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Gorgeous Silk Scarves

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids

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These beautiful silk scarves from L’avion, are such an elegant accessory. Imagine a plain white dress at your bridal shower adorned with one of these pretties? Or perhaps a present for your bridesmaids? Or what about working it into your wedding look?

There are so many beautiful ways to wear silk scarves that I think they’d make a great accessory to your bridesmaid’s look or even tie in with a wedding dress. Take it from a  boho look paired with a leather belt and cowboy boots as something more casual, to a mad men-esque style tied around the neck. Perhaps you could even pop on a colourful beauty for the reception to add something different to your look?

For a beach wedding, consider tying back your hair, using scarves as a headband, tying them into a turban for something a little exotic and covering bare shoulders from the cool breezes.

1. Scarf from Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre 2. Scarf from Asos  3. Scarves from Charlotte Linton 4. Photo from Clothed Much 5. Photo from Keiko Lynn 6. Scarves from Charlotte Linton 7. Outfit from The Daybook 8. Scarf from Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre 9. Photo from Molto Fashion 10. Outfit from The Daybook 11. Scarf from Ban.do 12. Photo from A Beautiful Mess

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Brisbane Wedding Giveaway Winner Announcement

by | Bride, Competitions

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The winners of the Brisbane Wedding Giveaway have been announced! A big congratulations to Anastasia & Eugen who have won over $20,000 worth of wedding services & products for their Brisbane wedding!

Organiser Sarah says “The process to choose a winner was. Nikki and myself chose 3 finalists,  Nikki and myself met with the 3 .Each contributor from the creative team was given 1 vote.

A friendly and honest couple and loving family (both 30, with a 3 year old boy and 2 year old girl). Anastasia met Eugen while in Greece and although they did not speak the same language they fell in love.

When we met Anastasia, she was obviously extremely nervous and excited about the opportunity to win the giveaway. She said she felt very humble as there are so many deserving people and they would feel the need to “pay it forward” in some way if they were to win.  Anastasia grew up on the Sunshine Coast and met Eugen while traveling in Greece and after dating for 3 months they rented an apartment there together. When Anastasia fell pregnant they decided that it was best for her to come back to Australia for medical care. When she left the couple were unsure if and when Eugen would be able to join her. They were very lucky that he ended up being granted residency and arrived only 12 hours after his little darling was born.

Eugen is Albanian and grew up in a country that was falling apart — at 15 he left his family and his country to become a refugee in Greece, where he would ultimately learn to survive and work in an entirely foreign country. He mentioned that he thinks little of it as so many people are in harder situations than he was and prefers not to be called a refugee as he believes that many other people have had a much harder time than he.

Anastasia and Eugen brought lots of photos of their children as well as of their families to show.  Eugen works two jobs to look after his family and is very proud of them. They are a couple that are also very easy to relate to and become attached to as they are friendly and open. Although we had met to interview them, they were genuinely interested in both Nikki and myself and wanted us to thank all of the creative team for the giveaway regardless of the outcome.

They were very emotional about the opportunity win the giveaway. There is something undefinable and truly lovely about this couple.”

 

Anastasia tells their story in their entry “My partner and I met in Greece 2007. I was backpacking/working through the Greek islands and Eugen, was an Albanian refugee living in Athens. Despite the cultural differences between each other, we fell in love and I fell pregnant to our son. My partner had fled civil war in his country 10 years prior. He had lived a life full of Conflict, displacement and poverty. Because of the horrible situation in Greece (for refugees) we returned to Australia on a spouse visa just in time for the arrival of our son. With the stress of work and supporting a family, we never did marry. Fitting in to a foreign country, participating in the work force and a language barrier for Eugen consumed our affairs. I gave birth of our daughter in (2010) and despite intentions, funds for a wedding was never a priority. It would be lovely to consolidate our love with our family one day. If we were to win this competition, and have the financial burden lifted, it may be possible to fly Eugen’s parents from Albania to join us here in Australia for the nuptials. My partner will become an Australian Citizen in March 2013. Thank you.”

Congratulations Anastasia & Eugen! I can’t wait to see what plans you make!

Mythili and Lukasz’s Multicultural Sydney Wedding

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

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Mythili & Luskasz

A wedding always melds two cultures, two backgrounds, two stories. But when weddings, like today’s have cultural melding so evident, so colorful, so beautiful you can’t help but be swept up by it. Mythili and Lukasz brought together Hindu and Polish traditions to form their very own unique and incredible wedding day.

Making their Polka Dot Bride debut (sort of! You’ve seen them before!) are Wanderer Photography who have captured today’s wedding beautifully- from the rich colours, to the evident love and candid moments.

The bride wore orange! Mythili purchased an orange sari from The Saree Shop. Mythili recalls, “I wore an orange silk saree shot through with gold thread and covered with gold beads. My mother was with me at time and we both knew it was perfect the moment we saw it. It wasn’t a very traditional choice, but it was just the right mix of modern and glamorous”. Mythili wore vintage jewels from Utharika Jewellery in India.

The bouquets and floral arrangements were styled by Best Buds. Mythili explains “Best Buds did our beautiful bouquets and centrepieces. I had asked for lots and lots of colour, and they delivered on this! I loved how the bouquets turned out, they were eclectic garden style posies which included roses, anemones, red hypericum berries and dusty miller foliage tied together with antique gold ribbon. For our centrepieces, we had vibrant spring blooms in ceramic footed urns, which really popped against our simply decorated venue.” Rani styled Mythili and her bridesmaids hair and makeup.

Lukasz wore a suit from Country Road and his groomsmen wore suits from Zara.

Mythili and Lukasz met before the ceremony. Mythili recalls “I loved doing a first look, which was a very special moment for me. While a lot of the details of the day are starting to get fuzzy, I still remember the anticipation building up as we got closer and closer to doing the first look, and my heart racing as I walked towards my future husband. We just looked at each other and kept laughing and expressing how crazy it was that the big day had finally arrived.”

.”Our photographers chose a very cool spot at the Four Seasons Hotel, which looked great in the photos.  My heart was racing as I walked towards Lukasz, and the anticipation was overwhelming. The moment that I tapped on his shoulder and he turned to face me was absolutely surreal… we just kept looking at looking at each other with big silly grins, not quite believing that we had made it to this moment. It was definitely one of the highlights of the day. From there, we went on to take photos with the bridal party.”

Of their photographers, Mythili says “It was very important for us to get the right photographer for our wedding, someone who would really capture the mood of the day and do it justice. When we stumbled across the work of Wanderer Photography, we immediately fell in love with their style and with how the world looked through their lens. Lukasz and I flew them to Sydney and they were so lovely, organised and professional and made all our family and friends feel comfortable. We had lots of comments throughout the night from our guests on how great they were! ”

Mythilli’s bridesmaids wore pink saris made in India.

The wedding celebrations were held at WatersEdge. Mythili explains “We chose the Walsh Bay room at WatersEdge because it was small, intimate and we loved the view of the Sydney Harbour and Harbour Bridge.  The weather behaved on the day and we had a lovely ceremony out on the pier underneath blue skies and lots of sunshine, moving inside for the reception later in the evening. I highly recommend the venue, we were well taken care of and our guests enjoyed wandering out to the pier throughout the night to mingle and enjoy the view. Having both the ceremony and reception at the same location made things so much easier, as our guests didn’t have to worry about moving from one location to another and the evening just flowed.”

For her walk down the aisle “Our friends performed a special acoustic version of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World on the alto sax and guitar.”

Behroze Bilimoria  married the couple in a ceremony which included a traditional “Garland Ceremony”. Mythili explains ” As part of our wedding ceremony we incorporated a Hindu custom of exchanging garlands of flowers, the custom signifying our acceptance of each other and unity into one soul.”

The couple paid homage to the groom’s Polish heritage with a bread ceremony. Mythili explains “We kicked off our reception with a traditional Polish Bread ceremony, a nod to my husband’s heritage. The ceremony symbolises the union of the bride and groom and their families. Lukasz’s parents greeted us with bread and salt, and this ritual illustrates their hope that we would have a life of good health and cheer and share the company of many good friends. ”

A two tier cake was made by Simmone Logue. Mythili remarks “We decided to go with a Simmone Logue creation, a rustic Hummingbird cake with fresh mango and passionfruit cream cheese icing, topped with soft pink fresh flowers. The cake was absolutely yummy and gorgeous to boot! For those looking for an alternative to a traditional wedding cake… Simmone Logue is highly recommended!”. For favors, Mythili’s sister made each of the guests biscuits using a secret recipe.

For their first dance, Mythili recalls “Our first dance was to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of Cheek to Cheek. Choosing a song for the first dance turned out to be surprisingly stressful as we realised we didn’t have a ‘special song’ as a couple and I couldn’t dance! We chose this song because it was romantic and didn’t require much coordination from myself!”

The couple ended the night with a sparkler send off before photographs in front of the Sydney Opera House. Mythili recalls “I had always loved the look of sparkler farewells, and we ended our night walking through a tunnel of sparklers to Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’, which was also the song I walked down the aisle to. Walking past the sparklers was both hilarious and magical, there was a lot of joy in that moment… it was the perfect way to wrap up the night!”

 

Mythili says “They day wouldn’t have gone as smoothly as it did if it wasn’t for all the hard work and generosity of our family and friends. It was overwhelming to look around us and see our nearest and dearest, many of whom had flown from all over Australia and around the world to be with us on the day, to share in our joy and celebrate with us as we became husband and wife.”

Congratulations Mythili and Lukasz! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Wanderer Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Wanderer Photography / Bride's Dress: The Saree Shop, Sydney / Bride's Shoes: Midas shoes / Bride's Jewellery: Utharika Jewellery, India / Groom's Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Zara / Bridesmaid Dresses: Purchased In India / Hair & Makeup Artist: Rani / Flowers & Decor: Best Buds / Invitations & Stationery: Menaka Cards from Chennai / Venue: WatersEdge / Ceremony Officiant: Behroze Bilimoria / Wedding Cake: Simmone Logue

Emily and Dave’s Trentham Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Emily & Dave

The wedding of Emily and Dave is almost magical – there are beautiful details of course- from the sweet floral arrangements, to the bride’s tea length wedding dress. But there is a story here, a tale of two on their wedding day, and as stories are what I work so hard to tell at Polka Dot Bride, I know you will love this wedding just as much as I do.

Emily remembers how she met her Dave. “Dave and I meet in a somewhat unconventional manner. After a false start in the beginning, we soon realised we where meant to be together and spent many hours commuting to be with each other. We are the best of friends and make a great team, and we just really adore each other!!”

Anitra Keogh captured today’s wedding photographs. I fell for her beautiful captures of light and romantic moments.

Emily wore a tea length gown made by a family friend with her mother’s vintage pearl earrings. Emily recalls “My dress was made by a family friend Marlene, who simply makes dresses for family and friends. I gave her a picture of what I wanted and she created it. It was just what I wanted ” Each of Emily’s bridesmaids chose their own grey gown.

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Each bridesmaid chose their own shoes and jewellery to best match the gown they had chosen. Emily and her bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Helena Demos (0423 397 233) and makeup by Jess Verzuli.

Emily wore shoes from Wittner. The floral arrangements were styled by North Street Flowers.

Emily walked down the aisle to ‘Walking on a Dream’ – a cover done by Boy & Bear.

Emily and David were married at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham. Emily explains “Dave and I wanted a feeling of being in our own back yard. Where people could just relax and enjoy themselves. A good friend recommended the Cosmo to us. As soon as we saw the venue we knew it was perfect. The original hotel was burnt down six years ago but the remains of the building still stands as a Trentham icon. The owners then renovated the old blue stone barn into an intimate, cosy dining area. We used the entire grounds of the venue. The ceremony was held under the birch trees in the open garden area. Followed by canapés, pre dinner drinks and speeches under the elm trees. Dinner and dancing then followed in the barn area with an attached marquee. It was a prefect setting for a perfect day.” Liam McGinnis married the couple.

Of their photographer, Emily says, “Anitra and I meet years ago when we both worked as stylists. Anitra was working on the other side of lens. But Anitra had this amazing hidden talent, which now is truly reflected in the incredible work she produces. Anitra’s eye for detail, design and style outshines all her peers. I now religiously follow Anitra on her blog to see what she is up to and simply to admire her creative work. I’m so glad we had Anitra as our photographer; she captured our day just as we remember it!!!”

Emily says, “It was one of the most memorable days of our lives filled with so much laughter and happiness, shared with such amazing friends and family.”

Emily created all of the styling and design. All of the bridesmaids and close friends helped with all the DIY decorations.

Emily loved “Being with my beautiful husband seeing him cry, smile and laugh. Our amazing friends and family, who travelled from far and wide to be with us. The most glorious Melbourne day. Great food, good wine loads of laughter and dancing and we partied into the early hours of the morning at the local Trentham pub.”

This Is Dot created the wedding invitations while One Sweet Girl made a beautiful two tier white wedding cake with platters of beautifully iced cupcakes.

For their first dance, Emily says “Dave and I had our first dance to ‘Perfect’ by Fair Ground Attraction. We didn’t rehearse anything, we just got up there and swung each other around, it was a good laugh!!”

Congratulations Emily and Dave! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Anitra Keogh for today’s photographs!

Photographer: Anitra Keogh / Bride's Dress: Made by a family friend / Bride's Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Bride's Jewellery: Vintage / Groom's Attire: Handmade suit / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling Formalwear / Hairstylist: Helena Demos 0423 397 233 / Makeup Artist: Jess Verzuli / Flowers: North Street Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: This Is Dot / Venue: The Cosmopolitan Hotel – Trentham Victoria / Ceremony Officiant: Liam McGinnis / Band: The Baker Boys / Cake Baker: One Sweet Girl