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Ria and Craig – The Celebration

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

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We’re back with the second part of Ria and Craig’s wedding feature! Ria and Craig decided to get married at Sydney’s MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in the Harbour Terrace Room.

The room would hold many more guests than the couple had, so Ria decided to screen half of the room off and turn it into an indoor ceremony space! Ria and Craig began their ceremony as the sun was setting at 5.30pm.

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Ria walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” sung by Ray Charles.

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At the top of the aisle, Ria had a poem (Sex & The City fans will recognise this one!) and a big vase of tulips. Ria’s father is Dutch and tulips are her favourite flowers. The ceremony was performed by Craig’s university college priest.

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The ceremony space was the first place the guests walked in to.

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Ria’s sister sang “An Ordinary Miracle” by Sarah McLachlan during the ceremony.

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Ria and Craig walked back to the aisle to “The Best Of My Love” by The Emotions to get the party started straight away!

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Ria and Craig set their venue up like a ship, guests walked past the bar (the galley) onto the MCA deck which was set up like the deck of a ship. Overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour as the sun set, the deck was decorated with navy, white & red cushions, life saving rings, white ottomans and rattan chairs. Most of the guests were not from Sydney so the brilliant harbour views got everybody talking!

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While drinking cocktails and eating canapes, guests were entertained by jazz- The Dan Barnett Band.

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The coasters were designed by Ria and printed with “Eat, Drink, Marry, Craig & Ria 10th October 2008″. The red cocktails matched the colour scheme of the day. The delicious food was catered by Culinary Edge.

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Vases of blooms tied with striped ribbon decorated every space.

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At 7.30pm, the screened off section of the Harbour Terrace Room was opened up to the guests. Everyone moved inside (this was the “ship” of Ria and Craig’s “boat”) for a cocktail reception and speeches.

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A lolly buffet was created for guests to feast on! Craig’s family spent days making Italian Terronie (their Christmas specialty), rocky road and hundreds of other lollies. Ria provided brown paper bags stamped a ship’s steering wheel, a ship’s anchor an a “thank you”. Ria spent hours stamping the bags and tying them with red, white or navy ribbon.

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The nautical inspired cake was made by Unique Cakes.

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In his speech, Craig gave Ria “a rock for life”. During their 10 year long relationship, Craig has always collected rocks from places he has been and Ria has kept them in a jar. When he proposed he gave Ria a large quartz stone which he had found on the family farm, the one he gave Ria on their day wedding was from France – the furthest he has ever been from home.

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As a surprise, Ria organsied a photobooth from funbooth for guests to use! She has it covered in a large black sheet and unveiled it after the formalities were over. The funbooth operator cut photos into strips for the guests  and placed another copy into a book for guests to sign as a guestbook .

Ria & Criag had their photos taken with  “Thank You Very Much” signs to send to guests as their thankyou card.

In their midst of her planning, Ria had forgotten to tell Craig who said to her halfway through the reception “Hey do you know there’s a photobooth here?” He had the most amazing time with it!

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Ria and Craig danced their first dance to “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller. Once the band finished at 10.30pm, the DJ started and played songs requested by guests on their RSVP cards. Ria changed into a shorter fun party dress and hit the dance floor with her new husband and guests, partying until 2.30am.

Congratulations on your marriage Ria & Craig and thank you Ria for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by Craven Images

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Ria and Craig

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

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Ria & Craig

I have the most delicious nautical inspired wedding for you today and the best bit is it’s 100% Australian! Ria and Craig celebrated their marriage in Sydney and filled their wedding day with love and laughter.

Here’s Ria’s story on how she and Craig met.

Craig and I met at Uni, my best friend was dating his best friend, they were both in our bridal parties but have married other people. I met him right at the end of his Uni degree so thought that it would be a really short-term thing – instead it turned out to be the relationship of my life! We were married on the 10th of the 10th (October) to celebrate 10 years together. Craig proposed to me on his farm in Far North Queensland – he made me walk up this giant hill in about 35 degree (I was swearing and sweating profusely!) and when we got to the top he just kept hanging around (cue more sweating and swearing on my part) and then heaven knows why after I had been so horrible, he asked me to marry him.

And then here comes the funny part – we decided not to tell anyone – not even our parents! We came back to Sydney booked in the venue and photographer (this took us about 4 months!) and then send all the guests an email with a Save the Date attachment. It was hilarious! Oh we did ring our parents the night before and tell them!”

As the former real wedding editor for Cosmopolitan Bride, Ria knew exactly who she would use for her wedding photos and so today’s wedding was captured by Craven Images.

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Ria and her bridesmaids wore gowns from Vera Wang.

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Starting a stationery company with her friend called Three Peas meant Ria created all of the wedding day stationery herself. In memory of her grandparents who are no longer here, Ria attached photos of them to her bouquet. Ria also wore her mother’s sapphire and diamond ring made in Sri Lanka when Ria was born as her “Something Blue”. She also carried a lace handkerchief made by her great-grandmother.

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Pod Flowers created the flower arrangements for the wedding day.

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As they wanted a dusk ceremony, Ria & Craig had a “first look” so they could have their formal photographs with enough light.

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Each bridesmaid wore a brooch and earrings from Stephanie Browne. Ria also wore Stephanie Browne jewels.

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After their photos, the bridal party headed to the MCA (Museum Of Contemporary Art) for the wedding!

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Check back soon for the beautiful indoor ceremony of Ria & Craig and their stunning reception!

Photos by Craven Images

Glynt Manor

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Wedding Venues

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Please note this venue has now closed

I’ve always loved the idea of a French inspired manor as the backdrop for a wedding. This is one I stumbled upon a while ago and have had saved ever since!

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Located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Glynt Manor was built in 1917 by Victoria’s first permanent white settlers and has since become a luxury boutique hotel which provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. The gardens are beautiful for a wedding ceremony- inspired by France and England, the gardens cover 2.5 acres of the beautiful Mount Martha region.

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Lila and Demetri reopened the hotel in 2008 as Glynt Manor and have filled the stately mansion with beautiful antiques, providing a secret getaway with fine cuisine for their guests.

For intimate weddings, the grand dining room can seat 14 guests, but there is also room on the property for a marquee reception. Hosts Lila and Demetri can help you with every aspect to make your wedding celebration beautiful.

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The accommodation (there are six rooms located in the manor) is luxurious and couples have the option to sneak of to the grand tower suite (featuring a glass roof and spa) after a night of celebrating with their guests.

Visit the Glynt Manor website for more.

Photos by Glynt Manor.

Leona Edmiston Bridal

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids

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The work of Australian designer Leona Edmiston is something I’ve fallen in love with of late. There’s something feminine but easy about her designs and her jersey frocks are so easy to throw on and look put together in.

So to discover there are options for the bride and her bridal party made me excited. It never occurred to me that the classic jersey frocks could double as an easy, wearable option for bridesmaids, but there are also fun prints and even Little Leona designs great for flower girls.

Most of Leona Edmiston‘s range is available through her stores or her online boutique (which ships worldwide!)

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Bonnie, Elizabeth

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Bella PO, Bella PD

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Hazel, Cleo, Crinkle

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Britney Brocade

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Pixie (a limited number of Pixie frocks are also available with a fuller skirt and tulle underneath)

Some fun catwalk shots…

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Photos from Leona Edmiston.

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