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Mexican Fiesta Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


fiesta inspired bride

Isn’t there an incredible sense of celebration with the bright bold colours of this Mexican fiesta wedding inspiration shoot? A talented team headed to Cactus Country cactus farm to create a shoot packed full of wedding ideas, Photographer Neiyo noting, “The inspiration behind this shoot is our love for the unconventional wedding with a Mexican fiesta twist.”

Neiyo teamed up with stylist Winne Q, gown designer Karen Willis Holmes, floral designer Rutherglen Florist, makeup artist Emily Wodonga Beauty Room, hair stylist Lia from Boudoir Hair, stationer Santiago Sunbird, model Sarah Mcleod Nibbs and Complete Function Hire to create a Mexican fiesta inspired ceremony and reception setup and take advantage of the golden light that hit the cactus farm at sunset.

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Neiyo notes, “There were lots of reds, fuchsias, orange and yellow with succulents and cacti popping in between which set a bright and still romantic tone to the shoot.”

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mexican fiesta bridal inspiration

bright flower garlands

“An abundance of colourful floral garlands mixed with ribbon was created as a bright ceremony backdrop which carried through to a table setting nestled within a cove of cacti!”

mexican fiesta bridemexican inspired wedding arbour

bride with brigh garlands

bride in mexican inspired wedding

“The beautiful location was set just outside Shepparton at Cactus Country which was the perfect backdrop for any wedding. With a vast range of beautiful cacti small and large it was a beautiful contrast to the femininity of the gowns provided by Karen Willis Holmes.”

bride in cactus garden

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cactus bridal ideas

Cactus Country

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ssol beer with cactuscactus with pink flowers

watercolour painted wedding stationery

Santiago Sunbird created a watercolour stationery suite that tied in with the beautiful colours of the flowers and decor.

watercolour wedding menubright dahlias wedding decor

colourful mexico inspired wedding

Rutherglen Florist set up beautiful, bright floral arrangements, Neiyo remarking “Casually set up on a crate table were colourful blooms of Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, and craspedias, skull vases and gorgeous mini plants from the cactus farm.”

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mexican inspired tablescape

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fiesta inspired wedding decor

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karen willis holmes wedding dress

mexican bridal inspiration

mexican wedding inspiration shoot

“When the sun set that day the golden light set an amazing warmth to the photos that we couldn’t get enough of.”

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shepparton cactus garden

cactus garden wedding idea

Photographer Neiyo notes, “My style of shooting is very much slightly overexposed and natural light. I like the soft brightness romantic feel when it comes to creating images. We waited until the sun set for the golden light to create that amazing warmth to the photos and that beautiful backlight to Sarah’s hair that we couldn’t get enough of.”

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Photographer: Neiyo / Styling: Winne Q / Venue: Cactus Country / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Flowers: Rutherglen Florist / Hairstylist: Lia from Boudoir Hair / Makeup Artist: Emily Wodonga Beauty Room / Invitations & Stationery: Santiago Sunbird / Props: Complete Function Hire / Props: Winne Q / Model: Sarah Mcleod Nibbs
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Kristy & Scott’s Relaxed Mornington Peninsula Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


mornington peninsula wedding photo

 Kristy and Scott

I kind of love everything about today’s relaxed Mornington Peninsula wedding, but not least the big surprise Kristy’s family managed to pull off post wedding ceremony! There is a celebratory spirit in the air, a warmth and a sense of deep love. They chose Jason Vandermeer to capture their day in all its sunshine filled glory.

On how they met, Kristy tells, “Scott and I met 10 years ago out the front of a fish and chip shop at about 2am. The first thing I did when I met him was steal his chips and then walked off with my girlfriends to head home. But we always would cross paths from that day forward.”

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navy suits at wedding

groom pouring champagne

bride and bridesmaids in robes

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bride in black and white

Kristy chose Jane Hill to design her wedding gown. “I wore a Jane Hill ‘Lotti’ dress on the day and felt like a princess. I was so happy with the colour as it just suited our theme so well.”

bridesmaids in white

bridesmaids in cream dresses

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Kristy and Scott met before the ceremony for photographs.

dromana wedding first look

Jason Vandermeer Photography first look

Jason Vandermeer Photography

Jason Vandermeer Photography bride and groom

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dromana wedding photo

Jason Vandermeer Photography wedding photo

Jason Vandermeer

Of their wedding photographer, Kristy remarks, “Jason was unreal, he just has such a stealth groove to him! The shots he got throughout the day are so beautiful and relaxed and his eye to detail is exceptional. I was so glad to have found him. You rock Jason!”

stone house wedding photo

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bride and groom with hens

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hay bale wedding ceremony

Kristy and Scott chose The Briars, Mount Martha for their wedding ceremony. They hired stylist Champagne & Glitter for the day, Kristy noting, “Our ceremony was all designed by myself and the amazing Anthea from Champagne and Glitter. Anthea heard my idea and just ran with it. Anthea just got it from the word go and was amazing and flexible. I was so glad she put all the ideas together with her eye for detail.”

pimms at wedding

Kristy tells, “The most important thing about this wedding was that everyone enjoyed themselves. We had pulled together a great team at the ceremony to make sure everyone had a drink in their hand and a bite to eat.”

mount martha wedding ceremony

bride arriving on horse drawn trailer

“The girls arrived on the back of a horse and cart to Leonardo’s Bride “Even When I’m Sleeping” playing. We all just laughed the whole way down the track.”

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bride walking down the aisle with parents

Kristy walked down the aisle with her parents to Leonardo’s Bride “Even When I’m Sleeping”.

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simone cresp celebrant

“My amazing friend Donald created our arch as a gift which was so thoughtful.”

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peninsula wedding ceremony

Simone Cresp officiated the ceremony, Kristy remembering, “Throughout the ceremony there were tears and laughter especially when I started reading Scott’s vows instead of mine. Our celebrant Simone was calming and so sweet, so it made it really pleasurable. I had my aunty and my great friend join us for readings. I asked them to pick whatever they wanted to read or create as I felt that is more meaningful than the bride taking control.”

mount martha wedding

monrington peninsula wedding ceremony

mornington peninsula wedding ceremony

That surprise I mentioned earlier? Let’s have Kristy talk us through it. “After we were married our photographer asked us to stand on top of a small hill so we could help pull everyone together for a group shot. No one would listen so Scott and I yelled out “come on guys help us out!” Next thing you know “What Is Love” By Haddaway comes over the loud speakers and everyone starts dancing in time to the song…. my family had organised a flash mob!!! We could not stop laughing it was such a classic.”

wedding flash mob

eat drink and be married sign

Kristy tells, “We had a very relaxed rustic wedding. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable but ready to party.”

cocktails at wedding

guest with champagne

wire love letters

Kristy and Scott chose the winery estate Trofeo Estate Dromana for their wedding reception, noting, “The raw earthy barn feeling to Trofeo Estate worked so well with our design. But mostly having such an awesome chick like Lori running the show it was the icing on the cake.”

naked wedding cake

“Visually, I loved my cake! It was such a master piece!”

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brown bottle wedding decor

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Van Wyk Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day.

globe guest book

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funny wedding speech

Trofeo Estate Dromana wedding speech

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Trofeo Estate Dromana wedding reception

dromana wedding reception

first dance at wedding

Of their first dance, Kristy remembers, “Our first dance was relaxed and not a lot of practice went into it. We picked “You are the best thing” by Ray Lamontagne. The night was so beautiful and warm, so the band was set up on the deck around the venue so we just started dancing and laughing and enjoyed the moment on sunset.”

first wedding dance moves

Tone Tone Semi tones

Tone Tone Semi Tones kept the music going all night long.

wedding reception dancing

bride dancing at Trofeo Estate Dromana

Congratulations on your marriage Kristy and Scott! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jason Vandermeer for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Jason Vandermeer / Styling/Hire: Champagne and Glitter / Bride’s Dress: Jane Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Guess / Groom’s Attire: Peter Jackson / Groomsmen Attire: Man to Man / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bird & Kite / Bridesmaid Shoes: Jo Mercer / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Erin Quinn- Smith / Makeup Artist: Andrea Blake / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Sarah Ryan / Flowers: Van Wyk Flowers / Etsy: Etsy / Ceremony Venue: The Briars, Mount Martha / Ceremony Officiant: Simone Cresp / Reception Venue: Trofeo Estate Dromana / Musicians: Tone Tone Semi Tones

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

Ali & Lachlan’s Somerset Dam Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


wedding at  Somerset Dam

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?!”

etsy wedding invitation

mother in sea foam green

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

bride putting on earrings

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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rachel gilbert wedding dressbride with crystal and tulle hairband

bride in rachel gilbert

groom with floral bowtie

groom in navy suit

vintage door ceremony decor

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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FJ Holden wedding car

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

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bride and groom walking down aisle together

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

rustic wedding ceremony

country wedding vows

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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queensland countryside wedding photo

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!”

australian wedding backdrop

country australian wedding

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country wedding sunset

coronation hall wedding venue

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

rustic lolly buffett

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
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