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Tatiana and Jamie’s Autumn Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Tatiana and Jamie

While everyone else is itching for Summer to come back, I must admit I’m a bit of a winter and autumn lover. Nothing quite makes me as happy as a bowl of hot chocolate, the autumn leaves and…boots. I love my boots! Today’s Autumn inspired engagement session of Tatiana and Jamie from photographers Love, Katie & Sarah is the perfect nod to the cooler months!

Tatiana tells their story. “Whenever I think back to how Jamie and I met I have a big smile on my face and get that warm and fuzzy feeling. Just like in movies: I was locked out of the computer lab at university and he, being the gentlemen that he is, let me in. We started talking and the rest was history. He was from Canada and in Australia for a year studying and I guess learning this I never really thought that the relationship would eventuate too much. How wrong I was!! We dated for 8 months and had a blast, travelling and living on the Gold Coast. Everything just felt so right and easy! He “followed” me back to Melbourne and we have been living here ever since. We didn’t think our lives could get much better until we got our 2 mini dachshund fur babies last year: Maple & Bear. They are the apples of our eyes and have brought so much joy and happiness to our already happy lives.

As for the engagement I guess it wasn’t much of a surprise as Jamie had mentioned on numerous occasions that he wanted to marry me and spend the rest of our lives together and I too, had voiced the same feelings. I am an avid lover of Christmas and each Christmas that we have been together, Jamie has made me an advent calendar. In the past small gifts and chocolates filled the calendar but last year each day was filled with an activity for us to do together over the summer. Included in this was a fish & chip picnic on the beach (a combination of 2 of my favourite things: fish & chips and the Beach) and a day designing and shopping for an engagement ring. It was such an exciting time!

The proposal followed in January on the evening of our fish & chip picnic. It happened at the beach we take the pups to every day over the summer, we now like to call it “Our Beach”. It was an amazing evening, the beach was picturesque. It was warm, the water was calm and there was no one but the two of us, and of course: Maple & Bear. I will never forget how nervous Jamie was and how adorable and charming he was. I had no idea that he was planning on proposing that evening until I started to feel how nervous he was getting. We finished our picnic and walked down the beach and he gave me a cuddle. He got down on one knee and said ‘Will you marry me?’ I of course laughed and he said well, will you? As if I might say no. I eventually said yes and that was it. We kissed, hugged and sure enough chuckled at how nervous he was and at how I had first laughed when he had said those 4 words. Whenever I tell the story of our proposal to anyone I immediately smile and have a giggle. It is not a soppy or overly romantic proposal story. It is nothing but Jamie and Tatty style, somewhat silly and comical. I don’t know many girls who laugh after being proposed too! ”

Photos by  Love, Katie & Sarah

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Creative Colour – Teal

by | Bride, Creative Colour


This colour is so flattering to anyone, whether you have dark, red or blonde hair. It’s all in the way you put it together!

Combine with paler teal and dark chocolate

–       With pale teal and Lavender

–       With Spring Green and Apple Green

–       With mustard yellow and Pewter Grey

–       With Indigo and Pale Grey

–       With Raisin and pops of Magenta

–       With Raisin and pops of Saffron Yellow

–       With paler teal, Milk Chocolate and pops of Coral Orange

–       With paler teal and Sweet Apricot

–       With Pewter Grey and pops of a deep rust colour

–       With Midnight Blue and Lavender

–       With Pale Grey, Lavender and touches of Primrose Yellow

–       With Sea Green and Azure Blue

–       With burnished bronze and Antique Rose

–       With burnished bronze, silver and rose gold

–       Teal lends itself to a starkly elegant look, or a softer more ‘woodsy’ look. Here’s how:

Add into a black and white palette – teal glassware, silver candlesticks with white candles, white cloths, teal runner down the centre of the tables, white crockery, white flowers, soften with touches of pale teal in dessert bowls, favour boxes tied with darker teal ribbons, and subtle beading on the teal table runner – for an elegant look

For a ‘down in the woods’ look, add greens into your palette with pale grey. Look at tablescapes of moss, lichen, twigs, pebbles, fern fronds, votive holders made of silver birch tree trunks, set on oval mirrors to reflect the scene back to your guests. Add watery teal tablecloths, pale grey crockery, brushed stainless steel cutlery, an entrance of small trees and ferns to create a woodland path, bleached wooden furniture

–       Hydrangeas (think all white, or varying shades of blue, or their white/lime green hues), orchids (think oranges, pinks and saffron yellow blooms), all white flowers, green chrysanthemums, daisies (for an understated simple look) fern fronds, succulents

–       Peacock feathers/motifs

–       A simple white cake with filigree, polka dots, monograms, or old fashioned lace work piped in pale teal graduating to dark teal

–       A seaside wedding featuring teal, Sweet Apricot  and Watermelon for a different take on the usual blues and greens

–       Choose a fabric with a vintage feel featuring teal and build your wedding décor around this

Jovi Home Cushion, eShatki dress, Teal earrings from Alisha White Designs on Etsy, Anusha shoes via Shoe Wawa

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Kat & Corey’s Engagement by Spinning Still Photography

Welcome to FRIDAY lovely polka dotties! Did you have a lovely week? This week has certainly been action packed with Mr Polka flying all over the place. I am so happy he will be home this weekend! Have you checked out the Polka Dot blogs this week? Do you want to contribute? (Just register for a personalised collection a and then fill out the application form if you do!)

On Polka Dot Groom, Brent wrote about his home brewing for his wedding in Commemorative Beverage

On Polka Dot Weddings Tracylee wrote about her sister Tia’s heartfelt wedding to Eddie

Cindarella at Brindabella wrote about her face saving experience with Aveeno on Polka Dot Weddings

And Kat and Corey also shared their love story on Polka Dot Weddings

We met Anthony Sullivan from Forte Catering and Events in ‘What Would They Know’ on Polka Dot Wisdom

Why you should give your florist freedom also on Polka Dot Wisdom

And, also on Polka Dot Wisdom, we shared in Sharon Wee’s (of Sharon Wee Creations) love of creative cakes in ‘What Does Your Wedding Cake Say About You?’

And last, but not least, Nic wrote about making Seeded Paper Place cards on Polka Dot Made and

Jessica and Lance jet off to a tropical island and share their Fijian honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week (aka Friday Roundup: The Online Shopping Edition)

Menswear label Jack London is launching an online store in August and to celebrate they’re giving away a $1000 shopping spree! Simply subscribe to their mailing list to go in the draw to win!

This week I fell in love with this shoe drawing by illustrator Kelly Smith- it’s to celebrate the opening of the Diana Ferrari online store. The site showcases and allows you to buy straight to your door but also allows you to book stylist sessions! The illustrated shoe “Pearla” could make a stylish bridal shoe! (I do wish they’d bring back the Callista, one of my favourite go to shoes!)

Visit the website for more information.

Alannah Hill are having a three day 50% off sale today and Saturday & Sunday in her stores and her online store! A creative place to pickup chic wedding shoes, sparkly cardigans and hair flowers this one is worth checking out if you’re looking for accessories (or an excuse to buy a pretty dress of which you have plenty of occasions to wear….. engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower…). Visit the website to check it out.

Brides of Melbourne are having a massive sample sale next weekend with gowns priced from $100! Visit the website for more information

Don’t forget to check out our events calender for upcoming events and let us know if we’ve missed any!

The Palace released a video of the exhibition they’re holding of the royal wedding details, here’s a sneak peek (if you happen to be in London and can go along!) It’s an interesting watch to see elements up close and learn why things were chosen in a particular way!


What did I miss in the wedding world this week lovely readers?

Fiona and Gareth’s Elegant South Coast Wedding – The Movie

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Wedding Films


After seeing the photos from Fiona and Gareth’s gorgeous south coast wedding earlier today, I couldn’t be happier to share their stunning wedding video by Encore Media as a special treat! I had more than a few goosebump moments a lot of wet eyes as I watched this beautiful tale of Fiona and Gareth.

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