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Jaella & Jarrad’s Sweet Family Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements

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Jaella & Jarrad

Nothing makes me happier than  sweet family engagement photos. Jaella and Jarrad included little Amelia in their engagement shoot making it a truly family affair. Christine Lim captured the session in the hills close to the Swan Valley. The sun dried grass adding the most beautiful golden touch to the already golden sunset.

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On what he loves about Jaella, Jarrad tells, “I love how big Jaella’s heart is, she is always thinking about other people before herself. She is also the best mum to our daughter Amelia, it hurts my heart seeing the love those to have for each other.”

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Jaella loves that when Jarrad walks into a room he immediately brightens her day. “He’ll make some silly dad joke and I can’t help but crack up laughing. Not to mention the relationship that he and Amelia have together. They are the funniest pair! But there are so many things that I love about Jarrad that I would be here all day trying to write them all down. He is always striving to better me and himself and I am so thankful that I have him to hold my hand as we take this journey through life together.”

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Jaella tells the story of how they met. “We were at Jarrad’s cousin’s 21st birthday and Jaella caught his eye.” Jarred adding, “I tried to win her over with my yacht that was parked out the front, but that didn’t seem to do the trick.” It took two years of chasing before we finally went on our first date! And boy was it the best decision we ever made!”

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Jaella remembers, “Before Amelia arrived we used to go out quite a bit, dancing. We would come home and Jarrad would suggest a dance off on the Wii Just Dance…even though he is all arms and legs he would always win! And still does!”

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Jarrad adds, “When Jaella was pregnant with Amelia we went camping for New Years. I am pretty sure Jaella rolled out of the car, put her butt in a camp chair and then didn’t move while I set up the whole tent and camping equipment. Did I mention she was only 8 weeks pregnant!! I earned myself the title of camping Ken that day!”

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The proposal was a complete surprise to Jaella who remembers, “Amelia was about 8 months old and fast asleep, we had had a big day at footy. As per usual Jarrad was hungry and declared he was going out to get more food. No problem!

I then get a call an hour or so later from Jarrad who said,  ‘Babe come down to the river it’s so beautiful!’ Me: ‘Are you fishing?’ Jarrad replied, ‘No just get Amelia and come down the river!’

So I woke Amelia and headed down to the river. When I arrived Jarrad had a rug and picnic set up for the three of us! CUTE I thought, what a nice Sunday afternoon! Well 20 minutes later Jarrad whips out the most amazing ring, said all these mushy things that I can’t quite remember because I was so shocked and excited and asked me to marry him. Would be one of the many highlights of our relationship. ”

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“We both grew up in the hills close to the Swan Valley and knew how beautiful the area was. There is something so calming about the open space, fresh air and that beautiful dry grass. It also helped that there were a heap of planes flying over to keep Amelia occupied. She had to say ‘bye’ to every plane that flew over! It was so cute.”

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Photographer: Christine Lim

Tiffany & Michael’s Eclectic Bohemian Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Tiffany & Michael

What an eclectic bohemian wedding Tiffany & Michael celebrated! The bride, who always knew she would get married at her parents home created an occasion with her groom Michael that reflected the things they loved. They chose CJ Williams Photography to capture their day.

The couple wed overlooking the lake, choosing vintage inspired furniture pieces to hire, before a reception under strings of glowing bulbs, a great band, great food and music set the celebrations into motion.

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The groom and groomsmen wore classic suits from Suits Formal Wear.

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Tiffany wore a gown she designed as a collaboration with Hue Le Designs & and Rose Noir Designs. For her finishing bohemian touches she added a crystal hairpiece from Bo and Luca and shoes by Midas.

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Dru Soltys performed the ceremony.

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Tiffany notes, “I always knew I wanted to get married at my parents’ house. It is such a beautiful place right on the lake, and I thought it would be so special to get married at the home I had grown up in. I didn’t even think about looking at any other venues.”

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“I loved walking back down the aisle after we were announced husband and wife through all the confetti. I was just so happy and the confetti made it feel so special. It was also good to see so many of our family and friends smiling back at us and sharing that special moment with us.”

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The couple hired golf carts from ADH Golf and Utility Vehicles to get around the property, adding a “Just Married” banner to theirs.

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Tiffany’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Eileen Kirby from Torso and crystal hand pieces from Forever Soles . They each carried blooms arranged by the wedding florist Flower Nation, Tiffany remembering,  “I also sent my bouquet off the day after the wedding to The Wedding Scarf  and they turned my bouquet into a beautiful silk scarf, so now I get to keep my gorgeous bouquet forever!”

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Of her vision for the day, Tiffany notes, “Given it was at home among so many trees, I wanted it all to look quite natural and rustic with a bit of a vintage twist. I have always loved and collected vintage furniture and bits and pieces so really wanted to have this look as part of our special day. I wanted there to be a really relaxed party vibe, but still to have all the formalities of a wedding. I knew everyone would feel relaxed because they were in a familiar environment as we have had lots of parties at mum and dads over the years. I just wanted this one to be the best!”

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The couple hired furniture and decor items from Maisey Collections and Her Hand Picked Harvest.

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Guests dined under strings of glowing lights on a feast prepared by Ryan John Private Chef and a delicious cake by a friend of the bride. They even got to print out their Instagram shots of the night thanks to Social Playground, Tiffany noting, “I am really glad we got the live Instagram printer from Social Playground, it was a hit and added a bit of difference to our wedding. Everyone loved it and got really involved.”

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“The dance floor got pretty crazy, lots of great dance solos were going on! It was great to see one of the bridesmaids hitch her dress up and get down on the floor and do the worm!”

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Tiffany and Michael hired Launch Film Productions to film their day, Tiffany noting, “I am so so glad we had a videographer. I didn’t want one to begin with, but my mum and sister managed to convince me that I would regret it if I didn’t. I am so glad I did, as it has been so nice to watch it back and re-live everything about the day, and to see things that we didn’t even realise had happened. I would definitely recommend it to anyone planning a wedding!”

Congratulations Tiffany and Michael! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to CJ Williams Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding!

Photographer: CJ Williams Photography / Cinematographer: Launch Film Productions / Bride’s Dress: Collaboration between the Bride, Hue Le Designs / : and Rose Noir Designs / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Bo and Luca / Bride’s Shoes: Midas / Bride’s Jewelry: Torso / Groom’s Attire: Suits Formal Wear / Groom's Shoes: Airflex / Groomsmen Attire: Suits Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Eileen Kirby from Torso / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Earrings) Peter Lang / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Handpiece) Forever Soles / Hairstylist: Janet’s Hair with Flair / Makeup Artist: Gail Wilton Makeup Artistry / Flowers: Flower Nation / Invitations & Stationery: Paper Fusion / Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Dru Soltys / Ceremony Musicians: Nathan Gaunt / Styling/Hire: Maisey Collections / Wooden Table Hire: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Catering: Ryan John Private Chef / DJ: Blair from The DJ.com.au / Cake Baker: Ashlee Joyce (friend) / Cake Topper: Etched Engraving / Favors: Pink Frosting / Instagram Printer: Social Playground / Engagement Ring: Ross Ezekiel Jewellery / Wedding Rings: Clarity Jewellers / Transport: Golf Carts by ADH Golf and Utility Vehicles

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw from Hana and Yudy’s DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

I am a wee bit late with today’s Roundup. After a big brainstorm last week. we’re experimenting with a bit of a new format. I feel a little like Yudy in the photo above if I’m honest about it! Let me know what you think below in the comments!

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We love a peek at what goes on behind the scenes and Dan Jones shared his preparation this week(and plenty of photos!) of his recent trip to New York for New York bridal market!

Loving the plentiful gorgeous Yarra Valley backdrop and reading Hana’s story in this DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

Also on Polka Dot Weddings,  Samantha shared her and Michael’s Ballarat Heritage Wedding

If you love a good selfie, you might like the Selfie font for your wedding invitations!

Ms Filagree headed to MBFWA and one of her favourite shows was Steven Khalil, it looks amazing!.

These Glass Cake Stands could be just what you’re looking for if you want something gorgeous to show off your equally gorgeous wedding cake.

Looking for favor bags but not handy with a sewing machine? Jane shares her No-Sew Favour Bags Tutorial on Polka Dot Made!

Diving into all things business and day of wedding coordination with the lovely Sarah Rudd of The One Day Wedding Company

News Roundup 22nd May

Get on down to the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Open Day on Saturday, June 27th 2015. Guests can enjoy food & beverage samples, live entertainment, fashion shows and go in the draw to win prizes while perusing the hotel’s function spaces. Head to the website to register.

Following us on Instagram? (if not, why not? We have so much fun over there!). If not, you might have missed out call out for your weddings on our specialty blogs Polka Dot Groom & Polka Dot Weddings.We want real stories written by you and we don’t care a bit about your style, your budget or really anything but that your day reflected who you and your beloved are. Pop onto the blogs and click “Contribute A Post” from the top right hand drop down menu then follow the prompts!

We have plenty of UK readers at Polka Dot Bride, so here’s a heads up for you! Bridal boutique Les Trois Soeurs will be holding a trunk show on the 13th and 14th of June to show off designer gowns from Israeli designer Zahavit Tshuba. The gowns look amazing and I am tempted to ask anyone who goes to report back for us! Book by emailing bridal@lestroissoeurs.co.uk

reading and loving

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Elegant Mermaid Wedding Inspiration

Elegant Autumn Wedding Inspiration

How The Strategy Of Scheduling Helped Me Make A Habit

Elegant English Garden Inspired Shoot

Finally, our film of the week comes to us from Michael Bird of Native Video. This couple shared a beautiful wedding day but then did something awesome the following day for a very worthy cause!

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