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Kat and Tim’s Intimate Industrial Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Kat & Tim

Sydney’s Cockatoo Island provides the most incredible industrial backdrop for photos and Kat and Tim’s photos turned out to be a beautiful mix of intimate industrial engagement photos that Lina Hayes of Wild At Heart Weddings shared with us today. She remembers, “I met up with Kat and Tim on a sunny Sunday afternoon to catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island and celebrate their engagement. Highlights included invading the territory of a nesting bird … and then the territory of hundreds of nesting birds + photo-bombing a tourists’ group photo + being able to get a glimpse of the amazing love these two beautiful people share.”

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Kat tells the story of how they met. “We met at church. I was 17 and Tim was 20. I liked Tim for about a year before he returned the same feelings. He found out I liked him shortly after we met but said that he was sorry and just wanted to be friends. So for a year we were just friends all the while I was hoping he would change his mind and eventually he did! I was so so shocked and happy when he asked me out on our first date.”

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On what he loves about Kat, Tim says, “She’s incredible. She’s the most caring and compassionate person I’ve ever met with so much love and dedication to those she cares about.”

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“When we met and I was teenage girl with a crush on an older boy, he first realised I liked him during a game that we were playing at our Church’s youth group on a Friday night. The aim of the game was that there was a large room set up like a maze using couches and chairs with all the lights turned out. You had to try and crawl from one end of the room to the other without being spotted by people with torches. I kept following Tim through the maze because I was trying to subtly be close to him without him realising why. Much to my embarrassment he did realise why and only told me this after we had been dating for a few months.”

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On what she loves about Tim, Kat says, “I love everything about him! Even the things that annoy me because all of those things make him who he is. I love how passionate he is about helping other people to be the best they can be and how he has helped me to truly value and love myself. I love how no matter what he is always there for me and how we always fun when we are together.”

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Kat tells the story of how Tim proposed. “It was our 5 year anniversary and Tim took the whole day off to plan a surprise day of activities. I was so nervous thinking that he might propose but I wasn’t sure. The first place we went to was Rose Bay via a sea plane flight. It was so beautiful with amazing views of Sydney Harbour. We then got back from the flight and we were taken by boat to Shark Island where we had a picnic. We set up our picnic with a great view of the bridge and Opera House. We were the only people on the whole island. After having some food and drink I was excited to open presents and anxious he might propose through a gift. Tim told me he had three presents for me and the first was a song. He brought his guitar along and sang me a song he had written himself. As he sang the song I thought he might propose through the lyrics but the song finished and he hadn’t proposed so I relaxed again.

We continued to enjoy our picnic but I couldn’t wait long till I asked for the second present. The second present was a scrapbook he made of our relationship. He had included photos and written things like what he loved about me, special memories and what he enjoyed doing together. I read through the book as quickly as I could because I though he might propose in writing on the last page, but I got to the last page and there was no proposal. I relaxed again.

Then finally I asked for the third gift as the tension in me was rising. For the third gift he told me he had a special Pandora charm (I collect them) to celebrate our 5 years. As he went to grab the charm box I thought he might turn a round with the ring instead but no he turned around with a Pandora box complete with the in-store gift wrapping so I knew it couldn’t possibly be the ring. I unwrapped the paper and opened the box and the engagement ring WAS inside! I was so surprised I kept thinking he was going to propose but then he totally surprised me when I didn’t think it was going to happen. He told me to stand up and he got down on one knee and proposed. I was so excited I was literally jumping up and down for joy. Turns out he had carefully unwrapped the Pandora box took out the charm, replaced it with the ring and then wrapped it up again!”

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Photographer: Lina Hayes
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Lauren and Brendon’s Delightful Daylesford Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Lauren & Brendon

There is not much you can’t love about this delightful Daylesford wedding. This beautiful country town provides such a stunning location for a wedding and Chris Allsop Photography was there to capture every moment at this beautiful celebration.

Lauren tells the story of how they came to be. “We have known each other for around 20 years as we both used to play basketball at the same club. Over the years I became better friends with Brendon’s sister Melissa and through that friendship I got to know Brendon better. In 2010 Brendon FINALLY asked me out on a date and we have never looked back!!”

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Lauren chose a gown with lace detailing from Luv Bridal Melbourne.

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Lauren and Brendon chose The Convent Gallery Daylesford for their wedding celebrations, Lauren explaining, “We looked at about 20 different wedding venues and nothing really took our breath away, there was nothing that we thought was absolutely perfect. Until we saw The Convent Gallery. The venue has the perfect mix of old and new, it’s classic and classy. We loved that we were able to use every inch of the venue and have the ceremony, pre dinner drinks and dinner all in different areas so that our guests could really experience and explore the atmosphere of the venue. Having a Victorian wedding meant we needed to make sure that our wet weather option was just as beautiful as our fine weather option, The Convent Gallery was the only place we saw that offered us that.”

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Lauren walked down the aisle to Joshua Radin – Today.

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Glenda Belcher performed the marriage ceremony, Lauren noting, “Our celebrant was also fantastic – Glenda Belcher was local to the area and went above and beyond what I could ever have expected from a Celebrant. She really listened to everything that Brendon and I wanted, she made perfect suggestions and really got to know us as a couple, which made her officiating our wedding more special.”

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Of their photographer, Lauren notes, “I chose Chris Allsop as my photographer. I met Chris when he shot my best friend Kim’s wedding which I was a bridesmaid in. I loved Chris’s relaxed and easy going nature, he looked after us and himself and made everyone feel comfortable. His style is to capture people without them knowing, this results in natural, beautiful photos. As soon as Brendon proposed I knew Chris would be the one to photograph our wedding.”

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Lauren remarks, “The Convent Gallery has so much to offer, if you look at the photo’s you might think we were at three different venues. The style of the whole wedding was, if there was a mistake made you wouldn’t notice, it looks like it’s supposed to be there. I think the theme of our wedding was really captured through the photos.”

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Brendon notes “”Everything about our wedding was prefect for us, the venue made you feel you were in 3 different places not just one, the food was awesome, the band got people to their feet, our photographer made me feel less awkward about having photos taken and to top it off Lauren blew me away with how she looked. It’s hard to pick a fault in a faultless day, it was the best day of our lives for all of these reasons and more.”

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Lauren tells, “I made all of my table centre pieces. I collected pasta sauce jars, wrapped some lace and burlap around them and was done! I love the rustic look and doing the jars myself was the only way I could get the ‘messy’ look I wanted.”

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In lieu of a wedding cake, the couple decided to go all out and have 400 desserts from Dessert Girl Catering. Lauren tells, “We decided on a dessert buffet rather than a traditional wedding cake and we had 400 different buffet style desserts made by Dessert Girl Catering. Debbie Nash who is behind the business was so efficient and so professional to deal with. The desserts looked amazing and they were absolutely delicious.”

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On special guest got a very special surprise, Lauren explains, “It was Brendon’s grandmother’s 80th birthday on the same day as our wedding. We surprised her with a small cake and a group rendition of the Happy Birthday song during the reception. She was surprised and grateful!”

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Lauren remembers, “We danced to Angus & Julia Stone – The Wedding Song and the first dance was very emotional. We were in a room full of 100 people but in that moment it felt like it was just Brendon and I. I can’t explain why the first dance was so emotional for me, I just felt so loved.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Lauren and Brendon! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Chris Allsop Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Chris Allsop Photography / Cinematographer: Dreamlife Photography & Videography / Bride’s Dress: Luv Bridal Melbourne / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Groom’s Attire: Myer / Flowers: Voights Flowers / Venue: The Convent Gallery Daylesford / Ceremony Officiant: Glenda Belcher / Band: Fat Cats / Favors: Jane McGrath Foundation donation / Wedding Rings: Rob Holmes Jewelry / Desserts: Dessert Girl Catering

Five Wedding Night Hotels in Sydney

by | Blog News, Bride


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As part of my column with Expedia, I recently headed through Sydney and stayed at the brand new Intercontinental Double Bay to test it out as part of a story on amazing wedding night hotels. Choosing a hotel for your wedding night seems to be strangely laden with pressure – this hotel? it’s got to pamper you, help you have a good night sleep and make you feel as special as you are as newlyweds! Which is always a little hard because how often do you book a hotel room in your own city? And a lush, amazing one that has all the gorgeousness that makes you feel so special?

Now with that being said, you definitely need to add Intercontinental Double Bay to your list. Why?

– Incredible location

– Auto sensing bathroom lights and blinds

– Perrier-Jouët champagne in your mini bar

– Incredible roof top views from the rooftop pool!

– The Stillery- the gin bar on site (want a perfect after party venue? tick!)

Pop on over to Expedia today for the rest of my post on five wedding night hotels in Sydney!

We stayed at the Intercontinental Double Bay thanks to Expedia. A big thank you to Expedia for helping us not have to wait in an airport lounge for five hours and allow us to sleep soundly instead!

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by James Day of Daylight Photography  from Scott & Carissa – The Big Proposal

Happy Friday Dotties! I have had such a busy week after landing back from a whirlwind trip to Malaysia last week (did you catch our travels around the country on Instagram, SO much fun!) and we have had such a fun week on the blog with plenty of wedding inspiration!

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 Engagement - Sam and Lisa’s Summer Engagement Session


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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.


1.What Would They Know? – Katja Anton of AKA Weddings 2. Expert Advice - How To Pull Off An Amazing Sunset Wedding Ceremony

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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.


1.Etsy Roundup - Strawberry Wedding 2. Tuesday Type – Salt & Spices Pro 3. DIY Tutorial  – Single Stem Corsage Tutorial 4. Cocktail Friday – The Crystal Cosmo

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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. Amsterdam A Romantic City

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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. Real Wedding ~ Scott and Marks Spectacular New Zealand Wedding

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love on the lawn

Love On The Lawn, Australia’s outdoor wedding festival is back again and this year will be held at Centennial Parklands on Sunday March 1st 2015. There will be over 100 suppliers in attendance plus awesome fun like food trucks, beer sampling, live entertainment, food sampling, expert advice and live fashion shows. You’ll go into the draw for plenty of prizes plus VIP ticketed guests will receive extra special treats like gift bags, sparkling wine and canapes, front row seating at the runway and more!

Visit the website for more information and to buy your tickets!

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aqua dining

Newly engaged and in Sydney? Aqua Dining have a bunch of specials for engagement parties! For the winter months their all-inclusive food and drinks package for a cocktail style event is usually priced at $120 per person and will be available for just $100 per person. Find more information here!

At Aqua Dining this offer is available for Saturday lunch events and Sunday dinner events. At Ripples Milsons Point and Ripples Chowder Bay the offer is available for Sunday dinner events. Available from May 16th, 2015 to August 30th 2015.

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the lovers collective

Brisbane couples! A new event is in town- meet The Lovers Collective! Held on the 7th of March 2015, the event is designed to be a series of workshops and events with a lot of fun!

Not only will you get questions and answers with inside tips from some of your favourite wedding vendors, but the day long workshop will also feature live music, displays, competitions, cupcakes (on top of a scrummy lunch), gift bags and the best part? You’ll learn how to make your own flower crown! What a day out! Check out the website to buy your tickets!

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Erin Clare Couture Savvy brides

The beautiful gowns of Erin Claire Couture are landing at Savvy Brides! To celebrate, Savvy Brides are holding a trunk show on the 6th and 7th of March at their Sydney studio. Book an appointment and head into their studio to try on these beautiful couture style gowns laden with beautiful details like illusion backs, sequin embellishments and incredible laces.

To book your trunk show appointment, email

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Love At The Grove

New Zealand brides! Get ready for Love At The Grove, Nelson’s very first boutique bridal show and fashion runway!  Held on Saturday 21st of March, 2015 enjoy a day out full of inspiration, creative vendors, live tutorials, local food & beverages, acoustic tunes and a chance to meet the best in the business. Visit the Love At The Grove to buy your tickets!

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reading and loving

Want a peek into what I’ve been reading and loving this week? Here’s a new addition to Friday Roundup!

The Beautiful 2015 Bridal Collection from Myra Callan for Twigs & Honey

12 Things to Do After You Have Been Published

Mornings like these…

Driftwood Candle Tutorial

Integrity 101

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For our film of the week, Michael Bird of Native Video sent over this very fun wedding film. The couple met in Vienna, Austria where they were both working for the UN and decided on a wedding that reflected their own beliefs and loves in life.

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