I am really loving gold this year. I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve been buying so many gold accessories and I love the way it’s finding it’s way into the wedding world. Not in the avante garde, chair bows and wall decor of years ago, but in modern, elegant ways.
One of my favourite places for gold to make an appearance is via the wedding cake. What a statement and delicious way to add a bit of glitz and shine to your wedding decor.
It’s been a really fantastic week at Polka Dot headquarters this week! I feel like things are coming together in one way or another and we finally pushed the button on some big development projects! It’s all systems go for an action packed month or two!
Did you see the gorgeous posts on our specialty blogs this week? I can’t believe how many beautiful posts (and informative ones too!) are being published each week! Big flowers to Ms Gingham who manages these, despite being a little under the weather this week!
Shannon Fleming, a Perth civil celebrant has teamed up with a group of Western Australian wedding professionals to hold a wedding workshop. A different way of meeting vendors and other engaged couples the workshop is all about sharing knowledge rather than selling. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 18th July 2012 at 347 Cambridge St, Wembley. Tickets are $125 or $200 for a pair and a notebook, finger food, champagne, soft drinks and wine are included in the price.
Find out more information and book your place on their Facebook page.
Melbourne photographers Love, Katie & Sarah are holding a May giveaway! The dynamic duo are giving away a wedding photography packaged valued at $4,500! Check out their blog for details on how to enter.
Smitten Magazine are holding a competition to find the cover models for their Spring 2012 issue! Entrants have the opportunity to grace the cover of Australia’s first wedding emag! Check out their website for details.
SugarLove Pictures are presenting their first ever masterclass with photographer Bradley Patrick. The inaugural Masterclass will be on July 7th and 8th at The Royal Automobile Club of Australia on Macquarie Street Sydney, with ‘red carpet’ opening night drinks on July 6th. Tuition includes both practical and theory with shooting indoors and out and topics covering lighting (studio and natural), equipment, research and marketing. amongst others. Check out the website for more details
Film Your Own Wedding Videography is a new concept for couples looking for a different route to capture their wedding on video. The company is offering a discount to Brisbane Polka Dot Bride readers. They’re offering half price on their wedding video package from $995 to $495 for two Brisbane based weddings booked in the months of June/July (2012) quoting ‘Polkadot Bride’ when booking. Check out the website for more.
TV show Don’t Tell The Bride is casting for it’s Australian series. Here’s the gist- the groom gets the money to plan the wedding and the bride doesn’t find out a thing until the wedding day. Sounds like something you might be interested in? Visit the website to apply
Finally for our video of the week- this round the world trip turned marriage proposal. Beautifully written and fascinating to watch!
This gorgeous Phillip Island vintage style wedding of Simone and Rhys is packed to the rafters with beautiful details and beautiful stories. What a special day to share with you!
The couple told their story in their wedding ceremony which they shared with me. “Whilst Rhys & Simone have been together now for 6 or so years, their history extends more than double that amount of time. First meeting in the nineties on University wake boarding trips on the river in Deniliquen. Simone remembers Rhys being “The quiet achiever who was a hit with the ladies with a combination of good looks, modesty and athletic prowess. Someone who didn’t say much, but when he spoke, people listened”.
A few years later, their friendship was sealed with a kiss at Mt Buller after a night at a bar their snowboarding friends will affectionately know as “The Hoo Haa”. Both of their sights set for overseas, they parted ways for almost 5 years. Rhys’s professional snowboarding career saw him follow the winters. Simone travelled the world, following the surf and the snow on a series of work assignments that defy belief.
In a very modern love story, paths crossed with a bit of help from the Internet. In the years following, Rhys and Simone have renovated together, travelled together, surfed together and snowboarded together, notably the latest trip to Utah where Rhys popped the question, only after making Simone hike Pioneer ridge 3 times, proving that one had to climb mountains to get to Rhys’s heart.”
Photographs are by Goldsmith & Co who have passed on their vintage style to capture the wedding in a beautiful way.
Simone wore a gown from Caroline Seikaly “The dress is made from a very delicate Solstiss French Leavers Lace with vintage trim inserts. Lined with silk georgette. The train is made from silk chiffon which has been sunray pleated, supported by a piece of silk tulle to give volume. The dress has an antique, rustic feel to it with raw edges at both neck and arm holes. It comes with a separate nude coloured slip made from silk charmeuse”. She paired it with shoes from Versace. Although Simone didn’t have typical bridesmaids, she did have special friends with her on the day to help. Simone explains ” Whilst we didn’t have a wedding party as such – special mention has to go to Fashion Stylist Kristin Todd who helped dress me. She left her husband and baby boy in Newcastle, and was such a soothing gentle soul to be around. She looked incredible in her Manning Cartel dress and red suede Kate Spade heels. ”
Flowers were a focal point of the team and a big team effort. Simone explains “There was a combined team on the floral approach. My mother in law was previously a florist so she and fellow florist friend Sally Gibson did all of the reception flowers and wreaths with flowers courtesy of Camberwell Market. Florist extraordinaire Fleur McHarg of Fleur did my bouquet, the corsages, the chapel flowers and the jasmine filled wreaths that were suspended over each table. The floral approach generally was David Austin roses, jasmine & hydrangeas.”
Simone recalls “The ceremony was at Trenavin Chapel – a quintessential white chapel on the Clifftops. It can be seen from the waves we surf, so I am sure I will be look at it and smile for many years to come.
Kirstie Cohen looks after Trenavin Chapel and was the backbone of our wedding. She introduced us the owners of Sunset Hill farm who shared their property with us for the reception. Kirstie was a calm, intriguing and enthusiastic ally who was there to the end – and I mean to the end – she was even helping serve coffees at the recovery breakfast.”
The gorgeous invitations were a mix of letterpress and calligraphy. Simone says “Blackbird Letterpress did the invites which featured an embossed map of Phillip Island with topographical lines surrounding it. Cursive words written in the shape of waves was done by Calligrapher Betsey Dunlap. Order of service booklet and place cards rolled out by the same team. It was a running joke (and featured in Father of Groom’s speech) as to how hard invites were to read and how lucky we were that everyone made it to the wedding at all. I loved the way people had to ponder over them for just that little bit longer.”
Music was an important decision for the couple. Simone says “I walked down the aisle ‘Dream’ by Timmy Curran. A song by a surfer for a couple of surfers. The song was all of a minute long which suited perfectly to the very small aisle. Rhys walked in to ‘Wild Horses’ by The Rolling Stones, songs throughout ceremony included ‘Sea of Love” by Cat Power, ‘Sister’ by Jamie MacDowell, ‘I Remember’ by Whitley and ‘This Sweet Love’ by James Yuill.”
Simone explains “The reception was at a private farm called ‘Sunset Hill’ owned by Annabelle & Ray Pobjoy. They very kindly let me run wild in their shed in the weeks preceding the wedding. And Annabelle was always there with a cup of tea and a home made cake as poor Ray watched his “man land” turn into anything but.” On an antique window, the tale of Simone and Rhy’s relationship was written.
Simone says ” All Styling done by me! (Interior Stylist at Interior Design Firm Hecker Guthrie). Items sourced included hay bails, wine barrels, bunting, vintage objects in glass, white ceramic, copper & brass stories, woven hammock, heart shaped blackboards, vintage photo gallery wall, anything birch or galvanised, grey candles from France, vintage drink dispensers, umbrellas (intended for sun use – but came in handy when there was a sprinkling of rain) , antique window sills, and the list goes on!”
The typewriter acted as a guestbook and a talking point! Simone remembers, “What was quite funny is that I did intend on bringing out the old typewriter trick and the typewriter I purchased from Ebay was a bit of a dud. When testing it out I typed “I was going to do one of those cool typewriter things, but this one is crap and will therefore remain display only”. And I forgot to pull the sheet of paper out – so that got a few giggles.”
The favors were, “Tin cans lovingly painted by my Dad and planted with Thyme by my mother in law. They had little swing tags saying ‘thanks for making our wedding such a great thyme’. ”
Simone says “A special thanks must also go to fashion Designer Kristen Hyder who took a hiatus from designing the week prior the wedding and being my styling associate. Kristen helped me make sense of the boxes and boxes of things I had collected over the preceding 12 months. When it came time for me to walk away, Kristen became the number one “go to girl” and made sure everyone stayed true to the vision – it was hilarious as people were too scared to do anything without checking with her first! What was even more hilarious was that at 4.26pm (and the wedding started at 4.30pm down the road) she had to be dragged kicking and screaming from the set up. Now that’s commitment!”
Of their photographer, Simone says “I was introduced to Brett as he is the brother of a client of mine. He and partner Jane were fantastic to work with. Everyone commented on “the cool photographer” who in all honesty I don’t remember seeing a lot of throughout the day and night. I think that means he did a really good job.”
The styling of the wedding was a true team effort “Special thanks must also go to the Groom’s best mate Scott Round who got roped into signage and astounded us all with the results. Among others we had a little sign saying ‘All you need is love…Love is all you need” and that was the song by the Beatles that we left the wedding to. Everyone joined into a guard of honour and we kissed everyone on the way to our waiting car.
My parents deserve the greatest praise. Dad was assigned tasks and carried them out without so much as a question. My mum was there every step of the way and in the absence of a bridal party, she was the Matron of Honour!
Finally, friends Lauren Robertson & TJ Carroll from event company “The Greatest Show On Earth” who as well as having a great time, made sure everything ran to plan.”
The classic three tier cake was filled with delicious flavours. Simone says “Addicted To Cake ((03) 5968 2502 ) made the coconut mud cake, layered with coconut Swiss meringue buttercream, covered with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and coconut chips. Ed Dixon Food Design catered for both the dinner and the recovery breakfast. Dinner was a “posh BBQ” and the guests all raved about the food and the shared nature of the offer. I myself was too excited to eat, so didn’t get to enjoy the fruits of their labour. ”
Simone remembers “When during his speech Rhys said “a wise person once said that if you have to invite your best friend to your wedding you are marrying the wrong girl.”
Simone recalls “Nic Romney from Top Dog was the DJ and by the state of the dance floor from about 8pm onwards, I would say he did a damn fine job! One of the best songs for me was “Shout” by Jonnie O’Keefe. It bought the house down. ”
The first dance, was a romantic choice underneath the star lit sky .”The song was to the acoustic version of ‘Miles Away’ by Years around the sun. We had practiced moves in our lounge room, but I think we both got a little stage fright and not too many of the rehearsed moves made it to the dance floor (with the exception of the dip which was “non negotiable”.) The rain had cleared, the full moon was rising in the sky and lit up the ocean. The festoon lights above the dance floor were swaying in the breeze and it was such a special moment that it makes my heart hurt when I hear the song.”
Congratulations Simone and Rhys! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Goldsmith & Co for sharing today’s images!
A modern Sydney celebration is on the cards today – choosing an urban Sydney location with a dramatic black, white and purple colour scheme led Misha and Craig’s wedding to have a modern, fresh vibe to it. Misha and Craig met in Melbourne years ago, but managed to plan their wedding from the UK!
Photographs today are by SugarLove Weddings who captured the modern essence of the wedding with their soft elegant grace they’re renowned for.
Purple and green invitations set the mood for the day from The Love Tree, while beautiful bouquets in shades of purple and lavender were styled by In Bud Florist. Misha says “Beth completely understood what we wanted for our flowers. She has a great eye for colour, brilliant style and nothing was ever a challenge. ”
Misha wore a strapless gown from Art Couture with shoes from Zara. Misha explains “I created my headband with a black beaded hairpiece I found when we were in Munich and turned it into an alice-band with black ribbon. I wanted something non-traditional that also had a vintage feel so this was perfect.
To continue the vintage theme, I found some crystal epaulets from a haberdashery store in London and added clips to turn them into hairpieces for the bridesmaids. We also added some sparkle to the bridesmaid’s peep toe heels by taking a pair of diamante earrings and attaching them on the top of each shoe.”
Misha’s bridesmaids wore gowns from French Connection. Misha explains “I really wanted both my bridesmaids to feel individual and comfortable on the day and knew it would be hard finding one dress they both liked when we all lived in different cities. So I sent them a colour palette that worked with our theme for them to choose something they liked to match. I loved the dresses they chose – the purple was vibrant and tied in perfectly with the flowers and the black continued the black detail in the waistband of my dress and the ties of the groomsmen.”
Misha says “I walked up to the landing to Etta James’ At Last played by our good friend who is a saxophonist (Jack Beeche).”
Misha and Craig chose a modern location for their ceremony. Misha recalls “The foyer of Sydney Theatre on Hickson Road was a unique location for the ceremony with its modern architecture. We decided to say our vows on the middle landing framed by the arched atrium windows with friends and family standing on the levels above and below us.”
Misha loved “Spending the day together – we wanted to remain as relaxed as possible in the nervous lead up to the ceremony so we decided to take the non-traditional route and stay together beforehand. It meant we could have a celebratory glass of champagne with the bridal party altogether before the ceremony which was a nice way to start the day. We also took advantage of the sunlight by doing group shots before the ceremony.”
Of their photographers, Misha says “Sugarlove perfectly captured the excitement and colour of the day, while putting everyone at ease. Bradley and his team were completely adaptable, particularly in The Sydney Theatre foyer which was a challenging layout to work in.”
Misha and Craig held their reception at The Wharf Restaurant, Sydney Theatre Company. Misha explains “We chose our reception venue first. For this we wanted a venue with a truly impressive view as a backdrop, to celebrate our day with friends and family, and the Wharf Restaurant was ideal for this. Even guests from Sydney were in awe of the incredible views of the Harbour Bridge and out across the harbour. The staff were amazing and the food was brilliant.”
“We wanted flowers to fill the day with colour and our florist did not disappoint, with rich purple pansies and sweetpeas used in the bridesmaid’s bouquets to the vibrant clusters of anemones, ranunculus and lavender in the mis-matched vases for the table centrepieces.”
In lieu of a wedding cake, Yael’s Cakes of Distinction created a cupcake tower. Misha remarks “Without doubt the best cupcakes in Sydney. We chose a combination of cupcake flavours – Chocolate Mud Cake, Strawberry drizzle, Mango and the best was Raspberry Cheesecake.”
The reception was decorated in hues of magenta, purple and white. Misha notes “For the reception décor, we found some vintage-feel white frames from a store in London to use for the table numbers. We also painted three ornate birdcages which became part of the floral centrepieces with a mixture of colourful flowers in mis-matched vases and tea lights dotted throughout.”
The speeches were one of the couple’s favourite moments of the night. “Traditionally the father of the bride speech can be pretty dull, but I think my dad may have changed all that. His speech was 25 minutes of pure entertainment (22 minutes over his allotted time) which sounds impossible but true. It was filled with lots of laughs, a few quite embarrassing, and thoughtful anecdotes. Even after the wedding, friends are still saying how much they enjoyed it.”
Each guest received a personal note. ” Misha explains “We wanted a personal touch for the favours so we selected individual London themed postcards for each guest and hand wrote a message of thanks to them on the back. These also doubled as placecards with the guest’s name on the back of each postcard. We were pleasantly surprised how well they were received.”
The first dance was not a usual choice, but beautiful all the same. Misha remembers ” We had lots of trouble finding a song for our first dance, until we heard The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love. Not a traditional first dance song but when we considered that we were getting married on a Friday, it made perfect sense. We took dance lessons for a few weeks in London to get our act together and help choreograph the dance. ”
Congratulations Misha and Craig! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for today’s photographs!