We are always fans of wedding films at Polka Dot Bride and today we are so excited to partner with Me & My Camera Wedding Films to give one lucky couple the chance to win a wedding film of their own big day.

Me & My Camera was founded by Danae Monaco, a Melbourne photographer and filmmaker who started her business as a way to combine her love of storytelling, adventure and incredible music.

Danae’s style is purely unobtrusive, her work is all about capturing the unconventional moments that really shape your day. Danae noting, “When you are invited to be a part of someone’s wedding, you are given this rare window into their lives. You visit their homes, meet the people who really count for them and are invited to share in the love they have for each other. I guess that is why each wedding film I make turns out so different. I like to approach each wedding with no expectations and by the end of the night you feel like you have known the couple for years.”

One of Danae’s special creations is the “Vintage film” package, created using photographic sequences, “the film takes on a vintage effect with a beautiful 5k quality.“

And it is this very special experience we are giving away to one lucky couple today.

The Prize:
One lucky couple will win a Me & My Camera Wedding Films vintage film package that includes

  • 8 hours of coverage.
  • 3 – 5-minute full quality 5k vintage film of the day.
  • Full high-quality video stills of the day.
  • Online highlights link of film and stills.
  • Travel within one hour from Melbourne CBD.

This fabulous prize is valued at AU$3000.

The winner can also add on other special additions at cost including

  • Extra hours of coverage.
  • Reasonable travel costs if more than 1 hour from Melbourne CBD or interstate.
  • Second camera filming of Ceremony and Speeches, with professional audio recording.

All entrants will also have the opportunity to receive a 30% discount off a Me & My Camera vintage wedding film package.

To Enter
Fill out the form below and tell us all about your wedding day:

Win A $3000 Wedding Film Package from Me & My Camera

Terms & Conditions
• The winner will be chosen by Me & My Camera Wedding Films and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride. The winner will be announced in the next scheduled Friday Roundup.
• If no contact is made within two weeks of prize confirmation, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
• If no booking is made within a month of prize confirmation, the prize will be reallocated to another contestant.
• This prize is not redeemable for cash.
• Entrants must be aged 18 or older.
• This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner.
• No late entries will be considered.
• The total value of the prize is a $3000 Australian dollars.
• The winner will pay for costs above the prize inclusions.
• Travel fees outside Melbourne and accommodation costs will apply if necessary.
• The prize cannot be changed.
• Current clients of Me & My Camera are not eligible to enter this competition.
• The winners grant permission for Me & My Camera to use their films for promotion of its services.
This Competition closes 27th of April at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

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Kate & Tom

Kate and Tom wanted to celebrate their wedding in a day that was “Boho, romantic and country” in style. They chose Kate’s parent’s expansive property in country Western Australia to set the scene, the gardens and paddocks beautifully suiting the bride’s vision of an outdoor Summer wedding filled with trees. It was just the beginning of the effort family and friends put in to help this beautiful outdoor country wedding come to life. Kate and Tom chose Bird on the Wall Photography to capture their memories.

Kate tells the astory of how they came to be. “Tom and I met roughly 8 years ago through mutual friends. We actually went to the same high school in different years but only met a year or two after at a friend’s party. We had a sneaky first kiss on the dance floor at the Hip-E Club but didn’t get in touch again until 10 months later when we started dating.”

The sentimental details started with the bride’s earrings. “I was able to wear  beautiful sapphire and diamond earrings that were given to my grandmother by my grandfather when my mother was born. They belong to Mum now and I’ve adored them for ages. It was very special being able to wear them on my wedding day.”

Kate chose a lace gown from Grace Loves Lace to wear, noting, “I chose the Grace Loves Lace ‘Venice’ gown. I had stumbled across Grace Loves Lace earlier before I was engaged and always thought I’d choose one of their gowns if Tom and I got married. I wanted something with a lace feature and sleeves of some sort, and fell in love with the Venice instantly. Purchasing the dress was too easy as you simply give them your measurements and purchase through the website. I was a little worried that it might not ‘fit’ perfectly because I ended up deciding to lose a little weight after I had submitted my measurements. It ended up still fitting beautifully thanks to the semi-fitted design!”

The Flower Hound  created the floral arrangements for the day, Kate remarking “The Flower Hound in Fremantle did our wedding flowers and crowns. I had come across Claire on Instagram and saw her beautiful work and knew she’d be able to create exactly what I wanted. She managed to create the most stunning bouquets that tied together the mismatched dresses my maids wore.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her parents to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez.

Kate and Tom were married by Pat Stieg, Kate telling “Tom and I chose to have a simple yet meaningful ceremony. It was important to me that our celebrant Pat (who coincidentally lives two doors up from my parents!) talked about the meaning of love and marriage and not just dive into the legal parts of the ceremony. We asked Tom’s sister Liesha to read ‘On Love’ by Kahlil Gibran and my cousin Sophia (also a bridesmaid) read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. It took a lot of sifting to find readings that could summarise all of the emotion and love you feel for your partner but also not sound cheesy. I finally found these two and they seemed perfect.”

Of their photographer, Kate tells “We chose Mel from Bird on the Wall Photography. She was the first vendor we booked and also the first and only photographer I got in contact with. We fell in love with her candid style and just loved all the photos I was seeing. I flicked her an email and she agreed to squeeze our wedding in. I was so grateful, she was a such a joy to work with. Tom and I aren’t photogenic at all so I was very nervous about our wedding photos. We had never really had a nice photo of us as a couple and all I was hoping for was one or two pretty photos that we could cherish and be proud of. Thankfully she managed to snap hundreds of beautiful shots, exactly in the style I love. She is so talented and I am so so thankful we chose her.”

Plenty of the details of the day were handmade, right down to the bride’s shoes! “My sister and bridesmaid Nat made all of the bunting that we strung a long the lights themselves. Nat also made the beautiful wedding sign. My Mum, sister and a cohort of Mum’s close friends and sister did all of the catering for the wedding themselves. We hired all equipment from local hire companies but they did all of the cooking and food preparations themselves. My Mum also made our beautiful wedding cake from scratch.

I ended up doing a small DIY hack on my wedding shoes too. I had wanted a simple looking wedding shoe with just a small amount of detail to make it stand out.. and couldn’t find anything in any of the shops that was remotely what I wanted. I ended up finding a plain pair of shoes from ASOS and then glued some bejewelled pins that I found on eBay onto the toes a few days before the wedding! Luckily this DIY hack turned out, and I loved my shoes in the end.”

Guests took home jars of handmade jam for wedding favors.

“I asked one of my friends from work Jess to sing at our wedding. She has such a beautiful voice and I had seen a few videos on her FB so knew she’d add a perfect moment to the day. Her partner Michael played guitar alongside her whilst she sang Kiss Me by the Sixpence, None the Richer and then Sea of Love by Cat Power. Right during the more slow and romantic Cat Power song our giant Jenga tower blew over in the wind! It made everyone giggle for a moment, but Jess and Michael managed to continue on pretty seamlessly.”

“I really wanted to display some old wedding photos of some of our relatives. We gathered them over the months leading up to the wedding and managed to have some beautiful photos from both sides of the family. We placed them on a table next to the guestbook, which was a polaroid style book where guests could snap a pic and then write a message next to it! This was a big hit and surprisingly nearly everyone managed to take a photo and write in the book!”

For their first dance, Kate tells “We chose Lover you should’ve come over by Jeff Buckley, one of our favourites.”

Congratulations on your marriage Kate and Tom! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Bird on the Wall Photography for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Bird on the Wall Photography / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride's Shoes: ASOS / Bride's Jewellery: Bride's Mother / Groom's Attire: Jack London / Groom's Shoes: ASOS / Groomsmen Attire: Jack London / Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS / Flowers: The Flower Hound / Invitations & Stationery: Paperless Post / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Pat Stieg / Reception Hire Items: Bridgetown Party Hire / Favors: Homemade Jam & Marmalade / Wedding Cake: Bride's Mother / Wedding Ring: Etsy

Nicole & Jethro

The moody tones of Winter can add such a magical feel to a wedding day, Nicole and Jethro choosing a day that was “a sleek event with the biggest chill vibes possible” for their New Zealand Winter wedding. In a day that was all about focusing on the love story unfolding, they kicked off the day together in their brand new home with photographer Haley Guildford Photographer

Nicole tells the tale of how Jethro popped the question. “We’ve known each other for 13 years and been a thing for 9 of those years, we meet through mutual school friends. The proposal wasn’t exactly romantic. We were on a family holiday with Nicole’s extended family and this was the time. We headed on a scooter trip around the Island for the day. Jethro had tied the ring tightly onto the drawstring of his swimmers and away we went.
It’s totally dark, we’re blasting away on the scooter, hair flying everywhere, while Jethro yells over the engine noise & wind “I have something in my pants for you”. I reached in and tightly tied to the drawstring was my bling.

Hair still flapping everywhere, still unable to hear a word Jethro was saying, I could only assume he was asking me to marry him. I yelled YES and clung on for dear life. The scooters behind caught a glimpse of the shiny bling and before long the whole scooter gang were excitedly celebrating with beeps, cha hoo’s & high fives all round. Thankfully, our wedding was a lot more romantic than the proposal.”

Nicole chose Ingrid Starnes  to make her gown, remarking “I took myself along to a wedding dress shop, tried on about 20 wedding dresses and every time I looked in the mirror at these beautiful dresses, I just didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel myself so it was back to the drawing board. While shopping in New Market one day I walked into Ingrid Starnes and spotted a beautiful knee length silk slip dress in the window with a simple back detail. I tried it on and it just felt right! It was olive green and not at all like a ‘wedding dress’ but it immediately felt like my wedding dress. After a consultation with Ingrid, she added a small train and created it in soft ivory silk.”

After their first look in their brand new house, Nicole & Jethro wandered their farm for photographs.

The bride remarks “As you can see from the photos, there was almost too much laughter … did I even shut my mouth once that day?? One silly little funny moment was when Haley our photographer was directing us and she asked Jethro to kiss my chin. She meant cheek but Jethro blindly following the instruction was hilarious.”

The couple’s photographer was a very close friend of the groom’s, and the bride says, “Our photographer was Haley Guildford Photography. She is a very close friend to Jethro, they have known each other since they were at primary school so it was an absolute pleasure to have her do our photography. We didn’t even look for another photographer, we’ve seen lots of her work in the past and we don’t think anyone else could have captured us in the way Haley did. We laughed almost the whole time and just felt so relaxed which we think is really important to ensure your photos are natural and sincere.”

Nicole and Jethro held their wedding at Provenance , entering the ceremony together to “The Greatest” by Cat Power. The bride noting “The venue was a no brainer for us – it’s 5 minutes from our house, we love the architecture furniture and style of the venue so set up was going to be very simple but still have the look & feel we wanted, the food is amazing, the staff are even better and we feel 100% at home there. A huge part of our day was feeling relaxed and happy and our venue played a big part of achieving that.”

Nicole and Jethro were married by Trude Bethell.  “Our ceremony was relaxed and emotional. It still had the structure of a conventional wedding, however without some of the normal traditions. We decided to walk down the aisle together, we didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen etc. Instead, we tried to incorporate those same people into our day in a different way with speeches, MC tasks etc.”

The ceremony backdrop was created by the groom. “Jethro designed a magnolia wall for us to stand in front of for our ceremony. It was huge and a fun undertaking for our family the day before the wedding. (Some “bridesmaids” fingernails were damaged in the making.) It was two temporary fences that we hired and a trailer load of magnolia cuttings from a friend’s farm were cable tied to the fencing.”

Nicole tells “We are incredibly lucky to have so many talented friends who were able to be involved in our day. Our talented photographer Haley already mentioned. Absolute rockstar Abigail McEwan who did my hair and makeup is a dear friend of mine so we drank champagne, chatted and watched Million Dollar Agent while getting ready. The list goes on and all of their personal touches to the day just added to the love and fun of it all. As above, all of our talented vendors/friends were amazing. A special mention to Leanne our wedding co-ordinator and the staff at Provenance, you guys were freaking rock stars. Our guests were so beautifully looked after and every request was met with such bloody brilliant service. So good.”

“Reflecting back on the evening we are both just so glad we didn’t cave into the social pressures of including parts of our ceremony or other details which we knew we really didn’t want.”

The dance floor kicked off and one of the bride’s favourite moments did too. “I shared an incredible moment with my dad. You Can Call Me Al by Simon & Garfunkel was playing, he’s played this music my whole life and we slow danced and shed happy tears together for the whole song. It was bliss.”

Congratulations to the fabulous couple! Thank you for sharing your day with us, and thank you to Haley Guildford!

Photographer: Haley Guildford Photographer / Wedding Planner: Leanna Singleton / Styling: Leanna Singleton / Bride's Dress: Ingrid Starnes / Bride's Shoes: The Iconic / Bride's Jewellery: Red Current / Groom's Attire: Hallensteins / Groom's Shoes: The Iconic / Hairstylist: Abigail McEwan / Makeup Artist: Abigail McEwan / Flowers: Twig & Twine / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Provenance / Audio Visual: Edwards Sound Systems / Lighting: La Lumiere / Ceremony Officiant: Trude Bethell / Wedding Cake: Just Jess