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Sarah & Dan’s Old Petrie Town Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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Sarah & Dan

This Old Petrie Town engagement is from photographer Willow Branch Photography. Sarah and Dan, who met through a mutual friend headed to the gorgeous property just before sunset with their four-legged friend Minnie and documented the start of this new chapter in the lives together.

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Dan remembers the story of how he proposed to Sarah. “On the morning of our adventure to Katherine Gorge, we awoke to lorikeets eating our snacks on the deck of our Safari Tent. Sarah dressed in her brightest clothes so I wouldn’t “lose” her in the bush. We set out in our Kia Rio for Nitmiluk. We arrived, found a map and decided Butterfly Gorge was our destination. The nearest place we could swim, some 12km round trip; without exerting too much energy.

After 72 are we there yet’s” and “this better be worth its” and several near face plants, we arrived at a spa sized swamp. I announced that this was Butterfly Gorge. After a few minutes of Sarah cursing, I pointed at the arrow saying Butterfly Gorge this way. Sarah collected herself and again demanded, “this better be worth it”. We continued the walk and once we arrived at the real Butterfly Gorge it was nothing but stunning.

We made our way up to a ledge and while Sarah was busy taking selfies I scrambled around in our backpack for the ring. Dropping to one knee I asked if she would marry me… she replied with “ARE YOU SURE?” In her quietest microphone voice, amplified by the gorge she eventually said YES! This will be one of the happiest moments in our lives.”

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On what she loves about Dan, Sarah remarks, “I love Dan’s cheeky smile and sense of humor.”

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On what he loves about his future wife, Dan tells, “I love how Sarah is always full of energy and has a great personality.”

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Alana & Simon’s Romantic Red Hill Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Alana & Simon

Alana and Simon’s romantic Red Hill wedding captured everything they love about the Mornington Peninsula. From brightly coloured florals, beautiful backdrops and a very special place in their hearts, they chose Anthea Auld to capture their day.

The newlyweds tell the story of how they came to be. “We met down the Mornington Peninsula through mutual friends 10 years ago. As the region has always been a special place that we have loved to visit over the past 10 years, there was no question that this was where we wanted to share our special day with our closest family and friends.”

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Alana chose a Jenny Packham  gown for her wedding dress, explaining, “I wanted something with a relaxed silhouette that I could dance the night away in. I also knew I wanted something with tulle and beading so when I found this dress I knew it was perfect.”

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Andrew Healey sang a version of Sam Smith’s “Latch” as the bride walked down the aisle. “Andrew Healey, our musician for the day was a standout. He’s an absolute natural and one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. When we told him we wanted Latch-acoustic by Sam Smith for our aisle song but we weren’t sure how it would work, he went to the trouble of doing a pre-recording and sending it to us so we could be comfortable with it – we both felt emotional as soon as we heard it, it was perfect.”

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The couple chose St. Peters, Shoreham for their marriage ceremony.  “Just like everything else we had planned for the day we also wanted our ceremony to be really relaxed – we had lots of comments that it was, so that was great.”

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Of their photographer, Alana and Simon remember, “We were lucky enough to have the amazing Anthea from Anthea Auld photography. She is an absolute professional, her dedication to capturing the perfect shot and her incredible passion and enthusiasm were contagious. We were so lucky to have her capture our day. Dawei also assisted Anthea on the day and he was fantastic – willing to go to any length to get the perfect shot!”

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The newlyweds celebrated with their guests at Red Hill Epicurean . Alana noting “Simon and I knew it was the perfect venue for us the second we walked in. The food is amazing there and it was a really nice touch to have Italian food served at our wedding given that we both have part-Italian heritage.”

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Poppy Culture  created bright organic feeling floral arrangements for the day the bride explaining, “We wanted a relaxed feel for the day as well as a party atmosphere – we really just wanted everyone to relax and have a great time. As far as the aesthetic – the Epicurean is such an amazing venue in itself so we really didn’t need to do a lot – we just had beautiful bright relaxed florals running down the centre of the tables as well as some amazing arrangements by the bar from Poppy Culture florists. These tied back in perfectly with our stationery in the same colours by Papertoken.”

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” The Limoncello wedding favours were a nod to our part-Italian heritage and the amazing Italian food served on the night.”

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Paper Token created beautiful floral printed stationery, Alana explaining, “Daniel from Papertoken did our invites, menus, place cards, seating chart etc for the day – he did an absolutely stunning job. Right from the outset he understood our brief and just did an incredible job executing it all – we couldn’t have been happier.”

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For the first dance, musician Andrew Healey  performed a live version of Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait”.

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Congratulations on your marriage Alana and Simon! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Anthea Auld for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Anthea Auld / Cinematographer: Allan Hardy / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Hairstylist: Sally Paganoni / Makeup Artist: Sally Paganoni / Flowers: Poppy Culture / Invitations & Stationery: Paper Token / Ceremony Venue: St. Peters, Shoreham / Ceremony Officiant: Fr. Michael Gallacher / Ceremony Musicians: Andrew Healey / Reception Venue: Red Hill Epicurean / Band: Andrew Healey / Cake Baker: Sweet Bliss Cakes

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Cake by Sweet Bakes  Photo by  T­One Image via Samantha & Ghadir’s Vintage Abbotsford Convent Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! What a Wintery week it was! I am so looking forward to bunking down inside this weekend- I have knitting, cheese fondue and a few good cocktails on the menu. I am pretty sure I was made to live in the 1950s for all my love of the charm of the era, but you can bet I love the modern technology of electric blankets!

Winter is certainly not making the Polka Dot blogs any less busy – we have been packed with posts from ear to ear this week, so let’s round them up!


Groom Nick shares his Inspired Memories

What You Need To Know When Buying A Custom Suit from the team at Institchu

A Magical Night At Peppers Convent Hunter Valley

Fun serif tweaks with the Canape font

Adore this Painted Pillow Cases Tutorial as a wedding gift idea!

Samantha Clarkson of Sourced by Sam joins us for  What Would They Know?

Continuing our Honeymoon A-Z: with a visit to Florida

will&jac share their fun Vendor’s Favourites

Ms Filigree rounds up Our Latest Beauty Must-Haves

Emma shares her post wedding Inspired Words

We sit down for Five Minutes With….Clare From Providence Gully

We have Winter loving going on – Rounding up our favourite winter pieces on Etsy!

Mark shares his post-wedding Groom Style

Fabulous tips to help you Design The Perfect Wedding Cake

Such beautifully romantic touches at this Vintage Abbotsford Convent Wedding

Dream of Summer sunshine with this review of Hotel Hesperia Lanzarote and Spa – Puerto Calero


News Roundup 15th July 2016

Wedding planners A Lavish Affair are teaming up with C2 Films, Shane McConnell Couture and Farm Cafe (amongst many others!) for a special showcase event on Tuesday, 9th August.  Join the team in South Yarra, Melbourne for canapes, bubbles and plenty of wedding inspiration as you chat one on one with wedding vendors, see beautiful bridal gowns and enjoy a fun evening. The event is limited to only 30 guests so if you’d like to get along, RSVP to bu August 5th and check out the event page.

Have you visited our new wedding startup Aisle Society recently? We teamed up with 30+ other wedding bloggers to give you one very awesome website to follow your favourite wedding blogs and all the inspiration they share! Search inspiration by colour, style, theme, location – even by flowers! If you’re a wedding pro featured on Aisle Society, you’ll get your own (free!) profile page so couples can contact you directly Pop on over and check it out!

We get a lot of casting calls and vet which ones we pass onto you pretty heavily. Channel Seven is casting for a new show about couples in  “diverse, multicultural or socially progressive relationships that believe that against all odds they are destined for one another.” They’re looking for relationships that might be interracial, interfaith with big age gaps or other issues that may cause struggles. The end result of the casting will be a documentary that creates awareness of different cultures, values and ways of life.  To apply, visit this link.

Our film of the week this week comes from Lightheart Films & Photography. Natalie and Dom held what was a beautiful, but ultimately very emotional wedding day – lump in throat moments anyone?









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