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by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


photography by cassie

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Eweline & Niklas’ At Home Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Eweline & Niklas

Today’s at home engagement shoot might be from the other side of the world, but I loved the romance of it so much that I knew it was one I wanted to share with you. They chose Swedish based Australian photographer Mike Mañalac to capture them doing their every day loves. Niklas has an at home music studio where he loves to create new tunes, Eweline is a pastry chef and loves nothing more than baking at home. Together they went about their day with Mike shooting them just as they are.

Niklas tells, “We decided to have our engagement session, just a few short months before our big day. Mike, our photographer, had recommended that we do something that best represents us – both as individuals, and as a couple. Both Eweline and I are completely comfortable at home – it is where both of our interests lie, so we decided, why not?”

“There is nothing that would speak more about us than our place and our neighbourhood. Plus, we’re surrounded by beautiful nature, forest areas and paddocks. It’s so picturesque out here, we were confident nature would help us get some beautiful photos together! On top of that, neither Eweline or I like the over-dramatic couple photos that you see from a lot of shoots. We wanted natural photos of us together and Mike’s documentary style suited that perfectly.”

“Eweline is an amazing pastry chef. Baking treats and cakes is something she has always loved doing at home, and for the past year she has been lucky enough to work at a venue doing just that. She also has Funi, our Icelandic horse (you could say he is our child), and he is a much loved member of the family.”

“I work as a tradesman during the day, 4 days a week, and as a music producer for film and games at every other moment I get! I have a complete music studio at home and I will happily work on new music tracks with any spare time that I have – I love it. So this is why we decided to have the shoot at home.. everything that says ‘us’ is here.”

“We had a good 5 or 6 hours with Mike. We started outside, spending some time with Funi. He was a little nervous in front of the camera, but had us there for support! We then moved inside and Mike began by focusing on Eweline baking some delicious cookies! It was then my turn upstairs, where I tinkered in my studio, before playing some guitar.”

“Lastly, we all hurried outside before the sun came down and took some photos together in the ‘golden light’. It was such a relaxed, enjoyable day and we absolutely loved the photos after the shoot! Eweline and I really couldn’t be happier with them or recommend Mike any more highly.. he did such a great job in making us feel as comfortable as possible and I think it really shows.”

Photographer: Mike Mañalac

Personalised Hand Painted Napkins From Fazeek

by | Bride, Reception


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I love hearing from local artisans and when the lovely Jackie of hand painted napkin business Fazeek dropped her name into my inbox with her new venture I was particularly excited.

Owner Jackie hand paints 100% linen napkins in her studio in Melbourne. Each design carefully thought out to capture Jackie’s design aesthetic. I for one love the modern, bold designs of her work (especially the polka dot design!) I love how a simple napkin can change up a tablescape so easily and add an interesting layer of design.

The best part? If you want a custom design, Jackie can create one that works with your own personal wedding style using anything from your initials, dates to whatever your heart desires! I love the idea of gifting these to your guests as favors of keeping them in your home as a memento of that night you got married.

Fazeek napkins can be purchased through the website. Pre designed napkins come in sets of four in a single design or mismatched designs (wedding present anyone?)

hand painted napkins


Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Gemma Clarke Photography from Natalie and Alex’s Cook Islands Engagement Photos

Happy Friday Dotties! I have a big day ahead of me but I am looking forward to getting some life list items ticked off my list. How are you? What lists are you ticking this weekend?

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!


1.  Sam and Lisa’s Summer Engagement Session

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.What Would They Know? Rachel Uys of Lavande Designs


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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup - Herbal Wedding Delights 2. Tuesday Type – Distillery 3. DIY Tutorial  – Dipped Bottle Candle Holder Tutorial 4. Cocktail Friday – Spiced Rum Mojito

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

1. Real Destination Wedding – Natalie and Alex’s Cook Islands Engagement Photos

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


1. Proposal Stories From Bended Knee: Mitch + Hannah

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peter rowland catering

Peter Rowland are holding an open day this Saturday, 28th of February at Melbourne Museum!  Head to the museum from 10am-3pm to see the caterer’s favourite wedding suppliers and get a sneak peek at how you can have your wedding at a fantastic museum!

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A big congratulations to the winner of our  Win A $5650 Styling & Floral Package From Miss Mooi Wedding & Events and Wedding & Events Floral Designer, Floretta

A big congratulations to Jessica Jacques! We will be in touch with more details shortly!

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There is a very romantic, almost nostalgic feel about this week’s wedding film from The Smile Factory Film. Aleesha of Smile Factory tells ” Never have we filmed a more heartfelt wedding than Leah and Scott’s.

Scott’s first wife died of cancer in 2010 and he was left with two daughters, aged 2 and 4, he met Leah who also had a daughter and they fell in love and had a son. Their wedding was not just really about them, it was about their whole family. With each of the girls participating in the vows, you can see this briefly in their film, when they all lock down a padlock together.

My favourite part is at the end when one of the daughters is dancing in the father/daughter dance with her late mum’s father.”

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