Thu and Mark

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Thu and Mark

A beautifully sweet Perth wedding for you today with lots of heartfelt touches and golden glowy light- the perfect mix!

Thu and Mark have known each other almost all their lives! I love their story as told by Thu. “Its a bit of a soppy story – Mark and I went to the same school and hence have known each other since year 5. Naturally in class we were always seated in alphabetical order so that the teachers could learn students name easily and being a S (Mark) and T (me) he always sat behind me in class. Mark probably spent too much time staring at my hair than the blackboard. We did become the best of friends (and yes dated for a bit during high school too!) but after graduating we went to discover what life outside the 4 walls (or school fence boundary line in our case) had to offer and inspire. We met up again and being inseparable from then on and as they say the rest is history.

We still talk about it to this day, the day when I got asked if I wanted to go and work in the London office and the first person that I called was Mark. He was having a bad day at work and immediately his answer was yes lets do it! We had only been living in our house for 4 months, not even enough time to have created a dent in our new sofa but we sold everything and started the adventure – from driving around Ireland, meeting Lenin (embalmed) in Moscow, Christmas markets through Germany, tulips in Amsterdam, hiking through Cinque Terra in Italy, weekend trips to Paris, visiting the home of IKEA in Sweden and everywhere else in between…oh and also working of course! We lived in tiny apartment in West Kensington and although life was simple we had each other to laugh with. We learnt a lot about each other these two years.

We were living in London when Mark proposed. It was Valentines day and both being not big celebrators of the day it was just another day for me so certainly it was a huge surprise. It was a freezing Saturday night and Mark proposed to me in Trafalgar Square – the heart of London which has seen many historical moments staged here so in some way we were creating our own bit of history to add to it!

My response to Mark was: If I say yes, can we go home and will you make me a cup of tea!”

Photos today’s are by White Tulip Photography who again presented me with a beautiful wedding to showcase. Mandy works hard at capturing the real moments between couples and the real people in each wedding with a lot of thought, a lot of passion and her own talent.

I love a bride with coloured shoes and Thu searched long and hard for hers! She says “I had talked about having red shoes for as long as I have been engaged. Culturally red is a lucky colour. I searched high and low for shoes for months and months, on the Internet and going to every store waiting patiently for each change of season to find the shoes. I found the shoes when I least expected and where I least expected. I certainly believe in good things come to those who wait. I added my own personal touch by sticking on the buckles. They were more photographed on the day than my dress by the guests.”

Thu and Mark married at The Quarry Ampitheatre .”We love the outdoors so naturally it had to be an outdoor venue, something different, with a relaxed atmosphere and the Quarry Amphitheatre just ticked those boxes for us when we saw  photos of a wedding we were invited to while living in London that was held there. It love at first sight or at least over the Internet.”

Thu and Mark kept their wedding as eco friendly as possible. “Our wedding was very much planned about being environmentally conscious and hence a lot of DIY came into play an important role. We used recycled paper and envelopes for our invitations, our save the dates were made from seeded paper encouraging guests to plant and grow a eucalyptus tree. We had collected and washed what felt like a million glass jars which we subtly decorated with twine with tea light candles inside and placed these. Glass jars lined the isle down the steps with Australian native banksia and wattle flowers which filled some of the jars too. Our table decorations were more glass jars with twine around them and tea light candles which were surrounded by gum tree wreaths. We gave away native Australian tubestock to guests as wedding favours. Where ever possible our wedding was super green in more ways just a colour!”

Thu didn’t carry a traditional floral bouquet, instead she made one herself! “I made my own wedding bouquet as wanted to keep it on my bedside table after the wedding as a reminder of the day. What’s more beautiful is that in the morning as the sun shines through it reflects off the beads making the room sparkle which is always nice to wake up to added to that waking up next to hubby.”

Just before I walked down the aisle, brother Glen turned to him and pointed out some words that were inscribed on the limestone rock up high. They read “The point of no return” and Mark’s response was “Yes please, bring it on!”

Friends and family traveled a great distance to show their support for Thu and Mark. “We had five of our guests make the big trip from London including Mark’s older brother Glen (Best man), my older sister, my bridesmaid Kasia who went the long way around and did the US, Canada, New Zealand, Brisbane then Perth and Mark’s other brother (Groomsman) Ryan came from Beijing, China. Guests also came from Queensland, and family came up from Denmark…not where Queen Mary lives but from down south in Perth, I thought I would give them a mention as I know it is a very long drive!”

The cake, like the rest of the wedding, was a family affair! Thu says “Mark’s mum made our wedding cake. A labour of love in religiously pouring brandy on it over many months and decorated with paper bark and an assortment of native nuts and flower. Mark’s dad made our cake stand from some old wood tree trunks from a black boy and also the cake serving trays.”

I love when a first dance song choice holds a special meaning to the couple. Thu says “Our first dance was to a song that was actually from a movie that we watched on our first date…the first time round in high school! We danced to Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight and practised in the dining room the week before.”

Congratulations Thu and Mark! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to White Tulip Photography for today’s images!

Photos by White Tulip Photography

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  • steephen henry says:
    November 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    ah ha there you are again Kimberley, nice synchronicity and great images too.

  • steephen henry says:
    November 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I’m multi tasking and just called Kimberley “Mandy” in an email LOL. Let me say it again great work as usual Mandy!!

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  • New England DJs says:
    November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    So great pictures! They are so vibrant! Perfect!

  • Gayle says:
    November 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I can’t stop drooling over those shoes! They’re stunning!

  • Erin says:
    November 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Beautiful! Where are the bridesmaids’ dresses from?

    • Polkadot Bride says:
      November 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Erin! I’m afraid the bride didn’t provide the details- I love them too!

  • Annia says:
    November 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Oh, I think their story is one of a kind. Imagine knowing someone from way back in your life who you thought is just another person who came and went gone but finally you ended up being together.

  • Rellie says:
    November 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I love the cake stands and plates. I’ve been searching for ones like that…

  • Rachel - theWeddingVine says:
    November 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Wow!! The venue is amazing! looks even better all lit up in the evening!!

  • Gaye Pinnell says:
    November 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Wow, what lovely pictures. We were sorry we could not be with you Mark and Thu but we definately thought of you both on the day and had a drink to celebrate. We hope you will come and visit us in South Africa one day and Mark you can show Thu where you lived in Mandini……….

    Lots of love,
    Gaye and Bryan Pinnell

  • Kell says:
    November 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful images and story, thankyou!
    White Tulip shot my cousin’s wedding too. I like the journalistic style images in this post =)

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  • Keira says:
    January 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Hi, your wedding looked amazing. Could I ask you where you managed to find the seeded paper? I was thinking of using them as wedding favours but unfortunately thanks to Perth’s tight border control I can’t find any that ship here!



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