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Dani and Tim’s Beach Engagement Photos

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Engagements

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Dani & Tim

There is something raw and authentic about the seaside, and this engagement shoot is from Love, Katie & Sarah. Dani and Tim’s beach engagement photos focus on the beauty of their surroundings, reflecting I suppose their own story and relationship together. It’s the bare, wave crushed sand, the beaten rocks, the reflections in the water that let you lose yourself. The beach in Torquay also happens to be special to these two for one important reason – it’s where they will pledge their marriage vows in November!

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Their story goes a little like this. “It was a typical summer romance that has continued to grow and become stronger for the last 11 years.”

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On what she loves about Tim, Dani notes, “I love Tim’s laugh, it is so genuine and full of life, you can’t help feeling happy yourself. You realise you have a smile on your face without meaning too.”

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On what he loves about Dani, Tim says, “I love Dani’s unwavering enthusiasm, supportiveness and uncanny (if not a little disturbing) ability to recite John Williamson.”

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“Something which always cracks us up is that when one of us does something really nice for the other, we pretty much always end up singing the ‘Family Ties’ theme song together…Sha la la laaaaa.”

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The romantic proposal as told by Tim involves snuggly tracksuit pants, Tim telling, “I (Tim) had a ring on lay-by for about 12 months which I had been secretly paying off. Finally I made the last payment on a Friday, picked it up and set about making a dinner at home. All was going great, Dani had no idea, so much so, she had changed into her daggy trackies for a relaxing Friday night after a long day at work. I bought over some dessert and then got down on one knee and asked Dani if she would marry me. The rest is history.”

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Of their engagement shoot, Dani and Tim remark, “We really just went along with artistic genius of Katie from Love Katie & Sarah on the day. We knew we wanted them to take photos for our wedding from day one. We also knew that we were going to need some help in front of the camera, hence the engagement shoot. On the day we never stopped laughing and had such a great time. The styling and the photos that Love Katie & Sarah take are so amazing!!! Very natural, super artistic and full of love, but also sometimes a little cheeky…exactly what we wanted.”

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Photographer: Love, Katie & Sarah
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Modern Favors From Nectar & Stone

by | Bride, Cakes, Catering, Favors and Decor

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If there’s one thing I love about Instagram it’s getting lost in the incredible photos of creatives, which is how I discovered the incredible Nectar & Stone! Every day is a delight on the Nectar & Stone feed, image after image of beautifully crafted pyramid style chocolates in the most beautiful of colours. A “dessert designer”, owner Caroline sets out to make concept desserts that are full of sophistication and femininity but most of all taste!

A chocolate order through Caroline isn’t a regular tick a box order. Everything is colour coordinated.  Chocolates can be ordered in colour gradients, topped with gold leaf and the highest of quality chocolate. A two pack of these sweet pyramid chocolates would be such a delicious modern wedding favor – combined with a decadent cake and of course a dessert buffet (if you’re going for sugar go all out!).

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While chocolates might be Nectar & Stone‘s first love, there are plenty of sweet treats of other varieties that dot her work. Cupcake ice-cream cones in soft pink hues, teeny cakes, chocolate tarts, bundt cakes, macarons and of course- cupcakes!

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride

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Photo by Ben Williams Photography from Caitlin & Matt’s Summer Garden Wedding

 As we hurtle into the new financial year, and we contemplate how close we came to getting some of our New Year’s Resolutions completed (or started!), it’s also a nice time of year to reflect on where you’re at and where you’re going. What else would you like to fit into 2014? Any experiences or events that you’d like to take in?

No matter what your little self-audit shows – why not take some time to enjoy this week’s Friday Roundup. Full of fun stuff, events and offers!

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 Wedding ~ Frances and Aaron’s White and Yellow Winter Wedding 2. Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Bree 3.Real Wedding ~ Caitlin and Matt’s Summer Garden 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? Cathleen Tan of Cathleen Jia Bridal 2. Expert Advice – How To Choose The Right Wedding Photographer 3.Expert Article ~ Pre-Wedding Jitters Or Cold Feet?

 

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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 – Leaf Hair Accessories 2.Tuesday Type – Adorn 3. Cocktail Friday – Lychee Mojito from Woolcott & Wright 4.

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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. Honeymoon Destination Review -  Whitsundays Weddings: Peppers Airlie Beach 2. Luxury Honeymoon Location – Centara’s Maldives Grand Island Resort

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1. Real  Groom MemoriesSol

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St Kilda’s best kept secret, Encore, is holding a Winter Wedding Open Day on Saturday August 9, 2014 from 10am to 3pm. This stunning bayside venue is opening its doors and inviting you to experience the pleasures of planning a wedding in a comfortable, interactive and informative space.  Sip on a glass of champagne and sample the new season canapés as you meet with suppliers that are ready to create your bespoke day on the St Kilda Foreshore.  With a huge range of fantastic vendors to view, it’s free to attend, simply register via their website.

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Two gorgeous venues, Great Hall at All Saints Estate and the Barrel Room at St Leonards Vineyard, are opening their doors on Saturday 30 August from 11-3pm for a unique wedding showcase that will show the spaces set for a sit down wedding. Enjoy canapés and wine similar to what will be served on your wedding day and meet some of their preferred suppliers such as celebrants, photographers, cake makers, cars, music and much more.

Location: All Saints Estate, 315 All Saints Road, Wahgunyah & St Leonards Vineyard, 201 St Leonards Road, Wahgunyah
RSVP: Friday 22nd August
Please let their Event Coordinator know if you would like to come along by 22.08.14 along with a $5 per person donation to the Albury Cancer Centre.
Phone: 1800 021 621 Email: functions@allsaintswine.com.au

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The lovely team at Love Me Twice are holding a closing down sale as they move into a new era at the end of July. With many gorgeous dresses on clearance sale, head to their website to register your appointment.

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Finally our film of the week comes from Soda Films, with the beautiful Wedding of Lionel and Linh. Enjoy!

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Hayley and James’ Delightful Dunsborough Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Hayley & James

The delightful Dunsborough wedding of Hayley and James really did capture my attention. Beautiful celebrations under the stars after a classic black and white styled ceremony.  The couple chose a venue they had fallen in love with while they were dating – it allowed them the freedom to have a stunning ceremony, dinner under the stars and plenty of dancing – just as they had dreamt of! Gavin Wyatt Photography captured the day in beautiful photographs.

Hayley starts us off with their story.  “I lived with James’ cousin Michelle in London and we met through her and also knew each other through my close friend Mikki.”

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Indy Bloom created the floral arrangements for the day, Hayley telling, “Our flowers were put together beautifully by our florist Tahnee at Indy Bloom, who’s creativity was overwhelming! The first time I cried was when Tahnee brought in the beautiful bouquets. I didn’t have much to do with the flowers I just gave her my theme and some colours and what she produced was beyond amazing!”

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Hayley wore a strapless gown with a sweetheart bodice by Pallas Couture. Her bridesmaids chose black gowns from Seduce.

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Hayley and James chose Empire Retreat for their wedding, remembering, “We stayed at Empire Retreat and fell in love with the property, especially the shearing shed. After 6 months of being together, it was our first weekend away together and although it was probably a bit premature but also off-the-cuff, we both said ‘if we ever get married we will absolutely do it here!’ and nearly 3 years later we did!”

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Hayley walked down the aisle to “Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow (performed by our acoustic musician Melanie Timms – beautiful).”

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Of their photographer, Hayley tells, “We used Gavin Wyatt Photography. James was mates with Gavin through a mutual friend and he also had done some work with James’ dad in the past. Even though Gavin had moved interstate we loved his photos and style from other weddings he had done. We didn’t know he was there most of the time. He was brilliant to have around on the day!”

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There were a few fun DIY touches, including massive letters! Hayley tells, “The huge J and H letters were something we saw in a bridal magazine and loved them. James was given the task to build these letters and he made them as big as possible. He brought his dad into this task and they many laughs. Not really sure what we are to do with them now?”

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Empire Events styled the reception, each guest receiving a handmade candle from Soaps For The Soul as a wedding favor.

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The speeches were a highlight of the night for the bride who remembers, “The speeches and readings our friends and family gave were really special to us, also the MC is a close school friend of mine (Hayley’s) and was brilliant on the night.”

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The first dance was to Angus & Julia Stone – Babylon. Hayley remarking, “We love the lyrics, and have our own interpretation of them.. “rest your head – you’re all mine. And I stay awake, I won’t go home.” Hayley has trouble sleeping so James will normally try to stay awake with me until I fall asleep. Also when we first stayed at Empire (where the wedding was) we played Angus & Julia on repeat – particularly that song. We talked a lot during the first dance, we laughed and swapped stories on how our day was going so far – it was a great moment de-briefing the night so far.”

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Congratulations to you both Hayley and James! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you to Gavin Wyatt Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Gavin Wyatt Photography / Bride’s Dress: Pallas Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Pallas Couture / Bride's Flower Crown: Indy Bloom / Flowers & Decor: Indy Bloom / Bride’s Jewelry: Necklace gift from dad when I was 2 engraved 1987 / Bridesmaid Dresses: Seduce / Groom’s Attire: Brittons Formal Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Brittons Formal Wear / Bow ties/ties: Ben Sherman / Venue: Empire Retreat / Catering: Olsens Catering / Cake Baker: Edible Art / Cake Topper: Willow Tree & Indy Bloom / Reception stylist / any decorations / details: Empire Events / Favors: (Candles) Soaps For The Soul / Invitations & Stationery: Paper Fusion / Hairstylist: Brenda Lee / Makeup Artist: Alba Iomazzo / Ceremony Musicians: Melanie Timms / DJ: DJ Carleton / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Grist 0416 694 453 / Transport: Gannaways / Cinematographer: Paul Brown (Channel 9 cameraman)
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