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Kristy and Ross Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Kristy and Ross

I have a thing for citrus right now, I am eating oranges like they’re going out of style (and technically they are, being that we’re heading into Summer and all!) so I adored this sweet mandarin orchard engagement session that took place just outside Sydney from Nattnee Photography.

Kristy, our bride to be explained how she and Ross met, “Ross and I have been together for about three and a half years but we have known each other for a lot longer than that. We actually went to the same primary and high schools – albeit I was in the grade above Ross! We got to know each other working together after school at McDonalds and became friends over the years. We both worked there whilst at school and then when we were both at university. After we both left that job, Ross moved away and we lost touch for a few years – although I remained in contact with one of his mates, Arthur that I was also friends with from school.

In early 2007 my best friend Michelle was moving to London and having a big farewell party in the city. Michelle invited Arthur to her farewell and Arthur in turn brought Ross along with him and we ‘re-met’ each other and started dating.

Ross proposed to me after I returned from a week long work trip to Adelaide (he must have missed me!). We went kayaking from The Spit out to Middle Harbour. Ross told me later that he had used ‘Google Earth’ to find the perfect secluded beach to propose on, but he must have viewed pictures taken at low tide- because there were no beaches in sight! We had lunch on some rocks and Ross proposed on bended knee with a hand drawn design of the most perfect engagement ring. He also gave me his grand mother’s engagement ring to wear whilst my ring was made – I accepted with a bit of a tear and a lot of excitement and I made phone calls to all of our friends and family on the way back whilst Ross had to paddle the kayak by himself!”

Photos by Nattnee Photography

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Britt and Bob

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Britt & Bob

I absolutely love how we can feature two amazing weddings in one day- each incredibly different and each incredibly beautiful! This afternoon is something a little brighter than this morning’s celebration- hot pinks, yellows and grey all the way from Colorado!

Britt, our newly married bride, tells the story of how the couple met, “Bob and I were roommates in Washington, DC. We lived in a house with 3 other people and for a while we were just really great friends. During the winter, I had been sick with a stubborn cough. I hadn’t gone into the doctor, but I woke up one morning to it being especially bad. I felt terrible and I went to the couch and started watching TV.  Bob came down the stairs and stopped to say hi before heading out to play basketball. I just started crying because I felt so terrible and just wanted to feel better. He said he’d be right back and ran upstairs to his room; I thought I had scared him off! He later said that at that moment “he would have done anything to help me feel better.”

He came back with his laptop and season 3 of The Office, which to this day remains our favourite show. Before starting an episode, though, he searched for emergency clinics where I could get in and quickly be examined.

It was that morning that we both knew we could love each other, even if it still took us a while to admit it.”

Fresh In Love Photography were the photographers, they inject such life and love into each photograph. It’s almost as if they pop right off the screen with the energy in them!

Britt says “We were married at the beautiful 910 Gallery in Denver, Colorado. The space was so unique! We had both our ceremony and reception at the gallery; there was a great patio and a smaller side gallery where we set up a bar.”

Guests signed pages around Britt & Bob’s engagement photos, later bound into a book on a table decorated in photos of the couple together.

Britt and Bob chose to see each other before the ceremony. Britt says, “Our first look session was incredible. We chatted and prayed together and then realized we were in a beautiful art exhibit surrounded by pieces depicting God’s faithfulness. It was a perfect place to just enjoy each other’s company before our wedding.”

Britt and Bob had a mix of music at their wedding put together by Britt’s bridesmaid. She says, “I was pretty traditional; I walked down the aisle to a piano version of “Pachelbel’s Canon in D”. The wedding party walked down to a piano version of “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. After the ceremony, everyone walked out to one of our all time favourites, Hall and Oates’,  “You Make My Dreams Come True” and that was pretty fantastic!”

A little of the couple’s hometown came to visit. Britt says, “We live in Portland and really wanted the pastor from our church here to marry us. Fortunately, he was able to come out and perform the ceremony so that was super special for us.”

The ceremony was filled with fun, heartfelt moments. Britt says “During our ceremony, one of my maids of honour and her boyfriend sang “our song,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s, “Lucky.”

There were two sort of funny things that happened at our wedding. One of my maids of honour and her boyfriend sang a song during our ceremony and as we turned to face them, Bob and I were taking to one another and it was just such a wonderful moment I leaned in and gave him a kiss. But then I realized you’re not supposed to kiss until the whole, “you may now kiss the bride” bit! I kind of gasped a bit and held my hands up to my mouth; I think my reaction was more noticeable than the kiss itself!

Also, during the ring exchange, I accidentally dropped his ring. So that was a little embarrassing!”

Britt wore a gown by Thread and her bridesmaids each chose their own grey dress that they paired with yellow ballet flats. Britt and her bridesmaids arranged the flowers together using blooms from Whole Foods.

The reception was a casual affair in the art gallery catered by Y.Lo Epicure.

Britt and Bob made the invitations themselves but they also put their own twist on dessert. Britt says “Well apart from making the invites myself, the dessert table was kind of my main labour of love. We didn’t get a wedding cake, but rather just had a variety of cookies made by friends and family. We really wanted our wedding to feel close and familial so the dessert table was a reflection of that. I spent hours searching through thrift stores for old plates that had that sort of vintage feel and I glued a few of them to teacups to create unique cake stands. Then we filled them up with different cookies and candy!”

There was a special first dance. “Alas, our first dance didn’t include any surprise routines or fancy moves, we just enjoyed a moment together dancing to Alexi Murdoch’s, “All of My Days.””

Amazing speeches….

And a family tradition – “After dinner all of our family came together around us and sang “Ain’t No Mountain High.” It’s a tradition my family does at weddings to signal a promise to support our marriage.”

Guests danced all night long in the art gallery under fairy lights. “ Our reception dance party was fantastic! Everyone was on the floor and people were really getting crazy!”

Thank you to Bob & Britt for sharing their wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Melissa of Fresh In Love Photography for today’s photographs!

Photos by Fresh in Love Photography.

Holly and Phillip

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Holly & Phillip

Hello Canada! We have a stunning wedding from Abbotsford, British Columbia today! There’s something completely moody but beautiful about today’s wedding.

The couple won their photography through a competition! Their photographer explains, “We met the the couple in a bit of a unique fashion. Prior to Christmas of last year, we hosted a Twitter contest where the winning couple would win their wedding photography. The contest was an absolute success as we had about 100 entries. Holly and Phillip were our winners though, and that’s how we met them!

The way a couple entered was they had to Tweet a specific message on Twitter that we assigned. They could have friends Tweet on their behalf as well, which would increase the couples chances of winning.”

Today’s photos are by Nordica Photography who have captured so much through their slightly abstract photographs which convey the mood of the wedding without too many details.

Holly wore a gown from Champagne and Lace. She carried white calla lilies from Blooms and Beyond.

The photographer adds “The detail that stuck out in our eyes was the preparation that went into this wedding. It was very apparent that the bride had fine tuned every single detail of the wedding from the clothing to the venue to the food. There was no rock unturned, and that all added up to a very, very beautiful and well thought wedding.”

Phillip wore a suit from Everything But The Groom.

Holly and Phillip held their reception at the Best Western Regency Inn.

Cranes were a theme throughout the dinner. The bride is of Japanese heritage, and there were many (well, more like thousands) of handmade cranes around their table. The couple used a photo matte around an engagement photo as a guestbook.

A cupcake wedding cake was made by Patti Cakes.

The photographers recounted a funny story from the evening, “When the dancing got underway at the wedding and the dance floor was still fairly empty, the bride’s son (about 5 or 6 years old) and the groom’s niece (no more then 3) were acting like kids do and having a great time playing.

However, the young boy decided ‘running at full sprint’ was a new form of dancing and he was darting everywhere. The girl followed suit, of course.

They ran into one another at 110% full steam so hard, we thought for sure they would have concussions and be wheeled away to the hospital. Think of two New Zealand All-Black rugby players running the length of a field straight at one another and bam!”

Thank you to Holly and Phillip for allowing us to share their wedding day! Thank you also to Nordica Photography for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photos by Nordica Photography

New York Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2011

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


While we’ve been wondering whether Spring is, last weekend the bridal fashion elite gathered in new York City for bridal market for the Spring 2011 season!

I’m not one to really cover trends (I just prefer beautiful things) but there were some stand out themes from last week, so now, let me indulge you with lots of and lots of gorgeous photos (From, though check out Aisledash & Martha Stewart for more fantastic coverage!)


There’s nothing prettier than pink and this year’s market had plenty of soft pink gowns.

Ines Di Santo, Jenny Lee

Romona Keveza Claire Pettibone

Vera Wang, Romona Keveza

Floral Accents

Spring blooms made their way onto wedding gowns this season- waistbands, skirts and even entire gowns were covered with appliqued blooms.

Amsale, Christos

Jenny Lee, Claire Pettibone

JLM Couture, Anne Barge

Anne Barge, Platinum Priscilla of Boston

Anne Barge, Jenny Lee


Hello waists! There’s nothing like that classic ballgown silhouette to really show off your waist plus there’s something so utterly bridal about a beautiful full skirt!

Henry Roth & Michelle Roth, Anne Barge

Platinum by Priscilla of Boston, St Pucci

New Jewel by Priscilla of Boston, Reem Acra

Amsale, St Pucci

Black waistbands

Something that has been around for awhile now is the black waistband and it still popped up during bridal week! It suits an evening wedding so well and adds such a glam touch.

Blush by JLM Couture, Anne Barge

Rivini, Vera Wang


Short wedding gowns don’t look to be going out of style anytime soon! Really though, who can blame brides for loving short gowns? A sassy pair of heels and you’re good to go!

Henry Roth, Romona Keveza

Amsale, Rivini

Amsale, Marchesa

Ines Di Santo, Kevan hall

Angel Sanchez, Amsale

Simone Cavalli, Romona Keveza

One Shoulder

The appearance of the one shouldered gown is a nice alternative to strapless It has a sense of elegance about it, with the strap often becoming a feature of the gown.

Vera Wang, Rivini

Marchesa, Rivini

Romona Keveza, Simone Carvalli

Interesting Fabrics

Whether it’s using a fine polka dot (thank you Christos!), crochet (interesting move at Henry Roth & Michelle Roth), seersucker, a vivid colour or working the fabric so it looks like you’re walking with a cloud, this years designers chose some really interesting and beautiful fabrics for their collections!

Christos, Henry Roth

Angel Sanchez, Christos

St Pucci, Ines Di Santo

Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa

Amsale, Romona Keveza

Phew! What were your favourite bridal market looks?

Photos from Brides

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