Cristina and Jared’s Urban Engagement Shoot

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Engagements


Mary-Jane Photography & Design captured Cristina and Jared’s engagement portraits around Brisbane city. Making use of industrial features, solid, straight lines and the beauty of the inner city, Jared, Cristina and Mary-Jane spent a day commemorating their love and the beauty of Brisbane.

Cristina shares their story. “Jared and I met back in October of 2009 at a wedding of a common friend. I had attended Uni with the groom and Jared had worked with him. It was very random as I was actually meant to come to the wedding with a date and Jared originally wasn’t even meant to be invited to the wedding!”

“Shortly afterwards we started casually dating, though I didn’t think anything of it as I knew that 6 weeks later I would be going to work in England for an entire 2 months and figured it wouldn’t withstand the distance. Jared on the other hand knew it was something special and just 1 week before I left asked me to date him exclusively while I was in England and I agreed. The 2 months I was away did amazing things for our relationship and we got to know each other extremely well via email and text that may not have been possible to the same depth had we continued seeing each other in person during that time.”

” Once I arrived back to Australia I already knew Jared was the one. By Valentines Day of 2010 I even began looking at rings though I knew we wouldn’t get engaged for a while longer as we didn’t want to rush something so important ”

“Jared proposed on the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve of 2010/2011. This was very special for me as New Years Eve is my absolute favourite time of year and I think starting the New Year as engaged and being able to begin planning our life together was amazing. The proposal happened at Burleigh Beach on the cliffs, where our first official date was and is also one of my most favourite places in the world (we’re also planning to have our Trash the Dress photos taken here).”

“I had known Mary-Jane for a while and as soon as Jared & I became engaged, I knew I wanted her to do our wedding photos. I know she is a versatile photographer and I knew I wanted photos that were a little different and not the typical bridal or engagement shots – so when I suggested that I wanted urban and architectural shots she was very excited!”

“Together we chose the Goodwill Bridge in Southbank, Queensland Performing Arts Center and Gallery of Modern Art as locations. These places are important to me as I studied violin at the Queensland Conservatorium and would walk over the bridge every day. I also wanted photos at QPAC because of my performing music background, and its also such a beautiful clean cut and classic building that will always be around and important for Brisbane. I also love the look of the new GoMA building and its classic walls and open spaces (simple and uncomplicated is a look both Jared and I like and it reflects our relationship) and I’ve always been a fan of urban fashion photography, so I knew we could get some excellent shots there that were different from the usual typical locations you see in bridal magazines.

We loved how our engagement shots turned out and cant wait for our wedding day!!”


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Jackie and Adrian’s National Park Love Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Jackie & Adrian

National parks always make the most beautiful backdrops to engagement photographs. Today’s couple Jackie and Adrian were captured by photographer Rebecca Ding at Garigal National Park on a beautiful Summer day. It’s evident from the photographs how much fun Jackie and Adrian have together and so, what a fun way to kick off a weekeend!

Jackie says “We share a love for travel and the proposal happened on one of our 
trips away; this time at the Sea Temple Resort & Spa in Port Douglas,
Queensland. Adrian organised a private dining area at a pool side 
cabana and popped the question and a bottle of champagne under a 
sparkling candle chandelier.”

“The past two years have been the best of our lives and on August 14th
 2012 we will be tying the knot at the Intercontinental Golf Resort &
 Spa in Natadola, Fiji. We are looking forward to having our closest family and friends fly in to share our special day in paradise.”


Photographer: Rebecca Ding

Elva Fields ‘Living History’ Spring 2012 Collection

by | Accessories, Bride, Bridesmaids, Jewellery


I am always a fan of the gorgeous bold jewels from Elva Fields and the newest collection- ‘Living History’ embodies jewel like colours. Designer Emily Wheat Maynard was inspired by the vintage pieces she includes in each design and her love of all things natural. Personally, I think these make for a beautiful wedding day accessory (perhaps adding colour to a simple gown, switching out a traditional style necklace for something fun and bold at the reception and even for your bridesmaids).

I love the range of bridal whites Emily has incorporated into the new collection- from bleached wooden discs, pearls, glass and and textured stones. They’re set off by vintage rhinestone brooches, vintage earrings and bold brooches. I can never go past the injection of colour though- vivid African blues, citrus yellows and sherbet oranges.

Elva Fields consists of three lines. June (limited edition earrings), Elva (necklaces made from a mix of vintage and new elements) and Deb (eco one-of-a-kind necklaces made from entirely vintage components) and then there’s my favourite- the custom, one of a kind option where the Elva Fields team design a piece (or a set of pieces!) to compliment your personal wedding style.


Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photography by Karen Buckle from “Our Perfect Garden Party Wedding”

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you have a lovely week? it certainly feels like Autumn is finally here doesn’t it? I love it! Scarves! Tights! Boots! Hooray! What have you got planned for this weekend?

On Polka Dot Groom

Grooms show us how stylish glasses can really be on your wedding day

Gerald shows us  his very individual style on Groom Style

When Cara and Bruce got married, Cara took Bruce’s breath away

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Jennifer Gao from The Wedding Boutique answers our Expert Interview questions

Abraham Joffe of Untitled Filmworks showcases his film on the beautiful work of Karen Willis Holmes

The difference between a good wedding and a great wedding could be your wedding planner – find out how

On Polka Dot Made

We featured rustic wooden candleholders on our Etsy Roundup

Tuesday Type this week  is Melany Lane

Alicia from Akimbo shows a tutorial on confetti making and packaging

Stuck with how to garnish your champagne? Luckily we have a gorgeous list of champagne garnish inspiration for you!

On Polka Dot Weddings

Dave and Melissa get married in ‘Our Perfect Garden Party’ with pretty handmade touches and a purple tinged theme

Jane and Mat show us their gorgeous handmade NZ wedding

A navy and red theme for Carita and Craig’s nautical inspired QLD wedding

it’s March Desperately Seeking! Can you help our couples find what they’re wishing for?

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

What about Kangaroo Island for your honeymoon – Jess and Janek show us how to honeymoon with a child in tow

Around the wedding world this week….


Put this one in your diary! Melbourne designer Anna Campbell is holding a warehouse sale in April! Head down to 33 Gale St, Brunswick on Saturday, 14th of April between 10am and 2pm for garments with prices starting at $49. Past season collections, one off pieces, seconds and samples will all be available. It’s a cash only sale so make sure you hit up an ATM on the way!

US wedding industry commentator Liene Stevens of Think Splendid is looking for brides from all around the world who have had a wedding since 2007 or are marrying in the next few years to fill out a few questions. Visit her website to fill it out.

US based destination photographers A Love Supreme are holding their 2013 wedding photography giveaway! While travel expenses are not included, the team will travel anywhere. The prize does include two photographers and extras like a disc of high res images, online slideshow and online proofing gallery.The competition closes June 1st so check out their blog for how to enter.

For our film of the week, Sydney photographer David of David Campbell Imagery recently took as trip to the USA and took some very special photos. He set his camera to continuously fire shots and he so kindly shared them with us (it makes for a beautiful story).