I didn’t realise it until recently, but I’m actually a bit of a fan of fun printed tea towels (anything that makes doing the dishes a little more fun is a winner in my books!) So I loved it when Sasha of Australian based Invitation Tea Towels contacted me with her fun invitation idea!
Creative director Stephen works with hand picked Australian designers, who create the gorgeous designs she prints using organic water based inks (and she can even use metallic!).
Couples can personalise their invitations with a range of fabrics (from linen to hemp and cotton), colours and of course your own wedding day details. The tea towels can also be customised for Save The Dates, thank you’s or even celebratory parties! Stephen works with couples all over Australia and ordering is a simple online process.
I love the idea that these will remain in guest’s homes long after the wedding and you could even frame one for yourself as a memento.
Last Sunday, Ms Gingham went to Euro Disney. I laughed out loud when I got her quite delirious email due to the 38 degree weather, the crowds and the very big day she had had. The pools were shut so even her two tiny ones couldn’t get relief. Ms Gingham has a way of cracking me up when she writes, especially when I’m back in cold Australia!
Did you get up to anything interesting this week? Any trips to Paris like Ms Gingham? (follow her travel diary over on Polka Dot Honeymoons!) Or did you hibernate like me?
We have had over 30 posts go up around the Polka Dot blogs this week (mind officially blown!) So if you’ve missed it, you’ve come to the right place!
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If you’re an Australian wedding professional- make sure you nab a ticket to Project Innovate! We have a limited number of places available and we’d love for you to come and learn from our guest speaker! From managing first client contacts to closing a sale- without sales jargon without fuss, straight down the line practical advice! Book a ticket now!
Australian designer Collette Dinnigan has launched her online store! Everything from her classics to her bridal gowns are available for purchase online. Check it out here.
Eagle Ridge Weddings, located on the Mornington Peninsula. is giving each couple who inquire about a wedding at Eagle Ridge in September a gorgeous ‘Lush’ pamper prize pack giveaway, an English scones tea and champagne afternoon treat, all for free. You’ll be able to explore the grounds with a personalised tour before enjoying a beautiful afternoon tea! Call (03) 5988 2515 to make your appointment or check out the website.
Melbourne’s Langham Hotel are holding their second bridal showcase on Monday 3rd of September from 6.30pm-8.30pm. The function rooms will all be beautifully decorated to give you a feel for what your wedding could look like and you will also be able to view hotel rooms! The bridal showcase has an array of The Langham’s favourite suppliers as well as the chance to meet the hotel’s wedding coordinator Zayna Fratto. Registration is essential so check the link here to sign up!
To round out the week I wanted to share this film by Day Twelve Pictures. To celebrate their silver wedding anniversary, Manny and Malen’s children arranged a surprise renewal of their parent’s wedding vows This? This is what it’s all about.
Tracey and Ben had an incredible kind of proposal. The kind that takes place during Australia’s biggest horse racing carnival, the kind that occurs with a never been done before film broadcast across the track at Flemington? That leads to a wedding filled with the bride’s beloved horse and a horseshoe shaped engagement ring?
Why not let the newlyweds tell the story! “Who would have thought that winning a credit to buy a cheap racehorse at a charity ball auction would have had such long-term ramifications? Who would have thought that giving away some wine as a door prize at a horse trainer’s open day on a Sunday before the biggest week in Australian Racing would lead to this outcome?
A snippet of the couples story as told on their wedding day “After a kiss on the balcony (to celebrate a win at Cup Day!) They agreed to meet again in four days time at Stakes Day, for their first, official, date. At the end of their first date, sitting on a bench in the old Members Grandstand overlooking the post Melbourne Cup Carnival grounds, Ben asked Tracey to be his girlfriend.And Tracey said yes. And so it began.
Although the seed was planted during their UK trip, towards the end of 2010 Ben starting seriously thinking that Tracey was the girl that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. By September he was certain. He was to ask Tracey Karen Doolan to be his wife. He hatched a plan to propose to Tracey on their anniversary, Stakes Day 2010. Never one to be conventional, or take the easy road to reach his destination, Ben had the overzealous idea of proposing to Tracey via the 300mtr screen at Flemington at the end of the day.Why not he thought, no one else had done it before….
From this point a series of undercover activities transpired in the lead up to the asking of the big question. Saturday 6th November 2010 arrived, and everything was in place. The video was produced, the time was set for the AV crew to go live, and he had received sign off for his proposal through the ranks of the Victoria Racing Club. BTW: he was correct, no-one had proposed to their partner on a screen at Flemington before, but in typical Robertson fashion he had got it over the line again…
After a fantastic day at the races, Ben had Tracey back on the balcony of the old Members Grandstand. At six pm, Ben’s proposal video appeared. Tracey didn’t quite know what the make of it at first, but soon got the general jist… The video finished, and Ben dropped to his knee and asked Tracey to marry him. And Tracey said yes. And the crowd of VRC staff and friends that had gathered on the balconies on the Committee Room and International Lounge to watch the proposal unfold let out an almighty cheer!”
Photographs are by Goldsmith & Co who are true to their vintage photography stye. Every shot looks like it’s from eras gone by.
Tracey and Ben held their wedding on their own farm outside of Melbourne.
Tracey says “The arbour, bridal table and entrance directional signage were made from timbers reclaimed from the old veranda. Ben’s mother hand-made the 175mtrs of bunting. Ben’s father built the signing table. I handmade the name cards, place cards and various other signage. The styling across the ceremony & reception incorporated foliage, flowers and veggies, hay bales & sleepers, baby native gums, plus whatever else we thought would work from the garden, house & property.”
The flower girls arrived on Shetland ponies led by Tracey’s bridesmaids who wore 1950s frocks from Review.
Tracey remembers “I rode in on my beautiful horse Thorpedo to ‘Jessica’s Theme’ from the Man from Snowy River – a dream of mine!!!”
The floral arrangements were styled by iBloom Events Australia. Tracey recalls “Melinda and Sarah used leaves and foliage from our farm, collected with love by Ben’s Mum, Maxine.”
Guests took home little gum trees- a nod to the gum tree that Tracey & Ben planted during their wedding ceremony.
In lieu of cakes, guests feasted on Tiramisu cups made by Guy Grossi from Grossi Florentino. Tracey’s sister Melissa Grossi was her Matron of Honour.
For their first dance, Tracey recalls “We danced to ‘At Last’ – Etta James. We learnt some moves from a great friend, Lys Baker who is a professional Salsa Dancer who made sure on the night we had heaps of fun!!”
Congratulations Tracey and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Goldsmith & Co for sharing today’s images
What an intimate, beautiful celebration I have to share with you today. Our couple already have a family, they have a long history together and yet their rooftop Melbourne wedding is as beautiful and as precious as a wedding of two people starting out together. I love the idea of the ceremony melting into the celebration, surrounded by food wine and plenty of good friends.
Photographs today are by Suellen Lee Photography who has captured such candid moments. It’s like we’re part of the celebration instead of seeing photographs.
Brett’s smart purple and taupe outfit came from Ted Baker.
Marrianne wore a gown from Stellini with shoes from Wittner. Her earrings were a gift sent from her mother in Spain. Of her gown, Marrianne says ” It had a beautiful button and plait detail at the neck and fell down in pleats. The dress was tied at the waist with a satin bow finished with a vintage diamante brooch.”
Marrianne and Brett got ready together at the Park Hyatt. Of their photographer, Marrianne says “We wanted a set of photographs that told the story of the whole day, including the the moments we missed – and that is exactly what Suellen gave us. She captured the individual personalities of each and every one of guests and the mood of the day perfectly. Everyone who has seen our photos has said they are the most innovative and artistic, yet intimate wedding photos they have ever seen. Suellen’s eye for details and composition ensures everyone of her photos is a work of art in its own right. Some of our favourite shots are in the room at the Park Hyatt while we were getting ready. You can see the excitement and happiness, and also maybe a few nerves as well!”
The couple walked to their wedding, Marrianne recalls “We stayed at the Park Hyatt for three nights. We got ready together and walked through Melbourne to the venue on a perfect Autumn morning. Our photographer, Suellen came with us.”
Marrianne and Brett chose the rooftop venue of Siglo for their wedding celebration. Marrianne explains “All three floors of the venue, The European, The Melbourne Supper Club and Siglo are regular haunts of ours. Brett took me for dinner at The European on one of our very first dates. So when he proposed there was not another place we could possibly consider for our big day. We wanted a venue that would provide us with food and wine of exceptional quality. Our guests were enchanted by the beautiful location, the amazing views and the attentive and professional staff.”
The couple chose a wedding dessert from Dolce Fantasia. Marrianne recalls “A Croquembouche filled with vanilla cream and decorated with sugar strands and small flowers. This was served as dessert. Due to its delicate nature and the sugar strands it had to be made and assembled on the morning of the wedding. This meant a very nervous wedding guest was given the job of delivering it to the venue.”
Marrianne had a wrist corsage made of White Tulips and Hydrangea leaves by Flower Temple. She explains “I wanted to keep my flowers with me, not leave a bouquet on a table somewhere, so decided on a simple and delicate wrist corsage.”
Marrianne remembers “We didn’t have an aisle (entrance) we arrived together, at the same time as our guests. Our ceremony was half way through the day, the party was well under way before we said “I Do”!! A very dear friend Bill, did help me through the nerves of walking to stand with my husband-to-be to say our vows though.”
The ceremony was performed by Bernard Morey. Marrianne explains “We wanted a short simple ceremony, and Bernard gave us exactly what we asked for.”
Marrianne loved, “Proclaiming our love for each other in front of our children, family and friends. The perfect weather and venue. Waking up together on the morning of our wedding and getting ready together. All in all it was a wonderful way to start our married life and we wouldn’t change a thing looking back.”
Marrianne says, “We wanted the day to feel like a garden party with a wedding thrown in for good measure. That is exactly what we got. The venue, with its relaxed feel and beautiful views of the Treasury Building and beyond as well as the stunning weather on the day meant we had a day full of memories we will always treasure. Suellen’s photos capture this.”
Marrianne describes the day as ” Intimate, understated yet spectacular and completely perfect.” The couple’s children all wore outfits from Zara.
“We worked together on the details to the finest degree. It was important to us that both of our personalities shone through, even if this meant that we did not end up with what many would describe as a ‘traditional wedding’.”
Guests enjoyed canapes and fine wine as they celebrated catered by The European Restaurant. Marrianne explains, “Jess Lazarro, Events and Marketing at the European was wonderful. She listened to everything we wanted. She took time to taste and suggest food and wine to us. Brett’s back ground is in wine so he knew exactly what would be right, but it didn’t stop us having a few very enjoyable tasting sessions beforehand!”
Congratulations Marrianne and Brett! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Suellen Lee Photography for today’s photographs!