Milly & James
If there is a single factor that is clear, it’s that we don’t see adequate of Tasmania on Polka Dot Bride. So I often get excited to have gorgeous weddings such as right now’s land in my inbox- plus it’s a New Year’s eve wedding! I love the thought of new year’s celebration- a new year, a new commence, and a new marriage to kick it all off with!
Milly recalls their story. “We both met when living and working in Dubai – on the beach with a group of pals. We returned to Australia a year later and have not looked back.”
Creating their Polka Dot Bride debut are photographers Fred+Hannah, I really like the bright, entertaining captures they’ve taken of today’s wedding!
St. Davids Cathedral, Hobart was the location selected by the couple for the ceremony. Milly says, “We chose a church ceremony as we are both very traditional, and we wanted to get married in Tasmania as it is my house state. We selected New Years Eve as it included the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and Taste Festival. Luckily the Cathedral had not too long ago finished a complete restoration and was a magical venue including a totally restored organ that sounded stunning.”
Milly wore a strapless Pronovias gown with shoes from Valentino.
For their ceremony music, Milly recalls “We chose Pachabels Canon in D played on the Cathedral’s organ for the ceremony, and as James is a massive rugby fan, the organist also played the hymn ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’ which is utilised as the Rugby Planet Cup anthem.”
The bridesmaids wore gowns in shades of peach, tangerine and watermelon red by Carl Kapp .
Of their photographers, Milly says “My mother knew Hannah as she taught her Pilates class at Hobart University – she organised a meeting with her and partner, Fred Assenheimer who were starting their personal specialist photography organization. We loved each of them immediately and appreciated their artistic style and stunning use of organic light. They were great to hang out with on the day and were really straightforward to operate with, we had been very content with the end result.”
Milly and James walked with their guests to the dock exactly where they caught a ferry to the reception venue. A possibility meeting led to the bridal party and their guests becoming led to the sound of bagpipes. Milly says, “The bagpiper was a busker we had met on the street months earlier and asked to turn up on the day to play ‘Amazing Grace’. When he was standing outdoors the Church we were each fully blown away that he had remembered!
You can’t hear them in the images, but the Church Bells right after the ceremony and the Bagpiper leading the wedding celebration from the Cathedral to the Boat were actually atmospheric and created the occasion specific.”
For their reception venue, the couple chose MONA. Milly explains “We chose the recently opened Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) for the reception right after going to earlier in the year and becoming blown away by the art, architecture and quality of food by their chef, Phillip Laban, who combines primarily neighborhood, seasonal make and those from his homeland of France in a modern, fresh and easy way. We were not even aware it would be offered as a venue, but they were amazingly accommodating, letting guests amble by way of the galleries even though we had our pictures completed and not after referring to missing out on their personal new years celebrations. They offered transport by boat to and from the venue from the heart of Hobart so our guests did not have to be concerned about transport, they ended up back correct exactly where they started. We also produced use of 5 of the 8 spectacular pavilions on web site for accommodation for the wedding celebration which worked perfectly.”
The bouquets had been all handmade. Milly recalls, “The bridesmaids and mother of the bride prepared the bouquets on the large day, including dried rose petals in paper cones to use as confetti following the ceremony. One of the girls picked some gum leaves off a tree outside the pavilion we had been staying in to full the bouquets and finished them with grosgrain ribbon bought from Spotlight and an old brooch from the bride’s grandmother – they looked incredible.”
For the reception, Milly changed into a floor length halterneck gown created by Carl Kapp .
Milly describes the wedding as “A magical Journey through inspiring spaces.”
The macaron tower was developed by Sweet Envy.
The first dance didn’t very go as planned, Milly explains. “It was a disaster and we are both terrible dancers, we chose the song ‘All I Want is You’ by U2 played live by the band, although in retrospect I would have utilised a recording and practised ahead of the big day!! We had been awkward and the guests had been sick of looking at us by then, in truth, I would not have danced at all!”. The couple hired The Baker Boys who kept guests dancing long after the first dance!
Right after dinner and just before midnight, the guests had been escorted to Constitution Dock for the conclusion of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which had a lot of fireworks!. Milly says “We organised a Hobart water taxi to take the wedding party back from the Docks to the venue/accommodation at 2.30am – they were so gracious and generous with us they deserve a mention!”
Congratulations Milly & James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Fred+Hannah, for sharing their beautiful photographs with us!
Photographer: Fred & Hannah / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Brides Dress – Reception: Carl Kapp / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bride’s Jewelry: Sportsgirl / Groom’s Attire: Spurling Formalwear / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling Formalwear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carl Kapp / Bridesmaid Accessories: Dinosaur Styles / Makeup Artist: Narelle Tucceri / Hairstylist: Narelle Tucceri / Invitations & Stationery: Studio One particular / Flowers & Decor: Bride / Ceremony Venue: St. Davids Cathedral, Hobart / Ceremony Officiant: Father Shelagh Shaw / Reception Venue: Museum of Old & New Art / Band: The Baker Boys / Cake Baker: Sweet Envy / Wedding Rings: Bvlgari / Wedding Registry: Wedding List Co
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Photographer: Fred & Hannah / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Brides Dress – Reception: Carl Kapp / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bride’s Jewelry: Sportsgirl / Groom’s Attire: Spurling Formalwear / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling Formalwear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carl Kapp / Bridesmaid Accessories: Dinosaur Designs / Makeup Artist: Narelle Tucceri / Hairstylist: Narelle Tucceri / Invitations & Stationery: Studio A single / Flowers & Decor: Bride / Ceremony Venue: St. Davids Cathedral, Hobart / Ceremony Officiant: Father Shelagh Shaw / Reception Venue: Museum of Old & New Art / Band: The Baker Boys / Cake Baker: Sweet Envy / Wedding Rings: Bvlgari / Wedding Registry: Wedding List Co