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Tony and I could not be any different, yet we got along when we first met in one of the student organizations in our university. Tony proposed on his birthday in 2009 at Eureka Tower. He did not count on one thing; my fear of heights. After the proposal, I did forget about the heights and said, “Tentatively…yes”.  I was teasing him, of course it was a “yes”!

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

We had a weekend wedding instead of a day. This was mostly decided for us when the church and the venue that we wanted were not available on the same day.  The church was available on the Saturday while the venue, on the next day. So we thought, why not?

As previously mentioned, Tony and I are opposites, so we had a mishmash of things that are important to us to make the wedding ‘very Jennifer and Tony’. Having the two days meant that we could have different themes or feel for each day. Of course, there were also dilemmas that came with having a two day wedding such as – do we wear the same dresses? In the end, I settled for a wedding gown from Karen Willis Holmes. My hair was done by Melissa Angelina (0401 011 453) and makeup was done by Hermia Lee

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I also sourced different types of waist accessories such as these lovely custom-made flowers from Percy Handmade.

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I also had a lovely custom-made luncheon dress from W. is for Wilson which ended up being the colour inspiration for the whole wedding.

Dress by W. for Wilson

Details were important to us. We got lovely shoe clips from Chloe & Maddie to accessorize the bridesmaids’ shoes. We also opted for a custom-made ring bearer dish from Paloma’s Nest.

Bridesmaid shoes with shoe clips from Chloe & Maddie

Shoes by Mollini

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One of the highlights of the wedding was when the groom had to pick the bride up from her parents’ home as per our Indonesian tradition. Tony and his groomsmen had to carry out several challenging “tasks” before he could meet the bride.

Door blocking

Push-ups to get the bride

As I wait...

The 3 photos above was taken by Shysilia Novita.

We had a very formal Catholic ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I walked down the aisle to the hymn “God Who Created Hearts to Love” sung by the fantastic cantor, Paul Hughes. I carried a mix of yellow Ranunculi and dusty pink roses from Armadale Flowers. I giggled at the word “husband” during the vows! Our transport was provided by Abbey Road Classic cars.

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Cantor

Guests

Exchanging of vows

Exchanging of rings

Officially married

My bridesmaids wore outfits by Baccini & Hill and Alannah Hill

At the end of the ceremony

We finished off the day by taking photos around different locations in the city.

Taking photos around Melbourne

Group shots at Fitzroy Gardens

Since the formal aspect of the wedding was done on Saturday, Sunday was a day of fun. The reception was held at The International of Brighton. We had a very DIY approach to our centrepieces. We used doilies to add a touch of colour and tiny pots from Ikea filled with Alyssum (from Garden of Eden Nursery) (which also doubled as the bonbonnieres), soy candles in glass candle holders, and table signage which I designed and made myself. We also added personal touches around the room. We had a 4-tiered cake from Ab Fab Cakes topped off with a bride and groom sitting on top of a red scooter made by Maria Stevens, which was specifically requested by Tony (who has a red scooter). Not only did the scooter make it into the cake, it also made it to our guestbook wedding photos.

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Our centerpieces

Guestbook

More photos at the bridal table

Bridesmaids

Cake cutting

Just Jen & Tony

We danced to “Menikahlah Denganku” which means ‘marry me’ in Indonesian for our first bridal waltz. This song is important to us as Tony proposed using this song.  The highlight of the reception was when Tony serenaded me and the guests with his version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and it brought me to tears.

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Tony serenading

Evie & Jen

A photo-booth corner provided amusement for the guests during the reception. We did this by laying vintage-look fabric backdrop against the wall and providing mustaches, funny glasses, vintage frames and a top hat as props.

Photobooth

We all dressed up

Alas, the weekend did zip by but it was certainly a weekend to remember. Many guests commented that the whole wedding was ‘very Jen and Tony’!

As we ride off

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We would not have our wonderful wedding weekend without all our vendors. They helped to refine our ideas and provided us with invaluable advice/service that made our day even more special.

Ms Polka Dot says: A cute and colourful wedding for you today. What a great idea to hold it over two days  – a super way to stretch out the celebrations! Congratulations on your marriage Jen and Tony!

Jen says: I was a mish-mash bride, who loves DIY, vintage, cute-sy, eco-friendly or anything that tickles my fancy. Despite the wedding being done, I still love everything wedding and troll around on wedding sites looking at what other people are doing, still excited with ideas!

Photographer: Jave Lee from Jave Photography

Videographer: Kurioz Wedding

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This afternoon we have the lovely vintage styled wedding captured with such humour by Katrina from Third Eye Photography. We had to start with the adorable flowergirl, Chloe who seems to capture the relaxed vibe of this wedding.

Chloe, our flowergirl wanted her dress on before she had lunch. We had to wrap tea towels around her dress while she ate.

My friend Alyce drove from Bowen QLD in a yellow Kombi to Perth for our wedding. She drove the boys to the wedding.

My wedding dress featured full lace, with a lace cathedral veil, low back and fish tail from Hobnob Bridal, Perth. I was going for a vintage lace theme so my dress was perfect. I wanted something different and I was very pleased with my find. I’ve always loved lace, the more lace the better, I say! My niece was my flower girl -in a beautiful white fluffy dress and she looked amazing!

I was very lucky with jewellery. My friend worked at Kailis Jewellery. I was able to borrow diamond and pearl earrings which cost $16,000. Very lucky indeed! Naturally I was sad when I had to give them back to her after the reception!!

My best friend sister is the Manager of MAC in David Jones – Perth. The most amazing make-up artist. I was blown away how good everyone looked. A true artist!

A white stretch Rolls Royce supplied by Richmond Palace Limousines (phone: 0417 096361, email: [email protected])  picked me up from my parents’ house. I entered the church with my Dad to ‘In My Life’ – by the Beatles, played on a 18th century pipe organ. What an amazing sound!

Our wedding ceremony was held at St. John’s Church in Fremantle (this is the same church my Mum and Dad, and sister were married in). Luke is originally from QLD. So we had lots of friends and family travel from QLD to Perth for our special day. It was wonderful that so many made the journey over to Perth to celebrate our day with us.

Our wedding was held during the weekend of the Fremantle Festival. We thought this might have been a bad idea as the festival was going to be right outside the church. But we made good use of this and had some funny photos outside the church near some stalls.

I asked a friend of mine if she knew of any funky photographers in Perth. Luke and I were after a photographer that thought outside the square. She recommended a very good friend of hers, Katrina. We fell in love with her work straight away. We also wanted some different photos so we went to Hyde Park in Mt. Lawley. We were going for romantic photos (Luke and I regularly have lunch together at this park as I work only around the corner, so it is a special spot for us). We had some beautiful photo’s lying in ivy (was bitten by many bugs and possibly laid in duck poo, but it was worth it for the amazing photos!).

Even my shoes and Luke’s socks were matching!

My bridesmaid’s dresses were midnight blue and were from Brides Selection.

We were going for a funky ‘Blues Brothers look’ for the boys. Luke’s suit was from Politix. The groomsmen’s suits were hired from Penguins Formalwear. We bought the boys Ray Ban sunglasses and had their nick names embroidered on their ties.

We also had some photos outside our favourite bar in Perth, Helvetica; very funky.

Our reception was held in the Grand Ball Room – Duxton Hotel in Perth. My aunty, Janine of Janine’s Flowers (phone: 08 9336 1866) designed the floral arrangements. I love roses, and she did an amazing job with my rose bouquet, making it look very vintage. The table centre pieces were tall glass vases with white orchids flowing out of them. Amazing! Chair covers and back drop were from Wedding World.

For the bonbonnieres, my mum and I made cookies for everyone (they took us 16 hours – thank goodness for Mum). Every girl at the wedding got a ‘bride’ cookie, every guy at the wedding got a ‘groom suit’ cookie (these were also the name tags). They were a HIT! Despite the stress of making the cookies and finishing off the cake only a couple of days before the wedding; it was worth it.

I have a small side cake decorating business named Muffin Cup. As I was going for a lace vintage theme, I wanted my cake to have an old vintage look about it. I made lace out of icing, added pearls and drop crystals and had 25 handmade roses on top (made out of icing). My Mum baked the top two tiers (fruit cake) and I baked the bottom (chocolate mud).

My parents and I at the church.

We wanted something different for our wedding. Both Luke and I love having fun and joking around. So we really wanted our wedding to be filled with laughter and fun. Our wedding reception was filled with dancing. Our bridal party entered dancing into the reception room to ‘I’m So Excited’ – Pointer Sisters. Everyone then got up and danced (not one person was left sitting down) and we all then danced to ‘Your Love is Lifting me Higher’ – Jackie Wilson. It made for a relaxed and fun reception. We all danced all night. We love 60’s and 70’s rock and roll. So we only played music from these years. Everyone loved it! As I’m also a big Beatles fan, so our first dance was to ‘Something’ by the Beatles.

Ms Polka Dot says: Feast your eyes on this wedding full of heartfelt DIY touches made by the very talented bride Alicia herself and her equally talented mother. Congratulations Alicia and Luke on your wedding day and thank you for sharing your day with us!

Photography by Katrina of Third Eye Photography

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“They say rain is good luck on your wedding day…
Well, we sure do have a whole lotta luck coming our way!”

Sam and I have been together for over 10 years… high school sweethearts!

I organised everything for our wedding with a little help from my mum, mother in law and my gorgeous bridesmaids during my 6 month engagement.

We were married in our home town of Wagga Wagga in NSW on the 24th April, 2010. The ceremony was held at a winery just out of Wagga called Borambola Winery – and the reception was held at the Wagga Wagga Country Golf Club. We relished the opportunity to return home from Melbourne to spend time with our families, and spend the morning of our wedding in our parents’ homes.

Sam designed my engagement ring himself with the help of Chris at Melbourne Manufacturing Jewellers in Templestowe, Melbourne. An 18ct yellow gold ring featuring a brilliant cut diamond set on intertwining shoulders, surrounded by 8 smaller brilliant cut diamonds. I designed my split wedding bands to match my engagement ring. 18ct yellow gold bands with 12 brilliant cut diamonds on each to balance either side of the engagement ring. One of my rings, and Sam’s 18ct yellow gold band are engraved with the date of our wedding.

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The colour and theme for the day was black, ivory and green. As a graphic designer, I designed the invitations myself, featuring a little bird on 3 wires. The theme continued across the wedding (including lollipops, wishing well and wine labels).

Lollipops doubled as place cards and our bonbonniere.

I am a shoe fanatic!

I wore a silk ‘Essense of Australia’ gown. The colour was champagne. Sweetheart strapless that layered down into a small train. My shoes were ivory silk heels by Alan Pinkus. The bridemaids wore black, strapless Nicola Finetti dresses, teamed with gorgeous black headbands and pearl earrings. The flowergirls wore champagne and black dresses from Myer, Melbourne. Our hair was creatively styled by Unique Edge; an ‘up style’ amplified with volume, pulled back from our faces into a clustered bun.

I arranged a surprise gift for Sam and his groomsmen on the morning of the wedding – Cufflinks which contained the photos of our Grandparents. It was an added touch to our wedding – as we both have such large families, and not all our grandparents are surviving… Sam and his 2 brothers wore cufflinks with their grandparents, and my brother (who was also a groomsman, had our grandparents).

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The Wagga Wagga Country Club is a modern space that allowed a comfortable fit for our 140 guests. Paper lanterns, 3 ft balloons and beautiful fresh flowers surrounded the gathering – but unfortunately the rain prevented us getting some gorgeous photos on the pristine golf greens. Each of the guest tables had a single bottle of red wine which I designed ‘table number’ labels for. The wine was a Victorian Shiraz Merlot which tied in Sam and my newly found home, with our NSW heritage.

Sam and I in front of the historic Post Office building, Wagga Wagga

Sam and I delayed our honeymoon by a few weeks due to Sam’s commitment to the ‘Chelsea Flower and Garden Show’ in London, UK. He was part of the construction team that built the Trailfinders Australian Garden – and the opportunity for him as a Landscaper was too good to be missed… I joined him after construction, in London while the show was on – and after which we traveled for a further 5 weeks through Europe (to locations like Paris, Florence, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Santorini and many more…)

It was an amazing adventure! The first time overseas for both of us… After Sam’s hard work at Chelsea, it was a big tourist affair through some historical European countries, winding up in one week of total relaxation and pampering in Santorini, Greek islands.

At Borambola Winery, NSW.

If I was to offer all couples advice for their wedding day – it would be videography! Our videographer Libby from Chocolate Box Films was amazing.

You can watch our highlights video here.

Ms Polka Dot says: Thank you Emily and Sam for sharing your beautiful wedding with us. The rain certainly didn’t dampen the lovely atmosphere that shines through in the photography today – the colours, the sparkling bride, the gorgeous touches.

Photography by Kiley Blatch

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