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Marry Me Microsoft And Polka Dot Bride

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s been a bit of a big week here at Polka Dot Bride! Firstly we were asked to be the first team in to interview Michael, a groom taking part in a Microsoft challenge down at Circular Quay in Sydney. Michael is planning his wedding to Jenny (holidaying on the Gold Coast as we speak) purely using Microsoft products and is doing so while living in what they call “the bachelor bubble”.  So I sent a video crew along with my trustingly prepared list of questions and advice (and the lovely Irene!) and they spent some time in the bubble.

It’s been an interesting experience watching Michael plan the wedding- you can see everything he is doing by checking out his SkyDrive, visit him (he’s in front of customs house in Circular Quay, Sydney)enter competitions and generally interact with Mike (through the Facebook page)- I’ve enjoyed watching it how he’s tackling it from a groom’s perspective. Today he’s picking all the clothing- including Jenny’s bridal gown!

A big thanks to Blue Chilli Technology for trekking down to the bubble for us on Monday and creating this fantastic video!

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Claudia and Peter

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Claudia and Peter

Oh Tasmania, I do love you for a wedding location- such stunning countryside and such a romantic feel! Our newlyweds Claudia and Peter met in Kobe, Japan so the wedding had a Japanese KANJI theme (invitations, order of service cards, place name cards etc) at a classical romantic setting at a vineyard overlooking the mountain and rows and rows of vines on a sunny summer’s afternoon.

Claudia retells how they met. “We met in Japan as we both worked for the same English language school in different cities. We were both sent to a ‘kids training day’ on a cold winter’s day in December where we met, had an instant attraction then spent most of the day holding hands and singing our ABCs.”

Today’s photographs are by Jonathan Wherrett. It’s always special to have a photographer we haven’t featured for a while back on the blog, kind of like a cup of tea with an old friend! I love Jonathan’s clean and stunning captures!

The guests arrived by a red double decker bus at the winery; it was a beautiful summer’s day and everyone enjoyed the 15 minute scenic ride from the city to the winery.

Claudia wore a strapless Maggie Sottero gown, while her bridesmaids wore charcoal gowns from Mr K . Bouquets of red roses were styled by Gay Flowers.

Claudia and Peter held their ceremony and reception at Meadowbank Estate. Claudia walked down the aisle to Handel’s Air played by a string quartet.

Claudia says, “The ceremony was short and romantic and both of us cried during our vows and when the celebrant was talking about how we met in Japan and fell in love. Our mothers read a romantic poem and wedding prayer during the ceremony.”

The KANJI theme was echoed through the reception. Claudia says, “We opted for a simple, elegant style for table placements, choosing a church candle in a vase as the main centrepiece, with ivory and red rose petals scattered. The guests had Japanese KANJI inspired place name cards (matching the invitation, order of service and thank you cards) and a charcoal heart-shaped chocolate placed next to each card.  Each guest had a crisp white linen napkin with ‘Claudia & Peter, 6 February 2010’ embroidered on the front.”

The wedding cake was made by Cake Woman and consisted of tiers of chocolate mud cupcakes with chocolate ganache icing and decorated with a piped red rose and red ribbon,  with a red rose individually piped on each cup cake. The top cake had red roses neatly arranged with a beautiful red ribbon around the outside. The stationery was created by Invitation House.

Claudia says, “Our menu was fresh roasted vegetables and seasonal salads, Tasmanian smoked salmon and oysters, frittata and marinated olives, smoked and cured meats; crisp skin fillet of ocean trout, cauliflower, ginger and coriander seed dressing; eye fillet of beef, caramelised shallots, potato gratin and rich jus and soft centred chocolate pudding with vanilla bean ice cream with local berries.”

The couple shared a romantic first dance to a classic tune. “We danced to Etta James’ ‘At Last’ and it was a very special, fun moment. During the dance someone yelled out ‘you’ve been practising!’ – the dance was a rumba and finished with three spins and a dip so practising was compulsory!”

Claudia says “We left in a 1950  Mark V white Jaguar (which was followed by a black limousine in case it broke down!).”

Congratulations Claudia and Peter! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Jonathan Wherrett for today’s images!

Photos by Jonathan Wherrett

Lauren and Brian

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lauren & Brian

A beautifully fun Sunshine Coast wedding for you today! I love the colour in today’s wedding- it’s all about the yellow! Lauren, today’s bride was budget conscious and sourced all of her wedding details on eBay or made them herself! Besides the fun details. There’s a lot of love in this wedding day that shines through the photographs – it’s the kind of wedding you want to grab a cold drink and join in with because Lauren & Brian look like they’d not bat an eyelid – just invite you onto the dance floor!

Julian of Kariz-Matik Photography captured today’s beautiful images – they have a soul to them and a peace which he has beautifully captured.

Julian says “Everything from the dress to the place settings, to the trinkets, stationary and day’s “event guide” was done by Lauren. It was either hand-made or bought straight off of eBay”.

Lauren wore pink and red Vivienne Westwood Heart shoes.

Julian says “This Wedding was totally up and down. I arrived on scene at Portobello’s in Dicky Beach (where Lauren got ready). I immediately asked about the ceremony location, so I could scout for some spots. Of course the original ceremony location had been rained out. Lauren laughed and added, “Oh, and the celebrant is sick, too. Her voice is pretty broken up,”

Lauren and Brian were married at Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club. The bridal party (including Lauren and her dad) danced their way down the aisle to Jamaroqui’s “You Give Me Something”!

The poor ring bearer didn’t make it through the ceremony, Julian says “After the prep shots, everyone headed to the new ceremony location and it went off without a hitch, until about half way through. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed the ring-bearer turn pale. Then his eyes opened wide. Then I heard it; dry reaching. Then sure as night follows day, a splash of vomit. But Lauren didn’t care – she kept on smiling and the wedding turned out absolutely beautiful. She told me, so long as they ended up married, no matter what, she’d be happy.”

After their photographs, Lauren & Brian rejoined their guests at the at Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club where they ate at a table set for two. Lauren had arranged a sweets buffet full of homemade cupcakes and delicious treats.

Instead of a first dance, Lauren serenaded her new husband with “You’re My best Friend” using the hired karaoke machine.

Thank you Lauren & Brian for sharing your special day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Julian of Kariz-Matik Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Kariz-Matik Photography

Bec and Brad

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


Bec & Brad

With the sun bearing down, why not a sparkling summer wedding? Bec and Brad married right in the heart of Sydney’s beaches- Bass and Flinders point in Cronulla.

Brad? Well he’s from halfway across the world! Canada to be exact! Bec says, “We met at a a bar in Sydney, Brad was on a 1 year working holiday from Canada. We dated for 3 months until Brad had to return to Canada we did long distance for nearly 6 months (I went to visit him once for a 3 week holiday) I then decided I would move to Canada to be with him. Here we are 5 years later and happily married.”

Photos this morning are by Welsch Photography and have such a fun mood to them- just like the wedding!

Bec wore a gown from Maggie Sottero, while her bridesmaids wore blue knee length frocks from Paco PM.

Bec walked down the aisle to ‘Café del Mar’ – Northern Lux.

The blue and white bouquets were styled by Bella Blooms.

Bec and Brad celebrated with their guests at Summersalt Restaurant in Cronulla. Bec says, “Summersalt is a restaurant that faces the ocean it was the perfect venue for our relaxed beach wedding.” One of Bec’s favourite moments was dancing with her father. “Having a father daughter dance was really special to me as I am the only girl in my family.”

The couple chose a croquembouche for their wedding cake. Bec says “”We danced to ‘I’m in love with you’ by Joy Williams. The words of the song fit our relationship very well. It was a very special moment for us, it was lovely to have that time to just be together and enjoy being husband and wife for the first time.”

Congratulations Bec & Brad! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Welsch Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Welsch Photography

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