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Sarah and Steve – The Celebration

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Welcome back to the second part of Sarah and Steve’s celebration! I love the simple glamour of the wedding day, it’s so Melbourne!

After the “first look” and the photos in Melbourne city. The bridal party went their separate ways to the ceremony.

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Sarah and Steve had their stationery designed by and printed by PaperMarc printed on white pearl papers with smokey blue ink

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Sarah and Steve decided to hold their wedding ceremony at the Hawthorn Town Hall in a former courtroom. The venue held special significance for Sarah as a lawyer herself, as well as many of the couples family and friends practicing law.

Right before the ceremony. Sarah and her father shared a special moment. Sarah looked her father straight in the eye and told him she loved him and he said he loved her too. Her father squeezed her hand and said “Let’s do this”.

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Sarah walked down the aisle to “Whats Simple Is True (A Song For Winter)” by Jewel. The song was not only a nod to their winter wedding, but also poignant with it’s lyrics.

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Sarah and Steve’s mothers participated in a Celtic hand tying ceremony with the couple

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The over excited Steve slipped out his “I Do” a little too early.

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A champagne reception followed the ceremony, which allowed for Sarah & Steve to greet their guests, take family photos and for guests to mingle.

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Sarah and Steve hired Chameleon Events to assist with their day of coordination and ensure everything ran smoothly (and so that Sarah and her mother could fully relax!).  Once the group photo was taken, the newlyweds and their guests walked the short distance to Canvas Restaurant.

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Guests gathered on the outdoor deck (with plenty of heaters) for cocktail hour.

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The couple are devoted to gourmet food and wine and chose Canvas Restaurant for it’s amazing culinary delights (including duck – Steve’s favourite) and the relaxed restaurant atmosphere. They were able to serve an a la carte menu with duck for entree and main. Canvas also allowed them to serve their own Pinot Noir to accompany the duck and a friend’s sparkling wine to toast with.

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Sarah’s maid of honor’s mother has beautiful penmanship and wrote all of the guests names of the place cards and invitations by PaperMarc

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Each table was decorated with mirrors, candles and ivory flowers matching Sarah’s bouquet. Fat Tulip wrapped the centrepieces into small break apart bouquets, allowing female guests to take them home at the end of the night and save wastage!

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After dinner, the guests hit the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Craig Delmo. The newlyweds danced their first dance to “How Sweet It Is (To be Loved By You”) by Marvin Gaye, a choice they felt was reflective of their relationship. Their wedding rhumba was choreographed by Sarah’s friend who has ballroom dancing skill.

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Sarah’s most touching moment of the night was having two family friends come up to her and  Steve on the dance floor and say “Congratulations – we don’t know if you realise this, but the 7 June is our anniversary too – its our 35th today”. The wife then said “I hope you are as happy as we are in 35 years in time”. That brought a tear to everyone’s eyes!

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The couple chose a simple white cake from Ab Fab Cakes. Instead of a sit down dessert, Canvas served a roving dessert, allowing guests to keep their spirits up while dancing.

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After dragging Steve away from a comedic slow dance to “Strangers In The Night” with his best man, Sarah and Steve left the reception to the strains of “Thats Amore” by Dean Martin and their guests waving from the Canvas balcony, in a taxi, which took them 1km up the road to their own apartment where they spent their wedding night. The couple wanted the comfort of their own bed!

But alas, that top button meant Steve spent the beginning of his wedding night helping Sarah undo her 60 bobby pins and her top button- which he finally took to with his Leatherman!

Thank you for allowing Polka Dot Bride to share your beautiful wedding day Sarah & Steve! I wish you all the best for your many years of marriage together!

Photos by Clare Murray

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Sarah and Steve

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Sarah & Steve

Today’s wedding is full of glamour and style! A winter wedding (my favourite wedding season!) held in the city (Melbourne), a first look, no veil and one of the most stunning gowns!

The couple met on a blind date setup by mutual friends seven years ago. At a little Italian restaurant they talked all night (though Steve argues that Sarah talked and he listened!). A romantic proposal followed seven years later on a cliff top overlooking the ocean.

Sarah and Steve chose to look at their wedding like a big party, as soon afterward they would be moving out of the city to their farm. So they decided their wedding was the perfect opportunity to send them on their way in style!

Today’s photography is by Clare Murray

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Steve wore his father’s Georg Jensen cufflinks.

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With the couple owning their own vineyard, it was only natural they would serve a few bottles of their own grapes on their wedding day!

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Steve and his groomsmen got ready at Melbourne’s Westin hotel, while Sarah and her bridesmaid got prepared at Sarah’s family home.

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Sarah wore shoes from Xiomara and had a couture gown designed by Jane Hill. Her gown featured a French silk tulle overlay, jewelled bodice and jewelled back straps.

Sarah’s grandmother made a beautiful hanger for Sarah’s wedding gown which included original seed pearl beads and fabric from her own wedding gown.

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One of the funnier moments of Sarah’s wedding day was trying to get the top button done up on her wedding gown, her dad even came to help with a set of pliers!

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One of Sarah’s ‘must have’ shots was taken on the quilt her mother had made for her 24th birthday.

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Winter bouquets of white seasonal blooms including hyacinths, lisianthus, roses, freesias) were by Fat Tulip Flower Merchants. The bridesmaids bouquets featured cornflower blue flowers to match their gowns.

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Instead of a veil, Sarah’s hairdresser Ralph of Ralph Hair Studio pushed ivory blooms (including tuber roses, hyacinths and freesias) into her hairstyle.

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Sarah’s bridesmaids wore different gowns in cornflower blue from Stellini

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Sarah met Steve in the foyer of the Westin hotel for their first look. Sarah says it felt like her heart was about to explode out of her chest.

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The couple spent time in the hotel bar with their bridal party and a glass of champagne! It was a lovely way for them to ease their nerves and have some quiet time together before the wedding proceedings began.

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They then had photos taken around Melbourne’s city square and the hotel

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Next it was off to the ceremony!

Check back later today for the formal proceedings and the gorgeous restaurant reception!

Photography by Clare Murray

Letter Bird Lane

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods

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I came across the most gorgeous website recently that has such a fun design it made me want to explore it! Letter Bird Lane creates stationery for every type of event- from weddings to engagements and birthday parties.

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I love the vibrant, styled designs. Owner Eliza Silva has a background in design and the Letter Bird Lane website features the option to pick your own variation and submit your details with exact wording all on the one page.  They also offer custom design and a large range of custom colours.

Check out the Letter Bird Lane site for more

Photography by Bubblefish

Wedding Wreaths

by | Bride, Flowers, Reception, Wedding Inspiration

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A pretty way to add decoration to a door, wall, chair or even fireplace at your wedding venue is to use a wreath. There are so many beautiful and different wreaths that can reflect the personality of your wedding.

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Symbolising hope and a never ending future, the circle shape of the wreath ties in with what a wedding is all about.

Bunch flowers into florist’s foam to create easy wreaths. Flowers like carnations packed tightly have a stunning puffy look but are cost effective. Australian native flowers, berries or even fern fronds make beautiful wreaths and can be tailored to whatever is in season.

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Wreaths look great hung on the church doors, on trees around your ceremony location, on church pews, or on the back of VIP chairs.

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Hang tiny wreaths from the back of your guests’ chairs or place above each place setting with a name card to indicate where each guest is to sit. These wreaths could feature a little bird’s nest filled with sugared almonds and double as a favour.

A huge wreath featuring all white flowers, or flowers from the bride’s bouquet could be placed behind the head table.

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