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Joni and Bill

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


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Joni and Bill

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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Creative Colour – Lavender

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


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This dreamy, smoky colour – perfect for those with dark red hair or dark hair – very sultry!

-     Combine with pale blush pink and raspberry red

-    Pale grey, black and stark white

-    Hot pink, lilac and grey

-    Mauve pink, dark purple, hints of fresh green and ivory

-    Sage green, grey and soft yellow

-    With chocolate brown and raspberry

-    With ivory, yellow and a variety of purples

-    Green (as found in orchids), yellow green and touches of raisin

-    Sweet peas, tulips, lisianthus, delphiniums, lavender, green orchids, lilac coloured roses, pansies and violas, agapanthus, forget-me-nots, scabiosa, plumbago, daffodils, jonquils, dark purple lilies

-    Baskets piled high with blooms, dark wood furniture, wine barrels, old stone walls and floors, wooden trugs filled with ribbon tied bunches of lavender, pewter, distressed old mirrors, a crackling fire. Liven the scene with textures – matt, shiny, silky, rough – in self patterned fabrics, cutlery – think brushed textured or ornate handles, shiny glassware, even mirrored surfaces. Candles could be in lavender hues supplemented with moody lighting over the dance floor, wrought iron chandeliers

-    Under a wisteria covered arbour, white furniture and accessories, silverware, silver candelabra filled with lots of ivory or lavender candles, silver edged glassware, containers over-flowing with soft yellow and purple blooms of all hues, enlivened with touches of green foliage, a white cake decorated with the same flowers either fresh or sugar versions

-    Dresses could feature hand embroidery, covered buttons, beaded appliqué, tulle detailing, satin – or be in a heavier stiffer fabric such as shantung or taffeta – think black detailing here to emphasise the more tailored look of the fabric

-    For winter use wraps, embroidered, beaded or fur capelets, or little cashmere cardigans with jewelled buttons to add to a vintage look

-    For the bride’s dress try a heavy lace over lavender or white lining in a simple design, or a structured design in swishy taffeta with lavender touches

-    Freshwater pearls, diamonds, amethysts, Swarovski crystals combined into unique pieces for you and your maids – necklaces, earrings, hair pieces, embellishments for shoes or to catch fabric folds at your hips

-    Bubbles to blow, petals scattered along a walkway or along the tables, iridescent stars and/or groups of mirror balls or glass covered lights hung from the ceiling

-    Bouquet accents of crystals, pearls or silver twisted wire

-    Lavender shirts, mid or charcoal grey or black suits for the men

-    Favours could consist of lavender bags, lavender perfumed bath and body potions, lavender honey, tea or candles, cupcakes frosted with lavender icing, embellished with lavender coloured sugar or flowers

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Lavender seating cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, frock from J.Crew, earrings and pouch from Brides, beads from Purebeads

Chloe & Reese Launches Bridal Collection

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


New York designers Chloe & Reese last month launched their Ardour collection. The Ardour collection is the brand new bridal collection from the popular designers.

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The collection is available in some of New York’s best stores- Bloomingdales, Saks and Neimen Marcus and even Harrods of London. But my favourite option? You can order your frocks online through their online store and customise the colour choice, fabric and the store’s consultants will work with you, sending colour swatches, photos and even samples if you’re unable to attend their Manhattan store.

I love the classic silhouettes of the dresses. There are pencil skirts, sweetheart necklines, fifties flared skirts, cap sleeves and bows. There’s various fabrics and gowns available in floor length or cocktail style. There’s a huge range of colour choices for each gown with colours ranging from the gorgeous Pistachio to the bold Autumn.

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Chloe & Reese are more than happy to work with Australians, which gives us another great option for bridesmaids! Check out their website for more

Competition Winners!

by | Bride, Competitions


We have two competition winners to announce today!

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The two winners of our Southern Wedding Style Magazine competition are


“how would I weave southern charm into my wedding? well I didn’t know it until reading this post, but its via our food! Sweet food! We’re having dessert and cake and a lolly buffet and take home jars of honey that my dad harvests from his bees”.



“I plan to have pies instead of cakes… pumpkin pie, apple pie. peach pie, the choices are endless! I also love cornbread and I’m sure that will find its way in somehow!”

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The two winners of the Sydney Ultimate Wedding Planning Party double passes (each valued at $160) are


“My fiancée and I are just about to book a church for our wedding next year but when I saw this competition, I asked her whether she would marry me on top of the Harbour Bridge, just to see what she would say. She laughed and said “you know I would marry you anywhere in the world… any place, at any time. Just as long as I get to marry you”.”



“The bridge is something old, the rings are something new. The overalls are something borrowed, and the sky is something blue… now all I need, is You!”

Thank you to all our entrants and congratulations to our winners! I will be in touch shortly!

Don’t forget you can still enter to win a $100 Smartypig Voucher and two nights accommodation at the Brisbane Marriot Hotel.

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