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Wedding Readings – Togetherness

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It’s time to kick off a new feature on Polka Dot Bride! Tailoring your wedding ceremony to really represent who you are can be overwhelming!

This is after all one of the most important ceremonies and rites of passage you will pass through. So to help you, I’m kicking off a series on wedding readings and I would love for you to share your favourites with me.

Today I’m sharing readings I love that are on the theme of togetherness. Part of what I love about wedding ceremonies is that symbol that these two people are choosing to travel the journey of life not as one, but as a team, together.

Marriage – Khalil Gibran (The Prophet)

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

 

Unknown title – Regina Hill

When two people join together
and bond their lives forever
because they are certain they have something special
that will make their commitment last…
this is the first act of faith.

Upon this act of faith these two people will build a life.
and as long as their determination stays with them
this life will always be their hope, their dreams, their truth, their being, their inspiration,
and their source of strength.
Through their life together, they will hurt and laugh.
Together they will feel all of life’s up and downs.
They will learn and grow through trial and error.
The lessons will show them the meaning of true love
And the difference between a love that lasts
and one that just gives up.
These two people will face each failure together and
discover the strength to go on.
They will encourage each other’s dreams and forgive each other’s faults.
Through a labour of love.
these two will become as one,
fighting against the odds and ultimately creating
a commitment that will grow into an infinite love.

 

An excerpt from “A Farewell to Arms” -  Ernest Hemingway

At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal.

We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone.

Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others.

We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.

 

A Marriage By Michael Blumenthal

You are holding up a ceiling
with both arms. It is very heavy,
but you must hold it up, or else
it will fall down on you. Your arms
are tired, terribly tired,
and, as the day goes on, it feels
as if either your arms or the ceiling
will soon collapse.

But then,
unexpectedly,
something wonderful happens:
Someone,
a man or a woman,
walks into the room
and holds their arms up
to the ceiling beside you.

So you finally get
to take down your arms.
You feel the relief of respite,
the blood flowing back
to your fingers and arms.
And when your partner’s arms tire,
you hold up your own
to relieve him again.

And it can go on like this
for many years
without the house falling.

Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence,
without you moving, slicing the noon
like a blue flower, without you walking
later through the fog and the cobbles,

without the light you carry in your hand,
golden, which maybe others will not see,
which maybe no one knew was growing
like the red beginnings of a rose.

In short, without your presence: without your coming
suddenly, incitingly, to know my life,
gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind:

since then I am because you are,
since then you are, I am, we are,
and through love I will be, you will be, we’ll be.

Love Sonnet by Pablo Neruda

Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence,
without you moving, slicing the noon
like a blue flower, without you walking
later through the fog and the cobbles,
without the light you carry in your hand,
golden, which maybe others will not see,
which maybe no one knew was growing
like the red beginnings of a rose.
In short, without your presence: without your coming
suddenly, incitingly, to know my life,
gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind:
since then I am because you are,
since then you are, I am, we are,
and through love I will be, you will be, we will be.

 

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses,
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle,
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull,
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs,
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds’ swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning;
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me, and be my love.

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Victoria and Paul’s Formal Country Estate Wedding

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

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Victoria and Paul

Victoria and Paul’s formal country estate wedding, captured by Jonathan Ong is so utterly romantic. The couple married outside under the most incredible blooming wisteria tree and danced to the voices of their loved ones. Choosing the one venue meant they could celebrate with guests all day long without moving themselves from spot to spot.

Victoria tells the tale of how they met – which kicked off in  high school! “We met in high school. Paul was two years ahead of me and I remember seeing him once with an art project and thinking “Wow, that guy is super talented; and he’s not even up himself”. Then we skip to 4 years later when he dated my friend for two months – obviously that didn’t work out… but we’re all really good friends now and can laugh about it.”

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Victoria and Paul chose Fernhill Estate for their wedding, telling, “Our ceremony and reception was held at a beautiful property, Fernhill Estate. Local to many of our friends and family. The property even shares a little history with Victoria’s father, dating back to the 90′s when he used to chop wood for the previous owners. Fast forward to today – the estate is newly owned and making business through venue and event hiring.

We were actually the first wedding to be held under the new ownership , so we benefited from a great amount of control with the overall use of the property. From location, styling to outsourcing we were able to tailor everything before they could make template packages for couples.”

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Harbourside Event Decorators styled the wedding decor.

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The morning started off rather early, the bride remembering, “In true bridezilla fashion, I changed makeup artists and hairdresser the week of the wedding. This resulted in my bridesmaids and I having to wake up at 4:00am to get our makeup and hair done. Hopefully you can’t tell in the pictures though – they did a great job at covering up the dark circles under my eyes! After we were done, we all went out to a fantastic breakfast at Henri Marc Cafe where I was treated like a queen. When we got to the venue we still had 5 hours to kill until the wedding (it was only 10:00am) so we watched a few TV shows, a movie (Easy A) and talked about how much I owed my bridesmaids for making them get up before the sun.”

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Victoria walked down the aisle to Until We Get There – Lucius.

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Victoria tells, “Our garden wedding meant that there was no church to “walk out of” at the end of the ceremony. So instead of making a grand exit, we wanted to finish the ceremony with thanking our family and friends. You can see these moments in all the photos of us hugging our closest family/friends after the ceremony.”

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Victoria’s mum came to the rescue with a few minor dress issues! She recalls ,”You may notice that there aren’t that many photos of me getting ready/with my dress. There were some issues with the dress slipping down at the front and showing a little more than I felt comfortable with! Thankfully mum was there with her trusty sewing kit to save the day. She was sewing me into my dress half an hour before the wedding.”

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“We have been fans of Melbourne based photographer Jonathan Ong even before we got engaged. His frequently reblogged work was hard to miss. We saw a trend in contemporary reportage wedding photography and many photographers doing it well. Although what drew us to Ong’s photography was his authentic, honest and sincere approach to story telling. From the look on Keith’s face (FOB) when he sees Victoria in her wedding dress to Paul wiping the tear of his face at the alter.”

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Victoria explains, “ We had plenty of help from my mum and grandma making the adorable dresses for the flower girls and the delicious wedding cake.”

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Their utterly romantic first dance was sung by loved ones. Victoria tells, “It was meant to be outside under the big jacaranda tree featured in many of our photos, but it was pouring down rain by that stage. So we had it in the hall where we had our reception – and it worked out beautifully. My bridesmaid, Eve, her sister and mother, and Paul’s best man/brother, John, did a rendition of Cicadas and Gulls by Feist. It was an amazing 3-part harmony and their voices echoed throughout the hall. Teamed with the ambient lighting, for a minute I wasn’t scared to dance in front of people – because it felt l like it was just Paul and I there.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Victoria and Paul! Thank you for sharing your tales with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Ong for sharing today’s gorgeous photographs!

Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Cinematographer: Sala Studios / Styling/Hire: Harbourside Event Decorators / Flowers: Lauren Orr / Venue: Fernhill Estate

Kristi Bonnici Bridal Gowns “Anatomy Of The Spirit” Collection

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I’ve long been a fan of the bridal accessories from Sydney based Kristi Bonnici - from veils, brooches, hair pieces and cover ups, Kristi has executed every piece beautifully. (Check out her “Moments Of Trespass” Collection“Sometimes A Whisper Is Enough” Collection, 2013 Bowerbird Collection and her 2011 debut collection). So when I heard Kristi was branching out into bridal gowns I was excited to see the results.

“Anatomy Of The Spirit” is the title of Kristi Bonnici‘s debut bridal gown collection. Inspired by the quote “ I am, two of the most powerful words. For what you put after them shapes your reality”, each gown, ready to wear and made to order is designed to represent the true spirit of the Kristi Bonnici brand. The gowns feature classic shapes with beautifully detailing – reflecting what Kristi is so talented at with her accessory collections. Lace trains, tulle godets, detachable beaded skirts are all able to be added on to gowns allowing ‘unique to you’ pieces.

Each gown is made (from patterns to fabric printing) in Australia, if not in Kristi’s own studio then within five kilometres of it- her belief in keeping it local and supporting local artisans was part of staying true to the brand.

“Anatomy Of The Spirit” along with coordinating accessories is available exclusively through the Kristi Bonnici website and showroom.

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Vendor of the Week – Be My Guest Invitations

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Happy April Dotties! This year is flying by at the speed of a rocket and I’d love it if it could slow down, just a little! I can’t quite keep up I must admit, is it the same for you?

Monday morning tradition at Polka Dot Bride is to showcase how incredible the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory are.  We have so many categories – from  Celebrants to help you actually tie the knot, Hair & Beauty to bring in that glamour factor, Cinematography to capture that first dance and the hilarious speeches and even Wedding Planners to pull it all together!be my guest wedding invitations Vendor of the Week Be My Guest Invitations

 

Stationery really sets the tone for your wedding day. From that first time the envelope is opened, to the thank you card written with gratitude.  Let me introduce you to our vendor of the week Be My Guest Invitations!

Designer Toni actually has a background in science but found her true passion lies in creating beautiful stationery for all kinds of events- including weddings! Toni creates invitations just for you, reflecting your day, your style and who you are.  Each experience is tailored to you to ensure your wedding stationery is as unique as you are.

We asked Toni from Be My Guest Invitations five questions in five minutes -

What is your favourite after five drink?

Dry martini with a twist!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Heading up to Rye, spending Saturday morning at the Red Hill Market, exploring the beautiful wineries and enjoying wine tastings at their cellar doors, and unwinding at the Peninsula Hot Springs.

Favourite restaurant?

Chin Chin – I don’t know how they do it, but their flavours are incredible.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Who can go past something eggy and delicious from one the many Melbourne cafes sporting sumptuous brunch options?

Your favourite wedding story?

I know a celebrant who described a very stubborn bride and groom, who wanted to be married outside, no matter what. While I can personally relate to this, since we had planned an outdoor ceremony for my own wedding, I was amazed to hear the lengths to which this couple went to prevent moving their ceremony inside in the face of dire weather predictions (i.e. the clouds were gathering and it was obvious it would start to rain). Suffice it to say, there was an indoor room at their venue that sported a surveillance camera. The footage showed the rain starting outside, and a completely deserted room. All at once, wedding guests were rushing inside with chairs, drenched with rain. Once everyone was seated, in walked the bride, completely dry, while her poor guests had caught the brunt of the storm.
As for my own wedding, my husband had to be convinced that the black storm clouds over the Yarra Valley were heading our way. It was lucky he was swayed, as our ceremony was accentuated with crashes of thunder. This was a December wedding mind you, so to all the couples out there planning an outdoor wedding at any time of year – you must have an indoor alternative!

Visit Be My Guest Invitations’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Be My Guest Invitations is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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