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Shasta and Guard – The Celebration

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Welcome back to part two of Shasta and Guard’s Garden Soiree!

After the ceremony, guests gathered next to the vineyards for an afternoon of high tea.

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Kristen Harrison Catering created gourmet treats for the guests to enjoy, placed on vintage crockery.

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Guests enjoyed wine from the venue’s (Neudorf Winery) vineyard

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Paper bags from Poppies For Grace were filled with TraidAid fair trade chocolate bars from and TradeWinds Papua New Guinea coffee beans.

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Shasta and Guard escaped to the vineyards for a few photos.

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Guests tried a spot of croquet.

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Shasta and Guard decided to finish the formalities early and held their speeches during the high tea, paper lanterns hung from the trees.

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They also cut their cake. Shasta’s mother baked the wedding cake and it was decorated by Shasta’s cousin.

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Shasta’s favourite wedding photo is of her and Guard with the “Just Married” sign made by her bridesmaid Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s father.

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After the formalities, guests hopped on a bus and were driven to the dinner reception, held at the Smokehouse Cafe in Mapua

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The couple had a few photos taken on the wharf at sunset before sitting down to enjoy a feast with their guests!

Thank you Shasta and Guard for sharing your wedding day with Polka Dot Bride! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and beautiful moments together!

Photos by Viera Photographics

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Shasta and Guard

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I’m really thrilled today because today’s wedding Wednesday is an inspiration board come to life! Remember our Retro Garden Soiree board? Shasta has now married her beau and the “finished product” is a completely beautiful New Zealand affair!

The couple, who are based in Melbourne, planned their New Zealand wedding in only a few months!

Today’s photos are by Viera Photographics

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Shasta and Guard chose the beautiful “My Darling” invitation suite from Poppies For Grace

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Shasta and Guard chose to have their photos taken together before the ceremony. Shasta wore pearls the couple had bought in the Cook Islands years before which had been set into a necklace and earrings in Australia.

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Guard had a three piece custom suit made by Anton’s in Melbourne while Shasta wore a short gown from Harvey & Ella. Shasta chose to wear red shoes from Olrik. After the wedding, Shasta’s mother told her she had worn red shoes at her own wedding. Shasta’s bridesmaid and oldest friend Elizabeth wore an Alannah Hill gown, while Guard’s brother Max wore a suit from Bridge Rd, Richmond.

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The bridal party waited inside while guests gathered.

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Miles Jackson played wonderful Spanish style music before and after the ceremony on his guitar.

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Shasta and Guard had all of their guests meet them under a large tree at the winery. They walked into the ceremony together to “The Love Cats” by The Cure.

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Shasta and Guard  wanted to keep their wedding small and only had 50 guests. They held their ceremony and a garden party reception at Neudorf Vineyard

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Guard’s family is from Papua New Guinea and the couple incorporated Tolai tradition into the ceremony by exchanging shell money. Tabu, is the legal tender in East New Britain. Tabu is paid as ‘bride price’ by the groom’s family to the bride’s family. The couple performed the tradition as a symbolic exchange (to mirror the exchange of rings) with small strands. Guard’s father also said a few words in their language as part of the ceremony.

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Check back later today for Shasta and Guard’s gorgeous garden party!

Photos by Viera Photographics

Top 3 By Design Competition Winner

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The winner of our Top 3 By Design competition is Sian!

Sian wrote

“It was hard to pick just three, but here are my favourites:

The Slanket – Why didn’t anyone think up a gigantic fleece blanket with sleeves before? I love spending winter nights curled up on the couch with a good book. Imagine being able to turn the pages without losing any heat. Genius.

The Eva Solo fridge carafe – I want this to go with the Eva Solo thermo water flask I already have. Their products are always functional but yet ever so stylish.

Self watering planter – I just love the self watering planters as well. My fiancé bought me an orchid for my birthday. I forgot to water it and it’s not doing so well. I think a self watering planter is a fabulous idea.”

Congratulations Sian! You’ve won a Missoni gift pack including Missoni “Magherita” coffee pot, Missoni “Magherita” plate and two coordinating 34cm dripless ester +erik cone candles in candy pink.

Thank you to all our entrants!

Linda and Harriet

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Linda & Harriett have recently added vintage wallpaper stationery to its custom collection of letterpress stationery, the vintage wallpaper lines the envelope- making each piece unique.

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Each set also comes with custom letterpress cards printed on 100% cotton paper.

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Linda and Harriett also have a gorgeous range of wedding stationery, all letterpress and all vintage styling with a modern twist.

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They’ve also created the sweetest paper flowers made from letterpress offcuts and fun cards with flamingos and a moose on them. Check out their website for more eye candy.

Photo from Linda and Harriett

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