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Jaime and Ben – The Celebration

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Welcome back to Jaime and Ben’s mega wedding post! The next part of Jaime and Ben’s wedding was their traditional western ceremony.

Jaime chose a gown by Lusan Mandongus. Her wedding day hair & makeup was styled by Hayley Mac. Jaime wore a mantilla veil she made herself, vintage style earrings from Body Art and wore her mother’s diamond bracelet as her “something borrowed”. Jaime also made the boutonnieres for Ben, his groomsmen, her dad and father in law.


The ceremony was held in the garden marquee at Butleigh Wootton. Jaime made boxes of rose petals of guests to throw as well as the ceremony programs. Jaime says “We chose colours of white, chocolate, purple, fuchsia and green, applying it suitably across all stationery and décor so that everything didn’t look too matchy-matchy. Using the dove as a symbol of God’s love for us, I designed our placecards and wedding programs but also included elements of Butleigh Wootton in our invites with illustrations of a chandelier and one of us taken in a garden”

Handcrafted ceramic bird bowls acted as ring bowls and were a nod to the couple’s bird theme. Jaime walked down the aisle to “I Believe In You” by Il Divoa & Celine Dion. She says “Il Divo and Celine Dion’s I Believe In You. We had originally planned for an instrumental number by The Secret Garden but one night we were in the car and I Believe In You played on Ben’s iPod tracklist. We knew that was the song for us. The words were meaningful and the length of the song perfect for all my girls and I. It’s a wow song and an emotional piece.”

Ben’s favourite moment was the classic walk down the aisle “I guess the biggest thing for me was watching Jaime walk down the aisle. A few other friends of mine who recently got married got quite teary eyed when their brides walked down the aisle towards them. They teased me that I would cry as well. I told myself I wouldn’t and that I would keep my cool. I guess I kept my cool throughout the whole planning process but when Jaime walked down the aisle, what can I say, it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, the crowning moment of one and a half years of planning and I just gave in! I was bawling my eyes out and it’s in the video and photos!”

Jaime’s bridesmaids wore the million ways dress from Kookai. The flowers were by Flower Temple.









There was never any doubt that Jaime would wear a fantastic pair of shoes “I chose my wedding day to wear a pair of purple Jimmy Choos. Like him, I was born in Malaysia and I’m constantly inspired by such talent, having won a shoe design competition before. After trying many pairs of shoes elsewhere, this pair felt right and I’m happy to announce that I didn’t suffer from sore feet the night of my wedding and kept my shoes on the whole time even when I swapped to my dancing shoes!”


A three tier cake was created by Kat’s Cakes and topped with wooden cake toppers painted to match Jaime and Ben’s outfits (including their accessories!) from Etsy.


The guest tables were decorated with Jamie’s handmade placecards (from The Bridal Gene) and black candelabras with crystals from Centre Of Attention Centrepieces, Jamie says “Preet is so lovely she’s become friends with us after the wedding! Preet provides quality products and services and goes above and beyond to create a stylish setup. She is willing to help in every way, customising to suit colours and themes AND most importantly, budgets! Sweet, friendly and just fabulous!,

As bonbonierres, we gave out a pair of wooden chopsticks to each guest with the inscription “Jaime & Ben 25 09 09” on one stick and “When Two Became One” on the other stick, to symbolise how you can’t use one stick without the other and also as a representation of our Asian background and our love for food.”




The head table was decorated with wooden letters, glass tealight holders and the bridal party’s bouquets in glass vases.



For the reception, Jaime changed into a gown by Maggie Sottero with a fascinator from Edna Mavis. Ben found his drum pin brooch on etsy. Jaime says “Accessories aren’t just for the bride so we searched high and low for a subtle yet fitting one for Ben and found this beautiful diamante drum pin on ebay. He swapped his boutonierre for the brooch for reception and our wooden caketoppers were painted to match our reception ensemble with details of both my hair fascinator and Ben’s drum lapel pin. ”

Jaime and Ben chose elements that really reflected them- like their choice of “Strawberry Fields” by Coldplay playing as they entered the reception.



Jaime and Ben’s first dance was a highlight of the night (see the video here) “Oh, we had such great fun! Our dance was something we really looked forward to! We had never danced before so going for bridal dance lessons was one of the things we got to learn together as a couple. We didn’t want the traditional ballroom dance or the other extreme of something too hip-hop R&B. So together with our choreographer (Anushka Ranasinghe at The Secret Garden of Dance), we came up with a routine to suit our song, Hey! by Leeland which isn’t a famous song at all so it was going to be a surprise to our guests. The lyrics really told our story and words cannot describe what a pleasure it was to dance to that song. It was a mix of Rhumba, ballroom and a whole lot of fun. Our weekly dance lessons was something we looked forward to.”



Jaime made some extra special treats for guests “It’s very common for Asian weddings to have a big projector screen with a slideshow of childhood images of the couple. Instead of hiring one and due to the lack of space in the reception area, I decided to print our childhood pictures and wrap them around chocolates we had bought in bulk from Chocolate Box – milk chocolate for Ben and dark chocolate for me. Little did we know it would be a big hit at the wedding with people snapping them up like collectors’ items and not actually eating the chocolates till this day!”



Jamie’s bouquet tossing provided a highlight of the evening, it caught the chandelier and promptly did a ninety degree fall to the floor.


When asked about her favourite moment, Jaime said “Till this very day I feel so thankful that the day was really and truly special. It rained, our friend who was performing an item for us during the ceremony was stuck in traffic, I had to run through a quick rehearsal with the girls that very morning as they missed out on it a few days before (also due to traffic!), but despite all that the whole day still went so smoothly and just having my family and friends there knowing that they were all truly happy sharing our joy is the best thing to sum it all up.”

A big thank you to Jaime and Ben for sharing their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage (Jaime it was such a joy to see all your words come to life!) Thank you also to Rodney Hobbs Photography for allowing us to share today’s photographs!

Photos by Rodney Hobbs Photography.

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Jaime and Ben

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jaime and Ben

Today’s wedding is of a long timer reader of polka dot bride Jaime, you might remember Jaime’s completely fabulous shoe Save The Dates she made herself and shared with us! During her wedding planning, Jaime would share the details behind her choices, the stories and moments and her emails were (and are) something I truly came to treasure.

Jaime’s love of design (and weddings) has led her to opening her own Etsy store The Bride Gene. It’s such an honour for me to be able to show you Jaime and Ben’s wedding today!

Jaime and Ben wrote stories of how they met, so I’m going to let them share their moments with you!

“Ben: I first noticed Jaime in church. I had seen her with her friends around but never had the courage to go up and say hi. We also happened to both attend the same School of Music where I played drums and she sang. One Sunday after church service, she actually made the first move by coming over, tapping me on the shoulder from behind and asking, “are you the drummer who plays for the school of music?” From the on, we chatted online, started texting and our friendship grew. The rest, as they say, is history!

Jaime: I first saw Ben at our church’s School of Music performance night. We both took private lessons and had never met. When it was his turn to drum, he started his song off on a wrong beat and I immediately though to myself, “gosh, I know how that feels!” having felt nervous about my performance as well. That was really how I remembered him – the guy who drummed to the wrong beat! Months later, he appeared in church (as I had never seen him on Sundays before) so I thought I’d go over and say hi. It was a mere hello that blossomed into a friendship and a lasting relationship.”

Photos today are by Rodney Hobbs Photography and video was captured by C2Video.


The tight schedule on their wedding day (two ceremonies and a reception!) Jaime and Ben had photos taken together on a sunny day before the wedding with Mish & Zac Photography.








Jaime and Ben held their ceremonies (and celebrations!) at Butleigh Wootton.Jaime says “Butleigh Wootton was the third place we viewed and instantly fell in love with. From the classic décor to the perfect size, everything suited our theme so well. In fact, Ben was actually the first one who knew it was THE place for us. The staff were excellent and more than we could wish for, helpful and bending over backwards to make our wedding such a success.”


For the tea ceremony, Jaime wore a traditional gown in aqua & red from Efushop. Benjamin wore a red tie with his black suit from MenzClub. The mantle was decorated with special family photos.












Check back this afternoon for Jaime and Ben’s second ceremony and gorgeous reception!

Pre wedding photos by Mish & Zac Photography, Tea Ceremony Photos by Rodney Hobbs Photography

Kate and Frank

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



Kate and Frank

I adore the classic beauty of today’s wedding- pretty soft pinks, classic whites and fresh green! I thought this was a beautiful spring wedding, but it’s actually a winter one! A perfect way to show it doesn’t matter what time of year it is- you can always use fresh colours!

Kate says “Frank and I were in the same circle of friends at school and became firm friends at 16. We starting dating in university and were married just prior to our 10 year anniversary.”

Photos today are by Nerida McMurray Photography.



Kate wore a strapless gown with flower detailing, she says “My dress was an ivory strapless silk organza gown by Jian Ador in Rushcutters’ Bay. It was a variation of something that I saw in the window. I just had it simplified – I wanted something simple. I’m going to remove the flower from the front and have it framed.

My bouquet was a mix of ivory roses (my choice of roses was limited with a winter wedding), freesias and lisianthus. They smelled beautiful! My florist Verdaflore in Oatley was great – very chilled out but on the ball. She also gave great suggestions of what could work in winter time.”



Kate dressed the bridesmaids in pink gowns. “We had an idea of what we wanted for the bridesmaids – something cinched in at the waist and flattering for all the girls. My sister was pregnant with twins so we needed something that could be adapted to fit her. My mum selected a beautiful embroidered silk fabric in ivory (with a pink silk lining). My dress maker is a lovely lady who we’ve known for years. She always understands what we mean and is very relaxed about things.”


The bridal party traveled to the church in Kate’s late grandfather’s Jaguar. “It was special using my late grandfather’s Jaguar as the wedding car. It helped make him a part of our day. We also had a table near the wedding gifts with wedding pictures of our grandparents, parents and siblings.”




One of Kate’s favourite memories involves family. “I loved having my family and friends all together. I loved seeing all of the people who I hold dearest in the one place. My sister and brother-in-law traveled back from England, as did Frank’s brother. We were blessed to have all of our favourite people in that room to witness our marriage.”


Kate and Frank married at St James’ Catholic Church in Glebe. The couple had a Tongan choir singing throughout the service.







The couple chose Doltone House for their reception- one of the few Sydney locations that could accommodate their 300 guests! Kate and Frank’s first dance was a special one. “We danced to “Still the One” by Orleans. It was a fun, swing-style dance – quite fast and with lots of spins. That song kind of chose us – it’s not a typical wedding song, but the words were very apt and learning the dance was really fun.”


Kate made the invitations and place cards herself. The four tier wedding cake was made by Celebration Cakes. Kate says “The cake was a 4 tier round cake. It was ivory, with ivory ribbon wrapped around each layer and a couple of flowers placed on the tiers to reflect the flower on the front of my dress. The bottom two tiers were chocolate mud and the top two tiers were fruit cake – one to keep for our anniversary and one for the older guests who wanted the traditional fruit cake.”



A big thank you to Kate and Frank for allowing us to share their wedding day! Congratulations! Thank you also to Nerida McMurray Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Nerida McMurray Photography.

Love At First Bite Melbourne Cupcake Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions



Love At First Bite Cupcakes

Something sweet today for our Melbourne brides! I’m still a fan of cupcakes at a wedding and really cupcakes in general. Nothing gives me quite the same smile as a perfectly sweet vanilla cupcake with soft pink icing on a grey day.

To celebrate the launch of their brand new website (launching tomorrow!) You can win a wedding cupcake package from Love at First Bite Cupcakes

Love at First Bite is a boutique cupcake bakery, boasting some of the most delicious tasting cupcakes in Melbourne. Their cupcakes are beautifully finished with their own unique hand made decorations, so they look as good as they taste.

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Love at First Bite are going to make one lucky wedding full of cupcake bliss! They’re giving away a scrumptious cupcake package!

The prize is 100 vanilla decorated butter cream cupcakes, including stand hire, delivery and setup in the Melbourne metro area. This prize is valued at AU$500

To win beautiful cupcakes for your wedding day simply leave a comment with your proposal story – the Love At First Bite team will then choose their favourite!

The winner will be chosen by Love at First bite and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and must be redeemed 18 months from the date of the winner announcement. This competition is open worldwide. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 20th July 2010 at 5.00 p.m (Australian time).

This competition is now closed.

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