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Elyse and Tim – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Earlier today I shared the first part of Elyse and Tim’s wedding. After their cupcake feast, the couple headed to 91, the event space of The Upper Crust. A mini loft space in the West Village of Manhattan.

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The couple held their ceremony in one section of the venue (which was later transformed to a lounge area). Elyse walked down the aisle to “Un Homme et Une Femme” also known as the theme from movie When A Man Loves A Woman.

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Dan Fehlig of The Upper Crust helped bring the couples vision together.  Decorations included crystal chandeliers, amazing floral arrangements (by Gerald Palumbo of Seasons A Floral Design) and tall columns. In lieu of favors, the couple gave each guest truffles in a silver box and a note regarding the donation the couple had made to a charity in honour of Elyse’s father.

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The couple took dance lessons with Anne Marie Nespoli of Wedding Day Dance. Tim’s choice of song ” Anyone At All” by Carole King captured the couples relationship perfectly. Elyse took a reluctant Tim to dance lessons and the groom soon found his feet! The couple rehearsed every day, Tim was determined to get the dance perfect!

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Only one minor mishap- 10 seconds into their dance the CD player blew up! Luckily it didn’t stop the celebrations!

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Thank you Elyse and Tim for allowing Polka Dot Bride to share your beautiful wedding day!

Photos by Lily Kesselman Photography

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Elyse and Tim

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Today’s wedding is from the Big Apple! This New York wedding of Elysa and Tim. Elyse and Tim married in New York City in January and despite the cold winter weather, were able to hold a beautiful intimate celebration.

Photos today are by Lily Kesselman Photography

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Elyse’s wedding day look was styled by Christian Zamora

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The couple met before the ceremony- and in what Elyse describes as her favourite part of the wedding day, had photos taken at the Tribeca Cinema. Both Tim & Elyse are big fans of the Tribeca Film Festival and the festival allowed Elyse to share her love of foreign and independent film with Tim.

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The couple traveled to their favourite spots around the city for photos. Including a cupcake stop!

Check back later today for the beautiful candlelit ceremony and reception of Elyse and Tim!

Photos courtesy of Lily Kesselman Photography

Save The Shoe!

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


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Lovely Polka Dot Bride reader Jaime shared the first DIY stationery project her and her fiance Ben have ever done together- their magnet save the dates!

Jaime shared with me the thoughts and process behind the photos of their creations!

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“The decision to DIY our wedding stationery came naturally as we’re on a tight budget and both love the personalised touch. I’m a multimedia design graduate and thought I’d put some of what I learned in school to good use and what better time to do so than for your own wedding? We initially thought we’d get right to the wedding invites but as most of our guests are overseas, a save-the-date would be perfect to help them with their travel itineraries and plans.

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The magnet idea came about when I was looking for something that people won’t just open, read, and chuck aside only to be lost in piles and piles of clutter. I also grew up

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in a kitchen with the family fridge covered by magnets from trips around the world. Some of them have been stuck there for years and hold a lot of memories so I thought it would be great if every time our guests were looking for food, they would see a reminder of our wedding right at “the door”.

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Ben and I both love shoes and having recently won a shoe design competition, I was inspired to use that as a concept for the design. I took a photo of his and my shoe on my white Ikea bathroom mat on a rainy day.

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The original idea was to take a picture of the shoes on lovely green grass seeing that our wedding will be in Spring this year. But the weather had been pretty gloomy and time was ticking so I played around with a few different backgrounds – my kitchen tiles, the carpet in my living room, and the Ikea bathmat that worked out real well in bringing out the colours of the text (our wedding colours).

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I purchased the A4 adhesive magnet sheets from Print Magic Paper and also the non-toxic waterproof solution that would help protect the print especially if it was gonna be stuck on a fridge in the kitchen (you never know what goes flying in a food fight!). We printed the design on the white A4 sheets, applied the solution, stuck them onto the magnets and cut them up into individual sizes. We then made the pouches out of leftover DL envelopes I had bought years ago from Paperpoint, found in my stationery drawer, sliced into three, and stitched the sides on my sewing machine for a leather journal effect. The final touch was cutting circles of our monograms and sticking them on.

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Our monogram is a very simple two tone design – J for Jaime, B for Ben, and surrounded by the letter P representing both our family names. Ben says the bottom two Ps look like a b and a J, and I never noticed it before! He didn’t think he’d be much help but it was definitely a team effort getting the magnets done.

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We invested in a second hand archival inkjet printer that I got off Ebay about a year ago because I wanted to start working on making products for Etsy and it has been one of the best investments ever. Making our wedding stationery together by hand has been an absolute joy and a great way to spend time with each other leading up to the wedding. As we walk down the same path on this journey to the aisle, it’s kinda nice to look back and remember the days of sticking and cutting magnets together.”

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Marziplanner Wedding Software Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


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Marziplanner is a practical software program providing up to date information for couples planning their wedding. Designed in Australia, the software has won silver and bronze in wedding planning software awards and consolidates spreadsheets, lists and more into one easy to use program.

Available with a 7 day free trial, Marziplanner sets our planning tasks are set out in 13 different ‘pillars’ or chapters, in a clear and easy to use format.

From budgeting, to designing your floor and seating plan, a handy ‘gift record’ section so that you can remember who gave you that beautiful silverware, and our favourite – a ‘glory box’ which links into Itunes to create your wedding music playlist. Other features include creating your guest list and managing your RSVP’s, Marziplanner also allows you to set your budget and allocate due dates for payment.

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Every time you reopen the program you’re told of this week’s appointments, tasks and budget items. Giving you a simple reminder of what to do next.

A calendar allows you to input dates of your events (including bridal shower, hen’s party, and wedding) and put in appointments with your wedding vendors which you can see with an easy glance. Reports allow you to generate reports (i.e. vendor listings) for easy printing.

When you make changes to one section the data will be updated throughout all sections. Specialty advice from bridal industry leaders is also an added bonus – who doesn’t want fresh ideas when we become stuck in the minutiae of planning?

Polka Dot Bride has five copies of Marziplanner to give away each valued at $120 each. With a total giveaway value of $AU600!

To enter complete this story:
“Who would have thought that a simple safety pin could have caused some much chaos at an otherwise well-planned wedding. It all started when the bride emerged from the white Mustang outside the church…..”

Competition is open worldwide. Competition closes on the 27th of April, 5pm Australian EST time.

This competition is now closed.

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