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Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Lisa & Ken

Beautiful engagements, in their pure joy and emotion still remain one of my favourite parts of weddings. Lisa and Ken’s dreamy beach engagement photos were captured by We Are Origami. The couple chose the best of what Mother Nature offers- stunning fields amazing clifftops, rockpools and country alley ways in a beautiful national park.

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Lisa tells the story of how she and Ken met. “We met for the first time a mutual friend’s house party. A couple week later we ran into each other again at party in the city and the rest as they say is history.”

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Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

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Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

On what the couple love about one another, they reminisce “We both have a similar sense of humour and are passionate about our jobs. Both of us love dogs and spending time with family, friends and our pets. Recently, we have gotten two Kelpie puppies who are a handful and are keeping us busy.”

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Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

So very appropriately Ken chose the beach to propose to Lisa, the bride to be remembering “Ken proposed on a secluded beach near my parent’s house. He set up a romantic picnic on my birthday. Near the end of the picnic, Ken ‘went to the car and to get my present’ and when I opened my eyes, Ken was on bended knee.”

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Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/Dreamy Beach Engagement | Photo by We Are Origami http://weareorigami.com.au/

Photographer: We Are Origami
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Ash & Michael

We love it when couples create their wedding day to be a true reflection of who they are, and where they have come from. Ash and Michael wanted to stay true to the fact that they both grew up in the country, and so decided go for a gorgeous rural Queensland wedding. “We went for a country, rustic theme – we just put everything together that we loved,” explain Ash. They chose Jess Marks Photography to be their on the day to shoot the magic that was their decadent Jondaryan Woolshed wedding.

Ash tells of how they met. “We met in Narrabri, NSW. I was working my first shift at a bar, and Michael walked in with his best mate, and let’s just say they had already had a few too many! I asked them to leave, and Michael made quite an impression on me with a few cheeky remarks. I knew we would see each other again, living in a small country town. We got to know each other over the Christmas holidays, and things just blossomed from there. Here we are 11 years later…”

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Ash’s wedding dress was an ivory lace Lillian West gown, with sandstone hued tulle underneath the skirt from the hips down, and buttons running down the back. She added a an ivory jacket from Justin Alexander. “I choose the dress, because I fell in love with it straight away. I knew I wanted something elegant, and I wanted to feel comfortable and like myself in it. The experience of trying on a dress was wonderful. I only had my mother with me as I think that’s something you should share together. She cried as soon as I stepped out in it, and I knew as soon as I turned around in the mirror that it was the one,” the bride remembers. “I also wore my grandmother’s sapphire, which my mother had made for me into a pearl bracelet. This was something very close to my mum, and I felt very privileged to wear that as my something blue.”

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“Annie Glover from Blue Willow Weddings was our wedding planner and stylist, and she took all the stress away from our big day, and made us not have to worry about a single thing on the day. As I said in my speech, she takes the “zilla” out of the bridezilla. She helped me from the get go when we got engaged, and made me see a vision and she just worked her magic and made it come alive. It was more than I could have ever imagined it to be.”

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Ash and Michael were married at Jondaryan Woolshed, using the café garden for their ceremony and the inside of the woolshed for the reception.The bride walked down the aisle to a beautiful rendition of “Feels Like Home” sung by her friend Helen Conroy. “Seeing my husband down the end of the aisle was a really special moment for me, and having my father by my side as I took the most amazing 20 metre walk, listening to Helen sing, that was a really special memory I’ll always have with me,” she remembers.

“Our ceremony was very cold and windy – it was a very wet day. As soon as we arrived to the woolshed, the rain stopped and the sun came out and it was one of the most magical sunsets I’ve ever seen. I wanted the feeling of elegance, but kept simple. We had rustic doors as our ceremony backdrop, with a hanging garden to the side with timber bench seats for our guests and a few wooden boxes adorned with colourful natives.”

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The amazingly lush native bouquets were done by the amazing team at Peppertree Florist, and gorgeously set off the deep emerald green of the bridesmaid’s gowns, made by Sue Inman. The groom and his groomsmen wore black, dapper suits with black bow ties from Ferrari Formal.

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Jess and Steve from Jess Marks Photography captured Ash and Michael’s wedding, and the couple not have been more happy with the images of their day, and how amazing their photographers were. “Jess and Steve went above and beyond. It still makes me teary thinking about them and all they did for us,” Ash gushes. “We booked Jess a week before our big day. The photographer we had  booked had something personal come up, and could no longer shoot our wedding, so with help from the previous photographer and my wedding stylist, we found Jess & Steve and they were available. Their work is incredible, they are such a lovely couple to work with. They really listen to what you want, and most of all they have fun with you. I’ll be forever grateful for everything they did for us.”

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All of the hire pieces were from Grace Wilkinson Events in Narrabri, and they were all handmade such as the ‘LOVE’ lights at our reception, the ceremony backdrop, the photo booth and the wooden table runners. Wagon wheels were suspended from the woolshed ceiling, with gum leaves on them. The drop down festoon lights were made by the groom. The couple also put spot lights shining up to the rustic tin roof to really get that warm feeling for the reception, and they made their own tomato relish as wedding favours. Their cake was created by Hawkes & Crosby, and was topped with a gorgeous array of native flowers and foliage.

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“Let’s just say that we aren’t the best of dancers, but we had a good go!” laughs the bride. “We chose “Free” by Zac Brown Band. Michael and I like to travel, it doesn’t matter how much money we have, we like to do our own thing when we get the chance and at the end of the day it’s just about happiness. This song just felt so right, because it absolutely speaks of who we are.”

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The couple chose Unveil Films to shoot their wedding video. “I knew I wanted a videographer, and Michael was unsure of this. We didn’t really incorporate it into our budget, so I had to sell a few things to make a deposit and it was the best thing we did. There are some pretty special moments you don’t realise are happening, and then you get to look back on our day as if it was yesterday and relive all of those feelings again.”

Congratulations Ash and Michael on your gorgeous day. Thank you to Jess Marks Photography for sharing it with us!

Photographer: Jess Marks Photography / Videographer: Unveil Film / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Blue Willow Weddings & Events / Bride’s Dress: Lillian West / Bride's Jacket: Justin Alexander / Bridal Salon: Pearl Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Novo / Bride's Earrings: Samantha Willis / Groom's Attire & Shoes: Ferrari Formal / Groomsmen Attire & Shoes: Ferrari Formal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sue Inman / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Kim O'Brien / Makeup Artist: Stephanie Goldsworthy / Bouquets, Corsages & Buttonholes: Peppertree Florist / Ceremony & Reception Flowers: Toowoomba Flower Market / Ceremony & Reception Flower Styling: Blue Willow Weddings & Events / Invitations & Stationery: Blue Willow Weddings & Events / Stationery Printing: SNAP Toowoomba / Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed / Hire Items: Grace Wilkinson Events / Ceremony Officiant: Karen Westwood / Ceremony Musicians: Helen Conroy / Chair Hire: Beautiful Weddings / DJ: Veetone / Favors: Miff Taylor - Friend / Catering: Jondaryan Woolshed / Cake: Hawkes & Crosby / Photo Booth: Grace Wilkinson Events / Rings: Michael Hill / Transport: Peters Coaches

Woohoo! Our first Friday Roundup for 2017, our tenth birthday and the first month with our brand new look! It has been a mighty big week at Polka Dot Bride! We are celebrating our birthday together in the sunshine (right universe, no rain for us!) and celebrating our brand new look (read more about that here!).

We shall be drinking plenty of champagne and eating plenty of cake and we’ll be back next week with a birthday wrap up post (because it’s not Polka Dot Bride if I don’t get a little soppy on a birthday) and plenty more wedding inspiration! In the meantime, find some cake (and tag us in it on Instagram!) and drink some bubbles- we give you an excuse!

Let’s wrap up the week that was on the polka blogs!

How To Take Honeymoon Photos Like A Pro!

Wedding Place Setting Hacks – Take Your Place Settings To The Next Level With 5 Easy Tips!

Brett shares his beautiful Inspired Memories

Five Minutes With….Julia From Julia’s Celebrant Agency

One so very fitting for our birthday! Make our Polka Dot Punch

What Would They Know? Caitlyn Elliott of Studio C Bridal

Love the romance of Erin And Michael’s Captured Memories

So romantic! David and Tess’ Romantic ‘Surprise’ Santorini Proposal

Inspired Words from a bride who has walked her way down the aisle- thanks, Lisa!

Sweet and pretty- loving the Petunia font

Rainy day weddings are fast becoming a favourite as evidenced by our love for Lauren and John’s Rainy Hunter Valley Wedding

Planning for a year-long engagement? We’re sharing Honeymoons In Paradise – Where to Go In January

Andrew shares his Groom Style

 

 

Sugarlove Weddings are hosting their “Share The Love” promotion for January! Book Sugarlove Weddings and mention the “Share The Love” promotion and SugarLove Weddings will transfer $100 into your bank account! Know someone who is newly engaged? When they book and tell Sugarlove your name and details upon booking- you’ll get the dollars! (The booking must be made by midnight January 31st, 2017 and the referring party details must be provided before this date to be valid. This could be the newly engaged couple themselves or a 3rd party who has told you about our promotion.)

Showtime Events & Cargo Hall are hosting their annual wedding showcase tomorrow the 14th of January. At South Wharf Promenade from 11 am until 4 pm, the showcase will give couples who make bookings on the day special discounts with plenty of wedding inspiration to enjoy on the day.

Jennifer Go bridal Couture is hosting a Melbourne trunk show between the 9th and 12th of February. Make an appointment for a personal consultation and of course a chance to try on Jennifer’s stunning creations.  Visit their website for more information.

The Vintage Bride Magazine wedding fairs are kicking off for the year! The first one will be held in Perth on January 22nd, then Melbourne on February 5th and Brisbane on February 26th, Packed full of vintage inspired wedding vendors, they are a must visit for the lovers of history. Check their Facebook page for more details.

Brisbane Couples can get their wedding planning started for the year with The Brisbane Club open night! Join the team and their preferred suppliers on Thursday, January 19th for a night of champagne, canapes and beautiful wedding inspiration!  Visit the website to reserve your place.

The Parmelia Hilton Perth is giving away a wedding to one lucky couple! Get along and attend their wedding open day on the 12th of February for your chance to go into the draw to win a wedding valued at $10,000. The open day runs from 9 am until 2:30 pm at the hotel., with free entry and free bubbles! Tour the hotel and meet their preferred suppliers, gather inspiration for your day and potentially walk away with the prize!

Ballarat couples can receive some fun perks at the Mercure Ballarat! Book your wedding at the hotel to receive a $300 beauty salon voucher and a round of golf for four people (perfect for a pre-wedding celebration!) Check their website for more!

Wedding photographer Lucy Nuzum is travelling to Australia from Ireland in October 2017 and would love to shoot plenty of Australian weddings while she is here! Her introductory package price starts at $3300 (and includes her full day of coverage – 12 hours. This includes all the best images as high resolution, un-watermarked files, and a gorgeous video slideshow telling the story of your day. A full day of coverage is usually 800+ images.) and she loves to take plenty of unobtrusive candid photos! Visit her website to book!

Our film of the week comes from our friends at The White Tree. Dion and Jordan’s stunning flower-filled wedding day was captured in such a beautifully emotive way and somehow made me both cry and smile- definitely, one to enjoy with  a big cup of tea