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Vendor of the Week – Paper Tree Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! What did you get up to over the weekend? I can’t believe it’s already Valentines Day week! Isn’t the year going fast?

So let’s start our week of with a fantastical, talented vendor, a spotlight on a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

We love our Polka Dot Directory members- flooding in are florists, makeup artists, photographers, cinematographers and of course, wedding planners. There are so many different styles, so many different personalities that you’ll be sure to find a vendor who can help make your vision become your reality.

Sydney couples rejoice! This week’s vendor of the week and splendid photographer Paper Tree Photography! Owner Samantha was inspired to start her photography career when she fell in love with it while traveling.

Samantha’s images are dreamy- candid moments, stolen glances shot in an editorial fashion. She loves natural light, being as unobtrusive as possible and insanely beautiful locations. Which if you’re a Sydney bride is a pretty delightful combination!

We asked Samantha from Paper Tree Photography five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink? 

A nice drop of vino

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Jamberoo. Friends of mine have the most gorgeous property, surrounded by rolling hills and Kiama beach is just 10mins down the road. You get the best of both worlds, its paradise!

Favourite restaurant?

Aww thats a tuffy… I love food, ummm favourite restaurant… well I’m going to cheat and give you two. The best meal I have ever eaten was at Tetsuya’s and the place I like to go regularly is Busshari in Potts Point (NSW).

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Ok, muesli, sliced fruit, yoghurt, honey and a dash of milk is stat. But when I’m feeling like a hot brekky it would be poached eggs, on toast with avocado, bacon, rocket and lemon.

Your favourite wedding story?

It’s yet to happen. I want to photograph my best friend’s wedding at Jamberoo. Maybe this will encourage them to get hitched. Here’s hoping…

Visit Paper Tree Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Paper Tree Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Giddy

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by David Moore

Nikki and Danny’s Adelaide Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Nikki and Danny

Imagine having your engagement photographs taken on salt flats. Where the ruggedness and worn feeling of the land is such a juxtaposition against two people newly engaged and very much in love. This engagement shoot took place in St Kilda, South Australia right near the salt flats and was shot by White Wall Photography.

Nikki and Danny are childhood sweethearts. Nikki tells their story. “I was 15 and Danny was nearly 18, we knew of each other because we went to the same school, but had never spoken to each other before.

We met at Wetzels Pretzels where I was working at my first job ever. He started about 6 months after me. We connected instantly and became great friends and after a few months we started dating.  We knew very early that we wanted to be with each other forever and get married, but because we were so young, that was going to be a long way down the track.

In June 2011 we went to Bali, I knew a proposal would be sometime soon but did not have a clue it was happening in Bali. It was so romantic and he made me a book with a variety of tasks in it to complete, and if they were completed I received rewards (e.g. perfume, picture book of us etc) and the last one was finding a shell on the beach in Bali, and that is where he got down on one knee. He planned it all out so well and it took months. I was crying the whole entire time, and was very overwhelmed. ”

Katrina and Marty’s Rowboat Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Katrina and Marty

There’s nothing like a lazy day floating down the river on a row boat with your loved one, watching the world go by.  Anna Selent sent over the engagement shoot of Katrina and Marty who took to the Yarra River in a rowboat for their photographs.

“We knew each other only as acquaintances through our involvement in the same church here in Melbourne. Unknown to Marty, I was then engaged to be married to someone else overseas. Having been single for a while, Marty was surprised at how he always looked forward to seeing me at church, if only to say hello, but nobody was to know. When I moved back to the Philippines in 2009, it really hit Marty and he thought he would never see me again.”

Marty chimes in’ “Months after I thought Katrina was gone forever, I felt God telling me through prayer to travel to the Philippines for a church conference, which God whispered would also serve to bring me one step closer to meeting ‘the one’. For some reason, I remembered Katrina. Whilst I booked a ticket and made preparations for the conference, I did not know that she had been recovering from her broken engagement, and was already preparing to move back to Melbourne. One Sunday morning, I walked into church as usual and saw the back of what I thought might be her sitting in a pew. I ran out of church hyperventilating and when my pastor came out to see if I was ok, I asked him to confirm to me whether it was Katrina or not, and when he said, ‘yes’….I knew from that moment I would do anything to be married to her one day. It was as if a dream I once had that vansihed just suddenly re-appeared in full colour!”

“It took me three months after Katrina arrived back to Melbourne to ask her out on our first date. Right up to that time, I was making deliberate attempts to be at every church gathering that I thought she would be in…without her even knowing I had feelings for her. I plucked up the courage to ask her out for ‘a meal’, which she thought would be a burger at McDonalds.

I took her to a candle-lit dinner in Williamstown by the pier where I nervously stated my feelings for her. After a long silence, I was blown away when she reached out for my hands and told me that she too had been prayerfully considering me, after recently waking up from a dream she had about being married to me.”.

“After church one Sunday, I whisked her off into the city where we walked around and revisited some of our favourite hangout spots when we were courting. When Katrina’s feet started to get sore from walking in heels all day, and she went to buy a pair of comfortable shoes at a shop on Spencer Street, I took the opportunity to run out and round up a horse drawn carriage, which she found waiting for her as she stepped out of the shop. As we rode on the carriage through the city, I got down on two knees and asked her to be my wife. We were both in tears as she said an emphatic “YUP!”.

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