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Australian Polo Club Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Lara Hotz

Prepare yourself, dear readers, because you’re about to have your socks knocked off by this wedding at one of our new favorite venues, Sydney Polo Club, photographed by none other than Lara Hotz. Jam-packed with color, poms, amazing flowers from The Sisters, and a dress to die for, we guarantee you won’t be able to make it through without smiling from ear to ear!

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

From the couple, Gena and Tony: Our wedding was at the Sydney Polo Club, about an hour away from where we live. We wanted to have something a bit out of the ordinary (this can be hard with a big Jewish wedding but we knew we did not want a hotel reception room) and not expect people to have to travel too far. We had our ceremony and dance floor inside the barn on the farm and connected a marquee to the side where the guests were seated. The barn doors slid open to connect the two spaces. We wanted a relaxed feel while still observing the traditional side. We wanted it to be a little rustic, a little Mexican fiesta and a big colourful party. We didn’t have a colour scheme — rather every colour imaginable! If you would like a description it would have to be “a Mexican Fiesta in a barn.” We spent many hours making our own decorations, including: cutting & gluing 1200 coloured ribbons to make the chair decorations as well as emptying 60 cans of limited edition Andy Warhol Campbells soup cans to serve as flower holders for the table.

wedding flowers - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

unique boutonniere ideas - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

pom pom bouquets - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

The first time Tony and I met, I wore a giant green crayon in my hair – it was a hairclip I had made at the time. We always refer to this moment and Tony says it was that crayon in my hair that caught his attention and thought, “Who is that girl with the green crayon.” I decided that as a surprise, I would make him, his groomsmen & his dad, a green crayon boutonniere. I made them out of resin and polished them so that they actually looked like a real shiny wax crayon. I then sent them to the florist with some brightly coloured baby pom poms and the result was amazing- the flower were perfect and the addition of the tiny pom poms tied in nicely with not only my head piece but the overall collection of colour and pom pom garlands around the barn. Not to forget the pom poms that were included in my bouquet!

colorful yarmulkes - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

colorful wedding decor - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

colorful ceremony decor - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

wedding processionals - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

The fabulous florists, ‘The Sisters’ created the most beautiful sculptural floral creations. I wanted to have a very low collection of flowers down the centre of the long tables as to not block off ones view. The florists did this beautifully and scattered the rest of my pom poms, a little bit of glitter confetti, candles and a few stems in bottles and Campbell soup cans to fill the space. We also decided to have some hanging flowers down the side of the marquee, as well as some floral garlands in the barn. It was all done so tastefully and I couldn’t have been happier. When I saw my bouquet on the morning of wedding I actually squealed with joy. It was perfect and contained every bold and bright flower I had wanted from chrysanthemums to tulips, dahlias and asters. Combined beautifully with the ribbons from the chair decorations tied into the bottom & some pom poms on wire popping out amongst the flowers. All in all, an explosion of colour, a fiesta of flowers!

confetti weddings - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bridal portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

hanging flower decorations - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

hanging flower displays - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

colorful centerpiece ideas - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t let the things you cannot control affect you! Like the rain! Often things end up being even more beautiful when you don’t plan it in your head. Although I had visualized walking out the barn and down the aisle onto the grass, having it inside because of the rain was truly gorgeous and intimate surrounded closely by everyone. The music was loud, the colourful ribbons and pom pom garlands were perfect set amongst the chandelier and together with chuppah (Jewish canopy under which we are married) it all resulted in a magical moment. Lastly, the day goes by so quickly so just take a deep breath and take in each moment as much as you can. All that planning, thinking, organising for your wedding day is part of the process too so enjoy the whole journey as much as you can. Try not to stress because its just one day and its a happy day. Just enjoy being in that beautiful dress, surrounded by your loved ones!

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

color filled receptions - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

couples dancing - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Our song was “Wait” by M83, a beautiful and tear jerking moment. It was so powerful and many people said it felt like a real live video clip. We chose not to have a first dance but rather we dedicated a song to my dad who passed away when I was younger. I have memories of him listening to “I Wonder” by Rodriguez and so we got the band to learn this song and invited everyone onto the dance floor to enjoy the moment together.

Wedding Location: Richmond, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz / Event Planning: Styled by Sting / Flowers: The Sisters / Venue: Sydney Polo Club / Wedding Dress and Veil: Jane Hill / Wedding Shoes: Ebony M / Pom-pom crown handmade with pom-poms from: iammie / Rings: King St Design, Amy Robson / Hair: Jessica Di Donato / Makeup: Cassie Mendoza-Jones / Groom’s Suit and Tie: P.Johnson / Groom’s Shoes: Clarks / Caterer: Amaze In Taste / Music: Furnace & The Fundamentals / Balloons: Bespoke Balloonery / Tissue Paper Garlands: Studio Mucci / Papel Picado: Vintagebabydoll / Stamps: Yellow Fish Paperie / Celebrant: Rabbi Ritchie Moss / Transportation: Kombi Style / Wedding Invitations: Invitation Tea Towels / Cinematographer: The White Tree

Allied Arts Guild Wedding

Modern Weddings

Mint green and navy blue – has there ever been a more calming color palette? Jackie and Jeff’s wedding was a celebration of over six years spent together, and they wanted the big day to reflect their love for each other and all of the special people in their lives. Edyta Szyszlo Photography, Katie Rebecca Events and Unveiled Grace Events all hopped on board to make their vision a reality!

Allied Arts Guild wedding - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

From the bride, Jackie: Jeff and I had been dating for just over 6 years when we got married and we basically wanted our wedding to be a really fun celebration with all the people that were important in our lives! When we began wedding planning we knew a few things that we definitely wanted: food trucks, the color mint green, and succulents. From there, our color scheme and decor evolved. I am big into crafts and details, so as wedding planning progressed, I really focused on the small and personal details and DIY stuff. Pinterest and etsy were constantly giving me new ideas and more crafts to take on (probably too many)!

Allied Arts Guild wedding - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

glitter wedding shoes - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

mint bridesmaid dresses - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding bouquets - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Mums, succulents, anemones, scabiosa pods.

garden wedding ceremony - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

ceremony decorations - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

We had tons of DIY projects. The aisle was lined with mint, navy, and gold yarn pom poms made by bride and groom. The ceremony backdrop was strips of coordinating fabrics and ribbon, attached to gold chain, with pom poms and fabric ends, and the aisle seats were decorated with alternating fabric strip tassels and pom poms. Our guest book was home made painted wood hearts glued to mat inside gold painted frame in alternating navy blue and mint hearts. Guests signed the hearts with a gold pen. The escort cards were home printed and the shape was punched out using large patterned hole punch, with gold glitter tape added. Escort cards were attached by clothes pins (ends dipped in navy blue or mint paints). I made all of the table runners and guest napkins in coordinating navy blue and mint green fabric. The succulents beneath bell jars were grown by groom’s step-mother, and potted in gold painted votives, while the succulents that were scattered on dinner tables were grown by groom’s step-mother and cut by bride and groom’s step mother a few days before the wedding. The comments that we got from guests were mostly related to: 1. how good the food trucks were, 2. how many little details we covered with the decor, 3. how fun the dance party was (including a choreographed dance to Timber).

garden receptions - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

glitter table numbers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding favors - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding menu ideas - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding tables - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

blue wedding details - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding details - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

backyard receptions - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

escort card inspiration - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

cake toppers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding food trucks - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Personal touches go along way! We got sooooo many compliments for all the small details and personal touches that we had throughout the wedding. If you are going to take on DIY projects, start early and limit the number of crafts you do! Also, get comfortable delegating tasks to friends! They are always willing and wanting to help. Our wedding planner was really great for month of coordinating and planning a timeline for the wedding. It saved us from having to deal with all the last minute vendor coordination that month, and helped set up all of the decor just how we envisioned it.

glitter table numbers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding favor ideas - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

Allied Arts Guild wedding - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding receptions - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

love cake toppers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

reception dancing - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding photobooths - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “All of Me,” John Legend
Bride’s Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
First Dance: “Happy as the Sun,” Tyrone Wells

Wedding Location: Menlo Park, CA / Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Month-Of Wedding Planner: Katie Rebecca Events / Florist: Unveiled Grace Events / Venue: Allied Arts Guild / Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara / Wedding Veil: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade / Groom’s Suit: Eli Thomas / Caterer: Koja Kitchen Food Truck and Fins on the Hoof Food Truck / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / Desserts: Butterscotch on the Go / Bar and Catering Staff: JW Catering / Ceremony Musician: Misha Khalikulov, Cello / DJ and String Lighting: DJ Quan / Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF / Wedding Invitations: Designed and printed by friend, Lauren Sheehy