As I write this, our Project Innovate 2012 speaker has hopped on a plane and is winging her way to Australia! We’re also getting ready to launch something we’ve been working on and finally, Ms Gingham is winging her way back to her home this week! It’s a week of changes and milestones in Polka Dot land!
Happy Friday Dotties! Did you have a wonderful week? Did you smell Spring? (or Fall, depending on where you might be!) in the air this week? I am going to miss the scarves and beanies of winter, but I’m also ready to break out floaty Spring and Summer clothes!
Did you catch all the content across the blogs this week? Here’s an update for you!
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Sydney bridal designer Sarah Alice Andrews is heading to Brisbane to consult with brides looking for couture made to measure wedding gowns! Sarah will be in Brisbane on Friday 14th & 15th of September and is booking appointments Friday morning 11am – 6pm until Saturday afternoon 10am – 5pm. Each consultation is one on one with Sarah herself and will allow brides to be to talk about her dream wedding gown, discuss ideas and then have Sarah individually design the gown and discuss fabric options.
The consultations are free but need to be booked so contact Sarah if you’re interested!
Wedding stationer Papyrus Design have launched their online store and it’s not just wedding stationery on the shelves! The online store stocks all kinds of goodies like books, home office decor and of course, plenty of paper treats including stationery from Crane & Co.
Papyrus Design are offering something special to Polka Dot Bride readers! If you make an order of $25 or more at their online store, they will gift you a pack of thank you cards (valued at $25) To redeem the offer, simply make your purchase and email email@example.com
Our sweet film of the week comes to us from a collaborative trio of Michael Gray (who filmed it) Haley Higgins (who styled it!) and Haley’s fiance (who put it all together!) A very sweet and romantic save the date!
In another life, I live in different countries, where there are cobblestone pathways, castles and beautiful buildings just right to hire for weddings. Australian Melina married her beloved Manuel in his homeland of Italy. With a backdrop of stunning scenery, landscapes and Italian beauty it’s a dream location for a special day.
Melina tells the story of how they met. “We fell in love over a discussion about the best tasting Italian Digestive drink!”
Photographs today are by photogroup, who have an elegant sophistication to their work.
Melina remembers, “We were married at the courthouse of Borgo Val di Taro in Italy at 12pm. As tradition here is… The groom was waiting at the chamber’s gates for the bride to arrive, with the entire congregation waiting as well. Once I arrived, dad passed me over and we took the steps inside and the congregation followed”
Melina remarks, “The thing that caught me on our wedding day was the intimate (nature) of it all… Every guest was involved and enthused in every moment and we all felt very special to have each person there. I have never laughed so much in one day.. It was very special. It was also funny to see different cultures mixing and having fun together… Music definitely does speak a universal language!”
Melina remembers “After the ceremony, the congregation left first and as we emerged we had 150 people throwing rice.”
The couple held their reception in the one venue, moving through the different spaces for different courses. Melina explains, “The Castello di Compiano is down the road from our home in Italy and was just a natural selection of venue in Italy. It is one of the most well preserved castles that for the Castels of the Ducy of Parma, and also has a local bar where we would drink often. We had apperitivo and drinks on arrival at 2pm, in the gardens outside.”
Melina recalls, “First course and second course and coffee were served in the main cortile of the palace with white umbrellas and white tablecloths.”
Melina explains, “Manuel and I organised every detail together so it was special to see things come together together, I loved my dress, my family which traveled a long way to be there, my bridesmaid/photographer, our amazing friends.”
Of their photographer, Melina says “Connie was chosen as photographer for her energy and passion. Her own personality summed up the atmosphere we wanted to capture.”
Melina and Manuel put together the vividly coloured dessert buffet themselves.
As the sun set, Melina remembers, “The cake was cut in the gardens and digestifs served. From there we had a dance floor set up and at 7:30 the band started and played till 1:30am when all the guests left.”
Of their first dance, Melina says, “Italian tradition doesn’t really have first dance but we did anyway and it was a great surprise when my mum handed out streamers for everyone to wrap us up in!”
Congratulations to Melina and Manuel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Connie of photogroup for sharing today’s images!
Photographer: photogroup / Bride's Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Hairstylist: Corado Hair Borgo Val di Taro, Italy / Flowers & Decor: Sugremaro Flowers Italy / Invitations & Stationery: Kardella Kreations / Ceremony Venue: Commune di Borgo Val di Taro, Italy / Reception Venue: Castello di Compiano / Band: Isterika Band / Catering: Borgo Casale, Italy / Wedding Cake: Pasticceria Steckli / Wedding Ring: Ian Carter Jewellers, Griffith 02) 6964 2405 / Groom's Attire: Armani
Today’s wedding has a touch of whimsy to it. So traditional, so classic but plenty of fun little touches that added a sense of fun and frivolity to the wedding day!
Stephanie and Moses included their story on their wedding invitation which read, “Once upon a time, there was a girl named Stephanie and a boy named Moses. They both went to the same high school, they were in the same year level, they both knew of each other since grade 10, as they were in the same maths class. But the chance to meet or talk to each other never happened. Until one sunny afternoon in 2002, Moses was sitting down and noticed Stephanie was sitting on the bench beside her with her friends. Moses introduced himself to Stephanie and her friends. Stephanie replied “I know who you are, everyone knows who you are!” So Moses asked Stephanie for her name and Stephanie gave her name to Moses. The thing was, that Moses already knew Stephanie’s name he just wanted the chance to talk to her. And that was just the beginning for Stephanie and Moses…….”
Stephanie designed her own gown (as well as her bridesmaids) and had them made in Korea. She explains, “I designed my wedding dress with inspiration from Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta and got it made in Korea using silk organza. As my husband is from Korea, I got the inspiration for the bride’s maids dresses from the traditional Korean hanbok and put a modern twist on it, they were also made in Korea. I also wore blue glittery shoes which matched my theme perfectly as well as the saying wearing something blue, the bride maids also had the same shoes in silver. ”
Stephanie and Moses chose St John’s Cathedralfor their wedding ceremony. Stephanie explains “The theme of the wedding was stars and the colours blue, white and sliver, as I have a small obsession with stars. ”
Stephanie walked down the aisle to Bridal Match Lohengrin – Wagner.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed lollies, bubbles and cupcakes in the sunshine. Stephanie recalls “After the ceremony we used the outside lawn area of the church to host a little party for all of our guests as we had a small reception. On the lawn we had 4 treasure tables. 1-Photo booth, we had a fuji instax camera and props were people took photos and left messages to put in photo booth, my friends managed to complete the book by the end of the night, doing an awesome job. 2- Lolly table, My mother in law bought all the different jars and vases to create a lolly table using only lollies with the theme of my colours. We bought blue paper cups and stuck stickers on them for the lollies”
“For the Gift table, we bought a lantern candle holder and spray painted black with silver glitter as our wishing well, as our theme was stars. We also put two silver money bank pigs on top and dressed them up as a groom and bride. 4-Drinks- My husband had a friend which had his own beer kegs, which we filled with blue liquor and lemonade, we also served moscato. All tables had blue and sliver table cloths which we just bought material from a fabric store, they also had the letters M & S from Typo and there was signage for each table.”
Stephanie designed the stationery which was printed by Ana Press.
Of their photographer, Stephanie says “Awesome! Just fabulous and exactly what we wanted, worth every penny. As Moses does not like posing for the camera Marcus and Adam were there to capture all the special natural moments of the day.”
The reception was held at Marriott Surfers Paradise. Stephanie envisaged a ballroom filled with twinkle lights. She says “I loved the fairy light canopy at the reception, I showed the event planner a photo of how I wanted to the reception venue and it turned out perfect, as in my invitation I included the line “Dinner and dancing to follow underneath the stars”, which I wrote before I even found the photo of the reception idea. At the reception we made all the name cards and also made little fill out questionnaires for the guests at their tables. We bought blue cake boxes online and created thank you sticker labels for the boxes. ”
Cake Star made a five tier wedding cake decorated with blue stars.
Stephanie changed into traditional dress at the reception, recallin,g “At my reception I got changed into a traditional Korean hanbok, which was given to me by the god sister, which she wore at her wedding. The lucky thing was it matched perfectly with my colour scheme. ”
The first dance was something a little special, Stephanie remembers, “As I had come from a dancing background, I desperately wanted a wonderful first dance, but my husband does not dance. So watched many youtube videos of first dances to get inspiration, in the end my husband organised dance lessons from Mark through Lets Dance Studios. . We actually had four by 2hour lessons the week before the wedding, cutting it quite close. Our dance was a Cha Cha which we choose to lighted the mood and to be complete opposite to our traditional church wedding to surprise our guests. We danced to Guy Sebastian’s Who’s that girl. On the night my husband was quite nervous and did not even want to the dance at all, but with the influence of alcohol he managed to go through with it and we had a standing ovation. He also had lots of his friends comment that they didn’t know he could dance! ”
What a beautiful Adelaide wedding Annabelle and Dean celebrated. An intimate church ceremony and a marquee celebration at Annabelle’s mother’s home. It’s pure elegance, with a touch of rainy days!
Annabelle tells how she and Dean met – over wine! “I moved to Sydney on Thursday 30th April 2009, knowing no one, an old school friend invited me to attend a wine evening at her house on the Friday (1st May). Everyone had to bring a bottle of red wine and give a small presentation about the wine. I arrived and was making myself busy in the kitchen when in walked Dean, as soon as he walked in, I quietly thought to myself, I am going to marry that man. 14 months later he proposed.”
Beautiful photography today by Event Imaging who have captured such elegance in the photographs.
Dean wore a suit he purchased overseas while his groomsmen wore their own.
Annabelle and her bridesmaids had gowns made by Faye Lienert. Annabelle notes, “Megan Russell at Pure Glam, did our make-up and tans. She was so fabulous, worked with all our requests, nothing was too much of a problem and the make up on the day was flawless.”
Annabelle and Dean chose to marry at St John’s Church, Norton Summit. Annabelle explains, “This tiny Anglican Church in the Adelaide Hills has been the place where many generations of our family have been christened and married, you could not ask for a more intimate setting than this church. ”
Annabelle walked down the aisle to a pianist. Annabelle remarks “We walked down the aisle to Elton John’s “Your Song” it was just the instrumental as our dear friend Tony Woods played the piano.”
Guests were surprised with plenty of big musical moments. Annabelle explains “One of the highlights of the day was our decision to go with one of our favourite songs rather than a Hymn in the Church. We chose to sing John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’ in the Church, a song very popular with a friends yet not typically sung at a wedding. We kept this element a surprise and to our delight it was spectacular. A good friend lead the singing and all our guests sung at the top of their lungs, it was truly amazing. To make it extra special our best man, as a gift gave us a ‘Bag Piper’ who entered the church at the chorus to make it feel like the real John Farnham song – we received a standing ovation and to this day friends still talk about they day they sang ‘John Farnham’ in Church.”
The bridal party used the St Peters “Gas Truck” as transport.
Of their photographer, Annabelle says “Pete Thornton is a magician and the easiest person in the world to work with. Dean and I first met Pete at his house in Gawler and instantly felt at ease and relaxed. He listened intently to both what we wanted and more importantly what we didn’t want. On the day, Pete made all our family and friends feel at ease, he dealt beautifully with the 100 other family members trying to take photos and despite the torrential rain still managed to capture the love and spirit of the day. Pete went beyond the call of duty during the wedding, standing in the rain to get the perfect shot, staying on at the reception to capture the speeches and ensuring that both the bride and groom where happy with the shots taken and importantly making sure no loved ones where missed. We specifically asked Pete for photos that we could hang in our house, that looked like art rather than the traditional wedding shots and without a doubt he delivered to the brief. We love Pete!”
Following photographs, guests and the bridal party began celebrations at Annabelle’s mother’s home. Annabelle explains, “We chose to have our wedding at home, to give it a more intimate feel. This meant that our guests were greeted in the family room, drank cocktails in the garden and spent the night dancing on the tennis court. ”
There were plenty of handmade, fun touches, including placemats which double as place cards. Annabelle remembers “On our RSVP’s we asked everyone to provide us with a ‘fact’ that we did not know about them. We then used these to make game sheets for each table, whereby people had to match the name of a guest to the quirky fact listed on the sheet. This got people talking and especially helped to break the ice on tables where not everyone knew each other.”
Tables were decorated with potted blooms. Says Annabelle “We didn’t want to use freshly cut flowers as they would only last a day and therefore used potted plants as the centre pieces on our tables. My mum and her girlfriend Heather potted mixed flowers into individual pots 4 months before the wedding so that they were flowering beautifully on the day. We then replanted the flowers into the garden and gave some away as gifts.”
“We were unable to find any lights that match the style we were looking for (oversized bulbs on single cords) and therefore my brother kindly sat down for a whole weekend and made the lights by hand. We used old metal wires to make the frame of a chandelier and my brother Toby brought my vision to life. We had some Silver Birch trees cut down in the garden and instead of throwing away the wood, we cut the trunk down into stumps and converted them to tealight holders. These sat scattered down the centre of all the tables. We also cut table numbers out of them”
Annabelle advises “One of the best things we did was have a drinks party the night before. As most of our guests were flying in from interstate, we had a cocktail party on the Friday night and it made the actual wedding day so much more relaxing as we had already said hello to all our guests the night before. On the day this enabled both the bride and groom to relax and enjoy the night rather than having to specifically walk around and say hello to everyone.”
For their first dance, Annabelle recalls “Our first dance was to Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t help falling in love’. We had 5 dancing lessons leading up to the big day and despite the nerves prior to the wedding, when the moment came we had not a care in the world and just loved having a dance to top off the days events.”
Budget Party Hire provided everything Annabelle and Dean needed to make the garden into a reception! Annabelle notes “These guys were fantastic, they were very professional, delivered on time, where very affordable and nothing was too much of an ask. They helped us with last minute urgent requests (umbrellas for the rain) and I would recommend them to anyone…we’ll definitely be using them again.”
Guests ended the night dancing to live music from Lucky Seven Swing and a special cocktail. Annabelle explains “Both Dean and I love Espresso Martinis and we had these as a special treat with Dessert. They were LOVED by all the guests.”
Congratulations Annabelle and Dean! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Event Imaging for sharing today’s images!