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Lauren and Jared’s Engagement Shoot In Canberra

by | Engagement Shoots, Weddings

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LaurenKate
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Jared and I met in 2009 at a church camp, when I was 15, and he was 19. It was then that I decided that he was super mega cute. Nine months later we were dating. He made it official while we were watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy which was pretty cute and nerdy. Four and a half years after we started dating, after many hints and rings circled in catalogs,  we went on a Contiki tour around Europe that finished in Paris. At midnight in Paris at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, Jared dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so beautiful and amazing. The answer may have been a little muffled (lots of tears!), but it was a definite yes. We’ve spent the last year and a half planning, and looking forward to, our wedding. Jared’s now an economist, and I’m in my final year of studying nursing.

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My favourite thing about Jared is the fact that he’s so calm and relaxed all the time; nothing ever bothers him. He is strong and reliable, and he gives the best hugs, that make me feel safe and loved, and that he’s always going to be there for me. He is the most amazing man I’ve ever met, and I can’t wait to be his wife!

Jared says: “Lauren is incredibly talented, strong, and the absolute perfect hugging height.  She is always so willing to give up her time to help other people with their everyday lives. I love her amazing personality and I know that she will be a loving, supporting, and caring wife, and great mother in the future.”

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I went to school with our photographer, Rachel, from Dandelion Kisses. When I first saw some of her school photography projects, I knew that I wanted her to be my wedding photographer. Her work was amazing then, and it’s gotten even better over time. I absolutely adore our engagement shoot. She is so easy going and she is super fun to be around.

Our engagement shoot was shot in a little known Canberra parkland. It’s a gorgeous spot with a variety of settings, and amazing autumn colours.

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Photography by Dandelion Kisses

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Ms Gingham says: What a sweet couple. We wish you all the best on your wedding journey Lauren!

Lauren says: I’m Lauren, 20 years old, live in Canberra, Australia, nursing student expecting to graduate at the end up 2015, marrying a very handsome economist, been together for 5 years, can’t wait to have babies, got all my wedding ideas from Polka Dot Bride and Pinterest!

David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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David and Emily

David and I first met through a mutual friend in 2005, but it would be almost five more years before we would start dating! We ended up working together a little after we met, but I left soon after to travel overseas. We stayed in touch over the next few years, but somehow never saw each other in person. He would arrive at a party not long after I had left, or I’d drop into a bar and he would already be in a cab to the other side of the city. This went on until 2009 when that same mutual friend organised a dinner with the three of us, and we hit it off almost immediately. We were together not long after that. A year after we got together we moved to New York City, and were married at the end of 2013.

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Wearing a slightly unexpected colour was really special for me. I didn’t intend to be a “different” bride, but the surprise on everyone’s faces when I emerged in a grey dress was really exciting and a great talking point.

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We live in New York but wanted to get married back home in Australia. The wedding was held in Berrima, NSW, in the Southern Highlands. We have always loved the highlands and were so excited to spend a weekend away with all our family and friends. We travelled from New York to get married, and friends from all around the world came to be with us. This never ceases to amaze us when we think about how lucky we are to have such great friends and family.

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Bendooley Estate was the last venue I visited on a whirlwind trip back to Australia, and even though the barn was in full renovation mode and they hadn’t hosted any weddings yet, we booked it on the spot. It’s hard to find words to describe just how gorgeous this venue is; with its rolling vineyards, rose garden, and original homestead. The estate is also home to the Berkelouw Book Barn, a stunning and unique bookstore offering thousands of new, rare, and antique books (with a fantastic restaurant, to boot). It was perfect.

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I walked down the aisle to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales. One of our favourite songs of all time.

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I highly recommend Written By Hand for signage. She was outstanding.

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We chose a book theme for our wedding and had a talented illustrator friend create a book logo for us. This logo appeared throughout the wedding—on the invitation, the website, the place cards and the ceremony signage. It was a lovely, subtle touch of continuity and tied in perfectly with the book barn reception venue.

It’s no secret amongst my friends that I am a huge polka dot lover! As a special surprise, David emailed every male guest ahead of the wedding and asked them to wear polka dot socks on the day. It was such a lovely touch to see literally every guy proudly displaying his socks just for me.

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David’s sister  styles weddings in her spare time and we couldn’t have pulled it all off without her. Although Sally lives in London, she made the seating and place cards herself, sourced all the signage, found our florist, and worked tirelessly on all the fine details. My Mum is also a very talented quilter, and she made all of the bunting by hand. She sourced fabrics in our wedding colors of dusty pink, grey, cream and green, and hand-made every last piece.

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Our photographer, Michelle Johnson, is an old friend and colleague – we worked together at Marie Claire many years ago. Michelle’s romantic, vintage photography style is absolutely beautiful. She has shot a number of friends’ weddings over the years and I always knew in my heart we would have her shoot ours too. Michelle is always cool, calm and collected, and you barely notice she’s there on the day.

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The venue was breathtaking. Paul and Katja are the most amazing hosts and I wish I could get married at Bendooley every year. It’s so beautiful!

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My advice to brides – Enjoy the day, (eat breakfast!) and take a moment to step away and take in the celebration as a newly married couple. This was very special advice that was given to us, and I’m so very thankful. The moment was something very special and helps stamp the memory in our minds.

Our wedding was an absolutely unforgettable day filled with love, laughter, and more feels than we ever thought possible

Images by Michelle Fiona Photography

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Ms Gingham says: The perfect combination of rustic surrounds, gorgeous glamour gowns and an abundance of love. Beautiful.

Emily says: I’m an Australian digital marketer based in New York City, and I love polka dots more than life itself.

Photographer: Michelle Fiona Photography / Wedding Stylist: Sally Morrison / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Johanna Johnson / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Accessories: Johanna Johnson / Hair & Makeup Artist: Oralie Maylin / Flowers: Poho Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Wicked Bride / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bendooley Estate / DJ: DJ La Fitz

Naz and Diana’s Canberra & Central Coast Engagement Shoot

by | Engagement Shoots, Weddings

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Naz and Diana

Naz and I met in 2007 when we were both living overseas. We started out as good mates and after 10 months of being just friends, he had the courage to tell me that he really liked me. It wasn’t the perfect timing though because I was offered a job in Australia. But if you feel that you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of life with, distance is no hindrance. After countless emails, phone calls and love letters, Naz moved to Australia in 2011 and proposed in 2013. We decided to have the wedding in the Philippines where we met, but wanted our family and friends to have glimpse of our life here in Australia.

We wanted an engagement shoot that shows what we love doing as a couple, just ordinary things but photographed in an extraordinary way. We are also obsessed with architecture and scenic landscapes. Sydney has both, but we wanted something that our wedding guests hadn’t seen. I had scouted for different locations until I stumbled upon an instagram photo of our photographer friend Tago Fabic that was taken at Hotel Hotel of the New Acton Precinct in Canberra.

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This photo started the collaboration between us and Tago Fabic. We’ve agreed on a few more locations in Canberra to take our casual photos on our wedding day and then to finish the set at Port Stephens.

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Location: Penny University Cafe – Kingston, ACT

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Location: Newcastle Art Gallery – Newcastle, NSW

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Location: James Turrell’s Within Without at National Gallery of Australia – Canberra, ACT

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Location: Hotel Hotel at New Acton Precinct – Canberra, ACT

Credits to Katrina Sulit for my hair and make-up for our Canberra shoot.

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Location: Stockton Sand Dunes – Port Stephens, NSW

Credits to  Mara Chua for the green gown that I wore for the Port Stephens shoot.

I’m so thankful to have a very supportive partner that allows and supports my crazy ideas! I’m also lucky to have found the most talented photographer (and friend) that translates my ideas into reality.

Images by Tago Fabic

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Ms Gingham says: Those shots on the sand dunes are just magical!

Diana says: My name is Diana and I am set to marry my partner (and everything else!) Naz. We are a true testament that long distance relationship works as long as the couple are committed to one goal (and one goal alone) ~ to spend the rest of their lives together.

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