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Vanessa & Hamish Stables At Stones Of The Yarra Valley Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jonathan Ong Wedding Photography

Vanessa & Hamish

There is a beautiful elegance about today’s Stables at Stones Of The Yarra Valley wedding. Vineyards always cast an elegant feel to a wedding day, but this celebration, captured by Jonathan Ong, pulls together a sense of occasion with a sense of warmth, love and a wonderful love story to tell.

Vanessa and Hamish tell the story of how they met. “We met through mutual friends and workmates. Our first date was at a cafe (as it was closing) and the small talk was pretty excruciating. Fortunately, the nerves wore off, and we gave it a second chance. The rest is history!”

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Leanne Marshall Wedding Dress

Vanessa chose a wedding gown by designer Leanne Marshall, noting,  “After being a bit underwhelmed by the in-store dress shopping experience in Sydney and Melbourne,  I purchased my dress online from designer Leanne Marshall – winner of Season 5 Project Runway.”

Melonie Santos Makeup

Avital from Cherrybomb styled the bride’s hair while Melonie Santos styled her makeup.

Groom waiting for bride

Bride and groom first look

The couple chose to meet before the ceremony, captured by their photographer, of whom they note, “We’d long admired Jon Ong’s work and he was always our first preference for photographer. We’d seen many weddings he’d shot at Stones and knew his style and eye was exactly how we wanted to document our big day. He was a fantastic creative presence to have around – professional, friendly, calm and discreet, and the photos he produced perfectly capture the joy of the day.”

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Jonathan Ong Wedding photographer

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Stones Of The Yarra Valley Church

Vanessa and Hamish were married at Stones Of The Yarra Valley, explaining, “We always wanted a wedding in a location special to us outside of the city. We looked a few venues in the Yarra Valley but knew as soon as we pulled into the driveway to Stones that we’d found our location. It was the complete package for us – stunning grounds, fantastic food and an impeccable events team who made the planning and execution just flawless.”

Stones of the Yarra Valley Pew Decorations

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For the processional, Hamish remembers, “A live string quartet (Kendall String Quartet) played ‘Canon in D’ as Vanessa walked down the aisle. We opted for a few modern music choices throughout the ceremony (Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis, God Only Knows – Beach Boys), but there was something so moving and beautiful about that traditional music as the chapel door swung open that it was our favourite of the ceremony.”

Dan Stephens Celebrant

Bride Processional At Stones

Stones Of The Yarra Valley Ceremony

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Stones Of The Yarra Valley Marriage Church

Dan Stephens officiated the ceremony, the bride and groom telling, “Along with our decision to chose no bridal parties, we opted for a fairly brief, but thoughtfully constructed, ceremony which we wrote together with our celebrant. Again we felt no pressure to conform to tradition – we wanted our ceremony to be short, sharp and meaningful. Instead of readings, we chose to make a joint declaration to our friends and family, before we spoke vows to each other which we had written together.”

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Stones Of The Yarra Valley Marriage

Stones of the Yarra Valley Wedding Ceremony

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Canapes and cocktails were served in the courtyard of The Stables.

Stones Of The Yarra Valley Happy Giests

Stones Of The Yarra Valley Wedding Portrait

Stones Of The Yarra Valley Sunset

Stones Of The Yarra Valley Wedding Photo

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Stones Of The Yarra Valley Bride

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Be Always Blooming Studio  created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride remembering, “Our florist, Tara from Be Always Blooming Studio was an incredible find. She was a friend of a friend, who had not long graduated from floristry school. We met her a couple of times, talking through pictures of styles we liked, and seasonal flowers we could substitute. She had never been to Stones before, but she took our vision, and absolutely nailed it. The detail and set up was impeccable, and it was so wonderful to have such a talented young florist working with us.”

Stones Of The Yarra Valley Stables Overview

Stones Of The Yarra Valley Tablescape

“We called our own skills and those of our friends to design a website and invitations, but we handpicked a talented team of professionals to take care of the rest. Each one carefully considered our vision, and delivered a perfect celebration with our style all over it, without us lifting a finger.”

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The Stable At Stones Of The Yarra Valley Venue


Vanessa and Hamish remark, “As we had many friends and family flying in from overseas, we structured our wedding around a long weekend of events, maximising the time we could spend with everyone. We wanted the wedding itself to be relaxed and intimate, reflecting our love of our friends and family, food and wine, as well as each other.

We wanted to give our guests an experience that rewarded the efforts they had gone to to be there. And we never felt tied to tradition – we just structured the day as we wished; we shared a bed the night before, we had photos together before the ceremony and we chose no bridal parties. For entertainment, we trusted our friends to provide hilarious speeches, and curated playlists which packed the dance floor.”



The speeches were one of the best parts of the night, the bride and groom remarking “We’re lucky enough to have a very talented and hilarious group of friends, and I think the speeches during the reception were undoubtedly a highlight. They walked the perfect line of hilarious and touching, and I think our photographs show how much happiness and laughter filled the room.”

The Stable At Stones Of The Yarra Valley Laughing Newlyweds

The Stable At Stones Of The Yarra Valley Speeches

Wedding Cake Cutting

After cake cutting  (a single tier of delicious crafted by Cherrytree Bakehouse) dancing continued late into the night, the bride and groom telling, “We chose not to do a first dance, but we invited some of our friends to construct playlists for the evening, which accompanied dinner and had everyone from on the dancefloor by the end of the night. The highlight was having Nan shouting the chorus to Nelly’s ‘Ride Wit Me’ in unison with the crowd.”

Stones Of The Yarra Valley At Night

Congratulations Vanessa and Hamish! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Ong for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Bride’s Dress: Leanne Marshall / Groom’s Attire: Indochino / Hairstylist: Avital from Cherrybomb / Makeup Artist: Melonie Santos / Flowers & Decor: Be Always Blooming Studio / Venue: Stones Of The Yarra Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Dan Stephens / Ceremony Musicians: Kendall String Quartet / Cake Baker: Cherrytree Bakehouse
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Chic Bridal Shoes From Wittner Shoes

by | Accessories, Bride


Wittner Hot Pink Bridal Shoes

I am a lover of shoes – there is no doubt about that. So I was delighted to hear that high street brand Wittner Shoes has just unveiled their wedding collection! Launching this month, the brand has reinvented some of their most popular styles into pastel hues, shimmering metallics and tones of white.

With bridal shoes often seen as dowdy and boring, Wittner’s new collection is anything but. Sparkling crystal straps, elegant almond toes, bows, heel cut outs and sparkly panels all turn classic shoes into something rather special. Comfort was also a consideration with the collection – straps support ankles ready for long days and nights of dancing, extra padded on the foot bed means your toes will still feel as comfortable as you kick off your shoes at 1am as they do at 2pm.

With new styles added monthly, the bridal collection is available at 15 Wittner stores around Australia or via the Wittner website.


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Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Stylist: Lana Wilkinson / Gowns: One Day Bridal / Gowns: Cappellazzo Couture / Model: Cassie Lapthorne / Makeup Artist: Victoria Martin / Hairstylist: Carl Reeves / Photographer: Emily Abay

Dan Jones “Unbridaled” 15/16 Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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In preparation for the biggest week of the bridal calendar in October comes “Preview” from Unbridaled by Dan Jones 2016 Collection.

True to the designer’s love 1970s, this collection is particularly inspired by the rise to power to women through the decade. Dan uses music icons like Donna Summer, Tina Turner and Dianna Ross to inspire designs that “Celebrate women’s liberation and what it means to be a woman.”

Continuing with his chic, refined designs, the collection focuses on defining silhouettes. Slinky silk gowns are made all the more “wow” with dramatic splits, and French corded lace appliques. Silk crepe gowns are juxtaposition with crystal studded bodices, glass motifs feature on simple silhouettes, a silk gown which drops like liquid, features architectural style cut outs. Slinky gowns feature twist and drape detailing and one particularly gorgeous gown has a defined nod to the era- the classic 70s billowing sleeve.

The Unbridaled by Dan Jones collection is available at stockists around the world.

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Vendor of the Week – Ginger and Spice Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I managed to fit in a weekend full of quiet, which for me is pretty rare. What did you get up to this weekend?

Monday morning comes around quickly and so it’s time to highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Entertainment, we have Catering, we have Stationery and Paper Goods, we even have Bridesmaid Gowns! We work hard to attract the best vendors who love to discuss your wedding plans with you and provide the best possible service for your wedding day.

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

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Queensland Wedding Photography

Louise and Lachlan of Ginger and Spice Photography always photograph weddings together so as not to miss a moment of your day. Capturing all those small and sometimes unplanned, moments of the day that together tell the story of the first day of your married life – the ‘real deal’ as they say, is the essence of their photography style. Every story unique – just like you.

We asked Louise of Ginger and Spice Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

A cloudy apple cider. Preferably one made in Australia!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

We recently escaped Brissie and visited Girraween National Park for an overnight hike, and camped on top of South Bald Rock! It was an amazing experience, the night sky was stunning.

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Favourite restaurant?

VegeRama in West End (Brisbane) for sure! We live nearby so often walk down for a yummy veggie meal.

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

Something delicious and home cooked – last Sunday I made french toast with poached pears. :)

Your favourite wedding story?

We photographed the wedding of Sarah and Andrew at Twin Waters, on the Sunshine Coast two summers ago. It was a gorgeous day, and we had some amazing (and unplanned) animal encounters along the way! This really made the day extra special, as the bride Sarah is a veterinary nurse. We photographed the happy couple standing on the shore of the Maroochy river, near a large stringray which was resting in the shallows, which was awesome. And then as we made our way back towards the reception venue, we came across some kangaroos and Sarah and Andrew were able to have a portrait taken with them. It made an already perfect day even more unique and special! The couple also had their cute pooch Huxley as the ring bearer – adorable!
You can view photos from Sarah and Andrew’s wedding day here –

 Ginger and Spice Photography

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

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