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Claire and Chris

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Claire and Chris

Today’s wedding comes straight from the nation’s capital – Canberra! It takes place at the Canberra Hyatt Hotel and combines all the Australian elements I love – including a barbecue in the garden! Today’s couple Claire and Chris put some very special personal touches on their wedding day and I am so looking forward to sharing them with you!

Claire tells the very sweet story of how the couple met. Chris and I went to school together – but he was too smart for me!  I was going on a gap year in England after I finished year 12 so was not too sure about starting a relationship.  Chris was in England on a soccer tour just after I arrived, and rang his Dad requesting money so that he could stay a few extra weeks with me.   From then on we have been in each others pockets and still are.

Chris proposed after 10 years of being with me. We had had a few tough years, with my mum passing away from Cancer in 2005.  He proposed on my birthday, just as we woke up, in my PJ’s (where I wake up every day).  He wanted to give me some happy memories around that time of year and he has!”

Photos today are by Adori Studios

Claire’s wedding day hair and makeup was styled by Kristen Mitchell of Shoulders Up ( and her gown was from Briony Leigh Bridal. Clare loves DIY and made her own hairpiece. Chris wore a grey suit from Black Tie By Xavier.

Claire and Chris spent their whole wedding day together- including getting ready! Claire made lots of the wedding details herself, including her fan programs and a special tribute to her mother. The pink and green floral details were styled by Poetry in Flowers.

Prior to the ceremony, Claire and Chris had photos taken together around the Hotel in the garden, at Parlour Bar, and in Yarralumla.

Check back this afternoon for the heartfelt ceremony of Claire and Chris!

Photos by Adori Studios

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Pretty As A Picture Frame

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Kiss The Groom from Sasha Souza Events

Empty picture frames are a fun and simple idea for adding pizzazz to your wedding décor.

Find them at outdoor markets, garage sales, vintage shops – it doesn’t matter if they are a little the worse for wear. Collect them in all sorts of finishes and paint them in your chosen colour – all white would look stunning, or all distressed metallic. You might feel that a mix of colours would look good and fit in with your overall design. Leaving them as they are could add to a vintage, casual feel.

Hang them on a wall showcasing the various sizes and patterns of the frames. Use as they are, or tie hand stamped messages with twine onto the frame. Lie them on the tables and use as a frame for miniature pots of flowers or other natural elements for centrepieces.

Photo by Dana Grant via Green Wedding Shoes

Tiny frames could be placed at each setting with the guest’s name,  or a larger one in the middle of the tables could also look elegant. Use to put your menu in, a list of guests sitting at that table or a verse that is special to you.

A larger frame placed on the entrance table with small bags of sweet treats with the names of your guests and their table number attached could double as a favour for your guests.

Photo by Erin Hearts Court via Once Wed

Prop up a particularly pretty frame and arrange a cascading bunch of flowers, or twigs and seed pods behind it. Other elements could be included – such as vintage containers and fruit – think of the Dutch Masters paintings for inspiration.

Splendid Days Boutique Marquee Hire

by | Bride, Reception


Elegant Marquees

One of the greatest joys I have with Polka Dot Bride is getting to know businesses and the talented individual behind them.

Granine first came onto my radar last year with a different business, then she told me about her plans for a brand new exciting venture. The exciting venture launched a few weeks ago, Splendid Days, a boutique marquee and accessory hire company.

Along with business partner Tania, the Splendid Days team have over 10 years of experience in the industry. but more than that, their styling shows a sense of elegance and grace, evident in their attention to detail..

They offer two marquee sizes (the Regent and the Majestic) with chandelier lighting and 6m high canopied ceilings along with gorgeous furniture and beautifully styled interiors (right down to the last candle).

Spelndid Days Marquees


Splendid Days are located in Sydney and service the entire east coast of Australia.

Visit the Splendid Days website to find out more.

Wedding News Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


This post is long overdue! So many exciting events are coming up and so many exciting developments have taken place! I wanted to share them with you.

Pallas Couture are having a sample sale! They’ll be selling off over 100 gowns at their Paddington showroom, some are able to be dyed and others are just plain gorgeous choices for your wedding gown.

The sale will run for four days only from July 29th – August 1st, 2010 and appointments must be made. No walk-ins will be accepted. All gown flaws (if any) will be clearly marked and no alterations will be made. Cash, Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS will be accepted however there will be a 1% charge on all credit purchase with no returns. There will also be a cancellation fee for missed appointments.

To make an appointment please contact Kathryn Prior on 0417 188 836 or

Angela Wilson is holding a New York bridal gala from July 23rd- July 25th in Sydney to showcase the full range of Amsale gowns! This event is the only chance to see the full collection so if you want to attend you must register so you can be allocated a time! There’s a bunch of discounts from selected Sydney vendors if you book too (over $7000 worth of savings).

The ICMS Annual Wedding Expo will be held  at the ICMS in Manly, NSW on Sunday, 2nd of August. Book your tickets here, There will be a fashion show including gowns from Badgley Mischka and Pronuptia Paris plus lots of lovely exhibits.

The lovely Bonnie at Amour Amour has relaunched her blog with a sleek and stylish look! As always Bonnie packs the blog full of snippets of stylish inspiration and is perfect to drink in with your morning cup of tea.

Speaking of relaunches, Kat at Rock N Roll Bride has also added a brand new look to her already funky site! It’s always ozzing with completely fantastic brides who are living up their wedding days their way (with lots of pink hair for good measure)

Our Portobello Jewellery winner has been chosen! Owner Susan has chosen comment number #38! Congratulations Nic! You have won a $300 voucher to spend! I will be in touch shortly with details of your prize!

Finally! Our Shoes of Prey Winner (which was SO HARD to choose!) We went back and forwards on this one, shortlist of 50, shortlist of twenty, shortlist of 10…you get the idea! It came down to two hot contenders but Jodie chose Clare’s shoe as our winner! Congratulations Clare on your winning shoe, we can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle in them! I will be in touch shortly with details of your prize! If you wear Shoes Of Prey on your wedding day let me know,  because i would love to have seen each and every pair made up! Polka Dot Bride readers are so creative!

Any news to add dear readers? Exciting developments?

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