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Win A Wedding Coordination Package With Girl Friday Weddings

by | Bride, Competitions

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Sydney wedding planners Girl Friday Weddings started their business as wedding planners and personal assistants for “the busy bride”. By designing their packages to be ‘not all or nothing’, the team allows you to work the way you want to work, allowing them to confirm last minute details, run errands or simply plan your whole event from start to finish.

Girl Friday Weddings are giving one couple a half-day wedding coordination package valued at $595.

The package is designed for couples who just need a little extra help managing everything on their wedding day.
It includes
– One consultation prior to your wedding to run through checklists, timelines and identify any last minute jobs
– 5 consecutive hours of management & coordination on the day
– A run sheet/timeline for your wedding day distributed to bridal party members and wedding vendors
– Contact for all your wedding vendors to confirm details and responsibilities.
– One event manager for your day

To win your own half day wedding planning package from Girl Friday Weddings, simply leave a comment on this post answering the following questions.

1. Had you considered hiring a wedding planner to help you just for the day of your wedding?
2. How much would you expect to pay a planner to help you confirm your vendors and coordinate the entire day?
3. Other than white or ivory, what would your next colour choice be for your wedding day and why?

The winner will be chosen by the Girl Fridays Wedding team and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and must be redeemed 18 months from the date of  the winner announcement. Wedding Day Coordination package is subject to availability and may be substituted for a planning package of the same value.This competition is open worldwide, but winners must be based in the Sydney metropolitan area or pay travel, accommodation and related expenses or may be exchanged for a planning package to the same value where work can be completed remotely. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on Friday 4th of June at 5.00 p.m (Australian time).

This competition is now closed.

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Louise and Ross – The Celebration

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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I feel so lucky to live in a country that produces such beautiful weddings. Today’s wedding is so quintessentially Australian- the landscape, the relaxed details and the joy. Pure magic don’t you think?

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Louise and Ross hired their venue Boyd Baker House for three nights- which meant they could celebrate with their guests for as long as they liked without a worry of closing time!

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Louise and Ross set out an antique typewriter for guests to leave messages As a fun touch, they hired an alcoholic slushee machine to keep guests celebrating as they enjoyed an outdoor feast. Ross has a Sri Lankan background, so the couple served Sri Lankan hoppers and curries buffet style.

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Congratulations Louise and Ross on your marriage and beautiful wedding celebration! Thank you for allowing us to share the details! Thank you also to Louisa Bailey for sharing the wedding with us today!

Photos by Louisa Bailey

Louise and Ross

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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It’s always such an honour to showcase a brand new wedding photographer’s work. Today’s wedding is the first wedding shot by photographer Louisa Bailey(who is a brilliant commercial photographer). A beautiful, Australian country wedding of Louise and Ross that took place at Boyd Baker House, just outside Melbourne, Victoria.

Eight years and 5 months ago Ross was camping with some friends at Wilson’s Prom. Early in the afternoon on the penultimate day of their week long camping trip, Louise arrived with a group of mates for a one-night stay. Fortunately for Ross, Louise was booked in to the campsite opposite his. Ross and Louise were instantly drawn to each other and to make a long story short, it wasn’t long before the two were inseparable.

Louisa says “Ross and Louise’s personalities are quite similar, especially both being quite laid-back. They really wanted their wedding day to reflect this and the Boyd Baker House was the perfect venue. The Boyd Baker House is an iconic and modern piece of architecture fitted out with stunning Scandinavian furniture, which appealed especially to Louise as she has a design background. The opened room layouts allowed for guests to relax and enjoy the day without feeling like they were stuck on one table. Later into the night, these very spaces transformed into a fun dance floor! The venue was also very accommodating as it was hired out for the whole weekend, which allowed family and close friends to stay and celebrate well into the night.”

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As a graphic designer, (Louise Jones Design) Louise was able to do a lot of DIY for the wedding. She designed the invites, the table settings, programs and bonbonnieres. Louise chose a gown by Australian designer Yeojin Bae and accessorised with a Ward & Wylie feather hairpiece and shoes by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa. She wore a drop pendant and earrings from Dinosaur Designs. Her styled hair and makeup look was created by Hayley Mac.

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Beautiful Australian native bouquets were designed by Glasshaus Nursery and featured a King Protea, echoing the strong lines of Louise’s gown. Louise’s sister wore a red dress, cinched at the waist with a belt- both by Gorman.

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Louise walked down the aisle to “Everlong” by The Foo Fighters.

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Check back this afternoon for more of Louise and Ross’ Australian country wedding!

Photos by Louisa Bailey.

Morgan and Ryan – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,

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I love the elegant, almost nautical touches Morgan and Ryan included in their wedding day. It’s so obvious they put a lot of thought into how they wanted their wedding to be, what they wanted for each aspect.

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Morgan says “In keeping with making every aspect of our day ‘us’, we wanted to make the photoshoot very Auckland.  It was an amazingly sunny and still day, which was lucky because the entire bridal party crossed the harbour from Devonport to the Viaduct Harbour by speedboat.  For me, this was the most hilariously fun moment of the day.  My new husband, our best friends, and a boat out on the harbour.

We had our photos at Imperial Bar in the Viaduct Harbour.   Ryan took me out for dinner in the Viaduct on one of our very first Auckland dates in early 2006, and we had a drink at Imperial after dinner.  At the time Ryan commented how amazing the leather armchairs, big fireplace and large oak tables were – and how it’d be a stunning place for wedding photos. Of course I had to take him back there on our wedding day!

We arrived at The Wharf by speedboat – having zipped across the harbour and under the harbour bridge.   Our driver was hilarious and got into the excited energetic mood of the day and took us for a ‘blatt’ up to Chelsea Sugar works and back!  Amazing.”

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Prior to the reception and as a nod to Ryan’s heritage, the couple named their cocktail hour “Australia Hour”.

Morgan says “It was important for us to recognise Ryan’s Australian heritage.  We decided to do it during the canapés hour whilst we were having our photos.  It also provided a fabulous opportunity for some tongue in cheek jokes, starting with our directions in the order of service. We compiled a playlist of the best known and most fun Australian hits, including Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and the hilarious Rolf Harris. We decorated the room with a large white wooden letters that spelled Australia, and collections of gumnuts and golden wattle in small square white ceramic vases.  Sourcing these was quite difficult, but looked absolutely perfect (and we’re sure it made our 57 Australian guests feel at home!).

Ryan’s family have lived on their property in McLaren Vale just outside of Adelaide for seven generations and Ryan’s family heritage is very important to him.  The grapes on their land are used to make a Sparkling Shiraz, a delicious chilled sparkling red wine that is a family favourite and consumed in large quantities at all special occasions! We brought 3 cases over for Australian Hour, as we wanted to introduce our NZ guests to our favourite wine – and also have some on our wedding day. We also served Crown Lager – a very Australian beer.”

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Morgan and Ryan put considerable thought into their reception held at The Wharf. “We named our tables after places in NZ and Australia that are important to us.  We made white wooden letters that spelled out each name, and surrounded them with white pillar candles (wrapped in wedding ribbon) and antique silver candlesticks that we had collected throughout the year from antique shops in Adelaide and all around the North Island.

The top table was called The Edwards (again, in white wooden letters) and we had a small white ceramic vase with poppies in it on either side, decorated with the wedding ribbon.  These flowers were also hard to find, but there was nothing more perfect to represent the union of NZ and Australia and to commemorate our grandparents.”

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The chocolate wedding cake was created by Rocket Kitchen. Morgan says “In lieu of bonbonniere we made a donation to Medicans Sans Frontiere on behalf of each guest.   We both really love how MSF actively pursues equal health opportunities for people in the third world.

It was really important to us to acknowledge the important people in our lives and share what makes them so special to us.  We gave each guest a booklet with information about the places that the tables were named after, and a small blurb about each person at each table.  They were a huge success – my Maid of Honour’s mother told me how she’d spotted that the woman sitting next to her was a chef, and so asked her for a new and exciting recipe she could make for her dinner party the next night!”

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Ryan says “We thought it was a novel idea to incorporate a photobooth into Australian Hour.  Morgan’s stepdad Barry made us a large white photoframe for guests to stand behind, and our very close friend Ricky (a professional photographer) took photos of guests.  The resulting photos are both hilarious and gorgeous. We’ve mailed them out as our thank you cards, and also have made a magazine style photo guestbook for our coffee table.”

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The special touches were endless! Morgan says “In the girls bathroom we had a ‘Touch Up Station’ complete with GHD Hair Straightener, sewing kit, hairspray and bobby pins, plasters, blister block, insect repellant, mints, makeup removal pads, mascara, lip gloss and many more items essential to women in need!

We had three children at our reception: My brothers and sisters.  They absolutely mean the world to me, and I realised early on that they would find the duration of the reception a bit overwhelming.   After a bit of brainstorming I came up with the idea of personalised activity sheets for each of them, with a photo treasure hunt (and disposable camera) the same on each.  I tailored them to each of their ages; my 8 year old sister had join the dots and my 14 year old brother had logic puzzles (among other things).  They were so much fun to make, and the kids loved them.”

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Ryan says “One of the many things Morg and I have in common is our passion to learn new things.  We are constantly challenging each other with new ideas and so when I suggested we have lessons and make our dance extra special there was no turning back!

We had a series of lessons in Adelaide, and whilst at the start there was a lot of spaghetti arms and encroaching on each others’ dance space, we pulled “the” Dirty Dancing Dance off (almost) perfectly.  We even did the lift!

With Morgan organising such an amazing day whilst completing med school, it was important for me to assist where possible and add some personal touch to the day. Among other things I was in charge of transport from the wharf to our accommodation. With the day planned down to the last perfect detail, I knew that vacating the venue as man and wife was just as important as our arrival so I arranged a chauffeur driven BMW 7 series to collect us (with a waiting bottle of sparkling Shiraz) and drive us to the amazing accommodation, Level 23 of the stunning Sentinel apartments in Takapuna. It was important for me to arrange the accommodation on the North Shore as it is Morgan’s home, and I wanted to share our first night in the place that she is hugely passionate about. The accommodation was simply amazing, and it provided the perfect setting to chill out together, enjoy just one more wine and reflect on such an amazing day whilst taking in the panoramic view.”

My favourite part of Morgan and Ryan’s celebration? In lieu of a honeymoon, the couple took a “mateymoon”.

Morgan explains “We had such an amazing time on our wedding day that we weren’t ready for it to be over.  We were blessed to have a lot of guests from Morg’s Medical School in Brisbane fly over, as well as Ryan’s groomsmen and their partners and it seemed such a shame for them to fly home without spending more time with them.

Morg’s Maid of Honour Sophie helped us to organise what was known originally as ‘Tumeke’ and then became known throughout the Coromandel as ‘The Mateymoon’ after Sophie’s boyfriend Andy, a Coromandel FM DJ, announced our arrival on air.  It was eerie how many of the vendors of each day’s activities had heard of us on the radio!

We had 35 people in total, and hired three beachfront bach’s in Tairua.  Each day we partook in some of the amazing things on offer in the Coromandel, and each night one of the houses would host dinner and the ensuing festivities.  We went kayaking to Cathedral Cove, rode horses in Whitianga, played golf in Pauanui and lawn bowls in Tairua, went fishing off the Alderman Islands, collected pipi’s in Tairua estuary and relaxed in pools we made at Hot Water beach and a day spa in Whitianga, all over the course of 7 days.  We had Mexican, Indian, Thai, ‘Australian BBQ’, freshly caught fish and many other beautiful meals, and a fireworks display on the first night!  It was the perfect ending to what was the most amazing day of both our lives, and incredibly special to have all of our best friends in the same place for the first time, and even more special to have them all in the Coromandel together”

Thank you Morgan an Ryan for sharing your thought out, beautiful wedding celebration with us today! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Lauren Indrisie Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Lauren Indrisie Photography

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