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Sian and Daniel’s Sydney Harbour Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Sian and Daniel

There are few places that take my breath away like being on Sydney Harbour- no matter how many times I see that famous bridge or the magic curves of the Sydney Opera House. I’m always taken aback and always like a tourist taking many, many photos of the grand icons. So today’s photographs of Sian and Daniel by Florent Vidal Photojournalist are such a beautiful nod to Sydney- and Australia.

Florent explains the concept behind the photographs. “After weeks of postponing the engagement shoot because of torrential rain, Daniel and Sian decided to take the plunge and go for it come rain or hail! Imagine our surprise when we woke up at 5am and the day was full of promise of a perfect blue sky.

It goes without saying that we Sydneysiders love our Opera House. In fact, it is almost a given that a couple would choose a spot for their wedding or engagement shoot where the Opera House serves as a backdrop. Come here on a weekend and you will see brides and grooms competing for the best spot to have their photo taken along with the tourists. Waking up at 5am was therefore a little sacrifice for us to see it in its most peaceful state with no one but us around. It was exciting to create images of this much photographed architecture that are not cliched, and to discover different angles that we don’t usually see even after having gazed at it many times. For about an hour, the Opera House became our playground. Sian and Daniel admitted that they felt a little bit daunted in the prospect of ‘having someone continuously taking photo of us’ . However after having seen the pics and looking back to it, they felt much more at ease and actually started looking forward to the wedding photos. “Florent  was marvelous. His warm and friendly persona and passion to get an original and artistic shot meant that we could just act naturally and ignore that he was taking photos of us”. It seems that this couple have an affinity with world’s famous architectures, having been actually engaged in front of another famous one, The Eiffel Tower. It was indeed a proposal that has all the hallmarks of a romantic getaway in the City of Lights or City of Love, whatever you prefer! Sian recalls, “Daniel had arranged a surprise (private) tour around Paris with a convertible Citroen 2CV and a French driver. The cute red car picked us up at the front of our hotel and drove us around the streets and narrow alleys of Paris – passing all of the famous landmarks, stunning buildings and tiny streets with boutiques and stylish, quaint restaurants. After a 2 hour tour (and me mentioning a few too many times that I was getting a bit hungry) – we pulled up at the Eiffel Tower. Took a few pictures and then Daniel got down on one knee and proposed ! Our driver then took us to a lovely French restaurant where I tried to eat a small entrée – but somehow, I was no longer hungry … and too busy smiling with complete joy’.”

Photos by Florent Vidal Photojournalist

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Michelle and Darren’s Autumn Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Michelle and Darren

While I keep writing that I am dreaming of a warm summer, I adore Autumn and winter- there is no other time of the year that I love more in nature (and in fashion, hello boots, tights and beautiful wool coats!) so this lovely Autumn engagement session of Michelle and Darren by Photography By Nadean seemed the perfect thing to share today. it’s also a little special as today is Michelle and Darren’s wedding day! So while you’re reading my words, Michelle will be putting on her gown and Darren will be shining his shoes and tying his tie. Thinking of you both today- have a wonderful wedding day!

Photos by Photography By Nadean

A Floral Fantasy

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


Photo by by Natalie J. Watts via Oh Joy!, Cake from Maggie Austin Cakes, wooden gate from Jane Hart Designs, sparkling punch from Southern Living, garden ceremony photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, groom photo by Elizabeth Messina via Green Wedding Shoes, place setting from Martha Stewart Weddings, bride in garden photo by Olivia Graham for Elegant Bride via Dustjacket Attic via A Glamourous Little Side Project, Floral covered roof photo from The Big Group, calligraphy by Bernard Maisner via Ariel Yve Design, vintage pink Dior shoes from V&A via Blog For Better Sewing


Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Roberta and Matt’s Spring Floral Wedding on Polka Dot Weddings by Karen Buckle

Happy Friday Polka Dot Bride readers! Is it a full moon in your world? In mine most of my friends and family are making big life changes- there’s engagements (hooray!), house buying, new additions, moving- phew! What is new in your world dear reader?

Here’s what’s been happening on the Polka Dot blogs this week!

Want a ring with a mechanical difference? Check out this ring over on Polka Dot Groom

Harpers Bazaar launched their bridal special at a glamorous industry evening, check out the photos on Polka Dot Wisdom

Also on Polka Dot Wisdom, check out Ms Floral’s review of the Manly Wine Suites open day

Sydney celebrant Robyn Pattison shares her secrets to a loving your wedding ceremony

Emma of Cinderella at Brindabella shares a sentimental DIY tutorial

When a florist gets married- Roberta of Green & Bloom ties the knot on Polka Dot Weddings

Aimee went dress hunting! See what her top tips are (and add your own!) also on Polka Dot Weddings

Wanting an escape? What about this tropical island on Polka Dot Honeymoons?

And if you’re going about taking a leaf from my honeymoon style guide here?

To celebrate the launch of their brand new website, Fiorenza is giving one lucky bride $1000 towards her Fiorenza bridal gown. Check the website out for details.

Culture Bridal is holding a sample sale on the 18th of June so they can move their studio! Gowns, veils, accessories and even fabric are all priced to move and Culture Bridal will be holding sale previews by appointment only in the two weeks leading up to the sale. Check out the website for more!

The winners of our Paloma’s Nest competition are DD and Gabriela C! Congratulations, I will be in touch soon with more details!

Don’t forget to enter our Little Flamingo competition where you can win your save the dates!

Speaking of bridal designers, onto baby! A lovely bridal designer I got to know last year has started her own maternity label using beautiful fabrics like natural merino wool (It’s so soft and comfy!). With her former life as an Australia bridal designer, she was committed to a quality product made in Australia.

Her website launched this week so if you’re in the family way and want to support an all natural, Australian maternity label check out Mix N Match Maternity.

A little Friday treat for you with this romantic proposal video…

What else is news dear readers?

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