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Farewell Oscar De La Renta

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It was sad this week, to hear the news of designer Oscar De La Renta passing. As someone who was inspired greatly by his beautiful gowns, I wanted to create a little post today that shared some of my favourites, along with some of the words he shared about fashion and life.

Oscar De La Renta was born in the Dominian Republic in 1932, his love of art and fashion began with studying painting in Spain where he realised his love of fashion. He spent much time working with ready to wear and couture designers Cristóbal Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Antonio del Castillo. He began his own ready to wear label in 1963. Bridal wear soon followed along with homewares, fragrance, jewellery  and even shoes.

His iconic, beautiful gowns have always made a statement when they’ve graced the red carpet (who can forget the Oscar De La Renta frock Carrie wore while eating french fries in Paris?). The feminine detail and  the sophisticated glamour always winning red carpet favourites.

The label will live on through the brand’s creative director Peter Copping, but I will miss the wisdom and grace of Oscar De La Renta himself. What a legacy and a piece of beauty he has left the world.

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“There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.”

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“My designs are known for their beautiful ornamentation, details, fabrics, and embroideries – which are never more important than on a wedding dress.”

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“Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”

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“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.”

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“Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.”

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“My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best.”

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“Style begins by looking good naked. It’s a discipline. And if you don’t dress well every day, you lose the habit. It’s not about what you wear, but about how you live your life.”

Images from Oscar De La Renta, Backstage images by Nina Garcia via Oscar De La Renta

Thao and Vanessa’s Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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The very next day after our 1950s styled vintage wedding. Yes, in the morning. At 9am.

The traditional Vietnamese wedding  ceremony was held at my husband’s family home, and was simple, beautiful and very emotional. My amazing father-in-law may be a former South Vietnamese soldier who survived 5 years in a Viet Cong prison camp (which he escaped!), but he wept as he welcomed me to the family. Needless to say, Thao and I started crying like babies!

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The ceremony consisted of traditional Vietnamese rituals. The bride and groom offer members of the family wine in exchange for gifts and well wishes. The most sentimental gift came from my mother-in-law, who presented me with diamond earrings we picked out together in Vietnam four years earlier.

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This is Vietnamese tradition, and it was amazing to be part of it. The whole day was organised by Thao’s family, and they did an amazing job. The dress I wore was chosen by my mother-in-law, and custom made in Vietnam. The design was inspired by her own wedding dress, which means so much me.

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After the ceremony we feasted on suckling pig and rice noodles (as is tradition).

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The Sunday reception was held at City West Receptions.

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The decor was simple and understated in style, pretty much the opposite of my incredible wedding cake which was definitely the biggest surprise of the night!

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I’m not sure how many brides have an actual functioning water fountain on their cake, but I did and I loved how absolutely crazy it was! Apparently this cake was quite tame by Vietnamese standards, according to my husband (who’s been to his fair share of Vietnamese weddings).

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At the end of it all we were absolutely exhausted, but blissfully happy, and amazed how we managed to pull it all off. With love and help from our family and friends, of course.

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Photography by  Dominique Felicity Chapman | Sam Hughes

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Ms Gingham says: Oh what an amazingly emotional ceremony. Vanessa what a lucky bride you are! Two weddings in 2 days!

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Dominique Felicity Chapman | Sam Hughes from 1950s Vintage Wedding In Perth

Happy Friday Dotties! What a busy week it has been at Polka Dot HQ. With weddings on my mind (we have a few coming up so soon!) holidays on our minds and Christmas (!) just around the corner the week has certainly has had it’s twists and turns. I’m looking forward to a warm and sunny weekend and even a few little fun outings (Are you following along with our adventures on Instagram?)

So as we do every Friday morning, let’s catch up on the posts and news of the week.

 This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.

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1. Thao and Vanessa’s Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


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1.What Would They Know? Melissa Kuti of Oak & Linden 2. Planning your Wedding Car Hire – Part 2

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement. 

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1. Etsy Roundup ~ Gold Hair Combs 2. Tuesday Type - Garden

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

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1.  Five Soul Changing Experiences At Eco Beach Broome 2. Real Destination Wedding – Kathleen and James’ New York Destination Wedding

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1. Groom Fashion Watch – Wooden Bow Ties From Two Guys Bow Ties

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EPICURE Catering will be launching their brand new venue- the refurbished Hawthorn Arts Centre this weekend on Sunday 26th of October from 11am to 1pm at an exciting showcase event! The venue, located at 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn is a stunning venue that blends contemporary design with art deco details. Enjoy a glass of bubbles as you enjoy the beautifully restored venue which can hold up to 300 guests, including the stunning Chandelier Room which can hold 90 guests.

Bookings are essential so call 03 9290 9400 or Christie.Knox@epicure.com.au

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Australian online gown store Runway Dream is offering Polka Dot Bride readers an exclusive discount! Whether you want to hire that special occasion dress, or purchase it for your very own Runway Dream offers dresses from some of your favourite labels- including Grace & Hart, Nicola Finetti, Talulah, LIFEwithBIRD and Lucid!

To receive 20% discount on any purchase, just use the code POLKADOTBRIDE20 upon checkout! This offer expires on the 17th of November 2014.

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The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in collaboration with the Double Bay Wedding Collective and wedding partners are hosting their first ever Double Bay wedding showcase! To be held in the grand ballroom of the hotel on Sunday 2nd of November from 10:00am – 1:00pm and 1.30pm – 4:00pm the showcase will be filled with talented local vendors – including florists, bridal wear, photographers and even hair and makeup! Plus you’ll go into the draw to win a huge array of prizes!

Tickets are free and can be booked online through their ticket website.

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To finish off your week, this week’s film comes from the talented duo of Humdrum Films! It poured with rain on the couple’s wedding day but somehow, just as it always does, things worked out and became even more atmospheric and magical and Humdrum were there to capture it all!

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