Kendall & Mark’s Camping Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Kendall & Mark

I love today’s engagement shoot. It’s so wintery, cosy and warm and pays homage to the couple – Kendall and Mark’s, story. Kendall and Mark have been together a long time and have a little boy Ned and twins yet to come! The wedding was moved (due to the impending arrival) so together with Mel Boulden Photography and Gabrielle Walsh By Gabrielle the couple decided to document their engagement.

Mel explains, “We decided to give them a cosy, comfortable and totally relaxing engagement shoot that would allow them to remember this special time. We felt it was important to include this aspect of their lives together. It may not be a ‘typical’ engagement shoot but one which suited them to a T. It was shot in the Adelaide hills on a property belonging to the couple’s friends. Simply stunning bushland.”

Mark tells their story. ” Despite being avid campers and outdoors types, I decided proposing on a camping trip was not going to cut it. Instead I opted for the first possible moment (in order to get it out of the way asap) we had alone on a resort holiday in Bali. Completely not our scene – although we’re broadening our scope now that twins are expected. We’re definitely going to need a bigger tent.”

Kendall tells her side of the story. “Mark proposed to me (on bended knee) in Bali. We were about to have lovely dinner (including babi guling – roasted suckling pig) and he was being a bit fidgety and eventually popped the question. He didn’t have a ‘real’ engagement ring at that point (and we still don’t – we are using my mum’s ring from 1964) but proposed using a ‘tweet’ ring. Essentially it’s a ring with enough room to have a tweet (140 characters) stamped into the edge.  I’m a bit of a Twitter fan so it was lovely. He’d ordered it from Amsterdam. I won’t tell you what’s on it… but it’s lovely.”

“He took his sweet time to pop the question – especially considering we’d been together for 5 years, I’d moved interstate to be with him, we’d bought a house together and had a child – but it was worth the wait. Might be another 5 years before we tie the knot now though with twins on the way!”

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A Night Of Neon

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I have to make a confession before we get into today’s inspiration board. I am not a neon girl. I am not one to own a yellow neon satchel, or don a pair of orange neon flats. To be honest I feel a bit silly, I’m not quite cool enough! But there is no denying the light bright attraction of neon, fluoro and highlight brights that have been entering the world of late.

I see this colour combination of neon pink, green and plenty of sparkling silver working in an industrial space with exposed brick walls and plenty of cement. For the modern couple there’s a sparkling silver chandelier, there’s limited, stark blooms but the light and glowing colour adds a sense of modern chic to the occasion.

Neon pink faux deer mount from WhiteFauxTaxidermy , Wedding gown from Rachel Gilbert, perfect bobbi bows from, neon tablescape by Brooklyn Bride via Design*Sponge, Cellula chandelier from Design Within Reach, Neon sign by Jonathan Monk via Share Some Candy, White chair from Inreda Design Shop, New Horizon Invitation from Bella Figura, Earrings from Blue Nile


Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


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Photo from If I (Your Photographer) Was The Boss Of The World And Your Wedding by Studio Something

What a week it has been dear Dotties, we are this close to launching a project I have been working on for the past six months (hooray!) and I’ve been sitting here getting more and more wistful as I follow Ms Gingham’s travels throughout Europe (this week she is in Paris!) She’s doing a fantastic rundown of honeymoon appropriate destinations and locations over on Polka Dot Honeymoons so make sure you check in to see what she’s been up to!

We’ve had a huge amount of posts this week on the blogs (I honestly think the post above by Ellen made me laugh the hardest though!) Here’s a roundup!

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.



1.Shoe Crush Sunday ~ Pure White 2.Real Wedding ~ You Are My Sunshine – Sandra and Sean’s Handmade Country Wedding 3.Real Wedding ~ Michelle and Jay’s Elegant Manila Church Wedding Video 4.Real Wedding ~ A Rustic Chic Blue Mountains Wedding 5. Desperately Seeking August Edition



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.



1.Expert Interview – Simon from Eat Drink Catering 2.Vendor’s Favourites – The Print Fairy 3. Ten Tips For Booking Your Wedding Entertainment 4.If I (Your Photographer) Was The Boss Of The World And Your Wedding 5.A Day In The Life of A Photographer 6.Top Ten – Country Weddings


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.


1.Etsy Roundup – Guest Book Alternatives 2.Tuesday Type – Vintage Wedding 3.DIY Tassel Handbag Invitations – Tutorial

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.


1.Leivatho Hotel – Kefalonia, Greece 2.The First Olympic Stadium – Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens, Greece


This week on Polka Dot Groom

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


1.Black Tie ~ Style Inspiration 2. Inspired memories from Melbourne groom Chris 3.Groom Style: Getting married at a deserted train station? Check out what Andy wore to his wedding.


Around the wedding world this week….

Letter Bird Lane has launched a brand new website! I love how the new website showcases designer Eliza’s quirky and fun stationery designs! Check it out here.

Perfect Table Plan (a fantastic program for figuring out your table plan has just released their latest version. I reviewed the program back in 2008 and boy has it come a long way! It allows you to input all of your guests, assign them seats, track meal choices and RSVPS, drag and drop guests to different tables, assign criteria (ie next to, near to or not next to!) and even print the entire list and create seating charts and floor plans!

The lovely founder Andy has offered Polka Dot Bride readers a special 25% discount off the full price of the program which you can redeem by visiting this link. The promotion ends 22nd August 2012 US time so be quick to download it!

Wedding Gifts Direct have unveiled their August offer! Register during the month of August and receive a free Global Ikasu Knife Block Set valued at $749, or an LSA Champagne Bucket valued at $200 or an Ecology Carafe valued at $40. Check the website for terms and conditions.

Sydney designer Lisa Gowing has  moved back to her flagship showroom on the corner of New South Head Road and Ocean Avenue, Edgecliff. After 5 years operating out of her design studio nearby, Lisa is back  in business at 218 New South Head Road. The gorgeous showroom will even be the launch pad for Lisa’s brand new collection available at the August Open Days on August 24th and 25th.
 Check out the website for more.

Wedding List Co are partnering with Samantha Wills to launch her new bridal collection! The event will be held on Tuesday, 28th of August and there will be plenty of lovely jewels, cake and bubbles to enjoy (as well as mini makeovers!) while enjoying the latest collection. Check their events page to register.

I love me some Lego and this fun Save The Date caught my eye this week!


Claire and Brad’s Elegant Rainy Day Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Claire and Brad

A beautiful Melbourne wedding that really proves rain does nothing but add beauty to the day. On Claire and Brad’s wedding day, by Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, it bucketed down. Not once did the rain become anything but part of their wedding story.. a beautiful one at that!

Photography today is by Lilli Waters of I Got You Babe who has captured such a dreamy elegance to today’s wedding.

The bouquets were styled by a family friend.

Claire wore a gown designed by Luci Di Bella The bridesmaids wore lavender floor length gowns made by Barbara Collinson (03) 94811 049 .


Claire and Brad married at St Josephs Church, Port Melbourne.

Of their photographer, Claire says “We were very happy with Lilli Waters from I Got You Babe. They both gave us sensational photos that captured the moments perfectly.”

  The reception was held at Harbour Room, St Kilda and catered by Food & Desire. Claire recalls “The team at Food & Desire managed the evening flawlessly. I have no hesitation in recommending them .”

Baker Boys Band provided the entertainment for the evening.

Congratulations on your marriage Claire and Brad! Thank you to Lilli from I Got You Babe for sharing today’s images.

Photographer: Lilli Waters Of I Got You Babe Photography / Bride's Dress: Luci Di Bella / Groom's Attire: Armani / Bridesmaid Dresses: Barbara Collinson (03) 94811049 / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Flowers & Decor: Family friend / Invitations & Stationery: Slattery Media / Ceremony Venue: St Joesphs Church, Port Melbourne / Reception Venue: Harbour Room, St Kilda / Catering: Carousel / Band: The Baker Boys / Wedding Rings: MDT Design