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Joy & Chris’ Grounds Of Alexandria Evening Wedding

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

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Joy & Chris

Joy and Chris chose an evening wedding at favourite Sydney cafe The Grounds of Alexandria for their wedding day, choosing to celebrate their marriage in a way that felt informal. Much more like a party than a wedding with plenty of good food, dancing and a nod to Joy’s love of felines! The couple chose Mark at Gold Hat Photography to capture their easy going wedding day.

The newlyweds tell the tale of how they met. “Joy and Chris met in a bar in Sydney where he proceeded to beat Joy at table tennis despite desperately trying to lose – she’s really that bad at table tennis!”

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Joy chose Nelder Jones  to design her wedding gown, telling, “We were very lucky that it didn’t feel like we had ‘vendors’, but new friends who helped us to create the most wonderful evening. I was planning on wearing a dress I already had, but after popping into Nelder Jones on a whim, I was inspired to have my dress made. They more than met my expectations and created a dress so beautiful I almost didn’t want to wear it for fear of ruining it. Once it was on, I didn’t want to take if off because it made me feel so amazing.”

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Chris wore a navy suit from Arthur Galan, Joy remembers, “Chris is known for leaving things to the last minute and didn’t see why things should change on his wedding day! He picked up his suit on the morning of the wedding, decided to buy a new tie at 1.30pm and borrowed a belt from a neighbour when he realised he didn’t have one that matched his suit.”

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Joy and Chris met by the harbour for a first look and photographs as the sun set.

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Of their photographer, Joy and Chris tell, “We really struggled to find the right photographer, but we clicked with Mark and he really felt like the right photographer for us. He exuded a calmness and professionalism that made us feel he would not only be a great photographer, but the kind of person we wanted to spend the day with. It turns out we were spot on. Mark fitted perfectly into our day – from his dapper attire to his laid back sense of humour. But most importantly, we love the photos.”

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Joy and Chris chose The Grounds Of Alexandria for their wedding, explaining, “We spent our evening at the Grounds and had our ceremony in the garden before moving into the roastery for a shared feast and dancing. The Grounds is a phenomenal venue with fantastic food and wonderful staff. It’s already such a unique venue, but our wonderful events co-ordinator, Anthony, worked with us to personalise the space to make it feel even more special.”

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Joy and Chris note, “Joy is a well-known crazy cat lady and since their cat, Bruce, couldn’t be there in person (well feline), Chris created four life-sized Bruce cut-outs to dot around the venue. Everyone got involved in making sure Bruce felt part of the evening and he even kicked on to the after party.”

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The couple dotted bicycles throughout their decor telling, “Bicycles were our theme and were on our invites and place cards. We also had a wonderful stamp created by terbearco from Etsy that we used on the envelopes, menus and had blown up to look like chalkboards for above the bar. A friend also lent us a beautiful decorative bicycle that we adorned with heart shaped fairy lights – it fitted in perfectly with the venue.”

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The couple walked into their ceremony together, remembering, “We walked in together to a wonderful rendition of ‘Friday I’m in Love’ by The Cure played by Sam McNeill.”

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Sophie Coombes  performed the ceremony, the newlyweds remarking, “Many of our guests commented on what a warm tone our celebrant, Sophie Coombes, set. She was wonderful and took the time to get to know us and offered lots of welcome suggestions to help us create an intimate and inclusive ceremony.”

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Joy and Chris describe their wedding as, “Less wedding, more party with great people and awesome old school house tunes.”

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Joy and Chris tell, ” To match the laid back, inclusive feel of the evening, there wasn’t a traditional first dance. Everyone kicked off the dancing to Happy by Pharrell.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Joy and Chris! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Mark at Gold Hat Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Mark at Gold Hat Photography / Bride’s Dress: Nelder Jones / Bride’s Shoes: House of Fraser / Bride’s Jewelry: Nelder Jones / Groom’s Attire: Arthur Galan / Hairstylist: Pretty Creations / Makeup Artist: Nicola Beverley, Creative Director of The Makeover Dolls / Flowers & Decor: Friend / Invitations & Stationery: (Invites and place cards) twras / Invitations & Stationery: (Bicycle Stamp) terbearco / Invitations & Stationery: (Printing) Dashing Print / Venue: The Grounds Of Alexandria / Ceremony Officiant: Sophie Coombes / Ceremony Musicians: Sam McNeill / DJ: DJ Paul Guy / Cake Baker: Flour and Stone / Wedding Rings: Helen Badge Antique Jewellery and Kate Sandford
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Jo And Gavin’s Relaxed Outdoor Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Jo & Gavin

The relaxed feeling of Jo & Gavin’s outdoor wedding with a Scottish twist really took my fancy this week. Romance is definitely dining under the stars and dancing the night away in the cool outdoor air! Anthony Hoang Photography was on hand to capture their day in all its glory.

Jo tells the story of how they came to be. “We met in Edinburgh at a little pub called Whistle Binkies. I was one month into a year of traveling and Gav was on university break. We went on our first date the following week and then I ended up staying in the UK for 8 years!”

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Jo and Gavin held their wedding at the one venue – Mango Hill Farm. Jo explains, “The whole wedding was at Mango Hill farm. One of the reasons we chose Mango Hill Farm was that everything could take place at one location, so we could have maximum time with our guests. We had the ceremony down at the creek and the reception outside up next to the main house, we then moved inside for dancing later on. We had a lot of guests from Scotland so it was great because our families and bridal party could stay in the accommodation on site for the whole weekend.”

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Jo remarks, “Gav gave all his groomsmen a hip flask full of malt whisky before the ceremony. The liquid courage did an amazing job of keeping them all happy and relaxed!” The groom and groomsmen wore kilts and accessories from Highland House Kilt Hire.

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Jo chose the Eileen Kirby Aristocrat gown in Ivory from Frockaholics .Her bridesmaids wore convertible blue dresses from Dessy .

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Jo walked down the aisle to, “Bright Eyes – first day of my life. Gav’s brother played the guitar and sang the song. It was really special. ”

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Margarita Priori-Smith officiated the ceremony.

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Post ceremony, guests enjoyed a picnic feast, catered by Love My Food and Kunara Organic Cafe. Jo explains, “After the ceremony we had picnics, ping pong and badminton, this created such a relaxed atmosphere and we snuck off to get our photos done. I had always wanted a gourmet BBQ for my wedding dinner. My maid of honour’s partner is a cattle farmer so they raised a cow especially for our wedding. The steaks were delicious! ”

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Of their photographer, Jo notes, “Anthony was amazing, it was like we had known him for years. He captured the whole day and we barely knew he was there, he was just like another guest. We often say how happy we are that we found Anthony and that we spent the money to have the full day captured, the day goes so fast so it’s really lovely to look back and remember all the little details. His documentary style suited us perfectly and we were thrilled with the photos.”

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“Pretty much everything about our wedding was DIY. I loved this about it as it made it very personal. I’m a graphic designer so I designed all the stationery & paper goods. One of my favourite bits was the card table where we strung up Polaroids of Gav and I over the years. We also had the Polaroid camera there on the night and my sister took photos of each of the guests to put in the guest book next to their messages. We could decorate the venue however we liked, my family love a bit of craft so we so we had a few craft weekends where my sisters made the heart garlands. My mum did all the flowers and table settings and everyone collected jars for about a year before. We kept the rest fairly simple, just festoon lighting outside and fairy lights inside.”

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“My sister made the wedding cake and my sister and my mum the whole dessert table. My sister also did my hair. It was really a joint effort from everyone with the prep, set up and pack up and we are so grateful to our families for all the help.”

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Jo remembers, “Gav’s dad was MC for the night and also Scottish dance instructor. The dancing was brilliant and such a nice way to get everyone up and involved! Our one year old, Oban, was fully kilted up and looked just like dad in his matching outfit.”

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Of their first dance, Jo tells, “We didn’t really have a first dance, this was something I cringed about through all the planning so in the end we decided we wouldn’t have one. On the night after cutting the cake we got straight into some Scottish dancing so that acted as our first dance.”

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Thank you Jo and Gavin for sharing your wedding day story with us! Thank you also to Anthony Hoang Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Anthony Hoang Photography / Bride’s Dress: Aristocat in Ivory - Eileen Kirby / Bridal Salon: Frockaholics / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: Highland House Kilt Hire / Groomsmen Attire: Highland House Kilt Hire / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Makeup Artist: Laura at The Ballerina Bride / Flowers: Arranged by Bride's Mother. Purchased from Buderim Floral Art and Jabula Roses / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Mango Hill Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Margarita Priori-Smith / Ceremony Musicians: Keith Scott / Catering: Love My Food (Picnics) / Catering: Kunara Organic Cafe (Salads) / Cake Baker: DIY / Wedding Rings: All Diamonds

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection

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Spanish designer Rosa Clara  is renowned for her feminine designs with strong, clean lines. The designer strives to make couture like gowns for brides at a more affordable price point. Body fitting silhouettes are adorned with intricate beading, bold bows, sheer necklines, open backs and unique and interesting accents.

Rosa Clara 2015 is all about the iconic Hollywood stars who have set trends and style throughout the decades- Grace Kelly, the girls from Sex & The City, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn- even Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.

Rosa Clara gowns are available in Australia through Peter Trends.

First up today, I’m sharing the newest Rosa Clara “Soft” collection. Just as the name suggests, ethereal feminine style is evident through each gown. Unexpected, almost invisibly delicate necklines complement tulle skirts. Silk voile is fitted to the body to emphasize the female form. Sophisticated draped sleeves, low backs and overlays with beading as delicate as a spider’s web all feature in the “Soft” collection.

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The second collection is Rosa Clara “Two”. These gowns retain all the essence of the Rosa Clara sophistication but within a lower price point. Organza, lace and chiffon feature heavily with sweet feminine detailing like bow adorned waistlines, beaded sleeves and sheer illusion lace backs.

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Vendor of the Week – Vivian Ashworth (Hair and Makeup)

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Happy Monday Dotties! With Spring trying to trickle in down under, it’s time for fresh starts, spring cleaning – not only of our homes and offices but of all that winter cold thinking. It’s hard to change a mindset isn’t it? To find a way through and ignite a fresh start. With fresh starts come plenty of fresh Spring weddings and that? That’s one thing that freshens my heart more than anything!

Let’s kick off our week with showcasing the amazing members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We have Cinematography, we have Menswear, we have Styling & Hire, we even have Venues! We love each and every vendor on our books – working hard with them to ensure they are the best people to work with our beloved Dotties and help you have a wedding that truly represents you!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who we love and who will become more than just a vendor for you!

melbourne hair and makeup Vendor of the Week Vivian Ashworth (Hair and Makeup)

Photo one by David Kemps Photo two by Iris Creations Photography Photo three by Sheree Dubois

I love finding an amazing hair and makeup artist so I am thrilled to introduce to you to the talented Vivian Ashworth! Based out of Melbourne, Vivian has been a makeup artist and hairstylist for over twenty five years! Not only does she work with hundreds of brides and bridesmaids each and every year but she also has plenty of editorial work in her portfolio.  Vivian comes to you on your wedding day, after designing a look that suits your personality and wedding style with you to make sure your final touch is exactly what you want.

In fact, Vivian even offers courses on the best techniques on doing your own makeup – she’ll even do hens party workshops (now doesn’t that sound like a great afternoon with your favourite people? Playing with makeup?)

We asked Vivian of Vivian Ashworth (Hair and Makeup) five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Gin and Tonic with a slice of lime on ice.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Harts Lane House – Daylesford

Favourite restaurant?

Dandelion in Elwood.

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

I am usually working on a wedding, but if not, I would go out for breakfast at Little Ox in Brighton, and have their scrambled eggs on sourdough with smashed avocado and coffee.

Your favourite wedding story?

A couple who after years, of shyly glancing across a Melbourne tram every morning on their way to work , finally spoke after she dropped her purse, and he ran over to pick it up for her. They are now happily married.

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

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