Vendor of the Week – Paper Colada

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Happy Monday Dotties! The sun is shining, the clouds are parting and we are well into enjoying the warmer Spring days! Spring brings so many stunning weddings, and the meeting of so many amazing vendors to build your dream team.

Choosing vendors who you can make a connection with is so important to feeling as if you’re under control with your wedding planning tasks. Is your vendor willing to answer your questions? Does your vendor come back to you in a timely fashion or make constant excuses for not being available? We suggest you also take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who are keen to help you with your wedding day. We have Photobooth Hire, we have Cinematography, we have Flowers and Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering – we even have Photography and Menswear! We so many wonderful vendors to choose from, you’re sure to find some that you love.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who go the extra mile to assist you.

 From invitation suites with a vintage or rustic feel to invitations that are just so pretty, Paper Colada offers you a cocktail of choices to wow your wedding guests. Choose from their wide range of sometimes quirky designs or ask Evelyn to design the perfect invitation for your needs. From art deco to old Hollywood style, or invitations with Australian flora there is sure to be a design that you love amid Paper Colada’s large collection.

We asked Evelyn of Paper Colada five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

A good meal and a glass of wine, or a bath, or a bike ride (or all of those in a varied order of events).

Favourite weekend getaway?

I love farm-stays and woodsy, cottage holiday lets. My absolute favourite time of the year is Autumn, where it’s warm enough in the middle of the day to enjoy time outside walking through the woods, or feeding some farm animals, and then the cool evenings for a sleep-inducing meal and a cosy fire.

What is your most prized possession?

Naturally, I would give up everything material for my family, but let’s say the house is on fire and I run back in to grab one thing….it would be my vintage family photo album with photos dating back to the 1900s of my Mother, Father, Grandparents, and great-grandparents in Germany. I’m very sentimental when it comes to treasures handed down through the generations.

Favourite restaurant?

A Japanese restaurant here on my side of town called Kokoro (in the ACT). Such good food!

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

All my business is done online, it’s rare that I meet a Bride in person, and it’s funny because sometimes as the day draws closer I can almost hear the panic in their emails to me about last-minute place cards they need, or invitations being chewed by pets etc. I love being able to take at least one stress away from them, giving them piece of mind that I’ve got them covered 🙂

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

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Snapshot Sunday – Nervous Anticipation

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Image by Renee Emma Photography

Lauren & Daniel’s Modern Penrose State Forest Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Lauren & Daniel

When Lauren and Daniel wanted to capture their engagement they wanted something different. With a wedding planned by the sea, the pair left it up to their photographer Karen Gilvear Photography – a stunning forest setting, smoke flares and a few outfit changes all gave rise to these modern Penrose State Forest engagement photos.

Lauren and Daniel have such a gorgeous “how they came to be”. Lauren sharing “Daniel and I socialised with the same circle of friends. He knew them through playing Rugby Union, where I knew them through school. Eventually, we were introduced by a mutual friend. That led to lots of chatting and texting each other as well as a number of visits from Daniel to my touch football games and work for lunch.
We spent many nights out chatting in my parent’s backyard on the lounge until 2am or getting chocolate sundaes from McDonald’s. On the 20/1/2013 Daniel came over to my parent’s place after watching me play touch football. We were wrestling and mucking around when Daniel hugged me and asked me to be his girlfriend. This was a couple of months prior to him going away to Europe. He jokes now that he wanted to lock me in, in case he lost me while he was away!”

You know how all couples have those stories that they tell time and time again? These two have a favourite! Lauren explains “Our funniest relationship story is probably our second date. Daniel took me to Freshwater Beach as we both love the beach. It was a hot summer’s day so the beach was packed. We ended up driving around the streets of Freshwater for 45 minutes trying to find a car spot. it seemed every time Daniel had found a spot, someone came out of nowhere and got it just before us. I could not stop laughing. Daniel kept joking how this was the perfect date he had planned and that we weren’t actually going to the beach but just driving past it all day. We did eventually find a spot and enjoyed the day at the beach. Until the sunburn set in on Daniel!!!!!

On what they love about one another, Lauren tells “Daniel and I are very similar in many ways. We are both very family orientated, passionate about sports and love to have a good time whether it be with friends or just one another. Our personalities do differ at times, Daniel is calm and relaxed whilst I tend to stress over things, so we balance each other out.” Adding “There have been many times in our relationship that I decided we should make a present for someone or make creative table pieces. I love that I come up with the grand ideas but Daniel always seems to have to help me finish the task as he is the creative one and wants to ensure it is perfect for me.”

The groom proposed on the beach, the bride to be remembering “Daniel proposed on the 26th March 2016 at One Mile Beach, Forster. We were in Forster for the Easter long weekend visiting his sister’s family.
We were preparing to go out for dinner when Daniel said let’s go for a walk on the beach whilst we wait for the others to get ready” she tells. Continuing “Whilst we were walking on the beach Daniel dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect. Little did I know that the whole thing was caught on camera too. Daniel had also organised for my parents and his family to come to Forster to celebrate. It was wonderful to see them all coming down to congratulate us.”

Deb and Tim’s Elegant Autumnal Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Deb & Tim

When I first saw the magnificent red gown of today’s bride, I was already smitten, but combining that deep marsala tone with beautiful Autumnal colours? That calls for a celebration! Captured by Kylie Knight this elegant Autumnal wedding makes the most of the glorious golden city sunset and Mother Nature’s backdrop to celebrate this very special union.

The couple met at work, the groom a potential housemate that didn’t quite go to plan. Deb remembers  “Tim and I met at work around 12 years ago. I was looking for a housemate to move into our share house and happened to meet Tim who was interested. After a few catch ups for lunch, Tim told me he couldn’t move in just yet as he had developed feelings for me and wanted to date me instead!

The bride found her marsala gown at Rock on The Hill choosing Heather Sellick to alter it to fit her like a glove. She tells “A traditional white dress was never something I’d imagined for myself, however aside from this I’d never really given too much consideration to wedding dress ideas and so was anticipating a difficult few months of searching. After scanning many wedding dress shapes I put aside some time to visit stores to get a better idea of what options were out there for a non-white dress seeker.
The very first store I walked into had a beautiful cherry coloured dress that stood out. I tried it on, loved it and it also fit beautifully! It was so encouraging to find something so amazing so quickly and made a great start to the day. This dress to me almost seemed too good to be true, I particularly loved this colour and couldn’t imagine finding a better colour and style match! ”

Deb and Tim met before the ceremony for a first look, Deb remembering “There is so much anticipation and plenty of nerves that lead up to just about everything on the day! To have our ‘first look’ and have a few moments to be together before the formalities began was romantic and comforting.”

Beautiful bouquets of Autumn hues brightened up the occasion, created by My Flowerhouse, Deb explains  “The flowers chosen were a focused around a combination of hues similar to the colour of my dress. I particularly love proteas and so had to have some proteas in there, and also went with some less traditional wedding flower choices and interesting leaves. I felt the flowers needed to add some lift to what was a fairly darkly coloured bridal party and included some golden yellow, greens and grey elements to do this. I’m so happy with the result, Leyla from My Flowerhouse was amazing – she understood what we were going for and brought her skills and inspiration.”

The bride walked down the aisle to Lamb’s “Gorecki”, an old favourite.

The day was all about modern elegance with old world glamour, Deb remarking “I think this was reflected in the attire and venue choices. The venue was gorgeous with chandeliers, fireplaces, a beautiful spiral staircase to a roof lookout, as well as a grand entrance staircase leading to the garden. Neither Tim nor I are particularly traditional and were reasonably relaxed in our approach to the wedding formalities. We wanted a relaxed atmosphere and after being together for so long we wanted our big day to be a fun celebration for everyone.”

The Mandalay played host to the ceremony and reception, the homestead providing the style and feel the newlyweds wanted. Deb telling “We found ourselves looking further away from Melbourne, however living close to the city we thought it practical to keep the wedding local and as accessible as possible.” She continues “We found The Mandalay wedding reception venue which also was recommended by a friend. The style of the venue was exactly the level of elegance and warmth we hoped for, with chandeliers, fireplaces, beautiful bay windows and a piano. It was an autumn wedding and we very much wanted an outdoor ceremony weather permitting. The Mandalay has a lovely garden in the front with an area for an outdoor ceremony which fortunately we were able to use as the weather was gorgeous that day!”

Of their photographer, Kylie Knight, Deb tells “Our photographer Kylie Knight was incredible, she did some impressive work in capturing our day! She is a gifted photographer producing amazing photos, and who is passionate about her work, conscientious and reliable. She didn’t miss a beat! I found she has a great creative eye with great ideas and attention to detail, she was relaxed in her approach yet gave clear directions when necessary to help everything go smoothly. She also was a relaxing and comforting presence for us. A photographer is such an integral part of your day, they are with you in some of your most emotional and intimate moments. Kylie was the perfect person to have with us, both on account of her friendly nature and her exemplary skill! We couldn’t be happier – very highly recommended!”

The kindness of vendors, of people around her is something Deb will always treasure. She explains “I loved the willingness of people to help with their time and resources, it is such a lovely thing to be reminded how people really will help wherever and however they can. We also loved the generosity and kindness of strangers. Throughout the preparation for our wedding, we felt the happiness and warmth from perfect strangers who were thrilled for us.”

Deb notes “My favourite part of planning this wedding is that we did it together and to us it was a wedding we are really proud of! It was exactly as we hoped – everyone had an amazing time and many people have commented it was a very ‘us’ wedding. I’m really pleased that we found our way to that end point without excessive over-planning or over-thinking too much of it. I feel like many of the ‘big’ decisions were surprisingly quick and easy. I think there were many enjoyable aspects of the planning, however I am a full time student and our wedding took place toward the end of semester leaving me little time to relish any particular planning detail!”

Of their first dance, Deb remembers “We went with Adele’s cover of The Cure’s Lovesong for our first dance. It is a beautiful song and Adele has an incredible voice. Toward the end, everyone joined us on the dancefloor which pretty much started from there!”

The party did not stop, guests heading to The Purple Emerald Lounge to dance away the night. Deb remarks “This bar had a great atmosphere, was loungy and relaxed with a dancefloor and was well set up for a private party! Delicious food was served all night, and the host Phil was also wonderful and very accommodating. Everyone had an amazing time and some were still there at the sufficiently late closing time!”

Congratulations Deb and Tim! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to  Kylie Knight for sharing today’s stunning celebration.

Photographer: Kylie Knight / Cinematographer: Boy London Films / Bride's Dress: Rock on The Hill / Alterations: Heather Sellick / Bride's Accessories: Alannah Hill / Bride's Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amaroso Boutique / Groom's Attire: Opal Formal Wear / Groom's Shoes: YD / Venue: The Mandalay / Groomsmen Attire: Opal Formal Wear / Makeup Artist: Julie Dammery / Makeup Artist: Nicole Groch / Flowers: My Flowerhouse / Ceremony Officiant: Helene London / Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jewellers / After Party Venue: The Purple Emerald Lounge Bar