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Jodie & Shaun’s Old English Garden Party Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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 There is a gorgeous feeling to Jodie and Shaun’s old English garden party wedding. The couple had straw boating hats made for their male guests, lace parasols for the ladies and chose to carry their old-world theme throughout every element of the day. I can’t wait to share this one with you captured by Ben Swinnerton .

Jodie and Shaun kick us off with the story of how they came to be. “Jodie was living in a shared house with one other person in South Yarra and they were looking for a new flatmate using a popular flatmate website. Coincidentally, Shaun was moving out of his flat and looking for a shared house when he saw an ad posted by Jodie that described her as a professional woman working in software sales in her 30’s. They contacted each other and arranged to meet in a café. Shaun arrived a minute early and from his car could see that the café had actually burnt down the night before!

He had just dialled Jodie’s number and put the phone to his ear when he noticed a woman standing out the front of the noncafé who had heard her phone ring and was reaching for it. They made eye contact and both put their phones away with a smile. Shaun got out of the car to introduce himself and received a big, wet kiss (not on the cheek). A little stunned he followed her lead to a different café up the road contemplating if he could live with this person who was a little too familiar, and also didn’t look in her 30’s at all. “So you work in software sales?” asked Shaun as they were walking. “No, not really” she answered. Confused Shaun made small talk and asked her some other questions. She interrupted him by saying: “My name is not Jodie” looking a little irritated. Shaun understood that sometimes people on flatmate websites had ulterior motives, but this woman seemed crazy and he was thinking about how to make a fast getaway.

Just then Shaun’s phone rang. He answered and it was Jodie who had just arrived at the original meeting point. Shaun looked back down the street and there was this tall brunette on the phone. He bolted toward her and never looked back. One month later Shaun moved into the house and six months after that Shaun took Jodie to dinner, it seemed like the perfect time for him to tell her he had fallen in love with her and did not want to be just a flatmate any longer. 10 years and two children later they were married!”

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Jodie chose a lace wedding gown crafted by Judith Valente . She explains, “Being a reluctant wedding dress shopper, I decided I needed to embrace the experience and not let the bridesmaids down. My bridesmaids coordinated our day on High Street, Armadale by making a few bookings…and the three of us had a ball. I ended up trying around 60 different dresses on, some just to make us laugh, but ended up buying from the very first place I went to.

We were impressed by the less arrogant, honest and knowledgeable treatment we received and designed the dress together, modifying an existing design she had (the very first dress I tried on!). It had vintage lace, a beautiful diamante waistband, slim fitted waist with a beautiful train.”

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Jodie and Shaun chose The Mount Sturgeon Homestead, The Royal Mail Hotel for their wedding. The newlyweds explaining, “We wanted a venue that was picturesque, had good food and wine, great style and far enough away so that we could trap our guests for the weekend. The Royal Mail Hotel is renowned for its food and wine so we decided to put up a marquee on the grounds of the homestead to make the most of the surroundings. We had our reception at the front of the beautiful old homestead and the marquee was hidden in the back.”

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Travelling guests enjoyed a mid-journey pit stop, the bride and groom explaining, “As we were asking our guests to drive 3 hours we decided to set up a pit stop half way through to ensure they were well looked after. We organised a St Ali coffee cart, an Italian Gelato van, and a beautiful french crepe food truck on the side of the road for our guests, who identified themselves by the car bumper sticker we gave them.”

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Jodie and Shaun worked with will&jac to plan and style the day. They remark, “We had a really fantastic group of vendors, but the reason for this was because we had the best wedding planners you could possibly ever wish for. Having a wedding planner enables you to focus on the extra little things that can make the day memorable. They did all the grunt work, managed all the vendors, remembered all the details while we focused on the fun things. We enjoyed every second of our day because that’s all we had to do, they took care of every other element and still had a smile and a laugh for guests at 2.00am when they left. Seriously worth every cent.”

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The bride walked down the aisle to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”.

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Guests dressed in black tie, the couple providing lace parasols and straw boaters for their guests. “In order to ensure that everyone stuck to the black tie theme we organised a hire service for the men who wanted to utilise this. It was really popular, especially for those travelling. This combined with the hats and parasols really made it a special atmosphere with everyone feeling good about themselves.”

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Of their ceremony, officiated by Michael Webb , Jodie and Shaun remember, “We had straw boaters made for all the male guests, and parasols with fans for the women, it created an authentic and special atmosphere where everyone participated. We chose a relaxed, confident celebrant, with simple vows and 2 readings; A poem -“The owl and the pussy cat”, and a Rhett Butler quote from “Gone with the Wind”. The day was more about celebrating with family and friends than a lengthy, verbose ceremony.”

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Of their photographer, Jodie remarks, “We wanted to catch real moments and real people. We obviously had some set family shots but what appealed to us more was capturing the feel of the day without being posed. We also wanted someone who we felt comfortable with and who was down to earth. Ben was everything we were looking for.”

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“We spent some time making up some funny (some sarcastic) personal titles for each guest at the wedding, which we had a “Town cryer” announce when it was time to make their way to the marquee. These are still joked about between friends when we catch up.”

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Victoria Whitelaw styled the flowers for the day, Jodie noting, “We wanted these to have a real impact and they were absolutely superb. Two big flower “Chandeliers” suspended from the ceiling (benefits of a marquee) with glass baubles.”

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For their first dance, Jodie and Shaun chose “We have all the time in the world” Louis Armstrong. “(It) was meant to be a little ironic considering we waited 10 years, have two kids and are in our 40’s. Also, it was a James Bond theme from “On his majesty’s secret service” – the almost forgotten Bond film with the Australian George Lazenby as Bond (Shaun added the last sentence).”

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Cover band Adam 12  made the dance floor the place to be. “We went with a band – but not a wedding band. Instead, we went for probably the best cover band in Melbourne: Adam 12. It was more expensive but those guys were amazing.”

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The couple chose C2 Films to film their wedding.

Congratulations on your marriage Jodi and Shaun! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Ben Swinnerton for sharing today’s images!





Photographer: Ben Swinnerton / Cinematographer: C2 Films / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: will&jac / Styling: will&jac / Bride’s Dress: Judith Valente / Bride’s Jewelry: Jeanette Maree / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: JJs House / Bridesmaid Accessories: Myer / Hairstylist: Zoe Karlis / Makeup Artist: Kate Spear - Bridal Make-up by Design / Invitations & Stationery: Press Print / Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw / Venue: The Mount Sturgeon Homestead, The Royal Mail Hotel / Ceremony Hire Items: Place Settings / Ceremony Officiant: Michael Webb / Ceremony Musicians: Taso Psychoulas / Rental Furniture: Place Settings / Rental Furniture: Warrnambool Party Hire / Prop Hire: The Prop Store / Band: Adam 12 / Cheese Cake: Milk The Cow / Wedding Rings: Arnold Jewellery / Transport: Trotters Coaches / Wedding Registry: The Winehouse
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Dreamy Magnolia Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


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This dreamy magnolia bridal inspiration shoot comes to us all the way from beautiful Poland today. The beautiful blossoming magnolia trees adding a sense of silence, of the beauty of nature, the trees humming as their buds bloom, the gentle blooms casting their magical shapes throughout the shoot. Quite the way to inspire a wedding don’t you think?

Photographer Marifoto  teamed up with Love Prints Studio, Moons Varsovie, Decolove, Slodka Gospocha and models Sylvia & Eve to craft an inspiration shoot inspired by this beautiful blooms in a botanical garden near Warsaw. The magnolia tree alley taking centre stage as the beautiful vintage style picnic and vignette turned into a focal point to enhance the beauty of the blooms.

Shoot producer Love Prints Studio tells, “I’ve always dreamt about organizing a photo shoot which will carry a note of mystery with itself, one where not everything will be immediately obvious, one that will charm with its effortlessness. Nostalgia, sensuousness, a tale where feeling plays the main role. To collaborate I invited a wonderful photographer Marysia, who as it turned out wished to create a story like this as much as I did. And it is through her fantastic intuition of emotion and scenery that our mutual dream actually became reality and the two models Sylwia and Ewa – through their delicacy turned the looking at the pictures into a journey to a far away, dreamy world. ”

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Photographer: Marifoto / Shoot Production: Love Prints Studio / Invitations & Stationery: Love Prints Studio / Bridal Gowns: Moons Varsovie / Crowns: Decolove / Sweets: Slodka Gospocha / Models:: Sylvia & Eve

Lady Petrova “As You Wish” Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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With dreams of fairy-tales and whimsy the debut bridal collection of designer Lady Petrova takes its inspiration from that classic line from The Princess Bride “As You Wish”.

With her own whimsical fashion label many years in existence, designer Petrova Hammond struggled to find just the right whimsical, romantic wedding gown that reflected her own personality when she married her teenage sweetheart earlier this year. Her dreams and desires led her to accidentally design an entire bridal collection, one which we are so happy to debut today!

Designed with the urban princess in mind, the collection is filled with the dreamy fabrics of vintage lace, tulle, point d’esprit and elegant silks. Petrova’s signature quirkiness coming through in tiered tulle skirts, capes, pockets and  gauze sleeves.  If the current collection isn’t quite your style, Lady Petrova can create something completely custom just for you.

The gowns will be available to order from the Lady Petrova website.

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Photographer: Raphael Ruz / Model: Millicent Lambert / Makeup Artist: Raeoni Davies / Set Design: Megan Greenwood / Styling: Petrova Hammond / Assistants: Matilda Baker / Assistants: Ashleigh Dondio / Paper Art: Amanda May Lee

Vendor of the Week – Dapper Events

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I hope your Winter woolies are on and you’re ready to dive in another week because we can’t wait!

With all the rain around lately, I’ve been pondering rainy day weddings. Do you love the light and the images your photographer will capture? Do you have a ‘Plan B’ in case it pours? Or do you just love being inside and looking out on the raindrops falling? Our Directory is filled with gorgeous vendors who will know just what to do in the event of rain. Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is the go to place to choose your wedding vendors for your wedding day.  We have Flowers, we have Entertainment, we have Cinematography and Venues – we even have Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering and Celebrants! Our Directory is filled to the brim with vendors eager to help you on your wedding day.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!




Photography by Devine Photography

Who doesn’t just love to leave the organisation of a major event to a planner? South Australian brides have Yvette from Dapper Events to call on to plan a stress free wedding or event. With superior organisational skills, creative flair and a passion for event planning, Yvette will ensure that your wedding day is just as you dreamed it would be – with fresh ideas to make your wedding as unique as you are.

We asked Yvette of Dapper Events five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Gin & Tonic.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Port Willunga Beach.

Favourite restaurant?

Press Food & Wine.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Crepes with lemon and sugar and a cup of English breakfast tea.

Your favourite wedding story?

All my couple’s weddings are my favourite as they are so special and unique in their own way. I love every single one of them!

Visit Dapper Events’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Dapper Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

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