Alysia and Kym’s Vintage Chic Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Alysia & Kim

Alysia and Kym’s countryside wedding was anything but black and white. Infused with Alysia’s love of colour and all things vintage, the couple went back to the place they love most in the world and held a private wedding in Taggerty, Victoria for 110 guests. Not only was the wedding filled with the presence of Kym’s late father, who loved the farm as much as the couple, but it was filled with the couple’s own love of life with so many beautiful touches and flashes of their personalities (plus the bride wore an ombre wedding gown, how beautiful is that?)

Alysia and Kym married after 10 and a half years of dating as high school sweethearts.

Photography of Alysia and Kym was captured by Fi Mims who have captured the vintage chic of today’s wedding with such a clear, beautiful style. Coordination of the day was by Ed Dixon Food Design.

Alysia and Kym held their wedding on Kym’s family property in Taggerty, Victoria . Alysia says “A favourite place of the bride and groom, it was also a favourite place of the groom’s late father Bill, it wasn’t a question as to if the wedding would be held there, more a given.”

A friend handmade Alysia and Kym’s wedding stationery.

Alysia wore a white and blue ombre wedding gown from Beautiful Bird Boutique. The bouquets were styled by Flowermee Brighton (03) 9592 1480.

Alysia walked down the aisle to Angus and Julia Stone’s  “You’re The One That I Want”.

Post ceremony the guests sipped on Pimms, played croquet and cricket while enjoying mini fish and chip cones. The wedding food was catered by Ed Dixon Food Design.

Of their photographer, Alysia says “Fi’s eye for detail was perfect, it felt like there was a real interest in our day. Fi made the me feel very comfortable as I am known for being shy in front of the camera.”

The festivities were followed by a truly scrumptious reception in the farm’s shed which highlighted the vintage china, accessories and props the bride had been collecting. Alysia recalls “When Kym finally asked me to marry him little did he know that there had been years prior of collecting vintage pieces for our special day. When the engagement was official my bridesmaids and I continued collecting beautiful vintage crockery, cutlery, vases, games, typewriters and more for the special day.” The collection continued on after the day, Alysia explains “After the wedding (and on the day) there were so many lovely comments from the guests about the details of the as well as many suggestions about what could be done with the crockery once the wedding was over.  However I already had plans for this and so the story of Vintage Lane Crockery and Prop Hire began, officially launching in January 2012,”

Peggy Rose Vintage Table assisted with the vintage styling of the reception while Alysia’s bridesmaids made homemade marmalade for guests.

Congratulations Alysia and Kym! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Fi Mims for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Fi Mims Photography / Wedding Planner: The Bride & Ed Dixon Food Design / Styling: The Bride & Peggy Rose Vintage / Bride's Dress: Beautiful Bird Boutique / Bride's Shoes: Mimco / Bride's Jewellery: Sapore, Brighton / Groom's Attire: William Cheng and Son (Hong Kong) / Groomsmen Attire: William Cheng and Son (Hong Kong) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Saba / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Sapore, Brighton / Hairstylist: Hare on Hareford / Makeup Artist: Saleena Horton / Flowers: Flowermee Brighton (03) 9592 1480   / Ceremony Officiant: Judith Anderson / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade By A Friend / Venue: Provate Property, Taggerty, Victoria / Music: Mark Phillips / Favors: Homemade Marmalade / Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design / Wedding Cake: Emerald Hill Deli, South Melbourne
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Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? We are officially in winter so I am excited to expand my winter cooking repertoire!

I want to put the spotlight on the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is designed to be a one stop shop for your wedding vendors! Whether you need a cinematographer to capture your day in motion,  flowers to carry down the aisle,  entertainment to get your guests on the dance floor or a beautiful wedding cake to cut as your first sweet taste as newlyweds! We’re adding new and talented vendors every week and love sharing them with you!

I’m delighted to introduce Sydney photographers Inlighten Photography to you as this week’s vendor of the week! Inlighten Photography, founded by Dean and Rachael Bentick, has a classic, clean and elegant photographic style which makes each and every wedding a beautiful story to watch unfold. Their focus is on delivering simple yet stylish photographs with plenty of candid, beautiful moments.

We asked Rachael from Inlighten Photography five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Red wine, a relaxing reward at the end of a busy day.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Beach haven bed and breakfast on Bundeena Beach. Hans and Maureen take such good care of you, and there’s a wonderfully relaxing Jacuzzi overlooking the beach to soak in with a glass of wine. Highly recommend!

Favourite restaurant?

Ooh, so many good ones, but two of my local favourites are La Grande Bouffe in Rozelle with to die for French cuisine. Or Blue Ginger in Balmain with it’s yummy Asian flavours. I highly recommend the Chilli Sambal prawns!

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

I love going to the park with the kids on a Sunday morning, we have a 2 year old and a 3 month old. So whatever is easiest to eat in your hands, like a bacon and egg roll – but most importantly COFFEE!

Your favourite wedding story? 

Am I allowed to say my own? My husband Dean and I own Inlighten Photography together, and he is the creative photographic genius, while I love to work with our clients to make their wedding photos and overall day perfect. And it seems to be a match made in heaven.  I’m originally from Bendigo in Victoria, and moved to Sydney to go to Uni.  This was 16 years ago when I was 18 and he was 20, and we actually met each other the very first day that I arrived in Sydney.  He was working behind a bar in Glebe, and I walked in with my boyfriend at the time who was heading back to Bendigo the next day.  We both got talking to Dean, who promised to get me a job there and jokingly told my boyfriend he’d take me care of me.  And well, he kept his promise. We got married in 2002 at a train station in Sydney called Mortuary Station, with the reception held on the platform of the station. As our guests walked onto the platform, an old 1930’s train pulled in, which had beautiful lounge cars that our guests could make themselves comfortable in and talk out the windows to their friends on the platform dance floor!  We had Drum Café bring 150 bongo drums for all of our guests to play together, to create the music for our bridal waltz.  And how did we pay for all this? Well, leading up to the wedding, I was lucky enough to go in the Tossers competition on the radio station Nova 96.9 where I had to risk my own car being crushed, or winning a new one, on the toss of a coin.  Luckily we won! And seeing as we didn’t need two cars, sold the new one to help pay for the wedding.  What a great day!

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