Lisa and Johnny – The Celebration

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


I love the beautiful fusion style Lisa and Johnny embraced at their wedding. So much colour and life and so rich in tradition.

Lisa had a very clear vision for the style of the wedding day “While in India we decided to utilise our location and shopped up a storm for the wedding. I had a very clear vision for what I wanted the day to look and feel like, relaxed and casual with pops of bright colour for a sense of fun.

We bought different coloured chiffon fabrics for the outdoor area and the hand painted cushion covers from a market in India.We wanted our guests to leave with a little something to remember the day, so we bought all the women gorgeous Pashmina’s from a market too, in an array of bright and vibrant colours.”

Tables were decorated with simple bunches of blooms in pinks and purples by florist Eufloria. Table seating cards were hung from nails nailed into wood panels made by Lisa & Johnny. The newlyweds also made wooden “Girls” and “Boys” signs and their invitations!

Lisa says “We chose not to do a first dance, because all the attention on us as the newly weds was more than enough for us without having all those eyes on us while we tried to do a co-ordinated (or not so co-ordinated) first dance!  We chose to leave out many wedding “traditions” such as the first dance and cutting of the cake (we didn’t even have a cake), so as to keep with our whole idea of a very casual and un-traditional  celebration.

Just one of the highlights of the evening was during the Horahs, which is the traditional Jewish dances of celebration. We decided to add a little something extra by mixing in a song we found – an Indian version of Hava Nagila. We thought it was appropriate because of our time spent in India, and the only people expecting it was us and my brothers. When the music scratched, they threw a bright yellow turban across the dance floor to Johnny, and everyone erupted taking the usually wild Horahs to another level!”

One of Lisa’s favourite memories was the speeches “Both our fathers spoke and then both Bride and Groom spoke too.  It was wonderful to hear what everyone had to say, and all the guests commented on how much they loved the speeches.  To keep with the informal setting, our MC invited everyone to gather around to listen, and people sat on the stairs or on the floor – like it was story time.”

A photobooth will brilliantly coloured fabric backdrop was a hit on the night- the chalkboard where guests wrote their own messages was the clear favourite on the night!

Thank you Lisa & Johnny for sharing your gorgeous wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Amac + Wise Photography for allowing us to share today’s photographs!



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  • alicia larriera @ form over function says:
    July 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Wow dress. Seriously wow dress.

  • Bonnie- Amour Amour says:
    July 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    What a colourful wedding day. The pashmina gift idea is lovely.

  • Alex says:
    July 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    This is one of my favourite weddings I’ve seen on Polka-Dot Bride…love the casual, fun-filled feeling…full of love and lots of colour!

  • Autumn at FavorsBySerendipity says:
    July 29, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Okay, I admit it. I am full-on in love with this couple. They’re just…exquisite. I completely love the everybody-sitting-down picture. I realize they got their inspiration from India, but where did the wedding take place? I really like the venue.


  • Aine Ireland says:
    July 29, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Totally agree, pics are amazing and couply look great. Loke the black and white ones, very clasic.

  • Parthenia says:
    July 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I love her dress. It is unique and beautiful!

  • Lou says:
    July 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I LOVE this dress! Anyone know where can I get it?

    • Polkadot Bride says:
      July 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      Hi Lou,

      Lisa has given me a reply about the dress so this might help more brides seeking it!

      “The dress was from the Lisa Ho Autumn 2009 collection.
      On the website it says its the “beaded petal long dress”.
      It cost $3,500 in store at the time we bought it, and I think it was a size 6 (but a very generous size 6!!).”

  • angel says:
    August 4, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Lisa, are you selling the dress?

  • angel says:
    August 5, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Please, Polkadot Bride, give her my msg. I can’t find the dress anywhere..

  • Caitlin B says:
    August 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Incredible dress! Love all the music.

  • Kelly says:
    November 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Lisa,
    Absolutely gorgeous pics!!
    I am thinking of having my reception at Indiana and keen to get your opinion about the food??!

    Thank you!!!



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