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Claire Pettibone with Trumpet & Horn Jewellery – The Diamond Collection

by | Bride


T&H Claire Pettibone | Sawyer Baird 2015 (125 of 125)

When a bridal designer who often brings the “oohs” and “aahs” the minute her collection steps out on the runway collaborates with a jeweler to bring to life a collection of engagement rings, there is no doubt it’s going to be pretty special.  Claire Pettibone, together with Trumpet & Horn has brought to life an exquisite collection of wedding and engagement rings.

As Claire’s love and passion is all things vintage, it makes sense that her jewellery collection would follow in these footsteps. Those intricate embroideries, softly coloured hues, silk roses and delicate laces have all been reinterpreted into jeweled rings, the vintage inspired pieces crafted as a symbol of devotion.

With feminine and delicate touches, the rings carry all the beauty of Claire’s bridal gowns with the unexpected touches. Beautiful opals, coloured sapphires and classic diamonds are arranged in settings of white, yellow and rose gold, each of which carry the feminine, delicate Claire Pettibone aesthetic.

Even the packaging of the ring has been thought out, each packaged in a velvet ring box with a note from Claire herself, noting “The story of a marriage begins with this ring. May it become her most treasured heirloom, for the history that you share, the love that it inspires, and for the many chapters that you will write together.

The Claire Pettibone Trumpet & Horn Collection launches October 8th and ships worldwide via the website.


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T&H Claire Pettibone | Sawyer Baird 2015 (92 of 125)

T&H Claire Pettibone | Sawyer Baird 2015 (15 of 125)

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T&H Claire Pettibone | Sawyer Baird 2015 (37 of 125)

T&H Claire Pettibone | Sawyer Baird 2015 (38 of 125)

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Tropical Island Honeymoon – Pangkor Laut Resort

by | Blog News, Bride


Back in February, Mr Polka and I were lucky enough to take a whirlwind trip around Malaysia and our trip review of the most amazing island resort- Pangkor Laut has just gone up on Expedia for you to read.

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Emerald Bay Pangkor Laut

Emerald Bay Pangkor Laut

Pangkor Laut Spa Village Private Pool

Pangkor Laut Spa Village Pool

I said in my review over on Expedia that what charmed me most about Pangkor Laut were the romantic surprises. On our first night, we were a little overcome by humidity and had a last minute change to our dinner reservation. What awaited us, was this.

Pangkor Laut Private Dinner

If you thought that was pretty good for a romantic dinner, then our dinner on night number two almost put it to shame. That glorious Emerald Bay? All to ourselves, with one waiter and a chef staying on that side of the island just to serve up a Malaysian inspired feast as the fiery sun left the sky.

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Pangkor Laut Sunset Photo

It was only the tip of the iceberg of what the resort has to offer, and only a small taste of the magic of the island of Pangkor Laut.

Pop on over to Expedia’s blog to read more about our Pangkor Laut stay (including my room picks and adventure recommendations!).

Mr Polka and I traveled to Malaysia as guests of Expedia and YTL Hotels. We had the most amazing week exploring the country and I can’t wait to share more with you over the coming months!.


Sarah & Josh’s Chic Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Wedding photo by Corey Sleap.

Sarah & Josh

Sarah and Josh wanted a raw and organic feel to their chic country wedding, a wedding that had a stylish, but relaxed atmosphere. They chose a country venue that started life as a tobacco shed before turning into the most beautiful space for their I do’s. Sarah and Josh chose Corey Sleap to capture their wedding and we’re lucky enough to have a few extra pretty photos of the styled details thanks to Katie Hillary.

Sarah tells the story of how they met. “We grew up in the same small town but never actually knew each other until we met one long weekend through mutual friends.”

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Sarah chose Sarina Crowcher to make her gown, she remembers, “My dress was handmade by Sarina Cowcher from The Big Day Bridal in Darwin. I tried on lots of dresses in Melbourne and Sydney but couldn’t find ‘the one’ I wasn’t even sure about what I wanted. I went to Sarina with some pictures and ideas in my head of what I thought I might like. Sarina was amazing and very accommodating. I was able to design the dress as we progressed with the fittings to suit my style. The sleeves were a last minute idea added prior to the final fitting.”

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Father seeing bride for first time

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Sarah’s bridesmaids wore pale grey and white gowns from George.

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Sarah tells, “Josh handmade the arrows we hung outside to direct people to our ceremony. It gave Josh a good excuse to buy a power saw which he was happy about!”

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Sarah and Josh held their wedding festivities at Remel 185 . Sarah tells, “We had our ceremony and reception at the same location – this was very important to us, as we wanted our guests to relax and enjoy the day and not have to worry about moving around too much. The venue is an old tobacco shed on the owner’s property that has been converted into a function centre. The owners are a lovely family willing to go over and above to accommodate your every need. All the food is home made by the owners, which gave the atmosphere a very homely feel.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Sarah chose, “Sunflower Man – The Waifs. Josh and I have very different tastes in music but we both like Australian storytelling artists so this was a song we both really like and have listened to a lot together over the years. I remember Josh looking so nervous and trying not to cry as I walked down the aisle and through the ceremony I will never forget that look as he is always so relaxed and never gets too worried about anything. He said he really loved my dress and it was nothing like what he had imagined it to be which meant a lot as I really wanted him to love it.”

Groomm in navy suit with white shirt

Bride walking with father

Flowergirl with bride

Sarah notes, “I loved having my beautiful niece as flower girl she is so funny and made the day extra special.”

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Country Victoria Wedding

Emily from Feast Of Love styled the ceremony along with floral arrangements by Brooke Whelan of Flourish. Sarah notes, “On picturing my wedding day I always imagined walking down the aisle and standing under the arbor. Emily from Feast of Love and Brooke from Flourish did an amazing job organizing and making the arbor with the floral detail.”

Exchnaging wedding rings

Remel 185 Wedding ceremony

Bruce Kilpatrick officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We really wanted the ceremony to reflect who we are and to act as a celebration for our close friends and family as well as for us. Prior to the wedding our celebrant asked us both to write our own versions of the story of how we met. We weren’t allowed to read each other’s versions or help each other writing the story. On the day the celebrant told our guests the stories he had received from us – it gave a really personal and quite humorous feel to the ceremony that we really appreciated. My cousin who we are both close to gave a reading titled ‘Love one another’.”

First kiss at country wedding

Bridal party at country wedding

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Of their photographer, Sarah remarks, “Our photographer was Corey Sleap. He is Melbourne based but made the effort to travel the 2 and a half hour journey to the country to capture our day. I came across his work in a bridal magazine and loved it straight away. He describes himself as someone who doesn’t like taking staged or posing photos, which really appealed to us as we are not comfortable with that either.

He didn’t need us to spend a lot of time away from our guests taking photos; that was important to us as it meant we could spend more time with our friends and family enjoying the day. He captured the atmosphere of the wedding so accurately and all our guests commented on how natural the photos looked.”

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Australian native wedding bouquet

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Groom at country wedding

Bride in vineyard

Groo kissing brides next

Long table at country wedding

Sarah and Josh worked with Feast Of Love to plan and style their wedding, Sarah explaining, “Emily arranged, coordinated and setup all the styling for our ceremony and reception. We live in Darwin, so far away from our venue and didn’t know how we would be able to plan and style the day from so far away. Emily understood perfectly the style and atmosphere we wanted to create on the day and was amazing at coordinating and sourcing everything we needed so we didn’t have to worry about any of that. Best of all she setup the venue for us so we had maximum time to spend with our family and relax leading up to the big day.”

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Luarna Duncan from Little Robin Cake Studio created a three tier white cake decorated with native blooms.

Country shed wedding reception

Navy napkin at wedding with olive leaf

Floral display at country wedding

Newlyweds entering country wedding

Country wedding venue

Sarah tells, “Our good friend who agreed to be our MC did such a great job and surprised us with some games that all our guests really enjoyed.”

Toasting bride and groom

Dancing at country wedding

Of their first dance, Sarah remembers, “We were both pretty reluctant about doing a first dance. We tossed around the idea of getting lessons from a friend who is a dancer but decided against it. We eventually chose a song called ‘Making memories’ by a country singer Luke O’Shea who Josh really likes and we have met a number of times. The song is very relaxed and we wanted it to really signify the end of the formalities for the evening and for everyone to start dancing and enjoy the night.”

Spinning at country wedding

Cutting caughter with little girl

Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Josh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Corey Sleap and Emily of Feast Of Love for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Corey Sleap / Photographer (Styling): Katie Hillary / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Feast Of Love / Bride’s Dress: Sarina Crowcher / Bridal Salon: The Big Day Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Robert Robert / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groom's Shoes: Airflex / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: George / Bridesmaid Accessories: Beechworth Gold Pearls / Hairstylist: Anna Jenkin from Hair Construction, Beechworth / Makeup Artist: Serenity Skin Nail & Body / Flowers: Brooke Whelan - Flourish Beechworth / Invitations: Westendgirlstudio via Etsy / Placecards & Banners: Willo Creative in Collaboration With Feast Of Love / Venue: Remel 185 / Ceremony Hire Items: Feast Of Love / Ceremony Hire Items: Hakea / Ceremony Officiant: Bruce Kilpatrick / Reception Hire Items: Feast Of Love / Reception Hire Items: Gather Vintage Hire / Reception Hire Items: Hakea / Reception Musician: Luke Dewing / Cake Baker: Luarna Duncan from Little Robin Cake Studio / Wedding Ring (Bride): Creative Jewellers / Wedding Ring (Groom): Goldmark

Truvelle Bridal 2016 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Truvelle Bridal

With whimsical femininity in spades, The Truvelle bridal 2016 collection has beautiful distinct details combined with unusual fabrics and cuts to create timeless, yet so very Truvelle gowns for the modern bride to be.

In the past, a signature of designer Gaby Bayona has been the warm tones, like shimmering rose golds that she uses. The 2016 collection brings to life a cooler colour palette with silvers, oyster and smokey  greys and iridescent tones.

Fabrics like hand beaded laces are paired with jacquard skirts, chiffon skirts with long tailed bows, steel grey sequins, feminine double straps and lace detailing all combine to create beautiful gowns of sophisticated femininity.

Truvelle gowns are available to buy via their website or from their Australian stockists Through The White Door and Love Marie.

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Dress Design & Creative Direction: Truvelle / Photographer: Blush Wedding Photography / Hair & Makeup: The Artistry Collective / Model: Britt of Rad Kids // PUSH Mgmt. / Book Design: Studio Faculty
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