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Missy and Shaun’s Sunny English Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Missy and Shaun

Rounding out our day of engagements with this splendid, sunny number from Photography By Nadean. The sunshine and light in this shoot had me convinced it was Californian but nope, it’s an English engagement shoot! I love engagement shoots, most of all because I find them grounding – a shoot like Missy and Shaun’s focuses entirely on their love, the love that existed before the wedding hoo ha, the many facets that come into i t- this is that joy, that raw first step towards a new stage of life.

Missy explains, “We wanted to capture how special our relationship felt at that moment. Being engaged is a really interesting time, you have made someone a massive promise, pledged to spend your life with them, it just makes your relationship feel so bonded and positive about what the future holds.

We wanted to have the photos taken in England because this is where we fell in love, and eventually we will move home and it will be nice to have those memories of where our story began. We were so lucky Nadean travels internationally and could capture our engagement in England and will also photograph our wedding back in Sydney too.”


The couple met in Sydney. Missy recalls, “Growing up 15 minutes from each other in Sydney- it was relocating to London and bumping into each other on the other side of the world that started it all. I deliberately  ‘lost’ a bet at the pub when we met so he would take me out to breakfast the following day, and that breakfast date lasted until that evening, we had the most amazing London summer day  just handing out, I knew then that it was something out of the ordinary.”

The proposal? Equally as beautiful. “Shaun surprised me with a romantic road trip to a very special old English manor house in the Cotswolds,. After dinner we ordered tea to our room and under a giant silver cloche was a bottle of champagne and a beautifully wrapped present. It was a  hard cover book he had made of all of our  travel photos and the dreams that we had talked about during our 3 years together of what we wanted do in life and on the last page it said  ‘ so if you really want these things too, then you simply have no choice but to…  marry me? ‘ with tears rolling down my face I turned to answer him and he was down on one knee.”

Photographer: Photography By Nadean
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Evie and Brett’s Brisbane Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Brett and Evie

We’re trying to pack as much wedding goodness into Polka Dot Bride before the end of the year so with that, there is plenty, plenty of gorgeous photography and inspiration coming your way over the coming weeks! So kicking off our Saturday this lovely Brisbane engagement shoot from Natalie McComas.

Brett proposed at the Byron bay Lighthouse, Evie recalls “Brett proposed on the 11::7::2010 11 being our fav number (coincidence we both share fav number 11) and number 7 another fav. He planned it well and being that date made it even more super special. The surprise proposal took place at Byron Bay by The Lighthouse after seeing our first whales and under a magical sunset – it was if it had been ordered specially.”

The couple had their engagement photos taken around their Brisbane home and favourite local surroundings.

Photographer: Natalie McComas

Dreamy Wedding Gown Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


To celebrate the launch of Feather + Stone Photography’s brand new website, they sent over this divine shoot they recently did to showcase BiBowden Designs latest collection.

I feel like this is the perfect way to end off the week- dreamy, beautiful images!

Photographer: Feather + Stone Photography / Dress Designer: biBowden Bridal Designs / Hair and Makeup: Tracey At The Powder Room / Styling: Suellen from Eske / Venue: Yandina Station

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Joel & Emma’s Simple Garden Wedding Photo by Mike and Amy Photographers

It’s been another busy week at Polka Dot Bride! We’re eagerly awaiting Baby Paisley and are buckling down to plan our 2012 adventures at Polka Dot Bride HQ! I can’t believe how much goodness we have to get up on the site before that clock strikes twelve on this year!

On our specialty blogs this week:

On Polka Dot Groom  we explore the White Tie Dress Code

On Polka Dot Wisdom Cindy from Cinz Stylists gives mums who are getting married some great tips

Want to know some new uses for one-time-use cameras from Sharon – check this out in Polka Dot Wisdom

Love Celtic wedding rings? Check out this post on Polka Dot Wisdom by Catherine of Celtic Wedding Rings

Sheer yumminess with our cupcake macaron tutorial on Polka Dot Made from Sharon Wee Creations

A little sneak peak at Renee’s wedding plans in Fiji on Polka Dot Weddings

See Joel and Emma’s simple garden wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

And Carmen and Patrick have a Breakfast at Tiffany’s style wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

On Polka Dot Honeymoons Lolly and Olly are back telling us about their holiday at gorgeous Port Douglas, QLD

It’s time to announce the winner of our Plum Pretty Sugar giveaway! Charlotte of Plum Pretty Sugar judged our winner yestrerday and has chosen the lucky recipeint of the Plum Pretty Sugar prize pack!

Congratualtions to Jennifer B who loved the Jardin Bleu print! Congratulations Jennifer! I will be in touch shortly!

SugarLove Weddings are partnering with Charity Water and giving 50% of family portrait session fees booked before Christmas to the charity.  Check out their blog for more information.

Henry Roth is giving away a dream wedding dress to one lucky bride! All you have to do to enter is fill out his  questionnaire and you ca go into the draw to win! Check this link to enter.


Feather + Stone Photography have relaunched their website with a brand new look! I love the funky feel and their “About Us” page! Check it out.

There’s a new bridal store in town and they’re the exclusive stockists of labels like Carolina Herrera, Elizabeth Filmore and soon.. Reem Acra! Anna Dafonte has opened her Sydney store doors stocking some of my favourite international labels Visit the website for more!

For our video this week, I wanted to share one I fell in love with- a stunning Mexico wedding film shot by Michael Y Wong. I think Mexico is officially on my bucket list!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

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