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Amanda & Adam’s Intimate Bistro Molines Wedding

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Amanda & Adam

A day of simple celebration was on the cards as Amanda and Adam tied the knot in an intimate Bistro Molines wedding. The couple,  who chose the beautiful Hunter Valley for their wedding day, were joined by Solas Weddings. They focused on their commitment to each other and joined their guests for a celebration with good food, good wine and plenty of love (and a wee little baby bump!).

On how they met, Amanda tells the story. “Facebook bought us together. Adam saw a photo of me on a mutual friend’s page so arranged to cook dinner and wanted me to be invited along.”

The bride chose a modern strapless gown by Rachel Gilbert, telling “The shopping experience was not how I imagined. I actually found and bought it without my mum and sister as I’d planned. I saw a warehouse sale of Rachel’s dresses and went just ‘to see’ what they were like. Once I tried on the dress, I got really ready and thought it could be the one, but nervous to make the decision alone. The sale ended that day. I called a dear friend to come have a look and give me her opinion. She too cried once she saw it on so that was my answer. A surreal experience! So lucky I have a supportive family who wanted me to be happy beyond being there to decide!”

Amanda and Adam found a privately owned Chevy on the Central Coast that drove them around on the day, Amanda remarking  “My Dad built a Chevy many years ago so it was a fun memory to share together when driving to ceremony.”

Amanda walked down the aisle to Train’s “Marry Me”.

Catherine Wells officiated the ceremony, which was held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Amanda noting “Our celebrant was more like family than someone we’d only just met. It was short but sweet with our most loved ones in attendance. I was super excited to walk down the aisle and Adam was in tears (cute!). During the ceremony, it felt like Adam and I were the only ones there as we only had eyes for each other.”

Of their photographer for the day, Amanda tells “James is a true professional making the plan for the day effortless, guiding with recommendations and delivering all photos we wanted. James makes a somewhat nervous situation relaxing and we both could rest easy knowing you didn’t need to worry about any details with James. Highly recommend him to any couple.”

 

Amanda carried special heirloom pieces with her on the day, noting “A beautiful brooch from my grandmother was pinned to my bridal bouquet and I wore a pearl ring from my other grandmother.”

Guests celebrated with a sit-down reception at Bistro Molines. Amanda remembering “Bistro Molines was an outstanding reception location. Everything was perfect – view, food, wine, hospitality and personal. We loved every minute!”

For their first dance, Amanda and Adam chose “Everything” by Michael Buble.

Congratulations on your marriage Amanda and Adam! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Solas Weddings  for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Solas Weddings / Bride's Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride's Jewellery: Mazal / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever 21 / Bridesmaid Shoes: Williams / Bridesmaid Accessories: David Jones / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Nikki / Hairstylist: Makeup by Nikki / Flowers: Valley Fresh Weddings / Invitations & Stationery: New Creation Print / Invitations & Stationery: Whale Design Co / Ceremony Venue: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Catherine Wells / DJ: Boutique Music Agency / Reception Venue: Bistro Molines / Wedding Cake: Miss Prim & Mr Proper / Wedding Ring: Eternity
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Bronwyn & William’s Classic Elegance Wedding At Gundaroo

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Bronwyn & William

There is something about simply beautiful weddings like the classic elegance at Gundaroo wedding of Bronwyn and William that always sweeps me away. Captured by Emma Hampton, Bronwyn and William wanted a day that was traditional and romantic, inviting their guests to a small intimate ceremony in a beautiful church before they celebrated together at a restaurant with amazing food.

As teenagers, the couple first met, Bronwyn remembering “We met when we were both 17 through a mutual friend who ended up being my matron of honour. We both lived on opposites sides of the city (Canberra) and I was still at school and didn’t have my drivers license. Will would pick me up in his mum’s car after he finished work every Friday night and we would spend the weekend together. We loved that we grew together, from teenagers to adults.”

Bronwyn chose a beautiful long sleeve lace gown from Grace Loves Lace, falling in love with it before she was even engaged, telling “I knew before we were engaged that the Inca gown from Grace Loves Lace was the gown for me. I loved the detail of the lace, the long sleeves and low back. Grace Loves Lace had a concierge in Sydney a few months after we got engaged and I was lucky enough to get a spot. I took my Maid and Matron of honour with me and when I tried the gown on it felt so perfect, we all had tears in our eyes. About 7 months later, I received my gown that was made just for me and it was a dream to wear.”

The bride wore a very special heirloom piece. “I wore my Grandmother’s bracelet made from Dutch coins that belonged to her Grandmother. My Grandmother also wore this bracelet on her wedding day.”

The couple found a ceremony venue at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Gundaroo very close to their reception, noting “We were thrilled to have found an old Catholic Church just 100m up the road for our venue. I knew I wanted to have a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony, in a small church to give it that initiate feel – it was perfect!”

The bride walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole. She remembers “Ever since watching 50 first dates with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, I knew it was the song I would be walking down the aisle to (they play it when Drew’s character Lucy walks down the aisle to marry Adam’s character, Henry). My Dad walked me down the aisle.”

“We wanted it to be traditional and romantic. We had a traditional Catholic ceremony that was relaxed and full of love. We had a special candle ceremony where a grandmother from both the bride and groom’s side would come up and light a candle then swap the candles. We tried to include most of our family in the ceremony – candle ceremony, readings and being witnesses.”

Of their photographer, Bronwyn notes “Emma Hampton was absolute magic. She was the photographer at my matron of honour’s wedding a year prior to ours and when we got engaged, I knew she was the one to capture our wedding. She was relaxed, professional and made us feel so good! Emma felt like one of our friends at the reception and ensured she captured every special moment but she did so in a not noticeable way (I didn’t even see her in the ceremony – she is so clever!) I cried when I saw our photos for the time – we relived our day again and we get to keep these photos forever – we are so grateful!”

The newlyweds continued celebrations with their guests at Grazing. Bronwyn noting “Grazing was the first and only place we looked at. We loved the contemporary, minimalist, romantic warm feel.”

Lilygrace Flowers  created the stunning floral arrangements for the day, including garlands of greenery adorning reception tables at the reception. Bronwyn notes “We had a few meetings describing the style and feel for the wedding, Alicea created stunning bouquets, buttonholes, flower crown and lush greenery at the reception. When I was getting my hair done the morning of, Alicea walked in with the boxes of bouquets and I was blown away. When I entered the reception holding my new hubby’s hand, I couldn’t believe what I saw, she had made my vision come to life. I told Alicea my idea of having macrame backdrop of her ladder behind the bridal table – she loved the idea and her husband made the macrame backdrop especially for our wedding!”

The newlyweds made a last minute change to their first dance, Bronwyn explaining “Our first dance was ‘Can’t help falling in love with you’ – Elvis Presley. We had a precious song picked out but it just didn’t feel right. A few nights before the wedding we watched a movie together (our favourite thing to do) and in the movie was Elvis’ song. It was stuck in both our heads for days. So the night before the wedding I called William asking if that should be our first dance song, he agreed and then I emailed our DJs and we didn’t hear it again till our first dance. It was the perfect spontaneous choice!”

Bronwyn and William chose Barn Owl Films  to capture a film of their day, remarking “The team were so relaxed on the day and always full of smiles. They filmed us with little direction and captured the day as it naturally unfolded. We now have a highlight clip that is watched on the regular and a raw edit film that we get to share with the entire family for years to come. We are so blessed to have found them!

Congratulations on your marriage Bronwyn and William! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Emma Hampton for sharing today’s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: Emma Hampton / Cinematographer: Barn Owl Films / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Groom's Attire: Connor / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Hairstylist: Kate Lily Hair Dressing / Makeup Artist: Tara Florence Artistry / Flowers: Lilygrace Flowers / Ceremony Venue: St Joseph's Catholic Church Gundaroo / Reception Venue: Grazing / DJ: We Play Records / Photo Booth: The Photo Booth Guys / Wedding Ring: Brilliant Earth

Paolo Sebastian Wildflowers 2017 Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

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When the photos of the Paolo Sebastian Wildflowers 2017 Spring/Summer 2017 Collection landed in our inbox, it was just another reason it is so easy to see why Adelaide designer, Paul Vasileff continues to make jaws drop around the world.

Shimmering tulle, iridescent beading and the most beautiful floral embroidery all speaks to the magic of wildflowers. And so it should. Paul was inspired by the visual of a stunning Summer afternoon picking wildflowers, the embroidered handstitching echoing the beauty of flowers caught in the wind.

In beautiful shades of nuage, magnolia and peach blossom, the collection, highlighted with beautiful lily of the valley, forget-me-not and dandelion wisp embroidery, the gowns billow and float behind their wearers. Ballgown skirts, plunge necklines,  the detail weaving its way across the wearer’s body – staying true to the designer’s care of the finest attention to detail.

The Paolo Sebastian Wildflowers 2017 Spring/Summer 2017 Collection is available now.

Other: Paolo Sebastian / Photographer: Zak Kaczmarek

Vendor of the Week – Van Dan Vintage Caravan

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Happy Monday Dotties! It is with great pleasure I write this to you with Winter woollies on – I love the fluff and softness of the colder seasons and can’t wait to bundle up for the months ahead and share the enormous list of wedding inspiration we have planned!

The first Friday of the merry month of May! A gorgeous month to have your wedding – not too hot and not too cold. Take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect vendor to help you with your wedding ideas. We have Wedding Gifts & Registries, we have Food Trucks, we have Styling and Hire and Stationery & Paper Goods – we even have Menswear and Transport! Prepare to be delighted with the talent and services our vendors offer!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Photos by The Robertsons

Based in the Hunter Valley NSW, Willow is a cute little vintage caravan stocked with ice, barware and bar staff to provide bar service at your wedding or event.  Dan of Van Dan Vintage Caravan can also ask Willow to be a pop up cafe and can operate anywhere at anytime. Just provide the alcohol or cafe goods for your guests and Dan and Willow will do the rest.

We asked Dan from Van Dan Vintage Caravan five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Can’t beat an ice cold corona with a lime wedge.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

A camping trip, love the outdoors and a quiet campsite at our favourite spot.

Favourite restaurant?

Bistro Molines at Mt View, best food ever! Didn’t know it was meant to taste so good!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Poached eggs and toast.

My favourite wedding story?

From our very own amazing day, when my wife put her wedding dress on a butterfly came in through the window and fluttered around for a few magic moments before she let it out. Both my wife and her sister said “it’s nan” at the same time. A very special moment amongst many great (moments) on our big day 🙂

Visit Van Dan Vintage Caravan’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Van Dan Vintage Caravan is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.