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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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A Look Back at Polka Dot Bride 2014

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I think one of my favourite parts of the year is taking a look and seeing what posts you loved most of all from the year. Fourth year running (see 2013, 2012 and 2011 ) I am so proud of 2014. We featured so many talented wedding vendors who produced so many incredible weddings, engagements and love stories and oh telling the love stories? My favourite part of my job.

We have just a few more posts to go before the Polka Dot team goes on a little break, we have posts scheduled across our break (including our traditional New Years Eve wedding coutdown!) and plenty of goodies in our archives for you to check out! We’ll be back January 5th 2015 for an action packed year full of plenty of wedding inspiration.

But in the mean time, let’s take a look back at the year that was. Here are just some of the top posts you loved and shared, the stories you poured over, the dresses that made you gasp, the cakes that made you drool and the fun we had with you as our readers!

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You loved the sweet, romantic vibe of Jem and Brendan’s Intimate Abbotsford Convent Wedding, the newlyweds decorating their wedding themselves with plenty and I mean plenty of dancing!

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With stunning bouquets like this, it’s no wonder Jess and Simon’s Handmade Picnic Wedding was on of your favourites this year! Jess and Simon thought a lot about how they wanted their guests to feel on their wedding day- from the groom greeting them at the ceremony to guests enjoying a relaxed picnic reception.

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The stunning, chic Vanessa and Thomas’ Melbourne Bayside Wedding was also a favourite. Vanessa’s shoes left you breathless but the overall beauty of the day was always going to be a winner!

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Into the dresses you loved this year, the gorgeously styled 2014 collection of Karen Willis Holmes Collection was always going to top the stakes with the gorgeous white chapel backdrop and incredible floral- and I haven’t even started gushing about the beautiful gowns yet!

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We’re not big on trends here at Polka Dot Bride, but we are big on yummy and the popularity of our Naked Wedding Cakes post showed us you certainly agree!

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With a wedding dress covered in pink blooms. it;s no wonder the Romantic Brewery Wedding of Nikki and Simon topped our statistics this year!

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Shari and Nate’s Beachside Flower Filled Wedding captured everything I love about Australian beach weddings- and Shari’s and Nate’s happy faces? Just the icing on the wedding cake!

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Nothing says “Where can I find a venue like that?” like a barn wedding, so I was not surprised to see the beautiful Marysia and Brenton’s Australian Barn Wedding on our top posts of the year! Look at those glittering crystal chandeliers!

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Beautiful Beach Bridal Gowns From The Babushka Ballerina showed beautiful and colourful beach wedding gowns for the year – this incredible blue gown was a favourite!

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I love an all white wedding and these bridesmaid gowns wowed me from the get go! So I’m thrilled to have Nicole and Rob’s Modern All White Wedding in our top posts of 2014!

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Isn’t the back on this wedding gown to die for? Wait until you see the full set of photos from Erica and Jono’s Tasmanian Garden Wedding. Nothing beats a garden wedding!

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There was such a fun sense of whimsy to Marli and Dane’s Rustic Beachside Wedding. I love these olive green bridesmaid skirts, the beach side location and the absolute joy on every single face.

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I loved our new series “Twenty Questions” so am thrilled to see Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue make our top posts! Definitely worth a read if you’re yet to book your venue!

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And finally rounding off our top posts of the year! Rachel Gilbert Autumn Winter 14 “Serenity” Collection. The modern and chic designs of this designer never fail to impress me (and you for that matter!)

 

So that’s just a snippet of some of the top posts that you loved in 2014! But I’d love to know which post was your favourite? What did you love?

Friday Roundup

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Well well well! it is officially the last Friday Roundup of 2014! The patterned people are taking a break from all things work until January 5th 2014 (though we still have posts running every single day for you!) We’re kicking off next week with a fun set of Christmas colour palettes and be sure to pop by the blogs to see the top posts of each!

Meanwhile, presents are being wrapped, recipes being looked up, carols playing all day long- I am well and truly enjoying the festive season and loving the twinkling lights and all of our traditions I hold so close to my heart. Whatever your festive season brings, may it be wonderful for you.

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!

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1. Real Engagement Party – Cathleen’s Glamorous Engagement Party 2. Real Wedding- Lee and Colin’s Country Barn 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? – Milly Howell of Inglewood Inn 2. Event Review - The Relaunch Of Bells N Whistles 3. Wise Words - The Sugar Wharf Cat

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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 – Candles for Weddings 2. Tuesday Type – LeKing 3. DIY Tutorial  - Personalised Clay Favour Tags


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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.

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1.Kylie and Dan’s Fiji Family Getaway Wedding 2. Caribbean Honeymoons


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The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast are holding an open day on January 23rd 2015 from 5-8pm and January 24th 2015 from 10am-3pm. Head on down to this free event to check out one of the most gorgeous venues on the Sunshine Coast and catch some of the region’s most luxe wedding suppliers!

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Eve Boutique are holding a bridal showcase tomorrow! Hair stylists, makeup artists and photographs will all be in attendance to show off the best in bridal! To book an appointment phone 5443 7472

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Elizabeth De Varga are having a massive clearance sale at 1/414 Logan Road, Stones Corner! Everything is reduced so it is definitely time to grab yourself a pre-Christmas bargain!

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Want a romantic start to your Friday? This film from GMTM Films captures the wedding of Emily and Jason and captures all the moments of their wedding day beautifully (and those speeches? tear inducing!)

Custom Engagement Rings From StyleRocks

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We’ve always known and loved custom online jeweler StyleRocks for the ability to sit down and create just what you want with a few clicks. It truly is an online custom jewellery experience! So I was even more excited recently to see that StyleRocks have introduced engagement rings!

Designed to make engagement ring shopping a breeze, StyleRocks has set things out differently to a traditional jeweler. Firstly – as with every StyleRocks piece you’re able to choose and visualise your design on their website. Choose from three metals (platinum, 18 or 14 carat gold, in yellow, white or rose) and your style and then your diamond. Visualise it all on the screen right in front of you (and if you need an idea of how it will look on your hand, StyleRocks offers a custom mold service where they deliver a 3D version of your ring to try on before you commit to the real deal.

The key with StyleRocks is how they’ve categorised diamonds to make it easy. Each diamond is a 1 carat size and there are three central grades to choose from (A, AA and AAA) each grade dependent on the diamond’s colour and clarity characteristics and quality. The system, designed to simplify the four C’s allows buyers to choose a diamond, resting in the knowledge the hard work and confusing categorizing has been done for you.

,Each ring comes with a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certificate, as well as a valuation certificate from an accredited valuer from the National Council of Jewellery Valuers.

The custom engagement ring experience is available by visiting the StyleRocks website.

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