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Coloured Chairs

by | Bride, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


The unexpected surprise of coloured chairs is guaranteed to bring gasps of surprise from your guests. Rather than going the usual route of hiring chairs, you could use coloured chairs as a starting point for your wedding palette and build your theme around them.

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Chair from The Propery

Yes, it will be a lot of work if you are painting them yourself, but, if you’re brave you might cajole friends and relatives into helping you, with the promise of lots of food and drink at the end of the day! Make it  a sunny day and turn the music up loud!

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Chairs from Pottery Barn via Small Space Style

First collect your chairs. Try relatives or friends who may have unwanted chairs hidden away, if they don’t want of need them they might just get chairs with a brand new look at the end of the wedding day. That may just have a second life tucked away in a shady nook in the garden! Try op shops, or markets – it doesn’t matter if the chairs don’t match. In fact the different shapes will add to the charm of the look. Look in furniture warehouse type shops for well priced items and consider wood, bamboo or even rattan.

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Photo by Eva Lindh

The colours? For a beach-side wedding think of the blues and sea greens – either many different hues or just one colour such as a sky blue, for instance. Or try pearlised white, metallics or naturals such as driftwood. If your main colour is a soft apricot, try chairs in three or four apricot shades – from pale through to dark. You can use this look with any colour you choose as your main colour.

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Chairs from Apartment Therapy

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Chairs from Living Etc

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Chairs from The Kitchen Designer

Multi-colours look sensational with an all white scheme. Try a combination of lime, hot pink and orange, or turquoise, raspberry red and orange. Black, white and leaf green, or purple, jade and indigo – all will look stunning. When using multi colours in your chairs be sure to be very disciplined with the rest of your décor. Everything should be pared back to white or another main colour, with the occasional sparkle from glassware or cutlery. Even your flowers should be more restrained. You are trying for fun and elegance so keeping it clean will help the chairs shine.

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Chairs from Martha Stewart,  chairs from Arent Pyke via Desire To Inspire

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Chairs from Cookie Magazine

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Rose & Ruby – C’est La Vie

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


Rose and Ruby have launched their Summer 2009 collection- C’est La Vie. It’s everything I love about summer, beautiful soft shapes, colourful fabrics and the thought of lovely summer evenings sipping cocktails. Each gown is not only lovely for summer parties but perfect for bridesmaids or even the bride.

The summer collection uses beautiful french laces, silk georgette and silk chiffon in hues such as peony, sugar apple green, ecru and tea rose. There are varying lengths this season, with certain gowns available in two lengths.

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Check out their website soon for the new collection

Photos from Rose and Ruby

Snapshot Sunday – The Little Things

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


As soon as I saw this snapshot by Photobat (Alan Moyle) it made me smile (see more here). It also won a silver award at the AIPP awards in May! I love moments that aren’t neccessarily the most beautiful to shoot, but capture the little things that go into a wedding day.

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Photo by Photobat

Joni and Bill

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International, Polka Dots,


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I have such a fun polka dot wedding for you today! It’s the wedding of Joni and Bill which took place in North Carolina.

The couple rented a beach house (through Carolina Designs) the ceremony, presided over by Reverend Jay Bowman, was held on the beach in front while the celebration was held surrounding the pool.

Photos today are by Julie Dreelin of Beach Productions

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Joni and Bill walked down the aisle (the nearby pier) together to “A Kiss To Build A Dream On” played on the trumpet by Joni’s cousin.

Instead of a bridesmaids and groomsmen, Joni and Bill surrounded themselves with 39 close family and friends who served as their wedding party.

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Joni and Bill handmade many of their wedding details including invitations, welcome gifts for guests (buckets with a CD and gumballs) itineraries, door signs, flowers, match boxes, candy buffet and candy sacks, activity books for the attending children, place cards, match boxes to encourage guests to relight candles on the windy day, welcome signs, table cloths and carried the polka dot theme throughout. There was even polka dot wine served (which I am still dying to try and cannot find in Australia!).

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Thank you Joni and Bill for sharing your fun and personal DIY wedding day with Polka Dot Bride! I wish you all the happiness and joy for your future together! Thank you also to Julie Dreelin of Beach Productions for sharing her photographs with us!

Photos by Julie Dreelin of Beach Productions

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