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Ana and Luke Travelling Hearts Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Ana and Luke

I have such a gorgeous engagement shoot to share with you this morning – two very much in love people! The dynamic duo of Aleksandra (Styling and Floral) and Tealily Photography (Photography) pulled together for this shoot and the results are completely beautiful!

Aleksandra explains the concept behind the shoot. “A few months back we arranged a competition for newly engaged couples to enter to win a free engagement shoot styled by Aleksandra and photographed by Tealily.

Couples who entered had to send in an inspiration mood board of their inspiration/concept/theme of their ultimate engagement shoot, a short story of themselves as well as a portrait.

It was a hard choice, but we loved Ana and Luke, they were so young, so dedicated to each other and so very much in love.”

Aleksandra says, “Set amongst a gorgeous Apple orchid in Bilpin, NSW, it was a beautiful autumn day to shoot Ana and Luke, our Traveling Hearts. The city girl and country boy traveled the long distance to be together for many years carrying their heart with them always.”

“Luke and I first met through a mutual friend at a festival. We became friends, and started talking more and more… We had come out of relationships and so we just wanted to be friends, but after getting to know each other more, we realised there were stronger feelings than friendship between us. Living 3 hours apart was also a reason we wanted to be just friends, but after hanging out a few times, there was no denying that it was more than friendship. A few months later, we decided to give the long distance relationship a go… 🙂 2 and a half years later, Luke proposed on a beach in Newcastle, which is where we had decided to move when we were ready to get married…” recalls Ana.

Aleksandra says, “Our approach to the shoot was to feature the strength of love with a long distance romance, hence the name traveling hearts. Our one beautiful flower heart used as a prop throughout the shoot represented two traveling hearts forming to one. The Apple orchard was a perfect location; it depicted wholesomeness with a serene landscape. The feeling you get when you leave the city, at one with nature, no interferences, casual and comfortable and just moments to enjoy each other.”

Ana and Luke married in June, 2011.

Styling and Floral by Aleksandra
Photography by Tealily Photography

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Malachi Fashion House

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Adelaide designer Sok of Malachi caught my fancy this week with her stylish, out of the ordinary designs – isn’t the pink dipped gown above dreamy?

Sok has been designing and creating gowns since she was 15. She is entirely self taught and has a passion for fine couture.

Her designs are different – there’s drama, intensity and romance in each. Sok prefers to work with fabrics before she sketches and designs a gown – her love of texture and fabrications helps guide her as she creates your wedding gown.

The Malachi Empire can also provide you with hair & makeup styling for your wedding day, so you really can create your look in the one space!

Photos from Malachi Empire

Vendor of the Week – Sass Studios Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Dotties! What did you get up to this weekend? Are you ready for another week full to the brim of wedding inspiration? I certainly am!

First things first though, our Monday morning tradition of telling you about our fantastic vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is underway! We’re constantly impressed by the talent of our advertisers here at Polka Dot Bride- the amazing cakes, the stunning bouquets, the gowns- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! We’re lucky to be working with some of best wedding professionals in not only Australia but the world and with a little patriotic spirit, we could not be more proud to be Australian! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out our members to find the ‘polkadotrific’ vendors who will help your wedding day be wonderfully you.

Today’s vendor of the week is Sass Studios. Sometimes I think Queensland photographers are amongst the luckiest in the world – the atmosphere, the relaxed nature and the oh so beautiful landscapes are really something special. Today’s photographers, Ben & Cath of Sass Studios are pretty awesome at capturing the tropical mood and nature of Queensland weddings. Ben & Cath aim to work unobtrusively on your wedding day – just capturing natural, candid moments of your day (and that they do, the amount of candid photos on their website is one of my favourite parts!)

To learn a little more about Sass Studios we asked Cath and Ben five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Cath – Champas, preferably French but one can’t be too fussy. Ben – Mojitos

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Ben – On boat near island, fishing rod in hand. Cath – On island, near boat, cocktail in hand.

Favourite restaurant?

Cath – Still Water Mooloolaba. Ben –  Huongs Westend

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Ben – One of Cath’s incredible creations. Cath – one of Cath’s incredible creations.

Your favourite wedding story?

Cayne and Andrea at the Manley Manor – One of the most beautiful weddings we’ve been to had an incredible story leading up to it. Cayne’s mum lost her battle to cancer in the months before the wedding followed by his Dad being diagnosed. The floods then hit South East Queensland devastating the homes and lives of many of their close family and friends between Brisbane and Toowoomba. They postponed the wedding but had to take the prebooked honeymoon in Egypt – just in time for a revolution. They made it out alive and finally to one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve ever seen. Cayne’s Dad danced the night away yet sadly passed away just weeks after.

I remember hearing the term “it’s just stuff” quite a few times during their beautiful day from family who had lost everything. A term we should all remind ourselves of from time to time.

Visit Sass Studio’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Sass Studios is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Pure Joy

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Karen Buckle Photography

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