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Freya & Liam’s Intimate Coogee Beach Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Freya & Liam

I love the idea of Freya and Liam’s intimate Coogee Beach wedding. The couple wanted a day that with just a few, celebrated their love of Australia’s beautiful beaches and bright blue skies. Freya and Liam chose This Day Forward Photography for their wedding photography.

Freya tells of the couple’s chance meeting. “We met in a bar in the town where we are both from. I was about to leave with my friend because the music was terrible, but we said we’d stay for one more song and that’s when I saw Liam at the other side of the bar.”

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Freya remarks, “We wanted a small, intimate and very casual wedding with minimal fuss and stress! We’re both from the UK and loved the idea of getting married here so it’s a little snapshot of this time we’re spending in Australia. We both love the coastline and the stunning views and do a lot of running along its the headland at Coogee – (it) seemed like the perfect spot!”

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“We had  photos before the ceremony, which was great because it calmed our nerves beforehand. We walked down the aisle together as my father is passed away and neither of us is traditional in that sense.”

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Freya chose a long sleeve gown from Stevie May, explaining, “It ended up being quite a last minute decision and I had two to choose from in the end.  I found a dress from Stevie May and loved it for its simplicity and not being too bridal. Because it was a low key wedding I wanted that reflected in the dress. I felt really comfortable on the day.”

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Dee Weisner  officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We wanted it to be informal and not too long. We had 10 guests so it was really intimate. The celebrant did a reading and we wrote our own vows to add our own personal touch.”

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“After the ceremony, we had champagne and canapés in the sunshine.”

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Freya notes, “My favourite part of planning it was probably the flowers and sorting out the playlist for the day with Liam. We had a few cocktail nights at home getting that into order!”

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Of their photographer, Freya tells, “Will Hartl was great and has a fantastic creative eye for candid shots and capturing the light. We got a great selection of beach shots and some of the greenery around the cliffs so that mix was lovely. He made us both enjoy the experience and relax into it.” The couple celebrated with their guests in a private room at The Coogee Pavilion.

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Congratulations on your marriage Freya and Liam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to This Day Forward Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: This Day Forward Photography / Bride’s Dress: Stevie May / Bride’s Shoes: Topshop / Groom’s Attire: Topman / Floral: Miss Lucy Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Freya Powell Studio / Ceremony Venue: Coogee Beach Headland / Ceremony Hire Items: Walkers Party Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Dee Weisner / Reception Venue: The Coogee Pavilion / Catering: Rell's Kitchen / Wedding Rings: Alexis Russell
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Silver & Ivory Contemporary Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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When it comes to bridal fashion, seeing gowns in a completely new light is always food for the spirit and today’s silver and ivory contemporary bridal inspiration shoot has a distinctly moody feel.

Photographer Olivia & Thyme teamed up with stylist Edyta Lowicki, hair and makeup artist Allira Taylor, models Poppy Grace and Vanessa Dudderidge  to create a shoot that showed modern wedding gowns, chosen from Cathleen JiaGwendolynne and Wishbone & Ivy, in moody Winter tones. The dark, blue-grey of Winter’s light inspiration the deep richness of the shoot. Sparkling accessories from Wishbone & Ivy  completing the inspired looks.

I love that the deep grey tones set the scene for the sparkle of the gowns, the ethereal quality of the veils, the delicate feel to the trains, the alluring glamour of the jewels.  This little homage to my favourite time of year captures so much of what I love.

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Photographer: Olivia & Thyme / Hairstylist: Allira Taylor / Makeup Artist: Allira Taylor / Stylist: Edyta Lowicki / Model: Poppy Grace / Model: Vanessa Dudderidge / Accessories: Wishbone & Ivy / Gowns: Wishbone & Ivy / Gowns: Cathleen Jia / Gowns: Gwendolynne

Vendor of the Week – Oscar Hunt

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Happy Monday Dotties! We spent the weekend getting crafty for some fun upcoming projects and this week we are launching into so much fun. It is all systems go at Polka Dot Bride as finally get lift off on some big secrets! We can’t wait!

Are you taking some time out to enjoy your time together away from the stress of wedding planning? Be sure to plan some ‘stress-leave’ – even if it is just to remind yourselves that the most important part of this time is ‘you’ and not the wedding and all its buzz!  Take some time out too, to have a look at our Directory. We have so many fabulous vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and are adding more all the time. We know that you will find your ideal your wedding vendors right here – ready to give you lots of great advice and assistance.  We have Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering, we have Favours & Decor Accessories, we have Gift Registries and Cinematography – we even have Bridesmaid Gowns and Photography! Our Directory is filled with vendors who are eager to provide their expertise to create the best possible day for you.

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

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There is little doubt that the suit for your wedding day is the most important suit that you’ll ever wear’. As far as suits as concerned, never a truer word has been spoken! At Oscar Hunt the team has a firm belief that a well fitting suit in high-quality fabric, cut correctly to fit your individual shape, will ensure the groom and groomsmen will look as polished and elegant as the bride and her maids. All suits are made to measure with great attention to detail with accessories available to add that touch of Oscar Hunt magic.

We asked Chris of Oscar Hunt five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Gin & tonic with cucumber (I’m coeliac and fructose-free so there aren’t too many options!)

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Great Ocean Road getaway in the middle of winter.

Favourite restaurant?

San Telmo in Meyers Place, Melbourne. Amazing Argentinian-inspired food.

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

Poached eggs, hash browns, spinach and pork belly on the side if the mood is right.

Your favourite wedding story?

I attended a wedding near Byron Bay a few years ago. The ceremony was at 7:18am in the morning as that was when all the planets aligned in a certain way. We were on a clifftop. The bride entered from the North and the groom from the South. There were chants and dolphins were jumping out in the ocean below the cliffs. It was unreal.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Amazing!

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

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