Photo by Lisa Michele Burns
Photo by Lisa Michele Burns
Nicole & Nick
Nicole and Nick hit up country Victoria for their engagement photographs. Teaming up with Photography By Sarah J, they wanted an engagement shoot that was as relaxed as possible, starting in abandoned buildings before moving onto the glorious beauty of the country.
On how they met, Nick remembers. “We met around three years ago when I, Nick, had bailed on the hectic nature of Melbourne city and retreated to the country town of Bendigo, where Nicole had grown up and, there are also a lot of bad drivers. I had left for some much needed respite and rest and was actually playing a live song I had written, while Nicole was sitting in the small crowd at the time.”
“Apart from laughing a lot together, the thing that we most love about each other is the fact that we had seen all the cracks and all the broken, ugly bits right up front, because we never thought that we would fall for each other. We were just great friends and thought that was all it would be. But, before too long, we did in fact fall for each other and despite the imperfections, a rather perfect love found its way in and did its thing. It has made for a really honest and unique, imperfectly perfect relationship.”
Nick tells, “There are plenty of funny stories, but the most obvious is the fact that we have the same name and same birthday, which has really slim lined the whole “remembering each other’s birthday and name” thing. We have also planned the wedding day, for the day before the “we got together” anniversary, which keeps in line with our minimalistic relationship calendar.”
Nick says, “We didn’t choose the style of shoot and just let Sarah do her thing. We just wanted it to be as natural as possible and Sarah just nailed that for us and we are stoked with the result. Can’t wait to see what she does with the wedding shoot.”
Of the proposal, Nick recalls, “I proposed to Nicole in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens after a little picnic. I managed to convince Nicole that I just wanted to take some photos of her around the garden afterwards, to try and get some more followers on Instagram. While taking one photo from a low (on one knee) position, I pulled out the ring, as well as the question. Nicole forgot which finger the ring goes on, so that was confusing because I couldn’t remember either.”
A recent reader request had me hunting out fabulous flat wedding shoes for those of you who aren’t eager to don high heels for your wedding day. From nudes, to metallic and traditional bridal white – the choice is yours with the plentiful options out there.
Personally, I’m always a fan of metallic or coloured wedding shoes. But the classic silk of a bridal shoe is a beautiful option for a bride wanting something more traditional.
1. “Chloe” ballet flat from Cinderella Bella 2. Gabriu D’Orsays from Anthropologie 3. Jenni Kayne Leather d’Orsay Flats from Shopbop 4. “Elements” metallic ballet flat from Oroton 5. Benjamin Adams “Andie” Flat from Georgies Bridal Shoes 6. Membu “Bridal” flat from Nordstrom 7. Jimmy Choo “Alina” glitter point ballet flat from Saks Fifth Avenue 8. Carvela Kurt Geiger ‘Lassie’ Flat from Nordstrom 9. Betsey Johnson “Joy” Ballet Flat from Steve Madden 10. “Fanna” Flats from Kate Spade 11. “Genevieve” ballet flat from Cinderella Bella
With an emphasis on doing things your way on your wedding day, more and more couples are searching for ways to inject their personalities into the proceedings. I for one think it’s fabulous and the fact that vendors are jumping on board to support the idea means that this is the way of the future. This week, photographer Megan Aldridge wrote about just that on Polka Dot Wisdom, with advice on how to Stay True To Yourself & Make Your Wedding Special.
Here’s to individuality, personality and the courage to do things your way!
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 Wedding ~ Emily + Corey’s Handmade Wedding Under A Fig Tree 3. Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Erin 4. Real Wedding ~ Curtis & Billy-Jean’s Elegant Vintage Wedding 5. Ask Ms Polka – Wedding Readings For Grandparents
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. Expert Interview ~ What Would They Know? Pascale Helyar-Moray of StyleRocks 2. Entertainment Wisdom ~ Your Wedding Reception Music – How It Can Make Or Break Your Celebration 3. Wedding Planning Wisdom ~ Stay True To Yourself & Make Your Wedding Special 4. Ceremony Wisdom ~ Can A Friend Marry Us?
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.
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. Honeymoon Destination ~ A Heavenly Honeymoon Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge 2. Laura and Brad’s Lake Louise Elopement
This week on Polka Dot Groom
Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.
1. Groom Fashion ~ Vintage Bow Ties From The Charlie Tinker Collective 2. Groom Style – Anthony
This is your chance to roar like a wookie and get married Star Wars style in Brisbane! Visit The Pop-Up Wedding for more details!
Looking for a wedding gown? David Jones are holding a bridal sample sale from the 6 April – 12th April 2014. There will be up to 50% off selected designer brands including names like Lisa Ho, Alex Perry, Johanna Johnson, Karena Willis Holmes and Akira to name just a few!
The sale is on in the bridal suite of David Jones Sydney on Level 7 of their Elizabeth Street Store (entry via the customer elevators).
Finally our film of the week comes from Humdrum Films who say:
“We worked along side our good friend Joseph Koprek on this wedding. We shot some Super 8mm film (the first time we’d done this at a wedding) and intercut it with our regular footage. We’re really proud of the film we made, and more importantly, the couple loved it.”
And so do we! What do you think?