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Maxine and Jason’s Jenolan Caves Wedding

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


Maxine and Jason

I don’t think anything could be more romantic than a wedding lit by candlelight in a cave. It’s not something you see every day but for Maxine and Justine? It was the perfect way to get married. I loved the romance of today’s wedding and the funky shoes? Well they helped too!

Maxine and Justin met met almost 9 years ago, in high school and started dating a few months later. They rest, as they say is history!

Photos today are by Angelica Peady Photography. Angelica has a way of capturing the unique, the unusual and the special in a really different way – her photography style suits her couples so!

Maxine’s friend style her hair, with the help of her hairdresser. “Although, our brilliant hairdresser, Linda from Wilde for Hair, could not be there on the day, she designed  my hairstyle, which was perfectly recreated by a close friend.”


Much of the wedding was designed and made by Maxine and Justin. “We planned the wedding ourselves, sourced the venues and designed the cake and bouquet. We were aiming for a non-traditional secular wedding and had a lot of help from our friends and family who put together our invitations, created our cake, helped with the bouquet, organised transport, did the bride’s hair and makeup and prepared all the food. One of our friends even made  adorably tiny outfits for our unusual wedding toppers.” Maxine wore a gown from Nelder Jones (02) 93315118  and held a button bouquet made by herself and two dear friends. Along with her groom Jason, the bride wore Converse sneakers.

The couple traveled in a beautiful white vintage car from Blue Ribbon Wedding Cars. “Our driver, Neil, was a completely unexpected treasure.”

Maxine and Jason walked down the aisle together. “We planned to walk in to the ‘Mario Cart Love-Song’ by Sam Hart (did I mention that we are nerds?) but plans changed. Instead, we climbed the ‘aisle’ to the sound of whispers, giggles and cheers as our friends and family held candles (the only source light due to the black outs).”

Maxine and Justin chose an intimate celebration. “The whole day was very intimate,  with around 35 our our closest friends and immediate family.”

The candlelit ceremony was a highlight of the day for Maxine. “The candle lit walk up the ‘aisle’ will always stand out as special moment. Our improvised vows were wonderfully spontaneous (much like the entire wedding). Two readings were chosen, which reflected our personalities and interests and were read by two of our closest friends: an excerpt from Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’ and a post modern retelling of ‘The Princess and the Pea’.”

“Nothing went to plan! We were running late, the venue was washed out, most of the ceremony was candlelit due to blackouts and we had to stay at Jenolan Caves for longer than planned as the exit road was closed due to storm damage.

Our friends and family took it all in their stride as did all the professionals that made our day such a success. The staff at Jenolan Caves led the guests through a series of tunnels to a smaller, beautiful cave and provided candles for everyone to hold when the lights went out. Our driver Neil patiently held two so that our wonderfully calm celebrant could see. Angie and Ben provided extra lighting with a spot light that they had fortunately bought along. Everyone was laughing and generally having a great time.

The whole ceremony had an cosy, relaxed feeling and it will certainly be a day that we will always remember!”

The couple’s celebrant was Tina McCormack “Our celebrant, Tina McCormack, was so lovely and really gave us space to be ourselves.

There were so many little details that reflected Maxine and Jason “Each other, impromptu vows, dinosaur wedding toppers, too many nerdy references to catalogue and our amazing friends and family.”

Post wedding, the couple held a relaxed celebration. “We had a very relaxed get together after the wedding at the Hatter’s Hideout, a beautiful property in the Blue Mountains. Mark, the owner, is one of friendliest people we have ever met and was the best host we could have asked for. The cake was designed by the incredibly geeky Bride and Groom, lovingly baked and put together by our friend and amazing pastry chef, Michelle Bones.”

“We had great fun listening to our friends trying to ‘decode’ the symbols on our cake. (Each image on the cupcakes was representative of something we both love). They were even more delighted to find out that the monochrome icing hid a rainbow coloured icing!”

Congratulations Maxine and Jason for your marriage! Thank you for allowing us to share it today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Angelica Peady for today’s photographs!

Photographs by Angelica Peady

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New York Bridal Week Spring 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



I have spent the week watching the gorgeous new photos unfold of the new season of bridal gowns in New York. Although they won’t be available for many months (and some not in Australia) I thought it would be nice to have a sneak peek at what will be walking down the aisles across the world soon and some of the trends that might be reflected in our own designer’s styles. Here is a sneak peek of my favourites, but for more, visit Brides.

Trends I saw and loved from this week’s bridal week are

– Different necklines! Classic strapless is never going away, but I loved seeing more V necklines, more straps and even off the shoulder beauties.

– Sleeves- From elegant illusion necklines at Marchesa to full length lace sleeves at Romona Keveza, this season is all about elegance

– Voluminous detail – I loved the almost architectural style detailing some of the designers used on bodices

– Royal Style – Kate and William’s wedding is going to have a big impact on weddings and it started with bridal week. Long sleeved gowns, high necklines, tiaras – interesting and beautiful interpretations of what the future Princess may wear down the aisle

– Blushing Pink – Spring bridal week always brings out a lot of colour, but this year it seemed that blush pink was in favour! From the blush pink sash to Vera’s charcoal gown, to Monique’s pink, ruffly ball gown and Badgley Mischka’s taupey pink textured looks.

– Subtle prints and embroidery – Spring is definitely in the air with spring patterns and blooms adorning skirts and ballgowns touched with springs of nature inspired details.

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Reem Acra, Reem Acra

Caroline Herrera, Oscar De La Remta

Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang

Oscar De La Renta, Romona Keveza

Marchesa, Reem Acra

Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang

Monique L’huillier, Oscar De La Renta

Simone Carvalli, Pronovias

Caroline Herrera, Oscar De La Renta

Christos, Ines De Santo

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Amsale, Carol Hannah

Caroline Herrera, Kenneth Pool

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Carol Hannah, Vera Wang

Ines De Santo, Monique L’huillier

Amsale, Alfred Angelo

Reem Acra, Romona Keveza

Photos from Brides John Aquino for Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carol Hannah and Vera Wang, Steve Eichner for Monique L’huillier, Thomas Iannoccone for Carolina Herrera and Amsale, George Chinsee for Romona Keveza, Ines Di Santo, and Oscar De La Renta, Robert Mitra for Alfred Angelo

Vendor Of The Week – My Sweethearts Bakery

by | Blog News, Bride


Hello Monday! Are you ready for a week of wedding-y goodness? Are you ready to kick it off?

Let’s start off with something sweet – Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We’ve added a bunch of fantastic new vendors of the past few weeks and I’m excited as always to spotlight them this Monday morning! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory to find incredibly talented wedding vendors who take pride in their work, are good at what they do (no actually they’re great) and want to work with the special brides and grooms that are Polka Dot Bride readers!

When I said sweet I meant it! This week’s randomly chosen Vendor Of The Week is Sydney cake artist, My Sweethearts Bakery. Lilia’s been creating sweet treats since she was young and her venture into cake artistry (because really, these cakes are like art!) is the fulfillment of a dream for her. Not only does Lilia create beautiful cakes – but she makes them in beautiful flavours too (cake tastings? they’re complimentary for wedding clients!) like Carrotman and Orangelady, Banana Split, Spring Tea Hummingbird, Strawberries & Chocolate Delight and Chocolate Mud Fudge.

Lilia even makes cupcakes and cookies- so if you can’t decide….. perhaps a table of sweet delicacies is in order?

To learn a little more about My Sweethearts Bakery we asked Lilia five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Honey and vanilla tea

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Hawkerbury Valley – There’s a great spa (Sebel Spa) next to the Sebel Resort and great for a weekend of relaxation.

Favourite restaurant?

Tea Room @ Gunner’s Barrack. They have the best view and lovely teas!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Poached eggs with vanilla and camomile tea

Your favourite wedding story?

A story from one of my clients.

She nearly ate her whole 1.5 carat diamond ring because her fiance accidentally left it one of his dishes while preparing a romantic proposal meal for her 🙂

Visit My Sweethearts Bakerys page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! My Sweethearts Bakery is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Belly Laughs

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Nikole Ramsey

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