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Jen and Joel’s Lakeside Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Jen & Joel

Yesterday I got to share the gorgeous wedding of our competition prize winners Jen & Joel and their romantic Brisbane wedding and I thought it would be nice to end the week with their engagement shoot! The couple joined photographer Timeless Tales Photography in country South East Queensland to document their engagement joy.

In case you missed how they met yesterday, here’s a refresher from Joel. “I was a boarding supervisor at a Brisbane high school, and one of my colleagues was studying architecture at uni with Jenny. She had come to do a study session whilst I was supervising one day, and I was getting very frustrated by some of the kids I was supervising who were a little hyperactive and trying to see how far my patience would stretch.

I had to put my serious teacher voice on, which doesn’t come out very often, and of course she heard me… To my surprise, she knocked quietly on my door and carried in a pot of Jasmine tea, along with her nervous but captivating smile and sparkling blue eyes which I noticed almost immediately. That kindness was exactly what I needed, and from that moment and every moment since she made me so incredibly happy. I think we both knew from the beginning that we had finally met our other half!”

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On how he proposed, Joel tells, “We wanted Jenny’s thirtieth birthday to be memorable, so celebrated by wining and dining our way through New Zealand for three weeks. On New Year’s Day, we decided to try our hand at fly fishing in the remote back country rivers and streams near Turangi, and although it was breathtakingly beautiful, we certainly were not prepared for the formidable challenge of trekking through 20km of waste-high water in heavy rubber waders!

Needless to say that although we were lucky enough to catch the elusive rainbow trout, we were almost too tired to cook it and eat it for dinner! But when we did it was so worthwhile, and accompanied by one of our favourite New Zealand wines (aptly named ‘Trout Valley’ Riesling) in our gorgeous luxury lodge, I surprised Jenny on bended knee over dinner and asked her to be my wife. It was the most wonderful start to the year and a precious memory that we’ll both cherish forever.”

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On what she loves about Joel, Jenny tells, “I have always admired Joel’s quiet determination and his public confidence. He has such a thoughtful and considerate nature, and he is always so affectionate – I love the way he tells me he loves me every morning, even though most of the time he is still half asleep! I love that I can tell him anything and he will listen and embrace my thoughts and ideas, but also challenge me and open my mind to different perspectives.

He motivates me to be better and try harder, and I will never tire of our endless nights discussing philosophy and life. Most of all, I love Joel’s sense of humour. He makes me laugh so hard and we have endless fun together. Joel is all the things I am not, and he executes all the things I constantly fail at with ease, strength and grace. He does all the things I have always wanted to be better at and he does them so well! I love him for stepping into the empty spaces my weaknesses create. We make such a great team and we couldn’t be more perfect for each other if we tried.”

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“When we planned our engagement session, we wanted it to feel like an extension of ourselves. We both love the outdoors and finding hidden places to spend our weekends. Having lived in the city all our lives, the traffic, crowds, noise, and pace of life can take a toll, and there’s just something about the country that we both connect to.

I think Jenny is a country girl at heart – she is at home amongst the veggie garden, hands dirty and talking to the chickens! Because we so often relish our getaways, we decided to run away for the day and have our engagement photos reflect a typical weekend escape. With Sarah’s vision and direction, we achieved some beautiful shots, and had an incredible and unforgettable day capturing the beauty and magic of the South East Queensland scenery.”

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On what he loves about Jen, Joel tells “Jenny is easily the most loyal person I have ever met. She is always there to stand by my side through the difficult times we have had to endure, meaning no problem is ever faced alone. I love the way that she is always the peacemaker when we argue, and that she is respectful and understanding of the fact that we deal with situations differently.

I love her for always wanting to do fun things together, and for being understanding when I want to play golf! I love her for her compassion, sympathy and understanding, and for her warm, kind and generous heart. I love her for always making an effort to take an interest in my day even when she is super tired and cranky! I especially love her smart and witty sense of humour, and for the way she never takes herself too seriously.

There is no one else I could ever imagine taking on this incredible journey, and count myself truly blessed to be able to have her for the rest of my life!”

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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

Doesn’t that photo above just sum it up? It sums up everything really, even as someone who is going to devour cheese over cake, something about wedding cake and dessert? They’re  a little magical!

Maybe it’s the joy of an upcoming wedding in my life, or knowing that trips are planned, excitement over engagements is being had and adventures are unfolding (that one is Ms Harlequin who is currently living it up in L.A!) that is making this Friday all the more sweet for me, whatever it is, I am pretty sure we’re in for a good weekend! How about you? What are your plans for the day ahead?

Let’s catch up on the blog posts and news on the week to really make Friday grand!

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!

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1. Real Wedding – Dave & Sandra’s Rustic Wedding In The Perth Hills


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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.

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1.What Would They Know? – Melissa O’Driscoll of Birdsnest Bridal 2. Expert Advice - 8 Tips To Make Getting Dressed On Your Wedding Day A Breeze

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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.

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1.Etsy Roundup - Key Decorations 2. Tuesday Type – Donna Lena 3. DIY Tutorial  – DIY Twine Wrapped Jars

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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.

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1. Destination Wedding – Tobey-Anne and Andy’s Bohemian Inspired Bali Wedding

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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.

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1. Calibre Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

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Samantha Fletcher of Samantha Fletcher Films is giving away a big and interesting prize to one lucky couple! A prized filmmaker in her own right, Samantha is giving one lucky couple the chance to win an  iPhone Wedding Video package valued at $1450+GST.

What is an iphone video package you might ask? Think Samantha blending in with your guests as she captures your wedding on her iphone, returning a fully edited 6-8 minute wedding film to you as your wedding video! To be eligible, couples need to complete the entry form on Samantha’s website as well as tag a selfie #winaniphoneweddingfilm on either Instagram or Facebook.

Entries close 21st December 2014 and further information can be found here.

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Bands For Hire Jazz Band Sydney Jazz Band Melbourne Live Music The White Tree Friday Roundup

Looking for a wedding band to get your dance floor music, but want to hear them live first? The White Tree have a Melbourne showcase gig coming up. Catch them on Thursday November 6th at Big Mouth, 168 Acland Street St Kilda at 8pm. Sydney, yours was last week but they hold them regularly so stay tuned for new dates!

Check out their website for more information!

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It’s the final day to enter the David Jones $6000 bridal package giveaway! Closing at 5pm today, the competition includes a $500 David Jones gift card, La Prairie Facials, a wedding flower package, a personal bridal suite shopping appointment, a gift registry appointment and a personal shopping session for the groom and best man!

Check the website to enter!

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Now we all know I’m a sucker for a fun proposal and this one happened right here in Melbourne! The dancing is epic, the reaction too much fun and the whole thing tear inducing!

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Bridesmaids In White

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


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Photo by Boots Photography from Jess and Luke’s Romantic Garden Party Wedding

There is something about a wedding with bridesmaids in white. The  bridesmaids being in the same tones as the bride somehow adds a look of fresh sophistication to a bridal party.

There are so many beautiful white gowns and dresses that can complement a bridal gown, the look of white against white is chic and understated. A neutral colour palette ripe for addition of colour and texture and a backdrop of beautiful settings. Think different textures – laces, chiffon, crepes and silks to bring the beauty of the white out to shine.

Nobody will ever mistake the bridesmaids for the bride, but if you’re at all concerned think about subtle differences – like hemline length, necklines, bouquets and hairstyles that can set the bridesmaids apart from the bride.

So many stores are creating beautiful white dresses nowadays – from Summery floaty gowns, to more fitted, structure dresses. Let your imagination create a look you love.

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1. “Farrah Gown” from Rachel Gilbert 2. “Kate Spliced Lace Hi-Low Dress” from Forever New 3. “Bandeau Maxi With Trim Dress” from ASOS 4. “Coppelia Dress” from Jigsaw 5. “Evangeline Dress” from BHLDN 6. “Sparkle In Your Style Dress” from Modcloth 7. “Fresh As a Daisy Catherine Chemise” from Carla Zampatti 8. “Valentine Midi Flare Dress” from Lover 9. “Carven Silk Crepe Dress” from Green With Envy

In case you wanted even more inspiration for how gorgeous this look can be, these gorgeous Polka Dot Brides all chose to have their bridesmaids wear white!

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1. Photo by Joseph Koprek  from Nicole and Rob’s Modern All White Wedding 2. Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography from Karen and John’s Fun South Coast Wedding 3. Photo by Leo Farrell from Ainslie and Will’s Autumn Yarra Valley Wedding 4. Photo by Fifteen Photography from Nadine and Jarrod’s Elegant Beachside Wedding 5. Photo by Jac and Heath Bennett Photography from Em and Jarel’s Bonnells Bay Summer Wedding 6. Photo by Matt Reed from Ingrid and Anthony’s Rural Spring Wedding 7. Photo by Jemma Keech Photography from Samantha and Blake’s Modern Wedding By The River 8. Photo by Leo Farrell from Edwina and Tom’s Geelong At Home Wedding 9. Photo by Jonathan David from Julia and Mick’s Beautiful Southern Highlands Wedding

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