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Happy Monday Dotties! Happy middle of November to you.

Get settled for another amazing week of wedding inspiration – this month we’re running the Elopement Issue – micro weddings and elopements are going to be popular in our future and we want you to know that they are not and never were, the poor cousin of larger events. Get set to create your perfect elopement with our talented wedding vendors in our Directory are SO ready to contribute to your celebration! Take a look at our Polka Dot Directory to choose vendors from Accessories, to  Entertainment, we have Photography and Cinematography – we even have Bridal Gowns Services and Celebrants.

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

Photo one by Little Black Bow Photography Photo two by Luna Imagery Photo by Alan Hughes Photography

Looking for the perfect bridesmaids gowns for your girls? Then look no further than Bridesmaids Only who stock a wide range of gowns – short and long, every colour of the rainbow and gowns suited to every season of the year. With many designers to choose from as well as their own designs, Tessa and Hayley offer a try before you buy service where the gown(s) of your choice may be shipped all over Australia (invaluable if your maids live in different parts of the country). After all, you want all your maids to look spectacular and the best way to ensure the perfect style and fit for everybody in your wedding party is the try the gowns on! Mother of the Bride gowns, maternity gowns, and plus size gowns and flowergirls are not left out – there are gowns for you too!

We asked Tessa of Bridesmaids Only five questions in five minutes:

Weddings are the best to work on because….
You get to see someone’s dream (sometimes life long dreams) and vision come to life. You get to be part of the journey and then to see the joy at the end, the smile on the faces. Wedding photos that we get tagged in literally make me do a happy dance and I smile from ear to ear. The dresses being showcased on beautiful women, all across Australia is something truly special for us. Sometimes customers have only been a name via a million emails so to put a face to the story is the best.

What is something people would be surprised to know about your job or something that challenges you about your job?
That I bought Bridesmaids Only from another lady in Sydney and relocated it to Queensland. I have an ecommerce background and have been in the wedding industry for over 10 years. It was all a male focus though and I really loved the idea of something more female-focused so I could have a little more fun. Female bridal fashion, in general, is a huge challenge, the sizes, colours and time restraints with matching designers and bridal party timeframes can get stressful. Our own in house collection and expanding that based on bridesmaids feedback was so much fun but took a lot longer than I expected and had many road bumps along the way. Also, we really changed up the brand when I bought it and we were just hitting our positive growth figures when covid hit!

What is it about the creative process that you most enjoy?
Hayley and I both love seeing our designs come to life from both paper to a finished dress and then a finished dress on a bridesmaid for the first time. I do not think the buzz we get from that will ever go away.

What are you hilariously bad at?
Getting our new designs onto the website. I love seeing them in our office but photographing and creating the listing on our website so that bridesmaids can see it is not a strength 😉

When you were small what did you dream of being and where have those dreams taken you?
Haha a forensic scientist! But when I hit my 20’s I really wanted to be an entrepreneur and travel. So far being an entrepreneur has allowed me to travel to 20 countries and speak on stage plus mentor other couples in eCommerce.

 

Visit Bridesmaids Only’s pages to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week.

Bridesmaids Only  is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.

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Roseanna & Morgan

The warmer weather is nigh, which means the seaside becomes all the more appropriate for engagement sessions. For Roseanna and Morgan, stunning Flinders, with its windy atmosphere, and photographer Hayley Hickman along for the ride, was just the match they needed to tell their story. Tells Roseanna “We first met at Morgan’s brother’s birthday party. Morgan was wearing a T-shirt with Alan from the Hangover on it and I thought it was hilarious.”

Turns out the buzz of the Christmas spirit was just what Morgan needed to pop the question, Roseanne remembers for us “Morgan proposed to me on Christmas Day 2019, in our kitchen as I was wrapping Christmas presents for our fur baby Dozer.”

Roseanna shares “What I love most about Morgan is how caring he is. He can always tell when I’m feeling a bit down or not myself and he always goes out of his way to make me smile. Morgan loves how kind and caring I am and how I always put others before myself.
What we love most about each other is how similar we are. We never get tired of being in one another’s company.”

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for these two- they’ve had their own share of funny stories! “Morgan was planning our third date and asked what my favourite food was. I told him I love Thai food. Little did I know he hadn’t ever tried it and he hated spicy food. He booked a table anyway and I enjoyed a curry while Morgan ate white rice. I said “wow you’re not eating much” and he said, “I don’t like spice”. I couldn’t stop laughing. He was also trapped in his seat because the person behind him had their chair against his but he’s too polite to say anything. We still laugh about it eight years later.”

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Melissa & Michael

Embracing the unexpected, Melissa and Michael used their original wedding details to create a beautiful lock down wedding in the country. Wearing her breathtaking floral wedding dress, the couple are still planning to throw a party at a later date, yet made the most of having a smaller celebration to begin. Quince & Mulberry captured the memorable day.

Bride and groom both share, ”We wanted it to be pretty relaxed and just a fun day. It was all about the beautiful hills – and Mel’s dress!” Having met on eHarmony, Michael remembers, ”After exchanging a few messages, we organised to meet at South Bank in Brisbane. I was a bit nervous, because Mel can be a bit brief in text, so went early for a couple of sneaky beers.” Fast forward with us to the future, where Mel is joking about investing in diamonds. Michael tells, ”I secretly organised to see a jeweller and had a ring made. One Friday night, Mel got home from work and Ruby (our dog) was on the balcony with a ring box tied to her collar. Then we had champagne and a cheese platter.”

Wearing a beautiful floral gown, Melissa wore a delicately patterned coloured dress with sweetheart neckline. She tells, ”Our wedding venue was originally meant to be Brookfield Hall – which is a lovely hall set in the showgrounds, and surrounded by green. Looking through wedding dresses online, none of them seemed to be ‘me’. I found a couple of patterned dresses at Wendy Makin so made an appointment. When I tried on the flower dress it just seemed to be me and fit with the hall and style of the wedding perfectly. Plus, it has pockets! When we had to move the wedding due to COVID, it was still perfect. My grandfather passed away a few weeks before the wedding, and when we were in Melbourne for the funeral, my aunt gave me my grandmother’s pearls to wear on the day – it was a lovely way to have them with me.” With COVID and the unknown of whether the wedding would go ahead, Michael wore a suit he already owned.

Having a distillery with gorgeous views to use as their venue made the idea of a lock down wedding much more manageable. Melissa shares, ”The wedding (both ceremony and reception) was planned for Brookfield Hall, and we will hopefully have a sequel reception there next year. Due to COVID and restrictions, we decided to have the wedding at Michael’s sister’s property, Laceys Hill Distilling Co. We are very fortunate to have had such a beautiful location available in the family! I didn’t carry a bouquet, because we didn’t really have an aisle. Alana Salm, our celebrant, was fantastic and organised the flowers for us – when we changed to the mini-wedding, Alana was all over the ceremony set up. She sent a picture of my dress to her florist, who did the lovely ceremony arrangements and Michael’s boutonniere based on the dress. We had no idea what they were going to be until the day.”

Ruby, the couples beloved pooch, was the bridal party, wearing a special collar and lead for the day from The Daily Edited. Remembering their ceremony, Michael shares, ”It was quick, fun and relaxed! Alana likes surprises and she made our ten guests sing parts of ‘Islands in the Stream’. We had no idea! But it was a lot of fun.” Melissa tells, ”The aisle song was ‘Gumption’ by Hans Zimmer from the movie ‘The Holiday’. In the end there was no walking down the aisle – I got driven down the hill in the ute, and this was playing while we were getting out (and trying to get Ruby to calm down).”

Keeping their countryside wedding simple and small meant adjusting some details. Michael and Melissa did all the food themselves, sourced all of the details and set the dinner table. They remember, ”We had no first dance this time around – next year! It will be ‘Wanna Dance with Somebody’ by Whitney Houston! We ordered a cake from the Cheesecake Shop, the family all pitched in to do the fairy lights and the rest of the set up. Michael’s brother -in-law is a gin distiller, so even the gin was DIY! One our friends’ did our original invitations for us as a wedding present and one of our friends was also going to make our cake – can’t wait to see it next year now – she’s very talented!”

With changes constantly afoot and our bride and groom unsure at times if they could even have their 10 guests, planning went ahead with every thoughtful detail included. They share, ”Michael’s mum passed away when he was young, so we made sure we had a photo at the ceremony. We still had ‘wedding’ details even though it wasn’t the big day initially planned – our sign, 100 coasters with the date on them, our engraved guest book. I love a playlist and a lot of effort went into this one.”

Photographer Quince & Mulberry captured the lovely wedding celebrations. Melissa tells, ”Kate is so lovely! I found her after googling weddings that had been a Brookfield Hall, we met up for a drink and just clicked. She just gets the shot without you even realising. Puts you at ease and is just always laughing and smiling. She’s great! She also tried valiantly to get Ruby to cooperate (but Ruby was just too excited).”

Embracing the different nature of a wedding in 2020, Melissa and Michael share their favourite moments from the day, remembering, ”Well, 2020 – we’ll always have a story to tell! While I was getting my makeup done Michael came to ask if he was allowed to have a beer. We didn’t do the night before tradition, and Michael had seen the dress long before the wedding. Being able to have the wedding at Michael’s sisters’ made it extra special, with a home cooked dinner. Our poor guests being forced to sing which was great and they were all good sports!”

Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, and congratulations! Thank you also to Quince & Mulberry for your amazing images.

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