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Wedding Food Ideas – The Grazing Table

by | Bride, Catering

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The picture above is one of my happy places, cheese, fresh cured meats, fruits and a glass of wine. Well that’s how you win my heart and the grazing table concept is also an incredible way to cater to your wedding guests. Imagine guests being welcomed post ceremony to a glass of champagne and a table such as this to enjoy as the sun sets? Or perhaps it’s the perfect way to sooth grumbly tummies before ceremony proceedings start, allowing guests to pick what takes their fancy!

Lisa Diederich Photography teamed up with an incredible caterer and florist, photographing and styling this incredible grazing table set up to inspire you! Harry & Mario Cafe provided the decadent delicious fruit, crusty bread, cheeses and meats for the table, In Bud Floral Design the bright floral arrangements and the jars were sourced from Just Jars Australia. Read on for Lisa’s top tips for a grazing table that will wow your wedding guests (and make you crave every morsel on that table like me).

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“The key to a grazing table is having high-quality, harmonious ingredients with a variety of textures and flavours. Cheese, fruits & spreads, dips, charcuterie, antipasto and crusty bread all play crucial parts in the feast and should be delicious and memorable on their own and also when paired with each other. When choosing your selection of cheeses, the board should feature at least one of each type of cheese: aged, firm, soft and blue.”

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“To display your beautiful foods, wooden boards are traditionally used. Find an assortment in various sizes and thickness. For an even more rustic display, choose boards with different wood grains and colours. Marble slabs, glass platters and small porcelain bowls can also be used creatively!”

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“To accompany, choose interesting but complimentary fruits and spreads such as quince paste, dried or fresh figs, apricots and pears. Consider the flavor pairings and be creative – chevre (goat cheese) apricot jam and fresh thyme pair beautifully, for example!”

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“To round out the table, add pickled, roasted or charred vegetables, marinated olives and homemade dips, like hummus, beetroot or pesto. Then be sure to offer a variety of crusty breads and biscuits – sourdough, wholegrain artisan bread, assorted biscuits with nuts and seeds all lend well to dipping and piling high with cheese and accompaniments.”

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“To add more substance and protein to your table, offer a charcuterie selection with quality cured meats. Again, present a variety of textures and tastes with maybe a thinly sliced proscuitto, a spicy sopressa and a smooth pâté.”

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“Once you have displayed the foods on your grazing table, fill your table-scape with fresh flowers, candles and unique personal touches, like a piece of driftwood plucked off the beach that morning, and enjoy!”

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Photography & Styling: Lisa Diederich Photography / Catering: Harry & Mario Cafe / Flowers: In Bud Floral Design / Jars: Just Jars Australia
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Nadia and Cam’s Modern Cave Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Nadia and Cam

I would have loved to have been a guest at Nadia and Cam’s wedding. Nadia rocked her red frames, they got married in a cave and guests received rings hidden inside a pinata as wedding favors. What could be more fun? Their day was so expertly captured by the lovely Samara Clifford.

On how they met, Nadia and Cam tel,l “We met on a swing dance floor, in a crummy bar in Northbridge, in 2006.”

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Trenna Kerr (Nadia’s sister) created the stationery for the day. Along with plenty of other details also created by Nadia’s sisters – not least of which included the decorations, tables, save the dates and pinatas!

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Nadia wore a gown from Jasmine’s Bridal and her bridesmaids wore different dresses from Rodeo Show.

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The groom dressed in a suit from Institchu and the groomsmen in ASOS. Nadia’s mother made the bow ties and ties for the gents!

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Nadia and Cam chose Wavehouse, Injidup for their wedding location, marrying inside the natural cave ampitheatre. Nadia walked down the aisle to Wild is the Wind – Cat Power.

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Nadia describes the day as, “A rustic, rural fiesta in an amazing spot, with almost all our favourite people.”

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Laurissa Knowles performed the ceremony.

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Chic Rustique styled the floral arrangements for the day.

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Of their photographer, Nadia tells, “Sam is an old school friend of Cam’s. Which is to say they’ve known one another forever. But we couldn’t think of anyone better for the gig – and can’t imagine how she could have done a better job.”

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Of their venue, the newlyweds tell, “There’s a natural amphitheatre on one side of the property, and incredible ocean views to the other, and wedged in between is a slightly odd, wee-bit-shabby tiki themed house.”

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Guests played a handmade Mexican game of breaking a pinata,which was filled with rings – guests adorned with glitzy jewels as wedding favors.

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Nadia notes, “We loved that we were able to share that with a great many of the people we love, some of whom who’d made a terrific effort to be there. (Phil this is not you – we know you flew Business Class)”.

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Of their first dance, the couple tell, “This one was yet more swing dancin, and to frightfully saucy I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl by Nina Simone.”

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Congratulations on your wedding Nadia and Cam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Samara Clifford for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Samara Clifford / Bride’s Dress: Jasmine's Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s Jewelry: Bethany Linton / Groom’s Attire: Insitchu / Groomsmen Attire: ASOS / Bridesmaid Dresses: Rodeo Show / Bridesmaid Accessories: Kate Spade / Hairstylist: Anne Ryan / Makeup Artist: Dallas Pearce / Flowers & Decor: Chic Rustique / Invitations & Stationery: Trenna Kerr (Nadia's sister) / Venue: Wavehouse, Injidup / Ceremony Officiant: Laurissa Knowles / Ceremony Hire (Chairs): Chic Rustique / DJ: Friends / Catering: Danielle Warren and Bree Clatworthy / Cake Baker: Nadie (the bride) / Wedding Rings: Bethany Linton / Transport: Bunbury Bus Hire / Seafood: 34 Degrees Blue (08) 9758 8900 / Jamon: Xarcuteria 08 9385 4696 / Wine: Arimia Wines

Wedding Readings – Togetherness

by | Bride, Ceremony

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It’s time to kick off a new feature on Polka Dot Bride! Tailoring your wedding ceremony to really represent who you are can be overwhelming!

This is after all one of the most important ceremonies and rites of passage you will pass through. So to help you, I’m kicking off a series on wedding readings and I would love for you to share your favourites with me.

Today I’m sharing readings I love that are on the theme of togetherness. Part of what I love about wedding ceremonies is that symbol that these two people are choosing to travel the journey of life not as one, but as a team, together.

Marriage – Khalil Gibran (The Prophet)

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

 

Unknown title – Regina Hill

When two people join together
and bond their lives forever
because they are certain they have something special
that will make their commitment last…
this is the first act of faith.

Upon this act of faith these two people will build a life.
and as long as their determination stays with them
this life will always be their hope, their dreams, their truth, their being, their inspiration,
and their source of strength.
Through their life together, they will hurt and laugh.
Together they will feel all of life’s up and downs.
They will learn and grow through trial and error.
The lessons will show them the meaning of true love
And the difference between a love that lasts
and one that just gives up.
These two people will face each failure together and
discover the strength to go on.
They will encourage each other’s dreams and forgive each other’s faults.
Through a labour of love.
these two will become as one,
fighting against the odds and ultimately creating
a commitment that will grow into an infinite love.

 

An excerpt from “A Farewell to Arms” -  Ernest Hemingway

At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal.

We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone.

Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others.

We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.

 

A Marriage By Michael Blumenthal

You are holding up a ceiling
with both arms. It is very heavy,
but you must hold it up, or else
it will fall down on you. Your arms
are tired, terribly tired,
and, as the day goes on, it feels
as if either your arms or the ceiling
will soon collapse.

But then,
unexpectedly,
something wonderful happens:
Someone,
a man or a woman,
walks into the room
and holds their arms up
to the ceiling beside you.

So you finally get
to take down your arms.
You feel the relief of respite,
the blood flowing back
to your fingers and arms.
And when your partner’s arms tire,
you hold up your own
to relieve him again.

And it can go on like this
for many years
without the house falling.

Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence,
without you moving, slicing the noon
like a blue flower, without you walking
later through the fog and the cobbles,

without the light you carry in your hand,
golden, which maybe others will not see,
which maybe no one knew was growing
like the red beginnings of a rose.

In short, without your presence: without your coming
suddenly, incitingly, to know my life,
gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind:

since then I am because you are,
since then you are, I am, we are,
and through love I will be, you will be, we’ll be.

Love Sonnet by Pablo Neruda

Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence,
without you moving, slicing the noon
like a blue flower, without you walking
later through the fog and the cobbles,
without the light you carry in your hand,
golden, which maybe others will not see,
which maybe no one knew was growing
like the red beginnings of a rose.
In short, without your presence: without your coming
suddenly, incitingly, to know my life,
gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind:
since then I am because you are,
since then you are, I am, we are,
and through love I will be, you will be, we will be.

 

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses,
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle,
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull,
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs,
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds’ swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning;
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me, and be my love.

Victoria and Paul’s Formal Country Estate Wedding

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

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Victoria and Paul

Victoria and Paul’s formal country estate wedding, captured by Jonathan Ong is so utterly romantic. The couple married outside under the most incredible blooming wisteria tree and danced to the voices of their loved ones. Choosing the one venue meant they could celebrate with guests all day long without moving themselves from spot to spot.

Victoria tells the tale of how they met – which kicked off in  high school! “We met in high school. Paul was two years ahead of me and I remember seeing him once with an art project and thinking “Wow, that guy is super talented; and he’s not even up himself”. Then we skip to 4 years later when he dated my friend for two months – obviously that didn’t work out… but we’re all really good friends now and can laugh about it.”

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Victoria and Paul chose Fernhill Estate for their wedding, telling, “Our ceremony and reception was held at a beautiful property, Fernhill Estate. Local to many of our friends and family. The property even shares a little history with Victoria’s father, dating back to the 90′s when he used to chop wood for the previous owners. Fast forward to today – the estate is newly owned and making business through venue and event hiring.

We were actually the first wedding to be held under the new ownership , so we benefited from a great amount of control with the overall use of the property. From location, styling to outsourcing we were able to tailor everything before they could make template packages for couples.”

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Harbourside Event Decorators styled the wedding decor.

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The morning started off rather early, the bride remembering, “In true bridezilla fashion, I changed makeup artists and hairdresser the week of the wedding. This resulted in my bridesmaids and I having to wake up at 4:00am to get our makeup and hair done. Hopefully you can’t tell in the pictures though – they did a great job at covering up the dark circles under my eyes! After we were done, we all went out to a fantastic breakfast at Henri Marc Cafe where I was treated like a queen. When we got to the venue we still had 5 hours to kill until the wedding (it was only 10:00am) so we watched a few TV shows, a movie (Easy A) and talked about how much I owed my bridesmaids for making them get up before the sun.”

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Victoria walked down the aisle to Until We Get There – Lucius.

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Victoria tells, “Our garden wedding meant that there was no church to “walk out of” at the end of the ceremony. So instead of making a grand exit, we wanted to finish the ceremony with thanking our family and friends. You can see these moments in all the photos of us hugging our closest family/friends after the ceremony.”

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Victoria’s mum came to the rescue with a few minor dress issues! She recalls ,”You may notice that there aren’t that many photos of me getting ready/with my dress. There were some issues with the dress slipping down at the front and showing a little more than I felt comfortable with! Thankfully mum was there with her trusty sewing kit to save the day. She was sewing me into my dress half an hour before the wedding.”

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“We have been fans of Melbourne based photographer Jonathan Ong even before we got engaged. His frequently reblogged work was hard to miss. We saw a trend in contemporary reportage wedding photography and many photographers doing it well. Although what drew us to Ong’s photography was his authentic, honest and sincere approach to story telling. From the look on Keith’s face (FOB) when he sees Victoria in her wedding dress to Paul wiping the tear of his face at the alter.”

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Victoria explains, “ We had plenty of help from my mum and grandma making the adorable dresses for the flower girls and the delicious wedding cake.”

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Their utterly romantic first dance was sung by loved ones. Victoria tells, “It was meant to be outside under the big jacaranda tree featured in many of our photos, but it was pouring down rain by that stage. So we had it in the hall where we had our reception – and it worked out beautifully. My bridesmaid, Eve, her sister and mother, and Paul’s best man/brother, John, did a rendition of Cicadas and Gulls by Feist. It was an amazing 3-part harmony and their voices echoed throughout the hall. Teamed with the ambient lighting, for a minute I wasn’t scared to dance in front of people – because it felt l like it was just Paul and I there.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Victoria and Paul! Thank you for sharing your tales with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Ong for sharing today’s gorgeous photographs!

Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Cinematographer: Sala Studios / Styling/Hire: Harbourside Event Decorators / Flowers: Lauren Orr / Venue: Fernhill Estate
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