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10 Gold Sequin Cardigans You’ll Adore

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


bride in gold sequin cardigan

Photo by Thorson Photography via Jemima and Daniel’s Dreamy Flower Filled Wedding

The gorgeous gold sequin cardigan Jemima wore last week (in Jemima and Daniel’s Dreamy Flower Filled Wedding) was such a hit at Polka Dot Bride, that I decided there was only one thing to do – find more of them for you to feast your eyes on! Luckily Jemima let us know where she found her glitzy gold number, but I found a few more you might like as a reception cover up (because if you can’t wear a sequin clad cardigan on your wedding day, when can you?).

gold sequin cardigans for brides

1. Sequin gold bolero from Kulayan (Jemima’s bolero) 2. Time To Shine Jacket from Kristi Bonnici 3. Sequin and bead bolero in gold from Ariella Vera via John Lewis, 4. Sequin gold jacket from Blush Fashion, 5. Sparkle sequin jacket from Rebecca Thompson 6. East Sequin Cardigan in gold from John Lewis 7. Sparkle blazer in gold sequin from South Of The Border 8. Blazer with two tone sequins from ASOS 9. Benet Gold Sequin jacket from Aftershock London 10. Ixiah Opiate Sequin Jacket from The Iconic

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Ali & Lachlan’s Somerset Dam Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Ali & Lachlan

Ali and Lachlan wanted a personal feeling for their Somerset Dam  wedding. They chose a friend’s private property to say their vows before they celebrated in the nearby Coronation Hall – making sure it had enough space for them to dance the night away! They chose Samantha Shannon Photography to photograph their wedding.

As for how they met, the story is an age old classic. “Lachlan literally came knocking on Ali’s door, making her the girl next door. The newly weds met through living as next door as neighbours. ” The proposal was not at all girl next door though! Photographer Samantha recounts, “Lachlan had been living and working on Macquarie Island as part of the long-term conservation efforts there (for those whose geography is a little rusty, it’s halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica). It’s a World Heritage site that is renowned for its flora and fauna, including Southern Elephant Seals and King Penguins. It’s also very isolated and Ali and Lachlan were separated for months at a time. So late last year, when Ali came to the island for a visit, Lachlan decided it was time to pop the question. So where did he choose to propose? On a beach full of thousands of penguins! Isn’t that brilliant?!”

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Ali chose a gown from Rachel Gilbert, Badgley Mischka shoes and jewels from Samantha Wills and Anna Campbell.

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Ali notes, “We didn’t have a wedding party. We decided that we wanted to focus the day on celebrating us and not worry about other friends. We had so many close friends we wanted to still be involved so we gave them special roles for the day. It was really special to just have the two of us standing in front of all of our family and friends.”

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groom with floral bowtie

groom in navy suit

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There was much work to be done with the bride and groom hand making a lot of the decor items for the day. “We spend a lot of time handcrafting and building a lot of the details for the day. Lachlan spent months building a lot of the furniture and items, it was well and truly worth it! For our ceremony Lachlan built the bench seats for the invitees and the arbour we got married on. We bought an old wheelbarrow which we stripped, painted and stenciled to make it into a drinks cart.”

wedding drink wheelbarrow

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The bride arrived in an FJ Holden, meeting her groom.

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For the processional, Ali tells “We walked down together to Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers.”

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Ali tells “We had our wedding ceremony at our friends property in Hazeldean (in between Kilcoy and Somerset Village) about an hour and a half outside of Brisbane. We got married looking over the water on a beautiful sunny day.”

country wedding ceremony

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rustic first kiss

Post ceremony, guests celebrated with champagne. “We had a champagne toast on the property and then the guests were bused down to the reception.”

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Of their photographer, Ali notes, “We had heard of Samantha after she photographed a friend’s wedding of ours. We had a fantastic time at our wedding capturing the moments and special parts of our day. Samantha did an amazing job! We love all the photos she took, especially the photos from the farm. These are our favourites from the day!”

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bride and groom with dj holden

country wedding sunset

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The couple chose Coronation Hall, Somerset Village for their reception, noting, “The reception was held at Coronation Hall in Somerset Village. It is a big old iron clad hall that used to be a picture theatre. It was big enough to hold 110 guests and have a large dance floor to dance away into the night to the live band (who said it was the best venue they have ever played at!).”

Coronation Hall, Somerset Village wedding reception

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Ali says, “At the reception, we handmade decor details like the candle holders, place cards, and menu cards, MR & MRS signs, menu/bar frames…pretty much everything was created for the day! We had a lot of help from very creative friends who were generous with their time helping with design, materials and putting it all together.”

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queensland country wedding speech

queensland country hall wedding

“We both spoke at out wedding. It was really nice to be able to both speak and express our love on the day. We also had beautiful speeches from our family and friends. Some of the best memories of the day!”

country wedding first dance

Ali and Lachlan chose Martin Party for their music, noting of their first dance, “We had a friend’s band play at our reception. Our friend Toby in the band sang Coldplay’s Green Eyes. That was the song we danced to, it was really special to have a friend sing to us while we danced. Our family and friends joined us after, and the dance floor went off well into the night.”

Martin Party wedding music

Somerset Dam country wedding dance

Congratulations Ali and Lachlan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Samantha Shannon Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Samantha Shannon Photography / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Bride’s Jewelry: Anna Campbell / Groom’s Attire: M.J Bale / Hairstylist: Melissa King / Makeup Artist: Annie Claire Make Up / Flowers: Natalie Fitzjohn / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Ceremony Venue: Private Property, Hazeldean / Ceremony Officiant: Dennis Harth / Reception Venue: Coronation Hall, Somerset Village / Catering: Pure Catering / Band: Martin Party / Cake Baker: Rocky Cakes / Wedding Rings: European Jewellers Mt Gravatt 07) 3349 3007 / Transport: Private FJ Holden

Marquise Bridal Luxe Bridal Custom Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


For brides that dream of a simple wedding dress shopping experience, meet Marquise Bridal – the brand that is all about the simple and the chic.

Born out of a desire to create a modern bridal line coupled with an experience that allows a bride to simply mix and match elements without the fuss, the core collection holds three beautifully designed gowns. Not clad in lace, or beading- these gowns are simply designed and utterly chic.  Designer Megan noting, “I feel there is an equally loud statement/catch your breath moment to be had with a beautiful, simple gown like ours, coupled with a woman who knows how to wear it.”

The gowns, released in limited edition numbers allow a bride a blank canvas to add a tulle skirt, embellishments like beaded straps,  and sparkling waistband detail without the intricacies of a couture gown process.

Marquise Bridal gowns are available via their website and in New York at their agent’s showroom. Check out the website for full details.

Vendor of the Week – Demetrios

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It is well and truly into the depths of Winter so we’ve made the most of our colder weekends cooking and snuggling away from the cold weather. It really is my favourite time of year!

It’s the first day of our week of happy wedding inspiration so it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Jewellery, we have Menswear, we have Favors and Decor Accessories, we even have Photobooth Hire! Our vendors love their chosen profession and want to deliver the best possible service to help you realise the wedding you’ve dreamed of.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

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Intricate beading, froths of lace and tulle, sleek body hugging designs – Demetrios has a bridal gown to enhance every body type. Whether you are a traditional or modern sort of girl (a soft pink or gold gown perhaps?) Demetrios has a gown to suit every personality and every dream. Demetrios is stocked in most States of Australia (and worldwide)  so rather than purchase your gown over the internet, they recommend trained personnel at your side to assist you.

We asked Atousa of Demetrios five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Love a Mojito.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Anywhere by the beach.

Favourite restaurant?

Thai food.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Pancakes with strawberries on top with a glass of fresh juice

Your favourite wedding story?

The story I can think of is at one of my friend’s wedding their 2 year old son pushed a trolley into the church in front of his mum and dad with a sign in the front saying: Getting Married!
When leaving the church the sign changed to: She said Yes!
It was very cute!

Visit Demetrios’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Demetrios is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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