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Bridal Week

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I spent last Sunday morning curled up watching Brides live coverage of the Priscilla of Boston and Melissa Sweet runway shows. So it seemed only fitting to recount my favourite dresses from the flurry that was bridal week!

I noticed beautiful colour on the runway this year. Features like molded flowers, pockets and coloured shawls made an appearance. While there was still a lot of “bling” jeweled adornments, it was certainly downplayed this year. It felt much more subtle. There was also a return to big, full traditional skirts- though the short wedding dress is still a popular design and the skirts- so many full tulle ballerina style skirts!

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Peter Langner, Jenny Packham

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Christos, Platinum for Priscilla Of Boston

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Amsale, Caroline Herrera

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Amsale, Anne Barge

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Caroline Herrera, Angel Sanchez

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Caroline Herrera, Platinum For Priscilla Of Boston

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Reem Acra, Reem Acra

Images courtesy of Brides

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Cocktail Celebration – Apple Martini

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


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Apple Martini

2 part Vodka
1 part Apple Schnapps
Splash of Lime Juice
Garnish: Apple Slice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with apple slice.

Recipe from Cocktail Times, Martini photo from Ketel One

There are many versions of this delicious cocktail. With a base of vodka – perhaps vanilla flavoured, Amaretto, Sour Apple Schnapps, a splash of lime juice and a splash of cranberry juice added for extra tanginess. Some may use Calvados, an apple brandy, some use apple puree, or apple schnapps which is very sweet. For an Apple Pie Martini add cinnamon schnapps. Sounds yummy!

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Candy buffet by Amy Atlas, flowers from Saipua, Shoe photo by Natnee Photography, green apple martini from Ketel One, drfitwood photo by Zoel Nia Lee, mercury glass candlesticks from Paris Parfait, invitation from Huetopia Design, green tent setting from Brides, apple centrepieces and photo via Frolic!

Let’s go with soft apple green to enhance the feel of this martini. Soft flowing fabrics in a soft misty apple green, with perhaps touches of a darker green to enhance the fresh feeling. Keeping the general colour scheme to soft white or cream with varying shades of greens will look fresh and cool. Use green of all shades in your table settings – from crockery and glassware, tablecloths and flowers. Use green orchids, green kangaroo paws, grey green Australian native foliage, bright green foliage, faded hydrangea blooms in their sage and muted green glory. Enhance your setting with pewter, silver or glass, driftwood grey branches, lichen covered twigs, succulents. Because you are staying with the one colour with the neutrals of driftwood and cream, it will look interesting to mix up foliage and flower shapes and textures as well as the greens – think jade, sage, hunter green, apple green, avocado, and blue green.

Your food should continue this theme of freshness – great seafood, fresh salads, different and interesting light flavours together on the one plate, asparagus, rocket and spinach – nothing stodgy! Desserts could contain apple – sorbets, icecreams, apple gallette, or kiwi fruit, or even something refreshingly minty. A lolly bar with jars of green coloured sweets, green toffee apples, spearmint leaves, green jelly snakes, lollipops. Tins of sour apple sweets tied with a green spotted ribbon, or pearlised green boxes holding mint green iced cupcakes or green jelly frogs for a fun touch. Shoes covered in a beautiful patterned green fabric – perhaps the same as that of your bridesmaids dresses, thongs (flip flops) for your guests all in green, light coloured suits, or shirts and trousers for your groom and groomsmen.

Geoff and Cait – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Earlier today I shared the first part of Geoff and Cait’s Brisbane wedding shot by Jonas Peterson. This afternoon it’s onto the glorious location shots and reception!

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Cait carried a bouquet of red roses by Hacienda Flowers & Furnishings.The couple bought many Chinese lanterns and envelopes which they used as place cards, from Chinatown. They were set up by Jody from Hummingbird Weddings & Events.

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At the reception, held at Riverlife and catered by Zen Catering. Each guest received a mini bamboo steamer filled with personalised fortune cookies from Fortune Cookies.

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Thank you to Geoff & Cait for allowing me to share your beautiful wedding day on Polka Dot Bride and thank you to Jonas Peterson for sharing your work with Polka Dot Bride!

Photos courtesy of Jonas Peterson

Geoff and Cait

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Today’s stunning wedding of Geoff and Cait was sent to me by Jonas Peterson – a Swedish Brisbane photographer! Jonas only started photographing weddings last year and Geoff and Cait were one of his first clients.

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Cait’s hair was styled by Christian Alexander and her makeup was by Jane Mangini.

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Cait’s hair was styled by Christian Alexander and wore a gown by Jo Jo at Arushie Bridal Couture.

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Geoff and Cait married at Broadway Chapel in Woolloongabba.

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Check back later today for the location shots and beautiful Asian inspired reception by the river of Geoff and Cait!

Photos courtesy of Jonas Peterson

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