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Snapshot Sunday – Long Shadows

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Photographer: Todd Hunter Mcgaw
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Bronte & Lachlan’s Modern Seaside Forest Engagement

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Bronte & Lachlan

Lachlan proposed to his girlfriend of six years in the very place where he first admitted her loved her. “When we were 13 we met at a youth group. It took us a couple of years to build the courage to talk to each other, but once we did we quickly realised we were like two peas in a pod. Our personalities so perfectly suited.” tells the bride to be Bronte. “Each June long weekend we retreat away to the small country town Nundle, NSW. It was here Lachlan first told me he loved me and here 6 years later as we explored through the pine forest he asked me to spend forever with him.”

So it makes sense that the pair chose a forest, albeit but the sea, for their engagement photos with Samuel Jacob Photography. The trio taking to the coastal suburb of Dudley to capture the beginning of something rather special.

“With each day we seem to just fall more in love with each other. I’m continually amazed by his positive and selfless nature, it keeps our relationship fresh and spontaneous, ” tells Bronte.

On what they love about one another, Bronte shares “I love that together we always strive to look on the bright side of life.”

Renée and Mark’s Elegant Perth Waterside Wedding

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Renée and Mark

For over 200 guests, it was a meeting of the minds as Renée and Mark blended together their Indian and South African backgrounds in an elegant Perth waterside wedding.

Captured beautifully by the team at DeRay & Simcoe Photography it was packed to the brim with fun details. Think a gin bar and another bar for whiskey, an amazing band, a marquee dripping with the most beautiful florals. Pull it all together and you have a wedding that looks a heck of a lot like one amazing party!

Describing their meeting as a “Tinder success story it was on a relaxing weekend away that Mark asked the big question! Renée fills us in.  “It was the weekend after I had just finished a job and was having a break before starting a new one. We went camping together and not long after we’d set up the tent and poured some drinks, Mark called me into the tent saying he needed a hand to find something. When I went into the tent, I found him on one knee and he proposed. I had never camped in my life before I met Mark, but now it is one of our favourite things to do together so it was very special.”

Renée worked with Zanzis Couture to create her dream wedding gown, She tells ” It wasn’t one of those “I walked in and fell in love with the dress” experiences, I fell in love with Zanzis style and designs and then worked with Jennifer to create something original from a dress she had started designing. I loved the combination of traditional floral lace with geometric patterns and all the little details, like the beading on the bodice. I absolutely love my dress and wish I had an occasion to wear it again!!”

It was really important to Renée that the day not only honoured her and Mark but also their culture and extended family. She tells “We had a traditional Roce, which is an Indian blessing ceremony, on the Thursday before the wedding. This is a ceremony during which we were blessed with coconut milk, symbolising the purification of the bride and groom in what is considered the ‘last bath’ as single people. Our wedding was also on my late Nana’s birthday – we were very close to her and she has always been one of Mark’s biggest fans!”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Ruelle’s “I Get to Love You”.

The couple chose St Benedicts Church for their wedding ceremony, married by Fr Jim Cochrane. The church, in the bride’s family parish, holds special significance for the couple, who tell of their ceremony “We had a traditional Catholic ceremony with friends and family doing readings and prayers. It was a beautiful ceremony, with some of our friends singing and playing music to accompany the mass.”

Of their photographers, the bride tells “We love how DeRay and Simcoe captured the emotion and excitement of our wedding day. The photos are really natural and filled with warm light and colours. They captured so many little details which we love. Great memories for us to look back on.”

Guests celebrated with a marquee reception at Mounts Bay Sailing Club. Renée tells  “We chose Mounts Bay Sailing Club on the beautiful Swan River – it doesn’t get much better with the backdrop of the shimmering city and sailing boats. The set up at our reception was out of this world and more than we could ever have imagined.”

The couple worked floral designer Wayne Stubbs to deck out not only their marquee but a special tipi and all of their bridal party flowers. The bride remarks “All I can say is that Wayne Stubbs, our florist and event stylist, is a creative genius. He turned our ideas into the most magical set up including different styling on different tables, a gin bar and whiskey bar in tipis (a nod to our love of camping) and a dance floor and stage which brought the party to life! Our bouquets were absolutely gorgeous with different textures and soft colours – I loved them so much!”

Music was a huge part of the day for Renée and Mark who booked Summer Club Band. The bride shares “We wanted our wedding to be one big party and for everyone to enjoy themselves. Our band, Summer Club Band, played a big role in creating that atmosphere as well as our large families who love a party!”

Tells the bride “Our first dance was to “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. It’s a country love song with simple but beautiful lyrics… “If all I’ve got is your hand in my hand, then baby I would die a happy man.”

“The best part about our wedding day was looking around to a room full of people who are your closest friends and family. It really is such a special feeling. From the meaningful ceremony to dancing all night, it really was the best day of our lives!”

Tells the bride “We loved the thoughtful and hilarious speeches and being surrounded by our amazing family and friends – joy is doubled when shared.”

Guests were delighted with a special tipi decked out with a whiskey bar and a gin bar for late night tipples. “I had lots of little ideas here and there and it was amazing to see it all come together” tells Renée, continuing “I also loved working with some really gorgeous and creative vendors, they made the experience enjoyable and kept my nerves in check!”

The newlyweds worked with Inception Video to capture the magic of their day in motion!

A big congratulations to Renée and Mark on their marriage! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to DeRay & Simcoe Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: DeRay & Simcoe Photography / Cinematographer: Inception Video / Bride's Dress: Zanzis Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Suits Formalwear / Makeup Artist: Brittany Mason / Hairstylist: Charlotte Pownall / Invitations & Stationery: The Little Press / Flowers: Wayne Stubbs / Ceremony Venue: St Benedicts Church / Ceremony Officiant: Fr Jim Cochrane / Reception Venue: Mounts Bay Sailing Club / Catering: Heyder and Shears / Wedding Cake: Just Cakes / Audio Visual: Pro Design Lighting / Band: Summer Club Band / Tipi Hire: TP & Co / Marquee: Reece's Hire / Linens: Hire Society

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Running Under the Sprinkler via Relax in a tropical paradise on your Malolo Island, Fiji honeymoon

it has been a big week of proposals over on The Proposal Issue and we can’t help but feel all the happy, loving vibes for all of the hope-filled stories we’re sharing, We’ve had a great week across the Polka blogs, from honeymoon stories (Fiji here we come!) to gorgeous stories of romance and love! Let’s get into rounding it up!

10 of the most fun viral proposals

How gorgeous is this rustic ring pillow? make it yourself!

Chatting flowers with the talented lady behind Gathered Floral

WIN the Proposal Issue Prize Pack!

A gorgeous classic Melbourne wedding at the Melbourne Museum

Zoe’s post-wedding wisdom

Loving this dapper blue groom style look

Whip up our champagne popsicles this weekend!

A big of a live TV moment for this sweet proposal!

2018 engagement ring trends with jeweller Jasmine Fraser

Rebecca’s gorgeous at home proposal

How to shop for a ring when you have no idea what your girlfriend wants.

Dreaming of a Fiji honeymoon? Read this real review (and see the stunning pics!)


Love the idea of cake and bubbles! Miss Ladybird Cakes are hosting an open day on Saturday, October where you can see and taste their beautiful cakes, drink a glass of bubbles and chat to the team! Head to the website to buy your ticket!

Want a bit of buzz around your wedding? Australia’s biggest wedding day is set to be held on the 9th of December to celebrate the one year anniversary of marriage equality. From Melbourne to Sydney, Byron Bay to Brisbane – couples can choose from five-time slots for their exclusive, 90-minute ceremony. with a package that includes everything from ceremony styling to music, ceremony officiant and even photographs! Head to the website for more info.

Ever dreamt of a try before you buy wedding option? Try Your Perfect Wedding is here and it’s the wedding fair with a difference! Think a food truck park, hair and makeup trials, beer tasting, trunk shows photo sessions, a gin bar Buy your tickets here! (and enter our ticket giveaways here and here)

Rochford Wines has got the fun in the bag as they host their Wedfest on Sunday, October 28th. Couples will be able to tour the venue and enjoy the ground along with a glass of bubbles while you enjoy everything the venue has to offer. Head to the event page for more info.

South Aussie couples can head to the Beresford House open day on 23rd of September to check out the venue all dolled up with a range of gorgeous setups from their favourite suppliers. Hit the event page for more info.

Dancing out the week with our friends at The Hip Stars Band and their rendition of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” a little toe-tapping for your Friday anyone?