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Ginny and Jack’s Nautical Inspired Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Ginny and Jack

A jump across the pond today, or rather the ocean as we celebrate the wedding of Ginny and Jack! Ginny and Jack had a beautiful nautical inspired, seaside celebration in Florida! I love Ginny and Jack’s take on a seaside wedding – vibrant oranges, corals, pinks and oranges and their ceremony? Well it took place in their living room (could you think of anywhere more romantic?)

Ginny tells her romantic love story. “Jack and I met on a blind date.  We were introduced by the bride’s best friend and husband and Jack’s classmate.  We dated more than 5 years, 3 of which were long-distance. Jack and I are very laid back and I think our wedding weekend reflected that”.

Photos today are by Lauren Kinsey Photography. Lauren has captured such colour and life into her photographs. They have a contemporary edge without loosing the detail and vibrancy of the day.

Ginny wore a gown from Watters Brides from  All About Weddings. Her hair and makeup was by Two Fishes Artistry.

Mother Nature caused a last minute change. “We were supposed to hold the ceremony on the beach but the weather did not cooperate.  Lauren and I went out to take my bridal portraits and I could not even hear her direct me for the shots.  I knew that we would have to struggle to hear the pastor during the ceremony and I wanted to focus on Jack and our vows so we moved the ceremony inside our home.  All of our guests helped move the furniture out of the living room and dining room.  We used every chair, stool, and bench we had to set up our make shift chapel!” Tammy D’Agostino of The Eventful Planner coordinated the wedding day plans.

Jack wore a grey suit from J.Crew.

Ginny put her own touch on most of the wedding details. “Our guest book was a Message in a Bottle.  I gathered all the pieces for it, cut the paper and stamped each one with our monogram.”

The wedding was incredibly intimate. “We only had 30 people in attendance counting Jack and I.  Family plus three special couples that we consider family. And the floral arrangements? One of Ginny’s favourite things! “I loved the bright peonies and the urns of baby’s breath!  The urns were just perfect and I felt quite unusual.”

Ginny says “I will never forget the intimacy of the small living room.  Everyone was so close and the room was lit by only candlelight.  It was quiet and calm and actually perfect.”

A special treat for her new husband, Ginny arranged a special car. “I borrowed my boss’ International Scout rag-top truck to take us from the ceremony site to the reception.  It was a surprise for Jack. He loved driving it and my boss had arranged for “Rocky Top” to play once the truck was started.  Rocky Top is the official song for the State of Tennessee.”

The reception proceeded at Courtyard Wine & Cheese. Nouveau Flowers styled the vibrant bouquets and floral decorations.

Plenty of elements were handmade. “My mother, her best friend and I made the Spanish moss covered letters that were hung on the doors of the reception venue.”

The elaborate cake was created by Confections on the Coast. Ginny says “Our favors were kolaches, which are Czech cookies that were made by Jack’s grandmother.”

The first dance was utterly romantic, made even more special by the band. “Jack and I danced to “Lucky” by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz.  Jason Mraz has been one of our favorites for years.  The song has a beach vibe and we sang to each other. The band that played the reception (Aaron Bostic) was awesome.  He allowed our guests to sing with them.  Jack’s best friend sang “Ice, Ice, Baby” and the guy that introduced Jack and I sang a Johnny Cash song with his 3 year-old son.  The same 3 year-old was our ring bearer and he was perfect!”

The night continued long past the reception was over. Ginny recalls,  “After the last dance of the evening, it started to pour!  I did not even run out of the rain. It was just icing on the cake! After the wedding our closest friends came back to our house and we reminisced about the details of the night.  It was great to hear their stories because I felt like I was everywhere at once.  And the leftover cake was devoured by the crew before morning!”

Congratulations Ginny and Jack! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lauren Kinsey for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographs by Lauren Kinsey Photography

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Happy Valentine’s Day

by | Bride, Engagements, Wedding Inspiration


Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought we’d show off this very romantic Valentine’s Day shoot from Jack & Ruby Photography in Canada. Our very much in love couple are Cole and Des Hildebrand. Des is the brain behind design studio Paper Airplanes. I love this idea because to me, it seems like a perfect day (and I would win in Scrabble and beat Mr Polka by 10000 points, Happy Valentine’s Day Mr Polka!)

Kara and Becky, our photographers this afternoon explained the concept to me “The concept behind this shoot was to create a romantic day with a couple with Valentine’s Day as our inspiration.  It is based around a lazy Saturday… there are three “scenes” throughout the day, with them hanging out in bed in the morning, playing cards and scrabble in the afternoon, and then ready to head out for a night on the town in the evening”

The shoot took place at Level 3 Studios – Winnipeg Manitoba, D.I.Y Banner made by a fabulously crafty sister using supplies from Michaels and cupcakes from The Cupcake Corner.

Chris Radtke and Mark Hiebert of Paperback Films made the sweetest little behind the scenes video of the shoot.

Jack & Ruby Photography | Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot from Paperback Films on Vimeo.

Photos by Jack & Ruby Photography

Vendor Of The Week – Stelloberry Designs

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday, readers! Sending out big Happy Valentine’s Day wishes with lots of love to you (whether you celebrate the holiday or not a little sweet wish can’t hurt right?). I hope your Monday gets off to a wonderful start and if not, I have some gorgeous imagery coming up this afternoon to help!

It’s time for our Monday morning spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We are having such fun meeting all our wonderful vendors in our directory and discovering the creations they put their heart and soul into – from the most amazing bouquets, to breath taking photography and delicious sweet treats! We’re adding new vendors every week so take a peek and scroll through the pages of our very special vendors!

One of my favourite things in the world is stationery and oh how I adore this week’s Vendor Of The Week’s creative designs! Stephanie of Stelloberry Designs creates beautiful invitations to match your wedding style! Stephanie has ready to order invitations with gorgeous little touches like satin ribbons, lace trims, beading and a variety of colourful papers.

But what I really love is the idea of Stelloberry Design’s custom work. Utilising Stephanie’s love of craft and creative mind, she can whip something up for you that matches your vision. Herringbone ribbon perhaps? A Japanese inspired celebration? A lover of polka dots? *cough*. Stephanie can create an entire suite to showcase your heart’s desire. As a lover of paper, I think that might tickle your fancy as it does mine!

To learn a little more about Stelloberry Designs., we asked Stephanie five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

I can’t go past a good strawberry daiquiri or a G&T

Your favourite weekend getaway?

It doesn’t happen often, but I love getting away to the Blue Mountains. So much charm, beautiful scenery and fresh air, not to mention the weekend markets and scrumptious food.

Favourite restaurant?

I just can’t go past the little Asian eateries for the best food. There’s a tiny place in Chatswood where the owner makes noodles from scratch, and a couple of fantastic Vietnamese restaurants in Flemington. Just thinking about them makes me hungry!

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

It depends what’s going on during the day and whether I’m in a hurry! If I’ve got time to spare, a huge fry-up is the way to go. Bacon, eggs, fried tomato, toast – the lot!

Your favourite wedding story?

Has to be from my own wedding, where my husband pulled out his guitar just after the speeches and surprised me by singing the song from the Wedding Singer in front of all the guests. The sweetest and most beautiful moment – had many of the guests in tears!

Visit Stelloberry Designs‘ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Stelloberry Designs is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Out On The Scene

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Weddings By Wayne

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