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Anita & Angus

In an intimate, glamorous wedding in a beautiful Perth Garden, Anita and Angus married in front of their nearest and dearest. Taking the reception to the close by Old Brewery, photographer extraordinaire Amy Skinner was on hand to capture the aesthetic and feel that encompassed both Anita and Angus and their dreamy day. Lovely Bride Anita tells the story that brought her and Angus together!  

Angus and I met online, and while dating we met every week usually for lunch or dinner to try new restaurants, go to markets and concerts, watch live comedy or go bike riding or for walks. Angus proposed while we were on a weekend away in Sydney. He originally planned to ask me at Mrs Macquaries Seat in the Royal Botanic Gardens, however he could see a tourist bus there, so he just stopped at a park bench on the way.

Angus didn’t propose with a ring, so when we returned to Melbourne after our holiday we went shopping together. We found an amazing jeweller, Ian at Ellissi Jewellery, who helped us find the diamond and setting we wanted. This was quite an easy step as Angus and I liked the same style. We went with a traditional solitaire cut diamond and yellow gold band, which our jeweller made for us.

I actually bought two dresses! My first one was bought online as I really don’t like shopping. It was lovely but I didn’t really feel comfortable or feel that it was me. I thought it would be better if I went and looked and tried on the bridal shop dresses. I narrowed down the number of shops I had to visit by looking at their online catalogue, and because I had a particular style in mind, this narrowed down the number substantially.

My goal was to find a dress with sleeves, was modest and very comfortable to wear. The first shop I went to wasn’t helpful at all, but then I found my second one by Wendy Makin Bridal Designs at Always and Forever Bridal, where the staff were amazing. I tried on other dresses just to make sure, but nothing compared. They also restyled my veil to a mantilla style. I was extremely surprised at how fun the experience was and how down to earth and helpful the staff were too.

We wanted a small wedding but also wanted our friends and family to be there, so we had around 60 people. This was very large for Angus, but considered small for my family, so it was a great compromise! As I have the larger family (Angus is an only child), we decided on Perth (my home town) and later had a smaller celebration in Brisbane (Angus’ home town).

We wanted friendly and professional vendors that were able to create the feel we wanted for the day. We had a budget, and we also needed people that communicated via email as we were organising everything from Melbourne. Some vendors that we originally contacted, took weeks to respond, or were quite rude as we only had 60 people and wanted a Saturday wedding. We didn’t choose these ones! Instead we chose vendors that loved what they do and made the day amazing.

We decided on a ceremony at Kings Park as we loved the gardens, and a sit down dinner reception nearby at The Old Brewery. About half of our guests travelled to Perth so we wanted to show off the city too. Claire from House of Primrose styled our wedding ceremony. She is extremely creative, friendly, and we were confident going with her ideas. We loved her style and idea of stacking books on the signing table and aisle runner.

Our ceremony went for about 20 minutes and our celebrant, Lisa Jones, helped us write our vows. They were simple and quite traditional. We didn’t want the ceremony to drag on, and we were also conscious that it would likely be quite a hot day so we also didn’t want our guests overheating. Also, I initially decided to change my name, but about 6 months before the wedding I decided to keep my own. Changing it just wasn’t me.

Upon arriving at the ceremony in Kings Park, our guests were welcomed with classical music from the Chromos Quartet. Angus chose the music as he only listens to classical music, so I walked down the aisle to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin and we left to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Angus wasn’t fussed about the reception music, so I decided on the Baker Boys Band as I was really impressed when I heard their music. They were great musicians and really created the atmosphere we were after. I initially wasn’t sure if a live band would be worth it, however it really was!

I have three sisters who were my bridesmaids, and our ‘best woman’, was Angus’ best friend Georgie. The decision was really easy. They all wore dusty pink dresses that were really easy to wear and flattering. We gave them jewellery as thank you gifts that they could wear on the day too.

I had heard so many people became stressed about their wedding and they didn’t enjoy the day, so we just wanted it to be fun, relaxed, and with a few surprises. That was our goal. For example, we had That Little Gelato Cart serving ice-creams to our guests after the ceremony as it was summer. I actually found the organising quite easy, and the day went smoothly, which I attribute to our fantastic vendors. They were all great at what they do.

I absolutely love flowers and had to restrict myself quite a bit! Our photographer, Amy Skinner Photography, recommended our florist, Beans & Bunches, and ceremony stylist, House of Primrose. We wanted a relaxed feel to our wedding and chose Australian natives in a rustic free-form arrangement to make our invitations.

Proteas featured on our wedding invites, and although they were at the end of their season, Stacey even managed to track down a couple for us. I sent through inspiration photos and photos of our bridesmaid dresses to our florist, and she did the rest. The day before the wedding when we picked up the bouquets, I was so surprised how beautiful and large the bouquets were – they created the look I was after perfectly and we received many comments on them.

There was a particular style we were after, so I was really drawn to Amy Skinner Photography – her photos had a vintage appearance that others didn’t have. We immediately felt comfortable with her and she made it a very fun experience too. I cannot express how happy I am that she and her team photographed our wedding!

I spent a bit of time at home deciding on how the place settings were going to be arranged. We had sugared almonds and chocolate as our bonbonniere. By chance, I went to Italy a few months before the wedding, so I purchased sugared almonds from Confetti Pelino in Sulmona, Abruzzo.

They are one of the oldest Italian confectioneries and have been making sugared almonds since 1783. We gave each of our guests 5 almonds that traditionally represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and long life. Angus is a chocoholic, so our bonbonniere also included a bar of Winnow Chocolate with roast wattleseed and honey roast macadamias. The packaging was beautiful and really stood out on each place setting.

We wanted to have a wedding dance, and Angus chose the waltz from the opera by Charles Gounod: Faust, as he likes classical music. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout our wedding dance. In most of the photos I was pulling a face as I tried to not laugh as I felt it was so over the top. It was pretty challenging to pull off and we practiced for nearly a year at the Secret Garden of Dance. I am so glad we did it as so many people complimented us on it, and that I got Angus to dance at all!

Angus loves baking and made our wedding cake. We both love fruitcake so went the traditional route with a three layered cake covered with a layer of marzipan and royal icing. We weren’t too confident icing it to a professional finish, so we got Nikki’s Novelties Cakes to ice the cake for us, as my family has ordered cakes from her before. We wanted the cake to be lighter than a traditional cake, so Angus spent months developing and trialling the recipe. We bought it over to Perth, alongside all clothes and everything for the table setting, from Melbourne. Angus also organised the wedding cars, ceremony music and reception.

Ms Zebra Says: Thank you to Anita and Angus for sharing their incredible day with us! We wish them all the very best for their new life together!!

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Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride

It was a truly country, pared back wedding for couple Erin and Michael. From the garden setting to the hand-made feel of the day, it made the love between them at the very forefront of the celebrations. Bride Erin reflects on the day that was and adds her advice to any soon-to-be bride!

It’s your day, do it your way. Avoid being caught up in the fashions and latest trends of weddings. Every time we went to a wedding it would trump the last wedding we’d been to. Weddings get so expensive and competitive. We paired it back and did things our way. It was perfect and our guests loved it. Our wedding was about us and that was evident in the food, wine and the fact we didn’t leave the dance floor all night. It was perfect our way.

Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Sweet Flowerdale Estate Wedding - Polka Dot Bride

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Mel & Matt

You can truly feel the love when you see best friends and lovers, Melinda and Matt’s Ecostudio Fellini wedding! From the importance of family and friends to getting loose on the dance floor, the jungle-like surrounds perfectly complemented the mood. Better yet, great friend and wedding photographer Jon Gazzignato was there from Hobart to celebrate and capture all of the memorable moments. Mel tells the story of how they met…

Matt and I met on NYE at a party in Sydney of a mutual friend.  Matt was living in London at the time, and I was living on the Sunshine Coast.  We dated long distance between London and Australia for 2.5 years before I finally moved to London for a further 2 years (we now live back in Australia)!

I had two brooches pinned to my bouquet on the day  – one from my grandma on my dad’s side and one from my nana on my mum’s side.  I also wore my mum’s veil!

My dress was incredible.  It was a halter, white sequin Karen Willis Holmes dress (Cindy) with an open back.  It was the first one I tried on (originally at Angelica Bridal in London) and I fell in love with it.  I then had a second try on back in Australia at KWH in Brisbane with my family.  I felt it suited my body shape perfectly and the sparkle of the sequins made it unique and interesting.  It was beautiful mix of elegance, uniqueness, sparkle and style and it made me feel so incredible.  The experience was amazing with KWH, I loved the trying on and fitting processes and feel so lucky to have found it.

Matt wore a grey 3 piece suit from Hawes & Curtis in London.  The grey suited well with our surroundings and the waistcoat added a touch of London formality to his attire.

Our wedding was on November 3rd at Ecostudio Fellini in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast.

We were after a relaxed affair, which fitted in well with the rustic surroundings of our venue.  There was lots of greenery and wood features.  Our wedding was a perfect blend of laughter, happiness, love, family and friends and couldn’t have been a better day to represent us as a couple.

I am always 20 minutes early to everything and ended up being 15 minutes late to the ceremony – I had joked to Matt if I wasn’t there at 3.01pm that I wasn’t coming so he was stressing that I wasn’t there on time!

My sister Amanda and 3 friends – Carli, Susie and Rebecca. Matt had 4 friends – Chris, Brad, Andrew, Anthony, plus his best female friend Claire!

We had a string quartet for the ceremony and time before the reception, and they played Canon in D for me walking down the aisle.  The string quartet filled the breezy air of the outdoor venue so well and were a nice touch to add to the atmosphere.

Matt and I aren’t the most openly affectionate couple so we wanted our ceremony to be about our story of us getting to our wedding day.  Our celebrant kept the ceremony fun and relaxed and included a special part for each of our parents as well.  Matt’s cousin Laura did a reading of a poem called ‘These Hands’.  Matt and I had joked that we would ‘seal the deal’ with a handshake instead of a kiss and on a whim we did this just before the kiss which was hilarious and really lightened the mood!

We had our ceremony and reception at Ecostudio Fellini. This venue was perfect for us because it had so much natural beauty and promoted a relaxed atmosphere for our guests.  The staff and venue could not have been more perfect for our day.

I had seen an inspiration photo of a white flower bouquet with two open pink peonies and based the flowers around this.  Our florist matched these flowers to an arbour arrangement, and we had greenery with scattered white flowers to compliment the tables inside the venue.  We didn’t want to go overboard with flowers as the venue has a lot of natural greenery and beauty, and I feel the pink peonies accentuated this with a beautiful pop of colour.

We DIY’d the welcome and seating chart signs (with a lot of help from my dad!).  He also made our table numbers.

However, it’s so hard to single out the special details! We had tried to merge together the perfect blend of a  relaxed and fun day, a good party, some traditional elements but most of all for our family and friends to enjoy themselves.  Each individual detail was special in its own way and all added to the relaxed feel of the wedding.

Our photographer is a family friend (who also happens to be an incredible wedding photographer!) from Hobart who we flew up to capture our day.  It was so nice to work with Jon as we felt comfortable in his presence and he caught the perfect shots to document our day.

There are so many great images – I especially love the photo of my dad and I just before we started walking down the aisle.  We love the photos of us with our bridal party laughing as we walked to the formal photos, and we love the photos of us together in the green field, again, laughing and enjoying the moment.

There was a moment I think we both loved, we took a 10 minute breather after the main course was served where we walked outside and had a chat and watched our guests enjoying themselves inside the reception area. It was quite a surreal moment.

All of our vendor’s were fantastic. Tarn our celebrant, Jon our photographer, Anna from Ecostudio Fellini, Julieanne and Alicia my hair and makeup artists, Keren our florist, Michael from WeRDJs. I loved the wedding planning process – my favourite part was planning the finer details such as the table decorations, guestbook, favours etc.

If I have any advice for future bride’s – don’t stress the small details!!  I found I didn’t really look at many of the details I put so much time into planning for the day.  Keep your focus on the fact you are marrying the person you love, as that is the most important thing and why you are having your wedding.

Ms Zebra Says: We wish the two of you a life of happiness and love! Thank you for sharing your incredible day with us!

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