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Mikala and James’ Country Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Mikala and James

There’s nothing quite like an Australian country wedding. Nothing quite beats the sun burnt grasses, the old weathered buildings and the rusty colours. Mikala and James chose a stunning winery for their wedding day – pitching in and creating much of the decor (like the arbor they married under) themselves!

The pair grew up together, their families having been friends for a long time. They chose Its Beautiful Here to capture their wedding day.

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Mikala kicked off the DIY by designing the wedding stationery herself.

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Mikala chose a gown from The Babushka Ballerina with a hairpiece from Anna Campbell . She remarks,  “The Babushka Ballerina in the Brisbane CBD were wonderful to work with. This was the one and only store I looked at dresses as I saw one of their dresses in a magazine and knew it was it.The fact that I was in Melbourne wasn’t an issue at all. I was able to customise the Josephine gown and I flew up for the initial fitting and the final fitting. The process was really easy.”

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Balflower  created the floral arrangements for the day, Mikala noting, “Sarah from Balflower was also really great. I just gave her some images of the look and theme we were going for and she worked her magic! My only real request was for white hydrangeas, for the remainder of the flowers she sourced the best flowers on the day from the flower market. The end result was amazing.”

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Mikala and James chose a Dromana winery for their wedding celebrations, noting, “Both the ceremony and reception were held at Trofeo Estate Winery. We selected this beautiful venue as it was important to us to be able to have both events at the same venue. We selected a large expanse of grass on the property where we could set up for the ceremony lined by trees just by the driveway. After it rained all morning the sun came out 2 hours before the ceremony just in time for us to walk down the aisle.” The couple married under an arbour they made themselves.

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For the processional, Mikala remembers ,”My youngest sister Danae played on the piano 2 songs I had selected which were a surprise to James – ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars and ‘All of Me’ by John Legend.”

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Of their photographers, Mikala tells ,”We found Its Beautiful Here through research online and when we met Kat and Scout at a little pub in South Melbourne months before the wedding we knew they would be perfect. Kat and Scout captured so many amazing memories on our special day. Many moments we may not have necessarily seen throughout the day like the delighted looks on family and friends faces during speeches, hugs and kisses between loved ones and not to mention those d-floor moves! We couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing job these ladies did.”

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Mikala remembers, “After the ceremony guests headed inside to the beautiful winery where first drinks where served at the bar along with a beautiful ‘tasting table’ of locally sourced meets, cheese, antipasto etc. The winery itself has a beautiful interior which provided a wonderful relaxed feeling which is just what we were after. Guests could enjoy a drink on the balcony where we set up games on the grass.” Decorations included planter boxes made by James which held potted herbs, timer discs, also made by James, hessian table runners sewn by Mikala’s mother (who also made hessian pockets for the wedding invitations and hessian cones for the post ceremony rose petals!)

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As favors, Mikala and James sourced local olive oil which they decanted into individual bottles for each guest. Advice cards took the place of a traditional guestbook, guests asked to leave their top tips for the newlyweds.

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Mikala’s mother made a naked wedding cake.

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Mikala and James only had a short first dance, explaining, “Our first dance was to ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson. We really wanted to avoid the whole traditional first dance so encouraged our bridal party and guests to join in after 20 seconds or so.”

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Congratulations Mikala and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Its Beautiful Here for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Its Beautiful Here / Bride’s Dress: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Myer / Bride’s Jewelry: Frankly My Dear (Bracelet) / Groom’s Attire: Suit pants from Trent Nathan and tie from Ben Sherman / Groomsmen Attire: Suit pants from Trent Nathan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Fabric from Clegs, custom made by a family friend & Jessie Gray / Flowergirl Dress: Tea Princess / Flowergirl Hairpiece: Summerblossom / Hairstylist: Claire Fiona / Makeup Artist: Amy Jess / Flowers: Balflower / Invitations & Stationery: The bride / Venue: Trofeo Estate Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Lee-anne Brooks and Wendy Maher / Ceremony Musicians: Danae Croft / Cake Baker: Bride's Mother / Wedding Rings: My Jewellery Shop
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Veronica Sheaffer Fall 2014 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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The dreamy, romantic quality to Chicago designer Veronica Sheaffer’s gowns can leave a wedding blogger breathless. Beautifully “bridal” without being frou frou, they feature beautiful bows, point d’esprit fabrics, silk tulle, gold striped chiffon all create gowns which add a little something special to a traditional bridal silhouette. My favourite, “Deansie” features gold striped chiffon with a taffeta bow waist and “Peony” a blush pink boned bodice gown with ivory lace skirt. I love the different colours and textures that make these gowns so romantic, yet modern.

An extra special touch to the Veronica Sheaffer collection are the “Little Blue Bow”pieces. Each gown has a little blue bow inside and to pay homage to this, Veronica has designed a range of pieces which can be customised to your own style. Customise the silhouette, the embellishments and fabrics to make something unique to you without the complexities that come with couture. Coordinating tops make strapless gowns into illusion necklines, flowy capes add an extra level of dimension and skirt length takes a ball gown to a tea length garden party style.

Veronica Sheaffer ships her gowns worldwide! So wherever you are, the gowns can be yours!

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Daisy lace top over Chamomile dress

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Daffodil top over Wisteria gown

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Orchid gown.

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Orchid gown

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Peony gown

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Perfect Bow veil, with Deansie gown. 

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Buttercup top over Wisteria gown

Vendor of the Week – Mon Bijou

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Happy Monday Dotties! Mr Polka and I hopped, skipped and jumped out of town last weekend, a little spontaneity if you will. Something we’re quite terrible at if I am honest. So it’s with a refreshed frame of mind that I’m back today at the Polka Dot HQ in much cooler weather with a week of wedding inspiration in store for you!

Every Monday, we spotlight the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.We’re pretty proud of the wide and varied directory members we have. So many budgets, so many styles and all genuinely lovely people (which is the best thing to find in a wedding vendor!). From the obvious Photography and Venues to the little details like Flowers and Cakes! So many vendors, so little time – so check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory today and find the vendor that will bring your wedding visions to life!

melbourne penthouse wedding Vendor of the Week Mon Bijou

Ever wanted to celebrate your wedding in a city penthouse with incredible views, sensational cocktails and French cuisine? Meet Melbourne function venue Mon Bijou!

Located in the heart of Melbourne city, it has two levels (the top boasting a retractable roof), and sits right above the stylish Adelphi hotel. Mon Bijou boasts 270 degree views of the city, canapes designed by the award winning Lord Cardigan, plus amazing cocktails like the “From Paris With Love” and “White Chocolate Passion”. From gourmet BBQs to canape extravaganzas, the venue caters for up to 180 guests. The team takes care of every detail -  they’ll even roll out a red carpet down the Flinders Lane entrance to welcome your guests in style!

We asked Daniela of Mon Bijou five questions in five minutes -

What is your favourite after five drink?

French Champagne

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Lake House in Daylesford

Favourite restaurant?

Om Nom at the Adelphi Hotel – best desserts!

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

Blueberries and Ricotta clean pancakes

Your favourite wedding story?

Stunning bride and Grooms’ Rock and Roll Wedding, http://ruffledblog.com/rock-n-roll-australian-w… Beautiful people that just all had the best time.

Visit Mon Bijou’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Mon Bijou is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Don’t Cry Little One

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

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LaraHotzPhotography Snapshot Sunday Dont Cry Little One

Photo by Lara Hotz

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