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Bethany and Guillermo

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Bethany and Guillermo

I am thrilled about the two weddings we have for you today – both incredibly different and both full of beautiful, love filled details! This morning’s wedding  of Bethany and Guillermo comes all the way from the USA! It’s filled with the most beautiful shade of apple green, an art gallery and green shoes. The perfect way to kick off a Wednesday!

Photographs are by Jen Huang Photography.


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Bethany wore a lace gown from Monique Lhullier and carried a green and white bouquet of green chrysanthemum. Bethany’s bridesmaids wore green satin gowns which matched Bethany’s green wedding shoes from BP Platinum at Nordstrom.


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Bethany and Guillermo met before the ceremony before rain forced them inside.

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Bethany and Guillermo held their ceremony and reception at the MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and Porches Inn.



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Marrying in an art gallery meant there were some amazing backdrops for photographs!



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Mezze Catering did a brilliant job feeding guests at the reception. Shades of apple green topped the cake, the table linens and even featured in grasses decorating the tables.






Congratulations Bethany and Guillermo on your beautiful wedding and marriage! Thank you to Jen Huang Photography for sharing her splendid work with us again today!

Photos by Jen Huang Photography

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Tanika and Ashton

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Tanika and Ashton

Good afternoon Tuesday! I love Tuesdays! I love THIS Tuesday most of all with a delightful backyard wedding from Michelle Fiona Photography. Michelle sent today’s celebration of Tanika and Ashton over with the most glorious details!

Ashton proposed to Tanika while walking along their favourite beach, Ashton has magically put a message in a bottle which Tanika bent down to pick up from the water – at that moment, Ashton got down on one knee and proposed! Ashton has never revealed how he got the message in the bottle to show up at the perfect moment!

Ashton proposed to Tanika during a romantic walk along their favourite beach. A bottle came up out of the waves, bobbing against the rocks and Tanika reached down to pick it up. In it, was  a message of love from Ash, and before she had finished reading it, he was down on one knee proposing! He will never reveal how he got the bottle to wash up at the exact time, and there have been many theories, from trained dolphins to friends underwater in snorkelling gear. Whatever way it happened, who cares! It was so romantic… and got the desired result!!


Tanika’s father tended the garden before the wedding day. Fences were lined with little arrangements including cinnamon sticks and cherry blossom stems.


Tanika and Ashton married on Tanika’s family property outside Jamberoo in New South Wales, Hundreds of white daisies were bought from the florist and piled into white cans that lined the aisle- these later moved indoors for the reception.


Tanika wore a lace gown from Cheboom Bridal.





Ashton wore a charcoal suit from Man To Man with a lilac shirt. His tie was handmade by local dressmaker, Tanya Rodgers.


The ceremony started outside as the heavens open, the 280 guests ran to the marquee to finish the vows. Always Flowers created Tanika’s pale yellow and white daisy,white tiger lilies and yellow geranium bouquet.








The red mustang was not only a touch of colour on their stormy wedding day but was a surprise organised by Ashton for their wedding photos!




Tanika’s bridesmaids wore off-white v-neck gowns while her stepsisters (acting as flower girls) wore ballerina style gowns and carried a single rose down the aisle.





The reception was filled with paper lanterns, tissue paper flowers and tea light candles, Centrepieces were brown paper packages tied up with string, old glasses jars filled with flowers, old china saucers, vintage earrings, glass ornaments, vintage stamp and letters, lace, twine and shells collected from the couple’s trips together.





The couple’s three tier wedding caramel mud cake from Michel’s Patisserie was topped with “love birds” Tanika found at a bargain shop and made outfits for them with fabric she found in her mother’s stash. Tanika and Ashton made fabric pouches filled with sparklers for their guests and included a letter to their guests filled with lovely words and fun things to do during the reception. For each guest, Tanika and Ashton filled a bottle with sand from the beach where Ashton proposed. The letter in their pouch explained the meaning behind the bottle and asked the guests to add to “sand of love” with their own stories or romance!

Congratulations on your marriage Tanika and Ashton! Thankful for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Michelle of Michelle Fiona Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous photographs with us!

Photos by Michelle Fiona Photography.

Shoes Of Prey Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Polka Dot Bride Interesting fact #345: Posts about shoes get the most comments!

Here at Polka Dot Bride, we all agree that this has got to be our favourite online shoe store Shoes Of Prey. We were pretty excited when we discovered the wonder of this website back in October last year.

We were even more excited when they introduced some divine Italian silks in April- perfect for brides! Forget about buying the shoes that everyone else buys for your wedding day – you can design your own! Choose from a variety of leathers, styles, colours and finishes and be as ‘way out’ or conservative as you choose. This is your chance to put your own special stamp on your wedding day shoes!

In addition to designing something unique for your wedding day, your bridesmaid’s can all design a shoe in the same colour but come up with their own take on the design, and choose their own heel heights. So they’ll each be comfortable and feel fantastic!




Shoes of Prey is giving one lucky bride (or bridesmaid!) a $375 gift voucher to spend in their online design studio! The voucher covers their most expensive shoe (the ankle boot) and shipping (Check out their FAQs for European, US, UK, Australian and Japanese sizing).

To win a $375 gift certificate to design your own shoes at Shoes of Prey:

1. Design your dream pair of bride or bridesmaid shoes at Shoes of Prey.

2. Save your design and post the URL in the comments section of this blog post, telling us why you think your shoes make the perfect bridal or bridesmaid shoes.

The winner will be chosen by Ms Polka and Jodie Fox from Shoes of Prey and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and must be redeemed 18 months from the date of the winner announcement. Automated entries will not be accepted. This competition is open worldwide. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 30th June 2010 at 5.00 p.m (Australian time)

Hanna Touma

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


We’re going international with a Lebanese designer today for you! I spotted Hanna Touma’s work on the Wedding Inspirasi blog and was so inspired by the different, unusual gowns he created that I wanted to showcase hiswork on Polka Dot Bride today!

Such beautiful vivid colours, a dazzling array of beading and detail, over the top but perfectly executed!

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Photos from Hanna Touma

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