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Caitlyn and Simon’s Delightful Park Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Caitlyn and Simon

On a dreary Friday afternoon, I love to revel in the beauty of outdoor weddings. Caitlyn and Simon married in a beautiful Perth park ceremony with the most delicious, summery colours and atmosphere. It warms the winter chill in my bones to read today’s wedding story.

Caitlyn tells the story of meeting Simon. “My best friend was working at a café which was undergoing some renovations at the time. She saw a handsome young guy working on the project and asked his supervisor for his number. As she was dating someone at the time she handed it on to me. We started to text each other even though I had never seen him. I finally made up an excuse to visit my friend’s workplace to check this guy out. I saw his car first and fell in love hehe! I was so nervous that he might see me, but it was love at first sight for me!”

Today’s photographs are by Angela Higgins, Angela has this calm, beautiful way of capturing images. They’re graceful and ever so beautiful, it’s always a pleasure to see her name in our inbox.

Simon wore a suit from Penguin Suit Hire.

Whirligig Designs created the floral arrangements for the wedding day while Caitlyn found her shoes at “a boutique store in Bali.”

Caitlyn wore a gown from Tuscany Bridal while her bridesmaids wore soft lilac coloured gowns from Armadale Wedding Centre.

Caitlyn and Simon were married at Perth’s Hyde Park in Leederville.

Caitlin walked down the aisle to ‘Just The Way You Are’ – Bruno Mars. She says “My Mum actually suggested this song and I kind of rolled my nose up at it. But after her explaining that it was what her and my Dad would be thinking along with everyone else on the day, I fell in love completely!”

The nieces of Caitlyn formed the flowergirl contingent of the bridal party, with many a funny story to be had. Caitlyn recalls “Up until the wedding we had tried to explain to my nieces, who were the flower girls, Amelia, Alla and Lilly about walking down the aisle and basically walking to their NanD (my Mum) or to their Mummy (Simon’s sister). Come the wedding day the two four year old girls were so excited and walked down the aisle holding hands like they had known each other for years (they had only just met). As soon as Amelia saw her NanD, she started running towards her! Soon the other two flower girls followed suit and were running as well! It was a long aisle so they were worn out by the end! At least they followed instructions! It was gorgeous! Amelia ran straight into my Mum’s arms and gave her a huge cuddle, then ran over to Alla and Lilly’s Mum and gave her a cuddle too!”

Family was important to Caitlyn. “I had all three of my sisters as my bridesmaids. I also had my Mum and Simon’s Mum sign the register, my Mum was my pillar of strength during the whole organisation and at the end of it all Mum’s don’t get to do anything. So I thought I would have them sign the register to make them know we love them.”

The littlest bridal party member, made the biggest stamp on the day. Caitlyn remembers “Whilst Simon and I were saying our vows, Amelia our niece was very interested in what was going on. Our photographer captured her bent over and listening in to what we had to say. I think if I had looked at her she would have come right up to me and asked to sit on my hip! But that is what I love about her!”

Caitlyn and Simon celebrated with the guests at Ascot Quays in Ascot.

Caitlyn and Simon’s wedding “cake” consisted of purple iced cupcakes and was created by Whirligig Designs. Their wedding stationery was designed by Bumbleberry Boutique Stationery Design, Caitlyn recalls “I actually chose to have the invitations sent to me in pieces and had to glue them together myself! I had my awesome Mum, Aunty and Uncle help me glue me together.”

The first dance was an impulsive choice from Caitlyn. “We danced to ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ by Elvis Presley.

Simon isn’t much of a dancer and picking a song was hard as ‘our’ song (‘Unchained Melody’) was so typical and wasn’t something we wanted to dance to at our wedding. We like to be different, but still wanted something that meant something. So make the song memorable for us one night when I was listening to the song, I turned off all the lights in the house and dragged my then fiancé to the spare room and made him dance with me for thirty seconds to make us remember a romantic event linked to this song.”

Congratulations Caitlyn and Simon! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Angela Higgins, for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Angela Higgins submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Ellena’s Mongolian Honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Oh my gosh! Where did this week go? How did it already become Friday? Did you have a busy week? We have such a busy weekend planned (including a trip to that place we call Ikea so we can set up our new office!)

There’s been some fantastic content on our specialty blogs this week.. do take a look and send some love to our amazing contributors!

A Sydney photographer shares how to get the best photos on your wedding day on Polka Dot Wisdom

Launching Brand Your Business Workshop for Australian wedding professionals

Are you planning to be on time on your wedding day?

Pretty bauble paper garland tutorial on Polka Dot Made

Tricks and tips to stay organised through your wedding plans from a bride to be

Putting together a photobook on Polka Dot Weddings

Meet Mra Tagg To Be also on Polka Dot Weddings

Ellena’s Mongolian Honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

Photographer Lara Hotz is holding a competition to win. Check out the flyer for more details and visit Lara’s Facebook page to vote.

To celebrate Winter Weddings season, Gingerbread Folk are offering a 10% discount on wedding Cookie Placecards booked during June, July and August. Your wedding can be absolutely anytime throughout the year but to be eligible for this offer your booking must be received by 31/8/11.

This offer is exclusive to Polka Dot Bride readers so be sure to mention ‘Polka Dot Bride’ in your enquiry. Visit the website for more information.

Vaucluse House Tearooms are holding a wedding open day on Saturday 25th June 2011 from 11am – 2.30pm.

The event is designed to be elegant and stylish, bringing together you and Sydney’s leading wedding suppliers.

Enjoy exclusive deals and discounts available only at the Open Day, meet with your event manager and see the best that Sydney has to offer for garden ceremonies, photography, car hire, beauty, flowers, entertainment, invitations, cakes and much more!

All brides who RSVP receive a free gift bag including sample products and discounts to use in your wedding planning as well as champagne on arrival, canapes, exclusive deals and discounts and plenty of displays and interactions with the best for garden ceremonies, photography, car hire, beauty, flowers, entertainment, invitations, cakes and much more!

RSVP to Visit the website for more information.



Beautiful brand Ivy & Aster has finally hit Australian stores at Studio White! The girls currently have four bridesmaids and the morning glory gown in stock with more on their way! Visit the website for more information.

Bella Stationery Studio (check it out on Etsy and Madeit) was founded in 2008 by bride Belinda (do you remember her wedding story on Polka Dot Weddings?) Belinda is offering a special discount code for Polka Dot Bride readers on boxed invitation sets, invitation packs and personalised wedding stationery. Simply mention the code POLKADOTBRIDE when purchasing your order, and receive 10% off! Valid for the month of June 2011. (Please note if purchasing through Madeit, you will receive a 10% refund after the sale has been made).

I’ve been guest blogging over at the lovely Bonnie’s blog Amour Amour this week while she is on her European holiday! Check out some of my favourite shoes, bridesmaids gowns and bouquets!

Have a lovely weekend! I’ll see you here again on Monday with plenty of gorgeousness and delicious Australian (and international!) weddings!

Kerry and Oriel’s New Zealand Seaside Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


Kerry and Oriel

New Zealand always makes me sigh – I can never quite get over the amazing vistas of the land of the long white cloud, so when you add a wedding to the mix I am beyond happy. Today’s waterside wedding of Kerry and Oriel is something pretty special and as you look through the stunning photographs, I’m sure you’ll agree!

Kerry and Oriel met by chance. “We both had been given a free ticket to a cheesy nightclub. We wouldn’t have been there if it wasn’t free.”

Photos today are by Jel Photography. I am in love with the stunning photography I get to share with you today – the beautiful captures of the landscape with the romance of the wedding in front.

Kerry and Oriel’s bridesmaids chose their own gowns.

Kerry wore the first gown she tried on from a little boutique off Queen street called Alma J. She paired it with gorgeous beaded flats from Forever 21, Auckland.

White opals featured in Kerry’s jewels. “I wore opal earrings that were my grandmothers to match my vintage opal engagement ring, head piece was made by my Aunty, to match the dress, shoes & engagement ring.”

Kerry and Oriel held their wedding at a private home called “Just Paradise” in the Coromandel overlooking Rings Beach. Kerry walked down the aisle to Maxwell – ‘This Woman’s Worth’.

Kerry recalls one funny moment. “During the ceremony there was a massive bumble bee trying to land on the bride’s bouquet, which at the time was being held by one of the bridesmaids while we were saying our vows.  This was missed by us but was captured by the photographers, a moment I think all will remember!”

Kerry carried a bouquet created by Flowers After Hours in Auckland. “Oriel always sends me flowers from there, so it was fitting they did the wedding bouquet”

The reception was held on the lawns of the home and was catered by Larry at Jamaican Me Hungry. A lunch was followed by a cocktail party as the sun set with plenty of dancing.

Kerry and Oriel handmade as much as they could for the day, including bunting, paper flowers, paper flags, table cloths, menus, place names, wedding cup cakes, hanging mobiles, favors, fabric lids & tags, vases which were jars we collected for table flowers. Kerry says “Everything that could be was hand made to add a personal touch! I love pattern, colour & textiles and didn’t want to stick to a set colour palette, so I just collect things I loved and put them all together.” Guests were given jars of homemade onion jam as their favor.

Of what made their day special, Kerry says,  “Family & friends, beautiful venue with an amazing view, perfect weather, an awesome wedding party & seeing all our hard work come together and our guests enjoying themselves.”

As the sun set, guests gathered for a cocktail party.

Kerry designed the cake and had it made by a friend of a friend.

Of their first dance, Kerry remembers, ” It was to ‘Dust’ by Recloose, a funky house track.  The song was on a CD Oriel gave me when we were dating, I love it.  A great tune to get the wedding party started!”

Congratulations Kerry and Oriel! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Jel Photography for today’s images!

Photos by Jel Photography



Sweet Wedding Invitations From Poppiseed Designs

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Poppiseed Designs has created a few new invitation suites I wanted to share with you today. First up is Ophelia’s Song. Don’t the wild and opulent feathers of the bird make for a dreamy look? I can imagine a fine quill pen, plenty of feathery accents and a soft, romantic gown. I think it could be used for quite a classic wedding too – refined black and white with a few unexpected details.

I am of course pretty smitten with this design “Polkadottie“. This would be such a sweet invitation for a farm wedding with lots of accents in shades of aqua and cherry. Or perhaps a wedding under the sun on a deck somewhere, with red heart lollipops and quirky blue shoes?

Photos from Poppiseed Designs

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