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Sean & Matthew

Oh you’re in for a visual treat! Sean and Matthew’s surprise Sydney wedding was filled with all the sparkle, all the glitter and all the Kylie. The couple, who locked eyes on the dancefloor under the mirror ball at a club nearly 19 years ago, had a full circle moment by saying their vows under a giant mirror ball. There to capture all the amazing details and special moments on the day was was Mr. Wigley Photography. Below, Sean (a talented florist) shares how his 50th birthday turned into a surprise wedding and how he and Matthew pulled off this colourful and joyous celebration. 

Being a florist I have installed and worked on a lot of weddings over the years. I wanted ours to look unlike any of those weddings and to have a colourful party vibe. Also, legalised same-sex weddings was fairly a new thing, so I really wanted to really celebrate this fact. I kept calling it our Big Gay Surprise Wedding. So lots of sparkle, glitter and Kylie. Also, it was a surprise wedding to all our guests. We told everybody it was a party for my 50th birthday, which I had been talking about for quite a while. This had been in the planning for many months. I only proposed to Matthew about two months before the party. We then decided to keep it secret until the big day.

It’s strange being a florist but I really wanted to have minimal flowers. My close friend Lisa Cooper (of Doctor Cooper Studio) is a florist and does amazing simple sculptural work. The centrepieces were masses of roses in one colour with trailing tinsel. She also incorporated some mirror balls into some of them.

My team and I installed all the glitter tinsel curtains and backdrop, and I worked with The Balloon Crew on the design of the balloon installation above the table. I ordered a bespoke pink mirror table top for the giant “X”shaped table. I also sourced all pink dinnerware and anondised rainbow cutlery

The wedding was at The Venue in Alexandria. It’s basically a massive warehouse space. Initially I thought the room was way too big for our wedding, but then I thought it could really work to our advantage. I created what we called our “Glitter Box”. Guests walked into the darkened cavernous room. In the middle of the space we created a walled room defined by walls of 6m mylar tinsel curtain which you could see through. In the middle of the room was our dining table which everybody could sit at in the shape of a big “X”, which had a pink mirror top that reflected the tinsel and balloon installation above.

One of our  favourite parts of the night was when we announced to everyone that they were here for our wedding. All the guests were enjoying cocktails and canapés. Jessie, our celebrant, walked into the room and announced that we were here for a party but first there was to be a wedding. Everyone started screaming and yelling in surprise. Only my sister had a feeling. It was an incredible, fun moment.

We had just returned from a European holiday and had great fun shopping in Paris and London for our outfits. Matthew wore a DSquared jacket, Alexander McQueen shirt, Hugo Boss pants and Christian Louboutin shoes. I wore a Dior jacket, Armani pants, Lanvin shirt and Dior trainers.

Having made hundreds of bridal bouquets over the years, I decided I needed a groom’s bouquet. I left it in Lisa’s hands as she knows what I love. It was one of my favourite things of the day as it was a surprise. Stunning colourful Colombian roses with lots of sparkly trailing tinsel strands and some special trailing orchids.

As soon as we decided to get married the first thing I did was book our celebrant who is also a friend, Jessie Cacchillo. I have been lucky to go to some weddings where Jessie presides and she does an amazing job at setting the right tone. We wanted a short ceremony but still personal and fun. Jessie had everyone laughing and crying at all our stories and anecdotes. We also included the poem ‘I Want to Be Your Personal Penguin’ by Sandra Boynton as a reading. This moved quite a few guests to tears.

For the glittering finale of the ceremony, we played Kylie’s’ ‘All The Lovers’ while huge rainbow glitter canons exploded behind us. Daz from Mr. Wigley Photography captured the perfect moment of Matthew and I embracing after we are announced as husband and husband and the glitter canon going off above.

The food was really important to us. I have known Christine Manfield for many years and she has run some of Sydney’s best restaurants. Her Asian style food was amazing and perfect for the share styled dining we wanted.

Minnie Cooper the drag queen sang ‘Singing in the Rain’ with her 12 dancers in raincoats and rainbow umbrellas. Decoda Secret did a performance of Kylie’s ‘On A Night Like This’ with lasers and fireworks.

As a complete surprise to Matthew and the guests, I organised a show to this great live version of Kylie’s ‘I Should Be So lucky’. I sang (or more like lip synched) to Matthew, complete with 12 back up dancers,  huge inflatable hearts and glitter canons.

Who were the standout vendors? We employed Emma Delaney to run the day and night for us. She made everything so easy and corralled all the dancers, drag queens, confetti canons and fireworks, not an easy task! For our photographer, Mr. Wigley was the only choice for us as we had worked together before through my business and has always done an outstanding job.

Ms Floral Says: Congratulations on your absolutely amazing surprise wedding and on your marriage! Thank you for sharing your story and incredible images with us. We wish you both a beautiful new chapter as husband and husband.

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Dreaming of walking down the aisle with a little glamour? A little added style? Then the brand new “Royalty” collection from designers Pollardi is worth a look.

Inspired by the modern style of a queen, the collection is filled with gowns that are styled with utter elegance. There are stunning lace fabrics, bevelled silhouettes, handcrafted embroidery, sweeping rains and beautiful ball skirts. These are gowns that bring a sense of occasion, a sense of elegance to the aisle.

Designer Marina Vasilyeva draws on her knowledge of what you, as the wearer, want in a gown and executes each piece with that in mind. The luxurious detail, the sophisticated styling, radiating through gowns aptly named with titles like “Endearment”, “Solemnity”, “Duchess” (one of our favourites, with a deep v neckline and delicate sheer embellished sleeves), “Dynasty” and “Gracefulness”. The collection has a  mammoth 34 gowns, yet each holds its own, has its own distinct personality and each one curated with a sense of knowing exactly what she offers to its wearer. Dream over the stunning embellished lace sleeves and classic silhouette of “Solemnity”, the sparkling gown of “Gloss” with her twinklier bustier bodice and A-line skirt, the drama of “Splendorous” with her high neck, unique beaded detailing and open back, and the beauty of “Endearment ” with her show stopping ruffled skirt.
The designer sharing “The philosophy of the collection is based on elegant luxury and the cachet it commands. A Pollardi wedding dress allows the bride to rightfully feel like the queen that she is, and accord her with the perfect look for one of the most important days of her life.”

Pollardi is available in Australia at selected stockists. Find them here.

 
 

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Happy Monday Dotties! An exciting new week to look forward to!

Now is the time to plan your wedding and lock in your important vendors, as things wind down for Christmas – be inspired by our Polka Dot Directory to choose vendors from Pre Marriage Services,  to Bridal Gowns, we have Jewellery and Wedding Planning – we even have Hair & Beauty and Celebrants.

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

A country venue in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken showcases the best of country hospitality with a rustic and carefully thought out vibe. With reception facilities and accommodation on site, there are the wide open spaces, perfect for photo opportunities. Indoor ceremony options include the gazebo, the Oak Room and the large Wine Shed for a larger guest list while outside there are a number of options to enjoy everything this country venue has to offer. With caring hosts and a team who are keen to help you craft your perfect day, Roomba’s may just be the venue for you!

We asked Simone of Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken five questions in five minutes:

Weddings are the best to work on because….

There is always a happy ending after spending such a long time planning. The excitement leading up to the big day for couples is a joy to watch

What is something people would be surprised to know about your job or something that challenges you about your job?

The amount of back and forth emails in the lead up to the big day, and then to have changes sometimes made last minute can be tough. We always accommodate these changes though 😊

What is it about the creative process that you most enjoy?

Definitely the set up. Collaborating with the couples on how the tables will be set up long with their décor in the venue is our favourite. Especially when it all comes together on the day. Their smiles are priceless

What are you hilariously bad at?

Public speaking on the microphone…..I leave this to the DJ/Band or the MC ha ha

When you were small what did you dream of being and where have those dreams taken you? When I was young I wanted to own a business with my mum. And this is exactly what I have done. Family run businesses are the best!

 

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Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.