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Briar and Mitchell’s Wintery Engagement Photos

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Briar & Mitchell

As a big fan of cold weather I particularly love the romance of coats and snuggles in this engagement shoot of Briar and Mitchell from Sophie Baker Photography. Sophie chose Mudgeeraba with the couple for their engagement shoot, even incorporating Mitchell’s much loved Mini into the photographs.

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On how they met, Briar and Mitchell remember, “Our siblings were friends before we were. We met at Mitchell’s brother’s birthday party when we were eight years old and actually bonded over the Spice Girls, of all things. We sat down on the tiled floor and listened to the radio for most of the night. So we’ve known each other for a long time.”

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On what they love about one another, Briar and Mitchell remark ” We’ve been best friends for a long time, lovers for a short while. We both have strong personalities, so we often clash. But we’ve learned to appreciate the difference of opinion we both bring to the table and have gotten much better at arguing without fighting. We know at the end of the day that we can be fiercely passionate about our views and still respect each other’s opinion. It’s rare to have that balance down pat.”

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The proposal occurred in the couple’s favourite country, they remember, “During a trip to Japan (one of Briar’s homes-away-from-home), Mitch proposed on a drizzly, foggy day up in the mountains of Kyoto, at the Kiyomuzi-dera temple (The “Pure Water Temple”) which overlooks Kyoto city. Briar said she sensed it was coming as Mitch suddenly seemed to become nervous, and kept looking for a quiet spot amongst the bustling temple. A sweet moment, and after she said yes they both swiftly agreed to get home out of the cold!”

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A Girls Weekend For The Gypsy Bride

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Today’s inspiration shoot comes from a team who were inspired by the notion of a bride and her girlfriends heading to the seaside for a pre wedding celebration. I love this idea for a hens weekend. Pack up and take a road-trip,  create a beautiful, decadent luncheon by the water, play board games and sit in the sunshine and end the day with a campfire, marshmallows and damper. It’s a little different but so much fun.

Today’s shoot was a collaboration between stylist Poppy Jean , photographer Belinda O’Neill , florist Poppy Culture cake designer Regnier Cakes  and hair & makeup artist Sophie Knox Hair and Make-up. Jules of Poppy Jean telling “Our gypsy inspired styled shoot was created by Poppy Jean and brought to life through the efforts of some talented creatives on the Mornington Peninsula! We wanted to create a relaxed, girl’s get away feel using our vintage caravan and the beautiful foreshore of McCrae.”

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The weekend celebrations start  off with a luncheon on the beach, Jules explaining, “Rich and colourful blooms (styled by Poppy Culture) alongside white with accents of gold were used to style the van and dining table on the beach.” The clothing throughout the shoot was supplied by Aurelia Boutique.

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The props and styling was under the watchful eye of Jules of Poppy Jean  who says, “Sophie Knox Hair and Make-up wanted to keep a bohemian feel to the make-up and hair. Hair was loosely styled in a “thrown together look”. Gold and jewelled make-up tones were used to complement the flowers and fashion in the shoot.”

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The Poppy Jean caravan featured in the shoot – what a fun option for a weekend away (the couches can be converted to a queen sized bed). Jules noting, “The vintage caravan was our initial inspiration for the shoot as well as the local surrounds. Most of our creative team have fond memories of holidays in the area and camping on the foreshore. The Mornington Peninsula is a place of great beauty and contrasts; the soft whites of the sandy beach and greenery of the foreshore provided the inspiration for our colour palette of white, cream, rich colour and accents of gold.”

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Decadent treats were aplenty because a girls weekend wouldn’t be complete without them! Jules remarking, “Regnier Cakes were involved in creating some delicious food on the day. The girl’s drank blooming tea, ate cupcakes and s’mores as well as cooking damper around the campfire. Regnier Cakes do amazing wedding cakes, dessert buffets and high teas.”

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Styling & Hire: Poppy Jean / Photographer: Belinda O'Neill / Floral Design: Poppy Culture / Food and Cake Design: Regnier Cakes / Hair & Makeup Artist: Sophie Knox Hair and Make-up / Fashion: Aurelia Boutique / Models: Brazen Models

Friday Roundup

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Photo by gm Photographics   from Lauren and Gerard’s Parisian Elopement

It all seems to be Champagne and Paris across my desk this week! Causing me, of course, to daydream about glasses of bubbles in the warm European sunshine – bliss! What are you saying “Cheers!” to this month? The new season? Daylight savings? Just because? We’d love to hear about it!

In the meantime – here’s the Friday Roundup to drink to!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

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.

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1 Real  Bride Advice ~ Inspired Words – Claudia

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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.

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1.What Would They Know? Sandra Glynn of Sandra Glynn Makeup Artist 2. Expert Advice ~ How To Be The Perfect Wedding Guest

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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.

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1. Etsy Roundup ~ Skyline Art 2. Tuesday Type - Writing Machine 3. DIY Tutorial - Wedding Favors – Custom Coasters

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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.

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1.  Honeymoon Destination Spotlight - 48 Hours in Broome 2. Destination Wedding - Lauren and Gerard’s Parisian Elopement

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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.

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1. Real Wedding from the Groom – Kerrin and Jeremy’s Rollicking Red Wedding

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On Thursday 23rd October 2014, 6-9pm at the Cargo Hall, South Wharf you can meet a diverse range of Melbourne’s finest celebrants, all in one venue, all in one evening!

Hosted by TV’s charismatic Spencer McLaren, guests will be welcomed with a  glass of sparkling, wine or beer and delicious canapés will be served
from Cargo Hall’s very own kitchens.

With door prizes and a goodie bag for the first 50 couples in attendance, don’t miss your chance to find the perfect celebrant for your big day!

Pre-purchase your tickets online today  and save ($25 per couple or $15 per person), with limited tickets available at the door ($30 per couple or $20 per person). For more info head to their website!

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Lover of Champagne and all things bubbly? Looking for a fabulous idea for your Hen’s event? Then this could just be the event for you! Book you and your ladies into a luxury workshop with Champagne Republic on Tuesday 21 October at 6.30pm at 80 George Street, Redfern to celebrate International Champagne Day!
Fast-paced and lighthearted, the workshop covers the job of deciphering wine lists and in ensuring you understand all serving protocols. It also provides an historical and social backdrop to the evolution of Champagne drinking culture.

Over the course of 1.5 hours tasters will discover the reason for Champagnes importance in great celebration and will participate in a discussion of famous fans of the drink including; Marilyn Monroe, Lily Bollinger, Winston Churchill, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mick Jagger.

For more information, head to the website! Sounds delicious!’

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After a huge amount of entries, and some delightful (but tough!) time spent reading through all the fabulous entries, we have one lucky winner for the Oh Perfect Day Competition! Megan won with her answer to the question “What what your perfect day would look like?”

“Our perfect day is a cocktail wedding, with the reception set in a warehouse venue in North Melbourne. It is going to have an industrial glam feel and be one big party! The warehouse is gorgeous with high ceilings, exposed beams and a polished concrete floor, a beautiful blank canvas. As we are just hiring the space itself, the biggest challenge I am facing at the moment is coordinating all my vendors (furniture hire, lighting, florist) and set-up on the day. We can’t access the venue the day prior, and I’m coordinating everything but won’t have a lot of time to be at the venue during the day (obviously I’ll be getting ready!).”

Congratulations Megan, we can’t wait to the see the end result! Thanks to all who entered, and look out for the next fab competition!

 

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Jason Grech Birds Of Prey Collection

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Melbourne designer Jason Grech had much acclaim when his “Birds Of Prey” collection hit the runway last month in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. His show opened Runway 1 at the much awaited fashion week and the first time Jason worked with acclaimed milliner Richard Nylon who created the look that was used across the advertising for the festival.

The collection is the first solo show for Jason who recently took over the brand when co designer Harry Georgiou departed. The roller-coaster ride of this experience is reflected through the dramatic and somewhat dark designs in the “Birds Of Prey” collection. The pieces, each named after a feathered friend (or enemy, depending on how you see hawks, merlins and eagles!) featuring billowing silks, Italian heavy weight matte dry handle jersey, silk satins, georgette and sequined lace in shades of black, white, forest green, brulee and hints of yellow.

Jason, inspired by the turmoil in his life created a collection that in his words is “majestic and powerful”. The gowns each standing on their own, in solidarity – much like a bird of prey.

My favourite is the floral print gown above and the emerald green gown below – both perfectly appropriate wedding gowns with a touch of individual flair.

Jason Grech gowns are available on order, made to measure from Jason’s North Melbourne studio.

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