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Sam and Lisa’s Summer Engagement Session

by | Weddings



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Sam and Lisa

Being Summer, the season of love, special memories and a touch of the sporadic, Sam and I decided it was the perfect time to have an engagement session! Since we live in the NSW New England Region (aka, the country or ‘regional centre’), and we are getting married in the country, we decided to have our engagement photos in a coastal region, celebrating Summer and all its magic!

Our photographer Matt, from Feather & Birch Wedding Co. captured our stunning engagement photos. We chose Matt, who will also be our wedding photographer, not only for his talent for taking gorgeous wedding photos but also his laid-back nature and sense of fun, which helped us relax for our shoot.

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Sam and I met at a party with mutual friends.  After getting to know each other a little through events organised through friends, we went on a few dates together.  I traveled to New Zealand for a pre arranged holiday after 3-4 weeks of dating and in a case of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’, when I returned we both knew we were in love and it was right!

We were in Cairns enjoying a holiday when Sam decided to propose!  We had spent the day on a cruise exploring the Great Barrier Reef.  We had dinner in a lovely local pub, and afterwards, Sam suggested a walk by the Boulevard.  I thought that a proposal might be imminent due to Sam stopping every 30 seconds to hug and ‘admire the view’ but then kept walking again once anyone drew near or walked past!  Sam finally found a beautiful spot to propose by the water, and got down on one knee to ask the question.  After enjoying the moment together, we celebrated with a glass of champagne and called family to tell the wonderful news.

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Biggest learning’s from wedding planning:  We are currently in the throws of wedding planning, as our wedding is about 2 months away.  Our advice for newly engaged couples:

  1. Everybody says it but you have to make your own decisions, and not worry about what other people think.  I consistently need to remind myself of this fact like everyday!
  2. Just relax and enjoy the planning process.  At the end of the day, the most important thing is the commitment we are making to each other, so all the little things seem to fall into place when you focus on that.

Images by Feather & Birch Wedding Co

Ms Gingham says: A lovely story! Congratulations Sam and Lisa!

About Lisa: I am a city girl turned country dweller! Since finishing studying my Masters degree last year, I am in dire need of a hobby, however wedding planning seems to be taking most of my time at the moment. I am looking into learning french and ballet classes – how exciting! Other activities I currently enjoy are reading books, cooking, keeping active, fishing, gardening and enjoying good food and wine with friends!

Scott & Carissa – The Big Proposal

by | Inspired Engagements, Weddings




Scott and Carissa

One Monday 24th November 2014, my now fiancé Scott awoke me at 6am sitting on the edge of our bed playing me a love song, “I Love Loving You” by Savannah Packard. To my surprise, Scott was not wearing his usual work uniform and instead leaned in to give me a kiss and whispered to me that “today is the day”. Sitting on the bedside table was a printed itinerary and a single pink peony in a vase (my favourite flower of all time), and hanging in front of our bedroom window was a brand new watermelon maxi dress that Scott had purchased me.

My day was filled with appointments that Scott had made and prepaid for me. First I was off to the salon, where I had my hair done, as well as a manicure and pedicure. During my time at the salon, Scott had organised for a local cafe to deliver me a large skim milk cappuccino (my choice of coffee!) for morning tea and then a hot lunch. Following my salon appointment, I was to have my make up done at Napoleon Perdis.




As per the itinerary I was provided with, I returned home to dress and at precisely 3pm a white Bentley arrived out front to collect me and drive me into the city to the Park Hyatt, Sydney. Upon arrival, I saw Scott, standing in the middle of Hicksons Road Reserve next to the Park Hyatt, at the end of an aisle made of white rose petals. The minute I stepped out of the car, the rain came pouring down, but neither of us cared one bit. I walked up the end of the aisle of rose petals to my love, and it was there, in the pouring rain, that on bended knee, Scott asked me to marry him. “YES” was of course my answer without hesitation. Scott presented me with a 1.5 carat emerald cut diamond ring, a ring that he had designed and made by a local jeweller.







If all of this wasn’t enough, following all of this, Scott pointed towards the Park Hyatt and to my surprise there was a photographer and a videographer to capture the whole thing. But not any old photographer, Scott had organised with my all time favourite wedding photographer, James Day of Daylight Photography to photograph every moment… and his work speaks for itself. These are just some of the images that James captured on the day, as well as a link the video from the amazing videographer, Max of Big Day Of.





After taking an hour to have some posed shots, Scott and I said our goodbyes to both James and Max, and returned to our suite at the Park Hyatt which we were to spend the evening. Upon entering the room, my eye caught a large black box sitting on the crisp white linens on the bed and instantly I knew, Scott had purchased me a brand new Chanel Bag and Chanel Wallet, a gift that I have longed to own for many years.



The rest of our evening was filled with champagne, a three course meal that Scott had arranged with the Head Chef of The Dining Room in our suite and phone calls of celebration to all of our loved ones.

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Film by Big Day Of

Images by Daylight Photography

Ms Gingham says: WOW!!! Talk about being absolutely, totally and utterly spoiled! You are one lucky girl Carissa! Congratulations to Scott for organising such an amazing day!

About Scott and Carissa: Scott & I have been dating since July 2011 and live together in our home in Glenmore Park, NSW. Scott is a Cabinet Maker for his parents company R&D Kitchens, and I am the owner and sole operator of a wedding cake business All Things Sweet by Carissa. Scott and I met through Scott’s sister and brother in law, who I went to High School with. Our wedding is planned for 25th November 2016 at the beautiful Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay. Of course, James and Max will be our photographer and videographer for the big day.

Nick and Kate’s (belated) Engagement Party

by | Inspired Engagements, Weddings



Nick and Kate

Nick and Kate

“Should we have an Engagement Party? It has been over a year since we got engaged…”

I think we said this to each other a dozen times, it was on and then it was off and then finally we decided to ignore ‘engagement party etiquette’ and throw a party, as 2014 was a pretty big year for us. You see, not only did we get engaged (06/01/2014), we also bought our first house, I started full-time work, plus I also decided to train for a 1/2 Ironman, all while managing the demands of two kids under two, life was sure busy! By the end of 2014 we were ready to do something for us.

Within a short space of time we found a venue – The Rose Diner and Bar, we asked a work colleague (Mark Tompkins – Art Director at Huckleberry Agency.) to come up with a design for our eInvite and finally we enlisted a stylist (Kathleen from Wedding Dayz) to help us out with the ‘pretty things’ which Nick and I are not too good with, nor do we have the time to learn!

Soon enough the date was set (10/01/2015), the canapé menu and drinks organised and the styling was left in Kathleen’s capable hands, all that we had to do was to arrange some music, find a killer engagement party dress and to find a babysitter for the night (thanks Mum!).

One year and four days after Nick proposed, we kissed our kids goodnight, said ‘thanks a million’ to my mum and walked/strutted down Bay Street Port Melbourne to our Engagement Party Venue. What we saw when we arrived was simply stunning. Beautiful arrangements of flowers, candles, glass hearts hanging from the ceiling and a welcoming table that made you say “Wow.”

Welcoming Table

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Once our guests arrived the night flew by quickly! The drinks went down a treat and so did the food (which we saw very little of as we were too busy talking to everyone, but we heard from our guests that it was very tasty!). As the night progressed a few guests (including ourselves) decided to have a little dance, it was after our little spin on the dance floor when I realised that we really do need dance lessons before our big day (recommendations are welcome!)

After an off-the-cuff thank you speech from Nick and I, mini sorbets were served and then it was time to head home. We would like to thank all our family and friends for making our night a memorable one and we simply can not wait to do it all again in a years time!! #NjKjWed16

Our (belated) engagement party was a success thanks to these awesome people:

Images by Peter Krotiris – Best Man and pretty handy with the camera

Ms Gingham says: A beautiful night! Congratulations Kate and Nick!

Kate says: Love training for triathlons, living close to the beach & going to the South Melbourne market with my family every weekend.

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