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Vendor of the Week – Wendy Maley Photography

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Only a few more sleeps to go and then we’ll see in the New Year with plenty of fireworks lighting up the sky. A new year of weddings – spectacular, heartfelt, cosy, backyard, country, city – we love them all – because after all, it’s the story of you and the new life you are beginning together.

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Photographers, we have Cakes we have Flowers, we even have Bridal Gown Services! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to help you plan and execute the best wedding day possible!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

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Based on the Gold Coast, Wendy of  Wendy Maley Photography loves her chosen career as much as she loves tea and cake and tutus! Passionate about taking the perfect shot and providing a lifetime of memories, Wendy works hard to capture your story in pictures, and might even share that tea and cake with you!

We asked Wendy of Wendy Maley Photography five questions in five minutes –

 Favourite after five drink?
Hmm, I am partial to a beer, but I must say Jameson’s and cloudy apple is delish!

My favourite weekend getaway?
Weekend getaway, what’s that? Seriously though, anything with mountains. Throw in a winery or two and I’ll be there in a heartbeat!

Favourite restaurant?
The Little Truffle on the Gold Coast. Amazing. End.of.

Sunday morning breakfast?
I’m often cooking pancakes for my munchkins. OK for me too icon razz Vendor of the Week Wendy Maley Photography

My Favourite Wedding Story…
My favourite wedding was a career defining moment. When I was still studying I won a competition to learn with a prominent wedding and portrait photographer in Sydney. As I’m based on the Gold Coast this was pretty awesome. So, when I went down for the class I plucked up the courage and asked him if I might be able to complete my wedding assessment and shoot with him. He said ‘of course’ which was a big deal to me, but not as big as when I flew down and turned up to this wedding which just happened to be at St Mary’s Cathedral (yep, the massive one in the heart of Sydney)! My jaw just dropped. Shooting that wedding was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of being a part of that couple’s special day. I’ll never forget the kindness shown to me by a veteran of the industry and the sheer wonder of walking with him into a place like that. From that moment on, I knew weddings were for me and I’ve never looked back…

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

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Christmas Colour Palette – Candy Pink & Gold

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 Christmas table setting photo from Citrus & Orange, Gold cutlery from Citrus & Orange, Wrapped candies from Such Pretty Things

I’ve always loved the precious nature of vintage glass Christmas ornaments. They come in such beautiful colours and today’s Christmas colour palette of candy pink and gold is just the ticket for a vintage inspired celebration.

The different hues of pink – from magenta, to dusky pink and the sweetest candy pink paired with gold is a completely different take on Christmas colours, yet somehow is completely charming and completely festive.

Snapshot Sunday – A Kiss & An Elephant

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Photo by Kristina Childs

Daniel and Gaetano’s Natural Wetlands Engagement Photos

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Daniel & Gaetano

I love the vibe behind these natural wetlands engagement photos. Daniel and Gaetano had their engagement photos taken in September, but they’re so snuggly and warm I think they’re perfect inspiration for Autumn or Winter! The couple joined with Bonavita Photography at a local wetlands area to take their engagement photos, choosing a place that they’d spent a lot of time and reflected the casual and natural feeling they wanted to their photographs.

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Daniel tells the “lucky” tale of how he and Gaetano met. “We met at Borders on Chapel St, the bookstore is closed now. I was looking for a book and Gaetano was looking for a magazine. He asked me where a certain section a book was, apparently I looked like I worked there in my blue checked shirt and denim jeans.

After we joked around a bit we went out for a coffee and that’s how it all started. I was never really much of a believer in fate or serendipity until I had met my partner Gaetano, we had been dating for a few months already and we were sitting at a café chatting away when I opened my wallet and showed him a King of Spades card that I picked up a few years ago on some random street. I had kept it in my wallet as I read somewhere that it meant “good luck” so it just kind of stayed there.

Much to Gaetano’s surprise he opened up his wallet and pulled out a Queen of Spades which he had also found randomly in the streets a few years ago and had also kept it… and we have never looked back! ”

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On what they love about each other, Daniel tells, “Gaetano loves my bad jokes! Over the years we’ve come up with so many bad jokes between each other that nobody else gets. Sometimes we’d continue on with the same joke for months until we invent a new one.”

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Daniel tells the story of how he proposed. “I proposed to Gaetano on our 3 year anniversary, we were packing for our first overseas trip to China and right before we left for the airport I popped the question.

I had the ring custom made, half ruby half sapphire as I believed it represented us both. I believe that opposites do attract, for without the dreamers the logical ones would always be so boring and predictive. Yet without the thinkers, those that are too freely willed may have no limits to their actions. Gaetano was the ruby- the fiery tempered one that acted on impulses and lives for the moment. Whilst I was the sapphire-calm mannered and always thought things through logically first before making any decisions and had my feet firmly planted on the ground.

Gaetano’s dad was waiting for us both downstairs to drive us to the airport. Just as we were about to head down I handed him an envelope and told him to open and read it before we left. Inside was the letter that I had written to him for my proposal. Despite how nervous Gaetano was about his first trip overseas and that his dad was waiting downstairs for our luggage as well as any last minute checklists, he took the time to read the letter and he said “Yes”.”

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Daniel and Gaetano had their engagement shoot at Edithvale Wetlands, noting, “We wanted a location that was local and a bit different. We always drive down this area and have always had many fond memories here. It’s near the beach (where Daniel lives) so why not have our engagement session here also! We wanted to go for something that was casual and laid back that really reflected who we were. Deanne from Bonavita captured us perfectly as we were able to be ourselves and we loved the natural look of her images.”

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Photographer: Bonavita Photography / Location: Edithvale Wetlands
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