Photo by Lisa Michele Burns
Photo by Lisa Michele Burns
Anesa & Matt
You know that joy you see on somebody’s face when they’ve just gotten engaged? Matt worked with photographer Rita Slattery Photography to sneakily capture his proposal to Anesa and the joy on their faces? It’s unmatched! A big congratulations to Anesa and Matt, may your journey be as surprising and joyous as the proposal!
Rita tells of how the surprise proposal capture, of a couple she had never met in real life came to be. “Matt and Anesa came all the way from Washington DC. Matt decided that Sydney Opera House would be the perfect setting for his surprise engagement to Anesa. I had never met the couple before so Matt and I became friends on Facebook to see what each other looked like. After we located each other at the steps of the Opera House,(Anesa still had no idea what was happening) I followed them around until Matt found the perfect spot to get down on one knee! It was a truly magical moment to be a part of.”
“I had a ring made and decided to bring it with me on our trip to Australia to propose not knowing exactly when or where I would pop the question. The Opera House was definitely on the short list of potential locations because I knew I wanted to have the proposal photographed, and it’s such a beautiful unique building. As soon as we got into Sydney Nes got tickets to a show there and left me alone in the hotel room to attend a work event. The second she left I got on the phone and called around looking for a photographer to help me surprise her. Rita was fantastic at helping me with the surprise.
We had made friends on Facebook to see what we both looked like. She told me she would be wearing big bright yellow beads, which was very helpful for finding her outside the opera house. As soon as we spotted each other Rita followed us around discreetly until I had found the perfect spot! It must have been very funny for onlookers.”
Matt tells, “Anesa and I met in college. I was a junior, and she was a freshman. For reasons I still don’t understand, she developed a crush on me after seeing me at the gym preparing for basketball season. She approached me a couple of times at parties, and we hit it off pretty quickly.”
“We’re going to get married on New Years Eve this year. Nes is amazing, and has almost everything planned out already.”
When it comes to Alice in Wonderland wedding inspiration, my mind conjures up thoughts of bright vivid jewel tones, secret passage ways, sweet treats and plenty of sparkle. Today’s shoot pretty much encapsulated that vision – a collaboration between Melbourne wedding vendors One Sweet Girl (who came up with not only the styling and concept but also every cake and sweet treat!) Ambiance Image Photography and florist The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie.
The team found a beautiful garden (actually in a State forest in Victoria) and with wild, organic looking floral arrangements, cakes covered in glitter, gold leaf and polka dots, sweet treats of meringues, cupcakes and delicately printed biscuits created a shoot to inspire an Alice In Wonderland wedding.
Juli Stertern-Gill of One Sweet Girl explains the inspiration behind the shoot. “Since my very first project shoot debuted on Polka Dot Bride (that iconic Peony table), it’s been in my imagination to find a lush green English-style forest and create a luxe tea party, hidden in the trees, that Alice would love to attend, and that The Mad Hatter himself would approve of. The concept then expanded to become a private tea party for two – just Alice and her Mad Hatter – the perfect pair.
Inspirational fantasy, drawing on elements of the Disney classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’, to create a setting that could be replicated in full or in part by Brides looking for a themed wedding with a twist, or perhaps wanting ideas for an outdoor wedding that isn’t on a beach, a mountain or at a winery.”
Wrapping up what may be my last Friday Roundup for a little while, as I rest up for the final few days and wait for Baby Herringbone to (finally!) make an appearance! I can’t believe that it’s already March, and that we’ve moved out of Summer (where did you go!?) and into Autumn, waiting for our newest addition. The wedding season is also well and truly in swing, and it’s busy everywhere you look! What a lovely time for a new life to say hello.
So here’s a lovely roundup from our specialty blogs this week, I hope you enjoy all the loveliness – not to mention giveaways and open days to take part in! And potentially – au revoir for now!
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.
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 - Mark Boldiston of Lord Coconut 2. Expert Picks – Vendor’s Favourites – Special Event Planners 3. Expert Advice- Wedding Cake Trends: The Cutest Cake Toppers You Ever Saw! 4. Expert Advice - 8 Ways To Make Your Makeup Last 4. Jewellery Wisdom - A Guide To Choosing Modern Metal Mens Wedding Rings
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.
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. The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice with Sally from HomeAway.com.au 2. Honeymoon Destination – Storybook Switzerland for Honeymooners
This week on Polka Dot Groom
Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.
It’s not often we are able to offer a fabulous competition that is exclusively for the Groom, which is why we are so excited to be joining with the fabulous folk at Joe Button for this fantastic giveaway!
Gentlemen, you have the chance to win a custom bespoke 100% Australian Merino Wool suit from Joe Button, valued at over $600! This is an amazing opportunity to own a custom-made suit for your big day, and cut a fine figure of a man next to your beautiful bride.
The prize includes:
Head to our Competition page to enter!