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.”
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.”
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.”
Happy Friday Dotties! Did you have a wonderful week? Did you smell Spring? (or Fall, depending on where you might be!) in the air this week? I am going to miss the scarves and beanies of winter, but I’m also ready to break out floaty Spring and Summer clothes!
Did you catch all the content across the blogs this week? Here’s an update for you!
Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.
Melbourne florist Pomp & Splendour are holding Spring & Summer flower schools packed with ideas, teachings and inspiration on how to create floral beauties like a flower crown, hand tied bouquets, DIY table decorations, boutonniere and floral theme-ing ideas! Contact Pomp & Splendour for more information on the classes and how you can join!
A brand new bridal event A Charmed Affair is being held in Sydney at Hugo’s Bar on the 20th of September. Speed dating for brides, the event will only host twenty brides and twenty wedding professionals, designed to give couples one on one time with each wedding vendor. If you’d like to book a ticket, check out the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org When are you getting married and what has been the best/worst part of planning your wedding day so far? Leave a comment below for your chance to win a double pass to A Charmed Affair!Competition closes September 11th 2012. Prize is valued at $120. Prize is non transferable and not exchangeable for cash.
I am so excited that Claire Pettibone is now available in Australia! A brand new bridal boutique has opened it’s doors in Brighton, Melbourne. The Intique & Co. Boutique stocks handpicked gowns from Claire Pettibone (exclusively) Monique Lhuillier & Badgley Mischka. They store also has a beautiful array of bridal accessories, shoes and even wedding invitations available for perusal. Check out the website for more!
Basilica Couture in Sydney are holding their Spring Sample Sale this Saturday (1st September 2012) in Sydney! Located in Drummoyne, the sale will have plenty of designer samples for sale including gowns from Anne Barge and Pronuptia Paris. Check out the website for more details and to book your session time.
Andre of Your Wedding Made Easy is generously giving Polka Dot Bride readers the chance to win one of 30 of his new wedding guide with a Wedding Discount Card for Central Coast Brides valued at $95. Read more about the guide here and if you’d like to win one of the 30 copies,, simply email email@example.com with your mailing address and name. The first 30 emails will receive a copy!
Don’t Tell The Bride are casting for their second season! Channel 10 are looking for couples to take part in season two, to apply simply visit the Don’t Tell The Bride website.
Engage Celebrants are running a competition giving away a range of prizes including celebrant services, jewellery and prizes valued at more than $2500. All you have to do is share your love story! Check out their website to enter.
Wedding Gifts Direct have unveiled their September offer! Register in the month of September to receive a free gift- the range includes a Joseph Joseph salad set valued at $99, and Esteele saucepan set valued at $1500 and a Vera Wang champagne flute set valued at $129.. Check the terms & conditions on their website (from the 1st of September). Wedding Gifts Direct have also launched a brand new website which allows couples to: – Split items into shares online – Close list online – Set your own gift voucher amounts – Payment by Paypal – Manage multiple registries – Buy express delivery gifts – Use 20% lifetime discount on online purchases – Thank You card online manager
Project Innovate is creeping up slowly! If you are an Australian wedding professional (and we are honoured to have guests flying in from Adelaide and the Gold Coast!), launch your Spring wedding season with a brilliant sales strategy, a great networking evening and sweet treats! Book tickets through our website now!
Finally, to round out your week, I chose this beautiful wedding film from the team at Living Lens. Not only is the story told beautifully, but it did make me itch for Summer and the weddings it will bring!
When I got the latest look books from the George Gross, G2 By George Gross and Harry Who collections I thought the items made really stylish mother of the bride outfits. Mother of the bride outfits are always thought of as having a certain “look” even my own mother and I have come to call “so mother of the bride”.
I think a key part to not looking ‘mumsy’ and keeping your look stylish is to mix textures and colours so rather than be in the one fabric and styling from head to toe, you mix complementary colours and patterns and choose really beautiful accessories.
Double faced satin cami in stone by George Gross, Multi tweed jacket with fringe in pearl by George Gross, New York Kiss earrings in Rose by Samantha Wills, satin skirt in stone by George Gross.
This look is completely classic to me – the tweed jacket reminds me of the classic nature of Chanel but with a modern twist and keeping the one colour tone underneath, with bold earrings, keeps it fresh and modern.
Double faced satin skirt in black by George Gross, Tuxedo necklace from Tilkah, Macrame lace top by Harry Who, Brocade jacket in pearl by George Gross
Stylish black never goes out of style and this look plays up the drama with the big, bold collar on the unusually cut jacket. The textures are mixed from the silk skirt, to the intricate lace on the macrame lace top to the big bold black necklace.
Linen pant in wheat by G2 By George Gross, Jenice Swarovski earrings by Pater Lang, Double faced satin cami in pearl by George Gross, Metallic lace jacket in stone by George Gross
I love this outfit for a twist on pretty. The lace top is such a statement piece on its own that I pared it down with plain, well cut pants in a similar colour and sparkly earrings. It’s pretty without being overly girly. Switching it up with a flippy skirt could make it a little more formal and traditional.
Linen silk jacket in wheat by G2 By George Gross, linen top in nutmeg by G2 By George Gross, linen pant in nutmeg by G2 By George Gross, Siren Vontress Shoes in Gold via Style Tread, Concordia ring in peach by Samantha Wills,
This look is completely modern and on trend with the military styling that is hitting stores, but it also has a classic sense to it. The rich olive green paired with a neutral wheat coloured jacket and a little burst of colour in the huge cocktail ring pull the outfit together. I love beautiful, well cut pants at formal occasions like weddings for someone that isn’t comfortable in a skirt.
Plain stretch embroidered jacket in silver by Harry Who, Brocade skirt in navy by George Gross, Brocade top in navy by George Gross, silver heels by Florsheim
Navy is such a nice choice if you’re not one to wear black and I love it paired with the unusual detailing on the silver jacket. Keeping the colour the same for the bulk of your outfit and adding a neutral but beautiful piece like the jacket always seems to work. Paired with shiny silver shoes and a beautiful piece of jewellery this look is stylish and pulled together.
Satin jacket in Stone by George Gross, Double faced satin cap sleeve dress by George Gross, Lourdes earrings by Samantha Wills
This look is simple and sleek. A well cut double sided satin dress with a beautiful oyster coloured jacket. It’s simple, comfortable and stylish. But most of all, it’s elegant. Jewelled art deco style earrings add a bit of sparkle and glamour to the outfit.