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The Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party

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The Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party is on again for it’s second year! This year, the event will be held under the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the event will have some of Sydney’s biggest wedding industry names showcasing what they do best!

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Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party 2008

Held on the 9th of September from 6-9pm, guests will be spoiled with champagne and canapés from Opera Point Events while enjoying floral displays from Susan Avery, bridal couture from Steven Khalil, Vera Wang for Wedgewood table styling, glamorous fashion from Camilla and Santos Wish and much more.

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Anthony Del Col from Staging Connections shares his thoughts at the 2008 event

Industry professionals such as Planet Cake will be conducting “show and tell” sessions during a one hour seminar, Anthony Del Col from Staging Connections will share reception styling ideas, Planet Cake will conduct a live cake decorating demonstration, gm photographics will share how to look fantastic in your wedding photos and The Wedding List Company will share gift registry trends.

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Paris and Handi from Planet Cake show brides how they create their masterpieces at the 2008 event.

Also attending the event to chat with brides to be will be diamond expert Peter Michaelson, paper lovers Papier D’Amour, the editor of Bride to Be Magazine while Annalise Brackensiek will act as the MC for the evening.

Guests will receive a gift bag valued at over $500 and containing goodies from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Jo Malone, Papier D’Amour, Bulgari and a chance to win some fantastic lucky door prizes.

Tickets are $80 each, to purchase you can visit the wedding planning party website here

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Polka Dot Bride has two double passes (each valued at $160 each) to The Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party to give away!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and answer this: your groom suggests you marry at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge- what do you say?

Get creative and have fun with your answer!

Competition closes 10th August 2009 5pm Australian EST Entrants must be residents of Australia and aged 18 or older.

This competition is now closed.

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Michelle and Jarvis – The Celebration

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Welcome back to the celebration of Michelle and Jarvis’ wedding!

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The heat caused Michelle and Jarvis to abandon their location photo plans pretty quickly and head straight to their reception at one of Melbourne’s most famous spots – where the Melbourne Cup is run every year- Flemington Racecourse! Luckily for Michelle, her photographers did a second shoot just with Michelle when the weather was cooler.

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Jarvis’ mother sourced horseshoes which Michelle used as escort (or seating) cards. She spray painted them silver, added lace and set them up on a table covered in mock grass to pay homage to the racecourse reception venue. Each table was named after a Melbourne Cup winner!

At each place setting was a place card shaped like a chair filled with rock candy from Kuranda Candy Kitchen which said Michelle ? Jarvis

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The reception had a view over the Flemington race course

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Michelle’s candy bar setup was a hit amongst guests. The couple hired glassware and bought lollies through Event Perfection. The lollies were gone before the main course was served!

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Michelle ordered the guest book from The Guestbook Store and had each guest take a Polaroid photo of themselves. Each page had fun questions for the guests to fill out and made for a highly entertaining read!

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The couple performed a funky first dance to Justin Timberlake’s “My Love”

Thank you for sharing your wedding day with Polka Dot Bride Michelle! I wish you and Jarvis a love filled life together!

Photos by Samuel Lindsay Photography and Wayne Quillam Photography

Michelle and Jarvis

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Michelle and Jarvis

Today’s wedding of Michelle and Jarvis was obviously so eager to show itself to the world it published a little early, so today I’m thrilled to bring it to you for good!

The couple married on a now historical Melbourne day – Black Saturday, where the temperature reached 48 degrees Celsius (that’s 118.4F).

Although the couple wed on what was one of Australia’s most tragic (and hottest) days, the heat didn’t bother the couple and they were determined to have the best day of their lives!

Michelle and Jarvis chose to have a classically elegant wedding with greens, white and chocolate brown as their colour palette. It’s a beautifully traditional wedding and so reflective of the couple!

Photos today are by Samuel Lindsay Photography and Wayne Quillam Photography

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The couple’s invitations were designed by Michelle and made with the help of Red Shandy Designs. Florist Kate Hill created orbs of flowers – each flower was individually wired into the sphere shape.

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Michelle wore her mother’s veil and adorned it with lace. Michelle’s gown was by San Patrick for Provonias while her bridesmaids wore green tea length gowns.

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The couple were married at St Monica’s Church in Moonee Ponds.

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Just married!

Check back later today for Michelle and Jarvis’ steaming hot (literally) reception and the great first dance they had!

Photos by Samuel Lindsay Photography and Wayne Quillam Photography

What Would They Know? Lara Casey of Southern Weddings Magazine

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One of the women I most admire in the media has got to be Lara Casey who edits the US magazine Southern Wedding Magazine. Not only does she plan amazing weddings with the Bliss Event Group but she’s managed to produce one of the most talked & blogged about magazines of the year!

Tell me about yourself?

I am passionate about business, relationships, mentoring, faith, my family, adventure, pushing my limits and helping people transform themselves.

The official bio: Lara was born in Washington DC.  She spent most of her youth growing up in the small beach community of Pensacola, Florida. Ms. Casey graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and studied art and design at Yale University. Lara is a member of Mensa and an avid fitness buff. Mrs. Casey has a wide array of successes including having been a celebrity personal trainer in Manhattan and a contributor to Shape Magazine. Lara is currently Publisher of Southern Weddings magazine, CEO of event design firm Bliss Event Group and just launched Lara Casey Reps, a luxury market wedding consulting firm. Lara frequently speaks on the use of social media for business and is a self-confessed Wired magazine and Luna Bar addict.  Ms. Casey lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and loves to travel.

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What is a southern wedding? What features make them different to other weddings?

This is a tough question to answer because the answer is ever changing.  A traditional (stereotypical) old southern wedding is a big wedding – the whole family, the church, the entire small town is invited.  Comfort food is served- maybe fried okra, casseroles, whatever mom, aunts and the church ladies always prepare for special occasions.  Southern weddings are notorious for charm… that special warm hospitality that makes every guest feel like family.  The modern southern bride takes old southern tradition and puts her spin on it now.  Whether it’s taking traditional comfort food and revamping it, taking grandma’s quilt and using it as a table cloth for the cake table, or altering her mom’s dress to have an updated style that fits her unique modern personality.  There is so much to a southern wedding, but mainly it’s about warmth and hospitality.

What foods are your favourite southern treats?

Oh so many!  The food of the South is a large part of its charm… comfort food, old recipes passed down from generation to generation and lots of history surrounding the preparation and origins of each dish.  I love boiled peanuts, peach ice cream, homemade jams, pecan pie, okra, black-eyed peas, and cornbread to name a small few.

Southern Wedding Magazine has taken the US bridal industry by storm. You’re a wedding planner by trade. What inspired you to start a magazine?

It started very small.  We just wanted a place to showcase local vendors and as soon as word got out that we were focusing on taking Southern tradition and giving it a modern face-lift, our blog caught on like wildfire.  We took all of our print content from blog features and reader feedback.  We’ve been so blessed to have a community of people form around Southern Weddings…. Brides, planners, photographers, and people who are just captivated by the South.

What I love most about the Southern Wedding Magazine team is your engagement with not only other wedding vendors but other wedding blogs. How do you see magazines and blogs working together?

Social media has played the biggest role in our success.  My personal philosophy is that competition doesn’t exist… if we all support each other through a common goal of inspiring brides and changing the market, we can accomplish so much more.  So, we’ve focused on collaborating with other bloggers and used social media as a tool to build relationships with vendors and brides on a daily basis.  Twitter has been our most powerful source.  I’m such a believer in how social media can change the course of a business that I now frequently speak on it and have started a consulting firm, Lara Casey Reps, to help other wedding professionals navigate their way to success in using it and building their unique brand with specific tools.

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You write often about helping the industry professionals, you have a passion for this. How can industry professionals help each other?

I am so passionate about this.  Again, this is why I just started Lara Casey Reps.  There is a big need out there for information, knowledge, practical tools.  And many of these are very simple, but the important thing is knowing which tools are most valuable for your brand.  I could write a novel about how people can help each other in this industry, but above all it’s about getting the right people connected with each other.  I think when like-minded people come together to collaborate, they can change the course of the market and strengthen not only each other but everyone they end up doing business with.

How do you keep on learning?

By accepting every day that I don’t know it all.  I am really fortunate to work with a group of women who inspire and teach me every day.  Without them, I don’t think I’d challenge myself as much to grow honestly.  When you surround yourself with people who infuse you and support you and you do the same for them, worlds of knowledge open up.  We read together every morning before we dive into our tasks and send each other helpful links to articles.  Education is the biggest thing for me around here.  If you are going to be an industry leader, you have to study every day just as if you were studying medical journals as a surgeon.

Tell me about your own wedding?

Haha.  I got married in Vegas.  We had 8 people there, tiny chapel and a fabulous dinner at Daniel Bouloud’s Brasserie at the Wynn afterwards.  It was perfect for us—simple and easy.

5 Things a bride must get right?

1.    Honor your family and incorporate traditions that are meaningful for you.  Weaving in personal elements in what planning and designing a wedding is all about.
2.    Hire a wedding planner.  No matter how self-sufficient you feel or how organized your sister is, leave the day to a professional.
3.    Control your guest list.  It’s your one and only wedding day… a day to unite two people and two families.  Be sure the people that are there with you are the people you cherish the most.  Having your 8th cousins and friend of a friend from work attend will take away from the intimacy of the day.
4.    Break the rules.  If you aren’t into cake, don’t have one.  If you want a pink sash on your white gown, just do it.  If you and your fiancé are in love with blues music, then bring a blues band into your wedding.  There are no rules and above all, make sure every decision you make speaks to your unique love story.
5.    Above all, focus on each other throughout the planning process.  Take mini weekend vacations.  Be good to each other.  Get pre-marital counseling and make sure to have a ton of fun amidst all the hustle and bustle of the wedding details.  At the end of the reception, when all the flowers are cleared away and everyone goes home… it’s just you two.  Your marriage should be the most important part of your celebration.

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Favourite part of a wedding?

Personally, the moment the bride starts walking down the aisle.  It’s the first step to a new life and a giant leap of faith.  I never get enough of that moment.

Where do you see Southern Weddings magazine positioning itself in Australia?

Southern charm is something everyone can relate to and people all over the world are mystified by.  Something about the lazy southern ways, the people, the warmth and the good ole southern hospitality charms it’s way into everyone’s hearts.

How can an Australian bride use your magazine?

Our goal is to inspire.  We have readers all over the world because brides want to weave some of that Southern charm into their day—whether they are Japanese, Brazillian, Irish or Australian… we’ve been floored by the international response.  I suppose just as in Tokyo where Levi’s are a hot commodity because it’s like owning a piece of Americana, international brides want a piece of the Southern charm pie.

Thank you for taking the time to join us today Lara and sharing some of your life with Polka Dot Bride!

You can see more or Lara at the Southern Wedding Magazine blog, The Bliss Event Group or her brand new site Lara Casey Reps and her brand new blog Lara Casey

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I have two copies of the premiere issue of Southern Wedding Magazine (now sold out!) to give away to two Australian Polka Dot Bride readers!

Simply leave a comment on this post telling me how you would weave some good old fashioned southern charm into your wedding

Entries close 9th August, 2009 Australian EST. Entry open to Australian residents only.

Photos from Southern Weddings Magazine, photo of Lara by Jory Cordy

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