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Creative Colour – Blush Pink

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


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A blush pink, soft as a baby’s cheek and ultra feminine.

Combine with:

- slightly darker pinks – think the inside petals of a rose

- white, in all its different shades from pink-white to off-white

- soft grey – embellish this with pink crystals, pink sashes, pink shoes to tie it into your pink scheme

- pale coffee/stone to balance any ‘sugary’ overtones

- touches of black – to add a counterpoint to all that sweetness

- silver or chrome

- glass and crystal

- vintage lace, crisp white or pale pink linen, candelabra

- keep dress styles simple – think Audrey Hepburn – to balance the ‘frothiness’ of the colour scheme. Think flat bows, under the bust, in your hair, shoes and jewellery that are a work of art, neckline or waist embellished with crystals and beading

- old ruby glass, old milk glass, depression glass, white crockery plain or with ornate edges, old mercury glass

- green wine or water glasses

- soft greens from olives through to fresh leaf greens, sage green

- peonies, roses, pink seed heads of various grasses, hydrangeas, orchids, hyacinths, in large voluptuous arrangements or simple single blooms in generous groups in silver or vintage glass containers, soft grey furry leaves, flannel flowers, jasmine, armfuls of frothy white flowers

- set up the bathroom at the venue with fragrant hand creams, soaps and tiny bottles of perfume for your guests to use

- white pebbles, white or pink candles, bowls of water floating with pink water lilies

- keep furniture in white and classically simple – no tizzy chair covers

- pearls, diamonds, (what about pink diamonds if you love the colour)

- sunshine, gardens, large shade trees, lily ponds, fountains

- silver dishes of musk lollies, sherbets, Turkish delight, pink iced petit fours or cupcakes, coconut ice, pink sparkling wine

- white shells, coral, starfish, pearlised shells, capiz shell plates or hanging pendants

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Gown from Brides, Mor Marshmallow Perfume, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, Christian Louboutin Petal Sandal from Neimen Marcus

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Polka Dot Bride’s Top Three

by | Bride, Competitions, Favors and Decor


I’ve been visiting the Top 3 By Design site a lot lately to drool over their range of products. As I’m not able to enter the Missoni gift pack giveaway we’re holding, I’m sharing my top three products from Top 3 By Design here on Polka Dot Bride!

Ever since I went to Georg Jensen, I’ve been lusting over this “seasons” candle holder. Classic with a bit of a twist it really represents what I love about the Georg Jensen designs. My dining table needs this.

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Georg Jensen Seasons Candle Holder

I’m such a book worm (and a magazine hoarder much to Mr Polka Dot’s disgust) I think this Stak for Stak bookshelf would be perfect to hold all the books I seem to be accumulating lately. It doesn’t take up much space and looks just like a big stack of books.

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Stak For Stak Bookshelf

I love honey. There’s something a little magical (or maybe I’ve been watching The Secret Life Of Bees too much!) about the sweet golden liquid made by nature. I love the sleek but traditional design of this Alessi honey pot! It makes me feel nostalgic

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Alessi Honey Pot

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Want to share your top three? I’d love to hear them! Enter the competition by following the instructions on this post to have a chance at winning a Missoni gift pack!

Product photos from Top 3 By Design

What Would They Know? Joy Morris of Pallas Bride

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, What Would They Know?


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Today’s expert is the supremely talented Joy Morris (pictured above right with Cathy Thomas), co designer and director of Australian couture bridal house Pallas Bride. Joy Morris has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and spent twelve years as a fashion buyer.

Pallas Bride create soft, romantic beautiful gowns which compliment the curves of the female body. Pallas Bride have dressed celebrities at award shows (most recently Fifi Box and Kylie Gillies at the Logies) and have even dressed TV brides such as Amanda Vale (played by Holly Brisley) on Home & Away.

I interviewed Joy recently to talk about the opening of the new Melbourne boutique Pallas Bride and the Pallas Bride ready-to-wear collection Ruby Pallas.

What inspired you to start creating wedding gowns rather than other areas of design?

Wedding gowns are a woman’s dream, what better piece to create. Also, we’re not just designing traditional wedding gowns, ours are quite fashion-forward.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

Old Hollywood glamour, digging into the archives of some of the top designers throughout the world and Haute couture fashion. I’m constantly inspired to find a way to bring that old-style glamour into a modern context and make it relevant to today’s bride.

What are brides looking for in the upcoming season?

Soft, flowing gowns inspired by romance and with a strong emphasis on glamour.

What should a bride start with when searching for her wedding gown?

Research through bridal mags, websites, recommendations or anywhere else you can get the information from. This will help them decide which bridal house designers they are drawn to. From this research they can go and see the 3 or 4 that they are drawn to with some reference images about what brought them there.

What are the steps are involved when having a couture gown designed by Pallas Bride?

After the initial appointment where you will have discussed styles and shapes with us we would then begin honing the design. Many of our brides love many features of our various samples so we specialise in taking different aspects of gowns to create their perfect dress. For a couture gown you would then have 5 fittings and a beautiful dress rehearsal not long before the big day. The most important thing is to find the right shape for each bride and then making it work for her with styling elements. We want every bride to look perfect.

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What are the features of your favourite wedding dress?

My favourite dress is always the next one I create so features are always changing. I do always love the unexpected surprise – a feeling of Paris meets Pallas that is one of our signatures.

‘Ruby Pallas’ is Pallas Bride’s made to measure line. What was your inspiration behind this?

We wanted to be able to meet a particular price range without compromising on the quality of our beautiful gowns or service. The Ruby Pallas range allows most girls this opportunity using similar fabrics to our couture range and still having a Pallas gown.

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Pallas Bride is now open in Melbourne – what led to this?

Strong demand from Victorian brides.

Tell me about your new Melbourne boutique? What services will you offer the bride who would like a ‘Ruby Pallas’ gown? What services will you offer the bride who would like a couture gown?

Everything we offer in Sydney and Perth will be available to all brides in Melbourne. Our collection of gowns will be on display and whether a bride purchases a Ruby Pallas gown or a couture gown they will still get the same level of service and attention to detail as in Sydney or Perth.

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What is your Number #1 Tip for brides to think of when searching for their ‘ultimate’ gown?

Know your figure and bring one person who knows you intricately. Someone who will give you an opinion without looking at it from their style but from what they perceive yours to be.

What do you love about Australian brides?

I love the way they embrace our philosophy of design and the fact that they are truly romantic about their weddings. These are beautiful traits to work with everyday.

Thank you for joining Polka Dot Bride today Joy! The Melbourne Pallas Bride studio is open by appointment and located within the Lyall Residences at 18 Murphy St, South Yarra, Victoria,  Ph (03) 9868 8203 or you can visit their Sydney and Perth studios. For more information view the Pallas Bride website.

Emma and Nick – The Celebration

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


I’m back with part two of Emma and Nick’s wedding!

What I think I love most about the wedding was that Emma and Nick chose a location that was very special to them both. They involved their talented family and friends to make their celebration truly personal.

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The couple held their reception at the local  Wherrol Flat Hall and the catering was provided by The Bank Guest House & Tellers Restaurant (who also provided the accommodation). Emma and Nick were determined to use local suppliers and produce so the caterers sourced local cheeses, meats and preserves to serve at the lunch time reception.

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Emma and her mother collected vintage tea cups from op shops and second hand stores to take the place of vases. Each cup held flowers in shades of yellow and white. The paper lanterns were hung from the ceiling by Emma’s family.

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The cake was by Sweet Art. Favors were small organza bags from online store Craft On The Internet filled with silver sugared almonds.

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One of Emma’s favourite parts of the wedding day was the speeches. Some were touching and some were funny but each one meant the world to her and Nick.

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Thank you for sharing your wedding with Polka Dot Bride today Emma and Nick! I wish you all the joy and happiness in your lives together!

Photos courtesy of Lana Bell

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