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Jaime and Ben

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Jaime and Ben

Today’s wedding is of a long timer reader of polka dot bride Jaime, you might remember Jaime’s completely fabulous shoe Save The Dates she made herself and shared with us! During her wedding planning, Jaime would share the details behind her choices, the stories and moments and her emails were (and are) something I truly came to treasure.

Jaime’s love of design (and weddings) has led her to opening her own Etsy store The Bride Gene. It’s such an honour for me to be able to show you Jaime and Ben’s wedding today!

Jaime and Ben wrote stories of how they met, so I’m going to let them share their moments with you!

“Ben: I first noticed Jaime in church. I had seen her with her friends around but never had the courage to go up and say hi. We also happened to both attend the same School of Music where I played drums and she sang. One Sunday after church service, she actually made the first move by coming over, tapping me on the shoulder from behind and asking, “are you the drummer who plays for the school of music?” From the on, we chatted online, started texting and our friendship grew. The rest, as they say, is history!

Jaime: I first saw Ben at our church’s School of Music performance night. We both took private lessons and had never met. When it was his turn to drum, he started his song off on a wrong beat and I immediately though to myself, “gosh, I know how that feels!” having felt nervous about my performance as well. That was really how I remembered him – the guy who drummed to the wrong beat! Months later, he appeared in church (as I had never seen him on Sundays before) so I thought I’d go over and say hi. It was a mere hello that blossomed into a friendship and a lasting relationship.”

Photos today are by Rodney Hobbs Photography and video was captured by C2Video.

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The tight schedule on their wedding day (two ceremonies and a reception!) Jaime and Ben had photos taken together on a sunny day before the wedding with Mish & Zac Photography.

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Jaime and Ben held their ceremonies (and celebrations!) at Butleigh Wootton.Jaime says “Butleigh Wootton was the third place we viewed and instantly fell in love with. From the classic décor to the perfect size, everything suited our theme so well. In fact, Ben was actually the first one who knew it was THE place for us. The staff were excellent and more than we could wish for, helpful and bending over backwards to make our wedding such a success.”

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For the tea ceremony, Jaime wore a traditional gown in aqua & red from Efushop. Benjamin wore a red tie with his black suit from MenzClub. The mantle was decorated with special family photos.

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Check back this afternoon for Jaime and Ben’s second ceremony and gorgeous reception!

Pre wedding photos by Mish & Zac Photography, Tea Ceremony Photos by Rodney Hobbs Photography

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Kate and Frank

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

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Kate and Frank

I adore the classic beauty of today’s wedding- pretty soft pinks, classic whites and fresh green! I thought this was a beautiful spring wedding, but it’s actually a winter one! A perfect way to show it doesn’t matter what time of year it is- you can always use fresh colours!

Kate says “Frank and I were in the same circle of friends at school and became firm friends at 16. We starting dating in university and were married just prior to our 10 year anniversary.”

Photos today are by Nerida McMurray Photography.

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Kate wore a strapless gown with flower detailing, she says “My dress was an ivory strapless silk organza gown by Jian Ador in Rushcutters’ Bay. It was a variation of something that I saw in the window. I just had it simplified – I wanted something simple. I’m going to remove the flower from the front and have it framed.

My bouquet was a mix of ivory roses (my choice of roses was limited with a winter wedding), freesias and lisianthus. They smelled beautiful! My florist Verdaflore in Oatley was great – very chilled out but on the ball. She also gave great suggestions of what could work in winter time.”

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Kate dressed the bridesmaids in pink gowns. “We had an idea of what we wanted for the bridesmaids – something cinched in at the waist and flattering for all the girls. My sister was pregnant with twins so we needed something that could be adapted to fit her. My mum selected a beautiful embroidered silk fabric in ivory (with a pink silk lining). My dress maker is a lovely lady who we’ve known for years. She always understands what we mean and is very relaxed about things.”

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The bridal party traveled to the church in Kate’s late grandfather’s Jaguar. “It was special using my late grandfather’s Jaguar as the wedding car. It helped make him a part of our day. We also had a table near the wedding gifts with wedding pictures of our grandparents, parents and siblings.”

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One of Kate’s favourite memories involves family. “I loved having my family and friends all together. I loved seeing all of the people who I hold dearest in the one place. My sister and brother-in-law traveled back from England, as did Frank’s brother. We were blessed to have all of our favourite people in that room to witness our marriage.”

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Kate and Frank married at St James’ Catholic Church in Glebe. The couple had a Tongan choir singing throughout the service.

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The couple chose Doltone House for their reception- one of the few Sydney locations that could accommodate their 300 guests! Kate and Frank’s first dance was a special one. “We danced to “Still the One” by Orleans. It was a fun, swing-style dance – quite fast and with lots of spins. That song kind of chose us – it’s not a typical wedding song, but the words were very apt and learning the dance was really fun.”

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Kate made the invitations and place cards herself. The four tier wedding cake was made by Celebration Cakes. Kate says “The cake was a 4 tier round cake. It was ivory, with ivory ribbon wrapped around each layer and a couple of flowers placed on the tiers to reflect the flower on the front of my dress. The bottom two tiers were chocolate mud and the top two tiers were fruit cake – one to keep for our anniversary and one for the older guests who wanted the traditional fruit cake.”

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A big thank you to Kate and Frank for allowing us to share their wedding day! Congratulations! Thank you also to Nerida McMurray Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Nerida McMurray Photography.

Love At First Bite Melbourne Cupcake Giveaway

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Love At First Bite Cupcakes

Something sweet today for our Melbourne brides! I’m still a fan of cupcakes at a wedding and really cupcakes in general. Nothing gives me quite the same smile as a perfectly sweet vanilla cupcake with soft pink icing on a grey day.

To celebrate the launch of their brand new website (launching tomorrow!) You can win a wedding cupcake package from Love at First Bite Cupcakes

Love at First Bite is a boutique cupcake bakery, boasting some of the most delicious tasting cupcakes in Melbourne. Their cupcakes are beautifully finished with their own unique hand made decorations, so they look as good as they taste.

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Love at First Bite are going to make one lucky wedding full of cupcake bliss! They’re giving away a scrumptious cupcake package!

The prize is 100 vanilla decorated butter cream cupcakes, including stand hire, delivery and setup in the Melbourne metro area. This prize is valued at AU$500

To win beautiful cupcakes for your wedding day simply leave a comment with your proposal story – the Love At First Bite team will then choose their favourite!

The winner will be chosen by Love at First bite and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and must be redeemed 18 months from the date of the winner announcement. This competition is open worldwide. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 20th July 2010 at 5.00 p.m (Australian time).

This competition is now closed.

Collette Dinnigan Snow White Collection

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I just love how Collette Dinnigan has taken inspiration from fairytales with her 2010 bridal collection.

These designs are new additions to this year’s “Snow White Collection“.  I especially love the introduction of fuller skirts this year! Lots of pretty details too but they come with the ability to wear the gowns casually or with a little more formality.

Hand beaded bodices, layers of tulle and French lace make for some pretty pretty dresses!

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Raffia roses off shoulder wedding gown

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French floral beaded lace gown

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Crystal flowers strapless bodice applique gown

Photos from Collette Dinnigan

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