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Mary and Tim’s Australian Country Wedding

by | Australia - ACT, Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Mary & Tim

Australian country weddings always have such an easy elegance to them. Mary’s simple beautiful lace wedding gown is accessorised with white blooms and the golden grasses provide the most beautiful backdrop for their celebrations.

Mary tells their story. “We met on a Friday night, at after work drinks at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Tim approached me, bought me  a champagne after my  initial hesitation, and later asked me out on our first date.”

Images are by Arron Hage who has captured the rustic, country feel of the day.

Mary wore a gown by Catherine Deane for BHLDN and added an heirloom diamond pendant borrowed from Tim’s family and earrings by Samantha Wills.

Mary’s bridesmaids wore Quillaree Marchioness dress for BHLDN.

Mary walked down the aisle to a solo cellist playing Bach cello suite number one, Prelude.

Mary and Tim married in the gardens of Grazing Restaurant and held their reception in the restaurant itself. Mary explains “We chose Grazing Restaurant in Gundaroo because we had visited it for dinner a few times, and loved the food! I initially wanted to get married on my parents’ farm, which is a four-hour drive out of Adelaide. Tim wanted to get married in the city, as his entire family lives interstate and overseas and he wanted to minimise travel time. As Tim ended up proposing to me on her parents’ farm (which is another entire story), we decided that Grazing (with its vegetable garden, country-town setting, beautiful food and only 30 minutes out of Canberra) was the perfect choice. The staff were friendly, accommodating and very organised; making the day run super smoothly.”

Of their photographer, Mary says “Arron Hage did an amazing job capturing the special moments of the day. We didn’t want photos that were too ‘set-up’, and that suited Arron’s style perfectly, who works professionally at Parliament House when he’s not doing weddings. He was professional, easy to work with and we could not have asked for a better experience. We flip through our photos regularly and are reminded of a special day, with each photo a work of art in its own right. He also surprised us by sending a canvas print in the post of his favourite pic, which we will hang on the wall of our new house.”

Mary describes the wedding as “A relaxed, fun and country-style wedding with home-made touches.”

For their favors, individual jams were made Mary’s mother. Mary remarks “The jams were apricot and plum and were also used as place tags for the guests, with each guest’s name written on a tag attached to the jar.” Mary’s mother also put together the wedding bouquets and reception floral arrangements.

For their first dance, the couple chose Darren Hanlon’s cover of ‘Together in Electric Dreams’ by the Human League. Mary explains “Tim loves 80s music, and I love Darren Hanlon, so it was a perfect mix. As for the dancing, we practiced with each other once privately in our lounge room!”

Congratulations Mary & Tim! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Arron Hage for sharing your images with us!

Photographer: Arron Hage / Bride's Dress: Catherine Deane, Lita dress from BHLDN / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Bridesmaid Dresses: Quillaree Marchioness dress for BHLDN / Bridesmaid Accessories: McGlades Jewellery / Hairstylist: Mest Hair / Makeup Artist: Vicky Hayes / Flowers & Decor: Bride's Mother / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Other: Grazing Restaurant / Ceremony Officiant: Judy Aulich / Ceremony Musicians: Darsha Kumar / DJ: DJ Jeremiah Natividad / Other: Crowne Limousines / Other: Bensley Bus and Coach / Other: Peters of Kensington
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Anna Campbell Bridesmaids Luxe Collection

by | Bride, Bridesmaids

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Melbourne designer Anna Campbell is no stranger to making beautiful, unique gowns and her new bridesmaid collection? Incredible! The new relaase of the Anna Campbell Bridesmaids “Luxe” Collection has everything I love about Anna’s designs. Soft, beautiful colours and interesting fabric placement. Beaded embellishments and beautiful draped laces all form part of the collection.

The Luxe collection features hand finished silk gowns with brand new embellishments and styling to add to Anna’s previous collections. The gowns are available in two lengths- the elegant floor length and the less formal cocktail length.

Images by Anna Campbell

Vendor of the Week – Miss Aimmey

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Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? Are our US friends back to work after the lovely 4th of July week? (the concept of sunshine and swimming pools is so foreign to me today!)

Before we get started into a jam packed week of inspiration, let’s take a peek at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

The cinematographers? Their films will make you laugh & cry,  the hair & makeup artists? The talented professionals who can help you pull your look together, the wedding planners? They’re the ones who can help you stay sane, and of course there’s even the wedding photographers, the ones who capture every moment with beauty.

If there is one thing I am happy to leave to professionals on a wedding day it’s hair and makeup so this week’s vendor of the week? A talented stylist who creates beautiful hair & makeup styles on brides, bridesmaids and anyone else in your bridal party! Miss Aimmey is based in Melbourne and having worked with prestigious brands has now turned her hand to weddings. From smokey eyes, to more natural looks Aimmey is trained to create different looks and really listens to what you want!

We asked Aimmey from Miss Aimmey five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

I LOVE plum wine. It’s so good! sweet and light but will definitely do the trick if you’ve had a long day at work. It’s Japanese and so delicious. Otherwise I can never go past a Rekorderlig Cider, it is the most yummiest drink ever!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I am a big fan of the water and anywhere beachy so I love Melbourne’s Great Ocean Road drive and staying anywhere near the beach like Lorne or Apollo Bay. Some of my happiest memories of building sandcastles and long summer night walks all have that back drop. It’s so very romantic and relaxing. It’s not too far but far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Favourite restaurant?

I am such a foody that it’s hard to chose but I love Japanese food and Spanish food specifically. I could always eat either as I guess they’re both tapas styled and so you get to try a little of everything. It’s also great for socialising and getting friends together to enjoy great food and drinks. My two faves are Izakya Chuji and Barcelona.

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

You can find me down in South Melbourne at my favourite little spot, “Cafe Sweethearts” where my partner took me for our first breakfast date 6 years ago. Very cute and wonderful pancakes, eggs and coffee!

Your favourite wedding story?

One of the very first weddings I was a part of made me cry from how emotional it was. While the bride was getting her make up done, her grandparents sat and watched her and her grandfather told her how beautiful she looked and how proud he was to be part of her special day. Her grandmother was holding her grandfather’s hand at this stage and said she hoped she would be as happy as she was throughout her marriage. That really set in motion for tears to fall and it was lovely just to see how happy a couple could be after 53 years of marriage! More tears fell when her mum and dad saw her in her wedding gown. Overall, the vibe was just electric and everyone involved shed a tear before the ceremony even started. It just made me realise that on your wedding day, all the important people in your lives will be there and that love really is possible. What a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Visit Miss Aimmey’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Miss Aimmey is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Love Soft As An Easy Chair

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

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