Back to Top
PolkaDotBride - Australia's number 1 Bridal Blog, Wedding Directory and Advice for Brides
Log In Register

Jessica and Hugo

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Jessica and Hugo

We’re traveling to the other side of the world today, California to be exact. To share the wedding of Jessica and Hugo with you! Jessica and Hugo met and fell in love at Stanford University, so that is where they headed back to hold their wedding! It’s intimate, heartfelt and completely personal. On this cold winter’s day, today’s wedding will warm the cockles of your heart.

Photos today are by Alfred Salmon Photography.



jessica-hugo-california-wedding011 jessica-hugo-california-wedding012


The couple married at the Stanford University Memorial Chapel. Jessica says “We met at Stanford as graduate students, so it was special to be able to hold our ceremony at the enormous historic church on campus”. Jessica wore a gown from David’s Bridal while Hugo wore a grey suit from Men’s Wearhouse.



Jessica and Hugo had many of their family and friends pitch in to help them celebrate their wedding. Jessica says “My sister made my bouquet as well as hers and my sister-in-law’s.  She and my mom went to a local grocery store the day before the wedding and bought a few flowers (I think they spent $30 total).  Granted, my sister has an artistic eye, but she did a wonderful job and the bouquets were a nice touch.”



jessica-hugo-california-wedding029 jessica-hugo-california-wedding025


jessica-hugo-california-wedding032 jessica-hugo-california-wedding038



For the wedding portraits, the photographers and newlyweds headed back to the dorms – decorated with paper lanterns. The space held a special memory for the couple as it was where Jess used to live and where the couple shared their first kiss.


Jessica says “We had our reception on campus at the graduate center. It was a partially catered the lunch with a few lasagnas from an on-campus caterer, and ordered a large (but beautiful!) sheet cake from a local bakery (La Baguette).  We reserved an on-campus multi-purpose room for the reception that came with tables and chairs (and a sound system).  We didn’t do any decorating (no flowers!), and had our friends set up the room the morning of the wedding.  The remainder of the lunch was a potluck affair, which was phenomenal since our friends represent many regions of the world.”

jessica-hugo-california-wedding056 jessica-hugo-california-wedding058



“Rather than registering for wedding gifts, we asked our friends and family to pitch in on the big day (or donate charitably to the earthquake relief in Chile, since Hugo is Chilean) – and many complied.  We would not have had such a beautiful and successful day without the help of our friends and family!”

Congratulations Jessica and Hugo on your marriage! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today! Thank you also to Alfred Salmon Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Alfred Salmon Photography.

Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Portobello Jewellery Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Portobello Jewellery

It’s all glitz and glam today on Polka Dot Bride!

Portobello Jewellery is giving away a $300 voucher to their online store!

You could choose from headpieces, veils or jewellery. Particularly appealing is the Jewel Headband collection with the hand stitched jewels on soft silky ribbons. Or you could explore the Whimsical Collection which is much simpler in design and features sterling silver necklaces with elegant designs of leaves, sea stars or raindrops.

To enter, simply answer the questions in the comment below.

1. What is your favourite type of veil or headpiece?

2. What would you expect to spend on a headpiece?

3. If you could wear anything in your hair on your wedding day, what would it be?

Competition closes Tuesday 13th July 2010 at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Prize must be redeemed within 6 months of closing date of competition. Winner can be from anywhere in the world. Winner must be aged over 18. The prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. No late entries will be accepted. Prize can be chosen from any category excluding “Custom”, “One Of My Kind” and “Vintage Collection”.

Out Now…June 2010

by | Bride, Magazines and Books



June was a big month for bridal magazines! Here are four I picked up and my favourites for each:

Real Weddings Winter 2010 Issue 17

I’m going to admit I’m really thrilled to have my first ever column in this Real Weddings issue – the Real Weddings team asked me to write about how one might go about finding inspiration for a “Secret Garden” wedding theme. You can find me on Page 22.

More lovable bits:

– Nikki and Anthony’s elegant soiree on Page 48

– Liz and Sean’s blue celebration on Page 86

– The paper infused wedding of Michelle and James on Page 105

– The Victoria bush wedding of Courtney and Andrew on Page 111

– The “Secret Garden” styled shoot on Page 120

Wedding Style Guide Winter 2010

– Pretty as paper “paper and lace” styled feature on page 79

– Mango and blue “Resort Romance” styling feature by Lisa Vorce on Page 103

– Annie and Jon’s colourful Utah wedding on Page 137

– Gabriele and Jarrad’s fun Adelaide wedding on Page 143

– The Elizabeth Messina photographed wedding of Gabrielle and Kevin on Page 149

Martha Stewart Weddings Summer 2010

– “Create The Dots” polka dot feature on Page 56

– Luke & Joanne’s San Francisco celebration on Page 187

– Jenna and John’s Brooklyn spectacular on page 198

– “Made With Love” wedding cake feature on Page 228

– “Perfect Palette – Opalescent” on page 165

Melbourne Bride Issue 63

– “A Day In The Country” the wedding of Rebekah Hardwick (daughter in law of Melbourne designer Mariana Hardwick) on Page 46

– “White Princess” green and white styled shoot on page 127

– Leanne and Andrew’s vineyard nuptials on page 243

– Suzanne and Scott’s classic Melbourne wedding under the stained glass roof of the great hall at NGV.

– The digital vs film debate on page 260

Pronuptia Paris

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


There is a strength to the designs of Pronuptia Paris. The collection is full of bold lines and chic details. (See here the Roberto Toretto Collection.)

Pronuptia Paris was founded in 1958 in France and created the “ready to wear” wedding gown. The designs remain classic with a little something special.





Pronuptia Paris is available in Australia at Basilica Couture.

Back to Top