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Stephanie and Joseph Organic Farm Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


I love the feeling behind today’s engagement shoot. It takes place on the organic farm where the couple married just a few weeks ago (Second Nature Organics) and their photographers (Feather + Stone Photography) excitedly let me in on the couple’s plans for their DIY wedding (words such as chicken shed were uttered!) I hope they’ll let me share their wedding soon!

In the meantime, Happy Saturday!


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Photos by Feather + Stone Photography

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Bride Magazine Sneak Peek

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


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I must say it’s a little like Christmas this week with so many gorgeous magazines coming out! Bride Magazine came out yesterday and they sent me some of their layouts to share with you as a sneak peek! The sneak peek is by photographer Jonas Peterson and features the beautiful wedding of Cassie and Paul. Click on each image to enlarge!



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

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!


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