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Wedding News Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


So much news for today!

Portobello Bride

Brand new Australian website Portobello Bride launched on Wednesday! I know this site has truly been a labor of love for Kim but I am so excited bu her concept and what it will bring to the Australian wedding industry!


LK Photography has teamed up with other Australian wedding businesses to give away  Massive prize package including wedding photography, wedding favors and even albums. Check out their blog for details on how to enter.


Wedding planners Be Imbued are giving away a wedding styling packaged worth over $1500 on their blog. The prize includes consultations, hire items and even flowers! Check out their blog to see how to enter.


One of my favourite bloggers, Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs (who I have always admired for her amazing coding skills) has launched a new site Edit and Post. Along with great business articles (business lessons from The Bachelor!), Ami’s plan is to educated bloggers on the real nuts and bolts of blogging.


Henri Josef website is holding a sample sale at his Surry Hills showroom next Thursday, 112th of March. There will be up to 80% off of retail prices plus you get attention from the Henry Roth staff! Bridesmaids are also taken care off with gowns starting at $50. Check out the website for more info.


Swoon is giving away three bridesmaids dresses to one lucky bride. Using lovely silk charmeuse and soft chiffon, the swoon bridesmaids gowns are as pretty as can be. Details on their blog.


Wish Upon A Wedding is a brand new foundation in the USA designed to help terminally ill couples marry. Wish Upon A Wedding, with the help of volunteer wedding professionals grants a complete wedding to the couple after approval from their board of directors. Such a brilliant initiative and something all US wedding vendors can get involved with!


Don’t forget to enter our competition to win tickets to The Wedding Workshop in Perth!

Lastly, our 2010 Reader Survey is now closed! Rebecca is the winner of our Baci prize pack! We’re so thankful for every single person who took time to answer our questions, we’ll write a post on it very soon!

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Vivian and Ronald

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Vivian and Ronald

Another American wedding today, but this one is a very intimate celebration held in Monteagle, Tennessee.

As today’s bride Vivian says, “Ron and I wanted a wedding that was unique, fun and most of all small and intimate. To be true to ourselves and our values, our wedding was organic and environmentally focused. The products and services that we used were carefully chosen to reflect our style, imagination, creativity and individuality”

Vivian and Ronald married at 11am and followed their ceremony with a brunch reception.

Photos by The Frog Hollow Company


Vivian tells us the story of the scarves worn on her wedding day “Kathy Gholston and I designed the wool scarves for my sister and I. Kathy raises Skipper Alpacas, and she uses their wool to make yarn and weave beautiful and elegant scarves. All of her yarn is carefully hand dyed and comes from her Garland Farm in Dahlonega, Georgia.

I presented the scarf to my sister as a maid of honor gift along with a Stuart Nye sterling silver dogwood pin. Stuart Nye started his business in 1933 and became famous for the dogwood flower design.  His jewelry is made entirely by hand using simple homemade tools. The flower girls were presented with his sterling silver dogwood bracelets with our wedding date engraved.”

Vivian and her sister both wore their great grandmother’s pearls and her earrings.


Vivian wore a Monique Lhuillier gown while her the flower girls wore were orange organdy dresses with smocked bodice yellow and pink flowers. They added matching white cashmere sweaters bordered with green four leaf clovers worn over the dresses. Vivian’s maid of honour wore a Vera Wang sage chiffon silk sheath dress with a high-low hem.

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Aileen O’Brien, longtime resident of the assembly arranged the flowers for the wedding. Vivian says “We only wanted flowers and plants that were available on the mountain in late October. A small orange dahlia with bittersweet berries was worn on the lapel. One of the flowergirls carried his horseshoe which was given to him by his grandfather. Aileen decorated it with fresh bittersweet berries and silk ribbon and was presented to me after we were married to be hung over our front door for good luck. Our bouquet’s were white dahlia’s, white and purple,white touched with pink/lavender lisianthus (Eustoma), ferns, greenery and were wrapped with family heirloom handkerchiefs and pinned with  my great grandfather’s lucky horse tie pin and great grandmother’s  Victorian hat pins.

My bouquet was wrapped with my great, great, great grandmother’s handkerchief which she carried the day she married her husband in Atlanta Georgia just before leaving to fight in the war between the states.My  two other flower girls carried orange daisy mums and feverfew surrounded by circular geranium leaves and were also wrapped with my great grandmothers’ handkerchiefs.”  Ronald wore his great grandfather’s kilt to represent his Scottish heritage.


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Vivian says “One of our main goals was to show the best of who we were. From the beginning, we envisioned our wedding experience as a celebration that brought together our family and close friends in a relaxed environment that reflected our values while at the same time respected our cultural tradition. That is why we chose Monteagle Assembly in Monteagle, Tennessee.”

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Ron’s best friend surprised the couple by bringing his two wonderful mixed collie breeds to the ceremony. They both wore a garland of wildflowers and dahlias around their necks.


Vivian shares “Our ceremony was held at Moses Rock and Waterfall Park in the assembly. The Moses Rock Spring, housed in an old stone structure, was the original source of water for the visitors and animals of the Assembly in the 1800’s.In 2007, to commemorate the 125th year of the existence of the Assembly grounds.

Aileen O’Brien, a longtime resident and skilled landscaper was hired to develop the landscaping. A young  stonemason from Lookout Mountain, D.J. Giles, was hired to create the water feature. A year was spent developing the area now known as Moses Rock Park and Waterfall.

The water pours out from under a rock and builds up steam as it rolls down the landscape, splashing into a “pondless” basin with water-loving natives. In recognition of our environmental interests, The Monteagle Assembly granted us the pleasure of being the first couple to be honored in matrimony at Moses Rock and Waterfall Park.”


Adam Carlos provided the music for the ceremony.


Vivian shares the story of their wedding ceremony “Although we had anticipated perfect weather with the average high of 65 it started to rain at 4:00 in the morning. It stopped an hour before the ceremony but the temperature dropped to 39 degrees and I walked from the church down an  old stone walkway where I met the flower girls, my maid of honor and my father in the gazebo which is where the old mill was, and where the assembly got their water. It was actually a storybook ceremony and was very spiritual and moving. Our priest was my headmaster from my boarding school”

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The reception was held at the Edgeworth Inn. “Our reception was held at The Edgeworth Inn which is an 1896 National Register of Historic Places property. The inn is an antique filled Queen Ann style home nestled in the Monteagle’s Chautauqua Assembly which was founded in 1883 and has been continuously operating since its inception. We had the privilege of having Aileen  arrange our flowers for our wedding. We only wanted flowers and plants that were available on the mountain in late October.Representing Ron’s Scottish-Irish heritage, he wore his great grandfather’s kilt


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Vivian says “Our wedding cake was created by The Blue Chair Bakery and Coffee Shop. It was a delectable three tier  almond butter cake  filled with chambord raspberry preserves and french almond buttercream and French buttercream icing. Aileen decorated the cake with deep green hydrangeas to resemble four leaf clovers. The four leaves are for hope, faith, love and luck.

I use to go to sleep away camp every summer at Camp Merriewoode in North Carolina and my favorite song was “A boy and girl in a little canoe”, so we incorporated  a collectible toy from Ron’s curio cabinet and displayed it on the topper tier separately to share our love for canoeing and kayaking as well as my song which was played by a member of the band. The table was decorated with mini grapevine beehives to show that I adore Ron and I think that he is the “bee’s knees”.”



Vivian shares the story of their wedding favors “Our favors were unique and everyone enjoyed them. My mother and I love vintage handkerchiefs and enjoy collecting. All the females received an heirloom handkerchiefs wrapped with a bouquet of lavender and tied with ribbon. I graduated from Bennington College in Vermont so for all the men we gave a bottle of fancy grade (which is the purest of maple syrup) maple syrup from Godin Farm Maple Orchard. in Vermont”


Vivian says “We ended the evening with a dinner which was featured as sangria, paella and the sounds of Santana The inn’s chef is from Brazil and makes his own sangria and served his valencia style paella with his basil/mint lemonade and flan His son  who is a Spanish guitarist performed as the evening entertainment.”



Thank you to Vivian and Ronald for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to The Frog Hollow Company

Photos by The Frog Hollow Company

Katie and Kevin – The Celebration

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



Katie & Kevin

We shared the first part of Katie and Kevin’s elegant Sydney wedding with you last week. Now we have the reception photos to share! These have such a fun vibe about them!

Photos this morning are by gm photographics.

Katie and Kevin held their reception at Crystal Palace in Sydney’s Luna Park- which also created a great backdrop for some fun newlywed shots! Katie says Michelle at Crystal Palace made everything run perfectly on their wedding day- not only did they have a fantastic wedding but they gained a friend! Luna Park was a nod to Katie’s and Kevin love of having fun.







Katie and Kevin provided a photobooth for guests, who stick a strip into a book and wrote well wishes to the bride and groom in silver pen.


Katie and Kevin gave out “K” cookies on sticks from Cookie Couture.  The table was decorated with an old photo of Katie & Kevin at Luna Park. Katie framed miniature photos of all the guests and placed them on the guest tables which were decorated with candles and mirrors.



Guests enjoyed a candy bar filled will lollies in pinks, reds and whites and decorated with special photos of their loved ones. They used sweet bags from Poppies For Grace.


Each guest was asked to RSVP with their favourite song which was played through the dinner portion of the evening.




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The three tier wedding cake was topped with roses from Cookie Couture.

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Katie says of their first dance  “One of my most dearest and best friends is a brilliant singer.  He was also one of my “bride’s mates” in my bridal party.  As a surprise he got up and sang our first dance to the song that I have always wanted to have my first dance too “The way you look tonight” by Tony Bennett.  It brought tears to my eyes.  It was just magic.  Special and one of the main highlights of the whole day.  Really special moment for me.”


Katie says “We didn’t have speeches, Kevin & myself gave a speech and then we just had a massive celebration with a live band playing and everyone dancing.  There is this one moment a photo of the room that shows all the tables with no one on them and everyone is on the dance floor, all ages.  That moment, that photo showed me that we achieved what we wanted, it was this room full of love and everyone was just there for the same reason.”

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Brown Sugar kept guests on the dance floor all night. Katie & Kevin applied a transfer to the dance floor thanking guests for their attendance.



Thank you to our newlyweds Katie & Kevin for allowing us to share their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to gm photographics for allowing us to share the images today!

Photos by gm photographics.

Jenny and Kevin – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


I love the simple Chinese touches added in to today’s wedding – the page boy carrying a lantern down the aisle, the birds on the stationery,  the double happiness symbol and the lanterns. Against the beautiful location, the colour really stands out!

The reception celebration was held on the Granlibakken Lawn near Lake Tahoe.


Jenny and her mother created chalkboard signs for the wedding to point guests in the right direction.


The stationery was designed by Hello Lucky! and featured the Double Happiness symbol with two birds. Jenny and her mother used the logo on their table cards and place cards. The head table was covered with yellow and white ribbon in gingham, solids stripes and checks. All draped across the table.

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In lieu of favors, guests were asked to make a donation (into a wooden birdhouse) to the Alzheimer’s Association. A red silk cloth was used as the guest book.



Jenny says one of the special details at the wedding was their favourite sweet treat. “I LOVE frozen yogurt and wanted so badly to have my own frozen yogurt at the wedding. When I finally found the machine at Party Time Machine Rentals in San Jose, I was more than thrilled! We added fresh strawberries (that my boss cut up for me as a wedding present!), traditional Japanese mochi cakes and chocolate peanut butter cups. It was a huge hit!”

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To keep things “rustic” Jenny and Kevin served spiked strawberry lemonade from glass decanters and set their cake up on an old wooden stand and filled their reception with yellow flowers.

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Jenny and Kevin placed photos of their parents on their wedding days on the cake table to honour their 40 years of marriage respectively.

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Seating cards were hung with pegs from ribbon.

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Jenny and her mother created the table cards- each table featured a different Chinese character with the English translation underneath.

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Jenny and Kevin served red velvet cupcakes and a three tiered red velvet cake from DLish Catering- topped with two small red birds.



In keeping with the Chinese theme, red paper lanterns were hung from the ceiling of the dance floor and from the branches of surrounding trees.

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Jenny says Nancy Liu Chin played an integral role in the wedding day “She did such an excellent job as not only the florist and event designer, but the one person who tied everything together. She did a beautiful job at creating the perfect balanced scene including every detail that I wanted. She did whatever it took to make sure it was the perfect day for the bride and groom.”


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One of Jenny’s favourite moments? “Our movie-ending exit with the sparklers. It was so much fun that we ran through the sparklers 5 more times! It was so much fun and a perfect exit to our big night.”

Jenny and Kevin didn’t want their party to end at the reception, they bought a bunch of frozen pizza’s and beer and  hosted a “Happily Ever After-Party” in the room next to the dance floor. They assigned a friend to cook the pizza’s, and people stayed up until dawn having a great time.

Thank you to Jenny & Kevin for sharing their wedding day! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Nancy Liu Chin and Mulberry Photography for sharing the photographs and details with us today!

Photos by Mulberry Photography.

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