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Snapshot Sunday – Moments Of Truth

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


I love this photo of Anita and her father before she marries Travis (see more here). It’s that moment of anticipations, of nerves, of “Well dad, here I am! I’m getting married!”

Photo by Samm Blake

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Meagan and Sean Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Meagan & Sean

One thing I love about the internet is that I get to travel anywhere – virtually but hey, beggars can’t be choosers! Won’t you join me in traveling to New Orleans today? Today we’re sharing the engagement of Meagan and Sean which was shot in new Orleans (a land of music, colour and life that I so desperately want to visit!). There are cowboy boots, impromptu dancing and a couple so very much in love!

Today’s photos are by Birdsong Photography.

Photos by Birdsong Photography

Creative Colour – Slate Blue

by | Bride, Creative Colour


This beautiful elegant colour has a grey base and lends a soft, yet crisp look to your wedding colour scheme.

Combine with ivory and champagne

–       With apricot and ivory

–       With darker peach, magnolia and pearl grey

–       With mid pink, blush pink and ivory

–       With grey-ish lavender and pewter

–       With ivory, magnolia and cream

–       With pewter, pearl grey and white

–       With navy, magnolia and pearl grey

–       With pale slate blue, silver and touches of indigo

–       With milk chocolate and ivory

–       With taupe, dusty pink and magnolia

–       With sweet peas, hydrangeas, daisies, peonies, roses in creams, white, apricots or pinks, grey gum leaves, gardenias, lilacs, anemones, dusty miller, lamb’s ears, dried or fresh lavender

–       Armfuls of a single flower such as sweet peas or white anemones, slate blue linen, organza over cloths in ivory, embroidered in  slate blue,  napkins, sparkling silver edged glasses, silver candelabra, slate blue and ivory candles, ivory crockery

–       Pewter and silver filigree in brooches, shoe clips, printed on invitations

–       Capiz shell in garlands, ‘chandeliers’ , dishes, mother of pearl, crystals

–       Think Wedgewood and their ivory silhouettes on slate blue – that effect could be used on invitations and other paper items, cake decoration, in white chocolate as part of a dessert, printed on placemats or napkins

–       Pearlised paper items printed with your monogram in slate blue

–       Cream or ivory crockery with ornate crimped or lace-like edges, cutwork cream cloths over slate blue under cloth, slate blue or cream cutwork napkins, echo the cutwork design in your cake embellishment, off white peonies in cream china bowls, add a touch of silver in napkin tie embellishments, candelabras

–       Use slate blue as the basis of a different take on a nautical theme. Add fabrics in taupe, peach, navy and ivory stripes. Bunting, paper flags, twine, white wooden furniture, ship’s lanterns, clear glass bowls filled to the brim with ivory and peach coloured shells and starfish. Add in a few silver shells for elegance. Serve small bites in flat pearly abalone shells, set on serving platters.

–       The bride in a transparent pale slate blue over ivory with pink crystal and pearl embellishment, the bridesmaids in darker slate blue with a touch of the bride’s dress embellishment carrying white anemones, purple privet berry, dusty miller and pink rose bouquets, the guys in mid grey suits, slate blue ties, pink rose boutonnieres.

Cake from Cake Occasions, Chanel dress via SoloLisa, Meadow Letterpress invitation from Bella Figura, Sergio Rossi suede heels from Beso

Mother Polka’s Musings – Confidential Confidences

by | Bride, Mother Polka's Musings


It’s time for another round from the wise, much loved, creator of the best chicken soup in the world, mother of a polka dot, long time married Mother Polka Dot! You can read previous musings from Mother Polka by clicking here.

Over the years at girls’ gossip sessions and coffee mornings, I have listened with silent horror at the confidences imparted by some women about their partners. I’d more often than not, figuratively put my fingers in my ears and hum ‘la-la-la’ so as not to hear. And then there was the small problem of seeing ‘he, who was gossiped about’, and pretending not to feel ever so slightly uncomfortable!

Early on in our relationship I resolved that I would try my ‘darndest’ to be my husband’s best friend. That to me meant unfailing loyalty, not divulging things that had been told to me in confidence, or private matters – no matter how ‘un-burdening’ the prospect may have been to let slip a little tidbit.  I wanted to create an atmosphere where he felt he could tell me anything and not have his confidence betrayed. I may not have agreed with him, and some things have made me really angry. At times I wished I could have screamed. And I had no hesitation in telling him so.

But everyone needs to feel that someone is there for them and will accept them no matter what. And sometimes, to be honest, what he said or did, and my lack of acceptance of it, was really my problem!

When growing up, we looked to our parents, a loving grandparent or aunt perhaps to provide that special safe zone – where we could tell them anything and we would be loved and accepted anyway. As teenagers we were left reeling when someone we called a special friend betrayed us and seemingly made light of our confidences.

What is so different when we are married or in a committed relationship? Are we not hoping that our partner is our ‘safe place’? Should we not honour our partner in the same way?

When times get tough, it will be the talking and listening to each other that will get you through. Set the pattern for a good talking relationship early on. Be each other’s best friend and confidant. But honour this responsibility your partner has given to you by listening and accepting, and above all not betraying his confidences to anyone – not even your mother or your mates!

Confidences given to you, are a gift that are an honour to receive. Your power comes from holding them close to you and treasuring the fact that someone thought you important and trustworthy enough to divulge a piece of themselves to you. It is more powerful to’ know’ than to ‘divulge’.

By telling other people, you have not only given away your own power, but that of the person who confided in you. Would you then want to tell you a secret?

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