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Karolina and Ron’s wedding was everything a wedding should be. It was a day filled with love and traditions that were special and unique to them and their families. It was their day, their way and we are all kinds of chuffed to be sharing it with you today on Hello May.

Before we dive into the details we want to rewind to Valentines Day 2010. Karolina was at a Good Vibes in Perth (because who in their right mind would miss the chance to see Salt and Pepper live)  and Ron was over from Melbourne visiting friends. He spotted Karolina in the last five minutes of the concert and asked her out for lunch the next day. Karolina tells us “we had a very memorable first date and Ron almost almost missed his flight back as we lost track of time.”

Crazy about each other a long distance relationship followed and Skype became their new best friend and Ron popped the question exactly one year to the day since their first meeting. He arranged dinner on a private beach and put together a slide show of images that had every letter of “will you marry me” in shop fronts, alleyways, markets and people holding them on the street all through Malaysia. Of course Karolina said yes and here we are just over a year later sharing their wedding day with you.

Photographer Loren Iopollo of Nectarine Photography, who’s work we have featured here and here, did a rather fabulous job of capturing the quiet moments between family and friends as well as the newly minted husband and wife. We love that they stopped for ice cream mid portrait session… having your photo taken is thirsty work so who can blame them!

Later at the reception, beautifully styled by Flights of Fancy, Karolina and Ron had their first dance – a favourite moment for the two of them. “We are both huge lovers of dancing & music. On top of that we had a Philippine tradition of pinning money onto the bride’s dress, which was lost of fun!” but the traditions didn’t stop there.

Karolina’s family is Polish so there was plenty of vodka shots to go around and Karolina’s parents presented the happy couple with bread, salt and a glass of wine upon entering the reception. Karolina explains “the bread represents the hope that the bride and groom will never go hungry.  The salt is a reminder that life may be difficult at times, but they will learn to cope and the wine symbolises the desire that the couple will never go thirsty and that their lives will be filled with health, happiness and joy.”

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CREDITS Photos Nectarine Photography // Weddign bands Koro // Bridal gown Brides by Design // Belt, fascinator and headpiece by Fiona Dixon //  Shoes Midas via MYER // Flowers Everbloom Flowers and Country Fresh Flowers // Jewellery Swarovski // Bridesmaids dresses Villains // Grooms suit Jack London // Grooms shoes Peter Werth via MYER // Ceremony UWA Sunken Gardens Crawley // Reception Moore and Moore Café Fremantle // Cakes Glory BoxSugar and SpiceChopin Patisserie & Cafe and Kustom Cupcakes // Dessert bar Candy Bar and Buffet // Stylist Flights of Fancy // Chairs and tables Bride and Groom Store // Stationery Papier Lapin via Etsy // Hair Amelia Blunt // Makeup Nicole Ford // Music Soothe // Celebrant Ann Lord.