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Emma and Nick – The Celebration

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

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I’m back with part two of Emma and Nick’s wedding!

What I think I love most about the wedding was that Emma and Nick chose a location that was very special to them both. They involved their talented family and friends to make their celebration truly personal.

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The couple held their reception at the local  Wherrol Flat Hall and the catering was provided by The Bank Guest House & Tellers Restaurant (who also provided the accommodation). Emma and Nick were determined to use local suppliers and produce so the caterers sourced local cheeses, meats and preserves to serve at the lunch time reception.

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Emma and her mother collected vintage tea cups from op shops and second hand stores to take the place of vases. Each cup held flowers in shades of yellow and white. The paper lanterns were hung from the ceiling by Emma’s family.

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The cake was by Sweet Art. Favors were small organza bags from online store Craft On The Internet filled with silver sugared almonds.

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One of Emma’s favourite parts of the wedding day was the speeches. Some were touching and some were funny but each one meant the world to her and Nick.

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Thank you for sharing your wedding with Polka Dot Bride today Emma and Nick! I wish you all the joy and happiness in your lives together!

Photos courtesy of Lana Bell

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Emma and Nick

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

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Today’s beautiful wedding of Emma and Nick took place at Emma’s parent’s property in Wherroll Flat on the NSW mid-north coast.

Amidst the beautiful lake, the green, luscious trees and wildlife, the couple said their vows. I’m thrilled to be able to share such an intimate celebration today on Polka Dot Bride!

Emma and Nick chose to marry at Emma’s parents place as they both grew up in the country. Residing in Sydney they found the quiet, peaceful nature of the venues they chose to be almost spiritual- something which was remarked upon by many of their Sydney friends.

They also found the choice to marry in the country very budget friendly, estimating they only spent a third of what they would have in Sydney!

Today’s photography is by Lana Bell a childhood friend of Emma’s.

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Emma wore the “Marilyn” gown by Lisa Gowing with a Lisa Gowing signature veil.

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The flowergirls were dressed as fairies in dresses from As If By Magic in Sydney’s Double Bay.

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With torrential rain the night before the wedding, everyone was nervous. But the wedding day brought sunshine! The ceremony and morning tea was set on a creek bed

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Emma’s friend Cathy played her flute during the ceremony.

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The flowers were by Wingham Nursery and Florist.

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Emma’s bridesmaids were dressed in Alannah Hill

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Emma walked down the aisle to “All For Believing” by Missy Higgins

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During the ceremony, the fairy dressed flower girls (Nick’s nieces) had a surprise for Emma and Nick. They held a “fairy blessing” for the couple and blew bubbles onto them before they exchanged their rings.

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Just married! After the ceremony, guests gathered for a morning tea of scones with freshly made jam and cream, cakes and slices.

Before the ceremony, the creek bed was salted to prevent leeches, due to the torrential rain the wedding party was lucky to only have one leech! Luckily it attacked Emma’s girl friend who has been swimming in that very creek with Emma many times before and so wasn’t fazed.

Check back later today for the beautiful shots of the newlyweds and their reception!

Photos by Lana Bell


 

20 Ways To Use A Digital Photo Frame At Your Wedding – The Sony DPFD72 digital photo frame

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Wedding Inspiration

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I was recently sent a Sony DPFD72 digital photo frame to trial. Being new to the world of digital photo frames but with a love of photos I was interested to take a spin.

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The screen on the Sony DPFD72 Digital Photo Frame is seven inches, LCD with a sleek black finish- much like the Sony Bravia TV range.

The frame allows you to save around 2000 images on it’s internal memory (or 1 gig) which you can add to via memory card, memory stick or by plugging it into your computer (cable not included).

There’s a clock display and calendar display (the increased functionality allow you to get away with it on your bedside table as a clock) and the ability to create different slideshows (my favourite was multi view which put multiple photos in a single layout), viewing an index of all photos or display a single image. You can control your photos with the included remote- deleting, stopping slideshows and changing orientation.

The frame, with it’s silver stand can be placed horizontally or vertically and photos will automatically orientate themselves. There are included instructions on screen and also via a hard copy manual (which admittedly I found a little difficult to use).

Once I figured out how to get the frame and computer to play nicely together I was able to load photos onto it of an upcoming real wedding for Polka Dot Bride This is easy to do with Iphoto but takes a little more fiddling through folders.

The colour on the LCD screen was vibrant with the 7 inch screen giving a great sized photo and clear resolution.

Digital photo frames are a really versatile piece of technology that are perfect to use at a wedding. By using photos and images you create on your computer they can serve a number of purposes and when the wedding is over you can simply delete the contents and change the function.

Here’s 20 ways I came up with to use a digital photo frame at your wedding:

1. Create a graphic on your computer and display your signature cocktail name and ingredients at the bar

2. Put inspiring love sayings, sayings from your favourite movies of favourite quotes onto the frame and display during cocktail hour

3. Share photos of your journey as a couple- the houses you lived in, where the proposal took place, your pets

4. Share photos of your life and your fiance’s life, have multiple screens and set them up throughout the cocktail hour.

5. Take photos during the wedding planning process of your dress fittings, tastings, DIY working bees and display them

6. Display wedding photos of your loved ones

7. Display the instructions for your photo booth and examples close by the location

8. Fun facts about you as a couple

9. Photos of the dreams for your life together

10. Fill with photos of your maid of honour or bridesmaids and you together and give as a gift

11. Share photos of you together as a couple over the years.

12. Fill with photos of absent loved ones

13. Utilise your monogram and show your initials coming together into one monogram symbolising the coming together of marriage

14. Showcase the definitions behind moments of your wedding day- why you chose your first dance, why you chose your ceremony readings

15. On your favor table, give instructions to guests. Having a candy bar? Instruct guests on what packaging to use and fill with sweet quotes

16. Fill with family photos as a gift to your parents with a promise of adding wedding snaps

17. Use as table numbers- instead of numbering tables name them. For special holiday destinations such as Paris – fill with photos of Paris landmarks and photos of you both in Paris. If you’re naming your tables after your favourite singers you might have a slideshow of Frank Sinatra photos for the “Frank Sinatra” table

18. Ask guests to download their photos onto your frame for automatic viewing and allowing you to have a copy of each guest’s snaps. Alternatively, attach the frame to a laptop with a card reader and have your guest’s snaps instantly displayed. (As different cameras use different file sizes you may want to hook this up with extra files and folders or provide multiple screens to help with any storage issues)

19. Show your engagement photos or bridal portraits during cocktail hour

20. Have an artist in the family- whether you yourself are handy with a pen or perhaps have a five year old niece, draw photos of your life. i.e if you’re a teacher, display an illustration of funny events in your day. Even a funny or creative illustration of your proposal, relationship moments and wedding images.

Bouquet Charms

by | Bride, Flowers

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I always love checking out what’s new on Paloma’s Nest on Etsy. The creative crafter Caroline has just returned from a break with the sweetest bouquet charms

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Stamped with a sweet church, I Do and your wedding year, the charm would make such a nice addition to your wedding bouquet. With the blue twine it also becomes your “something blue” and can be passed down- I can see a great grand daughter many years from now tying this around her wedding bouquet.

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The charms are also available in “A Promise” and “For Always” variations. Available now at Paloma’s Nest

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