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Sally and Greg’s Summer Vineyard Wedding

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Sally & Greg

There is a feeling of family with Sally and Greg’s wedding. The couple married in a mown field of a vineyard, carefully considering every part of their day to be a true reflection of the journey they’d taken to marriage. Ben Swinnerton was here to capture every beautiful moment.

Sally tells the story of how she and Greg came to be. “Greg and I met six years ago at a rowing regatta. Each of us was holding down opposite ends of a pergola that was threatening to blow away in a storm. It wasn’t too many weeks later that an ad started playing on the ABC. An old lady was describing her reaction upon meeting her husband of 50 years. She summed it up so beautifully: “I thought my heart would explode”. And, it was true for us too: from the moment we met, the future for each of us held the other at its core.”

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Sally chose an incredible gown with a bold motif by designer Anaessia. Her bridesmaids wore red lace gowns by Colette by Collette Dinnigan.

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The flowergirls, dressed in colours of sorbet had their wrists tied with fluttering colourful ribbons.

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Sally and Greg chose Clyde Park Vineyard, Bannockburn for their wedding. Sally noting, “We were conscious not be too constrained by tradition. Each and every aspect of our wedding day meant something special to each of us. From the relatively small guest list, through to the location of our ceremony in a quiet corner of the vineyard – unadorned or encumbered by any kind of structure (or even mown grass). From the plentiful supply of buntings (each one sewn by my mother-in-law) to my car trip to the ceremony from my family home in Geelong (accompanied by my 11 month old niece, sandwiched in her capsule between my two dearest friends).”

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Russell Healy performed the ceremony, Sally telling, “In the lead up to our wedding – Greg would casually refer to the ceremony as the ‘boring’ bit. Not so for me – I poured my heart into writing vows; picking songs and choosing readings. After all, I wanted our entire day – set in motion by the ceremony – to reflect an “old” love. One that was not fleeting or even, necessarily, dazzling – but the kind of love that grows each day into something more beautiful, rich and deep than the day before. That was because, by the time our wedding day arrived, Greg and I had lived, loved, laughed, cried, fought, traveled, learned… and – we were pretty sure – would do so again many times over?!”

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The personal elements continued. “From my beautiful bouquet, fashioned earlier that day by my eldest sister – to a barrel room FILLED with wild flowers (inspired by a flurry of scissors late the night before). And, to ensure that the utmost was made of the attendance by our precious family and friends, Greg’s journey to the ceremony in a minibus full of the ‘outta towners'; and our departure later that evening with a bus-full of guests keen to carry on the party in our bridal suite.”

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Sally remembers, “Of all the many beautiful memories, perhaps my favourite must be the brief period of quiet when, quite unintentionally (having left our bridal party behind), Greg and I were alone in the open field with our photographer. It turned out to be a precious moment of gentle reflection amidst a sea of otherwise happy activity: all that has been – all that is to come… ”

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The reception was held in the barrel room of Clyde Park Vineyard. Sally noting “I’ve heard many people say that their wedding day was too short. I can’t say that for ours. In every way, I felt utterly and absolutely indulged by the experience… so much love and such special people there to share it.”

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Baker Boys Band had the floor of the barrel room moving all night long.

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Congratulations Sally & Greg! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Ben Swinnerton for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Ben Swinnerton / Bride’s Dress: Anaessia / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Colette by Collette Dinnigan / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Jack London / Hairstylist: Blondie Hairdressing, East Geelong / Makeup Artist: Blush Make Up Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Geelong Flower Farm / Venue: Clyde Park Vineyard, Bannockburn / Ceremony Officiant: Russell Healy / Band: Baker Boys Band
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Food Fashion Love By Fleur Wood

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With warmer weather comes dreams of entertaining with sparkly parties, endless rounds of cocktails and plenty of celebrations with your favourite people – and with plenty of glitter and sparkle in tow, fashion designer Fleur Wood‘s brand new book “Food Fashion Love” is set to help you do that in style.

Fleur’s début book “Food Fashion Friends” was a hit – pages filled with beautiful ideas for entertaining, recipes from her own archives and beautiful photography, so this second book had a lot to live up to – and live up to it has! This book has Fleur focusing on all things vintage and spiritual, the book as she says, of her soul. Each chapter divided into something beautiful; flowers, love/nurture, rainbow/glitter and even spirit/soul.

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As with everything Fleur does, the carefully styled and photographed images are beautifully executed. The “Flowers/Nature” chapter for instance is filled with beautiful pictures accompanying recipes for home-made bath soaks. The Glitter/rainbow chapter , my favourite for photography is of course filled with about as much glitter as one can handle used in the most sparkly of ways. “Vintage/Nostalgia” delves into Fleur’s most prized vintage treasures and even has advice on how to care for vintage garments.

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Fleur’s personality is what is really inviting about this book. Each chapter beginning with a personal story that sets the scene for the pages ahead.  Pages full of inspirational pictures are commentated by Fleur and evoke that whimsical, feminine beauty that the designer is renowned for. Recipes (captured by Anthony Ong) , each introduced with the significance of the dish for Fleur,  round out the chapters, styled and themed for the chapter name. My favourite chapter – “Love/Nuture” – starts with tales and photographs of Fleur’s two sweet children and her own definition of romance and  rounds out with a recipe for wholesome chicken soup, and lemony roast chicken.

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As someone who values family greatly and the coziness that comes with carefully thought out traditions, the window into Fleur’s own home life and the parts of her life that inspire her, drive her and are huge parts of her being was a beautiful thing to read. Fleur even delves into her spiritual side – unveiling her knowledge of chakras, connecting with the divine, altars, prayer and mediation and even Fleur’s own take on super food recipes. The pages each holding their own allow the book to be dipped in and out of, picked up idly for a momentary burst of inspiration.

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I think beautiful books like this can also offer inspiration for weddings as well. That dress below? What a stunning wedding colour palette, the pages of cakes, sweet treats and cocktails? I’d gladly serve up those at a wedding celebration. The flower ice cubes? Just the ticket for a garden party, the three-tier coconut cake? I can imagine that beauty under strung fairy lights and the glittering stars and the stunning table-scape for a family dinner? Beautifully laid and perfectly proper for a wedding.

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The book, at over 230 pages,  with its beauty and warmth feels like you’re curling up with an old friend with candlelight and sparkly cocktails surrounding you. So I love the idea of this book as a gift to the bride to be or from the bride to her favourite people. Something about it speaks of friendship and the specialness of nurturing relationships with each other.

Images of the book taken by Ms Polka Dot for Polka Dot Bride. Food, Fashion Love by Fleur Wood was sent for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy.

Georgie and Nick’s Classic Country Wedding

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Georgie & Nick

Georgie and Nick wanted their wedding to reflect exactly who they are “classic but not stuffy” so their classic country wedding, held at Georgie’s parent’s farm was just the prettiest place to celebrate their marriage with their nearest and dearest. They chose Dan O’Day to be there to capture every moment.

Georgie tells the story of how they met. “We met at a fairly unfortunate pub in Fitzroy in Melbourne, introduced by a mutual friend.

Nick suggested on Christmas Eve at my parent’s property (where we ended up getting married) that we go for a drink on the back hill; I drove the quad bike whilst he carried the esky and drinks. When I accidentally went over a big bump and broke the bike we had to stop. Sitting in the long grass looking over the valley Nick pulled out my mum’s good crystal champagne flutes I got cross at him for taking them – imagine if they had broken on the bike!!! Nick told me to stop worrying – then bought out some beautiful French Champagne and I started to get a little suspicious! Whilst watching the sun setting over the valley Nick pulled out a beautiful ring, I burst into tears and of course said yes! We then had to walk all the way home! It was so special to celebrate our engagement with all our family present on Christmas.”

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Georgie and Nick chose Georgie’s parent’s property for their wedding, noting,  “Mum and Dad’s property, where we got engaged and a very special place for both of us, as I also grew up there. As the wedding was in an olive grove and a garden we tried to reflect this where we could. We were so, so, so lucky, as two days before the wedding we had torrential rain, storms, hail and gale force winds.

Considering we had spent the best part of a year getting the garden ready this was a concern (it also made installing the marquee pretty tricky!) on the day though we woke up to 25 degrees, sunny and no wind – it was absolutely perfect! I have also had some very dear family members have had beautiful country weddings.

We loved the relaxed feel that they had and wanted that for ours as well. The brief for the night was that we wanted a relaxed day with a great party at night – and that is exactly what we got. We had a lovely recovery breakfast at the farm the next day, it was great seeing everyone stagger back in, dance floor weary, and recap on the great night.”

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Georgie chose a gown and jewels by Karen Willis Holmes.

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Georgie notes, “We wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple – we are classic but not stuffy.”

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Georgie’s bridesmaids wore dresses from Gorman with the bouquets and floral arrangements on the day by Clarence of Healesville, Georgie remembering, “They were recommended to me as a great florist and we couldn’t have been happier. The team were so delightful to work with and couldn’t have been more easy going!”

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The couple were married by Graeme Bradbeer, Georgie remarking, “We had Graeme Bradbeer the reverend from Nick’s old School. My parents also got married in his chapel so it was a lovely piece of symmetry.”

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Of their photographer, Georgie notes, “I actually met Dan about 6 years ago on a backpacking trip, we met in Prague and traveled together for a while. I have followed his career and work and when it came to choosing a photographer there was no other choice. It was so special to have an old friend taking such good care of us on the day!”

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The reception was held in a marquee set on the family property, Georgie noting, “A dear friend of ours (and the mother of the MC!) made the cake for us – it was so beautiful and special! ”

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The family farm features olive groves, so of course the bride and groom made sure guests got to enjoy it! Georgie noting, “As we produce our own olive oil on the property we decided to give everyone a bottle of oil, these also served as the place cards on the table.”

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For their first dance, the bride and groom chose ‘Your Song’ by Ellie Goulding.

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The Baker Boys  made for an amazing dance floor, Georgie remarking “A good dance floor was a critical part of the brief, and it is fair to say we nailed it. You know it’s a good night when all generations are on the dance floor! The band was incredible and so lovely as well.”

A big congratulations to Georgie and Nick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Dan O’Day  and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Dan O'Day / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Jewelry: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Seed / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Gorman / Bridesmaid Shoes: Witchery / Hairstylist: M.Y. Salon Tecoma / Flowers: Clarence of Healesville / Venue: rivate Property (Parents House) / Band: The Baker Boys / Catering: Yarra Valley Catering / Ceremony Officiant: Graeme Bradbeer / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by bride's sister / Cake Baker: Friend / Transport: Fallons Bus Service

Louise Alvarez Couture

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Sydney designer Louise Alvarez is a classic bridal designer whose work continues to stand the test of time.

Debuting her brand over 10 years ago, Louise continues to create couture bridal gowns for brides who are looking for a gown of timeless elegance. Louise works one on one with brides to consult and design a gown that suits their own wedding and personal style. What follows are 4-5 fittings, including a toile, to ensure the couture gown is perfectly cut and draped to compliment the wearer’s body.

For the latest collection, Louise took to Hyde Park hall to capture the softly draped gowns which feature chiffon skirts, French laces and my favourite – splashes of unexpected colour! I’m particularly in love with “Clementina”, a gown which features water colour detailing cascading over the bodice. A classic shape with plenty of colour!

Louise’s latest collection is available from her Roseville studio.

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