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Ten Things I Have Learned About Engagements In Ten Years

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We are gearing up to celebrate our tenth birthday at Polka Dot Bride and as you can imagine, there are some lessons we have learned over the past ten years of writing about all things weddings Today, it’s all about engagements. Read on for the biggest lessons and tips we have learned about the time the question is answered and the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with it.

It Never Goes As Planned

There are so many situations where we dream up scenarios and have this expectation that it’s going to go perfectly and yet, it never really turns out that way. Instead of that glam outfit, you had planned you might get engaged wearing your oldest jumper and rattiest jeans. Instead of that perfect moment and the perfect question being popped as the fireworks explode, you may instead be rained out, or be surrounded by screaming children.

Moments like this are never as we dreamt, but they’re ones we retell time and time again and laugh about because they make the stories ours.

You’ll Get Questions Right Away

The minute you share the news, you’ll get questions ” What’s your wedding date?” “Where are you getting married?” “What is your wedding style going to be?”. Sometimes it can be frustrating, it can feel like everyone is pressuring you to decide, to come up with a plan. Really, everyone is just so excited for you and eager to share in your joy.

Photo by Kelly Adams Photography via Mia & Jon’s Frolic by the Seaside Engagement

You Don’t Have To Do Anything But Enjoy It

And following on from the above, it’s completely okay to kick back and enjoy it. Share your excitement with your friends, bask in that newly engaged glow, celebrate, enjoy it- nothing else needs to happen but enjoy this really special time.

You Don’t Even Have To Plan A Wedding Yet

Don’t feel like a wedding is something you want in the next year? In the next two years? That’s completely fine! Whether you are engaged for six months or ten years- this is your decision and resist the pressure to do it anything but the best way for you.

It Will Be The Best Of Times & The Worst Of Times

While your engagement is so wonderfully exciting and joyful, it can also be a time of disappointment and struggles and that’s okay. I call engagement a bit of an emotional hothouse- feelings come out, pain comes out, stress is magnified and people who you rely on may not show up. You may struggle with budgetary discussions, friendships, family, the sadness of those who are not able to be present. This is all part of planning a wedding and while this sounds like a complete downer, it’s just another part of this transition in life and one that you are more than capable of navigating through.

Photo by Matt Reed via Crystal & Danny’s Sydney Waterside Engagement

Overwhelm Is Very Real

What flowers do you want? How many bridesmaids? Why haven’t you booked that yet? Why not this idea? Or that one?

Wedding overwhelmed is real- the to-do list can seem endless and the decisions never ending. Make sure to take plenty of wedding free time and work together through the lists and to-dos to reduce your stress. I am always an advocate of wedding planners (especially if you worry and want to delegate!), they can be your greatest advocates and can help share some of the load.

There Will be So Many Bubbles (And Cake!)

Yay, we booked our photographer, let’s drink champagne to celebrate. Hooray, I haven’t seen you since I got engaged, let’s drink champagne to celebrate! Hooray elt’s catch up and drink champagne. Should there ever be a time you think this is time to cut back, to create a healthier lifestyle- this is not it. It’s so incredibly fun to be celebrating with your favourite people

Working On A Wedding Mission Statement Will Save Your Heartache

I say this time and time again but it really is one of my favourite tips. Sitting down with your beloved and figuring out what you want your wedding to look like, how you want it to feel and what is most important to you (whether that be photography, food, music- you name it!) can give you such a clear roadmap when faced with stress or difficulties along the road. It will allow you to remember what is most important and allow you to let go of the rest while still having the wedding that is exactly what you want.

Photo by Morgan Roberts via Jackie & Reilly’s Outdoor Queensland Engagement

Being Yourself Is Crucial

If you’re someone who loves everything vintage, a modern slcik celebration might not be for you. if you spend all your time in the city- perhaps that’s the best location for your day. if you couldn’t think of anything worse than being looked at by hundreds of people, perhaps keep your guest list small. This is about you and your belove- make decisions that are truly about you. Not about what the latest thing is, what someone says, what a publication shows- be yourself and your day will be incredible.

It Is & Isn’t Just About You

This is kind of a funny piece of advice, but it’s one I have been reminded of time and time again.

While your wedding is very much about you and your beloved and shouldn’t be dominated or domineered by anyone else, life does go on after the wedding and it’s so important to remember that as you make decisions that may hurt others will last long after the day is over. If your mum has dreamt of making your wedding cake all her life and it will cast a dark shadow for her if you reject the idea- how does that work into your relationship after the day? If you leave one aunt out of six off the guest list, will that sever that relationship?  Make the decisions that are right for you, but consider the lasting effects too before you decide on things that may determine the future of your relationships.

 

 

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Ebony & Heath’s Elegant Australian Country Wedding

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

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Ebony & Heath

When Ebony and Heath got married, they wanted an intimate day with just their nearest and dearest. Their elegant Australian country wedding was held on a stunning Hunter Valley property circa the 1830s. They married in the garden and then dined at long tables under glorious festoon lights. Kait Photography was there to capture their day.

Ebony tells the story of how she and Heath came to fall in love. “Heath and I met through mutual friends on a night out at our local Uni bar party over six years ago. We were both studying High School Teaching so our paths crossed a couple more times before we went for a date. After our first few dates together we became inseparable – we supported each other through our university degrees, travelled the world by each other’s side and then began out biggest adventure yet – moving in with each other, buying dogs and a home (and then renovating it) together!”

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The details were important to the couple who chose stationery from The Whistle Press with calligraphy by Seniman Calligraphy . “I loved our hand pressed wedding invitations from Suzanne at The Whistle Press, The invitations were simple but beautiful and featured soft grey ink and a whimsical floral design stamped into each invite. Suzanne also made our letterpress reply cards and designed our menu and wedding program. We also had some special hand written place cards from Seniman Calligraphy.”

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Ebony had her heart set early on a Bo & Luca wedding gown, she explains “I have always loved the romance of Bo & Luca gowns and they were the first on my list to visit. I wanted something with simple, elegant flowing silk and detailed beading. As soon as the ladies suggested the Isra gown and I tried it on I instantly knew it was the dress for me! It was an easy choice – I loved its hand beading, whimsical, flowing movement and soft silhouette. The capped sleeves were also a little bit old world which tied into our venue perfectly. After I had tried it on I kept picturing myself in it on our special day, so my decision was easily made!”

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Hello Blossom Bouquets taught the bride how to create the floral arrangements for the day, Ebony explaining “I decided to take a creative risk in doing all the florals on the day including my bouquet, table flowers, cake flowers and boutonniere for Heath as well as the father of the bride and father of the groom. I absolutely loved having some lessons from Kate (Hello Blossom Bouquets) to help with my confidence! My mother also made our linen napkins for the table which added a lovely personal feel.”

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The couple chose private farm Belltrees for their wedding day, Ebony telling “Belltrees is a circa 1830’s historical property spanning 22,00 acres and framed by the hills of the Barrington Tops National Park. This was the perfect setting for us – we both love the Australian landscape and Heath has always loved the history of places, old buildings and old architecture. The scenery at Belltrees is breathtaking and was beyond perfect with its old buildings and rolling hills – it was truly magical and special.”

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Ebony walked down the aisle flanked by her parents, to “The Wedding Song” by Angus & Julia Stone.

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Of their ceremony, the bride remembers “Due to the small nature of our wedding (16 guests!) we wanted our styling and feeling to be intimate, understated, and real. Our aim was to be authentic to ourselves and to the history and landscape of Belltrees. With the help of some of our closest friends, Heath and my parents we set the wedding up. Our ceremony unfolded in between two 1830’s farmer’s cottages, underneath trees with the mountains in the background. It was very natural, as were our vows which we chose ourselves and readings from my mother and Heath’s grandmother.”

Elegant Australian Country Wedding | Photo By Kait Photography http://kaitphotography.com.au/

Elegant Australian Country Wedding | Photo By Kait Photography http://kaitphotography.com.au/

 

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Elegant Australian Country Wedding | Photo By Kait Photography http://kaitphotography.com.au/

“It was so relaxing! As we didn’t have the pressure of a huge guest list our weekend felt like a retreat with close friends. We didn’t feel overwhelmed at all and really got to take in every aspect of our day.”

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Swan Fine Foods catered a feast for the couple’s 16 guests.

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Of their photographer, Ebony remarks “Kait is such a gorgeous soul who is so easy to get along with – this was really important to us as our wedding was so intimate, we wanted to feel comfortable having them a part of our day. She is lovely, and her photography and use of natural lighting was just what we wanted!”

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The reception featured beautiful long wooden tables set with the couple’s personally chosen crockery and glassware. “As we had such a small, semi-elopement with 16 guests rather then spend our money on hiring crystal wear and cutlery we decided to buy our own special pieces to keep forever. We purchased Waterford wine and champagne glasses and Laguiole cutlery for our table wear and get to enjoy these items still today!”

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The Angus & Julia Stone theme continued for the couple’s first dance. “Our first dance was to ‘Just a Boy’ by Angus & Julia Stone. This has been a favourite song of ours since we first started dating and made for such a special moment. Our dance floor was on two old rugs we found at garage sales, under festoon lighting. Just us in front of our 16 closest friends and family – just perfect!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Ebony and Heath! Thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Kait Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Kait Photography / Other: Bo & Luca / Other: Tony Bianco / Other: Samantha Wills / Groom's Shoes: R.M Williams / Other: Roger David / Hairstylist: Jess & James / Makeup Artist: Chic Artistry / Invitations & Stationery: The Whistle Press / Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy / Ceremony Hire Items: Ivory Lane / Catering: Swan Fine Foods / Venue: Belltrees Station / Wedding Rings: Cort Jewellery / Wedding Rings: Danny Designer Jewellery

Megan & Jonathon’s Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Megan & Jonathan

We love a venue with soul here at Polka Dot Bride and what better place to show your love than a stunning indoor nursery? Megan and Jonathan chose the beautiful Glasshaus for their fun urban greenhouse wedding, and from the choir that sang Megan down the aisle to the dessert that came straight from an ice cream cart Dijana Risteska was there to capture it all!

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Megan wore a fun tea length style wedding gown designed by Vintage Rose. She remembers “I had the dress made by the most wonderful dressmakers at Vintage Rose in Brighton. I wanted a traditional style with a bit of my personality thrown in. I love waisted skirts and wanted a low cut back and ballerina length (I’m very clumsy!). I worked with Rosie to design my perfect dress! The experience was amazing, seeing the dress being made from the first calico fitting to the finished product was so special.”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.comFun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

The couple chose indoor nursery Glasshaus  for their wedding, the bride telling “The Glasshaus was the first and the only venue we looked at, we fell in love instantly! We wanted a garden wedding but being in Melbourne we were worried about the weather. The Glasshaus is full of beautiful plants and flowers. We are very connected to Melbourne so the industrial feel of the former warehouse was ideal in connecting with our local setting. The wedding felt intimate and special in such a beautiful setting. ”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

A choir sang Megan down the aisle, the bride explaining “We chose “Love me Sweet” by Carl Vine. I have sung this piece many times and fell in love with it. I had a small choir sing me down the aisle. (I cried the whole way!).”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

The wedding, officiated by Jane Clifton was full of music, Megan telling “We wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet but full of feeling. As a musician, the music was a massive priority for me. Our celebrant Jane Clifton was fantastic, she included the perfect balance of humour and emotion. We felt so relaxed and happy up there with her by our sides. Instead of a reading we had a song from our small choir (made up of a group of my friends I have sung with over the years) The song ‘This Marriage’ by Eric Whitacre is set to an 11th-century poem by Jalal al-Din Rum. Whitacre wrote the piece for his wife on their seventh wedding anniversary and it is the most stunning piece of music.”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

“Willow, Jonno’s six-year-old daughter was an integral part of the night. We wanted her to feel special and actively part of the preparation and the event itself, in the end, she out shone us all!”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

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Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Of their photographer, Megan remembers “Dijana Risteska was our photographer for the night. She was incredible –  we could not be happier with our photos they are all so beautiful, we will have trouble choosing which ones to print. It was really important to us that we didn’t spend too much time away from our party with staged photographs. We wanted photos with our family and Dijana took us around the corner to a cute little lane for some snaps of just the two of us but it was only about ten minutes at most. Dijana managed to catch the feeling of the whole night in her photographs, most of our guests didn’t even notice her taking the photos so we have so many amazing candid moments.”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.comFun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

The day was filled with the support of the community for the couple. “Jonno’s mum made our lovely cake and my Mum did all our beautiful flowers. We had polaroid cameras for the guest book and I did the black boards. In keeping with our desire to bring everything that we love about our lives together into the event, we engage with the local businesses that we frequent every day. We are lucky enough to live on a street with a hotel, coffee shop, hairdresser, makeup artist and a cobbler all of whom played a part on our wedding day. In particular, our three favorite baristas from The Final Step helped out as our bar men…..(they are available for any function and now call themselves ‘The Soggy Shoe String Bar Boys’.”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

The couple did away with a  first dance, but that didn’t stop the bride. “Jonno didn’t want the first dance so my girl friends and I did a little routine to ‘Up town funk’ to get everybody dancing. It was a lot of fun!”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Guests were spoilt with a dinner catered by Lil Nom Noms and Short Batch.  “Little Nom Noms food truck were great – the food was so beautiful and fresh! I think over all the best part of planning the wedding is how in love we felt, it is certainly a very special time. Also spending a lot of time with our families, getting everything organised together was a lovely experience.”

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.comFun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

Fun Urban Greenhouse Wedding | photo by Dijana Risteska Photography dijanaristeskaphotography.com

That, however. was only the beginning of the night. Megan remembering “We had an after party at the Cherry Tree Hotel in the back streets of Richmond. I wanted hot chips to finish the night so Jonno and I walked to Swan Street to a Kebab shop and finished the night with a happy tummy and 50 new friends we met there.”

Congratulations on your marriage Megan and Jonathan! Thank you for for taking the time to share your stories with us! Thank you also to Dijana Risteska for sharing today’s special celebration.

Photographer: Dijana Risteska / Other: Vintage Rose / Other: Vintage / Other: Calibre / Groom's Shoes: 124 Shoes / Hairstylist: Harpers and Co / Makeup Artist: Luvin Makeup / Flowers: Catherine Oldmeadow / Invitations & Stationery: Susan Croke / Venue: Glasshaus / Rentals: Dann Event Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Jane Clifton / Recepion Musician: Jack Furphy / Catering: Lil Nom Noms / Catering: Short Batch / Cake: Christine Fetterplace / Wedding Rings: Ian Sharp / Wedding Registry: Bromley and Co

Tayissa & Andrew’s Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding

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Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Tayissa & Andrew

When a wedding comes along that is filled with stories, we are hooked immediately at Polka Dot Bride, but when it includes stories of traditions that we’re not familiar with – we’re even more enticed! Tayissa and Andrew’s beautiful Sydney Ukranian wedding was filled with beautiful moments that paid homage to the old traditions, but also created new ones. All captured beautifully by Tanya Voltchanskaya.

Tayissa recalls the story of the proposal- which was unexpected, but somehow the way the couple always knew it would happen. “We met on the evening of our friend’s wedding in 2011, ironically at a now-closed nightclub called Republic in Perth’s CBD. He was a prince charming dressed in a flannelette shirt and I was an Eastern European princess in a faux fur hat. Andrew always joked he would propose if my Baba became ill. I had flown to Sydney for her 88th birthday and shortly before I left she was admitted to hospital. Andrew rang while I was on the way to the airport unaware of what had happened. He informally proposed and was a bit upset when I didn’t react how he expected. When I told him what happened, it was as if it was meant to be. We bought a ring together a few weeks later and a few month later he surprised me on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Tayissa chose Brides By Design for her wedding gown, changing into a different gown by DanielaStephanie  for the reception. She explains,”I had ordered my dress from DanielaStephanie soon after I got engaged but about four months before the wedding I decided I wanted a more traditional gown for the ceremony. I walked down the street (literally) to Brides By Design and was taken aback by how lovely the girls were and how beautiful their dresses looked. I tried the dress on twice with two different girlfriends offering different opinions in the space of a week, and on the weekend the dress was mine. It underwent quite a transformation from the first time I saw it but I was thrilled with the elegant and romantic look I walked away with.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

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Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Tayissa and Andrew were married at Intercession of the Holy Virgin, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Strathfield. “We had a very traditional Ukrainian Orthodox service. Apart from a few necessary questions that we had to answer in English, the service was predominantly in Ukrainian with accompaniment from the choir. For a good chunk of the service Andrew’s groomsmen had to hold crowns above our heads, making sure they didn’t touch our heads. Our guests said it was amusing watching the groomsmen take different shifts of holding the crowns.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

“At our rehearsal the night before the priest advised Andrew of making sure he put his right foot on the embroidered towel on which the couple stand for most of the ceremony first. Andrew told me about this and said we should do it together so we would both have the upper hand in the marriage. So the best moment was the look on the priest’s face when he found out that Andrew told me all about it.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.comBeautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

The newlyweds celebrated with their guests at Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Tayissa remarking “We found the Royal Automobile Club of Australia on a trip to Sydney about 18 months before the wedding date. We liked the aesthetic and history inside the venue.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

The day was filled with special touches crafted by the bride and her family. “I spent hours photoshopping various pieces of stationery for the wedding, including chatterbox menus and table names and lists, but the two biggest DIY projects were my mother’s floral arrangements and my aunt’s amazing cakes. A member of my extended family made our traditional Ukrainian wedding cake, a korovai, which took hours and hours of labour and for which I’m truly grateful.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Tayissa remembers “The best man stole a good chunk of my (the bride’s) wedding speech and delivered a version of the married couple’s “first date” with several factual inaccuracies. Thankfully my long history of public speaking and debating allowed me to recover and I still finished the speech as I intended, by giving my new husband my new business card with my new, very sweet surname.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

“Anyone who has tried to organise an interstate/overseas wedding knows all the trials and tribulations of the leadup to your wedding. There’s been many emails and phone calls at weird and wonderful times to get in contact with vendors, as well as phone calls back from people who didn’t realise we were in Perth and waking us at 5 or 6am!”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Not only did Tayissa and Andrew choose Funkified Entertainment to make sure the dance floor was always packed, they also hired Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers to kick start the festivities, explaining “We were thrilled when our friends from Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers performed for us and got the crowd on their feet with applause and cheers.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

“I bought a lot of magazines but found searching different terms on Instagram the most useful way to find wedding vendors. Few of my friends in Sydney have married so I haven’t had too many people to call on for first-hand referrals. Almost all the vendors we dealt with in Perth and Sydney were within a 2km and 5km radius of us, respectively. We hadn’t planned it that way but somehow we kept pretty much everything local. We’re glad we booked the photo booth, the accompanying guest book made for interesting reading and the take home photos gave people an incentive to get involved. We wish we’d DIYed less. Ultimately when you DIY something, it takes you time, money and effort to do it. Sometimes your time and effort are worth more than paying someone to do it once, and do it right. Every one of our vendors was amazing and went over and above to try and give us the best day possible. It was really encouraging how everyone tried to help and let us enjoy our special day.”

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Beautiful Sydney Ukrainian Wedding | Photo by Tanya Volt http://www.tanyavolt.com

Congratulations on your marriage Tayissa and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your day with us and thank you for Tanya Voltchanskaya  for sharing today’s beautiful wedding with us!

Photographer: Tanya Voltchanskaya / Cinematographer: T-One Images / Other: Brides By Design / Other: DanielaStephanie / Other: Salvatore Ferragamo / Other: Peter Jackson / Groom's Shoes: RM Williams / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Other: RM Williams / Bridesmaid Dresses: Portmans / Bridesmaid Shoes: Myer / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Annie Johnson / Makeup Artist: Linda Tran / Floral: Summers Floral / Invitations & Stationery: LaLa Design / Ceremony Venue: Intercession of the Holy Virgin, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Strathfield / Ceremony Officiant: Father Michael Smolynec / Reception Venue: Royal Automobile Club of Australia / Favors: Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka / Menu Chatterboxes: Handmade / Band: Funkified Entertainment / Entertainment: Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers / Cake: Handmade / Photo Booth: Style Photo Booths / Engagement Ring: House of Riches / Wedding Rings: Tayha Designs / Transport: Wedding Cars Direct