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Alynda and Jason’s Classic Sydney Wedding

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


Alynda and Jason

We’re not ones to post weddings that have been published elsewhere on Polka Dot Bride – not only because we know you like to see fresh content, but also out of respect to our fellow publications who take so much care and effort in writing about these stories. Today however, I suppose is cheating a little – the lovely Mrs Jaguar from Weddingbee sent over her wedding photographs and I couldn’t resist sharing them! Weddingbee is the first wedding blog I ever read – way back in 2006 and I loved seeing Mrs Jaguar, the first Australian bride to share her wedding day story on the site!

The couple met through their shared love of music. Alynda explains “We met by fate! Actually, it was very much sheer luck – Jason and I met online back in 2001 while chatting on a forum for our favourite band. The chatting turned into emails which turned into text messages… and we finally decided to bite the bullet and meet up for a movie date in September 2002. The rest was history.”

Today’s photographs are by Follan Photography. I love the team at Follan – they’re so darn friendly and they produce such classically beautiful images – some with a bit of attitude and sass too.

The floral arrangements on the day were styled by Lovely Bridal Blooms. Alynda remarks “Our florist, Jessie from Lovely Bridal Blooms, far exceeded my hopes when it came to the flowers. We spoke entirely online and aside from a few inspiration pictures and a colour scheme, I handed over the reins to our bouquets, centrepieces and boutonnieres – knowing she would make me something spectacular from in season, winter blooms. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how our flowers turned out. They were stunning, and absolutely perfect!”

Alynda wore a gorgeous gown from La Sposa called “Madeira”

Twin Ravens Press designed and made the silver and white wedding invitations.

Alynda’s bouquet has a special nod to her alter ego. “The bee charms sewn on to my bouquet – I’ve been blogging our wedding planning over at Weddingbee as Mrs. Jaguar for the past ten months and wanted to pay tribute. The bee charms are a memento passed from blogger to blogger, and brought a little bit of virtual love with them.”

Le Fabulous styled the girls hair and makeup.

Jason and the groomsmen wore suits from Calabro Formalwear.

Even the music choices were traditional and beautiful, Alynda recalls “My bridesmaids and I walked down the aisle to the traditional ‘Canon in D’ performed by a string trio, which echoed beautifully around the church.” The couple married at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with a traditional Catholic service.

Alynda created many of the fun elements of the day herself – including the ribbon wand send off. “I made our programs, our place cards, assembled our table numbers, and had friends DIY our guest scroll & seating chart. I also created the ribbon wands we used for our post-ceremony send off!”

Alynda’s bridesmaids wore floor length gowns from Brides In Love.

Memories are made of this.. Alynda shares her favourites. “We have so many memories – no wedding day runs smoothly, after all. It just goes to show that no matter how much you plan in advance, there’s always room for a little flexibility! I remember Jason practically whispering his wedding vows at the church, he was so nervous. Seeing our awesome bridal party braving the rain and huddled together for warmth under a brolly while the rain poured down around them. Wearing my obnoxiously bright and colourful gumboots. Falling spectacularly off my chair at the beginning of the reception, much to my horror at the time. Jason and I getting our glasses completely tangled up while cutting our wedding cake, and lots and lots of laughter. Having our friends and family get involved in our crazy requests, like waving us off from the church with ribbon wands & going crazy with sparklers at the end of the evening.”

Rain and mud did not deter this bride, who happened to own my favourite gumboots (from Target) on the planet! “The wet weather (which every bride-to-be dreads) ended up making our day special and unique. Thanks to a pair of gumboots, a bridal brolly and a very wet dress, we ended up having some beautiful shots taken and lots of memories made.”

Alynda and Jason’s wedding reception was held at Curzon Hall matching their traditional elegance theme.

The guest were given a special favor “Our favours for the evening were a pink ribbon pin for each guest. We made a donation in lieu of traditional favours, and chose to honour the National Breast Cancer Foundation as my nan is currently battling breast cancer. Seeing our guests get on board with our chosen charity and wear their pins all evening was a real delight to us.”

Alynda says “Our first dance was a slow waltz to ‘You and Me’ by Lifehouse – the band that brought us together. We also made time for another, private, dance between the two of us, as our guests were preparing for our farewell at the end of the evening. For this dance, we chose ‘I Will Love You’ by Fisher. It was one of the most memorable moments of our wedding!”

Congratulations Alynda and Jason! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Follan Photography for allowing us to share today’s photographs!

Photos by Follan Photography

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Jen from Our Yamanouchi Adventure – Part 2 on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The end of another week! What do you have planned this weekend Dotties?

Such beautiful stories on our specialty blogs this week:

Edwina from event company Bridal Creations tells us how to get the most out of your wedding planner in Polka Dot Wisdom

Natalie from Ava Madison Bridesmaids  tells us about her business and lets us in on some valuable tips in her Expert Interview on Polka Dot Wisdom

Robyn Pattison CMC gives us a heartfelt insight into the joys of her job on Polka Dot Wisdom

Alicia gives us a tutorial on a rope wreath with cute bunting on Polka Dot Made

Olivera and Michael tell us about engagement story on Polka Dot Weddings – check out her cute pink cape!

Some really great and yummy advice on planning a DIY Lolly Buffet from Kat on Polka Dot Weddings

And Hannah shares with us her own wedding story on the beach on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland on Polka Dot Weddings

Jennifer and Tony share with us Part 2 of their interesting adventure to Yamanouchi, Japan on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

Melbourne’s The Langham Hotel are holding a bridal showcase on the 13th of September. The hotel will be set up in all their finest wedding glory and not only will you meet the dedicated event team, but there will also be displays and treats from other wedding industry professionals like Yervant! Visit the website for more information.

For the entire month of September, Gary Castles Sydney is offering 20% off all bridal and evening shoes! There’s lots of gorgeous styles – metallics, silks even snakeskin to suit your style! Check the Gary Castles Sydney for more information.

Adelaide boutique wedding market The Eclective kicks off on Friday September 9th with a VIP evening and continues throughout the  weekend with plenty of vendors displays and unique wedding ideas to fill your head. Click on the banner above for full details or visit their website.

I have a bunch of gorgeous wedding videos in my inbox I never seem to get to share, so along with our Friday funny and awesome wedding videos – I’m going to pop in a few beautiful real wedding videos too. Friday is the perfect time to kick back and watch a good wedding story and shed a few tears (Is that only me? Because I seriously cry at the Father Of The Bride music they play at a certain bridal expo – it gives me goosebumps).

This one is the story of Cherryl and Alan and was shot by Bernard Lau.


Any news you have to share? Leave a comment and let me know!

Elizabeth and Andrew’s Quirky Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Elizabeth and Andrew

What do you get when classic meets quirky? A wedding just like the fun one I have for you today! Elizabeth and Andrew made sure to inject plenty of humor into their wedding day.

Elizabeth recalls how she met Andrew. “Before Andrew and I met we had only one degree of separation. Andrew’s cousin was a good family friend of mine for about 10 years before we met each other.  We finally met when I started to attend a Christian surfers group that my sister and her boyfriend went to… and also Andrew! Andrew and I soon figured out that we both knew his cousin Chris and he got my phone number off him, however, Chris had the wrong number! So Andrew texted me (at the incorrect number) and asked me out for a drink… As I didn’t reply Andrew just assumed I wasn’t interested… which could not have been further from the truth! About 4 weeks after that had happened I knew it was Andrew’s birthday so I dropped into his work to say happy birthday but he wasn’t there (we kept missing each other). Eventually Andrew checked my phone number with my sister and realised that he had the wrong number! We very nearly did not end up together but luckily Andrew built up the courage to ask again (which was really for the first time!) and from then on we were pretty much inseparable.”

Photographs today are by the divine Louisa Bailey– I love how Louisa’s vibrant personality comes through in every shot she takes. She’s quirky but stylish and her photographs speak the same language.

Elizabeth wore a fishtail Pronovias La Sposa gown and Tony Bianco peeptoes.

The stationery was made by the couple, fitting when you learn of Andrew’s profession! “We made our own invitations and orders of service  Andrew is an artist so we never even thought that we would get anyone to do those things for us… We got a stamp made up for our orders of service and just stamped them onto some nice paper. And the invites Andrew designed and sent to a printer… it was very “economical”.”

Elizabeth’s bridesmaids wore black Basque gowns from Myer. The flowers on the day were styled by Voigts (03) 5964 6386

Elizabeth and her bridesmaids had their makeup done by a friend Sam. Elizabeth remarks “have been getting my make-up done by a girl called Sam for years and so I had her do mine, my mother’s and my bridemaids’ makeup on the day!”

Transport was provided by friend’s vintage EH and EJ Holdens . Elizabeth tells one of the funnier stories of the day. “I love high heels, so naturally i got my bridesmaids to wear really high shoes! which was fine until their car broke down on the way to the church… it wasn’t far away from the church so they walked from the car to the church… without their shoes.”

The couple married at Albert Park Baptist Church. Elizabeth says “The church we used was a beautiful old Baptist church and they were so accommodating! It had a fabulous exterior and lovely surrounding houses and streets which featured in some of our photos!”

Elizabeth walked down the aisle to “Belle” by Angus and Julia Stone. She says “We loved this song and it talks about a girl with golden hair and my mum always said I had hair the colour of gold so when we heard that line we thought it was a bit funny.”

The boys wore outfits from Jack London with shoes from Country Road.

The bridal party headed to Melbourne’s Luna Park for photographs. They turned into an attraction themselves- even having photos taken with tourists!

For their wedding “We wanted to have fun! We wanted to be a party! So I bought props from Spotlight, Kmart anywhere really that had costumes and masks, and we used those in our photos. It made sense to us not to have too many serious photos as we thought that our wedding was supposed to represent us as a couple and to date I don’t think there are many serious shots of us… why start on our wedding day! We also thought it would make for great photos!”

Elizabeth and Andrew continued their celebration with guests at Church 364 in Richmond. Elizabeth remarks “The reception venue was awesome as well… Church 364 is an old births deaths and notices building so it has really ‘old school’ fittings like big fires places and heaps of granite and lovely hardwood floors. It has been refurbished in a modern theme so it is very glamorous and quite contemporary. I loved it! Perfect for a cocktail wedding!” A three tier wedding cake was made by a family friend.

The favors tied in with the fun filled theme of the wedding. “We also made our favours… sort of… we actually had our guests make there own favour… we had a lolly table and the guests got a jar (which we bought from Ikea) and they could fill their jar with whatever lollies they wanted… We got a lot of comment about that… the guests loved it.”

Sugar Blue 0413 2468 09 provided the music for the evening, including a memorable first dance, explains Elizabeth. “We copied the dance from one of Andrew’s favourite movies “Pulp Fiction” It is a scene where Uma Thurman and John Travolta dance in a twist contest called “Jumping Jack Rabbits Twist Contest”. It is very funny and was very us.”

Congratulations Elizabeth and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Louisa Bailey for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Louisa Bailey.

Chevron Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods, Wedding Inspiration


I have to say I am quite fond of the new wave of chevron that is currently sweeping the wedding world. I love the bold pattern and the modern edge it gives pieces. The lovely girls at Daisy & Jack sent over these gorgeous chevron wedding invitations they made for Chantel and Simon. The bold pattern works so well with the blue and white with hints of orange that match the orange chairs at the reception (The Andrew Boy Charlton Pool). They were printed on textured linen art board and the other pieces using recycled cardstock.

Your invitations aren’t the only way to infuse this bold pattern into your wedding decor – what about your cake? Your table linens? Your accessories?

Picture 1. Chevron fondant cake by Sweet Sensations via Once Wed. Picture 2. Chevron tray from Martha Stewart Picture 3. Photo by Tim Halberg, design by Kelly Oshiro Events & Santa Barbara Chic Picture 4. Chevron escort cards by Yes, Please, photo by Erin Hearts Court via Oh So Beautiful Paper and Elizabeth Anne Designs Picture 5. Coaster by Jenny Bevlin on Etsy via Emmaline Bride Picture 6. Photo by Danielle Gillett with Celeste Duran for Gillett Photography via Style Me Pretty

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