Happy Monday Dotties! Who can believe it is already February? The month of love, we have so much planned for this month!
Hot summer days, cooling drinks on the verandah, beach holidays – how are you spending your summer? Take some time in the shade as we have plenty of wedding goodness in store for this year so relax while we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. We have Cinematography, we have Celebrants, we have Bridal Gown Services, we even have Bridesmaid Gowns and Photobooth Hire! Our Directory is filled with vendors who are dedicated to making your dreams a reality on your wedding day.
Miriam of Chic Rustique is one busy lady. She provides imaginative wedding decor with her wedding styling,floral design and also hires out chairs for your event – all of this from Margaret River in WA. She also has a floral and styling business in the UK, for any brides wanting to have their wedding in England in the summer months. Her team of experts will help you design and shape your wedding decor right down to the last detail – flowers, decor and chairs – you can’t go wrong!
What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup!
Your favourite wedding story?
I loved it when one of my brides told me they had such a great night dancing under the stars at their wedding that there was even a bit of breakdancing and the caterpillar made an appearance!!! – the wedding dress did not appreciate this!!
Give me an emerald green sequin dress and I’m a happy camper, but give me an emerald green sequin dress, glammed up formal engagement photos and a romantic love story? I’m totally yours! This engagement shoot of Donna and Sergio delivered on all fronts thanks to We Are Origami Photography.
Donna tells the story of how they met. “The first time we met was on a plane, when he offered me his window seat as I was eagerly waiting for the flight to take off. It was a long flight so we spent the entire time discussing anything and everything. I felt there was a kindness in him, and I knew at that moment that I wanted to always know him.
At the end of our flight we exchanged phone numbers and went our separate ways. We stayed in contact after our holidays and it turned out that we worked five minutes away from one another in the CBD. We had lunch together almost everyday and our relationship grew as we found out we had more and more in common.
We have been inseparable ever since…we have grown together over the last 4 years and we feel so blessed to have met each other.”
On what he loves about Donna, Sergio tells, “I love Donna’s passion for her hobbies and interests, and the way I can’t imagine a day without her in my life.”
On what she loves about Sergio, Donna remarks, “I love the way Sergio supports and inspires me to be more than I am, and how he sparks my creativity and imagination – oh and how he always manages to make me smile.”
The romantic proposal went a little something like this. “Sergio organised a surprise weekend getaway to the beautiful and scenic Blue Mountains, where we had our first date. After an amazing day and relaxed dinner, we entered into our hotel room where Sergio had organised a room lit up with fairy lights and candles. He nervously got down on one knee and proposed and he made me the happiest girl in the world!”
Donna and Sergio tell, “We wanted to take this opportunity to have loads of fun dressing up and playing around a little more with our wardrobes, something different from our everyday casual happy snaps.
The words ‘glamorous’, ‘seductive’, ‘fun’ and ‘enchanted’, came to mind. We also wanted to incorporate as many little DIY details as possible into our engagement session to make it as personal as we could. Such as the two tiered cake that we had made and decorated, the wild, unstructured flower bouquet that we had put together that morning to reflect Donna’s mother’s favourite colour, and the enchanted mood we created with the candles and fairy lights to remind us of the magical feelings on the night of the proposal.
We couldn’t have been happier, we just love the look of being outside and taking in the gorgeous surroundings.”
If dancing is your thing, then Alina and Jarod’s fun North Fitzroy wedding will really show you how it’s done. From the Jewish Hora, a band made entirely of friends, tunnels, dance moves I don’t even know the name of, all showed up at this very fun, informal celebration captured by Zoe McMahon.
Jarod tells the story of how they eventually came to be. “I was instantly drawn to Alina when she walked into the health food store I was working in. She took my breath away.” He says that later that evening he was writing in his journal and reflected on his attraction to Alina. Alina remembers, “Amazingly, the very next afternoon, he saw me from a distance at the St. Kilda night markets. Jarod plucked up the courage to introduce himself and ask me out. I awkwardly shook his hand, he spilled hot chai down my leg, he walked away with my number…..I screened his first call…he persisted….we lived happily ever after :)”
The bride wore a polka dot dress from Thurley, noting, “My dress was the very first one I tried on. It was from Thurley and cost a whopping $360! I put it on and it was perfect. I must say, I was very glad to avoid fittings and endless looking! The dress was fun and comfortable and flirty. I had it altered by Billie (Billie’s Workshop (03) 9827 1144) to make it fit just right.”
The couple met before the ceremony for photographs.
Of their photographer, Zoe and Jarod remark, “Zoe is exceptional. We had a rule for picking vendors for the wedding – they had to be people we really liked personally and wanted to hang out with. Zoe was precisely that. She was fun, warm and just amazing. The photos she took were candid, beautiful and captured the essence of the day. I would recommend her to everyone!”
Alina and Jarod held their ceremony and reception at St Brigid’s Parish Hall. “Although it made the planning more challenging, we decided that we wanted to use a venue that gave us complete freedom. We do dance classes at the hall and it is very special to us. It was also big enough to accommodate our 175 guests, has beautiful ceilings and timber floor and a huge industrial kitchen. We love the old world feel and the warmth of the space.” They worked with Dann Event Hire, Technical Events and Katie Marx to turn the venue into their dream reception space.
Of the processional, Alina remembers, “The incredible Lauren Glezer and Keren Leizerovitz, who are our very dear friends, played a twist on Beyonce’s ‘Halo’.”
Samantha Loff performed the ceremony, the newlyweds remembering, “Our ceremony was incredibly special! Our wonderful friend spent months planning and curating all of the details. It was very personal, funny and sweet. There was no formality at all. We spoke to each other about our love and commitment and had that witnessed by our community – it was perfect.”
The dancing then kicked off in full force with the Jewish hora.
Ed Dixon Food Design catered the wedding, just one of the many vendors Alina and Jarod adored. “All our vendors were amazing! We ran with the policy that above all, we really wanted to pick great people that we got great vibes from and who are exceptional at their craft (in that order). Every moment with Ed, Zoe, Michael, MAAFIA and Katie was fun and easy. You probably spend more time on the actual wedding day with your Photographer/Videographer than you do with many friends. Hanging with Zoe and Michael was great!!
Some highlights include: Menu tasting in Ed Dixon’s Abbotsford offices, winter meetings with both Zoe and Michael at dark Melbourne bars over a glass of wine, having MAAFIA over to our place for a cuppa and chatting about all sorts of things!”
“Our incredible friends played a huge part in making our wedding what it was. One of our friends married us. Nine of our friends formed a band and rehearsed for months to play an incredible set that was so beautiful and hilarious (one of them even rapped!).”
Woohoo Revue made sure the dance floor was never empty, even for the first dance, the bride and groom remembering, “Our band “The WooHoo Revue’ played a live original waltz called ‘Morelands Ball’ which kicked off a set of Gypsy Balkan madness. Although the wedding was anything but traditional, we really enjoyed learning to waltz for the first dance.”
Congratulations on your marriage Alina and Jarod! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Zoe McMahon for sharing today’s wedding.