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Jasmin & Alex’s Relaxed Waterside Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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Jasmin & Alex

There is nothing not to love about Jasmin and Alex’s relaxed waterside engagement session captured by Nicolle Versteeg Photography. A romantic love story, a beautiful setting and gorgeous photographs. The best way to spend a Saturday if you ask me! Jasmin and Alex love to spend time by the water, so for them it made sense that a coastal stroll was the best way to celebrate their engagement!

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Jasmin and Alex tell the story of how they came to be. “Officially our first contact was over the phone and by email at work (we were working together on a deal from both sides of the country – Alex in Perth, and Jasmin in Brisbane). We first met in person at our law firm’s annual retreat in Brisbane over a Hendricks gin & tonic. Jasmin cheekily ate the cucumber out of Alex’ G&T – the rest is history. ”

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Alex recalls the proposal story. “We went on a ski trip to Japan in February and after a few months of taking German lessons (Jasmin is Austrian), I fumbled my way through a proposal, down on one knee, in German…”

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On what he loves about Jasmin, Alex remarks, “I love the fact that we love each other, wholly and accept each other for who we are, unconditionally. She’s my best friend… and she’s hot.”

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“Out of the office, we’re both really casual people who love being around water and the beach. Living in the coastal suburb of Cottesloe, a shoot in and around the beach (so Alex could wear boardshorts, basically) was the only logical place.”

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On what she loves about Alex, Jasmin tells, “I love Alex’ positive nature, and his ability to make me feel at ease no matter what the day has thrown at me. He is the most generous person I know, and the only man that can pull off board shorts just as well as a fine-tailored suit.”

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Handpainted Wedding Hairpieces From Lirica by Lironc

by | Accessories, Bride


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I always love showcasing new designers doing gorgeous things and when we first spied these Handmade Hairpieces by My Beaded Heart by Liron Cohen it was such a delightful day.

Well now Liron has a collection of brand new pieces (some completely one of a kind) that are not only beautiful, but inspired by the delicacy of flora.  The accessories as intricate as drawings of beautiful blooms, have been handmade by Liron herself – right down to the hand painted elements.

Sculptural flowers of lavender crawl gently over the wearer’s hair, combs of aquamarine leaves, peach and blush flowers, with petal shapes are painted watercolour tones. Each piece perfectly reminiscent of Spring blooms and a beautiful addition to a Spring bridal look.

My Beaded Heart by Liron Cohen are available from her Etsy store.

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Headpieces: Lirica by Lironc / Photographer: Nimrod Kapeluto / Hair & Makeup Artist: Hod Moshe Shitrit / Dresses: Sabina Musayev / Model: Kim Hen

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Natasja Kremers Photography via Inspired Memories – Steve

Happy Friday Dotties! We have had such a wonderful week of awesome weddings here and I’ve taken a peek at next week- I can hardly wait! The Spring season is bringing plenty of busy moments for the team so this weekend will be spent with a bit of celebration and a bit of relaxation!


A look at Five Ways To Win ‘Groom Of The Year’

The lowdown on Fraser Suites Perth – Wedding Expo

What does a celebrant really do? We chat to Koren Harvey of Koren Harvey Marriage Celebrant

Leila shares her favourite moments of her wedding day

Love these gorgeous Art Deco Accessories

Great advice on Writing Authentic and Unforgettable Wedding Vows

Love this DIY Button Pins Tutorial

Tropical Island Honeymoon – Pangkor Laut Resort

Groom Steve shares his Inspired Memories

Love this whimsical Blend font for wedding stationery

A city trip for your honeymoon? Meet The Blackman – Art Series Escape

Which wedding vendors does a wedding vendor love? Check out Vendor’s Favourites – Bright Day Films

Beautiful stories in Jannah & Darryl’s Autumn Maleny Wedding

Bellevue’s Rums N Roses is just the ticket for this Cocktail Friday!

Take a look back with Samantha Wynne 20th Anniversary…. Real Bride, Tamsin

News Roundup 9th October 2015


The winner of our $500 Gift Voucher From Minted is Jacqueline Ruggiero! Congratulations Jacqueline! I will be in touch shortly! Stand by for more great competitions soon!

The lovely crew at Forte Catering have put together a free wedding inspiration guide and were so kind to ask us for our wedding advice! Pop over to the website for the free download!

Sydney couples will enjoy The Wedding List Co & Urban Couture Couples style event on Thursday, 29th October. RSVP for a night of champagne, interiors, prizes and fun styling advice!

We talk a lot about heartfelt weddings here at Polka Dot Bride and this film captured by Smile Factory Films is the quintessential version of this. Scott’s first wife died of cancer in 2010 leaving behind two gorgeous little girls. Scott met Leah, who also had a little girl and together they had a little boy. When Scott and Leah married earlier this year, the children were a major part of the day. One of the more precious moments was when Scott’s daughter danced with her late mother’s father.

Daina & Ben’s Seaside Sorrento Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Daina and Ben chose a sweet little town to celebrate their seaside Sorrento wedding. They married on the beach before they celebrated in the beach side restaurant with views over the water. It was just want they wanted – a low fuss day, surrounded by people they love. They chose The Official Photographers to capture it all.

Daina tells the story of how she and Ben met. “We moved into the same house as house mates, and that was the start of everything.

On the day of the proposal, Ben had organised for me to go and get a massage, and told me about it that morning. After the massage I came home to Ben opening the door with a bunch of roses and dressed up, when I walked through the door he had Bryan Adams playing in the background, candles lit everywhere and a cheese platter with champagne waiting. It was then that I knew he would propose, but waiting until we had had a few drinks to do so, suspense plus!”
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Daina wanted the day to be very relaxed so chose to do a lot herself, she remarks, “I arranged all flowers for the reception, I created my own bouquet, all decorations, I also did my own hair and makeup – I wanted the wedding to be less fuss, and more so about the actual day and reason for the day, not fussing over small things.”

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Daina wore an evening gown by Rachel Gilbert, she tells, “I was not going to spend a fortune on a dress I knew I would wear for one day, but also wanted to feel beautiful. I actually bought a dress one day as I was shopping by myself, an hour after I had bought it I regretted it, and still have it for sale on ebay! I got a bit more serious about finding ‘the one’ so I took to High Street Armadale in Melbourne in search of a ready to wear gown and came across the gorgeous Rachel Gilbert dresses. As soon as I saw the dress (the last one!) I knew it was my wedding dress. On the day, I felt wonderful in the dress, it is the most magnificent dress I have ever seen, I’m so in love with it, I just wish I could wear it again some day soon!”

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“We broke tradition and didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen, again we wanted it to be about us, with less fuss. Our closest friends were still with us on the day and leading up the day.”

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The Baths Restaurant Sorrento

Daina and Ben chose The Baths Sorrento  for their wedding, noting, “We live near the water & play near the water, so it was only natural that our wedding should be by the ocean. It’s an amazing older style building that has a lot of character. 180 degree views & stunning boats sitting pretty in view. We were very lucky our ceremony could be held on the beach in front The Baths.”

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Felicity Johnson officiated the ceremony, Daina remembering,”We wanted it to be very personal. Our celebrant made that happen for us, by making us think about what we love & admire about one another. Ben got very creative & wrote most of the vows (haha!) We chose non traditional vows and it symbolised what we think marriage is.”

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Of their photographers, Daina tells, “The Official Photographers, based in New Zealand, have a photography style that suited our relaxed wedding theme. Their photography is phenomenal and they are known for their ability to capture moments that can’t be created. We were so happy with Shannon & Aaron being their on our big day, they made us feel so at ease & we just had a ball with them. Also having them as a “husband & wife team” meant that we got many more photos than we ever thought we would get. We got such a surprise when we got our images! So so happy!”

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The Baths Sorrento Wedding Reception

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Of the first dance, Daina explains, “We did a impromptu dance off between us after our first dance, people said to us after ‘Did you rehearse that dance? It was the best thing I’ve ever seen!’ we didn’t rehearse it at all, but had the most fun dancing and being silly, which is what we love to do at home!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Daina and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to The Official Photographers for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: The Official Photographers / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride’s Shoes: Payless Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groom's Shoes: Roger David / Hair & Makeup: Bride / Flowers: Bride / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Venue: The Baths Sorrento / Ceremony Officiant: Felicity Johnson / Ceremony Musicians: Dj Peter D / DJ: Dj Peter D / Cake Baker: The Cake Cottage / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill
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