Back to Top
PolkaDotBride - Australia's number 1 Bridal Blog, Wedding Directory and Advice for Brides
Log In Register
  • Welcome to Polka Dot Bride
  • Polka Dot Submissions
  • Creative Colour Book
  • Vendor of the week
    Back to Top

    This week we preview

    Ginger and Spice Photography

    READ MORE

  • Wedding Directory
  • PDB---Circle-Slide

Brooke and Dave’s Relaxed Winter Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements

Leave
A COMMENT

 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.”

Relaxed winter engagement0011

“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.”

Visit Ms Polka Dot's Directory

Sousan and Harvey’s Elegant Sydney Wedding

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

Leave
A COMMENT

Newlyweds in Sydney

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

Marianna Grillo styled the bride’s hair and makeup.

Bride in Amanda GarrettReal bride in Amanda Garrett

The bride wore an elegant gown by Amanda Garrett. Her bouquet of roses and blushing brides was created by Maria Lush.

Bride with bridesmaids in blush pinkRose and Blushing Bride Bouquet

Full length photo of bride in Amanda Garrett

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!”

Bride walking down the aisle

Sousan walked down the aisle to Vivaldi.

Gunners Barracks Wedding CeremonyBride walking down aisle at Gunners Barracks

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!”

Bride meeting groom

Ceremony at Gunners Barracks

Wedding ceremony at Gunners Barracks

Courtyard wedding at Gunners Barracks

Kissing at Gunners Barracks

Courtyard at Gunners Barracks

Post wedding at Gunners Barracks

Congratulations at Gunners Barracks

gm photographics

Sydney newlyweds

Sousan describes the day as “Simple, elegant and relaxed in all regards.”

Gunners Barracks wedding photography

Sydney wedding photos

Sydney wedding photoMature nelyweds in Sydney

Sydney wedding photographer

Bride on clifftop in Sydney

Syney black and white wedding photoOverlooking SYdney Jarbour

Black and white wedding photo in sydney

Silhouetee bride and groom

Sydney wedding photo by gm photographics

Silver framed seating chartGunners Barracks Reception

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.”

Wedding menu with cream ribbonRose and candle wedding centrepiece

Gold mirror wedding decor

Pink rose wedding centrepieceThree tier white wedding cake with sugar flowers

Gunners Barracks Reception Entrance

Wedding reception at Gunners Barracks

Toast at Gunners Barracks

Reception at Gunners Barracks

Laughing groom

Laughing bride

Musician at Gunners Barracks

The couple chose Lets Groove Tonight for all their dance floor action.

Wedding dance floor at Gunners Barracks

For their first dance, Sousan and Harvey chose “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

Wedding dance at Gunners Barracks

Dancing at Gunners Barracks

Bride and groom dancing at Gunners Barracks

Dance fllor at Gunners Barracks

Wedding exit at Gunners Barracks

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.

Photographer: gm photographics / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Events by Nightingales / Bride’s Dress: Amanda Garrett / Bride’s Shoes: Saint Laurent / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford / Groom's Shoes: Bally / Groomsmen Attire: Harrolds / Hairstylist: Marianna Grillo / Makeup Artist: Marianna Grillo / Flowers: Maria Lush / Invitations & Stationery: Natalie by Design / Venue: Gunners Barracks / Ceremony Musicians: Vov Dylan - String Quartet / Cake Baker: Something Blue Cakes / Band: Lets Groove Tonight

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride

Leave
A COMMENT

Island-wedding-bride-550x827

Photo by Sarah Christensen from Paula and Brendan’s Lord Howe Island Destination Wedding

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!

polka_roundup

Grey suit with white tie? Take a look at Shane‘s Groom Style

It doesn’t have to be serious! Top tips on Having Fun With Your RSVPs

An amazing backdrop for Paula and Brendan’s Lord Howe Island Destination Wedding

How to make a yummy Pink Grapefruit, Cucumber And Lemon Thyme Infused Gin – try this as a wedding favour

What exactly is a pop up wedding? We’re learning about Pop-Up Wedding Events

Ms Lace is back with our Cocktail Friday! Her Lace Beach Sunset

A must watch! All The Little Things That Make A Wonderful Wedding

Honeymoon in Australia close to home with A Heavenly Blue Mountains Honeymoon

Rounding up our favourite Lace Mantilla Veils

Digging the dirt on wedding stationery with Elly Hartley of Elly Hartley Designs

Nat shares all the wisdom she learned on her wedding day with Inspired Words

Roomba’s at Mt. Aitken share their favourite wedding vendors

Love handwritten fonts? Meet Blog Script

Make-Up Master Class 1 – Creating a Flawless Make-Up Base with a Subtle Finish

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.

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration

1
COMMENT

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0129

There is nothing quite like the backdrop of the Australian bush of a wedding, and today’s modern bush land wedding inspiration shoot combines the gorgeous bushland backdrop, with wedding inspiration that is simple, but incredibly beautiful.

Photographer Alana Taylor Photography team with with hairstylist Blair Pinchman from Adagé Hair and Body, makeup artist Stephanie Pase from The Lipstick Bandit, florist Leah Mitchell Floral Design along with models Reece Conley and Stephanie Morrison , a beautiful gown by Karen Willis Holmes from Ivory & Lace Boutique, cowboy boots from Ariat Boots and a stunning venue – Weddings in the Wilde at Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre to create a shoot that had a rustic yet elegant and relaxed style that really played off its surroundings.

Photographer Alana notes, “The inspiration behind the shoot was the venue. It is set in such beautiful surroundings, in the highlands, and has so much charm. The warm ambiance of the bush chapel made me swoon the first time I was there, and still does. It’s the most perfect location for a cosy gathering of friends and family. We wanted to keep the shoot simple, about the couple and their relationship rather then all the bells and whistles, which after all is what a wedding is about. We had the Bride with two different outfits, a more formal outfit for the ceremony and a more relaxed outfit for the reception to really convey the style for the shoot.”

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0002Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0001

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0003

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0004

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0006

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0013

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0017

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0018

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0020

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0022

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0024

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0029

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0030Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0031

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0032Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0033

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0036

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0062Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0063

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0074

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0075Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0077

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0078

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0080

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0093Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0094

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0107

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0115

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0123

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0124

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0125

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0128

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0134

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0137

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0139Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0147

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0141

Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration0142

Back to Top