Welcome back to part two of Olivia and Hendy’s bohemian, eclectic, spring wonderland!
Olivia and Hendy’s wedding was truly a love filled affair- friend Kate Kardenga made the stationery and Olivia’s mother and Hendy’s mother along with Hendy’s sister Meg and aunts Sheryl and Margaret made nibbles for guests to feast on while Olivia and Hendy posed for photos.
Olivia’s platinum engagement and wedding rings were made by a family friend- jeweler Pierre Du Toit.
Olivia found the room at Bridgetown Gardens Function Centre to be quite large and echo-y. She bought deep red/maroon chiffon and draped it across the ceiling. Hendy’s father Hugh created a “rung hanging device” from PVC pipe which allowed the couple to hang family rugs- some of which have been in their respective families for 80 years.
Olivia says the speeches were one of her favourite moments of the day. All of them were funny and from the heart. Hendy’s speech particularly moved Olivia who still gets emotional when she thinks of it. The wedding day felt like a special mini holiday with guests traveling from around the world and driving three hours from Perth to celebrate with the couple.
Olivia collected 140 glass jars to act as vases from family and friends in the months before the wedding. She bought 170 roses from a grower in the south west called Tulips With A Difference, 150 carnations from a wholesaler in Leederville and 300 roses from a grower in Bedfordale outside Perth. On the day before the wedding a team of Oliva and Hendy’s family and friends created the table centrepieces and bouquets. On the day of the wedding, family and friends took the creations out of the cool room and placed them on the long tables with masses of tea-light candles.
Close friend Kate Vardenega created the stationery while Pip of Bridgetown Pottery catered the reception with a delicious, gourmet BBQ.
Olivia says “Hendy’s aunt Margaret Elton made our cake. She is a genius with cake decorating. She brought about 20 wedding cake magazines around and we chose the one we liked. Hendy’s aunt Jane and parents Chris and Hugh made the delicious desserts. One of our friends said he woke up with meringue crumbs in his pockets the next day after thieving extra sweets .”
Of their first dance, Olivia says “Hendy did a 90 degree dislocation on his knee the week before the wedding at his (surprise) bucks day and was on crutches, so it was more of a hobble. That isn’t even the most interesting part about the dance – Hendy was taught the “mating peacock” dance three minutes before we went up by Charlie his brother-in-law, so I was standing there not sure what was going on while Hendy was pulling out solo dance moves. We then danced (together) to Alicia Keys “If I Aint Got You“.
Thank you Oliva and Hendy for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Clare of Clare Day Photographic Design for sharing the photos with us today!
Photos by Clare Day Photographic Design