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Next up in our 2019 Polka Dot Gift Guides, we’re talking gift ideas for the littlest wedding party members- your flower girls & ringbearers!

I don’t know about you, but dreaming up gift ideas for the littlies in my life is probably one of my favourite things. It’s a chance to dream, to explore, to have adventures.

We’ve collected gift ideas (approved by our own Polka Dot Mamas) that range from cheap and cheerful, to educational, whimsical, sweet and a whole lot of fun. There’s plenty to read, to play with, to snuggle with and a few we’re eyeing off for ourselves! You can find each of these products online, just click the links to shop!

 

My Folks Grew Up In The 80s by Bec Feiner, Little Bow Co Leather Bow Tie, Penny Tail Block Skate Board, Meri Meri Sunshine Rainbow Velvet Cushion, Tiger Tribe Rainbow Roller Cruisin’ Kitty, Dino Raw Personalised Dinosaur Name Banner, Cheeky Chickadee Ballerina Koala Tutu Swimmers, STATE Mini Kane Backpack from Anthropologie, Castle & Things Baby Peanut Sweater, Gro To Skincare Kids Bath & Body Set, The Wall Collective Wooden Camera, Figg We Rock Apron Set, Upsy Bananas Upsy

Anthropologie Starry Night Mobile, Page & Pine Noah’s Ark Big Tipper, Moving Your Body By Beci Orpin, Kind Is Cool Gaga Kids Tshirt, Kmart Sloth With Plant, Seed Heritage Initial Bag, Happy Planet Toys Reef Express Submarine, Mindful & Co Yoga Flash Cards, Lego Iconic Storage Head, Kip & Co The Orangutans Quit Cover, Little Renegade Co Dotty Cap, Strange Visitors Original by Helen Dardik, DreamBigSisters Rainbow Wall Hanging

 

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Hannah & Joey

Imagine a couple so relaxed on their wedding day! Hannah and Joey blew it out of the ball park as they got ready together with their kids, embraced silly photos and celebrated with their nearest and dearest as they said ‘I do’! Simply the best! Choosing Melbourne cafe Friends of Mine to host their wedding soiree, Pierre Curry was there to capture all of the special moments. Not to mention, the fabulous dance floor that kicked off post dinner! The Bride shares their incredible day and fills us in on all the moments that make your heart melt. 

We met as housemates 9 years ago. We’ve lived together for as long as we’ve known each other. We started out at friends but quickly turned into something more. After a few years we were joined by our first son, Jed, and then by our youngest, Archer. The story of us has been a beautiful whirlwind as we’ve grown together, made a family and now finally chosen to get married.

Our wedding was relaxed, light-hearted, fun, non-traditional!

We got ready together at Crown towers. The bride’s family were also there while we got ready which included 4 kids under 6 so we needed a bit of space! Friends of Mine was chosen because of the size and feel of the space. We wanted the space to fit the style of us. We’ve spent many hours in cafe’s during our relationship, so having it in a cafe suited us.

We loved how the space at Friends of Mine transformed into an elegant and intimate wedding venue. It was important to us to have the ceremony at the same location as the reception so that our guests didn’t have to move around in between and so the night flowed from one thing to the next. Friends of mine was able to host the ceremony and seamlessly transition to drinks/canapés, to sit down dinner and then to dance floor!

An heirloom on the day was my grandmothers wedding band. Cousins who have been married before me have also worn the ring. It was very special (a beautiful picture was taken of me holding the ring while we were getting ready).

I wore pants and a top from Zimmermann. I didn’t want to wear a ‘wedding dress’ but was open to trying different things. I chose the outfit on the one and only day I went shopping with my sister, my mum and my cousin. The girls at Zimmermann in Armadale were so lovely and helpful, it was a really nice experience.

Joey wore suit and shoes by Wolf Kanat. He wanted something different from your traditional wedding suit. He wore a navy suit, white shirt and apricot tie. I think he had more trips and time spent shopping for his outfit than I did for mine!

We walked in together to ‘I got you’ by Amy Shark.

We wanted our ceremony to be as relaxed and informal as possible. We wanted it to be a reflection of us. Our celebrant, Megan Watson, absolutely nailed the ceremony. There was the perfect balance between light and fun and serious when it needed to be. Our guests stood around us so we were conscious that we didn’t want to make it too long. No formal readings, just our surprise vows to each other.

We have a tradition on my side of the family that at any big occasion (Christmas, easter, family events) that we toast to absent friends. There are some very special people in our lives that would’ve really loved to have been a part of our special day but have sadly passed away.

It was really important to us that our ‘absent friends’ toast was included. My cousin Ben did this toast after the speeches and before the dance floor kicked off!

Our vows were probably our most favourite part of the day!

We didn’t have a bridal party. Our boys handed us the rings during the ceremony but that was it!

Our photographer was Pierre Curry. I can’t even convey how happy we were to find him. From the moment we met him, he put us at ease, had fun with the kids and just did such an amazing job of capturing day so fantastically.

Even receiving the photo’s after the big day was a really fun experience. There was so much thought and creativity put into how the photos were delivered. We couldn’t recommend Pierre highly enough. Many of our guests commented on how great he was as well.

We only had 3 main vendors, Megan our celebrant, Pierre our photographer and Alex the event planner at Friends of Mine. They were all a dream to work with. I felt very safe in their hands and had no stress of wondering how the day would go as they were all such professionals and experienced in their fields. I really loved seeing the ceremony come together by Megan. It was a really lovely time spent reflecting on our relationship and the love we have for one another.

The flower arrangements at the venue were created by my cousin Bron who used to be a wedding florist. The table arrangements were provided by Friends of Mine, we just told them the colour and theme that we were after which was white and leafy green.

I think my favourite photo of the day would have to be one of the very last ones of me dancing with my family. It shows how much fun everyone was having. I also really love the picture of our boys clapping after the ceremony. They both look so happy. So difficult to pick a favourite, we really loved all of our photos.

Our advice to future couples? Don’t sweat the small stuff. It will all come together on the day. Guests just want to see you happy and having a great time, not the tiny details.

Ms Zebra Says: Congratulations to this gorgeous couple! What a fun night – spent laughing and with great friends! We wish you all the best for your happy future together.

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Julie & Peter

When today’s bride told us, “We wanted a food truck festival style wedding. Laidback, surrounded by our loved ones with good food and good booze!”, we knew we’d be in for a treat. Julie and Peter certainly achieved their wedding goals by putting on the most perfect foodie spread at Acacia Ridge Winery in the Yarra Valley. Photographer Sayher Heffernan was there to capture the celebration in all its loveliness, as well as the incredible details – a cheese wheel cake, a three metre long DIY grazing table, freshly shucked oysters, and not one but FOUR food trucks.

It’s very fitting that Julie and Peter placed a huge importance on food at their wedding, as getting to know each other over delicious meals was the catalyst for their romance. “We both love cars and met through a mutual friend on an organised car cruise along the Mornington Peninsula,” says Julie. “We continued to go on several more cruises after that and after sharing conversations over some burgers and ice cream, Peter eventually asked me out and the rest was history.”

When it came time to propose, Peter had the hard task of trying to surprise Julie (who usually sees his surprises coming from a mile away). The couple had arranged to go on a hike, which was nothing out of the ordinary for them. Julie explains, “As we got to a lovely, scenic lookout, Peter asked me to stand with my back to him so he could take some photos. I obliged with no suspicion. He then gave me a card to read. It wasn’t until I got to the end of the card which read, ‘Will you marry me?’, did I see Peter on one knee and ring in his hand. He definitely got me that time!”

On the big day, Julie wore Made With Love’s Sienna dress. “I had one look, and knew I had found the one,” says Julie. “I went to Bluebell Bridal in the city to try the dress on, and my instincts were right. Her name was Sienna. She’s elegant, yet sexy. Timeless, yet chic. And I felt like all of the above when I wore that dress.”

Choosing a suit proved harder than choosing the dress, with the couple floating between ideas of traditional and casual. “In the end we went for something in between; a three-piece navy suit from T.M Lewin with a grey vest for Peter. The grey vest was a nice touch that created the laidback feeling and differentiated Peter from the groomsmen.”

Julie walked down the aisle with her mother to a piano version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’, featuring ‘Pachelbel’s Canon’ by Paul Hankinson.

The couple married in Peter’s family church, which was a convenient two-minute drive from both their family homes. “When we had our wedding rehearsal at the church, our priest, Father Peter, said to me that 99.9% of the time the bride is late but not to stress about it,” reveals Julie. “So I took that challenge and made it in the statistics as the 0.1% of brides that made it to the church on time! That really set the flow for the rest of the day.” The church ceremony was not only important to Peter’s family, but also to Peter himself. “We chose Father Peter as our priest because he had known Peter since he was a little boy and has a strong connection to the family.”

Julie chose the king protea to feature in her bouquet as she feels it is “one of the most stunning flowers in history”. Her bouquet was arranged by Bethany from January Bloom who did a wonderful job of sourcing the flowers and providing advice to the couple.

Behind the camera was Sayher Heffernan, who the couple say was amazing on the day. “We chose Sayher because of his style of photography and his abilities to capture the emotions on the day. Sayher was also easy to get along with and worked well with both Peter and my personalities. He made us feel comfortable and at ease, despite having a camera pointed right at us. Honestly, we cannot recommend Sayher enough to anyone looking for an easy-going, fun-loving and professional photographer.”

The reception was held at Acacia Ridge Winery and the couple rave about Cathy, the venue’s owner and event planner. “Cathy is a true champion. She was so helpful from the moment we met, all the way through to the day after our wedding! She was willing to answer any question we had and would go out of her way to make sure anything you needed was sorted out. Our day went as smoothly as it did because Cathy was working hard in the background, so we have to thank her for all her efforts!”

Looking back on the day, Julie and Peter remark that everything about it was so special. They wanted a laidback, food truck festival-esque celebration. To fit with this theme, they ditched the formalities of a traditional wedding, such as having a bridal table and seating arrangements. Guests sat wherever they pleased; in the barn, next to the bar, under an umbrella or in the marquee.

Locking in some fabulous food trucks with delicious offerings was crucial. “Our first food truck of choice was The Taco Truck,” says Julie. “No one does fish tacos better than these guys, and they are to die for!”

The couple knew they also wanted a substantial and meaty option, so they enlisted the crew from Digging for Fire to provide 12 hour pulled pork and BBQ chilli chicken.

To add something fancy to their menu, Julie and Peter had Twisted Fisherman cook up lobster rolls (that were a big hit with their guests), as well as juicy scallop bruschetta.

Another fun foodie touch was the oysters. “This was an unplanned addition to the already amazing line-up of food trucks we had on the day,” says Julie. “We wanted something different. I did a quick Google search and found Oysters Unplugged. From the Ralston Bros. oyster farm in New South Wales, Oysters Unplugged created a unique and fresh way to enjoy their gem. Fresh oysters, shucked right in front of you. Not only did they provide morsels of heaven, Oysters Unplugged provided a little bit of entertainment and something to talk about throughout the evening. It was a big hit!

And for dessert? “Well, Peter and I both love our gelato, and there is only one place in town that makes anyone giddy,” says Julie. “Pidapipo Gelato!”

For their first dance, the coupled started off slow with a cover of Meghan Trainor’s ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ by AJ Raphael and Alex G Peter. Then they had a playful surprise for their guests.

“Halfway through our dance, the music started to skip. Our DJ (DJ Jon Bling) who was in on the plan, pretended as if he didn’t know how to fix the issue. Our guests were silent. Then, Kanye West’s ‘N*ggas in Paris’ played. Peter and I proceeded to our surprise routine and our guests began cheering. It really set up the dance floor for all the dancing that ensued!”

Julie and Peter’s advice for couples about to walk down the aisle? Take a moment for yourselves. “While the day can pass quicker than roadrunner, find a moment with your newly wedded partner to step away from it all and really soak in the fruition of all your hard work in planning the day. Watch everyone enjoy themselves and just enjoy the moment.”

A huge congratulations to Julie and Peter on their marriage, and pulling off an absolutely amazing food truck festival wedding! Thank you for retelling your special day to us. Also thanks to Sayher Heffernan for sharing your stunning photography of this celebration.

 

 

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