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Snapshot Sunday – Black Swan

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Michelle and Matt’s Sailing Engagement Photos

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Michelle & Matt

For some of us there is nothing more romantic than being on the water! Michelle and Matt took to Lake Macquarie with photographer James Goff for their engagement shoot citing, “Matt absolutely loves sailing, and has raced yachts for many years. We both think Warners Bay is absolutely beautiful, and had the most relaxing afternoon sailing around the bay and watching the sunset.”

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On how they met, Michelle and Matt remember , “Shell was hanging out at Matt’s place with his house mate and a bunch of friends. When Matt came home, he remembers his house mate standing around with a bunch of girls all in their bikinis. Whilst Shell admits they had just come from the beach, she insists they must have been wearing other clothes. Matt offered us glasses of water, but decided to flick some water on Shell. Being on the competitive side, Shell took that as a challenge, and took her glass of water and poured it over Matt. To this day, Shell still wins most water fights.”

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On what they love about one another, the two lovebirds note, “We love that we both share our greatest love – Jesus Christ. We are both Christians, and having Jesus at the centre of our relationship is so important to both of us. We also love that we’re best friends – we genuinely enjoy each others company and love hanging out with each other. Shell loves Matt’s sense of humour, his commitment to carefully think things through, and the fact he looks like Hugh Jackman. Matt loves Shell’s love for other people and her joy.”

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Just like their photos, the proposal also took place around the water! Michelle and Matt remember, “Matt took Shell out to breakfast, and then had told her we’re going on a picnic. We drove to Rose Bay, and Matt seemed to be in quite a rush, but Shell had no idea why. She wasn’t feeling hungry yet, so didn’t feel the need to get to the picnic spot quickly! To Shell’s absolute surprise, the reason why Matt was rushing was because he had booked a trip on a seaplane for them. Matt says it’s the only time Shell has been speechless. The seaplane took us from Rose Bay, up around Sydney Harbour and the Northern Beaches, and flew into the Hawksbury. We were dropped off at a little beach, where Matt set up a picnic, and pulled out a little book he had written for Shell. At the end of the book it asked on important question… Matt pulled out a ring and Shell, still quite shocked, said yes!”

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Vintage Velvet Ring Boxes From The Mrs Box

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I am totally in love with the idea behind today’s business The Mrs Box! Launched yesterday by much loved wedding blogger Summer of Grey Likes Weddings, The Mrs Box offers up vintage inspired velvet ring boxes in every hue you could imagine. The first round of boxes has been carefully created from vintage pre war French velvet so each and every box is limited edition.

One of my favourite parts about The Mrs Box is the customisation, using a vintage press, the team will print an initial onto your box with heat and gold foil.

Imagine a proposal with one of these in your favourite hue monogrammed with your initial? Or gifting your favourite ladies a beautiful ring as a thank you in a beautiful box. I even love the idea of gifting yourself one of these, because I love the thought of having something precious in a box that is equally as beautiful.

The Mrs Box has opened up for pre-order (boxes will be delivered starting in November) with a limited quantity available. They ship internationally and show a sizing guide next to each box so you can ensure your ring is going to fit before purchasing.

My only question is – which colour do I choose?

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Friday Roundup

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Photo by  Gavin Wyatt Photography from Inspired Words – Hayley

I just love seeing the new blooms that Spring brings, and it’s particularly lovely hearing the birds chirping (albeit earlier) in the mornings outside our window. What a fabulous season! I’ll be watching excitedly to see what bouquets are in demand this wedding season, as there is so much to choose from, and so many new combinations heading our way. Have you got your bouquet and florals sorted? What are your blooms of choice?

For inspiration and more on our specialty blogs this week, here’s our Friday Roundup to kickstart your day!

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 – Hayley

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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? Danicia Quinlan of Pastel Blues Ceremonies  2. Expert Advice ~ Tips For Bridesmaid Dresses 3. Expert Tips ~ 8 Things Your Can Learn About a Marriage Celebrant from their Website

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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 ~Beach Flower Crowns 2. Tuesday Type - Despeinada

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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 Style Guide - Broome Adventuring

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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. Groom Style Advice - Capturing the Groom’s Preparation – A Photographer’s Plea

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On the hunt for the perfect location for your wedding ceremony and reception? Then this fabulous Wedding Showcase is for you! Just 30 minutes from Melbourne, the Mansion Hotel & Spa, located behind the original 1870s Italianate mansion at Werribee Park, is throwing open its doors on Sunday October 12, from 2.30-6pm.

Be greeted with a glass of Mumm champagne and a gift bag, and wander through the unique ceremony sites throughout the picturesque formal gardens. The various reception venues will be styled to perfection by the venue’s stylists, showcasing many themes and styles, flowers and ideas to inspire you to make your wedding that little bit more unique and spectacular. Some of the industry’s most creative and in-demand wedding suppliers will be on hand to discuss your wedding dreams and aspirations, and there are some fabulous prizes to be won!
For more info, head to their website!
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Tis the season for fabulous Wedding Open Days! The beautiful, unique and romantic, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is the perfect venue for Sydney nuptials, located in the heart of the city, near the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Botanic Gardens .

On Sunday, 19 October, they are inviting you to see first-hand their wedding reception spaces in all their finery. From 11.30 am – 2.30 pm you can

take in the fine artworks; the crystal chandeliers, the elegant and intimate atmosphere while sampling canapés and sharing their wedding specialists’ experience, ideas and advice.

Entry is free, but registration is requested for catering purposes. Plus, by pre-registering your attendance, you’ll go into the draw to win an on-the-day prize of a High Tea for six! Head to their website to register and for more info!

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We’re off to Vienna, Austria for our stunning wedding film today – courtesy of SODA Films. Phil & Patricia’s big day was so picturesque, words can’t even describe it! So sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of love in Vienna.

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