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Sparkly Bridesmaid Gowns

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


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Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

I’m not sure whether my love of metallic hues at weddings will ever go away, especially not when surrounded by beautiful pictures like these ones! Sparkly bridesmaid gowns might be my new favourite thing- whether they’re all the same or just from the same colour family, taking a beautiful gown with plenty of sparkle and having your favourite people wear it can’t go wrong.

I love that these inspiration pictures aren’t necessarily all the same colour – golds are mixed with champagnes and rose gold. Steel sequins are paired with teals and taupe.

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Photo one by Tec Petaja via Once Wed Photo two by Brookelyn Photography via Grey Likes Weddings Photo three by Magnus Bogucki via Style Me Pretty Photo four by Taylor Lord Photography via Style Me Pretty

I pulled together these gowns which could work together as a sparkly bridesmaid’s outfit for your favourite women. Gold mixes with soft rose sparkles, soft greys, right through to silver and darker greys.

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1. Odette dress from BHLDN 2. Frock & Frill Athena gold Gatsby sequin gown 3. ASOS sequin kimono maxi dress 4. Adrianna Papell beaded one shoulder gown from Nordstrom 5. Matt sequin lace gown from Will Hope Love 6. Exquisitely Effervescent Dress from Modcloth 7. Rachel Gilbert Zadie Gown 8. Basanti hand beaded gown from Will Hope Love 9. Tadashi Shoji Paillette Embroidered Gown

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Carla Zampatti Spring Summer 2014

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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For a bride looking for something completely styled and modern,  Australian designer Carla Zampatti always ticks the boxes. The Prima Ballerina Orchid Lace Gown above is one of my favourites. The high low ballerina skirt paired with white lace on nude bodice is daring and different and yet still romantic.

Elaborate concoctions of orchid and tulle detailing, one shoulder necklines, asymmetrical skirts, sequined embellishment and classic draped georgette all make up the dramatic gowns that are suitably modern bridal wear.

While white is beautifully present in this collection leaving plenty of options for a more bridal look, there are also a plethora of deeper tones. Radiant blues feature in skirts and bodies, dramatic black is used in interesting ways, with striped organza and the fun brights of lime and red complete the colourways (complete with a matching array of feather jackets).

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Vendor of the Week – Dolores Dunn Makeup Artist

by | Blog News, Bride


Mid August, we’re getting through the eight month of the year and wedding season is slowly starting to kick into gear. I for one am excited – nothing is better than seeing wedding sneak peeks pop up online of couples who have just tied the knot!

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory are.  We have Flowers, we have Catering, we have Celebrants, we even have Wedding Planners! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – the kind who get excited about your plans and share a glass of champagne with you while discussing them!

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

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For me, I can never do my hair and makeup when suffering from nerves or stress. Actually if I’m honest I can never do my hair, unruly that it is. So for me? A professionally makeup artist is a must have for a wedding day! Meet Sydney based Dolores Dunn Makeup Artist!

Dolores Dunn Makeup Artist has been doing makeup styling for over 13 years and trained with some of the best (including Rae Morris!). She believes in elegant, natural makeup that looks beautiful both on and off camera. She works with a multitude of brands (including MAC, Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay) and is always refining her craft!

To get to know this lovely makeup artist, we asked Dolores from Dolores Dunn Makeup Artist five questions in five minutes -

What is your favourite after five drink?

My favourite all-time cocktail is a Cosmopolitan. When I went to New York I had to have a Cosmo at Onieal’s in Little Italy, made famous by Sex and the City (it was Aiden’s Bar).

Your favourite weekend getaway?

We’ve gone away a couple of times to a little holiday house overlooking McMasters Beach on the Central Coast of NSW. I love that you can be in the living room or bedroom and see the surf. Even in the middle of winter being able to see, hear and smell the ocean is peaceful and relaxing.

Favourite restaurant?

Besides the amazing food, Rockpool holds special memories. Dining there almost 8 years ago on my birthday, my boyfriend had “one last present” to give me at the restaurant (he’d be acting a bit suspicious that afternoon and I jokingly told him I thought he was going to propose. He laughed along and told me I was silly and put me completely off the scent). When he gave me the present I thought it was a book but when I unwrapped it, inside was a bridal mag. He then got down on one knee and popped the question. I can’t believe that mega-romantic moment made me get so embarrassed, I was giggling and blushing! Of course I said yes…. These days a local revamped pub called The Henson is where we tend to go with our three kids. It ticks all the boxes of good food, good vibe and a playroom.

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

My husband brings home a loaf of fresh sourdough every Friday night. When I’m in a hurry to get out the door, it’ll be Toasted Sourdough with Vegemite or Nutella. When I have time for a leisurely breakfast then I’ll have it with a Poached Egg and Smoked Salmon. Regardless of whether I’m in a rush or not, I have to make a proper Cappuccino with my espresso machine. I can’t start the day properly without my coffee!

Your favourite wedding story?

Last year I worked with a bride and groom that eloped. They had planned it months and months in advance so besides myself they had booked in a marriage celebrant and photographer. It was a small ceremony at Watsons Bay overlooking the ocean. When I turned up at their home on the day to do makeup, it was unusual to have the groom there getting ready at the same time but I witnessed a special intimacy between them. Both of them were getting ready and sharing the pre-wedding emotions and excitement together. Besides myself and the photographer I think they were able to be in the moment without distractions. After I had experienced that magic, I realised how special eloping really could be.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Dance The Night Away

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by John Benavente

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