Weddings: Honestly, Love (North Perth Town Hall)

Honestly, love needs no filter, no splendour. Polkadot + Moonbeam was honoured to play for such an intimate honest wedding at North Perth Town Hall this weekend past. For want of a better title, ‘honesty’ is chosen in hope of encapsulating all that honesty means to us – courage, love, purity,  compassion, creativity, humility. It seems that no matter how we tried to put it forth in words, our gratitude exceeds what we have endeavoured to express. 

Photo credit: Lana & Chantelle

Lillian and I would like to express our sincere gratitude again for your beautiful singing that really touched our 💓. When Lillian started to cry when you sung ‘Through It All’, my heart melted and I fell even more in love with Lillian. Reminded me of how good and faithful my God is.

Thank you again and I’m sure our paths will cross again.

Blessings and Love, Jason & Lillian

We have shared with the beautiful couple how this would have been our DREAM wedding. We love making things from what we have. Moonbeam has a knack for collecting parts, scraps, and making them into new things, useful, creative and I love putting a sparkle to it with colour or removing information to reveal light through these little projects we have. Our wedding in 2013 was such. But we weren’t half as close to being truly HONEST to what would have been US. 

That Creative Bride (@Iamlilliancreates)

That Creative Bride

And this wasn’t just something they could call and hire. This was a couple who not only knew who they were, what they enjoyed, but knew they couldn’t do it without the blessings from those about them who love them truly, dearly. They had good help starting from planning/coordinating, to logistics, to hosting, decorating (arbour, and more), sound systems, ….and more! So imagine how honoured we felt to be hand-picked by such a couple on their special day.

P+M plays in the playgroound of North Perth Town Hall!

P+M plays in the playgroound of North Perth Town Hall!

It would seem pretty normal that the wedding singers should just rock up to something after Wedding vendors  (and we have very VERY talented craftsmen and artists of various departments in Western Australia, Perth not withholding) have prepared and decorated everything a night or two before, and then feel completely impressed by the works of these amazing people – as we certainly have, many a time. But here was the bride and groom, and their good friends, contributing every bit of their time and efforts, out of LOVE to ensure the couple had THE best on this day. So imagine P+M’s gaping little paws and mouths and eyes when they saw a cute little coffee cart (@artemcoffee – because the couple adore coffee, and so did everyone else), their personally decorated arbour put up by friends (yes, we beat the windy blows of blessings!), the red carpet (literally rolled out), the little potted palms, and the entire reception after the ceremony beautifully decorated, the coffee menu, the programme card – so much Detail and Heart… WE LOVED IT. It reminded me of my early school days, an assembly hall transformed into a dream of a wedding with dearest friends and families.

 

Artem Coffee Cart (Darren & Tracey)

Artem Coffee Cart (Darren & Tracey)

Bride's Own Coffee Menu (@Iamlilliancreates)

Bride Penned Her Own Coffee Menu

Artem Coffee

Artem Coffee – Loved my Mocha

Bride's Design

Bride’s Design – Polkadot + Moonbeam on it! 🙂

I run the risk of saying too much – words can ruin when they are inadequate – and they are! So i will leave you with my favourite musical moments. The bride and groom picked ‘Through It All’ (by Hillsong) and that was a real honour to sing. The presence of the Lord filled the space. And it was anything but religious. Just purely simply CALM. I also loved their choice of ‘Our Love is Here to Stay‘ as they signed in the presence of their mothers. It felt so genuinely sweet, real and unrehearsed. I wish we took the pictures of the little toddlers who danced along to our swingy duets, it was precious. Kids really DO GET JAZZ. It’s so simple when we let go to feel that bounce of joy in our lives. With their permission, I will share this photo after i shared a moment with them before they made their joyous entrance into the hall as husband and wife. A windy morning and the ‘Blue Skies’ (as they’d requested as their Recessional song) really turned up, cornflower blue, and peppered with happy clouds).

‘You’ll never let me go, through it all’ – Hillsong / Photo credit: Lana & Chantelle

That beautiful union / Photo credit: Lana & Chantelle

Thank you Jason and Llillian, we feel like we love you so much even though our meetings were short. God bless you both with many wonderful adventures. 

 All our love and blessings,

P+M

Sakura Sakura...

A Sakura + Matcha Dream

Pink and Green has always been my personal fave combo, and then it dawned on me that Polkadot + Moonbeam were clad in those very sakura and matcha shades that day we performed at Little Matcha Girl cafe in Como that those were their logo colours too! We had a wonderful time swinging jazz standards, some crooned, others quietly ambient and instrumental to match that Cafe Saturday mood.

LOVED playing at @littlematchagirl this morning! ❀ Pink + Green as Tracey cleverly pointed out was the cafe’s logo colours ♡ check out our stories for our menu choices for the day! ✨ ❀ Photo cr: Tracey . . .We know PINK isn’t exactly typical wedding attire but these were THE clothes we wore at our wedding dance. I just love colours. The best bit was our entourage of dancers (we have Amazing friends) doing the Soul Bossa Nova (from Austin Powers) mass dance 😂 , and we made sure every single guest young and old danced with us to our retro & vintage playlist for the rest of the afternoon tea. We went for the 2 Cs – colour and comfort. That’s how we had wanted it. For everyone to be involved and no one to feel left out. Now we have many memories to relive when we do a gig wearing them. ❀ ♡ ♡ ♡ I love the original pyramid patterns and dogs designed by @zibstore that was printed on quality fabric that’s perfect for summer! ❀ #loveandmarriage #pink #zibstore

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My favourite moment was over Moonglow our latest addition to the duet arrangement:

♡ Tony Bennett and KD Lang’s duet of ‘Moonglow’ was always one of our faves. She has a knack for the jazz phrasing, and understood that sentimentality, and Tony, well he’s Tony! This is Polkadot + Moonbeam’s version of Moonglow. This is a long post, and we hope it lifts your Monday as the revelation lifted our weekend. ♡ . . Our friend, and wonderful jazz singer Joy Yates once asked me at one of our sessions together “why do you want to sing”? In all honesty, I don’t have a Ms Universe answer, I’ve always let my heart lead the way, that’s all. Then she started sharing about singing to a dying soldier in Vietnam, and that was the last thing he heard. She didn’t preach, but before we parted she said to me “sing to the needy”. Our music is not angsty, it is old-fashioned, it’s quiet, and quite understated. So at times, I think people often like us for lovely settings. Not at war zones, y’know. And this past weekend, we sang 2 sets of music to Dad, and though he cannot speak or sing or play the guitar the way he used to (he knew all the words to all the good tunes), we saw a calm and joy to his face, and I realised at once what Joy meant. It was the best gig we ever had, and I hoped that somewhere in him was rekindled the spirit to live, to love. . . . . . . . . . . . #moonglow #polkadotandmoonbeam #apugnosedream #singtotheneedy #jazzforthesoul #ukulele #bass #prayunceasingly #ukulelejazz #jazzukulele #intimateweddings #weddingswa #lace #vintageacoustic #vintageweddingsperth #vintagewedding #acousticduowa #weddingsingerperth #tonybennett #kdlang #duets #joyyates #jazzstandards #irvingmills #willhudson

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Thank you Tracey and staff for being such beautiful hosts. Your smiles never fail to brighten the cafe up! Here are some pictures from Saturday’s performance, enjoy also our menu choices for the afternoon! <3

Our Giveaway Prize from Mystrie!

Our Giveaway Prize from calligrapher Mystrie!

We finally had a chance to put out our ‘Mystrie Prize’ for the word “Compassion” that we submitted for a instagram giveaway contest. She did a beautiful job of our very loooong band name! We have yet to find the perfect frame, but we love how the pine/oak goes with the pinks on our gig last Saturday. Thank youuuuu Mystrie! xx

 

That Grin of Anticipation

That Grin of Anticipation

Teriyaki Chicken & Dark Choc & Matcha Gateau

Teriyaki Chicken & Dark Choc & Matcha Gateau

Light-filled goodness

Light-filled goodness

Sakura Sakura... <3

Sakura & Matcha

Tracey <3

Tracey <3

Moonbeam shoots

Moonbeam took a shot of me in between our swing tunes

 

If you missed our four-string swing performance the Saturday just passed, come around on 18th November @ 12:45pm for a lunch date with us! We have a souffle-soft spot for this heart-filled light-splashed cafe on Preston Street, Como. 

Every time we play here we are reminded of our performance in Harajuku, Japan in 2013. Authentic Matcha, tea and brilliant coffee. And just good people, really. They say your heart shows in your food. Check out also their daily shop-baked cakes. Exquisite! 

xx

P+M

 

 

 

Dog whisperer Moonbeam

Weddings: Of Popcorn, Pups & P+M! (Quarry Amphitheatre)

This was a wedding which I will always remember as ‘The One The Clouds Cleared Up for Their Union’. It was 12degrees on 7th October 2017, this Saturday just passed. The breathtaking venue ‘Quarry Amphitheatre’ stood all ready for L.O.V.E. for the afternoon’s ceremony.

Thank you guys so much!! You did such an amazing job!! And sorry if my boys were trying to sing along/bark at your beautiful music! So glad you we went to that wedding expo where we met you two! ❤️ awesome work xx – Stephanie + Kalvin

We met Stephanie and Kalvin at Sandalford Winery, and since then never could forget this lovely girl with kindness in her eyes. We also noticed how Kalvin was unabashed, cheeky, in requesting for an Ed Sheeran song impromptu then. Moonbeam even threw in a dance, I recall…I think it was then i thought, what an interesting pair. This was definitely one of those complimenting relationships. So when the wonderful celebrant Luke Firth shared a speech about how grateful Kalvin is grateful for the bride’s empathetic disposition, and how he made her laugh and had no problems laughing at himself too, it reminded me of how Moonbeam just cracks. me. up. An onlooker I guess might be inclined to think i’m laughing at him, but i’m really being so entertained, my sides crack. And Moonbeam thinks that’s his place in my life, and he gets to shine. It warmed my heart to know this young pair will start their lives together with their little pups – Tiny & Kawaii, and have the blessings of so many dear friends and families. 

Dog whisperer Moonbeam

Dog whisperer Moonbeam

I will lift a little pre-blog i’d posted on instagram to illustrate the day of fun. It reflected a thoughtful couple, their families and friends – everyone present had something to do. The children, the pups, the guests and their families, were having a real(!) picnic celebration for and with the couple they so love. 

What a privilege playing for K+S’s wedding yesterday at such an amazing space. The acoustics! 🙌 The sun broke out just for the lovely bride and groom today at their ceremony at @quarryamphitheatre spilling over the stage and greens. Moonbeam took such a brilliant sun-splashed shot of me at our little break. Popcorn, games, and yummy food catering by @ultimo_catering Even in the midst of a cold front, the warmth from these vendors and the love from everyone plus the miracle splash of sun spot on at ceremony was just golden! Did I mention the bride and groom had their pups Kawaii + Tiny (we 💛 you as much as you love to ‘talk’) as ringbearers? Too cute. 💍 Congrats our wonderful ‘Volleyball 🏐 + Entrepreneur’ lovebirds! 😉✨✨✨ . . Met some genuinely lovely people today, @lukefirthcelebrant (thank youuu!) @rod_munoz_ (your idea was Super thanks! 👌) @eightyeightevents @heytherepoppy_perth 💕 @hiresociety @jasonsoonphotography ✌️- Nicola from Ultimo catering (The weather challenged but you aced(!), thanks for everything!) 💕 . . . . . . . #perthweddings #perthbrides #outdoorweddings #perthlivemusic #polkadotandmoonbeam #apugnosedream #quarryamphitheatre #weddings #acousticduoperth #vintageacoustic #jazzduoperth #ukulele #ukuleleperth #ukulelejazz #fourstringswing #gardenweddings #gamesatweddings #popcornweddings #weddingmusicperth #winterinspring #weddingsperth #weddingswa

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Thank you Steph & Kal for having us play for you. Quarry Amphitheatre was a brilliant location, with amazing acoustics any muso would LOVE to play at. We were incredibly blessed. Here’s wishing the both of Mr & Mrs Chow an amazing walk together for a verrrry loooong time. <3

xoxo

P+M