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Josie and Simon Canberra Anniversary Shoot

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Josie & Simon

I thought today would be a fun day to share something we’ve never shared before on Polka Dot Bride – an anniversary shoot! There are chickens! And picnics! And cupcakes! Yes we have all of my favourite things in a sweet-as-can-be shoot by Canberra photographer Amanda Thorson of Thorson Photography.

Amanda decided to take photos of her brother Simon and his wife of exactly two years, Josie. Amanda explains, “A couple of weeks ago it was their two year anniversary and we thought it might be nice to get them dressed up again to celebrate. We went out to a property in Burra just outside Canberra. The shoot was inspired by things that Simon and Josie love and use in their everyday life….for example the big red trunk is their coffee table usually.” Simon and Josie didn’t have a lot of photos from their wedding as they wanted to keep the process short and not keep guests waiting. Amanda thought their two year anniversary was the perfect chance to get dressed up and have a bit of fun!



Josie’s dress was made by a friend and Amanda created the daisy bouquet using flowers she bought at the local market.






Josie’s niece saw what the couple were up to and decided to join in the fun! Her mother curled her hair and she put on her best dress.


Amanda wanted to reflect the couple’s personality so used props they already had at home.  Josie baked gluten free cupcakes (Simon is a coeliac) and iced them with sprinkles.








Photos by Thorson Photography

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Friday News Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Hooray! It’s Friday! I have a bunch of news to share with you, so I thought I’d kick off the day with a Friday News Roundup!


The winner of our Girl Friday Wedding Coordination Competition is Vicki comment number #28. Congratulations Vicki! We will be in touch with you soon!


If you’re still in an’ entering competition’ mood, check out our Shoes Of Prey competition where you can win a $345 gift voucher to design your dream shoes!


Feather & Stone are wanting to get their feet dirty and shoot a wildly creative engagement shoot and it could be yours and your partner! They’re holding a competition for the most creative idea for an engagement shoot Check it out here. and then after a reader vote on the top three, they’re going to shoot the winners with their concept! (I would love to post the winning shoot on Polka Dot Bride so I can’t wait to see what you come up with!)


A big congratulations to all the winners at the recent AIPP APPA awards (For us citizens that’s Australian Institute of Professional Photographers – Australian Professional Photography Awards)! Rocca Ancora took out 2010 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year while Dan O’Day scored the highest mark on his print! Not to be forgotten, a big congratulations to all of our photographer friends also scored high marks on their prints- including Todd Hunter McGaw, I Love Wednesdays, Pobke Photography, Broderick Photography, Vincent Lai, Welsch Photography (and so many more I’ve missed, leave a comment for me!)


Lots of magazines are out this week, watch for my roundup next week! Meanwhile, Real Weddings Magazine are holding a “Lunch With The Real Weddings Team” starting on their forum Tuesday, 15th of June. The entire Real Weddings team will be online in the forum to talk about their “secret garden” issue have asked me to join them for the first one to talk about my column and the inspiration behind it!


Poetic Images on the Sunshine Coast are giving away a wedding photography package worth $2500, you can enter here.


The Melbourne Bride Magazine expo is on next weekend at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank next weekend (June 19-20) and will feature lots of great wedding suppliers including a 45 minute runway show with designs from Mairana Hardwick, Jason Grech White, Two brids Bridesmaids, Annette Of Melbourne and Baccini & Hill. I have five double passes to give away to Polka Dot Bride readers! Each dopule pass is worth $40. To enter, simply leave a comment letting me know your favourite Australian bridal designer and why!

Competition closes Thursday 17th of June at 1pm Australian EST. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Tickets are non transferable and non redeemable for cash. Automatic entries will not be accepted.

This competition is now closed. The lovely Bride Magazine team made all our entrants winners!


Wedding Art Prints

by | Bride, Reception, Stationery And Paper Goods


I love the idea of using a fun print for guests to sign instead of a  traditional guest book. Some of the “love” related prints make funky wall art on their own, so adding your guests warm wishes is just a really sweet way of having a long lasting personalized piece of art in your home.

Coulson Macleoda

Coulson Macleod has a limited edition “LOVE” collection is all about romance and is printed onto wood and framed in rough-sawn solid oak.

Village For Like Ever1

Village has the famous (but so fantastic) “For Like Ever” poster and an abstract “You & Me” design. They also have postcards and tote bags- favor tags and wedding welcome bags perhaps?

Made By GIrl1

For a funkier look, these popular Made By Girl prints are simple and have lots of room for messages.


Etsy seller theloveshop has so many different ones to choose from- plus she can custom design one with your own phrase. I love that her designs range from the whimsical to the simple. (if the actual poster is to small, frame it like the posters above and have guests sign the matte).


SparklePower on Etsy makes one of my favourites- the “La La Love You” poster.


I’ve bought these prints from OrangeBeautiful before as gifts, I think they’d be perfect with a nice white space around them for signatures. Plus the words are very wedding day appropriate!

Now for some action shots..


The “For Like Ever” poster in action at Denise and Jasper’s wedding (photo by kzphoto via Once Wed)


“La La Love You” poster in action at Heather & Bryan’s wedding (from We Met In A Bar)


Jonathan and Cameron used a customised American fair style poster. (Photo by Katherine O’Brien via Love & Lavender)

What are you using for a guestbook? Do you have a favourite print?

Real Weddings Sneak Peek

by | Bride, Magazines and Books



The girls at Real Weddings Magazine sent me over some sneak peeks of their new issue (out tomorrow) Click on each image to enlarge it.

The brand new issue is “Secret Garden” themed and the girls shared one of their favourite weddings of the issue with me to share with you!

Sarah and Aaron held their “gorgeous, florally, butterfly wedding” at Milton Park Country House. Sarah wore a Lisa Gowing gown while the bridesmaids wore Fleur Wood and the birdcage shaped cake was made by Planet Cake. Their memories were captured by Society Photography.




This issue of Real Weddings is a pretty special one for me- I wrote a column on finding inspiration for your secret garden wedding for this issue and it’s published! In print! A big thankyou to the Real Weddings team for allowing me to be part of such a gorgeous Australian publication!

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