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by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Jonathan David

Photo by Jonathan David Photography

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Nicole & Josh’s Romantic Bell Rapids Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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Nicole and Josh

There is a lot to love about today’s romantic Bell Rapids engagement shoot. From the stunning backdrop of earth and water, to the tender, blissful moments between the happy couple captured by iZO Photography.

Nicole tells their story. “We met in late 2009. Our love story is a unique one, my mother actually fell in love with Joshua long before I had even laid eyes on him! They were working together for 6 months before we met, she used to talk about him constantly, gushing about how lovely he was and dropping little hints about setting us up. I was not interested in the slightest, I figured if my Mum liked him he wouldn’t be my cup of tea (boy was I wrong).

We finally met at the local pub by chance when Mum and I went out for dinner. I spotted him across the room and fell in love at first sight, I almost fell over when he looked up and started waving at my Mum. I was far too shy to get any words out and he was left with the impression I was a total snob! We then met at a Christmas party a few weeks later and after a few drinks I finally worked up the courage to talk to him and later that night we shared our first kiss.”

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The proposal was very sentimental for Nicole who remembers, “Josh proposed on the 2nd August 2013 at sunset at the historic town of Cossack, overlooking Settlers Beach. He chose this spot as we love to walk our two dogs along the beach there, and it also overlooks the two towns (Point Samson and Wickham) where we met, fell in love and started our life together.

We walked up to the lookout with our dogs and he blindfolded me once we got to the top and when I took it off he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. He made the most beautiful speech and asked me to marry him, I said yes (my answer may have been a little muffled as there was lots of tears!) and we celebrated with a bottle of champagne and watched the sun go down. It was the most beautiful moment of my life.”

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“We chose this style of photos because it had a really natural, relaxed feel. We were doing what we normally do – walking, talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company and Jimmy captured it perfectly. Bells Rapids was the perfect place, we love its natural beauty and earthy elements.”

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Photographer: Izo Photography

Kira & Damien’s Camden Winery Wedding

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


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Kira & Damien

When Kira and Damien set out to plan their Camden winery wedding, they wanted a day that had a rustic, vintage style to it with plenty of Australian native flowers. What they got, of course, was so much more – because as the golden sun set, their story became the beautiful focus of the day. All captured by photographer Rachel Webb Photography.

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The bride chose a gown by Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan from Jean Fox remembering, “My first and only bridal store I went to was Jean Fox at Parramatta. I had tried on this beautiful Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan dress and my mind was set on it, but I had made an appointment to go back to be 100% sure. I went back during a sale where I also met the designer’s son, Jack Sullivan. Jack was showcasing a new collection of Wendy’s dresses and that’s where I saw ‘the dress’. Unfortunately they didn’t have my size so I went with my instinct and ordered it. 6 months later the dress came in and I fell in love with it. It was champagne on ivory with lace and floral embellishments.”

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Macarthur Floral Creations created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Kira and Damien chose Gledswood Homestead & Winery for their wedding, noting, “We only looked at one venue and that was Gledswood Homestead & Winery. It was everything we wanted and we loved how everything was in one place.”

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Kira notes, “We wanted to have a ‘unplugged ceremony’. We wanted our family and close friends to be present with us at our ceremony instead of hiding behind their phones or their ipads.”

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For the processional, Kira remembers, “We chose the instrumental version of ‘Sleeping At Last’ by Turning Page. I think this song is absolutely beautiful and the instrumental version is even more beautiful. We found this song to go really well with our garden ceremony.”

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“We wanted to include the people that couldn’t make it to our wedding. We had a remembrance candle for those we had lost over the years and we also set up a table at our reception with photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.”

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Of their photographer, Kira remembers, “We met our photographer Rachel 15 months before our wedding. We thought her style was exactly what we wanted for our wedding photos. We found Rachel easy to get along with everyone on the day of the wedding and our photos turned out amazing.”

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The bride and groom chose Beneath The Blooms  to style their day. Kira tells, “We wanted a rustic, vintage themed wedding with a lot of native flowers for the ceremony and reception.”

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For the first dance, Kira tells, “We chose a cover song, sung by Jason Evigan called Cinema.”

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Congratulations Kira and Damien! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Rachel Webb Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Rachel Webb Photography / Cinematographer: Ivan Stepanov Videography / Wedding Stylist: Beneath The Blooms / Bride’s Dress: Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan / Bridal Salon: Jean Fox / Bride’s Shoes: Rubi Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Pandora / Groom’s Attire: YD / Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom made dresses / Bridesmaid Shoes: Rubi Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Pandora / Hairstylist: Hair & Makeup by Kayla Cifelli / Makeup Artist: Hair & Makeup by Kayla Cifelli / Flowers: Macarthur Floral Creations / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Gledswood Homestead & Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Donellle Lockyer / Rental Furniture: Camden Hire / DJ: MAC Djs / Cake Baker: CharBella Cakes / Weddng Rings: Michael Arthur / Transport: Angel Classics

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Artography from Amy and Casey’s Vintage Chic Pastel Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! It seems to be the week to be thankful with Thanksgiving in America and a little shindig for the Polka Dot team to cap off the year today. This has been one of our biggest years ever and I am so excited for the foundations we have built for 2016, it’s going to be a good one!

Let’s get into the news and posts of the week!


Tropical fun at Muriel & Simon’s Intimate Hamilton Island Wedding

Take a break with the The Perfect Hunter Valley Weekend Part 1 – Love On The Lawn

Magical Proposal Ideas Inspired By Romantic Movies

Cheese lover? Go Behind The Door With….Milk The Cow

Such a fun cake topper- Knitted Bride and Groom Cake Topper Tutorial

One for the gents- Peter Jackson Spring Summer 15 Collection

Choosing Wedding Outfits for Little Ladies and Gents

Katie shares her post wedding wisdom in Inspired Words

Subtle medieval tones in the Tuesday type Yana

Chatting to the duo Andrew and Madison Maher of Attic Designs

Love the look of Emporium Hotel’s Smoked Rosemary & Olive Martini

Romantic details at Amy and Casey’s Vintage Chic Pastel Wedding

Rounding up our favourite Wedding Hair Wreaths

Turning something old into something new The tale of Everything Old is New Again – My Recycled Polka Dot Wedding Dress

Perfection on the Harbour – Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

Best Man Stephen shares his Inspired Memories

News Roundup 27th November

There are only a few days left to enter the Moment Seeker $3000 Film Giveaway competition. Hop on over to this post to enter!

Bridesmaids Only are hosting a VIP evening from 5pm-8pm on Wednesday 2nd of December 2015. There will be 20% storewide, special offers, special guest stylists and a runway show! The perfect event to take your bridesmaids to! To register, click here.

WP Agency are offering up free wedding websites! The website design business have a bunch of free templates they’ve designed to be wedding ready allowing guests to RSVP online, get all the info on the wedding and see live social feeds.  Check it out here.

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Our film of the week is a very special one because it comes from the wedding of a special member of the Polka Dot Family – Julia of Julia’s Celebrancy Services. Julia only recently got married (as in a few weeks ago) and because she is the bubbly girl she is, she and her husband chose “Shake It Off” for their first dance and I think it capture’s Julia’s personality so very perfectly!

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