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Eliza & Daniel

Want an engagement shoot with a heck of a lot of fun and a touch of sweetness? This romantic Sunshine Coast engagement from This Is Life Photography makes the most of the forest to sea spirit of the coastal region with our couple Eliza and Daniel who “wanted photos that resonated with our fun and adventurous relationship”.

Now fans of online dating, Eliza tells the story of how the two lovebirds met. “We met on an online dating app one day and after many requests (as I was so over dating) I agreed to a date. We went to a restaurant and we had immediate sparks. He dropped me home and the next day he delivered a bouquet of flowers to my door. He, later in the relationship revealed to me that he fell head over heels for me that night.”

On what they love about one another, Eliza remarks “We love that we complement each other so well as we are complete opposites! Daniel is the super relaxed, carefree, hands-on type personality and I am the one that takes more of an analytical, realistic and very driven, self-motivated approach. We both love that we are very active and are always adventuring and dabbling in new activities each weekend.”

The proposal happened to a very surprised Eliza, who remembers “I had just finished competing 4 days at the national cheerleading championship in Melbourne when I arrived back home and Daniel had come to pick me up. He was absolutely set on taking me to dinner even though I was utterly exhausted and really wanted to go home.

We started driving and he began acting really strange and driving in the complete opposite direction to where we were meant to be going. I was pretending to be asleep in the car because I really wasn’t enthused to go to dinner and to my surprise when I opened my eyes he was driving me down an ominous pitch-black forestry road to which I thought – “my goodness!” Praying I secretly hadn’t been dating a closet psychopath. He drove to the end of the road and said ‘Nope that’s it, I’m turning around – you don’t want to go to dinner’.

Then he stopped the car, got out and stood in front of it and just stayed there. I stepped out of the car and noticed we had driven through to a secluded beach. Then I walked up to him and he got down on one knee and proposed. I was so taken aback that I forgot that I even needed to respond. I said yes and were were both so excited that we skipped dinner and went home to tell all the family!”

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Feel the need for a little something to sweep you away today? We have just the thing. This sweet shoot, captured by Amelia Soegijono, has us wanting to rush out to a seaside cliff and stand in the salty wind to wait for our perfect someone. Amelia explains that the inspiration for her windswept love story inspiration shoot came from the iconic “To me you are perfect” scene from “Love Actually”. “It is such a short quote, but so helplessly romantic! I thought, what a perfect way to silently speak to a bride to be for a first look! I had the simple, but so meaningful, quote calligraphed by the talented Teresa from Teresa Ling Calligraphy and had our model David, hold this sign up for his beautiful other half, Daniella. I wanted real life couple so that this styled shoot would be a beautiful experience for them, too.”

Their stunning model Daniella wore a stunningly detailed gown by Sara Aljaism, and her hair and makeup were styled by Yenn Xin. Amelia and Teresa teamed up with Paper Fleur Designs, who made the magnificent bouquet – each bloom lovingly created. Like real flowers, each bloom is unique; each petal cut, curled and cupped with love. These paper flowers are the perfect everlasting bouquet, and the best thing is that it will grace the bride and groom’s home forever!

The inspiration behind the shoot was the anticipation of the beginning the journey for a couple, and as such the idea of the “first look” and a different way to create this now so special moment for so many brides and grooms. “In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, sometimes it’s so easy to get lost in the overwhelmed feeling and nerves of the day. Doing the first look helps to give space and time for the couple to refocus and immerse themselves in the love that they have for each other, the reason why everyone is there in the first place!” tells Amelia.

Photographer: Amelia Soegijono / Sign: Teresa Ling Calligraphy / Model: Daniella Seoane / Model: David Balassa / Bouquet: Paper Fleur / Hair and Makeup: Yenn Xin / Gown: Sara Aljaism / Shoot Assistant: Bren Makasih

Photo by Hyggelig Photography via  Jessica and Sean’s Pipemakers Park Engagement Shoot

Happy Friday Dotties! We kicked some big projects into gear this week and sat down to talk all things technology – turns out we use a lot of it at Polka Dot Bride! We have a lot of big plans moving forward to refine how we do what we do – I can’t wait to dive in!

This week has been packed with gorgeous wedding inspiration, travel dreaming and tips and tricks – so let’s round it up!

I loved learning about this fun rustic venue when we chatted to Vicki Bongiovanni of Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken

Fun Hand Lettered Gift Bags Tutorial

Gorgeous golden Winter light in this Pipemakers Park Engagement Shoot

Fun ideas for Leaving Your Wedding In Style!

What’s On Trend – Eyebrow Feathering

As a lover of Autumn, our Autumnal Apple Sour is one of my favourites.

A travel chat with Annapurna from ROAM Magazine

Dapper Dan in his sixties inspired Groom Style

Sweet and friendly- Meet the Carin font

My Inspiration – Cara From Brisbane City Celebrants

Loving Sarah’s post wedding Inspired Words

Sharing Lisa Gowing‘s Vendor’s Favourites

Craig‘s gorgeous Inspired Memories

Top Five Adventures In The Whitsundays

We are so excited to announce the winner of our Win A $3999 Wedding Day Photography Package From Bohemian Prints! Congratulations to Sophie Fekete who has won the grand prize! Bohemian prints were so impressed with entries that they have selected three runners up, so congratulations to Kate Wright, Megan Gormly and Clare Cusack. We will be in touch shortly!

Bohemian Prints would also like to offer anyone who entered the competition a 50% discount on their wedding photography package!  Contact Elle at Bohemian Prints and mention that you enered so she can match your name to claim your discount!

Our film of the week comes from Whitebox Studio ! Clare and Walter held a beautifully elegant wedding day with plenty of sweet personal touches that made their day their own.