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Creative Colour – Glimmer Gold

by | Bride, Creative Colour


Gold – so luxurious and well – rich looking! It can either be glittery and sparkly, or as we prefer it – seen in a soft sheen, a small detail – just ‘there’ if you look at the overall picture.

Combine with cerise pink and dark chocolate

– With old Antique Rose and Olive Green or Milk Chocolate

– With cream, champagne and ivory

– With other metallics – pinky bronze, or silver or copper

– With black and white

– With Deep Iris and touches of Royal Purple and Sage Green

– With dusty pink, and faded olive green

– With Soft Apricot and Spring Green

– With darker colours such as dark olive, or midnight blue or dark wine red – great for a winter wedding to add a sumptuous look

– With Slate Blue and touches of orange

– With rust and apricot

– With Duck Egg Blue and tiny touches of Bronze

– Try finding glassware and crockery edged in gold – such as wine glasses, ivory plates with gold edging, or Turkish tea glasses

– Cream invitations edged in gold, letterpress in gold on coloured card, embossed card in a subtle gold with chocolate, dark red, navy or olive script

– Table runners over champagne, taupe or cream cloths in a sheer dull gold fabric embellished with beading or embroidery

– Delicate gold filigree jewellery for the bride and maids, gold fob watches for the men, tie clips, cufflinks

– A plain tablecloth, upon which you place china settings in your chosen colour – in plain, floral, edged etc all with some gold detailing included in the pattern, gold handled cutlery, napkins in your tablecloth colour, clear plain glass ware

– Voluptuous arrangements of flowers and leaves set low on the tables with gold taper candles scattered in amongst the flowers

– Even in a rustic setting you can use touches of gold to reflect the shimmer of candlelight – try burlap tablecloths, brown linen napkins, stone ware dinner settings in beige and cream, stone floor, wooden chairs, touches of orange in a few berries in the rustic arrangements, gold squat candles, gold edged platters, or dull gold charger plates

– Think the colours of peacock feathers – use this as inspiration for your wedding palette

– Edible gold leaf on your dessert

– Marzipan fruit or salted caramel macarons dusted in edible gold lustre for your favours

– The bride’s dress could be champagne coloured with subtle gold beading at the neckline, in a belt, or as a patterned ‘catch’ near the hip

– Match the boys ties and pocket squares to the bride’s dress

Boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, Cambria Cove glasses via Brides, Ciarla bridesmaid gown via Brides, Champagne cocktails from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Grub for Brooke and Ulick’s Polka Dot Wedding

Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! I’m so glad it’s Friday (though truth be told I hope I am sitting on a beach fairly soon!) It’s quiet on the news front this week but I do have some goodies to share!

We’ve had lots of fun talk on the Polka Dot specialty blogs this week (subscribe to all our blogs at once in your feedreader by using this link or hit the subscribe tab on each individual blog to subscribe to each feed!)

A glance into life as a bridal designer with an expert interview on Wendy Makin on Polka Dot Wisdom

Also on Wisdom, behind the scenes of the Karen Willis Holmes Silver Shoot

Shae and Eugenio share their peacock themed wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Brook and Ulick’s Polka Dot Theme wedding (so sweet!)

Lyndall is going to be sharing so much more about her wedding day soon but first? On Polka Dot Weddings she shares all the “befores”

Alicia shares the sweetest DIY project in the third of her projects for our DIY specialty blog Polka Dot Made!

Feather and Stone? They traveled to Argentina and wrote the most beautiful travel tales on Polka Dot Honeymoons for us!

Don’t forget, we’re always open to new story ideas and new contributors on our specialty blogs! Register for a personalised collection and fill out our contributor application and we’ll be in touch with more information! We’d love to have you! have launched evites for Hen’s parties! Adding to their range of products for hen’s parties, Sucheta has created evites which provide online RSVP tracking, the ability to personalise invitations and send online and a large range of designs. Check out the website for more information.

I love a beautiful tea set, having tea is something of a ritual in my day- I love this modern take on the classic tea set style from Nick Munro available from Royal Selangor in Melbourne’s Block Arcade or online through the Royal Selangor website.  Nick Munro hails from England and fuses design traditions from both Eastern and Western cultures. This latest design is inspired by the Song period. Wouldn’t it be a lovely wedding gift?

Did you see the beautiful Kathryn of Snippet & Ink finally shared her wedding photos? I was in tears at her wedding video and she looks like a royal princess in her wedding photos (which were featured on Martha Stewart this week!) Congratulations Kathryn & Ryan! Check out Kathryn’s blog for more!

The Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) held their NSW awards night last weekend Ryan Schembri took out photographer of the year and wedding photographer of the year while Jackie Chan won wedding album of the year and Graham Monro the portrait album! Congratulations to the winners! View the full list of winners here. In the ACT AIPP awards (also held this week) Dan O’Day took out the wedding category. Check the AIPP ACT blog for more!

Now it’s your turn! Tell me your news dear readers!

Sarah and Grant’s Elegant Sydney Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sarah and Grant

Intimate weddings are ones I never ever get sick of – they’re relaxed, they’re incredibly beautiful and when you see a guest’s smile, you know that they’re extra special to the bride and groom. It’s like being part of a secret, being let in on something really special. Today’s bride and groom are Sarah and Grant who held their own intimate wedding in Sydney – it was beautiful, filled with their favourite things- from beautiful blooms, stunning gowns to cheese (Dear Sarah and Grant, I love cheese too, can I have a piece of your cake?)

Sarah explains how she and Grant met. “We kept bumping into each other at various work functions. The clincher was at a Melbourne Cup event, Grant winked at me from across the room. He was wearing a suit and completed his look with his Grandad’s hat.”

Photos today are by Michelle Fiona Photography. I love the relaxed, candid nature of Michelle’s work. Limited posing, but lots of happy smiles – easy smiles and easy, sweet moments.

The flower girl was the only member of the bridal party. Sarah says “We kept our wedding small and intimate. We didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen. Our niece (barely walking!) played the part of flower girl just beautifully. She wore an apricot ballet tutu and ballet flats from Bloch.

Sarah wore an asymmetrical gown from Lisa Ho with a glittering sash from Alannah Hill, and her mother’s pearl bracelet and classic drop earrings from Georg Jensen. She says “I bought the first dress I tried on. I knew it was right when Mum burst into tears.” She paired it with ballet flats from Parisian Ballets “Being quite tall, I chose flats for the wedding day. I guess I’ve always dreamt of princess lace ballet flats for my wedding day.”

Sarah and Grant held their ceremony and reception at Banjo Patterson Cottage Restaurant. Sarah says “We wanted a venue and setting that had historical significance but wasn’t stuffy or opulent.”

One of Sarah’s favourite memories was having the little ones involved. “It was lovely to see our friends’ kids get excited about the day. Walking down the aisle with the kids blowing bubbles was a special moment.” Sarah walked down the aisle to “Your Love Is King” by Sade.

Sarah and Grant were married by Coral Kortlepel “The most important thing to us was our Mums liking Coral. They did! Coral was warm, professional and considerate.”

Sarah’s stunning bouquet was styled by Penny at Flowers on Norton St.” She pulled together our dream flowers. Who would have ever thought lotus pods, blushing brides, ranunculus and hydrangeas could look so marvelous together. Being a Kiwi, the groom chose s sprig of New Zealand native tea tree for his button hole.”

The groom wore a classic dark grey suit from Ermenegildo Zegna.

In lieu of a sweet wedding cake, Sarah and Grant had a “cheese” cake. Sarah recalls “The cake was probably the most photographed item of the day. Our guests are still talking about it.  A friend sourced the cheeses and pulled together our amazing tower of cheese! It was decorated with dried apples, berries and figs. We had a dessert option for those with a sweet tooth.”

Following photographs, Sarah and Grant continued celebrating with their guests at Banjo Patterson Cottage Restaurant. “We had a lunchtime, cocktail reception. The delicious food kept coming and so many of our guests commented on the wonderful, friendly service.”

Sarah and Grant had simple invitations made by Papers Of Distinction” I’ve always loved my parent’s simple, elegant ‘letter style’ wedding invitation from more than 35 years ago. We recreated their invitation in conjunction with Papers of Distinction. We opted for a simple ivory stock with a torn edge. We used a traditional red fleur de lis wax seal to complete the traditional invitation look.  They made the favors for their guests too. “We filled small brown paper bags with Baci chocolates. Bacio, meaning ‘kiss’ in Italian had special meaning to us as we had traveled together to the European Chocolate Festival in Perugia, the home of Baci chocolate.  The bags were tied with jute string and stamped. The stamp read ‘may we share a lifetime of kisses’.

Congratulations Sarah and Grant! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Michelle Fiona Photography for sharing today’s imagery!

Photos by Michelle Fiona Photography

Australian Carnival Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Carnivals, or shows as we call them in Australia are such a mark of fun, of childhood. I still remember going to the show as a tiny tot – with my dad sometimes on the rides that almost made him puke and me giggle. So when I received this brightly coloured fun inspiration shoot from Lea at Willow Tree Creative I knew it was right for today.

Ryan Jorgensen and Stephanie Rodriguez were up for the challenge and acted as the bride and groom for the 50’s style carnival inspiration shoot which took place at Aussie World.

Lea tells of her inspiration behind today’s shoot. “The idea for the carnival shoot actually started off as an idea for a 1940’s/1950’s circus themed shoot. It just so happened that the circus was in town and they were going to allow us to shoot there but there were too many restrictions on the times etc, so I changed the idea after approaching Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast in QLD and them giving us permission to shoot there.

I basically started with my colour board and worked from there. I knew that I wanted a very classic 50’s look with a little bit of a twist and popping colour! I love classic fashion and beauty and really wanted it to reflect in this shoot. I also wanted that popping colour to show up on camera.  I had Sashay Bridal on board to use one of their dresses and when we took our model for a fitting I was hoping for a 50’s shorter hemmed dress but as soon as I saw the vintage lace full length dress I just knew that it would work.

The brooch bouquet was a last minute addition to our shoot. Bella from Design Me Vintage, literally emailed me a week before our shoot, introducing herself and her art to me which I instantly fell in love with. I asked her if she would custom make a bouquet for the shoot and gave her the colours she needed to work with and you can see the end result was just amazing.

I collaborated with Jodi from Big Dream Photography on the shoot and co-directed with her on the day. She did an amazing job shooting on the day as the conditions weren’t favourable being very hot and humid and in between rain showers. She has also edited the photos beautifully. And of course yours truly, Willow Tree Creative Services developed and styled the shoot and was creative co-director on the day.”

“For the groom I really wanted a carnival character look hence the braces and white button down shirt without the jacket. Both our make-up artist Rebecca Kate Make Up Artistry and hairstylist Libby from Be Liberated hit the nail on the head when I sent them images for references. I wanted a real silver screen glamour for both the hair and makeup and actually had fabulous inspiration from some pictures I had seen of Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner and more recent pics of Drew Barrymore.”

Rebecca Kate Make-Up Artistry styled the makeup for the session,  Be Liberated styled the hair and Sashay provided the lace bridal gown. Lea created the veil herself.

“When it came to finding props, I really wanted to use things with popping colour, especially to stand out against the gorgeous white gown. The love heart lollypop was a coincidental find as we did the shoot very close to Valentine’s day so I came across it and wasn’t even looking for it. I handmade the birdcage veil and finished it off with a powder blue tissue paper flower and some red and white feathers. I believe the veil added to the classic look I was going for.”

Photographic Styling and Direction by Willow Tree Creative Services Photography by Big Dream Photography

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