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Anna and Scott’s Australian Farm Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements

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Anna & Scott

There is so much I love about Anna & Scott’s Australian farm engagement photos. Nothing really beats those Australian sunsets, golden sun bleached grass and the beautiful homesteads. In amongst it all is a story – a country girl who fell in love with a city boy. Of how they met, they tell, “We met through mutual friends, but then reunited through facebook. Where Scott found Anna popping up in pictures and started chatting online. From here realised we knew each other and reconnected through a dinner date.”

Gemma Clarke Photography traveled to the bride’s family farm, outside of Mudgee to capture the place where so much of Anna & Scott’s story has unfolded.

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Anna remembers,”Scott didn’t remember my name for the first three months of dating and kept calling me babe. Then couldn’t remember my mum’s name and called her the wrong name quite a lot on the phone even in his speech he had to think about it before thanking her (we have been together for 6 years!).”

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On what he loves about Anna, Scott tells, “Her determination, her silliness, her commitment to one task at a time, her random bursts of weird conversations or laughter, her fashion style.”

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Of the proposal, Anna remembers, “Knowing I love the bush and relaxing in peace and quiet he treated me to a surprise get away to the Blue Mountains where he took me to a treehouse resort for three days, bushwalking, gardens and wildlife watching. After this (he) played my favourite song whilst proposing in the outside hot tub within the trees. (Scott) proposed with his grandmother’s ring.”

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“I am a country girl turned city girl once meeting the love of my life in the ‘big smoke’ Sydney, 6 years ago. Facebook enabled our two paths to cross and create a very unique love story. I was ready for my journey as teacher and he was the party king. Two futures that may have seemed to go in different directions but as time progressed we created one life together. The country is my other life, and introducing Scott to this life was nerve-racking, especially when arriving in his ‘surfy’ clothes, turbo Subaru and trance music blaring. The first meeting of my father was a long walk through a paddock, what was said I will never know, but from that day our love blossomed.”

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“Farm work is not for the light hearted, and spending weeks at a time up on the Wellington property (40 minutes from Mudgee) Scott began to really fit in and attempt sheep work, cattle work and even got to ride the motorbikes. The long trips in the truck with Dad always ended in some insightful messages for Scott and I to take away, and to this day he continues to talk about.”

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“Even the asking of Dad’s permission for my hand in marriage was interrupted by Scott having to catch a sheep first, which Dad says he does well. As we could not have our wedding on the farm, we decided to do portraits before the wedding. This was the most special occasion for me to venture to my most favourite spots where I grew up and could give these to my parents to cherish. The 120 year old sheds and house were captured so beautifully with my soon to be husband standing next to me in his complete transformation of Akubra hat, RM Williams belt and chequered shirt, what a turn-around from his surfy shorts and thongs. From riding the motorbikes, to climbing our heritage rocks, from stepping in numerous cow pats, to frolicking through the crops it truly started the beginning of what was going to be our most special day.”

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On what she loves about Scott, Anna says, “His generosity and sincerity, his unique sense of humour, his shyness that can turn into an absolute character, his ability to get me out of a bad mood, his effort put into loving me and making me happy.”

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Beautiful Bridal Fashion Illustrations

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Illustration by Sarah Darby

One of the new concepts I’ve been loving recently is the ideas of gifting a sketch of the beautiful bride in her beautiful gown post wedding. Wedding gowns nowadays are almost works of art and a visual reminder that has a more fashion base than a photograph, is something special the wearer can keep in her home as memento of that amazing piece she wore.

With so many amazing artists around nowadays creating such pieces, I wanted to showcase a few of my favourites – all very different and all very talented!

Sarah Darby

Sarah Darby has always loved drawing and art, but put her passion on hold for a more traditional life of university and her career as a publicist in London. Upon the birth of her second child, Sarah started to draw again and now creates beautiful sketches.

Sarah works one on one for commissions – loving bridal work more than most. Her work can even extend to bridesmaid portraits (another great gift) and will draw inspiration from your photographs or inspiration boards.

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Brooke Hagel

Based in NYC, I can vouch for the beautiful work of illustrator Brooke Hagel.  Years and years ago I fell in love with one of Brooke’s bridal drawings and purchased it for my office. She was soon creating the head shots for all the patterned people and I continued to love her beautiful fashion illustrations.

Brooke takes commissions for one of bridal portraits, using ink and pencil to capture the detail and shapes of the gown to show off it’s beauty via drawing.

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Alexandra Neale

Australian illustrator Alexandra Neale has been popping up everywhere with her fun, whimsical illustrations. Her forms take on rosy cheeks, the bouquets full of colour and depth, her gowns full of detail using coloured pencils, graphite and copic markers on watercolour paper.

Alexandra has a series of bridal collections already on her site – from the bride and her bridesmaids, to the newlyweds and the bride alone. Having studied fashion design, Alexandria’s custom commissions have a special focus on the fashion elements of the pieces she recreates.

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Erin Petson

Erin Petson is far more conceptual than the other illustrators I have featured today.  She began art school at age 16 and having been commissioned by everyone from Dior to Vogue, her work speaks of high fashion and the beauty that lies within its lines.

Her custom bridal portraits have only been available for a year and already she is creating very personal pieces – working one on one with the bride to get a sense of her own personal style, injecting this inspiration into the piece itself.

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Karen Orr

From glittery fabrics, to lace detailing even down to the subject’s eyelashes, illustrator Karen Orr prides herself on attention to detail using acrylic paint to create her pieces.

Based in Pennsylvania, Karen studied fashion illustration as well as fine art before an illustrious career. She has recently began drawing again, creating one off custom portraits for brides, bridesmaids and couture designers around the world.

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Friday Roundup

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Photo from Nathalia & Thilo’s Whimsical Lombok Beach Wedding by Angga Permana Photo

Happy Friday Dotties! I can’t believe we are already at the last week of January! Time flies doesn’t it? How has your month been? How are your wedding plans going?

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!

1. Real Proposal Story! – The Unexpected Proposal

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

1.What Would They Know? – 2. Expert Advice - A Rainy Wedding Day

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.

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1.Etsy Roundup – Awesome Australian Etsy Wedding Sellers 2. Tuesday Type –  Tuesday Type – Lulo Clean 3. Cocktail Friday – Cocktail Friday – Watermelon & Elderflower Cooler


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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

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1. Honeymoon Destination – Luxurious African Safari 2.Destination Wedding- Nathalia & Thilo’s Whimsical Lombok Beach Wedding


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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

1. Textured Men’s Wedding Rings

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Perth brides get ready! On February 7th, Karen Willis Holmes is opening up her Perth boutique! The boutique will be located at 294 Hay Street, Subiaco so if you’re interested in visiting be sure to contact the team on info@karenwillisholmes.com or call (02) 9519 3901

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The Canungra Valley Vineyard in South East Queensland are holding an open day on Sunday, 15th of February, head on over to the vineyard to enjoy the venue all set up and a multitude of local vendors. They’ll even give you 10% off your bill if you make a day of it with lunch or breakfast in the restaurant! Check out the website to RSVP.

For our video of the week- The Design Files kicked off their Monday Mornings feature this week with Melbourne florist Cecilia Fox. As a big fan of the lovely Mel and her work I love seeing an insight into her (oh so early!) mornings! Sirap did such a beautiful film!

Romantic Spring Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration

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How inspired I am by loose, brightly coloured floral arrangements at the moment? This beautiful Queensland shoot is full of romantic Spring wedding ideas. The palette of pink – from soft peachy pink, to fairy floss pink and the brightest of magenta teamed with fresh crisp white linens and plenty of greenery. To me this is the essence of Spring, embracing the fresh colours and flowers that it brings, the loose, trailing arrangements utterly romantic.

Jennifer Oliphant Photographer teamed up with Made To Match Events and took over The Old Dairy, a beautiful spot in Maleny on the Gold Coast hinterland- surrounded by the rolling green hills it was the most beautiful backdrop for the shoot.

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Willow Bud created the floral arrangements in hues of apricot, pinks and peach The chair garlands, made of greenery added a loose, romantic feel.

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Ideas In Icing created a pink ombre wedding cake that picked up the romantic pink hues of the fresh blooms.

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Hair By Nicola and Gorgeous Makeup & Beauty styled the bride’s look, who wore a gown from Eve Boutique.

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Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant Photographer / Stylist: Made To Match Events / Flowers: Willow Bud / Hairstylist: Hair By Nicola / Makeup Artist: Gorgeous Makeup & Beauty / Bride’s Dress: Eve Boutique / Cake Baker: Ideas In Icing / Transport: Champers Rolls Royce
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