Sarah & Jamie

The engagement shoot of Sarah and Jamie is a little different – not only did the couple dress up in a stunning evening gown and suit, but as winners of  a competition wedding planner and stylist White Events held at wedding fair First Comes Love the couple were able to have the shoot styled beautifully by a talented team of Perth wedding vendors.

Stylist Lara teamed up with photographer Natasja Kremers Photography venue and prop hire Hire Society, florist Zinnia Floral Designs, hairstylist Beehive Bridal, makeup artist Kathryn Colgan and sourced clothing and accessories from Steph AudinoAustralian Formalwear and Willie Creek Pearls to create a beautifully formal engagement shoot with black and white features and tones of reds and browns to add colour.

Zinnia Floral Designs created the floral arrangements for the day, Lara telling, “Zinnia Floral Designs added colour and vibrancy to the shoot.”

Sarah wore Willie Creek Pearls jewellery. Lara remarking, “To finish off the experience I contacted Willie Creek Pearls, who were kind enough to allow me to borrow almost $10,000 worth of pearls for Sarah to wear for the shoot. These awesome additions to the shoot took the overall prize value to around $15,000. Giving Sarah & Jamie a day that they will never forget.”

The couple’s dog Mowgli made an appearance at the shoot!

Sarah wore a strapless black gown from Steph Audino while Jamie wore a black suit from Australian Formalwear.

Hairstylist Claire Vlahov Freelance Bridal Hair Stylist and makeup artist Kathryn Colgan created Sarah’s red lip makeup look for the shoot.

“In Sarah’s own words, “Today Jamie and I were privileged enough to work with some of the most beautiful and gifted professionals in the wedding industry! Thank you Lara from White Events for making the day one to remember – I felt like a princess and can’t wait to see all the beautiful work you and the team put in today to make it as magical as it was.” “This shoot was a lot of fun and very rewarding to be able to give an engaged couple an amazing experience that they otherwise would not have had, it really was a completely fantastic day,” tells Lara.

Photographer: Natasja Kremers Photography / Wedding Planner & Stylist: White Events / Venue & Styling Items: The Hire Society / Flowers: Zinnia Floral Designs / Hairstylist: Beehive Bridal / Makeup Artist: Kathryn Colgan / Bride’s Dress: Steph Audino / Groom’s Attire: Australian Formalwear / Pearls: Willie Creek Pearls
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I’ve been seeing so many beautiful florals around the place lately, often in the most unexpected of locations. Gorgeous arrangements in powder rooms, department stores and of course, my favourite, running wild in gardens both private and for all to enjoy. I often have no idea what their names are or whether they’re annuals (or something like that), but I know that they catch my eye and always leave me that little bit happier. This must mean florists are just the happiest people on earth – surrounded by so much beauty!

Do you have a favourite floral? Or do you simply just love being a spectator to their variances, like me? Whatever your answer, there are plenty to enjoy in this week’s Friday Roundup, along with the rest of our fab specialty blogs. Take a moment to enjoy!

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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.

1. Real WeddingOur Destination Wedding in Thailand 2. Real Bride Advice – Inspired Words – Paige  3. Real Wedding – Edward and Emma’s Vintage Chic Inspired Hinterland Queensland Wedding 4. Share Your Plans – Polka Dot Sneak Peek – Your Hairpiece

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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.

1. What Would They Know –  Didi & Juliet of Polkadot + Moonbeam 2. Expert Picks –Vendor’s Favourites – Miss Ladybird Cakes 3. Expert Advice – Wedding Videography – Do You Really Need It? 4. Expert Advice – Wedding Ceremony Music

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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.

1.Etsy Roundup – Fairy Flowergirl 2.Tuesday Type – The Carpenter 3. DIY Tutorial – Geometric DIY Place Card Holders 4. Cocktail Friday – Eau De Vie Nature’s Cuppa Fairtrade Fix

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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.

1.  Bridal Party Destination  Idea – Pre-Wedding Celebrations at Thunderbird Park

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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.

1.  Real Groom Memories – Inspired Words – Matt 2. Real Groom Style – Horea
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The perfect excuse to grab your girlfriends and indulge in a  fabulous Park Hyatt Melbourne outing, featuring a breathtaking fashion parade showcasing iconic Melbourne labels Mariana Hardwick, handcrafted and timeless jewels from Canturi plus striking menswear tailoring from Calibre.

Also hear inspiring words from Real Weddings Magazine Editor Kirsten Mackelden, get tips and advice from cake maker Katrina Val Gaalen from The Cake Company and the styling team at Function Accessories. Hairstylists from Biba hair and the expert artists at Napoleon Perdis will also be on hand to give you inspiration for your bridal look.

$125 per ticket includes a fashion inspired bridal high tea with flowing Chandon, luxurious pampering with Biba hair and Napoleon Perdis and a deluxe bridal gift bag.

For more information please call 03 9224 1242 or visit their website!

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Are you getting married between May and November 2014, and interested in taking part in a documentary, following the first year of marriage after you say “I Do”?  Matchbox Pictures are looking for couples as they embark on their first year of married life.

Whether it’s a first or second marriage, an arranged or gay marriage, if you’re open to sharing parts of your life and growing as a couple, they’d love to hear from you.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, send them an email!

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A carnival-themed wedding for you today, so much joy and fun! Thanks to the fab team at Lovely Day Pictures for sharing Tash and Adam’s day with us, it’s such a delight to round out the end of the week!

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Penny and Adam

When Penny and Adam decided on a romantic Mornington Peninsula wedding for their big day, they built the wedding around a relaxed reunion for their family and friends. Surrounded by the most beautiful of blooms, the vineyards and the incredible food, the duo said “I Do”. The day was captured beautifully by Kirralee Ashworth.

On how they met, Penny tells, “We met at a mutual friend’s wedding; the mutual friends live in the US and each of us was based in a different State at the time, so it really was a chance meeting.”

Penny and Adam chose Stillwater at Crittenden to host their special day, Penny explaining, “Stillwater at Crittenden was able to be used for both the ceremony and reception; this was particularly important to us as we didn’t wish to inconvenience our guests with more travel. The venue was visually beautiful but was also able to give a very high standard of food and service. Of many of the venues we looked at on the Peninsula, we were very happy that Stillwater was able to accommodate a slightly larger group of guests.”

Penny wore a champagne coloured gown by designer Jenny Packham with shoes by Jimmy Choo and jewels also by Jenny Packham.

Wedding stylist Weddings of Desire worked with florist Hello Blossoms to create the floral arrangements for the day. Penny remarking, “Hello Blossoms and Weddings of Desire were both fantastic. Many guests are still raving about the flowers. All the vendors (venue, florist, photographer, DJ and planning) worked together so cooperatively and were extremely helpful. We would recommend any of our vendors again.”

Penny walked down the aisle to an Alicia Keys tune.

The couple wrote their own vows in a ceremony performed by Bill Newton (03) 9729 0320.

Of their photographer, Penny tells, “Kirralee was wonderful to work with and everything you would want in a photographer; relaxed, helpful, reliable and so supportive. We were organizing our wedding from overseas, so it was especially helpful to work with someone who was flexible and helpful.”

Bespoke Letterpress created a letterpress stationery suite for Penny and Adam’s wedding.

Of their first dance, Penny remembers, “We were filled with nerves but happy that the day had gone as well so far; it was certainly good to get the dancing underway.” All music on the day was from Top Dog Entertainment.

Congratulations Penny and Adam! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Kirralee Ashworth. for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth / Styling/Hire: Weddings of Desire / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewellery: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: Steven Hawker / Flowers: Hello Blossoms / Invitations & Stationery: Bespoke Letterpress / Venue: Stillwater at Crittenden / Ceremony Officiant: Bill Newton (03) 9729 0320 / Msuic: Top Dog Entertainment / Favors: Weddings of Desire / Wedding Rings: Milanj Diamonds (USA) / Transport: Your Shuttle, Mornington Penninsula / Wedding Registry: Peters Of Kensington