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Alice and Ian’s Elegant Melbourne City Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Alice & Ian

Alice and Ian, today’s couple had such a beautiful wedding in Melbourne’s city centre. Filled with vintage touches (Alice describes it as Modern with a vintage twist) and incredible floral arrangements, it has the beautiful ease of elegance that Melbourne couples do just so well.

Alice explains how she and Ian met. “I’m originally from Melbourne and was living in Perth (Ian’s hometown), which is where we met about 8 years ago.  We vaguely knew each other from uni days, but officially met a few years after graduating. We relocated to Melbourne a couple of years ago and we’re now happily settled here.”

Photos are by Louisa Bailey who always captures weddings with her own style of relaxed, beautiful glamour.

The celebration kicked off with custom stationery designed by Rojo Robin. Alice explains “One of my closest friends has a custom stationer business called Rojo Robin.   Rojo Robin designed and printed all our stationary, from the invites to menus and placement cards.  It was really fun working with Rojo because we developed the ideas together.  We liked the idea of a motif and this inspired the idea of a tandem bicycle which was a common theme in all the stationery elements.”

Alice chose a stunning custom made gown from Peter De Petra. She recalls “After searching endlessly for the perfect wedding dress, I finally settled on having one designed and made by Peter De Petra, who was lovely to work with.  All I knew was that I liked simple, art deco styles, delicate beading and didn’t want flounce! A design was drafted and the dress evolved from that.  It was a bit strange not knowing how it would turn out, but I think Peter did a good job interpreting my vague, initial description!”. Alice wore her grandmother’s pearl earrings and vintage pearl bracelet she found at Chapel St Bazaar 03 9529 1727.

Flowers Vasette did beautiful flower arrangements for both the ceremony and reception.

Alice remarks “The boys suits and shirts were tailor made from Bespoked.  Their shirts had their own initials sewn into the cuff, which was nice!  Their ties were from Herringbone.

Alice and Ian chose The Chapter House for their wedding ceremony. Alice explains, “I’d always loved the idea of being married in a garden, but we opted for indoor venues since Melbourne’s weather is unpredictable at the best of times. We didn’t want to marry in a church as we’re not religious, but I had my heart set on a sweet chapel-type setting and Chapter House fit the bill perfectly.  It’s a heritage listed building in the Melbourne CBD with high panelled ceilings, mosaic windows and sandstone walls.” Alice walked down the aisle to ‘Moon River’ played by a string trio.

Alice remembers “During the signing, one of my close girlfriends sang a rendition of Elvis Presley’s ‘I Cant Help Falling In Love With You’, while another friend accompanied on guitar.  It was really lovely and a bit of a tear jerker!”

Alice’s bridesmaids wore pale pink gowns from George and jewels from Mimco. The girl’s makeup was done by Jo Young, a theatrical makeup artist who was a good friend of the bride’s sister.

Alice recalls “We chose March 3 for our wedding as this is usually a beautiful time of year, but on the day it rained (no, poured!) from daybreak and didn’t relent . Thank goodness we’d booked indoor ceremony and reception venues!  We’d planned to have photos in St Vincent Gardens after the ceremony, but weather didn’t permit so last minute we relocated to The George in South Melbourne.  The pub was good enough to lend us their very sweet function room upstairs, which had a lot of character – it was like a private little party and the champagne flowed freely!”

Of their photographer, Louisa, Alice says, “She was recommended by a close friend and I loved her different take on photos.  She was really relaxed and fun to work with on the day too.  

The reception was held at Luminare and catered by The Big Group. Alice remembers ” We held the reception at Luminare which is an amazing venue with beautiful views out over the city.  It’s a good blank canvas so can be decorated as you like.  We’d looked at about 10 venues and immediately knew this was ‘the one’ when we walked in and saw the twinkling Melbourne skyline!

We both like good food and wine, so this was another bonus with Luminare – the food and service was incredible.  We had a sit down entrée and main, followed by a roaming dessert of little treats – we chose panna cotta, lime curd tartlets with blueberries and warm brioche filled with chocolate, banana and hazelnut cream.”

Alice explains “We didn’t have a specific theme – I wanted vintage elements and Ian likes modern, so we aimed for ‘modern with a vintage twist’!  We didn’t want a traditional wedding in every essence of the word, so we liked being able to pick and choose the finer details of the day to suit our taste.”

Flowers Vasette brought in masses of beautiful blooms for the reception. Alice says “Luminare was filled with masses of pretty flowers, foliage and candles. Each table had a mix of vases, bottles and jars containing yellow, soft pink, green, apricot and cream flowers to match the colour theme.”

Towers of cupcakes greeted guests. Alice explains “We didn’t want the official ‘cutting of the cake’ so decided to have a cupcake tier with different flavours – caramel, chocolate and vanilla. ”

Alice loved the speeches. “The speeches were definitely one of the highlights.  I loved Ian’s speech where he recounted our holiday to Tassie, which was where he popped the question (on the wharf in Hobart).  The proposal didn’t go quite as planned, so made for a funny story.”

Of their first dance, Alice recalls “We weren’t very keen on doing a traditional first dance (I have two left feet), but we knew that guests were expecting it.  In the end we compromised with a very unrehearsed and awkward 30 second shuffle to ‘Wink And A Smile’, before asking everyone to join in. It truly was an embarrassing moment…!”

Congratulations on your marriage Alice & Ian! Thanks so much for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Louisa Bailey for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Bride's Dress: Peter De Petra Bridal Couture / Bride's Shoes: Cinderella Bella / Groom's Attire: Bespoked / Groomsmen Attire: Bespoked / Bridesmaid Dresses: George / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Makeup Artist: Jo Young / Flowers & Decor: Flowers Vasette / Invitations & Stationery: Rojo Robin / Ceremony Venue: The Chapter House / Ceremony Officiant: Russell Healy / Ceremony Musicians: stringpace / Reception Venue: Luminare / Catering: The Big Group
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Miss Jones In Love Bone China Decor

by | Bride, Favors and Decor

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Have You Met Miss Jones has long been one of my favourite Australian online stores. Many a gift has been purchased from there. The boldness of the contemporary designs mixed with the delicacy of fine bone china is always something elegant to give and receive and something beautiful to place in your home.

So I am particularly excited to see the launch of Miss Jones In Love – the dedicated wedding store of the Jones family! Born out of increasing requests for wedding decor and favors, designer Jennifer is offering beautiful designs which double as not only beautiful wedding decor, but transitions into decor for your home or the homes of your guests.

Categorised into sections (Favors, Table, Decor, Centrepiece and Cake Topper) as well as style (Romance, Garden, Urban, Beach, Contemporary, Eclectic) the designs are beautifully styled and simple, sweet additions to you day.

Jennifer is aiming to work with couples as a bespoke service allowing purchase of items instantly, or working to create larger, bulk orders. This extends to wedding stylists and planners all who are able to work together with Jennifer and her team to create custom, unique looks for the style of the couple and their wedding day.

Miss Jones In Love is not limited to fine bone china (though it’s what she excels at!) There are beautiful glass bottles and incredible bird cages to add to your event decor as well!

Check out the full range of products on the Miss Jones In Love website.

Jessica and Ari’s Upstate New York Wedding

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Jessica & Ari

I am so glad to finally share this Upstate New York wedding that we’ve been trying to coordinate for some time, with you.

Jessica recalls how she and Ari met. “We met when we were freshman at Cornell University. We lived down the hall from each other in the same dorm. We were both dating other people at the time, but we became very close friends and remained as such for 2 years. We were both single one summer between sophomore and junior year and were working as interns in New York City. We started spending a lot of time alone together and suddenly started to like each other as more than friends. We had our first kiss outside of a nightclub we went dancing at for a friend’s birthday party and the rest is history. We got married at Cornell, the very place we met, 7 years later.”

Photographs are by Tajana Pitt who has a classic, timeless style to her photography.

Jessica wore a gown from Monique Lhuillier with  Jimmy Choo shoes and bespoke jewels from Beny Sofer. The groom wore a suit from Ferragamo and the bridesmaids, gowns from Watters and Wtoo.

Jessica and Ari met for photos before the ceremony. Of their photographers, Jessica says, “Our photographers were truly wonderful. We met them in NYC almost a year earlier and had spent a lot of time with them leading up to the wedding so by the time we got married we felt very comfortable around them, they were our friends! They spent 3 hours with us outside in the dead of winter in NYC to do the most beautiful engagement shoot for us in the snow. After that we expected great things, and they still managed to exceed our expectations on wedding day. They are very artistic people and that was what I wanted, creative and candid shots. I didn’t want posed photos. I wanted everything to look and feel organic and they delivered.”

The couple hired Cornell University A Cappella group, The Hangovers for their ceremony music. For her walk down the aisle, Jessica chose  a live rendition of “Sea of Love” that was performed by a student at Cornell named Claire Schmidt.

The couple were married at Sage Chapel at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Jessica explains “We had our ceremony in Sage Chapel which is a gorgeous non-denominational chapel at Cornell University (where we met). The Chapel sits on the top of the hill where the University is, overlooking Cayuga Lake. It is truly breathtaking.”

Friend’s transported wedding guests in  yellow school buses.

Escort cards were decorated with cinnamon sticks. As favors, Jessica recalls “We gave mini apples from a local orchard in Ithaca with miniature jars of honey from the local farmer’s market packaged in apple stamped muslin bags with a note about the Jewish New Year tradition of dipping apples in honey to signify a sweet beginning to the new year (Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, was 4 days after our wedding) ”

The reception, says Jessica “was held at the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant, a beautiful bed & breakfast where we stayed with our immediate family members for the weekend. They have English gardens and several acres of open pasture where they keep live sheep. Our venue was out in the middle of nowhere in farm country and it was very peaceful and lovely. Cocktail hour was hosted in the gardens and dinner and dancing was under a tent nearby.”

The cultural traditions continued at the reception. Jessica explains ” I put together a packet at each table which included a havdalah candle, a spice box, and a set of matches for everyone to participate in a short havdalah service before dinner (a candle lighting ceremony that signifies the end of Shabbat).

Jessica remembers the first dance. “Our first dance was to the song “You Belong to Me” – the version by Jason Wade. When we had first started dating in college, I went to study abroad in Argentina for a semester (we were apart for 5 months after only 6 months of dating) and it tore my heart out to leave Ari behind. I made him a music mix to listen to when he missed me. I listened to it everyday when I was away too. This song is about traveling the world and remembering your true love waiting is for you back at home. It was very sentimental to us ☺ We took professional dance lessons and had a whole choreographed dance to the song, but we got stage fright performing in front of all of our guests and forgot the routine so we had to wing it! ”

Jessica’s family gave her a very memorable surprise at the ceremony. Jessica recalls “One of my favourite moments at the wedding was when my entire immediate family got up on stage with the band and surprised me and all of our guests with a rendition of “Say A Little Prayer”. My father gave his speech/toast, and ended his toast say, “Jessica, now I would like to say a little prayer for you”. Then the band started playing and he started singing words he had made up to the song “Say a little prayer for you”. Then slowly my mother joined him, my sister got up and joined him, my stepmother got up and joined, my brother got up and joined and then my sister-in-law and then Ari, my husband! It turned out they had secretly been writing and practicing this song without my knowledge and then they performed it in front of everyone. It was so touching, hysterically funny because none of them can sing well, and I was completely surprised. It was awesome!”

Jessica remembers “Dinner and dancing had to end by 11pm so we continued the party inside the inn where we had beer and wine and we ordered pizza from one of our favourite pizza places in Ithaca (The Nines) for all of the guests. From 11pm – 1am we had a house party essentially inside the inn, it was great! ”

Congratulations on your marriage Jessica and Ari! Thanks for sharing your day with Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Tajana Pitt for sharing the photographs!

Photographer: Tatjana Pitt / Cinematographer: Erin Davies / Wedding Planner: Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum of Ceremonies & Events Planning of the Fingerlakes / Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride's Jewellery: Beny Sofer / Groom's Attire: Ferragamo / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: "Inga” by Watters / Hairstylist: Meredith Towsand / Makeup Artist: Essie Cohen of Xpressivefaces / Flowers & Decor: Backyard Garden Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Monumental Designs / Ceremony Venue: Sage Chapel at Cornell University Ithaca, NY / Ceremony Officiant: Cantor Abbe Lyons / Ceremony Musicians: The Hangovers / Reception Venue: John Joseph Inn & Elizabeth Restaurant, Groton, NY / Band: Joe D'Elia and the All Star Band / Cake Baker: Marion Cardwell-Ferrer of Sincredible Pastries / Transport- Bride: Fitzgerald Brothers

Babushka Ballerina Bridal

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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I was so excited to stumble upon the gorgeous collection of Brisbane designer Babushka Ballerina. A bridal boutique itself, stocking many Australian labels (including Anna Campbell and Two Bird Bridesmaids).

But I wanted to discover and explore was the collection of owner Sierra Ramke who has created such a beautiful collection of vintage inspired wedding gowns. Inspired by the 1920s & 1930s, Sierra’s gowns feature beautiful laces, art deco style embellishments, long elegant sleeves and boned bodices.

The elements of her gowns are interchangeable – a bride can choose to add an embellished cap sleeve, a beautiful sparkly belt or change the bodice lace. Sierra’s dream is designing for women who appreciate fashion and have a style of their own.

Photos by Lana Ivanova Photography for Babushka Ballerina