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A Windblown Summer Love 

We experienced one of the most windblown days in Perth this Summer this Sunday just passed. What that was supposed to be a simple wedding celebration and performance, turned out just as poignant and unforgettable as the night unfolded. 

LOVE letters

LOVE letters (Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club)

Thanks so much for playing beautiful music last night. Appreciated!!! All my guests enjoyed the incredible night. 

James and I will keep going with happiness and with your beautiful wishes. Thanks again for your beautiful music Juliet and Didi!

Hello Abby! I think she was drawn to my favourite someone, guess who? (see bottom of post for answer)

If you are considering a fuss-free wedding venue that could give you one of Perth’s most beautiful water views, the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is definitely a popular choice. It is one of those venues, where food and service of the few times we had performed there, as consistently THUMBS UP. We were unexpectedly asked to join the table and enjoy the wedding dinner with the guests right after our pre-dinner cocktail performance. We felt a little overwhelmed by Janice’s and James’ hospitality and generosity but also right at home, because everyone was so comfortable and relaxed at the wedding party and the couple themselves were indulging in some very interesting games. 

Scallops entree

The fish was MARVELLOUS.

Dessert. Nope it’s not tofu! But it was YUM!

Since Polkadot + Moonbeam was formed (2010), it had been 7 years since we performed together. Of which, we spent the 1st five years gallivanting and hopping about various cities, and had accumulated quite an interesting and eclectic repertoire, consisting of Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, Spanish, Cantonese, French and even a little bit of Italian classic tunes. Both the bride and groom were expecting a majority of Mandarin-speaking guests, so she had requested for 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart),  a Teresa Teng classic favourite for the Chinese. But as the night went on, it seemed like the right moment for one of our favourite duet latin arrangements – So Nice (Summer Samba – see instagram video post below). My good friend (my twinny from musical theatre days playing sprites from The Snow Queen, and concubine roles in The Forbidden City, and just the main person who really drew me into the whole world of jazz), Sing!China 2nd runner up, vocalist Joanna Dong penned very fitting Mandarin lyrics to this Marco Valles latin standard and called it 夏日桑巴 (Summer Samba). Very often tunes come on, and people haven’t the opportunity to appreciate the lyrics, but heads started turning as we began singing this duet arrangement of the bossa nova classic, and I saw Polkadots and Moonbeams literally floating in this love-filled room. I was so immensely filled with joy to share twinny’s heartfelt lyrics on this beautiful latin jazz number. 

Polkadot + Moonbeam’s duet version of a 1964 bossa nova classic ‘So Nice (Summer Samba) by Marco Valle. It’s probably the session that we had most fun. An Australian ring-necked parrot with all its luminescent greens and yellows flew past our window right in the midst of our songs. I had to keep a straight face. It was also our shortest recording session because as you’d known, we’d probably just end up making up alternative lyrics after second takes. 😅 if you look closely at the first 10secs of the video you’d also see us having a bit of a private ‘laugh’ – I was so engrossed in my solo before that I came in just in the nick of time – hence Moonbeam’s “heheheh”. . . . . . . . #sonice #summersamba #marcovalle #bossanova #ukulelejazz #vintageacoustic #acousticduoperth #weddingsinperth #perthbrides #backyardweddings #polkadotandmoonbeam #apugnosedream #weddingswa #jazzukulele #intimateweddings #weddingsingerperth #lovesongs #duets #ukulele #perthisok #weloveperth #lace #fourstringswing #fremantleweddingwalk #weddingbandperth #esplanadehotelfremantle

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What touched me deeply was when the bride shared a very simple but significant confession that although they had already been registered as husband and wife a while ago, every woman, every lady desires a nice proposal, a real wedding celebration. I was wrecked when the groom, James knelt down and proposed there and then. It was the surprise of the evening for everyone, including the bride. And of course, out flowed those tears of joy.

Bless you both with a beautiful journey together, now witnessed by all your loved ones, celebrated over fine food and wine, toasted to for your future steps together for a very long time. 

A little dream of a wedding

A little dream of a wedding

It was also wonderful meeting the TMI events team, they were on their feet all night making this night special for the couple, and so wonderful reliving some old memories of our days playing as resident musicians and leading the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts Team at Qingdao, China. Here’s the official video of our interview from 2015, if you may be interested in our past life:

For those who know the Mandarin pop hit 被风吹过的夏天(The Windblown Summer) that I had the pleasure of co-writing with Singaporean-born pop sensation JJLin 林俊杰,this wedding summed it up. Truly windblown this summer’s day at the lovely Royal Freshwater Bay, with fond memories of our travels from not too long ago. 

And before you go, meet Abby and her not-so-secret admirer. Perhaps that’s where it had all started…

Abby & Admirer

Didi's impersonation of me

Didi’s impersonation of me

Moonbeam and smiling cheek to cheek after some great music


Moments from Stackwood's Video of P+M swingin' away

Stackwood Wedding Market: ‘Welcome to Our Forever’

Welcome to our Forever‘ is not just the current season in our lives, it has been since 2013 when we got married. So when we turned up for Stackwood Wedding Market yesterday, I literally melted when the wonderful Jasmyn showed us our ‘spot’. On the wall was Rachel’s (from Chi Borello) beautiful calligraphy on a simple unassuming white fabric. It was hung from a branch covered with pretty leaves, and it stood lightly waving to us in the light breeze that was coming through the beautiful hall. I hopped around like a rabbit. This was our burrow,… for the next 4 hours anyway. 🙂

'Welcome to Our Forever' (calligraphy - chi borello)

‘Welcome to Our Forever’ (calligraphy – chi borello)

The space was beautifully decorated and designed and styled by some of WA’s nicest and most incredibly talented souls. So before we go on, we want to say:

Thank you STACKWOOD for having us on your Preferred Vendors list. It is a real privilege working with such an amazing creative team. 

Moments from Stackwood's Video of P+M swingin' away

Moments from Stackwood's Video of P+M swingin' away

Moments from Stackwood's Video of P+M swingin' away

Moments from Christine Lim’s story of P+M swingin’ away

When Didi and I graduated individually from our studies (him – Math – he’s super at it; and myself – sociology & literature), we had a choice, choices to be exact, to decide the paths we wanted. It was music that we chose, individually then, and then we were immensely blessed to have met, and continue to grow together on our musical journeys and in our marriage too. But it was last night, when we met beautiful souls who CHOSE to follow that little voice that pushed them to seek creative work, all in one place, that I felt encouraged to remember why we love our work. It is hard to describe magic, but i will try.

We hadn’t a chance to meet every single person at the fair, it is our loss. But we tried. And those whom we have had the privilege of doing so, thank you for welcoming us into your little stories of creativity. How your businesses grew from that first love for the first stalk of wildflower, your first snap, or your first bake. My heart is full.

Bakes by Cheat Day Treat Day

Bakes by Cheat Day Treat Day

The Wild Stem, Ashleigh, if you haven’t met her, you need to. Her sincerity and kindness are so precious. It shows in her work. I wanted so much to buy a small bunch from her but we were moving. But i love her singular dedication the beautiful natives. Her display i have come to name ‘Purple Banksia Dream’ is really more than that. She has helped me identify a pretty sunray before. I love everlastings now. See her work and join her workshops (!): @thewildstem

The Wild Stem

Meet Ally and Nicola, sisters and working together on their bakes. Get their amazing wagon wheels with berry marshmallow inserts that are soooo goeey and good on sale for $2 each at David Jones (@sallyjonescafe) today, 11th November. Don’t miss out. We are glad we didn’t. Their parents came by to support their talented daughters all the way from Margaret River. If this isn’t heart, what is?? Check out their goods:

Mini Wagon Wheels from Cheat Day

Mini Wagon Wheels from Cheat Day

What an honour when we had so much love also from Chi Borello (Claire & Rachel, thank you), Through The White Door bridal, Christine Lim Photography (we must somehow have that double date, Didi thinks you are comedian material ;)), Sarah from Lyndley Mill, Sara and Jessica from Jessica Josie Photography (thank you for the little dances, you girls are so cute, and thank you for saving that spider – DD and I are very grateful!), Sarah from Heart Strings And Hire (lovely meeting you in person!), Shosh Krugar (for all the skittle-sugar fix! Hope you recover from that sunburn soon!), Sarah and Jasmyn from Stackwood (you girls are MARVELLOUS and so beautiful at heart – thank YOU), La Paleta (we didn’t chat – but thank you for your love, pretty smiles and the bicycle!), … I know i would have left someone out, but it would be our loss, so please forgive us if we did. 

And thank you for your video story of us, we LOVE it, so we leave you all with a still extracted from it. This is how spoilt we were with our pretty corner. – xx P+M

Still from Stackwood’s story of us:

The whites, the greens, that natural light. Stackwood was a dream. What was even better were the incredibly talented wedding suppliers we shared the space with. Small businesses mean real people with real hearts. ♥ Thank you for all your love last night, we loved singing/playing every note for you. ♬ Last but never least very special thanks to Jasmyn @jasmynwoodford Sarah(s) 😉 for everything. You were fab! xx more pictures and things in our blog link in profile. ♥ . . . . . #perthbrides @stackwood_ . #stackwoodwedding #vintagewedding #perthweddingfair #weddingswa #perthweddings #weddingfairperth #weddingexpoperth #perthbrides #stackwoodweddingmarket #fremantlebride #intimateweddings #waweddings #fremantleweddings #stackwoodhall #acousticweddingsduo #bohobride #botanicalweddings #thewildstem #lyndleymill #jessicajosiephotographer #vintageweddingsperth #industrialweddings #perthisok #polkadotandmoonbeam #apugnosedream #stackwood #fremantlebrides #vintagewedding #vintagebrides #backyardweddings #acousticduoperth

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Live Music at Stackwood Wedding Market 2017

Polkadot + Moonbeam is so excited to be a part of the Stackwood Wedding Market this year! We will be playing vintage acoustics made up of our original duet arrangements of beautiful classics that have, as LOVE does, withstood the test of time. See you there 4:00pm – 8:00pm, 10th November 2017. It’s gonna be Fri-YAY!

Polkadot + Moonbeam plays at Stackwood Wedding Market 2017

P/S: Pssst, did we mention we will be throwing you a real TREAT of a discount on our music services on the night too? It’s our way of supporting this beautifully curated wedding fair but also our way of saying a BIG THANK YOU for being so supportive of our music!

Stackwood Wedding Market (10th Nov, 4:00pm - 8:00pm)

Stackwood Wedding Market (10th Nov, 4:00pm – 8:00pm) Photo by Jessica Josie Photographer ft. Pop Up Planning Co, Harriette Gordon, Scape by S, Eighty Eight and Kristy Ellis.

The warehouse space and garden will be transformed with botanical installations and mini wedding set-ups by the creative The Wild Stem Studio, styled by the very talented Lyndley Mill, so you can see the venue in full swing. 

And if you love space the way I do, you would fall in love with Stackwood Hall, suitable for your wedding ceremony, reception, engagement, and just any creative event! Go wild! And guess what, you stand a chance to win $1000 venue hire on the night! I love these words from Stackwood Hall:

Stackwood Hall is a ‘blank canvas’ venue. The white washed brick walls and raw concrete floor of our large Main Hall provide the perfect backdrop to curate your special event. This 220m2 open area features a high-pitched ceiling space with exposed trusses hung with festoon lights.

Stackwood Hall - An Industrial Wedding Dream

Stackwood Hall – An Industrial Wedding Dream Image: Bo Wong/Studio Anthro

Participating Stallholders (A-Z):
Caravan Tonic | Cheat Day | Chi Borrello | Christine Lim | Clean Slate | Comida do Sul | Euphoric Events | Hearts Strings Hire & Style | Jessica Josie Photographer | La Paleta | Lyndley Mill | Polkadot + Moonbeam | Shoshana Kruger Photography | Wild Stem Flower Studio | Winterwares and more to be announced! 

RSVP on the Stackwood Wedding Market Event Page and share it with all your friends! 

We leave you with a recent mini wedding showreel from Polkadot + Moonbeam:

Join us also on Instagram, to see live buzz from Stackwood Wedding Market (click below):

❥ We’re turning on our botanical charms tinkling magic for you at STACKWOOD WEDDING FAIR this 10th November 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Experience our intimate duets in the beautifully styled @stackwood_ space by the talented @thewildstem and @lyndley.mill – Look out for a very SPECIAL treat exclusive to the event. See our profile link for our trailmarked hints ❥ #stackwoodwedding #polkadotandmoonbeam @apugnosedream . . . Photo credits: @harriettegordon @eightyeightevents @scape_by_s @popupplanningco @jessicajosiephotographer . . . . . . #stackwoodwedding #vintagewedding #perthweddingfair #weddingswa #perthweddings #weddingfairperth #weddingexpoperth #perthbrides #stackwoodweddingmarket #fremantlebride #intimateweddings #waweddings #fremantleweddings #stackwoodhall #acousticweddingsduo #bohobride #botanicalweddings #thewildstem #lyndleymill #jessicajosiephotographer #vintageweddingsperth #industrialweddings #perthisok #polkadotandmoonbeam #apugnosedream #stackwood

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