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It was all fun and games for Alex and Ben when they first met, playing together on the same touch footy team. Though it took a season for the two to connect, the club’s break up party was only the start of their forever summer. Fast forward, the couple celebrated their marital vows at Melross and Willows Estates in the picturesque countryside of the Kangaroo Valley. A breath of fresh air, bohemian setting and playful vibes, the couple was surrounded by cattle and horses, laughing friends and loving family, together dancing into the sunset.

Lovereel’s videography team captured the ceremony and celebrations from every angle to replay: the cheers, the tears and above all – the beautiful match these two make.

 

Ms Zigzag says: I love all of the styling details from the wedding, from the big arrangement of flowers taking centre stage at the ceremony to the beautiful tablescapes at the reception. 

About Lovereel: With various wedding video options to choose from and all the raw footage at your fingertips, Lovereel offer an affordable yet highly professional wedding videography experience.

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Bouquet designed by Katie Cooper Floral Design. Photo thanks to Love her Photography.

One thing’s for sure, I like my bouquets BIG! So if you like Fox and Rabbit bouquet designs and want to book us for your wedding day, then believe it baby you’re getting something solid. Larger bouquets are really fun to build. They can be so layered and interesting. But beyond a florists personal satisfaction, I believe big bouquets provide better value for your hard earned dollars. You will not be disappointed by something large, but you could very well be underwhelmed by something petite.

I have found that larger bouquets last longer as they tend to be sturdier. With fewer stems to support each other, small bouquets are typically more fragile and can look significantly different, far more weathered, come the end of a long wedding day.

I also believe that big bouquets photograph so much nicer than a smaller version. See for yourself below, a selection of my favourite OTT bouquets, by some of Perth’s leading floral designers.

Big doesn’t have to mean obnoxious.

The right, experienced, floral designer can ensure that your bouquet, while big, isn’t shouting in your groom’s face. With the right mix of blooms and the correct palette, a big ass bouquet can still fit the soft and romantic brief.

They’re fun.

Big bouquets are a joy to carry. You don’t have to be too precious or careful with them. You can throw them in the air, swing them down the street, cover your whole face with them, and steal smooches behind them with your new wife or husband.

Bouquet designed by Fox and Rabbit. Photo thanks to James Simmons Photography.

They’re dramatic and unashamed.

Carrying a big bouquet definitely makes for a dramatic statement. They don’t shy away from being extra. They own their power and put on a show for everyone to see. In fact, the only thing a big OTT bouquet doesn’t say is “Hey there, I’m subtle”. So while it’s easy to understand why you might want to match your big personality with a big bunch of blooms, a shy bride might also consider that a large bouquet will take some of the daunting prospects of ”all eyes on you” away, and redirect them to your bouquet.

Bouquet designed by Amber Jasper Stylist. Photo thanks to Peggy Saas.

They’re packed with personality.

With such a large design surface, there are lots of floral options to pack your bouquet with. Layers of texture and form bursting at the seams. An experienced florist knows how to ensure your BIG OTT baby is bold for all of the right reasons and not just a big old mess.

While a big bouquet will come with a big price tag, these beauties are in an enormous portion of your photographs and will be in the forever memories printed throughout your home. So I strongly encourage any bride who likes the look and sound of a large OTT bouquet, to consider splurging on this prized item and save elsewhere. You might consider eliminating or downsizing flowers on cocktail tables and coffee tables that will be long forgotten about. For the item that will be with you all day, in your hands, your photos and your memories, get that one right! Big is best!

Bouquet designed by The Bohemian Flower Collective. Photo thanks to Ben and Ebony

They’re heavy.

Big bouquets are heavy. They’re made with fresh, real flowers. Have you ever picked up a single stem of king protea before? Those things are legitimate weapons on a stick. So specifically if you’ve asked for natives in your bouquet, be prepared to do some reps before walking down the aisle. Or simply utilise your helpful bridesmaids and pass the parcel if you need to rest those wrists.

Note: We always make an effort to show our brides how their bouquet has been designed to be held. Different shapes have different tricks and tips that allow you to alleviate the weight. Ask your florist how to show you how to hold your bouquet when it is delivered the morning of your wedding. 

Bouquet designed by Signature Floral Design Photo thanks to Keeper Creative.

Ms Zebra Says: Couldn’t agree more that an OTT bouquet is the way to go!!! Why not? You get one day to shine, you may as well make it big!!! Thanks Rebecca for sharing your intimate knowledge of all things bouquets!

About Fox and Rabbit: Fox and Rabbit has been delivering premium, fresh flowers in our signature unstructured, unkempt and unpolished style, across Western Australia since 2010.
By day we create one-of-a kind arrangements from our flagship store, located within the stunning State Buildings, Perth. By night our large scale floral installations can be found across events and weddings, from ballrooms to backyards. Find out more here.

Image by Drobot Dean / Design by Sh Jewellery 

It’s easy to get swept up in the romance of buying an engagement ring – the bright lights, velvet displays and shiny diamonds dancing to a loop of Debussy wedding classics. The immaculately manicured and sweetly perfumed sales assistant obviously knows what she’s talking about, right?

Assuming she does, it still pays to have a personal checklist of what’s important to you when making one of life’s most precious investments… So you don’t end up making impulse decisions with your Bling Goggles on.

Before frisbeeing your Mastercard across the counter at the first sight of a 5-carat diamond, refer to this pre-purchase checklist of must-have inclusions every reputable jeweller should offer with the sale of an engagement ring.

PROOF OF QUALITY & AUTHENTICITY

If the diamond isn’t GIA-certified, laser-inscribed with a unique serial number and sold with matching certification papers, back away from the counter – do not pass the bowl of free Minties – do not collect a catalogue on the way out.

As the world’s leading authority on diamonds since 1931, the GIA ‘s unbiased gem grading processes offer protection to diamond buyers through establishing global quality standards and authenticity.

Buying a diamond that’s not GIA-certified is like hiring a wedding celebrant without sighting their registration certificate. You could risk it, but it’s not the kinda thing you want to do twice.

Image sourced via GIA 

WYSIWYG

When shopping for wedding cakes, you don’t just flick through 2D images in a photo album that’s been thumbed by hundreds of other couples; you want to taste, touch, smell and experience freshly-baked cakes until you find ‘The One’.

The same is true of diamonds. Choose a jeweller that specialises in diamonds and showcases an impressive range of physical stock to experience first-hand; not a retailer who claims to have access to “wholesale diamond prices”, but stocks a smattering of sample diamonds from which you place an order, having never even seen ‘The One’ that will ultimately feature in your ring.

When buying a diamond engagement ring, make sure What You See Is What You Get, and you can actually meet the diamond you’ll be spending the rest of your life with – not just a carbon copy.

Photography by SH Jewellery

FREE LIFETIME AFTERCARE

Buying an engagement ring is more than a lifetime commitment to your partner, it’s the beginning of a relationship with a trusted jeweller who promises to maintain your engagement ring for the life of the diamond.

A jeweller who is serious about post-purchase service will offer complimentary lifetime aftercare to ensure your ring continues to look as dazzling in fifty years’ time as it did the day it left their showroom.

At a minimum, this should include a complimentary cleaning service every six months to keep your engagement ring in peak condition aesthetically.

Photo by serhiibobyk

FREE CLEANING KIT

While a trip to the workshop every six months provides a deep cleanse to revive your diamond’s fire and remove built-up dirt and bacteria, an in-home cleaning kit is a great in-between tool for removing superficial blemishes, hand creams, oils, beauty products and household substances quickly and conveniently with a specially formulated solution and purpose-built cleaning brush.

Before committing to a jeweller, check if they provide a free cleaning kit with detailed aftercare instructions on how to use the kit so you can confidently care for your new ring from home between services.

Photography by SH Jewellery

FREE LIFETIME INSPECTION

Reputable jewellers will also offer a complimentary lifetime inspection service to identify any maintenance required, such as claw tightening or stone resetting, an inevitability of wearing your engagement ring daily.

Ask the jeweller if they provide free inspection and if the ring needs to be sent away for repairs. Check if there are any postage or insurance costs involved and inquire about the typical turnaround time in the event your ring needs to be sent away. Ideally, repairs are performed onsite and complete within a week.

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EXTENDED WARRANTIES   

Experienced jewellers who know their product and are confident in the quality of their metals and workmanship will offer extended warranties at no additional cost.

They don’t need to upsell you aftercare service, because they know – from years of designing and making premium quality diamond engagement rings – the chances of your ring developing faults are slim to none.

Shop around and compare warranties to make sure your chosen jeweller offers strong guarantees with reasonable terms and conditions.

For warranties to remain valid, it’s common for jewellers to request your engagement ring be inspected at their workshop once a year so maintenance issues are identified early. If this is the case, ask if the jeweller sends reminders to ensure you keep on top of your maintenance schedule for the warranty to remain valid.

Photography by SH Jewellery

DON’T SETTLE FOR MUST-HAVES

For more pointers on finding a non-commissioned Jewellery & Diamond Specialist who offers more than just the basics, check out this 9-Step Checklist for choosing a trustworthy jeweller and browse hundreds of reviews from shoppers who’ve recently purchased diamond engagement rings.

Ms Zebra Says: For any couple looking to purchase an engagement ring in the near future, you cannot go past this great and informative post! SO many things to think about, I know I’ll keep this in my back pocket. 

About the author SH Jewellery: As an independent jeweller, the SH Jewellery collection is exclusive to our brand, allowing us full creative freedom over the look and feel of our engagement rings and wedding bands. All our rings are designed in-house at our Springvale showroom, combining decades of design history with modern influences from across the globe.

 

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!