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Perfectly Pretty Pansies

by | Bride, Flowers


Pansies have an old fashioned feel about them, but who can resist their dear little faces peeking up at you with their vibrant colours and markings. Victorian greeting cards often featured pansies, which meant ’thinking of you’.

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Pansies from Brides

In shades of purples, violets, maroons, oranges and yellows, they often have veining on the petals that look like cat whiskers. Violas (or heartsease) are a smaller version of pansies with the rear petals often being deep purple and the front petals being yellow, ‘cat’s whiskered’ in purple.

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Cake from Brides

With their short stems, and short cut flower life, they could be used jumbled into tiny glasses, perhaps with violets for scent and grouped at various heights on a buffet table or on mirrored surface in a table setting. Surrounded by silver and shiny glassware their purple colours are enhanced.

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Pansy Wedding Cake from Southern Living

Pick up the various purple and maroon colours in table accessories and you have the perfect flower for a purple/violet themed wedding. Imagine sugar pansies trailing down a white cake that has a ‘quilted’ look enhanced by silver balls and a soft mauve ribbon or a frosting dotted edge.

Group pots of heartsease or pansies en masse inside square, rectangular or round metal containers to hide the pots, marching down the centre of a rectangular table, or a large round vessel containing pots of pansies, violas and maidenhair fern, on a round table as the centrepiece. Or try them set in covered purple hued containers of various heights and widths. Again be generous and crowd the pots and they will look fantastic.

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Pansie topped cupcakes from Brides

Imagine this look further enhanced by small individual wedding cakes decorated in various shades of purples, mauves and soft violets set at each place for dessert.

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Punch from Martha Stewart

Group pots of violas in a square container to create a ‘carpet’ and use this on your entrance table with your seating arrangements in mauve card alongside.

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Tea Rose

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


I’m never disappointed when I see a new creation by Australian designer Tea Rose. Beautiful, eclectic designs full of personality, beautiful fabrics and style.

Started by Rosemary Armstrong in 1980, Tea Rose is based out of Sydney and uses the most stunning fabrics. Metallic rose prints, polka dot silk organza, Swiss fabrics and soft gentle lines. Each gown is made to measure and each gown has a certain individual flair.

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This beautiful silk organza polka dot gown featured in the July 2009 Australia issue of Instyle and is so reminiscent of the Tea Rose styling I’ve come to admire.

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Tea Rose also creates bridesmaid gowns, mother of the bride wear and special day wear. Visit the Tea Rose website for more!

Photos via Instyle Magazine and Tea Rose

Snapshot Sunday – A Chair With My Name On It

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


I keep coming back to this photo of Kerri on her wedding day to Andrew (see more here) captured by Beautiful Moments Photography. Maybe it’s the green lush vineyards, maybe it’s the sheer joy on the brides face or maybe it’s just that gorgeous chair dragged to the middle of the most unexpected place.

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Photo by Beautiful Moments Photography

Amber & Tommy’s Polka Dot Party

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, Polka Dots,


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Amber and Tommy

Amber sent me some of the photos of her recent wedding to Tommy held in Tennessee. A small intimate celebration, the wedding featured many polka dot details! Just perfect to share with you this Saturday!

Amber and Tommy chose to have a very small wedding- they wanted to be able to talk to every guest.

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Amber worked with a seller on Etsy to design a polka dot hairpiece.

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Amber made the handle for her bouquet and her bridesmaids bouquet. Her friend Roberta put together the bouquets (her first wedding bouquet!)

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The wedding programs were wrapped in satin and tied with polka dot ribbons.

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Amber and Tommy setup their seating cards beside their engagement photo taken by Scarlett Lillian. One side of the seating card said “Love Is All You Need” with the guests name on the other side.

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Guest tables were decorated with hot pink and black & white polka dots. Lanterns were strung from the roof.

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Favor boxes were clear Chinese take out boxes with black polka dots and tied with pink ribbon. Each contained a fortune cookie and a tag was attached with the couple’s monogram on one side and their names and wedding date on the other side.

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Amber and Tommy chose a cupcake tower for their wedding cake and cut a tiny cake tied with polka dot ribbon and adorned with a black T (for the University of Tennessee)

Thank you Amber and Tommy for sharing your sweet as can be polka dot wedding with Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by Living Image Studio

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