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Nicola and Ralph

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Nicola and Ralph

I have our scheduled wedding coming up later, but wanted to slip in Nicola and Ralph’s wedding day early on this morning!

Nicola was one of our Pink Frosting competition winners we ran back in June. I am always so thrilled when one of our winners gets in touch again with wedding photos!

Nicola and Ralph tied the knot after six years of friendship and laughter at each other’s jokes made them realise they were meant for each other.

Nicola says “I am a huge fan of the show “Bridezilla” and anticipated the day that I could be super diva. In fact much to my disappointment I failed at being a diva; there was no throwing of cakes, demoting of bridesmaids or tears.  It was no fuss – wedding planning is hard as you want to make it. I am originally from Brisbane but for the last few years have migrated to the west side (WA) to study so all planning was done in a very speedy two week Easter holiday back home in QLD.”

Nicola and Ralph’s wedding photos are by Ange Photography and Nicola’s father.

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The ceremony & reception were held at Oceanview Estate Vineyard & Winery. Flowers were by Nicola’s local florist Redcliffe City Florist.

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Posing for Nicola’s father- a self appointed photographer for his daughter’s wedding day. “My dad who has recently decided that he has an inner photographer inside of him – in fact he made us do many poses a la vouge mid ceremony – until mum yelled at him!”

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Horrified with many of the traditional wedding gowns she saw, Nicola bought the first simple gown she tried on with a champagne sash by Lisa Ho. She wore a pair of Lisa Ho earrings given to her by her grandmother many years ago.

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Nocturne Strings played throughout the ceremony, including Pachelbel’s Canon in D as Nicola walked down the aisle.

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Nicola says “My dad being Greek likes a good bargain – and was hoping to use some expired rice he found in the cupboard as confetti but lucky we went with a more traditional route of rose petals prepared by the florist.”

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The table arrangements were made by Nicola’s mother with a selection of flowers from the local florist. Nicola’s father grew lavender and a sprig was placed on each place setting.

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Nicola used her winning voucher to buy noodle boxes and personalised labels for the wedding favors from Pink Frosting. Nicola and her grandmother spent the days before the wedding filling them with chocolates.

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Nicola’s grandmother made a traditional fruit cake which was iced by Also Heaven who also made miniature cupcakes decorated with sugar flowers matching Nicola’s bouquet.

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Nicola says of their first dance “Ralph and I have no groove and both avoid dancing. We did attempt to teach ourselves off You Tube the week before, after many “Expert Village 101 Waltz tutes” we decided we were beyond help and winged it on the day.  I am impressed to report post dance neither of us sustained serious injury.”

Congratulations on your marriage Nicola & Ralph and thank you for sharing your story and photos with us today!

Photos by Ange Photography and Nicola’s father.

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Courtney Khail Stationery

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods

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Courtney recently sent me this gorgeous invitation she created for Australian bride, Sarah.

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Courtney runs her own invitation business Courtney Khail Stationery & Design and fine art stationery.

With an interest in illustration from an early age, Courtney studied scientific illustration at college to combine her love of nature with her passion for art.

Courtney works one on one with each client to discover what matters to them- a flower, a colour, a mood. She then recreates this in a design which she hand paints and stamps, to turn each invitation into a work of art. I particularly loved reading about the process Courtney goes through with each invitation (check that out here)

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Check out the Courtney Khail Stationery & Design website for more.

Freebies From Rose & Ruby

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids

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I am such a fan of the creations of Australian designers Rose & Ruby. Regular readers know I am always eager to see their latest collections and love how they’ve grown into such a beautiful label over the years.

The lovely girls at Rose & Ruby have put together two great offers for Polka Dot Bride readers that you just might enjoy.

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The Rose & Ruby girls have offered to send Polka Dot Bride readers a copy of their gorgeous Summer 2009 “C’est La Vie” catalogue. There’s plenty to go around!

The CD contains all of their new summer range with plenty of delicious images and comes with a sweet postcard for your inspiration board too. The CD contains photos from the shoot, sketches of every dress and colour/fabric samples.

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The CD is available for Australians only but if you’re overseas, the girls will happily email you their PDF lookbook (I know it’s no CD but there are still pretty pictures!(

To get your free CD or PDF lookbook email your name and address to win@polkadotbride.com.au

I have another Rose & Ruby offer for you next week! In the meantime, check out their website for more.

Bridal Market Week NYC

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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Last week was Bridal Market Week in New York and while from Australia we had to make do with pictures, what brilliant pictures they were! I can’t possibly share all of the gowns that I loved, but here are more than a few (I have no doubt it will keep me going on what has become couture Mondays for quite a while!)

There was so much beautiful texture in the gowns this year- ruffles and layers and feathers, oh my! (and who was that person that predicted the return of gloves?)

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Claire Pettibone, Kenneth Pool

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Ines di Santo, Ines di Santo

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Angel Sanchez, Oscar De La Renta

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Amsale, Amsale

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Platinum for Priscilla of Boston, Jewel

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Monique Lhuillier, Monique Lhuillier

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Amsale, Amsale

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Melissa Sweet, Melissa Sweet

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Kenneth Pool, Christos

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Christos, Platinum for Priscilla of Boston

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Romona Keveza,  Romona Keveza

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Christos, Platinum for Priscilla of Boston

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The Brides Twitter feed is a great way of catching the sneak peeks of the collections (you can check that out here) and the Martha Stewart Weddings blog has a ton of great pictures as well here.

All photos from Brides

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