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Laura and Sam’s Dreamy Country Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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There is a lot to love about these dreamy country engagement photos from Queensland photographer White Images. The setting sun, of course gives a certain air of magic but there is also a beautiful peace about Laura and Sam and their love together.

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As with most wonderful love stories, the happy couple met through a friend, noting, “We met through a mutual friend, Gaz, almost 10 years ago. Laura went to primary school with him and Sam meet him at University.”

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Laura and Sam remark, “We are best friends. We are always trying to make each other laugh. Whether it’s date night or a lazy Friday night on the couch with chocolate, we are having fun.”

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It made sense for the couple to take engagement photos at sunset, Sam proposing at sunset at the beach.

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The love started early. “One of our first dates was floating down a river on some pool toys. We floated underneath a boat to share a few kisses, only for the owner to catch us out.”

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Photographer: White Images
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Jodie & Leigh’s Daylesford Destination Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Jodie & Leigh

This destination Daylesford wedding was an easy choice for Jodie and Leigh who on a weekend trip to the delightful town spotted their venue lit up with lights and great music playing, The owner, seeing them watching from outside, invited them inside for a cocktail and their Melbourne CBD wedding quickly changed to a weekend away for their guests.  Shannyn Higgins accompanied them and today, we get to share the story of their wedding!

Jodie tells their story. “Leigh and I met on Australia day eve. I was waiting at the bar of Flannigans Pub, having only been there for 10 minutes after work, waiting to drive a friend home. I sat there for a few minutes drinking water at the bar when I noticed Leigh dancing in the middle of a very crowded dance floor, quite intoxicated I might add, however his blue eyes and dimples seemed to blur this knowledge to some extent.

It turns out I was actually standing next to his friend who noticed me looking at him. He quickly started ‘raving’ about what an awesome guy Leigh was. I was impressed with his ultimate wingman skills yet I remained skeptical. Leigh saw us talking by this stage and staggered over to us. He offered to buy me a drink, not realizing he was spilling most of his over my shoes. We exchanged a few flirty words then he asked for my number. I left shortly after and he called me the following day offering apologies for his state. We spoke for a long time and realized were blown away but how much we had in common and how easy it felt to talk to each other.”

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Jodie chose a lace v-neck gown by designer Jane Hill. Her bridesmaids wore their own dresses in shades of brown, taupe and latte.

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The couple met before the ceremony for a first look.

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The Posy Co created the floral arrangements for the day, adding to the many family and friends who were involved on the day. Jodie tells, “Leigh and I loved that our wedding was able to include so many of our friends and family in the planning process, as it was just our luck my sister was amazing and creative cake maker, our dear friend Shannyn an incredibly creative and unique wedding photographer, our beautiful friend Kristy an extremely talented make up artist and the hairdressers who have first been dear friends (one was my bridesmaid’s sister).

As you can see it was a very personal wedding. Even our beautiful florist Rachel was suggested by my sister who she had made friends with earlier in the year, who also showed unbelievable creativity and passion for her job. It was almost too good to be true that so many people we love could add their unique talents to our special day.”

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The couple chose The Convent Gallery for their wedding, Jodie noting, “Leigh and I were away for our 3 year anniversary when we stumbled upon The Convent Gallery. We actually had just finished dinner at a restaurant down the hill in Daylesford, talking over dinner about where will we get married, as we thought we were set on a Melbourne CBD wedding. In fact we already had a tentative booking somewhere (whoops!). After dinner we heard music coming from the top of the hill, so we walked up the street to find the Convent lit up with fairy lights and an amazing band playing on their top terrace.

The owner of the Convent, Tina saw us looking on in their gardens and invited us in for a late night drink in the downstairs bar (separate from their wedding reception area). In was a beautiful balmy night as we sipped on our surprise late night cocktails and sneaking a free listen to an amazing wedding band. That is when we decided that it was the place we were going to get married. From that moment on everything fell into place so easily. Half of my family live in Ballarat, only 30 minutes from Daylesford and half of Leigh’s family lived in the western suburbs of Melbourne, so again not too fair. It seemed the perfect ‘half way’ location for our families and friends to unite.”

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Jilly Martino officiated the marriage ceremony.

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Of their photographer, Jodie tells, “We wanted images that had a raw feel and captured the true beauty of the surrounding and the love of our relationship. It’s hard to describe, which is why we wanted someone who truly saw photography as an art form, to create shots that gave real meaning. We knew we wanted some thing different, with an edge and Shannyn’s previous work spoke for itself. We still can’t believe how beautiful our shots turned out. Shannyn’s work has simply blown us away. She has told our story, through her passion of artistic expression and left us speechless.”

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Of their proposal story, Jodie tells, “Leigh was flying out the next day to begin a job that would last a month. We decided to go out for a nice dinner and stay in town. Leigh said he booked a nice tapas place and all was set. On the way to the unknown tapas place, we passed an amazing restaurant called Vue Du Monde that I used to only dream of going too due to its price range. He stopped suddenly and said surprise, we’re going to have dinner here! It lived up to all our expectations and to top the night off we shared a bubbly out on the observation deck over looking the Melbourne city at night, (and) as the flames of the Crown Tower shot up and warmed our faces from afar, Leigh bent down on one knee…”

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Congratulations Jodie and Leigh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Shannyn Higgins for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Shannyn Higgins / Bride’s Dress: Jane Hill / Makeup Artist: ILash by Kristy Lee 0421 651 824 / Hairstylist: Salon Blisque / Flowers & Decor: The Posy Co / Venue: The Convent Gallery / Ceremony Officiant: Jilly Martino / Favors: Round The Way - New York Cake Shop

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Kit Haselden Photography via What Would They Know? Kit Haselden of Kit Haselden Photography

What a cold week it has been! I have immersed myself in my office with plenty of cups of ginger and lemongrass (my favourite!) tea while writing up a storm. Isn’t Winter the best time to really get things done?

Speaking of getting things done, if you haven’t visited out Polka Dot blogs this week, let me show you what you missed!


Sitting down for a cuppa and a chat with wedding photographer Kit Haselden of Kit Haselden Photography

Bride Lana shares her tips with you on how to have a relaxing engagement shoot if you are plus sized.

Something for the groom this week with Wedding Day Style and Flair

Want a classic font? Try Tuesday Type – Begum on for size!

Wondering whether to visit an expo? An expert gives her tips on How Wedding Expos Can Cut Your Planning Time in Half

Stuck for honeymoon ideas? Here’s eight International Honeymoon Destinations to Inspire

Braving the colder months for your wedding day? We rounded up our favourite Shrugs for Winter Weddings

And finally, wrap up your week with Saigon Sally’s Pandan Fizz cocktail!

News Roundup 12th June 2015

The Byron Bay Wedding Fair is on this year on the 20th and 21st of June. Pick up a treasure map and visit some of the most stunning local venues and meet some of the region’s best wedding vendors. Head to the website to download your treasure map.

Sydney bridal designer Jennifer Regan is holding a sample say at her studio at 414 King St, Newtown from the 11th to 27th of June 2015.   Worth a visit to find your dream gown at a massive reduction! Walk ins are welcome or you can book a place via the website.

The Smile Factory will be at the Byron Bay Wedding Fair with a great giveaway for visitors! Visit them at Horizon Byron Bay where they’re giving away 10 deposits for wedding videography to ten lucky winners with a grand total of three thousand dollars in prizes!

New bridal boutique Love Marie will be holding a Truvelle trunk show for one weekends this month! The full collection of gorgeous gowns will be in the beautiful Camden store on the 27th and 28th of June. Email to book an appointment.

The Hawkesbury Bridal Extravaganza is on again this year! Head down to Hawkesbury Showgrounds on August 8th and 9th to see the wares and services of more than twenty local bridal suppliers.  Visit the website for more information.

For our film of the week, a stunning wedding that is gorgeous inspiration for colder weather weddings. From the bride with her signature red lips, to the candlelight reception. This one comes from Sydney duo High Tea Films and  a feel good way to end a Friday.

Amelia and John’s Romantic Abbotsford Convent Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Amelia & John

Amelia and John’s romantic Abbotsford Convent wedding is a beautiful one. The bride’s fairytale gown, the beautiful garden ceremony, the incredible floral arrangements, the fun and glorious first day. Each element comes together to form a story that is such a beautiful one, I suggest you get a cup of tea and settle in! Photographer Carmen Rose joined the couple and their loved ones to capture the day.

Amelia tells their tale. “We went to the same uni and had a lot of mutual friends from various facets of student life. We were always crossing paths and eventually we started to actually pay attention to one another. By the time we both graduated we were an item and have been ever since.”

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Amelia chose a gown by Wendy Makin from Fashions By Farina and paired it with silver heels from Oscar de la Renta.

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Amelia loved, “Getting ready with the family at my grandmother’s house. I have so many great memories from growing up there and I’m so happy that my wedding day is now one of them. It’s also where my mum got ready on her wedding day which made it special for both of us.”

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Wunderplant  created the floral arrangements in vivid tones of magenta, red and pinks. Amelia remembers, “I was absolutely thrilled with our flowers. All of the arrangements and the bouquets were created by Amy at Wunderplant. The brief was a little vague… I just told her the ‘vibe’ we were after – ‘colourful and wild’, we then let her do her thing. The result was superb!”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits from InStitchu.

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Abbotsford Convent hosted the ceremony and reception. “Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Abbotsford Convent, it’s a bit of an inner-city sanctuary with gorgeous grounds and a fascinating History. It was the first venue we looked at and nothing else compared after that.”

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Amelia walked down the aisle to Go Do by Jonsi.

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Jill Hosken, Celebrate Life officiated the ceremony, Amelia noting, “In preparing for the wedding ceremony, our celebrant Jill asked us to each separately fill out a questionnaire about our relationship and our thoughts on marriage. We both procrastinated with it quite a lot and were pretty rushed in getting it completed and returned to her, neither of us knew what the other had written. On the day however she had taken John’s and my ramblings and created a beautiful introduction from them which told of how we met, why we were getting married and what our hopes were for the future. They were our own words but interwoven to make a complete story about us, she really did a wonderful job.”

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Of their photographer, Amelia notes, “Carmen is the fiancée of a long-time family friend (which is how we found her) but connections aside, we knew as soon as we saw her work that she was the best photographer for our wedding. She has an incredible knack for candidly capturing a situation from many perspectives so that the ‘feel’ of the occasion is really shown through her photos. Most importantly, all of her brides look truly happy!!”

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Receptions continued in the Abbotsford Convent courtyard, guests feasting on delights from Bursaria Fine Foods. Amelia tells,”The reception was held in the Rosina Function Space, the adjoining courtyard was the perfect setting for pre-drinks and the food was fantastic. The crew at Bursaria Fine Foods were great to work with and ran the whole event seamlessly.”

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Guests received small gold boxes of treats as favors. “We live in Sydney so planning the wedding from afar was already tricky in terms of logistics. To simplify things, we kept DIY to a minimum. My mum and sister/bridesmaid very kindly made all of the favors; it was a bigger task than I’d first imagined (hand-tying hundreds of little bows…) I’m very grateful for their patience and persistence! Everything else was taken care of by our fabulous suppliers.”

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“The speeches were great fun! Of course they were a little cheeky, but there were also some very touching sentiments expressed about the day as well as the past and the future.”

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Of their first dance, Amelia remembers gleefully, “We danced to Fake Empire by the National. Choosing the song was easy. The only issue was that in the midst of all the planning, we completely forgot to learn how to waltz!! We managed to make up our own version of a bridal waltz the day before the wedding and we secretly practiced it in my Grandma’s garage! It all went pretty smoothly on the night even though we were counting our steps out to each other the whole way through. The best part for me was when John called our guests to join in and we suddenly found ourselves on a full dance floor – the formalities were over and we all just let loose!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Amelia and John! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Carmen Rose for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Carmen Rose / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin / Bridal Salon: Fashions By Farina / Bride’s Shoes: Oscar de la Renta / Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed / Groom’s Attire: InStitchu / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: InStitchu / Bridesmaid Dresses: Calvin Klein / Hairstylist: Rhubarb Hair, Brunswick / Makeup Artist: Mecca Cosmetica, Carlton / Flowers & Decor: Wunderplant / Ceremony Venue: Heritage Gardens at Abbotsford Convent / Ceremony Officiant: Jill Hosken, Celebrate Life / Reception Venue: Rosina Room at Abbotsford Convent / Musicians: Algorhythm Productions / Catering: Bursaria Fine Foods / Cake Baker: Ferguson Plarre, Balwyn
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