handkerchief and this one from Etsy seller CoutureWeddingHankie is a lovely gesture for the sentimental mum. Many Etsy sellers an embroider custom poems on a hankie noting the close bond between mother and daughter, but I’m a fan of the simplicity of names the wedding date.

5. I love a gorgeous trinket box and this elegant option by Elsa Perretti for Tiffany & Co makes for a lovely gift for mum to remember the wedding day and perhaps store her own memories from the day in.

6. I am particularly fond of the beautiful book covers Penguin Classics comes out with for their classics and as a child whose mother read to her a lot, I think it would be a beautiful gesture to give your mother a nice hard cover version of a book you shared together- inscribed of course! This one is of course one of my favourites – Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carol!

7. BHLDN has plenty of lovely gifts for mums but one that took my fancy was the beautiful “Carlotta” wrap. A sheer Italian wrap, it’s an elegant option for keeping warm on the wedding day and beyond and makes for a lovely gift.

Johanna Johnson “Muse” Spring Summer 2014 Collection

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When designer Johanna Johnson hit New York for bridal market last year with the city as her muse, it seemed only right that she shoot her latest collection “Muse” right on the urban city streets.

With the entire Johanna Johnson team working behind the scenes, they enlisted Australian photographer, Nick Hudson and Sydney based hair stylist Maria Ardino from Ardino Salon Hair . Rounding out the team and complementing the gorgeous gowns was makeup artist, Danielle Vincent owner of Kimiko Beauty.

There is a romance that comes into play in New York. A mystery and sensuality which complements the incredible “Muse” collection so beautifully.

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The team also captured a beautiful film of the shoot, featuring ‘Alive’ from The Alternative’s debut album ’15 to 50′.

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Vendor of the Week – Regnier Cakes

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Easter Monday! Which by law means bellies are full of chocolate, sugar overload and we all get the day to spend with our loved ones!.. or wedding plan! That’s why we’re still posting all day today, there is plenty to browse and devour!

But we can’t kick off this very short week without spotlight on how fabulous the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory are. There’s the For The Men category, Favors & Decor Accessories, Styling & Hire, Wedding Planners, Hair & Beauty and even Catering

Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory to find fabulous vendors for your fabulous wedding day!

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With sugar in my belly, it seems only fitting that our randomly chosen vendor of the week and directory member is the lovely Melina of Regnier Cakes!

Melina has been making delicious cakes since grade five when she created a decadent masterpiece to enter in the school fete! Ever since, she has been making cakes – studying a baking & pastry  apprenticeship, representing Victoria in the National Bake Skills competition and even competing in the National LA Judge Baking Awards.

You know I love someone who is passionate about what they do and the best part is Regnier Cakes is now available to make your very own wedding cake. With flavours from chocolate mud to toffee crunch, cookies and cream, sticky date and even mars bar.. you may be drooling before you even get to the taste test!

We asked Melina from Regnier Cakes five questions in five minutes -

What is your favourite after five drink?

A glass of wine .

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Mornington Peninsula.

Favourite restaurant?

Josie Bones.

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

Chocolate or left over cake from the week.

Your favourite wedding story?

I love every wedding, how can I choose.

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

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