Photo by Aparat Photography
Brooke & Dave
It’s no secret that Winter is my favourite time of year, but what is more of an unknown is the reason why. So much about Brooke and Dave’s relaxed winter engagement shoot knocks it on the head. Cosy cups of hot tea and coffee, snuggly jumpers, long walks in the cold crisp air. There are so many beautiful parts to this season. Lara & Susie Photography joined Brooke & Dave one Winter’s day to celebrate their engagement.
The couple headed to a local cafe for a hot coffee, before returning home for a walk with their littlest family members.
Brooke remembers, “Our engagement story probably sticks out as one of the funnier moments in our relationship. He bought the ring about a month before dropping the question and apparently showed our dog, Teddy, before hiding it in the spare bedroom. For about 2 or 3 weeks before it happened Teddy would go into the room, sit on the floor and bark which is so unlike him. I kept going in there trying to figure out what was making him bark which made Dave a bit nervous. Teddy was trying to tell him to just hurry up and do it I think. Around the same time I also had stumbled across search history about “best vantage points Kangaroo Point Cliffs” on the Ipad which had me thinking he was up to something but popping the question was seriously the last thing I thought he would do! I think at the time I was terrified he had organised a rock climbing day.”
“We went out for a nice romantic dinner on Valentines Day, He had planned to pop the question at Kangaroo Point cliffs after dinner but didn’t, we just sat there looking at the city lights and I remember feeling a nervous vibe off him, I also still hadn’t put all the clues together! It happened at home later on, which was perfect.”
On what she loves about Dave, Brooke tells, ” I love that Dave is supportive of my creative endeavours and business pursuits and has helped me realise some dreams in that area of my life. I think we make a really good team. I love that he has fit into my crazy family clan so effortlessly. I love his optimism in life he never seems to worry about anything which is a good balance for me.”
For their engagement photos, Brooke remembers, “We wanted our dog Teddy involved in some way so we initially thought of a park setting but the photographers suggested a bar or café for something a bit different. I knew of a cute place just down the road from our house with lots of handmade timber furniture and mismatched chairs so we were able to get some great photos there. The rustic setting at the café suited us really well as we like that style. Then we all went back to our house to get some with Teddy and our newly adopted dog Bubbles. We have an overgrown secret garden at the back of our property which worked really well too.”
On what he loves about Brooke, Dave tells, “She makes me feel comfortable and safe. She keeps me in line because I tend to be impulsive and go off and a tangent, for example I’ll go to the shop for milk and come home with $100 of junk… and no milk. After a long day’s work she will get me a beer and help me relax.
Her cooking is amazing, she should be on Masterchef I think. And then there is Teddy, well I’m a dog person and he’s my best mate now. Brooke’s family is very similar to my own and they are both nuts! So I fit right in.”
Sousan & Harvey
Sometimes all you need is simplicity and elegance and this elegant Sydney wedding has all that and more! Sousan and Harvey chose a popular Sydney venue for their wedding – marrying in the courtyard before celebrating with their guests at a sit down reception and of course, the best part – dancing the night away! gm photographics were there to capture it all.
Marianna Grillo styled the bride’s hair and makeup.
Sousan remembers, “There was a huge storm / mini cyclone from 3.30-4.15pm which we could see from our hotel as we were getting ready for the ceremony. The skies opened up and the sun shone just in time for the 5.30pm service!”
Sousan walked down the aisle to Vivaldi.
Sousan and Harvey held their wedding at Gunners Barracks. They both wanted a relaxed ceremony surrounded by family and friends, so chose the venue’s courtyard for the ceremony proceedings. Sousan remarks, “Many attending the wedding were from overseas and interstate so the Gunners Barracks was the perfect Sydney venue – a venue so unique!”
Sousan describes the day as “Simple, elegant and relaxed in all regards.”
Celebrations continued inside at Gunners Barracks, the entire event planned by Events by Nightingales who worked with Maria Lush to create a beautiful feeling to the space. Sousan remarks, “All of our chosen vendors were outstanding, but the florist drew the most comments from the guests. The wonderful organisation of Nightingales and the venue allowed us to relax and enjoy the day.”
The couple chose Lets Groove Tonight for all their dance floor action.
For their first dance, Sousan and Harvey chose “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.
Congratulations Sousan and Harvey on your marriage. Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to gm photographics for sharing the images of the day.
Ah the end of another working week! It has been such a cold miserable week here, that I am looking forward to curling up on the couch this weekend and diving into a long to do list of reading. A bookworm I am indeed, and reading is not something that has been high enough on my priority list of late. It seems it might be just the last hurrah to winter I need!
Have you been visiting the Polka blogs this week? We’ve had some amazing posts! Let’s get into rounding them up!
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Ms Lace is back with our Cocktail Friday! Her Lace Beach Sunset
A must watch! All The Little Things That Make A Wonderful Wedding
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Rounding up our favourite Lace Mantilla Veils
Digging the dirt on wedding stationery with Elly Hartley of Elly Hartley Designs
Love handwritten fonts? Meet Blog Script
The stunning bouquet in Sophia and Andrew’s Botanical Southern Highlands Wedding took my breath away.
Our wedding film of the week comes from The White Tree, the wedding of Oliver and Laura is about as old world romantic as you can get. It’s classic, it’s beautiful and it’s a wonderful way to end the week.