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Erica and Craig’s Romantic Pine Forest Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Erica & Craig

I have definitely been in love with using the vast expanse of forests as backdrops lately so when this engagement shoot came our way from Adam Ward Photography I knew we had to share it. Erica and Craig chose a romantic pine forest engagement shoot to commemorate their next stage of life together choosing the incredible forest backdrop and golden glow of the setting sun to set the scene.

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Erica and Craig tell their story “We met at work on a casual bump in the hallway. Even though it took several months before Craig eventually plucked the courage to ask me on a date, we both agree that it was love at first sight and that meeting in the hallway was only just the beginning to what has led to now.”

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On what she loves about her future husband, Erica tells, “Craig has this ability to make me laugh, no matter what the situation is. He is my rock! I can be my goofy self around him and share anything with him knowing I won’t be judged. He is the most loving and respectful man I know. But the one thing I love most is that he shares the same love for animals as I do (we have 5 cats and 2 dogs).”

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Erica notes, “We would describe ourselves as childish. Not one night goes by where we aren’t chasing each other around the house playing tag and on most occasions someone will end up with an injury. Usually I end up with a big egg size bump on my head from Craig headbutting me during a tickling war.”

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On what he loves about Erica, Craig tells, “I love how caring and loving Erica is. How we can have fun with just about anything. I love her sense of humour, she can always make me laugh. And I love how passionate she is about the things she loves.”

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Erica tells the proposal story. “We had been together for two years before Craig got down on one knee. I thought it was going to happen on the night of our two-year anniversary. I knew he had the ring because he took me shopping so I could choose it. However, the proposal didn’t happen on our anniversary as he decided to surprise me when I was least expecting .. little did I know it was a few weeks later.

On the day, I was finishing up from work and got a call from Craig asking me if I wanted to go out for dinner that night. We always went on weekly date nights, so I didn’t think anything of it. As I got home, he was waiting for me at the front door. He stopped me from entering and said I wasn’t allowed to step foot in the house until he said I could. After a few minutes, he said I can come inside BUT I had to close my eyes (I thought he had flowers as that’s just one of the little things he would normally do when he bought me flowers). He grabbed my hands and lead me down what seemed like the longest hallway at the time.

With each step I took, the house began to warm up. When we reached the end of the hallway, he told me to keep my eyes closed and at that very moment, Jason Derulo “Marry Me” started playing. I was allowed to open my eyes at this stage. When they opened, I noticed our entire living room and dining area had been shuffled to fit the hundreds of tea-light candles that lit the floor to spell “WILL YOU MARRY ME <3″ along with scattered flowers. Craig then grabbed my hands and got down on one knee. I couldn’t stop crying, it was just how I had always imagined it to be, but even better.”

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Photographer: Adam Ward Photography
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Natasha and Roger’s Romantic Traditional Wedding

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


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Natasha & Roger

There is a beautiful sense of nostalgia in today’s celebrations. Natasha and Roger chose a romantic, traditional wedding to celebrate their marriage focusing on good food, good wine and the people they love. The result was a beautiful day photographed by Welsch Photography.

Natasha tells the story of how they met. “We met through a mutual friend; he had worked with Roger some 10+ years ago and I had studied at university with him. I was out with him and a group of our uni friends one night, and he suggested that I meet Roger. Knowing the calibre of his other friends, I told him  was no way I was interested in meeting any of his friends. Ever! Long story short, I ended up meeting Roger a week later as I incidentally found out we lived around the corner from each other and thought it would be good to meet some locals. We met at a local bar and we hit it off straight away. Hands down the best first date I had ever been on.”

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Yulia MC Couture  created Natasha’s wedding gown, the bride remarking, “Yulia McAuley is the dress designer I used and she is so incredibly gifted in her ability to create such beautiful, intricate wedding dresses. From the moment I met Yulia, I knew she would be fabulous to work with and she understood my style straight away so the process of having my dress made was so enjoyable with her. The lace detailing on the bodice and arms of my dress was all hand sewn and cut out from a larger piece of lace, showing how dedicated Yulia is to her craft.”

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Natasha notes, “My brother walked me up the aisle and it truly is a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life; we have always been pretty close but to share that moment was beautiful and I will always remember the day so fondly because how much he supported me through the process.”

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Natasha chose All Of Me by John Legend for the processional, the couple choosing St Mary’s Catholic Church, North Sydney for their ceremony.

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Natasha tells, “My paternal family’s tradition for each of our weddings is to carry my great, great, great grandmother’s ring. I had this tied to the front my bouquet and it meant so much to be able to carry on this much-loved tradition. For “something old”, my mother had gifted me my nonna’s (my mother’s mother) handkerchief which I held around my bouquet during the ceremony. It certainly came in handy to wipe up the tears!”

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The bridesmaids wore raspberry gowns by Amsale from Bridesmaids Only. The groom chose a suit by Montagio and his groomsmen wore suits from Peppers Formal Wear.

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Of their photographers, Natasha remarks, “Welsch photography are THE best. I’m sure everyone raves about their photographers but Karl and Bec exceeded all of our expectations. It’s not just about the incredible shots they produced, but what they’re like to deal with; they are such a lovely, fun, relaxed couple, who made us feel so chilled out on the day. Bec and Karl are also the ultimate professionals, with no request being too much trouble. I cannot speak highly enough of them and their amazing photography skills.”
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Red Fragrance Flowers created the incredible floral arrangements for the day including floral chandeliers at the reception.

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Natasha tells, “Roger’s brother runs a bar in Chatswood and he made a drink especially for the guests to enjoy during our reception called “The Toger Rash” (an anagram of our names; admittedly, not the nicest!). We had wooden cocktail stirrers made up with the name and the date of the wedding on the back.” Cake Salon created a ombre wedding cake for Natasha and Roger.

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Natasha notes, “I made the programs, church candles, invitations and place cards. I bought lots of ribbon and used it across all three items to bring the theme together. I hijacked the printer at work to do the programs and folded them together one night while watching TV. For the invitations, I ordered them online and wrapped ribbon around them with personal name tags. I made the name tags using an alphabet stamp and some ink pads. I replicated this process for the place cards.”

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Roger and Natasha hosted their reception at L’Aqua, remembering “Our reception was at L’Aqua in Darling Harbour. We liked the venue because we had a number of interstate and international guests and, with the number of hotels in the area, it was very convenient. As the venue looks over Darling Harbour, we ended up having a front row seat to the usual Saturday night firework display which was great entertainment for our guests. The Dockside Group (managers of the venue) were also fabulous to deal with; everything went so smoothly and they gave us a great value-for-money package. The food and wine were also incredible; it is not your standard wedding menu at this venue! Everyone raved about how pleasantly surprised they were with the quality of the dishes.”

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“As our family live all over the Eastern seaboard, we only really get to see each other on special occasions. To be able to catch up with everyone after a long time reminds you how important family is; and to have everyone you love in one room is a seriously amazing feeling.”

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Of their first dance, Natasha remembers, “Our first dance was to “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. We had a few lessons beforehand but, once my dress was finished, we realised on the day that the routine wasn’t quite going to work because I had to hold my train up in one hand. We tried to improvise unsuccessfully and just laughed through it! ”

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Black & White Colour shot a film of the day, the bride noting, “These couple of young guys are just starting out and have such great talent. They were so fun and bubbly, capturing so many little moments throughout the day. When we got our video back, we were totally blown away by the effort put in to the music choice and editing. They had paid particular attention to close family and friends, picking up little conversations that we don’t even remember because the day is such a blur! They beautifully and artistically recorded our memories in such a way that also brings back the emotion we felt at each time.”


Congratulations on your marriage Natasha and Roger! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Welsch Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Welsch Photography / Cinematographer: Black & White Colour / Bride’s Dress: Yulia MC Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Jewelry: Gregory Jewellers / Bride’s Jewelry: Baku / Groom’s Attire: Montagio / Groom's Shoes: Carlo Pazolini / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bridesmaids Only / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Paula Roumanous / Makeup Artist: Amanda La Monica / Flowers & Decor: Red Fragrance Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Catholic Church, North Sydney / Reception Venue: L'Aqua / Cake Baker: Cake Salon / Wedding Rings: Gregory Jewellers / Transport: Roll Up In A Rolls / Wedding Registry: David Jones

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Image by Solas Wedding Photography via Celeste and Alten’s Australian Winter Wedding via Ten Reasons to Love Winter Weddings….

It’s been a bit of a hairy week around these parts, the joys of having a big website meant that yesterday we crashed and all the lights went out for a really long time. Nothing quite gets your adrenalin going, like your heart and soul – quiet and silent, as you work like a maniac troubleshooting to try and get it back up.

Anyway, the result being Friday Roundup is a little late today so that you get to enjoy yesterday’s gorgeous posts (Modern Forest Wedding Inspiration and Adrian and Govind’s Colourful Mixed Culture Wedding).

Let’s get into the gorgeous inspiration around the Polka Blogs!


Wanting a gorgeous honeymoon but want to stay close to home? We have you covered with this feature on Australian honeymoon locations.

Everyone knows I adore colder weather, and so this post on Ten Reasons to Love Winter Weddings…. was right up my alley!

Looking for an incredible garden wedding venue with a beautiful sense of history? We chatted with Georgia Green of Coombe – The Melba Estate.

Love the idea of buttons? How about making them edible. This Etsy Roundup of candy buttons has our top picks.

We love hearing from vendor’s about their favourites and Captured By Pavel is over on Polka Dot Wisdom today with their Vendor’s Favourites.

Something grand for your wedding invitations? Check out the Parfumerie Script Pro font on Tuesday Type!

We’re bringing back Cocktail Friday so it makes sense to end the roundup with a classic – The Pure-tini!

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Triple R Luxury Car Hire  are giving winter couples a special discount! Book your wedding cars in the months of June, July & August to receive $100 off per vehicle. See the full details on their website.

Suzanne Harward are traveling the country with their trunk shows! First up is Sydney this weekend and then they’re heading to Perth for the first time ever from the 19th of June and running until the 23rd of June. Adelaide will follow in August. Contact to make your booking and see the full collection of Suzanne Harward gowns!

My Wedding Decor are giving away 10 x $100 vouchers to spend at their online store! With a range of decor, favors, centrepieces and wedding items in all different styles and themes all you need to do to enter is visit their website and fill out the entry form to see all the ways you can enter!

Vera Wang are hosting a sample sale in Sydney from the 16th – 20th June, 2015 at Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, Shop 5, 117 Macquarie Street, for a limited time. To schedule an appointment and discover the gowns on offer please call 02 9252 6186 or email

Welsch Photography have your weird and wonderful wedding questions answered with the release of their new ebook “Unexpected Wedding Tips”. Think you have every wedding base covered? This wedding ebook gives the team’s wisdom after ten years in the industry. Visit the website to download it!

Julia’s Celebrancy Agency is hosting a competition to find sexy groomsmen for an annual calender. The calender will showcase 12 groomsmen who will be voted on via Facebook and all proceeds will go towards JDRF for vital research on Type 1 Diabetes.
Submit your sexy groomsmen photo and contact details to  The winner gets to choose which month they would like to be the face of whilst also receiving a $100 gift voucher for one of Melbourne’s finest barber shops and a bottle of the finest whiskey.

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 There is a pretty big chance you’ve seen our film of the week this week, but for some reason I only got to watch it this week. After a week of crazy, this video was a beautiful  interlude and moment to pause. What an incredible experience to be able to have.

Modern Forest Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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Oh I love this modern forest inspiration shoot. The forest provides such a glowy green backdrop it lends itself to any number of styling ideas! Today’s crew chose a bold, jewel toned modern set up with a bohemian edge.The backdrop of the forest makes such a statement that the lush florals and gold touches practically sparkle.

Shoot concept designer and photographer Terri of Terri Hanlon Photography explains, “For such a long time I have craved a wedding inspired by elements from nature so creating this style session just amazing. The thought of two people getting married in such a secluded scene with minimal fuss is just incredibly romantic! The style of this shoot was an intimate forest elopement incorporating bold bright florals and bohemian elements. To keep the theme as authentic as possible we include the services of a celebrant to enhance the feel of the elopement. By shooting on the Sunshine Coast it created a backdrop that is achievable for any couple wanting a truly romantic and intimate setting to celebrate their union.”

Terri enlisted a team of Green and Bloom, Prop It Pretty, Big Love Weddings & Celebrations, Hair and Make up by Ashley Rose, Elly Hartly Designs, When Freddie Met Lilly, Michael Innis Menswear along with models Jim Combs and Jessica Clarkson to bring her vision to life.
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Green and Bloom & Prop It Pretty created bright, lush floral arrangements and styling elements “Roberta Moberg from Green and Bloom Floristry and Prop It Pretty created some incredible blooms for both the table setting, bridal bouquet and boutonniere. I always love working with Roberta, as her style is elegant and quite modern in her approach to floral choice. We were searching for something that we have not necessarily worked with before so bold blooms and succulents were our feature.”

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Watercolour stationery with gold touches was designed by Elly Hartly Designs “Elly Hartly created some incredible stationery for us inspired by the bold colour palette we had decided to use. Her designs perfectly complemented the creations and the styling by Roberta of Green and Bloom.”

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The bride and groom wore a gown and suit from When Freddie Met Lilly, the groom adding leather braces from Michael Innis Menswear .

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Joanna of Big Love Weddings & Celebrations performed a mock ceremony for the shoot, Terri noting, “Having as much authenticity as possible was an important part of the session so we enlisted the help of a local celebrant Joanna Lincolne from Big Love Weddings and Celebrations to create a realistic feeling ceremony.”

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Terri created the backdrop herself, explaining, “I created the macramé backdrop; a fair bit of Pinterest research and DIY was involved to create the curtain. I was also keen to include greenery to enhance the look. So once the curtain was strung with the help of everyone we wove greenery into the supports. We have all loved the boho style and this was one way that we could incorporate a little in our style session.”

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“Our models Jim Combs and Jessica Clarkson are not just stunning people but also long time friends so the chemistry between them was just effortless whilst photographing the two of them.”

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“The furnishings and decor the gold hues and bold colourings matched with the white chairs, were purposely chosen to emulate the style of the macramé backdrop. We found this to be a subtle way for us to complement the styling chosen for the ceremony.”

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Hair and Make up by Ashley Rose, styled the bride’s look. “Ashley Rose created a beautiful lose hairstyle for Jessica that really complemented the gowns from When Freddie met Lilly. Jessica’s make up was just flawless and not even the heat of the day faulted Ashley’s amazing her work. Definitely something every bride needs to know. Ashley created a look that complemented the colorful elements without overbalancing the style.”

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Photographer & Concept Creator: Terri Hanlon Photography / Flowers: Green and Bloom / Styling: Prop It Pretty / Ceremony Officiant: Big Love Weddings & Celebrations / Hair & Makeup Artist: Hair and Make up by Ashley Rose / Invitations & Stationery: Elly Hartly Designs / Bride’s Dress: When Freddie Met Lilly / Groom’s Attire: When Freddie Met Lilly / Groom's Leather Braces: Michael Innis Menswear / Models: Jim Combs and Jessica Clarkson
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