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Emma & Reinier’s Intimate & Rustic Western Australian Country Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Emma & Reinier

I must admit I was a little enchanted with the Western Australian wedding of Emma and Reinier. Something about the fresh country air, the wide open belly laughs, the wandering through the country trees, the snuggles and cuddles, the emotion. This for me is what weddings and the stories they bring are all about. Luckily for us, the talented Aimee Claire Photography was there to captured every moment as it happened because this one we cannot wait to share.

It was Reinier’s beard that led the couple together, meeting on an app for beard lovers, both living on opposite sides of the world and making an instant connection that was instantly cemented when Reinier jumped on a plane to Western Australia and meet the girl of his dreams.

It was in Europe, on a “meet the parents” trip that he finally popped the question, the pair telling “When Emma visited Europe in July 2016, Reinier took her to France to meet his parents, and then to Switzerland to meet his grandparents and extended family. Reinier proposed to Emma above a glacier lake in the Swiss Alps, since his grandfather had proposed to his grandmother in the Alps, and they had been married for over 50 years, he told Emma he was hopeful the Alps could do the same for them. He proposed at the highest/halfway point of the trail leading around the lake, so they had walked up as a couple, but came down the mountain engaged.

Emma would like it noted, that the weeks leading up to the proposal, Reinier had given her numerous false alarms, with fake proposals. Using a cheap wedding ring box with an old coin in it. Allegedly to soften her guard for when the real proposal was to take place.”

Emma wore a beautiful lace gown. “Emma ordered her dress on Etsy, from a dressmaker in the USA. She wanted a bespoke dress at a reasonable price, with a rustic lace style. She was excited to find that the dress was comfortable to wear, without the need for alterations, and keeping in style with the wedding.”

Emma and Reinier chose the beautiful country estate of Stonebarn for their wedding, hosting guests for a weekend of celebrations. Emma noting “We chose this venue because on one hand it provided us with the rustic setting we wanted, and on the other hand it offers eight bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, so our immediate family and guests from Europe could stay at the venue with us. We hired Stonebarn for three days, giving us a day to set up with no rush, and a day to relax afterwards with family.”

Emma walked down the aisle to Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” on the arms of her parents. The couple timed it to the doors opening as the interlude began. Emma and Reinier share “To signify the influence our mothers have had on us becoming who we are, we decided that Emma was accompanied by her father and mother down the aisle. Reinier walked his mother down the aisle before the ceremony to signify this.”

Emma and Reinier opted for a ceremony that was purely about the legalities and blessings. “We wanted an intimate but “no-nonsense” wedding. We had no religious vows and stuck with the legally required vows. We included our guests by having a “ring warming” with our engraved wooden ring box, with our wedding rings in it. It was passed from guest to guest, for them to hold with the thought of a wish for us.”

The couple gave plenty of nods towards the groom’s Dutch heritage remembering “Reinier asked Emma to put his wedding ring on his right hand (he wears it on the right as well) because this is traditionally the hand on which Dutch men wear their wedding ring. We also were heartened by the attendance of my two best friends from the Netherlands”. The groom was even gifted with a traditional French “Coupe de marriage”  a silver plated wedding cup from the groom’s mother.

The newlyweds adored working with their photographer Aimee Claire. The bride exclaiming “Aimee was absolutely gorgeous! She instantly got the vibe we wanted for our wedding (photographs), very accommodating, but not at all intrusive. We loved that she took photos of the bridal party and guests that we could send to them afterwards. She never rushed us.

Reinier was impressed with her refusal to do staged photographs of the witnesses signing any documents, she got beautiful shots of the real thing.”

The couple’s favourite photos? Their forest adventure with a shoeless bride!

Emma and Reinier embraced the natural, rustic setting with plenty of wood – they started off with invitations from Felicitations, explaining “We had a strong theme of wood in our wedding. Our invitations were laser engraved on wood, the men in the bridal party were all wearing wooden bow ties. The ring box was wood. We had a wooden cake topper, and little love hearts cut out of birch bark scattered around the dinner table. Reinier’s wedding ring is Australian Jarrah encased in titanium.”

Opting for a rustic vibe, Emma and Reinier decorated the wedding themselves.

Guests enjoyed a sit-down feast with served up by Laundry 43 and drinks from caravan bar Charlie & Collette. Shares the bride “Our caterer, Laundry 43 from Busselton prepared the most gorgeous menu for us. The Baravan (Charlie & Colette) went the extra mile as well, and were such friendly people. ”

The newlyweds were having too much fun for a first dance, but they made up for it later, in the most romantic of ways. “We had such a great time during and after the dinner reception, that we forgot all about our first dance. We did, however, have a little dance in our bedroom afterwards when we realised, we almost forgot to do one. We softly listened to “Sons and Daughters” by Allman Brown on Reinier’s phone, as not to wake up guests that by that time had gone to bed” they share.

A big congratulations to both Emma and Reinier. Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us. Thank you also to Aimee Claire Photography for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Aimee Claire Photography / Bride's Dress: EL Design / Bride's Jewellery: Tiger Gemstones / Groom's Attire: Marks and Spencer / Groom's Attire: Hawes & Curtis / Hair & Makeup Artist: Allure Hair Design & Makeup WA / Flowers: Manjimup Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Felicitations / Venue: Stonebarn / Catering: Charlie & Collette / Catering: Laundry 43 / Wedding Cake: Cherish the Cake / Wedding Ring: Rerum Novarum
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Sam & Lucas’ Urban Pumphouse Hotel Wedding in Fitzroy

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Sam & Lucas

For Sam and Lucas, the city of Melbourne is filled with plenty of charm, and it is these urban streets and the famous gardens that set the scene for a celebration that was low key, intimate but incredible with beauty.
With Amanda Kilbourn Photography behind the camera, the focus for these two was on friends and family, on keeping their day relaxed and fun, but acknowledging the importance of what they were about to commit to and that? They nailed. Coupled with beautiful blooms (can we talk about that amazing cascading bouquet?) and plenty of dancefloor fun, this one definitely went down to be one for the ages.

And the proposal? Well, it wasn’t as much of a surprise as the groom would have liked, but the low key vibe was right on point for these two. He tells “The proposal itself was very low key. We were lying in bed before we went to sleep, and Sam turned over to face me, and I had the ring. The ring itself is another story. I got it with the help from Sam’s mum. Sam was already sleuthing that I was going to propose. To keep Sam calm I told her that I didn’t have a ring as yet and I would not be proposing without a ring. One day, after visiting Sam’s mum in hospital, I finally had the ring. It was in its box in my pocket. While driving home, Sam needed my phone so she reached into my pocket and felt something distinctly ring box-y. That was the second surprise blown.”

Sam and Lucas met in Carlton Gardens for a “first look”. Sam sharing “Our photographer Amanda coordinated and captured our expressions perfectly. I thought it was very helpful to be able to meet Lucas before the ceremony. We got to share a smile and a hug which calmed and centred me before I walked down the aisle.”

Sam was dressed in a beautiful long sleeve lace gown from Leah S Designs and carried a stunning cascade bouquet of flowers styled by Grown Florist. She shares “I chose a cascading bouquet with rich and vibrant colours. I did not choose the particular flowers to be in the bouquet but instead left that decision with the staff from Grown. I remember getting ready on my wedding day and it was when my flowers arrived looking just gorgeous that I felt like a true bride. I was beyond elated with what I received.”

Keeping with the urban vibes of their day, the couple chose St Andrews Conservatory for their wedding venue, Lucas sharing “St Andrews Conservatory is a really nice, intimate venue. I went there for a cousin’s confirmation celebration and I liked it so when it came to venues they were on the top of the list. What sold Sam was the exposed beams of the ceiling and the lanterns, which would glow when the sun went down. We were able to do both the ceremony and reception there. For the ceremony, we hired an arbour full of greenery. All of the staff there were great. They were really responsive, particularly the wedding coordinators who had to deal with us frequently changing our minds. During the reception, the staff were responsive not just to Sam and me, but to all of the guests.”

The processional was a last minute decision explains Lucas. “Sam walked down the aisle with her dad. She wasn’t going to originally, as instead of wanting to be ‘given away’, Sam and I wanted to go into our marriage together as a symbol of our equal standing. However, Sam had a change of heart and asked her dad. This was a good thing as I definitely would have stepped on the train of her dress. The song Sam entered with was Tokka by Agnes Obel.” Sam adding “I’d just like to point out that Lucas did step on my train numerous times during the night.”

Sam and Lucas chose Kate Morgan to officiate proceedings, telling “Our lovely celebrant was Kate Morgan. Kate was professional, well organised and very kind to Lucas and I. Kate guided us through every step of the way. At the end of the ceremony, Kate provided us with a transcript of the ceremony for us to keep. I was very nervous about the public display of affection at the end of the ceremony. I asked Lucas numerous times if we could high five rather than kiss, as I did on our first New Years celebration together. Neither time did this request fly with Lucas. Our ceremony was relaxed and had only the important and necessary legal parts to it. We had our closest family and friends surrounding us and cheering us on as we moved through the ceremony. Lucas and I wrote vows for each other, in which I could not refrain from using my nickname for Lucas – Lucia – which has consequently, to Lucas’s dismay, seen other members of Lucas’s family begin to call him Lucia.”

The newlyweds were thrilled when it was over, sharing “Our favourite part of wedding planning was when it ended. Now, this sounds horrible but while we had a fantastic night, loving every moment of our wedding day, we were so excited to start our everyday lives together.”

“Amanda Kilbourn was our photographer (with her husband as an assistant). Amanda was very kind to Lucas and I, from the moment we met her in her studio that very first time” tell the newlyweds. “We particularly liked that Amanda preferred to capture candid photographs rather than many posed ones.  They were both brilliant at finding the balance of being there for every moment but not even being seen by anyone at the same time!”

The day had plenty of nods to “peas in a pod” right down to the wedding cake decoration!

The newlyweds took to the dancefloor with a favourite song that had provided much comfort. Lucas explaining “Sam has a lot of trouble sleeping. Many nights we would listen to Joy Division on repeat as a way to help Sam wind down. As Joy Division is a band that means a lot to both of us and shares in many memories we chose a cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart by Broken Social Scene. As a way to disguise that I can’t dance, our family partook in an Italian tradition in which during the first dance our guests bind us in streamers by moving in circles around us both.” Guests wrapped the newlyweds in brightly coloured streamers as they danced.

Even family were honoured throughout the day in unique, heartfelt ways. Sam noting “A special moment that was included in our wedding was a request that was made by my father. My mother is unwell and my father, the generally unromantic but loyal and ever loving husband, surprised my mother by asking us to organise for the DJ to play their wedding song after the first dance.”

A big congratulations to you both Sam and Lucas! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us. Thank you also to Amanda Kilbourn Photography for sharing today’s beautiful day!

Photographer: Amanda Kilbourn Photography / Bride's Dress: Leah S Designs / Groom's Attire: David Jones / Makeup Artist: HK Makeup Artistry / Flowers: Grown Florist / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Morgan / Venue: St Andrews Conservatory / Wedding Cake: The French Lettuce

Divine Atelier 2019 Wedding Gown Collection

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We’d never heard of Romanian designer Divine Atelier before a few months ago at Polka Dot Bride and now we’re all wondering what rock we’ve been under because these gowns are stunning and they’re right up our white dress loving alley.

The Divine team, who have been in fashion for fifteen years are known for their romantic, feminine styling and their brand new 2019 collection brings to life delicate lace, soft floaty tulle skirts and beautiful applique with modern trends. This collection features all your current favourites like back baring silhouettes, contrasting waistband (in beautiful blues) amazing caps and sleeves that billow. But this pairing? It’s done not in a way that brings the brand anywhere but back to its roots. The choice of fabrication, and the beautiful cuts staying true to their retro-romantic style.

Of their inspiration, the team share “Exploring romantic concepts, the new Divine Atelier collection reveals a delicate, childish bride of pure, candid beauty. Romantic literature and cinematography are the stylistic inspiration of this collection which unveils a romantic story in a fresh, minimalist perspective.

The picturesque lace mix, the couture details, the fluid overlaying of silk give the collection the touch of a bohemian, aristocratic style.”

Divine Atelier is stocked in Australia at Babushka Ballerina.

Photographer: Robert Petreanu / Gowns: Divine Atelier

Vendor of the Week – Mercury DJ Hire

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Happy Monday Dotties! We have such a big few weeks as we count down until the end of the year and we’re cramming it all in to leave you with plenty of wedding inspiration for 2018!

Planning your wedding coming up into the Christmas rush shouldn’t be hard work. We’d love you to take a look at our Polka Dot Directory to view our many talented vendors! We have Pre Wedding Parties, we have Flowers, we have Cinematographers and Jewellery – we even have Wedding Planners and Bridal Gowns! Our vendors are lovely people who strive to help you make magic on your day.

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

Photos by Will Chao Photography

Want a DJ for your wedding who provides professional state of the art equipment, lighting and best of all, one on one consultation to get the best vibe for your day? Then Daniel of Mercury DJ Hire is your go to for music that will inspire your guests to pull out their best dance moves and really party the night away. Celebrate in style with your favourite tunes and have the best night of your lives!

We asked Daniel of Mercury DJ Hire five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite reward after a big working day?

On my way home from a Wedding feeling good about myself and usually hungry, I sometimes treat myself to some Salt and Vinegar chips. (Salt and Vinegar chips are my weakness).

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Not really a weekend getaway but my family and I love to go to Noosa and enjoy the sun for a week. We try and go twice a year as this has become our family destination.

What is your most prized possession?

I do not ‘prize’ my possessions but I really would be lost without my family and friends. If I was to choose an ‘item’ that I really would not be able to do without it would be my books. My books are what have helped guide me in life (apart from my family).

Favourite restaurant?

We cannot go past Oriental Tea House for some amazing dumplings.

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

Being able to share people’s most special day of their lives every single week is really lucky. Every week we spend time with people who are in the best mood, having the best time, enjoying great company, food and music and I get to do be there with them. It is really nice to see so much love in a world that really needs it.

 

Visit  Mercury DJ Hire’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Mercury DJ Hire  is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.