If I lived by the beach, you can bet I’d be rising every morning sunrise, coffee in hand to watch the day break and the waves roll in. Amelia and Clint were joined by photographer Kristy Toepfer Photography at Manly Beach one cold Winter’s morning to capture their engagement photos as the sun rose over the water.
Of their funniest stories, the couple tell, “ Once Clint was trying to fix the washing machine, and forgot to put the hose back into the sink….the next time Amelia put a load of washing on, the whole apartment got flooded and she nearly broke her tailbone falling over in the kitchen!”
On what she loves about Clint, Amelia tells, “I love Clint’s amazing sense of humour – I am constantly laughing with (and at) him! I also love his passion for his work (he is a teacher), and his extreme loyalty towards me, his family and his friends.”
When Clint popped the question, it was a complete surprise. The story goes, “Clint surprised Amelia with a romantic weekend away at the beach…as they were watching the sun go down with a glass of wine in hand, Clint proposed while ‘their song’ played in the background.”
On what he loves about his future wife, Clint tells, “I love Amelia’s selflessness and empathy, that she loves me unconditionally and I love her beauty, inside and out!”
As the couple live together on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Manly was a natural photo spot. Amelia and Clint telling, “We live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, so there was never any other option than a beach style shoot. We are also quite camera shy, so didn’t want to shoot to look forced or unnatural. The 6am start time on the first day of winter was definitely not our idea though, but the sunrise was absolutely gorgeous and the photos turned out perfectly!”
The temperature is dropping and this shoot inspired by the Winter sunshine seemed just the ticket to round out the true start to the colder seasons! This gorgeous winter sun wedding inspiration is to promote Sunshine Coast wedding fair A Darling Affair to be held at The Chapel Woombye on Saturday July, 19th.
Designed to be a wedding fair with a difference, visitors can enjoy a relaxed picnic in the Winter sun with live music while enjoying the vistas of the chapel and seeking out new wedding ideas from a talented bevy of wedding vendors. To give you a peek into what the wedding fair will be like, the team joined together a group of their talented vendors to create a shoot inspired by the relaxed Winter sunshine!
Fair organiser Carrie walks us through the shoot. “The Beauty Case painted Lani’s gorgeous lips with a fire engine red. Ladies if you have lips like Laini, flaunt it! It’s your best asset.”
Willow Bud created gorgeous floral arrangements for the shoot, Carrie telling, “A Darling Affair always thinks of practical things…sometimes bouquets get in the way and we love adorning our model brides with flowers. This time instead of the floral crown or a hand held posy of flowers Laini wore a large wrist corsage. This gives brides the hands free option to enjoy their day and gives it a more prom like feel and sweet little gift from your loving admirer – your husband to be.”
Love My Food catered a decadent picnic. “Jordan being the lovely gentleman that he is, was sharing and dishing out the more-ish picnic food supplied by Love My Food. With our love gauges hitting an all time high and food in our bellies we were all inspired to go forth and create up a storm for the next event.”
Of course it can’t be a Queensland event without a pineapple right? Carrie tells, “To give it a quirky modern twist that A Darling Affair’s events are known for, Hayley from Wholehearted Studio added pineapple cushions, a bush radio, whimsical giant balloons, and the newest supplier to hit the scene - Frozen Sunshine with their oh so delicious handcrafted ice block range.”
Lucky couple Laini and Jordan acted as models for the shoot, captured by When Elephant Met Zebra. “Real life couple Laini & Jordan are one of those loved up couples the ADA team swoon over. Photographer Brian from When Elephant Met Zebra said this has been his favourite shoot ever. Laini & Jordan naturally slipped in and out of poses and their deep love and connection seeped through the lens of the camera.”
Of course, it can’t be a bridal fair without gorgeous gowns and dapper suits. Both of which made an appearance in the shoot. Carrie remarking, “Laini was dressed in a gown by Judy Copley Bridal, the gorgeous tulle layered dress sent off a vintage and flirty feel. Jordan was head to toe in Urbbana Men’s Style Studio. Looking dapper with his suspenders.”
The final finishing floral touch from Willow Bud was a beautiful door wreath. “Willow Bud florist Sandi, blew us away with a gorgeous wreath to be hung as a back drop feature on the big chapel doors.”
On this Good Friday, we’d like to wish all of our readers a beautiful day. Whether you celebrate this Christian tradition or not, we hope you manage to fill your day with reflection and peace and it is the perfect opportunity to relax and be grateful for this special time in all of our lives.
Today, we have some lovely vendors passing on exclusive special offers and we are also catching up on the week that has been on the Polka Dot Bride specialty blogs. Happy Good Friday!
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Renowned San Francisco designer, Amy Kuschel now at Savvy Brides! Savvy Brides, Double Bay is proud to announce their exclusive collaboration with renowned San Francisco designer, Amy Kuschel. With nine gowns in store all priced from $2500 to $3500 there is no doubt that Savvy Brides is the one stop destination not only for pre-loved bridal gowns but affordable international bridal designers.
Exclusively for Polka Dot Bride readers, Savvy Brides are offering a matching two tier ivory long veil with every purchase of an Amy Kuschel gown. But hurry! This offer cannot last long!
Perfect Day Music, purveyors of classic sounds and jazz-inspired dancing are letting polka dot peeps know they’re having huge spring sale, offering fantastic discounts on all of their jazz, classics and soul ensembles, with $150 off all reception bookings, and stacked discounts for packages. Drop them a line super soon because this offer lasts only as long as the blossom on the cherry tree!
Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane couples marrying in the cold weather are in for a treat with this special offer from C2 Video! As a Polka Dot Bride reader they’ve extended their special winter rates to September just for you!
The special rates are as follows:
Short Story normally $3600.00, price per hour there after $275.00
The Winter Short Story – $3,000.00 per hour there after $200.00
Featurette normally $4600.00 price per hour there after $275.00
The Winter Featurette $4,000.00 per hour there after $200.00
Kitchen Sink $5,600.00 price per hour there after $275.00
The Winter Kitchen Sink $5,000.00 price per hour there after $200.00
The winner of Pantene Shine On Competition – Win a $1000 Tiffany & Co. Voucher! is Melissa Wainwright! Congratulations Melissa, you have won a $1000 voucher to spend at Tiffany & Co and four packs of Pantene’s brand new Ice Shine Collection for you and your best friends! Thank you so much for your entries, stay tuned, we have more amazing giveaways coming up soon!
Our film today was sent in by a lovely couple Jade and Matt who made a video wedding invitation! I think it’s rather fun and ti defintieyl warmed me up as we head into the cold weather. Happy wedding Jade and Matt! Thanks for sharing with us!
Erin and Dean started dating twelve years ago through mutual friend and on their eleventh anniversary, they tied the knot in a traditional, romantic wedding in the heart of Sydney. Welsch Photography captured the day, from Erin’s sparkling wedding heels to the first dance accompanied by fireworks. What a night to remember!
The couple chose a beautiful building for their wedding ceremony – Glebe Town Hall. Erin noting, “We held the ceremony at Glebe Town Hall, a beautiful building built in 1880 and restored in 2013. The building was beautiful, very regal, which suited the theme of our wedding. The main hall was where we held the ceremony, and I entered through beautiful big double wooden paneled doors, at the top of a grand wooden staircase. Beautiful stained-glass windows and natural light created a classic and beautiful ambiance. Family photos were taken after he ceremony, on the landing outside the main hall.”
Erin walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.
Erin remembers, “We had pre-ceremony canapes and drinks at the Glebe Town Hall, as a lot of our guests had come from far to be at the wedding. Our guests were able to have something to eat and drink, and mingle with friends and family before the ceremony began. Dean’s sister sang a beautiful song to us at the ceremony – she kept the actual song a secret and surprised us on the day.”
The floral arrangements on the day were styled by Flowers by Helen Brown. Erin says, “I can highly recommend ‘Flowers by Helen Brown’ for great service and impeccable flowers.”
Of their photographers, Erin notes, “Our photographers were Bec and Karl Welsch, of Welsch Photography. They managed to capture the essence of our day, all the emotion, love and happiness. We wanted more natural photography instead of staged and posed, and they were excellent at capturing those precious moments as they happened.”
Erin and Dean chose the Quayside Room at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay for the reception. Erin remembering, “The room was set out in a beautiful gold and silver theme, with tall candelabras as centre pieces, surrounded by fragrant floral arrangements. Guests were able to enjoy the incredible sunset of the balcony of the reception room, overlooking Sydney Harbour. A wonderful chance for our guests to catch up with friends and family, and enjoy the stunning surroundings! We had a wonderful jazz band playing whilst canapes on the balcony were being served, and during dinner – it added to the joyful and happy buzz during the reception!”
Guests received a special homemade favour, says Erin, “We brewed our own beer for the favors, as Dean has brewed his own beer for many years, in keeping with his creative chef-ing background. We brewed Hefenweizen, bottled it ourselves, and complemented the look with tags made to hang around the neck of the bottle with a thank-you message on them. The cake by Naco at Cake Atelier was superb!”
Erin remarks, “Our day was so wonderfully joyful – it meant so much to us that we were able to have such a beautiful weekend of celebrations with our family and friends. The memories created will be cherished forever… So many wonderful stories, the smiles, our incredibly special exchange of vows, our family and friends, the heartfelt speeches, our first dance…”
I had been ballroom dancing for 15 years, so we both went and had lessons together, and a beautiful traditional Waltz was choreographed for us at The Promenade Dance Studio. We enjoyed our dance lessons leading up the the wedding, and had a wonderful time dancing together as husband and wife. Our first dance was performed to ‘Two Socks Plays’, an instrumental track from Dancing with Wolves.”
Congratulations on your marriage Erin and Dean! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Welsch Photography for today’s wedding!