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Letizia and Hunter – The Celebration

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Welcome back to the celebration of Tish and Hunter’s wedding! The bridal party made sure to have fun with their photos.

Tish recalls this story. “Our best man ran with his mouth open to catch a popping champagne cork. In mid air he flew to catch it and came crashing down on the concrete, barely missing a steal rod. He destroyed his suit and was bloody and bruised. We have a great pic of him recovering on the ground.I should note that this was at the beginning of photos! So funny. My aunt later tapped up his suit with electrical tape. He is 6’9 so it just added to the humor when my 5’ foot maid of honour walked into the reception with him.”

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Tish and Hunter received the most touching wedding gifts – her bridesmaid made a special recipe book of recipes from all of the wedding guests, while a woman from Hunter’s home town coordinated a handmade quilt- asking sixty of Tish and Hunter’s family and friends to create a personalised tile for the quilt. They hung the finished product at the wedding.

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Tish’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Forever New while her maid of honour wore a gown from BCBG.

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Tish and Hunter held their reception in the “Visions Room” at the Outrigger Resort in Coolangatta/Tweed Heads. Tish and Hunter hired gumtrees for the courtyard and built a custom backdrop for the head table (it helped that Tish’s father was the food and beverage manager at the hotel!) Guests were guided to their tables with bunches of “Blushing Bride” native flowers. Each bunch represented a different table.

Tish and Hunter made their reception a lot of fun,  they hired singer Scott Michaels with an extra singer to keep the dance floor moving all night. Each bridesmaid/groomsmen  “couple” entering the reception to a dance or silly antics. Tish’s brother in law swung his wife over his head as they made their way to the head table.

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Herbal teas were a treat served to guests.

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Guests were given handmade favors of sugared almonds tied in pink tulle with gumnuts attached.

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Tish and Hunter took special care to ensure that their menu used sustainable produce and was uniquely Australian. They served barramundi and lamb as a main, crab and quail as entrée options and a unique array of appetisers including kangaroo and  crocodile. The dessert was iced images of Tish and Hunter’s faces on a modern trifle.

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Tish was inspired by a cake in Real Weddings Magazine. A five tiered, chocolate mud beauty, it was made by her mother!

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Tish and Hunter danced their first dance to Ben Harper’s “Forever”. Tish says “My husband chose our song. I’d never heard of it but loved it on first listen. It talks about not dating just anyone, not giving your heart to just anyone – only the one you’re ready to spend forever with.”

One of Tish’s favourite parts of the wedding day was leaving to “1979” by the Smashing Pumpkins through a tunnel made by family and friends. They got to thank every guest and kiss and hug them each good bye – ending with Tish’s mother and bridesmaids.

While Tish and Hunter departed, guests partied with the bridesmaids and groomsmen until the early hours of the morning in hired penthouses (hired by Tish and Hunter for their bridal party).

Thank you Tish and Hunter for sharing the special moments of your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Todd and Alyda at Todd Hunter McGaw Photography for sharing such a beautiful wedding with us today!

Photos by Todd Hunter McGaw

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Letizia and Hunter

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Good morning lovely Polka Dot Bride readers! Today I have a Tweed Heads/Coolangatta wedding to share with you shot by a photographer who makes me laugh. Which on a Wednesday after a public holiday is always a good sign! (It helps that I love his work too!)

An American groom and an Australian bride return to Australia and put a unique Australian flair on their wedding day. As I love a good story, here is Letizia’s (or Tish as she is known) story of how she and Hunter met:

“We  met in Sydney 4 years ago and started dating a year later. My husband Hunter is from Nebraska USA and was studying a the university of NSW. We were introduced by a mutual friend. We danced around the idea of dating for a year before taking the plunge. We did not look back. Hunter was living on a catamaran when we first started dating so spending the night at his place was interesting in the beginning! We now live permanently in the states but returned to Australia for our ‘Australian wedding’. We had 30 international guests and 105 guests total.

Today’s wedding is shot by Todd Hunter McGaw

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Tish hired a graphic designer to create Australian images (featuring gum nuts, roses, gum leaves and flannel flowers) which were turned into stamps. Each invite had the stamp hand applied and hand painted with watercolour. The same stamps were used throughout the wedding on the wedding program, menus, place cards and even save the date card. The invitations were printed on paper stock from Mrs John L Strong by a local printer in Nebraska in brown ink.

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Tish wore a silk and Chantilly gown from Strictly Bridal. She wore two pairs of shoes- one by Badgley Mischka and a second pair from Mollini. Tish wore diamond and pearl drop earrings from Wallace Bishop Jewellers and carried a bouquet of Australian natives by Cherub’s Rose Cottage in Main Beach.

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After discovering the “Blushing Bride” native Australian flower on the recommendation of her photographer, Tish fell in love with them and used them everywhere- in her hair,  in her bouquet and at the reception.

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Tish and Hunter were married at St Joseph’s Church where Tish was baptised, grew up in and went to primary school opposite!. The church was decorated with native Australian flowers in arrangements created by Tish’s mother and nan (who asked her neighbours if she could cut down her gum nuts!)

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Tish’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle to “The Time Is Now” by Moloko and Tish walked to her future husband to “Ava Maria”.

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Check back soon for Tish and Hunter’s too cool for school (that will make sense soon!) portraits and reception shots!

Photos by Todd Hunter McGaw

Pippa and Stephen – The Celebration

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Pippa and Stephen married at The Duckstein Brewery Margaret River (Saracen Estate Winery) so the perfect place for photos was amongst the vines.

Guests were treated to canapes and drinks while the bridal party headed to the vineyards for photographs.

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Pippa and Stephen held their reception inside the brewery restaurant which featured polished concrete floors and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the vineyards.

The reception was decorated with single peonies floating in vintage bowls and glasses,  candelabras, black damask table clothes and plenty of tea light candles. Pippa wanted to keep the feeling of the room intimate so decided against tall centrepieces.

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Pippa and Stephen danced their first dance to “The Time Is Now” by Moloko. The faster pace of the dance meant they had a few dance lessons to help them out!

The DJ kept guests dancing all night- if the venue didn’t shut at midnight, Pippa is sure everyone would still have been partying at 6am!

Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding day on Polka Dot Bride Pippa & Stephen! Thank you also to Natasja of  Natasja Kremers Photography for sharing the beautiful images with us!

Photos by Natasja Kremers Photography

Pippa and Stephen – The Ceremony

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Pippa and Stephen were married beside the lake at Saracen Estates in Margaret River. They held their ceremony on decking in front of the brewery restaurant. The bridal party walked over an arched bridge and cream carpet to get to the small island on which the ceremony was held.

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Pippa walked down the aisle (or over the bridge) to “Heaven” by DJ Sammy.The ceremony was performed by Jay Walsh.

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Are you liking our new look wedding features? (We’re experimenting!) Check back this afternoon for Pippa and Stephen’s gorgeous shots around the vineyard and reception!

Photos by Natasja Kremers Photography

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