Image by Angie Roe Photography
Jenna & Haydn
I first fell in love with today’s engagement shoot when I saw images of a clearly very much in love couple dancing below festoon lights after dark. I am a firm believer that lights can magic just about anything up and when it comes to an engagement session, which rarely needs much magic, it adds a little touch of sparkle – as evident through every image of this luxe twilight engagement shoot captured by Israel Baldago.
The shoot take place at the beautiful Mandalay House and Garden, in the Adelaide Hills. Jenna remarking “We let our amazing photographer pick the location, and we just had fun with it. The venue had a luxurious and upscale feel, so we wanted to play with that. Initially, when I first saw the venue, I thought of “Gatsby” so we ran with that.”
On her future husband, Jenna tells “He is kind, smart and handsome. He works his butt off for us, and always comes home with a smile on his face. He makes me feel so loved, cared for and protected, and he can always make me laugh.”
On Jenna, Haydn remarks “She is kind, loving, patient and gentle. She has all of the qualities that I lack, and, while I work hard, I can tell she will be the glue that will hold our family together as a loving unit.”
Haydn proposed at the Botanic Gardens – a complete surprise for the bride. She tells “We were at a family brunch and Haydn was being extra whiny and distracted – little did I know he had the ring his pocket! Once we got into the car after he made us leave so he could “go home for a sleep” he looked at me and asked if I wanted to go for a drive. I knew then what was happening, and had an anxious car trip to the Botanic Gardens where he made a picnic and popped the champagne and the big question!”
Haydn adding ” I knew that today was the day, and had the ring in my pocket. I was madly (but secretly) scrolling through Google Streetview, looking for a nice tree that we had driven past on a “hills” drive some time ago. When I couldn’t find it, I picked the Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide Hills, literally hours before the event. I’d never even been there before, but how perfect it turned out”
“Israel makes us both feel so relaxed. We really likes how open he is to discussing what we like and don’t like, and talking through his suggestions and ideas. His photos capture so much about us and our relationship. We had so much fun, which is awesome for two people not familiar or comfortable in front of the camera.”
I am always intrigued when I come across makers – people who are incredibly passionate about what they do and want to immerse themselves in the world of it. These custom handmade rings by the label Ruusk exemplify what it means to put that passion into jewels.
Designer Tania Gnecchi Ruscone (recently engaged herself!) launched her brand in 2015 and this month reinvents her offerings to allow couples to choose and design their rings online. Choosing from a multitude of combinations (which total to 8000 possible designs), the digital technology allows one to access Tania’s handmade craftsmanship from their couch.
Tania saying, of her new concept and collection, “I want to create pieces that people want and choose to own, now and forever. Made with love, worn with soul.”
Each ring is available in 9ct, 14ct or 18ct, white, yellow or rose gold, with different colour diamonds (clear, champagne or black) in a variety of cuts and finishes, all with a very modern sense of design.
Tania’s philosophy centres around creating heirloom pieces – the ones that you see on a person day in, day out, that become part of their being. Each piece is handmade by Tania using traditional ring making techniques, using Australian gold to ensure they meet ethical standards.
Ruusk handmade rings are available via the website.
Happy Friyay Dotties! It has been a busy week in the Polka Dot HQ with plenty of planes being taken to exotic destinations. I, however, am well clad in the warmth and drinking endless cups of hot tea. This weekend will be much of the same as I take the opportunity to shelter from the Winter weather. How about you? What are you getting up to this weekend?
We have been full to the brim with wedding inspiration this week. Let’s round it up!
Love catching up with Stacey and Benjamin’s Captured Memories by Marry Me Movies
Perfect for the cooler evenings – try our Apple Pie Delight cocktail!
Sparkle it up with this Gold Glitter Dipped Feather Garland Tutorial
Sharing Abbé’s wedding wisdom in Inspired Words
Our film of the week comes from the team at Sorrento Weddings. This gorgeous wedding of Georgia & David on the Mornington Peninsula has an absolutely beautiful sense of classic charm with an equally as beautiful story left to unfold.