I have a habit of wanting a certain design of shoe and never being able to find it, it usually drives whoever I am shopping with mad. But you know, the “shoes make or break the outfit” has also been my rule, or maybe it’s just my excuse for more shoes.
I stumbled across Shoes Of Prey recently on Twitter and have been stuck on their website ever since.
Shoes Of Prey is an ingenious Australian website that offers a bespoke shoe service.
Unlike other custom shoe designers, the whole process with Shoes Of Prey is done online.
You can choose leather types (snakeskin to soft leather and many, many options in between), decorations (soft rosettes to fancy bows) the heel height, the toe shape, the back of the shoe and even down to the colour (red fur anyone?). The shoe designer is so easy to use too- very much like a virtual colouring in project!
Shoes Of Prey have made everything very easy, they have a great return policy and will even discuss sizes and widths with you to ensure even the most nervous customer has her mind put at ease. Once your shoe is designed you can embed the picture on your website or blog or send the link to a friend.
Jodi, along with husband Michael and friend Mike are the brains behind the business with all of the shoes being handmade and shipping to most countries (including the USA).
The site is brand new and they’ll be adding new fabrics and styles as time goes by (I’m hoping for flats perhaps and maybe feathers, silks, perhaps even jeweled decorations!) It’s so easy to spend hours fiddling around with shoe designs (as I clearly have).
We’re back with the second part of Ria and Craig’s wedding feature! Ria and Craig decided to get married at Sydney’s MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in the Harbour Terrace Room.
The room would hold many more guests than the couple had, so Ria decided to screen half of the room off and turn it into an indoor ceremony space! Ria and Craig began their ceremony as the sun was setting at 5.30pm.
Ria walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” sung by Ray Charles.
At the top of the aisle, Ria had a poem (Sex & The City fans will recognise this one!) and a big vase of tulips. Ria’s father is Dutch and tulips are her favourite flowers. The ceremony was performed by Craig’s university college priest.
The ceremony space was the first place the guests walked in to.
Ria’s sister sang “An Ordinary Miracle” by Sarah McLachlan during the ceremony.
Ria and Craig walked back to the aisle to “The Best Of My Love” by The Emotions to get the party started straight away!
Ria and Craig set their venue up like a ship, guests walked past the bar (the galley) onto the MCA deck which was set up like the deck of a ship. Overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour as the sun set, the deck was decorated with navy, white & red cushions, life saving rings, white ottomans and rattan chairs. Most of the guests were not from Sydney so the brilliant harbour views got everybody talking!
The coasters were designed by Ria and printed with “Eat, Drink, Marry, Craig & Ria 10th October 2008″. The red cocktails matched the colour scheme of the day. The delicious food was catered by Culinary Edge.
Vases of blooms tied with striped ribbon decorated every space.
At 7.30pm, the screened off section of the Harbour Terrace Room was opened up to the guests. Everyone moved inside (this was the “ship” of Ria and Craig’s “boat”) for a cocktail reception and speeches.
A lolly buffet was created for guests to feast on! Craig’s family spent days making Italian Terronie (their Christmas specialty), rocky road and hundreds of other lollies. Ria provided brown paper bags stamped a ship’s steering wheel, a ship’s anchor an a “thank you”. Ria spent hours stamping the bags and tying them with red, white or navy ribbon.
In his speech, Craig gave Ria “a rock for life”. During their 10 year long relationship, Craig has always collected rocks from places he has been and Ria has kept them in a jar. When he proposed he gave Ria a large quartz stone which he had found on the family farm, the one he gave Ria on their day wedding was from France – the furthest he has ever been from home.
As a surprise, Ria organsied a photobooth from funbooth for guests to use! She has it covered in a large black sheet and unveiled it after the formalities were over. The funbooth operator cut photos into strips for the guests and placed another copy into a book for guests to sign as a guestbook .
Ria & Criag had their photos taken with “Thank You Very Much” signs to send to guests as their thankyou card.
In their midst of her planning, Ria had forgotten to tell Craig who said to her halfway through the reception “Hey do you know there’s a photobooth here?” He had the most amazing time with it!
Ria and Craig danced their first dance to “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller. Once the band finished at 10.30pm, the DJ started and played songs requested by guests on their RSVP cards. Ria changed into a shorter fun party dress and hit the dance floor with her new husband and guests, partying until 2.30am.
Congratulations on your marriage Ria & Craig and thank you Ria for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride!
I have the most delicious nautical inspired wedding for you today and the best bit is it’s 100% Australian! Ria and Craig celebrated their marriage in Sydney and filled their wedding day with love and laughter.
Here’s Ria’s story on how she and Craig met.
“Craig and I met at Uni, my best friend was dating his best friend, they were both in our bridal parties but have married other people. I met him right at the end of his Uni degree so thought that it would be a really short-term thing – instead it turned out to be the relationship of my life! We were married on the 10th of the 10th (October) to celebrate 10 years together. Craig proposed to me on his farm in Far North Queensland – he made me walk up this giant hill in about 35 degree (I was swearing and sweating profusely!) and when we got to the top he just kept hanging around (cue more sweating and swearing on my part) and then heaven knows why after I had been so horrible, he asked me to marry him.
And then here comes the funny part – we decided not to tell anyone – not even our parents! We came back to Sydney booked in the venue and photographer (this took us about 4 months!) and then send all the guests an email with a Save the Date attachment. It was hilarious! Oh we did ring our parents the night before and tell them!”
As the former real wedding editor for Cosmopolitan Bride, Ria knew exactly who she would use for her wedding photos and so today’s wedding was captured by Craven Images.
Starting a stationery company with her friend called Three Peas meant Ria created all of the wedding day stationery herself. In memory of her grandparents who are no longer here, Ria attached photos of them to her bouquet. Ria also wore her mother’s sapphire and diamond ring made in Sri Lanka when Ria was born as her “Something Blue”. She also carried a lace handkerchief made by her great-grandmother.
Pod Flowers created the flower arrangements for the wedding day.
As they wanted a dusk ceremony, Ria & Craig had a “first look” so they could have their formal photographs with enough light.
I’ve always loved the idea of a French inspired manor as the backdrop for a wedding. This is one I stumbled upon a while ago and have had saved ever since!
Located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Glynt Manor was built in 1917 by Victoria’s first permanent white settlers and has since become a luxury boutique hotel which provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. The gardens are beautiful for a wedding ceremony- inspired by France and England, the gardens cover 2.5 acres of the beautiful Mount Martha region.
Lila and Demetri reopened the hotel in 2008 as Glynt Manor and have filled the stately mansion with beautiful antiques, providing a secret getaway with fine cuisine for their guests.
For intimate weddings, the grand dining room can seat 14 guests, but there is also room on the property for a marquee reception. Hosts Lila and Demetri can help you with every aspect to make your wedding celebration beautiful.
The accommodation (there are six rooms located in the manor) is luxurious and couples have the option to sneak of to the grand tower suite (featuring a glass roof and spa) after a night of celebrating with their guests.