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Snapshot Sunday – Getting Some Air

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Simon L King

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Brooke & Paul’s Formal Black Tie Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Brooke & Paul

I love this twist on an engagement shoot – a tuxedo and black bow tie, a floor length black sequin evening gown. These formal black tie engagement photos are such a contrast to usual photos which are quite casual and really, why not take the chance to get dressed up if that’s what you love to do? The couple chose gm photographics to capture their photos.

Brooke and Paul tell the tale of how they met. “We attended the same primary school and high school however we were not in the same year. We both knew of each other however conversations lining up for lunch in the school canteen were as far as our contact went! Although living in the same suburb we had not interacted for close to 10 years until we bumped into each other in Las Vegas in December 2009. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!”

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The proposal was utterly romantic, the couple telling, “Paul surprised Brooke and proposed after a beautiful breakfast on a romantic getaway to The Hunter Valley on the 9th August 2013. We stayed at the gorgeous, secluded ‘Cedars’ at Mount View, in the luxurious, modern villa ‘The Edge’ and spent the whole day at the Hunter Valley Gardens after the proposal.”

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“We were both pretty set on not having a “typical” couple photo shoot and wanted to go for something classy, modern and quite formal – hence the suit, bowtie and Grammy-style gown.”

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On what she loves about her (now) husband, Brooke remarks, “I love that Paul is the type of man that puts others before himself, a quality that is very rare in a man. He always finishes things he starts, he has such great work ethic and I love that he wears sexy glasses for his office job.”

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They tell, “Brooke is a dance instructor and runs her own studio, Paul was adamant that he did not want her to choreograph their wedding dance. So Brooke happily took Paul’s advice and they just went with what they felt on the night. Best wedding dance ever – we had so much fun as there was no pressure to remember the steps.”

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On what he loves about Brooke, Paul tells, “I love Brooke’s passion and enthusiasm in every aspect of her life, especially her dancing. She is so committed to giving her all in every project she takes on and even choreographs dances whilst driving, so talented!”

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Photographer: gm photographics

Angie & Wes’ Athol Hall White Wedding

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


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Angie & Wes

When a storm takes your wedding inside and what was dreamt to be a sunny day turns into bucketing rain, one has no choice but to smile and go with the flow and in the end Angie and Wes did just that. Their Athol Hall white wedding turning into an indoor affair with the moodiness of a stormy harbour set as a backdrop for their day captured by SugarLove Weddings.

Of how they met, Angie tells, “We met through mutual friends after both moving to Sydney seven years ago.”

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Angie chose a strapless gown by Reem Acra, her bridesmaids in white dresses from Zimmermann. Angie explains, ” My favourite colour is white so from the start I knew I wanted an all white wedding which reflects the styling of the marquee, flowers and bridesmaids.”

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Last minute thunderstorms meant an indoor ceremony, Angie remarking, “We got married in the rustic style hall on the grounds at Athol Hall. A storm came rolling in just before and during the ceremony which meant we couldn’t have the ceremony outdoors in the garden however the thunder and rain on the tin roof made the mood romantic and having all our guests inside the hall provided an intimate feel that we loved.”

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A friend created the stationery in tones of navy blue and white.

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White Rabbit Projects planned the wedding with decor elements by Perfect Pieces and masses of white blooms styled by Wilder. Angie notes, “I was very lucky as my mother in law has a beautiful French Provincial homewares business Perfect Pieces so we were able to source our vases, candles and most of the styling pieces from there.”

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Simmone Logue created a two tier wedding cake decorated with white peonies.

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Angie tells, “Our wedding was all white with a festive vibe where wanted all our friends and family to have a fun and memorable time.”

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Angie remembers, “We didn’t get the glorious sunny day that every bride dreams of however at the end of the day our stormy wedding day was a fun filled celebration and I wouldn’t change a thing!”

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For their first dance, Angie tells, “Wes picked his favourite song called ‘let the little girl dance’. ”

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Congratulations on your marriage Angie and Wes! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Cinematographer: Soda Films / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: White Rabbit Projects / Styling/Hire: Perfect Pieces / Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra / Bride’s Shoes: Oscar De La Renta / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Accessories: Rose Street Trading Co / Hairstylist: Renee Wanna / Makeup Artist: Renee Wanna / Flowers: Wilder / Invitations & Stationery: Friend - Karina Merriman / Venue: Athol Hall / Cake Baker: Simmone Logue

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by PhotoFactory Bali from Kate and Mark’s Relaxing Uluwatu Destination Wedding

I love the lyric listed above, it’s one of my favourite songs of all time and leads me to many happy memories. Speaking of – aren’t we happy it’s Friday? The day for happy memories is upon us! Lots of celebrations this month for me of those I love, and I can’t wait!

In the mean time, let’s catch up on the posts of the week!

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 Bride Advice -  2. Real Wedding

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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? – Kallista Bolton of Homegrown & Handmade 2. Expert Advice - Which Flowers To Choose For Your Wedding? 3. Industry EventOle Henriksen Bloggers Breakfast

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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 - Sequin Tablecloths 2. Tuesday Type – Imperial Granum 3. DIY Tutorial  – Conversation Starter Jars

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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. Destination Wedding – Kate and Mark’s Relaxing Uluwatu Destination Wedding

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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.Groom Fashion – Peggy and Finn Groom Accessories

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wendy makin bella donna

Wendy Makin have launched their gorgeous new French Collection from Bella Donna! Featuring beautiful French laces, soft tulles, flowing chiffons and exquisite beading, the collection has been developed by Wendy and her team over the last 12 months and will be available at Wendy’s signature BellaDonna Bridal studio at 906 Stanley Street in Woolloongabba now and nationally throughout Australia from June.

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Brisbane industrial venue Lightspace are holding an open night on Tuesday night from 6-8pm. A great chance to get down and see the venue set up (without crashing someone’s wedding! Email to book an appointment.

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bespoke press

Bespoke Letterpress are offering a free upgrade if you book one of their new heavyweight stock colours by the end of the month. Not only will they upgrade your stock but they’ll also give you a free foil! Check out the website to contact them!

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huxby haberdashery

The cool people at Huxby Haberdashery are clearing their Summer decks with 50% off sale! Head to their website to purchase some of their Summer favourites for bargain prices!

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reading and loving

13 Expert Tips To Help You Give A Stellar Toast At The Wedding

Maggie + Steven’s Neon Split Fountain Wedding Invitations

Tips for better photos for Instagram – Part 1

Stunning Coastal Wedding in Seaside, Florida

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