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Carly & Michael’s Relaxed & Romantic Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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Carly & Michael

I love when an engagement session is just a couple as they are. No pretenses, nothing that isn’t exactly them. Jackielyn Powell captured exactly this for newly engaged couple Carly and Michael who almost didn’t have an engagement session – I for one am glad they did!

Carly explains, “Originally we didn’t really see any need for engagement photos. We cringed at the thought of some of the typical engagement shoots you see. It just wasn’t us! We chose this style because we wanted something relaxed and natural. We didn’t want anything too posey or set up. We really just wanted photos of us being ourselves and having fun.”

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Carly tells their story, “I met Michael through a mutual friend during a night out on the Gold Coast. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, it took us about a year and a half before we finally got together!”

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Of the proposal, Carly remembers, “We got engaged while holidaying in New Zealand. We had been traveling around the South Island in a camper van, when we arrived in Wanaka the weather had turned terrible. It was cold, windy and raining. Michael had some how talked me into going for a walk up Mount Iron. By the time we got to the top I was cold, grumpy and wet, and that was when Michael proposed. It was definitely a huge surprise and I could not have been happier!”

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Photographer: Jackielyn Powell

Alice & Max’s Outdoor Byron Bay Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Alice and Max

There is a beautiful simplicity to Alice and Max’s wedding day. One beautiful outdoor venue, a stunning clear sky and two people who chose that very day for their marriage to begin. Alice and Max worked with photographer Florido Weddings to capture their day.

Alice kicks us off with the story of how they came to be. “We met in Bondi, in Sababa on Hall street, whilst waiting in line for a falafel wrap! This led to our first date – a picnic in Bondi, overlooking the beach. A few years later, Max proposed to me in the Hunter Valley whilst we were away for a romantic trip to celebrate my birthday in June 2015, staying in a beautiful little cottage near the vineyards. We went for a walk at sunset and then Max got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said ‘yes, of course’!”

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Simple handmade touches were dotted throughout the day, Alice telling, “My Mum made the name place cards which were absolutely beautiful. They were hand made from sturdy white card with hand picked ferns to decorate them.”

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Alice chose Jennifer Regan to make her wedding gown, remembering, “I bought my dress from Jennifer Regan in Newtown – a beautiful, lace lined with silk A line style classic wedding dress. I was after a very traditional, classic look, being from England! After weeks of trying on dresses in generic warehouse type places in the city I was starting to worry about finding the right dress. My Mum who lives in the US actually looked up Jennifer’s website and recommended that I go and see Jennifer. I had the most wonderful experience with Jennifer, I can’t thank her enough! As soon as I first met Jennifer I knew she’d make me look wonderful on my wedding day! Jennifer was extremely patient and understanding and knew exactly how I wanted to look and how to make me look my best! She just ‘got it!’ and she made sure she made me the most perfect wedding dress that fit brilliantly well. I couldn’t have been happier. I felt so comfortable in the dress and everyone commented on how gorgeous it was. Max loved it too!”

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Alice and Max chose Horizon Byron Bay  for their wedding noting, “We got married at a beautiful venue called Horizon, in the Byron Bay Hinterland with breathtaking views of the ocean and hinterland “. Byron Bay Weddings  planned and styled the event. “Byron Bay Weddings provided fantastic wedding support since the moment we first met with them, and I was 100% confident that they would ensure the day was a huge success.”

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A string trio played a mix of classical songs as the processional began.

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Derek Harper officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We wanted the whole day to have a relaxed, casual feel.”

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Of their photographer, Alice remarks, “Callie Marshall from Florido Weddings was an absolutely fantastic photographer to have on our wedding day. Callie made the whole day feel fun and very relaxed and we could not have asked for a better, more experienced photographer! We are so delighted with the photos from the wedding. In fact, we love all of the photos so much that we still can’t decide which ones to get framed!”

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Of their first dance, Alice remembers, “We danced to a very impromptu decision of Oasis ‘Wonderwall’ for nostalgia since this was Max’s favourite band growing up!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Alice and Max! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Florido Weddings for sharing today’s special day with us.




Photographer: Florido Weddings / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Byron Bay Weddings / Wedding Stylist: The Wedding Shed / Bride’s Dress: Jennifer Regan / Bride’s Shoes: Panache Bridal Shoes / Groom’s Attire: Ben Sherman / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Hairstylist: Julie Corber / Makeup Artist: Julie Corber / Flowers: Poppy & Fern / Venue: Horizon Byron Bay / Catering: Byron Bay Weddings / Ceremony Officiant: Derek Harper / Band: String and Bow String Trio / Cake Baker: The Cake That Ate Paris / Wedding Rings: Raphael Jewellers / Wedding Rings: Gregory Jewellers

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Mick Habgood via  Veronica and Paul’s Vintage Vibe Wedding

We are hunkered down at Polka Dot HQ. Endless cups of tea are our panacea as we hide inside from the dark and cold. It’s rather blissful to burn a candle inside and turn up the tunes while cranking out the work I must say. Ms Liberty has spent the week in Port Douglas- hard life for some! But I suspect the sunshine filling her bones is only going to add even more of a spring to her step!

With all that inside time, we certainly have a glorious roundup of posts for you so let’s dive right in!


Pony Dining’s Eagle Street Treat is the perfect Winter’s night cocktail

Chatting wedding photography with Kelly Adams of Kelly Adams Photography

Sweet treats! Rounding up gorgeous Flavoured Sugar on Etsy

SugarLove Weddings share their Vendors Favourites

We sit down for A Glass Of Bubbles With….Dani From DaniMezza

Exploring South African with Honeymoons A to Z: Cape Town

Loving this selection of Gifts For Your Groom

We go Behind The Door With….Faith Jewels

Valentia Condensed has a beautiful calligraphic feel to it- perfect for wedding invitations!

Martin shares his real Groom Style

We take a trip to the Luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge

Loving Veronica and Paul’s Vintage Vibe Wedding

Tips from the experts on Planning Your Marriage Ceremony In Bali

Loving this fun Air Dry Clay Bunting Tutorial

Andrew shares his Inspired Memories from his wedding day.


News Roundup 24th June 2016

South Australian venue Inglewood Inn are hosting  a decadent tasting night on Thursday, 14th of July. The evening, which will delight guests with a three course degustation dinner, with dishes from their wedding menu and delicious local wines, will give you an experience of what Inglewood Inn can delight your guests with. Meet the venue’s preferred suppliers and explore the venue with a glass of wine! Head to this page to book your tickets!

Karen Willis Holmes are hosting a round of sample sales for Australian brides! Melbourne – your sample sale is June 24th-26th, Perth, your dates are June 24th-26th and July 22nd-24th, Sydney July 22nd-24th and finally New Yorkers- your dates are July 22nd-23rd. Sample gowns from three collections will be available at greatly reduced prices for purchase!  Head to their website for more details.

Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane are hosting a free wedding showcase event on Saturday 25th of June from 11am-2pm. Head on down to see the gardens wedding spaces styled by some of Brisbane’s best wedding stylists along with a range of awesome suppliers up for a chat. Head to their event page for further information!

Melbourne venues Showtime Events Centre and Cargo Hall are hosting an open night next week on Thursday 30th of June from 5pm-8pm. head on down to the venues for live entertainment, bubbles and plenty fo delicious food. Appointments are preferred so make yours by calling (03) 9682 1777

Our film of the week comes from The Smile Factory Film Co. Nahdia & Dylan chose a classic feel for their wedding day with plenty of romance. The garden location providing the most beautiful location for their story to unfold.




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