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What Would They Know? James of James Day Photography

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Photography, What Would They Know?


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Today’s expert is the very talented James Day of James Day Photography. Based in Armidale, New South Wales, James has traveled all over the world taking gorgeous photographs including the engagement shoot of Miss Sea Breeze over on Wedding Bee. (See her posts here and here and see James’ shoot with them here).  I’m quite excited to have James join Polka Dot Bride today and learn more about him!

Where and how did you learn your craft?

I was given my first camera as a young kid, and my father who was a very keen amateur taught me how to use it. He owned a professional camera, so when he passed away when I was 14, I inherited that camera and I taught myself how to shoot like a pro at a very young age. I learned photography at school, and topped the class, and my teacher started getting me work when I was 16. From there, I just learned as much as I could from trial and error and from other photographers. When I finished school I worked for a studio and the local newspaper as a photographer.

What is your mission statement for James Day Photography?

To create powerful images with meaning; at the highest level.

What inspires you about Australian brides? Is there a special ‘Australian’ quality about brides from this country?

Totally! Brides here are so relaxed and just let me do my thing. It’s awesome to work for people like that!

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What should brides look for in a photographer?

Definitely ask your friends for referrals. Also, check out photographers blogs and see if you like their style, their services and them as a person.

Do you take traditional photographs of brides or do you strive to be different? What sets you apart from others?

I take a mix. I love to create a simple, perfect portrait or get in there and explore new territory.
Where do you find inspiration to keep your photography cutting edge and your interest in it fresh?
I get a lot of inspiration from Hollywood and the high budget movies that they produce, from other photographers, and from fashion magazines.

How do you keep on learning?

I photograph for myself a lot. I get out there and just play and take photos that make me happy. It’s the best way to keep learning. I also am a part of a few professional organizations that constantly provide support, inspiration and information on workshops that are coming up.

What is your number one tip for brides when being photographed?

Have fun and be yourself.

What do you love about the industry?

Photographers in general are great networkers. That means we get to hang out lots and share ideas.

What are your favourite wedding ideas?

I love it when people personalize their wedding to the max. Looking back through the family history and incorporating old family traditions are probably my number 1 favourite thing to see.

What are the biggest mistakes you see brides making?

I don’t see my brides making too many mistakes, but when the occasional client decides to book another photographer due to budget constrictions alone, I know they’re going to majorly regret not spending the money on the photographer they really wanted all along. You get what you pay for in this industry and it’s definitely the service that you will remember the most out of everyone you hire, so choose wisely!

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If money was no object, where and how would you photograph a wedding?

I would hire a Hollywood lighting crew and photograph a wedding in Italy and go into it with an attitude of making a film style look through photographs.

What is your dream for James Day Photography?

I’d love to photograph a few more overseas weddings and get to see incredible locations all around the world. I’d also love to do more photography consulting to other photographers looking to take their business and photography further. I go into every wedding with the attitude that this will be the best wedding I’ve ever shot, so things are always exciting here at James Day Photography!

Thank you James for joining Polka Dot Bride today! Be sure to check out James’ website James Day Photography and his blog to see more of his work!

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Lea and Matt The Celebration

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Earlier today I shared the gorgeous seaside wedding of Lea and Matt shot by Sugarlove Pictures. Now it’s time for the celebration!

Post ceremony, the bridal party gathered for some photos on the deck and amongst the bushland.

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After a few post ceremony shots, it was time to head down to Coolum Beach for some fun in the sand.

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Then it was onto the reception!

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Long tables were set up on the deck of The Angkasa by Noosa Wedding and Event Hire. Delicious food was provided by Noosa Catering

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Each napkin was adorned with pink pepper berries and each place setting was set with a frosted candle holder showing the guest’s name. Each guest received a personal thank you note from Lea and Matt.

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The centrepieces matched the bouquets- David Austin and Julia roses in creams and dusty pinks with pink pepperberries.

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Josh tried his hand at capturing memories.

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Guests spent the afternoon (and beyond!) celebrating at the house on long, lounge chairs with champagne and scrumptious foodie offerings.

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Beautiful cake by Designer Desserts

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Thank you Lea and Matt for allowing us to share your beautiful beachside wedding on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Leigh of Sugarlove Pictures for another beautifully captured wedding!

Lea and Matt

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Today on Polka Dot Bride, Sydney photography studio Sugarlove Pictures have shared with us the beautiful beach wedding of Lea and Matt. Matt’s proposal was a grand one- a plane trailing a sign “Lea, Will You Marry Me?” viewed as Lea and Matt dined at their favourite cafe.

The wedding was held at Coolum Beach in Queensland, Lea and Matt chose to have a small beachside celebration with 40 guests.

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Lea and Matt’s celebration was held  The Angkasa, a luxurious four bedroom home set in tropical rainforest and inspired by Bali. The guests also celebrated the reception at the house.

Lea and her girls got ready for the big day in The Tropical Suite

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Beautiful blooms by Mandi Backhouse of The Flower Pod (, plenty of pink bubbles accompanied the girls getting dressed!

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In preparation for the warm weather, guests were supplied with carved wooden fans.

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Lea’s gown was an Essense design from Trenz Boutique and featured stunning beading on tulle over ivory satin. Lea wore shoes from Panache

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Lea wore earrings by Say Bella from Trenz Boutique and a bracelet from Natasha Lee Designs. Lea and Matt’s rings were from Jacobsen Jewellery. Hair and makeup was done by Beauty On The Move.

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The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages of cream roses.

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Each bridesmaid was given a gift tied with a bow and their initial, consisting of a pearl brooch and earrings which completed their wedding day look, and a MOR Peony Flower Soap.

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The bridesmaids wore gowns made to order from S&M Creations (0409 953 792)

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The girls carried bouquets of David Austin and Julia roses in shades of cream and dusty pink. Added to the bouquet and woven into the flowergirl’s crown were pink pepper berries.

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Lea’s son Josh played a big part in the wedding day.

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The ceremony was held at Point Arkwright. Turtles swam under the deck as the couple said their vows.

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Matt wore a stylish grey suit by Tramps For Men (02 4226 5933) with brown sandals whiles his groomsmen were dressed in white shirts and grey pants from Suiting You.

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With Josh, Lea and Matt held a sand ceremony to celebrate their new family.

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Check back later today for more of Sugarlove’s snaps of Lea and Matt’s wedding!

Perfect Peonies

by | Bride, Flowers


Peonies are a beautiful flower, one of my favourites!- their fluffiness and limited season makes them a popular choice for many brides and rightfully so. November in Australia brings peony season! (May to June for those in the USA!)

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The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius who was the Greek god of medicine and healing. Used as one of the natural emblems of China, the peony is also the state flower of Indiana.

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Photo from Vogue Flowers via Australia Entertains, photo from Brides

Peonies are gorgeous in their beautiful colours- soft pinks, creams, whites, deep rose pinks, reds and even white-to-pink shades.

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Photos from Brides

If it isn’t Peony season but you still want the fluffy look- try David Austin roses, Cabbage roses, Juliet roses and you can even try tightly bound carnations!

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