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Holly and Phillip

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Holly & Phillip

Hello Canada! We have a stunning wedding from Abbotsford, British Columbia today! There’s something completely moody but beautiful about today’s wedding.

The couple won their photography through a competition! Their photographer explains, “We met the the couple in a bit of a unique fashion. Prior to Christmas of last year, we hosted a Twitter contest where the winning couple would win their wedding photography. The contest was an absolute success as we had about 100 entries. Holly and Phillip were our winners though, and that’s how we met them!

The way a couple entered was they had to Tweet a specific message on Twitter that we assigned. They could have friends Tweet on their behalf as well, which would increase the couples chances of winning.”

Today’s photos are by Nordica Photography who have captured so much through their slightly abstract photographs which convey the mood of the wedding without too many details.

Holly wore a gown from Champagne and Lace. She carried white calla lilies from Blooms and Beyond.

The photographer adds “The detail that stuck out in our eyes was the preparation that went into this wedding. It was very apparent that the bride had fine tuned every single detail of the wedding from the clothing to the venue to the food. There was no rock unturned, and that all added up to a very, very beautiful and well thought wedding.”

Phillip wore a suit from Everything But The Groom.

Holly and Phillip held their reception at the Best Western Regency Inn.

Cranes were a theme throughout the dinner. The bride is of Japanese heritage, and there were many (well, more like thousands) of handmade cranes around their table. The couple used a photo matte around an engagement photo as a guestbook.

A cupcake wedding cake was made by Patti Cakes.

The photographers recounted a funny story from the evening, “When the dancing got underway at the wedding and the dance floor was still fairly empty, the bride’s son (about 5 or 6 years old) and the groom’s niece (no more then 3) were acting like kids do and having a great time playing.

However, the young boy decided ‘running at full sprint’ was a new form of dancing and he was darting everywhere. The girl followed suit, of course.

They ran into one another at 110% full steam so hard, we thought for sure they would have concussions and be wheeled away to the hospital. Think of two New Zealand All-Black rugby players running the length of a field straight at one another and bam!”

Thank you to Holly and Phillip for allowing us to share their wedding day! Thank you also to Nordica Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Nordica Photography

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New York Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2011

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


While we’ve been wondering whether Spring is, last weekend the bridal fashion elite gathered in new York City for bridal market for the Spring 2011 season!

I’m not one to really cover trends (I just prefer beautiful things) but there were some stand out themes from last week, so now, let me indulge you with lots of and lots of gorgeous photos (From, though check out Aisledash & Martha Stewart for more fantastic coverage!)


There’s nothing prettier than pink and this year’s market had plenty of soft pink gowns.

Ines Di Santo, Jenny Lee

Romona Keveza Claire Pettibone

Vera Wang, Romona Keveza

Floral Accents

Spring blooms made their way onto wedding gowns this season- waistbands, skirts and even entire gowns were covered with appliqued blooms.

Amsale, Christos

Jenny Lee, Claire Pettibone

JLM Couture, Anne Barge

Anne Barge, Platinum Priscilla of Boston

Anne Barge, Jenny Lee


Hello waists! There’s nothing like that classic ballgown silhouette to really show off your waist plus there’s something so utterly bridal about a beautiful full skirt!

Henry Roth & Michelle Roth, Anne Barge

Platinum by Priscilla of Boston, St Pucci

New Jewel by Priscilla of Boston, Reem Acra

Amsale, St Pucci

Black waistbands

Something that has been around for awhile now is the black waistband and it still popped up during bridal week! It suits an evening wedding so well and adds such a glam touch.

Blush by JLM Couture, Anne Barge

Rivini, Vera Wang


Short wedding gowns don’t look to be going out of style anytime soon! Really though, who can blame brides for loving short gowns? A sassy pair of heels and you’re good to go!

Henry Roth, Romona Keveza

Amsale, Rivini

Amsale, Marchesa

Ines Di Santo, Kevan hall

Angel Sanchez, Amsale

Simone Cavalli, Romona Keveza

One Shoulder

The appearance of the one shouldered gown is a nice alternative to strapless It has a sense of elegance about it, with the strap often becoming a feature of the gown.

Vera Wang, Rivini

Marchesa, Rivini

Romona Keveza, Simone Carvalli

Interesting Fabrics

Whether it’s using a fine polka dot (thank you Christos!), crochet (interesting move at Henry Roth & Michelle Roth), seersucker, a vivid colour or working the fabric so it looks like you’re walking with a cloud, this years designers chose some really interesting and beautiful fabrics for their collections!

Christos, Henry Roth

Angel Sanchez, Christos

St Pucci, Ines Di Santo

Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa

Amsale, Romona Keveza

Phew! What were your favourite bridal market looks?

Photos from Brides

Vendor Of The Week – Funkified

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! It’s the start of another week! We’re inching ever closer to November too- how did that happen? I can’t remember much of the past few months! I can however remember we’ve been full of amazing weddings!) Let’s kick off our Monday with our normal tradition of showcasing a randomly selected vendor from Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our little directory keeps growing and growing full of wonderful vendors who are eager to work with Polka Dot Bride readers (and from all reports you’re an imaginative, stylish bunch!).

So do have a look through our vendors, they keep the lights burning here at Polka Dot Bride and we couldn’t do it without them!

This week’s vendor of the week are Funkified. Based in Sydney, Funkified represent all kinds of entertainment for your wedding – from the beautiful string quartet as you walk down the aisle to the pianist that plays during cocktail hour and the band that keeps your dancing until the next morning. They have so many acts to choose from, I’m pretty confident they’ll have the one you’ve dreamt of!

Booking a wedding with Funkified includes an on site manager, sound and lighting, a complete sound check and even a dedicated wedding consultant so you get that professional touch when it comes to getting your guests on the dance floor!

To learn a little more about Funkified,we asked Caitlin five questions in five minutes! What is your favourite after five drink? Definitely a glass of red or a little creatures pale ale (it depends who you talk to!) Your favourite weekend getaway? The Hunter Valley – to recuperate supply of after five drinks! Favourite restaurant? Group – Ichi Ban Tepanyaki in Sydney Romantic – Sailor’s Thai in Sydney What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning? Depending on how many jobs going out that day, anything from an Up-and-Go to cheese on toast! If it’s a rare Sunday off, definitely an eggs benedict. Your favourite wedding story? We recently had a couple book a full 10-piece covers band (The Usual Suspects) for their wedding, so that that the complete horn section could enter their reception along with bridal party, performing a live rendition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight’. It turned out that all the groomsmen were ex-gymnasts, and they proceeded to back-flip into the room, which was highly impressive until the best man nearly ended up in the drum-kit! Visit Funkified’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Funkified is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Everyone Nose

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


I love this gorgeous photo of Nicole with her pageboy before she marries her groom Patrick (see more here) by Lachlan Burrell.

Photo by Lachlan Burrell

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