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In Stores Now… April 2009

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


On news stands now…

Wedding Style Guide Autumn 2009

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Also- new Australian wedding magazine Handmade Weddings is out. Let me know what you think!

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Nikki and Jon

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Nikki and Jon

Today’s beautiful wedding comes to us from bride Nikki who married Jon in the beautiful location of Byron Bay. Torrential rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the happy couple with the raindrops stopping only the day before the wedding.

Nikki and Jon had a big DIY emphasis on their wedding day. They included family and friend in a lot of their plans and made use of the talents of their loved ones. From decorations, the gown and favors – Nikki and John included personal touches on everything!

High school sweethearts Nikki and John held their wedding at Peppers Casuarina. They held their ceremony in the rainforest grounds while the reception was at the on site restaurant Wilsons By The Creek. Guests were able to make use of the on site accommodation and allowed themselves to party on long into the night.

Nikki designed her own wedding gown and had it made by Wendy Krummel. She wore Swarovski crystal earrings and pinned her grandmother’s rose gold locket to her bouquet. The wedding stationery was a letterpress design by Blackbird Press. Photos today are by Michelle Stewart Photography.

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The ring pillow was made from old doilies that belonged to Jon’s grandmother who passed away last year.

Jon surprised Nikki by sending a homemade DVD to her in her “getting ready” room. The DVD was a message from Jon telling me how much her loved her and was looking forward to their lives together.  His second surprise was his speech, which he finished off with a bit of Elvis, singing “I can’t help falling in love with you”.

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The bridesmaids designed their own dresses which were put together by the Maid of Honor’s grandmother who also made the boys ties.

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Nikki and Jon acoustic guitarist Luke Vassella play “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach as Nikki walked down the aisle. She says “It is a difficult piece to play on guitar, but absolutely beautiful. He did an amazing job and it made the experience very dreamy.” Nikki and Jon hand wrote their own vows.

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The favors were homemade jam, as Nikki and Jon love to cook, so went to the local strawberry farm and made a jam together.  They ordered some stickers and jars from Etsy to complete them! The name cards were tied to the jam and were seeded cards to plant and grow herbs which Nikki found after much online searching.

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The wedding car was a Kombi from a local hire centre. It didn’t love the steep hills around the Byron hinterland – Jon had to give it a push start to get it going !

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Nikki’s favourite moment “One of my favourite details was getting a photo of every guest (preferably one with my husband and I in the shot) and writing a message on the back of the photo and taping it to the table underneath place settings for each guest. I announced the hidden photos at the end of my speech – the last speech of the night. I couldn’t thank everyone in my speech, so I used the cards instead!  Everyone was very surprised, and in some cases moved to tears by the sentiment and special words.”

Nikki and Jon danced their first dance to “All I Want To Do Is Grow Old With You” by Hawaiian band The Blue Hulas on ukuleles

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Thank you Nikki and Jon for sharing your absolutely beautiful DIY wedding day!

Photos courtesy of Michelle Stewart Photography.

Two Birds Bridesmaid in Australia

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


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Two Birds Bridesmaids dresses have been creating a stir in the US for the last few years. Ariane Goldsmith created the world’s most versatile bridesmaid dress.

Available in thirteen colours (including an option to have a custom colour made) and two lengths, the dress comes in only two sizes 6-16 and 18-24! The style of the dress means you can turn the one garment into over thirteen different styles- and they’ll even work on a pregnant bridesmaid.

I’m so pleased that as of this month Two Birds Bridesmaids will be operating in Australia! Based out of a studio in Surrey Hills, Sydney, you will be able to visit with your maids and try on the styles with expert help at adjusting them to be different.

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For out of states brides, Two Birds Bridesmaids can send you a sample dress to try on and will then send your gowns to you.

There are matching bandeaus for extra coverage available and if you want to match the ties for the boys, Two Birds have a range that match the dress shades. Two Birds have also created matching pashminas.

The best part? The Australian arm of Two Birds Bridesmaids will have all their gowns made in Australia. Gown prices start at $320.

Visit the Two Birds Bridesmaid Australian website for to enquire about booking an appointment at their Sydney studio.

Win Win Win!

by | Bride, Competitions


A little reminder about the competitions Polka Dot Bride is running this week!

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You can of course still enter the Rock Your Frock competition- if you’ve made your entry why not get your bridesmaids to have a go? Four entries for your wedding! Check out the entry for more details

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The BonitaJ giveaway shuts on the 9th of April at 5pm AEST- up for grabs is a crystal and pearl jewellery set worth $80. The set has a necklace, earrings and a bracelet which can all be customised to your colours. Check out the entry for more details

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