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Sam and Michael’s Macadamia Orchard Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Sam & Michael

I love today’s engagement photos – not least because they took place in a macadamia orchard. How is that for a very cool backdrop? Kylie of Just For Love Photography spent an afternoon with Sam and Michael, finding a little hidden spot on a Sunshine Coast road that had a macadamia orchard on one side and a pine forest on the other.

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Michael and Sam tell their story. “We are true high school sweethearts, dating for almost ten years. Neither of us can remember specifically our first date, except that it probably involved a Saturday night movie and some ice-cream.”

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On what she loves about Michael, Sam says, “I love how Michael can make me laugh, I love his laugh and his sweet, kind-hearted nature.”

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The proposal was most unexpected for Sam, who tells, “After almost ten years together, I had started to give up on Michael proposing. One weekend, he surprised me with a weekend away in Noosa, QLD. We went kayaking out to a deserted sandbar where he got out on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I said yes of course!”

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On what he loves about Sam, Michael says, “I love that we have so many fun memories together and cannot wait for our future as husband and wife!”

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Natalie & Sam’s Intimate Sydney Restaurant Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Natalie & Sam

When you’re flying halfway across the world for your wedding you want to show your guests the sights in all their glory. Natalie and Sam chose an intimate Sydney restaurant wedding, at the beautiful Quay Restaurant (which has some of the best views in Sydney) to celebrate their big day. Anni Payne of Milk & Honey Photography was there to capture it all.

Of their love story, Natalie and Sam tell. “We originally met in Sydney and moved together to New York in 2011 where we have since been living. While we always joked we would elope and wanted something very small, when we decided to get married we realized that we wanted to celebrate at home, over the Sydney summer with our closest friends and family.”

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Natalie wore a sleek gown by Lea-Ann Belter from Lovely Bride.

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Natalie and Sam married at a private home in Point Piper. Natalie noting, “Given we’re currently living in New York, we wanted to come home to a Sydney summer and to celebrate with our close family so we held the ceremony at home for 25 people.”

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Natalie walked down the aisle to John Legend’s “All Of Me”.

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Natalie describes the wedding as “Small, intimate, simple and classic.”

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Nicky Solomon performed the ceremony which had Jewish influences. Natalie remarks, “We first met/ Skyped with Nicky from New York and found her so warm and open. She genuinely cared about creating a very personal and intimate ceremony that truly incorporated our friends and family. Leading up to the ceremony, she guided us in everything from our vows through to the logistics of the ceremony.”

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A tea ceremony followed the formal proceedings before guests enjoyed drinks and canapes on the lawns.

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Guests took a boat together to Quay Restaurant for the wedding reception.

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Of their photographer, Natalie tells, “We were amazed to look back at the photos and see that Anni seemed to be everywhere capturing every moment from every angle – a superhuman effort! She was so easy to work with, integrated herself seamlessly into the event, and made us all feel comfortable and natural on the day.”

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Mikarla Bauer created the floral arrangements for the day, Natalie remembering, “Mikarla came highly recommended by friends and she organized everything entirely by email as we live in New York. We provided an open brief and her creative direction and suggestions were perfect. She made everything so easy with the logistics and delivery – her bouquets and table decorations were stunning, elegant and perfectly suited to our simple and intimate wedding.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Natalie and Sam! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Anni Payne, Milk & Honey Photography / Bride’s Dress: Lea-Ann Belter / Bridal Salon: Lovely Bride / Hair & Makeup Artist: Renae Michel at Renae Michel / Flowers & Decor: Mikarla Bauer / Ceremony Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Nicky Solomon / Reception Venue: Quay Restaurant

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Creating a Dream Dress for a Romantic Bride Images by Joseph Willis Photography via PQ Fashions

I don’t know about you but I am sleepy but invigorated this Friday morning. Ms Chinoiserie and I spent yesterday coming up with big plans for the year and my brain is over active after all of our brainstorming. I am well and truly ready to clean out my inbox this week and get some long overdue tasks off my plate.

Before I do so though, let’s dive into Friday Roundup!

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 Bride Advice Wedding Dress Shopping For The Plus Size Bride 2. Real Wedding Amy and Rhett’s Three Day Yallingup Wedding Celebration 3. Real Wedding Candice and Lyndon’s Noosa Beach 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?  Youki Nakahara of Sugar Bee Flowers 2. Expert Advice  Creating a Dream Dress for a Romantic Bride 3. Expert Advice Things You Should Know About Your Wedding Photographer

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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 Freshwater Pearl Earrings  2. Tuesday Type Windsong

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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.


1. Honeymoon Essentials Part 1 – It’s All in the Planning!

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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.


1. The Style of a Tailor Made Suit

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Church364 Bridal Fair

Love a bit of bubbles at a beautiful wedding venue? Church 364 are holding an open day on Sunday 24th May from 11am to 3pm at this Richmond venue. On show will be plenty of amazing wedding vendors along with treats to eat and win! Register by calling (03) 9686 5855 or email

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Seaside Elopement Wedding Inspiration

The launch of Get Social Wedding Pros!

Colourful Fiji Wedding Inspiration

Instagram Mistakes To Avoid As A Blogger (How to avoid them)

An epic Christmas proposal

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A beautiful film to end the week from Way Up High today. The wedding of Hugh and Nikita and oh my gosh, could the ceremony be any more emotional?


Anna and Tim’s Paper Flower Filled Country Wedding

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Anna & Tim

Anna and Tim restored their sweet country homestead so they could marry there. Months of hard work restoring the home to its former glory, pruning and preparing the gardens with their family and friends led to their dream wedding venue becoming reality. The result? A beautiful paper flower filled country wedding celebration all captured by Photography With Cassie,

Anna tells of how they met. “We met through Tim’s sister Melanie, at her birthday party. I was smitten almost instantly, but it was another six months before we began dating. Our wedding date was the sixth anniversary of our first date, and Melanie was my Maid of Honour.”

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Anna remembers, “Francesca Grey in Latrobe did all the girls’ hair, and did a great job. Lorin Kamphuis did our make up, and is an amazing artist. We had a really lovely, relaxed morning at Francesca’s salon being pampered by these two women, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”

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Anna hand glittered her shoes, pairing them with a Karen Willis Holmes gown from Studio White and earrings by Silvermist Studio.

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The wedding was held at the couple’s country home, Anna remarking, “We had been property hunting for a while and after our engagement we purchased a beautiful 1920’s homestead on 18 acres. We knew when we bought it that it was our dream wedding site, but we weren’t sure if it was going to be possible because the house was filthy and the gardens were a jungle. Thankfully we have wonderful family and friends who all worked hard to help make our ‘at home wedding’ happen.”

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Anna walked down the aisle to a duet by Megan Washington and Kate Miller-Heidke cover ‘Let it be Me.’

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“We exchanged vows in front of our paddock gate, with guests on one side and our goats on the other, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

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“Our dairy goat stud is a huge and important part of our lives. The goats are our babies and we really wanted to include them in our wedding and especially our photos. It was a little drizzly at the beginning of our wedding and I was worried that they’d be hiding in the shed (they hate the rain) but there was no way they were going to miss out on all the excitement. Cassie did a great job capturing their individual personalities.”

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Paper flowers were a big highlight of the day, handmade by the bride who tells, “I love crafting and making and handmade as much as possible. The invitations, flowers, decorations, my shoes, and table centrepieces (were all handmade).”

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Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea reception, Anna remarking, “The reception was a high tea held in a marquee in the paddock beside the house. The food was cooked by family and friends, including many prize-winning recipes from members of the local agricultural show society.”

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Guests took home bars of goat milk soap by Margaret Lomman as wedding favors.

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Congratulations on your marriage Anna and Tim! Thank you so much for sharing the details with us! Thank you to Photography With Cassie for sharing this gorgeous wedding!

Photographer: Photography With Cassie / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bridal Salon: Studio White / Bride’s Shoes: Handmade by the bride / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Silvermist Studio / Groom’s Attire: Mensland Devonport / Groomsmen Attire: Mensland Devonport / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Francesca Grey / Makeup Artist: Lorin Kamphuis / Flowers: Handmade / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Kathryn Campbell / Favors: Goats' milk soaps by Margaret Lomman / Wedding & Engagement Rings: Rob Mitchell
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