Photo by Brighten Photography
Polka Dot Bride reader Maryanne sent in the photos she and her brother took at her recent engagement party in Casula New South Wales! Maryanne and Peter have known each other for 11 years and dated for five. They recently got engaged and celebrated together with a big party!
Peter proposed in November 20o8 and the couple are planning to marry in September next year!
There’s a sense of family, love and laughter in these photos which was evident through Maryanne’s words to me. So I wanted to share with you a lovely relaxed Saturday post!
Maryanne looked gorgeous in her frock from Alannah Hill with a fascinator and gloves from Etsy.
Maryanne and Peter have their rings blessed in a traditional Orthodox religious ceremony
Maryanne and Peter don’t have many family members so invited a lot of their friends – ranging from university friends, work colleagues and even school friends!
Half of the food was catered while Maryanne’s mother, friends and Peter’s mother made the rest. The biggest hit was the punch, christened Changia- a champagne version of Sangria.
Maryanne, her friends and her future sister in law stayed up late the night before the party making cupcakes. The cake the couple cut was made by Celebration Cakes.
There was plenty of dancing to end the night!So much fun! Thank you for sharing Maryanne! We wish you and Peter a peaceful lead up to your wedding!
How did you celebrate your engagement?
The colour of clear tropical waters, the flash of blues in opals, the softness of the sky at dawn.
– All the blues and sea greens of the ocean and white
– With sand, ivory and white
– With orange, navy and silver
– With fresh spring green, darker aqua and ivory
– With orange, yellow and hot pink, touches of lime green
– With deep pink red and pearl grey
– With deeper grey blue, charcoal and cream
– With lilacs and deeper mauves, touches of spring green or emerald green
– With eau de nil and ivory
– peacock feathers
– burnished gold, silver, glass, stainless steel, pewter, zinc
– moonstone, aquamarines, pearls, crystals, opals
– Moroccan ware – beaten silver or brightly patterned bowls, lanterns with coloured glass. Brightly coloured silks and embroidered fabrics
– White, dull silver or dark furniture
– White cloths with over cloths or runners in floral, check, stripes or toile in aqua on a white background. Aqua crockery and aqua napkins
– Silver rimmed glassware, silver cutlery, silver containers holding white blooms silver candelabra holding aqua and white candles
– Turquoise jewellery, or aquamarine and crystal hair pieces, clusters of jewels to catch a fold of fabric, or to embellish the ribbon on your bouquet
– Strings of pearls or pearlised shell pieces to wrap around chandeliers, candelabra, vases, to hang from branches, pergolas, mirrors, or in windows
– Laser cut mirror shapes to hang from the ceiling in varying lengths to add sparkle – snowflakes, hearts, birds
– Use faux fur capes, or beaded silk organza wraps if cool
– Use mirrors placed flat on the tables to reflect candle light, flowers, your desserts or the tiny ‘fairy’ lights strung around the room
– Gerberas, armfuls of any white flower, bulbs, nerines, orchids, hot pink parrot tulips, navy privet berries, sweet peas, lavender roses and grey leaves, poppies
– A marine theme with coral, starfish, shells in garlands, edging tablecloths, over an arch, around a doorway, piled into large glass cylinders, views to the bobbing boats in the harbour
– A nautical theme with bunting, glass fishing floats, shells using one of the above colour schemes, for a change from navy and white
– A white lolly bar with touches of aqua in beautiful containers, ribbon embellishments, tags and the odd aqua iced cupcake and jelly beans