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Ainslie and Rohan

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Ainslie and Rohan

We’re visiting the Hunter Valley again this week, but today with a completely different wedding and completely different style! Today’s wedding has the most beautiful Australian touches, a painted dress and golden light. I love Fridays and I love this Friday even more when i get to deliver such beautiful weddings!

After 3 years in the UK, Ainslie and Rohan decided to holiday at a romantic island escape on their way home to Australia.  Whilst enjoying a stroll along the beach one gorgeous evening, Ainslie savoured the moment amidst the beautiful surroundings and spontaneously turned to Rohan and asked him to marry her twice (the first time was a little vague!) and in place of a ring, a tropical shell was accepted.

Ainslie and Rohan are lovers of the art deco era so this became part of the theme for their wedding.  As environmentalists, both Ainslie and Rohan also wanted their wedding to have a ‘green’ approach.  They arranged for 100 trees to be planted to compensate for the many overseas guests traveling to the venue.  And with the added desire for their guests to experience a taste of Australia, they incorporated Australian flora, wine and countryside into their wedding.  Being Halloween a few special ‘treats’ were also included in the wedding

Photos today are by Luke Arms of One Fine Day Photography.

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Australian native bouquets and floral arrangements were created by Jade McIntosh.

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Ainslie’s gown was created by Designs By Melanie Ford.Ainslie wanted a splash of colour in her gown and Melanie suggested painting the train. Ainslie’s gown ended up featuring a beautiful hand painted silk georgette trai that perfectly tied her gown to the Australiana theme of the wedding. Ainslie’s bridesmaid wore Jigsaw while the groom was dressed in a suit from David Jones. Ainslie’s wedding day makeup was by Envy Makeup Artistry.

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Ainslie and Rohan held their ceremony at Wandin Valley Estate. Each of them prepared in separate cottages on the property before the wedding and held the ceremony under the trees near the Wandin Valley cricket ground. Ainslie walked down the aisle to “Sea Of Love” by Cat Power.

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Check back this afternoon for more of Ainslie and Rohan’s gorgeous Hunter Valley wedding day!

Photos by Luke Arms of One Fine Day Photography.

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Hamptons Dessert Bar

by | Bride, Catering, Inspiration Shoot, Reception, Wedding Inspiration

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I still love dessert bars and I still love the relaxed Australian feel we always stamp on them! Perhaps it is the fact I’m always putting this blog post together when I’m hungry, perhaps it is the sheer pretty nature of sweet treats laid out for guests to feast on. I’m not sure, but they do make me oh so happy!

Kristy at Imbue Weddings sent over this dessert bar she calls the “Hamptons Dessert Bar”. Imbue Weddings “Signature Collection” has colour scheme of soft whites, creams, browns and beige with the prettiest, peppiest blue!

I love how Kristy decorated her table today. Soft sand coloured linens, worn wooden candle sticks, plenty of clear glass and even coral! The blue features in the ribbons and each plate of goodies has it’s own blue card sign- there’s almond nougat, Persian cotton candy, miniature apple & cinnamon muffins, meringue nests, brown sugar cubes and chalk and cube lollies (in liquorice and mint)

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Photos by Imbue Weddings.

Li and Dave Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements

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A completely different style of engagement shoot today- it involves an airplane, an airport, a ferry, a few famous landmarks and one of my favourite cities in the world! I love. love love it when shoots take place in unexpected locations!

Photos this morning are by Jonathan Ong.

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Photos by Jonathan Ong

Suzie and Rey – The Celebration

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Polka Dots, Pregnant Weddings,

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Are you loving today’s celebration? I was so overjoyed to read Suzie’s email with her words, it’s obvious she had the best day of her life (and I have to say if I had her wedding I’d be pretty thrilled too!)

As I hate to use the “perfect” around weddings, I thought I’d let you in on some of the little stumbles Suzie and Rey had with their wedding plans, to show it doesn’t really matter!

Suzie says “I can say that no matter how much planning you do, there are just some unforeseen things that happen! My major drama was 6 weeks before the wedding when my dressmaker canceled on me! She was doing my dress and bridesmaids dresses so I had 6 weeks to find me a dress or dressmaker quick smart and 2 bridesmaids dresses. It wasn’t easy – I wanted to stick to my budget, but at the same time wanted a dress that was ‘me’ . I actually came across Tea Rose Couture on Polka Dot Bride and it was the best decision. We chose fabric, designed and had my dress ready to go in time for the big day! The bridesmaids dresses I picked up for a bargain at the Rocks Markets in Sydney.

I also broke my toe 4 weeks before the wedding!! I think the adrenalin took over on the day and it was almost fine!”

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Suzie says “I didn’t stress over things that didn’t matter – the bridal party could wear whatever shoes they wanted and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup anyway they chose. I didn’t worry about colours matching, I just wanted everyone to have a good time!”

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The reception was filled with personal touches from Suzie and Rey. Rey had the centrepieces and cake stand cut from tree logs while Suzie decorated the reception (held in the Barrel Room at Margan Estate) decorated with flowers grouped in bell jars. Each table was numbered with the couple’s dog Honey holding a number and guests took Polaroids and stuck them into a book to act as the couple’s guest book.

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The couples favourite treats were setup on a buffet with signs mentioning why the treat was special. Each guest received a jar of honey and the beautiful three tier cake (made by Bec’s Cake Creations) was topped with a bluebird cake topper from Etsy seller Middleburg.

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Suzie says “It wasn’t staged – everything was just about us. It sounds cliché, but it truly made our day special!”

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Suzie says “We danced – A LOT! We even played some dance music and had the lights going – I kicked off my shoes and had a hand at DJ-ing! It was fun!”

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Suzie’s parting words to us? “I married the man of my dreams and we were just so happy – I remember just smiling all day. I thought I would cry walking down the aisle and at everything, but we were just so happy all day – I didn’t get a chance to cry!” A day full of joy has been topped off with Suzie and Rey expecting their first baby in three months!

Thank you to Suzie and Rey for allowing us to share your gorgeous wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage and good luck for your impending arrival! Thank you also to Saxon Cole Photography for allowing us to share today’s photographs!

Photos by Saxon Cole Photography.

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