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Snapshot Sunday – Jump For Your Love

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Natasja Kremers

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Emily and Ryan’s Delightful Summer Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Emily and Ryan

I really love today’s Canadian engagement shoot shot by Kimberley Genevieve – it feels like what every summer day should be. Basking in the sunshine, the feel of the green grass under your feet, sticky icecream dribbles running down your hands and the sweet relief of the shady green trees.

Emily and Ryan both shared their love story with me to share with you. Emily starts “Ryan and I met in our first year of university. We knew each other (but not formally) for a while before we actually met. He worked in the on-campus convenience store called Abstentions and somewhere along the way I developed a huge crush. I was referring to him as “Cute Abstentions Guy” to my sisters long before we actually met. I would go in (too often) and try to catch his attention while buying iced tea. Meanwhile he stumbled across my blog and apparently was reading it before he even really knew who I was. He stayed in Ottawa the summer after freshman year, and after discovering we had all the same friends, we were introduced at a party. He showed me this vintage wolf t-shirt he had bought for $1 (so proudly), which made me laugh and we kept talking all night. He asked me out for about a month until I finally agreed. I was so completely happy I danced home after our first date. It’s flown by, but it’s been a better two and a half years than I could have ever imagined.”

“Ryan’s the sweetest person I know… he lifts me over big puddles, brushes glass out of the way (a la Lloyd Dobler), he rubs my head when I’m tired and comes up with the best surprises and nicknames. He makes me more easygoing, which is something I often need, and he’s just a really good person. More than anything, he’s my best friend, and he makes me laugh more than anyone else. If I have exciting news, he’s the first one I want to tell. He makes me want to travel the world and do whatever makes me happy and be as wonderful as I can be. That’s how I knew he was right!”

Ryan continues… “I knew it was meant to be when I realized I couldn’t go five minutes without thinking about her, and as a result having a huge grin on my face permanently!”

“The best things about Emily are her laugh, her smile and her goofy personality. I love nothing more than seeing her smile. Having someone to be serious with, be a geek with or just be goofy with is priceless. She makes me feel like the happiest, safest, most loved person in the world. I always have something to look forward to with her.”

Photographer: Kimberly Genevieve

Classic Seafoam Green Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I adore sea foam green and love seeing it used in weddings. It’s such a soft beautiful colour and doesn’t always need to be used in beach-side celebrations. Today’s board is a bit more classic, a ballroom wedding with a touch of whimsy with touch of something a little different and as lot of the beautiful greeny, blue colour!

Bridesmaids gown by RiverofRomansk, collection of bottles by Amy & Stuart via Snippet & Ink, shoes by Souder Photography via Style Me Pretty, necklace from BHLDN, cupcake tower by Jose Villa via Bridalhood, Quat Quatta photo by T One Image , ring photo by Adori Studios from Katie and Marcus’ Winery Wedding, model photo by Drop It Modern via The Bride’s Guide, bride in dress photo by Judy Pak via Style Me Pretty, invitations from Hammerpress via Martha Stewart Weddings

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


From Pru & Dale’s Qualia Destination Wedding by Adam Finch of Studio Impressions.

On our specialty blogs this week:

On Polka Dot Groom Julian  shows us his rock and roll inspired engagement shoot

On Polka Dot Wisdom we have a great post on WIP – Wedding (Planning) Induced Perfectionism

Lilia from My Sweethearts Bakery shares her words of wisdom on Choosing Your Cake Designer on Polka Dot Wisdom

On Polka Dot Wisdom there is a guide to wedding portrait posing from Jacqueline at PictureBook Photographics

Alicia shares her waffle bar ingredient tags on Polka Dot Made

On Polka Dot Weddings Karen shares some sage advice on who to invite along on your wedding dress appointments

Karen also adds some perspective to wedding planning in Beating the Bridal Blues on Polka Dot Weddings

And Mel shares her engagement party with us on Polka Dot Weddings

Pru and Dale share their gorgeous wedding at Qualia on Polka Dot Honeymoons


Wedding Gifts Direct is kicking off November with a few wonderful surprises! If you sign up for a registry with Wedding Gifts Direct during November, depending on the size of your registry you will receive a  a FREE* KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer valued at $795, a Scanpan Classic 14pc Cutlery Block with Sharpener valued at $669, OR a Chasseur 24cm Round French Oven with bonus 16cm Round French Oven valued at $310!

Not only that but Wedding Gifts Direct have launched a competition where you have the chance to win win $5000 in gifts and homewares from Wedding Gifts Direct in conjunction with Complete Wedding.

This competition is running until February 2012. To qualify for entry into the draw for the $5000 prize, couples must register and activate their wedding registry with Wedding Gifts Direct before 1st February 2012. A wedding registry is classified as active once gifts to the value of at least $300 have been purchased from it.

For more information on this competition, visit their website.


Stationer Paperee are about to launch their new line of “save-the-date postcards.” The postcards will be pre-printed and cost effective, all you have to do is fill in the guest name and stick a stamp on them and you’re set to go! Visit the Paperee website for more information.

There’s something exciting in the works from the talented Kate and the team at Magnolia Rouge. They’re asking you to like their Facebook page to not only be updated on the project’s status, secret giveaways and exciting developments but you can also tell your friends and have the chance to win a pair of Stella & Dot earrings. They say ” Like our Facebook page then post this on our wall “Excited about the new MAG rouge, heard it first from {insert blog}” tagging this blog on our wall and you’ll instantly be in the draw to win a whole lot of fabulous prizes. For a valid entry be sure to mention this blog so we know where you came from (please tag their Facebook page where possible). For a second entry follow @mag_rouge on twitter and tweet “Excited about the new @mag_rouge, heard it first from {insert blog}”

Huetopia Design are currently running a competition  for one lucky bride to win $1000 worth of stationery. All you have to do is post on their Facebook page to why you simply MUST have Huetopia Design create your invitations..The best entry will then win $1000 worth of exquisite designer stationery…created just for you by the Huetopia Team. Competition closes November 21st and the winner will be announced November 22nd.

The Wedding List Co
is holding a glamorous event next Thursday for Sydney couples. They have partnered with Lancôme, Giorgio Armani and M.J. Bale for a fabulous evening of mini makeovers, fashion + gifts. All couples will be able to sip Champagne and receive a fabulous goody bag in their award winning store in Sydney. For more information, check out their website.

Perth photographer Izo Photography is giving away a wedding photography package worth $2650. The package includes everything from a two hour engagement shoot to a disc with all images of your wedding day. Check their blog post for how to enter.

Have you entered our Plum Pretty Sugar giveaway yet? You could win the most divine loungerie, perfect to wear while getting ready on your wedding day (and beyond!) Enter here.

Finally to round out the week, I thought I’d end off with this sweet proposal video- I’ve never quite mastered light writing and I think this one is utterly romantic!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

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