Photo by Vincent Lai
Rachel and Daniel
Sunshine and prettiness is just the ticket for a gloomy Saturday- Our groom Daniel proposed during a picnic so it seemed the appropriate way to celebrate their engagement photos! Nerida McMurray sent over today’s lovely photographs!
Rachel says “We first met when Rachel was 13 and Daniel was 16. We met through Rachel’s brother as Daniel and James went to school together. Throughout the next 2 years, Rachel and Daniel struck up a close friendship.
Two years later, in October 1998, it all began. Lots of flowers, lots of movies, lots of dinners, lots of jewellery, a helicopter, two formals, a ‘schoolies’ cruise, a uni graduation…and 9 years later…the PROPOSAL!
It was Rachel’s 24th birthday and Daniel had organised a picnic at Palm Beach, a snazzy hotel suite, cocktails and a romantic dinner. Rachel had no idea what was coming! Towards the end of the evening, Daniel got down on one knee and popped THE question that everyone had been waiting for…Of course, Rachel said yes! The night ended with Daniel having organised a CD with 10 of our favourtite songs to dance to back in the hotel suite with a dozen red rozes and some French champagne waiting for us celebrate!
When our photographer Nerida McMurray told us about the pre-wedding photo shoot and gave us the idea of a picnic shoot, Rachel could not wait to theme it all. I loved the idea of a vintage inspired photo session, so I used my Mum’s china set, complimented with flowers, a wicker picnic basket, lots of yummy food and even a real vintage 1950’s Californian dress! We had so much fun on the shoot and the photos that Nerida took are absolutely gorgeous.”
Photos by Nerida McMurray Photography
Caitlyn and Simon
On a dreary Friday afternoon, I love to revel in the beauty of outdoor weddings. Caitlyn and Simon married in a beautiful Perth park ceremony with the most delicious, summery colours and atmosphere. It warms the winter chill in my bones to read today’s wedding story.
Caitlyn tells the story of meeting Simon. “My best friend was working at a café which was undergoing some renovations at the time. She saw a handsome young guy working on the project and asked his supervisor for his number. As she was dating someone at the time she handed it on to me. We started to text each other even though I had never seen him. I finally made up an excuse to visit my friend’s workplace to check this guy out. I saw his car first and fell in love hehe! I was so nervous that he might see me, but it was love at first sight for me!”
Today’s photographs are by Angela Higgins, Angela has this calm, beautiful way of capturing images. They’re graceful and ever so beautiful, it’s always a pleasure to see her name in our inbox.
Simon wore a suit from Penguin Suit Hire.
Whirligig Designs created the floral arrangements for the wedding day while Caitlyn found her shoes at “a boutique store in Bali.”
Caitlyn wore a gown from Tuscany Bridal while her bridesmaids wore soft lilac coloured gowns from Armadale Wedding Centre.
Caitlyn and Simon were married at Perth’s Hyde Park in Leederville.
Caitlin walked down the aisle to ‘Just The Way You Are’ – Bruno Mars. She says “My Mum actually suggested this song and I kind of rolled my nose up at it. But after her explaining that it was what her and my Dad would be thinking along with everyone else on the day, I fell in love completely!”
The nieces of Caitlyn formed the flowergirl contingent of the bridal party, with many a funny story to be had. Caitlyn recalls “Up until the wedding we had tried to explain to my nieces, who were the flower girls, Amelia, Alla and Lilly about walking down the aisle and basically walking to their NanD (my Mum) or to their Mummy (Simon’s sister). Come the wedding day the two four year old girls were so excited and walked down the aisle holding hands like they had known each other for years (they had only just met). As soon as Amelia saw her NanD, she started running towards her! Soon the other two flower girls followed suit and were running as well! It was a long aisle so they were worn out by the end! At least they followed instructions! It was gorgeous! Amelia ran straight into my Mum’s arms and gave her a huge cuddle, then ran over to Alla and Lilly’s Mum and gave her a cuddle too!”
Family was important to Caitlyn. “I had all three of my sisters as my bridesmaids. I also had my Mum and Simon’s Mum sign the register, my Mum was my pillar of strength during the whole organisation and at the end of it all Mum’s don’t get to do anything. So I thought I would have them sign the register to make them know we love them.”
The littlest bridal party member, made the biggest stamp on the day. Caitlyn remembers “Whilst Simon and I were saying our vows, Amelia our niece was very interested in what was going on. Our photographer captured her bent over and listening in to what we had to say. I think if I had looked at her she would have come right up to me and asked to sit on my hip! But that is what I love about her!”
Caitlyn and Simon celebrated with the guests at Ascot Quays in Ascot.
Caitlyn and Simon’s wedding “cake” consisted of purple iced cupcakes and was created by Whirligig Designs. Their wedding stationery was designed by Bumbleberry Boutique Stationery Design, Caitlyn recalls “I actually chose to have the invitations sent to me in pieces and had to glue them together myself! I had my awesome Mum, Aunty and Uncle help me glue me together.”
The first dance was an impulsive choice from Caitlyn. “We danced to ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ by Elvis Presley.
Simon isn’t much of a dancer and picking a song was hard as ‘our’ song (‘Unchained Melody’) was so typical and wasn’t something we wanted to dance to at our wedding. We like to be different, but still wanted something that meant something. So make the song memorable for us one night when I was listening to the song, I turned off all the lights in the house and dragged my then fiancé to the spare room and made him dance with me for thirty seconds to make us remember a romantic event linked to this song.”
Congratulations Caitlyn and Simon! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Angela Higgins, for sharing today’s photographs!
Oh my gosh! Where did this week go? How did it already become Friday? Did you have a busy week? We have such a busy weekend planned (including a trip to that place we call Ikea so we can set up our new office!)
There’s been some fantastic content on our specialty blogs this week.. do take a look and send some love to our amazing contributors!
Around the wedding world this week….
To celebrate Winter Weddings season, Gingerbread Folk are offering a 10% discount on wedding Cookie Placecards booked during June, July and August. Your wedding can be absolutely anytime throughout the year but to be eligible for this offer your booking must be received by 31/8/11.
This offer is exclusive to Polka Dot Bride readers so be sure to mention ‘Polka Dot Bride’ in your enquiry. Visit the website for more information.
Vaucluse House Tearooms are holding a wedding open day on Saturday 25th June 2011 from 11am – 2.30pm.
The event is designed to be elegant and stylish, bringing together you and Sydney’s leading wedding suppliers.
Enjoy exclusive deals and discounts available only at the Open Day, meet with your event manager and see the best that Sydney has to offer for garden ceremonies, photography, car hire, beauty, flowers, entertainment, invitations, cakes and much more!
All brides who RSVP receive a free gift bag including sample products and discounts to use in your wedding planning as well as champagne on arrival, canapes, exclusive deals and discounts and plenty of displays and interactions with the best for garden ceremonies, photography, car hire, beauty, flowers, entertainment, invitations, cakes and much more!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website for more information.
Beautiful brand Ivy & Aster has finally hit Australian stores at Studio White! The girls currently have four bridesmaids and the morning glory gown in stock with more on their way! Visit the website for more information.
Bella Stationery Studio (check it out on Etsy and Madeit) was founded in 2008 by bride Belinda (do you remember her wedding story on Polka Dot Weddings?) Belinda is offering a special discount code for Polka Dot Bride readers on boxed invitation sets, invitation packs and personalised wedding stationery. Simply mention the code POLKADOTBRIDE when purchasing your order, and receive 10% off! Valid for the month of June 2011. (Please note if purchasing through Madeit, you will receive a 10% refund after the sale has been made).
I’ve been guest blogging over at the lovely Bonnie’s blog Amour Amour this week while she is on her European holiday! Check out some of my favourite shoes, bridesmaids gowns and bouquets!
Have a lovely weekend! I’ll see you here again on Monday with plenty of gorgeousness and delicious Australian (and international!) weddings!