Image by Goldsmith & Company
Today’s engagement inspiration is something a little different, with the couple Eliise and Sam choosing to have photographer Caroline Sada capture their romantic and joyful engagement party, surrounded by their family and friends. “We’re both quite laid back and just wanted something that was simple, homely and fun, but mostly reflect the atmosphere – happy people,” explains bride Eliise of the party that was held at Sam’s parent’s home. “It was all really effortless and relaxed. We think Caroline nailed the photography!”
The pair met in Estonia back in 2011 when Sam was living in Sweden and traveling around Europe. “It was a quiet Wednesday night and we met at a bar whilst out with friends,” remembers the bride. “We have been inseparable since. After we met, we were in a long distance relationship for a couple of years, only seeing each other after every few months. I then graduated university and moved to Australia. It’s been a long journey for us, but we always knew we’d be together no matter what.” Same and Eliise are to be married in Estonia at the end of the year.
Eliise tells of their sweet proposal story. “I am a jewellery designer, so it was pretty hard for Sam to surprise me. Plus I knows what I likes when it comes to jewellery! Sam asked me to design the ring, and after it was ready, he planned a beautiful weekend away in Marysville. We hiked to the top of the mountain where he proposed, followed by a beautiful lunch at a winery. It was the most magical day!”
“Sam is the most honourable man I know. He always does what he promises, and I know that he loves me more than anything. He makes me coffee and breakfast in bed every weekend!” laughs Eliise of her dashing husband to be. Sam comments that he thinks the two of them balance each other well, and that Eliise is very supportive and loving.
Stav & Aaron
With hanging flowers, incredible music and incredible vendors, the glam Deckhouse Woolwich wedding of Stav and Aaron captured by gm photographics is a Sydney wedding that is full of all the trimmings – from cultural traditions, beautiful moments and a love story to behold.
Stav sets the scene with the story of how the couple came to be. “We met while completing our undergraduate course, Pharmacy at the University of Queensland. I’m from Sydney, Aaron’s from Brisbane. I moved interstate to study and we started a relationship during the first year of our degree.”
The groom and groomsmen dressed in classic black tuxedos from Calibre.
Stav worked with Steven Khalil to design her gown, which featured white lace over a nude underlay, noting “Steven was amazing to work with very receptive to my ideas and was able to create something unique that represented me.”
Stav and Aaron held their ceremony at St Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church, Leichhardt
The couple married in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, Stav noting “We provided guests with an order of services and description of what each part of the ceremony symbolised. Guests appreciated this as they were able to follow the ceremony and its meaning.”
The bridal party caught a boat to Cockatoo Island for photographs, Stav noting “The GM photographics team was amazing to work with. Very professional and made sure they captured all the important moments of the day. Michael provided great direction for each shot. We ended up with the most perfect collection of photographs that truly represented our wedding.”
“It was the most perfect day, with the most perfect weather. It had been raining all week, the day before was raining. Come Saturday morning – there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. There was a light breeze, it actually felt like a summer’s day. The perfect weather continued through the night. Sunday morning, though, there was pouring rain. We were so lucky!”
Stav and Aaron chose Deckhouse Woolwich for their reception, remarking “Deckhouse was the first and only venue we looked at in Sydney. We loved how secluded it was from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CDB, yet looked onto the beautiful skyline of Sydney.”
Waratah Florist created beautiful white floral arrangements for the day, Stav remarking “Anne and her team at Waratah florist, Earlwood went above and beyond for the day. Any requests we had she made it possible with ease and amazing attitude.”
Of their first dance, Stav remembers “The song we chose was Firestone by Conrad Sewell – the original version. We wanted something unique and a song we both loved very much. The words behind the song really represent us as a couple.”
DJ Dimitri Velen was a key part of the wedding night, Stav reminiscing “Music is an integral part of a Greek wedding. We made sure we hired a DJ we trusted and maintained a party vibe the whole way through the evening.”
Stav and Aaron chose Soda Films to capture this beautiful film of their wedding day.
Congratulations on your marriage Stav and Aaron! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to gm photographics for sharing today’s celebration with us.
Happy Friday Dotties! We have our ‘out of office’ sign up and posts scheduled so we can head off to spend the long weekend with our families (a little binge watching may be in order!) What do you have planned for the weekend ahead?
It’s been a big week on the Polka Dot blogs and I am going to get right into rounding it up!
Stunning desert plains shine in this Las Vegas Destination Wedding
Loving the Inspired Words of Sarah
Want your bridesmaids to stand out? Melbourne Fashion Festival 2017 Inspiration – Beautiful Bridesmaids
Chic navy groom fashion in Groom Style – Tim
Delicious Cookies and Cream Cups Recipe – try stopping at one!
We explore Behind The Door With….Fowlers Flowers
When a wedding photographer ties the knot – Elissa and Mark’s Romantic Country Style Wedding
Beautifully captured moments at this Modern Australian Ballarat Wedding
Whip up Ms Chinoiserie’s Chambord Berry Fizz this weekend!
The fabulous ladies at Those Girls Iced tea have launched some delightful new drink stations for weddings! Think fresh iced tea, for warmer weather an delicious hot apple cider for Autumnal celebrations. The beverage stations include cups and straws, your beverages, signage so you can delight you guests after your ‘I do’s’. Check their website for more!
The Nurit Hen trunk show is coming soon and the designer is offering a chance to win $1000 towards your Nurit Hen gown! Just register at the Nurit Hen website to go into the draw!
Perth couples will love to explore heritage when the State Buildings Open Day comes up on May 7th. Along with expert demonstrations from some of our Perth favourites, you’ll also enter to win fabulous prizes and be able to check out the stunning wedding options at Post, Petition, Long Chim, Wildflower, Halford and COMO The Treasury. Register here.
Love the idea of a Spring celebration? The team at Hostco (who look after amazing venues like Sydney University’s Refectory) are offering a special on their premium wedding package (which includes drinks & canapes on arrival, a two-course meal, housemade truffles served with coffee and tea and a four hour premium beverage package) for just $99 per person if your wedding is booked by 31 July, to hold between September to November 2017. Conditions apply, but check out their website to book!
Botanica Weddings are coming to the rescue of any couples who have been affected for their Whitsundays wedding due to Cyclone Debbie. The Dear Debbie package will assist couples with discounted packages for select dates to ensure the Whitsundays is still the beautiful backdrop they wanted for their big days. Visit their website for more information.
Our film of the week comes from Whitebox Studio comes the wedding of Courtney and Nick. The gorgeous garden wedding has such a romantic vibe (and I particularly love the ice cream filled speeches!)