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Ann and Sern’s Modern Art Gallery Wedding

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Ann & Sern

The modern art gallery wedding of Ann & Sern has all the personal trimmings that makes me fall in love with a celebration. The couple held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, the bride wore a diamond necklace her mother wore on her own wedding day and family and friends who flew in from all over the world to celebrate. All this with their own desire for a beautiful wedding without much fuss – a dream which most certainly came true for this newlywed couple. Lah’za Photography  was there to capture it all.

Ann tells the story of how they ended up together. “We became friends a decade ago at university, where we bonded over everything except our coursework. Eventually we became closer, and our relationship also brought our respective families together. Seven and half years on, we were driving home after an exhilarating night out seeing Morrissey perform at Festival Hall. Sern stopped me outside the car and asked if I would marry him. It later transpired that he’d planned to ask during the gig, but was waiting for “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” that was never played! I had been expecting the proposal for some time, but on that particular night he caught me completely by surprise.”

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Ann wore a gown by Karen Willis Holmes and carried a bouquet created by Native Bloom and Foliage Design. She remarks, “My beautiful bouquet in apricot tones was created by June at Native Bloom and Foliage Design. It had a fresh, cottagey, springtime air to it. I loved the embroidery detailing on the back of my sequin gown from Karen Willis Holmes, which was the very first gown I tried on.”

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The groom’s navy blue suit was created by BMV Bespoke.

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For the processional, Ann remembers, “Virginia, one of the parish organists, played Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” as I walked down the aisle with my mother. Sadly, my father had passed away the year before. I’d been planning to walk with both of them.”

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Ann and Sern chose St Roch’s Church, Glen Iris  for their ceremony, noting, “Our celebrant, Father Ian Waters, conducted the ceremony at St Roch’s Church in Glen Iris, where I am a parishioner. It’s a beautiful, light-filled church and it was very special to be married in a place so familiar to me. Sern is not a churchgoer so the ceremony was brief and simple. We did not write our own vows; it was comforting to use words that have been uttered by many a couple before us.”

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The traditional Chinese tea ceremony followed, the bride remembering, “After the church ceremony, we had a tea ceremony at our new home. This is a Chinese tradition that involves the couple serving tea to their family elders, who give blessings and gifts in return. It was a good opportunity to express formal thanks and appreciation.”

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Of their photographers, Ann says, “Choosing Lah’za Photography was one of the best decisions we made. Sern found Ahmad and Zahrah’s work on the internet and loved their naturalistic style. Meeting them was the clincher – they are generous, funny, down-to-earth people, and they are artists with broad interests outside of wedding photography. We loved how they captured the day and interacted with our guests. Their original 1960s Polaroid cameras were a big hit at the reception.”

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The bride wore the necklace her mother wore on her wedding day, paired with earrings gifted from her parents in law.

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The groom had a costume change, Ann noting, “I didn’t change for the evening, but Sern took the opportunity to switch his blue suit for a sexy oxblood number. He was also very pleased with the vintage Yves Saint Laurent tie he found in a suburban op shop.”

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Ann and Sern celebrated with their guests in The Great Hall at National Gallery of Victoria . The bride recalling, “The reception was in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, under the iconic stained glass ceiling designed by Leonard French. It’s one of my favourite public spaces in Melbourne and looked absolutely stunning lit up at night.”

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Ann and Sern purchased favors for their guests from Gewurzhaus. “Our wedding favours were bags of chai-spiced sugar and coconut sugar that doubled as guest place cards. They smelt amazing.”

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Ann tells, “We entered the reception bopping along to “Stoned Love” by The Supremes. It was a fun way for us to relax in front of the crowd and lose our nerves. For our slow dance, Sern chose The Jackson Five’s “All I Do Is Think Of You”. He choreographed it after much YouTube study and I think we only practiced twice. He wowed everyone with his fancy moves, particularly his aunts and uncles who had no idea of his ability!”

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Guests enjoyed a traditional Asian banquet created by Crystal Palace Catering. “Special thanks go to Lili, Peter and everyone at Crystal Palace Catering. They provided practical advice, good cheer, flawless service and a seemingly never-ending banquet of delicious Asian food.”

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DJ Richie1250 was a highlight of the night, the bride remarking, “Richie1250’s seamless vinyl-spinning resulted in a packed-out dance floor for much of the night. We were chuffed. All we wanted was for our guests to have a great time.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Ann & Sern! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lahza Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Lahza Photography / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: BMV Bespoke / Hairstylist: Stephanie Lin of Sassy Hair and Makeup / Makeup Artist: Stephanie Lin of Sassy Hair and Makeup / Flowers & Decor: Native Bloom and Foliage Design / Invitations & Stationery: The Paper Empire / Ceremony Venue: St Roch's Church, Glen Iris / Ceremony Officiant: Father Ian B. Waters / Reception Venue: National Gallery of Victoria / DJ: DJ Richie1250 / Catering: Crystal Palace Catering / Favors: Gewurzhaus / Cake Baker: Illy's Good Taste / Engagement Ring: Helen Badge Jewellery / Wedding Rings: DB Jewellery
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Elvi Design 2015 Bespoke Bridal Collection ‘Bloom & Revel’

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Elvi Design is always a winner when it comes to finding beautifully romantic, feminine wedding gowns and the brand new 2015 collection “Bloom and Revel” not only continues in the theme of the romantic and the beautiful but also celebrates the diversity of designer Sandra’s clientele.  Each gown is made to measure, carefully crafted in Elvi Design’s Perth studio to fit its wearer perfectly. Each gown is made using only the most beautiful of fabrics that Sandra and her mother source themselves.

Released in two parts, part one (Bloom) was created with the bohemian bride in mind. This part is all about whimsical shapes, softly draped fabrics, sweet floral detailing and easy to wear styles.These gowns are as at home on a beach with bare feet in the sand as they are in a gorgeous garden setting, a forest or by the water. The gowns have a sense of ease about them – each designed to reflect the mood of an easy going wedding.

Part two (Revel) is more traditional featuring figure enhancing gowns, beautiful lace work and beading and more structure. Illusion necklines are paired with long lace sleeves, sparkling beaded belts, a line skirts and long flowing trains. This collection is for the bride who loves a classic look without comprising on showing her own personality.

Together with photographer Christine Lim, florist Ivy Flowers, hairstylist Atelier No 25 for Hair, makeup artist Lisa for Milla Makeup and Joanne Cooper, Elvi Design visited City Farm, Perth to shoot the 2015 collection, creating Sandra’s desire contrast for showing off the detail of the gowns.

Elvi Design gowns are available to purchase from her Western Australia studio.

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Photographer: Christine Lim / Flowers: Ivy Flowers / Hairstylist: Atelier No 25 for Hair / Makeup Artist: Lisa for Milla Makeup / Model: Joanne Cooper / Venue: City Farm, Perth

Vendor of the Week – Black Jacket Suiting

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A brand new week, and we’re over halfway through January already (how time flies), with a brand new bunch of inspiration with weddings, engagements.  We excited to be starting the week off with a great vendor and continuing with inspiration, beautiful gowns and beautiful weddings. Hope your week is inspirational wherever you are!

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Bridal Gown Services, we have Venues we have Styling and Hire we even have Bridal Gowns! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

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

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Your groom needs to look super smart and we have just the person to make it all happen for him.  Black Jacket Suiting is a gentlemens’ fashion boutique in Brisbane offering the highest quality in service, a wide range of product – from shoes to suits (with over 400 fabrics to choose from) and ties – and the icing on the cake? Ryan will come to you and fit you up with the perfect suit for your wedding or special occasion. And the best bit is that your measurements are kept on file, so that you can shop online with ease – it doesn’t get much better than that!

We asked Ryan of Black Jacket Suiting five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Scotch on the rocks – Chivers Regal 18yr Old.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Gold Coast – Broadbeach. Love the night life down there as a change from the Brisbane scene.

Favourite restaurant?

Pony on Eagle Street Pier. Great Atmosphere and theme throughout as well as amazing food.

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

Eggs Benny – hollandaise sauce has to be made in house. If you’re going to do it, do it right.

Your favourite wedding story?

An old friend saw the girl of his dreams in Mykonos Greece and couldn’t manage to talk to her the whole trip as he was too shy. Finally he gathered the courage to go talk to her just before she jumped on a bus home. Got her details and once back in AUS kept in contact and convinced her to move down to Melbourne to be with him and they were eventually married last year. Just goes to show that if you never take a chance you will never know the result and miss your opportunity.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Penny For Your Laughs

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