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Royal Wedding Fashion

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Photo by Hugo Burnand via The British Monarchy

What a wedding filled weekend it has been! From the first arrivals to the last goodbye, we were glued to the TV along with millions around the world as we watched the wedding of Catherine and William! As it’s our usual “Fashion Monday” I thought I’d take a look at the style and fashions from the wedding.

Catherine’s Gown…

As Sarah Burton was spotted entering the hotel the evening before the wedding, everyone knew the dress would have something to do with Alexander McQueen and what a beautiful, graceful gown it was! Entirely appropriate for the royal wedding day. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen designed Catherine’s wedding gown using lace applique made by Royal School of Needlework. The gown was made from ivory and white satin gazar along with hand cut French Chantilly and English lace and featured a 2.7 metre train with arches and pleats to add structure. Catherine wore a silk tulle veil along with a Cartier tiara owned by the Queen. Her diamond earrings were a gift from her parents.

Catherine also wore shoes made by the Alexander McQueen team featuring ivory silk and lace.

Images from Glamour, Image 5 via Sacramento Bee & Getty Images

The Evening Reception Gown..

To celebrate through the night, Catherine changed into a more relaxed evening gown with a strapless neckline, also created by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The gown featured an embroidered waistband and Catherine wore a cashmere cream cardigan over the top.

Images from Glamour

The Maid Of Honour…

Stealing the show, Maid of Honour Phillipa Middleton also wore a gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. Made from silk crepe, the lace detailing and buttons echoed the design of Catherine’s gown. Pippa changed to an Emerald Green floor length gown for the evening reception.

Images 1, 2 from Glamour, Image 3 from Vanity Fair

The Flower Girls & Page Boys..

Childrens wear designer Nicki Macfarlane made the gowns for the younger bridesmaids to echo Catherine’s gown. The skirts were box pleated, ballerina length with puff sleeves. Each is under-trimmed with the same lace and button detailing as Catherine’s gown and finished with a champagne gold sash tied in a bow. They wore satin Mary Jane shoes.

The page boys wore outfits reminiscent of the foot guards at the time of the regency. The red coats, detailed with gold were worn with breeches, white stockings and black buckled shoes.

Images via The British Monarchy Flickr

The Guests…

As is English traditional, hats and hair pieces filled the Abbey, from big floral fascinators, to wide brimmed straw creations. The Queen wore a primrose yellow ensemble by Angela Kelly, the Duchess of Cornwall, a champagne ensemble touched with duck egg blue designed by Anna Valentine. Carole Middleton, the mother of the bride wore a soft blue coat dress designed by Catherine Walker.

Images via NY Post


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Vendor Of The Week – White Tulip Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn.. it’s a new week on Polka Dot Bride! I couldn’t let a Monday morning pass by without a nod to one of our hard working, fantastic Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! Our vendors are working so hard producing amazing weddings right now and I know they’re looking forward to working with even more Polka Dot Bride readers in the upcoming months! each week! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out what our amazing vendors are up to!

We all know how much I swoon and gush over beautiful photographs, real moments and candid and this weeks Vendor of The Week White Tulip Photography is all about the “Real”. Based in Western Australia, Amanda Bowler (or Mandy as I know her!) is truly focusing on “wedding photojournalism” and when I mean truly, I think there are a lot who say it and capture a few candid moments, but some? They literally get in there and capture the rawness, the unexpected, the “ugly cry” and all the heart and soul that goes with it.  She comes up with the most beautiful images- I know you’ll agree!

To learn a little more about White Tulip Photography. we asked Mandy five questions in five minutes!

Your favourite after five drink?

Well a nice glass of Margaret River semillion sauvignon doesn’t go astray, but I discovered Long Island Iced Tea a few months ago and have been smitten ever since hehe :)

Favourite weekend getaway?

With two kids, I rarely get away just for the weekend. However, I adore traveling and when I do travel, it is for extended periods of time. My last trip was Italy in 2010 and it was the most incredible trip. Sigh…..

Your favourite restaurant?

Ooooh that’s a hard one! I just love eating out in general but don’t have one particular favourite. I’m a sucker for Thai and Italian 😉

Your typical Sunday morning breakfast?

Ah lazy Sunday mornings with my boys. I make a mean omelette :) :)  Freshly squeezed juice is lovely too – apple, pear and strawberry yummo!

Your favourite wedding story?

I get quite emotional sometimes at weddings. I have this thing of putting myself in people’s shoes and thinking about my family, especially during the ceremony and the speeches at the reception. A recent wedding was very sad and joyful at the same time. The groom’s father was very ill. So ill that they brought the wedding forward by 7 months. During the groom’s speech, he spoke about his dad (who was looking very proud and heartbroken at the same time) and said, “Dad, you will always be a champion in my eyes”. Lucky for autofocus because the tears were welling up and spilling over. The whole room was a mess.

Some people may think that professional wedding photography is expensive, or unnecessary, or overrated but your wedding photos are the one thing that you will always have. It isn’t just about the bride and the groom even, although of course they are the most important people on the day. Family and friends coming together to celebrate – it is a rare occasion these days. Think about the future. The groom will always have images of his father standing proudly in a family portrait with him; he will always have images of his father getting up to speak at the reception, to the loud chanting of the Collingwood team song; he will always have images of his father dancing with his mother.

Most importantly, they will be passed down through the generations. Memories live on.

Visit White Tulip Photography‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! White Tulip Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – She’s Got Her Father’s Eyes

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Tim Harris Photography

Nat and Jez’s Berrima Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


A completely romantic engagement shoot for you this Saturday – rainy, misty and filled with sweetness. Photographer Amanda Thorson tells me the story of the shoot and of Nat and Jez. “Here is how Jeremy proposed to Natalie….such a cute story! We chose Berrima for the location for their engagement shoot for two reasons, 1. It’s a beautiful little town and 2. It’s halfway between Canberra and Sydney (I live in Canberra and they live in Sydney). Because we drove a long way to meet when we arrived and it was raining we just went for it! And good thing we did, the photos turned out great and we had so much fun wandering around the town checking out the shops and sights.

Jez says “The trickiest part of proposing to Natalie was making it a surprise. We had talked about getting married and she was asking me daily when and how I was going to propose. I was a bit lost for how to make it a surprise and we had been arguing about it, so to make up after the fight I decided to take her to a place I had heard of in Helensburgh (about 45 minutes from Sydney) where there is an abandoned train station and tunnel. This may not sound romantic but at night the roof of the tunnel is covered with thousands of glow worms. After seeing this incredible sight and scaring ourselves silly we headed back to the car and things just felt right. I asked Natalie to marry me and she was so shocked she made me repeat the question. I didn’t even have the ring with me but I knew it was the right time and possibly my only opportunity to surprise her.”

Photos by Amanda Thorson Photography

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