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Unveiling The New Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

by | Blog News, Bride


In lieu of this week’s Vendor Of The Week (coming up Monday!), I thought we might show off our wonderful Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members and our brand new directory!

We wanted a directory that reflected you. It has lots of elements requested by you and a few fun things along the way.

Features include

– The ability to add your favourite vendors to your “personalised collection”. (Haven’t got one yet? Sign up here)

– See more images of their fantastic work

– Connect with your favourite vendors on Facebook, Twitter or find their blog

– See the weddings on Polka Dot Bride the vendor has featured in.

– Easier navigation

Plus more new features coming soon!

– New and improved search functions, meaning you can find a vendor who suits what you need.

– Easily find our vendors throughout Polka Dot Bride and our specialty blogs

As always our vendors are our greatest support and allow us to continue producing the site, so please let them know if you found them on Polka Dot Bride!

We still have a bit of tweaking to go & a few little things to iron out but we’re almost there! SO make sure you visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and our wonderful vendors now!

If you’re a vendor and you’d like to advertise on Polka Dot Bride, please use our Advertising form to contact us!

We’ll be rolling out the guest contribution feature soon plus finishing off the tweaks on the main blogs! We know some comments are missing but fear not, they’re just stuck on the old site and we’re in the process of transferring them!

Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Creative Colour – Royal Purple

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


Love it or loathe it – this purple is an attention seeker!

Combine with different shades of lighter purples and magnolia and touches of green

– With soft yellow and grey green, burgundy and charcoal

– With royal blue, navy blue and lavender blue

– With deep teal and pearly grey

– With white, pale mauve and touches of hot pink

– With pale pink and silver grey

– With sage green and touches of deep red

– With magenta and wine colours and charcoal grey

With wine colours and plummy brown

– With saffron, caramel and touches of sage green

– Silver, pewter, crystals, marquesites, platinum,

– Flowers could include pure white flowers of any sort, larkspur, delphiniums, Queen Anne’s lace, sea holly, limonium, violets, dark red leaves, grey succulents, pansies, irises, dark purple lilies, lilacs, hydrangeas

– A champagne coloured wedding dress caught at the waist with an intricate amethyst and wine coloured crystal brooch, bouquets of purple, caramel. champagne and green orchids, pick up the green in the maids dresses with purple shoes for all, black suits for the men

– Magnolia tablecloths, purple napkins, champagne coloured plates, purple wine glasses, twigs, shells purple interiors, pearly finishes on dishes, cutlery handles,

– Hanging from the ceiling above each table, a flower arrangement incorporating the flowers used in your bouquets, on the tables purple candles of different hues, tiny purple and green boutonniere sized arrangements around each napkin

– Lots of glass to add light and sparkle – in plates, glasses, vases, candelabras, chandeliers, crystal drops looped amongst flowers, around lights, amongst the table decorations, mirrored tabletops

– Lanterns hung in groups – metal, paper, glass, hung amongst the spring blossoms of a wisteria covered pergola, or on the branches of a jacaranda tree

– Groups of paper flowers either in pure white, or in your bouquet colours. Hung from the ceiling, surrounding an archway, at each place setting, or even as your bouquet.

– And last but definitely not least – base your wedding theme on violets or pansies – tiny vases of them everywhere you can cram them, tucked into your bouquet, as fresh fragrant favours for your female guests, sugared violets on your cake, cupcakes or decorating your dessert

Placecard from Brides, Sergio Rossi Chi Chi pump from Neimen Marcus, hair flower from Triple7Custom on Etsy, ribbon from Pink Frosting.

Princess Cherry Pie Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


You might remember the lovely Vanessa of Princess Cherry Pie from when she married her lovely husband Chris last year in Melbourne- well since then, Vanessa has relocated to Sydney and has started her own skincare brand! Officially launching in September, the brand has all the cute, kitschy fun and love  we’ve come to know through the Princess Cherry Pie makeup artist brand with Vanessa’s own sense of charm.

There’s a beautifully large range of products, ranging from eye creams “Oh What A Delightful Eyeful! Eye cream) to milk crème cleansers (“Oh! Mr Milkman” milk crème facial cleanser and makeup remover). The boys aren’t left out – Princess Cherry Pie is also launching the Johnny B line of skincare. (My favourite is the “Cool Your Jets” apple vinegar and aloe toner).

To celebrate the launch of the new look Polka Dot Bride and the Princess Cherry Pie body collection, Princess Cherry pie is giving away a fantastic prize today!

Princess Cherry Pie is giving away a complimentary makeup trial; and wedding day makeup for the bride to be and her maid of honour (winner must be NSW based. This prize is valued at $355).

Interstate brides won’t miss out! Two runners-up will receive a gift pack of Princess Cherry Pie body products valued at $74.85 each including Lola and The Volleyball Instructor Sugar Scrub,  Mist Be Beautiful Moisturising Toner and Gayle’s Greek Holiday Daytime Moisturiser

To win your Princess Cherry Pie wedding day makeup service or a Princess Cherry Pie gift pack tell us in 25 words or less, why the bride to be/maid of honour of your wedding is special to you?

The winner will be chosen by Princess Cherry Pie 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. First prize is only available to residents in NSW, winners may have to pay travel costs if not within a reasonable distance. Any extra makeup services will have to be paid for by the winner. 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 17th August 2010 at 5.00 pm (Australian time).

This competition is now closed

Taryn and Tyrone

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


Taryn & Tyrone

I have a complete stunner of a wedding today. (I mean I know every wedding I post is said to be stunning, but really I love them all THAT much!). This one is all about the Sydney urban lifestyle! Black & white, sleek, simple details and the iconic venue? The Sydney Opera House!

Taryn and Tyrone are from Melbourne but decided Sydney was the place to hold their wedding.  Taryn says “Tyrone and I met 3 years ago in a Melbourne bar through friends. We both grew up in Sydney but Tyrone had been living in Melbourne for 7 years and id been there for 4 years but it turns out we grew up in the same area in Sydney but had never ever seen each other until then! Tyrone proposed on our 1 year anniversary in the Yarra Valley. We both decided that Sydney was home and were we wanted to have a family so we moved back 7 months before the wedding, also to make planning the big day easier.”

Photos today are by Welsch Photography

Taryn carried a creamy pink bouquet by Sweet Art. She wore a floor length gown with a black ribbon around the waist from Evermore Bridal.

Taryn and Tyrone married at St Marks Church, Darling Point. Taryn says “St Marks is a beautiful old church on a hill in Darling Point and from the moment we saw it we knew we had to get married there. St Mark’s has hosted such famous weddings as Elton John’s first marriage and the fictional wedding in the film Muriel’s Wedding”. As the church is quite traditional, it doesn’t allow CDs, so Taryn walked down the aisle to a traditional church organ playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major.

Taryn and Tyrone held their wedding reception in a marquee from Opera Point Events at the Sydney Opera House. Taryn recalls “Tyrone had always wanted to get married in a white marquee. We were still living in Melbourne when we started researching reception venues. Opera Point was the 1st and only venue we went too. It was just perfect, right on the water with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in front on you. We had a lot of interstate guests and some overseas and we knew they would love the view as much as we did.”

Taryn and Tyrone chose the “Hollywood Nights” invitation suite from Alannah Rose Stationery through Sweet Art to compliment their black and white theme. A two tier cake was made by Sweet Art to reflect the invitation design. Decorative Events provided the draping, chair covers and chandeliers.

The night was filled with dancing. Taryn and Tyron chose a classic song for their first dance “We wanted an old song for our 1st dance and I love Lionel Ritchie so we danced to “Truly”. When I hear it now it takes me right back to that moment.”

Guests danced the night away and celebratory fireworks lit the ink black sky. Taryn says “We had a band called Soul Nights who really got everyone dancing from song 1 until the end. It felt like one big party with all of our closest friends and family which is exactly how we dreamt our wedding to be.”

Thank you Taryn & Tyrone for sharing your wedding day with us! Congratulations on your marriage! A big thank you also to Welsch Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Welsch Photography

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