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Creative Colour – Antique Rose

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration




A soft but deep rose colour reminiscent of damask, velvets and gentler times.

Combine with off white, pearl grey and accents of charcoal

– With shades of soft to mid pinks

– With grey blues and magnolia

– With chartreuse and olive green

– With garnet red and charcoal grey

– With champagne, pale antique rose, and off white

– With a very pale lilac and pearl grey

– With mercury glass, pewter, burnished gold

– With moss green and burnished gold

– With sage green, pale antique rose and magnolia

– Rings of rose gold, pink diamonds or platinum with champagne coloured diamonds

– Lilies in white, or deep red, white flowers of every hue and variety, hellebores, black grapes and dark red speckled vine leaves, privet berries, vine tendrils, white or chartreuse orchids, green or cream berries, roses, peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, dried hydrangeas, twigs

– Macaroons, pink cocktails, pink champagne, pink iced lamingtons and berry thick shakes before the guests leave, pink coconut ice, pink sugared biscuits, foil wrapped chocolates

– A dessert table featuring just cakes of your favourite flavours, all iced in white and each featuring the antique rose coloured flowers in your bouquet

– Sugared fruit in silver bowls alongside mercury glass candlesticks or tea light holders

– Beading, fringing, velvets, ornate headpieces, feathers, old velvet dusted flowers and leaves – incorporate as part of your embellishments on tables, in amongst flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnierres

– Old bottles of all shapes and sizes, old preserving jars or old floral teacups filled with flowers set on plain coloured tablecloths with vintage fabric napkins,

– For sparkling inspiration look at Martha Stewart’s ‘Weddings that Sparkle’ on line or in the magazine (In the Stars), issue Winter 2010

– Ornate silver or gold edged mirrors used to write table numbers or guests places on, laid flat on tables to reflect candlelight from rose and buff coloured candles, and flowers
– Moss used in centrepieces, rusted urns, moss letters tied with rose ribbon

– Make a ‘vintage’ table using bell jars in a variety of sizes. Gather all manner of old things that are sentimental to you and your families and fill the bell jars with your own pieces of history. On the wall behind the table hang as many sepia coloured photos of your older relatives’ weddings as you can find – framed in old frames


Cones from Martha Stewart Weddings,  Millinery rose from Antique Victorian Home Collection, Invitation from Ceci New York, Rose pink earrings from SavannahParker on Etsy

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Betty and John – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


I love outdoor weddings! This one is just simply beautiful! Sitting under the starry night, dancing under the starry night! How romantic! The Stonehouse at Temecula Creek Inn provided some stunning backdrops for the couples photographs.




Betty’s bridesmaids wore scarlet red gowns from The Dessy Group.


Chairs were set up around the fire pit- a popular location as the night got colder!


Creative Touch Linens provided chairs and linens for the guests at Betty and John’s outdoor reception.



Photos of loved ones decorated the book shelves. Jodee’s Bakery created a three tier cake topped with a bird topper and a groom’s football field cake.


A cookies and milk bar was set up (via Betty’s sisters boyfriend who works for JJ Snackfoods) to allow guests to graze while celebrating.



Of their first dance, Betty says “We did a Triple Step Swing to ‘You Are The Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne”



A faux photo booth with props allowed for guests to get creative!


The night ended with John and his friends setup Rockdance (the video game) for an impromptu jam.

Thank you to Betty and John for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us today! Congratulations! Thank you also to Bliss Wedding Studio for submitting such a gorgeous day!

Photos by Bliss Wedding Studio.

Betty and John

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Betty and John

I thought we could do with a change of scenery today with a gorgeous garden wedding all the way from California! I love seeing weddings from all over the world and this one had too many beautiful details to pass up!

Betty and John met through a mutual friend at college (although their story is much better than I can retell today!) They dated for two years until they had to part ways. Their long distance relationship didn’t work and the pair ended up parting ways. Eight years later, John received a job offer in LA, the couple reconnected and the rest is history! And John proposed in the park where the couple had their first kiss.

Photos today are by Bliss Wedding Studio


Betty and John married and celebrated at the Temecula Creek Inn in California.


Betty’s beautiful gown was from Claire Pettibone with earrings and a bracelet made by HannahMade on Etsy . John wore a suit from Friar Tux and all the guys wore John Varvatos vintage style Converse! Betty says “Everyone in the bridal party and other family members helped to set up all the tables and put out table signs and favors. I don’t know exactly what went on since I was in my room getting ready and having hair/make-up done—but it sounds like it got a little stressful trying to get everything put out in time. I heard there was yelling and running around, but you’d never know because truly everything was perfect. People always say that there’s at least one thing that goes wrong, but I can’t think of one…it was perfect!”



Betty carried a bouquet of soft pink roses created by Spring Flowers & Events.



Betty and John made many of the wedding touches themselves- the flower girl basket, flower petal cones, welcome baskets, favor trims, table name signs, wedding sign, kids’ table and favors, bathroom baskets and the finishing touches to their invitations. The ring pillow was made by Llubav.




Betty walked down the aisle to “Here, There & Everywhere” by The Beatles. Betty says one of her favourite moments was “Seeing our two families with such different backgrounds come together and become one family.”






Check back this afternoon for Betty and John’s gorgeous outdoor reception!

Photos by Bliss Wedding Studio

Win A Wedding Coordination Package With Girl Friday Weddings

by | Bride, Competitions


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Sydney wedding planners Girl Friday Weddings started their business as wedding planners and personal assistants for “the busy bride”. By designing their packages to be ‘not all or nothing’, the team allows you to work the way you want to work, allowing them to confirm last minute details, run errands or simply plan your whole event from start to finish.

Girl Friday Weddings are giving one couple a half-day wedding coordination package valued at $595.

The package is designed for couples who just need a little extra help managing everything on their wedding day.
It includes
– One consultation prior to your wedding to run through checklists, timelines and identify any last minute jobs
– 5 consecutive hours of management & coordination on the day
– A run sheet/timeline for your wedding day distributed to bridal party members and wedding vendors
– Contact for all your wedding vendors to confirm details and responsibilities.
– One event manager for your day

To win your own half day wedding planning package from Girl Friday Weddings, simply leave a comment on this post answering the following questions.

1. Had you considered hiring a wedding planner to help you just for the day of your wedding?
2. How much would you expect to pay a planner to help you confirm your vendors and coordinate the entire day?
3. Other than white or ivory, what would your next colour choice be for your wedding day and why?

The winner will be chosen by the Girl Fridays Wedding team 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. Wedding Day Coordination package is subject to availability and may be substituted for a planning package of the same value.This competition is open worldwide, but winners must be based in the Sydney metropolitan area or pay travel, accommodation and related expenses or may be exchanged for a planning package to the same value where work can be completed remotely. 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 Friday 4th of June at 5.00 p.m (Australian time).

This competition is now closed.

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