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Alex and Rhys’ Elegant Tasmanian Wedding

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Alex and Rhys

Alex and Rhys held their elegant Tasmanian wedding in a stunning vineyard. They chose Tim Coulson to capture the moments of their wedding day.

Alex tells the story of how she and Rhys came to be. “Rhys and I met at work in 2008. He moved from Tasmania to the Central Coast, NSW to begin his internship at Gosford Hospital and I had just started working there as a Speech Pathologist. We were working on the same ward at the time and noticed each other quite quickly. After several months Rhys asked me out on a date, and the rest is history. ”

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Alex remembers, “On the day of the wedding Rhys sent over a beautiful gift and a card with the photographer. It was such a lovely gesture and so amazing to receive just hours before walking down the aisle.”

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Alex chose a gown by Pallas Couture with her bridesmaids in lavender grey gowns. Alex remarks, “Pallas Couture’s designs are so beautiful and they were able to work with me to make a dress that suited my shape and style.”

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Casey Gore Makeup styled the bride and bridesmaid’s makeup, the bride noting, “Casey had previously done the makeup at one of my best friend’s wedding in NSW. She was so incredible and is a bit of a goof like me so I instantly knew I had to book her for my own.”

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Alex and Rhys chose Josef Chromy Wines for their ceremony and reception. Alex telling, “Our ceremony was in this beautiful corner of the front lawn overlooking the lake. We also had the reception there and the food was incredible.”

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Alex walked down the aisle to her sister singing accompanied by her sister’s husband on guitar to Coldplay’s “Us Against The World”.

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Of their photographer, Alex tells, “I have known of Tim for a long time as he also grew up on the Central Coast. I had actually met him through mutual friends several years earlier and became increasingly aware of his work as his business continued to grow. He has been the photographer for several of my friend’s weddings and their photos were incredible so we knew from the start that we wanted to book him for a wedding – he was one of the first vendors we booked. Photography was one of our most important elements of the day, neither of us are particularly at ease in front of a camera so it was so important for us to feel comfortable on the day. Tim’s style is just so natural and he seems to capture these incredible moments that no-one else would notice.”

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Tamar Valley Cake Studio created a beautiful cake, Alex noting, “We had a simple cake with a rough buttercream finish and fresh flowers on top.”

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The wedding favors were a handmade touch from the bride who remembers, “For our bonbonnieres we gave out little French apothecary jars filled with macarons. I ordered ribbon and gift tags from Etsy which I then hand-stamped with each guests name (with a little help from some friends).”

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Being a sweet tooth, Alex wanted a lolly buffet which PWS Events styled in hues of pink and white. Alex noting, “My decorator/planner was PWS Events – they were amazing in perfecting every detail.”

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Alex remembers, “For our reception we had the entire ceiling covered in fairy lights which added the perfect touch to the evening. We also had hundreds of mason jars filled with candles lining the walkway and balcony”

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“it was very important to both of us to have our wedding at a venue with good quality food and wine. Josef Chromy had the best menu and use the most amazing produce and the food on the night was exceptional.”
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Of their first dance, Alex tells, “It was so awkward. Neither of us can dance very well and we neglected to practice in the lead-up to the wedding. We danced to the Arctic Monkey’s cover version of “Baby I’m Yours.”

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Congratulations Alex and Rhys! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Tim Coulson for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Tim Coulson / Bride’s Dress: Pallas Couture / Makeup Artist: Casey Gore Makeup / Venue: Josef Chromy Wines / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: PWS Events / Cake Baker: Tamar Valley Cake Studio
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Natalie and Dan’s Sydney Island Wedding

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

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Natalie and Dan

Natalie and Dan decided to marry on Sydney’s Pittwater, choosing a private home on Scotland Island they rented for a week to celebrate with their family and friends. The day was planned to be a beautiful garden ceremony, but Mother Nature had other plans, choosing instead to bucket down with rain. Tealily Photography was there to capture it all – rain and sunshine!

The newlyweds tell the tale of how they came to be. “Natalie moved to Australia from England in 2007 to study, and we met within the first couple of months of her course. We were both working in the same bar, Natalie alongside her studies and Dan while playing almost full time in a band. Within a couple of days of meeting we were together, within a couple of months we had visited Nat’s family in England, three months after meeting we were head over heels in love and living together. It’s been a long and winding journey since then to get us to where we are today, which is really only just the beginning.”

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Natalie, a jewellery designer (Natalie Marie) made a number of pieces for the wedding, including her hairpiece and Dan’s wedding ring. She chose a simple gown from designer Sarah Janks.

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Natalie and Dan remark, “Our guests were transported over to Scotland Island on an old wooden ferry, they were greeted with Pimms and smiles at the boathouse of Bangalla, where the entire day was spent, ceremony and reception.”

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Of their decision to hire Bangalla, Natalie and Dan tell, “We really wanted to have our wedding somewhere in the Pittwater area as it is a special place to us, as well as being absolutely beautiful. Our dream had always been to be married in a big house, where it felt like a big family get together. This was exactly what we found with Bangalla. The venue was just an absolute dream. We had the property for 5 days in total, which meant that all of our family and our closest friends could stay and enjoy both the lead up and the come down of the day with us. We feasted, we played on the beach and sat by the pool, we had barbeques and bonfires, we really just soaked up every moment with our loved ones.”

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The outdoor garden wedding plans were hastily changed when the heavens opened!

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Natalie walked down the aisle to “Cat Stevens ‘The wind’ played acoustically by our incredibly talented friend Trent Williams. He ended up having to improvise and continue the song for about 10 minutes as Natalie & her bridesmaids clumsily navigated their way off the boat and up the 50 slippery stairs in the rain! It wasn’t the smoothest entrance but the giggles definitely helped with the nerves.”

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The newlyweds note that rain on their wedding day was the perfect synergy to the way they live their lives. “As much as nobody wants rain on their wedding day (including us), and as much as it did cause a bit of panic on the day (especially with a bride stuck on a boat in the middle of a storm), looking back the rain was actually something which added so much to our day. It brought everybody together, it made everybody laugh and dissipated the nerves and it created a beautiful, romantic back drop.

Most importantly though, it served as a reminder that everything doesn’t need to be perfect, its okay for rain to fall and shoes to be wet and hair to be blown around – it reminded us that at the end of it all, the most important part of a wedding is standing there with the one you love and promising everything you have to them for every day for the rest of your life. Relationships aren’t perfect, neither are people, there is something much more authentic about things that deviate from the plan, go a bit wrong or get a bit wet!”

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Natalie and Dan note, “A wedding is really one of the only times that you get to stand up in front of everyone you love and share with them the real heart of your relationship. We wrote our entire ceremony ourselves, including our vows and promises. We invested a lot of time and energy into this with our wonderful celebrant who really encouraged us to dig deep into the core of our love for one another, and share it with each other and our families. Hearing each other’s vows and speaking them to each other, was very special, with quite a few tears.”

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As the couple kissed Mother Nature had another surprise in store, the couple noting, “The pool house/pavilion provided the perfect wet weather option for our ceremony, which felt extremely intimate and special with the rain falling on the roof and the breeze rippling through the drapes, the storm passed and the sun made an appearance just as we shared our first kiss. It was a pretty magical moment which marked the end of the rain for the day so we were able to spread out and enjoy the beautiful grounds for the afternoon.”

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Vintage Patina provided furniture, tables and much of the needed necessities for the party, Natalie telling, “We hired some beautiful furniture from Vintage Patina, including the chairs, the tables & the archway, they have so many beautiful pieces to choose from we got a little carried away which we realised while we were trying to load it all onto a boat and onto the island.”

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Flavours Of Spain catered the wedding feast – which included a huge paella. Natalie and Dan remark, “There were certainly challenges involved in having our wedding at a private house rather than a regular venue. It meant that we had to source and organise every tiny detail, every chair, fork or candle ourselves. We didn’t use a wedding planner, we did everything ourselves – making or sourcing everything. While this was a lot of work, we wouldn’t have done it any other way. This is what made our wedding so extremely personal. Our guests kept commenting on how everything was so ‘us’, which is exactly what we wanted it to be.”

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Of their photographer, Natalie and Dan note, “We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer to document our day, Apart from the obvious part that we love their style of photography and their amazing eye for moments and details, they were an absolute joy to have around – they seemed to be having as much fun as we were!

We made the mutual decision to not disappear off for location style photos straight after the ceremony, and waited until the evening (hence the disheveled and slightly tipsy appearances), which was absolutely the right call. We couldn’t bear to be pulled away from our loved ones and reveling in our glowy, post ceremony daze. Tealily captured our day perfectly, from start to finish. Their images tell a perfect story of how our day unfolded, and our beautiful album allows us to relive the day over and over again. We have so many priceless, candid shots of our guests, family and friends full of joy and really in the moment, which is so very precious to us. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice.”

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The support of family and friends stood out to the newlyweds, who note, “Our amazing family and friends. Aside from the years of support, love and guidance which has got us to where we are today, our friends and family who traveled from both near and far, were such an enormous support and help on the Wedding day and the days leading up. We seriously put them to work, with 50 + chairs, 100 + bottles of champagne, every little thing that you see which was a part of the day having to be transported over to the island and carried up the winding staircase to the house; deserts to be made, lights to be hung and all of the rest, we really couldn’t have done it without them.

Then after all of that there was all of the love, thought and energy that was put into the wedding by our loved ones. Speeches, toasts, special moments and gestures from those present and absent which made the day incredibly precious.”

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The favors were put together by the couple who remember, ” We put together a package ourselves which included home made macarons by Sugar Egg Flour & a little linen bag with seedlings & a thank you card.”

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Of their first dance, the newlyweds remember, “We danced in the pavilion to ‘When I fall in love’ by Nat King Cole which was Natalie’s favourite song (a strange choice) as a little kid. We didn’t tell anyone this was our song of choice, and it brought tears to the eyes of Natalie’s family as they connected it with the picture of a 5 year old singing out of tune.”

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Red Fragrance Floral Design created the floral arrangements for the day, Natalie and Dan explaining, “We are big flower lovers, especially Natalie – and the flowers were an important part of the day for us. Charlie went above and beyond to create incredibly stunning arrangements, including the archway which was so special. Charlie and her team really blew us away and exceeded all of our expectations. The venue wasn’t an easy one for our suppliers, having to be transported by boat early in the morning (in the rain), so we were so grateful for those who turned up with a massive smile and an amazing attitude to help turn our ideas into reality.”

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Congratulations Natalie and Dan! I wish you all the best for a beautiful life together! Thank you to Tealily Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Tealily Photography / Bride’s Dress: Sarah Janks / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup Artist: Vic Anderson / Hairstylist: Rhiane Schroder / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Lilli Marcs / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Groom’s Attire: Tiger Of Sweden / Groomsmen Attire: Saba / Wedding Ring: (Groom) Made by Bride Natalie Marie / Wedding Ring: (Bride) Georg Jensen / Flowers & Decor: Red Fragrance Floral Design / Favors: Linen bag including seedlings and macarons from Sugar Egg Flour / Cake Baker: Doys Cakes / Catering: Flavours Of Spain / Furniture, Glasses etc: Vintage Patina / Venue: Bangalla

Gwendolynne “Modern Muse” Wedding Gown Collection

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This stunning shoot from Melbourne designer Gwendolynne is just the most beautiful array of photographs to look at and collaborating with florist Flowers Vasette and hair and makeup artist Vivian Ashworth makes it such a beautiful start to Spring.

Debuting last week at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, the “Modern Muse” collection was inspired by sophisticated and strong women of style in her world.

Gwendolynne took inspiration from fashionistas including Daeneryus Stormborn Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, The Lady Mayoress of Melbourne and Passionate Advocate of the Arts, Emma Page Campbell, Elke Doust of the fabulous Melbourne design duo Tettmann.Doust, Kyra Pybus, founder of Pybus PR, and blogger Phoebe Montague of Lady Melbourne.

This collection also sees Gwendolynne introduce long sleeve gowns to her repertoire. Luxurious silks, floaty chiffon veils, sun ray pleating, intricate hand beaded sleeves and bodices, and plenty of art deco detailing drawn from the details of art deco architecture carry Gwendolynne’s signature style throughout each piece. Hues of oyster, champagne and blush feature throughout the gowns weaving a romantic, nostalgic feel.

Gwendolynne works one on one with a French trained hand beader out of her Fitzroy studio to ensure her designs capture unique to her detail, each thread perfectly to represent her vision, each gown to be inherently feminine and most of all – comfortable.

Gwendolynne made to measure dresses are available from her Fitzroy salon in Melbourne. Her gowns are also available from Savvy Brides in Sydney, Luella’s Boudoir in London and Mille Feuille in New Zealand.

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Vendor of the Week – Lark Music

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Happy Monday Dotties! It’s the beginning of what will hopefully be a wonderful Spring week here in Australia! I have committed to fresh blooms on my desk regularly now so Spring is definitely in my bones!

Every Monday we kick off our week with a feature on the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory are.  From the amazing array of Venues to incredible Wedding PlannersPhotography to capture it all, Catering to serve up a feast and even Celebrants to make it official! Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who will make your wedding as amazing as you are!

Music brings so much to a celebration so I am delighted to introduce you to the funky cats behind Lark Music! They’re a live wedding band designed by you – that’s right! You get to pick the length of time they’re at your event, the number of performers, the instruments you love and even whether you’d love a male or female lead singer. Talk about customising your wedding music!

Lark Music can perform for ceremony, canapes, dinner and of course the most important musical element – dancing! They’ll learn special tunes if you need it and their pricing is rated on demand. They’re based in Melbourne but travel all over the country (and the world!) because what’s the point of dancing up a storm on a beach in Bali with no music?

We asked Luke of Lark Music five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Although the night time is mostly the working domain of musicians, I’m a lover of something a little complex and flavourful after 5pm. I enjoy a dark beer or full bodied red.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

At Lark, whilst most weekends are spent working, we are very lucky to get out of town and see some beautiful places in our business. Lately, I have been getting away with my partner to see my parents on the Sunshine Coast and have been playing some lush weddings in Noosa. Absolutely love that place!

Favourite restaurant?

Although I’m consumed by the cafe culture and foodie heaven that is my adopted home town of Melbourne, Brisbane’s Himalayan Cafe is still a favourite for a tasty serve of Sherpa chicken. Kerabu in Melbourne has seen us through many a dinner meeting with clients.

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

For brekky on a Sunday, this gig wearied muso likes to catch up with those friends who spend their Saturday’s partying not working, for a feed of zucchini fritters and flat whites at Demitri’s Feast on Swan St, Richmond.

Your favourite wedding story?

At Lark, we are so happy that we are able to make a living out of playing music for people who are totally up for a good time. We were lucky enough to play the wedding of newsreader and Olympic swimmer Giaan Rooney in Euroa, Victoria. After a flamboyant entrance by the groom in his cattle mustering helicopter and a performance by that year’s X Factor winner, we kept the guests dancing into the wee hours of the morning. We are off to Shanghai to play a wedding in May, so I think there may be a new favourite soon!

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

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