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Creative Colour – Mint Green

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration

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Mint green is a soft pale green with a touch of blue – fresh and pretty, or icy and cool – such is its versatility.

Combine with black and white

–       With ivory and lavender (with a hint of blue)

–       With ivory and soft sky blue

–       With soft pink and white

–       With milk chocolate and ivory

–       With apricot, deeper coral and cream

–       With dark chocolate and cream

–       With navy and darker mint, and ivory

–       Enhance the colour by using subtle metallic finishes on your invitations, place cards, menus etc

–       In the winter, icicles, snowflakes hung on white painted branches, mint green and clear crystal beading to create a subtle shine, long sleeves, fairy lights inside and outside for a winter wonderland, a horse drawn carriage with tinkling bells on the horses’ harnesses, crystals, felt and velvet fabrics, glittering crystal and pearl hair pieces and jewelery

–       Crystals, silver, platinum, stainless steel

–       In summer – various shades of white in furniture, pearly sea shells, starfish, sea urchins, coral, crockery, flowers – pure white roses or orchids and soft grey leaves, candles, mint cocktails or mint juleps, muslin drapes, paper parasols, white lanterns, capiz shell ‘chandeliers’

–       Mint flavoured chocolate, mint leaf lollies, humbugs, choc mint flavoured lollies, jelly beans, choc mint ice cream, grasshopper pie, peppermint hot chocolate

–       Privet berries, grey leaves such as dusty miller, white blooms, Singapore orchids, hypericum berries, coral roses, tulips, poppies – the flowers you use will depend on the colours you choose for your scheme

–       Soft grey or string coloured outfits for the men. Pick up the mint colour in ties, socks, pocket squares. Black suits if using the black and white combination

–       Make a feature of unusual ribbons and beautiful lace in napkin ties, edging on cloths, paper ware such as your table numbers, seating cards, menus, favour box embellishment, as part of the cake design, on garlands, as the hangers for lanterns

–       Use paper punches to create decorative edging on your felt or paper accessories

–       Hang multiple strings of mint green, blue and clear beads from the ceiling for a feeling of being in an underwater cave, or drape them in amongst candles, candelabra, or along the edges of cloths

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Cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, Vera Wang Dolores Gown, Mint Green Pagoda Umbrella from Signature Bella, Let Them Eat Cake print from BluLima on Etsy.

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Custom Shoes By Shoes Of Prey

by | Accessories, Bride

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I have a habit of wanting a certain design of shoe and never being able to find it, it usually drives whoever I am shopping with mad. But you know, the “shoes make or break the outfit” has also been my rule, or maybe it’s just my excuse for more shoes.

I stumbled across Shoes Of Prey recently on Twitter and have been stuck on their website ever since.

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Shoes Of Prey is an ingenious Australian website that offers a bespoke shoe service.

Unlike other custom shoe designers, the whole process with Shoes Of Prey is done online.

You can choose leather types  (snakeskin to soft leather and many, many options in between), decorations (soft rosettes to fancy bows) the heel height, the toe shape, the back of the shoe and even down to the colour (red fur anyone?). The shoe designer is so easy to use too- very much like a virtual colouring in project!

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Shoes Of Prey have made everything very easy, they have a great return policy and will even discuss sizes and widths with you to ensure even the most nervous customer has her mind put at ease. Once your shoe is designed you can embed the picture on your website or blog or send the link to a friend.

Jodi, along with husband Michael and friend Mike are the brains behind the business with all of the shoes being handmade and shipping to most countries (including the USA).

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The site is brand new and they’ll be adding new fabrics and styles as time goes by (I’m hoping for flats perhaps and maybe feathers, silks, perhaps even jeweled decorations!) It’s so easy to spend hours fiddling around with shoe designs (as I clearly have).

Visit the Shoes Of Prey website for more.

Ria and Craig – The Celebration

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

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We’re back with the second part of Ria and Craig’s wedding feature! Ria and Craig decided to get married at Sydney’s MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in the Harbour Terrace Room.

The room would hold many more guests than the couple had, so Ria decided to screen half of the room off and turn it into an indoor ceremony space! Ria and Craig began their ceremony as the sun was setting at 5.30pm.

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Ria walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” sung by Ray Charles.

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At the top of the aisle, Ria had a poem (Sex & The City fans will recognise this one!) and a big vase of tulips. Ria’s father is Dutch and tulips are her favourite flowers. The ceremony was performed by Craig’s university college priest.

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The ceremony space was the first place the guests walked in to.

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Ria’s sister sang “An Ordinary Miracle” by Sarah McLachlan during the ceremony.

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Ria and Craig walked back to the aisle to “The Best Of My Love” by The Emotions to get the party started straight away!

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Ria and Craig set their venue up like a ship, guests walked past the bar (the galley) onto the MCA deck which was set up like the deck of a ship. Overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour as the sun set, the deck was decorated with navy, white & red cushions, life saving rings, white ottomans and rattan chairs. Most of the guests were not from Sydney so the brilliant harbour views got everybody talking!

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While drinking cocktails and eating canapes, guests were entertained by jazz- The Dan Barnett Band.

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The coasters were designed by Ria and printed with “Eat, Drink, Marry, Craig & Ria 10th October 2008″. The red cocktails matched the colour scheme of the day. The delicious food was catered by Culinary Edge.

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Vases of blooms tied with striped ribbon decorated every space.

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At 7.30pm, the screened off section of the Harbour Terrace Room was opened up to the guests. Everyone moved inside (this was the “ship” of Ria and Craig’s “boat”) for a cocktail reception and speeches.

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A lolly buffet was created for guests to feast on! Craig’s family spent days making Italian Terronie (their Christmas specialty), rocky road and hundreds of other lollies. Ria provided brown paper bags stamped a ship’s steering wheel, a ship’s anchor an a “thank you”. Ria spent hours stamping the bags and tying them with red, white or navy ribbon.

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The nautical inspired cake was made by Unique Cakes.

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In his speech, Craig gave Ria “a rock for life”. During their 10 year long relationship, Craig has always collected rocks from places he has been and Ria has kept them in a jar. When he proposed he gave Ria a large quartz stone which he had found on the family farm, the one he gave Ria on their day wedding was from France – the furthest he has ever been from home.

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As a surprise, Ria organsied a photobooth from funbooth for guests to use! She has it covered in a large black sheet and unveiled it after the formalities were over. The funbooth operator cut photos into strips for the guests  and placed another copy into a book for guests to sign as a guestbook .

Ria & Criag had their photos taken with  “Thank You Very Much” signs to send to guests as their thankyou card.

In their midst of her planning, Ria had forgotten to tell Craig who said to her halfway through the reception “Hey do you know there’s a photobooth here?” He had the most amazing time with it!

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Ria and Craig danced their first dance to “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller. Once the band finished at 10.30pm, the DJ started and played songs requested by guests on their RSVP cards. Ria changed into a shorter fun party dress and hit the dance floor with her new husband and guests, partying until 2.30am.

Congratulations on your marriage Ria & Craig and thank you Ria for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us today on Polka Dot Bride!

Photos by Craven Images

Ria and Craig

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

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I have the most delicious nautical inspired wedding for you today and the best bit is it’s 100% Australian! Ria and Craig celebrated their marriage in Sydney and filled their wedding day with love and laughter.

Here’s Ria’s story on how she and Craig met.

Craig and I met at Uni, my best friend was dating his best friend, they were both in our bridal parties but have married other people. I met him right at the end of his Uni degree so thought that it would be a really short-term thing – instead it turned out to be the relationship of my life! We were married on the 10th of the 10th (October) to celebrate 10 years together. Craig proposed to me on his farm in Far North Queensland – he made me walk up this giant hill in about 35 degree (I was swearing and sweating profusely!) and when we got to the top he just kept hanging around (cue more sweating and swearing on my part) and then heaven knows why after I had been so horrible, he asked me to marry him.

And then here comes the funny part – we decided not to tell anyone – not even our parents! We came back to Sydney booked in the venue and photographer (this took us about 4 months!) and then send all the guests an email with a Save the Date attachment. It was hilarious! Oh we did ring our parents the night before and tell them!”

As the former real wedding editor for Cosmopolitan Bride, Ria knew exactly who she would use for her wedding photos and so today’s wedding was captured by Craven Images.

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Ria and her bridesmaids wore gowns from Vera Wang.

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Starting a stationery company with her friend called Three Peas meant Ria created all of the wedding day stationery herself. In memory of her grandparents who are no longer here, Ria attached photos of them to her bouquet. Ria also wore her mother’s sapphire and diamond ring made in Sri Lanka when Ria was born as her “Something Blue”. She also carried a lace handkerchief made by her great-grandmother.

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Pod Flowers created the flower arrangements for the wedding day.

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As they wanted a dusk ceremony, Ria & Craig had a “first look” so they could have their formal photographs with enough light.

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Each bridesmaid wore a brooch and earrings from Stephanie Browne. Ria also wore Stephanie Browne jewels.

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After their photos, the bridal party headed to the MCA (Museum Of Contemporary Art) for the wedding!

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Check back soon for the beautiful indoor ceremony of Ria & Craig and their stunning reception!

Photos by Craven Images

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