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Sarah Joseph Couture “Mata Hari” Collection

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The latest collection from Canberra designer Sarah Joseph Couture is all about a uniquely styled look with an affordable price point.

The “Mata Hari”collection , which has come to represent sensuality, intrigue and mystery brings together unique laces and embellishments – including crochet lace, bohemian style bodices to pair with long flowing skirts, pearl beaded back detailing, lace cap sleeves and beaded waistbands. Each piece is designed and made in Australia by Sarah’s team and able to be customsied for your own personal style – with that Sarah Joseph flair.

Sarah Joseph gowns can be purchased through her Canberra boutique or Bridal Reflections in Sydney.

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Bridal Gowns: Sarah Joseph Couture / Photographer: Robert Coppa Photography / Makeup Artist: Amy Capeda / Models: Kristina Cullen and Nicole Abbey
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Vendor of the Week – Timeless Tales Photography

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What a busy time it is for us at Polka Dot HQ! Tiny tots keeping us busy, weddings, events and a bevvy of inspiration in our inboxes! It’s always a relief to reach Monday and get diving in to another week of inspiration – so much to share, so little time!

Monday morning tradition at Polka Dot Bride is to showcase the fabulous members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory are. We kick off today with Hair & Beauty , then get you hooked up with Celebrants, a little Catering to soothe your wedding day grumbly tummy and end with the beauty that is Flowers. Of course, there is plenty more where that came from so pop on over to Ms Polka Dot’s Directory to meet our incredible crew of wedding vendors!

timeless tales photography Vendor of the Week Timeless Tales Photography

We love lovely people at Polka Dot Bride and I think photographer Sarah of Timeless Tales Photography ticks all the boxes when it comes to lovely wedding vendors!

Not only is she a talented photographer based in Queensland capturing weddings, engagements and everything in between. But she works off the premise that a photo is not just a photo but a treasure and carries that weight through every shot she creates.

We asked Sarah from Timeless Tales Photography five questions in five minutes -

What is your favourite after five drink?

A glass of white wine (with a little ice)!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

My husband, children and I somewhere quiet — where we can just walk along the beach and do “nothing”!

Favourite restaurant?

I am a vegetarian so Indian is always popular although Italian is also a favourite — I don’t think I could choose!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Avocado and tomato on toast (by the pool if possible).

Your favourite wedding story?

Oh how do you choose just one! I am so lucky that I get to spend one of the most joyous and emotional days with people. I think one of my favourite stories would be when a groom was so overwhelmed seeing his bride that his face simply light up and tears started running down his cheeks.

Visit Timeless Tales Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Timeless Tales Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Run For Love

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

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Photo by Lisa Michele Burns

Nicole and Nick’s Relaxed Country Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements

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Nicole & Nick

Nicole and Nick hit up country Victoria for their engagement photographs. Teaming up with Photography By Sarah J, they wanted an engagement shoot that was as relaxed as possible, starting in abandoned buildings before moving onto the glorious beauty of the country.

On how they met, Nick remembers. “We met around three years ago when I, Nick, had bailed on the hectic nature of Melbourne city and retreated to the country town of Bendigo, where Nicole had grown up and, there are also a lot of bad drivers. I had left for some much needed respite and rest and was actually playing a live song I had written, while Nicole was sitting in the small crowd at the time.”

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“Apart from laughing a lot together, the thing that we most love about each other is the fact that we had seen all the cracks and all the broken, ugly bits right up front, because we never thought that we would fall for each other. We were just great friends and thought that was all it would be. But, before too long, we did in fact fall for each other and despite the imperfections, a rather perfect love found its way in and did its thing. It has made for a really honest and unique, imperfectly perfect relationship.”

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Nick tells, “There are plenty of funny stories, but the most obvious is the fact that we have the same name and same birthday, which has really slim lined the whole “remembering each other’s birthday and name” thing. We have also planned the wedding day, for the day before the “we got together” anniversary, which keeps in line with our minimalistic relationship calendar.”

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Nick says, “We didn’t choose the style of shoot and just let Sarah do her thing. We just wanted it to be as natural as possible and Sarah just nailed that for us and we are stoked with the result. Can’t wait to see what she does with the wedding shoot.”

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Of the proposal, Nick recalls, “I proposed to Nicole in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens after a little picnic. I managed to convince Nicole that I just wanted to take some photos of her around the garden afterwards, to try and get some more followers on Instagram. While taking one photo from a low (on one knee) position, I pulled out the ring, as well as the question. Nicole forgot which finger the ring goes on, so that was confusing because I couldn’t remember either.”

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