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The main purpose of our wonderful Wisdom blog is to provide a special space where our extensive list of wedding vendor experts from our Polka Dot Directory can share their hard earned knowledge on all things weddings. When we say all things, we mean all the things! From jewellery wisdom, speech writing tips, what cake is right for your personalities to behind the scenes access to experts, and even how you can involve your dog in your wedding.

Here’s a look back at the Polka Dot Wisdom posts you couldn’t get enough of in 2017!

Image of Sophie and Sean’s Christmas Hills wedding by Corey Wright Photography

Top 10 Tips for an Effortless Outdoor Wedding

“We’ve done many a fine dining menu in a powerless shed with no running water, and while logistically it’s tricky, an outdoor wedding under the stars is something we love to help create.” – Your Private Chef.

Image by Studio Impressions Photography

Top 10 Tips for Including Dogs in Weddings

“If your dog is a very special part of your family, and you simply adore the idea of including them in your wedding ceremony, Jamie and I, the dog-loving duo at Brisbane City Celebrants, have put together our Top 10 tips to ensure everything goes ‘pawfectly’ for your dog-friendly ceremony.”

What Would They Know? Janet Hogan of Villa Botanica and Botanica Weddings

Villa Botanica is a beautiful home surrounded by magnificent gardens, rivalled only by the equally magnificent view of the Coral Sea – the colours shining like only these tropical jewels can.

Images by Miss Ladybird Cakes

“Probably the most common thing I hear at the end of my bridal meetings is ‘Well, that wasn’t hard at all’ which has always made wonder why brides think it would be hard? I mean it’s cake…if anything it should be super easy!” – Gina of Miss Ladybird CakesImage by Popcorn Photography via Alicia and Mark’s Romantic Vineyard Wedding

Engagement Ring History and Customs Around the World

“Most people who live in a Western culture simply know that the engagement ring almost always goes on the fourth finger of the left hand. But do you know why?” – Pascale Helyar-Moray, Founder and Director of StyleRocks.

Image by Veri Photography via Ashlee and Kate’s Heartfelt Yarra Valley Wedding

Mother of the Bride Speech Tips

“The mother of the bride (or groom) speech is one my favourite speeches to help out with, but it’s also one of the hardest.” – Lynda of Silvertongue Speeches.

Images by Wendy B Photography

Wedding Ceremony Misconceptions Unveiled

To put your mind at ease and get your wedding planning off to a great start, the Brisbane City Celebrants duo have lifted the veil on the most common misconceptions they encounter when it comes to the logistics of wedding ceremonies and marriage paperwork.

Images  by Jasmine FraserGeorgia Bourke Photography and Ashley Gasperino

Behind the Door With… Jasmine Fraser

“A sparkly engagement ring often marks the beginning of a couple’s journey toward married bliss, and this week on ‘Behind The Door With’ I’m thrilled to be meeting a designer of such sparkly things, Jasmine Fraser.”

Image by Angela Gallo

Wedding Food Trends 2017

We asked one of our favourite caterers, Your Private Chef, to share the yummy wedding food trends that everyone is eating up in 2017.

What Would they Know? Michael Bird and Tye Dunn of Native Weddings

Take two down to earth guys who serendipitously meet when making a film. Move forward to today and you have Michael and Tye who together create the magic that is Native Weddings.

Joanne and Joshua’s Brisbane Powerhouse wedding was both heartfelt and beautiful. The love these two share lit up the room and the vows they shared reflected their love for each other perfectly; unique, genuine and heart-warming! The happy couple have kindly allowed us to share their beautiful wedding vows and photos from their special day with you, enjoy!

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Joanne’s Vows to Joshua

I always thought that great loves were the ones that turned my world upside down.

The kind that give me butterflies. The ones so full of drama and heated frenzy.

Then along came you, Joshua.

When my heart went to you, I knew that this was different. And it wasn’t because my stomach was doing flips, but more so because it was settled.

It wasn’t because of the thrill of the chase, it was because I didn’t have to chase at all.

Suddenly all of the drama, the anxiety, the complications that I once associated with love were all gone. And what was left was you and me. Nothing more. And life was suddenly still. And it was perfect.
Joshua. I promise that it will always be you and me.

I promise to always try to fight a laugh when you’re being an idiot and I also promise to always cave, and laugh anyway.

I promise to always apologise after being the most unreasonable person in the world, albeit the apology might not come straight away.

I promise to always make inappropriate jokes at your expense, and then spend the next 15 minutes convincing you they are funny!

I promise to always push you harder to achieve everything you want in this life, and everything I know you are capable of.

I promise that I will always throw us into the deep end to provide the motivation and drive that we need to reach every one of our goals and fulfil our dreams.
But above all else, I promise to continue giving you all of my heart and soul until our very last breath. I love you completely.

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Joshua’s Vows to Joanne

My beautiful Joanne

Life always meant for us to be together but the timing was never right, till that day I asked you to come meet me at the speedway that night in January.

I knew the first time I saw you, way before we actually met in person that night, that our lives were meant to join and that I just had to know you.

Turns out that we already had met and known each other, many times before, but fates hand felt the time was not right for us to be together.

I am so happy that you also felt that fate had meant for us to find one another.

We have had so many great experiences in our life together thus far, and faced challenges and struggles, that have not only made our love for each other grow so much more, but also made us into better versions of ourselves.

And I can not wait to see what new experiences and adventures await us in the future.

My love for you grows more and more each day.

I love how beautiful you are.

At times I can’t take my eyes off you, and for every time you catch me looking at you there are three times you don’t!

I love how passionate you are about everything, whether it be animals or the people you love.

I love that you love me, and that you are my rock and my queen, and will always push and inspire me to be the best person I can be.

I love everything about you.
Most of all I love you.

From this day forward
I promise to make you as happy as you make me.

I promise to always support your dreams and grant you any wishes you have.

I promise to always look after you, and try my best to make you feel better when you are sick, even if this includes rubbing your belly or back for long periods of time.

I promise to always laugh at the jokes you make at my expense…eventually.
I promise to always try and make you smile and laugh every day, and apologise quickly if I am angry and make you sad.
Most of all I promise to give you all my love and respect for the rest of our lives.
I love you.

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“Jamie was our celebrant for our Brisbane Powerhouse wedding. He made the entire process effortless! Everything was just taken care of and was never a hassle.

He was brilliant on the day and managed to jump out of the way in time for the big shot – the first kiss! Thanks for everything Jamie and Brisbane City Celebrants.” – Joanne and Joshua.

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For more from this beautiful day, view the wedding day highlights video here:

Ms Zigzag says: Their vows are so deeply loving and heartfelt. I have a feeling that these two are just perfect for each other and have a long road full of happiness ahead. I hope these vows inspire other engaged couples who need a little help in writing their own vows. Honest and from the heart does the trick! 

About Brisbane City Celebrants: Brisbane’s most highly recommended Marriage Celebrant duo specialising in modern, simple, meaningful, sweet, happy weddings. With a choice of an experienced and passionate female or male celebrant, our couples describe us as warm, friendly and calming. You can find Brisbane City Celebrants on the Polka Dot Bride directory here.

Photographer: Evernew Studio / Ceremony Officiant: Brisbane City Celebrants / Wedding Planner: Main Event Weddings / Flowers: Aspley Florists / Entertainment: Brett Whitmore

Saz and Kristy’s Tahiti Wedding in Paradise

Postcard-perfect with bright blue oceans, turquoise lagoons, and pristine white sandy beaches, The Islands of Tahiti offer the most magical setting imaginable for your special day.

WA couple Saz and Kristy spent the best day of their lives on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, just a stone’s throw from Moorea.

Their fairytale ceremony took place exactly 12 months after their engagement, and after 6 years together.

When considering where to tie the knot, the couple longed to be in a paradise that not only looked beautiful but also had an undeniable magic – and nowhere compared to The Islands of Tahiti.

Fully embracing the magic of *Mana found throughout Tahiti, Saz and Kristy chose to travel to The Islands of Tahiti alone, combining a very intimate wedding ceremony and their honeymoon in one trip.

Seeking assistance from a local wedding planner, wedOTahiti helped them find the perfect destination for their perfect wedding. The wedding planner organised everything for the couple from the ceremony, flowers, hair and make up, to transport. All Saz and Kristy needed to do was bring their wedding outfits and rings – and to remember their vows!

The couple’s enchanting ceremony took place on a tiny island just off Moorea. Scattered with flower petals and no one else in sight, Saz and Kristy made their promises in the most beautiful of surrounds.

The newlyweds then spent the afternoon relaxing on the deck of their overwater bungalow at the Moorea Sofitel with champagne before a private dinner on the beach at the edge of the lagoon in the evening. After an exquisite meal, the head chef created a pineapple brûlée dessert – a highlight for the newly married couple.

Reflecting on their wedding Saz said, “The Tahitian people have the kindest smiles, and the first languages of French adds the perfect romantic touch to your wedding stay. The islands are rich with culture and it was a truly magical place to marry the love of my life.”

*Mana is a Tahitian term and is the concept of magic within people, animals and inanimate object.

Ms Zigzag says: It sounds like the perfect day in paradise for Saz and Kristy, with nothing to focus on but each other and enjoying paradise – and that pineapple brûlée, yum! 

About Tahiti Tourisme: Tahiti Tourisme oversees all marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions, events and travel trade programs globally. With the primary mission of increasing visitor arrivals to The Islands of Tahiti, this economic interest group is composed of a local team working with 14 representative offices worldwide to reach 18 international markets.

Cinematographer: Flying World Pictures