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Autumn Splendour Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I was inspired for this board by the spools of thread from Cozy Home Making - so many deeply, hued colours – they reminded me of a beautiful Autumn day. The rich palette continues with touches of gold, rich plums, oranges and greens and even marigold. Plenty of sweet treats like caramel apples, and fairy lights add to the warmth of the event.

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Thread photo from Cozy Home Making, caramel apples from Real Simple, dress photo from BHLDN Launch by 100 Layer Cake,  Hair image by Darling Dexter from Carol Hannah, cake from My Sweet & Saucy, photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation from Bella Figura, floral arrangement from The Big Group

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Photo from Project Innovate Branding your Business With Leila Khalil Photo by Nerida McMurray Styling by Form Over Function

Oh my! What an immensely busy week it has been here at Polka Dot Bride! We’ve had such fun launching the Project Innovate photos and Project Innovate video to the world this week and getting on top of other projects that we’re launching soon! Tonight Mr Polka and I are going out (like real adults!) to celebrate, well…… life together and then we’re thinking of grabbing something delicious at our favourite Thai restaurant. What are your plans for the weekend?

Here’s a peek at what happened on the specialty blogs this week…

On Polka Dot Wisdom, Ms Floral reviews Project Innovate

Also on Polka Dot Wisdom, how does a wedding dress designer end up in London?

Project Innovate- Brand Your Business With Leila Khalil The Video

Seven reasons to consider email wedding invitations also on Polka Dot Wisdom

Our fabulous DIY pro Alicia shares a DIY Wood Veneer Placecard tutorial

The gorgeous Wella got married! Check out her wedding day story on Polka Dot Weddings

How does one turn altered wedding dreams into a beautiful destination celebration? Check out Mel’s tips!

Sarah and Adam’s gorgeous Teal wedding also on Polka Dot Weddings

Want to wear a work of art on your honeymoon? Check out this stunning range of resort wear on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week…

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Culture Bridal Couture has reopened their doors with a beautiful new shop front! Located in Rozelle, the studio is located at 74 Victoria Road. Continuing Lisa’s commitment to one on one service to her brides, the studio is open by appointment only from Wednesdays through to Saturdays. The latest addition to the Culture Bridal family Miss Trixie (the oh so sweet standard schnauzer) is also enjoying the new premises! Visit the website for more information.

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The lovely photographer Marzena Wasilewska (who you might remember from Ebony and Andrew’s wedding here and here) will be available for photography in Sydney between 10 Oct and 14 Dec  2011. Marzena not only does weddings, but engagements, couples families and kidlets. Check out her website to contact her.

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Fiorenza has announced the winner of their “Win Your Dream Fiorenza Wedding Dress” competition. The two winners were announced as Emma Dowell and Luke Van Beekhuizen, and Jessica Wehmeier and Mike Young! Congratulations to the winners!

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New Zealand wedding stationer Ruby & Willow has launched their brand new website. Catering to brides all around the world, the new Ruby & Willow website shows off designer Kate’s splendid work along with the exciting news that she will be offering letterpress goodies before the end of the year!  Check out the website for more.

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Florist Hello Blossoms! sent over this fun video showcasing their work. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a florist make a video before so I did enjoy this snippet of seeing bouquets in another format!

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Henry Roth returns from New York this month and is hitting the ground running with four designer days! If you’d like to have Henry give you personal attention with your wedding gown, be sure to make an appointment to see him!

Sydney -  Saturday July 30.  Vision in White Parramatta For appointments call:  02 9687 2443.
Perth – Wednesday August 3.  Samantha Wynne Bridal For appointments call:  08 9444 9866
Melbourne – Saturday August 20 Maggies of Dandenong For appointments call:  03 9706 7688
Brisbane – Saturday August 27.  Andrea’s Brides & Grooms For appointments call:  07 3283 2993

Check out the Polka Dot Bride wedding events calendar for more fantastic events!

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As no Friday Roundup is complete anymore without a fun video, check out this fun and very sweet proposal video, send your videos to me if you have them – I’m always a sucker for them!


Tia and Eddie’s Picnic Celebration

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


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With the dust barely settled from the marriage of my younger sister Kelly, I find myself flying high in the sunny skies of Sydney heading to New Zealand for the nuptials of my baby sister Tia. We don’t do anything by halves this family, two weddings in almost as many months, boy are we gluttons for punishment!

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The youngest of three girls, my sister Tia or “TT” as we affectionately call her, is the kind of person who sets her sights in life and just goes for it. As a flight attendant she is beautiful, well travelled and intelligent. As my sister she is hilarious, stubborn and the cheekiest girl you’ll ever meet. Our Dad would often laughingly refer to her as his “spirited baby”.

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So when Tia first met Eddie we wondered if he would be the man to rise to the challenge of winning our Miss Independence. It seems that, two years on, he certainly is. The calm to my sister’s storm, Eddie’s quiet confidence and laid back nature have been perfect for Tia. As their relationship has flourished, there is such an air of happiness and contentment about them that is special to see and are what life’s loves are truly about don’t you think?

Tia and Eddie wanted a simple, fuss free celebration and to enjoy a beautiful summers afternoon with the people they love, good food, fresh air and sunshine. So they decided on a picnic celebration at Muriwai Beach in Auckland’s west. These are my diary entries of their beautiful day …

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They marry on a Monday. As I drive our bridal party through the winding roads of Muriwai in an old column change van, beeping and waving to wide eyed passers-by, crunching the gears the whole way and laughing hysterically, the tone of the day is set.

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Tia and Eddie have filled their day with their own special touches. My two gorgeous sons and Eddie’s adorable nephew escort the bridesmaids down the aisle and my handsome nephew and proud mum walk Tia to Eddie who stands beaming under a beautiful bamboo canopy.

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The ceremony is magical, directly on the beach. The waves crash, the sky shines blue and the romantic melody “Always” is whipped around by the wind. The exchange of vows in front of the intimate gathering of family and friends is poignant and simple.

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We are welcomed into the reception by a sway of hips and a flash of pink as Eddie’s cousin performs a traditional Cook Island dance, it is beautiful and heartfelt and tears spring to my eyes. I sit and listen as my brother-in-law MCs us through a joyful and carefree afternoon. A mix of Maori, cook island and European cultures comes together easily and reflects who Tia and Eddie truly are. I clap, I laugh and I cry … and just for a little bit my chest aches as our Dad is lovingly remembered.

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Champagne is flowing and the umu (Cook Island food) is sumptuous, the hard work of loved ones is acknowledged and appreciated, Tia and Eddie’s day, in a word, has been perfect.

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And as the sun sets and the evening cools everyone rallies their tired children and rolls up their picnic blankets. I look to the newly weds and chuckle. My sister dances blissfully around in my aunty’s hat in danger of losing her champagne filled glass at any moment, her new husband watches her adoringly, shaking his head. The look on his face says everything, and for the second time I find myself thinking, kudos to you my baby sis.

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All the other important bits! Tia’s dress by Anna Campbell from La Luna in Cronulla, Eddie and the groomsmen in Country Road, bridesmaid’s dresses bought online, beautiful hair and makeup by Sara Tomlinson, the lovely celebrant Peta Hardley, fantastic photographer Jack of Dream Life Photography, the most delicious wedding cake by The Cake Stall Royal Oak, flowers and decorations by us.

Images courtesy of Dream Life Photography

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Ms Gingham says: “Nothing says cool better than a beach, picnic wedding! The bamboo canopy is so beautiful. Thanks to a very proud sister for sharing Tia and Eddie’s wedding with us!”

Tracy says: I am a busy mum of two small boys who have certainly kept me out of trouble these past few years! And as my two main men tottle off to school I look forward to this new year as a journey of self rediscovery both personally and professionally – bring it on 2011!

Read about Tracy’s other sister Kelly’s wedding here.

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