Carmen & Alex

Today’s gorgeous couple were super lucky to squeeze their dream wedding in just before the COVID-19 lockdowns in Australia. Carmen and Alex tied the knot in a gorgeous city ceremony at Melbourne’s Half Acre, surrounded by friends and family. Their wedding was packed with personality, as well as old and new traditions (including a tea ceremony and a first look). There to capture all the details was the talented Black Avenue Productions crew. Below, Carmen shares just how fun her wedding day was and how after all the couple’s hard work planning, it turned out perfectly. And be sure to scroll to the end to see their amazing wedding film by Duuet.

Alex and I married on March 8, 2020 at Half Acre in South Melbourne. I would describe our wedding as rustic, cosy and magical.

For my flowers, bunny tail was a must! I wanted latte/blush/dusty pink colours.

Alex went with light colours, white suit, black pants. He wanted something different, something other than the usual black tie attire.

As soon as I tried on this dress by Nifi Bridal, I knew it was the right one. There was no doubt or difficulty with choices.

Our photographers, Lowina and Derek from Black Avenue Productions, are the best. Their service was beyond excellent. From the initial contact, Lowina was warm and approachable. I had many worries and concerns that she easily made right for me with her witty ideas. She even planned my timeline for me; without that I wouldn’t have known where to start and what to do.

Lowina and Derek worked like ninjas throughout the day making sure that every moment was being captured, I barely saw them sit down at any point. Even my relatives were commenting on how good their work ethic is. They taught us what to do to make the photos look good, so for people who are not familiar with posing, there will be no issues at all because they make it fun and natural during the shoot. Most importantly all the photos came out perfectly! Every single one of them, I love it. Can’t thank them enough.

I always wanted a chapel-like space to walk down the aisle in, however, we are both not religious so it was difficult to find a chapel-like place that is not in a church. When we saw the restaurant space in Half Acre and knew this was it! It was exactly what I’d imagined, triangle ceiling with lots of natural light shining in. It’s beautiful.

For our wedding we wanted very rustic and different. We didn’t want the traditional ballroom style wedding. The warehouse style of Half Acre was perfect. We fell in love with the triangle ceiling and glass panel along the roof of the ceremony area.

Our first dance was a cover of ‘Girls Like You’ by Maroon 5, covered by Jada Facer & Kyson Facer. The lyrics say it all.

Carmen and Alex’s wedding video by Duuet

Ms Floral Says: What a stunning wedding that marries tradition, the seaside and an epic city celebration! Congratulations Carmen and Alex on your marriage and saying your nuptials in such sensational style.

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t’s a virtual toast to The Big Smoke” this June on Polka Dot Weddings as we launch The City Issue!

While beautiful gardens, rustic farms and picturesque wineries are indeed superb, as a true city slicker myself there is nothing more exciting than the energy and colour of the “concrete jungle.”

Who doesn’t love walking the mean streets of a bustling metropolis, getting squished on a subway, devouring street food or wreaking havoc in a department store?

Until we can once again (and we will, we will!) explore the bright city lights of, oh I don’t know, say Sin City? Mexico City? The City of Love…The City of Angels or Vatican City?… Let’s plan our visits and events in the big and little cities right here on our Aussie shores. After all, they are among the best and most liveable in the world.

Whether by sea or tucked inland, our cities are brilliant and they are reopening, needing us more than ever to strap on our sneakers, grab a map and get exploring.

The city vibe is a source of inspiration to art, culture, fashion, events, food and of course, weddings! We will look at urban menswear trends, the best city spots to have your photos taken and share our recommendations on exquisite venues right here in our local concrete jungles. Or maybe, you are seeking some respite from the hustle and bustle without leaving the hood? We also have you covered with parks and sanctuaries in the heart of the city.

And as always, we will feature the most stunning, elegant and hip real weddings set against that unmistakably exciting backdrop of a city skyline, where the twinkling lights of skyscrapers become your own personal festoon.

From warehouses to laneways, the sky(line) is the limit this June on Polka Dot Weddings. Follow all the fun here.

Danni & Rob

Today’s lovebirds met when they were just 18 and say it was love at first sight and they haven’t left each other’s side since! Fast forward to their big day and Danni and Rob celebrated their love for each other at a rustic and relaxed wedding at Camp Sunnystones in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. Surrounded by family, friends, gorgeous country styling and tipis, there was a definite party vibe in the air, and it was all captured by Hey Babe! Photography. Below, Danni details how their dream wedding came together, from the proposal to the planning, and her advice for those soon to tie the knot.

On the day Rob proposed, I was waiting for Rob to come from work and it was a few days before Christmas. He phoned ahead and said he’d be a bit late. When he got home he asked to give me my Christmas present early. He blindfolded me and walked me out to the backyard and my son took my blindfold off. And there was Rob down on one knee! it was such as a surprise!

We married at Camp Sunnystones in Bacchus Marsh. Our wedding was a big rustic, casual, fun party!

My dress, from Zavana Bridal, was amazing! It was form fitting beaded dress with intricate patterns. I knew it was the one when I put it on. My consultant was so patient. I think I tried on 20 dresses!

Rob’s attire was exactly what I pictured him in. Chino pants, navy blue blazer with a red bow tie.

Camp Sunnystones was perfect for us.  Self sufficient with country views. Our ceremony was outside in the sunshine and very casual, just like Rob and I.

We walked down the aisle to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Tenerife Sea’. It was Rob’s choice.

Our ceremony spoke lengths about who Rob and I are as a couple and included our family. We have two boys who were with us the whole time and we chose our own vows and kept it light!

My favourite photo from the day has to be the one of Rob and I walking down the aisle and our loved ones throwing the flowers on us with big smiles on our faces.

My bridesmaids were my sister Emily, my sister-in-law Ebony and one of my best friends, Lang! I wanted the girls to feel as comfortable as possible and feel great. I gave them a colour palette and let them choose their own outfits.

We had big tents erected for the festivities and it was amazing!

Our photographer, Hey Babe! Photography, was amazing! Alysha made us feel comfortable and had a plan of action ready to work through on the day. She accommodated any request we had and made sure we had a fantastic day.

We wanted everyone to have a night to remember. We chose everything ourselves after careful deliberation and wanted the right atmosphere on the day.
Swans Lane Event Hire had amazing items we used for our special day!
Brins Cakes and Sweets made our wedding cake. Everybody still raves about.
My advice for future newlyweds? It’s your day do what you want to do! Rob’s and my wedding was uniquely ours.
Ms Floral Says: What an atmosphere! I can just feel how fun this day was from your words, Danni, and from the incredible imagery by Hey Babe! Photography


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