Okay, I admit it, Christmas cheer and festive season giddiness is finally starting to kick it. It may even be overriding the panic I feel with getting everything done! How about you? Are wedding plans shelved until 2015 or are you trying to get everything done before all of those public holidays?
A week of merriment, wedding merriment lies ahead so as we do every Monday morning, I’m kicking us off with showcasing the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory!
We have so many different kinds of vendors in our directory with so many different styles but one thing remains constant. We think they’re all awesome! They’re the kind of people you can imagine pulling up a chair and having a friendly chat with. Here at Polka Dot Bride, we’re firm believers in booking vendors who you can trust, who “get” you and who you can have a laugh with- you’re spending so much time with your vendors, why not pick amazing ones?
We have Celebrants, we have Venues, we have Bridal Gowns, we even have Photobooth Hire! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – the kind who get excited about your plans and share a glass of champagne with you while discussing them!
With wedding cake officially the best kind of cake, I am delighted to introduce you to our vendor of the week The Dainty Baker! Based in Sydney, The Dainty Baker creates wedding cakes, cupcakes, couture cakes and dessert tables to suit your wedding (or any other celebration for that matter!). With flavours like Midsummers Nights Dream (raspberries and white chocolate anyone?) hokey pokey (chocolate cake with crunchy honeycomb!) and Lovely Lychee (vanilla cake with lychee filling) as well as classic favourites I’m pretty sure this cake tasting might be the highlight of your wedding planning!
There’s too many!! Although if I had to I’d narrow it down to Sails @ Lavender Bay.
What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Depends on the night before… But either honey granola clusters with Greek yoghurt and fresh berries or baked eggs in tomato sauce with chorizo.
Your favourite wedding story?
My favourite wedding story happened at a wedding I went to recently. A few nights before the wedding we were speaking girly talk with the bride, questions and comments like.. Are you nervous? And … Not long to go now! After much chitter chatter we found out that the bride was planning a surprise for her groom during her speech but she wouldn’t let slip what it was! The big day came and as us few girls waited in anticipation for the surprise, the bride very sweetly dedicated a special song to her groom. She nervously and sweetly sang “The Wedding Song” by Angus and Julia Stone. It was the loveliest thing to witness as tears welled up in the Groom’s eyes and you could just feel the love and happiness emanating from them. This couple has been each other’s sweet hearts since high school and have waited 8 years to tie the knot! Really made my heart melt!
I think I fell in love with Jemma & Tom’s engagement shoot because it is just so darn happy. In every shot these two lovebirds are making each other laugh and there is nothing better than to love and to laugh is there? Not small giggle but big belly aching, nose scrunching laughs that make your mouth open wide and your eyes squint shut. Lara and Susie were there to capture every cackle! The couple chose the beach for their relaxed engagement shoot to honour Tom’s love of surfing and their mutual love of the water!
They tell the story of how they met. “Tom and Jemma initially met in high school as Tom’s sister was in the same grade as Jemma. Tom had a crush on Jemma but thought she was way out of his league. 10 years on Tom was out with his sister and randomly ran into Jemma and with a little bit of persistence from Tom love blossomed.”
On what they love about one another, Jemma and Tom tell, “They love the fact that their relationship is never hard. They love to spend time together and they have a strong friendship that continues to grow day by day.”
Tom chose New Years Eve to propose, remembering, “On a very cyclonic New Year’s Eve night on a remote Indonesian island, Tom asked Jemma to marry him in the pouring (horizontal) rain. Jemma was so excited that she forgot to say yes leaving Tom in a state of panic. When she finally took a deep breath and stopped jumping up and down she said yes.”
Of their photographers, Jemma and Tom note, “They both believe that a good photo tells a story and captures a moment. They have a strong connection with the beach and felt that this would be the best place to capture”them”. Lara and Susie did just that and allowed them to be themselves and feel comfortable just being who they are. They really loved their candid shots rather then the more traditional posed photo shoot.”
This stunning shoot full of bohemian beach wedding ideas will probably make you lose your breath, because it sure had that effect on me! Dreamy gowns, florals that cascade and spill out of their vessels, a table setting filled with wood tones and sparkling brass and gold. The story? A bride and groom elope at the beach, saying their vows under a simple wooden structure, before dinner comes – a setting for two. As the sun sets they head to “honeymoon huddle” and revel in the moment, together.
Stacey tells, “When thinking of a location for this shoot, I really wanted to showcase some of the beautiful regions we are so fortunate to have in our gorgeous Country Victoria. It was extremely exciting knowing that we would shoot at Koonya Beach as it is such a special place; the landscape is stunning with many rock formations to shelter in which provided a level of intimacy that was just so lovely to work with. Shooting in such a beautiful natural environment was so inspiring in itself and a privilege so it was important to me that the creative direction for this shoot be in harmony with the location and be equally as beautiful. Drawing inspiration from the rawness of the environment and depth of colour in the rock formations, gorgeous gold and brass highlights were chosen to compliment simple and uncomplicated neutral elements and became the colour palette for the shoot.”
The Bridal Atelier sourced two stunning gowns for the “bride”. Stacey noting, “The Bridal Atelier in Armadale, Melbourne has a stunning range of internationally sourced bridal gowns so I felt quite blessed to have them on the team where they supplied and styled two truly unique and beautiful gowns. Each gown was chosen for their beautiful uncomplicated silhouettes which ultimately allowed each of their stunning textures to be the feature. With full length intricate beading, the Toni gown by Theia was kept simple and paired with a latte cathedral length veil and gave the shoot the ‘luxe’ feel that we were after. Our model, Naomi, was a vision and had the entire team in awe as we kicked off the shoot.”
Floretta by Grace created the floral arrangements, inspired by the shoot location. Stacey explains, “At the water’s edge of Koonya Beach are some pretty special low rock formations with the most vivid of green moss, almost framing our shoot. Truly stunning! Then again all around us were gorgeous rock formations weathered over many years and steep hills behind us with local grasses all with amazing green or gold tones.
Drawing inspiration from this remote location, Grace created stunning organic florals that subtly echoed the beautiful colours we were surrounded by. The simple duo tone colour palette of creams & moss green were perfectly offset by the whimsical, loose and slightly wild style of the arrangements. The arrangements were made up of silvery Gum leaves, luscious white double Ranunculus and heavenly cream garden roses framed by loose cascading jasmine and fine fern vines.”
The second gown for the model, from The Bridal Atelier was more relaxed but just as stunning, Stacey telling, “For a more relaxed look as the couple moved on to their celebration just for two, we decided on the simple but stunning Sienna by Rue de Seine. Sienna is a full length gown with a high neck and long sleeves in a beautiful embroidered cotton nylon mesh and was styled with a pretty headpiece from Lovisa. With a slightly fuller skirt, Sienna draped beautifully along the sand as Naomi and Gus posed in the stunning peacock chair.”
“I was really pleased to have the opportunity to feature some of our pieces from Miss Mooi’s bespoke furniture and prop hire range. Each piece was hand selected for their timeless appeal and simple form bringing the right amount of character without being in conflict with the environment.
The simple table for two paired with rustic early Australian cottage chairs was the perfect size for an intimate celebration overlooking the soft waves rolling into shore a short distance away. Sheltered in a gorgeous rock formation, the table was dressed sparingly with special pieces such as a small animal skull and tapered Crystal candle holders from Manyara Home juxtaposing perfectly into a gorgeous boho luxe feel.”
Stacey briefed the hair and makeup artists to create a relaxed, bohemian style for the bride, noting “Nicole Aquilina and Sinead Comelli of Varhairdo created a truly stunning look for model Naomi. Makeup was kept fairly natural with a luminous and ethereal feel with touches of gold. To match the glamorous Toni gown, Naomi’s gorgeous hair was left flowing with soft textured curls for a long luscious look. A more relaxed but equally beautiful side braid was chosen for the ethereal Sienna gown.”
A three tier wedding cake in white was created by Miss Ladybird Cakes. Stylist Stacey notes, “The cake designed and supplied by Gina, the owner of Miss Ladybird Cakes and was designed to be simple but elegant yet still reflecting the rawness of the environment with the subtle textured icing in the centre tier. Lovely large sugar peony roses were added to mirror the lovely full roses Grace used in the florals.”
Photographer Gus Reyes acted as the groom wearing a dapper dinner suit.
Stacey notes, “Jokingly referred to by the team, the honeymoon huddle was created for the couple to appreciate each other and just relish in the moment. A cowhide rug (stylist’s own) layered over the amazing traditional Turkish Kilim rug from Patchy Rugs was the perfect cosy spot to enjoy a platter of local wine and produce.”
Miss Envylope created the stationery for the shoot, using gold ink on hand made paper. Stacey remarks ,”When I approached Sharon Chen of Miss Envylope, my brief was that the hand calligraphy be organic and loose and in gorgeous gold ink. I truly appreciated the reply – “I am just a girl with a calligraphy pen in hand, non-traditional and I just love to play with different styles” and I immediately knew I had the right artist for the shoot. Sharon mixes her own ink and sourced beautiful hand-made paper for her elegant penmanship and supplied us with hand written stationery for the shoot. We also added the lovely quote ‘You are my Greatest Adventure Sail Away with Me’ which suited the location and style of the shoot so well.”