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Magnificent Magnolias

by | Bride, Flowers, Grooms


nk magnolias Magnificent Magnolias

Photo by NK Photography

Magnolias are such a stunning flower, with their big blooms and vividly coloured leaves.

These very hardy plants produce a delicate looking and fragrant flower that is a delight to the senses when it blooms in the spring.  Encased in furry buds that open to a loose looking flower, the magnolia  bloom is most magnificent when the branches of the tree are still bare and the flowers appear in late winter.

Some blooms are pure white, some are deep pink and white and some, such as the Star Magnolia (Magnolia Stellata )  are tinged with pink when they first open, fading to white. The Star Magnolia has a loose petalled flower, whereas others such as Magnolia x ‘Black Tulip’ bear flowers that are tulip shaped and burgundy in colour.

The most spectacular of these plants is shown in the picture above – Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’. Glossy green leaves with rust coloured suede like undersides are as much a feature of this plant as the beautiful creamy white scented blossoms. Stunning in large floral arrangements, or on its own in a simple bouquet wrapped in rust or green ribbon it will take your breath away. Other Magnolia species look elegant just grouped in large clear vases to show off their bare stems with the surprise of the flowers higher up.
Related to the Magnolia is the Michelia. Similar in looks to the Magnolia, with clear white flower petals around yellow stamens and fresh green leaves, it is also scented. The flower buds are encased in rust coloured coverings, and when the petals drop off there are twigs left with the now darker coloured stamens still attached. Try Michelia yunnanensis ‘Scented Pearl’.

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Marlo Noel Giveaway Winner!

by | Bride, Competitions


blair necklace Marlo Noel Giveaway Winner!

Marlo Noel Blair Necklace

It’s time to announce the winner of our US$75 Marlo Noel competition!

The winner of the US$75 gift voucher is Laura with her comment:

“My favourite piece is the Blair Necklace. If I didn’t know better I’d say it had been made for my inspiration board. I’m getting married in a garden with lots of hydrangeas and agapanthus which would be reflected perfectly in the Green Fluorite, Iolite, White Topaz, Amethyst and Keishi Pearl.”

Congratulations Laura! You have won a gift voucher to spend on anything you want in the Marlo Noel Etsy Store. (Though I suspect you may choose the Blair Necklace above!) I will be in touch shortly!

Don’t forget, Marlo Noel is offering a 20% discount on her designs until for Polka Dot Bride readers for the month of May. Just mention Polka Dot Bride in the “Notes To Seller” section when checking out on Marlo’s Etsy store and Marlo will contact you with a new invoice.

Stay tuned for more great Polka Dot Bride competitions coming up soon!

Allison’s Green & Pink Soiree

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Polka Dot Bride reader Allison has her heart set on the Maggie Sottero Rasharna wedding gown in pink, but she’s already planned her whole wedding around green and wasn’t sure if the pink and green would work. She loves the green Two Birds Bridesmaid gown in green so I put the two together in her green & pink soiree board.

Allison and her fiancee are marrying on his parent’s acreage and planning their own melon cocktails!

greenandpinksoiree Allisons Green & Pink Soiree

Cherry blossom tree photo from The Cherry Blossom Girl via Oh So Beautiful Paper, table setting from Martha Stewart Weddings, Two Birds Bridesmaid dress in apple green, Maggie Sottero Rasharna gown, cake from Brides, bouquet from Brides, melon cocktail from Martha Stewart, Spring In The City invitation from Dizzy Wizzy Design, hair accessory from Ban.Do

Jodie and Tim

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


I always love it when readers take the time to send their weddings in to Polka Dot Bride! Today’s wedding was sent in by bride Jodie. Jodie and Tim weren’t interested in a big wedding, they wanted something casual and low key that reflected their personalities.

Jodie and Tim used an autumnal colour palette to reflect their laid back nature. The ceremony (written entirely by Jodie and Tim and performed by Nettie of Otway Celebrations) started at 4.30pm at Rippleside Park in Geelong. Jodie wore a Mariana Hardwick gown and carried a bouquet by Smellies Flowers.

Photography today is by Paul Jeffers

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Jodie’s wedding day look was styled by Mel Studio, Ocean Grove and Body Bar, Torquay.

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The couple chose Paul Jeffers to take their wedding photographs. Paul was an old BMX friend of Tim’s and suited what the couple wanted in their wedding photos – non traditional and grungy. They made sure to get photos in front of their favourite Geelong pub – The Nash.

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Jodie and Tim met in high school and share a love of snow boarding, music, bike riding and music. Their invitation featured the couple on their bikes, while the cake featured a bicycle cake topper from Layer Cake Shop on Etsy

Immediately after the ceremony, guests headed to Ripples On The Bay for a cocktail reception.

Jodie and Tim had many personal touches that reflected who they are as a couple, they provided a Polaroid cameras for the guests to use, and asked them pin the photos on a pin board – creating a collage at the end of the night. Jodie and Tim put together a playlist painstakingly to reflect their love for music and to get the dance floor pumping.

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After short and simple speeches, the couple danced their first dance to “TIny Dancer” by Elton John

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The wedding guests each left with a native tree that was hand wrapped and tagged with a Polaroid inspired thank you. Jodie and Tim chose to leave the ceremony on something close to their hearts- their bikes! The bikes were adorned with “Just Married” signs.

Thank you Jodie and Tim for sharing your fun, beautiful personalised celebration with Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by  Paul Jeffers (view Paul’s wedding work here)

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