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Luke and I met in 2007 at a friends 30th at The Eastern, Bondi. I was instantly attracted to his infectious smile and sense of humour (plus it did not hurt that he was easy on the eye). We exchanged numbers and after several weeks of messages and phone calls he took me on our first date to Max Brenner, Paddington.

In 2009 Luke and I planned a trip to The Barossa Valley for my birthday. While I was enjoying a massage Luke organised a beautiful picnic with local cheese, fruits and wine and on bended knee he proposed next to Jacob’s Creek. It turns out the ring had been hidden in my birthday present and the massage was a diversion so he could get the ring out and re-wrap my present (he had even packed a second ribbon so I would not be suspicious).

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Luke and I were married on Saturday 9th October 2010 at Milton Park Estate, Bowral. Our day was filled with love, humour and fun and we were surrounded by our closest friends and family. We wanted a romantic feel to our day and to compliment the natural beauty of our venue.

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Our ring dish had the words “I carry your heart” engraved. They are the words from our favourite poem by EE Cummins and Luke’s sister read the reading at our ceremony.

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Hair was by Rosa from Total Bliss and make-up by Margaux McLarin-Caddin.

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The bridesmaids’ dresses, flower girl outfit and my second dress were designed and made by designer Karina McIndoe from Iesha Designs. I ended up having two dresses as I wanted a traditional dress for our ceremony and a dress I could dance the night away in at the reception. I worked closely with both designers to ensure my personality could be seen in both dresses. As a surprise she also made me the most stunning veil I had ever seen. My shoes were by Alan Pinkus.

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My ceremony dress was by Connie Di Genni (located in Wollongong, NSW, phone: 0413 493970). Connie  made my traditional gown using french lace & tulle. She had made my dress when I was a flower girl over 20 years ago and I love her work!

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Luke and I have a racehorse named Iridese and he absolutely loves the track. So I was not surprised to see the races on in the back ground while the boys were getting ready..

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… not to mention a TAB form!!

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Amongst all the madness of the day Tash and I take a minute to enjoy the moment. It is memories like this I will cherish forever.

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My beautiful Nan fell and broke her hip 3 days before the wedding. She lent me her diamond earrings as my “something borrowed”. As we have always been very close it was important I had part of her with me on the day.

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Our flower girl Allegra quickly warmed to our photographer, she is so cheeky and loves the camera.

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Our gorgeous flowers were from Leah Mitchell Floral Design

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My aisle!! A bride’s worst nightmare in heels……

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Our ceremony was styled by Sheree from She Designs I have always loved her style and passion for weddings.

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Luke decided he wanted a unique colour for himself and his groomsmen… The boys later told me he tried on every suit in the store before deciding on a chocolate brown single breasted suit with an off white french cuff shirt from Spurling Formal Wear.

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We wanted a personal ceremony so I asked the mother of my friend of ten years, Linda Sinnott (located in The Illawarra, NSW, phone: 0447 488330) to marry us. It was her first wedding as a celebrant which made it all the more special. It meant so much to have something so close to us marrying us.

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Simon’s Jewellery (160 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW phone: 02 4229 9430) designed my engagement ring and our wedding bands.

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Doing my happy dance!!

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Our mums are the best of friends!! We could not separate them on the day.. But then again why would we want to…..

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Our stationery was designed by Essentric.

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We had photos from our engagement shoot in silver frames all around our reception.

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Our cake was a banana cake with passion fruit icing from Simmone Logue, Double Bay, NSW.

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The idea behind our reception was to plan it like a big dinner party. We had a combination of round and rectangular tables to make the room less formal, Ella’s Holiday (a local jazz band) played softly throughout dinner and continued late into the evening.

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Luke and I secretly went to dance lessons for 6 weeks before our wedding, as a surprise for our guests.  Our first dance was to “The Way You Look Tonight” Steve Tyrell. It was so much fun and eased the stress during the lead up to the wedding.

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Our amazing MC, Geoffrey asked my beautiful Maid of Honour, Natasha to marry him 3 weeks after our wedding. They have been together 10 years!

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One of my favourite memories of our day is dancing the night away with my stunning cousin Nicola…..

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… and all of our friends and family!!

Ms Polka Dot says: Today’s wedding feels so joyous and is full of feminine touches – soft and pretty but at the same time set off elegantly by the dark mens’ suits and green leafy surroundings. Thank you Elesha and Luke for sharing your wedding with us and congratulations on your marriage!

My name is Elesha, and I was recently married to my best friend and love of my life, Luke! We have our own little (canine) family but can’t wait for the world to stop turning so we can settle down and start our (human) family. We love getting outdoors with Jazz & Oscar, spending time doing up of little home and catching up with our friends and family.

Photography by Lakshal Perera

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Edward and I met in London on Australia Day 2006 at a pub in Liverpool Street London through mutual friends. After getting to know each other we realised we had numerous friends in common back in Melbourne (where we were both from) including Edward’s sister whom I went through senior school with. Our relationship blossomed 12 months later in March 2007 when our friendship grew into love. After another 12 months in the UK we then relocated to Sydney in 2008. We were engaged on a beautiful winters day on 1 August 2009 during a picnic in Vaucluse on Sydney Harbour. We then moved home to Melbourne together at the start of 2010 to be closer to family and friends.

My wedding dress by Rose and Ruby (with additions by a Sydney dressmaker) was inspired by the simplicity of the 1930’s style. It was accessorized by a customised veil and headpiece made from matching lace on my dress by Sandie Bizys (Sandie Bizys Studio in Annandale Sydney). I wore vintage brooches on the dress as well.

My shoes were handmade to match my dress by Anna Fiori .

My engagement and wedding ring were from Keshett, Melbourne and our hair and makeup was done by Kim Tavares

We married on my parents 33rd wedding anniversary at 4pm in front of family and friends at St Georges Anglican Church, Malvern on a warm afternoon. My parents own groom’s man and bridesmaid were able to attend my wedding which was special for my parents. Photos were followed at Malvern Central Gardens followed by the reception at 6pm at Arlington, Wattle Park Chalet, in Surrey Hills Victoria.

Our bridesmaids wore dresses from En Rose, Melbourne and the suits were from Antonio Oriti Uomo in Toorak. Our gorgeous flowers were from Flos Florum, Malvern.

Wandering entrees were served in the garden followed by a formal sit down dinner and dessert buffet. The guests were entertained by The Shuffle Club who played a hot blend of jazz, swing, blues, and boogie. The night was very heartfelt with wonderful speeches from both fathers, bride and groom, best man and finally entertained by Edward’s Irish cousin Kevin who flew over to represent the Hennessy relatives in Ireland who weren’t able to make it.


Having danced my whole life it was important for me to have a special first dance and a Rumba was choreographed by me and performed to ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’ by David Campbell.

Ms Polka Dot says: To start the fresh new year off we have a beautiful wedding with touches of vintage and gorgeous colour. The stone church and the garden venue all add up to an elegant and stylish wedding. Congratulations on your wedding Alyssa and Edward!

All photographs by Tess Follett from SDP Media, Port Melbourne VIC

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Zach and I met in line at a late night taco stand in Santa Monica, California. So it was only fitting that part of our wedding took place in a Mexican restaurant called Mariasol. The best part about that is that the restaurant is located at the end of the Santa Monica Pier! It was such a fun spot and we were very excited to share it with our friends and family, many of whom had never been to California before.

Walking down the pier together  towards our ceremony was a journey I’ll never forget. We felt like rock stars! So many people were shouting congratulations at us and taking our picture.

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The ceremony took place in the pier’s public observation deck, which is surrounded by gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.  As a nod to my Spanish-born mother, we had a flamenco guitarist perform the ceremony music and we also incorporated a traditional Spanish coin ceremony using coins from her wedding to my father.

Originally, we planned on keeping everything very simple and not having a bridal party. But in the end, we chose to honor our older brothers by making them Man of Honor and Best Man, respectively.

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Spanish Guitarist – Stephen Dick

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Shoes – Badgley Mischka ‘Hyde’ purchased from Shoecrush.

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Ceremony venue – Public Observation Deck, Santa Monica Pier

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After the ceremony, our guests moved into the dining room (which is connected to the observation deck in an L shape) for cocktail hour while we roamed the pier to take pictures. Zach won a stuffed animal for me at one of the carnival games and we got some shots on the ferris wheel.

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Dress – Michelle Roth Maya (I actually got to meet Henry Roth at a trunk show at Here Comes the Bride in San Diego, where I had gone specifically to hunt down this dress!! He was an absolute doll.)

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We could have spent all evening out there taking pictures but we didn’t want to miss too much of the party! The food and music were great. Our older brothers delivered some very funny and heartfelt speeches. Zach and I toasted using the champagne goblets from my parents’ wedding. We had our first dance (The Greenehornes “Hold Me”), we ate our delicious cupcakes, and everybody danced.

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Cupcake tower – Hotcakes Bakes, Culver City, CA

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One of my favorite memories of the evening came courtesy of Zach’s childhood friends from North Carolina. They have a tradition at every friend’s wedding of picking out a song and serenading the bride. For me, they chose Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” It was an amazing moment and everybody got a big kick out of it.

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We didn’t have a huge budget but so many people pitched in to help it all come together.  One friend did all our flowers, her cousin married us, another friend was our DJ, my best friend’s little sister did my hair and makeup. All of these contributions helped make our wedding so fun and the warmth and love surrounding us the entire weekend was indescribable.

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Reception venue – Mariasol restaurant

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Ms Polka Dot says – Such a joyful wedding for you today, where the bride and groom’s happiness shines out from every photo. Love the bride and groom being out on the pier and all the colour and life surrounding them on their special day! Congratulations Zach and Theresa on your marriage!

Theresa says: I am a loyal Polka Dot Bride reader all the way over in Los Angeles, CA (well….we love that Theresa!!)

Photography – Patrick Chai and Christiane Ingenthron of Patrick Chai Photography

In addition to Patrick & Christiane, we were extremely lucky that three of our guests are also extremely talented photographers in their own right. Some of the images you see here came from their cameras. (Credit to my older brother, Brian Solis, and my friends Mick West and Ben Stragnell.)

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