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Creative Colour – Dusky Pink

by | Bride, Creative Colour


This soft pink is a little ‘dirtier’ than our Blush Pink, but suits all complexions and hair colours from auburn to dark to very blonde. A gorgeous colour for all seasons!

Combine with Black and ivory

–       With Pale Grey and touches of Slate Blue

–       With Lilac, Lavender and Pale Grey

–       With Milk Coffee and touches of Raisin

–       With Dark Chocolate, Nude Pink and touches of Raspberry Red

–       With Taupe and Blush Pink with touches of Spring Green

–       With Milk Chocolate and a faded Olive Green

–       With Champagne, Taupe and touches of a chartreuse green

–       With Sage Green, Duck Egg Blue and Milk Chocolate

–       With burnished gold, cream and Pewter Grey

–       With Glimmer Gold, Soft Apricot, Blush Pink and ivory

–       With Sparkling Silver, Soft Apricot, Blush Pink and Ivory

–       Flowers could be all white and green, or feature a dusky pink or latte roses, peonies, ‘blushing bride’, dusky pink orchids, baby’s breath, Australian native flowers such as Protea, Geraldton Wax, or  Grevillea. Heather, apple blossom, hellebores, or autumn hydrangeas

–       Just picked garden blooms arranged in relaxed arrangements in vases crowded down the centre of the tables

–       White crockery, lots of sparkling glassware, crystal in chandeliers or candlesticks, a garden wedding

–       Vintage crockery, tea cups and old silverware on dusky pink tablecloths

–       Hair caught up with fresh flowers, fresh flowers adorning the elegantly simple cake

–       A gown in soft hailspot muslin caught in under the bust, or dusky pink lace over an underslip of ivory, pale pink, Nude Pink or Champagne

–       A rustic winery wedding in winter with bare vine twigs and pink toned berries, half wine barrels, stone floors, ivory tablecloths with dusky pink overlays, pink candles grouped on every available surface, vintage touches

–       Make a feature of buttons in every shape you can find in dusty pink – attach to napkin ties, seating cards strung on twine, around favour boxes, on your invitations, place cards

–       Romantic – bird cages, pots of maidenhair fern, old urns covered in moss and lichen, bell jars enclosing bird’s nests with pink and brown speckled feathers, muslin bags of sugared almonds, mercury glass, wrought iron

–       A classic black and white wedding with dusky pink in flowers, candles, dusky pink napkins piped in black,  to add a little feminine edge to your reception

–       The boys in suits of Pewter Grey, Pale Grey, Black or a sandy beige colour

–       In winter little cardigans in dusky pink for your bridesmaids. In summer try floral sprigged ‘50s style dresses with dusky pink shoes, or elegant long plain dresses in soft fabrics

–       Or as the bride, be different, and wear the dress of your dreams in dusky pink

–       Crab apple jelly, pink macarons, sugared almonds, pink iced biscuits and cakes, pink fairy floss, pink coloured toffee apples, white chocolate mousse with pale pink chocolate shards, berry meringues, hire a gelato cart to serve pink berry flavoured gelato

Rosedust dress from ModCloth, Edie Velvet Chaise from Urban Outfitters, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings,  photo from Ellen and Simon’s wedding by Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Marnie and Ryan’s wedding Photo by Andrew Bell Photography

We’re coming into the second week of Spring – can you believe how the year is flying by?

Grab a coffee and pour over our stories on the specialty blogs this week:

On Polka Dot Groom Chris shares his joy about his wedding day

Lisa from Culture Bridal Couture gives us a peek of two fashion shoots in her video on Polka Dot Wisdom

Our contributing editor for the Made blog, Alicia of Akimbo Stationery tells us all about herself in her Expert Interview on Polka Dot Wisdom

Cake Occasions open up their sketchbook for us on Polka Dot Wisdom

Anna Skye gives us a tutorial on Polka Dot Made for making a Pochette invitation

Marnie and Ryan let us in on their DIY secrets in their beautiful country wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

And Jess and Luka show off their gorgeous engagement shoot on Polka Dot Weddings

Are you a Victorian bride or groom who would love to win your wedding flowers? Don’t forget to check out our new giveaway to win $500 worth of wedding flowers with Hello Blossoms! Check out this entry to enter.

A sad farewell to Wedding Style Guide magazine this week. It’s always terribly sad to see a business shut it doors and losing a magazine that was such a part of the Australian wedding landscape is incredibly sad. I wish, and the Polka Dot Bride team wishes the Wedding Style Guide team the best of luck in their future pursuits and a hope that they return with their talents soon to the scene!

For this week’s video, I wanted to share an 18 minute film I loved. The wedding Coco Rocha and James Conran’s wedding shot by Americana Cinema. Held in France, I loved the intimate French setting of this wedding, the intimacy and the romance of it was beautiful.

Any news you have to share? Leave a comment and let me know!

Lexie and Will’s Country Elegance Wedding

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


Lexie and Will

Today’s wedding extravaganza is completely divine. We first met Will and Lexie in April last year when they got engaged, today I get to share their wedding! From the garden ceremony, to the storm clouds rushing in and the romantic, beautiful first dance, these moments came together for Lexie and Will’s wedding day and created such beautiful photographs, and are an honour to share with you today.

Lexie recalls how she met her husband Will. “Will and I met at the start of 2006 (literally!), while we were both out on the town bringing in the New Year. After dating for a few months, Will found out he was being transferred to Darwin for work, and even though that meant we would barely see each other and be on opposite sides of the country, we stayed together. It’s true what they say, absence really does make the heart grow fonder! After doing the long distance thing for what seemed like forever, I was finally able to move up north so we could be together and the rest they say, is history! I guess you could say that we really beat all the odds.”

Photography today is by Dan O’Day Photography. Dan is such a master of wedding photography – his work isn’t typical. It’s raw, honest and hauntingly beautiful.

Lexie’s gown was almost a work of art. ” My dress was a Demetrios design, purchased from Nouveau Riche, Queanbeyan (02) 6299 2334 ‎. My gown had so many amazing elements… from the Swarovski Crystal embellishments to the handmade flowers surrounded by polka dot and pleated tulle that adorned the skirt.”

Princess Cherry Pie (mrsjeffo at styled Lexie’s makeup. Lexie remarks, “Vanessa is an absolute doll! She perfected my “glam” look to a tee and our makeup stayed perfect all day – even with the heat and rain!”. The girl’s hair was styled by Kurtz Hair By Design. Lexie says “Miranda (Will’s cousin) and Bec were absolute perfectionists when it came to our hair and did a wonderful job.”

Lexie and Will held their ceremony and reception at Grazing, Gundaroo. Lexie recalls “We came across Grazing in the winter, and even though the trees were bare and the flowers not yet in bloom we instantly fell in love with it.  The garden situated at the rear of the restaurant was the perfect location for the ceremony, and the stone stables with attached garden marquee gave both a rustic and garden party feel to our reception. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful every step of the way, and the food, sourced from all local produce, was nothing short of delicious!”

Lexie walked down the aisle to“Today” by Joshua Radin, which was performed acoustically by friends of the couple.

Lexie remarks “Our ceremony was joy filled from start to finish, and having our family and friends there to witness it made it even more special. Our first kiss as husband and wife is something we will never forget either – of course!”

Flowers From The Garden styled the floral arrangements for the day. Lexie says “Our florist Gerry of Flowers From The Garden was fantastic and brought our vision to life perfectly. ,My bouquet was a posy of fairy floss pink and ivory peonies (sourced from Melbourne at the last minute!), while my girls carried posies of green and white hydrangeas, lisianthus and chrysanthemums. Will wore a pink peony as his boutonniere, while the groomsmen wore green chrysanthemums to compliment the bridesmaid’s bouquets.”

Lexie’s bridesmaids wore “Tea length latte chiffon dresses by B2 by Jasmine, also purchased from Nouveau Riche. I gave each of the girls a large polka dot and pearl chiffon flower which attached to their dress – a little something to link our gowns together!” The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

One of Lexie’s favourite memories is the feeling of the day. She recalls, “The thing Will and I remember is that we never stopped smiling ALL day! From the moment I walked down the aisle, when we both started giggling when the wedding rings got a little “stuck” half way onto our fingers, to the very sudden change in weather from bright sunny afternoon to moody storm clouds – and running back to the car, veil in face and all, to beat the rain! “

Lexie recalls “During our location photos, Will and I were able to steal a moment alone together where we could take everything in and share a private moment – which is always tricky on a day where we were the centre of attention!”

The stationery for the day was created by Alannah Rose Stationery. The couple created paper pinwheels to guide guests to their seats at the reception.

Flowers From The Garden supplied flowers for the reception centrepieces which were “an eclectic mix of family owned antique crystal vases, bottles and jars filled with assorted green and white spring blooms.” As for DIY elements, Lexie says “We had a very clear vision of what we wanted our wedding day to be, and DIY was a big part of that. We spent countless hours creating 90 paper poms (which were a hit with the guests) to adorn the chairs at the reception, “Love Sweet Love” bunting for the bridal table (strung with antique lace), place cards, and pinwheels for each guest which sat in little planter boxes and served as our seating chart.”

Made by Cake Of Your Dreams, a two tier chocolate mud cake was adorned with pink sugar blooms and polka dots.

A cupcake was placed at each place setting in shades of yellow and green. Lexie explains “I’m a massive cupcake fan, and I may have got Will a little addicted to them also! For this reason, we needed to include them in our day, so each guest was given a miniature vanilla or chocolate cupcake – topped with sweet little “Eat Me!” flags.”

In place of a wedding guestbook, the couple chose a fingerprint wedding tree. Lexie says “We also wanted something a little more personal than the traditional guest book, so we had our very own Wedding Tree created (sourced from Etsy) so guests could “leaf” their thumbprint.”

The romantic first dance photos are some of my favourites. Lexie says “Our first dance was to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, and one of the most memorable moments of the evening. We were so focused on each other that for a few minutes, it felt like we were the only two people in the room.”

Congratulations Lexie and Will! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today! Thank you also to Dan O’Day Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Dan O’Day Photography.

Amanda and Corey’s Whimsical Austin Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Amanda and Corey

I could smell the sunshine when this beautiful yellow wedding landed in my inbox – yellow is such an amazing colour and the joyfulness is infectious throughout Amanda and Corey’s Austin wedding day.

High school sweethearts, Amanda and Corey have been together for many years, Amanda explains “We met in high school – he used to pretend to forget his glasses in another class so he could sit in the front of the room, next to me. We started dating about a year later, and we’ve been inseparable ever since! He’s an absolutely amazing husband, and I can’t imagine my life without him!”

Photos are by She N He Photography – I love, love, love the sense of fun and frivolity the She N He team put into the weddings they capture.

Corey wore yellow Converse sneakers for the day while Amanda wore yellow J.Crew heels (which she swapped for matching yellow converse sneakers on the dance floor). Amanda wore a gown from David’s Bridal and her bridesmaids wore yellow gowns by Dessy.

The floral arrangements on the day were styled by The Glass Fountain. Amanda handmade the paper flowers which hung from the ceremony chairs.

The couple married at Vintage Villas in Austin, Texas. Amanda walked down the aisle to Vitamin String Quartet’s cover of Dashboard Confessional’s “Hands Down.”

Amanda’s brother in law officiated the ceremony. Amanda remarks “My husband and I worked with my brother in law to write our ceremony ourselves, and my brother in law was the one to officiate our wedding. It was incredibly special to have someone so close to us be the one to marry us, and we’re so glad that we took the time to hand craft our ceremony so that it was personal, unique, and completely tailored to us!”

Amanda says of her wedding day to Corey, “Our wedding was bright, fun, and whimsical, and one of the most amazing days of my life so far.”

Amanda’s handmade details were complimented by stationery created by She N He. Christina Alfonso of Me So Hungry coordinated the wedding on the day.

One of Amanda’s favourite moments was her husband’s words. “I loved having my husband pull me aside and tell me how proud he was of all the work I put into planning the day and creating all of the decorations was one of the best moments of the night. I poured my heart into planning and crafting our wedding day, and it was amazing to have him recognize that.” Amanda handmade cloth napkins for every guest to use during dinner.

The cupcake tower was created by Be My Cupcake.

For their first dance, Amanda says “We danced to “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson. We had originally planned on coming up with a fancy, choreographed dance to wow our guests, but in the end we just held each other and swayed back and forth – and it was absolutely perfect!”

The photo booth was a hit, Amanda remarks “Our photo booth ended up being much more important and special to me than I had anticipated it would – it was so much fun to pull some of our guests aside to take photos with them, and looking back on all of the photos we have of our family and friends enjoying themselves in it makes me smile every time!”

Congratulations Amanda and Corey! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to She N He Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by She N He Photography

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