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Vendor of the Week – Black Jacket Suiting

by | Blog News, Bride


A brand new week, and we’re over halfway through January already (how time flies), with a brand new bunch of inspiration with weddings, engagements.  We excited to be starting the week off with a great vendor and continuing with inspiration, beautiful gowns and beautiful weddings. Hope your week is inspirational wherever you are!

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 Bridal Gown Services, we have Venues we have Styling and Hire we even have Bridal Gowns! 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!

Your groom needs to look super smart and we have just the person to make it all happen for him.  Black Jacket Suiting is a gentlemens’ fashion boutique in Brisbane offering the highest quality in service, a wide range of product – from shoes to suits (with over 400 fabrics to choose from) and ties – and the icing on the cake? Ryan will come to you and fit you up with the perfect suit for your wedding or special occasion. And the best bit is that your measurements are kept on file, so that you can shop online with ease – it doesn’t get much better than that!

We asked Ryan of Black Jacket Suiting five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Scotch on the rocks – Chivers Regal 18yr Old.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Gold Coast – Broadbeach. Love the night life down there as a change from the Brisbane scene.

Favourite restaurant?

Pony on Eagle Street Pier. Great Atmosphere and theme throughout as well as amazing food.

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

Eggs Benny – hollandaise sauce has to be made in house. If you’re going to do it, do it right.

Your favourite wedding story?

An old friend saw the girl of his dreams in Mykonos Greece and couldn’t manage to talk to her the whole trip as he was too shy. Finally he gathered the courage to go talk to her just before she jumped on a bus home. Got her details and once back in AUS kept in contact and convinced her to move down to Melbourne to be with him and they were eventually married last year. Just goes to show that if you never take a chance you will never know the result and miss your opportunity.

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

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by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Artography

Paulina and Adam’s Cosy Garden Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Paulina & Adam

As a lover of cold weather I fell head over heels for the engagement photos of Paulina and Adam. So darn cosy with big fluffy scarves, tights and boots. The rain soaked surroundings, the bare branches of Winter and the surprise of bright blooming tulips! Paulina and Adam chose Christine Lim to capture their September engagement shoot.

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On how they met, the happy couple recall, “It was a setup by Adam’s brother and Paulina’s cousin, that took a year to come to fruition!”

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Paulina and Adam note, “Paulina is Polish. In Adam’s family out of the 4 brothers, 3 are with Polish woman, not on purpose! There must be something about Polish woman that the Italian men love!”

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What do they love about each other? They tell, “The yin and yang balance. Adam is of very calm and patient nature and Paulina is passionate and spontaneous.”

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Adam proposed with the help of their four legged friend, the story going, “Adam proposed on our 2nd year anniversary at home, by putting the ring box in our puppy’s hands saying “Look what Arnie [puppy’s name] found?!” ”

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Photographer: Christine Lim

Alexandra and Tom’s Romantic Palm Beach Wedding

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


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Alexandra & Tom

There is something about the water, the beach that lends itself to romance and Alexandra and Tom’s romantic Palm Beach wedding is full of romantic touches, a romantic love story and of course it all unfolding on the most romantic of days. They chose Karen Gilvear Photography  to capture it all.

Alexandra tells their story. “We met via our two best friends who were dating. I came out with her, he came out with him. It was attraction at first sight but unable to do anything about it for a few months. The feelings grew stronger, when we were both in the right place we didn’t hesitate and the rest was history.”

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Alexandra chose a gown by Maggie Sottero , which led to a funny story on the morning of the wedding, the bride remembering, “When my Bridesmaids were doing up my dress. We were all eager to get me in and tied up nice and tight in my dress, and in the eagerness I heard a very loud “Riiiippppp”, one of my darling girls ripped my dress (the insignificant inner lining behind the tie up part of the dress) needless to say there was an obscenity from the bridesmaid involved, followed by silence and the quickened “what? It’s nothing” from my maid of honour – I couldn’t have cared less and knew exactly what had happened, but pretended I didn’t and went along with the “nothing happened, just a thread” line they threw at me. It made me laugh the next day when they “told me what they had done” when I knew all along.”

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“Every detail of the wedding was special. But things that meant the most to me was my veil. I had no idea what I wanted for many aspects of my outfit, but I knew what I wanted in my veil – Mantilla style lace veil. My veil and my shoes were so special to me. My garter was also very special. My heritage is Scottish and mother, a proud Scot, bought me a gorgeous Scottish garter and a heather embroidered handkerchief which I kept tucked away in my bust for good luck which meant the world to me. My bracelet was borrowed from one of my sisters/maid of honour.”

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Alexandra and Tom chose Governor Phillip Park – Palm Beach  for their wedding ceremony, noting, “Governor Phillip Park was a beautiful canvas for us to create a day that represented Tom and I – and it did perfectly. Outdoor Wedding Aisles along with Dominique Flowers and my darling friend Kelly Wright did a beautiful job of transforming the park into our wedding fairytale.”

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Alexandra tells, “I walked down the aisle to “Songbird” by Naya Rivera (version by Santana from Glee).”

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Dominique Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride noting, “Our flowers blew me away – they exceeded my expectations and I could see so much love had gone into them from Dominique Flowers. She is so creative and stylish – I never actually knew flowers could look as amazing as what Dominique created, the table runners and piece that hung across our bamboo canopy at the ceremony were breathtaking and our bouquets and buttonholes were simply stunning and perfect.”

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Of their photographers, Alexandra tells, “Our photographers were amazing. Karen and Clint were like two mates along for the ride who produced the most amazing memories for us. They blended in and we didn’t even notice them at the ceremony or reception until we got our breathtaking photos back. They stayed cool and calm amongst the organised chaos and excitement and had a great nature (making our bridal party and family laugh even on a super tight time frame) whilst pulling everyone together for the shots we had pre-requested (which can be very stressful – they actually made this super enjoyable as I believe it should be). They are the epitome of professional yet caring and lovely people and the photos are beyond spectacular. All of our guests even commented on our awesome photographers. They certainly go above any beyond and I just want to have something else that I can use them for again! They even got us access to areas that were private because I requested it. They were honestly amazing! ”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Joe Button - the brightly coloured mismatched linings a highlight of their dapper looks.

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Dunes Restaurant was chosen for the reception, Alexandra noting, “Dunes Restaurant was perfect. Nothing was too hard for Cathy, the owner whose general decor didn’t need to even be touched to create the perfect setting for the theme of our wedding. The marquee attached to the restaurant that opened up through the night to create an open air, undercover setting for our wedding, the amazing food from the award winning chef, the rustic yet beachy decor and stunning flowers made this the perfect setting to dance the night away with my new husband and nearest and dearest.”

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Alexandra tells, “We DIY’d our bomboniere’s they were Mason Jars which we labelled with our personalised clear sticker – created by Alison Smith from “Made my Alison”, and the lids had the name of each guest on them also created by Alison – and this doubled as their name place at the table. My creative husband also made our table place setting board which was a timber framed hessian pinboard with white starfish (placed as) the guests walked in.” Guests signed their names on a wooden puzzle for the couple.

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That funny hat? A piece of the groom’s history, a self proclaimed “talking stick”. Photographer Karen tells, “The hat the groom is wearing during his speech is a family camping tradition. From memory whoever wants to say something around the campfire must wear this hat.”

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Of their first dance, Alexandra recalls, “Our first dance was very special to us. When Tom and I first started dating the song – “Feel so close” by Calvin Harris was in the charts and Tom told me one day that the words of the song reminded him exactly of how he felt about me. When I heard the song I melted. So our first dance was a slow version of “Feel so close” by Nelly Furtardo (we found it a week before the wedding) and our amazing DJ morphed it towards the end into the original version of the song to officially get our wedding party started. We concluded the night with another song that meant a lot to us and had the entire wedding up for the final dance of the night – “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeren.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Alexandra and Tom! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Karen Gilvear Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Karen Gilvear Photography / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Bridal Secrets Parramatta / Bride’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams shoes from Deseo in Crows Nest / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Ceciles at Castle Hill / Groom’s Attire: Custom made by Joe Button / Groomsmen Attire: Joe Button / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway - Pia Gladys Perey "Dionne" / Hairstylist: Stefania Libertino 0414 428 038 / Makeup Artist: (Bride) Chelsea Povey of Chelsea Povey Makeup / Makeup Artist: Ebony Ryan 0435 166 366 / Flowers: Dominique Hardy from Dominique Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Alison Smith from Made by Alison 0421 067 778 17 / Ceremony Venue: Governor Phillip Park - Palm Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Tara Rennie / Ceremony Musicians: Norways / Ceremony Styling & Hire: Outdoor Wedding Aisles / Ceremony Styling: Dominique Flowers / Reception Venue: Dunes Restaurant / Reception Styling: Bride with Dominique Flowers / DJ: DJ Solutions / Lolly Buffett: Laura Steele from The Styling Branch / Cake Baker: Amanda's Creations 0416 248 349 / Wedding Rings: Sar Jewellers / Transport: Classic Bridal Cars / Transport: (Buses For Guests) Beachwheels
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