Photo by Nick Evans
Photo by Nick Evans
Amelia and Paul
Amelia and Paul took to the streets of Adelaide for their fun engagement shoot. Their aim was to get comfortable in front of the camera and overcome their lens shyness! Photographer Dave from Luke Simon Photography knew all the right tricks and captured these fun photographs around Adelaide CBD.
How did Amelia and Paul meet? Well, as most great loves do, it started with friendship. Amelia and Paul telling, “We met at University where their respective courses had an overlapping field trip. We spent the nights sitting by the campfire sharing stories and a great friendship was sparked.”
The proposal was simple, sweet and very intimate. The couple remembering, “Paul took Amelia out for dinner to one of their favourite Italian restaurants. After a great meal the couple returned home and were enjoying a night-cap on the couch when Paul pulled out a small chocolate box. As Amelia opened the box Paul asked ‘the’ question and with great excitement, Amelia said ‘yes’!”
On what they love about each other, Amelia and Paul tell, “Paul loves Amelia’s constant enthusiasm and smile. Amelia loves Paul’s sense of adventure.”
Of their engagement photos, Amelia tells, “We wanted an opportunity to get to know our photographer and feel comfortable in front of the camera, Paul was feeling very camera-shy. It was also a fantastic chance to get some amazing shots in a different setting than our wedding location and in non-wedding attire.”
For me, Valentines Day is not about the red roses and big teddy bars, but rather about celebrating love in all it’s shapes in forms. Whether it’s a picnic with Mr Polka at a favourite spot, or a lunch with my favourite people. I stumbled across this gorgeous backyard soiree styled by Sinikka Floral Design and love how festive and fun it is. It could easily be a fun Valentines Day luncheon for friends and family and with Valentines Day being in Summer in Australia- why not enjoy the sunshine?
Twine wrapped bottle vases from Colour & Twine, delicious food (including heart-shaped desserts) from Peach & Pancetta and bright decor accessories (including cushions with bold graphic prints) from North of The Hill complete the look.
It’s hard to miss that it’s Valentine’s Day today, with reds and pinks and hearts dotting not only our blog, but the retail world all over! Do you celebrate this day of the lovers, or are you more of a “love should be for every day” sort of person? Do you have plans for this evening, with a new outfit or restaurant to try out? Perhaps you’re just glad the day is almost over and the teddy bears and chocolates make their exit? Whatever your take on this day, we are card-carrying hopeless romantics here at Polka Dot Central, and love any opportunity to get schmoozy over love in general. But we just get to do it every day!
Enjoy whatever you have planned today, and perhaps maybe just treat yourself – to a break and a browse of this week’s Friday Roundup!
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Who doesn’t love a giveaway!? Especially one that could see you enjoying a $1000 Gift Certificate to go towards your wedding photography, a family portrait, engagement session or photography tutorials! The lovely people at Sunlit Studios are offering just this – simply for using social media – easy!
The giveaway will close February 28th, so head over to their website to check out the entry details today!
Lindenderry at Red Hill is one of these places, and this Sunday will be throwing open its doors and sharing what makes it such a well-loved venue for Vic Brides.When a gorgeous venue is hosting a Wedding Showcase, I always get location envy!
So be sure to head down on Sunday, 16th of February between 11 am and 2pm, where you will be greeted with a glass of champagne and a gift bag, including Appelles skincare products, with a wedding ceremony set up in their stunning Vineyard and vendors on hand to answer any of your questions.
There’s even the chance to win some amazing prizes on the day, such as six bottles of their Pinot Noir, a Spa voucher and an Overindulgence package for two. For more info on the day, head to their website.
A competition that kicks off on Valentine’s Day for all those Brisbane couples on the search for the perfect celebrant! Brisbane Marriage Celebrants is celebrating their launch with a ‘Caption this Photo’ Facebook competition that offers the winners a Cooking Class Voucher for Two @ hundred acre bar, Hillstone St Lucia -Valued at $160.00.
Check out their brand new Facebook page for more info on entry and their fab services!
With a wealth of new designers on board for 2014, and new designs to enjoy, Bella Figura are offering a special sale from 13 to 17 February for their special customers. Simply enter the code Valentine at checkout, and receive 10% off any online order. This code can be combined with their other ongoing offers (such as the designer of the month promotion saving of 10% on all designs by Lindsy Talarico, or the 10% discount for purchasing 6 printed pieces or more) so readers can save up to 30% with this offer!
Head to their website to check out the lovely new designs!
A gorgeous film of the wedding of Fi & Pat, courtesy of Luke Bickley, with such beautiful imagery I felt like I was on their journey with them! So much love and joy on the couple’s faces, not to mention their family and friends. Enjoy for your Friday pickup everyone!