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Made With Love Unique Bridal Collection Gowns

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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I love nothing more than hearing abut new bridal designers and today I’m excited to introduce you to Made With Love! Gowns that are designed to be as at home at a candlelit barn reception as they are on the beach or forest floor.

Designer Carla, was born in South Africa but soon moved to Australia with her tight knit family. Carla has always had a love of fashion – her twin sister used to be the victim of her dress ups since they were both three! Upon her engagement in February last year, Carla set out to find her dream wedding gown. After visiting five stores and feeling disappointed that nothing stood out and fit her personal style she set about designing her own and Made With Love was born! Choosing gowns that were beautiful and making them her own, Carla soon quit her full time job to focus purely on her wedding designs. Each designed to be different and unique.

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Bridal Gowns: Made With Love / Photographer: Infinity Faith Photography / Model: Dani Bonnor
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Amelia and Kurt’s Black Tie Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Amelia and Kurt

I honestly never get tired of black tie weddings. Nothing says occasion like dressing up in a bow-tie and beautiful gown and today’s black tie country wedding has the most wonderful mix of a relaxed country vibe with the glamour of black tie. Amelia and Kurt chose Jason Vandermeer Photography  to capture their wedding day for them!

The newlyweds tell their tale of how they came to be. “We met while working at a bar in Carlton. Between pouring drinks, cleaning up at the end of the night and walking back to our homes through the park, we got to know each other pretty well.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits by Godwin Charli.

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Amelia chose a stunning Helen English gown she purchased on eBay. She carried a trailing bouquet by Foxglove Botanicals who created the floral arrangements for the day.

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The couple met before the ceremony for photographs so they could spend more time with their guests.

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Of their photographer, Amelia and Kurt note, “Jason Vandermeer was our photographer. We chose Jason because of his approach to capturing the vibe of events without the cheese. He arrived super early, captured our important moments and got on so well with our guests. We barely noticed him, until he came to say goodbye at about midnight. We were really happy with the 600 odd photos Jason sent us and we couldn’t recommend him highly enough.”

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Mingela Homestead hosted the entire wedding celebration, Amelia and Kurt remarking, “We decided to have both the ceremony and following reception at Mingela Homestead. It is a beautiful homestead surrounded by trees, a creek and overlooks a valley. The house itself was amazing and with 12 beds, a fireplace and beautiful decor, we were able to stay for the entire weekend with our bridal party and relax pre and post wedding.”

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Amelia and Kurt, together with their families decorated, sourced and made many of the wedding elements themselves, noting, “We spent months collecting furniture, silverware, champagne saucers, whiskey tumblers, jars and decorations from op shops and eBay. Min’s mum was incredible and supported us the whole way through. She collected, sewed, baked and held us together when it all seemed a bit hard and we wished we had gone the simpler road and chosen a venue. It definitely was a labor of love, but worth the effort seeing it all come together in the end. “

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Amelia walked down the aisle to Al Green’s Light My Fire.

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Blakes Feast catered the wedding dinner which included treats like sliders!

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Of their first dance, the newlyweds remember, “We weren’t sure about the whole dance thing, but like with most details of the wedding, did it for our guests. We had a few lessons and successfully made it through 120 odd seconds of the fox trot to The 2 Bears’ Bear Hug. Something a little different which definitely got a few laughs.”

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Amelia and Kurt hired The Melbourne Band to keep guests dance on the floor – it worked! They tell, “We loved having an amazing band and song list to keep the dance floor pumping while the band took a break. We danced until 2am.”

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Congratulations Amelia and Kurt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Jason Vandermeer Photography for sharing today’s black tie celebration!

Photographer: Jason Vandermeer Photography / Bride’s Dress: Helen English second hand via eBay / Groom’s Attire: Godwin Charli / Makeup Artist: Lou McLaren / Flowers & Decor: Foxglove Botanicals / Invitations & Stationery: Julie Sharp / Venue: Mingela Homestead / Ceremony Officiant: Beverly Risstrom / Band: The Melbourne Band / Catering: Blakes Feast

Keely and Richard’s Vintage Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Keely and Richard

This sweet vintage country wedding is utterly romantic from the get go. From the sweetest country church they married in, to the country hall that they danced the night away in.  Photographer Sherise Fleming was there to capture their special day and I’m so honoured to be able to share it with you today!

Keely starts us off with the tale of how the newlyweds met. ” We met at a club on My (Keely’s) 20th birthday when I approached Richard at the bar to ask if he would get me a glass of water. Richard later told me that he had seen me a year earlier and was instantly attracted to me but was too shy to approach at that time. Our first date was a round of mini golf. ”

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“The groomsmen wore different coloured braces and bow ties and Richard wore a vest he found in an op shop for $3. Richard bought the boys pocket watches which they also wore on the day.”

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Keely designed her own dress and had it made by Heidi Andrews of Krome Butterfly (who also happened to be one of her bridesmaids). The floral arrangements were made by the bride’s cousin.

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“Blackboards were made and used as table numbers and signs to direct guests to the ceremony in the chapel, we also used the blackboard theme for our invitations which were made by a friend of ours.”

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Richard’s mother made each guest a fresh rosemary pin to wear during the ceremony as a nod to Richard’s Croatian background.

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The ceremony was Pakenham Upper Community Church, Keely remarking, “Our ceremony was held in the Pakenham upper community church, a small chapel established in 1879 full of rustic charm and character. It was decorated with beautiful flowers and greenery around the doorway but it is such a charming chapel it didn’t need much else. I grew up in Pakenham Upper and always felt the chapel was a perfect wedding location. It cost us so little to hire both venues we ended up donating to the community church!”

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Keely walked down the aisle to Pete Murray’s, Ten Ft. Tall . She remembers, “The day was just perfect! We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and everything went according to plan, everyone had an amazing day. A highlight was the ceremony itself, it was very intimate, casual and full of laughter. We actually didn’t know if everyone would fit inside the chapel as it was very small but it was just the right size.”

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“A funny moment was when the best man dropped fake rings during the ceremony which got a big laugh. One of my bridesmaids who was unable to attend the wedding due to giving birth the day before, was Skyped into the ceremony from her hospital bed so she could watch. My cousin stepped in last minute to replace her and we went shopping for her dress the day before the wedding. We were lucky they were still selling the same shoes.”

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Celebrations continued at Pakenham Upper Community Hall. Keely noting, “The reception was held in the Pakenham Upper Hall across the road. Our amazing family and friends helped the us set up during the week leading up to the wedding. There was a lot to do from setting up tables/chairs and table settings to hanging fairy lights and candles and making large hessian curtains to hang up on the front entrance. Even the tables had to be made from scratch by my dad. All the hard work paid off because the hall went from being an empty room to being a beautiful elegant wedding venue within a matter of days.”

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The couple had three delicious wedding cakes, Keely explaining, “Our wedding cake was actually three separate tiers and flavours arranged 2 weeks before the wedding as the original cake maker was unable to make the cake, so we had to find someone to make one last minute. It was completely different to the original design but turned out to be a big hit on the night. We made the cake decorations ourselves.”

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“A lot of the wedding was DIY  – in fact, that was one of the themes. All the blackboards were made from scratch, some of the candle holders were just jars covered with old book pages. The front entrance of the hall was created by making large curtains out of hessian and hay bales used for seating. There was a lot of thought and time put into the decorations and set up of the hall from the old books found in an op shop to the lanterns hanging off ribbons from the roof.”

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Guests signed a Jenga game in lieu of a traditional guestbook. Each table was decorated by the couple – using old books from op shops and tea light candles.

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Of their first dance, Keely remembers, “Our first dance was to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra. We choreographed it ourselves by learning dance moves off YouTube clips and rehearsing most nights for 4 months. I was a dancer for many years so was able to help Richard learn the moves. The first dance was one of our favourite highlights of the night and we had so much fun rehearsing it together and plan to do it every year on our anniversary (if we remember it). Richard turned out to be quite the dancer! ”

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There was also plenty of Croatian dancing plus – the rakija (a Croatian alcohol) was made by one of the groomsmen and noted as a highlight of the wedding!

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Congratulations Keely and Richard! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Sherise Fleming for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Sherise Fleming / Bride’s Dress: Own design, made by Heidi Andrews of Krome Butterfly / Bride’s Shoes: Joanne Mercer / Groom’s Attire: Op shop vest, Politix pants / Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various / Bridesmaid Shoes: Vancini / Bridesmaid Accessories: Target / Hairstylist: La Belle Hair & Makeup / Makeup Artist: La Belle Hair & Makeup / Flowers: Keely's Cousin / Ceremony Venue: Pakenham Upper Community Church / Ceremony Officiant: Don Callahan / Reception Venue: Pakenham Upper Community Hall / Favors: Donation to Buy A Bale / Catering: Going Gourmet / Cake Baker: Anne Radisch / Wedding Rings: Drysdale Jewellery / Transport: Jag Jaunts

Destination Wedding Photography and Cinematography Giveaway Worth $6700!

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Are you planning a Destination Wedding for 2015? In addition to being rather lucky to be heading to somewhere (we’re sure) fabulously exotic for your nuptials, you could also be the lucky winner of this month’s amazing competition giveaway! Whether it be Bali, Brussels, Vanuatu or Venice – you could be in the running to win big!

We are so excited to be teaming with the talented folk at Mint Photography to offer one couple a fantastic Destination Wedding Photography and Film Package worth $6900! If you are planning a Destination Wedding in 2015, then we want to hear from you!

The Prize

A Wedding Photography Package worth $5500 which includes:

  • unlimited coverage
  • two photographers
  • high resolution digital images
  • hand made leather bound album 50 album sides
  • 
80 personalised thank you cards
  • in love photography session

A Wedding Film package worth $1200 that includes:

  •  a Mint movie of your day

Here is an example of their gorgeous wedding cinematography, to get you a little more excited!

Entry

Simply fill out the short form below, and tell us what you love the most about the destination you have chosen for your wedding day! We’d love to hear as much about you and your plans as possible, and please ensure you include your wedding date and location in the boxes provided.

Terms and Conditions

• Competition closes 2 September 2014, midnight Australian EST.

• The winner will be chosen by Mint Photography and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride.

• If no contact is made within one month, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.

• Prize must be redeemed for a wedding before August 2015

• This prize is not redeemable for cash.

• Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner.

• No late entries will be considered.

• Total value of prize is AU$6900

• The winner must pay one nights accommodation (subject to destination)and car hire for two days

 

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