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Natalie & Rob

With the quintessential Yarra River in Melbourne as a backdrop, Natalie and Rob tell us all about their beautiful nuptials at St Ignatius Church, Richmond. You can’t help but fall for this modern yet classic and understated wedding. Filled with fun, laughter and Indian dancing, Blumenthal Photography was there to capture all of the love on the day.

Nat tells their story… We met at the tender age of 18 during high school at a party. Celebrated many milestones together – turning 21, travelling overseas and graduating from uni.

Of finding a dress, Nat explains the Pronovias Dante dress was one of the first I tried on. I continued looking, however I always gravitated back to that one! It was a figure hugging, off the shoulder dress. It was simple but beautiful and had intricate beading with a long train. It suited my hourglass figure perfectly. I decided to change the straps during the reception so I could dance the night away! My veil was also beautiful and very long with lace detail.

The Groom, Rob wore a classic black (and blue) tux with vest. He wanted something a bit different but not too out there, so opted for black and blue.

My favourite colour is purple and so my bridesmaid’s dresses were Lilac, which also worked with a Spring Wedding! I had 3 bridesmaids and I wanted all the dresses to be different to suit their personalities and body shapes, we purchased these online from Shona Joy.

Finding a wedding venue took as a while, we love to travel and drink wine and were torn between having a winery wedding and one in Melbourne. In the end we visited Glasshouse and once we did, there was no turning back. Glasshouse organized nearly everything. Although we brought in some of our own decorations, like a picture book, guest book sign and spirits to be served.

We really wanted to have a relaxed but fun wedding, we figured having both locations in the same area would allow for ease for most people (a lot of my family is from Sydney too) and then could just relax at a bar during the break before reception.

We also knew we wanted to get married at St Ignatius in Richmond, it was where Rob’s grandparents were married and unfortunately are not alive today so it was a very special church for us. Finding a priest was a bit tricky but we knew who we wanted and he was calm and made us feel at home plus went a bit rogue and went around asking our family and friends for advice for us during the ceremony!

I really wanted to make sure to include our families and close friends. Those that we couldn’t have in our bridal party all had a special reading or something to feel included in the day.

Our ceremony was beautiful, I was extremely nervous about being the centre of attention and being able to walk down the aisle without falling over (its a very long aisle!) at St Ignatius! Once I saw Rob though, everything was okay. I wasn’t worried, I wasn’t stressed, I was happy. We selected a few different readings from the bible for our ceremony. One from Tobit 8 4b-8 in the Old Testament which discusses wanting a wife for a true partner and wanting to grow to an old age together.

The Second reading was from Ephesians 5:2a, 21-33, a similar version to the typical “love is kind” however it discusses committing whole heartedly to one another, being thankful for each other’s love, being honest, and happy together.

I walked down the aisle to: Can’t help falling in love, instrumental song.

My sister was Maid of Honour, my cousin was bridesmaid and my best friend was also a bridesmaid. Robs best friend was best man, his brother groomsmen and another good friend as well. My brother was MC for the night!

We looked for florists but we went with Thrive Flowers they were awesome and one of the only ones I saw who I didn’t feel was trying to make my vision into something they wanted (or make me pay more!!). We chose classic white and green flowers., with touches of lilac in the freesias for the bouquets to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. We used big flowers for the reception.

Our photographer was chosen from a recommendation by our venue – we went with Blumenthal Photography. Silvio was great, calm and we didn’t feel on display or on show at any point of the day! They also have 2 photographers without an extra cost, so there is no rushing in the morning to attend both the Bride and Grooms house. Plus, there are also a few different angles of the ceremony. Our videographer was These Wild Eyes and Ben produced amazing videos for us – we couldn’t be happier!

For our first dance, we chose Perfect by Ed Sheeran. I absolutely love Ed Sheeran and when we both first heard this song, we loved it. Especially as it talks about falling in love very young and despite that, making it through and looking to what your future will be like together.

One of the favourite parts of the day and most incredible surprise was that my siblings organised a flashmob! All the wedding guests got up and danced together to Jai Ho! We had no idea but loved every minute of it!

We decided not to do any DIY elements for the day, as I am a teacher and not overly creative, but also didn’t have a lot of spare time! However, I loved how all the outfits and flowers came together. Even the coasters we used as bonbonniere’s were a hit – as well as the table names – I really loved pretty much everything! You spend so much time planning and you don’t really know what it will actually look like till the day.

We had a special, after wedding lunch the next day that was for family and overseas and interstate guests. The lunch included guests wearing Indian outfits, but was at an Italian restaurant to incorporate both of our cultures and heritages.

Everyone had a great time! We all especially enjoyed the flash mob my brother and sister organised to Jai Ho.

A favourite photo from the day would probably have to be one of Rob and I with the city skyline in the background!

Planning a wedding is not always champagne, cake and happiness! It takes a lot of time, effort, research and wanting to make everyone else happy especially trying to incorporate the different families as well as traditions of Italian and Indian heritages. But in the end when you see your special person, none of that matters because you made it and you cannot wait to stand in front of all your family and friends and declare your love! Do what makes you happy, you will try and try to make everyone happy but remember it is your day and just enjoy it! It will actually be the best day of your life.

Ms Zebra Says: We wish both Nat and her new husband Rob a lifetime of happiness – and dancing! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.

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  • Ceremony Officiant
  • Fr Chris Monaghan
  • MC
  • Nathan Spence (Brother)
Their love story… We knew each other from around the town. I (Emily) went to a grammar school and he went to the local public school. We were ‘on and off’ since we were 17, then settled down together at 22 and moved in together soon after that! I think when we were young we both knew we were going to end up together because we really did have that instant attraction and connection. It was really strong and everyone around us knew we would end up together. I think being so young when you meet your ‘forever person’ it becomes a bit scary. But I wouldn’t change a thing because we are perfect for each other and really know it is true love!

Emily and Shaun’s proposal story is one of those moments that you think is simply too good to be true. It’s a combination of perfect planning, as well as luck!

We were holidaying at the Hilton in Sorrento, Italy. We had a club room with the most amazing views over the Mediterranean. After a beautiful dinner with our families, Shaun kept insisting that we go for an evening walk in the gardens. I was not in the mood for any walking after such a feast so kept refusing and was determined to head to bed. We got back to the room and Shaun asked me to hang out on the balcony with him. We were sitting overlooking the water and admiring a huge cruise ship that had arrived in the port. It was such a clear and stunning evening and the moon was full over Mount Vesuvius. The next thing I knew, he was asking to marry me!

It took me by surprise and by the time I had a chance to respond (which of course was a “yes!”) the cruise ship lit up and the most amazing display of fireworks over the water appeared. It was one of those incredibly emotional, overwhelming yet magical moments that you just would never forget. It was absolutely perfect timing.

Their love for Italy followed through their wedding theme that Emily describes as “Italian, minimal and natural.”

Italian – for our love of Italy. And natural because we are right into organic living. My sister and I have an eco/organic beauty salon and my mum, being from India, has always taught us the importance of natural medicines, yoga/meditation and organic living. We wanted our wedding to represent who we are.

We really put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find the ‘perfect venue’. We spent three weeks travelling up the coast from Byron Bay to Noosa in the search for our venue. After weeks of travel nothing compared to The Anchorage which almost felt like a second home to us, as we spent many weekends and holidays nearby at my parents holiday house in Port Stephens and relaxing at the beach beside it.

I wanted the ceremony to really represent Shaun and my personality and passions as this has crafted our journey as a couple together. Our love of Italy and travel together was represented by our smaller touches such as the lemons around the welcome sign. We didn’t write our own vows as we used the vows from the church. We had a catholic priest, Father Kevin, from the parish do a ceremony out of the church for the first time! That was really special.

Every detail of Emily and Shaun’s styling and decoration for their wedding was made from the heart.

My dad is an amazing man who is always putting us first and helping us with everything we do. He is really handy so I wanted something that he had handmade to be the centre of the ceremony. So he decided to make the arbour; it was beautiful and meant so much to us.

The handmade signage was made by Shaun’s parents, and my sister’s calligraphy on the “take petals” sign was extra special.

We are very into a natural way of living so didn’t like the idea of having soy candles. My aunty decided to gift us with the most amazing hand made bees wax candles for the centrepieces. They were absolutely stunning and I had three hand-carved ones that we made for the ceremony; candles that were lit by my family, Shaun’s family and then us as a couple. It was a really special touch.

I wanted to continue with a timeless theme so went for white roses with magnolia leaves and greenery.
My mum is very talented with the sewing machine and she handmade the beautiful flower girl dresses and added the black and white touch. We wanted to ensure they tied in with the bridal party. They looked absolutely gorgeous! I was so amazed at how all these talents that were present in the wedding came together so beautifully on the day; each having such a beautiful story behind them.

We are such a close family and unfortunately, my grandfather had passed away. So to bring him to the wedding my aunty collected rose petals from his gorgeous garden which we included down the aisle. My grandmother gave me my grandfather’s pin to add to my bouquet. He was a fighter pilot in the Indian air force and that was a very big part of who he was. This was a very special touch. Seeing a sea eagle soaring above us during our vows bought a tear to our eyes and we could feel he was with us!

I always assumed the ceremony would be my favourite part and then being able to relax after it with some food and dancing. But once I was getting out of the car and everything was set up perfectly, holding dad’s hand as we walked towards Shaun, and seeing all the people we loved there for us, it was so surreal and magical. Hard to explain, but when you spend months planning something and everything just comes together in one special moment it just means the world to you. And that’s how I felt.

We had so many photographs that we love and each one retells the story of our day in such a memorable and happy way. We really fell in love with the bridal and family photos, particularly the ones during the ceremony that showed that raw emotion of happiness. Family means everything to us so seeing the smiles on their faces was really special. We also loved the beach photos with just the two of us, the lighting is really soft and there was no sun. These were so beautiful and again a very special moment in time.

We met our photographer Florent of Florent Vidal Photography and he went above and beyond to ensure our day was special. He ensured that his photographs would be a true representation of the day. Another thing we didn’t want was photoshopped images and ones that followed a trend. We wanted our images to remain timeless and he really did a good job with this.

A memory they’ll never forget…

We arrived at a Sunset Beach to get some photos of the sunset and someone (none of my bridesmaids admit to this) took my slip-ons out of the hire car. I was so devastated as my shoes were never going to work on sand so had to be barefoot. For anyone who knows me, I am the biggest germaphobe so naturally walking across the park barefoot wasn’t how I imagined this evening. We were halfway towards the water and, of course, I hit a massive bindi patch! Shaun had the bottom of my dress plus my flowers in his hand and offered to carry me across but it was never going to work. Then a lovely lady who was having a bbq nearby ran me over her thongs; mind you I never share thongs. I had to accept the kind gesture and put on the lady’s thongs and put all my germ worries behind me. She saved me from my bindi patch and I was able to continue on with the photoshoot. It was such a kind and weird gesture but it will have us laughing one day, later on.

Emily has this sage advice for future married couples to be…

Finding time for our date nights are important and I really recommend this, particularly before the wedding. It was such a nice time to really relax together and share wedding ideas and moments.

Ms Zigzag says: What a gorgeous couple! I love how they let their love for all things natural and organic flow through their design and style of their special day. 

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Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding - Polka Dot Bride

You can’t help but feel the magic of Sarah and Sam’s garden wedding – which took place in a hidden garden in the Perth CBD. Sarah imparts a little of her bridal wisdom, after enjoying a dreamy day outdoors and dancing under the stars!

As cliché as it sounds “DON’T STRESS”. Enjoy every moment of your day because it really does go so fast. Sam and I took 15 minutes to ourselves to soak it and each other in. I would highly recommend a few minutes alone.

Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding - Polka Dot Bride
Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding - Polka Dot Bride

Polka Dot Dream Team...

The below wedding vendors made this magic happen and are part of the Polka Dot directory. Visit their portfolios to learn more and enquire about their services!