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Creative Colour – Sage Green

by | Bride, Creative Colour


A soft silvery green that is a colour close to nature – the Australian bush, a pebble on the beach, lichen on a tree branch, dried moss on a rock.

Combine with whites of all hues

– With chocolate brown as accents

– With old fashioned deep rose pink and magnolia

– With pale lilac and deeper plum and touches of eggplant purple

– With sky blue, pale grey and off white

– With black and white

– With vintage apricot and pale grey

– With pewter grey and touches of fairy floss pink

– With pale apricot and magnolia

– With white and lots of different greens

– With lots of off white, pale grey and touches of autumnal hues such as coral orange, deep rusty red and bronzey brown

– With magnolia and midnight blue

– With wheat and duck egg blue or slate blue

– With silver, glass, pewter and copper and brass tinged with verdigris

– For an autumn wedding think natural combinations of twigs, dried grapevines, berries, black and green grapes, pewter, bleached wooden tables and accessories, sage green table runners and napkins on burlap cloths, sage green bridesmaids’ dresses with chocolate sashes, twine, birds nests with brown speckled eggs inside glass domes

– Keep your colour scheme fresh by introducing white and lots of different greens to your décor. White flowers, green flowers, and different greens in leaves can be your starting point to a light spring like feel. White furniture, white cloths and crockery set off with sparkling glassware, glass candlesticks with white candles, sage green dresses embellished with dark green crystal hair clips, dark green shoes, the same dark green sash on the bridal dress, sage green ties with pale grey suits for the men

– Pale blue and green hydrangeas, in glass vases on a pale blue tablecloth. Over cloth in pale sage organza beaded in blue. Bleached wooden or white furniture, a garden wedding, big bunches or pots of hydrangeas everywhere, maids in soft blue dresses accessorized with sage green – think ethereal, think floaty and summery

– White broderie anglais, white daisies, muslin squares tying up green sweets, satin or patterned grosgrain ribbon, old fashioned velvet flocked flowers, old silver ware

– Lilac agapanthus, green chrysanthemums, orchids, peonies, roses, hydrangeas, berries – green, red, purple, pale grey leaves, daisies, succulents, conifer branches and cones

– A lolly bar with lollies of every green imaginable in glass jars or milk glass white containers

– Birds or butterflies in sage green patterned Japanese paper hung in cascades from the ceiling

– Try stripes, polka dots, paisley or checks in sage green on a background of off white, cream or white as overcloths and napkins. Mix and match patterns to add interest. Flowers in white, with pale grey leaves, white tablecloths, white chairs, white crockery – keep everything else simple

Rosette from Brydferth on Etsy , cake from Pink Cakebox, bridesmaid gown from Aria, tie from Ties- Necktie

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Friday dear readers! I am dying to have cocktails with a wonderful friend tonight, it’s long overdue and there is nothing like a face to face chat with the special people in your life. Then we’re heading to see a lot of our family as they’ve flown in to celebration some special milestones. I can’t wait! What are your plans?

First up…around the Polka Dot Specialty blogs this week..

Want some style inspiration? Check out Gerard’s look on Polka Dot Groom

I shared Matt and Katie’s Photographer Spoof video from the AIPP Hair Of The Dog Conference on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ava Madison shared the secrets behind opening a brand new store also on Polka Dot Wisdom

How does one describe this wedding? Fun, romantic and “Very Jen and Tony!” Check it out on Polka Dot Weddings

I hopped over to the glorious Ayana Resort and Spa on Polka Dot Honeymoons

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To celebrate the opening of their Prahran, Melbourne store, dress designer Ava Madison is holding a grand opening celebration on the 3rd of March. Click the invitation above for all the details! There’ll be plenty of champagne and sweet treats and specials for those of your purchasing your bridesmaid (or party!) gowns on the night! If you’re in the industry and want to mingle or a bride who is looking for a beautiful dress for yourself or your maids, this is the event to go to!

Sydney and UK Bridal Couture label Sarah Janks is holding a viewing at The Establishment of her gowns with 10% off all sales on the 26th and 27th of February. Download your invitation by right clicking on this link.

Decorative Events are holding an event open day to show off their talents from 9am-4pm on Saturday, 26th of February at their Sydney showroom (located at 5-7 Bourke Rd Alexandria).

They’ll have 10 stylists available on the day to discuss all the couples decor requirements, along with a few key preferred suppliers – their florist, photographer and stationary supplier. Product bookings will also receive a 10% discount for attending the showcase. There will be champagne and the chance to have a one hour styling appointment all to yourself (just call and book!)

To RSVP, email them with their details at or phone 02 8399 2299 to register.

Peeptoe Shoes is holding their first ever Melbourne Warehouse Sale- the perfect chance to get a bargain pair of shoes for your or your bridesmaids (or jsut for fun!)  next weekend at the St Kilda Town Hall next weekend. They’re offering up to 75% off shoes, bags and accessories. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

The Langham Hotels across the world are running a competition to find the world’s most romantic proposal to celebrate the Royal Wedding of William and Kate. The winner will receive 1 million frequent flier miles and a two night stay in each of the eight luxurious Langham hotels across the world. Not only that, but signature afternoon tea experiences and airport transfers are all included and valued at US$40,000. Now that’s a trip I’d like to take! Check out the website to enter.

How was your week dear polka dotettes? Do share with me!

Donna and Tenny’s Urban Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings


Donna and Tenny

It’s always one of my favourite moments- sharing the story of someone I know has read Polka Dot Bride throughout their engagement, has shared snippets and glimpses of their life . Then they share their wedding photos and it’s like looking through those of a friend, it’s her smiling face, there’s the menus she talked about making, there’s the candy bar she spoke of and discussed with the other girls.

Today’s wedding is of Donna and Tenny. I’ve followed Donna on Twitter for a long time and seen her talk of her wedding plans, from finding a photographer to celebrating her hen’s night. It’s so wonderful to be able to share today with you  – the culmination of it all- her wedding to her soul mate Tenny.

Donna tells how she met her husband Tenny. “We met at a Latin dance school. He was a teacher and I was a student/performer there. We were friends for a few years before we got together but the best way for you to see the story is to read this story that I wrote for our wedding programs on my blog here

Today’s photographs are by the very talented Lakshal Perera (also known as Lucky). I love the beautiful photographs Lucky has taken today- they capture the soul of Donna and Tenny and the spirit of their wedding day. Donna says “The photos speak for themselves. There isn’t a single photo that Lucky gave us that I don’t absolutely love. They capture the day so perfectly – when I first looked at them I cried! And I wasn’t the only one, friends of mine (even people who weren’t there at the wedding) were brought to tears by Lucky’s beautiful photography.”

Donna wore pink glittery heels from Nine West. Lucky was able to capture them and keep her nephew entertained while she got ready! One of Donna’s favourite moments was “Spending the night before & early morning of the wedding day with Tenny. We stayed at home then went out for breakfast together before splitting up to get ready. I loved those quiet moments!”

Donna used Gemma from Embellished Makeup for her and her bridemsaid’s makeup, and Jayde from Sassy Chic to style the girls hair. “Gemma, my makeup artist was simply amazing. Not only was her makeup flawless, but it lasted the entire day without touching up (except for lippy) despite many tears, a pillow fight and hours of dancing! She is a complete sweetie and in the lead up to the wedding we’d email & tweet about so many things. She offered her advice about the many different make up looks I was considering, we’d chat about Masterchef and she was full of sympathy and recommendations when I had a few hiccups leading up to the wedding. I consider her a friend now – she even offered me refuge at her home when I lost power during the floods!

Jayde  my hairdresser was fantastic. She came to my rescue when my original HD pulled out 8 weeks before the wedding. She understood exactly what I wanted for my hair and what my girls wanted – she definitely worked her magic!”

Donna wore a strapless gown by Essence of Australia from The Bridal Centre while her bridesmaids wore magenta convertible gowns from Kookai. Brisbane Market Flowers created a bouquet of pink peonies for Donna and Donna’s friend Kiki ( created silk wrist corsages for her bridesmaids.

Tenny wore a grey suit from Geoffrey Beene from David Jones.

One of the funniest stories or the day involved Donna’s love of lists. “Anyone involved in our wedding will tell you that I am super organised and love lists. I did up a run sheet for the entire day and which everyone who had a part to play in the day got a copy of (colour coded for different people!). On the day itself, I didn’t really look at my run sheets or lists, I just trusted the people that I loved and the people that I hired to do what they needed to do and it worked.

The lists only failed me in one way. I’d left a list for the boys of things that they should make sure they had before we left: speeches, buttonholes, rings etc. Well, they didn’t check the list and left the buttonholes in the fridge!

They didn’t realise until Tenny’s mum showed up with the button hole for his dad and Tenny turned to his groomsmen and said: “where are our flowers”. Cue panic as they realised they’d forgotten. Apparently the groomsmen didn’t even see the list … Tenny ended up wearing his dad’s buttonhole and the groomsmen went without – at least they remembered the rings!”

Special moments with her loved ones meant more to Donna than anything else. She recalls, “To be honest, for me the wedding wasn’t about the details. Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty details and spent countless hours looking at pretty wedding details on blogs. But when I think back and remember the wedding, the details fade and what I remember are the precious moments like the group hug I took with my bridesmaids right before walking down the aisle (the photo of our heads), being unable to hold back the tears when I was walking up the aisle and the overwhelming feeling of love, joy and support that I felt all day.”

Donna and Tenny were married at the Victoria Park Function Centre in the Garden Marquee. “We chose Victoria Park because we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the one place to minimise travel for our guests. The staff there (especially Ali Lord, our coordinator) were fantastic to deal with. No question was too small and they always got back to me quickly.” Donna walked down the aisle to  Beyonce’s version of ‘Ave Maria’.

The funny list story didn’t end with the flowers. Donna recalls “I’d nicely tied the rings onto our Paloma’s Nest ring bowl with bows that would be easy to untie. The boys decided that they wanted to get a better look at the rings during morning and then retied them with knots so tight that during the wedding they took a couple of minutes to untie them! I was worried that we’d have to send someone to get scissors!”

One of my favourite parts of the day was after the photos with the bridal party, Tenny and I went back to Emporium Hotel where we were staying that night with Lucky who took a few photos of us there – including photos of us jumping on the bed and having a pillow fight (which I won).

I printed our wedding invitations on paper that we bought in Japan not long after we were engaged as well as making the ceremony programs, table names and tulle pom poms to decorate the ceremony area. A cupcake wedding cake was made by friends along with a small cake for the traditional cake cutting.

Donna and Tenny returned to Victoria Park Function Centre for their reception in the Alabaster Room.

Sweet treats! “If I had to pick one detail as being special though, it would be the lolly bar! When I started wedding planning it was the only thing that I knew I wanted to have at the wedding. I thought we went overboard buying almost 25kg of lollies for our guests (a little over 80) but there were no lollies left! And although I’d thought that my brother and cousins would be the ones devouring the lollies, I think it was some of the older aunties and uncles who went back to the lolly bar two or three times!”

Donna and Tenny had a romantic and surprising first dance. “We’re both dancers and mostly dance Brazilian dance styles. We danced a forro (pronounced foh-ho) to “I Like You” by SJ. Forro is quite a cuddly dance style, danced very closely so that your torsos are touching. We didn’t choreograph our wedding dance and we’d only ever danced to the song once before the wedding day. Some of my friends who aren’t dancers pronounced it the “best wedding dance ever” and my sister (who also dances a little) said it was her favourite moment of the day!”

Another of Donna’s favourite memories was the last hours of the reception. “I loved rocking the dance floor at the reception with everyone, including my 89yo grandfather! My friends later told me that I should rent my family/friends out for weddings/functions because they hadn’t seen such a dance loving group of guests before.”

A big congratulations to Donna and Tenny on their marriage! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Lakshal for allowing us to share today’s images!

Photos by Lakshal Perera

Bel and Dodge’s Eclectic Hinterland Wedding

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


Bel & Dodge

Today’s wedding is such a delight, an intimate celebration filled with delicious little touches, beautiful moments and life long memories. Today you will feel transported to France, to a wedding full of romance.  It’s nice to know it’s just near Byron Bay!

Bel explains how she and Dodge met. “Dodge and I met 4 years ago doing a summer camp near Washington DC, USA; thus beginning our friendship, but it wasn’t until last October that it eventuated into more. For the next 6 months we emailed non-stop and skyped every moment we could. Then last April I flew to his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA to bridesmaid for a mutual friend’s wedding and to spend a month with him and his family & friends. Two weeks into the trip he planned an amazing proposal day consisting of a mix tape road trip into the Oklahoma countryside, a photoshoot in a magical field of yellow flowers (by bcreative) and a candlelit dinner under a big beautiful tree at dusk surrounded by fireflies. Down on one knee, an antique styled 57 diamond ring sealed the deal. Then he finished it off with a campfire under the stars. Two months later he moved to Australia and we started our creative company [db] collective. (we are both artists/designers/photographers).

On November 19, 2010 we had our big day. We collaborated on all the design/styling for the wedding, from the limited edition personally screen printed invite posters, to the garment design, to every last piece of decoration.”

Photos today are by Sayher Heffernan who captures images with such a calm, raw feel to them. His imagination creates the most beautiful images. Dodge and Bel are wedding photographers themselves so wanted a particular essence to their shots, They flew Sayher up from Melbourne to capture their wedding day.

Bel and Dodge had their wedding filmed by Red Carpet Weddings.

Bel and Dodge were married at Deux Belettes Country Guesthouse in the Byron Bay hinterland. Bel says “Deux Belettes is a dream. It has so much charm and character around every corner. Even the drive there is divine. The grounds are leafy and lush and the house itself is warm and luxurious. Our ceremony was planned to be under a big beautiful tree in a lawn area, but due to wet weather it was easily moved into a cosy pool house with vintage French features The reception was held in a long covered arched courtyard with a 300 year old brass chandelier. The venue owners make it feel like home!”

Bel wore a gown created by Leonard Derecourt.

Bel wore a stunning mantilla veil. “I loved my veil! It was a mantilla veil with Chantilly lace on all the edges, then it was tied in a big knot at the back of my head. My hair & makeup stylist, Erin Galliene, created an absolute masterpiece of braiding and curls and magic that showed through under the veil.”

Flowers On The Run styled the floral arrangements, but Bel’s had one extra special touch. “I attached a locket of my grandmothers to my bouquet, it had a picture of my grandma and grandpa inside it. They passed away a few years ago, but they remain in my mind, as having one of the most long, beautiful and passionate marriages I have ever encountered. I’m so happy they were there with me as I started my marriage.” Bel wore blue shoes from Wittner.

The ceremony was moved to the pool house after rain threatened. ” It rained! But my crack volunteer set-up team had the pool house gorgeous in no time. We restricted our guest list to 45 adults and 6 of my little nieces and nephews. The ceremony was intimate, we didn’t need any microphones to be heard when we said our vows. Everyone could visibly see the tears rolling down Dodge’s face as I walked down the aisle. And the reception was the same.” Bel walked down the aisle to “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine.

The pool house was strung with white bunting, a citrus wreath and a “db”. When I asked Bel if she did any DIY for her wedding she said, “Any? Ha! How about… EVERYTHING! Hehe. We run our own creative company ([db] collective) and we always insist on such a high standard for our clients, so we just had to create every last detail for our own wedding. Of course we did hire in the services of photographers, caterers, etc, but pretty much every bit of styling/decorating/designing/planning was a collaborative effort by us!”

Bel says “As we are both devoted Christians, the most important part for us, that we really knew that God was there with us. We had our pastor marry us, who has been like a dad to me, and such a true friend. We wrote our own vows that incorporated both traditional parts and more personal and spiritual additions. We took communion as the very first act as a married couple, then we did a foot washing, which is something Jesus did in the bible to symbolise serving one another and being selfless. And I know God was there throughout the reception as we ate, drank, danced and enjoyed!”

Bel and Dodge loved their intimate celebration. “We had a bunch of family and friends come all the way from the USA to be there. It was so nice for everyone to meet everyone and to share it with them.  And it meant so much that they would come such a long way to be there. Particularly having Dodge’s Dad as one of his groomsmen, was a really special part for him.”

The bridesmaids wore gowns designed by Bel and made by a local seamstress while the groom and groomsmen were dressed by Western Emporium. Bel says ” The whole event was vintage/eclectic themed. The guys wore late 19th century high waisted pants with leather suspenders and different shirts and bandanas around the collar. The girls wore different shades of yellow in all different styled dresses with little silk bands around their foreheads.”

Guests ate under a 300 year old brass chandelier in an arched, covered courtyard. “We had just one long banquet table and the food was share plate style. It felt like home. All our closest friends and family were there and we actually got to spend time with each of them. Numerous guests have since told me how much they enjoyed it, with even a few giving it the prize of ‘favourite wedding’.”

The reception photos are some of my favourites, and the memory? I think it’s one of Bel and Dodge’s favourites too! “We asked our other pastor to be our reception MC and to our delight she actually surprised us by writing us a song! Before she played it, she distributed cut-outs of me and Dodge’s face on sticks, with all the song lyrics on the back. It was a remake of “According to Him” and thus renamed, “According to Bel”. Every single guest was laughing the entire time! It was truly hilarious! So funny in fact, that once she finished I celebrated it, with a standing ovation!”

The first dance was a beautiful one. “We danced to “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones, in an open part of the courtyard, under a big tree, strung with fairy lights. By that point of the night I had ditched my shoes, so it was a barefoot waltz – which for those who know me well, know how appropriate that was! The videographer even got a great close up shot of my bare little toes in his highlights reel. After our waltz, and half way through the dancing with the rest of the guests it started to rain, but I think that only added fuel to the fire! We all had too much fun busting a move with the rain sprinkling down.” The music was provided by Jaye Liubinskas, Simon & Arnya Reddrop, Nathan Carlson while the cake came from Love Bites Cookies & Cakes.

Congratulations Bel and Dodge! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Sayher for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Sayher Heffernan

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