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Amanda & David

Amanda and David met through a  mutual friend almost 14 years ago, when they had just finished high school. The couple remained friends over the years, then one day decided to take Amanda’s dog Jazz for a walk together. After that, they found themselves spending days on ends together and the romance blossomed. When it came time to get married, Amanda and David wanted to achieve a romantic, modern and chic wedding… And that they did! Below, Amanda tells the story of her wedding day and how all the perfect pieces came together with help from some incredible vendors. There to capture its loveliness? The super talented Kyla from Love & Other Photography

We married on March 7, 2020. The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church in Williamstown and our reception was at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne.

David’s suit was from Oxford. He wanted a classic black suit with ease and comfort.

I am lucky enough to have a super talented graphic designer as a sister, so we designed our invitations and day-of stationery together which was so special. We were on the same page from the beginning and it set the tone. I really wanted my invitations to be special as it was the first glimpse of the wedding for our guests.

I had never imagined what my dress would look like. I decided to visit only three designers so I wasn’t overwhelmed. The moment I met Megan at Marquise Bridal we just clicked. I can’t imagine having gone through the experience with anyone else. Every visit to the atelier was exciting and never stressful

My dress was fully beaded, fitted with a side split and low back. It was romantic and modern. I felt 100% like myself in it and loved it so so much.

We have always loved the Williamstown area. St Marys was the only church we visited. Its size was perfect, the blue stone exterior was beautiful and Father Greg made us laugh the second we met him so it was a no brainer!

Both my mum and dad walked me down the aisle to ‘I’m Kissing You’ by Des’ree.

We really wanted it just to be the two of us when we took our vows and became husband and wife, so we decided to ditch the bridal party tradition. It was so special and we’re so glad we did it.

We knew we wanted our ceremony to be quick and no frills. We had readings by some special friends and family members which was our way of including people as we didn’t have a bridal party.

We’d both never wanted to have a “traditional” wedding or reception venue – we wanted an empty canvas, something modern and different. As soon as we visited Two Ton Max we knew it was the one. From the exposed beams, the simple space and hanging lights it was meant to be. We instantly knew we’d have a good party there!

Florals were by the incredible Rebecca at Little Lady Blooms. Bec and I met and I gave her a brief of our colours, vibe and vision. From there I let the master do her thing! We went with hydrangeas, dahlias, roses, orchids and foliage. Everything was perfect and just what we had dreamt of!

Every vendor stood out to us! I am so proud of each vendor we used. All of our styles and vision came together perfectly and there was nothing to fault.

We had the incredible Kyla, who owns Love & Other Photography, shoot our day. We felt like our friend was just snapping photos of us, which really made it such a fun and easy process. Because we didn’t have a bridal party we were able to visit so many locations and just stop the car whenever we saw a spot we liked. It was a lot of fun and Kyla is so talented. Every time we look at our photoa we have a new favourite.

Our first dance was to ‘I Knew I Loved You’ by Savage Garden.

For a special heirloom, I used the bag my mum used at her wedding.

We really wanted to make sure we had great music all night – this was a party! Dave is a music lover and he put together the best list and worked with our DJ to make sure everyone was dancing all night long.

My advice for future marrieds? Cliché but it’s all about the two of you so make sure you do what you want, stay true to yourselves and it will be magic!

Ms Floral Says: Congratulations on your marriage and such a beautiful wedding! Your venues were stunning, as were all your styling choices. It looks like a great day was had by all. We wish you both all the very best and thank you for sharing your story with us.

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Oh cocktails! A delicious, fun, and fabulous concoction of fun, sophistication and frivolity in a glass and SO. MUCH MORE. Especially when it comes to weddings. Increasing in popularity, “Cocktail” is a wedding format, a styling theme, a dress code, a signature drink on arrival and of course, cocktail is a vibe. It’s summery, and it’s celebratory. But how do you plan one? We got you covered dotties!

This November on Polka Dot Weddings, we’re mixing it up with up with a splash of real cocktail wedding features, a squeeze of expert advice on cocktail dress codes and etiquette and adding a dash of fabulous catering and styling inspiration.

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Chelsea & Brendon

Chelsea and Brendon’s original wedding date was set for August 8, 2020, but due to COVID-19 they made the tough decision to “pull the pin” and postpone it to early next year. They chose to do an engagement shoot (with their wedding photographer, Kitty from Lily & Twine) the moment they decided to postpone their wedding as they really wanted to mark that day in a special way. The original wedding date was special to them because of the numeric sequence and auspicious numbers in Chinese culture. Below, Chelsea and Brendon share their engagement story and how their engagement shoot unfolded.

We became engaged in a simplistic family picnic with our fur baby. After seven years of dating and Chelsea thinking it will never happen. I (Brendon) had thought of a grand plans to propose such as the cliché New Years eve, or hot air balloon flight but realised if I had committed to a such a gesture Chelsea would have suspected something was up. So I had decided to organise a Sunday picnic at one of our local parks. I spent all morning getting things in place (e.g. secret photographer to capture the moment, location etc.) whilst Chelsea was none the wiser in preparing the food for the picnic.

We arrived at the park which was extremely busy with other events and families which hid the secret photographer well. Once I had helped setup the picnic, I told Chelsea that I was going to take Tilly for a walk to ‘calm her down’ where we walked far enough for me to slip on a bandanna asking if ‘mummy would you marry my daddy’, and to Chelsea’s surprise and delight I was down on one knee after she realised what the bandanna had said.

The thing we love about each other is the little quirks that is unique to each of us that only each other notice and understand. For example, Brendon playing and signing the same song on replay over and over.

When the day of our engagement shoot arrived, things were looking a bit concerning as it had been pouring rain the night before. During the morning, the rains was still on and off however we still held out hope and went out to purchase the goodies in readiness for the picnic and in the process grabbed a bite at a local café.

It was about 12pm we finished having lunch and the weather situation had not improved in fact it had got heavier with rain. We had organised with our beautiful photographer to meet up at 3pm as such we were still holding out hope and constantly checking the BOM radar.

As 2pm approached, we got a phone call from our photographer Kitty (of Lily & Twine) to say that things were not looking so good with the rain continuing, grey clouds everywhere which left us with the options of having  postponing, choosing an alternative location with shelter or hoping for a small miracle. As Kitty knew how special the day was to us she wanted to do something and worked frantically to look at other potential locations and had decided there was other possible alternatives but that would be going away from what we envisioned of a natural scenic backdrop. We decided to give it to 2:45pm to make the decision whether we postpone or move it to another location.

In that 45-minute window there were some expletives and small meltdowns as we didn’t want to change from the natural scenic location or not doing something to mark the day. We were starting to feel extremely disappointed as how we alternatively wanted to celebrate the day was now not looking possible as well. We still decided to get ready just in case things turned for the better and literally 15 minutes before having to make the call, blue skies had appeared, and the sunshine was out.

We received a phone call from Kitty and she had joked that a small miracle had happened for us with the blue skies and sunshine out with no rain on the BOM radar in site. Kitty was amazing and a trooper where we all raced to the location to ensure we can do the shoot and capture the spectacular last light for the time of the year.

The engagement shoot took place at Belmont Wetlands and a surprise secluded spot that we found on an unplanned adventure we undertook with our wonderful photographer Kitty.

We chose this location as we are adventurous people and love going for walks to explore new sights and nature. We found this location from a bike ride we went on one weekend.

The adventure was an ‘on the run’ decision we all made as we had underestimated the distance to trek in the original plans of having some shots in the wetlands and then proceeding to the beach dunes for a sunset picnic. We took a detour hoping it would be a shortcut to the beach and went on a bit of an adventure through bush and creeks (it was only small puddle of water from the rain but according to Brendon it was a creek) and through this found this hidden spot where we were able to setup our picnic and capture the gorgeous last light and sunset of the day. Although we didn’t find the beach, the secluded spot was a wonderful alternative where our brilliant photographer Kitty was able to capture some of the stunning shots (even though there were some dingo tracks in the area). Although we didn’t find the water, the adventure was a much more memorable moment as we trekked almost 10 kilometres during the day with a picnic basket, high heels, photography equipment and in pitch blackness by the time we found our way out of the bush and wetlands.

Ms Floral Says: What a special way to honour your ‘should-have-been-wedding-day’! Thank you for sharing your story and we wish you all the best for your wedding next year.

Polka Dot Dream Team...

The below wedding vendors made this magic happen and are an approved part of the Polka Dot Directory. Visit their portfolios to learn more and enquire about their services!