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Treasury Luxury Showcase Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Don’t forget if you want to win one of ten double passes to the The Luxury Wedding Showcase held by The Wedding Establishment along with the Treasury Restaurant on Thursday 25 November 2010 from 5.30pm until 9pm at Treasury, 394 Collins Street, Melbourne. To follow the instructions on this post

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Anna and Rich

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


Anna & Rich

Do you remember A Country Practice? Fatso the wombat, when Molly died, Cookie, Shirley, Dr Terence and Lucy- that theme song will never be forgotten and the memories don’t fade too easily either!

So today’s wedding of Anna and Rich is a little special in that respect- it took place in Wandin Valley, the home of A Country Practice, or to be specific Wandin Valley Estate, Lovedale, Hunter Valley. The wedding is so completely rich with Australiana- from the landscape, to the subtle cricket theme Anna and Rich wove throughout their day, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

Anna says, “We met playing hockey in a charity tournament in the UK. Anna had just come out of ambulance having been injured on the pitch and Rich was the only guy not to show any sympathy but to wind her up over it which began a day of sledging. Over 5 years later, the laughter continues…”

Photographs today are by Welsch Photography who have managed to captured the Australian landscape, the details, the moments but most of all the love of Anna and Rich!

Anna and Rich planned a wedding weekend for their guests. “As many guests had flown in from the UK (both of us are English), we planned a weekend wedding, organising transport and accommodation for all guests. We hired 3 vineyards, WVE, Adina and Tatler, all in Lovedale. We had activities planned all weekend with wine tastings and a hog roast on Friday evening, a trip to Aqua Golf and the Hunter Valley Gardens the morning of the wedding and then a cricket recovery brunch BBQ on the Sunday. All our guests were on fantastic form when it came to our wedding and reception which made the day so much fun!”

Anna wore a gown from Elizabeth De Varga while her bridesmaids wore emerald green gowns from Dessy. Hair and makeup was styled by Rachel and her team at Sublime in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Anna and Rich placed a great importance on the music for their day. “Music is very important to us and so we spent a lot of time preparing playlists for each section of our day. This worked really well, kept everyone in high spirits and amused guests during the ceremony.

Our aisle song was ‘Industrial Revolution Part 2’ by Jean-Michel Jarre. We spent our holiday in 2007 following the England team round the Rugby World Cup in France and this was the song that teams entered the stadium to, which created such an electric atmosphere at the time and did so on our day.”

Jade McIntosh Flowers arranged the blooms for the day.

Anna and Rich had many special treats for their guests. Anna says “We had thought about every detail in advance and so the guests were constantly surprised and entertained and we didn’t worry about a thing on the day, e.g. song choices at the ceremony (including ‘Signed, Sealed and Delivered’ for the signing), the cake made of cheese with our figurines, the English cricket theme (particularly the first dance) and the engraved port bottles as favours (filled with sweets for the kids).”  The stationery was by by Huetopia Design.

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Anna and Rich chose a stack of cheese and apples from Jay Power of Imagine Cakes with hockey playing figurines to represent themselves.

Although their wedding was at the one venue, Anna and Rich made elements of the day feel very different. “We had our ceremony on the lawn in front of the winery and had a champagne bar at the back for post ceremony drinks. Our guests then followed the driveway through the vines down to the reception venue which was held in the cricket pavilion with the cricket pitch one side and a view of the vineyard the other. It is a beautiful, remote, relaxed setting and although both the ceremony and the reception were held on the same venue, it felt as though they were two different places.”

The importance of music flowed through to the reception. “To keep with the cricket theme of our reception (in a cricket pavilion, table names of 2005 Ashes Winning Heroes with a cricket recovery brunch planned for the Sunday), we choreographed a short salsa routine to ‘Soul Limbo’ by Booker T and The MGs (1968) which is the music that introduces BBC cricket coverage and is the theme tune for Test Match Special on Radio 4.”

Duck and Cover kept guests on the dance floor all night long. Anna says “Our guests were incredible. They went with everything we planned with such enthusiasm which is something you can’t plan for. They made our wedding day perfect.”

Congratulations Anna and Rich! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Welsch Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Welsch Photography

Vendor Of The Week – Lucy Leonardi Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! Another week full of fantastic features from the ever talented wedding world for you this week!

As we do every Monday morning, it’s time to showcase a vendor from Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! The vendors who support Polka Dot Bride are pretty amazing my friends. Not only are they brilliantly talented at what they do, but they love Polka Dot Bride readers because you think outside the box and you want to make your wedding personal…..which after all is pretty much what I try and inspire you to do every day! Supporting them means we can continue to put up inspiring images and ideas for you every day, so take a browse and see if your perfect vendor is waiting for you!

This week’s vendor is the gorgeously talented Sydney photographer Lucy Leonardi Photography.  Lucy has such a beautiful femininity to her work, a romance which I just adore. Her shots capture the blissful details, the beautiful moments and the unexpected looks and laughter. Each photo envelopes me into the moment.

Lucy Leonardi completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts UNSW in 2003 and furthered her skills at the Australian Centre of Photography. Her skill is constantly called upon by those in the industry (she was the photographer at Faye Cahill’s wedding!) and her attention to detail? Well it constantly sets her apart.

To learn a little more about Lucy Leonardi Photography,we asked Lucy five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Ruby red grapefruit juice with lime

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Camping in the bush with my husband and surrounded by Australian natives beauty.

Favourite restaurant?

Local Shanghainese dumpling and hand made noodle restaurant.

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

Corn fritters with avocado + tomato salsa and a glass of apple and celery juice

Your favourite wedding story?

It’s about one of the couples I photographed. The groom shared with the guests in his speech, how he tracked down his wife back then. She was the stewardess and he was the passenger. It was love at first sight for him but he didn’t have the chance to get her contact details, only name. So he tried out every email combination to the airplane company and finally it got to her inbox!

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


Snapshot Sunday – Hold Out Your Hand

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


A groom, holding out his hand to his bride (see more here)

Photo by fazackarley

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