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Heidi and Jae – The Celebration

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I think Heidi and Jae showed such perfect grace on their wedding day when their garden ceremony plans were thrown into disarray by Mother Nature. All I can see is Heidi and Jae’s endless smiles!

Heidi says the bridal party was instrumental in making the day full of laughter. “Jae’s groomsmen were his best mates from school and my bridesmaids were made up of my sister, 2 of my best friends and my cousin. Our flower girl and page boy were another cousin’s children. They were so helpful in the lead up to the wedding and kept us in high spirits the whole day regardless of the weather – you will see in many of the photos on the online gallery that we were just in hysterics and could not stop laughing!”

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Using their wet weather option, Heidi and Jae held their ceremony at their reception venue- Sydney Glass Island.

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Heidi walked down the aisle to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.  Heidi says “One thing that was very important to me was to have both my mum and my dad walk me down the aisle. They separated while I was growing up but it was so special to me that they came together to walk me down the aisle to marry Jae. It was very emotional, I first saw Jae and started to tear up and then mum saw me and starting crying and when I saw mum crying I cried even more!”

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The ceremony location change meant Heidi and Jae married with the Sydney Harbour Bridge behind them. Heidi says “We wrote our own vows. Our celebrant Garry Richards was such a wonderfully patient man! He provided us with a wide range of passages and excerpts that we could select to put our ceremony together, but we couldn’t find anything that really suited us. We wanted a short and sweet ceremony that was light hearted but meaningful at the same time. So we wrote our asking and vows to incorporate some humor including me promising not to kick Jae in my sleep and accepting Jae’s computer game addiction and Jae promising to put up with my crazy cleaning habits and let me steal the covers every now and then!”

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The cake was by Mezzapica Cakes.

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Heidi says “We danced to “Lucky” by Colbie Calliat and Jason Mraz. The lyrics are so beautiful, “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend” and have a special meaning to both of us.”

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Heidi and Jae made the favors using boxes and ribbon purchased from Favors Plus, labels they made themselves and filled them with their favourite lollies, Raspberry Chocolate bullets from Goody Goody Gum Drops.

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One of Heidi’s favourite memories was after the wedding, she says “We loved going back to the hotel after the wedding and drinking into the night with our bridal party and family at the hotel bar! The whole day seems to fly by so quickly that it was over before we knew it and Jae and I were not going to miss out on the rest of the night’s festivities. So we went up to our room, changed and kicked on with the rest of the crowd! It was great to spend time with our friends and family especially because so many had traveled so far to see us”.

Thank you Heidi and Jae for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also toby Cato & Pade for allowing us to share the photographs!

Photos by Cato & Pade

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Heidi and Jae

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A classic Sydney wedding for you today! The wedding of Heidi and Jae! A Japanese inspired, after dark ceremony with a sprinkling of rain for good luck!

Heidi tells the story of how they met “Our story started because of a Japanese t – shirt. I had just returned from a 10 month exchange in Japan and was keen to talk to other people about my experiences. During my first week at uni (and in Sydney!), at an orientation night at our uni, I had spotted Jae at the other end of our uni bar wearing a shirt with a map of Japan on it. I had asked him whether he had been to Japan or just bought the t-shirt, his reply was “Both”!  We soon realized that we both shared a love for Japan and the language, and 5 ½ years together quickly sped by.

I had run off to Japan again for another language exchange program to complete my degree. After 4 months apart Jae came to visit me and had brought with him a ring! He proposed on Christmas Eve, in our beautiful room in the Hilton and I was so completely shocked that he had to ask me several times before I believed him and responded.

Because Japan had played such a special part in bringing us together we wanted to incorporate a Japanese theme into our wedding. So we decided on an elegant chocolate brown and cream based theme with a Japanese twist. Beautiful Japanese paper (chiyogami) featured on our invites, the table place cards, and the easel table seating list. The bridesmaids wore black dresses with a Japanese fabric from Nobue made into sashes. Jae’s dad even read for us a Japanese haiku poem during his speech at the reception.”

Photos today are by Cato & Pade Photography and video by Steve Henne Videography.

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Heidi’s gown was from Calabro Bridal. She wore earrings from Rings & Bling and a pearl bracelet from JMG Jewel Design.

Heidi says “One wives tale that I did adhere though was the something old, borrowed, new and blue theory. My ‘new’ was my dress, ‘blue’ was my garter, ‘borrowed’ was heirloom broach that belonged to my great grandmother that was lent to me by my aunty, and ‘old’ was the handkerchief that my mum carried on her wedding day which I carried in my clutch.”

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Heidi and Jae created their own invitations with a Japanese flair. Unable to find any other invitations they liked, Heidi and Jae enlisted the bridesmaids and made not only the invitations but also the table place cards, easel list and wedding favors.

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The bridesmaids wore different black dresses from Myer with a Japanese fabric from Nobue made into sashes.  Elizabeth Panovski of Sydney Wedding Flowers created the bouquets while The Face Of Hair created the wedding day hair & makeup looks.

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Heidi and Jae had their “first look” in the hotel lobby.

Heidi says “We had to make the call as to whether we would use our wet weather option at 10:30am even though our ceremony was not due to start until 3pm. Frantic with the thought of having to make the decision and in desperate need of a hug to cheer me up, Jae and I broke tradition and met up before the wedding to make the decision together!

We also met up before our ceremony to take our location shots before we boarded the boat. I’m certain that it didn’t bring us any bad luck and am happy to report that it is just a silly old wives tale! It actually helped to calm the nerves knowing that we were both together before the ceremony, neither one of us could chicken out!”

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Heidi says one of her favourite memories was actually the rain! “Believe it or not the rain! The rain made the day special for us because it is something that we will never forget about the day; we were determined to have an amazing day regardless of the weather. We had so many people come up to us and tell us that rain was good luck than I can count!”. Heidi & Jae and their bridal party were transported on the day in an elegant Rolls Royce from Roll Up In A Rolls.

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Check back this afternoon for Heidi and Jae’s ceremony and reception!

Photos by Cato & Pade

The End of Febusave

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Phew! We’ve come to the end of Febusave! Over 9000 people pledged to save for the month of February which I think is a pretty fantastic effort! Don’t forget to close off your pledges on the Febusave website (under Enter & Win) to win $5000.

I managed to stay away from snacks and treats for February – how did you do? Any saving stories to share?

The Wedding Workshop Giveaway

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Perth Brides! We have a fantastic competition for you today!

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Villa Kula

In 2006, Perth wedding planner Cathrin D’Entremont founded The Wedding Workshop – an event designed to give brides expert tips and tricks to plan their wedding day. A few years on, The Wedding Workshop has a new look, glamorous new venue and new format.

Fifteen vendors will be in attendance including Natasja Kremers Photography, Anna Rose Photography, Mailbox Design, bride + groom store, Stacey Morris and JKL Exclusive Caterers.

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With an expert panel, giveaways, a fashion show and wine tasting on arrival, each guest will receive a rewards card entitling you to great discounts with participating vendors, a copy of Your Brides Guide, A Wedding Workshop binder and a chance to mingle with industry pros.

The glamorous Villa Kula will be hosting this month’s event and for $65 a head you can be a part of it. Visit the website to book your tickets!

We have a double pass to The Wedding Workshop to give away.

To enter, please tell us in 25 words or less, why you would like to attend The Wedding Workshop on the 24th March 2010.

This double pass is applicable only for the 24th March 2010 event. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. Transport costs are not included in the prize. Competition closes 15th of March at 7pm Australian Eastern Standard Time

This competition is now closed.

 

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