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Angela and Henry’s Rowboat Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Angela & Henry

There is so much to love about this romantic engagement session – imagine jumping in a rowboat for your engagement photos? Roger Lee from Pictured Photography  joined newlywed engaged Angela & Henry at Studley Park Boathouse for an afternoon of romance! The couple also made the most of the  experience by reliving a very special moment, Angela explains. “We wanted to relive the moment of our engagement in NYC Central Park, so we decided to head down to Studley Park boat house and Corben Oval. The locations provided an fantastic backdrop for Roger to take these amazing photos.”

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Angela tells the tale of how they met. “Henry and I met about 6 years ago through work. They both studied the same IT course at RMIT and began our working careers at the company through an internship program. We worked in different departments, Henry worked in the technical team and I, in the sales team. About five years ago, Henry and I had the opportunity to travel to Shanghai for work at separate occasion. During our time in Shanghai we both found a love for Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai Dumplings). Upon our return from our trip overseas, all we wanted was Dumplings. So we set out on a dumpling adventure. This is how our romantic relation began. ”

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On what she loves about Henry, Angela says, “I love how supportive and loving Henry is. He puts up with all my silliness, laughs at my not so funny jokes and loves me no matter how crazy I am.”

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Angela recalls the proposal story, which took place in New York! “We got engaged in Central Park, New York. Henry hired a row boat and rowed it out to a quiet spot on the lake in front of the bow bridge, before popping the question on one knee. I was so afraid of the boat tipping over, I asked Henry to sit back on the boat before saying ‘yes’. It was so unexpected and romantic, I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal.”

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On what he loves about Angela, Henry says, “I love how Angela is so caring and always puts others first! She is an amazing person and I’m grateful to have met someone like her to spend the rest of my life with.”

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Shades Of Red & Pink Valentines Day Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


On this special Valentines Day eve I am inspired by weddings with shades of pink and red. What could be more festive for the most love filled day of the year?

For this wedding inspiration board, I love the whimsical feel to it. Loose trailing floral arrangements, paint dipped cutlery, mismatched chairs for guests to lounge in and the biggest and most fun heart sign. Happy Valentines Day lovers!

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Flower arrangement by Annabella Charles and Haute Horticulture via Magnolia Rouge, Cutlery photo by Em the Gem via Green Wedding Shoes, Heart sign photo by Adam Barnes via Grey Likes Weddings, Bride with balloon photo by Dyan Kethley Photography via The Glitter Guide, Chairs from Martha Stewart Weddings, Stationery by August Blume, photo by Kristin Vanzant Photography via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Pocket squares photo by Trevor Dixon via Martha Stewart Weddings



Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Chris Spira Photography from Shannon & Joss’ Bohemian Destination Wedding In Greece

Happy Friday Dotties! As you are reading this I am just back home from our week long adventures and knowing me I will be gushing and not be able to hold myself back from it. I can’t wait to tell you about it! I’m looking forward to settling in though – I have a lot planned for this year and can’t wait to get into it!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!

1. Real Proposal Story – Scott & Carissa – The Big Proposal


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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.

1.What Would They Know? – Jeffrey Xiong of In A Maze Films

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup – Peach Wedding Ideas 2. Tuesday Type – Barmbrack 3. DIY Tutorial  - Conversation Heart Cookies Tutorial 4. Cocktail Friday - Berry & Elderflower Sparkler

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

1. Shannon & Joss’ Bohemian Destination Wedding In Greece 

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

1. Daniel & Christine’s Sandy Feet Island Wedding

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Perth wedding venue Fraser’s is having an informative wedding evening on February 24th where experts will be on hand to help answer some questions in a relaxed and informal setting. Learn more about what wedding suppliers can do for you, how to book them, when to book them, what to think about, what to ask and a gain an insight into what’s involved in planning the perfect wedding.

For more information, please contact Brooke Brodie on (08) 9482 0160 or e-mail

Would you like to attend a Bridal Showcase at the Summit Restaurant & Bar, 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Brisbane Lookout, Mt Coot-tha, on Wednesday 18th February 6.00 p.m to 8 p.m? See this exquisite venue presented for a selection of wedding styles, sample canapes and wines, and meet with top vendors and the Events team to visualise the possibilities this stunning venue offers. RSVP is essential by calling 3369 9922 ext 25 or

Our film of the week this week comes from C2 Video! I loved that without words and just music this film was so beautifully emotional and told the story of the newlyweds. I am addicted to beautiful wedding films.

Bridgit & Shaun’s Elegant Watsons Bay Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Bridgit & Shaun

Sometimes a touch of elegance is all that is required to make a wedding really beautiful. Bridgit and Sean chose an elegant Watsons Bay wedding to start their marriage off in style. Mother Nature bucketing down rain for two weeks prior to the day, stopping magically ten minutes before the ceremony! If that isn’t magic, I’m not sure what is! Will Hartl of This Day Forward was there to capture their day.

On how they met, Bridgit remembers, “We met 8 years ago; Shaun was sharing an apartment with my friend.  He finally asked me out 6 years later.  We were together for 2 years before he proposed.”

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Bridgit designed her gown and had it made by Yulia Mc Couture.

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Bridgit walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D played acoustically.

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Bridgit and Shaun chose Robertson Park for their ceremony, the bride remembering, “We had terrible weather in Sydney all week.  Awful rain.  Everyone kept telling us that we need a plan B but I was adamant that my ceremony would be under the fig tree in Robertson Park.  That was my whole vision.  We decided that the only way we would move the ceremony would be if it started hailing. I woke up on the morning of the wedding to sunshine.  It was perfect.  I was so happy and suddenly felt so relaxed. We began to get ready, it was a beautiful day.

My ceremony was at 3pm.  It was 2.50pm and I was about to step in to my dress, then it started to rain.  Not just rain, I mean REALLY come down.  They started to pack up the chairs and canopy from under the fig tree and everyone moved under cover at the hotel. I started to cry. My father and Maid of Honor all were telling me that we have to do the ceremony in the bar downstairs.  There was no way I was doing that.  I insisted that we wait.  It will pass. It came to 3.30pm and the rain eased.  I made the quick decision that we are doing it in the park and we are doing it NOW.  They quickly set up the ceremony again under the tree and I literally ran from the hotel room down to the park.   I got what I wanted and I am so happy!  It was incredibly stressful but a great story.  The photos of me looking out the window captures it all wonderfully.”

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Kathryn Breusch performed the marriage ceremony, Bridgit remarking, “Our celebrant was a friend of ours that we have both known for many years.  Having her marry us was very special.”

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The couple married under the fig tree, just as they dreamt, under a vintage canopy from Elements for Hire.

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Of their photographer, Bridgit notes, “Will is very passionate about his work. He spent a lot of time prior to the wedding getting to know us and sharing the vision we had of the day. He was a pleasure to work with and we could not be happier with our photos.”

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Reception celebrations continued next door at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. The bride telling, “It is very light, white, rustic – has a very seaside Hamptons aesthetic.  The views of the harbour are spectacular. Many small glass bottles and vases of beautiful delicate flowers decorated the reception by Jane Lampe of Floreat Floral Design.”

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Bridgit remembers, “Our first dance was to 1000 Years. When we heard this song we both knew that this was the song we would dance to. We had a lot of fun practicing but then forgot it all on the day! But it didn’t matter of course.”

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The couple hired a lit LOVE sign from Oak & Linden to decorate the reception, the bride remembering, “We chose the LOVE sign and it was the WOW factor and worked so well at the venue.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Bridgit and Shaun! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Will Hartl of This Day Forwar for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Will Hartl- This Day Forward / Bride’s Dress: Yulia Mc Couture / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Yulia Mc Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Zu Shoes / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Ben Sherman / Bridesmaid Dresses: TulleandChantilly / Flowers: Floreat Floral Design / Reception Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel / Makeup Artist: Lilybeth of Lilybeth Makeup Artist / Hairstylist: Penny Martin of Penny Martin Hair / Ceremony Officiant: Kathryn Breusch / Cake Baker: Copycat Cakes / LOVE Sign: Oak & Linden / Vintage Canopy: Elements for Hire / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill / Ceremony Venue: Robertson Park
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