Claudia and Peter
Oh Tasmania, I do really like you for a wedding location- such gorgeous countryside and such a romantic really feel! Our newlyweds Claudia and Peter met in Kobe, Japan so the wedding had a Japanese KANJI theme (invitations, order of service cards, location name cards etc) at a classical romantic setting at a vineyard overlooking the mountain and rows and rows of vines on a sunny summer season’s afternoon.
Claudia retells how they met. “We met in Japan as we each worked for the same English language school in different cities. We had been each sent to a ‘kids education day’ on a cold winter’s day in December where we met, had an immediate attraction then spent most of the day holding hands and singing our ABCs.”
Right now’s photographs are by Jonathan Wherrett. It’s usually unique to have a photographer we haven’t featured for a whilst back on the weblog, type of like a cup of tea with an old good friend! I love Jonathan’s clean and beautiful captures!
The guests arrived by a red double decker bus at the winery it was a lovely summer’s day and absolutely everyone enjoyed the 15 minute scenic ride from the city to the winery.
Claudia wore a strapless Maggie Sottero gown, although her bridesmaids wore charcoal gowns from Mr K . Bouquets of red roses were styled by Gay Flowers.
Claudia and Peter held their ceremony and reception at Meadowbank Estate. Claudia walked down the aisle to Handel’s Air played by a string quartet.
Claudia says, “The ceremony was brief and romantic and both of us cried for the duration of our vows and when the celebrant was talking about how we met in Japan and fell in adore. Our mothers study a romantic poem and wedding prayer throughout the ceremony.”
The KANJI theme was echoed by means of the reception. Claudia says, “We opted for a easy, elegant style for table placements, choosing a church candle in a vase as the primary centrepiece, with ivory and red rose petals scattered. The guests had Japanese KANJI inspired place name cards (matching the invitation, order of service and thank you cards) and a charcoal heart-shaped chocolate placed next to every card. Each guest had a crisp white linen napkin with ‘Claudia & Peter, 6 February 2010’ embroidered on the front.”
The wedding cake was made by Cake Lady and consisted of tiers of chocolate mud cupcakes with chocolate ganache icing and decorated with a piped red rose and red ribbon, with a red rose individually piped on each and every cup cake. The top rated cake had red roses neatly arranged with a lovely red ribbon about the outdoors. The stationery was designed by Invitation House.
Claudia says, “Our menu was fresh roasted vegetables and seasonal salads, Tasmanian smoked salmon and oysters, frittata and marinated olives, smoked and cured meats crisp skin fillet of ocean trout, cauliflower, ginger and coriander seed dressing eye fillet of beef, caramelised shallots, potato gratin and rich jus and soft centred chocolate pudding with vanilla bean ice cream with neighborhood berries.”
The couple shared a romantic initial dance to a classic tune. “We danced to Etta James’ ‘At Last’ and it was a really special, fun moment. In the course of the dance a person yelled out ‘you’ve been practising!’ – the dance was a rumba and completed with 3 spins and a dip so practising was compulsory!”
Claudia says “We left in a 1950 Mark V white Jaguar (which was followed by a black limousine in case it broke down!).”
Congratulations Claudia and Peter! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Jonathan Wherrett for nowadays’s pictures!
Images by Jonathan Wherrett
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