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Jodie and Tim

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


I always love it when readers take the time to send their weddings in to Polka Dot Bride! Today’s wedding was sent in by bride Jodie. Jodie and Tim weren’t interested in a big wedding, they wanted something casual and low key that reflected their personalities.

Jodie and Tim used an autumnal colour palette to reflect their laid back nature. The ceremony (written entirely by Jodie and Tim and performed by Nettie of Otway Celebrations) started at 4.30pm at Rippleside Park in Geelong. Jodie wore a Mariana Hardwick gown and carried a bouquet by Smellies Flowers.

Photography today is by Paul Jeffers

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Jodie’s wedding day look was styled by Mel Studio, Ocean Grove and Body Bar, Torquay.

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The couple chose Paul Jeffers to take their wedding photographs. Paul was an old BMX friend of Tim’s and suited what the couple wanted in their wedding photos – non traditional and grungy. They made sure to get photos in front of their favourite Geelong pub – The Nash.

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Jodie and Tim met in high school and share a love of snow boarding, music, bike riding and music. Their invitation featured the couple on their bikes, while the cake featured a bicycle cake topper from Layer Cake Shop on Etsy

Immediately after the ceremony, guests headed to Ripples On The Bay for a cocktail reception.

Jodie and Tim had many personal touches that reflected who they are as a couple, they provided a Polaroid cameras for the guests to use, and asked them pin the photos on a pin board – creating a collage at the end of the night. Jodie and Tim put together a playlist painstakingly to reflect their love for music and to get the dance floor pumping.

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After short and simple speeches, the couple danced their first dance to “TIny Dancer” by Elton John

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The wedding guests each left with a native tree that was hand wrapped and tagged with a Polaroid inspired thank you. Jodie and Tim chose to leave the ceremony on something close to their hearts- their bikes! The bikes were adorned with “Just Married” signs.

Thank you Jodie and Tim for sharing your fun, beautiful personalised celebration with Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by  Paul Jeffers (view Paul’s wedding work here)

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Garden Gorgeous

by | Bride, Ceremony, Wedding Inspiration


The sweetest groom to be emailed me a little while ago searching for a secret garden style venue. While we found a few possibilities he also asked for garden wedding decorating ideas. A garden doesn’t need much decoration- the greens of the plants and colourful blossoms are often enough But there are a few special touches you can add.

Here are a few of my favourites…

Paper lanterns hung from trees

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Photo by Mel Barlow via Faye and Greer

An arch made of branches and surrounded by candles

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Photo by Dana and Jeremy via Green Wedding Shoes

Lanterns hanging on Shepherd’s Hooks

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Photo by Jose Villa

Strings of hand folded paper cranes hanging off of tree branches

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Photo by Kirsten Ellis Beaux Arts Photographie via Once Wed

Floating candles in glass vases down a rose petal covered aisle

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Photo by Rebecca Thuss

Floral wreaths and long ribbons hanging from trees

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Photo by Ian Grant via Snippet & Ink

Colourful flower balls hanging from shepherd’s hooks and tree branches

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Photo by Jasmine Star via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Candlelit lanterns hung from a designated “Kissing Tree”

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Photo from Michelle Rago

You could also:

- Make tissue paper pom poms (a la Martha Stewart) in different shades of your wedding colours

- Use paper bag luminaries with candlelight to mark paths and light your reception

- Hang long strands of crystals from tree branches, the facets will glint in the sunlight

- Place mason jars on the ground or hung off shepherd’s hooks and dot them around the garden

Gabrielle’s Engagement Invitations

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Gabrielle, of A Summer Picnic Wedding posted her engagement invitations and I thought the idea was so nifty and creative I asked if I could share them on Polka Dot Bride.

Gabrielle and her fiance Jarrod, printed each image onto 100mmx100mm 200gsm semi-gloss paper. They then placed the cards into a white envelope for their guests who had to piece together the words to get the message. A final card was printed with the details of the party.

Gabrielle and Jarrod wanted something that reflected their “weird and unique” personalities and I think they did a fantastic job!

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Rock Your Frock With Henry Roth – The Top Three

by | Bride, Competitions


After a busy time of voting, it is now time to unveil the three entries with the most votes in our Rock Your Frock With Henry Roth – Win Henri Josef Bridesmaid Gowns competition. These entries will now go to Henry Roth himself who will judge the winner!

Thank you to all of the entrants- your creativity is such a wonderful thing to witness and we’re thankful you took the time to enter!

In no particular order, the top three entries are…

Entry #3- Morgan

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Entry #27 – Farrah

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Entry #14 – Indra

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Congratulations to our top three for making it to the final stage! Henry Roth will now decide the winner! Henry Roth is currently busily filming Project Runway Australia so we should have the winner’s name sometime this week!

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