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Rosannah & Cam

There’s an overwhelming sense of true love as Rosannah shares the day she married her soul mate, Cam. The black tie affair in the gorgeous Kangaroo Valley included sophisticated touches and ended with a dance floor like none other. The magic was captured by Thomas Stewart on a beautiful day where the ‘starry night’ themed reception was even carried through to the sparkly sneakers the Bride and Bridesmaids wore to dance the night away! We send a  big congratulations and a lifetime of happiness to these wonderful love birds.

Cam and I started dating after bumping into each other one night in Sydney over 8 years ago. But we’d actually met a few times before then through our best friends who are brother and sister (and then were both in our bridal party and MCs of our wedding!).

In 2017 we planned a long weekend trip to explore beautiful Tasmania – a place that we both love. On our last night Cam suggested that we wake up early and catch the sunrise at Cradle Mountain the following day. As Cam is a rower and used to getting up ridiculously early, I didn’t think this was particularly suspicious. We drove for a couple of hours through rainy, dark and freezing weather, but when we arrived at Dove Lake, at the base of Cradle Mountain, it was perfectly still and we were the only ones there. During our walk around the lake as the sun came up, Cam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We had a couple of hours to ourselves before calling our family and friends who were all eagerly awaiting the exciting news.

Even before we were engaged Cam and I discussed how we’d like to get married somewhere we could have both the ceremony and reception. We wanted our guests to not have to worry about changing venues and for them to be able to enjoy the whole day with us.

The Barn at Melross in Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands of NSW was actually the only wedding venue we looked at – we loved it immediately! Kangaroo Valley is a really special place for my family and I as my grandparents used to own a property down the road from Melross. So it really meant a lot to me to invite our family and friends to witness us get married in this spectacular part of NSW – many people had never been there before.

The Melross property is absolutely beautiful (including gorgeous cows!) and we loved that our bridal party and families could stay with us. Getting married outside of Sydney also enabled us to host a Friday dinner and Sunday breakfast for our guests to thank them for travelling the distance to be there for us on our special day.

Cam and I both enjoy getting dressed up and we loved the idea of having a black tie, formal wedding in a barn. Aside from keeping this in mind, most of the styling came about by simply choosing things that we really loved and suited our taste. I think if you consistently select things that you adore, rather than what you think you should choose, then everything will work well together and you’ll be delighted.

The barn was really a blank canvas which gave us a lot of freedom to decorate it to our style. To keep with the elegance of black tie, we opted for white table cloths and ‘starry night’ inspired chandeliers and fairy lights above with abundance of candles on the tables below.

We were also always on the lookout for little things we could do that would be unique or add a special touch. For example, I selected some of my favourite love poems and had them printed on the menus.

I’m also very lucky that my mum, sister and mother-in-law all have incredible style and were always on the lookout for ideas and inspiration. In particular, my mum thought of so many beautiful extra little touches which ended up making a huge difference – like extra foliage to put in gorgeous French pots, a huge champagne bucket filled with Moet on the bar and my family even planted 16 pots of lavender (as they are my favourite) and transported them down from Sydney to line our aisle.

When it came time to check out wedding dresses I had no idea where to start – it’s so overwhelming and such a special part of the planning!

Karen Willis Holmes was the first boutique I visited and not only are the dresses gorgeous, the entire experience was the best I had anywhere.  I loved trying on all the dresses in front of my mum and sister who helped me to narrow it down.

I love how my dress was elegant, flattering, had gorgeous lace and organza embellishments – and also the skirt meant I could eat and drink all I wanted on the day!

We were so lucky to work with INCREDIBLY talented and amazing people on our wedding day. Here are some of my favourites:

PhotographerThomas Stewart. Tom is THE BEST – not only is he a phenomenal photographer, he’s also just an all-round great dude who is a pleasure to spend time with on your wedding day.

Wedding coordinator – Rhianna from Rhianna Smith Events coordinated our wedding day. She prepared the run sheet, got in touch with all our suppliers beforehand and then was there on the day to help set up and make sure everything ran smoothly. Rhianna is a total gun – she’s really experienced with a friendly and professional attitude, not to mention impeccable taste! From the moment we met, I knew I could trust her implicitly to make sure our dream day was perfect.

Florist – Rachel Uys from Lavande Designs. I absolutely love flowers and had a pretty good idea of what I wanted: pastel pinks, blues and greens, but seeing them all together blew me away. Not only is Rachel incredibly knowledgeable, she was also delightful to work with, making sure I was happy each step of the way. But I knew that whatever she did it would be perfect. For a special touch, she added lavender throughout as they are my favourite.

VideographerMorelife films. We knew we wanted a video to capture all the different parts of our day, but we struggled to find a local videographer whose style we loved. (I watched a lot of strangers’ wedding videos!!) We came across Morelife on Instagram and adored their work. Then when we FaceTimed them for a chat we got to see that John and Elliot are also just really lovely guys. We had such a blast working with them and were such a pleasure to spend time with on the day. We absolutely LOVE our video: https://vimeo.com/301142818/91cb3602d4

Hair – It was important to me to feel like myself on my wedding day – and for me this meant having my hair in a ponytail! Not your traditional bridal style, but as a low maintenance hair girl, I just wanted to look like me. Josie from Morgan Hair co is INCREDIBLE. Not only was I absolutely delighted, but my mum and bridesmaids all were too.

Make upAsh Quinn. Again – an absolute superstar. She really brought out the best in all of us with her natural style. She’s so talented and the make up lasted all day and into the night (and I may have left it on for the recovery breakfast too…)

MusicLily Road. These guys were amazing. Greg sung solo for our ceremony and was exceptional. Greg was accompanied by a couple of other band members for the reception and you know you’ve got a good band when your guests can’t help but get up and dance between the entrée and main! And me personally, I didn’t leave the dance floor once when they started playing. One of my fondest memories of the day was witnessing every single one of our guests (including 80+ year old grandmas!) on the dance floor. We didn’t stop! And so many guests commented about how good they were.

CelebrantAlex Lollback. Alex wrote a completely unique and personal ceremony – and it was perfect. She has a beautiful presence – relaxed and personable, which totally put us at ease.

Wedding BandsAffinity Diamonds.

Bridesmaids dresses – I really wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable on the day so they each wore their own black dresses and got to choose their hair and make up. I loved how they each wore something they loved, have worn before and may wear again, and each got to shine as individuals.

Wedding shoes – Just as with the ponytail, I didn’t feel that traditional ‘bridal shoes’ were really my style. I was meandering through David Jones one lunch break when the red and pearl Stuart Weitzman block heels caught my eye – I just loved them. The block heel was super comfortable (good for traipsing through paddocks) and I’ve already worn them loads of times since our wedding. I love how you can just see a hint of them in the photos and video. I changed into really cute Kate Spade x Keds white sparkly sneakers, and bought my bridesmaids gold sparkly sneakers, for dancing!

Photographer: Thomas Stewart Photography / Cinematographer: Morelife Films / Wedding Planner: Rhianna Smith Events / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt / Makeup Artist: Ash Quinn / Hairstylist: Morgan Hair Co / Ceremony Officiant: Alexandra Lollback / Flowers: Lavande Designs / Venue: Melross & Willows Estate / Band: Lily Road / Wedding Ring: Affinity Diamonds

The adorable Saskia and James are sharing the inspiration behind their sweet elopement-style wedding ceremony which took place in Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens.

We chose an intimate wedding ceremony to focus solely on us and our relationship. There were a few practical reasons why we decided to have a small celebration such as our extended families living in different countries and the sheer cost of a traditional ceremony and reception.

Our celebrant Jamie Eastgate was extremely professional from the moment we first made contact with him about our planned private wedding. Jamie was extremely personable and showed genuine excitement and interest in what we envisioned for our day.

The main thing we believe is that everybody’s wedding should be a reflection of their relationship.

We arrived together hand in hand.

Jamie supplied lots of extra information that really made the entire experience stress-free and easy to manage, including a helpful vow writing worksheet.

Here are the vows we wrote to each other:

James’ vows to Saskia

Saskia, I promise that I will be a loving husband to you from this day forth forever. You are a headstrong, determined and inspiring woman who has opened my eyes to the best of this world. Ever since we first met, you have been by my side, as I grow into the man I am on this day, and into the future. I promise to always have you by my side. Together we can accomplish anything, and continue to experience the best of this world through each other. Today, I promise to love, support and respect you for the rest of my life.

Saskia’s vows to James

James, I am so proud to take you as my husband. I love your caring nature, your enthusiasm and your passion. When I’m with you, I can be the person I want to be. Thank you for being who you are. You have helped me become the person I am today. You bring out the best in me, and I cannot imagine my life without you. I promise to always have you by my side; to be with you forever, just as you are. Today, I promise to love, support and respect you for the rest of my life.

A friend and our photographer were official witnesses which kept our ceremony very intimate and relaxed.

Our ceremony was perfect and went exactly the way we imagined!

Having what some might consider a ‘non-traditional’ wedding highlights our unique personalities and traits. A private occasion appealed to us because we could get married stress-free knowing that the day was relaxed and natural, rather than having to worry about following standard protocol and tradition.

Ms Zebra Says: What a gorgeous couple – we wish you all the best in the rest of your lives together! 

About Brisbane City Celebrants: We are a modern, happy and passionate wedding celebrant duo that simply LOVE celebrating love!

Photographer: Black Canvas Photography / Ceremony Officiant: Brisbane City Celebrants

It’s a special thing that couples share their most important day with Polka Dot Bride Blog and all the gorgeous followers! With that in mind, we can’t help but take the opportunity to thank the gorgeous brides and handsome grooms who share their stories with us! Plus, the incredible photographers who get to capture the day..

We’ve rounded up a few favourites – just to remind us of these special couples we’ve had the pleasure of showcasing in 2018!

Photography by Perla Photography

Harrison & Rebecca’s Intimate Mornington Peninsula Wedding

“Our whirlwind romance began after first meeting at a local cafe. We would spend hours talking about our dreams, passions, experiences and sharing our stories. We were immediately enchanted with one another. From the moment we met, we kept trying to find ways to spend more time together and we fell madly in love.”

Photography by Dan Soderstrom Weddings

Luke and Madeleine’s Relaxed Yarra Valley Farm Wedding

“We met in 2007 through a mutual friend while camping in Echuca. We were paired together to play mixed doubles in the annual Easter tennis tournament. We all went out to the local pub one night, and on the walk home to the caravan park we had our first kiss! The following Easter, I came up to Echuca over Easter with Luke’s family, and have done so for 10 years ever since!”

Photography by Stories With Mel

 Ellie & Tharindu Whitsundays Wedding at Villa Botanica

“Tharindu and I met in High School when we were 15. Four years later we were accepted into the same university to study medicine. We got engaged the year we moved to university, and five years later we finally tied the knot. We were married at Villa Botanica, Airlie Beach, June 25 2018″

Photography by Shevan J Photography

Sarah & Jason’s Moody Winter Wedding in Country Victoria

“It took us 10 years to walk down the aisle and we did it at the same church, on the same day, 45 years after my parents. And five years to the day after Jason proposed. The 26th of August was also perfect because it meant we could have our winter wedding. We knew that we wanted a classic and formal wedding and set the scene with our invites. They were classic black and white with a touch of sparkle. This was the first DIY project of the wedding and I spent hours guillotining all the inserts!”

Photography by Alannah Liddell

Michelle and Scott’s Moody Inner City Perth Wedding

“Scott and I met just over two years ago. I was living in Margaret River in the south west of WA, and he was in Bunbury, a city about an hour away. We bonded over a shared passion for Bruce Springsteen  and the Fremantle Dockers, and our connection was pretty much instant.”

Photography by Samuel Jacob Photography

Katie & Tyler’s Whimsical Hunter Valley Wedding

“My husband Tyler and I got married on the 17th of March, 2018. I was one of those little girls who dreamed about her wedding day… For as long as I can remember, I have been saving photos and gathering inspiration for my very own “big day.” So as soon as my husband proposed, I went into full swing planning! Tyler jokes that it was as easy as me making one phone call and saying “all plans to go ahead!” Thankfully Tyler is incredibly laid back and easy going, so he let me do all the planning.”

Photography by Dan Evans Photography

Ash and Doug’s Rustic McLaren Vale Wedding

“Doug and I met in 2008 on a sticky dance floor in Adelaide whilst on a university pub crawl. After sparks flew we met up the next day and the rest is history! Since finishing study we’ve moved and lived all over Australia and even overseas. Our lives have had a running theme of travel and adventure but our love for each other has always continued to grow despite our sometimes crazy lives!”

Photography by Ryder Evans Photography

Alex and Amanda’s Classic Black Tie Wedding at Catalina, Sydney

“Styled shoot or real wedding? You’d be forgiven for thinking that Alex and Amanda’s black tie wedding in Sydney was a styled shoot from the picture perfect, well, everything… the luxe boat, free-flowing Champagne, Sydney harbour backdrop, classic P Johnson suits, the most darling little flower girls and the stunning couple themselves!”

Photography by Emilia Sala

Sarah and James’ Modern Melbourne Wedding

“Our wedding was relaxed! Happy! And filled with lots of dancing! I hoped the day would be relaxed and it really was. I started the day with a run and James started the day with brunch. We decided not to have formal bridal party photos after the ceremony, but rather enjoyed canapes and drinks with the bridal party where our photographers captured some relaxed photos of us. It gave us all time to relax and really take the day in before the guests arrived for the reception.”

Photography by Zoe McMahon Photography

Emily and Stephen’s Secret Garden Blue Mountains Wedding

“We met four years ago and as it turned out, unknowingly worked for the same company, lived less than a kilometre away from each other and had mutual friends, but it took a dating app to make our worlds collide, and love story to begin.”