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Shannon & Chris’ Byron Bay Elopement

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


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Shannon & Chris

An intimate wedding is pure romance but when you escape to one of your favourite places with just your closest family, your beloved and your dog, it’s practically dreamy. This Byron Bay elopement is filled with so many moments of beauty, quiet and romance, captured by photographer Olivia Texier.

Shannon tells their story, which started quite some time ago. “A young girl of only 10, bare faced and scruffy haired moved to a new Darwin school. There she met a boy, blue eyed and full of silence that made her tummy flutter and face grin ear to ear. She knew that he liked her, but the words never passed his lips. Whispers in the school yard reinforced their feelings for each other. A tug of war friendship transpired, their unspoken words and passing glances sending their hearts racing and their minds to a wonderland of future promise. The years passed quickly and soon they were off to different high schools, never far from each other’s thoughts and what might have been. In 2009 curiosity got the better of them and they reconnected. They promised each other that if they were ever in the same place they would meet up and reminisce on days gone by.

On the 16th of May 2015, their lives changed forever. Meeting once again, face to face for the first time since childhood. They had come full circle. Falling in love again quickly and without fear they were soon best friends, lovers and partners in crime. One year to the day later, under the shade of a fig tree in the school yard where they first met, Chris proposed to Shannon. She said yes.”

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Ava Belle Bridal styled the bride’s hair and makeup, she remembers, “Our hair and makeup artist Ava Belle Bridal was wonderful. She was highly skilled and really took the time to get a strong understanding of the desired make up and hair style that I wanted. She was never rushed and made me feel completely comfortable to communicate exactly what I wanted. My hair and make up on the day was flawless, and she didn’t bat an eyelid as I made Simba’s wreath while she was trying to do my hair.”

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Of Shannon’s gown, found on D H Gate , she notes, “I have always loved the idea of a dress that was a little different and not just the traditional lace gown. I was drawn to gowns with full skirts that had volume and texture, but that still had that romantic vintage look to them.  I scoured the internet for made to order suppliers. I fell in love with this dress when saw it and it seemed too good to be true. I ordered the dress a month before the wedding. It was a nervous wait for the dress to arrive, as I was unsure what the quality would be like and crossed my fingers that it would fit. I was excited and relieved when I finally got to try it on. The dress was gorgeous.”

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For the processional Shannon remembers, “I surprised the groom and organised for his favourite singer Thomas Stowers to play “our song”. Chris sang this song and slow danced with me on one of our first dates. It was an acoustic version of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.”

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Shannon and Chris chose Koonyum Range Retreat for their wedding “Our ceremony was perched on the edge of the escarpment a Koonyum Range Retreat. The view was breathtaking. We wanted our wedding day to be intimate and a representation of the things that are most important to us. Our family and our love for each other. It was a relaxed ceremony with no real rules as such. It was about celebrating the unique connection that Chis and I have had with each other since childhood. There was an element of tradition as my father gave me away and Chris did not see me or my dress before the ceremony. Our dog Simba walked down the aisle ahead of my father and I to meet Chris at the alter.”

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” Chris’s mother read the story of how we met to begin the ceremony, and we exchanged silver wedding rings that I made. They have an imprint of our fingerprints on the band.

We read this promise to each other before we exchanged rings.

“I carry you in my heart, my love

Hand in hand I will follow you,

Through your darkest hours and your brightest of days,

I will dance in the rain or bask in the sunshine,

As with you, is where I am meant to spend my days.

I will be your strength, your confident, and your closest friend, I will cherish your flaws, as it is in these that I see myself reflected.

I promise to love, honour, and respect you, for you are my all. Until my breath runs dry, and our souls leave this world together.

I will carry you in my heart.”

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The bride made the wedding rings, noting, “Although this was an elopement, it was important for us to have our parents and our dog Simba there with us to be part of our day. Our handmade rings made the ring exchange all the more special. Also being an outdoor wedding, the addition of a live musician to play as I was coming down the aisle made the moment all the more perfect.”

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Of their photographer, Shannon remarks, “We chose Olivia Texier Photography. After looking at several other photographers based in the area we found Olivia. Her wedding photography had the romantic vintage feel that we were looking for, with the ability to capture some beautiful candid moments. After talking to her we felt she really understood us and the kind of images we were after. Olivia was so easy to work with and made us feel instantly comfortable. Nothing was too much trouble, and she was dedicated to ensuring all our important moments were captured.”

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Post ceremony, the couple popped a bottle of champagne with their family before returning to their villa for an intimate dinner for two.

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Congratulations Shannon and Chris! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Olivia Texier for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Olivia Texier / Bride’s Dress: D H Gate / Bride’s Shoes: Betts Shoes / Groom’s Shoes: Zu Shoes / Hairstylist: Ava Belle Bridal / Makeup Artist: Ava Belle Bridal / Flowers: The Farm Byron Bay / Accomdoation: Byron Country Cabin / Venue: Koonyum Range Retreat / Ceremony Officiant: Derek Harper / Ceremony Musicians: Thomas Stowers / Wedding Rings: Bride
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Kira & Matt’s Coral & Peach Perth Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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I love Kira and Matt’s coral and peach Perth wedding. The couple chose a first look, weaving their way beautifully throughout the adventures of their wedding day. They chose DeRay and Simcoe Photographers to capture their day.

On how they met, Kira remembers, “We met at a friend’s barbeque and have been inseparable ever since.” The couple chose a warm October Perth day for their wedding celebrations.

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Kira chose a gown by Dion for Brides , telling, “It was exactly what I’d dreamed of, it was the second dress I tried on and straight away I knew it was the one! The lace back sold it!”

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The couple chose to meet for a first look, Kira remembering, “The reveal was one of our favourite parts of the day, we loved having that special moment to ourselves.”

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Kira and Matt chose Harold Boas Gardens for their wedding ceremony, hiring pieces from Pretty Willow Prop Hire  to complete the space.

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Kira walked down to the aisle to Jack Johnson’s “Angel”.

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Jodi Bavin officiated the ceremony, Kira recalling, “Our ceremony represented our personalities – fun and nothing too serious. We had the perfect amount of tears and laughter. Even our fur baby “Cooper” decided to take a dip in the pond which added some more humour to our special day.”

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Of their photographers, Kira remarks, “Diane and Amber were very easy to work with. We chose them because of their eclectic style. They were here, there and everywhere.”

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The newlyweds celebrated with guests at Oxford Hotel. “We loved the simpleness of our venue- it had simple exposed beams and most of all, great staff!”

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Kira tells, “We personalised everyone’s name tag with two words describing what they mean to us.”

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The couple danced their first dance to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, the bride explaining, “Our first dance was extremely short and sweet – we just wanted everyone to join in and let the fun begin.”

Congratulations Kira and Matt! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to DeRay and Simcoe Photographers for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: DeRay and Simcoe Photographers / Bride’s Dress: Dion for Brides / Groom’s Attire: Penguins Formalwear / Groom’s Shoes: Myer / Groomsmen Attire: Penguins Formalwear / Hairstylist: Alia Marzo - Hair For Perfection / Makeup Artist: Holly Cooper / Flowers (Bridal Party): Poppys Flowers / Flowers (Reception): Fresh Fix / Ceremony Venue: Harold Boas Gardens / Ceremony Hire Items: Pretty Willow Prop Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Jodi Bavin / Reception Venue: Oxford Hotel / Favors: Homemade 'yum yum balls' / : Laura- Friend / Transport: Mini Bus Charters

One Day Bridal “Blessed Are The Curious” Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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When dreamy gowns combine with beautiful photography, you have the One Day Bridal “Blessed Are The Curious” Bridal collection.

Known for modern, sophisticated design, the new collection from these Melbourne designers is a collection “inspired by the muses, the lovers and the adventurers at heart.” The chic styling of textural fabrics leads the wearer to a place where her desire for a truly fashion forward gown is not only appreciate, but surpassed.

Pleated skirts, laser like lacework, fluffy ball skirts, cut outs and ruffles strategically placed and simple sheaths which demand nothing more of their wearer than to be oneself. Each gown designed to “break the rules of bridal”.

One Day Bridal gowns are available from their Melbourne salon.

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Gowns: One Day Bridal / Photographer: Emily Abay / Model: Anne Sophie Chic Management / Makeup Artist: Max May (Max Made) / Hairstylist: Max May (Max Made) / Leather Jacket: Jerri Jones The Label / Sequined Bomber: One Day Bridal / Thick Leather Choker: One Day Bridal / Pearl Rings: Claire Aristides Fine Jewellery / Fine Choker & Bracelet: Laurie Fleming

Vendor of the Week- Trufflepig Catering & Events

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We had such a lovely weekend this weekend with wedding bells a ringing. How about you? Did you celebrate anyone special?

The year is flying by so quickly and before you know it, it will be time to plan for Christmas again! But while we can, let’s enjoy our days together, and take some time out as we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Hair & Beauty, we have Menswear, we have Wedding Planners and Transport – we even have Cinematography and Bridal Gown Services! Our Directory members love what they do, and are a great bunch of people who want to help you plan your wedding.

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

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With a love of all things food, Shelley of Trufflepig Catering & Events uses seasonal, local, organic and free range ingredients to provide gorgeous platters of food to share. An imaginative menu as diverse as tuna sashimi, 10 spice Indian smokey lamb koftas or 10 hour cooked and smoked pulled pork, will have you salivating before you’ve even sat down to eat. And the cutest part? Your food can be served from a 1950’s vintage dentist-turned-kitchen-van! Good food, good company and a vintage caravan – what more could you want!!

We asked Shelley of Trufflepig Catering & Events five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Either a glass of oily, buttery chardonnay or a Hendricks gin, soda & fresh lime.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

We’ve recently moved to a little country house on 20 acres in Central Victoria…anytime I can spend a full weekend there (not working) is my favourite weekend getaway. The birds, the 100 year old elm trees and the space – beautiful!

Favourite restaurant?

Oooh…as a food lover this is tricky! loving the dumplings at Shandong Mama Mini and the lemongrass beef salad at Miss Chu’s in Melbourne CBD at the moment, Flaked Out (in Bentleigh, VIC) for the best fish & chips south of the Melbourne CBD, and the Tooborac General Store for the best burger!! Shira Nui (Glen Waverley, VIC) for the best Japanese…the list goes on!

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

If I can say so, I’m pretty famous for my scrambled eggs, so this is a regular weekend feature. Creamy scrambled eggs, loads of butter, basil & meredith goats cheese on sour dough – yum!

Your favourite wedding story?

My partner was the best man at his best friend’s wedding. There were Jewish elements throughout the ceremony, including the bride and groom taking a drink from the same glass of wine. Prior to the ceremony, the groom had said to his best man that his job was to dispose of the excess wine in the glass after drinking, so they could wrap it in a towel and smash it (another Jewish custom). When handed an almost full glass of wine, my partner panicked not knowing what to do with the wine. Instead, he took the glass to his lips and skulled the glass! The 100 guests thought it was absolutely hilarious and my poor partner was aghast when he realised he could have tipped the wine on the grass!!

Visit Trufflepig Catering & Events’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Trufflepig Catering & Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

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