When Leisa of White Fluffy Cloud Photography sent over this engagement shoot I was in love with the golden, green beauty of the light and the sheer joy and happiness on Jeanne and Immanuel’s faces. It’s always the happiness that gets me, though the beauty of the backdrop certainly helped!
Immanuel tells their story. “Jeanne and I have attended the same school since year 4. Only in year 8 did we start to notice each other, although that mostly consisted of me annoying her and chasing her around the school. We started to develop a relationship in the later part of year 11 involving late night phone calls that would last till the early hours of the morning, glances and subtle smiles in the hallways at school. I knew that I liked her since we started chasing, mocking and teasing one another in the early years of high school. I’m pretty sure she did too. Finally after graduation we started dating and it has been a interesting and fulfilling journey that I hope will continue for the rest of our lives.”
“I proposed on our fourth anniversary. I took her to lunch at one of her favourite restaurants at Woolloomooloo, then we made our way back to the hotel room I hired for that night. I told her to get ready because I was taking her out for dinner. When she was in the shower I told her to meet me down stairs. I left the room and took a taxi to Darling Island Wharf. I organised a car to pick her up at the hotel and take her to meet me there. When her car arrived, the driver escorted her down the wharf where I was waiting for her on a yacht.”
“She boarded and we began sailing around Sydney Harbour. With the sun setting in the background we anchored in a bay in front of Taronga Zoo and the staff brought out a variety of delicious canapes for dinner. As we were eating, ‘At Last’ by Etta James came on over the sound system so I grabbed her hand and we started to dance on the stern. When the song finished I attempted to tell her how much I love her, I’m pretty sure I was stuttering the entire time.”
“I eventually got it together and got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. I had to say it twice because she thought I was joking but when she realised it was for real she said, “Hell Yes!” ”
There is nothing quite like a backyard wedding and there is certainly nothing quite like a backyard wedding where every single thing is handmade with love by friends and family. Today’s wedding is a little special (well every wedding we show is) but the bride? Not only is she a blogger herself, she’s the daughter of one of my bloggy idols, the amazing Pip of Meet Me At Mikes. So when Rin married Joe, it was going to be a little whimsical, a little creative and with a heck of a lot of heart.
Making his Polka Dot Bride debut today is photographer Eric Ronald who has captured today’s wedding with such fun and candor. This work of art is as strong as the heart put into the wedding.
Getting ready together was a natural thought for Rin and Joe. Rin made the bouquet and Flowers Vasette made her a flower crown. Lady Day styled Rin’s hair and makeup.
Rin and Joe married in the backyard of their Preston home. Rin explains “We wanted our wedding to reflect us, so we had it in our backyard! It was the best idea of the whole wedding. But it was weird arriving at our own house and seeing 100 or so people in our backyard! Weird but totally awesome and heartwarming.”
Rin explains “We walked down the aisle as a couple, to our housemate Sarah, my two younger brothers Max and Ari and Joe’s brother Mick all singing and playing an acoustic version of ‘Such Great Heights’ by The Postal Service.”
Of their photographer, Rin says “Eric Ronald, probably the best most charming guy you will ever meet. Oh, and he takes amazing photos too! ” Susan Ellis of Soul Mate Ceremonies performed the wedding.
The wedding was decorated with balls of love. Rin explains “It was all special! My mum put a call out on her blog a few weeks before the big day, for anyone that might want to contribute to make a pom pom and send it to us. We got hundreds and hundreds of them and strung them from everything! They were the main decoration of the day, along with homemade bunting and mixed posies of flowers in hanging jars and mismatched vases on tables. ”
What made the wedding special to Rin and Joe? “All my mum’s help, all the DIY-ness, the fact that it was at our house, the lack of tradition, the snow cone machine. ”
When asked what was DIY from their wedding, Rin says “Everything! Our whole wedding was totally DIY. From the catering (home made pizzas by my Mum and Stepdad) to the décor to the cake buffet! We did all of it with massive help from family and friends!”
Rin describes the wedding as ” A colourful, homemade, no fills, fun filled party! ”
Rin’s advice for couples? ” Try your best not to stress! And plan it together so its what you BOTH want! ”
Rin remarks ” The speeches were all so great, usually they are the most boring bit at a wedding, but they were totally outrageous and short and sweet. ”
Dessert was a cake buffet filled with Rin and Joe’s favourites from The Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book – all, of course, made by family and friends.
Congratulations Rin and Joe on your marriage! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Eric Ronald for sharing today’s photographs!
Happy happy Friday my Dotties! Did you have a good week? I felt like I had my brain refreshed this week and I feel a little more on top of it! Did you know three of the patterned people are off overseas next month? Do you think, if I beg enough they might write us some lovely posts for Polka Dot Honeymoons?
Did you catch the gorgeous content on the specialty blogs this week? So much wedding and honeymoon goodness!
Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.
Johanna Johnson is celebrating their New York debut by holding a sale! There’s 10-15% off their gowns and the sale lasts until June 30th. Check out the website for more.
Brisbane letterpress stationers Bespoke Press are holding a $20 print sale! Their gorgeous letterpress prints are on sale for $20! Check out the shop for more.
Brand new business A Sweet Affair Candy Buffets and Desserts are Victorian based candy buffet stylists and are extending a special offer to Polka Dot Bride readers! Simply book your candy buffet before September 30th, 2012 and mention “Polka Dot Bride” when booking to receive 25 free colour co-ordinated lolly pops that will be used as accents in your buffet on your special day. Check out the website to contact the team!
Our film of the week this week comes from Matt Barwick Films. he shared with us this very wet and rainy wedding film. It’s full of humour, touching moments, family, rain and a very big celebration!
There is something so beautiful about a wedding where a bride wears colour, even if it’s a pale shade of pink like today’s bride Sarah. The whimsical beauty of the gown seems to translate out into the wedding itself. When guests are celebrating with champagne drunk out of antique champagne coupes, when the food is so good we get a dot point description? That’s a good day!
Sarah tells their story. “We met speed dating at the Port Office Hotel in Brisbane in 2006. At that stage, Rob was living in Sydney while I was living in Brisbane, so for the first 5 months we had a long distance relationship. Then I was offered a job in Madrid, Spain, and when I asked Rob if he would move there with me he said yes! We spent the next 3 years living in Spain and traveling all over Europe. On our way back to Australia in 2010 we spent 6 months backpacking through South America, and when we reached Machu Picchu after hiking the Inca Trail for 4 days, Rob asked me to marry him, and gave me a beautiful emerald engagement ring he bought in Colombia.”
Photographs today are by Simon Peter Taylor who has captured dreamy, beautiful photographs for Sarah and Rob.
For her wedding gown, Sarah wore the Rose Quartz Fairytale Taffeta Dress by Carla Zampatti.
Of their photographer, Sarah says “We loved Simon´s unobtrusive, photo journalistic style and the great ideas he had for some unusual shots on the day. We had most of our photos taken before our wedding ceremony which was a lot of fun, and meant we didn’t have to leave our guests after the ceremony. Simon had a nice idea to do a ‘reveal’ on our balcony when we both saw each other for the first time – it was a very special moment. It was also Simon´s suggestion to go to a disused train yard in Hamilton where we got some interesting shots with graffiti-ed trains in the background, which involved me hitching up my dress and dodging muddy puddles!”
Sarah and Rob held their ceremony and reception at Newstead House. Sarah explains “Our original venue fell through 10 weeks before our wedding, which was pretty stressful at the time. But in the end, we felt like our wedding was supposed to be at Newstead House – it suited us perfectly. It is Brisbane´s oldest surviving historic homestead and is situated in a beautiful park on one of the loveliest stretches of the Brisbane River, and has lovely gardens and grounds. We wanted a venue which would allow us to have both the ceremony and a cocktail-style reception all in one place, and we wanted to be able to bring our own wine and catering. Immediately after the ceremony we had champagne and canapés in the sun filled courtyard, and by late afternoon we were up on the wide verandahs watching the approach of a dramatic tropical storm.”
Sarah walked down the aisle to ‘Candombito’ by Kevin Johansen, an Argentinean singer songwriter played by Dos Guitarras . Sarah explains “Music is very important to us, and given the 3 years we lived in Spain, it meant a lot having a Spanish guitar duo playing during our ceremony and reception.”
The weather turned on a beautiful show. Sarah notes “I had been avoiding the weather forecast in the days leading up to the wedding, but the day before I couldn’t help myself, and it didn’t look good at all. We had a wet weather plan, but didn’t really want to use it. The day of our wedding we woke up at 4am to the sound of a terrific storm – and by 8am the sun was out and shining, it really was the most stunning day.”
Sarah remarks “With the help of some friends we chose some beautiful wines, including a beautiful sparkling pinot noir from Ashton Hills vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, which we drank in pretty antique champagne coups.” The champagne coups, antique cups and saucers, and glass jars for flowers and candles were all hired from Kara Rosenlund.
For decor Sarah explains, “A friend bought beautiful flowers at the markets and arranged them, and big candles, in pretty glass jars tied with vintage lace.”
Sarah and Rob’s wedding was catered by PJ McMillan from Harveys Restaurant . Sarah raves “We both love food and wine with a passion, so it was very important to have really good food and wine at our wedding. We could not have been happier with our caterer, PJ McMillan – all our friends are still raving about his food.
This is what we ate: Pitt Water Oysters served with chilled cucumber soup, battered in Guinness, and natural with soy and ginger, Zucchini and haloumi fritter wrapped in Serrano jamon, Crispy duck pancakes served with traditional shallot pancakes, cucumber, and hoisin, Pressed tomato terrine, goats curd and olive tapenade, Brandade croquettes with romesco sauce, Chicken and peanut Thai cakes with lime dressing, Asian fried barramundi, green papaya salad, tamarind and chilli dressing., Vodka cured salmon served with pea, spinach and mint risotto, Victorian slow cooked lamb, creamed potatoes, chard with raisins and pounded mint, Mini Wagyu beef Guinness pies.”
Sarah recalls “Our first dance was to ‘The Ship Song’ by Nick Cave. It was very emotional for both of us.”
Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Rob! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Simon Peter Taylor for sharing today’s images!