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“They say rain is good luck on your wedding day…
Well, we sure do have a whole lotta luck coming our way!”

Sam and I have been together for over 10 years… high school sweethearts!

I organised everything for our wedding with a little help from my mum, mother in law and my gorgeous bridesmaids during my 6 month engagement.

We were married in our home town of Wagga Wagga in NSW on the 24th April, 2010. The ceremony was held at a winery just out of Wagga called Borambola Winery – and the reception was held at the Wagga Wagga Country Golf Club. We relished the opportunity to return home from Melbourne to spend time with our families, and spend the morning of our wedding in our parents’ homes.

Sam designed my engagement ring himself with the help of Chris at Melbourne Manufacturing Jewellers in Templestowe, Melbourne. An 18ct yellow gold ring featuring a brilliant cut diamond set on intertwining shoulders, surrounded by 8 smaller brilliant cut diamonds. I designed my split wedding bands to match my engagement ring. 18ct yellow gold bands with 12 brilliant cut diamonds on each to balance either side of the engagement ring. One of my rings, and Sam’s 18ct yellow gold band are engraved with the date of our wedding.

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The colour and theme for the day was black, ivory and green. As a graphic designer, I designed the invitations myself, featuring a little bird on 3 wires. The theme continued across the wedding (including lollipops, wishing well and wine labels).

Lollipops doubled as place cards and our bonbonniere.

I am a shoe fanatic!

I wore a silk ‘Essense of Australia’ gown. The colour was champagne. Sweetheart strapless that layered down into a small train. My shoes were ivory silk heels by Alan Pinkus. The bridemaids wore black, strapless Nicola Finetti dresses, teamed with gorgeous black headbands and pearl earrings. The flowergirls wore champagne and black dresses from Myer, Melbourne. Our hair was creatively styled by Unique Edge; an ‘up style’ amplified with volume, pulled back from our faces into a clustered bun.

I arranged a surprise gift for Sam and his groomsmen on the morning of the wedding – Cufflinks which contained the photos of our Grandparents. It was an added touch to our wedding – as we both have such large families, and not all our grandparents are surviving… Sam and his 2 brothers wore cufflinks with their grandparents, and my brother (who was also a groomsman, had our grandparents).

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The Wagga Wagga Country Club is a modern space that allowed a comfortable fit for our 140 guests. Paper lanterns, 3 ft balloons and beautiful fresh flowers surrounded the gathering – but unfortunately the rain prevented us getting some gorgeous photos on the pristine golf greens. Each of the guest tables had a single bottle of red wine which I designed ‘table number’ labels for. The wine was a Victorian Shiraz Merlot which tied in Sam and my newly found home, with our NSW heritage.

Sam and I in front of the historic Post Office building, Wagga Wagga

Sam and I delayed our honeymoon by a few weeks due to Sam’s commitment to the ‘Chelsea Flower and Garden Show’ in London, UK. He was part of the construction team that built the Trailfinders Australian Garden – and the opportunity for him as a Landscaper was too good to be missed… I joined him after construction, in London while the show was on – and after which we traveled for a further 5 weeks through Europe (to locations like Paris, Florence, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Santorini and many more…)

It was an amazing adventure! The first time overseas for both of us… After Sam’s hard work at Chelsea, it was a big tourist affair through some historical European countries, winding up in one week of total relaxation and pampering in Santorini, Greek islands.

At Borambola Winery, NSW.

If I was to offer all couples advice for their wedding day – it would be videography! Our videographer Libby from Chocolate Box Films was amazing.

You can watch our highlights video here.

Ms Polka Dot says: Thank you Emily and Sam for sharing your beautiful wedding with us. The rain certainly didn’t dampen the lovely atmosphere that shines through in the photography today – the colours, the sparkling bride, the gorgeous touches.

Photography by Kiley Blatch

 

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It’s true what they say about love at first sight. Andrew and I met on a mine site in far NW Western Australia. I knew the second I saw him he was the man I was going to marry. Eighteen months later Andrew proposed on holiday in Sydney at Lady Macquarie’s Chair with a 3 stone Emerald cut ring from Linneys. This was followed by a long languid dinner at ARIA.

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Inspired by the elegance of the Art Deco era, I wanted my wedding to look polished and for all the elements to be well thought out. I thought a black tie wedding would be timeless. We chose the most beautiful and romantic venue in Perth, ‘Indiana‘. Heath Ledger’s wake was held here – a large colonial house atop gorgeous Cottesloe Beach. With all the cut glass, fresh flowers and the amazing sunset you would have thought we were attending a soiree in the Great Gatsby (my very favourite book!). To translate our ideas into reality we asked Salli at Touched by Angels to style the wedding.

Wedding Booklet by Annie P Paperie

Our  black and white stationery was designed by Annie P. Paperie

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My bracelet was from Subiaco Antiques and Fine Jewellery and my earrings were from Peter Lang

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Bridesmaids wore classic black full length gowns with an Art Deco style brooch. These were from Dion for Brides.

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Shoes were bought from Marie Claire shoes in Claremont and I fell in love with the colour and the bow detail.

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The gown was perfect. I am so glad I went with something soft, the photo’s really show the beauty of the silk. A gorgeous dress by Elizabeth De Varga.  Flowers were  a tight posy style featuring Ranunculus from Poppy’s in Nedlands. My wedding ring kept in with the Art Deco feel and was made to fit my unique engagement ring.

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Our wedding song was ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye. We are still getting compliments on what an excellent choice it was, so upbeat and happy, which is us! We decided not to have a wedding cake but dessert cocktails instead – this really got people up and dancing. We didn’t have a bonboniere either. With the money we saved, we donated it to the local Dog Refuge. We had a ‘well wishing well’ so people could write little love notes to us. This was surrounded by baby pictures of the two of us. We left the reception to the Cure’s ‘Friday I’m in Love’ – we were so happy we had the wedding on a Friday – it meant a long weekend for everyone.

Dessert Cocktails

Candelabras Cut Glass

Ms Polka Dot says: There is something about Perth and the weddings we see from that city! Pure elegance and soft touches in a beautiful setting, make Jennifer and Andrew’s wedding totally gorgeous. And who can go past the classic colour scheme of black and white! Congratulations on your marriage Jennifer and Andrew!

Jennifer’s favourite drink is Sangria – no doubt enjoyed while watching those stunning Perth sunsets over Cottesloe Beach!

Photography by Donna Powell Photography (phone: 0432 554 831)

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Luke and I met in 2007 at a friends 30th at The Eastern, Bondi. I was instantly attracted to his infectious smile and sense of humour (plus it did not hurt that he was easy on the eye). We exchanged numbers and after several weeks of messages and phone calls he took me on our first date to Max Brenner, Paddington.

In 2009 Luke and I planned a trip to The Barossa Valley for my birthday. While I was enjoying a massage Luke organised a beautiful picnic with local cheese, fruits and wine and on bended knee he proposed next to Jacob’s Creek. It turns out the ring had been hidden in my birthday present and the massage was a diversion so he could get the ring out and re-wrap my present (he had even packed a second ribbon so I would not be suspicious).

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Luke and I were married on Saturday 9th October 2010 at Milton Park Estate, Bowral. Our day was filled with love, humour and fun and we were surrounded by our closest friends and family. We wanted a romantic feel to our day and to compliment the natural beauty of our venue.

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Our ring dish had the words “I carry your heart” engraved. They are the words from our favourite poem by EE Cummins and Luke’s sister read the reading at our ceremony.

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Hair was by Rosa from Total Bliss and make-up by Margaux McLarin-Caddin.

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The bridesmaids’ dresses, flower girl outfit and my second dress were designed and made by designer Karina McIndoe from Iesha Designs. I ended up having two dresses as I wanted a traditional dress for our ceremony and a dress I could dance the night away in at the reception. I worked closely with both designers to ensure my personality could be seen in both dresses. As a surprise she also made me the most stunning veil I had ever seen. My shoes were by Alan Pinkus.

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My ceremony dress was by Connie Di Genni (located in Wollongong, NSW, phone: 0413 493970). Connie  made my traditional gown using french lace & tulle. She had made my dress when I was a flower girl over 20 years ago and I love her work!

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Luke and I have a racehorse named Iridese and he absolutely loves the track. So I was not surprised to see the races on in the back ground while the boys were getting ready..

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… not to mention a TAB form!!

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Amongst all the madness of the day Tash and I take a minute to enjoy the moment. It is memories like this I will cherish forever.

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My beautiful Nan fell and broke her hip 3 days before the wedding. She lent me her diamond earrings as my “something borrowed”. As we have always been very close it was important I had part of her with me on the day.

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Our flower girl Allegra quickly warmed to our photographer, she is so cheeky and loves the camera.

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Our gorgeous flowers were from Leah Mitchell Floral Design

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My aisle!! A bride’s worst nightmare in heels……

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Our ceremony was styled by Sheree from She Designs I have always loved her style and passion for weddings.

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Luke decided he wanted a unique colour for himself and his groomsmen… The boys later told me he tried on every suit in the store before deciding on a chocolate brown single breasted suit with an off white french cuff shirt from Spurling Formal Wear.

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We wanted a personal ceremony so I asked the mother of my friend of ten years, Linda Sinnott (located in The Illawarra, NSW, phone: 0447 488330) to marry us. It was her first wedding as a celebrant which made it all the more special. It meant so much to have something so close to us marrying us.

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Simon’s Jewellery (160 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW phone: 02 4229 9430) designed my engagement ring and our wedding bands.

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Doing my happy dance!!

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Our mums are the best of friends!! We could not separate them on the day.. But then again why would we want to…..

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Our stationery was designed by Essentric.

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We had photos from our engagement shoot in silver frames all around our reception.

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Our cake was a banana cake with passion fruit icing from Simmone Logue, Double Bay, NSW.

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The idea behind our reception was to plan it like a big dinner party. We had a combination of round and rectangular tables to make the room less formal, Ella’s Holiday (a local jazz band) played softly throughout dinner and continued late into the evening.

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Luke and I secretly went to dance lessons for 6 weeks before our wedding, as a surprise for our guests.  Our first dance was to “The Way You Look Tonight” Steve Tyrell. It was so much fun and eased the stress during the lead up to the wedding.

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Our amazing MC, Geoffrey asked my beautiful Maid of Honour, Natasha to marry him 3 weeks after our wedding. They have been together 10 years!

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One of my favourite memories of our day is dancing the night away with my stunning cousin Nicola…..

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… and all of our friends and family!!

Ms Polka Dot says: Today’s wedding feels so joyous and is full of feminine touches – soft and pretty but at the same time set off elegantly by the dark mens’ suits and green leafy surroundings. Thank you Elesha and Luke for sharing your wedding with us and congratulations on your marriage!

My name is Elesha, and I was recently married to my best friend and love of my life, Luke! We have our own little (canine) family but can’t wait for the world to stop turning so we can settle down and start our (human) family. We love getting outdoors with Jazz & Oscar, spending time doing up of little home and catching up with our friends and family.

Photography by Lakshal Perera

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