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Jennifer and John Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Jennifer & John

Happy Saturday! I have the most unusual engagement shoot for you today from Studio D Photography in Pennsylvania!. It came from groom to be John who wanted to surprise his lovely bride Jennifer- how could I say no? I love the funky underwater aspect of these engagement photos, it’s always nice to see something completely different!

Photos by Studio D Photography

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Creative Colour – Sapphire Blue

by | Bride, Creative Colour


In celebration of Royal weddings, sapphires and bower birds everywhere…….

–      Combine with white and black

–       With blues of all hues

–       With spring green and magnolia

–       With white and champagne

–       With mustard yellow, pearl grey and off white

–       With blue greens, aqua – ocean colours

–       With pale grey, pewter grey and touches of coral orange

–       With touches of zesty orange, coral orange and lots of milky white

–       With raspberry (pinky)red, a slightly lighter ‘greyer’ blue and magnolia

–       With white. magnolia and cream

–       With silver, platinum, soft gold, pewter, brass, burnished metal

–       With lapis lazuli or opal or freshwater pearl jewellery

–       Use the iridescent flecks in opals as inspiration for your colour scheme

–       Team with the moody colours of Morocco to add depth and mystery – think lanterns, multi coloured stoneware platters, tactile fabrics, blue tea glasses on beaten silver trays, brass teapots and other dishes to contain your flowers, Moroccan food

–       Take your cue from the French Provincial look – gilt mirrors and chandeliers,  brightly coloured (use the blue colours) fabrics, ornate French inspired furniture arranged in a seating  area

–       Paisley fabrics in cotton or silk used as tablecloths or napkins tied with blue silk cord, paisley edged blue invitations, paisley silk ties for the men, paisley design on your wedding cake

–       A nautical inspired wedding using raspberry (rather than cherry )red, and/or zesty orange with white – blue striped drinking straws, red ticking fabric, orange, red and white flowers, red glassware, bunting/flags, striped ribbon, sea objects – sea glass, shells, starfish, lighthouse, paper boats

–       Hydrangeas in blue, white and green, hyacinth, sea holly, soft grey leaves, iris, green or white chrysanthemums. Nigella, pots of white or mauve daisies, forget me not, or pansies/violas, and please – no artifical bright blue flowers, or even artificially dyed flowers such as those bright blue orchids – keep it soft and real!

–       Peacock feathers – use their metallics and other colours as your inspiration

–       A beach wedding with the bridesmaids in floaty floral dresses patterned in sapphire, sapphire blue beaded flip flops, orange hibiscus with pink/orange frangipani flowers, bamboo seating, blue and green sea glass, shells, white and blue table décor,  the white sand, the aqua coloured sea and the orange sunset – what more could you wish for?

–       Sapphire blue touches in shoes, earrings, ribbon tied around your bouquets, bolero to put on if it’s a little cool, blue beading on your dress, blue ties and pocket handkerchiefs, blue patterned socks

Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Satin Pump from Neimen Marcus, bridesmaid gown from Dessy, sapphire blue earrings from Overstock Jeweler, hair flower from AyaWedding on etsy.

Belcanto Designs Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


Sparkly wedding accessories are one of my favourite things! There’s a little sweetness is seeing a bride turn her head and catching glimpse of something really special.

Belcanto Designs creates unique jewelery and accessories perfectly styled for your wedding day from antique jewellery. Principal designer Mari loves to hunt down vintage jewelery and re-work it into something brides can wear on their wedding day – creating a new generation of antique lovers and new pieces to pass down for generations to come.

Belcanto Designs are giving away one of their stunning headbands valued at US$300. The Belcanto Designs starburst headband features two strands of fresh water pearls topped off with a large vintage inspired ”starburst” brooch featuring pearls and rhinestones.

To win a the Belcanto Designs “Starburst” headband simply leave a comment on this post telling us about your favourite piece of jewelery and why you love it!

The winner will be chosen by Belcanto Designs and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. This prize is not redeemable for cash and must be redeemed 18 months from the date of the winner announcement. Competition is open worldwide. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 23rd December 2010 at 5.00 pm (Australian time).

Fiona and Dan

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Fiona and Dan

The countryside of Western Australia blows me away- it’s always got a real earthiness to it. Today’s wedding of Fiona & Dan really inspires me with it’s richness- there’s the elegant style of the bride and groom next to the rich red soil, the candid laughter, the special moments and the little touches!

Our newlyweds Dan & Fiona met 10 years ago when they both worked for a toy retailer, in fact at the time of their meeting Fiona was actually Dan’s boss. 10 years later, Fiona is still the boss! They planned the wedding from London!

Photos today are by White Tulip Photography– I love how Mandy has captured he vivid colours of the Australian landscape while still keeping that soft, elegant feel to her work she always has.

Fiona wore a gown by Jade Daniels from Confetti and Lace Boutique, UK. The bridesmaids wore floor length Dessy gowns. Jennifer Porter & Lorna Marie Liddelow styled the girls hair & makeup for the day. Fiona says “Nothing was too much trouble and both the ladies helped us with timetabling and even getting the bridal gown on.  It was great that they could come to us on the day as it made the day more relaxing and enjoyable.”

A blue brooch was attached to lace wrapping the bouquet. The flowers were styled by Vintage Bloom Weddings.

Fiona and Mark were married St Thomas More Catholic Church.  Fiona walked down the aisle to Blackbird by The Beatles, performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She says “Although this song is traditionally associated with civil rights in America, most people take their own meaning from the song. We chose the song mainly for its references to looking to the future, for better times ahead. That, and I liked the tune.”

The couple held their reception at Xanadu Winery. Fiona says “Xanadu Winery is a stunning venue for any function. Although we choose most of our suppliers from the other side of the world, our nerves were put to rest when we met Leah Jenkins from Xanadu Winery. Her professionalism was refreshing, and she made the whole process of organising the day a breeze. Combine that with an amazing menu and some rather decent wine we knew the day would be special. Xanadu served up one last special moment as were drove into the property: a setting sun through the gumtrees was a moment that we couldn’t pass up, so we all took off through the long grass to capture the special light of a beautiful South West sunset in a bush setting.”

Guests received sweet treats as favors- a DIY project. As Fiona puts it “These days most weddings need a little DIY, whether it’s to add a personal touch or keep the budget in order. For us, there were a few areas we knew we would like to do ourselves. With Dan being a designer, it went without saying that he was more than happy to take the reins when it came to the stationery, but having your future wife for a client can be tricky! My mum mother Annette chipped in with organising and putting together the bonbonerie. Lastly, my sister-in-law Karen did an amazing job with the church decorations, as Karen says “It’s amazing what a quick trip to Spotlight can whip up!””

When I asked what made the wedding special to Fiona, her response was beautifully apt “We only need one. Our guests.”

There was one very special surprise for the bride and groom. Fiona recounts “We didn’t have many surprises on our wedding day, but Dan’s brother Jeremy, who was the MC for the evening, delivered up one of the most memorable parts of the day with a fun game of ‘Who’s the boss?’ where the bride and groom sit back to back both holding a pink and blue teddy bear answering questions about their married life ahead.”

The cupcake wedding cake was created by Tealicious House. The couple had a romantic first dance, Fiona recalls “We took a few lessons from a lovely lady called Josie, who did her very best to teach us how to dance the waltz. We chose Moonriver by Andy Williams, mainly because it’s just a classic song that we both loved. Although we did our best on the night, I’m not sure we’ll show Josie any footage of us dancing, she might be a touch disappointed! Sorry Josie.”

Congratulations Fiona & Dan! Thankyou for sharing your wedding day with us! Thankyou also to White Tulip Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by White Tulip Photography.

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