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Jackie and Mark’s Montsalvat Engagement Photos

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Engagements

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Jackie and Mark

I always think it’s a special thing to take something historic – in this case incredible Montsalvat and use it as a backdrop for something new – the engagement of Jackie and Mark. The marrying of something old and new, the echoes of history and let’s be honest – just one stunning backdrop! Jackie and Mark chose photographer Bek Smith Photography for their engagement portraits which were captured on a beautiful June day.

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Jackie tells the tale of how she and Mark came to be. “Mark and I have now been together for four years. We met at Boutique in Prahran. As my friend and I were enjoying a glass of wine, Mark sat next to me and I felt an instant connection. His smile and warmth drew me closer and closer to him. From that moment on, I knew our love story began.”

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On what he loves about Jackie, Mark says, “I love her beautiful smile and gentleness to everyone she meets. I love how she cares for others and her joy for life.”

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“We are all about connection, honest moments and making each moment spent with one another magical and memorable. We both feel honoured and privileged to be part of each other’s lives.”

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Of their photographer, Jackie remarks “Our photographer Bek Smith is very creative and artistic. She takes beautiful photos of pretty things and genuine emotions. We love looking at photos that we can easily relive as we grow old together and look back at our natural smiles and love for one another. We chose this style of engagement shoot as we want to capture moments that we may not have noticed and have natural/artistic portraits. Our engagement shoot has created amazing golden moments which we will cherish forever.”

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On what she loves about Mark, Jackie tells, “I love how Mark is so sweet, makes the most of life and has a loving nature. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him. I love how family means the world to him!”

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As expected, the proposal was utterly romantic and heartfelt. Jackie recalls, “Mark spontaneously planned a weakened away in Daylesford. After going out for breakfast on Saturday the 5th of October 2013, Mark suggested that we go for a walk to the Botanical Gardens. As we reached a beautiful spot at the Botanical gardens, Mark firstly gave me a letter. He typed a list of things that he loves about me. After I finished reading it, he got down to one knee and proposed. I excitedly said, “Yes”. It was a magical day filled with so much love and happiness. This moment will be cherished forever.”

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Photographer: Bek Smith Photography
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Romantic 1950s Wedding Inspiration

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The romantic 1950s feeling of this inspiration shoot tickled my fancy. It’s subtle enough to be perfectly at home in a wedding you might witness tomorrow, yet still has the beauty and nostalgia of a time gone by.

Conceived by Amanda and Matt of  Matt Rowe Photography  the shoot was filled with subtle detail that evokes simple glamour with a touch of Spring.  Amanda tells, “Our brides love a themed wedding, perhaps it is the idea of capturing some sense of nostalgia or re-creating the glamour from times gone by, but those early decades of the last century are certainly making a hit this wedding season. This styled shoot inspiration stemmed from Betty the Bentley (who has a brother – Berti) and evolved with a whole lot of love to result in one amazing inspired shoot. Taking Betty’s 1950s beginnings we crafted the theme with real couple Clea and Ben (getting married in August).”

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The groom was dressed in a dapper navy suit with taupe waistcoat from Suits Direct. Amanda explains, “What excited us was fashioning our groom and allowing a focus on groom’s styling (so often overlooked) and this handsome rendition of 50s inspired styling had us whooping with delight when he stepped out as the perfect gentleman.”

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A bouquet of yellow white and green set the scene, Amanda noting, “Florist Ginger Lily Rose created some amazing florals (including a floral crown!) incorporating pearls and feathers to capture the vintage elements. Flowers chosen for the pieces were seasonal ones in white. Peonies, paperwhite narcissus, lisianthus, cottage roses and soft foliage.”

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Hair stylist Hair4Brides and makeup artist Natalie Hunter Makeup Artistry styled the “bride’s” look.

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The “bride” wore a 1950s tea length gown from Marilyn Crystelle Bridal called the “Gemma”. A vintage inspired ivory frock, the gown, made of silk chiffon features delicate French lace with a sheer illusion neckline and 3/4 fitted sleeves. The back of the dress has a low plunging neckline and finishes off with button details meeting a satin waistband.

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“Colour is such an essential part of a themed wedding and while we wanted the Bentley to shine the pop of colour on Clea’s lips, her shoes and the styling of her handsome groom perfectly suited our natural setting on the Maleny Hinterland.”

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Photographer: Matt Rowe Photography / Flowers & Decor: Ginger Lily Rose / Hairstylist: Hair4Brides / Makeup Artist: Natalie Hunter Makeup Artistry / Bride’s Dress: Marilyn Crystelle Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Suits Direct / Car: Betty the Bentley

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride

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Photo by Shannon McDonald Photography from Groom Style – James

 Sun! Welcome back to Melbourne, and I’m sure many other states are enjoying the warmer turn! No longer will I have to gaze adoringly at destination weddings or exotic honeymoon locations, it’ll be time to pop on a hat and get outdoors. After heading to the country the weekend just gone, to enjoy the local farmer’s markets and natural waterfalls, I caught the nature bug and can’t wait to explore more of the local areas we take for granted in our hometown! Where do you love to go that’s local to you? Any secret spots to share?

Here’s our share this week – the Friday Roundup! Plenty to see, enjoy and inspire – enjoy!

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 Engagement ~ An Enchanting Engagement at the Melbourne Aquarium

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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? Megan Reeve of Melbourne Harp Music

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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 ~ Glass Candle Holders 2. Tuesday Type – Peaches and Cream 3. DIY Tutorial – Rose Petal Homemade Vinegar

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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. Expert Honeymoon Advice -Lights, Camera, Action! Top 5 Getaways to Famous Movie Locations

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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. Expert Groom Style Advice – Understanding the Complex World of Wedding Dress Codes for Men 2. Real Groom Style –  James

 

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There are hundreds of wonderful designers in Western Australia, but the best of the best are sometimes hard to unearth.  The upcoming Wedding Upmarket is about connecting brides-to-be with local designers to create a truly personalised, custom and handcrafted wedding to ensure your event is in a league of its own.  Meet the designers, peruse their wares and discuss how they can help or inspire you to create your own custom wedding!

When: Saturday 23rd August 2014

Time: 10am to 3pm

Where: University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Undercroft

Entry: Free

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The gorgeous Cristina Re is holding a huge Clearance Sale of her creative ranges from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd August at the Cristina Re Outlet, Ground Floor 30-34 Oxford St Collingwood, Melbourne.

With prices starting at $1 and nothing over $30, they have up to 80% off a huge range of Lifestyle products, including 24ct gold trimmed high tea ware, designer DIY stationery, home office and bath & body. Sounds fantastic – take a large handbag!

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Don’t miss this huge last day in Melbourne to purchase a stunning Suzanne Harward gown. Off to Sydney next – so Melbourne brides get in before they do! All gowns are 50-80% off, stating at just $800! Samples available in sizes 6-14 (mainly 8 & 10), however stock is limited.

No need to call and make an appointment for Saturday August 23 , from 9am – 3pm at their store on 334 Malvern Road, Prahran

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Our film of the week is the gorgeous wedding of Kassi and Josh, captured by the talented team at Motion Art, - we just love the mint bridesmaid dresses and the sharp navy groomsmen’s suits! Enjoy the joy!

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The Grace Collection By Teeki Designs

by | Accessories, Bride

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Hair accessories with a handmade touch – the new Grace collection by Teeki is a stunning collection handmade in Camden by designer Amy Oram.

Amy teamed up with photographer David Campbell Imagery, hairstylist SLB Makeup & Beauty, makeup artist Lizzie Liros, model Lily Connors, Debut Management and florist Clementine Posy at Kelvin Homestead to shoot the “Grace” collection, heavily influenced by times gone by.

Amy reflects on the brides who like to wear her pieces as modern, with a touch of classic and a hint of bohemian. Each piece is made using the finest of materials – antique chains, laces, crystals and hand jeweled motifs. Teeki pieces are available online or Amy can work with you to create a one off custom bespoke piece.

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Hairpieces: Teeki / Photographer: David Campbell Imagery / Hairstylist: SLB Makeup & Beauty / Makeup Artist: Lizzie Liros / Model: Lily Connors, Debut Management / Flowers: Clementine Posy / Location: Kelvin Homestead
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