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Smartypig Winner Announcement!

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This competition was so hard! Thank you to everyone that entered, I hope Smartypig can get you on your way to your savings goal!

The winner of the $100 Smartypig voucher is Sam! Congratulations Sam!

This is such a great idea! I’m getting married next year and my baby sister will be living in the UK (the man of her dreams unfortunately happens to be English). I would love to be able to fly her out for my wedding because she won’t be able to afford it and I can’t even imagine getting married without her!

Don’t forget you still have the chance to win two nights at the Marriot Hotel!

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Mei and Troy – The Celebration

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

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Welcome back to part two of the beautiful wedding of Mei and Troy! I love the thought Mei and Troy put into making their wedding as eco friendly as possible!

They actively made decisions to suit their beliefs in every aspect of their wedding. They asked for no gifts as they didn’t want to have to take anything back to New York with them. Instead, they set up a website with a  “give registry” allowing guests to donate to one of Mei and Troy’s chosen charities (Diabetes Australia, Oxfam’s “Close The Gap” program, Australian Wildlife Conservatory and Animals Australia).

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The couple held their ceremony in Victoria Gardens in East Perth. Mei walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of Amorphous Androgynous (aka Future Sound Of London) – Divinity, played by a good friend Ben Sheridan and his bandmate Jeff Ramage (who play together as Twelve). During the ceremony, they played a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Somebody”.

As the ceremony came to a close, they played “Divinity” fully – it was meant to be played as people milled about after the ceremony, but guests were transfixed by their playing!

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Mei and Troy practice the Buddhism so didn’t have a lot of structure to adhere to with their ceremony. Their celebrant Barbara Walton helped them create a ceremony that matched exactly what they wanted.

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Afterward, the newlyweds and their guests walked over the bridge to Lamonts, where they feasted on vegan cuisine. After venue hunting for months, Mei & Troy finally found the venue of their dreams, requiring no decoration, they then challenged head chef Anthony Le to make an exquisite vegan tasting menu. Living in new York, Mei & Troy have dined at some of the best vegan restaurant in the world and Nathan stepped up to the challenge. The couple’s favourite part was a dessert of strawberries with sorbet and dark chocolate lattice over it.

Jenn of The Original Wedding Company sourced wooden deck chairs and decorated them with olive branches from her neighbour’s garden. For the reception music Troy had a perfectly pre-programmed iPod mix, including songs from guests who had been asked to pick a track when they RSVP’ed. Everything from Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” to Underworld’s “Born Slippy” .

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The wedding cake was made by Troy’s childhood next door neighbour Ida McLeod. She’d been making wedding cakes since Troy was tiny and was asked to make the couple’s cake. They chosen a red velvet cake (as a nod to their life in the USA and Mei’s favourite cupcakes from Billy’s in Chelsea) vegan style adapted from a traditional recipe. Originally, the couple were going to forgo cake- neither of them being cake mad, but after reading about the red velvet wedding cake of Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi they were inspired!

The wedding stationery was made by the couple was simple and sweet with a cute motif of a vintage hot air balloon (signifying their travels) and great typography.  Place cards were made using recycled card and rubber stamps.

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Mei and Troy used an antique typewriter of Mei’s family to hold the seating chart.

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A highlight of the day was the speeches, with Troy commending the vegan meal and mentioning it contained no meat, milk, ovulations, vomit or semen, to which his aunt screamed “I should hope not!”. Troy’s 94 year old grand mother was also acknowledged as the most important person at the wedding- without her there would have been no wedding! Troy’s brother had everyone in tears with his emotional speech about family and life.

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Mei and Troy wanted a photobooth, but didn’t have room for one. Instead Samm Blake set up a white backdrop and took happy snaps of the guests all night.

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Troy says “Our family on Mei’s mum’s side did a traditional Chinese ‘Yum Seng’ where people ‘charge their glasses’ by yelling ‘yaaaaaaaaaaam’ until everyone is blue in the face, followed by a bellowing “Seng!” and then slamming down your drink (normally done with brandy).  My mum’s family table asked what all that was about, and after the explanation, were not to be outdone!  They had to do theirs, louder, than the first table!  Naturally this snow-balled, and ended up in the normal tradition, where the newly weds must go around to every table to yum seng, each table trying to top the one before it (and usually resulting in a pretty drunk couple!  but it was only wine, and i had baby sips since i don’t drink!).  At the end, the whole restaurant did one massive YAAAAM SENG!  fabulous!”

The restaurant had no room for dancing, but the couple had planned to perform an ironic and silly rumba to Jean-Michel Jarre’s “Les Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 5“.  Troy admits his only dance move is the running man, while Mei is an amazing dancer. Instead, the couple purchased a small USB mixer and with Troy’s laptop, they snuck speakers and guests into their hotel room and danced like mad! They played everything from Michael Jackson to Steve Lawler for the official wedding after party!

Mei and Troy spent three days after the wedding on a mini moon in Margaret River at Hidden Valley Retreat, nestled in amongst masses of trees.

Thank you Mei and Troy for sharing the amazing details from your wedding day! On behalf of Polka Dot Bride readers, I wish you all the best in your lives together! Thank you also to Samm Blake for sharing the photos with us!

Photos by Samm Blake

Mei and Troy

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

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Today’s wedding is simply beautiful. Organically based with beautiful elements! Troy, the groom has told me the most beautiful stories about his wedding day that I’m going to share them with you today!

Mei and Troy met at a web design firm in Perth which also happened to be above their reception venue! The couple would sneak out to lunch together and made sure they left work a few minutes apart so nobody would notice their secret courtship. After months of successful covert relationship tactics, Mei opened her email one day to find an email containing a photo – it had a picture of Troy’s car, with a big arrow pointing to it with large text stating “Troyota Starlet”, which was parked out the front of “Mei’s house”, also with large text and arrow, and beneath it, in large bright pink letters “Love shack, baby!”. Mei panicked and switched off her monitor and scanned the office for the offender. Once everyone knew, the couple became inseparable.

Mei and Troy hail from New York but returned to their hometown of Perth to celebrate their marriage together with their family and friends. Mei and Troy wanted their wedding to be simple, homely and elegant. The couple didn’t want to needlessly impact the environment and to be easy for their guests while keeping with Australian traditions. The day before the wedding, the couple held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony keeping with Mei’s family tradition.

Planning from New York proved a little difficult for the couple, so they hired Jenn of The Original Wedding Company to help them source suppliers that would keep in line with the organic, eco friendly spirit they wanted for their wedding.

The wedding was planned to be as organic as possible and Mei and Troy thought out all their details to make this happen.

The wedding today is captured by Samm Blake.


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Troy’s suit was by Duncan Quinn, an ex- lawyer who moved from London to New York to practice law. Dissatisfied by the suits on offer, he started designing his own and was soon overcome with requests. He wore shoes by Pensador Browns from Bourgeois Boheme. The company specialises in vegan footwear and all shoes are fair trade, use ecological materials and utilize fair labor.

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Mei wore a gown designed by Claire Pettibone from Kleinfield in New York. Her shoes were from My Glass Slipper.

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Samm Blake and her assistant picked Troy up before the ceremony and took him to Mei’s mother house where the couple had their first look on the front steps. They then ventured around the city for photographs before the ceremony. Mei and Troy booked their wedding date around Samm’s availability. They wanted photos that brought the soul out of people and fell in love with Samm’s work.

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Mei’s bouquet and the other flower arrangements were created by Flowers By Michelle. Locally sourced, native flowers were a deciding factor for the couple. The reception flowers were simple and understated and the couple wanted them to have a life beyond the wedding so were able to be taken home by guests.

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Mei and Troy took a different approach to buying Mei’s engagement ring, they wanted something with character and they have a love of antiques. Troy found a a 1920s Edwardian French ring Marisa Perry in New York. The store was only selling it as a favour  for a friend which amazed Troy when he spotted it! Troy says it is the most beautiful ring he has ever seen. An Edwardian style wedding ring band was found at LaMont jewellery. Troy’s ring is a vintage ring from Doyle & Doyle.

As a gift for Mei before the wedding, Troy found Mei some Georgian earrings at Doyle & Doyle that appear to be Portuguese (estimated to be over 300 years old).  Mei’s father comes from Malaka in Malaysia, which has Portugese heritage, so the relevance of them was appealing to Troy.

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Check back this afternoon for their ceremony and reception!

Photos by Samm Blake


Coloured Chairs

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The unexpected surprise of coloured chairs is guaranteed to bring gasps of surprise from your guests. Rather than going the usual route of hiring chairs, you could use coloured chairs as a starting point for your wedding palette and build your theme around them.

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Chair from The Propery

Yes, it will be a lot of work if you are painting them yourself, but, if you’re brave you might cajole friends and relatives into helping you, with the promise of lots of food and drink at the end of the day! Make it  a sunny day and turn the music up loud!

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Chairs from Pottery Barn via Small Space Style

First collect your chairs. Try relatives or friends who may have unwanted chairs hidden away, if they don’t want of need them they might just get chairs with a brand new look at the end of the wedding day. That may just have a second life tucked away in a shady nook in the garden! Try op shops, or markets – it doesn’t matter if the chairs don’t match. In fact the different shapes will add to the charm of the look. Look in furniture warehouse type shops for well priced items and consider wood, bamboo or even rattan.

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Photo by Eva Lindh

The colours? For a beach-side wedding think of the blues and sea greens – either many different hues or just one colour such as a sky blue, for instance. Or try pearlised white, metallics or naturals such as driftwood. If your main colour is a soft apricot, try chairs in three or four apricot shades – from pale through to dark. You can use this look with any colour you choose as your main colour.

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Chairs from Apartment Therapy

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Chairs from The Kitchen Designer

Multi-colours look sensational with an all white scheme. Try a combination of lime, hot pink and orange, or turquoise, raspberry red and orange. Black, white and leaf green, or purple, jade and indigo – all will look stunning. When using multi colours in your chairs be sure to be very disciplined with the rest of your décor. Everything should be pared back to white or another main colour, with the occasional sparkle from glassware or cutlery. Even your flowers should be more restrained. You are trying for fun and elegance so keeping it clean will help the chairs shine.

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Chairs from Martha Stewart,  chairs from Arent Pyke via Desire To Inspire

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Chairs from Cookie Magazine

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