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Cocktail Celebration – Martini

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


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Today marks the beginning of a fun new series on Polka Dot Bride. I love a good cocktail and having a signature cocktail at your wedding is becoming more common. So in a bit of a twist, I’m going to be devouring each cocktail virtually and creating a wedding around it.

First up is Martini!

martini Cocktail Celebration Martini

60ml Tanqueray Gin
5ml Dry Vermouth
Olive OR Lemon Zest

Fill a cocktail/martini glass with ice and coat ice and glass with Vermouth. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Tanqueray Gin. Stir until the shaker starts frosting up on the outside. Tip out the ice and the vermouth from the cocktail glass, making sure you get a miniscule coating of vermouth in the glass. Garnish with a speared pimiento olive or a lemon zest.

Recipe and photo from

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Gown by Manuel Mota for Pronovias from Brides, Skyline from Pop Art UK, B Bridesmaid from The Dessy Group, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, Martini from, photo by Christian Oth Studio, Dean Martin photo from Hilly Junction, succulents from Martha Stewart, invitation from Bella Figura, chandelier from Horchow

Martinis are a drink associated with elegance and refinement. The base consists of dry vermouth and gin garnished with an olive or in the case of a Gibson with a cocktail onion. More recently martinis are anything served in a martini glass and can consist of vodka, and other base spirits, and fruit, chocolate, or liqueurs to add zesty flavours.
How do we picture a ‘Martini Wedding’? The words refinement, understated elegance, luxury and sophistication. Picture a simple colour scheme of white, black and touches of muted green. If choosing the black and white colour scheme, think black glass ware, silver cutlery, white and green orchids, white lilies, muted green succulents.

A bridal gown leaning more to red carpet than princess, smooth simple lines with dramatic black or silver touches. High fashion leaning towards haute couture. The cake could be a simple white confection with elegant touches of black, the bridesmaids could be in green with a black band in their hair or at their waist, embellished with a vintage jewel.

Your love of vintage things could come into play here – but keep it simple and be careful not to edge over into the ‘shabby chic’ style of vintage! Everything should look expensive, even if it isn’t! Think city venues- warehouses overlooking a city skyline. Floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the steely grey of a river or lake. Polished cement floors and shining mirrors.

For martini with a twist, consider pearl grey and charcoal grey with a touch of hot pink or tangerine – especially if you are basing the theme around one of the more modern pomegranate or citrus flavoured martinis.

The décor however, should remain understated with pewter, silver, luxurious fabrics such as silks, flowers simple and sculptural with just touches of the hot pink or tangerine accent colour. Think pearl grey tablecloths with darker grey napkins, pewter accessories, with hot pink and tangerine orchids, grey leaves, black pearls, bridesmaids in soft feminine grey dresses with a touch of colour in their bouquets.
Be inspired by the many ‘martinis’ that have been created and use the look and flavour as a starting point for your wedding!

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Real Simple Weddings Magazine

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Real Simple Weddings 2009 Magazine last month. I heard nothing but raves about the 2008 copy (though I resisted buying it when it finally showed up in Borders!)

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The magazine is set out clearly and with limited advertising (It’s sponsored by Crate & Barrel so the advertising that appears is soley for them). Divided into three sections “Your Plan”, “Your Ceremony” and “Your Reception” each section has numbered questions and tips with simple, straight to the point advice to help you plan your wedding.

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There are real weddings dotted throughout the magazine (I love Romance By The Book a book themed wedding) and beautiful images of bouquets, dresses, invitations and cakes to whet your appetite.

The magazine covers typical questions you might ask your vendors, a time line, registry suggestions, tips on attire, seasonal colour palettes, seasonal flower girl (only relevant to the Northern Hemisphere) and even how to set the scene.

With the elegant Real Simple layout we have come to know and love, the Real Simple Weddings 2009 is a great magazine to pick up if you or your friends are newly engaged.

Real Simple Weddings is available at Crate and Barrel (and probably eventually in Australia at Borders like the premiere issue!)

Real Simple Weddings scans by Polka Dot Bride

Beckoning Designs Giveaway

by | Bride, Competitions


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Last year I wrote about the handmade, personalised guest books from Beckoning Designs. Using beautiful papers, the guest books are handmade for each customer.

Today we’re giving one away! The lucky winner will win a Beckoning Designs guest book of their choice with a two line personalised inscription on the cover. The prize is valued at $92 and open to Australian residents only.

Visit the Beckoning Designs website and check out the guestbooks. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite design and what message you would have left in the guest book if you were a guest at Fawlty Towers

Competition will close Friday, 27th of February at 6pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

This competition is now closed.

Oscars Fashion 2009

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids, Hair and Beauty, Wedding Inspiration


I love red carpet fashion. Especially when we see so much of it pass into bridal fashion.

White and pastels seems to be a favourite at award ceremonies this year. Some more bridal then you might ever expect to see on a red carpet.

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Taraji P. Henson (Roberto Cavalli), Marisa Tomei (Versace)

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Miley Cyrus (Zuhair Murhad), Sarah Jessica Parker (Dior)

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Evan Rachel Wood (Elie Saab), Anne Hathaway (Armani Prive)

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Penelope Cruz (Vintage Balmain)

Vivid colour wasn’t left out. With beautiful details like bold beaded necklaces.

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Kate Winslet (Yves Saint Laurent), Amy Adams (Carolina Herrera)

Photos courtesy E! Online

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