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Natalia & Tom ‘s Queensland Winter Engagement Photos

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Natalia and Tom

I do love Autumn and Winter and while a beautiful venue such as the Mount Tambourine Botanical Gardens may not be your first thought for Queensland Winter engagement photos – those Winter colours and Autumnal toned leaves make it absolutely stunning. Lee Calleja Thomas chosen to capture the engagement of Natalia and Tom.

Natalia tells the story of how the couple met. “Tom & I met at University in the States. We were both studying there and had scholarships for athletics. Tom came over from the UK to play Soccer and I was there from my hometown of Chicago to play Volleyball. We always hung out together in groups but it took a couple of months for us to finally get together, and we haven’t been apart since! Could you blame me? How could I resist that British charm!”

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Queensland Winter Engagement Photos - Polka Dot Bride

“Tom surprised me for a weekend getaway on my 23rd Birthday. I woke up that morning thinking we were going to have lunch with the family, and then go to a nice dinner that evening. He then made me a coffee in bed and told me to pack a bag for the night. I was caught off guard as Tom doesn’t often like to plan things in advance and just goes with the flow. Once I got myself ready, we ended up driving for the next 45 minutes up Springbrook way to ‘The Mouses House’ retreat. When we arrived it looked like a campsite and I was not impressed. I HATE camping and bugs. Tom was giggling to himself as he knew exactly what he had planned for us. We then made our way to the “Prince Charming” suite which was a lovely private room with an outdoor spa and BBQ. He ordered an in-room massage for me, flowers and chocolate. It was perfect! Once my massage was over, we headed out to the deck with some champagne to fill the spa and cook some dinner on the BBQ. I must’ve been turned around looking at the view because the next thing I knew, Tom was down on one knee and popped the big question!…To which I responded nervously laughing, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!” When I really meant to say “YES OF COURSE!” I’ve never seen him so nervous, and I’ve never felt so happy. I did end up saying yes obviously after some laughing and tears, it was the perfect day/night.”

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Queensland Winter Engagement Photos - Polka Dot Bride

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Natalia and Tom talk a lot about their moments of laughter, Natalia sharing “Tom would say the funniest stories from our relationship are when I make “blonde” comments occasionally and we can spend the next hour crying of laughter. Another one was when we came to Australia for the first time on holiday and we were walking through the park. Not really paying attention, I nearly stepped on a brown snake curled up and sleeping peacefully. When I realised what it was, I jumped about 20 feet in the air onto Tom. It wasn’t funny then but it is pretty hysterical now! All of our funny stories seem to have me as the common theme… I guess that’s why he keeps me around…who gets tired of laughing?!”

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Queensland Winter Engagement Photos - Polka Dot Bride

Queensland Winter Engagement Photos - Polka Dot Bride

On what he loves about his wife to be, Tom notes “To be a little cheesy.. I love waking up to her smile first thing in the morning. Honestly, I love everything. The last few years I have watched her grow in confidence and she is able to hold her own. She’s generous, honest, and stunning, she loves me even on the days I am hard to love. I can’t wait to marry Natalia and see what the future holds for us.”

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Natalia tells “Tom has this way of making me smile when I don’t want to. I can’t stay mad at him because he normally says something silly to brighten my mood and he loves me and attacks me with hugs and kisses even when I’m being cranky about the dishes not being done. He has been the greatest support over the years and even in our not so great days, he does everything he can to make sure we have the best future ahead. I can’t wait for this handsome man to be my husband!”

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Van & Greg’s Relaxed Elegant St Kilda Wedding

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Van & Greg

The simple and classic style of Van and Greg’s wedding speaks volumes of who they are, and what they wanted their day to be about – family and close friends, and about the two of them becoming man and wife. The couple chose to add a pop of vibrant emerald green to the detailing of their day and, I have to say, it works perfectly! Their relaxed, elegant St Kilda wedding was captured by Mark Forbes Weddings.

The story of how they met and their proposal, according to Van, goes as follows. “We met at Monash University as we were studying at the same time. We sent daily emails back and forth for weeks before meeting. By the time we met, it felt like we already knew each other. Greg and I dated for two years then I went to Canberra for 18 months on a government graduate program, coming back to Melbourne to see him most fortnights. We kept in touch with daily the whole time I was away. On one visit from Canberra, Greg took me to William Ricketts’ Sanctuary where he proposed. It was Good Friday, and with Greg not being Catholic he had no idea it was an important day for me. So I went to church that morning, then to William Ricketts’ Sanctuary for the surprise proposal, then back to Melbourne. We were married twelve months later!”

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Of her simple yet incredibly elegant gown, Van says, “I chose Helen English to make my dress, as she had the exact style I wanted for my big day. I had to make several trips to Sydney for the fittings. I wanted something that showed my personal style, and I wanted it to be a dress with not too much detail, and for it to be simple and classic, with a sexy cowl back. We chose to have a small wedding with close friends and family, so an easy dress that I could move around in – not anything too formal or big – was exactly what I envisioned.”

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Van created the bouquets and the reception florals herself. She wanted bouvardia with greenery for the bridal bouquets and for the groom’s and page boys’ boutonnieres, with baby’s breath for the flower girls. She chose hydrangeas with lush greenery for the reception centrepieces and decoration. 

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Greg loves pinstripe suits, so he chose a dapper Michael Kors blue pinstripe suit with matching waistcoat and a crisp white shirt from Hugo Boss. A green polka dot tie and pocket square, to work in with the couple’s theme of a pop of fabulous emerald green, completed his wedding day attire.

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Van and Greg chose to hold their ceremony at St Mary’s Catholic Church in East St Kilda, which is their local church – just a short walk from their home. The bride walked down the aisle to a beautiful rendition of “Pachelbel – Canon in D Major”, played with violin and guitar. 

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Of their photographer, Mark Forbes, Van gushes, “He is a friend of the family, and a wonderful professional photographer. He had an amazing eye for the nuances of our wedding and caught all the small details!”

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Van and Greg held their reception at Anabella Receptions, and shared their first dance together as husband and wife to the dreamy notes of “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

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Congratulations Van and Greg! Thank you both, and Mark Forbes, for sharing your lovely day with us.

Photographer: Mark Forbes Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Helen English / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom's Suit & Waistcoat: Michael Kors / Groom's Shirt: Hugo Boss / Groom's Shoes: Tods / Hair & Makeup: Zoe Karlis / Flowers: DIY / Invitations & Stationery: The Paper Angel / Ceremony Venue: St Mary Catholic Church, East St Kilda / Ceremony Officiant: Priest Hien Vu / Ceremony Musicians: Hoan Ca Choir, St Joseph Church / Reception Venue: Anabella Receptions / Reception Draping: Active Draping / Organ: Binh Cadillac / Viola: Clare Nguyen / Violin: Michelle Nguyen / Catering: Anabella Receptions / Cake: Groom's Cousin

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Tricia King via Tanya and Adam’s Stormy Spicers Hiddenvale Wedding

I must admit this year Spring feels a little like the above wedding photo, which by the way comes from an amazing wedding story – definitely one to read! Rain on a wedding day always makes for the most magnificent stories and this one almost takes the cake!

We have had so much gorgeous wedding (and honeymoon!) goodness around Polka Dot Bride this week. So let’s round it up!

 

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Rounding up our picks of Useful Wedding Favors

Talking beautiful wedding cakes with Cristina Cvetkoski of A Little Bit Fancee

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Bec From The World As Bec Sees It

Sarah shares her post wedding thoughts in Inspired Words

Loving Andrew‘s gingham bow tie in Groom Style

A modern take on handlettering with the Delikat font

For the true romantics- 6 Heart-Inspired Places To Pop The Question

We dive into Frequently Asked Questions About Feather Touch Eyebrows

Off to the isle of green! Ireland: Feel Like Royalty On Your Honeymoon

Rainy Day Romance – Tips To Get Through A Wet Wedding Day

Magic moments at this Stormy Spicers Hiddenvale Wedding

Loving the recipe for Vernon’s Pink Gin Pitcher and long Summer nights

We spend Five Minutes With….Simone from Roombas @ Mt. Aitken

The ultimate romantic honeymoon – Honeymoons A-Z: Venice

A sweetly scented gift – learn how to make scented lavender hearts

Create memories in your own backyard with these tips for a backyard wedding

Selecting your wedding day jewellery can be tricky – our guide to choosing the perfect pieces

Chris shares his memories of his Barossa Valley wedding

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For stunning gowns, you will want to check out the dates for the 2017 Demetrios Preview Trunkshows! Not only will you see the very new collection of gowns, if you purchase on the day you’ll also be treated to a host of specials (including discounts). The first one is from November 3rd-12th at Dion for Brides in Perth, 24th November-4th December at Shazzam Toronto Bridal near Newcastle, 8th- 18th December Rosa & Mary’s Bridal Shop  on the Gold Coast, and finally at Sposabella Bridal in Sydney from the 12th-21st December. Visit the website for more details.

We love when small businesses do grand things and Melbourne calligrapher Danielle of  Design In Words has launched a Pozible campaign to send her to the USA and learn from one of the calligraphy greats – Pat Blair, to not only hone her skills but to strengthen the connection of Australia to the rest of the world when it comes to the art of calligraphy – including Danielle’s dream of a calligraphy conference right here in Australia. Click to check it out!

Beautiful new venue Centennial Homestead is hosting a wedding showcase on the 15th of November between 5pm and 7pm. This stunning garden venue in the heart of Sydney will be decorated to show off its stunning versatility as well as showcasing favourite vendors and of course – plenty of bubbles! Be sure to visit the website to register your place!

Our film of the week comes from The White Tree. The wedding of Rochelle & Kurt, with it’s gorgeous country location captures all the country charm I love about Australia. Sweet flower girls with flower crowns, the dirt plains which act as such a magic backdrop and the party which you know will never be forgotten.

Hannah & Mike’s New Zealand Festival Wedding

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If there was ever a time to feel like you were at a party full of life, stories and things to do and see then a wedding is it – Hannah and Mike captured this joyous feeling so beautifully in their New Zealand festival wedding captured by Emily Adamson, The venue? A beachfront holiday home. The couple taking over the grounds as they wed beside the beach and celebrated under tipis as night fell.

The newlyweds tell the story of their English meeting. “Mike and Hannah met through mutual friends in London back in 2007. Hannah’s family were pretty happy when they found out Mike was a kiwi – so no worries of her living in London forever. Hannah had already been there for a year but Mike was fresh off the boat when she snapped him up. Seven years later Mike finally proposed while on holiday in France. He had been carrying the ring around for over two weeks waiting for the perfect opportunity to propose. It was the last night of their holiday in the French Riviera, in a little hillside village called Vence. After dancing in the old town square for the Bastille Day celebrations walking home through the old town Mike got down on one knee on the cobblestone street.”

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The bride wore a lace dress by Rue De Seine  noting “I loved the look of tea length dresses and wanted a vintage look.”

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The couple married at a beach front home, noting “Wanting a relaxed vibe for the wedding found this beachfront holiday home online. Perfect being situated in Coromandel as that is where Mike is from. Beautiful pine trees and tepees to help create a mini-festival atmosphere.”

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There were special moments from the beginning. “Hannah’s brother Ben, drove her to the ceremony in his Lincoln Continental. We wanted our much-loved dog, Goldie to be included in the ceremony so she came walking down the aisle with my bridesmaid.”

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The bride walked down the aisle to Með suð í eyrum by Sigur Ros.

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Donna Brooke officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “We wanted the ceremony to have a relaxed informal feeling to it. Our celebrant, Donna Brooke, had a very calming presence and made us feel very calm.”

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Of their photographer, Hannah shares “After seeing Emily Adamson’s work online, I contacted her on the off chance she fancied shooting a wedding very far away from Queenstown. We were so surprised and ecstatic when she said yes. Love her work.”

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Under the tipis sat an abundance of handmade treasures, the newlyweds telling “Mike drew the invitations, made the table setting board, mini flags for the dessert table, drew all the table numbers. Hannah’s mother sewed all the tablecloths. Bunting all handmade by bridesmaid, Janine. All the flowers (except bridal bouquets) were done by family plus all the “aunties” made their signature dessert. Hannah’s cousin Becky made the wedding cake. Hannah & her Mum made all the chutneys (wedding favours) in honour of Hannah’s Nana (unfortunately she was too unwell to be at the wedding).”

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The couple celebrated with guests under tipis from TopKata. “TopKata really went out of their way to look after us. They provided another tepee last minute and the guys who assembled them and took them down again were amazing – working well into the night to get the job done.”

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For their first dance, the newlyweds chose Winter Dress by The Amazing.

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Congratulations Hannah and Mike! Thank you for sharing the glorious story of your day! Thank you also to Emily Adamson for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Emily Adamson / Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine / Bride’s Shoes: Mi Piaci / Groom’s Attire: Topman / Groom's Shoes: Topman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ali Express / Hairstylist: Mint Hair & Gallery / Makeup Artist: Make-Up by Kenzie / Floral: On My Hand / Ceremony Officiant: Donna Brooke / Catering: Pipers Cafe / Marquee: TopKata / Wedding Registry: Mildred & Co
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