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Beautiful Chuppah Ideas from Chuppahs Of Melbourne

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I love the different cultures that come out to play when a wedding ceremony is conducted and one of my favourites is the history and tradition of a chuppah. Chuppahs of Melbourne is a company I recently stumbled across who have a beautifully modern take on this tradition, creating pieces that are as home on the beach as they are in a garden or hall.

Chuppahs, for those of us who don’t have the beautiful tradition in our own lives represent the “home” a couple will build together, in a Jewish wedding ceremony. The sides are kept open just as Abraham’s own tent was kept open as a sign of hospitality, the ceiling covered to represent the power of God over the covenant of marriage.

Owner Tahli has designed a range of chuppahs that are modern and flexible (and she will even work with you to custom design one!). The designs are able to hold everything from lit candles to beautiful floral arrangements. Design “Tree of Life” features silver birch branches and a sheer white top while “Woven Souls” features a white chiffon woven ceiling  side draping. My favourite, for something modern and slightly industrially style is “Lavan on Lavan” which allows couples to fill the stands with fresh blooms.

Chuppahs of Melbourne can even work with you to provide the extras – like the Ketubbot, mezzuzah and Mazel Tov bags for glass smashing and soon? Well the chuppahs won’t be the only thing Tahli offers. Keep your eye on this savvy lady as she introduces a wide variety of ceremony structures (including wedding arches and backdrops) and complete styling!

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Friday Roundup

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Photo by Trent and Jessie from Inspired Words – Allissa

Gold, gold. gold – it’s everywhere! In fashion, design and fabulous home decor, how are you getting your gold on at the moment? I can’t wait to see how it shines through into the wedding season, and I’m sure we’re in for some stunning new ideas to inspire our imaginations!

For your weekly dose of inspiration, here is the equally lovely Friday Roundup!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.

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1 Real  Bride Advice ~ Inspired Words – Allissa 2. Real Engagement - Taronga Zoo Proposal

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

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1.What Would They Know? Clare Wall of Empire Events 2. Expert Advice ~ Finding The Perfect Bridesmaid Dresses 

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

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1. Etsy Roundup ~ Pearl Drop Earrings 2. Tuesday Type - OL Radiant Slender

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1. Real Wedding by the Groom  – Ben and Tahna’s Contemporary Richmond Wedding 2. Real Groom Style – David

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The amazing venue Watsons Bay Hotel is inviting you to an afternoon of bridal inspiration this Sunday 12th October at its annual Bridal Showcase in partnership with David Jones. Enjoy a glass of Moet on arrival and nibbles from their antipasto experience station, whilst drawing inspiration for your special day from interactive workshops with industry leading bridal suppliers and Q&A sessions with highly esteemed designers Steven Khalil + Lisa Gowing.
Exquisite gowns from designers of David Jones’ Bridal Boutique will available to  view up-close, with other fantastic vendors across food, beverage, cakes, beauty, florals, stationery, styling, photography, entertainment, and transport. The affair presents the perfect opportunity to draw inspiration for your special day, all the while soaking up the ambiance of an award winning boutique bridal venue. Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment and head to their website!
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The lovely team at Simply White Events are hosting their first official Wedding Expo, so join them on Saturday, 1 November to view some of Melbourne’s finest Wedding suppliers all in one place!

  • Free Entry!!
  • Free Showbags
  • Prizes & Giveaways
  • Free copy of Simply White Events ‘Brides Handbook’
  • Exclusive Holiday Giveaway
  • Bridal Booking Discounts
  • Photobooth fun!!
  • Live performances

 For more information, head to their website!

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Today’s gorgeous video comes from Grandeur Films, with the stunning wedding of Kathy & Jason, held at the equally gorgeous Carousel. So much colour!

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Mariaan & Phil’s City Restaurant Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Mariaan & Phil

I love the chic city elegance of Mariaan and Phil’s wedding day. The photographs underneath city buildings, the moody Melbourne city backdrop, the views of the city and the decadent dessert table. The newlyweds wanted to celebrate their day in a relaxed style and by having everything close together and looked after by seasoned professionals, they got just that! Oli Sansom was there to capture it all.

Mariaan tells the story of how they came to be. “Phil and I met in at high school in New Zealand through mutual friends. By our wedding day we’d known each other for just more than half our lives, which is pretty fantastic looking back on it. After high school Phil moved to the US to study, but we kept in touch and became close friends. By the time we realised that we both wanted more from our relationship we had a lot of things to arrange – we lived in different countries, Phil spent some time in the US Army and wanted to follow that up with study in the US, and I had my own career and friends in New Zealand. In the end we decided to give long distance a go, and in 2011 moved to Australia together – finally in the same place! ”

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Karly Drever styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

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Mariaan loved, “Getting ready with our families – we didn’t have a big bridal party, just my sister and Phil’s brother. Phil must be one of the few grooms to be who got a hair cut a couple of hours before his wedding, so clearly we were all very relaxed! We each walked to the ceremony with our respective families.”

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Mariaan chose a gown from Mariana Hardwick, telling “I was lucky to find my gorgeous gown at Mariana Hardwick on my first day looking. Their lovely ladies did a wonderful job making each fitting special – while my mum and my sister were able to join me to choose the gown they didn’t see it again until the wedding day itself. Happily I was in good hands at Mariana Hardwick!”

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Mariaan walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Tune by Purcell, played by St Michael’s fantastic organist, though I can’t remember hearing it at the time as I was too focused on not tripping down the stairs…  Having both my Mum and Dad walk me down the aisle together was so special too.”

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Mariaan and Phil married at St Michael’s Uniting Church. Mariaan tells, “We were married at St Michael’s Uniting Church on Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD, and followed the afternoon ceremony with a dinner for 34 guests at the always amazing Vue de Monde. St Michael’s is such a beautiful venue with so much history, and even though we had such a small wedding there the venue felt oddly intimate.”

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Mariaan’s bridesmaid wore a red lace dress from Review. Mariaan noting, “We didn’t have a colour palette or a real theme as such, which made it easy to co-ordinate everything. Clean whites, greens, all very simple. My sister’s bright frock was the perfect choice, together with my bright shoes (which I’ve worn a few times since – they remind me of such a great day!).”

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Of their photographer, Mariaan remarks, “The charming and talented Oli Sansom was our amazing photographer. We both wanted more of a ‘documentary’ style to our photos, and wanted to capture the feeling of the day as it happened rather than having a lot of posed shots. On the other hand you want to make sure that the set group and family shots do happen during the day. Oli created the most beautiful images of the day and our guests, almost all of whom had traveled from overseas to join us. He is the real deal – the pictures really speak for themselves.”

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Mariaan notes, ” The best thing about the day was just how amazingly relaxed everyone was. It helped that we only had such a small wedding, and that a lot of our friends we hadn’t seen for a few months. It was so exciting to see them, and to have them join us to celebrate our big day.”

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The newlyweds chose Vue de Monde for an intimate dinner. Mariaan remarking, ” Vue de Monde was a great choice for us too. Their events team looked after every detail, made great suggestions and just killed it on the night. Our guests still remind us about how great the food and service was.”

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Fleur created the floral arrangements for the day, Mariaan telling, “Fleur and Vue de Monde understood the brief perfectly – gorgeous clean arrangements and bouquets for the ceremony and a simple, clean setting with stunning food. Vue de Monde looked after our guests so well and all our guests still rave about the meal and wine. We really wanted to treat our guests who’d traveled so far and we were blown away with the whole experience.”

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The couple skipped music and dancing for good conversation, explaining, “Neither of us are big dancers (love dancing at other people’s weddings, but couldn’t imagine dancing at our own…) so we didn’t have a band or any dancing. It was also one less thing for us to worry about planning and rehearsing!”

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Guests enjoyed a lavish dessert buffet filled with a croquembouche, macarons and plenty of sweet treats.

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Congratulations Mariaan and Phil! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Oli Sansom for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Oli Sansom / Bride’s Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith / Groomsmen Attire: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: Karly Drever / Makeup Artist: Karly Drever / Flowers & Decor: Fleur / Invitations & Stationery: A La Carte Paperie / Ceremony Venue: St Michael's Uniting Church / Ceremony Officiant: Rev David Dawes / Reception Venue: Vue de Monde

Eastern Glamour Wedding Inspiration

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This Eastern Glamour inspiration shoot comes to us  today from the team behind The Wedding Collective. Today, Stewart Ross Photography, white+white wedding planning, Invitation Station, Hair by Popular Demand, Sacha Lind Make Up, Bouquet Boutique, Amini Concepts , Epic Empire, Wil Valor, The Babushka Ballerina and Wedding Bling all collaborated on an wedding inspiration shoot inspired by a fusion of South-East Asian influences and modern glamour at Brisbane’s Birdcage Restaurant.

The team took the feeling of the venue with carved doors and dark wood and added complimentary shapes. Angular votive holders, Phalaenopsis Orchids, mirrored candlesticks and paired them with more traditional elements – mercury silver votive holders, pink blooms, macaron favors. The end result? A beautiful example of working with your space and the character it has and creating something even more incredible.

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I am loving the cellar space at Birdcage Restaurant. It has such a rustic, moody vibe to it!

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The “bride” was dressed in a simple white gown with plenty of silver adornment from The Babushka Ballerina.

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Atop gold charger plates sat white square plates with gold and blue designed placecards by Invitation Station.

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Taupe linen table runners were bunched to the middle of the table to expose the beautiful wood beneath.

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Bouquet Boutique paired pink roses with white orchids and greenery down the centre of the tables.

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Photographer: Stewart Ross Photography / Planning & Execution: white+white wedding planning / Invitations & Stationery: Invitation Station / Hairstylist: Hair by Popular Demand / Makeup Artist: Sacha Lind Make Up / Flowers: Bouquet Boutique / Styling/Hire: Amini Concepts / Rental Furniture: Epic Empire / Groom’s Attire: Wil Valor / Bride’s Dress: The Babushka Ballerina / Favors: Wedding Bling / Venue: Birdcage Restaurant
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