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Cassie and James Northhead Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Cassie & James

I have the most serene engagement session to kick off the year with for you. It’s apt really considering how much we’re all in turmoil at this time of year and the week we have had in Australia.

Today’s shoot comes from Leah Kua and our newly engaged are Cassie & James.

Leah told me the story of the shoot. “The couple actually took me to the place where the groom to be (James) proposed. It was his birthday the day he proposed and the bride to be (Cassie) had planned a beautiful day for him, but nothing in the afternoon, so he suggested that they visit one of their favourite spots – Northhead in Sydney (totally spectacular place). Because it was his birthday she was happy to go along with whatever he wanted, but what she didn’t know is that he had actually been up bright and early and had conspired with a friend to set up a gorgeous picnic for her in a secluded part of Northhead, overlooking the ocean and the Sydney skyline. When they got there Cassie wanted to go to the main lookout, but James encouraged her to try something a little off the beaten path (including a fence jump). After finally persuading her to jump the fence he let her walk around the rock first to see what had been set up and when she looked back he was down on one knee. They stayed until the sun set that night so it was so incredibly special to have them back in that same spot for their engagement shoot, especially seeing as they had not been back since that day, in the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding.”

Photos by Leah Kua

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Prints For Queensland Floods Appeal

by | Blog News, Bride


The “inland Tsunami” hits Toowoomba on Monday

My head has been elsewhere this week- it hasn’t been on weddings. If you’ve been close to a news station this week, you’ll have heard the news that 5% of Australia was under water during the week. The floods have slowly been moving down Queensland and this week hit Brisbane. Lives have been lost, businesses absolutely destroyed- it has been a dark week in Australia.

The flood waters head towards Brisbane on Wednesday (Photo from The Daily Telegraph)

As the water starts to recede the cleanup has only just begun, there are over 26,000 homes which need to be cleaned out and rebuilt- not to mention the businesses (including a popular wedding venue having to be set adrift) and lives rebuilt.

I’m not personally affected by the floods- but they happened in the country in which my heart lives. The country where I grew up, the cities where we spent childhood vacations.

Together with Switchcities who raised over $2800 for Hope For Haiti, we’re having a print sale to raise money for QLD Flood Relief. Some of the best photographers in the world (Including Marina Miller, Scotty Perry, Gabe McClintock, Kip Beelman and more) have gotten together and donated prints to be sold with all proceeds going to QLD Flood Relief. Each print is priced in $US

There will be more prints going up throughout the weekend, including some more from fantastic Australian photographers. All are available for you to purchase. You can see & buy all of the Switchcities QLD Flood relief photographs here (bookmark it as more are being added!)

I would love to see every single one of these beautiful prints sold and the Polka Dot Bride and wider photography community be able to make some sort of difference to the tragedy that has been unfolding on Australia’s shores.

On another note-  Pakistan has also experienced incredibly devastating floods this week. You can donate to them here.

Honeysuckle Hullabaloo

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Every year, colour masters Pantone announce their colour of the year- 2011 brings the year of Honeysuckle. This is “the” colour that will infiltrate fashion, home wares, design and weddings. What do you think of it? It’s described as a ?A sherbety shade of pink, with a hint of red and orange zest…” I think pairing the bright tone back with calm neutrals like cream or grey could work really beautifully.

Centrepiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, bridesmaid gown from Dessy, invitation from Bella Figura, makeup look from Martha Stewart Weddings

Jo and Dion’s Art Gallery Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jo & Dion

I feel like today is the day to don a party dress, grab some friends and spend the night twirling on the dance floor- which is pretty much exactly what Jo & Dion did for their Fremantle art gallery wedding! Jo wore a stunning knee length gown and the couple spent the day together before marrying right before their reception (love that idea!)

Photos today are by Michelle Kiddie Photography. I love the fun and carefree nature of Michelle’s photos today- there’s a little bit of magic in each one!

Michelle says ” After hair and make-up I photographed them getting ready together, which I thought was really sweet, especially when Dion said he would have been too nervous to get ready without Jo.”

After they dressed (Jo wore a knee length Rachel Gilbert gown (called ‘Whitney’).) The couple headed out with their photographer for some pre wedding photographs.

Jo and Dion mixed their ceremony into their reception. Michelle recalls “The ceremony itself was in the courtyard of the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery, at 6.30pm. This is such a great spot for a ceremony  – guests gathered around under fairy lights and candles as the last of the daylight gave way to the stars. Jo and Dion waited in the upstairs gallery until the guests had all arrived and then walked downstairs together to see all their guests waiting for them to say ‘I do’! ”

The beautiful ceremony was over by 7pm, including speeches, so the couple could get on with celebrating and dancing with their guests against a back drop of contemporary art work and the smooth funk sounds from the live band. Cocktail food and drinks were served by Moore&Moore, (which is the funky café inside the art gallery that serves some of the best coffee and food in Fremantle when it’s open in the daytime).

Jo and Dion hired a live funk band to get their guests on the dance floor.

Congratulations to Jo & Dion on their wedding! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Michelle Kiddie for sharing the photographs!

Photos by Michelle Kiddie Photography

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