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Snapshot Sunday – Pure Joy

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Ellie and Wade’s Summer Afternoon Engagement Photos

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I love relaxed engagement shoots where the newly engaged couple are so much in love that it’s almost as if you’re getting a peek into their normal afternoon together. Ellie and Wade’s engagement shoot took place on a sunny Summer afternoon with Kimberley of Bird and Lion Photography and feels like we’re witness to the very beauty that exists between them and has pledged towards marriage.

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On Ellie, Wade tells, “I love Ellie because she brings out the best in me. She makes me laugh and smile and brings me up when I feel down. I love the way she smiles. Most of all I love her for her!”

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On Wade, Ellie says, “I love how Wade makes me laugh everyday. He’s caring, supportive and keeps me grounded. I love his eyes, his smile and everything else about him. He still gives me butterflies! ”

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Ellie, remembering the proposal tells, “It was 1st December 2013 and I had to work that Sunday morning. When I arrived home, I walked upstairs and Wade was standing in our room with a ring and asked me to marry him. I squealed with excitement and shock. We had talked about our future together and about getting married, but it was still a wonderful surprise when it happened. The ring is a perfect fit and is absolutely stunning. I love that our engagement was private and intimate. The way he asked me to marry him was simple and genuine, it was perfect!”

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“We are happy, laid back and very much in love so we wanted a photo shoot that reflected our personalities and the type of relationship we have. Bird + Lion capture amazing candid shots, which is what we love. In terms of location for our shoot – there is just something about the outdoors that we both enjoy, so we took advantage of the afternoon summer sun.”

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White Bohemian Wedding Ideas

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Bohemian wedding style is still alive and well – something about that relaxed sense of beauty, connecting with nature and the carefree attitude has a beautiful touch when it comes to a wedding. This shoot that I’m sharing today was set to bring together the rustic look of a country field (Flaxton Grove), with the easy going bohemian styling – all in shades of white.

Jennifer Oliphant Photographer and Style Le Aisle joined forces to create this white bohemian wedding inspiration shoot, kicking off with a floral crown by Twig & Blossom featuring delicate dahlia and beautiful jasmine vine.

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Ideas in Icing created a naked red velvet wedding cake and decorated it with fresh fruit in tones of red- including Autumnal plums, cherries, grapes and fresh figs.

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Twig & Blossom included Australian natives when it came to the bouquets, choosing sea holly, spinning gum, native foliage, pink ice proteas, berzelia, molluca balm and Easter daisy to add a touch of colour.

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Makeup artist Annette from Gorgeous Makeup & Beauty styled models Courtney, Tara and Jacinta’s makeup for the shoot using soft, fresh colours while Sandi of Rolling Scissors Mobile Hairdressing created loose curls and carefree waves.

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Shut The Front Door supplied the feather, fabric and crystal hairpieces and created a custom bandeau (named “Jacinta”) for the shoot.

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The models wore silk chiffon and guipure lace hand crafted originals by Judy Copley.

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Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant Photographer / Makeup Artist: Gorgeous Makeup & Beauty / Hairstylist: Rolling Scissors Mobile Hairdressing / Styling: Style Le Aisle / Hairpieces: Shut The Front Door / Flowers & Flower Headpiece: Twig & Blossom / Bride’s Dress: Judy Copley / Cake Baker: Ideas in Icing / Venue: Flaxton Grove / Models: Courtney - Tara - Jacinta

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Alcorn Images  from The Golden Rules For Being A Bridesmaid

Ever felt like no matter what goes on in your head, no matter what your intentions are, life goes on regardless of your plans? Today, I write this with my foot in a (very cold) ice bath after twisting my ankle in a netball game. More than the soreness and the swelling I absolutely hate the feeling of being powerless. Where’s that control I’ve been clinging to?

Not everything goes to plan. This is one lesson that life keeps on trying to teach me. Perhaps it’s time I learned it, accepted it and stopped trying to be responsible for everything and everyone. Maybe that way I might actually enjoy the process which in the end is what it’s all about.

Here’s to enjoying the ride!

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.

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1.Real Wedding ~ A Homemade Australian Bush Wedding – Part One 2. Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Renee 3. Real Wedding ~ A Homemade Australian Bush Wedding – Part Two 5.

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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.

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1. What Would They Know? Louise Ward of Chesters at Yarra Valley Conference Centre 2Saying No To Kids – The Way Towards A Child Free Wedding 3. The Best Resource For A Destination Bride 4. April Birthstone Diamond 5. The Golden Rules For Being A Bridesmaid

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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.

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1. Etsy Roundup – Custom Wedding Maps 2. Tuesday Type – Daft Brush 3. ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?’ Secret Egg Tutorial 4. Cocktail Friday – Dilmah Moroccan Mint Mojito

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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.

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1. Australian Honeymoon Ideas

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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.

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1. Wedding Planning Tips For Grooms

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Johanna Johnson is heading to Melbourne this week for her VIP trunk show! Johanna will be in town from April 8-9th at the Park Hyatt hotel so make sure to secure your space by contacting 02 9360 9411 or emailing sales@johannajohnson.com

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David Jones Sydney are holding a Bridal Sample Sale in the Bridal Suite on Level 7 of their Elizabeth Street store from 6 April to the 12 April 2014. Customers will be able to access the Bridal Suite via the customer elevators only, in store.

Receive 50% off a selected range of bridal from leading Australian designers including:

Lisa Ho
Carla Zampatti
Alex Perry
Lisa Gowing
Steven Khalil
Akira
Karen Willis Holmes
Collette Dinnigan
Johanna Johnson

*Offers available for a limited time only, while stocks last. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

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Helen Rodrigues are proud to announce that they have opened  a second boutique a few doors down from their flagship salon in Neutral Bay called Sincerely Helen Rodrigues. The boutique gives brides the opportunity to purchase sample and pre-loved wedding gowns from local and international designers including Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Inbal Dror to name just a few!

In addition to buying their dream gown, brides will also have the opportunity to sell their gown on a consignment basis.

To celebrate, Sincerely Helen Rodrigues are offering Polka Dot Bride readers an additional 5% off any already drastically reduced gown or a free veil! But hurry, this offer is only valid for the month of April! Call 04 49 646 746 to book your appointment.

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Finally our film of the week comes from In A Maze Films who say:

“We had so much fun capturing the love between Vicky & Rick. The weather turned out to be beautiful and the laughters were loud.”

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