Champagne Region

When Mr W proposed to me along the river Seine in Paris, all I remember is the glint of the ring and the crying, from both of us.  Whenever we tell the story I always prefer Mr W’s version so here it is. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

Mr W’s Proposal

“After a day of drinking Champagne and getting a bit of dutch courage in the system I tried to find the perfect spot to pop the question.  The garden by Sorbonne University  was that perfect spot but once we got there  “DO NOT SIT ON THE GRASS” signs were everywhere.  The only other place to sit was a park bench which pigeons had desecrated.

Failing that idea, we went down to the river and found a little spot to sit and drink our wine.  The wine was flowing, the ring was in my hand and I was ready to do it, when all of a sudden, out of the blue, a tiny dog comes along, does what dogs do best and relieves himself right in front of us.  I had to take stock and after mentally preparing myself again I was ready to go.  It was at this point that I saw a homeless man stumbling down the path straight towards us.  He limped past with his bottle of bourbon in hand, lent up against a building a few metres from us and … need I say more.

Deflated, I thought it could not get any worse but I spoke too soon as a tourist group of about 30 people thought it was a nice place to sit and eat their lunch.  By now I was stressed and the wine was getting low so I didn’t have much time left.  It was now or never. So I dropped a knee in front of an unwelcome audience and the rest is history.

Looking back on it, it wasn’t the perfect proposal that I had in mind. But at the end of the day I get to spend the rest of my life with the most perfect girl”.

Notre Dame

Melanie says: “I’m a kiwi girl who lives in regional Queensland and am planning a wedding in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Come with me as I experience the perils of organising a destination wedding in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

Ms Gingham says: “I for one would very happily ignore a urinating dog or two and a hoard of tourist groups to be in France, with Champagne and a gorgeous new fiancee to top it off! Anyway, I’d be blinded by the sparkle coming off my ring to notice much else! Cheers and congratulations to Melanie and Mr W for sharing a most romantic and humorous story with us. I can’t wait to hear more about their wedding journey.”

Polka Dot Bride Shop

I moved to Barooga from Melbourne in January 2010 for work. Michael moved to Barooga in January 2010 from South Australia for football.

I had seen Michael around the football club, but we had never bumped into each other. After our first encounter and a month of dating the rest is history as they say. I got transferred for work two months later. Michael had to stay up at Barooga for football but once that was finished, he moved down. All my friends where surprised how fast it was going but from the first time our eyes met I knew he was the one … he gave me that warm fuzzy feeling! They ask how do you know he’s the one. I can’t explain the feeling he gives me when he smiles at me, or gives me a hug or even knowing that he will always be there for me! I believe in fate and that things happen for a reason and this definitely has come true with both of us moving interstate for different reasons only to find each other and fall head over heels in love.

Michael got down on one knee after a fabulous day spent in Daylesford. I was so happy and excited. I wanted to scream it from our balcony!

Our Engagement shoot was held back in my home state of Tasmania, at Josef Chromy Wines. The settings were fantastic, with the autumn garden feel and then more shots in the vineyard.

Apple Blossom Weddings provided the props and styling for the shoot, using a colour scheme that would really pop in the autumn garden setting. Styling was kept simple with red, pink and white. This included heart bunting, red velvet cupcakes and streamers wrapped between silver birch trees as a backdrop.

As soon as I got engaged I knew I wanted Belinda Fettke as our photographer! We worked our date around her! She is a fantastic person to be around and takes inspiring shots …. I can’t wait for the wedding pictures!

Photography by Belinda Fettke

Abby says: “I’m a newly engaged happy girl! I am trying to organise a vintage garden wedding in Tasmania whilst I live in Victoria. In the meantime, I will also be moving at least twice and be very, very busy with work”.

Ms Gingham says: A gorgeous start to what’s sure to be a wonderful wedding. Thanks so much to Abby and Michael for sharing their story with us! Also,many thanks to photographer Belinda Fettke for providing such beautiful photos.

Our wedding was on the 31st of July 2010 in Brisbane and we were surrounded by friends and family, which made it such a special day. We really could not have asked for more and feel so blessed to have had such a joyful and memorable wedding.

Tim and I saw each other before we were married as he had to come over to my house with his groomsmen for a tea ceremony with my family. Traditionally, the groom and his groomsmen have to endure several ‘door games’ and challenges before the bridesmaids allow them to enter the house.  This was a fun way to start the day as it included some off-tune singing and dancing!

My dress was a strapless silk-taffeta ivory gown from Carla Zampatti. I found it on the first day that I went dress shopping and when I tried it on, both my sister-in-law (also Maid of Honour) and my mum agreed that it was perfect. The floor-length veil that I wore was borrowed from a friend, which to date has been used in four separate weddings!

The ceremony was held at International City Church, Fortitude Valley. I walked down the aisle to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five. One of the most memorable moments was when our flower girl stopped walking halfway down the aisle to say hi to someone… She then had to be led down the rest of the aisle!

Tim wore a suit and shirt from Oxford with a brown and beige plaid tie from French Connection UK. The bridesmaids’ dresses and sashes are from Portmans.

One of my favourite parts of the day was relaxing at a café with our bridal party during our photography session when we shared coffee and milkshakes and just enjoyed each other’s company – like we always do.

Our photographers captured these beautiful sunset shots at the Oxley Creek where we put our bridal party to the test by making them (and us!) climb through a barb-wire fence. We then had to make our way through knee-high grass where we opened a bottle of champagne in the middle of the field and had a toast (as you do…)

We wanted our wedding to have a simple, rustic theme and used some DIY ideas to accomplish this – from the picket fence sign to photos strung up on twine – these DIY details made our day even more special and personalized. In the months leading up to the wedding, we collected as many food cans from our friends as we could and my dad spray-painted them in white, ivory and taupe. My mum, sister-in-law and I then decorated these with fabric, printed paper, ribbon and lace. These were then filled with fresh flowers and used throughout our ceremony and reception and decoration.  We also searched Lifeline for fabric bound books and used these as table numbers, which our friends patiently traced and cut out for us.

A friend helped us with the floral arrangements and she did a stunning job with the bouquets – roses, stock and fluffy, ivory carnations. Other flowers that we used for decoration included puffs of baby’s breath, Easter daisies and snapdragons – which are my favourite.

The reception was held at Mirra in Fortitude Valley. We loved it because it was so unexpected – a beautiful converted warehouse in a very non-descript alley.

Our photographers – Cath and Rich from Vivid Photography. We chose to go with Vivid because their images are so vibrant and full of life. Cath and Rich made us feel so comfortable and at ease on our wedding day that they actually started to feel like part of the bridal party! They managed to capture our wedding as we remember it – full of joy and laughter.

Ms Polka Dot says: What a delightful wedding this is! So full of family love and tradition, yet dainty and modern at the same time. Congratulations Tim and Joanie on your wedding!

Photography by Vivid Photography