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Vendor of the Week – K.I.S.S Weddings

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Happy third day of Spring Dotties! Did you have a lovely Sunny weekend?

First up, as is Monday morning tradition, a nod and a bow to the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out our awesome directory members. We have vendors who specialise in Photobooth Hire, CelebrantsCakes Styling & Hire and they all do pretty fantastic work, as in listen to you, help you come up creative ideas and turn them into reality creative work!

Photo 1,2,4 by Jacky Cooke Photo 3 by Myka Photography

I’m happy to introduce you to our vendor of the week this week, the lovely K.I.S.S Weddings! Owner Kim has spent over thirty years in the corporate and event industry and started her event planning business in 2009. Offering the first consultation free (because Kim understands you need to gel with your wedding planner!) Kim’s service extends from a five hour confirming vendors and designing schedule package, through to on the day coordination, a la carte planning, to even a complete package (which includes everything from flowers, to makeup services!)

To get to know Kim, we asked her from K.I.S.S Weddings five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink? 

I love something fruity like a Lychee or Watermelon Mojito.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Don’t get much time on the weekends to get away but when I do it is with my husband to somewhere warm and relaxing.

Favourite restaurant?

Love Thai or Italian – got a few suburban faves at the moment – not too flashy just good honest food.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

I am not really much of a breakfast person…enjoy a mug of capuccino and a good piece of banana bread.

Your favourite wedding story?

There are so many…but if I had to choose one it would be have to be mine – an intimate garden wedding in our backyard with our nearest and dearest…the emotion of it all inspired me to become a wedding planner!

Visit K.I.S.S Weddings’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. K.I.S.S Weddings is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Dad

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Happy Fathers Day to the Polka Dot Dads especially mine, who is such a golden part of my life. From our dynamic debates, to the way he makes me laugh, I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such an awesome Dad.

Photo by David Henry Photography

Jenny and Myles’ Chinese Garden Of Friendship Engagement

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Jenny & Myles

I’ve made no secret of the fact one of my favourite inner urban haunts are the Chinese Gardens Of Friendship in Sydney. Oh how I love that little sacred space of peace. This engagement session from Sarah Story captured the beautiful tranquility of the gardens and the romance of couple Jenny and Myles.

Sarah tells their story. “Myles  and Jenny have lived in the same street for almost 6 years, however, they only met end July last year at their local park while walking their dogs. They continued to ‘run’ into each other with their furry friends and started dating immediately. Sparks from both the couple and pups were evident.”

“Myles proposed after dinner some few weeks later and the couple celebrated their engagement with a romantic holiday to Tahiti in October 2011. On return from their holiday, Myles took Jenny ring shopping!”

Jenny says, “When I look back, I can’t believe how quickly everything fell into place. I prayed for years to find a man like Myles. Finally, my wishes have come true. Myles and I get on so well. It was meant to be! I am excited about our future together.” Myles is very romantic. Jenny says Myles often buys her flowers for no particular reason and makes her fresh juice every day.”

Linda and Luke’s Rustic Rainbow Wedding

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Linda & Luke

 There is something about wild patches of colour at a wedding and today’s celebration uses it to the extreme, in big doses with eclectic whimsy and lots of handmade bunches of bright colour!

Linda tells the story of how she met Luke. “Luke and I meet in approx month of May of 2004 at a dodgy nightclub called Wax in Moorabbin.  I was a local to the area and had no expectations, Luke was from Thornbury and a little far from home with a mate he worked with.  My girlfriend and I had had a few drinks at my house before hand and sort of as a dare I decided to go handcuffed to the bar only to see if I would actually be let in.  Anyway I was let in handcuffed and all and that’s where I met Luke at the bar and the rest is history.”

Photographs are by Jessica Tremp of Brown Paper Parcel Photography  who captures the eclectic, off beat feel of the wedding with her images.

Pash Flowers created the brightly coloured bouquets. Linda says, “The flowers from Pash were absolutely amazing and lasted for weeks after the wedding.”

Lindy and Brony (Linda and her friend Bron’s creative adventure business) not only looked after the styling of the event, but created the whimsical pair of wedding shoes and Linda’s colourful hairpiece.

Linda found her vintage wedding dress and lace bolero on Ebay.

Linda and Luke held their ceremony and reception at the one venue – Gum Gully Farm. Linda explains “Gum Gully Farm was the first venue we checked out and we pretty much knew from then that it would be the place for us.  We both felt at home there. It’s a beautiful property nestled amongst a stunning landscape and so cosy for a Winter wedding.”

Linda walked down the aisle to “Cheaper Than Free” by Stevie Nicks. Linda remarks “Stevie’s my idol!”

Linda recalls “Our celebrant, close family friend Rosalie, helped make our ceremony truly unique to us.”

Guests received succulents and personal CD’s as favors. The tables were decorated with vintage plates. Linda recalls  “Mum, Nanna and other friends of the family helped with collecting many of the different bread and butter plates we decided to use.”

The wedding was filled with handmade decorations. Linda explains “Family friends Tracey and Ellie helped me arrange the flowers for the tables the day before and we also added some bright fake flowers to the arrangements for a touch of added colour. I up-cycled fabric to make the patchwork table runners and garlands. The lovely Crystal designed the invites. Our mate Andy supplied the succulents.  I decorated them with vintage 1950’s Women’s Days magazine paper I also used the left over vintage paper to make the love heart shape name tags.”

Linda’s mother made the wedding cake.

Hip Cats performed at the reception and kept everybody in a  festive mood. Linda recalls “The Hip Cats played great music. they went around to every table and sung to each table. They also got all the guests up dancing.”

The first dance was a fun one, Linda recalls “We danced to another favourite song of ours ‘Dirty Old town’ by the Pogues, It was awesome I had broken my leg 4 weeks prior to the wedding so for me being able to stand up and semi waddle / wave at all was a great feeling. ”

Linda remembers “We both wanted a non serious relaxed wedding with loads of fun and laughter.  The day / night was a total blast and best of all we had a great party, hanging out with close friends and family.”

Congratulations Linda and Luke! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jessica Tremp of Brown Paper Parcel Photography  for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Jessica Tremp of Brown Paper Parcel Photography / Wedding Planner: Bronwyn Napiorkowski / Styling & Hireq: Lindy and Brony / Bride's Dress: Vintage / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Lindy and Brony / Bride's Shoes: Lindy and Brony / Groom's Attire: Saba / Hair & Makeup Artist: Marlin Hair & Makeup Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Pash Flowers / Venue: Gum Gully Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Rosalie Humbert / Band: Hip Cats / Catering: Yarra Valley Catering / Bridesmaid Shoes: Brides Mother