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Erin & Tom’s Fun & Modern Engagement Party

by | Bride, Engagements,

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Erin & Tom

One of the things we have loved most about The Engagement Issue is that we focus on what happens after the “yes” because sometimes it feels a bit like you’re thrown overboard and expected to emerge again on your wedding day. So sharing the in-between? It’s important!

For Erin and Tom, the first step was planning an utterly fun engagement party , they found a local bar (the industrial setting of The Budgie Smuggler fit the bill), hired a fabulous photographer (Gold & Grit ) and piled up the doughnuts (thanks  Krispy Kreme!) to celebrate their brand new beginning.

And a fun bar seems the appropriate setting, seeing as these two met on a night out. Erin fills us in “We actually met at a club called ‘Next’ on King Street before it closed. I would love to tell you more about it, but the details are a bit fuzzy as we were ‘well refreshed’ at the time. ”

Erin and Tom chose Ringwood venue  The Budgie Smuggler for the party, telling “We loved the amazing venue. Everyone told us the food was great but Tom and I were so busy mingling we didn’t eat any of it! haha”

Erin and Tom hired a doughnut wall from Glamour Event Hire  and filled wt with Krispy Kreme doughnuts- an essential! Erin sharing “The doughnut wall was an essential detail, which was pretty much Toms only request. ”

Tom proposed one night at home, despite Erin’s and mood! She remembers “He actually proposed to be at home after work one night (I’m not one for PDAs). I was incredibly annoyed at him that night because he wouldn’t pick me up from work. so I get home, incredibly sweaty after a busy shift (I work in an emergency department) and the house is covered in candles, with the song ‘Dinosaurs’ – by Kiss Chasey playing and there are rose petals leading into the bedroom where a bottle of champagne is waiting for me. Then I turn around and tom is down on one knee in a suit, it’s safe to say I cried and swore simultaneously.
Tom assures me that was a hard set up because the cats kept playing with his rose petals and he would need to jump up and hide in out European laundry every time he heard the elevator in the apartment building.”

It was essential for these two to have their celebration professional captured. Erin explaining “Stina was our photographer (Gold and Grit Photography). She was amazing, we had a little catch up before the party to go through likes and dislikes and a little run down of the day. At the party she was so fun and relaxed, she got great candid shots of all our guests enjoying themselves and then stole me and Tom away for a couples shoot in which we got to play with pretty smoke and throw confetti. The photos came out amazing and there were so many! We are actually hoping to have her for our wedding!”

It was important to Ein that she and Tom’s attire matched, they found Tom’s black and white suit on Asos and Erin’s back and white dress Myer. Erin finished her look with  Windsor Smith heels and a “Love” necklace.

 

On what she loves about her future husband, Erin tells “I love Toms incredibly dry sense of humour and coming home to his warm cuddles after a long day at work.”

As for what Tom loves about Erin? “Her compassion for individuals, even when they are at their lowest.”

 

Photographer: Gold & Grit / Bride's Dress: Myer / Bride's Shoes: Windsor Smith / Groom's Attire: Asos / Hairstylist: Harper Hair Co / Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme / Doughnut Wall: Glamour Event Hire / Cupcakes: Couture Bakes / Venue: The Budgie Smuggler / DJ: The Budgie Smuggler
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Anna & Geoff’s Romantic New Zealand Garden Wedding

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Anna & Geoff

Travelling to New Zealand for their wedding, Anna and Geoff kept things simple. Focussing on their love for one another, their family and friends, and celebrating their romantic wedding together, the bride and groom planned good food, handmade touches and a relaxed day for everyone! Lovelenscapes captured the day.

Both from New Zealand, Anna moved to Australia not long into their relationship. After two and a half years of long distance, they both decided to move to Brisbane. The bride tells of Geoff’s eventful proposal, ”This is a crazy story! He wanted us to design my engagement ring together so he got the diamonds, but hadn’t had it set in a ring yet. We were off to Europe and Geoff had planned to propose to me over there. The day before we left, he checked our insurance to make sure diamonds were insured and they weren’t. Geoff panicked and decided he’d better propose – he put together a gorgeous picnic and took me up to the hill by our house where he got down on one knee and I said yes. We then decided to hide the diamonds in a suitcase in our house. Two weeks into our trip, Geoff was up early and saw that there had been two housefires in our suburb – one of the houses looked a lot like ours.  We’d missed everyone’s attempts to get hold of us – our house had burned down. The first thought we had was ‘what about the diamonds!’ Thankfully we knew exactly where they were and they were found! After we got back from Europe we had them made into a ring we designed together.”

Wearing a gorgeous Anna Campbell lace gown, Anna originally found it difficult to find her dream dress. She shares, ”I’ll be the first to admit that I’m super picky, and I didn’t go into the process knowing what I wanted – so it was never going to be easy! I found one dress I liked, went in to get measured, and then changed my mind. In my desperation to find something I decided to contact Anna Campbell‘s staff and they kindly sent the dress to one of their stockists for me. I tried it on and it just felt right. It had all the details I’d wanted in a gown and I couldn’t wait to wear it for real!” The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Peter Jacksons in black, white and navy.

Choosing Tarureka Estate for both ceremony and reception, the lush gardens were perfect for Anna and Geoff’s wedding. They tell, ”We wanted our ceremony to feel intimate and casual. Anna’s brother played a song during the signing of the register and Geoff’s sister Heidi and friend Cathy did beautiful readings during the ceremony. Anna’s good friend Sarah is a celebrant and she married us. She did an amazing job – it felt relaxed and familiar and so special to have her lead us through the ceremony. During the ceremony, Anna’s parents prayed for us. That was a really special moment and felt like we were kicking off our journey as a married couple right. We also decided to have champagne, cheese and speeches straight after the ceremony. Doing this meant there were no speeches during the reception and we were free to catch up with people.” The bride walked down the aisle with her father to ‘The Sweetest Gift’ by Sade.

With family and friends all based in New Zealand, the bride and groom to be knew where they would be married. They share, ”The Christmas before the wedding, we went on a big road trip around the lower north island and scoped out lots of different venues. We had a really open mind about what we wanted. Coming over from Australia meant we needed to keep everything as simple as possible, so we didn’t overthink the details. The vibe was very relaxed – the food and drinks were delicious and abundant and we had an amazing DJ. We didn’t have a wedding theme but our goal was to have everything as natural as possible – all our printing was all on wood, and we kept the decorations simple with flowers and fairy lights. Geoff’s sister in law, Jane at Rosarie Flowers, is a florist and we were fortunate to have her do our flowers. Jane worked tirelessly to get our bouquets, button holes, archway and tables ready for the big day and did an amazing job.”

Anna and Geoff may have kept things simple, but they put a lot of heart into every detail! They remember, ”We had fun designing our stationery and putting it all together with our family. We also did wedding favours together so there were a few nights of us all sitting around, watching reruns of Seinfeld, drinking champagne – it was good fun and we had lots of laughs.” Geoff designed personalised cufflinks for each of his groomsmen, saying, ”Each represented the relationship I have with the guys, and they made the time leading up to the wedding and tonne of fun, and low-stress.” One of Anna’s favourite details from the day was cake! She shares, ” My mum and aunty had made my Nan’s brandy butter fruit cake – my Nan had passed away a few months earlier so that was really special. The other layer was a white chocolate and caramel mud cake which my lovely friend Mel had made.”

Becoming friends with Doruk and Tina from Lovelenscapes came about in a beautifully generous manner. The bride shares, ”After our house burned down, some amazing friends set up a gofundme page for us to help us get back on our feet. The info on the page mentioned that we were planning our wedding. Lovelenscapes blew us away when they donated a full-day wedding photography package – people who we didn’t even know at the time. They lived in the same suburb and had heard about the us via their friends. After meeting them both, falling in love with them and their beautiful work, we decided to fly them over to New Zealand to capture our day. Over the last year they’ve become our friends – that has definitely been a highlight of our wedding journey.” Walking down the aisle was a special moment for both the bride and groom, with Geoff sharing his favourite moment, ”The anticipation of Anna walking down the aisle, and then the big reveal. She looked breathtaking!” Anna says, ”I loved putting my dress on, and I loved seeing Geoff’s face as we walked down the aisle.”

The lead up to the wedding became a little frantic, with the bride telling, ”The night before the wedding, my brother’s wife went into labour – one month before her due date. During the setup of the venue, we were all hovering around Anna’s mum’s phone as we were updated with news. That evening, Jake was born, safe and healthy. Emotions were really high – the news brought on quite a few happy tears. We were disappointed that Anna’s brother and sister-in-law couldn’t make it – but the wedding present of becoming uncle and aunt to our first nephew was pretty hard to beat.”

Thrilled with the team they worked with, the newlyweds share, ”Well, obviously, Tina and Doruk from Lovelenscapes were absolute superstars. Our DJ, DFresh was outstanding as well – not only did he DJ for the party, he also managed and mixed sound for the entire wedding and had curated playlists based on our tastes in music and did a beautiful job.” The bride and groom made sure to feed their guests plentifully, with gorgeous food from Crescendo Cuisine. They tell, ”Geoff and I loved researching caterers and looking over their menus. After choosing one, we then had the fun task of selecting canapés, entrees, mains, sides and desserts – we’re both really into our food so this was a highlight!”

Thank you to our beautiful bride and groom for sharing your gorgeous wedding day, and congratulations! Thank you also to Lovelenscapes for sharing your magnificent images!

Photographer: Lovelenscapes / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jacksons / Flowers: Rosarie Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Tarureka Estate / Reception Venue: Tarureka Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Sarah Lloyd / Hair & Makeup Artist: Penny Rose / Wedding Cake: Mel Halatokoua / DJ: DFresh / Catering: Crescendo Cuisine / Engagement Ring: Artisans Gems and Jewels / Wedding Ring: Artisans Gems and Jewels

WTOO by Watters Spring 2019 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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The love of girlfriends is pretty special and for the brand new collection from the designers at Wtoo By Watters there was no better way to celebrate. The team enlisting model Nicole Kasper (who in a fun twist, was actually proposed to by her boyfriend while modelling for Watters at Bridal Fashion Week) with her real-life bridesmaids to commemorate the “sisterhood of true friendship”?

And what better place to capture a collection than the “Pink Hotel” full of Palm Springs vibes? The pastel pink space so so very appropriate seeing as this collection introduces beautiful shades of pink to more traditional and gorgeous gowns.

Featuring beautiful laces, clean lines, voluminous ball gowns and chic fitted styles, the ever so subtly blush shade adds a little something romantic to these pieces (which are also available in more classic ivory shades) for the bride who wants to don a colour that isn’t too “out there”.  And these gowns? They’re completely on trend (which still honouring that traditional bridal style) because the ballgowns are cut with stunning modern silhouettes, the a-line pieces with floaty, tulle skirts, and the fit and flare silhouette of beautiful striking laces, with fabric that drapes and moves. It’s what we’ve come to expect from a designer who has been creating beautiful wedding gowns for over 37 years!

You can find Wtoo By Watters gowns in Australia via their stockists page;

Photographer: Heather Gildroy / Gowns: Wtoo / Model: Nicole Kasper

Vendor of the Week – Fat Cats

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Happy Monday Dotties! We are SO exicted to get into another big week of weddings!

Choosing food that is light and fresh is the key to fine dining in the summer regardless of whether your wedding has a festival vibe or is a formal occasion. Our vendors have so many ideas for a Summer wedding, so take a look at our Polka Dot Directory – it will be hard to choose! We have Styling & Hire, we have Catering, we have Transport and Jewellery – we even have Wedding Planners and Bridal Gown Services! Our vendors are eager to help you plan your wedding day.

Check out the Polka Dot Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Photos by Brown Paper Parcel

Travelling far and wide across Melbourne and Victoria, Adrian of Fat Cats offers food that is as casual or as formal as your wedding is. With full wedding catering packages (offering staffing needs and even hire items) and flexible menus that include dishes as diverse as Braised beef short ribs with vincotto & rosemary or Homemade Blini with smoked trout, herbed creme fraiche & fennel salad, you can be assured that your mouth will water as look at the options on offer,  let alone being a lucky wedding guest to actually experience Adrian’s fine cuisine!

We asked Adrian of Fat Cats five questions in five minutes:

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to engaged couples?
Make sure you remember the day is all about you – let it be a reflection of your personality and style and make sure it’s just a fun party for you and all your friends and family!
Also, organise all the big things first (venue, catering, dress/suit etc) so you can take your pick of your fave vendors – then try and enjoy the process and not sweat the small stuff. That’s what your vendors are there to help you with!

Tell us about a hidden talent you have?
Hidden talent of mine – talking to pretty much anyone about pretty much anything … This is kinda why I mostly love my job! I get to meet beautiful couples and be a part of making their big day extra special and smooth sailing.
I like to meet couples and their families beforehand at tastings (if they want to sample my food prior to booking), as I find we get to have a good chat, connect and iron out all the important details.

As a vendor, what excites you about the wedding day?
I love seeing the creativity and uniqueness that goes into each wedding. I love a little eavesdrop on the speeches if we have time. We love making people happy through food first and foremost! So I’m most excited by happy brides, grooms and their guests. When people come up and compliment the food I feel pretty chuffed and know I’ve done a good job and contributed to a beautiful wedding in an important way.

What are you known for?
I’m known for a good chin-wag as I said, and I’m definitely known to over-cater! The more the merrier we say!

If you could choose a song to play for the rest of your life what would it be?
Hmm, that’s a tough one, but let’s go with Charles Bradley ‘Lovin’ You Baby’ – my wife and I did our first dance to this song and belted out every word together as we went. It was super spontaneous (especially the singing part) so hearing it now always brings a smile (and tear) to me!

 

Visit  Fat Cats’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Fat Cats is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.