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by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Amy and Jeremy’s Chocolat Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Amy & Jeremy

The beautiful movie “Chocolat” remains a favourite of mine for it’s incredible imagery. So when I heard Amy & Jeremy’s engagement shoot was inspired by this very same movie I knew it would be something special. Madeleine Peterson of Etta Photography captured the engagement photographs.

Madeline says “Amy is a nurse and so we chose the location of a medical school building in Brisbane behind the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a personal backdrop.  Then, with the beautiful buildings and stone stairwell it had a feel similar to that of the ‘Chocolat’ movie and when I suggested the idea as an inspiration they were super keen!  They both looked gorgeous and Amy’s outfits suited the colours of the theme perfectly – plus her red lipstick and gorgeous eyelashes adding a super romantic touch. We found a red coat  and use some boutique yummy chocolates to share for a bit of fun and they certainly played the romance up perfectly!”

Amy tells their story. “In 2009, I was working as nursing assistant at the RBWH and was nearing the end of my second year of study at QUT in Brisbane to become a registered nurse. Jeremy, an Air Force officer based in Melbourne at the time, just found out that he was being posted to Brisbane for  the next 3 years. We both lead really busy lives, so it was difficult to find the time to meet new people and potentially find love. Nowadays, people often rely on bars, pubs and clubs to meet someone – both Jeremy and I weren’t interested in the party scene, so we had to pursue other   avenues. So in late October of that year, I decided I would create a profile and put it on RSVP, hoping that I would find someone right for me. Unbeknownst to me, Jeremy had already had his profile on the site for a few years at this point, unsuccessful in his search for ‘the one’.

” I received over 200 responses in a few short days, and although it was very exciting to see how many were interested, most did not suit my strict criteria….except for Jeremy’s that is 🙂 His profile was well constructed, humorous, intelligent and was ticking all the right boxes! The only  thing it was missing was a picture – there wasn’t a face to put to the profile! I was dying to see what he looked like (after all, he had already seen my picture and knew what I looked like!). When I finally saw his profile picture I wasn’t disappointed – before me was a picture of a handsome man with a kind and open face with bright green eyes and a beautiful smile (and as an added bonus, he was in uniform ;)). I couldn’t believe it, I thought I’d hit the jackpot! He said that my profile was the best he’d ever read, that it was a standout! Before long we were sending each other 5000 word emails, talking about interests, goals for the future and even marriage and children. After only 6 days on the site, I had removed my profile. Although there was always the possibility of him turning out to be not who I thought (and vice versa for him), we believed we’d found someone worth dedicating our sole focus on. I was up until 4am a few mornings replying to his emails, and our first phone call lasted 4 hours.”

“Jeremy had a work trip to Brisbane already planned for November, so we decided that while he was up, we would meet in person and go on a date. On November 10th, just over 2 weeks after we first started chatting online, we met for the first time. The nervousness and anxiety we felt hoping that we were both as perfect as our profiles, emails and phone calls had predicted soon was replaced with joy, happiness and excitement as we looked into each others eyes. We truly thought it was love at first sight. Jeremy kissed me then and there in the foyer of the Marriott!! Our date felt like it was the tenth for us, there was no awkwardness or prolonged silences while trying to think of something to say – it was natural and felt so right! From then, we knew we wanted to spend our lives together.”

“One month later, Jeremy moved to Brisbane and we moved in together. Just one day before our one year anniversary (from our first date), we were relaxing at home when Jeremy presented me with a home made book of photos, emails and other memory-provoking items. While I flicked through the pages, reflecting on good times, he pulled from his pocket a beautiful Tiffany platinum engagement ring – he said how much he loved me and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!”

“Just under a year later, on October 28th 2011, we got married in front of family and friends at Sirromet Winery. It was the most perfect day; I’m not just talking about the weather, but the fact I got to marry my soul mate, the person I love so dearly, the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. Recently we bought a house, and we are expecting our first baby, due late June. We couldn’t be more happy… all of our dreams have come true.”

Photographer: Etta Photography

Edwina and Ben’s Romantic Sydney Wedding

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


Edwina and Ben

Classic, romantic weddings never go out of style and today’s wedding of Edwina and Ben, who married at the university where they met is nothing short of a classic romance story.

Edwina tells of how they met. “We met at Sydney Uni in our first chemistry lecture”.

Photos are by Welsch Photography who captured the classic romantic style of today’s wedding beautifully.

Edwina and Ben held their ceremony at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney the very same place that the couple first met! The couple chose their 12 year anniversary as their wedding date.

Edwina walked down the aisle to Handel’s ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’.

The weather was beautiful for their wedding day. Edwina recalls, “We were so worried about the weather as rain was forecast. The day before was very wet and on the morning of the wedding it was overcast. We were certain it would rain on our day. Luckily the weather cleared in time and the whole day was sunny. The weather held until just after we got to our hotel suite that night and then it started to pour. We stood at the doors to the Juliet balcony watching the rain and thinking how lucky we were to have had such a wonderful wedding day, and all with the sun shining on us!”

The couple even revisited that chemistry lab that held the story of their first meeting.

The reception at The Tea Rooms At QVB followed the classic style of the wedding. Edwina notes “The Tea Room staff were highly professional and accommodating.”

Faye Cahill styled the cake and Edwina’s sister designed the stationery and invitations, Edwina explains “My sister did all the graphic design work, designing the invitations etc and even a monogram as a theme for our wedding.”

The wedding was styled by Raymond Ware, The Styling Company.Petals with Passion created the floral arrangements. Each guest received a customised matchbook from Mi Bride and Groom.

Congratulations on your marriage Edwina and Ben! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Welsch Photography  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Welsch Photography / Cinematographer: Moving Presentations / Styling & Hire: Raymond Ware, The Styling Company / Groom's Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Hair & Makeup Artist: Jennifer Worger   / Flowers: Petals with Passion / Ceremony Venue: The Great Hall, The University of Sydney / Reception Venue: The Tea Rooms, Queen Victoria Building / Ceremony Officiant: Helen Williams / Band: Sydney Jazz Collective / Favors: Mi Bride and Groom / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill / Transport: Classic Bridal Cars / Ceremony Musician- Organ: Amy Johansen / Ceremony Musician- Carillon: Isaac Wong

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Image by Bret Salinger Photography via Tips For Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Happy Friday Dotties! What a week it has been! I know I say that every week, but really, this week has proved just a little crazy! How was your week? What did you get up to? This is what we were doing…

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.

Shoe Crush Sunday  Classic Cream Wedding In The Woods  Wedding Dress Shopping Disasters

Whimsical & Romantic French Inspired Vintage Wedding  Wedding Guest Etiquette  Polka Dot Hot Spot

1.Shoe Crush Sunday – Rocking Red Inspiration board 2.Classic Cream Wedding In The Woods 3.Wedding Dress Shopping Disasters 4.French Inspired Vintage Maleny Wedding 5.Wedding Guest Etiquette 6.Join the conversation on Polka Dot Hot Spot. Today’s topic is bridesmaid politics!

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.

Expert Interview  Vendor's Favourite - Le Bonbon  Real Wedding Planning Journey

Planning An Outdoor Wedding  The Wonderful Little Workshop

1.Roderick Ng from Master Slave talks about inspiration, trends and more 2.Donna from Le Bonbon shares her vendor favourites 3.Real Wedding Planning Journey – How The Professional Do It 4.Tips for Planning An Outdoor Wedding Ceremony 5.The Wonderful Little Workshop in Western Australia Wedding Planning Workshop.


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.

Autumn Inspiration Cake Toppers  Calligraphy Font - Amal  DIY Chalkboard Table Numbers  Cocktail Friday - Morocco Mary

1.On Etsy Roundup a selection of autumn cake toppers 2.The perfect font for your calligraphy styled wedding stationery 3.DIY Chalkboard Table number tutorial 4.Ms Lace’s take on the bloody mary – Morocco Mary


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.

Real Honeymoon In Queensland  Holiday Snapshot - Vanuatu  Land Diving In Vanatu

1.Melynda and Tim’s real honeymoon in Queensland 2.Vanuatu holiday snapshot taken by Mr Polka Dot 3.Land Diving In Vanuatu

This week on Polka Dot Groom

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

Groom Syle - Navy  Groom Syle - Robert  Back Tie Style With Real Groom Simon

1.Navy groom styling inspiration 2.Real groom style inspiration 3.Real Groom Simon share his wedding day memories

Around the wedding world this week….


Chanele Rose Flowers & Event Styling  have launched their brand new look! Fresh and elegant it reflects the gorgeous work Lina and her team complete! Check it out here.

Cancer Council Victoria is holding a raffle to raise funds for their cause Entitled the Wedding Package Raffle, entrants can go into the draw to win a special wedding package consisting of

Call 1300 65 65 85 to snap up one of the 400 tickets at $30 each. Check the website for terms & conditions and more information.


Image by Rebecca McLean

This Sunday May 27th, Seppelt Winery is hosting a Wedding Expo between 11am and 3pm.

The Grampians is fast becoming one of Australia’s biggest destination wedding locations so here’s a chance for you to meet and greet the region’s top wedding vendors – from venues, photographers and celebrants, to florists, beauticians and musicians. Plus you’ll get to experience the historical grandeur of one of the country’s oldest wineries, Seppelt. Refreshments available. More information can be found at Seppelt Weddings, Functions & Accommodation or by calling (03) 5361 2204.