Shannon and Adam’s Carnival Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Shannon and Adam

Imagine taking over a theme park for your engagement photographs? That’s exactly what Shannon and Adam did, they headed to Magic Mountain in Columbus, Ohio and spent three hours playing mini golf, dodgem cars and having fun together! Today’s photos are by Connection Photography.

Shannon says “We were both away at college, one of us in Ohio and the other in Pennsylvania when we began talking over Facebook and AIM. Our moms have worked together at a dentist office in our hometown for nearly 15 years so we knew each other growing up but had not talked since middle school. The next three weeks we spent texting and chatting online to get to know each other better. ”

Adam chimes in “Our first date was one of those where everything went wrong, but we had a blast anyways. Shannon was late as always and we missed our first movie time and ended up going to a local bar to wait until another movie time. When we went back to the movie theater the movie was sold out, so we decided to go see another movie called Doomsday. The movie was terrible, but it provides a good laugh looking back. Over the next few years we had a long distance relationship, seeing each other on weekends and holidays and enjoying our college experiences together. ”

Adam says “When it was getting close to our 3 year anniversary, I knew I wanted to finally ask Shannon to marry me. I had an idea to make cards and stations in our apartment telling “Our Story.” In these cards I explained how we met, how we started dating, our feelings, what we have been through, and hopefully where we are heading. I spent all day writing up these cards, getting flowers, and tealight candles to set up the apartment. When I got home I set up 12 stages around our apartment with a card and roses at each. When Shannon was 5 minutes away from home I started lightening the candles in the bedroom that spell out “Marry Me.” Shannon called and said she was beside the apartment complex and all of a sudden the smoke alarms start going off in the house and I freaked out. I ran out, jumped and pulled all the smoke alarms out of the ceiling and ran back into my spot where I was hiding. Shannon walked in and started reading the cards and I was in the other room on one knee with Birdie (our dog) and her ring. When she walked in I asked her to marry me. She said yes and we had our first kiss being engaged. We spent the rest of the night calling everyone to announce the news!”

“I love Shannon because she is the most kind, gentle, friendly, giving person I know. I cannot wait to see her everyday, and I hate being away from her. I love the way she treats me, my family, her family. I love how we share so many interests and just enjoy being around each other. One of the main things is I love how she is willing to put me first ahead of her, it just shows what kind of person Shannon is.”

Shannon says “Adam is one of the best men I know. He is easy to talk to, makes you laugh, and he’s handsome and smart. I love the way he loves me, our dog, and our families (especially my nieces and nephew). I love that we both have our separate interests and we enjoy bonding other them. He is my best friend and I cannot wait to travel, grow, and experience all that life has to offer with him beside me”

“Joseph and Andrea (Connection Photography) are college friends of ours. Because of knowing each other for over 3 years now, they know us pretty well. We had spent a day at Magic Mountain in Columbus, OH together years ago, and the idea came up to take our pictures there. With Adam being a golfer, we thought it would be fun to putt-putt and play games because it fits our personalities. We spent over 3 hours that day taking pictures, playing, eating, and just spending time with Andrea & Joseph at Magic Mountain and we really think that the pictures turned out great because we were just being ourselves. The style of our engagement session was all Joseph & Andrea – their creative eye and ideas made the day fun and easy!”


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Signe and Trevor’s Steampunk Love Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Signe and Trevor

We’re all about America today with two posts radically different from each other and radically awesome photo shoots all the way from the U S of A! First up is this steam punk style love shoot by Lindsay Docherty Photography It’s so much fun and Signe (a jewellery designer at Signe Rose Designs ) has so many lovely things to say that I am delighted to kick off a beautiful Saturday with their story!

“We met in University in the Fall of 1998. I hadn’t dated anyone in a year and a half and really wasn’t interested in starting anything. I was very focused on school at the time. However, one evening, a friend invited this guy from her class over to our mild mannered pajama party and I was instantly charmed by him. He entered the room rolling on the floor laughing with all sincerity. He was unlike anyone I’d ever met; uninhibited; full of life; extremely upbeat and a genuine heart of gold. All things, I’m certain, that I wanted to surround myself with at all times as I sometimes forget to carry them around with me on my own. Trevor, brings out a side of me that I appreciate more and more every day. He helps take those negative tendencies I have to show me how to look at them from a different perspective. It is a lot harder sometimes but so much more worth it in the end.”

“After deliberating over whether to make a move after a few weeks of hanging out and getting to know each other, I finally devised a plan that surely would not fail. I would ask for math tutoring, of course! The funny part is that he got really excited that someone asked him for math help and went out and bought a little white board and everything. I, on the other hand, had no interest in math at the time (I know…sad). I was all dressed up, hair done, make-up, and then I had to learn math! And he had a friend in the room that didn’t leave till midnight or something ridiculous. At the end of the evening, just as I was about to go, I finally got up the nerve to tell him that what I really came for was a hug (yes, just a hug, people), at which point he leapt into my arms and we proceeded to hug for the next four hours. It was awesome!”

“About a week later, I still wasn’t sure where we stood, so I decided to invite him to a dance. 40’s swing dancing was big on the scene back then and dances were held almost every weekend. I told him that a bunch of the girls on my floor were going and we needed partners to dance with so I was wondering if he would come and bring some of his friends along. His response was something like this, “Um, I don’t think my friends know how to dance.” In my head I thought, “Ok, strike one, must think of something clever…”, so I said, “That’s ok, they have free lessons before the dance. You don’t need to know anything beforehand. They should come anyway. It will be fun.” He replied, “Uh…..I think…my friends…are afraid of girls”. “Oh”, I thought to myself, “not much I can do about that.” My last ditch effort was to just pin him in a corner, “well you’re still coming right?”. At which point he says, “Uh….yeah?”

We actually did go and had such a good time that after he suggested that we take a ballroom class the following semester together. At this point I knew he was a keeper 🙂 We’ve been doing swing dancing off and on ever since.”

“I actually encouraged Trevor to study abroad in Japan only 7 months into our dating relationship because he had never traveled outside the states. We only saw each other for one day in the next year. Coming back together was much harder than being apart in my opinion because you have both grown and changed but at different paces and now you have to basically start your relationship from the beginning again. It is next to impossible to just pick up where you left off and expect things to be the way they were. It definitely took a lot of work but it was well worth it. And now I have a husband that loves and appreciates travel as much as I do. Double plus win!!

We were married May 25th, 2002 in an old renovated movie theatre in Port Townsend, WA, USA. ”

“We lived in San Jose, CA, USA for about 2 years but we both lost our jobs in 2002/2003 due to the Tech collapse. At that time we decided to apply for teaching jobs in Japan and we wound up living there, in a remote mountain village, for 4 years. Our last year there, we met a fellow teacher from Philadelphia, PA, USA, who convinced Trevor to come back with him and work for him as his first employee at his new IT company. We decided to try it out and that’s how we ended up where we are today. Trevor has since moved on and is making his programming degree work for him. He is really enjoying what he’s doing.”

“We have had a lot of adventures together and truly enjoy each others company. There are times when we have arguments like any other couple, but I think the key that helps us to survive as long as we have is that even during an argument we are listening to each other and allowing the other person time to speak and be heard. We always try to be open to new ideas and recognize that neither one of us is perfectly right all the time from the get go. We try to call each other out when we notice one or the other is being mean or rude to the other for no reason because it doesn’t help to get anything accomplished. We won’t start a discussion like that. Apologize when appropriate and more importantly, shower each other with love and affection. You never know if you could lose your partner tomorrow. It’s horrible to think, but would you want your last words to them to be a dumb fight you had? The more love you give, the more you receive and it really makes all the difference. ”

“The final thing I have to say is that It appears we have just discovered we will be celebrating a belated 10th wedding anniversary with the birth of our first child in late July this year! We delayed it for a long time due to my concerns about my Epilepsy, but the doctors gave the go ahead. We have been trying for about a year and just got the good news. We are both very excited and look forward to sharing the news with friends and family :)”

Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography / Hairstylist: Rudy Raya

Wedding Origami

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods, Wedding Inspiration


The art of paper folding- origami can be nothing short of spectacular. While fiddly, the end result can be magical. I love to see paper birds floating in the breeze, paper cranes hanging en mass from blank white walls and paper buds filling bouquets. What a beautiful way to use something so everyday in a completely different and beautiful way.

1. Photo by Jenny Ebert Photography via Once Wed 2. Photo by Orange 2 Photography via Hostess With The Mostess Blog 3. Cake from Nine Cakes 4. Photo from Lo Bjurulf and Ikea via Ikea Sweden 5. Photo by Brooke Images  via Style Me Pretty 6. Origami heart invitation from Eat Drink Chic 7. Photo by Brooke Images  via Style Me Pretty 8. Photo via Be Blushless

1.  Photo by Our Labor Of Love via Green Wedding Shoes 2. Origami paper crane mobile by ScoutHoliday on Etsy 3. Photo from Lo Bjurulf and Ikea via Ikea Sweden 4. Origami napkin favors from Dandi 5. Paper wreath from Alisa Burke 6. Origami flowers from PaperVine 7. Book page wreath via Living With Lindsay 8. Photo by Orange 2 Photography via Hostess With The Mostess Blog 9 Photo from The Celebration of Chelsea & Mark by by Renee Brazel 10. Photo by Beloved via The Loveliest Day 11. Origami wedding favor from A Bird & A Bee 12. Photo by Anna Kim Photography via Snippet & Ink

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Shae and Mark’s Wedding by Lens To Life Photography

See that photo up there? That’s Shae! She won our wedding dress giveaway last year and just got married. Gosh she looked beautiful and it’s so exciting to see a prize winner’s wedding on the site! You can read more about it on Polka Dot Weddings

it’s been a nutty week at Polka Dot Bride, as usual! We have stacks of new content not only on Polka Dot Bride, but our specialty sites below- check them out!

On Polka Dot Groom

Dress codes for the groom – this week ‘Black Tie’

Andy shows us his groom’s style

Brodie tells us his favourite memories of his wedding day

On Polka Dot Wisdom

We interviewed our expert Jemma Kidd

Rita from Blooming Brides shows us yet more seasonal floral inspiration

Blue Tulip Imaging shares a gorgeous image in Vendor’s Favourites

On Polka Dot Made

In Etsy Roundup feast your eyes on chunky coloured necklaces

Burgues script makes an appearance in Tuesday Type

Make your own glittery garland from Alicia from Akimbo

On Polka Dot Weddings

Vergel and Kristine had a beautifully styled engagement party

Dexter and Jane played dress-ups in their vintage inspired engagement shoot

Mark and Shae,  the winner of our 2010 Henry Roth gown competition, share their gorgeous winery wedding

Brides on Desperately Seeking ask their questions

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

Joel and Emma tell us about their short break at Dreamworld

Around the wedding world this week….


Photos by I Love Wednesdays

Boutique marquee hire company Spendid Days has really come along in leaps and bounds since their launch and they have a very special partnership they’ve just announced! The Splendid Days team are partnering with Events In The Vines, an incredible event resource who hold a portfolio of magnificent properties in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley. The partnership means that more Hunter Valley properties have access to the Splendid Days experience and more couples have a wider range of beautiful venues for their wedding day! The pairing of the companies means couples are assured a fantastic end to end planning experience. Check out their website for more information.

David Jones has launched their bridal hub! Located on the seventh floor of their Elizabeth Street Sydney store, shoppers can enjoy a glass of champagne and service, styling and fitting form a personal consultant while browsing gowns from Lisa Gowing, Johanna Johnson, Karen Willis Holmes, Akira Isogawa, Lisa Ho, Collette Dinnigan and Alex Perry (amongst many more!). Check out the David Jones Bridal hub website for more.

Have you been following the lovely Katie’s journey over on Polka Dot Weddings? Well her lovely photographers Tamiz Photography are offering a very special offer to our readers!

Tamiz Photography are headed to Fiji to shoot Katie’s wedding, but they’re making a special stop in Australia first and they would love to shoot an Australian wedding while they’re here! This means you’ll get to hire a talented international photographer for your wedding and forget about travel costs!  They’ll be in Sydney from the 14th November 2012 until the 22nd of November 2012. While they will be based in NSW, they’re open to travel!  The dynamic team are also open to shooting engagements- so visit their Tamiz Photography website for more information and to contact them!

 Rounding out our week is this fun stop motion video sent to us by Manisa of Structured Pieces. They created a stop motion wedding invitation for Brooke and David- a fun couple who wanted to use their engagement photos (shot by Structured Pieces.) as a part of their wedding invitations and turned it into this!