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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.

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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.

Jenny and Kevin

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Jenny & Kevin

The very talented Nancy Liu Chin (the stylist behind today’s event!) sent us today’s wedding! It is so packed full of vibrant colours and sweet details I know you’re going to love it!

Jenny tells the story of how she and Kevin met. “We met through mutual friends. We both went to the UC Santa Barbara, but never met until we got to San Francisco. He proposed at the first place we said, “I love you,” at the old Log Cabin in the historic Presidio in San Francisco.”

Photos today are by Albert Lewis of Mulberry Photography.

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Jenny wore Cole Haan shoes with a homemade flower added on top. Her gown was by Monqiue Lhuillier.


Jenny says ” Because  I am Chinese and Kevin is Caucasian, we wanted to blend both cultures while still keeping with the rustic feel. We worked with HelloLucky! To create a logo with the traditional Chinese “double-happiness” wedding character, but surrounded it with as woodsy wreath and two love-birds kissing. This served as the theme for the wedding.”

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Jenny and Kevin held their ceremony on the shores of Lake Tahoe at Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

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Jenny says “My sister and maid of honor’s boyfriend, Chris Florio played an acoustic guitar of “I Will” by The Beatles while I walked down a huge hill down to my waiting groom. I think it was worth the wait and definitely added to the drama of my entrance!”


Jenny’s bridesmaids wore– Lulu Kate Yellow Seersucker dresses from Bella Bridesmaid and espadrilles from JCrew.


The groomsmen and groom wore sand coloured suits with canary & white stripe ties from Selix Formalwear.



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Kevin’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and he left everyone in stitches with the personal details he added into the words!


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Check back this afternoon for Jenny and Kevin’s Asian fusion style reception!

Photos by Mulberry Photography

Heidi and Jae – The Celebration

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


I think Heidi and Jae showed such perfect grace on their wedding day when their garden ceremony plans were thrown into disarray by Mother Nature. All I can see is Heidi and Jae’s endless smiles!

Heidi says the bridal party was instrumental in making the day full of laughter. “Jae’s groomsmen were his best mates from school and my bridesmaids were made up of my sister, 2 of my best friends and my cousin. Our flower girl and page boy were another cousin’s children. They were so helpful in the lead up to the wedding and kept us in high spirits the whole day regardless of the weather – you will see in many of the photos on the online gallery that we were just in hysterics and could not stop laughing!”



Using their wet weather option, Heidi and Jae held their ceremony at their reception venue- Sydney Glass Island.


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Heidi walked down the aisle to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.  Heidi says “One thing that was very important to me was to have both my mum and my dad walk me down the aisle. They separated while I was growing up but it was so special to me that they came together to walk me down the aisle to marry Jae. It was very emotional, I first saw Jae and started to tear up and then mum saw me and starting crying and when I saw mum crying I cried even more!”





The ceremony location change meant Heidi and Jae married with the Sydney Harbour Bridge behind them. Heidi says “We wrote our own vows. Our celebrant Garry Richards was such a wonderfully patient man! He provided us with a wide range of passages and excerpts that we could select to put our ceremony together, but we couldn’t find anything that really suited us. We wanted a short and sweet ceremony that was light hearted but meaningful at the same time. So we wrote our asking and vows to incorporate some humor including me promising not to kick Jae in my sleep and accepting Jae’s computer game addiction and Jae promising to put up with my crazy cleaning habits and let me steal the covers every now and then!”




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The cake was by Mezzapica Cakes.









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Heidi says “We danced to “Lucky” by Colbie Calliat and Jason Mraz. The lyrics are so beautiful, “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend” and have a special meaning to both of us.”




Heidi and Jae made the favors using boxes and ribbon purchased from Favors Plus, labels they made themselves and filled them with their favourite lollies, Raspberry Chocolate bullets from Goody Goody Gum Drops.



One of Heidi’s favourite memories was after the wedding, she says “We loved going back to the hotel after the wedding and drinking into the night with our bridal party and family at the hotel bar! The whole day seems to fly by so quickly that it was over before we knew it and Jae and I were not going to miss out on the rest of the night’s festivities. So we went up to our room, changed and kicked on with the rest of the crowd! It was great to spend time with our friends and family especially because so many had traveled so far to see us”.

Thank you Heidi and Jae for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also toby Cato & Pade for allowing us to share the photographs!

Photos by Cato & Pade

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