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Snapshot Sunday – Whip My Hair Back & Forth

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Rachel and Andrew’s Canberra Gardens Engagement Photos

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Canberra Gardens can certainly put on a show and that’s exactly what they did for the lovely engagement photos of Rachel & Andrew captured by Iconic Photography! The golden red backdrop of the trees, the depth and beauty of Lake Burley Griffin and the relaxed and fun relationship of Rachel and Andrew make for a wonderful Saturday!

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On how they met, Rachel and Andrew tell, “We met through our church community group where are we youth group leaders.”

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The romantic proposal story goes a little something like this. “Rachel had been planning a bush walk and picnic with Andrew at Namadgi National Park, south of Canberra, for a few weeks. Andrew had been planning for the day much, much, longer. Andrew personally designed the engagement ring he wanted to give Rachel using software on his computer. He then worked with a local Canberra jeweller to have the ring made. He also did the noble thing and asked Rachel’s parents the week before the bush walk if they gave their blessing for Andrew to ask Rachel to marry him. Of course they approved.

On their bush walk, Andrew tried to find the perfect spot off the main track, away from the other bushwalkers, to pop the question. This required more bush bashing than bush walking as Rachel recalls and she was starting to get a little confused why Andrew was so insistent to just go ‘a little further’. Eventually Andrew found the spot he was looking for which was suitably quiet, secluded and picturesque to ask Rachel to marry him. Andrew got down on one knee, asked for Rachel’s hand in marriage and got the answer every man hopes for. It is unclear who cried first but it is safe to say that thanks to all the tears, the patch of Namadgi National Park on which this joyous occasion took place won’t be in need of water for some time. ”

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The shoot paid homage to their engagement, photographer Nicholas telling, “They wanted an outside photo shoot that fun, vibrant and involved a picnic. It has a nice connection with their engagement story. They are genuine, generous, funny and full of life and I wanted to create a photo shoot for them that showed this. I can’t wait to capture some more special memories for them on their wedding day. Oh, I must not forget that they are also great cooks and hosts. Following the photo session, they asked me to join them for scones and wine in the park. Delicious!”

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Photographer: Iconic Photography

Bright Urban Wedding Ideas

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This bright, modern wedding inspiration shoot has my imagination wandering. An inner city venue, with modern sculptural features becomes a modern, urban wedding venue. Bright blooms in tones of orange, red and yellow with lime green foliage decorate the spaces. Bold silver lanterns sit beside dark wood chairs, bright yellow glass, a feature of the restaurant is reflected through the centrepieces. Every element of this celebration inspiration weaves its way from one space to the next – creating a cohesive look and a stylish option for something urban with a bright twist.

Florido Weddings teamed up with Foreva Events Styled Events The Butterfly Lounge, Urban Weddings and Bella Brides at Brisbane venue The Urbane Group. Conceptualizing the idea that a wedding celebration might span multiple venues within the group (The Euro, Euro Garden, The Urbane, The Sub Urbane and Laneway Bar), Eva of Foreva Events explains, “The theme we were aiming for was an Urban Wedding featuring the warmth of the brick walls and the yellows and reds on the panels and glass inside of the venue. We wanted to showcase the venue’s beauty to show brides that it is a perfect venue to include all aspects of a unique Brisbane Urban styled wedding. As the space was so unique we really wanted to do something different and incorporate the herb garden that they have outside and work in the greenery with the walls and use thyme to put on top of all of the menus to showcase their values.”

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Photographer: Florido Weddings / Styling Coordinator: Foreva Events / Stylist: Styled Events / Flowers: The Butterfly Lounge / Invitations & Stationery: Urban Weddings / Hair & Makeup Artist: Bella Brides / Venue: The Urbane Group / Bride’s Dress: Fiorenza

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Glass Slipper Photography from A Trip Down Memory Lane

Well well well, Friday who ever thought we would make it this far? I can hardly believe it’s December-  Christmas candles are burning, I have Christmas playlists on all day and my wrapping paper (which is polka dot of course!) makes me no less than giddy. T’is the season and I couldn’t be more excited!

We only have one week of work here at Polka Dot Bride HQ before we take a little break to rest up for next year. But if you’re eager for wedding goodies – we have posts lined up each and every day 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. Kitchen Tea - Katherine’s Pink and White Kitchen Tea 2. A Trip Down Memory Lane

 

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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? - The Team at Triple R Luxury Car Hire 2. Expert Advice - An Open Letter From Your Wedding Vendors 3. Behind The Scenes: Lisa Gowing Legacy Photo Shoot

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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. Tuesday Type – Tuesday Type – Samantha Script 3. DIY Tutorial  – FREE DIY Printable Place Card Template and Tutorial


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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 In Portugal – Almoçageme Windmill 2. Honeymoon Location - Honeymoon In The Gili Islands


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I’m so excited to announce the winner of our Win A $500 Party Hire Voucher From Prop It Pretty competition! A big congratulations to Chloe Bowles! Congratulations Chloe! I will be in touch shortly!

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Johanna Johnson are getting in the festive season spirit with 20% off all Muse Collection styles until the 13th of December 2014. Plus to celebrate Christmas, between now and Christmas eve there is 15% off all accessories! Contact the Sydney JJ Flagship Store on 02 9360 9411 or email sales@johannajohnson.com

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 Sydney event planners Bells N Whistles have recently relaunched their brand (watch out soon for our event review of their celebration!). Part of the re-brand saw the launch of a brand new package called “The Best Of Both Worlds”. The package allows couples to marry in a luxury location without doing all the planning yourself! The team at Bells N Whistles? They’ll tick every box and sort out every detail! Their portfolio currently consists of three exclusive locations across  Australia,  New  Zealand  and  Fiji,  expanding  to  more locations in 2015. So if you’re looking for a destination wedding without the trouble, drop an email to the lovely team at Bells N Whistles today!

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Looking for a special way to tell your relationship story? meet My Memory Books! Their brand new product – The Anniversary Yearbook is designed as a wonderful way to tell your story and keep your memories for years to come.
They’re offering an exclusive discount code to Polka Dot Bride readers for The Anniversary Yearbook and all other wedding items in the range. Upon check out, simply enter the code BRIDE20 to receive 20% off!
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Today’s video is a fun one! The team at wedding videography company Video Boutique asked a bunch of children what a wedding is and results are not only the cutest way to start your Friday. My favourite? “Love is about being happy, not being sad”.

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