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Cocktail Celebration – Cosmopolitan

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


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Ingredients (serves 2)

* 150ml cranberry juice
* 45ml vodka
* 30ml Cointreau
* Squeeze of fresh lime juice or a dash of fresh lime juice cordial
* Ice cubes
* 2 lime slices, to serve


1. Pour the cranberry juice, vodka, Cointreau and lime juice or cordial into a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes, cover and shake from the shoulder for 30 seconds or until well chilled.
2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with a lime slice

Recipe from Taste, Cosmopolitan from All Cocktail Recipes

A Cosmopolitan is a cocktail consisting of vodka, cointreau or triple sec, cranberry juice with a dash of lime juice. Its colour is vibrant and so it is fitting that this cocktail has recently gained popularity through ‘Sex and The City’ series.

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Room photo from Fete NY, flowers captured by Blumenthal Photography via Bride To Be, Manolo Blahnik Jeweled Satin D’Orsay from Neimen Marcus, Tuxedo from Brides, Cosmopolitan from All Cocktail Recipes, Envelopes by Love Jenna, hair flower from The Knot , White cupcakes by Kylie Lambert of Le Cupcake via Flickr, Candles & matchbooks from Brides, Dancing photo from Brides, chandeliers from The Knot

Envision a chic, art deco New York style wedding with a twist. A  A loft style room with big open windows, or inner city bar with plenty of lounges and cushions all following a glamorous ceremony in a theatrical style church overflowing with brilliant architecture. The venues must be grand while maintaining the city style glamour. Dress code is of course black tie!

The colour palette is the urban black and whites. Bring in neutrals like oysters, greys and champagnes. For a little hint of colour try fuchsia (reminiscent of the Cosmopolitan itself!) or bold jewel tones like reds and blue.

The bride in a gown that is like no other and unique to her personal style, a massive skirt, a one shouldered frock- a gown that hints at couture and is traditional with a twist. Of course there must be shoes- as high as possible and preferably by a designer with a name beginning with M. Bridesmaids (f which one can only presume there will be many!)  in bold jeweled tone gowns or subtle neutrals- champagnes, oysters, soft pinks and creams- all are different and all suit the individual girl’s personality.

Hair is swept up in the most elegant of styles or blow dried to perfection, a big flower with a big veil or headpiece with glamorous jewels to accompany.

Big blowsy peonies, roses, trailing jasmine, rose buds, snow drops – concentrate on perfume as well as colour and abundance. We envisage your floral arrangements taking centre stage on tables, on an arch in the garlands hanging from the ceiling, in large urns – with the emphasis being on the pink and cream flowers rather than on the foliage. Chandeliers, black crystal, shimmering table cloths

Your food should be presented elegantly on silver platters or white china and should consist of interesting and delicate flavours rather than robust, heartily flavoured dishes. A towering tiered wedding cake with the detail only in extravagant icing designs. For a fun twist, serve cupcakes a la Magnolia Bakery at each guests’ plate. Champagne is flowing, as are the Cosmopolitans!

For a devotee of the romantic, the reading from the show could be a nod during your ceremony.

His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was “I do”

For music, think of a swinging jazz band and then hire a fantastic DJ to get everyone on the dance floor.

This is a wedding where you will have to just love pink and your groom will have to be the tolerant sort! But if you want to call on your inner ‘Sex and The City’, then this is for you!

This is the last Cocktail Celebration for a little while. I have some gorgeous reader boards I need to spend some time on! But Cocktail Celebrations will definitely be back and as always I’m open to your requests!

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Marlo Noel Jewelry Giveaway!

by | Bride, Competitions


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For all the lovely Polka Dot Bride jewel lovers, I have a gorgeous giveaway for you today from jeweler Marlo Noel!

Since she was nine years old, Marlo has been creating jewelry. She started with her mother’s friends and is now creating beautiful pieces for customers all over the world.

Marlo creates pieces using semiprecious faceted briolette stones. The beautifully coloured gems look like liquid crystal lolly drops and would add colour to not only a bridal gown but suit your bridesmaid’s colours beautifully. The faceted stones add extra sparkle to each piece- which have their own names.

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Drawing inspiration from her seaside home, Marlo buys her stones from a supplier that cuts stones for the likes of Tiffany & Co. The majority of the stones Marlo uses are bought from the company, based in India, where workers are paid fair wages and work in a safe, clean environment.

Marlo Noel is giving away one gift certificate valued at US$75 to her Etsy store to one lucky Polka Dot Bride reader!

To win, simply visit Marlo’s Etsy store, pick your favourite piece and leave a comment on this entry telling me your favourite piece and how you’d wear it (or have your bridesmaids wear it!) on your wedding day.

As an added bonus, Marlo Noel is offering a 20% discount on her designs until for Polka Dot readers for the month of May. Just mention Polka Dot Bride in the “Notes To Seller” section when checking out on Marlo’s Etsy store and Marlo will contact you with a new invoice.

Competition is open worldwide and closes Tuesday 18th of May, 5pm Australian EST

This competition is now closed.

Courtney & Todd – The Celebration

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


It’s time for Part Two of Courtney and Todd’s Blue Mountains wedding! Captured by Janine Kaye Photography, the couple had a beautiful Australian feel to their wedding.

The ceremony was held at St Peter’s Church on the Great Western Highway in Mount Victoria.

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Courtney walked down the aisle to a song she’d written played by her brother and Todd’s sister. As each bridesmaid entered and walked to the top of the aisle, they joined in with their instrument. By the time Courtney walked down the aisle, she had her own mini orchestra playing!

Each of Courtney’s bridesmaids wore a wrist corsage to match the sash (made by Todd’s mother) on their gown (by Veronika Maine).

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Courtney and Todd held their reception at Victoria & Albert Guesthouse, they loved the gorgeous gardens and charm of the venue and the onsite accommodation allowed guests to stay overnight.

The cake was designed by Inspired By Michelle who worked off the couple’s wedding invitation. It was decorated with fondant gumnuts and gum leaves.

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Thank you Courtney & Todd for sharing your beautiful wedding day with Polka Dot Bride and thank you to Janine of Janine Kaye Photography for sending me all the wonderful details!

Photos by Janine Kaye Photography

Courtney and Todd

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


It’s Wedding Wednesday again! I’m excited to share the wedding of Courtney & Todd with you today- there are absolutely beautiful Australian touches to this celebration! Courtney and Todd married in Sydney’s Blue Mountain district.

The couple met at prestigious acting academy NIDA doing a production course and married in April,  amongst golden Autumn trees. Due to the sun setting early, Courtney and Todd decided on a first look at a lookout overlooking the Blue Mountains.

Courtney wore a gown from Spurling Bridal- her mother altered it to the shorter length and adjusted it so the bow sat nicely.

Photography today is by Janine Kay Photography

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Courtney’s bouquet (from Wedding Blooms) included Australian reeds and gum leaves. The red mini roses, orange daisies and yellow orchids matched the sash on each of her three bridesmaids.

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Check back later today for the ceremony and beautiful details of Courtney and Todd’s wedding!

Photos by Janine Kaye Photography

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