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Lucie’s Eco Occasion

by | Bride, Eco Friendly Weddings, Inspiration Boards

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Lucie contacted me looking for inspiration for her eco friendly wedding. Lucie and her fiance are planning to marry in Boranup Forest outside of Perth.

Lucie’s studying naturopathy and her fiance is studying Environmental Science, so she describes their lifestyle as “ kinda hippyish but without the whole live-in-a-commune-have-dreadlocks aspect“.

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Karri forest photo from Manjimup Lodge & Backpackers, seeded invitation by Twin Ravens Press, bottles photos from Brides, copper urn from Cox & Cox, photo from Brides, candle holder from Cox and Cox, ceramic hearts from Paloma’s Nest, bridal gown from Rose & Ruby, hair photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, Australian natives bouquet photo from Scott Carle Photography, Australian natives photo via West Aussie Wedding

Lucie and her fiance Gabe are planning to be as ecologically friendly with their wedding as possible. Invitations will be seeded paper, potted plants will be used as decorations and they’ll make use of Australia’s beautiful native flowers. Lucie loves Grecian, boho style gowns and would love to look ever so slightly ethereal her wedding day. She also loves jewel colours but is leaning towards natural greens and browns for her bridesmaids. Luci wants her to wedding to Gabe to be “natural, gorgeous, joyous”

I used colour palette of green and browns for Lucie’s wedding day, the vibrant colours come through the rich tones of the Australian natives Lucie might carry down the aisle and use in pots as decoration.

Eco style decorations like white birch candle holders to tie into the beautiful Karri Forest, dotted with natural ceramic hearts and pots of herbs or natives doubling as favors would decorate the tables. Bridesmaids in mismatched gowns of green and brown, Lucie in a soft flowing Grecian style gown with loose curls pinned up and a sweet addition such as a feather or flower. Homemade lemonade and beer, local wine and local, fresh produce may be served at the reception with a vegan friendly cake for dessert.

Dancing under the moonlight, with fairy lights strung amongst the nearby trees seems a perfect way to end Lucie and Gabe’s wedding day.

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Lauren and Nathan – The Celebration

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

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Hyde Park and Observatory Hill were chosen as locations for the post wedding shots.

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Lauren and Nathan made sure to have plenty of fun with their bridal party during the post ceremony photos- there were plenty of blue steel moments and lots of laughter!

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Lauren says “In Hyde Park, Sydney we took off our shoes and jumped in the fountain which made for amazing photos, revitalised our feet and was SO MUCH FUN!  When we took off our shoes, that was when my sister and bridesmaid Christen realised that she had broken her little toe! There is a picture of me pointing and laughing at her foot in the fountain. What are big sisters for? The pictures of Nathan and I dipping and dancing in the fountain are some of our favourites”.

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Nathan was a gentlemen even wiping Lauren’s wet feet down with his own socks.

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Lauren and Nathan held their reception at L’Aqua at Cockle Bay Wharf. The bridal table was decorated with a black table runner sewed by Lauren, who also painted their initials in black. The “Top Gun” theme of the day continued with Lauren & Nathan entering the reception to “Danger Zone” and Nathan surprising Lauren with a serenade of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” during his speech.

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Lauren created menus, thank you’s and table names and placed them all in black photo frames.

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The table centrepieces were stems of white orchids (bought by Lauren and Nathan from the Sydney flower markets) submerged in tall cylindrical vases.

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Lauren and Nathan chose a single tier caramel mud cake from Casa Del as their wedding cake. Decorated with white icing and black polka dots, it was topped with a small black dalmatian in honour of their much loved dog Lance, so he could be there on their wedding day. Lauren printed cake bags with a picture of a dalmatian and their names and wedding date.

Lauren says “Our official first dance was to ‘Grow Old With You’ by Adam Sandler, from the movie ‘The Wedding Singer’. It was so us.

Our unofficial first dance was to The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’. My MOH surprised us with a special message from Richard Mercer from ‘Love Song Dedications’ 106.5. The DJ played it over the speakers and Nathan and I couldn’t help dancing to the song – even though we hadn’t even had our first dance yet!”

Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today Lauren and Nathan! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you to Nerida McMurray Photography for sending over today’s photos!

Photos by Nerida McMurray Photography

Lauren and Nathan

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

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It’s time for the last Wedding Wednesday of the year! Today’s couple gracing the pages of Polka Dot Bride and the lovely Lauren and Nathan.

It’s a glamorous Sydney celebration featuring black, white and a few touches of polka dots!

Lauren says “Nathan and I met in Year 4 in Primary School, when we were 9 years old. Our teacher, Mr Botham made us sit next to each other all year, despite moving everyone else around regularly in the class. We both had crushes on each other, but didn’t know. At the year 4 disco when the boys were leaving to go to the boy’s school, I asked Nathan to dance. It took us many years of running in the same friendship group to eventually start dating.

We tracked down our Year 4 teacher to attend our wedding as guest of honour as he was literally the person that brought us together all those years ago.”

Images today are by Nerida McMurray Photography

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Lauren wore nude pumps from Peeptoe Shoes.

Lauren and Nathan sent save the dates created by Fabulous Stationery (the Glamourama Too Calling Card Design) featuring a black background and gold chandelier with modern scribbles over the top and stuck a magnet on the back for guests to keep it on their fridge. The couple designed and printed their own invitations using black metallic card with white linen embossed card on top. The design featured a black chandelier.

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Lauren wore Nathan’s great grandmother’s pearl earrings and her grandmother’s gold cross. Lauren’s bouquet was tied with a black polka dot ribbon and photos of her brother Aaron and grandfather – both who have passed away.

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Lauren wore a soft, silk georgette gown from Lisa Ho and her veil was made my her maid of honour’s mother. Lauren’s bridesmaids wore black pumps.

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The bouquets were all shades of white. Lauren and her bridesmaids made the bridesmaids bouquets using flowers Lauren and Nathan bought from the Sydney Flower Markets the day before. They tied the bouquets with black grosgrain ribbon. Lauren’s bouquet created by Floralnector, was a single flower (bouquets make her feel like she has to put them in water!) created from dozens of rose petals sewn together.

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Lauren and Nathan’s dalmatian Lance was very much present in spirit on the day.

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Lauren’s bridesmaids each chosen their own knee length black gown.

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Lauren chose traditional black London cabs from the  London Cab Company to transport everyone on the wedding day.

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Lauren made the ceremony programs herself using black and white card. She tied the booklets with black and white ribbons.

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The flower girls wore white broderie anglaise style dresses, with a big bow across the chest from Origami. They wore black patent shoes, a black headband from Diva and black bracelets made by an aunty, which tied them in with the rest of the bridal party. The girls carried sweet pea wreaths in the shape of hearts tied by Lauren’s dad and aunty.

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Lauren and Nathan held their ceremony at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Church Hill, Sydney. The church shares the name of the primary school Lauren and Nathan attended together. Lauren walked down the aisle to “The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba” but in a nod to Nathan’s love of the movie Top Gun, the most exciting song played was “The Victory Song” from the movie, played on the Church Organ.

Check back later today for Lauren and Nathan’s fun post wedding shots and their very sweet wedding cake!

Photos by Nerida McMurray Photography.

Australian Native Bouquets by Blooming Brides

by | Bride, Flowers

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I am so fascinated by Australian native wedding bouquets, so when Rita of Blooming Brides sent over some her latest Australian native flower creations, I wanted to share them with you!

Australian natives are a beautiful choice for wedding flowers- there are so many rich, earthy colours and unusual textures.

King Protea with David Austin Roses

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Leucospermum and Leucadendron bouquet

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Bridesmaids bouquet of mixed leucadrendron and gumnuts

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Bridesmaid bouquet of mixed spring natives with sugar and spice blushing brides.

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Bridal bouquet including  a mix of spring natives with sugar and spice blushing brides. Buttonholes of blushing brides with seed pods.

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Centrepieces of Australian natives

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Centrepieces of red waratahs and green leucadendron

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Photos from Blooming Brides

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