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Sara and David’s Winter Winery Wedding

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

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Sara and Dave

There is nothing like a winter wedding at a winery- the bare vines, the sound of red wine being poured into glasses, crackling fires and the misty scenery. The wedding of Sara and David is a splendid winter winery celebration with all the winter luxuries (long gloves and fur stoles included!) to create a cozy old Hollywood romance style for their wedding day.

Sara recalls the love story of her and David. “When we were in high school David and I were really good friends. He was dating one of my closest friends, and I was dating one of his closest friends. Across the years those relationships didn’t work out but we had stayed really close friends, getting each other through the hard times and the numerous breakups. At the end of 2009 David’s family convinced me to audition for a musical that David was staring in, and I decided to give it a shot. Upon return from a holiday to Africa at the beginning of 2010, I found out that I had successfully made it into the musical and I was cast as his pregnant wife!  It was a case of life imitating art. It was hard because I unfortunately lost my friend in the process, but at the same time gained my soul mate – that missing piece. Sometimes the universe sends us in strange directions all over the world, only to finally set us back down where it all started, where we truly belong. Our relationship blossomed in beautiful Kyoto, Japan, where David proposed on a stone bridge across a lake in the imperial gardens on my birthday.”

Photography is by Lara Hotz. I love the sense of drama Lara captured from today’s wedding – with the heavy, luscious colours and the dark wintery tones, Lara captured it beautifully while bringing in the cozy, romantic atmosphere of the wedding day. Sara and David hired Kevin Sarkin Videography for their wedding day film.

As a special gift to the groomsmen, Sara says “David gave all his groomsmen different cufflinks that represented each of them.” The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Spurling.

Sara wore a gown from Halo Bridal with red shoes from Wanted. The floral arrangements were styled by Peonies Floral Designs.

Sara’s bridesmaids wore mismatched bridesmaid’s gowns. Sara explains “David and I had worked hard to make the wedding represent us and be an event where everyone felt the love we felt. With that in mind I let the bridesmaids pick their own dresses (including Chic in Paddington, George at Chatswood, and Bridesmaids Only in Double Bay) so that they felt beautiful in whatever they were wearing. All they were asked was to make it a deep wine red. To bring it all together I gave them satin gloves and faux fur shrugs which also helped give it that vintage feel.”

Sara describes the wedding as “A magical vintage Hollywood romance.”

Sara and David held their wedding day celebrations at Wyndham Estate, Dalwood.

Sara walked down the aisle to “My Love” by Sia, edited by David.

Sara remarks, ” I think the most important special detail of the day was that David’s father married us. He was the officiating Rabbi and was helped by David’s Uncle who sang the various religious songs throughout the ceremony. It was a truly beautiful experience.”

While the bridal party was having their photos taken the rest of the guests had olives, cheese and wine on the veranda enjoying the afternoon sun. The cellar was open so that guests could also taste the wines and enjoy themselves.

 

 

 

Guests entered a barrel room for the reception. Sara says “We had a signature cocktail called a Planter’s Punch which was from the 1940s and was a burgundy colour to match the colours of the wedding – burgundy and gold. These colours were picked as they are the colours of David’s basketball team the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The room the reception was in had sandstone walls, wine barrels and open fire places giving it a wonderful rustic feeling. It also had a separate area for guests who wanted to relax on couches and didn’t want to be near the music during the later part of the evening.”

There were a few lovely handmade elements to the wedding day, including many from family. Sara remarks, “My mother is incredible at making sugar craft flowers. She and I handmade the bonbonniere for all the ladies at the wedding creating deep red sugar craft roses with satin white ribbon and a name card attached. We also made our invitations piecing all the vintage lace and satin ribbon to each pocket style invitation sealing them with a wax seal. David and I also had made a guestbook table filled with vintage things that represented important aspects of our lives including magazines and newspapers from the 1940s, a typewriter, vintage lunch boxes, old books and I even edited pictures of each of our parents on their wedding days and placed them into an old gold frame. We also had the lyrics of the song I walked down the aisle to pegged to ivy that was wrapped down the pillars within the venue room which connected to wine barrels and flowers. For these we had burnt the edges of each to make them look old and rustic.” The three tier wedding cake was made by Sugar Rush.

The first dance was choreographed! Sara recalls “David and I had some dance lessons from his godmother who had requested to choreograph our first dance for us as she was an ex-ballroom dancer. We danced the American Foxtrot to “Under My Skin” sung by Michael Buble to keep the evening lively and with a vintage swing feel. Just after a lift (like in Dirty Dancing) David and I broke apart and went to our mother and father respectively to dance with them . Our siblings also joined us to dance with our remaining parents. They had one lesson before the night, but everyone was enjoying themselves too much to follow the steps by that point. It was so lovely being able to dance with both my husband and father!”

The Baker Boys provided the music for the evening, but there were also a few extra musical surprises. Sara explains “David’s family is extremely musical and his parents with two family friends surprised us and sang a beautiful four part harmony song. Continuing with the musical theme, as part of his speech David surprised me with a song that he wrote called “Till the End” which was the story of our love. He surprised everyone at the wedding who didn’t know that he is an extremely talented hip-hop artist. ”

Congratulations Sara and David! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to  Lara Hotz for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Lara Hotz

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Jo and Hugh’s Retro Melbourne Wedding

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Jo & Hugh

There is everything to love about today’s wedding – from the bride’s gorgeous tea length wedding dress, to the laughter that echos through the photos. There’s the stunning lighting by the groom himself at the reception and the flower girl with the most expressive face. It’s a gorgeous Melbourne Autumn wedding all tied up with a bow and a beautiful one to share with you today!

Photographs today are by Love, Katie & Sarah Photography. I am so thrilled to finally share a wedding from these two – I love the quirky, happy moments they capture and the passion they so clearly have for capturing love stories.

Jo and Hugh were married in Fitzroy Gardens. Jo explains “Fitzroy Gardens is a beautiful park close to Jo and Hugh’s home which they felt was a fitting backdrop to our big day.” Jo wore shoes by Shoes Of Prey (and Jo!).

Of the ceremony, Jo says, “The outdoor venue was set a couple of hours before the event.  Furniture was folding teak chairs  supplied by Placesettings.  They also supplied umbrellas and furniture for bars and signing table.  The event was setup to a preset plan and managed by the groom’s brother, Michael.  Themeing here was very simple and we worked with the natural surrounds of the park.”

As Jo walked down the aisle, an acoustic version of ‘Til There Was You’ was performed by guests Barry Patterson and accompanied by Luke Knapman on guitar.  A close friend Bridget a’Beckett and Jo Taranto (Hugh’s sister) performed songs during the signing.

The ceremony was one of the favourite parts of the day for Jo “Our celebrant, Deb Holder, was great and guided us to ensure that it was our wedding in our style but had the required formalities and flowed beautifully.”

Jo remarks “We wrote our own vows in a conversational style, read to each other in turn and felt more sincere than parroting the words of the celebrant.”

Jo says “The weather was perfect for the ceremony.  It was a cloudy but mild autumn day and really was one of the main factors that made the day so special.  It’s amazing when there are elements like this that can’t be planned but are so essential.”




Jo says “Staff from Ed Dixon Food Design welcomed guests with limonattas and paper straws.  Cones of dried Rose petals were given to the guests to greet the married couple as they walked together down the aisle and drinks were served as the ceremony ended.”

Jo wore a gorgeous fifties style tea length wedding gown created by Amaline Vitalie paired with shoes created on Shoes Of Prey. Her bridesmaids wore gowns by Watters from Affective Bridal, Preston. The men wore Hugo Boss suits.

The floral arrangements were style by Flowers Vassette and Nicole Dinkgreve (a friend of Joanne’s).




The couple wandered Melbourne until they reached their reception venue, stopping for photographs along the way. Of Love Katie & Sarah, Jo says “Katie and Sarah are awesome and the pictures really capture the day perfectly for us.  The way they worked as team allowed the event to be captured from a variety of angles and sensibilities.. They were able to catch a lot of informal and details of that  a single photographer wouldn’t have caught.  The photos are full of life and character and they have a really good eye for capturing the emotion of the event. We were presented with hundreds of high quality, enhanced shots and left us only with the dilemma of too many to chose from!”

Jo and Hugh held their reception at fortyfive downstairs. Jo says “The venue was sectioned  off with a white chiffon curtain on tab tracks which created a intimate space for the pre-function drinks and allowed us to hide the rest of the venue where the guests would sit for dinner.  This space was also set aside to be our wet weather venue for the ceremony if it was too wet in the gardens.  The guests entered and were presented with a welcome pomegranate and prosecco cocktail.   Canapes and drinks were served from wandering waitstaff and there were also floating bars setup on the walls.” The reception was catered by Ed Dixon Food Design.

Jo says “We took advantage of the theatrical lighting facilities in the venue and the grooms background in lighting to design complementary lighting for the event which was subtlety operated through the night to reflect the changing moods.  Additional lighting was installed on the event day. After a short welcoming speech from our MC the curtain opened and the venue was revealed and the guests found their tables.”

Lighting was supplied by Resolution X, setup and operated by Ben Webb, Drape Tab track by CLS Australia, Drapes by Staging Rentals, furniture by PlaceSettings.



Joanne collected (and cleaned) vintage bottles for months leading up to the event and these made up part of the table centrepieces.  Rather than number the tables, each table was identified by a street name (each street being one that the bride or groom had lived on)  Realistic, (to) scale street signs were made by Hugh as part of the table centrepieces.  Guests were loosely seated at the tables whose street name related to them and it proved to be a good conversation starter.




Jo remarks “The professionalism of all of our staff and vendors made the day run really smoothly with a natural flow from part to part.  Nothing felt forced or out of place.”

Of the food, catered by Ed Dixon Food Design. Jo says ” We had shared menus on the tables as well as written on a large blackboard hanging on the wall

We had a table at the end of the room which was dedicated to family.  Wedding photos from our parents and grandparents wedding were arranged here amongst our guestbook and wishing well.

After dinner and speeches the dessert table was revealed and guests served themselves desserts which included macarons, old school lollies and cakes..”

Lorgie & Me created a personalised guestbook for the newlyweds.


Top Dog DJs provided the music. Jo remarks “We danced to Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” after one lesson with a dance teacher.  A simple rhumba but it had the desired effect and soon after the dancefloor was full.”

Congratulations Joanna and Hugh! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Katie & Sarah of Love, Katie & Sarah Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Love, Katie & Sarah Photography

Rose Zurzolo Couture

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Melbourne is a goldmine when it comes to talented bridal designers and today’s is one I’ve wanted to showcase for the longest time! Her designs are such a reflection of the “Melbourne bride” to me. Rose Zurzolo, is full of sophisticated detail, and designer Rose draws inspiration from the 1930s and 1940s but brings together her old world charm with the modern detailing of today.

The gowns are constructed beautifully using silks that glimmer like liquid, incredible laces and beadwork and fine tulles. I love the old Hollywood styling of her gowns – the sophistication! Rose works individually with each customer to create a gown suited to the style of the bride and the wedding.


Photos from Rose Zurzolo Couture

Vendor of the Week – Milque Photography

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Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes!

It feels rather splendid to be welcoming in the week with a peek at our beautiful new Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! To call a website beautiful may be a tough call but I know first hand the blood, sweat and many tears that have gone into crafting a directory that functions beautifully – so I’m a little tickled pink to show it off!

We’re so lucky to have the support of amazing vendors who understand our vision and what we love to do – they’re all ready and waiting in the directory to help you plan the wedding that is just right for you and your partner. From amazing photographers to talented florists– there’s plenty of fantastic vendors to help you out and we’re adding more constantly!

Pouring over the pages of this week’s vendor of the week’s website is a little like curling up with a cup of hot chocolate. The images of Milque Photography are dreamy. They have a sense of fun, a sense of not taking themselves too seriously- but there is nothing missed from the stories they tell. No lost moments because of props and quirky looks. They just add to the moment. It’s all there and it’s beautiful.

To learn a little more about Milque Photography we asked Nat five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?
Cosmopolitan

Favourite restaurant?
At the moment For a fun night out and great Chinese ” Super Bowl” Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Your favourite weekend getaway?
Secrets on the Lake, Montville. This place will bring romance to any relationship, they are individual Tree houses situated in a rainforest on the edge of a beautiful lake.

Where can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
‘Anouk’, Given Terrace, Paddington, BRISBANE

Your favourite wedding story?
I have sooo many stories to tell but I would have to say the most romantic Wedding I have ever photographed was Teresa & Billy.
They had been boyfriend & girlfriend for 23 years! (since they were 14) and had spent most of their lives traveling the world together.
Now that they had finally decided to settle down with William their 4 year old they decided to get married at a little Chapel at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.
The day was full of little surprises which I had to be in control of – lining up the photoshoot, to being at the right place at the right time for the next surprise. From a cruise in a luxury yacht to a solo bagpiper at sunset, then fireworks over the water in the evening.
But it wasn’t just all the physical things they had organised, there was just this beautiful energy between them and the way they looked at each other. So much love and respect that I must admit I had to hold back the tears welling in my eyes.

Visit Milque Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Milque Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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