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Jane & Tin

As a little girl I always dreamt of my Prince Charming and magical wedding day. Growing up I would have wedding magazines under my bed, spend girls nights watching other bride’s wedding videos, while discussing details of our future weddings.

We hosted a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony the day before our wedding to give thanks to our ancestors and family.

I would always get emotional when the brides’ Dad walked them down the aisle or during the father/daughter dance as I knew I wouldn’t get the chance to share that with my late father.

To include and honour him on our wedding day, I had a photo of my father added to my bouquet. I had completely forgotten about it until I picked up my bouquet that morning. Tears streamed down my face knowing that he would have loved to be there with me on my special day.

My bridesmaids wore a backless, white custom couture dress and our groomsmen wore the classic black suit from Calibre.

Tin the groom wore a custom-made Tom Ford suit with a white blazer and black trousers paired with Christian Louboutin shoes.

My dress was a custom-made design by Pallas Couture. It was a blush undertone fishtail dress with beautiful pearl embellishments finished with a 2 metre train.

To compliment the dress, my girlfriends surprised me at my final dress fitting with a 3-metre handmade pearl embellished veil.

We chose Marcus Bell from Studio Impressions because we have always loved his work. We believe there needs to be a good relationship between the photographer and the client – and Marcus always made us feel very comfortable. We loved his work and that he was able to capture all our emotions on the day.

For my bouquet, I wanted something classic with white roses and orchids to match the white theme and aesthetic of our wedding.

Every girls dream is to have their father walk them down the aisle. As my father is no longer with me, I had a photo of him added to my bouquet so he could share that moment with me.

Our ceremony was held at The Victoria Park Golf Marquee Deck and was one of the most memorable moments of the day.

I will never forget walking down the aisle with both my Mum (and Dad in spirit) as they gave Tin their blessing. The ceremony was held on the deck overlooking Brisbane city beneath a stunning floral arbour. I must give credit to Styled Events and Danielle my Wedding Planner, who did an indescribable job creating our white wedding. We had over 100 metres of pure white carpet leading to the alter with multiple clear pillars with vases of fresh flowers on either side.

To complement our aisle we added a 4 metre wisteria tree to create a whimsical, romantic look.

A favourite moment of our ceremony was seeing Tin waiting for me underneath our amazing fresh flower arbour. I could not have asked for anything better!

Although Tin and I were standing in front of all our family and friends as we shared our wedding vows, it truly felt as if we were the only two there.

Tin and I decided to surprise each other by sharing our wedding vows with each other for the very first time during the ceremony, and to our surprise we both shared similar words and promises to each other.

 When it comes to planning the ceremony, my advice would be to do your research and to have a team that you can trust that is genuinely there to help you. Finding the right Celebrant is very important as they are the one marrying you after all!

When Tin and I met Jamie Eastgate from Brisbane City Celebrants we knew he was the right man to help us tie the knot. Jamie has the most amazing personality. He is warm, caring and one of the most genuine people we know.

He made the whole process very easy for us by explaining the ceremony process and options available, customising our ceremony to suit us and organising all the paperwork. Jamie even submitted the application for our official marriage certificate for us and within a few weeks of our day, our official marriage certificate arrived in the post.

Our reception took place at Victoria Park’s Clubhouse Marquee where we hosted a 3 course, sit down dinner. I’ve always pictured my wedding to be white, lush and full of fresh flowers.  My inspiration was to bring a garden into the marquee. I had big beautiful crystal chandeliers hanging throughout the roof of the marquee. I originally wanted trees inside the venue however due to our extensive guest list there were size limitations.

As a result of this we decided to create tree-like centrepieces on gold stands which stood over 1 metre high. Each centrepiece included white roses, green foliage and disbuds. We created a romantic ambiance by having candles scattered around each table.

I walked down the aisle to the classic ‘here comes the bride’ played by a string quartet. Some of our favourite pieces played during our ceremony would be ‘At Last’, ‘LOVE’, ‘Lucky (I’m in Love), ”Unforgettable’ and ‘Just The Way You Look Tonight’. To complete our party vibe late on the night, we had a live band, Sex and Chocolate, performing all the modern RnB and pop songs.

Our 7-metre-long bridal table had a cascading floral arrangement which included fresh roses and green vines. The backdrop of our bridal table consisted of 68 vases of fresh roses, orchids and disbuds on multiple white and clear glass pillars creating an elegant setting.

Although there wasn’t capacity to have as many trees as we would have liked, we did include our ‘wishing tree’ where guests could write us a message to hang on ribbons alongside 150 hanging fresh Singapore orchids.

To flow with our white and gold theme we had gold Tiffany chairs, a custom gold bridal table, gold cutlery, white and gold menus with each of our guest names, gold centrepiece stands, a white dance floor with our initials monogramed in gold and custom made white napkins with our gold monogram.

When Tin and I started planning our wedding we envisioned a glamorous but fun celebration with our closest family and friends. We wanted to ensure all our guests would have a good time so we had a bottle of Hennessy placed on each of our tables. We thought it would be fitting to gift our guests personalised shot glasses with their names engraved on them.

The whole day was filled with one surprise after another. From getting ready with my best girlfriends, receiving a crown as a wedding gift from Tin, to walking down the aisle with my mum (and Dad on my bouquet) and seeing my future husband waiting for me at the end under our amazing arbour.

Another beautiful moment was when our guests lit their sparklers as we cut our cake with fireworks shooting in the background to our favourite soundtrack.

After all our wedding celebrations, Tin organised for us to have a week away in Bora Bora, Tahiti. It was a perfect getaway for us to relax and unwind.

My advice to brides-to-be, would be to do your research and to have a team that you can trust that is genuinely there to help you and make your day special.

As many brides, have told me before our wedding day, prepare yourself, things will go wrong but try to embrace your day and don’t hold on or stress over minor details because at the end of the day, only you will know it wasn’t perfect. Slow down, relax and enjoy, because at the end of the day, you will be married to your amazing love! Oh and if possible, get a massage to relax you before your wedding day!

Jane & Tin – Your Beautiful – Same Day Edit Brisbane from Grandeur Films on Vimeo.

 

Thank you to the beautiful bride Jane for sharing her love story with her dashing groom Tin and telling us all about their truly magnificent wedding day at Victoria Park! We wish you all the happiness in your life together.

Photographer: Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions / Venue: Victoria Park / Ceremony Officiant: Brisbane City Celebrants / Invitations & Stationery: Ooh-Ahh Invitations / Styling: Styled Events / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Pod / Wedding Planner: White + White / Flowers: Always Fabulous Flowers / Ceremony Musicians: 16 Strings / Bride's Dress: Pallas Couture / Makeup Artist: Janise Chan / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom's Attire: Tom Ford / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Flooring: Staging Creations / Entertainment: Sex and Chocolate / Lion Dancers: LTL Group / Photo Booth: Lover of Mine / Cinematographer: Grandeur Films / Transport: United Limousines

Wanda & Matt

A dreamy day at Tanglewood Estate saw Wanda and Matt tie the knot with their closest friends and family. In a relaxed ceremony, lost loved ones were celebrated and family played a major role. The weather cleared and the sun shone through for a beautiful and rustic intimate reception. We wish Wanda & Matt all the happiness for their life together – thank you for sharing your special day with us.

We met at school in year 12. We had our first kiss on the dance floor of an 18th birthday party to Romeo Void’s song “Never Say Never”!

Our wedding was at Tanglewood Estate in March 2018! The entire day was relaxed and fun, without too many formalities. There was lots of dancing, good food and wine! It poured rain all day as we were getting ready, but 30 mins before the ceremony, the rain stopped and it was this beautiful overcast but hot balmy beautiful Melbourne summer night. We got a fantastic sunset.

Matt’s family have a house in Red Hill, so we love the Mornington Peninsula. We loved the rustic relaxed feel of Tanglewood, with is beautiful deck and view of the lake, plus its barn like feel. We wanted a small-medium sized wedding and didn’t want a venue that was too large. We liked that we had the venue to ourselves the whole weekend and could stay at the house on site.

For our flowers, I wanted an unstructured bouquet, something with lots of natives that matched the rustic feel of the venue. I wanted neutral tones. The bridesmaids each had a bouquet made of one type of greenery, and my bouquet was a combination of all their greenery, and some native flowers.

My dress was designed for me by Anna Campbell, a good friend. I wanted something fun and not too traditional and she created a sparkling masterpiece. She has named this dress “Wanda” and it is currently in her new bridal line.

Matt’s attire was a Topman suit – as he likes his suits very tight (he got the super skinny).

My bridesmaids were my two friends from university – Tess and Lucy, and my friend Liv from school. They wore white Zimmermann dresses.

Our photographer was a good friend Harold, who does all the photos for my husband’s cycling brand. He is more of a sports photographer but did amazing candid shots which is what we wanted. My favourite photo is of us sitting on the end of the pier!

Our ceremony was very personal. Matt and I wrote our own vows and Matt’s cousin (who is more like a sister), got her celebrant license especially for our wedding so she could marry us. It was full of laughs and tears. My sister Lucy, read her favourite Dr Seuss poem, which was the only reading.

I walked down the aisle to Moon River – this was the first song that Matt’s parents danced to at their wedding. Matt’s mum died 3 years ago, and it was a very special moment walking down the aisle to their song. My sister Emma played this acoustically on the saxophone as I walked down the aisle.

There were quite a few special things we included on the day. Our wedding bands were Matt’s parents because we wanted to make sure his mum was a big part of our day. My sister playing Moon River as I walked down the aisle was a very special moment, as was having Em as our celebrant.

Wearing a dress from Anna, who I have known since she was sewing in the spare room of her old rental house in Brunswick, and having everyone on the dance floor was amazing. Our DJ also played the saxophone and roamed the dance floor playing saxophone during the songs – it was amazing! He really got people up and dancing and even started a conga line.

We didn’t have a first dance! We wanted everyone up on the dance floor after meals and speeches.

In terms of DIY, we did our own dessert bar with all our favourite desserts, a chocolate fountain and a tower of donuts (instead of wedding cake – because we’re donut people more than cake people). We also did our own DIY cocktail cart so that people could entertain themselves while we took photos, and so that everyone was well liquored. We had a leg of ham and bread rolls come out at the end of the night, for people to make their own ham and cheese rolls (my favourite food) to take on the bus on their way home!

Our wedding was catered by our favourite café Pier Street Kitchen, who don’t usually do weddings but did a great job – it was mainly big Middle Eastern share platters.

Every detail of the day was simply amazing!

One of the best stories from the day was Matt’s brother’s speech. He found a scrapbook I made Matt when we were 17 years old, for our 18 month anniversary. In it was a photo Matt had taken of his abs and sent me on MSN messenger, which apparently he took 30 shots to find the right one, and an email he sent me titled “Love Tips and Hints.”

My mum’s speech was also a good one as it was mainly made up of her telling everyone in broken English how handsome Matt is and how happy she was that he liked her cooking!

Wedding dress shopping and designing with Anna was definitely a highlight and standout in the planning!! We also had a GIF booth rather than a photo booth which was much more fun, and it sent the GIF to your phone that night and people could upload to Instagram straight away.

Wanda and Matt’s celebrant, Emily Hodges. You can locate her at @call.me.cupid

Five things that made our day special to us were: My Dress, our wedding bands, our beautiful celebrant, Moon River played by my sister on saxophone and of course, our ring bearer – Frida, our deaf French bulldog puppy!

Any advice I can give would be, to relax and have fun!

Photographer: Harold Lord / Accessories: Dinosaur Designs / Band: Melbourne Entertainment Company / Beverages: Tanglewood Estate / Bridal Robes: Anna Campbell / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Hairstylist: Hair By Britt / Makeup Artist: Melonie Santos Makeup Artist / Bride's Accessories: Dinosaur Designs / Bride's Shoes: Nine West / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Anna Campbell / Bridesmaid Accessories: Cos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Catering: Pier St Kitchen / Ceremony Decor: Poppy Culture / Ceremony Musicians: Wanda's Sister Emma / Ceremony Officiant: Emily Hodges / Ceremony Venue: Tanglewood Estate / Cinematographer: C2 Films / Dessert Table: Johnny Ripe / Dessert Table: Donut King / Dessert Table: Wanda's Friend Lucy / Dessert Table: Harry the Hirer / DJ: Melbourne Entertainment Company / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: TopMan / Photo Booth: PhotoSnap / Reception Venue: Tanglewood Estate

It’s Summer Month on Polka Dot Weddings! Summer takes us outdoors! Beautiful locations, breezy attire and bold colours. Be inspired by glowing sunsets, pretty cocktails, breathtaking vistas and more. We are excited to show off gorgeous real summer weddings and top tips from the wedding industry – from advice on the prettiest summer blooms through to make up looks to beat the heat (and so much more).

To all of our happy couples getting married this summer, we send you love and inspiration! Bring it on.