We have such a gorgeous wedding coming up for you this afternoon- a fantastic mix of eclectic fun with modern, urban backdrops! But first up, a peek of what’s to come with Mary and Dave’s wedding film captured by cinematographer Alex Ball!
A weekly round-up like any other – just beautiful! Of note this week were weddings with locations that display the magical versatility of our country’s unique landscape (a little patriotism for the upcoming Australia Day!). From desert sands to luscious gardens – we’ve got it covered!
Enjoy the long weekend everyone, and just in case you missed any of the action this week – here’s the low-down!
This Week On Polka Dot Weddings
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1.Real Wedding ~ Lisa & Adrian’s Vintage Wedding In The Dandenong Ranges 2.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Sara 3.Real Wedding ~ Sinead and Nathanael’s Vintage Free Spirit Wedding 4.Real Bride’s Journey ~ A Celebrant’s Own Proposal Story 5.Bride’s Forum ~ Desperately Seeking – January
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1.Expert Interview ~ What Would They Know? Kathryn Porritt of Pink Frosting 2.Wedding Planning Wisdom ~ Photobooths for Weddings 101 – Part 1 3.Ceremony Wisdom ~ Cultural Infusion For Your Wedding 4.Inspiring Photography ~
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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons
The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.
1.Real Honeymoon ~ To Vietnam, With Love
This week on Polka Dot Groom
Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.
The lovely folk at A Very Vintage Wedding Fair are spoiling Polka Dot readers with a ticket giveaway! Taking place at the Bleeding Heart event space in Brisbane on the 16th and 17th of February 2013, you and a friend could be enjoying a day of all things vintage and bridal simply by answering the following question:
Q . Who is your favourite vintage bride of all time, and why?
We can’t wait to read your picks, and should you be the lucky winner, we’d love to hear all about your day! Submit your answer via comment below!
See what’s on-trend and find inspiration at the 2013 Wedding Masterclass, hosted by the stunning Emporium Hotel in Brisbane on Wednesday, January 3oth. Guests will sip champagne and hear from experts in the industry, including hair, makeup, style and music, with multi-award winning wedding gown designer George Wu making a special-guest appearance. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Wu “Aurelia Dress”, 2013 Collection
Get up close and personal with the dazzling Henry Roth himself, at an exclusive Designer Day near you this February! Mr Roth will meet with brides personally, and help them find their Henry Roth or Michelle Roth dream dress, providing a top-to-toe consultation that includes hair, makeup, jewellery, Roth matching veils, gown measurement verification, silhouette and best shape advice, shoes and of course – bridesmaid gowns. Talk about a pampering!
Scheduled Designer Days:
February 2 – Sydney – Vision in White – For appointments phone: 02 9687 2443
February 16 – Melbourne – Raffaele Ciuca– For appointments phone: 03 9380 4044
February 23 – Brisbane – Andrea’s Brides and Grooms – For appointments phone: 07 3283 2993
It’s that time of year again! Sydney’s One Fine Day alternative wedding fair is coming up on the 2nd and 3rd of February, at Sun Studios, Alexandra. Bringing some of Sydney’s most talented and innovative wedding professionals together under one roof, including the likes of Photographers Sugar Love Weddings, Milliner Missy Jacobs and Florists The Sisters, this event will ensure inspiration for your big day! Purchase ticket here!
For more wedding events around Australia, check out our events calendar!
This week’s gorgeous wedding film comes to us from Belita Films. I love how it captures the quiet of the ceremony, the joy of the celebrations and all the beautiful moments in between.
Chas and Darren
What says beautiful Summer’s day like a joy filled beach wedding? Especially when it’s at a place so aptly named Rainbow Beach!
Photographs are by Sabra Creative Photography who captured the amazing scenery and love story with one set of very beautiful photographs.
The bride chose a special way to spend the morning. Explaining “I had a wedding morning brunch with my closest girl friends at the fantastic Penthouse #4 at Rainbow Ocean Palms which overlooks the magnificent ocean and beaches of Rainbow Beach, extending north to Fraser Island. Plenty of room for all the fuss and fun of the morning accompanied by breathtaking views. The Groom held a bbq breakfast down at Inskip point followed by polishing of the 3 bridal troopy’s. This was done as we chose not to have a bridal party – instead wanting to involve all of our friends in their own special way.”
Chas wore a Vera Wang gown. She explains “My grandmother had given me money which I chose to put towards the purchase of my wedding gown. Soon after our engagement I went to visit a friend who lived in New York City and for fun we went wedding dress shopping – I came back from the States with 2 wedding dresses – I maintain a girl just can’t choose without her mum. I later discovered once I arrived home, the dress I chose turned out to be a Vera Wang gown named ‘Joan’ – my grandmother’s name! Talk about meant to be! Of her flowers, Chas remarks “Mater Florist made my bouquet and the buttonholes for the groom and fathers. All profits are fed back into the services the hospital provides. ”
Chas tells her favourite parts of the ceremony. “I got to the church entrance I started to feel the tears coming – I promised myself I wouldn’t do that. But they came and as I walked down the aisle I felt the need to declare that they were happy tears which lightened the mood. ” Chas and Darren married at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
“But perhaps the funniest part of the ceremony was when my Dad went to walk away after giving me to my future husband and my veil got caught under his arm. I was leaning so far backwards I could see the roof as my mum and dad got tangled and then untangled from my veil.”
Of their photographer, Chas remarks, “Super star! Shawn (and her husband who was an extra bonus!) are very similar spirits to Darren and Chastina. Both have a love for troopy’s, 4wd-ing, camping and their dogs! We have a massive collection of artistic and portrait style photos to remember our special day thanks to the talent of this team. I have had many comments along the lines of “your photos look like they belong in a wedding magazine”. I love and appreciate the raw talent and skill that is required to shoot using natural light – without the need for massive, intrusive flashes and umbrellas. Shawn felt like one of our friends participating in our wedding day. She was extremely good at making the camera shy groom feel relaxed too. I particularly noticed she was a true professional when she observed the groom had “had enough camera time” and needed a break which was when she changed things up to take some single shots of the bride. The photos are breathtaking. Stunning. I don’t have words worthy to describe.”
Describing the wedding in a sentence, Chas says, “I think that it is best summed up by the title of my photographer’s wedding preview: ‘It doesn’t get much better than a barefoot, four wheel driving bride in a Vera Wang gown.’ ”
The reception was held at the Pavilion Restaurant, Rainbow Shores. Chas recalls, “The wedding co-ordinator Amy was the most accommodating person I could have imagined – even helping me to source fishing themed wine for the tables. The outdoor dance floor next to the bar was a huge hit – allowing for plenty of room for extreme expressions of dance. We specifically requested the chef tailor the menu to achieve this – we had fresh snapper fillets from a local boat and fresh prawns from Tin Can bay. I honestly sent probably 70 emails to Amy at Rainbow Shores – she was always prompt and very accommodating – a bride’s dream.”
Chas loved, “Choosing to do it our way – like Chas n Daz in a place of special meaning and happiness to us both. Rainbow Beach is a place where we love to holiday – a small beach-side community with genuine, friendly people, excellent 4wd-ing and spectacular scenery.”
Chas and Darren put their own touch on the reception. “We made our table decorations. Table runners were fashioned out of lengths of hessian. Upon these were stationed tea light candle holders made out of circular slices of timber. Posies of flowers from my mother’s garden in amber preserving jars softened up the tables. Each table was distinguished by a fish species. The table ‘number’ had the name of the fish plus on each side a photo of the bride with that fish and the groom also with his own catch of the same species. A blackboard at the entrance to the reception had the Catch of the Day: Daz ‘n’ Chas with the guests’ names. My mum made the 3 tier wedding cake – with the top tier being gluten free. The wedding topper was a Willow Tree figurine sourced second hand from ebay. My mum also sourced giant king proteas and geraldton wax for 2 large floral displays at the church altar.”
For their first dance, Chas remembers “Our first dance was to the lyrics of “all my life” by kc and jojo. We were in love with the meaning behind the song but found the cheesy-ness of the 90’s tune a bit off putting but despite hours of searching on the internet we could find no other appropriate version. We had come to the conclusion of using the 90’s version as we truly felt the lyrics were ‘us’. Then, as a surprise gift, my good friend recorded a version of her singing and playing the piano to use. So romantic. It was one of the best wedding gifts we received. I felt so rich having a song personally recorded for us, for our first ever dance together as husband and wife. An incident occurred at the start of the night whereby our MC lit ALL of our long burning sparklers (that we had intended to use at our first dance) as we entered the reception but as they were being lit, all ignited causing a flash like that of a welder. Our reliable DJ had back up bubbles and even one of my girl friends brought along ‘surprise’ sparklers of her own. It was great as everybody was on the dance floor soon after – even some of the groom’s mates were slow dancing arm in arm.”
Congratulations Chas and Darren! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Sabra Creative Photography for sharing today’s images!
Jaci and Ben
I love the fresh fun of a backyard wedding and the romance of marrying in a garden you’ve spent so much time in. The garden you’ve kicked a football in, watched the sun set with a gin & tonic in hand and now, celebrate your marriage in. The only problem is, I don’t think I’d ever be able to move! Jaci and Ben married at their home on the Gold Coast and the glittering candlelight, masses of white blooms and sentimental touches only added to the magic of their love story.
Jaci tells of how they met. “We met through mutual friends while we were studying at university. We were celebrating a friend’s 20th birthday at a popular Gold Coast club and Ben was the only guy on the dance floor surrounded by girls – all of the other boys were too cool to dance and were standing around holding onto their stubbies. I knew that I had to meet this guy … so I did … and the rest is history.”
Photos today are by Bek Grace Photography. I love Bek’s graceful way of capturing images.
Jaci walked down the aisle to Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am. Jaci explains, “We were married on the property Ben (the groom) grew up on and the reception was held in a marquee we set up in our backyard (also located on the same property).”
Jaci describes the wedding day as, “Everything we could have hoped for – relaxed, fun, and one giant celebration.”
Of their photographer, Jaci remarks, “Bek was absolutely amazing throughout the lead up to and on our wedding day. We did an engagement shoot prior to the wedding so that we could get to know each other and she was warm, friendly, fun and relaxed. She was totally happy to go along with whatever we were doing on the day and she totally fitted into the whole feeling of our wedding. She captured all of our ‘special’ moments perfectly and others that we were too busy to notice. She did an amazing job!”
Jaci says, “Having the wedding at our home I did a lot of the wedding set up myself. The DIY included all of the set up, chalk board signage, post-ceremony drinks and “we tied the knot” jars, table settings, place settings, centrepieces, lolly bar, all of the wedding favours, arrangement of the reception and venue flowers.”
Jaci tells, “We had my mother-in-law make our wedding cake and she used the groom’s grandmother’s cake tin to make the top tier. We also did a lot of things that were a little unconventional – we used large stones instead of a guestbook for guests to leave a message on and we used hay bales instead of chairs for our ceremony seating. We also dedicated the first hour on the dance floor to the songs we used to hear in the club where we first met – The Rose and Crown, Gold Coast. It brought back a lot of memories for our friends and, of course, us.”
As favors, guests received handmade hot chocolate on a stick placed in a sweet striped mug,
For their first dance, Jaci remembers, “We danced to Grover Washington’s “Just the Two of Us”. We wanted a fun song that wasn’t too serious but still had a ‘first dance’ feel to it. It suited us perfectly and it allowed us to pull out our unconventional ‘first dance’ moves.”
Congratulations on your marriage Jaci and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Bek Grace Photography for sharing today’s images!