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Win Two Nights At The Marriot Hotel!

by | Bride, Competitions


Popular for weddings and romantic first nights, the Marriot Hotel, Brisbane, with its grand marble lobby and inner location, is a luxurious venue for any celebration.
So I’m thrilled they are joining Polka Dot Bride in a fantastic giveaway!

The Marriott Hotel Brisbane “Romance Package” is perfect for your wedding night, anniversary or honeymoon .It includes overnight accommodation, sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival, full buffet breakfast for two, late check-out at 1:00 pm, valet car parking and starts at $295 per night.

Wedding Win Two Nights At The Marriot Hotel!

For one lucky couple, The Marriot Hotel Brisbane has extended their “Romance Package” for two nights and is offering it as a wedding night package for a Brisbane couple or special celebration package for interstate guests.

Featuring a king bed, marble bath, luxurious ‘Revive’ Bedding, a beautiful view over the Brisbane river, 32 inch LCD TV, 24 hour room service and nightly turndown service the Brisbane Marriott is the ultimate in five star luxury.

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Being on the exclusive executive level, you’ll have access to the Executive lounge, which provides complimentary hors d’oeuvres, dessert and alcoholic beverages daily between 5.30pm and 9.30pm and a continental breakfast each morning .

The prize is valued at $900 and includes:

• Two nights accommodation in an Executive level river room
• Full buffet or room service breakfast for two
• Valet parking
• Chilled Domaine Chandon and chocolates on arrival
• Late checkout of 1pm

To enter, simply leave a comment on this entry and tell us the first four lines of a handwritten, romantic poem you might compose to celebrate your good fortune at having won the prize.

Entry is open to Australian residents aged 18 or older. Competition closes 31st of August, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Prize is subject to availability, valid Fri – Sunday.

This competition is now closed.

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Snapshot Sunday – The Blue Tree

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


I love the unexpected nature of the landscape in this wedding photo of Alison and Matthew (see more here) captured by Gemma Clarke Photography

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Photo by  Gemma Clarke Photography

Lydia Jewels Bridal Collection

by | Bride, Jewellery


Australian designer Lydia Jewels launched her bridal collection this week. I really like this collection. There’s a boldness in the designs that paired together can make a statement, but it’s also beautiful enough to be worn subtly as singular pieces.

Each piece is made by Lydia-Jane in Australia and named after a glamorous lady (I love Grace Kelly).

Lydia-Jane uses pearls, Swarovski crystals, diamante encrusted balls and clasps, sem-precious gems and metals and vintage pieces in her designs. Each piece highlights her attention to detail.

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The pieces available to purchase through the online store, you can also use Lydia Jewels’ bespoke service and have Lydia-Jane design a custom creation just for you over a glass of champagne! Visit the website for more!

Photos from Lydia Jewels

Creative Colour – Lilac

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


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Think of clouds in a dawn sky, the soft mauve of spring flowers – for those of us who love to be ultra feminine.

-    Combine with ivory, and purples of the spectrum from dark to mid to pale

-    With cornflower blue and chocolate

-    With mid grey and burgundy

-    With white, dove grey and silver

-    With cherry red

-    With cream, apricot and pewter

-    With ivory and pink and/or soft yellow

-    Pewter, silver and sparkling glassware

-    With sage green, touches of darker sage green and darker lilac

-    Agapanthus, lilacs, cornflowers, delphiniums, larkspur, white roses, lilac roses, orchids tinged with green, lavender, grey leaves, green leaves from lime to celadon to grey green, hydrangeas, sweet peas

-    Lace, crystals, sequins, soft floaty fabrics, lilac hail spot muslin over ivory silk lining, lace gloves, diamonds, pearls

-    An ‘olde worlde’ feel – lace overlays, embroidered organza, beading, frilled blouses, long skirts with trains, parasols, faux fur wraps – look at 1900’s fashion for inspiration for your bridal party dresses

-    1920’s flapper fashion – straight dresses with lace overlays, dropped waists, cloche hats, beaded headbands, fabulous shoes embellished with crystals, feathers – in fans, long ostrich feathers

-    Arrive at the wedding in a carriage, or beautiful old cars like Bentleys, Mercedes

-    Small silver photo frames at each place setting with the guests’ name can double as favours, glass votives with lilac candles

-    For a winter wedding, large containers of bare white branches, festooned with your flower of choice, strings of crystals, up lit with hidden lights or with candles and rose petals surrounding the container. Use these in doorways, entrances, create a walkway, on either side of a fire place, on tables

-    For a summer wedding outside, create a secret garden look with vines and branches over and around a pergola, garlands and pots of flowers – hydrangeas, sweet peas and ferns are particularly pretty with this theme. Make the most of existing features such as stone walls, fountains, ponds

-    A cake decorated simply with silver balls (cachous), tiny sugar flowers randomly set all over, or a croquembouche with spun toffee and dotted with sugared violets. A cake covered with sugared flowers such as violets, hydrangeas (flowers picked individually off the flower heads), or sweet peas

-    Lilac lining in the mens’ suit jackets

-    Silver edged glassware or crockery, silver cutlery, silver chairs, mirrors on the tables and on the wall to reflect sparkle, the palest of lilac in table linen, enhanced with the other colours of your chosen palette in flowers,  napkins, cake, garlands

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Skirt from Brides, Stationery by Stationers Engraving New York via Martha Stewart Weddings, cupcake from Daisy Hill Cake Company Dusty Lilac Flower Barrettes from BabbsBoutique on Etsy

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