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Dee & Rafal’s Colourful Indian Polish Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,


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Dee & Rafal

Dee & Rafal certainly embraced their own respective cultures with their two day wedding festival! They kicked off with a traditional Hindu ceremony and followed the next day with a Polish Catholic ceremony – ending it all with an epic party. Each part of their culture and family represented in the smallest but most significant of ways. Elleni Toumpas Photography was there to capture it all.

Dee tells the story of how they met. “We met at the Year 12 formal, we always had a couple of classes together however became good friends towards the end of VCE ”

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The bridal party wore custom outfits for the Hindu ceremony, the bride telling, “We wore gorgeous hand design Mehendi Colourful outfits – all custom orders and not overly traditional, we went with a more modern touch for the Indian outfits.”

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Celebrations spanned two days, with the traditional Hindu wedding taking place at Arthur Wren Hall. Dee noting, “The community hall to enabled us to be able to complete the specifics of a Hindu ceremony.”

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Dee describes the day as, “Timeless elegance with modern cultural twists – “interracial” was the word of the day.”

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Dee explains, “Flowers represent positive blessings, the small fire represents the removal of bad energy and the white lines we stand in represent seven promises taken in front of witnesses.”

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Of their photographer, Dee notes, “Elleni Toumpas was always our choice from the moment we met over coffee; she had the same vision and sense of humour that we shared. Her style of photography depicts the exact mood of both days.”

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The night ended with plenty of dancing!

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For the Catholic wedding, Dee chose a gown by Baccini & Hill. Hair and makeup artists Janice Wu and Andrea Michich styled the hair and makeup looks.

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The groom and groomsmen met the bride and bridesmaids at the bride’s parent’s home for a first look.

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Polish Catholic Church, Keysborough was chosen for the Catholic ceremony, a church which had connections to the groom’s family. For the Catholic ceremony processional, Dee chose “Ave Maria which was sung by the angelic voice of the nun from the church.”

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In Polish tradition, the newlyweds were showered with coins and petals.

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“NGV for our photo shoot was idyllic for us as it has an industrial and iconic look followed by the sheds at Docklands which is a favourite area of ours.”

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The weddings culminated in a gorgeous reception at Sketch complete with gold, white and black chevron cake by Cherrytree Bakehouse. Dee noting, “The cake was fun and modern with yummy flavours like Salted Caramel.”

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The bride handmade the favors for both weddings – a mix of Polish pickles and Bhuja mix!

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Of their first dance, Dee tells, “The hardest decision was ‘what were we going to dance to’ something which wasn’t too slow, too fast and too cliché – we chose Quando Quando Quando by Michael Buble and Nelly Furtado as a modern version of a romantic song.”

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“Speeches were kept minimal and light so there was more time to get on the dance floor. The sunset, indoor lighting and dancing was exactly how we wanted our night to finish – the dance floor kept breaking apart!”

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Congratulations Dee & Rafal! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Elleni Toumpas Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Elleni Toumpas Photography / Cinematographer: Brown Shoes Productions / Bride’s Dress: (Catholic Wedding) Baccini & Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Groom’s Attire: (Catholic Wedding) Custom Made / Groomsmen Attire: (Catholic Wedding) Custom Made / Bridesmaid Dresses: (Catholic Wedding) White Runway / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: Janice Wu / Hairstylist: Andrea Michich / Makeup Artist: Janice Wu / Makeup Artist: Andrea Michich / Flowers: Ivy and Eve Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Paperwhites Press / Ceremony Venue: (Hindu Ceremony) Arthur Wren Hall / Ceremony Venue: (Catholic Ceremony) Polish Catholic Church, Keysborough / Styling: (Hindu Wedding) The Centre Piece Co / Styling : (Catholic Wedding) Ivy & Eve Flowers / Musician: (Hindu Wedding) DJ Ajay / Reception Venue: Sketch / Band: Press Play / Favors: Handmade by bride / Cake Baker: Cherrytree Bakehouse / Wedding Rings: Custom Made
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Nicola and George’s Classic White Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Nicola and George chose a classic white wedding to celebrate their special day. With the groom’s family being used to traditional Greek orthodox ceremonies, the couple mixed it up with a civil ceremony overlooking Albert Park lake. They chose Glass Slipper Photographer to capture their day.

Nicola tells the story of how she and George came to be. “We met through mutual friends 8 years ago, we had a bit of a rocky start but something kept bringing us back together. We’re best friends and have really grown up together.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits by Joe Black.

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Nicola chose a lace gown by Connie Simonetti.

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Nicola and George chose Albert Park’s Carousel for their wedding, explaining, “Our ceremony was just the stand out of the day, George is Greek and his family had mainly attended Orthodox Church weddings, as Nikki and her family had mainly attended Catholic Church weddings. The wedding on the deck at Carousel, overlooking the Lake was just beautiful and the lovely atmosphere Andrew Redman our celebrant created really set the scene.”

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Nicola’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle to  Des’ree – I’m kissing you. While the bride walked to bagpipes playing Flower of Scotland.

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Nicola recalls, “The ceremony celebrated our life together so far and our hope for the future, it was perfect.”

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Of their photographers, Nicola tells, “Steve + Keshia at Glass Slipper Photography were relaxed and creative throughout the whole day. It was great having them there from the beginning of prep to the very end.”

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Where The Grass Is Green  styled the reception, Nicola remembers, “Classic white, with mirrors, candles and fairy lights hanging over the dance floor and draped on balcony. The flowers were mainly white chrysanthemums, with white carnations and roses on the bridal table also. The room was set around a huge 16 seat, square bridal table in the centre of the room which was filled with many different levels of flowers and candles.”

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“Nikki is from Scotland originally and her family and some friends flew in for the wedding, making it so much more special.”

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“Marriage was important to us as it’s a promise to be there for one another, no matter what.”

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For their bridal waltz, Nicola and George chose “Barry White –  Can’t get enough of your love.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Nicola and George! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Glass Slipper Photographer for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Glass Slipper Photographer / Cinematographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Connie Simonetti / Hairstylist: Uva Salon Prahran / Makeup Artist: Chantelle Baker / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Joe Black / Page Boy (Kilt): House Of Scotland / Venue: Carousel / Ceremony Officiant: Andrew Redman / Styling & Hire: Where The Grass Is Green / Wedding Rings: Anton Jewellery

Mara Hoffman Devotional Collection Wedding Gowns

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Free spirited brides rejoice, the second part of designer’s Mara Hoffman bridal collection “Devotional” has been released and is inspired by goddesses from different times and cultures all embodying the magic of these stories into beautiful bridal gowns.

Each of the nine gowns in this collection is named after a goddess – from Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom and domestic crafts to Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger to the Gods, each gown paying home to its own cultural influence.

The goddess vibe is certainly evident in this collection – the gowns of softly draping silk georgette and chiffons. Details that echo gowns of goddesses past featured braided embroidery, cut outs, fringe bodice detailing, and hand beaded embellishments bringing the barefoot goddess luxe feel to life.

Mara Hoffman gowns are available via the website and ship worldwide.

Gowns: Mara Hoffman / Photographer: Olivia Malone / Creative Direction/Styling: Richard Ruiz / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ashlee Rose Clay / Flowers: Wild Vase / Model: Natalie Hockey for Next Model Management

Vendor of the Week – Melissa Cornwall – Marriage Celebrant

by | Blog News, Bride


As the summer’s end draws closer, we look forward to the crisp days of Autumn just around the corner. But with a gradual cooling down of the weather, we can hope for rain in those areas with devastating drought, and some more sunshine so that we can still dip our toes into the waves of our magnificent beaches. Thunderstorms and rain can deliver some stunning wedding images, and rain is meant to be good luck on your wedding day. So be prepared with Plan B if you’re having an outdoor celebration – it will give you peace of mind!!

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 Bridesmaid Gowns, we have Photographers, we have  Bridal Gowns, we even have Flowers! 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!

 Next to the groom (well…yes…) a marriage celebrant is arguably the most important member of the wedding. Melissa of Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant loves being a celebrant and can assist with the writing of your vows, making the process easier in the lead up to the wedding – and can’t we all do with more of that!  Melissa who has a background as a broadcast journalist is able to guide the ceremony with calmness and professionalism, easing the nerves while focusing on you as a couple. And as Melissa says, ‘I regard what I do as such a privilege and I’m told I always conduct ceremonies in a happy, relaxed and engaging manner.’

We asked Melissa of Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

I’ll never say no to a glass of bubbly! And just lately I’ve become quite fond of an Aperol spritz – so refreshing.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

While living in Canberra my husband and I fell in love with the south coast of NSW. And while it’s a fair drive from Melbourne, we still have a soft spot for the coastal town of Mollymook.

Favourite restaurant?

The European, Spring Street, Melbourne. Or if we’ve dining closer to home, CRU, Glenferrie Road, Kew.

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

I love Sunday mornings because they always mean breakfast in bed. I’m pretty simple – coffee and toast with my husband and daughter.

Your favourite wedding story?

Brendan and Clancy’s recent winter wedding comes to mind. They first got together when they were 19 and then went their separate ways. Four years ago they reunited and in July, they became husband and wife. I just loved their story! They were so happy and so in love on their wedding day and couldn’t wait to be declared married so they could kiss. In fact they didn’t wait! They kissed as soon as they saw each other and they kept asking me when they could kiss again! They were such a lovely, relaxed couple – it was a joy to be a part of their day.

Visit Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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