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Vendor of the Week – One Great Day

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Happy Monday Dotties! We are so excited to dive into the week of love. Love hearts are flowing around the polka offices this week (and you can bet we have plenty of excuses for red and pink lollies!)

Just engaged or in the thick of wedding planning? Choosing your vendors is a serious business! You have to feel a connection with them, know that you can work with them, and that they’ll have your back in all circumstances. We have so many great vendors to choose from, in the Polka Dot Directory who would love to help you with your wedding day. We have Celebrants, we have Styling and Hire, we have Wedding Gifts & Registries and Wedding Planners – we even have Bridal Gown Services and Food Trucks! Connect with the vendors in our Directory – you’ll find the perfect vendors to help you.

Check out the Polka Dot Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Image by Tess Follett Photography

Image by Pierre Curry Photography

Image by Tess Follett Photography

Ensuring the wedding ceremony is a highlight of your day, is one of Rachel of One Great Day’s goals. Wanting to capture all the love between two people, injecting some personal flavour into your ceremony, keeping it real and yet fun, Rachel gets to know you so that she can tailor your ceremony to your needs. With a background in events and communication Rachel is experienced at calming your nerves and allowing the magic of your day to unfold.

We asked Rachel of One Great Day five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite reward after a big working day?

After the shoes are off and I have reacquainted with the couch, I love a green curry and a glass of red wine and a good movie!

Favourite weekend get away?

When I lived in London it was a weekend away to Paris. But here in Melbourne, it would have to be a nice cottage near some gorgeous vineyards or the beach.

What is your most prized possession?

While a lot of people might think it would be the lovely handbag I treated myself whilst on my own honeymoon… 🙂

My most prized possessions are my gorgeous husband and my adorable little daughter.

Favourite restaurant?

I have been known to frequent Trunk Restaurant in Melbourne CBD, but I love to keep it local and head to The Plough in Footscray too.

What do you enjoy most about being in the wedding industry?

What I love the most about my job is the different couples that I get to meet all of the time. Every relationship is unique and special in its own way. I really love getting to know each couple’s love story as well as the little quirks that make them special and unique.

There is nothing better than seeing the look on the bride and groom’s faces when they see each other at the ceremony.

Visit  One Great Day’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. One Great Day is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.

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Snapshot Sunday – Into The Sunset

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Meri & Raul’s Chic Beachside Engagement in St Kilda

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Meri & Raul

Today’s chic beachside engagement in St Kilda captures everything I love about the beach. The wild winds, the moody tones, the billowing clouds, the grey skies. This is the beach that I adore. Captured beautifully by Caroline Sada Photography, Meri and Raul wanted a “simple and minimalistic ” feel to their engagement photos, the pair choosing much loved Melbourne beachside suburb of St Kilda as the setting for their story to unfold.

Meri tells the story of how they came to be. “We met online. Having a very busy time in our lives left no opportunities to meet new people so going online on a dating site at the end of a tiring working day was a good change. It was exciting to come home to a new message in the inbox and sharing thoughts in the late hours of the day. We quickly realised how much we have in common and couldn’t wait to meet face-to-face.”

On what they love about one another, Meri speaks “I believe we have similar views on life and how we want to live it. I love Raul’s determination, commitment and the ongoing desire to develop his professional and personal skills. He can also be the sweetest, most helpful and considerate person. I believe he appreciates my openness and people skills as well as a good sense of humour we share.”

The groom proposed in a completely “Them” kind of way, says Meri. “It was really quite spontaneous and I think this was the best way to do it. I wouldn’t have preferred a cheesy “ring in a champagne glass” act and Raul’s not really a very classically romantic man. We understand each other well and there is no need to overdo things to make it feel special.”

Meri remarks “We wanted something simple and minimalistic yet an environment that leaves a bit of space for playfulness. It was a rainy day so it worked really well going with a bit more dramatic, darker colors of our outfits and cloudy/moody backgrounds. I love the fact that it’s not too happy-go-lucky style sunny photoshoot with overly romantic posing but something quite natural.”

Pastel Sunset Winery Wedding Ideas

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The beauty of pastels always adds such a soft, elegant charm to a wedding and today’s pastel sunset winery shoot brings together stunning tones of hydrangea blue, blush pink and encapsulates the femininity of a spring celebration.

With Wilson and Lewis Photography behind the lens at the beautiful Coriole Vineyards, floral designers Bella In Bloom and Blooming Bridal created lush pastel bouquets, with a circle ceremony backdrop and table garland, while Bluebelle Studio designed delicate stationery and signage. A three-tier cake by The Sweet Tooth and petals for tossing by Just Throw Me were the finishing touches.

Our brides, Melissa Tyson and Neroli Newton, dressed resplendently in gowns from Caleche and  Karen Willis Holmes from The Vintage Bride Boutique, had natural hair and makeup looks styled by Make-Up By Kelly Lynch and Lisa-Marie Lynch.

Photographers Tereza and Tony of Wilson and Lewis Photography tell, “This shoot was designed to be a fun, light-hearted celebration of marriage equality. We chose to use pale pinks and blues for a light, airy feel and to complement the beautiful dresses. The upbeat photographs reflect the love, happiness and joy all couples, regardless of gender, deserve to celebrate!

We didn’t stop laughing all day and you can see the happiness on the faces of our beautiful brides. Throwing colourful petals in the air and seeing them float in the wind was a highlight of the day. Mother Nature showed her support too and the skies opened up to give us gorgeous golden light at sunset.

All couples deserve the right to experience the joys and wonder of their wedding day, but more importantly to experience the adventure of marriage for the rest of their lives.”

Photographer: Wilson and Lewis Photography / Flowers: Bella In Bloom / Flowers: Blooming Bridal / Bride's Dress: Caleche / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bridal Salon: The Vintage Bride Boutique / Invitations & Stationery: Bluebelle Studio / Signage: Bluebelle Studio / Wedding Cake: The Sweet Tooth Factory / Flower Petals: Just Throw Me / Venue: Coriole Vineyards / Makeup Artist: Make-Up By Kelly Lynch / Hairstylist: Lisa-Marie Lynch / Model: Melissa Tyson / Model: Neroli Newton