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Elaine and Damian

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

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Elaine and Damian

Sometimes it’s the simply elegant weddings that get me – the stunning dress, a beautiful bouquet, a happy bride. Today’s wedding was like that! Culture Bridal sent over Elaine and Damian’s stunning Sydney wedding. After meeting each other seven years ago through university friends, they decided it was time to tie the knot.

Photos today are by Inlighten Photography

Elaine wore a custom made gown from Culture Bridal. Bouquets of purple, cream and pink blooms were styled by Brides In Bloom.

Elaine and Damian married at St Francis of Assisi Church in Paddington. The bridesmaids wore deep violet gowns from Chic Collections, while the groom and the groomsmen wore suits from Peppers Formal Hire.

Right in the heart of Sydney lies Centennial Park, Elaine and Damian held their reception at Centennial Parklands Dining, Centennial Park. Elaine says “I loved Centennial Park because it was a venue that would look beautiful even if it wasn’t a perfect Sydney day. The beautiful fig trees looked amazing with flood lights in them and all our guests said it was a great venue, convenient for most Sydney people too!”. In lieu of a wedding cake, the couple had a Croquembouche made by The Croquembouche Patisserie.

A candle was lit beside photos of loved ones to honour their memory. Elaine says “It was everything that we wanted, it was fun, and we were happy. We had the formalities in a Church, then a lovely dinner with good food and wine, a slide show of a selection of wedding photos from Inlighten, some great speeches and then the party.”

While Elaine chose to stay away from anything DIY for her wedding, she did decorate the favors. “Between buying a house and moving a month before the wedding and working full time there wasn’t much time to do any DIY, so I didn’t really. But I did put fabric over the jams we had as bonbonniere which included 3 trips to Spotlight for the right fabric & ribbon, and a trip to Kmart at 2am looking for rubber bands. I was really happy I didn’t DIY anything, you just don’t have time.  I was starting to crack up as it was!”

One of Elaine’s favourite moments was traditional. “The speeches were really great. Those that spoke put in a lot of effort and spoke from the heart, I don’t think they used the internet for material! I spoke too, which was important. Our MC was my brother in law Michael. He was an excellent MC, he put in so many extra special touches, he knows us so well, he had lots of funny stories and he put in so much effort to make our evening fun and relaxed.”

Of their first dance “We did some dancing lessons before hand and I was really happy with our dance, although the choreography was reduced the closer we got to the wedding and the more I wasn’t able to learn the dance! It was a fun dance but I’m glad we had lessons before hand, it would be a long three or four minutes if you didn’t!”

Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride Elaine and Damian! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Inlighten Photography for allowing us to share today’s captures!

Photos by Inlighten Photography

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Eco Chic Wedding Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Reception, Wedding Inspiration

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Queenslanders just keep sending me such gorgeous  styled shoots, I can’t resist in sharing them with you! The lovely Carly of Queensland based CL Wedding & Events sent through this eco- chic styled shoot she was asked to do for Eumarella Shores Resort. Eumarella Shores is an eco friendly resort and sits on the shores of Lake Weyba.

The shoot has some stunning inspiration- perfect for a lakeside wedding (or even beside the beach) with simple, natural elements and a soft colour palette.

Carly says “The brief was to keep the style within the Eco Chic realms but without losing any glamour that every bride and groom wants for their wedding day.  We used recycled recipe index cards for the menus, recycled cardboard and twine for the place cards and hung a 3 metre twig ‘chandelier’ with 28 glass tea lights in place of ordinary lights . An antique type writer was used as the guest book and old novels with wooden letters were used as props. We kept the ceremony simple and intimate and let the stunning lake in the background speak for itself!”

Photography is by Calli B Photography, styling by CL Weddings & Events and flowers by Mondo Floral Design.

I love this idea of simple paper tags on the backs of chairs- special ones for the bride and groom are a great idea, but perhaps you might consider these in lieu of place cards? Especially if you have gorgeous chairs like these cream painted wooden ones.

Typewriters make such a fun statement and can become a great talking point for guests as they write their heartfelt messages for you.

I am a massive fan of succulents at weddings- who says you need flowers? Why not masses of succulents and green leaves? It looks crisp and clean when paired with white linens.

Simple lounge areas are also a favourite of mine – they promote intimate conversations and give guests a quiet place to escape the celebration together. Make them comfy with plenty of cushions and sweet touches.

A beautiful way to spend the day don’t you think?

Don’t forget to head over to our specialty blogs today- we have some nifty little posts going up, including our Sydney features editor Ms Floral’s report of the Amsale NYC Gala event she attended over on Polka Dot Wisdom! Read it here

Photography by Calli B Photography

Bron And Chris

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Bron & Chris

Today’s wedding has so many gorgeous little touches- lots of colour, lots of lovable details and a very relaxed married couple. Everything in today’s wedding is DIY, so it’s a full of fun and quirky reflections of the couple!

Nothing could be better for hump day! Bron and Chris married near Cape Schanck.  Bron retells the story of how Chris proposed for us. “The proposal came with the picking up of a new puppy! After picking up ‘McGee’ the Brittany Spaniel, Chris stopped the car at the end of the street to get the puppy’s new collar out of the boot – complete with engagement ring attached! Bron was so overwhelmed, puppy, ring…oh, where to look?!?! The answer of course was ‘yes’!”

Photography today is by Sarah Black and Kim Selby, of Red Telegram Wedding Photography.

Bron and Chris were married at Howard’s Hill (0417 306 415) near Cape Schanck. “Both the ceremony and reception were at the property of Howard’s Hill. We didn’t want to move anywhere after the ceremony – straight into the party was the plan!! The bush setting of Howard’s Hill was perfect – so us!”

Bron’s gorgeous green bouquet was created by family. In fact, there isn’t much not created by family in this wedding! Bron wore a gown from Elizabeth Serferian who also made the bridesmaid gowns.

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Mickey Blue in Mornington. Bron made buttons for the guests (and is now selling them in her Etsy store bronbronhandmade. Bron says “One of the highlights for me (Bron) was looking out into the crowd in the ceremony and realising that all the guests had their buttons on already!”

One of Bron’s favourite memories was all about the reaction Chris gave ” I remember Chris’ smile when I first saw him at the ceremony – and the fact that he whispered he loved my dress in my ear (phew, relief!!).” Bron waked down the aisle to “Turn Me On” by Norah Jones.

When I asked Bron what DIY she and Chris did for the wedding, she said “ALL OF IT! Chris’ mum and her friends did all the catering (there was more than plenty and it was amazing!) and we calculated and supplied all the alcohol. Other family members chipped in with some of our favourite desserts.

We bought all the furniture, vases, etc from second hand places and got it all there in a removal truck. I (Bron) made all the wedding favours (magnetic buttons that guests could wear for the night and then take home for their fridge!) and family helped me complete the bunting flags, table runners, flowers.

Chris and I made and glued buttons to all the couches too, to tie in with the wedding favours. The set up and work put into the day was immense and not without its tense moments! Friends that stuck it out with us and helped were amazing. Seeing the joy and surprise on the guests faces on the night as they took in all the personal details made it worth it though.”

Congratulations Bron & Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thankyou also to the Red Telegram Photography girls for sharing today’s photographs!

 

Photography by Sarah Black and Kim Selby, of Red Telegram Wedding Photography

Leah and Ben

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

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Leah & Ben

It is always incredibly special to showcase the wedding of a long time reader – Leah has been such a joy to get to know through her wedding plans and I am so thrilled to bring you her beautiful rainy day wedding today.

Leah and Ben met over seven years ago, Leah says “Ben and I met at a friends BBQ, seven years ago (April, 2003). Over the last seven years a mutual love and respect has developed. While I was overseas traveling mid 2008 (without Ben), the few months of separation cemented our commitment to each other and desire to spend the rest of our lives together. At the end of my European trip Ben met me half way in Thailand. This short holiday gave us the chance to discuss what we both wanted for our futures and the way forward together.” Ben proposed on one knee under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

Leah and Ben chose to marry in the Kiama/Gerringong area in new South Wales as that was where they had spent most of their time together.  Leah and Ben hired Girl Friday Weddings to help them out on the day of the wedding. Leah says “Sarah Johnson was a last minute addition to our wedding planning process, and one of the best additions I might add. Sarah acted as a “personal assistant” leading up to the day (helping with the grunt work) i.e. confirming arrangements with all vendors and attending on the wedding day to ensure everything ran smoothly. Sarah was personable, proficient and affordable. As the weather was so miserable I was very grateful to have the services of Girl Friday Weddings making sure that we stayed dry prior to the ceremony and when we didn’t i.e. after the outdoor location shoot in the rain – blow drying our outfits (and shoes) ready for the reception!”

Photos today are by Soho Images.

Leah and her family got ready at the reception location – Bellachara Boutique Hotel. Leah’s bouquet by Always Flowers was a surprise to her. “I asked the florist to surprise me with my bouquet after an initial briefing meeting. I had planned all the other wedding details; I really wanted something to look forward to. The flowers in the bouquet included: autumn hydrangeas, succulent flowers, and lambs ear foliage, smoke bush, cinnamon roses, white David Austin roses and pink peppercorn.”

Leah wore a gown from Sposabella Bridal. “My wedding dress was a “Divina Sposa” semi mermaid lace dress, with chapel length train. Sposabella Bridal Boutique specially made for me a matching bolero jacket. I wore an ivory chapel length veil. Ben (groom) commented that it looked like I had snowflakes on the ends of my dress as I walked down the aisle.” Leah’s bridesmaid wore  a blush pink gown from Alannah Hill called “My Perfect Moment” accessorised with a custom made sash.

Leah and Ben married in St Marys Star Of The Sea Catholic Church in Gerringong by Monsignor Paul Ryan who graciously came out of retirement to marry the couple.. This was significant as Monsignor Ryan had baptised Leah and is a respected family friend. Leah walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D played by Southern Strings.

One of Leah’s favourite moments was the ceremony “Focusing on the ceremony; a lot of thought and attention was paid to the ceremony proceedings and then time spent going through this with our priest. At the heart of our ceremony was family, the families we came from and the family we were forming. Guests commented that the ceremony was very meaningful.”

Leah and Ben had their photos taken at Bush Bank. “Bush Bank provided the perfect setting for our wedding photographs – rural splendor with breathtaking ocean views. Bush Bank was chosen for our location shoot as we wanted somewhere private to have our photographs taken and also wanted a background that was significant to us. Ben grew up in Kiama and my parents live in Kiama sharing a similar coastal outlook to Bush Bank (unfortunately without the expansive farm property)! We also fell in love with the giant Morton Bay Figs on the property; our favourite photo was taken alongside them.”

The reception was held at Bellachara Boutique Hotel.  The adults enjoyed canapés while a  kids club was set up for the children attending which included a separate “break out” space, providing refreshments and mocktails and also some fun games, i.e. Nintendo Wii.

The reception room was decorated with willow branches and glass bulbs that held pink flowers and tealights . Leah loved Ben’s speech “I loved the beautiful way my (now) husband was with me on the day of our wedding, sending me beautiful roses and loving words in a card on the wedding morning, seeing him for the first time before the ceremony, the way he looked after me and supported me throughout the wet weather and the way he overcame incredible shyness to deliver a truly heartfelt speech.”

The three tired cake was decorated with sugar roses and Swiss dots, and included butter cake, chocolate cake and banana cake.

The tree motif was used throughout the wedding day to bring the elements together. Leah and Ben made the Mass booklets, guest place cards and table numbers and included a tree motif that was also used on their invitations. Leah says ” Coincidentally we found in a shop an almost identical metal tree motif used on our invitations and had this framed and displayed at the reception. It now hangs in our home as a reminder/keepsake of the day.”

For their first dance, Leah and Ben invited guests to join them in a bridal waltz to  Jack Johnson’s “Better Together”.

Although the day was full of rain- as Leah says, “Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata  – A wet bride is a lucky bride…”

Congratulations Leah and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! I wish you a life of love and laughter together! Thank you also to Soho Images for allowing us to share today’s photographs!

Photos by Soho Images

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