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Vendor of the Week – Studio TO

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s Australia Day – hooray!! Today we celebrate what it means to us to be an Aussie. The smell of sunburn cream and sizzling barbeques will waft through the air, while backyard cricket or lazing in the shade will be the activity of choice. Even though it’s a holiday, we still have plenty of wedding inspiration, so escape the frivolity, grab a cup of tea and lamington and escape with us into a world of weddings.

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Venues, we have Photographers, we have  Accessories we even have Specialised Services! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

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

Why not use your stationery design as an anchor for the rest of your wedding decor? Watercolour stationery? Echo in watercolour cloths, flowers in ombre hues. Stationery with vine tendrils and leaves? Use vines, berries and rustic wood as your basis. Tamsin at Studio TO is known for her contemporary and clean designs – bright and clever, and just so right for the occasion. Whether you wish to design a bespoke invitation suite or using a ready to print design which Tamsin can colour to your wedding colour scheme, Save the Dates, Invitations and RSVP’s to Orders of Service, Menus and Seating Plans are just the thing to add a creative and co-ordinated look to your wedding.

We asked Tamsin of Studio TO five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Depending on the season I would say a large glass of Shiraz in Winter or a White wine spritzer made with Pinot Grigio and soda water for the Summer.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

My husband and I love to camping in the Margaret River region about 3.5 hours south of Perth, long walks on the beautiful beaches down there, kayaking and dolphin spotting and spending the evening in a local pub with the locals, live music, good food, craft beer and a log fire in the Winter months.

Favourite restaurant?

One of the best meals I have eaten whilst living in Perth has been at Red Herring in East Fremantle which sits on the banks of the Swan River, the views are amazing just like the food!

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

If I’m feeling healthy a huge fruit salad mixed with muesli and natural yoghurt with a freshly made juice on the side. If I’m feeling naughty then I revert to my Northern English upbringing of a big fry up with the works: bacon, sausage, baked beans, hash brown and mushroom and a cup of tea.

Your favourite wedding story?

I’m currently designing a beautiful wedding stationery set for a lovely couple who are having 3 weddings! Each one is really informal and more like a big party, the venues all have a special meaning to them. They are going travelling for 6 weeks, starting with wedding number 1 south of Perth in Margaret River, wedding 2 in Vancouver, Canada (where they first met) and wedding number 3 in Mexico (where the groom is from). It’s such a lovely idea and each destination is really personal and meaningful to them, plus they get to celebrate with all of their family and friends, some of whom are even going to go along to all 3!

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

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Snapshot Sunday – Best Steps

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays



Photo by Artography

Irma and Dave’s Romantic Sydney Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Irma & Dave

These utterly romantic Sydney engagement photos come to us today from Pictures & Hearts Photography who spent a day with Irma and Dave in Sydney’s Centennial Park.

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Irma tells the story of how they met. “We were introduced by a family friend through Facebook. I (Irma) was living in New York, while Dave was living in Melbourne. Neither of us expected that this introduction would lead to anything serious. Both of us enjoyed the friendship, we chatted daily via texting despite the time difference, also Skype video chat regularly. After 6 months of correspondence, David decided to fly to New York to meet me. He spent two weeks there, during that time that we officially became a couple. We were in a long distance relationship for 2 years before I finally moved to Melbourne. Although we were apart for so long, we tried to see each other twice a year.”

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“We love a natural and classic theme for the engagement. We want to keep it simple (ageless) yet beautiful and romantic. Our photographers are based in Sydney and we flew to Sydney for the shoot. Centennial Park provides such a beautiful nature backdrop for this shoot.”

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Irma tells the story of the proposal. “It was during the time I moved back from the USA to Indonesia. Dave flew back to meet me when I had transit in Singapore then flew back with me to Indonesia to spend some time with my family. After a week and half in Jakarta, Indonesia, he flew back to Singapore en route Melbourne with my family where we spent three nights there.

Little did I know that all this time he had planned to propose to me the last Friday we were in Singapore. He had secretly spoken to my mom to ask for her blessing, and had already bought a ring which he strategically hid in his camera bag (which he almost lost at one point… I wondered why he looked like he had lost much more than a camera when he almost lost it… now I know why). Long story short, we ended up strolling through Clark Quay on a Friday night after all his plans to propose on a high rise building fell through due to unforeseen bad weather. After much improvisation on his part to keep it a surprise for me, we found ourselves a quiet bench underneath a lamp post by the river. Come to think of it, it all somehow felt like the setting was all perfectly arranged. As soon as we sat there, he asked me to close my eyes.

When I opened it, he was on his knees extending the ring on his hand. He asked me “Would you do life with me”, “will you marry me?”. I was taken by surprise and paused for a split second before I said “Yes”. We hugged, kissed, and held hands as we prayed together to commit our engagement. As we opened our eyes, David noted that we were right underneath a road called “New Bridge”, which was a coincidence but somehow felt like it held a significant meaning to the start of our new journey of life together.”

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“What I love about David is that he is a spiritually mature person, such a family person, not to mention his wittiness. According to Dave I am a sweet and loving person, with a good sense of humour.”

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Photographer: Pictures & Hearts Photography / Makeup Artist: Kaori / Bride’s Dress: Irma's Best Friend

Jess and Jason’s Fun Tall Ship Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Jess & Jason

If you’re a water lover, this fun tall ship wedding is definitely one to curl up with a cup of tea and pour over. The couple, who loved the fact they could show off the beautiful sights and sounds of Sydney Harbour to their guests chose a magnificent tall ship for their wedding celebration – guests were able to climb the mast and have a truly relaxing afternoon. Just what the newlyweds had dreamt of! Jason of Roundeye Photography was there to capture it all.

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Jess chose a beautiful Anna Campbell gown from Savvy Brides as her wedding gown, telling “It is a beautiful Anna Campbell gown from her Ivory Collection called Isobelle. It is made from 100% latte coloured silk, featuring a boned silk dupion bust with padding, soft ivory lace overlay and silk lining. The delicate lace is styled in a scallop shape with gives it a 1920’s look. I also had an Anna Campbell embellished belt attached to the waist band. I matched the look with 1920s style vintage jewellery. I wore my hair down in Hollywood curls and the side pinned back with an art deco beaded bridal comb. My bridesmaid wore a floor length charcoal coloured one shoulder chiffon dress. I loved the colour and it suited the overall theme.”

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The bride and bridesmaid wore Converse All Star sneakers. Jess telling, “I chose to wear converse low cut sneakers. I needed my wedding day to have as many aspects of the things we loved as possible. And I’m not very fond of wearing high heels so I knew it would be flat shoes and inspired by my own personal style I chose Converse All Stars. I chose the same shoes for my sister, Alex (bridesmaid). We have a similar style so it was an easy decision and she was super excited about it too.”

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Jess and Jason chose Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden for their ceremony, Jess explaining, “Wendy Whitely’s secret garden was our ceremony location, which is nestled between Clark Park and the harbour in Lavender Bay. It perfectly suited my love of secret gardens and as I knew that I wanted my day by the harbour it was perfect. It has been a labour of love for Wendy Whiteley, the wife of the late artist Brett Whiteley, whose work was much admired and celebrated in Sydney. Over the years she has transformed it from an overgrown waste ground, treating it like a giant painting. We chose a beautiful little spot in the garden to set up the ceremony and because of the vast beauty surrounding us we didn’t need much decoration at all.”

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Jess walked down the aisle to “Only Time” by Enya.

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Jess remembers “My 10 year old cousin, Matthew, played violin for us and our guests whist we were signing our marriage certificate. He asked me a couple months before hand if he could play for us at our wedding and of course we were delighted that he wanted to. He had already been learning Pachelbel Canon in D and asked if he could play it. He was so excited and practiced a lot leading up to the day. He is an amazing little violinist and we are so proud to have had him contribute to our day.”

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Stephen Lee Celebrancy performed the ceremony, the bride remembering, “He was absolutely amazing and incredibly professional, made for the career he has chosen. We wanted someone young, a male preferably and after typing that into Google we looked no further than the first search that came up. We contacted him straight away and never looked back. He did practically everything for us making it so easy for us and taking a lot of pressure off me. He wrote the most perfect ceremony for us and he couldn’t have been more prompt, organised and fun.”

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The wedding was truly a family affair says Jess. “Our beautiful little 4 year old son. Of course we chose to have him as our page boy, there was no question. And he really bought the day alive. He is an amazing little boy and had the time of his life entertaining us and having a great time. It was the best feeling in the world being able to have him at our wedding and include him in one of the best days of our lives.”

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Of their photographer, Jess says, “Jason from Roundeye Photography was awesome. After a relaxed meeting with him to chat about us and what we wanted it was an easy choice to make to hire him. His work speaks volumes and it was just the kind of style we wanted for our day. Everything we talked about he understood straight away and with very little explanation he made it happen. We literally only mentioned a few things we wanted, the styles we liked and the structure of the day and he went with it. On the day Jason and his assistant, Philips, just went about their business in a very easy and fun way. It was like they were just very enthusiastic guests following us around with cameras. I couldn’t imagine my wedding without them. They made it so easy to not only pose when needed but also get on with the day and enjoy it without a worry. I didn’t need to say anything, or call them over for a photo; they were here, there and everywhere. They caught everything. Jason is truly an artist and the photos are proof. We loved them! ”

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Jess and Jason chose Southern Swan, of Sydney Harbour Tall Ships for their reception, noting, “Our reception was held on the Southern Swan on Sydney Harbour, a completely authentic 1850’s tall ship. We both decided to do a cruise before we chose the venue for our reception and after a beautiful Sunday enjoying the sights it didn’t take us long to book the ship.

We wanted something different. I’m not a fan of typical wedding venues as I didn’t want a traditional style wedding. We wanted our wedding to be a day to not only celebrate our love and everything we love but a day to have fun, just like any other day. I wanted a venue that I would chose for a birthday party but that could be also just a relaxing day with my friends and family. Nothing structured or over the top. And this was perfect. We liked the fact that our guests could also climb the mast as part of their experience, Jason LOVED that part! ”

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As wedding favors, guests received tea bags in brown paper packaging from Planet Organic. The bride also made the guest book, remembering, “I created a guest book made from a kraft paper and cardboard binder book from Typo that I paired with nautical themed rubber stamps to go with the tall ship ‘theme’/typewriter letter stamps and baby photos of the two of us for our guests to stick in the book and leave a message. I made the hanging glass bottle vases that hung on the corner of the chairs up the aisle using glass bottles from my old work and natural twine. I also styled the ceremony myself with pieces I bought along the way, including hessian bunting, large letter signage and a soft lace table cloth. I had my invitations made through Etsy but helped the creator design them from one of their samples and put them together myself. I used kraft paper/card for all my stationery and natural twine to finish the look.”

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Jess loved the speeches, remembering, “It was only going to be our best man and bridesmaid and my mother saying speeches but it ended up extending to two extra friends and Jason’s father, and even the both of us said something. They were hilarious and really heartfelt. And my mother had written her speech with Jason’s mother who couldn’t be there, that was beautiful and we both teared up.”

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Of their first dance, Jess remembers “Our first dance was on deck of the gorgeous tall ship, the Southern Swan. We danced to an acoustic version of Everlong by the Foo Fighters. We had a whole playlist of rock/grunge/punk songs included in our reception but this awesome Foo Fighters song just had to be the one! It really showed us and our love for that genre of music which plays a big part in our lives. Something we bond over. ”

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Jessica’s Cakes created a charcoal ombre wedding cake, Jess noting, “Jessica and I went to school together and it was such a pleasure to have her create our wedding cake. It was a beautiful one tiered white chocolate mud cake with charcoal ombre butter cream frosting and gorgeous flowers decorating to match our theme. She has real talent and we absolutely love her work!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Jason! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Roundeye Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Roundeye Photography / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bridal Salon: Savvy Brides / Bride’s Shoes: Converse All Stars / Bride’s Jewelry: Colette/Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: Manpower (02) 9637 9227 / Bridesmaid Dresses: eBay (Mr K design) / Bridesmaid Shoes: Converse All Stars / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Vanessa's Hair On The Move / Makeup Artist: Makeupbyelizabeth / Flowers & Decor: Blaxland Blooms / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Ceremony Venue: Wendy Whitely's Secret Garden / Ceremony Officiant: Stephen Lee Celebrancy / Reception Venue: Southern Swan, Sydney Harbour Tall Ships / Cake Baker: Jessica's Cakes / Favors: Tea Bags from Planet Organic
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