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Snapshot Sunday – A Moment So Sweet

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Perspective Eye

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Nicole and Daniel’s Malibu Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Nicole and Daniel

Krashing Motions Photography in California sent over this sunny beach side engagement shoot which seems just the ticket to share at the height of what is hopefully a sunny Saturday wherever you are in the world! Malibu always reminds me of Summer- richly hued pastel colours, the sunshine and the wind in one’s hair! This is the engagement of Nicole and Daniel.

Photos by Krashing Motions Photography

Creative Colour – Sweet Apricot

by | Bride, Creative Colour


This gorgeous vibrant colour is perfect all year round  – think roses, sunsets and sunrises, and the inside of a shell.

Combine with black and white

–       With charcoal grey and magnolia

–       With soft apricot and pale grey

–       With bronze brown and touches of coral orange

–       With fern green and touches of milk chocolate

–       With duck egg blue, touches of slate blue and magnolia

–       With ice blue and vintage apricot

–       With different shades of white and ivory

–       With pale coffee and cream

–       With rust or copper colours and light coffee

–       With lots of ivory and touches of soft creamy yellow

–       With magnolia and touches of palest lilac, with tiny touches of milk chocolate

–       With pale apricot, spring green and ivory

–       Think of bronze, silver or pewter metallics to add sparkle

–       Dark wooden furniture, stone fireplaces, bluestone buildings, coffee coloured faux fur capelets over sweet apricot dresses, apricot candles in darker and lighter hues, copper containers, coffee coloured table runners with apricot beading, sweet apricot crockery or napkins

–       Autumn berries and leaves, in dark basket ware, pine cones and seed pods, lichen covered branches in wooden troughs, rust coloured tableware, burlap tablecloths, a few little faux apricot coloured berries tucked in amongst the real ones, apricot candles in bronze candlesticks

–       White tableware, transparent chairs, milk glass containers, white lanterns, a lily pond and fountain, a lush country garden setting with roses, ferns, ivy, moss covered urns, apricot and white ribbons of different lengths and widths fluttering from leafy trees

–       Intricate lace edging, apricot beading, filigree perhaps embellished with crystals, old embroidered linen, organza with embroidery or beading, old glass bottles, creamy or blue sea glass

–       Afternoon tea – cucumber sandwiches, petite fours, macarons, scones, jam and cream, cupcakes and Darjeeling and Earl Grey tea served in silver teapots on silver trays and flower sprigged cups and saucers

–       An gently elegant picnic with food served on beautiful china, vintage floral cloths piped in sweet apricot, Adirondack chairs, waiters serving food and drinks, the bridal party transported in vintage cars, the bride in a cream lace dress carrying a bouquet of apricot roses, rowing boats bobbing on a lake beside a wooden pontoon – think the Great Gatsby

–       Turn the tables, and think of a sweet apricot wedding dress – especially if you have auburn hair. Dress your bridesmaids in magnolia with apricot shoes and beaded catch (mens’ suits in black), pale grey with apricot touches such as flowers in their hair and sash (mens’ suits in dark pewter grey) or a very pale eau de nil green with apricot and spring green bouquets (with mens’ suits in pale grey)

–       Apricot roses,  apricot grevilleas, parrot tulips, Columbines, honeysuckle, dahlias, ivory daffodils with apricot centres, leucadendrons, lilies, pale grey or purple/brown leaves, fresh green fern fronds

Candles from Martha Stewart Weddings, Matthew Williamson gown from Net A Porter, Orchid Petal Earrings with Apricot Vein by Evershine925, Cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s been another week of beautiful weddings, long sunshine filled days and plenty of inspiration. Which means it’s time for our Friday Roundup! A big thank you for your patience with closed comments, things not looking the way they should and little glitches over the past week while we moved to a brand spanking new server!

Firstly though, I want to send a big thank you to everyone who supported out QLD Flood Relief Print Sale with Switchcities– we raised over $1500 and lots of people will have beautiful artwork to hang on their walls! A lot of gratitude today for Scotty and the photographers who donated prints and time for the cause! If you missed out, I have a few more opportunities to help out in today’s roundup for photographers and readers!

Around the Polka Dot Specialty blogs this week..

Wedding planner Victoria from The Little White Wedding Company shares her expert tips on selecting the perfect vendors on Polka Dot Wisdom

Our Sydney writer Ms Floral gave great advice on giving a good speech over on Polka Dot Groom

Alicia created some cute jam labels as a free download on Polka Dot Made

Our Handmade Weddings giveaway closes at 5pm today on Polka Dot Made

Is Deco your style? Jennifer shared her beautiful art deco wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Don’t forget you can sign up to be a contributor by registering for a personalised collection and filling out our contributor application! We’d love to have you!

Brisbane photographer Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions has come up with two ways to aid Brisbane flood relief. Marcus lives in Brisbane himself and although his studio has been spared, many of his friends, family & clients have been affected.

First up is the print sale. Marcus Bell is selling ten of his amazing fine art prints with all proceeds going to flood relief. Each 24 inch print is printed to the highest quality 300GSM Archival cotton paper. Each is signed by Marcus and is an original award winning photographic work. The prints are $950 each (plus postage and are unframed). The prints represent a saving of 50 to 75% off the normal edition prints. All proceeds from the print sales will go to the Flood relief appeal. Visit his blog to see the prints on sale.

Photographers! This one is for you! Marcus is donating 20% of all photographer resources sales throughout January and February to the QLD Flood Relief Fund. This includes DVDs, textures actions and the five ‘Instant Effect’ presets Marcus has just released. Visit the blog to purchase yours.

Photographer James Day has come up with another QLD Flood Relief Aid, this time a little different! “The Moment Movement” aims to recreate the lost photographs of the QLD flood victims by recruiting photographers from around the country to help replace old memories, recapture old events and restore damaged photographs. To get involved as a photographer or as a beneficiary, visit The Moment Movement website.

It’s that time of year again! Yes Letterpress masters Bella Figura have released their brand new collection along with updated wedding trendsetter favourites- including mine! Each set of trendsetter favourites are available to purchase for with 100% of the proceeds donated to environmental causes near and dear to the hearts of Bella Figura. Visit the Bella Figura website to see the new collection here or visit the Polka Dot Bride picks here.

Here’s a sneak peek of my favourites

The talented lady behind Brooklit (and the gorgeous drawing you see in the top right hand corner of the blog!) Brooke Hagel has launched a brand new Etsy store dedicated to her bridal drawings- BrooklitBride offers a range of fashion style bride prints but Brooke can also be commissioned for custom bridal illustrations- so one of you in your wedding gown in a high fashion style illustration could soon be gracing your walls! Check our BrooklitBride here.

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