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Joylee and James’ Delightful Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Joylee and James

I love kicking off the real weddings of the week with such a fun and quirky wedding. Joylee and James married outdoors with so many touches that were just “them”! Twirling ribbon sticks, decadent cupcakes, balloons, quirky shoes and an amazing first dance- it’s a pretty beautiful Tuesday here!

Joylee recalls how she met her husband. “James and I were friends for about 7 years before we got together. We met through our church. All of my friends used to tell me that we were perfect for each other and he thought so too a long time before I finally realised it! He tried several times to tell me how he felt but I always seemed to stop him in his tracks because I was afraid of losing our friendship. After returning from a year overseas he finally got up the courage to ask me one last time if there was any chance for us. My feelings had just begun to change so we gave it a shot. Two years later. Almost to the day, we were married. (We got together on Easter weekend and got married on Easter weekend)

“Photos today are by Corey E Sleap who has a way of capturing the complete fun of  a wedding while still capturing the classic shots that so many couples want. I love the freshness of Corey’s work!

Joylee wore a gown from Mariana Hardwick with a veil from by Linda Gorringe Couture . She carried a pink, red and white bouquet styled by Heaven Scent Floral Design.

Joylee wore custom made red ballet flats. She recalls “They were actually made specifically for me in Vietnam, my sister-in-law got them done while she was there. Converse. James wore red Chuck Taylors.” The bridesmaids wore gowns they had made in red and charcoal.

The ceremony was held in the grounds at the Werribee Park. Joylee says “We wanted our ceremony to be in a location that was easily accessible for our family and friends as we invited about 300 of them to the ceremony. We also wanted it to be outside, have live music and to be able to have an afternoon tea following the ceremony (it was a big ask for any outside venue). Werribee Park perfectly fit all of these criteria. The Parks Victoria staff there were incredibly kind and helpful to us. It was a gorgeous day which made it even better! ”

Joylee walked down the aisle to “All the Lights Went Out” by Marcy Playground. “I had been dreaming of walking down the aisle to this song since I was a teenager!”

Following the ceremony, the couple held an afternoon tea filled with sweet treats and pink lemonade. Even the children weren’t forgotten. Joylee says ” At the ceremony we gave out activity bags to all the kids (I work with kids so there were a lot there) with an Eye-Spy game, a colouring book and crayons, lollies and we gave each of the kids a special brightly coloured ribbon stick to wave.”

Home made scrabble signs directed guests to the goodies.

Joylee described the wedding as “Everything about it was fun and quirky and delightful and completely ‘us’!”

After their photographs, the couple and their guests headed to a family friend’s property is Gisborne (near where James grew up) where a beautiful marquee had been set up. “Our reception was in a marquee and was all done through Prestige Event Hire. The Prestige Events staff did an amazing job setting up a stunning marquee and making the entire reception fantastic in the middle of nowhere really.”

The seating chart was made by Joylee and James with a twist. Joylee tells “We made little cards with everyone’s names and table ‘name’ (we used names of jazz songs I love instead of table numbers) with random pieces of fabric on them and stuck them to a board for everyone to find where they were sitting.”

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had cupcakes made by Cupcake Central with toppers in pinks, whites and reds.  Glass jars were filled with flowers as decoration.

The marquee decorations were simple – white daisies in jam jars, homemade flower pins made out of felt, fabric, ribbon and buttons by Joylee and her friends at each place setting and large glass jars filled with lollies. Joylee says “Instead of buying a bonbonniere we decided to give money to my cousins in the USA who were adopting and we gave each guest a little card explaining our gift with a picture of my cousin and his family together including their new son.”

The first dance was incredibly memorable. “Neither James or I wanted a mushy, traditional sort of first dance SO…instead we decided to involve ALL of our bridal party and a few extra friends in a huge “flash mob”, musical theatre  style dance to a song called “Without Love” from the musical Hairspray. James’ sister (Bess Kilpatrick) is an incredible dancer and choreographed an amazing dance for us. All of our friends were so committed to heaps of rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the wedding and kept it all a big secret until the night! The dance involved people ‘randomly’ joining in throughout the song until there were nearly 20 of us all dancing in unison! It included a cannon, a bunch of lifts and spins and flips and finally James and I being lifted up into the air by our bridal party while they set off streamers and stuff!! This was possibly my favourite part of the day!! So fun and all our guests were shocked and LOVED it!”

Congratulations Joylee and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Corey E Sleap for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Corey E Sleap

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Collette Dinnigan Summer Bridal Collection 2011

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Lattice Pearls Beaded Bodice Gown

Warm summer nights and bright, balmy days are the essence of Collette Dinnigan’s Summer 2011 collection. It’s just how I dream of Summer to be (instead of the dismal attempt Australia put on this year!) Again Collette is embracing more traditional A line shapes, but still with the feminine style she is renowned for.

The new collection of elegant gowns with have a lightness to them with delicious details like pearl beaded bodices, silk organza blooms, soft, cascading ruffles. beautiful embroidery and crystal encrusted bodices.

Summer Bouquet Embroidered Bodice Gown, Swan Lake One Shoulder Gown

Silk Organza Strapless Gown

Diamond Roads Beaded Bodice Gown

Silk Satin Beaded Gown, Summer Flowers V Neck Gown

Mermaid Jewels Beaded Bodice Gown

Photos by Collette Dinnigan

Vendor Of Week – Bombonieres of Noosa

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! Did you have a good weekend? what did you get up to?

It’s time to kick off our week with a spotlight on one of our wonderful directory members! Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is growing full of wonderful vendors who make our hearts soar with the amazing work they’re doing! From talented cake makers, to amazing photographers and everything in between they’re eager to work with the special breed of bride that is the Polka Dot reader!! So have a look through our directory and browse the pages for your vendors to be!

Bombonieres are such a fun way of giving a token of thanks to guests and this week’s vendor of the week Bombonieres of Noosa offers a beautiful range of locally made and designed bombonieres for all styles of weddings- from sweet little woven pillow boxes to fill with sweet treats, to elegant white boxes with black lace trim.They even sell parasols- perfect for a beach wedding to keep you and your guests cool.

There’s a touch of Australia to the bombonieres the team designs- from Australian hand milled soaps, tea from Byron Bay and even homemade cookies. The choices are only limited by your imagination with every facet able to be personalised to suit your own personal style.

To learn a little more about Bombonieres of Noosa we asked owner Jacinta five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Muddled Fresh Lime, Bacardi Rum, Soda and a dash of Noosa Lime Co. Cordial

Your favourite weekend getaway?

As I am fortunate to live in one of Australia’s premier holiday location, a day spent down by the Noosa River with my 2 year old son, Max is all I could ask for.

Favourite Restaurant?

Living in Noosa I am surrounded by an assortment of amazing restaurants but nothing beats the Fish and Chips and Marinated Prawns from Stacey’s Kitchen at Noosaville. YUM!!!

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

A homemade Sun Dried Tomato, Panchetta and Spinach Omelette, chilling out in front of the t.v. watching Disney Playhouse with Max.

Your favourite wedding moment?

After the wedding is done and dusted, I love hearing back from the Bride and Groom and receiving their kind words of thanks for their bombonieres. It’s these little things that makes what I do worth while.

Visit Bombonieres of Noosas page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Bombonieres of Noosa is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Running On Love

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photos by CKMetro Photography

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