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Why Australian Weddings Are My Favourite

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration

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It’s Australia Day today so we’re taking some time out of the office to enjoy the sunshine, but as a nod to Australia Day I wanted to write a little ditty (if you will) about why Australian weddings are my favourite. Allow me to explain…

Australia has the most incredible natural backdrops….

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Photo by Dan O’Day from Georgie and Nick’s Classic Country Wedding

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Photo by Sarkodie Photography from Hannah and Simon’s Outdoor Bush Wedding

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Photo by Nicolle Versteeg Photography from Kate & Mike’s Relaxed Western Australian Wedding

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Photo by  Lauren J Marshall from Emma and Kelly’s New Years Eve Bush Wedding

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Photo by Aparat Photography from Vanessa and Thomas’ Melbourne Bayside Wedding

And Australians choose the most fun and unique locations for their celebrations…

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Photo by  Todd Hunter Mcgaw from Rachel and Simon’s Chic Air Hangar Wedding

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Photo by Daniel K Cheung from Emma and Justin’s Sydney Library Wedding

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Photo by Blumenthal Photography from Claudine and Arjuna’s Autumn Substation Wedding

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Photo by Joseph Koprek from Nicole and Rob’s Modern All White Wedding

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Photo by Benny Jewell from Emma and David’s Colourful Community Hall Wedding

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Photo by Anna – Pixie Rouge Photography from Marysia and Brenton’s Australian Barn Wedding

Australians love putting their creative flair to good use..

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Photo by Natalija Brunovs from ‘i heart weddings’ from Elle & Rory’s Romantic Country Wedding

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Photo by Elle DS Photography from Jess and Simon’s Handmade Picnic Wedding

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Photo by Christine Lim Photography from Dave & Sandra’s Rustic Wedding In The Perth Hills

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Photo by Ruby Yeo from Samantha and Chris’ Intimate Country Wedding

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Photo by Goldsmith & Co from Ashleigh and Ryan’s Handmade Farm Wedding

We love a bit of texture and colour…

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Photo from Sally And Ollie’s Intimate City Wedding by Ryan Noreiks

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Photo by Louisa Bailey from Sophie and Sam’s Modern St Kilda Wedding

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Photo by Joseph Koprek from Tasha and Adam’s Modern Jewish Wedding

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Photo by Dave & Charlotte Photography from Red and Pink Wedding By The Water

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Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography  from David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding

Australians love deeply…

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Photo by Jonas Peterson from Julia and Alexey’s Romantic Brisbane Wedding

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Photo by I Love Wednesdays from Kristin And Cory’s Heartfelt Sutton Forest Wedding

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Photo by Nicholas Joel Photography from  Jess and Ben’s Romantic Picnic Wedding

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Photo by Oli Sansom from Emily and Greg’s Autumn Orchard Wedding

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Photo by Cam Grove Photography from Lucy and Stew’s Great Ocean Road Wedding

But don’t take ourselves too seriously..

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Photo by Luke Going Photography from Kristin and Scott’s Modern Brisbane Wedding

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Photo by  Bayly & Moore from Melita and Richard’s Beautiful Art Deco Wedding

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Photo by Laki Sideris from Kate and Nick’s Gum Gully Farm Wedding

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Photo by  Mark at Gold Hat Photography from Linda and Pete’s Relaxed Evening Wedding

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Photo by Louisa Bailey from Abby and Tim’s Melbourne Winter Wedding

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Photo by Studio Sixty Photography from Emma and Brendan’s Elegant Brisbane Wedding

We laugh a lot…

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Photo by Glass Slipper Photography from Miyuki and Mike’s Romantic Garden Wedding

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Photo by from Hayley and James’ Delightful Dunsborough Wedding

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Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw from Shantell and Ben’s Seaside Romance Wedding

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Photo by Sayher Heffernan from Jem and Brendan’s Intimate Abbotsford Convent Wedding

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Photo by  Jac and Heath Bennett Photography from Em and Jarel’s Bonnells Bay Summer Wedding

 And when all is said and done, we sure do know how to party…

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Photo by Jospeh Koprek from Dana and John’s Perth Town Hall Wedding

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Photo by Lucy Spartalis from Sarah and Barry’s Mountain Goat Brewery Wedding

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Photo by Jonas Peterson from JP & Sarah’s St Kilda Mexican Fiesta Wedding

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Photo by Nicole Cordeiro Photography  from Jo and Olly’s Autumn South Australia Wedding

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Photo by Natasja Kremers Photography from Emma and Mathew’s Sophisticated Country Wedding

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Photo by Leo Farrell Photography  from Edwina and Tom’s Geelong At Home Wedding

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Photo by Sayher Heffernan from Sarah and Cyrus’ Melbourne Town Hall Wedding

Happy Australia Day!

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Vendor of the Week – Studio TO

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It’s Australia Day – hooray!! Today we celebrate what it means to us to be an Aussie. The smell of sunburn cream and sizzling barbeques will waft through the air, while backyard cricket or lazing in the shade will be the activity of choice. Even though it’s a holiday, we still have plenty of wedding inspiration, so escape the frivolity, grab a cup of tea and lamington and escape with us into a world of weddings.

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Venues, we have Photographers, we have  Accessories we even have Specialised Services! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

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Why not use your stationery design as an anchor for the rest of your wedding decor? Watercolour stationery? Echo in watercolour cloths, flowers in ombre hues. Stationery with vine tendrils and leaves? Use vines, berries and rustic wood as your basis. Tamsin at Studio TO is known for her contemporary and clean designs – bright and clever, and just so right for the occasion. Whether you wish to design a bespoke invitation suite or using a ready to print design which Tamsin can colour to your wedding colour scheme, Save the Dates, Invitations and RSVP’s to Orders of Service, Menus and Seating Plans are just the thing to add a creative and co-ordinated look to your wedding.

We asked Tamsin of Studio TO five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Depending on the season I would say a large glass of Shiraz in Winter or a White wine spritzer made with Pinot Grigio and soda water for the Summer.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

My husband and I love to camping in the Margaret River region about 3.5 hours south of Perth, long walks on the beautiful beaches down there, kayaking and dolphin spotting and spending the evening in a local pub with the locals, live music, good food, craft beer and a log fire in the Winter months.

Favourite restaurant?

One of the best meals I have eaten whilst living in Perth has been at Red Herring in East Fremantle which sits on the banks of the Swan River, the views are amazing just like the food!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

If I’m feeling healthy a huge fruit salad mixed with muesli and natural yoghurt with a freshly made juice on the side. If I’m feeling naughty then I revert to my Northern English upbringing of a big fry up with the works: bacon, sausage, baked beans, hash brown and mushroom and a cup of tea.

Your favourite wedding story?

I’m currently designing a beautiful wedding stationery set for a lovely couple who are having 3 weddings! Each one is really informal and more like a big party, the venues all have a special meaning to them. They are going travelling for 6 weeks, starting with wedding number 1 south of Perth in Margaret River, wedding 2 in Vancouver, Canada (where they first met) and wedding number 3 in Mexico (where the groom is from). It’s such a lovely idea and each destination is really personal and meaningful to them, plus they get to celebrate with all of their family and friends, some of whom are even going to go along to all 3!

Visit Studio TO’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Studio TO is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Best Steps

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Irma and Dave’s Romantic Sydney Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements

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Irma & Dave

These utterly romantic Sydney engagement photos come to us today from Pictures & Hearts Photography who spent a day with Irma and Dave in Sydney’s Centennial Park.

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Irma tells the story of how they met. “We were introduced by a family friend through Facebook. I (Irma) was living in New York, while Dave was living in Melbourne. Neither of us expected that this introduction would lead to anything serious. Both of us enjoyed the friendship, we chatted daily via texting despite the time difference, also Skype video chat regularly. After 6 months of correspondence, David decided to fly to New York to meet me. He spent two weeks there, during that time that we officially became a couple. We were in a long distance relationship for 2 years before I finally moved to Melbourne. Although we were apart for so long, we tried to see each other twice a year.”

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“We love a natural and classic theme for the engagement. We want to keep it simple (ageless) yet beautiful and romantic. Our photographers are based in Sydney and we flew to Sydney for the shoot. Centennial Park provides such a beautiful nature backdrop for this shoot.”

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Irma tells the story of the proposal. “It was during the time I moved back from the USA to Indonesia. Dave flew back to meet me when I had transit in Singapore then flew back with me to Indonesia to spend some time with my family. After a week and half in Jakarta, Indonesia, he flew back to Singapore en route Melbourne with my family where we spent three nights there.

Little did I know that all this time he had planned to propose to me the last Friday we were in Singapore. He had secretly spoken to my mom to ask for her blessing, and had already bought a ring which he strategically hid in his camera bag (which he almost lost at one point… I wondered why he looked like he had lost much more than a camera when he almost lost it… now I know why). Long story short, we ended up strolling through Clark Quay on a Friday night after all his plans to propose on a high rise building fell through due to unforeseen bad weather. After much improvisation on his part to keep it a surprise for me, we found ourselves a quiet bench underneath a lamp post by the river. Come to think of it, it all somehow felt like the setting was all perfectly arranged. As soon as we sat there, he asked me to close my eyes.

When I opened it, he was on his knees extending the ring on his hand. He asked me “Would you do life with me”, “will you marry me?”. I was taken by surprise and paused for a split second before I said “Yes”. We hugged, kissed, and held hands as we prayed together to commit our engagement. As we opened our eyes, David noted that we were right underneath a road called “New Bridge”, which was a coincidence but somehow felt like it held a significant meaning to the start of our new journey of life together.”

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“What I love about David is that he is a spiritually mature person, such a family person, not to mention his wittiness. According to Dave I am a sweet and loving person, with a good sense of humour.”

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Photographer: Pictures & Hearts Photography / Makeup Artist: Kaori / Bride’s Dress: Irma's Best Friend
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