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Kendall and Zach’s Romantic Golden Sunset Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Kendall & Zach

I’m always a sucker for a beautiful engagement shoot. Something about them makes me come back to the core of why I love writing about weddings all day, every day. They’re a love story – no fuss, just a story. The ultimate beginning, the purest form of love and the excitement and giddiness that comes with that first flush of engagement.

So what better way to kick off our engagement features for 2015 than these romantic golden sunset engagement photos of Kendall and Zach from photographer Laki Sideris.

Kendall and Zach tell the story of how they met. “We had mutual friends throughout high school before becoming closer in our final year.”

On what he loves about Kendall Zach tells, “I love Kendall’s intelligence, good-nature and beautiful, free spirit.”

On what she loves about Zach, Kendall tells, “I love Zach’s super caring nature and positive attitude towards everything, nothing seems to faze him.”

Zach and Kendall laugh a lot, remarking, “Other than the mundane humour we find in our daily lives (like dropping a freshly prepared bagel on the ground!), we would say the way we got engaged makes people laugh.”

Zach tells the proposal story. “In possibly the most low-key fashion possible! It was a mutual decision after the ring Kendall loved went on sale we decided to just do it! The proposal happened after Kendall accidentally received an email after the ring had been delivered to my workplace, not allowing me any time to plan anything, she already knew I had it!”


Zach notes, “I (Zach) fell in love with Laki’s work after viewing his blog, particularly his portraits and the way every shot is layered with detail. Never just the individuals in the shot, Laki manages to capture so much more in every image. Laki managed to convey our casual, relaxed selves in a classic and timeless way that we will always be able to appreciate. The shoot took place in Geelong, where we lived in our first house together. Again a testament to Laki’s creativity, the first half of the shoot is set in a small wooded area that he spotted randomly as we were driving past, but it turned out to be perfect!”

Photographer: Laki Sideris
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You’re Engaged- What Now?

by | Bride, Engagements


It’s no secret that with Christmas, New Years and the Summer breeze surrounding us that engagement stories are in high rotation right about now. Which also makes this time of year my absolute favourite!

So if you’re new to Polka Dot Bride, I thought today I would share some of the top articles which might help you if you’re newly engaged and new to our little site!

If you’re newly engaged and completely stuck or overwhelmed, check out What You Need To Know About Engagements and Nine Things To Do When You Get Engaged


Photo by Leo Farrell from Anitra and Ben’s Whimiscal White Engagement Party

Wanting to throw an engagement party? Read my Ten Engagement Party Tips and get inspired by the fantastic engagement parties we’ve featured on Polka Dot Bride

Anitra and Ben’s Whimiscal White Engagement Party

Becky and Simon’s Engagement Party

Cathleen’s Glamorous Engagement Party

Ombre Engagement Party

Katie and Morgan’s Picnic Lunch Engagement Party

Print Hall Love Story – The Celebratory Engagement Party

Cyndie and Chris’s French Style Engagement Party

Krystal and Greg’s Relaxed Engagement Party

An Enchanting Engagement At The Melbourne Aquarium

Sarah & Craig’s Rustic DIY Engagement Party

How To Throw A Glamorous Engagement Party For 250 Guests On A Budget

There are plenty more where that came from too – just check out this link to our engagement inspiration!


Photo by Emma Steendam Photography from Engagement Cork Shadowbox

Looking for some fun DIY Projects for your celebration? Pop over to Polka Dot Made and check out our engagement party projects!

Engagement Cork Shadowbox

Concrete DIY Candle Holders

DIY Cake Buffet + Free Printable Labels

DIY Photo Booth – Tutorial

Pretty Bauble Paper Garland – Tutorial

DIY Straw Flags with Printable Template – Tutorial

Autumn Paisley Wishing Tree – Tutorial

Wool Pom Pom Tutorial

DIY Heart Cupcake Toppers

DIY Ribbon Cake Bunting Tutorial

You can, of course, find more DIY tutorials here.


Image via What Would They Know? Clare Wall of Empire Events

Now if you’re already well on the way to booking vendors and ticking off lists, perhaps these handy information posts are just the ticket for your afternoon cuppa? Our vendor blog, Polka Dot Wisdom is all about vendor’s sharing their insights and is definitely worth a read!

How To Choose The All Important Wedding Date

The Wedding Countdown – Planning Your Wedding

How To Kick Off Your Wedding Planning!

Choosing The Right Photography Package – 11 Essential Questions To Ask

Why When You Put “Wedding” In Front Of Anything It Increases The Price

Weddings Are Not A Competitive Sport

Selecting the Perfect Vendors

Outsourcing Like A Boss – Why DIY?

The Wedding Expo Experience – How To Make The Most Of It!

7 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes To Avoid!

An Open Letter From Your Wedding Vendors

Or try our twenty questions series:

Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue

Twenty Questions – What To Ask Your Marriage Celebrant

Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Dress Designer

Twenty Questions – What To Ask Your Cake Designer


Photo by Fifteen Photography from Justine and Sam’s Mornington Peninsula Engagement Photos

One of the first things a couple does when they’re engaged is book a photographer – with that often comes an engagement shoot which is such a fun way of commemorating what is a really special time in your life. They can also be a wonderful reminder or symbol of what you love to do together as a couple, The photo location could be the park where you were engaged, your home, a cafe you love to visit together. You could take to drinking a bottle of wine if that’s your favourite pastime, cooking in a kitchen, or bush walking.

Now let it be said I am a sucker for engagement photos – the stripped back love story of a couple and their engagement glow gets me every single time. So here’s just a few of my favourite engagement shoots we’ve featured over the years (see more engagement photos here)

Holly and Jason’s Retro Inspired Coolangatta Engagement

Natalie and Phil Engaged

Allie and Tom’s Relaxed Engagement Shoot

Flor and Brett’s Wollongong Beach Engagement

Serena and Paolo’s Silent Film Inspired Engagement Shoot

Irene and Ray Engaged

Ana and Luke Travelling Hearts Engagement Shoot

Janet and Darrell’s Whimsical Engagement Shoot

My and Janssen’s Bonnie & Clyde Style Engagement Shoot

Kristine and Chris’ River Engagement Photos

Tehan and Mandeera’s Relaxed Engagement


Photo from Unique Engagement Rings By Julia de Ville

 And finally, when it comes to engagements, there is one important token that is exchanged (though really, the token can be anything you like, one of my friends received a piano she had dreamed of instead of an engagement ring and her engagement piano? It was perfect!) But in the spirit of this post, I do like poring over a beautiful piece of jewellery so here are some of my favourite engagement ring posts that just might inspire you if you’re yet to decide on the token of your own dreams!

Choosing The Ring

The Shape Of Your Bling

Coloured Engagement Rings

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Fit For A Princess

Custom Engagement Rings From StyleRocks

Cartier Bridal Collection

Opal Engagement Rings

Black Engagement Rings From Jan Logan

Maniamania Fine Jewellery Collection “Immortalia”

Lannah Dunn Unique Engagement Rings

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Now after all of that, if you want to read real stories by brides and grooms – head over to Polka Dot Weddings and Polka Dot Groom! We have plenty of brides who have shared their engagement stories, their wedding plans and their weddings with us (and a few grooms too!). But we would love to hear yours in all it’s glory, so pop over to Polka Dot Weddings and register if you’re a bride to be or newlywed or Polka Dot Groom if you’re a groom to be or newlywed. We’re always looking for stories and experiences from all kinds of people with all kinds of weddings – because that’s what we love about you our readers!

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Jim Pollard from Caroline and Michael’s Stunning Wedding In Akaroa

It has been such a busy first week back for the year at Polka Dot Bride that I am not sure I stopped to take a breath. Regardless, I hope whether you have been enjoying your last week before work, or whether like us, you’re back at your desk you’ve been enjoying the amazing weddings we’ve shared this week (air hangar? Seriously!) If you’re on the newly engaged train, stay tuned to the blog this afternoon as I have put together somewhat of a how to guide!

Meanwhile, let’s catch up on the blog posts of the week (and don’t forget we welcome your contributions so if you want to share your own wedding or engagement story, just click the register button on the top right hand corner of the site!)

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!

1. Real Wedding – Caroline and Michael’s Stunning Wedding In Akaroa


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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? – Julia Doeven of Julia’s Celebrancy Services 2. Industry Event - The Launch Of Noel Nassar Events

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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 – Coffee Treats 2. Tuesday Type - Fantasy 3. DIY Tutorial  – Plantable Paper Hearts

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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. Wilderness Honeymoon ExperienceCradle Mountain Tasmania

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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. LQD Skin Care Review 2. Groom Traditions

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Looking to outfit your littlest bridal party members? Stellini Cute Couture For Children is holding a new year sale this weekend with up to 70% off their brands including Robert Cavalli Jr, Monna Lisa and selected Nicki Macfarlane. Purchases can be made in store or over the phone, so be sure to head to their website for more information.

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Suzanne Harward are holding their biggest ever sample sale for the next two Sundays (the 11th and 18th of January) in Melbourne! Gowns will be up to 80% off and there’s even an array of vintage gowns to purchase. Check the sale out at 334 Malvern Road, Prahran from 10am-4pm.

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the left lane giveaway

Brisbane, Byron Bay & Destination wedding photographers The Left Lane are giving away a stunning Reid vintage classic bike to one lucky couple who books and pays for an engagement or wedding with them by the 31st of January 2015.  Check out the full competition on their blog!

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Jennifer regan sale

Jennifer Regan is holding a pop up sale from the 15th-31st of January 2015. So if you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous wedding gown, this might be the sale for you! Held at 414 King Street, Newtown,  the sale will have a huge range of bridal and ready to wear pieces up for grabs!

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For our film of the week, Kirk Wilcox Photography shared the wedding film of Cleo & Luke.  Mother Nature provided such a stunning backdrop for this wedding day- the rolling green hills, the misty hills and the beautiful love story in amongst it all!

Linda and Pete’s Relaxed Evening Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Linda and Pete

To me there is something utterly magical about night time and weddings, so when Linda and Pete’s wedding came along – a relaxed evening celebration I knew I was in for something special! Fairy lights, candles and a dance floor in socks – sounds like just the kind of wedding you want to crash! Luckily Mark at Gold Hat Photography was there to capture it all!

The newlyweds tell, “We met when we were 13 on a mutual friend’s front lawn. Pete had been chasing Linda since then but we only got together when they were 21.”

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Pete wore a very special tie, the newlyweds explaining, “The crest on Pete’s tie is his family crest. It was specially made by his friends at Assembly Label.

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Linda chose a gown by Stone Cold Fox and paired it with metallic heels from Acne Studios. Her bridesmaid wore a soft lilac gown from Shieke.

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Maggie May Flowers created bouquets of poppies for the bride and her bridesmaid.

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Linda and Pete chose popular cafe The Grounds of Alexandria  for their wedding, noting, “We only looked at two reception venues. The first one was an instant ‘no’. The Grounds was an instant ‘YES’. We had the ceremony there too. We loved that everything was included in the price, including a ridiculous amount of fairy lights, hanging baskets with flowers and candles. Pete is an Horticulturalist – so for him it was always about plants. The Grounds ticked that. Linda has her own business, Lunch Lady Lou and is all about good food. The Grounds ticked that box too. Mixed with some cocktails, that’s all we ever wanted for our day.”

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The cafe provided a “cake of cheeses” in lieu of traditional wedding cake. Guests received vegetable and herb pots made by the groom as wedding favors.

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Linda walked down the aisle to “Stumblin’ In by Chris Norman and Suzie Quattro.”

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Linda and Pete describe their wedding as “Minimal formalities, maximum fun!”

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Of their photographer, Linda and Pete tell, “Mark was wonderful. He is so relaxed and calm, when we met him for the first time we knew he’d deliver the goods. We are terrible at posing for photos so his brief was to capture the best candid moments of us looking amazing, without us knowing.. He was early (!) on the day and practically invisible but captured everything. Mark’s  partner had gone into labour. He was amazing and gave us his full attention throughout the night, and his partner had a healthy baby boy the following day so he didn’t miss it!”

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Linda and Pete note, “It was as relaxed as a wedding could be. No seating arrangements, huge buffet style dinner, lots of cocktails which resulted in lots of dancing.”

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“Linda’s Gran (83) made a surprise speech that brought the house down! ”

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Of their first dance, Linda and Pete tell, “It was to You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry. (Pulp Fiction inspired) Shoes off. Pete’s red socks making an appearance. No rehearsals required, we dance in the kitchen every night.”

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And after the last glass of champagne had been drunk, the couple jetted off on a trip of a lifetime, remarking, “Our honeymoon was booked through GG Inspired, a luxury travel advisor based in Sydney. She is amazing.”

Congratulations on your marriage Linda and Pete! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Mark at Gold Hat Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Mark at Gold Hat Photography / Bride’s Dress: Stone Cold Fox / Bride’s Shoes: Acne Studios / Bride’s Jewelry: Georg Jensen / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker Jacket, Rodd and Gunn Pants / Groomsmen Attire: Assembly Label / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shieke / Bridesmaid Accessories: Georg Jensen / Hairstylist: Rae Boriboun / Flowers & Decor: Maggie May Flowers / Venue: The Grounds of Alexandria / Ceremony Officiant: Janet Schirmer / DJ: Sam the DJ / Favors: Gardens By Day / Cake Baker: The Grounds of Alexandria / Wedding Rings: Georg Jensen / Wedding Rings: Elin Hammarstrom / Travel Agent: GG Inspired
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