Jacob & Dan

The brief for Jacob and Dan’s wedding? “Party!” The couple planned their perfect day together, with a focus on doing things their way. They tied the knot in a short and sweet ceremony at the gorgeous Glasshaus Inside and celebrated with their friends and family straight after. There to capture all the love was the talented Kate Enno. Below, Jacob and Dan share their story and the details of their wedding day.

We met when two of our closest friends started seeing each other – Jacob noticed Dan on social media and took matters into his own hands and reached out to Dan in a message. An immediate bond was formed, dates and drinks were had and the rest is history.

The best way to describe our wedding day is “less wedding, more party” – it was a short informal ceremony followed by a long and relaxed soiree. We chose not to have a formal wedding party as we wanted our closest friends and family to be able to relax and enjoy the evening.

The wedding was on November 16 at Glasshaus Inside in Cremorne. We chose to use Glasshaus Inside for both the ceremony and the “party”. It is a gorgeous Industrial warehouse in the back streets of Cremorne, full of lush greenery and industrial fixtures and fittings. It suited us perfectly.

We chose a cover of ‘I Will Follow You’ sung by Ricky Nelson to walk down the aisle.

We chose to wear matching Jack London suits slightly tweaked to suit our individual styles. Dan wore a black necktie, with cuffed trousers and black suede loafers, and Jacob wore a black bowtie with leather brogues – both were tied together with matching boutonnieres.

We kept the ceremony fairly short and informal. We used a friend of Jacob’s – Melissa Fahey from Mine Forever Celebrant Services. Her personal touch was second to none and we received so much praise from our guests as to how much they loved the way she delivered her words. Mel added a beautiful piece in which she read out our five favourite things about each other – the whole thing felt so personalised exactly to us and Mel even shed a tear, she was feeling the love so much!

Our photographer, Kate from Kate Enno Photography, is a very close friend of ours – we have always admired and loved her craft, and we knew that we wanted her to capture some stills from the day and she did an absolutely amazing job – thank you again Kate, you are truly gifted!

It was just amazing to have everyone together celebrating with us – there was so much love in the room it was overwhelming.

For our first dance at the party, we toyed with the idea of getting a dance choreographed to ‘Crocodile Rock’ by Elton John, however we decided to keep things a little more chill and just have a boogie with everyone else.

With some help from Mel from the The M Project, we actually DIY’d most of the wedding, from choosing furniture to hire, designing the floorplan, playlists, food etc. It was quite stressful in the lead-up, but we wouldn’t change any of it. It meant that the evening was exactly as we wanted it to be – a party!

We also had kick on drinks after the venue closed at an awesome speakeasy style bar called The Blacksmith Bar in Richmond. It’s in an old Ironmongers building and the façade and décor are beautifully thought out. The team here were so hospitable for an after party when we really had no idea how many would continue on with us. It was the perfect spot to close out the night!

Our advice? Make sure you plan the day for what YOU want as a couple, and not for what others might want!

Ms Floral Says: Congratulations Jacob and Dan on the day of your dreams and, of course, your marriage! Love that you kept things simple. The result was so beautiful.

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I won’t lie. I don’t know a great deal about vintage watches. But I do know one thing! And that is that Mr Tweed LOVES them. Stepping out of my comfort zone to research and purchase a vintage timepiece for him as a gift on our wedding day is something I am always so happy I did. I love the little smile he flashes me each time he puts it on his wrist on “special occasions”.

I have enlisted the help of Mr Tweed to bring to you a how-to guide for purchasing a timeless timepiece. – Ms Tweed x

Image by Will Chao Photography via Debra & Nelson’s Elegant & Classic Melbourne Wedding

A quality timepiece can last lifetimes – making them the perfect wedding day memento for your groom (or bride!).

With endless brands and models, the search for a new or vintage watch can be daunting. So here is my how-to guide for purchasing a keepsake to mark your nuptials.

  • Keep it classic and avoid fashion trends – you want timeless (pun intended), not something that will be dated in two years’ time and left in their sock drawer. Get it right and you’ll have an heirloom to pass down to future generations.
  • The days of oversized watches are numbered. Go with a watch of 42mm or less – after all it needs to be appropriate with a wedding suit.
  • Look pre-owned to save on RRP. But unless you’re an expert, buy from reputable vendors. Look for trusted sellers on Chrono24 (the global eBay for watches) or visit a reputable second hand watch dealer for high end purchases. You’ll find them in most cities.
  • Search the jewellery cabinet at pawn brokers, which usually have lots of vintage offerings. Check what warranty they come with and make sure you can return it if there’s an issue. Take it straight to a respected watchmaker to make sure it checks out.
  • Vintage options from brands such as Omega, Longines, IWC, Rolex, Tudor and Cartier will never go out of fashion. Expect to pay anything from a few hundred bucks to several thousand, depending on the model and condition.
  • Watch snobs prefer mechanical watches – wound automatically from the movement of wearing it on your wrist, or by hand. But don’t discount quartz; they are reliable, low maintenance, affordable and keep better time.
  • Do your research. No one wants to spend their hard-earned and then get a nasty – and potentially costly – surprise when it’s delivered to your door. Or simply choose from one of our handpicked selections below.

And just for fun, I’ve included 10 watches worthy of being your future husband or wife’s wedding gift, ranging from $100 to $10,000.

1. Braun

$100 – eBay

eBay can be a minefield if you don’t know what to look for,  but you can safely pick up a new Braun quartz for less than a hundred big ones. It’s a classic minimalist timepiece sporting Bauhaus design, and powered by a Japanese quartz movement. It will keep better time than the $10k Rolex below.

Braun Men’s BN0021BKBKG Classic Stainless Steel Watch via / Image via eBay

2. Timex Marlin

From $285 –

Whether the vintage-sized 34mm hand wound version or the more modern 40mm, the Marlin is an inspired choice boasting classic mid-century design. And from just a couple of hundred bucks, it’s in within reach of most. And brides, did we mention there’s a ladies version?

Image via Timex

3. Merci LMM-01

$385 –

The first watch by iconic retailer Merci from Paris’ Boulevard Beaumarchais, the LMM-01 (for La Montre Merci) is a pared back vintage inspired field watch that comes in both quartz and automatic versions. It might be simple, but the details are spot on. Dress it up on a leather band for the nuptials – save the fabric Nato strap for the honeymoon.

Image via Merci

4. Tissot Heritage Visodate

$475 –

A vintage-inspired modern classic and a true everyday watch measuring a very modern 40mm. Quartz versions are around $500, or double that for an automatic. Either way you can’t go wrong, whether on leather strap or mesh bracelet.

Image via Tissot

5.Baltic Three-hands

$540 –

One of the many young “microbrands” making waves in the watch world, Baltic produces achingly handsome watches powered by reliable Japanese movements at attractive price points. You can’t go wrong with any of their models, but this 38mm Three-hands on a leather strap is sure to stir emotions when gifted on your wedding morning.

Image via Baltic

6. Vintage Grand Seiko

From $1000 –

About the most watch you can buy for the money, choose a Grand Seiko from the 1960s or ‘70s and you’ll have a timepiece that rivals anything from the best Swiss watch houses. Once a Japan-only offering, Seiko’s high end spinoff brand has become the darling of those in the watch know around the globe in recent years. New examples will cost several thousand (still amazing value) but this 1969 example will set you back $1,300 from a seller in Japan and will be worthy inheritance for your grandchildren. Look for verified dealers on Chrono24 for peace of mind.

Image via Chrono24

7. Vintage Cartier Tank

From around $1300 –

You can spend $20k on a new solid gold version… or just a fraction of that on a vintage version of the deco classic that put the wristwatch on the map in 1917. They’ve been on the wrists of everyone chic including Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Muhammad Ali, Princess Diana, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Kim Kardashian (who actually bought Jackie O’s example for more than $500,000). Most de Cartier versions – a more affordable range launched during the 1970s quartz crisis that crippled the watch industry – can be had for around a little over a grand for clean example. A bonus – this is definitely a watch that can be shared between brides and grooms.

Cartier Tank Quartz Must de Cartier Fullset 681006 for AU$ 2,823 / Image via Chrono24

8. Nomos Club Campus

$1870 –

An entry level model from the small German manufacturer adored by watch aficionados, known for their high-value mechanical movements made in-house. It’s pitched as the model to celebrate milestones in life, such as graduating, starting a new job or … getting hitched. Nomos will even offer complimentary engraving on the case back to literally mark the occasion for decades to come.

Club Campus 38 night — NOMOS Glashütte / Image via Nomos

9. Tudor Black Bay 36

$4000 –

Tudor is Rolex’s sister brand – but definitely not the poor cousin. It’s a historic and fabled brand that has been risen to even greater heights with a slew of vintage inspired releases over the last several years. The Black Bay collection has been the cornerstone of brand’s resurgence. The 39 and 41mm dive watches are the most prominent in the collection, but this understated 36mm version is the pick for checking the time while waiting at the top of the aisle.

TUDOR BLACK BAY 36 WATCH – M79500-0007 / Image via  Tudor

10. Vintage Rolex Datejust

From around $7,500 – The Watch Gallery

About as iconic as a watch gets, this is one wedding-worthy time piece. More than any other brand bar the stratospherically priced Patek Philippe, Rolex watches become heirlooms and often appreciate in value. Expect to pay a little under $10,000 for an example like this 2018 version from bricks and mortar dealer The Watch Gallery in Melbourne. It will be perfect on his wedding day, and every subsequent day of his life.

Image via  The Watch Gallery

We are revving our engines over here because Menswear specialists M.J. Bale have just launched their new Winter 2020 campaign, Start/Up. William Phung, the PR and Social Media manager at M.J. Bale told us that, “Start/Up is all about engineering new ways and smarter plays to put the modern man in motion.”

The Polka Dot Bride team are loving the cosy and rich textures in this range, like the sumptuous velvets and woollen flannels. It’s no secret we love a pattern so we are all about the stripes and playful florals on show. It’s all in the details. M.J Bale are wowing us here with patchwork pockets and Japanese braid edging.

You can view the new lookbook full of exciting new styles right here.


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