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Marissa and Jon

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


Marissa and Jon

A special treat this Friday afternoon! A blissful Sydney wedding and a Super 8 film to go along with it! Today’s wedding has this gorgeous bohemian feel to it with the gorgeous Sydney glamour complimenting it! It also happened during pouring down rain and any couple that can laugh off the rain? Winners in my book!

Marissa explains how she and Jon met. “Jon and I studied the same degree at university but didn’t meet until years later through mutual friends. We started dating while both living in London.”

Marissa and Jon were married at Lion’s Gate Lodge in the Sydney Botanic Gardens “The ceremony was held in the garden of the Lions Gate Lodge, a historic little house in the Botanic Gardens. We loved this venue as it has a slightly rustic feel and everything could be done outdoors. The reception was held immediately after, under the awnings of the house. We really wanted our wedding to be simple and beautiful – but fun!”

Photos are by Cameron Bloom of Bloom Photography with post processing by Jon.

Marissa & Jon – Rainy Day S8mm from Evro Moudanidis on Vimeo.

Moudanier Pictures shot a Super 8 film of the day which only added to the vintage vibe the couple wanted for their wedding day.

The guests sat on park benches tied with hydrangeas. Marissa walked down the aisle to “I’m So Glad” by Royal Wood, a favourite song of hers and Jon’s. One of Marissa’s favourite moments was watching those before her, “I loved watching my niece and nephew holding each others hand as they walked down the aisle together. They were both so nervous, but did wonderfully. Also watching my 3 year old niece becoming more and more excited about her dress.”

The rain didn’t put a dampener on the day. Marissa says “We had laid out paper umbrellas for our guests thinking it would provide shade from the sun… it started raining though through the ceremony and our guests ended up using them to shelter from the rain! The rain though was actually quite beautiful and we ended up getting some great photos.”

Marissa wore a gown from Soma Design.

Great service providers were an important part of the day for Marissa and Jon. “Sarah and Ilka from Girl Friday Weddings were so brilliant and organised, we couldn’t have done it without them. They set everything up before we arrived and cleaned everything up after we had left! Kevin from Gastronomy provided us with the most amazing service and food, we loved everything on the menu.”

Jodie McGregor arranged the flowers while The Style Salon took care of the styling. Marissa explains “Our guests were served dinner on two long communal tables. These were set up by The Style Salon and they did such a beautiful job.  Lining the tables were crystal vases full of hydrangeas and David Austin roses. Lampshades and lanterns hung overhead. My cousin, Samantha Wills is an amazingly talented jewellery designer and she provided the bonbonerie for all our female guests. (necklaces in wooden boxes).” In place of a wedding cake, the couple had cupcakes made by Lushcups.

The couple and their families were heavily involved in the day. Marissa says “For the reception my mother in law made all the runners for the tables and Jon designed all the invites and place cards. We also had our menu written on a big blackboard rather then having printed menus on the tables.”

For the first dance, the couple did something a little different. Marissa recounts, “We had a group first dance as Jon doesn’t think he can dance and it isn’t his favourite thing! (Although I think he can!) We invited everyone to join us on the floor and we all danced together to ‘Once in my life’ by Stevie Wonder.”

Guests danced the night away to a play list put together by the couple and their guests.

Congratulations Marissa and Jon! Thanks for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Girl Friday Weddings and Bloom Photography for sending over today’s images!

Photos by Cameron Bloom of Bloom Photography (some post processing by Jon)

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Fiona and Dylan – A Rainy Day Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Fiona and Dyan

You guys know how much I love, love love rainy day shoots! Well Lizzy C sent over this fantastic wet shoot recently and I couldn’t wait to share it with you- sunny skies don’t always make for perfect photos and black skies? Well I think they can often make for even better ones Such is the engagement shoot of Fiona and Dylan!

Lizzy (who traveled from Melbourne for this shoot!) says, “Last week, I went up to the sunny state, which, funnily enough, wasn’t sunny!  Despite the unrelenting rain and flood warnings, Fiona and Dylan didn’t shy away from our scheduled portrait session.  When I talked to Fiona on the phone (peering out the window at the drizzly conditions outside), her response was “not a problem, we’ll just grab a couple of umbrellas”. So we did! We danced in the rain!

Toowoomba is on the top of the Great Dividing Range, just inland from Brisbane, and often has days when fog engulfs the town—even right in the middle of the day. It’s absolutely beautiful when you head out of town and you can be surrounded by the beautiful Australian bush, which is just visible through the heavy fog.

Fiona and Dylan, as you can plainly tell, are an energetic and fun-loving couple who are up for anything and everything. They are planning a beautiful vintage-inspired wedding at a historic chapel and manor on the outskirts of Toowoomba, which has spectacular views over the Lockyer Valley. They’ve thought very carefully about personalising the wedding and making sure everyone is included. ”

Photos by Lizzy C Photography

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Another week is over! What do you have planned for this weekend? After some lovely news and the end of a long week, tonight there will be bubbles and our favourite Thai takeaway for dinner, I can’t wait! But first, here’s a bunch of great giveaways, sale alerts and general wedding news!

Firstly- around the Polka Dot blogs!

The first wedding ring roundup on Polka Dot Groom

Amsale joins us for an expert interview on Polka Dot Wisdom

Caroline from Dandi upcycles her red shoes into some polka dot stunners on Polka Dot Made

On Polka Dot Weddings, Ben & Zoe got married on the same day as the worst Melbourne storm for 150 years and it didn’t phase them a bit!

Anliette of Palais Floral shares her favourite place on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Want to be a contributor? Just sign up for a personlised collection (the brown box on the right hand side of the blog!), fill out the contributor application form and we’ll get you started!

Californian videographer Tyler Faires is headed to New Zealand from November 3rd until November 17th 2010. She’d love to shoot an New Zealand wedding while she’s there and wants to give a couple the chance to have their wedding shot for free! Simply contact Tyler here for more information!

Dizzy Wizzy Design are having a giveaway! Simply subscribe to the Dizzy Wizzy newsletter to win for your chance to win win a stationery set including a 2011 calendar, 4 mini note cards and 8 gift tags Entry closes 31st of October.

Culture Couture is holding their first ever sample sale on Saturday 4th December 2010. The sale will be held at the Culture Bridal Leichhardt (Sydney) studio.

They’ll be selling unique one-off sample gowns, mostly pure silk Couture wedding dresses, for 50 – 80% off their regular price. Also available will be one-off sample cocktail frocks, party dresses and bridesmaids sample dresses at greatly reduced prices!  Snap up plenty of treasures designer Lisa has collected over the years including vintage silk kimono and obi fabrics, divine silk Indian saris and beaded wraps, and other treasures at sale prices!

to celebrate their new website, Belcanto Designs are offering 20% off their most popular chandelier earrings. Visit the Belcanto Designs website to see the sale!

Classic pinup photographers (in Brisbane until May 2011!) Sherbet Birdie are offering special Christmas packages for  discounted proces! A “Xmas Tweeint Tidings” Package is $299 and includes  Simply phone Miss Sherbet on 0405 429 262 or email to order a gift certificate or to make a direct booking.  I lvoe the Sherbet Birdie concept, so visit their website to get your Christmas treats sorted!

The Wedding Establishment along with the Treasury Restaurant are giving away 10 double passes valued at $50 each to Polka Dot Bride readers to their evening luxury bridal showcase! The showcase will be held on Thursday 25 November 2010 from 5.30pm until 9pm at Treasury, 394 Collins Street, Melbourne. There’ll be canapes, bubbles and plenty of gorgeous wedding suppliers to dream over! (For more info check out their blog)

To win a double pass to the The Wedding Establishment & Treasury Restaurant Luxury Bridal Showcase, simply leave a comment o this entry letting me know your favourite Melbourne wedding venue and why!

Competition is a game of skill, competition closes 20th of November, 5pm EST, prize does not include transport costs and winners are responsible for all additional costs to attend the event. Entrants must be over 18. Prize is not redeemable for cash.

Mother Polka Dot’s Musings – There Are Two Sides To Every Story

by | Bride, Mother Polka's Musings


It’s time to welcome back the wise one in my family- Mother Polka Dot. The one who plaited my hair when I was growing up, who wiped my tears and who gave me the warmest hugs. Not only is she the most beautiful women you’ll ever meet but she’s always up for with a cup of tea and a chat and makes the best chicken soup you’ll ever eat.   You can read previous musings from Mother Polka Dot here.

In my travels through life I have learned some very hard lessons and one of the hardest has been that there are two sides to every story.

I think it is human nature to make positive or negative judgments about people just on appearance alone. Years ago, a member of my family, as part of his high school education, went with his classmates and spent a week sleeping in a hall and assisting in the care of homeless people. He worked in the soup kitchen, sat amongst groups of these people and listened to their stories.  What struck him, were the fascinating stories these people told about their lives, the reasons they lived on the streets, and the way they embraced these young school students who were helping them. It certainly squashed any preconceived notions he had about these people – these were suddenly very human to him, with feelings and life stories to tell – some of them tragic.

As we go about our days, we constantly make unconscious judgments about the people we encounter, or situations we face. We hear a bit of gossip about another employee and (unconsciously) instantly feel we can make a judgment about that situation, we look at the clothes someone is wearing and a random thought flashes across our mind, we see the person in tattered clothes and dreadlocks – gee – he must be from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’!

But we haven’t heard the story from the employee herself, or the person in tattered clothes – their story – as they live it.

The stories we see on the television just after the news – the so-called ‘current affairs’ programs, and yes, dare I say it, Dr Phil, are touted as ‘stories to make people aware – for the public good’ – but are they really? Don’t we all just sit there and think, ‘Well, I would never do that ‘, or feel some degree of self satisfaction because our life is surely not as bad as ‘theirs’! These stories are so one dimensional they are, or should be, making us cringe!

The times when I have been most critical, I have noticed that I have swiftly been put in my place later by an event that has taught me to be more accepting and mellow, and to reserve my judgment to a private corner of my mind! I have come to understand that judgment comes out of a place of wanting/needing to feel superior (shock..horror…who, me?)

Sometimes it is easier to judge than to move into the realms of accepting that you don’t know the full story, and need to mellow those feelings of superiority. And after all, who are we to be so superior that we feel we can sit in judgment of another? Do we all not have our own foibles, idiosyncrasies and particular life situations that are far from perfect?

How nice it would be to live in a world where our first thoughts were of kindness, compassion and empathy.  To realise that everyone has a story. And to truly accept another human being or a situation on face value would be a soul filling and wonderful thing.

I keep working on it every day.

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